Executive Intelligence Review
Executive Intelligence Review cover
Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) is a weekly newsmagazine founded in 1974 by the American political activist Lyndon LaRouche. Based in Leesburg, Virginia, it maintains offices in a number of countries, according to its masthead, including Wiesbaden, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Melbourne, and Mexico City. As of 2009, the president of the EIR News Service is Linda de Hoyos, and the editor of EIR, Nancy Spannaus. A Spanish language edition has been printed.
EIR is one of a number of publications owned by the LaRouche movement. Others include the New Solidarity International Press Service; The New Federalist; 21st Century Science and Technology; Nouvelle Solidarité in France; Neue Solidarität, published by LaRouche's Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität in Germany; and Fidelio, a quarterly magazine published by the Schiller Institute, also in Germany.
John Rausch writes that the magazine emerged out of LaRouche's desire in the 1970s to form a global intelligence network. His idea was to organize the network as if it were a news service, which led to his founding The New Solidarity International Press Service (NSIPS), incorporated by three of LaRouche's followers in 1974. According to Rausch, this allowed the LaRouche movement to gain access to government officials under press cover. As NSIPS's funds grew, EIR was created.
In the 1980s an annual subscription cost $400. Nora Hamerman, an EIR editor, said in 1990 that the magazine had a circulation of 8,000 to 10,000. She indicated the magazine was owned by the EIR News Service, but declined to say who owned the news service. An ad on a LaRouche website urged readers to subscribe. "As you will quickly discover, the Executive Intelligence Review is not an ordinary weekly news magazine. Every week, EIR runs unique political analyses, reports and interviews which you can't find anywhere else."
The magazine has published a number of conspiracy theories, including that Queen Elizabeth II is head of an international drug-smuggling cartel, that another member of the British royal family killed Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker who died in London in 1982, and that the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was the first strike in a British attempt to take over the United States. It sometimes expands its articles into book-length pieces, which have included Dope, Inc: The Book that Drove Henry Kissinger Crazy (1992) and The Ugly Truth about the ADL.
Rausch writes that, despite the connection to LaRouche, EIR has received attention from the mainstream press on a few occasions. In 1988, one of its reporters, Nicholas Benton, received an answer during a press conference from President Ronald Reagan in response to a question about Michael Dukakis, which received considerable attention from other news outlets. In 1998, one of its senior writers, Jeffrey Steinberg, was interviewed on British television regarding LaRouche's theory that the royal family had ordered the assassination of Diana, Princess of Wales. EIR has been described as the "foremost exponent of the 'murder, not accident' theory" of Diana's death. In 1999, EIR made international news when it listed on its website the names of 117 agents of the United Kingdom's MI6 intelligence service, a list claimed to have been obtained from renegade agent Richard Tomlinson (although the government later conceded that the list did not originate with him). An EIR spokesman said they received the information unsolicited.
EIR offices were searched in 1986 as part of an investigation into LaRouche-related businesses. In 1988, EIR offices shared with another LaRouche entity, Fusion Energy Foundation, were seized to pay contempt of court fines related to the investigation. Contributing editor Webster Tarpley said that the closure was an effort by "the invisible, secret, parallel government" to silence LaRouche because of his presidential campaigns. LaRouche and several EIR staff members were eventually convicted of mail fraud and other charges. For more information see LaRouche criminal trials.
Following criticism of financier George Soros by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1997, Malayasian news media began printing vitriolic reports of Soros, some of them sourced to EIR or even copying text from the magazine verbatim. Ahmad Kassim, a politician who was instrumental in introducing LaRouche's ideas to Malaysians, described EIR as a "news service like Reuters or anything else" and compared LaRouche to Abraham Lincoln.
Iran's government-controlled Press TV often interviews analysts from the Review, including a 2013 interview with Review spokesman Lawrence Freeman which concluded that the West was liable for the Algeria hostage taking. Press TV supported his conclusion that "the US and their puppets Saudi Arabia and Qatar which have in the first place played a role in the creation of rebels are the root cause of incidents such as that which took place in Algeria."
In 2002 Arnaud de Borchgrave, Editor-in-Chief for The Washington Times, called Executive Intelligence Review "an anti-Semitic potpourri of disinformation, factoids, rumor, gossip, loony tunes and an occasional fact." EIR Counterintelligence Director Jeffrey Steinberg refers to that paper as the "Moonie Washington Times". The Times was founded by Sun Myung Moon.
- Investigative Leads, described as "an offshoot of the Executive Intelligence Review, which deals with antiterrorism, terrorist and drug-running activities."
Books and special reports
- Dope, Inc.: Britain's opium war against the world (1978)
- AIDS Global Showdown: Mankind's Total Victory or Total Defeat for Victory (1988)
- The "Greenhouse effect" hoax: a world federalist plot (1989)
- The Ugly truth about the Anti-Defamation League (1992)
- The Depression of the 1990s: America's existential crisis (1992)
Notable staff and contributors
- Lyndon LaRouche, founder and contributing editor
- Nicholas Benton, former Washington D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent
- Michael Billington, Asia editor
- Anton Chaitkin, history editor
- Robert Dreyfuss, former Middle East intelligence director
- F. William Engdahl, former contributor
- David P. Goldman, former contributor
- Laurent Murawiec, former editor and contributor
- Webster Tarpley, former contributing editor
- Executive Intelligence Review, AIM25, accessed August 29, 2009.
- EIR News Service, AllBusiness, accessed August 29, 2009.
- Spannaus, Nancy. Alexander Hamilton To Be Celebrated on His 250th Birthday, New York Sun, January 11, 2007; there are also references in EIR to her as editor up to August 2009.
- Constable, Pamela (March 8, 1992). "In Latin America, a restless military But US doesn't foresee a rash of coups". Boston Globe. p. 75.
- Rausch, John David. Executive Intelligence Review in Knight, Peter (ed.) Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1, ABC-CLIO, 2003, p. 245.
- Hines (1986)
- Stern (1990)
- Wheen (1998)
- NORTON-TAYLOR & PALLISTER (1999)
- Leppard & Rufford (1999)
- Evans., Sandra (Apr 25, 1987). "Marshals Seize LaRouche Office ;Magazine Operation in District Sealed as Court Pursues Fines". The Washington Post. p. c.03.
- Pura, Raphael; Lachica, Eduardo (19 September 1997). "Malaysia's Mahathir Finds Strange Source for Soros Campaign; Asian Country's Media Tap U.S. Conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, Jr.". Wall Street Journal.
- 'West liable for Algeria hostage taking' PressTVGlobalNews
- US fuels Syria crisis to destabilize the entire Middle East: Analyst Sept 5, 2012
- de Borchgrave, Arnaud (August 27, 2002). "Thinking the unthinkable". Washington Times. p. A.15.
- Steinberg, Jeffrey, "Will Moonie Money Be Used in Netanyahu-Sharon Election Theft? , EIR, November 15, 2002
- Steinberg, Jeffrey, "LaRouche Points to Marc Rich's White House Mole: Lewis Libby", February 7, 2003
- Wald 1986
- Executive Intelligence Review
- Mintz, John. Some Officials Find Intelligence Network 'Useful', The Washington Post, January 15, 1985.