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Friday, February 23, 2007

CIA operations : A summary

From: http://www.dromo.com/fusionanomaly/interventions.html

An alphabetical list of USA military and CIA interventions *since* WWII
written and distributed by Anthony Cantrell

1. Afghanistan, 1979-present.
2. Albania, 1949-53.
3. Angola, 1975-80s.
4. Australia, 1973-75.
5. Bolivia, 1964-75.
6. Brazil, 1961-64.
7. British Guiana, 1953-64.
8. Bulgaria, 1990.
9. Cambodia, 1955-73.
10. China, 1945-60.
11. Chile, 1964-73.
12. The Congo, 1960-64.
13. Costa Rica, 1955-71.
14. Columbia, presently.
15. Cuba, 1959-present.
16. Dominican Republic, 1960-66.
17. Ecuador, 1960-63.
18. El Salvador, 1980-94.
19. France/Algeria, 1960s.
20. Germany, 1950-60.
21. Ghana, 1966.
22. Greece, 1947-74.
23. Grenada, 1979-84,
24. Guatemala, 1953-80s.
25. Haiti, 1959-94.
26. Indonesia, 1957-58.
27. Italy, 1947-1970.
28. Iran, 1953.
29. Indonesia/East Timor, 1965-1999.
30. Iraq, 1972-present (supporting Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons against Iran 1980-1988)
31. Jamaica, 1976-80.
32. Korea, 1945-53.
33. Libya, 1981-89.
34. Laos, 1957-73.
35. Morocco, 1983.
36. Nicaragua, 1981-90.
37. Panama, 1969-91.
38. Peru, 1961-65.
39. Phillippines, 1940-50.
40. Seychelles, 1979-81,
41. Soviet Union, 1945-1960.
42. Suriname, 1982-84.
43. Syria, 1956-7.
44. Uruguay, 1964-70.
45. Vietnam, 1950-73.
46. Zaire, 1975-78.

According to my estimates the USA is directly responsible for 12 million human murders over the past 50 years. Additionally, if we look at the neoliberal economic
policies [the modern method of creating Banana Republics] imposed upon Third World countries, the number skyrockets. Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatista
movement considers this the fourth world war: the so-called "Cold War" was hot in the Third World and is the third, and the neoliberal economic policies backed by
militaries are the fourth.

Also, depleted uranium in Iraq & Yugoslavia, and Agent Orange in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia continue to kill thru childhood lukemia and various cancers. We
have no idea of the effects of chemical and biological warfare being waged on Columbia currently. And this estimate and list doesn't include countries such as
Mexico where the US is supplying weapons and training that repress the populations.

"The United States supports right-wing dictatorships in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East ... because these are the rulers who have tied their
personal political destiny to the fortunes of the American corporations in their countries... Revolutionary or nationalist leaders have radically different political
constituencies and interests. For them creating "a good investment climate" for the United States and developing their own country are fundamentally conflicting
goals. Therefore, the United States has a strong economic interest in keeping such men from coming to power or arranging for their removal if they do."

Anthony Cantrell

From documentary 'Bowling for Columbine' by Michael Moore

1953 US overthrows Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran
US installs Sjah as dictator
1954 US overthrows democratically-elected President Arbenz of Guatemala
200.000 civilians killed
1963 US backs assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem
1963-1975 American military kils 4 million people in Southeast Asia
sept 11, 1973 US stages coup in Chile
Democratically elected President Salvador Allende assassinated
Dictator Augusto Pinochet installed.
5000 Chileans murdered.
1977 US backs military rulers of El Salvador
70.000 Salvadorans and four American nuns killed
1980's US trains Osama bin Laden and fellow terrorists to kill Soviets.
CIA gives them $3 billion (miljard)
1981 Reagan administration trains and funds "contras". 30.000 Nicaraguans die.
1982 US provides billions in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons to kill Iranians.
1983 White House secretly gives Iran weapons to kill Iraqis.
1989 CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as President of Panama) disobeys orders from Washington. US invades Panama and removes Noriega. 3000 Panamanian civilian casualties.
1990 Iraq invades Kuwait with the allowance and weapons from US.
1991 US enters Iraq. Bush reinstates dictator of Kuwait.
1998 Clinton bombs "weapons factory" in Sudan. Factory turns out to be making aspirin.
1991 to present: American bomb Iraq on a weekly basis. UN estimates 500000 Iraqi children die from bombing and sanctions.
2000-01 US gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan $245 million in "aid".

