In 1953, the CIA conducted its first
major covert operation to overthrow Iran's legitimate
president, Mohammed Mossadeq.
Mr. Mossadeq had made the mistake other world leaders have
paid dearly for: he decided to nationalize his country's oil industry,
a resource controlled at the time by foreign companies.
Enter the Dulles brothers John and Allen. John Foster
was the US Secretary of State, while Allen was, you guessed it,
the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. It would be no
exaggeration to say, the Dulles' were the founding architects
of post-war US foreign policy.
Eisenhower approved their plot to overthrow Iran's president
by organizing mobs to attack the government, beginning a bloody
war that finally toppled Mossadeq and allowed the installation
of the Shah, who, big surprise, handed over half the country's
oil fields to US oil mobsters.
Over the next 20 years, the other arm of the US military-industrial
oiligarchy dumped $18 billion worth of armaments into the country,
and the CIA, through SAVAK the Iranian secret police
launched a reign of terror on the civilian population. In 1976,
Amnesty International said SAVAK had the worst human rights record
on the planet, their CIA-textbook torture techniques were "beyond
In 1979, with nothing left to lose, the Iranian people rose
up and overthrew the Shah. They got Ayatollah Khomeini, in exchange.
And we know how much those events got Uncle Sam's red white
and blue boxers in a twist. So the blundering CIA went to work
again. This time backing the guy next door, Saddam Hussein.
From its inception, the shadowy American "intelligence"
network has shown up everywhere corporate profits, especially
those of the powerful US oil barons, have been at risk, operating
under the cloak of democracy but leaving fingerprints that match
the bloody hands of the plutocrats.
Right after WW II, as the Russians expanded their sphere of
influence in Central and Eastern Europe, an elite group of industrialists
and shadowy bureaucrats got together to influence the direction
of US foreign policy. They hired out-of-work Nazis people
like Klaus Barbi, the Butcher of Leon to form a subversive
gang of spies and dirty operatives.
In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act.
It changed the thrust of US foreign policy, through the National
Security Council and it's operational arm, the CIA.
In a controversial 1987 documentary called The
Secret Government, respected journalist and former-special
assistant to Lyndon B. Johnson, Bill Moyers described this national
security state as "an interlocking network of official functionaries,
spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and super-patriots"
carrying on lawless covert wars for personal profit.
For over 50 years, the US has been waging what has been described
by ex-CIA agents like John Stockwell, the highest ranking agent
to go public, as a Third World war, a continuous terrorist destabilization
of developing countries that have no ability to strike back in
any meaningful way (until recently, that is).
The 1975 Church Committee, the first government investigation
to officially peer into the murky world of the CIA, estimated
900 major operations and 3,000 minor operations over the previous
14 years. John Stockwell (who ran the CIA's Angola operation)
says the numbers extrapolate to 3,000 major ops and 10,000 minor
ones over the life of the agency. The human carnage of "the
third bloodiest war in history" is estimated at 6 million
The CIA's Phoenix Operation, that was responsible for escalation
of the Vietnam war also began in 1954, using the same methods
as in Iran, creating S. Vietnam's secret police that dished out
the most feral slaughter: live burnings, garroting, rape, torture,
McGehee is another CIA agent who re-discovered his conscience
and has written about his part in the operation, describing himself
now as "nearly insane" during his time with the agency.
Then there was the fake Gulf of Tonkin incident invented by President
Lyndon B. Johnson to expand the operation, and the rest is, as
they say, history.
The US/CIA regime was becoming the most demonic cult of greed
and destruction that the world has ever witnessed. Its prime operators
were: Theodore Shackley, Thomas Climes, Gen. John Singlaub, Gen.
Richard Secord, Albert Hakim.
Shakley and Climes were ideological right wing warmongers,
involved (with the Dulles bros.) in the Bay of Pigs debacle, the
failed invasion of Cuba. Shakley also played part in that other
September 11 (1973) invasion of Chile, that culminated in the
assassination of Salvador Allende. Shakley was rewarded by George
Bush Sr. (CIA director 1976-7) with position of Assistant Director
of Operations. Climes worked under Shakley as Case Officer. Singlaub
worked with Climes and Shakley in Vietnam, running secret offensives
into Laos. Secord, supervised Laos air operations. Albert Hakim
was a salesman for US weapons companies, who would later figure
in Iran Contra. A real team of patriots!
These people scooped tonnes of weapons out of the theatre of
war in SE Asia. Laos, in particular, was a kind of private war,
instigated and supplied by this cartel of bloodthirsty murderers
and war profiteers.
They turned next to Latin America, imperialist America's favourite
Of course, you are familiar with that other 1954 (busy times!)
