Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

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by John Kiriakou, Reader Supported News

Vice News’s Jason Leopoldreported recently that the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) provided “support” to a variety of Hollywood films, like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty; television series like Covert Affairs and Top Chef; documentaries; and even novels like Richard Patterson’s The Devil’s Light. Leopold said that the nature of the support is largely unknown because the CIA did not keep records of all of its meetings. A declassified CIA Inspector General’s report said, “OPA and other CIA employees did not always comply with Agency regulations intended to prevent the release of classified information during their interactions with entertainment industry representatives.”

Therein lies one of the problems with the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood. There’s little-to-no oversight. And when rules and laws are broken, nobody has to pay the piper.

In 2015, Vice reported that aseparate CIA Inspector General’s report found that former Director Leon Panetta “allegedly disclosed classified information” when speaking with Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal, and that Panetta disclosed additional classified information to director Kathryn Bigelow. An even earlier Inspector General’s report detailed “Potential Ethics Violations Involving Film Producers” Bigelow and Boal, and said that CIA officers had accepted gifts from the two, including watches, restaurant meals, and tickets to the movie premiere, all of which went unreported. Presumably, this was in exchange for cooperating on the film.

CIA employees taking gifts from Hollywood producers for apparently giving them, in the case of Zero Dark Thirty, classified briefings on the bin Laden raid and then not reporting the gifts in their ethics filings is bad enough. The CIA director leaking classified information with impunity to the producers is worse. Indeed, it is a direct violation of the Obama administration’s definition of espionage: “Providing national defense information to any person not entitled to receive it.” That definition came directly from the judge in my case, when I was charged with espionage for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program.

But the worst, the most insidious, thing here is that the end result of the CIA’s cooperation with Hollywood and others in the entertainment industry is that it results in the propagandizing of the American people. That was illegal, until recently.

In the 1950s, the CIA initiated “Operation Mockingbird,” a long-term operation whereby the Agency planted articles in the American press. At the height of the program, some 25 major U.S. news outlets willingly published CIA propaganda meant for the American people.

That was outlawed in the immediate aftermath of the Church Committee hearings. Over time, many Americans forgot that the CIA had tried to influence them subversively. Indeed, many in Congress later said that the ban on propagandizing the American people was so that official outlets like the Voice of America and Radio and TV Marti could not be broadcast to Americans.

But that all changed on July 2, 2013, with the passage of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which passed as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The new law allows a wide variety of propaganda meant for Americans. That includes CIA support for Hollywood.

Does this presage a period of television shows like The F.B.I., a series that ran from 1965-1974 and which had each episode personally approved by J. Edgar Hoover? Will Hollywood not be permitted to make movies or series critical of the Agency? Do we want John Brennan to be the guy who decides what we get to see?

Congress must re-implement the Smith-Mundt Act, the original one, and keep the government out of our movie theaters and televisions. Propaganda is a malicious force. It has no business in American society.


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Noam Chomsky is a slippery character.

1. Chomsky just now admits, after five years of mass murder:

“[stopping weapons] to the monstrous ISIS, which has been getting support tacitly through Turkey, through—to the al-Nusra Front, which is hardly different, has just the—the al-Qaeda affiliate, technically broke from it, but actually the al-Qaeda affiliate, which is now planning its own—some sort of emirate, getting arms from our allies, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

2. Previously he was spinning the situation differently.

What changed? Is he reading my pieces? Worried about his loss of credibility and his legacy?

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The CIA’s Inspector General’s office has now engaged in “conspiracy to torture,” a felony war crime. They have deleted the torture investigation report while shielding torturers from prosecution.

Torture Report Disappearance

This is nothing short of fascism. An unaccountable torture state gives its finger to the idea of senate oversight, justice, the basic enforcement of the law, and accountability.

 

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Conspiracy to Breakfast?

Graham v. Chossudovsky

by Joe Giambrone

Professor Michel Chossudovsky (who has published my pieces in the past) has his own unique take on 9/11, one which I believe clouds his judgment. Over at the Global Research site the contentious issue of Senator Bob Graham is front and center, and when it comes to the September 11th attacks that is no small matter.

For over a decade Professor Chossudovsky’s case against Senator Bob Graham was that he was having breakfast with the Pakistani ISI head during the 9/11 attacks. That’s it. That’s the entire case. Not one specific piece of information about what was exchanged, the conversation is unknown. Chossudovsky has speculated and assumed that the Senator must be a traitorous co-conspirator based upon meeting with an intelligence chief of an allied nation, one whom may have been involved in the 9/11 attacks, as if breakfast meant complicity. The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should be expected to meet with foreign intelligence officials as part of his oversight duties. There is nothing out of the ordinary about that, as we do not have any idea whatsoever what was discussed. It’s a completely speculative denunciation.

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Numbers of Surveillance Cameras Continue to Rise

 

I’ve been writing about creeping FASCISM since the mid-90s. It was very clear back then that each incident, WTC’93, Waco, OKC Bombing, led to more draconian and unaccountable federal power grabs. This is the Strategy of Tension. It is in the government’s favor that attacks sometimes succeed. Everyone in power knows this while the people are propagandized to death. The people have swallowed their orders, their paradigm, their willful ignorance. Gleefully they behave like sheep. The sheeple metaphor will never die, as it is so spot-on accurate.

Don’t say nobody warned you…

NSA and CIA Double Their Warrantless Searches on Americans in Two Years

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FROM 2013 TO 2015, the NSA and CIA doubled the number of warrantless searches they conducted for Americans’ data in a massive NSA database ostensibly collected for foreign intelligence purposes, according to a new intelligence community transparency report.

This is just what they admit to.

Edward Snowden showed private contractors could do their own surveillance of Americans with no oversight.

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KRISTEN BREITWEISER goes for the throat.

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Uproar Over the 28 Pages: The Saudi/CIA Connection?

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