The CIA: Beyond Redemption and Should be Terminated

by Sherwood Ross
Published: Jul. 24, 2010 – Veterans Today

The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents 60 years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Over the years “the Agency” as it is known, has given U.S. presidents so much wrong information on so many critical issues, broken so many laws, subverted so many elections, overthrown so many governments, funded so many dictators, and killed and tortured so many innocent human beings that the pages of its official history could be written in blood, not ink. People the world over regard it as infamous, and that evaluation, sadly for the reputation of America, is largely accurate. Besides, since President Obama has half a dozen other major intelligence agencies to rely on for guidance, why does he need the CIA? In one swoop he could lop an estimated 27,000 employees off the Federal payroll, save taxpayers umpteen billions, and wipe the CIA stain from the American flag.

If you think this is a “radical” idea, think again. What is “radical” is to empower a mob of covert operatives to roam the planet, wreaking havoc as they go with not a care for morality or, for that matter, the tenets of mercy implicit in any of the great faiths. The idea of not prosecuting CIA interrogators (i.e., torturers), as President Obama has said, is chilling. These crimes have to be stopped somewhere, sometime, or they will occur again.

“The CIA had run secret interrogation centers before—beginning in 1950, in Germany, Japan, and Panama,” writes New York Times reporter Tim Weiner in his book “Legacy of Ashes, The History of The CIA”(Random House). Weiner has won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the intelligence community. “It had participated in the torture of captured enemy combatants before—beginning in 1967, under the Phoenix program in Vietnam. It had kidnapped suspected terrorists and assassins before…”

In Iran in 1953, for example, a CIA-directed coup restored the Shah (king) to absolute power, initiating what journalist William Blum in “Rogue State” (Common Courage Press) called “a period of 25 years of repression and torture; while the oil industry was restored to foreign ownership, with the US and Britain each getting 40 percent.” About the same time in Guatemala, Blum adds, a CIA-organized coup “overthrew the democratically-elected and progressive government of Jacobo Arbenz, initiating 40 years of military government death squads, torture, disappearances, mass executions, and unimaginable cruelty, totaling more than 200,000 victims—indisputably one of the most inhuman chapters of the 20th century.” The massive slaughter compares, at least in terms of sheer numbers, with Hitler’s massacre of Romanian and Ukranian Jews during the holocaust. Yet few Americans know of it.

Blum provides yet other examples of CIA criminality. In Indonesia, it attempted in 1957-58 to overthrow neutralist president Sukarno. It plotted Sukarno’s assassination, tried to blackmail him with a phony sex film, and joined forces with dissident military officers to wage a full-scale war against the government, including bombing runs by American pilots, Blum reported This particular attempt, like one in Costa Rica about the same time, failed. So did the CIA attempt in Iraq in 1960 to assassinate President Abdul Kassem. Other ventures proved more “successful”.

In Laos, the CIA was involved in coup attempts in 1958, 1959, and 1960, creating a clandestine army of 30,000 to overthrow the government. In Ecuador, the CIA ousted President Jose Velasco for recognizing the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro. The CIA also arranged the murder of elected Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961 and installation of Mobutu Seko who ruled “with a level of corruption and cruelty that shocked even his CIA handlers,” Blum recalls.

In Ghana, in 1966, the CIA sponsored a military coup against leader Kwame Nkrumah in 1966; in Chile, it financed the overthrow of elected President Salvador Allende in 1973 and brought to power the murderous regime of General Augusto Pinochet who executed 3,000 political opponents and tortured thousands more. In Greece in 1967, the CIA helped subvert the elections and backed a military coup that killed 8,000 Greeks in its first month of operation. “Torture, inflicted in the most gruesome of ways, often with equipment supplied by the United States, became routine,” Blum writes.

In South Africa, the CIA gave the apartheid government information that led to the arrest of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, who subsequently spent years in prison. In Bolivia, in 1964, the CIA overthrew President Victor Paz; in Australia from 1972-75, the CIA slipped millions of dollars to political opponents of the Labor Party; ditto, Brazil in 1962; in Laos in 1960, the CIA stuffed ballot boxes to help a strongman into power; in Portugal in the Seventies the candidates it financed triumphed over a pro-labor government; in the Philippines, the CIA backed governments in the 1970-90 period that employed torture and summary execution against its own people; in El Salvador, the CIA in the Nineties backed the wealthy in a civil war in which 75,000 civilians were killed; and the list goes on and on.

Of course, the hatred that the CIA engenders for the American people and American business interests is enormous. Because the Agency operates largely in secret, most Americans are unaware of the crimes it perpetrates in their names. As Chalmers Johnson writes in “Blowback”(Henry Holt), former long-time CIA director Robert Gates, now Obama’s defense secretary, admitted U.S. intelligence services began to aid the mujahideen guerrillas in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet invasion in December, 1979.

