**Monica’s Word of the Week…insular: detached; standing alone; isolated**
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Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cockaine Explosion, by Gary Webb (with a book like this, I prefer reading a first edition–later editions might be subtly censored; rumor has it that Gary Webb’s suicide wasn’t a suicide–unless you can shoot yourself in the head twice.)
global research article describing journalism porn: The History of the CIA
WSJ: German Interior Minister Calls for Security Overhaul After Berlin Christmas Market Attack
Proposals to give federal authorities more powers would face big legal and political hurdles
WSJ: Cyberattack Exposes Law Firms’ Weak Spots
Firms have made strides but still need to do more to shore up cybersecurity, experts say
NYT: Former F.B.I. Agent to Plead Guilty in Press Leak (underwear bomber 2 whistleblower)
Africa Unchained, by
PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
TOWARDS REFORMING THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY
Harry Browne’s How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
Daily Beast: Al Qaeda’s Top Recruiting Tool: The CIA
After being tortured by American interrogators, a Libyan freedom fighter became a top terror leader. Jamie Dettmer reports from Tripoli. (maybe his joining Al Qaeda wasn’t blowback but a deal he made with the CIA to be an operative)
Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos
A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.
Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson – This is the book I read about Einstein, his immutable political philosophy that he changed when he came to his own interests. Isaacson is a propagandist extraordinaire, but he does write a good bio!