Friday, May 22, 2009

Liars at the CIA?

Likely the most credible part of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) story about her briefings by the CIA is the claim that they misled her. Why does everyone seem to find this so hard to believe? I have always thought that deception and misdirection were at the very core of the CIA's mission.

Was it not the CIA that provided the fabricated yellow cake uranium trail from Niger to Saddam? Was it not their faulty intelligence, distorted at the direction of Dick Cheney, that falsely created the case for the Iraq War? Has it not been abundantly clear over the past seven or so years that the truth was being concealed from the American people?

There seems to be concrete evidence of their efforts to mislead both the Congress and the people and cover their trail (and tails) with misleading memos. Former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), known for his overly detailed personal notebooks, has refuted that he was briefed on at least three of the four occasions that the CIA claimed. Records of another briefing indicate the presence of a Congressional aide who had already left the job. There is already a court case involving the destruction of videotapes of torture. Obstruction of justice is hardly a character reference to inoculate the agency against charges of lying.

The CIA is indignant about accusations of lying? Are we really supposed to pull the wool over our own eyes and act as if this is beyond their moral boundaries? If you are not already aware of the following incidents and the CIA's part in them, please research the following (please note that a general search involving "CIA" and any of the terms below should give you enough to sort through for hours):

1. The murders of the duly elected South American leaders, Salvadore Allende and Jacobo Arbenz.

2. The murder of Che Guevarra.

3. The Bay of Pigs

4. Cocaine smuggling (please refer to Gerald Hossenfuss, check spelling, in search).

5. LSD experiments on unsuspecting members of the public.

6. Initial funding of Osama bin Laden (he was their boy when he was fighting the Soviets).

7. Manuel Noriega, drug smuggling and political repression.

8. Vietnam: drug smuggling to assassinations.

9. Iran-Contra.

10. "False Flag" Operations.

These were just ten examples off the top of my head on a Friday afternoon. If you get through all of this and you still have any delusions about the moral character of the CIA please do not open any emails asking you for your help in claiming money that is being held in another country.

The mission of the CIA seems centered around deceiving the public and operating in secret. Spies are people who must be willing to do egregious things. Believing that they would not lie is naive or self-deluded. Continue your own research into this matter, look for more of the damage left in their wake. Just whatever you do, don't look into Dallas '63.

British Petroleum Gulf Oil Spill Costs

  • 11 workers killed in initial blast
  • Damage to Ocean Ecosystem
  • 35,000 to 60.000 Barrels of Oil Per Day. That's somewhere between 1,500,000 to 2,500,000 gallons a day or 150 to 300 million gallons already spilled into the ocean as of July 27th by that estimate.
  • Gulf Fisheries Industry
  • Gulf Tourism (ongoing costs)
  • Long Term Health Effects to Humans and Wildlife (to be determined)

Worst Oil Spills

  • Kuwait 1991 - 520 million gallons: Gulf War I
  • Gulf of Mexico 2010 - 206 million gallons: BP Oil
  • Mexico, Bay of Campiche 1979 - 140 million gallons: Pemex Oil
  • Trinidad & Tobago 1979 - 90 million gallons: Greek Oil Tanker Atlantic Empress
  • Russia 1983 - 84 million gallons: Leaky Pipeline collapsed into Kolva River
  • Iran 1983 - 80 million gallons: Tanker collided with Oil Platform
  • South Africa 1983 -79 million gallons:Tanker Castillo de Bellver sank
  • France 1978 - 69 million Gallons: Amoco Cadiz ran aground and broke in half.
  • Angola Coastal Waters (700 miles at sea) 1991 - 51-81 million gallons: ABT Summer exploded at sea.
  • Italy 1991 - 45 million gallons: M/T Haven Oil Tanker exploded.
  • Source: Mother Nature Network. The 13 largest oil spills in history. by Laura Moss. Friday July 16, 2010.

Nuclear Accidents (Under Construction)

  • 1957 Windscale, UK
  • 1961 Idaho Falls, Idaho, US
  • 1979 Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, US
  • 1984 Athens, Alabama, US
  • 1985 Athens, Alabama, US
  • 1986 Plymouth, Masachusetts, US
  • 1986 Chernobyl, Ukraine, USSR
  • 1996 Waterford, Connecticut, US
  • 1989 Griefwald, Germany
  • 1999 Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • 2002 Oak Harbor, Ohio, US
  • 2004 Fukui Prefecture, Japan
  • Source: Benjamin Sovacool

Mining Disasters (Under Construction)

  • China 1942 - 1549 deaths
  • France 1906 - 1100 deaths
  • Japan 1963 - 447 deaths
  • Wales 1913 - 438 deaths
  • South Africa 1960 - 437 deaths
  • Source: Epic Disasters Website
  • Note: Do not look at the dates herein and conclue that mining disasters are a things of the past. Every year thousands of miners die worldwide in largely unreported accidents.

OIL IS OVER! - Resources

  • Hibbert's Peak - "The" source that explains why Oil is Over.
  • Tragedy of the Commons -Garrett Hardin
  • The Land Ethic - Aldo Leopold
  • Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight - Thom Hartmann
  • Eco-Defense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching


  • The Dirt People - Ray Bawarchi (yes, that's me)
  • The Razor's Edge - Somerset Maugham
  • Demian - Herman Hesse
  • Black Elk Speaks - Black Elk (as told to R. Neimur)
  • The Quiet Don - Mikhail Sholokov
  • Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Delicious Laughter - Jallahudin Rumi
  • The Sybil - Par Lagerksvitz
  • The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
  • Spirits Rebellious - Khalil Gibran
  • The Quiet American - Graham Greene
  • Midaq Alley - Nagib Mafouz
  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Farenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
  • We - Yevgeny Zamyatin


  • John Coltrane - St. John the Divine
  • Patti Smith
  • The Clash - the only band that matters
  • Billy Bragg
  • Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
  • Art Blakey
  • Death - pre-punk visionaries from Detroit
  • PJ Harvey - Polly Jean, Polly Jean
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Michael Franti (Spearhead)
  • Public Enemy
  • Ray Charles - the Genius
  • Bob Dylan
  • Velvet Underground
  • Flaming Lips
  • John Doe & X
  • The Beatles

opiate of the masses

  • God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. - Voltaire
  • I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and inellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei
  • The ink of a scholar is worth far more than the blood of a martyr.- Mohammad
  • If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. - Sheldon Kopp
  • No one will be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. - Louisa Mae Alcott
  • When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.- Voltaire
  • If God were alive today, he'd be an athiest. - Kurt Vonnegut
  • The god I worship is not short of cash, Mister. - Bono
  • Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine. My sins they only belong to me. - Patti Smith
  • God sure baked a lot of fruitcake baby, when Adam met the Eden lady. - Joe Strummer