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America's Lost History

(For articles after May 1, 2011, go to homepage and see Categories: Lost History.)

The Robber Barons Are Back!
A well-financed right-wing propaganda machine has restored American plutocrats to national control, explains Aerik Vondenburg. April 30, 2011

Trying 'Shock and Awe' in Libya
NATO's military intervention in Libya adopts "shock and awe" tactics devised for Serbia and Iraq, reports Robert Parry. April 27, 2011

Misunderstanding Jesus's Execution
Christian doctrine plays down a key Holy Week event, Jesus's overturning of money tables at the Temple, says Rev. Howard Bess. April 23, 2011

News Flash: Iraq War Was About Oil
New disclosures in Great Britain belie the U.S./U.K. insistence that oil was not a factor in invading Iraq, reports Ray McGovern. April 22, 2011

McGovern Reflects on Truth-Telling
Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern looks back on nearly a half century of trying to speak truth to power and some lessons learned. April 18, 2011

Spy vs. Spy: the First Patriots Day
The first battles of the American Revolution turned on two spy networks trying to outfox the other, recalls Robert Parry. April 18-19, 2011

How I View the American Crisis
As Republicans move to dismantle the New Deal, Americans must take stock of how the nation got here, writes Robert Parry. April 17, 2011

The Civil War and Founding Principles
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War coincides with a drive to revive the old issue of states' rights, observes Rev. Howard Bess. April 17, 2011

Interstates and States of Grief
At the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the South is leading a new rebellion as pointless as the last, observes Phil Rockstroh. April 15, 2011

Twenty Years Ago, a Lost Opportunity
Two decades ago, the U.S. political/media system had a chance to get Ronald Reagan's history right, but didn't, says Robert Parry. April 15, 2011

Reviving Ghosts of a 'Free-Market' Past
The United States appears determined to relive the mistakes of Charles Dickens's bleak era, observes Lawrence Davidson. April 12, 2011

Letting a Cuban Terrorist Go Free
The U.S. legal system shows its double standards on terrorism with the acquittal of Cuban militant Luis Posada, says Robert Parry. April 9, 2011

How King's Murder Scars the Present
On the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King's murder, the reality is not what the civil rights leader dreamed, says Danny Schechter. April 4, 2011

A Two-Decade Detour into Empire
In spring 1991, a chance for prying open dark secrets of the U.S. empire was crushed by powerful interests, reports Robert Parry. March 31, 2011

America's Escape from Knowing
Unlike Germans who confronted their dark past, many Americans prefer to overlook the crimes of history, observes Phil Rockstroh. March 28, 2011

America 'Trapped' by False Narratives
President Obama warns not to get "trapped" by history, but a greater danger is not knowing the history, says Robert Parry. March 22, 2011

War's Corruption of Christianity
If Christians truly followed the peaceful teachings of Jesus, history might have been radically different, suggests Gary G. Kohls. March 22, 2011

Inside America's 'Adjustment Bureau'
Almost like Matt Damon's movie, "The Adjustment Bureau," powerful forces redirect U.S. national narratives, explains Robert Parry. March 14, 2011

How the US Press Corps Lost Its Way
David Broder's death and NPR's scramble to appease the Right shed light on the flaws of the U.S. news media, notes Robert Parry. March 11, 2011

The Other Side of the 'Marshall Plan'
The post-World War II "Marshall Plan" was part of a larger strategy to reestablish Europe's propertied classes, says William Blum. March 7, 2011

Mubarak, the Bag Man
The fortune of Egypt's ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak got started with bribes from CIA-connected operatives, reports Morgan Strong. March 3, 2011

Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome
Two decades ago, Bush-41 revealed a secret aim of the Gulf War ground attack: the Vietnam Syndrome, reports Robert Parry. February 28, 2011

Colin Powell's Disgraceful Lies
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell remains a respected figure despite his blatant Iraq War lies, observes David Swanson. February 18, 2011

The Back Story on Iran's Clashes
The U.S. media presents the new street protests in Iran as a morality play, but they are more complex, reports Robert Parry. February 17, 2011

Tear Down This Reagan Mythology
The idol worship of Ronald Reagan has wildly exaggerated his role in "winning" the Cold War, observes Ivan Eland. February 16, 2011

Recalling the Slaughter of Innocents
Twenty years ago, an American "smart" bomb incinerated a shelter holding 400 Iraqi women and children, recalls Ray McGovern. February 14, 2011

US Spurned Taliban Peace Feelers
During the Afghan War, U.S. officials rebuffed Taliban peace overtures, promising to keep out al Qaeda, reports Gareth Porter. February 8, 2011

Ronald Reagan, Enabler of Atrocities
Though hailed for making Americans feel good, Ronald Reagan facilitated horrible human rights crimes, recalls Robert Parry. February 6, 2011

Reagan Events Hide Brutal History
Ex-government official Lawrence Wilkerson and journalist Robert Parry discuss Ronald Reagan's legacy. By February 5, 2011

Reagan's Epoch Shatters in Egypt
Three decades ago, Ronald Reagan turned Mideast policy onto a dark road that is ending in chaos and blood, writes Robert Parry. February 4, 2011

Reagan's 'Tear Down This Wall' Myth
The U.S. news media credits Ronald Reagan with "winning the Cold War," but the facts point elsewhere, writes Robert Parry. January 29, 2011

America's History of Intolerance
Instead of "the land of the free," the U.S. often has been the home of hostility toward "immoral" behavior, says Robert Higgs. January 29, 2011

Ronald Reagan's 30-Year Time Bombs
As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Ronald Reagan's centennial birthday, Robert Parry assesses the damage from Reaganism. January 28, 2011

Reagan-Bush Legacy of Political Abuse
Under the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and the Bushes, key government institutions were politicized, reports Michael Winship. January 28, 2011

Chas Freeman's Defeat, a Neocon Win
A key neocon success under President Obama was blocking diplomat Chas Freeman from an intelligence post, says David Swanson. January 25, 2011

Ted Koppel's Timid Take on Iran-gate
Ex-'Nightline' host Ted Koppel draws lessons from a mythical version of the 1980 Iranian-hostage crisis, explains Robert Parry. January 24, 2011

Remembering Zorro's Vietnam Legacy
Barry Zorthian was a Vietnam War legend who straddled the line between press management and psy-ops, recalls Don North. January 20, 2011

Eisenhower's Understated Warning
Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower warned of the "military-industrial complex," but it turned out worse, writes Gareth Porter. January 17, 2011

Twisting MLK's Message of Peace
A U.S. official claims Martin Luther King would have supported today's war against "terrorists," but William Loren Katz disagrees. January 17, 2011

