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Sen. Mark Warner on nomination of Rep. Pompeo for CIA Director

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA commented on President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA.


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The unhealthy alliance of medicine and state

The CIA’s torture program is back in the headlines this week, as three former detainees have filed suit against the two psychologists who created and administered the CIA’s Bush-era torture program. According to the ACLU (who are pushing for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor in the matter), Drs. James Mitchell and John Jessen “helped convince the agency to adopt torture as official policy,” and got filthy rich in the process.


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The Church Committee: Dusting off one option for overhaul of oversight

In light of perceived overreach, as well as massive changes in technology and diminished oversight, there is increasing call for establishment of a 21st Century Church Committee.


CIA tried to give Iraq nuclear plans, just like Iran

If you’ve followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen’s book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.


Review of The Interview: Thumbs up to Rogen, Franco, thumbs down to Sony, YouTube

The great shame surrounding the movie The Interview is that it won’t be seen on a wider scale because of the decision by Sony Pictures to bail on the comedy fantasizing about the downfall of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.


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Democrats: Too fat, too happy, doomed?

Republicans have been imploding for 15 years as their moderate and Tea Party wings have engaged in open warfare against each other. Looks like Democrats are about to do the same, with the centrist and liberal-progressive wings ready to claw each other to death.


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Memo to CNN: Put the blame on torture where it lies

Wolf Blitzer and his colleagues at CNN have been risking shoulder separations patting Blitzer on the back for his tough questioning on Tuesday of Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding the release of a Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture on terrorism suspects in the ‘00s.


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Sound Off: Senate releases CIA torture report

The Senate today released a report into CIA torture of terrorism suspects in the Bush era, and the details are explosive.


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UVA Center for Politics online lessons accompany paperback release of The Kennedy Half Century

Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the UVA Center for Politics has launched a series of new online classes to accompany the new, expanded paperback edition of Larry Sabato’s The Kennedy Half Century.


Poll shows strong support for releasing Senate torture report

An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans thinks that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should make public its comprehensive report on the CIA’s detention and torture of terrorism suspects after 9/11.


bob goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte: Confronting the ISIL threat

The rapid expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) not only poses a serious threat to a region that is no stranger to turmoil, but also to every nation, including the United States, that rejects their brutality and extreme ideology.


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Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies.


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What the CIA is Trying to Hide

Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after September 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya.


Sarvis calls on CIA Director John Brennan, DNI James Clapper to resign

Today, in response to the admission by the Central Intelligence Agency that it illegally spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Sarvis called for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan and released the following statement:


JFK researcher Jack Gordon: There was a conspiracy to kill the president

Jack Gordon was in an eighth-grade study in upstate New York when he heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. That the day changed the course of American history is a matter of intense discussion this week leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Nov. 22, 1963 JFK assassination.