Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Who Ordered Each Specific CIA Crime Against Humanity?


Focus On The Presidents

Who Ordered Each Specific CIA Crime Against Humanity?

By Jay Janson -- 06 July, 2007 -- Countercurrents.org

Investigators seeking to discover on whose orders apprehended perpetrators
of a crime acted, sometimes have difficulty pin pointing the individual or
individuals bearing primary guilt. .

Prosecutors would have no trouble identifying exactly who directed the
Head of the CIA to covertly execute each of the sets of violent crimes
disclosed in the recently declassified CIA files. The Head of the CIA by
law executes directives of the President of the United States of America.

As one would expect, conglomerate owned commercial entertainment/news
media passes off these recently declassified 'revelations' (similar to
what can be found in the Encyclopedia Britannica upon checking the entries
for almost half the countries in the world), as necessary, sometimes
mistaken, violence committed for the sake of U.S. interests. Media
presents these incriminating files as just a bit of as scandalous news',
unworthy of any indignant or surprised tone of voice in reporting on this
past covert lawlessness of the CIA, with as little mention as possible of
the U.S. presidents who ordered it.

But why do our more ethically motivated progressive journalists not accent
the nefarious and criminal CIA deeds as shameful to the memory of U.S.
presidents, who in dishonesty and crime dishonored themselves, the office
of the presidency and the nation by directing these secret, now openly
admitted illegal and often murderous acts.

Why are we not calling a spade a spade? These U.S. presidents, were
presented in media as jovial, pleasant, charming, law abiding citizens as
honest as the day is long in their characters, and smiling to us on TV,
all the while they were deceitfully engaged in criminal activity world

And mark this! What is the first thing that the public wants to know when
someone big is convicted of a crime? We want to know why! Why did someone
so highly placed, well to do, and above suspicion, direct terrorism,
assassinations, the overthrow of democratically elected governments abroad
and harassment of religious leader, civil rights and peace advocacy groups
at home?

The answer offered for this question in regard to U.S. presidents past
crimes against humanity is always the same. 'We' had to stop the spread of
communism in the world and dissent at home, even when necessary, promoting
the installation of dozens of brutal dictatorships and arranging financial
neo-colonialism. (Never mind the suffering of billions of people.)

But how was this excuse to be taken seriously when for years now communist
China is America's great trading partner. The U.S. currently backs WTO
membership for the formerly unacceptable communist government of Vietnam.
Over a quarter of a century, six U.S. presidents spent American lives and
billions upon billions of dollars to kill millions of citizens of that
country and neighboring Laos and Cambodia using the communist excuse for
U.S. terrorism, both covert and overt.

We best seek to know now, what President Bush is secretly ordering the CIA
to accomplish, rather than waiting to read declassified files of
horrifying tortures and terrorist acts years from now, when it will be too
late to challenge a deceased president's excuses for not having been law
abiding and too late to save lives criminally and covertly taken.

Serious students of history can find any number of chronologies of CIA
covert crime and mayhem against haplessly defenseless nations. Clicking on

gives one an index of 22, and clicking on www.killinghope.org/ gives an
index of 56 countries covertly attacked by U.S. presidents since WW II.

Let us for lack of space just consider the covert crimes of two of the
least maligned U.S. presidents, 'Ike' and JFK. A majority of Americans
truly trusted both of these men.

Corporate media covered in a blanket of cold war contingency whatever came
out in the New York Times about Eisenhower's known acts of belligerency:
the bombing of the poor little rebellious French colony Laos; his refusal
to allow the all Vietnam elections that had been agreed upon in Geneva,
while opening acknowledging Ho Chi Minh would have won overwhelmingly; his
gangster-like overthrowing of a popular democratically elected President
Arbenz of Guatemala; ordering the assassination of the first elected
President of the newly independent Congo. Media presented the fatherly
figure of a World War Two hero, General Eisenhower, as a veritable 'Mr.

John Kennedy would not have had streets and townships on all the
continents named after him, had the worldwide media audience known what is
in CIA files. Some of these streets signs have already been changed, and
more will be, as people, who formerly followed the media's idolization of
a young handsome American president, awake to the deception in Kennedy's
fine speeches about fairness.