CIA plot, in Guatemala. Jacobo Arbenz was the hapless "socialist"
there. Again, a moderate, hugely popular president, elected in
a democratic election, beating out a corrupt American puppet.
But he made two fatal mistakes: First, he allowed a small communist
party to remain. Second, he undertook land reform in a country
where 3% of the citizenry owned 70% of the land. He turned over
1.5 million acres, including his own family's estate, to starving
peasants. Much of the land was (unused and duly compensated) acreage
owned by the American United Fruit Company (Chiquita), in which
the Dulles Bros. held stock. When rag-tag CIA "rebels"
pouring over the border from Honduras (later staging ground for
the Contras) failed, the CIA used their own planes to bomb the
Capital. Bye, bye, Mr. Arbenz; hello 30 years of bloody torture
and suffering: "Operation Success."
These were heady times for the agency. People like Richard
Bissel, CIA chief of covert operations, oversaw the Executive
Action Branch, essentially an assassination squad (closed after
the Church Committee revelations, re-constituted, it would appear
by this weeks announcement of the intention to knock off saddam
Hussein) But even Bissel, a cold-hearted, cold war warrior, got
queasy over recruitment of Mafia goons like, John Rosselli, Sam
Giancana and Santo Trafficante.
"The United States is a peace-loving
nation and our foreign policy is designed to lessen the threat
of war as well as aggression."
Gerald Ford on appointing George H.W. Bush CIA director, on
Jan. 30, 1976
Latin America's death squad leaders were trained right in the
US, at Fort Benning, Georgia's School
of the Americas. It's too sickening to describe the tidal
wave of blood these bastards unleashed, so I'll chose just one
date, one place: Dec. 11, 1981, El Mazote.
During Vice President (GHW) Bush's watch (Reagan wasn't exactly
awake) a dozen US-backed paramilitary troops rounded up the inhabitants
of this small, El Salvadorian village and gunned them down. The
mass grave yielded 900 men, women and children. 131 children under
12 years, three infants under three months. One woman, Rufina
Amaya, survived by scrambling under nearby bushes as her children
screamed: "Mama, they're killing us." Ten of the 12
murderers were recent graduates of the School of the Americas.
This was the way it was (and still is) in much of Latin America.
Edgar Chamoro, recruited by the CIA to lead the Contras has admitted:
"We were used to deceive the American people . . . . The
tactics of the Contras was to terrorize the Nicaraguan people."
The Iran Contra investigations again revealed the mayhem at
the heart of America. Bush Sr. never did answer questions regarding
contact between his aides and Contra operatives. Congressman Jack
Brooks of Texas summed up by saying: "We've been supplying
weapons to terrorist nations [actually terrorist cells trained
by the US and inserted into sovereign nations], trading arms for
hostages, involving the US government in military activities in
direct contravention of the law, diverting public funds into private
pockets and secret unofficial activities, selling access to the
president for thousands of dollars, dispensing cash and foreign
money orders out of a White House safe, accepting gifts and falsifying
papers to cover it up, altering and shredding national security
documents and lying to the Congress.
"Now, I believe that the American people understand that
democracy cannot survive that kind of abuse."
In fact, it hadn't. In spite of grandstanding congressional
investigations (that indicted no-one), democracy had long since
expired, particularly for the victims of this renegade terrorist
regime. The people who erased democracy the fascists and
their cadre of blood-soaked gangsters had already usurped
the military-industrial architecture of the most powerful nation
on earth to serve their own aquisitive agenda.
"Just imagine," Bill Moyers mused, in 1987, "that
[then-CIA director] William Casey's dream came true; suppose the
enterprise grew into a super-secret, self-financing, self-perpetuating
organization." That organization is now the most brazen,
rogue death squad on earth, pursuing their promised "full-spectrum
dominance" over this benighted, suffering planet, even as
the larger part (70% if we are to believe the polls) of their
zombie-like subjects believe they are the divine protectors of
truth and freedom.
Elite executioners operate at the apex of the renewed Bush
family dynasty. Dubyah, as he is fondly referred to by the fully-
mesmerized, is really a bit of a flunky figurehead, with dad's
most trusted fixer, Dick Cheney, at the helm and other weapons
of mass destruction traders, like James Baker III, occupying critical
seats around the boardroom table.
The US hasn't actually declared an authentic war since 1941,
but (besides Afghanistan Operation Make It Safe For Unocal
the most disgusting phoney war in recent memory (for those who
have one) was George Bush Sr's 1989 invasion of Panama, the subject
of an Academy Award-winning documentary film: The
Panama Deception. All to cover his slimy CIA relationship
with (SOA grad) Manuel Noriega. Thousands of civilians were slaughtered
and bulldozed into mass graves by US troops. Show this lovely
record of Bush family entertainment to your relatives, if Ashcroft
hasn't hunted down every copy in the land and had a bonfire. You'll
love the scene where the graves are opened.
