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Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Whose "family jewels"?

The news today is filled with the release of "the CIA's 'family jewels'." The lead of an article in the Washington Post is typical:
After Fidel Castro led a revolution that toppled a friendly government in 1959, the CIA was desperate to eliminate him.
Nonsense. "The CIA" wasn't desperate to eliminate Castro, the U.S. government was, starting at the top. The CIA doesn't decide to assassinate foreign leaders without direct orders from the President of the United States.

Today's segment of "The Situation Room" (Wolf Blitzer) dealing with the release suffered the same problem, as did BBC World News, with nary a mention of any other part of the U.S. government other than the CIA. You'd get the idea that the CIA is a rogue agency, operating independently of the White House and Congress. This is complete nonsense. The CIA is an arm of the United States government, just as much as the military and the State Department, and its actions implement the policies of that government. A fact you'll be hard-pressed to know listening to the coverage of this event in the corporate media. Almost as much as you'll be hard-pressed to know that the idea that this document represents the "old" CIA and not the current CIA (and government) is pure bollocks.

Update: The New York Times is now out with its take on the story, which actually includes the following analysis, but not until the 21st paragraph of the story, well below the level at which this information makes it into the "short-attention-span" broadcast media:

Historians have generally concluded that far from being a rogue agency, the C.I.A. was following orders from the White House or top officials. In 1967, for instance, President Lyndon B. Johnson became convinced that the American antiwar movement was controlled and financed by Communist governments, and he ordered the C.I.A. to produce evidence.

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