Eisenhower's Neglected Warning
President Eisenhower's prophecy on the military-industrial complex sadly went unheeded, writes Melvin A. Goodman. January 16, 2011

A Nation Approaching Spiritual Death
This year's anniversary of Martin Luther King's birth coincides with a dark moment of American violence and war, says Gary Kohls. January 16, 2011

The Violence of Deformed Christianity
Christianity, which twisted Jesus's message of peace into justifications for killing, shares blame for Tucson, says Rev. Howard Bess. January 14, 2011

The Power of False Narrative
The House's reading of an edited Constitution is another step in building a powerful false narrative for America, writes Robert Parry. January 7, 2011

Preparing for More Reagan Mythology
The celebration of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday has begun -- and the bloody truth will be whitewashed, warns William Blum. January 7, 2011

Birth of Pakistan's Islamic Extremism
While helping the CIA fight Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s, Pakistan adopted Islamic extremism, notes Alvaro Vargas Llosa. December 31, 2010

The Coming War over the Constitution
The Tea Party claims to both revere the Constitution and want to rip it up, a new test for American sanity, says Robert Parry. December 30, 2010

Obama's Fear of the Reagan Narrative
President Obama says he's stymied by Ronald Reagan's three-decade-old anti-government narrative, writes Robert Parry. December 28, 2010

What Christmas Owes to Abolitionists
Many endearing features of American-style Christmas were rooted in the early Abolitionist movement, recalls William Loren Katz. December 19, 2010

Hitler's Shadow Reaches toward Today
New documents flesh out how US intelligence enabled Adolf Hitler's villainy to survive and spread, writes Robert Parry. December 17, 2010

A Treasonous Christmas Eve Truce
On the first Christmas Eve of World War I, beleaguered fighters risked execution to show Christian charity, notes Gary Kohls. December 14, 2010

Bush v. Gore's Dark American Decade
Ten years ago, five Republican US Supreme Court justices put the country on a path toward disaster, recalls Robert Parry. December 12, 2010

Big Media's Curious Nixon Judgment
The US news media condemns Richard Nixon's bigotry but ignores his sabotage of Vietnam peace talks, says Robert Parry. December 11, 2010

Big Media's Guilt in Gary Webb's Death
By ostracizing investigative reporter Gary Webb, major US newspapers contributed to his death, writes Robert Parry. December 9, 2010

How Jesus's Message Was Hijacked
Jesus was an advocate for peace and the poor, but his message was transformed after his death, writes Rev. Howard Bess. December 6, 2010

The Painful History of US-Iran Distrust
Both Iran and the United States have reasons to resent the other, but Danny Schechter looks for ways to ease tensions. November 30, 2010

Cables Hold Clues to US-Iran Mysteries
Secret US cables via WikiLeaks show President Obama trying his hand at the great Mideast power game, writes Robert Parry. November 29, 2010

Bush Gloats Over Dan Rather's Ouster
George W. Bush suggests a bigger White House role in discrediting memos that ruined CBS' Dan Rather, reports Robert Parry. November 23, 2010

America's 'Christian Nation' Myth
A new poll finds a majority of Americans believing the Founders created a "Christian nation," laments Rev. Howard Bess. November 22, 2010

Krystallnacht and Christianity
On the anniversary of a Nazi rampage against Jews, Gary Kohls reflects on Christianity's failure to stand for Jesus's teachings. November 9, 2010

Jesus's Teachings and the Tea Party
The Tea Party's anti-government message conflicts with the Jesus agenda of helping the poor, observes the Rev. Howard Bess. November 8, 2010

Taking America Back to the Gilded Age
Republicans wax nostalgic about the economics of the early 20th Century, but William Loren Katz recalls that harsh reality. November 5, 2010

US Voters Drink Reaganism's Kool-Aid
Election 2010 refills the vat with Ronald Reagan's poisonous "government is the problem" brew, writes Robert Parry. November 3, 2010A Perjurer on the US Supreme Court
An ex-girlfriend of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ends a long silence and exposes his perjury, notes Robert Parry. October 23, 2010

The Financial Puzzle Behind 9/11
The power struggle for Near East oil led to a twisted tale of financial intrigue and personal betrayal, writes David DeGraw. October 22, 2010

Tea Party Thuggery as Election Nears
Tea Party extremism is spilling into thuggery as the goal of "taking our country back" is within reach, says Michael Winship. October 20, 2010

The 'Teach-the-Dems-a-Lesson' Myth
As some lefties vow to "teach the Democrats a lesson," few ask if that strategy has ever worked, notes Robert Parry. October 15, 2010

Islamophobia's Scholarly Godfather
Even before 9/11, Americans were conditioned to disdain Muslims based on neocon pseudo-scholarship, writes Nabil Al-Khowaiter. October 9, 2010

A Long History of America's Dark Side
The "dark side" of American counterinsurgency warfare has a long and grim history, according to Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry. October 7, 2010

Indian Genocide and Republican Power
The post-Civil War army and business greed combined to slaughter Indians and build Republican power, notes Thomas J. DiLorenzo. October 7, 2010

Guatemala: A Test Tube of Repression
Beyond VD experiments on Guatemalans, Washington treated the country like a test tube for counterinsurgency, says Robert Parry. October 3, 2010

Mystery of a 'Disgraced' War Reporter
In 1944, Canadian reporter Paul Morton parachuted behind German lines, into an enduring mystery of betrayal, says Don North. September 28, 2010

Lee Hamilton, the Un-Wise Man
Lee Hamilton is a "wise man" to Washington insiders but his investigative record is filled with cover-ups, writes Robert Parry. September 17, 2010

Nixon's Vengeful War on Marijuana
When President Nixon launched the drug war, he wanted revenge on pot-smoking Vietnam protesters, notes William John Cox. September 16, 2010

America's Decoupling from Reality
The latest Kenya smear against President Obama reflects America's three-decade divorce from reality, argues Robert Parry. September 15, 2010

CIA's 'Red Cell' Hypocrisy on Terror
A secret CIA study on U.S.-born terrorists ignores the agency's long history of sponsoring acts of terror, says Robert Parry. September 4, 2010

Posturing on the PanAm 103 'Bomber'
US and UK officials still fume over the freed PanAm 103 "bomber" though the Libyan is clearly innocent, writes William Blum. September 2, 2010

Reflections on the Ninth of August
In World War II, August ninth was a date of special infamy as Christians put loyalty to state over their faith, writes Gary G. Kohls. August 8, 2010

George Shultz's Counterfeit 'Coin'
Though honored by PBS, ex-Secretary of State George Shultz lied when he said "trust is the coin of the realm," says Robert Parry. August 4, 2010

Hiroshima and the Myths of Empire
Hiding the full history of the Hiroshima bombing was the first shot in a propaganda war for American empire, asserts Gary G. Kohls. July 29, 2010

