CIA Articles


Lawmakers: CIA #2 Lied to Us About Benghazi

ADVANCE article from the March 3, 2014 issue.
4:12 PM, Feb 20, 2014

Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, provided an account of his role on Benghazi that was often highly misleading and at times deliberately false.

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Rumors of al Qaeda’s Demise

Feb 10, 2014

For five years, the Obama administration has touted its success in the war against al Qaeda. In formal addresses, daily press briefings, and campaign speeches top administration officials have celebrated the “decimation” of al Qaeda and predicted its imminent extinction.

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Snowing the EPA

Dec 30, 2013

Truth to tell, The Scrapbook has gotten as good a laugh as anyone out of the saga of John C. Beale, the retired Environmental Protection Agency official—Princeton grad, onetime deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation, congressionally certified expert on global warming—who has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for stealing nearly a million dollars from the federal government. 

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Benghazi Survivors Given NDAs at CIA Memorial Service for Woods, Doherty

1:02 AM, Nov 14, 2013

Two former CIA officials who fought in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, were asked to sign additional nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) more than six months after those attacks. The two officials, who will testify Thursday before a subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were presented the nondisclosure agreements during a memorial service in May at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, honoring Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two of the CIA-affiliated personnel who died during those attacks.

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When to Spy on Our Friends

The NSA in Europe.
Nov 11, 2013

It is often remarked that espionage is the second-oldest profession. Written records from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Iran suggest that spying and civilization sprang up together. In antiquity, spies could be the hidden bureaucrats of tyranny or good governance (a ruler needed to know whether a satrap was cheating the crown and its subjects) or, less often, camouflaged itinerants writing home about the machinations of rival city-states, empires, or barbarian tribes. In modern times, espionage went Orwellian, becoming primarily a tool to buttress police states.

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Text of CIA Director's Pledge to Make Benghazi Survivors Available to Talk

10:12 AM, Sep 11, 2013

On September 3, 2013, CIA director John Brennan sent a letter to House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers responding to questions about CIA-affiliated personnel who were on the ground during the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The letter is below:

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CIA Director Pledges to Make Benghazi Survivors Available to Talk

12:00 AM, Sep 11, 2013

One year after the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the survivors may finally begin to talk.

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CIA Pushes Counter-Narrative of the 1953 Iran Coup

9:54 AM, Aug 21, 2013

Various sites are reporting that the CIA has finally come clean about its role in the 1953 coup that overthrew Iranian Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq. Monday, on the sixtieth anniversary of the coup, the National Security Archive published on its website The Battle for Iran, a report prepared in the mid-1970s by an in-house CIA historian.

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Lebanon, Syria—and the CIA

8:48 AM, Aug 19, 2013

Even with all eyes turned toward Egypt and the increasingly violent rifts pulling that society apart, the region’s active civil war in Syria burns on. Last Thursday, the two-and-a half-year-long conflict touched neighboring Lebanon, again, when a bomb detonated in the Hezbollah-held southern suburbs of Beirut killing 27 people and wounding hundreds.

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CIA Claims Benghazi Survivors Wanting to Talk Should Work Through Proper Channels

But no one has come forward yet.
1:01 PM, Aug 06, 2013

In a May 30, 2013, letter to CIA officers on the ground last fall in Benghazi, Libya, CIA director John Brennan notified survivors of those attacks that congressional oversight committees remain interested in hearing from them.

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Brennan Sent Letter to Benghazi 'Survivors'

6:19 PM, Aug 03, 2013

John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, sent a letter to each of the CIA employees who were on the ground during the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, inviting them to share information with Congress, according to three sources familiar with the missive. Brennan sent the letter in late May at the behest congressional intelligence committees, whose members remain interested in hearing from the survivors of those attacks.

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'An American Love Letter on Hitler's Stationery'

6:22 AM, Jul 26, 2013

NBC reports on a "love letter" from American father to his son written on Hitler's stationery:

Inside a glass case in a “secret” CIA museum is a swastika-emblazoned letter written on Adolf Hitler’s personal stationery that was delivered to the museum the day after Osama bin Laden died.

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The Myth of an American Coup

What really happened in Iran in 1953
Jun 17, 2013

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of Operation Ajax—the notorious CIA plot that is supposed to have ousted Iranian prime minister Muhammad Mossadeq. In the intervening decades, the events of 1953 have been routinely depicted as a nefarious U.S. conspiracy that overthrew a nationalist politician who enjoyed enormous popular support.

