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Haspel is Not the Problem. The CIA is the Problem.

By Ron Paul | May 21, 2018

As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position it’s best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice president’s enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need to know about Haspel.

Saying that Haspel would make a great CIA director, Cheney dismissed concerns over the CIA’s torture program. Asked in a television interview last week about the program, Cheney said, “if it were my call, I’d do it again.”

Sadly, the majority of the US Senate agreed with Cheney that putting a torturer in charge of the CIA was a good idea. Only two Republicans – Senators Paul and Flake – voted against Haspel. And just to confirm that there really is only one political party in Washington, it was the “yes” vote of crossover Democrats that provided the margin of victory. Americans should really be ashamed of those sent to Washington to represent us.

Just this month, the New York Times featured an article written by a woman who was kidnapped and sent to the secret CIA facility in Thailand that Haspel was said to have overseen. The woman was pregnant at the time and she recounted in the article how her CIA torturers would repeatedly punch her in the stomach. She was not convicted or even accused of a crime. She was innocent. But she was tortured on Haspel’s watch.

Is this really what we are as a country? Do we really want to elevate such people to the highest levels of government where they can do more damage to the United States at home and overseas?

As the news comes out that Obama holdovers in the FBI and CIA infiltrated the Trump campaign to try and elect Hillary Clinton, President Trump’s seeming lack of understanding of how the deep state operates is truly bewildering. The US increasingly looks like a banana republic, where the permanent state and not the people get to decide who’s in charge.

But instead of condemning the CIA’s role in an attempted coup against his own administration, Trump condemned former CIA director John Brennan for “undermining confidence” in the CIA. Well, the CIA didn’t need John Brennan to undermine our confidence in the CIA. The Agency itself long ago undermined the confidence of any patriotic American. Not only has the CIA been involved in torture, it has manipulated at least 100 elections overseas since its founding after WWII.

As President Trump watched Gina Haspel being sworn in as CIA director, he praised her: “You live the CIA. You breathe the CIA. And now you will lead the CIA,” he said. Yes, Mr. president, we understand that. But that’s the problem!

The problem is not Haspel, it’s not John Brennan, it’s not our lack of confidence. The problem is the CIA itself. If the president really cared about our peace, prosperity, and security, he would take steps to end this national disgrace. It’s time to abolish the CIA!

May 21, 2018 - Posted by | Subjugation - Torture, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , ,

16 Comments »

  1. “Americans should really be ashamed of those sent to Washington to represent us.” Yes: I should be and am ashamed.

    “Not only has the CIA been involved in torture, it has manipulated at least 100 elections overseas since its founding after WWII.” Wow!–now, that’s meddling, hacking et al, big time!

    Comment by roberthstiver | May 21, 2018 | Reply

    • Why should you be ashamed over something over which you have NO CONTROL whatever?

      Comment by Mike S Goodmann | September 1, 2018 | Reply

      • Maybe it’s a generational thing. I’m 75 yo and (I and my generation) haven’t done a damned thing to change the world for the “social good” better, whether domestically or in Palestine–my prime/only passion for 55 years. In fact, “it’s” all going downhill, and to hell.

        Comment by roberthstiver | September 1, 2018 | Reply

  2. “the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need to know about Haspel”.

    I imagine that EVERY CIA Director would need to have THAT experience in their CV, before even being considered for the position as Director.
    Santa Clause would never make the cut.

    Comment by Brian Meynell | May 21, 2018 | Reply

  3. Either the CIA should be abolished or American citizens should storm Langley!

    Comment by xenonman | July 16, 2018 | Reply

    • The CIA is Just “American Mossad”……..

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 16, 2018 | Reply

      • That is exactly what it is, and the ASIS, MI-5/6, CSIS, etc., etc. are all merely CIA “branch offices”

        Comment by Mike S Goodmann | September 1, 2018 | Reply

        • Back in the early 1970’s Australian Prime Minister G. Whitlam led a raid on Australia’s Secret Service ‘ASIS’ and from then on He was ‘doomed’. Rupert Murdoch ‘went to work’ on him with a Demonizing process and he was eventually “Deposed” by QE II in 1975(If he had been a South American “Dictator”, he would have been ‘eliminated’.(Another Australian PM in the ’60’s, Harold Holt, ‘disappeared’ in heavy surf, and was said to have been taken by a “Chinese submarine” He was getting ‘Cold Feet’ about Vietnam at the time)

          So your claim that these “Security Services” are branch offices of the CIA(Mossad) are very likely TRUE…..!!

          Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 1, 2018 | Reply

          • Why would the Chinese want Holt? Kidnapping sounds much more like something that North Korea might do! RThat’s right — first NZ got wise about its troops fighting in Vietnam, and later on Australia also withdrew its forces.

            Comment by Mike S Goodmann | September 1, 2018 | Reply

            • The “Chinese Submarine” was just fabricated bullshit. Holt was ‘gotten rid of’…..And who are the World Champions at ‘Getting rid of politicians’ who don’t play the game properly???

              Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 1, 2018 | Reply

              • Gough Whitlam was similarly removed from office, I believe.

                Comment by Mike S Goodmann | September 26, 2018 | Reply

                • Whitlam was removed in a Coup d’ etat engineered by the CIA/MI6, with Rupert(Goebbels)Murdoch looking after the demonizing Propaganda via his “News Corp”……

                  Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 26, 2018 | Reply

  4. Americans should have been marching in Langley after the Haspel shrew was confirmed.

    Comment by Mike S Goodmann | July 16, 2018 | Reply

    • The CIA is answerable to NO ONE…..

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 1, 2018 | Reply

      • …and as long as that remains the outrageous case, the abuses will continue indefinitely.

        Comment by Mike S Goodmann | September 1, 2018 | Reply

  5. The CIA is answerable to NO ONE

    Sure, Jan. It’s the CIA.

    Comment by tsisageya | September 26, 2018 | Reply


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