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Avril Haines

All About Avril Haines, Biden’s Pick for the Top U.S. Intelligence Job

Avril Haines is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to run the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). if confirmed, she will effectively serve as the chairwoman of the U.S. intelligence community. The ODNI doesn’t control the budgets of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, but it does coordinate and set direction. It is not as...

Joe Biden

Who Will Biden Pick to Run the CIA?

President-Elect Joe Biden is looking for a CIA director. In CounterPunch.org, former CIA officer Mel Goodman runs down where past directors have gone wrong–and what Biden could do right. The directors who were agency professionals were a particularly motley group.  [Gina] Haspel is best known for her leading role in the CIA’s sadistic torture and...


How One Small U.S. Agency Is Hobbling the President-Elect Biden’s Pandemic Team

Update: as November 12, the Washington Post reports, that ” Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, still hasn’t signed the official letter that would allow the incoming Biden team to formally begin the transition.” The Atlantic reports that more than 100 former U.S. intelligence and national security officials have signed a letter to Murphy...

Gina Haspel

As Trump Cabal Plots a Coup, Rubio Defends Haspel at CIA

CIA director Gina Haspel (Credit: Politico) This subtext of this POLITICO story is: how does Senator Marco Rubio stand up to President Trump’s attempt to hinder the transition to President-Elect Biden? He doesn’t. Rather than criticize the president, the Florida Republicans is defending Trump’s next target: CIA director Gina Haspel. After President Trump “terminated” Defense...

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Misinformation 2020 Was Made-in-USA; Russia’s Role Was Tiny

  Just how polluted is the news environment during the 2020 presidential election ? A new study, reporting in DefenseOne, a news platform for the military industrial complex, concludes: Very. The study, by Zignal Labs, is careful to distinguish disinformation–deliberate deceptions–from misinformation–erroneous statements. These falsehoods were consumed by audiences across the country, but unevenly, especially...