We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Friday, September 5, 2014
The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication
Although Silverstein focuses mostly on one L. A. Times reporter, he also supplies evidence from FOIA documents that other reporters have close ties with the CIA.
Of course, the CIA has a long history of infiltrating media organization and recruiting journalists to serve the Empire's secret subversion service. Hugh Wilford covered much of this early in his 2008 book entitled The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America. Unfortunately, he stops his history in the 1970s with the Rampart revelations, the Pike and Church Committee investigations and leaving the naive reader to believe that CIA activities to influence media ended at this time. It appears from this report that they only became more effective at hiding their activities.