What Your Support Meant in 2011

As you know, Consortiumnews.com relies almost exclusively on the support of our readers. So, as 2011 ends, we wanted to express our thanks and present a selection of the important articles from the past year that your donations helped make possible.

Though we invite you to explore the Web site more fully and to check out the “In Case You Missed These Stories” archive below we have grouped more than 80 stories in broad categories that reflect some of our notable work in 2011:

Democratic Ideals:

“How I View the American Crisis” by Robert Parry, suggesting history can point to future strategies. (April 17, 2011)

McGovern Reflects on Truth-Telling” by Ray McGovern, noting the role of honesty in a democracy. (April 18, 2011)

Questioning Obama’s Americanism” by Robert Parry, challenging the tactic of portraying the President as un-American. (April 29, 2011)

Making the US Economy Scream” by Robert Parry, looking at the Republican style of politics. (June 3, 2011)

Is Obama to Blame for America’s Mess?” by Robert Parry, assessing the President’s responsibility for what went wrong. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Resetting the American Narrative” by Robert Parry, describing how the debate over “free markets” could be revised. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Moneyball: the Value of Reason” by Lisa Pease, looking at the deeper message underlying a popular movie. (Sept. 29, 2011)

Three Pillars of a Revived Republic” by Robert Parry, looking past the Occupy encampments. Dec. 2, 2011

Foreign Policy and War:

Obama Should Read WikiLeaks Docs” by Ray McGovern, suggesting the president could learn some key facts. (January 3, 2011)

Reagan’s Epoch Shatters in Egypt” by Robert Parry, noting an end of authoritarian era. (February 4, 2011)

America’s Stay-at-Home Ex-President” by Ray McGovern, noting human rights complexities to George W. Bush’s travels. (February 8, 2011)

Standing Up to War and Hillary Clinton” by Ray McGovern, explaining why he protested Secretary of State Clinton’s speech. (February 23, 2011)

How to Read Gates’s Shifts on the Wars” by Ray McGovern, assessing the Defense Secretary’s new skepticism. (March 2, 2011)

NATO Pushes ‘Regime Change’ in Libya” by Peter Dyer, exposing the West’s strategy in the Libyan civil war. (April 22, 2011)

Trying ‘Shock and Awe’ in Libya” by Robert Parry, describing NATO’s strategy of high-tech intimidation. (April 27, 2011)

Petraeus: A Threat to CIA Analysis” by Ray McGovern, critiquing President Obama’s selection of Gen. Petraeus to run the CIA. (April 28, 2011)

Finishing a Job, Obama Gets Osama” by Robert Parry looking back on George W. Bush’s failures. (May 2, 2011)

Politics of Revenge and Submission” by Phil Rockstroh, lamenting how the American republic had to die to get bin Laden. (May 5, 2011)

The Curious Bush/Bin Laden Symbiosis” by Robert Parry, tracking the odd way the two adversaries helped one another. (May 7, 2011)

Netanyahu Sets Limits for Obama” by Robert Parry, describing the audacity of the Israeli prime minister in the Oval Office. (May 21, 2011)

Cheering Netanyahu’s Intransigence” by Robert Parry, marveling at how Congress groveled before the Israeli prime minister. (May 25, 2011)

Netanyahu’s Pyrrhic Victory” by Daniel C. Maguire, questioning the long-term success of the Israeli prime minister’s arrogant visit. (May 27, 2011)

The Reality of Robert Gates” by Paul R. Pillar, challenging the myth that has surrounded the Defense Secretary. (May 28, 2011)

The Mysterious Robert Gates” by Robert Parry, contesting the Defense Secretary’s record as a straight-shooter. (May 31, 2011)

Gen. Keane Keen on Iran Attack” by Ray McGovern, describing a confrontation with an Iran war hawk. (June 5, 2011)

Gaza and American Security” by Ray McGovern, explaining his decision to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza. (June 18, 2011)

More US Soldiers Die in Vain” by Ray McGovern, recognizing the harsh reality in the mounting death toll from America’s two misbegotten wars. (August 7, 2011)

Orange Jumpsuits / Double Standards” by Robert Parry, contrasting the harsh treatment of London looters with benign neglect of UK/U.S. war criminals. (August 25, 2011)

New War Rationale: Protect Civilians” by Robert Parry, questioning the rationale for NATO’s “regime change” intervention in Libya. (August 27, 2011)

Why Do All Hail Gen. Petraeus” by Robert Parry, examining the myths surrounding the new CIA director. (Sept. 1, 2011)

Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran” by Ray McGovern, warning of a likely escalation in hostilities sooner rather than later. (October 3, 2011)

Petraeus’s CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot” by Ray McGovern, revealing how the new CIA hierarchy pumped up a buffoonish plot. (October 13, 2011)

The Tale of Two Assassination Plots” by Robert Parry, contrasting the alarm over a dubious Iranian scheme and disinterest in a real Chilean one. (October 14, 2011)

Is Mitt Romney a Neocon Purist?” by Robert Parry, noting how the Washington Post chided Romney for some deviations. (October 15, 2011)

Ending the Iraq Catastrophe” by Robert Parry, reflecting on the promised exit of U.S. combat forces from Iraq. (October 21, 2011)

Sen. McCain’s Libyan Two-Step” by Morgan Strong, investigating John McCain two-faced approach toward Muammar Gaddafi. (October 28, 2011)

