The CIA against Latin America – Special Case Ecuador  (pdf)




The Foreign Ministry is backing a new book outlining CIA actions in Ecuador to raise public awareness of interventions committed by the organization.  

Imprisoned on various occasions and subjected to numerous interrogations, Dr. Jaime Galarza Zavala is one of the estimated 120 direct victims of the CIA’s record in Ecuador.

Persecuted by the CIA for his political organizing, Galarza described to teleSUR English that “they told me that I was working as a guerrilla in the Dominican Republic. I, to this day, have never visited the Dominican Republic. But they accused me of being a guerrilla leader in the Dominican Republic. And this was a common theme with various interrogations.” 

He added that, “while they interrogated me, there was somebody that called every now and then from another room. Afterward, they told me that this person they were talking with was a gringo, a North American, who never presented himself to me. But he gave them instructions as to how to continue the interrogation,” said Galarza. 

A fierce critic of U.S foreign policy in the region, Galarza recently published a book titled, “The CIA Against Latin America, the Special Case of Ecuador,” co-authored  by Francisco Herrera Arauz. 

In an interview with teleSUR English on CIA actions in Ecuador, Herrera said,“First, they destroyed our democracy. Second, they worked with undivided attention against our citizens. They persecuted our citizens for thinking differently. People were killed, injured, there are victims of this violence, there are families that were harmed, there are exiles, the honor of some people has been ruined, there are destroyed families, and all of this was caused by the CIA’s actions.” 

Both authors have previously interviewed Philip Agee, the ex-CIA operations officer whose name became internationally known when he wrote the book “Inside the Company: CIA Diary” in 1975, detailing his time working in Ecuador, Uruguay, and Mexico from 1960 to 1968 and denouncing actions undertaken by the CIA during this period.  

In his testimonies of that period, Agee said that when he operated in Ecuador from 1960 to 1963, the CIA oversaw: the overthrow of two presidents; the infiltration of various political parties and organizations; and the planting of bombs in front of churches and other emblematic sites to frame leftist groups; among other actions.  

At an event celebrating the new book, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said, “These secret policies continue in Latin America today. Nothing that Philip Agee denounced as CIA actions in the past have been discarded by the espionage seen in the present.” 

To raise public awareness of the atrocities committed within Ecuador and the long-term damage caused by CIA interventions throughout Latin America, Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry has printed and widely distributed copies of the book in Spanish and English.


Remember when the USA kidnapped its own citizens and tortured them so they would be able to learn how to torture enemies and gain Intel better?

Remember how over 80 institutions and over 40 colleges and many prisons helped the CIA with this operation?


Operation Condor was a covert, multinational “black operations” program organized by six Latin American states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, later joined by Ecuador and Peru), with logistical, financial, and intelligence support from Washington.

In the Cold War climate of the 1960s and ’70s, when U.S. leaders and Latin American militaries regarded popular movements and political dissidents as “internal enemies,” any methods were considered legitimate in the “war against subversion.” In fact, many of these new social movements were indigenous nationalist, leftist, socialist, or radically democratic forces fighting to represent the voiceless and the marginalized.

As leftist and nationalist leaders won elections throughout Latin America in the 1960s and early 1970s, and new revolutionary and progressive movements gained strength, U.S. security strategists feared a communist-inspired threat to U.S. economic and political interests in the hemisphere. Local elites similarly feared that their traditional political dominance and wealth were at risk. Washington poured enormous resources into the inter-American security system, of which Condor was a top-secret part, to mobilize and unify the militaries in order to prevent leftist leaders from taking power and to control and destroy leftist and popular movements in Latin America. Anticommunism and “preventing another Cuba” were the national security priorities of the U.S. in Latin America.

The reigning national security doctrine incorporated counterinsurgency strategies and concepts such as “hunter-killer” programs and secret, “unconventional” techniques such as subversion, sabotage, and terrorism to defeat foes. Much of counterinsurgency doctrine is classified, but scholars have documented many of its key components. Michael McClintock, for example, analyzed a classified U.S. Army Special Forces manual of December 1960 Counter-Insurgency Operations, one of the earliest to mention explicitly, in its section “Terror Operations,” the use of counterinsurgent terror as a legitimate tactic. He cites other secret U.S. army special operations handbooks from the 1960s that endorsed “counterterror,” including assassination and abduction, in certain situations. One March 1961 article in Military Review stated, “Political warfare, in short, is warfare…[that] embraces diverse forms of coercion and violence including strikes and riots, economic sanctions, subsidies for guerrilla or proxy warfare and, when necessary, kidnapping or assassination of enemy elites.”  In short, “disappearance” was a key element of counterinsurgency doctrine.