How James Meredith Beat the Racists
A statue to James Meredith at Ole Miss, the school he integrated, downplays the ugliness of the fight, recalls Sherwood Ross. July 14, 2010

Valentine's Pack Traces Real Drug War
Douglas Valentine's Strength of the Pack tells the behind-the-scenes story of America's compromised "drug war," says Adam Engel. July 12, 2010

Baker's Misfocused Family of Secrets
Russ Baker's Family of Secrets sees George H.W. Bush's guilt where it isn't and misses it where it is, writes James DiEugenio. July 11, 2010

Nikola Tesla's Renewable Energy Vision
Nikola Tesla, one of history's great inventors who was born 154 years ago, envisioned a world without fossil fuels, recalls Lisa Pease. July 10, 2010

Speaking Up for the Expendables
Many Christians have forgotten a core teaching of Jesus, says Rev. Howard Bess, to identify with the "least of these." July 10, 2010

The Military-Industrial Complex's Win
Despite President Eisenhower's wise warning about the military-industrial complex, the complex won, writes Melvin A. Goodman. July 7, 2010

How Reagan Charted a Dismal Future
President Reagan used feel-good rhetoric to mask how his policies would create the painful future that is now here, says Gray Brechin. July 5, 2010

America's First Spymaster
In the tense days before the American Revolution, Joseph Warren built a sophisticated intelligence network, recalls Robert Parry. July 4, 2010

Rethinking Iran-Contra
The recent collapse of the long-running October Surprise cover-up shifts the history on the Iran-Contra scandal, writes Robert Parry. July 1, 2010

The CIA/Likud Sinking of Jimmy Carter
With the October Surprise cover-up in shambles, the evidence points to a CIA-Likud plot against President Carter, says Robert Parry. June 24, 2010

Robert Parry on Secret Government
Investigative reporter Robert Parry describes the new Pentagon Papers case and Iran-Contra revelations on "Expert Witness Radio." June 21, 2010

The Tricky October Surprise Report
A House task force deceived the American public in clearing Ronald Reagan of a treacherous scheme with Iran, reports Robert Parry. June 17, 2010

The Troubling Mystery of 'Revelation'
To understand why Christian fundamentalists embrace violence requires addressing the Book of Revelation, says Rev. Howard Bess. June 11, 2010

How Israel Out-Foxed US Presidents
Over the past six decades, Israeli officials have mastered the art of out-maneuvering U.S. presidents, writes Morgan Strong. May 31, 2010

Memorial Daze: Quandary of Empire
In honoring U.S. soldiers, should Americans distinguish between veterans of defensive and imperial wars, asks Philip A Ferruggio. May 29, 2010

Even Kissinger Finally 'Gets It'
After decades at the center of the American Empire, Henry Kissinger admits that war has its limits, observes Winslow Myers. May 29, 2010

The Ethnic Mix that Launched America
Amid anti-immigrant fervor, some Americans forget that patriots of many backgrounds defeated the British, says William Loren Katz. May 28, 2010

Memorial Day's Troubling Message
A holiday to honor past American soldiers has a different, more troubling purpose in an era of endless war, writes Gary G. Kohls. May 27, 2010

The Return of Madcap Capitalism
After the Right's three-decade war on government regulations, madcap capitalism is again wreaking havoc, writes Robert Parry. May 14, 2010

The Historical Challenge of Rabbi Jesus
Biblical scholars widely agree that Jesus was a Jewish rabbi, but Rev. Howard Bess says many shy away from what follows. May 13, 2010

Tea Party Crazy Has a History
The lunacy infusing today's Tea Party movement is similar to the right-wing extremism of the Cold War, recalls William Blum. May 12, 2010

Kent State & the Left's Lack of Resolve
Since the days of Kent State, American progressives have failed to focus public outrage effectively, Michael Winship observes. May 8, 2010

Key October Surprise Evidence Hidden
A Russian report on the 1980 October Surprise case was apparently kept from the chief congressional investigator, says Robert Parry. May 6, 2010

The Original Anti-War Mother's Day
The first Mother's Day was not just a time to express sentimentality; it was a protest against the evils of war, recalls Gary G. Kohls. May 6, 2010

Did Kent State Have to Happen?
In 1968, Richard Nixon's campaign sabotaged LBJ's peace talks, leading to more Vietnam carnage and Kent State, writes Robert Parry. May 4, 2010

The Death of a Cynical WPost Editor
Eulogies for ex-Washington Post editorialist Stephen Rosenfeld ignore his readiness to defend pro-U.S. slaughters, says Robert Parry. May 3, 2010

How Rev. Moon's 'Snakes' Infested US
As Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times sinks, snakes are coming out of the woodwork (really), writes Robert Parry. May 1, 2010

Arizona Law Recalls Past US Racism
Arizona has enacted a states-rights law that lets police round up brown people who can't show proper IDs, notes Marjorie Cohn. April 29, 2010

How Authoritarianism Hurts Religion
Early Christianity was a diverse, dynamic religion, but then evolved into rigid authoritarianism, writes Rev. Howard Bess. April 25, 2010

'Old Hacks' Return to Vietnam
On the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, Don North and other war correspondents revisit old haunts and recall lost friends. April 21, 2010

Questioning the Bible
Rev. Howard Bess says Christians should read the Bible as a complex historical debate argued out over ancient centuries. April 18, 2010

Jesus's Morality v Church's Doctrine
The split between Jesus's teachings and Church doctrine can be traced to Paul's emphasis on religious sacrifice, writes Gary Novak. April 13, 2010

How Christianity Lost Jesus
Rev. Howard Bess examines why Official Christianity has deviated from so many of Jesus's teachings about peace and the poor. April 10, 2010

Forgetting Dr. King's Dream of Justice
Before his death, Martin Luther King Jr. faced disdain for demanding economic justice, recall Bill Moyers and Michael Winship. April 2, 2010

King's Prophetic Words of Peace
Forty-three years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. pointed toward a different path for the United States, recalls Gary G. Kohls. March 30, 2010

Reagan Fans vs.
GE and other Big Media are lining up to hail Ronald Reagan's Centennial. We need your help to tell what really happened, says Robert Parry

The Death and Life of Bishop Romero
Three decades ago, a U.S.-trained military officer ordered the murder of El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero, recalls Gary G. Kohls. March 18, 2010

Spy Takes US-Israeli Secrets to Grave
Israeli spymaster David Kimche's death means another lost witness to an alleged manipulation of U.S. politics, reports Robert Parry. March 15, 2010

30 Years of US Mistakes in Afghanistan
U.S. promises of Afghan nation-building ignore that three decades of U.S. policies helped destroy the nation, says James A. Lucas. March 13, 2010

