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Robert Parry: 1980 CIA-Neocon-Israeli Treachery Re Carter/Reagan Election & the Prolonging of Iran Hostage Captivity

Robert Parry maintains: "history must finally confront the troubling impression that remains: that disgruntled elements of the CIA and Israel's Likud hardliners teamed up to remove a U.S. president from office." Parry goes on.

To accept that scenario would mean that two of the great fears of American democracy had come true – George Washington’s warning against the dangers of “entangling alliances” and Harry Truman’s concern that the clandestine operations of the CIA had the makings of an “American Gestapo.”

Robert Parry then speculates what might have happened if Carter not Reagan had won the presidential election in 1980:

...If Carter had freed the hostages and won a second term, the United States might have continued on a path toward alternative energy, the federal deficit would not have soared, and deregulation of corporations would not have opened the environment and the financial sector to such dangers.

Further, the United States might not have embarked on a massive military buildup or engaged in the aggressive intelligence operations that went with it. And, Israel might have been pushed into an equitable peace with its Palestinian neighbors three decades ago, rather than pursuing a settlement policy that now makes such an agreement close to impossible.

Possibly even more important, if the sabotaging of Carter’s reelection in 1980 had failed or at least if it had been exposed in the 1990s, the United States might now enjoy a much healthier democracy – based on hard truths, not comforting illusions.

Parry acknowledges that many Americans seem to underestimate Carter's strengths when he was president, and that many Washington insiders still view him with disdain. Parry points out the high regard the mainstream media has for Reagan (he cites Chris Matthews calling him "one of the all time greats!").

In the Obama-world of "looking forward" Parry makes a very compelling case to look backwards and see when and where American leadership seriously began to go off the rails in terms of legal and moral principles.

Parry claims between the CIA and the Republicans, very hungry for political power during Carter's first term, a very dangerous cronyism developed.

Inside the CIA, Carter and his CIA Director Stansfield Turner were blamed for firing many of the free-wheeling covert operatives from the Vietnam era, for ousting legendary spymaster Ted Shackley, and for failing to protect longtime U.S. allies (and friends of the CIA), such as Iran’s Shah and Nicaragua’s dictator Anastasio Somoza.


Casting off their traditional cloak of non-partisanship and anonymity, they were volunteering as foot soldiers in Bush’s campaign.

Bill Colby, Bush’s predecessor as CIA director, said Bush “had a flood of people from the CIA who joined his supporters. They were retirees devoted to him for what he had done” in defending the spy agency in 1976 when the CIA came under heavy criticism for spying on Americans, assassination plots and other abuses.

Reagan’s foreign policy adviser Richard Allen described the group working on the Bush campaign as a “plane load of disgruntled former CIA” officers who were “playing cops and robbers.”


Besides the ex-CIA personnel who joined the Bush campaign, other pro-Bush intelligence officers remained inside the CIA while making clear their political preference. “The seventh floor of Langley was plastered with ‘Bush for President’ signs,” said senior CIA analyst George Carver, referring to the floor that housed senior CIA officials.

Carter administration officials also grew concerned about the deep personal ties between the former CIA officers in Bush’s campaign and active-duty CIA personnel who continued to hold sensitive jobs under Carter.

One CIA dissident's opinion of Carter:

As for the CIA Old Boys, legendary CIA officer Miles Copeland told me that “the CIA within the CIA” – the inner-most circle of powerful intelligence figures who felt they understood best the strategic needs of the United States – believed Carter and his naïve faith in American democratic ideals represented a grave threat to the nation.

“Carter really believed in all the principles that we talk about in the West,” Copeland said, shaking his mane of white hair. “As smart as Carter is, he did believe in Mom, apple pie and the corner drug store. And those things that are good in America are good everywhere else. …

“Carter, I say, was not a stupid man,” Copeland said, adding that Carter had an even worse flaw: “He was a principled man.”


In a 1990 interview, Copeland told me that “the way we saw Washington at that time was that the struggle was really not between the Left and the Right, the liberals and the conservatives, as between the Utopians and the realists, the pragmatists.