An Iraq-WMD Replay on Iran” by Robert Parry, observing how some of the usual suspects from the Iraq fiasco are back pushing a conflict with Iran, Nov. 8, 2011

Déjà vu Over Iran A-Bomb Charges” by Robert Parry, recalling the parallels between the furor over Iraq and now Iran, Nov. 10, 2011

Iran Nuke Report: Little New, Big Impact” by Paul R. Pillar, noting the absence of much new in much-touted allegations about Iran, Nov. 11, 2011

NATO’s Law of the Jungle in Libya” by Peter Dyer, explaining how NATO wrote its own rules in achieving “regime change” in Libya, Nov. 11, 2011

No Room for Smugness on Iran” by former CIA analyst Elizabeth Murray, tracing how the neocons conned the U.S. regarding Iraq and are back on Iran, Nov. 16, 2011

Slanting the Case on Iran’s Nukes” by Robert Parry, exposing the secret political agenda of the new leadership of the UN atomic energy inspectors, Nov. 21, 2011

Are Americans in Line for Gitmo?” by Ray McGovern, examining another draconian “war on terror” law. Dec. 3, 2011

Economics and Domestic Policy:

Budget Crisis? Duh, Tax the Rich” by Robert Parry, examining the one option that Washington politics forbids. (February 24, 2011)

Republicans Embrace ‘Greedy Geezers’” by Robert Parry, observing a cynical ploy to split the retired and near-retired. (April 25, 2011)

The Robber Barons Are Back!” by Aerik Vondenburg, retracing the restoration of an unequal gilded age. (April 30, 2011)

How Greed Destroys America” by Robert Parry, analyzing how tax cuts incentivized destructive greed. (June 28, 2011)

Spain’s Battle Against Austerity” by Pablo Ouziel, giving a front-line look at what’s in store for Western societies as banks are pampered and people pay the price. (August 7, 2011)

The Dangerous Reagan Cult” by Robert Parry, tracing modern-day Republican extremism back to the anti-government rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. (August 16, 2011)

Jesus: Redistributionist-in-Chief” by Rev. Howard Bess, contrasting the Gospel message with right-wing Christianity. (Sept. 4, 2011)

The Dark Legacy of Reaganomics” by Robert Parry, recounting how Ronald Reagan’s policies damaged America. (Sept. 20, 2011)

The One Answer: Tax the Rich” by Robert Parry, explaining why raising taxes on the rich would solve so many problems at once. (Sept. 26, 2011)

Occupying the Heart of the Beast” by Phil Rockstroh, reporting from Zuccotti Park with the Occupy Wall Street protests. (October 5, 2011)

Reagan’s Greed Is Good Folly” by Robert Parry, explaining how Ronald Reagan’s economics devastated the middle class. (October 5, 2011)

Free Market v. Government Intervention” by Robert Parry, noting Republican confidence in rejecting President Obama’s job plan. (October 12, 2011)

Looming Crisis of Climate Chaos” by Richard Lee Dechert, warning that time is running out to address global warming, Nov. 7, 2011

Would Jesus Join the Occupy Protests” by Rev. Howard Bess, putting the new opposition to greed in a religious context, Nov. 26, 2011

Historical Context:

Justice Scalia’s ‘Originalist’ Hypocrisy” by Robert Parry, dissecting Antonin Scalia’s double standards on judicial philosophy. (January 5, 2011)

The Power of False Narrative” by Robert Parry, observing how systematic lies can change history. (January 7, 2011)

The Violence of Deformed Christianity” by Rev. Howard Bess, reflecting on how today’s Christianity tolerates violence. (January 14, 2011)

Ronald Reagan’s 30-Year Time Bombs” by Robert Parry, describing the delayed havoc that President Reagan wrought. (January 28, 2011)

Ronald Reagan, Enabler of Atrocities” by Robert Parry, marking Reagan’s 100th birthday with some inconvenient truth. (February 6, 2011)

Recalling the Slaughter of Innocents” by Ray McGovern, remembering a U.S. bombing raid that killed Iraqi women and children. (February 14, 2011)

Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome” by Robert Parry, recalling the Persian Gulf “victory” that won Americans back to war. (February 28, 2011)

Inside America’s ‘Adjustment Bureau'” by Robert Parry, comparing the movie to how reality is really manipulated. (March 14, 2011)

A Two-Decade Detour into Empire” by Robert Parry, describing how cover-ups in the early 1990s distorted U.S. history. (March 31, 2011)

Spy vs. Spy: the First Patriots Day” by Robert Parry, giving the larger context of Paul Revere’s ride. (April 18-19, 2011)

Jimmy Carter’s October Surprise Doubts” by Robert Parry, noting the ex-president’s questions about how his reelection was spoiled. (May 12, 2011)

Halberstam’s ‘Best-Brightest’ Blunder” by James DiEugenio, reflecting on how a historical narrative was botched. (May 17, 2011) And Part Two.

