CIA has overturned political movements unacceptable to the political and financial elite in U.S.
Soon after the United States invaded Afghanistan, the Pentagon began to rely on CIA-trained Afghan paramilitaries to hunt down Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in Kandahar, Khost, Paktia, Paktika and other provinces. The Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was modeled after U.S. Special Forces. It engaged in a number of activities, including delivering insurgents to the CIA for interrogation. In addition to Afghanistan, the team crossed over into Pakistan to hunt down senior al-Qaeda leaders, according to author Bob Woodward.
The CIA’s Special Operations Group was involved in Afghanistan prior to the invasion and establishing the elite Afghan paramilitary team. “They don’t play by the normal rules because they don’t have to,” Tod Robberson wrote for The Dallas Morning News in October, 2002. “That’s a big reason why the United States increasingly prefers to deploy CIA paramilitary troops whenever it prepares to enter global hot spots such as Afghanistan or Iraq. U.S. military officials and other analysts say the CIA has a long history of sending highly trained commandos to some of the world’s most dangerous places, sometimes well in advance of conventional fighting forces but often right alongside them.”
“At the end of the day, the most important aspect of these operations is that no one knows about them,” Charles Heyman, editor of London-based Jane’s World Armies, told the newspaper.
CIA in Ukraine Despite this rule it is no secret both the CIA and the FBI are working with the February junta in Kyiv. The German tabloid Bild reported last Sunday the American agencies “are advising the interim Kiev government on how to stifle the growing unrest in the country,” according to The Moscow Times.
Prior to this, in mid-April, it was discovered CIA director Brennan had visited the capitol of Ukraine. Speculation flew fast and furious, from Forbes speculating Brennan’s trip was about cyberwarfare to The Daily Beast suggesting the visit concerned intelligence-sharing.
Considering the overall objective in Ukraine, such speculation misses the mark. If the Kyiv regime is going to prevent secession and mutiny within the important industrial and agricultural oblasts of the country, it will use a heavy and brutal hand, one specializing in covert warfare, murder, and terrorism. The CIA was designed specifically to conduct unconventional war behind the scenes and not play by the rules.
“A source close to Ukraine’s security agencies has told the RIA Novosti news agency that Brennan came to Kiev last Saturday and met with Ukraine’s security chiefs before the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said it was launching a special operation against those pressing for federalization in the east of Ukraine,” The Voice of Russia reported on April 14.
The CIA boasts a long and sordid record in stifling political movements, often with violence, those unacceptable to the political elite in the United States.
“Secret CIA operations constitute the usually unseen efforts to shore up unjust, unpopular, minority governments, always with the hope that overt military intervention … will not be necessary. The more successful CIA operations are, the more remote overt intervention becomes, and the more remote become reforms,” writes former CIA case officer Philip Agee.
Ukrainian fascists instrumental during Cold War
Widely unknown and never mentioned by the establishment media is the fact the CIA has long shared a relationship with the ultra-nationalist and fascist faction now ruling Ukraine. The United States established important links with Ukrainian emigre groups beginning in 1945 at the outset of the Cold War began.
The Strategic Service Unit (SSU), the successor to the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, during the Second World War, and the precursor to the CIA, learned ultra-nationalist groups in Ukraine were resisting Soviet occupation following the war. The SSU cooperated with a number of Ukrainian groups opposed to the Soviets, including those who collaborated with the Nazis during the war and harbored deep hatred toward Jews, Poles and Russians.
By 1949 the CIA use of Ukrainians received official sanction in Washington. Project CARTEL was initiated to support resistance within the Soviet Union. By 1950 the U.S. had entered into discussions with the British on further supporting the ultra-nationalist resistance to Soviet occupation.
The CIA “maintained an operational relationship with the Ukrainians that provided to be not only its first, but also among its most resilient projects with anti-Communist emigre groups,” writes Kevin C. Ruffner in a declassified CIA document. “With Agency funding, the Ukrainians established a research institute in New York and published a number of anti-Soviet publications… From this base in the United States, the Ukrainians continued their struggle against Soviet oppression until the collapse of the USSR.” CIA collaboration with emigre Ukrainians continued after the fall of the Soviet Union, most successfully during the 2004 Orange Revolution, and included such notables as American-born Kateryna Yushchenko, the wife of Viktor Yushchenko, who was hoisted to power after the western-engineered revolution.
“Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko in the Ukrainian presidential elections is firmly backed by the Washington Consensus,” Michel Chossudovsky wrote in 2004. “He is not only supported by the IMF and the international financial community, he also has the endorsement of The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House and the Open Society Institute.” NED is, for all practical purposes, the bastard child of the CIA. “We should not have to do this kind of work covertly,” NED president Carl Gershman told The New York Times in 1986, three years after the subversive organization was established. “It would be terrible for democratic groups around the world to be seen as subsidized by the CIA. We saw that in the 60s, and that’s why it has been discontinued. We have not had the capability of doing this, and that’s why the endowment was created.”“A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” added Allen Weinstein, who drafted legislation creating NED, a few years later.
While NED works over the board with NGOs and “democracy” groups in foreign countries to overthrow governments targeted by the financial and political elite, the CIA deals in the dirty business of violence against targets when the ballot box fails or a counter revolution begins.
It would be naive to assume the CIA is not currently working hand-in-hand with its Cold War partners, the neo-Nazi and fascist ultra-nationalists who are presently directing Ukraine’s security apparatus against opposition in the eastern and southern part of the country. This effort, as Brennan’s visit revealed, is of upmost importance following the failure of the Ukrainian military to impose junta rule in rebellious areas.
Punitive action against resistance by CIA and Right Sector Iskra-news.info, a Russian language site, believes the Natsgvardii, the Ukrainian National Guard, is working closely with Right Sector on a “punitive action” against activists in the east who plan a referendum on autonomy this Sunday.
“We understand that people are highly motivated. Because they have been three months in the Maidan. They are all volunteers. They agreed they want to defend Ukraine. They will be given the opportunity to show themselves,” Deputy Interior Minister Nikolay Velickovic said about new members of the National Guard in April.
“Kiev is not only faced with the stubborn resistance of the militia, but also to the unwillingness of the army to conduct large-scale operations. Soldiers do not have enough uniforms and supplies, vehicles or fuel,” a report posted on the site from eastern Ukraine states. “Therefore, to a large extent, the government is counting on the newly created Natsgvardii and the militant Right Sector.” The National Guard and Right Sector are “involved with foreign mercenaries.” These allegedly include the American firm Greystone (formerly Black Water) and “30 foreign military sabotage groups of between four to six people each from Germany, Poland, the United States and Georgia.”
Another Russian language website, 57.mid, carries a report from Ukraine claiming the CIA has teamed up with Right Sector to “maximize the number of casualties among the civilian population in order to outshine the massacre of May 2 [the House of Trade Unions fire that killed at least 46 people]” and terrorize the pro-Russian population of the Odessa, Mykolayiv and Kherson regions.
If these reports are indeed accurate, there may be a wave of terror and bloody reprisal in the lead-up to the referendum vote. Fascist gangs, steeped in ethnic hatred and a distorted nationalistic mythos, paired with neoliberal imperatives directed with ruthless precision by the CIA, will result in a new crisis, possibly one that will ultimately prod a reluctant Russia to intervene.
“When India was neoliberalized, far-right thugs backed by and even steered by local police, roamed the streets at night targeting the homes of various leftists such as labor leaders, writers and political opposition and dissidents,” writes Scott Creighton. “Countless people were dragged from their homes and beaten to death by the mobs in front of their wives and children while the law stood by and did nothing. This was done to ensure the stability of the new neoliberal system for years to come.”
The CIA cut its teeth on this sort of murderous behavior in Indonesia where it methodically compiled exhaustive lists of enemies, a tally ultimately resulting in the death of an estimated 250,000 people by the Suharto regime.
“For the first time, U.S. officials acknowledge that in 1965 they systematically compiled comprehensive lists of Communist operatives, from top echelons down to village cadres. As many as 5,000 names were furnished to the Indonesian army, and the Americans later checked off the names of those who had been killed or captured, according to the U.S. officials,” the Spartanburg, South Carolina Herald-Journal reported on May 19, 1990.
A similar pattern appears to be unfolding in eastern Ukraine. “So going back to Friday’s slaughter of dissidents and labor leaders in Odessa. Sound familiar?” Creighton asks, comparing the CIA’s behavior in Indonesia to that now forming in Ukraine.