Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The CIA in Tibet

The 'People Power' which toppled people like Marcos, the Shah, Suharto and Ceaucesceau, was largely the work of the security services, including the CIA. (aangirfan: PEOPLE POWER - CIA CONNECTION)

Asia Times, 25 March 2008, has an article by Richard Bennett (intelligence and security consultant, AFI Research) about Tibet, the 'great game' and the CIA

Bennett claims that the CIA is deeply involvement with the Free Tibet Movement and funds Radio Free Asia.

Bennett writes that 'it would seem somewhat unlikely that any revolt could have been planned or occurred without the prior knowledge, and even perhaps the agreement, of the National Clandestine Service (formerly known as the Directorate of Operations) at CIA headquarters in Langley.'

According to Bennett:

1. Former senior Indian Intelligence officer, B Raman, stated on March 21 that "on the basis of available evidence, it was possible to assess with a reasonable measure of conviction" that the initial uprising in Lhasa on March 14 "had been pre-planned and well orchestrated".

2. The US government may be the main beneficiary of the Tibet unrest.

3. In 1956, the CIA began a covert action campaign against the Chinese in Tibet.

This led to an uprising in 1959 which left tens of thousands of Tibetans dead and forced Dalai Lama to flee.

4. The CIA set up a secret military training camp for Tibetan resistance fighters at Camp Hale, Colorado, in the USA.

5. The US-trained guerrillas carried out raids into Tibet, sometimes led by CIA-contract mercenaries and supported by CIA planes.

6. In the mid-1960s, the CIA set up the Chusi Gangdruk, a force of around 2,000 guerrilla fighters, at bases in Nepal. This base was closed in 1974 due to Chinese pressure on Nepal.

7. In the 1960s, the CIA began working with the Indian intelligence services in training and supplying agents in Tibet. The CIA-Indian cooperation is described in Kenneth Conboy and James Morrison book The CIA's Secret War in Tibet.

8. US support for the Tibetan guerrillas is supposed to have ended when Richard Nixon met the Chinese communist leadership in Beijing in February 1972.

9. It is rumored that the CIA were involved in the failed Tibetan revolt in October 1987.

10. The CIA still funds much of the Tibetan Freedom movement.


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