On This Day — French Spooks Sink the Rainbow Warrior — July 10 1985

“The truth is cruel. Agents of the French secret service sank this boat. They were acting on orders.”

Prime Minister Laurent Fabius — September 22 1985

“I think all military people who serve their countries can find themselves in situations they hadn’t wished for.”

Christine Cabon — Former DGSE Officer

Fernando Pereira died aboard the Rainbow Warrior.

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior — codenamed Opération Satanique — was a bombing operation by the “Action” branch of the French foreign intelligence services — La Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE) — carried out on July 10 1985. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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People’s Mujahedin of Iran : From Terrorist Group to US Best Friends

“There is a viable opposition to the rule of the ayatollahs, and that opposition is centred in this room today. The behaviour and objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore the only solution is to change the regime itself.”

John Bolton — US national security adviser  [MeK Conference 2017]

“In the seven years I lived in the country, I saw a great deal of criticism towards the ayatollahs but I never met a person who thought the MeK should, or could, present a viable alternative.”

Jason Rezaian — Iranian-American Washington Post journalist

Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, addresses exiled People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) supporters in Paris, France, June 30, 2018

The People’s Mujahedin of Iran [PMOI in English or MeK in Farsi] was once officially listed as a terrorist organization by the US and the European Union. Now, the Trump Administration wants them to run Iran. How was MEK removed from these terrorist organizations list? They simply bought their way out! Flashback. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Sir John Chilcot: “Tony Blair Not Straight With UK Over Iraq”

“When I briefed Tony Blair, it was quite clear that he felt this was a necessity, that there was a just cause, that we had to do something about this. How he portrayed that politically… I do not think he played it very well.”

Major General Tim Cross

Sir John Chilcot

July 7 2017 — Sir John Chilcot has concluded that Tony Blair was not “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson : “On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook”

“When we had made a judgment that we have to sort of decimate the top of the Baath leadership, none of us understood that this was going … to go down to every last schoolteacher. Every one of them had to be a member of the Baath Party just to get a job. Doesn’t mean they were bad. If you’re going to take out the top, “decimation” is a good word. We were going to decimate the top, the people who were closest to Saddam Hussein, and reconstitute the rest of the society.We didn’t do that with the military; we didn’t do that with the Baath Party, and [we] created a massive vacuum with respect to security and stability and bureaucracy. And that vacuum was filled by the insurgency. I think it was a major, massive strategic error.”

Colin Powell — March 2013

Colin Powell has called his 2003 speech to the United Nations, laying out the Bush administration’s rationale for war in Iraq, a “blot” on his record. The speech set out to detail Iraq’s weapons program, but as the intelligence would later confirm, that program was non-existent. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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One Year Ago — LOCKERBIE : SCCRC Press Release on Megrahi Application

“The Lockerbie trial is “the most disgraceful miscarriage of justice in Scotland for 100 years. Every lawyer who has read the judgment says ‘this is nonsense’. It is nonsense.”

Robert Black QC FRSE –Professor Emeritus of Scots Law in the University of Edinburgh and best known as the “Architect of the Lockerbie Trial”

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashston who took the picture.

July 4 2017 — The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission confirmed today that it has received a new application to review the conviction in the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY Continue reading

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James Bond [D. Craig] Visits CIA Headquarters (June 25 2018)

“I would regularly bump into a parade of Hollywood types, including Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. I often wondered why these actors were allowed to walk around a top-secret facility. Because he’s going to be playing a CIA guy in a movie? That’s the criteria now?”

Former CIA Analyst John Kiriakou

“The Agency’s Entertainment Industry Liaison is a member of the media team and engages with actors, authors, directors, producers and screenwriters who are featuring the CIA in their creative ventures. The protection of national security equities is always paramount in any engagement with the entertainment industry. Our goal is accurate balanced portrayal of the men and women of the CIA, their vital mission and the commitment to public service that defines them.”

CIA Website

“Do I look like I give a damn?” — James Bond (Casino Royale – 2006)

Building on the Reel vs. Real theme introduced in May 2018, CIA’s Office of Public Affairs hosted Daniel Craig, famously known for his portrayal as James Bond, at CIA Headquarters on June 25 to discuss what it’s really like to be an Intelligence Officer. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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Lockerbie — The Eyewitness Evidence Against Megrahi : Exclusive Q&A with Professor Tim Valentine

“Al-Megrahi was released from prison in 2009 and sent back to Libya on compassionate grounds because of advancing cancer. Public outrage was sparked. Al-Megrahi lived with his cancer for a few years (…) One cannot help but wonder whether the outrage over his release might be tempered if those angry individuals were to seriously examine the suspicious eyewitness testimony that led to Al-Megrahi’s conviction in the first place. My examination has led me to seriously wonder: Is the Lockerbie bomber still out here?”

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus — Memory (2013)

“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.”

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

Tim Valentine is Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously he was a member of the scientific staff at the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, and has held academic appointments at the University of Manchester and the University of Durham.

Professor Valentine has studied the statements made by Tony Gauci, the only eyewitness of the Lockerbie case who ‘identified’ Megrahi. His report is available online. Professor  Valentine has kindly agreed to answer a few questions regarding his  understanding of Tony Gauci’s testimony and statements. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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Remembering Iran Flight 655 (July 3 1988)

“I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are… I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.”

George H. W. Bush — August 7 1988

On July 3 1988, Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down by a missile cruiser fired from the USS Vincennes under the command of William C. Rogers III. The shoot-down of Iran Air flight 655 may have been an ‘accident’, but Tehran saw it otherwise. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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Fake News & History in the Post-Truth Era — From the Korean War To The Havana Syndrome

“Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead.”

Jonathan Swift — Anglo-Irish satirist (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745)

“The criterion for my judgment is not whether North Korea’s claim is correct or the American claim is right; the criterion is whether the incidents actually happened or not. I went to North Korea and met people who had suffered the effects of germ warfare. They told me their stories, shedding tears and grimacing with anger. They told me what actually happened and I cannot question that.”

Masataka Mori — Professor of history at Shizuoka University in Japan

“The history behind the Korean War, and U.S. military and covert actions concerning China, Japan, and Korea, are a matter of near-total ignorance in the U.S. population. The charges of “brainwashing” of U.S. POWs, in an ongoing effort to hide evidence of U.S. biological warfare experiments and trials, also has become entwined in the propaganda used to explain the U.S. post-9/11 torture and interrogation program, and alibi past crimes by the CIA and Department of Defense for years of illegal mind control programs practiced as part of MKULTRA, MKSEARCH, ARTICHOKE, and other programs.”

Dr Jeffrey S. Kaye

WASHINGTON June 28 2018 – The United States has confirmed that another US diplomat in Cuba has suffered health symptoms from an apparent sonic attack, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press release on Thursday.

Professors Jonathan D Moreno and Sergio Litewka believe that this incident is just another example of a ‘mysterious disease’ used to stir tensions between countries. And to make their point, they suggest that the use of biological weapons by the US in the Korean war was a similar piece of disinformation. Allow me to disagree… Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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“Vodka Martini. Shaken, Not Stirred” [Humor]

“Do I look like I give a damn?”

James Bond —  Casino Royale (2006)

“Shaken, not stirred” is a catchphrase of Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond and describes his preference for the preparation of his martini cocktails. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today Continue reading

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