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  • North Korea slams U.S. movie on leader assassination plot; Un calls it ‘act of war’

    June 25, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    North Korea on Wednesday denounced a forthcoming American comedy film featuring a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un as an act of terrorism and threatened to unleash a "merciless counter-measure" if Washington failed to ban the movie.

    The movie "The Interview", starring...

  • Sen. Feinstein says CIA spied on Senate panel, possibly broke law

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    March 11, 2014 | 10:59 am

    A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency and a U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when a top senator accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered a scathing critique of the...

  • Tony Mendez, the real-life ‘Argo’

    By Jared Sichel

    October 16, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Tony Mendez is no longer a spy for the CIA, but the qualities that helped make him one of the best — his wit and unassuming personality — were on full display Oct. 8 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, at an event hosted by 30 Years After, a local Iranian-American Jewish...

  • Israel built chemical weapons stockpile, CIA document indicates

    September 10, 2013 | 9:05 am

    A newly discovered CIA document indicates that Israel likely built up its own chemical weapons arsenal.

    Intelligence circles in Washington believe that Israel amassed a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons decades ago to complement its nuclear arsenal, Foreign Policy...

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  • Report: CIA kept file on Noam Chomsky

    August 14, 2013 | 9:30 am

    After years of denial, the Central Intelligence Agency acknowledged that it kept a file on Noam Chomsky, though the file appears to have been destroyed.

    Chomsky, 84, an American academic who works as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an anti-war...

  • ‘The Americans’ - Straighten up and spy write

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 20, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Joe Weisberg is an ex-CIA agent and creator of FX’s new spy thriller “The Americans,” which spotlights KGB agents deep undercover in the United States. But back in 1989, he was a Yale University graduate flying to the Soviet Union on his own clandestine Jewish mission. His goal was...

  • Jewish Agency asks Obama to grant clemency to Pollard

    February 19, 2013 | 11:12 am

    The Jewish Agency in a resolution called on President Obama to grant clemency to spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

    The agency's Board of Governors passed the resolution unanimously on Tuesday during its annual meeting in Jerusalem calling for Pollard's release on humanitarian...

  • Film editor William Goldenberg faces off at the Oscars with…himself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 7, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    At this year’s Oscars ceremony film editor William Goldenberg will have the rare and coveted distinction of competing against himself. 

    Goldenberg is nominated not only for editing Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the story of how a CIA operative (played by Affleck) sneaked six American...

  • Obama nominates Hagel as Defense Secretary, Brennan for CIA

    January 7, 2013 | 10:32 am

    President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, potentially setting up a Senate confirmation battle on two fronts and establishing a tough tone to start his...

  • Obama to nominate Kerry for sec. of state

    December 21, 2012 | 9:45 am

    President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state.

    A White House official said Obama would make the announcement Friday afternoon.

    Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee and would likely be...

  • Wolpe on Brandon’s Holocaust analogy: ‘It is stupidity on stilts’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 26, 2012 | 2:50 pm

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    Every now and then we forbid certain things to certain select individuals: Boxers may not use their fists in casual fights; CIA agents may not write freely of their personal experiences. I think it is time for a new restriction: any mention of Hitler,...

  • Ex-CIA head Woolsey calls for Pollard clemency

    July 5, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Being an American Jew has kept Jonathan Pollard in prison for longer than other spies for friendly countries, former CIA head R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal.

    Woolsey, who recommended against clemency for Pollard while director of the...

  • Learning about Craic with Richard Bangs

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 23, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Although my personal country count is over one hundred countries (by Traveler’s Century Club), I still have so many places to go on my list! For a long time, I have wanted to go to Iceland and Ireland (and Italy—George calls is my “I” List). When Richard Bangs spoke at our travel...

  • Must Read, January 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 20, 2012 | 2:18 am

    Groups that demonize Israel place themselves outside the tent

    Writing for jweekly.com, Natan Nestel takes aim at J Street, claiming that its stance on Israel should make it unwelcome in Jewish circles.

    “What’s common to J Street U events is not a balanced, thoughtful discussion of...

