#AceNewsServices – Featured Posts:WASHINGTON:Dec.30:The US Senate report on the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that was released on Tuesday said a firm identified only as "Company Y" was responsible for developing many of the tactics used during the questioning of terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

After the release of the details of the Senate investigation, NBC News reported the company that worked to develop these techniques and received more than $80 million from the government for its work was a firm based in Spokane, Washington, called Mitchell, Jessen & Associates.

While much of the attention on Mitchell, Jessen & Associates has focused on the two owners of the company who gave it its name, the firm had seven co-owners. Documents exclusively obtained by Business Insider on Wednesday confirmed the names of these seven people as well as their roles at the company. The records also detailed when Mitchell, Jessen & Associates was first established.

According to a document filed with the state of Washington in 2008, the seven owners of Mitchell, Jessen & Associates were James Mitchell, John Bruce Jessen, David Ayers, Randall Spivey, James Sporleder, Joseph Matarazzo, and Roger Aldrich.

Records show Mitchell, Jessen & Associates became inactive in October 2009. However, four of the company’s owners appear to work at other firms that currently consult with the US government. Three of them — Spivey, Sporleder, and Aldrich — are still working together at a company called the Center For Personal Protection & Safety, which counts both the Department of Defense and the FBI among its clients.

Their company reportedly developed interrogation techniques the Senate report described as "brutal," including forced rectal feedings, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock executions, and intense psychological manipulation. Late Wednesday evening, a CIA representative said the agency would not be able to comment on this story until the following morning, at the earliest.



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' CIA Unmanned Drone Strikes Kill Innocents '

#AceNewsServices PAKISTAN September 27 Discussions are questioning whether CIA drone attacks in Pakistan are responsible for unlawful killings, some of which may amount to war crimes.

For years now Pakistanis have expressed their outrage at the US drone strikes in Pakistan, which they claim cause indiscriminate deaths and injuries.

The Pakistan government also continues to express criticism, saying it injects mass hatred in the population, is a violation of sovereignty and fuels terrorism.

The unmanned aircraft attack from the sky. The US government adopted this method to kill and target terror suspects.

They say the use of drones is vital to defend itself against terrorist threats as drone warfare is successful in the US pursuit of al- Qaeda and the Taliban.

This legal expert explains why they are problematic. Although the Pakistan government supports the concerns expressed by the international community on America’s drone campaign, many insiders believe they play a dubious game.

They say that while Islamabad publicly condemns drone strikes, it is secretly complicit with the US government.



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' Former CIA Station Chief in Angola Working for Director of CIA Then George Bush Gives Short History of Covert Operations '

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – June 14 – John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola in 1976, working for then Director of the CIA, George Bush. He spent 13 years in the agency. He gives a short history of CIA covert operations. He is a very compelling speaker and the highest level CIA officer to testify to the Congress about his actions.

​(He estimates that over 6 million people have died in CIA covert actions, and this was in the late 1980’s).

"I did 13 years in the CIA altogether. I sat on a subcommittee of the NSC, so I was like a chief of staff, with the GS-18s (like 3-star generals) Henry Kissinger, Bill Colby (the CIA director), the GS-18s and the CIA, making the important decisions and my job was to put it all together and make it happen and run it, an interesting place from which to watch a covert action being done…

I testified for days before the Congress, giving them chapter and verse, date and detail, proving specific lies. They were asking if we had to do with S. Africa, that was fighting in the country. In fact we were coordinating this operation so closely that our air-planes, full of arms from the states, would meet their air-planes in Kinshasa and they would take our arms into Angola to distribute to our forces for us….

What I found with all of this study is that the subject, the problem, if you will, for the world, for the U.S. is much, much, much graver, astronomically graver, than just Angola and Vietnam. I found that the Senate Church committee has reported, in their study of covert actions, that the CIA ran several thousand covert actions since 1961, and that the heyday of covert action was before 1961; that we have run several hundred covert actions a year, and the CIA has been in business for a total of 37 years.

