[OPE-L] The vile truth about American "democracy" gets told... when it no longer matters to most

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Sat Jun 23 2007 - 05:14:39 EDT

The CIA is to declassify secret records detailing operations including
illegal domestic surveillance, assassination plots and kidnapping,
undertaken from the 1950s to the early 1970s, at the height of the cold war
and the Vietnam conflict.

The records were compiled in 1973 at the behest of the then CIA director,
James Schlesinger, and collected in a 693-page dossier known as the "family
jewels". Although some of its contents have been leaked, the CIA has refused
until now to put the full dossier in the public domain.

Mr Schlesinger acted after discovering that veteran CIA officers whose
burglary of a Washington hotel room triggered the Watergate scandal, had
received the agency's cooperation in carrying out "dirty tricks" for
President Richard Nixon.

According to the National Security Archive at George Washington University,
Mr Schlesinger directed his officials to collate details of any other
current or past agency activity that "might fall outside CIA authority" -
that was, in other words, illegal. The results of the internal trawl were
breathtaking. But within months of finalising the dossier, William Colby
replaced Mr Schlesinger as CIA chief.

When the New York Times published a report on the CIA's domestic
surveillance operations in December 1974, apparently based in part on the
dossier, panic erupted inside the administration of President Gerald Ford,
who had succeeded Nixon. At a damage-limitation meeting in January 1975 with
James Wilderotter, the deputy attorney-general, Colby laid bare the
"skeletons" in the dossier.

Minutes of the meeting, obtained by the National Security Archive and posted
at www.gwu.edu yesterday, list the skeletons one by one.

Domestic operations include the illegal detention and interrogation of a
Russian defector, the wiretapping of columnists Robert Allen and Paul Scott,
and the surveillance of other journalists including the late Jack Anderson.
Several illegal break-ins are also listed.

In the minutes, Colby says some US citizens had been subjected to
"unwitting" CIA drug experiments to induce "behaviour modification". The CIA
also illegally amassed 9,900 files on Americans involved in anti-war

The minutes state that the CIA "plotted the assassination of some foreign
leaders including [Fidel] Castro, [Patrice] Lumumba [Democratic Republic of
Congo] and [Rafael] Trujillo [Dominican Republic]." They go on: "With
respect to Trujillo's assassination on May 30 1961, the CIA had 'no active
part' but had a 'faint connection' with the groups that in fact did it."

From http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2109513,00.html
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