“Let me start this off with a howlingly funny story. It’s funny because it is so bloody stupid. One of my alphabet agency contacts was telling me of a renewed scam to better enable the knuckle-draggers to spy on everyone. What they do is this: Put together an encryption or scrambling system that purports to be “unbreakable ” so as to allow the possessors to carry on “absolutely secret” telephone or computer conversations. The obedient press then runs a rigged, government-written story, (shades of the Lincoln Group!) to the effect that this brilliant system simply cannot be broken and that the company selling it is going to be seriously investigated by the government for building a system that they cannot break.
In fact, the “unbreakable system” has a built-in trapdoor that you could drive a Mack truck through and the various agencies have this, believe it. When they encounter a scrambled message or conversation using this compromised system, the “unbreakable system” alerts them and since they have the means at hand to look into it, the recorders start in working. This is in the same category as “Internet II” which, my informant advised me, is almost entirely controlled by the domestic counter intelligence people and enables them instant access to all the user’s messages.
Suggestion? Anything that looks too good to be true…is. If it isn’t a criminal con job, it’s a bumbling government sting. The con jobs are usually much more clever and this one is as obvious as a turd on a bed sheet.
And now on to more entertainment.
In light of the current disputes with Iran over their atomic program and obvious hostility towards the United States, perhaps some background information might be in order.
On September 3, 1951, James Jesus Angleton, a senior CIA official, accompanied by two other CIA personages, went to New York City to meet with a certain J.R. Porter, head secretary for the Anglo Iranian Oil Company. He was due to arrive on the Cunarder “Britannic” at eleven AM on that date, so they took two suites at the Plaza under the usual fake names and then went out on a Customs boat to meet the liner in quarantine.
J.R. Porter had a special piece of baggage for Angleton . He was traveling with a man named Schick, formerly a member of the German Gestapo (The CIA employed many former Gestapo and SD officials, especially one Heinrich Müller, head of the Gestapo who worked with Colonel James Critchfield, head of the CIA-controlled Gehlen Organization.. Mr. Schick was then living in Peru for health reasons.
It was a warm day, slightly overcast, as they came up on the boat and went up the ladder.
Porter, a stout man with a red face, waited for them on the deck with his luggage. Credentials were shown to the Immigration people and off they went, scrambling down the ladders and the Porter bag stuck into a sling.
The group went back to the Cunard docks on 52nd Street and then, by limousine, to the Plaza.
This all was part of Operation Ajax, the overthrow of Persian prime minister (Mohammed, ed.) Mossadegh who had come to power, was considered to be a dangerous populist and was threatening the stranglehold the AIOC had on the Persian oilfields.
American and British interests were livid and of course, as always, the CIA rushed to assist their moneyed friends.
Porter, at the suggestion of MI 6, came to the United States with a bag stuffed full of large denomination American bills. One million dollars to be more exact.
This was the price his company was prepared to pay to the CIA for murdering their new enemy, Mossadegh.
The CIA wanted their paid man, the Shah installed as they owned him down to the shoelaces but Mossadegh proved to be .a clever populist politician and very popular. The AOIC and the British government wanted him dead but the CIA did not.
There was much friendly conversation with Porter, a nice luncheon served by room service and then, after a few more drinks (Porter did like his liquor) they got down to business.
With dramatic flourishes, he opened his large leather suitcase and dumped out the money, a million US dollars in large denomination bills, on the coffee table.
The CIA, via Angleton (Dulles was in Europe at the time) made many solemn promises to remove Mossadegh. By assassination, as was the specialty of the CIA There was much shaking of hands and so on and the CIA people put the money back into the suitcase and left Porter in the suite with a wheeled cart full of bottles and an ice bucket.
Source: Papers of J.R. Porter, former Secretary to the Anglo-Iranian Oil, Angleton files courtesy of R.T. Crowley, Deputy Director of the CIA’s Clandestine Operations and Angleton’s assistant. Ed
This was the beginning of the CIA’s active interest in the Middle East oil situation, an interest that only deepened over the years and had disastrous results, results that are with the United States today. Later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil company merged with British Petroleum and this merger pushed BP into a new dimension and is possibly the high point in the history of the company which was first registered in 1909 under the name Anglo-Persian Oil. The merger of BP and Amoco created one of the strongest energy and petrochemical companies in the world, with a market capitalization of $110 billion and interests in more than 70 countries world wide.
