The hypocrisy of America complaining about Russia hacking their election

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of Russia or Putin in any way shape or form, but when compared to the last 50 years of the CIA, having to put up with some whining that a Russian Agent hacked the Democratic Party’s emails seems pretty lame.

This is the cover of Time Magazine continuing with the fantasy that Russia not only hacked the US election but had an impact on the final result…

…the hypocrisy of America complaining about Russia hacking their election when they’ve committed coups across every continent is astounding.

Firstly the fantasy that Russia won Trump the election is just a theory for the professional political class to cling to and allows the Democrats off the hook for putting forward a candidate as woeful as Hillary and allows the Democrats to ignore that it was their free market globalisation economic policy that hurt them most amongst America’s domestic working class.

But secondly, the hypocrisy of attacking Russia for interfering in domestic politics from America is just too much to actually accept.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of Russia or Putin in any way shape or form, but when compared to the last 50 years of the CIA, having to put up with some whining that a Russian Agent hacked the Democratic Party’s emails seems pretty lame.


Greece — President Truman requests military aid to Greece to support right-wing forces fighting communist rebels. For the rest of the Cold War, Washington and the CIA will back notorious Greek leaders with deplorable human rights records.

CIA created — President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947, creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council. The CIA is accountable to the president through the NSC — there is no democratic or congressional oversight. Its charter allows the CIA to “perform such other functions and duties… as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.” This loophole opens the door to covert action and dirty tricks.


Covert-action wing created — The CIA recreates a covert action wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination, led by Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner. According to its secret charter, its responsibilities include “propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, demolition and evacuation procedures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”

Italy — The CIA corrupts democratic elections in Italy, where Italian communists threaten to win the elections. The CIA buys votes, broadcasts propaganda, threatens and beats up opposition leaders, and infiltrates and disrupts their organizations. It works — the communists are defeated.


Radio Free Europe — The CIA creates its first major propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe. Over the next several decades, its broadcasts are so blatantly false that for a time it is considered illegal to publish transcripts of them in the U.S.

Late 40s

Operation MOCKINGBIRD — The CIA begins recruiting American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organizations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.


Iran – CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil. The CIA replaces him with a dictator, the Shah of Iran, whose secret police, SAVAK, is as brutal as the Gestapo.


Guatemala — CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup. Arbenz has threatened to nationalize the Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company, in which CIA Director Allen Dulles also owns stock. Arbenz is replaced with a series of right-wing dictators whose bloodthirsty policies will kill over 100,000 Guatemalans in the next 40 years.


North Vietnam — CIA officer Edward Lansdale spends four years trying to overthrow the communist government of North Vietnam, using all the usual dirty tricks. The CIA also attempts to legitimize a tyrannical puppet regime in South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. These efforts fail to win the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese because the Diem government is opposed to true democracy, land reform and poverty reduction measures. The CIA’s continuing failure results in escalating American intervention, culminating in the Vietnam War.


Hungary — Radio Free Europe incites Hungary to revolt by broadcasting Khruschev’s Secret Speech, in which he denounced Stalin. It also hints that American aid will help the Hungarians fight. This aid fails to materialize as Hungarians launch a doomed armed revolt, which only invites a major Soviet invasion. The conflict kills 7,000 Soviets and 30,000 Hungarians.


Laos — The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections. The problem is the Pathet Lao, a leftist group with enough popular support to be a member of any coalition government. In the late 50s, the CIA even creates an “Armee Clandestine” of Asian mercenaries to attack the Pathet Lao. After the CIA’s army suffers numerous defeats, the U.S. starts bombing, dropping more bombs on Laos than all the U.S. bombs dropped in World War II. A quarter of all Laotians will eventually become refugees, many living in caves.


Haiti — The U.S. military helps “Papa Doc” Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the “Tonton Macoutes,” who terrorize the population with machetes. They will kill over 100,000 during the Duvalier family reign. The U.S. does not protest their dismal human rights record.


The Bay of Pigs — The CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba. But “Operation Mongoose” fails, due to poor planning, security and backing. The planners had imagined that the invasion will spark a popular uprising against Castro -– which never happens. A promised American air strike also never occurs. This is the CIA’s first public setback, causing President Kennedy to fire CIA Director Allen Dulles.

Dominican Republic — The CIA assassinates Rafael Trujillo, a murderous dictator Washington has supported since 1930. Trujillo’s business interests have grown so large (about 60 percent of the economy) that they have begun competing with American business interests.