The problem with this list is that it could go on and on - Brazil, Guatemala,
El Salvador, Ecuador, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Iraq,
Iran, Laos, East Timor, Grenada, Greece... All of these and more are countries
who have suffered from oppression, torture, starvation, and death at the hands
of American 'intervention,' whether it takes the form of bombs, sanctions, or our
personal favourite, CIA sponsored military regimes.(Schnews)

Since the Second World War, the US government has bombed 21 countries:
China in 1945-46 and again in 1950-53, Korea in 1950-53, Guatemala in 1954,
1960, and 1967-69, Indonesia in 1958, Vietnam in 1961-73, Congo in 1964,
Laos in 1964-73, Peru in 1965, Cambodia in 1969-70, El Salvador throughout the
1980s, Nicaragua throughout the 1980s, Lebanon in 1983-84, Grenada in 1983,
Bosnia in 1985, Libya in 1986, Panama in 1989, Iraq in 1991-20??, Sudan in 1998,
Former Yugoslavia in 1999, and Afghanistan in 1998 and 2002.(Schnews)

When asked about the number of Iraqi people who were killed by Americans in
the 1991 Desert Storm campaign (200,000 people, incidentally),
General Colin Powell said:
"It's really not a number I'm terribly interested in."

Now the above info is cut and pasted from a website, and the info is sourced to Anthony Cantrell. I ommitted one line from his original post because of its incendiary nature. I'll let the diligent reader try and discover what line was ommitted ...

My comments :

But if you believe the Bush administration after 9-11, the US is hated because of our freedoms! Couple the meddling by the CIA with foreign governments with the US's dreadfully unbalanced foreign policy concerning Israel-Palestine, then you have a true basis for discussing the seeds of anti-American sentiment worldwide.

Just to illuminate the true nature of these operations/interventions, below is one account from a CIA operative concerning one intervention.

John Stockwell is a 13-year veteran of the CIA and a former U.S. Marine Corps major. He was hired by the CIA in 1964, spent six years working for the CIA in Africa, and was later transferred to Vietnam. In 1973 he received the CIA's Medal of Merit, the Agency's second-highest award. In 1975, Stockwell was promoted to the CIA's Chief of Station and National Security Council coordinator, managing covert activities during the first years of Angola's bloody civil war. After two years he resigned, determined to reveal the truth about the agency's role in the Third World. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to expose the criminal activities of the CIA. He is the author of In Search of Enemies, an exposé of the CIA's covert action in Angola.

Stockwell is a founding member of Peaceways and ARDIS (the Association for Responsible Dissent), an organization of former CIA and Government officials who are openly critical of the CIA's activities. His latest book is entitled The Praetorian Guard: The U.S. Role in the New World Order.

JOHN STOCKWELL: What we're going to talk about tonight are the CIA's secret wars. But the subject is much broader than merely little CIA dirty tricks and shenanigans. We're talking about a situation ..... We're living in a world which has grievous problems. Our planet is terminally ill, and it's not a long term disease. We're talking about the nuclear arms race. This is something. These 52,000, soon to be 70,000, nuclear weapons are going to be going off sooner, rather than later.

At the same time, the world is facing serious economic problems of the sort that triggered world wars in the past. Leaders of countries, leaders of banks, for purposes basically of greed, have never been able to balance their checkbooks. They always overspend. They run countries into bankruptcy.

