Central Intelligence Agency

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Gary Webb: Pariah No More

    A few months after Gary Webb killed himself with his dad's old pistol, I stood shirtless in my back yard, staring at the full moon. The sky was black and cloudless, the moon blurry. Earlier that night, I'd poured myself several splashes of single-malt scotch. I shook my fist in the air and screamed. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Tosh Plumlee, Ex-CIA Contract Pilot, Spills Beans On Murder Of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena

    Remember Tosh Plumlee? He was the star of my Sept. 2006 cover story, "Cocaine Airways," which detailed his colorful career as a contract pilot for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In that story, I wrote about how Plumlee, a Texas native, found work for the CIA in the 1950s flying weapons to Cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Kill The Messenger, Long-Anticipated Gary Webb Film, Now Filming!

    Filming began this week in Atlanta, Georgia, on Kill the Messenger, a Focus Features movie based on my similarly-titled 2006 book, as well as Gary Webb's 1998 volume, "Dark Alliance." My book shares its title with a December 2004 obituary I wrote for this paper about Webb's suicide and how what sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    CIA Secret War Files Discussion Set For This Afternoon at Richard Nixon Presidential Library

    Are you bored and a history buff?Well, today was made to liven up your life in Yorba Linda at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, which is holding a party this afternoon entitled, "Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War."[Insert joke here, if you wish.]

  • Film

    December 20, 2012

    Darkness on the Edge of Town in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Kathryn Bigelow's thrilling manhunt

  • Film

    February 9, 2012

    Sleepwalking Through 'Safe House'

    Denzel Washington's reliably creepy performance fails to elevate his latest action flick

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Pyramid Scheme

    Men boasting CIA and FBI ties met in Newport Beach to convince a mysterious billionaire to buy into a secret economy, and nothing was what it seemed

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Sirhan Sirhan, CIA Spooks and Dana Rohrabacher

    Courtesy of the California Department of CorrectionsSirhan Sirhan's latest prison photo​Sirhan Sirhan is scheduled to go before a California parole board for a 13th time Wednesday, bringing to my mind two memories.The most recent involves Shane O'Sullivan's documentary RFK Must Die, which I caugh ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    What the Bellhop Saw

    Golden West College

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    John Yoo Stars in a Most Civilized Debate on Torture

    Photo by Christopher VictorioAs John Yoo makes his case, John C. Eastman is hard at think.Two days after Barack Obama's chief of staff said the administration was not inclined to back prosecutions against Bush lawyers who signed off on torture, the president backed off that statement today, saying h ... More >>

  • Film

    October 18, 2007


    It’s not torture, but Mideast thriller Rendition is as conventional as they come

  • Film

    August 2, 2007

    A Star is Bourne (Again)

    Amnesiac-spy trilogy culminates in a thrilling Ultimatum

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Mission: Implausible

    The CIA has disavowed any knowledge of the alleged plot against Laos by Vang Pao and others. At least one defense attorney doesnt buy it

  • Columns

    July 12, 2007


    '[Vang Pao] was tough in a tough country. He deserves to die in peace'

  • Features

    July 5, 2007

    The General's Last Stand

    Vang Pao devoted his life to fighting communism in Laos—until his onetime ally, the U.S. government, arrested him

  • Columns

    June 21, 2007


    'Stupid-ass crackers talk about gangs like they know something'

  • News

    June 14, 2007

    Hero or Heroin?

    Alleged coup-plotter Vang Paos shady past eludes mainstream media

  • News

    May 10, 2007


    Nick Begich: Mind Control

  • Film

    January 25, 2007

    Now Playing

    Alpha Dog, Borat, Charlotte's Web

  • Film

    December 21, 2006

    Trust No One

    De Niros somnolent Shepherd leads us not into temptation

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006


    Are you tired of the police always busting up your drug-running operation? Would you like to be provided with top-notch military equipment? Ever feel like the people fighting America's enemies in South America could use a bit more heavy weaponry? Then the CIA is definitely for you. Here at the CIA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2006

    The Tortuous Path

    George Bush has fundamentally reshaped the "conventional wisdom" of American political life in a way that most presidents can only dream of. Ronald Reagan elicited only agreement, at least rhetorically, that "the era of big government is over." George Bush has elicited agreement that "those claiming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2006

    Numbers (Five Years Later)

    From a list compiled by the UK newspaper, The Independent: 2,973 Total number of people killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the September 11, 2001 attacks 72,000 Estimated number of civilians killed worldwide since September 11, 2001 as a result of the war on terror 2 Number of years since US ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2006

    Wanted (sort of)

    Remember President Bush's steely determination to get Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive? Turns out he meant we'll get him, if we happen to bump into him. The New York Times reports this morning that "The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2006

    Requiescat in Pace, IVth Amendment

    FOURTH AMENDMENT: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to b ... More >>

  • News

    March 16, 2006

    Live Free Now

    Ask me how: Talking taxes and trilaterals in Irvine

  • Film

    December 8, 2005

    Global Currency

    In Syriana, oil makes the world go round

  • Features

    December 8, 2005

    Global Currency

    In Syriana, oil makes the world go round

    By Ella Taylor

  • Columns

    July 21, 2005

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Why does George W. Bush want the terrorists to win?

  • News

    April 28, 2005

    Dr. Death Revisited

    In French TV documentary, ex-CIA official admits ties to CIA-cocaine scandal character

  • News

    February 17, 2005

    Dead End

    Feds deny connection between CIA and ex-Laguna Beach cop and drug dealer. So why are his files secret?

  • News

    December 16, 2004

    Kill the Messenger

    Gary Webb, 1955-2004

  • Film

    November 4, 2004

    Tom Cruise Is Straight and Other Hollywood Conspiracies

    Uri Dowbenkos Hoodwinked exposes the Masonic Zionist plot that is Tinseltown

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Secret War Hero

    Mr. President, we have an alibi

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Operation Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of history

    Death squads didnt work in Vietnam, but the CIA is betting theyll be great in Iraq

  • News

    April 24, 2003
  • Features

    March 6, 2003

    War College

    67 things you might want to know before the bombs drop

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Our Man in San Salvador

    Notorious generals U.S. ties ran through an ex-OC cop

  • Unknown

    June 27, 2002
  • News

    June 13, 2002
  • Features

    May 30, 2002

    War! Huh?

    Welcome to the summer of love at a theater near you

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Crack Cop

    New FBI documents add to the mystery surrounding a former Laguna cop who says he ran coke for the Nicaraguan rebels

  • Columns

    March 21, 2002
  • Features

    February 7, 2002

    Not Too Late for a War Crimes Tribunal

    He turns 91 this week, so its possible Ronald Reagan cant remember. But Jim Washburn cant forget

  • Columns

    January 3, 2002

    Oh, Death!

    The year that sucked

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Patriot Games

    How a Newport Beach businessman used granny, apple pie and the flag to bilk patriotic investors

  • Columns

    October 18, 2001

    Winged Monkeys!

    Our smoky links to unsavory characters

  • Features

    July 19, 2001

    Crack Cop

    FBI documents link an ex-Laguna cop and drug runner to an Irvine executive with ties to the CIA

  • Features

    July 5, 2001

    True Lies?

    Ken Bucchi says he was a drug-running spook. The CIA says hes an impostor

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    A Gray Area

    OC judge is wild card in Citizens Drug Inquiry

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