Below, from The National Security Archive, are some vignettes of secret
conversations in public deception and deadly immorality intended to
protect capitalism - always couched in terms of anti-communism. Each entry
is documented. Both presidents, by their naïve words, appear ignorant of
the actual feelings of the population in Cuba. These two presidents caused
the deaths of a couple thousand citizens of that island nation, many from
the CIA use of napalm.

LATE OCTOBER 1959: President Eisenhower approves a program proposed by the
Department of State. The operations are intended to make Castro's downfall
seem to be the result of his own mistakes. As a part of this program,
Cuban exiles mount sea borne raids against Cuba from U.S. territory.

MAR 17, 1960: At an Oval Office meeting with high-ranking national
security officials, President Eisenhower approves a Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) policy paper titled "A Program of Covert Action Against the
Castro Regime. He argues that everyone must be prepared to deny its
existence and only two or three people should have contact with the groups
involved, agitating Cubans to do most of what must be done. The President
tells Mr. Dulles that "our hand should not show in anything that is done."
(Memorandum of Conference with the President, 3/18/60)

AUG 1960: CIA Director of Planning Richard Bissell and Colonel Sheffield
Edwards, director of the CIA's Office of Security, discuss ways to
eliminate or assassinate Fidel Castro. Edwards proposes that assassins
hand picked by the American underworld, specifically syndicate interests
who have been driven out of their Havana gambling casinos by the Castro
regime do the job. Between August 1960, and April 1961, the CIA with the
help of the Mafia pursues a series of plots to poison or shoot Castro.
(CIA, Inspector General's Report on Efforts to Assassinate Fidel Castro,
p. 3, 14)

JAN 3, 1961: President Eisenhower meets with advisers at 9:30 a.m. to
discuss steps to take on Cuba. Regarding the trend of public opinion in
Cuba, Assistant Secretary of State Mann argues that support for Castro has
gone down from approximately 95% to about 25 to 33%. President Eisenhower
offers that he would move against Castro before the 20th (of January) if
the Cubans provided him a really good excuse. Failing that, he says,
perhaps the U.S. "could think of manufacturing something that would be
generally acceptable." (Memorandum of Meeting with the President, January
3, 1961, 1/9/61)

JAN 19, 1961: President Eisenhower meets again with President elect
Kennedy and endorses the covert Cuban operation. Eisenhower makes it clear
that the project is going very well and that it is the new
administration's responsibility to do whatever is necessary to bring it to
a successful conclusion. (The White House, Meeting in the Cabinet Room,
9:45 a.m., January 19, 1961)

JAN 25, 1961: President Kennedy meets with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at
the White House. JAN 27, 1961: Sherman Kent, chairman of the CIA's Board
of National Estimates, argues against the view that the Cuban population
is eager to stage an uprising against Castro.

JAN 28, 1961: Kennedy receives his first briefing as President on the
Cuban operation in a meeting attended by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson,
Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, National
Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy, CIA Director Dulles, General Lemnitzer,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Assistant Secretaries Mann and
Nitze, and Tracy Barnes of the CIA.

Feb. 8, 1961: In a meeting of President Kennedy and his top advisers,
Richard Bissell of the CIA reports the CIA plan for landing the brigade
has a fair chance of success. Success is defined as an ability to survive,
hold ground, and attract growing support from Cubans. At worst, the
invaders should be able to fight their way to the Escambray and go into
guerrilla action. … President Kennedy presses for alternatives to a
full-fledged invasion, supported by U.S. planes, ships and supplies. A
memcon written by McGeorge Bundy records Kennedy's question: "Could not
such a force be landed gradually and quietly and make its first major
military efforts from the mountains then taking shape as a Cuban force
within Cuba, not as an invasion force sent by the Yankees?" Kennedy
authorizes creation of a small junta of anti Castro leaders to give the
Brigade forces some political purpose. (McGeorge Bundy, Memorandum of
Meeting with President Kennedy, White House, Washington, February 8, 1961)

FEB 11, 1961: In a memo to the President, Arthur Schlesinger points out
that there is no way to disguise U.S. complicity in the plan and "at one
stroke, it would dissipate all the extraordinary good will which has been
rising toward the new Administration through the world." (Arthur
Schlesinger, Jr., "Memorandum from the President's Special Assistant to
President Kennedy," 2/11/61)

FEB 15, 1961: Thomas Mann, Assistant Secretary for Inter American affairs,
writes a memo opposing the invasion. Mann notes that the CIA's original
plan is based on the assumption that the invasion will inspire a popular
an uprising that is unlikely to take place.

