Subject: Re: Pax Americana & Democracy
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 20:24:36 GMT
Organization: Insight Broadband
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 20:24:42 GMT
It's interesting that you can read this entire piece and not realize that
the author is serving life for murdering a cop.
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> PAX AMERICANA & DEMOCRACY
> by Mumia Abu-Jamal
> June 1, 2002
> It is an amazing thing to see and hear an American President abroad,
> waxing forth on the wonders of American 'democracy.'
> When the writer hears such things, he wonders, almost immediately,
> who elected the CIA? For, if there is one American agency, that has
> done more than any other to project the will of the American ruling
> class abroad, it has been the US CIA, a body which has become an
> unseen army in virtually every country in the world to undermine and
> debilitate governments of the world, so that the world's wealth will
> continue to flow to American coffers.
> When most ill-informed Americans think of the CIA, it is perhaps in
> some lofty, noble vision, inspired by the cinematic antics of the
> staple of British espionage, Bond -- James Bond. Perhaps the more
> mature reader thinks of banks of clerks, reading tons of material,
> doing the scutwork of what has come to be called, "intelligence."
> To be sure, there is undoubtedly some of that.
> But, there is another side, one carefully sanitized from the American
> gaze, of the CIA that would chill the marrow of an Alaskan elk. The
> work of the CIA, historically, is not the gathering of international
> intelligence for US policy-makers to read, analyze, or interpret.
> Their job is to act.
> What historians have learned [years later] of CIA exploits abroad
> reads like a rogue's gallery that the Mafia might wish to keep
> secret. In 1990 it was learned that a "secret military army" was
> organized in post-war Italy, to insure that the Italian public did not
> vote in ways the politicians in Washington, DC didn't like. The CIA
> hid massive stockpiles of weapons and explosives throughout Italy.
> They amassed an army of 15,000 troops in something called Operation
> Gladio (gladius is Latin for sword) to strike vital targets and
> overthrow the elected Italian government if they dared to vote
> against Washington's will.
> Similar secret armies were formed in other European nations, like
> France, The Netherlands, West Germany, and the like -- the latter
> staffed by former SS officers, working at the behest of their
> American allies.
> Let us speak of the Nazis. Historians now report that one of the
> most important and influential elements that went into the very
> foundations of the US CIA was something called the Gehlen
> Organization, chief staff and agents of Hitler's former security and
> intelligence head, General Reinhard Gehlen.
> When General Gehlen surrendered to the Americans, he told them of his
> hidden cache of secret dossiers. They made a deal, a "gentlemen's
> agreement" between Nazi intelligence and the Americans, and the
> Gehlen Org began to work for, and be funded by, the Americans. Gehlen
> convinced the Americans that the Soviets were poised to attack them.
> According to Mark Zepezauer, author of "The CIA's Greatest Hits"
> (Odinian Press, 1994):
> "Gehlen even made sure he got approval for his arrangement from
> Hitler's appointed successor, Admiral Doenitz, who was in a cushy
> prisoner-of-war camp for Nazi VIPs in Weisbaden, Germany. For
> almost ten years, the Gehlen Org was eventually the CIA's only source
> of intelligence on Eastern Europe. Then, in 1955, it evolved into
> the BND (the German equivalent of the CIA) which, of course,
> continued to cooperate with the CIA." [p. 7]
> With such roots in Europe, how could it be otherwise in the Americas?
> In Africa? In Asia?
> The Americans did not care one whit for democracy. They overturned
> governments they did not like, bought off both politicians and
> political parties, and when this didn't work, they simply did away
> with leaders they opposed.
> And this isn't isolated to the '50s or '60s. Do you not hear today
> the calls for the overthrow of Iraq's Saddam Hussein? The US has
> been forced to mitigate that call because of the alarm expressed by
> their European allies, yet isn't it clear that this remains their
> What we are seeing is the imperial democracy of the US rulers, which
> determines which leader shall reign in what country, irrespective of
> what the people of that country may wish.
> What's "democratic" about that?
> It is the democracy of hypocrisy.
> Copyright (c) 2002 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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