We Were Not Alone.
We Were Not Alone.
Maybe I should make something clear: not ALL COPs were as we. The original British COPs were a force dreamed up by Winston Churchill early in WWII. In his wisdom, he saw a need for specially trained personnel to operate covertly. They carried out tasks against the enemy clandestinely, in an effort to gain intelligence, and to carry out sabotage behind enemy lines. Those men were brave, and did a good job. President Truman saw the value of them, and started his own COPs. (Brits initially trained the USA version). We were a much smaller, and very unofficial Unit that few ever had any inkling of. We carried out the shit jobs no legitimate body could.
We were highly trained specialists in bomb-making, booby-trapping, gaining illegal entry, information-gathering, escape techniques, survival, communications - and the art of killing. At times, we did carry out 'blowjobs'. That is what we were trained for. Each had his or her reason for being a COP. (Initially, mine was a - possibly misguided - sense of patriotism). Later, it was my ingrained hate of others abusing authority. We laid our life on the line every time we went on a jaunt. We were a law unto ourselves - and we were expendable.
Sure, so we killed a few in the course of our work: It was our job. However, compared to some other organisations, our jaunts could be classed as 'altruistic necessities.' They could always be reasonably justified. Every jaunt was an operation with the good of the country, and the normal citizens at heart.
This 'Good of the Country, and normal citizens' justification was not - nor is so - with organisations of many other countries. In their cases, it was, and is, the interests of the few that are considered. Wholesale murder is committed by those organisations for purely political reasons, or at the behest of Religious Leaders, or to appease their Big Business Paymasters.
When you read of my jaunts, think of me as an evil bastard if you will. However, do not feel all sanctimonious yourself. YOU vote into power, and support the REALLY evil bastards! No country is guilt-free. I have no need to break any Official Secrets Acts to give you instances. This knowledge is now available in the public domain. If we take just one country as an example - the USA - just the tip of the iceberg of atrocities committed against its own children, and adults, and those of others around, can be accessed under their 'Freedom of Information Act'. Below I list just a few of their CIA exploits to have you ponder:
Almost invariably, the CIA set in motion actions in the USA or overseas in the interests of their paymasters - 'Big Business Interests'. They use any, or all of the numerous overt, and covert facilities at their disposal. It may be to test out toxic substances, chemicals, or biological substances on US soldiers, small US communities, or children. It may be to overthrow a foreign Government hostile to US paymasters. It may be to assassinate a President seen as a threat to their paymasters.
Mostly, the CIA makes a cock-up of what they do. Because of CIA actions, they have overtly or secretly carried out over the years, the American citizen is hated throughout the world.
As far back as 1942, Roosevelt created the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), and stuck a guy called Donovan in charge. The OSS members consisted of 'The Rich and Powerful'.
In 1943: Donovan recruited the Pope, with the Vatican being used as the centre for spy operations in Italy. The end of 1945 ostensibly saw the OSS abolished. Its members were dispersed within other Intelligence organisations. Mostly, one organisation hadn't a clue what the others were doing.
Whilst one group was rounding up NAZI war criminals, a sister group (CIA) was helping the same criminals to escape to live as free citizens! One of those was Hitler's super spy Reinhardt Gehlen. Other NAZI war criminals were baled out of prison camps by the CIA, and paid millions of dollars to spy on Russia. Another given immunity was one of the chief 'Jew massacresses' - SS Intelligence Officer Emil Augsburg. Her mate 'Alfred Six' - another SS IO Holocaust Jew killer - got immunity too. They saved Eichman's mate, Otto Von Bolschwing, who masterminded the holocaust, and 'The Butcher of Lyon', Klaus Barbie!
That lot actually, in effect, replaced the OSS in supplying the US with intelligence on Russia during the 'Cold War'. Up to the CIA proper, coming into being, that rogue lot of NAZI murderers almost got the USA to start WWIII in 1948, by feeding the Yanks a load of 'bull' and false intelligence. They claimed Russia was about to make a pre-emptive nuclear strike against America.
Whilst this was going on, President Truman sent troops to back corrupt Greek Leaders who were murdering their own citizens. He also created the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and National Security Council (NSC). It is the NSC Charter, which gives the CIA carte blanche to do what the fuck they like - and they have done so. That particular clause reads: " …and to perform such other functions and duties, as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.” - They immediately set up their COPs and other covert units, and their 'DIRTY TRICKS' department.
1948 saw the creation of the CIA Covert Action Wing. Euphemistically, it was called the "Office of Policy Coordination”. Its secret charter reads:
"Responsibilities include propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, 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."