MAR 10, 1961: CIA Director Dulles, preparing to meet with President
Kennedy, is briefed on the agency's efforts to create a provisional
government of exile leaders.

MAR 31,1961: Under Secretary of State Chester Bowles hands a memorandum to
Secretary Rusk. Bowles considers the plan profoundly disturbing and a
grave mistake.

APR 4, 1961:President Kennedy polls a dozen advisers on whether to go
ahead with the Bay of Pigs invasion. After Senator Fulbright outlines his
objections, all vote in favor of moving ahead, with only Secretary of
State Rusk remaining non-committal. Arthur Schlesinger returns to his
office to draft a substantive memorandum outlining why the invasion is "a
terrible idea."

Schlesinger sends President Kennedy a comprehensive memo laying out why
the CIA invasion will turn into a "protracted civil conflict" that will
lead to pressures to send in the marines. The United States, he predicts,
will be branded as an aggressor. The President tells Schlesinger, "You
know, I've reserved the right to stop this thing up to twenty four hours
before the landing. In the meantime, I'm trying to make some sense out of
it. We'll just have to see." (Schlesinger, A Thousand Days, p. 236)

Theodore C. Sorensen, Kennedy's special counsel, who has not been informed
about the Cuban operation, asks the President about the invasion. Kennedy
cuts the conversation short: "I know everybody is grabbing their nuts on
this," he graphically tells his aide.

APR 14, 1961 From the White House, President Kennedy calls Bissell and
says the Saturday air strikes can go forward. He asks how many planes will
participate and is told sixteen. "Well, I don't want it on that scale. I
want it minimal." Bissell passes the word down for only eight planes to
fly. (Bissell, p. 183; Wyden, p.170)

Luis Somoza, the Nicaraguan dictator, comes to the dock to say goodbye to
the Cuban Forces about to launch the invasion: "Bring me a couple of hairs
from Castro's beard," he reportedly tells them. (Johnson, p.86)

Arthur Schlesinger talks to the President and asks: "What do you think
about this damned invasion?" Kennedy reportedly responds: "I think about
it as little as possible." (Thomas, p. 251)

[Kennedy ordered go, and there followed a week of planes bombing with
false Cuban markings to make it look like the planes were piloted by
defecting pilots and tanks landing and the sad loss of many many Cuban and
some American lives.]

APR 21, 1961: At a press conference President Kennedy accepts
responsibility for the failed invasion: "There's an old saying that
victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. What matters," he
says, is only one fact, "I am the responsible officer of the government."

[Media featured a Kennedy admitting to military defeat but not to
international crimes and the attempt to deceive that the files graphically
describe, which continued to be ignored in media.]

JUN 6, 1961: Insisting on "indemnification" for the invasion, and refusing
to negotiate for the release of prisoners by cable; Castro suggests that
either Eleanor Roosevelt or Milton Eisenhower meet with him in Havana.

On November 30, 1961, after replacing the CIA Director Allen Dulles with
John Alex McCone, President Kennedy authorizes another aggressive covert
assault on the Cuban Republic codenamed Operation Mongoose. The CIA
Brigadier General Edward G. Lansdale, under the guidance of Attorney
General Robert Kennedy, directs the operation. The CIA creates an
organization under its control, the Special Group Augmented (SGA),

OCT 4, 1962: Robert Kennedy in a SGA meeting states that the President was
concerned" more priority should be given to trying to mount Operation
Mongoose sabotage operations"

[So a year before his assassination, Kennedy was still directing covert
criminal acts of violence against Cuba.]


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