Thursday, May 17, 2018

ANDREW KREIG: Future Senate Leaders Must Oppose CIA Torturer's Confirmation

Bush/Cheney torturer Gina Haspel epitomises CIA criminality, depravity  

By Andrew Kreig

U.S. Senators face career-defining confirmation votes beginning Wednesday regarding President Trump's nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The nomination of current CIA Acting Director Gina Haspel (shown at right) will help define each senator's legacy.

That's partly because of her own abuses at the CIA in fostering torture and destroying the evidence so that other malefactors could avoid accountability but also because of the background of decades of whitewashes by the senate in failing to excercise their oversight obligations under the Constitution over the powerful intelligence agencies like the CIA.

The media have duly reported Haspel's record of assisting torture and rendition after 9/11 and then helping to destroy evidence. 

Those shortcomings are why she is expected to receive confirmation by a relatively narrow and nearly party-line vote, primarily from the Republican majority. With her confirmation likely assured, our focus here is less about her than on whether the senate and, particularly its Democratic members who might aspire to future leadership, will show a commitment to the Constitution by keeping the vote close.

Haspel runs one of the nation's most powerful and unaccountable bodies, one that has been instrumental in countless covert operations, some of which have targeted Americans through the years, not simply foreigners as originally intended by the CIA's 1947 enabling legislation.

Most immediately, public attention should focus on the votes of Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Virginia), who announced on May 15 that he would support the nominee, former Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and a number of senators who are reputed to be gearing up for 2020 presidential campaigns. Feinstein faces the more immediate test of a primary election next month against a rival endorsed by California's Democratic Party at a convention this spring.

Warner (shown at right) may have been complicit with the committee's GOP Chairman Richard Burr in preventing his Senate colleagues reading a classified account of Haspel's role in the torture cover-up. That's implied by The Intercerpt's reporter Ryan Grim Monday in a column headlined Ahead of Vote on Gina Haspel, Senate Pulls Access to Damning Classified Memo. The material is from a Department of Justice report by special counsel John Durham documenting Haspell's role in helping suppress CIA torture evidence in ways not specified. 

Grim's story is excerpted more fully below, along with other news reports,

Republican senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Rand Paul (KY) are opposing Haspel. McCain, a torture victim during the Vietnam War, says the practice is fundamentally unAmerican. Paul has centered his opposition on what he regarded as Haspel's evasive testimony on her views, which she amplified in a letter to Warner released Tuesday.

Bottom line: While most of senators face heavy political pressures to approve a presidential nominee none of the senators who vote for Haspel under these circumstances should be entitled to a leadership position on any intelligence or armed forces committee, much less less presidential consideration for reasons explained more fully below.

The Nominee

Kentucky-born Gina Haspel, born Gina Walker, 61, has worked for the CIA for 33 years. Trump nominated her after he picked her CIA Director Mike Pompeo (Left), a former Kansas congressman and extreme war hawk, to become secretary of state.

Haspel has won support for her abilitities and her nomination from high-ranking CIA appointees from both parties. But, unlike most of her predecessors as director, much of her career has involved covert activities that remain classified.

That might pass unnoticed in a superficial view of agency activities that assumes that they are primarily focused on the benign-sounding term "intelligence" that remains part of the agency's name and publicly stated mission and 1947 enabling legislation.

Before reviewing this nomination, it's helpful to consult the CIA's current official site. It states:

What We Do

CIA’s primary mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist White House, the President and senior US government policymakers in making decisions relating to national security. This is a very complex process and involves a variety of steps.....

The US Congress has had oversight responsibility of the CIA since the Agency was established in 1947. However, prior to the mid-1970’s, oversight was less formal. The 1980 Intelligence Oversight Act charged the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) with authorizing the programs of the intelligence agencies and overseeing their activities.

If those two paragraphs were a reasonable attempt at full disclosure true there would be far less need for this column and its argument seeking more accountability for the agency and its most recent nominee, Haspel.

Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel testifies at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, May 9, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

However, vast documentation exists that the agency has engaged also in secret wars, propaganda operations, regime change, arms smuggling, false flags, election rigging, assassinations and money laundering, with scant accountability.

