A message to RootsAction members from Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program:
Lies about Iraq. Cash to corrupt Afghanistan. Drone wars waged in secret. Blowback endangering us all.1
If you've had enough of funding the CIA, click here.
We've now learned that Benghazi was a CIA disaster. The Washington Post reported days ago: "Although the ambassador was killed, the Benghazi 'consulate' was not a consulate at all but basically a secret CIA operation which included an effort to round up shoulder-launched missiles. In fact, only seven of the 30 Americans evacuated from Benghazi had any connection to the State Department; the rest were affiliated with the CIA."2
The CIA does not exist to defend our freedoms. Wrapped in government secrecy, it exists to assure the political security of rich political elites.3
CIA operations -- engaging in secret, legally protected wars, sabotage, subversion, murders and tortures -- create enemies that Americans fear. And the agency is an instrument of psychological warfare aimed at you and me.4
It's time we stop funding this out-of-control agency.
Through its bottomless black bag of unaccounted-for money, much of it generated by off-the-books proprietary companies and illegal activities like drug smuggling, the CIA spreads corruption around the world. This corruption undermines our own government and public officials. And the drone killings of innocent men, women, and children generate fierce resentment.
"Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it's an act of terror," said President Obama recently, unintentionally joining RootsAction in opposition to the CIA's continued existence.
Tell your representative and senators right now that the CIA is the antithesis of democracy and needs to be abolished.
Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.
--Douglas Valentine for RootsAction.org
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.
1. The Atlantic: Drone War Has More Victims Than the Bush-Era CIA Scandals
2. Washington Post: An Alternative Explanation for Benghazi
3. CNN: Karzai: CIA Promises to Continue Cash Payments
4. Douglas Valentine: The Phoenix Program