The Powers That Be

This Friday, the Air Force will award Francis Gary Powers – the pilot of the ill-fated U-2 spy plane shot down by the Soviets in 1960 and held captive for 21 months – a posthumous Silver Star. It’s the latest in a series of sorrys the U.S. has offered Powers’ family following his poor treatment at the hands of the the government he …

“Cost Realism”?

Nasty little bit of CIA business spilled into public Wednesday when those green-eyeshaded meanies over at the Government Accountability Office rapped Langley’s knuckles for favoring one contractor over another.

It seems the agency, seeking accounting and financial services for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (is …

White House Says al-Qaeda’s No. 2 Killed

A drone strike in Pakistan has netted a big fish: al-Qaeda’s No. 2, Abu Yahya al-Libi, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Asked about al-Libi’s reported death at Tuesday’s White House briefing, Carney initially was equivocal: “I can tell you that our intelligence community has intelligence that leads them to …

Drone Worrier

On the eve of the 1991 Gulf War – as hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops streamed toward Iraq-occupied Kuwait – a U.S. Army officer remarked how much easier all this would be if someone – a Saddam Hussein turncoat, …

“Obama’s Selective Sanctimony”

Former TIME correspondent Adam Zagorin, long one of the nation’s top torture-trackers, weighs in on the Obama Administration’s attitude toward torture – and doesn’t like what he sees:

Torture! The Obama Administration is

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