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CIA entrance hall
The photograph of this Bible-quote to the right – is of the marble wall in the front lobby of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the USA.
twisted use of the Christian Bible well expresses this organisation's long term moral hypocrisy, which should at least have been an embarrassment to any nation which regards itself as having any semblance whatsoever of true Christianity.
The full quote below shows the manner in which the CIA has taken Christ's own words and twisted His meaning.
The Lord Jesus said –
“IF you abide in MY word, you are truly MY disciples; and you will know the truth [about Jesus], and the truth [that truth] will set you free.” 
John 8:31-32.
But if these
inspired words of Christ Himself have been so flagrantly twisted in this way, it should not then surprise the thinking person that other misrepresentations by this organisation would follow. Every human government does need some form of intelligence agency, but this power and its activities must always be kept accountable to more than the executive agency of government on whose own behalf they officially act.
Brief Background: 
The United States of America's Central Intelligence Agency was originally formed during World War II under the name Office of Strategic Services (on the recommendation of UK agent in New York, William Stanger/Stephensen/Stephenson, in the light of the Soviet theft of US atomic bomb technology) to coordinate espionage activities. In 1947 the US National Security Act formally established the CIA, affording it –
'no police or law enforcement functions, either at home [USA] or abroad'.
the CIA's foreign paramilitary activity is now quite widely known, including its abduction-and-surrogate-torture practices known as 'rendition'. But a less well known example of this corrupting effect of the CIA in our present world situation is Iran.
CIA Report on Iran
to the US President
1 March 1953
Tragically for the people of Iran, and for the whole Middle East in its backlash, the American CIA (Eisenhower approved operation TPAJAX) financed and orchestrated the 1953 violent overthrow of Iran's democratically elected government to install the Shah on the Iranian people so as to secure American oil interests and ostensibly also not let it fall under Soviet influence. This led directly to the creation of the present day intensely anti-West Islamic republic.
See: Secret
CIA Iran Report
with propaganda
During the fighting in Teheran, 300 people were killed before Iran's democratic forces were defeated by the CIA-supported forces. A US general later testified that even –
the guns they had in their hands, the trucks they rode in, the armoured cars that they drove through the streets,
and the radio communications that permitted their control, were all furnished through the [US] military defence assistance program
For a perspective see
Smithsonian Magazine's
2008 article
by Stephen Kinzer
But this
subversive hypocrisy of the CIA was not an isolated incident.
Some sad examples
known personally to the author: 
During the international arms embargo against South Africa, 'officially' implemented by the United States –
A full time CIA officer at South Africa's Saldanha Bay Military Academy taught unarmed combat to its military reconnaissance brigade, which was operating illegally in Mozambique and Angola; and I also received an eye-witness report of the use of CIA supplied cluster bombs in a South African attack on at least one occasion in Southern Angola (source: brigade member taught by him and present in Angola at that time)
The CIA secretly flew weapons into northern Mozambique to the Renamo rebel forces from Saudi Arabia via the Comoro Islands, while Renamo was fighting against Mozambique's Marxist Frelimo government, thereby (Renamo) committing many horrific atrocities against its civilians during the 1980s. (source: Mozambican informant in Mozambique at that time).
(On one occasion while I was there, a CIA-supplied Renamo unit mashed a baby to death in front of its mother to induced her to tell where her army-enlisted husband was serving at the time. The distraut mother fled from Renamo to take refuge in a Maputo church.)
The CIA provided classified working drawings to Armscor (South Africa's weapons manufacturing and procurement organisation) at Lenz, Johannesburg, for the manufacture of a then still secret airborne anti-tank weapon, developed too late for the Vietnam war, to be used at South Africa's discretion, most probably against Cuban-manned Russian tanks in South Angola. (source: Armscor employee directly involved at that time).
At the same time a special unit of the CIA monitored any significant import to South Africa of electronic components, being used to develop a new military radar system to help protect South Africa against the threat of Soviet aerial incursions or attacks, which therefore required that the said imports be continually rerouted through various countries. (source: radar development manager at that time). The Soviet threat potential at the time was very real, which resulted in large air-raid sirens being erected in all major urban centres, yet the CIA did all it could to undermine the development of a radar defence system for South Africa.
The FBI set up a Special Intelligence Service (SIS) to conduct operations in Latin America.
See: FBI
On behalf of the FBI, SIS sets up the 'Importers and Exporters Service Company'
at Room 4332, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, USA
as a national clearing house for FBI agents to pick up their foreign cover-assignments for their secret overseas missions.
July 11: President Roosevelt, under influence from the British to impeove intelligence matters, and on recommendation of William Stanger (the original James Bond) orders the establishment of a new White House agency, the Coodinator of Information (COI), effectively creating America's first peacetime national intelligence organization, and appoints former assistant U.S. attorney general, Wall Street lawyer and executive Wlliam J. Donovan to lead the COI.
Donovan was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor
for his exemplary military service.
March: William J Donovan (Coordinator Of Information, COI, which later becomes Office of Strategic Services, OSS) begins sending teams to break into foreign embassies in Washington, pilfering cipher and code books and recruiting Vichy French and Spanish diplomats.
"black bag" jobs
The CIA’s precursor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), creates the Simple Sabotage Field Manual, a classified booklet describing ways to sabotage the US’ World War II enemies. OSS Director William J. Donovan recommends that the sabotage guidance be declassified and distributed to citizens of enemy states via pamphlets and targeted broadcasts. Many of the sabotage instructions guide ordinary citizens, who may not have agree with their country’s wartime policies towards the US, to destabilize their governments by taking disruptive actions. (Read the original manual, 2.5MB pdf)
March: Born out of Britain and America's tight-knit intelligence partnership in World War Two, comes, what was first called BRUSA, later renamed UKUSA, a top secret intelligence-sharing alliance. Soon after the beginning of the Cold War, GCHQ in Britain and the NSA in the U.S. are born and later the alliance forms the basis of their extremely tight co-operation during the Cold War, later expanding to include three other English-speaking countries - Canada, Australia and New Zealand and so became known as the "five eyes". The club is based on sharing intelligence with each other and not spying on each other.
The 'Five Eyes'
is born and later developes
into satellite surveillance of
internet communications.
See: The continuous criminal behaviour of the CIA human-experimentation program under the name Project MKULTRA*.
(CIA Director Richard Helms ordered all MKULTRA files destroyed in 1973. A cache of some 20,000 documents survived Helms' purge, as they had been incorrectly stored in a financial records building and were discovered following a FOIA request in 1977, but they provided little detail however. These documents were fully investigated during the Senate Hearings of 1977.)
(*"Manufacturing Killers Utilizing Tradecraft Requiring Assassination" in direct contravention of the Nuremburg Code)
1952 In collaboration with a small Dutch technology company, called the Nederlands Radar Proefstation (Dutch Radar Research Station), an operation codenamed EASY CHAIR is Initiated to bug foreign embassies.  
See: Sins of US Imperialism
In Guatemala – After the economic reform efforts of President Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán upsets America's United Fruit Company, the CIA then engineers his political overthrow by coup d'état of a military junta (Operation PBSUCCESS). As the US had done in
overthrowing the
Queen of Hawai in 1893 for
the sake of US sugar planters.
The CIA conducts a biological warfare experiment (despite the Fourth Geneva Convention) releasing whooping cough bacteria into the air over the city from a boat outside of Tampa Bay, Florida, causing a whooping cough epidemic in the city, and killing at least 12 people.
In the 1960s,

acting upon the information of Russian KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, the CIA counter-intelligence chief James Jesus Angleton believes the KGB has moles in two key places – the counter-intelligence section of CIA, and the FBI's counter-intelligence department – through whom they would then know of, and control, US counter-espionage to protect the moles and hamper the detection and capture of other Communist spies. Moreover, KGB counter-intelligence vets foreign intelligence sources, so that the moles might "officially" approve an anti-CIA double agent as trustworthy. In retrospect, the captures of the moles Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen proves that Angleton, though ignored as over-aggressive, was correct,
despite costing him his job at CIA, which he leaves in 1975.

U.S. International
Abduction & Torture
Abou Elkassim Britel
Khaled al-Maqtari
Maher Arar
Muhammad al-Assad
Salah ‘Ali Qaru
Mustafa Aït Idir
Belkacem Bensayah
Lakhdar Boumediene
Boudella El Hadj
Nechla Mohamed
Saber Lahmar Mahfoud
Muhammad Haydar Zammar
Usama Mostafa Hassan Nasr
(Abu Omar)
Khaled el-Masri
Ahmed Agiza
Mohammed El Zari
Bisher Al-Rawi
Jamil El-Banna
Mohammed Madni

See current torture victims
of Rendition still held.

Secret prisons
are a violation of
international law.
Including the US use of
Britain's Diego Garcia
Note: MH370 clues

August 25 – The National Security Council meeting recommends to President Dwight D. Eisenhower during a special meeting that the agency coordinate the USAF and CIA's (and later the navy and NSA's) reconnaissance activities. As a consequence the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is created. (Its ground station is at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO).
Bay of Pigs – attempted invasion of Cuba by dissidents fails because the US reneges on its promised air-cover. See Draft CIA Report.
CIA sends the South African
ANC's Nelson Mandela
to prison
August 5: CIA officer Donald C. Rickard (under cover as US consular official in Durban) informs Apartheid South Africa's police Special Branch that Nelson Mandela of the African National Congress (ANC) is disguised as a chauffeur, in a car heading for Durban to meet him for a discussion of possible American support. So Mandela is accordingly arrested and begins his 27-years imprisonment on Robben Island, courtesy of the USA.
Later, senior CIA operative at the time Paul Eckel (under cover as First Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria) describes Mandela's arrest as "one of our greatest coups". (Blum 2001:216; and in 'Third World Traveller').
CIA now betrays ANC
July 11: In South Africa – The high command of Umkonto weSizwe (armed wing of the African National Congress liberation movement against the country's apartheid government) is arrested at the Lillesleaf Farm after tip off by CIA officer Donald C. Rickard (retired to Pagosa Springs, Colorado).

See: JFK Facts
July 31:
In his job evaluation George Efthyron Joannides (CIA station chief in Miami, Florida) is credited with having established control over the Cuban dissident group Revolutionary Cuban Student Directorate (DRE).
August to  November: George E. Joannides (aka: "Walter Newby"/"Mr. Howard"/"Howard") is directly acquainted with Lee Harvey Oswald of the DRE.
  Joannides visits New Orleans.
22: President JF Kennedy is then assassinated in New Orleans by Lee Harvey Oswald of the DRE.
(Joannides leaves the CIA in 1979, dies in Houston on March 9, 1990).
In the
late 1960s, in Toronto, Canadathe CIA and the Russian KGB compete in their espionage activities.
In South Vietnam, the CIA begins its assassination program code-named Phoenix (Chiến dịch Phụng Hoàng) to eliminate persons in villages reported to be 'potential' Vietcong leaders.
William E. Colby on July 19, 1971, testifies before Senate Subcommittee that the CIA's Operation Phoenix had killed 21,587 Vietnamese citizens between January 1968 and May 1971 in targeted assassinations.
October: the United States NSA and Navy sends the purpose-modified submarine USS Halibut (SSGN-587) of Navy Cmdr. Jack McNish to tap the Soviet undersea naval communications cable in Soviet territorial waters of the Sea of Okhotsk, which connects the major Soviet Pacific Fleet naval base at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula to the Soviet Pacific Fleet's mainland headquarters at Vladivostok, in 400 ft (120 m) of water, and installs a 20 ft (6.1 m) long device, which wrapped around the cable without piercing its casing and records all communications made over it. The large recording device is designed to detach if the cable is raised for repair.
Once a month divers retrieve the recordings and install new tapes, and send the tapes to Fort Meade, Md. where they are subsequently analyzed. The Soviets are apparently confident in the security of their communications lines, as a surprising amount of sensitive information traveled through the lines without encryption. It proves so successful that US espionage taps are placed on other Soviet communication lines around the world.
The Soviets discover and remove it in 1981 after NSA employee Robert Pelton betrays Operation "Ivy Bells" to the Soviets for $35,000, which ends its nearly a decade of espionage. Pelton is later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Ivy Bells

