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74,853. During the Cold War NATO along with intelligence agencies armed and funded stay-behind armies to act as resistance in the event of a Soviet invasion. Inquires carried out by the Belgium and Italian parliaments established that Operation Gladio was behind several atrocities across Western Europe in the 1970s and ’80s. Gladio teams carried out terrorist operations as part of a strategy of tension. The resulting fear was used to manipulate public perception, while the blame was put on political dissidents. (Gladio & Black Ops & False Flag Ops & NATO & Cold War) Adrian Connock and David Shayler, 9/11 and the BBC
94,741. The Cold War was is in fact a real war in which the survival of the free world is at stake. NSC 68, April 1950
94,746. It is not Russian military power which is threatening us, it is Russian political power. (Cold War & Russia) George Kennan, October 1947
3,688. People assumed that the nation that won the space race would win the Cold War. We defined that as being first to the moon. It was a time of more or less national hysteria. (Moon & Cold War) Dr Howard McCurdy, Space Historian American University
94,934. The CIA brought hundreds of Hitler’s ex-Intelligence officers back to the USA after the War. At secret bases they were retrained as CIA spies, then sent back to Germany to spy on the Russians. (Odessa & CIA & Spy & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops) Secrets of the CIA
33,557. In 1953 in fact the CIA secretly sponsored its first full-scale coup in Iran, and as a result the USA kept control of one of the largest oil producers in the world. (Iran & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Black Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
33,558. In 1951 Prime Minister Mosaddegh became Iran’s first democratically elected leader. His first act in power was to nationalise Iran’s oil industry, and his second was to begin talks with Iran’s Soviet’ neighbour. (Iran & CIA & US Empire & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
33,559. In February 1979 the Iranian people staged the first ever Islamic revolution, which not only changed the face of Iran but changed the face of the entire Middle East. And the CIA had no idea that any of this was going to happen. (Iran & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
69,021. The CIA’s actions in Cuba were designed to spark a popular revolution against Fidel who had come to power via a revolution himself – a revolution against American power in Cuba. (Cuba & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
34,869. The CIA’s first enemy was to be the red menace from Russia. (Enemy & CIA & & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Cold War & Black Ops) ibid.
6,456. The CIA became convinced that the Russians had a new and powerful secret weapon. The CIA believed that the Russians knew how to control people’s mind. The CIA turned to its scientists and asked them to find a drug which could be used to control people’s minds. And in 1958 the CIA started a secret drug-testing program under the catchy but meaningless name of M K Ultra. (Mind Control & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & M K Ultra & Black Ops) ibid.
34,870. By 1970 the CIA had perfected the art of overthrowing democratically elected leaders: Iran, Congo and Indonesia had already fallen victim to CIA plots to depose and replace their prime ministers. (CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Coup & Black Ops) ibid.
77,225. Indonesia was strategically important. It had a huge population. And the CIA believed their prime minister, Sukarno, was going to open up the country to communism. The CIA made a bizarre decision. They tried to blacken prime-minister Sukarno’s name by making the world’s first celebrity porn film. They hired a Sukarno lookalike and filmed him enjoying the company of a young lady who wasn’t his wife. But the CIA failed to realise that Sukarno was already a famed womaniser, and this movie had no impact at all on his popularity. So when this amusing attempt to get rid of him failed, the CIA turned to something a lot less funny – black operations. (Indonesia & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Coup) ibid.
77,226. Sukarno was driven from power. After the coup the CIA worked together with the generals to ensure every single communist in Indonesia was killed. (Indonesia & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Coup) ibid.
34,871. On February 24th 1994 Aldrich Ames a CIA Soviet expert who’d worked at the CIA for nearly thirty years, was arrested with a suitcase stuffed full with cash and a plane ticket to Russia in his pocket. (Spy & CIA & Spy & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops) ibid.
33,302. In 1980 Ronald Reagan sent the CIA into Afghanistan. Their secret mission was to fund, train and arm the Mujahideen, a band of Islamic Afghani fighters. They were at war with the Soviet-backed People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan. The CIA was told to crush the Soviet force by any means possible. (Afghanistan & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Black Ops & Coup & Reagan) ibid.
78,501. Laos had enormous strategic importance in the fight for Vietnam. The Vietnamese communists from the north had been using a secret trail which ran through Laos to direct troops, weapons and supplies to fight the US troops in the south of Vietnam. The Americans couldn’t invade Laos, so the CIA was called in and ordered to take care of the problem. (Laos & Vietnam & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Heroin & Black Ops) ibid.
78,502. A huge quantity of the heroin produced by the tribesmen was delivered straight into the hands of the American GIs stationed in Vietnam. (Laos & Vietnam & CIA & US Empire & US Foreign Relations & Heroin & Black Ops) ibid.
