Feb 222017
 

How America Planned to Invade Italy To Save It from Russia
As accusations fly that Russia manipulated the 2016 American election to put Donald Trump in the White House, some Americans are remembering that the United States also fiddled with elections in numerous nations during the Cold War, including Chile, Iran and Central America.

One of the most notorious examples is Italy, where the CIA mounted an aggressive—and successful—campaign to limit Communist success in the 1948 election, including handing bags of money to conservative Italian political parties (a tradition hardly unknown in American politics). From 1948 to 1968, the CIA gave more than $65 million to Italian parties and labor unions.

But instead of cash, the United States could have sent in the Marines to give Italy the government that America thought it deserved. As late as 1960, America was still contemplating using military force if the Communists took power. Of course, the United States would always have responded militarily if the Soviet Army invaded Italy during the Cold War. But note the difference: American intervention would have been prompted not by Soviet tanks, but rather if the Communists took power through a coup—or by winning an election.

The details have emerged in a newly declassified Pentagon study released by the private watchdog organization, the National Security Archive.

In 1954, the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged that if a Communist government took power in Italy, “the United States, preferably in concert with its principal Allies, should be prepared to take the strongest possible action to prevent such an eventuality, such action possibly extending to the use of military power.”

That position didn’t suit President Dwight Eisenhower, whose World War II experiences as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe made him smarter than most about how to keep an alliance like NATO together. Eisenhower warned that he “could not imagine anything worse than the unilateral use by the United States of its forces to overthrow a Communist regime. This simply could not be done except in concert with our allies.”

Nonetheless, the National Security Council approved a paper that stated: “In the event the Communists achieve control of the Italian government by apparently legal means, the United States, in concert with its principal NATO allies, should take appropriate action, possibly extending to the use of military power, to assist Italian elements seeking to overthrow the Communist regime in Italy.”

Note the words “apparently legal means.” Perhaps the attitude among American leaders during the Cold War was that “Communist government” and “legal” were oxymorons, and that no Communist government could have genuine legitimacy (which had certainly been the case of the Eastern European regimes that rode into office on the backs of Soviet tanks in 1945). Nonetheless, the U.S. Sixth Fleet would have performed the ultimate act of electoral nullification, by using force against a Communist Party that—as did happen in the 1940s and 1950s—enjoyed strong popular support.

Even as late as August 1960, just months before John F. Kennedy took office, an NSC paper proposed that regardless of whether the Communists took power in Italy by illegal or legal means, the United States should be prepared to use military force—unilaterally if need be—to “assist whatever Italian elements are seeking to prevent or overthrow Communist domination.” This was fifteen years after the chaos and devastation of World War II. While Italy has never been known for stable governments, in 1960 it was not still the political and economic basket case under the rule of Allied military government.

In the end, “Eisenhower and Dulles were willing to intervene militarily only if the Communists forcibly seized power and then only in concert with other European nations,” concludes the study’s author, Ronald Landa. And that was wise: as Eisenhower himself realized, U.S. tanks rolling into Rome—or supporting right-wing Italians overthrowing their own government—would have been a propaganda godsend for the godless Communists in Moscow.

All of which has nothing to do with the question of whether Russia influenced the U.S. election. Except as a reminder that political manipulation has been performed by many nations.

READ THE DOCUMENTS

First page of the Landa study on Italy.

First page of the Landa study on Italy.

First page of the study’s Working Bibliography.

First page of the study’s Working Bibliography.

 
 
 
The original source of this article is The National Interest
Copyright © Michael Peck, The National Interest, 2017.

Feb 182017
 

In December when Michael Flynn talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Flynn said it was to discuss logistics of a call between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Apparently they also discussed the sanctions imposed by outgoing President Barack Obama on Russia for their assumed and alleged “hacking” of the U.S. election in November.

By way of retaliation, based on the allegations of meddling in the election, Obama imposed sanctions that included kicking out 35 Russian officials and closing down two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. President Putin said the next day that he had no intention of retaliating against Obama’s sanctions, but said he’d wait and deal with the Trump Administration.