“Carter was a Utopian. He believed, honestly, that you must do the right thing and take your chance on the consequences. He told me that. He literally believed that.” Copeland’s deep Southern accent spit out the words with a mixture of amazement and disgust.

Parry on Carter's Israeli opposition:

As for Israel, Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious over Carter’s high-handed actions at Camp David in 1978 forcing Israel to trade the occupied Sinai to Egypt for a peace deal. Begin feared that Carter would use his second term to bully Israel into accepting a Palestinian state on West Bank lands that Likud considered part of Israel’s divinely granted territory.

Former Mossad and Foreign Ministry official David Kimche described Begin’s attitude in his 1991 book, The Last Option, saying that Israeli officials had gotten wind of “collusion” between Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat “to force Israel to abandon her refusal to withdraw from territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

Kimche continued, “This plan – prepared behind Israel’s back and without her knowledge – must rank as a unique attempt in United States’s diplomatic history of short-changing a friend and ally by deceit and manipulation.”

However, Begin recognized that the scheme required Carter winning a second term in 1980 when, Kimche wrote, “he would be free to compel Israel to accept a settlement of the Palestinian problem on his and Egyptian terms, without having to fear the backlash of the American Jewish lobby.”

In his 1992 memoir, Profits of War, Ari Ben-Menashe, an Israeli military intelligence officer who worked with Likud, agreed that Begin and other Likud leaders held Carter in contempt.

“Begin loathed Carter for the peace agreement forced upon him at Camp David,” Ben-Menashe wrote. “As Begin saw it, the agreement took away Sinai from Israel, did not create a comprehensive peace, and left the Palestinian issue hanging on Israel’s back.”

So, in order to buy time for Israel to “change the facts on the ground” by moving Jewish settlers into the West Bank, Begin felt Carter’s reelection had to be prevented. A different president also presumably would give Israel a freer hand to deal with problems on its northern border with Lebanon.

It is probable that treasonous lines were crossed for the "vital interests" of the allied CIA, Republicans and Israel. Especially from new evidence unearthed by Robert Parry, interestingly submitted by Russia. A report unbelievably overlooked (neocon cronyism most likely kept it out of the hands of the chairman, Lee Hamilton) during the original investigation of the "October Surprise". The Russian report offers abundant evidence of clandestine Republican and Israeli deal-making meetings with Iranians occurring in Europe during the Fall of 1980. Meetings treasonously at cross-purposes to President Carter's efforts to free the hostages.

One of Parry's sources:

Former Israeli intelligence officer Ben-Menashe, in his book and in sworn testimony, said the ultimately successful channel was one involving both former and current CIA officers, working with French intelligence for the security of a final meeting in Paris and with Israelis who were given the task of delivering the payoff in weapons shipments and money to Iran.

The key meeting allegedly occurred on the weekend of Oct. 18-19, 1980, between high-level representatives of the Republican team and the Iranians. Ben-Menashe said he was part of a six-member Israeli support delegation for the meeting at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

In his memoir, Ben-Menashe said he recognized several Americans, including Republican congressional aide Robert McFarlane and CIA officers Robert Gates (who had served on Carter’s NSC staff and was then CIA Director Turner’s executive assistant), Donald Gregg (another CIA designee to Carter’s NSC) and George Cave (the agency’s Iran expert).

Ben-Menashe said Iranian cleric Mehdi Karrubi, then a top foreign policy aide to Ayatollah Khomeini, arrived and walked into a conference room.

“A few minutes later George Bush, with the wispy-haired William Casey in front of him, stepped out of the elevator. He smiled, said hello to everyone, and, like Karrubi, hurried into the conference room,” Ben-Menashe wrote.

Ben-Menashe said the Paris meetings served to finalize a previously outlined agreement calling for release of the 52 hostages in exchange for $52 million, guarantees of arms sales for Iran, and unfreezing of Iranian monies in U.S. banks. The timing, however, was changed, he said, to coincide with Reagan’s expected Inauguration on Jan. 20, 1981.

