National Security Act of ‘47 gave us the National Security Council. Never have we had a National Security Council so
concerned about the nation's security that we're always looking for threats and looking how to orchestrate our society to
oppose those threats. National Security was invented, almost, in 1947, and now it has become the prime mover of everything
we do as measured against something we invented in 1947."
U.S. Navy Admiral Gene La Rocque in PBS Documentary "The Secret Government".
In the revealing 24 minutes of the PBS video documentary The Secret Government
available for free viewing below, host Bill Moyers exposes the inner workings of a secret government much more vast that most
people would ever imagine. Though originally broadcast in 1987, it is even more relevant today. Interviews with respected
top military, intelligence, and government insiders reveal both the history and secret objectives of powerful groups in the
hidden shadows of our government.
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THE SECRET GOVERNMENT – The
Constitution In Crisis
Moyers, Secret Government, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) 1987
Moyers: "The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries,
ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government.
Presidents have turned to them when they can't win the support of the Congress or the people, creating that unsupervised power
so feared by the framers of our Constitution. Just imagine that William Casey's dream came true. Suppose the enterprise grew
into a super-secret, self-financing, self-perpetuating organization. Suppose they decided on their own to assassinate Gorbachev
or the leader of white South Africa. Could a President control them and what if he became the enterprise's public enemy Number
One? Who would know? Who would say no?"
War II was over. Europe lay devastated. The United States emerged as the most powerful nation on earth. But from the rubble
rose a strange new world, a peace that was not peace, and a war that was not war. We saw it emerging when the Soviets occupied
Eastern Europe. The Cold War had begun."
Churchill: "An Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line
lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe."
Moyers: "The Russians had been our ally against the Nazis, an expedient alliance for the sake of war.
Now they were our enemy. To fight them we turned to some of the very men who had inflicted on humanity the horrors of Hitler's
madness. We hired Nazis as American spies. We struck a secret bargain with the devil."
Dabringhaus: "One that I know real well is Klaus Barbie. He was wanted by the French
as their number one war criminal, and somehow we employed a man like that as a very secretive informant."
Moyers: "Erhard Dabringhaus was employed in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence
Corps and assigned to work with Nazi informants spying on the Russians. One of them was Klaus Barbie, the ‘Butcher of
Lyon', who had tortured and murdered thousands of Jews and resistance fighters. The Americans did not turn Barbie over to
the French when they finished with him. They helped him escape to Bolivia. Other top Nazis were smuggled into the United States
to cooperate in the war against the new enemy."
began the morality of the Cold War. Anything goes. The struggle required a mentality of permanent war, a perpetual state of
emergency. It had met a vast new apparatus of power that radically transformed our government. Its foundations were laid when
President Truman signed into law the National Security Act of 1947."
Gene La Rocque: "Now that National Security Act of 1947 changed dramatically the
direction of this great nation. It established the framework for a national security state."
Moyers: "Admiral Gene La Rocque rose through the ranks from Ensign to become a Strategic Planner for the
Pentagon and now heads the Center of Defense Information, a public interest group."
Gene La Rocque: "The National Security Act of ‘47 gave us the National Security
Council. Never have we had a National Security Council so concerned about the nation's security that we're always looking
for threats and looking how to orchestrate our society to oppose those threats. National Security was invented, almost, in
1947, and now it has become the prime mover of everything we do as measured against something we invented in 1947. The
National Security Act also gave us the Central Intelligence Agency."
Moyers: "This is the house the Cold War built – the CIA. The core of the new secret government. Its
chief legitimate duty was to gather foreign intelligence for America's new role as a world power. Soon it was taking on covert
operations, abroad and at home. As its mission expanded, the CIA recruited adventuresome young men like Notre Dame's 'All
American,' Ralph McGehee."
McGehee: "I look back to the individual that I was when I joined the agency. I was
a dedicated Cold Warrior who felt the agency was out there fighting for liberty, justice and democracy and religion around
the world. And I believed wholeheartedly in this. I just felt proud every day that I went to work because I was out at the
vanguard of the battle against the international evil empire – international Communist evil empire."
Moyers: "Iran, 1953: the CIA mounted its first major covert operation to overthrow a foreign government.