This column cannot begin to document all those matters, the vast bulk of which fall outside of Haspel's tenure and previous areas of responsibilities. But the recent Trump administration cover-up of congressionally mandated records release regarding President Kennedy's 1963 assassination (which we reported this month in Trump suppresses JFK murder records; Violates pledge; Bows to CIA, Deep State) along with our 50-part series Readers Guide To the JFK Assassination together provide strong evidence of the CIA's suspicious activities and weak congressional oversight 

Black Site, Black Marks

Regarding Haspel, the current flashpoint in her confirmation vote has been her role as chief of a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where prisoners were waterboarded. The United States and other Western nations have traditionally held simulated drowning in waterboarding to constitute torture. But President George W. Bush's administration issued a ruling that denied it was torture and thus did not violate the Geneva Convention against torture.

Bush/Cheney torture at Abu Ghraib 

Many authorities and news media outlets deferred for years to that mindset by describing the practice as "harsh interrogation." Yet the term "torture" is increasingly applied to what occurred.

Under pressure, both the Bush and Obama administration undertook an investigation by the Justice Department of potential lawbreaking. Both administrations named career prosecutor John Durham (shown at right in a file photo) to investigate aspects of the Waterboarding.

As a result of his investigation, the Justice Department decided in 2010 not to file criminal charges over the destruction of CIA videotapes depicting the interrogation of terrorism suspects. 

Justice Department reporter Jerry Markon of the Washington Post reported in No charges in destruction of CIA videotapes, Justice Department says on Nov. 9, 2010:

After an exhaustive probe that lasted nearly three years, federal prosecutor John Durham concluded that he would not bring a criminal case against the CIA officers. The burning of the 92 tapes on Nov. 9, 2005, was authorized in a cable sent by Jose Rodriguez Jr., head of the agency's directorate of operations.

The tapes showed the interrogations of two high-profile detainees. Sources have said they depicted waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning that human rights groups and Obama administration officials say is torture.

However, our Justice Integrity Project investigation of the matter, first reported in our column in Harvard University's Nieman Watchdog, revealed that double standards arose in the case.

Courts had found that Durham was implicated in suppressing evidence in a separate case, while doggedly pursuing for years during appeals a harsh obstuction of justice prison sentence for a white collar witness who deleted a file from a computer. 

Rodriguez, the former CIA officer who destroyed torture tapes despite a federal court order, went on to write a memoir boasting of his actions. The senate this year confirmed Durham, now 68, by a unanimous vote in 2018 to become U.S. attorney for Connecticut in the Trump Administration. 

Current Senate Vote Count

In sum, the vote shapes up as yet another victory by the CIA whereby timid senators fail to excercise effective oversight over the most famous (if not notorious) of the score of federal intelligence agencies that penetrate almost every part of American life under the claim of "national security."

As noted briefly above and more extensively in news story excerpts below, it appears that Haspel is likely to win confirmation by at least a narrow majority. The winning margin could be supplied by two Democrats from strongly Republican states, Sen. Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Sen. Joe Donnelly from Indiana (shown below). Both are up for reelection this year. 

Senators Joe Manchin, left, and Joe Donnelly

But, no one who votes for Haspel should ever aspire to leadership in a relevant field without at least a thorough grilling if not apology for this week's vote. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2003 vote to help enable the Iraq War should be the model here. 

In retrospect, it became clear that she made a politically expedient decision to polish her war hawk credentials despite the highly dubious evidence (later proven bogus) that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. As it turned out, her vote helped cripple her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns by fostering persistent doubts about her honesty.

In the same way, the public should keep a keen on the votes of the many current senators who seek to leverage their current job into presidential campaigns, senate leadership or cabinet positions related to law or intelligence. They know that the CIA, which along with sister agencies can maintain dossiers on all major officials, is a powerful institution.

But they should also reaffirm that a U.S. Senate with a commitment to the Constitution should be a powerful institution also.

The CIA In History

In 1947, President Harry S Truman (shown at left) signed legislation creating the CIA as a new unit of the Pentagon following a power struggle between the agency's World War II predecessor Office of Strategic Services leader William "Wild Bill" Donovan and Donovan's chief opponent in that era's turf wars over intelligence, FBIDirector J. Edgar Hoover.

On Dec. 22, 1963, exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Truman published a syndicated column in the Washington Post entitled, Limit CIA Role To Intelligence.

That column, available electronically via the Mae Brussell collection, is excerpted below:

For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment.....It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government.

