November 15, 2014 - In the Republican sweep that was the 2014 elections — at least outside Oregon — there may have been one winner who didn't hold an election night victory celebration.
Normally, of course, the CIA only competes in foreign elections.
But this time the CIA — and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, perhaps its most prominent and active critic in Congress — had a lot on the line.
At the end of this year, control of the Senate shifts to the Republicans. The chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee goes to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who has been called the CIA's best friend in the Senate. On the issue of transparency of the intelligence operation, Burr has said, "I personally don't believe that anything that ever goes on in the intelligence committee should ever be discussed publicly."
Burr has declared that the killing of Osama bin Laden was partly due to information acquired from enhanced interrogation, although other sources, and possibly the unreleased report, reject that claim.
As of January, negotiations between the Senate and the CIA about what should and shouldn't be made public are likely to be very different. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014