When the world has gotten blocked up before, like a Monopoly game where everything is owned and nobody can make any progress, the way they erase the board and start over has been to have big world wars. Erase countries, bomb cities, and bomb banks, and then start from scratch again. This is not an option to us now, because of all these fifty-two thousand nuclear weapons.

The Center for Defense Information counts sixty wars that are being fought in the world today, in which they estimate that five million people will die. The U.S. is on the brink of its next war: the Central American War. In this situation of a volatile world, about as troubled as it can get, the U.S. CIA is running fifty covert actions, destabilizing further almost one third of the countries in the world today.

Now these things interrelate. The nuclear arms race, conventional wars, the world debt, CIA covert actions; they're all viewed from our point of view, they're all part of our national security. They're supervised by the National Security Council. The National Security Advisor advises the President, and we respond to them in terms of our own national security compulsions.

By the way, everything I'm sharing with you tonight is in the public record. The fifty covert actions are secret, but that [information] has been leaked to us by members of the Oversight Committee of Congress. I urge you not to take my word for anything. I'm going to stand here and tell you and give you examples of how our leaders lie. Obviously, I could be lying. The only way you can figure it out for yourselves is to educate yourselves. The French have a saying: "Them that don't do politics will be done." If you don't fill your mind eagerly with the truth, dig out the records, go and see for yourself, then your mind remains blank, and your adrenalin pumps, and you can be excited and mobilized to do things that are not in your interest to do.

Approaching this subject from my own point of view, my own experience -- my special expertise in the CIA covert actions -- let's look at Nicaragua. This is the most famous covert action of the fifty that are going on today. They say there are thirteen "major" ones. This is not the biggest one. Afghanistan is. We've spent several hundred million dollars in Afghanistan. We've spent somewhat less than that, but close, in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the most famous one, and there's a reason. Part of it is it's closer, but a big part of it is the fact that the Administration is using Nicaragua for a very special purpose, so they have made it public from the outset.

What this is is a technique of destabilization. In covert action, you call it destabilization. You have a target: a government that you don't like. You pick a country you're going to go after. The reasons are quite whimsical. We go after a country for a while, and if it doesn't work, sometimes we wind up being friends with them. They pick a government. They target them. They send the CIA in with its resources and its activists: hiring people, hiring agents to tear apart the social and economic fabric of the country. It's a technique for putting pressure on the government, hoping they can make the government come to the U.S.'s terms, or that the government will collapse altogether and they can engineer a coup d'etat, and have the thing wind up with their own choice of people in power.

Now ripping apart the economic and social fabric is fairly textbookish. What we're talking about is going in and deliberately creating conditions where the farmer can't get his produce to market; where children can't go to school; where women are terrified inside their homes as well as outside; where government administered programs grind to a complete halt; where the hospitals are treating wounded people instead of sick people; where international capital is scared away and the country goes bankrupt.

If you ask the State Department today what is their official explanation of the purpose of the Contras, they say, it is to attack economic targets, meaning, break up the economy of the country. Of course, they're attacking a lot more.

To destabilize Nicaragua, beginning in 1981, we began funding this force of Somoza's ex-National Guardsmen, calling them the Contras, the counter-revolutionaries. We created this force, which did not exist until we allocated money. We armed them. We put uniforms on their backs and boots on their feet, gave them camps in Honduras to live in, medical supplies, doctors, training, leadership, direction, as we sent them in to destabilize Nicaragua. Under our direction, they have been systematically blowing up bridges, sawmills, graneries, government offices, schools, health centers. They ambush trucks so the produce can't get to market. They raid farms and villages. The farmer has to carry a gun while he tries to plow, if he can plow at all.

If you want one example of hard proof of the CIA's involvement in this and their approach to it, dig up the "Sabotage Manual" that they were circulating throughout Nicaragua: a comic-book type of a paper, with visual explanations of what you can do to bring a society to a halt: how you can gum up typewriters; what you can pour in a gas tank to burn up engines; what you can stuff in a sewer to stop up the sewage so it won't work -- things you can do to make a society simply cease to function.