Though the alleged participants have denied taking part in such a meeting, the alibis cited by the Americans have proved porous. ...

Parry reveals that even an "official" Iranian recruit for Carter was also double dealing.

Jamshid Hashemi, an Iranian businessman who was recruited by the CIA in January 1980 along with his brother Cyrus, said that in spring 1980, he encountered Donald Gregg, the CIA officer serving on Carter’s National Security Council staff, at Cyrus’s Manhattan office.

Jamshid Hashemi said his brother Cyrus was playing a double game, officially helping the Carter administration on the hostage crisis but privately collaborating with the Republicans.

Of course these high-handed Republican committers of treason, while working fast and furiously to sabotage Carter's release of the hostages, followed the standard Republican playbook of hypocrisy -- accuse the other guy of doing what you yourself are doing! Parry:

However, still sensing a political danger if Carter got the Iranians to change their minds, the Republicans opened the final full month of the campaign by trying to make Carter’s hostage talks look like a cynical ploy to influence the election’s outcome.

On Oct. 2, Republican vice-presidential candidate Bush brought up the issue with a group of reporters: “One thing that’s at the back of everybody’s mind is, ‘What can Carter do that is so sensational and so flamboyant, if you will, on his side to pull off an October Surprise?’ And everybody kind of speculates about it, but there’s not a darn thing we can do about it, nor is there any strategy we can do except possibly have it discounted.”

According to Parry:

In the mid-1980s, many of the same October Surprise actors became figures in the Iran-Contra scandal, another secret arms-for-hostages scheme with Iran that was revealed in late 1986, despite White House denials.

According to official Iran-Contra investigations, the plot to sell U.S. weapons to Iran for its help in freeing American hostages then held in Lebanon involved Cyrus Hashemi, John Shaheen, Theodore Shackley, William Casey, Donald Gregg, Robert Gates, Robert McFarlane, George Cave, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.


In the months and the years that followed, many of the key figures in the October Surprise mystery saw their career paths veer steeply upward.

Besides Casey's appointment to head the CIA, Gregg became Vice President Bush’s national security adviser. Robert McFarlane later became Reagan’s NSC adviser. Though relatively young, Robert Gates vaulted up the CIA’s career ladder, becoming head of the analytical division and then deputy director. (He is now Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense.)

As for Israel and Iran, the arms network flowed with weapons to Iran and millions of dollars in profits back to Israel, with some of the money going build new settlements in the West Bank. In summer 1981, this hidden Israeli-Iranian pipeline slipped briefly into public view.

Did CIA dissidents, Republican neocons and Israel subvert a sitting U.S. President to protect and promote their own "vital interests"? Did they callously extend the captivity of the 52 hostages (to a grand total of 444 days) for political advantage? It certainly is consistent with their pattern since then. Look at all the injustices they are continuing to perpetrate for political advantage! Look at all the Republicans, the CIA and Israel have gleaned from their aggressive amorality!


Carter’s inability to resolve that hostage crisis did set the stage for Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory in November 1980 as American voters reacted to the long-running hostage humiliation by turning to a candidate they believed would be a tougher player on the international stage.

Reagan’s macho image was reinforced when the Iranians released the hostages immediately after he was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 1981, ending the 444-day standoff.

The coincidence of timing, which Reagan’s supporters cited as proof that foreign enemies feared the new president, gave momentum to Reagan’s larger agenda, including sweeping tax cuts tilted toward the wealthy, reduced government regulation of corporations, and renewed reliance on fossil fuels. (Carter’s solar panels were pointedly dismantled from the White House roof.)

Reagan’s victory also was great news for CIA cold-warriors who were rewarded with the choice of World War II spymaster (and dedicated cold-warrior) William Casey to be CIA director. Casey then purged CIA analysts who were detecting a declining Soviet Union that desired détente and replaced them with people like the young and ambitious Robert Gates, who agreed that the Soviets were on the march and that the United States needed a massive military expansion to counter them.


