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Will the CIA tell Congress the truth? Would Congress listen if it did?

Momentum is growing for some form of official accountability on the Bush administration's practice of torture, surveillance and detentions without trial.

The history of American intelligence-gathering is rife with incompetence, dysfunction and contempt toward legislative oversight.

House Democrats capitulate to pass a surveillance bill that further compromises our privacy and limits accountability of the government and telecoms. Will the Senate fight back?

The GOP nominee favors unilateralism and "rogue state rollback."

The House stalemate with the White House over electronic surveillance creates a rare moment to reconsider an array of unconstitutional post-9/11 laws.

Democratic leaders are poised to validate Bush's illegal surveillance, giving up even more ground than their Republican colleagues did. Why?

Long before a top bureaucrat was exposed for destroying secret interrogation tapes, the CIA shrouded his identity, making the press corps complicit in practices that would offend the nation's conscience.

The agency's secret destruction of tapes is a parable of the futility of oversight.

The CIA tapes' destruction and violation of anti-torture statutes they recorded require a special prosecutor.

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