Open America: answer to the secrecy state

I’m joining my friend and former boss David Talbot in launching a new media platform called Open America, an aggressive effort to pierce the veil of secrecy around the national security agencies and corporate power. I hope you’ll let us know what you think.

For my part, I will be writing a blog on drones, with timely news and commentary on both the enormous potential of drones for business and society and their known hazards to civil liberties and international law. Open America will also support David’s book-in-progress on Allen Dulles and the JFK assassination, which promises to be sensational.

David and I envision the drone blog as a natural complement to JFK Facts — a deeply reported effort to shed new light on a complex story that people care about and want to understand. Open America will be home to independent journalists and journalism at a time when the challenges to an open society — and the need for investigative journalism — have never been greater.

Watch David’s video about why we are launching this effort now.

8 thoughts on “Open America: answer to the secrecy state”

  1. Jeff, on the subject of new media, maybe I’m speaking out of turn. But it seems to me that you might be part of a dying breed of classical investigative journalists, with an instinctively skeptical and adversarial relationship to the powers of the status quo, and with (at least occasionally) enough institutional backing to find and expose some of their misdeeds.

    The new model of media seems to include some big institutions, mostly devoted to fluff and with not much incentive to do real in-depth investigations, and some bloggers, who may have plenty of skepticism but don’t really do gumshoe work or deep analysis of documents. There seems to be a big gap left.

    Do you see it that way?

    1. Robert,

      Dulles was a consummate actor. It’s easy to gather this from reading the W.C. Executive Session transcripts. Except for the January 24 or 27, 164 session, in which Dulles freaks out about LHO’s being a certified intel agent for the FBI and wants that session’s transcript burned, he presents himself as the most low-key, reasonable, and unbiased of individuals.

      My favorite photo of Dulles is the famous photo of Warren together with the other Commissioners and Rankin, as Warren presents the Warren Report to LBJ. Rankin and all the Commissioners except Dulles are smiling and looking at Johnson. Dulles is looking evenly into the camera.

  2. A timely and urgently required endeavour. Much needed if the key Constitutional freedoms and checks on government power are not to be lost gradually to history. A malleable and unenlightened people are a prerequisite for the abuse of power. A free media and unfettered access for all to dissenting voices are powerful checks on the increasing power of the national security apparatus. Current revelations are a stark reminder of the slow erosion of freedoms in the name of the catchall, linguistic sleight of hand that is ‘national security’.

  3. In view of the disclosures re NSA’s PRISM program, I hope you and David Talbot will address privacy.

    1. Photon,

      I agree. Jeffmorley writes:

      “Open America will also support David’s book-in-progress on Allen Dulles and the JFK assassination, which promises to be sensational.”

      I welcome this book. But it is a little late, as photon writes.

      Allen Dulles was clever from an intel standpoint. He pretended to be objective on the Warren Commission. In fact, he was a clever intel officer. Earl Warren understood Dulles’s comments.

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