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The CIA's Role in the Origin and Maintenance of America's Overclass

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What follows is to a large extent an abridged version of a very illuminating article by Steve Kangas, who died under mysterious circumstances, some say because of the kind of truth he exposed in what he wrote. This carefully footnoted and well documented article originally appeared at the American Patriot Friends Network web site. Go there to read all the footnotes.

Included in the article that follows is a summary of one of investigative reporter Gary Webb's last articles to appear before he too died under mysterious circumstances. In the San Jose Mercury News, Webb alleged that the CIA was complicit in large-scale drug smuggling into the US that allowed a good percentage of the millions in drug profits to be funneled to the Contra cause in Central America. Problem was, the smuggling operation fueled a disastrous crack explosion in L.A. and other cities, and enabled drug gangs to buy automatic weapons, sometimes from the CIA operative, Oscar Danilo Blandon, who managed the smuggling operation. As a result, parts of L.A. became a virtual war zone and many people died.

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The wealthy have always used many methods to accumulate wealth, but it was not until the mid-1970s that these methods coalesced into a superbly organized, cohesive and efficient 'machine.' After 1975, it became greater than the sum of its parts, a smooth flowing organization of advocacy groups, lobbyists, think tanks, conservative foundations, and PR firms that hurtled the incomes and wealth holdings of the richest 1%, and especially the top tenth of 1%, into the stratosphere.

The origins of this wealth concentration 'machine,' interestingly enough, can be traced back to the CIA. The principle creators of this wealth concentration 'machine' were Irving Kristol, Paul Weyrich, William Simon, Richard Mellon Scaife, Frank Shakespeare, William F. Buckley, Jr., the Rockefeller family, and others. And almost all had CIA backgrounds.

During the 1970s, these men would take the propaganda and operational techniques they had learned in the Cold War and apply them to the Class War that the 'machine' was designed to help them wage. It is therefore no surprise that the American version of 'the machine' shares some features with the foreign versions of machines designed to fight communism.

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The CIA's expert and comprehensive organization of the business class would succeed beyond their wildest dreams: In 1975, the richest 1% owned 22% of America's wealth. By 1992, they would nearly double that, to 42% -- the highest level of inequality in the 20th century. And the concentration of wealth in the hands of the top 1% has since then continued to grow, unabated.

How did this alliance start?

The CIA has always recruited the nation's elite: millionaire businessmen, Wall Street brokers, members of the national news media, and Ivy League scholars. During World War II, General "Wild Bill" Donovan became chief of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA. Donovan recruited exclusively from the nation's rich and powerful.

Another early elite was Allen Dulles, who served as Director of the CIA from 1953 to 1961. Dulles was a senior partner at the Wall Street firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, which represented the Rockefeller empire and other mammoth trusts, corporations and cartels. He was also a board member of the J. Henry Schroeder Bank, with offices in

Wall Street, London
, Zurich and Hamburg. Like Donavan, he would recruit exclusively from society's economic elite.

By the 1950s, the CIA had riddled the nation's businesses, media and universities with tens of thousands of part-time, on-call operatives. Their employment with the agency took a variety of forms, which included:

  • Leaving one's profession to work for the CIA in a formal, official capacity.

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  • Staying in one's profession, using the job as cover for CIA activity. This undercover activity could be full-time, part-time, or on-call.

  • Staying in one's profession, occasionally passing along information useful to the CIA.

  • Passing through the revolving door that has always existed between the agency and the business world.

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