Drug War’s March of Folly” by Richard L. Fricker, measuring the disaster of the four-decade war on drugs. (June 22, 2011)

The Lie Behind the Afghan War” by Robert Parry, debunking one of the “known facts” about the U.S. role in Afghanistan. (June 24, 2011)

Inside the October Surprise Cover-up” by Robert Parry, examining Bush Sr.’s White House records about 1980 mystery. (July 12, 2011)

October Surprise Evidence Surfaces” by Robert Parry, disclosing proof of what Republicans knew about a secret trip. (July 14, 2011)

US Lost Its Way From Omaha Beach” by Robert Parry, reflecting on how America’s bravery in liberating Europe has been betrayed by subsequent actions. (August 10, 2011)

Truth Still a Casualty at Dieppe” by Don North, reflecting on the press propaganda that surrounded a World War II catastrophe. (August 18, 2011)

Dick Cheney: Son of the New Deal” by Robert Parry, reflecting on the irony of how this right-wing icon found success. (Sept. 16, 2011)

Tea Party Gets the Constitution Wrong” by Robert Parry, exposing the sloppy historical analysis from the Right. (Sept. 18, 2011)

Taking a Bush Secret to the Grave” by Robert Parry, exposing a three-decade-old secret about the identity of George H.W. Bush’s key October Surprise alibi witness. (Sept. 27, 2011)

Would the Founders Back Health Law?” by Robert Parry, examining “original intent” about American competitiveness. (Sept. 29, 2011)

Rick Perry’s Revolutionary War History” by Robert Parry, debunking the Republican Right’s early American narrative. (October 12, 2011)

Intriguing Shakespeare Author Mystery” by Lisa Pease, examining the complex history of the movie, “Anonymous.” (October 21, 2011)

Unmasking October Surprise Debunker” by Robert Parry, exposing the dangerous biases of Steven Emerson. (October 30, 2011)

Richard Nixon’s Darkest Secret” by Robert Parry, tracing a new Archive disclosure into Nixon’s heart of darkness, Nov. 11, 2011

Clint Eastwood’s Dishonest J. Edgar” by James DiEugenio, filling in the many historical gaps of the new movie on J. Edgar Hoover. Nov. 30, 2011

The Lost Opportunity of Iran-Contra” by Robert Parry, reflecting on a moment when the course of U.S. history might have changed. Dec. 1, 2011

Media Ethics:

NYT’s Keller Disparages Assange” by Coleen Rowley, disputing the New York Times’ dissing of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. (February 6, 2011)

How the US Press Corps Lost Its Way” by Robert Parry, reflecting on the death of press corps “dean” David Broder. (March 11, 2011)

Through the US Media Lens Darkly by Robert Parry, assessing the biased coverage of the Middle East. (March 18, 2011)

Neocons Spin Two Lost Wars” by Robert Parry, describing how neocons won’t acknowledge the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan. (June 8, 2011)

Three Deadly War Myths” by Robert Parry, examining how false narratives keep America at war. (June 9, 2011)

Who Are These People?” by Robert Parry, marveling at the limited Iraq War mea culpa of the New York Times’ Bill Keller. (Sept. 12, 2011)

On Libya, Now They Tell Us” by Robert Parry, noting the Big Media’s belated admissions about the dark side of the Libyan rebels. (Sept. 15, 2011)

Falling for New Neocon Propaganda” by Ray McGovern, commenting on how a Washington Post columnist gets snookered again. (October 22, 2011)

Switching Focus from Iraq to Iran” by Ray McGovern, citing how the Washington Post’s neocon editors still spoil for a fight. (October 23, 2011)

The Warning in Gary Webb’s Death” by Robert Parry, recalling the wretched behavior of the Big Media toward a truthful reporter. (Dec. 9, 2011)

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A Brief Narrative of Consortiumnews

From Editor Robert Parry: As we struggle to raise the money to keep Consortiumnews.com alive in the New Year, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested I write a brief narrative to explain our history and our goals. (If you just want to donate to our end-of-year fund drive, click the Donate button.)

In 1995, after more than two decades in the mainstream news media (AP, Newsweek and PBS), I founded Consortiumnews.com as a home for the serious journalism that no longer had a place in an American news business that had lost its way.

At the time, I was the lead journalist on what had become known as the Iran-Contra scandal, and I had watched first-hand as senior news executives chose to squelch that inquiry apparently out of fear that it would cause another impeachment crisis around another Republican president, Ronald Reagan.

Such a possibility was deemed “not good for the country,” a view held both inside Congress and in the boardrooms of the elite national news media. But I refused to accept the judgment. I continued to pursue the many loose ends of the scandal, from evidence of drug trafficking by Reagan’s beloved Nicaraguan Contras to suspicions that the arms-for-hostages deals with Iran started much earlier, possibly even during the 1980 presidential campaign.

My insistence on getting to the bottom of this historically important story alienated me from my senior editors at Newsweek and from many of my journalistic colleagues who simply wanted to keep their jobs and avoid trouble. But it offended me that the national press corps was signing off on what amounted to a high-level cover-up.

The era of Watergate had come full circle. Instead of exposing crimes and cover-ups, the Washington press corps’ job had changed into harassing and mocking serious investigators the likes of Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh who stayed on the trail.

Consistency and persistence were oh so passé. The Washington news media had drifted into a culture of careerism where top jobs paid well into the six- and even seven-figures. Your hair style and glib presentation on TV were far more important than the quality of your reporting. And the most important thing was to avoid the wrath of right-wing attack groups who would “controversialize” you.

By the mid-90s, it had become clear to me that there was no feasible way to do the work that had to be done within the confines of the mainstream media. The pressures on everyone had grown too intense. No matter how solid the reporting, many issues were simply off limits, particularly scandals that reflected badly on the admired duo of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Even when I obtained highly classified government documents in 1994-95 shedding light on how U.S. policies toward Iraq and Iran had evolved at the start of the Reagan-Bush era, this information could find no home even in the liberal outliers of the mainstream media.