The target was the Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mosaddeq. He held power legitimately, through his country's parliamentary
process, and he was popular. Washington had once looked to him as the man to prevent a Communist takeover. But that was
before Mosaddeq decided that the Iranian state, not British companies, ought to own and control the oil within Iran's own
borders. When he nationalized the British run oil fields, Washington saw red."
Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles and his brother Alan, Director of the CIA, decided with Eisenhower's approval, to overthrow
Mosaddeq and reinstate the Shah of Iran. The mobs paid by the CIA, and the police and soldiers bribed by the CIA, drove
Mosaddeq from office."
Newscaster: "Crown Prince Abdullah greets the Shah as he lands at Baghdad airport after a seven-hour flight from
Moyers: The King of Kings was back in control and more pliable than Mosaddeq. American oil companies took
over almost half of Iran's production. U.S. arms merchants moved in with $18 billion of weapons sales over the next 20 years.
But there were losers."
Love (former New York Times reporter): "Nearly everybody in Iran of any importance
has had a brother, or a mother, or a sister, or a son, or a father, tortured, jailed, deprived of property without due process.
I mean an absolutely buccaneering dictatorship in our name that we supported. SAVAK was created by the CIA!"
Moyers: "SAVAK, the Shah's Secret Police, tortured and murdered thousands of his opponents. General Richard Secord and Albert Hakim were among those who helped supply the Shah's insatiable appetite for the technology of control. But the weapons and flattery heaped by America on the Shah
blinded us to the growing opposition of his own people. They rose up in 1979 against him. "Death
to the Shah!" they shouted. "Death to the American Satan."
Love: "Khomeni is a direct consequence, and the hostage crisis is a direct consequence,
and the resurgence of the Shi'a is a direct consequence of the CIA's overthrow of Mosaddeq in 1953."
Moyers: "Guatemala 1954. Flushed with success America's Secret Government decided another troublesome leader
must go. This time it was Jacobo Arbenz, the democratically elected president of Guatemala. Philip Roettinger was recruited
from the Marines to join the CIA team."
Philip Roettinger (Ret.) U.S. Marine Corps: "It was explained to me that it was very
important for the security of the United States that we were going to prevent a Soviet beach-head in this hemisphere, which
we have heard about very recently of course, and that the Guatemalan government was Communist, and we had to do something
Moyers: "President Arbenz had admired Franklin D. Roosevelt and his government voted often with the American
position at the United Nations. But in trying to bring a new deal to Guatemala, Arbenz committed two sins in the eyes of the
Eisenhower administration. First, when he opened the system to all political parties he recognized the Communists too."
Roettinger: "Well, of course there was not even a hint of Communism in his government. He had no Communists in
his Cabinet. He did permit the existence of a very small Communist party."
Moyers: "Arbenz also embarked on a massive land reform program. Less than 3 per cent of the land owners held
more than 70 per cent of the land. So Arbenz nationalized more than 1 ½ million acres, including land owned by his own family
and turned it over to peasants. Much of that land belonged to the United Fruit Company, the giant American firm that was intent
on keeping Guatemala, quite literally, a banana republic. United Fruit appealed to its close friends in Washington, including
the Dulles brothers, who said that Arbenz was openly playing the Communist game. He had to go."
Roettinger: "This was sudden death for him. There was no chance of him winning this fight because of the fact
that he had done this to the United Fruit Company. Plus the fact, that he was overthrowing the hegemony of the United States
over this area. And this was dangerous, it could not be tolerated. We couldn't tolerate that."
Moyers: "From Honduras, the same country that today is the Contra staging base, the CIA launched a small
band of mercenaries against Guatemala. They were easily turned back. So with its own planes and pilots the CIA then bombed
the capital. Arbenz fled and was immediately replaced by an American puppet, Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas."
Roettinger: "He overturned all of the reformist activities of President Arbenz. He gave the land back to the
United Fruit Company that had been confiscated. He took land from the peasants and gave it back to the land owners."
Moyers: "The CIA had called its covert action against Guatemala, Operation Success. Military dictators
ruled the country for the next 30 years. The United States provided them with weapons and trained their officers. The Communists
we saved them from would have been hard pressed to do it better. Peasants were slaughtered. Political opponents were tortured.
Suspected insurgents were shot, stabbed, burned alive or strangled. There were so many deaths at one point that coroners complained
they couldn't keep up with the work load. Operation Success."
