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Where Does the Eavesdropping End?

This piece continues a series of commentaries on the National Security Agency (NSA) scandal of 2013. It shows how the statements of senior intelligence officials continue to be misleading, while attributing the damage to U.S. national security to the leak of this abusive eavesdropping rather than to the surveillance activities themselves. It also discusses the widening damage to American diplomacy resulting from the NSA scandal. Continue reading More Info »
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Through a Prism Darkly

This was the first of the series of commentaries I offered on the intelligence abuses revealed by leaks from the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. It discussed how the NSA surveillance program had evolved from the Bush administration into that of Barack Obama, and how the legality of this intelligence eavesdropping was highly questionable. Continue reading More Info »
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The NSA Watch

Product Category: National Security
Product Category: National Security
This long-form collection of commentaries profiles the evolving National Security Agency scandal over its domestic spying and dragnet eavesdropping through the fall of 2014 and into the spring of 2015, when President Barack Obama proclaimed that reforms would be made. Twenty pieces are included. The analyses cover the most prominent features More Info »
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The Fires That Led to FISA

A commentary dating from as far back as 2007, this piece shows how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is supposed to safeguard citizens from abusive eavesdropping on the part of the National Security Agency (NSA), had actually been created to close the door on past intelligence abuses. The entire More Info »
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NSA Scandal - The Morass Deepens

One of a series of commentaries about the evolving 2013 scandal over National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping on telephone conversations and the internet, this piece shows that internal agency audits reveal that abuses of the eavesdropping capability are widespread, that Obama administration claims of adequate oversight are misleading, and that the damage to U.S. foreign policy interests resulting from this scandal are growing worse. Continue reading More Info »
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Intelligence Oversight: A Mess

Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
This essay reviews the story of congressional oversight of intelligence back to the 1960s and shows there has been an ebb and flow in the monitoring of CIA and NSA operations. The cycle has repeated itself since the early days and oversight today reflects excessive deference to intelligence agency attitudes. More Info »
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Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee

Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Dick Cheney worked for President Gerald R. Ford as his deputy assistant, under Donald Rumsfeld. Cheney became the point man in responding to the spy scandals of 1975, when a public firestorm, ignited by revelations of CIA domestic spying, led to investigations of U.S. intelligence agencies in both the Senate More Info »
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Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records

Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
March 15, 2014--Amid the swirling allegations of whether Dianne Feinstein and the Senate intelligence committee took a CIA document, or whether they had a proper right to it, the hidden central issue is what terms Feinstein's committee and the CIA agreed upon for their access to agency records. The important stakes involved More Info »
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Hot Document: NSA's Been There Before

Hot Document: NSA’s Been There Before
Hot Document: NSA’s Been There Before
February 27, 2014-- In late October 1975, when the National Security Agency faced an earlier scandal regarding its eavesdropping on Americans, the director of the time, Air Force General Lew Allen, was required to testify before a Senate committee investigating U.S. intelligence. President Gerald R. Ford insisted that his White More Info »
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Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations

Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations
Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations
March 6, 2014-- This document presents the draft recommendations of the congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence by the Pike Committee of the House of Representatives which the Ford administration found so threatening. See my yesterday "CIA Bamboozles Congress--Again" for an analysis of the parallels between 1975, when Representative Pike's paper originated, and events today. More Info »
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Bush Torture Documents

Bush Torture Documents
Bush Torture Documents
This selection of documents from CIA records shows that during the period from 2002 to 2004 the Central Intelligence Agency was very nervous about perceptions of the legality of its torture programs and their accountability to government officials. Vice-President Dick Cheney emerges from these records as a major player. White More Info »
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