All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘CIA’

Popular Songs The CIA Used To Torture Detainees

One of the most potent ways of torture is without touch: first, confine the detainee in a windowless 6 x 9 ft. solitary cell, shackle them to the wall, leave a bucket for defecating and urination, and blast the Sesame Street theme song on repeat for a full 24 hours. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report  revealed the agencies’ …

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Andrea Tantaros On CIA Torture: ‘America is Awesome’

Responding to a declassified CIA torture report concerning post-9/11 detainees, which included mentions of extreme waterboarding and “rectal feeding,” conservative political analyst and commentator Andrea Tantaros declared that “America is awesome.” The Senate Intelligence Committee poured $50 million into an investigation of the CIA’s torture tactics of the 119 captured militants after 9/11, and the 499 page report was released …

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CIA Joins Twitter to Do Throwback Thursday

The Central Intelligence Agency, apparently bored out of their collective f*cking minds, has decided to ‘go social.’ This popped up a couple of hours ago: We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet. — CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014 Ok. Not bad. Now read this from the CIA’s official news page: Follow us on Twitter @CIA …

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‘Doctor Zhivago’ Used by CIA as Propaganda Tool, Book Reveals

The CIA praised Boris Pasternak’s novel, Doctor Zhivago, not necessarily because of its literary merits, but because the agency saw it as a propaganda tool during the Cold War, the Washington Post reported Saturday. The U.S. intelligence agency viewed Pasternak’s novel as a challenge to Communism, and supporting it as a way to make Soviet citizens question why their government was suppressing one …

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Edward Snowden Appears At SXSW; Calls For Better Online Security Measures

In a rare public appearance, fugitive and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the audience of the SXSW conference regarding Internet privacy and surveillance. The conference, which was held on Monday in Austin, Texas, put the controversial U.S. intelligence leaker through via Google Hangouts all the way from Russia, where Snowden currently resides. The U.S. Constitution backdrop gave a …

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Edward Snowden Elected Rector At University Of Glasgow

Edward Snowden, who made headlines last year for revealing details about U.S. phone and Internet surveillance, is now the student rector at UK’s Glasgow University. The post is a symbolic one, and is decided by a student election. As rector, Snowden represents the student populace and is expected to work with the student representative council, bring student concerns to the …

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Edward Snowden: NSA Memo Confirms He Stole Co-Worker’s Password

According to a memo issued by the National Security Agency to members of Congress, former contractor Edward Snowden may have resorted to stealing his coworkers’ login credentials in order to gain entry to the agency’s highly classified database.  Snowden has denied the accusation and claimed the report to be incorrect. The memo also relates how Snowden obtained the Public Key …

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Robert Levinson Revealed To Be CIA Agent

In 2007, Robert Levinson went to Kish Island, an Iranian resort, where he was said to have been kidnapped. His family has pleaded for nearly six years for the United States government to save his life and bring him home. Details surrounding his disappearance had been sketchy. It was known that he was a retired FBI agent and it was …

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Doomsday Cache of Classified Data Raises Fears

Intelligence forces from the United States and the United Kingdom are concerned over what is being called a “doomsday cache” relating to a data cloud of highly sensitive, encrypted, and classified information under the control of former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. The information includes the names of intelligence personnel, present and former U.S. officials (seven in total), and other government-sensitive …

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Osama bin Laden Raid: New Details Leaked

While President Barack Obama’s administration prepares to annually declassify the number of people and businesses covered by National Security Agency surveillance, the Washington Post this week divulged details on NSA targeting that helped exterminate al-Qa’ida head honcho Osama bin Laden. The revelation comes from classified documents leaked by NSA-contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden; the documents detail US intelligence budgets for 2013 and …

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Area 51: CIA Releases Spy Plane Papers; LA Reporter Finds More?

