Posts tagged ‘cia’

June 20, 2019

How to spy? Be boring

by allthoughtswork

March 16, 2019

Weird Shit : Rectal Tool Kit

by duncanr

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October 19, 2017

Clever Dog

by duncanr

‘for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that . . . this just isn’t the job they are meant for


We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to . . .

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June 15, 2016

Confessions of Amaryllis Fox

by duncanr

former CIA Political and Terrorism Analyst for SE Asia and Clandestine Service officer overseas, Amaryllis Fox shares some thoughts on dealing with one’s enemy . . .

October 1, 2011

al-Awlaki Killing Illegal ?

by duncanr

Nobel Prize for Peace winner, Barak Obama (who sanctioned the execution of Osama Bin Laden) proudly announced the execution of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen by a CIA operated drone missile.

The killing of Al-Awlaki (authorized by Nobel Prize for Peace winner, Barak Obama) has raised some legal and moral concerns, however, amongst some people

Some people, but obviously not . . .

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October 18, 2010

CIA Drone Software ‘Iffy’

by duncanr

The ‘alliance’ between Pakistan and the USA in the ‘war’ against the Taliban and Al Queda fighters in Afghanistan is an ‘uneasy’ one to say the least.

The USA is not popular with many Pakistani or Afghani citizens. A situation that is not helped by the CIA operated ‘drone’ attacks that are intended to target ‘enemy combatants’ but more often than not kill and injure innocent civilians.

The USA must be hoping then that . . .

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December 18, 2009

Better Late than Never

by duncanr

The US Predator drone can fly armed or unarmed and has been/is being used in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia. It can fly for hours remotely controlled by pilots thousands of kilometers away – providing useful ‘intelligence’ or acting as a remote control bomb.

It is a highly sophisticated piece of military hardware – and it doesn’t come cheap.

However, in a blindingly stupid move – perhaps bred from an arrogant belief in the superiority of the USA military might compared to the ‘insurgents’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, the video signals relayed from the predator back to it’s controller have not been encrypted.

Oops – cue red USA military/CIA faces

Seems insurgents have been intercepting the predator data using a piece of software available on the Internet for less than $30. US was alerted to fact insurgents were intercepting the predator data when –

“US military in Iraq apprehended a fighter whose laptop contained files of intercepted drone video feeds.”

The Pentagon is now urgently encrypting all of its drone video feeds from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan but with 600+ unmanned vehicles and thousands of ground stations to be upgraded the process is expected to take some time to complete.

Oh well, better late than never !!!

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October 17, 2009

CIA Torturers :Modern Witchfinders?

by duncanr

Early 'water-boarding'

Early 'water-boarding'

In the Dark Ages (before electricity was discovered) the threat to a peaceful every day life was not ‘terrorists’ but ‘witches’.

Like terrorists, witches did not openly advertise their ‘calling’ but worked in secret. Fortunately, various physical ‘procedures’ proved effective in extracting a ‘confession’ from them and certain individuals (witchfinders) became adepts in applying those techniques.

In time, the number of reported cases of witchcraft in USA and Europe diminished – in part because of a growing recognition that if you inflict pain on someone then they will do or say whatever you want them to do or say in order to stop the pain – so called ‘false confessions’.

This lesson seems to have been forgotten by CIA interrogators ‘questioning’ suspected terrorists. Just as witchfinders pointed to the number of confessed witches as evidence in support of their claims that torture worked so too the CIA points to the number of ‘confessed’ terrorists as evidence that torture works.

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April 9, 2009

IRC: US Medics complicit in torture

by duncanr

A Confidential Report by the Red Cross into treatment meted out to 14 people detained by the CIA at secret destinations has been posted on the Web.

The report questions the legality of the detentions, concludes that the treatment of the detainees constitutes ‘torture’ and criticises the role of medical staff, claiming they violated their code of medical ethics by ‘siding’ with the ‘torturers’ rather than making the health and welfare of their ‘patients’ their primary concern.

March 3, 2009

Now you see them . . .

by duncanr

now you DON’T !!!

92 videotapes of CIA interrogation of suspected terrorists were destroyed by the CIA on the orders of Jose Rodriguez, then head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

The tapes are reputed to have shown the use of controversial techniques such as ‘waterboarding’ – thought by many to be a form of torture.

Then-CIA Director Mike Hayden wrote in a December 2007 memo to staff that the tapes were made as “an internal check” on the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques and the decision to destroy them was made “only after it was determined they were no longer of intelligence value and relevant to any internal, legislative or judicial inquires.”

The destruction of these particular tapes had nothing to do then with the legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking release of these taped interrogations under the US Freedom of Information Act as part of its investigation into claims that the CIA had tortured terror suspects.

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