Our coverage of only receipts found in Tamerlan’s pockets were receipts for his self-incriminating bomb-making materials

New York Stock Exchange, Reichsmark

Wall Street and the Nazi Cartels

The story of German industry before World War II should sound increasingly familiar to Americans. Industries are being consolidated and a few wealthy men are holding the reins.


That alone makes the book excerpted below — All Honorable Men: The Story of the Men on Both Sides of the Atlantic Who Successfully Thwarted Plans to Dismantle the Nazi Cartel System — an important read. However, the book offers much more. The publishers describe it as “A scathing attack on Wall Street’s illegal ties to Nazi Germany before WWII — and the postwar whitewashing of Nazi business leaders by the US View article …

The Libya Secret: How West Cooked Up “People’s Uprising”

As I write this, a new day is dawning in Libya. The “people’s revolt” against yet another tyrant is unquestionably exciting, and the demise (political and/or otherwise) of Muammar Qaddafi will, of course, be widely hailed. But barely below the surface something else is going on, and it concerns not the Libyan “people”, but an elite. In reality, a narrowly-based Libyan elite is being supplanted by a much older, more enduring one of an international variety.

The media, as is so often the case, has botched its job. Thus virtually View article …

Hiroshima Series, Part 3 — Death and Suffering, in Living Color

part3aaaaaThis week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the world is now aware of the horrifying aftermath of these events, this wasn’t always the case. This is the third in a three-part series on the US’s decades-long deliberate effort to hide the true extent of the atom bombs’ mass devastation. (For part one, go here. For part two, go here.)


This final part of our series tells the story of the color film of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that was locked and View article …

Burying the “Lockerbie Bomber”—And the Truth

I first learned about the death of the “Libyan bomber” Ali Megrahi from a television screen. The sound was off, but I could see the closed captioning on CNN. Newspeople and guests were talking about the terrible thing Megrahi had done, and the closure or lack thereof from his passing. One man was noting that the perpetrator was a high official of Libyan intelligence, and that the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 had been ordered at the very top—by Muammar Qaddafi. The deaths of 270 people, 189 of View article …

Teens For Gun Reform

Mass Shootings and the Shaky Future of America

When Richard Reid, the so-called “shoe bomber,” was caught with a “bomb” in his shoe, the world of airport security was turned upside down. While Reid hadn’t killed or injured anyone, suddenly 350 million Americans had to take off their shoes and change the way they go through airports. The transformation took only days.


And yet mass shooting after mass shooting produces no change in policy or behavior. Is it just guns? Or is it something deep within the culture of America, in the DNA of our birth as a nation?


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Looking for a Longer Jail Sentence? Cooperate with FBI!

To the mounting pile of oddities surrounding the Boston Marathon Bombing—the largest terrorist attack on domestic soil since 9/11—we add yet another: the wide disparities in the government’s treatment of the people associated with the accused bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted and given the death penalty, and his dead elder brother, Tamerlan.


Here’s the odd thing: the more that these people cooperated with the government, the harsher their punishment. Conversely, a few who failed to cooperate with the FBI escaped prosecution entirely.


Officials have made clear that the harsh sentences meted out to most of the Tsarnaev brothers’ former friends View article …

Making Sense of the Boston Verdict‏: Apr. 9, 2015


Making Sense of Boston
April 9, 2015 by Klaus Marre
It doesn’t take an expert on the Boston Marathon Bombing to see some major discrepancies in the overall case. There are just too many things that don’t make sense.

Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev an FBI Informant? Odds Say it’s Possible
April 9, 2015 by Lara Turner
Given the evidence presented in the Tsarnaev trial, it’s possible that Dzhokhar’s older brother, Tamerlan—who was killed by police in the immediate hours after the bombing—was an FBI informant.

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief View article …

Omar Mateen

Russ Baker: Don’t Rush to Judgment in Orlando Shooting

Somewhere between the rush to judgment that is the neatly packaged mainstream version of events in Orlando, and the wilder memes making their way around the Internet resides the truth.


In this week’s podcast, Russ Baker shares  his thoughts about some the questions that he and his team will be raising in the weeks and months ahead.


Talking with WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman, Russ ruminates on the FBI’s still murky history with Mateen, about the similarities between the Orlando massacre and the Boston Marathon bombings, and about the links between both events and reported efforts by the Bureau to recruit Muslim informants.


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The Beginning or the End, JR Oppenheimer

When MGM — and the FBI — Chased ‘The Father of the Atomic Bomb’

Published this month, The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood — and America — Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, reveals how the White House and the military in 1946 sabotaged a long-forgotten MGM movie. That film, also titled The Beginning or the End, was inspired by a letter to actress Donna Reed from her high school chemistry teacher, who later toiled at the secret Manhattan Project site in Oak Ridge, TN. 

Two months after the atomic attacks on Japan, he begged her View article …

Hiroshima Series, Part 2 — How They Hid the Worst Horrors of Hiroshima

171August 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima —  followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki. While the world is now aware of the horrifying aftermath of these events, this wasn’t always the case. This is the second in a three-part series on the US’s decades-long deliberate effort to hide the true extent of the atom bombs’ mass devastation. (For part one, go here.)


“In the summer of 1968, when Erik Barnouw learned that the original nitrate film stock had been quietly turned over to View article …

Watergate Revelations: The Coup Against Nixon, Part 2 of 3

This is the second installment of a three-part series, featuring chapters related to Nixon and Watergate from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.

Notes: (1) Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. (2) To distinguish between George Bush, father and son, George H.W. Bush is sometimes referred to by his nickname Poppy, and George W. Bush by his, W. (3) View article …

As Tsarnaev Trial Starts, a Journey into the “Known Unknowns” Begins

We are about to witness what may be one of the strangest trials ever. For one thing, the central narrative we’ve been provided of the Boston Marathon bombing makes little sense.

Take the defendant’s past. It provides few clues to suggest that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have been inclined to commit any sort of mayhem, much less on a massive scale. Even his now-dead, more aggressive older brother, Tamerlan, doesn’t exactly seem like the sort to prepare and detonate bombs to harm large View article …