by jay janson
When the colonial powers war on Gaddafi was going well, American news commentators did, in rare moments, proudly admit that the CIA was heavily involved. Not so yet, when it comes to the CIA in Syria. It’s still too early. The public has not yet been sufficiently taught to hate this quiet gentleman President Assad Junior.
We will eventually be told of horrific CIA crimes in Syria created under the media masking ‘Arab Spring.’ We always find out about CIA clever false flags, provocations, violence funding and assassinations once these become past history and Americans are focused elsewhere.
It’s amazing, truly amazing, how a powerful predatory investing elite, owning 98% of media, is able to mold the public mind to finding the despicable, the homicidal, and the immoral as perfectly acceptable, normal, necessary and even good, if it be performed by an official secret criminal agency of their very own American government.
The great cartel of Pentagon/CIA fed media conglomerates, having the great majority of the basically indifferent population of the West in tow, is effortlessly running its usual cascade of disinformation, half-truths, and blacked-out context propaganda fostering justification for military intervention – this time in Syria. But more and more people are noticing this war promotion of strictly one-sided coverage is yet another repeat of previous media promotions of US wars in Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Lebanon, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Dominica Republic, Cuba, Congo, Guatemala, Korea, Greece and innumerable other countries in between – in every single case, a bloody intervention in a civil war provoked and then used by the US. It is interesting that all this ruthless taking of millions of lives occurred under the guidance of David Rockefeller’s closest confidants, John Foster Dulles, Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski.
But none of this is of much interest to the American public, and when official secret files about how the CIA made an ‘Arab Spring’ in Syria and Libya are declassified and made public, it wont matter anymore than previous revelations did.
How could anything other than Wall Street owned criminal media saturation sound bites matter? Nothing else has mattered for more that sixty-six years.
Did the truth ever matter during the thirty-year ‘heroic’ American and French crucifixion of the colonial rice farming population of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia? For years Walter Cronkite affably reported from the trenches on what King called an atrocity. After a decent interval, the former Secretary of Defense (read War), Robert McNamara proclaimed the war a miscalculation, a mistake, exonerating Americans from having done anything wrong intentionally. The fact that millions were bombed to death didn’t, and still doesn’t, matter.
Did the truth matter when CBS’ Mike Wallace, incredulous, his voice almost breaking, reported from a tower overlooking the Santo Domingo airport that US snipers a few feet away from him were merciless cutting down Dominican army troops fighting to reinstate their popular elected President Bosch, who had been overthrown as unacceptable to Washington (read Wall Street investors) .
The truth didn’t matter when, in spite of assurances given the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the CIA, led by Robert Kennedy on his brother’s orders, continued unabated to covertly attack Cuba, sabotage its agriculture and try to assassinate a popular revolutionary leader well liked throughout Latin America.
It doesn’t matter that this is documented in released CIA secret files along with files of witness testimony that Ike put out a contract on the popular first elected president of an independent Congo – files that have Nixon’s memo to Kissinger to “make the Chilean economy scream” to facilitate what would be the death-dealing overthrow of Dr. Salvador Allende’s popular government by the Chicago University School of Neo-Liberal economists’ favorite dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
No, the truth of US imperialist foreign policy never matters to the general American public, even if occasionally appearing in print or on TV. What matters is what is good for business, as described in Network entertainment news day-in-day-out in-between-commercials in a sold-on-materialism consumer society clinging to its exceptionally angelic corporatist media portrait
Because anything the CIA does is acceptable,
Presidential adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, without fear of public condemnation, let alone prosecution, could brag to French media ( Le Nouvel Observateur ), that he had Carter authorize the CIA to fund, arm and train hill tribe fundamentalist terror against a popular women-liberating Socialist Kabul administration, in order to frighten the Soviets into military intervention.
When hearing a truth that somehow does not fit with a fantasy world it has been brought to believe in wherein America not Germany is great ueber alles, Mr. and Ms America, so self-occupied with avoiding depression and overeating, just say to each other that politics is complicated and the government must know, or have known, what it had to do to “keep America safe. They console themselves that communists and anti-American terrorists commit worse crimes than capitalists or Americans do.
