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article imageOp-Ed: 5 things the CIA did before joining social media

By Ben Morris     Jun 7, 2014 in Politics
The CIA has finally joined Twitter and Facebook. While they dig themselves out of a rock and join 2014, it is time to look back at five actions committed by the CIA that is bound to increase their likes.
In an attempt to humanize an agency so many in the world detest, the CIA joined social media, in a PR campaign with the goal of showing they are not the big bad wolf trying to feast on a girl with a red hood. A look at history shows the CIA is not an agency that appears to be swimming in holy water.
5. Killing innocent people in Latin America
It was an operation the CIA continually tried to brush aside. Inquiring eyes who made freedom of information requests were constantly denied access to documents regarding the 1954 coup. Finally after years of stalling, the CIA confirmed they were heavily involved the overthrow of President Jacabo Arbenz.
In the 1930's then dictator Jorge Ubico gave a vast amount of land, and tax breaks to United Fruit Company (now Chiquita Bananas). .In 1951 Arbenz won an election, and immediately became the bane of United Fruit Company's existence. Planning land, and economic reforms, the CIA staged plans to fund an overthrow of Arbenz. In 1954 Arbenz eventually fled to Mexico, where he died in 1971.
In 1963 El Salvador's first paramilitary unit was created, by you got it, The CIA. Lead by Gen. Jose Alberto Medrano, the Organizacion Democratica Nacionalista committed political assassinations with money, and training provided by the American military and the CIA. The Archbishop of El Salvador who witnessed years of atrocities began to speak up. Encouraging soldiers to disobey orders to kill the oppressed people of El Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot outside of a chapel on March 24, 1980. What culminated was a 13 year civil war that cost the lives of at least 75,000. The deaths, funded by the CIA, and the American government.These two incidents are only small samples of what the CIA did in Latin America and abroad.
4. The overthrow of Mossadeq in Iran
One year before the CIA helped their buddies at the United Fruit Company secure their profits in Guatemala, they removed democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq, who won a fair election in 1951. Using their finances to fund propaganda campaigns, and the bribery of Iranian politicians, the CIA attacked Mossadeq, once again, to appease a massive corporation who saw their profits threatened by a far left politician. As a result the Shah instituted a life of social liberty injustices, illiteracy, and a brutal police state.
3. MK Ultra CIA mind control
It is one of the most despicable acts in the history of the CIA. MK Ultra was a sinister experiment conducted in the U.S, and Canada, funded by the CIA that used the mentally ill as guinea pigs in an effort some have said, to brainwash victims to take part in assassination plots. The project described by Canadian doctor Ewan Cameron who used McGill Univeristy to conduct his evil activities described the experiment in part as, "The breaking down ongoing patterns of patient's behavior by particularly intensive electroshocks," also used hypnosis, drugs, sensory deprivation, as well as chemical, and biological agents on innocent lives. Cameron even gave a speech at the Brooks air force base in Texas where he admitted sensory deprivation, "produces the primary symptoms of schizophrenia". Lives were destroyed, and a stain was placed on the history of America.
2. Spying on Facebook and Twitter users
It's fitting the CIA has joined Facebook and Twitter since the agency has been spying on the statuses and tweets of social media users since 9/11. In 2009, the CIA invested cash into spy agency Visible Technologies that specializes in monitoring social media.. The CIA employs 20 people to sift through social media content. Even active duty CIA agents merged with Bank of America, and other corporations to spy on protests.
1. Failing to prevent 9/11
Ask any politician who supports spying, or journalists who push that narrative, and they will defend spying as a tool to prevent terrorism. This is fitting since, the CIA spies to "prevent terrorism," after they failed to prevent the attacks of 9/11. Withholding critical information from the FBI, and the lack of cohesion contributed heavily to the success of Al-Qaeda's plot. In a report released in 2005, it was found the CIA had, " No comprehensive report focusing on bin Laden-written after 1993, and no comprehensive report laying out the threats of 2001." They failed miserably, and have paid back Americans by violating their constitutional protections.
The CIA has committed gross atrocities throughout the world, that have directly, or indirectly killed an untold amount of innocent people caught between coup's, assassination plots, and despotic leadership that shuts down dissent with mass murder, and imprisonment. If the CIA wants to improve their image, they should ignore social media, and stop invading countries, and Americans privacy.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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