Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

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Capt. America v. the New World Order: The good, the bad and the ugly sides of Captain America, The Winter Soldier.

It’s big. It’s dumb. Its explosions are one louder. It feels a bit like The Avengers, which is not such a bad thing. The thing about Cap is that he’s an overgrown, science-enhanced Boy Scout. He always wants to do the right thing, no matter the cost. He’s got an innocence that’s sort of dischordant considering all the violence.

The Good

The Winter Soldier film is an allegory about the shadow government, the US deep state, the bowels of intelligence where Nazis were imported after WW2 to go to work supposedly in the service of America and its values. What’s good about this is that it’s true. It happened. Operation Paperclip gets a mention, although not much detail makes it into the final cut of these things.

In the Marvel World we have S.H.I.E.L.D. rather than the intelligence establishment, those alphabet soup agencies. It’s all a bit more super than that.

But the traitors are in our midst. They’re entrenched in power, inside the deep state. They are ruthless Nazis wearing our uniforms, flying our drones, inciting wars in our name. This is the main metaphor that provides Captain America with a foundation to its story. Our real values are not the values of those people, including those real people who appear on our very real televisions. The metaphor works, even if the film heads off the rails into silliness.

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The Winter Soldier character himself, the assassin, is an interesting twist. He’s shooting Russian-made weapons, but he’s no Russian. He’s one of our own, actually Captain America’s boyhood pal, remade, reforged into the evil version of American power projection. He’s the covert assassin beyond the law, unstoppable and responsible for a slew of international crimes. This ties into the theme of the deep state, the Nazi state within the intelligence community that many people would recognize as a reality.

The Bad

Well, physics is of no concern here. Fall off a skyscraper. Whatever. At that point, it doesn’t matter what happens anymore. Nothing is going to alter the trajectory the screenwriters and producers have preordained, because physics is out the window. It sucks the tension and suspense right out of the thing.

The ending, reconciling with Winter Soldier, also fell flat. Cap just gives up, and it’s a blah anti-climax that felt cheap.

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He had a chance to go further with Black Widow as well, but nothing materialized. We had a kiss, a tactical kiss, and nothing more. It was broken wide open to explore Black Widow and Cap more, but the need to blow some more shit up pressured the thing.

The Ugly

Cap, the boy scout, and yet he’s a party to torturing a suspect. He lets Black Widow do it — gutting my view of her. And yet, it’s played for a laugh. Torture is a laughing matter in a movie about a spandex clad guy in red white and blue. Does anyone on the project have any sense? He’s supposed to be the good guy, but more than the good guy, the ultimate expression of lost American values. The torture question is no joke. It’s a felony war crime. Are these people taking their cues from principle, law and American history or from whatever sludge is selling on the other networks?

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The actual plot was a bit of an ugly pretzel, too. Not sure everything added up.

In the end, it’s worth about 3.5 stars for the positive messages concerning deep state covert abominations. We don’t tolerate Nazis and policies of murder. I just wish it would have been a bit more grown up about it.

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Top CIA spy is accused of being a HITMAN for Miami mobsters

Mr Wright claims San Pedro hosted parties for Miami’s rich and famous, lost one of his testicles in a drive-by shooting, tortured guard dogs for fun and imported tens of millions of dollars of cocaine into the United States each year, according to Wired.

Meanwhile, Mr Prado was moonlighting as a killer, according to the journalist who claims investigators with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s organised crime squad suspected him of participating in at least seven murders and one attempted murder.
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“Accused killer: CIA spy Enrique ‘Ricky’ Prado, pictured, has been accused of being an assassin on the pay role of notorious Miami mobsters”

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And dig this, little “land of the free” denizens–

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Of course that’s actually not true, Google. It matches the UK Daily Mail headline story; so what’s going on?

But not one US media outlet is covering the release of this explosive book alleging a criminal CONSPIRACY between the Mafia and the Central Intelligence Agency, one that probably stretches back to the early 60s and the Kennedy assassination. Being Florida, cocaine was mentioned.

We live in Orwellian mindfuck land, surrounded by the grotesquely ignorant. And that’s the way they like it.

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So you thought Pando might be different?

Ted Rall:
Why Are 6000+ Reporters Keeping the Government’s Non-Secret?

Until last week I was working this story for Pando Daily, where I was a staff writer and cartoonist. We intended to publish the name — not to endanger him (which in any case would not have been possible since Langley had yanked him off his post), but to take a stand for adversarial media.

Journalists ought to publish news wherever they find it, whatever it is, damn the consequences. Credible media organizations don’t protect government secrets. They don’t obey spy agencies. Real journalists don’t cooperate with government — any government, any time, for any reason. My editor and I believed that, by demonstrating a little fearlessness, we might inspire other media outfits to grow a pair and stop sucking up to the government.

There is no longer a “we.” Pando fired me over the weekend, along with the investigative journalist David Sirota.

 

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Censorship in Amerika, state secrets and the insicious ways that power keeps them.

 

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Kieran Kelly reminds us:

 I wish people wouldn’t keep characterising Operation Paperclip as being the recruitment of scientists. Klaus Barbie, for example, wasn’t a scientist. He was recruited as a torture and intelligence expert. He was sent by the US to South America where he taught torture, helped engineer a coup, and may have helped track down Che Guevara – presumably using torture. Most scientists were not war criminals and did not need to be smuggled out of Europe.”

 

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“They are trying to stop me and others from telling the world what really happened that day.”
Ali Soufan, FBI Agent

This is about CIA treason on 9/11.

 

 

This is high treason, the highest treason there is.  Watch it.  Watch it again.  Watch it again.  Post it to social networks.

I don’t buy Richard Clarke’s exculpatory explanation.  There is no excuse for allowing 9/11 to happen after numerous warnings tipped off the US, including the Genoa warning of suicide skyjackings against Bush himself.  Richard Clarke says he has a “set of facts” but it’s also a very blinkered set of facts, and he’s not looking elsewhere at all the other evidence.

Gross Ignorance on 9/11

 

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Case of James Risen sets up showdown over reporter rights
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The US fascist war on journalism ramps up.  The empire is now rapidly descending toward totalitarianism and arbitrary use of force against any and all enemies, everywhere, even at the New York Times.

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

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This is must see, and I hope they don’t fuck it up.

 

US support for Syrian terrorists, insurgents, “activists” and whatever the hell you want to label them spans back to 2006/7.  But PBS finally did some investigating, and so that’s something.  Previously the Wall Street Journal exposed a CIA training program in Jordan.  The US supports terrorism with impunity and directs it against its strategic enemies.  This is the favored method of warmaking as it is cheaper with disposable shock troops who aren’t US citizens.

The complete destruction of Syria continues

Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar

…training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

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NYTimes, no less…

U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines

 

President Obama’s senior counterterrorism adviser said the C.I.A. had banned the practice of making “operational use” of vaccination programs, adding that the agency would not seek to “obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs.”

The educators were protesting the C.I.A.’s employment of a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, to set up a hepatitis B vaccination program in Abbottabad

“While political and security agendas may by necessity induce collateral damage, we as a society set boundaries on these damages, and we believe this sham vaccination campaign exceeded those damages,” the educators’ letter said.

Since the C.I.A.’s vaccination program became public, dozens of public health workers in Pakistan have been killed, with militant groups sometimes announcing that the workers had been suspected of being spies.

 

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