The CIA has to approve every script for spy drama The Americans

The Cold War TV spy drama The Americans is a fictional account of two Soviet spies living in the United States. It may be fiction, but that doesn't stop American intelligence agencies from being concerned about the show's content. In fact, the CIA has to approve every script before it's even shot. » 1/02/15 6:32pm 1/02/15 6:32pm

The Government Wants to Delete Years of CIA and DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some… » 11/25/14 2:41pm 11/25/14 2:41pm

Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:02pm 9/19/14 1:02pm

The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including… » 8/25/14 5:34pm 8/25/14 5:34pm

The Drone-Ready NSA Can Trap a Terrorist with a Single Email

We already knew that the NSA was collecting a lot of data with its many surveillance tools—like, a lot of data. But new details about the agency's role in the CIA's drone program show that they're collecting incredibly detailed data, too. Detailed enough to catch a terrorist with a single email. » 10/17/13 11:00am 10/17/13 11:00am

Unpaid Members of the NSA Probe Refuse to Meet Because of the Shutdown

So, you know how the federal government all shut down because Congress failed to come up with a budget to pay the employees? Well, the members of the special committee set up to investigate the intelligence community just threw in the towel, too. But they weren't even getting paid in the first place. » 10/07/13 3:00pm 10/07/13 3:00pm

Leaked Documents Detail the Cyber Operations of US Spy Agencies

The Washington Post has some more documents that reveal the offensive cyber-operations of US spy agencies. The cyber campaign is even broader and more aggressive than we first thought and uses movie-appropriate code names like GENIE, TAO, TURBINE and The ROC. Apparently, US spy agencies launched 231 offensive… » 8/30/13 10:51pm 8/30/13 10:51pm