Undermining a duly elected
foreign government, the
brazenly lie about it,
all in the service of
US financial interests
May: In Washington, USA – The CIA break into the Chilean Embassy to steal information, including planting bugging equipment.
(In 1999, newly available Oval Office recordings from May 1973, reveal President Nixon telling his aide General Alexander Haig,
"There are times, you know, when, good God, I’d authorize any means to achieve a goal abroad,” including "the breaking-in of embassies and so forth."
And days later, in another conversation, Nixon tells White House lawyer J. Fred Buzhardt, "When we get down, for example, to the break-in, the Chilean Embassy – that thing was a part of the burglars’ plan, as a cover . . .a CIA cover.")
Electronic surveillance planted during the break-in enables the CIA to learn the Chilean government’s intentions about its nationalization efforts, which the White House then secretly passed on to the US companies with operations there, all being major Nixon and Republican Party donors.
The Pinochet regime,
which the US helped install,
ran assassination squads
(Operation Condor) with
the assistance of the CIA
In 1975 Colonel Contreras,
the head of Pinochet’s
deadly Directorate of
National Intelligence,
is on the CIA’s payroll.
In the
mid-1970s, the Russian KGB tries to secretly buy three banks in northern California to gain access to high-technology secrets. The banks are Peninsula National Bank in Burlingame, the First National Bank of Fresno, and the Tahoe National Bank in South Lake Tahoe. These banks have made numerous loans to advanced technology companies and have many of their officers and directors as clients. The KGB uses the Moscow Narodny Bank Limited to finance the acquisition, and an intermediary, Singaporean businessman Amos Dawe, as the frontman. Their efforts are thwarted by the CIA.
Titanpointe: NSA Spy Hub
See: Necessary
Nuclear Attack Precautions
At 33 Thomas Street, Manhatton, New York, USA – The skyscraper (Long Lines Building) with 29 floors and three basement levels is completed with protection to staff from toxic radiation amid nuclear war as a surveillance centre for the NSA targeting the communications of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and at least 38 countries, including close U.S. allies such as Germany, Japan, and France. Emergency supplies for 1,500 people is also kept in the building.
Designed by architects John Carl Warnecke & Associates
and owned by AT&T.
January 7: Chief Of Chilean Intelligence, Manuel Contreras, travels to Washington D.C. for a secret meeting with the deputy director of the CIA, Vernon Walters. His real purpose, however, was to courier a one-page message from Augusto Pinochet to Henry Kissinger. "He came as a special envoy from President Pinochet with a message for you to be delivered through me," Walters reports to Secretary of State Kissinger after meeting with Contreras for 45 minutes.
Pinochet’s typed memo requests that the U.S. provide Chile with economic credits, and assistance, as well as tanks, ships, submarines, and electronic surveillance support to protect Chile from a perceived military threat from Peru. In his conversation with Walters, Contreras reported that Chilean Intelligence had "infiltrated a member into the Central Committee of the Chilean Communist Party," and the regime had “completely dismantled” the armed resistance.
With Kissinger planning a visit to Chile, Walters reports, Pinochet wants him to know that his regime is "willing to take a number of steps in the direction of human rights and let you have the credit for having persuaded him to do it."
National Security
A CIA officer is stationed at the South African Military Academy in Saldhana Bay (under the SA Apartheid regime) to train SA Reconnaissance Brigade recruits in unarmed combat, among other. (Source: officer Leon van Rensburg).
23: The CIA, working secretly with South Africa, contradicts the US high altitude satellite report that South Africa had exploded a nuclear device over the Antarctic ocean, by blaming it on a satellite malfunction.
The CIA,
to prevent the Russian aircraft carrier Varyag (named for the medieval Varangian Vikings who founded Moscow and ruled the state of Rus), undergoing repair in Ukraine from leaving the Black Sea, approaches Turkey and convinces it not to allow the decrepit Russian aircraft carrier, apparently bought by Argentina for a casino, to pass through the Straits of Bosporus, so the Turkish government tells its towing tugs they could not move the ship using the flimsy excuse that the ship might sink and block the shipping channel. For most people that would have been the end of it. But for three years the ocean going tugs are paid to tow the Varyag around the Black Sea. The CIA watches in hope the ship would capsize in a storm or rot through and sink, but it did not. Finally, one night, the tug boats were finally able to slip the carrier through the Straits. Only the ship didn't head for Argentina. It heads for China. The "Argentine Tourist Commission" which bought it was a front for the Chinese navy.
The CIA is angry and the Turks are embarrassed. The Chinese have a sixty-percent complete aircraft carrier and hire the British to re-design and refit it in a Chinese dockyard for only 2 million dollars.
Damaged Russian
aircraft carrier
being repaired
by Ukraine is
bought by

CIA collaboration in Iraqi
chemical weapons attacks
November: Iraqi military attacks on Iran (1980-1988) using mustard gas and sarin with the CIA help of satellite imagery, maps and other intelligence provided by the US government now become regarded as a risk to US reputation at the UN as the Islamic Republic tries to take the issue to the United Nations. The CIA reports –
"As Iraqi attacks continue and intensify the chances increase that Iranian forces will acquire a shell containing mustard agent with Iraqi markings. Tehran would take such evidence to the UN and charge US complicity in violating international law."
CIA agents continue to provide the Iraqi military with information on the movements of the Iranian troops and the location of the country’s logistics facilities as well as details about Iranian air defences.
American Terrorism
March 8: In West Beirut – United States car-bombing of the mosque (specially authorized by CIA Director William Casey) at the close of Friday prayers to kill Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah (who still escaped), which killed 80 people and wounded 256 others. Most of the dead were girls and women, who had been leaving the mosque, though the ferocity of the blast "burned babies in their beds," "killed a bride buying her trousseau," and "blew away three children as they walked home from the mosque" and "devastated the main street of the densely populated" suburb (source: Nora Boustany, Washington Post 1988).
October 19: In South Africa – The CIA assist South Africa with intelligence on the movements of Moçambique's pro-Soviet president in setting up a decoy navigation beacon in the Lebombo mountains on the Moçambiquan border which result in his assassination. (The CIA was flying in weapons to Renamo in northern Moçambique from Saudi Arabia via the Comorres Islands.
associated detail
May: The Clinton Administration temporarily suspends the CIA aircraft shoot-down drug-war over Columbia and Peru after the Departments of Justice and State, as well as the Pentagon, say that the United States might be in violation of treaties on international aviation safety and that the shooting down of an innocent civilian plane could result in wrongful death suits being brought against the United States and its contractors. Congress therefore adopts legislation exempting U.S. government officials and contractors from any liability resulting from the killing of innocent air travellers. See 2001.
July 24: In Gambia, Africa – Yahya Jammeh is assisted by the CIA in a coup against the democratically elected government, to take over from President Jawara. Present is the U.S. ambassador to Gambia, Andrew Winter.
The U.S. Navy takes Jawara to neighboring Senegal where he is granted political asylum by its government.
US meddling in Africa
January: The CIA's Counterterrorist Center opens a new office, with sole responsibility to track Osama bin Laden.

CIA Murder
& cover-up
June 28: Highly respected screen writer Gary Devore disappears on his way to deliver his script titled The Big Steal (concerning the real reason for America's take-over/invasion of Panama). He had previously scripted Dogs Of War, Raw Deal and Time Cop.
(His remains are found in 1998 strapped into his Ford Explorer submerged beneath the California Aqueduct, but his script is missing and his hands are missing, for his broken/deformed little finger on his right hand would have identified him, and the coroner ascertains that his alleged hand bones are about 200-years-old). His Toshiba laptop is also not in the car, nor his gun or ammunition which had been under the seat. Devore had worked with the CIA in Panama and so knew the inside story.
“He went away a lot with members of the CIA special ops when I thought he was filming. They went to Panama together”
Devore's widow, Wendy
Police said Devore had 'accidentally' driven on the wrong side of the aqueduct and drove off the side into the water.
But British producer, Dr Matthew Alford, simulated the route, and claims it is near-impossible.
Some Imperial Sins
of America.
October 30: In Ankara, Turkey – Russian dissident and ex-KGB officer Alexander (Sasha) Litvinenko and family (wife Marina and child Tolik) apply for asylum at the American Embassy because of the serious threat to their lives in Russia..
He is informed that it is a Washington decision and asylum contingent on the value of information supplied by the applicant.
He is initially informed of their acceptance as asylum seekers, but later
(after supplying the requested confidential information)
the U.S. decision is reversed without explanation and asylum request declined.
reports of Iraq's mobile bio-weapons programme invented by Rafeed al-Janabi to persuade Germany to grant him asylum (he is code named 'Curveball' by American & German intelligence) are shown to be untrue. German and British intelligence had travelled to Dubai to meet Dr Bassil Latif, his former boss at Iraq's Military Industries Commission,
who proved that Curveball's claims could not be true.
CIA's head of operations in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, passes on warnings from German intelligence that they considered Curveball's testimony to be highly dubious, but the head of the US CIA, George Tenet, ignores the advice and this false information is later presented by the US to the world in 2003 as its justification for a military attack and subsequent invasion of Iraq.
The civilian death toll in Iraq stands at more than 100,000 as at February 2011.
October 31: The CIA refuse asylum in the United States to ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvineko, his wife Marina, and their child, after obtaining strategic information from Litvinenko as a pre-condition, –
in spite of their lives being in danger.
 "If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked." 
 Proverbs 29:12.
The 'Italian Job' names are listed below in November 4, 2009.
See also:
CIA Torture – by Prof. McCoy of University of Wisconsin-Madison
PDF of "Rogue State"
book by William Blum
a damning indictment!
The Peruvian Air Force shoots down a civilian plane (registered to the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) without warning after receiving erroneous information from the CIA that the plane was trafficking in narcotics.
It wasn't! – It was filled with Christian missionaries.
The missionary plane was vectored for an attack intercept by a radar-equipped U.S. military Cessna Citation surveillance plane operated by a CIA contractor, Aviation Development Corp., which is located at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. See 2008.
11: Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, warns of a possible major terrorist event against the United States, but without specifics as to time, location, or method of attack.
17: The US President signs a covert action Memorandum of Notification granting the CIA unprecedented counter-terrorism authorizations, including the authority to covertly capture and detain individuals "posing a continuing, serious threat of violence or death to U.S. persons and interests or planning terrorist activities" but made no direct reference to coercive interrogation techniques.
Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen convincie the CIA to subject terror-suspects to –
mock drowning, painful bodily contortions, sleep and dietary deprivation, and other methods
long rejected by the civilized world as torture.
April: Mohamed, an Ethiopian national and British resident, is arrested in Pakistan, flown to Morocco on a CIA plane and held for 18 months, during which he is repeatedly tortured, including having his penis cut with a knife. (Morocco denies holding him. He is transferred to Afghanistan in 2004 and later moved to Guantanamo Bay, U.S. authorities have admitted.
He is never charged and is returned to Britain in February 2009).
July: The CIA requests 'approval' from the US Department of Justice to use a set of coercive interrogation techniques [torture] adapted from the training of US military personnel (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape known as SERE) designed to prepare them for treatment that they may be subjected to, if taken prisoner by countries which do not adhere to the Geneva Conventions.
US prepares to use
techniques that violate
the Geneva Conventions
September: In Afghanistan – The CIA's secret Salt Pit/Cobalt detention facility begins its cruel operations.
al-Najjar and Lofti El Gherissi, both Tunisian nationals, are arrested in Pakistan and are among the first to be sent to the notorious CIA “black site” known as Cobalt in Afghanistan. Later both men independently recount being severely beaten with batons, threatened with an electric chair, subjected to various forms of water torture, and being chained by their arms to the ceilings of their cells for long periods.
December: The facts of Khaled El-Masri's case are no secret. He was the innocent victim of a joint US-Macedonian rendition operation.
A German national, El-Masri was seized by Macedonian security officers while on holiday with his family. He was detained incommunicado and abused in Macedonian custody for 23 days, after which he was handcuffed, blindfolded, driven to the airport, and handed over to the CIA. After subjecting him to further abuse, the CIA then flew him to Kabul, Afghanistan, and locked him up in a secret prison known as the "Salt Pit" where he was slammed into walls, kicked, beaten, and subjected to other forms of abuse. Held at the Salt Pit for four months, El-Masri was never charged, never brought before a judge, or given access to his family or any German government representatives.
On May 24, 2004, he is flown, blindfolded, ear-muffed, and chained to his seat, to Albania, where he was dumped on the side of the road without explanation.
In 2012 The European Court of Human Rights based in Strasbourg rules in El-Masri's favour and orders that the government of Macedonia pay him €60,000 in damages for its complicity in the CIA abduction and torture.
See Germany's Der Spiegel
on CIA Renditions
The United States government has falsely insisted that Khaled El-Masri's case implicates US "state secrets"
and thus obtained dismissal of his U.S. lawsuit without ever responding to the allegations.
(In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review that dismissal. So much for the impartiality of American 'justice'!)
March 27: The CIA fly Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Nashiri, Ramzi Binalshibh and Mustafa al-Hawsawi out of the US Navy Guantanamo Bay 'Strawberry Fields' detention centre to various foreign prisons ('black sites') to avoid them having access to any legal representation.
The CIA now also begins operating hellfire missile equipped drones (MQ-1 Predator) out of Shamsi airfield in Pakistan to attack militants in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
(The US is later forced to vacate the Shamsi base on 11 Dec. 2011, after a 15-day notice from the Pakistani government,
following a November 2011 cross-border attack which killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. All equipment not removed is burned by US agents.)
Bangkok, Thailand – The CIA at its local secret prison illegally detains Abdelhakim Belhadj on suspicion of terrorism links. In its collaboration with Muammar Gaddafi he is transferred to Libya on the US rendition aircraft N313P and is tortured and held without trial at the Abu Salim prison for seven years.
In October 2014 he succeeds
in a British court application to
sue the British government
for complicity.
October 31: In Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Khalid Mahmood Rashid is arrested at the request of the CIA, and flown by private charter from the Waterkloof air-force base (Pretoria) to Pakistan for 'enhanced interrogation' [torture] as part of America's extraordinary rendition program. (He is eventually released in April 2007 in Pakistan, in poor physical health, and dies within several weeks of his release).
Although the SA government alleges that he was in the country illegally, his passport which was found under some dirty washing by his landlord after his disappearance indicates otherwise.
South African

Open Source Center (OSC) is established to collect and analyze open source information of intelligence value across all media – print, broadcast and online. (The OSC is the successor to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), which gathered and translated world news coverage and other open source information for half a century).
October 1, 2015, it changes its name to the Open Source Enterprise (OSE), and Director Brennan retains his role as the interagency Open Source Functional manager.
December: The US Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act takes away some government and intelligence community functions that had previously been the CIA's responsibility.

