1. Stephen Kinzer speaks on Fresh Air today about his book “The Brothers” about John Foster Dulles (Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (Director of the CIA) under President Eisenhower. The two ran the nation’s overt and covert operations without much outside consultation:

They also saw the world in precisely the same way. What this meant was when they were making a decision about carrying out some earth-shattering operation; they never had to consult anyone else. Under other circumstances you might’ve had the half dozen Latin America experts of the CIA and the half dozen guys from the State Department, and they would sit around a table and try to figure out if this was a good idea or not. But having the two brothers meant that you never had to consult anyone else. They served as a reverberating echo chamber for their own shared certainties.


Hear the full interview, read more interview highlights, and read the intro of Kinzer’s book here View in High-Res

    Stephen Kinzer speaks on Fresh Air today about his book “The Brothers” about John Foster Dulles (Secretary of State) and Allen Dulles (Director of the CIA) under President Eisenhower. The two ran the nation’s overt and covert operations without much outside consultation:

    They also saw the world in precisely the same way. What this meant was when they were making a decision about carrying out some earth-shattering operation; they never had to consult anyone else. Under other circumstances you might’ve had the half dozen Latin America experts of the CIA and the half dozen guys from the State Department, and they would sit around a table and try to figure out if this was a good idea or not. But having the two brothers meant that you never had to consult anyone else. They served as a reverberating echo chamber for their own shared certainties.

    Hear the full interview, read more interview highlights, and read the intro of Kinzer’s book here

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  1. The NSA was spending billions of dollars on new collection systems and vast amounts of computer hardware and software, and jamming it into its headquarters, but did not build additional power stations to keep the systems up and running. So you had these embarrassing instances … where if you plugged in a coffee pot, you literally could knock of the electricity for an entire wing at NSA headquarters.

    — Historian Matthew Aid details why America’s spies are struggling to keep up.

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  1. When there was a pushback later about enhanced interrogation techniques, we were giving alleged facts that enhanced interrogation techniques [like waterboarding] produced a lot of actionable intelligence that saved lives. We were told that Abu Zubaydah, after being waterboarded, identified Jose Padilla as the alleged dirty bomber and that Khalid Sheikh Muhammed was the mastermind behind 9/11. The problem with this [was that] these allegations were totally false because Abu Zubaydah gave this information well before these advanced interrogation techniques were applied.

    — On today’s Fresh Air, a conversation with an former FBI interrogator who says the government missed key opportunities because of mismanaged interrogations and dysfunctional relationships.

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  1. 
Like many couples, Robert and Dayna Baer met at work, fell in love and got married.
Unlike many couples, the Baers met while they were part of a covert team of CIA operatives sent into Bosnia to protect a high-ranking CIA official, who had been targeted for assassination by Hezbollah.
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    Like many couples, Robert and Dayna Baer met at work, fell in love and got married.

    Unlike many couples, the Baers met while they were part of a covert team of CIA operatives sent into Bosnia to protect a high-ranking CIA official, who had been targeted for assassination by Hezbollah.

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  1. The CIA has a large collection of FOIA documents online, including this 91-page report (pdf) on brainwashing.  View in High-Res

    The CIA has a large collection of FOIA documents online, including this 91-page report (pdf) on brainwashing. 

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  1. Monday: Former CIA operatives (and husband-and-wife) Robert and Dayna Baer know how to scan a crowd for assassins, how to use a gun, and how to escape when someone ambushes a car.
But old habits die hard: Robert says that when he’s driving, if a car stops short in front of him, he always still looks for where he’s going to ram the car.
Bodyworn Surveillance Equipment (by CIAgov)

    Monday: Former CIA operatives (and husband-and-wife) Robert and Dayna Baer know how to scan a crowd for assassins, how to use a gun, and how to escape when someone ambushes a car.

    But old habits die hard: Robert says that when he’s driving, if a car stops short in front of him, he always still looks for where he’s going to ram the car.

    Bodyworn Surveillance Equipment (by CIAgov)

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Terrible beauty

Tomorrow: How the CIA penetrated the nuclear trafficking network of A.Q. Khan, and waited too long to shut it down. Journalist Douglas Frantz says the CIA was so obsessed with getting information that it stood by while Khan and his confederates spread dangerous nuclear technology around the globe.

    youneedone2:

    Terrible beauty

    Tomorrow: How the CIA penetrated the nuclear trafficking network of A.Q. Khan, and waited too long to shut it down. Journalist Douglas Frantz says the CIA was so obsessed with getting information that it stood by while Khan and his confederates spread dangerous nuclear technology around the globe.

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