When the Cold War was getting started in the late 1940’s, the CIA implemented a program called Operation Mockingbird. The objective was to purchase control and influence many major media outlets. The CIA also planned to have many reporters and journalists on the CIA payroll – a practice many people believe is continuing to this day.
One of the main objectives was to use these journalists as spies and to spread propaganda. The list of news organizations came to include reporters from ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, and Copley News Service.
The CIA was so effective in its efforts, that by the 1950’s they’d managed to infiltrate American businesses, media, and universities with tens of thousands operatives that were on-call and ready to act at a moment’s notice.
It’s also been discovered that the CIA funded more than one movie including the animated “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. The Church Committee, (more on them later) finally exposed the CIA’s operation in 1975 and Operation Mockingbird ceased to exist – at the least that’s what they want us to believe.
THE CIA KILLS A LOT OF PEOPLE (CHURCH COMMITTEE)
The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, aka The Church Committee, is a U.S. Senate Committee that in 1975 was chaired by Senator Frank Church. The Church Committee was a precursor to the now U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
The Church Committee’s job was to investigate whether the intelligence gathering methods employed by the CIA and FBI were legal in light of revelations brought up during the Watergate scandal.
The Church Committee not only discovered Operation Mockingbird as discussed previously, but that the CIA had violated its own charter on several occasions. The CIA’s charter stated that they were only allowed to gather intelligence.
The Church Committee uncovered the assassinations of Allende in Chile, Mossadegh in Iran, and other assassinations on leaders in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia – the list of assassinations was staggering.
Also declassified was information regarding a “Heart Attack Gun” that the CIA made in order to have the ability to kill someone without detection – ingenious really. Other methods of assassination included cancer, automobile accidents, skiing accidents, suicide, boating accidents and heart attacks, just to name a few.
The hearings, while recorded and on the Congressional record, have not really made their way into the “mainstream” and in fact, many Americans either aren’t aware that these hearings ever took place, or dismiss it as a conspiracy theory.