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Intelligence director knew his days were numbered

Powered by Mochila Intelligence director knew his days were numbered Writing on wall: So many rumors he’d get canned that Obama’s intelligence chief joked about it KIMBERLY DOZIER AP News May 21, 2010 06:17 EDT For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking — and…

US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair resigns

Dennis Blair, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, resigned Thursday following a series of intelligence failures and a tenure marked by rocky internal struggles. A retired Navy admiral, Blair was the third director of national intelligence, a position created in response to the 9/11 attacks. The Director of National Intelligence…

Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed

Earlier this week, the International Red Cross confirmed the existence of a secret “Black Jail” within the Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan, where high-value detainees were held and allegedly abused. Since then, additional details have continued to emerge. The New York Times reported last November that former prisoners and human…

JAQ-ing off

I want to follow up Jesse’s excellent post on this ridiculous tide of people pretending that there’s legitimate, unresolved questions about intelligence differences between black and white people as groups, and I want to continue teasing out something Jill picked up on. The defenses of Stephanie Grace from the likes…

The Dumb Blacks Hypothesis

(Taking a break from exam studying right now. Sigh.) If you haven’t heard about the story of Stephanie Grace, the Harvard 3L who wrote an e-mail about not wanting to rule out that blacks could genetically be prone to be less intelligent than whites, you can catch up on the…

CIA’s top spy: Intelligence hasn’t ‘suffered at all’ from waterboarding ban

President Obama's ban on waterboarding hasn't hampered US intelligence efforts "at all," one of the CIA's top officials said to an audience of students last week.…

ACLU sues to obtain basic data, legal justification for Predator drone program

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit after federal agencies neglected to answer a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents pertaining to the legal basis for the military’s Predator drone program. The request specifically seeks information as to how the program is governed, who can be targeted,…

House Democrats in disarray over anti-torture provision

Democratic leadership in the House was in disarray last night after having to withdraw the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act, moments before it was to have been voted upon, as the result of a controversial anti-torture provision. The amendment was added in the House Rules Committee late on Wednesday and had…

CIA says 68 lawmakers were briefed on ‘harsh interrogations’

(Reuters and Raw Story) – CIA officials briefed at least 68 U.S. lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on enhanced interrogation methods like simulated drowning that were being considered or used against captured al Qaeda members, according to declassified documents released by the agency on Tuesday. The once-secret CIA papers, obtained…

Brennan slams GOP ‘fear-mongering’ over Christmas bomber

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser hit back at lawmakers Tuesday over the handling of the Christmas bomb plot suspect, accusing critics of “fear-mongering.” John Brennan, deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counter-terrorism, rejected Republican charges that the administration had lost valuable intelligence by prosecuting the accused…

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