Hard Lessons of the My Lai Massacre
Many Americans try to forget the horror of war, but the My Lai massacre and other dark moments teach lessons, says Gary G. Kohls. March 9, 2010

How Reagan's Propaganda Succeeded
New documents from Ronald Reagan's Library show how the Republican propaganda apparatus took root, reports Robert Parry. March 8, 2010

A Soldier's Cowardice: Going to War
One Vietnam-era draftee knew the brave act was to flee to Canada but he chose instead to go to war, writes Gary G. Kohls. February 28, 2010

Al Haig's Foreign Policy Blunders
Obituaries on Al Haig missed the long-term damage this Cold War hardliner did to U.S. foreign policy, writes Melvin A. Goodman. February 25, 2010

Parallels of Conquest, Past and Present
A millennium after the Norman conquest of England, there are parallels to Iraq and Afghanistan today, says Douglas Valentine. February 25, 2010

Duty to Warn: Lessons for Americans
Three young Germans who challenged Hitler's war machine still inspire those who oppose militarism, writes Gary G. Kohls. February 16, 2010

Shunning Howard Zinn's History
The mainstream U.S. media ignores or denigrates progressive viewpoints, like those of Howard Zinn, notes William Blum. February 7, 2010

America's Sad History with Haiti, Part 2
Over the past two decades, the U.S. Right has helped sabotage Haiti's experiment with democracy, writes Lisa Pease. February 1, 2010

Howard Zinn and Other Heroes
Three writers -- John Hope Franklin, Ivan Van Sertima and Howard Zinn -- changed how we see history, says William Loren Katz. January 31, 2010

America's Sorry History with Haiti
Amid talk about the U.S. rebuilding role in devastated Haiti, Lisa Pease takes a look back on past interventions. January 30, 2010

Remembering Howard Zinn
Daniel Ellsberg reflects on the courageous life and historic contributions of his friend Howard Zinn, who died Wednesday. January 29, 2010

Howard Zinn's 'War on Terror' Critique
Howard Zinn celebrated the work of rank-and-file Americans and lamented harm caused by the powerful, recalls Sherwood Ross. January 29, 2010

What Bush Did to Haiti
Six years ago, President George W. Bush engineered the ouster of Haiti's elected president, recalls David Swanson. January 18, 2010

Haiti and America's Historic Debt
As Haiti suffers another natural disaster, few Americans know their historic debt to the Caribbean nation, observes Robert Parry. January 13, 2010

Hard Lessons from Decades Past
As the world enters a dangerous new decade, Robert Parry reflects on what the previous three decades have wrought. January 9, 2010

The Myth of the Three Wise Men
The gospel story of "three wise men" following a star to Jesus's birthplace had a political significance, writes Rev. Howard Bess. January 5, 2010

A Ripple of Hope from the Past
Too often, President Obama is pressured by the likes of Dick Cheney, when Lisa Pease says he should listen to Robert Kennedy. December 31, 2009

Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA?
A document from Harry Truman's library sheds light on tensions between the White House and CIA, writes Ray McGovern. December 29, 2009

The Jesus Genealogy Myths
The New Testament's conflicting genealogies for Jesus reflect contrasting interests of the gospel writers, says Howard Bess. December 28, 2009

A Christmas Eve Battle for Freedom
In the early 19th Century, runaway African slaves and Seminoles fought for their freedom, recalls William Loren Katz. December 24, 2009

Reader: A Christmas Story for Truth
Reader Judith C. Berry regrets teaching the Christmas story of Jesus's birth as real when it actually was a pleasing myth. December 24, 2009

Break the CIA in Two
Forty-six years ago, ex-President Truman warned that CIA analysis must be protected against influence, Ray McGovern notes. December 22, 2009

'Gott Mit Uns': Christians Excusing War
A contradiction of the Christmas season is how a religion founded by a pacifist could so embrace war, says Gary G. Kohls. December 22, 2009

Woodstock's Link to the War Machine
It turns out Woodstock, New York, has a factory that produces a key component for weapons systems, says Laurie Kirby. December 22, 2009

How Myths Can Kill
Myths -- whether ancient or modern -- have the capacity to get people killed for no good reason, writes Robert Parry. December 21, 2009

Sorting Through the Jesus Myths
A historical look at the New Testament offers clues to the enduring mystery of who was Jesus, writes Rev. Howard Bess. December 18, 2009

Can Obama Face the 'Unspeakable'?
John F. Kennedy's battle with the "Unspeakable" is a history that President Obama needs to know, says Lisa Pease. December 14, 2009

Obama's Dirty War
President Obama's escalation of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan means more Phoenix-style tactics, writes Douglas Valentine. December 13, 2009

Jesus and Prometheus
The social message behind the Jesus-birth myth echoes the great Greek myth of Prometheus, writes Rev. Howard Bess. December 11, 2009

Why Journalist Gary Webb Died
On the fifth anniversary of journalist Gary Webb's suicide, his death sheds light on how the U.S. media failed, says Robert Parry. December 9, 2009

Gates Dissembles on Afghan History
Defense Secretary Robert Gates misled reporters on what happened after the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, says Robert Parry. December 8, 2009

The Christian Myth of Jesus's Birth
The Rev. Howard Bess reminds Christians that their cherished beliefs about Jesus's birth derived from politically motivated myths. December 5, 2009

Learning the Wrong Vietnam Lessons
A Newsweek retrospective on Vietnam extracts the wrong lessons and applies them to Afghanistan, says Douglas Valentine. November 19, 2009

Facts Behind 'Men Who Stare at Goats'
As crazy as "The Men Who Stare at Goats" may seem, there's a real story behind the psychic experimentation, says Lisa Pease. November 16, 2009

The Real Thanksgiving Day
Pleasant myths obscure the thankless behavior of the Pilgrims toward the Indians who saved them, says William Loren Katz. November 12, 2009

Finding Vietnam War Positives
A clever Washington Post article says it would be really cool if Afghanistan turned into another Vietnam, notes William Blum. November 4, 2009

Heeding George Kennan's Sage Advice
Famed diplomat George Kennan's early warning about Vietnam applies as well to Afghanistan today, writes Ray McGovern. November 3, 2009

The High Price of Abu Ghraib Truth
Army Sgt. Sam Provance testified about higher-ups implicated in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal and is paying a high price. October 23, 2009

Wilkerson Gets Intel Integrity Award
Ex-State Department chief of staff Larry Wilkerson is praised for truth-telling about Iraq War deception, writes Coleen Rowley. October 19, 2009

Old Testament Brutalities
Today's violence in the Mideast and elsewhere echoes from ancient writings of religious extremists, Rev. Howard Bess notes. October 16, 2009

