By James F. Tracy
On December 22, 1974 the New York Times carried on its front page “Huge CIA Operation Reported in US Against Antiwar Forces, Other Dissidents in Nixon Years,” by Seymour Hersh. The piece chronicled the rampant abuses and crimes committed by the Central Intelligence Agency against the American citizenry. “An extensive investigation by the New York Times,” Hersh wrote, “has established that intelligence files on at least 10,000 American citizens were maintained by a special unit of the C.I.A. that was reporting directly to [then Director] Richard Helms.”
Continue reading Reportage Prompting Establishment of Church Committee
By Jim Garrison
In a concerted effort to bring John F. Kennedy’s murderers to justice New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison made some of the most astute observations on the interworkings of the Central Intelligence Agency and its various alliances. In the process Garrison withstood a vicious defamatory crusade by major commercial–and often CIA-linked–media in an effort to silence him.
Continue reading Our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon
“Conspiracy theory” is a term that at once strikes fear and anxiety in the hearts of most every public figure, particularly journalists and academics. Since the 1960s the label has become a disciplinary device that has been overwhelmingly effective in defining certain events off limits to inquiry or debate. Especially in the United States raising legitimate questions about dubious official narratives destined to inform public opinion (and thereby public policy) is a major thought crime that must be cauterized from the public psyche at all costs.
Continue reading CIA Document 1035-960: Foundation of a Weaponized Term
The Rockefeller Foundation was the principle source for funding public opinion and psychological warfare research between the late 1930s and the end of World War Two. With limited government and corporate interest or support of propaganda-related studies, most of the money for such research came from this powerful organization that recognized the importance of ascertaining and steering public opinion in the immediate prewar years.
Continue reading The Rockefeller Foundation and Early Psychological Warfare Research