Wikileaks CIA Release: Say What?

Wikileaks offered its first release since the controversial distribution of documents related to the United States effort in Afghanistan.

The current leak was posted to their web site on August 25. It is titled “CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010.”

The leak describes Red Cell as a CIA unit created by the Director to develop “out-of-the-box” analysis offering “alternative viewpoints” on key intelligence issues.

This document doesn’t disappoint in being out-of-the-box.

CIA Perception Management: How the World Sees the United States

CIA Red Cell starts out by stating, “This report examines the implications of what it would mean for the US to be seen increasingly as an incubator and exporter of terrorism.” Don’t hold your breath. There’s nothing there about the School of the Americas, the shock and awe invasion of Iraq and the carnage that entailed, or 300 dead Panamanians and United States soldiers as a result of the 1981 manhunt for General Manuel Noriega, a former US asset.

This document lists four examples of terrorism exported by citizens of the United States. Five Muslim Americans traveled to Pakistan, tried to join the Taliban, and were arrested. Red Cell notes that, “In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers.” Also singled out are those Irish Americans who provided cash to the Irish Republican Army used to fund terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.

Of most interest, convicted terrorist David Headley is cited as an example. A Pakistani American from Chicago, Headley recently plead guilty to providing “advanced surveillance” for the 2008 mega-terror attack on the Indian financial capitol, Mumbai.

The London Sunday Times pointed out that Headley had been “working for” the US Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a plea deal in 1997. The Times of India quoted unnamed Indian officials investigating the attacks as speculating that Headley “could have been a double agent for American agencies and Pakistan-based outfits.” US government officials deny any connection with Headley after a brief association with DEA.

The analysis concludes “that Americans can be great assets in terrorist operations overseas.”

The perception that the US is an “incubator and exporter of terrorism” may create push back by other governments in the War on Terror. The report cautions that this may lead to formal inquiries concerning US citizens by foreign intelligence agencies who may “even request the rendition of US citizens.” Renditions involve the transfer of suspected terrorists from one state to another where torture is used to extract information.

The report warns that US failure to cooperate with these requests, “might lead some governments to consider secretly extracting US citizens suspected of foreign terrorism from US soil.”

All this might limit cooperation by US allies in anti-terror efforts.

The Red Cell Memorandum Makes No Sense

We are told that the perception of the US exporting terror would limit the cooperation of other nations in anti terror efforts. If that’s true, then we would expect that the US would be less than cooperative with other nations that export terrorism, defined as citizens leaving their country and committing terrorist acts elsewhere.

Didn’t President George W. Bush kiss the Saudi King and hold his hand in a garden walk in 2005? Was that indiscreetly affectionate behavior deterred by the perception that the Saudis are an “exporter of terrorism” in the form of bin Laden and the Saudi citizens named as pulling off 9/11? Didn’t the current Justice Department support Saudi Arabia’s attempt to block a suit by 9/11 victims? Didn’t the US have up to 10,000 troops in Saudi Arabia from 1991 through 2003 at the very time that Saudi nationals were sponsoring schools throughout the Middle East that taught hatred of what is now called the homeland?

Other nations allow the US to violate their sovereignty to kidnap and torture their citizens as a result of asymmetrical power. The US can crush these nations militarily and financially. The US also offers financial inducements to the leaders of some nations involved. Therefore, they cooperate.

The report assumes that there’s some sort of rule book that allows other nations to behave toward the US as the US does toward them, if somehow US citizens leave the country and commit terrorist acts. In reality, there’s no referee or rule book, just a one-sided power equation in favor of US action. It’s all about power and dominance.

This leak doesn’t amount to much more than a peek at what is viewed as a “thought provoking alternative” view within the CIA. It misses the main point regarding the perception of the US throughout the world.

The Real Export of Terror: Reality Trumps Perception

The United States operates what is commonly known as the School of Americas in Georgia. The school offers training in counterinsurgency, interrogation, and anti terror tactics and strategies. Thousands of Latin American military personnel have trained there over the years. Graduates include some of the worst dictators in that region including those behind the deadly Operation Condor in the 1980s. Some of the worst atrocities in the region were committed by school graduates. The school’s level of responsibility for the behavior of it’s graduate can’t be quantified in precise terms. However, for some graduates, the training failed to instill a respect for humanity and taught tactics that were employed against the citizens that the military leaders were to protect.

