The CIA as a Terrorist Organization
2001 President George W. Bush declared a "War
on Terrorism" and vowed to destroy all terrorist organizations "with
a global reach". For the good of both
The concept of "terrorism" is not clear and there is no generally agreed upon definition of the term. It is, however, a tactic, a means to a particular end. A tactic can always be used, and is always a possible course of action for some group or other. Once this is understood it is clear that it is ridiculous to declare a "War on Terrorism" — one cannot defeat a tactic. To declare a war on terrorism is to declare perpetual war (which, in fact, is the intention).
"Terrorism" is here taken to mean the practice of the deliberate inflicting (either directly or indirectly) of harm, injury, death and/or destruction upon a civilian target sufficient to cause horror, revulsion or despair among civilian populations and/or their political leaders, with the goal of causing those populations or political leaders to act in a way desired by the terrorists.
Terrorist action differs from military action in two respects: (1) In military action the target is military (or provides direct support to the military), not civilian; in military action the military forces of some organization, usually (but not necessarily) a state, target the military forces (and supporting infrastructure) of an opposing organization, usually a state. (2) In military action the aim is to destroy a particular military capability of the opposing side rather than to effect some political goal (though, of course, military action is usually conducted in support of some larger political strategy).
The distinction between terrorist and military action may not always be clear, for several reasons.
· The distinction between a military target and a civilian target may not be clear. (A police station may be a military target or a civilian target depending on what activities its occupants are engaged in.)
· The goal of a particular militant action may be partly military and partly political, and although these aims may usually be distinguished when the instigator is a state, using its military forces, they may become blurred when the instigator is a non-state entity such as a resistance group.
The judgement as to what is terrorist
activity and what is military activity may depend on who is making the
judgement. This is usually the case when there is violent opposition by the
inhabitants of some territory to the unwanted control or occupation of that
territory by some external entity, usually a state (as in the
This is the excuse
That CIA was
created just after the end of World War II (from an
The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President's foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting "intelligence" justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapons capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies. — Ralph McGehee, Deadly Deceits
The CIA has been a terrorist
organization from its beginnings, when it included a large number of former
Nazis — former members of the Gestapo and the Nazi military intelligence (such
as Reinhard Gehlen). Unlike smaller terrorist organizations such as ETA the CIA does not normally engage in terrorism by sending
its employees to plant bombs, etc. Rather, it tends to act through
intermediaries and agents, sometimes making use of
That the CIA is a terrorist organization is clear from its record of terrorist activities (sometimes called "counterinsurgency" or "low intensity conflict"). Here are just a few examples:
During the Vietnam war the CIA conducted Operation
Phoenix, an assassination program. The goal was not only to eliminate those
Vietnamese who might oppose the
The CIA also recruited a mercenary army
The CIA organized and financed (with
the profits from its cocaine smuggling) the activities of the Contras in
· The CIA planned and organized the military coup d'etat in 1973 in Chile which overthrew the legitimately elected government of Salvador Allende (because he would not implement economic policies designed in Washington to favor American corporations doing business in Chile) and brought to power the regime of General Augusto Pinochet; this regime abducted, tortured and killed thousands of Chilean citizens in an attempt to suppress opposition.
· The CIA organized and supported the Turkish government's persecution of its Kurdish minority during the 1990s, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and millions of refuges; the aim being the suppression of Kurdish culture and the elimination of Kurdish demands for a separate state.
The September 11th attacks on the
Further examples could very easily be given (and may be found documented in the many books, magazine articles and web pages about the CIA). Much relevant information will be found in Ralph McGehee's CIA Support of Death Squads, which gives details about the CIA's terrorist activities in over forty countries.
It's not that the CIA is a rogue
organization, out of control. The CIA implements the policies of the President
· Noam Chomsky: Is the U.S. a Terrorist State?
· Ben C. Vidgen: A State of Terror
· Jim Marrs: An Overview of The War on Terrorism
· William Blum: Myth and denial in the War on Terrorism
· Michel Chossudovsky: Bush appoints a Terrorist as US Ambassador to Iraq
· Nick Possum: The Nicholas Berg Execution
Last modified: 2004-06-05 CE