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Must-read Douglas Valentine interview on CIA criminality.

The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime

 

Donohue was a typical first-generation CIA officer. He’d studied Comparative Religion at Columbia and understood symbolic transformation. He was a product and practitioner of Cook County politics who joined the CIA after World War Two when he perceived the Cold War as “a growth industry.” He had been the CIA’s station chief in the Philippines at the end of his career and, when I spoke to him, he was in business with a former Filipino Defense Minister. He was putting his contacts to good use, which is par for the course. It’s how corruption works for senior bureaucrats.

Donohue said the CIA doesn’t do anything unless it meets two criteria. The first criterion is “intelligence potential.” The program must benefit the CIA; maybe it tells them how to overthrow a government, or how to blackmail an official, or where a report is hidden, or how to get an agent across a border. The term “intelligence potential” means it has some use for the CIA. The second criterion is that it can be denied. If they can’t find a way to structure the program or operation so they can deny it, they won’t do it. Plausible denial can be as simple as providing an officer or asset with military cover. Then the CIA can say, “The army did it.”

Plausible denial is all about language. During Senate hearings into CIA assassination plots against Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders, the CIA’s erstwhile deputy director of operations Richard Bissell defined „plausible denial“ as “the use of circumlocution and euphemism in discussions where precise definitions would expose covert actions and bring them to an end.”

So as to 9/11, the CIA claims there were problems with “intelligence sharing.” That is the euphemism they use for hiding multiple Al Qaeda terrorists inside the US from arrest and the exposure of the plot. The circumlocution is passed onto gullible lackeys in the meida, like Ben Norton at Alternet, who faithfully call this deliberate hiding of hijackers “incompteence.” Like a Mighty Wurlitzer, the CIA plays gullible media lackeys to sing their tune and make their crimes go away–even Treason.

 

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The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia

By David William Pear

When the U.S.A. wanted a regime change it used to be done in secret by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), especially when that country had a democratically elected government such as Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), Chile (1973), Nicaragua (1980’s), Haiti (2006), Honduras (2009), Ukraine (2014) and Syria, where the bloody project is still raging, the body count mounting, and millions of refuges are homeless.

In the last few decades the U.S. has grown bolder in its regime change projects. What used to be done secretly is now unabashedly done in plain sight. The 2017 Venezuela regime change project has gone public. Most of the U.S. public cannot see the forest for the trees of propaganda that has the public confused about what is behind the chaos in Venezuela today. Mostly what is behind it is U.S. funding millions of dollars to the political parties of the oligarchs. Without that money the opposition political parties would be more divided than they already are and weaker.

The mainstream media spreads the propaganda that President Nicolas Maduro is a dictator. That Maduro is repressive and killing his own people of peaceful demonstrators. That the Venezuelan Supreme Court judges are his cronies and exceeded their constitutional powers. That the Constituent Referendum called by Maduro was illegal. That the elections have been a fraud. That the opposition are patriots who are demanding democracy. That Maduro has singlehandedly destroyed Venezuela’s economy. That the press and television media is censored by Maduro. That the reason President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Venezuela is because it is a national security threat to the U.S. That President Trump has imposed additional sanction because he is upset about democracy, freedom and the rule of law in Venezuela.

None of the above is true. Yet the main stream media keeps repeating it: New York Times , Washington Post , Guardian , Fox News , CNBC , and CNN . Members of Congress keep repeating these lies, a word I rarely use. Not since the mainstream media was a co-conspirator for the Bush-Cheney administration’s illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 has the mainstream media fallen so low and been so guilty of collusion to spread false propaganda supporting illegal U.S. foreign policy aggression. Anyone who still has illusions that the U.S. mainstream media is free and independent should be dispelled of that belief by what it is misinforming us about Venezuela today.

The co-opting of the mainstream media is not new. Here is a New York Times editorial the day after Hugo Chavez was kidnapped by a military coup government that was installed in 2002:

UPRISING IN VENEZUELA: THE GOVERNMENT; VENEZUELA’S CHIEF FORCED TO RESIGN; CIVILIAN INSTALLED

By JUAN FORERO APRIL 13, 2002

A transitional government headed by a leading businessman replaced President Hugo Chavez today, hours after military officers forced him to resign. It was a sudden end to the turbulent three-year reign of a mercurial strongman elected on promises to distance his country from the United States while uprooting Venezuela’s old social order—

Pedro Carmona Estanga, the head of Venezuela’s most important business association, was installed as interim president at a ceremony at 6 p.m. He promised that the new government would adhere to ”a pluralistic vision, democratic, civil and ensuring the implementation of the law, the state of law.”

Elections will be held within a year, officials said.

The Bush administration laid the blame for Mr. Chavez’s overthrow firmly with the ousted leader. Officials portrayed the ouster as a victory for democracy

The next day the New York Times was forced by circumstances to reverse itself, kind of a non-retraction retraction. Notice that the “prominent businessman”, Pedro Carmona Estanga is not quite so “prominent” after he “dismantled the National Assembly, fired the ministers of the Supreme Court, repealed the constitution, arrested high-level members of the Chavez government and sent others into hiding. He sounds more like the kind of right-wing fascist that the U.S. prefers to be in charge. And exactly who was it that “installed” him as the interim president, the New York Times does not say. It sure made Bush happy thought. Neither the Times nor the U.S. react the way democracy lovers would be expected to after a military coup d’état. How is that a victory for democracy?