An official victim of the CIA's lies:
"The United States has not transported anyone, and will not transport anyone, to a country when we believe he will be tortured. The United States does not use the airspace or the airports of any country for the purpose of transporting a detainee to a country where he or she will be tortured."
The ignorant statement of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, December 5, 2005.
British intelligence officers put questions to a man despite knowing he had been subjected to appalling abuse, including being waterboarded 83 times, according to damning evidence contained in a UK parliamentary report published June 2018. In the years after 9/11, Abu Zubaydah was the only CIA prisoner who went through all 12 of the agency’s “enhanced interrogation techniques”, including being beaten, deprived of sleep and locked in a small box.
After a four-year UK inquiry, the all-party intelligence and security committee (ISC) said in its report published on Thursday June 28, 2018, that Britian's MI6 had "direct awareness of extreme mistreatment and possibly torture" of Zubaydah. Despite this knowledge, from 2002 to at least 2006, Britain's MI6 and MI5 sent questions to be put to Zubaydah, the ISC reported.
This was during the period he was being waterboarded and suffering other tortures, the committee noted.
October 19: Based on fact, the movie Rendition is released.
 Click to see 'Rendition' trailer            'Rendition' featurette           Rendition,
including features deleted at other sources
The CIA inspector general reveals that the CIA had lied to Congress about the accidental shoot down of American missionaries over Peru in 2001. The CIA's general counsel had advised agency managers not to write anything down in an effort to avoid criminal charges being brought against CIA officers.
January 9: the US Bush Administration issues the Top Secret National Security Presidential Directive 54 on Cybersecurity Policy which "establishes United States policy, strategy, guidelines, and implementation actions to secure cyberspace" of January 8. (Click to view)
March 6: See PDF of of Intelligence Community Directive number 304. This document has since been removed from the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The ODNI has censored the statement that the Central Intelligence Agency "Collects, analyzes, produces, and disseminates foreign intelligence and counterintelligence, including information obtained through clandestine means."

Apple Espionage Tool
January: President Obama signs an Executive Order 13491 to prohibit the CIA from holding detainees othe than on a "short-term, transitory basis" and to limit interrogation techniques to those included in the Army Field Manual.
July 9:
Congress Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., a House Intelligence subcommittee chairwoman, who chairs the Intelligence subcommittee on oversight and investigations, writes to Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas (chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) that the CIA's lying is systematic and inexcusable. Schakowsky informs that Reyes indicated the committee would conduct a probe into whether the CIA violated the National Security Act, which requires, with rare exceptions, that Congress be informed of its covert activities.
Schakowsky says this is the fourth time that she knows of that the CIA has misled Congress or had not informed it in a timely manner, as required by law, since she began serving on the Intelligence Committee two and half years ago.
Jordan, according to Amnesty International, is a "key hub" in the United States' secret program of "extraordinary rendition," in which terrorism suspects are kidnapped and flown to secret prisons or to countries known for torture.
September 18: Seven former heads of the CIA (Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet, John Deutch, James Woolsey, William Webster, and James Schlesinger) write to President Barack Obama urging him to end the Justice Department probe into allegations of abuse (torture) of prisoners held by the agency.
*promoted to Colonel and reassigned to Lackland AFB, Texas. Romano was given command of the 37th Training Wing.
November 4: In Italy – Judge Oscar Magi sentences Robert Seldon Lady (officially retired, CIA Milan station chief at the time, see July 19, 2013 below) to a nine-year prison term in absentia, and another 22 Americans (including a US air force Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph L. Romano* commander of the 31st Security Police Squadron at the Aviano Air Base at the time) to five years in prison, for the 2003 abduction of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr (Abu Omar) in Milan and sending him via US base in Ramstein, Germany, to Egypt where he was allegedly tortured on behalf of the CIA, held for years and then released without charge.
The court also ruled that those convicted must pay 1m euros ($1.5m) in damages to Abu Omar and 500,000 euros to his wife.
ex-CIA Lady's defence (in absentia) was the usual:
'I was carrying out orders received from my superiors'.
The same stories the Nazi's gave us
at Nuremberg!
CIA spokesman George Little in Washington declined to comment on the convictions.
Lady's Italian retirement villa has been seized by magistrates to cover court costs.

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The following
indicted persons are now subject to arrest in Europe and other jurisdictions of Interpol, many of whom work in US State Department positions at U.S. embassies and your assistance to this end would therefore be appreciated
Monica Courtney ADLER; Drew Carlyle CHANNING; John Kevin DUFFIN; Raymond Michael HARBAUGH; James Thomas HARBISON; Ben Amar HARTY; Anne Linda JENKINS; James Robert KIRKLAND; Cynthia Dame LOGAN; Gregory ASHERLEIGH; Lorenzo Gabriel CARRERA; Eliana CASTALDO; Victor CASTELLANO; Vincent FALDO; John Thomas GURLEY; Brenda Liliana IBANEZ; Robert Seldon LADY (Leader of this rendition, now retired from the CIA and living in Florida or New York City) Betnie MEDERO; L. George PURVIS; Pilar RUEDA; Joseph SOFIN; Michalis VASILOU.
The United
States Government's arrogant official response to this Italian court verdict:
"The United States is disappointed"
(concerning the verdict, not concerning the crimes of its agents).
On Wednesday 19 September 2012, Italy's highest court upholds the convictions of 23 Americans in this abduction from a Milan street as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, paving the way to possible extradition requests by Italian authorities.
Milan Prosecutor Armando Spataro, one of Italy's top anti-terrorism magistrates who shaped the prosecution, hailed the top court's decision, saying it was tantamount to a finding that extraordinary rendition "is incompatible with democracy". Amnesty International welcomed the decision.
(In 2013, CIA operative, Robert Seldon Lady, who was the CIA’s station chief in Milan at the time of Nasr’s kidnapping, is detained while attempting to enter Panama from Costa Rica at a remote jungle border-crossing. Costa Rican authorities said later that "a check on his passport [had] triggered an INTERPOL alert". However, he is released a day later. According to the Panamanian foreign ministry, Lady was released because "Panama did not have an extradition treaty with Italy and because documentation sent by Italian officials was 'insufficient'".)
(in October 2015: Sabrina De Sousa, 59, previously CIA-operative and accredited diplomat stationed at the US consulate in Milan, Italy, when a CIA team kidnapped Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from a Milan street in broad daylight. Soon after his abduction, Nasr is renditioned to Egypt, where he says he was brutally tortured and raped, and held illegally for years before being released-without-charge. Upon Nasr’s release from prison, Italian authorities prosecuted the CIA team that had abducted him.)
the US, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta orders an internal report, which eventually finds that CIA had repeatedly overstated the value of intelligence gained during the brutal interrogations of some of its detainees.
Obama closes the CIA's black-box torture programme down when he comes to power. Later the CIA's former executive director, Buzzy Krongard, admits that it tortured terror suspects in its programme of "enhanced interrogation".
December 30: An suicide bomb-attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost in eastern Afghanistan is carried out by a Jordanian doctor (Hunam Kalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi) who is working as a double agent for al Qaeda and the Taliban, is one of the most devastating in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, killing seven and wounding six.
A Pakistani ISI officer provided $200,000 to Haqqani network and another man "to enable the attack on Chapman".
February: In Poland – Official flight records obtained by rights groups confirm that at least six CIA rendition flights landed in Poland in 2003 and reveal details of a cover-up by U.S. and Polish authorities. The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) provided the flight logs in response to a freedom of information request filed by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative. The disclosure marks the first time a Polish government agency has confirmed, on the record, that aircraft associated with the CIA landed repeatedly at Szymany Airport, close to a suspected CIA secret detention and interrogation site for "high-value detainees" in northern Poland. In the past, the Polish government had denied its involvement in rendition. It failed to provide any of these flight records to previous investigations conducted by the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.
February 2: The CIA "Red Cell" report looks at what will happen if it is internationally understood that the United States is an exporter of terrorism:
'Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin. This dynamic belies the American belief that our free, open and integrated multicultural society lessens the allure of radicalism and terrorism for US citizens.'
The report looks at a number cases of US exported terrorism, including attacks by US based or financed Jewish, Muslim and Irish-nationalism terrorists. It concludes that foreign perceptions of the US as an "Exporter of Terrorism" together with US double standards in international law, may lead to non cooperation in renditions (including the arrest of CIA officers) and the decision to not share terrorism related intelligence with the United States.
'You don't like the truth'
4 Days inside
March: In Ireland – The 10-year US visa of Dr. Edward Horgan of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe is revoked to prevent him speaking on extraordinary rendition at a Duke University conference in North Carolina. Dr Horgan is co-founder of ShannonWatch, which has documented the use of Ireland’s Shannon Airport in the CIA kidnapping practice known as “extraordinary rendition”. Dr Horgan is a former UN peacekeeper who also served in the Irish military.


CIA Operatives/spies –
See: secret Red Cell Memorandum
(on US 'exporting terrorism' of 2/02/2010)
secret staff listing in Western Europe up to 30 May 2010:
Austria Belgium Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Italy
45 28 23 16 13 68 63 231 2 63
Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Others
3 12 14 16 24 17 46 12 114 61
Some operatives who have been transferred between these locations will appear more than once on the per country listing.
Whose Who?
Click a country
for their personal names
See: CIA Assassinations

America's CIA has helped create the impression in foreign countries that the US only attaches value to American lives

