The CIA owns and operates a fleet of unmarked aircraft of various sizes and shapes, including several Boeing 737s and MQ-1L Predator UAVs armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles - all used in illegal “black operations” that are sanctioned by and / or ordered by the United States president. The most famous use of their fleet of aircraft was on September 11, 2001. Since 9/11 the CIA has used its fleet to smuggle the Opium of Afghanistan into the United States and fly kidnapped civilians to secret CIA torture prisons around the World - all of which are known about and fully supported by both former US president George W Bush and current US president Barack Obama. More recently the CIA is solely responsible for hundreds of illegal drone attacks inside the sovereign state of Pakistan that have killed thousands of civilians.

In September 2001 President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terrorism” and vowed to destroy all terrorist organizations “with a global reach”. For the good of both America and the rest of the world he should have started with the largest international terrorist organization of them all — the US own CIA.

The concept of “terrorism” is not clear and there is no generally agreed upon definition of the term. It is, however, a tactic, a means to a particular end. A tactic can always be used, and is always a possible course of action for some group or other. Once this is understood it is clear that it is ridiculous to declare a “War on Terrorism” — one cannot defeat a tactic. To declare a war on terrorism is to declare perpetual war (which, in fact, is the intention).

“Terrorism” is here taken to mean the practice of the deliberate inflicting (either directly or indirectly) of harm, injury, death and/or destruction upon a civilian target sufficient to cause horror, revulsion or despair among civilian populations and/or their political leaders, with the goal of causing those populations or political leaders to act in a way desired by the terrorists.

The CIA was created just after the end of World War II (from an OSS riddled with Nazi war criminals) by an act of Congress (and Congress can eliminate it in the same way). Its official purpose is to function primarily as an intelligence-gathering organization (at least, that’s what we are supposed to believe) but in fact it has always been something different from that.

The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the illegal covert action arm of the President’s foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it illegally overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting “intelligence” justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapons capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large part of its illegal covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies.

The CIA has been a terrorist organization from its beginnings, when it included a large number of former Nazi war criminals who were smuggled to the US after WWII — former members of the Gestapo and the Nazi military intelligence (such as Reinhard Gehlen). Unlike smaller terrorist organizations such as ETA the CIA does not normally engage directly in terrorism by sending its employees to plant bombs, etc. Rather, it tends to act through intermediaries and agents, sometimes making use of U.S. military personnel. A large number of foreign nationals are recruited by the CIA and trained to perform various acts of terrorism against the United States of America and its people and against foreign countries.

The CIA is responsible for all of the most recent terrorist attacks against the US and foreign countries. The CIA organized the failed Bay of Pigs attack against Cuba and because the US White House refused to provide any military support for such an illegal act they assassinated the president of the United States of America, John F Kennedy and later JFk’s brother and United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy. On September 11, 2001 the CIA and their foreign national operatives, acting on orders from then US president George W Bush, flew several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) remotely into the towers of the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. In December 2007 the CIA assassinated Benazir Bhutto.

That the CIA is a terrorist organization is clear from its record of terrorist activities (sometimes called “counterinsurgency” or “low intensity conflict”). Here are just a few more CIA terrorism examples:

* During the Vietnam war the CIA conducted Operation Phoenix, an assassination program. The goal was not only to eliminate those Vietnamese who might oppose the U.S. (which in practice meant most of the population of Vietnam) but also to terrorize the entire population of South Vietnam and to suppress opposition to the occupying U.S. forces. Over 20,000 Vietnamese were murdered, often at random.

* The CIA also recruited a mercenary army in Vietnam (financed by profits from the CIA’s heroin smuggling), particularly from among the Hmong villagers, which was used to terrorize the civilian population and to prevent them from assisting the Viet Cong.

* The CIA organized and financed (with the profits from its cocaine smuggling) the activities of the Contras in Nicaragua, who murdered tens of thousands of civilians, and tried to disrupt the economy, in an attempt to destabilize the legitimate Sandinista government. (For this the U.S. was condemned in the World Court for engaging in international terrorism, and it rejected a U.N. security council resolution calling upon it to observe international law.)

* The CIA planned and organized the military coup d’etat in 1973 in Chile which overthrew the legitimately elected government of Salvador Allende (because he would not implement economic policies designed in Washington to favor American corporations doing business in Chile) and brought to power the regime of General Augusto Pinochet; this regime abducted, tortured and killed thousands of Chilean citizens in an attempt to suppress opposition.

* The CIA organized and supported the Turkish government’s persecution of its Kurdish minority during the 1990s, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and millions of refuges; the aim being the suppression of Kurdish culture and the elimination of Kurdish demands for a separate state.

* ClA-supported Mujahedeen rebels (who in 2001 were part of the “Northern Alliance” which became the core of the new Afghani government following the U.S. attack on Afghanistan in late 2001) engaged heavily in drug trafficking while fighting against the Soviet-supported government and its plans to reform the very backward Afghan society. The CIA’s principal client was Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the leading druglords and a leading heroin refiner. CIA-supplied trucks and mules, which had carried arms into Afghanistan, were used to transport opium to laboratories along the Afghan/Pakistan border. The output provided up to one half of the heroin used annually in the United States and three-quarters of that used in Western Europe. U.S. officials admitted in 1990 that they had failed to investigate or take action against the drug operation because of a desire not to offend their Pakistani and Afghan allies.

* The U.S. CIA has long been deeply involved in the international trafficking of the addictive drugs heroin and (since the early 1980s, if not earlier) cocaine, the enormous profits from which have financed, and continue to finance, both U.S. illegal covert operations and the U.S. military (via payments to Pentagon contractors). The main reason why this is not more widely known is that the main players in the U.S. media have always worked to protect the CIA and to keep the American public in the dark as to the nature of its illegal drug trafficking and terrorism activities (as documented in great detail in Carl Bernstein’s article in the October 20, 1977, issue of Rolling Stone: “The CIA and the Media: How America’s Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up”).

* In order to sidestep international laws against torture, the CIA currently uses a fleet of unmarked civilian airplanes to kidnap, “render,” and “disappear” suspected terrorists. The CIA takes these people to a clandestine network of prisons in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Poland, and Romania: places where they are tortured.

The terrorism crimes of the CIA are too many to list. The CIA’s terrorist activities is World wide with illegal terrorist activities involving over forty countries. CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment.

So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: “We’ll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us.” The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination.

These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator’s security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be “communists” [or these days “terrorists”] but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.

It’s not that the CIA is a rogue organization, out of control. The CIA implements the policies of the President of the United States. The CIA does whatever the US president orders it to do. The CIA carries out unofficial and grossly illegal U.S. government policy. That the CIA is a terrorist organization, financed and ordered to carry out terrorist acts against foreign states as well as the US and its people, implies that the United States government is a state sponsor of Terrorism - they have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. Considering the millions of deaths that the U.S. has caused and the enormous suffering that its international policies produce, its hypocrisy in condemning other countries as “terrorist states”.