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A great thrill and privilege of mine was to meet one-on-one with American investigative reporter Jack Anderson in the late 1970s at Texas State University (Southwest Texas State University in 1977). It was a giant dose of reality that transformed my entire outlook about government and the press.
Journalism professors Jeff Henderson and David Yates arranged for the 30 minute meeting–between Anderson’s speeches, visits to classes and formal activities–as sort of a reward for me earning investigative reporting awards at state, regional and national competitions.
We specifically talked about two major topics of the day. In Texas, Fred Carrasco, known as “The Heroin Merchant” had been captured and imprisoned after a shootout with police at a south San Antonio motel. I shared additional information with Anderson about the broken factions of the Carrasco crime organization.
I was not prepared for his candor as he provided frightening overview of a corrupt Central Intelligence Agency and their “Operation Mockingbird.” It absolutely terrified me.
CONTROL AMERICA’S THINKING
In summary, he said that the CIA was using propaganda and deception to control America’s thinking. He called it “an assault on citizen’s right to know.”
Like so many millions, I watched his reports on ABC’s Good Morning America program for nine years. But on this particular day in a second story office of Old Main in San Marcos, Texas, Anderson looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Thomas Jefferson sought to lay this issue at rest when two centuries ago he argued that the people’s right to know is more important than the officials’ right to govern.”
Then, changing my life forever, America’s best known investigative reporter revealed the CIA was:
🔹shutting down channels of information to the electorate;
🔹seeking to penalize reporters (including him) whose stories could expose their manipulation and illegal activities; and
🔹planting, controlling and inserting ‘disinformation’ to the American public via news agencies.
Anderson wrote a column that was syndicated in over a thousand newspapers, including The Washington Post. He was the subject of a Time magazine cover story under the headline “Supersnoop,” he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972, and he was featured on “60 Minutes.”
Richard Nixon despised Anderson so much that he had his henchmen, known as the “Plumbers,” to plan a way to get rid of him.
Years later, Mark Feldstein, the chair of broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, revealed in his book Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, “exasperated, the Plumbers turned to the one method of silencing Anderson that would work permanently—murder.”
🔹H. Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy, under orders from Charles Colson, met and plotted potential ways to kill Anderson. They interviewed a retired CIA poison expert to determine whether they could poison him without detection. They put Anderson under surveillance to see if there was a location on his regular route to potentially stage a fatal auto accident.
🔹They staked out his home to case the vulnerable points of entry that could be penetrated to swap prescription medications for poison.
🔹The most bizarre consideration was the idea of lacing Anderson’s steering wheel with LSD, thus causing an accident.
🔹Finally, they decided that the best means would be to stage a mugging that would end in Anderson’s death. Liddy later claimed that he had volunteered for the latter and was satisfied with breaking Anderson’s neck. Before his death, Hunt also corroborated the scheme to kill Anderson.
🔹Colson called off the plan to kill Anderson, as the funds had been earmarked elsewhere. Six weeks later, the burglars were arrested at the Watergate complex.
Nixon left office and died in 1994. Anderson passed away at 81, in 2005.
Now, with what I just shared with you, keep in mind that I closely followed Anderson, the topic of CIA’s involvement with clandestine media manipulation and mind control activities for five decades. Consider the following:
“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories.
“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” — William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy.
“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” — William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee
“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.” — The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein.
“Senator William Proxmire has pegged the number of employees of the federal intelligence community at 148,000 … though Proxmire’s number is itself a conservative one. The “intelligence community” is officially defined as including only those organizations that are members of the U.S. Intelligence Board (USIB); a dozen other agencies, charged with both foreign and domestic intelligence chores, are not encompassed by the term…. The number of intelligence workers employed by the federal government is not 148,000, but some undetermined multiple of that number.” — Jim Hougan, Spooks
“For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government…. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.” –former President Harry Truman, 22 December 1963, one month after the JFK assassination, op-ed section of the Washington Post, early edition
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