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Could the Death of the National Security State be the Silver Lining of COVID-19?

Could the Death of the National Security State be the Silver Lining of COVID-19?

[This article was first published in a wise magazine called Counterpunch. Subscribe here.] Could something good come from the catastrophe of COVID-19? Might the epic insecurity of a plague teach us something about national security? Political scientist Micah Zenko calls the current pandemic “the worst intelligence failure in U.S. history.” Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman...

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Trump’s Trade Adviser Repeats Unsubstantiated COVID Theory

Trump’s Trade Adviser Repeats Unsubstantiated COVID Theory

First it was former MI6 director Richard Dearlove espousing a theory about the origins of the COVID virus that has no foundation in fact. Now it’s White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. ‘Navarro says on CNN’s “State of the Union” that it remains unclear how the virus started and “until we get some information about...

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Former MI6 Spymaster Claims Wuhan Lab ‘Accident’ Caused COVID. Virologists Disagree

Former MI6 Spymaster Claims Wuhan Lab ‘Accident’ Caused COVID. Virologists Disagree

Sir Richard Dearlove  cited an “important” new study by British and Norwegian researchers which he thinks could “shift the debate.” The researchers claim to have discovered clues suggesting key elements were “inserted” into the virus’s genetic sequence and may not have evolved naturally —​ a prospect contested by almost every other scientist studying the virus’s...

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In Deep: The History Behind Trump’s War on the Intelligence Community

In Deep: The History Behind Trump’s War on the Intelligence Community

(This story first appeared in Counterpunch.) “There is no ‘deep state’—not in the conspiratorial way that Donald Trump uses the term,” writes David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, in his new book, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth about America’s “Deep State.” “In dozens of interviews, no current or former government officials...

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 Australia Intelligence Knocks Down Trump’s Wuhan Lab Virus Claim

 Australia Intelligence Knocks Down Trump’s Wuhan Lab Virus Claim

Australia’s intelligence agency is saying the same thing U.S. intelligence agencies are saying: it is doubtful that the COVID19 virus came from a Chinese biowarfare lab. Multiple senior intelligence sources who spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in recent days have confirmed that Australia has still not been provided with any evidence...