5:51 PM, February 7th, 2013
I’m gonna try to be brief because I’ve noticed you’re [John Brennan] on your fourth glass of water. And I don’t want to be accused of waterboarding you.

Correction: Sen. John Richard Burr, R-N.C.

Waterboarding jokes during CIA confirmation hearings, good times. 

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12:25 PM, June 5th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, June 5th

  1. CIA Targeted Major Al Qaeda Leader: A CIA drone strike in Pakistan targeted al Qaeda’s second in command, Abu Yahia al-Libi, on Monday, though it was not clear if he was actually killed. Al-Libi took over as al Qaeda’s second-in-command after Osama bin Laden was killed and he reportedly runs day-to-day operations in Pakistan. U.S. officials said that the drone strike killed five people and that they were “optimistic” that al-Libi was one of them. 
  2. Wisconsin Recall in ‘Dead Heat’: Political eyes will all be focused on Wisconsin Tuesday as voters go to the polls to decide whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker’s challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, said the race is a “dead heat,” as most polls showed Walker has a narrow lead over his 2010 challenger.
  3. Merkel: Need ‘More Europe’: German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated on Monday that she will accept a grand bargain to give more support to some of the euro zone’s most troubled countries in exchange for more control over Europe’s spending. 
  4. Thousands Line Up for Jubilee: Thousands lined the streets of London on Tuesday for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, as she rode in a carriage to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where the Archbishop of Canterbury led a Service of Thanksgiving to her. 
  5. Clinton: Romney Would Be ‘Calamitous’: Former President Bill Clinton set the record straight on Monday night. After the Democrat praised Mitt Romney’s business record last week, calling it “sterling,” Clinton said at an Obama fundraiser in New York that a Romney presidency “would be in my opinion calamitous for our country and the world.” 

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10:16 AM, January 24th, 2012
  1. Romney Paid 13.9 Percent Tax in 2010: A release of a preview of his tax returns shows Romney had an income of $21.7 million in 2010, and $20.9 million in 2011. None of the money was from wages. 
  2. 'Hugo,' 'The Help' Rule Oscar NodsThe Help, The Descendants, and Hugo picked up the most nods, and favorite comedy Bridesmaids scored two major nominations.
  3. Gulf States Pull Syrian Observers: The Arab League observer mission in Syria is set to lose six more member countries on Sunday, as the Gulf Cooperation Council prepares to withdraw.
  4. Campaign Gets Nasty in Florida: After getting drubbed by Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, Mitt Romney is redoubling his attempt to bury him in negative advertising. Romney’s super PAC spent another in $5 million in airtime yesterday, bringing total investment in Florida to $13 million.  
  5. Ex-CIA Agent Charged With Leaks: The Justice Department has charged a former CIA officer John Kiriakou, 47, with leaking classified information about the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists, including al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah. Kiriakou gave an an interview with ABC about the brutal interrogation technique of waterboarding. 

Photo: Ron Paul in Nashua, NH on January 6th. (Charles Ommanney for Newsweek)

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11:52 AM, May 4th, 2011
In a statement released to The Daily Beast by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, the government said that it had been sharing specific intelligence with the CIA about the compound since 2009 and that Abbottabad, the northern Pakistani city when Bin Laden was found, has been “under sharp focus of intelligence agencies since 2003” because of reports of the presence of Al Qaeda fighters.
The CIA, of course, has no immediate comment.
3:51 PM, February 21st, 2011

Press coverage zings with unlikely stories about Davis – that he howls in his prison cells when the five-times daily call to prayer rings out; that the CIA plans a “Hollywood-style heist” to spring him; that he is the linchpin of the CIA’s drone programme.

Raymond Davis, an American official jailed for shooting and killing two Pakistanis, was a CIA operative spying on militant groups in Pakistan, the U.S. government has confirmed. Davis and American officials claim that the shooting was in self-defense for a failed robbery, though some reports indicate the victims were shot in the back. The Pakistani government currently has until March 14 to decide if Davis will be granted diplomatic immunity. The incident spotlights the already tense relations between Pakistan and the U.S., and the CIA’s expanding presence in the country—from which the U.S. military is largely restricted from operating because the two countries are not at war.

(Source: Guardian)

2:29 PM, February 9th, 2011
When CIA agents commit grave errors, they’re more likely to get promotions than pink slips or any other punishment, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.
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