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Situation Room meetings about the 2011 bin Laden raid were named 'Mickey Mouse meeting' to ensure its secrecy, new account says

Then-Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, and top US military and political officials seen in the Situation Room overseeing the Osama bin Laden raid. White House/Pete Souza/Handout via Reuters Former US officials told Politico how the 2011 hit on Osama bin Laden was planned in the White House. Situation Room meetings were labeled "Mickey Mouse meeting" on calendars to hide the subject. The report details in minute detail how the US located and planned to kill the al-Qaeda lead...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Osama Bin Laden, White House, Politico, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Gop, News UK, Ben Rhodes, Al Qaeda, Cia, Jon Favreau


Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. mocked a new CIA recruitment ad in which a staffer identified as a millennial with anxiety

A composite image of Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Ted Cruz. Rick Wilking/Reuters; Jabin Botsford/Getty Images The CIA released a recruitment ad starring a Latina officer identifying as a "cisgender millennial." It's part of the "Humans of CIA" series aimed at attracting a more diverse pool of candidates. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. mocked the CIA on Monday, with Trump saying it had gone "full woke." See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr have...
Tags: Politics, China, Russia, Trends, Ted Cruz, News UK, Cia, Trump, Sen Ted Cruz, Kim Jong, Donald Trump Jr, Latina, Mullah, Trump Jr, Larry Pfeiffer, Bill Bostock


Man shot by FBI after 'security situation' just outside CIA headquarters

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, U.S. on August 14, 2008. USA-CIA-BRENNAN/ REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo There is a "security situation" at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the CIA confirmed in a statement to NBC News. "Our compound remains secured, and our Security Protective Officers working the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved," a spokesperson said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A man attempted to dr...
Tags: Politics, Nbc News, Trends, Fbi, Speed, Cia, Agency, Langley, McLean Virginia, McLean VA, Wjla, CIA Headquarters, Langley Virginia, WTTG, Check, Military & Defense


CIA says there is a 'security situation' just outside headquarters in Langley, Virginia

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, U.S. on August 14, 2008. USA-CIA-BRENNAN/ REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo There is a "security situation" at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the CIA confirmed in a statement to NBC News. "Our compound remains secured, and our Security Protective Officers working the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved," a spokesperson said. See more stories on Insider's business page. There is a "security ...
Tags: Politics, Nbc News, Trends, Speed, Cia, Agency, Wjla, CIA Headquarters, Langley Virginia, Military & Defense, Azmi Haroun, CIA Headquarters Building, CIA BRENNAN REUTERS, NBC News Our


The White House Plumbers: Lena Headey Returns to HBO for Watergate Miniseries

Following the recent addition of Domhnall Gleeson as John Dean, Deadline brings word that Game of Thrones vet Lena Headey has signed on for a leading role in the upcoming limited series titled The White House Plumbers, which is centered around the Watergate scandal. This project will also reunite Headey with HBO, who is co-producing with wiip. Gleeson and Headey will be joining previously announced cast members Woody Harrelson (Zombieland: Double Tap) and Justin Theroux (Maniac), who both previ...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Movies, White House, Justin Theroux, TV News, Starz, Woody Harrelson, Cia, Dorothy, Colin Firth, Nixon, Domhnall Gleeson, Golden Globe, Watergate, Gleeson


US officials fear an NSC official falling sick by the White House is the same 'Havana syndrome' that struck in Cuba and China, CNN reports

The White House viewed from the Ellipse in Washington DC, December 20, 2020. Ken Cedeno/Reuters A NSC member's unusual illness is being looked into as a possible case of "Havana syndrome, CNN reported. The term refers to unexplained symptoms first noticed in the US Embassy in Cuba. Its causes are unclear. Some have suggested they are caused by a new kind of weapon. See more stories on Insider's business page. A a National Security Council official falling sick yards from the Whit...
Tags: Senate, White House, China, Virginia, Russia, Defense, US, Trends, Cnn, Washington Dc, News UK, Pentagon, National Security Council, State Department, Cia, Cuba


Mike Lindell claimed he hadn't even read the notes on 'martial law' that he was carrying in a viral photo before a meeting with Trump: 'They weren't my papers'

Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, waits to go into the West Wing of the White House on January 15, 2021. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said never spoke to Trump about martial law. Viral photos from January showed Lindell outside the White House carrying notes about "martial law." Lindell told Jimmy Kimmel on Wedensday that he didn't write the notes - and that he hadn't even read them. See more stories on Insider's business page. Just days before former preside...
Tags: Politics, Jimmy Kimmel, Washington Post, White House, China, US, Trends, Retail, Cia, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Trump, Lindell, Kimmel, West Wing of the


Amazon's 30 bestselling audiobooks right now, from Matthew McConaughey's new memoir to the cult-favorite "Atomic Habits"

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Audible has thousands of books and podcasts. You can start a free 30-day Audible trial here. Below, we compiled its 30 best-selling audiobooks among Audible users right now. The list ranges from former President Barack Obama's memoir to a cult-favorite romance series. If the warmer weather and COVID-19 vaccinations have you swapping your pandemic-era stationary bike fo...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Hollywood, Texas, Matthew Mcconaughey, Navy, Cdc, Washington, Stanford, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan, Fbi, Harvard, Ford


Republicans say Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal aids terrorists, but US intelligence has zeroed in on homegrown extremism as a 'greater immediate domestic threat'

Vice President Joe Biden meets with U.S. troops in Maidan Wardak province January 11, 2011. Omar Sobhani/Reuters Republicans say Biden's planned troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would make it a safe haven for terrorists. But US intelligence and law enforcement now view domestic extremism as the greatest terror threat. Data shows the threat from far-right extremist groups has surged in recent years - especially 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. Top Republicans are ...
Tags: Politics, Isis, News, Navy, Washington Post, Osama Bin Laden, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, Fbi, Afghanistan, Gop, United States, Taliban


A 35-year CIA veteran explains what China's up to around Taiwan and what the US should do about it

Taiwanese soldiers carry a surface-to-air missile to a launcher during a military exercise at an air force base in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Nicky Loh Rising tensions between China and Taiwan, including increasing Chinese military activity, have US officials worried about a conflict. John Culver, a 35-year CIA officer and former national intelligence officer for East Asia, explains the risk of future conflict in the Taiwan Strait, how Taiwan is responding to rising ...
Tags: Japan, Politics, Washington, White House, China, US, Trends, Taiwan, Beijing, Hungary, United States, Xi Jinping, Un, Tokyo, Cia, Canberra


Smaller drones don't let the US off the hook for war crimes

The XQ-58A Valkyrie releases a ALTIUS-600 small UAS during a test in Arizona, March 26, 2021 US Air Force The US has relied heavily on drones for many missions - including lethal strikes - for decades. Drones are only a platform, and what matters for international law is how those platforms are used. In the US, focus on the drones themselves has overshadowed debate with the wider ethics of armed violence. See more stories on Insider's business page. When it comes to armed drones, is sm...
Tags: Politics, Hollywood, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Pakistan, Terrorism, Yale, Arizona, War Crimes, Cia, Valkyrie, Yemen, US Air Force, Cornell


Here's what's in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that Trump abandoned and Biden is vying to restore

Donald Trump holds up a copy of the memorandum he signed, enacting a US departure from the Iran deal. AP Biden has made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a top foreign policy goal. Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018, pushing tensions with Iran to historic heights. Reviving the deal will be hard, but there's been signs of progress at diplomatic talks in Vienna. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. President Joe Biden has made restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal a top ...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Vienna, Middle East, Un


US Capitol attacker's family says he suffered 'repeated head trauma' from years of playing football

People walk along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall, near the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument, as the sun sets. Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images Capitol attack suspect Noah Green's family says he suffered from depression and "repeated head trauma." This head trauma was the result of years of playing football, the family said in his defense. Green is a suspect in an attack where a car slammed into two Capitol police officers, killing one. See more stories on Insider's busi...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, Virginia, US, Trends, Ap, Cnn, Fbi, Green, National Mall, Cia, Brendan, Capitol


Here's what we know about the suspect that rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol, killing a USCP officer

U.S. Capitol Police officers near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. Scott J. Applewhite/AP A driver rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol Friday, killing one USCP officer and injuring another. The suspect, who multiple outlets have identified as Noah Green, was shot dead at the scene by an officer. Here's what we know about Green. See more stories on Insider's business page. A car rammed into a barricade outside the ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Washington, Virginia, Nbc News, US, Trends, Cnn, Green, New York Times, Capitol Hill, Cia, Michael Jackson, Times


