"Democratic Institutions?" – 10 Lessons From History That Will Destroy Your Trust In The CIA

A somewhat recently declassified CIA memo unearthed by the FOIA collective MuckRock shows that in the midst of the historic Church Committee hearings which attempted to bring various shocking and illegal US intelligence practices and operations to public light, the National Security Council considered the move for strong Congressional oversight a "personal holocaust" that could result in Americans losing faith in the CIA and intelligence officials. 

MuckRock, drawing lessons from this historical CIA archived memo, rightly observes that it "reveals how hostile the Intelligence Community could be to the concept of oversight."

In a 'straight from the horse's mouth' moment, the "eyes only" classified memo demonstrates in stunning clarity that a top concern for the agency has always fundamentally been fear of exposure over its "illegal and improper activities".

As the MuckRock report explains: "Decades before Donald Trump infamously compared the CIA to Nazi Germany, the National Security Council made its own allusion to the Holocaust - the difference was that in the NSC’s version, it was CIA that was cast as the potential victim of a 'Final Solution' that might be imposed by Congress in response to the exposure of the Agency’s illegal and improper activities."

And this is true and essential to remember now more than ever given intelligence officials' increased role in setting the agenda of national debate through their close and longtime acknowledged ties to the mainstream media.  

With a continuing avalanche of unverified and unproven assertions inundating the American and Western public from every corner of Washington's deeply rooted intelligence establishment, we think it necessary to pause and reflect on the many reasons to remain skeptical of the claims and allegations coming from US officials.

Below are 10 Lessons from history that will destroy your trust in the CIA, via the Off Guardian

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In the hysterical wake of the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, President Donald Trump was roundly criticized in the media for taking the side of a “hostile state” over his own intelligence agencies. The Guardian referred to Mueller as a “heroic marine” who Trump disbelieved in favour of a “Russian dictator”.

In the past, when Trump has criticized the FBI, CIA or NSA he has been accused of “undermining faith in our institutions”. He’s been blamed for a collapse of trust in the government. But was this trust ever earned?

At every corner, we are urged to simply believe what we are told. Whether it is about believing Porton Down and MI6 about “novichok”, or believing the White Helmets about Sarin, or believing the FBI about “collusion”, we are present with no facts, just assertions from authority. Those who question those assertions are deemed “bots” at best or “traitors” at worst.

Well here, fellow "traitors", are the Top Ten reasons to question anything and everything the CIA – or any intelligence agency – has ever told you (in descending order)...


We’ll start with an oldie but a goody. In 1945, as the allies were advancing on Berlin from both sides, American Army Intelligence (this was before the CIA were founded) were “capturing” (read: recruiting) over 1600 Nazi scientists and engineers. Most famous of them was Werhner von Braun…sorry, SS Sturmbannführer von Braun.

Whilst Allied soldiers died in the name of defeating fascism, the CIA’s predecessors were actively recruiting Nazis to come and build bombs for them.


The original, and important, precedent for accusations that the CIA et al. might engage in false-flag attacks. Operation Northwoods was a joint CIA/Pentagon proposal designed around the idea of escalating a war with Cuba by stoking public anger:

The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba.

The idea was vetoed by President Kennedy. Fifty years later, the CIA and Pentagon still very much exist, but there’s no longer a Kennedy there to veto their more psychopathic ideas. Funny how that worked out.


In 1970 Salvador Allende was elected to the Chilean Presidency. A Physician and dedicated socialist, Allende was the first socialist president elected in South America. The Nixon-lead government of the United States immediately implemented “economic warfare” (as they do, to this day, against Cuba, Venezuela and others). The economic warfare did not work, and in 1973 Allende’s socialist party increased their parliamentary majority.

In response, the US “assisted” (read: instructed) the Chilean military in carrying out a coup. Allende allegedly shot himself, and Augusto Pinochet was placed in power as the first dictator in Chile’s history. Pinochet was a fascist who executed Chilean “subversives” by the thousand…and was the darling of Western leaders.


I could just copy-and-paste the above paragraph and the change the names for this entry. In 1953, the Prime Minister of Iran – Mohammad Mosaddegh, a democratic socialist – wanted to audit the income of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company with an eye to limiting foreign control of Iran’s oil. Within a few months, a joint US/UK operation – Operation Ajax – had removed Mosaddegh’s elected government and turned over full control of the state to the Shah. He was a brutal absolute monarch, but the question of Western control of Iran’s enormous oil reserves wasn’t raised again under his leadership.


A CIA operation that you could deduce existed, even if were not proven….and it is proven. Mockingbird was the CIA project to coerce, train, control or plant CIA-friendly journalists in major news networks all across the country and in every medium. It’s existence is no longer disputed, thanks to FOIA releases of internal memos.

