Jefferson Morley

A lawless president confronts an untrustworthy intelligence community

“There is no ‘deep state’—not in the conspiratorial way that Donald Trump uses the term,” writes David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, in his new book, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth about America’s “Deep State.”

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How the question of who killed JFK emerged in an unexpected way on the campaign trail

On Monday night in Fairfax, Virginia, Donald Jeffries, author and talk radio host, asked Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard about a book she was seen carrying, “JFK and the Unspeakable.” Published in 2008, the book is a Catholic philosopher’s meditation about the assassination of liberal president John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, one of the great historical crimes of American politics.

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How Democrats undermined their case for impeachment

In the summer of 2016, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t agree about much, except for one obscure issue of U.S. foreign policy: lethal military aid to Ukraine.

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What was Israel's role in Trump's targeting of Soleimani?

Last October Yossi Cohen, head of Israel’s Mossad, spoke openly about assassinating Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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Why Trump's plot to 'investigate the investigators' is going up in a puff of smoke

For months, the names of Michael Horowitz and John Durham have figured in the pounding rhythms of right-wing media in which a heroically afflicted president faces down his perfidious enemies. A steady drumbeat of reports from Fox News, echoed by President Trump and Republican loyalists in Congress, proclaimed these two obscure Justice Department officials would get to the bottom of an alleged conspiracy against the Trump presidency.

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Impeachment frenzy rattles Trump as the out-of-control president goes to war with the CIA

The long-impending constitutional crisis has arrived, courtesy of a CIA whistleblower. If his or her complaint was conceived as a covert political action operation, it could not have been more effective. The nine-page letter did what Robert Mueller’s 448-page opus did not: jump-start the impeachment process. The day after Trump acknowledged he spoke with the Ukrainian president about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, seven freshman Democrats, six of them with national security experience, came out for impeachment. Nancy Pelosi, an impeachment skeptic, relented and allowed impeachment proceedings to begin. “The facts changed the situation,” she said.

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Trump’s pressure valve against Iran is approaching a bursting point

Israeli attacks in three Middle East countries are pushing a volatile region that is already the scene of two long-running wars closer to a third. The lethal strikes show how the Trump administration has effectively outsourced the military component of its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran to the Israel Defense Forces. As a result, one U.S. ally—Israel—is attacking another American ally—Iraq—supposedly for the sake of advancing American interests.

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Trump's DNI pick laid out his right-wing fever dream should he land the Cabinet post — here's why the intelligence community is pushing back

Imagine the indictment of a former national security official in the Obama administration for violation of the Espionage Act. Imagine James Clapper or Sally Yates facing the same charges as Julian Assange or Chelsea Manning.

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Trump knows that peacemaking is good politics in 2020 — do Democrats?

If there’s one thing Democrats agree on, it is that President Trump’s very brief visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a “photo op,” not a substantive move; a stunt, not diplomacy.

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Why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

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My crusade for the CIA's truth about JFK has been stymied — the Supreme Court now has the chance to set it right

On April 29, my attorney Dan Hardway filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review my case, Morley v. CIA. When I filed this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit 16 years ago, I sought certain files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

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2020 Democrats don't only have to face Trump — they must say how they'll take on the 'Blob'

If a Democrat is elected president in November 2020, he or she will have two challenges: one global and one municipal.

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How Elliott Abrams found himself at the center of a dark Reagan-era conspiracy to spring a CIA-linked trafficker

When U.S. policymakers needed to spring a convicted CIA-connected drug trafficker doing hard time in federal prison, who did they call?

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Who was the young Robert Mueller?

If you talk to people who knew Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller III when he was a young man, you will hear a lot of what you already know. He was a hardworking, lacrosse-playing straight arrow who served in the U.S. Marines between studying in the privileged precincts of Princeton and University of Virginia Law School.

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Super Bowl Sunday and 'taking the knee': Here are 6 times national anthem protests rocked America

President Trump’s rage about how certain unnamed "sons of bitches" (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) are disrespecting the national anthem is an old story in American life. The national anthem, intended to be a song of unity, has also long divided us.