Flynn, when recounting his discussion with the Russian Ambassador, obviously talked about Obama’s sanctions, but averred that he hadn’t. And technically, this was Flynn’s error – he lost the confidence of the President and the Vice President by not telling them that sanctions were in fact discussed. Even in his press conference this week President Trump said Flynn wouldn’t have been doing his job if he hadn’t discussed Obama’s sanctions. The sin was not in discussing the sanctions, the sin was in not telling his bosses that he had.

And this is where the political assassination of Michael Flynn occurred. According to the Washington Post, an intelligence source contacted them revealing, illegally, that the December 29th call between Flynn and Kislyak did include discussion of the Obama sanctions. It’s a felony to disclose intelligence data and information. And in order for an intelligence insider to leak something so inconsequential, it was obviously intended to cause political damage to the administration. There really can be no other viable explanation as to why someone in our intelligence apparatus would go public with such a disclosure.

Michael Flynn Did Not Violate The Logan Act

Many have attempted to claim that Flynn violated the Logan Act, since he was not yet functioning in his new appointment as the National Security Advisor. This is a red herring. The Logan Act dates to 1799, when a state legislator with no ties to any administration tried to assert himself as a personal negotiator for final peace with France. The anti-Jefferson Federalists did not like this private initiative, so they passed the Logan Act to make private ventures intent on negotiating personal treaties over international feuds a crime. A representative of an incoming or an outgoing administration is functioning in their official, or official-to-be, capacity, and are not acting a private citizens. Apparently Flynn was addressing Obama’s sanctions against Russia, not negotiating for them. And as President Trump said this week, Flynn would not have been doing his job properly if he didn’t broach the subject of Obama’s sanctions.

 
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Feb 172017
 
A new release from Wikileaks has revealed that the CIA took part in a seven-month long spying campaign against every major French political party and candidate before and after the nation’s presidential elections in 2012.

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Spy Orders For 2012 French Presidential Election

WikiLeaks released a set of documents showing CIA espionage on candidates in France’s 2012 presidential elections.

The documents disclose that all of France’s major political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies.

According to Wikileaks, the CIA operation initially ran for 10 months from November 21, 2011, to September 29, 2012, and continued after the April-May 2012 French presidential election and into the formation of the new government.

Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy’s earlier self-identification as “Sarkozy the American” did not protect him from US espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency.

The CIA assessed that President Nicholas Sarkozy’s UMP party was not assured re-election and ordered officers to find out Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors, according to the documents. The agency also reportedly outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans” and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies.

 

2012 CIA France Election by Peter Hasson on Scribd

Press Release (English)

16 February, 2017

CIA espionage orders for the last French presidential election

All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within CIA tasking orders published today by CIA Vault 7 series. Named the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, And training presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.

The CIA assessed that President Sarkozy’s party was not assured re-election. The Strategic Election Plans of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP); Schisms or alliances developing in the UMP elite; Private UMP reactions to Sarkozy’s campaign stratagies; Discussions within the UMP on any “perceived vulnerabilities to maintaining power” after the election; Efforts to change the party’s ideological mission; And discussions about Sarkozy’s support for the UMP and “the value he places on the continuation of the party’s dominance”. Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy’s earlier self-identification as “Sarkozy the American” did not protect him from US espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency .

The espionage order for “Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans” which targeted Francois Holland, Information on internal party dynamics and rising leaders; Efforts to influence and implement political decisions; Support from local government officials, government elites or business elites; Views of the United States; Efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Cote d’Ivoire; As well as information about party and candidate funding.

Significantly, two CIA opposition spying tasks, “What policies do they promote to help boost France’s economic growth prospects?” And “What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?” Resonate with a US economic spy order from the same year . That ordered obtaining details of every prospective French export contract or deal valued at $ 200m or more.

The spying opposition also places the weight on the candidates’ attitudes to the EU’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis; The role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis; The vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default; And “specific proposals and recommendations” to deal with the “euro-zone crisis”.

The CIA espionage “NO-ORDINARY” (“NOFORN”) due to “Friends-on-Friends sensitivities”. CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the US Department of Intelligence and Research Branch.

