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On This Day — Remembering Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 (USTICA – June 27 1980)

“We still hope the truth will come out. We know that very probably the plane was struck down by a missile. Too many people have been keeping this secret for too long but we will not give up until we … Continue reading

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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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Three Years Ago — 5G Belgium : Chaos Across the Spectrum [UPDATE — Physics Today Infographic : 5G Pinch Points]

“The interferences caused to GSM-R receivers have been a very strong concern for Railway operators over the last years. Several cases of interference have been reported in various Member States, causing non-acceptable operational and even safety issues.” EU Agency for … Continue reading

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One Year Ago –The Wuhan Lab – Leak Theory : Did you say ‘Conspiracy Theory’? [UPDATE : A day to remember Carl Sagan]

“If you use ‘conspiracy theory’ or ‘conspiracy theorist’ pejoratively, ask yourself if it’s possible that you are a dumb, profoundly gullible d-bag for buying the narratives being fed to you.” Professor Dave Collum — Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University … Continue reading

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CIA Honors its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony (May 23 2022)

“Each year, we gather in this sacred place to mourn and remember. We look upon this Memorial Wall, etched with sacrifice, and honor those Agency officers who gave their lives in the service of our country.” CIA Director Bill Burns … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Letter to a young investigator : “Be suspicious of everything!” (On the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic) [UPDATE : Did you say: “Conspiracy Theory”?]

“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority.” Booker T. Washington May 15 2021 — A young man asked if I could offer a few advises as … Continue reading

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