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How Americas Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency...

...and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up

Originally published in Rolling Stone, October 20, 1977.

By Carl Bernstein

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.

Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists’ relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap. Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services—from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go‑betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without‑portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring‑do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full‑time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad. In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.

The history of the CIA’s involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception for the following principal reasons:

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OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD....CIA manipulation of the media


The Ass and his Purchaser - Aesop's Fables

A man who wanted to buy an Ass went to market, and, coming across a likely-looking beast, arranged with the owner that he should be allowed to take him home on trial to see what he was like. When he reached home, he put him into his stable along with the other asses. The newcomer took a look round, and immediately went and chose a place next to the laziest and greediest beast in the stable. When the master saw this he put a halter on him at once, and led him off and handed him over to his owner again. The latter was a good deal surprised to seem him back so soon, and said, "Why, do you mean to say you have tested him already?" "I don't want to put him through any more tests," replied the other. "I could see what sort of beast he is from the companion he chose for himself."... "A man is known by the company he keeps."

Online Collection - Selected Aesop's Fables (morals shown; no ads) http://www.aesopfables.com/aesopsel.html

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

US Involvement in other Governments Since 1953

1953: The U.S. overthrows Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran and installs the Shah as Dictator.

1954: The U.S. overthrows democratically-elected President Arbenz of Guatamala while killing over 200,000 civilians.

1963: The U.S. backs the assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem paving the way for the killing of 4 million civilians in Southeast Asia from 1963 to 1975.

1973: The U.S. stages a coup in Chile. Democratically-elected President Salvador Allende was assassinated. Augusto Pinochet was installed as Dictator. 5,000 Chileans were murdered.

1977: The U.S. backs military rulers of El Salvador. 70,000 Salvadorans were killed along with 4 American nuns.

1980: The U.S. trains Osama Bin Laden and his men to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan bankrolled by 3 billion dollars from the CIA.

1981: The Reagan Administration trains and funds contras (Nicaraguan rebels) 30,000 Nicaraguans die.

1982: The U.S. provides billions of dollars in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons to fight the Iranians.

1983: The White House secretly gives Iranians the weapons to fight the Iraqis they are also funding.

1989: CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as President of Panama) disobeys orders from Washington leading to an American invasion to remove him. There were 3,000 Panamanian civilian casualties.

1990: Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons provided from the United States.

1991: The U.S. enters Iraq and President Bush reinstates the dictator of Kuwait.

1998: President Clinton orders the bombing of a supposed weapons factory in the Sudan. The factory, as it turns out, was making aspirin.

2000: The U.S. gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 245 million dollars in aid.

2001: Osama Bin Laden purportedly uses his expert CIA training to murder 3,000 U.S. citizens on American soil.

2003: Invade Iraq based on lies. Murder President of Iraq and kill over 1 million brown people.

2011: Invade Libya to confiscate Gold, create Private Central Bank, and Murder Leader of Libya

2012: Fund the same terrorists that US Claims to be fighting in "War of Terror" working to overthrow President of Syria.

2013? Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, ... Bomb, Bomb, Iran :-(

This reminds me of a song from a movie:



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