Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On the CIA "disruption policy", foreign countries role, a condo in Vancouver as solution and more

by Chalmers Ashby Johnson (August 6, 1931 - November 20, 2010)
extracted from Chalmers Johnson's (1931-2010) book: "BLOWBACK" (first edition 2000).

..."The CIA term for this policy is "disruption", by which it means the harassment of terrorists around the world.. .According to John Diamond of the Associated Press, "the CIA keeps its role secret, and the foreign countries that actually crack down on the suspects, carefully hide the U.S. role, lest they stir up trouble for themselves.". There are no safeguards at all against misidentifying "suspects" and "the CIA sends no formal notice to Congress". Disruption is said to be a preemptive, offensive form of counterterrorism. Richard Clarke, President Bill Clinton's antiterrorism czar, likes it because he can avoid "the cumbersome Congressional reporting requirements that go with CIA-directed covert operations" and because "human rights organizations would have no way of identifying a CIA role".

Interview with Chalmers Johnson (August 6, 1931 - November 20, 2010)
Johnson was a professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He served in the Korean war, was a consultant for the CIA and chaired the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972.

Conversations with History: The Last Days of the American Republic with Chalmers Johnson
First Aired: 5/14/2007 - (59 minutes)

Military Bases and the "Blowback"
Chalmers Johnson - January 29, 2004 - Conversations with History