Penn Kimball was a journalist and academic who sued the US government in the 1980s after he learned that he had been secretly declared a security risk decades earlier. A journalist in the 1940s and 1950s, with stints at Time, the New Republic, the New York Times and CBS TV, he became a professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism in 1959.
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Monday 28 January 2013
Iran has shocked the world this afternoon by unveiling photographs of a mechanical amputation device used to chop the fingers off convicted thieves and adulterers. But are the practices of the democratic West much better?
Sunday 27 January 2013
Bigelow's drama about CIA's search for Osama raises torture, but ducks all the tough questions
Sunday 20 January 2013
There are no shortage of oddities in this Oscar-nominated movie, but our Middle East Correspondent is moved by a brilliant depiction of Iran after the 1979 upheaval
How did Bigelow access America's secrets about torture and Bin Laden's assassination for Zero Dark Thirty?
Friday 18 January 2013
Oscar contender is triggering growing criticism from US senators that the movie supports 'waterboarding'
Wednesday 16 January 2013
She was, at first glance, the classic little old lady. Jeanne Vertefeuille, brought up as an only child, never married. She lived alone in a modest apartment and invariably walked to work. She might have been a librarian, a clerk, or a quiet pillar of her local church community. In fact she led the team that unmasked the most damaging mole in the history of the CIA.
Thursday 13 December 2012
In the world of espionage, where information is power, it is not unusual to find men like Alexander Litvinenko, a former agent, trading on what he could pick up from his contacts. Nor is it remarkable that his services were shared by his paymasters, MI6, with authorities in another friendly country, Spain.
Monday 10 December 2012
Off to Lebanon, eh? Sounds like a fun trip.
Terry Waite launches defence of Hezbollah, the militant group that kidnapped and torture him 25 years ago
Sunday 09 December 2012
Terry Waite, who was kidnapped and tortured 25 years ago by associates of the militant group Hezbollah, has returned to Lebanon to meet representatives of the organisation responsible for his capture.
Saturday 08 December 2012
The Pentagon announced Friday that it will examine whether its generals and admirals receive too many perks and said they should receive more ethics training earlier in their careers.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, tapped by President Barack Obama to become his fifth commander of the war in Afghanistan, will take charge in Kabul early next year, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Four-foot long, launched by catapult, shot down by Iran? War of words rages over US drone 'captured' by Revolutionary Guard
Tuesday 04 December 2012
The elite Revolutionary Guard in Iran claimed today to have captured a US drone over the Gulf, igniting a fresh wave of anti-American bellicosity and highlighting tensions between the countries as the stand-off over Iran’s uranium-enrichment efforts remain unresolved.
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