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Ramsey Clark: Godfather of CIA’s CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO Programs

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COMMENT: For decades, we have point­ed out the doc­u­ment­ed fact that much of the so-called pro­gres­sive sec­tor drools and slob­bers over a great many obvi­ous, heinous wolves-in-sheep­’s cloth­ing.

One of those is for­mer Attor­ney Gen­er­al of the Unit­ed States Ram­sey Clark, who con­tin­ues to enjoy a rep­u­ta­tion as a liberal/progressive icon.

Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

In addi­tion to cov­er­ing up the assas­si­na­tions of both Mar­tin Luther King and Robert Kennedy–whose mur­ders occurred dur­ing his tenure as A.G.–Clark frus­trat­ed New Orleans Dis­trict Attor­ney Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion of the JFK assas­si­na­tion.

Although his efforts were dis­missed and attacked at the time, both the results of the House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions (which rec­om­mend­ed that the Depart­ment of Jus­tice inves­ti­gate David Fer­rie and the anti-Cas­tro Cubans in New Orleans) and oth­er dis­clo­sures (such as for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms’ admis­sion that Gar­ri­son defen­dant Clay Shaw worked for the Agency) have sup­port­ed the valid­i­ty of Gar­rison’s efforts.

In addi­tion to being a ser­i­al killer with some por­ten­tous blood on his hands, Clark helped spawn some of the worst abus­es of the con­tem­po­rary intel­li­gence appa­ra­tus.

In a use­ful vol­ume titled The CIA as Orga­nized Crime, author Dou­glas Valen­tine sup­ple­ments analy­sis of Clark’s tenure as the coun­try’s high­est law enforce­ment offi­cial. 

Best known for his sem­i­nal work on the Phoenix pro­gram in Viet­nam, Valen­tine details the evo­lu­tion of the evo­lu­tion of the counter-ter­ror­ism appa­ra­tus in the U.S. polit­i­cal and nation­al secu­ri­ty estab­lish­ments.

Build­ing on his work on the Phoenix pro­gram, Valen­tine sets forth the par­al­lel evo­lu­tion of the Phoenix pro­gram and domes­tic and ille­gal espi­onage against dis­sent­ing Amer­i­can cit­i­zens.

Ram­sey Clark mid-wived the evo­lu­tion of our present-day counter-ter­ror­ism insti­tu­tions.

” . . . . Ram­sey Clark, formed the Inter­de­part­men­tal Intel­li­gence Unit (IDIU) with­in the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. The IDI­U’s job was to coor­di­nate the ele­ments of the CIA, FBI and mil­i­tary that were inves­ti­gat­ing dis­senters. . . . The Phoenix pro­gram was cre­at­ed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in 1967 and did the same thing in Viet­nam; it brought togeth­er 25 agen­cies and aimed them at civil­ians in the insur­gency. . . . Start­ing in 1967, White House polit­i­cal cadres, through the IDIU in the Jus­tice Depart­ment, coor­di­nat­ed the CIA’s Chaos pro­gram, the FBI’s COINTELPRO Pro­gram, and the mil­i­tary’s domes­tic spy­ing pro­grams. . . .”

The CIA as Orga­nized Crime by Dou­glas Valen­tine; Clar­i­ty Press [SC]; Copy­right 2017 by Dou­glas Valen­tine; ISBN 978–0‑9972870–2‑8; pp. 158–159.

. . . . The events that led to the for­ma­tion of the cur­rent Coun­ter­ror­ism Cen­ter began in 1967, when US secu­ri­ty ser­vices began to sus­pect that the Cubans and the Sovi­ets were infil­trat­ing the anti-war move­ment. Lyn­don John­son want­ed to know the details, so his attor­ney gen­er­al, Ram­sey Clark, formed the Inter­de­part­men­tal Intel­li­gence Unit (IDIU) with­in the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. The IDI­U’s job was to coor­di­nate the ele­ments of the CIA, FBI and mil­i­tary that were inves­ti­gat­ing dis­senters. The White House want­ed to con­trol and pro­vide polit­i­cal direc­tion to these inves­ti­ga­tions.

The Phoenix pro­gram was cre­at­ed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in 1967 and did the same thing in Viet­nam; it brought togeth­er 25 agen­cies and aimed them at civil­ians in the insur­gency. It’s polit­i­cal war­fare. It’s secret. It’s against the rules of war. It vio­lat­ed the Gene­va Con­ven­tions. . . .

. . . . Start­ing in 1967, White House polit­i­cal cadres, through the IDIU in the Jus­tice Depart­ment, coor­di­nat­ed the CIA’s Chaos pro­gram, the FBI’s COINTELPRO Pro­gram, and the mil­i­tary’s domes­tic spy­ing pro­grams. . . .”

Discussion

2 comments for “Ramsey Clark: Godfather of CIA’s CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO Programs”

  1. Posted by Mark | March 8, 2018, 10:04 am
  2. Keep up the good work, Dave! While the “com­mu­ni­tar­i­an left” has often gone gaga about Ram­sey Clark, the “old left” has tak­en the time to learn what he rep­re­sents.

    Posted by Atlanta Bill | March 10, 2018, 12:14 am

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