June 3: In Pakistan – Senior United Nations official Philip Alston (UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings) accuses the US of inventing a "law of 9/11" to issue the CIA with a "licence to kill" that, if copied by other countries, could lead to "chaos".
Alston says –
"Intelligence agencies, which by definition are determined to remain unaccountable except to their own paymasters, have no place in running programmes that kill people in other countries,". The report states that "Because operators are based thousands of miles from the battlefield ...there is a risk of developing a 'Play Station' mentality to killing". ..."A lack of disclosure gives states a virtual and impermissible licence to kill". (See December 13 below).
See: Reprieve
Reprieve investigates extra-judicial killing and detention around the world and reunites 'disappeared' prisoners with their legal rights.
August 27: In the US – The Washington Post newspaper reports from a former CIA official that the CIA continues to bribe officials in the Afghan government for information. The Afghan President's bother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, a businessman and political power broker in Kandahar has been widely accused of amassing a vast fortune from the illicit drug trade, intimidating rivals and having links to the CIA.
Julian Assange, who had taken refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, has his internet connection stopped and is no longer allowed to receive visitors as from March 2018. He has been living at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sex crimes, which he always denied. The Swedish authorities have dropped their investigation, but Mr Assange believes he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves the building.
Former Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis and musician Brian Eno said in a statement they had heard "with great concern" about the lost internet access and ban on visitors. “Only extraordinary pressure from the US and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuador’s authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian," they said. They added that the Ecuador government had only recently granted Mr Assange citizenship, saying it must have been "leaned on mercilessly" to stop attempting to provide a diplomatic route to safety and even drive the WikiLeaks founder out of the embassy. "Clearly, Ecuador’s government has been subjected to bullying over its decision to grant Julian asylum, support and ultimately, diplomatic status."
Mr Assange stated: "Britain should come clean on whether it intends to extradite me to the United States for publishing the truth and cease its ongoing violation of the UN rulings in this matter."
In the US – Retired CIA Analyst officer RAY McGOVERN, employed under seven US presidents for over 27 years (presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush), states that America's CIA had concluded in 2007 that Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons development in the fall of 2003. (However this knowledge was suppressed for political reasons).
December 13: In Pakistan – Karim Khan files papers for a court case against the CIA for the killing of his son and brother in a drone attack in December 2009, naming the station head of the Pakistan operation of the CIA (the lawsuit also named CIA Director Leon Panetta and Defense Secretary Robert Gates). Karim Khan said
"We appeal to the authorities not to let Jonathan Banks [CIA station chief] escape from Pakistan.
He should be arrested and executed in this country".
The drone target is named as Haji Omar, a leading Taliban commander, and Khan insists that Omar was not in the house and that his executed family were innocent. "These men had nothing to do with the Taliban", said his lawyer Shahzad Akbar.
Washington – The CIA establishes a 'WikiLeaks Task Force' known internally as WTF. CIA spokesman George Little states that "The director asked the task force to examine whether the latest release of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships or operations".
The panel is led by the CIA's Counterintelligence Center but has more than two dozen members from departments across the CIA.
29: In the UK – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange informs Al Jazeera that he has the personal names of government officials in Arab countries who are working for the CIA and says:
“If I am killed or detained for a long time, there are 2,000 websites ready to publish the remaining files. We have protected these websites through very safe passwords”.
“If the UK (where I am based right now) decides to hand me over to Sweden for alleged cases of sexual abuse, they (Stockholm) would hand me over to the US.”
Assange says he fears that the US might slap laws declaring him as a 'spy' who has been acting against Washington. The Pentagon with the CIA has set up a ‘war room’ manned by 120 officials apparently to disrupt and destroy WikiLeaks. (In April 2015 Sweden's supreme court has grants Julian Assange the right to appeal against an arrest warrant for an alleged rape. The Wikileaks founder has been living inside Ecuador's embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition).
January: Bluffdale, Utah – Construction begins on the new NSA Data Center located 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, controls that once limited unintentional collection of data pertaining to U.S. citizens were removed, prompting concerns that the actions are illegal and unconstitutional
(NSA telephone call database)
(NSA internet traffic database)
26: In New York – The Open Society Justice Initiative calls on the United States government to comply with requests from Polish prosecutors for legal assistance and information regarding Guantanamo detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was imprisoned and tortured on Polish soil by America's CIA. Prosecutors in Warsaw have been investigating the possible abuse of power by Polish public officials with regard to a CIA black site since March 2008. In connection with their investigation, the prosecutors have reportedly requested information and other assistance from U.S. authorities, which have been denied.
And in the US
as at 8 March 2011 –
This day in WikileaksSee: Secrecy News Moral whistle blower Bradley Manning (23),
has now been kept in severe solitary confinement conditions for more than 280 days.
Whereas US military law permits a maximum pre-trial detention of 120 days. Does the US military respect US law?
May God gives us
more Bradley Mannings!
Betrayed by 'friend' Adrian Lamo
Mr House, who is a member of private Manning's legal advocacy team, alleges the conditions Manning is being held in at the Quantico military brig outside Washington amount to torture.
"It's almost thuggish behaviour on the part of the US government and the way they're prosecuting this investigation, and for someone [himself] who's doing legal defence, it's very alarming to see my country devolve into this".
Bradley Manning has also been forced to sleep naked in his cell, according to his lawyers.
Archive of all documents
available in the closed
'trial' of Bradley Manning
March 10:
Cambridge, Mass., USA – PJ Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs at the US state department, tells a forum that Manning is being "mistreated" in the military brig at Quantico, Virginia.
"What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defence."
(Crowley later resigns as a consequence of his honest comment being an embarrassment to his government).
office of Manfred Nowak, the UN special rapporteur on torture (in Geneva) is investigating whether Manning's pre-trial treatment in the American military prison amounts to torture.
[The office has been in negotiations since the beginning of this year with the US Government over unrestricted access to Mr. Manning, but was last month informed (June 2011) that the US Government is not in a position to accede to the request for a private and unmonitored meeting].
Secret US Embassy Cables
11: See: Top Secret PDF of Espionage Systems used in US Embassies internationally
16: In Pakistan – CIA contractor Raymond Allen Davis, charged with shooting dead two Pakistani citizens, is freed and flown to the US after payment of $2millionUS.
17: In Pakistan – A CIA drone attacks a local community meeting at the Datta Khel bus depot, called to discuss a nearby mine, killing 42 people and injuring many. The meeting was being chaired by Malik Daud Khan, a political liaison between the Pakistani government, military and other tribal leaders, did not involve any militants, and the local Pakistani military had been informed of the community meeting 10-days beforehand.
See: National Security Agency report on privacy violations in the first quarter of 2012, courtesy of the Washington Post.
In the UK – In a letter to the British Foreign Secretary, Bradley Manning's mother Susan Manning writes:
"I was very distressed by seeing Bradley. Being in prison is having a damaging effect on him physically and mentally. I am worried that his condition is getting worse. I would like someone to visit him who can check on his conditions."
The US Government has now moved Mr. Manning from their Quantico confinement facility to a facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He continues to be held in pre-trial detention pending a court martial.
the US – Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman and Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler publish a letter of concern signed by 300 academics, mostly law professors, calling on the Obama administration to end the military's abusive treatment of Manning – or justify its conduct, which many experts say amounts to torture.
My deep personal appreciation to those persons and agencies who have helped expose the cruelly callous and cavalier disregard of non-American human life demonstrated in the abuse of power against civilians under US CIA-military actions in foreign fields.
Abbottãbad, Pakistan – The US CIA bribe a senior government medical doctor to run a fake child vacccination programme offering Hepatitis B vaccinations in order to obtain DNA samples that match with a sample from Osama bin Laden's sister who died in a Boston hospital in the US in 2010. DNA samples are obtained from children in the walled compound where bin Laden lives.
2: In Abbottãbad, Pakistan – In a US government vigilante action Osama bin Laden is shot dead at close range in his home, even though the only armed persons in the walled compound are two brothers living in its gate-house.
9: In Washington – At his Thursday confirmation hearing to become secretary of defense, CIA Director Panetta makes a broad case for expanding the US’ already extensive shadow wars. Now that bin Laden is dead, "we’ve got to keep the pressure up," Panetta urged senators. So, expect a lot of drone strikes and a lot of special ops vigilante raids — some conducted by future CIA Director David Petraeus. In a lot of places.
his written responses to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta also endorsed a command scheme that would place select U.S. military personnel temporarily under the authority of the CIA director for the most sensitive counterterrorism operations [in foreign countries].
12: In Somalia – The US Central Intelligence Agency is reported to be using a secret facility for 'counterterrorism' purposes as well as a secret prison in the Somali capital in a back corner of Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. The CIA has its own aircraft at the airport and has "a sprawling walled compound" on the coast of the Indian Ocean which looks like a small gated community, with more than a dozen buildings behind large protective walls. It is guarded by Somali soldiers, but the Americans control access. The CIA seeks to build "an indigenous strike force" capable of international snatch/abduction operations and targeted ‘combat’ operations. The CIA also uses a secret prison deep in the basement of Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners are held. Some prisoners have been captured in Kenya or other foreign locations. The prison is officially run by the Somali NSA, but US Intelligence personnel pay the salaries and interrogate its detainees. (Source: Jeremy Scahill).
'Honor Those Who Said
'No' To Torture
Bureau of Investigative Journalism investigating the CIA's use of unmanned drones in Pakistan tribal areas (Covert War investigation) finds a minimum of 392 reported civilians killed in drone attacks by the CIA. Some 175 of which are reported to have been children. But the CIA maintains that its drones have killed no civilians since May 2010.
months after Osama bin Laden's execution as he lay wonded on the floor, the CIA’s top operative in Pakistan Mark Kelton (known for his acerbic personality) is pulled out of the country in an abrupt move vaguely attributed to health concerns and his strained relationship with Islamabad. Agency officials think that it is plausible (if not provable) that Kelton’s sudden illness is poisoning, somehow orchestrated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) under Ahmed Shuja Pasha. Even if the poisoning suspicion is groundless, the idea that the CIA and its station chief consider the ISI capable of such an act suggests that the breakdown in trust is even worse than widely assumed.
Kelton had signed off on dozens of drone strikes that infuriated the Pakistanis.
Kelton retired
from the CIA
in 2015.
Saudi Arabia – The American CIA's John Brennan arranges the building of a drone base to eliminate/kill suspected Al Qaeda militants, such as in Yemen.
(The first drone assassination in carried out in September on US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki).
See: UN Enquiry
1: In New York, USA – Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the US district court for the southern district of New York, in response to a motion by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) dating back to 2007, refuses to hold the CIA in contempt of court for destroying 92 videotapes depicting the torture of two prisoners in the course of the "war on terror." The court had first ordered the CIA in September 2004 to produce or identify all records regarding the treatment of detainees in its custody. But the CIA did not produce the videos and did not reveal that they had existed until 2007, shortly before amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) took effect on 31 December 2007.
Another cover-up
1, 8:38 p.m.: In Washington – According to the Washington Post newspaper, the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center staff (CTC) has grown nearly sevenfold (x7) in the past decade.
Growth of CIA's
Counter Terrorism Center
(CTC) and its use of
In Tripoli, Libya – Documents found at a Libyan security agency by the Transitional Government of Libya indicate that the American CIA worked closely with Muammar Gadhafi's intelligence services in the rendition of terror suspects to Libya for torture interrogation. One example is Abdel Hakim Belhaj, commander of the anti-Gadhafi rebel force that now controls Tripoli. Belhaj, former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (a now-dissolved militant group which had links to Al-Qa'eda) says he was tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison (in collaboration with British MI6), then returned to Libya.
Two documents from March 2004 show American correspondence to Libyan officials to arrange Belhaj's rendition. This Libyan dissident and his wife, .after reaching a settlement over claims MI6 helped the US kidnap and deliver him to Tripoli for jail and torture. Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the agreement meant the Government did not have to admit any legal liability for what happened to Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Boudchar in 2004.
They reach a settlement with Britain in 2018 and receive an apology from the British Prime Minster Theresa May
In statements issued by their lawyers, Mr Belhaj and Ms Boudchar said they accepted the apology from Mrs May and the Government.
Prime Minister Theresa May has personally written to them both to apologise for their 'appalling' treatment and say Britain believes their account of rendition and torture. 

