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Respected 20 year Middle Eastern reporter and Associated Press, BBC and NPR correspondent Dale Gavrak was told by Syrian rebels that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident in Ghouta.


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Just A Few Unmanageable Steps From Syria To World War III

You can start a war, but it does not end until the other side says it does.

President Obama is delusional. He is advised by three dangerously incompetent National Security advisers: Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes. He actually said at the G-20 Summit that he wanted No Boots on the Ground but did want a manageable but limited response. He has also said he does not need approval from the Congress, the UN and NATO. His spokesmen mentioned the need to degrade Syrian forces. This is insane.

We all know that Obama is the paymaster for the Al Qaeda forces that killed more than 40,000 unarmed black people in Libya after Qaddafi was hunted down. And these are the people who have been repeatedly caught by the UN and Turkish authorities possessing and using sarin gas and other chemicals against civilians. They have destroyed Christian churches and gouged out the eyes of priests. They have beheaded Christians and Muslims. They have even posted cannibalism videos. Obama wants to degrade Syrian forces so these men can get hold of President Assad’s arsenal. These same Al Qaeda mercenaries Obama has been aiding have said they want to shoot down US and European passenger jets. Great Job Team Obama.

There is no public approval for war either in Great Britain or the United States. Calls to the Congress are running around 500 to 1 against. There is an idea floating around that House Democrat and Republican leaders who support the war will deny the members a chance to say No by refusing a vote as Hollande is doing in France. That will not work in America. All of these spineless creatures are up for re-election in 2014.

The Israelis launched a missile Tuesday morning which they afterwards claimed was a test. Russia’s only notification came when they picked it up on their radar. Tests are supposed to be announced in advance even in peaceful times. But when Russian, American and Syrian forces are on heightened states of alert because of threatened missile attacks, it is criminally irresponsible to not tell everyone in advance that a test rocket will be fired at 9:15 on Tuesday. It could well have been an Israeli attempt to start a war. Since Tuesday Russia has added more ships and more Speznat Marines. China has announced they will send ships. The photo of the missile launching tubes on that Chinese ship was impressive. Looked good enough to take out the entire US Mediterranean fleet all by itself if they fired first.

Israel obviously did 911. That was a declaration of war against the American people. They are that brazen. The Israelis killed President Kennedy and got away with it. There is a serious possibility that Israel could do another 911 but on a grander scale with even more dead Americans. However, I would advise them against that as  long as the Internet is up and running because we can decipher their lies in minutes.

I hope this is the last time I have to write about a war scenario in the Mideast.

Let’s look at what will happen if Obama tries a few manageable missile strikes. That Russian S-300 anti-missile system could do well in the initial stages of an attack from ship launched cruise missiles which are very slow moving. That’s why I think the military will tell Obama to use the B-1 and B-2 bombers that have  been temporarily stationed at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. These bombers can fire 80 500 pound guided bombs each. The problem is that they are slow and will be seen taking off from Diego Garcia. This will give Iran, Syria, Russia, China and Hezbollah plenty of time to prepare as it is a 5,912 km (3,674 mile) journey to Damascus. A long way for planes traveling at the speed of sound.

The Iranian parliament has said they will shut down the Straits of Hormuz if attacked. If I were them, I would issue a statement that either the planes will be recalled or the Straits will be closed. This will push the price of oil up and the stock markets down.

The Suez canal could also be shut down. Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military support the Syrians against the US.

The Syrians could scramble a few jets and attack the incoming B-1 and B-2 bombers. Russia has the ability to detect stealth planes. Russian and American commanders on the ground and in the Mediterranean have been talking to each other. Syrian forces could threaten a limited barrage of missiles to be launched if the US forces in the region fire at the jets sent up to defend their people  from attack. Their response would be limited to taking out those batteries that actually fired missiles. So far we are just talking about a limited engagement, the spiking of oil prices and a stock market sell off.

If Obama does not walk away, the Syrians could threaten to sink one of the US ships in the Mediterranean. At this point, the Straits of Hormuz are closed and the Suez canal is being threatened by mobs which the military will try to control by announcing they have decided to shut the canal. The next step is up to Obama. After the first US ship is sunk, he will have his last manageable opportunity to disengage. If he does not, the remaining steps will be sudden and deadly.

This gentlemanly restrained response could cease within minutes if Obama does not back down. After that it is Game On.

Hezbollah is the wild card. They depend on Iran and Syria for funding and weapons. Hezbollah defeated the Israelis in 2006 using a smaller force without air power but armed with missiles and utilizing a network of  tunnels. Hezbollah has expanded into Syria. Syria created a National Defense Force, a militia. Hezbollah has many men trained by the NDF. The Israelis said many of these men in Syria are NDF supporters armed with missiles capable of hitting Israel. Before the NDF Hezbollah was said by Israeli sources to have between 50,000 and 60,000 rockets. Their allies have limited them to Short Range Ballistic Missiles. Israel responded to Hezbollah’s armaments by moving their Air Force out of range. Most of Hezbollah’s rockets are primitive but they will take out Israel’s anti-missile shield and allow the other 100,000 plus rockets from Syria and Iran to strike Israel.

Hezbollah does have guided missiles with 992 pound (450 Kg) warheads. They have enough of those to take out Greater Tel Aviv. Hezbollah has used drones to survey targets. Their leader Hassan Nasrallah has said their drone survey has given them the ability to take out Israel’s electrical grid for 6 months.

Syria has mach 3 speed Russian made N-26 anti-ship missiles capable of sinking the US Mediterranean fleet from the fast boats they acquired from Iran.

Iran has Russian made anti-ship missiles. But they also have Iranian Noor and Qader anti-ship missiles. The latter are probably far superior to the Russian SS-N-22 Sunburn which was designed to sink American aircraft carriers. These anti-ship missiles will be fired simultaneously from hundreds of fast boats, from the shore and from helicopters and small planes and from many different directions. These missiles were designed to be too fast for US defenses. Iran also has drones capable of firing 4 missiles with 25 pound warheads. I would fire these from closer ranges at US ship radars.

Iran has rocket artillery with ranges of 65, 92 and 130 miles (100, 150 and 210 km). This rocket artillery includes the Zelzal-2 meaning “Earthquake”. It has a 600 kg (1,323 lb) warhead. Just how many direct hits from 1,332 pound warheads are American sailors expected to absorb? The US Mediterranean and Persian Gulf fleets will be sunk in minutes.

The Iranians have lots of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles with 1,600  pound (725 Kgs) conventional and fuel air explosives warheads. These will be fired at all 35 US bases in the region. In 5 minutes all major bases in Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States will cease to exist. 40,000 Iranians armed with automatic weapons and missiles will invade Iraq and hunt down American soldiers. Another 40,000 Iranians will enter Afghanistan with the same mission. The latter will be joined by tens of thousands of Pakistanis armed with automatic weapons. They will be seeking revenge for the killing of their kin by US drones. They will take no prisoners.

