FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Apotheosis of the Psychopaths

by DOUGLAS VALENTINE

 

“Having made up my mind to hope no more, I got rid of a great deal of that terror which unmanned me at first. I suppose it was despair that strung my nerves.

Edgar Allan Poe, A Descent Into The Maelstrom

Eighteen months before Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 turned up the heat during this summer of our discontent, another movie, The Quiet American, prepared America for the ugly truths about its endless capacity for atrocity that have tumbled out since the exposure of widespread sexual abuse and torture at Abu Ghriab prison in Iraq. Based on an actual event, witnessed by British author Graeme Greene, The Quiet American climaxes when CIA-employed terrorists detonate a car bomb in a public square in Saigon, killing dozens of innocent bystanders. The CIA, of course, blames the incident on the Communists, as part of a black propaganda campaign it is implementing on behalf of its puppet regime.

Sound familiar? It should. The CIA has conducted such plausibly deniable terrorist acts countless times, on a grand scale, though rarely with the acclaim afforded by Greene, and never with any accountability. For example, in 1967 the CIA created its notorious Phoenix Program in South Vietnam. Through 1975, Phoenix agents killed at least 25,000 suspected civilian leaders of the insurgency, and tortured and imprisoned hundreds of thousands more in a gulag of secret CIA interrogation centers. Under Phoenix, which is the model for Bush’s war on terror, due process was totally nonexistent; South Vietnamese civilians, whose names appeared on Phoenix blacklists, could be kidnapped, tortured, detained indefinitely without trial, or even murdered, simply on the word of an anonymous informer.

After Vietnam, the CIA aimed its terrorists at Central America and the Middle East, and in March 1985, CIA-employed terrorists detonated a car bomb below the apartment of a Shiite leader in Lebanon. The bomb killed some 80 people and injured an estimated 200. But, as with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam, and the current torture scandal in Iraq, not a single CIA officer was charged with any crime.

Now, amazingly, the CIA has installed Dr. Iyad Allawi, one of its foremost terrorists, as Iraq’s prime minister. According to published reports, Allawi began his career in the killing business in the 1960s on behalf of Saddam Hussein; but in 1978, he switched to the CIA after Hussein tried to kill him. In 1991 Allawi co-founded an anti-Saddam, CIA-front organization, the Iraqi National Accord (INA), which The New York Times described as “a terrorist organization,” and which, in the early 1990s, under CIA direction, sent agents into Baghdad to blow up government facilities, as well as movie theatres and school buses full of children.

Allawi was also a willing instrument of CIA black propaganda, and helped the CIA promote the Big Lie that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction that could be launched against America in less than 45 minutes. This willingness to lie and murder is the main reason Allawi was selected to recruit the CIA friendly Iraqis who will run the country’s intelligence service, army, and police force. Inn other words, with his greedy syhcophant relatives and cronies, Allawi will run the CIA’s new, improved version of the Phoenix Program in Iraq, which translates into more bloodshed and oppression for the Iraqi people. The corporate media will not publicize it, but you can expect massive abuses by corrupt security officers, policemen, politicians, and racketeers, all of will extort innocent civilians as well as suspected terrorists.

As CIA officer Lucien Conein said about the Phoenix Program, “It was a very good blackmail scheme for the central government. `If you don’t do what I want, you’re VC.”‘

You can expect the same from the puppet regime in Iraq.

Here on the home front, Allawi’s appointment means more deceptions by the desperate Bush regime. Despite a promise that it would stop torturing suspects while the jury is out, the CIA continues to do what it does best: hire psychopaths like Allawi to commit all manner of atrocities in our name. Worse than that, Allawi’s apotheosis means that we will descend further into the moral maelstrom of covert operations, symbolized by Phoenix, whose mythology became so popular in the aftermath of 9/11, thanks to an endless barrage of CIA propaganda.

But our national willingness to accept conquest, mass murder, torture, censorship, lies and puppet regimes, has changed forever how we think about ourselves. And unless we re-invent ourselves soon, we will forever lose touch with the democratic ideals that once defined our national self-concept. At that point the Phoenix will have come home to roost and, like the “New Iraq” we have created in our image, we will find ourselves living in a military dictatorship, under martial law, governed by emergency decrees.