Mockingbird was allegedly shut down in 1976 – just after its existence was leaked – then CIA director George HW Bush claiming:

…effective immediately, CIA will not enter into any paid or contractual relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station.

If you’re willing to stake anything on the word of a Bush, well, good luck with that. It’s a decision that flies in the face of historical evidence.

Remember this one when you hear about the need to trust the CIA from some pundit on CNN or MSNBC.


It’s not really talked about much these days – what with the vast majority of the media and huge sections of the supposedly “anti-establishment” progressive left marching in-step with the Deep State – but the NSA spied on the whole world. The whole world. We know this to be true because an employee of the Deep State – Edward Snowden – leaked the information.

When challenged on this issue, representatives of the NSA and CIA lied. They lied to the public, and they lied to congress. When they were proven to have lied, they carefully qualified their lies.

A qualified lie is still a lie.

There is no indication they have stopped this illegal surveillance, but they may have passed laws to make it legal.


A classic of “atrocity propaganda”, Nayirah should be required reading material for anybody looking top hop on a pro-war bandwagon. Nayirah – who originally gave only her first name – was a fifteen year old girl who testified in front of the United States Congress. She claimed to be a volunteer from at a Kuwaiti hospital, and to be an eye-witness to Iraqi soldiers throwing Kuwaiti babies out of incubators and leaving them to die:

I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital with twelve other women who wanted to help as well. I was the youngest volunteer. The other women were from twenty to thirty years old. While I was there I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. It was horrifying.

It was later revealed, not only that her full name was Nayirah al-Sabah and she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador, but that she had never volunteered at a hospital and had seen no babies, soldiers or incubators. The whole thing was a fiction. A fiction paid for by the “Citizens of Free Kuwait”, an NGO (and obvious CIA front) set up to lobby the US to intervene in the Iraq-Kuwait war.

By the time this fiction was revealed it was too late, and the US had launched Operation Desert Storm….which was, of course, the entire point of the exercise

Remember this, when you hear about Assad gassing children or bombing kittens.


The FBI’s long running (and sometimes illegal) COunter INTELligence PROgram, COINTELPRO was a series of domestic projects carried out by the FBI (with cooperation from other agencies), over decades, with the aim of “surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations”.

These political organizations included anti-Vietnam protestors, civil rights groups (including both MLK and Malcolm X), socialists, Communist Party USA, environmental groups and feminist organizations.

The brief for these “disruptions” came straight from J. Edgar Hoover who wanted the FBI to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise Neutralize”people he perceived to be enemies of the state. The capital N in “neutralise” is no accident, as the FBI was implicated in the deaths of several Black Panther leaders, including Fred Hampton.

COINTELPRO didn’t just involve undermining left-wing groups, but also creating right-wing groups:

The FBI also financed, armed, and controlled an extreme right-wing group of former Minutemen, transforming it into a group called the Secret Army Organization that targeted groups, activists, and leaders involved in the Anti-War Movement, using both intimidation and violent acts.

Whether this was done to actually push a right-wing agenda, create a fake threat to step up police powers, or just sow division and chaos, is unclear. But it definitely happened.

Much like MKUltra (below), COINTELPRO was “officially shut down”, not long after the public found out it existed. However, the accidental outing of undercover policeman at a rally in Oakland, and recent relaxation of the laws limiting the FBI’s powers, means that COINTELPRO – or a modern successor – is very likely still a thing.

The aim of COINTELPRO was to “Neutralize” anti-establishment political figures – the vast majority of targets were left wingers – through “smearing individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting false reports in the media”. Remember that when you see Rand Paul called a “traitor” on twitter, or read about “Russian collusion”, or see Jeremy Corbyn branded an anti-Semite.

Remember that it is proven that the Deep State – our trusted intelligence agencies – pay people to plant false stories and discredit political opponents.


It might sound like something from a 70s sci-fi TV series, but it is unfortunately real. MKUltra was a series of (illegal) experiments carried out by the CIA from 1953 until it was *cough* “officially halted” in 1973 (just after its existence was leaked). The experiments were wide-ranging, achieved varied levels of success, but pretty uniformly brutal and unethical. They included, but were not limited too:

  • Giving LSD to unsuspecting soldiers to see what happened.
  • Mass hypnosis and mass suggestion
  • Torture studies
  • Studies on the effect of verbal and/or sexual abuse

We’ll never know the full range of studies, or how they were carried out, because in 1973 Richard Helms, then director of the CIA, ordered all MKUltra files destroyed. Only a fraction of them survive, thanks to FOIA requests, but it’s reasonable to assume they destroyed the worst parts and kept the more quote-unquote innocent files.