Why Was the Berlin Wall Built?
With the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's collapse looming, William Blum looks at little known reasons why it was built. October 3, 2009

Why Afghanistan Really Fell Apart
President George H.W. Bush set Afghanistan on the road to chaos with a fateful decision in 1989, Bruce P. Cameron writes. September 30, 2009

Neocon Judge's History of Cover-ups
Judge Laurence Silberman stopped a suit on U.S. torture in Iraq, reprising his cover-ups of the Reagan years, says Robert Parry. September 23, 2009

The American Doomsday Machine
Before becoming famous for leaking the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg was an insider on a U.S. plan for nuclear madness. September 21, 2009

How the Soviet Menace Was Hyped
A declassified document reveals how Cold War hardliners exaggerated the Soviet threat in the 1980s, Melvin A. Goodman says. September 15, 2009

Was the 'Lockerbie Bomber' Framed?
U.S. outrage over release of a Libyan convicted in the PanAm 103 bombing ignores signs he was railroaded, says Morgan Strong. September 14, 2009

The Real Lessons of 9/11
The 9/11 attacks and their aftermath show that competence and rational behavior matter, writes Robert Parry. September 11, 2009

Ronald Reagan's Torture
The CIA report on George W. Bush's torture policies also offers clues on Ronald Reagan's "dark side," reports Robert Parry. September 8, 2009

Colin Powell and Lessons of My Lai
William Calley voices remorse about the My Lai massacre, but Colin Powell has never been called to account, says Robert Parry. September 4, 2009

Ignoring the Truth about Lockerbie
The furor over the release of a Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing ignores evidence of his innocence, says William Blum. September 3, 2009

Lockerbie Doubts
Lost in U.S. outrage over release of a Libyan convicted of the PanAm 103 bombing is the doubt about his guilt, Lisa Pease notes. August 21, 2009

Tom DeLay Stomps Woodstock Nation
Peaceful dreams of Woodstock lost out to the likes of GOP leader (and dance contestant) Tom DeLay, writes Michael Winship. August 20, 2009

Ellsberg's Hiroshima Remembrance
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg recalls Hiroshima and his family's ties to the early days of the atomic era. August 6, 2009

The CIA's Ghosts of Tegucigalpa
The coup d'etat against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has stirred up memories of past CIA interference, writes Jerry Meldon. July 14, 2009

Honduran Coup Blamed on Militarism
The ouster of Honduras' elected government can be traced to a long history of U.S.-fueled militarism, says Sherwood Ross. July 12, 2009

CIA's History of Lying to Congress
New allegations of the CIA misleading Congress are met by pundit disbelief, but there's a long historical record, notes Lisa Pease. July 10, 2009

FBI Ignored Bush-Hussein Ties
FBI released its interrogations of Saddam Hussein, but nothing on the Bush Family's past ties to Iraq's dictator, says Robert Parry. July 2, 2009

Iran Divided & the 'October Surprise'
Today's divisions in Iran's leadership date back to secret decisions made to influence a U.S. election in 1980, reports Robert Parry. June 24, 2009

El Salvador: Ghosts at the Polls
El Salvador's recent election pitted the memory of a martyred archbishop against the legacy of his alleged killer, writes Don North. June 24, 2009

Ronald Reagan: Worst President Ever?
Ronald Reagan is an icon of the Right and wins praise from Democrats, but his real record may be the worst ever, writes Robert Parry. June 3, 2009

Navy Vet Honored, Foiled Israeli Attack
A USS Liberty seaman whose heroism in 1967 forced Israel to halt a lethal attack gets a belated Silver Star, writes Ray McGovern. June 1, 2009

Lost History Hurts Obama's Iran Bid
The message exchange between President Barack Obama and Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was undercut by the lost -- or secret -- history between the two countries, writes Robert Parry. March 26, 2009

Henry Kissinger: Eminence Noire
Newly released tapes of Lyndon Johnson denouncing "treason" by Richard Nixon's campaign in 1968 reflect on Henry Kissinger, who may have joined in dirty tricks then and in 1980, writes Robert Parry. December 28, 2008

Editor Parry on LBJ's 'Treason' Tapes
Journalist Robert Parry comments on President Lyndon Johnson's "treason" charge against Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign. December 28, 2008

We All Failed Gary Webb
Four years ago, the suicide of journalist Gary Webb was a tragedy, but also a warning about what had gone wrong with America and its lost ability to face difficult truths, writes Robert Parry. December 10, 2008

The Significance of Nixon's 'Treason'
The Richard Nixon campaign's successful "treason" in sabotaging Vietnam peace talks in 1968 to win an election explains a lot about Republican dominance of the era, writes Robert Parry. December 9, 2008

Nixon's 'Treason' and Historical Gaps
In a newly released tape, President Lyndon Johnson accuses Richard Nixon's team of "treason" over the Vietnam peace talks. But the U.S. news media still misses the big picture, writes Robert Parry. December 5, 2008

US Journalists & War-Crimes Guilt
Six decades ago, the Nurenberg Tribunals established that propagandists shared in the guilt for crimes against humanity, but today, U.S. journalists casually advocate for war crimes, Peter Dyer notes. October 15, 2008

New York, Slavery & the Truth
A little known truth is New York City's role as a center for the slave trade, providing finances, shipping and political support for one of the worst American crimes, notes scholar William Loren Katz. October 13, 2008

America Pays the Piper, Big Time
To understand how the United States got itself into today's bailout mess, one has to look back three decades to the rise of Ronald Reagan, the neocons and the anti-regulators, notes Robert Parry. September 24, 2008

Dan Ellsberg on Past, Present, Future
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg gives the arc of a troubling narrative for an American Republic in grave danger. August 1, 2008

Iran-Contra's 'Lost Chapter'
Two decades ago, Iran-Contra investigators discovered that Republicans were using CIA propaganda tactics domestically, but the finding was discarded in a congressional compromise. A Special Report. June 30, 2008

The Bushes and Hitler's Appeasement
In a speech to the Knesset, George W. Bush mocked a long-dead U.S. senator who was surprised at Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939. But Bush might have used the occasion to apologize for his family's worse misjudgment in profiting off the Nazi war machine. May 18, 2008

Reagan's Bargain/Charlie Wilson's War
With "Charlie Wilson's War" now out on DVD, we are republishing the commentary on the movie from former CIA analyst Peter W. Dickson, who focused on the key facts that the Tom Hanks film ignored. May 1, 2008

Losing the War for Reality
To understand America's sharp decline in the early 21st Century, one must look at its lost ability to deal with reality. In a new book, former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman traces this problem back to the work of Robert Gates and others in the 1980s to "politicize" intelligence. April 8, 2008

