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Drones: 10 Thoughts

Foreign drone attacks are almost (but not quite yet) as American as apple pie.

By EDITORIAL  |  February 22, 2013

Enhanced interrogation: CIA research in Zero Dark Thirty

NEW YORK — After surviving right-wing Senate investigations into possible access to classified CIA material while it was in production, Zero Dark Thirty , now in the theaters, faces charges from left-wing critics of being in favor of torture, not to me

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2012

Review: Argo

There are many heroes in Ben Affleck's spunky, polished political thriller. But the biggest hero is Hollywood itself.
Escapist cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Bistro 9

Although Bistro 9 is located at the East Greenwich Golf Club, you don't have to be able to tell a nine iron from a tire iron to be comfortable here.
Not just puttering around
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 28, 2012

Drone update!

Get pumped.
By MATT BORS  |  June 01, 2012

‘30,000 drones’ over America and other stories

"You are now being watched by 30,000 drones," Second District congressional primary candidate Blaine Richardson dramatically told the 3000 people assembled at the Republican State Convention in Augusta on May 5.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 11, 2012


In Yemen

The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen ...
By MATT BORS  |  May 04, 2012
Shorttake ActofValor

Review: Act of Valor

New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential ele
The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012

Review: Safe House

Daniel Espinosa's over-edited but engaging spy thriller delves into edgy territory untouched by any of the numerous movies it imitates: it has Brendan Gleeson do an American accent.
Daniel Espinosa's spy thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2012
The Man Nobody Knew: Short Take

Review: The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

"My father lived in shadows," says filmmaker Carl Colby in voiceover. "He liked being invisible." His documentary is a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to understand William Colby, the ex-CIA head who died in 1996.
Carl Colby documents his father's life
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 18, 2011
short take Abduction

Review: Abduction

Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.
Beautiful but boring
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011


Lost in interrogation

On April 5, James Foley, a journalist for Boston-based GlobalPost, was beaten and captured by armed pro-Qaddafi loyalists outside the Libyan town of Bregra, along with Atlantic writer Clare Gillis and Spanish photographer Manu Brabo.
Captive's attention
By DAN MCCARTHY  |  June 03, 2011

Taking the long view

The surprising and dramatic death in Pakistan of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American Special Forces operating under shoot-to-kill orders from President Barack Obama was a triumph of singular rarity in the annals of international conflict.
Obama's secret. Plus, Bill Taylor, RIP.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 06, 2011

I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011

On doctors, psychologists, and torture

Last year, Physicians for Human Rights used government papers to document that CIA doctors and psychologists participated in the conception and monitoring of the agency's infamous torture regime at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and other detention centers
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011

Review: Bangor artist Kenny Cole lights the 'Hellfire' at SPACE Gallery

"The Hellfire Story" is a tough pill to swallow.
When there's smoke
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 26, 2010


Review: Fair Game

Naomi Watts and Sean Penn tell the real Valerie Plame story
Naomi Watts and Sean Penn tell the real Valerie Plame story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 30, 2010

Review: Red (2010)

If the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red had been a comedy action thriller about retired CIA agents, it would probably be nothing like this adaptation of the DC graphic novel.
Grandfather claws: Willis and crew aren't the retiring types
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2010

The world is watching

You are being watched.
If you don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets, you're shit out of luck. And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2010

Are doctors complicit in prison torture?

In the past few years an outcry has arisen over the involvement of military and CIA medical professionals and psychologists in torture. Some critics have even suggested criminal prosecution of the medical staff involved or, at least, revocation of their
The Maine medical community looks at solitary confinement
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 23, 2010

China expert sees a nation at the 'shadow-line'

Joseph Conrad wrote of a "shadow-line," an indistinct boundary between youth and adulthood that adolescents awkwardly straddle; one moment there is impressive poise and maturity, and the next, a slip into past boorish, immature behavior.
Across the Globe
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 19, 2010

An Obama confidant on the surge in Afghanistan

Twenty-four hours before President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-troop escalation of the Afghan War, one of his key foreign policy advisors provided a view of the president’s thinking at Brown University.
War Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  December 04, 2009

Cheney's latest crime

As if there were any doubt, the latest CIA scandal once again reminds the nation that whatever former vice-president Dick Cheney touched turned to slime.
Plus, Coakley's welcome move against DOMA
By EDITORIAL  |  July 17, 2009

Review: The Betrayal

As the subject, narrator, and director, with Ellen Kuras, of his own story, Thavisouk Phrasavath has created a film of meandering, almost accidental poignancy.
From Laos to Brooklyn, following a family's tragedy
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  April 10, 2009

Review: MI-5

When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
Breaking new ground with old tools
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 31, 2009


President-elect Barack Obama's pick of Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency caught Washington by surprise.
Why Leon might be right for the CIA. Plus: Al Franken, Roland Burris, and Caroline Kennedy.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 07, 2009


Interview: Joseph Finder

"Since 9/11, thousands of CIA employees have quit to go private. Basically, these guys are private spies."
True fiction
By CLEA SIMON  |  August 22, 2008