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Mel Goodman's critique

Postby robertdreed » Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:27 am

Consider former CIA agent Mel Goodman, who has authored a number of critiques of the post-Cold War era CIA. Is Goodman doing nothing more than engaging in a limited hang-out? Is he merely a skilled disinformationist, secretly within the faction of the "right wing" that wants to dump Bush as a way of mollifying the public, while keeping their larger plan on track? Or is he sincere about wanting to reform the CIA so that the abuses that you brought up are no longer welcome?<br><br>Read and decide... <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>More- perhaps the most thorough document has those weird alphabetic glitches in it, but try to wade through it anyway- <br><br> <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Mel Goodman's critique

Postby rocco322 » Sun Oct 02, 2005 12:37 am

I disagree. I think what you have is a gathering of disgruntled "rhino's", or old school Republicans, along with a mix of libertarians and leftists. If you ask me, it's a variety of political philosophies. <br><br> I've found a good gauge is Scott Horton of's weekend interview show. Listen to Paul Craig Roberts hour interview over at his website...<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: counterpunch and the right

Postby MinM » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:52 am

MayDay » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:47 pm wrote:Lately I've been wondering about some of my favorite go-to alternative news sources. Wondering what people think of the following:

1.) Counterpunch (seems too soft on Putin/ Russia)
2.) Consortium News/ Robert Parry
3.) Vice news

Any thoughts?

Hugh Manatee Wins » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:38 pm wrote:Here's a guy infiltrating the Left to pre-empt exposure of CIA media and reinforce his credibility for his CIA 9/11 disinformation.

Former Livermore Labs nuclear weapon scientist, Manuel Garcia Jr., who published a few nonsensical articles over at to deny the 9/11 demolition of the World Trade Center by promoting non-existent physics ...

Alexander Cockburn and the fantasy of the radical Left

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Douglas Valentine

“I want a hero: an uncommon want,
When every year and month sends forth a new one,
Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant,
The age discovers he is not the true one. . . .”

CounterPunch first published one of my articles in September 1998, when Ken Silverstein’s name graced the masthead with Alexander Cockburn’s.[1] Jeff St Clair was writing for the magazine, and serving as Cockburn’s helper, but had yet to achieve equal billing as co-editor.

There were a few regular contributors, some of whom are still around. People like Vijay Prashad, Dave Marsh, and Patrick Cockburn. It was a small operation—a dozen articles a month on average—and Cockburn and St Clair co-authored many of them.

CP was making the transition from mainly print to mainly internet in those formative years. In later years a contributor might receive $50 for a piece in the bi-weekly newsletter that was sent to subscribers. But being published in CP twelve years ago was primarily, as it is now, a means for authors and activists to get some publicity. Whenever I published an article there, I sold a few books on Amazon.

There was a spirit of camaraderie, and Jeff St Clair and I formed a friendship. Through that relationship I also fell into Alexander Cockburn’s good graces, to the extent that he ranked my book, The Phoenix Program, as one the top 100 books of 20th Century.[2]

The turning point for the magazine was 9–11. St Clair and I exchanged emails that fateful morning, speculating that the MOSSAD was behind the attacks. No one else was going to profit from the tragedy, we agreed.

Little did I know that 9–11 would also set CP on the road to success.

While the country and most of the media embraced the Patriot Act and Eternal War on Terror, Cockburn and St Clair courageously bucked the trend. And for that they deserve credit. Few other magazines were resisting the belligerent nationalism that had griped the country. And so, ironically, CP’s readership began to expand in direct proportion to the American empire’s excesses, as more and more people became aware of its horrors. St Clair emailed me regularly with reports of the increasing number of hits the website was getting. He was very proud.

Alas, this is a big part of the problem of the so-called American Left: the institutions and individuals that use that label to sell themselves to the public tend to develop a parasitical relationship with the National Security State. They vehemently and sincerely protest its outrages, while developing into profitable businesses that would wither and die without it. And that tension creates contradictions...

Often cited as a gatekeeper, due to his association with CIA apologists, Cockburn in recent years started sinking to the same depths of depravity as other prominent members of the so-called American Left—his Establishment editor at The Nation, along with Amy Goodman at Hypocrisy Now! and David Corn at Mother Jones, to name three of the worst offenders.

He had a soft spot for CIAmour Hersh, and he and St Clair, who morphed into a mini-Cockburn, refused to allow me to publish an article in CP slamming him. During Israel’s “Cast Iron” massacre of Palestinians, they rejected an article I proposed to write about the erosion of the American Left due to the support of so many Jewish intellectuals for Israel. St Clair said the subject was “too sensitive.”

With that betrayal, I stopped writing for CounterPunch...

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Re: counterpunch and the right

Postby MinM » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:08 am

CounterPunch with some good ones tonight ..
Image @NatCounterPunch · This is what happens when a military-industrial complex becomes the cornerstone of an economy ... -to-roost/

Image CounterPunch @NatCounterPunch · When the war machine runs out of places to occupy abroad, it mutates into an occupying force at home. ... -to-roost/ … #Ferguson

Image @NatCounterPunch · How the Pentagon Militarized the US Police Force: ... ice-force/

Too bad they still deny JFK and 9/11.
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