(The Late) M.L. King Still Silenced
In his last years of life, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out forcefully against the Vietnam War and American militarism, drawing cold contempt from major U.S. media outlets. Now, 40 years after his death, the news media still ignores one of King's last great battles. April 4, 2008

Dr. Hamilton and Mr. Hyde
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton is the Democrat that the Republicans always want to handle one of their touchy national-security investigations because he never pushes too hard. That, however, has left some important questions for Hamilton to answer. March 27, 2008

Honoring Two Activist Parents
In 1946, the U.S. government put 42,000 of its own sailors in close proximity to two nuclear explosions to test the effect on humans. For the next half century, one of those sailors, Anthony Guarisco, worked with his wife, Mary, to alert the world to the nuclear threat. In this guest essay, their son Vincent pays tribute to their lives. March 6, 2008

When the Terrorists Were 'Our Guys'
Newly obtained U.S. government records reveal that in 1976 -- when George H.W. Bush was CIA director -- the U.S. government looked the other way as U.S.-based Cuban terrorists teamed up with South American dictators to wreak havoc around the Western Hemisphere, including a double homicide in Washington, D.C. A special report. February 22, 2008

Charlie Wilson's Warlords
The dominant U.S. narrative on the end of the Cold War is that it was won by Ronald Reagan with his hard-line foreign policy, including the Afghanistan War. In this guest essay, Ivan Eland examines whether this conventional wisdom is real or a myth, within the context of the recent movie, "Charlie Wilson's War." February 20, 2008

Bush Family Chronicles: The Patriarchs
Many Americans wonder how a family as arrogant and corrupt as the Bushes seized power in the United States. As Morgan Strong notes in this guest essay, part of the answer can be found in the excessive secrecy that let the rich and powerful hide their dirt. February 10, 2008

Tet Plus 40: US-Vietnam Turning Point
Four decades ago, an audacious Vietcong assault on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon highlighted a countrywide Tet offensive that changed the course of the Vietnam War -- and American politics. In this special report, former ABC News correspondent Don North, who covered the Embassy battle in 1968, tells the inside story of those dramatic events. January 30, 2008

CIA, Iran & the Gulf of Tonkin
George W. Bush's warning to Iran after a confusing incident involving U.S. ships and Iranian speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz is reviving memories of a fateful 1964 confrontation in North Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes that U.S. intelligence should have spoken truth to power then -- as it must now. January 12, 2008

Reagan's Bargain/Charlie Wilson's War
To tell a more heroic story, the producers of "Charlie Wilson's War" left out many of the dangerous trade-offs that shaped U.S. policy in the Afghan War. As former CIA analyst Peter W. Dickson notes, one of the riskiest parts of Ronald Reagan's Afghan bargain was his decision to look the other way on Pakistan's nuclear program. January 6, 2008

Review of 'Charlie Wilson's War'
Historian Lisa Pease reviews the new Aaron Sorkin-written movie about Rep. Charlie Wilson and the CIA's war in Afghanistan. December 20, 2007

Review of 'The Great Debaters'
Historian Lisa Pease reviews Denzel Washington's new movie about a Depression-era all-black debating team. December 14, 2007

Henry Hyde: Mr. Cover-up
The death of ex-Congressman Henry Hyde is drawing fond eulogies from both sides of the political aisle and across Official Washington. But no attention is being paid to Hyde's crucial role in covering up the worst political crimes of the Reagan-Bush era. November 30, 2007

The Man Who Bombed Hiroshima
One of history's most controversial decisions was President Harry Truman's order to drop the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. With the recent death of the American aviator who carried out the mission, the Independent Institute's Anthony Gregory looks at the difficult moral dilemmas that arise from warfare. November 15, 2007

Why Is CIA Suppressing JFK Files?
The CIA continues to resist the release of documents pertaining to a CIA officer who oversaw anti-Castro Cubans who had curious dealings with Lee Harvey Oswald in the run-up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In this guest essay, historian Lisa Pease comments on how the CIA is subverting the intent of the JFK Records Act. October 23, 2007

Next Generation of 'Family Jewels'?
In hailing release of the CIA's "family jewels" confessions, the Washington news media has offered the reassuring message that major intelligence abuses stopped in the mid-1970s because congressional oversight was put in place. But the reality is different and much more alarming. The evidence actually points to worse intelligence crimes committed after the period covered by the "family jewels." What really changed was that the cover-ups got more effective. June 27, 2007

Reagan-Bush Drug Legacy in CentAm
Two grisly massacres in Guatemala -- the murders of three Salvadoran legislators and then the killing of four policemen who had confessed to the first killings -- reflect a legacy dating back to the 1980s when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush put Central America's ideological struggles ahead of enforcing drug laws. March 6, 2007

Why US Shields Japan's WWII Denials
In this guest article, Jerry Meldon examines the mysterious roots of the money that has funded right-wing Asian politics since World War II and that has spilled over into the United States. February 24, 2007

'Amazing Grace': Roots of Freedom
The struggle for human freedom has had many champions, some well known and some obscure. In this guest essay, Jonathan J. Bean highlights the tale of British abolitionist William Wilberforce, the real-life hero in the new movie, "Amazing Grace." February 24, 2007

Reagan & the Salvadoran Baby Skulls
Ronald Reagan is an icon to many Americans who view him as one of the great Presidents. But a new revelation in the Washington Post is a reminder of the depravity behind Reagan's policies in Central America, including massacres of entire villages like the Salvadoran town of El Mozote in 1981. January 30, 2007

How Ollie North Helped Ortega Win
Two decades ago, White House aide Oliver North was the point man for Ronald Reagan's drive to oust Daniel Ortega and his leftist Sandinista government from power in Nicaragua. In a twist of history, however, some angry U.S. diplomats are now blaming North for an ill-timed intervention in Nicaragua's politics that may have helped Ortega regain the presidency. January 11, 2007

Where Gerald Ford Went Wrong
The eulogies for Gerald Ford have been filled with glowing tributes to a self-effacing Midwesterner who helped the nation bind its wounds after Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal and the U.S. defeat in Vietnam. But Ford's two-plus years in the White House can be divided into two parts, an early reform period that tried to rein in the imperial presidency and a second half in which political pressures forced Ford to reverse course -- and begin the comeback for the all-powerful executive. January 1, 2007

Gerald Ford's Mixed Legacy
To many Americans, Gerald Ford represented the antithesis of the imperial presidency that Richard Nixon had brought to historic heights. After succeeding Nixon in 1974, Ford downplayed the trappings of power and treated Congress with greater respect. But, in retrospect, Ford's two-plus years in office could be viewed as the start of the imperial presidency's comeback, which under George W. Bush has exceeded anything Nixon dreamed of. And, ironically, by silencing his own doubts about Bush's Iraq War, Ford may have had a hand in that, too. December 29, 2006

