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William Blum
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William Blum (born 1933) is an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He studied accounting in college. Later he had a low-level computer-related position at the State Department in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he said he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War.<1>

He left the Department in 1967. He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital. In 1969, he wrote and published an expos of the CIA in which was revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 employees of the Agency. He has worked as freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. From 1972 to 1973 Blum worked as a journalist in Chile, where he reported on the Allende government's "socialist experiment". In the mid-1970s, he worked in London with ex-CIA agent Philip Agee and his associates "on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds".<1> He supports himself with his writing and speaking engagements on college campuses.<2>

In his writing, Blum devotes substantial attention to CIA interventions and assassination plots. Blum describes himself as a socialist. He has supported Ralph Nader's presidential campaigns.<2> He has compared president George W. Bush with Hitler and the Iraq insurgency with the resistance against Nazist Germany.<3> He currently circulates a monthly newsletter by email called "The Anti-Empire Report".<3>

An Interview with William Blum

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  -William Blum seemslikeadream  May-03-08 01:48 PM   #0 
  - If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out ..  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 01:59 PM   #1 
  - ''Reagan Was the Butcher of My People:'' Fr. Miguel DEscoto  Octafish   May-04-08 02:06 PM   #19 
  - Written February 1998  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 02:03 PM   #2 
  - Iraqi people are victims of empire.  Octafish   May-03-08 06:11 PM   #15 
  - Some things you need to know before the world ends  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 02:15 PM   #3 
  - His books are a must read for my children  leftchick   May-03-08 02:50 PM   #4 
  - William Blum has long pegged the Empire for what it is.  Octafish   May-03-08 03:21 PM   #5 
  - 'CIA also stands for "Capitalism's Invisible Army."' One of my fave old pieces is by Steve Kangas  scarletwoman   May-03-08 05:58 PM   #14 
     - It also means ''Conspiracies In Action.''  Octafish   May-03-08 06:25 PM   #16 
  - Hiroshima: Needless Slaughter, Useful Terror  Octafish   May-03-08 03:29 PM   #6 
  - Anthrax for Export - U.S. companies sold Iraq the ingredients for a witch's brew  Octafish   May-03-08 03:37 PM   #7 
  - And here I thought he was just another conspiracy theorist  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 03:59 PM   #9 
     - Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture as American as apple pie  Octafish   May-03-08 05:28 PM   #12 
  - Kicking to read later.  bonito   May-03-08 03:52 PM   #8 
  - Telling the truth....  hwmnbn   May-03-08 04:00 PM   #10 
  - the video interview was done by a friend I met here on DU  G_j   May-03-08 04:04 PM   #11 
  - Wow! That is so COOL!!!! Well done!  scarletwoman   May-03-08 06:30 PM   #17 
     - it is!  G_j   May-03-08 08:33 PM   #18 
  - k&r -- thanks for keeping this man and his words visible. (nt)  scarletwoman   May-03-08 05:38 PM   #13 
  - Superb. nt  flashl   May-05-08 03:21 PM   #20 

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