The overt and covert battle of ideologies known as the Cold War should never be viewed as too far disconnected from the events that gave birth to it which are World I and World War II. This essay, which is part three of a series, Part I, and Part II, explores the backgrounds and thinking of some of the people involved in crafting the US projection of self through narrative after WWII. The last essay in the series made the argument that the Nazi’s methods of mass media communication and indoctrination were utilized by the West after the war. This is an exploration of some of the historical facts which undergird that premise and an examination of the divergence between presentation and reality concerning historical ‘defenders of democracy’.
Key Words: Allen Dulles, James Angleton, Edward Lansdale, Henry Kissinger, Cold War, WWI, WWII, Mass Media Communications, Propaganda, Narrative history
HISTORY IN 4D –
WARLORDS OF THE INFORMATION AGE
Who are spies? Where do they come from? What are some real world implications of what they do?
The gathering of intelligence and production of effective counter-intelligence methods are as ancient as the act of war itself. Cross cultural Information warfare grew in concert with the spread of mass-media communications in the wake of WWI and WWII. The Cold War was fought on every conceivable battleground from the physical to the ideological.
The cultural Cold War that was waged included CIA, MI-6 and KGB funded art, literature, film and other myriad business interests and in many ways was just as impactful as the proxy wars fought all over the world by the two super powers of the era. Utilizing its network of agents the CIA wove itself into the very fabric of US media outlets. High ranking members of the CIA and other US intelligence agencies were already acquaintances, business partners and family members with the doyens of media, finance and industry as the latter largely hailed from the same class of American aristocracy.
One thing that spies spend a lot of time doing that the average person may be unaware of is write. Spies write news, they write movie scripts, consult on television shows and occasionally even have their hand in our music.
Having covered how the Nazi model of mass media psychological indoctrination was studied and applied by the Anglo powers in the last essay, the topic of discussion in this edition will center upon the American spies who had a large influence in the modality of communication by the e-State. These are the architects of the way the history of the 20th century is narrativized in the West to this day.
THE ELITIST CLASS ORIGINS OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE
“I don’t this sh*t for granted, I do my own propaganda…”
The origins of the US intelligence community in the 20th century was steeped in the existing interconnected networks of financiers, lawyers, and academics of the nation’s aristocratic families. Schools like Yale, Harvard, UCLA and Stanford are not only vanguards of elitist education and training but also serve as the most fertile recruiting grounds for agents as well as the furnishing the facilities conduct various research on behalf of the e-State.
“The CIA had infiltrated the nation’s businesses, media, and universities with tens of thousands of on-call operatives by the 1950’s. CIA Director Dulles had staffed the CIA almost exclusively with Ivy League graduates, especially from Yale with figures like George Herbert Walker Bush from the “Skull and Crossbones” Society.”
– Mary Louise, Mockingbird: CIA Media Manipulation (2003)
Books such as The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters by Francis Stoner, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government by David Talbot, and The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America by Hugh Wilford, describe in great detail how the CIA and its affiliates spread throughout politics, finance and media endeavored to craft and disseminate socio-politically charged narratives in order to control the awareness and decision making of American and global populations.
Men like Edward Lansdale, arguably one of the most diabolical counter-intelligence officers of all time, came from an advertising background in San Francisco. Allen Dulles, infamous head of the CIA for decades and architect of the failed Bay of Pigs, was a lawyer with powerhouse law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell before heading to the CIA. Most importantly to this research has been the revelation of how with these men knowingly lied, deceived and undermined the very democratic processes they purported to uphold during the Cold War, and lined the pockets of themselves and favored corporations with money, power and influence.
“In 1950, John Foster Dulles published War or Peace, a critical analysis of the American policy of containment, arguing that containment should be replaced by a policy of “liberation”. As Secretary of State, Dulles would see to Seventh Fleet enforcement of the ‘liberation’ of Taiwan from China proper. His brother Allen Dulles, also an attorney of Sullivan and Cromwell, tasked in 1946 to “draft proposals for the shape and organization of what was to become the CIA,” recruited an advisory group almost exclusively of Wall Street investment bankers and lawyers.
