Through The Post Darkly: The Ghost of Phillip Graham

James F. Tracy

By James F. Tracy

“We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, Langley Virginia, 1988.[1]

Steven Spielberg’s tribute to Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and modern American journalism is a major Hollywood endeavor marshaling the industry’s premier talent. A s of this writing The Post has been nominated for dozens of awards throughout the film community.[2] The movie itself, however, comprises a sort of tortured historical confirmation on exactly how the news media would like to view themselves and their industry. It does so by mixing verifiable truths alongside careful omissions to reinforce a deeper set of myths concerning notions of American press freedom…

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Woolsey On U.S. Foreign Policy: “Num, Num, Num…”

By Jerry Alatalo

resident Donald Trump of the United States spoke recently on the situation in Syria: “I will say … What Russia, what Iran, and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace. I will tell you that we’re there (occupying an estimated 25-30% of the nation of Syria) for one reason … We’re there to get ISIS, and get rid of ISIS, and go home. We’re not there for any other reason, and we’ve largely accomplished our goal.”

Why did Mr. Trump find it necessary to assert that U.S. military forces were not occupying or controlling a large portion of Syria east of the Euphrates River – illegally according to international law and the United Nations Charter – for “any other reason”? What possible “other reason” was Mr. Trump referring to, was he responding to specific allegations, and how is it that such a mysterious-regarding-meaning, intriguing and suggestive statement received no further attention from corporate media? Does Mr. Trump feel his very brief explanation absolves his administration of any illegality regarding the U.S. military occupation of Syria, or somehow “magically” makes what is perceived by any international legal expert an illegal occupation now legal?

One wonders what Donald Trump would do were terrorists in the eastern suburbs of Washington, D.C. raining bombs and missiles down on residents of the city. Perhaps if the tables were turned, the people of the city of Damascus, Syria changed places with the people of Washington, D.C., Mr. Trump might have a slightly different way of perceiving things. Obviously he is well aware of the facts on the ground in Damascus and East Ghouta, yet the former reality TV star has learned well the 1st requirement of good actors: the ability to lie at will.

Donald Trump is a deceiver of the highest order. Donald Trump is arguably the most dangerous human being on Earth.

Perhaps if Mr. Orwell were around he could help with an explanation with regard to Mr. Trump. Of course, that’s just wishful thinking. Many think the near-prophetic Orwell described today’s world situation in 2018 with his classic novel “1984”. Unfortunately Mr. Orwell has long since left the Earthly realm, yet people are every now and then provided rare insight into the more mysterious operations of the world, such as recently from former Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) James Woolsey.

It is worth noting that Mr. Woolsey has been (or may still be) associated with a fossil fuels corporation by the name of Genie Energy, whose owners include individuals with names like Rothschild, Cheney, Summers, Murdoch, etc., and, notably – considering the increasingly dangerous situation in Syria, managed to acquire control over an immense, $multi-billion, recently discovered oil/gas deposit in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. It is also worth noting, but not surprising, that Fox News host Laura Ingraham made no mention of Genie Energy or the controversial Golan Heights in her recent interview of the former CIA director.

Ms. Ingraham did ask some very pertinent questions nonetheless, perhaps unwittingly, of Mr. Woolsey.

Laura Ingraham: “Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?”

Woolsey: “Probably (?) … But, uh, it was for the good of the system in order to avoid communists from taking over. For example, in Europe in ’47, ’48, ’49, the Greeks (and) the Italians … the CIA …”

Laura Ingraham: “We don’t do that now though … We don’t mess around in other people’s elections?”

Woolsey: “W e l l … num, num, num, num, num … Only for a very good cause. Only for a very good cause in the interest of democracy.”

Laura Ingraham: “Thanks for being here. Always great to see you.”

What was particularly objectionable in the short interview, besides Ms. Ingraham’s clearly calculated plan of asking only “softball” non-controversial/probing questions, was the explosion of laughter after the CIA’s former top man unintentionally let slip a major, very rarely seen revelation on a major corporate media platform.

