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Do former US presidents have the right to receive daily CIA briefings? Whether any such briefings are daily or as needed is not clear. As mentioned below, briefings concerning activities with which the former president was aware could be significant. WHY DOES OBAMA GET INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS? TRUMP DENIES TRYING TO HALT ACCESS: 'FAKE NEWS', 8/21/18. Why do ...


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Short Answer No. Obviously, anyone can bring a lawsuit at any time on any theory, but such as lawsuit would be dismissed early on in any of the forums in which it could be brought. It does not state a valid legal claim that can prevail in some tribunal that can enforce it. What Is International Law? International law is not a settled, consensus thing in ...


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One can never be absolutely sure about a covert intelligence agency, but based upon discussions in military journalism, aircraft journalism, Congressional budget politics, and legal-military journalism (e.g. Lawfare.com) this is my best assessment of the current state of affairs. The CIA operates armed drones under its own chain of command (as the U.S. has ...


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Bernie Sanders wanted to in 1974, but later retracted his position, urging instead for funding cuts and reining it in. During the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary, Hillary Clinton and surrogates attacked this old position for its radicalism. From what I can find online, no politicians currently serving advocate the termination of the CIA.


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The main criticism come from the government and some journalists doubting Hersh's sources. From the White House, they're saying Hersh's stories are more fiction than reality. Former Navy SEALs doubted the content saying that have with full of lies. For example, about the ISI intelligence officer who was at the operation with the SEAL team; one soldier who ...


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It is not really possible to say for sure today, but the CIA has in the past owned and operated its own jet aircraft. It would certainly be reasonable to assume they still do. However, I don't believe any of these aircraft could be considered "fighters", as they were designed for surveillance, not air superiority. Fighting other aircraft is a primarily ...


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The difference between General Hayden and the general public is that he still has contacts in the CIA that he talks with. What he's done is effectively the same as a journalist asking a person they know in the CIA about whether the CIA still stands by the report. If the contact is privy to information which would be considered For Official Use Only by the ...


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Just looking at the contents: CIA just told me: The Dir stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections. The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed. This doesn't require any classified information ...


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There's an (opinion) article that claims in its title "Republicans Must Apologize For Calling Nancy Pelosi a Traitor", but lack substantive details. I couldn't find out which Republican exactly may have done that. The Republican leadership, while strongly criticizing Pelosi on that issue, didn't go for the T-word, but well... read below: House ...


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As a civilian agency, the CIA does not officially possess military grade weapons. They may task military authorities- telling a drone pilot where to shoot for example- but the CIA is not military not does it officially hold military hardware. < / serious> Unofficially, it has Jack Ryan - who is way better than Jason Osburne :)


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First, these secret jails are still shrouded in secrecy, even years after they have closed down. Washington has acknowledged it held al Qaeda suspects in jails outside U.S. jurisdiction, but it has not provided a full list of locations. The Strasburg-based court said Lithuania hosted a CIA jail between February 2005 and March 2006 and Romania between ...


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Your baseline assumption is inaccurate: you're assuming that the only two alternatives are "there is a method for any member of the general public to make this inquiry" and "this inquiry is only available to someone with a clearance." In reality, there are more differences between Michael Hayden and the average member of the public. Notably, he has served in ...


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The US State Department actually keeps a list, although to make the list an organization has to not only be terrorist in nature, but has to threaten US citizens or interests (so theoretically, WWII partisans in enemy occupied territory would not make this list). As far as Kurdish groups go, it looks like the PKK (based in Turkey) is on the list, as is AQKB (...


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You talk about black operations, which Wikipedia defines as: A black operation (or black op) is a covert or clandestine operation by a government agency, a military unit or a paramilitary organization; it can include activities by private companies or groups. Key features of a black operation are that it is secret and it is not attributable to the ...


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The CIA has had people testify before Congress, issues press releases and are subject to FOIA request -- of course it could have come from non-classified sources. The accuracy of the information may be questioned if it came from a non-classified source. And you are overlooking an even more troubling issue if it wasn't non-classified: he would have been ...


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This other question asks whether a US citizen can sue the government for failing to uphold criminal laws. While the question is different, the answer is largely the same, so all quotes below are from the accepted answer by Avi. This is for a large number of reasons. First, both the State and Federal governments have sovereign immunity, according to the ...


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