"Washington's a dangerous place." -
"Executives are in the business world for
themselves first, and public trading of companies' stocks is mostly a thinly
disguised mechanism to allow executives and directors to profit from inside
knowledge and favors." - Danila Oder
"Downtowns were once collections of local
businesses that lured us with claims of uniqueness: "Try our homemade pies,"
their signs read, or "Best jazz selection in town." Today, those signs have
been replaced by familiar corporate logos that make precisely the opposite
claim, promising us the same goods arranged in the same way as they are in
every other place. The banks and burritos and baristas on one city block are
replicated on the next and in all the malls, in all the cities, in all
the states. Americans can drive from one ocean to the other, stopping every day
for the same hamburger and every evening at the same hotel. Traveling in a
straight line is no longer much different than traveling in a circle." - Daniel
Moving regulation of corporations from government
to the market immunizes corporations to the effects of
citizens' participation in the political process and leaves their control to an
institution where one dollar - not one person
- equals one vote !
Stock Market Terms coined
after the 2008-2009 meltdown:
Chief Embezzlement Officer
Corporate Fraud Officer
MARKET A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself
for a financial genius.
VALUE INVESTING The art of buying low and
P/E RATIO The percentage of investors wetting
their pants as the market keeps crashing.
BROKER What my
financial planner has made me.
STANDARD & POOR Your life in
STOCK ANALYST Idiot who just downgraded your stock.
MARKET CORRECTION The day after you buy stocks.
FLOW The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.
YAHOO What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for
$240 per share.
WINDOWS What you jump out of when you're the
sucker who bought Yahoo at $240 per share.
2008 investor who's now locked up in a nuthouse.
archaic word no longer in use.
If you had purchased $1000 of shares in
Delta Airlines in 2008, you would have $49.00 in 2009.
If you had
purchased $1000 of shares in AIG in 2008, you would have $33.00 in
If you had purchased $1000 of shares in
2008, you would have $0.00 in 2009.
If you had purchased $1000 worth of
beer in 2008, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for the
recycling refund, you would have received $214.00.
Based on the above,
the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.
It's called the 401-Keg plan.
Deep Events and Changes of Party in the White
House1960 CIA secures
approval for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and
escalates events in
Laos into a crisis for which the Joint Chiefs proposed sending 60,000
These events profoundly affected
John F. Kennedy's posture towards
Cuba and Indochina.
Kissinger, while advising Lydon Johnson, gives secret information to
Richard Nixon that
helps Richard Nixon
obstruct the peace agreement in Vietnam that is about to be negotiated at the
peace talks taking place in Paris. John
Mitchell claims Henry Kissinger did so for Nelson Rockefeller.
the early days of the Vietnam War, a CIA analyst named Sam Adams discovered
that the US was seriously underestimating the strength of the Vietcong. The
agency squelched Sam Adams findings and he left in frustration.
1976 CIA Director
George H.W. Bush installs an outside Team
B intelligence unit to enlarge drastically estimates of the Soviet threat to
the United States, eventually frustrating and reversing the campaign pledge of
presidential candidate Jimmy Carter to cut the US defense budget.
1980 Operation Eagle Claw the American attempt to free the
held hostage in Iran is disrupted.
A CIA officer reports hearing an aide
to David Rockefeller comment to
William Casey, the newly
installed CIA Director, about their joint success in disrupting Carter's plans
to bring home the hostages.
Neil Bush told Denver reporters he had met
Scott Hinckley at a surprise party at the Bush home January 23, 1981,
approximately three weeks after the US Department of Energy had begun what was
termed a "routine audit" of the books of the Vanderbilt Energy Corp. On March
30, three representatives of the US Department of Energy tell Scott Hinckley,
Vanderbilt's vice president of operations, that auditors had uncovered evidence
of pricing violations on crude oil sold by the company from 1977 through 1980.
The auditors announce that the federal government is considering a penalty of
two million dollars. Scott Hinckley reportedly requested "several hours to come
up with an explanation" of the serious overcharges. The meeting ended a little
more than an hour before John Hinckley Jr. shoots Ronald Reagan.
