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Jefferson Morley


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Past articles by Jefferson:

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.” “In dozens of interviews, no current or former gover → Read More

Here are 3 key questions the COVID-19 Commission should ask about Trump’s pandemic response – A

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, President George Bush stoutly resisted the creation of a commission to investigate how the hijackers were able to penetrate America’s defenses. Only the congressional intelligence committees should investigate, Bush said, and only behind closed doors. Vice Presi → Read More

Exposing a Biden staffer’s connections to a troubled Israeli spyware firm

After Sunday night’s Democratic presidential debate, Anita Dunn, senior adviser to Joe Biden’s campaign, defended the vice president’s performance in a briefing with reporters. Last year, Dunn, who served as communications director in Barack Obama’s White House, did a similar duty for NSO, the sp → Read More

How the US intelligence community is intervening in the 2020 election

Former CIA director John Brennan sees a “full-blown national security crisis” in President Trump’s latest moves against the intelligence community. → Read More

Why Trump’s plot to ‘investigate the investigators’ is going up in a puff of smoke – A

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, → Read More

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 → Read More

These 3 pro-Trump authoritarian regimes will use dirty tricks to secure the president’s re-election – A

In the aftermath of the Israeli government’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel and Palestine, the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders rallied around the two congresswomen, and the Israeli government discredited its American supporters. With a blatant show → Read More

How the story of one man shows the promise and horror of American foreign policy — and why Democrats must do better

It all began so promisingly. Young Richard Holbrooke, a gangly 21-year-old graduate of Brown, joined the Foreign Service in 1962, inspired by the idealism of President John F. Kennedy. The State Department assigned him to the rural southern tip of Vietnam. In a region where the South Vietnamese army → Read More

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

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. The J → Read More

Barr’s summary of the Mueller report blunts the criticism of former spy chiefs – A

The report of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, as summarized by Attorney General Bill Barr, significantly qualifies the U.S. intelligence community’s January 2017 finding about Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. The unclassified findings of the CIA, FBI, and National Security → Read More

2020 Democrats don’t only have to face Trump — they must say how they’ll take on the ‘Blob’ – A

If a Democrat is elected president in November 2020, he or she will have two challenges: one global and one municipal. The first challenge will be how to run the worldwide $643 billion a year military empire of the United States, which surveils the planet while fighting four undeclared wars. The → Read More

Elliott Abrams’ bloody lies: Why the duplicity of Trump’s Venezuela envoy should terrify us

Elliott Abrams, President Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela, first became notorious in 1982 after he was named assistant secretary of state for human rights in the Reagan administration. As a junior point man for the Reagan administration’s wars in Central America, Abrams was an aggressive defender → Read More

Here’s why Trump is going after Dan Coats — and not Gina Haspel – A

This article was produced by the Deep State, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Dan Coats, director of the Office National Intelligence, is a low-key man in hot water, says the Washington Post. Coats got his start in Washington politics in the 1980s as a congressman from Indiana. He → Read More

How Elliott Abrams Helped To Spring A CIA-Connected Coke Trafficker

At a time when prosecutors meted out 10-year sentences to black men for ounces of cocaine, Abrams thought a kiloton trafficker should be treated leniently. → Read More

Who Was The Young Robert Mueller?

Friends and faculty describe a temperamentally conservative young man who was comfortable with liberal ideas. → Read More

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 → Read More

Super Bowl Sunday and ‘taking the knee’: Here are 6 times national anthem protests rocked America – A

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. For Trump and millions of Americans, the singing of the → Read More

New Intelligence Community Report Reveals Resistance To Trump

It is safe to say President Trump did not read the new National Intelligence Strategy of the United States (NIS) released on Tuesday. → Read More

Here’s real reason the CIA loved George H.W. Bush – A

Last month, 19 senior CIA officials, current and former, signed a statement lauding the late president George H.W. Bush, who served as CIA director for one year. The agency put out a complimentary “unclassified” video about his service to the agency. Langley’s Twitter feed featured 11 straight days → Read More

William Barr’s ‘Deep State’ resume: Cover-ups, covert ops, and pardons – A

“I started off in Washington at the Central Intelligence Agency and went to law school at night while I was working at CIA,” recalled William Barr in a 2001 oral history for the University of Virginia. Trump’s nominee to be attorney general has what Trump might call “deep state” credentials. Barr c → Read More