The CIA were not unique in this regard either, MKUltra was their baby – but there were parallel projects in other quarters of the deep state. Army Intelligence had Edgewood Arsenal, whilst the Department of Defense had Project 112. All these projects were “officially halted” in the early 70s…just around the time the public found out they existed.

The CIA (et al.) have strongly denied that these experiments and projects have ever been continued in any way, shape or form…but if you’d asked them in 1969, they would have denied they had ever taken place at all.


This might not be the most callous, the most dangerous, the most recent, the most secret or the most insidious of the items on this list, nevertheless it is – must be – number one…because it is the most brazen.

The war was started in the name of “weapons of mass destruction” that everyone – everyone – knew never existed. They all knew the truth, but they lied.

The President lied, the vice-president lied, the secretary of defence lied, the secretary of state lied. The Prime Minister lied, the defence minister lied, the foreign minister lied. They lied to the press, the people and the UN.

The CIA, the NSA, the FBI – then headed by the “heroic marine” Robert Mueller – they lied too. The press repeated these lies, without question (see: Operation Mockingbird). They weren’t “misinformed”, they weren’t “mistaken”. They lied, they lied repeatedly – and provably – and they did it in order to start a war, make money, take control, spread influence.

One million Iraqis died.

Our ruling class is peopled with psychopaths and war criminals, who have so little regard for the people they lie to they recycle the same childishly simple falsehoods to further their evil agenda again and again and again. They tried the same in Libya…it worked again. They tried again in Syria…luckily, it didn’t work there.

Our “democratic institutions” lie to start wars. There’s no reason to think they aren’t doing – or wouldn’t do – the same thing about Iran, North Korea…or Russia.

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That’s our list, and there’s really only one lesson you can take away from it: These people, agencies and institutions deserve no trust, have earned no trust and have abused every micron of trust ever placed in them. To suggest we have a duty to believe them – or that they have ever done anything to serve the public good – is to live in a dream world.

This list is not a full catalogue of Deep State crimes, it would be 1000s of entries long if it were, but these ten are important. They’re important because they are admitted, proven and beyond debate. They are important because they show the many facets of dishonesty, hypocrisy and abuses of power that Intelligence agencies engage in, and they are important because they form the best riposte to the disingenuous clamour for “trust” in our “democratic institutions”.

Never trust the CIA, they have proved they don’t deserve it.


nope-1004 rockstone Fri, 07/20/2018 - 18:08 Permalink

Exactly.  As it is with our never-ending "War on Terror".  Terror is an emotion, not a tangible thing with boundaries that has definition.

The only never-ending plague that exists in this world today is the satanic institution itself that invents and creates these false wars through uprisings, coups, and chemical attacks on innocent civilians.



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FBaggins Bubba Rum Das Sat, 07/21/2018 - 14:22 Permalink

Forget about kikes in the woodwork.

The so called "10 lessons" are really not very instructive and likely do not "destroy" or even disturb the so called "trust" people have in the CIA or any other intelligence agency in the world for that matter.  Most people in Western nations have always trusted that their intelligence agencies are made up of the most ruthless and amoral people on the planet. They are not even shocked when they learn that their agencies control the mainstream media and major drug cartels.

Our state-sanctioned thugs are recruited and trained to do things which most ordinary people regard as illegal and seriously wrong - from blackmail and entrapment to drug and arms trafficking, torture, murder, assassinations, terrorism, false flags, and rigging elections, coups, regime changes, and wars.  They are also our most highly-trained specialists in deception and lying.  

So they are sociopaths. So what. People with highly strung consciences do not do what is "necessary" (any agent’s ultimate justification for every crime and atrocity they commit), and these people do it for them at arms length.  The ordinary people look the other way and give them a pass trusting that they are directly or indirectly advancing either their national or their personal interests. In fact, they are generally honored for their stealth and ruthlessness because the balance sheet also shows their dedicated service, sacrifices and honorable deeds.

However, one major problem with the agencies is that simply because of their methods they represent the actual character of the very nation which spawns them. Most informed people know (not guess or speculated) that the CIA and the Mossad were the major intelligence agencies which engineered and coordinated 9/11. They also know that the same agencies with the support of other agencies like MI6, MI5, CSIS, DGSE, DGSI, the FBI and the NSA cooperated in recruiting and radicalizing Muslims for terrorist organizations for the Syrian regime-change operation. It is precisely because of such methods and operations that the balance sheet and trust has been irrevocably altered in the minds of properly informed people who still have consciences.  

