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Hi, this is Brian McGlinchey—founder, editor and sole writer of—announcing my move to a new writing platform.

Stark Realities with Brian McGlinchey is a Substack newsletter that undermines official narratives, demolishes conventional wisdom and exposes fundamental myths across the political spectrum—with original reporting, deeply unorthodox policy arguments and excavations of key events buried by establishment media.

Stark Realities covers a broad range of foreign and domestic topics, such as:

“Brian McGlinchey is an absolutely outstanding reporter, with an enviable record in breaking stories and making waves” —Andrew Cockburn, Washington Editor, Harper’s Magazine

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What will Stark Realities cover? In addition to the war on terror and foreign policy, expect insightful reporting and policy arguments on everything from current events and economics to public health policy, criminal justice, tax policy, the war on drugs, gun control, the Federal Reserve and more. Learn more here

Why is Stark Realities using an email newsletter format? Newsletters let readers and independent journalists bypass social media gatekeepers by forming direct connections—that’s why they’re at the vanguard of the revolt against Silicon Valley censorship and corporate media groupthink.

Why does Stark Realities have a paid-subscription tier? This newsletter marks my move to full-time journalism. Independent, ad-free journalism is enabled by the direct support of readers.

Why did go quiet? Largely because of Silicon Valley’s increasingly restrictive control of what people see and hear. As part of a broader drive to stamp out “misinformation,” Facebook aggressively reduced the visibility of my posts there to a tiny percentage of the thousands of followers who’d explicitly expressed their wish to see them. 

It didn’t matter that I adhered to the highest standards of journalism and had broken stories that were followed up on by major news organizations. My first article on my new platform—Why I’m Launching Stark Realities—includes a look back at my creation of and some of the up-and-down experiences as an independent journalist here.

How can I help Stark Realities succeed? In addition to signing up for free content or becoming a supporting subscriber, you can spread awareness by:

Thank you so much for following my work at and especially for being a part of the successful campaign to release the 28 pages.

That campaign was well underway before, and had more prominent leaders than me both in and out of government. However, I’m proud to have added my hands to the good side in a tug of war that pitted transparency advocates and 9/11 victims against the formidable national security establishment and its ally—not ours—Saudi Arabia.

Best wishes and I hope to see you at Stark Realities with Brian McGlinchey.


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“By keeping the public informed, was instrumental in our effort to get the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 report released for the victims’ families”—Thomas Massie, United States Congressman
“Brian McGlinchey is one of the most talented hell-raisers around”—James Bovard, Columnist, USA Today

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DOJ Ignores Allegations of Saudi Lobbying Misconduct

U.S. military veterans say Qorvis Communications tricked them into unknowingly lobbying on behalf of Saudi Arabia

Campaign against law enabling 9/11 victims to sue kingdom used unregistered agents, failed to provide required disclosures

By Brian P. McGlinchey

In March 2017, a group of 9/11 families presented the Department of Justice with 17 pages of detailed allegations that Qorvis Communications had, on behalf of Saudi Arabia, conducted a lobbying campaign against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) characterized by extensive violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Continue reading

Senate, House Measures Urge Release of 9/11 Documents

Update: The Senate resolution has passed. Now, call your House representative and urge them to cosponsor H.Res.663.

By Brian P. McGlinchey

As the world marks the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11, legislators have introduced resolutions in both the House and Senate urging the broad declassification of U.S. government documents relating to the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

As with the successful drive to declassify 28 pages on Saudi government links to the 9/11 attacks, this latest effort has support on both sides of the aisle. Continue reading

Exclusive: FBI Told Former Agent Not to Help 9/11 Victims Build Case Against Saudi Arabia

Author of 9/11’s famed “Phoenix Memo” was told White House’s pursuit of warm relations with kingdom comes first

Former Senate intelligence chair Bob Graham calls FBI’s action “a fundamental assault on the principle of democracy”

By Brian P. McGlinchey

Kenneth Williams

A retired FBI counterterrorism agent with a notable role in the story of 9/11 says the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel told him not to cooperate with attorneys representing 9/11 victims in their suit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because it could harm U.S.-Saudi relations.

In an exclusive interview with, Kenneth Williams, author of an ignored July 2001 memo warning that Osama bin Laden may be training pilots in the United States, explains why he has now decided to ignore the FBI’s instructions, Continue reading

Saudis, Ex-Spies and a DC Socialite: Highlights From Lobbying Firm’s Report to DOJ

Figure in vet lobbying scandal returns to collect another $79,000; Qorvis rubs elbows with secretive opposition research firm

By Brian P. McGlinchey

Lobbying and public relations firm Qorvis MSLGROUP has filed its latest semiannual disclosure forms with the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act office, covering the period from October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Qorvis plays a central role in the expansive Saudi effort to influence not only U.S. foreign policy and public opinion, but even the American judicial system. Here are some points of interest from the new filing, which Continue reading