7,847. It’s not inconceivable that at the height of the Cold War the American military found in the UFO phenomenon a ready-made cover story for the many secret activities that they were involved in. (UFOs & Cold War) Riddle of the Skies 1999
7,897. At the height of the Cold War both the Soviets and Americans were building experimental machines ... America’s Avrocar was one such experiment. (UFOs & Cold War) The Truth Behind: UFOs
7,979. A US National Security Project codenamed Mogul sent high-altitude balloons aloft to spy on the Russians. These carried acoustic devices into the stratosphere to listen for Soviet nuclear tests. These were no weather balloons. (UFOs & Cold War) Unsolved History: Roswell
20,771. Well we are at war. It’s a Cold War. But it will get worse and worse until every man, woman and child in this country will have to stand up and be counted. To say whether they are on the side of right and freedom or on the side of the Thomas Jordans of this country. (GBH Films & Brainwashing & Mind Control & Cold War) The Manchurian Candidate 1962 starring Frank Sinatra & Angela Lansbury & Janet Leigh & Laurence Harvey & Henry Silva & James Gregory & Leslie Parris & John McGiver et al, director John Frankenheimer, mother to son
23,546. Christ, I miss the Cold War. (Spy Films & Cold War) Casino Royale 2006 starring Daniel Craig & Judi Dench & Eva Green & Mads Mikkelsen & Giancarlo Giannini & Jesper Christensen & Caterina Murino & Ivana Milicevic & Issac de Bankole et al, director Martin Campbell, M
24,102. A balance of power – the trickiest, most difficult, dirtiest game of them all but the only one that preserves both sides. (Star Trek & Power & Cold War) Star Trek: A Private Little War s2e19, Kirk to McCoy
28,359. It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination ... Hitherto accepted norms of human conduct do not apply ... Longstanding American concepts of fair play must be reconsidered. We must learn to subvert, sabotage, and destroy our enemies by more sophisticated, more effective methods than those used against us. (United States of America & Cold War & US Foreign Relations & President & Authority) The Hoover Report 1954
28,363. There are, at the present time, two great nations in the world, which seem to tend towards the same end, although they started form different points; I allude to the Russians and the Americans ... Their starting point is different, and their courses are not the same; yet each of them seems to be marked out by the will of Heaven to sway the destinies of half the globe. (United States of America & US Empire & Cold War & Russia) Alexis de Tocqueville, De la Democratie en Amerique
28,939. It’s the Cold War and Americans are on red alert. Both sides stockpile weapons to defend themselves against possible attack. (United States of America & Russia & Cold War & Weapons) America: The Story of the US: Superpower
29,609. We suffered then the passion of the time that America’s defense and security were at stake in Vietnam. But our obsession was the real threat. Vietnam pushed the Cold War morality to its extreme conclusion: exorbitant means to accomplish limited ends – anything goes. The wounds still run deep. (Vietnam & Cold War & Secret Government & US Empire) Bill Moyers, The Secret Government: Constitution in Crisis
67,752. Looking back its stunning how easily the Cold War enticed us into surrendering popular control of government to the national security state. We’ve never come closer to bestowing absolute authority on the President. Setting up White House groups that secretly decide to fight dirty little wars is a direct assumption of the war powers expressly forbidden by the Constitution. (Cold War & Secret Government & President & US Empire) ibid.
29,785. Nixon had done what none of his predecessors had been able to do: he had negotiated a treaty in which the two superpowers agree to slow an arms race that had been accelerating for more than a century. (Nixon & Cold War & Arms) The American Experience: The Presidents: Nixon II: The Triumph, PBS
31,533. It’s easy to forget that for five of the last eight decades Britain was at war. It was a war that framed all our lives. Welcome to Cold War Britain. This was a war between us – the democratic capitalist West – and them – the communist totalitarian East. (Great Britain & England & Cold War) Dominic Sandbrook, Strange Days – Cold War Britain I: Red Dawn, BBC 2013
31,534. We lived every day in shadow of Armageddon. (Great Britain & England & Cold War) ibid.
31,535. The defections of Burgess and MacLean came as a terrible shock. (Great Britain & England & Cold War & Spy) ibid.
31,536. The British bomb was all about our national virility. It was a kind of atomic Viagra. (Great Britain & England & Cold War & Bomb) ibid.
31,537. For almost fifty years Britain stood on the brink of Armageddon. (Great Britain & England & Cold War) Dominic Sandbrook, Strange Days – Cold War Britain II
31,538. And yet the world might end at the touch of a button. (Great Britain & England & Cold War) ibid.
31,539. The Russians used the explicit images to blackmail John Vassall ... Vassall went down for eighteen years. (Great Britain & England & Cold War & Spy) ibid.