04 September, 2017

$20 billion spent on diets



When you're trying to lose weight, the number that seems to matter most is the one you see on the scale. But there are plenty of other compelling numbers coming out of the growing weight-loss industry. Check out a few below and 

$20 Billion

The annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry, including diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries.


108 Million

The number of people on diets in the United States. Dieters typically make four to five attempts per year.


85 Percent

The percentage of customers consuming weight-loss products and services who are female.


1 Hour

The amount of time spent on daily exercise by people who lost and kept off at least 30 pounds of excess weight for five years.


220,000

The number of people with morbid obesity in the United States who had bariatric surgery in 2009.


$11,500 to $26,000

The average cost of bariatric surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach.


$500,000 to $3 Million

The average salaries paid to celebrity endorsers of major weight-loss programs.


$33,000

The amount of money celebrity endorsers, on average, earn per pound lost.


$5,594

Cost for a week-long (six night) weight-loss program at Beau Rivage Palace, a luxury hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. The program includes massages and personal training sessions and discourages deprivation.


2

The number of glasses of wine per day allowed to guests of the Beau Rivage Palace weight-loss program.

Sources: John LaRosa of MarketData; National Weight Control Registry; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Jo Piazza, author of "Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money."


watch the full story on the "Losing It: The Big Fat Trap" on "20/20" online.

07 July, 2017

President Trump's Staff should warn him about

President Trump's Staff should warn him about accusing others World leaders of wrong-doing whenAmerica is the Greatest World destabilizer around the World?
CBS NEWS July 6, 2017, 7:48 AM
Trump laments Russia's "destabilising behaviour" before meeting Putin


Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List
By William Blum – Published February 2013
instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
instances of the United States overthrowing or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *
Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
Ecuador 1960-63 *
Congo 1960 *
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 *
Dominican Republic 1963 *
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 *
Indonesia 1965 *
Ghana 1966 *
Chile 1964-73 *
Greece 1967 *
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 *
Australia 1973-75 *
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 *
Jamaica 1976-80 *
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 *
Grenada 1983 *
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 *
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 *
Panama 1989 *
Bulgaria 1990 *
Albania 1991 *
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s *
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
Ecuador 2000 *
Afghanistan 2001 *
Venezuela 2002 *
Iraq 2003 *
Haiti 2004 *
Somalia 2007 to present
Honduras 2009
Libya 2011 *
Syria 2012
Ukraine 2014 *

09 April, 2017

Got Milk? Forget Milk Pray You Got Water?

 The Bush Family Dynasty

George Bush Bought Nearly 300,000 by one report acres 98,000 by other reports in Paraguay when things were prosperous 2005 and 2007.
It's called Blue gold and Bush bought the rights to a veritable ocean of fresh, clear-as-glass, Grade A water.
His land rests atop one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world: Acuifero Guarani, by name.

 “Acuifero Guarani covers roughly 460,000 square miles under parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. It is estimated to contain about 8,900 cubic miles of water.”
If you can’t quite imagine 8,900 miles of water, picture a pool nearly three times the size of California. That should give you a decent idea.
A fair amount when you consider that 98% of this planet’s water is saltwater.

87% of the water is trapped within glaciers, only 0.25% of the water on this cosmic ball is fresh (underground, or in rivers and lakes). Just a drop in the figurative bucket
If current usage trends don't change, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs in 2030, it said.
If current usage trends don't change.
https://agorafinancial.com/2015/04/24/why-did-george-bush-buy-nearly-300000-acres-in-paraguay/

California is still buying bottled water, so Nestle is still bottling it, the company says. CREDIT: THINKPROGRESS/DYLAN PETROHILOS

NestlĂ© CEO On Bottling Water In California: ‘If I Could Increase It, I Would’

NASA data from Jan. 17 showed California's backup groundwater 
reserves to be so depleted that the losses could be detected from 
satellites 400 kilometers above the earth's surface.

