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The National Security Act Turns 75 

The National Security Act Turns 75 

from the non-profit National Security Archive Today, on the law’s 75th anniversary, the National Security Archive publishes a compilation of key declassified U.S. documents that show the run-up to its enactment, the debates surrounding the unification of the military departments, and the establishment of three major national security organizations: the National Security Council (NSC) and the...

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DHS Scrambles to Counter Violent Extremism in America

DHS Scrambles to Counter Violent Extremism in America

Federal efforts to counter violent extremism “aim to educate and prevent radicalization before a crime or terrorist act transpires, and differ from counterterrorism efforts such as collecting evidence and making arrests before an event has occurred,” according to the Government Accountability Office, or GAO. In 2017 GAO noted the programs had suffered from a lack of...

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The Unmasking of Agent Z9A 

The Unmasking of Agent Z9A 

From SpyTalk And here is what Haspel witnessed Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, another psychologist contracted by the CIA, do to Al-Nashiri, according to the memos she wrote or approved of, as excerpted by the National Security Archives. Few Americans have availed themselves of these details, judging by the widespread acceptance of torture as a necessary...

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Haspel Personally Observed CIA Waterboarding, Witness Testifies

Haspel Personally Observed CIA Waterboarding, Witness Testifies

Fifteen years before President Trump nominated her and the US Senate confirmed her as CIA director, Gina Haspel personally oversaw the waterboarding of alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a black site prison in Thailand in 2002, according to recent testimony at a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Waterboarding has been recognized...