Training Them There So We Can Fight Them Here

Of the many tent poles used to justify the invasion of Iraq, the last one standing was Bush's assertion that by fighting terrorists in Iraq, we won't have to fight them here. Well, a new National Intelligence Estimate kicks over the last tent pole.

CIA Believed Pre-Surge That Iraqi Government Doomed To Failure

Back in November 2006, the Iraqi Study Group was treated to president Bush's vision for Iraq and the CIA's vision for Iraq, and they got two dramatically different visions.

White House Ready For Withdrawal?

As the White House prepares it's interim report on the progress of the so-called "surge", more and ore officials within the West Wing are talking about trying to announce plans for a redeployment in an effort to shore-up the shattering support the Administration has from the Republican side of Congress.

U.S. Insinuating Iran-al Qaeda Link

Despite Iran's efforts to assist the U.S. in apprehending and detaining members of al Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. is now trying to connect the Iranian government to al Qaeda.

Military Commissions Act a Ruse?

President Bush asked Congress in 2006 to approve the Military Commissions Act saying that it was urgently needed to give the CIA guidance on detention and interrogation techniques. A directive to the CIA outlining acceptable interrogation method was to follow, but hasn't. What's going on?

CIA Prisons In Eastern Europe

According to high ranking government officials in Poland and Romania, and despite official denials from their governments, the CIA ran detention centers in those countries to hold, interrogate, and torture suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks.

Republican Candidates Considering Libby Pardon

Several candidates in the Republican field are considering a pardon for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was sentenced this week to 30 months for perjuring himself during the Valerie Plame / CIA leak case.

Valarie Plame Sues CIA Over Memoir

The CIA is interfering with Plame's efforts to publish a memoir including what amounts to attempts to un-out her. Some of her service records were unclassified as part of the leak for which Scooter Libby is going to jail. Now, as she prepares to publish a memoir, the CIA is looking to re-classify those documents.

Senate: Intelligence Program Questionable

In an annual review of the nations intelligence services, a Senate panel has called into the question the CIA's infamous rendition program as well as its spending practices as it expands to face the growing intelligence demands.

The committee stopped short of actually withdrawing funding for the rendition program. Could that be considered a tacit Democratic endorsement?

Germany Knew About CIA Torture Cells

While European Countries publicly cried foul about rendition flights and CIA secret prisons, demanding to know where they were located, it turns out at least German ministers already knew.

Stern magazine quoted a leaked German intelligence report yesterday which said that only weeks after September 11 2001, two agents and a translator visited a US military prison at the American "Eagle Base" in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, where they saw a torture victim.

CIA Officers Plan For Legal Defense

Counterterrorism officers at the CIA are lining up for government backed insurance to cover their legal expenses should they face civil or criminal charges for the way they have conducted their jobs.

It would seem their greatest concern comes from a change in leadership in either Congress in 2006 or the White House in 2008.

This insurance is coupled with efforts by the Bush Administration to protect civilians in the government from liability due to the mistreatment of prisoners.

Bush Acknowledges Secret Prisons, Europe Reacts

The Bush Administration has finally acknowledged the existence of secret prisons around the world used by the CIA to "interrogate" terrorists outside of U.S. territory.

If this news makes you feel more secure, you should understand that that security comes at a high price. Obviously, Muslim countries aren't too thrilled with this; but, European countries are quite annoyed as well.

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