A GOP congressman, a sex-trafficking probe, and a $25 million extortion plot: Here's everything we know about 'Gaetzgate'

Rep. Matt Gaetz confirmed he's a subject in a federal sex-trafficking investigation. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Rep. Gaetz is engulfed in a political firestorm amid news that he's under a sex crimes investigation. Gaetz claimed the investigation is part of an elaborate scheme to extort his family for $25 million. Both things could be true: Gaetz is under investigation, and someone later tried to extort him. See more stories on Insider's business page. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz sai...
Tags: Post, Florida, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, White House, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Fbi, Gop, New York Times, Middle East


The life and career of Larry Ellison, the billionaire Oracle cofounder who went from college drop-out to jet-setting playboy and tech titan

Larry Ellison. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Oracle founder Larry Ellison hasn't had a typical path to success. Ellison dropped out of college twice and didn't become a billionaire until age 49. He built Oracle into a $180 billion behemoth while becoming something of an international playboy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Larry Ellison, the 76-year-old billionaire cofounder of Oracle, is one of the most interesting men in tech.Whether it's yacht-racing, buyi...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Texas, Enterprise, California, Steve Jobs, Washington, White House, US, America, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Features, Getty Images


G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate co-conspirator who pivoted to conservative talk radio, dies at 90

By Bill Trott | Reuters G. Gordon Liddy, a brash former FBI agent who helped orchestrate the 1972 Watergate break-in, a crime that began the unraveling of Richard Nixon’s presidency, died Tuesday at the age of 90, the Washington Post reported. Liddy, who parlayed his Watergate infamy into a 20-year career as a conservative talk-radio host, died at his daughter’s home in Fairfax County, Virginia, the paper said. Liddy, left, and former Vice President Spiro Agnew attend President Richard Nixon’s...
Tags: New York, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, White House, New York City, Sport, Fbi, Harvard, Soccer, New York Times, Jimmy Carter, San Diego, Manhattan, Archer


How the US considered helping France nuke its way out of an embarrassing military defeat

French Foreign Legion paratroopers land near Dien Bien Phu, March 16, 1954. ullstein bild via Getty Images In March 1954, French troops were in northern Vietnam for what commanders thought would be a decisive blow against the Viet Minh. By May, after weeks of brutal fighting, French forces surrendered, ending the battle of Dien Bien Phu and the French Indochina War. Western countries saw that war as essential to stopping the spread of communism, and the US was willing to take extreme actio...
Tags: UK, Congress, Navy, France, White House, China, US, International, Trends, Britain, Paris, Nuclear Weapons, Cambodia, National Security Council, Cia, Vietnam


Biden's restrictions on drone strikes are about much more than drones

A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP On his first day in office, President Joe Biden quietly implemented new restrictions on US drone strikes. The temporary measures make such strikes subject to review by the National Security Council, and they have potentially far-reaching implications. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Pentagon confirmed this week that President Joe Biden has imposed new, temporary restrictio...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Obama, White House, Iraq, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, United States, Pakistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Libya


'F--- Tucker Carlson': Senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth reams out Fox News host over his comments about women in the military

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks during a Senate Democrats' news conference. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images US war veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth tore into Fox host Tucker Carlson over his recent comments. Carlson ranted about women troops and accused Biden of making a "mockery" of the armed forces. "While he was practicing his two-step, America's female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda," Duckworth said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Illinois Sen. Tamm...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, Iraq, Maternity, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Fox, Army, Fox News, Al Qaeda, Pentagon, Cia, Tammy Duckworth


America built the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons. Now they're being used against the country, a new book argues.

