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Bob Fiske

Hardly a week goes by without hearing in the media reports about Iran and North Korea feverishly working on atomic weapons. You just don’t know who or what to believe anymore. Where does all this information come from? Hopefully, not the CIA. Just a few weeks ago the CIA was chastised by the Robb-Silberman Commission for being “dead wrong” on Saddam’s WMD. The commission, as all government commissions do, issued a lengthy report that stated, “We simply cannot afford failures of this magnitude,” and proposed 74 recommendations aimed at reforming our country’s 15 spy agencies.Do we really have 15 spy agencies? CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA, ONI, NRO …. You can go through every letter of the alphabet and not come up with 15. Some may be so secret we don’t know they exist, and might spy on the others. Billions of our tax dollars are spent on these agencies, and they don’t show any real intelligence, at least any we can use.Groucho Marx once quipped “Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.” Groucho was right, but for the wrong reason. The age-old rule that “all warfare is based on deception” has been played for centuries by military leaders and politicians. The CIA has been playing the game by this rule since its inception in 1947. They got so good at deceiving our enemies that they went on to deceive Congress, the president, and the American people. As one CIA insider said, “Whatever the CIA says, believe the opposite.” The CIA is a contradiction in terms, and history shows us they can’t be trusted. One member of the commission commented that the CIA has been up to their old tricks. Here’s a few reminders.Originally planned as an intelligence gathering agency, under Director Allen W. Dulles the CIA started overthrowing unfriendly governments in Iran in 1953 and Guatemala in 1954. The MK Ultra mind control program begun by Dulles back in 1953 involved illegal experiments using drugs, hypnosis, torture and other brainwashing techniques. Often these experiments were conducted on unwitting victims and mental patients. Using MK Ultra, you could create a “Manchurian Candidate” assassin or even make someone fly an airplane into a tall building.Dulles and the CIA were involved in numerous plans to assassinate Fidel Castro or overthrow his communist regime in Cuba in the early 1960s. Dulles was fired as CIA director after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, along with he deputy director, Gen. Charles Cabell, who hated Kennedy for his failure to use U.S. forces to support the invasion.Operation Northwoods was a plan given to President Kennedy in the spring of 1962 that outlined various ideas that would justify an invasion of Castro’s Cuba. It included committing terrorist acts in the U.S., the blowing up of a U.S. warship, and the shooting down of a charter airline flight over Cuba that would be blamed on Castro. JFK of course rejected Northwoods, probably because it involved treason. It took almost 40 years for the Operation Northwoods documents to be released, and you can find them online.In a November 2003 poll 75 percent of those questioned believed that there was a conspiracy and cover-up when President Kennedy was assassinated. If this is true, the CIA was most certainly involved. It is an interesting coincidence that Gen. Cabell’s brother was the mayor of Dallas at the time, and that Dulles was part of the Warren Commission that covered it up.The Gulf of Tonkin Incident involved two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in August of 1964. Congress reacted by granting President Johnson the authority to commit U.S. ground forces in Vietnam. In that war 58,000 Americans died. In later years it was learned that the CIA provoked the first attack and the second never occurred. The CIA’s Phoenix Project involved the assassination of thousands of South Vietnamese suspected of supporting the Communist Viet Cong. Often these murders would be blamed on the VC.In the early 1980s, the CIA was accused of smuggling drugs from Columbia into the U.S. through Panama and El Salvador to support the Nicaraguan Contras. These accusations led to congressional hearings chaired by Rep. Porter Goss, who had been a CIA agent in Vietnam and who is now director of the CIA. While Goss’ committee found no evidence this was true, you can believe the opposite.The CIA, along with allied intelligence services like the Mossad, covertly funds many resistance groups that are willing to tell the CIA what they want to hear. The CIA helped recruit and train many Muslims to fight in Afghanistan, and some of these fighters became Al Qaida and the Taliban. The CIA even uses the media to spread their misinformation and disinformation for them. While the Robb-Silberman Commission did not point any fingers at President Bush for believing the CIA, you would think he would have known about all the tricks the CIA uses. After all, his grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a close friend with Allen Dulles, and it was Dulles who helped Prescott get elected a senator from Maine. Daddy George H.W. was a domestic contact agent for the CIA in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and owned oil drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. One of these was close to Cuba and used by the CIA as a base for landing agents in that country. Daddy was CIA director for President Ford and as vice president under Reagan had control over U.S. intelligence operations to support the Contras in Nicaragua. He was strongly criticized by Congress after the illegal Iran-Contra deal was exposed.How could President Bush have been so gullible to believe the CIA? You would think he wanted to invade Iraq? You have to wonder whether they are working in the best interest of the American people, or for someone else. They seem more intent on getting us into a war than keeping us out of one. So when it comes to intelligence on Iran and North Korea WMD programs whom do you believe? President Bush? The CIA? The press? Perhaps the real secret is to believe the opposite. After all, military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.Bob FiskeVailRoundabout rulesRecently a friend and I (both of us locals) had a discussion about the roundabouts. Surprisingly enough, we both had different ideas about the correct way to use the roundabout.Locals complain all winter (and then summer season, also) about the tourists not knowing the correct procedures, but it appears that many of us locals don’t know either.I’m suggesting that on slow news days, you might want to print a “How to” about the roundabouts. It can’t hurt to have this revisited once a quarter or so.One of us thought the outside lane was for all turns out of the roundabout and the inside lane was for a complete loop. The other thought the outside lane was only to be used for the 1st or 2nd turn out and the inside lane was to be used to merge out for the next turns. See, who knows really?Julie C. WeihauptVail, Colorado


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