Systematically, the Contras have been assassinating religious workers, teachers, health workers, elected officials, government administrators. Remember the "Assassination Manual" that surfaced in 1984? It caused such a stir that President Reagan had to address it himself in the presidential debates with Walter Mondale. They use terror to traumatize society so that it cannot function.

I don't mean to abuse you with verbal violence, but you have to understand what your Government and its agents are doing.

They go into villages. They haul out families. With the children forced to watch, they castrate the father. They peel the skin off his face. They put a grenade in his mouth, and pull the pin. With the children forced to watch, they gang-rape the mother, and slash her breasts off. And sometimes, for variety, they make the parents watch while they do these things to the children.

This is nobody's propaganda !

There have been over a hundred thousand American "Witnesses for Peace" who've gone down there, and they have filmed and photographed and witnessed these atrocities immediately after they've happened, and documented thirteen thousand people killed this way -- mostly women and children.

These are the activites done by the Contras. The Contras are the people President Reagan called "freedom fighters." He said: "They are the moral equivalent of our founding fathers."

In 1960, we came up with a new term, a policy of trying to correct the problems of Central and Latin America -- the economic imbalances -- by addressing them directly. In President Kennedy's famous program he said: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable." However, the millions and millions of dollars that we put into this program, inevitably went to the rich, and not to the ordinary people of the countries involved. While we were doing this, or trying -- saying we were trying to correct the problems of Central and Latin America -- the CIA was doing its thing too.

The CIA was, in fact, forming the police units that are, today, the death squads in El Salvador. The leaders were on the CIA's payroll, trained by the CIA in the United States. We had the public safety program going throughout Central and Latin America for twenty-six years, in which we taught them to break up subversion by interrogating people: interrogation, including torture, the way the CIA taught it.

Dan Mitrione, the exponent of these things, spent seven years in Brazil and three in Uruguay, teaching interrogation; teaching torture. He was supposed to be the master of the business: how to apply the right amount of pain, at just the right times, in order to get the response you want from the individual. They gave them crank generators -- with "U.S.A.I.D." written on the side, so the people even knew where these things came from -- and developed a wire that was strong enough to carry the current and fine enough to fit between the teeth, so you could put one wire between the teeth, and the other in or around the genitals. You could crank, and submit the individual to the greatest amount of pain, supposedly, that the human body can register.

Now, how do you teach torture? Someone can teach you about torture, but sooner or later you have to get involved. You have to lay on your hands and try it yourself. They would pick up guinea pigs off the streets: beggars, and take them in to use in these torture training classes. Of course, the horror of that is, these people wouldn't know why they were being tortured. They couldn't give up. They couldn't say: "I'm sorry! Stop the pain! I'll tell you the names of everybody involved!" All they could do was lie there and scream!

When they would collapse, they would bring in doctors who would shoot them up with Vitamin B and rest them up for the next class. And when they would die, they would mutilate the bodies and throw them out on the streets to terrify the population, so that everybody would be afraid of the police and the Government. This is what the CIA was teaching them to do.

One of the women who was in this program for two years -- tortured in Brazil for TWO YEARS -- testified internationally when she eventually got out. She said the most horrible thing about it, in fact, was that the people doing it were not raving psychopaths. She couldn't break mental contact with them the way you could if they were psychopaths. They were very ordinary people.

She told about being tortured one day: She's on this table, naked in a room full of six men, and they're doing these incredibly painful, degrading things to her body. There's an interruption. The American is called to the telephone, and he's in the next room, and the others take a smoke break. She's lying on this table, and he's saying: "Oh, hi Honey. Yes, I can wrap it up here in another hour or so, and meet you and the kids at the Ambassador's on the way home."

