CIA: Cubans adept at finding political pressure points

Many historians have described the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion as a fiasco and blamed the CIA for much of the failure. The agency had different view, saying critics were unfair. The CIA’s staff historian, Jack Pfeiffer, wrote five volumes about the operation. All five volumes have been declassified. Excerpts from Volume 4 are below: … Read more

“Value-added” intelligence collection at the State Department

The State Department has nearly 200 intelligence analysts who provide analysis and briefings for the Secretary of State and other federal officials, including President Trump. The analysts work in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, or INR, which was founded in 1947. AN INR report states: INR recruits primarily from outside the Department new hires … Read more

Beware of socialism, Trump advisers say

Donald Trump’s economic advisers warn that “socialism is making a comeback” in the United States. “Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate,” according to the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the president’s Executive Office. Socialism, they say, may take the wealthiest 1 percent … Read more

91-year-old pact details diplomatic immunity

The “duties, rights, prerogatives and immunities” of American diplomats in Cuba is spelled out in a 1928 agreement that was signed in Havana and put into law in the U.S. in 1932. I learned that bit of diplomatic trivia from the State Department’s 130-page manual on Consular Notification and Access. Excerpts from the 1928 agreement … Read more

Flashback: Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Havana

Jay-Z and Beyoncé drew criticism after celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba in 2013. The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General investigated and found that they hadn’t broken the law. Their trip was legal under U.S. regulations allowing people-to-people educational travel. The Trump administration eliminated people-to-people travel by individuals and made it illegal to … Read more