William Blum

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(author, historian)
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William Blum in 2007
Born 6 March 1933
Founder/Owner of The Killing Hope web site
Interests US Foreign Policy since 1945
Website http://www.williamblum.org

William Blum is an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He studied accounting in college. He held a computer-related position at the US Department of State in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he says he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War.

Journalism

He left the Department in 1967. He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital. In 1969, he wrote and published an exposé of the CIA in which was revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 employees of the Agency. He has worked as freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. From 1972 to 1973 Blum worked as a journalist in Chile, where he reported on the Allende government's attempts to distance Chile from US influence. In the mid-1970s, he worked in London with ex-CIA agent Philip Agee and his associates "on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds".[1] He supports himself with his writing and speaking engagements on college campuses.

In his writing, Blum devotes substantial attention to CIA interventions and assassination plots. He has supported Ralph Nader's presidential campaigns.[2] He currently circulates a monthly newsletter by email called "The Anti-Empire Report".

Lockerbie case not closed

In March 2001, two months after the Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing and his co-defendant, Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, was acquitted, Blum wrote an article arguing that the case against Megrahi "was thin to the point of transparency" and that the three Scottish judges "well knew the fervent desires of the White House and Downing Street as to the outcome. If both men had been acquitted, the United States and Great Britain would have had to answer for a decade of sanctions and ill-will directed toward Libya." He pointed out that the original Official Narrative had accused the PFLP-GC, a 1968 breakaway from a component of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, of making the bomb and somehow placing it aboard the flight in Frankfurt. The PFLP-GC was led by Ahmed Jibril, one of the world’s leading terrorists, and was headquartered in, financed by, and closely supported by, Syria. According to this scenario, the bombing was allegedly done at the behest of Iran as revenge for the US shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655, an Iranian passenger plane over the Persian Gulf on 3 July 1988. Blum adduced the following as evidence supporting that theory:

  1. Israeli intelligence intercepted a communication between Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, Iranian interior minister, and the Iranian embassy in Beirut “indicating that Iran paid for the Lockerbie bombing.”
  2. Even after the Libyans had been indicted, Israeli officials declared that their intelligence analysts remained convinced that the PFLP-GC bore primary responsibility for the bombing.
  3. In 1992, Abu Sharif, a political adviser to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, stated that the PLO had compiled a secret report which concluded that the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was the work of a “Middle Eastern country” other than Libya.[3]

Osama bin Laden statement

In early 2006, Blum briefly became the subject of widespread media attention when Osama bin Laden allegedly issued a public statement which quoted Blum and recommended that all Americans read Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. As a result of the mention sales of his book skyrocketed. [4] Rogue State shot up from 205,763 to 26 on Amazon.com's index of the most-ordered books. In a May 22, 2006 article entitled, Come Out of the White House With Your Hands Up, Blum wrote, "Since the bin Laden recommendation, 19 January, I have not been offered a single speaking engagement on any campus . . .This despite January-May normally being the most active period for me and other campus speakers."  

Documents by William Blum

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
A Cautionary Talearticle3 February 2011Egypt
Portugal
NATO
Afghanistan 1979-1992book extract2003Killing Hope
Afghanistan
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
Angola 1975 to 1980'sbook extract2003Killing Hope
Angola
UNITA
Bulgaria 1990-Albania 1991book extract2003Killing Hope
Bulgaria
Albania
Cuba 1959 to 1980'sbook extract2003Killing Hope
Cuba
Orlando Bosch
Cubana de Aviación Flight 455
CIA
Ecuador 1960 to 1963book extract2003Killing Hope
Ecuador
CIA
Guatemala 1962 to 1980'sbook extract2003Killing Hope
Guatemala
CIA
Haiti 1986-94book extract2003Killing Hope
Haiti
Indonesia 1957-58book extract2003Killing Hope
Indonesia
Sukarno
CIA
Iraq 1990-91book extract2003Killing Hope
Iraq
Gulf War
Italy 1947-1948book extract2003Killing Hope
Italy
Killing Hopebook extract2003Killing Hope
Killing Hope Introductionbook extract2003Killing Hope
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpowerbook2000US/Foreign policy/Since 1945
US/Foreign Assassinations since 1945
US/Efforts to Suppress Democracy since 1945
US Bombing campaigns since 1945
A critical examination of United States foreign policy during and following the Cold War
Some thoughts on "Patriotism"article5 July 2010Patriotism
The Russians are comingarticle9 May 2014The Great Game
Russia
The west's tried and trusted - but lately tired and increasingly absurd - specter of an aggressive, expansionist Russia, demolished in style by the inimitable William Blum
Uruguay 1964 to 1970book extract2003Killing Hope
Uraguay
CIA
 

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The Russians are comingarticleThe Great Game
Russia
9 May 2014William BlumThe west's tried and trusted - but lately tired and increasingly absurd - specter of an aggressive, expansionist Russia, demolished in style by the inimitable William Blum


Books

References

  1. Bill Blum's ZSpace Page, Z Magazine online, accessed 31 May 2008.
  2. Blum, William On Liberals, Phil Agee, and the 9-11 Truth Movement, Dissident Voice, January 14, 2008. Accessed 31 May 2008.
  3. "The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103: Case Not Closed"
  4. Bin Laden boosts book sales Sydney Morning Herald 21 January 2006

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