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Flashback If drugging by the government happened today: Sadly it seems like if this happened today in the war on terror, people would just shrug and say, "Well, that's no worse than killing…
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News, Feature Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD

Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD

Illustration by Rick Sealock. It's been over 50 years, but Wayne Ritchie says he can still remember how it felt to be dosed with acid. He was drinking bourbon and soda with other federal officers at a holiday party…
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Film, "Safe House": Shaky Cinematography Blurs Action

"Safe House": Shaky Cinematography Blurs Action

In Safe House, Ryan Reynolds plays Matt Weston, a junior CIA agent assigned to babysit a safe house in Cape Town. He's dying to be transferred to Paris, where his adorable girlfriend (Nora Arnezeder) is scheduled to take a job.…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Mean It’s True? Damn.

You Mean It’s True? Damn.

Trevor Paglen documents democracy's most obscure swamps: secret testing installations that don't appear on maps, extraordinary rendition centers run by the military in lawless corners of the world. While these subjects are often the disreputable domain of conspiracy thrillers and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Who Knows What Darkness Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

Who Knows What Darkness Lurks in the Hearts of Men?

Feature films and television series can't stop sucking on the "CIA operative" teat; it was probably that way with cave paintings, so great is the human desire to know what it's like to be a CIA operative. But if you…
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Film, Torture Flick <i>Rendition'</i> Makes Us Water-Bored

Torture Flick Rendition' Makes Us Water-Bored

Late in Rendition, in case you've been blind and deaf enough not to have cottoned to the drift, a tense Washington exchange on the legitimacy of bundling dark-skinned Americans off to secret prisons abroad takes place. On one side is…
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Film, A Star Is Bourne (Again)

A Star Is Bourne (Again)

The Bourne Ultimatum opens in Russia as the amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) does what he does best: elude capture, crack skulls, brood. Lickety-split, he's en route to Paris, nursing his wounds, and breaking out with a bad case…
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Film, Like Herding Sheep

Like Herding Sheep

It took Norman Mailer seven years and 1,282 pages to write 1991's Harlot's Ghost: A Novel of the CIA, and if memory serves, it took me 12 years to finish it. So director Robert De Niro and screenwriter Eric Roth…
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Karnak Sees a Black Turban ...

Although evidence of paranormal prowess was (and continues to be) nonexistent, the Pentagon spent millions during the Cold War training so-called remote viewers to spy, from a vast distance, on the U.S.S.R., which was, of course, conducting its own studies…
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News, Night Crawler The View From Here

The View From Here

Suppose that everyone was naturally intuitive ... but that time and society and work and friends and family and bad times and good times helped teach you to ignore your natural urges. Suppose that society and all the above things…
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News, Feature Agent Provocative

Agent Provocative

Though it is only 1 in the afternoon, the sky is already darkening under an approaching storm when the old man arrives at the hall. Wearing a baseball cap, tinted glasses, and a navy blue suit that stretches too tightly…
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wednesday january 17 Border Crossing Three new exhibits look at immigration from numerous perspectives. "Points of Entry: A Nation of Strangers" examines immigration's history through photos, portraits, and illustrations by Dorothea Lange, Eadweard Muybridge, and others; it's on view 11…
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