Bob Dreyfuss
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For reasons known only to him, Bob Dreyfuss has worked as an independent journalist specializing in magazine features, profiles, and investigative stories in the areas of politics and national security since 1992. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, where his blog is featured daily. He has written frequently for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Diplomat, Washington Monthly, Newsday, The Guardian, San Jose Mercury News, The American Conservative, Jane's Defense Review, California Lawyer, The Huffington Post, and pretty much anyone else who'll pay the pittance that magazine editors these days think is a living wage. (In Huffington's case, that's zero.)

In recent years, Dreyfuss has reported from Iran, China, and Vietnam. He is best known for a series of groundbreaking stories about the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, and post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy. He wrote the first significant profile of Ahmed Chalabi, the first comprehensive analysis of the war between the Pentagon and the CIA over policy toward Iraq, and other timely stories that were picked up without attribution, as usual, by The New York Times et al. Before 9/11, he wrote extensively about intelligence issues, including pieces about post-Cold War excursions into economic espionage, the CIA's nonofficial cover (NOC) program, and lobbying by U.S. defense and intelligence contractors over the annual secret intelligence budget, all of which had very little impact, judging by what's happened since.

Having escaped the Washington, D.C.-area echo chamber, Dreyfuss now lives at the beach in Cape May, New Jersey. His very non-bestselling book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, was published in 2005.


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