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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern on the CIA’s History of Disseminating Faulty Intelligence

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and McGovern discuss the agency’s influence during the Vietnam War and the role it now plays in America’s perception of Russia.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America


Neoconservatism was born during the Cold War with an overt mission to roll back Russian/Soviet influence everywhere. That mission continues today.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for ‘Unconventional Warfare’


In 1950, the CIA helped establish the Congress for Cultural Freedom—an anti-communist advocacy group—to neutralize political opposition to Anglo-American culture.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

The Honeymoon of the Generals


Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books


To understand America’s drift into despotism over the last 40 years, we must de-encrypt the evolution of its secret “double government.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

By Eric Ortiz

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China


No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 12, 2017 ENLARGE    

Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation


Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

We Need to Stop Treating Michael Hayden as an Arbiter of Truth


Making the former NSA chief and CIA director the go-to expert on Trump’s relationship with intelligence agencies is misguided; Harvard students are developing an anti-Trump “Resistance School”; why octopuses are “aliens living on earth.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE

The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate


In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008


The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

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

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?

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

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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

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