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Podcast: Reuel Marc Gerecht on Iran's Apologists

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:18 PM, May 16, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with contributing editor Reuel Marc Gerecht on his piece on the Iranian regime and its apologists.

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Petraeus’s Objection to the Benghazi Talking Points

1:23 PM, May 16, 2013

After nearly two days of editing, then CIA director David Petraeus was sent the revised Benghazi talking points on September 15, 2012. He was less than impressed, to put it mildly.

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On the Benghazi Emails

8:34 AM, May 16, 2013

Steve Hayes on the Benghazi emails, last night on Sean Hannity's Fox News show:

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Carney Keeps on Digging

7:24 PM, May 10, 2013

Jay Carney aggressively defended the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks and the revision of CIA talking points Friday in an uncharacteristically hostile White House press briefing. But in his attempts to protect himself and his administration colleagues, Carney offered a series of highly misleading answers that seem likely to do additional damage to his cause and White House credibility.

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White House Spokesman Throws State, CIA Under Bus

11:20 AM, May 10, 2013

At a White House press briefing on May 1, Barack Obama spokesman Jay Carney attempted to frame new reporting on the Benghazi attacks as old news by noting that the attacks had taken place "a long time ago." 

Just ten days have passed since he uttered that infelicitous phrase. But it feels like a long time ago.

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The Benghazi Talking Points Podcast

With Stephen F. Hayes, hosted by Michael Graham.
3:36 PM, May 06, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Stephen F. Hayes on his recent piece, The Benghazi Talking Points

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Exploiting Osama Bin Laden’s Files

10:02 AM, Apr 12, 2013

Top U.S. intelligence officials revealed new details about the exploitation of Osama bin Laden’s extensive archive during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday. The officials revealed that at least several hundred intelligence reports have been generated based on an analysis of bin Laden’s files.

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Bin Laden’s Files and the Al Qaeda Threat

5:00 AM, Apr 11, 2013

The House Intelligence Committee will be holding a hearing on “Worldwide Threats” today. The most senior U.S. intelligence officials are scheduled to testify.

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John Brennan and the Bin Laden Files

Mar 11, 2013

During a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on April 30, 2012, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, discussed “The Ethics and Efficacy of the U.S. President’s Counterterrorism Strategy.” Brennan explained that President Obama has “pledged to share as much information with the American people ‘so that they can make informed judgments and hold us accountable.’ ” Obama, he continued, “has consistently encouraged those of us on his national security team to be as open and candid as possible.” After all, “our democracy depends” upon “transparency.”

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The Podcast: Rand Paul Goes To Washington

Will Paul's filibuster energize the GOP?
3:43 PM, Mar 06, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Jim Swift on Senator Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to be director of the CIA..

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Rand Paul Invokes Hitler in Opposing Obama's Nomination

12:53 PM, Mar 06, 2013

Rand Paul, who is currently on the Senate floor filibustering President Obama's pick to be the next CIA director, invoked Hitler: 

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Affleck Grants Wish of Ex-Ambassador, Thanks Canada in Acceptance Speech

But didn't thank the Americans, and the CIA and State Dept. in particular.
9:43 AM, Feb 25, 2013

In accepting the best movie award last night at the Oscars, Ben Affleck thanked Canada. 

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The Unchanging CIA

Technology and spies go well together.
Feb 18, 2013

John Brennan’s nomination to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency has sparked another debate about Langley’s priorities and deficiencies. Brennan, the king of drones at his counterterrorist perch in the White House, could accelerate, some critics fear, the agency’s transformation into a high-tech killer elite who no longer apply themselves assiduously to the recruitment and running of human spies.

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Brennan, Panetta on Hot Seat Today on Capitol Hill

8:26 AM, Feb 07, 2013

Two officials from the Obama administration are on the hot seat today on Capitol Hill: John Brennan, who is the president'a chief counterterrorism advisor and who has been nominated to lead the CIA, and Leon Panetta, the retiring defense secretary. For Brennan, the issue is whether he should be confirmed to be the next CIA director; while Panetta will be on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the September 11 terror attack in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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Interrogate Brennan

Jan 21, 2013

President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, has been one of the president’s closest advisers over the last four years. So it should come as no surprise that Obama wants him to run Langley. And Brennan’s boosters lay out a compelling case.

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