Water: 
human right or Because the stakes are so high -- water is perhaps the single most critical factor to sustaining human life, and no part of our economy can function without it -- the discourse around this issue has reached a fever pitch. Many people view the whole matter in moral terms: water is an essential human right, and so any attempt to commoditize it is fundamentally wrong.

https://thinkprogress.org/nestl%C3%A9-ceo-on-bottling-water-in-california-if-i-could-increase-it-i-would-83fb4f2fe2c2



SOURCE: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES.

Coca-Cola and Nestle Are Sucking Us Dry Without Our Even Knowing


https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/02/coca-cola-and-nestle-are-sucking-us-dry-without-us.aspx


The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World’s Water

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-water-barons-wall-street-mega-banks-are-buying-up-the-worlds-water/5383274

17 February, 2017

The American Voters Are Like Sheep Being Led By Shepherds Of Evil And Do Not Know It?




Remember when we were children and the teacher would catch two kids fighting, and each child would blame each other and take no irresponsibility? Welcome to Congress. First, I would like to say I'm a proud non-partisan that does a thorough background check on each Political Candidate running for office in Congress and the Oval Office. I also check the family history as that old saying the apple does not fall from the tree. You know that adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" And to give a perfect example here is a picture of one family that had two presidents and one Senator.


Here is a true story for all you Bush Supporters:

It's important to note that all the Americans voters rely on Corporate American Media to make decisions. The purpose is to control the people with misinformation, no information, and Government and Corporate propaganda. How many of you read all the information on this evil family in American Media? (None) Then you have the die hard partisan that votes right down his party lines? What the voters do not realise or what to accept is they share in the death and maiming of Tens of Thousands of Civilian lives and thousands of American live by their ignorance and laziness to seek facts and information on all political candidates? They do not know that all the military interventions around the globe since WWII created, instigated, manipulated by those behind the powers such as World Banks, including The Bilderberg Group. President Roosevelt and some advisors knew that Japan was going to strike Pearl Habor and did not order our fleet out of harm's way. They provoked Japan, by cutting off all oil supplies. Our leaders wanted to control Japans Location with American Military towards their global domination.Also, before dropping the first nuclear bomb on humans in Japan Officials knew that the Emporer of Japan was going to surrender, however, the politicians wanted to test their new toy and to show Russian that they had a bigger and more powerful Penis than them. 
They told The American people that they were the only military targets? That was a lie, but the American people choose to live in a denial because if they knew the truth, the would have to accept responsibility, so, as always since the genocide of the Native American Indian until today the American Voters chooses to live in a steady state of denial? The Truth is that Our Government and the top brace at the Pentagon picked the wealthiest and most educated areas because they believed that the Japanese victims that did survive could convince the less educated and poorer citizens to surrender. Over 400,000 Japenese civilians of all ages were the victims to be incinerated alive. Also, there was over a hundred Americans that suffered the same ghastly death. The lucky people died instantly rather than to suffer waiting for the Radiation to kill them slowly? And for good measure, our Military Fire Bombed Tokyo with over a 100 Bombers for three days. The Victims were mostly school age children and infants at home made out of wood and paper that burns fast and hot. Next time you roast marshmallows over a fire let it catch fire until covered in black and this is what humans looked like that were close to the blast. Do I think my White American brothers and sisters Care? They have not cared for nonwhite skinned people since the pilgrims landed and took black slaves and killed Native American Indians. However, you love that version you were taught that the Pilgrims sat down and ate turkey and corn with the Indians. It's popular in school and church plays still today. Hell, we Celebrate Christopher Columbus discovering America when he did not, and what is worse has he committed genocide on Native Indians and enslaved Blacks. However, that's ok because us white American's carried on his evil deeds.


While we are on the subject of Black people, here is some information you never knew or most likely did not care to know?



