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The Spying Game — Is ‘No Rules’ the New Rule? [UPDATE: Answers from Former CIA Officers & Agents]

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

“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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Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero (August 15, 1917 — Assassinated March 24, 1980) UPDATE 2: Canonisation on October 14 2018

“Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality.” “Between the powerful and the wealthy, and the poor and vulnerable, who should a pastor side with? I have no doubts. A pastor … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — CIA Director Pompeo Compares Iran To ISIS

“For unlike ISIS and its mirage of a caliphate, Iran is a powerful nation-state that remains the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism. The Islamic Republic is Iran’s version of what the caliphate ought to look like under the control of … Continue reading

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The Spying Game — Is ‘No Rules’ the New Rule? [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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The Dark Past of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller — The Bulger Gang, Lockerbie, Anthrax… An Exceptional Failure All Round. (UPDATE)

“Robert Mueller was chosen as Special Counsel not because he has integrity but because he will do what the powerful want him to do. Mueller didn’t speak the truth about a war he knew to be unjustified. He didn’t speak … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Seymour Hersh: 16th annual Sam Adams Laureate

“Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon. The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting … Continue reading

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On This Day — Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party (Oct. 12-16 1971)

“As irrelevant as a straw until it breaks the camel’s back, the party gave the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini his opportunity. Popular uprising became Islamic revolution. And we live with the results.” Martin Hoyle — Financial Times (February 2016) In October … Continue reading

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Lockerbie Conspiracy — Apartheid Foreign Minister Pik Botha Dies

“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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On This Day — The Brighton Bombing (October 12 1984)

“Mrs. Thatcher will now realise that Britain cannot occupy our country and torture our prisoners and shoot our people in their own streets and get away with it. Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky … Continue reading

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