As has often been the case, the CIA responded to a criminal order from one of the succession of imperial presidents that have occupied the White House, in this instance one dated July 3, 1979, from President Jimmy Carter. The Agency was ordered to aid the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul—aid that might sucker the Kremlin into invading. “The CIA supported Osama bin Laden, like so many other extreme fundamentalists among the mujahideen in Afghanistan, from at least 1984 on,” Johnson writes, helping bin Laden train many of the 35,000 Arab Afghans.

Thus Carter, like his successors in the George H.W. Bush government — Gates, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, and Colin Powell, “all bear some responsibility for the 1.8 million Afghan casualties, 2.6 million refugees, and 10 million unexploded land mines that followed from their decisions, as well as the ‘collateral damage’ that befell New York City in September 2001 from an organization they helped create during the years of anti-Soviet Afghan resistance,” Johnson added. Worse, the Bush-Cheney regime after 9/11 “set no limits on what the agency could do. It was the foundation for a system of secret prisons where CIA officer and contractors used techniques that included torture,” Weiner has written. By some estimates, the CIA in 2006 held 14,000 souls in 11 secret prisons, a vast crime against humanity.

That the CIA has zero interest in justice and engages in gratuitous cruelty may be seen from the indiscriminate dragnet arrests it has perpetrated: “CIA officers snatched and grabbed more than three thousand people in more than one hundred countries in the year after 9/11,” Weiner writes, adding that only 14 men of all those seized “were high-ranking authority figures within al Qaeda and its affiliates. Along with them, the agency jailed hundreds of nobodies…(who) became ghost prisoners in the war on terror.”

As for providing the White House with accurate intelligence, the record of the CIA has been a fiasco. The Agency was telling President Carter the Shah of Iran was beloved by his people and was firmly entrenched in power in 1979 when any reader of Harper’s magazine, available on newsstands for a buck, could read that his overthrow was imminent—and it was. Over the years, the Agency has been wrong far more often than it has been right.

According to an Associated Press report, when confirmed by the Senate as the new CIA director, Leon Panetta said the Obama administration would not prosecute CIA officers that “participated in harsh interrogations even if they constituted torture as long as they did not go beyond their instructions.” This will allow interrogators to evade prosecution for following the clearly criminal orders they would have been justified to disobey.

“Panetta also said that the Obama administration would continue to transfer foreign detainees to other countries for questioning but only if U.S. officials are confident that the prisoners will not be tortured,” the AP story continued. If past is prologue, how confident can Panetta be the CIA’s fellow goons in Egypt and Morocco will stop torturing prisoners? Why did the CIA kidnap men off the streets of Milan and New York and fly them to those countries in the first place if not for torture? They certainly weren’t treating them to a Mediterranean vacation. By its long and nearly perfect record of reckless disregard for international law, the CIA has deprived itself of the right to exist.

It will be worse than unfortunate if President Obama continues the inhumane (and illegal) CIA renditions that President Bill Clinton began and President Bush vastly expanded. If the White House thinks its operatives can roam the world and arrest and torture any person it chooses without a court order, without due process, and without answering for their crimes, this signifies Americans believe themselves to be a Master Race better than others and above international law. That’s not much different from the philosophy that motivated Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich. It would be the supreme irony if the American electorate that repudiated racism last November has voted into its highest office a constitutional lawyer who reaffirms his predecessor’s illegal views on this activity. Renditions must be stopped. The CIA must be abolished.

(Sherwood Ross is a Miami-based public relations consultant and columnist who formerly reported for the Chicago Daily News, the New York Herald-Tribune, and wire services. Reach him at




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6 Comments on “The CIA: Beyond Redemption and Should be Terminated”

  1. […] About The CIA: Beyond Redemption and Should be Terminated […]

  2. Dwight Baker says:

    CIA who is going to invite that savage crew to lunch? NOT ME!
    By Dwight Baker
    July 25, 2010

    I care not dream about how we end the CIA in total with the thugs and bandits that have no equal. I only firmly believe once the rule of law comes back to our Nation to be executed as written and a long laundry list of those evil, criminal and seminal in character are indicted rounded up and locked away will we as a people finally get a GET OUT OF JAIL free card to play in this our game we call Democracy.

    Thesis after thesis could be written about shadowy CIA controls in corporate governance yet in the end the men and women pulling the trigger on each great issue to be resolved are whom we have to deal with and no one else.

    Corporations might be the worst of the worst of things to ever come along for mankind. They hide in the shadows and cut deals that are crooked going in and coming out. IE: George Bush, Tony Blair and many others, that have blood on their hands and they simply do not care.

