Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Shorter U.S.: Democracy and liberty for me (with some pesky exceptions) but not for thee.
A rare gem among the family jewels: a pair of detailed reports signed by James J. Angleton, the legendary chief of the C.I.A.’s counterintelligence staff from 1954 to 1974. They describe an aspect of a longstanding worldwide American program to create and exploit foreign police forces, internal security services, and counterterrorism squads overseas.

As they stand up, we will stand down. Oops, sorry, sometimes the rhetoric of today just slips out.

Say, who were we training back in the day?
The program, according to recently declassified American government documents, had trained hundreds of thousands of foreign military and police officers in 25 nations by the early 1960s. It helped create the secret police of Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, South Vietnam, and Thailand.

Thankfully, none of those secret police squads ever did anything bad. The end.

I said, THE END!


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