According to JTT he once worked for the CIA.
I did 13 years in the CIA altogether. I sat on a subcommittee of the NSC, so I was like a chief of staff, with the GS-18s (like 3-star generals) Henry Kissinger, Bill Colby (the CIA director), the GS-18s and the CIA, making the important decisions and my job was to put it all together and make it happen and run it, an interesting place from which to watch a covert action being done...
I testified for days before the Congress, giving them chapter and verse, date and detail, proving specific lies. They were asking if we had to do with S. Africa, that was fighting in the country. In fact we were coordinating this operation so closely that our airplanes, full of arms from the states, would meet their airplanes in Kinshasa and they would take our arms into Angola to distribute to our forces for us....
What I found with all of this study is that the subject, the problem, if you will, for the world, for the U.S. is much, much, much graver, astronomically graver, than just Angola and Vietnam. I found that the Senate Church committee has reported, in their study of covert actions, that the CIA ran several thousand covert actions since 1961, and that the heyday of covert action was before 1961; that we have run several hundred covert actions a year, and the CIA has been in business for a total of 37 years.
What we're going to talk about tonight is the United States national security syndrome. We're going to talk about how and why the U.S. manipulates the press. We're going to talk about how and why the U.S. is pouring money into El Salvador, and preparing to invade Nicaragua; how all of this concerns us so directly. I'm going to try to explain to you the other side of terrorism; that is, the other side of what Secretary of State Shultz talks about. In doing this, we'll talk about the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and the Central American war.
Everything I'm going to talk to you about is represented, one way or another, already in the public records. You can dig it all out for yourselves, without coming to hear me if you so chose. Books, based on information gotten out of the CIA under the freedom of information act, testimony before the Congress, hearings before the Senate Church committee, research by scholars, witness of people throughout the world who have been to these target areas that we'll be talking about. I want to emphasize that my own background is profoundly conservative. We come from South Texas, East Texas....
I was conditioned by my training, my marine corps training, and my background, to believe in everything they were saying about the cold war, and I took the job with great enthusiasm (in the CIA) to join the best and the brightest of the CIA, of our foreign service, to go out into the world, to join the struggle, to project American values and save the world for our brand of democracy. And I believed this. I went out and worked hard....
What I really got out of these 6 years in Africa was a sense ... that nothing we were doing in fact defended U.S. national security interests very much. We didn't have many national security interests in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the heart of Africa. I concluded that I just couldn't see the point.
We were doing things it seemed because we were there, because it was our function, we were bribing people, corrupting people, and not protecting the U.S. in any visible way. I had a chance to go drinking with this Larry Devlin, a famous CIA case officer who had overthrown Patrice Lumumba, and had him killed in 1960, back in the Congo. He was moving into the Africa division Chief. I talked to him in Addis Ababa at length one night, and he was giving me an explanation - I was telling him frankly, 'sir, you know, this stuff doesn't make any sense, we're not saving anybody from anything, and we are corrupting people, and everybody knows we're doing it, and that makes the U.S. look bad'.
You were in the CIA? HAHAHAHAHAHA
After you have discussed the issues found therein, like the responsible adult you claim to be, I'll provide you the link.
You are a terribly dishonest individual, Baldimo.
I haven't lied about anything JTT, I just doubt that you worked for the CIA. I read your story and it sounds impressive but I have one question. To what end was the CIA involved in Africa? Were they practice runs for govt destabilization missions? I have no doubt that the CIA has been up to some nefarious things I just don't see them as the big bad boogie man you think they are.
Maybe I should explain...
JTT is constantly asking me questions but won't respond to any of mine, including this one about his nationality. But why do I ask at all?
I took issue with his painting the US as a gruesome dictatorship, equal only to the 3rd Reich in ferocity. Now, I am French and can do some US bashing just like anyone, ok? But still, he's going a bit far in his rant so I started to defend the US and he asked: when was ever the US in a "golden age" of wisdom and benevolence?
I said I don't know but when was your country in such a golden age? He would reply to that.
Anyway. I don't really care either. He could be from wherever, the point was to show him no nation is perfect, and they all have blood on their hand. I just wanted to drive the point home.
Reread your own f-ing post and tell me that I should have known it came from another source.
JTT said: USAF saturation bombing of Cambodia, a country that the USA wasn't even at war with