Monthly Archives: December 2019

On This Day — US Staff in Moscow Warned to Avoid PAN AM 103 (December 13 1988) [2019]

“There was a real push in the embassy community to make sure that everybody was aware that there had been a terrorist threat made, and that people flying Western carriers going through Frankfurt should change their tickets.” Karen Decker — … Continue reading

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On This Day — Remembering Arrow Air Flight 1285 (December 12 1985) [2019]

 “Hours after the crash the Islamic Jihad – a Shiite Muslim extremist group – claimed it destroyed the plane to prove [its] ability to strike at the Americans anywhere.” UPI — Anonymous caller to a French news agency in Beirut … Continue reading

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On This Day — CIA Director John Brennan Defends Torture Methods (December 11 2014) [2019]

“In a limited number of cases, agency officers used interrogation techniques that had not been authorized, were abhorrent and rightly should be repudiated by all.” CIA Director John Brennan (December 11 2014) “No evidence that terror attacks were stopped, terrorists … Continue reading

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On This Day — Did the CIA Kill Father Louis Thomas Merton? (December 10 1968) [2019]

“Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples … Continue reading

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15 Years Ago — Remembering “DARK ALLIANCE” : Gary Webb (August 31, 1955 – December 10, 2004) [2019]

“Authentic journalism is telling people something that the government doesn’t want them to know.” Gary Webb (August 31, 1955 – December 10, 2004) “Dark Alliance, the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra … Continue reading

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On This Day — US Senate report calls CIA torture tactics “deeply flawed” (December 9 2014)

“In a limited number of cases, agency officers used interrogation techniques that had not been authorized, were abhorrent and rightly should be repudiated by all.” CIA Director John Brennan (December 11 2014) “No evidence that terror attacks were stopped, terrorists … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Historian William Blum (March 6, 1933 – December 9, 2018)

“The thesis in my books and my writing is that anti-American terrorism arises from the behavior of U.S. foreign policy. It is what the U.S. government does which angers people all over the world.” William Blum “William Blum was at … Continue reading

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Two Year Ago — The Havana Syndrome : Sonic Attacks or Microwave Weapons?

“What we’ve said to the Cubans is: Small island. You’ve got a sophisticated intelligence apparatus. You probably know who’s doing it. You can stop it. It’s as simple as that.” Rex Tillerson — US Secretary of State  (December 6 2017) … Continue reading

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On This Day — Pan Am Flight 214 Crashes (December 8 1963) [Lesson Learned?]

“Aviation investigations are replete with accident scenarios that couldn’t happen. And given the lack of bomb evidence so far, neither scenario has been ruled out, officials said. First is the possibility that the doomed plane’s front section, which has a … Continue reading

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On This Day — Lockerbie Judges Under the Weather (Malta – December 7 1988) [2019]

“There is no reasonable basis in the trial court’s judgment for its conclusion that the purchase of the items [clothes that were found in the wreckage of the plane] from Mary’s House [in Malta] took place on 7 December 1988.” … Continue reading

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