ABC reports CIA cleared to conduct black ops against Iran
Snip from ABC News blog “The Blotter”:
- The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
- The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.
Link, and don’t miss the classy comments on that post, calling ABC News “traders to the United States” (sic) for having reported what should come as no surprise to anyone already aware that the US and Ahmadinejad are not BFF. Ryan Singel has more over at the Wired News blog Threat Level: Link. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed ABC today for the report: Link to AP story.
Reader comment: Andrew de Geofroy says,
- I, for one, am glad to see ABC make this report about the CIA’s possible role in Iran (and BoingBoing? bringing attention to it). As a journalist and journalism student who understands that the role of the media should be another check and balance on the government (it’s called the fourth branch of government for a reason), and as a person who believes Bush is “leading” this country in the wrong direction, I think this kind of reporting is important.
Copied without comment from BoingBoing. The number of comments in the original post claiming ABC are “traders” to the United States for reporting this says it all, really. Given the choice between truth or Bush, it’s downright scary how many Americans choose to side with Bush automatically, and truth itself is seen as an evil.
Draw your own conclusions, folks.
You’re not being a traitor is you’re proud of your country and unhappy with the direction it’s headed. You’re not being a traitor if you think Bush is the most evil president the US has ever had the misfortune to elect. Bush is not the country. Bush is a person, and a completely amoral one at that.
Be a trader. Stand up and be counted.