Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

by Alfred W. McCoy [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power.] In the wake of the… Continue Reading  

The Collective “Wisdom” of the U.S. Intelligence Community


by Tom Engelhardt They call themselves the U.S. “Intelligence Community,” or the IC. If you include the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which in 2005 began as a crew of 12 people, including its director, and by… Continue Reading  

Educating Trump with Intelligence: Questions are as Important as Answers


by Paul R. Pillar “I don’t have to be told—you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.” That’s how President-elect… Continue Reading  

Dereliction of Duty


by James A. Russell It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry listening to President Obama’s series of retrospective interviews on radio and television about his eight years in office. He invariably comes off as a bright, reasonable, detached… Continue Reading  

Why Intelligence Briefings Matter


by Paul R. Pillar and Roger George As President-elect Donald Trump establishes his national-security team and delves into major foreign-policy issues, it is clear that he begins with a dim view of what intelligence can offer. Like many presidents-elect without… Continue Reading