Ecuador — The CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign. Vice President Carlos Arosemana replaces him; the CIA fills the now vacant vice presidency with its own man.

Congo (Zaire) — The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba. However, public support for Lumumba’s politics runs so high that the CIA cannot clearly install his opponents in power. Four years of political turmoil follow.


Dominican Republic — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup. The CIA installs a repressive, right-wing junta.

Ecuador — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosemana, whose independent (not socialist) policies have become unacceptable to Washington. A military junta assumes command, cancels the 1964 elections, and begins abusing human rights.


Brazil — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history. General Castelo Branco will create Latin America’s first death squads, or bands of secret police who hunt down “communists” for torture, interrogation and murder. Often these “communists” are no more than Branco’s political opponents. Later it is revealed that the CIA trains the death squads.


Indonesia — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup. The CIA has been trying to eliminate Sukarno since 1957, using everything from attempted assassination to sexual intrigue, for nothing more than his declaring neutrality in the Cold War. His successor, General Suharto, will massacre between 500,000 to 1 million civilians accused of being “communist.” The CIA supplies the names of countless suspects.

Dominican Republic — A popular rebellion breaks out, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country’s elected leader. The revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force. The CIA directs everything behind the scenes.

Greece — With the CIA’s backing, the king removes George Papandreous as prime minister. Papandreous has failed to vigorously support U.S. interests in Greece.

Congo (Zaire) — A CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator. The hated and repressive Mobutu exploits his desperately poor country for billions.


The Ramparts Affair — The radical magazine Ramparts begins a series of unprecedented anti-CIA articles. Among their scoops: the CIA has paid the University of Michigan $25 million dollars to hire “professors” to train South Vietnamese students in covert police methods. MIT and other universities have received similar payments. Ramparts also reveals that the National Students’ Association is a CIA front. Students are sometimes recruited through blackmail and bribery, including draft deferments.


Greece — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections. The favorite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the “reign of the colonels” — backed by the CIA — will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to President Johnson about U.S. plans for Cyprus, Johnson tells him: “Fuck your parliament and your constitution.”

Operation PHEONIX — The CIA helps South Vietnamese agents identify and then murder alleged Viet Cong leaders operating in South Vietnamese villages. According to a 1971 congressional report, this operation killed about 20,000 “Viet Cong.”


Operation CHAOS — The CIA has been illegally spying on American citizens since 1959, but with Operation CHAOS, President Johnson dramatically boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to spy on and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War. They are searching for Russian instigators, which they never find. CHAOS will eventually spy on 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations.

Bolivia — A CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara. The CIA wants to keep him alive for interrogation, but the Bolivian government executes him to prevent worldwide calls for clemency.


Uruguay — The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice. “The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect,” is his motto. The torture techniques he teaches to the death squads rival the Nazis’. He eventually becomes so feared that revolutionaries will kidnap and murder him a year later.


Cambodia — The CIA overthrows Prince Sahounek, who is highly popular among Cambodians for keeping them out of the Vietnam War. He is replaced by CIA puppet Lon Nol, who immediately throws Cambodian troops into battle. This unpopular move strengthens once minor opposition parties like the Khmer Rouge, which achieves power in 1975 and massacres millions of its own people.


Bolivia — After half a decade of CIA-inspired political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrows the leftist President Juan Torres. In the next two years, dictator Hugo Banzer will have over 2,000 political opponents arrested without trial, then tortured, raped and executed.

Haiti — “Papa Doc” Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son “Baby Doc” Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA.


The Case-Zablocki Act — Congress passes an act requiring congressional review of executive agreements. In theory, this should make CIA operations more accountable. In fact, it is only marginally effective.

Cambodia — Congress votes to cut off CIA funds for its secret war in Cambodia.


Chile — The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader. The problems begin when Allende nationalizes American-owned firms in Chile. ITT offers the CIA $1 million for a coup (reportedly refused). The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.

CIA begins internal investigations — William Colby, the Deputy Director for Operations, orders all CIA personnel to report any and all illegal activities they know about. This information is later reported to Congress.

CIA Director Helms Fired — President Nixon fires CIA Director Richard Helms for failing to help cover up the Watergate scandal. Helms and Nixon have always disliked each other. The new CIA director is William Colby, who is relatively more open to CIA reform.


