The ‘Lost Chapter’: the origin of domestic covert propaganda in the USA

‘As historians ponder George W. Bush’s disastrous presidency, they may wonder how Republicans perfected a propaganda system that could fool tens of millions of Americans, intimidate Democrats, and transform the vaunted Washington press corps from watchdogs to lapdogs. To understand this extraordinary development, historians might want to look back at the 1980s and examine the Iran-Contra scandal’s “lost chapter,” a narrative describing how Ronald Reagan’s administration brought CIA tactics to bear domestically to reshape the way Americans perceived the world.’
So say independent investigative journalists on, who have published that ‘lost chapter’ from the US Congress’s investigation into Iran-Contra. Read it, and read about it, on
It’s also worth listening to a fascinating, in-depth 54-minute interview on this topic with’s proprietor Robert Parry, on Antiwar Radio. Listen to the mp3, which can be downloaded from
As‘s intro to the interview plugs it: ‘Robert Parry, proprietor of and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, discusses his new revelations on the Iran-Contra scandal how the Reagan administration used the CIA for a propaganda campaign against the American population, Iran-Contra was the pilot program for the neocon hijacking of the government, the legal black-hole of the Vice President’s office and the slippery semantics of the War Party, the history of covert tactics the right-wing uses to control the corporate media and its enemies, and the War Party’s view of the President’s total power.’

Barry Kavanagh writes fiction, and has made music, formerly with Dacianos.

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