So, on the advice of my oldest son Sam, who told me about this strange new phenomenon called the Internet, I started this Web site in fall 1995.

Besides seeing Consortiumnews.com as a place for serious journalism, I also envisioned it as a refuge for quality journalists who faced the same frustrations that I did. I thought we could provide editing and financial support, as well as an outlet that would distribute their stories to the public. Hence, the rather clunky name, Consortiumnews. At the time, I thought I could raise a significant amount of money for the project.

However, during my initial contacts with public-interest and liberal foundations, I was told that a major objection to funding journalism was the cost. The feeling was that information was an expensive luxury. But I thought I could prove that assumption wrong by applying old-fashioned journalistic standards to this new medium.

To start the Web site the first of its kind on the Internet I cashed out my Newsweek retirement fund and we began producing groundbreaking reporting original to the Web. Over time, we showed that quality journalism could be done at a bargain-basement price. (Even today, as Consortiumnews.com has grown into a daily news operation, our annual budget is only about $120,000 a year. We get an extraordinary bang for every buck.)

Yet, despite our journalistic success, foundations and large funders remained skittish. We became an IRS-recognized 501-c-3 non-profit in 1999 (as the Consortium for Independent Journalism) and received some modest grants, but we have never been funded at the level that I had hoped.

Indeed, at the start of the crucial 2000 presidential campaign, our financial situation had grown so dire that I was forced to take an editing job at Bloomberg News and put the Web site on a part-time basis. We still published some important stories about the campaign, including how unfairly the Washington press corps was treating Al Gore and how outrageous the Florida recount was, but we didn’t have the impact that we could have had.

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2002-03, we also challenged Washington’s conventional wisdom, which was solidly behind George W. Bush’s case for war. But again our voice was muted.

Finally, in early 2004, I felt it was important to pull together our volumes of original material about the Bush Family before that year’s election. For personal financial reasons, I couldn’t leave Bloomberg News until April (and I must admit it wasn’t easy stepping away from a six-figure salary). But I felt I had no choice.

After quitting, I accelerated the pace at Consortiumnews.com and got to work on a book that became Secrecy & Privilege, the history of the Bush Dynasty.

After George W. Bush got his second term, we still kept at it at Consortiumnews.com, contesting his claims about the Iraq War and his broader neoconservative strategy, which combined violence in the Middle East with an assault on civil liberties at home. I felt it was especially crucial to explain the real history of U.S. relations with Iran and Iraq, a narrative that had been grossly distorted by the cover-ups in the 1980s and early 1990s.

To my great satisfaction, we also began developing what might be regarded as unlikely relationships with former CIA analysts, such as Ray McGovern, Peter Dickson, Melvin Goodman and Elizabeth Murray. Though these CIA folks had been trained not to talk to journalists like me, it turned out they also were looking for places to impart their important knowledge.

I found that our experiences had run on parallel tracks. In the 1980s, as the Washington press corps was facing intense pressure to toe the Reagan-Bush line, the CIA analysts were experiencing the same thing inside their offices at Langley. It became clear to me that the Right’s central strategy of that era had been to seize control of the information flows out of Washington.

To do so required transforming both CIA analysts and Washington journalists into propagandists. The crowning achievement of that project had been the cowering CIA “analysis” and the fawning “journalism” that had been used to whip up popular support for George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.

And that is where I fear we still stand, stuck in a dangerous swamp of disinformation, spin and lies.

Though the election of Barack Obama in 2008 showed that the Right’s propaganda machine is not all-powerful, it remains the most intimidating political force in the United States. It can literally create scandals out of nothing, like the “birther” controversy that persuaded many Americans that Obama was born in Kenya despite clear evidence to the contrary. On economic topics, millions of Americans are convinced to oppose their own best interests.

Today, the Right along with much of the Washington mainstream media is reprising the propagandistic treatment of Iraq regarding Iran, with a new conflict increasingly likely as the American public again gets whipped up into a war frenzy.

Still, my hope remains that we can finally gain the financial backing that we need at Consortiumnews.com to be a strong voice for truth and a way to maintain the best principles of journalism in order to counteract the exaggerations and hysteria that are again taking hold in America.

If you want to help us, you can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

Since we are a 501-c-3 non-profit, your donation may be tax-deductible. We appreciate any size donation that you can afford.

We also are offering thank-you gifts. For a donation of $100 or more, you can get a copy of the late Gary Webb’s book, The Killing Game, published this year by Seven Stories Press. (If you want this or any other thank-you gift, just follow-up your donation with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com).

For donations of $75 or more, you can get an autographed copy of one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep. (Just ask by e-mail.)

For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores Republican skullduggery with Iran prior to the pivotal 1980 election. (Again, just ask)

Here are some other ways you can help us continue our work:

If you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here. (If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

You can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, postage included. For details, click here.

Or you can help us close out some warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $56. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each. At $56 for a carton, each book only costs you $2. And for U.S. orders, we’ll pay for shipping.

Mostly, we need to get the books out of the warehouse, so we don’t have to destroy them. For details about this bulk book order, click here.

As always, thanks for your support.

Robert Parry

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.




You Are Consortiumnews.com

From Editor Robert Parry: When I started this Web site in 1995 as the “Internet’s First Investigative ‘Zine” I thought our goal of building a home for independent journalism and a “consortium” to finance it would win support of wealthy individuals who recognized the crisis in U.S. media. But I was wrong.