This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.

Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue — and a subject for cold war enemy propaganda.

With all the nonsense put out by Communist propaganda about "Yankee imperialism," "exploitive capitalism," "war-mongering," "monopolists," in their name-calling assault on the West, the last thing we needed was for the CIA to be seized upon as something akin to a subverting influence in the affairs of other people.

I well knew the first temporary director of the CIA, Adm. Sidney Souers, and the later permanent directors of the CIA, Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg and Allen Dulles. These were men of the highest character, patriotism and integrity — and I assume this is true of all those who continue in charge.

But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field — and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.

We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.

As an editorial footnote: Truman's column was distributed by the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) and received relatively little traction despite its authorship by a former president.

It is ironic and probably not coincidental that Truman's once-prominent syndication service NANA was later revealed to have had a change in ownership in the 1950s with hidden funding from British intelligence for the new owner. 

This funding change was probably without Truman's knowledge, at least insofar as publicly known from such sources as his correspondence at the Truman Library..

As another indication of the pervasive penetration of intelligence operatives into the media during the Cold War era (if not more currently), NANA's European vice president during the 1950s was former British intelligence executive Ian Fleming (shown in a file photo), later famous as the author of the iconic James Bond spy series.

The larger lesson? Spy agencies became so pervasive during the Cold War that even a former U.S. president writing on the topic barely knew of their reach.

Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

Contact the author Andrew Kreig.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Fake News Awards 2.0? Trump Pushes Survey On "Mainstream Media Accountability’"

CNN fake news by a landslide    


U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal campaign website released a new “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” on Wednesday that appears to lay a foundation for the second edition of The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards.

The latest campaign survey starts out by asking readers if they trust the mainstream media "to put the interests of Americans first."

It goes on to ask whether the survey participant trusts NBC, CNN, MSNBC (which is an NBC News channel) and Fox News "to report fairly on our presidency."

ABC, CBS (and Sputnik News) were not part of the questionnaire.

The 25-question survey appears as though it may be part of a set up by Trump to gather data on what people think about the "mainstream media."

​In January 2018, published "The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards." The reveal was muted by the fact that… the link to the site didn't work.

​While it hasn't been confirmed, the Trump team could use the survey to crowdsource ideas for their second round of "Highly-Anticipated Fake News Awards."

This news bureau contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

Fukushima Passes Chernobyl As Worst Nuclear Disaster In History

Abe, Edano, Tepco responsible for poisoning Japan and the Pacific while engaging in a massive cover-up of the catastrophe with an assist from the CNN/MSM fake news collusionists  

By Whitney Webb

The continued cover-up of the Fukushima impacts in Japan is likely due to the widespread contamination of soil, vegetation, and water prolific enough that it would lead to evacuations so massive in scope they could collapse Japan’s economy, the third largest in the world.

According to peace and environmental justice watchdog NukeWatch, the Fukushima disaster has overtaken Chernobyl as the worst nuclear disaster in human history.

Writing in CounterPunch, John LaForge, co-director of NukeWatch, noted that the meltdown at the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011 is now believed to have released between 5.6 and 8.1 times more atmospheric radiation than did Chernobyl, markedly surpassing the 1986 nuclear disaster. 

Despite the gravity of that revelation, the media has ignored the issue, suggesting that the previous cover-up of the disaster is still in effect.

The change in status is largely the result of the fact that the three melted reactors at the Fukushima plant have never been properly contained and their release of radioactivity into the environment has continued in the years since the meltdown first occurred.

For instance, last February, a hole measuring two meters in diameter was discovered within the metal grating at the bottom of the containment vessel built around the plant’s No. 2 reactor, allowing the reactor’s fuel to escape from the reactor and into the surrounding environment. The hole permitted radiation inside the reactor to reach 530 sieverts per hour, a massive increase from the 73 sieverts per hour that were recorded soon after the disaster. To put these figures in perspective, NASA’s maximum amount of radiation exposure permitted for astronauts over their entire lifetimes is 1 sievert.

Aside from now surpassing Chernobyl in terms of radiation released into the atmosphere, Fukushima has also greatly surpassed Chernobyl in the release of Cesium-137, a radioactive isotope that greatly increases cancer risk and dissolves readily in the environment.

