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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020039-1 ----- - - - iTASHIlNGTON POST 2 C :P 1974 The C.I.A. in, Chile At his recent press conference, Pres- ident Ford gave a flimsy and self-right- eous excuse for the C.I.A.'s role in "destabilizing" the Allende govern- ment in Chive. He claimed it was nec- essary for the United States to help Al- lende's opponents because his govern- ment supposedly was moving to de- stroy the opposition parties and media. Even if one accepts the President's view of events in Chile as accurate, and I certainly do not, he left two obvi- ous questions unanswered: "Why diet the C.I.A spend millions (if dollars to defeat Allende before he was elected president in 1970? And why hasn't the C.I.A. also spent millions to aid the op- ponents of right-wing dictatorships in countries like Brazil and Spain, which have very successfully destroyed oppo? sition parties and media? . Eugene Zitver. Hagerstown. American intervention in Chile was justified by President Ford on the ap- parently irrefutable grounds that the United States could not idly stand by while the leftist Allende government suppressed the rights of the Chilean op- position groups. Given the character of the current military regime in Chile, it will be interesting to see if the same at- truistic principle will apply. I highly suspect that no intervention is forthcom- ing and that the American people are once again expected to accept "inopera- tive" explanations for indefensible for- eign policies. Martin Brennan. Washington. President Ford's admission that the C.I.A. was active in efforts to subvert the "Ali-yende" government of Chile should come as a shock to no one. For years the U.S. government has lent its, support to right-win; dictatorships while doing everything in its power to thwart the progress of governments that seem to lean to the left. These actions fly in the face of American values and traditions; yet the President gave no assurance that this type of action would stop-indeed he indicated that it would continue. Ostensibly, these actions, "in the best interests of the people of Chile," were' designed to thwart attempts by the .'.1 lende government to destroy opposi- tion news media and political parties. Yet, the government which we helped to place in power has destroyed the free press and multi-party s, stem which we were so eager to maintain and which were still viable forces wIvile _Allecde was in power. Does this mean that our agents are still in Chile, trying to bring about this noble goal? And what of Vietnam and Korea? Should we assume that our government is making efforts to stop the continued suppression of these peoples, even while we supply them with the military means to continue that suppression? Mr. Ford's defense of these actions on the basis of similar behavior by Communist nations is par-. ,titularly puzzling. Does the U.S. now look to the previously dreaded men- aces for example, or was it we who set the example? Candor and openness about issues such as these are not enough; these activities must be ended once and for all. John L. Good. Greenbelt. S During his speech recently at the Conference on the C.I.A. and Covert Actions, C.1 ,A. Director William Colby declined to state whether or not the C.I.A. activities in Chile were suc- cessful. However, h did say that the C.I.A. activiticc were aimed at in- suring the success of democratic forces in the Chilean election of 1976. Later,' when asked to clarify what he meant by "democratic" forces, Colby ex- - plained that the G.I.A. hoped to avoid a military coup in order to insure that the democratic process would lie car- ried out in 1976. Clearly, according to Mr. Colby's statements, the C.I.A.'s ac- tivities in Chile were unsuccessful. This is extremely unfortunate for all Chileans. As the C.I.A. continues its activities in Chile, one hopes that their alleged goal will he realized, and that, in fact, the democratic forces which elected Allende will triumph again in 1976. Washing`.on. B. Lynne Barbee. ? Can we afford the C.I.A.? On September 8, you reported that our government now admits spending $11,000.000 to replace Chile's Allende government with a military dictator- ship-and lying about it to Congress and the -American people. This is en- tirely consistent with the record which the C.I.A. has made in Guatemala, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Korea, Laos. Cam- bodia, Greece and Indonesia: Invari- ably, it has supported. corrupt, oppres- sive, reactionary dictatorships, and has subsidized and helped to organize police states which would have been the envy of Hitler or Stalin. What benefit have we ever obtained from the C.I.A. which is remotely com- parable to the harm which it has done? Americans may be deceived-many of us prefer to be kept in ignorance of what is being done by our agents--but the rest of the world knows what is going on. Millions of the world's most intelligent and well-informed oeople have ceased to think of us as concern- ed with freedom. justice, or mercy. They see us as the source of the pro- fessional liars, thieves and murderers who act as though they had the God- given right to break any law, ignore any agreement, bribe any politician, and overthrow any government, It is all done in the sacred name of anti- comnnrnism-but an increasing number of observers must be wondering if com- munism could do worse. And won- dering what good it does to sign treaties with a country which reserves the right to violate them at will. Perhaps we should abolish the C.I.A. before it abolishes the U.S.A. Wm. Palmer Taylor. Hamilton, Ohio. ? Gerald Ford said in his press confer- ence that the operations of Kissinger and the Forty Committee in Chile were justified in corder to support 'democratic opposition' to the Allende government. Does this mean that the Forty Com- mittee is also authorizing the CIA cov- ertly to finance and manipulate demo. cratic opposition to the military dicta. torships we overtly pay for in Saigon, Brazil, the Philippines and elsewhere? Ann Morrissett Davidon. Haverford, Pa. IGI 2- 00680 Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020039-1