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The American Empire: The CIA As Agent of Clandestine Aggression

In this essay we look at the history of the CIA, not for its intelligence-gathering directive  but for its clandestine operations in subverting foreign governments. Much has been written on this topic so our intention is to provide enough background to readers to allow them to assess the likelihood of CIA involvement in current and future global insurrections.

The Legislative Basis of the CIA

The CIA was created by the National Security Act of 1947 for “the purpose of coordinating the intelligence activities of the several Government departments and agencies”, specifically, from section 102 (d), emphasis added[1]:

(1) to advise the National Security Council [NSC] in matters concerning such intelligence activities of the Government departments and agencies as relate to national security;
(2) to make recommendations … for the coordination of such intelligence activities … ;
(3) to correlate and evaluate intelligence … and provide for the appropriate dissemination of such intelligence … : PROVIDED, That the Agency shall have no police, subpoena, law-enforcement powers, or internal-security functions: PROVIDED FURTHER, That the departments and other agencies of the Government shall continue to collect, evaluate, correlate, and disseminate departmental intelligence … ;
(4) to perform, for the benefit of the existing intelligence agencies, such additional services of common concern as the National Security council determines can be more efficiently accomplished centrally;
(5) to perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.

In short, thew CIA was created to collect, evaluate, correlate, and disseminate departmental intelligence to the NSC. Points 4 and 5 allow for unspecified other activities as may be delegated by the NSC.

The Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 [2] details the administration of the CIA but does not discuss authorized activities.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 in section 104A (d) [3] reiterates the responsibilities of the Director of the CIA as laid out in the 1947 act as to

collect … correlate … evaluate … and provide appropriate dissemination of …
intelligence; perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the President or the Director of National Intelligence may direct.

Note that the president has now been given authority to specify the CIA operations. It further instructs the

Secretary of Defense and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shall develop joint procedures to be used by the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency to improve the coordination and deconfliction of operations that involve elements of both

improve communication and coordination in the planning, execution, and sustainment of operations …[3]

This reference to joint operations with the DOD may be significant in the field.

Overall, the agency was created as a foreign intelligence gathering agency. If there is any legislative basis for subversion of foreign governments through coups, assassinations, and the provision of intelligence and material support to organizations acting subversively in foreign countries, I haven’t found it.

Off the Reservation?

While one might think, given the above background, that the CIA is strictly an intelligence gathering and processing entity, it has a much darker side. This section lists CIA operations that have been identified that have had significant geopolitical impact. How big the skeleton closet is we may never know.

As we go through, we will try and identify at what level these ‘other functions and duties’ are sanctioned.

The Coup in Iran in 1953

In August, 1953, the CIA organized operation TPAJAX, a military coup against the government of Iran over the issue of state control of Iranian oil and the possibility of a tilt towards the USSR.

As a declassified CIA document says:

the military coup …  was carried out under CIA direction as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest level of government[7].

The coup was carried out by the U.S. administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower in a covert action advocated by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and implemented under the supervision of his brother Allen Dulles, the Director of Central Intelligence.[82]

It was a last resort after all normal rational methods of international communication and commerce had failed. The document states that Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq

had become so committed to the ideals of nationalism that he did things that could not have helped his people … [1]

The Americans believed that Mosadeq’s actions could not have conceivably helped helped his people. As well,

the professional politicians of the British government … believed, with good reason, that cheap  oil for Britain, and high profits for the [Anglo Iranian Oil] company were vital to their national interests.

When the British couldn’t get their way they were prepared to wait until the Iranians, needing money, came back to the table. The U.S., however, was afraid that the Iranians would turn to the USSR.

So the motivation behind the coup was to further American strategic interests and British economic interests with a token reference to assumed Iranian interests.

The Methodologies of Subversion

Author Nicolas J.S. Davies  gives extensive descriptions of three techniques for fomenting violence for overthrowing foreign governments. These are[11]:

  1. Creating and strengthening opposition forces;
  2. Violent street demonstrations; and
  3. The coup d’etat.

 

References

  1. National Security Act of 1947. Google. July, 1947.
  2. Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  3. Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  4. History of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wikipedia.
  5. Central Intelligence Agency. Wikipedia.
  6. 1953 Iranian coup d’état. Wikipedia with an extensive reference list.
  7. Declassified CIA document. Source not established.
  8. “Review of All the Shah’s Men by CIA staff historian David S. Robarge”. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  9. 35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists,
  10. Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown. J. Dana Stuster
  11. America’s Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953. Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014.
  12. Oliver Stone: CIA Fingerprints All Over Ukraine Coup. Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Thursday January
  13. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II William Blum, July, 1995.

Firearm Deaths in the U.S.: the Data

We became aware of a new report today published by the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis. Titled The Epidemiology of FirearmViolence in the Twenty-First Century United States, it documents the rate of suicides and homicides in the U.S. by firearms compared to other means of killing.

Immigration in Perspective

Thanks to Mike Shedlock we became of this video. It places the immigration issue in perspective.

In short, our immigration policy has no noticeable effect on world poverty while the financial burden on our economy does have an appreciable effect on our standard of living.

