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Independent investigative website founded by legendary muckraker Robert Parry.

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"Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995"
Started: 1995
Founder: Robert Parry

Members: Elizabeth Vos,  Joe Lauria was founded in 1995 by investigative journalist Robert Parry as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. Parry was best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press (AP) and Newsweek, including breaking the Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare (CIA manual provided to the Nicaraguan contras) and the CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking in the U.S. scandal in 1985.

After Robert Parry's death on January 27, 2018, the site is continued with Joe Lauria as Editor-in-Chief. The site has a high caliber of writers, including John Pilger, Alexander Mercouris, Ray McGovern,Gareth Porter,Max Blumenthal, Caitlin Johnstone and many others. While it certainly is an excellent site covering government nefariousness, it does shy a little bit away from full coverage of the deeper aspects of politics.

Own words

As one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran-Contra scandal for The Associated Press in the mid-1980s, I was distressed by the silliness and propaganda that had come to pervade American journalism. I feared, too, that the decline of the U.S. press foreshadowed disasters that would come when journalists failed to alert the public about impending dangers.[1]

We also looked at the underlying problems of modern democracy, particularly the insidious manipulation of citizens by government propaganda and the accomplice role played by mainstream media. Rather than encouraging diversity in analyses especially on topics of war and peace, today’s mainstream media takes a perverse pride in excluding responsible, alternative views.

The major Western news outlets now conflate the discrete difficulties from made-up “fake news” and baseless “conspiracy theories” with responsible dissenting analyses. All get thrown into the same pot and subjected to disdain and ridicule.

We have seen travesties, such as legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh having to take his important story debunking the Obama administration’s claims about the Syria-Sarin case of 2013 to the London Review of Books because his normal outlets in the United States wouldn’t run his exposé.


Known Participants

2 of the 2 of the participants already have pages here:

Joe Lauria
Elizabeth Vos


Documents sourced from Consortium News

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:A Long History of America's Dark Sidearticle"Terrorism"
US/Foreign policy
7 October 2010Peter Dale Scott
Robert Parry
Americans are encouraged to unquestioningly view their country and its soldiers as the "good guys" spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. When the US inflicts death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration. This article reviews the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but a conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side".
Document:Faced with Donbass defeat, US and UK up the ante in UkraineArticleBoris Johnson
Stop the War Coalition
Volodymyr Zelensky
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
8 June 2022Chris NinehamIvan Katchanovski, a Ukrainian professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa, argues: “The US and UK governments show no efforts or desire to achieve peaceful settlement of the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”
Document:MH-17 Mystery: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?articleGulf of Tonkin Incident
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
17 July 2015Robert ParryA First anniversary retrospective drawing a compelling parallel with the 'Gulf of Tonkin incident' which became the casus belli for the Vietnam war.
Document:MH-17 Slips into propaganda fogarticleMalaysia Airlines Flight 179 July 2015Robert ParryAlmost a year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people. Yet, instead of a transparent investigation seeking justice, the case became a propaganda game of finger-pointing, with the CIA withholding key evidence all the better to blame Russia
Document:Murray Scottish Appeal Denied; Allowed to Try UK CourtArticleCraig Murray
Julian Assange
Alex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
Lady Leeona Dorrian
8 June 2021Joe LauriaCraig Murray may have been a Crown target for the contempt conviction because he was among few writers defending Alex Salmond and was vindicated by Salmond’s acquittal. Murray has been a fierce advocate for his friend Julian Assange, the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, whom the United States is trying to extradite from Britain.
Document:October Surprise MemomemoOctober Surprise4 November 1991Paul BeachA "smoking gun" internal memo as regards the October Surprise; it references a meeting about how to keep the conspiracy hidden. In particular, it mentions a cable from the Madrid embassy confirming Bill Casey's presence there.
Document:Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17articleMalaysia Airlines Flight 1717 August 2015Ray McGovernPropaganda is the life-blood of life-destroying wars, and the U.S. government has reached new heights (or depths) in this art of perception management. A case in point is the media manipulation around last year’s Malaysia Airlines shoot-down over Ukraine, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Document:Russophobia - Reaping the WhirlwindArticleNATO
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Scott RitterVladimir Putin’s order to begin partial mobilisation of Russian military forces continues a confrontation between Russia and a US-led coalition of Western nations that began at the end of the Cold War.
Document:The Politics of TerrorarticleDeep politics
"War on Terror"
Surveillance State
31 August 2010Douglas Valentine
Document:Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?articleVictoria Nuland
US/Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945
Ukraine Riots 2013-14
1 March 2014Ray McGovernA veteran CIA analyst's take on the US-NATO regime change push in the Ukraine