Who What Why ?

My name is Russ Baker. For more than two decades I have been an investigative journalist, doing what I believed journalists were supposed to do—seek the truth and publish nothing less. Over the years, however, I have learned how the media gatekeepers, both “mainstream” and “alternative,” will not allow the biggest, most disturbing revelations to see the light of day.


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The Terrorist Threat Concealed by Saudi ‘Soft Power’

Reading Time: 16 minutesIn December of last year, the United States suffered the first deadly, internationally orchestrated terrorist attack on its soil since 9/11 — when a Saudi Air Force trainee killed three US sailors and wounded eight others at a Navy air base in Pensacola, FL.Last week, the FBI and Attorney General William Barr announced that data recovered from the cellphone

McConnell Is Pushing One COVID-19 ‘Cure’ America Does Not Need

Reading Time: 5 minutesLiving in Trump-world, one often feels like Alice in Wonderland: up is down and down is up.No issue illustrates that state of affairs more vividly than the current push by corporate special interests for immunity from consumer and worker lawsuits related to coronavirus.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who usually has all the emotio

Email Blunder Reveals Student Info and University Negligence

Reading Time: 5 minutesA US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recruiter exposed the sensitive information — including visa status — of more than 1,300 students and alumni from the Washington, DC–based American University following a May 15 virtual career fair.The incident raises serious concerns about how information is shared between universities and job recruiters — including

Who Thinks About Nuclear War in a Time of Plague?

Reading Time: 6 minutes— OPINION — It’s less than two minutes to midnight, according to the Doomsday Clock, designed by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 to express “the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains.” 

A New College Motto: Buyer Beware

Reading Time: 6 minutesOPINIONWell before the coronavirus pandemic, the US system of higher education was broken. Not for the wealthiest students, who prep until their SAT scores reach 1500, volunteer at elephant refuges, or gain national status through private soccer league competitions, then soar through the next four years without loans or even work-study jobs. But

Not All It Can Be: The US Military Is Failing

Reading Time: 17 minutesThe US military is one of the few institutions that the vast majority of the public praises, but its strategic failures on the battlefield and lack of accountability in its ranks expose an organization that is deeply flawed and out of step with 21st-century needs. This according to Tim Bakken, the first civilian promoted to professor of law in

Teachers Say Online Schools Best Bet Until Further Notice

Reading Time: < 1 minuteIn all but four states, schools have been shuttered for the rest of the year. That means parents, teachers, and students alike are doing their work from home.While many teachers miss their classrooms and wish things could get back to normal, they agree with the decision to call school off indefinitely.

What Everybody Is Missing About Bob Dylan’s JFK Song

Reading Time: 11 minutes— OPINION —In the rash of hot takes that followed Bob Dylan&;s release of a previously unknown track, most commentators tiptoed around the true news value: a major cultural icon has boldly given voice to a widely held, but professionally radioactive