How DNA is turning us into a nation of suspects

Every dystopian sci-fi film we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science, technology and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. Continue reading

The fault, dear Brutus . . .

Today commemorates the 12th anniversary of the most heinous act committed in recent history by my country’s government. Continue reading

Possibility of escape

It was a little over two weeks ago that Marlo entered Atwood Hall, here in Lexington federal prison. Nearly all the women here are nonviolent offenders. When I first saw Marlo, her eyes seemed glued to the tiled floors as she shuffled along hallways. I guessed her age to be 25 or so. A few days later, she came to a choir rehearsal. She was still shy, but she looked up and offered a quiet smile when she joined the soprano section. The next time our choir gathered, Marlo raised her hand before we ended our rehearsal. “I got something to say,” she said, as she stood. “When I first came here, I can tell all of you now, I was terrified. Just plain terrified. I have 70 months, and I felt so scared.” The intake process for this, her introduction to the prison system, had badly frightened her, but before sundown that same day, a second intake process had occurred, with several inmates finding her, reassuring her, and getting her beyond that first panic. Continue reading

Harper’s Robin Hood fantasy

Fans of both musicals and Stephen Harper will find pleasure in Ed Mirvish’s “The Heart Of Robin Hood,” where the doughty defender of the poor goes after the nasty imperialist interlopers of the legitimate king. Continue reading

If Obamacare critics win high court case, effects will be wildly disparate

Kentucky residents would be unaffected, Tennesseans devastated

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, nowhere will the effect be more stark than along the 400-mile border between two states my family has called home, Tennessee and Kentucky. Continue reading

CNN is beating the drums of war

President George W. Bush’s national security advisor, Condi Rice, warned Americans that Saddam Hussein’s (nonexistent) weapons of mass destruction could result in a mushroom cloud going up over an American city. No such threat existed. But today a very real threat exists over all American cities, and the national security advisor does not notice. Continue reading

Secret history of my geography teacher, also cofounder of Hamas

This is not my geography teacher, or, more accurately it is not at all how I remember him. A series of APA images published by the British Daily Mail and other newspapers showed Hamad al-Hasanat lying dead in a mosque, surrounded by a group of Hamas fighters. On top of his lifeless body, as worshipers came to offer a final prayer before burial, rested an assault rifle. Continue reading

The realpolitik of revolution

What will it take to end this ghastly cycle of violence and bring lasting peace, not just end this current war but create a peaceful society in which humanity lives cooperatively and harmoniously? The socialist answer is we must overthrow capitalism, a system that inevitably generates conflict and inequality. And overthrowing it will require a revolution. Continue reading

The CIA and America’s presidents

Some rarely discussed truths shaping contemporary American democracy

Many people still think of the CIA as an agency designed to help American presidents make informed decisions about matters outside the United States. That was the basis for President Truman’s signing the legislation which created the agency, and indeed it does serve that role, generally rather inadequately, but it has become something far beyond that. Continue reading

The ECB’s noose around Greece’s neck

How central banks harness governments

Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 8 post here.) It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat. Continue reading

Railways to hell: reviewing America’s ‘Orient Express’

Since “American Sniper” has become one of the “top grossing films of all time”, garnering a few Academy Award nominations and at least one, if trivial, award, there have been even more reviews written about this insidious and insipid strip of celluloid. Unsurprisingly all of them contain the same swill. I had to return to my own review just to see if I had perhaps omitted anything essential or if anyone might have thought in an at least similar direction. Continue reading

The pointless banning of the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’

Last night I could not sleep properly. I was scared of fire, screaming and pain. In the morning when I came out of my half-sleep, I realized the effect of watching ‘India’s Daughter’ by Leslee Udwin. It is disturbing. I don’t know how long the narrative of the documentary will haunt me. This was needed. Continue reading

Postcard from the end of America: Washington, D.C.

For nearly four years, I lived just 20 miles from Washington, in Annandale, VA, and I worked in D.C. for 9 months. From my home in Philadelphia, I’ve also gone down to Washington at least a hundred times, so this metropolis should not be alien to me, and yet no American city is more off-putting, more unwelcoming, more impenetrable, and this, in spite of its obvious physical attractiveness, and here, I’m talking mostly about its Northwest quadrant, the only part visitors are familiar with, and where commuters from Virginia and Maryland arrive daily to work. Continue reading

