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Afghanistan:  A Failure of U.S. Regime Change Policy

Afghanistan:  A Failure of U.S. Regime Change Policy

  Let the buck passing begin. The military people say Aghanistan was an intelligence failure. The intelligence community says it was a policy failure. They are both right. Above all, it was a failure of U.S. “regime change” policy that arrogates to the United States the “right” to replace adversarial governments. “There is an old...

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Barton Gellman on Edward Snowden and the Threat of ‘Turnkey Authoritarianism’

Barton Gellman on Edward Snowden and the Threat of ‘Turnkey Authoritarianism’

I recently spoke with Barton Gellman, former Washington Post reporter and author of “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State.” The book comes seven years after Gellman was one of three reporters whom Snowden entrusted with a trove of NSA documents about the inner working of dozens of top secret U.S. surveillance operations....

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Brennan and Clapper Backpedal on Trump Attacks

Brennan and Clapper Backpedal on Trump Attacks

Robert Mueller’s “no collusion” has confounded his critics among former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies. Former CIA director John Brennan admitted that his attacks on President Trump may have been unfounded. “Well, I don’t know if I received bad information but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was,” Brennan said. “I...

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Grassley Blocks Controversial Counterintelligence Nominee

Grassley Blocks Controversial Counterintelligence Nominee

Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is blocking the nomination of former FBI agent Bill Evanina for the nation’s top counterintelligence position. The back story here is — what else? — the Trump-Russia investigation. Evanina was the government’s most senior counterintelligence official during Russia’s hack and release influence operation aimed at undermining...

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