Prosecutors would have no trouble identifying exactly who directed the Head of the CIA to covertly execute each of the sets of violent crimes disclosed in the recently declassified CIA files. The Head of the CIA by law executes directives of the President of the United States of America.
As one would expect, conglomerate owned commercial entertainment/news media passes off these recently declassified 'revelations' (similar to what can be found in the Encyclopedia Britannica upon checking the entries for almost half the countries in the world), as necessary, sometimes mistaken, violence committed for the sake of U.S. interests. Media presents these incriminating files as just a bit of as scandalous news', unworthy of any indignant or surprised tone of voice in reporting on this past covert lawlessness of the CIA, with as little mention as possible of the U.S. presidents who ordered it.
But why do our more ethically motivated progressive journalists not accent the nefarious and criminal CIA deeds as shameful to the memory of U.S. presidents, who in dishonesty and crime dishonored themselves, the office of the presidency and the nation by directing these secret, now openly admitted illegal and often murderous acts.
And mark this! What is the first thing that the public wants to know when someone big is convicted of a crime? We want to know why! Why did someone so highly placed, well to do, and above suspicion, direct terrorism, assassinations, the overthrow of democratically elected governments abroad and harassment of religious leader, civil rights and peace advocacy groups at home?
The answer offered for this question in regard to U.S. presidents past crimes against humanity is always the same. 'We' had to stop the spread of communism in the world and dissent at home, even when necessary, promoting the installation of dozens of brutal dictatorships and arranging financial neo-colonialism. (Never mind the suffering of billions of people.)
We best seek to know now, what President Bush is secretly ordering the CIA to accomplish, rather than waiting to read declassified files of horrifying tortures and terrorist acts years from now, when it will be too late to challenge a deceased president’s excuses for not having been law abiding and too late to save lives criminally and covertly taken.
Serious students of history can find any number of chronologies of CIA covert crime and mayhem against haplessly defenseless nations. Clicking on www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/KillingHope_page.html,
gives one an index of 22, and clicking on www.killinghope.org/ gives an index of 56 countries covertly attacked by U.S. presidents since WW II.
Let us for lack of space just consider the covert crimes of two of the least maligned U.S. presidents, ‘Ike’ and JFK. A majority of Americans truly trusted both of these men.
Corporate media covered in a blanket of cold war contingency whatever came out in the New York Times about Eisenhower’s known acts of belligerency: the bombing of the poor little rebellious French colony Laos; his refusal to allow the all Vietnam elections that had been agreed upon in Geneva, while opening acknowledging Ho Chi Minh would have won overwhelmingly; his gangster-like overthrowing of a popular democratically elected President Arbenz of Guatemala; ordering the assassination of the first elected President of the newly independent Congo. Media presented the fatherly figure of a World War Two hero, General Eisenhower, as a veritable ‘Mr. Clean’
John Kennedy would not have had streets and townships on all the continents named after him, had the worldwide media audience known what is in CIA files. Some of these streets signs have already been changed, and more will be, as people, who formerly followed the media’s idolization of a young handsome American president, awake to the deception in Kennedy’s fine speeches about fairness.
LATE OCTOBER 1959: President Eisenhower approves a program proposed by the Department of State. The operations are intended to make Castro's downfall seem to be the result of his own mistakes. As a part of this program, Cuban exiles mount sea borne raids against Cuba from U.S. territory.
MAR 17, 1960: At an Oval Office meeting with high-ranking national security officials, President Eisenhower approves a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) policy paper titled "A Program of Covert Action Against the Castro Regime. He argues that everyone must be prepared to deny its existence and only two or three people should have contact with the groups involved, agitating Cubans to do most of what must be done. The President tells Mr. Dulles that "our hand should not show in anything that is done." (Memorandum of Conference with the President, 3/18/60)