Bush, son of George H.W.
Bush, was scheduled to have dinner on March 31, 1981, with Scott Hinckley
the brother of John Hinckley.
The family of John Hinckley was
acquainted with the family of
Bush having made large contributions to George H.W. Bush's political
campaign, the Houston Post reported on March 31, 1981, Tuesday, PM cycle.
The Houston Post reported in a copyright story, Scott Hinckley, brother
of John W. Hinckley Jr., who allegedly shot Reagan, was to have dined tonight
in Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the vice president's sons. Neil
Bush, who lives in Denver and works for
Standard Oil, had
invited Scott Hinckley, vice president of his father's Denver-based firm,
Vanderbilt Energy Corp. to his home for dinner.
In 1978, Neil Bush
served as campaign manager for his brother,
Bush, the vice president's oldest son, who made an unsuccessful bid for
Congress. Neil lived in Lubbock throughout much of 1978, where John Hinckley
lived from 1974 through 1980.
Even the official government line
admitted that the Bush and Hinckley families "maintained social ties."
The white wash investigation and trial of John Hinckley never asked any
questions relating to the Bush/Hinckley family relationship.
to press reports, at the time of the shooting John Hinckley was heavily dosing
with Valium - a hypnotic benzodiazepine.
John Hinckley had stalked
Senator Ted Kennedy and President Jimmy Carter. He devoured books on Sirhan
Sirhan, Robert Kennedy's assassin (suspected by many
conspiracy researchers to have been hypnotically programmed), and Arthur
Bremer, who shot George Wallace.
Theorists ask the inevitable
questions: Was Hinckley a mind-controlled assassin, a Manchurian Candidate
programmed to "terminate with extreme prejudice"? They point to
the CIA's longtime
obsession with mind control and the fact that during the 1980 presidential
primaries, Bush - the former director of Central Intelligence - enjoyed the
zealous support of Agency regulars, who preferred their former boss to Reagan.
For an antisocial pariah, John Hinckley sure got around.
Hinckley flew to Nebraska in an attempt to contact a member of the American
The day after his Nazi-seeking mission, Hinckley flew to
Nashville to stalk Jimmy Carter, but was arrested at the airport when
authorities discovered three handguns in his suitcase. After only five hours in
custody, this unstable character - who had attempted to transport weapons
across state lines and into a city soon to be visited by Jimmy Carter was
The attempted assassination of
occurred on March 30, 1981, 69 days into his presidency. While leaving a
speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.,
President Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr.
NBC correspondent Judy Woodruff said
that at least one shot was fired from the hotel, above Reagan's limousine. She
later elaborated, saying a Secret Service agent had fired that shot from the
government did not care for
Ronald Reagan when
he first ran for president.
Close associates claimed Ronald
Reagan was never the same again after the assassination attempt.
Bush controlled the "President" during most of Ronald Reagan's term in
Neil Bush became a director of the Silverado Banking, Savings
& Loan Association in 1985 that cost the tax payers $1.6 billion three
A federal judge, Judge Paul L. Friedman, granted John
Hinckley, Jr. a full-time release, to begin no sooner than August 5 2016, from
St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in psychiatric
treatment since the shooting.
Central Intelligence Agency Timeline
preparation for World War
II, Franklin D.
Roosevelt creates the Office of Coordinator of Information (COI).
General William "Wild Bill"
Donovan heads the new intelligence service.
1942 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!"
1943 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.
1945 OSS is abolished - remaining American
information agencies purportedly cease covert actions and return to harmless
information gathering and analysis.
Operation PAPERCLIPWhile other Federal agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for
arrest, the US 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 US blessing, he creates the "Gehlen
Organization," a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in
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 US 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.
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).
1947 Harry S.
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.
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
National Security Council -
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 opens the door to covert action and dirty
1948 Reinhard 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 is supposed
CIA recreates a covert action
wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination, led by
Wall Street lawyer
Frank Wisner. According
to its secret charter, its responsibilities include "propaganda, economic
warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage,
demolition and evacuation procedures; subversion
against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups,
and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of
the free world."