(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)


After nearly seven (7) years of unimaginable, seemingly endless death, destruction and suffering in his country of Syria, United Nations Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari most certainly finds nothing humorous about U.S./U.K./France actions against Syria. This is how the United Nations reported/described the address on February 24 to the United Nations Security Council by Mr. Ja’afari:

BASHAR JA’AFARI (Syria) said “moderate armed groups” based in Ghouta had targeted thousands of missiles at Damascus, attacking, among other locations, the headquarters of the Syrian Red Crescent.  Quoting a French citizen’s description of those attacks, and of others in recent years, he said doctors and other personnel had also been kidnapped by armed groups.  The delegate of France had today said that a truce must be observed.  While that was true, 29 other Council resolutions — including 13 on counter-terrorism — must also be implemented.  The delegate of the United Kingdom had presented horrific tales, but had omitted descriptions of those perpetrated by his own Government in Iraq, Palestine, Libya and even the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).  The Syrian Government had taken seriously and observed all de-escalation initiatives in order to protect the lives of its citizens and stop those “trading with their blood”, he said, calling on all States to sever any ties with terrorist groups in the country.  The Syrian Government retained the right to respond to attacks by such groups, he said, noting that some Council members supported those groups and even practiced State terrorism.

While the Syrian Government continued to practice extreme self-restraint, he said, the violations perpetrated by terrorist groups had become increasingly serious and now threatened the lives of 8 million people in Damascus.  “We bear the responsibility as a State for our citizens, and we have a right to counter-terrorism,” he said.  Syria had exercised its legitimate right, taking measures to protect civilians and allowing the safe exit of civilians.  Describing the White Helmets as the new representatives of the Al-Nusra Front, he called for full respect for his country’s sovereignty and for full consultation with its Government on all matters affecting it.  However, such core international principles were ignored, lost to political whims and double standards when it came to Syria.  Countries must stop spending millions of dollars to support terrorists, he said, noting that to date the United States alone had spent $4 billion in Syria.  Indeed, the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and France must stop devising strategic plans — reminiscent of their colonial times — aimed at dividing his country.  Syria had the right to defend itself according to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, he said, emphasizing that double standards based on financial polarization, if unabated, would continue to mar the Organization’s reputation.


During his highly-charged, direct address to the United Nations Security Council where there was a unanimous 15-0 vote for a 30-day ceasefire in all regions of Syria, Bashar Ja’afari publicly states that U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened war against his country, and issued a warning of his own in response.

To avert potentially catastrophic escalation of violence in Syria, the Middle East region and beyond, the decades-long criminally aggressive U.S. foreign policy – unwillingly and likely to his distressful regret described by ex-CIA chief James Woolsey as “Num, num, num, num, num…” – must end.

(Thank you to United Nations at YouTube)

U.S. Congress, Trump Ignore Truth On William Browder, Magnitsky Act.

By Jerry Alatalo

William Browder’s 7-hour deposition on April 15, 2015 uncovered many disturbing facts about his narrative of events as they relate to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, for whom the Magnitsky Act was named.

hen the truth about William Browder becomes revealed it will become necessary to rescind, abolish or otherwise get rid of the dangerous U.S.-Russia relations-destroying, lawmaking disaster titled the Magnitsky Act. That is because the Magnitsky Act, along with comparable legislation in Canada and some European Union nations, was founded upon a historic-magnitude lie about the demise of Sergei Magnitsky.

The continuing irresolution of what really happened to Sergei Magnitsky, the circumstances surrounding his incarceration and eventual tragic death, and the highly conflicting narratives coming from the Russian government and former Russian hedge fund operator William Browder has contributed to worsening relations between the governments of the U.S. and the Russian Federation. Unless and until the conflicting narratives become resolved to the point where the full and certain truth becomes revealed, a very serious, unhealthy, irrational and potentially dangerous situation between the two nuclear-armed nations will persist. The controversy must become resolved, making it necessary to finally get to the bottom of the matter, and as rapidly as possible.

The Russian government asserts William Browder is guilty of breaking Russian tax laws, that Sergei Magnitsky was Mr. Browder’s accountant and co-conspirator in tax evasion schemes, Mr. Magnitsky died of complications from pancreatitis while in prison exacerbated by poor medical care conditions in Russian jails and prisons, while placing William Browder on Interpol’s wanted list after convicting him of tax evasion in absentia, after Mr. Browder left Russia for the United Kingdom in 2005.

William Browder asserts Sergei Magnitsky was his lawyer despite – in Mr. Browder’s own words given in an April 2015 deposition lasting 7-hours in the U.S. – Mr. Magnitsky having never studied law or achieved a law degree. Mr. Browder has stated on many occasions that he chose Mr. Magnitsky as his counsel because he was one of Russia’s brightest and most able lawyers. Browder’s narrative claims Magnitsky suffered torture and was eventually murdered in prison because Magnitsky had discovered an alleged corrupt organization of conspirators including inside-the-government law enforcement and tax officials which had stolen Browder’s companies, and then criminally arranged for receipt of a fraudulent tax rebate totaling some $230 million.

