Reading Time: 11 minutes How did the state of democracy in America become so precarious? Read on.
Reading Time: 13 minutes Blackwater founder Erik Prince wants private contractors to replace the US military in Afghanistan. History shows that might be a bad idea. In the 1980s, in the midst of the Savings and Loan crisis and the Iran-Contra scandal, private connections to the CIA kept turning up like a bad penny.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Famed investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward, recently spoke at the SXSW conference. WhoWhatWhy was there to ask him some questions.
Reading Time: 17 minutes John Kiriakou was a 15-year CIA veteran before he exposed its torture program. Today he analyzes an agency unchecked by oversight and whose power is underestimated by the Trump administration.
Reading Time: 56 minutes From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the present, official lies have justified public crimes. When exposed, crimes unpunished to protect deeper secrets create an alternate reality in which the propaganda of power secures impunity for the powerful.
Reading Time: 10 minutes In this final excerpt, Peter Dale Scott focuses on CIA drug ties into Latin America and shows that, by working with the drug underworld, the national security state also ends up harming….national security.
Reading Time: 6 minutes CIA attempts to deceive the public are being thwarted, thanks to the Internet, the Freedom of Information Act, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and intrepid journalists like Jason Leopold (a “FOIA terrorist”).
Reading Time: 6 minutes An introduction to what lies beneath the relationship between the CIA and the press — a vast underworld of covert pressure, seduction, and deception aimed at controlling media coverage of the most vital national security issues. Fake news is not new.
Reading Time: 14 minutes This late-90s article by future WhoWhatWhy founder Russ Baker, on how a CIA experiment ruined a man’s life, was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine — which then declined to run it. Not published in the United States at the time, it ran in major publications around the world, and, later, on WhoWhatWhy. It is still explosive, and we thought it worth republishing.
Reading Time: 30 minutes Mark Lane, the store-front lawyer, freedom-rider, and prolific author, who took the CIA to court and won, talks about a number of subjects, including his lifelong crusade to get the word out on who really killed John F. Kennedy.