Category Archives: CIA

Four Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market [UPDATE — Father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme dies aged 85.]

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.” Edward Luttwak May 3 … Continue reading

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US National Whistleblower Day (July 30 2021) — “I, John Reidy, Declare…” [CIA Debacle in Iran & China] [UPDATE : Recent CIA cable confirms Intel Today long-standing suspicion]

“I cannot talk about the 2007 incident. It is classified. I risk incarceration. I have a family. If you are contemplating whistleblowing … you’re going to sit there and say, ‘If I go through that system, it will not end … Continue reading

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On This Day — The VELA Incident (September 22 1979) [2021]

“Now, 40 years later, there is a scientific and historical consensus that it was a nuclear test and that it had to be Israeli.” Avner Cohen (September 22 2019) September 22 2020 — A CIA-sponsored panel of well-respected scientists concluded … Continue reading

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On This Day — William E Colby Becomes the 10th Director of the CIA (September 4 1973) [Room for Debate : Do we really need the CIA?]

“We disbanded our intelligence [after both world wars] and then found we needed it. Let’s not go through that again. Redirect it, reduce the amount of money spent, but let’s not destroy it. Because you don’t know 10 years out … Continue reading

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Sunday Jokes — The Cultural Differences among US Intel Agencies [Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 Origin]

“Variations in analytic views largely stem from differences in how agencies weigh intelligence reporting and scientific publications, and intelligence and scientific gaps.” Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 Origin — ODNI (August 27 2021) August 29 2021 — Thank God, … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Psychologist Richards “Dick” J. Heuer, Jr. (July 15 1927 – August 21 2018) [COVID-19 & The Analysis of competing hypotheses]

“Do You Really Need More Information? The US Intelligence Community invests heavily in improved intelligence collection systems while managers of analysis lament the comparatively small sums devoted to enhancing analytical resources, improving analytical methods, or gaining better understanding of the cognitive … Continue reading

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On This Day — CIA Operation TP/AJAX : The Iranian Coup d’État (August 19 1953)

“Yes, my sin — my greater sin and even my greatest sin is that I nationalized Iran’s oil industry and discarded the system of political and economic exploitation by the world’s greatest empire. This at the cost to myself, my … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Molly C. H. Hardy (Dec. 15 1946 – Aug. 7 1998) [2021]

“For a small cadre of CIA veterans, the death of Osama bin Laden was more than just a national moment of relief and closure. It was also a measure of payback, a settling of a score for a pair of … Continue reading

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On This Day — A Night in August (August 4-5 1962) [Marilyn Monroe & Nelson Mandela] [2021]

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) August 5 2020 — … Continue reading

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US National Whistleblower Day (July 30 2021) — “I, John Reidy, Declare…” [CIA Debacle in Iran & China]

“I cannot talk about the 2007 incident. It is classified. I risk incarceration. I have a family. If you are contemplating whistleblowing … you’re going to sit there and say, ‘If I go through that system, it will not end … Continue reading

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