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Remembering CIA Whistleblower Victor Marchetti (December 23, 1929 – October 19, 2018)

“The real reason for the official secrecy, in most instances, is not to keep the opposition (the CIA’s euphemistic term for the enemy) from knowing what is going on; the enemy usually does know. The basic reason for governmental secrecy … Continue reading

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On This Day — Black Monday (October 19 1987) [2019]

“Many people remember the events leading up to October 19, 1987. Unfortunately, very few of them recall the specifics. When many people talk about the dramatic drop in the overall stock market, they either blame a single cause (portfolio insurance) … Continue reading

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Norway & Russia — Former Border Inspector Behind Bars in Moscow on Charges of Espionage [UPDATE XI : Rumours of spies swap]

“Frode must come home, and Norwegian authorities must do what they can to get him out. It is not a good signal when such a positive and distinguished bridge-builder like Frode is arrested, it is not a good sign.” Kirkenes … Continue reading

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On This Day — Russia Spy Richard Sorge Arrested in Tokyo (October 18 1941) [2019]

“Richard Sorge’s brilliant espionage work saved Stalin and the Soviet Union from defeat in the fall of 1941, probably prevented a Nazi victory in World War II and thereby assured the dimensions of the world we live in today.” Larry … Continue reading

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On This Day — Al Capone Convicted of Income Tax Evasion (October 17 1931) [2019]

“They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” “Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it.” “A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Maltese Investigative Blogger Killed in Car Bomb [Daphne Caruana Galizia]

“The best way to think of Daphne Caruana Galizia is as a one-woman WikiLeaks, crusading against untransparency and corruption in Malta, an island nation famous for both. To John Dalli, a former European commissioner whom she helped bring down in … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Facebook Kill Free Speech

“The biggest threat to a legitimate outcome in 2020 is not foreign interference; it’s left-leaning social media giants tilting the election by silencing viewpoints they don’t like. It’s already happening.” Betsy McCaughey — Real Clear Politics (May 15, 2019) “Every … Continue reading

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On this Day — Mata Hari Is Executed (October 15 1917) [2019]

“A harlot? Yes, but a traitor, never!” Phrase attributed to Mata Hari during the trial “Death is nothing, nor life either, for that matter. To die, to sleep, to pass into nothingness, what does it matter? Everything is an illusion.” … Continue reading

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The Spying Game — Is ‘No Rules’ the New Rule? [2019 — POLL]

Tom Bishop (Brad Pit) — Ah, Jesus Christ, you just… You don’t just trade these people like they’re baseball cards! It’s not a fucking game! Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) —  Oh, yes it is. It’s exactly what it is. And it’s … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Apartheid Foreign Minister Pik Botha Dies [Lockerbie Conspiracy]

“Had he known of the bomb, no force on earth would have stopped him from seeing to it that flight 103, with its deadly cargo, would not have left the airport. The minister is flattered by the allegation of near … Continue reading

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