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  •  Carl Oglesbay was convinced (6+ / 0-)

    Nazi intel Gen. Reinhard Gehlen helped draft the National Security Act of 1947, creating the NSA and CIA.  He sued the US government to release papers.  Guess how that worked out?

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

    by bobdevo on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:07:01 AM PDT

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    •  CIA General Counsel & DOJ William Rogers (5+ / 0-)

      CIA General Counsel Lawrence R. Houston

      Lawrence R. Houston, the architect of the Central Intelligence Agency built the legal foundation on which it rests and the facades behind which it hides.
      Agreement struck between CIA Lawrence Houston and DOJ Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers in February 1954:

      A secret agreement between the CIA and the U.S. Department of Justice was put in place whereby the violation of “criminal statutes” by CIA personnel would not result in Department of Justice prosecutions, if “highly classified and complex covert operations” were threatened with exposure.
      William Rogers joined the Administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower as Deputy Attorney General in 1953.

      55th United States Secretary of State, In office
      January 22, 1969 – September 3, 1973

      Today the top 1% will be spending hundreds of millions to elect candidates to make them even richer. ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

      by anyname on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:32:21 AM PDT

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    •  surveillance capitalism - Eisenhower (5+ / 0-)
      April 27, 1946, Pentagon Washington D.C.

      On April 27, 1946, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief of staff of the Army, issued a “Memorandum for Directors and Chiefs of War Department General and Special Staff Divisions and Bureaus and the Commanding Generals of the Major Commands” on the subject of “Scientific and Technological Resources as Military Assets.” Seymour Melman later referred to this memo as the founding document of what President Eisenhower—in his famous January 17, 1961 farewell address to the nation—was to call the “military-industrial complex.”

      In this memo General Eisenhower emphasized that a close, continuing contractual relationship be set up between the military and civilian scientists, technologists, industry, and the universities. “The future security of the nation,” he wrote, “demands that all those civilian resources which by conversion or redirection constitute our main support in time of emergency be associated closely with the activities of the Army in time of peace.” This required an enormous expansion of the national security system, bringing civilian scientists, industry, and contractors within this expanding and secretive arm of government. “Proper employment of this [civilian] talent requires that the [given] civilian agency shall have the benefit of our estimates of future military problems and shall work closely with Plans and the Research Development authorities. A most effective procedure is the letting of contracts for aid in planning. The use of such a procedure will greatly enhance the validity of our planning as well as ensure sounder strategic equipment programs.” Eisenhower insisted that scientists should be given the greatest possible freedom to conduct research but under conditions increasingly framed by the “fundamental problems” of the military.

      A crucial aspect of this plan, Eisenhower explained, was for the military state to be able to absorb large parts of the industrial and technological capacity of the nation in times of national emergency, so that they become “organic parts of our military structure…. The degree of cooperation with science and industry achieved during the recent [Second World] war should by no means be considered the ultimate;” rather, the relationship should expand. “It is our duty,” he wrote, “to support broad research programs in educational institutions, in industry, and in whatever field might be of importance to the Army. Close integration of military and civilian resources will not only directly benefit the Army, but indirectly contribute to the nation’s security.” Eisenhower therefore called for “the utmost integration of civilian and military resources and…securing the most effective unified direction of our research and development activities”—an integration that he said was already “being consolidated in a separate section on the highest War Department level.”

      Today the top 1% will be spending hundreds of millions to elect candidates to make them even richer. ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

      by anyname on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:40:09 AM PDT

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