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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-23-08 04:08 PM
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20. Frank Church | Jack Anderson
"Have things changed?" since the Church Committee

Frank Church

Zachary Sklar talks about Jack Anderson's role in smearing Jim Garrison

Jack Anderson

The C.I.A. and the Culture War - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog
January 23, 2008, 9:53 am
So far as I know, I have never taken money from the C.I.A. (though I have worked for some organizations that have had C.I.A. connections, including, apparently, my present employer). The same cant be said for any number of prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock.

During the early years of the cold war, they were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of soft power in American history. Yet once the facts came out in 1967 the episode became a source of scandal and controversy that continues to percolate to this day. How close should presumably independent intellectuals get to their government?

Many books and articles were written about all this until 1999, when one book, Frances Stonor Saunders Cultural Cold War, swept the field. Saunders was highly critical of the octopus-like C.I.A. and those intellectuals who allowed themselves to be used as pawns in the governments cold war game. But though her book was diligently researched and vigorously argued, it can hardly be considered the last word if only because the issue doesnt allow for last words.

Now the historian Hugh Wilford has come out with The Mighty Wurlitzer, and it can be seen as a direct rejoinder to Saunders. The story, Wilford says, is complicated. Far from being pawns, the intellectuals on the C.I.A. payroll were willing participants in what they understood as the legitimate cause of opposing Soviet tyranny. They took money for what they would have done anyway; the C.I.A. simply allowed them to be more effective at doing it. Who was using whom? Even more complicated is the question of secrecy. Many, if not most of the beneficiaries didnt know where the money was coming from (or didnt want to know). They professed outrage when the truth was revealed. Were they right to be upset?

unfortunately it probably has changed. But not for the better:

Osama's head on ice: CIA and Bush administration fire up mighty Wurlitzer
Shortly after the founding of the CIA, OSS/CIA legend Frank Wisner gleefully coined the CIA's powerful propaganda machine "the Mighty Wurlitzer." Today, the "Wurlitzer" is a global orchestra. It is the so-called mainstream media, and vice versaand its disinformation is played around the clock, echoing in every corner of the world. It is the noise of an irrevocably criminal empire, rotten to its core.

Those who willingly consume the CIA's brain-numbing indoctrinations, who accept any aspect of the Bush administration's "war on terrorism" myth, have delivered their own heads, their minds, to George W. Bushon dry ice and on pikes.
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