Monthly Archives: August 2022

Obituary — Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev dies aged 91 [Just a joke…]

A worker standing in a liquor line says, ‘I have had enough, save my place, I am going to shoot Gorbachev.’ Two hours later he returns to claim his place in line. His friends ask, ‘Did you get him?’ No, … Continue reading

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FBI Forensic Science : Incompetence or Malice?

“The FBI could be the most dangerous agency in the country if not scrutinized carefully.” FBI director Louis Freeh Tainting Evidence — Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab August 29 2022 — Last week, FBI Las Vegas tweeted … Continue reading

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On This Day — Remembering CIA Ranya Abdelsayed (April 28 1979 – August 28 2013) [UPDATE : Why did they die?]

“I have no doubt Abdelsayed’s death was linked to the stresses of a dangerous assignment tracking Taliban members and other targets.” Former CIA Director John Brennan (May 2019) August 28 2020 — The daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Ranya Abdelsayed (04/28/1979) … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — The Origin of Covid-19 — The Definitive Conclusion of the U.S. Intelligence Community 90-days Investigation [UPDATE — ODNI summary of assessment on COVID-19 origins (Aug. 27 2021)]

“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days.” Biden (May 26 2021)  June 3 … Continue reading

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On This Day — French government Denies Knowledge of Attack on Rainbow Warrior (August 26 1985) [UPDATE : Media Confidence Ratings at Record Lows]

“The truth is cruel… Agents of the DGSE sank this boat [Rainbow Warrior]. They acted on orders.” French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius   (September 22 1985) August 26 2020 — On August 26 1985, the French government denied any knowledge … Continue reading

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Three Years Ago — Former DCI Admiral Stansfield Turner Dies (January 18 2018) [UPDATE : From the torture of Nosenko to the downing of IR 655]

“Turner’s most disturbing discovery was the harsh questioning and illegal imprisonment that the Agency’s Counterintelligence Staff had imposed for several years on Soviet defector Yuri Nosenko. This convinced him that CIA could be a dangerous organization if not kept closely … Continue reading

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101 Years Ago — J. Edgar Hoover Becomes FBI Deputy Director (August 22 1921)

“Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Psychologist Richards “Dick” J. Heuer, Jr. (July 15 1927 – August 21 2018) [COVID-19 & The Analysis of Competing Hypotheses]

“Do You Really Need More Information? The US Intelligence Community invests heavily in improved intelligence collection systems while managers of analysis lament the comparatively small sums devoted to enhancing analytical resources, improving analytical methods, or gaining better understanding of the cognitive … Continue reading

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Remembering NSA Historian Matthew M. Aid (March 11 1958 – August 20 2018) [UPDATE : The Second Gulf of Tonkin incident (August 4, 1964)]

“One of Mr. Aid’s most significant findings, which became publicly known in 2005, was an NSA cover up of erroneous records related to the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which US officials alleged that North Vietnamese torpedo boats twice … Continue reading

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On This Day — CIA Operation TP/AJAX : The Iranian Coup d’État (August 19 1953)

“Yes, my sin — my greater sin and even my greatest sin is that I nationalized Iran’s oil industry and discarded the system of political and economic exploitation by the world’s greatest empire. This at the cost to myself, my … Continue reading

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