Roettinger: "What we did has caused a succession of repressive military dictatorships in that country and has
been responsible for the deaths over 100,000 of their citizens."
Moyers: "Success breeds success, sometimes with dreary repetition. Mario Sandoval Alarcon began his career
in the CIA's adventure in Guatemala. Today he's known as the Godfather of the Death Squads. In 1981, after lobbying Ronald
Reagan's advisors for military aid to Guatemala, Sandoval Alarcon danced at the Inaugural Ball."
Bissell, another veteran of the Guatemalan coup, went on to become the CIA's Chief of Covert Operations. I looked him up several
years ago for a CBS documentary. He talked about a secret report prepared for the White House in 1954 by a group of
distinguished citizens headed by former president Herbert Hoover."
Report Quote: "It
is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination. There are no rules in such
a game. Hitherto accepted norms of human conduct do not apply. If the United States is to survive, longstanding American concepts
of fair play must be reconsidered. We must learn to subvert, sabotage, and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated,
more effective methods than those used against us."
"Cuba, 1961, seven years after Operation Success in Guatemala, Bissell was planning another CIA covert operation."
Newscaster: "The assault has begun on the dictatorship of Fidel Castro."
Moyers: "On April 17, 1961, Cuban exiles trained by the CIA at a base in friendly Guatemala landed on the
southern coast of Cuba, at the Bay of Pigs. The U.S. had promised air support, but President Kennedy cancelled it. The invaders,
left defenseless, surrendered. Seven months after the disastrous invasion, Kennedy delivered a major foreign policy address."
John F. Kennedy: "We cannot, as a free nation, compete with our adversaries in
tactics of terror, assassination, false promises, counterfeit mobs and crisis."
"The President was not telling the truth. Even as he spoke, his administration was planning a new covert war on Cuba. It would include some of the dirty tricks the President said we were above. The Secret Government
was prepared for anything."
interview with Richard Bissel: "At one time, the CIA organized a small department
known as Executive Action, which was a permanent assassination capability."
Bissel: "Well, it wasn't just an assassination capability. It was a capability to discredit or get rid of
people, but it could have included assassination."
Moyers: "And it did. There were at least eight documented attempts to kill Castro. He says there were two
dozen. And there was even one effort to put LSD in his cigars. To help us get rid of the Cuban leader, our Secret Government
turned to the Mafia, just as we once made use of Nazis. The gangsters included the Las Vegas Mafioso, John Roselli, the
Don of Chicago, Sam Giancana, and the Boss of Tampa, Santo Traficante."
I read you correctly you are saying it is the involvement in the Mafia that disturbed you and not the need or decision to
assassinate a foreign leader."
Moyers: "It is a chilling thought made more chilling by the assassination of John Kennedy. The accusations
linger. In some minds, the suspicions persist of a dark unsolved conspiracy behind his murder. You can dismiss them, as many
of us do. But knowing now what our secret government planned for Castro, the possibility remains. Once we decide that anything
goes, anything can come home to haunt us."
1968: American soldiers are fighting and dying in the jungles of Southeast Asia. But the Vietnam War didn't start this way.
It started secretly off the books, like so many of these ventures that have ended disastrously. The CIA got there early, soon
after the Vietnamese won their independence from the French in 1954. Eisenhower warned that the nations of Southeast Asia
would fall like dominoes if the Communists, led by Ho Chi Min, took over all Vietnam. To hold the line, we installed in Saigon
a puppet regime under Ngo Dinh Diem. American-trained commandoes were used to sabotage bus and rail lines and contaminate
North Vietnam's oil supply. Vice President Nixon lent moral support to Diem, but the situation kept getting worse."
Kennedy sent the Green Berets to Vietnam and turned to full scale counter-insurgency. He had once said that Vietnam was the
ultimate test of our will to stem the tide of world Communism. By the time of his death, there were 15,000 Americans there.
They were called "advisors." The secret war was leading only to deeper involvement and more deception."
Lyndon Johnson: "It is my duty to the American people to report that renewed hostile
actions against United States ships on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin have today required me to order the military forces
of the United States, to take action and reply."
"This President was not telling the truth either. The action at the Gulf of Tonkin was not unprovoked. South Vietnam had been
conducting secret raids in the area against the North and the American destroyer, ordered into the battle zone, had advanced
warning it could be attacked. But Johnson seized the incident to stampede Congress into passing the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
He then used it as a blank check for the massive buildup of American forces."
