Category: October Surprise

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Ben-Menashe Case Eyes Bomb Residue

Montreal arson squad on Wednesday sift through rubble of the burnt-out home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe.  (Photo by Robert Parry)

Exclusive: The investigation of the firebombing of the upscale Montreal home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe is looking at the possibility the accelerant was more sophisticated than available to common criminals, reports Robert Parry.

Arson Seen in Attack on Ex-Israeli Spy

Ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe. (Photo from his memoir, Profits of War.)

Exclusive: Suspected arson destroyed the Montreal home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, who says he escaped through a rear door. It’s unclear if the fire was an assassination attempt to finally silence a man who has angered the Israeli…

Get a Second Book for a Nickel!

From Journalist Robert Parry: You can get one of my earlier books, either Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep, for only a nickel when you buy my new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, through the Consortiumnews.com Web site. And shipping is…

How Israel Out-Foxed US Presidents

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who challenged Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

From the Archive: Just days after President Obama’s reelection, Israel launched a punishing bombing campaign against Palestinians in Gaza much as Israel did shortly after his election in 2008. Obama again is put in a tight spot, but other U.S.…

The Death Toll of Watergate

President Richard Nixon

Exclusive: Major gaps in the history of Watergate and Iran-Contra have let Republicans minimize those scandals by comparing them to the fabricated “scandal” over the Benghazi attacks. A fuller understanding of Watergate would reveal its links to Richard Nixon’s prolonging the Vietnam War, writes…

The Price of Political Purity

On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection and devote the remainder of his presidency to bringing the Vietnam War to an end.  (Photo credit: LBJ Library by Yoichi Okamoto)

From the Archive: War with Iran is on the Nov. 6 ballot with President Obama on the verge of a peace deal and Mitt Romney favoring confrontation. The choice is like 1968 when many on the Left distrusted President Johnson’s Vietnam peace promises and…

The October Surprise Mysteries

President Richard Nixon in Robbie Conal's painting, "Waterbugger," at robbieconal.com.

With hopes brightening that President Obama is close to a negotiated settlement of the Iran nuclear dispute, Mitt Romney’s campaign is eager to counter any positive news. The moment is reminiscent of past October Surprise moments, says Robert Parry in…

An Israeli October Surprise for Obama?

President Jimmy Carter with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin celebrating the Camp David peace accords. However, privately, Carter and Begin grew deeply distrustful of one another. (Photo credit: the Carter Center)

Special Report: A pressing foreign policy question of the U.S. presidential race is whether Israel might exploit this politically delicate time to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites and force President Obama to join the attack or face defeat at the polls, a predicament…

Bohemian Grove & Reagan’s ‘Treason’

Group photo of Bohemian Grove members and guests at the Parsonage camp on the last weekend of July 1980. Note that William Casey is not in the photo.

Exclusive: This weekend, Occupy protesters are targeting the Bohemian Grove in California, where well-connected rich men go on retreats several weekends each summer. The secrecy of the 1980 encampment became a factor in the cover-up of possible “treason” by Ronald Reagan and George…

Shamir’s October Surprise Admission

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan's Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1982. (U.S. government photo)

Exclusive: Two decades ago, ex-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir offered the stunning confirmation that “of course” an October Surprise plot had blocked President Jimmy Carter from gaining the release of 52 U.S. hostages in Iran, thus helping Ronald Reagan win the…