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Inside the Company: CIA Diary by Philip Agee

… After a stint as an Air Force officer (for cover) and CIA training, Agee arrived in Quito, Ecuador in late 1960. During the glory years of the Alliance for Progress and the New Frontier, he fought the holy war against communism by bribing politicians and journalists, forging documents, tapping telephones, and reading other people’s mail.

But it was a faraway event which seems to have disturbed him more. Lyndon Johnson’s invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965 was an overreaction Agee couldn’t accept. In 1968, he resigned with the conviction that he had become a “servant of the capitalism I rejected” as a university student—"one of its secret policemen.“

Agee decided to write this reconstructed diary to tell everything he knew. He spent four years writing the book in Europe, making research trips and dodging the CIA. At one point he lived on money advanced by a woman he believes was working for the CIA and trying to gain his confidence.

Until recently, former CIA Director Richard Helm’s plea that "You’ve just got to trust us. We are honorable men” was enough. With the revelations of domestic spying, it no longer is.

In this book Agee has provided the most complete description yet of what the CIA does abroad. In entry after numbing entry, U.S. foreign policy in Latin America is pictured as a web of deceit, hypocrisy and corruption. Now that we  Inside the Company can no longer plead ignorance of the webs our spiders spin, will be continue to tolerate CIA activities abroad?

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The fact is that western human rights organizations are below contempt. Some are political tools in the hands of the Empire (Human Rights Watch), some are full of western intelligence agents (Medecins Sans Frontieres, OSCE monitors), some are lead by cynical bureaucrats who use idealistic young delegates as cannon fodder (ICRC), some are used by big business as a tool (Greenpeace) while others are quasi-official CIA tools (NED, Freedom House, Open Society Foundation, etc.).

The funny thing in this case is that the photo is not taken in Russia, but in the Ukraine, and the riot cops shown here have Ukrainian unit badges.  But then, who cares anyway?  It’s not like “truth” is a topic that matters to HRW…
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Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA

Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA
NOW IN PAPERBACK—with a new preface by the author An insider’s account of why the CIA is ill-prepared to protect America, and why it must be replaced without delay * “A devastating portrait of the agency’s culture—with details that only an insider would know.”—David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of Body of Lies  “Faddis, a career CIA operations officer, pulls no punches in this provocative critique of the iconic and dysfunctional spy agency… . In a world where threats are multiplying and becoming more complex, [his] bleak assessment of the CIA should be required reading.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) In Beyond Repair, one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s most respected former operatives mounts a scathing cri­tique of the preparedness of today’s CIA—and, spe­cifically, the Directorate of Operations at its core—to defend America against the dizzying dangers of the twenty-first century. In a compelling blend of analy­sis and fascinating true-life stories, Charles S. Faddis argues that the CIA has devolved into a low-risk or, often, no-risk bureaucracy of careerists whose mantra might be summed up thus: “Don’t fall.” He discusses the birth of the CIA, how the agency works from the inside out, why things have gone awry—and how to build a new entity that will maintain the midnight watch, so Americans can sleep well at night.   

Today in history: June 18, 1954 – The CIA carries out a coup d’état against the democratically-elected Guatemalan government of Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, replacing it with a brutal military dictatorship. 

The CIA operation was called Operation PBSUCCESS, and included a paramilitary invasion by an anti–communist force. In the early 1950s, the Árbenz Government issued Decree 900, carrying out land reform by expropriating unused farm lands owned by multinational corporations and redistributing the land to Guatemalan peasants. The multinational United Fruit Company (UFC) had owned 42% of the arable land. In response to the expropriation of idle farmland, the UFC asked President Truman and Eisenhower to take action against Árbenz’s government, which resulted in the 1954 coup, the military dictatorship and then later a 36-year civil war (1960–96), in which more than 200,000 Guatemalans were killed. 