After about ten minutes of Game On, Israel will have no military bases and no missile shield. They will have no electricity. They will be in the dark absorbing 150,000 incoming missiles. 42% of all Israeli Jews live in the 538 square miles of metropolitan Tel Aviv. Another 10% live in Haifa. 2000 missiles with 1,000 pound fuel air explosive warheads could destroy the homes and businesses of most Israelis. The Iranians and the Syrians could also take out that leaky nuclear reactor at Dimona using multiple 1,000 pound conventional warheads.

Israel’s only option at that point would be to fire 400 Hydrogen bombs at Muslim nations everywhere with Syria, Lebanon and Iran being the targets of immediate concern. Pakistan would retaliate by firing 200 Hydrogen bombs at India, Diego Garcia, Israel and possibly the US. India would retaliate by firing lots of H bombs at Pakistan.

You will notice this is a minimal response scenario. I did not mention those Russian and Chinese ships firing at the  American Navy. I did not mention the Russian Iskander SRBM missiles ( mach 5.5 to 6.5) being fired from Syria at American targets in Turkey and Jordan. Nor did I mention a nuclear warfare scenario involving Russia, China and the US.

And then there is the imponderable of the Samson option. Israel has publicly announced several times that if they are militarily defeated they would fire nuclear missiles from their six submarines at targets in Europe and Russia. The Israelis would love to vaporize modern Rome because the Romans had to deal with Jewish insanity in 70 AD. I think they would strike at American cities especially those known to be inhabited by the Christians they detest. They must really hate Christians because the Jews killed 60,000,000 of them when they took over in the Soviet era.

In any event the radiation released from a minimal scenario is sufficient when combined with Fukushima to eventually kill 98% of the population of the northern Hemisphere.

Please use the above information to persuade people that their days are numbered  if we do not say No to insanity. US political leaders from both political parties will destroy America if we do not stop them.

America will soon be bankrupt and incapable of being Israel’s bully. Keep your eye on the US ten year Treasury Bond interest rate. It was 1.5% but has just passed 3%. The dollar will crash before that rate hits 4%. I have said many times that between 3 and 4 million Americans died from starvation in the Great Depression from 1929 to 1939. I expect at least 10 million to die in this next Depression which could start as early as November or December. That is assuming we do not have systematic and scientific Debt Cancellation as the Babylonians told us to do some 40 centuries ago.

I sincerely hope this is the last time I ever have to write about a Mideast war.

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Bigger than Watergate’: US ‘regular’ meetings with Al-Qaeda’s leader; documented White House ‘false flag terrorism’ moving people ‘like sheep’; the father of Twin Towers victim tell us why he backs this month’s 9/11 campaign on Times Square and around the world; & the protests calendar for September.

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Amash Amendment On NSA Data Collection: House Roll Call Vote

— The 217-205 roll call Wednesday by which the House rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records.

A “yes” vote was a vote to halt the NSA program; a “no” vote was a vote to allow the program to continue.

Voting yes were 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans.

Voting no were 83 Democrats and 134 Republicans.

X denotes those not voting.

There is one vacancy in the 435-member House.

ALABAMA

Democrats – Sewell, N.

Republicans – Aderholt, N; Bachus, Y; Bonner, N; Brooks, N; Roby, N; Rogers, N.

ALASKA

Republicans – Young, Y.

ARIZONA

Democrats – Barber, N; Grijalva, Y; Kirkpatrick, N; Pastor, Y; Sinema, N.

Republicans – Franks, N; Gosar, Y; Salmon, Y; Schweikert, Y.

ARKANSAS

Republicans – Cotton, N; Crawford, N; Griffin, Y; Womack, N.

CALIFORNIA

Democrats – Bass, Y; Becerra, Y; Bera, N; Brownley, N; Capps, Y; Cardenas, Y; Chu, Y; Costa, N; Davis, N; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Garamendi, Y; Hahn, Y; Honda, Y; Huffman, Y; Lee, Y; Lofgren, Y; Lowenthal, Y; Matsui, Y; McNerney, N; Miller, George, Y; Napolitano, Y; Negrete McLeod, X; Pelosi, N; Peters, N; Roybal-Allard, Y; Ruiz, N; Sanchez, Linda T., Y; Sanchez, Loretta, Y; Schiff, Y; Sherman, Y; Speier, Y; Swalwell, Y; Takano, Y; Thompson, N; Vargas, N; Waters, Y; Waxman, Y.

Republicans – Calvert, N; Campbell, X; Cook, N; Denham, N; Hunter, N; Issa, N; LaMalfa, Y; McCarthy, N; McClintock, Y; McKeon, N; Miller, Gary, Y; Nunes, N; Rohrabacher, Y; Royce, N; Valadao, N.

COLORADO

Democrats – DeGette, Y; Perlmutter, Y; Polis, Y.

Republicans – Coffman, Y; Gardner, Y; Lamborn, Y; Tipton, Y.

CONNECTICUT

Democrats – Courtney, Y; DeLauro, Y; Esty, N; Himes, N; Larson, Y.

DELAWARE

Democrats – Carney, N.

FLORIDA

Democrats – Brown, N; Castor, N; Deutch, Y; Frankel, N; Garcia, N; Grayson, Y; Hastings, Y; Murphy, N; Wasserman Schultz, N; Wilson, N.

Republicans – Bilirakis, N; Buchanan, Y; Crenshaw, N; DeSantis, Y; Diaz-Balart, N; Mica, Y; Miller, N; Nugent, Y; Posey, Y; Radel, Y; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, N; Ross, Y; Southerland, Y; Webster, N; Yoho, Y; Young, N.

GEORGIA

Democrats – Barrow, N; Bishop, N; Johnson, N; Lewis, Y; Scott, David, N.

Republicans – Broun, Y; Collins, N; Gingrey, N; Graves, Y; Kingston, Y; Price, Y; Scott, Austin, N; Westmoreland, N; Woodall, N.

HAWAII

Democrats – Gabbard, Y; Hanabusa, N.

IDAHO

Republicans – Labrador, Y; Simpson, N.

ILLINOIS

Democrats – Bustos, X; Davis, Danny, Y; Duckworth, N; Enyart, N; Foster, N; Gutierrez, N; Kelly, N; Lipinski, N; Quigley, N; Rush, Y; Schakowsky, N; Schneider, N.

Republicans – Davis, Rodney, Y; Hultgren, Y; Kinzinger, N; Roskam, N; Schock, X; Shimkus, N.

INDIANA

Democrats – Carson, Y; Visclosky, N.

Republicans – Brooks, N; Bucshon, N; Messer, N; Rokita, X; Stutzman, N; Walorski, N; Young, N.

IOWA

Democrats – Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.

Republicans – King, N; Latham, N.

KANSAS

Republicans – Huelskamp, Y; Jenkins, Y; Pompeo, N; Yoder, Y.

