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Subject: A Timeline of CIA Atrocities
Big Bad Pariah    3/21/2004 9:02:03 AM
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 CIA justifies these actions as part of its war against communism. But most coups do not involve a communist threat. Unlucky nations are targeted for a wide variety of reasons: not only threats to American business interests abroad, but also liberal or even moderate social reforms, political instability, the unwillingness of a leader to carry out Washington’s dictates, and declarations of neutrality in the Cold War. Indeed, nothing has infuriated CIA Directors quite like a nation’s desire to stay out of the Cold War. The ironic thing about all this intervention is that it frequently fails to achieve American objectives. Often the newly installed dictator grows comfortable with the security apparatus the CIA has built for him. He becomes an expert at running a police state. And because the dictator knows he cannot be overthrown, he becomes independent and defiant of Washington's will. The CIA then finds it cannot overthrow him, because the police and military are under the dictator's control, afraid to cooperate with American spies for fear of torture and execution. The only two options for the U.S at this point are impotence or war. Examples of this "boomerang effect" include the Shah of Iran, General Noriega and Saddam Hussein. The boomerang effect also explains why the CIA has proven highly successful at overthrowing democracies, but a wretched failure at overthrowing dictatorships. The following timeline should confirm that the CIA as we know it should be abolished and replaced by a true information-gathering and analysis organization. The CIA cannot be reformed — it is institutionally and culturally corrupt. 1929 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." 1941 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. 1942 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!" 1943 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. 1945 OSS is abolished — The remaining American information agencies cease covert
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American Kafir    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   3/21/2004 9:16:05 AM
>>It would be interesting to compare a timeline of KGB operations.<< 2004: Your post.
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Marcus    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   3/21/2004 12:24:16 PM
BTW Organisation Gehlen is now known as Bundesnachrichtendienst BND (Federal Intelligence Service)
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Siddar    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   3/21/2004 1:01:35 PM
Two things to say on this. One you give CIA to much credit for controling the world. Second I have to say I suport 90% of what you listed them as doing.
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swami    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   3/21/2004 9:28:59 PM
A list of events is not very convincing. You need evidence to back up your claims. Anyone can add the words "CIA-backed" to any coup that has ever taken place. If one person claims a coup is "CIA-backed", that does not make it true? Has it ever occurred to you that the CIA is a convenient scapegoat that any failed regime can blaim for its problems? And why on earth would the CIA care about "American business interests?" A claim which you give no evidence to support. They got bigger problems to deal with, like national security. And if the CIA is so powerful and so anti-democracy, why on earth do has the number of democratic nations grown so rapidly in the "American century?" Either the CIA is not very effective or it is not hostile to democracy. Which is it? I don't doubt that the CIA has been told by democratically-elected presidents to overthrow a few democratic nations (Iran, Guatamala and Chile), but this does not make them the cause of everything bad that has ever happened!
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swami    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   3/21/2004 10:49:02 PM
I know that evidence will not really convince a zealot like you, but I do believe that in the end the truth shall prevail. Point-by-point response 1929-42 These don't sound like atrocities to me! 1943 I don't consider spying on Fascist Italy to be an atrocity. 1945 The CIA may have been duped, but this is not an atrocity. 1947 This was a good choice by Truman when you consider the human rights record of communist regimes and their hostility to the US. The democratic center in Greece was not strong enough to stand against the communist alone, so we had to choose between the right and left. Keep in mind that Greece has been democratic for decades, so we apparently made the right choice. 1948 Supporting the Christian Democratic party against a Communist party loyal to the Soviet Union is a no brainer. Another good choice. What you fail to mention is that the US supported democratic elections so quickly despite the post-war dislocations. Pro-democracy in action. 1949 How is propogandizing in Soviet-dominated Europe an atrocity? Late 40s How is this is not an atrocity? 1953 At last we come to an atrocity that I with agree with you on, although I would call it a very bad mistake. We were not concerned about nationalization of oil. Afterall we accepted it in all other oil-producing countries without protest. The British were. We were concerned with Soviet troops that had occupied Iran twice and Mossadegh cooperation with the Tudeh party (Communists). I believe that Mossadegh could have been a very valuable ally for us building Iranian democracy and containing the USSR. Eisenhower made a very bad call. 1954 Another very bad cal by Eisenhower. But he didn't care about United Fruit, a small corporation in a nation with a tiny economy. We were actually negotiating the terms of the nationalization. Again Eisenhower was concerned about the threat of communists who were in alliance with Arbenz. My guess is that he would have been overthrown by the army anyway, but the Guatamalan people suffered for this one. 1954-58 Considering the one million person genocide that took place in North Vietnam in the 50s, I should hope that we were trying to overthrow them. And we supported Diem because he was the leader of South Vietnam. What is the matter with that? 1956 How is supporting the Hungarians revolt against tyranny an atrocity? Yes, it is really too bad that we could not have liberated them, but given the Soviets nuclear weapons, Eisenhower made the right choice. 