CHAOS exposed — Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh publishes a story about Operation CHAOS, the domestic surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and civil rights groups in the U.S. The story sparks national outrage.

Angleton fired — Congress holds hearings on the illegal domestic spying efforts of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence. His efforts included mail-opening campaigns and secret surveillance of war protesters. The hearings result in his dismissal from the CIA.

House clears CIA in Watergate — The House of Representatives clears the CIA of any complicity in Nixon’s Watergate break-in.

The Hughes Ryan Act — Congress passes an amendment requiring the president to report nonintelligence CIA operations to the relevant congressional committees in a timely fashion.


Australia — The CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam. The CIA does this by giving an ultimatum to its Governor-General, John Kerr. Kerr, a longtime CIA collaborator, exercises his constitutional right to dissolve the Whitlam government. The Governor-General is a largely ceremonial position appointed by the Queen; the Prime Minister is democratically elected. The use of this archaic and never-used law stuns the nation.

Angola — Eager to demonstrate American military resolve after its defeat in Vietnam, Henry Kissinger launches a CIA-backed war in Angola. Contrary to Kissinger’s assertions, Angola is a country of little strategic importance and not seriously threatened by communism. The CIA backs the brutal leader of UNITAS, Jonas Savimbi. This polarizes Angolan politics and drives his opponents into the arms of Cuba and the Soviet Union for survival. Congress will cut off funds in 1976, but the CIA is able to run the war off the books until 1984, when funding is legalized again. This entirely pointless war kills over 300,000 Angolans.


Iran — The CIA fails to predict the fall of the Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists who are furious at the CIA’s backing of SAVAK, the Shah’s bloodthirsty secret police. In revenge, the Muslims take 52 Americans hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Afghanistan — The Soviets invade Afghanistan. The CIA immediately begins supplying arms to any faction willing to fight the occupying Soviets. Such indiscriminate arming means that when the Soviets leave Afghanistan, civil war will erupt. Also, fanatical Muslim extremists now possess state-of-the-art weaponry. One of these is Sheik Abdel Rahman, who will become involved in the World Trade Center bombing in New York.

El Salvador — An idealistic group of young military officers, repulsed by the massacre of the poor, overthrows the right-wing government. However, the U.S. compels the inexperienced officers to include many of the old guard in key positions in their new government. Soon, things are back to “normal” — the military government is repressing and killing poor civilian protesters. Many of the young military and civilian reformers, finding themselves powerless, resign in disgust.

Nicaragua — Anastasios Samoza II, the CIA-backed dictator, falls. The Marxist Sandinistas take over government, and they are initially popular because of their commitment to land and anti-poverty reform. Samoza had a murderous and hated personal army called the National Guard. Remnants of the Guard will become the Contras, who fight a CIA-backed guerilla war against the Sandinista government throughout the 1980s.


El Salvador — The Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, pleads with President Carter “Christian to Christian” to stop aiding the military government slaughtering his people. Carter refuses. Shortly afterwards, right-wing leader Roberto D’Aubuisson has Romero shot through the heart while saying Mass. The country soon dissolves into civil war, with the peasants in the hills fighting against the military government. The CIA and U.S. Armed Forces supply the government with overwhelming military and intelligence superiority. CIA-trained death squads roam the countryside, committing atrocities like that of El Mazote in 1982, where they massacre between 700 and 1000 men, women and children. By 1992, some 63,000 Salvadorans will be killed.


Iran/Contra Begins — The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. President Reagan vows that the Sandinistas will be “pressured” until “they say ‘uncle.’” The CIA’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder and political assassination.


Honduras — The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983, which teaches how to torture people. Honduras’ notorious “Battalion 316″ then uses these techniques, with the CIA’s full knowledge, on thousands of leftist dissidents. At least 184 are murdered.


The Boland Amendment — The last of a series of Boland Amendments is passed. These amendments have reduced CIA aid to the Contras; the last one cuts it off completely. However, CIA Director William Casey is already prepared to “hand off” the operation to Colonel Oliver North, who illegally continues supplying the Contras through the CIA’s informal, secret, and self-financing network. This includes “humanitarian aid” donated by Adolph Coors and William Simon, and military aid funded by Iranian arms sales.


Iran/Contra Scandal — Although the details have long been known, the Iran/Contra scandal finally captures the media’s attention in 1986. Congress holds hearings, and several key figures (like Oliver North) lie under oath to protect the intelligence community. CIA Director William Casey dies of brain cancer before Congress can question him. All reforms enacted by Congress after the scandal are purely cosmetic.

