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Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero Justification - News Punch
The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified document that allegedly contained “specific information” on former Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs he was apparently running.

Now that document has been declassified and it reveals that there was virtually zero justification for the Iraq war. The document reveals that there was “no operational tie between Saddam and al Qaeda” and no WMD programs.

The report reveals that the intelligence community and the US Department of Energy did not think Saddam was pursuing any type of WMD program, and was instead developing rocket motors.
Iraq  war  lies  CIA 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Palantir Contract Dispute Exposes NYPD’s Lack of Transparency | Brennan Center for Justice
First, some background. Palantir is a secretive tech company founded in part with funds from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of dozens of government agencies with multimillion-dollar Palantir contracts, fueling fears that the technology could be used to enforce President Donald Trump’s aggressive immigration agenda. The NYPD has also had a contract with Palantir for years, but the specifics are still unknown.

All we know is that the NYPD was licensing Palantir software to produce analysis from data collected by the police, such as arrest records, license-plate reads, and parking tickets. According to BuzzFeed, Palatir’s software “graphs this data in a way that can reveal connections among crimes and people.” The NYPD’s continued use of this analytic data is at the center of the ongoing contract dispute. Palantir has declined to hand over a readable version of the data to the NYPD, claiming that doing so would threaten its intellectual property.

All of this begs the question: Why are New Yorkers just learning about this now, and where is the public oversight? 

We know who’s not being kept in the loop: the New York City Council.
CIA  NYPD  police  surveillance  data 
august 2017 by Quercki
Fox News Contributor Who Claimed Hillary Clinton Was A 'Criminal' Pleads Guilty To Felony Fraud
Wayne Simmons, 62, has been a regular guest on Fox News and has served as an intelligence advisor in Afghanistan and in the U.S. Army. There’s only one problem; he got all those jobs as a result of a lie.

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Simmons, who falsely claimed he had “spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency,” has pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.” It turns out Simmons isn’t an intelligence expert at all, but rather a convicted felon with two firearms convictions and an unspecified conviction from Maryland under his belt already. And it looks like he can add a few more to that list.
Wayne_Simmons  CIA  Hillary 
may 2016 by Quercki
U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks
The recent history of terror arrests linked to ISIS is documented in an internal unclassified Department of Homeland Security document provided to The Intercept via SecureDrop. It shows that terror arrests between January 2014 and September 2015 linked to ISIS were largely of people trying to travel abroad, provide material support, or plan attacks that were essentially imaginary.

The document, dated before the Paris attacks, includes a list and map of 64 U.S. persons arrested on terror-related charges over the course of nine months who were “assessed to be inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” or ISIS.

Isil Related Arrests in Homeland From jan2014 sept2015 Final Redacted
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The document assigns six categories to types of arrests made in the given time period: a foiled attack, “aspirational” planning, “advanced attack plotting,” failed travel, travel, or material support.

The only foiled attack involved the arrests of Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who traveled from Arizona to Garland, Texas, bearing assault weapons and body armor, intending to shoot up an art contest involving the drawing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Both attackers were shot by local police officers.

There are just five instances of what the report’s authors call “advanced attack plotting” — two of which involve the FBI providing assistance in planning or acquiring supplies for an attack before making an arrest.
NSA  CIA  surveillance  terrorism  liars 
november 2015 by Quercki
There is no record of US mass surveillance ever preventing a large terror attack / Boing Boing
CIA Director John Brennan wants you to think the Paris attacks were Snowden's fault -- the "hand wringing" over mass surveillance has ended his agency's ability to "thwart" terrorists attacks "before they're carried out." There's only one problem with that: there's no evidence that the US's mass surveillance programs have ever prevented a major terrorist attack.

An internal, unclassified DHS document confirms this: "terror arrests between January 2014 and September 2015 linked to ISIS were largely of people trying to travel abroad, provide material support, or plan attacks that were essentially imaginary."

If the CIA and NSA are really stopping domestic terrorist attacks, they're being awfully quiet about it. Either they're not bringing the terrorists to justice, or they're silently executing them (why?).
surveillance  CIA  NSA  liars 
november 2015 by Quercki
General Petraeus could avoid jail time after sharing classified information with mistress - CBS News
Former CIA director David Petraeus faces probation and a fine if a plea deal is approved. The general pleaded guilty to sharing classified information with his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell.

The guilty plea was intended to spare Petraeus any jail time, but it still has to be approved by a judge and the sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled, reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.

Petraeus admitted giving his biographer and lover several notebooks he knew contained highly classified information -- and then lying about it to the FBI.

"Perhaps my experience can be instructive to others who stumble, or indeed fall as far as I did," he said.

Mishandling classified information is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison.

In the plea agreement, the Justice Department will ask the judge to impose two years' probation and a $40,000 fine. That's comparable to what former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger received for trying to steal classified documents from the National Archives.

Lying to the FBI is a more serious felony, but the Justice Department did not charge Petraeus with that crime, apparently because there was no recording of the alleged lie.

