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Deep Politics, Rights, Story Of The Week, Threats to Democracy, War & Peace

Torturing the Truth: Why the CIA Report Won’t Change Anything

Dec 10, 2014 by

The CIA torture report is as grim as can be imagined, and damning enough proof to change things. But it won’t.

WhoWhatWhy Founder and Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker
Media Fail

MediaFail—Women in Saudi Arabia, Alcohol Surge, Presidential Shooters, Amazon Workers

Dec 04, 2014 by

In our inaugural MediaFail column, Russ Baker calls out four articles that fall flat. Read on for a look at how the media gets it wrong, fawns over its subjects or fails to check basic facts.

George H.W. Bush and Son.
Featured, Politics

New Bush Book Fun With Numbers: 41-43=45

Nov 10, 2014 by

George W. Bush is out with yet another book—this time his “biography” of his father, George H.W. Bush. What’s going on with this strange phenomenon where 43 narrates 41’s life for us? And could it possibly have something to do with rehabilitating the family surname to help ensure a possible third President Bush?

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Deep Politics

The “Double Government” Secret Gets Out

Nov 04, 2014 by

The secret is out: there’s a whole second government residing in the American national security apparatus that’s powerful enough to resist presidential orders. But don’t take our word for it. That comes courtesy of two recent pieces in the mainstream Boston Globe.

Welcome to the new look of WhoWhatWhy

Nov 03, 2014 by

We hope you like our new design. We are also pleased to introduce a daily newsletter and web feature, “WhoWhatWhy Now”—a five-day-a-week rundown of selected stories and irreverent views from around the world. It’s a quick way to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle.  As always, please let us know what you think.

Rescuers prepare to fly ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh to the hospital
Deep Politics

UPDATE: Louis Freeh’s Curious Car Accident

Sep 10, 2014 by

An update on the strange one-car crash involving ex-FBI chief Louis Freeh. He nearly took out several motorists. An unidentified FBI man materialized quickly at the rural scene. And more curiosities.

Donté Stallworth, HuffPo’s New National Security Correspondent
Media Fail

HuffPo National Security Fellow: Conspiracy Theories and Manslaughter. Huh?!?

Sep 09, 2014 by

We know Huffington Post loves celebrities and buzz. But its new National Security Fellow really pushes the boundaries of incredulity.

George H.W. Bush celebrating his 90th birthday with a skydive
Politics

An Enduring Mystery About Bush 41’s WWII Escape from Death

Sep 02, 2014 by

George H.W. Bush has made jumping out of aircraft to celebrate his birthdays a habit, a nod to his image as a WW II naval aviator and hero. Here’s a look at the fog surrounding his first jump, made 70 years ago after Japanese fire struck his aircraft over the Pacific.

Freeh’s Wrecked Vehicle. Courtesy WFFF/WVNY
Deep Politics, Surveillance State

Curious Car Crashes: Louis Freeh, The Man With The Secrets

Aug 28, 2014 by

When a man like Louis Freeh has a car crash, it may be a plain old accident. And then again, it may not be.

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Deep Politics, Rights

Putting a 9/11 Mystery on the Ballot

Aug 14, 2014 by

Can a piece of the continuing 9/11 mystery be resolved by a local ballot initiative? One man and his hardy band think so.