There's a lesson in all this. The lesson is: It isn't just the Gestapo maniacs, or KGB maniacs, who do inhuman things to other people. It's PEOPLE who do inhuman things to other people. And we are responsible for doing these things on a massive basis, to people of the world today. We do it in a way that gives us plausible denial to our own consciences. We create a CIA, a secret police, with a vast budget, and let them go and run these programs in our name. We pretend like we don't know what's going on, though the information is there for us to know. And we pretend like it's okay because we're fighting some vague communist threat. We're just as responsible for these ONE TO THREE MILLION PEOPLE we've slaughtered, and for all the people we've tortured and made miserable, as the Gestapo was for the people that they slaughtered and killed. Genocide is genocide !!


Ryan said...

So screw America and its CIA. Lets get rid of all those american murderous bastards who in a grand conspiracy have been trying to kill and torture and destroy the world as we know it. We should have just let the KGB and the Communist regime they defended reign uncontested in the world.. or the socialists might be better, hell even complete anarchism would be better than this damnable democracy that is America and her CIA right? Lets say America had just stepped down, lets suppose Communism had seeded all of the world. Hmm wouldn't that be great? The (USSR/KGB) wouldn't be "directly" responsible for any deaths right? The world would be such a peachy and enjoyable place where nothing bad would happen. oh, you weren't even referring to them just to the other world super power that principally and directly influenced the creation of the said CIA and has been its principal antagonist for most of its history until only recently when "terrorists" have taken the limelight.. hmmm maybe they should be in charge of the world. They sure as hell wouldn't be as mean spirited as the CIA. They sure wouldn't torture as many people or damn the world with their schemes and obscured visions and practices. You look at problems, in fact are drowning yourself in them, but offer no real solutions, nice job man...

scottie said...

sentence 2 : non sequitur

sentence 3 : are there not any other alternatives to the one you mention?

sentence 4 : non sequitur again

sentence 5,6 : slippery slope

sentence 7 : no one said the KGB has not done illegal and immoral things as well, but that does not grant license for our CIA to do these things. The American people should hold THEIR institutions accountable and let the Russians do the same.

sentence 8 : hasty generalization

sentence 9 : no idea what you meant here

sentence 10 : non sequitur

sentence 11 : don't confuse mean-spirited actions with illegal actions , by our own laws and international law

sentence 12 : hasty generalization

diagnosing the problem is the first step. solutions are offered after a consensus is reached on the nature of the problem. all you did with your comments is use logical fallacy after logical fallacy. here's food for thought for you : forget you are an American for a moment. would you still offer these fraudulent comments? i think you are defending the CIA because its an institution of the US, but i say the CIA behaves in a very un-American way, and by that i mean the America our founders forged through vision, sweat, blood, and sheer determination to not be slaves to tyranny.

bottom line, in the grand scheme of things the CIA has not helped our country one-bit. look at the socialistic revolution that has occurred in the past 10 years throughout central and south america. all of the gyrations of the CIA to stop that movement only accelerated it, and in the process the US becomes hated. the CIA coup against Mossadegh in '53 blew the opportunity to have a pro-western western-educated parliamentarian as head of the Iranian nation. now look at what we have to deal with. connect the dots man. did our CIA intervention bring any fruit? only to US oil companies and British oil companies and only from '53-'79 and then we supported Saddam Hussein to fight the evil Iranians, and now there are calls for more bellicosity towards the Iranians. what if we had left Iran alone? Pres Truman said that Mossadegh was one of the strongest allies of the US in the region. What if today Iran was a strong ally of the US versus the arch-enemy of Israel. Unintended consequences always come back to haunt this country with the CIA misadventures, and these ops are just the tip of the iceberg. google "confessions of an economic hitman" and see the economic coups that have been performed, by the WTO, IMF and the World Bank.

but don't defend all this shit blindly because you happen to be American. defend it because it right or reject it because it is wrong, but don't let flag-sucking patriotism get in the way.