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Haspel Is Not the Problem. the CIA Is the Problem.
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As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position it’s best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice president’s enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need to know about Haspel.

Saying that Haspel would make a great CIA director, Cheney dismissed concerns over the CIA’s torture program. Asked in a television interview last week about the program, Cheney said, “if it were my call, I’d do it again.”

Sadly, the majority of the US Senate agreed with Cheney that putting a torturer in charge of the CIA was a good idea. Only two Republicans – Senators Paul and Flake – voted against Haspel. And just to confirm that there really is only one political party in Washington, it was the “yes” vote of crossover Democrats that provided the margin of victory. Americans should really be ashamed of those sent to Washington to represent us.

Just this month, the New York Times featured an article written by a woman who was kidnapped and send to the secret CIA facility in Thailand that Haspel was said to have overseen. The woman was pregnant at the time and she recounted in the article how her CIA torturers would repeatedly punch her in the stomach. She was not convicted or even accused of a crime. She was innocent. But she was tortured on Haspel’s watch.

Is this really what we are as a country? Do we really want to elevate such people to the highest levels of government where they can do more damage to the United States at home and overseas?

As the news comes out that Obama holdovers in the FBI and CIA infiltrated the Trump campaign to try and elect Hillary Clinton, President Trump’s seeming lack of understanding of how the deep state operates is truly bewildering. The US increasingly looks like a banana republic, where the permanent state and not the people get to decide who’s in charge.

But instead of condemning the CIA’s role in an attempted coup against his own administration, Trump condemned former CIA director John Brennan for “undermining confidence” in the CIA. Well, the CIA didn’t need John Brennan to undermine our confidence in the CIA. The Agency itself long ago undermined the confidence of any patriotic American. Not only has the CIA been involved in torture, it has manipulated at least 100 elections overseas since its founding after WWII.

As President Trump watched Gina Haspel being sworn in as CIA director, he praised her: “You live the CIA. You breathe the CIA. And now you will lead the CIA,” he said. Yes, Mr. president, we understand that. But that’s the problem!

The problem is not Haspel, it’s not John Brennan, it’s not our lack of confidence. The problem is the CIA itself. If the president really cared about our peace, prosperity, and security, he would take steps to end this national disgrace. It’s time to abolish the CIA!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: CIA, Donald Trump 
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  1. Realist says:

    It’s time to abolish the CIA!

    Yeah, that’ll happen.

  2. I am sitting here pointing to my nose. Finally somebody comes out and says it. And of course it’s Mr. Paul. In the Ancien Régime, society and culture also ruminated ceaselessly about the fitness of rulers and courtiers – without ever venturing to think that the real problem is unconstrained life-and-death power. We all know how that turned out.

    The Sun King lived in a previous epoch of absolute sovereignty. Then the king bore no responsibility for his acts, or even crimes, which were accepted without demur. Now a bureaucracy, CIA, rules in absolute sovereignty. The modern world calls that impunity. For civilized countries, sovereignty is responsibility. Head torturer Haspel’s just a terminal symptom of the problem. CIA is an atavism, the last barrier to rights and rule of law.

    There was Germany, the great nation where responsible sovereignty originated, and then there was Nazi Germany. There was America, and then there was CIA America, a threat to peace that must be stopped. We can do this the easy way or the hard way. The easy way is, sack up and mob Langley like the Germans mobbed the Stasi. The hard way is nuclear war.

  3. “If the president really cared about our peace, prosperity, and security, he would take steps to end this national disgrace”

    Maybe the president isn’t as intelligent as he thinks but he he isn’t that stupid. He won’t do a Kennedy. Even Kennedy didn’t know that the country was ruled by the mafia and not by the “rule of law”.

  4. You wrote that “the people get to decide.”

    Exclusive: Most Americans support torture against terror suspects – Reuters/Ipsos poll

    Banana Libertarians don’t like what the people decided.

  5. Ianm says:

    JFK declared after the Bay of Pigs fiasco that he would ‘splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and cast it to the winds’. Every President since then has taken note of JFK’s fate, kept their mouths shut and given these corrupt thugs everything they ask for.

  6. KenH says:

    I don’t think the CIA is necessarily the problem. It’s what they’ve become and what they are permitted to do. If they should exist then their charter should strictly be limited to analyzing intelligence and developing humint sources in hostile nations. They should not be involved in regime change, assassinations or permitted to torture anyone.

    For starters their budget should be slashed and most of the money should go to the analyst division.

    Unfortunately, the relationship between Congress, the intelligence agencies and other bureaucracies is so incestuous and symbiotic that the needed reforms will never come to fruition. We’re going to need to collapse just like the Soviet Union for any real change.

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