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The Bitter Secret of ‘Wormwood’
Whatever conclusion we draw about Frank Olson’s death, we do know that the cold war bequeathed a branch of behavioral science built around the desire to discover universal psychological mechanisms through which human beings could be manipulated.
January 18, 2018
Uncovering Indonesia’s Act of Killing
Documents covering the period of General Suharto’s rise to power in 1965-1966 offer a chilling account of how American officials in Jakarta closely monitored the extermination of as many as half a million Communists and goaded the Indonesian army to finish the job.
October 20, 2017
The CIA’s Islamist Cover Up
The tenth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington will be accompanied by the usual solemn political pronouncements and predictable media retrospectives. But they shouldn’t distract us from a very precise and practical problem that hasn’t been addressed: the refusal of the CIA to disclose the details of its involvement with Islamist groups.
August 30, 2011
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