(image: Mural by HIJOS in Guatemala City depicting President Arbenz, Decree 900, then U.S. intervention leading to the reign of military terror starting with the 1954 CIA-backed coup)

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Western Media is full of CIA Operatives

Here’s Dr Udo Ulfkotte who used to be the editor of Germany’s biggest daily newspaper who worked for the CIA to push war on the German public. This video is full of truth.

“I’ve been a journalist for 25 years and I was educated to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public… War is never coming from itself. There is always  people behind it to push for war. And this is not only politicians, this is journalists, too. I’m fed up with this propaganda” -  Dr. Udo Ulfkotte
Whistle blower reveals secret U.S. program to recruit, train, and provide visas to 'terrorists'
By Barrie Zwicker (Special to Truth and Shadows) IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW how sausages are made, don’t start reading Visas for Al Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked the World by Michael Springmann. The sausages in this case: the string of too-easily-swallowed accounts of bloody events in the “global war on terror,” served up daily with relish by the mainstream media. In reality these sausages are filled with tainted meat that’s making everyone sick.

“What Springmann brings uniquely to the table is his firsthand knowledge of precisely how the USA recruits terrorists (no quotation marks needed), sends them to the USA for training and then deploys them to carry out murders, torture, bombings and more. The bloody mayhem carried out by these thousands of paid mercenaries – ostensibly beheading-habituated “jihadists” fighting against democracy, decency and the USA and its “allies – is planned, organized and funded by none other than the same USA and its allies. It’s a global false flag operation – the largest by far in history.“

Top Ten Characters post, meme thingy.

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1.  Kensi Blye || “I can’t remember what show she’s from  :P” || Overflowing with Strength, angst, and beauty.  

2.  (James) Cole || 12 Monkeys || My precious, precious, puppy from the year 2043.  Just look at this gif…i mean come ON!

3.  Peggy Olsen || Mad Men || Powerful, delightful, and BAD-ass!

4.  Ron Swanson || Parks and Recreation || Adequate; 5 stars.

5.  Peggy Carter || Agent Carter/Captain America || Another, powerful, Peggy who gets shit done!

6.  Schmidt || New Girl || Soooo nectar.

7.  Annie Walker || Covert Affairs || Kick-ass CIA operative; who deserves ALL the happiness in the world.

8.  Jake Peralta || Brooklyn Nine-Nine || Funny, good at his job, and has a massive! heart.

9.  Kim Burgess || Chicago PD || Super duper strong, deserving, and EXCELLENT at what she does.  also there’s this..cuz reasons.

10.  Shawn Spencer || Psych || So FLipPin’ fun to watch, kindhearted, and most definitely one of the BEST characters, ever, in the history of tv.

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The campaign of aggression against North Korea, from the hacking of Sony and the crescendo of noise over the film, The Interview, bears all the markings of a CIA false flag operation.

The hacking and alleged threats to moviegoers has been blamed entirely on North Korea, without a shred of credible evidence beyond unsubstantiated accusations by the FBI. Pyongyang’s responsibility has not been proven. But it has already been officially endorsed, and publicly embraced as fact.

The idea of “America under attack by North Korea” is a lie.

The actual individuals of the mysterious group responsible for the hacking remain conveniently unidentified. A multitude of possibilities—Sony insiders, hackers-for-hire, generic Internet vandalism—have not been explored in earnest. The more plausible involvement of US spying agencies—the CIA, the NSA, etc. , their overwhelming technological capability and their peerless hacking and surveillance powers—remains studiously ignored.

Who benefits? It is illogical for Pyongyang to have done it. Isolated, impoverished North Korea, which has wanted improved relations with the United States for years (to no avail), gains nothing by cyberattacking the United States with its relatively weak capabilities, and face the certainty of overwhelming cyber and military response. On the other hand, Washington benefits greatly from any action that leads to regime change in North Korea.

But discussion about Pyongyang’s involvement—or lack of—risks missing the larger point.

This project, from the creation of The Interview to the well-orchestrated international incident, has been guided by the CIA, the Pentagon, and the State Department from the start. It is propaganda. It is a weapon of psychological warfare. It is an especially perverted example of military-intelligence manipulation of popular culture for the purpose of war.

There is nothing funny about any of it.


