Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Lessons of the Risen case

Featured image We have written several times here about the case of James Risen. Called to testify in the government’s prosecution of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for violation of the Espionage Act, Risen declined to testify; Sterling had laundered his exposure of a Bush-era operation intended to undermine Iran’s nuclear program (I rashly infer from the circumstances, under a promise of confidentiality) through Risen in one of his recent books. The »

When Hitler didn’t meet Churchill

Featured image Our observation of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill yesterday put me in mind of Winston Churchill’s failed meeting with Adolf Hitler. It’s a story I’ve mentioned here before and ask your indulgence in mentioning again as the occasion may warrant. Among the many qualities that made Churchill a man out of joint with his times was this one: he frequently wrote and spoke favorably of the »

Jewish like me in Malmö

Featured image John Howard Griffin famously enlisted the assistance of a dermatologist to have his skin darkened so he could pass as a black man traveling in the deep South for six weeks in late 1959. He reported his experiences in Black Like Me. Based on the journal he kept, the book has sold more than 10 million copies and remained continuously in print since its publication in 1961. Swedish journalist Petter »

Who killed Alberto Nisman? part 2

Featured image The news related to the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman this past Sunday is arriving in torrent. Nisman was killed under suspicious circumstances on the eve of the explosive testimony he was to give regarding his government’s complicity with Iran to suppress the investigation of the 1994 Jewish community center bombing; the suspicious circumstances include the staging of his death as an apparent suicide. The New York Times reports »

What Blinken said

Featured image We took a brief look at the comments made by Senator Robert Menendez at the Senate Foreign Relations Commitee hearing earlier this week here. The witnesses before the committee were Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen. The committee hearing addressed the issued related to our negotiations with Iran over its illicit nuclear program. C-SPAN has posted the nearly three-hour hearing in its entirety here. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns this week to ask: WHITHER THE EBOLA CZAR? She writes: So for some time now, we have had a Czar to be in charge of Ebola. Oh, not an actual doctor, of course, just a spin doctor. A career bureaucrat and hanger-on. And we haven’t heard Word One about Ebola or the Czar since. Wouldn’t you love to know his salary? Wouldn’t you love to have it? »

The Attkisson file

Featured image There is a lot of meat for conservatives to chew on in former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s memoir cum exposé Stonewalled: My Fight For Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. It is easily one of the most important political books published last year. One can infer from the subtitle of the book much of what Attkisson has on offer. One might not have »

What Menendez said

Featured image Senator Robert Menendez is the ranking (Democratic) member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This morning at a committee hearing he said this to Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Under Secretary (and prospective CIA deputy director) David Cohen: “I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of »

After last night, detoxify here

Featured image Peter Robinson recorded the current edition of Uncommon Knowledge last month with Thomas Sowell (video below). Sowell is a one-man antidote for the evasions and prevarications retailed by Barack Obama along with his supporters and enablers. If you subjected yourself to Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, a dose of Sowell may help detoxify you. If you took a pass, it will edify you. The series summary states: »

This crisis persists

Featured image President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address last night. The White House has posted the text here; the video is below. Obama declared: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” In every relevant respect, on matters both foreign and domestic, a deep dishonesty permeated the speech. The crisis of BS hung heavy over every word, including “and” and “the” (to »

Stuff Hillary says

Featured image If you’re going to give yourself a break and skip el presidente‘s State of the Union address tonight, you may want to compensate for the break by punishing yourself with the Hillary highlights compiled by the Free Beacon’s David Rutz in the video below. My view is that we are obligated to suffer at least a little each day to earn our way out of the Age of Obama. If »

A backgrounder for Matt Apuzzo

Featured image New York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo joined the Times in 2012. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, but his article on the testimony of Condoleezza Rice at the trial of Jeffrey Sterling last week suggests he doesn’t know much about the Times. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Rice met with Times editors to persuade them not to publish James Risen’s draft article disclosing the highly classified CIA program »

Who killed Alberto Nisman?

Featured image Circumstantial evidence suggests that Alberto Nisman committed suicide at his Buenos Aires apartment on Sunday. Within Argentina, however, this circumstantial evidence has been treated with substantial skepticism. The New York Times conveys the suspicions in an article by Jonathan Gilbert and Simon Romero: “Puzzling death of a prosecutor grips Argentina.” Christopher Dickey’s Daily Beast article puts Nisman’s death in the context of the ongoing war between Israel and Iran. Next »

SOTU: You’re excused

Featured image Bill Kristol writes in his weekly email message to readers: Many of you have asked whether, as conscientious citizens, you have to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The answer is no. In fact, you have my complete and unambiguous permission to skip it. You might want to tune in after the speech for Joni Ernst’s GOP response–if she does well maybe we’ll include her in the »

The lonesome death of Alberto Nisman

Featured image The BBC reports that Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead on Sunday. He was found in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his head at his apartment in Buenos Aires. The BBC report notes that a gun and a cartridge shell were found next to Nisman’s body. The Times of Israel has more here and the Wall Street Journal has more here. One would infer from »

At the Sterling trial

Featured image Last week the government commenced its prosecution of former CIA official Jeffrey Sterling for violation of the Espionage Act. The government alleges that Sterling leaked the details of a program intended to undermine Iran’s nuclear program to New York Times reporter James Risen. The program was subject to a security classification indicating its extreme sensitivity. Sterling did not publicly disclose the details of the CIA program; he laundered them through »

The prophetic voice

Featured image When Martin Luther King, Jr., brought his nonviolent campaign against segregation to Bull Connor’s Birmingham, he laid siege to the bastion of Jim Crow. In Birmingham between 1957 and 1962, black homes and churches had been subjected to a series of horrific bombings intended to terrorize the community. In April 1963 King answered the call to bring his campaign to Birmingham. When King landed in jail on Good Friday for »