The late Chalmers Johnson, a CIA consultant from 1967 – 1973, called for Langley’s abolition, stressing that democracy and the agency’s existence are incompatible.
Along with collecting and disseminating intelligence, agency operatives “perform such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the National Security Council may direct.”
The above quote is all about the CIA’s dark side, an unaccountable force unto itself, operating extrajudicially worldwide.
The late William Blum documented its involvement in assassinating foreign leaders, removing others by coup d’etats, propping up friendly despots, operating secret torture prisons, and other unlawful practices. Its agenda includes virtually every conceivable form of wrongdoing.
It tried or succeeded in toppling scores of governments worldwide, Blum saying:
“If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy (throughout) the past century, this is what crawls out: invasions, bombings, (subversion), overthrowing governments, suppressing (popular) movements for social change, assassinating political leaders, perverting elections, manipulating labor unions, manufacturing ‘news,’ death squads, torture, (chemical), biological (and nuclear) warfare, (radiological contamination), drug trafficking, mercenaries,” police state repression, and endless wars on humanity.
From 1968 – 1973 in Southeast Asia, the CIA ran or was involved in the Phoenix Program with US Special Forces and its own Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Special Operations Group (MACV-SOG).
Their mission was crushing National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) resistance to US imperialism.
One individual involved called what went on “depersonalized murder” to remove opposition elements and terrorize the population into submission.
An analyst at the time said it was “the most indiscriminate and massive program of political murder since the Nazi death camps of world war two.”
Even US military personnel and members of the South Vietnamese government were targeted for elimination if considered security risks.
An estimated 80,000 victims were murdered before Operation Phoenix ended. In the 1980s, CIA-recruited death squads were responsible for over 300,000 deaths in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, countless thousands more brutally tortured, and millions forced into exile.
An International Tribunal on Genocide in Central America said years of extreme violence during the period was responsible for “genocide and ethnocide…against indigenous groups,” accountability never forthcoming.
High crimes included massacres,
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