Remembering Gary Webb

The Rancid Honeytrap

I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked that eighteen years after Dark Alliance was published, the release of a film about investigative journalist Gary Webb would inspire a new round of smears. Nevertheless, I am. I would have thought that by this time the heat would be off.  That some frank talk might ensue in high places, if only as part of a self-serving cleansing ritual by which new lies can be authenticated and the Contra crack scandal can be neatly, and falsely, compartmentalized as uniquely Reaganesque.

But, of course, Webb’s memory evokes two scandals, not simply the one he wrote about. There is also, of course, the scandal of the media’s collusion with the CIA in destroying him for having gone many steps too far in telling the truth to too many people, particularly black people.  Since most of the leading players in elite journalism’s dark alliance with the CIA to destroy Webb continue to ply their trade — Walter…

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more analysis on the farce that is the war on ISIS

In Gaza

Tim Anderson

Brandon Martinez, Judeo-American imperium manipulates Canada into farcical ISIS quagmire:

“On October 7 the Canadian parliament, effectively operating under the Stalinist dictatorship of Stephen Harper’s Neoconservative Party, voted to join the farcical US-led anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria.

“Six CF-18 fighter-bombers, two CP-140 surveillance planes, one aerial tanker aircraft and 600 personnel are expected to join coalition airstrikes in Iraq for up to six months,” reportedCTV News.

This should come as no surprise to any astute observer of Canadian foreign policy. Canada, particularly under the leadership of the belligerent Harper neo-cons, has acquiesced time and time again to American pressure vis-a-vis foreign policy. Like a blind mule, Canada has been led by the nose into nearly all of America’s militarist incursions in the Middle East and everywhere else the US imperium decides to plant its seed of destruction. Canadian troops, like their American and European counterparts, are essentially globalist cannon…

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The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux is No Gary Webb

The Rancid Honeytrap

Were it not something of a flop in the readership department, The Intercept might well be the U.S. ruling class’s highest achievement in propaganda. As the offspring of the Snowden whistleblowing event, it is forever identified with resistance to state authority, cultivating a readership almost fetishistically eager to believe that something fearless and adversarial is always underway.  As such it can blatantly peddle doctrinal trash to an extent running dogs with less glamorously rebellious brands can only dream of.

Trash is mostly what Ryan Devereaux serves up in his recent piece on investigative journalist Gary Webb. His post is intended to tie in with an upcoming film, Kill The Messenger, about the mainstream media campaign that ruined Webb in 1996 after he’d published “Dark Alliance”, a three-part series that connected the CIA-backed Contras to the crack epidemic that devastated black communities in the 80s.  Superficially, the piece is simply a review of the history covered by the film, using a recently released CIA document about the affair as its…

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What’s the big deal about Piketty?


     The main reason why Piketty has made such a big splash is that he strikes at the heart of liberal Democrats’ first principle of political economy: “A rising tide lifts all boats”.  This may be a neoliberal principle, but it’s not at all recent. During the 1940s and 1950s Democrats came to believe that there was no conflict between  rich or poor or between labor and management, and that just by “growing the economy” (Clinton’s later slogan) it would be possible to improve the lives of the poor and labor without  demanding anything from the wealthy, and that for this reason a large part of the Democratic political tradition could be jettisoned without really losing anything. From this point on Democratic “populism” (much less radicalism) was discouraged and almost disappeared, and in 1960 the “rising tide” slogan was a Kennedy campaign slogan.

    And wasn’t just a political slogan…

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FOIA Activity: 6 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

The FOIA Project

We have added 6 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between April 6, 2014 and April 12, 2014. These are associated with 6 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

Click on the date to view the full text of the decision. Click on a case title below to view other details for that case, including links to the docket report and complaint.

  1. CAN 3:2014cv00994 ? Plotz v. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • April 8, 2014: STIPULATION AND ORDER re [11] STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER for Continuance of Response to Complaint and Case Management deadlines filed by Drug Enforcement Administration. Case Management Statement due by 7/9/2014. Initial Case Management Conference set for 7/23/2014 at 2:00 PM…

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An Open Letter to Bigot Diners

Dear Customers,

We are honored that you have decided to dine at Mashiko.  We know that there are many fine restaurants in Seattle, so we thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

The thing that saddens us is that some of our customers are bigots.  This letter is address to them.  To everyone else, thanks for not being a bigot.

To the bigoted diners:  We find your ignorant comments to our staff offensive.  When you then post them online, you prove to the entire world how cowardly and small you are.  Our main points of contention are as follows:

1)            We are a Japanese restaurant because we serve Japanese food.  And yes, we have Japanese ownership.  We also have several employees of Japanese descent.  But that shouldn’t matter.  By claiming that there are no Japanese people working at Mashiko, you are not only incorrect, you are also demonstrating what…

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testimony by an honest government employee?!

Jennifer Hoelzer's Insider's View Of The Administration's Response To NSA Surveillance Leaks (via Techdirt)

In a bit of fortuitous timing, this week we had asked former deputy chief of staff for Ron Wyden, Jennifer Hoelzer, to do our weekly “Techdirt Favorites of the Week” post, in which we have someone from the wider Techdirt community tell us what their…

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