SSCI fails to achieve its goals on CIA’s Torture Report

(BY MICAH ZENKO) Two years after a 9-6 bipartisan vote, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will reportedly finally release a declassified executive summary (of between 480 and 600 pages) of the committee’s report (itself over 6,000 pages long) into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. Despite the best efforts of news organizations, . . . → Read More: SSCI fails to achieve its goals on CIA’s Torture Report

Racial riots in USA

Protesters set buildings ablaze, shot at police and looted stores in the US town of Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen.

Police were overwhelmed by an explosion of violence right after the hotly awaited verdict. Officers were shot at . . . → Read More: Racial riots in USA

Ms Robin L Raphel never liked India, was that her mistake

American investigators intercepted a conversation this year in which a Pakistani official suggested that his government was receiving American secrets from a prominent former State Department diplomat, officials said, setting off an espionage investigation that has stunned diplomatic circles here.

That conversation led to months of secret surveillance on the former diplomat, . . . → Read More: Ms Robin L Raphel never liked India, was that her mistake

Was Robin Raphel targetted or trapped

A tip from Indian soil which shed new light on how US diplomat Robin Raphel empowered the Taliban may have hastened her downfall in Washington.

Accounts from Raisina Hill, the seat of government in New Delhi and from Chanakyapuri, the capital’s diplomatic enclave, however, indicated that India’s official apparatus was not involved in the tip. . . . → Read More: Was Robin Raphel targetted or trapped

Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Barbara Bowman first publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape in 2004. But people didn’t start believing her until now, when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist last month.

Bowman’s story puts a personal face on the myriad reasons women are often hesitant to come forward with rape allegations. They often face disbelief, harrassment, or accusations of . . . → Read More: Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Violent protests over murder of black teen by a white cop

(By Catherine E. Shoichet and Tristan Smith) Late night protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting death of Michael Brown, dispersed after bottles flew at officers, who answered with tear gas, police said Wednesday. . . . → Read More: Violent protests over murder of black teen by a white cop

CIA And FBI Agents Are Not Welcome At This Restaurant Outside Sochi

A sign that says “We do not serve FBI and CIA agents,” hangs outside a restaurant on the opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong captured a photo of this sign outside a restaurant in the mountains near Sochi, . . . → Read More: CIA And FBI Agents Are Not Welcome At This Restaurant Outside Sochi

PTI Chief congratulates Nawaz over goof counterterrorism

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for what he called a good start to control terrorism in the country. He said if the law is made equal for all in Karachi, peace could be maintained.

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Are violent movies the cure for real life bloodshed?

For all the grim news about the economy and jobs over the last few years, one indicator of the quality of life in the United States has stubbornly continued to improve. The latest Federal Bureau of Investigation data suggests crime rates went on falling through the first half of 2011, recession be damned. In 1991, the overall . . . → Read More: Are violent movies the cure for real life bloodshed?

FBI, Army, Islam & Terrorism: The Stupid Connection

To fix its troubled counterterrorism training, the FBI is calling in the cavalry.

The Bureau has turned to the Army’s Combating Terrorism Center at West Point to scour the FBI’s training materials, after Danger Room revealed that Bureau specialists were teaching agents that “mainstream” Muslims were likely to be “violent” and radical.” The West . . . → Read More: FBI, Army, Islam & Terrorism: The Stupid Connection