Also, by the sheer effectiveness of their ability to circumvent laws and moral restraints, the people in control of the agencies and the agencies themselves have become imperious and immune to any real checks or balances. Knowledge is power and it our intelligence agencies which not only through deceptive surveillance methods accumulate vast amounts of information and knowledge about everything and everyone, but also use that information to manipulate and control virtually anyone they want, including anyone with influence as well as our elected representatives. Additionally, with that information they control of the media, and are behind most perception management, propaganda, disinformation, fake news, and brainwashing operations to control the public.

Over the past 50 years these major agencies have also accumulated such immense unchecked wealth and power through their control of the illicit drug and arms trafficking industries, that even the Wall Street banksters are their puppets.

Obama was their bitch. Clinton was their bitch. Now Trump is their bitch.

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Faeriedust FBaggins Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:58 Permalink

I'd just like to add one thing, gleaned from growing up in this environment.  That is, my father "worked for the government" as a DOD counterintelligence officer.  My stepfather kept the library at CIA HQ Langley.  My little brother spent two decades as a Pentagon project manager, mostly in cost-benefit analysis but close enough to the budget process that he got called in for the annual appropriations blitz.  What you have to know about the rank-and-file of these organizations is they drink their own Kool-Aid. They believe that they are heroes protecting the Nation Against Evil, and that it's okay to "bend" rules in order to Catch Bad Guys -- in fact, that it's a sin not to.  They believe that they are protecting the most precious treasure on earth, and because of that, the ends justify the means.

What you also need to know is that when Machiavelli originally penned that phrase, it was an inversion of every received truth.  The common wisdom for the preceding thousand years was that the means justify the ends, i.e., that you could judge the virtue of a man's goals and allegiance, by whether or not his actions in pursuit of them were good, just, and honorable.  A lord or religion that could be served by theft, dishonesty, or murder was prima facie a worthless and dishonorable leader.

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Chupacabra-322 Dr. Acula Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:18 Permalink


The National Security Elimination Act of 2018


The United States survived quite nicely for 130+ years with neither a Criminal FBI, CIA, IRS nor the Federal Reserve. Let's return to those better days ASAP.


Would precisely achieve that objective & more by recentrailizing the “Intelligence” Agencies. By Elimination of rouge Criminal Agencies such as the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at & in the CIA, FBI, NSA & DHS.


The Military lower level Officers, Captains, Commanders what have you, are just Soldiers following orders aka “order takers.”


At the Highest Compartmentalized Levels They’re Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths that wear the uniform however, are Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath CIA Operatives.  Former Colonel Fletcher Prouty alluded to that exact fact in his book “The Secret Team.”


Those are the ones giving them the orders. Behind the scenes they arming, fund & training the I CIA SIS = CIA = Mossad terror organizations through Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria, Lybia, Yemen for “plausible deniability” should they get caught. Which they already have.


Basically, everyone & their mothers now know the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA / State Dept. have been arming, funding & training terror organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen.

Everyone except a complicit “Operation Mocking Bird” Presstitute Media.

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ConnectingTheDots Chupacabra-322 Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

"The Military lower level Officers, Captains, Commanders what have you, are just Soldiers following orders aka “order takers.”


yes, they are, but they are the ENABLERS of the sociopaths above them. Without their services, the sociopaths would be powerless.


These lower levels need to take a good hard look at themselves and realize that they are selling their souls for a paycheck.


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Duc888 Dr. Acula Sat, 07/21/2018 - 15:42 Permalink



Putin have Trump 1.6 TB of recorded crimes from the Clinton years on. It was encrypted. Russia broke encryption and gave Trump
1. encrypted version
2. Unencryped version.
3.Software to decrypt the data.
4. Key to software that decrypted it.

Mueller is going to dig far and deep and grant immunity to Comey, Rosenstein, Hillary, Bill, Lynch, Holder and the rest of the “crew”. Why? Because they are all involved with Uranium 1 deal. He wants to clear the deck to help himself. Notice the investigation into Uranium1 was just started yesterday. Mueller will go down with the whole crew. Here’s the punch line. When Putin passed the soccer ball to trump it was symbolic “now the ball is in your court”. Trump has all the goods now. All of it. The best part about it is that 100% of the 1.6 TB IS admissible in court because it was handed over by a foreign entity and it did not have to go through the Constitutional due process of “how” it was obtained.
They’re caught, hook, line and sinker. All of them.

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Expendable Container GreatCaesar'sGhost Fri, 07/20/2018 - 20:08 Permalink

'imagine what would have happened if the Reds had gotten hold of them' referring to 'nazi scientists'.

