The CIA is Stalking Me…Online

Everywhere I go she’s there, folded arms, smartly dressed in a blazer and white button-down, keeping an eye on me. Just a hint of a wry smile crosses her face as she lurks. She’s there representing the CIA, and the National Clandestine Service. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but she’s around when I’m taking a look…

Is Obama’s Drone Program Legal? Former Senior CIA Lawyer Isn’t Saying.

Memoirs often offer former senior US government officials an outlet to comment on programs about which they largely were silent while in office. When it comes to the legality of the Obama administration’s armed-drone program, such candor is needed. But, in his new memoir, the CIA’s former top lawyer is mostly mum on the topic.

How the Intel Community Spends its Supplemental Wartime Budget

A day after the Washington Post published selected parts of the—until now—secret National Intelligence Program budget summary from fiscal 2013, the Web site Cryptome.org did the paper on better, posting the entire 43 pages from Vol. 1 of the document, as opposed to the 17 pages the Post released. Aside from the $52 billion top…

Drone Week Begins as Armed UAVs’ Familiar ‘Buzz’ Becoming Less Frequent

[HTML1] Since last December, Congress has had Fiscal Cliff Week then Sequestration Week then CR Week and most recently Budget Week. The Senate even had Guns Week. And now comes Drone Week. Two congressional panels on Tuesday are holding hearings on the role of armed unmanned aircraft in future military operations — and the very…

David Petraeus Gets His Mea Culpa On, Kicks Off Comeback Tour

[HTML1] Well, that didn’t take long. David Petraeus, the revered soldier-scholar who became CIA director before stepping down due to an extramarital affair, is embarking on a new path that is quintessentially American: The comeback tour. Speaking to what appears a friendly audience at an annual University of Southern California event honoring members of the military, Petraeus went all…

Could Disclosure of Classified Info DQ Pentagon Intel Chief in CIA Director Race?

Could a little too much cooperation (allegedly) with filmmakers torpedo a senior Pentagon official’s nomination to become the first CIA chief in the post-David Petraeus era? The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says he is “quite troubled” by the possibility of a federal probe into the possible disclosure of classified information by the…

SecDef Called ‘Serious as Sh*t’ — But Start of Policy Event Was Anything But

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan is under investigation for a possible inappropriate relationship involving a woman who is not his wife. All U.S. generals are subject to an ethics review ordered by the secretary of defense. And the most-heralded American war commander in decades had to leave his CIA director over an extramarital affair. What’s more,…