“We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little to be gained by opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating it’s arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit, to the extent that it is in my control."
President John F. Kennedy, American Society of Newspaper Editors luncheon, April 27, 1961 quoted by RAZFX at News From A Parallel World regarding Senator Diane Feinstein’s treasonous role in covering up NSA domestic surveillance even as she whined about the CIA stalking congress. Her husband has investments in a company that produces the tools for putting surveillance ‘backdoors’ in the chips your computer uses.
2 years, 6 months, and 27 days later SOMEONE blew JFK’s head off, and to that ‘extent’, it was no longer 'in his control'.
Those Methedrine/B-12 injections Kennedy was receiving (all the rage in the beltway at the time) DID make people think ANYTHING was possible. Even a “Winnable” Nuclear War with Russia over Cuba or the reduction of what HE THOUGHT was “excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts”… often totally secret POLICIES unspoken of in the press, as the United States interacted with the other nations of the world expecting our government to act according to law.
Fully annotated transcript of Edward Snowden’s statement
Elective readings… umn… “Listenings”: [February 19 2008] Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: What Do Cuba, Las Vegas, Rum-Runners, And “Industrial Prostitution” Have In Common? A Brief But ‘Hipp’ Anti-Imperial History Of Cuba
Ask Col. Manners.
The well-intentioned Col. Manners answers your questions on CIA practices, proper cyberwar behavior, and invasion etiquette:
Dear Col. Manners,
When Barack Obama entered the Oval Office, he insisted that we “look forward,” not backward. While he rejected the widespread use of torture and abuse by the CIA in the Bush years, his Department of Justice refused to prosecute a single torture case, even when death was the result. (The only CIA agent to go to jail during the Obama presidency was the guy who blew the whistle on the CIA torture program!)
Jump ahead five years, and instead of looking forward, it seems that we’re again looking backward big time. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, usually the staunchest backer of U.S. intelligence, seems to have sworn a vendetta against the CIA on the Senate floor for spying on her oversight committee as it prepared its still-unreleased report on the Agency’s torture program. The CIA denies it all and claims committee staffers spied on them. Once again, the Justice Department faces the issue of charges over the Agency’s torture program! It seems like little short of a constitutional catfight.
What gives, Colonel? Shouldn’t President Obama have prosecuted CIA torturers in the first place and isn’t it time that he and his Justice Department finally take all this to court?
Tortured in Tacoma
You’ve hit the nail on the head! When Senator Feinstein turns on the CIA, the situation couldn’t be more disturbing — or out of hand.
But believe me, the answer is not to call on the Justice Department (of all places!) to sort this out. After all, as you indicate, it was incapable of prosecuting the killing of tortured prisoners, so it’s hardly likely to adopt a take-no-prisoners attitude toward either the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee over possible computer spying.
Instead, as the president long ago suggested, we need to look forward, not backward. And with that in mind, Senator John McCain has, I believe, made the most useful suggestion…"
— Advice too secret to ignore, Le Monde diplomatique
Not JUST Argentina:
On Sunday, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela) released a statement on the past week’s demonstrations in Venezuela. They described “the recent violent acts” in Venezuela as “attempts to destabilize the democratic order”. Source, Guardian UK
Argentine government condemns “clear efforts of destabilization” in Venezuela, MercoPress News
Also see Make Weisbrot of CEPR’s piece in the Guardian UK: “US Indicates Support for Regime Change in Venezuela; Once Again, South America Says No”.
Meanwhile, Even as the UN Refugee Agency “Praises Venezuela’s “Generosity” to Colombian Refugees”, including the ‘lack of persecution or resentment’ of those "200,000 Colombians who have fled the internal conflict in their own country.", the UN Human Rights Office wants “a probe into Venezuela violence (and) calls for dialogue with the politically deposed oligarchy of the country, to ‘resolve the crisis’ consisting of oligarch media portrayed “Demonstrations” “launched 10 (13) days ago by (100 or so) students who have received backing from some of the country’s fractured opposition groups” (al-Jazerra) AKA that oligarchy with further assistance in the destabilization operation alleged from US diplomats whom Venezuela has ejected from the country “saying they had been recruiting students to take part in violent antigovernment protests.” (NYTimes), and “using a visa program as a cover to meet with youth organizers at private universities “for training, financing and creating youth organizations through which violence is promoted in Venezuela.” (CNN)
Also note Leopoldo Lopez, the Oligarch’s hand-picked opposition leader’s education: John F. Kennedy School of Government, Kenyon College, Harvard University He is a wanted man for allegedly inciting anti-government violence now.
In a way this is a doppelganger of another Caribbean country’s dust-up with the CIA… the Jamaican Michael Manley ‘Socialist’ Vs Edward Seaga ‘Harvard business school’ street war in the late 60s early 70s. The CIA dumped Colt and S&W pistols all over the island in the hands of gangsters to destabilize Manley’s ostensibly Socialist government forcing Manley to put lots of dreadies in ‘gun camps’ in the year before the elections, which DID work as agitprop and Seaga got elected (one term) despite the likelihood that one of those guns was most likely used in the attempted assassination of reggae legend Bob Marley. a Manley supporter.
