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Everything We Know About The US Army's Uncanny Chatbots

Sgt. Star is the U.S. Army’s dedicated marketing and recruitment chatbot, and he isn’t going to turn whistleblower any time soon. There’s no use threatening him for answers either — he’s programmed to report that kind of hostility to the Army Criminal Investigation Division.


This Dog Poop Is Actually A Secret Rescue Beacon

Weird historical artifact of the day: This is not a dog excrement, it’s a T-1151 Dog Doo Transmitter from the collection of the National Museum of the US Air Force. It looks gross, but it was incredibly useful during the Vietnam War.


The CIA's Bizarre Art Collection Memorialises Its Greatest Hits

Great victories in intelligence are, by definition, usually destined to remain secret. But inside its headquarters in Virginia, the CIA keeps its own little oil-and-canvas shrine: 16 pieces of art commemorating important moments in intelligence history.


CIA Tries To Stop Russia Building Monitoring Stations In US

The CIA is quietly trying to stop Russia building a series of monitoring stations — devices that form part of Moscow’s version of the Global Positioning System — on US soil.


CIA Has Vast Database Of International Money Transfers

The Central Intelligence Agency has been busy aggregating a huge database of international money transfers, according to the Wall Street Journal — and it includes financial and personal data of millions of Americans.


Edward Snowden Tricked NSA Coworkers Into Giving Him Their Passwords

New details are emerging about how Edward Snowden gained access to the classified NSA documents he would later leak to the press, and boy are they curious. Reuters dropped a scoop late last night that shows how shockingly low tech (read: no tech) methods enabled Snowden to gather up classified documents.


Report: CIA Pays US Telco Over $10 Million A Year To Spy On Phone Calls

Check it out, guys. It’s a creepy revelation about the US government spying on phone calls that didn’t come from Edward Snowden’s NSA leak. Nope, just your standard sketchy CIA arrangements with a telecommunications company — AT&T to be exact.


Drone-Ready NSA Can Trap Terrorists With One Email

We already knew that the NSA was collecting a lot of data with its many surveillance tools — like, a lot of data. But new details about the agency’s role in the CIA’s drone program show that they’re collecting incredibly detailed data too. Detailed enough to catch a terrorist with a single email.


CIA Warned About Edward Snowden All The Way Back In 2009

A confusing truth is becoming increasingly clear: The US government had multiple chances to stop Edward Snowden before he leaked a trove of NSA documents earlier this year. But nothing happened. We’ve heard about the warning signs before, but the latest revelation is a real whopper.


Unpaid NSA Probe Members Refuse To Meet Because Of Shutdown

So, you know how the US government all shut down because US Congress failed to come up with a budget to pay the employees? Well, the members of the special committee set up to investigate the intelligence community just threw in the towel too. But they weren’t even getting paid in the first place.