KENTUCKY

Democrats – Yarmuth, Y.

Republicans – Barr, N; Guthrie, N; Massie, Y; Rogers, N; Whitfield, N.

LOUISIANA

Democrats – Richmond, Y.

Republicans – Alexander, N; Boustany, N; Cassidy, Y; Fleming, Y; Scalise, Y.

MAINE

Democrats – Michaud, Y; Pingree, Y.

MARYLAND

Democrats – Cummings, Y; Delaney, N; Edwards, Y; Hoyer, N; Ruppersberger, N; Sarbanes, Y; Van Hollen, N.

Republicans – Harris, Y.

MASSACHUSETTS

Democrats – Capuano, Y; Keating, Y; Kennedy, N; Lynch, Y; McGovern, Y; Neal, Y; Tierney, Y; Tsongas, Y.

MICHIGAN

Democrats – Conyers, Y; Dingell, Y; Kildee, Y; Levin, N; Peters, N.

Republicans – Amash, Y; Benishek, N; Bentivolio, Y; Camp, N; Huizenga, Y; Miller, N; Rogers, N; Upton, N; Walberg, N.

MINNESOTA

Democrats – Ellison, Y; McCollum, Y; Nolan, Y; Peterson, N; Walz, Y.

Republicans – Bachmann, N; Kline, N; Paulsen, N.

MISSISSIPPI

Democrats – Thompson, Y.

Republicans – Harper, N; Nunnelee, N; Palazzo, N.

MISSOURI

Democrats – Clay, Y; Cleaver, Y.

Republicans – Graves, N; Hartzler, N; Long, N; Luetkemeyer, N; Smith, Y; Wagner, N.

MONTANA

Republicans – Daines, Y.

NEBRASKA

Republicans – Fortenberry, N; Smith, N; Terry, N.

NEVADA

Democrats – Horsford, X; Titus, N.

Republicans – Amodei, Y; Heck, N.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Democrats – Kuster, N; Shea-Porter, Y.

NEW JERSEY

Democrats – Andrews, N; Holt, Y; Pallone, X; Pascrell, Y; Payne, N; Sires, N.

Republicans – Frelinghuysen, N; Garrett, Y; Lance, N; LoBiondo, N; Runyan, N; Smith, Y.

NEW MEXICO

Democrats – Lujan Grisham, Y; Lujan, Ben Ray, Y.

Republicans – Pearce, Y.

NEW YORK

Democrats – Bishop, N; Clarke, Y; Crowley, Y; Engel, N; Higgins, N; Israel, N; Jeffries, Y; Lowey, N; Maffei, Y; Maloney, Carolyn, Y; Maloney, Sean, N; McCarthy, X; Meeks, N; Meng, N; Nadler, Y; Owens, Y; Rangel, Y; Serrano, Y; Slaughter, N; Tonko, Y; Velazquez, Y.

Republicans – Collins, N; Gibson, Y; Grimm, N; Hanna, N; King, N; Reed, N.

NORTH CAROLINA

Democrats – Butterfield, N; McIntyre, N; Price, N; Watt, Y.

Republicans – Coble, X; Ellmers, N; Foxx, N; Holding, N; Hudson, N; Jones, Y; McHenry, Y; Meadows, Y; Pittenger, N.

NORTH DAKOTA

Republicans – Cramer, Y.

OHIO

Democrats – Beatty, X; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, N; Ryan, N.

Republicans – Boehner, N; Chabot, Y; Gibbs, N; Johnson, Y; Jordan, Y; Joyce, N; Latta, N; Renacci, N; Stivers, N; Tiberi, N; Turner, N; Wenstrup, N.

OKLAHOMA

Republicans – Bridenstine, Y; Cole, N; Lankford, N; Lucas, N; Mullin, Y.

OREGON

Democrats – Blumenauer, Y; Bonamici, Y; DeFazio, Y; Schrader, Y.

Republicans – Walden, N.

PENNSYLVANIA

Democrats – Brady, Y; Cartwright, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Schwartz, N.

Republicans – Barletta, X; Dent, N; Fitzpatrick, Y; Gerlach, N; Kelly, N; Marino, N; Meehan, N; Murphy, N; Perry, Y; Pitts, N; Rothfus, Y; Shuster, N; Thompson, Y.

RHODE ISLAND

Democrats – Cicilline, Y; Langevin, N.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Democrats – Clyburn, Y.

Republicans – Duncan, Y; Gowdy, Y; Mulvaney, Y; Rice, Y; Sanford, Y; Wilson, Y.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Republicans – Noem, N.

TENNESSEE

Democrats – Cohen, Y; Cooper, N.

Republicans – Black, Y; Blackburn, Y; DesJarlais, Y; Duncan, Y; Fincher, Y; Fleischmann, Y; Roe, Y.

TEXAS

Democrats – Castro, N; Cuellar, N; Doggett, Y; Gallego, N; Green, Al, N; Green, Gene, Y; Hinojosa, N; Jackson Lee, N; Johnson, E. B., N; O’Rourke, Y; Veasey, N; Vela, Y.

Republicans – Barton, Y; Brady, N; Burgess, Y; Carter, N; Conaway, N; Culberson, N; Farenthold, Y; Flores, N; Gohmert, Y; Granger, N; Hall, Y; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, Y; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Olson, N; Poe, Y; Sessions, N; Smith, N; Stockman, Y; Thornberry, N; Weber, Y; Williams, Y.

UTAH

Democrats – Matheson, N.

Republicans – Bishop, Y; Chaffetz, Y; Stewart, Y.

VERMONT

Democrats – Welch, Y.

VIRGINIA

Democrats – Connolly, Y; Moran, Y; Scott, Y.

Republicans – Cantor, N; Forbes, N; Goodlatte, N; Griffith, Y; Hurt, N; Rigell, N; Wittman, N; Wolf, N.

WASHINGTON

Democrats – DelBene, Y; Heck, N; Kilmer, N; Larsen, N; McDermott, Y; Smith, N.

Republicans – Hastings, N; Herrera Beutler, X; McMorris Rodgers, Y; Reichert, N.

WEST VIRGINIA

Democrats – Rahall, Y.

Republicans – Capito, N; McKinley, N.

WISCONSIN

Democrats – Kind, N; Moore, Y; Pocan, Y.

Republicans – Duffy, Y; Petri, Y; Ribble, Y; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, Y.

WYOMING

Republicans – Lummis, Y.

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The real state of the world economy is dire

We are now back to the “green shoots” era of false hope and total misunderstanding of the real state of the world economy. There are minor tidbits of good news that combined with manipulated and seasonally adjusted economic figures are giving politicians worldwide reason for spreading their optimistic gospel of recovery that has nothing to do with reality.

A world based on debt

How can a world with $250 trillion of debt and over $1 quadrillion of worthless derivatives ever recover? Of course it can’t, especially since this is a world that is supported by legs of worthless printed paper money – legs that are just getting longer and more unstable by the day as trillions are added to the debt every year.

