Who drove over protestors in Charlottesville? a biography

By Nate Thayer August 12, 2017 The car that plowed through crowds of anti-white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday is owned by a Confederate Flag activist from Ohio with connections to far right extremist groups, numerous documents and other white nationalists confirm. A 32 year-old woman was killed and 19 injured in the incident. The 2010 […]

FBI War on Terror tactics on trial in Domestic Terrorism case

The conspiracy between the FBI and unreliable informants to prosecute the War on Terrorism  By Nate Thayer August 7, 2017 Lake City, Florida When Ken Parker, a leader of the extreme right wing National Socialist Movement, walked into a barbershop in Jacksonville, Florida on June 23 for his regular haircut, his barber said, “The FBI […]

North Korea tried to entrap me as a spy: A visitor’s guide to the Worker’s Paradise

Diaries from a misspent youth continued….. When North Korea tried to recruit me as a spy: A visitor’s guide to the Worker’s Paradise Excerpts from Sympathy for the Devil: A Journalist’s memoir from Inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge By Nate Thayer July 30, 2017   Recently, I wrote a story on how the Communist Party […]

How the Chinese recruit American journalists as spies

By Nate Thayer How China Recruits Americans to Spy July 1, 2017   On Sept. 20, 2014, agents of the Shanghai State Security Bureau of the Ministry of State Security first contacted me in a bid to recruit me as a spy, requesting I pass US state secrets to them in exchange for cash payments, […]

Freelancers’ Vital Role in International Reporting: Thoughts on the Post 9/11 World

With the rise of media conglomerates, foreign news has been shoved aside.   By Nate Thayer (Published in Nieman Reports in December 2001, shortly after the terrorist attack in New York City and the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history) At an annual gathering of the International […]

Take Two: Ambassador Dennis Rodman returns to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Dennis Rodman & U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy Rodman trip comes after decades of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea as a central tool in avoiding nuclear war  by Nate Thayer March 4, 2013 (A version of this story was first published in NK News http://www.nknews.org/2013/03/slam-dunk-diplomacy/)   NBA bad […]

Why Journalists Dating Spies can be Challenging…

From the ex-Girlfriend Diaries…. By Nate Thayer June 9, 2017 This renewed brouhaha over government spies leaking classified U.S. documents to reporters reminded me (a journalist) of my ill-fated romance with a spy for the National Security Agency or NSA, otherwise known as No Such Agency, because it’s very existence is a secret even though […]

How the FBI can Ruin the Lives of Law Abiding Americans

     By Nate Thayer June 6, 2017 For the last 26 months, I have been largely focused on investigating the broad and effectively unchecked secret police powers the U.S. government has been legally accorded in the years since the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. Having veered off from a focus on foreign […]

Notes on Love and Courage: Thoughts on a very good man

Remembering Ivor Leclerc By Nate Thayer May 18, 2017 While perusing through my files and papers I came across a handwritten copy of an eulogy I delivered at the memorial service in May 1999 for my step father, Ivor Leclerc, held at the National Cathedral Church in Washington D.C. I found stapled to my handwritten three […]