1948 saw the CIA in Italy - interfering in democratic elections. The CIA spent vast amounts of US citizen's tax money in buying votes, beating up opposition leaders, broadcasting propaganda, and infiltrating organizations to disrupt their work.
1949 saw the CIA create Radio Free Europe. The propaganda and shit which that radio station broadcast was so obviously false that it was not allowed to be heard in the USA, and no copies of its material could be published in the USA.
1950 - By this time, the CIA had recruited most of the American News organisations (Check "Operation MOCKINGBIRD"), and journalists as spies, and propaganda pushers. Among the media assets the CIA controls are ABC, Associated Press, CBS, Copley News Service, Hearst Newspapers, NBC, Time, Newsweek, United Press International, Reuters, and Scripps-Howard. In fact, the CIA's actually admit to having over two dozen media organizations.
1953 - saw the CIA overthrow the democratically elected Iranian - Mohammed Mossadegh. The CIA replaced him with a dictator, the Shah of Iran. (His secret police, "SAVAK" was at least as brutal as the German Gestapo.
1953 also saw the CIA begin in earnestness their experiments on mind control. They started feeding LSD and other drugs to the Americans without their knowledge. This caused many to commit suicide. The Rockefeller and Ford foundations funded much of the research. It included research in brainwashing, hypnosis, propaganda, advertising, and autosuggestion. (Operation MK-ULTRA)
1954 - saw the CIA in Guatemala, overthrowing the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz. He was replaced by a succession of dictators (all supported by the CIA) who to date have been responsible for the murder of well over 100,000 innocent Guatemalans.
In the next four years, the CIA attempted repeatedly to overthrow the government of North Vietnam. They also had a go at installing a puppet regime in South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. Eventually, the CIA interference caused the infamous Vietnam War.
1956 saw the CIA in the Hungary cock-up. Using Radio Free Europe, they incited the Hungarian uprising against Russian rule. They promised Hungary USA backing - then chickened out - it resulted in a Soviet invasion, which killed 30,000 Hungarians, and several thousand Russians.
1957 saw the start of CIA interference in LAOS. The CIA organised six unsuccessful coups. Each time the Pathet Lao defeated them. The CIA organised an army of Asian mercenaries to attack the Pathet Lao. After the CIA's army was almost wiped out, the USA started bombing LAOS. In fact, they dumped more bombs on LAOS than they dropped during the whole of WWII. About one in three Laotians ended up as refugees, mostly living in caves.
1959 - This was the year the CIA decided to help the murderous "Papa Doc" Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. With CIA backing, he created his private police force, "Tonton Macoutes”. They terrorized the population, killing at will, and accounted for well over 100,000 Haitians whilst the Duvaliers held power.
1961 - was the year of "The Bay of Pigs "- The CIA sent 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Cuba. However, it proved another CIA cock-up. As more recently in IRAQ, the CIA expected the peasants to revolt against Castro - they never did. Again - as in Iraq when tens of thousands of southern Iraqis lost their lives - the promised American air strikes never arrived.
Ecuador - The CIA backed a coup to kick out the democratically elected President Jose Velasco. They installed the Vice President Carlos Arosemana in his place, and another CIA man filled the vacant deputy job.
In the Dominican Republic - The CIA assassinated Rafael Trujillo. They had supported the swine for years, but when Trujillo's own business grew so large it threatened that owned by the CIA paymasters, the CIA had to give him the chop.
In the Congo - now Zaire - The CIA assassinated the democratically elected Pat Lumumba to stick their guy in. Four years of turmoil and death later, they were still trying.
1963 - sees the CIA back in the Dominican Republic - They overthrew the democratically elected Juan Bosch, and stuck in a murderous right-wing military Junta.
The same year they were back in Ecuador - A CIA-backed military coup overthrew the guy they had stuck in a couple of years earlier -President Arosemana. The CIA decided he had gotten too big for his boots. A military junta took over, First thing they did was cancel the 1964 elections. Human rights ceased to exist there.
1964 - and it was time for the CIA to have a go at Brazil - A CIA-backed military coup overthrew the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta the CIA replaced it with reigned for the next twenty years as the most bloodthirsty one in history. CIA backed General Castelo Branco created Latin America's first death squads, who hunted down "communists" for torture, interrogation, and murder. The "communists" were no more than Branco's political opponents. The CIA trained those death squads.