All of Germany's scientists, 'nazi' or anti-'nazi' were FORCED to move to all the ALL-LIES nations including Russia in order to steal/parasite their brilliant minds, even Australia grabbed some of them. Perhaps you should consider reading


to remove the brainwashing, as his book did for me and many others. (if amazon are still banning it, The Barnes Review sell it.) Also watch the free series - banned by youtube - by Dennis Wise "THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD. Giving true revisionist history about WWII

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Superdude BennyBoy Sat, 07/21/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

Could it be that maybe the CIA was formed after the Roswell crash because there was a belief that Russians were able o capture advanced technologies from the Nazis? Well, this would have to mean that Hitler produced or knew of the Foo Fighters that were commented on and had created four teams of Nazi scientists to engineer the technology. Then it would also have to be possible that in the final days of the war, he instructed each of the teams (that were dispersed at different locations in Europe) to destroy all evidence. Except, one team did not get the message and in the final days of the war there was a race between the USSR and USA to find the team. The winner and new enemy: USSR. Why did the cold war start after WW2? Where would the proof of this crazy thought and scenario be stored? How about in the CIA archives:


https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0005516158.pdf   Second page. Dig deeper into the files and the story becomes quite real.


They are currently starting disclosure again, it has happened before:




Back when Life magazine was around and practiced journalism. 

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Expendable Container Buckaroo Banzai Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:03 Permalink

SILENCED HISTORY - the 1966 assassination of South Africa's greatest Prime Minister, Professor HENDRIK VERWOERD who was about to implement THE HOEK REPORT - to reduce the power and parasitic nature of Rothschild/Oppenheimer's ANGLO AMERICAN Corp to improve the benefits to the nation state -

A meeting at Harry Oppenheimer's estate in Parktown on 27 July 1964 to plan the assassination was attended by Quintin White, a CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) member and CIA agent, an unknown member of MI6, Anton Rupert and Minister of Justice John Vorster (who went on to become the replacement Prime Minister and to discard the Hoek Report).


"Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd: South Africa's Greatest Prime Minister"


Also very informative as to how mentally unstable individuals are professionally primed (using MKUltra techniques, in this case done by communist Solly Jacobson) to do the dirty work, using a 'trigger' (this particular trigger of a dagger with 2 drops of blood was on the cover of Time magazine, added to an image of Verwoerd  only on the South African copies).


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Nostradumbass Buckaroo Banzai Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:53 Permalink

Those insidious chosenites have burrowed into the very nervous systems of all western/White nations in order to take control of and then eradicate us.

It is astonishingly easy to prove by simply looking at history and naming names.

But you are an anti-semite if you even dare question the official narrative...

I am proud to be considered an anti-semite at this point. It just says that I am awake more than they want.






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macholatte nope-1004 Fri, 07/20/2018 - 18:20 Permalink


Orwell’s Doublethink & Newspeak are Gaslighting today.

George Orwell provides the answer — intelligent people must be conditioned to reject self-evident truth — to reject the sanity of common sense — to accept the insanity of Orwellian Doublethink — to accept the lie and the truth in their minds simultaneously — "with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth."

Gaslighting - the primary techniques of the Progs:
1. They tell blatant lies.
2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.
3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.
4. They wear you down over time.
5. Their actions do not match their words.
6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.
7. They know confusion weakens people.
8. They project.
9. They try to align people against you.
10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.
11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.


Not mentioned above:


The Arab Spring

The Syria War


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SubjectivObject macholatte Sat, 07/21/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

and the corollary to all this their activities

is that their time to do all this is largely paid

out of the taxations imposed on the rest of us

what they get to do a a paying job

we are obligated to oppose out of marginal discretionary funds and time

the pee ons are at a severe disadvantage for that

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Chupacabra-322 Winston Churchill Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

Back then, now & forever.  

Worth yet another repost for the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths in the CIA. Enjoy you sick Fucks.


To state the obvious; the CIA has deeply humiliated the American people in their attempt to tie the American people to be responsible for the CIA's crimes against humanity across the world.


The CIA appears to be the world's greatest threat to peace and prosperity. It is the penultimate terrorist organization, being the direct or indirect creator of all other terrorist organizations. It also appears to be the world's penultimate illegal drug smuggler and pusher making all other illegal drug trading possible and instigating the horrors of addiction and suffering around the world.


If I believed that the CIA was working in any way on behalf of the US government and the American people then it would be sad and shameful indeed. However, it is my belief that the CIA instead was captured long ago, as was the secret military operations and now works for a hidden power that wants to dominate or failing that, destroy humanity.


The Agency is Cancer. There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.


Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.


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