Wherever we turn Europe, USA, Japan and many other nations, the situation is totally beyond repair. But as I have said in recent interviews and articles, it is not just beyond repair but we are likely to be at the end of a major economic cycle that started at the end of the Dark Ages. I wrote about this already back in 2009 in my article The Dark Years Are Here” . Major economic cycles take a long time to develop and if we are now at the beginning of a major downturn in the world economy, people living today will only experience the very beginning of the downturn. But sadly the beginning will be a major and very unpleasant upheaval that virtually nobody will escape.

We have had a century of false prosperity based on printed money and credit. In the last 100 years we have seen the creation of the Fed in the US (a central bank owned, created and controlled by private bankers) combined with fractional reserve banking (allowing banks to leverage 10 to 50 times), exploding government debt and a derivatives market of $1.4+ quadrillion. These are the principal reasons why the world economy has expanded in the last century and particularly in the last 40 years. These four extremely shaky legs, Central bank printing, Bank leverage, Government borrowing and Derivatives manufacturing have created a world of delusional wealth and illusory prosperity. Also, there is a total absence of moral and ethical values. We are in the final stages of an era of extreme decadence, an era that sadly cannot and will not have a happy ending.

Europe a hopeless case

But still, governments and the media are continuing to feed us with good news which bears no resemblance to the real state of the world economy. In Europe the Mediterranean countries are expanding their debt at exponential rates. Government debt to GDP of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece is ranging from 100% to 180%. There are futile attempt at austerity but this only leads to lower growth and higher debts. There is sadly no way out for these countries whose population is suffering terribly. The best solution would be to leave the EU and the Euro, renege on the debts and devalue currencies. But the Eurocrats are unlikely to accept this and would rather add more debt and print more money, making the situation even worse.

US debt will sink the world

The situation in the US is no better. There is hardly one economic figure being published that has anything to do with reality. Real unemployment is 23% and not 7% as published. GDP using real inflation figures has been declining for years, and real wages have declined for 40 years. The perceived increase in living standards has only been achieved with a massive increase in debt. US government debt was $1 trillion in 1980, $8 trillion in 2006 when Bernanke became Chairman of the Fed and is now $17 trillion and growing by at least one trillion a year. So Bernanke has managed to create $9 trillion of debt during his brief 7 years as Chairman of the Fed. It took 230 years from 1776 to 2006 for the US to reach $8 trillion and Bernanke has beaten that in 7 years. An astonishing achievement.  And this debt excludes unfunded government liabilities of around $220 trillion. Who in their right mind can believe that the US can get out of this hole!

Yes the US and the rest of the world will print unlimited amounts of money. But printed money is printed worthless pieces of paper and has nothing to do with wealth creation. The worldwide printing will just add to the already unsustainable debt worldwide and not create one penny of added prosperity. Instead we are likely to see a hyperinflationary depression in many countries.

For the privileged few that have financial assets to protect, physical gold stored outside the banking system is likely to be the best way to preserve wealth and purchasing power.

Egon von Greyerz

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Roving correspondent and frequent guest Pepe Escobar of Asia Times Online joins us once again to discuss the geopolitical machinations behind the latest developments in Syria. We discuss the possibility of an Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline and how the regional players react to such a proposal, and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia’s role in the current conflict.

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War Propaganda: As With Iraq, U.S. Media Disseminates Lies and Fabrications on Syria’s WMDs

A headline in the New York Times (September 7, 2013) stated as fact that “With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas”.  The lead paragraph asserted that “Syria’s top leaders amassed one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons with help from the Soviet Union and Iran, as well as Western European suppliers and even a handful of American companies, according to American diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records.”

But as with its propagandistic reporting about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the run-up to the Iraq war, the Times provided no evidence to support its claim, and an examination of publicly available documents the Times cited for this story illustrates how the newspaper is demonstrably lying.

  After asserting as fact that the documents show that Syria “amassed one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons”, the Times stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, “were greatly helped in their chemical weapons ambitions by a basic underlying fact: often innocuous, legally exportable materials are also the precursors to manufacturing deadly chemical weapons.”

 To support its claim that “innocuous, legally exportable materials” were used by Syria to manufacture chemical weapons, the Times cited a 2009 State Department cable released by WikiLeaks in 2010. The cable, the Times stated, “instructed diplomats to ‘emphasize that failure to halt the flow’ of chemicals and equipment into Syria, Iran and North Korea could render irrelevant a group of antiproliferation countries that organized to stop that flow.”

But on its face, this only indicates that Syria imported materials considered “dual-use”, meaning that it could have both civilian and military applications. It does not constitute evidence that Syria actually used such “chemicals and equipment” to manufacture chemical weapons.

The cable states that “Syria, Iran and North Korea have continued to acquire goods useful to their chemical and/or biological weapons programs”, but offers no evidence that dual-use materials it acquired were used for that purpose.

The Times report continued: “Another leaked State Department cable on the Syrians asserted that ‘part of their modus operandi is to hide procurement under the guise of legitimate pharmaceutical or other transactions.’”

Once again, no evidence from the cable is offered that materials that admittedly have “legitimate pharmaceutical” uses were actually used to manufacture chemical weapons.

The sentence just prior to the one quoted by the Times in the cable stated, “We remain extremely concerned that Iran and Syria are using companies in the UAE to evade U.S. trade prohibitions as well as the export control regulations of other countries to acquire chemical and biological warfare (CBW)-useful equipment and technology.”

The cable itself, however, reveals that there was no knowledge that such materials were actually directed towards any military program. The State Department, it noted, did “not have additional information” that materials that could be “useful” for manufacturing chemical or biological weapons were actually used for that purpose.

The Times nevertheless continued to falsely assert that “The diplomatic cables and other intelligence documents show that, over time, the two generations of Assads built up a huge stockpile by creating companies with the appearance of legitimacy, importing chemicals that had many legitimate uses”.

As already illustrated, the claim that the cables released by WikiLeaks “show” that Syria “built up a huge stockpile” of chemical weapons is an outright lie.

The Times then turned to one of the “intelligence documents” it cited as proof, stating that “As early as 1991, under the first Bush presidency, a now declassified National Intelligence Estimate concluded that ‘both Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union provided the chemical agents, delivery systems and training that flowed to Syria.’”

But that quote does not date to a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) from 1991, but rather from 30 years ago. The NIE from which it originated, titled “Implications of Soviet Use of Chemical and Toxin Weapons for U.S. Security Interests”, was issued on September 15, 1983 and stated that Syria “probably has the most advanced chemical warfare capability in the Arab world, with the possible exception of Egypt” (p. 11).

What was deemed “probably” true three decades ago may or may not be true today, and it is useful to point out that the U.S. has backed the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, who took power in 1981, with billions in military “aid”. Egypt has been second only to Israel as the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, which provided for this money to flow from the American taxpayers to the regime in Egypt.

