they have killed thousands of innocents in scores of foreign countries.
In my post I did not state (nor imply) that lawyers in the CIA kill people. What I did say is that the CIA does the dirty work for the U.S. government, and that much of that work is against people and countries that do not deserve such treatment. I don't need clearance to talk about issues that are common news in political circles. As a religion major, I've had the pleasure to study liberation theology, a subject that deals with foreign policy of the U.S. towards Latin America. Take Nicaragua for example. In Nicaragua (1970's) a coup by a group called the Sandinistas occurred against the Somoza regime. This regime was extremely violent towards its citizens and was pretty much your standard dictatorship, etc. When this regime was overthrown, the Sandinistas began reforms for the people that did much to improve quality of life. Because some of their policy was Marxist, however, the U.S. automatically ignored the positive goals they were aiming for (free elections, land reform, free education, etc)and took steps to stop them. While this is understandable considering the cold-war mentality, the actions the U.S. took (through the CIA) were atrocious. They organized the remnants of the Somoza regime (the Contras), funded and trained them, and let them loose in Nicaragua. They killed over 25,000 people by 1986, and badly hurt a government that had been elected democratically by its people. This is not a unique example. There are many more. And this example wasn't even extreme because there are many examples like this where it is not a paternalistic attitude (against Marxism)that is the reason for action but the monetary interests of multinationals. As for the FBI, I think they just had an article on JD2B.com about how many FBI agents are not only making little money, but they are frequently sent to cities where the cost of living is exorbitant (this is after the general article that focused on lawyers as special FBI agents).
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