In Episode 1 of The Late Great News, we revisit the controversial exploits of the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau Of Investigation. Former State Department Intelligence aide John D. Marks discusses the book he wrote with ex-CIA operative Victor Marchetti, The CIA and The Cult Of Intelligence.
John D. Marks was the unlikely featured speaker at the 1977 Libertarian Party National Convention in San Francisco. In this program, he discusses the numerous abuses of power he and Marchetti uncovered in their research. Central to his speech is the fact the C.I.A. and F.B.I., under various administrations, had become tools of political power, often used against legally elected foreign governments and citizens of the United States. Marks and Marchetti’s book was responsible, in part, for the 1975 Congressional investigation of intelligence agency abuses by the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations a.k.a. The Church Committee. That landmark investigation led to substantial changes in the way the U.S. government handled it various intelligence agencies.
Why are we going so far back in history? Given the recent political changes in the United States and the possibility of many more changes to the way things are done in Washington D.C., it may be helpful to be reminded what can happen when a U.S. President decides to step outside the legal limits placed upon the intelligence agencies. News outlets are currently afire with stories about the new “tell all” book by author Michael Wolfe, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Most of the reports claim that Trump’s attorney’s attempt to stop publication of the book is the first time such censorship has been proposed. In this program, John Marks details how his book was the first to ever be censored by the government PRIOR to publication. Philosopher and author George Santayana warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Are we about to have a deja vu experience?
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To learn more about Marchetti and Marks’ book “The CIA and The Cult of Intelligence”, read the Wikipedia entry and follow the accompanying links.
Journalist Bill Moyers’ 1987 documentary, The Secret Government, provides a chilling account of the continuing abuses of power by the U.S. Government, it’s military and it’s intelligence agencies.
Click this link to view The Secret Government