As it turned out, my appeals to the well-to-do and to public-interest foundations fell mostly on deaf ears. Many found creative arguments for justifying why our operation wasn’t worth supporting: the media problem was just too big, other priorities were more important, the mainstream (or “liberal”) media could do the job.

Over the years, a few small foundations have come through with modest grants, but the truth is that Consortiumnews.com would not have survived for 16 years providing thousands of original articles on important topics if not for the support of our readers. The real “consortium for independent journalism” is you.

Today, amid the worst economic crisis in three-quarters of a century, I believe the need for what we have done in fleshing out a truthful narrative of how the crisis took shape is more important than ever. The only way out of the mess is for the people to understand how we got into it.

So, I turn to you again with a request for the financial support to keep Consortiumnews.com alive. Our drive to raise $45,000 by year’s end is only about 15 percent of the way there. As frugal as we always are, we can’t survive without some funding.

You can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”). Since we are a 501-c-3 non-profit, your donation may be tax-deductible.

We appreciate any size donation that you can afford.

We also are offering thank-you gifts, including an online auction for the four remaining mugs that commemorated our first issue. We will send one mug to each of the top four donors who contribute to our end-of-year fund drive (if you indicate that you want to be part of the “auction” with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com).

Also, for a donation of $100 or more, you can get a copy of the late Gary Webb’s book, The Killing Game, published this year by Seven Stories Press. (Again, just send a follow-up e-mail if you want the book.)

For donations of $75 or more, you can get an autographed copy of one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep. (Just ask.)

For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores Republican skullduggery with Iran prior to the pivotal 1980 election.

Here are some other ways you can help us continue our work:

If you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here. (If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

You can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, postage included. For details, click here.

Or you can help us close out some warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $56. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each. At $56 for a carton, each book only costs you $2. And for U.S. orders, we’ll pay for shipping, too.

Mostly, we need to get the books out of the warehouse, so we don’t have to destroy them. For details about this bulk book order, click here.

As always, thanks for your support.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.




In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in November explored the meaning of the Occupy Wall Street protests, examined the new case for heightened tensions with Iran, explained some lost history of Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover, and more.

Modern-Day Hooverville with Hope” by William Loren Katz, giving his historical perspective on Occupy Wall Street, Nov. 1, 2011

End of the Reagan Narrative?” by Robert Parry, wondering if the Occupy protests finally will bring the Reagan era to a close, Nov. 2, 2011

Assessing Obama’s Peace Moves” by Robert Parry, examining right-wing anger over President Obama’s pullback from a decade of war, Nov. 4, 2011

The GOP’s History of Hostage-Taking” by Robert Parry, reflecting on Republican hard-ball politics over the past decades, Nov. 6, 2011

Dehumanizing Late-Stage Capitalism” by Phil Rockstroh, viewing the Occupy protests as a rebellion against the depredations of greed, Nov. 7, 2011

Looming Crisis of Climate Chaos” by Richard Lee Dechert, warning that time is running out to address global warming, Nov. 7, 2011

An Iraq-WMD Replay on Iran” by Robert Parry, observing how some of the usual suspects from the Iraq fiasco are back pushing a conflict with Iran, Nov. 8, 2011

Who Is Judge Richard Leon?” by Robert Parry, describing how a Republican political operative ended up on the federal bench, Nov. 9, 2011

Déjà vu Over Iran A-Bomb Charges” by Robert Parry, recalling the parallels between the furor over Iraq and now Iran, Nov. 10, 2011

Iran Nuke Report: Little New, Big Impact” by Paul R. Pillar, noting the absence of much new in much-touted allegations about Iran, Nov. 11, 2011

NATO’s Law of the Jungle in Libya” by Peter Dyer, explaining how NATO wrote its own rules in achieving “regime change” in Libya, Nov. 11, 2011

Richard Nixon’s Darkest Secret” by Robert Parry, tracing a new Archive disclosure into Nixon’s heart of darkness, Nov. 11, 2011

The Lost History of J. Edgar” by Lisa Pease, faulting a movie’s shallow biography of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Nov. 14, 2011

Big Media’s Double Standards on Iran” by Robert Parry, dissecting how the major U.S. news media fails any test of objectivity, Nov. 15, 2011

No Room for Smugness on Iran” by former CIA analyst Elizabeth Murray, tracing how the neocons conned the U.S. regarding Iraq and are back on Iran, Nov. 16, 2011

Slanting the Case on Iran’s Nukes” by Robert Parry, exposing the secret political agenda of the new leadership of the UN atomic energy inspectors, Nov. 21, 2011

Questions to Ask the Candidates” by Ray McGovern, suggesting tough queries to pose to political candidates, Nov. 25, 2011

Would Jesus Join the Occupy Protests” by Rev. Howard Bess, putting the new opposition to greed in a religious context, Nov. 26, 2011

Next Challenge for the Occupy Protests” by Danny Schechter, laying out what the movement needs to do next, Nov. 28, 2011

Clint Eastwood’s Dishonest J. Edgar” by James DiEugenio, filling in the many historical gaps of the new movie on J. Edgar Hoover.

To produce and publish these stories and many more costs money. And except for book sales and a few ads, we depend on the generous support of our readers.

