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Will Khashoggi Doom Saudi Arabia’s Hollywood Play?

Vanity Fair says yes. The Saudi crown prince, now suspected of ordering the assassination of Khashoggi, had positioned himself as a big player in Hollywood, promising to invest hundreds of millions in movie production. It was romantic. While Netflix was falling in love with the Mossad,  other Hollywood titans were swooning for the Saudi crown...


Inside DARPA’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains

The brains at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency are pushing the frontier of neuro-technology. When pressed by reporter Michael Joseph Gross, DARPA officials downplay the sci-fi implications of their work but the goal of integrating computer technology into the human brain seems unmistakeable. And secrecy conceals much of what they do.

David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed ‘invisible government,’ dies at 88

David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed ‘invisible government,’ dies at 88

David Wise was co-author of the 1964 best-seller “The Invisible Government,” the first really good book ever written about the CIA. The book, which the CIA sought to suppress, chronicled the excesses of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA. Wise laid bare the agency’s role in orchestrated coups in Iran and Guatemala in the 1950s,...


FOIA Watch: The ‘Indiana Jones Warehouse” (or Where the Government Stashes its Oldest Records0

Anyone who uses the Freedom of Information Act to investigate the working of the U.S. government is likely to run into road block called “no responsive records.” For example, when I sued the CIA for the files of George Joannides, a psychological warfare operations officer, I was told the agency had no records responsive to...

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