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Column: The ‘dictator’ is a bystander

November 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — In July, when House Republicans voted to sue the president, they spoke of the urgent need to stop “tyranny” at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “Our freedom is in peril,” warned Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, the man beh…continue reading on

Column: The CIA’s lack of transparency

August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe.
The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their spycraft a…continue reading on

Tracking traitor forged lasting bond between 2 CIA women

January 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON Inside the Reston, Va., nursing home, the 80-year-old CIA pioneer was dying of cancer. Her best friend and former colleague sat in a nearby chair and tended to her needs.
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Trudy Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, column: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

November 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Yes, I know David Petraeus showed bad judgment and may have considered it a matter of honor to step down. But I think his resignation should have been rejected. Can our system really afford to lose him and upend the CIA, yet again, over such a peccadillo? Do we really have such talent to spare? Continue Reading

Officials: 8 killed in Pakistan by US drone missiles

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. drone-fired missiles hit a house in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region near the Afghan border Wednesday, killing eight people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
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U.S. weapons for future include key relics of past

January 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Due to the disappointment of the Global Hawk, U-2 spy plane will be sticking aroundThe lineup of weapons the Pentagon has picked to fit President Barack Obama’s new forward-looking defense strategy, called “Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” features relics of the past. Continue Reading

Accused of terror leaks: Former CIA officer who helped track, capture top terror suspect

January 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

John Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington is charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and the Espionage Act. A judge at a federal court hearing ordered Kiriakou to be released on a $250,000 unsecured bond. Continue Reading

Iran confirms death sentence of U.S. citizen accused of being CIA spy

January 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Iran has confirmed to the United States’ Swiss representatives in Tehran that the country has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death. Iran accuses Amir Hekmati of bring a CIA spy. Continue Reading

Iran gives death sentence to American man convicted of working for CIA

January 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. Hekmati, whose family is of Iranian origin, was born in Arizona and graduated from high school in Michigan. Continue Reading

Militant Hezbollah IDs undercover CIA officers in Lebanon

December 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Hezbollah made the names public in a broadcast Friday night on a Lebanese television station, al-Manar. Using animated videos, the station recreated meetings purported to have taken place between CIA officers and paid informants at Starbucks and Pizza Hut. Continue Reading