Daily Archives: December 11, 2014

It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A.

[Translate] It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A. DEC. 10, 2014 Gail Collins We learned a lot from that big Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. interrogation tactics after 9/11. It was what may be the first time in American … Continue reading

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DOD Contract Services: Improved Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls Needed

[Translate] DOD Contract Services: Improved Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls Needed GAO-15-115: Published: Dec 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2014. Highlights Recommendations View Report (PDF, 35 pages) Additional Materials: Highlights Page:  (PDF, 1 page) Full Report:  (PDF, 35 pages) … Continue reading

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Obama Says ‘Conversations’ Aim at Freeing Alan Gross

[Translate] Obama Says ‘Conversations’ Aim at Freeing Alan Gross President ‘Concerned’ About Jewish Contractor in Cuba Jail By JTA Published December 11, 2014. President Obama said the United States has been “in conversations” about trying to free American-Jewish contractor Alan … Continue reading

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Prepared Remarks Of John F. Sopko, December 10, 2014

[Translate] Prepared Remarks Of John F. Sopko Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Washington, DC, December 10, 2014   Good morning. Thank you, Sarah Chayes, for that kind introduction. As the Special Inspector General for … Continue reading

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US co-opted Cuba’s hip-hop scene to spark change

[Translate] US co-opted Cuba’s hip-hop scene to spark change By DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Dec. 11, 2014 1:01 AM EST This 2008 photo provided by Melisa Riviere shows Bian Rodriguez, left, and Aldo Rodriguez, right,… … Continue reading

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Psychologists’ $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA’s ‘Remarkably Broad’ Acquisition Authorities

[Translate] Psychologists’ $81M Torture Contract Exposes CIA’s ‘Remarkably Broad’ Acquisition Authorities By Charles S. Clark December 10, 2014 Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Kevin Wolf/AP file photo Among many controversial CIA actions described in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new report … Continue reading

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7 Ways the $104 Billion Reconstruction Effort in Afghanistan Could Fail

[Translate] Jason Straziuso/AP Ben WatsonDecember 10, 2014 7 Ways the $104 Billion Reconstruction Effort in Afghanistan Could Fail Afghanistan Inspector General The watchdog agency for the $104 billion that the U.S. has pledged for the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan says rampant … Continue reading

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SIGAR: Major investments in Afghan security at risk

[Translate] SIGAR: Major investments in Afghan security at risk U.S. forces help train new Kabul police recruits to fire the AK-47 assault rifle on the grounds of the Kabul Military Training Center in this 2009 photo. A Special Inspector General … Continue reading

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As Afghanistan Work Ends, DynCorp Sees Opportunity Ahead

[Translate] As Afghanistan Work Ends, DynCorp Sees Opportunity Ahead InsideDefense.com’s SitRep 4 December 2014 Posted on InsideDefense.com: December 3, 2014 Despite a bumpy 2014, a DynCorp International executive says the defense contractor is poised to benefit from world crises from … Continue reading

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G4S and Serco won Government contracts when they were meant to be out in the cold

[Translate] G4S and Serco won Government contracts when they were meant to be out in the cold There are only a few companies big enough to take on all the work the Government is throwing at the private sector. Tagged: … Continue reading

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