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#19: Scorpions' Dance The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate with Jefferson Morley

Sounds About Right: Audiobooks to Help Us Understand the World

In this episode, I sat down with Jefferson Morley,  author of the book Scorpions' Dance The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate Some of the things we discussed includes: The process of putting the book together and the 50th anniversary of the Watergate Scandal.The relationship between President Richard Nixon and head of the CIA, Richard Helms.The CIA's handling of JFKs alleged assassin and  the agency's secrets around the information it had on Lee Harvey Oswald How Richard Helms was willing to allow the expansion of Operation CHAOS (the domestic espionage project targeting the American people)  following the request of President Nixon.The CIAs attempt to create an American version of James Bond in hope of improving the agency's public image.The Book and Audiobook: Scorpions' Dance The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate  is out now.As of now, this podcast is biweekly and prior to an episode I’ll let you know what audiobook I’ll be listening to before the next show so we can delve into it together!Please don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you’re in the loop whenever a new episode comes out… and also connect with me on twitter and Instagram so we so we can keep the conversation going and share with each other fascinating content. www.instagram.com/SoundsAboutPodI am now on goodreads!www.goodreads.com/SoundsAboutPod Are you an author that will like to be  on the next episode of the podcast?Listeners: Did I cover a book you read or listened to? Did I discuss the things which also stuck out to you? Or did I miss it out?..... get in touch, and let me know what your experience was or to give me audiobook recommendations: soundsaboutpod@gmail.com

29mins

8 Aug 2022

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Episode 52: Tricky Dicks: Watergate and the CIA w/ Jefferson Morley

American Exception

In this second episode of our Watergate double feature here on the 50th anniversary of that fateful botched burglary, Aaron talks with Jefferson Morley about his new book, Scorpions' Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate. Therein, Watergate is presented as a tale of two Dicks—Nixon and Helms. On the surface, Watergate was a notorious presidential scandal. The further one looks into the case, the more the whole affair looks like an Establishment civil war fought over deeper issues of world historic importance.Jefferson Morley is a Washington author and veteran journalist whose novelistic non-fiction books explore untold chapters in the history of the American nation. Some of his other books include The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton and Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA. Special thanks to Casey Moore for the episode art and Dana Chavarria for the sound engineering! Music: “Song in D” by Mock Orange In this second episode of our Watergate double feature here on the 50th anniversary of that fateful botched burglary, Aaron talks with Jefferson Morley about his new book, Scorpions' Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate. Therein, Watergate is presented as a tale of two Dicks—Nixon and Helms. On the surface, Watergate was a notorious presidential scandal. The further one looks into the case, the more the whole affair looks like an Establishment civil war fought over deeper issues of world historic importance.Jefferson Morley is a Washington author and veteran journalist whose novelistic non-fiction books explore untold chapters in the history of the American nation. Some of his other books include The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton and Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA. Special thanks to Casey Moore for the episode art and Dana Chavarria for the sound engineering! Music: “Song in D” by Mock Orange

1hr 19mins

17 Jun 2022

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Jefferson Morley: Why Watergate Is Intimately Bound Up With the CIA’s Role in the JFK Assassination

Keen On

Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now.In this episode, Andrew is joined by Jefferson Morley, author of Scorpions’ Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate.Jefferson Morley is a journalist and editor who has worked in Washington journalism for over thirty years, fifteen of which were spent as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. The author of The Ghost, Our Man in Mexico, and Snow Storm in August, Morley has written about intelligence, military, and political subjects for Salon, The Atlantic, and The Intercept, among others. He is the editor of JFK Facts, a blog. He lives in Washington, DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26mins

8 Jun 2022

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Scorpion’s Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate w/ Jefferson Morley

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

On this edition of Parallax Views, journalist Jefferson Morley returns to the show to discuss his new book Scorpion's Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate, which details the dual lives and "clandestine collaborative relationship" between CIA director Richard Helms and President Richard Nixon culminating in the Watergate break-in. Among the topics discussed: - The contrasting backgrounds of Richard Nixon, a man from a humble background who hated the Eastern Establishment, and Richard Helms, an Ivy League-educated man who came to head the CIA during the Cold War - The role of secrecy and power in the lives of Nixon and Helms - Cuba, AMLASH, covert assassination programs, organized crime, the military dictatorship of General Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar, Fidel Castro, the Bay of Pigs, and America's Cold War ideology - Examples of the Central Intelligence agency finding ways to set policy and go over the head of President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson - The CIA and the press - Nixon's national security policy, the Vietnam War, the antiwar movement, and CIA spying on antiwar activists - CIA officer and infamous Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt, his relationship with Helms, and Hunt's James Bond-like pulp spy fiction - Watergate, Daniel Ellsberg, and dirty tricks like blackmail operations - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men - National security legislation and Presidential abuse of unchecked power - The cultural revolution of the 60s/70s and Watergate as a crisis of the national security state - The assassination of JFK, the CIA, pre-assassination knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald, Richard Helms and the Warren Commission, and James Jesus Angleton - President Harry Truman's "abolish the CIA" op ed - 

1hr 6mins

4 Jun 2022

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#1074 - Jefferson Morley

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Jefferson Morley is a Washington author and veteran journalist whose novelistic non-fiction books explore untold chapters in the history of the American nation. Morley is one of the world’s most credible authorities on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He is editor of the blog, JFK Facts. He sued the CIA for certain records related to the Kennedy assassination in 2003. Fourteen years later, his lawsuit, Morley v. CIA is still active in federal court.

