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Do We Need Spies? For Counterproliferation, Yes

One of the most important–and least controversial–missions for the CIA and other intelligence agencies is counteproliferation: the detection and disruption networks of people seeking to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Defense One reports Slovenia and other small European countries are offering help to develop counterproliferation technology.


New Gina Haspel Cable Discloses Her Mistake on Torture

The National Security Archive has obtained new details about the torture tactics of CIA director Gina Haspel and her mistaken belief that extreme measures were necessary. The key document comes from November 2002, a little more than a year after 9/11 attacks. Top CIA officials feared another attack was coming.  Haspel was running a “black site” in...


Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance: ‘The Hallmarks of a Rendition’

The disappeared Saudi dissident was kidnapped, says one former U.S. official quoted by the Washington Post. The arrival and rapid departure of a Saudi security team “bore the hallmarks of a “rendition,” the official said. Khashoggi got the same treatment as terror suspects renditioned by the United states,(although the U.S. does not usually kill and dismember...

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