More than a million people elected to allow Facebook to modify their profile pictures in honor of a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. However, according to MIT network scientist Cesar Hidalg, the popular profile picture change has little to do with Facebook supporting gay rights. “This is probably a Facebook experiment!” Hidalg said on his Facebook page earlier this week. “The question…

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Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes by Trevor Paglen

Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes is Trevor Paglen’s long-awaited first photographic monograph. Social scientist, artist, writer and provocateur, Paglen has been exploring the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies–the “black world”–for the last eight years, publishing, speaking and making astonishing photographs. As an artist, Paglen is interested in the idea of photography as truth-telling, but his pictures often stop short of traditional ideas of documentation. In the series Limit Telephotography, for example, he employs high-end optical systems to photograph top-secret governmental sites; and in The Other Night Sky, he uses the data of amateur satellite watchers to track and photograph classified spacecraft in Earth’s orbit. In other works Paglen transforms documents such as passports, flight data and aliases of CIA operatives into art objects. Rebecca Solnit contributes a searing essay that traces this history of clandestine military activity on the American landscape. - [Amazon]

Discussed in Episode 2.29 with Ralph Smith 

remedialaction asked:

Expect Jap wank and talk of how the US is stretched too thin, and CIA operatives being beat by Japs. Its an on manga but the wank gets a bit extreme. That and the Japanese are so unbelievable morally upstanding and egalitarian. No fantasy racism, only actual Japan strong racism.

I’ve already read it… to a point. I was at the part where the different special forces teams tried to abduct them or something and then Ruri fucked them up. It was the latest chapter at that point but I stopped catching up on it so I don’t know what chapter to pick up on.

Yeah the author’s extreme nationalism really shows once they get back in Japan. It was pretty retarded.

Bryan Mills gripped the phone carefully, listening to the rings go by. Once the click sounded, the ex-CIA operative started in a gravelly undertone, “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

What the fuck.
Charleston, S.C. Shooting Was FBI-CIA False Flag Attack After Obama Tried To Nuke Charleston: Conspiracy Theory
Right wing conspiracy theorists are alleging that the Charleston, S.C., church massacre was an FBI-CIA false flag operation hatched by the Obama administration

Right wing conspiracy theorists are alleging that the Charleston, S.C., church massacre was an FBI-CIA false flag operation hatched by the Obama administration with the ultimate goal of “taking away our guns,” after a staged nuclear attack on Charleston failed in 2013.

False flag attack theories about the Charleston, S.C. tragedy originating from influential right wing conspiracy theory hubs, such as Infowars and All News Pipeline, are being widely circulated in the right wing blogosphere.

While All News Pipeline alleged that the attack was a false flag designed by the Obama administration partly to divert attention from the controversy generated by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) deals, Alex Jones’ Infowarsspins a comparatively complex theory alleging that the attack was designed as the first step in a grand conspiracy to take away the guns of U.S. citizens and impose an Obama dictatorship.

According to Infowars, the main body of evidence that the shooting was a false flag attack comes from scrutiny of Dylann Roof’s Facebook page.

Roof has only about 80 Facbook friends, some of whom are African-Americans, all added in 2015. It is strange, according to Infowars, that a “racist” would keep African-American friends on Facebook.

Conspiracy theorists quoted Ken Matthews, the lawyer who was representing Roof in a drug possession case, saying he was shocked to learn that Roof was the suspected Charleston shooter. Matthews told Mother Jones that in all his dealings with Roof, he found him “just a normal kid” and that he saw “nothing that would indicate that he would take this type of action.”Yet, Matthews admitted that his dealings with Roof were “very limited.”Conspiracy theorists cited conflicting descriptions of Dylann’s personality by acquaintances as evidence that the CIA, the FBI and “their assets” have “mind controlled” Dylan into “having multiple personalities.”Some friends and acquaintances described him as “wild,” while others said he was “sweet and quiet.”Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church pastor and Democratic state senator, who was one of the victims in the shooting, had met with Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, shortly before he was killed. Jeb Bush was also due to visit Charleston on Thursday.According to conspiracy theorists, the coincidence of timing of the shooting with Pinckney’smeeting with Clinton and a Bush rally in Charleston was evidence of an underlying liberal conspiracy to use a false flag mass shooting to refocus attention on gun control legislation to take guns away from Americans.Probably the most bizarre element of the bewildering array of conspiracy theories is thatwhich links the Charleston shooting with an earlier conspiracy theory that Obama had planned to nuke Charleston.