Seaga didn’t last long… The “Gun Camps” had a longer existence than his prime ministerial career but the camps DID create enough ill-will among Manley’s political base to cause Seaga’s win.
"I remember when we used to sit down in the government yard in Trenchtown…"
That Marley song was about a couple of dreadies who got caught with a CIA delivered Colt, or S&W, sitting in an improvised open air jail in the middle of Trenchtown watching the pretty women go by… Those Venezuelan “student protestors” are the Venezuelan ‘dreadlocked gangsters’.
Amazon.com press statement November 2013. The company was founded, and majority interest is held by Jeff Bezos… Bezos now owns Washington Post:
The Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon — which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.
Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post four months ago.
And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure.
Bezos personally and publicly touts Amazon Web Services, and it’s evident that Amazon will be seeking more CIA contracts. Last month, Amazon issued a statement saying, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”
As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers…
December 18, 2013 Doing Business: The CIA and the Washington Post by Norman Solomon @CounterPunch
For more history of how the US media has been thoroughly infiltrated by the CIA and other federal foreign policy/military-related organizations to work in collusion with US government policy see this article about Operation Mockingbird, which journalist Carl Bernstein referred to recently , and which, similarly to Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans and Office of Strategic Influence (SourceWatch has more), never REALLY went away, but simply ‘morphed’.
And then there was the Office of Strategic Influence. You may recall that. And ‘oh my goodness gracious isn’t that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is going to fall.’ I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to salvage this thing fine I’ll give you the corpse. There’s the name. You can have the name, but I’m gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have. ~~Donald Rumsfeld. Source, Defense.gov
McClatchy Washington Bureau — U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.
Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.
Although the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven, authorities hoped to find government employees or applicants who might have tried to use them… […]
[…] Among the people whose personal details were collected were nurses, firefighters, police officers and private attorneys, McClatchy learned. Also included: a psychologist, a cancer researcher and employees of Rite Aid, Paramount Pictures, the American Red Cross and Georgetown University…
Detailed… In Full, Marisa Taylor, Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe, McClatchy, November 14, 2013 "
It all stems from what might be termed “Institutional Vengeance” against the book’s publisher and author. It’s has a kissin’ kusin called Institutional Slander which is what Edward Snowden referred to as the use of “False Personas” traditionally used to persecute state enemies and opponents,
The feds most likely intended to do this with any worthwhile ‘targets’ within those 4,904 people who were simply applying for a federal job then read a book to find out, let us say, if their love affair with the secretary or a neighbor 10 years ago may get found out in a polygraph test. More to the point, the government assumed some sort of criminally guilty behavior on the part of the applicants for reading a book or attending a seminar about lie detectors.
I’ve blogged about the now-common US government practice of vilifying people here → and here.
Two years ago, following the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, a number of journalists wrote dramatic accounts of the Al Qaeda leader’s last moments. One such story, co-authored by Eli Lake in the Washington Times, cited Obama administration officials and an unnamed military source, described how bin Laden had “reached for a weapon to try to defend himself” during the intense firefight at his compound, and then “was shot by Navy SEALs after trying to use a woman reputed to be his wife as a human shield.”
It was exciting stuff, but it turned out to have been fictitious propaganda concocted by U.S. authorities to destroy bin Laden’s image in the eyes of his followers. Based on what we know now, the SEALs met virtually no resistance at the compound, there was no firefight, bin Laden didn’t use a woman as a human shield, and he was unarmed.
The White House blamed the misleading early reports on the “fog of war,” but as Will Saletan pointed out in Slate, “A fog of war creates confusion, not a consistent story like the one about the human shield. The reason U.S. officials bought and sold this story is that it fit their larger indictment of Bin Laden. It reinforced the shameful picture of him hiding in a mansion while sending others to fight and die. It made him look like a coward.”
Many reporters uncritically rushed the government’s account into print. For Lake, though, it fit a career pattern of credulously planting dubious stories from sources with strong political agendas.[*]
Which brings us to the news story that Lake and Josh Rogin broke for the Daily Beast last week, in which they reported that the
“crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region.”…
(and the media not only bought the story, their own writers had a part in creating it…)
Ken Silverstein, Anatomy of an Al Qaeda “Conference Call”, Harpers
(Global US Embassy Closures A Fraud)
For a historical look at how the US press, including some of the most well-respected and trusted journalists in your lifetime, is pwned by US government disinformation agencies such as the CIA, see this article:
In 1948 Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects. Soon afterwards it was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the espionage and counter-intelligence branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on “propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”
Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence the domestic American media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham (Washington Post) to run the project within the industry. Graham himself recruited others who had worked for military intelligence during the war. This included James Truitt, Russell Wiggins, Phil Geyelin, John Hayes and Alan Barth.
Others like Stewart Alsop, Joseph Alsop and James Reston (entry for “Georgetown Set”), were recruited from within the Georgetown Set. According to Deborah Davis(Katharine the Great): “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”
In 1951 Allen W. Dulles persuaded Cord Meyer to join the CIA. However, there is evidence that he was recruited several years earlier and had been spying on the liberal organizations he had been a member of in the later 1940s. According to Deborah Davis, Meyer became Mockingbird’s “principal operative”.
"Operation Mockingbird" at Spartacus Educational.