John Stanton (journalist)

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John J. Stanton is an independent journalist, author and teacher in the Washington, DC Metro region who focuses largely on national security topics. He designed and led a seminar titled National Security in the 21st Century at a private school in Northern Virginia.[1]

Subjects covered[edit]

Inside Sputnik News Agency[edit]

In April 2018, Stanton, who had been Sputnik News Agency's Pentagon Correspondent for roughly two years, published a report highly critical of Sputnik News, Sputnik Radio, and RIA Novosti, declaring that the organizations were part of a larger Russian Information Warfare Operation. His public findings were part of an insider research effort while at Sputnik on behalf of the US government.[2]

In May 2018 PBS NewsHour published an article in which Stanton said that Sputnik mixes "real with unreal" and uses "dubious sources." He also said that to pin down what he really found problematic was difficult because proving disinformation can be impossibly slippery.[3]

Cyberwarfare and technology commentary[edit]

Stanton wrote on cyberwarfare/information warfare in the 1994–2000 timeframe when the Bill Clinton Administration was pushing cyber defense initiatives.[4] Other articles discussed technical matters such as electromagnetic pulse affects, urban warfare, orphan nukes[5] and intelligence after 9/11.[6] He presented papers on Asynchronous Transfer Mode, Strategic Cultural Analysis and Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience.[7] He is the author of "Broadband Communications Networks and Multimedia: Public and Private Sector Initiatives", a paper for the 19th Annual Meeting of the Technology Transfer Society in 1994.

Human Terrain System[edit]

Stanton has authored over 100 articles over a five-year period on the US Army's (United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)) Human Terrain System (HTS).[8] He also appeared on Russia Today TV to comment on HTS.[9] His coverage on the Human Terrain System was cited in the American Anthropological Association's Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the US Security and Intelligence Communities, Final Report.[10]

His last work on the US Army Human Terrain System was titled Last Waltz in Saga of US Army Intelligence Program published by the Sri Lanka Guardian, Pravda, Dissident Voice and Scoop-NZ in December 2013.

National security commentary[edit]

The Sri Lanka Guardian and Pravda first carried Stanton's 2010 piece titled "USA Undermines Democracy in Turkey: It's Turkey Stupid, Not Israel". That piece discusses the internal dynamics of Turkey's efforts to maintain democratic reforms, a free press and an open culture.[11][12]

Commentaries in 2017 include United States Drowning in a Sea of Subjectivism,[13] and Trump's Psychopathy Threatens the Internal Stability of the United States and the World [14]

His work The Price of Participating in Society is the Sacrifice of Privacy and Self was published by Counterpunch in 2019, [15]

He has written articles for online publications such as,[16][17] Sri Lanka Guardian,[18] CounterPunch,[19][20][21] Cryptome,[22] The Intelligence Daily (IntelDaily),[23] Journal of Technology Transfer,[24] Seoul Times, and TRDEFENCE (Turkish Military & Geopolitics Portal).[25] He has also written for National Defense Magazine,[26][27] Defense Daily, American Behavioral Scientist[28] and Convergence Magazine. His work has been cited by information security researchers.[29] Stanton's analysis on homeland security issues, following the events of September 11, 2001, was carried by Investors Business Daily,[30] CBS Evening News, ABC and CNN.



  • Trump & Friends. 2017. p. 54. ISBN 978-1978172173.
  • US Military's Progressiveness Leaves Civil Society Behind. 2016. p. 154. ISBN 978-1539142416.
  • La máquina de guerra caníbal. 2015. p. 136. ISBN 978-84-15373-27-8.
  • US Army's Human Terrain System 2008–2013: The Program from Hell. 2013. p. 207. ISBN 978-1491063927.
  • Cyber Noodles, Orphan Nukes and the Failure of the US National Security State. 2013. Amazon's Create Space (self publishing). ISBN 978-1484899045.
  • The Raptor's Eye: JIEDDO, MISO, General P and the Prophet Smith. USA: Amazon. 2012. p. 134. ISBN 978-1480276413.
  • General David Petraeus' Favorite Mushroom: Inside the US Army's Human Terrain System. Wiseman Publishing. 2009. p. 189. ISBN 978-9089630193. OCLC 677926603.
  • Talking Politics with God and the Devil in Washington, DC. PublishAmerica. 2007. p. 151. ISBN 978-1424191246.
  • America 2004: A Power But Not Super. Tempe, AZ: Dandelion Enterprises. 2004. p. 156. ISBN 978-1893302266. OCLC 68679199.
  • America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II. Tempe, AZ: Dandelion Enterprises. 2003. p. 173. ISBN 978-1893302297. OCLC 55941597. (with co-author Wayne Madsen)


  1. ^ "Syllabus, National Security in the 21st Century". January 12, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Putin's Information Warfare, Open Source Intelligence Operations in Washington, DC" (PDF). Cryptome. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "After a Week of Russian Propaganda I was Questioning Everything". News Hour. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
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  5. ^ "U.S. Fears Proliferation of 'Orphan' Nukes". 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  6. ^ "Espionage and the War on Terrorism: Investigating U.S. Efforts" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  7. ^ "Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  8. ^ The articles are available at Dr. Maximilian C. Forte's Zero Anthropology and John Young's Cryptome. Intelligence Daily and Pravda have also carried the works as has the Sri Lanka Guardian.
  9. ^ " The Alyona Show, "John Stanton on the Human Terrain System", Episode 9, Russia Today, 10 November 2009". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Final Report, 2010". 2010. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  11. ^ "Sri Lanka Guardian". Sri Lanka Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  12. ^ "Pravda". 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  13. ^ States Drowning in a Sea of Subjectivism.html "Intrepid Report" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  14. ^ "Trump's Psychopathy Threatens the Internal Stability of the United States and the World.html". Smirking Chimp. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  15. ^ "Conterpunch". Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  16. ^ "English Pravda, John Stanton". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  17. ^ 03.11.2009 (July 15, 1979). "Social Decay in America: The 'I Didn't Do It' Culture". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  18. ^ "Sri Lanka Guardian, John Stanton". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  19. ^ "Social Decay in America » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names". Counterpunch. November 3, 2009. Archived from the original on April 16, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  20. ^ "The Pentagon's Love Affair with Land Mines » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names". Counterpunch. November 2, 2003. Archived from the original on August 4, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  21. ^ "A Visit to Turkey » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names". Counterpunch. June 18, 2010. Archived from the original on June 21, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  22. ^ "Cryptome, John Stanton". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  23. ^ "IntelDaily, John Stanton". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  24. ^ Stanton, John (November 22, 2010). "The Journal of Technology Transfer, Volume 20, Number 2". The Journal of Technology Transfer. 20 (2): 8–11. doi:10.1007/BF02280400.
  25. ^ ", John Stanton". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  26. ^ "National Defence (National Defense Industrial Association), John Stanton". March 17, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  27. ^ Stanton, John J.. (May 1, 2001). "War on Drugs: U.S. Has No 'Exit Strategy'". National Defense. National Defense Industrial Association. Retrieved February 04, 2013 from Questia Online Library
  28. ^ "Terror in Cyberspace"(registration required)
  29. ^ Stanton, J. J. (2002). "Terror in Cyberspace: Terrorists Will Exploit and Widen the Gap Between Governing Structures and the Public". American Behavioral Scientist. 45 (6): 1017–1032. doi:10.1177/0002764202045006006.
  30. ^ "Be Prepared, New York was but How will Other Cities Cope?". Investors Business Daily, 2001-09-25. Retrieved 2012-03-03.