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  •  If you want tinfoil, consider this (25+ / 0-)

    From InsuranceNewsNet:

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 13, 2009--Frank G. Wisner, Vice Chairman, External Affairs, has announced his plans to retire from American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

    Ambassador Wisner, 70, joined AIG in 1997 and served on the Board of Directors from 1997 until 2003. Before coming to AIG, Ambassador Wisner had retired from the U.S. government with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest grade in the Foreign Service. He joined the State Department in 1961 and served in a variety of overseas and Washington positions during his 36-year career. Among his other posts, Ambassador Wisner served successively as U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines and India. Prior to his posting in New Dehli in 1994, he was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Before that position, he was Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs.

    Is that all one can say about Mr. Wisner? This is from Sourcewatch:

    "Frank G. Wisner joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in December 1961, and after Western Arabic Language training in Morocco, was assigned to Algiers. In 1964, he was detailed to the U.S. Agency for International Development in Vietnam. He remained in Vietnam until 1968, serving in succession as Staff Aide to the Deputy Chief of Mission, Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Civil Operation, and Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese province of Tuyen Duc.

    1964 in Vietnam for AID? How about this, from the CIA's own website? (emphasis added)

    PHOENIX was a covert action program run from 1967 to 1971 by the CIA, the US Army, and South Vietnamese policy and intelligence organizations to identify and destroy Viet Cong leadership cadre in the South. Its activities included intelligence collection, paramilitary operations, and psychological warfare. PHOENIX became infamous for the capture or killing of nearly 50,000 suspected communists in roundups conducted by local security forces. Colby ran PHOENIX in his cover role as director of Civil Operations and Rural Development Support (CORDS) for the Agency for International Development.

    Well, how about his father, also named Frank Wisner, Sr.?

    Frank Gardiner Wisner (June 23, 1909 – October 29, 1965) was head of Office of Strategic Services operations in southeastern Europe at the end of World War II, and the head of the Directorate of Plans of the Central Intelligence Agency during the 1950s.

    Wisner was recruited in 1947 by Dean Acheson to join the State Department's Office of Occupied Territories. In 1948, the CIA created a covert action wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). Frank Wisner was put in charge of the operation and recruited many of his old friends from Carter Ledyard. According to its secret charter, its responsibilities include "propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, demolition and evacuation procedures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world." [1]

    Later that year Wisner established Operation Mockingbird, a program to influence the domestic and foreign media. In 1952, he became head of the Directorate of Plans, with Richard Helms as his chief of operations. This office had control of 75% of the CIA budget. In this position, he was instrumental in bringing about the fall of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán in Guatemala.

    The son of one of the biggest CIA spymasters ever, whose career puts him (the son) in government in a way that could put him at least in major contact with his father's old company... and now AIG, with its links to China and the destabilization of the economy, spending billions... how?

    All I'm saying, if you wanted to conduct Naomi Klein-style "shock therapy" on a nation, these are the kinds of guys who might be in charge. I'm not saying they are, but I think these kinds of ties are worth investigating more.

    War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade Invictus

    by Valtin on Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 04:40:10 PM PST

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