Court: No Matter How Long Ago It Happened, CIA Can Keep Final Volume of Bay of Pigs History Secret

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 7:42 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled against the release of the final volume of CIA history of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. It decided the agency could keep it secret under an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that is supposed to protect inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters from being [...]

Martin Luther King Jr., COINTELPRO and the Normalization of Bulk Surveillance in Post-9/11 America

By: Monday January 20, 2014 12:11 pm

There are few better examples of why there should be no bulk data collection, surveillance where the personal data of millions is collected indiscriminately and without suspicion. Neither United States government agencies nor private companies should possess repositories of records or communications that are stored for searches later. And yet President Barack Obama plans to [...]

JFK, Secrecy & the Unspeakable Forces of the National Security State

By: Friday November 22, 2013 1:07 pm

The establishment media, which has been commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination for the past week, will not take the time to appropriately present the dynamics in military and intelligence agencies leading up to when he was killed in Dallas. Of the three major Sunday morning network television shows on November 17, [...]

Declassified History Provides Remarkable Look at NSA Operations During the Cold War

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 11:40 am

A National Security Agency history of intelligence activities during the Cold War has been further declassified. For the first time, the names of a few of the people who were on a watch list operated by the NSA have not been withheld. The history also contains various details that are exceptionally relevant to the debate [...]

Why One Known Historian Is Disgusted by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick’s ‘Untold History’

By: Sunday February 3, 2013 12:17 pm

The introduction of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s book, The Untold History of the United States, declares before any history is recounted “we don’t try to tell all US history. That would be an impossible task.” It acknowledges there are things the United States has done right, but, “There are libraries full of books dedicated to that [...]

Oliver Stone’s ‘Untold History’—A Review of the First Two Episodes

By: Monday November 26, 2012 10:22 am

Film director Oliver Stone and American University history professor Peter Kuznick have a series airing on Showtime on Monday called “The Untold History of the United States.”  The first two episodes have aired. Each contains a key revelation in American history that Stone and Kuznick consider to have been largely forgotten. The second episode, “Roosevelt, [...]

Oliver Stone’s ‘Untold History of the United States’ Challenges Americans’ Ignorance of History

By: Friday November 2, 2012 11:15 am

Film director Oliver Stone and American University history professor Peter Kuznick have produced a project called “The Untold History of the United States.” The project consists of a book released on October 30 and a documentary series that is scheduled to begin airing on Showtime on November 12. The series begins with a kind of [...]

Tarek Mehanna’s Sentence Criminalizes the Right of Muslims to “Vent” Their Frustrations

By: Friday April 13, 2012 12:27 pm

A 29-year-old Muslim man was sentenced to seventeen and a half years in prison on federal criminal charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing or attempting to provide material support to terrorists. The “material support” the man was alleged to have given consisted of watching videos on “jihad,” sharing his views [...]

The Problem with Tim Weiner’s Praise for FBI Director Robert Mueller

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 12:22 pm

A book published by Pultizer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner titled Enemies: A History of the FBI and out for a month and a half now continues to attract attention, as it is one of the most definitive accounts of the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ever produced.  The author and his book [...]

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