On September 18th 1947, the main provisions of the National Security Act of 1947 went into effect. One of these was the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, perhaps the most infamous part of the U.S. national security state.
While we pay a lot of attention these days to digital surveillance and the agencies that focus on signals intelligence like the National Security Agency and National Reconnaissance office, the CIA has and continues to play a crucial role in establishing and maintaining global U.S. hegemony via human intelligence as well as through its covert actions, including coups, terrorism and sabotage.
Now, with global hegemony being challenged in every hemisphere and significant internal political turmoil in the United States—not to mention significant populations on many sides of the political spectrum not trusting the so-called democratic institutions that maintain that supremacy—monitoring and exposing the CIA and all three-letter agencies is as important as ever.
We are joined for this episode by two fellow members of the CovertAction Magazine Editorial Board: Lou Wolf is a co-founder of CovertAction Magazine and John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and whistleblower who exposed the CIA’s torture program.
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About the Author
Rachel Hu is a journalist with “BreakThrough News,” a new independent media project, where she hosts the podcast “It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism.”
She is also a host on WBAI 99.5FM in NYC and has been an anti-war and anti-racist activist with the ANSWER Coalition for the last decade.
Rachel can be reached at: email@example.com.
Chris Garaffa has been an anti-imperialist and social justice organizer since joining the movement against the Iraq war in 2003.
Chris is a weekly guest on Sputnik Radio’s “By Any Means Necessary,” and co-hosts the podcast “The Reboot,” focusing on the intersection between technology and human rights.
Chris can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.