The documentary film “Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes” by Russian director Andrei Nekrasov – ironically, who had previously been a critic of Vladimir Putin – has been effectively blacked out or censored in America and Europe. Director Nekrasov began the film project holding the belief that William Browder was telling the truth, but as Nekrasov proceeded with his research and production he came to find that Browder’s narrative was and remains a lie, the Russian government’s account of events is true, and therefore the Magnitsky Act was constructed on a false foundation.

William Browder’s 7-hour deposition from April 2015 was obtained by Lee Stranahan and Garland Nixon, co-hosts of “Fault Lines” on Sputnik media, and published/posted in 6-parts at Mr. Stranahan’s channel on YouTube in early January 2018. Mr. Stranahan and Mr. Nixon – remarkably, a rare media co-host team with one a Donald Trump supporter and the other a Bernie Sanders supporter – have interviewed director Andrei Nekrasov and author/hedge fund manager from Monaco, Alex Krainer. Mr. Krainer is the author of “The Killing of William Browder”, where the author effectively takes apart William Browder’s highly sophisticated and manipulative deceptions. The book was originally available on Amazon before being taken down in a rare act of literary censorship, the silencing event occurring after pressure became exerted to do so by William Browder’s legal team.

It is vitally important that William F. Browder be exposed to humanity as the highest level confidence man and corrupt financier he is for the obvious reasons. It is equally vital to expose the ultra-powerful forces who’ve arranged – thus far – to both enable his continuing deception and, more importantly, the continued existence of the ill-founded, massively unjust, and extremely dangerous Magnitsky Act.

(Thank you to at YouTube)

An Interview Of Joe Giambrone.

By Jerry Alatalo

r. Joe Giambrone, editor of Political Film Blog here on WordPress, has kindly agreed to participate in an interview after receiving our invitation. Thank you Joe for sharing your insights in the following words.


Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging?

The main force driving The Political Film Blog (PFB) is all that wholesale lying we get from corporate media and from politicians. It’s an anti-propaganda blog. The truth is out there, but not compiled into any sort of narrative that regular people can digest. You have to pull from numerous sources over a long time to get an accurate picture of the world, and the media is expert in doing the exact opposite. Thus, the population is uninformed or misinformed about the most important issues affecting humanity: war, environmental destruction, threats to health, and the utter illegitimacy of the political system.

I began Political Film Blog ( as a simple storage place for the many shocking news articles that are not propelled into the national news cycles, the facts that slip through the cracks. It has a great search feature, too, and over 6,000 posts spanning eight years. I tied in film reviews to attract more readers, as Counterpunch did with film and book reviews. I also invited other writers to post, as Counterpunch did. That was my model.

I remember a political argument with my wife’s family. My father-in-law said one of the most astounding things I’ve ever heard in a political discussion. He was an Orange County Republican, in the oil industry, and prone to fly around to oil fields globally. It was the midst of the political upheaval of 2000, the rise of the Green Party and Ralph Nader speaking truth to power. Here’s what my wife’s father said:

“Corruption is not a problem in America.”

My jaw may have hit the floor, how anyone could possibly believe such a thing when the entire system is literally legalized bribery, it is pay to play in Washington, arguably the most corrupt place on earth. They fly in from around the empire to “lobby” and bribe our politicians, the Saudis, Israelis, Turks, Stans, even the Russians, allegedly. US politicians are bribed every day of the year to betray their constituents and to act in the service of their paymasters.

While low-level bureaucrats are not openly taking bribes as in third world countries, those on television screens are only there because they take bribes to the tune of billions of dollars! Corruption is THE problem with America.

The PFB was intended to counter that sort of willful blindness. It provides easy recall of the news articles that refute such muddleheaded thinking. In the years since, I have used the blog as a research tool on numerous topics such as illegal NSA spying, the proxy wars against Syria and Ukraine, 9/11 and other hot-button controversies. The more a subject is flooded with disinformation and emotional baggage the more desperate is the need for clear verifiable facts at your fingertips. That’s why I continue to post entries.

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?

I have no imaginary friends. I’m agnostic on the question of the supernatural. It’s quite simple, to me. I can’t prove or disprove supernatural phenomena. Neither can today’s physicists. They have no absolute answers, merely more questions. That’s good enough for me. I’d prefer some sort of bonus prize for this life, but I’m not banking on it.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?

In my 20s I got into psychology in an effort to heal my own mind. I noticed similarities between Zen meditation and Primal Therapy. These each end up giving adherents a more present-moment mindfulness. They calm the mind and channel attention into the current sights, sounds, tactile sensations.

