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In the Face of the Fascist Threat, an Epic US Intelligence Failure

In the Face of the Fascist Threat, an Epic US Intelligence Failure

The failed coup of January 6, writes journalist Joe Conason, “illuminated the national landscape like a flash of lightning. It is now clear even to those who have pretended otherwise that Trump himself represents a grave danger to national security.” And yet as this danger gathered, U.S. domestic intelligence agencies–namely  the Department of Homeland Security...

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The FBI, the Law, and the Growing Threat of Trump Terrorism

The FBI, the Law, and the Growing Threat of Trump Terrorism

Jeff Stein at SpyTalk on the release of two Trumpster terror suspects in Washington DC. Had their names been Ahmed and Fatima, with family connections in, say, Lebanon, they almost certainly would have been held for further investigation. But their case, like so many others involving armed white pro-Trump extremists over the past four years,...

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The FBI’s War on MLK and What It Means Today

The FBI’s War on MLK and What It Means Today

The Double Exposure documentary film festival has several provocative offerings on the world of intelligence and spying. Coming on October 16: MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained...

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SpyTalk: How Chinese Intelligence Penetrated the CIA

SpyTalk: How Chinese Intelligence Penetrated the CIA

In SpyTalk, a new email newsletter, veteran journalist Jeff Stein leads off with a report on the recent indictment of Alexander Ma, a former CIA officer who allegedly spied for China’s Ministry of State Security, and a relative who allegedly helped him. The secrets the two Ma’s spilled included the identity of five CIA agents,...

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FBI’s Figliuzzi: Chaos or Civil War in 2020?

FBI’s Figliuzzi: Chaos or Civil War in 2020?

Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI deputy director for counterintelligence, looks ahead to the 2020 president election and sees chaos coming. The convergence of Trump, COVID, and William Barr, and is dangerous. “Things will get bad before they get better,” he tells Strange Days host Fernand Amandi. Figliuzzi’s fears echo those of Mark Medish and Joel McCleary‘s...