CIA

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, Teodoro Daniel Misael V. Llamanzares has come to the limelight of Philippine politics. For “Neil” – that’s his moniker — who had held a top secret job in the United States, he’d be expected to avoid publicity, let alone people spying into his background. That would certainly make him uneasy because his former employer, Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC), happens Read More …

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By Philip Dorling Brisbane Times Pine Gap remains an enduring symbol of the unshakeable bond between Australian and US intelligence services. It’s a piece of America. At least that’s the vibe in the large cafeteria at the top secret Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs. Half of the intelligence base’s personnel are Australians; but American tastes dominate the menu according to those Read More …

Pine Gap satellite tracking station

By NICK PERRY and PAISLEY DODDS Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain needed U.S. intelligence to help thwart a major terror attack. New Zealand relied on it to send troops to Afghanistan. And Australia used it to help convict a would-be bomber. All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they Read More …

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“Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.” — YASSER ARAFAT By Alex P. Vidal Aside from the bloody shootout that killed more than a dozen armed men, there is no other similarity between the most recent Sabah uprising and the Bay of Pigs disaster in 1961 that nearly cost John F. Kennedy Read More …

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Kaleidoscope By Perry Diaz Criticized by Republicans for “leading from behind” during the Libyan revolution, President Barack Obama is now being criticized by his Democratic party mates for his use of unmanned drones in targeting and killing known al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, Yemen, and other countries where they’re based.  And one of his unlikely supporters turns out to be – are you ready? – Read More …

The MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force)

By LEE FERRAN  ABC NEWS The CIA used a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia to launch the September 2011 strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a high-profile American member of al Qaeda, according to reports. The purported existence of the drone base in the Middle Eastern nation was revealed in a pair of reports by The New York Times and The Washington Post today, a Read More …

A tribesman walks near a building damaged last year by a U.S. drone airstrike targeting suspected al-Qaida militants …

By Olivier Knox Yahoo! News The White House on Tuesday defended targeted assassinations of Americans thought to consort overseas with terrorists as “necessary,” “ethical” and “wise,” as the Obama administration faced fresh questions about its sharply expanded drone war. “We conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats—to stop plots, prevent future attacks and, again, save American lives,” White House press Read More …

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By Donna Leinwand Leger and Yamiche Alcindor USA TODAY The FBI is wise to many of the tricks used by terrorists and others to hide email trails 9:40PM EST November 13. 2012 – Paula Broadwell, ex-mistress of former CIA chief David Petraeus, could have used several methods to hide her identity if she sent anonymous, threatening e-mails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, experts say. But Read More …

Jill Kelley leaves her home Tuesday, Nov 12, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell. She serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

By CONNIE CASS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One day CIA Director David Patraeus was sending out signals he’d like to stay on for President Barack Obama’s second term. The next he was hurrying to the White House to offer his resignation and remorse over an extramarital affair. In rapid succession, other characters have emerged in North Carolina, Florida and Afghanistan with story lines that Read More …

Jill Kelley, 37, (right) is believed to be the 'mystery woman' who blew the lid off former CIA Director David Petraeus’ career-ending affair. She is seen here with Petraeus' wife Holly Petraeus (left) and her husband Scott Kelley at a party. (Stephen Theriault)

Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman Paula Broadwell harassed via email leading to FBI probe Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Fla., reportedly alerted the FBI several months ago about threatening emails she had received from Petraeus alleged mistress, biographer Paula Broadwell, a senior military official told the Associated Press. By Matthew Solan In Sanibel, Fla. , Marty Clear In Read More …