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Apr 23 8 tweets 5 min read
Whoa. Haven't seen this reported before: the first Havana Syndrome victim was a CIA officer. He then introduced the idea to another CIA officer by playing a recording of a noise, who then introduced it to another CIA officer, and so on...

telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/04/1… This is interesting because the original reporting on the subject did not identify CIA officers as the initial victims!

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Apr 22 5 tweets 3 min read
Here's a sneaky thing journalists do when they don't want to acknowledge new information: they refer to only the earlier claims. As I've mentioned many times now, German officials have dropped all investigations into Havana Syndrome due to a lack of evidence. German publication @welt reported on this over a month ago. No American news outlet has picked it up yet.

Apr 22 4 tweets 2 min read
There's actually a very weird New Agey '70s movie about this that references the JFK assassination and, inexplicably, recreates Christine Chubbuck's suicide It also pops up occasionally in '70s pseudodocumentaries on New Age and faith healing, although I forget which ones. I'll upload a bit of later if I can remember where I saw it.
Apr 6 10 tweets 4 min read
One of the things that gets overlooked when discussing the spookiness of The National Enquirer is that its creator, Generoso Pope Jr., literally worked for the CIA's psychological warfare unit in the 1950s. According to Jack Vitek's "The Godfather of Tabloid", Pope's mob-connected family had an in through the Office of Naval Intelligence, landing him the psyop officer job.
Apr 4 4 tweets 2 min read
This is even better when you consider that, historically, California has been an incubator for the Sovereign Citizen and paramilitary movements, American anticommunist conspiracism, and the militarization of police forces (all of which are tied to that capitalist experiment) LAPD chief William Parker even worked with the Birchers to form his own private oppo research/propaganda organization, the Fire and Police Research Association. It functioned as an extension of the LAPD's red squad.

Mar 27 16 tweets 7 min read
Do conspiracies exist? People will argue that they can't because it would take an impossible level of cooperation among large groups of people. Let's consider detainee torture by the US military and the CIA for a moment. Image Guantanamo Bay, for example, was established in 2002 with the purpose of "detaining" enemy combatants and interrogating them. What is an enemy combatant? Primarily a classification created by the Bush admin to avoid affording detainees POW status.

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Feb 9 6 tweets 2 min read
The thing about "Conspiracies couldn't happen because people would talk" is such a bizarre, ahistorical take, because we know of countless examples from the 1960s to today where people did talk! In the 1980s the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, an activist group opposing U.S. imperialism in Central America, repeatedly told the press they were being harassed in a fashion similar to COINTELPRO. Guess what? People talked!
Feb 9 7 tweets 2 min read
lol YouGov polled Americans on Havana Syndrome in January. The biggest finding? The Cable News Effect: the older you are, the more likely you are to believe Havana Syndrome is a foreign threat. Certainty increased with age.

docs.cdn.yougov.com/7zybwhpih0/tab… Oddly, no one seems to believe in the microwave weapon explanation that has been pushed in the media since 2018. The initial reports of sonic weapons have stuck. (Probably should readjust course, Langley.)
Feb 8 6 tweets 1 min read
Occasionally I'm confronted on here with a strange question: "Would anything change if they knew?" Would anything change if they knew the CIA killed X leader? Would anything change if they knew the FBI framed and murdered activists in the 1960s and 1970s? Would anything change... And it makes me think of men like Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam. For decades it was a conspiracy theory to believe anyone but Aziz and Islam assassinated Malcolm X. They were exonerated in 2021. Would anything change...
Feb 4 5 tweets 3 min read
We intentionally attack civilian targets and murder civilian aid workers as reprisal for daring to prevent catastrophes

nytimes.com/2022/01/20/us/… This isn't even exclusive to our involvement in Syria, our military has been doing this for over 20 years:

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Feb 3 15 tweets 6 min read
Sam Giancana, Charles Nicoletti, Johnny Roselli, and William C. Sullivan. What do these men all have in common? All murdered before they could testify before the Senate or House on government abuses—and the JFK assassination in particular. The first three are all straightforward. Giancana was gunned down in his home even though he had an police detail sitting outside. Somehow the cops didn't see the killer enter or leave. He was scheduled to testify before the Church Committee.
Feb 1 5 tweets 2 min read
The wild thing about this fact-check is that in attempting to debunk an anti-vaxx claim, it's probably revealing a much bigger scandal: the military underreporting miscarriages and cancer diagnoses (likely related to groundwater contamination).

politifact.com/factchecks/202… ImageImage The time frame tracks with lawsuits targeting military bases for PFAS contamination.

