How the CIA intervened in an American Election
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Last month the New York Times reported breathlessly that, according to the CIA, Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election “with the primary aim of helping make Donald J. Trump president.”
What the Times did not say is that the CIA intervened in the 1996 election to help Bill Clinton get re-elected president and that the Times itself facilitated this intervention.
The proof of the same is much stronger than the proof for Russia’s intervention in 2016.
In mid-summer 1996, barring the unforeseen, Clinton was poised to beat Republican nominee Bob Dole and retain the White House.
Then on the evening of July 17 the unforeseen happened. TWA Flight 800 was blown out of the sky off the south coast of Long Island, killing all 230 people on board.
Within hours of the crash, the FBI took control of the investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board. This was an illegal take-over, but it was done publicly.
True to form, the CIA did its work covertly. According to a memo in a recently unearthed cache of CIA documents, “The DI [Directorate of Intelligence] became involved in the ‘missile theory’ the day after the crash occurred.”
This move, of course, violated the law and circumvented the DOJ’s notorious “wall” restricting FBI and CIA cooperation, but the media chose not to know.
According to a CIA memo sent just two weeks after the disaster, FBI agents had already interviewed 144 “excellent” eyewitnesses to a likely surface-to-air missile strike and found the evidence for such a strike “overwhelming.”
This confirmed the data that the FAA air traffic controllers had dispatched the night of the explosion, setting the White House on edge.
But the CIA, certain elements of it anyhow, had an election to win. In the aforementioned memo, the chief CIA analyst boasted of discouraging the FBI from releasing its missile report. He seems to have succeeded.
Two weeks later, the FBI was telling the Times there were “fewer than a dozen” credible eyewitnesses, only one of whom the Times was allowed to interview.
That witness caught the event out of the corner of his eye and thought he saw a bomb blast. Going forward, the Times would not interview a single one of the official 258 FBI eyewitnesses who had seen a glowing object streaking towards TWA 800.
The testimony of these eyewitnesses to a missile strike was, as even the CIA conceded, “remarkably detailed” and “surprisingly consistent.”
It could not be allowed to stand. The CIA analysts spoke to no witnesses and reviewed just a third of the FBI witness statements before reaching their conclusion in December 1996.
As they interpreted the FBI “302s,” the witnesses only thought they saw “a missile attacking the aircraft.” According to the CIA, what they did see was a flaming 747 zoom-climbing more than three thousand feet after an internal explosion blew the nose off the plane.
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