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US Hired 1K Nazis After WWII

Eric Lichtblau reveals scope of spy agency Cold War effort

(Newser) - "At least a thousand." That's the number of Nazis the US government hired on as anti-Soviet spies in the wake of World War II, reports the New York Times' Eric Lichtblau, whose book, The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men,... More »

Nobel Laureates to Obama: Open Up on CIA Torture

Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta lead charge for transparency

(Newser) - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have penned a letter to President Obama that asks their fellow laureate to open up a "grim chapter" in US history: the use of torture. The open letter on TheCommunity.com—chaired by former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta—appeals to the president to... More »

CIA Analyst: Next Great Depression 'About to Strike'

Jim Rickards sees bad news in the Fed's 'Misery Index'

(Newser) - A CIA analyst known for his dire economic predictions is speaking up again, warning that the next Great Depression may be right around the corner. Jim Rickards, a "financial threat and asymmetric warfare adviser" for the CIA, tells Money Morning that Americans should be preparing for a $100 trillion... More »

CIA: When We Arm Rebels, It Almost Never Works

Obama asked for review when deciding on Syria

(Newser) - When President Obama was trying to decide whether to arm rebels fighting the Syrian government, he asked the CIA to examine its long track record on such things. The review's conclusion? It's usually a waste of time and money—and sometimes only makes matters worse, reports the New ... More »

Panetta: Obama 'Lost His Way,' 'Lacks Fire'

Ex-CIA, DoD head describes frustration in new memoir

(Newser) - The man who ran the CIA from 2009 to 2011 and the Pentagon from 2011 to 2013 has got some pretty scathing things to say about his old boss in his new memoir, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, and in interviews with USA Today and... More »

The Most Amazing Artifacts From the CIA's Museum

Closed-off collection includes secret cufflinks, dead rat

(Newser) - One of the country's most fascinating museums is just a few miles outside Washington, DC—but most of us will never get access to it. The CIA's museum is inside the agency's Langley headquarters, and it's got some 26,000 items related to the intelligence organization'... More »

The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks

Baristas don't call out any names here

(Newser) - There's one Starbucks in the world where there's zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as "Store Number 1" on its receipts. No names grace the cups... More »

CIA: Here's How Many Fighters ISIS Has

Recruitment has surged, agency says

(Newser) - The CIA says the number of fighters it believes ISIS can muster in Iraq and Syria has tripled in the space of months. The new estimate of between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters on the ground is based on intelligence gathered between May and August, reports the BBC . "... More »

Obama: After 9/11, We 'Tortured Some Folks'

President says it more explicitly than before

(Newser) - The US tortured al-Qaeda detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said today, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office. "We tortured some folks," Obama said at a televised news conference at... More »

CIA: Sorry, We Did Snoop on Senate Staffers

Chief John Brennan apologizes for monitoring computers

(Newser) - Back in March, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of illegally snooping on Senate staffers, agency chief John Brennan said this, recalls the Washington Post :
  • “When the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort
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Poland Let CIA Run 'Black Site', Torture Men: Court

Al-Qaeda members' human rights were violated, tribunal rules

(Newser) - Poland has denied that it let the CIA run a "black site" on its soil, where two suspected members of al-Qaeda claim they were tortured, but the European Court of Human Rights came to a different conclusion today, blasting Poland for human rights violations. The ruling awarded $175,000... More »

Muslim-American Leader: NSA Fails US History

Nihad Awad: Spying target says agency weak on checks and balances

(Newser) - One of the recent Edward Snowden revelations is that the NSA spied on a group of top Muslim-American leaders . Nihad Awad happens to be one of them, a discovery that left him "saddened, but not surprised," he writes at Time . The co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations... More »

Officials: CIA Recruited US Spy in Germany

The spy, still unnamed, is 'severely disabled'

(Newser) - The CIA is owning up to involvement in a spying operation that threatens to rankle US-German relations yet again, two US officials tell Reuters . The CIA apparently recruited the German intelligence staffer who was caught last week , and CIA director John Brennan plans to tell key US congress members about... More »

1950s Norwegian UFO Mystery Solved

They were CIA test flights

(Newser) - Plenty of Norwegians thought aliens had taken a fancy to their country back in the 1950s thanks to a slew of inexplicable UFO sightings. Inexplicable no more: It was the CIA, reports the BBC . Actually, it was the CIA itself that fessed up in this tweet , which reads in part,... More »

GI Joe Creator Helped CIA Make Osama Demon Doll

It never got past the prototype phase

(Newser) - To combat al-Qaeda in Pakistan, the CIA teamed up with one of the finest minds in the toy industry to create something even stranger than the exploding cigar it wanted to kill Fidel Castro with. The agency created an Osama bin Laden ­action figure treated with a heat-dissolving material... More »

The CIA's First Tweet Is...

...pretty darn cheeky, the Wall Street Journal says

(Newser) - The CIA joined Twitter today with a message that the Wall Street Journal calls "cheeky": "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." Within an hour the agency had more than 85,000 followers, and the tweet had been retweeted 70,000 times—... More »

Snowden: I Was a Spy, Had a Fake Name

NSA leaker's sit-down with Brian Williams was months in the making

(Newser) - Edward Snowden wants the world to know he was more than the "low-level systems administrator" US authorities have described him as—he was a trained spy and technical expert. In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams, the National Security Agency leaker says he was a spy "in... More »

White House Accidentally Outs Kabul CIA Chief

Name included in list of officials for Obama visit

(Newser) - The identity of the highest-ranking CIA agent in Afghanistan was leaked to the media this weekend—by the White House itself. The error occurred in a list of top officials who were joining President Obama during his visit to Kabul yesterday. The military gave the list to the White House... More »

CIA to Stop Using Vaccines as Spy Cover

Health deans warned ruse could harm polio fight

(Newser) - A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations—a ruse the agency used to target Osama bin Laden before the raid that killed him in 2011. Lisa Monaco, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, wrote to the... More »

CIA's Secret 'Midwest Depot' Arms Cache Really in ... Texas?

Ex-analyst says it's time to shed light on facility

(Newser) - A retired CIA analyst may have lifted the lid on one of the most secret facilities in America—the "Midwest Depot" where the agency has stockpiled untraceable weapons for decades. Allen Thomson has assembled evidence that suggests the facility that the CIA used to supply weapons to operations including... More »

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