Above photo: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: public domain / Wikimedia.
Even Former Presidents Tried to Warn Us.
If you’re looking for proof the CIA and the whole cavalcade of other intelligence agencies working with them have gotten too big, look no further than the DNI’s latest report.
December 22, 1963 — exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, former President Harry S. Truman published an op-ed in the Washington Post that most people, especially our perfumed ruling elite, wanted to ignore.
Truman, who signed the CIA into existence just after World War II, wrote, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—the CIA. […] For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas. …There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.”
Not only did that adorn the pages of the Washington Post one month after JFK’s death, Truman hand wrote the first draft just one week after JFK met up with a bunch of bullets in Dallas. Sure, one may wish Harry had sent his thoughts to John a month before the President’s televised execution. Maybe he could’ve sent a singing telegram or something. But let’s at least give Truman partial credit for the belated message.
Before his death President Kennedy also held no love for the Central Intelligence Agency. Following the calamitous Bay of Pigs invasion, Kennedy said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.”
Point being, clearly Truman, who created the CIA, and Kennedy, who met a mysterious untimely end by professional killers, knew the agency had run amok.
Yet the CIA is still here, bigger and filled with more Bond villains than ever, and now they have a whole cavalcade of other intelligence agencies working with them. The Intelligence Community just recently put out a report that showed that their component agencies are indeed working to surveil, harass, and attack an assortment of U.S. citizens. This particular report from the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was written in consultation with the CIA, the FBI, the DIA, the DHS, and a partridge in a pear tree. (An evil, kinda dastardly partridge. Not a good partridge at all. Like the kind of partridge that would eat the last pickle and then put the jar back in the fridge, so that later when you’re excited to grab a delicious crispy pickle, there’s nothin’ there but a jar full of pickle urine. So yeah, the worst partridge.)
The new report stated, “The Intelligence Community assesses that domestic violent extremists who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the U.S. pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021.”
Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote of the report, “It makes clear that its target encompasses a wide range of groups from the left (Antifa, animal rights and environmental activists, pro-choice extremists and anarchists: those who oppose capitalism and all forms of globalization) to those on the right (sovereign citizen movements, anti-abortion activists and those deemed motivated by racial or ethnic hatreds).”
Leave it to our stellar Intelligence Community to group together animal rights activists — who have killed essentially no one ever — with racial hatred extremists — the perpetrators of just about every mass shooting or American terror attack this century. Such a comparison is like saying the 15-year-old who puts a thumb tack on his teacher’s chair is the same as a U.S. military drone aircraft in that they’re both trying to cause harm. Ummm, I think one may cause slightly more harm than the other.
And freeing animals isn’t harm to begin with. What kind of person sees someone release a cow and yells, “Whoa! That’s just like a bomb going off in an elementary school!”
On top of that, the CIA and their wannabes are surveilling and grouping alongside domestic terrorists anyone who points out capitalism causes a lot of problems. Such an analysis is just, well, fact. Capitalism is an economic system requiring infinite growth on a planet with finite resources — so at the end of the day, it can only result in epic collapse. That’s not an opinion. That’s just how it is. (Sidenote: It would be totally cool, FBI, if you could stop watching me through my iPhone camera. …How about at least not when I’m on the toilet? …Please?)
Greenwald said, “To the Department of Homeland Security, an ‘extremist’ is anyone who opposes the current prevailing ruling class and system for distributing power. Anyone they believe is prepared to use violence, intimidation or coercion in pursuit of these causes then becomes a ‘domestic violent extremist,’ subject to a vast array of surveillance, monitoring and other forms of legal restrictions.”
Coercion? Well, shit — I’m willing to use coercion to change our class structure! I think I almost named my TV show Coercion to Bring Down the Class Structure with Lee Camp. I guess that makes me a domestic violent extremist?! How’s this for irony: you could be named a domestic violent extremist for non-violently protesting to end war. That’s like being called an addict for watching too many “Say No To Drugs” commercials.
But the larger point here — which the mainstream media intentionally avoids discussing — is that the CIA is expressly forbidden from operating domestically. It’s not supposed to be in our living rooms. It’s supposed to be in their living rooms! (You can’t see it, but I’m pointing furiously in the other direction, clearly implying the living rooms of other countries. If you were in my living room as I type this, you’d understand. …I don’t know why you’d be here. That would be weird since I don’t know you. But, as long as you’re here, can you take out the trash?)
The only people in Congress voicing concerns about this latest report are ten Republicans, which is pathetic for many reasons, not least of which being that Republicans haven’t gotten anything right since before… ummm… Wow, this is their first time. Good for you guys. Even a blind squirrel finds your nuts sometimes! …Or wait, not your nuts. Someone else’s nuts. …Don’t quote me on that.
Greenwald pointed out how nefarious things are getting. “The Biden administration, along with leading Democrats such as Adam Schiff, have been stating explicitly that one of their top priorities is the adoption of new laws designed to import the Bush/Cheney/Obama War on Terror onto U.S. soil for domestic purposes. As recently as February 14, The Washington Post published an article titled ‘The agency founded because of 9/11 is shifting to face the threat of domestic terrorism.’”
I know it might be easy to read that and think, “Good! They’re going to arrest those damn domestic terrorists.” But — and I can’t stress this enough — we need another “war on terror” about as much as we need a hole in the head, or a venereal disease, or another Sarah Palin. The War on Terror has been an utter disaster for any country on the ass end of it. So why would any American want our own citizens to be on the ass end of the next one?
There’s nothing like bringing overseas disasters back home. While we’re at it, let’s build some Fukushima-style nuclear plants on the coast of California.
Point being, violence is already illegal. Planning to harm people is already illegal. Hence, domestic terrorism is already illegal. The Intelligence Community already has loads of power and money and weapons and people. They don’t need more. They already violate our rights and our privacy and our freedom on a regular basis. They don’t need to do it more.
Remember, fascism will come to America wrapped in an American flag, holding a cross, dressed in a skimpy outfit, cradling a bucket of KFC fried chicken, and giving out free handies. Or, as Greenwald put it, “There are few dangers more acute than the weaponization of these security-state-instruments against U.S. citizens for political ends.”
For generations the Intelligence Community has been a runaway truck — crushing everything in its path, creating coups around the world, killing thousands, and intruding on the lives of average citizens. As I already mentioned, even the president who created the CIA and dropped atomic bombs on people — even that guy felt the CIA was a grave danger to the American experiment. Those concerns started just after he saw a president get whacked live on prime time. I wonder why.
Lee Camp is the host of the hit comedy news show “Redacted Tonight.” His new book “Bullet Points and Punch Lines” is available at LeeCampBook.com and his stand-up comedy special can be streamed for free at LeeCampAmerican.com.