01 February, 2017

Not Free at Last for Afro-Americans but now Enslaved by White Man's Laws & Social-Economical Oppression




Not only did slaves build the White House, they built just about everything else in this country-FREE OF CHARGE! Karen Jones saved to kyj 








Yes, ISIS Burned a Man Alive: White Americans Did the Same Thing to Black People by the Thousands

This account of the horrific murder of Sam Hose by White Americans is an even more grotesque and exaggerated version of the cruelty visited upon Muadh Al Kasasbeh by ISIS:
The white-owned newspapers of the South had long filled themselves with exaggerated or fabricated accounts of such violence. In the papers' version, the fight between Sam Hose and his boss became transformed into the most engaging crime of all: the rape of the white man's wife.
White Georgians tracked Hose down and prepared for his lynching. Two thousand people gathered for the killing, some taking a special excursion train from Atlanta for the purpose. The leaders of the lynching stripped Hose, chained him to a tree, stacked wood around him, and soaked everything in kerosene. The mob cut off Hose's ears, fingers, and genitals; they peeled the skin from his face. They watched, a newspaper reported, ''with unfeigned satisfaction'' as the man's veins ruptured from the heat and his blood boiled in flames.
''Oh, my God! Oh, Jesus,'' were the only words Hose could manage. When he finally died, the crowd cut his heart and liver from his body, sharing the pieces among themselves, selling fragments of bone and tissue to those unable to attend. No one wore a disguise or punished.




America's rhetorical condemning words of this horrible acts by Muslims. Saying it was viciousness, barbarity, horrific, savage killing amazes me, considering that the White Christian American's justified burning hundreds of thousands of civilians alive, that mostly consisted of mothers, mothers to be, their children, Including infants, adolescents, and teenagers.  Also, 245 Americans were also cremated alive and not gassed before as Adolf Hitler did to 6 Million Jews and 5 Million Non-Jews.


"African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites"

"Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one-quarter of the US population According to Unlocking America if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%.                                                                                
One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
1 in 100 African American women are in prison
Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).
Drug Sentencing Disparities

About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offences at 10 times the rate of Whites
African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offences, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offence.
African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offence (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offence (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project)"









The United States puts more people behind bars than any other country, five times as many per capita compared with Britain or Spain.
It wasn't always like this. Half a century ago, relatively few people were locked up, and those inmates generally served short sentences. But 40 years ago, New York passed strict sentencing guidelines known as the "Rockefeller drug laws" — after their champion, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller — that put even low-level criminals behind bars for decades.Those tough-on-crime policies became the new normal across the country. But a new debate is under way over the effectiveness of tough sentencing laws.
Picture Credit New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller had been a champion of drug rehabilitation, job training and housing. Then, he did a dramatic about-face and backed strict sentences for low-level criminals.
Central Press/Getty Images






Bill Clinton admits his crime law made mass incarceration ‘worse’
07/15/15 02:12 PM—UPDATED 07/15/15 08:21 PM
By Eric Levitz
One day after President Obama decried mass incarceration in a speech before the NAACP convention, Bill Clinton owned up to his role in expanding the population of America’s prisons.
“Yesterday, the president spoke a long time and very well on criminal justice reform,” the former president said. “But I want to say a few words about it. Because I signed a bill that made the problem worse and I want to admit it.”
In 1994, President Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which offered states billions in funding for new prisons – but only if they adopted “truth in sentencing laws” that would reduce prisoners’ eligibility for parole. The law also established mandatory life sentences for people convicted of a third violent felony, among other punitive measures. By the end of the Clinton presidency, the number of people in America’s prisons rose by nearly 60%, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.



The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation’s jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the U.S., totalling 6.8 million people, one of every 35 adults. We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.