CIA corrupts democratic elections in Italy, where
Italian communists threaten to win the elections. The CIA buys votes,
broadcasts propaganda, threatens and beats up opposition leaders, infiltrates
and disrupts their organizations. It works - the communists are defeated.
1949 CIA creates
its first major propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe. Over
the next several decades, its broadcasts are so blatantly false that for a time
it is considered illegal to publish transcripts of them in the US.
40s CIA begins recruiting American news organizations and journalists to
become spies and disseminators of propaganda.
The effort is headed
by Frank Wisner,
Helms and Philip Graham.
Graham is publisher of The Washington
Post, which becomes a major CIA player.
Eventually, the CIA's media assets will include elements
Associated Press, United Press
Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard,
Copley News Service and more.
By the CIA's own admission, at least 25
organizations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.
art was CIA 'weapon'
1953 CIA begins experiments on mind control.
LSD and other drugs are given to American subjects without their knowledge or
against their will, causing several to commit suicide. Funded in part by the
Rockefeller and Ford foundations,
research includes propaganda,
brainwashing, public relations, advertising,
hypnosis, and other forms of
Mind altering projects went under
the code names of Operation Chatter,
CIA and Army spent $26,501,446 "testing" LSD, code name EA 1729, and other
chemical agents. Contracts went out to forty-eight different institutions for
testing. The CIA concealed their participation by contracting to various
colleges, hospitals, prisons, mental hospitals, and private
"No physical examination of
the subject is required prior to the administration of LSD. A physician need
not be present. Physicians might be called for the hope they would make a
diagnosis of mental
breakdown which would be useful in discrediting the individual who was the
subject of CIA interest."
Richard Helms, CIA Director, argued that
administering drugs, including poisoned LSD, to individuals who are unwitting
was necessary as this is the only realistic method of understanding the
capability of the intended operational use to influence human behavior as the
operational targets would certainly be unwitting.
unwittingly dosed with toxic chemicals. New York State Psychiatric Institute is
granted the first known contract for research into psychochemical drugs. The
purpose is to determine the psychological effect of psychological chemical
agents on human subjects. These subjects were given precursors of LSD and
mescaline. Other chemicals that were tested, which could be distributed at a
later date included morphine, demerol, seconal, scopolamine, ditan, atrophine,
psilocybin, BZ (benzilate), glycolate, atrophine substitutes,
dimethyltryptamine, chlorpromazine, LSD with Dibenzyline (blocking agents), LSM
(Lysergic acid morpholide), LSD like compounds, psilocybin, and various
chemical glycolate agents.
Agents are then enlisted to harass the test
subjects: "Gather information on their
immorality. Show them as
scurrilous and depraved. Call attention to their habits and living conditions.
Explore every possible embarrassment. Send in women and sex, break up
marriages. Have members arrested on marijuana charges. Investigate personal
conflicts or animosities between them. Send articles to the newspapers showing
their depravity. Use narcotics and free sex to entrap. Use misinformation to
confuse and disrupt. Get records of their bank accounts. Obtain specimens of
handwriting. Provoke target groups into rivalries that may result in
1953 CIA funds the overthrow
of the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he
threatened to nationalize British oil. The CIA replaces him with a dictator,
the Shah of Iran, whose secret police, SAVAK, is as brutal as the Gestapo.
CIA funds the overthrow of the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a
military coup. Arbenz has threatened to nationalize the Rockefeller-owned
United Fruit Company, in which CIA Director
Dulles also owns stock. Arbenz is replaced with a series of right-wing
dictators whose bloodthirsty policies will kill over 100,000 Guatemalans in the
next 40 years.
1954-1958 CIA officer Edward Lansdale spends four years trying
to overthrow the communist government of North Vietnam, using all the usual
dirty tricks. The CIA also attempts to legitimize a tyrannical puppet regime in
South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. These efforts fail to win the hearts
and minds of the South Vietnamese because the Diem government is opposed to
true democracy, land reform and
measures. The CIA's continuing failure results in escalating American
intervention, culminating in the Vietnam War.
