Empire Files’ Best of 2017 Roundup

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Nearing the end of Season 2, The Empire Files team expresses our deepest gratitude to so many of you who have followed our reports, written feedback, and shared our work. 2017 was no-doubt a watershed chapter in the story of the US Empire, and we are honored to have your support telling the stories that were under-reported and distorted by … Read More

America’s 50 Year War in Colombia: Death Squads & Drug Management

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Colombia remains one of the most dangerous countries on earth, where more than 220,000 have been killed and countless displaced over the last 57 years. The human rights abuses in the country are regularly dismissed by the corporate media, which ignores the heavy hand of US Empire. The US began heavily pushing military intervention in Colombia under the Kennedy administration, whose National Security Doctrine aimed to … Read More

American Drug War Creator on Addiction, Prohibition & the “Green Rush”

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As costly as it is ineffective, America’s prohibition on illegal drugs is a contentious subject the corporate media keeps at arm’s length. Documentarian Kevin Booth is the director of several films that scrutinise America’s dubious relationship with drugs and suggest that illegal trafficking is embedded in the US economy. As arrests are hastily made for the possession of marijuana – … Read More

DEA ‘Forgets’ Prisoner in Cell for 5 Days

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MEDIA ROOTS – You often hear the term Gulag and think of a secret prison in a third world dictatorship, where its purpose is to break you down, humiliate and torture you.  This style of imprisonment has been frequently used by members of the US military in Afghanistan, Gitmo and Iraq.  Torture and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ fall outside of the … Read More

Operation Midnight Climax: Sex, Drugs and the CIA

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MEDIA ROOTS – The feverish hysteria of the “red scare” during the 1950s and 1960s prompted the Central Intelligence Agency to do some dirty deeds, not the least of which was a pet project called Operation Midnight Climax.  The C.I.A. conducted the operation in the hopes of finding a truth serum by dosing civilians with psychotropic drugs, namely lysergic acid … Read More