Electronic Privacy
Information Center
In the Harvard National Security Journal, Philip Alston, of New York University School of Law, writes (abstract) –
"...the accountability of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in relation to targeted killings, under both United States law and international law. As the CIA, often in conjunction with Department of Defense (DOD) Special Operations forces, becomes more and more deeply involved in carrying out extraterritorial targeted killings both through kill/capture missions and drone-based missile strikes in a range of countries, the question of its compliance with the relevant legal standards becomes ever more urgent. Assertions by Obama administration officials, as well as by many scholars, that these operations comply with international standards are undermined by the total absence of any forms of credible transparency or verifiable accountability. The CIA’s internal control mechanisms, including its Inspector-General, have had no discernible impact; executive control mechanisms have either not been activated at all or have ignored the issue; congressional oversight has given a ‘free pass’ to the CIA in this area; judicial review has been effectively precluded; and external oversight has been reduced to media coverage which is all too often dependent on information leaked by the CIA itself. As a result, there is no meaningful domestic accountability for a burgeoning program of international killing. This in turn means that the United States cannot possibly satisfy its obligations under international law to ensure accountability for its use of lethal force, either under IHRL or IHL. The result is the steady undermining of the international rule of law, and the setting of legal precedents which will inevitably come back to haunt the United States before long when invoked by other states with highly problematic agendas. " (emphasis mine).
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap."
Galatians 6:7.
In Ethiopia – The US Air Force invests millions of dollars to upgrade an airfield in Arba Minch, where it has built a small annex to house a fleet of drones that can be equipped with Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs. The Reapers began flying missions earlier this year over neighboring Somalia, where the United States and its allies in the region have been targeting al-Shabab, a militant Islamist group connected to al-Qaeda. As a result, the United States has relied on lethal drone attacks, a burgeoning CIA presence in Mogadishu and small-scale missions carried out by U.S. Special Forces. In addition, the United States has increased its funding for and training of African peacekeeping forces in Somalia that fight al-Shabab. Master Sgt. James Fisher (spokesman for the 17th Air Force, which oversees operations in Africa) says that an unspecified number of US Air Force personnel are working at this Ethiopian airfield "to provide operation and technical support for our security assistance programs."
24: In Teheran, Iran – Twelve CIA agents and collaborators are arrested by Iranian Intelligence. Parliamentarian Parviz Sorouri, who sits on the committee of foreign policy and national security, claims that the arrested agents planned to strike at Iranian interests in the military and nuclear sectors, with the aid of Israel.
In the UK – Evidence mounts that Britain's GCHQ have been assisting America's CIA drone killing of civilians in North West Pakistan as a matter of policy by supplying location information, which in 2011 alone amounted to more than 362 persons killed.
13: In the USA – The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the Foreword of its "Findings and Conclusions" states –
"...CIA personnel, aided by two outside contractors, decided to initiate a program of indefinite detention and the use of brutal interrogation techniques in violation of U.S. law, treaty obligations, and our values." (page 2 of 6, emphasis mine).
February: The Open Society Foundations releases a 216-page report on the CIA's Globalisation of Torture (1.7MB pdf)
"Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time the number of known victims, and lists the foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit."
March 8: John Brennon (born September 22, 1955) is appointed as CIA Director, until January 20, 2017
An Open Society Justice Initiative
See: 2013 Report
by Open Society Foundations
on CIA
Globalising Torture.
Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America's National Security Agency, blew the whistle on the way this powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The spies call it "mastering the internet". Others call it the death of individual privacy.
Sarah Harrison (see May 9, 2014)
See: Guardian's NSA Hub

Map of cable routes
24: In the USA – Just weeks before Edward Snowden goes public with his leaks about mass surveillance by the American National Security Agency (NSA), General Keith B. Alexander, the head of the NSA, welcomes a group of Swedish intelligence officials to a secret three-day meeting at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. In the delegation were Ingvar Åkesson, the longtime director of Sweden’s National Defense Radio Establishment (known as the FRA, for Försvarets radioanstalt), a shadowy Swedish government intelligence agency, and five members of Åkesson’s senior staff.
One of the aims of the meeting was to discuss Sweden’s growing importance to the NSA in Russian surveillance.
Snowden blows the lid on
NSA's unrestricted spying
on private citizens
Since the Sept.11, 2001 terror attacks, the number of NSA employees has climbed continually and its budget increased. In 2006, 15,986 members of the military and 19,335 civilians worked for the NSA with an annual budget of $6.115 billion.
The Latest! 
June 12: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) rules that it has no objection to the release of an October 2011 opinion of the court, which found that some of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs under the FISA Amendments Act (sections of the Act aimed at protecting American citizens from surveillance programs targeted at foreigners) were unconstitutional. (See: FISC membership).
The NSA’s PRISM program is based on the same sections that the FISC had found was circumvented by that security agency.
June: Thank you Edward Snowden (former CIA technician) for your moral courage and self-sacrifice in respect for human dignity and freedom!
     Snowden is described by those who knew him as –
"someone who prized the American ideal of personal freedom
but became disenchanted with the way government secretly operates in the name of national security".
Snowden told The Guardian newspaper of the UK that he was discouraged by an incident in which he claimed CIA agents tried to recruit a Swiss banker to provide secret information. They purposely got him drunk, Snowden said, and when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, an agent offered to help as a way to forge a bond.
"Much of what I saw in Geneva [he was stationed there by the CIA under diplomatic cover from 2007] really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world... When you're in positions of privileged access you see things that may be disturbing... until eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public — not by somebody who is simply hired by the government.".
Thank you Sarah Harrison of Wikileaks for your travel and accommodation assistance to Edward Snowden to evade his extradition to the US.
Snowden's exposé also shows that the US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain's intelligence gathering programs. The papers show that the NSA gave GCHQ £22.9m in 2009. The following year the NSA's contribution increased to £39.9m, which included £4m to support GCHQ's work for Nato forces in Afghanistan, and £17.2m for the agency's Mastering the Internet project, which gathers and stores vast amounts of "raw" information ready for analysis.
and in the
New York Times
As American intelligence agencies launch a global manhunt, the most wanted dissident in the world is quietly shunted between the homes of three refugee families in the most impoverished, cramped, filthy, neglected ghettos of Hong Kong before he boards a plane for Moscow.
Click their names to read their letters.

See: UK
Whistleblowing Framework
call for evidence
Two US Congress
 NSA Video Presentation 
members, GOP Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, have provided the Guardian (UK) with numerous letters and emails documenting their persistent, and unsuccessful, efforts to learn about NSA programs and relevant secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rulings, even though as US President Obama had mistakenly believed "these programs are subject to congressional oversight and congressional re-authorization and congressional debate".
19: In the US – Microsoft followed by Google file suit in a secret court filing to the FISA court to reveal to their customers how many times they have been ordered to disclose data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the mechanism used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US government agencies to gather data about foreign internet users. Microsoft says national security laws do not prohibit it from disclosing the data, and if the laws did, that would violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
19: High-ranking CIA official Robert Seldon Lady (59) wanted by Interpol and who has eluded Italian authorities for years despite being found guilty of kidnapping, flies to the United States to avoid extradition to Italy just one day after being arrested by officials in Panama.
See: Bob Lady 2009
See also:
The Daily Dot
Guide to NSA Spy Programs
31: US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct) states in regard to the ordered data disclosure (FISA above) that "the revelations about the magnitude, the scope and scale of these surveillances, the metadata and the invasive actions surveillance of social media Web sites, were indeed revelations to me"
Members of Congress in general know next to nothing about the NSA and the FISA court beyond what they read in the media, and those who try to rectify that are actively blocked from finding out.
Edward Snowden
receives refuge
in Russia from
the US.
Snowden is afforded protection in Russia, after being trapped there when the US President revoked his US passport.


Congratulations to
Ladar Levison
In the US, the email service provider Lavabit LLC (that boasted of its security features and claimed 350,000 customers) is forced to close down by refusing a US court order to begin spying on its account holders.
See statement by founder/owner.
"I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests....
This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would –strongly–recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States."
NSA Rebuttal by

Glenn Greenwald
his Twitter Feed
Sunday 18, at 8.05am: The detention for nine-hours of David Miranda (partner of UK Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who published the Edward Snowden exposé) and confiscation of his electronic equipment (mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles) by London's Heathrow security, indicates the degree to which the UK security establishment is manipulated by the US intelligence community. He was returning to Rio de Janeiro from an interview in Berlin with Laura Poitras, the US film-maker who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and the Guardian. His flights were paid for by the UK Guardian. Greenwald commented in response –
"This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process. To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere.
But the last thing it will do is intimidate or deter us in any way from doing our job as journalists. Quite the contrary: it will only embolden us more to continue to report aggressively."
Snowden's exposé has revealed that America's NSA has been providing millions of pounds of funding each year to Britain's GCHQ and that the documents also show the NSA expects significant information results from GCHQ in return for its cash.
The Central
Intelligence Agency asks the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for authority to destroy email messages sent by non-senior officials of the Agency. The NARA tentatively approves the proposal. Meredith Scheiber of NARA writes that any permanently valuable material in the emails would almost certainly be captured in other permanent CIA records.
James Clapper
Industrial and Financial Espionage
to 'protect' the global economy,
by a country which
actually triggered
the global economic crisis?

What hypocrisy!

In Germany
– European Parliament President Martin Schulz demands consequences for NSA spying on European banks:
"European data protection regulations have to be the clear standard in dealings with the Americans".
Earlier, James Clapper, director of US national intelligence, had said in the Washington Post that the NSA collects financial information to provide "the US and our allies early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy."
[Really? When it was the US financial sector that actually triggered the 2008 world recession!]
President Barack Obama has said his director of national intelligence, James Clapper, ought to have been "more careful" in Senate testimony about surveillance that Clapper later acknowledged was untruthful following disclosures by Edward Snowden.
 Your connections are being watched 
The CIA has sent more paramilitary teams to secret bases in Jordan in an effort to double the number of militants with CIA training and weapons before being sent back to Syria. The CIA has trained about 1,000 Syrian militants this year, according to current and former US officials.

Intelligence Community
issued by the
Office of the
US Director of
National Intelligence
Thursday 7: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist who created the world wide web, has called for a "full and frank public debate" over internet surveillance by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, warning that the system of checks and balances to oversee the agencies has failed. As the inventor of the global system of inter-connectivity known as the web, with its now ubiquitous www and http, Berners-Lee is uniquely qualified to comment on the internet spying revealed by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He said the agencies' decision to break the encryption software is appalling and foolish, as it directly contradicted efforts of the US and UK governments to fight cybercrime and cyberwarfare, which they have identified as a national security priority. Berners-Lee also described it as a betrayal of the technology industry.
Wednesday 27: In Pakistan – A letter signed by a senior aide to Pakistani politician and cricket star, Imran Khan, asks police in northwestern town of Hangu to name CIA Director John Brennan and a man they identified as the CIA's Islamabad station chief as suspects for murder and "waging war against Pakistan" in the US drone attacks in which most casualties are civilians.

Guide to Extradition
to the US
Monday 2: In the UK – Ben Emmerson, UN senior counter-terrorism official, says that Snowden has disclosed –
"issues at the very apex of public interest concerns"
and that the media had a duty and right to publish stories about the activities of Britain's GCHQ and its American counterpart the National Security Agency. He calls for a UN investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden's revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages. He states that –
"The Guardian has revealed an extensive programme of surveillance which potentially affects every one of us."
"The astonishing suggestion that this sort of responsible journalism can somehow be equated with aiding and abetting terrorism needs to be scotched decisively".
Emmerson has been the UN's leading voice on counter-terrorism and human rights since 2011. The mandate of this Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism was extended by the Human Rights Council for a period of three years by resolution 15/15 on 30 September 2010 and further extended for another period of three years by resolution 22/8 on 21 March 2013.

See: Secret agreement
between NSA and Israel
January, Sunday 26: In Germany – TV channel ARD broadcasts a lengthy interview with Edward Snowden in which he informs that America's NSA is involved internationally in industrial espionage.
Friday 17: In Washington – The US President signs into law a measure approved by the full Senate (72-26) which secretly prohibits (as a classified provision in the 'consolidated appropriations bill') the transfer of the US drone counterterrorism operations from the CIA to the American Department of Defense to preserve the spy agency’s role in lethal counterterrorism operations.
Secret Law
Monday 27: In washington – After months of wrangling before the secret Fisa court the US government finally agrees that a number of technology companies be allowed to disclose to the public more information on their customer data which they are compelled to share with the US government. But the disclosures are to be nonspecific, listed by the thousand and subject in some cases to a six-month delay – with regard to the large quantities of data that the government still plans on collecting from its technology partners. So in order to be more specific about the amount of data turned over by them,
the companies must be less specific about the type of data it is which they supply to US intelligence.
Government Surveillance
2014 membership tenure of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court created in terms of section 103(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803(a)). (Date format is M/D/Y) –
    Members     Appointed   Expires
1.   WALTON, Reggie B. (Presiding, as of February 22, 2013)   D.D.C.   5/19/2007   5/18/2014
2.   BOASBERG, James E.   D.D.C.   5/19/2014   5/18/2021
3.   COLLYER, Rosemary M.   D.D.C.   3/08/2013   3/07/2020
4.   DEARIE, Raymond J. E.D.   New York   7/02/2012   7/01/2019
5.   EAGAN, Claire V. N.D.   Oklahoma   2/13/2013   5/18/2019
6.   FELDMAN, Martin L.C. E.D.   Louis.   5/19/2010   5/18/2017
7.   HOGAN, Thomas F.   D.D.C.   5/18/2009   5/18/2016
8.   McLAUGHLIN, Mary A. E.D.   Pa.   5/18/2008   5/18/2015
9.   MOSMAN, Michael W.   Oregon   5/04/2013   5/03/2020
10.   SAYLOR, F. Dennis   Mass.   5/19/2011   5/18/2018
11.   WRIGHT, Susan Webber E.D.   Arkansas   5/18/2009   5/18/2016
12.   ZAGEL, James B. N.D.   Ill.   5/18/2008   5/18/2015