1965 - The CIA move farther afield, to Indonesia. They overthrew the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup. (The CIA has been trying to eliminate Sukarno for eight years). They tried everything from attempting assassination to sexual bribery. His only crime was staying neutral in the Cold War. The CIA backed General Suharto, succeeded him. That mothafucker massacred around a million Indonesians accused of being "communist”. The CIA supplied him with the names of thousands of suspects they wanted rid of.
In the Dominican Republic - the locals wanted to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country's elected leader. The CIA organised the landing of USA Marines to uphold the military regime by force. In Greece, the CIA forced out Prime Minister George Papandreou, as he failed to support U.S. interests in Greece.
In addition, they went back to the Congo (Zaire) - The CIA-backed military coup installed Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator. That bastard spent his time repressing the masses, and milking the country of billions of dollars.
1966 - Is when the shit flew for the CIA. It became known that the "National Students' Association" is a CIA front. Students are recruited through bribery, blackmail, and even draft deferments. The radical magazine Ramparts revealed the CIA has paid the University of Michigan $25 million dollars to hire "professors" to train South Vietnamese students in covert police methods. Ramparts also revealed that other universities, including MIT, have received similar payments.
1967 - Back to Greece - A CIA-backed military coup overthrew the government two days before the elections. The favourite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the "reign of the colonels" - backed by the CIA - ushered in the widespread use of torture, and murder against political opponents. The US attitude was made clear when the Greek ambassador objected to President Johnson's plan for settling a dispute concerning Cyprus, LBJ told him, "Fuck your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If these two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked by the elephant's trunk, whacked good.... If your prime minister gives me talk about democracy, parliament and constitutions, he, his parliament and his constitution may not last very long."
Under Operation PHEONIX - The CIA helped 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, President Johnson dramatically boosted the effort. CIA agents went undercover as student radicals to spy on, and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War. They were searching for Russian instigators, which they never found. CHAOS was spying on over 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations at the time.
Meanwhile, in Bolivia - A CIA-organized military operation captured the legendary guerrilla Che Guevara. The CIA wanted to keep him alive for interrogation, but the Bolivian government executed him to prevent worldwide calls for clemency.
1969 - and it was Uruguay - The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrived in Uruguay. The country was torn with political strife. Where right-wing forces had only used torture as a last resort, Mitrione insisted torture should be a routine and widespread practice. "The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect”, was his motto. The torture techniques he taught his death squads to use rivalled that of the Gestapo. He became so feared that it backfired on him: Revolutionaries kidnapped and murdered him.
1970 saw CIA in Cambodia - They overthrew Prince Sahounek He was highly popular among Cambodians, as he kept them out of the Vietnam War. The CIA puppet Lon Nol replaced him. He immediately threw his Cambodian troops into the battle. That unpopular action resulted in the dreaded Khmer Rouge, taking power. In 1975 alone, they massacre millions of their own Cambodians.
1971 - It was Bolivia - and after five years of CIA interference, which created political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrew President Juan Torres. (In the next two years, dictator Hugo Banzer will have over 2,000 political opponents arrested without trial, then tortured, raped and executed.) In Haiti - "Papa Doc" Duvalier died, leaving his 19-year old son "Baby Doc" Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continued his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA.
1972 - with Congress voting to cut off CIA funds for its covert Cambodian war, we have the Watergate break-in - President Nixon sent burglars to wiretap the Democratic offices at Watergate. The team members all had CIA histories; they worked for CREEP (Committee to Re-elect the President). That lot of COPs did dirty crap to disrupt the Democratic campaigns. Another job was laundering Nixon's unlawful Republican campaign contributions. CREEP was organized and funded by the Mullen Company - one of the many CIA fronts.
1973 - On to Chile - The CIA overthrew, and then assassinated Salvador Allende. He was Latin America's first democratically elected socialist leader. ITT offered the CIA $1,000,000 for a coup! The CIA replaced Allende with Augusto Pinochet, who tortured and murdered thousands of Chileans, concentrating on labour leaders and members of the political left.
1974 - After 'Watergate' surfacing, President Nixon fired the CIA Director Richard Helms for failing to do a good cover up on the Watergate scandal. The Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh published a story about Operation CHAOS, (surveillance, and infiltration of anti-war and civil rights groups in the USA. The story sparked national outrage. With CHAOS exposed, Congress held hearings on the illegal spying by James Jesus Angleton, (CIA's chief of counterintelligence). He was guilty of organising mail-opening campaigns and secret surveillance of war protesters. He got kicked out.
Perhaps the biggest laugh of 1974 was when The House of Representatives cleared the CIA of any complicity in Nixon's Watergate break-in!!!