So, please consider a tax-deductible donation either by credit card online or by mailing a check. (For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named “consortnew@aol.com.”).

We have just started our crucial end-of-year fund drive with a goal of raising $45,000 over the next 45 days. For details, click here.

Thanks for your support.




Gary Webb’s Book as Thank-You Gift

From Editor Robert Parry: As a new thank-you gift for donations over $100 to Consortiumnews.com, we are offering a wonderful new book, The Killing Game, a selection of investigative news stories by the late Gary Webb explaining the context of his remarkable life and tragic death.

Perhaps more than any journalist, Webb was a victim of what has happened inside American journalism over the past few decades as the national press corps increasingly has bowed down to the powerful and made itself a willing servant to official propaganda.

In 1996, Webb encountered this dark new reality when he revived the scandal of Nicaraguan Contra cocaine trafficking, a story that Official Washington and the Big Newspapers had rejected in the 1980s as a “conspiracy theory” despite hard evidence to the contrary.

In response to Webb’s investigative series at the San Jose Mercury-News, the influential right-wing news media along with the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times transformed Webb into a laughingstock. Webb’s Mercury-News editors soon panicked and forced Webb to resign.

But Webb’s reporting did prompt an internal CIA investigation by the spy agency’s inspector general who not only confirmed much of Webb’s reporting but revealed that the Reagan administration was well aware of the Contra-cocaine problem even as it was denying the original Contra-cocaine stories in the 1980s.

Yet, instead of finally admitting the documented truth and rehabilitating Webb’s career, the major newspapers continued to ignore or downplay the CIA’s own admissions. Webb found himself permanently cast out of mainstream journalism and unable to make a living.

Having also seen his marriage break up and having to move from a small rental where he lived outside Sacramento, California, Webb on the night of Dec. 9, 2004, wrote notes to his family, laid out a certificate for his cremation and used his father’s pistol to shoot himself in the head.

Even after his death at the age of 49, the major newspapers continued to heap contempt on Webb in his obituaries. Apparently, it was easier to maintain the conventional wisdom than to admit their own failures and set the record straight.

In the 1980s, I had co-written along with my Associated Press colleague Brian Barger the initial Contra-cocaine stories, which the Big Newspapers pooh-poohed back then. Thus, in the 1990s, Consortiumnews.com was one of the few outlets that explained Webb’s important contributions to truth-telling about this scandal.

Last year, when I was asked by Seven Stories Press, Webb’s publisher, to contribute an afterword to The Killing Game (edited by Webb’s son Eric), I was more than happy to provide that section of the book. In return, Seven Stories was kind enough to contribute a box of the books to our year-end fund drive.

So, with a donation of $100 or more, you can not only get a copy of this important book but you can help sustain the work of Consortiumnews.com, which has since its founding in 1995 stood up for the true principles of journalism. (Since we are a 501-c-3 non-profit, your donation may be tax-deductible.)

If you can’t afford $100, we also are offering as a premium gift for donations of $75 or more an autographed copy of one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep.

For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores Republican skullduggery with Iran prior to the pivotal 1980 election.

You can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

Once you make your donation, and if you want one of the premium gifts  simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com. We appreciate donations of any size that you feel you can afford as we try to raise $45,000 by year’s end. You also may want your entire donation to go simply to support our journalistic work.

Here are some other ways you can help us continue our work:

–If you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here. (If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

–If you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, postage included. For details, click here.

You can help us close out some warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $56. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each. At $56 for a carton, each book only costs you $2. And for U.S. orders, we’ll pay for shipping, too.

You can give the books away as holiday gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. (Mostly, we need to get the books out of the warehouse, so we don’t have to destroy them.) For details about this bulk book order, click here.

As always, thanks for your support.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.




Help Us Rewrite Recent US History

From Editor Robert Parry: The other day, I was on a West Coast radio show and a caller accused me of “trying to rewrite history” a charge to which I must plead guilty.

For the past 16 years, a core purpose of Consortiumnews.com has been to “rewrite” history when we dig up new evidence that shows that the old version was wrong or incomplete. In doing so, we don’t care that the Widely Believed Story has many Esteemed Defenders. We simply present the facts in context.

For instance, the caller to the radio show was protesting my article about Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks right before the 1968 election. The caller didn’t want to believe that a Republican politician would do such a thing to win an election.

And the caller is not alone in wanting to avoid painful truths. We have seen many cases when major news organizations, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, resist new information when it shows that they bungled or missed the original story. It’s easier for them to ignore the latest evidence than to admit they misled the American people.

So, that is where we step in, “to rewrite the history.” It’s where you come in, too.

Without your support since we started Consortiumnews.com in late November 1995, large swaths of recent American history would have been left in its old misleading form, from Nixon’s “treason” in 1968, to Ronald Reagan’s treachery with Iran in 1980, to the CIA’s cover-up of cocaine smuggling by Nicaraguan Contra rebels, to many more recent events.

We have “rewritten” this important history as well as providing groundbreaking coverage of current events while operating on a shoestring budget, only about $10,000 a month. So, please donate what you can to our end-of-year fundraiser. We have set a modest goal of $45,000  and we make every dollar count. (We are a 501-c-3 non-profit, so your donation may be tax-deductible.)

Plus, we offer premium gifts. For donations of $100 or more, you can get The Killing Game, a selection of investigative news stories by the late Gary Webb, with an afterword from me describing Webb’s persecution at the hands of the major U.S. news media for his courageous work reviving the Contra cocaine scandal and forcing key admissions from the CIA.

