6 million People Were killed in CIA secret wars against third world
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John Stockwell, former CIA Station Chief in Angola in
1976, working for then Director of the CIA, George Bush. He spent
13 years in the agency. He gives a short history of CIA covert
operations. He is a very compelling speaker and the highest level
CIA officer to testify to the Congress about his actions. He
estimates that over 6 million people have died in CIA covert actions,
and this was in the late 1980's.
John Stockwell is the highest-ranking CIA official ever to leave the
agency and go public. He ran a CIA intelligence-gathering post in
Vietnam, was the task-force commander of the CIA's secret war in Angola
in 1975 and 1976, and was awarded the Medal of Merit before he resigned.
Stockwell's book In Search of Enemies, published by W.W. Norton 1978, is
an international best-seller.
"I did 13 years in the CIA altogether. I sat on a subcommittee
of the NSC, so I was like a chief of staff, with the GS-18s (like 3-star
generals) Henry Kissinger, Bill Colby (the CIA director), the GS-18s and
the CIA, making the important decisions and my job was to put it all
together and make it happen and run it, an interesting place from which
to watch a covert action being done...
I testified for days before the Congress, giving them chapter and verse,
date and detail, proving specific lies. They were asking if we had to do
with S. Africa, that was fighting in the country. In fact we were
coordinating this operation so closely that our airplanes, full of arms
from the states, would meet their airplanes in Kinshasa and they would
take our arms into Angola to distribute to our forces for us....
What I found with all of this study is that the subject, the problem, if
you will, for the world, for the U.S. is much, much, much graver,
astronomically graver, than just Angola and Vietnam. I found that the
Senate Church committee has reported, in their study of covert actions,
that the CIA ran several thousand covert actions since 1961, and that
the heyday of covert action was before 1961; that we have run several
hundred covert actions a year, and the CIA has been in business for a
total of 37 years.
What we're going to talk about tonight is the United States national
security syndrome. We're going to talk about how and why the U.S.
manipulates the press. We're going to talk about how and why the U.S. is
pouring money into El Salvador, and preparing to invade Nicaragua; how
all of this concerns us so directly. I'm going to try to explain to you
the other side of terrorism; that is, the other side of what Secretary
of State Shultz talks about. In doing this, we'll talk about the Korean
war, the Vietnam war, and the Central American war.
Everything I'm going to talk to you about is represented, one way or
another, already in the public records. You can dig it all out for
yourselves, without coming to hear me if you so chose. Books, based on
information gotten out of the CIA under the freedom of information act,
testimony before the Congress, hearings before the Senate Church
committee, research by scholars, witness of people throughout the world
who have been to these target areas that we'll be talking about. I want
to emphasize that my own background is profoundly conservative. We come
from South Texas, East Texas....
I was conditioned by my training, my marine corps training, and my
background, to believe in everything they were saying about the cold
war, and I took the job with great enthusiasm (in the CIA) to join the
best and the brightest of the CIA, of our foreign service, to go out
into the world, to join the struggle, to project American values and
save the world for our brand of democracy. And I believed this. I went
out and worked hard....
What I really got out of these 6 years in Africa was a sense ... that
nothing we were doing in fact defended U.S. national security interests
very much. We didn't have many national security interests in Bujumbura,
Burundi, in the heart of Africa. I concluded that I just couldn't see
We were doing things it seemed because we were there, because it was our
function, we were bribing people, corrupting people, and not protecting
the U.S. in any visible way. I had a chance to go drinking with this
Larry Devlin, a famous CIA case officer who had overthrown Patrice
Lumumba, and had him killed in 1960, back in the Congo. He was moving
into the Africa division Chief. I talked to him in Addis Ababa at length
one night, and he was giving me an explanation - I was telling him
frankly, 'sir, you know, this stuff doesn't make any sense, we're not
saving anybody from anything, and we are corrupting people, and
everybody knows we're doing it, and that makes the U.S. look bad'.
And he said I was getting too big for my britches. He said, `you're
trying to think like the people in the NSC back in Washington who have
the big picture, who know what's going on in the world, who have all the
secret information, and the experience to digest it. If they decide we
should have someone in Bujumbura, Burundi, and that person should be
you, then you should do your job, and wait until you have more
experience, and you work your way up to that point, then you will
understand national security, and you can make the big decisions. Now,
get to work, and stop, you know, this philosophizing.'
