A Cyber-Gulf of Tonkin

The “cyber-security” firm that everyone is depending on to make the case for Russia’s alleged “hacking” of the 2016 presidential election, CrowdStrike, has just retracted a key component of its analysis – but the “mainstream” media continues to chug along, ignoring any facts that contradict their preferred narrative. As Voice of America – hardly an … Continue reading “A Cyber-Gulf of Tonkin”

Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us

They said the election of Donald Trump would usher in an era of political repression in which the First Amendment would come under attack – and they were right, although not in the way they meant it: “Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation … Continue reading “Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us”

Adam Schiff: Grifter, Racketeer, Warmonger

The House Intelligence Committee’s reenactment of the McCarthy hearings dramatized Marx’s famous aphorism that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” The only thing this circus was lacking was ringmaster Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California”) rising to declares that “I have in my hands a list!” War was on the minds … Continue reading “Adam Schiff: Grifter, Racketeer, Warmonger”

McCain and Montenegro: The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

Just in case you thought the conspiracy theory that Russia secretly controls the US government is exclusively an affliction affecting the Democratic party, Sen. John McCain’s recent performance on the floor of the US Senate should disabuse you of this optimistic notion. Responding to Sen. Rand Paul’s blocking of a vote in favor of the … Continue reading “McCain and Montenegro: The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory”

Do We Live in a Police State?

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange would have gone down in history as the greatest enemies of government oppression of all kinds in any case, but their latest release – a comprehensive exposé of the US intelligence community’s cyberwar tools and techniques – is truly the capstone of their career. And given that this release – dubbed … Continue reading “Do We Live in a Police State?”

Spygate: America’s Political Police vs. Donald J. Trump

Everyone is suddenly talking about the Deep State – the configuration of spy agencies, career bureaucrats, and overseas spooks whose murky omnipresence has been brought to light by President Trump’s contention that he was “wiretapped” by his predecessor. With his usual imprecision, Trump managed to confuse the issue by ascribing the surveillance to Barack Obama, … Continue reading “Spygate: America’s Political Police vs. Donald J. Trump”