Those horrible truths of CIA protection and employment of Nazi war criminals; of CIA overthrowing the first democratic government of Iran; of CIA backing of murderous dictators like Saddam Hussein and Gen. Suharto; of CIA building a world market poppy growing industry again in Afghanistan after the Taliban all but eliminated it; of CIA involvement in murderous drug running in Colombia and in Panama with agent Noriega; of CIA funding the most famous acid thrower at unveiled ladiesand executioners of teachers for teaching girls; of CIA secret attacks on democratic Guatemala, once reveled in progressive non-corporate funded publications, these heinous crimes simply slip into insignificance.
When Syria or any other overseas conflict is discussed in commercial media or sadly even in progressive media, there seems little reason to ask about CIA. The CIA, is considered part of American democracy, understood as merely one of many agencies of a freely elected government. Since it’s operations and activities are secret, what is the use of discussing them?
Associated Press carries almost daily reports of deadly CIA activity in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but even in progressive journalism it is the domestic policies put forth by the current U.S. president (who surely must be taking, not giving, orders from Robert Gates, Leon Panetta heads of the Central Intelligence Agency) that deserve attention. The CIA, by law connected up solely and secretly to the chief executive, is in itself a glaring contradiction to claims of democracy in the U.S., but this also goes largely unaddressed even on the progressive sites of the Internet.
Unfortunately, it seems that progressives and even socialists in the U.S. are overly cooperative with mainstream media and Congress in hardly ever asking after a secret CIA shadow government.
Almost since the CIA was founded, well before the Korean “police action’ devastation, CIA operatives, in every country in the world, have been acting as commandos penetrating local society, preparing political, financial and where necessary military domination. Its four billion dollar base legal budget is known, but its vast private funding is not. Its mammoth financial empire fueled by corporate donations and funding and far flung net of banks, enterprises, publications, media outlets and infiltrated agencies within U.S. and foreign governments has been researched, documented and much of it can be found on line. CIA exploits of assassinations, overthrowing elected government and hiring goons to support U.S. business friendly dictatorships have become legendary.
A few scholarly sites on the Internet always manage to fill in a bit of what is intentionally blacked out in the Pentagon counseled and fed commercial mass media of the Western pseudo-democracies. Here, Michael Chossudovsky, consultant with a half-dozen UN agencies and publisher of Global Research out of Canada tells us:
“What is unfolding in Syria is an armed insurrection supported covertly by foreign powers including the US, Turkey and Israel. Armed insurgents belonging to Islamist organizations have crossed the border from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The US State Department has confirmed that it is supporting the insurgency. This was stated by U.S. State Department official Victoria Nuland. “We started to expand contacts with the Syrians, those who are calling for change, both inside and outside the country.”
“Action against Syria is part of a ‘military roadmap’, a sequencing of military operations. According to former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark–by late 2001, the Pentagon had clearly identified Iraq, Libya, Syria and Lebanon as target countries of a US-NATO intervention: “[The] Five-year campaign plan [included]… a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.’ General Wesley Clark states the following:
“The objective is to destabilize the Syrian State and implement “regime change” through the covert support of an armed insurgency, integrated by Islamist militia. “Reports on civilian deaths are used to provide a pretext and a justification for humanitarian intervention under the principle “Responsibility to Protect’.”
[Pentagon official quoted by General Wesley Clark in Winning Modern Wars (page 130)]
‘Responsibility to Protect’ brought UN authorized bombing and Western reconquering of a wealthy Libya (recognized by the same UN as having an Human Development Index higher that than nine European countries with fine free heath care and higher education) only after a successful armed insurrection (similar to Syria’s) called for by a CIA funded Libyan exile organization in London. CNN and al Jazeera produced a saturation of stories of peaceful protests being fired upon, but without corroboration and in contradiction to Reuters and even early BBC coverage of mass murder executions of government soldiers by heavily armed gangs and few civilian casualties.
CNN reports incessantly that the Syrian armed forces and the police are shooting civilian protesters to death usually in double digit numbers. Independent press reports, however, confirm, from the outset of the protest movement, an exchange of gunfire between armed insurgents and the police, with casualties reported on both sides.