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CIA in Venezuela: 7 rules for regime change

As President Trump pulls U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, his secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are taking their frustrated interventionist impulses south to Venezuela.

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NBA star Enes Kanter has reason to fear Turkish strongman backed by Trump

Enes Kanter, a 6-foot-11 star basketball player for the New York Knicks, won’t play an NBA game in London later this month because he fears the Turkish government may attempt to kill him.

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How to bust the Trump cover-up: US could prosecute Khashoggi’s killers

The evidence against the perpetrators of Jamal Khashoggi’s killers is strong and getting stronger.

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Here's a key sign that the CIA has turned on the Saudis

Glenn Greenwald has described Washington Post columnist David Ignatius as an “all-but-official CIA media spokesman”; Adam Johnson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) criticizes Ignatius for “breathlessly updating U.S. readers on the token, meaningless public relations gestures that the Saudi regime—and, by extension, Ignatius—refer to as ‘reforms.’”

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What happens when the intelligence community decides that Trump is too dangerous to be president?

A surge of public activism by former CIA personnel is one of the most unexpected developments of the Trump presidency, and it is accelerating.

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Former Spy Chiefs Warn of Trump’s Dangerous Radicalization: ‘We Have Four Years to Stop Him’

If you think some former U.S. intelligence officials have been harsh in their criticism of President Trump, well, they’re getting harsher.

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The Right Wing Has Perfected the Art of Combining Conspiracy Theories With Facts to Make Them Even More Dangerous

The spread of “false flag” conspiracy theories exemplifies how the mindset of secret intelligence agencies has spread to American political life.

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How Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Trump Are Coordinating a Plan to Get Away with Murder

As the mighty monsoon of information (and disinformation) known as the news cycle moves from the apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi to the attempted terror bombing of President Trump’s critics, the case of the murdered journalist may soon fade from the front pages and the news shows.

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Surgical Strikes: What the Attack on Yemen and Khashoggi Have in Common

It is the hour of CYA in Washington. The apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuing notoriety of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have prompted some self-serving revisionist history from the Obama administration officials about the war in Yemen.

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The Khashoggi Affair Won’t Stop Trump’s Drive for War With Iran

The disappearance and apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi have disrupted the Saudi government’s charm offensive in the United States. Think tanks are returning Saudi money. Defense contractors are worried about the end of lucrative arms deals. Sen. Marco Rubio says “no more business as usual.” The otherwise friendly editorial page of the Washington Post is calling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “a murderer.”

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This Investigative Outlet Was Accused of Pushing 'War Propaganda' - But Its Major Scoop Has Been Confirmed

“Alexander Petrov,” a Russian man accused of an assassination attempt in England, is actually a decorated GRU officer named Alexander Mishkin.

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Here's How Trump Hijacked the Government's Transparency Process In an Attempt to Trap Rod Rosenstein

In a humiliating real-life re-run of “The Apprentice,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go to the White House in the near future  to find out if he’s been fired. Eager to boost the ratings, President Trump allows he’s open to keeping Rosenstein, maybe until after the midterms. Don’t believe him? Tune in to find out.

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We Have the CIA to Thank for the QAnon Conspiracy Theory

As the editor of the JFK Facts blog, I try not to spend a lot of time on stupid conspiracy theories, but given widespread ignorance and confusion on the subject, unpleasant journalist duty often calls.

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Trump's Deep State Strategy Is to Conquer by Dividing

President Trump is taking action against his so-called deep state critics, a sign of the intensifying power struggle in Washington between an authoritarian president and an unnerved and alarmed national security establishment.

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Raytheon’s Profits Are Booming While Civilians in Yemen Are Killed by Their Weapons

The missile that killed 23 people attending a wedding in northern Yemen in April came from a factory in southern Arizona.

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White House Threats Are Actually Mobilizing the Forces Determined to Protect Mueller

The sound you hear is the fingers of Robert Mueller drumming on his desk. The special prosecutor wants to talk to President Trump. He has some questions. He’s had these questions for months, and now, as his investigation winds up, he needs to speak with one more witness: the man in the Oval Office.

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