I think that it’s no mere innocent coincidence but rather a meaningful one that two major films begin running this week that shed light on the unfortunate life of the only truth telling journalist of his era, Gary Webb; and the increasingly obvious fact that the US national security state was instrumental in creating ISIS.
Gary Webb was the reporter from the San Jose Mercury News that wrote the series “Dark Alliance” that detailed CIA involvement with the narco terrorists that it was in alliance with in it effort to overthrow the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. After this groundbreaking story broke the CIA pulled out all the stops to ensure that Gary Webb was discredited as a journalist. This act of killing the messenger as a way of responding to the facts that CIA found to be too inconvenient to have to face up to, is the name of one of these films opening this weekend around the country.
Killing the Messenger is a documentary film that details precisely the means and methods that were employed at the time by CIA to destroy Webb’s reputation as a journalist that ultimately was successful and led to Gary Webb’s eventual unfortunate suicide if indeed that is what his death really was. I had my doubts at the time that Gary Webb’s death was indeed a suicide owing to the fact that the medical examiner’s report listed not one but two gunshot wounds to the head as the cause of death. In an effort to explain Webb’s death as a suicide the same craven and cowardly crowd of prostitute scribblers who had happily engaged in the CIA inspired character assassination program directed at Webb then went on to explain how it was that many such suicide cases often involve multiple gunshots to the head by the person committing the act of suicide. At the time I thought that this was the most transparent and spurious attempt to cover up an actual physical assassination that was a follow on to the carefully orchestrated character assassination of Gary Webb that had proceeded it.
Perhaps we’ll never know for sure now that almost 20 years has passed since this crime was committed. One thing however that we are sure of is that this label of “conspiracy theorist” that was bandied about in regard to Webb as a way of discrediting him as a truth telling investigative journalist was indeed CIA inspired and organized as its way of discrediting a journalistic masterpiece that revealed for the first time the full extent of the criminality that the national security state embraced as a way of furthering its mission.
This of course brings us to the question of ISIS and who was responsible for aiding it, equipping, supplying, and training the mercenary religiously inspired sociopaths who make up its membership. “Plausible Deniability” is the term of art that is always embedded into the structure of any such use of proxy militia forces as Reagan’s CIA employed in its mission of support for the narco-terrorists that it partnered with in its effort to overthrow the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Are we correct in assuming that this executive action arm of the US presidency/national security state is still capable of such things? Are we correct in assuming that its unfortunate success in destroying the only truth telling investigative journalist of that era, Gary Webb, was something that helped CIA and the rest of the national security state raise the learning curve so as to be able to snuff out such problems as Gary Webb presented in the future before they mushroom into full blown exercises in journalistic truth telling that impinge upon its mission?
I would answer in the affirmative in regard to the two questions stated above. I would also argue for the fact that VP Biden’s recent episode of faux truth telling to a group at Harvard University was a clever attempt at damage control of his part in regard to the increasing speculation that indeed the US national security state was instrumental in the creation of ISIS in the same way that it was instrumental in creating the counter-revolutionary contra rebel force in Nicaragua. Biden’s convenient way of shifting all the blame onto US client states in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar got great play in the collaborationist media. This is the same mult-billion dollar corporate media establishment that was not only instrumental in the assassination of Gary Webb but was willing to lie to the America public in regard the mythical “weapons of mass destruction” that Saddam Hussein never in fact had that became an instrumental part of a war of aggression conducted by Bush 43 against Iraq in violation of international law which was the exact same crime against the international order that the surviving Nazi leadership was convicted of at Nuremberg.
The fact of the matter is that the US national security state has been partnering with Islamic terror for almost fifty years now. This partnership first saw the light of day in the use of Wahabbist terror in Indonesia in the 1960’s on the side of the coup de tat that overthrew the elected government of Sukarno, a populist leader that had won the support of the Indonesian Communist Party and is one million registered voters.
The strategy of partnering with Islamic terror really took off and came into public view with Carter/Reagan policy of using such to entice the Soviets to invade Afghanistan thus giving the USSR its own Vietnam as payback for the other Vietnam, i.e. the real one that they gave to the US.
Its been all down hill since then from the peoples perspective but not from the perspective of the all powerful US national security state whose dependence grew in leaps and bounds on this form of religiously inspired terror that worked so well.
The purpose of this article is to not go into the highly specific nuts & bolts of the operation that stood up ISIS as a US proxy to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria and to contain Iran, but rather to explain recent history in light of these facts that have a real context to them as these seemingly isolated facts are presented to the American public by the collaborationist corporate media that is more like the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four.
This brings us back to today and to Biden’s move at Harvard to shift blame for ISIS onto Turkey and the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. There is no doubt about the fact that these feudal monarchies as well as Turkey were instrumental in standing up ISIS but they did so in partnership with the US national security state to whom they are all beholden as clients.
These are the facts! In regard to the actual minutia of this whole affair I am going to leave that for a future article. On one final point before concluding, I would like to mention the fact that the so-called “Caliph” of IS/ISIS/ISIL the Islamic Scholar with a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies Mr. Al-Baghdadi had been held in US custody until 2012 when he was released, i.e. reprogrammed and ISIS was the result thereof. The actual training of ISIS mercenaries took place in both Jordan and Turkey. In Jordan it proceeded under the ever watchfully eyes of the US Marine Corp trainers.
Vincit Omnia Veritas.
Note-this article was originally posted to Open Salon on 09-10-2014