CIA Drones

When former CIA director John Brennan speaks Tuesday night at The Norfolk Forum, he’ll look and sound like a 62-year-old, sober-voiced career intelligence officer. Clad in the tuxedo required for the Chrysler Hall lecture series, Brennan intends to defend the intelligence community as devoted patriots against criticism by President Donald Trump and others. Brennan’s demeanor […]

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Editor’s Note: The armed drone is one of the most important counterterrorism instruments, and its use is both constant and controversial. The origins of this program, however, are not well known. Christopher Fuller, a historian at the University of Southampton, offers a brief history of the program and shows how it is interwoven with broader […]

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Weaponized off-the-shelf drones are a growing problem for U.S. troops, in part because commercial tech moves faster than the Pentagon programs that aim to counter it. So four U.S. Air Force captains took a novel approach to the problem. Working under AFWERX, the Air Force’s new tech innovation program,they partnered with tech accelerator Techstars to find […]

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This article first appeared on the History News Network. President Donald J. Trump views as “political hacks” a group of former directors of intelligence agencies. He hastened to reassure Americans, saying he is satisfied with the agencies under the chiefs he appointed. That not-quite-enthusiastic endorsement opens the door to revisit classic claims made about the […]

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran‘s official IRNA news agency reports that a dual Iranian and Canadian citizen who killed himself in custody was sending information to the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services. The report Tuesday says Kavous Seyed-Emami, a university professor, was in custody for passing information on the country’s missile bases to the CIA and […]

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This article first appeared on the History News Network. President Donald J. Trump views as “political hacks” a group of former directors of intelligence agencies. He hastened to reassure Americans, saying he is satisfied with the agencies under the chiefs he appointed. That not-quite-enthusiastic endorsement opens the door to revisit classic claims made about the […]

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The Iranian drone that an Israeli chopper shot down was a copy of an American unmanned aerial vehicle that Iran intercepted six years ago, according to the Israel Defense Forces. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus and Yuval Steinitz, a minister in Israel’s security cabinet, said the drone was based on a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 […]

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President Donald J. Trump views as “political hacks” a group of formerdirectors of intelligence agencies. He hastened to reassure Americans, saying he is satisfied with the agencies under the chiefs he appointed. That not-quite-enthusiastic endorsement opens the door to revisit classic claims made about the 70-year old Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Many have been repeated […]

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“This is indeed a dangerous escalation that raises the specter of direct conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria — a far more serious situation than the drawing of red lines and tit-for-tat exchanges that have occurred before,” said Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Forces from Russia, Turkey […]

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Former intelligence officers are joining mainstream news networks as analysts with increasing frequency—a pattern that threatens the independence of the American press, warns journalist Caitlin Johnstone, who writes at Consortium News: More and more of the outlets from which Americans get their information are being filled not just with garden variety establishment loyalists, but with […]

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