Issue 6 – June 2006

Current Affairs Essay
Prisoner Torture, Reporter Payoffs Reminiscent of CIA Operations During Cold War by J. F. Miglio
New Arrival
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year 2004 (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics   By Jerome Armstrong & Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America  By John Sperling
Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder  By Yvonne Jerrold
Tea with Osiris  By Paul West
Straight Jacket  By Richard E. Sall
An Audience for Einstein  By By Mark Wakely
A Consequence of Greed  By Jack Eadon
"Gigolo" on the Row  By Jack Eadon
Through Katrina's Eyes  By Ed Kostro
The Always Present  By Theodore & Renee Weiss
Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present  By Richard A. Singer Jr.
The Menagerie: A Vision Journey  By Lawrence E. Kelly
The Culture Struggle  By Michael Parenti
Pleasant Hell  By John Dolan

Recommended Reads

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Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics

By Jerome Armstrong &
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
Two of the top progressive bloggers in the country analyze how average citizens can fight right-wing political dominance and reclaim democracy.

The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America
By John Sperling
Well-documented and detailed examination of the social, economic, and political differences between liberal and conservative America, written by the founder of the University of Phoenix.

Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder
By Yvonne Jerrold
Imaginative, haunting tale about a young woman who befriended a mysterious boy from an ancient race of people that lived in tune with nature.

Tea with Osiris
By Paul West
Compilation of original poems that “masterfully stir together myth, trauma, and magic with fiery exuberance.”

— Diane Ackerman.

Straight Jacket
By Richard E. Sall
Engaging tale about a young surgeon who must deal with the high pressure world of hospitals, dead patients, and medical malpractice while falling in love with a beautiful nurse who has a demented mother.

An Audience for Einstein
By Mark Wakely
Award-winning, inventive story about a neurosurgeon who achieves the secret of transplanting memories from one person to another to save the life of a brilliant scientist– with dire consequences.
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A Consequence of Greed
By Jack Eadon
&nbsp Engaging tale about a corporate trouble-shooter from Chicago who is transferred to Texas where he is possessed by the spirit of a man murdered a decade before to avenge the crime.
…Read Review

“Gigolo” on the Row
By Jack Eadon
Fast-paced thriller about a struggling writer who searches for the truth about his wife after she is killed mysteriously by a hit-and-run driver from the neighborhood.
…Read Review

Through Katrina’s Eyes
By Ed Kostro
Inspirational poems based on the author’s personal thoughts and emotions about his trip to the Gulf Coast and his effort to rescue pets that were victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Always Present
By Theodore & Renee Weiss
“A tender, moving and fascinating memoir comprised, most originally, of letters and poems jointly written by a husband and wife clearly devoted to each other as to the life of the mind.”– Joyce Carol Oates

Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.
An inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.

The Menagerie: A Vision Journey
By Lawrence E. Kelly
Heartfelt poems about life, love and inspiration.

The Culture Struggle
By Michael Parenti
Insightful and provocative analysis of culture in modern society, including such topics as “Psychiatry as a Control Weapon,” “Slavery and Gentlemen Imperialists,” and “The Myth of Individuality.”

Pleasant Hell
By John Dolan
Witty and self-deprecating confessional about a misanthropic college professor’s life and struggle for meaning in a hostile and unforgiving world.


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Prisoner Torture, Reporter
Payoffs Reminiscent of CIA
Operations During Cold War

By J. F. Miglio

Long before atrocities were committed at Abu Graib and Guantanamo, the CIA had its own little nightmare operation that used unsuspecting American citizens as guinea pigs for experimentation with LSD, sensory depravation, and various forms of mental torture.

The top-secret operation was called MK-ULTRA, and it began in the 1950s and continued until the late 1960s. The official reason for its existence was to discover a truth serum or brainwashing technique that the U.S. government could use on communist spies or “enemies” of the State.

Naturally, this operation was illegal and unconstitutional from the start, a proverbial trademark of the CIA. But aside from introducing LSD into popular culture, needlessly torturing thousands of innocent Americans, and insidiously causing the death of Frank Olson (an army doctor whose drink was spiked with LSD), the CIA didn’t fulfill its stated mission.

It never discovered a truth serum to use on communist spies, and it never succeeded in slipping Fidel Castro, America’s enemy du jour, the quintessential Mickey. However, it did succeed in creating plenty of speculation and suspicion about the operation itself and how its twisted torture masters may have changed their mission in mid-stream and used brainwashing methods to create Manchurian Candidate-like assassins that may have had a hand in killing JFK, RFK, MLK Jr., and John Lennon. (Sound incredible, like the Bush administration being responsible for 9/11? Do a little research and then make up your mind.)

