21. ARE THE DEATH SQUADS COMING HOME?
The Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) charter specifically limits
the organization to operations outside the borders of the United States.
Congress wanted to avert the possibility of an "American Gestapo"
or a "domestic KGB" arising in our society.
However, that did not stop the CIA from organizing "Operation
CHAOS" during the 1960's to infiltrate, spy on, and discredit the
liberal/radical movements of that era. In the early 1970's, thanks to
the vigilance of the press and Congress and use of the Freedom of Information
Act, much of the CIA's illegal, domestic operations were uncovered and
ordered halted. Now, because of a 1981 executive order by President
Ronald Reagan, the CIA is back in business within the borders of the
-- Jim Rewald, the son of a CIA operative, began spying for the "company"
in 1982 at the Hawaii campus of Brigham Young University. (1)
-- CIA media disinformation, used among other things to promote the
myth of Soviet military superiority, is being disseminated through our
"free press" including THE NEW YORK TIMES. (2)
However, the most chilling charge of all went totally unreported in
our mass media. It supports serious allegations concerning the CIA involvement
in the mysterious assassination of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier,
in Washington, D.C., in 1976. On November 23, 1984, in a libel trial
involving former CIA operative David Atlee Phillips, U.S. District Judge
Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the jury to take the following facts
to be established:
(1) that plaintiff (Phillips) had relationships with journalists
during his career with the CIA, and during his CIA service he specialized
in propaganda and the planting of false information in the media;
(2) that, during plaintiff's CIA career, there were regular contacts
between the CIA and DINA, the Chilean secret police agency;
(3) that plaintiff knew and worked with DINA personnel during his
(4) that, during plaintiff's CIA career, the CIA had a working relationship
with DINA personnel; and
(5) that plaintiff had both a motive for assisting, and the means
to do so, in the concealment of any complicity of DINA personnel in
the murder of Chilean diplomat, Orlando Letelier, in September, 1976.
(1) JACK ANDERSON, SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT,
10/12/84, "Family Spy on Campus," by Jack Anderson, p 2D;
(2) COVERT ACTION INFORMATION BULLETIN,
Number 21, Spring 1984, "Media Manipulation: Covert Propaganda
in Time and Newsweek," by Howard Friel, pp 14-23; (3)
Partial Transcript of "David Atlee Phillips, Plaintiff, v. Donald
Freed, et al., Defendants, and Lawrence Hill & Co. Publishers, Inc.,
et al., Defendants;" United States District Court for the District
of Columbia, Filed November 26, 1984.