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The Five Eyes: The Global Spy Network You Never Heard Of

The Five Eyes: The Global Spy Network You Never Heard Of

[First of a Five-Part Series.] The Netflix thriller series, “Pine Gap” takes place on a sprawling, top-secret signals intelligence facility in the Australian Outback. On the screen, Pine Gap is depicted as a cockpit of drone strikes, romance, cybersleuthing, basketball, blackmail, office politics, and paranoia. The cribbed-from-the-chyrons first season culminated with a belligerent American president...

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Former Officials Say Haspel Tailors CIA Intelligence to Suit Trump

Former Officials Say Haspel Tailors CIA Intelligence to Suit Trump

Gina Haspel shows signs of shaping intelligence to avoid offending the President, former officials tell Politico. I’ve long been watching Haspel’s MAGA tendencies: praising Trump as a consumer of intelligence and applauding his attack on sanctuary cities in his State of the Uniion Address. Nine current and former officials said in interviews that CIA Director...

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The Spies Who Predicted COVID-19 

The Spies Who Predicted COVID-19 

Former CIA spokesman Kent Harrington runs down the history of warnings from the intelligence community about pandemics. There were quite a few. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama paid attention. The intelligence community first raised the alert immediately after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, when then-DNI Dennis Blair testified that, “The most pressing...

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Intelligence Findings on COVID19 Origins: Not Man-Made or Genetically Modified

Intelligence Findings on COVID19 Origins: Not Man-Made or Genetically Modified

“I will tell you, more and more, we’re hearing the story [that the new coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan lab,” President Trump said last April. On April 30, Trump said he had a “high degree of confidence” the new coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. Trump said he was “not allowed” to revealed his sources,...

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Paradigm Shift by Pandemic

Paradigm Shift by Pandemic

(This article, written by Joel McCleary and Mark Medish, first appeared in Counterpunch.) Nobel-winning biologist Joshua Lederberg warned “the single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.”  The Covid19 pandemic is a wakeup call to this existential truth. The reality of the novel coronavirus pandemic must now usher in a...