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October 8, 1975
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/22 CIA-RDP90-01208R000100070088-0 . E* i _ ~3 CC i Ci 7 _g By CARL D VIDSON What is happening in A_ erica? The question undoubted!; crossed the minds of millions of people recently as they !carncd about an FBI informant shooting at the President, CiA's manufacturing of poisr:n dart guns and oper. Richard Nixon's mail and a millionaire heiress claiming she was brainwashed into terrorism. It all gave the impression of a ruling class falling apart at the scams, of a government unable to govern. Nor was it simply a week of extraordinary exceptions. The prog-ess of. events had built up for more. than 'a decade-the Kc;rnedy -and King assassinations, . the Vietnam upheaval and U.S. defeat, Watergate and the resignations of Nixon and Agnew. At present the CIA remains at the center of controversy and contention within the ruling class. Beginning with the exposure over a year ago of its role in the Chilean coup and continuing .through the revelations of domestic spying. i:rtcrn ! purges, dcfcctioas and assasscati_ns, the secret police agency has been spotlighted as never before. "More than a quarter-century worth of skeleton's have tumbled from the agency's closet," noted the Sept. 29 Time. "Today the CIA is'the least secret espionage service - -- . . .. in the But the CIA has not been the first to come under. fire. "When the Chile s' tory broke last Year." added Time, "the military, and foreign policy establishments had met their Vietnam. The presidency had-met its Watergate. Congress ,.vas reasserting' itself. The CIA was the obvious next "Scrutiny" is hardly the word for it What is t i i g . ransp r n . is an intensive struggle for the reorganization of power within' the ruling class., for the ? rectification of policies which have met with defeat and for preparations for new', wars born of interirnperialist rivalry over a redivision of the' world. The problem for the bourgeoisie is that the defeats ard'I setbacks of -the immediate past . have -discredited old ' authorities before new authorities from within its ranks have been able ro prove themselves. Support for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger within the government, 'for instance, as with- Nixon's 1972 electoral base among the : masses, is "a'rimile.-wide- and an inch deep., -,It could evaporate overnight with the outbreak of 'a major conflict and is being,-regularly criticized and challeno'ed by' Defense Secretary James Schlesinger and Sen: Henry Jackson (D-Wash.): _ The result is a crisis of transition, a progress made all the more tenuous by-the fact that the old regime of Nixon was dislodged, in part, through the mobilization of public opinion by rival monopoly groups bidding for power. But once certain weapons are used and various processes set into motion, they take on a life of their?own'and are diFticult to control.. As Karl Mar., pointed out more than 100 years ago in his 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte: I "The struggle of the orators on the, [parliamentary] platform evokes the struggle of the scribblers of the press; the debating . club in parliament is' : necessarily.! supplemented by debating clubs in the salons and pothouses; the representatives, who copstantlyappeal to public opinion, give public opinion the right to speak its real mind in petitions. The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities;' how shall the great majorities outside parliament not want to decide? When you play the fiddle at the top of the state, what else is to be expected but that those Pwrr below dance? Thus Ford, who came into office on a wave of sentiment against "covenrps" and "executive privilege," now finds himself hamstrungs in pressing forward these same techniques in defense of the CIA and his own: IF Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/22 : CIA-RDP90-01208R000100070088-0 ontirtued