By Jim Campbell
November 30th, 2019
By its very nature, it is difficult to know with absolute certainty what appears below is true, when one considers the very secretive nature of the CIA.
CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia.
That being said, much of this writing is from historical documents from the National Archives and declassified material from the CIA and other agencies.
Inside the cavernous marble and glass lobby of CIA HQs in Langley, Virginia there is an inscription etched into the wall. Not some patriotic slogan, but words from the Gospel of John: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
Philip Agee was a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who served in Latin America.
After resigning from the CIA he lectured and wrote on the Agency’s clandestine operations.
His activities were not unnoticed.
Ex-CIA Director and later President Bush the first called Agee “a traitor to our country.” He is the author of Inside the Company: CIA Diary and On the Run. He died in Cuba in January 2008.
No matter who is president, particularly since 1945, there has been a steady stream of U.S. interventions in countries far and wide.
From Grenada to Panama and from Iraq to Afghanistan, there are few countries too big or small where the U.S. does not declare it has an interest.
One of the key weapons in Washington’s arsenal is the Central Intelligence Agency. sometimes just referred to as the Agency or the Company.
The idea that there are rogue agents carrying out their own operations is not supported by facts. The CIA is an instrument of the White House.
Most readers will not have a firm grasp of the working of the CIA they do tend to hear of the agencies’ blown operations.
CIA Mind Control M-K Ultra.
When diplomacy fails and war is unwise, the president calls on the CIA’s Special Activities Division—a highly-classified branch of the CIA and the most effective black operations force in the world.
Almost every American president since World War II has asked the CIA to conduct sabotage, subversion, and even assassination.
So secretive is the agency that on its wall of heros not a name is mentioned.
To unveil the secret world of the president’s guerrilla warfare corps, Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen takes the stage with excerpts from Surprise, Kill, Vanish, her thriller-like exposition of the world of paramilitary and intelligence work.
Jacobsen shares exclusive interviews with members of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (equivalent to the Pentagon’s generals), its counterterrorism chiefs, targeting officers, and Special Activities Division’s Ground Branch operators who conduct today’s close-quarters killing operations around the world.
Every operation they report—however unsettling—is legal.
What follows is a gripping dive into the complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers, and saboteurs.
And then “the unthinkable happened,” as North Korea invaded South Korea.
South Korea was ruled by a U.S.-educated puppet who was actively provoking North Korea with his own invasions, but “unthinkable” here doesn’t mean the people involved couldn’t think it; it means that we must not think they thought it.
In the undated image above, captured U.S. forces were marched down the street by North Korean officials.
Senior civilian leaders in Washington and senior military leaders in Asia refuted reporting which could have altered the war due to groupthink and preconceived opinions.
This, of course, is no different than today’s “Head in the sand posture,” when situations don’t go as planned.
These two intelligence errors—the North Korean attack and Chinese intervention—are possibly two of the gravest mistakes in U.S. intelligence history.
The North Korean invasion, which could have been prevented with posturing and deterrence, cost hundreds of thousands of lives and dragged a reluctant America back into a large-scale war in Asia.
The second, which could have been avoided by heeding the warning signs from intelligence agencies, third-party diplomats, and the Chinese themselves, escalated the war and laid the groundwork for three decades of Chinese-American hostility that followed
A mentally ill Frank Wisner led CIA efforts in Korea to get thousands of people killed killing thousands of other people to no other effect, before killing himself.
Jacobsen believes this left “a black mark” on the agency.
The CIA, cannot really make a discernible black mark on an edifice of infinite black marks.
Jacobsen’s book rolls on through black marks after black marks, unrelenting, yet somehow unaware that there isn’t something there other than the black marks.
During the war against North Korea, everything that could be imagined done wrong was.
Double agents were widely employed and informed.
Fighters were trained and parachuted pointlessly into enemy territory by the thousands. No information of benefit to any human population was gathered.
The CIA found its own conduct “morally reprehensible” but kept such reports secret for decades in order to do more of the same in other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, the military thought it could do a better job and created its own criminal groups of special forces and green berets.