In The Destabilization of Syria and the Broader Middle East War , By Michael Chossudovsky writes, “The insurrection started in mid March in the border city of Daraa, which is 10 km from the Jordanian border. The Daraa “protest movement” on March 18 had all the appearances of a staged event involving, in all likelihood, covert support to Islamic terrorists by Mossad and/or Western intelligence. Government sources point to the role of radical Salafist groups (supported by Israel)
Other reports have pointed to the role of Saudi Arabia in financing the protest movement.
What has unfolded in Daraa in the weeks following the initial violent clashes on 17-18 March, is the confrontation between the police and the armed forces on the one hand and armed units of terrorists and snipers on the other which have infiltrated the protest movement”
One would be naive to believe that after the half-century of brutal occupation of the Arab lands of Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco by France and those of Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Somaliland, Aden, and Yemen by the British, with both occupying Libya after W.W.II, that British M16 and and the French Secret Service would not be indispensable for the johnny-come-lately America empire and its CIA.
But one would have to be even more naive to believe the excellent secret service of Israel, Mossad, at war with the Arab world since 1948 was not playing a key role in Syria and Libya, two adamant adversaries of the UN created State of Israel. Here below is some background of planning that predates the Pentagon briefing of Gen. Clark:
Experts Fear Israeli Design to Balkanize Arab States By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani, 6/19/11
“ A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s written in 1981 by Oded Yinon, then a senior advisor for Israel’s foreign ministry. The essay explicitly calls for breaking up the Arab states of the region along ethnic and sectarian lines. “The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas is Israel’s primary target on the eastern front in the long run.”
A few years ago, New Yorker published investigative reporter Seymour Hersh tried to awaken interest in what the CIA was doing all these years in Iraq during the massive amount of sectarian violence that U.S. government spokespersons and subservient media constantly pointed to as the reason “we have to stay in Iraq.’ Almost no one took up this topic in alternative media.
For decades CIA has sponsored, provoked, initiated, and or prepared overt invasion and occupation by clandestine initiating and stoking civil wars in Greece, Korea, Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Indonesia, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Columbia, and is notorious for its success in arranging fratricide to look unprovoked by outside forces. The motive always being to prevent unified independent nations capable of negotiating for their own trade and prosperity.
In Putting Syria into Some Perspective , The Anti-Empire Report,April 8th, 2012, peoples historian William Blum writes of
“the numerous reports of forces providing military support to the Syrian rebels — the UK, France, the US, Turkey, Israel, Qatar, the Gulf states, and everyone’s favorite champion of freedom and democracy, Saudi Arabia; with Syria claiming to have captured some 14 French soldiers; plus individual jihadists and mercenaries from Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, et al, joining of the antigovernment forces, their number including al-Qaeda veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are likely behind the car bombs in an attempt to create chaos and destabilize the country. This may mark the third time the United States has been on the same side as al-Qaeda, adding to Afghanistan and Libya.”
Imperialist media would have us believe that no Syrian government forces are fighting against an armed insurrection funded and controlled from forces outside Syria. And CNN would have us discount theperiodic massive pro-government demonstrations and believe the smaller anti-Assad demonstrations to be more important, have us disregard Syrian Christian fears: Fearing Change, Many Christians in Syria Back Assad, New York Times , 9/29/2011. “Syrian Christians in the Bab Touma district of Damascus held a rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad”
However, “The plan to destabilize Syria is not working all that well,” surmised Thierry Meyssan in “The Plan to Destabilize Syria”, Voltaire Network, Lebanon, 6/13/11.
“It succeeded in persuading public opinion that the country is in the grips of a brutal dictatorship, but it also welded the vast majority of the Syrian population firmly behind its government. Ultimately, the plan could backfire on those who masterminded it, notably Tel Aviv cl
In the wake of Tunisian, Egyptian and Yemeni uprisings of the poor against Wall Street benefiting colonial West installed dictatorships, the Networks have featured discussions from the farcical point of view that the business interests oriented American government is capable of being occasionally in favor of democracy in nations being plundered by Western investment banks. For anchors and commentators, it is what the U.S. president will say that is supposed to be of paramount interest, not what the awkward-to-speak-of CIA might be accomplishing.