We are taking a break

Intrepid Report will resume publishing on or about March 17. Continue reading

Death, drugs, and HSBC

How fraudulent blood money makes the world go round

Recent reporting on illegal tax evasion by the world’s second largest bank, HSBC, opens a window onto the pivotal role of Western banks in facilitating organised crime, drug-trafficking and Islamist terrorism. Governments know this, but they are powerless to act, not just because they’ve been bought by the banks: but because criminal and terror financing is integral to global capitalism. Now one whistleblower who uncovered an estimated billion pounds worth of HSBC fraud in Britain, suppressed by the British media, is preparing a prosecution that could blow wide open the true scale of criminal corruption in the world’s finance capital. Continue reading

Netanyahu speaks, money talks

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of one man—Sheldon Adelson. Continue reading

Defending American lives

“Whether it’s through the use of our military, through the use of our law enforcement capacity, if you harm Americans, it is the sworn duty of every person in the executive branch to find you and hold you accountable. It doesn’t matter where you are, we’ll find you, we’ll hunt you down, and we’ll hold you accountable.” Continue reading

Private police: Mercenaries for the American police state

It’s one thing to know and exercise your rights when a police officer pulls you over, but what rights do you have when a private cop—entrusted with all of the powers of a government cop but not held to the same legal standards—pulls you over and subjects you to a stop-and-frisk or, worse, causes you to “disappear” into a Gitmo-esque detention center not unlike the one employed by Chicago police at Homan Square? Continue reading

War Pigs need the draft: more bodies, plus women, necessary

Oh, it’s out there. It is the US government’s Selective Service/Draft program that currently requires all males 18 years of age to willingly sign up for the opportunity to have the US government force them, under penalty of law, to work for the government in a killing and maiming capacity (military employment), or in a supporting role for those who are on the front lines doing the US government’s dirty work in faraway lands and, who knows, perhaps here in the USA. Continue reading

Brother, can you spare a Bitcoin?

During the 1930s a popular song asked, “Brother, can you spare a dime?” Well, that was their depression; we now have our own to focus on. Continue reading

The Arab intellectual is resting, not dead

Whenever a new poem by Mahmoud Darwish was published in al-Quds newspaper, I rushed over to Abu Aymen’s newsstand that was located in the refugee camp’s main square. It was a crowded and dusty place where grimy taxis waited for passengers, surrounded by fish and vegetable venders. Continue reading

Old senile men and Westphalian fascism

The leading Republican war hawk in the U.S. Senate, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain of Arizona, in a single week, misused his position to entertain arcane testimony from three decrepit agents of U.S. power politics. Continue reading

Putin predicted Washington would employ assassination tactic against Russia

The Saker provides a one minute video with translation of Putin explaining two years ago the Russian government’s concern that an overseas entity would use a false flag assassination within Russia in order to create an “involuntary martyr” that the Western media would use to demonize Russia. Continue reading

Obama’s war on humanity at home and abroad: Roland John’s appalling mistreatment

Obama’s agenda combines permanent naked aggression against one country after another with homeland police state repression. Continue reading

’Rithmatic doesn’t add up in one school district

The Danville Education Association (Pa.) has been operating without a contract for three years. Continue reading

Keep on keepin’ on, old Boomers!

Time is a thief that sneaks up on us from behind and takes our youth, with no chance of any appeals for mercy changing the wrinkled, weary outcome. Continue reading

The circus: How British intelligence primed both sides of the ‘terror war’

Every time there’s a terrorist attack that makes national headlines, the same talking heads seem to pop up like an obscene game of “whack-a-mole.” Often they appear one after the other across the media circuit, bobbing from celebrity television pundit to erudite newspaper outlet. Continue reading

Assassination of Nemtsov a classic CIA tactic

The recent gangland-style assassination of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, in the very shadow of the Kremlin, is a classic Central Intelligence Agency frame-up operation designed to further pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin. Continue reading

NYT editors support fascist extremism

Times editors deplore democracy. They consider sham US elections legitimate ones. Continue reading

Toppling dictators and nations’ stability

Western intervention, whether military, diplomatic or economic, in the affairs of other countries under various pretexts, including assisting citizens attain freedom and democracy, has produced bloodshed, chaos and burgeoning terrorism. Continue reading

Obama is luring the world over the nuclear threshold in Ukraine

So many of us are still so childlike in our belief in “America,” the ideal, that we continue to sit in silent awe on the sidelines, waiting for someone, anyone, to explain to us how it is that our America consistently produces presidents who eagerly tear through the world like bulls in china shops, destroying heirloom governments without hesitation, in their zeal to create new, subservient mini-states. Continue reading

Understanding ISIS 101

What’s really terrifying about this threat

ISIS certainly is not what a great many people think that it is, if you judge what they think by what our corporate press proclaims incessantly. Continue reading