Two years later, Dulles was chairman of a committee which reviewed the young agency’s performance. Over the next twenty years, all seven deputy directors of the agency were drawn from the Wall Street financial aristocracy. In 1953 he became the CIA first civilian director.[ Rise of the National Security State The CIA’s links to Wall Street, Richard Helms ] “
These are not are the so-called, “White Hats” they want you to believe, nor are they the prototypical, “Men in Black,” lurking in the shadows that others would promote you to believe. They are in fact outspoken and well known, sartorial minded spooks sporting Technicolor dream coats painted in dizzying shades of gray that reflected, deflected, and projected shades of their desired reality into the hearts and minds of the American public.
The patina of democracy and liberalism that Western academe and government promote as their gifts to the world place them in a contradictory position vis-à-vis their naked attempts to grab power, land and influence across the globe. Adding to this problematic milieu is the always exclusionary and class based world-view carried by the men and women who staff US intelligence agencies and media companies. Francis Stoner writes, “The consortium which the CIA built up – consisting of what Henry Kissinger described as ‘an aristocracy dedicated to the service of this nation on behalf of principles beyond partisanship’- was the hidden weapon in America’s Cold War struggle, a weapon which, in the cultural field, had extensive fall-out.” This contradiction results in the Western establishments in charge of public relations, governance, and advertising creating parallel ‘worlds,’ in which they retain the laudatory positions of ‘defenders of freedom,’ while engaging in many practices that promote and produce just the opposite.
“I have described the intelligence service as a socially acceptable way of expressing criminal tendencies,” [Nelson Brickham] said. “A guy who has strong criminal tendencies — but is too much of a coward to be one — would wind up in a place like the CIA if he had the education.”
-Valentine, The Phoenix Program
At the fore of their activities were disruption and destabilization of people, groups and nations via covert economic, physical and psychological attacks meant to create chaos and create openings for either ‘regime change,’ or political assassination.
“Allen Dulles knew the danger of words, the wrong kind of words. As CIA director, he had spent an untold fortune each year on countering the Soviet propaganda machine and controlling the world’s conversation, including the political and media dialogue in his own country. (Talbot 314)”
The work of these aristocrats turned spies such as William Donovan, Allen Dulles and James Jesus Angleton still remain as the cornerstones of not only American and globalist foreign policy but also the fabric of what we consider geopolitics, and in some cases reality itself. Drawing on their existing contacts within the oligarchical family tree, these men established US intelligence as a conduit for the desires of these families and pastiched those desires over those of the U.S. under the guise of national security and anti-communist actions.
Families such as the Roosevelt’s, Rockefellers, and Fords have all left their marks on the society and institutions of today. Their generation, fully soaked in the ideology of the Anglo establishment figures of the time, desired to apply socio-political, economic, and eugenic principles in order to control the masses in ways that Kings and Queens of the past could have only dreamed.
“Sullivan and Cromwell, the Dulles brothers’ Wall Street law firm, was at the center of an intricate international network of banks, investment firms, and industrial conglomerates that rebuilt Germany after World War I. (Talbot 12)”
The same law firm handled the interests of Nazi dynamo and transnational giant IG Farben, both during and after WWII. John Foster Dulles, former secretary of state during the same era, and namesake of Washington’s Dulles airport, was also intimately tied to Nazi’s and other right wing fascists. Dating back to his time in Switzerland working on behalf of FDR, Allen Dulles cultivated relationships with Nazis and assisted in setting up their future escape plans to the West after the war. His brother did the same and they’d both be near the steering wheel of US foreign policy for decades thereafter.