For donations of $75 or more, you can get as a premium gift an autographed copy of any one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep.

For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores Republican skullduggery with Iran prior to the pivotal 1980 election.

Once you make your donation — and if you want one of the premium gifts — simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com.

Here are four easy ways to contribute:

First option: You can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

Second: If you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here. (If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

Third option: If you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, postage included. For details, click here.

Fourth: You can help us close out some warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $56. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each. At $56 for a carton, each book only costs you $2. And for U.S. orders, we’ll pay for shipping, too.

You can give the books away as holiday gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. For details about this bulk book order, click here.

As always, thanks for your support and thanks for making it possible for us to go on “rewriting” history.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.




Holiday Books for Only $2 Apiece

If you have history buffs on your holiday shopping list, you can get them something they’ll enjoy for a super-bargain price: either Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep or a mix of the two books for only $56 for a carton of 28 or just $2 apiece.

The books based on Parry’s ground-breaking journalism on national security issues and modern politics offer a deep understanding of what happened to the American system over the past four decades. They should be in the library of every person who cares about modern American history.

Secrecy & Privilege follows the rise of the Bush dynasty from the days of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal through the Bush Family’s initial claim to the White House. Neck Deep, co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry, follows this remarkable tale through the Bush Family’s restoration last decade.

The books will be available at this deep discount only for a limited time (as we clear out warehouse space). But you can get them now and cross some names off your holiday shopping list through this easy method.

To get this discount all you need to do is:

Go to the Consortiumnews.com’s donation site and put in a $56 “donation” on your Visa or Mastercard. Follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address and your book selection.

You have a choice of a half-and-half split of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (14 each in paperback). Or a full carton of either book, 28 in paperback. (If you prefer, you can also get a full carton of 24 hardback copies of Neck Deep for the same $56 price. Sorry, but we do not have Secrecy & Privilege in hardback.)

You can also order with a check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

Or by PayPal by making a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your book choice and mailing address in the PayPal message.)

For the holiday season, we are also offering free shipping and handling for U.S. orders. (Sadly, the cost of overseas shipments of full cartons is prohibitive. But customers outside the United States can still place smaller discount orders. Click here for details.)

More about the two books:

–In Secrecy & Privilege, Robert Parry, the journalist who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek, explains how George H.W. Bush rose to prominence through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; describes Bush’s bloody year as chief of the CIA; exposes his secret effort to undermine President Jimmy Carter’s Iran-hostage talks in 1980; and tracks Bush’s role in other national security scandals, such as the Iran-Contra Affair and Iraqgate.

Neck Deep by Robert, Sam and Nat Parry takes this remarkable story of the Bush Family’s rise forward to George W. Bush seizing the highest office in the land with the help of the Right’s powerful propaganda machinery, the systemic failure of the mainstream U.S. news media, and the coup d’etat of Republican political cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court handing Bush the White House.




In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in October dealt with the spread of Occupy Wall Street protests across America; the ending of the U.S. military occupation of Iraq; the pounding of new war drums regarding Iran; Republican confusion; and more.

Enduring Terror Double Standards” by Robert Parry, contrasting U.S. approaches to terrorism suspects depending on ideology. (October 1, 2011)

Israel’s Window to Bomb Iran” by Ray McGovern, warning of a likely escalation in hostilities sooner rather than later. (October 3, 2011)

Why Palestine Already Is a State” by Joe Lauria, dispelling some myths about Palestine’s appeal to the United Nations. (October 4, 2011)

Occupying the Heart of the Beast” by Phil Rockstroh, reporting from Zuccotti Park with the Occupy Wall Street protests. (October 5, 2011)

Reagan’s Greed Is Good Folly” by Robert Parry, explaining how Ronald Reagan’s economics devastated the middle class. (October 5, 2011)

Romney’s Neocon Foreign Policy Plan” by Lawrence S. Wittner, describing Mitt Romney’s plan to restore full neocon control. (October 10, 2011)

Freedom Plaza Protesters Settle In” by Ray McGovern, giving a first-person account of DC’s Tahrir Square. (October 11, 2011)

Occupy Movement Surfaces in Tulsa” by Richard Fricker, describing the surprising reach of protests into the heartland. (October 11, 2011)

Free Market v. Government Intervention” by Robert Parry, noting Republican confidence in rejecting President Obama’s job plan. (October 12, 2011)

Rick Perry’s Revolutionary War History” by Robert Parry, debunking the Republican Right’s early American narrative. (October 12, 2011)

Petraeus’s CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot” by Ray McGovern, revealing how the new CIA hierarchy pumped up a buffoonish plot. (October 13, 2011)

The Tale of Two Assassination Plots” by Robert Parry, contrasting the alarm over a dubious Iranian scheme and disinterest in a real Chilean one. (October 14, 2011)

Is Mitt Romney a Neocon Purist?” by Robert Parry, noting how the Washington Post chided Romney for some deviations. (October 15, 2011)

Petraeus’s CIA Steers Obama on Policy” by Robert Parry, explaining how ex-Gen. David Petraeus helps the neocons from his new perch at CIA. (October 20, 2011)

Intriguing Shakespeare Author Mystery” by Lisa Pease, examining the complex history of the movie, “Anonymous.” (October 21, 2011)