What we’re going to talk about tonight is the United States national security syndrome. We’re going to talk about how and why the U.S. manipulates the press. We’re going to talk about how and why the U.S. is pouring money into El Salvador, and preparing to invade Nicaragua; how all of this concerns us so directly. I’m going to try to explain to you the other side of terrorism; that is, the other side of what Secretary of State Shultz talks about. In doing this, we’ll talk about the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and the Central American war.

Everything I’m going to talk to you about is represented, one way or another, already in the public records. You can dig it all out for yourselves, without coming to hear me if you so chose. Books, based on information gotten out of the CIA under the freedom of information act, testimony before the Congress, hearings before the Senate Church committee, research by scholars, witness of people throughout the world who have been to these target areas that we’ll be talking about. I want to emphasize that my own background is profoundly conservative. We come from South Texas, East Texas….

I was conditioned by my training, my marine corps training, and my background, to believe in everything they were saying about the cold war, and I took the job with great enthusiasm (in the CIA) to join the best and the brightest of the CIA, of our foreign service, to go out into the world, to join the struggle, to project American values and save the world for our brand of democracy. And I believed this. I went out and worked hard….

What I really got out of these 6 years in Africa was a sense … that nothing we were doing in fact defended U.S. national security interests very much.

We didn’t have many national security interests in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the heart of Africa. I concluded that I just couldn’t see the point.

We were doing things it seemed because we were there, because it was our function, we were bribing people, corrupting people, and not protecting the U.S. in any visible way. I had a chance to go drinking with this Larry Devlin, a famous CIA case officer who had overthrown Patrice Lumumba, and had him killed in 1960, back in the Congo.

He was moving into the Africa division Chief. I talked to him in Addis Ababa at length one night, and he was giving me an explanation – I was telling him frankly, ‘sir, you know, this stuff doesn’t make any sense, we’re not saving anybody from anything, and we are corrupting people, and everybody knows we’re doing it, and that makes the U.S. look bad’.


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` Commander of Al-Qaeda Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi Facing Life Imprisonment is Charged with War Crimes ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – June 03 – Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi is facing life in prison after being accused of a number of war crimes as a commander of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, including plotting roadside bombing attacks, treachery and denying quarter, which involves refusing to allow the enemy to surrender.

He is also being charged with attacking protected property and for orchestrating attacks on a military medical helicopter.

Prosecutors will argue that Hadi was a senior Al-Qaeda commander and lead operations against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. Hadi has been held at the US prison in Cuba since April 2007.

(NYT) – WASHINGTON – February 14 2014 – Prosecutors for the military commission trials at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, disclosed in a document posted Friday that they had added a charge of conspiracy against an Iraqi detainee, potentially setting up a test of whether Congress has the power to make conspiracy a prosecutable offence in a war-crimes tribunal despite its not being recognized as an international war crime.

The detainee, Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, had already been facing a series of terrorism-related charges. But the addition of the conspiracy offense gives his case a larger significance, because the legitimacy of using the tribunals to bring that charge has been the subject of heated debate.

Establishing such legitimacy could help make the commissions more useful in future terrorism cases.

Last year, a panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out the conviction of a detainee for conspiracy on the grounds that the charge was not recognized under the international laws of war.

The Obama administration has appealed, but if the ruling stands, it sharply undermines the utility of tribunals — as opposed to civilian courts — to sentence people to prison who participated in terrorist groups but are not personally linked to any specific attack.

But the case that is before the appeals court concerned conduct before 2006, when Congress enacted the first version of the Military Commissions Act.

(The military commission act of 2006 removes many human rights that people had enjoyed since the foundation of the U.S) .

Both that law and a 2009 revision say that commissions have jurisdiction to prosecute conspiracy, raising the question of whether conduct after 2006 may legitimately lead to conspiracy charges before a tribunal.

After his capture in late 2006 or early 2007, Mr. Al Iraqi was held by the Central Intelligence Agency before his transfer to military custody in April 2007, making him among the last detainees to arrive at Guantánamo. He is accused of being a high-level emissary from Al Qaeda to terrorists in Iraq.

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` White House Accidentally Reveals Name of CIA’s Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan ‘

#AceWorldNews – WHITE HOUSE – May 27 – The White House accidentally revealed the name of the CIA’s top intelligence official in Afghanistan to some 6,000 journalists.

