Thursday, December 31, 2015

The CIA: Boiling Frogs in America

What would happen if the CIA staged a coup in America?  The CIA wouldn’t be able to stage a coup through a color revolution, kill or remove the elected leader and install a more ameliorable leader.  No, it would have to be more like boiling frogs in America, gradually increasing the heat so that by the time the people realize what has happened they are already being boiled to death. 

A recently declassified 1944 CIA manual called “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” describes how to destabilize and overthrow foreign governments through bureaucracy.  The article made me think about the state of America today. 

In the CIA’s Field Manual they describe using operatives which they call a “curious breed of citizen-saboteurs” to disrupt and demoralize elected government and police eventually turning the government into a dysfunctional mess.   But what if instead of citizen saboteurs, the CIA used political saboteurs and media saboteurs?

Pivotal to overthrowing the government is controlling the media.  Looking back at the history of the protections provided to ensure an independent fourth estate in America two examples come to mind.  First there was the Communications Act of 1934 and the Fairness Doctrine of 1949.

The Fairness Doctrine was eliminated by the Federal Communication Commission in 1987 and the Communications Act of 1934 was replaced with the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Since 1987 the consolidation of the media with a synchronized message has dumbed down Americans to such a degree that 30% of Republicans want to bomb a fictional country called Agrabah.

In a Public Policy Poll of 532 likely Republican primary voters, 30% would support bombing Agrabah, a fictional country in Disney’s Aladdin.  The media monopoly along with the political duopoly have birthed a government in America wherein the three branches not only violate the constitution continually but commit treason with no accountability.

For example since 2008 a Turkish religious movement funded200 trips to Turkey for congressional members and their staff, which is a violation of House Rules and quite possibly Federal law.  The religious movement is led by Fethullah Gülen, who coincidentally operates charter schools across the United States. 

Because of legislation like Bush’s No Child Left Behind and Obama’s Race to the Top, public schools have been closed to fund charter schools.  Gülen schools are the largest charter network in the U.S. and receive about $150 million a year in taxpayer money.  Not a bad return of their congressional investment.

And while American teachers lose their jobs the majority of teachers in the 130 Gulen schools are from Turkey.  Not only are the teachers from Turkey but the contracts for construction and operations go to Turkish businesses.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel who served as Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff was pivotal in passing the Race to the Top legislation.  As Chicago’s Mayor, Emanuel closed 54 publicschools diverting funds to charters many affiliated with Gulen.  The FBI is currently investigating the nearly $1 million paid to contractors for work at three of the Gulen Concept Schools in Chicago.

Fethullah Gulen who is on Turkey’s most wanted terrorist list along with ISIS said in a sermon “You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe.”

And ripe the conditions are.  So I wonder why the CIA has declassified the “Simple Sabotage Field Manual” and why now?  Is it because as Fethullah Gulen says, the conditions are ripe, or is it because the frogs are already boiling.

By Patricia Baeten

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