Ex-CIA blamed US for Mideast revolutions
A former CIA operative says secret missions carried out by the agency
across the world have contributed to the buildup of public anger against
US backed regimes and the revolutions in Middle East.
His comments came after Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor charged with
double murder after shooting dead two men in Pakistan, refused to sign a
charge sheet in court, insisting he had diplomatic immunity. AFP
“The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our
government would quit doing these things -- they cost us credibility,"
wrote Robert Anderson, a demolitions technician with the Air Force who
was reassigned to work with the CIA’s Air America operation in Lao, in
an article published in counterpunch.
“You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people
are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan,” he added.
Anderson went on to explain that during the Vietnam War, Laos held a
geo-strategic position, as Pakistan does to Afghanistan today and in
Laos just like Pakistan, Washington conducted covert military operations
against a sovereign people, using the CIA.
“I was a demolitions technician with the Air Force who was reassigned to
work with the CIA's Air America operation in Laos. We turned in our
military ID cards and uniforms and were issued a State Department ID
card and dressed in blue jeans. We were told if captured we were to ask
for diplomatic immunity, if alive. We carried out military missions on a
daily basis all across the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and
“In Laos the program I was attached to carried out a systematic
assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to U.S. goals.
It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000
people across Indochina,” the former CIA agent concluded.