"it is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
Upton Sinclair, 1906
April 4, 2003
----- Original Message -----
From: "Franklin E. Leming" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2003 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: Regarding your inquiry
"I came to the conclusion that all the values that
made me admire the American people were beeing eroded by the covert operations
of the CIA and kindred secret bodies... Time after time the United States
has generously aided other countries threatened by famine or disaster. The
survival of this great tradition is of importance, not only to Americans,
but also to all freedom loving people in the world. But in my view, the
survival of this great is now being gravely threatened by the covert criminal
actions of the Central Intelligence Agency and its associated services.
If the United States is to be protected from this grave danger, it is essential
that the activities of this secret agency should be fully exposed to the
people of the United States.
...I am a fierce believer in the democratic system of
governments. Among the democracies, the constitution of the United States
can be, and has proved to be, a bastion of civil liberty. However, democracy
and the rule of law could not survive side by side with a state agency that
engages in covert operations ranging from assassinations to levying mercenary
armies. Even if there is, now, an attempt beeing made by some to check the
activities of the CIA and the other United States intelligence agencies,
the whole concept of a secret government and army within a government is
a menace to the democratic system."
Sean MacBride, former Foreign Minister of Ireland, and 1974
Nobel Peace Prize recipient; died 1988
"This is not a military defense of Iraq against an
invading army. This is the creation of another layer in this mythology of
victimhood, which has been developed in the Arab world for at least the
last three generations. ... The view is that everything evil comes from
outside, from somewhere else."
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