Ronald Reagan's Bloody Apocalypto
For many Americans who have watched Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, the pain of the fictional ancient Mayas in the movie is more real than the actual suffering of real Mayas who were tortured and slaughtered in the 1980s with the help of then-President Ronald Reagan. When a right-wing military dictator was waging this modern genocide against Mayas, Reagan was busy covering the killers' tracks and giving them more efficient weapons to carry out the task. But that history now is less known to Americans than Gibson's faux history of 500 years ago. December 17, 2006

Apocalypto, Then and Now
Mel Gibson's new blockbuster, Apocalypto, offers what supposedly is a look back 500 years at a decadent Mayan society in which a rich city state preys upon weak jungle villages by enslaving their people and subjecting some unfortunate captives to gruesome deaths at the hands of religious zealots. In this guest commentary, journalist and author Don Ediger wonders how future civilizations might depict our own modern culture of violence and fanaticism. December 16, 2006

Saddam & Secret Witnesses
Saddam Hussein remains a political figure that the U.S. news media loves to hate. How else to explain the lack of concern over the use of secret witnesses in a trial that is expected to lead to the execution of Hussein and other officials of the Iraqi government overthrown by the U.S.-led invasion? The secrecy effectively denies the defendants the right to confront their accusers -- and threatens to turn the Hussein tribunal into a kangaroo court. December 8, 2005

Dissing Fitzgerald & Prosecutorial Politics
One of the harshest critics of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the White House leak of a CIA officer's identity has been former independent counsel Joseph diGenova, who examined earlier allegations of George H.W. Bush's political abuses. But unlike Fitzgerald, diGenova bent over backward to avoid finding wrongdoing. [See excerpts from George H.W. Bush's diary, FBI notes on Bush's interrogation and other investigative documents.] November 24, 2005

The Enduring JFK Mystery
Forty-two years after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, the truncated investigations into his murder have left their own troubling legacy -- of a nation denied its history. A recent conference outside Washington tried to put more of the mystery's clues together and looked at why so many of the prior investigations had been botched. November 22. 2005

Rehnquist's Legacy: A Partisan Court
Washington's pundits are falling over themselves to praise the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, but they are ignoring his dark legacy of politicizing the American courts. If that legacy is not recognized -- and not reversed -- the traditional democratic concept of the "rule of the law" may have effectively come to an end. September 7, 2005

The Last Watergate Mystery
The identification of Deep Throat has left only one major unsolved Watergate mystery: what were the Republican burglars seeking when they broke into Democratic headquarters and what might they have done with that information? For the first time, the Democratic official whose phone was bugged in Watergate speaks out on his analysis of how Richard Nixon's spying may have changed the course of Election 1972. June 25, 2005

Bush's SEC Choice Hyped 'Chinagate'
George W. Bush's nominee to oversee Wall Street played fast and loose with the evidence of Chinese nuclear spying in a 1999 congressional report. Rep. Christopher Cox protected the Reagan-Bush administration from evidence that it had opened the floodgates of sensitive secrets to China, and Cox shifted the blame to Bill Clinton. Now, Cox is in line to become the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. June 9, 2005

The Real Lessons of Watergate
The disclosure that former FBI official Mark Felt was the secretive "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal has revived public interest in the 33-year-old scandal. But few Americans grasp the real lessons of Watergate or how the bitter experience shocked conservatives into building the right-wing media infrastructure that is now arguably the most potent force in American politics. June 3, 2005

Bush, Posada & Terrorism Hypocrisy
George W. Bush has insisted on "moral clarity" in the War on Terror, but he and his brother Jeb have ignored the principle against harboring terrorists -- at least when the fugitive is Luis Posada Carriles, a violent Cuban exile with strong political support in the powerful Cuban-American community of South Florida. The American news media also is helping out by mostly treating Posada as a non-story, even though the New York Times did finally put the Posada question on Page One. May 10, 2005

The Bush Family's Favorite Terrorist
Showing that old Cold War habits die hard, the Bush administration is tolerating the presence of right-wing Cuban terrorist Luis Posada in the United States. Though Posada crossed the Mexican border illegally and is now hiding in the Miami area, neither President George W. Bush nor Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has ordered a manhunt. That may seem to contradict the "moral clarity" of the War on Terror, but actually makes sense because Posada has long been the Bush family's favorite terrorist. April 25, 2005

John Bolton & the Battle for Reality
Undersecretary of State John Bolton has been called a "kiss up, kick down kind of guy" for pressuring mid-level U.S. intelligence analysts to embrace administration conclusions. But Bolton's abrasive style is not simply a personality flaw; it's a strategy that's been prevalent since the Reagan years for ensuring that the American people get a slanted perception of reality. April 19, 2005

Negroponte's 'Friendly Eye'
John Negroponte assures the Senate that he will tell "truth to power" as director of national intelligence, but his record is better summed up by his use of Shakespearean dialogue in 1983 to suggest that "a friendly eye" be cast toward abuses by the Honduran government. April 13, 2005

Iraq: Quicksand & Blood
In the vice presidential debate, Dick Cheney cited El Salvador as a precedent for the U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. In an article almost a year ago, we noted the dangers of the Bush-Cheney administration transferring to the Middle East lessons supposedly learned from the Reagan-Bush intervention in Central America two decades ago. It is reprinted here.

CIA's DI Disgrace
The Iraqi-intelligence failure of the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence -- or DI -- traces back nearly a quarter century to the days after Ronald Reagan's election when ideological conservatives took aim at the DI's historic traditions of objective analysis. The extraordinary stories of how the Reagan-Bush administration broke the will of the analysts -- and why President Clinton refused to address the crisis -- were the prequels to today's DI disgrace. July 13, 2004

A CIA Officer's Calamitous Choices
Secret intelligence operatives sometimes make decisions that resonate through time. One such CIA officer was James Critchfield, whose choices influenced U.S. attitudes in the Cold War and shaped the Saddam era in Iraq. By Jerry Meldon. May 15, 2003.