By 1983, it had also become evident that Iraq was using chemical weapons in its war with Iran, but the U.S. nevertheless removed the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism in order to step up support for its war effort. In December of that year, President Ronald Reagan dispatched Donald Rumsfeld, who was later Secretary of Defense under the Bush administration, for a second time to Iraq to reassure Saddam Hussein that the U.S. would continue to back him despite his use of chemical weapons.

The 1983 NIE also noted that with its foreign suppliers, “there is no need for Syria to develop an indigenous capability to produce CW agents or material, and none has been identified.” The purpose of that Cold War-era NIE was to build the case that the Soviet Union was violating the 1975 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.

The rest of the Times article similarly provided no substantiation for the headline’s claim. It cited again “precursor ingredients that can also be used for medicine”, with no supporting evidence that such ingredients were used for anything other than civilian applications.

Perhaps the most egregious example of manipulation with the attempt to deceive the public came towards the end of the article, where the Times quoted from a March 2006 State Department cable: “‘Syrian businessmen regularly report on the ease with which their fellow businessmen illegally import U.S. commodities with seeming impunity, as well as express concerns that the USG’s [United States Government’s] lack of enforcement of the economic sanctions’ are ‘hurting those that choose to play by the rules.’”

“Those transactions presumably included chemicals that could be precursors for chemical warfare”, the Times added.

Yet the “commodities” described in that cable were mostly related to legitimate civilian uses—particularly for use in hospitals.

The cable relayed the “constant refrain heard from the business community” in Syria that U.S. sanctions were “ineffective” and did not impact the Syrian government, “but rather are most directly impacting legitimate business transactions.”

Among the “commodities” mentioned are “x-ray tubes, personal computers, defibrillators, and consumable supplies”.

“One source told us”, the cable states, providing an example of how sanctions are bypassed, “that he can easily purchase U.S. commodities, specifically medical spare parts, from the Internet and have them shipped to Syria through a third country.”

The cable does note that some of the materials imported are “dual-use”; for example, “a Varian linear accelerator” tendered for a military hospital—a devise used for the treatment of cancer.

Other items mentioned include “two MRI systems, at least one of which would be used by a military hospital in Aleppo.”

The cable discusses how the U.S. sanctions regime harms businesses seeking to import such items legally because their competitors are able to do so at a lower cost by obtaining them through other channels. It cites one example where a “competitor was able to offer the products at a substantially cheaper price because he did not invest the necessary time and money into pursuing an export license.”

In another example of a “dual-use” item, the cable mentions the importation of “a consumable product, potassium cyanide, shipped to a public pediatric hospital in October 2003.” The cable states that the regulatory agency intended to verify the end use of imported materials “was unable to verify that it had been used legitimately”—which is also to say that neither was there any evidence that the potassium cyanide was redirected for the purpose of manufacturing chemical weapons.

The cable adds that the supplier in this case also sold potassium cyanide “to other end-users not permitted in his export license”, with no further indication as to who the end users were or for what purpose it was acquired.

And once again, contrary to the Times’ willful lie that cables such as this one prove Syria manufactured and stockpiled chemical weapons, the cable itself implicitly acknowledges the lack of evidence for this claim, noting that the a “trained” team of “criminal investigators” in the Bureau of Industry and Security, operating under the U.S. Department of Commerce, “have not traveled to Syria to assess whether the end-use of allowable commodities is legitimate, evaluate whether commodities have been diverted to other end-users, or collect evidence of potential sanctions violations.”

The cable closes by urging that the investigative team be dispatched to “follow-up on some of the anectodal evidence that we have received” of sanctions violations.

“The Americans were not the only ones concerned”, the Times report continued. “According to another leaked cable, the Netherlands discussed how monoethylene glycol, an important raw material used to manufacture urethane and antifreeze, was shipped by a Dutch concern to the Syrian Ministry of Industry, considered a front for the Syrian military. The Dutch outlined how the chemical could also be used as a precursor for sulfur mustard, and possibly for VX and sarin.”

Yet again we see how the Times took a cable merely noting that Syria had acquired “dual-use” materials that could possibly be used to manufacture sarin gas, the chemical weapon the U.S. is alleging that the Assad regime used in a Damascus suburb last month as a pretext to launch military strikes against Syria, and dishonestly reported this in its headline and lead paragraph as proof that this was indeed the end use of the material.

This is the same kind of propagandistic reporting that the Times engaged in prior to the U.S. war on Iraq. Once again, it is evident that America’s “newspaper of record” is serving as a mouthpiece for the U.S. government, not only uncritically parroting claims of government officials for which there is no evidence, but going out of its way to propagate its own deliberate lies in such a way as to manufacture consent for U.S. foreign policy.

Jeremy R. Hammond is an independent political analyst and recipient of the Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. He is the founder and editor of Foreign Policy Journal and can also be found on the web at JeremyRHammond.com.  He is the author of Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian economics in the financial crisis and The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict. His forthcoming book is on the contemporary U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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A Timeline of CIA Atrocities

The following article was initially published in 1997. It is in part based on the work of William Blum. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, 1995 (GR Ed. M. Ch.)

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 actions and return to harmless information gathering and analysis.

Operation PAPERCLIP – While other American agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the U.S. intelligence community is smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets. The most important of these is Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s master spy who had built up an intelligence network in the Soviet Union. With full U.S. blessing, he creates the “Gehlen Organization,” a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in Russia.

These include SS intelligence officers Alfred Six and Emil Augsburg (who massacred Jews in the Holocaust), Klaus Barbie (the “Butcher of Lyon”), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked with Eichmann) and SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny (a personal friend of Hitler’s). The Gehlen Organization supplies the U.S. with its only intelligence on the Soviet Union for the next ten years, serving as a bridge between the abolishment of the OSS and the creation of the CIA. However, much of the “intelligence” the former Nazis provide is bogus. Gehlen inflates Soviet military capabilities at a time when Russia is still rebuilding its devastated society, in order to inflate his own importance to the Americans (who might otherwise punish him). In 1948, Gehlen almost convinces the Americans that war is imminent, and the West should make a preemptive strike. In the 50s he produces a fictitious “missile gap.” To make matters worse, the Russians have thoroughly penetrated the Gehlen Organization with double agents, undermining the very American security that Gehlen was supposed to protect.

1947

Greece — President Truman requests military aid to Greece to support right-wing forces fighting communist rebels. For the rest of the Cold War, Washington and the CIA will back notorious Greek leaders with deplorable human rights records.

CIA created — President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947, creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council. The CIA is accountable to the president through the NSC — there is no democratic or congressional oversight. Its charter allows the CIA to “perform such other functions and duties… as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.” This loophole opens the door to covert action and dirty tricks.

1948

Covert-action wing created — The CIA recreates a covert action wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination, led by Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner. According to its secret charter, its responsibilities include “propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, 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.”

