Syriana 2005 - Clear and Present Danger 1994 - Three Days of the Condor 1975 - The Sum of All Fears 2002 - Game of Death 2010 - The Delta Factor 1970 - Secret Wars Uncovered TV - Laughlin Taylor - BBC News online - William Blum - CIA Confidential PBS TV - The Recruit 2003 - The 9/11 Mastermind TV - Richard D Hall TV - Abby Martin & The Empire Files TV - Chris Hedges - On Company Business 1980 -
If man is made in God’s image, then God is deeply messed up. Syriana 2005 starring George Clooney & Matt Damon & Jeffrey Wright & William Hurt & Christopher Plummer & Amr Waked & Amanda Peet & Chris Cooper & Tim Blake Nelson & Mark Strong et al, director Stephen Gaghan, native bloke
Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe and warm ... Corruption is why we win. ibid. corporate bloke
These drug cartels represent a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States. Clear and Present Danger 1994 starring Harrison Ford & Willem DaFoe & Anne Archer & Joaquim de Almeida & Henry Czerny & Harris Yulin & Donald Moffat & Miguel Sandoval Benjamin Bratt & Raymond Cruz & Dean Jones & Thora Birch & Hope Lange et al, director Phillip Noyce
Purpose: Conduct paramilitary operations against the Cali Cartel. ibid. mission statement
A mystery that doesn’t sell. Three Days of the Condor 1975 starring Faye Dunaway & Robert Redford & Cliff Robertson & Max von Sydow & John Houseman & Addison Powell & Tina Chen & Carlin Glynn & Partick Gorman & Russell Johnson et al, director Sydney Pollack, him to her
What’s on your mind? ibid. Redford to young bicycle thieves
Condor. Section Nine. Department Seventeen. The Section’s been hit. What level? Everybody. ibid. Redford to Major
Welcome to the CIA, sport. The Sum of All Fears 2002 starring Alan Bates & Morgan Freeman & Ben Affleck & John Beasley & Jamie Harrold & Bridget Moynahan & James Cromwell & Liev Schreiber & Michael Byrne, director Phil Alden Robinson, Freeman to Affleck
The plutonium was ours. ibid. Affleck to Freeman
There’s just you, me and God. Game of Death 2010 starring Wesley Snipes & Zoe Bell & Aunjanue Ellis & Ernie Hudson & Quinn Duffy & Gary Daniels & Robert Davi & Ho-Sung Pak et al, director Giorgio Serafini, Snipes in church
Forty million bucks. The Delta Factor 1970 starring Christopher George & Yvette Mimieux & Diane McBain & Ralph Taeger & Yvonne De Carlo, director Tay Garnett, rozzer to Morgan
We want you to bust in. ibid.
5th September 2016: ‘Barack Obama became the first ever sitting president in US history to visit Laos. And he went there to pledge US support.’ Secret Wars Uncovered s1e6: Laos, Dr James Rogers, History 2020
‘Over 9 years, from 1964 to 1973, the United States dropped more than 2,000,000 tons of bombs here in Laos. More than we dropped on Germany and Japan combined in World War II.’ ibid. Barack Obama
‘The fact that the war extended into Laos in such a cruel way had a massive attack on civilians.’ ibid. Michael Clarke, military specialist
For decades there had been rumours of America’s actions in Laos. Amidst fighting a bloody and public war in Vietnam, stories emerged of a brutal bombing campaign, unprecedented in size and scale, but kept entirely secret. ibid.
Laos descended into a bitter civil war. Soldiers on both sides were trained by the CIA. It’s a secret war buried deep in the jungle. ibid.
So how did America secretly carpet-bombing a small south-east Asian nation that few had heard of? ibid.
Faced with a communist uprising, his [Kennedy] predecessor President Eisenhower had sanctioned the deployment of cover military trainers to wage a clandestine war. ibid.
The Soviet Union and China were also sending supplies to different groups in the Laos civil war. ibid.
President Kennedy sanctioned a secret bombing campaign in Laos: Operation Millpond. ibid.
CIA officers took steps to cover up their activities. ibid.
The Nixon White House were determined to keep it under wraps. ibid.