THE BLOG
Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex

 04/10/2012 06:51 pm ET | Updated Jun 10, 2012

John W. Whitehead 
Attorney, President of The Rutherford Institute, and author of ‘Battlefield America’


“Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today — perhaps the fundamental fact, as slavery was the fundamental fact of 1850. In truth, there are more black men in the grip of the criminal-justice system — in prison, on probation, or on parole — than were in slavery then. Overall, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America — more than six million — than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.” — Adam Gopnik, “The Caging of America.“
In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. At one time, the American penal system operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock and key to protect society. Today, as states attempt to save money by outsourcing prisons to private corporations, the flawed yet retributive American “system of justice” is being replaced by an even more flawed and insidious form of mass punishment based upon profit and expediency.

As author Adam Gopnik reports for the New Yorker:

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/prison-privatization_b_1414467.html


Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it —

 Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record. Among Portuguese adults, there are 3 drug overdose deaths for every 1,000,000 citizens. Comparable numbers in other countries range from 10.2 per million in the Netherlands to 44.6 per million in the UK, all the way up to 126.8 per million in Estonia. The EU average is 17.3 per million. 

(Estimated Drug-Induced Mortality in the US, 2014, by Gender and Race/Ethnicity) "In People with mental health disorders are at increased risk for heavy ..... mortality rate of between 22.3 and 54.0 deaths per million population aged 15-64.

Perhaps more significantly, the report notes that the use of "legal highs" – like so-called "synthetic" marijuana, "bath salts" and the like – is lower in Portugal than in any of the other countries for which reliable data exists. This makes a lot of intuitive sense: why bother with fake weed or dangerous designer drugs when you can get the real stuff? This is arguably a positive development for public health in the sense that many of the designer drugs that people develop to skirt existing drug laws have terrible and often deadly side effects.



Capital punishment in Portugal

Portugal was a pioneer in the process of abolishment, of the capital punishment. No executions have been carried out since 1846



 Every American Needs to watch this nonpolitical Factual Movie. Your views and your opinions will change forever. You're bragging rights about America being the greatest country on Earth will be hard for you to swallow. Please watch Michael Moore’s new movie: "Where to Invade Next"
This Truth will set you free. The film of deception will be removed from your eyes, the lies that have clogged your ears will be washed away, your brain will be cleansed of all the Corporate Media propaganda, and you will know what the American Government wanted to keep from you how they control us.

23 January, 2017

Do You Want Truth in International News? Or Do You Want To Stay A Puppet For American Media





You have the choice to fire the American Media and be free of misinformation, Propaganda, Lies and deceptions. No more Media telling you who your enemies are, or promote wars for the Money Changers or The New World Order.



Check The Issue Out

Check Out US Edition

Check Out Donald Trump 


The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper, known from 1821 to 1959 as the Manchester Guardian. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, The Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by The Scott Trust Limited. The Trust was created in 1936 "to secure the financial and editorial independence of The Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of The Guardian free from commercial or political interference." The Scott Trust became a limited company in 2008, with a constitution to maintain the same protections for The Guardian. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to the benefit of an owner or shareholders.[2]
The Guardian is edited by Katharine Viner, who succeeded Alan Rusbridger in 2015.[3][4] In 2013, The Guardian's print edition had an average daily circulation of roughly 189,000 copies in the country, behind The Daily Telegraph and The Times, and ahead of The Independent.[5] The newspaper has a UK online edition as well as two international websites, Guardian Australia (founded in 2013) and Guardian US (established in 2011). The newspaper's online edition was the fifth most widely read in the world in October 2014, with over 42.6 million readers.[6] It's mixed print, and online editions reach nearly 9 million British users.[7]
Notable scoops include the 2011 News International phone hacking scandal, in particular, the hacking of murdered English teenager Milly Dowler's phone.[8] The investigation led to the closure of the UK's biggest selling Sunday newspaper, and one of the highest circulation newspapers in the world, the News of the World.[9] The newspaper also released news of the secret collection of Verizon telephone records held by US President Barack Obama's administration in June 2013,[10] and subsequently revealed the existence of the PRISM surveillance program after it was leaked to the paper by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.[11] In 2016, it led the investigation into the Panama Papers, exposing the then British Prime Minister David Cameron's links to offshore bank accounts.
The Guardian has been named Newspaper of the Year four times at the annual British Press Awards, the most recent in 2014 for reporting on government surveillance.[12] The paper is still occasionally referred to by its nickname of The Grauniad, given originally for the purported frequency of its typographical errors.[13]
If you had a choice in the news, would you choose the one that made typographical errors but was honest? Or do you prefer the American Meda that has few typographical errors? 

