DC on BFP #59 | Douglas Valentine, CIA expert and author of The Phoenix Program, joins us to discuss the "sweeping organizational changes" proposed for the agency, how its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics have invaded nearly every law enforcement department in the country, including local police.
Guillermo Jimenez Presents Douglas Valentine On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by CIA expert and author of The Phoenix Program, Douglas Valentine. Douglas explains how the CIA’s proposed “sweeping organizational changes,” as reported in the Washington Post, are the natural evolution of a process that began in 1967 with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam. Douglas breaks down the current structure of the CIA, and why there is no longer a need for the “old-fashioned” directorates. We discuss how the agency has benefited from the politics of the “war on terror;” how it aims to controls the political, economic , and social movements of the planet, including within the United States; and its influence in the corporate and pseudo-alternative media. Lastly, we discuss how the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics born out of the CIA’s Phoenix Program have expanded beyond the agency itself, and are now employed by virtually every law enforcement and intelligence agency in the country. Paramilitary units, like the CIA’s death squads in Vietnam, Latin America, and Iraq, are now patrolling American streets under the guise of local “police departments.” Now that the general public has finally taken notice, will it become another “normalized inconvenience,” or will the American people do something about it? Listen to the Preview Clip Here Listen to the full episode here (BFP Subscribers Only): SUBSCRIBE
Guillermo Jimenez Presents Douglas Valentine On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by author and CIA expert, Douglas Valentine. We discuss the NSA leaks regarding the agency’s assistance in the CIA assassination program that were promised, but so far not delivered, and how the focus on tactical matters as opposed to strategic may be a diversion. We also go over the use of “black propaganda” within the media that serves to legitimize agencies like the CIA or NSA. Does anything revealed so far by Edward Snowden challenge the national security state in a meaningful way? Does limiting the release of the documents, while reiterating that “not all spying is bad,” weaken the national security state or strengthen it? Listen to the Preview Clip Here Listen to the full episode here (BFP Subscribers Only): SUBSCRIBE