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June 9, 2013
Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world. I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good.
Edward Snowden, the just-revealed NSA whistleblower, on his 2007 stint with the CIA in Geneva, Switzerland which he describes as formative in his decision which eventually led him to blow the whistle on the NSA’s security programs. Snowden publicly outed himself in The Guardian, the publication which initially published the documents which showed the federal government asking for metadata records from Verizon.
14:58 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013

After weeks of delays, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Brennan as the next head of the Central Intelligence Agency on Thursday morning. Many lawmakers blocked Brennan’s nomination, as Republicans fought for access to classified documents related to the attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya last September, but Brennan was ultimately approved by a 63 - 34 vote. source

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February 8, 2013
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February 5, 2013

Over fifty countries aided in CIA renditions, according to report

54countries aided CIA renditions of U.S. detainees, according to a report from the Open Society Justice Initiative.

136people have been subjected to the renditions program, sent to third party countries for interrogation and/or torture and detention which would not be legal in the United States. source

20:16 // 1 year ago
January 21, 2013
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December 22, 2012
[Zero Dark Thirty] creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding bin Laden. That impression is false.
CIA chief Michael Morell • From a statement released today, regarding Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial new film, Zero Dark Thirty, about the lead-up to the raid that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden.The film contains depictions of torture being used in service of the bin Laden manhunt, and suggests those methods were effective — Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin also sent a letter to the head of Sony Pictures, condemning that notion. We admit to not having seen the film yet, so any editorializing on our part would be critically ill-informed, but some who have seen it had incredibly strong reactions — this morning, MSNBC host Chris Hayes lambasted it as “objectively pro-torture,” and further suggested it “colludes with evil.” source
16:08 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012
Here’s the shirtless photo of Frederick Humphries, the FBI agent who set the wheels in motion on the Petraeus thing. (The Seattle Times deserves 1000% credit for the find.) Apparently, it was a joke that he sent to his buddies. Well, that’s a lot less exciting than we expected. $20 says he’s a never-nude.

Here’s the shirtless photo of Frederick Humphries, the FBI agent who set the wheels in motion on the Petraeus thing. (The Seattle Times deserves 1000% credit for the find.) Apparently, it was a joke that he sent to his buddies. Well, that’s a lot less exciting than we expected. $20 says he’s a never-nude.

20:56 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012
newsweek:

theessentialsofcool:

Peep the final bullet point from this week’s @Newsweek. With timing like this its a shame its stopping publication. lol #Petraeus

What you don’t even realize is that this is only half of it. That piece on those 12 rules was WRITTEN BY PETRAEUS’S MISTRESS. For real. Look.

Dear Newsweek: When you realized the weirdness of the timing of the Petraeus story mentioned above in relation to the current scandal, what was the reaction in the newsroom? Did people just look bewildered by the fact that you inadvertently became a part of the story, however small?

newsweek:

theessentialsofcool:

Peep the final bullet point from this week’s @Newsweek. With timing like this its a shame its stopping publication. lol #Petraeus

What you don’t even realize is that this is only half of it. That piece on those 12 rules was WRITTEN BY PETRAEUS’S MISTRESS. For real. Look.

Dear Newsweek: When you realized the weirdness of the timing of the Petraeus story mentioned above in relation to the current scandal, what was the reaction in the newsroom? Did people just look bewildered by the fact that you inadvertently became a part of the story, however small?

23:25 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012

Why David Petraeus’ usage of private Gmail accounts was a security risk

sssquid says:  How was it logical? That’s f#(&(@& stupid. The guy just had sex with someone else. No reason for him to lose his job. So stupid and immature.

» SFB says: You know, instead of reading way too deeply into my spare usage of a cliche, consider that he likely created a major security risk by communicating anonymously via Gmail, as the Washington Post notes:

If Petraeus allowed his Gmail security to be compromised even slightly, by widening access, sharing passwords or logging in from multiple addresses, it would have brought foreign spy agencies that much closer to a treasure trove of information. As the Wall Street Journal hints, investigators were concerned about Petraeus’s Gmail access precisely because of the history of foreign attempts to access just such accounts.

While the accounts may not have contained any personal information about him, Max Fisher notes in his report that “access to the account could have provided telling information on, for example, Petraeus’s travel schedule, his foreign contacts, even personal information about himself or other senior U.S. officials.” — Ernie @ SFB

21:30 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012
It didn’t start with Petraeus, but in the course of the investigation they stumbled across him. We were stunned. …People think that because it’s the C.I.A. director, it must involve bigger issues. Think of a small circle of people who know each other.
An anonymous Congressional official • Explaining to the New York Times, based on a briefing from the FBI, the lead-up to the bureau’s discovery of an affair between David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The official said it was a complaint filed months ago regarding harassing emails sent to a woman (who they said to be not a government official or member of family) by Broadwell that drew the gaze of the FBI. When they ultimately gained access to her emails, some of those sent between her and Petraeus revealed they were having an affair. That in and of itself isn’t a legal issue, but the investigation ultimately raised security conerns regarding Petraeus’ email account. Petraeus resigned from his position as CIA director yesterday, citing “extremely poor judgment” in his extra-martial affair. source
14:45 // 1 year ago