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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

According to a two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA.

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Eleven reasons to be sceptical of warnings of cyber warfare

A new “Cyber Security Centre”? Do we really need it? Crikey’s Canberra correspondent details why you shouldn’t believe the hype on the risks of cyber warfare and cybercrime.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Al Qaeda’s underwear bomber secretly a double agent

Earlier this week the CIA announced it had thwarted plans for an Al Qaeda operative sent to destroy a US-bound plane with a complicated underwear bomb. It’s now been revealed that the operative was a double agent …

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The Daily Beast | LINKS|

Secret CIA operations in Iraq

US president Barack Obama announced that the US military will leave Iraq by December 31 this year. But the CIA has a number of covert programs and counter-terrorism operations in Iraq that will continue, writes Eli Lake.

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The Wired chatlogs: a cry for help from a confused, lonely man

The new Wired chatlogs alleged to be by Bradley Manning reveal a lonely, deeply unwell LGBT man at the centre of the US military’s secrets.

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They did it for the lulz

So farewell to Lulzsec, who burnt brightly but, it turns out, briefly in the firmament of cyber security with a rapid-fire series of cracks and thefts …

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Washington Post | LINKS|

CIA launches WikiLeaks Task Force, aka WTF

The CIA, which have remained largely unaffected by the WikiLeaks controversies, have launched a special WikiLeaks Task Force to measure the impact of Julian Assange’s whistle-blowing website. The acronym, WTF, is all too apt, reports Greg Miller.

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Telegraph (UK) | EUROPE|

Nazi war criminals given a CIA-sponsored safe haven

New evidence has emerged from a 600 page report written in 2006 that the CIA collaborated with Nazi war criminals and granted them a safe haven in America, writes Toby Harnden.

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Salon | LINKS|

Sweeping away Bush’s crimes is tarnishing Obama

The revelations that the CIA under George Bush was engaged in human experimentation on detainees is not something that the Obama administration can just ignore, says Glenn Greenwald.

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Mother Jones | LINKS|

CIA used detainees as human guinea pigs

The Bush administration’s attempts to prove that “enhanced” interrogation techniques did not constitute torture actually involved the CIA using human experimentation on detainees.

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Washington Post | LINKS|

The CIA plot to depict Saddam and bin Laden as pedophiles

The CIA created a fake video showing Osama bin Laden and his crew sitting around a campfire drinking and bragging about their “conquests with boys” — and had plans to “flood Iraq” with fake videos of Saddam Hussein having sex with a teenage boy, the Washington Post reveals.

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New York Times | LINKS|

US military running private spy ring in AfPak

The NYT reveals the US is still is running a potentially illegal “rogue operation” of private spies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, employing former CIA agents and Special-Ops soldiers to gather information.

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Inside the CIA’s “dark prison”

The AP has compiled a chilling expose into the sketchy death of a suspected Afghan militant in the CIA’s secret “salt pit” prison in Kabul in 2002.

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AP | THE REST|

Why the CIA baked a birthday cake for a suicide bomber

CIA officers in Afghanistan threw a big birthday bash for a spy they thought could help them crack al-Qaeda — but he missed the party, because he was busy blowing himself and seven CIA officers up.

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New York Observer | THE REST|

How the CIA tried to turn a “gay terrorist” spy against Al Qaeda

The NY Observer has the bizarre inside scoop on how the CIA’s failed attempt to recruit a “fat”, “gay” terrorist as a spy to penetrate Al Qaeda, and how the whole saga may have prevented the FBI from foiling 9/11.

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New York Times | UNITED STATES|

US running off-the-record private spies in AfPak

A US Defence Dept official has been running an “off-the-books” spy operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the NYT reveals, paying former CIA and Special Forces soldiers to track down and kill militants.

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Salon | UNITED STATES|

Gruesome new details of CIA torture

Newly released internal CIA documents reveal lays bare the brutal details of the CIA’s waterboarding practices — the precise methods, techniques and specially designed equipment used to maximise the agony.

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ABC News (USA) | UNITED STATES|

Blackwater is still working for the US

The Pentagon and CIA are still employing controversial military contractor Blackwater in Afghanistan (albeit under a new name), despite allegations of involvement in murder, gun-running, child prostitution‚ÄČand more, ABC News reveals.

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Politico | COMPANIES|

CIA agents are moonlighting on Wall St

The CIA is allowing its agents to earn some extra cash by working for private companies on the side, with many offering their special skills as “human lie detectors” to help financial firms and hedge funds get an edge on the stock market.

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Washington Post | THE REST|

CIA chief: We’re proud to be getting blown up in Afghanistan

CIA director Leon Panetta pens an op-ed for the Washington Post in the wake of news that eight of his employees were killed by an Afghan suicide bomber: that’s the price of war.

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The Guardian | ASIA-PACIFIC|

America’s secret war in Pakistan

Elite helicopter-borne US forces have been conducting clandestine raids into Pakistan at night as part of an ongoing secret war near the country’s Afghanistan border, according to a former Nato officer.

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The New Yorker | THE REST|

Great unsolved mysteries in the War on Terror

It’s been a year since Bush left the White House, yet so much about his “War on Terror” is still unknown: what did Cheney really know? Where have all the CIA’s prisoners gone? Who forged the Yellowcake documents?

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ABC News (USA) | THE REST|

The US hasn’t had any good bin Laden intel in years

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has admitted the government hasn’t had any good intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden “in years”. So where the bloody hell is he?

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Vanity Fair | THE REST|

Doing the CIA’s dirty work: former Blackwater chief reveals all

The former head of controversial US military contractor Blackwater, Erik Prince, tells all to Vanity Fair about the company’s assassination and espionage work for the CIA in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Two sides can blackmail

Tony Abbott, Nick Minchin et al are threatening their colleagues with the virtual destruction of the Liberal Party unless they get their own way, but will it work?

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