Radio Free Europe
incites Hungary to revolt by broadcasting Khruschev's Secret Speech, in which
he denounces Stalin. It also hints that American aid will help the Hungarians
fight. This aid fails to materialize as
Hungarians launch a doomed armed revolt, which only invites a major Soviet
invasion. The conflict kills 7,000 Soviets and 30,000 Hungarians.
1957-1973 CIA carries out approximately one coup per year
trying to nullify Laos' democratic elections. The problem is the Pathet Lao, a
leftist group with enough popular support to be a member of any coalition
government. In the late 50s, the CIA even creates an "Armee Clandestine" of
Asian mercenaries to attack the Pathet Lao. After the CIA's army suffers
numerous defeats, the US starts bombing, dropping more bombs on Laos than all
the US bombs dropped in World War II. A quarter of all Laotians will eventually
become refugees, many living in caves.
1959 Military intelligence helps "Papa Doc" Duvalier become
dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the "Tonton
Macoutes," who terrorize the population with machetes. They will kill over
100,000 during the Duvalier family reign. The US does not protest their dismal
human rights record.
About 362 tonnes of weapons, ammunition and
equipment as well as 85 trained guerilla warfare specialists are dropped
into Tibet. Following the 1959 uprising, the Dalai Lama fled to India.
How CIA helped Dalai Lama to end up in
The CIAs Student-Activism Phase
Steinem Discussing Her Time in the CIA
CIA Involvement in Indonesia and the Assassinations of JFK and
CIA helped Disney
buy land for Disney World; set up an unconstitutional form of
1,500 Cuban exiles invade Castro's
Cuba at the Bay of Pigs but the invasion fails, due to poor planning, security
and backing. The planners had imagined that the invasion will spark a popular
uprising against Castro -- which never happens. (Iraq?) A promised American air
strike also never occurs. Kennedy fires CIA Director
Trujillo, a genocidal dictator of the Dominican Republic Washington has
supported since 1930. Trujillo's business interests have grown so large (about
60 percent of the economy) that they have begun competing with American
In Ecuador the CIA-backed military forces the
democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign. Vice President Carlos
Arosemana replaces him; the CIA fills the now vacant vice presidency with its
CIA assassinates democratically elected Patrice Lumumba in the
Congo. However, public support for Lumumba's politics runs so high that the CIA
cannot clearly install his opponents in power. Four years of political turmoil
Time magazine interviews a CIA officer who states a plan is in
operation to polarize the communist and anti-communist factions in
1963 CIA overthrows the democratically
elected Juan Bosch in a military coup. The CIA installs a repressive,
right-wing junta again in the
CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosemana
of Ecuador , whose independent (not socialist) policies have become
unacceptable to Washington. A military junta assumes command, cancels the 1964
elections, and begins human rights abuses.
CIA Document 1035-960: Foundation of a Weaponized
1964 CIA-backed military coup overthrows
the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart of Brazil. The junta that
replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty
in history. General Castelo Branco will create Latin America's first death
squads, or bands of secret police who hunt down "communists" for torture,
interrogation and murder. Often these "communists" are no more than Branco's
political opponents. Later it is revealed that the CIA trains the death squads.
1965 Sukarno, lead Indonesia in its struggle for
independence from the Netherlands. Sukarno, the first President of Indonesia,
served from 1945 to 1967. Sukarno created a fragile balance of power between
the military, political Islam, communists, and nationalists that underlay his
"Guided Democracy". Sukarno made the takeover of Western New Guinea a focus of
his continuing struggle against Dutch imperialism and part of a broader Third
World conflict with the West.
The CIA has
been trying to eliminate Sukarno since 1957, using everything from attempted
assassination to sexual intrigue and is involved in the training of over 1,200
senior military figures," by the US military.
On the dawn of 1
October 1965, six of Indonesia's most senior army generals are kidnapped and
murdered by the "30 September Movement". The 30 September Movement consisted of
members of the Presidential Guards, Brawidjaja Division, and Diponegoro
Division, under the command of a Lieutenant-Colonel Untung bin Sjamsuri, a
known communist sympathizer who participated in the 1948 Partai Komunis
Indonesia rebellion. The 30 September Movement takes control of the only radio
station and broadcasts a statement declaring the kidnappings are meant to
protect Sukarno from a coup attempt by CIA influenced generals.
successor, General Suharto, goes on to
massacre between 500,000 to 1
million civilians accused of being "communist."