Reagan romped to victory in a landslide, winning 44 states and bringing with him a Republican Senate. Among the Democrat casualties were key figures in efforts to rein in the powers of the imperial presidency – and of the CIA – including Frank Church of Idaho, Birch Bayh of Indiana and George McGovern of South Dakota.


By the time the October Surprise case was gaining traction in 1991, neoconservatives had established themselves as important gatekeepers in the U.S. news media. Controversies that threatened to put Israel and Likud in a negative light were hotly contested.

Neoconservatives are still the gatekeepers in the U.S. news media. Just watch Meet the Press on Sundays! Will Robert Parry's dogged and brilliant investigation of this case be distributed and taken seriously, or despite the strong evidence circumstantially, the obvious sloppy, crony-protective, shallow exploration of these events shortly after they were alleged to have occurred and the abundant hearsay evidence leaking out more and more through the decades, will it all be allowed to fall back down the American memory hole?

The colossal depths of amorality – of global exploitation -- our leadership is willing to sink to for power and for greed!

Last week I was stunned to witness how callously the Senate Republicans obstructed the continuation of desperately needed unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. Not just out of their ordinary bottom-feeding, scum sucking, self-aggrandizing, lobbied narcissism (matched as much by the other legacy party), but because they are shamelessly and callously manipulating the welfare of citizens for a big win in the mid-term elections. Wow. If people suffer greatly under Obama -- the more suffering the better -- they will rebound to the Republicans come election. The War on Empathy remains alive and well among the political ruling classes.

Apparently throwing the country under the bus for the big political win has been going on seriously and horrifyingly -- even with international players -- for some time as Robert Parry reveals.

Then there is Israel. Look at what it has been capable of. Murder re-labeled "self-defense" by its propagandists. Cheered on by its American Congressional cronies.

Look at the bloodbaths in the Middle East. Raise your hands if you actually believe over a million have died because the United States is innocently protecting itself. If this has all been about 9/11 self-protection.

Political gamesmanship uber alles. Winning is everything. Just avoid the eleventh commandment, "Don't get caught" Another rule, "ends justifies the means." Finally, "might makes right." Executive imperialism trumps the law! Carter and his integrity? He apparently didn't have a chance. He just wasn't pragmatic enough. Right, Barack?

What a dirty little codependent secret the CIA and Reagan neocons share with Israel over that Carter/Reagan election.

So many of us ranted about the colossal hubris of G.W. Bush and his cabal that has brought such devastation to the United States and world. But, just look at the treasonous shenanigans of his father, Reagan and W's other neocon role models. Shamelessly and effortlessly making deals with foreign powers to thwart efforts at hostage rescue by a sitting President!!! HELLO, AMERICA? Not to mention Ronald Reagan as personal hero of Obama. Robert Gates, front and center, Secretary of Defense for Obama. Probable treason no biggie? Whistleblowers and citizens sending deservedly irate emails, that is where Obama's justice department aims its sites. And at humanitarian activists. They are the real enemies of our ruling class, apparently.

There doesn't seem any let up to the horror. To what Maddow calls this "ethical freak show" that is America. America, along with the rest of the planet, is being decimated by a psychopathic patriarchy.

I do hope, pray and believe truth ultimately will out, thanks to people like Robert Parry. It better "will out". In the immortal words of George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."


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Submitted by Joseph Cannon on

On my blog, I once chided Joe Conason for claiming that the "October Surprise" thesis had not been verified. Oh really?

The following individuals have offered verification:

* French intelligence chieftain Alexandre de Marenches (on his deathbed!)
* Former Russian prime minister Sergei V. Stepashin
* Israeli secret agent Ari Ben-Menashe
* Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr
* Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
* Former Israeli prime minister Yitshak Shamir.

Could anyone have cajoled those six guys into an agreement on any other topic? I doubt it. I doubt that you could get them to agree that the sun is hot. Nevertheless, they all agreed that the Republicans made a deal with Iran in 1980. And they all claimed to speak from personal knowledge -- not rumor or surmise.