Italy — The CIA corrupts democratic elections in Italy, where Italian communists threaten to win the elections. The CIA buys votes, broadcasts propaganda, threatens and beats up opposition leaders, and infiltrates and disrupts their organizations. It works — the communists are defeated.

1949

Radio Free Europe — The CIA creates its first major propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe. Over the next several decades, its broadcasts are so blatantly false that for a time it is considered illegal to publish transcripts of them in the U.S.

Late 40s

Operation MOCKINGBIRD — The CIA begins recruiting American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organizations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.

1953

Iran – CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil. The CIA replaces him with a dictator, the Shah of Iran, whose secret police, SAVAK, is as brutal as the Gestapo.

Operation MK-ULTRA — Inspired by North Korea’s brainwashing program, the CIA begins experiments on mind control. The most notorious part of this project involves giving LSD and other drugs to American subjects without their knowledge or against their will, causing several to commit suicide. However, the operation involves far more than this. Funded in part by the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, research includes propaganda, brainwashing, public relations, advertising, hypnosis, and other forms of suggestion.

1954

Guatemala — CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup. Arbenz has threatened to nationalize the Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company, in which CIA Director Allen Dulles also owns stock. Arbenz is replaced with a series of right-wing dictators whose bloodthirsty policies will kill over 100,000 Guatemalans in the next 40 years.

1954-1958

North Vietnam — CIA officer Edward Lansdale spends four years trying to overthrow the communist government of North Vietnam, using all the usual dirty tricks. The CIA also attempts to legitimize a tyrannical puppet regime in South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. These efforts fail to win the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese because the Diem government is opposed to true democracy, land reform and poverty reduction measures. The CIA’s continuing failure results in escalating American intervention, culminating in the Vietnam War.

1956

Hungary — Radio Free Europe incites Hungary to revolt by broadcasting Khruschev’s Secret Speech, in which he denounced Stalin. It also hints that American aid will help the Hungarians fight. This aid fails to materialize as Hungarians launch a doomed armed revolt, which only invites a major Soviet invasion. The conflict kills 7,000 Soviets and 30,000 Hungarians.

1957-1973

Laos — The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections. The problem is the Pathet Lao, a leftist group with enough popular support to be a member of any coalition government. In the late 50s, the CIA even creates an “Armee Clandestine” of Asian mercenaries to attack the Pathet Lao. After the CIA’s army suffers numerous defeats, the U.S. starts bombing, dropping more bombs on Laos than all the U.S. bombs dropped in World War II. A quarter of all Laotians will eventually become refugees, many living in caves.

1959

Haiti — The U.S. military helps “Papa Doc” Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the “Tonton Macoutes,” who terrorize the population with machetes. They will kill over 100,000 during the Duvalier family reign. The U.S. does not protest their dismal human rights record.

1961

The Bay of Pigs — The CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba. But “Operation Mongoose” fails, due to poor planning, security and backing. The planners had imagined that the invasion will spark a popular uprising against Castro -– which never happens. A promised American air strike also never occurs. This is the CIA’s first public setback, causing President Kennedy to fire CIA Director Allen Dulles.

Dominican Republic — The CIA assassinates Rafael Trujillo, a murderous dictator Washington has supported since 1930. Trujillo’s business interests have grown so large (about 60 percent of the economy) that they have begun competing with American business interests.

Ecuador — The CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign. Vice President Carlos Arosemana replaces him; the CIA fills the now vacant vice presidency with its own man.

Congo (Zaire) — The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba. However, public support for Lumumba’s politics runs so high that the CIA cannot clearly install his opponents in power. Four years of political turmoil follow.

1963

Dominican Republic — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup. The CIA installs a repressive, right-wing junta.

Ecuador — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosemana, whose independent (not socialist) policies have become unacceptable to Washington. A military junta assumes command, cancels the 1964 elections, and begins abusing human rights.

1964

Brazil — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history. General Castelo Branco will create Latin America’s first death squads, or bands of secret police who hunt down “communists” for torture, interrogation and murder. Often these “communists” are no more than Branco’s political opponents. Later it is revealed that the CIA trains the death squads.

1965

Indonesia — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup. The CIA has been trying to eliminate Sukarno since 1957, using everything from attempted assassination to sexual intrigue, for nothing more than his declaring neutrality in the Cold War. His successor, General Suharto, will massacre between 500,000 to 1 million civilians accused of being “communist.” The CIA supplies the names of countless suspects.

Dominican Republic — A popular rebellion breaks out, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country’s elected leader. The revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force. The CIA directs everything behind the scenes.

Greece — With the CIA’s backing, the king removes George Papandreous as prime minister. Papandreous has failed to vigorously support U.S. interests in Greece.

Congo (Zaire) — A CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator. The hated and repressive Mobutu exploits his desperately poor country for billions.

1966

The Ramparts Affair — The radical magazine Ramparts begins a series of unprecedented anti-CIA articles. Among their scoops: the CIA has paid the University of Michigan $25 million dollars to hire “professors” to train South Vietnamese students in covert police methods. MIT and other universities have received similar payments. Ramparts also reveals that the National Students’ Association is a CIA front. Students are sometimes recruited through blackmail and bribery, including draft deferments.

1967

Greece — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections. The favorite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the “reign of the colonels” — backed by the CIA — will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to President Johnson about U.S. plans for Cypress, Johnson tells him: “Fuck your parliament and your constitution.”

Operation PHEONIX — The CIA helps 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 boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to spy on and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War. They are searching for Russian instigators, which they never find. CHAOS will eventually spy on 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations.

Bolivia — A CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara. The CIA wants to keep him alive for interrogation, but the Bolivian government executes him to prevent worldwide calls for clemency.

1969

Uruguay — The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice. “The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect,” is his motto. The torture techniques he teaches to the death squads rival the Nazis’. He eventually becomes so feared that revolutionaries will kidnap and murder him a year later.

1970

Cambodia — The CIA overthrows Prince Sahounek, who is highly popular among Cambodians for keeping them out of the Vietnam War. He is replaced by CIA puppet Lon Nol, who immediately throws Cambodian troops into battle. This unpopular move strengthens once minor opposition parties like the Khmer Rouge, which achieves power in 1975 and massacres millions of its own people.

1971

Bolivia — After half a decade of CIA-inspired political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrows the leftist 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.

Haiti — “Papa Doc” Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son “Baby Doc” Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA.

1972

The Case-Zablocki Act — Congress passes an act requiring congressional review of executive agreements. In theory, this should make CIA operations more accountable. In fact, it is only marginally effective.

Cambodia — Congress votes to cut off CIA funds for its secret war in Cambodia.

