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  1. Legacy of Ashes

    Posted Jul 06th 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner Anchor, HK$136 If Tim Weiner were writing the Central Intelligence Agency's report card it would be riddled with Fs: the CIA failed ... and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Other fiascos abound. The author, a Pulitzer Prize winner who has written about intelligence for 20 years, chronicles in Legacy of Ashes the agency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644196/legacy-ashes
  2. CIA director steps out of the dark shadows

    Posted Sep 19th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... of course, was the erroneous and/or misleading propaganda build-up prior to the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Substantial intelligence reporting gave immense credibility to the imminent threat ... the credo that you hear these days, over and over again, from the US intelligence community is: never again! Never again will we be so wrong in our estimates; never again will intelligence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/653158/cia-director-steps-out-dark-shadows
  3. Bush's successor must bring torturers to trial

    Posted Apr 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... administration, plus the use of the presidential veto- as with the recent veto of legislation that would have required all intelligence services to abide by the restrictions contained in the US Army Field ... torture works? There is no General Accounting Office report that weighs the results of torture against other forms of intelligence gathering. The most recent investigations of the value of torture ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/634635/bushs-successor-must-bring-torturers-trial
  4. FYI: How did Fidel Castro survive so many years in power? Wasn't the US out to get him?

    Posted Mar 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Jonathan Hopfner

    ... Jonathan Hopfner The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) doesn't always get its man- fortunately for Fidel Castro, the Cuban president who recently made it to retirement despite the CIA's best efforts to hasten his demise. The agency has a long history of attacking foreign leaders considered a threat to US interests- Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/628356/fyi-how-did-fidel-castro-survive-so-many-years-power-wasnt-us-out-get-him
  5. Closing the gulf created by reform

    Posted Dec 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... will shift more towards China, ending US supremacy. A recent US Central Intelligence Agency report also says that the day is approaching when the world's only superpower will have to share power ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664629/closing-gulf-created-reform
  6. Iranian students cry out for freedom

    Posted Mar 09th 2008, 12:00am by Anuj Chopra

    ... agency in central Tehran called the Tracking Office. Clashes between student groups and the authorities came to a head at the beginning of May last year during anti-Ahmedinejad protests. Three ... into Section 209, the notorious solitary confinement block in Evin Prison run by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security. That began a four-month ordeal of physical and psychological abuse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629169/iranian-students-cry-out-freedom
  7. Channel hop

    Posted Nov 30th 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... (Fox Crime; Mondays at 10pm) makes its debut just before free-viewing privileges are taken away, on Tuesday. The title of the show refers to a notice issued by one intelligence agency ... blacklisted in the middle of a covert operation. Wanted by Nigerian gunmen and cut off from all central support, Westen barely makes it back to his hometown of Miami, Florida, where he scrapes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/661967/channel-hop
  8. How can mainland 'super ministries' be accountable?

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by David Donadio

    ... of the agency, even further. Before September 11, 2001, one might have expected the director of central intelligence to be sacked in the event of a major attack on American soil. That didn't happen ... to deliver. Professor Easterly satirised the UN's Millennium Development Goals. These, he said, had to co-ordinate 52 international donor agencies feeding aid to 97 government bureaucracies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631505/how-can-mainland-super-ministries-be-accountable
  9. Demand to rise for luxury homes

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... will suffer.' According to agency Chesterton, London is a buyers market which has become oversupplied with properties for sale, even in the prime areas. Chesterton's central London area director ... prices rose 0.6 per cent for properties in central London's prime residential districts of Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Belgravia last month, following a 1.1 per cent rise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629512/demand-rise-luxury-homes
  10. The corruption factor

    Posted Dec 09th 2008, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... democracies, secret operations of intelligence agencies are monitored by oversight bodes such as America's bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The monitoring process remains ... to Taiwan's difficult diplomatic and security situation. The authorities spend substantial funds on intelligence gathering (especially against the mainland), overseas united-front activities, bribery ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663079/corruption-factor

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