Robot killed by radiation from melted reactor core

While reporting on the disaster initially focused on the estimate of Cesium-137 released into the environment during the explosion and subsequent meltdown, scientists at the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAER) have since multiplied those figures by the Cesium-137 inventory of the fuel contained within the three melted reactors, given that Fukushima’s discharge of nuclear waste, particularly into the ocean, has continued unabated since the initial disaster struck in 2011.

The results of Fukushima’s total Cesium-137 release is staggering. The oceanic release of Cesium-137, the worst ever recorded, resulted in the discharge of between 121.6 to 131.2 quadrillion Bq (becquerel), while the atmospheric release of Cesium-137 was between 30.4 and 32.8 quadrillion Bq. Combined, Fukushima’s total release of Cesium-137 into the environment comes to between 152 and 164 quadrillion Bq. Chernobyl’s total release of the same compound came to only between 70 and 110 quadrillion Bq, making Fukushima approximately two times worse than Chernobyl just in terms of the release of Cesium-137.

However, there has since been speculation that these startling figures are low, as the estimate of Cesium-137 in the melted Fukushima-Daiichi reactors that was used by KAER (760 – 820 quadrillion Bq) was significantly lower than the U.S. government’s estimate of 1,300 quadrillion Bq).

Covering Up The Invisible

Even though Fukushima officially gaining the title of the world’s worst nuclear disaster seems newsworthy, few outlets have covered the revelation nor have they assessed what Fukushima means for the environment and human health in the areas impacted by the release of radiation. The reasons for this have been clear since the disaster first occurred: there was and continues to be a cover-up of the dangers of the Fukushima disaster and the effects of the disaster on human health and the environment.

Cover-up artist, liar extraordinaire Yukio Edano
Though accusations of a cover-up were initially dismissed as a “conspiracy theory,” in 2016 the Japanese government and TEPCO, the Japanese energy company that manages the Fukushima plant, admitted that they had been involved in a cover-up of the scandal.

The admission was made after a series of reports revealed that TEPCO officials had been pressured by the Japanese government not to use the word “meltdown” when discussing the disaster.

All evidence indicates that this cover-up still continues, as the disaster is largely absent from news coverage and coordinated efforts have been made to downplay its impact.

In the years since the disaster, study after study has confirmed the widespread contamination of the soil, water and vegetation in the area surrounding Fukushima.

The contamination has also been detected well beyond Fukushima, affecting Japan in its entirety, including Tokyo’s drinking water. In addition, childhood cases of thyroid cancer have skyrocketed. However, some scientists continue to claim that there is no correlation between the increased rate of cancer cases and Fukushima, asserting that increased early detection tests in the wake of the disaster were responsible for the uptick. 

Yet now that Fukushima is known to have been a significantly worse nuclear disaster than Chernobyl, claims that there is no correlation hold less weight, given that the link between Chernobyl and thyroid cancer cases in children living near that area is well-known and widely recognized by the international scientific community.

Consequences of the disaster have also been felt as far away as the United States. Soon after the disaster, radiation was detected in the drinking water of numerous U.S. cities and in the milk of American cattle. Since then, radiation from Fukushima was acknowledged to have reached U.S. shores by scientists. While reported radiation of the West Coast was noted to be low, media outlets used this to suggest that there was no reason for concern, even though it was known at the time that the levels of radiation would rise in the coming years. Despite that, the U.S. government does not monitor the spread of Fukushima radiation along the U.S. West Coast or around the Hawaiian Islands.

Massive Pacific Starfish die-off on U.S. West Coast

Despite the fact that Fukushima radiation is known to have contaminated a wide area – particularly in Japan – it is shocking that so little concern around the consequences for human health or the environment has developed. One likely factor in the lack of concern is that food, water and air contaminated with radioactive Cesium looks and tastes no different from their uncontaminated counterparts. Unlike cases where the flavor of food or the appearance of water drastically changes after an environmental disaster, Fukushima’s contamination is largely invisible, making a cover-up much easier.

Yet Another Short-Sighted Decision

Yet, given that it is worse than Chernobyl in scope, awareness of Fukushima’s impact can only be delayed for so long, as even the smallest exposure to the radioactive isotopes released during the disaster increases cancer risk. This ensures that the worst of the crisis will make itself known in the years to come.

