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CIA chief believes Cheney almost wants US attacked

Dick CheneyCIA director Leon Panetta says it’s almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the “harsh interrogation” of terrorism suspects. “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national security issue,” Panetta said in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine’s June 22 issue. “It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point.” Full Story : Reuters.com…

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Amid Queries, CIA Worries About Future

ciaBattered by recriminations over waterboarding and other harsh techniques sanctioned by the Bush administration, the CIA is girding itself for more public scrutiny and is questioning whether agency personnel can conduct interrogations effectively under rules set out for the U.S. military, according to senior intelligence officials. Full Story : WashingtonPost.com….

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C.I.A. to Close Secret Prisons

ciaThe Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday that it would decommission the secret overseas prisons where it subjected Al Qaeda prisoners to brutal interrogation methods, bringing to a symbolic close the most controversial counter terrorism program of the Bush administration. The C.I.A. has never revealed the location of its so-called black sites overseas. Full Story : NYTimes.com….

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CIA destroyed 92 interview tapes

The Central intelligence Agency (CIA) has destroyed 92 tapes of interviews conducted with terror suspects, a US government lawyer has admitted. In January 2008, the justice department launched an investigation to answer questions over the tapes. Full Story : BBC.com

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CIA And Pentagon Wonder: Could Mexico Implode?

mexicoDrug-related violence in Mexico is escalating at an alarming rate and threatening the government of President Felipe Calderon. CIA and U.S. military planners now fear a worst-case scenario ‚Äî that the country could implode. The American military is quietly stepping in with more training. Mexico has the second largest defense budget in Latin America, with annual military expenditures of US$6 billion or about 0.5% GDP. Mexico’s military includes 504,000 total personnel. Full Story : npr.org……

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@ a glance : US investor buys Sudanese warlord’s land

A US businessman backed by former CIA and state department officials says he has secured a vast tract of fertile land in south Sudan from the family of a notorious warlord, in post-colonial Africa‚Äôs biggest private land deal. Full Story : FT.com…..

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