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Jeff Stein
Intelligence for Thinking People
Created 12 Aug 2020
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  • Taliban Include Heroin Kingpins in Leadership
    28 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Share Nine years ago, a small team of Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Justice Department advisers formulated an ambitious strategy to use U.S. courts to prosecute 26 senior Taliban leaders ...
  • Pakistan to Taliban: You Owe Us
    19 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    Share For the past 20 years, Pakistani officials have indignantly denied providing any assistance to the Taliban, portraying their countrymen as much victims of the Islamist Afghan Pashtun militia as ...
  • The Milley Miasma
    18 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    We live in Strangelovian times. Fact is, the only thing that can stop an unhinged president from starting an unprovoked war or even a surprise nuclear strike is a guy like Gen. Mark A. Milley. And the...
  • Diplomats in Wolves' Clothing
    15 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Share China’s popular, flag-waving Wolf Warrior movies employ parts of the Rambo formula for box office success: heroic soldiers in hand-to-hand combat with foreign and domestic enemies, car chases, s...
  • What Now?
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 3
    Share My 9/11 moment came Saturday morning as I was driving across the Francis Scott Key Bridge from D.C. into Virginia. NPR interrupted its memorial commentary to go live from Shanksville, Pa., where...
  • The Man Who Loved Spying
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    In a riveting new memoir, former senior CIA officer Doug London celebrates a career in espionage, but in a lengthy conversation with me, he offers candid, even brutal, observations on how 20 years of ...
  • The 'American Taliban' and Me
    08 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Share Detainee 001 is the latest in several toture-related films released in recent years, following 2021’s The Mauritanian and 2019’s The Report, both of which took a hard look at CIA interrogation a...
  • 1st Anniversary Blowout Sale: Labor Day Weekend Only!
    04 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Get 33% off for 1 year Our team of veteran reporters offers original reporting and analysis on national security topics, with an emphasis on U.S. intelligence operations, both foreign and domestic. We...
  • Kabul’s loss and a new 9/11 terror warning
    03 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 5 0
    Share On this week’s edition of the SpyTalk podcast, Washington Post investigative reporter Craig Whitlock shares anecdotes from his new book, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, abou...
  • Now, for the Accountability
    02 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 12 9
    Share Hello darkness, my old friend. We’ve been here before, watching through our fingers as American troops flee from an ill-advised war or battles: Phnom Penh, Saigon, Mogadishu, Baghdad, Syria, now...
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