By William Boardman for Reader Supported News - This bit of political circus hooha was briefly all over the news early in the week, with almost no news outlet getting it right: that the issue of “classified information” and “leaks” is largely a meaningless smokescreen designed to protect the power of government secrecy against the public’s right to know the truth. Logically, this sequence of events should lead to an Attorney General investigation of Fox and President Trump for disclosing classified information, or at least an investigation of Fox News to learn the identities of its anonymous officials with access to intelligence data (perhaps in the White House). This is a perfect time for a test case that demonstrates real integrity. Does anyone expect anything like that to happen? The underlying story from Fox News is relatively simple in substance, fundamentally illogical, and more important for its attitude than its presumed facts: Despite the United States’ insistence that North Korea halt its missile tests, U.S. spy agencies detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast just days ago. It’s the first time these missiles have been deployed on this type of platform since 2014...
By Jefferson Morley for Amazon Publishing - The CIA’s last assassination-related files might help us answer that question. These files constitute a significant body of material—more than 1,100 files containing up to 50,000 pages of material. As we have seen, these are the files of senior officers implicated in the JFK assassination story. My hunch is that this trove of long-secret intelligence files — if declassified in its entirety — will support the notion that the president was ambushed by enemies within his own government.
By Cora Currier for The Intercept - The government has refused to meet the deadline for the release of videotapes that show a detainee at Guantánamo being force-fed while on hunger strike. A federal judge had given the government until Friday, January 22, to release around 11 hours of footage in which a Syrian detainee, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, is forcibly removed from his cell, restrained, and force-fed. Dhiab’s lawyers have called the footage “extremely disturbing.”