De-Manufacturing Consent- “The CIA Has Become the Phoenix”

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Douglas Valentine

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by CIA expert and author of The Phoenix Program, Douglas Valentine. Douglas explains how the CIA's proposed "sweeping organizational changes," as reported in the Washington Post, are the natural evolution of a process that began in 1967 with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam.

Douglas breaks down the current structure of the CIA, and why there is no longer a need for the "old-fashioned" directorates. We discuss how the agency has benefited from the politics of the "war on terror;" how it aims to controls the political, economic , and social movements of the planet, including within the United States; and its influence in the corporate and pseudo-alternative media. Lastly, we discuss how the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency tactics born out of the CIA's Phoenix Program have expanded beyond the agency itself, and are now employed by virtually every law enforcement and intelligence agency in the country. Paramilitary units, like the CIA's death squads in Vietnam, Latin America, and Iraq, are now patrolling American streets under the guise of local "police departments." Now that the general public has finally taken notice, will it become another "normalized inconvenience," or will the American people do something about it?

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  1. CuChulainn says:

    What a shame that DV’s voice drops out at 48:18; no more sound from him. A very important interview.

  2. The rot which manifests as these agencies, It seems after a few generations operations managers would loose conviction and start wondering why they do what they do.
    If the logical conclusions is achieved, worldwide panopticon, subservient self censorship, mindless consumers.. the psychos would get bored, right?
    I bet they want to spark a real opposition, so they can live the REAL CIA dream, chaos and murder!! death from above. Or possibly it’s a human problem of feeling like everything is out of control, and complete control will stabilize this seeming chaotic existence. It amazes me how religions have lasted for thousands of years, a philosophy of self control and morality, one answer to the nagging emptiness.

  3. Another great episode as always – the development of ‘counter-terrorism’ as the main mission for the CIA is a long and complex story, and I learned more about that by listening to this interview than anything else I can remember.

  4. CuChulainn says:

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