As LaForge notes, the likely reason for the continued cover-up of the Fukushima impacts in Japan is that the widespread nature of the contamination of soil, vegetation and water would lead to evacuations so massive in scope that doing so would likely collapse Japan’s already fragile economy, the third largest economy in the world. Given the interconnectedness of the international economy, the collapse of the Japanese economy that could occur by accurately acknowledging the scope of the disaster would have global consequences.

But is denying the impact of Fukushima better than saving a global economy that may tank anyway? The answer will surely make itself known in the generations to come.

This news bureau contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

ANDREW KREIG: Trump Suppresses JFK Murder Records, Violates Pledge, Bows To CIA, Deep State

CIA remains completely out of control     

By Andrew Kreig

Some scholars say the courageous speech during the Cold War -- combined with Kennedy's actions antagonizing CIA, Pentagon, fanatic anti-communist empire-builders, segregationist, Cuban exile, Mafia and wealthy Texas oil forces -- helped set in motion his death later in the year. Among other actions, JFK's fury at the CIA's manipulations during the Bay of Pigs invasion led him to oust the top three CIA executives.

President Kennedy delivers an iconic speech in June 
1963 at American University calling for world peace
One of them, CIA Director Allen Dulles, an operative for decades on behalf of some of America's leading dynasties, would help guide six other Warren Commission officials supervising the Commission staff writing the official report in 1964 about JFK's death. Beginning in the 1970s, professor, poet and former diplomat Peter Dale Scott popularized the term "Deep State" in his books to describe the secretive relationship between America's oligarchs and key unelected officials such as Dulles, as evident in scholarly research about the Kennedy assassination.

On April 26 this spring, the last day of the historic deadline for JFK assassination records release, President Trump ordered suppression until 2021 of some 520 remaining classified records regarding the 1963 murder of President John F. Kennedy (JFK) in Dallas.

President Kennedy with Allen Dulles

In violating his earlier pledge to release all records, Trump released at least parts of some 19,000 other records but cited only vague “national security” concerns for the redactions and outright document suppressions despite a congressionally passed legal requirement in the 1992 “JFK Act” that he and his administration provide a specific reason to suppress each withheld record.

The White House press announcement confused the issues further by redacting many of the 19,000 documents that were released by the National Archives and Records Administation (NARA) in the latest batch last week. The records are available online, a good thing. But NARA failed to organize them in a way readily accessible to reporters and other researchers — or to provide such other key details as whether documents had been previously released in significant part.

Trump used a similar stall tactic last fall in postponing the final release of documents, which were all supposed to be released by last Oct. 26, according to the so-called JFK Act unanimously passed by Congress in 1992 to quell public fervor from Oliver Stone's powerful film JFK. One of Trump's longtime close friends confided this spring to us that he did not believe Trump had paid any significant attention to the JFK records issues last fall until just before decision date, even though some of Trump advisors had been telling him about the importance of the release. 

It happens also that Trump his son-in-law Jared Kushner's uncle, Murray J. Laulicht, born in 1940, had served as an assistant counsel on the Warren Commission staff and was one of countless experts that the Justice Integrity Project, among others, had ascertained (JFK Experts Advocate Compliance With Records Deadline) ,as arguing for full document release.

Thus, the Newsweek cover "Lazy Boy" last year seemed apt as a portrayal of the president for this piece.

Last week's delay and release of some but not all of the documents confused the largely deferential and gullible mainstream media that automatically defers to “national security” claims.

Let’s be blunt since this process is apparently never going to be complete, at least within the lifetimes of the surviving witnesses who could augment the record of what was literally "The Crime of the Century."

The so-called national security most at stake involves the ability of powerful entities to murder a president, in this case President Kennedy, in broad daylight for policy reasons and then to pressure successors, Congress, courts and the media to maintain a cover-up for more than five decades so that the institutional successors of the malefactors can continue their agendas at home and abroad.

The Basics Are Simple

That’s the basic story, cleared of clutter, and that’s what the public needs to care about — and not the endless theories and research projects thwarted by missing documents or witnesses.

As a positive note, my conclusion as a researcher who is well connected to others in the field is that the jigsaw puzzle about the JFK murder mystery is just about complete after more than 2,500 books on the topic and five million pages of declassified documents already release. So we already know most of what we need to know to understand that the 1964 Warren Commission was just part of a cover-up fraud that has continued to the present.