Of Lettuce and Lives

We have been tracking the progress of robotics in the workplace – not actively – but simply by capturing links to references as they appear in our daily reading. We took an extensive look at the outlook for jobs in July, 2012: What’s the Future for Jobs?. In that article we had a section near the end on robots in the workplace. We have continued to update the section and the latest entry comes from John Mauldin’s Forecast 2014: The Human Transformation Revolution

John has got to be one of the most widely read and highly connected individuals writing today. At one point he claimed that his Thoughts from the Frontline had a readership of over one million. It is likely more today. John is very positive about man’s future due to technological innovation. He sees us as on the edge of medical advances that will extend lives significantly and cure diseases that afflict millions today. He sees an industrial revolution through robotics and new materials with amazing properties that will revolutionize all fields of technology and industry in the years ahead.

Humour or Pathos or Both?

This item demonstrates the mainstream media’s remarkable diversity of reporting and analysis. It so reinforces our trust and respect for them. Enjoy.

And then …

We think there’s a factory in China that turns out little windup robot media announcers … somewhere.

(count = 25 if you weren’t keeping track)

Let’s Get Real About Guns

There is nothing like hard data and real facts to make or deflate an argument. With the argument for gun control raging in the US, here are some interesting facts. At the time we wrote this note, all the links were active. Now they are listed as “content is being revised”. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, we present the following charts without comment (and hope they come back):

Thumbnail nonfatal firearm-related violent crimes chart, links to full chart    Firearm-related crime has plummeted since 1993.

Nonfatal firearm-related violent crimes, 1993-2008

 

Thumbnail Nonfatal firearm-related violent victimization rate chart, links to full chart    Nonfatal firearm crime rates have declined since 1994.

Nonfatal firearm-related violent victimization rate, 1993-2008

Thumbnail percent of violent crimes involving firearms chart, links to full chart   After 1996, less than 10% of nonfatal violent crimes involved firearm.

Percent of violent crimes involving firearms, 1993-2008

 

Update 200117

Our opening remark was There is nothing like hard data and real facts to make or deflate an argument. The Executive Branch of the government is clearly biased in favour of gun control and may have come to the same conclusion. The graphs we reproduced are gone. We went looking and any statistics on firearm usage are buried in other data and will take some effort to reassemble. In the meantime, consider what we just received from  our friend JR:

“Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox and co-researcher Monica J. DeLateur recently published an extensive new study taking a detailed look at mass shootings in America over last four decades. As one would expect, their findings mostly contradict the Left’s narrative concerning the need for expanded gun control: “Mass shootings have not increased in number or in overall death toll, at least not over the past several decades,” based on statistics from the FBI. They also found that so-called “assault” rifles are hardly the weapons of choice. In fact, between 1982 and 2012, perpetrators used handguns, revolvers and/or shotguns 75.4% of the time. That doesn’t quite fit the narrative, does it? (Study at http://hsx.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/11/27/1088767913510297.full.pdf+html )”

 

The Goods on Guns

There is nothing better than real data and hard facts to make or deflate an argument. Let’s apply this then to the argument over gun control that is raging in the US and to a lesser extent in Canada.

Preparing for a Career As a CNN Announcer

The US Supreme Court gave their ruling on Obamacare today and essentially upheld the legislation. As Yahoo states in Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax, the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care law’s individual insurance mandate … as a tax. In particular, as justice Roberts writes, “the mandate is not a legal command to buy insurance. Rather, it makes going without insurance just another thing the government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning an income.

The importance of this interpretation is identified in a Zero Hedge post: U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CORE OF OBAMA HEALTH CARE, that quotes the Wall St. Journal:

The court’s 59-page opinion rejects the government’s primary argument that Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce gives lawmakers the authority to require citizens to buy insurance or pay a penalty.  But the court goes on to uphold the insurance mandate on other grounds.  “It is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance,” Chief Justice Roberts writes.  “Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.”

In other words, a core piece of the legislation, the individual mandate part, is lawful only if considered to be a tax.

Wall Sreet Demonstrations Will Lead To Violent Revolution

In a two-part article, Paul McGuire, radio talk show host, author, feature film producer and television commentator discusses his contention a global conspiracy exists to centralize power in unelected institutions.

In part 1 titled “WHO IS THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE?” he advances the theses that “The Democratic Party and Republican Party, along with their Presidential candidates are controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)” and ” The CFR agenda is to destroy America as a sovereign nation and force America to be under the control of a one world government.

In part 2 titled “EX-RADICAL: WALL STREET DEMONSTRATIONS WILL LEAD TO VIOLENT REVOLUTION” he shifts his focus asserting that “The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are being used in the same way as the early Communist revolutionaries who were financed by some of the same international banking families who control the Federal Reserve System today.” He fingers super-billionaire George Soros as “a front man for the Rothschild and Illuminati controlled international banking elite, [who] is heavily financing countless radical groups and advertising agencies like Adbusters, who use propaganda and mass brainwashing techniques.”

Commentary

We created this post to capture a primary reference to a theme – world domination – that is increasingly coming into our purview and consciousness. It is a hypothesis that is huge but is beginning to be seriously studied. We are not ready to take it on at the moment but would encourage others to take it on and perhaps organize around it.

Related reading might be Arron Klein’s book “The Manchurian President” that exhaustively details Barack Hussein Obama’s ties to communists, socialists and other anti-American extremists.

 

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