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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:38 PM
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Larry Johnson's: "Dick Cheney's Covert Action"
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20051019/dick_cheneys_...

Dick Cheney's Covert Action
Larry C. Johnson
October 19, 2005


Larry Johnson worked as a CIA intelligence analyst and State Department counter-terrorism official. He is a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Face it, America. Youve been punk'd.

It is now quite clear that the outing of Valerie Plame was part of a broader White House effort to mislead and manipulate U.S. public opinion as part of an orchestrated effort to take us to war. The unraveling of the Valerie Plame affair has exposed their scamand it extends well beyond compromising the identity of a CIA officer. In short, the Bush administration organized and executed a classic covert action program against the citizens of the United States.

Covert action refers to behind-the-scenes efforts by U.S. intelligence agencies to plant stories, manipulate information and shape public opinion. In other words, you write stories that reporters will publish as their own, you create media events that tout a particular theme, and you demonize your opponent. Traditionally, this activity was directed against foreign governments. For example, the U.S. used covert action extensively in Greece in the 1960s to help fend off communists. Covert action also played a major role in rallying world support for the Afghanistan mujahideen following the Soviet invasion in 1979.

Revelations during the past week about the Plame affair make it clear that the Bush administration used covert action against its own citizens. Consider, for example, the charge that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger. The key event in this disinformation campaign was the intelligence manufactured by the Italians. The Italian intelligence service, SISME, provided the CIA with three separate intelligence reports that Iraq had reached an agreement with Niger to buy 500 tons of yellowcake uranium (October 15, 2001; February 5, 2002; and March 25, 2002). The second report, from February, was the subsequent basis for a DIA analysis, which led Vice President Cheney to ask the CIA for more information on the matter. That request led to the CIA asking Ambassador Joe Wilson to go check out the story in Niger.


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writes2000 Donating Member (481 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:43 PM
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1. 200% Recommended!
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:03 PM
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2. Actually covert refers to something hidden vs Overt something
that is intended to happen out in the open where everyone sees it.

First let me say I certainly share sentiments with Johnson, and I know that he is a hero of many on DU. I would be the first to agree that this administration has deliberately not shared the truth with the American people and in many circumstances has gone beyond that to actually fabricating stories presented as truth.

But calling lying and propaganda covert is really sort of weird since they are actions that by their very nature we experience out in the open. Covert things happen in secret and are intended to STAY that way.

The meeting together of people preparing a program of lies and propaganda is traditionally called a conspiracy not a covert operation. Sure there is an effort to keep the conspiracy to lie and spread propaganda hidden. This deception is required for the lies and propaganda to work. But the actual outcome...the lies and propaganda...are actually put in front of everyone with the hope that they will believe it. The lies and propaganda would be nothing if they weren't put out for the public to consume. The resulting project of lies and propaganda is to produce OVERT but misleading representations of the truth and it is intended to be OVERT.








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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:05 PM
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4. How did WHIG get exposed to begin with?
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:07 PM
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5. I don't know. I learned of it sometime late last spring here on DU.
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 04:08 PM by HereSince1628
Do you think knowledge of that change my position on overt vs. covert?
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:19 PM
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8. WHIG uncovered by Fitz - Notes say Cheney present several times
http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Cheneys_role_in_outing_of...
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Two officials close to Fitzgerald told RAW STORY they have seen documents obtained from the White House Iraq Group which state that Cheney was present at several of the group's meetings. They say Cheney personally discussed with individuals in attendance at least two interviews in May and June of 2003 Wilson gave to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, in which he claimed the administration twisted prewar intelligence and what the response from the administration should be.

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The White House Iraq Group operated virtually unknown until January 2004, when Fitzgerald subpoenaed for notes, email and attendance records. Bush Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. created the group in August of 2002.

A senior official who participated in its work called it "an internal working group, like many formed for priority issues, to make sure each part of the White House was fulfilling its responsibilities," according to an Aug. 10, 2003, Washington Post investigative report on the groups inner workings.

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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:04 PM
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3. Wow. This article nails the gravity of this matter. n/t
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:08 PM
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6. Mr. Johnson connects the dots for us.
nt
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MN ChimpH8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:13 PM
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7. Essential
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newscott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:49 PM
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9. You've been punk'd says it all.
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Boo Boo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:42 PM
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10. "We learned last May that in the summer of 2002, the Bush administration
told our British allies that they would "fix the facts" around the intelligence."

Not sure the Bushies said that. My understanding is that was the opinion of a British official after attending a meeting with Bush admin officials. My recollection is that the British guy said that the facts were being fixed around the policy, not that the facts were being fixed around the intelligence.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:47 PM
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11. Two thumbs way up ...Great Article
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:51 PM
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12. Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, **
Let's hope their are indictments with their names on them.
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callady Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:51 PM
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13. It's all about the nuclear
It's all been out in the open for years.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...





This article appears in the August 1, 2003 issue of Executive Intelligence
Review.

Dick Cheney Has Long Planned To Loot Iraqi Oil

by Scott Thompson


As this week's Feature highlights, Vice President Dick Cheney has been
plotting the conquest of Iraq since he was Secretary of Defense in President
George H.W. Bush's Administrationa plan then considered insane aggression.
Moreover, on July 17, 2003, Judicial Watch announced that Cheney's Energy
Task Force had developed a map of Iraq dated March 2001, as well as maps of
the neighboring United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Saudi Arabia, which show
that Cheney knew precisely how much the conquest of Iraq would be worth.

The map, which shows oilfields, pipelines, tanker terminals, and refineries,
includes eight "blocks" for exploration near the border with Saudi Arabia.
Iraq has been proven to have the second-highest amount of oil reserves of
any nation in the world, next to Saudi Arabia. And, this is without
exploration of the eight blocks near the Saudi bordera vast area that is at
least one-third of the countrywhich could make Iraq number one in terms of
proven reserves. Alphabetically, from Japan to Vietnam, there is attached to
the map a list of "Foreign Suitors" for oil deals with Saddam Hussein's
Iraqdeals that the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) has indicated are
now off.

A Pipe Dream?

Before returning to the significance of the maps for lining Vice President
Cheney's pockets: EIR has learned that the the U.S. Export-Import Bank is
circulating a plan that calls for securitizing future oil revenues from Iraq
in order to pay for reconstruction contracts. What is known about this from
the Ex-Im Bank plan, and from a July 13 article in the Observer of London,
entitled "Outrage at U.S. Plan To Mortgage Iraqi Oil," is that the Ex-Im
Bank is proposing to raise loans from private banks to pay for
reconstruction contracts, to be repaid by revenues from future Iraqi oil
sales. It is argued that this would take pressure off the deficit-ridden
U.S. budget to pay reconstruction costs.

The Ex-Im Bank has been working on behalf of the corporate lobbying group
known as the Coalition for Employment Through Exports, among whose most
important participants are Halliburton Oil Co. and Bechtel.

http://www.casi.org.uk/discuss/2003/msg03733.html
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caduceus111 Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 01:19 AM
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14. Larry Johnson is on Mike Webb tomorrow 9pm Thurs.
Edited on Thu Oct-20-05 01:35 AM by caduceus111
Just heard it on Mike's show.

=caduceus=

Edited to mention Pacific Time.
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 01:58 PM
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15. thanks for the heads up
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