A popular rebellion
breaks out in the Dominican Republic, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the
country's elected leader. The revolution is crushed when US Marines land to
uphold the military regime by force.
In Greece the king is pressured and
removes George Papandreous as prime minister. Papandreous has failed to
vigorously support US interests in Greece.
In Congo (Zaire) a
CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator. The hated and
repressive Mobutu exploits his desperately poor country for billions.
Ramparts begins a series of unprecedented anti-CIA
articles. Among their scoops: the CIA has paid the University of Michigan $25
million dollars to hire "professors" to train South Vietnamese students in
covert police methods. MIT and other universities have received similar
payments. Ramparts also reveals that the National Students' Association is a
CIA front. Students are sometimes recruited through blackmail and bribery,
including draft deferments.
military coup overthrows the government of Greece two days before the
elections. The favorite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate.
During the next six years, the "reign of the colonels" - backed by the CIA -
will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political
opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to Lyndon Johnson about US plans for
Cypress, Johnson tells him: "Fuck your parliament and your constitution."
Operation PHOENIX - The CIA helps South
Vietnamese agents identify and then murder alleged Viet Cong leaders operating
in South Vietnamese villages. According to a 1971 congressional report, this
operation killed about 20,000 "Viet Cong." 1968
Operation CHAOS - The CIA has been illegally spying on
American citizens since 1959, but with Operation CHAOS, Lyndon Johnson
dramatically boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to
spy on and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War. They are
searching for Russian instigators, which they never find. CHAOS will eventually
spy on 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations.
military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara in Bolivia. The CIA
wants to keep him alive for interrogation, but the Bolivian government executes
him to prevent worldwide calls for clemency.
CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay. Right-wing forces previously use
torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine,
widespread practice. "The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise
amount, for the desired effect," is his motto. The torture techniques he
teaches to the death squads rival the Nazis'. He becomes so feared that
revolutionaries kidnap and murder him a year later. Long-secret diplomatic
documents reveale Richard
Nixon wanted Uruguays government to threaten to kill leftist
prisoners to try to save the life of Dan Mitrione.
1970 CIA overthrows Prince Sahounek, highly popular among
Cambodians for keeping them out of the Vietnam War. He is replaced by CIA
puppet Lon Nol, who immediately throws Cambodian troops into battle. This
unpopular move strengthens once minor opposition parties like the Khmer Rouge,
which achieves power in 1975 and massacres millions of its own
1971 After half a decade of CIA-inspired
political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrows leftist President Juan
Torres in Bolivia. In the next two years, dictator Hugo Banzer will have over
2,000 political opponents arrested without trial, then tortured, raped and
"Papa Doc" Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son "Baby
Doc" Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with
full knowledge of the CIA.
1972 Case-Zablocki Act Congress passes an act requiring
congressional review of executive agreements. In theory, this should make CIA
operations more accountable. In fact, it is only marginally effective.
Congress votes to cut off CIA funds for its secret war in Cambodia.
A team of burglars wiretap Democratic offices at Watergate. The team
members have extensive CIA histories, including James McCord, E. Howard Hunt
and five of the Cuban burglars. They work for the Committee to Reelect the
President (CREEP), which does dirty work like disrupting Democratic campaigns
and laundering illegal campaign contributions. CREEP's activities are funded
and organized by another CIA front, the Mullen Company.
1973 CIA facilitates the overthrow and
assassination of Salvador Allende in Chile. Allende had nationalized
American-owned firms in Chile. ITT offers the CIA $1 million
for a coup. The CIA replaces Allende with
Augusto Pinochet, who
will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor
leaders and the political left.
