CIA

U.S. To Probe CIA-Linked Death of “The Iceman”

As first detailed by Adam Zagorin on Battleland two weeks ago, the Justice Department has launched a full criminal probe into the death of the “Ice Man” at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.

The department issued a statement in Attorney General Eric Holder’s name Thursday saying he has accepted U.S. Attorney John Durham’s …

Haunted by Homicide: Federal Grand Jury Investigates War Crimes and Torture in Death of ‘the Iceman’ at Abu Ghraib, Plus Other Alleged CIA Abuses

Former colleague and TIME contributor Adam Zagorin breaks news here on Battleland with exclusive reporting on the latest federal action over the infamous death of “the Iceman” at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2003:

By Adam Zagorin

It has been nearly a decade since Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi prisoner known as “the Iceman” — for …

Leak Case Collapse Raises Questions about Prosecutions, and the Prosecutor

The high-profile prosecution of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake mostly collapsed on Thursday in a huge embarrassment for the Justice Department, but also for the prosecutor of the case, William Welch II. And it is not the first time Welch has been at the center of a blunder. The development further highlights …

The Army Is Running The Show

President Obama doubled down on the Army Monday, picking an Army general as chairman of the Joint Chiefs — after picking another one to run the CIA, and a third — a one-time low-level Army lawyer — to run the Pentagon. There may be lots of red, white and blue around the capital today, but it felt more like red, white and Army …

U.S. to Search Bin Laden Home Again, Slower

The Washington Post is reporting that Pakistan will allow a CIA team access to Osama bin Laden’s former compound in Abbottabad for a thorough search. The team of commandos that raided the bin Laden’s home was in and out in about 40 minutes, snatching computer parts, thumb drives, and paper records. This longer search would allow the …

Government: Three Subpoenas, Spying on Times Reporter is Not Harassment

The government’s motion filed May 23 to compel New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources in federal court contains the following sentence: “Put simply, there is no basis to conclude that the criminal proceeding is being conducted in anything but good faith, that the reporter is being harassed in order to disrupt his …

The Justice Department’s Obsession with New York Times’ Risen

President Obama’s Justice Department really has it out for the New York Times’ James Risen.

The Justice Department May 23 subpoenaed Risen – a second time – to testify about his alleged involvement in disclosing an apparently botched 11-year-old CIA program designed to disrupt Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The department wants …

Special Group Quietly Assists in Terrorist Interrogations Under Obama

The Obama administration has quietly deployed a small group of specialized intelligence officials to assist in the interrogation of terror suspects captured at home and abroad. The so-called High Value Interrogation Group, housed at the FBI and reporting to the National Security Council, has been repeatedly dispatched to assist in the …

Dear Diary: Which bin Laden Scares You Most?

The U.S. government can’t make up its mind when it comes to Osama bin Laden. Last Saturday, it held an unusual press conference where it released a snippet of video showing a feeble, aging terrorist staring at his flickering image on a small TV screen. On Wednesday, government officials were whispering about bin Laden’s bloody diary …

U.S. wants to go back and chat with bin Laden’s wives

It seems the United States is seeking — and may get — the opportunity to interview the three wives who were holed up with Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

These are the same three wives in the compound the night of the raid. Why didn’t U.S. forces just take the wives then? One of the couriers was apparently unarmed when shot also. He …

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