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After a Harsh IG Report, FISA Reform Is on the Agenda

After a Harsh IG Report, FISA Reform Is on the Agenda

One the revelations of the report of Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, was the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) The act was passed by Congress in 1978, after revelations that CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton had presided over two massive program of spying on Americans. FISA requires the FBI...

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Intel Probe Puts CIA’s Haspel in a Bind 

Intel Probe Puts CIA’s Haspel in a Bind 

The chair of CIA director Gina Haspel, who was promoted by John Brennan and Michael Hayden, is getting warmer, according to Politico Haspel was the CIA’s station chief in London in 2016 when the U.S. Embassy there was made aware of Mifsud’s contact with a Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, by Australian diplomat Alexander Downer....

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Former Bush Adviser Sells Repression in the Middle East

Former Bush Adviser Sells Repression in the Middle East

As counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, Richard Clarke advocated vastly expanded spying powers for the U.S. government. As a private citizen, he sold the same idea to a Persian Gulf oil monarchy. The Reuters investigated, and the resulting story, Made in America shows how and why private intelligence firms are flourishing. Undemocratic governments...

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How China Runs Its Mass Detention Camps

How China Runs Its Mass Detention Camps

From the  International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – ICIJ The extraordinary coercive power of China’s Ministry of State Security is Xinjiang province, where the Beijing government is seeking to control the Uighurs, a non-Chinese Muslim minority. ICIJ obtained an operations manual: A new leak of highly classified Chinese government documents reveals the operations manual for...