The Art of Propaganda: When Journalists Use Facts to Create Fiction

October 11, 2021

The legacy press continues its endless campaign to promote the belief that Russia is waging a never-ending battle against US diplomats and spies thanks to the secret weapon that provokes the dreaded “Havana syndrome.” Two Washington Post journalists, John Wagner and Miriam Berger, have...

The New Police State

May 21, 2021

The world Americans now live in has acquired all the trappings of a police state. But unlike police states of the past, with soldiers at every street corner, the police and their policing techniques have become invisible. Invisibility is the key to their efficacy. We mustn’t see what is ensuring...

In Conversation With General David Petraeus

March 22, 2021

General David Petraeus, the former CIA director, lays out his vision for US foreign policy, identifying the key threats to world order and how America and its allies can tackle them head on.

Who Doesn’t Love the Sacred Freedom to Spy?

August 18, 2020

In July, Yahoo News revealed that US President Donald Trump issued a secret order in 2018 authorizing the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct offensive cyber operations against various nations deemed to be adversaries of the US. Trump generously invited the CIA “to both conduct cyber...

A CIA Analyst Spotted Something Egregious

October 11, 2019

Since Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States in 2016, the political culture of the nation has been shattered by an unending series of disturbing cleavages. Trump has polarized the entire nation and forced the media into two camps: one condemning everything he does and the...

How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally”

October 22, 2014

John Pilger marks the death of Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from “tributes” to a man whose political demise is one of America's dirtiest secrets. Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister, Gough...

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

October 21, 2014

Laura Poitras discusses her new film, Citizenfour, on the Edward Snowden affair that unveiled a global surveillance scandal. Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Tension on the Horizon

November 28, 2013

With hopeful signs coming from the Gulf, Israel and Congress promise a fight. The early hours of November 24, 2013, witnessed the signing of a new nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran in Geneva. After prolonged negotiations, both sides came to an agreement that would halt and even roll back...

The Enemy of My Enemy: Perils of Training Syrian Rebels

October 03, 2013

Imparting war-fighting skills to Syrian insurgents might backfire. Training and supporting insurgents against one’s adversaries has been a cost effective strategy since the late 20th century, when states co-opted their adversaries’ enemies as proxy forces, avoiding the monetary cost of...

Lethal Aid and the Syrian Chessboard

July 02, 2013

Distributing lethal aid to Syrian rebels will escalate the international proxy war. Following a string of high-profile victories by Syrian government forces, the Obama administration announced that it would begin sending "lethal aid" to rebel factions. Washington is attempting to...

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