“Foster refused to shut down the Berlin office of Sullivan and Cromwell—whose attorneys were forced to sign their correspondence “Heil Hitler”—until his partners (including Allen), fearful of a public relations disaster, insisted he do so. When Foster finally gave in—at an extremely tense 1935 partners’ meeting in the firm’s lavish offices at 48 Wall Street—he broke down in tears (Talbot 12).”
Worthy of note was Dulles’ fascination with espionage, respect for the German’s propaganda style, claiming to have been “rather impressed” with Joseph Goebbels, and his penchant for authoritarian decisions (Talbot). Dulles after all was the man overseeing the CIA during operations such as ARTICHOKE, MKULTRA, and MHCHAOS, which ran concurrently with FBI sponsored operations such like COINTELPRO.
Allen Dulles was a firm believer in the idea that certain people have the right, if not duty, to make decisions for the masses. Driven by a self righteous desire to guide the world the Dulles brothers, William Donovan, Richard Helms, and these men meddled in the affairs of sovereign nations and unwitting populations from Kansas to Kazhakstan with a combination of psychological operations and futuristic death squad tactics that were all too real, even in the 1950s.
“This strategy of hiding in plain sight did not make much sense from an espionage point of view. And it confounded and angered Dulles’s counterparts in the local office of MI6, the British spy agency, who dismissed the American as a rank amateur. But Dulles was involved in something far more ambitious than mere spy games. He was running his own foreign policy… (Talbot)”
At the fore of their activities were destabilization of people, groups and whole nations via covert economic and psychological attacks meant to create chaos and create openings for either the replacement of ruler ship and installment of powers favorable to Western interests.
“Dulles’s handiwork could also be seen in the compliant U.S. press coverage of the regime change. News reports on the coup assiduously avoided looking into the CIA’s deep involvement. Newsweek gave Dulles’s appearance at the Excelsior a curious wink and a nod, but then quickly passed on. Amid “the hubbub” over Mossadegh’s fall, noted the magazine, the CIA director suddenly was spotted in the hotel—but “no one paid any attention to him…”
Dulles not only persuaded his high-placed friends in the press to throw a cloak over the CIA’s operation, he convinced them to share his exuberance over its success. A Washington Post editorial saw the overturning of Iran’s democratic government as a “cause to rejoice. (Talbot)”
Importantly, they were men in positions of power coming out of WWI and WWII when the world was moving into the era of mass media telecommunications. Their worldview was injected into nearly apparatus of which they had access to be it radio, television, newspapers or literature.
“The New York Times took a similar celebratory line, calling Mossadegh “a rabid, self-seeking nationalist” whose “unlamented” disappearance from the political stage “brings us hope.” The U.S. press even avoided using awkward words like “coup,” preferring to describe the CIA engineered operation as a “popular uprising” or a “nation’s revolt.” If Dulles carefully concealed the CIA’s role from the American public, he made sure that the shah was made fully aware of the debt he owed the agency (Talbot).”
JAMES JESUS ANGLETON
CIA Counter Intelligence Chief (1954 – 1974)
“It is inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to comply with all the overt orders of the government.”
– James Jesus Angleton
Secretive and suspicious, James Angleton had a compulsive approach to anything he took on — whether hunting spies, raising orchids, or catching trout — and surrounded himself and his staff with an aura of mystery, dark secrets and intrigues too sensitive to share. Some of that mystique carried over from his OSS days, and his time spent as a spymaster in Italy and the UK. Most of it he personally cultivated as a tactic to advance his interests in the CIA and conserve power unto himself.
Angleton’s tenure within the Agency ran through the most impactful period on today’s geopolitical climate and growth of mass media communications. Commenting on a text about Angleton, “James Jesus Angleton, the CIA, and the Craft of Intelligence,” by Michael Holzman, David Robare writes: “The narrative is cluttered with several pedantic or politically loaded asides and digressions into CIA and FBI activities that Angleton was aware of but not directly involved in, such as anti-Castro plots and COINTELPRO. The extensive treatment of MHCHAOS repeats much of what has been known since the Church Committee report of 1976 and serves as a set piece for Holzman to express his moral outrage at the “STASI-like mentality” behind the US government’s post-9/11 counterterrorism and internal security measures.” Angleton ran vast pocketed operations hidden from members of the CIA itself, and compiled extensive files that he kept out of the regular Agency records system.
