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  • Sony pulls release of ‘Interview’ as U.S determines N.Korea behind attack

    6 hours ago

    Sony Pictures on Wednesday pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film.

    Hackers attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking...

  • How to hack the Sony hackers

    By Rob Eshman

    1 day ago

    I know what I’m doing on Christmas Day: First Chinese food, then “The Interview.”

    I’ll be eating Chinese food on Christmas because I’m a Jew, and that’s tradition.

    Then I’m going to go to a theater to watch “The Interview” because I’m an American, and that’s patriotism.

    ...
  • Hummus hits the headlines

    1 day ago

    According to a new report by the food and restaurant consulting firm Baum and Whiteman, hummus – the Middle Eastern spread that is central to both Israeli and Arab cuisine — is now more popular in the United States than salsa. Today, 20 percent of U.S. households have hummus in...

  • CIA chief admits agency used ‘abhorrent’ methods on detainees

    6 days ago

    CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.

    With his agency under fire...

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  • CIA used Israel to justify torture

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The newly-released report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s use of torture says that CIA lawyers used Israel as a justification for building a legal case for torture of Al-Qaeda suspects after the 9/11...

  • Sony CEO ordered ‘The Interview’ toned down, Rogen objected

    1 week ago

    Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai ordered the film "The Interview" to be toned down after Pyongyang denounced it for depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, according to emails apparently stolen from Sony's Hollywood studio.

    The comedy, slated for U.S. release...

  • Jewish lawmakers decry torture practices, welcome report

    1 week ago

    Jewish lawmakers and anti-torture umbrella groups with Jewish affiliates expressed dismay at revelations of U.S. torture practices.

    “The CIA’s actions a decade ago are a stain on our values and our history,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate...

  • Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in new U.S. report

    1 week ago

    "Enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, a declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found.

    The report...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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