During this same paranoid time period (when fearful Americans were building bomb shelters in their backyards, and young baby boomers were ducking for cover under their wooden desks at grade schools to shelter themselves from a nuclear attack), the CIA developed a secret companion operation to MK-ULTRA called Mockingbird, which paid prominent journalists, allegedly including Joseph Alsop and Ben Bradlee, to write and promote anti-communist, pro-Big Business news stories for mainstream publications.

Operation Mockingbird, which began in the 1950s and continued until the mid-1970s, also “encouraged” the most prestigious news organizations of the era, including Time Magazine and CBS News, not to write about certain events, like the nefarious CIA plots to overthrow the governments of Iran and Guatemala.

Ostensibly, MK-ULTRA and Mockingbird were designed to fight the world-wide plague of communism, which the CIA believed was infiltrating every level of American society like a viral infection; it was also equally concerned that the “red threat” was infiltrating Third World countries where large American corporations, like Esso (now Exxon-Mobil) and the United Fruit Company, had vested interests. And if it meant overthrowing democratically elected leaders of Third World countries to protect those interests, so be it.

At the time, average Americans knew nothing about operations MK-ULTRA or Mockingbird, and they were naïve enough to trust the United States government to “do the right thing” when it came to fighting the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

No doubt Senator Joe McCarthy believed he was doing the right thing when he accused almost half the country of being communists or communist sympathizers. And so did Ronald Reagan and many other conservative notables, who were quite willing to “name names” at congressional hearings in order to help McCarthy with his anti-communist witch hunt.

Eventually McCarthy was exposed as a paranoid lunatic and was taken down by Edward R. Murrow, one of the last of the standup journalists in the land of the free. (No coincidence that George Clooney made a movie about Murrow and his battle with McCarthy during the era of George W. Bush and his fear-mongering “War on Terror.”)

Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy to expose and put a stop to operations MK-ULTRA and Mockingbird, because they were carried out covertly and not publicly like McCarthy’s crusade. In addition, Richard Helms, the CIA director in charge of MK-ULTRA during the early 1970s, deliberately destroyed most of the secret operation’s records in 1972, and the operation itself was not officially exposed until the Church Committee held congressional hearings in 1975.

Ironically, about a year later, George H.W. Bush, the new director of the CIA, put an end to Operation Mockingbird when he announced: “Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contract relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station.”

Fast forward to the George W. Bush administration and it becomes apparent that the idiot prince and his gang of lying fascists are not following the advice of Big Daddy Bush. In fact, there have been several news “correspondents,” including Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and Karen Ryan, who have been caught accepting money from the Bush gang in exchange for promoting the current administration’s right-wing agenda. Williams alone, who likes to portray himself as a straight-shooting, African-American conservative, raked in a cool $240,000. Right on, bro!

As despicable as that is, it’s even worse the way the mainstream news media have rolled over and given credibility to Bush Junior, ever since he stole the 2000 presidential election. And I’m not talking about Fox News or right-wing loudmouths like Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. It’s axiomatic they’ll support their fuehrer, no matter what he does.

More troubling are mainstream news organizations like CNN or NBC, which appear legitimate to many Americans, and are even called “liberal” in some circles. But on closer examination it is clear that their top reporters have sold out a long time ago for big salaries and will only go so far when reporting the truth about the Bush administration or corporate America.

Just try listening to Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” when he has someone like Condoleezza Rice on his show without pulling your hair out! He’ll ask one tough question, maybe one tough follow up– and that’s it! After that the interviewee is free to blather on, lying and obfuscating, underscoring one administration talking point after another.

And this is how George W. Bush has been able to steal two elections, cover up his administration’s complicity in 9/11, fight an illegitimate war in Iraq, bankrupt the U.S. treasury, sanction torture and rendition, and on and on.

Thus the cycle is complete, and the United States is reliving the worst aspects of the 1950s and ’60s; only the names have changed. The War on Terror has replaced the Cold War; Abu Graib and Guantanamo have replaced MK-ULTRA; and the corporate-owned media and their weak-kneed news reporters have replaced Operation Mockingbird.

And where does that leave average Americans? Exactly where the Bush gang and their big money, corporate allies want them: uninformed, frightened, and complacent.

New Arrival

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

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Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the 2005
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.

A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan

A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.


Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti

Pulitzer-prize nominated author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed

Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert

Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.


Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart

Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller

Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin

Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.


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Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.


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