Wagergate Break-in — President Nixon sends in a team of burglars to wiretap Democratic offices at Watergate. The team members have extensive CIA histories, including James McCord, E. Howard Hunt and five of the Cuban burglars. They work for the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), which does dirty work like disrupting Democratic campaigns and laundering Nixon’s illegal campaign contributions. CREEP’s activities are funded and organized by another CIA front, the Mullen Company.

1973

Chile — The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader. The problems begin when Allende nationalizes American-owned firms in Chile. ITT offers the CIA $1 million for a coup (reportedly refused). The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.

CIA begins internal investigations — William Colby, the Deputy Director for Operations, orders all CIA personnel to report any and all illegal activities they know about. This information is later reported to Congress.

Watergate Scandal — The CIA’s main collaborating newspaper in America, The Washington Post, reports Nixon’s crimes long before any other newspaper takes up the subject. The two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, make almost no mention of the CIA’s many fingerprints all over the scandal. It is later revealed that Woodward was a Naval intelligence briefer to the White House, and knows many important intelligence figures, including General Alexander Haig. His main source, “Deep Throat,” is probably one of those.

CIA Director Helms Fired — President Nixon fires CIA Director Richard Helms for failing to help cover up the Watergate scandal. Helms and Nixon have always disliked each other. The new CIA director is William Colby, who is relatively more open to CIA reform.

1974

CHAOS exposed — Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh publishes a story about Operation CHAOS, the domestic surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and civil rights groups in the U.S. The story sparks national outrage.

Angleton fired — Congress holds hearings on the illegal domestic spying efforts of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence. His efforts included mail-opening campaigns and secret surveillance of war protesters. The hearings result in his dismissal from the CIA.

House clears CIA in Watergate — The House of Representatives clears the CIA of any complicity in Nixon’s Watergate break-in.

The Hughes Ryan Act — Congress passes an amendment requiring the president to report nonintelligence CIA operations to the relevant congressional committees in a timely fashion.

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.

Angola — Eager to demonstrate American military resolve after its defeat in Vietnam, Henry Kissinger launches a CIA-backed war in Angola. Contrary to Kissinger’s assertions, Angola is a country of little strategic importance and not seriously threatened by communism. The CIA backs the brutal leader of UNITAS, Jonas Savimbi. This polarizes Angolan politics and drives his opponents into the arms of Cuba and the Soviet Union for survival. Congress will cut off funds in 1976, but the CIA is able to run the war off the books until 1984, when funding is legalized again. This entirely pointless war kills over 300,000 Angolans.

“The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence” — Victor Marchetti and John Marks publish this whistle-blowing history of CIA crimes and abuses. Marchetti has spent 14 years in the CIA, eventually becoming an executive assistant to the Deputy Director of Intelligence. Marks has spent five years as an intelligence official in the State Department.

“Inside the Company” — Philip Agee publishes a diary of his life inside the CIA. Agee has worked in covert operations in Latin America during the 60s, and details the crimes in which he took part.

Congress investigates CIA wrong-doing — Public outrage compels Congress to hold hearings on CIA crimes. Senator Frank Church heads the Senate investigation (“The Church Committee”), and Representative Otis Pike heads the House investigation. (Despite a 98 percent incumbency reelection rate, both Church and Pike are defeated in the next elections.) The investigations lead to a number of reforms intended to increase the CIA’s accountability to Congress, including the creation of a standing Senate committee on intelligence. However, the reforms prove ineffective, as the Iran/Contra scandal will show. It turns out the CIA can control, deal with or sidestep Congress with ease.

The Rockefeller Commission — In an attempt to reduce the damage done by the Church Committee, President Ford creates the “Rockefeller Commission” to whitewash CIA history and propose toothless reforms. The commission’s namesake, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, is himself a major CIA figure. Five of the commission’s eight members are also members of the Council on Foreign Relations, a CIA-dominated organization.

1979

Iran — The CIA fails to predict the fall of the Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists who are furious at the CIA’s backing of SAVAK, the Shah’s bloodthirsty secret police. In revenge, the Muslims take 52 Americans hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Afghanistan — The Soviets invade Afghanistan. The CIA immediately begins supplying arms to any faction willing to fight the occupying Soviets. Such indiscriminate arming means that when the Soviets leave Afghanistan, civil war will erupt. Also, fanatical Muslim extremists now possess state-of-the-art weaponry. One of these is Sheik Abdel Rahman, who will become involved in the World Trade Center bombing in New York.

El Salvador — An idealistic group of young military officers, repulsed by the massacre of the poor, overthrows the right-wing government. However, the U.S. compels the inexperienced officers to include many of the old guard in key positions in their new government. Soon, things are back to “normal” — the military government is repressing and killing poor civilian protesters. Many of the young military and civilian reformers, finding themselves powerless, resign in disgust.

Nicaragua — Anastasios Samoza II, the CIA-backed dictator, falls. The Marxist Sandinistas take over government, and they are initially popular because of their commitment to land and anti-poverty reform. Samoza had a murderous and hated personal army called the National Guard. Remnants of the Guard will become the Contras, who fight a CIA-backed guerilla war against the Sandinista government throughout the 1980s.

1980

El Salvador — The Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, pleads with President Carter “Christian to Christian” to stop aiding the military government slaughtering his people. Carter refuses. Shortly afterwards, right-wing leader Roberto D’Aubuisson has Romero shot through the heart while saying Mass. The country soon dissolves into civil war, with the peasants in the hills fighting against the military government. The CIA and U.S. Armed Forces supply the government with overwhelming military and intelligence superiority. CIA-trained death squads roam the countryside, committing atrocities like that of El Mazote in 1982, where they massacre between 700 and 1000 men, women and children. By 1992, some 63,000 Salvadorans will be killed.

1981

Iran/Contra Begins — The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. President Reagan vows that the Sandinistas will be “pressured” until “they say ‘uncle.’” The CIA’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder and political assassination.

1983

Honduras — The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983, which teaches how to torture people. Honduras’ notorious “Battalion 316″ then uses these techniques, with the CIA’s full knowledge, on thousands of leftist dissidents. At least 184 are murdered.

1984

The Boland Amendment — The last of a series of Boland Amendments is passed. These amendments have reduced CIA aid to the Contras; the last one cuts it off completely. However, CIA Director William Casey is already prepared to “hand off” the operation to Colonel Oliver North, who illegally continues supplying the Contras through the CIA’s informal, secret, and self-financing network. This includes “humanitarian aid” donated by Adolph Coors and William Simon, and military aid funded by Iranian arms sales.

1986

Eugene Hasenfus — Nicaragua shoots down a C-123 transport plane carrying military supplies to the Contras. The lone survivor, Eugene Hasenfus, turns out to be a CIA employee, as are the two dead pilots. The airplane belongs to Southern Air Transport, a CIA front. The incident makes a mockery of President Reagan’s claims that the CIA is not illegally arming the Contras.

