Anyone who reads the works of the late Chalmers Johnson will have an excellent understanding of the role that the U.S. national-security state, especially the vast military empire and military-industrial complex, plays in America’s foreign-policy woes. I particularly recommend his four books: Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, Nemesis, and Dismantling the Empire. For those who would prefer to begin with online articles, here is a link to an article I wrote in 2011 that contains a list of some of the online articles written by Johnson.
Among the most insightful articles written by Johnson are two that are pertinent today, given the controversy that has erupted over the CIA’s spying on Congress. The titles of those two articles are: “Abolish the CIA” and “Improve the CIA? Better to Abolish It.”
As you read the various commentaries on the CIA congressional spy scheme, you’ll notice something important about them: Most all the commentators automatically assume that the CIA must remain a permanent part of America’s governmental structure. The commentators will carp about this or about that. But the most they will ever do is call for reform. They want more oversight. They want more accountability. They want more supervision. But the last thing they want is to eradicate this agency from America’s governmental structure.
But as Chalmers Johnson recognized, abolishing the CIA is the only way to go. There is no way to reconcile the CIA with the principles of a free society. Its very existence, not to mention its manner of operation, is antithetical to a free society.
The CIA was brought into existence in 1947 as part of the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our governmental system to oppose the Soviet Union, America’s World War II partner and ally. Unless America adopted the methods of totalitarian regimes, including communist ones, Americans were told, the United States would ultimately end up falling to the communists.