“James Jesus Angleton, long term head of counter intelligence at CIA, from 1954 to 1974, was a real life spymaster in the mold of a calculating villain in a Hollywood movie. Angleton was involved in uncovering Nazi and Russian spies in the West, surveillance and apprehension of moles in the US intelligence system and even fell victim to betrayal by a close friend of his who was a Russian spy.”
– “Cunning Passages, Contrived Corridors”: Wandering in the Angletonian Wilderness” by David Robarge
Angleton was slick, deceptive and calculating. Lies were as familiar to him as drawing breath, and he wore those traits as a badge of honor. He believed the values of western democracies left them vulnerable to intelligence attack — especially deception — and so he sat on some actionable information if he thought it was unverifiable or counterfeit. This led to many internal issues within the CIA and much of his cache of personal files was discovered after his death. The subversion of western values in an attempt to protect western values is an example of the hypocrisy undergirding much of western foreign policy towards the global east and south throughout 20th century history.
“James Angleton, the longtime head of counterintelligence (Cn at the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of the few CIA officers known to even nonspecialists of intelligence history. He shaped CIA counterintelligence for good and bad for 20 years from 1954 to 1974 nearly half of its Cold War history. His excesses have been widely portrayed as paradigmatic of how not to conduct counterintelligence…”
– David Robarge, “Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and CIA Counterintelligence”
Angleton was cut from the same cloth as Dulles and Donovan. He attended Yale, was a poet and linguist whose father was in the OSS during WWI. He was involved in overseeing parts of the CIA’s vast experimentation operations, ordering surveillance and possibly executions of agents, home and abroad, and was a critical member in the Operation Mockingbird, which revealed the massive direct influence on American media organizations by the CIA.
Angleton’s intellectual leanings were also used to further US interests as he and a cohort of colleagues hired operatives whom established a number of magazines, radio shows and influential academic groups in order to wage a cultural war against communist ideologies and dissidents at home.
“Like many of the CIA-sponsored literary projects, Encounter reflected the aesthetics of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s unofficial cultural commissar. As a Yale undergraduate, Angleton had founded the avant-garde literary magazine Furioso and befriended Ezra Pound and e.e. cummings. The spy wizard was a devotee of the modernist school of poetry—particularly its high priest, T. S. Eliot—and the pages of Encounter were dominated by an Eliotic sensibility, though Eliot himself shunned the London-based publication as so “obviously published under American auspices.”
Jim Angleton liked to say that any intelligence service that didn’t keep a close eye on its own government wasn’t worth its salt. “Penetration begins at home,” he quipped. The result, as Ginsberg wrote in his 1956 masterpiece, Howl, was the unchallenged rise of the American Moloch, “vast stone of war . . . whose soul is electricity and banks,” and a culture that devoured the souls of its own children. (185)”
Angleton’s own history serves as an example of why the framework of History in 4D – which posits that 20th century history as presented is a facsimile of reality due to the influence of state, political and especially military intelligence’s hand in controlling information and news – was created and is necessary. The following excerpt succinctly describes Angleton’s role at the time and some of its effects:
“Coming to a reasonable degree of historical closure is more difficult in a case like Angleton’s, where emotions are involved and reputations are at stake; where people and institutions have established unwavering positions on controversial subjects; and where evidence is sparse or no longer available,42 and what does exist is open to different interpretations. Declassification of the primary case files is essential to fully understand the Angleton era and its impact; synopses and analyses derived from file research are useful only up to a point. How, for example, can the Golitsyn-Nosenko dispute be resolved when scholars are limited to weighing Tennent Bagley’s “The Examination of the Bona Fides of a KGB Defector” against John Hart’s “Monster Plot”?43 They are incompatible versions of the same information and events and cannot be compounded into a synthesis.