But the company’s origins go back to 1901, when a wealthy Englishman, William Knox D’Arcy, ventured into the Iranian desert to search for oil. For seven years, Mr D’Arcy battled with difficult terrain, an uncertain political situation and rising costs. But in 1908 the venture found oil in southwest Persia. One year later, Anglo-Persian Oil was formed. However, by then most of the company was owned by the Burmah Oil company.
Shortly before World War I, Anglo-Persian managed to find a new backer – and good customer. After lengthy negotiations, the oilmen promised Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, secure supplies of oil.
In exchange the British government injected £2m of new capital into the company, acquired a controlling interest and became de-facto the hidden power behind the oil company. The years between the wars were an era of expansion, with exploration in Canada, South America, Africa, Papua and Europe. In 1935 the company was renamed Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
1951 was a crucial year in the company’s history. Iran decided to nationalize the company’s assets, which back then were the UK’s largest single investment overseas. Three years later the conflict was resolved – in the same year that the company was renamed British Petroleum Company.
The Iranian crisis had convinced BP that it had to broaden its activities. In the following years the company started explorations in other Middle East countries, like Kuwait, Libya and Iraq.
Mossadegh eventually was ousted by a CIA-organized mob action (identical with a badly failed one they launched against Venezuela chief Chavez) and replaced by the CIA’s-backed Shah. Eventually, he too was ousted by a religious/populist coup d’etat, the American Embassy was taken over by fundamentalists and many highly compromising CIA documents taken. From the safes, read and passed around the international community.
Anti-western attitudes in Iran made business there more than difficult and so the oil companies began to look elsewhere to replenish the rapidly decreasing world oil.
Again, the CIA stepped into the situation and one of their projects, that was to have terrible consequences, was to back Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran in the hopes that he could wrest control of the Iranian oil fields from the religious leaders and once again draw Iran into the American business and political orbit.
When Soviet Russia collapsed and another CIA-friendly personage, Boris Yeltsin, was put into power in Moscow, he decided to “privatize” the huge Russian oil reserves. A group of professional crooks, called the oligarchy, using American money (World Bank and IMF funds) bought out these holdings and then graciously permitted the international oil community to purchase huge blocs of their new stock.
BP Amoco, which was battling Tyumen, an important center for the gas and oil industries in Russia. for control of a Russian oil field known as Chernogorneft. BP believed Tyumen had used improper tactics to acquire Chernogorneft at a bankruptcy auction for $180 million, even though it was potentially worth far more, and BP had an ownership claim of its own. BP hoped that Ex-Im rejection of the loan would give it bargaining leverage against Tyumen. Joining BP in its lobbying campaign was global financier George Soros, who had also invested in the oil field, and the powerhouse lobbying firm, Patton Boggs.
Before the deal, BP boasted a turnover of £43.5bn ($71bn), had 56,450 employees world wide and produced 1.25m barrels oil per day.
Unfortunately for their plans, Yeltsin was replaced by Vladimir Putin who was not in the CIA’s pocket, and by definition, not influenced by the bribe money of international oil cartels. Putin moved to oust the oligarchs and re-nationalize Russian oil and gas, much to the fury of those who had invested billions of unrecoverable dollars. This, naturally, explains the growing hostility towards Putin on the part of the Bush Administration, a hostility fueled by a livid oil cartel shrieking over its lost billions.
From this sketchy, but accurate, analysis, it should be obvious why modern Iran and Vladimir Putin view the United States in general and the CIA in specific as proven enemies. In its slavish devotion to the oil cartels, the United States is now reaping the rewards of their failures and when gas gets to $10 a gallon at the pump, we will all know whom to thank. By that time, however, with our economy in shambles, those who fostered the collapse by their stupidity and greed will be safely out of the country, living on their proceeds in such places as Costa Rica (where Bush owns a large tica or coffee plantation) or other countries with lax banking and, more important, even laxer extradition laws.”
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