Chile, September 11, 1973: Military Coup, Imposition of
The Other 9/11: A CIA Agent Remembers Chile's
Watergate Scandal - The CIA's main
collaborating newspaper in America, Washington
Post, reports Richard Nixon's crimes long before any other newspaper takes
up the subject. The two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, make almost no
mention of the CIA's many fingerprints all over the scandal. It is later
revealed that Woodward was a Naval intelligence briefer to the White House, and
knows many important intelligence figures, including General Alexander Haig.
His main source, "Deep Throat," is probably one of those.
Richard Nixon fires CIA
Director Richard Helms for failing to help cover up the Watergate scandal.
1974 Operation CHAOS
Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh publishes a reveal about the
domestic surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and
civil rights groups in the
Congress holds hearings on the illegal domestic spying efforts of
James Jesus Angleton, chief of counterintelligence. His efforts included
mail-opening campaigns and secret surveillance of war protesters. Angleton is
Hughes Ryan Act - Congress passes an amendment requiring the
president to report nonintelligence CIA operations to the relevant
congressional committees in a timely fashion.
1975 CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning
Australian government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam. The CIA does this by
giving an ultimatum to its Governor-General, John Kerr. Kerr, a longtime CIA
collaborator, exercises his constitutional right to dissolve the Whitlam
government. The Governor-General is a largely ceremonial position appointed by
the Queen; the Prime Minister is democratically elected. The use of this
archaic and never-used law stuns the nation.
convinces the CIA to back the brutal leader of UNITAS, Jonas Savimbi in Angola.
Angola is a country of little strategic importance and not seriously threatened
by communism. This polarizes Angolan politics and drives his opponents into the
arms of Cuba and the Soviet Union for survival. Congress will cut off funds in
1976, but the CIA is able to run the war off the books until 1984, when funding
is legalized again. This entirely pointless war kills over 300,000 Angolans.
Victor Marchetti and John Marks publish "The CIA and the Cult of
Intelligence" - a whistle-blowing history of CIA crimes and abuses. Marchetti
spent 14 years in the CIA, eventually becoming an executive assistant to the
Deputy Director of Intelligence. Marks spent five years as an intelligence
official in the State Department.
Philip Agee publishes a diary of his
life inside the CIA - "Inside the Company" . Agee has worked in covert
operations in Latin America during the 60s, and details the crimes in which he
Public outrage compels Congress to hold hearings on CIA
crimes. Senator Frank Church heads the Senate investigation ("The Church
Committee"), and Representative Otis Pike heads the House investigation.
(Despite a 98 percent incumbency reelection rate, both Church and Pike are
defeated in the next elections.) The investigations lead to a number of reforms
which prove ineffective, as the Iran/Contra scandal reveals.
Ford creates the US President's Commission on CIA Activities within the
United States, 'The Rockefeller Commission', which attempts to reduce the
damage done by the Church Committee. The commission's namesake,
Rockefeller, is a major CIA figure. Five of the commission's eight members
are also members of the Council on Foreign
White House Altered Rockefeller Commission
1979 CIA fails to predict the fall of
the Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists
who are furious at the CIA's backing of SAVAK, the Shah's bloodthirsty secret
police. In revenge, the Muslims take 52 Americans hostage in the US embassy in
Soviets invade Afghanistan and the CIA immediately begins
supplying arms to any faction willing to fight the occupying Soviets. Such
indiscriminate arming means that when the Soviets leave Afghanistan, civil war
will erupt. Also, fanatical Muslim extremists now possess state-of-the-art
weaponry. One of these is Sheik Abdel Rahman, who will become involved in the
first World Trade Center bombing in New York.
15 Two colonels, Adolfo Arnaldo Majano Ramos and Jaime Abdul
Gutiérrez Avendaño perform a coup d'état with the support
of Guillermo Ungo, Mario Antonio Andino and Román Mayorga Quirós.
This launches a full-fledged civil war that lasts for more than 12
The Myth of the Liberal Coup
The It also included the
deliberate terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment
of child soldiers and other violations of human rights, mostly by the
military. An unknown number of people disappeared during the conflict, and
the UN reports that more than 75,000 were killed.