EDWARD LANSDALE AND THE APPLICATION OF ATAVISTIC “ADVERTISING”
“Lanky, laid-back Ed Lansdale arrived in Saigon fresh from having managed a successful anti-Communist counterinsurgency in the Philippines, where his black bag of dirty tricks included counterterrorism and the assassination of government officials who opposed his lackey, Ramon Magsaysay. In the Philippines his tactics earned him the nickname of the Ugly American (The Phoenix Program).”
While being well known to war historians and scholars of intelligence, Edward Lansdale remains largely unknown in popular culture. Transitioning from working in advertising to covert operations in Asia, Lansdale brought with him many socio-psychological tactics, which would become the bedrock of modern psychological operations and methods to foment insurgencies on one hand and revolutions on the other.
Lansdale worked in close concert with Allen Dulles and James Angleton and his tenure of prominence within the agency spans from the 1950s through the Bay of Pigs and JFK’s presidency. He is important to this essay series due to the use of his “black propaganda” tactics flooding South East Asia, Latin America and being funneled back into the United States where it was used to dupe both the public and government officials alike.
THE PHOENIX PROGRAM
Lansdale unleashed his skill for propaganda and psychological terrorism during the Phoenix Program.
‘The Communists strive to split the people away from the Government and gain control over a decisive number of the population. The sure defense against this strategy is to have the citizenry and the Government so closely bound together that they are unsplittable.”
– The New York Times, February 24, 1987
The Phoenix Program was a long running operation of the CIA that cut unimaginable swathes of psychotic death and destruction in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The story goes that the Phoenix Program was initiated to break the morale of the Vietnamese people defending their land from a myriad of invaders using tactics that are hard to separate from the modus operandi of literal Nazis.
Vietnamese communities were rounded up and their IDs were logged into a computer database in order to create matrices of connections that people like Lansdale thought could reveal Communists who were hiding themselves among the civilian population. However, details emerged uncovering required “kill counts,” which were used as a PR device to show American successes in the difficult war environment that was Vietnam.In many cases this lead to people being rounded up and summarily executed with a wartime version of parallel construction being used to justify the killings.
“The program was in operation between 1965 and 1972, and similar efforts existed both before and after that period. By 1972, Phoenix operatives had neutralized 81,740 suspected NLF operatives, informants and supporters, of whom between 26,000 and 41,000 were killed.“
Waterboarding and other tortures were employed. Suspects were dropped from helicopters in order to scare other captives into confessions. CIA rendition and black jail sites are nothing new.
Despite its trappings of counter intelligence, interrogation, and anti-communist rhetoric, it was largely a terrorist program replete with kidnapping, intimidation, psychological torture and murder. Over the years it has come to light that events such as the My Lai massacre were not rare anomalies. In some cases such massacres were deliberate actions. The American public was unaware of the reality of the Phoenix Program until after the war and will never truly know its full scope. This is where the power of military and intelligence influence over corporate media is apparent.
“When it comes to the CIA and the press, one hand washes the other. In order to have access to informed officials, reporters frequently suppress or distort stories. In return, officials leak stories to reporters to whom they owe favors. At its most incestuous, reporters and government officials are actually related — for example, Delta PRU commander Charles Lemoyne and his New York Times reporter brother, James. Likewise, if Ed Lansdale had not had Joseph Alsop to print his black propaganda in the United States, there probably would have been no Vietnam War.
In a democratic society the media ought to investigate and report objectively on the government, which is under no obligation to inform the public of its activities and which, when it does, puts a positive “spin” on the news. As part of the deal, when those activities are conducted in secret, illegally, reporters tend to look away rather than jeopardize profitable relationships. The price of success is compromise of principles. This is invariably the case; the public is always the last to know, and what it does learn are at best half-truths, squeezed into five-hundred word columns or thirty-second TV bites, themselves easily ignored or forgotten.”
