CIA Spied On Senate, Internal Review Finds
CIA Spied On Senate, Internal Review Finds
Study: Work Performance Not Affected By Alcohol Consumption
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The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Five agency employees — two lawyers and three computer specialists— improperly accessed Senate intelligence committee computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, according to a summary of a CIA inspector general report describing the results of an internal investigation. Then, despite CIA Director John Brennan ordering a halt to that operation, the CIA's office of security began an unauthorized investigation that led it to review the emails of Senate staffers and search them for key words.
Research involving over 21,000 employees found that a lack of sleep was the biggest productivity killer, causing ‘presenteeism’ — a state of being at work but not getting the job done to the best of one’s ability. It was discovered that those who slept for six hours or less were much less productive than their well rested cohorts. Unsurprisingly, workers who felt under undue levels of pressure or had financial concerns or mental health problems also proved less able to work. But the most surprising takeaway from the data? Those who drank alcohol the night before showed no discernible ill effects at work. The researchers were surprised -- probably pleasantly -- by this discovery, but still warned that a heavy drinking lifestyle could have long-term effects on productivity. The study also relied on self-reporting and subjects may have been slightly dishonest about their productivity or what they really got up to the night before. Personally, I will forget that part of the study while having drinks tonight.
Acting legend Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as Doctor Zhivago in the Oscar-winning film, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, The 83-year-old Sharif, whose films also include "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Funny Girl" opposite Barbra Streisand, is being cared for by his son. "Omar is suffering from Alzheimer's. I don't know much else," said Steven Kenis, the actor's agent. "He's living in Egypt these days and he is being looked after by his son Tarek and others." Kenis said he had not spoken to Sharif recently but is in contact with his son.
A group of Chinese students living in western countries has issued a rare public appeal for their government to end its secrecy over the Tiananmen Square massacre and hold those responsible to account. The Guardian says the open letter is from 11 students enrolled at universities in the US, UK and Australia. The report points out that the letter is politically risky at a time of tightening government controls on activists and rights groups, from small charities and feminists to human rights lawyers who take on politically controversial cases. It prompted an angry attack from the hardline nationalist paper The Global Times, which accused the authors of serving “overseas hostile forces” and trying to “tear society apart”.
In his first year in power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought in banking for the poor, set up campaigns to improve sanitation and curb the abortion of female fetuses - but slashed funds for education, health, women and children. In a report titled "Promises and Reality," charities gave a mixed verdict on Modi's National Democratic Alliance coalition, which took office exactly one year ago.
New questions surfaced about the personal security of French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday as Le Monde daily reported an incident in which a bodyguard accidentally fired a bullet in the Elysee Palace. Le Monde said the April 10 incident involved a bullet let off by a gun dropped accidentally by one of his close protection staff, the GSPR, near a ground-floor toilet of the Elysee. Another said Hollande's decision on Jan.
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