Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Philip Agee 1935-2008
Philip Agee worked for the CIA and exposed some of its misdeeds in his book Inside the Company: CIA Diary (1975)
What Agee wrote about Ecuador could probably also apply to Britain or Canada or France or just about any other country.
Agee wrote that, in Ecuador, almost all political organizations were infiltrated by the CIA, often at the highest levels. (Ecuador Killing Hope WBlum)
Agee explained that, in Ecuador, various CIA front organisations were set up. These spewed out propaganda. A well-known personality would deliver a speech prepared by the CIA, and then a newspaper editor, or a well-known columnist, would praise it, both gentlemen being on the CIA payroll.
Union leaders were taken over by the CIA.
In virtually every department of the Ecuadorean government there were people working for the CIA.
At one point, the CIA could count amongst this number the men who were second and third in power in the country.
CIA agents would bomb churches or right-wing organizations and make it appear to be the work of leftists.
CIA agents would march in left-wing parades displaying signs and shouting slogans of a very provocative anti-military nature.
Philip Agee said:
1. The 1965 revolution in the Dominican Republic was put down, "not because it was Communist but because it was nationalist."
2. "Reforms of the FBI and the CIA, even removal of the President from office, cannot remove the problem. American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force - without a secret police force."
In October 2001, Agee wrote in CounterPunch ( USA & International Terrorism - By Philip Agee.) about how the CIA controls various countries:
There was electoral intervention, propaganda via the media, and also the penetration and manipulation of women's organizations, religious organizations, youth and student organizations, the trade-union movement - very important - but also the military and security services and, of course, political parties.
All of these institutions were free game for penetration and manipulation by the CIA.
In short, the CIA influenced the civic life of countries all around the world. It did this due to a lack of faith in democracy in other countries.