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CIA Photographed Detainees Naked and Bound Before Extraditing Them for Torture

Common Dreams | 28 March, 2016
“A former U.S. official who had seen some of the photographs described them as ‘very gruesome,'” Spencer Ackerman reported in theGuardian. 893 more words


The struggle for me this month is deciding what Intelligence Community (IC) centric topic is worthy of your time.  I could regal you with what I heard from the IC leadership at the DoDIIS Worldwide Conference in San Antonio (24-26 August) and the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence Summit in Washington D.C. 1,045 more words


The story of Isis vs al-Qaida

This long read in The Guardian sketches the turbulent relationship and complex power dynamics between al-Qaida and the group now known as ISIS:

Since its effective creation in 2003, under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ISI had been happy to use al-Qaida’s brand name and its money, but often ignored pleas for closer communication with central command – even when they came from Bin Laden himself.

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Bulk NSA Phone Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden Ruled Illegal

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the mass collection of telephone metadata unlawful in a landmark decision that provides a foothold for a full legal challenge to the National Security Agency. 263 more words

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