The person was included on a list of people attending a military briefing for President Barack Obama during his surprise visit to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Sunday.

(Top News)

It’s common for such lists to be given to the media, but names of intelligence officials are rarely provided. In this case, the individual’s name was listed next to the title, “Chief of Station.”The print pool reporter — a journalist allowed access to or is given information about an event who relays it to the rest of the media — copied and pasted the list that was provided by the White House.

Print pool reports are then distributed by the White House press office, which does not edit them, to a large list of media.

In this case, the same reporter, Scott Wilson, the White House bureau chief for the Washington Post, noticed the unusual entry after the list was distributed and then checked it out with officials.

The White House followed up and distributed a shorter list from a different reporter that did not include the station chief’s name.

In his account to CNN, Wilson said when they arrived in Afghanistan, he asked White House officials for a list of who would be briefing the President.

CNN – Washington Post


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` Jailed Doctor Who Helped Track Down Usama Bin Laden Was Convicted on Bogus Charges Citing Report '

#AceNewsServices – WHITE HOUSE – May 20 – The White House has said that the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) will not use immunization programs for its operations, Reuters reported.

The deans of 12 public health schools had complained about a vaccination program conducted by a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, who reportedly used a hepatitis immunization survey in the Abbottabad, the city where Osama Bin Laden was later killed in a secret US mission.

The CIA tried to obtain fluid containing DNA from relatives living near the Bin Laden residence, according to a Washington Post report.

However, the effort reportedly failed and the surgeon was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The jailed doctor who helped the U.S. track down Usama bin Laden was convicted by a tribal court on bogus charges, according to a classified Pakistani government report.

Portions of the voluminous 357-page Abbottobad Commission Report, which has yet to be made public and were obtained exclusively by Fox News, acknowledge Dr. Shakil Afridi’s conviction last year by a government-sponsored Jirga has undermined Pakistan’s credibility.

The report calls for Afridi to be given a new trial.

The report also claims Afridi joined the CIA search for Bin Laden five years ago, while he was staying in the U.S. with a cousin.

According to the report, Afridi applied for asylum after a terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Islam, stepped up its operations in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt.

Afridi was reportedly kidnapped by the group in 2008 and released after his family paid a $10,000 ransom. After helping the CIA pinpoint the terror mastermind just prior to the 2011 raid in which Navy SEALs killed Bin laden, Afridi was arrested and convicted by the tribal court of colluding with Lashkar-e-Islam.

The State Department declined to comment on the report’s claims that Afridi had applied for asylum while staying in the U.S.

The commission report acknowledges Afridi was subjected to harsh treatment in prison, and moved several times to various undisclosed locations by Pakistan’s spy agency.

His Pakistani handlers also note his incarceration for a year without judicial process was unfair, according to the report.

Washington Post – Reuters – RT – Fox

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` CIA and FBI Consulting Kiev Authorities to Suppress Popular Protests and Build up Viable Security ‘

#AceWorldNews – BERLIN – May 04 – U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigations are consulting with the incumbent authorities in Kiev at the instruction of the U.S. Administration, says the German weekly Bild am Sonntag weekly quoting sources in Germany’s power-wielding organizations.

The objective the U.S. intelligence services have been given is to suppress the popular protests in the east of Ukraine and to build up a viable security structure for the regime.

The newspaper claims however that neither CIA nor FBI officers are involved in combat operations unfolding in the east, and their entire activity is confined to Kiev.

Also, U.S. spies supposedly assist the regime in fighting with organized crime.

Bild am Sonntag recalls that CIA chief John Brennan visited Kiev in mid-April.

The chairman of Russia’s State Duma committee for international relation, Dr. Alexei Pushkov said then that the visit “exposed a close relationship between the incumbent government in Kiev and the U.S.”

Dr. Pushkov said with confidence that “the U.S. had supplanted the Ukrainian government and had installed a regime lucrative for itself.

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` CIA Under Pressure to Declassify Parts of Congressional Report on Harsh Interrogations of Suspected Terrorists ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – April 30 – The CIA does not give up its secrets easily. Under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, the CIA is shadowed by its reluctance to open up about its operations and its past.

