In the alphabet-soup world of politics - where everything bas its defining initials - three letters when strung together properly, trigger universal recognition. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, try dropping the letter C. I. A. and check out the reaction. 007 Now forget those James Bond images for a moment; lay aside flashes of "I Spy" or "Mission Impossible. " It's not like that. Romance and intrigue are rarely present in The Agency's (as it's affectionately called by employees) work. The C. I. A. 's primary role is as the brain of the beast, the central-mental, the overall memory-bank for the slicksters and tricksters of the Amerikan Empire. Not that it's above strong-arm super romance stuff. It's just that the CIA is into heavier things. Much heavier. Someone has to wind the marines up before the march. Someone has to program the Man's moves. Someone has to come up with the schemes (or "contingency plans") to keep the oil flowing from the Middle-East. to your gas tank so it can pollute the air. The CIA helps keep the world "safe for democracy", or, more precisely, safe for rape and plunder by the death merchants. In the chess game now underway between the forces of the future and those of the past, between the Red Menace and the Ajax White Knight, the ClA's computers plot Amerika's moves. The mission: Checkmate the world. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING Founded in 1947, the CIA was launched to shape the cold war, to calcúlate the "containment" of growing liberation movements around the planet. It was charged with coordinating all gover nment intelligence activities -- military, diplomatic, domestic -- under the direction of the National Security Council, which is controlled by the President. The CIA puts all the information it gathers together and presents it in "useful" form to the head men, who often then come back to the Agency with instructions for action, Thls frequently includes intervening secretly in the affairs of other nations -- manipulating the overthrow of hostile governments, wiping out troublesome individuals or groups, or purchasing (with cold cash) the services of local agents te help keep things cool. To do its job the Agency has a secret budget of billions and around 3 ("i,000 employees. lts intelligence gather ing operatior is the most sophisticated in the world. Most of the informaüoii comes from what are known as "open" sources. The CIA closely monitors all major newspapers . radio broadcasts and 'the fsear'h Ktoers and academie oduction :.ï universities, FROM EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! It's a big job, To handle it EBM was hired to develop the biggest and most advanced computer ever - it processes more than 200, 000 different sources of inf ormation that arrive at the Langley, Va. CIA HQ every month. Langley houses morr PhD's than any other governmeni agency. This is a source of great pridc to these schmucks - a CIA official once astea ttn-r the Agency could easily conver' its. Xf major university. Of course it's impossible to really be on top of what's going on from simply clipping newspapers. Here's where the real spying comas in. (The pro's cali spying "covert intelligence collection. ") Espionage is carried out In every conceivable way by spies of every color and shape, and increasingly by the new spy technology: The U-2 Plane and its ultra-sensitive camera, developed by the POLAROID Corporation (aerial views in 60 seconds): slick eavesdropping equipment (Ramparts once published a picture of a CIA bra especially wired for sound), and even satellites. PLANS Orders coming from the National Security Council are handled by the "Plans División. " These are the people r espons ible for the CIA's Jamos Bond image. Their fitter nomonts include: The seiiing up of "Western Enerprlses, Inc. " on Taiwan to train and equip Nationalist Chinese Guerïllas for raids against the mainland. The ové ■ of Mohammed gft in Iran, a move underaken ' protect American oil inFIus operation involved 'the spending of more than ten n ollars in a period of a ew dav.1 Tht: overthrow of radical President Jacob Arbenz, pulled off to teep Guatemaia safe for the United ruitCompany (Chiquita Banana). The so íar unsuccessful attempt o overthrow the Cuban Revolutioniry Government. The Plans División suffered its oiggest setback at the Bay of Pigs (prophetic ttamo), where Cuban for ces defeated an invasion attempt by Cuban refugee ra er cenarles trained and organized by the United States. The CIA has tried to assassinate Fidel six different times, and continúes to fund and guide Castro "gusanos", based in Miami, Florida. The use of universities such as Michigan State to shape, advise, and equip the neo-colonial puppet government in Saigon. The CIA remains deeply enmeshed in the War On Vietnam after engineering Am erica's original intervention. It's currently working on Operation Phoenix. an unsuccessful attempt to lócate and wipe out the Viet Cong's infrastructure through assassination. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg -- more and more of these undercover activities are being uncovered all the time. Several years ago it was discovered that the CIA was financing the National Student Association and hundreds of other largely youth groups, to help oppose radicáis and advance moderate points of view friendly to Amerikan interests. The articles which exposed these incredible operations represented a set-back to the Agencys They also illuminated a crucial part of the Agency's work: poli engineering. COMMUNIST TOOL Political engineering is r delicate business. It ir or helping certa : movements to de, . exampie, in 196 j I ported that John Mc ed when he became CIA ch learn that "The ( nanced ever socialist confen past lü years. " Bar, was even more pissed in 1967 when he complained, after the NSA exposure, that the CIA was pro-socialist. He demanded that right-wing groups be given CIA money, too. Apparently the money never came through -- the latest issue of the John Birch Society's magazine "American Opinión" accuses the CIA of being a Communist tooi. Incredible ? Not really. The CIA Pigs are stone manipulators and calculators. They're no liberáis - the Brain Pólice are very pragmatic: They believe in utilizing "any means necessary" to protect the Empire. Even if that means "capitalists" financing "socialists" to fight "communists, " Shrewd motherfuckers ! MIT-IBM-CIA Every so often the papers are filled with editorials calling for more control over the CIA; the sqcalled Invisible Government. This is a ruse, From the beginning, the CIA has been controlled by the President, regulated by secret commitees of Congress, and, most importantly, responsive to the long range interests of the big U. S. corporations. The CIA is closely intermeshed with the WhiteHouse-Wallstreet power structures. both in terms of decisions and personnel. The American government as a whole bears responsibility for the CIA's operations -- it doesn't do anything of its own accord. The Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which keeps after the agency's operations as a double-check, has always been staffed by some of the more illustrious members of the Industrial Complex, Past members include Clark Clifford, the corporate wheeler-dealer and LBJ's Secretary of Defense; Frank Pace, of a large military contracting firm; William Baker, of Bell Teil; James Killian oí MITIBM-AT&T-GM and Polaroid (!); Polaroid President Edwarc Land, and General Maxwell Taylor. No women. blacks, or Woodstock Nationals need apply for the job. The CIA's links with corporations and the ruling class can also be seen by a quick look at who works for the Agency. Espionage tends to attract the elite, priveleged and better educated msmbers of society, often from old established families who. already assured of great wealth. are now interested in protecting it. We find names like Amory. Cabot, SaltonstalL Roosevelt, etc. -- men who share the same honkie capitalist values. The people who work with the CIA are something else again ! The J. M. Kaplan Fund, for example. controlled by a wealthy ÏY businessman with interests in the Dominican Republic Sugar Industry. once passed a million do.1 to the CIA Conduit Instüutt ternational Research, whicb sponsored training for anti-comm rade unior.ists in -- guess the Dominican Republic. Another example of CIA-', ilusión waf in Guatei . the Agency loppled a (CIA, cont. from preceeding page) Fruit's Board of Director s. But the CIA usually doesn't work with a single firiru It strives to créate the best climate for economie penetration by all U. S. companies around the globe, simultaneously. According to the Wall Street Journal -- which ought to know - corporations aften provide a cover for CIA operatives. "More frequently" wrote the Journal, "it has turned to business as a source of information, interviewing travelling businessmen to gather clue to politica! and economie developments abroad." Executives are careful not to let this info out. because such knowledge could arouse resentment and suspicion not very helpful to investment. But companies continue to cooperate with the agency which serves their interests. A few years ago, a company with lots of experience in Brazil provided Washington with a complete analysis of the views of the leftleaning Goulart government. Goulart was soon overthrown. SPOOK CAPITALISM The CIA also operates a few businesses of its own. The best known is Air America, á private airline which flies U. S. troops, mercenaries, supplies and smuggled opium all over Asia. Another company is no longer aj round. Doublé Check, Inc. was set up to projvide air support for the Bay of Pigs, but it was i triple-checked on the beaches of Cuba. SCHOOt DAZE As a result of student protests, intelligence-related research conducted on university campuses in the past have been channeled more and more to corporations. Professors who once did secret research on campus have set up private companies cff-campus so as to continue