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  • David Petraeus Resigns from C.I.A. Over Sex Scandal

    Hold on. On the same day that Skyfall – the coolest-looking James Bond movie in a while — is opening in U.S. theaters, the head of the C.I.A. is stepping down because he had some sex? Is he also guilty of walking away from too many explosions in slow motion?

    I'm sorry, but these are some serious mixed messages, spy people

    David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned on Friday after issuing a statement saying that he had engaged in an extramarital affair…

    "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Mr. Petraeus wrote. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation."…

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    Tags: CIA, David Petraeus, Sex, Spying
  • From the Pork Barrel: A Working Lunch

    * The White House just tweeted this photo, in an obvious attempt to show voters that the President is so dedicated to his job that he's taking his meals in the Oval Office.

    * Michele Bachmann unveils the liberal lamestream media's transparent scheme to win the health care battle by complimenting Anthony Kennedy for his dreamy transfixing eyes (or something not all that much less silly).

    * While we're on the subject of Enquirer-esque revelations from Rep. Bachmann, have you heard about all those Muslim Brotherhood agents who have infiltrated in the DOJ, Homeland Security and NIA?

    * A Politico reporter was suspended for making distasteful sensational remarks about a presidential candidate. Odd. Normally, they're given promotions.

    * Don't forget to download our Election Companion App for iPhone and iPad and follow along as we liveblog Sen. Marco Rubio on this Sunday's very special episode of Meet the Press on NBC.


    Tags: Anthony Kennedy, Barack Obama, Bo Obama, Department of Justice, Health Care, Homeland Security, Islam, Judiciary, Marco Rubio, Meet the Press, Michele Bachmann, NBC, NIA, Pork Barrel, Puppies!, Racism, Religion, Senate, Spying, Supreme Court
  • NSA Won't Say How Many Citizens It Spied On, Citing Privacy Concerns

    In George W. Bush's America, the National Security Agency violated your privacy. In Barack Obama's America, privacy violates you.

    Or, at the very least, it violates your right to know how many Americans the NSA has spied on under the auspices of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a law that provided immunity to telecom companies involved in NSA spying operations and gave the agency authorization to engage in warrantless wiretapping, rather than just friending Americans on Facebook, like normal stalkers.

    It's no wonder the U.S. Government prefers to spy on English-speaking Americans, given all the translators we've dismissed from service during the years Don't Ask, Don't Tell was in effect. But the NSA's justification for refusing to disclose the extent of the spying is rather Orwellian…

    That claim comes in a short letter sent Monday to civil libertarian Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. The two members of the Senate's intelligence oversight committee asked the NSA a simple question last month: under the broad powers granted in 2008′s expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, how many persons inside the United States have been spied upon by the NSA?

    The query bounced around the intelligence bureaucracy until it reached I. Charles McCullough, the Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the nominal head of the 16 U.S. spy agencies. In a letter acquired by Danger Room, McCullough told the senators that the NSA inspector general "and NSA leadership agreed that an IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons," McCullough wrote.

    The more I think about, "We could tell you, but that would violate your privacy," is a pretty snappy come-back. It's almost as though they knew the question we were going to ask.

    Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: FISA, Senate, Spying
  • U.S.-Pakistani Relations Requires a Good Osama bin Laden Conspiracy Theory

    Is there any problem that a halfway decent conspiracy theory can't fix? Probably not. Just ask the cryogenically frozen brains of founding fathers George Washington and Ronald Reagan. (Oh, you doubt that Reagan was present at our nation's founding? Then what did he use his time machine for, smart guy?)



    Coverage continues with Resident Expert John Hodgman and his big brain after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: al Qaeda, CIA, Conspiracies, Indonesia, John Hodgman, John Kerry, Jon Stewart, Military, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Spying, The Daily Show, Video
  • Pakistan Won't Effing Stop Leaking CIA Agents' Names

    In the unending, blood-soaked high school drama that is the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, the latter country’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) has issued one more bitchylunch-table smackdown.

    Except instead of ruining someone’s chances for Prom Queen, Pakistan’s move could, you know, lead to the injury or death of a top-secret CIA official in Islamabad

    For the second time in five months, the Pakistani authorities have angered the Central Intelligence Agency by tipping the Pakistani news media to the identity of the C.I.A. station chief in Islamabad, a deliberate effort to complicate the work of the American spy agency in the aftermath of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, American officials said.

    The leak demonstrated the tilt toward a near adversarial relationship between the C.I.A. and the Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, since the Bin Laden raid. It appeared to be intended to show the leverage the Pakistanis retain over American interests in the country, both sides said.

    Here’s a wacky thought, gleaned from our (very recent) four years in sweaty, hormonal secondary school. When your "friend" protects and enables someone who really hurt you (hi, Dead Osama) and continually gives out your most important secrets to everybody else in the whole wide world, it’s time to stop calling her a friend. Call her what she really is: a stone-cold, backstabbing whore.

    Or, you know, a threat to the safety and security of the United States. Either/or!


    Tags: al Qaeda, CIA, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Spying, Terrorism