See: CIA

CIA Torture
Pseudonyms Update
10: NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program using cell-phone location for killer drone strikes,
regardless of who is holding the phone or where it might be at the time.
DT 1
(See Yemen wedding-procession killer drone strike, December 12, 2013)
In addition to this GILGAMESH system used by JSOC, the CIA uses a similar NSA platform known as SHENANIGANS.
This previously undisclosed operation utilizes a pod on aircraft which vacuums up massive amounts of data from any wireless routers, computers, smart phones or other electronic devices that are within range.
11: In the USA – Senator Dianne Feinstein (chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) states that that the CIA spied on her committee staff, and that it also secretly removed documents from computers used by the Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation into the CIA's secret detention and interrogation program.
So effectively the CIA is
not subject to oversight!
3: In the USA – Senator Dianne Feinstein (chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) states (after her committee votes to declassify the executive summary and conclusions of its September 2001 to January 2009 report on –
•  operations at CIA overseas clandestine detention facilities,
•  the use of CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” [torture],
•  and the conditions of the more than 100 individuals detained by CIA during this period)
that "the purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking. The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen."
See: US use of
New Zealand Embassies
for espionage purposes.
In the
USA, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence releases a report entitled Committee Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program: Findings and Conclusions, the section headings of which are –
The CIA's use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.
The CIA's justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques* rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness.
The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others.
The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were hasher than the CIA had represented to policymakers and others.
The CIA repeatedly provided inaccurate information to the Department of Justice, impeding a proper legal analysis of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.
The CIA has actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight of the program.
The CIA impeded effective White House oversight and decision-making.
The CIA's operation and management of the program complicated, and in some cases impeded, the national security missions of other Executive Branch agencies.
The CIA impeded oversight by the CIA's Office of Inspector General.
The CIA coordinated the release of classified information to the media, including inaccurate information concerning the effectiveness of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques*.
The CIA was unprepared as it began its Detention and Interrogation Program more than six months after being granted detention authorities.
The CIA's management and operation of its Detention and Interrogation Program was deeply flawed throughout the program's duration, particularly so in 2002 and early 2003.
Two contract psychologists devised the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques and played a central role in the operation, assessments, and management of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program. By 2005, the CIA had overwhelmingly outsourced operations related to the program.
CIA detainees were subjected to coercive interrogation techniques* that had not been approved by the Department of Justice or had not been authorized by CIA Headquarters.
The CIA did not conduct a comprehensive or accurate accounting of the number of individuals it detained, and held individuals who did not meet the legal standard for detention. The CIA's claims about the number of detainees held and subjected to its enhanced interrogation techniques* were inaccurate.
The CIA failed to adequately evaluate the effectiveness of its enhanced interrogation techniques*.
The CIA rarely reprimanded or held personnel accountable for serious and significant violations, inappropriate activities, and systematic and individual management failures.
The CIA marginalized and ignored numerous internal critiques, criticisms, and objections concerning the operation and management of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.
The CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program was inherently unsustainable and had effectively ended by 2006 due to unauthorized press disclosures, reduced cooperation from other nations, and legal and oversight concerns.
The CIAS's Detention and Interrogation Program damaged the United Sates' standing in the world, and resulted in other significant monetary and non-monetary costs.
May 9: In Berlin, Germany – Sarah Harrison the brave, speaks at a re:publica conference about whistle-blowers, NSA disclosures, secrecy, etc.
Glenn Greenwald (journalist for the UK's Guardian newspaper) reveals from the leaked Snowden files (in his book No Place to Hide) that America's NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US made computer servers being exported to foreign countries – even though the US government warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons.
In Washington – The White House announced that the CIA will stop using vaccination programs as a cover to gather intelligence – a tactic long criticized by humanitarian aid agencies operating in conflict zones around the world. A Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, had offered a program of hepatitis vaccinations in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad as cover for his CIA-backed effort to obtain DNA samples from children at a compound where Osama bin Laden was later killed.
In Washington – U.S. House of Representatives passes the USA Freedom Act, a bill that takes steps toward reining in the sweeping surveillance programs revealed last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The legislation will now require at least an indirect link between a target and a terrorism suspect in order for the NSA to obtain domestic phone records. BUT The Freedom Act doesn't change the fact that Constitutional protections, taken for granted by many U.S. journalists and their sources, stop at the US border allowing no protect for their foreign sources.
In Afghanistan – US military officials provide a list of 15 senior officials to the US White House press office (who circulate it to news organisations) of who would be attending a briefing of President Obama at the Bagram military base north of Kabul during his surprise visit (to mark 'memorial day' with US troops) which includes the name of the 'head of station' (highest-ranking spy in the country) of the CIA operation in Afghanistan (intelligence collection and a drone-warfare programme under which unmanned aerial vehicles mount cross-border attacks into Pakistan), thus blowing his cover.
Head of Station
cover blown
In the US,
the House of Representatives passes bill to end NSA bulk collection. A few days later, President Barack Obama tells Congress to pass a bill ending the practice.
Bulk Data Collection
Leaked documents reveal how the NSA continues to have backdoor access to major technology companies. The files show the agency has hadd access to the servers of nine internet firms, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, in order to track online communication under a surveillance programme known as Prism.
July 24: In
Strasbourg, France – The European Court of Human Rights rules that the CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, code named 'Quartz', using torture interrogation techniques, in the northern Polish forest near the village of Stare Kiejkuty, as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" programme, and issues fines against Poland for the CIA treatment of internees. (Similar cases regarding the CIA have been lodged with this Court against Romania and Lithuania).
47 judges,
one from each of the
47 member states
of the Council of Europe.
An internal
CIA investigation confirms allegations that agency personnel improperly intruded into a protected database used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile a scathing report on the agency’s detention and interrogation program, prompting bipartisan outrage and at least two calls for spy chief John Brennan to resign.
A report
in the Moscow daily newspaper Kommersant reveals that Russia will reactivate its "Lourdes" listening station in Cuba, which is located around 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the continental US. At one point nearly 3,000 employees used to work at this secret listening post which was the largest outside of Russia.
Cuba based espionage
by Russia (listening to
telephone calls and
radio traffic in the US).
9: In Washington, USA – The Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee release a 580-page summary of a classified 6,700-page two-year-old report on the CIA use of torture in interrogation of suspects.
But in
blind defence against any criticism, Jose A Rodriguez Jr (CIA operative in charge of its interrogation programme) says its enhanced interrogation techniques were –
"authorised by the highest levels
of the US government,
judged legal by the Justice Department and proved effective by any reasonable standard. ...
I'm bemused that the Senate could devote so many resources to studying the interrogation program and
yet never once speak to any of the key people involved in it, including the guy who ran it
(that would be me)."
A declassified 'CIA response'
is now also to be made public (perhaps).
But in anticipation of the international reaction to the contents of this summary report on the CIA interrogation practices, US diplomatic posts around the world have been placed on a heightened security alert.

In the following days –
Ben Emmerson, the U.N. special envoy on human rights and counterterrorism, says a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's actions after the September 11, 2001, attacks "reinforces the need for criminal accountability."
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says nations "that have signed up to the convention need to follow up on what is in the convention" — a reference to the U.N.'s Convention Against Torture and Inhuman Treatment, signed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and ratified by U.S. lawmakers in 1994. That convention obligates the United States to prosecute those who commit torture or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, says torture "will remain a 'policy option' for future presidents" unless officials are prosecuted.

Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado speaks at length on the Senate floor: "The CIA has lied to its overseers and the public, destroyed and tried to hold back evidence, spied on the Senate, and lied about torture and the results of torture," he said. "And no one has been held to account.”

Full PDF
580 page
137 MB

See also:
Seton Hall University
School of Law Center for
Policy and Research

(which includes reference
to CIA torture use at the
US Guantánamo Bay
Detention facility
and associated deaths)
The two-year delay in its release was largely from conflict with the CIA over its redaction, but even though retaining within it significant amounts of information about the activities of US allies, those countries’ roles are now expected to be anonymised.
Guardian Blog Summary
The seven
key points of this Senate Intelligence Committee summary 'Torture Report' (see 580 page pdf) are –
The CIA's interrogation techniques were more brutal and employed more extensively than the agency portrayed;
The CIA interrogation program was mismanaged and was not subject to adequate oversight;
The CIA misled members of Congress and the White House about the effectiveness and extent of its brutal interrogation techniques;
Interrogators in the field who tried to stop the brutal techniques were repeatedly overruled by senior CIA officials;
The CIA repeatedly underreported the number of people it detained and subjected to harsh interrogation techniques under the program;
At least 26 detainees were wrongfully held and did not meet the government’s standard for detention;
The CIA leaked classified information to journalists, exaggerating the success of interrogation methods in an effort to gain public support.
See: NY Times'
History of the CIA'’s
Secret Interrogation


The Central Intelligence Agency issues a report of its "High Value Target" (HVT) assassination programme – weighing the pros and cons of assassinating "insurgent" leaders. After this report is prepared, the US drone strike killings rise to an all-time high.
"Capturing [imprisoning] HVTs instead is not necessarily a desirable option from the CIA's perspective. Drawing on the CIA-assisted capture of Nelson Mandela and the ANC leader's 27-year sentence, which he served in an Apartheid prison, the report concludes that: 'Capturing leaders may have a limited psychological impact on a group if members believe that captured leaders will eventually return to the group [...] or if those leaders are able to maintain their influence while in government custody, as Nelson Mandela did while incarcerated in South Africa.' (S//NF)"
According to findings by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 751 people are killed in drone strikes, compared with 471 in 2009 and 363 in 2011.
South Africa's
Nelson Mandela
used to justify
December 2014 CIA Director John Brennan speaks at the CIA's first live television news conference at headquarters. The occasion is a Senate intelligence report on the agency's detention programme, an account of waterboarding, death threats and other methods the CIA has used on detainees in the aftermath of the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks. He states "In a limited number of cases, agency officers used interrogation techniques that had not been authorised, were abhorrent and rightly should be repudiated,"
Brennan explains "We fell short when it came to holding some officers accountable for their mistakes."
Since 2014
, Russian government cyber actors APT28 and APT29 have been observed staying and operating on a network even after detection. Instead of retreating as they did before, they exploit their target in full view of the investigators and jump from one computer to another – almost taunting the remediation team to respond.
information operations led the Ukrainian public to question who shot down the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 ( KGB/FSB  (ГРУ ГШ)  COLONEL  IGOR  GIRKIN  [ALIAS  'IGOR STRELKOV'] Игорь  Иванович  Стрелков) and whether the “little green men” in Ukraine were an organic populist militant movement or Russian soldiers. While much of the Ukrainian public gave up trying to sort out what happened, those who knew the ground truth were forewarned about Russia’s strength and the lengths it would go to get its way.
January 21: In Russia – Edward Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena states to Russian news agency RIA Novosti that his client does not use an Apple iPhone because it contains secret spyware that lets a government watch the user (by being remotely activated to secretly watch the user without consent).
Note: Apple iPhone
Espionage Script
22: The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service Frank Archibald (who ran the CIA covert action that helped remove Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic from power), announces his plans to retire. This comes as its director John Brennan is considering major changes to the agency’s structure, including the possible creation of new intelligence centres and doing away with the traditional division of CIA into its analysis group and clandestine service.
Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr. (previous deputy commander of US Special Operations) is
CIA’s new associate director
for military affairs.
13: CIA Director John Brennan says the United States does not want to see a chaotic collapse of the Syrian [Assad] regime [in spite of its chemical weapons atrocities] as the Syria crisis enters its fifth year, as it could open the way to Islamist extremists [ISIL] taking power. (But of course not if the rebels fighting for democracy received support).
A US appeals court has rules that bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency is illegal, overturning a 2013 ruling, the judges did not, however, halt the programme but urged Congress to take action.
2: The US Senate passes USA Freedom Act by 67-32 paving the way for telecom companies to assume responsibility of the controversial phone records collection program, while also bringing to a close a lapse in the broad NSA and FBI domestic spying authorities. The American Civil Liberties Union praises the passage of the USA Freedom Act as "a milestone" but points out that there were many more "intrusive and overbroad" surveillance powers yet untouched.
The hacking
of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announced which has exposed documents collected for granting security clearances in the U.S.,
The Directorate for Digital Innovation (DDI) was stood up in October of 2015 (a few months after the OPM breach) with the idea of accelerating the sharing of information on cyber threats across the Agency’s various mission centers and developing new digital techniques (aka hacking skills) for accomplishing the range of missions the CIA tackles.
In the U.S. – Chinese defector Ling Wancheng (married to Li Ping) is secretly debriefed on procedures by Chinese leaders on the use of nuclear weapons, such as the steps taken in preparing nuclear forces for attack and release codes for nuclear arms. Ling Wancheng was a former journalist for two state-run Chinese news outlets and later became a wealthy financial investor with a Beijing firm called Huijin Lifang Investment Management Center.
28: In Beijing, China – The CIA pulls a number of officers from the US Embassy as a precautionary measure following the massive online theft of personal data of federal employees. In April, data about 21 million federal employees was stolen in a massive attack on the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Because the OPM records contain the background checks of State Department employees, officials privately said the Chinese could have compared those records with the list of embassy personnel. Anybody not on that list could be a CIA officer. The CIA’s move is meant to safeguard officers whose agency affiliation might be discovered as a result of the hack. James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence stated that the US itself engages in the types of cyber-attacks China had been accused of: "We, too, practice cyber-espionage, We're not bad at it."
21: The contents of CIA Director John Owen Brennan email account is published by Wikileaks after it is hacked by a 13-year-old high school student (October 16) who claims to be responsible and disillusioned by US foreign-policy. The student tells the New York Post that he found work-related files among other, such as an application for top security clearance. The documents appear to all date to 2009, when Brennan was seeking security clearance while applying for a job as a White House counterterrorism adviser. He was working in the private sector at the time, having already spent 25 years working for the CIA between 1980 and 2005. He became CIA head in 2013. The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating the hacking, bt the CIA stressed that none of the documents released by Wikileaks so far were classified. (See: CIA-emails).
See: Wikileaks
leak on Twitter

