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on July 15, 2014
In this fascinating book, author John Prados exposes many of the crimes committed by the CIA in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The CIA gave the Indonesian army lists of names, just as it had given lists of names to the Guatemalan army for its 1954 coup – list A, those to be killed, list B, those to be imprisoned. Again, in Vietnam, it created lists of civilian members of the liberation movement who were to be killed under the Phoenix programme.

He mentions ‘the early 1950s paramilitary project in Albania’, which was secret, but unfortunately gives us no more information.

He notes the CIA-MI6 ‘abortive attempt that same year [1970] to assassinate Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi.’ The CIA colluded with gangsters to kill Castro. Henry Kissinger admitted, “Robert Kennedy personally managed the operation on the assassination of Castro.”

The CIA tried to quash the publication of books on the CIA. For example, “The CIA apparently made plans to buy up the entire print run of the McCoy book [The politics of heroin in Southeast Asia, which exposed the CIA role in drug trafficking].”

It was illegal for the CIA to act in the USA, yet the CIA’s own list of its illegal activities included its “mail-opening program, surveillance of Americans within the United States, CIA infiltrations of political groups opposed to the Vietnam war, telephone wiretaps of American journalists, drug experiments on Americans, connections with organized crime (in particular during efforts to plan for the assassination of Cuban leader Fidel Castro), break-ins in American homes and offices, participation in the Nixon administration planning for an integrated approach by police and intelligence agencies and the Internal Revenue Service to combat antiwar opposition (the ‘Huston’ plan, named after a White House aide), and other questionable projects.”

As Seymour Hersh revealed in the New York Times of 22 December 1974, “the CIA had carried out ‘dozens’ of illegal activities; among these were wiretapping, break-ins, surreptitious inspection of mail, maintaining ‘at least’ 10,000 files on Americans, photographing and following participants at demonstrations, and creation of a network to penetrate the antiwar movement.”
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