The US has held the leadership position in NATO since its inception in 1949. In 1990, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Operation Gladio and US involvement (European Parliament resolution on Gladio, Nov. 22, 1990, Clause G. 2). This involved paramilitary groups in NATO member nations and France. The groups were created by US and British intelligence after World War II. The original goal was to provide resistance in case of a takeover by the Soviet Union. Long after that was a viable concern, the groups continued by staging false-flag terror attacks against their own citizens. The incidents, which killed thousands, were committed by the Gladio groups and falsely attributed to Communists and Soviet sympathizers.

These are just two examples of the unrestrained and counter productive use of power exported by successive US administrations. It’s no accident that this information is kept from US citizens. Sufficiently informed, the vast majority would find these programs offensive and counterproductive. But it’s no secret to the rest of the world. The concerns expressed in the Red Cell Memorandum are moot. It’s too late. The word is out.

Michael Collins writes for Scoop Independent News and a variety of other web publications on election fraud and other corruptions of the new millennium. He is one of few to report on the ongoing struggles of Susan Lindauer, an activist accused of being a foreign agent, who was the subject of a government request for forced psychiatric medication. This article may be reproduced in whole or in part with attribution of authorship, a link to this article, and acknowledgment of images. Read other articles by Michael, or visit Michael's website.

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  1. Rehmat said on August 27th, 2010 at 8:27am #

    Iranian President Dr. Ahmadinejad has accused the US and Israel of planning to invade two regional Muslim countries to pressure the Islamic Republic. First I thought he meant Syria and Lebanon – but after studying the recent Wikileaks (twin Jewish sister of Wikipedia) – I have decided to bet my Canadian dollar on Pakistan and Lebanon. Why? Because Pakistan is the sole Muslim nuclear power and Lebanese Islamic Resistance, Hizbullah, is the only Muslim militia which has defeated the Jewish army twice (in 2000 and 2006).

    The 91,000 ‘leaks’ documents expose US propaganda lies about its military success, carpet-bombing, civilian death and US-appointed Hamid Karzai government to cover its nine-year-old war in Afghanistan conceived by the neocons (mostly Jewish) several month before the 9/11. The two main reasons for the invasion of Afghanistan were the Caspian Sea oil/gas reserves and the supply of opium. Both of the desired aims were to benefit Zionist elites and Israel in the long run. In 2010, the US taxpayers are going to pay towards Washington’s wars for Israel in Afghanistan ($65 billion), Iraq ($61 billion) and Palestine ($6 billion). The US-Canada alliance in Afghanistan is expected to cost US$22 billion to the Canadian taxpayers…….

  2. teafoe2 said on August 27th, 2010 at 12:41pm #


    I’m somewhat struck by your characterization of Wikileaks as the “twin Jewish sister of Wikipedia”, right after stating that you base your view of likely US/Izzy war plans on your study of it.

    I myself don’t have a firmly fixed analysis of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, or the impact of the voluminous “leaks”. I haven’t noticed much MSM discussion of the content of the leaks; coverage seems to have been limited to airing DOD/Obummer Admin outrage and trashing of Bradley Manning.

    Democracy Now! did cover it to an extent for a couple days, but I haven’t noticed anything recently except some mention of the un-filed “criminal non-charges” reported in Sweden. So I wonder what impact these “revelations” are having on “progressive” circles or the wider public. I don’t myself have a clear notion of this, so I’m asking.

    BTW the flap started by the two ladies in Sweden seems to have completely died down, haven’t seen a peep about it for almost a week now. ??

  3. teafoe2 said on August 27th, 2010 at 12:52pm #

    Rehmat, right after posting the above I hit your link and went to your page, where I found most of my questions had already been answered. So don’t bother to respond to the above.

    I found your page acutely focussed, very sharp, wide range of sources. I recommend it, and return to it now.

  4. denk said on August 27th, 2010 at 8:27pm #

    intrigued by wikileaks recent exploits, i went over to their site for the first time the other day, this is what i found….

    right outta the horse mouth…..

    1] *wikileaks was founded by a group of “chinese dissidents”

    our advisary board consists mostly of “oppressed political dissidents”, “human rights activists”, journalists, lawyers and computer expers*

    the advisory board turn out to be a group of ned sponsored tam veterans, with tibetan activists to boot. !

    and the “computer expert” is none other than ben laurie, *a one-time programmer and Internet security expert for Google, which recently signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and has been charged by China with being part of a U.S. cyber-espionage campaign against China*

    2] wiki is endorsed by ………time mag !!!
    *“ … could become as important a journalistic tool
    as the Freedom of Information Act. „
    — Time Magazine **

    3] wiki’s mission, in its own words, is to expose the sins committed by “oppressive regimes” around the world.
    mind u, when “ngo” based in the us speak of “oppressive regimes”, thats the code word for any country currently on uncle sham’s “enemy lists”.
    if u go thru its mission statement, wiki seems to be obcessed with beijing, the only “regime” mentioned in its agenda, i guess ben laurie is the resident expert here to guide anyone in china who wants to drop a “bombshell” on the ccp, how to bypass its firewall, ?

