Democracy and Deception

In theory, those who work in foreign countries in service of the United States are accountable to the American people, through their elected surrogates – The United States Congress. While there is always room and understanding of some secrecy in a world of ongoing intrigue and spying, there are limits to permissible lying and deception of the American people. Yet, increasingly, in the name of terrorism, or national security, not telling the truth nor educating those they represent is seen as business as usual by The Congress or the organizations that lead interference for them such as the NSA, the CIA and other agencies involved in international intrigue. The result is that those given the responsibility to keep us safe can, through their actions, actually place our nationals in harms way and jeopardize our credibility in the eyes of our allies as well as others who would do us harm.

According to Conor Friedersdorf reporting in TheAtlantic (What Complicity in Iraq’s Chemical-Weapons Use Says About America – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic and The Attack in Benghazi: Worth Investigating After All – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantica sleeping American public in 2012 was led to believe that The United States was not directly supporting the Syrian rebels. When the deadly and tragic assault on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya and the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans, was reported, it was defended as a tragic affair for which the US government bore no responsibility. Stories were bandied about, but no credible plot by extremists was aired. Yet, later, it was discovered that this supposed “diplomatic outpost” was, in fact, a CIA operation with dozens of CIA operatives present on the night of the attack. The theory is that the US had been secretly funneling weapons from Libya to the Syrian rebels long before such restrictions had been lifted. Fearing strong political repercussions of such a secret operation, it was reported that lie detectors were being used to insure that the CIA operatives would not leak the truth of the situation to the press. In the meantime, Secretary of State Clinton and other members of the diplomatic corps created a smoke screen surrounding the entire affair.  

Think how many people knew the truth and how it was repressed – how the lies and deception built on a base of fear and intimidation became the distorted rule of law in this corrupted piece of American real estate.