by Scott Creighton
Fuck Chris Hedges, sell out piece of shit.
WTF is the world coming to? Webster Tarpley trying to push his listeners to rush out and support Barack Obama’s campaign and Chris Hedges cross promoting the dangers of the international leftists with the likes of Duane Clarridge. God help us.
In an article written for TruthDig, Chris Hedges, the formerly stalwart journalist and left wing dissident, accepts the word of some operative who admittedly assisted in a terrorist bombing in Costa Rica as unquestioned fact when he recently tried to blame the left wing Sandinista government for a bombing obviously carried out by the CIA. The La Penca bombing.
The operative claimed that he didn’t know it, but it was the left wing Sandinista government which planned and carried out the bombing to take out a former member of their government. Course, it took him nearly 30 years to come to that conclusion. But even in Hedges’ article he admits that the target of the assassination attempt had in fact stopped working with them and eventually returned to the Sandinistas. Which of course would make any reasonable journalist wonder if the CIA didn’t in fact have motive to kill him since they were conducting all kinds of terrorism on the country to destabilize it at the time and especially if the target knew details of those attacks and would inform the Sandinistas. Clearly, the CIA had ample reason to kill him.
And of course, the operative who arraigned the bombing has ample reason to lie about who set it up if indeed he had been working for the CIA at the time. All of that seems lost on Mr. Hedges though. He seems quite comfortable helping the former terrorist and the BBC (they are the ones who published the interview with the terrorist demonizing the Sandinistas) demonize the leftist Sandinista government. Thanks Chris. Now go fuck yourself. (What happened? You get a little nervous after your lawsuit and decide to sign on to the winning team?)
Read this quote from Chris Hedges. He gets close, then he misses the point altogether.
Since the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)—which includes the Green Berets, the Army Rangers and the Navy SEALs—has seen its budget quadrupled. There are now some 60,000 USSOCOM operatives, whom the president can dispatch to kill without seeking congressional approval or informing the public. Add to this the growth of intelligence operatives. As Dana Priest and William M. Arkin reported in The Washington Post, “Twenty-four [new intelligence] organizations were created by the end of 2001, including the Office of Homeland Security and the Foreign Terrorist Asset Tracking Task Force. In 2002, 37 more were created to track weapons of mass destruction, collect threat tips, and coordinate the new focus on counterterrorism. That was followed the next year by 36 new organizations; and 26 after that; and 31 more; and 32 more; and 20 or more each in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In all, at least 263 organizations have been created or reorganized as a response to 9/11.”
There are now many thousands of clandestine operatives, nearly all of them armed and equipped with a license to kidnap, torture and kill, working overseas or domestically with little or no oversight and virtually no transparency. We have created a state within a state. A staggering 40 percent of the defense budget is secret, as is the budget of every intelligence agency. I tasted enough of this subterranean world to fear it. When you empower these kinds of people you snuff out the rule of law. You empower criminals and assassins. One of these old CIA operatives, Felix Rodríguez, was in El Salvador when I was there during the war in the early 1980s. He wore Che Guevara’s Rolex watch. He had removed it from Guevara’s body after ordering Guevara to be executed in the Bolivian jungle. I would later run into clandestine operatives in the Middle East, Africa or Yugoslavia I knew from the wars in Central America. We would invariably chat briefly in Spanish. It was a strange fraternity, even if I was the outsider. The Great Game.” Chris Hedges
What Chris fails to understand is the fact that it’s these terrorists who create the murder and the mayhem on both sides of the field. It’s not “blowback” that we experience when a bombing goes off and is attributed to some ragtag Muslim Brotherhood group in Yemen or Afghanistan… it’s usually these same contractors pulling off a job which will make it clear that their bosses need more funding to prevent the next “blowback” attack.
