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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part III

April 21, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “CIA Faces 20% Cut in Syria Funds”

“CIA Faces 20% Cut in Syria Funds” The Washington Post, June 13, 2015, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/lawmakers-move-to-curb-1-billion-cia-program-to-train-syrian-rebels/2015/06/12/b0f45a9e-1114-11e5-adec-e82f8395c032_story.html “Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that U.S. officials said … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Perfect Kill”

May 19, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins by longtime CIA operative and later journalist Robert Baer.  The Perfect Kill attempts to demonstrate the laws of a successful political killing through examples from … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Majority of Americans Side with Dick Cheney, Say Torture Was Justified”

“Majority of Americans Side with Dick Cheney, Say Torture Was Justified” The Christian Science Monitor, December 15, 2014 http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/1215/Majority-of-Americans-side-with-Dick-Cheney-say-torture-was-justified-video “Half of Americans regard the Central Intelligence Agency’s harsh interrogation methods as justified, according to a new national survey from the Pew … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Report Details Vicious Acts, Cites a Pattern of Deception”

“Report Details Vicious Acts, Cites a Pattern of Deception” The Washington Post, December 10, 2014, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senate-report-on-cia-program-details-brutality-dishonesty/2014/12/09/1075c726-7f0e-11e4-9f38-95a187e4c1f7_story.html “An exhaustive five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly bleak verdict on a program launched in the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: David Chavchavadze, 1924-2014

Nov. 16, 2014 by Darius  Nearly two months ago, without much ado, David Chavchavadze died at the age of 90.  Few people have heard of Chavchavadze, but he was involved in a number of interesting moments in history. Chavchavadze himself … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “New Book Says C.I.A. Official In Benghazi Held Up Rescue”

“New Book Says C.I.A. Official In Benghazi Held Up Rescue” The New York Times, September 5, 2014, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/world/africa/new-book-says-cia-official-in-benghazi-held-up-rescue.html “Five commandos guarding the C.I.A. base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 say that the base chief stopped them from interceding … Continue reading

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