All the brouhaha over the likely nomination and appointment of Gen.
Michael Hayden to head up the CIA is rather silly. It should be remembered that
the CIA is basically a military creature, although civilian leaders have run
the agency in recent decades. The CIA emerged from the Central Intelligence
Group with the signing of Truman’s National Security Act in July 1947.
A flourish of Truman’s pen also created “an independent Air Force,
provided for coordination by a committee of service chiefs, the Joint Chiefs
of Staff (JCS), and a Secretary of Defense, and created the National Security
Council (NSC). The CIG became an independent department and was renamed the
Central Intelligence Agency,” explains the Federation
of American Scientists. “Chaired by the [Intelligence Advisory Committee],
the Committee included representatives from the Departments of State, Army,
Air Force, the Joint Chiefs of Stag, and the Atomic Energy Commission.”
The first director of the CIA was Rear Admiral Sidney W. Souers, followed by
General Walter Bedell Smith.
The first “civilian” DCI was the notorious Allen Dulles, who served
the Office of Strategic Services in Europe during the Second World War. Under
Dulles, the CIA brought onboard Richard Bissell as Directorate for Plans and
covert or black operations (euphemistically called Executive Action) against
“unfriendly governments” (i.e., governments that had their own ideas
about how to run their countries) began in earnest. Early actions included a
coup d’état organized against the Guatemalan government of Jacobo
Arbenz Guzmán (who made the mistake of introducing land reform and nationalizing
the United Fruit Company), the assassination of Patrice Lumumba of the Congo,
overthrowing the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, General Abd al-Karim
Kassem of Iraq, and Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam. In effect, the policies
of the CIA, as a cudgel wielded by presidents since Truman (who represent corporations
and financial interests, not the American people), has remained the same, regardless
of who actually held the title of DCI.
In essence, it matters not an iota if the Pentagon “gobbles up”
the CIA, since policies will remain the same—the destruction of governments
and countries targeted by the global elite, the cabal that runs the country
at the behest of transnational corporations (note the CIA’s first act
was accomplished primarily because the United Fruit Company took umbrage at
the people of Guatemala for demanding agrarian reform). The CIA has always served
as a lawless and rogue organization and has worked closely with criminals such
as the mobsters Santos Trafficante and Sam Giancana (in an effort to assassinate
Cuba’s Fidel Castro). In fact, as recent documents reveal, the CIA worked
closely with Nazis after the Second World War as well.
Early last year, the National Security Archive “posted the CIA’s
secret documentary history of the U.S government’s relationship with General
Reinhard Gehlen, the German army’s intelligence chief for the Eastern
Front during World War II. At the end of the war, Gehlen established a close
relationship with the U.S.,” writes Tamara
Feinstein. “The documentation unearthed by the [Nazi War Crimes and
Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group] reveals extensive
relationships between former Nazi war criminals and American intelligence organizations,
including the CIA. For example, current records show that at least five associates
of the notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann worked for the CIA, 23 other Nazis were
approached by the CIA for recruitment, and at least 100 officers within the
Gehlen organization were former SD or Gestapo officers.” General Reinhard
Gehlen was a big time war criminal, responsible for organizing the Iron Guard
in Romania, the Latvian Vanagis, and the Croatian Ustashe, groups responsible
for brutal atrocities against the “untermenschen” of Eastern Europe
(not only Jews, Roma, homosexuals, and communists, but anybody who opposed Nazi
Of course, that the CIA embraced Nazi murderers (including the notorious Claus
Barbie) should come as no surprise. “Certain American industrialists had
a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany
and Italy,” William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, noted in 1937.
“They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they
are helping to keep it there.” William Randolph Hearst, Sr., the Mellon-Davis-Duke
Alcoa monopoly, the Du Pont corporation, ITT, General Motors, Standard Oil of
New Jersey, the anti-Semite Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company, and of course
the Bush crime family and no shortage of Wall Street bankers and financiers
all supported and bankrolled the Nazis. Remember, the CIA’s first covert
op was conducted in the name of the United Fruit Company and it has worked diligently
in the service of corporations ever since.
In fact, CIA director Allen Dulles and his brother John Foster created “international
finance networks for the benefit of the Nazis,” according to the research
of John Loftus and Mark Aarons (The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western
Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994).
“In the beginning, moving money into the Third Reich was quite legal.
Lawyers saw to that. And Allen and his brother John Foster were not just any
lawyers. They were international finance specialists for the powerful Wall Street
law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.”
In essence, since its inception, the CIA has labored under what should be called
the “Gehlen mentality,” a Nazi mindset. Like Nazi intelligence in
Europe, the CIA has employed its own Iron Guard and Ustashe for more than fifty
years (most notably in Central America, where CIA trained and financed death
and torture squads have roamed free, terrorizing an impoverished population).
Like Nazi intelligence, the CIA prefers murderous cut-throats such as Saddam
Hussein to do the bidding of the neolibs and Wall Street banksters (that is
until they fall from favor, as Hussein and Manual Noriega in Panama eventually
Thus the petty argument over appointing a Pentagon careerist to run
the CIA is, to say the least, small apples. Regardless of who runs the agency,
the same policies will be implemented—overthrowing “rogue”
nations, or that is to say nations that refuse to play ball on the terms dictated
by the global neoliberal elite and their hand-picked representative in the White
House. Gen. Hayden simply represents a conflation of the spook and subversion
organizational chart and the CIA my end up where it belonged all along—in
a suite of offices in the Pentagon.
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