The essentials of the real story are already extensively documented: Accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald, a Marine who had worked on the ultra-secret U-2 spy program, was later an undercover low-level U.S. government asset under orders seeking to infiltrate Communist circles. He was thus easy to position at the designated kill zone for the president in Dallas and smear as a patsy.

Oswald's killer Jack Ruby had a long relationship with the Mafia, contrary to the Warren Commission's findings, and thus faced pressure to kill Oswald before the patsy could defend himself -- or else Ruby would presumably be terminated for failure to follow orders.

Lee Harvey Oswald

As for Kennedy, the Secret Service and local police failed to take normal protections and professionals killed him, with the fatal bullet medically proven to have come from the right front (and not from the rear as the Warren Commission stated).

The Secret Service hijacked Kennedy's corpse from a Dallas hospital, where independent professional doctors could see that he had been killed from the right front, and delivered the corpse instead to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where a rigged autopsy operating under military command confused and suppressed the medical evidence.

One of the most fiercely debated aspects of the Kennedy case is the conduct and response of the Secret Service Agents responsible for protecting the President on that fateful afternoon in Dallas

Nearly all of those in government and the media who have participated in the cover-up did so under a concocted fear that the truth would threaten "national security," including a potential war with the Soviet Union. Later generations of cover-up continue to the present because of desire for job stability or career advancement by professionals in government or the media who do not want to be stigmatized as "conspiracy theorists" by their peers and employers.

Stephen Breyer
Longtime U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a Massachusetts Democrat shown in an official portrait, is one of many examples.

He worked in a junior position on the Warren Commission staff as a young Harvard Law grad.

For decades, he should have been at the forefront of commentary on the topic of his party's murdered leader, and not advancing via his sinecures as a professor and judge with his mouth shut on this issue.

For most participating in the cover-ups, however, the reason is simply trust in government, leading to apathy and gullibility about history and a firm albeit sorely lacking focus on here and now deadlines.

Meanwhile, public opinion surveys for decades have shown that large majorities -- typically ranging from the mid-60s to mid-70s -- of the American people do not believe the Warren Report.

As a result, opportunists like Trump are able to build on such suspicions to win popularity by denouncing as "fake news" even real news, while cynically selling out, as in the Kennedy evidence, to the institutional successors of those who murdered his predecessor Kennedy and many brave witnesses (including law enforcers and reporters) and covered-up their horrific crimes. Those are well documented in many fine books, including JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James Douglass in 2009.

The government cover-ups with only sporadic attention by the media (including academics) have enabled many later state crimes, including the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin false flag enabling continuation of the Vietnam War that Kennedy wanted to end, the Bush-era's "Weapons of Mass Destruction" hoax in 2003 enabling the Iraq War and, quite likely, the alleged but seemingly bogus chemical attacks this spring in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta.

Bush, Cheney, MSM lied America into Iraq war using bogus WMD claims

The latter, a continuation of the hoax "chemical attacks" that Seymour Hersh has exposed for years in the foreign media (since his major work is no longer published in the United States) are potentially paving the way for increased U.S. involvement in a war against Syria -- even though its government, with Russian and Iranian help, has nearly finished off the ISIS threat in the territory that it controls. 

Here and Now

As a caveat: those conclusions above are my own, albeit after considerable study that is excerpted below in an appendix that contains the Justice Integrity Project's 50-part "Readers Guide to the JFK Assassination." The guide developed over nearly five years of writing consists of catalogs of major books, films, and archives plus interpretive commentaries reflecting all major points of view regarding the president's murder.

But the meaning of recent document release is the specific focus of today's column, which follows our brief news report of April 26, the date of release.

To cover recent specifics, the remainder of this column will cite the several highly experienced JFK assassination researchers who have written columns in recent days about the JFK documents. With so many controversial issues in play, however, their words are cited only for the limited purpose of showcasing their diligence and expertise on the specific results of the document release and suppression process -- and not to support my own more general conclusions stated above.

Those four experts cited below are:

  • Jacob Hornberger, a JFK author and book publisher, and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation website, where he often writes about political implications of JFK research;
  • Rex Bradford, analyst and consultant with Mary Ferrell Foundation research center;
  • Jeff Schechtman, reporter and radio host with the WhoWhatWhy investigative site; and
  • Jefferson Morley, Washington bureau chief of AlterNet, author of two JFK-related books, and a former Washington Post reporter who edits the commentary blog site.

