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* A TIMELINE OF CIA ATROCITIES
By Steve Kangas
The following timeline describes just a few of the hundreds of atrocities and crimes committed by the CIA. (1)
CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment. So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: “We’ll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us.” The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination. These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator’s security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be “communists,” but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.
This scenario has been repeated so many times that the CIA actually teaches it in a special school, the notorious “School of the Americas.” (It opened in Panama but later moved to Fort Benning, Georgia.) Critics have nicknamed it the “School of the Dictators” and “School of the Assassins.” Here, the CIA trains Latin American military officers how to conduct coups, including the use of interrogation, torture and murder.
The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. (2) Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an “American Holocaust.” […]
The culture we lost — Secretary of State Henry Stimson refuses to endorse a code-breaking operation, saying, “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.”
COI created — In preparation for World War II, President Roosevelt creates the Office of Coordinator of Information (COI). General William “Wild Bill” Donovan heads the new intelligence service.
OSS created — Roosevelt restructures COI into something more suitable for covert action, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Donovan recruits so many of the nation’s rich and powerful that eventually people joke that “OSS” stands for “Oh, so social!” or “Oh, such snobs!”
Italy — Donovan recruits the Catholic Church in Rome to be the center of Anglo-American spy operations in Fascist Italy. This would prove to be one of America’s most enduring intelligence alliances in the Cold War.
OSS is abolished — The remaining American information agencies cease covert actions and return to harmless information gathering and analysis.
Operation PAPERCLIP – While other American agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the U.S. intelligence community is smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets. The most important of these is Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s master spy who had built up an intelligence network in the Soviet Union. With full U.S. blessing, he creates the “Gehlen Organization,” a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in Russia. These include SS intelligence officers Alfred Six and Emil Augsburg (who massacred Jews in the Holocaust), Klaus Barbie (the “Butcher of Lyon”), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked with Eichmann) and SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny (a personal friend of Hitler’s). The Gehlen Organization supplies the U.S. with its only intelligence on the Soviet Union for the next ten years, serving as a bridge between the abolishment of the OSS and the creation of the CIA. However, much of the “intelligence” the former Nazis provide is bogus. Gehlen inflates Soviet military capabilities at a time when Russia is still rebuilding its devastated society, in order to inflate his own importance to the Americans (who might otherwise punish him). In 1948, Gehlen almost convinces the Americans that war is imminent, and the West should make a preemptive strike. In the 50s he produces a fictitious “missile gap.” To make matters worse, the Russians have thoroughly penetrated the Gehlen Organization with double agents, undermining the very American security that Gehlen was supposed to protect.
Greece — President Truman requests military aid to Greece to support right-wing forces fighting communist rebels. For the rest of the Cold War, Washington and the CIA will back notorious Greek leaders with deplorable human rights records.
CIA created — President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947, creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council. The CIA is accountable to the president through the NSC — there is no democratic or congressional oversight. Its charter allows the CIA to “perform such other functions and duties… as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.” This loophole opens the door to covert action and dirty tricks. […]
1. All history concerning CIA intervention in foreign countries is summarized from William Blum’s encyclopedic work, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1995). Sources for domestic CIA operations come from Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen’s The 60 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1997).
2. Coleman McCarthy, “The Consequences of Covert Tactics” Washington Post, December 13, 1987.
* ECUADOR. $88 MILLION CIA PLOT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT CORREA BEFORE FEBRUARY ELECTIONS
Source: Access of Logic
|Editor’s Comment: For any who may have doubts about Washington’s desire to eliminate President Rafael Correa, consider his consistent defiance of the U.S. since he was first elected President of Ecuador in 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in economics, having been educated in Ecuador, Belgium and the United States and has earned his credentials as a stalwart revolutionary, standing against US imperialism in Ecuador and all of Latin America. Among the many reasons he is so hated by the US government are:
* OUR FAILED TRADE POLICIES ARE NOT CREATING JOBS AT HOME
By Pearl Korn, Economy In Crisis
While the ugly and rancorous “fiscal cliff” battle has been playing out in Washington, another negotiation equally critical for America was also being conducted, this one behind closed doors far across the ocean: the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (“TPP”), also known as “NAFTA on steroids.” The finalizing of this agreement between 11 nations — the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam (Japan and China may join later) — has been delayed until spring 2013, thanks in part to Public Citizen leading an international outcry through their Global Trade Watch unit, which has been headed by director Lori Wallach since 1995.
