The Central Intelligence Agency has been inundated in a lot of controversies lately due to its accusation of the Russian government targeting the Democratic National Convention’s servers in order to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Clinton’s Presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, claims that Russian-based spies hacked into those networks with the intention to assist Trump ascend to the presidency. The irony behind these claims is that there exists no verifiable evidence to corroborate the claims of cyber intrusions by the Russian government. Additionally, whoever hacked into the DNC’s servers ascertained perfidious e-mails and sent them to WikiLeaks where they published contents stating that DNC staffers favored Hillary Clinton over Senator Bernie Sanders when staffers were supposed to be impartial. The catalytic effect of the CIA’s allegation of Russian governmental hacking led to the imposition of sanctions on Russia, the closing of Russian compounds in New York and Washington D.C. and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the country under the orders of President Barack Obama.
There is uncertainty as to whether Russia was complicit in the hacking of the Democratic National Convention’s servers, but it is definitely apocryphal to believe the accusation of the CIA based on their global trajectory of chicanery, mischievousness and disingenuousness. The CIA has a reputation of obliterating the walls of morality or the non-aggression principle in order to achieve their economic and political goals, which are supposedly in the best interest of the United States, domestically and internationally. Let’s remember that the same agency who is blaming the Russians for “foul play” has been involved in stuffing ballot boxes, purchasing electoral victories, mind control programs, extortion, covert domestic surveillance, the instigation of coup d’tats and insurgencies, propaganda, interrogation, torture, secret imprisonments, secret wars, drug trafficking, etc.
It has been reported that as late as the fiscal year of 2013, the CIA received $13.7 billion and the question that we have to pose is: does the amount that this agency is allocated through taxation commensurable to obligations and activities they are supposed to fulfill to gather as much intelligence possible nationally and globally, and to ensure that no countries or terrorist organizations are violating our life, liberty or property? Additionally, with the intelligence that they accumulate, do the countries that are alleged threats to our national security, like Syria and Iran, have the capability to eradicate the United States off of the face of the globe, with our military capabilities of over 700 military bases in over 130 countries? The United States military is unmatched and incomparable to any other one globally and wherever the United States military is, the CIA is inevitably there as well!
Let’s not forget that the same Central Intelligence Agency insulted their own intelligence and this country’s intelligence when they couldn’t predict the dismantling and disintegration of the Soviet Union on December the 26th of 1991! Additionally, the CIA was extremely mendacious about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, leading to invasion of Iraq, and the overthrowing of Sadaam Hussein. This caused a power vacuum that created and attenuated Al-Qaeda and the creation of ISIL (the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant), 4,505 American casualties in Iraq as of September 2016 and $1.7 trillion in taxpayer’s dollars. Not to mention, the CIA was complacent in its awareness of the creation of India’s nuclear testing program in the late 1990s!
Additionally, within the historicity of the CIA’s creation, since the ratification of the National Security Act of 1947, the CIA corrupted democratic elections in Italy to avoid the victories of the Popular Democratic Front party, the Italian Communist Party and the Italian Socialist Party and they covertly donated $1 million to Italian parties that were complimentary to “U.S. interests.” They bought votes, indefatigably and perpetually propagandized for the election of the Christian Democratic Party, which was an ally of the United States, and it was through these covert operations that Prime Minister Alice De Gasperi won the election for the Prime Minister of Italy. The CIA was also involved in the overthrowing of democratically elected governments with the creation of Operation Ajax in Iraq in 1953 when Mohammed Mossadegh was overthrown and incarcerated in a military coup after he threatened to nationalize British petroleum.
Not to mention, in 1945, Jacob Arbenz was elected democratically and the CIA activated Operation PBSUCCESS in 1954, which lead to the overthrowing of Arbenz because he threatened to nationalize the United Fruit Company. CIA agents and military advisers were deployed to Indochina (Vietnam) covertly with American tax dollars in order to overthrow North Vietnam’s communist leader Ho Chi Minh and they installed Ngo Dinh Diem to lead the government in South Vietnam. But since he was unpopular and incompetent, he was eventually overthrown and assassinated. The CIA also was responsible for the overthrowing and the assassination of democratically elected leaders like Patrice Lumumba of the Congo in 1960 and instated the kleptocratic and avaricious dictator named Mobutu Sese Seko in 1965 who remained in power until 1996!
The CIA assassinated the former US backed dictator, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic in 1961 and eventually overthrew the democratically elected Juan Bosch in order to instate a United States allied right wing junta. Not to mention in April of 1961, the CIA embarrassingly failed in the invasion and overthrowing of Castro’s government with the Bay of Pigs Invasion which was a humiliation for the United States government and specifically the CIA to the point that President Jack Kennedy fired CIA director Allen Dulles for his miscalculation and incompetency! The CIA was also involved in the overthrowing of the democratically elected Brazilian president, João Goulart, and he was replaced by the repressive military dictator General Branco, who made 50,000 arrests in the first month of his dictatorship in the name of destroying the threats of dissidence by communists and socialists.
The CIA has been involved in so many covert and corrupt operations nationally that I would have to write an extensive and meticulous book to enumerate and expound on the various operations! Notably, the CIA was complicit with Operation CHAOS where the CIA agents were involved in domestic surveilling, spying on radical students who were antithetical towards U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The CIA was involved in mail opening campaigns and other insidious and illegal actions of espionage, which continued to sabotage their image. The CIA was incompetent in predicting the Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979 and was not militarily sophisticated enough to realize that the same Arabs and Muslims that they were educating, training and militarizing in Afghanistan from 1979-1989, in order to defeat the Soviet-backed political factions in that country under the leadership of U.S. classified terrorists Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Osama Bin Laden, and various others, were to become the allegedly most ominous enemies of United States after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Concomitantly, let’s not forget that the same CIA began selling arms to Iran in 1981 and utilized the proceeds from the arm sales to arm and eventually fund the Contras to defeat the socialist and progressive Sandanistas after their successful revolution in 1979 that overthrew the U.S. friendly Somoza dictatorship! This catalyzed to the passing of The Boland Amendment in 1984 which made it illegal to fund the Contras, which lead to the Contras alternatively resorting to cocaine trafficking between Central and South American to the inner cities of Los Angeles to the rest of the country. This caused the augmentation of crack cocaine addiction in African American communities. The CIA was illegally funding and arming the Contras and they even hired Contra militia members like Norwin Meneses to traffic drugs with fellow contra member Danilo Blandon to traffic cocaine to “Freeway” Ricky Ross, who distributed drugs all over the country!
Eventually the Iran Contra Scandal was exposed in 1986 and through Congressional hearings where National Security Council staff member, Oliver North, lied under oath about the scandal and this eventually led to his indictment. Additionally, in 1989, the United States overthrew the dictator, drug trafficker and CIA employee Manuel Noriega, who trafficked drugs since 1972 with the CIA’s knowledge.
In conclusion, I cannot annotate all of the CIA’s operations in this article, but when we hear that the CIA is making accusations with no valuable and credible corroborations, we should always raise a red flag. As libertarians, we should always be skeptical of individuals, groups, entities, agencies and governments who violate the non-aggression axiom/principle, and when we study the CIA’s history, it is full of corruption which costs trillions of dollars cumulatively and millions and possibly billions of lives as it relates to fatalities, injuries and psychological trauma.
Hence, do not let “intelligence” insult your intelligence and don’t get manipulated by “fake news” which are also regulated and influenced by the U.S. Government and the CIA. And if you don’t believe me, then your homework assignment is to study Operation Mockingbird.
This post was written by Baruti Libre.
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