The CIA is in the process of becoming a member of the CIA.

 
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Jan 262017
 
Declassified CIA Manual Shows How US Uses Bureaucracy to Destabilize Governments

Declassified CIA Manual Shows How The United States Destabilized Governments

When most people think of CIA sabotage, they think of coups, assassinations, proxy wars, armed rebel groups, and even false flags — not strategic stupidity and purposeful bureaucratic ineptitude. However, according to a declassified document from 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which later became the CIA, used and trained a curious breed of “citizen-saboteurs” in occupied nations like Norway and France.

The World War II-era document, called Simple Sabotage Field Manual, outlines ways in which operatives can disrupt and demoralize enemy administrators and police forces. The first section of the document, which can be read in its entirety here, addresses “Organizations and Conferences” — and how to turn them into a “dysfunctional mess”:

  • Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
  • Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences.
  • When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committee as large as possible — never less than five.
  • Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
  • Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
  • Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
  • Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

On its official webpage, the CIA boasts about finding innovative ways to bring about sabotage, calling their tactics for destabilization “surprisingly relevant.” While they admit that some of the ideas may seem a bit outdated, they claim that “Together they are a reminder of how easily productivity and order can be undermined.”

  • In a second section targeted at manager-saboteurs, the guide lists the following tactical moves:
  • In making work assignments, always sign out the unimportant jobs first. See that important jobs are assigned to inefficient workers.
  • Insist on perfect work in relatively unimportant products; send back for refinishing those which have the least flaw.
  • To lower morale and with it, production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions.
  • Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.
  • Multiply the procedures and clearances involved in issuing instructions, paychecks, and so on. See that three people have to approve everything where one would do.

Finally, the guide presents protocol for how saboteur-employees can disrupt enemy operations, too:

  • Work slowly.
  • Contrive as many interruptions to your work as you can.
  • Do your work poorly and blame it on bad tools, machinery, or equipment. Complain that these things are preventing you from doing your job right.
  • Never pass on your skill and experience to a new or less skillful worker.

The CIA is proud of its Kafkaesque field manual and evidently still views it as an unorthodox but effective form of destabilizing enemy operations around the world. Of course, so too might an anarchist or revolutionary look at such tactics and view them in the context of disrupting certain domestic power structures, many of which are already built like a bureaucratic house of cards.

It seems if any country should refrain from showcasing how easy it is to disrupt inefficient federal agencies, however, it would be the United States.

 

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CIA Quietly Publishes Millions Of Damning Govt Documents Online

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Jan 192017
 
The CIA dumped 13 million pages of declassified records, including US role in overthrowing foreign governments and the secret ‘Star Gate’ telepathy project.

CIA Quietly Publishes Millions Of Damning Govt Documents Online

The CIA has published online nearly 13 million pages of declassified records, including papers on the US role in overthrowing foreign governments and the secret ‘Star Gate’ telepathy project.

The range of documents, known as the CREST (CIA Records Search Tool) database, covers an array of materials related to the Vietnam War, Korean War and Cold War. One example is data on the Berlin tunnel project (code-named Operation Gold), which was a joint CIA and British intelligence scheme to carry out surveillance on the Soviet Army HQ in Berlin during the 1950s.

In all, more than 12 million documents are accessible, covering the history of the CIA from its creation in the 1940s up to the 1990s – with intelligence officials giving assurances that the half-century of data is in its entirety, with nothing removed.

“None of this is cherry-picked,” CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak told CNN. “It’s the full history. It’s good and bad.”

For instance, details are provided on the CIA’s participation in the 1973 coup in Chile which saw the rise of the Pinochet regime, as well as on the infamous MK-Ultra project, dubbed the CIA mind control program, which involved experiments – some of them illegal – on human subjects, to develop drugs and procedures for interrogation and torture.

It’s now a couple of decades since the documents were actually declassified, though. The cache was ordered to be released by then-President Bill Clinton in 1995. The papers have been accessible since 2000, but only on four computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

“Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography,” Joseph Lambert, the CIA’s information management director, said in a press release.