Iran/Contra Scandal — Although the details have long been known, the Iran/Contra scandal finally captures the media’s attention in 1986. Congress holds hearings, and several key figures (like Oliver North) lie under oath to protect the intelligence community. CIA Director William Casey dies of brain cancer before Congress can question him. All reforms enacted by Congress after the scandal are purely cosmetic.

Haiti — Rising popular revolt in Haiti means that “Baby Doc” Duvalier will remain “President for Life” only if he has a short one. The U.S., which hates instability in a puppet country, flies the despotic Duvalier to the South of France for a comfortable retirement. The CIA then rigs the upcoming elections in favor of another right-wing military strongman. However, violence keeps the country in political turmoil for another four years. The CIA tries to strengthen the military by creating the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which suppresses popular revolt through torture and assassination.

1989

Panama — The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega. Noriega has been on the CIA’s payroll since 1966, and has been transporting drugs with the CIA’s knowledge since 1972. By the late 80s, Noriega’s growing independence and intransigence have angered Washington… so out he goes.

1990

Haiti — Competing against 10 comparatively wealthy candidates, leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide captures 68 percent of the vote. After only eight months in power, however, the CIA-backed military deposes him. More military dictators brutalize the country, as thousands of Haitian refugees escape the turmoil in barely seaworthy boats. As popular opinion calls for Aristide’s return, the CIA begins a disinformation campaign painting the courageous priest as mentally unstable.

1991

The Gulf War — The U.S. liberates Kuwait from Iraq. But Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, is another creature of the CIA. With U.S. encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein’s forces with sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing. This cemented Hussein’s power at home, allowing him to crush the many internal rebellions that erupted from time to time, sometimes with poison gas. It also gave him all the military might he needed to conduct further adventurism — in Kuwait, for example.

The Fall of the Soviet Union — The CIA fails to predict this most important event of the Cold War. This suggests that it has been so busy undermining governments that it hasn’t been doing its primary job: gathering and analyzing information. The fall of the Soviet Union also robs the CIA of its reason for existence: fighting communism. This leads some to accuse the CIA of intentionally failing to predict the downfall of the Soviet Union. Curiously, the intelligence community’s budget is not significantly reduced after the demise of communism.

1992

Economic Espionage — In the years following the end of the Cold War, the CIA is increasingly used for economic espionage. This involves stealing the technological secrets of competing foreign companies and giving them to American ones. Given the CIA’s clear preference for dirty tricks over mere information gathering, the possibility of serious criminal behavior is very great indeed.

1993

Haiti — The chaos in Haiti grows so bad that President Clinton has no choice but to remove the Haitian military dictator, Raoul Cedras, on threat of U.S. invasion. The U.S. occupiers do not arrest Haiti’s military leaders for crimes against humanity, but instead ensure their safety and rich retirements. Aristide is returned to power only after being forced to accept an agenda favorable to the country’s ruling class.

EPILOGUE

In a speech before the CIA celebrating its 50th anniversary, President Clinton said: “By necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage.”

Clinton’s is a common defense of the CIA: namely, the American people should stop criticizing the CIA because they don’t know what it really does. This, of course, is the heart of the problem in the first place. An agency that is above criticism is also above moral behavior and reform. Its secrecy and lack of accountability allows its corruption to grow unchecked.

Furthermore, Clinton’s statement is simply untrue. The history of the agency is growing painfully clear, especially with the declassification of historical CIA documents. We may not know the details of specific operations, but we do know, quite well, the general behavior of the CIA. These facts began emerging nearly two decades ago at an ever-quickening pace. Today we have a remarkably accurate and consistent picture, repeated in country after country, and verified from countless different directions.

The CIA’s response to this growing knowledge and criticism follows a typical historical pattern. (Indeed, there are remarkable parallels to the Medieval Church’s fight against the Scientific Revolution.) The first journalists and writers to reveal the CIA’s criminal behavior were harassed and censored if they were American writers, and tortured and murdered if they were foreigners. (See Philip Agee’s On the Run for an example of early harassment.) However, over the last two decades the tide of evidence has become overwhelming, and the CIA has found that it does not have enough fingers to plug every hole in the dike. This is especially true in the age of the Internet, where information flows freely among millions of people. Since censorship is impossible, the Agency must now defend itself with apologetics. Clinton’s “Americans will never know” defense is a prime example.

Another common apologetic is that “the world is filled with unsavory characters, and we must deal with them if we are to protect American interests at all.” There are two things wrong with this. First, it ignores the fact that the CIA has regularly spurned alliances with defenders of democracy, free speech and human rights, preferring the company of military dictators and tyrants. The CIA had moral options available to them, but did not take them.

Second, this argument begs several questions. The first is: “Which American interests?” The CIA has courted right-wing dictators because they allow wealthy Americans to exploit the country’s cheap labor and resources. But poor and middle-class Americans pay the price whenever they fight the wars that stem from CIA actions, from Vietnam to the Gulf War to Panama. The second begged question is: “Why should American interests come at the expense of other peoples’ human rights?”

The CIA should be abolished, its leadership dismissed and its relevant members tried for crimes against humanity. Our intelligence community should be rebuilt from the ground up, with the goal of collecting and analyzing information. As for covert action, there are two moral options. The first one is to eliminate covert action completely. But this gives jitters to people worried about the Adolf Hitlers of the world. So a second option is that we can place covert action under extensive and true democratic oversight. For example, a bipartisan Congressional Committee of 40 members could review and veto all aspects of CIA operations upon a majority or super-majority vote. Which of these two options is best may be the subject of debate, but one thing is clear: like dictatorship, like monarchy, unaccountable covert operations should die like the dinosaurs they are.

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Merck vaccine developer admits vaccines routinely contain hidden cancer viruses derived from diseased monkeys

08 Sep 2013 Decades ago, one of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry — a Merck scientist — made a recording where he openly admitted that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer viruses. In hearing this admission, his colleagues break into laughter and seem to think it’s hilarious. They then suggest that because these vaccines are first tested in Russia, their side effects will help the U.S. win the Olympics because the Russian athletes will all be “loaded down with tumors.” For the record, this is the same vaccine that was given to tens of millions of Americans and promoted by the government.

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Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

08 Sep 2013 President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against government opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said. The intercepted communications suggested Assad, who is accused of war crimes by the west, including foreign secretary William Hague, was not himself involved in last month’s attack or in other instances when government forces have allegedly used chemical weapons.

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Left with nothing.

08 Sep 2013 On the day Bennie Coleman lost his house, the day armed U.S. marshals came to his door and ordered him off the property, he slumped in a folding chair across the street and watched the vestiges of his 76 years hauled to the curb… The duplex in Northeast Washington that Coleman bought with cash two decades earlier was emptied and shuttered. By sundown, he had nowhere to go. All because he didn’t pay a $134 property tax bill. The retired Marine sergeant lost his house on that summer day two years ago through a tax lien sale — an obscure program run by D.C. government that enlists private investors to help the city recover unpaid taxes. But the Wall Street whores were bailed out, though, right?

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