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McCain: Haspel's refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying

John McCain on CIA director nomination: "Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying."... Read more»1

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FactCheck:Trump’s baseless claim on Iranian execution

Donald Trump speculated on Twitter that Shahram Amiri — an Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. and reportedly became a CIA spy — was executed in Iran recently “because of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails.” There is no evidence of that.... Read more»

Republican national security experts: Trump would be 'dangerous' president

Fifty prominent Republican national security officials, including a former CIA director, on Monday called party nominee Donald Trump unqualified to lead the country and said he would be "the most reckless president in American history." ... Read more»1

A disenchanted Republican, fearing Trump, launches third-party run

A former CIA officer and congressional staffer on Monday launched a long-shot bid for president, a Republican billing himself as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump who disenchanted voters can rally around.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on torture

Donald Trump said that “enhanced interrogation … works.” But scientists have shown that the stress and pain induced by techniques like waterboarding can impair memory, and, therefore, inhibit a person from recalling information.... Read more»

The terror suspect who had nothing to give

Abu Zubaydah’s sworn statement provides a chilling, first-person account of how U.S. officials tortured a man they wrongly believed was a top al-Qaida operative. ... Read more»

Factchecking Rubio, Cruz on Reagan and Iran hostages

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have implied that Iran released U.S. hostages in 1981 on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated because Reagan ushered in a new foreign policy toward Iran. But several experts on the crisis told us the hostages were released that day as a final insult to President Jimmy Carter, whom the hostage-takers despised.... Read more»

Commentary

To thwart terror, start with America’s own craven crazies

We can counter what is still a limited global threat by understanding it and reacting sensibly. Our first priority is boxing off our own cowards and crazies who are ready to abandon fundamental values for the illusion of security. ... Read more»

Sicario’s dirty war on Mexican cartels is not yet reality

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. ... Read more»

Factchecking the Benghazi hearing: What’s new?

Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said the committee “learned an awful lot” during Hillary Clinton’s marathon testimony Oct. 22. Rep. Adam Smith, a Democratic member, said the hearing produced “literally no new information.” Who’s right?... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton and the Benghazi reports

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said all of the government investigations into the terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi concluded that “nobody did anything wrong.” That’s not exactly accurate.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton's email brag

Hillary Clinton gave an odd — and factually inaccurate — account of how the controversy over her email habits as secretary of state mushroomed into a public spectacle.... Read more»

Factchecking Bernie Sanders on income inequality

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that “in America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.” Not really. Sanders excludes nations such as Russia, Turkey and Brazil from his definition of “major.”... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Bowden: How the CIA may have tortured one of America's own

Part 1: In 1985, a murky alliance of Mexican drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder — his final story.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Mexico murder of DEA agent becomes int'l obsession

Part 2: The murder of young DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985 became an international incident — and an obsession for his agency. What an investigator's sources tell him changes everything. In a three-part series, Blood on the Corn, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.... Read more»

Blood on the Corn

Into the killing room: Murder of a DEA agent

Part 3: The investigation of a murdered DEA agent has taken agent Berrellez deep into the murky world of drug traffickers, corrupt Mexican officials, and possibly the CIA. His final witnesses take him into the killing room — and threaten not just the case, but his life. In a three-part series, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder.... Read more»

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