Re: CIA Dummheit
- --- In email@example.com, "Frank Thomas Smith" wrote:
> The CIA ain't exactly a loving or loved institution...This is true, nor is the FBI particularly embraced, generally.
But that's a different topic. It's come up with me lately in various
ways, though. One came through an overheard snippet on the
news about Bill Moyers saying something in the 1960's, I think
it was '64, to the FBI, which prompted an investigation of people
who he suspected of being gay. This was when Moyers worked
for LBJ. Well, that simply wouldn't fly in today's world. But back
then, the American Psychiatric Association considered homosexuality
to be a disorder and it was listed thus in the current DSM of that
time. (It was removed as a disorder in 1973.) So, it wasn't just
Moyers who was concerned about "disordered" people in high
positions. (And lord knows we have more than enough of those,
right?) Fortunately, ideas evolve over time and yet Moyers is now
"in the news" because of those things he said in 1964. Why now?
Why is it coming out now? Because the news is just now being
made public via the Freedom of Information Act, apparently.
> especiallySmall, smart, and beautiful. Yes. A sleek new well-oiled
> around here. They're already wondering what could be behind it, what
> new conspiracy is brewing - unable to accept that anyone could just be
> so dumb. Imo Obama should shred the CIA and create an entirely new
> intelligence organization - small, smart and beautiful.
intelligence machine is long overdue in America, for sure.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "write3chairs" <write3chairs@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "Frank Thomas Smith" wrote:
> > The CIA ain't exactly a loving or loved institution...
> This is true, nor is the FBI particularly embraced, generally.
Well, J. Edgar Hoover was an absolute jerk and his legacy screams bloody murder to high heaven. For this reason, the FBI should have been closed down when he died (1974?) and replaced by a new federal crime agency with a different name. As far as I'm concerned, the FBI will always have JEH's injustices and abuses of power in their bags, like when they tried to browbeat Martin Luther King into committing suicide and crushed the Black Panther Party with extremely dirty tricks. And even recently, during the Bush years, the FBI has been intimidating housewives with phone calls because they had arranged garden party meetings to discuss war and politics. They're supposed to concentrate on finding missing children and such, but their priority seems to be harassment of political dissidents in the US.
About the CIA, read the late Phillip Agee (1935-2008)! I first read a lot about this whistleblower in the seventies. Before he came out at that time, nobody outside the CIA knew about the coups and other nasty deeds they were doing, not even Congress I suspect.
Just my 2 cents.