1957-73 I find it hard to believe that the CIA supported a coup every year for 16 years and none of them succeeded. You also fail to mention hundreds of thousands of NVA troops that were in Laos at the time. 1959 How exactly did CIA "help" Duvalier? Woodrow Wilson tried to build democracy in Haiti, and so did Clinton. I suppose you consider that a terrible thing to do. You conveniently ignore how often the United States build democracy overseas. 1961 How is trying to overthrow a dictator (Castro and Trujillo) an atrocity? I can't comment on Ecuador as I don't know about that event. As for Lumumba, you have not been reading the newspapers lately. We now know that the Belgians did it. My guess is that this is not the only time that someone has tried to cover up their own dirty work by blaming the CIA. 1963 Don't know about this one. 1965 Yes, the Suharto coup was very brutal. But you neglect that the communists coup attempt started the whole thing. And based on the genocide that took place in Vietnam, Cambodia, China, North Korea and USSR, Suharto was better. I hate to see the USA have to make choices like that, but it was the right choice. Would a southeast Asian North Korea have been better? 1965 Interesting how the Dominican Republic has been one of the freest Caribbean nations since this this "atrocity." As for Greece and Zaire, what evidence do you have that the CIA fundamentally changed the course of events rather than just went with the winner? 1966 How is that an atrocity? 1967 Evidence about Greece? As for Operation Phoenix, it was actually one of the best means of destroying the VC infrastructure. And it was based on capturing, no assassination, because a captured VC gives up valuable intelligence. It was actually a very humane way to stop extremists from taking over a government. We should have done it sooner. 1968 CIA should not have done this, but spying and atrocities are two different things. And how is capturing a revolutionary trying to create a totalitarian dictatorship that is hostile to the US a bad thing? 1969 Never heard of him. Obviously, the US should not employ torturers. 1970 Lon Nol took power on his own without CIA. You neglect to mention that Sihanouk allowed hundreds of thousands of NVA troops to be in Cambodia. And blaming the US for Communist genocide in Cambodia is ridiculous. I have personally talked to German sympathizers with Hitler who claim that the Holocaust was caused by American bombers. Amazing how le
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swhitebull    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities - swami   3/22/2004 3:46:56 AM
Excellent Fisking of a hatchet-job article. swhitebull
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northernguy    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities..Big Bad Pariah ..   4/19/2004 8:55:37 PM
Big Bad Pariah ..You should know whoever wrote the section below has no understanding of the Westminster model of government. quote 1975 Australia — The CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning 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. endquote The Governor-General did exactly what he was supposed to do when the country became ungovernable due to political paralysis. Find someone who could break the deadlock and then call an election. The people of Australia may have been "shocked" at events but they showed their shock by voting massively to remove the incompetent and radical Whitlam in the subsequent election and replaced him with the very man the Governor-General had picked as the man who not only could end the political impasse but also was most likely to represent the will of the people. The voters confirmed his choice by a huge majority. The Governor-General followed constitutional precedent, got supporting rulings from the Australian Supreme Court and consulted with leaders of all the opposition parties as well as dissident members of the governing party. Immediately after, the voters reaffirmed his judgement. Only a complete idiot would think the C.I.A. had anything to do with any of this. Northernguy
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Worcester    RE:And the intelligence...   4/20/2004 9:24:10 PM
Whatever the merits of covert action the intelligence role was supposed to be primary for an organization created specifically to prevent another Pearl Harbor:- 1956: missed the Hungarian uprising 1963: missed the Cuban missiles until they were in place 1968: missed the invasion of Prague by 7 Sov divisions mobilized deep in Russia and moved to within 5 miles of the border - Deputy DI fired 1973: NSA (not CIA) warned Israel of Yom Kuppur - ELINT the shape of things to come 1980: missed Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - but helped Osama and friends instead 1990: missed fall of Berlin wall - "Soviets still a threat" 1993: missed bombing of World Trade Center; 2/3 rds of "clandestine service" still speak Russian 2001: missed toppling of World Trade Center No doubt the "successes" are so secret we wont be told...yeah, right. All patriotism aside, the CIA intelligence record is VERY poor - certainly on the big issues - and it makes a habit of facing in the wrong direction at the wrong time. Classic bureacratic inertia. Just too unfocused. Changes coming - expect CIA to shrink to its core role of intelligence gathering, covert action to SOCOM; expect FBI to be cut in half - can't run counter intel and counter terrorism with "law enforcement" plodders.
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happyman77    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   4/29/2004 8:58:36 PM
"It would be interesting to compare a timeline of KGB operations." It certainly would, because much of what the CIA has done in the past 60 years has been in response to Soviet actions.....but no one seems to every criticise what was the USSR for it's missdeads...Why is that? Ignorance or Hypocracy?
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Nanheyangrouchuan    RE:A Timeline of CIA Atrocities   5/1/2004 4:20:41 AM
Are we trying to deflect criticsm of the CIA where it is due by pointing the finger somewhere else and saying "look what that guy did"? That still doesn't make our actions any better or worse. If my memory serves, Castro wanted the US as an ally to his government and not the USSR. We snubbed him on ideological grounds. Castro has outlasted 8 presidents and is allied with China. Noriega received his schooling at the School of the Americas. Saddam was supported by not just by the CIA but openly by the US government to oppose the Iranian Clerics who wanted to spread their own revolution. He would've existed without our help but we made him stronger. If we had given the Shah back before the US embassy was overrun, would the "revolution" been more a peaceful regime change? What if we had reached out and helped the Iranians build a new govnerment instead of trying to stuff an unwanted Shah down their throat?
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