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22 January, 2017

Clinton's Woman say they want respect? Then have some Morals, Values, Ethics, Then get out Of the Me and Think We- and Stop Self-Victimization Your Part of The Problems, Not the Solutions


Woman say they want respect? However,  In 2016 election reported by CNN: 54 percent of women overall voted for Clinton? As, a Graduate, a Veteran, and a Non-Partisan How can I respect women that vote for a person because they have a Vagina and have unresolved anger toward men? Did they know nothing of her 30 Years before becoming the first Lady? And if they did? Then, I question their morals values and ethics?   I would have love to see Pat Schroeder (1988) become president. I would have voted for Carly Fiorina as president if she made it to the Convention Floor. They call Trump Homophobic because he believes Marriage is between Aman and a Wife like the overwhelming majority of the society have practised for over 10 thousand years. They say he is wrong because he and the majority of men do not want to whip out their penis in front of different genders and transgenders. Women do not worry as much because they sit down to pee as female transgenders will do. We live in a self-centered society that believes that it's all about the few and themselves not the Majority of humans. American society has become the afterbirth of all that is dark and unclean.

HERE THEY ARE: HILLARY'S 22 BIGGEST SCANDALS EVER
During his 1992 campaign for the presidency, Bill Clinton was fond of promising America, “You get two for the price of one,” indicating Hillary Clinton would act as his co-president.
But the nation got much more than it bargained for, as the top power couple brought a load of baggage with them into the White House from their days in Arkansas.
After the Clintons had moved into the presidential mansion, the political scandals multiplied – from the use of the IRS and FBI to target political opponents to stalking and harassing subjects of Bill Clinton’s sexual advances and even attempts to loot taxpayer-funded items from the White House. Americans also witnessed capers such as Travelgate, Chinagate, Filegate and Pardongate.

Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades and subsequent impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice consumed more than a year of American public life and bitterly divided the nation.

In the years since the great Clinton presidency, Hillary has brought America Emailgate and the Benghazi scandal, among others. New developments in the Clinton Foundation scandals emerges almost daily.
Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2015/05/here-they-are-hillarys-22-biggest-scandals-ever/#TsL3drVyBuaTKFy8.99


American women voted overwhelmingly for Clinton, except the white ones

Women did vote overwhelmingly to elect Clinton, but it was white women who helped hand Trump the presidency, according to Edison national election poll. Overall, 54% of women voted for Clinton, much higher than the 42% of women who voted for Trump. But when race divides women's vote, it becomes clear that black women largely drove the so-called gender gap against Trump.

https://qz.com/833003/election-2016-all-women-voted-overwhelmingly-for-clinton-except-the-white-ones/


21 January, 2017

TRUMP AND IMMIGRATIONS UNFOUNDED FEARS CREATED BY AMERICAN MEDIA

http://www.newsweek.com/2015/10/23/myths-half-truths-about-immigration-reform-382855.html


Trump was referring to the 1.6% of illegal immigrants convicted as criminals, Not all 12 Million undocumented immigrants. And, these immigrants express FEAR (created by Media) that Donald Trump is going to have Law Enforcement going to Knock Down 12 Million doors and arrest them and imprison them and deport them. So, I can logically conclude that the people living in a steady state of fear have little education and low IQs? Here is a picture of justified fear below.

