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The Central Intelligence Agency, also known simply as the CIA, is tasked with providing national security information to US policymakers (Congress, Senate, President), including information on corporations, individuals and foreign governments. Gathering information doesn't sound so bad, does it?
Well, if that's where it stopped then *perhaps* it wouldn't be, though the level of information gained on citizens would need a great deal of discussion. However, the CIA has a history of more than "information gathering", it practices a great deal of tinkering in the internal affairs of other governments. There's a vast well of information on the ways in which the CIA manipulates around the globe, so I'll stick to a few highlights to show you how they place America on the wrong side of danger by involving us with clandestine intelligence operations.
In 1953, the CIA orchestrated a coup (Britain's SIS was also involved, but we're talking about US Foreign Policy) to topple the democratically elected government of Iran, setting up a dictatorship for the next 25 years. This dictatorship was held in place with the Iranian secret police (SAVAK) trained and supplied by the CIA. (Simply google SAVAK CIA for a plethora of accounts.)
Perhaps you've heard of the "Bay of Pigs Invasion"? This was an attempt in 1961 to overthrow Fidel Castro by a group of Cuban exiles, trained and supplied by the CIA, as directed by President Eisenhower. ("Bay of Pigs" is actually a small body of water on the southern coast of Cuba, FYI.) Not to mention the numerous assassination attempts on Castro himself.
In 1954 the CIA implemented a coup in Guatemala to overthrow their democratically elected President.
In 1986, the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Nicaragua that the US was guilty of violating international law by supporting Contra guerrillas in their rebellion against Nicaragua's government.
This is the short version of what I'm sure could be a very long list of the CIA intervening in the affairs of other nations. Directly affecting the stability of foreign nations.
I'm not making the point that Castro is a good guy, or that Iran's government would've been the peak of civilization. I'm saying that when you decide to covertly interfere with the fabric of another government that it creates animosity towards us. None of this even includes domestic spying programs (that's programs to spy on you and I, US citizens), CIA torture policies, or the other countless things the CIA has probably done without our knowledge or permission.
These are acts of war, but all we see is the blowback. Imagine if a foreign nation attempted to covertly overthrow our government? We need to start thinking about reciprocation, how do we want to be treated? Then we must stop perpetuating underhanded hostile acts towards other nations, because it isn't safe.
part 1: Blowback
part 2: Sanctions
part 3: Just-War
part 4: Preventive War
part 5: Declaration of War
part 6: Torture
part 7: Finances
part 8: CIA
part 9: War on Terror
part 10: War on Terror part 2, Suicide Terrorists
part 11: Conclusion