    Just after the Deep Horizon sunk I began to pull together all needed data to help problem solve. BP lied and all they said was up for grabs that required reading in between the lines to try my best to paint the pictures needed. Then on March 13, 2010 my Tame Nature Plan was finished with design of product and process to bring about the plugging of the BP blown out well. The time line for completing was 3 to 4 days.

    Now, back too the CIA and the Corporations their power and seemed ways to escape legal judgments against them.

    Therefore for your consideration try to separate the following Yale CIA bunch of misfit morons —-politicians—-corporate big shots—- high up military folks—-bankers—-Inside the DC beltway lawyers, lobbyist, big time drug runners, gun runners and whores of all colors dimensions and age. I have tried to do that and it has been impossible for me to do. They all speak the same language and all know that We the People must pick up their meal tickets each time they eat.

  3. Annie Ladysmith says:

    The Illuminati’s power behind its crazed world take-over is the ability and authority to terrorize the world in general, and nation-states in particular, into full submission and obedience, by giving these gang-thug-lunatics a carte blanche reign of terror.

    All anyone needs to research is the debacle of Waco, Texas, the massacre of women and children, to get a full understanding of how so few can stun the many into a state of mortification and death, and they get away with it in the heart of America.

    The tapes of small earthlings (animals, but who knows that children aren’t included) being tortured, the obsession and perversion of these gang members exposing and shaking their genitals at their terrorfied victims, the absolute and complete lack of human compassion or restraint, they know the stuff that haunt our worst nightmares and then some.

    The god of this world is their king, they do his biding which is to mutilate and destroy every living thing. If you think these guys are bad wait till you see their king. They recruit from Satanic groups because their god is Satan. It is his will that they do these terrible things, the evil ones live on the energy of terror and destruction.

    Many native Americans when captured by hostile and cruel tribes, like the Iroquois, knew never to cry out when they were tortured to death. They knew the price of giving up their souls to anguish and pain.

    So also, Jesus-God never uttered a single cry until he gave up his own soul to the Father saying, “It is finished”. I am sorry, and it is terrible, but this is the enemy we face, and the main battle is just beginning. Their is nothing humanly possible that can stop this evil, if you think there is, you are greatly decieved.

  4. Dwight Baker says:

    Focus with purpose has more to offer than anything other.
    By Dwight Baker
    July 26, 2010

    Calm out tonight down on the border, my wife and I have been a bit under the weather. Really do not know why but both of us are feeling some better.

    The CIA must come to an end, but in that process many other big guys and gals must have their empowering fangs pulled out. The CIA would not exist at this time without the power GATES gives them. The subversive things done daily by the CIA requires the USA military to help along.

    I submit that we must think long and hard about our Nation that has been the greatest land grabbing evil empire since mankind creation. The fundamental purpose of our Federal Government for years has been the actions of war. War is engrained in our culture deeper than most want to think. But when thinking long and hard there are the facts that prove the USA is a bloodthirsty empire that simply does not take prisoners. And the CIA fits right in to the evil war making agenda.

    When no one will fight back to cause a war the CIA has ways of making that happen. The CIA will wear any hat and claim to be anyone to make war a constant reality. And those that drive those agendas on into the CIA to be done are the many think tanks that abound inside the beltway of DC.

    Now, for consideration is this, a sin sick evil possessed mind has not one chance of making it against a mind that is filled with the clear proven purposes of our God. That is just rationale thinking. How can and could the created be at odds against the creator. There is the gap in reason that needs to become more solid in all of us.

    Those innately evil are possessed no question about that but their god is themselves and nothing more. There is no cosmic connection for those that are pure evil today that are out to set up the New World Order with its entire fault and failed plans for man. They are tribes of men and women who have thought wrongly that retained hoarded wealth brought intelligence to them also.

    In essence their games of control have always been about setting wild fires of fear in the people. They are all mafia types through and through. Their pecking order retirement packages are controlled by the one at the top of the heap. And the only incentive that any of them have is do the job assigned or get killed.

    Dumb and dumber is the rule in their ranks. Cover each other tracks and backs with lies and that might bring about a cure.

    The end result to where we are today and where we all know we should go is simple and easy to see. We must show in the light to every hideous thing that those I call the Predator Beast has planned to do. Our GOD is the Great and Mighty Creator their god is there self. We have the wealth of the ages stored up to draw from and they just repeat and repeat for that is all that they know.

    Thus the challenge goes out try your best to live your life using focus with purpose.

  5. Dwight Baker says:


    Just in a short video that goes to the heart of the matters thought you might like to look over, to get a view from one of the best crime reporting sources in America.


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