"From 1990 to 2013, the number of undocumented immigrants in the country tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. During that time, violent crime rates dropped 48% nationwide, according to the report. Since undocumented immigrants make up such a small percentage of the population, it's impossible to draw a straight conclusion from those numbers, so let's see what else they've got.
The authors also looked at incarceration rates for males between 18 and 39, since most crimes committed by men in that age range. Data from the 2010 Census, the report found that 1.6% of foreign-born males are in jail, compared with 3.3% of the native-born population. Researchers have long questioned the accuracy of Census data for prisoners, since the information they get from inmates is often incomplete, and immigrants could lie out of fear of being deported. But the authors found similar trends going back to 1980, so that helps bolster their case." 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/16/voices-gomez-undocumented-immigrant-crime-san-francisco-shooting/30159479/


14 January, 2017

Is This Interfering With An Election?

The CIA helps topple the democratically elected in Foreign Counties

Late 40s Operation PAPERCLIP  While other American agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the U.S. intelligence community is smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets.

Late 40's Operation MOCKINGBIRD   The CIA begins recruiting American news organisations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is a publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organisations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.

 The CIA begins recruiting American news organisations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is a publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organisations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.

1957-1973 The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections

1959 Haiti — The U.S. military helps "Papa Doc" Duvalier become dictator of Hai

1961 The Bay of Pigs — The CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba. But "Operation Mongoose" fails

The CIA assassinates Rafael Trujillo, a murderous dictator Washington has supported since 1930.
Congo (Zaire) — The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba.
1963 Dominican Republic — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup. The CIA installs a repressive, right-wing junta.

1964 Brazil — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history. General Castelo Branco will create Latin America’s first death squads, or bands of secret police who hunt down "communists" for torture, interrogation and murder. Often these "communists" are no more than Branco’s political opponents. Later it is revealed that the CIA trains the death squads.

1965 Indonesia — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup.


Greece — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections. The favourite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the "reign of the colonels" — backed by the CIA — will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to President Johnson about U.S. plans for Cypress, Johnson tells him: "Fuck your parliament and your constitution."

 Late 40s Operation MOCKINGBIRD The CIA begins recruiting American news organisations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is a publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organisations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.

1954 Guatemala — CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup. Arbenz has threatened to nationalise the Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company, in which CIA Director Allen Dulles also owns stock. Arbenz is replaced with a series of right-wing dictators whose bloodthirsty policies will kill over 100,000 Guatemalans in the next 40 years.

1957-1973 Laos — The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections.

1961 The Bay of Pigs — The CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba. But "Operation Mongoose" fails

1963 Dominican Republic — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch

Ecuador — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosema

1964 Brazil — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart
.
1965 Indonesia — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup.
 Greece — With the CIA’s backing, the king removes George Papandreous as prime minister. Papandreous has failed to vigorously support U.S. interests in Greece.

1967 Greece — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government

Operation PHEONIX — The CIA helps South Vietnamese agents identify and then murder alleged Viet Cong leaders operating in South Vietnamese villages. According to a 1971 congressional report, this operation killed about 20,000 "Viet Cong

1968 Operation CHAOS — The CIA has been illegally spying on American citizens since 1959, but with Operation CHAOS, President Johnson dramatically boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to spy on and disrupt campus organisations protesting the Vietnam War. They are searching for Russian instigators, which they never find. CHAOS will eventually spy on 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organisations.

1973 Chile — The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende
Watergate Scandal — The CIA’s main collaborating newspaper in America, The Washington Post, reports Nixon’s crimes long before any other newspaper takes up the subject. The two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, make almost no mention of the CIA’s many fingerprints all over the scandal. It is later revealed that Woodward was a Naval intelligence briefer to the White House, and knows many important intelligence figures, including General Alexander Haig. His main source, "Deep Throat," is probably one of those.

House clears CIA in Watergate — The House of Representatives clears the CIA of any complicity in Nixon’s Watergate break-in.

