CIA Pacification Programs, Secret Interrogation Centers, Counter Terror Teams, Propaganda Teams and military and civilian tribunals in all 44 provinces of South Vietnam; 1965 US military sent in; National Liberation Front; secret 1967 CIA General Staff For Pacification combining all CIA, military, and South Vietnamese programs to became The Phoenix Program; Phoenix based on systems analysis theory combining 20-30 programs to pacify South Vietnamese civilians to support the government; Phoenix instituted to more perfectly coordinate CIA and military operations; streamlined and bureaucratized a system of political repression in South Vietnam; media cover-up; CIA Foreign Intelligence including the Hamlet Information Program, the Province Interrogation Center program and Agent Penetrations; CIA Covert Action Program; reliance on corruption; Pacific Architects and Engineers oversaw design and construction of interrogation centers in South Vietnam which became the model for the black sites.
Erik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the defense and state departments. The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations.
A Chicago attorney on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Chicago Police Department’s use of a secret cellphone tracking system, arguing the practice should require a warrant and violates individual privacy.
Jerry Boyle, who is also a longtime volunteer for the National Lawyers Guild, brought the case after police intercepted information from his cellphone at a Black Lives Matter protest for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2015 on the West Side, according to the lawsuit.
Back in December, we wrote about how the CIA would be placing its previously-inaccessible CREST database online. The move was a response to our lawsuit, handled pro bono by with Kel McClanahan of National Security Counselors, as well as Mike Best’s diligence in trying to manually print and scan the archive.
Today, we’re happy to announce that all 25 years worth of declassified documents are now available – no trip to the National Archives required.
President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.
The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.
Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.
The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing.
Meet the man who knew the secrets of the CIA’s Dark Alliance. From the jungles of Nicaragua to the mean streets of south-central LA, Gary Webb’s groundbreaking journalism uncovered a scandal so huge that the story could not be allowed to continue. Help us honour the memory of this intrepid reporter by exploring the suspicious death and passing on the life’s work of Gary Webb.