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Pentagon secretly tested chemical weapons on US troops. Vets demand to know the cost

Uncle Sam loves you.

The tests, known as Project 112 and SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) involved some 6,000 military personnel between 1962 and 1974, the Vietnam War era. Most served in the Navy and Army. The purpose was to identify any weaknesses to U.S. ships and troops and develop a response plan for a chemical attack.

The tests involved nerve agents like Sarin and Vx, and bacteria such as E. Coli. Sarin and Vx are both lethal. According to DOD documents, death can occur within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to a fatal dose of Vx.

“Our requests for declassification of additional documents were not approved.”

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1. No, it’s not “clearly we all want a positive relationship with Russia.

Sorry, Bernie, that seems like a Trumpian level LIE. To say such a thing with a straight face is troubling, to say the least. Obama brought us to the brink of Armageddon last year. And Democrats said absolutely nothing about it. Further, Obama destabilized Ukraine, Victoria Nuland bragging about $5Bn spent subverting Ukrainian democracy. A violent foreign-sponsored coup tore Ukraine in half, under Obama, and where were you?

We remain at a hair-trigger alert for nuclear annihilation, Bernie. And this Russiagate shit directly increases hostilities between the two nations. Directly. And you just lied about it.

2. And then you lie about Syria, as if Assad is the sole perpetrator of violence! He is defending his country from armies–LARGE WELL-ARMED ARMIES–of the most despicable, psychotic terrorists on the planet! They are foreign-sponsored, armed, funded, trained. And the US CIA has been instrumental since 2011, despite being on the same side as AL QAEDA!

Bernie Sanders is a menace.

3. “No longer a debate about that issue?” (Russiagate)

Yet we’ve seen zero credible evidence to date. And even Clapper said there was no collusion. Feinstein too!

Sanders is the sandman. He’s here to impeach Trump, even if he has to lie at the same egregious levels as his target.

4. So Sanders will also investigate ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA, TURKEY, QATAR and other foreign powers who influence US elections?

Or it’s just Russia that makes it a “serious crime.”

Funny, we never heard about the extensive election shenanigans from those nations. This is figuratively and literally “Trumped up.”

5. Then Sanders continues with the demonization: “revealing sensitive information” about a “nation with policies that are at odds with our own…”

What does that mean, Bernie, in English, without the spin?

The Russians are ACTUALLY fighting AGAINST ISIS. The US, not so much. The US only fights ISIS in Iraq, but not inside Syria. In fact we bombed Syrian army units and helped ISIS, at least twice. Once in October of 2016 and then Trump’s big Tomahawk stunt helped ISIS.

6. Sanders tells the Pollyanna bullshit about “intelligence sharing” as if these intelligence agencies weren’t in-fact HELPING ISIS and AL QAEDA in the shadows because they can get away with it. Hey Bernie, why do they have all those weapons? You’re disingenuous.

Even your Vice President spilled the beans and was quickly told to shut up. The shutting up part is as important as what Biden revealed:

“[Erdogan…the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc.]…poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad, except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

7. Talking out of both sides of his ass, Sanders tells us how information sharing about terrorists is a good thing, and yet information sharing about terrorists with the Russians–who are actually killing terrorists in Syria–is by default a bad thing. Russia is not allowed to be an ally or to help in any way, according to Bernie Sanders, the CIA, and the foreign policy establishment. That’s what’s really going on here.

8. Except where was that Special Prosecutor for Obama’s support to Al Qaeda? Bush’s Treasonous cover-up of 9/11? CIA drug running, since forever? Obama’s destruction of Libya, Ukraine and Syria?

You’re very selective Bernie, in which crimes you decide to go after and which you do not. Very, very selective. It’s blatant hypocrisy.

PS

A little reality check for Bernie Sanders:

Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

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WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’

The 8,761 documents published by WikiLeaks focus mainly on techniques for hacking and surveillance

This is not really new, except for the specifics. Backdoor security holes have plagued corporate America since forever.

This is why I’m not interested in the slightest in the much touted “Internet of Things.” They will be able to infiltrate every aspect of your life. They are already in your cars, which have the same types of vulnerabilities.

“The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In ‘Fake Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert CIA server.”

More:

CIA’s UMBRAGE Allows Agency To Carry Out ‘False Flag’ Cyber Attacks

 

85% of world’s smart phones ‘weaponized’ by CIA
The majority of the world’s smartphones have been “weaponized,” according to WikiLeaks, which revealed in its latest leak that the CIA went to extreme measures to utilize the Android OS for spying.

Google’s Android operating system, used in 85 percent of the world’s smart phones, including Samsung and Sony, was found to have 24 ‘zero days’ – the code name used by the CIA to identify and exploit vulnerabilities…

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The Country Does Not Need a CIA

One of those real issues is that the CIA has consistently lied to the American people for many, many years. Why would Trump conclude that Brennan was spouting fake news? Well, in the past 15 years, the CIA said that it was not torturing its prisoners. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not created an archipelago of secret prisons where it was holding hundreds of people, including innocent civilians. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not created and used a dungeon torture center called the “Salt Pit” in Afghanistan. That was a lie. The CIA said that it was not sending prisoners to third world countries to undergo torture with a wink and a nod from the CIA’s leadership. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not hacked into computers belonging to investigators of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence while they were writing the definitive report on the CIA torture program. That was a lie.

I won’t even get into CIA protestations that it hasn’t overthrown governments, influenced elections, committed assassinations, or otherwise mucked up U.S. foreign policy since the late 1940s.