WJ Astore: Haspel had an important role in the torture regimen approved by the Bush/Cheney administration, and she worked to destroy videotaped evidence of the same. What does it say about the United States that Haspel is now being rewarded both for enabling torture and for covering it up?
Gareth Porter: The CIA’s “Operation Merlin,” which involved providing Iran with a flawed design for a nuclear weapon and resulted in an alleged whistleblower going to prison, was the perfect example of creating intelligence in order to justify operations.
Jaime O’Neill: Now, with death stalking me, along with all the other members of my slip, slidin’ away generation, I find myself in the precarious position of depending on the FBI, the CIA, and the other intelligence gathers I’ve mistrusted for most of my adult life
Larry Wines: “Fake News” is suddenly the most ubiquitously over-invoked, fear-fomenting, vilifying term in every mainstream news cycle.
Janet Phelan: What the world may not be aware of is that non-CIA connected individuals, who are merely attempting to correct or broadcast injustices, are now facing jail time.
Mel Gurtov: We’re all in a bitter struggle to preserve our freedom of thought and movement against the rising tide of security-firsters who will forever contend that sacrificing our privacy is necessary. Apple Encryption
Joseph Palermo: By presenting the contours of Allen Dulles’s life and his everlasting imprint on the nature of the CIA in a cogent and highly readable way, David Talbot offers us a new and sophisticated analysis of America’s secret Cold War history.
Janet Phelan: The picture that emerges is of a fabulously rich and shadowy individual whose drug and paramilitary activities have spanned four continents.
Norman Solomon: The only fair sentence for Sterling would have been no sentence at all. Or, at most, something like the recent gentle wrist-slap, with no time behind bars, for former CIA director David Petraeus, who was sentenced for providing highly classified information to his journalist lover.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Scott is convinced that 9/11 fits into the wider pattern of “deep events” partially orchestrated or allowed to proceed by elements within the government as a means of justifying the growth of the War on Terror and implementation of a far-right wing domestic agenda.
Norman Solomon: The leak trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling never got near a smoking gun, but the entire circumstantial case was a smokescreen.
Norman Solomon: The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government’s siege against whistleblowing.
Bill Blum: In the United States, military torturers and their political godfathers are granted amnesty automatically, simply for being American, solely for belonging to the “Good Guys Club”.