The Patents Used to Prove Chemtrails Are Not What They Seem

For over fourteen years, a U.S. Navy patent, no. 3899144, has been used to suggest that the federal government is secretly dispersing a powdered chemical substance in the atmosphere, for reasons that are murky and contested. It's a leap in logic nearly as old as the chemtrail conspiracy theories themselves. » 9/15/14 2:07pm Yesterday 2:07pm

You Could Be Selling Drugs Anonymously on Instagram​ in a Couple Hours

Illicit drugs: They're not for winners at coin-op arcades, according to former FBI director William Sessions. Members of Instagram's still thriving drug trade should take note. Dealing drugs illegally is also frowned upon, but technology has never made it easier or safer than it does on Instagram right now. » 9/13/14 10:30pm Saturday 10:30pm

The NSA Was Going to Fine Yahoo $250K a Day If It Didn't Join PRISM

When we first learned about NSA metadata collection, we wondered how readily the biggest tech companies acquiesced to the government. Today we start to find out. This is the story of how Yahoo was coerced into PRISM, as told by court documents cited by the Washington Post today. » 9/13/14 5:52pm Saturday 5:52pm

Inside the Former Soviet Union's Secret Nuclear Test Cities

Though it played out on the international stage, the arms race between the United States and the USSR took place mainly in rural, isolated parts of the world. The Americans tested their nuclear bombs on a desolate patch of Nevada. The Russians chose a barren polygon-shaped patch of what is now Kazakhstan. » 9/13/14 3:07am Saturday 3:07am

New Exemptions Will Let Some Old U.S. Government Secrets St​ay Secret

It wasn't clear when Obama signed Executive Order 13526 early in his presidency what "extraordinary cases" government agencies could propose to exempt documents from automatic declassification after 50 years. Well, turns out, dozens of agencies qualified, mostly the obvious ones, but also the U.S. Mint. » 9/12/14 3:49pm Friday 3:49pm

The Ground Zero Mosque Was an Inside Job

Second only to the sub rosa network of Tea Party fronts funded by Libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch, the infamously tone deaf plans for an Islamic community center just blocks away from 9/11's Ground Zero came to define the midterm elections of 2010. This is the weird story of who funded that mess. » 9/11/14 8:46am Thursday 8:46am

A Russian Bank Hired These Two Ex-Senators to Help End Some Sanctions​

Nice dudes with nothing to hide, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and former Senator John Breaux (D-La.), filed an LD-1 disclosure form with both houses of Congress on the Friday before Labor Day, declaring themselves as lobbyists for Russia's Gazprombank regarding "sanctions." Sounds good. » 9/10/14 4:52pm Wednesday 4:52pm

FBI File: Televangelist Had Ties to Mobsters and the PLO, But Not God

Along with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, and his wife, Jan, Paul Crouch founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 1973 with the simple goal of spreading Our Lord's message of mercy and love. Along with mobsters, Paul Crouch was involved in a "narcotics transfer of funds" according to a recently declassified FBI file. » 9/09/14 6:15pm 9/09/14 6:15pm

200 Years of Swiss Bank Secrecy Is Ending. So, Where's the Money?

A funny thing's happened in Finland. Scores of its monied elite have filed requests to correct their tax data this summer—suddenly recollecting that they'd stashed earnings away in Swiss banks. Truly, this is the end of an era, thanks entirely to a U.S.-led crackdown on tax evasion. It's also a strange new beginning. » 9/08/14 3:30pm 9/08/14 3:30pm

Hillary Clinton Didn't Create ISIS, But America Can Still Blame Itself

Wise Men of Foreign Affairs have jumped at the chance to debunk a wild rumor that Hillary Clinton bragged about creating ISIS in her new memoir—truly an easy layup in the annals of punditry. The rumor even got the name of Clinton's memoir wrong. But, that's OK: The remaining facts still allow America to feel guilty. » 9/05/14 3:33pm 9/05/14 3:33pm

L.A. Times Reporter Basically Let the CIA Edit His Stories on the CIA

As media evolves, many journalists are looking for new ways to improve efficiency. For instance, Ken Dilanian—current AP reporter and former L.A. Times writer—often lets his sources at the Central Intelligence Agency exercise editorial control over stories about them. » 9/04/14 8:04pm 9/04/14 8:04pm

Just a 400-Kilo Drug Bust at Paris Hilton's​ Family Ranch in Cañas

Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confiscated roughly 400-kilos of cocaine and $1.5 million at a private airstrip on the Hilton family-owned Rancho Horizonte in the country's northern Cañas region. Three Nicaraguans were among the arrested, (realistically) because of leftover Iran-Contra bullshit. » 9/04/14 4:37pm 9/04/14 4:37pm

Rogue "Interceptor" Cell Phone Towers Discovered Near U.S. Army Bases​

Les Goldsmith is the CEO of ESD, a defense and law enforcement technology firm based in Las Vegas. They make one of the oldest, most expensive high-security cell phones on the market. And lately, Goldsmith and his CryptoPhone customers have been noticing some pretty ominous, fake cell phone towers across America. » 9/03/14 3:07pm 9/03/14 3:07pm