Monthly Archives: August 2012

‘Terrorism Analysts’, Do They Really Exist?

Last week Glenn Greenwald and Daniel Trombly went through the academic exercise of trying to define what a ‘terrorism expert’ is or isn’t. Greenwald took the stance as titled in his article, ‘The sham “terrorism expert” industry’ that the expertise, false in nature, is built on financing the big machine that makes money off of […]
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Spy Moms Unite (CNN)

by Suzanne Kelly  CNN National Security Correspondent Nada Bakos used to go work with a Glock strapped to her thigh. The former targeting officer for the CIA started her intelligence career as an analyst in 2000. But then September 11 happened. “Everybody’s life changed,” said Nada Bakos, who, like many other women who were serving […]
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Oranges for Former Deputy PM of Iraq, Tariq Aziz

It’s 2003, we just invaded Iraq and I am standing in a classified vault, a secure room at CIA headquarters, starring at a whiteboard with the synopsis of our analysis. The floor is a disaster, there are tortilla chips, paperclips and paper punch holes everywhere, a few of us were up all night answering a […]
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My Time as a Targeting Officer at the CIA

  The Central Intelligence Agency is, by the very nature of its mission, an opaque and intentionally misunderstood organization. To an outsider, of which I am now one, the Agency’s silence is both perplexing and infuriating. As a former officer, I can tell you that its by design, and CIA employees labor silently, and often […]
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Ex-CIA tracker now targeting poachers (LA Times)

Excerpt of LA Times article: Ex-CIA tracker now targeting poachers May 16, 2012 Former CIA terrorist tracker Nada Bakos is now working to combat animal… (Los Angeles Times ) WASHINGTON — When Nada Bakos was a targeting analyst for the CIA, she spent four years piecing together bits of information in the hunt for one […]
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Invading Iran and Ignoring Reality

Iran and nuclear are the new buzzwords, in fact, according to Google Trends, this month alone they have been googled as often as ‘Kardashian’. It’s a serious issue, the Obama Administration is facing a defiant, isolated regime that has proved to be dangerous, including ridiculous schemes like taunting the US with toy drones. So we now have […]
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Why Did We Invade Iraq?

This week (July 2011) Secretary of Defense Panetta was quoted in the Washington post, “The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked,” he told troops at Camp Victory, the largest U.S. military outpost in Baghdad. “And 3,000 Americans — 3,000 not just Americans, 3,000 human beings, innocent human […]
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