Talk About Politicizing Intelligence! Meet John Brennan, CIA Chief Designee

Reading Time: 6 minutes President Obama’s nominee for the next CIA director has a long and foggy relationship with the truth. He’s presided over a number of matters that just don’t add up, but that scored political points—perfect topics for Senate confirmation hearings. A really brave senator would be rubbing his or her hands together in anticipation.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Russ Baker on Government Secrets

Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker with New Hampshire’s Burt Cohen—on government secrecy under Obama, on the “national security state,” solving national mysteries, and more.

Reader Comment: Questioners Vs. Believers

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’re going to occasionally post some of the more thoughtful comments from our readers. Here’s the first: a look at the very different mindsets of those who question things, and those who rigidly stick to their long-held beliefs.

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

Reading Time: 57 minutes The other day, we began responding to new interest in the real story behind Watergate by publishing the first of three chapters in WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets, that relate directly to Nixon and Watergate, and explain the back story, including the real role of Bob Woodward, George H.W. Bush and the CIA in Nixon’s undoing. Today, the second of those three chapters.

Watergate Revelations: The Coup Against Nixon, Part 1 of 3

Reading Time: 22 minutes Suddenly, everyone’s interested in the real story of Watergate and the CIA. A new documentary in the works from Robert Redford, who played reporter Bob Woodward of the Washington Post in the hit movie “All the President’s Men.” A new book claiming that Bob Woodward’s boss at the Post, Ben Bradlee, had doubts about the stories Bob and Carl Bernstein produced. And Salon wrote about the tension between Nixon and the CIA.
Would a really big set of revelations be of interest? We’re going to publish the three chapters of WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets, that relate directly to Nixon and Watergate, and explain the back story, including the real role of Bob Woodward, George H.W. Bush and the CIA in Nixon’s undoing. Today, the first of those three chapters.

The Jeb Scenario: Can You Say “President Bush” again?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Could we see a third Bush in the White House? You betcha—and soon. This is not just of casual interest—there’s a lot more than meets the eye. And it explains a lot about the death of democracy.

The JFK Factor: Bill O’Reilly on the Assassination, Then and Now

Reading Time: 4 minutes Everyone’s talking about Bill O’Reilly’s upcoming book about the JFK assassination. Will it tell all? Don’t bet on it. O’Reilly took that approach, years ago. But his career ambitions dictated another trajectory.

US Government Experiments on Americans—LSD and MKULTRA

Reading Time: 13 minutes When the promising young American artist Stanley Glickman reluctantly accepted a drink from some pushy Americans who chatted him up in a café in Paris, he had no idea his beverage would send him into permanent Alice in Wonderland. A little-known story about MKULTRA, US government LSD experiments on American citizens, and one such citizen.

Oil Tax Breaks

What They Don’t Tell You About Oil Industry Tax Breaks

Reading Time: 11 minutes Wonder why the Senate couldn’t bring itself to clamp down on oil industry freebies? Because the “black gold” outfits can be one scary bunch. How scary? You have no idea….

Seymour Hersh…And The Men Who Want Him Committed

Reading Time: 11 minutes It seems unusual for a staid, respected publication (one that has received three National Magazine Awards in just this past decade) to start treating a celebrated journalist (who himself has won two National Magazine Awards in just this past decade) as if he were nothing more than a paranoid crank. [Read the rest]

Unanswered Questions as Obama Anoints HW Bush

Reading Time: 5 minutes On February 15, President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest award, to a group of people which includes former president George H.W. Bush. Having spent five years researching the elder Bush and discovering a staggering array of secrets to the man’s life—none of them favorable, I was curious why Obama gave Bush the medal.