“Indeed, without the complicity of the media, the government could not have implemented Phoenix, in either Vietnam or America. A full disclosure of the Province Interrogation Centers and the Provincial Reconnaissance Units would have resulted in its demise.
But the relationship between the media and the government is symbiotic, not adversarial.
The extent to which this practice existed was revealed in 1975, when William Colby informed a congressional committee that more than five hundred CIA officers were operating under cover as corporate executives and that forty CIA officers were posing as journalists.
Case in point: reactionary columnist and TV talk-show host William Buckley, Jr., [also a member of Skull and Bones like HW Bush and who’s father was a CIA case officer famously kidnapped and murdered in Iran in the 1970s] the millionaire creator of the Young Americans for Freedom and cohort of Howard Hunt’s in Mexico in the 1950’s (Valentine).”
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
“We must make ourselves heard round the world in a great campaign of truth. This task is not separate and distinct from other elements of our foreign policy.”
–President Harry Truman, 1950
The aphorism, “Don’t shoot the messenger,” remains often used in American parlance. Generally it is employed to place the onus on the listener to be open to information they may disagree with, and that the source of the information doesn’t disqualify it from being true. That said, history shows us, the amount of times that the messenger has deliberately colored the information they shared with their own biases and many malicious intents, that the messenger is not exempt from critical investigation. It is this reality that must be taken to heart when analyzing the history of mass media communications and its connections to military and political power.
In the case of Allen Dulles, Edward Lansdale and Jesus Angleton we have three men who in their civilian lives were American aristocrats with connections to the levers of power controlled by influential social and political operators, yet they moved and acted no different that mobsters and pirates. Moving into the Intelligence space during the interwar and post war periods men like them converted the syncretism of civilian and military connections they’d created into a black box which then was used to direct media outlets both home and abroad. All three men saw the world as a Manichean battle between Western ideas and in their orientalist view, the invasion of foreign ideologies seeking to destroy their way of life.
They took it upon themselves to color information to suit their desires, stage and manipulate events, and use their influence to effect social, political and economic change where they thought they needed to. Dulles and his brother were both complicit in direct interaction with and protection of Nazi war criminals (Operation Sunshine, Operation Paperclip).
“Angleton, who was wired into the Vatican, helped arrange a secret meeting for Dulles with Pope Pius XII, who had maintained a mutually beneficial arrangement with Mussolini’s regime and was a determined foe of Communism. (The Devil’s Chessboard, 55)”
Angleton, while stationed in Italy worked with the Vatican and the Mafia in order to ensure Western control of the region and the ability to conduct covert operations with the help of the aforementioned parties.
“Even Roosevelt’s successor, Harry S. Truman, who would become a dedicated Cold Warrior, took a dim view of Operation Sunrise and tried unsuccessfully to shut it down. (The Devil’s Chessboard, 46)”
Lansdale too was involved direct liaising with mafia figures, assassination squads, black propaganda, the Bay of Pigs and the infamous Operations Northwood idea. All three men played some role in the mass media manipulation that was Operation Mockingbird, as well as unconfirmed roles in one of the largest media disinformation campaigns, and that is the coverage surrounding JFK’s assassination. Due to his role in the Bay of Pigs disaster and his constant battles with Kennedy, Allen Dulles was fired by the snakebitten president. Dulles responded with an orchestrated media campaign against JFK. Yet despite a history of bad blood and Dulles’ well known penchant for machinations it he was still was selected by LBJ to serve on the Warren Commission which was to officially investigate the death of Kennedy.
“Dulles was so actively involved in the official investigation of Kennedy’s murder that one observer remarked it should have been called the Dulles Commission (The Devil’s Chessboard, 8).”
A parallel to the above mentioned tactic of assigning someone with obvious conflicts of interest to run an investigation into an event with huge implications for the state can be revisited with George W. Bush’s attempt to name Henry Kissinger as head of the 9/11 Commission. Kissinger worked in US Intelligence in Europe during WWII before becoming a giant of American foreign policy thinking and one of the greatest un prosecuted war criminals in modern time.