Jaap Arriens/Getty Images The US has long emphasized cyber offense over defense, Nicole Perlroth argues in a new book. But now the weapons it developed are being used against it, the The New York Times reporter said. Perlroth told Insider the US needs to shore up its biggest vulnerability: critical infrastructure. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In March 2017, WikiLeaks published a trove of leaked CIA hacking tools. The agency's internal report, obtained last year ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Enterprise, Interview, North Korea, Nsa, Israel, US, America, Trends, Iran, United States, New York Times, Antarctica, The New York Times, Cyber Attack


Biden administration curtails drone strikes amid major policy review

A US Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), carrying a Hellfire missile lands at a secret air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. John Moore/Getty Images The Biden administration is limiting drone strikes amid a major policy review, The New York Times reported. The administration is considering more safeguard to protect civilians. Insider last month reported on a stark drop in drone strikes during Biden's first weeks in office. Visit ...
Tags: Politics, Obama, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Drones, New York Times, Amnesty International, Pentagon, Cia, Somalia, Biden, Times


Meghan Markle wore earrings from Mohammed bin Salman 3 weeks after Saudi agents murdered Jamal Khashoggi, report says

Meghan Markle during an official dinner in Fiji, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. It is not clear whether the earrings in the image are the pair in question. Ian Vogler/Pool Photo via AP Meghan Markle wore earrings given by the Saudi crown prince in 2018, the Times of London reported. It came soon after Jamal Khashoggi's killing, for which Mohammed bin Salman was later blamed. A spokesperson for the Sussexes called the Times report a "calculated smear campaign." Visit the Business section of Insi...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, US, Trends, News UK, The Times, Princess Diana, Royals, Diana, Cbs, Buckingham Palace, Harry, Cia, Oprah Winfrey, Biden


The top 30 bestselling audiobooks on Audible right now, from Obama's memoir to the "Bridgerton" series

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Audible has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose between. You can start a free 30-day Audible trial here.Below, we compiled its 30 best-selling books among Audible users right now.The list ranges from former President Barack Obama's memoir to cult-favorite fiction series such as "Bridgerton" and "Sherlock Holmes".If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for new ways ...
Tags: Amazon, Matthew Mcconaughey, Obama, Berlin, Court, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Chicago, Maine, Marseille, New York Times, Bill Gates, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Venezuela


The White House says it never wants an assassination like Khashoggi's again, but won't punish MBS for ordering the killing

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and President Joe Biden (R.) AP Photo/Susan Walsh/Sputnik via AFP The White House is facing criticism for not sanctioning MBS over Khashoggi's murder. Biden officials insist an intel report and limited sanctions will prevent future killings. A report released last week explicitly implicated MBS in the murder.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said that the actions the Biden administr...
Tags: Post, Politics, Usa, News, Obama, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, Kingdom, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Middle East, Ben Rhodes


Biden administration releases report on Khashoggi's killing directly implicating Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has faced global condemnation over Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Getty Images The Biden administration released a long-awaited report on Jamal Khashoggi's killing. The declassified intelligence report directly implicated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  The Trump administration prioritized the US-Saudi relationship and refused to release the report. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The Biden administ...
Tags: Politics, London, News, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, White House, Kingdom, US, Trends, Turkey, Joe Biden, United States, Washington Dc, United Nations, Un, Cia


Biden spoke with Saudi King Salman for the first time, but didn't say if they discussed Khashoggi's murder

People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. Yasin Akgul/Getty Images Biden spoke with Saudi King Salman for the first time, but it's unclear if he mentioned Khashoggi. The call came ahead of the release of a US intelligence report on Khashoggi's murder. The report was expected to implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Visit the Business section of Insi...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington Post, Washington, Saudi Arabia, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Austin, United States, Washington Dc, United Nations, Un


AG nominee Garland vows Capitol riot will be top priority

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence and said his first focus would be on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch. A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared ...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Russia, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, Gop, United States, Mitch McConnell, Cia


Trump's erratic presidency is the latest sign giving one person control of the nukes is 'dangerous,' experts say

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Alex Wong/Getty Images A congresswoman and former defense secretary recently argued the US needs a "no first use" policy for nukes. Trump's presidency shows the risks of giving a president total control over the nuclear arsenal, they said. Nuclear experts say the US should change the status quo, but military leaders disagree. Visit the Business section of Insider ...
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There have been zero reported US drone strikes since Joe Biden took office

A Yemeni boy walks past a mural depicting a US drone on December 13, 2013 in the capital Sanaa. MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images Since Joe Biden took office, there have no reports of US drone strikes or civilian casualties. This comes after Trump carried out more strikes in Somalia and Yemen than all other presidents combined. "If there is a pause in airstrikes overall, we hope it's due to a reassessment of the United States' strategy," said Amnesty International's Daphne Eviator. Visi...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Washington, White House, Iraq, Africa, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Taliban, Drones, Pakistan, Amnesty International, US Senate



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