Oil tanker, Le Havre

Russia Throws Down the Gauntlet: Accuses Turkey of Supporting ISIS Through Illegal Oil Trade

Reading Time: 1 minute Tensions are running high following Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian jet near the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has stated that “by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS.” Lavrov’s comments Read More

Anna Hidalgo, Francois Hollande and Barack Obama at Paris

Warnings Went Unheeded Prior to Paris Attacks

Reading Time: 1 minute Like clockwork, terrorist attacks in western countries are followed by immediate calls for greater powers for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Yet, time and again, these same law enforcement and intelligence agencies are later found to have failed to act on information–sometimes glaringly obvious–that could have helped them prevent the terrorist attack with the tools Read More

US Apache Helicopter

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a US Apache Helicopter Giving Cover to an ISIS convoy?

Reading Time: 1 minute Russian President Vladimir Putin recently made headlines at the G-20 Summit when he suggested that ISIS was operating its extensive oil smuggling operations in a curiously open manner. Putin stated: “I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products. Read More

Arc de Triomphe, Paris Police

France Privacy Loss Preceded and Failed to Stop Attacks

Reading Time: 1 minute Is giving up civil liberties in exchange for more “security” from terrorists a good deal? Here’s a surprisingly candid take from former New York State homeland security adviser Michael Balboni, who was interviewed by New York radio station WNYC on November 17 : “One of the things that is very disturbing about what happened in Read More

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes

We’re From the Military Industrial Complex and Are Here to Test Your Blood

Reading Time: 2 minutes Theranos, a “notoriously secretive” Silicon valley biotech start-up that promises to revolutionize the way blood is tested, is starting to raise as many questions as dollars. Theranos’ value skyrocketed to $9 billion based on claims that it has developed a technology that will allow dozens of blood tests to be simultaneously performed from a single, Read More

Peaceful Protest Occupy Sacramento

FBI Uses Counter Terrorism Authority to Infiltrate and Surveil Peaceful Protests . . . Again

Reading Time: 1 minute “For a decade, the FBI flagrantly abused its counter-terrorism authority to conduct a widespread surveillance and monitoring operation of School of Americas Watch (SOAW), a nonviolent activist organization founded by pacifists with the aim of closing the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (now renamed) and ending the U.S. role in the militarization of Latin Read More

Australian Money Laundering

Coroner May Re-Open Investigation into Frank Nugan’s Death

Reading Time: 1 minute Earlier this week, Michael Hand, the fugitive who co-founded the notorious CIA-linked Nugan Hand Bank, was found living in the United States. Hand vanished in 1980 amid growing inquiries by Australian authorities into the bank’s extensive connections to international drug trafficking. Despite running one of the world’s largest laundering operations for drug money, Hand has Read More

President Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly

A Curious Disturbance in the Force of Right Wing Propaganda

Reading Time: 1 minute The legacy of Ronald Reagan is a third rail of conservative politics. Thou shall not question the Gipper! Per The Guardian, “Reagan is not just a name but an adjective connoting virtue and conservative ideological purity.” Count us as surprised, therefore, to see one of the pillars of conservative propaganda–Bill O’Reilly–raising questions about Reagan’s mental Read More

Michael Hand found in Idaho Falls

Michael Hand, Fugitive Who Ran Scandalous CIA Front Bank, Found Alive in U.S.

Reading Time: 1 minute Michael Hand, co-founder of the infamous Nugan Hand Bank who disappeared in 1980 after authorities began investigating the bank’s shadowy past following its sudden collapse, has been found. The Nugan Hand bank was a CIA-linked cesspool of drugs, money laundering, and organized crime.  In the words of Jonathan Kwitny, the bank was “a true tale Read More