1975 - On to Australia - The CIA interfered to get rid of the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam. The CIA did that by giving an ultimatum to its Governor-General, John Kerr. (Kerr was a CIA collaborator). The CIA instructed him to exercise his constitutional right to dissolve the Whitlam government. (The Governor-General is really just a ceremonial position appointed by the Queen; whereas the Prime Minister is democratically elected.) When Kerr used an obscure, archaic law to do this, the Aussie population was dumfounded.
At the same time in Angola - having been whipped in Vietnam - Henry Kissinger started a CIA-backed war in Angola. The CIA backed the brutal leader of UNITAS - Jonas Savimbi. Congress actually cut off funds to Angola in 1976, but the CIA continued support by fiddling the books to run the war. They did so for ten years - until funding was legalized again in 1984. This 'Kissinger-CIA' fruitless war killed over 300,000 Angolans!
At this time, John Marks and Victor Marchetti published a book on the CIA and its crimes: "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence”. (Marchetti was an executive assistant to the Deputy Director of Intelligence.) He had spent 14 years in the CIA. Marks, was a State Department intelligence official. Another guy - Philip Agee - published a diary of his time in the CIA: "Inside the Company" - among other things it covers his covert operations in Latin America; giving details of crimes he took part in.
Eventually, under pressure from the public, Congress investigated a few CIA crimes. Frank Church headed the investigation - "The Church Committee”. Otis Pike headed the House investigation. (The CIA ensured Church and Pike were both defeated in the following elections.) Their investigations led to several reforms to increase the CIA's accountability to Congress, including creation of a standing Senate committee on intelligence.
They were a waste of time. The CIA soon showed that Congress had sod all control over them, and the CIA could ignore Congress at will. (The IRAN/CONTRA cock-up soon proved that.)
To limit the damage done by the 'Church Committee', President Ford created the 'Rockefeller Commission.' Its purpose was to whitewash CIA history, and introduce much more lenient CIA reforms. (The commission consisted of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller - A senior CIA guy! - and five of the eight members were from the 'Council on Foreign Relations' - a CIA-controlled organization.
1979 - saw the fall of the CIA puppet - the Shah of Iran. The Muslim fundamentalists were pissed off at the long-time CIA's backing of the Shah and SAVAK - his murderous secret police. They took revenge by taking 52 Americans hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
In Afghanistan - CIA interference caused the Soviets to move in there. The CIA immediately started supplying arms to anybody willing to fight the Soviets - AL QUEDA included. The Soviets left Afghanistan, and we know the result: civil war. (And the fanatical Muslim extremists had state-of-the-art weaponry provided by the CIA.) One of those - Sheik Abdel Rahman, instigated the NY World Trade Centre bombing.
In El Salvador - the CIA-backed oppressive right-wing government was kicked out. However, the CIA forced the new government to include many of the ousted officials in key positions. The old lot soon took over again, and returned to repression and mass murder.
On to Nicaragua - the CIA-backed dictator - Anastasias Samoza II - got ousted. The Marxist Sandinistas took over government, and were popular because of their anti-poverty reform. However, Samoza's murderous and hated personal army - the 'National Guard' became the CONTRAS. The CIA backed them in a guerrilla war against the Sandinista government right through 1980s.
1980 - Back to El Salvador - Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, begged President Carter - as one Christian to another Christian, to stop the CIA helping government to slaughter his people. Carter told him in effect to 'get knotted'. (Shortly afterwards, Archbishop Romero got shot through the heart whilst saying Mass!!!) That caused civil war - the peasants in the hills fighting against the military. The CIA and USA Armed Forces provided the government with massive military and intelligence support. CIA-trained death squads roamed the countryside, committing atrocities. (As they did later - El Mazote1982 - where they massacred around 1000 men, women, and children.) In the following ten years, these CIA-trained death squads massacred an estimated 63,000 Salvadorans.
1981 - saw the CIA Iran/Contra scandal - The CIA sold arms to Iran illegally, at high prices, to pay to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. President Reagan vowed, "The Sandinistas will be pressured until they say 'uncle.'" The CIA provided the "Freedom Fighter's Manual" to the terrorist Contras. It includes instructions on extortion, bribery, economic sabotage, propaganda, blackmail, interrogation, torture, political assassination, and plain murder. (Islam extremists use it against the USA now).
1983 - Generous to a fault - the CIA then provided the Honduran military officers with the "Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual”. That instructs how to torture people. Honduras' notorious "Battalion 316" then used the techniques on thousands of leftist dissidents, murdering up to 200 of them.
