CIA Agent Miles Copeland (Jr.) wrote a book called The Game Player.
…Those operations we inaugurated in the years 1955-7 are still secret, but, for present purposes, I can say all that’s worth saying about them in a few sentences – after, that is, I offer these few words of wisdom. The ‘perfect’ political action operation is, by definition, uneventful. Nothing ‘happens’ in it. It is a continuing arrangement, neither a process nor a series of actions proceeding at a starting point and ending with a conclusion.
What was one of those “operations”?
Alright, so –
Scientology (and L. Ron Hubbard) had a continuing arrangement with the CIA to conduct “political action”.
Well, at the time of Miles’s book, he said in another part of it that for at least the next ten or 15 years (that he personally knew of) – it’s in the paragraph just above the one with the red arrow.
But he was quite clear that these things are meant to be continued without a “conclusion” – and with scientology that means all the way up til now – ALL phases of it, including the “freezone”, the “independents” and even the neuvo media critiques composed of primarily “ex” scientologists.
Now, what are the zones of operation or “methodology” (as Miles puts it) of this “political action”?
Excerpts from pages 180-184
In my small staff, we defined ‘political action’ as any one of the following kinds of operations, singly or in combination:
Lobbying: in a manner almost identical (although adapted to local circumstances) to that of PACs (political action committees) directed at our own government by various foreign governments (e.g. Israel, Greece, Great Britain, etc.), we lined up industrial and commercial concerns in target countries, induced them to organize discreet means of pressuring their governments, and gave appropriate training to personnel in their public relations departments. Some of the means we advocated and taught were entirely legal and above board, some were not, the legal-to-illegal ratio being about the same as that of foreign-backed PACs in the US.
American advisers: until I returned from my 1953-5 tour in Egypt and became involved in political action methodology, I didn’t realize the extent to which our operations in that country had added up to a model operation.
…Other non-Egyptian advisers…The idea of planting on Middle Eastern governments Germans suspected of war crimes had a lot to say for it, because they were generally both anti-American and anti-Soviet, and presumed to be anti-Semitic and therefore anti-Israel. Most of them were also anti-Arab, although they had the wit to conceal that fact. Anyhow, all of them were opportunists,
willing to work for anyone who paid them, and they happily passed on to their Middle Eastern employers any advice we prescribed for them.
Naturally, we had some trouble in getting clearance for projects involving the use of Nazis and ex-Nazis, but our difficulties disappeared when our friends in Israel’s Mossad admitted that they, too, were using ex-Nazis for a number of nefarious purposes, and for the same reasons that they were
attractive to us.
…Native advisers: possibly the best way to influence the chief of state of any country, including our own, is through persons in his entourage who are of the same nationality, religion and ethnic origin, and whom he trusts on a strictly personal basis. It was in this category of operations that Bob Mandlestam’s astrologers, palmists, numerologists, witch doctors, necromancers and other exegetes of the occult came in. With one or perhaps two exceptions, however, we found it unnecessary to ‘plant’ occultists whom we had recruited from outside the targets’ entourages and trained according to prescriptions of our own. A quick survey of governments we had chosen as targets indicated that there were more national leaders who relied to some extent on occultists than there were who didn’t. And since they lived in constant fear of giving advice that would lead their clients astray (they were charlatans, not fools) they were happy to get our help. With it, they could replace their ambiguities with fairly solid stuff, and through them we could feed our targets information which seemed to have come not from us but from on high.
…Agents of influence: this is a catch-all phrase covering all categories of persons in a given country whose personal aims and desires fit nicely into what we want, and who, with a bit of encouragement and support, could become more systematically effective than they were when operating entirely on their own. In any target country, there are free agents who are more valuable to us if left to their own devices, and who would be insulted if we offered them any form of reward, or in any way suggested to them that what they said or did was as helpful to us as it was to whatever local cause they espoused. These we leave alone.
But in any country there are always some kindred spirits who need direction and backing and who don’ t care where they get it. In my day, it was the job of the station chief in any target country to spot the best of these, whether in the government or outside it (in the media, universities, religious institutions, or anywhere that offered a forum), and make formal arrangements with them for the exchange of ideas, the passing of financial and other kinds of support, and, in very few cases, out and out reward for personal services rendered.
…Financial aid to newspapers, labour unions, political movements and individual candidates
…Dissuasion: in the CIA’s early days we used the word ‘terrorism’ without embarrassment. Terrorizing, instead of killing, was what we did when we wanted to discourage a group or a government from doing something we believed might endanger our legitimate interests. Any killing or maiming was incidental. Later, we substituted the gentler word ‘dissuasion’,
…To the propagandist, ‘terrorism’ was any act of violence that met these two specifications: (1) a departure from generally accepted norms of warfare; (2) committed by the other side. To an intelligence analyst or political action strategist, however, it was any act designed to frighten an enemy away from some particular activity, or to provoke him into irrational behaviour suiting our strategic purposes
…last-resort capabilities: as I review my varied past in search of materials suitable for bedtime stories to tell my grandchildren, I find myself dwelling inordinately on coups d’etat, the rigging of elections, and the more violent forms of governmental replacement or destabilization we have employed at various times in the past. These are the stuff out of which television thrillers, spy novels and bedtime stories are made- not to mention the anti-CIA exposes which find their way into books by left wing investigative journalists and findings of Congressional committees.
Material that is interesting and exciting, like ‘man bites dog’ stories in the newspapers, gets more attention than what is typical and routine. So, although I have fond memories of the coups d’etat and derring-do operations in which I was involved, I look back on them as I look back on childhood pranks. We did retain a capability for last-resort operations, however, and until the day I left the Agency I periodically taught courses for the Training Division in how to plan and execute them.
So, using this basic list regarding scientology (because it’s one of the “political action” covert front groups) we have the following general areas of operations –
- Financial aid
- American advisers
- Native advisers
- Agents of influence
- last-resort capabilities – hopefully not check but probably is.
And look at this one –
- Dissuasion – Terrorizing, instead of killing
- – any act designed to frighten an enemy away from some particular activity, or to provoke him into irrational behaviour suiting our strategic purposes
Wow! Wow! Wow!
All you OSA operatives out there running black ops or being “spies” better wake the fuck up – look who you’re really working for!
Is that what you signed up for?
I don’t think so.
But if you did? Willingly, or are still?
Well, I’d say you fricking deserve what’s coming – a reckoning.
by Virginia McClaughry