    4] as many have already pointed out, wiki”s “leaks” so far are all stale news.
    more to the point, its very lame news
    all the wiki leaks about “collateral damages’ are HARMLESS stuff, no way it’s gonna make a dent on the anglo war making juggernaut !
    does it make any difference if today wikileaks drop another “bombshell” [sic] about a hitherto UNKNOWN massacre of civilians “including many women and children” ?
    would 1m people marched on the streets to protest against this horror ?
    none, nada, zilch, nichts…..
    it might as well be a sport journo announcing the football score !
    such barbarities have been going on for yrs now forchrissake
    “the unthinkable has been normalised”

    and whom to wiki goes to for this expose’……..the nyt, guardian, the spiegel !!
    which lost no time in trumpeting the USEFUL stuff, alleged pakistan and iran shenanigans in afghan !!

    a time mag recommended outfit , staffed by ned chinese “dissidents”, with an agenda which wouldnt look outta place in a freedom house mission statement.
    enough said.
    it it looks like a duck, smell like a duck and walk like a duck…..

  5. teafoe2 said on August 27th, 2010 at 9:06pm #

    Denk, I too visited the Wikileaks page, and also googled up a few pages of outside opinions on Assange & WL.

    My experience was similar to yours. Don’t want to jump to conclusions, condemn anybody without all the possibly relevant facts, but the more I learn the more it appears that WL is very fishy.

    Could it be a straw in the wind that the “sexual misconduct” in Sweden story that burst upon the MSM last weekend has now vanished from sight? I’m sure there are millions of tabloid addicted teenagers who like me are bursting with curiousity re What REALLY Happened:)

  6. Michael Collins said on August 27th, 2010 at 10:26pm #

    denk and teafoe2,

    In an article I wrote about Wikileaks on July 29, , I raised this question (and answered it):

    “Question: Why did Wikileaks choose the New York Times, of all papers, as the news and editorial source for the U.S. audience?

    “The Times is, after all, the newspaper that brought us Judith Miller’s fantasies about weapons of mass destruction and withheld the illegal wiretapping story until well after the 2004 election. That made “the paper of record” complicit in the effort to lie us into an illegal Iraq invasion and perpetuate the Iraq occupation and war. By withholding the illegal wiretapping story until December 16, 2005, the hugely negative impact of Bush illegal wiretapping was assured to have no influence on the election. This helped Bush and Cheney to four more years to inflict their pain on the country and the world. ”

    Previously, I’d questioned their take on who committed “murder” in Baghdad. I pointed out that it was Clinton, Albright, Powell, Cheney, and Bush who represented the real horror of Iraq since they made it all happen ( ). I wrote Wikileaks and asked who they thought committed the “murder” from their leak, “Collateral Murder”. No reply, although they’d replied when I inquired about the presentation of the video leak when I covered their press conference live.

    It’s very “ducky”.

    Rehmat, there is certainly a war agenda that can be derived from the Wikileaks Afghanistan materials. We’re lead to believe that bin Laden is alive, that Iran and Pakistan are driving the action against the US presence, and that bad things are happening to Afghani citizens. We knew the last point for a long time. The first two are from Afghan intel operatives, largely. I know of no mention in those leaks of the tolerance of heroin crops in Afghanistan that provide 80% of the world’s supply.

    The fact that the New York Times got it as part of the deal shows that the paper that brought us WMD and the Iraq invasion is a trusted partner of Wikileaks. Talk about an agenda.

  7. denk said on August 27th, 2010 at 10:40pm #

    *I’m sure there are millions of tabloid addicted teenagers who like me are bursting with curiousity re What REALLY Happened*

    the ned needs no introduction for dv’s readers i presume
    but in case u’re “newbie” who isnt well versed with what ned does for a living…..


    a ned staffed “empire whistleblower” ?

