October 23, 2017

H is for Hit Squads from the CIA

A new book released today takes a look at the CIA’s shifting role from that of intelligence gathering (aka “spying”) to more direct action through targeted killings, through drone strikes, hit squads, or other clandestine action. The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by […]

To filibuster or not to filibuster…

When is a filibuster an effective tool to raise public awareness? And when is it the anti-democratic tool of the minority to stop legislation it opposes? A couple weeks ago, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky took to the Senate floor to speak against the nomination of John Brennan as head of the CIA because Paul opposed the […]

Author of kill list nominated to CIA Chief

Brennan has argued that America’s clandestine services have to “bat 1.000” everyday, using the drone program to go after alleged terrorists. Should we be concerned that targets on the list might also be Americans who are due process of law before deprivation of life and limb?

Come after me on Benghazi says Obama [video]

In a press conference today, President Obama said that people should “come after me,” not his Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, who has taken a much of the heat for the Obama Administration’s response on Benghazi.

Oh, we will, says Senator Graham…

Words to avoid? Not just the four letter type.

While I’ve long since decided that our society is becoming much more like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than George Orwell’s 1984, there is something Orwellian about recent news that the watchful eye of the American security and intelligence community is surveying our electronic communications (read: the internet) of Americans for certain words and phrases. In an effort to avoid terrorist attacks (I assume), the smart guys at the Department of Homeland Security have come up with a list of words and phrases that they scan the internet to alert them to potential events that may threaten the US. [cont…]