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Sidney Gottlieb: Mastermind of MKULTRA

Sidney Gottlieb: Mastermind of MKULTRA

“He was creator and destroyer, an outlaw who served power, a gentle hearted torturer… above all he was an instrument of history,” writes Stephen Kinzer of Sidney Gottlieb, chief of the CIA’s mind control program notoriously known as MKULTRA. The revelations of Kinzer’s fascinating and disturbing biography, Poisoner in Chief, are unsettling enough. Kinzer, former...

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The Undercover Mission of the New International Spy Museum

The Undercover Mission of the New International Spy Museum

The new International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. is, not surprisingly, an institution in disguise, an undercover operation executed in plain sight. The museum’s beveled glassy front is more stylish than its neighbors–the bland façade of the Post Office to the west, the neo-expressionist face of the General Services Administration to the north. Yet the...

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Jamaica’s Lashana Lynch Becomes 007 in the Next James Bond Movie

Jamaica’s Lashana Lynch Becomes 007 in the Next James Bond Movie

Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service is diversifying, at least fictionally. Actress Lashana Lynch, whose parents are Jamaican, has a leading role in the next James Bond movie, due out in April. The British actress, who starred as pilot and proud single mother Maria Rambeau in “Captain Marvel,” is shaking and stirring up the Bond legacy as...

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The ‘Deep State’ Isn’t a Conspiracy. It’s a Political Faction

The ‘Deep State’ Isn’t a Conspiracy. It’s a Political Faction

[This story was first published in The New Republic as “‘The Deep State’ Is a Political Party,” November 8, 2019)] It was, in the eyes of Trump World, the very clubhouse of the Deep State: the plush, blue-carpeted, wood-paneled 13th floor auditorium of the National Press Club, located in the heart of the Washington swamp,...

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