Petraeus admitted to giving Broadwell eight black books in which he took notes while serving as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

His notes included "the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities ... [and] discussions with the president."

When confronted by FBI agents, Petraeus maintained he had never disclosed any classified information to Broadwell.

After their affair was revealed, Petraeus resigned from the CIA.

He signed a document stating "there is no classified material in my possession" -- even though those the notebooks were still stored in an unlocked desk drawer at his home.

This guilty plea may not be the end of it for Petraeus. The CIA inspector general had been investigating whether he misused his security detail in carrying on his affair with Broadwell and the Army could still take action against him for having mishandled classified information while on active duty.
Patraeus  CIA  leak  guilty 
march 2015 by Quercki
CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine Controversy
One oft-quoted portion of the articles relates to a meeting that allegedly occurred in Honduras among Meneses, Blandon, and Enrique Bermudez, a leader of the FDN's military effort. The preceding paragraph in the article recounted how cocaine "has spread across the country . . . turning entire blocks of major cities into occasional war zones." The paragraph that immediately followed reads:

"There is a saying that the ends justify the means," former FDN leader and drug dealer Oscar Danilo Blandon Reyes testified during a recent cocaine trafficking trial in San Diego. "And that's what Mr. Bermudez (the CIA agent who commanded the FDN) told us in Honduras, OK? So we started raising money for the Contra revolution."

The implication of this paragraph, made through its juxtaposition to the discussion of black communities ravaged by cocaine, is that a "CIA agent" decided to raise money for the Contras by any means, including by selling cocaine in black communities. It is noteworthy that the parenthetical reference to Bermudez as a "CIA agent who commanded the FDN" was added by the Mercury News and was not a statement actually made by Blandon. The parenthetical underscores reputed ties between Bermudez and the CIA.

The specter of a government-wide plan to target black communities is raised throughout the article in other ways, but mostly through innuendo. The subtext of the article seems to be: If there was no government plot, why else would an Assistant U.S. Attorney prevent evidence relating to Blandon's drug trafficking from being raised in open court under the claim of protecting classified information during a 1990 federal trial?; how else would Blandon have escaped more vigorous prosecution by the Department of Justice or other prosecutor's offices for drug trafficking?; why else would federal agents descend upon the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department to claim evidence obtained in a search of Blandon's home in 1986?; and how else would Meneses escape arrest and prosecution in the United States or be allowed by the INS to freely enter and exit the country? While the allegation of a deliberate government plan was not explicitly made, the drumbeat of questions insinuated a multi-agency, government scheme designed to protect Blandon's illegal activities, which "opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles."
racism  crack  drugs  CIA  African-American 
june 2014 by Quercki
After 30 Years of Silence, the Original NSA Whistleblower Looks Back
After the Guardian began publishing stories based on Snowden's documents, the anti-secrecy website Cryptome re-posted the original 1972 Ramparts article, "Electronic Espionage: A Memoir," in which Fellwock had exposed the NSA.

Fellwock, under his Winslow Peck pseudonym, was introduced as

a senior NSA analyst in the Istanbul listening post for over two years. He was a participant in the deadly international fencing match that goes on daily with the Soviet Union, plotting their air and ground forces and penetrating their defenses.
At the time, only the broadest outlines of the NSA's activities had ever been reported in the press. Its headquarters were unmarked; its description in official government documents restricted to an absurdly vague, "Performs highly specialized technical and coordinating functions relating to the national security." The post-Snowden spectacle of the NSA chief testifying before Congress, and then being caught in falsehoods by further leaks, was unimaginable. No director would have spoken publicly about the agency's mission at all, let alone anything it might or might not have done.

"They never thought anybody would ever be able to write about them," said the journalist James Bamford, who has written three books on the NSA, including the first definitive account of the Agency, 1982’s Puzzle Palace. "At the time it was an agency that sort of existed apart from the rest of the government, almost."

And there, in 1972, was a rogue analyst, some kid in his 20s, describing the NSA's business down to the colors of the badges worn at its headquarters.
Edward_Snowden  whistleblower  CIA  NSA  FBI  history  1972  war 
november 2013 by Quercki
Political murder, then and now « Pissed Off Woman
Yesterday, the US ambassador to Libya was murdered along with 3 other US officials, in an attack using rocket-propelled grenades.  This attack came at the same time as protests in Libya and Egypt over an anti-Islamic video released on YouTube.  But this was not mob violence–it was a coordinated, preplanned, professional attack, according to US officials speaking on condition of anonymity.  And that video is looking pretty suspicious too.

The US military is moving in an elite group of Marines and two warships.

I know in my heart the CIA did it.  They’ve been active on the ground in Libya for a while now.  They helped out with the revolution before the US military was able to–this was reported in the mainstream media.  Libya is an oil-rich country and said oil is still under the control of the Libyan government-run National Oil Corp.–what further motive do you need?

I wish I did not have to think this way.
Libya  conspiracy  CIA  9/11 
september 2012 by Quercki

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