Ending the Iraq Catastrophe” by Robert Parry, reflecting on the promised exit of U.S. combat forces from Iraq. (October 21, 2011)

Falling for New Neocon Propaganda” by Ray McGovern, commenting on how a Washington Post columnist gets snookered again. (October 22, 2011)

Neocons Blame Obama for Iraq Disaster” by Robert Parry, assessing where the real guilt lies. (October 23, 2011)

Switching Focus from Iraq to Iran” by Ray McGovern, citing how the Washington Post’s neocon editors still spoil for a fight. (October 23, 2011)

As Wall Street’s Universe Collapses” by Lisa Pease, praising the terse drama of a moral crisis in “Margin Call.” (October 24, 2011)

Why the Left Won’t Accept Success” by Robert Parry, wondering why progressives don’t see victory in the Iraq withdrawal. (October 25, 2011)

Vatican Decries Financial Excesses” by Daniel C. Maguire, questioning why right-wing Catholics suddenly disagree with Rome. (October 26, 2011)

Occupy Protests Grow in Philadelphia” by Ted Lieverman, reporting from the encampment in Philly. (October 27, 2011)

Explaining Wayward Christianity” by the Rev. Howard Bess, tracing the lost direction back to Apostle Paul. (October 28, 2011)

Sen. McCain’s Libyan Two-Step” by Morgan Strong, investigating John McCain two-faced approach toward Muammar Gaddafi. (October 28, 2011)

Unmasking October Surprise Debunker” by Robert Parry, exposing the dangerous biases of Steven Emerson. (October 30, 2011)

To produce and publish these stories and many more costs money. And except for book sales and a few ads, we depend on the generous support of our readers.

So, please consider a tax-deductible donation either by credit card online or by mailing a check. (For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named “consortnew@aol.com.”).

We have just started our crucial end-of-year fund drive with a goal of raising $45,000 over the next 45 days. For details, click here.

Thanks for your support.




Make-or-Break End-of-Year Fund Drive

From Editor Robert Parry: As we reach our 16th birthday as the Internet’s oldest investigative news Web site, we hope to put Consortiumnews.com on a more solid financial footing so we can keep providing you with the high-quality independent journalism you have come to expect. To do that, we need your help.

We are setting our end-of-year fundraising goal at $45,000, trying to raise $45K in 45 days.

We are also offering a new premium gift, The Killing Game, a selection of investigative news articles by the late Gary Webb, with an afterword that I wrote describing Webb’s persecution at the hands of the major U.S. news media. We are offering The Killing Game as a gift for donations of $100 or more.

Or, for donations of $75 or more, you can get as a premium gift an autographed copy of any one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep.

For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was a factor in electing Ronald Reagan in the pivotal 1980 election.

Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com — if you want one of the premium gifts. (We are a 501-c-3 non-profit, so your donation may be tax-deductible.) Here are four easy ways to contribute:

First option: You can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

Second: If you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here.

(If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

Third option: if you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, postage included. For details, click here.

Fourth: you can help us close out our warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $59. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each.

You can give the books away as gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. For details about this bulk book order, click here.

You also may have noted that we have followed the advice of some readers who wanted us to supplement our fundraising with paid ads. However, the additional income is likely to cover only about one-tenth of our expenses. So your donations and book purchases will remain our principal source of funding.

As always, thanks for your support.

Robert Parry, Editor

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.




Help Us with the 3-Book Set

From Robert Parry: As part of our effort to clear out warehouse space and distribute the valuable journalism we have done over the years, we are offering the three-book set Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep at the deep discount price of only $29 for all three, postage included.

We also are continuing to offer full cartons of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep 28 books to a carton for only $59, also with free postage.

To get these discounts all you need to do is:

Go to the Consortiumnews.com’s donation site and put in a $29 “donation” (for the three-book set) or a $59 “donation” (for a full carton) on your Visa or Mastercard. Follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address and your book selection.

With the full-carton offer, you have a choice of a half-and-half split of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (14 each in paperback). Or a full carton of either book, 28 in paperback. Or a full carton of 24 hardback copies of Neck Deep.

You can also order with a check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

Or by PayPal by making a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your book choice and mailing address in the PayPal message.)

(For non-U.S. orders on the three-book set, please add $10 for the additional postage. Sadly, the cost of overseas shipments of full cartons is prohibitive.)

The three books include some of most important work we have done at Consortiumnews.com over the past 16 years.

Lost History by Robert Parry recounts how the U.S. political process was led astray, in part, by the failure to face up to the darker chapters of America’s recent history. Even well-documented parts of that history, such as evidence of Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking, were marginalized during Ronald Reagan’s feel-good presidency.

Secrecy & Privilege by Robert Parry explains how George H.W. Bush rose to power through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; describes Bush’s bloody year as chief of the CIA; exposes his secret effort to undermine President Jimmy Carter’s Iran-hostage talks in 1980; and tracks Bush’s role in other national security scandals, such as Iran-Contra and Iraqgate.

Neck Deep by Robert, Sam and Nat Parry takes this remarkable story of the Bush Family’s rise forward to George W. Bush seizing the highest office in land with the help of the Right’s powerful propaganda machinery, the systemic failure of the mainstream U.S. news media, and the coup d’etat of Republican political cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court handing Bush the White House.

Besides helping us close out our warehouse space, a portion of each book purchase will go to keep the Consortiumnews.com Web site alive.

Thanks so much for your help.

Robert Parry

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.