1975 Australia — The CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam.

 CIA’s accountability to Congress, including the creation of a standing Senate committee on intelligence. However, the reforms prove ineffective, as the Iran/Contra scandal will show. It turns out the CIA can control, deal with or sidestep Congress with ease.

The Rockefeller Commission — In an attempt to reduce the damage done by the Church Committee, President Ford creates the "Rockefeller Commission" to whitewash CIA history and propose toothless reforms. The commission’s namesake, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, is himself a major CIA figure. Five of the commission’s eight members are also members of the Council on Foreign Relations, a CIA-dominated organisation.

Afghanistan — The Soviets invade Afghanistan. The CIA immediately begins supplying arms to any faction willing to fight the occupying Soviets. Such indiscriminate arming means that when the Soviets leave Afghanistan, civil war will erupt. Also, fanatical Muslim extremists now possess state-of-the-art weaponry. One of these is Sheik Abdel Rahman, who will become involved in the World Trade Center bombing in New York.

1980 El Salvador — The Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, pleads with President Carter "Christian to Christian" to stop aiding the military government slaughtering his people. Carter refuses. Shortly afterwards, right-wing leader Roberto D’Aubuisson has Romero shot through the heart while saying Mass. The country soon dissolves into civil war, with the peasants in the hills fighting against the military government. The CIA and U.S. Armed Forces supply the government with overwhelming military and intelligence superiority. CIA-trained death squads roam the countryside, committing atrocities like that of El Mazote in 1982, where they massacre between 700 and 1000 men, women and children. By 1992, some 63,000 Salvadorans will be killed.
1981 Iran/Contra Begins — The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. President Reagan vows that the Sandinistas will be "pressured" until "they say ‘uncle.’" The CIA’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder and political assassination.

1983 Honduras — The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983, which teaches how to torture people. Honduras’ notorious "Battalion 316" then uses these techniques, with the CIA’s full knowledge, on thousands of leftist dissidents. At least 184 are murdered.

1986 Eugene Hasenfus — Nicaragua shoots down a C-123 transport plane carrying military supplies to the Contras. The lone survivor, Eugene Hasenfus, turns out to be a CIA employee, as are the two dead pilots. The aeroplane belongs to Southern Air Transport, a CIA front. The incident makes a mockery of President Reagan’s claims that the CIA is not illegally arming the Contras.

Haiti — Rising popular revolt in Haiti means that "Baby Doc" Duvalier will remain "President for Life" only if he has a short one. The U.S., which hates instability in a puppet country, flies the despotic Duvalier to the South of France for a comfortable retirement. The CIA then rigs the upcoming elections in favour of another right-wing military strongman. However, violence keeps the country in political turmoil for another four years. The CIA tries to strengthen the military by creating the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which suppresses popular revolt through torture and assassination.

1989 Panama — The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega. Noriega has been on the CIA’s payroll since 1966 and has been transporting drugs with the CIA’s knowledge since 1972. By the late 80s, Noriega’s growing independence and intransigence have angered Washington… so out he goes.
1990

Haiti — Competing against 10 comparatively wealthy candidates, leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide captures 68 percent of the vote. After only eight months in power, however, the CIA-backed military deposes him. More military dictators brutalise the country, as thousands of Haitian refugees escape the turmoil in barely seaworthy boats. As popular opinion calls for Aristide’s return, the CIA begins a disinformation campaign painting the courageous priest as mentally unstable.

1991 The Gulf War — The U.S. liberates Kuwait from Iraq. But Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, is another creature of the CIA. With U.S. encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein’s forces with sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing. This cemented Hussein’s power at home, allowing him to crush the many internal rebellions that erupted from time to time, sometimes with poison gas. It also gave him all the military might he needed to conduct further adventurism — in Kuwait, for example.