FILE – In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The CIA does not give up its secrets easily. Under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, the CIA is shadowed by its reluctance to open up about its operations and its past. The CIA officials who decide which secrets can be revealed have wrestled with Congress, archivists, journalists, former CIA employees and even a former CIA director. Wyden said he worries the CIA is playing “stall ball,” deliberately drawing out the declassification process. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In recent years, CIA decision-makers have wrestled with Congress, archivists, journalists, former CIA employees and even an ex-CIA director over which secrets could be revealed. Most often, secrecy prevails.

The CIA holds the upper hand, using its internal reviews of classified materials and a separate process to scan proposed books about intelligence practices to tightly guard what is known about its activities and its history.

The CIA has used its sweeping national security authority to prevent embarrassing or damaging disclosures while shaping its own public image.

“They are tight-fisted by nature and the more they are pressed to disclose, the more they resist,” said Steven Aftergood, who studies government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington.

The CIA’s own experts have begun a review of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 400-page summary and findings on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, according to government officials familiar with the process. CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said the agency, with help from other agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Justice and State, is carrying out an “expeditious classification review” of the Senate materials. Boyd and others would not estimate when it will be completed.

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` CIA Psychologist Developed ` Enhanced Interrogation Techniques ‘ Defends Role as Defending his Country’

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 19 – A psychologist considered integral to crafting the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” tactics slammed an unreleased Senate report on CIA torture as inaccurate while defending his role in working with the spy agency amid a volatile era in US history.

In his first interview in seven years, James Mitchell told freelance reporter Jason Leopold, writing for the Guardian, that he has nothing to apologize for regarding his place in the post-9/11 abuse of prisoners that, as he points out, was legal at the time.

“The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can’t ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”

According to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s vast, unreleased report on the CIA’s capture and interrogation program, Mitchell, along with another contractor, psychologist Bruce Jessen, is responsible for developing the torture program by “reverse engineering” coercive interrogation tactics that US airmen are taught to resist through the military’s survival evasion resistance escape (SERE) training.

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` US Air Force Pilots and Not CIA Operatives Carry-Out Drone Strikes in Pakistan – New Documentary '

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON April 16 – US Air Force pilots, and not CIA operatives, carry out drone strikes in Pakistan, says a new documentary.

The documentary – “Drone” – confirms the claim made in an earlier documentary on the subject that despite all technological and human assets, there’s a lot of room for error in the strikes.

Thousands of people have been killed in the drone strikes, including many children.

“This calls into question the credibility of the kill-list methodology” as the vast majority of strikes in Pakistan were “against people whose identities the government does not know”, the documentary revealed.

The US media pointed out that “the revelation that US Air Force pilots were carrying out targeted drone strikes in Pakistan at the behest of the CIA, once again brought into question the legality of the largest targeted killing programme in history”.

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The documentary takes a critical look at the five-year drone programme and through interviews with drone operators, it reveals that US Air Force pilots at Creech air force base, around 75km from Las Vegas, are carrying out drone attacks for the CIA.

“The CIA might be the customer but the air force has always flown it,” Brandon Bryant, one of the pilots who appears in “Drone”, told British newspaper, The Guardian.

He identified the pilots of the drones as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron.

Another former drone operator from the documentary film said the squadron is “obsessively secretive” and its members are treated like “crown jewels” at the base.

“They don’t hang out with anyone else. Once they got into the 17th and got upgraded operationally, they pretty much stopped talking to us. They would only hang out among themselves like a high school clique, a gang or something.”



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` Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the `CIA ‘ misled the Government and Public over Brutal Interrogation Program ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – APRIL 01 – (WP) – A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.

The report, built around detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees, documents a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims as agency officials sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little, if any, significant intelligence, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed the document.

“The CIA described its program repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one U.S. official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.”

Current and former U.S. officials who described the report spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue and because the document remains classified. The 6,300-page report includes what officials described as damning new disclosures about a sprawling network of secret detention facilities, or “black sites,” that was dismantled by President Obama in 2009.

The Washington Post Company.


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