In studying psychology I began to doubt the veracity of my previous religious delusions. Being introduced to religion in the 7th grade, I already had formed my own personality without a need to defer to some religious mumbojumbo in every new situation. Now a teenager, I found the Catholic religious instruction stifling, oppressive, creepy, and unnecessary. I did, however, buy into it eventually. Maturing stresses the brain, and we grasp for answers, particularly answers about death. It’s a powerful motivator to believe things that don’t have any basis in empirical research simply because everyone else is doing it. Religion is the worst peer-pressure offender.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?

Most of the time I’m simply a proponent of the truth, seeking to dispel lies and champion the facts. Unfortunately, Americans largely don’t care about facts. They care about propaganda that helps their cause and demonizes their opponents—and nothing more. I run into this every day.

The news has long been weaponized, and we have the “liberal” news and the “conservative” news. Neither of which is the news at all, but that’s what people want, the only thing they want.

I don’t play that game. I’ve said many times: Trump bad don’t make Clinton good. I have yet to meet a Democrat who could compute that statement. The US political system is a glaring sham, and I’ve got the thousands of articles tagged and bagged on the blog to prove it.

So, my wish at the blog is always to set the record straight and dispel the delusions that make up people’s warped imperial worldview. The blind nationalism is a huge component. They actually believe that America can bomb the world with impunity if only their team is in charge. This is a Nazi view. This is what World War Two was fought over. This is why we hung people at Nuremberg: Crimes Against the Peace. But in the imperial delusion, none of that, no history matters to them. They are the ones controlling the big military now, and as long as people like themselves push the buttons it’s perfectly acceptable for them to kill… Millions?

We are surrounded by immoral people in an immoral, rapacious military empire, and that’s not okay with me. It should not be okay with anyone.

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

I remember the film compilation, “What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy.” ( This should be what children study in grammar school, what the US actually does around the world, today, the real world. That is not what is on the agenda, however. Americans don’t learn much relevant to our military empire at all. I find the average American completely ignorant of the most important events of the past fifty years. Current events are clouded by propaganda with foundations and paid henchmen spinning them endlessly for money and power. The CIA is also an interested player in giving a one-sided history of the world as things like Project Mockingbird and Udo Ulfkotte’s admissions revealed.

You can prove US corporate media censorship, unequivocally, with two words: Operation Gladio. You cannot find one investigation by any US corporate media entity regarding this forty-year long spree of false flag terrorism attacks across Europe! The US press is completely under the control of US intelligence, on certain topics. This happens to be the ugliest, and it was exposed by nation states and buttressed with major investigations, such as–surprisingly–by the BBC. So there is no counterargument to spin it away. The CIA blew up civilians across Europe to demonize European Leftists. That happened for four decades (at least)! But, no one in America, save for a handful of the types who read my blog, know anything whatsoever about it.

If the public knew that the CIA engaged in false flag terrorism regularly, as a matter of statecraft—they also did it in Iran in 1953 and elsewhere—would they be so quick to dismiss accusations of state-sponsored false flag terrorism today? Does anyone think the CIA and the true Deep State suddenly found morals? When did that happen exactly?

These are foundational concepts. The “Strategy of Tension” is how it is sold as a good thing, to keep the public in a state of “tension” so that they approve of new state measures, power grabs, to combat the terrorism that the state itself allows to occur. It’s so sick, and yet here we are. It’s why even though we’re in a purported “war on terror” the US government and its allies/arms customers can protect and help terrorists in Syria, Libya and elsewhere. It’s only “terror” if they kill an American. That’s their practical working definition.

The US tends to play both sides, or multiple sides in conflicts. That’s why it’s so difficult to decipher their policies. They bomb ISIS, for example, in some places, but not in others. They have repeatedly bombed the Syrian government forces who were fighting against ISIS at the time, thus helping those ISIS units. After a major research initiative in 2015, I began to make sense of their Syria policy. That one is here:

But getting back to the question: what advice?

Be suspicious of any breaking news stories, spread widely, which demonize one of America’s official enemies: Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Russia. When the news machine acts in unison they are being guided by the US Deep State. That is a certainty, and the contrary facts tend to emerge over the next several days or weeks. Take everything the media screams loudly about with a grain of salt.

I’ve seen it discredited over and over again, such as with Bashar Al Assad “gassing his own people.” Assad has never gassed his own people, not once in the entire war, and no credible evidence proves that he did. It was America’s proxy allies using the gas. Those revelations were not screamed about in the media, but instead censored out.


Thank you again, Joe. Peace.