Irangate and Secret Arms-for-Hostage Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: MAJOR MEDIA RELEASES STORY ON ORIGINS OF IRANGATE IN SECRET ARMS-FOR-HOSTAGE-DELAY DEAL BETWEEN IRAN AND THE 1980 REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN THE NATION (June 20, 1987 & July 4, 1987); IN THESE TIMES (June 24-July 7, 1987); MIAMI HERALD (April 12, 1987); SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER (April 12 & 25 (from LONDON […]

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Right-wing Terrorists and the Extraparliamentary Left in Post-World War 2 Europe: Collusion or Manipulation?

[…] This will provide the necessary preconditions and pretext for an authoritarian response led by ultras within the state apparatus,(46) particularly the army, the military police, and the secret services. Although Harmon seems to conflate or equate these two approaches, it is important to recognize that to the paramilitary left provoking state repression is only […]

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Behind right-wing conspiracy theories

[…] not until the sixties that Gary Allen of the John Birch Society and a few others added something new. (4) The idea of sinister people meeting in secret to plot the overthrow of religion and society is a very old one, clearly visible in the allegations made against mediaeval heretics, and during the witch […]

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Was the Director of Central Intelligence a Soviet agent?

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A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency Richard Helms and William Hood (New York: Random House, 2003) The Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby John Prados Oxford University Press: Cary , 2003 The Man Who Kept the Secrets Thomas Powers (New York: Knopf: 1979) Honorable […]

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The Ultranationalist Right in Turkey and the Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II

[…] (48) Alparslan Turkes’ MHP (Nationalist Action (or Movement) Party) and its affiliated Bozkurt commandos (including Agca himself); (49) Licio Gelli’s ultra-rightist Italo-Argentine Masonic lodge P2; (50) the secret ‘Super S’ faction within the Italian intelligence service SISMI; (51) certain European neo-fascist organisations, and fanatical Catholic ‘integralist’ circles (52); the West German BND, (53) the […]

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‘Conspiracy Theories’ and Clandestine Politics

[…] a result, unpleasant occurrences which are perceived by others to be the products of coincidence or chance are viewed by conspiracy theorists as further evidence of the secret workings of the conspiratorial group. For them, nothing that happens occurs by accident. Everything is the result of secret plotting in accordance with some sinister design. […]

Getting it right: the security agencies in modern society

[…] I do actually respond briefly to the stated title at the end of the piece. A preface: in what follows I use the terms security agencies and secret state to stand for the intelligence and security services – it saves time and endless repetition of a mouthful. Or should I say: I use the […]

Secret Underground Cities, and, Secret Nuclear Bunkers

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Secret Underground Cities: an account of some of Britain’s subterranean defence, factory and storage sites in the Second World War N. J. McCamley Barnsley, Yorkshire: Leo Cooper, 1999, £14.95 (sb) Secret Nuclear Bunkers: the passive defence of the western world during the Cold War N. J. McCamley Barnsley, Yorkshire: Leo Cooper, 2002, £19.95 (hb)   […]

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‘Privatising’ covert action: the case of the Unification Church

[…] been to suppress dissent within South Korea. (57) In its efforts to intimidate the Korean population and eliminate political opposition, it relies upon the standard gamut of secret police techniques, including heavy-handed surveillance, kidnapping, assassination, infiltration, provocation, ’emergency’ arrest and imprisonment, and both physical and psychological torture. (58) The expanded operational sphere of the […]

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Watergate revisited: Hougan’s ‘Secret Agenda’

Watergate revisited: Hougan’s ‘Secret Agenda’ Introduction No apologies for returning to Jim Hougan’s Secret Agenda. As Steve Dorril said in Lobster 8, this is a major event. This essay is in two parts. In the first I make some critical remarks about Secret Agenda’s central theses; In the second I speculate about other items […]

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