The White House and Archives Announcements

Any analysis begins, of course, with the announcements by the White House, a relatively general statement, supplemented by a more detailed statement from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the formal name for the National Archives entrusted with coordinating such document releases.

NARA stated in a late morning announcement on April 26 headlined: New Group of JFK Assassination Documents Available to the Public:

In accordance with President Trump’s direction on October 26, 2017, the National Archives today posted 19,045 documents subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). Released documents are available for download. The versions released today were processed by agencies in accordance with the President’s direction that agency heads be extremely circumspect in recommending any further postponement.

Shortly afterwords, Trump took a victory lap by issuing a Tweet falsely claiming: "JFK Files are released, long ahead of schedule!"

The major news organizations provided only modest coverage, doubtrless in part because authoties have made the process and the point of the records highly confusing and controversial through the decades. Younger reporters have a difficult time appreciating the continuing importance of the story, in part because that importance is directly related to the uncomforable reality that major news organizations have always worked to suppress the most important research that differs from the official story, as evident in the Readers Guide segments below.

Therefore, anyone seeking to understand last week's release needs to focus on independent research, most often published only on the web. The first of our authors cited above was Jacob Hornberger, who had correctly predicted in writing last October that Trump would doublecross the public by reneging on his legal obligation to release the documents then or provide a detailed rationale for national security.

This time Hornberger, shown at left, whose writing is guided in part via his libertarian and conservative principles, wrote on April 27 The JFK Cover-Up Continues. The column began: 

Just as I repeatedly predicted, President Trump, the CIA, and the National Archives decided to continue keeping those 50-year-old JFK-assassination records of the CIA and other elements of the U.S. national-security establishment secret from the American people.

On yesterday’s deadline, Trump dutifully issued an executive decree ordering at least three more years of official secrecy.

My new prediction: When the new deadline arrives on October 26, 2021 it will be extended again. The American people will never — repeat never — be permitted to see those records.

Last October, I also correctly predicted that Trump would accede to CIA demands to extend the time for secrecy when the original deadline that had been sent 25 years ago arrived for releasing those 50-year-old records.

Rex Bradford and his colleagues at the Mary Ferrell Foundation followed up on April 30 with an analytic column 2017 / 2018 Document Releases: Update The April 26, 2018 Release. A significant excerpt from the column is reprinted below along with an excerpt from Jeff Schectman's in-depth interview of Bradford on the WhoWhatWhy podcast of May 1, entitled: Analysis: Final Word on the JFK Assassination: There Will Never Be a Final Word.

Finally, we excerpt the May 1 column by Jefferson Morley, the editor and the author of two biographies of two CIA executives regarded as important in the JFK research mysteries, James J. Angleton and Winston Scott.

Morley and his counsel James Lesar are also two of the most expert and dedicated Freedom of Information Act litigants in obtaining federal court decisions overcoming CIA stonewalling on documents. As reported by USA Today in March, their litigation has unearthed the major fidnign that George Joannides, a CIA officer who was supposed to help congressional researchers in the 1970s, was actually a key figure himself during the 1960s in the CIA's Cuba-focused investigations arguably highly relevant to the JFK assassination.

Morley, shown at right, opined on on May 1 in a column headlined After Trump’s big promise, 15,834 JFK files remain secret:

Today, after Trump’s April 26 document dump, journalists, researchers, and historians face a different reality. According to the Mary Ferrell Foundation’s analysis of the National Archives JFK database, 15,834 assassination files, most of them from the CIA, will not be released until 2021, if then. Sad!

Why Secrecy? Some of the redactions are obtuseness dictated by bureaucratic necessity. In the file of decorated officer David Phillips, the agency redacts the fact that it maintains a station in the Dominican Republic. But Phillips wrote about the D.R. station in his memoir, The Night Watch — which was approved for publication by the CIA. This sort of redacting is what CIA veterans do in their sleep: keep secrets, even if they’re not secret.

Such conclusions have evolved from his three decades of research, also illustrated in his column last month at, Analysis: JFK researchers doubt Trump will free the files today.

Summing Up

There is great and often passionate diversity in the views of JFK researchers, which is why i have tried to be careful in ascribing ultimate conclusions only to my own words while quoting others extensively on the important immediate issues of the meaning of the latest JFK documents release process.