their investigations into juicy devices like anti-personnel bombs, biological warfare, and the like. So the work goes on. MICHIGAN GETS CHE A good example of how university research functions to maintain the Empire took place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, We now know that military research carried on at Michigaii's Willow Run Laboratories was directly responsible for the capture and death of Che Guevara in Bolivia. One device perfected by the lab me asures the temperature radiation of a subject. This machinery in an aircraft lows you to fly over an area and PHOTOGRAPH THE HEAT. It's used to discover the location of troop concentrations (which give off heat) so as to enable the bombers to destroy them more precisely. It's used a lot in Vietnam. Sure enough, this we-find-them-you-killem technology was used in Bolivia to track down Che and his guerilla f orce. The operation was run directly from the White House. CIA Director Richard Helms worked with LBJ's General Staff and a joint Pentagon unit called the "Che Watch", sending planes back and forth over the guerilla zone pinpointing every single heat source on infrared superfilm. Che's unit was found by a process of elimination, and troops were sent in to destroy it. Contrary to CIA hopes, Che's death did not wipe out the Latin American Revolution. If anything it served as a rallying cry, provoking sharper resistance to his assassins throughout the world, including in Michigan itself. The bombing af the CIA office in Ann Arbor is but one example. THE BRAIN PÓLICE The CIA understands the importance of people standing firm f or their society and its actions, to keep support going f or its war against the people of the world. Shaping people's minds thus becomes a subtle but essential task. To keep the students from finding out the truth about communism, they subsidized a network of youth organizations with a moderate communist point of view. The National Student Association was the best known. To deal with young minds abroad the agency financed outfits that brought foreign students to this country and trained them up good for jobs in U. S. corporations or in f riendly foreign governments. The CIA also supported groups which thought up ideological rationalizations for imperialism -- like our investments are helping the natives, before we were there they had nothing, when the reality is that we went in there and sapped up the country's resources for our own use before it could stop us. These groups published magazines, sent speakers to campuses and on TV, and published textbooks warning a whole generation as to the danger of communism, and the glory and freedom af America. E everybody believes this kind of stuff, then the government can invade countries like Vietnam without too much opposition, This ideological indoctrination is part of an active program for training elites to manage American institutions as well as those third world countries which are subordinate to them. The institutes and foundations organized by the CIA must be viewed as components in a sophisticated strategy for administering the empire Under the Old Colonialism, the British and the French administered their colonies directly. We've all seen movies portraying a pompous Colonial Governor and his elephant gun - But the U. S. represents a higher form of imperial control, based on neo-colonialism, a strategy which uses native middlemen to control their own people. The ThieuKy puppet government in Vietnam is a good example of this. To carry this out, the native culture must be destroyed and replaced with Amerikan junkconsumer consciousness. This helps remove the natural resistance instincts in people, making them passive like most Americans, and eager to cooperate in their own destruction. Fanon runs this down beautifully in The Wretched cf The Earth. All these programs aim at providing an alternative to revolutionary movements. But they don't always work out. Many of the leaders of the Palestinian Resistance were schooled at the American University in Beirut. When people get hip to what is being done to them, they revolt. Check out your own mind. THE END OF HIS E POCH We could go on and on, vomiting up more details af schemes, episodes and spy stories in the night. These belong to history - check them out if you want to . Somewhere in McClean, Virginia, Richard Helms, the current director of The Agency, sits up at night, downing milk for his ulcer, examining the wrinkles in his f orehead. His day's work is responsible for some of the most hideous activities ever witnessed by history. What will be his excuse at the People's War Crimes Trials sure tocóme ? Will he slobber like Eichmann and mumble something about just f ollowing orders ? Will he stand erect, and admit to serving class and country ? Or will he, before an outraged humanity, break down and shed a tear for the end of his epoch. We have studied these people. Gone to their schools. Read all their fools. Heard about all we want to hear. And we know.