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How the U.S. Exported Torture to One South American Country

How the U.S. Exported Torture to One South American Country

This fact-filled CounterPunch dispatch from Brett Wilkins traces how the CIA exported torture techniques to one South American country, Uruguay, via an instructional manual entitled KUBARK. Fifty years ago, one of the top officials in the U.S. torture program in Uruguay , Dan Mitrione, was kidnapped and later executed by left-wing guerrillas. One of the...

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Could the Death of the National Security State be the Silver Lining of COVID-19?

Could the Death of the National Security State be the Silver Lining of COVID-19?

[This article was first published in a wise magazine called Counterpunch. Subscribe here.] Could something good come from the catastrophe of COVID-19? Might the epic insecurity of a plague teach us something about national security? Political scientist Micah Zenko calls the current pandemic “the worst intelligence failure in U.S. history.” Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman...

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Why the Mueller Investigation Was Good for the Country

Why the Mueller Investigation Was Good for the Country

Counterpunch’s Stuart Newman gets it right: Of course, some liberal pundits overplayed the Russophobic side the investigation. But so did the anti-“Russiagate” critics, who took glee in pointing out the lack of connection of each new criminal disclosure to election stealing. It was hard to determine whether they thought Trump was above entering into criminally...

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Under CIA Eyes:  Venezuela As Seen by Langley

Under CIA Eyes: Venezuela As Seen by Langley

In Counterpunch, activist author TJ Coles looks at what declassified CIA archives tell us about how the U.S. policymakers have understood–and misunderstood–Venezuelan reality. The records are publicly available at the CIA online database known as CREST. They illuminate the historical background of the story that the news media too often slight. Since the 1940s, the...