And don’t say it can’t happen here.

DOUGLAS VALENTINE is the author of The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program, and TDY. His fourth book, The Strength of the Wolf: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1968, is newly published by Verso. For information about Mr. Valentine, and his books and articles, please visit his web sites at www.DouglasValentine.com and http://members.authorsguild.net/valentine

 

More articles by:

CounterPunch Magazine

minimag-edit

August 29, 2016
Eric Draitser
Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot
Patrick Timmons
Dildos on Campus, Gun in the Library: the New York Times and the Texas Gun War
Jack Rasmus
Bernie Sanders ‘OR’ Revolution: a Statement or a Question?
Richard Moser
Strategic Choreography and Inside/Outside Organizers
Nigel Clarke
President Obama’s “Now Watch This Drive” Moment
Robert Fisk
Iraq’s Willing Executioners
Wahid Azal
The Banality of Evil and the Ivory Tower Masterminds of the 1953 Coup d’Etat in Iran
Farzana Versey
Romancing the Activist
Frances Madeson
Meet the Geronimos: Apache Leader’s Descendants Talk About Living With the Legacy
Nauman Sadiq
The War on Terror and the Carter Doctrine
Lawrence Wittner
Does the Democratic Party Have a Progressive Platform–and Does It Matter?
Marjorie Cohn
Death to the Death Penalty in California
Winslow Myers
Asking the Right Questions
Rivera Sun
The Sane Candidate: Which Representatives Will End the Endless Wars?
Linn Washington Jr.
Philadelphia District Attorney Hammered for Hypocrisy
Binoy Kampmark
Banning Burkinis: the Politics of Beachwear
Weekend Edition
August 26, 2016
Friday - Sunday
Louisa Willcox
The Unbearable Killing of Yellowstone’s Grizzlies: 2015 Shatters Records for Bear Deaths
Paul Buhle
In the Shadow of the CIA: Liberalism’s Big Embarrassing Moment
Rob Urie
Crisis and Opportunity
Charles Pierson
Wedding Crashers Who Kill
Richard Moser
What is the Inside/Outside Strategy?
Dirk Bezemer – Michael Hudson
Finance is Not the Economy
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Bernie’s Used Cars
Margaret Kimberley
Hillary and Colin: the War Criminal Charade
Patrick Cockburn
Turkey’s Foray into Syria: a Gamble in a Very Dangerous Game
Ishmael Reed
Birther Tries to Flim Flam Blacks  
Brian Terrell
What Makes a Hate Group?
Andrew Levine
How Donald Trump Can Still be a Hero: Force the Guardians of the Duopoly to Open Up the Debates
Howard Lisnoff
Trouble in Political Paradise
Terry Tempest Williams
Will Our National Parks Survive the Next 100 Years?
Ben Debney
The Swimsuit that Overthrew the State
Ashley Smith
Anti-imperialism and the Syrian Revolution
Andrew Stewart
Did Gore Throw the 2000 Election?
Vincent Navarro
Is the Nation State and Its Welfare State Dead? a Critique of Varoufakis
John Wight
Syria’s Kurds and the Wages of Treachery
Lawrence Davidson
The New Anti-Semitism: the Case of Joy Karega
Mateo Pimentel
The Affordable Care Act: A Litmus Test for American Capitalism?
Roger Annis
In Northern Syria, Turkey Opens New Front in its War Against the Kurds
David Swanson
ABC Shifts Blame from US Wars to Doctors Without Borders
Norman Pollack
American Exceptionalism: A Pernicious Doctrine
Ralph Nader
Readers Think, Thinkers Read
Julia Morris
The Mythologies of the Nauruan Refugee Nation
George Wuerthner
Caving to Ranchers: the Misguided Decision to Kill the Profanity Wolf Pack
Ann Garrison
Unworthy Victims: Houthis and Hutus
Julian Vigo
Britain’s Slavery Legacy
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail