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MuckRock on Transparency and the Transition Away from Trump

MuckRock on Transparency and the Transition Away from Trump

MuckRock is a collaborative news site that gives you the tools to hold the government accountable. From our friends at MuckRock. MuckRock wants to help you prepare for the coming administration and the deep reflection we’ll need to give to the current one. Let us know what questions you have. Check out our FOIA 101: Tips and...

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The Five Eyes: The Global Spy Network You Never Heard Of

The Five Eyes: The Global Spy Network You Never Heard Of

[First of a Five-Part Series.] The Netflix thriller series, “Pine Gap” takes place on a sprawling, top-secret signals intelligence facility in the Australian Outback. On the screen, Pine Gap is depicted as a cockpit of drone strikes, romance, cybersleuthing, basketball, blackmail, office politics, and paranoia. The cribbed-from-the-chyrons first season culminated with a belligerent American president...

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Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Spencer Ackerman of Daily Beast calls it “a proxy war.” The nomination of Avril Haines to serve as director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) has set off a power struggle between the center-left and center-right factions of the Democratic policy world. This is a consequential fight, the ODNI overseees–but does not actually run–17...

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

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...

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Who Will Biden Pick to Run the CIA?

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...