Saturday, July 25, 2009

This Week's Peek at a Government Organization: The CIA's Health Alteration Committee

David Wise explains:

Back in 1960, the CIA hatched a plan to kill Patrice Lumumba by infecting his toothbrush with a deadly disease. The Congolese leader would brush his teeth and, presto, in a few days or weeks he would be gone.

Around the same time, the CIA's Health Alteration Committee... sent a monogrammed, poisoned handkerchief to Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, the leader of Iraq....

The CIA's involvement in planning assassinations goes back at least to 1954, when it prepared a manual for killings as part of a U.S.-run coup against the leftist government of Guatemala. The 19-page manual, which was declassified in 1997, makes chilling reading. "The essential point of assassination is the death of the subject," it declares, noting that while it "is possible to kill a man with the bare hands ... the simplest local tools are often much the most efficient means of assassination. A hammer, ax, wrench, screwdriver, fire poker, kitchen knife, lamp stand or anything hard, heavy and handy will suffice."

The agency's manual recommends "the contrived accident" as the best way to dispose of someone. "The most efficient accident ... is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stairwells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve." The manual suggests grabbing the victim by the ankles and "tipping the subject over the edge. ... Falls before trains or subway cars are usually effective, but require exact timing."

The manual goes on to discuss "blunt weapons," noting that "a hammer can be picked up almost anywhere in the world" and that baseball bats are also excellent. The manual explains the best place in the body to stab people or how to bash their skulls in and the pros and cons of rifles, pistols, submachine guns and other weapons.

During the Cold War years, the CIA plotted against eight foreign leaders, five of whom died violently. The agency's role varied in each case.After the plots were publicized by a Senate committee, President Ford issued an executive order in 1976 barring political assassination. President Reagan broadened the ban, dropping the word "political" and extending the prohibition to include contract killers as well as government employees.Although the ban remains in effect, it has largely been ignored on the premise that it does not apply in a military setting...
I know a man who has done hits for the U.S. government. In addition, to top leaders the gvt appears to be active with lower level assassinations.

My man tells me they go down something like this. "They" have you fly into a country, The "tools" will be there for you. They tell you where to pick them up. Then they tell you something like this, "Stand on the corner of xyz street, a cab will pull over to pick you up. Get in the car use your tools to take out the other rider that will be in the back of the car, then take out the driver. Leave your tools and walk away."

My man looks like a businessman. He dresses professional like, and also carries a professional demeanor. I wondered how he got into the business. I asked him. He told me something about his background that explains everything. Let's just say "they" have a very good profile of the kind of person they want. They must watch for people who fit certain very unique profiles, when they become aware of such a person they contact him, and put him to work.


  1. Would be the basis of a good John Le Carre novel, or better yet, a Hitchcock 'mistaken identity' movie...

  2. the company is a sophisticated group; 1960 was amateur hour.