Tuesday, February 23, 2016

U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Once Advocated Abolishing The CIA

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Michael Crowley, Politico: Sanders once urged abolishing CIA

As anti-Vietnam War activist, he called the spy agency 'a dangerous institution that has got to go.'

In his most recent debate with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders befuddled some viewers with an arcane reference to a 1953 U.S.-backed coup in Iran, which Sanders called an example of America’s history of “overthrowing governments.”

It turns out that the Vermont senator has railed against that coup — assisted by the Central Intelligence Agency against Iran’s prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh — since he was a young radical activist in the mid-1970s.

One big difference between then and now: Forty years ago, Sanders didn’t just complain about CIA interventions abroad; he called for abolishing the spy agency altogether.

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WNU Editor: It is interesting that this is coming out now .... even though it is old news. I guess it is all about the current election cycle and hard-core politics. On a side note, Bernie Sanders is not the only one who wanted to see the CIA gone .... On abolishing the CIA, Sanders is in some distinguished company (RT)

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