1984 - Under the Boland Amendments, CIA aid to the Contras reduced, and then was cut off. That did not mean shit to the CIA: they merely handed the operation to Colonel Oliver North, who illegally continued supplying the Contras through the CIA's secret, self-financing network. That included military aid funded by illegal Iranian arms sales, and "humanitarian aid" donated by Adolph Coors and William Simon.
1986 - saw Nicaragua shoot down a C-123 transport plane carrying military supplies to the Contras. (The only survivor - Eugene Hasenfus - was a CIA employee, as were both dead pilots.) The plane belonged to CIA-controlled 'Southern Air Transport'. (So much for President Reagan's claims that "The CIA is not illegally arming the Contras.
Congress held hearings on the Iran/Contra Scandal - and several key figures, including Oliver North lied under oath to protect the intelligence community. The few reforms put in place by Congress following the scandal were in name only - to appease the public.
In Haiti - the CIA puppet "Baby Doc" Duvalier was in trouble. The USA flew him to the South of France to retire in comfort on his murderous, ill-gotten gains. The CIA then rigged the new elections in an attempt to get a right-wing military ruler. The CIA tried to strengthen the military bid by creating the 'National Intelligence Service' (SIN), which suppressed popular revolt through torture and assassination. That murder, torture, and violence dragged on for the next four years.
1989 - Shit hit the fan in Panama - The U.S. invaded Panama to kick out the dictator they stuck in there - General Manuel Noriega. Noriega was on the CIA's payroll from 1966. He had been transporting drugs with the CIA's full knowledge since 1972. However, he'd stopped 'playing ball' so Washington decided he had to go.
1990 - Back to Haiti - a leftist priest - Jean-Bertrand Aristide captured 68 percent of the vote. The CIA were stunned, so arranged a military coup. The CIA-backed military dictators brutalized the country. Thousands of Haitian refugees escaped by sea. Many drowned in un-seaworthy boats. As the remaining population called for Aristide to be returned to power, the CIA set in motion a disinformation campaign. Among other lies disseminated was one declaring him mentally unstable.
1991 - saw the fall of the Soviet Union. This took the CIA by surprise. Their primary task had been keeping tabs on events in the 'Cold War'. Unfortunately - for them - they had been too busy throwing money and resources around interfering, and controlling other governments around the world. They failed to predict the most important event! With the Soviet Union no longer a threat, the CIA no longer had a reason for existence: It had come into existence to combat Russian communism. It made no difference to the CIA; they soon found another reason to be funded - Economic Espionage:
1992 - From here on the USA government use the CIA primarily for economic espionage - stealing technological secrets off competing foreign companies and giving them to American ones. With the CIA's given preference for dirty tricks - over and above information gathering - you can judge for yourselves the serious criminal behaviours this has resulted in.
1993 - Back to Haiti - The shit flying in Haiti against the CIA-installed Raoul Cedras was so bad that President Clinton was forced to remove the Haitian military dictator. He went under threat of USA invasion. The USA incumbents - far from arresting the Haiti's military leaders for crimes against humanity - ensured their safety in rich retirement. Aristide was returned to power by the USA, but only after agreeing to look after the ruling classes: At the expense of the normal citizens.
If we move up to the twenty-first century then all I need say is "Iraq…" you know – or can guess – at the CIA involvement there. Also, with the widespread use of the worldwide web, just a few instances have come to light of how even basic troops behave like animals at times. Also, of how their bosses attempt to cover for them, or cover their own assholes. When I look back at what I did, everything had a purpose. Gratuous violence
It is fine for the West to call for Middle East, African, and Asian countries to alter their view of human rights – some need to do so. HOWEVER, there is a saying that “Charity begins at home”. Well so do most other things, and to condemn others whilst being the main violators of human rights themselves (albeit covertly), is the height of hypocracy.
When President Clinton commented on the 50th anniversary of the CIA, he stated: "By necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage." The man was WRONG - Americans, and the world are becoming more aware of this 'courage' daily. The CIA has no truck with defenders of democracy, human rights, or free speech. Their paymasters require the CIA to put down any popular, legitimate government. (The people must be subdued, if big business is to continue thriving.) Overthrowing democratically elected governments, and sticking in murderous dictators has been the CIA trademark for years. The truth is coming out as the power of the Internet spreads.
… Some Americans really believe that America is good and charitable - and cannot understand why most of the world hates the USA!
However, do not get smug if you are NOT a Yank: Your OWN country's COPs are doing as much as they can for their rich and powerful too. Wherever you are, it is a case of "He who pays the Piper calls the tune."
My conscience is clear, because my activities were always in opposition to those that sought to keep the ordinary citizen subdued.