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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Justice Department Turns to a Rarely Used Rule in Trying to Prevent CIA Testimony in Torture Lawsuit


The Trump administration invokes “the state secret privilege” to keep intelligence officials from revealing interrogation techniques.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE

The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE

Here’s What Happened While We Were Distracted by Donald Trump’s Tweets


Federal agencies saw big changes, while the latest WikiLeaks dump revealed our “undermining of democracy is home-grown,” according to journalist Norman Solomon. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques


The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE

The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours


Do committed progressives really want to lie down in the same warmongering and pro-surveillance bed as the CIA and the Pentagon?

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Posted on Feb 11, 2017 ENLARGE

In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends


How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Campaign and the Early Resistance


The anti-Trump movement needs to do more than elevate the political power of corporate-captive Blue America over corporate-captive Red America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

A Living Nightmare of Intelligence Groupthink


If you’re thinking of diving into the “intelligence community’s” latest quadrennial report on the future, I’ve done you an enormous favor and read it for you.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

The Most Alarming Thing Donald Trump Says at CIA Event Regards Iraq


The president’s team is talking about military action for oil—and against Islamic State—in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

Another Demand for Proof That Alleged Russian Hacking Aided Trump Campaign


More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans call on President Obama to release the evidence or admit that validation is lacking.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Jan 14, 2017 ENLARGE

Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton


The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

Exposing the Man Behind the Curtain


Americans have a right to know the full truth about claims of Russian hacking.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia


The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

How George W. Bush Dissed the U.S. Intelligence Community


Although the former commander in chief and his vice president had a rule that they did not trash talk people in public, they displayed the utmost disrespect for intelligence professionals who would not tell them (and the public) what they wanted to hear.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE

Nuclear Experts Warn Trump: Do Not Torpedo Iran Accord


Dozens of top scientists say the agreement has led to greater nonproliferation in the region.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

The Rise of Bernie Sanders and His ‘Revolution’ Sparks Déjà Vu in the ‘Third World’


Michael Manley of Jamaica and others pushed decades ago for progressive change to end the systems of subjugation in their countries. But that will remain tough to achieve until it is accomplished in the U.S.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Spy Agencies Leak Intel to News Outlets but Won’t Brief Electors?


A new poll shows majority public support for delaying Monday’s Electoral College vote.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’


On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behavior Following the 2016 Election

On this week’s “Informed Rant,” Joshua Scheer speaks with the CIA veteran about the U.S. intelligence establishment and its claims that hackers interfered with the election at the behest of the Russian government.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Dec 16, 2016 ENLARGE

Demonization of Putin as ‘Personally’ Behind Clinton Hack Is an Old Propaganda Technique


The allegations that the Russian president directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Hamilton Electors Have a Message for Donald Trump: ‘You’re Fired’


The hope of many Trump opponents is that at least 37 Republican electors, slated to vote for Trump, will vote for someone else. This would leave him with 269 electoral votes or fewer—not enough to be declared president.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE

Hypocrisy Behind the Frenzy Over Russia’s Role in the U.S. Election


What’s perhaps most telling about the information that the CIA has accused Russia of sharing with the American people is that it was all “real news” about newsworthy topics.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction


The CIA’s claims about Russian involvement in Clinton’s leaked emails are unsubstantiated. Yet the mainstream media continues the narrative, signaling a total abnegation of all journalistic standards.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

No, America, It Wasn’t Russia: You Did This to Yourself


I don’t doubt that the Russian Federation employs hackers and PR people to influence public opinion and even election outcomes in other countries. But I am skeptical that anything the Russians did caused Donald Trump to become president.

Posted on Dec 10, 2016 READ MORE

Hints of Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Rise From Blacklist Case


A writer with considerable expertise about Russian and Ukrainian politics connects the dots after scrutinizing the shadowy PropOrNot and a controversial Washington Post article.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE

Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State


At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

The Remarkable Legacy of Fidel Castro


“History will absolve me,” the leader of the Cuban Revolution famously predicted. It’s a hard point to argue in light of what he achieved for his country despite incessant interference by the United States.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot


The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles


Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

Was 11/8 a New 9/11?


Forget Vladimir Putin and his rickety petro-state. The most dangerous nation on the planet now may be ours: belligerent, irrational, heavily armed and in possession of staggering powers to intervene, interfere, and repress.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

For the 1st Time, a Lawsuit Could Assign Individual Accountability in CIA Post-9/11 Torture Program


Legal action by two men who were tortured and the representative of a third who died in CIA custody may hold accountable two psychologists the agency contracted to design the program.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE

A Look at Donald Trump’s Disturbing Foreign Policy Appointments

Potential additions to the president-elect’s administration represent a shift in foreign policy position, perhaps contradicting some of his campaign promises.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

International Criminal Court Says U.S. and CIA ‘Appear’ to Have Committed War Crimes


ICC prosecutors say they will decide “imminently” on whether to pursue a full investigation into the alleged abuses.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

Tanzanian Man Tortured by the CIA Can’t Escape ‘The Darkness’


Suleiman Abdullah Salim, subjected to the agency’s most brutal interrogation techniques during America’s post-9/11 war on terror, describes his incarceration in grisly detail.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan


Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head


President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution is wrong. “Good Germans who were only following orders” are not exempt from the bar of justice. Individuals must be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Appears to Have Suffered a Heart Attack in Prison


CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has battled to get adequate medical care while in federal prison. He doesn’t have the luxury of time. He needs help immediately.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE

Continuing Saga: The Fight to Reveal the CIA’s Torture Secrets


The Guardian released the second and third installments of its inside chronicle of the struggle between the CIA and the Senate over the 2014 report on torture from the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

How the CIA’s Darkest Torture Secrets Were Exposed—and Covered Up


An investigator for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Dan Jones, worked hard to get to the bottom of the agency’s torture program. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder and others conspired to keep the worst news hidden.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

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