And I said, `Aye-aye sir, sorry sir, a bit out of line sir'. It's a very
powerful argument, our presidents use it on us. President Reagan has
used it on the American people, saying, `if you knew what I know about
the situation in Central America, you would understand why it's
necessary for us to intervene.'
I went back to Washington, however, and I found that others shared my
concern. A formal study was done in the State Department and published
internally, highly classified, called the Macomber [sp?] report,
concluding that the CIA had no business being in Africa for anything it
was known to be doing, that our presence there was not justified, there
were no national security interests that the CIA could address any
better than the ambassador himself. We didn't need to have bribery and
corruption as a tool for doing business in Africa at that time.
I went from ... a tour in Washington to Vietnam. And there, my career,
and my life, began to get a little bit more serious. They assigned me a
country. It was during the cease-fire, '73 to '75. There was no
cease-fire. Young men were being slaughtered. I saw a slaughter. 300
young men that the South Vietnamese army ambushed. Their bodies brought
in and laid out in a lot next to my compound. I was up-country in
Tayninh. They were laid out next door, until the families could come and
claim them and take them away for burial.
I thought about this. I had to work with the sadistic police chief. When
I reported that he liked to carve people with knives in the CIA
safe-house - when I reported this to my bosses, they said, `(1). The
post was too important to close down. (2). They weren't going to get the
man transferred or fired because that would make problems, political
problems, and he was very good at working with us in the operations he
worked on. (3). Therefore if I didn't have the stomach for the job, that
they could transfer me.'
But they hastened to point out, if I did demonstrate a lack of `moral
fiber' to handle working with the sadistic police chief, that I wouldn't
get another good job in the CIA, it would be a mark against
So I kept the job, I closed the safe-house down, I told my staff that I
didn't approve of that kind of activity, and I proceeded to work with
him for the next 2 years, pretending that I had reformed him, and he
didn't do this sort of thing anymore. The parallel is obvious with El
Salvador today, where the CIA, the state department, works with the
They don't meet the death squads on the streets where they're actually
chopping up people or laying them down on the street and running trucks
over their heads. The CIA people in San Salvador meet the police chiefs,
and the people who run the death squads, and they do liaise with them,
they meet them beside the swimming pool of the villas. And it's a
sophisticated, civilized kind of relationship. And they talk about their
children, who are going to school at UCLA or Harvard and other schools,
and they don't talk about the horrors of what's being done. They pretend
like it isn't true.
What I ran into in addition to that was a corruption in the CIA and the
intelligence business that made me question very seriously what it was
all about, including what I was doing ... risking my life ... what I
found was that the CIA, us, the case officers, were not permitted to
report about the corruption in the South Vietnamese army....
Now, the corruption was so bad, that the S. Vietnamese army was a
skeleton army. Colonels would let the troops go home if they would come
in once a month and sign the pay vouchers so the colonel could pocket
the money. Then he could sell half of the uniforms and boots and M-16's
to the communist forces - that was their major supply, just as it is in
El Salvador today. He could use half of the trucks to haul produce, half
of the helicopters to haul heroin.
And the Army couldn't fight. And we lived with it, and we saw it, and
there was no doubt - everybody talked about it openly. We could provide
all kinds of proof, and they wouldn't let us report it. Now this was a
serious problem because the south was attacked in the winter of 1975,
and it collapsed like a big vase hit by a sledgehammer. And the U.S. was
humiliated, and that was the dramatic end of our long involvement in
I had been designated as the task-force commander that would run this
secret war [in Angola in 1975 and 1976].... and what I figured out was
that in this job, I would sit on a sub-committee of the National
Security Council, this office that Larry Devlin has told me about where
they had access to all the information about Angola, about the whole
world, and I would finally understand national security. And I couldn't
resist the opportunity to know. I knew the CIA was not a worthwhile
organization, I had learned that the hard way. But the question was
where did the U.S. government fit into this thing, and I had a chance to
see for myself in the next big secret war....