Toward the Brink
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have suddenly made relevant the shadowy history of the past two decades. September 17, 2001

CIA's Worst-Kept Secret
Newly released documents confirm that U.S. intelligence recruited and protected hundreds of Nazi war criminals after World War II. By Martin A. Lee. May 16, 2001

Three Reasons -- What Went Wrong
Three recent news events shed light on what went wrong with American democracy over the past half century, as the nation compromised its principles -- and implicated young men like Bob Kerrey in atrocities -- all for the Cold War. May 1, 2001

CIA's Anti-Drug Message for Kids
The CIA wants American families to know that it's fighting the war on drugs, but the real story isn't quite so simple or so pretty. By Martin A. Lee. March 4, 2001

Reagan-Bush Security Breaches
Ronald Reagan's tough rhetoric of the 1980s obscured a very different reality. As the arrest of an alleged FBI "double agent" underscores, the Reagan-Bush era was a time when American national security was compromised, possibly worse than at any time in U.S. history. February 23, 2001

Iran-Contra & the Case of Wen Ho Lee
Little-noticed Iran-contra files shed light on how the Reagan-Bush administration built the clandestine ties to communist China that were the backdrop of the Wen Ho Lee nuclear secrets case. By Robert Parry. September 18, 2000

Ronald Reagan's Last Secret
A search for an inner self ends on the surface. By Robert Parry. November 25, 1999

Reagan & Guatemala's Death Files.
New records prove genocide and the U.S. hand. By Robert Parry. May 26, 1999

The US-Guatemala File.
Training state terrorists. By Robert Parry. May 26, 1999

'Like I Wasn't President at All.'
Reagan and Iran. By Robert Parry. May 26, 1999

Secret Service Privilege: The Bush File
Kenneth Starr has obliterated the Secret Service's claim of a special 'protective privilege.' But Starr's old boss, George Bush, benefitted from that privilege when his bodyguards concealed records from October Surprise investigators in 1992. July 23, 1998

Uncle Sam's Favorite Terrorists
New evidence suggests that in the past year, U.S. soil again has served as a base for anti-Castro terrorism. The attacks confront President Clinton with a choice between law and politics. June 24, 1998

Two Indonesias, Two Americas
The turmoil in Indonesia has brought to the fore secret military relations between Washington and Jakarta that date back to the 1960s. Then, President Sukarno was ousted by Gen. Suharto amid a bloody rampage that killed up to one million people. The U.S. hand always hid behind a cloak of national security, one dark chapter in a troubling history of counterinsurgency. June 9, 1998

India, the CIA & the Bomb
CIA's botched Indian analysis is drawing criticism, but the root of the failure is found in President Reagan's 'politicization' and President Clinton's failure to correct the problem. June 9, 1998

Lost History: GOP & KAL-007: 'Key Is to Lie First'
Republican leaders say they want the "whole truth" about the Clinton scandals. But the GOP's history is strewn with 50 years of Cold War situational lying, like the doctored intercepts used as propaganda after the Korean Air Lines disaster in 1983. (5/18/98)

Lost History: Project X, Drugs & Death Squads
New disclosures about secret 'Project X' training manuals and the CIA's purge of criminals from its payrolls have corroborated many of the decades-old criticism of U.S. national security. But the news is slipping back into a media black hole. (3/31/97)

Lost History: Contras, Dirty $ & CIA (Part 2)
A mysterious Cuban-American banker lined up millions of dollars in guns for the Nicaraguan contras. But the money came from shadowy Panamanian banks and brought suspicion that the CIA was arranging laundered drug profits. (3/3/97)

Lost History: Contras, Dirty Money & CIA
When Ronald Reagan wanted to get guns and money to the Nicaraguan contras, his men often turned to the shadowy world of money-laundering. Newly discovered documents show a well-worn trail that leads from Panama's law offices to Swiss banks, from dirty money on the streets of American cities to the brutal murder of a principal contra financier. (2/17/97)

Lost History: Ollie's 'Enemies' & the FBI
When Oliver North was at the height of his power, he tried to muscle his 'enemies' by enlisting the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate them. Newly released Iran-contra documents show that North saw the FBI as a possible weapon even to use against troublesome journalists. (2/3/97)

Lost History: The CIA Protects the Iran-Contra Cover-up (1/20/97)

Lost History: CIA-Contra Plan-Kill Cubans
Duane Clarridge acknowledges in a new book that an original goal of the contra operation was to "start killing Cubans." (1/20/97)

Lost History: The CIA's Fugitive Terrorist
Luis Posada, a CIA-trained Cuban exile, hooked up with Oliver North's secret Nicaraguan contra supply operation in 1986. Before that Posada was a known international terrorist accused of bombing a civilian airliner that was headed for Havana. (1/6/97)

Lost History: CIA's Perception Management
How the CIA practiced "Perception Management" on the American people during the '80s. (12/9/96)

Lost History: Dole Nearly Cited in Iran-Contra Report
While in the Senate, Dole fought to hinder Lawrence Walsh's Iran-contra investigation and then urged President Bush to pardon Casper Weinberger in the last month of the Bush Presidency. (11/11/96)

Lost History: Arafat Reveals 'October Surprise' Bid
Arafat informed President Carter that the Republicans approached him in 1980 over October Surprise. (10-28-96)

Lost History: 'Project X' & Assassins School
The Pentagon now admits that the School of the Americas used manuals that advocated torture, murder and coercion for political ends. (10-14-96)

Lost History: Wall Street Journal's 'Big Lies'
The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, edited by Robert Bartley, stoops to some of the worst media abuses. Evidence is fabricated. Good people are smeared. Case in point: WSJ vs. Gary Sick. (9-30-96)

Lost History: Reagan-Bush Crime Syndicate
A decade ago, press reports disclosed that the Nicaraguan contra rebels were trafficking in cocaine to buy guns. But instead of going after the contras, the White House went after the story and the government investigators who tried to follow it up. (9-16-96)

Lost History: Marcos, Money & Treason
In a stunning disclosure, Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan's former campaign manager, writes that Philippine despot Ferdinand Marcos sent $10 Million in cash to Reagan's 1984 campaign. (9-2-96)

Lost History: Newsweek's Convenient Lies
When Newsweek columnist Joe Klein lied about his authorship of a novel and editor Maynard Parker published falsehoods in Newsweek to protect Klein's money-making secret, the magazine's 'standards of truth' responsible for hounding Adm. Jeremy Boorda over his right to wear a pin were suddenly less inviolable. (8-19-96)

Lost History: Pierre Salinger & 1980 Taboo
The censorship of fomer ABC News' Paris bureau chief Pierre Salinger's memoirs, P.S., which expunged his October Surprise conclusion, is another case of the history of the 1980 American Presidential election is Lost History. (7-8-96)

Lost History: October Surprise Arises
The October Surprise has been brought before the Supreme Court in a libel suit. Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane has brought suit against Esquire magazine for a 1991 story linking McFarlane to both the alleged 1980 hostage dirty trick and to the Jonathan Pollard spy case. (6-24-96)

Lost History: The Devil & Bob Gates
Ex-CIA Director Bob Gates's memoirs, "From the Shadows," reveals an eerie mix of startling admissions blended with dubious history and self-serving explanations to provide proof of our lost history. (6-10-96)

Lost History: Death, Lies and Bodywashing
A small granite marker in Arlington National Cemetery honors the 21 American soldiers who fought and died in El Salvador's civil war, but their story remains a secret to the American people. (5-27-96)