I will begin by saying that this isn’t an attack on American people, as they’re not responsible, but many people either turn a blind eye, or are completely unaware of things that the American government, and the CIA have done. I know every country does things they aren’t proud of, but ‘I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all’, doesn’t mean that it’s their right to play world police and get involved with everyone’s affairs.
I recently wrote an article about theocracy and religious dictatorships, and many of the dictators throughout Latin America were trained, funded and armed by the CIA to overthrow governments (coup d’etat) so as to prevent communist parties gaining power. This happened time and time again, and they even coerced with some to attempt to assassinate leaders, like their several failed attempts to remove Fidel Castro. The CIA were aware that the Chilean secret police, sent by Pinochet, executed one of his political rivals, a Orlando Letelier, by a car bomb in America’s capital city, Washington D.C. Letelier was exiled from Chile and was living in America, and with him being a member of the Partido Socialista de Chile (Chilean Socialist Party), the CIA allowed him to be murdered on American soil.
“I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.” Harry S Truman
In 1953 their first involvement (allegedly) in an organised coup d’etat was against the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mosaddegh, after he nationalised their oil reserves, the give Iran more control over their oil business. In a joint venture with Britain’s MI6, who were rather upset about the oil, they decided to remove him for power to give the monarch, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi more power, and to put Fazlollah Zahedi in place as Prime Minister. During the overthrowing of Mosaddegh up to 300 people were killed, and he was arrested and served a 3 year prison sentence, then house arrest until his death. As well as their oil concern, the CIA were worried this Mosaddegh would eventually turn towards communism and be influenced by the Tudah party who were communist. All this despite Iranians claiming he was an advocate for secularist democracy.
The worrying thing is the CIA’s deep paranoia over communism, amongst other things, like America’s business interests, or countries that won’t comply with what Washington dictates. The CIA is nothing more than a corrupted agency who think they can get away with whatever they like, and if they keep it secret, they can just deny their involvement. The coup d’etat that they’ve financed, and armed the militia often backfired because once the dictator had absolute power, he tightens his grip on national security, and America are unable to remove them if they do anything they don’t approve of, as they’ll be attacked by their own weapons, by soldiers loyal to their dictator. I don’t think they really think it through.
Heard of Khmer Rouge? Would you be surprised if I was to say that the United States military and the CIA aided them financially, and advised them, and they convinced Thailand to allow them to use military bases to train, so that they could wage a war against the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. They also convinced China to support Pol Pot, as the CIA knew that they could never publicly admit to it. Ray Cline, who was the deputy director of the CIA even visited a Khmer Rouge camp to personally meet with Pol Pot. They were worried that Vietnam could tighten its grip in the Far East, and if Khmer Rouge was defeated that was certain to happen. The decision to support Pol Pot was driven by a need for revenge after the disaster that was the Vietnam war, and the fact that North Vietnam was a communist state controlled by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), so it’s an odd decision for America to support Khmer Rouge considering that they were also a communist party. From 1965 to 1973 the American military dropped an estimated figure of 500,000 tons of bombs on Vietnamese forces. Some scholars claim that between 50,000 and 150,000 innocent Cambodian casualties died during this bombing campaign.
“should also tell the Cambodians that we will be friends with them. They are murderous thugs, but we won’t let that stand in our way. We are prepared to improve relations with them.” – Henry Kissinger
The U.S support came after the Khmer Rouge had committed genocide, and left up to 1.7 million people to die of starvation in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. So even after such atrocities against their own people, the U.S chose to support the Khmer Rouge Guerillas. Pol Pot, after seizing power in 1975 after a civil war, decided that he wanted Cambodia to become a classless society. Reading and religion was outlawed and personal possessions were monitored, and if anyone complained then they were often tortured then killed, and there are stories of ‘killing fields‘ where people were murdered with pick axes to preserve ammunition.
In 1967, Che Guevara was planning a revolution in Bolivia, but little did he and his band of militias know that an elite CIA commando division was waiting for him, as well as two garrisons of Bolivian soldiers. After he was captured the CIA stood by and allowed him to be murdered by a Bolivian soldier. The CIA claimed that they were not in a position to do anything about it, but they also admitted that it was a good thing that the Marxist revolutionary was now out of the picture.
Juan José Torres González was the President of Bolivia for just one year, he was a socialist, and was remembered as the smiling general with much affection. Hugo Bánzer Suárez was backed by the CIA to commit a coup d’etat against Torres, and the three day campaign caused deaths. Not only did the CIA fund the overthrowing of Torres, but they gave Bánzer a grant of $50,000,000. This was all approved by the Nixon administration, who gave the coup funding directly to Bánzer several days before the coup. For seven years Bánzer ran a ruthless regime where people were tortured with electricity, water or beatings and some were executed. Surely the CIA must have known what kind of man they were supporting?
In 1976, Torres was going to meet his demise, and many historians are of the belief that it was at the hands of Bánzer, as part of America’s ‘Operation Condor’. Operation condor was a United States backed campaign involving state terror and assassinations of key political figures in Latin America. It’s key purpose to to eradicate communism, or any Soviet influence, and many political experts claim that thousands and thousands of people were arrested, murdered or simply disappeared without a trace. The CIA without a doubt has blood soaked hands, and runs it’s clandestine agency with menace.
“Torture techniques used during the Cold War in Latin America were supported covertly by US policymakers at the highest levels of government and the military. As early as 1948, the CIA had clandestine prisons in Germany, Japan and the Panama Canal Zone. The prison at the Panama Canal Zone was described in 2005 by Tom Polgar, who was the CIA station chief in Buenos Aires during the runup to the 1973 overthrow of the Salvador Allende government in Chile. Polgar said, “(The Canal Zone was) like Guantánamo, it was anything goes.” – Source