The CIA were implicated in this growing drugs trade. ibid.
The war in Laos turned the CIA into the world’s leading covert para-military organisation. ibid.
Castro’s revolution had led many of Cuba’s anti-communists to flee to Florida. Now the CIA trained some of their young militants to overthrow Castro. Castro vs The World I: The Armed Struggle, BBC 2020
After six months of ineffectual fighting, Che and his fighters lost their international backing and were forced to retreat from the Congo. The CIA chalked up another Cold War victory. It was a debacle for Castro but it didn’t stop him from pursuing his grand strategy. ibid.
He [Cameron] was really using it to try and change the fundamental function of the individual to alter their past memories, their past ways of behaving, and as I think he said at one point, to erase everything from their past, so that you then had a slate in which you could record new ways of behaviour. And so he used massive doses of shock. Of people receiving several shocks a day and over a course of time hundreds of ECT treatments so they were just reduced to a primitive vegetable state. Laughlin Taylor, assistant to Dr Cameron 1958-1960
Cuba ‘plane bomber’ was CIA agent: Declassified US government documents show that a man suspected of involvement in the bombing of a Cuban passenger plane worked for the CIA. BBC news online article 11th May 2005
Throughout the 1960s, the Caribbean island was subjected to countless sea and air commando raids by exiles, at times accompanied by their CIA supervisors, inflicting damage upon oil refineries, chemical plants and railroad bridges, cane fields, sugar mills and sugar warehouses; infiltrating spies, saboteurs and assassins … anything to damage the Cuban economy, promote disaffection, or make the revolution look bad … taking the lives of Cuban militia members and others in the process … pirate attacks on Cuban fishing boats and merchant ships, bombardments of Soviet vessels docked in Cuba, an assault upon a Soviet army camp with 12 Russian soldiers reported wounded … a hotel and a theatre shelled from offshore because Russians and East Europeans were supposed to be present there. William Blum, Killing Hope: US Military & CIA Interventions Since World War I ch 30: Cuba 1959 to 1980s: The Unforgivable Revolution
These actions were not always carried out on the direct order of the CIA or with its foreknowledge, but the Agency could hardly plead ‘rogue elephant’. It had created an operations headquarters in Miami that was truly a state within a city — over, above, and outside the laws of the United States, not to mention international law, with a staff of several hundred Americans directing many more Cuban agents in just such types of actions, with a budget in excess of $50 million a year, and an arrangement with the local press to keep operations in Florida secret except when the CIA wanted something publicized. ibid.
Title 18 of the US Code declares it to be a crime to launch a ‘military or naval expedition or enterprise’ from the United States against a country with which the United States is not (officially) at war. ibid.
The commando raids were combined with a total US trade and credit embargo, which continues to this day, and which genuinely hurt the Cuban economy and chipped away at the society's standard of living. ibid.
Moreover, pressure was brought to bear upon other countries to conform to the embargo, and goods destined for Cuba were sabotaged: machinery damaged, chemicals added to lubricating fluids to cause rapid wear on diesel engines, a manufacturer in West Germany paid to produce ball-bearings off-center, another to do the same with balanced wheel gears — ‘You’re talking about big money,’ said a CIA officer involved in the sabotage efforts, ‘when you ask a manufacturer to go along with you on that kind of project because he has to reset his whole mold. And he is probably going to worry about the effect on future business. You might have to pay him several hundred thousand dollars or more.’ ibid.
What undoubtedly was an even more sensitive venture was the use of chemical and biological weapons against Cuba by the United States … The full extent of American chemical and biological warfare against Cuba will never be known. Over the years, the Castro government has in fact blamed the United States for a number of other plagues which afflicted various animals and crops. And in 1977 newly released CIA documents disclosed that the Agency ‘maintained a clandestine anti-crop warfare research program targeted during the 1960s at a number of countries …’ ibid.
Cuba had become what Washington had always feared from the Third World — a good example. Parallel to the military and economic belligerence, the United States has long maintained a relentless propaganda offensive against Cuba. A number of examples of this occurring in other countries can be found in other chapters of this book. In addition to its vast overseas journalistic empire, the CIA has maintained anti-Castro news-article factories in the United States for decades. ibid.