Thursday, January 21, 2010
Ron Paul: We Need To Take Out The CIA
I wrote a post a week or two ago about the CIA after reading an article (written by a former CIA agent) in The New York Daily News lauding the CIA as "shadow warriors." I included a list of 'evil deeds' of the CIA written by Steve Kangas who turned up dead in the bathroom outside the offices of Richard Mellon Scaife, a CIA operative he was investigating. Check it out if you are unsure about all this fuss about the CIA.
Many of the early leaders of the CIA such as Donovan, Wisner, or Dulles had been Wall Street lawyers and the CIA has always maintained close contact with Wall Street. This continues even today as you can see in this New York Post article as they almost absurdly court the corrupt cream of today's financial crop. Perhaps that is why they often are seemingly enforcing the wishes of Wall Street on the world. They retain a close connection to the corrupt power brokers of Wall Street. In many instances, they are those power brokers. As Kangas says in his introduction to his time line:
"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."
In his follow up Kangas further explains:
"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....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."
Michael C. Ruppert in this interview explains the connections between Wall Street and the CIA further if you need more proof.
Ron Paul calls them "A government unto themselves..."