Category: October Surprise

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The Almost Vanunu

Former Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe

Special Report: Two decades ago, the U.S. and Israeli governments reached around the world to silence an ex-Israeli intelligence officer who was exposing sensitive secrets. The goal was to discredit, if not capture, Ari Ben-Menashe much the way Israel went…

Getting Rid of ‘Anti-Israel’ Presidents

President Barack Obama in the Situation Room (White House photo by Peter Souza)

Exclusive: Some staunch supporters of Israel believe that its interests are so compelling that they trump American self-governance, with one extremist suggesting the murder of President Obama. Others, however, appear to have joined in an earlier subversion of U.S. democracy,…

Herding Americans to War with Iran

Cattle, mechanically immobilized before being stunned and slaughtered

Exclusive: The murder of a fifth Iranian scientist on the streets of Tehran had all the earmarks of an Israeli-sponsored assassination. The killing also worsened tensions at a moment when the momentum toward war with Iran seems unstoppable, reports Robert…

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.

Republican Tradition of Hostage-Taking

House Speaker John Boehner in poster by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

Special Report: Since the days of Richard Nixon, Republicans have pursued an anything-goes brand of politics that often has the look of hostage-taking, with Democrats usually caving in. But, Robert Parry asks, has President Obama finally learned that the only way…

The Lost Opportunity of Iran-Contra

Ronald Reagan (as depicted by Robbie Conal, robbieconal.com)

Special Report: A quarter century ago with the breaking of the Iran-Contra scandal, the United States had a chance to step back from its march toward Empire and to demand accountability for White House crimes. But instead a powerful cover-up prevailed, reports…

Who Is Judge Richard Leon?

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon

Exclusive: The appointment of federal judges is a key power of the U.S. president. It can reward partisan allies for past services and ensure favorable rulings in the future. Both factors were in play for District Judge Richard Leon who…

The GOP’s History of ‘Hostage-Taking’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Special Report: For more than four decades, Democrats have tolerated Republican abuses, claiming accountability wouldn’t be “good for the country.” But this softness has only encouraged the kind of hardball behavior that has now taken the U.S. economy “hostage,” writes Robert…

Unmasking October Surprise ‘Debunker’

stevenemerson

Special Report: The fake “debunking” of the 1980 October Surprise case in the early 1990s was driven by a few “journalists,” including Steven Emerson, who has been identified in a recent report as a “misinformation expert” spreading anti-Muslim propaganda, reports…

Taking a Bush Secret to the Grave

'Moore Residence' at 4917 Rockwood Pkwy. NW, Washington, DC. In 1980, the home of Richard A. Moore.

Special Report: The National Archives has approved an appeal by journalist Robert Parry seeking release of a 30-year-old secret, the address where George H.W. Bush supposedly went on an October weekend in 1980 — when several witnesses put Bush in…