The CIA is recognized as an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization that works with confidential fiscal and administrative procedures, although have fallen through loop holes and broken some rules and regualtions. The case of CIA v. Wesley Swearingen will aid in conducting towards proving that the CIA is corrupt. Wesley Swearingen, an ex-FBI agent from 1951 until he retired in 1977 perpetrated and witnessed numerous violations of law by FBI and CIA agents and their operatives, heard revealing statements by other agents about their illegal activities, and read files that had documented violations of the rights of American citizens. Swearingen states that “activities of FBI agents and their ‘informers’ included warrantless
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The day November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, would soon become known as a tragic day in US history. John F Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, had been drumming up support for the upcoming election. Tragically, he was brutally gunned down by Lee Harvey Oswald. At first glance, this assassination seems like a simple murder. A communist defector simply was angry with JFK and decided to kill him. Many people have failed to notice, however, that the CIA not only had motive to kill JFK, but they also attempted to cover up many details about Lee Harvey Oswald, and JFK in general. If the general populus continues to believe what the CIA wants them to, we will never understand who truly was responsible for his death. The CIA played a large role in John F Kennedy’s death because of the CIA’s motive to kill him, the CIA coverups in the investigation following his death, and promising unfollowed leads that the investigators have ignored.
The study of George Tenet’s actions leading up to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan leaves little doubt about the dysfunction within our government from the appointment of officials to the decision making process itself. Tenet was appointed by President Clinton as Director of the Intelligence (DCI) in 1997, just 19 months after becoming deputy to DCI. It was noted that Tenet had never managed a large organization, worked as an intelligence officer or serviced in the military, all of which would have provided the experience and expertise needed
This report from the investigation by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concerned allegations of wrongdoing and improper practices within certain sections of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory. Those allegations involved some of the most significant prosecutions in the recent history of the Department of Justice, including the World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the mail bomb assassination of U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Vance (which was referred to within the FBI as the VANPAC case). The allegations implicated fundamental aspects of law enforcement: the reliability of the procedures employed by the FBI Laboratory to analyze evidence, the integrity of the persons engaging in
In its early days, the FBI’s responsibilities differed greatly from the role it plays today. Because there were “few federal crimes,” agents “investigated violations of law involving national banking, bankruptcy, naturalization,
Throughout the mid to late 1980s Katrina consistently provided valuable information to the FBI, some of her reports were even seen at the White House. Katrina and her family frequently went on FBI sanctioned trips to China and government events in the U.S. to collect information. During this time Katrina started another affair with Special Agent William Cleveland, however Cleveland did not disclose any information to her at any time nor tasked her to gather any information. During the late 1980s Katrina had only one incident where she made an unauthorized contact with the Chinese Consulate via a pay phone. However, the FBI did not do a full investigation, because she was an asset, and Smith did not even document that it even happened in her file. Even with the incident, Katrina passed multiple polygraphs in the late 1980s and was vetted of any wrongdoing. By the end of the 1980s, multiple analysts, a defector, and the CIA gave positive assessments of information Katrina was providing and rated some of it invaluable.
John F Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, had been drumming up support for the upcoming election. Tragically, he was brutally gunned down by Lee Harvey Oswald. At first glance, this assassination seems like a simple murder. A communist defector simply was angry with JFK and decided to kill him. Many people have failed to notice, however, that the CIA not only had motive to kill JFK, but they also attempted to cover up many details about Lee Harvey Oswald, and JFK in general. If the general populace continues to believe what the CIA wants them to, we will never understand who truly was responsible for his death. The CIA played a large role in John F Kennedy’s death because of the CIA’s motive to kill him, the CIA coverups in the investigation following his death, and promising unfollowed leads that the investigators have ignored.
If in the name of National security the government keeps so many documents and departments classified that no citizen can discern what their government is doing, they lose the oversight of the citizens, and as a result will be more prone to corruption or poor decisions. This can be seen for example, in the United States government’s use of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6. Highly secretive, SEAL Team 6 has been used for classified missions in foreign nations increasingly over the past decade, with little to no outside oversight. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) investigates reports of misconduct, but JSOC is also the organization that supervises the team’s missions (Mazzetti 3). While this lack of supervision does not mean that SEAL Team 6 is an inherently corrupt organization, it is an example of how the government can so easily fall into
The US Senate Intelligence Committee released a report in 2014 about the interrogation tactics used by the CIA during George Bush’s Presidency after 9/11. Composed mainly by Democrats, it is seen as containing a strong bias which led to the CIA being depicted as cruel and unjust, and guilty of illegal torture. Coined the “torture report,” it’s unsurprising that there are a few who are wary of the CIA after reading this. However, it seems that the Senate report misinterpreted the interrogation methods of the CIA as torture. There may be instances in which the interrogation goes too far, but there is no denying it has significantly helped America’s fight against terrorism and saving lives. Although the CIA’s interrogation program is intensive,
During the 19th and 20th century, the split between Liberal and Conservative parties had caused trouble in Colombia. The Conservative party of Colombia beliefs were that the state and church (preferably Catholic churches) should work together in government, land ownership should be preserved, and central government should be in control of electing government officials. Liberals beliefs were that the church and state should be separate and central government should have restrictions on power.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) arranged numerous assassinations attempts on Fidel Castro which helped damage the relations between the United States and Cuba. To understand why the US saw Castro as a threat, it is necessary to learn about how he attained that power and what Cuba was like.
In the mid-seventies, congress conducted a legitimacy search on the National Security Agency [NSA], revealing that the organization would “never
There are many organizations in the United States who lead business with firms everywhere throughout the world. This is the way the world is developing with different markets to be beneficial and manage their organizations above water. Be that as it may, not every one of the organizations have legitimate business morals which can be an issue while working together between the US and outside organizations who don't have any points of confinement to their business laws. "For example, in many foreign countries side payments to government officials for an exchange of a favorable business contract are not unusual." (Hollowell &Miller, 2011, pg. 22). Because of the broad measures of these sorts of action, congress
Corruption is a dishonest behavior by people in power. It’s a problem that a lot of countries face and that the citizens don’t take into account. It has become such a big problem around the world that people don’t fight against it; they just learn how to live with it. Personally, I didn’t care much about corruption because I felt I couldn’t do anything to fight against it. But in 2015 my views about corruption changed, I now believe that the only ones able to fight against corruption are the citizens. My home, Guatemala got into a corruption scandal and it’s currently fighting to win this fight. Guatemala is a small country in Central America, which is often underestimated for its high rate of violence and poverty. People tend to overlook the good in it, they don’t talk about its breathtaking places, beautiful people, colorful aspects and
The summer of 1988, nearly a decade after the Iranian revolution with the war against Iraq coming to an end, the Iranian government committed an act of mass genocide, killing five thousand political prisoners overnight. The event is not particularly known due to the Iranian governments substantial efforts to make sure the news never covered the event. With what started as the Khomeini regime, has overtime grown into an empire equivalent to a religious dictatorship. The use of forceful power by the Iranian government to mask the events of the 1988 Massacre and the 2009 Green Movement has tarnished their reputation of being a credible regime.
Wikileaks. Are they a friend or foe. That certainly depends on what side you're on. Wikileaks has been out in the world, exposing the corruption in the government and bringing sensitive topics in the light. They do this by publishing document in the media about unethical, questionable, and even illegal behaviors in important matters. For instance on December 2007, Wikileaks posted the U.S army manual for soldiers and how they deal with prisoners at the camps. That camp being camp Guantanamo Bay. This leak stirred the people of the United States up and brought up many questions. It'll be up to you, the readers to decide if they are doing something beneficial or something wrong and unneeded.