The CIA's Greatest Hits (Real Story)
• hired top Nazi war criminals, shielded them from justice and learned—and used—their techniques
• has been involved in assassinations, bombings, massacres, wars, death squads, drug trafficking, and rigged elections all over the world
• tortures children as young as 13 and adults as old as 89, resulting in forced “confessions” to all sorts of imaginary crimes (an innocent Kuwaiti was tortured for months to make him keep repeating his initial lies, and a supposed al-Qaeda leader was waterboarded 187 times in a single month without producing a speck of useful information)
• orchestrates the media—which one CIA deputy director liked to call “the mighty Wurlitzer”—and places its agents inside newspapers, magazines and book publishers
• and much more.
The CIA’s crimes continue unabated, and unpunished. The day before General David Petraeus took over as the twentieth CIA director, federal prosecutors announced that they were dropping 99 investigations into the deaths of people in CIA custody, leaving just two active cases they’re willing to pursue.
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senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan told President Truman that if he wanted to justify massive Cold War military spending, he’d have to “scare the hell out of the American people.” That’s a mission the CIA has always taken to heart. From the very beginning, it’s overestimated Soviet military strength, in part because of its dependence on the Gehlen Org for intelligence about Eastern Europe (see Hit #1). There were many subtle ways of cooking the books. One was to estimate Soviet spending as
arms for. This lends credence to the theory that the arms were actually a payoff for the October Surprise deal (see Hit #29). Oliver North and his cronies charged the Iranians ridiculously high markups on the weapons they sold them, and some profits from this were used to buy arms for the Nicaraguan Contras (see Hit #33), in blatant defiance of a Congressional ban. (Actually, more of the money ended up in private bank accounts than ever reached the Contras.) All CIA covert actions are supposed
for the CIA, its aim was simply to humiliate the Soviets by arming anyone who would fight against them. The agency funnelled cash and weapons to over a dozen guerrilla groups, many of whom had been staging raids from Pakistan years before the Soviet invasion. Today, long after the Soviet Union left Afghanistan (and, in fact, has ceased to exist), most of these groups are still fighting each other for control of the country. Besides tossing billions of dollars into the conflict, the CIA
involvement in the JFK assassination at a trial where the prosecution tried but failed to obtain proof of his CIA status; and David Ferrie, whose Civil Air Patrol unit Oswald had joined when he was fifteen. Back in Dallas that fall, Oswald was seen in the company of one “Maurice Bishop,” later identified as David Atlee Phillips, who was part of a group of CIA officers that despised JFK. It included the fanatical William Harvey (who had strong links to the Mafia—he hired Johnny Rosselli to have
Kimble shed some light on all this. He claimed he’d been part of a conspiracy to kill King that included members of the CIA, the FBI and the Mafia. Kimble says he introduced Ray to a CIA identities expert in Montreal in 1967, who provided Ray with the aliases he used as a fugitive. Investigators discovered that a CIA identities expert was indeed working in Montreal at that time. His name? Raoul Miora. This alone ought be enough to reopen the case, but there’s more to Kimble’s story. He says