He really misses the point here…
“These operatives invariably prey on the useful idiots, those naive idealists who bind themselves to a cause and are oblivious to the evil they serve, or to those simply greedy for money and a little power. Joseph Conrad got it right in “The Secret Agent,” his novel about anarchist revolutionaries who recruit the mentally disabled Stevie to place a bomb at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Al-Qaida repeated this scenario when it convinced Richard Reid, a petty criminal who was challenged mentally, to get on an airplane with a shoe bomb. The CIA is no different.” Chris Hedges
The CIA isn’t LIKE al Qaeda, the CIA IS al Qaeda. Mr. Hedges needs to do some more research. Does he think it was al Qaeda that got the underwear bomber on the plane to set off his diaper of doom on Christmas Eve 2009? Oh wait, that was the State Department…
The following is probably the most completely irresponsible thing Hedges writes in his article. I’m shocked at how obtuse he could be on this one…
“Torbiornsson, one of those dimwitted “internationalists” who showed up in Managua under the guise of journalism or solidarity, allowed himself to be used by the Sandinista intelligence service. The target of the bombing was the mercurial rebel leader Eden Pastora, once a commander with the Sandinistas who had defected to fight for the U.S.-backed Contras (the CIA found him as unmanageable as the Sandinistas had) before returning to become part of the Sandinista government in Managua. Pastora was wounded in the blast.
… “It took me a long time to understand that it was my friends who put the bomb,” Torbiornsson told the BBC in speaking of the Sandinistas. “It has been like a wound in my soul. … I cannot emphasize how sorry I am.”” Chris Hedges
It’s been a ploy by the CIA for decades to use agents under the cover of being journalists. That is a very old trick of theirs. So I wonder why Hedges doesn’t wonder about Torbiornsson’s possible CIA affiliation.
Good thing Hedges isn’t the only investigative journalist out there…
The bombing led to an investigation by Tony Avirgan (an American journalist injured in the bombing) and his wife Martha Honey, and they concluded that the CIA was responsible. In 1986 the Christic Institute filed a $24M lawsuit on their behalf against several individuals all associated with Oliver North; including Rob Owen, John Hull, Richard Secord, Albert Hakim, and Thomas Clines. However the case was thrown out in June 1988 and the Christic Institute was ordered to pay approximately $1 million in costs to the defendants.
In 1990 the Government of Costa Rica accused the CIA of orchestrating the bombing using two intermediaries. Charges of murder were laid against Felipe Vidal, a Cuban-American, and John Hull, an American farmer who lived in Costa Rica at the time and who had been previously named in the Christic Institute lawsuit. Wiki
In the end, Hedges sites a Miami Herold “investigation” when concluding that it was the Sandinistas who carried out the attack. Hedges fails to mention that the Miami Herold is a radical anti-Castro, anti-Socialis rag and of course they would have assisted the CIA by reaching their conclusion. There were several other investigations which point the finger of blame directly at the CIA.
The basis of the Miami Herold investigation was some of the suspected bomber’s fingerprints ( a guy named Gaguine) they took to an expert… in MIAMI (anti-Castro Cuban perhaps?). That’s the “evidence” of the Herold “investigation” but alas, it didn’t hold up to further scrutiny (not that Hedges took the time to mention)
“However, in 2008, Costa Rica’s chief prosecutor who saw Gaguine’s file in Buenos Aires said that Argentine authorities never made a positive identification of Gaguine’s body and that the case remains open.”
So why is Chris Hedges starting to help demonize the international leftists by offering credibility to this farce put out by someone who clearly aided in a terrorist attack that killed 3 journalist and wounded several others?
You have to ask such questions when someone like Chris Hedges tells the same bullshit story as a known liar and CIA operative Duane Clarridge.
So now after his attempt to sue the feds over the NDAA 2012, all of a sudden, Chris Hedges is propping up the likes of the BBC, the Miami Herold, and Duane Clarridge. Guess that whole “indefinite detention” thing scared Chris a bit more than I thought. Sad ain’t it?
“These clandestine armies travel the globe, awash in hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, sowing dragon’s teeth that rise up later, like the warriors in the myth of the Golden Fleece, to become mirror images of our own monstrosities.’ Chris Hedges
Thanks for the backhanded support of the latest meme from the destabilizing CIA Chris… the “blowback terrorism from the international leftists”. With the coming troubles right around the corner and the NDAA ready to go, I guess they’re justified rounding us up now, huh? Course they won’t be picking you up anytime soon… not now… not now that you got your mind right…. right Chris?