I wanted to know if wise men were making difficult decisions based on
truly important, threatening information, threatening to our national
security interests. If that had been the case, I still planned to get
out of the CIA, but I would know that the system, the invisible
government, our national security complex, was in fact justified and
worth while. And so I took the job.... Suffice it to say I wouldn't be
standing in front of you tonight if I had found these wise men making
these tough decisions. What I found, quite frankly, was fat old men
sleeping through sub-committee meetings of the NSC in which we were
making decisions that were killing people in Africa. I mean literally.
Senior ambassador Ed Mulcahy... would go to sleep in nearly every one of
You can change the names in my book [about Angola]  and you've got
Nicaragua.... the basic structure, all the way through including the
mining of harbors, we addressed all of these issues. The point is that
the U.S. led the way at every step of the escalation of the fighting. We
said it was the Soviets and the Cubans that were doing it. It was the
U.S. that was escalating the fighting. There would have been no war if
we hadn't gone in first. We put arms in, they put arms in. We put
advisors in, they answered with advisors. We put in Zairian para-commando
battalions, they put in Cuban army troops. We brought in the S. African
army, they brought in the Cuban army. And
they pushed us away. They blew us away because we were lying, we were
covering ourselves with lies, and they were telling the truth. And it
was not a war that we could fight. We didn't have interests there that
should have been defended that way.
There was never a study run that evaluated the MPLA, FNLA and UNITA, the
three movements in the country, to decide which one was the better one.
The assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Nathaniel Davis,
no bleeding-heart liberal (he was known by some people in the business
as the butcher of Santiago), he said we should stay out of the conflict
and work with whoever eventually won, and that was obviously the MPLA.
Our consul in Luanda, Tom Killoran, vigorously argued that the MPLA was
the best qualified to run the country and the friendliest to the U.S.
We brushed these people aside, forced Matt Davis to resign, and
proceeded with our war. The MPLA said they wanted to be our friends,
they didn't want to be pushed into the arms of the Soviet Union; they
begged us not to fight them, they wanted to work with us. We said they
wanted a cheap victory, they wanted a walk-over, they wanted to be
un-opposed, that we wouldn't give them a cheap victory, we would make
them earn it, so to speak. And we did. 10,000 Africans died and they won
the victory that they were winning anyway.
Now, the most significant thing that I got out of all of this, in
addition to the fact that our rationales were basically false, was that
we lied. To just about everybody involved. One third of my staff in this
task force that I put together in Washington, commanding this global
operation, pulling strings all over the world to focus pressure onto
Angola, and military activities into Angola, one third of my staff was
propagandists, who were working, in every way they could to create this
picture of Cubans raping Angolans, Cubans and Soviets introducing arms
into the conflict, Cubans and Russians trying to take over the world.
Our ambassador to the United Nations, Patrick Moynihan, he read
continuous statements of our position to the Security Council, the
general assembly, and the press conferences, saying the Russians and
Cubans were responsible for the conflict, and that we were staying out,
and that we deplored the militarization of the conflict.
And every statement he made was false. And every statement he made was
originated in the sub-committee of the NSC that I sat on as we managed
this thing. The state department press person read these position papers
daily to the press. We would write papers for him. Four paragraphs. We
would call him on the phone and say, `call us 10 minutes before you go
on, the situation could change overnight, we'll tell you which paragraph
to read. And all four paragraphs would be false. Nothing to do with the
truth. Designed to play on events, to create this impression of Soviet
and Cuban aggression in Angola. When they were in fact responding to our
And the CIA director was required by law to brief the Congress. This CIA
director Bill Colby - the same one that dumped our people in Vietnam -
he gave 36 briefings of the Congress, the oversight committees, about
what we were doing in Angola. And he lied. At 36 formal briefings. And
such lies are perjury, and it's a felony to lie to the Congress.
He lied about our relationship with South Africa. We were working
closely with the South African army, giving them our arms, coordinating
battles with them, giving them fuel for their tanks and armored cars. He
said we were staying well away from them. They were concerned about
these white mercenaries that were appearing in Angola, a very sensitive
issue, hiring whites to go into a black African country, to help you
impose your will on that black African country by killing the blacks, a
very sensitive issue. The Congress was concerned we might be involved in
that, and he assured them we had nothing to do with it.
We had in fact formed four little mercenary armies and delivered them
into Angola to do this dirty business for the CIA. And he lied to them
about that. They asked if we were putting arms into the conflict, and he
said no, and we were. They asked if we had advisors inside the country,
and he said `no, we had people going in to look at the situation and
coming back out'. We had 24 people sleeping inside the country, training
in the use of weapons, installing communications systems, planning
battles, and he said, we didn't have anybody inside the country.
In summary about Angola, without U.S. intervention, 10,000 people would
be alive that were killed in the thing. The outcome might have been
peaceful, or at least much less bloody. The MPLA was winning when we
went in, and they went ahead and won, which was, according to our
consul, the best thing for the country.
At the end of this thing the Cubans were entrenched in Angola, seen in
the eyes of much of the world as being the heroes that saved these
people from the CIA and S. African forces. We had allied the U.S.
literally and in the eyes of the world with the S. African army, and
that's illegal, and it's impolitic. We had hired white mercenaries and
eventually been identified with them. And that's illegal, and it's
impolitic. And our lies had been visible lies. We were caught out on
those lies. And the world saw the U.S. as liars.
After it was over, you have to ask yourself, was it justified? What
did the MPLA do after they had won? Were they lying when they said they
wanted to be our friends? 3 weeks after we were shut down... the MPLA
had Gulf oil back in Angola, pumping the Angolan oil from the oilfields,
with U.S. gulf technicians protected by Cuban soldiers, protecting them
from CIA mercenaries who were still mucking around in Northern Angola.
You can't trust a communist, can you? They proceeded to buy five 737
jets from Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. And they brought in 52 U.S.
technicians to install the radar systems to land and take-off those
planes. They didn't buy [the Soviet Union's] Aeroflot.... David
Rockefeller himself tours S. Africa and comes back and holds press
conferences, in which he says that we have no problem doing business
with the so-called radical states of Southern Africa.
I left the CIA, I decided that the American people needed to know what
we'd done in Angola, what we'd done in Vietnam. I wrote my book. I was
fortunate - I got it out. It was a best-seller. A lot of people read it.
I was able to take my story to the American people. Got on 60 minutes,
and lots and lots of other shows.
I testified to the Congress and then I began my education in earnest,
after having been taught to fight communists all my life. I went to see
what communists were all about. I went to Cuba to see if they do in fact
eat babies for breakfast. And I found they don't. I went to Budapest, a
country that even national geographic admits is working nicely. I went
to Jamaica to talk to Michael Manley about his theories of social
I went to Grenada and established a dialogue with Maurice Bishop and
Bernard Cord and Phyllis Cord, to see - these were all educated people,
and experienced people - and they had a theory, they had something they
wanted to do, they had rationales and explanations - and I went
repeatedly to hear them. And then of course I saw the U.S., the CIA
mounting a covert action against them, I saw us orchestrating our plan
to invade the country. 19 days before he was killed, I was in Grenada
talking to Maurice Bishop about these things, these indicators, the
statements in the press by Ronald Reagan, and he and I were both
acknowledging that it was almost certain that the U.S. would invade
Grenada in the near future.
I read as many books as I could find on the subject - book after book
after book. I've got several hundred books on the shelf over my desk on
the subject of U.S. national security interests. And by the way, I urge
you to read. In television you get capsules of news that someone else
puts together what they want you to hear about the news. In newspapers
you get what the editors select to put in the newspaper. If you want to
know about the world and understand, to educate yourself, you have to
get out and dig, dig up books and articles for yourself. Read, and find
out for yourselves. As you'll see, the issues are very, very important.
I also was able to meet the players, the people who write, the people
who have done studies, people who are leading different situations. I
went to Nicaragua a total of 7 times. This was a major covert action. It
lasted longer and evolved to be bigger than what we did in Angola. It
gave me a chance, after running something from Washington, to go to a
country that was under attack, to talk to the leadership, to talk to the
people, to look and see what happens when you give white phosporous or
grenades or bombs or bullets to people, and they go inside a country, to
go and talk to the people, who have been shot, or hit, or blown up....
We're talking about 10 to 20 thousand covert actions [the CIA has
performed since 1961]. What I found was that lots and lots of people
have been killed in these things.... Some of them are very, very bloody.
The Indonesian covert action of 1965, reported by Ralph McGehee, who was
in that area division, and had documents on his desk, in his custody
about that operation. He said that one of the documents concluded that
this was a model operation that should be copied elsewhere in the world.
Not only did it eliminate the effective communist party (Indonesian
communist party), it also eliminated the entire segment of the
population that tended to support the communist party - the ethnic
Chinese, Indonesian Chinese. And the CIA's report put the number of dead
at 800,000 killed. And that was one covert action. We're talking about 1
to 3 million people killed in these things.
Two of these things have led us directly into bloody wars. There was a
covert action against China, destabilizing China, for many, many years,
with a propaganda campaign to work up a mood, a feeling in this country,
of the evils of communist China, and attacking them, as we're doing in
Nicaragua today, with an army that was being launched against them to
parachute in and boat in and destabilize the country. And this led us
directly into the Korean war.
U.S. intelligence officers worked over Vietnam for a total of 25 years,
with greater and greater involvement, massive propaganda, deceiving the
American people about what was happening. Panicking people in Vietnam to
create migrations to the south so they could photograph it and show how
people were fleeing communism. And on and on, until they got us into the
Vietnam war, and 2,000,000 people were killed.
There is a mood, a sentiment in Washington, by our leadership today, for
the past 4 years, that a good communist is a dead communist. If you're
killing 1 to 3 million communists, that's great. President Reagan has
gone public and said he would reduce the Soviet Union to a pile of
ashes. The problem, though, is that these people killed by our national
security activities are not communists. They're not Russians, they're
not KGB. In the field we used to play chess with the KGB officers, and
have drinks with them. It was like professional football players - we
would knock heads on Sunday, maybe in an operation, and then Tuesday
you're at a banquet together drinking toasts and talking.
The people that are dying in these things are people of the third world.
That's the common denominator that you come up with. People of the third
world. People that have the misfortune of being born in the Metumba
mountains of the Congo, in the jungles of Southeast Asia, and now in the
hills of northern Nicaragua. Far more Catholics than communists, far
more Buddhists than communists. Most of them couldn't give you an
intelligent definition of communism, or of capitalism.
Central America has been a traditional target of U.S. dominion. If you
want to get an easy-read of the history of our involvement in Central
America, read Walter LaFeber's book, Inevitable Revolutions.  We have
dominated the area since 1820. We've had a policy of dominion, of
excluding other countries, other industrial powers from Europe, from
competing with us in the area.
Just to give you an example of how complete this is, and how military
this has been, between 1900 and W.W. II, we had 5,000 marines in
Nicaragua for a total of 28 years. We invaded the Dominican Republic 4
times. Haiti, we occupied it for 12 years. We put our troops into Cuba 4
times, Panama 6 times, Guatemala once, plus a CIA covert action to
overthrow the democratic government there once. Honduras, 7 times. And
by the way, we put 12,000 troops into the Soviet Union during that same
period of time.
In the 1930's there was public and international pressure about our
marines in Nicaragua....
The next three leaders of Guatemala [after the CIA installed the puppet,
Colonel Armaz in a coup] died violent deaths, and Amnesty International
tells us that the governments we've supported in power there since then,
have killed 80,000 people. You can read about that one in the book
Bitter Fruit, by Schlesinger and Kinzer.  Kinzer's a New York Times
Journalist... or Jonathan Kwitny, the Wall Street Journal reporter, his
book Endless Enemies  - all discuss this....
However, the money, the millions and millions of dollars we put into
this program [helping Central America] inevitably went to the rich, and
not to the people of the countries involved. And while we were doing
this, while we were trying, at least saying we were trying, to correct
the problems of Central and Latin America, the CIA was doing its thing,
too. The CIA was in fact forming the police units that are today the
death squads in El Salvador. With the leaders on the CIA's payroll,
trained by the CIA and the United States.
We had the `public safety program' going throughout Central and Latin
America for 26 years, in which we taught them to break up subversion by
interrogating people. Interrogation, including torture, the way the CIA
taught it. Dan Metrione, the famous exponent of these things, did 7
years in Brazil and 3 in Uruguay, teaching interrogation, teaching
torture. He was supposed to be the master of the business, how to apply
the right amount of pain, at just the right times, in order to get the
response you want from the individual.
They developed a wire. They gave them crank generators, with `U.S. AID'
written on the side, so the people even knew where these things came
from. They developed a wire that was strong enough to carry the current
and fine enough to fit between the teeth, so you could put one wire
between the teeth and the other one in or around the genitals and you
could crank and submit the individual to the greatest amount of pain,
supposedly, that the human body can register.