Over the decades about 1.1 million pages from the database were printed out by historians and journalists, but the CIA banned the actual materials from publication.

“Declassifying all the documents in the world doesn’t accomplish anything if people can’t get access to them,” Steve Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, told BuzzFeed.

The inability to access the database online prompted outrage, and in 2014, MuckRock, a non-profit news organization, filed a Freedom of Information Act to gain access to the documents, but the CIA said it would take at least six years to release the papers. Journalists and researchers then launched a popular Kickstarter campaign to digitize the documents, collecting over $15,000 – surpassing the stated crowdfunding goal and posting some of the papers online.

The CIA made small redactions to the documents, but solely to protect sources and methods that could damage national security, CIA spokesperson Horniak said.

The agency was aiming to publish the documents by the end of 2017, but finished the work ahead of schedule.

“We’ve been working on this for a very long time and this is one of the things I wanted to make sure got done before I left. Now you can access it from the comfort of your own home,” said outgoing CIA director of information Lambert.

The agency continues to review documents for declassification, so the treasure trove has not been unearthed in full, and there’s definitely more to follow.

 
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Washington Post “Fake News”: CIA Says Russia Tried To Help Trump Win The Election

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Dec 102016
 

Washington Post “Fake News”? Why did we know this was coming? Remember every time during the debates when Hillary tried to tie Trump to Russia. Guess the Washington elite had a strategy in case she lost!

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In 2013 Obama Legalized The Use Of Propaganda On The US Public
 

Hillary Clinton Exposed National Security Secrets In Paid Speech To Foreign Leaders

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Oct 112016
 

Can you say “Extremely Careless”?

Don’t expect the State-Run media to cover this.

When a Clinton smells money … all bets are off.

Hillary Clinton talked about insider information regarding the raid that led to Osama Bin Laden with a group of Canadian business leaders, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.

Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported on Fox News Tuesday that Clinton gave the speech to a group of business leaders in November 2013.

In Clinton’s speech, she specifically discussed “sources and methods” of the raid that led to Osama Bin Laden assassination, Herridge said.

Discussing that information “appears to be a violation of national security,” Herridge noted.

Clinton told the business group that an intercepted phone call was part of the intelligence trail that led to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

According to former Special Ops official, Dan Maguire, Hillary Clinton showed “no respect” for classified information.

“Operation security is paramount,” Maguire said. He added that the revelation Clinton shared this information shows a lack of “integrity and discipline” on the part of those who’ve looked into the incident.

So, who has looked into the incident?

Herridge stated that Fox News inquired if Clinton had been cleared to share this classified information at the time of her speech, but had not received an answer from the CIA.

Herridge also pointed out an infuriating double standard.

“This was a paid speech by Hillary Clinton,” Herridge said.

She noted that the U.S. Government recently took legal action against former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette for disclosing information in his book, “No Easy Day.”

Bissonnette was ordered by a federal court to pay the government nearly $7m for discussing the same Bin Laden raid.

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13 Hours At Benghazi – Fox News Report

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Sep 062014
 

In case you missed it. Here is the ENTIRE “13 Hours” Fox News special reort with eyewitness accounts of Benghazi.

Pass it on before they take it down!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

If you missed the special report with Bret Baier on Fox News detailing the eyewitness accounts of the Benghazi attack that took four American lives and has been surrounded by scandal, here it is. One caveat: these may be taken down from YouTube pretty quickly, so watch while they’re still up!

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13 Hours At Benghazi - Fox News Report

 

Sochi Sign: ‘We Do Not Serve FBI And CIA Agents’

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Feb 072014
 
Sochi Sign We Do Not Serve FBI And CIA Agents

A sign that says “We do not serve FBI and CIA agents,” hangs outside a restaurant on the opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

This is how the once great and feared America is treated with Obama in charge.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Here’s an odd sign that Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong ran across Friday in the mountains outside Sochi, where Olympic skiing and snowboarding competitions are being held.

No word on the restaurant’s policy toward the NSA.

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Cartoon Of The Day: The Benghazi Talking Points

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May 132013
 

The Benghazi Talking Points