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Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130014-1 Ser~t:e..~ber 15^0 ~:~'~?~f,~~ ~~ f happened to be watching the Re- publican National Convention in Detroit with a small group of Latin American exiles. When George Bush appeared on the podium with Ronald Reagan, one woman blurted out, "This is just Iike Brazill The head of the secret police is going to end up- runnin~ the country." Former .CIA Director George Bush's position on the ticket may, in- deed, foreshadow a quicker reach for the, icepick of "destabilization" as a Republican foreign policy tool, but the difterence fr om the Carter Administra- tionwill be only incremental. First of all, in Jurte, long before George Bush joined the ticket, advis?. ers to Reagan began fanning .out Je~~'rey Stein is The Progressive's.GOn- lributirgeditor in Washington. . 1 have credibility, and when the early ~ crude whiplashinos issued from the State Department in a torrent of press' releases, the geaerals howled. Today,': the human rights policy is dead. The ~ generals are purring. ~ . A paradox in American politics pro- duced Richard Nixon's opening to Peking. Only the red-baiting member of Congress from California could have got away with that, the legend goes. But the mirror reflection of the para- dox is equally clear: The Democrats can tighten the screws of the national security state more easily than the Re- publicanscan. While 3immy Carter can kiss the generals, Ronald Reagan can- not. The New York Times would howl. here are some, at least, who are challenging the edifice of the national security state. Among those who are doing it at the greatest risk are the people who run CovertAc- tion Information Bulletin. They have an office in the National P: ess Building in Washington, four blocks from the tiVhite House, and what they ? do is "name .names." Right there under Jimmy Carter's nose, they put out lists of CIA agents. This has upset those who believe such disclosures endanger the patriotic, hard-working, dedicated Americans who are doing a tough but necessary .job in the world's back al- leys. As former CIA Director William E. Colby is fond of saying,"We are honorable men, too." .You may have met a CIA, agent yourself. ~Ie or she probably had a nice - wife or. husband and a brilliant aca- - demic career, kept the Lawn trim, and - cooked ~ terrific barbecue in the back yard. He probably Iooked like George Bush. Striped tie. Blue blazer. But one should not be fooled by such trappings. Dbn'tforget the CIA's ~ob~isao murderpeople. "~i%hat the hell do you think eve are? Boy Scouts?" --~ --... .CIA agents, once asked a visitor. Louis Wolf is a nice fellow, too: He , a Bulletin. A slender, rather shy kind of ' persotr ~'Volf worked for International , Voluntary Services, a church.group in - Q,....L~,...,.? A.-'- ---T-"----`-- .nip Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130014-1 across Latin America with reassuring messages for nervous generals in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Guate- mala. In Argentina, former Defense Intelligence Agency chief and Reagan adviser Daniel O. Graham talked with business, political, and military leaders and assured them a Reagan Adminis- trationwould abandon Jimmy Carter's policy of "throwing old friends to the wolves." Secondly, over the past year the vaunted Carter human rights policy has exploded like a rotten corpse. From the beginning, the. policy was merely a rynical maneuver. by 7bigniew Brze- zinski "to take the high road against the Soviets" after the debacle in Viet- nam, to recapture the appearance of moral purpose in our conduct?of for- eign policy. Like any effective policy, it had to be applied-from time to time to Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130014-1 -~ ??ent out into the Laotian farmland and rice paddies to help people grow food better, or to teach them how to read. The CIA was busy organizing the same people into a "Secret Army." But the Laotians, like the Bali islanders, are among the most peaceful people in the ~~?orld. Most of the Meo tribespeopie organized by the CIA are dead no~v. Louis Wolf became understandably angry. - Last month, The New York Times accused- Louis Wolf and his colleague in their endeavor, farmer CIA agent Phillip Agee, of murder. CovertAction Information Bulletin had published the names of CIA agents in Jamaica, and a bomb had been. thrown at one of their houses. "Let us look at laws that might . get at them," The Times editorialized. The Times hastened to add that Wolf and Agee should be distinguished from real journalists who might also publish CIA names. Meanwhile, it should be noted, and not parenthetically, that the socialist government of Michael Manley in Ja- maica israpidly going down the tubes. A'ianley, like his predecessor in Chile, Salvador Allende; was put into power by a free and open election. He is com- mitted to democracy. But anti- democratic forces in the'United States and the world banking community have cut off Manley's credit and, as in Chile in 1973, are creating a situation of severe shortages and strikes that may bring him down. The Prime Minis- terhas called for elections in October, - but if he wins he still may be doomed. The United States rill send in iheHon- orableMen Brigade.- Two weeks after -the Times edito- rial,the House Intelligence Committee reported out a.bill which, if passe~j, is likely to result in the jaling of Louis Wolf and his colleagues for "a period of not more than ten years." The bill is careful to make only oblique refer- ences to penalties for the press, and those subsections will provably not sur- vive the legislative process. But the purpose, clearly, is to make things safer for our own official "honorable men" and their business of murder. A couple of Committee members joked at the hearings on the bill, "We all know who we're talking about... . We're not going after journalists." George Bush would understand. 16~ Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130014-1 z