‘Legacy of Ashes, History of the CIA’; by Tim Weiner
1945 – “In a global totalitarian war,” General Donovan believed, “Intelligence must be global and totalitarian.” Donovan and Allen Dulles replaced the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) that Roosevelt had created, with a bigger agency. The OSS had been loyal to the president, but the new CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) would serve the Pentagon. They believed in fighting fire with fire in during the Cold War against Communism. The CIA not only had an army of spies, but “began channeling clandestine political and financial support to Europe’s most ambitious politicians, bosses, publishers, teachers, clergy, and military officers; recruiting promising young men who might someday lead” subservient nations. Many groups around the world got “cash and counsel” from the CIA. “In WW2 the US had allied with communists to fight fascists, but during the Cold War the CIA used fascists to combat communists.”
1950s – CIA creators and commanders “proved unable to control the machine they had set in motion.” Burn-outs and back-blasts were hitting home already. Forrestal was found in the midst of traffic psychotically ranting about communists, and was committed to a psychiatric ward at Bethesda Naval Hospital. During his final hours he was copying a Greek poem ‘Chorus from Ajax’. Forrestal stopped on the word nightingale, after which he fell to his death out the window (16 stories). “Nightingale was the code name of a Ukrainian resistance force Forrestal had authorized to carry out a secret war against Stalin.”
Panama Canal Zone, like Guantanamo, bulldozed jungles to make cinder-block cells dedicated to “torture and brainwashing”, guarded by the Navy. Their other clandestine prisons were in Germany and Japan. Many foreign CIA double agents turned against them. Their “need for a way to own a man’s soul led to the search for mind-control drugs, and secret prisons in which to test them. Dulles, Wisner, and Helms were personally responsible for these endeavors.” They conducted Project Artichoke; testing heroin, amphetamines, pills, LSD, and torture interrogation experiments. Their efforts continued later in Project Ultra. One American unwitting test subject jumped out a window of a NY hotel. Most records were destroyed concerning these programs. The CIA ‘Young Germans’ project of funding and arming aging Hitler Youth created blow-back when they wanted to rebel against West German democracy, and it blew-up into a public scandal.
“The CIA’s speculations about the Soviets were reflections in a funhouse mirror. Stalin never had a master plan for world domination, nor the means to pursue it. He was afraid of war.”
CIA Subversion by Ballot – 2003 covert action-order NSC-5518 from the White House authorized the CIA to use ‘all feasible means’; including payoffs to buy Indonesian voters and politicians, political warfare to win friends and subvert enemies, and para-military force; to keep Indonesia from veering to the Left.
1960s – It was an obvious conspiracy operation carried out by an enemy, to Director Richard Helms and Lyndon Johnson, when they first heard of JFK’s assassination. “I thought it was a conspiracy, and I raised that question.” – said Johnson. “Over the next year, in the name of national security, the CIA hid much of what it knew from the new president, and the commission he created to investigate the killing. Its own internal investigation of the assassination collapsed in confusion and suspicion; casting shadows of doubt that still linger. This account is based on CIA records and the sworn testimony of CIA officers, all declassified between 1998 and 2004.” Regarding the false-flag event which caused the Vietnam War, the NSA was silent about the truth, “destroyed the smoking gun – the (fake) intercept that McNamara had shown the president, and years later admitted it all. As the NSA’s 2005 confession says: The overwhelming body of reports, if used, would have told the story that NO attack had happened. The fake intelligence fit perfectly into the preconceived policy. Congress authorized the Vietnam War.”
2000s – False intelligence was used again in 2001 to uphold another president’s rationale for war, this time presented to the public by the CIA.
‘Secret History of the CIA, Central Intelligence Agency’; by Joseph Trento
The politicians that decided to advocate propaganda for war with the Soviet Union after WW2, are being called heroes of “the greatest generation”, but perhaps we it was really the “CIA generation”. This book points out they were obsessed with fighting the Cold War using secret spy methods. Top secret government operations in the USA means having to lie to a democratic population, using propaganda and illegal activities to promote global domination. The CIA clearly advocated acts of war and war crimes, not only against all foreign countries, but also on Americans to insure obedience.
“The Secret History of the CIA is not about America conquering godless Communism and winning the Cold War. It is more about ambition and betrayal than about patriotic achievement. It is about what happened when an age of fear caused us to turn extraordinary power over to a government agency run by human beings with weaknesses that we all share. It is about careerism, callousness, self-interest, and hubris.” Their careers “produced no real victories and many tragedies.” The CIA “risked the lives of mostly innocent people who were not combatants. Hundreds of thousands of people died in a series of proxy wars and secret operations,” often for insane purposes using unethical methods. The CIA mainly acts on behalf of the president, but sometimes even the commander-in-chief is ignorant of their elite conspiracies.