  • Gilad Shalit and Israeli TV’s Searing ‘Prisoners of War’ [UPDATE/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    The hit Israeli TV drama “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War,” now available at mako.co.il) proved prescient—and controversial—recently as Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners after five years in a Hamas dungeon.  “Hatufim,”  which inspired...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • CIA director: U.S. was concerned Pakistan may ‘alert targets’ before bin Laden operation

    May 3, 2011 | 11:33 am

    U.S. officials were concerned that Pakistan could jeopardize the Osama bin Laden operation and “might alert the targets,” CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile Pakistan’s president denied on Tuesday that his government may have sheltered a bin Laden but admitted that...

  • CIA paper cites Jewish acts of terrorism

    August 26, 2010 | 10:35 am

    A recent CIA paper cited Jewish acts of terrorism in the West Bank in its analysis of whether the United States is an exporter of terrorism.

    The papers were released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks Wednesday. They were classified under the relatively low-grade “secret.”

    The...

  • A Taste of Peace [Recipe] [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2010 | 8:53 am

    The closest I ever got to Middle East peace was a kitchen in Napa Valley.

    It was 2008. I was at the headquarters of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif., spending three days eating food prepared by the some of the best chefs in the world. The occasion was the...

  • What’s Behind the Jane Harman Allegations?

    April 22, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    “This conversation doesn’t exist,” U.S. Rep. Jane Harman allegedly told the person on the other end of the line. Now she wants everyone to know exactly what, if anything, was said.

    The Venice-based Jewish Democrat, in the fight for her political life after allegations surfaced...

  • Report: Ex-CIA Director Asked to Wiretap Jewish Rep.

    April 20, 2009 | 7:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—A former CIA director asked for a wiretap on a Jewish congresswoman after she allegedly agreed to intervene on behalf of two indicted former AIPAC staffers.

    CQ Politics, a division of Congressional Quarterly, reported Sunday that then-CIA chief Porter Goss agreed to...

  • Justice Arthur Goldberg, baseball’s Joe Berg spied for U.S. during WWII

    August 15, 2008 | 4:42 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Several prominent Jews spied for the United States during World War II, newly released documents show.

    Former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, philanthropist and businessman Laurence Tisch and baseball player Moe Berg were among the 35,000 men and women whose...

  • Torture: What did we know, and when did we know it?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 27, 2008 | 7:19 pm


    “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes.  The only question that remains to be answered is whether those...

  • Will the Democrats cave on telecom immunity?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2008 | 2:45 pm

    It looks like Congressional Democrats are going to cave in to the Bush administration, this time on telecom immunity for illegal surveillance of Americans.  Maybe public opposition will stop the roll over.  Maybe this is a drama that will end better than it is going right now.  But...

  • Books: Former CIA analyst details failures in agency actions

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Failure of Intelligence, The Decline and Fall of the CIA" by Melvin A. Goodman (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

    In the fall of 1973, Melvin Goodman and some other analysts at the CIA noticed something strange: Intercepted secret communications indicated that the Soviets were removing...

  • Briefs: CIA lifts lid on Israeli raid on Syrian reactor; Iranians raze Tehran shuls

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    CIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes

    Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.

    Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...

  • Libby, Judaism and the Leak Probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Muravchik, perhaps the pre-eminent expert on the interventionist foreign policy that has become known as neo-conservatism, was looking for non-Jewish neo-cons to prove that the movement isn't pervasively Jewish, he naturally included Lewis Libby.

    "Non-Jews figuring...

  • FBI Stings Seen as Part of Policy ‘War’

    By Edwin Black

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last June, leading neoconservative Richard Perle received an unexpected phone call at his home. It was Larry Franklin calling. Franklin is the veteran Iran specialist in the Pentagon's Near East South Asia office and the key Iraq War planner who had been pressured by the FBI into...

  • CIA Nominee Backs Lesser Mideast Role

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rep. Porter Goss' distance from Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking was likely a plus in securing the nomination to lead the CIA.

    In fact, Goss (R- Fla.), President Bush's choice to succeed George Tenet as intelligence director, is about as far from the CIA's peacemaking efforts in the...

  • Hamas and the Triple Standard

    By Edwin Black

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to Israel's fight against Hamas, a triple standard seems at work.

    Israel is now completely at war with Palestinian terror groups, no less than America is at war with Al Qaeda worldwide and Saddam loyalists in Iraq. Hence, Israel must escalate its rules of engagement,...

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