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NBC’s Megyn Kelly Pushes Intelligence Groupthink in Vladimir Putin Interview

The journalist says all “17 intelligence agencies” of the U.S. government agreed on Russian guilt in alleged 2016 election hacking. Former intelligence officials claim that statement is incorrect, but it keeps getting repeated.

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Leaked NSA Report Is Short on Facts, Proves Little in ‘Russiagate’ Case

The document allegedly leaked by whistleblower Reality Winner reinforces assertions made by President Trump that the Russia story is fake news.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE



A Pack of Excuses and the ‘17 Intelligence Agencies’ Falsehood

Hillary Clinton and other Democrats are playing a deceptive blame game to assess the 2016 election and alleged Russian hacking.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE



Beware of the New McCarthyism

Many Democrats and progressives want Donald Trump removed from office for understandable reasons. But the “Russia thing” could end with dire consequences, says journalist Robert Parry.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE



Evidence of the Core Allegations Is Lacking in ‘Russiagate’

So far, the scandal has been smoke and mirrors, with no chargeable offenses and not a scintilla of convincing proof of Russian meddling in the election.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE



Has the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Assessment of ‘Russiagate’ Been Politicized?

Information from President Obama’s intelligence chiefs raises new doubts about a Jan. 6 report and its allegation that Russia “hacked” the 2016 election.

Posted on May 23, 2017 READ MORE



James Clapper May Be Right About Trump, but He’s the Wrong Messenger

The former director of National Intelligence has issues of his own and should not be the poster boy for objections to the president’s assault on U.S. institutions.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE



In Tweet Storm, Trump Warns Comey, Suggests Ending Press Briefings

In a series of Twitter posts early Friday, the president appears to threaten the FBI director he fired and proposes to “cancel all future ‘press briefings’ ” to combat the “Fake Media.”

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE



Firing of James Comey May Fuel Donald Trump’s ‘Deep State’ Troubles

The president and his advisers hoped that the dismissal of the FBI director would end their “Russiagate” ordeal, but it might have only fanned the flames.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



Official Washington Has Turned Michael Flynn Into Road Kill

The former national security adviser’s case is a disturbing example of how politicized law enforcement can destroy a U.S. citizen’s life in today’s new McCarthyism.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War

National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

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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



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. 

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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


William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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



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.

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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.

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Did Russia Interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election?

The answer to that question is “no,” Andrew Cockburn writes after examining “what few facts are known about the hack”—an examination that was closer than that of The Washington Post.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE



Former Military Pilots Worry That ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Syria Could Provoke War With Russia

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also told The Guardian, “I wouldn’t put it past them to shoot down an American aircraft.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Undeterred by Veto Threat, Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Survivors to Sue Saudi Arabia

“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Spy Chief’s ‘Unusual’ Contact With Military Official Raises Concerns About Intelligence Manipulation

James Clapper—Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence—is said to be in what a former intelligence official called frequent and “highly, highly unusual” contact with a ranking junior intelligence officer who sits at the center of a growing scandal over rosy portrayals of the Pentagon’s war against Islamic State.

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Absurdity: Attorney Says Spy Chief Forgot About NSA Program When He Misled Congress (Video)

The top lawyer representing James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, said Clapper had “forgotten” about the NSA’s massive spying program when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Administration Threatens Leak-Citing Intelligence Workers

Current and former members of U.S. intelligence services who cite news reports based on leaks in any of their public statements now face penalties and the possible loss of access and security clearances.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE


Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Our Sinister Dual State

Edward Snowden’s leaks expose a duality in which a government that carries out crimes under our Constitution lies beyond the reach of the law and citizens are rendered legally helpless. We must use his disclosures to purge from power those who have eviscerated our civil liberties.

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The Menace of the Military Mind

The suggestion of the U.S. intelligence director, a retired general, that some reporters are Edward Snowden’s “accomplices” points up the military’s antipathy to a free press.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Christie, Clapper and Other Officials Who Should Be in Jail Instead of Snowden

The vindictiveness toward Edward Snowden in official Washington has nothing to do with law breaking and everything to do with the privileges of power.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders

Documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA monitored phone calls by 35 world leaders after getting the numbers from an official in another department of government.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

An old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.), is ready to step into the void left by the Dear Abby column in the classic military newspaper Stars and Stripes. His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Violated Its Own Rules on Bulk Surveillance (Video)

Internal NSA audits found thousands of cases in which the spying agency collected, stored and possibly searched data belonging to private citizens that it was not authorized to view, much less acquire.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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We Can Handle the Truth

I don’t believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn’t believe them, either.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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James Clapper Says He Forgot About the Patriot Act

The mendacious national intelligence director who last month told NBC News that he gave the “least untruthful answer” in a March Senate hearing about the extent of government spying on U.S. citizens revised that assessment to “erroneous” Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Intelligence Director Confirms Online Spying

The Obama administration has acknowledged using a secret program to spy on millions of customers of the biggest technology companies.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE



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How the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Was Uncovered

It appears modern technology and a jealous lover cost the ex-CIA director his job.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Data Mining for a New American World

I was out of the country only nine days, hardly a blink in time, but time enough, as it happened, for another small, airless room to be added to the American national security labyrinth.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Intel Nominee Doesn’t Get It

After James Clapper’s response to the devastating Washington Post series on the intelligence complex, President Obama should seriously reconsider his nomination to be director of national intelligence.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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