Anastasios Samoza II, the CIA-backed dictator, falls. The Marxist Sandinistas
take over the government and are initially popular because of their commitment
to land and anti-poverty reform. Samoza
had a murderous and hated personal army called the National Guard. Remnants of
the Guard will become the Contras, who fight a CIA-backed guerilla war against
the Sandinista government throughout the 1980s.
1980 In El Salvador Archbishop of San
Salvador, Oscar Romero, pleads with Jimmy Carter "Christian to Christian" to
stop aiding the military government slaughtering his people. Carter refuses.
March 23 Roberto D'Aubuisson has Oscar Romero,
a liberation theologist, shot dead while saying Mass. El Salvador dissolves
into civil war, with the peasants in the hills fighting against the military
government. The CIA and US Armed Forces supply the government with overwhelming
military and intelligence superiority throughout the Carter and Reagan
CIA-trained death squads roam the countryside
deliberate terrorizing and targeting civilians, inducting child soldiers and
committing atrocities like that of El Mazote in 1982, where they
massacre between 700 and 1000
men, women and children.
UN reports that more than 75,000 were
begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the
Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Freedom Fighter's
Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on
March 30 Attempted
assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr.
John Hinckley, Jr. granted a full-time release
1983 CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource
Exploitation Training Manual which teaches how to torture people. Honduras'
notorious "Battalion 316 then uses these techniques, with the CIA's full
knowledge, on thousands of leftist dissidents. At least 184 are
1984 Last of a series of Boland
Amendments is passed. These amendments have reduced CIA aid to the Contras; the
last one cuts it off completely. However, CIA Director William Casey is already
prepared to "hand off" the operation to Lt. Col. Oliver North, who illegally
continues supplying the Contras through the CIA's informal, secret, and
self-financing network. This includes "humanitarian aid" donated by Adolph
Coors and William Simon, and military aid funded by Iranian arms sales.
1986 Nicaragua shoots
down a C-123 transport plane carrying military supplies to the Contras. The
lone survivor, Eugene Hasenfus, turns out to be a CIA employee, as are the two
dead pilots. The airplane belongs to Southern Air Transport, a CIA front. The
incident makes a mockery of claims
that the CIA is not illegally arming the Contras.
finally captures the media's attention. Congress holds hearings, and several
key figures, including Lt. Col. Oliver North, lie
under oath to protect the intelligence community. CIA Director William Casey
dies of brain cancer before Congress can question him. All reforms enacted by
Congress after this scandal are purely cosmetic.
Jonathan Pollard Spy Case
1989 US invades
Panama to overthrow a dictator on the CIA payroll, General Manuel Noriega, who
has been transporting drugs for them.
"Baby Doc" Duvalier deposed, leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide captures 68
percent of the vote competing against 10 comparatively wealthy candidates.
After eight months in power, the CIA-backed military deposes him and brutalizes
the country. Thousands of Haitian refugees escape the turmoil in barely
seaworthy boats. As popular opinion calls for Aristide's return, the CIA begins
a disinformation campaign painting the courageous priest as mentally unstable.
Saddam Hussein, a creature
of the CIA, invades Kuwait. With US encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in
1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein's forces with
sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing. This cemented
Hussein's power at home, allowing him to crush the many internal rebellions
that erupted from time to time, sometimes with poison gas supplied by the US.
In the years following the
end of the Cold War, the CIA is increasingly used for economic espionage.
This involves stealing the technological secrets of competing foreign companies
and giving them to American ones.
1993 Chaos in
Haiti grows so bad that William Jefferson Clinton has no choice but to depose
the Haitian military dictator, Raoul Cedras, on threat of US invasion. The US
occupiers do not arrest Haiti's military leaders for crimes against humanity,
instead ensure their safety and rich retirements. Aristide is returned to power
only after being forced to accept an agenda favorable to the country's ruling
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History of the CIA
William Joseph ("Wild Bill") Donovan
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rely, is helpless."
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moral and physical means other than orthodox military operations which tend to:
destroy the will and ability of the enemy to resist; deprive him of the support
of his allies and neutrals; increase in our own troops and allies the will to
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