Julian Assange
of Wikileaks
whom the US
has tried
to silence!
In an
interview by US political broadcaster Fareed Zakaria, the previous prime minister of Britain Tony Blair is asked:
"Was the Iraq War a mistake?" He replies:
"I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the [Saddam Hussein] regime.
Mail online reports that when asked if the Iraq War was 'the principal cause' of the rise of Islamic State, he answers:
"I think there are elements of truth in that. Of course you can't say those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015."
1: In Israel – The Military Intelligence Directorate acknowledges that it issued letters to all soldiers in the Israeli armed forces warning them to resist attempts by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to recruit them. The communique references a real-life case that is believed to have taken place three years ago, involving several Israeli citizens who had served in the Military Intelligence Directorate. According to media reports, the Israelis, who were traveling to the US, were stopped during passport control and questioned at length by American officials. The latter, who were presumed to be CIA personnel, were alleged to have tried to persuade the Israelis to provide information about their military duties and knowledge of Israeli military affairs.
In the U.S. – In reponse to the failure of intelligence agencies to prevent the Paris attack by ISIS/ISIL (Islamic State) the CIA's former and current CIA directors choose to blame its NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the bloodshed. But, as Glenn Greenwald commented –
"Anyone claiming this is either incredibly ignorant or incredibly dishonest".
Take your pick!

Representing CIA Torture
1: Laura Pitter, senior US national security counsel at Human Rights Watch, states –
"The Senate report summary shows that the CIA did not get actionable intelligence on serious terrorist threats from its entire program. The CIA tried to suggest it produced more than a morsel or two of useful information, but the program did not lead to Osama Bin Laden, and it did not stop the “shoe bomber” plot or anything else.
Claims the CIA made about the efficacy of the intelligence it gathered were false or exaggerated....
...The US has yet to conduct a credible investigation into the allegations of CIA torture. It opened one investigation in 2009. But this investigation was flawed from the start because it only looked into abuses beyond those purportedly authorized when authorization of the program itself should have been the main focus. Prosecutors looked into 101 cases of abuse but closed 99 of them in 2011 and the final two in 2012 without bringing any charges. In addition,
it appears that the Justice Department never even interviewed any detainees from the CIA program for this investigation.
In any credible criminal investigation, the first thing you do is interview alleged victims of the crime." (Emphasis mine)
November 18, 2016
Britain’s spy
agencies play a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives. Britain's GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious "interactions" between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents. This intelligence is passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information. Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies share further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians.
Monday, January 11: A member of Crackas With Attitude (CWA) contacts Motherboard, an online media outlet belonging to Vice Media, claiming that the group had hacked into the personal email account of James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Clapper’s job is to help synchronize the operations of US intelligence agencies and to mediate between the US Intelligence Community and the Executive. The CWA dedicated their action to the Free Palestine Movement.
Motherboard Report
10: The US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite is launched successfully aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 3:40 a.m. PST.
28: In Loudoun County, Virginia, USA – The CIA K-9 unit, after a training exercise, accidentally leave explosives under the hood (bonnet/engine-compartment) of a school bus ferrying students to and from classes. The explosives are found the following day by a technician doing maintenance on the bus.
11: CIA Director John Brennan states that his spy agency will not use controversial interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, even if ordered to do so by a future president – after two presidential contenders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, said it would be allowed.
1: The CIA announces on Twitter that it would be tweeting the raid using the hashtag #UBLRaid. – CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016. Osama bin Laden was executed by US troops on 2 May 2011 during a raid on his compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan by United States Navy Seal commandos as he lay wounded and incapacitated on the floor and his body is later dump in the sea from a helicopter. Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist renowned for breaking the My Lai and Abu Ghraib stories, says the claim that Bin Laden was tracked down by painstaking surveillance is a CIA fiction. Instead, Hersh claims Bin Laden was given up by a rogue Pakistani official in exchange for the multimillion-dollar reward. He also cast doubt on the claim by US officials that Bin Laden died in a firefight, one of the parts of the story that White House spokesman, Jay Carney, later admitted had not been accurate.
The Director of National Intelligence issues a pair of Intelligence Community Directives (310 and 311) that aim to improve the coordination of human intelligence collection for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.
U.S. intelligence agencies, which have been overwhelmingly focused on countering terrorism abroad and at home, are now expanding spying operations against Russia on a greater scale than at any time since the end of the Cold War (U.S. officials told The Washington Post).
Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions meets with the Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak when US intelligence officials are investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.
7: In the US – The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and the Department of Homeland Security, state concerning the July hacking of the Democratic National Comittee's e-mail system, that the Russian government had "directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organisations" and that the "thefts and disclosures" were "intended to interfere with the [American] election process".
17: US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper anniunces his resignation and that he will complete his term, in 64-days, at noon on January 20, 2017.
18: US President-elect, Donald Trump, names right-wing Reublican Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA.
Pompeo has also strongly opposed the controls Congress set on data collection on American citizens by the CIA, National Security Agency and other agencies, after the NSA’s unauthorized sweeping of phone data was exposed in 2013.
CIA’s reputation was deeply marred by its use of torture on detainees following the September 2011 attacks, and Donald Trump has now said he believes that "enhanced interrogation" (torture) works and that the US "should go much stronger than waterboarding." (See: December 1, 2015).
Trump encourages
CIA torture!
A secret CIA assessment has found that Russia interfered in last month’s US presidential election with the goal of helping Donald Trump win the White House. Individuals with connections to Moscow provided anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks with emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, among others, in order to achieve this goal.
US Intelligence
Community Report
A series of phone calls take place between Sergey I. Kislyak (Russia’s ambassador to the United States) and Michael T. Flynn (who is poised to become Mr. Trump’s national security adviser). The calls begin shortly after Mr. Kislyak is summoned to the State Department and informed that, in retaliation for Russian election meddling, the United States is expelling 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives and imposing other sanctions o Russa. Kislyak is irate and threatens forcefull retaliation.
Mr. Kislyak, after leaving the State Department meeting, calls Mr. Flynn, and the two talk multiple times in the following 36 hours.
(American intelligence agencies routinely wiretap the phones of Russian diplomats, and transcripts of the calls show that Mr. Flynn urged the Russians not to respond, saying relations would improve once Mr. Trump was in office.)
January 1: Jeremy J. Stone (81) dies suddenly in his apartment.
In June 1973, as a consequence of his activism in criticizing Pentagon spending practices, his name appeared as one of the 150 listed on the "enemies" list of President Nixon – his proudest achievement, among many.
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Today (RT) and Sputnik, both operated by companies funded by the Russian government, are both named in a US intelligence report that accuses Vladimir Putin of ordering a campaign to influence the US Presidential election. RT and Sputnik consistently cast Trump as the target of unfair coverage from traditional US media outlets that they claimed were subservient to a corrupt political establishment." After the US intelligence report is published, two Congressmen and a Senator propose a bipartisan Foreign Agents Registration Modernisation and Enforcement Act to "close the Russia Today loophole", and counter "foreign propaganda dressed up as a legitimate news outlet".
7: WikiLeaks publishes 8,761 documents, claiming it to be the largest ever release of CIA files in its history. The British intelligence agencies – MI5 and GCHQ – were dragged into the row with files showing how the UK held workshops with the CIA to find ways to ‘hack’ into household devices. In total the CIA developed 14 applications targeting iPhones and 24 aimed at Android phone users. In so doing, WikiLeaks claimed the CIA was able to circumvent encryption codes used in such messaging groups as WhatsApp.
The agency
is turning to the F.B.I. to investigate the disclosure of documents, released by WikiLeaks this week, that appear to have divulged American cyberspying capabilities. The source of the trove is most likely an insider at the agency rather than a foreign rival, the F.B.I. said, adding that it plans to interview hundreds of people who had access to the information.
NSA loses control of its Top Secret arsenal of digital weapons: 7:44 PM - 8 Apr 2017  
Pompeo, the director of the CIA, brands WikiLeaks as a "hostile intelligence service," saying it threatens 'democratic' nations and joins hands with 'dictators'. In his first public remarks since becoming chief of the US spy agency in February, Pompeo pathetically focuses on this group and other leakers of classified information like Edward Snowden as
one of the key 'threats' facing the United States.
In his first speech after taking the job Mike Pompeo singles out Julian Assange as the leader of a hostile force that threatens the U.S.
The behaviour of the US has created its enemies
not informants!
5: In North Korea – The ministry of state security accuses the American CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency of together planning to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un by use of biochemical substances, including a radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance as being the best method as it does not require access to the target.
South Korea – CIA Director Mike Pompeo discusses the potential for fomenting an insurrection against Nort KOrea's Kim Jong Un with a high-level defector Thae Yong Ho. After five years in power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to defy international sanctions for his country’s behavior and reinforce his authority through purges, executions, and leadership shuffles, restricting fundamental freedoms, and enforcing controls on information.
Today, May 19th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the "Athena" project of the CIA. "Athena" – like the related "Hera" system – provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on target computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system (from Windows XP to Windows 10). Once installed, the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system. It allows the operator to configure settings during runtime (while the implant is on target) to customize it to an operation. According to the documentation (see Athena Technology Overview), the malware was developed by the CIA in cooperation with Siege Technologies, a self-proclaimed cyber security company based in New Hampshire, US. On their website, Siege Technologies states that the company "... focuses on leveraging offensive cyberwar technologies and methodologies to develop predictive cyber security solutions for insurance, government and other targeted markets". On November 15th, 2016 Nehemiah Security announced the acquisition of Siege Technologies. In an email from HackingTeam (published by WikiLeaks here), Jason Syversen, founder of Siege Technologies with a background in cryptography and hacking, "...said he set out to create the equivalent of the military’s so-called probability of kill metric, a statistical analysis of whether an attack is likely to succeed. 'I feel more comfortable working on electronic warfare,' he said. 'It’s a little different than bombs and nuclear weapons – that’s a morally complex field to be in. Now instead of bombing things and having collateral damage, you can really reduce civilian casualties, which is a win for everybody."'
A British
teen Kane Gamble (15) had gained access to top secret U.S. Middle East operations in 2015 (including military and inyekkigence operations in Afghanistan and Iran) by pretending to be the CIA Director John Brennan (reported May 23, 2017, in Brennan's testimony to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
1: WikiLeaks publishes documents from the "Pandemic" project of the CIA, a persistent implant for Microsoft Windows machines that share files (programs) with remote users in a local network. "Pandemic" targets remote users by replacing application code on-the-fly with a trojaned version if the program is retrieved from the infected machine. To obfuscate its activity, the original file on the file server remains unchanged; it is only modified/replaced while in transit from the pandemic file server before being executed on the computer of the remote user. The implant allows the replacement of up to 20 programs with a maximum size of 800 MB for a selected list of remote users (targets). As the name suggests, a single computer on a local network with shared drives that is infected with the "Pandemic" implant will act like a "Patient Zero" in the spread of a disease. It will infect remote computers if the user executes programs stored on the pandemic file server. Although not explicitly stated in the documents, it seems technically feasible that remote computers that provide file shares themselves become new pandemic file servers on the local network to reach new targets.
19: Trump decided to terminate the secret CIA program nearly a month ago, the Washington Post reports Wednesday. The program had, since 2013, provided training, salaries, and weaponry to "vetted" rebel factions waging war on the Assad regime.
22: James Clapper, director of national intelligence (DNI) for seven years under Barack Obama, questions the US president’s “fitness to be in this office” after his demagogic performance in Phoenix, and expresses anxiety about Trump’s power to launch nuclear weapons without consulting Congress or any other official.
Once a US president has verified his identity with a code kept constantly on his person or nearby,
the US military chain of command has no power to block his nuclear launch orders.
director, Mike Pompeo has taken a special interest in an agency unit that is closely tied to the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, requiring the Counterintelligence Mission Center to report directly to him. Officials at the center have, in turn, kept a watchful eye on Pompeo, who has repeatedly played down Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and demonstrated a willingness to engage in political skirmishes for President Trump.
Current and former officials say that the arrangement has been a source of apprehension among the CIA’s upper ranks
and that they could not recall a time in the agency’s history when a director faced a comparable conflict.
Dawn Meyerriecks, the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy director for technology development, said this week the CIA currently has 137 different Artificial Iintelligence (AI) projects, many of them with developers in Silicon Valley. These range from trying to predict significant future events, by finding correlations in data shifts and other evidence, to having computers tag objects or individuals in video that can draw the attention of intelligence analysts.
Officials of other key spy agencies at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington this week, including military intelligence, also said they were seeking AI-based solutions for turning terabytes of digital data coming in daily into trustworthy intelligence that can be used for policy and battlefield action.
Washington's spies are not the only ones turning to AI for future advantage:
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that artificial intelligence is a key for power in the future, saying:
"Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,", according to Russian news agencies.
26, Thursday: President Trump orders the release of more than 2,800 records related to the John F. Kennedy assassination, but bows to pressure from the CIA, FBI and other agencies to delay disclosing some of the most sensitive documents for another six months. Even so, the thousands of pages that are published online by the National Archives Thursday evening
describe decades of spies and surveillance, informants and assassination plots.
Since first passed by Congress in 2008, the intelligence collection program conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) has expanded to become arguably the most significant collection tool available to the U.S. Intelligence Community. Just last week, in a letter delivered to the congressional leadership of both parties and to the heads of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in both chambers, seven former intelligence officials including three former Directors of National Intelligence (DNI), a former Attorney General, and Michael Hayden, the only man to have been appointed director of both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), implored Congress to reauthorize Section 702 advising that "[w]e have personally reported to our Presidents – Republicans and Democratic – and to the Congress details of plots disrupted based on information from Section 702.” Described as the "crown jewel" of the Intelligence Community’s surveillance authorities, the reauthorization of Section 702 without material change has been designated by the current Attorney General and DNI as the Intelligence Community’s "top legislative priority."
January 13: A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years. The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee (53) capped an intense F.B.I. inquiry that began around 2012, two years after the C.I.A. began losing its informants in China.
Investigators confronted an enduring mystery: How did the names of so many C.I.A. sources, among the agency’s most dearly held secrets, end up in Chinese hands? Some intelligence officials believed that a mole inside the C.I.A. was exposing its roster of informants. Others thought that the Chinese government had hacked the C.I.A.’s covert communications used to talk to foreign sources of information.
Still other former intelligence officials have also argued that the spy network might have been crippled by a combination of both, as well as sloppy tradecraft by agency officers in China. The counterintelligence investigation into how the Chinese managed to hunt down American agents was a source of friction between the C.I.A. and F.B.I.
Mr. Lee, who left the C.I.A. in 2007, has been living in Hong Kong and working for a well-known auction house. He is apprehended at Kennedy Airport in New York on Monday 16 and charged in federal court in Northern Virginia with the unlawful retention of national defense information. He appeared in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday and is being held there while awaiting transfer to Virginia. He does not have a lawyer, a Justice Department official said.
The F.B.I. apparently learned that Mr. Lee was traveling to the United States and scrambled to charge him on Saturday.
A Russian
oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria in February was in close touch with Kremlin and Syrian officials in the days and weeks before and after the assault, according to U.S. intelligence reports.
In intercepted communications in late January, the oligarch, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, told a senior Syrian official that he had "secured permission" from an unspecified Russian minister to move forward with a "fast and strong" initiative that would take place in early February. Prigozhin made front-page headlines in February 2018 when he was indicted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on charges of bankrolling and guiding a long-running Russian scheme to conduct "information warfare" during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
He is known to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, forged when he was a restaurateur in St. Petersburg and expanded through what became Prigozhin’s wide-ranging business empire, including extensive contracts with Russia’s Defense Ministry. Among his various enterprises, U.S. intelligence believes that Prigozhin also "almost certainly" controls Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad. The mercenaries, employed by a company called Wagner, comprise ultra­nationalist Russians and military veterans, some of whom also fought in the Ukraine conflict.
13: President Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and apponts CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his place. Gina Hapsel – the deputy director at the CIA – will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.
Hapsel states –
"After 30 years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year," she said. "I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency."
is a venture capital firm funded by the CIA. The stated reason for In-Q-Tel existing is to expand the research and development efforts of the CIA into the private sector in order to deliver innovative technology solutions that support the missions of the CIA and broader U.S. Intelligence Community. In-Q-Tel was launched in 1999 with former CIA Director George Tenet explaining the vision behind it as being: "We [the CIA] decided to use our limited dollars to leverage technology developed elsewhere. In 1999, we chartered… In-Q-Tel… While we pay the bills, In-Q-Tel is independent of CIA.
CIA identifies pressing problems, and In-Q-Tel provides the technology to address them.
The In-Q-Tel alliance has put the agency back at the leading edge of technology."
The key early investors in Facebook had direct relationships with In-Q-Tel or In-Q-Tel’s top management at the same time that Facebook was raising capital…
CIA connections!
America's CIA Director Mike Pompeo makes a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Trump to meet with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.The clandestine mission, which has not been reported, came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state. About a week after Pompeo’s trip to North Korea, U.S. officials said that officials there had directly confirmed that Kim is willing to negotiate about potential denuclearization, according to administration officials, a sign that both sides have opened a new communications channel ahead of the summit meeting and that the administration believes North Korea is serious about holding a summit.
The U.S. Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as secretary of state in a 57-42 vote Thursday afternoon, making Mr. Trump's selection of the top U.S. diplomat official. Pompeo was previously serving as the CIA director. 
May 31:
Russian Grigory Rodchenkov ran the Russian doping programme for years as the director of the national anti-doping laboratory who was responsible for covering up positive tests. He then turned whistleblower and is now in witness protection in the United States. He was speaking on Thursday afternoon to the ‘Sports, Politics and Integrity’ conference in London via videolink from a secret location in the US, obscuring his face with a balaclava. He said there is now a "great threat" to his life. While Rodchenkov said that there is "no comparison" between the extensive Russian doping in weightlifting and athletics, and the lesser doping in football, he did say that he was aware of 34 doping footballers, whose positive tests were covered up, from his time administering doping in Russian football. Many of these cases were dropped without investigation.
June 7:
After years working on North Korea at the Central Intelligence Agency, Andrew Kim has been thrust into the spotlight accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in key meetings with Pyongyang officials. He took part in President Donald Trump’s Oval Office meeting with a senior North Korean envoy last week and has helped prepare the president for his June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Kim so far has been seen, but not heard, in his new role. But according to half a dozen people who have followed his work, he has been involved in almost all levels of the government strategy toward North Korea. His elevation has pushed seasoned diplomats and policy-makers to the sidelines, an unusual move that breaks with decades of precedent in confronting North Korea’s nuclear threat. As a fluent Korean speaker who became the CIA’s station chief in Seoul, he gained the trust of senior officials on both sides of the border. Since returning to Washington, he has also had access to the secretive channel that the CIA maintained with Pyongyang during the Obama and Trump administrations.
Born in South Korea, Kim briefly attended the prestigious Seoul High School, alma mater of the current head of South Korea’s national intelligence service, Suh Hoon, according to one of the people who knows him. He is also a relative of Chung Eui-yong, the South Korean national security adviser. The newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported in March that Chung is a cousin of Kim’s mother. Kim had spent a career in the agency and retired after working as station chief in Seoul. He was then brought back to lead the Korea Mission Center, a body that Pompeo set up in May 2017 when he was still CIA director. According to a person familiar with Kim’s role, Pompeo picked Kim with the advice of his deputy at the time, Gina Haspel.
Haspel now leads the CIA after Pompeo’s move to the State Department.
In the UK – It is now revealed that British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11 American attack, in two reports by the UK's parliamentary intelligence and security committee. While there is no evidence of British officers directly carrying out physical mistreatment of detainees, the reports say the overseas agency MI6 and the domestic UK service MI5 were involved in hundreds of torture cases and scores of rendition cases. The committee says the agencies were aware "at an early point" of the mistreatment of detainees by the US and others. There were two cases in which UK personnel were "party to mistreatment administered by others".
One has been investigated by the UK's Metropolitan police but the other is still to be fully investigated.
The report dealing with the treatment of detainees details a litany of cases of concern, saying: "We have found 13 incidents where UK personnel witnessed at first hand a detainee being mistreated by others, 25 where UK personnel were told by detainees that they had been mistreated by others and 128 incidents recorded where agency officers were told by foreign liaison services about instances of mistreatment. In some cases, these were correctly investigated but this was not consistent." It said that in 232 cases UK personnel continued to supply questions or intelligence to other services despite knowledge or suspicion of mistreatment, as well as "198 cases where UK personnel received intelligence from liaison services which had been obtained from detainees who knew they had been mistreated – or with no indication as to how the detainee had been treated but where we consider they should have suspected mistreatment."
July 16:
Former CIA Director John Brennon describes the Helsinki news conference of President Trump and Vladimir Putin as
"Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic,
he is wholly in the pocket of Putin"
November 15:
The CIA asserts that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gave the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi, and that his brother Khalid asked Jamal to go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
See: America's NSA TeasureMap System – to track your internet usage – and your location (pdf)
  See Also: The National Security Agency Files  
— And America's CIA still continues its illicit activities in the politics and in the security processes of foreign countries —
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Perhaps it's time to really
clean up the act or die.