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Jan 20 25 tweets 9 min read
Why did the CIA kneecap Havana Syndrome? The short answer is they didn't. The longer one is a little esoteric and requires an understanding of the government as a source of disinformation and its history weaponizing of conspiracy theories. Havana Syndrome represents a recent attempt at weaponizing conspiracy theories. There's a longer history of this, however, among groups like ufologists. MJ-12, a theory about a government cover-up of UFOs, was spread foremost by a government informant, Bill Moore.
Jan 20 5 tweets 2 min read
Fucking LOL A few things though. First, they left the door open on some cases, likely those of high-level CIA agents like Marc Polymeropoulos.
Jan 19 4 tweets 2 min read
We need to change how we talk about cops. In the past LEOs have talked about policies like the War on Drugs, but what we really have are covert wars being waged against American citizens. Police are not part of the communities they surveil and harass, they're an occupying force. This is because, in most cases, they're trained to engage as if they in a war zone.

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Dec 19, 2021 26 tweets 10 min read
I've been researching COINTELPRO for close to a year now. In the course of that research, I stumbled across a group named the Secret Army Organization. Although I can't give out all of my research at the moment, I wanted to hit some key points about the group and COINTELPRO. The SAO splintered off from a right-wing paramilitary group, the Minutemen, in 1971. The MM had formed a decade prior under the leadership of businessman Robert DePugh. They were intended as a violent counter-response to the growing threat of communism.
Dec 4, 2021 21 tweets 9 min read
Let's talk about COINTELPRO for a second. People still misunderstand what it was, what it entailed, etc. This is important because today is the 52nd anniversary of when the #FBIkilledFredHampton. There are questions that inevitably come up when you say that the #FBIkilledFredHampton. Did they pull the trigger? Wasn't there a gun battle between the Chicago Police Department and the Black Panthers?
Dec 3, 2021 16 tweets 7 min read
Speaking of Frawley, I've always found his life story odd. For those unaware, he the proto-Koch of the far-right, financing projects in the 1960s that would establish a template for modern conservative ops. His father, Patrick Sr., was an Irish-born American businessman who moved to Nicaragua sometime before Jr.'s birth, and worked as a "banker, import-exporter, and dealer in heavy equipment."

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Dec 3, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
I'm sorry but this is spreading misinformation. COINTELPRO was not "spying." It was a government program that sought to neutralize primarily left-wing groups through harassment, provocation, and radicalization. A key component of COINTELPRO was disinformation, as in the government infiltrating peaceful groups and spreading information it knew to be untrue. I've detailed how they did it with underground newspapers here:

Nov 30, 2021 22 tweets 9 min read
Still thinking about the fact that people believe MKULTRA was a "failure." It's interesting to embrace that perspective when our own military seems to think otherwise. One of the best examples? Guantanamo Bay. In 2004, the Red Cross inspected the conditions at Guantanamo Bay, and investigators were so horrified at what they saw, they leaked their reports to the New York Times. The NYT story highlighted "psychological torture" as one of their main concerns.

nytimes.com/2004/11/30/pol…
Nov 28, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
With 6,000 residents, a McDonald’s drive-through, bars and ball fields, the Guantánamo Bay Navy base is more than one big prison. It has the trappings of small-town America and the amenities of a college campus. Image With 6,000 residents, a McDonald’s drive-through, bars and ball fields, the Guantánamo Bay Navy base is more than one big prison. It has the trappings of small-town America and the amenities of a college campus. Image