Monthly Archives: June 2022

On This Day — U.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin : “Ich bin ein Berliner” (June 26 1963)

“Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was ‘Civis Romanus Sum’. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ … All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago — The Intelligence Identities Protection Act (June 23 1982)

“The legislation ultimately will harm, not help, our national security interests (…)  If left to stand, it will curtail legitimate journalistic scrutiny of a particularly important and sensitive area of government, creating the possibility that wrongdoing or wrong-headedness could flourish in … Continue reading

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On This Day — Atomic Spies Rosenbergs Are Executed (June 19 1953) [New Book: Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy.]

“If the English want a king, it is their business. If the Russians want communism, it is their business. If the Americans want our form of government, it is our business.” “This death sentence is not surprising. It had to … Continue reading

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CIA Director — A Biography of Gina Haspel [UPDATE : Haspel Personally Observed Torture at Secret CIA Black Site]

“I wrote a letter to the CIA on my manual college typewriter. I mailed it to CIA with my résumé. I didn’t have an address. So I just put: CIA. Washington, D.C. And here I am.” DCIA Gina Haspel — … Continue reading

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Poetry — The Haiku Master, the Cicadas and the CIA

“One is reminded of Montaigne’s acerbic comment: ‘Men under stress are fools, and fool themselves.’ ” Michael Crichton — The Andromeda Strain June 2 2022 — Matsuo Bashō was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. After … Continue reading

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