It’s right out of an “X-Files” episode. But is it true? A government agency declassifies information they’ve been sitting on for years. The revelation sparks further controversy. A reporter writes a book about it. It seems the real controversy is just beginning. The CIA recently declassified information about a secret military installation in Nevada; a military site approximately the size …

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‘Benghazi Bombshell’: CNN Alleges CIA is Intimidating Operatives to Keep Quiet on Benghazi

CNN is alleging that the CIA is acting in an “unprecedented attempt to keep Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.” Apparently, CIA agents have been frequently polygraphed in relation to the Benghazi disaster and repeatedly questioned about the possibility of media leaks of sensitive information. The reporter describes the entire situation as “pure intimidation.” The report contains allegations related to …

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CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell Retires After 33 Years at the Agency

After 33 years of service and 3 years at his current title, CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell has decided to step down. The retirement will be official on August 9th. Morell says that it is now time for him to spend more time with his family. “I am passionate about two things in this world – the Agency and my …

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Kim Dotcom Was Subject To Illegal Surveillance From New Zealand’s CIA

It’s been relatively quiet on the Megaupload front for the past few weeks. The last major event saw Kim Dotcom winning $4.83 million in his bid to have funds released to him. For now, he’s still fighting to have the charges against him and his company dropped. That fight may have become a little easier as New Zealand’s Prime Minister, …

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Israel, U.S. Team Up To Create Flame Computer Virus

Back in the mid-2000’s The need to start to keep Iran’s nuclear goals in check was obvious. So the United States, led by George Bush, and Israel started to develop a massive piece of malware that secretly mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a cyber­warfare campaign. This virus, called Flame, …

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Taliban And Polio: Vaccine Drive Halted Due To CIA Fears

The Taliban has halted the polio vaccination campaign that was scheduled to be distributed to over 161,000 children starting on Wednesday, citing worries that the U.S. drone strikes are indicative of a possible undercover CIA operation tied to the vaccine campaign. The fears stem from an operation last year in which the CIA acted with Dr. Shakil Afridi, who used …

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Former Top CIA Spy Dick Stolz Dead at 86

Former CIA spy Dick Stolz, who would become one of the top operatives for the agency, died on Saturday due to complications from a recent fall. He was 86. Richard F. “Dick” Stolz joined the CIA in 1950, and quickly began working his way through the ranks. After serving in Cold War hot spots throughout Eastern Europe, he eventually became …

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Unreal Game Engine Licensed to Government Agencies

The same game engine used to develop games like Batman: Arkham City, and the Gears of War and Mass Effect Series is now being licensed to the FBI and other government agencies for the development of training programs, the BBC is reporting. The licensing agreement is between Epic Games and Virtual Heroes, a division of Applied Research Associates (ARA). Virtual …

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Facebook Privacy Woes Feel Real, Even In The Onion

Sometimes in America, satire that takes us further than fact. We live in a world where comedians sometimes have a better reputation for news analysis than the talking heads in the media. The Onion is not to be mistaken for “real news”. But, sometimes things are funny because they have this ring of truth to them. We stop for just …

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CIA Changing The Way They Buy Software

The CIA is changing the way it buys technology in hopes to stay on top of the constantly evolving technology landscape. Reuters is reporting that in a meeting with software vendors on Tuesday, the CIA’s top tech officer, Ira Hunt, told vendors that the agency was changing the way they do business. The way the CIA had done business before …

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CIA.gov Not Available, Anonymous Takes Credit [Updated]

Update: CNN is reporting that sites affiliated with Mexico’s mining ministry and the state of Alabama were also taken down. They’re also reporting that the CIA’s site was back up by this morning, but cia.gov is currently down from where we are sitting. What you’re seeing is a screenshot of what happens when you try to access the CIA’s website …

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Robot Cockroach Produces Its Own Power

I think we can all agree that cockroaches are pretty gross. Science has always stuck up for the disgusting vermin and are once again championing the little guys as the first step towards cyborgs. Science has found a way, according to MSNBC, to convert the sugars in a cockroaches belly into electricity through a fuel cell. Once fuel cells are …

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Every Breath You Take, Every Tweet You Make, The CIA’s Watching You

As you read this, a team of highly trained covert operatives are performing high tech espionage – from behind computer screens somewhere in Virginia. The folks at the CIA’s Open Source Center are busy gathering social media data from all over the world, looking to predict the next uprising and trying to find the international pulse regarding U.S. actions. According …

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LulzSec Takes Down CIA.gov, Hacking Simply for Enjoyment

The hacker group LulzSec, famous for their gaming community hacks, is moving on to bigger targets. While the group has claimed responsibility for hacks and data dumps against Sony, Bethesda, and Nintendo in the past, they recently went after the U.S. Senate and have now taken down the CIA’s website. That’s right, for a window of a few hours yesterday …

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