Category: CIA


Catch-22 at Guantanamo, or How Due Process Got Undone

In essence the appellate court adopted the government’s contention that the earlier proceedings against al-Hela and the use of classified intelligence to justify his detention did not violate his acknowledged constitutional right to due process. In so doing, the court was parroting the government’s two main arguments that had been used successfully in scores of...


Once Ridiculed, the ‘October Surprise’ Deal Between Reagan and Iran Is Now Confirmed

Barnes, now 85 years old, told reporter Peter Baker that he and former Texas governor John Connally visited one Middle Eastern capital after another in the summer of 1980, “meeting with a host of regional leaders to deliver a blunt message to be passed to Iran: Don’t release the hostages before the election. Mr. Reagan...

Vladimir Putin

The Future CIA Director’s Prescient Memo on Putin, NATO and Ukraine

From Robert Wright’s Nonzero Newsletter: Burns’s 2008 warning came in two forms—a memo circulated widely within the Bush administration and a more pungently written email he sent to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (an email she shared with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley). The email said that if, at...

CIA / Mossad

CIA and Mossad Differ Over Iranian Threat

The episode sheds fresh light on the close but contradictory ties between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies, one of the most complicated relationships in the shadowy world of international espionage. On one hand, Mossad and CIA officers share intelligence and even coordinate some field operations,  reflecting Israel’s status as a close and trusted U.S. ally....

Biden at CIA

CIA Thought Putin Would Quickly Conquer Ukraine

U.S. intelligence reports at the time predicted that Kyiv would fall quickly, perhaps in a week or two at the most. The predictions spurred the Biden administration to secretly withdraw some key U.S. intelligence assets from Ukraine, including covert former special operations personnel on contract with the CIA, the current and former officials said. Their account...