Ken Silverstein


Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor for Harper’s Magazine, discusses his article “Neoconservatives hype a new Cold War;” the public relations firms used as lobbies for foreign governments, like Randy Scheunemann’s Orion Strategies; the close-knit world of Washington D.C. where everyone knows everyone else and investigative journalists self-sensor for fear of alienating friends and colleagues; and the incestuous relationship between Georgia’s government, Scheunemann’s PR firm and reporters who collaborate to produce an anti-Russian propaganda echo chamber, not journalism.

I was wrong about Scheunemann talking with Saakashvili in the days before the Georgia war of 2008. I regret the error. -Scott

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Ken Silverstein is the Washington Editor for Harper’s Magazine and writes Washington Babylon for Harper’s online.

A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Silverstein has covered such topics as intelligence collaboration between the CIA and controversial foreign governments in Sudan and Libya, political corruption in Washington, and links between American oil companies and repressive foreign governments. His 2004 series “The Politics of Petroleum,” co-written with T. Christian Miller, won an Overseas Press Club Award. His stories on ties between the government of Equatorial Guinea and major U.S. companies—including Riggs Bank, ExxonMobil and Marathon Oil—led to the convening of a federal grand jury, and to investigations by the Senate and the Securities and Exchange Commission. His report, co-written with Chuck Neubauer, on a lobbying business opened by Karen Weldon, daughter of Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, led to the opening of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

Silverstein has been an outspoken gadfly in the newspaper business. In December of 2005, a memo he wrote to his editors at the Los Angeles Times expressing his dismay over their insistence on false “balance” was discussed in an article by Michael Massing in The New York Review of Books. While reporting on potential voter fraud in St. Louis in 2004, Silverstein was angered to learn that his findings were to be woven into a larger “balanced” piece on accusations being made nationwide, when it was clear that Republican charges of irregularities in St. Louis were insubstantial. “I am completely exasperated by this approach to the news,” Silverstein wrote. “The idea seems to be that we go out to report but when it comes time to write we turn off our brains and repeat the spin from both sides.”

Silverstein had been a contributing editor to Harper’s before joining the Times. One of his pieces for the magazine, The Radioactive Boy Scout, became a highly acclaimed book of the same title published by Random House in 2004. He has also written for Mother Jones, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate, and Salon. From 1989 to 1993 he was a correspondent for the Associated Press in Brazil.

11 thoughts on “Ken Silverstein”

  1. Georgian regime is just another installed puppet state we created to secure control of the Caspian region just like the British did organising the coup in Azerbaijan in 93 and to continue our support of Chechen terrorism to disrupt Russian oil pipelines from the Caspian region to Europe.

    The main Georgian government positions in energy and military are controlled by British, US and Israeli interests with the Georgian defence minister being an Israeli.

    Saakashvili himself was installed in a Soros/British/US coloured revolution which Saakashvili worked for CIA affiliated USAID sub contractor as managing director of the Liberty Institute.

    As for Scheunemann he was a paid lobbyist for the Georgian government affiliated with McCain at the time of the Georgian war.

  2. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge on the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." To take out the Russian second strike force, i.e. the missiles surviving First Strike with Minuteman-3 and Trident-2. They have an accuracy of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy a missile silo. The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to Bob Aldridge. The missiles in the three countries lead to Launch On Warning, probably by 2014.
    Please send this message to the Media and Politicians in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland, NATO Representatives in Brussels, the Media and Politicians elsewhere.

    1. I clicked in the link but it did not direct to any website.

      I think everybody knows the missile shield is directed at Russia but no one cares, in fact they support it.

      Russia is well aware that the US and their western allies are preparing a Balkan type scenario for Russia as well as destabilisation of Central Asia via re-establishing Afghanistan and the tribal region to its pre-9/11 status as a terrorist and drug basin.

    1. You mean like Iraq,Afghanistan, Somalia and even Japan,Korea and the Philippines?And I forgot Germany.(and the other100+ places?)

  3. Perhaps a journalist shoud investigate the links has to Russian PR firms and intermediaries. Their sycophantic worship of the ethnocidal, authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is either explained by the work of lobbyists, or being useful idiots for the Russian warmongers. Better yet, perhaps Orion Strategies can organize a visit to Dagestan, Chechnya or even Tblisi for the Antiwar editors and allow them to live a single month in these regions. Maybe they would gain a new appreciation for rule of law, democracy and individual rights instead of defending the Putin mafia at every opportunity.

    1. Yes it would be good if they did as they would discover that the Georgian government and western intelligence and there PR companies are training, equipping, trafficking terrorists from the Mid East and providing material support to Chechen jihadist groups in the region.

      In fact the largest international Islamic terrorist camp in the world is in the Panski Gorge in Georgia who moved there operations from Afghanistan to Panski in 2003 which even featured in Colin Powells Iraq war presentation the only part of which was truthful from where the Madrid and Casablanca bombing were organised.

      Chechens and other groups already have the most prominent Washington PR firms working for them like Rudder and Finn the same PR company that represented the Bosnians and gives us the same carbon copy propaganda they used against the Serbs like the exact same

      Washington linked Jamestown Foundation runs the Chechen websites and promotion in the US, not to mention the fact the ACPC is filled with leading intelligence and establishment officials who are also involved in the Caspian oil industry and energy routes that bypass Russia lead Islamic terrorist mastermind Zbignew Brzezinski.

      1. The fact that the mass media keeps telling us that there is no links between Chechens and international Islamic terrorism despite the fact that most foreigners to the Bosnian jihad originally came from Chechnya according to the WSJ Europe and establishing 3 camps in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime (this during the period of de-facto independence I might add) which the US African Embassy bombers and the 9/11 hijackers were recruited from and dead Chechen fighters found in Afghanistan and Iraq.

        From top to bottom there is extensive links between Chechnya and 9/11 banks, NGO’s, majority of hijackers, FBI informant, individual in the Phoenix memo and the original French intelligence warning that in 2000 leading up to 9/11 that Bin Ladin, Taliban and groups from Chechnya planned to hijack US planes.

        1. Its self proclaimed foreign minister who green lighted Basayeav and Khattabs invasions and massacres in Dagestan funded by Qatar that lead to the second Chechen war is on the payroll of the US tax payer as an NED scholar which is the exact same CIA front NED that funds Russia’s leading human rights group Memorial and most of the other NGO’s operating out of the North Caucasus and Russia’s near abroad with a clear political agenda.

          And the authoritarian aspect of Putin and Russia is BS as foreign governments and their intelligence agencies mainly through NED/Soros groups and NGO’s and British/Rothschild company Yukos and these other Oligarchs fund the opposition and every aspect of Russian civil society.
          There is more representation of political parties in the state Duma than there is in congress in the US and perhaps even in Parliament here in Britain.

          At one point there were 600,000 NGO’s operating in Russia the majority of which were/are a front for covert activities against Russia.

  4. JohnUK. Bob Aldridge wrote The Counterforce Syndrome, First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War, Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). And recently America in Peril (Hope Publishing).

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