“Truth, when talking about the CIA, is relative.” – James Angleton, CIA Chief
Yakterina Fursetseva was the powerful soviet that handled Lee Harvey Oswald. Her son-in-law was double agent Igor Kozlov. George Weisz was looking for a KGB mole in the Reagan White House, and when he was killed, it was made to look like suicide. The CIA was giving the country misleading estimates about the military power of the Soviet Union. “We deluded ourselves into believing that intelligence was more meaningful than information. We confused degree of difficulty with the value of the information. The really important information was sitting in front of our noses, because it seemed insignificant. Our problem was that we could not discern what mattered.” – William Corson explaining CIA propaganda revealed in the Princeton Papers.
Trento’s book mostly covers the Cold War. Agents were constantly paranoid that the KGB had moles everywhere, and in some cases they certainly did have double agents. “Today spy wars are conducted in sterile clean rooms by physicists and mathematicians examining pixels and dissecting algorithms.” – James Bamford
‘Devil’s Chessboard, Allen Dulles, CIA, & the Rise of America’s Secret Government’; by David Talbot
Allen Dulles was the first CIA Director. “Dulles was more instep with many Nazi leaders than he was with President Roosevelt. Dulles not only enjoyed a professional and social familiarity with many members of the Third Reich’s elite that predated the war; he shared many of these men’s post-war goals.”
In the 1930s Eduard Schulte was a good German worker and family man, but he was skeptical of the morality of the Nazi party. In order to keep his position with the mining firm, he had been forced to join the Nazi-run German Labor Front. Even his hunting club was state-run. Ironically he fumed when his two boys came home one day in Hitler Youth uniforms. His wife reminded him it was compulsory and he was being hypocritical. He knew the ‘brown poison’ was seeping everywhere.
The Nazi ‘Final Solution’ was meant to remain secret, with most of the death camps located in remote outposts. An IG Farben official inspected the Auschwitz factory, and afterwards was told by a German worker about the terrors at the camp. “Great numbers of the people were being burned in the compound’s crematoria,” he said. The smell of incinerated flesh was everywhere. OSS passed the story on to Allen Dulles. Dulles expressed little interested in Schulte’s story about the Final Solution. Dulles was more interested in using propaganda to sway the German people to ally with the USA.
The Manchurian Candidate, the 1959 best-selling thriller by Richard Condon that was later adapted for screen, dramatized the concept of a flesh-and-blood robot, a man so deeply programmed that he could be brain-washed into a cold-blooded assassin. It was a paranoid fantasy with valid roots in the confusing Korean War debacle. American POWs had admitted to dropping biological weapons on North Korea and China; including anthrax, cholera, plague, and other toxins. When the prisoners returned, the confessions were retracted because they had been brain-washed by Communist interrogators. In response to these exaggerated rumors, the CIA developed their own programs that blended the science-fiction ideas of George Orwell with Philip K. Dick. One of the first of these CIA operations was code named ‘Artichoke’, because it was Dulles’ favorite vegetable. It was the first of many such insanely insidious operations.
Summary of CIA research:
It seems the CIA will sabotage Left or Right Wings of any government, if they think it benefits them or their corporate sponsors, regardless of how peaceful, democratic, or American their enemies may be. “If it’s secret, it’s legal.” – President Nixon said, who constantly conspired to make plans against Left Wing Americans by using our own secret agencies against our own people. The CIA historic trend appears to lean Right Wing, probably because authoritarian military control is part of Right Wing doctrine; whereas Left Wing doctrine advocates humanitarian civil rights. It is not a conspiracy theory, that our government lies to us. Following ‘the money trail’ is always a good start for serious political investigations, as representatives tend to be swayed by funding more than any philosophical theory, because they have bills to pay like anyone else.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
– President Eisenhower 1961
CIA Wikileaks Vault 7: CIA wants to be able control our cars to cause crashes whenever they want. , not just listen in with any of our digital devices for undetectable assassinations” are possible by remote controlling cars.. Knowing is half the battle. An informed public is necessary for democracy, it is not just paranoia to understand our reality and debunk those that want to label everything as ‘conspiracy theory’. To think that secret agencies set up to protect the public would not conduct plans to hurt members of the public, contradicts history and official documents on record.
All we can do as peaceful citizens is to be aware, talk about what needs to happen, vote for candidates that seek to actually create government transparency at the highest levels, and help pass protections that unfund state sponsored terrorism, and fund poor workers as a human right, in the ways that wise humanitarian leaders would.