It is Past Time to Stop Using the Rest of the World as Our Penal Colonies
Saturday, 29. October 2011
I am sure you have noticed our intensive coverage of everything CIA in the last couple of months here at Boiling Frogs Post. We have presented you with our EyeOpener video report series on the CIA in the news media, narcotics, nuclear black market, and with our podcast series we have covered the CIA and 9/11, and have begun our three-part podcast series on the CIA on campus. We also broke the story of the identities of CIA analysts who were involved in an intentional cover up of 9/11 related crucial information, rendition and torture practices, and had a recent piece on yet-to-be fully identified reprimanded, retired and then back to CIA again torturer “Albert.”
Has it ever occurred to you that there seems to be no positive actions or accomplishments associated with this rogue-criminal agency? Really, think of one positive accomplishment or contribution by this well-funded and legitimized terrorist entity? We all know of the need and longing for praise and gloating when it comes to government agencies and bureaucrats. You would think that for every awful and scandalous incident that is leaked there would be several glorified and flowery ones. No? Come on; it’s human nature, and even more so, an inherently present government bureaucracy pattern.
I kept thinking, and thinking more, and tried hard to come up with one positive attribute of this rogue agency called the CIA. And I found one. Kind of. I think it is more appropriate to consider it an ‘unintended positive externality’ rather than a plain and straight forward positive. Well, here it is:
Let me start with a general concept as a framework. Are you familiar with the general concept of Penal Colonies? If not, here is a very general, macro definition: A penal colony is a settlement used to exile prisoners and separate them from the general populace by placing them in a remote location, often an island or distant colonial territory. I am going to use penal colonies just as a general concept since these colonies were designed and implemented for a wide range of purposes targeting an even wider range of people or groups as the colonies inhabitants, the prisoners.
Next, I want to briefly talk about the list of ‘desired qualifications’ for the CIA operative selection process. A few years ago one of my former CIA operative sources made the following comment: