Wednesday, May 30, 2007
For those who know the history of American covert attacks on Iran, dating back to 1956, this is no revalation.
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.
"I can't confirm or deny whether such a program exists or whether the president signed it, but it would be consistent with an overall American approach trying to find ways to put pressure on the regime," said Bruce Riedel, a recently retired CIA senior official who dealt with Iran and other countries in the region.
The problems with these kinds of secret operations is of course that they go against all true American constitutional values. They make US hypocrisy more evident than ever. The blow-back is that religious extremists use our mistakes to recruit and motivate opposition. That is answer to the question 'WHY they hate us?'