Prostituting mainstream media will continue to keep the focus away from CIA, away from the desperate capital accumulation of the rich immorally empowered by their undeserved billions, and focus instead on U.S. Presidents, members of Congress and the Supreme Court, all of whom are, as FDR wrote in 1933, “owned by a financial element.” 
Are we never to hear of the mass homicidal crimes of the CIA until files are forced open by law decades too late? No, the three centuries crimes against humanity by European stock empires run by investment banks will not avoid prosecution much longer in this space age of instant personal communication and computers capable of a trillion operations per nanosecond.
Agents of CIA, its NATO, EU, Israeli (Mossad) branches, their commanders-in-chiefs, sundry collaborating gangsters running third world governments and their employing elite group of powerful investors of global ruling ex-’Colonial Powers’ now haughtily calling themselves “The International Community of Nations’ will not be able to keep themselves above prosecution and punishment much longer.
And since their center of operations is the government of the United States of America, initial prosecutions will be of US citizens, and not so very long from now. The absurdity of mindless mathematically mechanical merchandizing being the essence of Man in the universe will be halted before it wears itself out in an ultimate for profit calculation of moronic self-destruction.
Rational Man in all his and her inexpressible miraculously exquisite art in loving imagination will endure, and not be obliterated Man’s lesser fearfully greedy side.
Martin Luther King Jr. followers are accelerating this overcoming of what is exemplified today in the cruel attack on Syrians, with a newProsecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign .
1 Read Brzezinski’s own self-condemning admission in the ‘Le Nouvel Observateur’ interview attached at the bottom of OEN publishedCarter Funding Fundamentalists to Sucker Soviets into Afghanistan… “using ethnic and religious divisions to foment civil war goes unprosecuted.”
Afghanistan…”using ethnic and religious divisions to foment civil war goes unprosecuted.”
2 Most experienced Middle East journalist Robert Fisk describes well the popularity of the Kabul government, which had replaced the King, at the time of CIA intervention in his Great War For Civilization- The Conquest of the Middle East.
3 Warlords of Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar “throwing acid in the faces of unveiled women … Billions of dollars in US aid flowed through the ISI to Hekmatyar.” and
A Deal With the Devil, Newsweek,
4 This writer remembers a photo on the front page of the NY Times – captioned: three government teachers (face down in a pit, hands wired behind backs) executed for teaching girls.”
5 On the first day, Feb. 15, Reuters reported hundreds of “protesters’ attacking police stations, no deaths, 60 injured.
The next day, Feb. 16, Reuters reported, along with opposition media, 6 dead when more than a thousand “protesters’ attacked more police stations.
Feb. 17th, internationally planned Day of Rage, The Evening Standard and Al Jazeera English estimated that fourteen people were killed. Reuters, BBC and opposition media reported 14 or 15 dead. After overnight protests, the following day,
18 February 2011, Guardian.co.uk , Ian Black and Owen Bowcott, Article history:
“Amer Saad, a political activist from Derna, told al-Jazeera: “The “protesters’ in al-Bayda have been able to seize control of the military air base in the city and have executed 50 African ["]mercenaries['] . from Capitalism’s Warplanes: CIA & al Qaeda Destroy Socialist Libya’s 53rd Highest Living Standard, OpEdNews Promoted to Headline, 4/22/2011
6 “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
A letter written by FDR to Colonel House, November 21st, l933
This article originally published by OpEdNews, US, and CounterCurrents, Kerala, India, 4/18/12
Jay Janson, 80, archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; lived, worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and the US; now resides in NYC;. Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his. GlobalResearch, InformationClearingHouse, CounterCurrents, Minority Perspective, UK DissidentVoice, OpEdNews, HistoryNewsNetwork and others have published his articles. Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; articles China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign (King Condemned US Wars) and creator of Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign with a country by country history of US crimes. Studied history at CCNY, Columbia U., U. Puerto Rico, Dolmetscher Institut München; Germany; Korean National University of Arts, Seoul; Radiotelevisione italiana, Rome;