  8. Michael Collins said on August 27th, 2010 at 10:58pm #

    National Endowment for Democracy – (NED) I learned about them way back when I was writing more about voting rights and election fraud. It’s just an adjunct of US foreign policy. I recall that at the time 2004/2005, former Rep. Vin Weber was the Chairman. He had been involved in one of the tech companies that conducted the voter purges prior to the 2000 election. Prominently featured on the board is former Senator Norm Coleman of MN who fought the 2006 recount and Chris Cox, former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission during the great crash of 2007/2008.

    What a crew for democracy! Two former legislators who showed a real hostility for voting rights and the guy who helped usher in the depression.

    Back in 2004, a number of us made a ruckus about Wes Clark being on the NED board, pointing out the anti-democracy nature of the organization. He actually left the board shortly thereafter. Probably had nothing to do with us but it’s a nice “fish story.”

    NED is not “national,” it’s international. It’s not for democracy. Rather, it represents the current power structure seeking to preserve the status quo or rig it even more in their favor.

    Now here’s a real pro-democracy organization, no doubt about it.
    (click on logo for main page)
    Speaking of acronyms, what’s with TED, the self appointed “genius” lecture series?

  9. denk said on August 27th, 2010 at 11:13pm #

    michael collins
    *Prominently featured on the board is former Senator Norm Coleman of MN who fought the 2006 recount and Chris Cox, former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission during the great crash of 2007/2008. *

    would that be the same cox who wrote the notorious “cock’s report” ?

    signing off……

  10. Michael Collins said on August 28th, 2010 at 1:50am #


    Here’s more on that subject

    “Conspiracy or cock up?” White House reaction to ersatz bomber

  11. hayate said on August 28th, 2010 at 11:10am #

    Assange: The Amazing Adventures of Captain Neo in Blonde Land…


    Background and detail on the “rape” in Sweden. The zionists went to some trouble there fitting Assange up. It was obviously a zionist set-up from the beginning, with ardin playing the now familiar role of lewinsky.

    The question is why?

    To bolster the image of Wikileaks as genuine? Wrong way to go about that. Smearing Assange as a rapist will not further his credibility among the masses – if he’s your front.

    To get Sweden to prevent Wikileaks operating there? And if so, why would they care if Wikileaks is just a front?

    Is this an example of two factions of the capatalist oligarchy using Assange as a medium to fight their battles over policy? What I mean, is Assange a front of one of these, and the other is seeking to knock him down because he is a threat to their own policies? If this is true, it raises the possibility that the zionist/neo-con far right faction are not be the ones backing Assange and are trying to nullify Wikileaks, while some group of different players, who are also part of this capitalist structure, are backing him.

    Another possibility is that Assange/Wikileaks are genuine and the various ziofascist/fascist oligarch factions are all out to neutralise them.

    Whatever is the truth about Wikileaks, this “rape” is different from the other sorts of smears, since it wont help Assange’s credibility as an independent, so one way or another, it looks like there must be some depth to wikileaks operations, whether they turn out to be fronts or genuine.

  12. rosemarie jackowski said on August 29th, 2010 at 10:03am #

    Ad hominem attacks against Assange are irrelevant and counter-productive. The facts are as they are. “Collateral Murder’ is strong evidence of USA war crimes. All of those who helped to leak the story are heroes. It is up to the rest of us to push for the prosecution of the war criminals.

  13. shabnam said on August 29th, 2010 at 11:48am #

    “Ad hominem attacks against Assange are irrelevant and counter-productive.”

    To expose an agent is not ad hominem. You are so impressed with “Collateral Murder’ is strong evidence of USA war crimes” that him hero. Many articles have been written since the ‘leaked’ documents hit the website to warn the public not to believe any one who claims has toxic information.
    The ‘leaked’ documents tell a story about US terrorist activities in the occupied countries. The use of terrorism and killing of the civilians on the daily basis for US imperialism/Zionism and NATO, however, is known to people for a long time. The war criminals are not concerned with this kind of information as long as they have the most destructive WMD in their hands. American mass murderers get worried when Benazir Bhutto exposed CIA’s lie, when they say to arrest Bin Laden, that Bin Laden was killed in 2001.
    The recent ‘leaked’ documents , however, bring Bin Laden from his resting place, a freezer, to tell Americans that he is still ALIVE and lives in Pakistan to have their support for the continuation of the phony ‘war on terror’ to wage wars permanently until no one left.
    Anyone remembers those ‘intellectuals’ who supported the CIA’s war against the Soviet Union, during ‘the cold war’, cannot trust any information coming from the established Zionist media.