57mins

11 Apr 2022

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The Litigation Psychology Podcast - Episode 82 - JFK Assassination Expert Jefferson Morley - Part 2

The Litigation Psychology Podcast

Author and former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley, one of the world’s most credible authorities on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, joins the podcast for the second of a two part episode to talk all about the JFK assassination. Mr. Morley is the editor of the blog JFK Facts (jfkfacts.org).  In this episode, Morley and Dr. Bill Kanasky discuss video and audio from the day of the assassination plus Jim Garrison and the trial of Clay Shaw. They talk about if there were other threats or attempts on JFK's life before Dallas and why the withholding of documents related to the assassination continues to this day. Morley and Kanasky discuss the KGB and Soviet reaction to the assassination, origin of the term "grassy knoll", who was Jack Ruby, the single bullet theory, where is President Kennedy's brain, the CIA's files on Oswald, what remains in the files that have yet to be released, and more. Watch the video edition of this episode: https://www.courtroomsciences.com/r/Oqd

46mins

9 Aug 2021

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The Litigation Psychology Podcast - Episode 81 - JFK Assassination Expert Jefferson Morley - Part 1

The Litigation Psychology Podcast

Author and former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley, one of the world’s most credible authorities on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, joins the podcast for the first of a two part episode to talk all about the JFK assassination. Mr. Morley is also the editor of the blog JFK Facts (jfkfacts.org) and shares his background on how, when, and why he became interested in the topic of the JFK assassination. Morley and Dr. Bill Kanasky discuss a range of topics including deeper information about Lee Harvey Oswald and answer a burning question: if Jack Ruby had not killed Oswald, would Oswald have been convicted of the assassination? The discussion concludes in part 2 (Episode #82). Watch the video edition of this episode: https://www.courtroomsciences.com/r/eHS

34mins

2 Aug 2021

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A Journalist Vs. the CIA in Federal Court w/ Jefferson Morley

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

On this edition of Parallax Views, former Washington Post journalist Jefferson Morley took on the Central Intelligence Agency in federal court for a daunting 16 years. Morley struggles related to the release of files around the JFK assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald, an enigmatic figure known as George Joannides, and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. He details all this in his new book Morley V CIA: My Unfinished JFK Investigation. But this isn't simply a book about the JFK assassination. It's not about who pulled the trigger. It's not claiming LBJ was the culprit, rhat the CIA set up the whole thing, or anything like that. Instead, it's really a book about state secrecy vs. state transparency. You may have no interest in the Kennedy assassination, BUT it has become the symbol of the public's ever-escalating distrust in various institutions. As such, figures who were firmly in the "Lee Harvey Oswald was the Lone Nut Assassin of JFK" offered their support to Morley's lawsuit. Among them are Gerald Posner and, perhaps most famously, Vincent Bugliosi. JFK researchers like David Talbot and Anthony Summers also lent their support. Why? Well, the argument goes that the national security state making these decades old documents public would restore trust in their institutions.For years, Jefferson Morley, with the help of his lawyer Jim Lesar, fought against the CIA for the declassification. They won many cases. But eventually a figure came into the picture that would change all of that. He was initially supportive, but open being on the cusp of a Supreme Court nomination changed his tune. That figure was Brett Kavanaugh. Yes, folks, this episode is going to be a rather interesting foray into issues related to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) documents, state secrecy, and the tax-paying public's right to transparency from their government. Even if you're not at all interested in the JFK assassination, this Kafka-esque story should hold your attention. And it turns out the documents Morley turned up may impart lessons about U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba that would go unheeded as we headed into the Iraq War under President George W. Bush. Also what can Morley's case tell us about how th federal courts potentially block democracy. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!

58mins

28 Jul 2021

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Author Jefferson Morley discusses his book The Ghost: The Secret Life of Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. (2019)

William Ramsey Investigates

Author Jefferson Morley discusses his book The Ghost: The Secret Life of Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. (2019)jeffersonmorleybooks.comhttps://www.deepstateblog.org/

31mins

16 Jul 2021

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Author Jefferson Morley discusses his book The Ghost: The Secret Life of Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. (2019)

William Ramsey Investigates

Author Jefferson Morley discusses his book The Ghost: The Secret Life of Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. (2019)jeffersonmorleybooks.com https://www.deepstateblog.org/

31mins

16 Jul 2021

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