CIA Drones

Last week, two days before announcing that it would be acquiring Whole Foods, Amazon released a short promotional video for a new product called the Dash Wand. The Wand is a candy-bar-size gizmo that costs twenty dollars. It sticks to your refrigerator with magnets and lets you order products by talking—it features Amazon’s voice assistant, […]

“You have to do something,” said Mr. Petraeus at the gala. (Here’s an edited transcript of his comments.) Advertisement Continue reading the main story An Isolationist’s nightmare? Mr. Petraeus generally enjoys doting support from the conservative circles around Australia’s Liberal government. And he was made an honorary officer of the Order of Australia — one […]

America’s Central Intelligence Agency has a bit of a bad reputation. That’s possibly because they’re digital voyeurs; high-tech Peeping Toms that almost certainly have footage of you laying a steaming cable, shot through the telephoto lens of a Predator drone. But in this article, I want to shine a light on an often-overlooked side of […]

Douglas Valentine has once again added to the store of knowledge necessary for American citizens to understand how the U.S. government actually works today, in his most recent book entitled The CIA As Organized Crime. (Valentine previously wrote The Phoenix Program, which should be read with the current book.) The US“deep state” – of which […]

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A photo released by the US Air Force of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle seen at dusk during a post-flight inspection at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, January 7, 2012. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stanley Thompson via The New York Times) The militarization of US foreign policy certainly didn’t […]

Julian Assange’s Wikileaks continues to reveal CIA attacks, this time a sophisticated method for jumping “air-gapped” computers. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) The latest release from the Wikileaks Vault7 files, widely believed to contain details on the hacking techniques of the CIA, has revealed malware aimed at infecting so-called “air-gapped” PCs, those computers not connected […]

  An MQ-9 Reaper, a remotely piloted aircraft armed with laser-guided munitions and missiles, flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt / U.S. Air Force) This story first appeared at The Foreign Service Journal. The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn’t start with President Donald J. Trump. In fact, it […]

Brazil’s Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI) is responsible for keeping the President safe and counseling him on military issues. And also for making an occasional gaffe. This time, General Sérgio Etchegoyen, head of the GSI, might have blown the cover of the CIA chief in Brazil. On June 9, Etchegoyen had a meeting with Duyane Norman. His public […]

The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn’t start with President Donald J. Trump; in fact, it goes back several decades. However, if Trump’s first 100 days in office are any indication, he has no intention of slowing down the trend.   During a single week in April, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk missiles […]

The US has conducted a fresh drone attack on the south-central Yemeni province of Shabwah, killing three people. Residents and local sources said the incident took place in Shabwah’s al-Naqba area on Friday. Meanwhile, Yemeni officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US missile had targeted a vehicle while it was driving and killed all its occupants. The […]

President Donald Trump is hesitating to agree to thousands of additional troops for the war in Afghanistan as recommended by his secretary of defense and national security adviser, according to a New York Times report over the weekend. So, it’s a good time to put aside, for a moment, the troop request itself and focus on why […]