After a certain point, one must presume that any individual who insists on further verification is either ignorant or working an agenda.

You should look at the small group of individuals who helped to kill serious investigations into the October Surprise. Take neocon Steve Emerson, for example -- his employer nowadays is pretty obvious. Oy, is it obvious!

One should also consider the strange story of Oswald LeWinter. A very bizarre man. He made the news some years ago when he tried to bilk Mohammed Al-Fayed with faked documents about the death of Princess Diana. LeWinter got his start as a spook while still an English prof in the SF area during the Vietnam war era. He met with radical students such as Michael Rossman, pretended to be sympatico, then offered up everything he learned to his contacts in the FBI.

In the mid 1980s, LeWinter -- posing as an insider named "Razin" -- offered early researchers the alleged facts about the October Surprise conspiracy. He divulged all sorts of details, mixing truths with fictions. Later, he told a congressional committee that he had made it all up. (He had thought up the name "Razin" while talking on the phone and looking at a box of Raisin Bran!)

Nobody in Congress thought to ask LeWinter about his motive for pulling off such an elaborate scam. The researchers he had tried to hoodwink had offered him no money. There was not even the hint of a promise of money. Yet I can assure you that LeWinter never did anything without a pecuniary interest. I know that for a fact, because I have spoken to people who knew LeWinter. I also know that LeWinter was in constant communication with the CIA's George Cave throughout this period and after.

Nevertheless, it pleased Congressional investigators -- led by the compromised Lee Hamilton -- to pretend that much of the October Surprise "rumor" originated in the mind of Ozzie LeWinter. Once he confessed to being a liar, that was that.

Congress also pretended that another major source for the "rumor" was one Gunther Russbacher, another proven liar with a spooked-up background. Russbacher's wild antics had landed him in the slammer circa 1989. Of course, his jailbird status made him easily manipulable. And so, while in jail, he told the media (and Ross Perot) a wild yarn about flying George Bush the elder to Paris -- in a freakin' SR71! -- to take part in October Surprise negotiations.

Obviously, the guy was a hoaxer, just like LeWinter. (In an early taped interview, Russbacher claimed to have flown Reagan in an SR-71!)

But few have ever bothered to ask: What was the motive for the hoax? Who paid for the lies? Who cut the checks? And why did Congress spend all of its energies looking into the straw men, and not into the real story, as told by de Marenches and others?

The October Surprise yarn reveals a lot. It teaches us not just how democracy was compromised in 1980, but how Congressional and media investigators can be diverted and subverted. The "straw man" tactic works every damned time. Next time there's a controversy of this sort, just sit back and watch as termites of the Russbacher/LeWinter sort crawl out of their holes and scuttle toward the microphones.

Finally, nearly everyone forgets one important aspect of the October Surprise story: It was part of a larger pattern.

What happened to Carter was, in a very real sense, the same thing that happened to Gough Whitlam of Australia and Harold Wilson of the U.K. Readers should look into the Pinay Circle, also known Le Cercle Violet. This piece by David Guyatt is a good starting point for researchers. I would also recommend reading the "Lobster" articles (which are written to a high standard) cited by Guyatt.

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Submitted by Joseph Cannon on

If I had said that Con Coughlin was a tool of British intelligence, no-one would call me anti-British. If I had said that Judy Miller was a tool of American neocons, no-one -- at least no-one on the left -- would call me anti-American. If I had said that Italian "journalist" Renato Farina was strongly connected to SISMI (Italian intelligence), no-one would call me anti-Italian. If I had said American writer Michael Ledeen also had SISMI links, no-one would call me anti-Italian or anti-American. And if I had said that German journalist Josef Hufelschulte was handled by the BND (German intelligence), no-one would call me anti-German.

But if I say that Mossad does the exact same shit, I get accused of being a Nazi.

Well, fuck that. Spooks is spooks: They all play the same games all over the whole damned planet.