Haiti — Rising popular revolt in Haiti means that “Baby Doc” Duvalier will remain “President for Life” only if he has a short one. The U.S., which hates instability in a puppet country, flies the despotic Duvalier to the South of France for a comfortable retirement. The CIA then rigs the upcoming elections in favor of another right-wing military strongman. However, violence keeps the country in political turmoil for another four years. The CIA tries to strengthen the military by creating the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which suppresses popular revolt through torture and assassination.


Panama — The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega. Noriega has been on the CIA’s payroll since 1966, and has been transporting drugs with the CIA’s knowledge since 1972. By the late 80s, Noriega’s growing independence and intransigence have angered Washington… so out he goes.


Haiti — Competing against 10 comparatively wealthy candidates, leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide captures 68 percent of the vote. After only eight months in power, however, the CIA-backed military deposes him. More military dictators brutalize the country, as thousands of Haitian refugees escape the turmoil in barely seaworthy boats. As popular opinion calls for Aristide’s return, the CIA begins a disinformation campaign painting the courageous priest as mentally unstable.


The Gulf War — The U.S. liberates Kuwait from Iraq. But Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, is another creature of the CIA. With U.S. encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein’s forces with sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing. This cemented Hussein’s power at home, allowing him to crush the many internal rebellions that erupted from time to time, sometimes with poison gas. It also gave him all the military might he needed to conduct further adventurism — in Kuwait, for example.

The Fall of the Soviet Union — The CIA fails to predict this most important event of the Cold War. This suggests that it has been so busy undermining governments that it hasn’t been doing its primary job: gathering and analyzing information. The fall of the Soviet Union also robs the CIA of its reason for existence: fighting communism. This leads some to accuse the CIA of intentionally failing to predict the downfall of the Soviet Union. Curiously, the intelligence community’s budget is not significantly reduced after the demise of communism.


Economic Espionage — In the years following the end of the Cold War, the CIA is increasingly used for economic espionage. This involves stealing the technological secrets of competing foreign companies and giving them to American ones. Given the CIA’s clear preference for dirty tricks over mere information gathering, the possibility of serious criminal behavior is very great indeed.


Haiti — The chaos in Haiti grows so bad that President Clinton has no choice but to remove the Haitian military dictator, Raoul Cedras, on threat of U.S. invasion. The U.S. occupiers do not arrest Haiti’s military leaders for crimes against humanity, but instead ensure their safety and rich retirements. Aristide is returned to power only after being forced to accept an agenda favorable to the country’s ruling class.

…that’s just the first bloody 50 years! I haven’t even bothered to add what they were doing over the last 15, so America’s attempt to conflate Russia’s possible hacking of their democracy seems pretty hollow.

The undisputed champion of manipulating foreign elections is and always has been the United States of America.

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  1. francesca says:

    Yes, yes and yes!
    And I note our new centrefold US ambassador remarks on how independent New Zealand is!
    Why, we tick off China, and NKorea! We don’t get told what to do , you have to ask us! And then of course we’ll do whatever you want
    I’m neither for Russia or against it, like any other country, they’re in a state of evolution.I do have a sneaking regard for the way they chucked out Monsanto and GMO it has to be said,but the homophobia is nuts, and the oligarchy mirrors the US.Its hard to get an accurate picture because of the hardout propaganda, which is so unfair at times I find myself championing the Russians

    • D'Esterre says:

      Francesca: “I note our new centrefold US ambassador remarks on how independent New Zealand is!”

      Yeah, I noticed that too. That explains the presence of our troops in the middle east, and our capitulation over the TPPA. A member of this household remarked “I’d congratulate him on identifying correct note of flattery, if I weren’t sure that a staffer told him to say that” Heheh.

      “…the homophobia is nuts, and the oligarchy mirrors the US”

      What many people don’t understand about Russia is that Orthodoxy is fundamental to its identity. It survived through all the years of Communism, and has made a resurgence since the fall of the Soviet Union. Russian society therefore has a conservative attitude towards homosexuality – as does much of the Christian world. I’m not sure how much of the homophobia reported is actual or just propaganda; I’m inclined to think the latter. As to oligarchs: yes, Russia has Yeltsin and the western neoliberal advisors during the 90s to thank for much of that. We of course have our own homegrown variety, though they’re not quite so obscenely wealthy.