That process may be winding to a close, at least within the lifetime of those alive during Kennedy's era. The powers that be -- nearly all dead from that time but surviving via their powerful institutions -- simply do not want the public to obtain closure on the facts.

But no one should forget the obstacles and the significance of the hunt. There exist many implications for later events extending to the present. Indeed, this reporter will be traveling to Pittsburgh for a major conference from May 3 to 4 about the suppressed records causing the cover-up of the 1968 murders of Kennedy's brother, New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Those are only a few of the steps on the path to the present.

We previewed that conference earlier this week in Historic Conference May 3-4 To Document MLK, RFK Murder Evidence Cover-ups. Readers here are encouraged to follow the revelations and their implications as best as possible. One way would be to register for the program via videoconference. The registration process is slightly opaque, however. To clarify, web registation is here and requires a $100 payment for video access, with payment here to the organizers at the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

The bad part about all this research is that nearly all of us are not going to like what we see as we persist. The good thing, though, is that we need to know because neither our government nor the media are willing to inform us about what's most important, as indicating by the difficulties in obtaining the last documents about JFK's murder.

Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

Contact the author Andrew Kreig.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

National Security Archive Sues CIA For Gina Haspel Torture Cables

Entire Bush/Cheney/Obama and their CIA torture system at risk of finally being exposed, along with the CNN/MSM collusionists that lied, shilled and covered for them  



The National Security Archive filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the CIA today in federal district court in Washington.

The case seeks 12 specific cables from November and December 2002 that were authored or authorized by Gina Haspel, the acting director of the CIA as of this morning. The cables describe the torture of a CIA detainee under her supervision. The Archive filed a FOIA request with the CIA for the 12 cables on April 16, 2018. The Archive FOIA sought expedited processing, which must be granted to requests with a “compelling need...made by a person primarily engaged in dissemination of information [with] urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity.”

Expedited processing is clearly warranted in this instance, as Gina Haspel’s Senate confirmation hearing for CIA director is slated for May 9.

The CIA denied the Archive’s request for expedited processing, arguing that the request was not “made by a person primarily engaged in dissemination of information.” In the same letter, the CIA granted the National Security Archive “news media fee status.”

The 12 cables were identified by National Security Archive staff in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, declassified in 2014.

The cable numbers correspond to the time period Al Qaeda suspect Abd al Rahim al Nashiri (who was captured in Dubai) spent in a CIA black site prison in Thailand where he was waterboarded three times. New York Times and Pro Publica reporting confirms that Haspel was the chief of base of the black site when Nashiri arrived and immediately underwent torture.

The Emmy and George Polk-Award winning National Security Archive has obtained through FOIA thousands of CIA documents over the years, ranging from the CIA’s internal history of the Bay of Pigs disaster to the compilation of CIA illegalities known as “The Family Jewels.”

The Archive sponsored the production of the award-winning 2008 documentary film “Torturing Democracy,” which chronicles the evolution of U.S. policy on detention and interrogation post- September 11, 2001 and shows how Japanese war crimes and Chinese and North Korean torture techniques – taught in the U.S. military’s survival training to enable soldiers to resist those methods – became standard operating procedure for CIA and military detainees after 9/11. Produced and directed by Archive senior fellow Sherry Jones, “Torturing Democracy” won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award as the "definitive broadcast account of a deeply troubling chapter in recent American history."

The Archive also maintains and curates the Torture Archive, an online repository of more than 16,000 documents charting the evolution of United States government policy on torture.


Source: FOIA Request

The National Security Archive filed a FOIA request with the CIA for 12 cables describing the torture of a CIA detainee under Gina Haspel's supervision.

Source: CIA Response to FOIA Request

The CIA denied the Archive's request for expedited processing of our April 16 FOIA request in a letter dated April 18 but sent by regular mail and received on April 24.

Source: FOIA Lawsuit

The National Security Archive's complaint for expedited processing and release of the 12 CIA cables requested on April 16.

This news bureau contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.



The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of



The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

 photo capitalism_zpsah78uy5p.jpg
We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...



UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak


 photo TAMIFLU_small_zpssojx6okt.jpg

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...



 photo WHO02_zpsplmhtlpr.jpg
The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .



By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.