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Ex-CIA operative says US has long meddled in elections, but it’s OK since they are ‘god cops’

RT | February 18, 2018

In an article published in the New York Times on Saturday, former CIA officers and several researchers, who have been studying covert US intelligence operations for years, say that the while methods allegedly used by Russians to meddle into the US elections might slightly differ from the old school CIA operations overseas, there is nothing in the allegations against Russians that Americans haven’t done themselves.

“If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” retired CIA veteran Steven Hall told NYT’s Scott Shane.

Hall, who left his job as CIA Chief of Russian Operations in 2015 after 30 years of service, noted that the US has never shunned attempting to meddle in other countries’ elections.

Saying that the CIA had “absolutely” engaged in such operations in the past, Hall added that he hopes “we keep doing it.”

Thirteen Russian nationals and three entities were indicted on Friday as part of the special FBI counsel Robert Mueller’s lingering probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections, and collusion between Moscow and US President Donald Trump’s campaign. As proof to support either of the two allegations is still scant, the Russians listed in the indictment were accused of waging “information warfare against the United States of America,” including by sowing discord on social media with “divisive” posts on Facebook and Twitter.

While the social media boom is a recent phenomenon, the US intelligence has a long record of weaponizing information, albeit in a more conventional form, Loch Johnson, a scholar at the University of Georgia, who has been investigating the CIA since the 1970s, told the Times.

“We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of cash,” Johnson said, recounting that in the late 1980s he was told by CIA operatives that they used to plant reports that fit the US agenda or bluntly fake news in foreign newspapers by the dozen. The number of such daily “insertions” ran in as many as 70 to 80 publications, he recounted.

But when the US does it, it’s for the greater good, the scholar and the CIA officers claim.

Likening the American operations to what Russia is accused of, “is like saying cops and bad guys are the same because they both have guns — the motivation matters,” Hall said. Because, just like the bloody wars the US is waging around the world, it is being done for the sake of democracy.

Contrary to the supposed Russian onslaught on the American democracy, which, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did not affect the outcome of the presidential elections, some US meddling did lead to actual changes of power across Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

According to a survey by Researcher Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, the US meddled in elections at least 81 times from 1946 to 2000, including in Yugoslavia in the 2000 against Slobodan Milosevic.

The number, however, does not include the military coups orchestrated by the US, or regime changes as a result of the US interventions, some of which had precious little to do with democracy, such as the rise of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet after the violent overthrow of President Salvador Allende in 1973. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the US did not give up on its interventionist policy. The most recent examples include the US-led NATO intervention in Libya that brought down strongman Muammar Gaddafi, but failed to deliver a semblance of democracy. The war-ravaged country is being torn between three different power centers seven years after the military incursion.

The US role in the coup in Ukraine, which paved way for bloodshed in the country’s east, has been widely reported. Last year, former US Vice President Joe Biden admitted in his memoir that he demanded former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich resign in 2014, telling him that his “time was over.”

Biden also boasted that he played a part in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor during a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk in March 2016.

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  1. OVERTHROWING OTHER PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENTS:
    THE MASTER LIST
    By William Blum – Published February 2013

    [The United States routinely interferes with elections of dozens of other nations and even “installs” political leaders through various CIA operations, including CIA-led coups and assassinations of foreign leaders].

    Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

    •China 1949 to early 1960s

    •Albania 1949-53

    •East Germany 1950s

    •Iran 1953 *

    •Guatemala 1954 *

    •Costa Rica mid-1950s

    •Syria 1956-7

    •Egypt 1957

    •Indonesia 1957-8

    •British Guiana 1953-64 *

    •Iraq 1963 *

    •North Vietnam 1945-73

    •Cambodia 1955-70 *

    •Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *

    •Ecuador 1960-63 *

    •Congo 1960 *

    •France 1965

    •Brazil 1962-64 *

    •Dominican Republic 1963 *

    •Cuba 1959 to present

    •Bolivia 1964 *

    •Indonesia 1965 *

    •Ghana 1966 *

    •Chile 1964-73 *

    •Greece 1967 *

    •Costa Rica 1970-71

    •Bolivia 1971 *

    •Australia 1973-75 *

    •Angola 1975, 1980s

    •Zaire 1975

    •Portugal 1974-76 *

    •Jamaica 1976-80 *

    •Seychelles 1979-81

    •Chad 1981-82 *

    •Grenada 1983 *

    •South Yemen 1982-84

    •Suriname 1982-84

    •Fiji 1987 *

    •Libya 1980s

    •Nicaragua 1981-90 *

    •Panama 1989 *

    •Bulgaria 1990 *

    •Albania 1991 *

    •Iraq 1991

    •Afghanistan 1980s *

    •Somalia 1993

    •Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *

    •Ecuador 2000 *

    •Afghanistan 2001 *

    •Venezuela 2002 *

    •Iraq 2003 *

    •Haiti 2004 *

    •Somalia 2007 to present

    •Honduras 2009

    •Libya 2011 *

    •Syria 2012

    •Ukraine 2014 *

    AFGHANISTAN 2017

    Unless Americans study, THE CIA AS ORGANIZED CRIME and THE PHOENIX PROGRAM, by Douglas Valentine, they will continue to live in La La Land!

    Start in chapter 13 of THE CIA AS ORGANIZED CRIME! This will show you what the CIA is doing TODAY and then you can go back and start reading the rest of the book.

    The CIA is the greatest Terrorist Organization, in the world!

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    TRUMP WAS SELECTED – NOT – ELECTED!

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    Comment by Buddy Silver | February 18, 2018 | Reply

  2. “According to a survey by Researcher Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, the US meddled in elections at least 81 times from 1946 to 2000, including in Yugoslavia in the 2000 against Slobodan Milosevic”
    Even Australia, America’s eyes and ears on this side of the planet(Installations at Pine Gap, and North West Cape) had our Prime Minister Gough Whitlam removed from office in 1975, and Our Prime Minister Harold Holt mysteriously drowned in Heavy surf around 1966 and his body was never found. Laughingly, a Chinese Submarine was said to have “Taken” him. I believe Holt at the time was getting ‘cold feet’ about joining in the American war in Vietnam, so, the USA had a motive.
    The point is, NOBODY, including the USA can trust the CIA(and Britain’s MI6) for that matter.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 18, 2018 | Reply


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