      • francesca says:

        I do agree. As I said Russia is evolving, they’re a thousand times better off than under Yeltsin, and Putin has been cracking down on the corruption.The west doesn’t make it any easier when they accept with open arms some crook like Khordokovsky who cries “I’ve been framed”!
        when he’s been tried for corruption

      • Sally's Husband says:

        “I’m not sure how much of the homophobia reported is actual or just propaganda”

        It’s real;, D’esterre. It’s real for anyone who bothers to look.

        Your apologism for the corrupt Russian Orthodox Church is misguided. There is damned good reason why the Soviets all but banned them.

        • D'Esterre says:

          Sally’s Husband: “It’s real for anyone who bothers to look.”

          There has been so much anti-Russian propaganda broadcast over at least the period of the Obama administration, it’s difficult to figure out what is fact and what isn’t. If you have evidence in the form of links, please post them, if you would be so good.

          “Your apologism for the corrupt Russian Orthodox Church is misguided. There is damned good reason why the Soviets all but banned them.”

          Crikey! That’s a bit of a leap for you to make, characterising me as an apologist. Again, evidence of corruption, if you please. Were you making the same assertion about the Catholic church, I’d similarly require evidence.

          The Soviets didn’t succeed in banning the Russian Orthodox church, because of public protests. The church shrank in size, but after Stalin died, there wasn’t as much persecution. Nowadays, the church is flourishing, both in Russia and elsewhere in the world, with numbers of churchgoers increasing.

          In Russia, promotion of the gay lifestyle is banned. Homosexuality is not: good luck with attempts to do that, in any case.

          Russia is a secular society underpinned by religious precepts. It’s very conservative in many respects.

  2. Historian pete says:

    Just as an initial response,I find it strange that Time Magazine has a building that is St.Basils Russian Orthodox church morphing into the White House.Does this mean that the destardly Russians are conducting a Religious coup d’etat against the Western American Christian church ?!

  3. Ian Kiddle says:

    WE all have Putin to thank for the fact that we are not already in a nuclear WWIII. His refusal to be provoked into a war with NATO and the USA despite their instigating the coup that overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine , the sanctions unfairly placed on Russia when the people of Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, the shooting down of a Russian jet by Turkey, the unnecessary military escalation on the borders with Russia, the invasion and destruction of Libya and the attempted destruction of Syria.
    Putin and Lavrov are the premier statesmen in the world today as they seek peace while the USA and Europe elites seek war.
    If you get your news from TV1 TV3 and National Radio you of course will think the Russians are the source of all evil in the world. (I note many of the news leaders were given a free trip to the USA, to be indoctrinated, a couple of years ago. Russia also invited any news organisations to visit but none accepted)
    Fortunately China and Russia are sick of all this bullshit and have presented a pathway to prosperity through the One Belt One Road project. They have even welcomed the USA to participate if it wishes. Trump obviously sees where the positive future lies but Washington elite, personified by Clinton and Obama and backed by the “security” organisations, can only see a future based on military adventurism, US hegemony and arms manufacture. God help us if Trump is impeached and we get that deadhead Pence for president.

    • D'Esterre says:

      Ian Kiddle: “If you get your news from TV1 TV3 and National Radio you of course will think the Russians are the source of all evil in the world.”

      Couldn’t agree more! I’ve long given upon any TV news programmes. As for RNZ, heaven help us all: once upon a time, it was where one could go for a countervailing view, and news that wasn’t available elsewhere. No longer; one might as well listen to commercial radio, because that’s essentially what it is now, just with fewer commercials.

  4. remo says:

    Damn right. This ‘HACK’ is the biggest ‘psyop’ Wurlitzer hoax since…..god…name it ? ! White Helmets? Khan Sheikhoun ? Rashidin ? Oddessa ? Maidan….Ghouta..MH17….
    Seth RICH could probably tell us.
    Or if pedogate WEINER/PODESTA’s corrupt emails could just get due diligence.
    Now, ringing in the old ghoul and 911cover-up specialist MUELLER is like putting DULLES on the Warren Commission-gee whizz. no skin in that game. [Forged Under Fire—Bob Mueller and Jim Comey’s Unusual Friendship ]
    I see RadNZ has bought it hook line and hack.
    Now USAMO’ve HIT SAA again at al-Tanf (al-Tanaf) border station. Inside Syrian national territory ! Like its their natural born right to be there.

