January 1, 2010
Pakistan’s Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing at a CIA camp in the eastern Khost province of Afghanistan. On Wednesday, a suicide bomber waltzed into the CIA’s Camp Chaman and killed himself and eight CIA employees. Two of the agents were contractors employed by Xe, formerly known as Blackwater.
The CIA has promised the attack “will be avenged through aggressive counterterror operations,” according to the New York Daily News. “People at Langley are galvanized.”
On Thursday, CIA drones flew into Pakistan and hit targets in warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani’s territory. Haqqani was supported by the CIA back in the 1980s when the CIA organized and funded the Afghan Mujihadeen in a successful effort to force the Soviets out of the country. After “everything changed” on 9/11, Haqqani refused CIA overtures and sided with his old pal, the late CIA asset Osama bin Laden.
In the past year, CIA drones have killed Haqqani’s relatives and it is speculated he is responsible for the deadly attack on the CIA operation at Camp Chapman, a former Soviet airbase. The base is named after Green Beret Nathan Chapman, who was fighting alongside the CIA when he became the first U.S. soldier killed in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
Following the attack, Obama called the dead CIA agents “brave Americans [who] were part of a long line of patriots who have made great sacrifices for their fellow citizens, and for our way of life.”
The United States would not be able to maintain the freedom and security that we cherish without decades of service from the dedicated men and women of the CIA. You have helped us understand the world as it is, and taken great risks to protect our country. You have served in the shadows, and your sacrifices have sometimes been unknown to your fellow citizens, your friends, and even your families.
The “service” Obama spoke of has resulted in numerous brutal dictatorships and murderous covert operations around the world — from the coup against the democratically elected leader of Iran to sponsoring the overthrow of the democratically elected leader Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala and beyond. The CIA has sponsored coups and mass murder campaigns in the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Chile, Cambodia, El Salvador, and many other countries.
Under the direction of future CIA director and Wall Street lawyer Allen Dulles, the OSS worked closely with the Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen and his intelligence organization after the Second World War. “Gehlen was far from the only Nazi war criminal employed by the CIA. Others included Klaus Barbie (“the Butcher of Lyon”), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked closely with Eichmann) and, SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny (a great favorite of Hitler’s). There’s even evidence that Martin Bormann, Hitler’s second-in-command at the end of the war, faked his own death and escaped to Latin America, where he worked with CIA-linked groups,” writes Mark Zepezauer in his classic, The CIAs Greatest Hits.
The CIA worked with fascists in Italy and organized a secret paramilitary army with hidden stockpiles of weapons and explosives. Called Operation Gladio, the pretense of this operation was to prevent communism in Europe (i.e., subverting democratic elections). Gladio was often directed by former SS officers. “Leftist organizations like the Red Brigades were infiltrated, financed and / or created, and the resulting acts of terrorism, like the assassination of Italy’s premier in 1978 and the bombing of the railway station in Bologna in 1980,” writes Zepezauer. The existence of Gladio was confirmed by none other than Giulio Andreotti, the Italian PM.
The CIA is the world’s premier drug cartel. Beginning at the end of the Second World War, it worked closely with the Corsican Mafia, at the time one of the biggest heroin traffickers in the world. The CIA’s involvement in the global drug business — conducted in the name of bankers and Wall Street (the CIA was the brainchild of Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner) — is a well-documented fact. A direct link between cocaine trafficking and the CIA mercenary army the Contras was established by senator John Kerry’s commission in 1989. “In my 30-year history in the Drug Enforcement Administration and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA,” Dennis Dayle, former chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit, has stated. The agency established drug operations in Southeast Asia and Afghanistan.
Not only did the CIA build-up the illegal drug business, it also created crooked banks to launder its profits, specifically the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. “Throughout its entire history, the CIA has set up an elaborate shell game of ‘proprietaries’ (front companies), money-laundering operations and off-the-books projects so complex that no outsider — and few insiders — could ever keep track of them. BCCI was neither the first nor the last of these,” explains Zepezauer. BCCI was not only involved in laundering drug money, but also financing gun running, bribing government officials and influencing policies around the world, activity revealed during a Senate committee in October, 1991.
[efoods]Deputy Director Frank Wisner proudly referred to the CIA’s worldwide propaganda machine as “the mighty Wurlitzer.” The CIA owns countless newspapers and magazines world-over. Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein revealed that over 400 US journalists had been employed by the CIA. These ranged from freelancers who were paid for regular debriefings, to actual CIA officers who worked under deep cover. Nearly every major US news organization has had operatives on the payroll, usually with the cooperation of top management, under the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird. Wisner recruited Philip Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, to run the project within the industry (this is why I call The Washington Post the CIA’s favorite newspaper).
In regard to Afghanistan and the recent suicide bombing that killed eight CIA employees, this is yet another example of legendary blowback the agency on occasion experiences as a result of its skullduggery and consistent premeditated violence. The CIA recruited, armed, funded, and directed the Afghan Mujahideen, so it is fair to say this latest violence was self-inflicted. “Besides tossing billions of dollars into the conflict, the CIA transferred sensitive weapons technology to fanatical Muslim extremists, with consequences that will haunt the US for years to come,” writes Zepezauer.
The CIA groomed Osama bin Laden and other Mujahideen warriors with the enthusiastic participation of Pakistan’s ISI, or Inter-Services Intelligence. Bin Laden’s rag-tag group would later be called “al-Qaeda” by the government and the Mockingbird corporate media.
Working with the ISI, the CIA also created the Taliban. These medieval fanatics were the favored sons of Washington and multinational corporations until their over-the-top fanaticism conflicted with corporate designs in the region.
Obama’s disgusting characterization of CIA agents recruiting cutthroats and patsies in U.S.-occupied Afghanistan as patriots is truly Orwellian. It should come as no surprise that “turncoats” (as the corporate media calls them) would attack their former collaborators and paymasters, especially considering the CIA’s penchant for turning on its own and recruiting psychopaths and mental deficients.
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