Now how do you teach torture? Dan Metrione: `I can teach you about
torture, but sooner or later you'll have to get involved. You'll have to
lay on your hands and try it yourselves.'
.... All they [the guinea pigs, beggars from off the streets] could do
was lie there and scream. And when they would collapse, they would bring
in doctors and shoot them up with vitamin B and rest them up for the
next class. And when they would die, they would mutilate the bodies and
throw them out on the streets, to terrify the population so they would
be afraid of the police and the government.
And this is what the CIA was teaching them to do. And one of the women
who was in this program for 2 years - tortured in Brazil for 2 years -
she testified internationally when she eventually got out. She said,
`The most horrible thing about it was in fact, that the people doing the
torture were not raving psychopaths.' She couldn't break mental contact
with them the way you could if they were psychopath. They were very
There's a lesson in all of this. And the lesson is that it isn't only
Gestapo maniacs, or KGB maniacs, that do inhuman things to other people,
it's people that do inhuman things to other people. And we are
responsible for doing these things, on a massive basis, to people of the
world today. And we do it in a way that gives us this plausible denial
to our own consciences; we create a CIA, a secret police, we give them a
vast budget, and we let them go and run these programs in our name, and
we pretend like we don't know it's going on, although the information is
there for us to know; and we pretend like it's ok because we're fighting
some vague communist threat. And we're just as responsible for these 1
to 3 million people we've slaughtered and for all the people we've
tortured and made miserable, as the Gestapo was the people that they've
slaughtered and killed. Genocide is genocide!
Now we're pouring money into El Salvador. A billion dollars or so. And
it's a documented fact that the... 14 families there that own 60% of the
country are taking out between 2 to 5 billion dollars - it's called
de-capitalization - and putting it in banks in Miami and Switzerland.
Mort Halper, in testifying to a committee of the Congress, he suggested
we could simplify the whole thing politically just by investing our
money directly in the Miami banks in their names and just stay out of El
Salvador altogether. And the people would be better off.
Nicaragua. What's happening in Nicaragua today is covert action. It's a
classic de-stabilization program. In November 16, 1981, President Reagan
allocated 19 million dollars to form an army, a force of contras,
they're called, ex-Somoza national guards, the monsters who were doing
the torture and terror in Nicaragua that made the Nicaraguan people rise
up and throw out the dictator, and throw out the guard. We went back to
create an army of these people. We are killing, and killing, and
terrorizing people. Not only in Nicaragua but the Congress has leaked to
the press - reported in the New York Times, that there are 50 covert
actions going around the world today, CIA covert actions going on around
the world today.
You have to be asking yourself, why are we destabilizing 50 corners of
the troubled world? Why are we about to go to war in Nicaragua, the
Central American war? It is the function, I suggest, of the CIA, with
its 50 de-stabilization programs going around the world today, to keep
the world unstable, and to propagandize the American people to hate, so
we will let the establishment spend any amount of money on arms....
The Victor Marquetti ruling of the Supreme Court gave the government the
right to prepublication censorship of books. They challenged 360 items
in his 360 page book. He fought it in court, and eventually they deleted
some 60 odd items in his book.
The Frank Snep ruling of the Supreme Court gave the government the right
to sue a government employee for damages. If s/he writes an unauthorized
account of the government - which means the people who are involved in
corruption in the government, who see it, who witness it, like Frank
Snep did, like I did - if they try to go public they can now be punished
in civil court. The government took $90,000 away from Frank Snep, his
profits from his book, and they've seized the
profits from my own book....
[Reagan passed] the Intelligence Identities Protection act, which makes
it a felony to write articles revealing the identities of secret agents
or to write about their activities in a way that would reveal their
identities. Now, what does this mean? In a debate in Congress - this is
very controversial - the supporters of this bill made it clear.... If
agents Smith and Jones came on this campus, in an MK-ultra-type
experiment, and blew your fiance's head away with LSD, it would now be a
felony to publish an article in your local paper saying, `watch out for
these 2 turkeys, they're federal agents and they blew my loved one's
head away with LSD'. It would not be a felony what they had done because
that's national security and none of them were ever punished for those
Efforts to muzzle government employees. President Reagan has been
banging away at this one ever since. Proposing that every government
employee, for the rest of his or her life, would have to submit anything
they wrote to 6 committees of the government for censorship, for the
rest of their lives. To keep the scandals from leaking out... to keep
the American people from knowing what the government is really doing.
