CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)
- 1 History
- 2 Role in #Pizzagate
- 3 Records of human rights abuses released by the CIA
- 4 "Ground Branch"
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government, tasked with gathering, processing and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT). As one of the principal members of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet.
Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is a domestic security service, CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic collection. Though it is not the only U.S. government agency specializing in HUMINT, CIA serves as the national manager for coordination and deconfliction of HUMINT activities across the entire intelligence community. Moreover, CIA is the only agency authorized by law to carry out and oversee covert action on behalf of the President, unless the President determines that another agency is better suited for carrying out such action. It can, for example, exert foreign political influence through its tactical divisions, such as the Special Activities Division.
Role in #Pizzagate
The CIA has been implicated in numerous alleged abuses and crimes throughout the world and is a central figure among many major #Pizzagate investgations.
Connection to implicated private firms
By 2003, roughly half of DynCorp's business came from managing the IT departments of the Pentagon, including the CIA.
DynCorp represents nothing less than the future of national security. While outfits like Raytheon make their money developing weapons systems, DynCorp offers the military an alternative to itself. In 2002, the company took in $2.3 billion doing what you probably thought was Pentagon work. DynCorp planes and pilots fly the defoliation missions that are the centerpiece of Plan Colombia. Armed DynCorp employees constitute the core of the police force in Bosnia. DynCorp troops protect Afghan president Hamid Karzai. DynCorp manages the border posts between the US and Mexico, many of the Pentagon's weapons-testing ranges, and the entire Air Force One fleet of presidential planes and helicopters. During the Persian Gulf War, it was DynCorp employees, not soldiers, who serviced and rearmed American combat choppers, and it's DynCorp's people, not military personnel, who late last year began "forward deploying" equipment and ammunition to the Middle East in preparation for war with Iraq. DynCorp inventories everything seized by the Justice Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, runs the Naval Air Warfare Center at Patuxent River, Maryland, and is producing the smallpox and anthrax vaccines the government may use to inoculate everyone in the United States.
The CIA has to spend thousands of dollars a month to have an agent in, say, Teheran or Peshawar to monitor local newspapers or political developments that we can find on the Internet within a few hours," Friedman claims to a visitor at Stratfor's downtown Austin offices.
Raymond Allen Davis incident
Raymond Allen Davis is a former United States Army soldier, private security firm employee, and contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). On January 27, 2011, Davis killed two reportedly armed men in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Although the U.S. government contended that he was protected by diplomatic immunity because of his employment with the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Davis was jailed and criminally charged by Pakistani authorities with double murder and the illegal possession of a firearm. A car coming to aid Davis killed a third Pakistani man, Ibadur Rahman, in a "hit and run" while speeding on the wrong side of the road. On March 16, 2011, Davis was released after the families of the two killed men were paid $2.4 million in diyya (a form of monetary compensation or blood money). Judges then acquitted him on all charges and Davis immediately departed Pakistan.
Stratfor details on the case
According to emails from the Secure mail list at Stratfor, the initial two victims shot by Raymond Davis were actually members of the ISI's surveillance unit, the Pakistani intelligence agency's section to track foreign intelligence agents. Apparently Raymond Davis worked for "Ground Branch", the covert special operations arm of the CIA. It seems likely these individuals got too close to Davis' cover and he decided to kill the agents shadowing him. To this day the United States mainstream media proliferates the idea that Raymond Davis randomly killed these two, completely ordinary motorcyclists in self-defense, with much emphasis on how innocent the motorcyclists were. Apparently Raymond Davis was in the process of trailing the courier which led the CIA to Osama bin Laden's compound that was raided in 2011, leading to Osama bin Laden's death.
Records of human rights abuses released by the CIA
On January 17, 2017, 12 million documents were released by the CIA to the general public. Among them were a long collection of documents on MKULTRA, MKOFTEN, and other unorthodox experiments and operations carried out by the CIA. Here are listed just a small number of those documents which pertain to human rights violations and other criminal activities.
- Secretary of Defense Harold Brown asks the CIA about human experimentation and is told it does not happen
- CIA outlines ways in which it experimented with interrogation drugs and techniques on humans, which was released the same day as Secretary Brown's request
- CIA recognizing unknown MKULTRA mind control subject and their FOIA request
- Unwitting test subject of MKULTRA dies, plus admission of other subjects
Ground Branch is the covert, special operations arm of the CIA. They have been involved in world-changing events.
Surveillance of Osama bin Laden
Ground Branch had two weeks of surveillance footage of Osama bin Laden at his compound just before the raid which killed him in 2011. This knowledge, however, was kept secret from the public by the CIA so that President Barack Obama appeared to have played a more effective role in the operation. Ground Branch was subsequently active on the ground during the raid and met "DevGru" (Seal Team Six) at the compound.