The Fall of the Soviet Union — The CIA fails to predict this most important event
1992 Economic Espionage — In the years following the end of the Cold War, the CIA is increasingly used for economic espionage. This involves stealing the technological secrets of competing foreign companies and giving them to American ones. Given the CIA’s clear preference for dirty tricks over mere information gathering, the possibility of severe criminal behaviour is very high indeed.

1993Haiti — The chaos in Haiti grows so bad that President Clinton has no choice but to remove the Haitian military dictator, Raoul Cedras, on a threat of U.S. invasion. The U.S. occupiers do not arrest Haiti’s military leaders for crimes against humanity but instead, ensure their safety and rich retirements. Aristide is returned to power only after being forced to accept an agenda favourable to the country’s ruling class.

 EPILOGUE
In a speech before the CIA celebrating its 50th anniversary, President Clinton said: "By necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage."
Clinton’s is a common defence of the CIA: namely, the American people should stop criticising the CIA because they don’t know what it really does. This, of course, is the heart of the problem in the first place. An agency that is above criticism is also above moral behaviour and reform. Its secrecy and lack of accountability allow its corruption to grow unchecked.
Furthermore, Clinton’s statement is simply untrue. The history of the agency is growing painfully clear, especially with the declassification of historical CIA documents. We may not know the details of specific operations, but we do know, quite well, the general behaviour of the CIA. These facts began emerging nearly two decades ago at an ever-quickening pace. Today we have a remarkably accurate and consistent picture, repeated in country after country, and verified from countless different directions.

The CIA’s response to this growing knowledge and criticism follows a typical historical pattern. (Indeed, there are remarkable parallels to the Medieval Church’s fight against the Scientific Revolution.) The first journalists and writers to reveal the CIA’s criminal behaviour were harassed and censored if they were American writers, and tortured and murdered if they were foreigners. (See Philip Agee’s On the Run for an example of early harassment.) However, over the last two decades, the tide of evidence has become overwhelming, and the CIA has found that it does not have enough fingers to plug every hole in the dyke. This is particularly the case in the age of the Internet, where information flows freely among millions of people. Since censorship is impossible, the Agency must now defend itself with apologetics. Clinton’s "Americans will never know" defence is a prime example.

Another common apologetic is that "the world is filled with unsavoury characters, and we must deal with them if we are to protect American interests at all." There are two things wrong with this. First, it ignores the fact that the CIA has regularly spurned alliances with defenders of democracy, free speech and human rights, preferring the company of military dictators and tyrants. The CIA had moral options available to them but did not take them.

Second, this argument begs several questions. The first is: "Which American interests?" The CIA has courted right-wing dictators because they allow wealthy Americans to exploit the country’s cheap labour and resources. But poor and middle-class Americans pay the price whenever they fight the wars that stem from CIA actions, from Vietnam to the Gulf War to Panama. The second begged the question is: "Why should American interests come at the expense of other peoples’ human rights?"
The CIA should be abolished, its leadership dismissed, and its relevant members tried for crimes against humanity. Our intelligence community should be rebuilt from the ground up, with the goal of collecting and analysing information. As for covert action, there are two good options. The first one is to eliminate covert action completely. But this gives jitters to people worried about the Adolf Hitlers of the world. So a second option is that we can place covert action under extensive and true democratic oversight. For example, a bipartisan Congressional Committee of 40 members could review and veto all aspects of CIA operations upon a majority or super-majority vote. Which of these two options is best may be the subject of debate, but one thing is clear: like the dictatorship, like monarchy, unaccountable covert operations should die like the dinosaurs they are.

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  Consequences of Covert Tactics" Washington Post, December 13, 1987.
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Endnotes:
1. All history concerning CIA intervention in foreign countries is summarised from William Blum’s encyclopaedic work, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1995). Sources for domestic CIA operations come from Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen’s The 60 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1997).
2. Coleman McCarthy, "The Wars ranked by total number of U.S. military deaths