Former CIA Chief of Disguise : “No Priest, No Peace Corps & No Journalist” [UPDATE — SSCI : CIA’s Use of Journalists & Clergy]

“There are three covers that are basically off-limits to the CIA, and that would be a religious figure, media figure and Peace Corps.”

Jonna Mendez — Former CIA Chief of Disguise

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“In a series of letters and memos from late 1983, CIA Director William J. Casey expressed dismay over the Peace Corps’ lifetime ban on former Agency employees, claiming that it could set a precedent that would lead to the unfair stigmatization of those ‘tainted’ by the CIA’s activities.”

MUCKROCK — July 24 2018

UPDATE (June 24 2021) — As Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “A good sketch is better than a long speech”, sometimes translated as “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Once upon a time, the CIA used to control large US media corporations clandestinely.

Today, they work inside the newsroom for all to enjoy their truth…

John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC since 2018.

James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, has been a national security analyst for CNN since 2017.

Michael Hayden, former CIA director and ex-director of the National Security Agency (NSA), has been a CNN national security analyst since 2017.

Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director has been CNN’s senior law enforcement analyst since 2018.

The list goes on and on….

The only one missing on this list is former CIA director Gina Haspel. Is it because she actually studied journalism? Go figure…

END of UPDATE

“It doesn’t matter what cable channel you prefer (CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News), what talk show you watch (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Real Time with Bill Maher), or website you read (The New York Times, The Washington Post, or The Wall Street Journal), Hayden is everywhere, commenting on the day’s news, while inevitably being portrayed as Mr Reasonable: a post-partisan straight shooter who will tell you How It Really Works. But members of the media who play along with this fantasy land portrayal of Hayden should be embarrassed.” [Columbia Journalism Review]

Jonna Mendez argues that there are three covers that are basically off limits at the CIA: religious figures, media figures and peace corps.

No everyone is convinced…

Last night, Caitlin Johnstone tweeted the following message:

“Take off the revolutionary’s mask, and it’s the CIA.

Take off the terrorist’s mask, and it’s the CIA.

Take off the news man’s mask, and it’s the CIA.

Take off the filmmaker’s mask, and it’s the CIA.

Take off the whistleblower’s mask, and it’s the motherfucking CIA.”

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou wrote a quick comment.

“Wow. 100 percent right. I couldn’t possibly add anything to this. And they want us to just take their word for everything.”

“However, few noticed the loophole. A clause still allowed the agency to use journalists under ‘extraordinary’ circumstances with the ‘specific approval’ of the CIA director.”

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“Peter Kornbluh of the invaluable National Security Archive has called Posada [Luis Posada Carriles] a CIA-created Frankenstein, and the historical record indicates that Kornbluh may be low-balling it. This is a guy who disguised himself as a priest to break jail in Venezuela, where he was being held in connection with the Cubana [Cubana de Aviación Flight 455] bombing, and the first thing he did was go to El Salvador and help Ollie North run the re-supply program that eventually would become the Iran-Contra scandal.”

Thus Passed a True American-Made Terrorist — Esquire (May 23 2018)

UPDATE (September 29 2020) — This post generated quite a bit of feedback.

Obviously, many readers of Intel Today have doubts about the CIA no longer using journalism as cover for their agents, or even using journalists as source of intelligence.

Flashback — In 1976, The Church Committee revealed that the CIA was relying on journalists for its own work.

As a result, the Agency was forced to adapt new regulations that make such practice illegal.

However, few noticed the loophole. A clause still allowed the agency to use journalists under “extraordinary” circumstances with the “specific approval” of the CIA director.

The 1997 Intelligence Authorization Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, allowing the ban on the use of journalists to be waived with notification to Congress and presidential approval. [The News Media & The Law — Winter 2003]

END of UPDATE

“There is no essential difference between the work of a spy and a journalist; both collect information in the same way — just the end consumers are different. Journalists make the best spies; they have more freedom of access than diplomats. The Americans’ moral stand on not using journalists is artificial, and not a little duplicitous.”

Maj. Gen. Yury Kobaldze of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service

REFERENCES

Jonna Mendez — The Master of Disguise

Declassified letters show CIA’s indignation over ex-employee Peace Corps ban — MUCKROCK

Thus Passed a True American-Made Terrorist — Esquire (May 23 2018)

The Lawsuit Against the Vatican and the CIA by Jonathan Levy (17 January 2001)

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