Yeah, I think Emerson is paid by the Israelis. I can't prove it, but that's what I think. That's also how I assess John Loftus.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Now will we all, lemming-like, sleepwalk to War with Iran?

When will Israel finally stop being the "third rail"? The ferocity of that willful denial!

"Conspiracy theories" to an anti-reality lapdog media and a sell-out administration, Congress and SCOTUS. It becomes governance of perpetration and cover-up. The "enemies of the country" become the messengers, the troubling inconveniencers to illusion and collective exceptionalism, telling truth to heart of darkness power. And then there is the dead weight of the problem, a denying public that refuses to think critically or to rally in protest as ruthless cronyism mows down more and more of our constitutional rights and protections. Boiled frog-dom as criminality prevails.

Absolute power certainly does corrupt absolutely and becomes more and more transparent. Sadly, the denial levels become deeper at the same time with too many. The bigger the travesty the greater the reluctance and unwillingness to take it in. Relentless and colossal hubristic cronyism produces a citizenry of "Good Germans".

Submitted by Randall Kohn on

If I had said that Con Coughlin was a tool of British intelligence, no-one would call me anti-British

They would if you added some lame and assholic vaudeville line like

Pip pip, old chap!

I'm glad you shut yer blog down, Joe. You made the world a better place.

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Submitted by Joseph Cannon on

"They would if you added some lame and assholic vaudeville line like

Pip pip, old chap!"

No, they wouldn't. In fact, if you follow British news coverage of -- well, pretty much anything -- for any length of time, you'll see that they make jokes of that sort all the time.

For what it's worth, I grew up in a largely Jewish household, and I commonly heard "Oy!" jokes of the sort which seems to have rankled you. My stepfather might have made the same crack I made. Of course, he's old enough to have played in actual vaudeville shows.

What REALLY rankled you was not the alleged lameness of my verbal by-play. You were bothered by the suggestion that Mossad might have prominent American journalists on the payroll, whipping up hatred against Ay-rabs -- which is precisely the task that Emerson fulfills. Apparently, Randy, you want to live in a fantasy world where Israel is righteous and holy and would never resort to such tactics -- even though (as I pointed out earlier) pretty much every other country you can name has resorted to similar tactics at one time or another. Moreover, you want to pretend that anyone who has a cynical attitude toward Israel must be a filthy old goosestepper.

Sorry, old chap. That shit just ain't flying these days.

The opponents of Israel are not racist. Israel is racist. I can cite, and have cited, plenty of examples to prove the point. The very concept of a Jewish state is inherently, damnably and ineradicably racist. You know it. Most Jews know it but will never admit it. And the knowledge is slowly driving them crazy, because the filthy dream of a Jewish state will always be at odds with the humanitarian values which -- until very recently -- were instilled in most American Jews.

And if you feel like making the world a better place, I encourage you to start a blog of your own. Let's see how many people show up to read what YOU have to say every day over the course of seven years, Randikins.

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Submitted by michaelwb on

Confucius say, Internet suckeyeatrist

You start with accusations of Nazism and talk of racism at the criticism of the Israeli government.

Then you turn around and offer some pretty awful Asian stereotyping.

Just amazing.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm thinking that calling out "Oy!" and then running a "Confucius say..." riff probably isn't the best ground on which to stake out the position of being a moral exemplar...

Submitted by Randall Kohn on

One difference, though - my comment was not part of any critique of Chinese or Asian people or nations.

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Submitted by nomnomnom1 on

Oliver North, Richard Secord, Albert Hakim; Donald Gregg of later Iran–Contra fame were all involved in the planning of Operation Eagle Claw. If they had to sabotage the helicopters to keep Carter from rescuing the hostages, they did so.
Or do you believe Israel had nothing to do with Iran-Contra either?

Submitted by libbyliberal on

SisterK, I don't think it is a waste of time to review and deepen insight into the roots of criminality of our government.

I think it is vital to keep re-connecting the old dots with some newer dots and to not let the horrors of the past slip into the memory hole since the perpetrations of treason continue, using the same players and playbook.

I knew some of it and learned more. There is a resistance to believing as dc and I said above, impossibly horrifying evil ... hubris so big it creates global devastation now and for future. Willful criminality. Lambert's subtitle, No, They Wouldn't Do That!!!! Conspiracy theory dismissals, surrounding such horrors as JFK & RFK & MLK assassinations, 911 horror with its troublesome anti-scientific assumptions.

They say sociopaths get away with colossal control, because their lies are such whoppers it takes tremendous spiritual energy and imagination to challenge such boldness and.... well .... INSANITY. Either it must be true, or this human being is MALICIOUSLY INSANE. But look at how articulate and confident they are. Smiling and attractive, often. And with such powerful friends.

This is old info for some (with more new evidence by Parry, all the more damning-- and the horror continues--Obama's accountability coma) and new news for others, recycled horrors for others. We gotta talk about it and keep our consciousnesses raised.. and so many fresh hells to shock and awe, we must keep our eyes on just how ruthless and unscrupulous the patriarchy is, and try to wake up an America that is either in denial or some old-time lefties -- don't want to know any more.

The role of Israel in the collusion which may explain the accessories in crime Pavlovian loyalty the "dark forces of leadership" have with Israel, a criminal symbiosis. Robert Gates front and center. Carter marginalized but still asserting his truth.

The CIA and the rogue CIAers... and it shows also what happened when Carter asserted some "tough love" regulation on this country that we need so desperately now. How he tried to turn around the machinery of absolute power that is corrupt. A covert COUP occurred to oust him, quite successfully. And media pounded the drums and lemming America welcomed in a beloved media hero, RR, ... appearance not substance every time.

When I read Parry's article my heart raced and I got incensed. I need my anger to hold my courage and my wits in these trying times and I appreciate people like Parry and Scahill and Greenwald, et al., dogging these monsters and sharing new dots with us. So when and if we have accountability time, the case has been made and is ready. And sometimes I am the "second wave" ... recycling their discoveries to reach and awaken more people if I can.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

VRWC? need a vocab update! Versailles Right Wing Criminals? Very Rotten War Criminals? Vile Right Wing Cronies? Sorry!

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from an interview with Hillary Clinton circa 1998. When you see a term with a blue dot next to it, just click on the dot and it will take you to the definition.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Thanks for the translation and the instruction. Access right at my fingertips.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Boy, DC, the word VAST takes on new dimensions realizing how ambitious and successful these monster rattlesnakes truly were and still are.

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Submitted by CMike on

Then First Lady Clinton was dead right about there being a conspiracy, or conspiracies, unfortunately, however, she was responding to a question about the just surfacing Monica Lewinsky matter when she used the term.



Arkansas Project

Bill Clinton was critical of her use of the word "conspiracy" which suggested secrecy when, in fact, most of the efforts against him were being carried forward by publicity hounds.

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S brennan...Who commented on this blog, on this subject about 2 weeks ago.

And yes I am getting a sore elbow

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Submitted by stuartbramhall on

We mustn't forget Abbie Hoffman (one of the Chicago 7 tried for conspiracy at the 1968 Democratic Convention) and his role in bring the October Surprise to mainstsream attention through his 1988 Playboy article. And the fact he was in a serious car accident that day - owing to having his brakes tampered with - or that a short time later he mysteriously committed suicide - despite manifesting no evidence of depression or suicide ideation. Funny thing this car tampering and epidemic of suicides among whistleblowers. I write about my own close encounter in my recent memoir THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY ACT: MEMOIR OF AN AMERICAN REFUGEE (I currently live in exile in New Zealand).

Submitted by libbyliberal on

I am curious to read of your experience. Thank you for such a sobering comment. I wonder if you have been in communication with RP re these things, too?

Targeting whistleblowers and serious citizens and journalists is becoming more and more blatant. The military budget, now such a huge chunk (is it 60% I read?) for Black Ops! Dear God.