  5. whispering kate says:

    I find this chronological list of events quite staggering – the CIA has always been known for their illegal activities in other countries jurisdictions but to see it in all its awfulness is something to behold.

    Also Martyn wasn’t the David Lange Government involved in some CIA meddling at some stage – I cannot remember what it was – was it the French nuclear testing. Keep up your good work.

  6. Stephanie Honeychurch says:

    Since Wikileaks posted a reward for information on the murder of Seth Rich (something they have never done before or since) in July last year, there has been speculation that Rich was the DNC whistleblower/leaker. Over the last few days, the story has resurfaced (not in our controlled media of course), with claims made by a former homicide detective that Rich’s (missing) laptop showed he had been communicating with Wikileaks. The story is complicated and I hope people will look it up for themselves. I do not understand how it is, that the NSA has vacuumed up everyone’s emails, but can’t access the DNC’s emails to show who hacked or more likely leaked them to Wikileaks. So far there has not been a shred of evidence produced to show it could have been Russia.

  7. Historian pete says:

    While we are looking at the sorry record of the U.S. Empire, I would like to introduce the First example of False news that I encountered.

    It was the Cuba Missile Crisis in 1962. I was 16,preparing for school C exams .In the news came the reports from U.S. intelligence that the Soviet Union were building silos in Cuba,and that Soviet ships were steaming towards Cuba with Nuclear missiles.It was declared that Soviet missiles 90 miles from the U.S. mainland was an existential threat to the United States.If the Soviet Union did not reverse course the U.S.threatened a nuclear strike .I remembered a heightened awareness of what was happening.I asked myself what was the point of studying when I thought there was a strong possibility that soon I and everyone else was going to be dead.
    Fortunately we had an intelligent U.S.President Jack Kennedy ,who ignored the advice of his belligerent generals of the day, and reached an accomodation with Khrushchev the leader of the Soviet Union. The leader of the free World had stared down the Communist aggressor , and the Russians turned around their ships,destroyed the silos, and returned to Russia.Or so we were told, in all the newspapers,radio, and newsreels.It was not until four or Five years later that I read an account of the incident written by a revisionist historian,who shared the information that the U.S had erected nuclear missiles in Turkey.
    The real deal done was that the U.S removed their missiles in Turkey, and in return the S.U. removed their missiles from Cuba.So,this was possibly the first false news of the post World war era?
    What is especially significant is that that the U.S.has now put nuclear missiles ringing Russia and China. If it was an existential threat to the U.S in 1962, why is it not the same threat to Russia and China today?

    A first response nuclear strike anyone?

    • francesca says:

      Yep Pete, I was 10 and utterly terrified.It was the first intimation I had there could be such a thing as the end of the world.
      Lucky for us Kennedy stood up to the hawks, but that came with a price.
      Shortly before Kennedy’s assassination there was a flyer distributed around Dallas accusing JFK of lying to the American people,
      betraying the constitution
      befriending our enemies(Russia)amongst other ridiculous accusations
      It was headed” this man is wanted for treasonous activities”
      I can’t understand the blase manner in which people view nuclear weapons these days

    • D'Esterre says:

      Historian Pete: “It was the Cuba Missile Crisis in 1962. I was 16,preparing for school C exams.”

      I was just a little bit younger: 4th form. I, too, remember that account. It wasn’t until I read Chomsky many years later that I found out about the missiles in Turkey.

      And it was Chomsky who told readers that in fact it was Cuba which had asked for the missiles to be stationed there; the Soviet Union obliged. Of course, it was completely understandable that Castro was looking for some weapon muscle to counter the US; this was just after the Bay of Pigs incident, after all, and the CIA had embarked on a campaign to assassinate him. About which he was only too well-aware.

  8. CLEANGREEN says:

    Stunningly brilliant summary Matryn, of the corruption of the US intelligence “deep state” collusion the US blame o others sadly even now today.

    Trump was only a vehicle used for their continuing “espionage” efforts to “undermine” other countries.

  9. Afewknowthetruth says:

    ‘I’m no fan of Russia or Putin in any way shape or form’

    You will get it eventually, Martyn.

    In the meantime those of us that know the truth look to Russia, and particularly to Putin, to save us from the wild excesses of the maniacs that have been control of the Anglo-American world for decades.

  10. Sally's Husband says:

    Martyn, excellent summation!

  11. mosa says:

    Great research Martyn.

    With America’s obvious distaste for left leaning governments it makes me wonder how much interference was involved in our Labour government of 1972-75.