 See: Some CIA Assassinations Worldwide 
And the US's economic
and industrial espionage?
How does that deal with
CIA tactics
justified by an international terrorist threat..?     →     →
Across the world
today, a kind of terrorism kills the innocent and drains national economies which did not exist before the State of Israel existed!
International Islamic terrorism todayexists in direct response to the West's unconditional support for the State of Israel, and this terrorism follows the sad example set by the 1930s Jewish Irgun's terrorism against Palestinian civilians (before the Nazi Holocaust) – machine-gunning Palestinian civilian buses in Irgun's war against 'British occupation' (Really?).
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Zionist Fascism
But many
pro-Israel (Zionist) Christian preachers blindly continue to quote that God will bless those who bless/support this State of Israel and curse those who curse the State of Israel (most seriously perverting the intent of Holy Scripture in that regard, for the political State of Israel today is not the 'Israel' of the Bible with which God entered into holy covenant at Sinai, which was terminated forever in the atoning death of Jesus, according to Hebrews 8:13).
So, either God is unfaithful to His Word, or God thinks otherwise than the pro-Israel preachers of today.
(Identifying the modern political State of Israel with the Israel of the Bible has been one of the greatest frauds in Christian history)
The 2001
atrocity of 9/11 and every other atrocity at home or overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere, is part of the West reaping the results of what it has sowed in its unconditional support of a State which, from its beginning, identified itself in racist (Jewish) terms, and in disregard of the nationhood of more than 24% of its own non-Jewish citizens, apart from its basic disregard of non-Jewish human dignity in its collective punishment practices, and continuing violation of Palestinian human rights, beginning before its formal existence with its Irgun atrocities against Palestinians in the 1930s (before any Nazi holocaust began).
God's judgment
on the West for its continuing support of the racist State of Israel is more than morally justified (NOT by terrorism for that sickeningly targets the innocent), and every Christian is therefore without excuse for not recognising it, for it was clearly stated in the Bible concerning the great and impartial Judge of All –
"for God so loved the world (κόσμος 'kosmos') that . . ."
and He expects every Christian to echo His own attitude to all things!
The dangerous heresy
of Pastor John Hagee
So, Jesus commanded: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father
[reflecting His own attitude] who is in Heaven [on the Throne / in charge].
For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
Matthew 5:44.
And: "Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. 
I tell you, My friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do."
Luke 12:2-4. 
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DoD Intelligence Manual Russia's KGB/FSB Terrorism al-Qa'eda Cosa Nostra / Mafia
Sunlight Foundation CIA Red Cell Memo on US "exporting terrorism" PressThink
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Fatal Extraction
The Cipher Brief Satellite USA-247/NROL-39 of the NRO See: Cryptome Data
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The Independent Media Center Swiss Leaks Iraq Veterans Against the War
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