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12 Sep
I wrote an essay about my own experiences with "the blob" aka "the foreign policy establishment" here in DC, how it operates, and who's behind it... businessinsider.com/inside-washing…
Much of what passes for a neutral exchange of views in an open forum is closer to propaganda than we'd care to admit.

Given how much the establishment has gotten wrong over the last 20 years, this should be a time for introspection. My hope is that this piece will prompt some.
In the meantime, here's who RSVP'd for that private Lockheed Martin breakfast at Aspen back in 2017. More in the piece...
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12 Sep
New 9/11 Saudi material just released by the FBI. Saturday at 11:49pm is the new Friday at 4:55pm ... vault.fbi.gov/9-11-attacks-i…
"ALRABABAH told the FBI he met HANJOUR and HAMZI at a 7-11 store during a 'chance meeting', in a uniquely similar fashion to the way BAYOUMI described his 'chance meeting' with HAMZI and MIDHAR in Los Angeles..." Image
"[Person 2] stated that he needed to bring HAMZI and MIDHAR to the Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant ... when FBI [asked Person 2] why ... [Person 2] stated he just needed to take them there."
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28 Jun
Let's talk about GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH, which I wrote about 👇here👇.

*Some* GoF takes deadly pandemic-potential diseases and seeks to make them ... even deadlier.

You'd think the US govt would want to keep a tight leash on that. They don't... /1 businessinsider.com/covid-pandemic…
In Jan 2020, just as the first US cases of COVID-19 appeared, a NIH science committee met in Bethesda to talk about problems with GoF oversight. @mlipsitch was there. He's been sounding the alarm about GoF for years. Take a look at this op-ed... /2 washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-u…
@mlipsitch Here's video of that meeting. Go to 34:00 for David Hassell, @HHSGov. He talks about something called the P3CO Review Group. If you want public funding for your GoF research, they review your proposal. Maybe that sounds a little dry and bureaucratic... /3 videocast.nih.gov/watch=35665
Read 12 tweets
10 Jun
For Insider, I dug into the case of Imaad Zuberi, a political superdonor and VC who faces a 12-yr prison sentence. He also claims to be a CIA asset, according to docs. The CIA cxn isn't confirmed but I think it should be taken seriously. Here's why... /1 businessinsider.com/imaad-zuberi-c…
WSJ's @ByronTau was the first to report on Zuberi's alleged CIA ties. Zuberi's legal team claims that one of the crimes he was charged with -- lobbying US politicians for the govt of Sri Lanka -- was done with a man who was his former CIA handler... /2 wsj.com/articles/alleg…
The alleged handler (who we're not naming) is a hard guy to reach. I tried a few different ways. His LinkedIn profile says he worked for the State Department. So does the Congressional Record. But the State Department says they have no record of him ever working there... /3
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20 May
My first Insider piece is live, on BILLIONAIRE PHILANTHROPY. If you pay taxes, you are subsidizing billionaires out of your own pocket to pursue their benevolent passions. And don't confuse philanthropy with charity. I'll explain the difference below... businessinsider.com/giving-pledge-…
There are three big problems with how philanthropy works now: 1. Procrastination. 2. Self-dealing. 3. Tax shelters. So, procrastination. You may recall Mark Zuckerberg promising to give 99 percent of his Facebook stock to charity? That was five years ago. /2
Let's do the math. 2015 promise: 99% of $45b in our lifetimes. 2021 results: $2.9b in grants. So Zuck and Chan gave 6% percent in 5 years. Or 2.5% measured against Z's current Facebook holdings, which have tripled in value. Private foundations have to spend 5% EVERY YEAR. /3
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21 Apr
Stunning reporting on Fort Bragg by Seth Harp. rollingstone.com/culture/cultur…
Issues w/ the US special forces community may be more of a pervasive cultural problem than the work of a handful of bad actors... rollingstone.com/culture/cultur…
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