1965: Two battalions of Marines land in South Vietnam. The first of more than 2½ million Americans to fight there with no
Congressional declaration of war. The dirty little war that began in secret, is reaching full roar. Free-fire zones, defoliation,
the massacre at My Lai, napalm, and the CIA's Operation Phoenix to round up, torture and kill suspected Viet Cong."
McGehee: "We were murdering these people, incinerating them."
Moyers: "Ralph McGehee was there for the CIA and helped set up South Vietnam's secret police."
(Notre Dame "All American"): "My efforts had resulted in the deaths of many people,
and I just – for me it was a period when I guess I was – I considered
myself nearly insane – I just couldn't reconcile what I had been and what I was at the time becoming."
Moyers: "Many of the secret warriors in Southeast Asia had no such doubts or regrets. Some of the team that
later joined the Iran-Contra enterprise, helped to run the secret war in Laos. As General Richard Secord later put it, 'Laos
belonged to the CIA.' Looking back, it is stunning how easily the Cold War enticed us
into surrendering popular control of government to the National Security State. We've never come closer to bestowing absolute
authority on the president. Setting up White House groups that secretly decide to fight dirty little wars, is a direct assumption
of the war powers expressly forbidden by the Constitution."
since December, 1941, has Congress declared war. Since then, we've had a police action in Korea, advisors in Vietnam, covert
operations in Central America, peacekeeping in Lebanon and low intensity conflicts going on right now from Angola to Cambodia.
We've turned the war powers of the United States over to, well we're never really sure who, or what they're doing, or what
it costs, or who is paying for it. The one thing that we are sure of is that this largely secret global war carried on
with less and less accountability to democratic institutions, has become a way of life. And now we are faced with a question
brand new in our history. Can we have the permanent warfare state and democracy too?"
1975 as the war in Vietnam came to an end, Congress took its first public look at the Secret Government. Senator Frank Church
chaired the Select Committee to study government operations. The hearings opened the books on a string of lethal activities.
From the use of electric pistols and poison pellets, to Mafia connections and drug experiments. And they gave us a detailed
account of assassination plots against foreign leaders and the overthrowing of sovereign governments. We learned, for
example, how the Nixon administration had waged a covert war against the government of Chile's president, Salvador Allende,
who was ultimately overthrown by a military coup and assassinated."
Church: "Like Caesar peering into the colonies from distant Rome, Nixon said the
choice of government by the Chileans was unacceptable to the president of the United States. The attitude in the White House
seemed to be – if in the wake of Vietnam, I can no longer send in the Marines, then I will send in the CIA."
"The powers claimed by presidents and national security have become the controlling wheel of government, driving everything
else. Secrecy then makes it possible for the president to pose as the sole competent judge of what will best protect our security.
Secrecy permits the White House to control what others know, and that's power."
"This is the ultimate weapon of the
secret government – the National Security Decision Directive – the NSDD. Every president since Harry Truman has issued them. They're not published in any government
register. Ronald Reagan has signed at least 280 such directives. They cover everything from outer space to nuclear weapons
to covert operations in Iran and Nicaragua. In essence, by an arbitrary and secret decree, the president can issue
himself a license to do as he will, where he will. And the only ones who need to know are the secret agents who carry
it out – the knights of the Oval Office."
remains for me the heart of the matter. The men who wrote our Constitution, our basic book of rules, were concerned that power
be held accountable. No party of government and no person in government, not even the President, was to pick or choose among
the laws to be obeyed. But how does one branch of government blow the whistle on another? Or how do the people cry foul when
their liberties are imperiled, if public officials can break the rules, lie to us about it, and then wave the wand of national
security to silence us?"
it happen again? You bet it can. The apparatus of secret power remains intact in a huge White House staff operating in
the sanctuary of presidential privilege. George Bush has already told the National Security Council to take more responsibility
for foreign policy, which can of course be exercised beyond public scrutiny. And a lot of people in Washington are calling
for more secrecy, not less, including more covert actions. This is a system easily corrupted as the public grows indifferent
again, and the press is seduced or distracted. So one day, sadly, we are likely to discover once again that while freedom
does have enemies in the world, it can also be undermined here at home, in the dark, by those posing as its friends. I'm
Bill Moyers. Good night."