Then it starts getting heavy. The `Pre-emptive Strikes' bill. President
Reagan, working through the Secretary of State Shultz... almost 2 years
ago, submitted the bill that would provide them with the authority to
strike at terrorists before terrorists can do their terrorism. But this
bill... provides that they would be able to do this in this country as
well as overseas. It provides that the secretary of state would put
together a list of people that he considers to be terrorist, or
terrorist supporters, or terrorist sympathizers. And if your name, or
your organization, is put on this list, they could kick down your door
and haul you away, or kill you, without any due process of the law and
search warrants and trial by jury, and all of that, with impunity.
Now, there was a tremendous outcry on the part of jurists. The New York
Times columns and other newspapers saying, `this is no different from
Hitler's "night in fog" program', where the government had the
authority to haul people off at night. And they did so by the thousands.
And President Reagan and Secretary Shultz have persisted.... Shultz has
said, `Yes, we will have to take action on the basis of information that
would never stand up in a court. And yes, innocent people will have to
be killed in the process. But, we must have this law because of the
threat of international terrorism'.
Think a minute. What is `the threat of international terrorism'? These
things catch a lot of attention. But how many Americans died in
terrorist actions last year? According to Secretary Shultz, 79. Now,
obviously that's terrible but we killed 55,000 people on our highways
with drunken driving; we kill 2,500 people in far nastier, bloodier,
mutilating, gang-raping ways in Nicaragua last year alone ourselves.
Obviously 79 peoples' death is not enough reason to take away the
protection of American citizens, of due process of the law.
But they're pressing for this. The special actions teams that will do
the pre-emptive striking have already been created, and trained in the
They're building detention centers. There were 8 kept as mothballs under
the McLaren act after World War II, to detain aliens and dissidents in
the next war, as was done in the next war, as was done with the Japanese
people during World War II. They're building 10 more, and army camps,
and the... executive memos about these things say it's for aliens and
dissidents in the next national emergency....
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, headed by Loius Guiffrida,
a friend of Ed Meese's.... He's going about the country lobbying and
demanding that he be given authority, in the times of national
emergency, to declare martial law, and establish a curfew, and gun down
people who violate the curfew... in the United States.
And then there's Ed Meese, as I said. The highest law enforcement
officer in the land, President Reagan's closest friend, going around
telling us that the constitution never did guarantee freedom of speech
and press, and due process of the law, and assembly.
What they are planning for this society, and this is why they're
determined to take us into a war if we'll permit it... is the Reagan
revolution.... So he's getting himself some laws so when he puts in
the troops in Nicaragua, he can take charge of the American people, and
put people in jail, and kick in their doors, and kill them if they don't
like what he's doing....
The question is, `Are we going to permit our leaders to take away our
freedoms because they have a charming smile and they were nice movie
stars one day, or are we going to stand up and fight, and insist on our
freedoms?' It's up to us - you and I can watch this history play in the
next year and 2 and 3 years.
 Dugger, Ronnie.
On Reagan: The Man and the Presidency.
 Eich, Dieter.
The Contras: Interviews with Anti-Sandinistas.
 Kinzer, Stephan and Stephen Schlesinger.
Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in
 Godswood, Roy (editor).
Covert Actions: 35 Years of Deception.
 Kwitny, Jonathon.
Endless Enemies: America's Worldwide War Against It's Own Best
Congdon and Weed, 1984.
 LaFeber, Walter.
Inevitable Revolutions; The United States in Central America.
 McGehee, Ralph.
Deadly Deceits: My Twenty-Five Years in the CIA.
Sheridan Square, 1983.
 Melman, Seymour.
The Permanent War Complex.
Simon and Shuster, 1974.
 Mills, C. Wright.
The Power Elite.
The Book of Quotes.
 Stockwell, John.
In Search of Enemies.
 Stone, I.F.
Hidden History of the Korean War.
Monthly Review, 1969.
 The Americas Watch.
The Violations of War on Both Sides.
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