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In the wake of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on warrantless spying, bipartisan efforts to rein in the Bush Administration's exercise of executive power are gaining momentum.

The NSA's use of artificial intelligence for "data-mining" surveillance is not only constitutionally illegal, but a technological fantasy. Why aren't the Democrats challenging it?

Forty-two years later, assassination buffs continue to attack the
validity of the Warren Report.

Worry about the CIA's new Open Source Center, which aims to piece
together all sorts of unclassified information to create a broad
picture of where trouble is likely to arise.

Using cartoons, games and kid-friendly websites, the federal intelligence community is seeking to win the hearts and minds of America's children.

OK, everyone who has studied the unitary executive theory of the presidency, raise your hand. Anyone? A former prosecutor examines what's behind Bush's legal fig leaf.

Does it lessen the horror to admit that this is not the first time the
US government has used torture to wipe out political opponents? The
exclusion of the impact of the School of the Americas on war crimes in El
Salvador, Argentina and Panama from our current debate on torture is
evidence of our collective amnesia.

Bush brings a robust simplicity to the business of news
management: Where possible, buy journalists to turn out favorable
stories. And if you think you can get away with it, shoot them or blow
them up.

Capitalizing on Bob Woodward's revelation that he was one of the first
to learn about Valerie Plame's CIA status, Scooter Libby's legal team
hopes that will get their client off the hook. That turkey won't fly.

Shades of Iran/contra: Since the indictment of I. Lewis Libby,
Washington is abuzz about presidential pardons. If officials who
violate the law and lie about it know with certainty the will escape
legal sanction, we no longer have a government.

Blogs

The private defense operation formerly known as Blackwater—now called Xe—has cleaned up its act about as much as BP has cleaned up the Gulf, says Jeremy Scahill.

June 25, 2010

There's no doubt, McChrystal was rightly relieved of his duties. But in the end, it was his words--not his actions--that sunk his ship. Blackwater's ship of misconduct, crime and murder sails on, powered by new CIA contracts.

June 24, 2010

Blackwater has announced the infamous mercenary company is for sale. Will this include the CIA assassination business and the company's forward operating bases in Afghanistan?

June 8, 2010

The Obama administration has dramatically expanded the use of special operations forces across the globe, from Iran to Bolivia to Yemen. They've been "empowered more under this administration than any other in recent history--no question," says a special operations source.

June 4, 2010

A new report suggests that the interrogation facility is run by a little-known unit of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

May 14, 2010

The top commander in Afghanistan, who's spent his career in the shadow world of special ops, revealed little, but it was still fascinating.

May 13, 2010

More than 35 exciting job opportunities have opened up at the infamous mercenary company.

May 13, 2010

Two online databases provide a window into the world of private spooks and the undeclared US airwar in Pakistan.

May 13, 2010

The president made the statement during a press conference with Hamid Karzai. But is it true?

May 12, 2010

"The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan." So began a Feb 4th piece by Jane Perlez in the New York Times. But even all these days on, it's been a very discreet unveiling.

February 9, 2010