Few can rival Ms. Wallach’s expertise on trade agreements and their impact on nations and the larger world community, yet she was not among those invited to participate in these negotiations. Instead, 600 corporate advisors were in Auckland, New Zealand, over 10 days at the beginning of December, fine tuning this latest stealth trade deal during its 12th plus round of negotiations. Even the press was shut out. Clearly, Ron Kirk, the Obama administration’s U.S. Trade Representative, is hoping to ram this deal through like other recent trade deals, without transparency or, for that matter, Congressional input.
Among the outrageous sellouts to multi-national corporations in the TPP is a plan to create “extra-judicial ‘investor-state’ tribunals,” which would “… limit how signatory countries may regulate foreign firms operating within their boundaries, with requirements to provide them greater rights than domestic firms” and includes “… a two-track legal system, with foreign firms empowered to skirt domestic courts and laws to directly sue TPP governments in foreign tribunals… (where) they can demand compensation for domestic financial, health, environmental, land use laws and other laws they claim undermine their new TPP privileges.” This agreement would also force member nations to conform domestic laws and regulations to TPP rules. Lori Wallach calls this — rightfully so — a “corporate coup d’etat,” since the lawyer-judges running the tribunals would be in the employ of the multi-national corporations doing business in these countries, ensuring that their “bottom line” takes precedent over the health and welfare of member nations’ citizens.
Other odious aspects of this agreement include:
- allowing drug companies to extend their patents for several years, depriving the needy of affordable, lifesaving drugs while forcing the rest of us to pay still higher prices;
- protections and benefits for corporations that move jobs to other countries;
- limitations on how government can use tax revenues;
- barring of initiatives like “Buy American,” which is desperately needed to rebuild our economy and create green jobs;
- requirements that we import food that does not meet our standards of safety, as well as limitations on food labeling;
- rollbacks on regulation of Wall Street, including prohibiting a ban on risky financial services, making a mockery of the already tepid “Too Big to Fail” regulations passed after the 2009 crash;
- allowing Internet policing by service providers and monitoring of individual user activity on a large scale, negatively impacting people’s freedom of speech, privacy and right to due process, and killing innovation.
And we won’t even get into the provisions slipped into the TPP that gut regulations protecting land, air and water, as well as human and workers’ rights — this crowd hasn’t missed a trick. Meanwhile, all of this flim-flammery does nothing to address America’s trade deficit — except make it worse.
This is certainly not the complete list of egregious corporate giveaways for this so called “free trade” agreement – which really has little to do with trade and more to do with multi-national corporations being given carte blanche to operate outside of the laws of sovereign nations. Have we learned nothing from NAFTA, which resulted in one million American jobs being lost? And what of the one million Mexican farmers who lost their livelihoods due to NAFTA’s mandated agriculture policy changes, and the 2.5 million more livelihoods lost in Mexico when $2 per day wages became too high for corporate America, and those Mexican jobs headed to China, where wages can be as low as $1 per day. All in all, 26,000 small and medium sized Mexican businesses were lost in the first decade of NAFTA. Indeed, people on both sides of the Mexican-American border saw a decrease in their wages during the first NAFTA/WTO decade. With the resulting vast pool of unemployed people in desperate need of work, sweat shops on the Mexican side of the border were able to reap a harvest and pay as little as $0.60 to $1.00 per hour. It certainly comes as no surprise, therefore, that 1 in 10 Mexican nationals make the dangerous journey to cross the border into the U.S. NAFTA was clearly a major failure of Bill Clinton and his enabler, Rahm Emanuel. The TPP will be an even bigger disaster if it is implemented.[…]
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement @ http://99getsmart.com/?p=3715
* A 12-STEP PROGRAM FOR THE UNITED STATES
By Ted Rall, RallBlog
|When I talk to other Americans about what is going on, I see that they are puzzled, angry and addicted. They are confused that, even when they vote for liberal politicians, they get right-wing policies. They are angry because the alternative–voting for a conservative–would be even worse. But there they remain, stuck in a two-party trap to which they have become addicted. They know the Democrat-Republican duopoly isn’t good for them or the planet, but they can’t imagine anything different.
Please, people ask me, stop bashing Obama and the system and tell me what I should do. Me personally.
Fine. You are an addict. You are addicted to stupid capitalism and the political system that reinforces it. You need a 12-step program to recover.