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It was never going to win any prizes for presentation, but Namebase had a lot of information, especially about post-WWII US spooks. Its disappearance from the web by 2023 is an irreparable loss for the study of deep politics.

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Started: 1995
Founder: Daniel Brandt

NameBase was a web-based cross-indexed database of names that focused on individuals involved in the international intelligence community, U.S. foreign policy, crime, and business. The focus was on the post-World War II era and spooky activities.[1] It had not been updated since 2009, but its disappearance from the web by 2023, an irreparable loss for the studies of deep politics.


Founder Daniel Brandt began collecting clippings and citations pertaining to influential people and intelligence agents after becoming a member of the Students for a Democratic Society, an organization which opposed US foreign policy, in the 1970s.[1] With the advent of personal computing, he developed a database which allowed subscribers to access the names of US intelligence agents.[2]

In the 1980s, through his company Micro Associates, he sold subscriptions to this computerized database, under its original name, Public Information Research, Inc (PIR). At PIR's onset, Brandt was President of the newly formed non-profit corporation and investigative researcher, Peggy Adler, served as its Vice President. The material was described as "information on all sorts of spooks, military officials, political operators and other cloak-and-dagger types."[3] He told The New York Times at the time that "many of these sources are fairly obscure so it's a very effective way to retrieve information on U.S. intelligence that no one else indexes."[4] One research librarian calls it "a unique part of the 'Deep Web'", equally useful to investigative journalists and students.[5]


In 1995, Brandt's efforts became the basis of NameBase.[6] As of 2003, the site contained "over 100,000 names with over 260,000 citations drawn from books and serials with a few documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."[7] The website is structured so that users can follow hyperlinked information "and thus uncover potential relationships or connections between individuals and groups".[5] The way this is formatted on the website is referred to as a social network and, though the user has to click further to actually determine the relationship between names on a given social network, as they are not specifically listed, NameBase was described by Paul B. Kantor as being the "only web-based tool readily available for visualizing social networks of terrorism researchers."[8]

Namebase on Wikispooks

 Has namebaseDescription
Aginter Press International anti-communist mercenary and "terrorist" organization, subcontracting for intelligence services, disguised as a pseudo-press agency.
James Jesus Angleton JAMES JESUS"The dominant counterintelligence figure in the non-communist world", according to Richard Helms, DCI.
Juval Aviv JUVAL A terrorism expert and Mossad operative who once remarked on live TV: "It's easy to put a truck bomb, as we did, er, as happened in London."
Mehmet Ali Ağca MEHMET ALI
Norman Bailey NORMAN ASpooky economist who taught "Economics for Foreign Policy Makers." Admitted on the record that the PROMIS database and search application has been given to the NSA
Arnold Beichman,+Arnold
Harry van den Bergh VAN DEN BERGH HARRY Dutch politician who spoke at the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism on "Maintaining the Balance"
Richard M. Bissell,+Richard+Mervin
Richard E. Bissell,United States Information Agency, USAID...
George H. W. Bush and bones mastermind of the bush family busine$$.
CIA most high profile of the US intelligence agencies, a covert agent of foreign policy. Funded by a 'black budget' derived from the global drug trade, the CIA is experienced at assassination, blackmail, instigating coups and other such covert deep state actions. Its scrutiny in the early 1970s however led to the development of more secure bases for the most sensitive deep state operations.
Ray Cline,+RaySenior CIA, spoke at the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
Lester Coleman LESTER KNOX III
Corporate media corporate media refers to itself as 'mainstream' in an effort to marginalize so-called "alternative" media. While some instances (e.g. BBC) are not strictly commercial, all the corporate media is hierarchically structured, so a very small number of editors can censor or modify its output.
Christopher Curwen,+ChristopherHead of MI6
DGSE foreign intelligence agency
Midge Decter "polemical powerhouse"
Allen Dulles,+Allen+W.Dulles served the longest ever term as Director of Central Intelligence and dominated American intelligence for a generation. He personified a cadre of Ivy League pragmatic elitists in high echelons of the government who greatly admired Germany’s scientific achievements.<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a> Dulles was fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs and bore a grudge against him thereafter.
John J. Dziak,+John
Perry Fellwock 28perry-fellwock 29-Peck.htmlThe first NSA whistleblower
Allan Francovich FRANCOVICH ALLANFrancovich was a talented and courageous filmmaker who produced unparalleled exposés of various misdeeds by the powerful. Termed a 'charlatan' by some, a "conspiracy theorist" by others (though not by Wikipedia).
Dick Franks of MI6
Hugh Gaitskell HUGH TODDA UK Labour politician who reportedly died of a rare illness in hospital.
Barrie Gane
Monique Garnier-Lançon GARNIER-LANCON MONIQUE Deep state operative whose papers lead to a major exposure of Le Cercle. French convenor of Le Cercle in the first half of the 1980s.
Max Geldens MAX Dutch director of McKinsey & Company who wrote and gave a working paper for the 1984 Bilderberg
Manucher Ghorbanifar dealer and central figure in the Iran-Contra Affair.
Philip Giraldi spook and “terrorism expert”
Grey Wolves WOLVES
Samuel Halpern,+Samuel
Charles Jocelyn Hambro,+Charles+Jocelynspooky UK banker. SOE head
Oswald Allen Harker Harker O.Allen (Jasper)
Roger Hollis,+RogerDirector General of MI5 1956-1965
Sidney Hook,+sidneyAmerican philosopher and anti-communist activist.
Arthur S. Hulnick,+Arthur
Michael Hurley MICHEAL TA DEA official accused of involvement in the Lockerbie Bombing.
Fred C. Iklé,+FredUS deep state operative in the Reagan Administration, where he was proponent of psyops and supporting insurgencies. Attended Le Cercle RAND Corporation, Smith Richardson Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy , Center for Strategic and International Studies...
Carl Elmer Jenkins officer closely connected to several key figures behind the JFK assassination.
John Jones,+John+Lewis
Chester E. Finn Jr.,+Chester
Vernon Kell
Knights Templars TEMPLAR
Knights of Malta MALTA A Roman Catholic military-religious order and/or secret society of, traditionally, a military, "chivalrous" and "noble nature". One of the world's oldest orders of knighthood, dating back to the 11th century. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is headquartered in Rome, and is arguably a sovereign subject of international law.
MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5), is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency and is part of its core in the main British domestic intelligence service.
Victor Marchetti
Jessica Mathews MATHEWS JESSICA TUCHMANCarnegie Endowment for International Peace President, Far heavier Bilderberg habit than her husband (a US general), former(?) Steering Committee member
John Maury,+Jack
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