Kissinger was also a person who didn’t believe in the public’s right to know the truth concerning its government. He also had no qualms in using propaganda, staged events and explosive ordinance to influence and direct the actions of people across the world. Dulles and Kissinger were naturally acquainted with each other and worked on various projects to achieve their goals.
Discussing the impact of strategists such as Kissinger in his review of a Niall Ferguson book, David Milne at the Nation wrote:
“And then there is the problem of simplification, slogan-making, and cooptation. In their academic publications and media advocacy, and upon assuming a policy-making role, grand strategists have often led with theories—sometimes attaining brand status—on America’s role in managing world-historical forces. In books like Walt Rostow’s The Stages of Economic Growth (1960), Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man(1992), Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996), Zbigniew Brzezinski’s The Grand Chessboard (1997), and Robert Kagan’s The World America Made (2012), policy-oriented scholarship is too often stripped of complexity. Ideas are simplified—and their originality and importance amplified—for the easy digestion of presidential and policy-making aspirants. At the receiving end, policy-makers cherry-pick the sections that suit their purposes and ignore those that don’t. It can make for an almighty mess…”
Just like the threats of Soviet overrun and cultural destruction of the West were the rallying cries for ever increasing adventurist decisions by the U.S., so was the idea of Islamic fundamentalists tied to the events of 9/11 used to kick start American’s project for the 20th century. That project seemingly has been global domination through means overt and covert.
“Kissinger’s response to Diem’s ouster in the form of a draft statement for Nelson Rockefeller:
“The government of an allied country—which had been established originally with strong U.S. support—has been overthrown by a military coup encouraged by our government [and a] thinly disguised military dictatorship has been established…. I do not like our country to be thought of in terms of the cynical use of power. Our strength is principle not manipulativeness. Our historical role has been to identify ourselves with the ideals and deepest hopes of mankind. If we lost [sic] this asset, temporary successes will be meaningless.”
When the means and methods employed by two adversarial groups are the same yet both groups claim to be righteous in their actions how can one discern who is telling the truth? This is an important question to both casual and professional students of history. It has been said that history is a joke the living play on the dead. It has been said that history doesn’t repeat but it rhymes. What isn’t often said in mainstream publications is how often history is a purposeful enigma, wrapped in a riddle and sprayed with copious amounts of Hollywood stage makeup in order to make it appear as a commercial.
The product being sold is Western cultural supremacy of thought and moral rectitude. While telling you any improprieties committed in the act of promoting Western values is allowed due to the atrocities committed by its enemies, be they Soviets, Vietnamese, Contras, or Black militants, the truth is this is how the mafia protection rackets work. A thug offers to defend you from another thug in exchange for your loyalty and money. The inconvenient truth is that often times the mafia faction which offers you protection from others was the one who burned down your neighbor’s store in the first place.
“You don’t have civil uprisings in a modern totalitarian state … you don’t revolt in the face of tanks, artillery and tear gas.
Revolutions are now at the top….” -Allen Dulles
The next essay in this series will examine in further detail some of the methods and programs devised by the e-State in order to study, analyze and control public opinion through use of media, research studies and influential academic institutions.
“Fundamentally, the founding fathers of U.S. intelligence were liars,” Angleton told Trento in an emotionless voice. “The better you lied and the more you betrayed, the more likely you would be promoted. . . . Outside of their duplicity, the only thing they had in common was a desire for absolute power. I did things that, in looking back on my life, I regret. But I was part of it and loved being in it.
He invoked the names of the high eminences who had run the CIA in his day—Dulles, Helms, Wisner. These men were “the grand masters,” he said. “If you were in a room with them, you were in a room full of people that you had to believe would deservedly end up in hell.”
Angleton took another slow sip from his steaming cup.
“I guess I will see them there soon.”
– James Jesus Angleton