But, back to Iraq and the "Hitlerian" Saddam Hussein.
The Bush oil/weapons cartel created the man. Not that he isn't
a bad actor (not as bad as Bozo Reagan, though his recent cabbage
role is Oscar material), but without the billions of dollars and
millions of tonnes of military hardware, chemical and biological
on him by US arms manufacturers, Saddam would be just another
The US corporate security state created the Saddam Frankenstein,
and when it suited their purpose they tempted him into their trap
and demonized him. Just like the mujahedeen, one day you're a
"freedom fighter," the next day an "evildoer."
Iraq wanted Kuwait to help drive the price of oil up, to pay
its massive Iran war debt. Kuwait wasn't playing, even though
it had, from Hussein's point of view, been protected from Iranian
invaders by Iraq. In 1990, (commenting on his threat to claim
the long-disputed Kuwait territory, delineated by the Brits, in
1922/23.) US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie said to Saddam:
"We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as
your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has
directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq
in the 1960's, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America."
Then, in went (arms dealer) Baker (posing as Secretary of State)
in the final charade prior to sending in "Stormin'"
Norman Schwartzkopf. Running the show, of course, was present
Vice President Dick Cheney, (then Secretary of "Defense")
who in the interim went back to the oil industry, as CEO of Halliburton
Oil, built a pipeline through Burma with SLORC's slave labour
pool (very "flexible") and his big coup
amalgamated Brown & Root, (the company that elected Pres.
Johnson, who then rewarded them with military contracts), that
now provides "discrete services" to the oil & gas
industry, right down to mess tents and meals, for the new mercenary
armies of the 21st century oil barons.
The Gulf War ghouls hired the Bush buddy public relations firm
Hill & Knowlton to cook up a modern-day Gulf of Tonkin outrage
to stir up patriotism. The "incident" was Iraqi devils
tossing babies out of incubators in a Kuwait hospital.
Except it was a total lie.
Not long after the end of the world's biggest arms industry
ad campaign in the desert, Bill Moyers' After the War documentary
told the true story.
The blubbering Kuwaiti girl, who delivered the tale on CNN
repeated by George Bush in subsequent speeches turned
out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US, coached
in her acting role by Hill & Knowlton's propagandists.
Now, if you really want to weigh the balance of evil deeds
(not counting the estimated half million dead Iraqi children,
victims of the sanctions) check
out (gag warning) what appears to be the legacy of those trusty
depleted uranium shells Bush, Baker (Carlyle
Group) and their excellent weapons designers lobbed into Iraq
in quantities unparalleled in the history of modern warfare.
So, what did else did the Desert Storm blow in? Here is a transcript
of a good old Larry King Live interview, on CNN a few years back:
Larry King: Why do you think Americans want to keep
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz: That's their
policy. It's against the will of the international community.
. . . I think they are making profits. But I don't want to make
LK: Financial profits?
LK: Like how?
TA: Who's selling oil instead of Iraq?
TA: They know very well that Saudi Arabia jumped from
5 million barrels a day to 8 million barrels a day. Three million
barrels Iraq's share has been added to the share
of Saudi Arabia.
LK: And we would take this to a war front to protect
Saudi Arabia's making money?
TA: No. You are sharing that money Everybody
Everybody, that is, who hasn't had a painless Hill & Knowlton
Perhaps, though, the Big Oil Gangsters aren't quite as smart
as they used to be. Or maybe their tired old MO just doesn't wash
anymore. The recent clumsy, Keystone Cops coup in oil-rich Venezuela
would be a joke, were it not for the blood spilled on the streets
of Caracas. As it is, the CIA's bloody fingerprints are all over
A group of "freedom fighters" rise up against "a
ruinous demagogue" (to quote a hilarious New York Times editorial),
who has been funneling his country's oil profits into silly social
development programs. He unleashes his goons on "the people."
The military (whose leaders happen to be SOA grads) oust him and.
. . guess what? They install a "respected business leader"
(again, NYT's words) as president, who happens to be an oil industry
This time though, the CIA hadn't prepared the ground well enough,
and the people the real people rose up and drove
America's puppet out of the palace and cheered and danced in the
streets as their kidnapped President, Hugo Chávez, returned
triumphantly to the capital.
So, what to make of the Washington
Post article last weekend, announcing a Bush administration
directive to the CIA to eliminate Saddam Hussein, using "lethal
force," if necessary? The story, written by veteran Washington
correspondent Bob Woodward (Watergate reporter and author of The
Secret Wars of the CIA) was obviously a deliberate plant by
the increasingly desperate plutocrats. Whatever its purpose, given
a little history, subterfuge can no longer cover the obvious (and
need I add depraved?) agenda of Big Oil.