January 5, 2010 - The head of the U.S. Army Intelligence in Afghanistan has severely criticized the work of intelligence agencies in the country. In a report of the organization Center for New American Security, Gen. Michael Flynn says that in eight years of war, the activity of secret services, which he describes as "confusing", is only marginally significant in the overall strategy in Afghanistan.Read more »
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation working with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Samuelson Clinic), filed suit today against a half-dozen government agencies (including the CIA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Justice) for refusing to disclose their policies for using social networking sites for investigations, data-collection, and surveillance.Read more »
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The president attributed to "exceptional circumstances" his decision to allow the publication of secret reports
The U.S. president, Barack Obama, spoke Monday of "exceptional circumstances" to defend the publication last Thursday of four secret reports detailing some of the torture that the CIA used during interrogations between 2002 and 2005, under the Bush administration.
Coinciding with his first visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley (Virginia), Obama said that Washington decided to publish the reports at the request of a court, and stated that it would have been very difficult to organize an effective legal defense without disclosing them, adding that much of the information contained in them was already public.Read more »
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Being a spy may involve assumed identities and coded messages, but becoming a spy isn't exactly top-secret business. These days, in fact, all you have to do if you're interested in this particular career path is turn up your radio. The CIA is running ads on stations across the country for jobs in its clandestine service.
"Are you a person of curiosity and integrity?" asks one spot. "Are you ready for a world of challenge ... a world of ambiguity and adventure?"
The agency won't say how much it's spending on the ad campaign, but CIA spokesman George Little told TIME via e-mail, "We continue to seek highly qualified candidates to support the mission of America's premier intelligence agency." (See the top 10 Secret Service code names.)
The campaign is the first by the agency under its new director, Leon Panetta, who has said he would like to recruit more people with foreign-language skills as well as more minorities.Read more »
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