A Timeline of CIA attrocities
CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment. So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition.
I am cross-posting this from JPR, because it hits so close to home, for me. Bottom line, when CIA manipulation fails, they call in the military to overthrow the dictator they have installed. I participated in two of those operations, against Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein, and saw firsthand the truth of this statement:
Often the newly installed dictator grows comfortable with the security apparatus the CIA has built for him. He becomes an expert at running a police state. And because the dictator knows he cannot be overthrown, he becomes independent and defiant of Washington’s will. The CIA then finds it cannot overthrow him, because the police and military are under the dictator’s control, afraid to cooperate with American spies for fear of torture and execution. The only two options for the U.S at this point are impotence or war. Examples of this “boomerang effect” include the Shah of Iran, General Noriega and Saddam Hussein.
The last line of that paragraph is especially insightful, so I separated it to stand on it's own:
The boomerang effect also explains why the CIA has proven highly successful at overthrowing democracies, but a wretched failure at overthrowing dictatorships.
This video gives a concise history of the (most recent) invasion of Panama:
The rest of the article quoted is an excellent timeline, both for understanding our history in greater detail, and also for showing your friends and relatives what we have been doing all along. Great material for future reference.
Near the bottom, there is another "money" quote:
In a speech before the CIA celebrating its 50th anniversary, President Clinton said: “By necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage.”
Clinton’s is a common defense of the CIA: namely, the American people should stop criticizing the CIA because they don’t know what it really does. This, of course, is the heart of the problem in the first place.