Ron with Generals Flynn, Honoré, Vallely and Others to Honor Veterans-Part 1

 

No one is more laden with the mantle of providing security for this country than the soldier on the front line of duty, protecting us and placing his patriotism on display before the world. No one more tasked with committing himself to the selfless acts needed to defend and protect our constitution, our country, our lifestyle and freedoms.

From the clatter and chatter of combat; fighting national disasters; medical surgeries to rescuing Gemini space craft, these patriots have served our country around the globe for decades.

Whether you choose to celebrate with public parades or personal prayer, this Veterans Day finds us again remembering and honoring those who served, who protected and kept our country safe. While originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I, and largely considered the end of “the war to end all wars,” we’re reminded the battle goes on and so does our need for faithful defenders of our freedoms.

Memorial Day is celebrated as a time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country; Veterans Day honors all who have served, and meant to thank those living veterans for the sacrifices.

This article attempts to honor those included here as representatives of all who served, all who committed their lives and actions to the service to our country. In talking with these patriots, their love of country is validated; their professional dedication to duty, ability to lead and to win the battle and the war is confirmed; all while showing personal concern for their troops, the mission and the country.

This is not a political piece, shining the light of liberalism or conservatism on serving this country. I don’t know the political leanings of each as it’s not important. They’re to be recognized and applauded for their selfless service.

They each have a story to tell. Some have expanded on the basic questions with their own personal experiences. Their answers are their own and varied – which makes our overview so interesting. We’ll touch on “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell,” women in the military, volunteer vs. the draft and more.

I trust you’ll enjoy this in-depth glimpse into some very interesting and dedicated military professionals.

This is Part 1 of my series where we reveal insight into why they joined, made it a career and opinions on serving in occasional politically charged environments. Part 2 can be FOUND HERE and Part 3 can be FOUND HERE:

RB ~ Napoleon once said, “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.” What motivated you to join the service in the first place?

FLYNN ~ “My father, my grandfathers (plural), and other family members have all served in the military starting with WWI. After having immigrated over from Ireland, my family’s history of military service to the United States is significant and drove me to want to serve as well…a decision I would readily make again. I absolutely loved serving in our military…simply the best people in the world!”

HONORĖ ~ “Well, I joined the service out of obligation. When I was in college it was mandatory to be in ROTC or be drafted [laughter]. So, I wanted to come in to the service as a lieutenant. Going through ROTC gave me the opportunity to get a commission, but it was either that or go down to the draft board for when your number is called up, and I wanted to get my education so that gave me the opportunity to start serving as a commissioned officer from the ROTC program. But it was strictly a four-year obligation. And after the fourth year, I never looked back as far as… It became a way of life, in service to the country. And the teamwork, the military teamwork, the constant routine to try and make yourself better at doing your job as an infantryman, was intriguing to me. To increase your endurance, to be able to deal with all types of weather, for the potentiality if you ever had to charge up a hill or take a beach, as they did so many times of World War Two. So, it started off as an obligation and it became a way of life. And I think I’m a better person as a result of 37 years doing that.“

VALLELY ~ “Wanted to be an Aerospace Engineer and was enrolled at Penn State Univ and then received an appointment to West Point. My motivation, then, was to serve as Infantry and Special Ops Officer.”

WARD ~ “I came from a patriotic family and actually sought out an AF ROTC scholarship in college, but when I did not get selected (due to my lack of enthusiasm for high grades in High School), I decided to enlist, hoping for something in the Intelligence fields. I ended up in the Delayed Entry Program and was encouraged my recruiter to enter Basic Training with 20 semester college credits and I would be an E-2 at the completion of basic, not an E-1. I took and EMT course and while in Basic Training was selected to become a medic a medic.”

MANESS ~” I wanted to do something for my country and be part of something bigger than myself. I also was the third son out of four of a retired Air Force MSgt. We had no dollar for college and I wanted to fly supersonic jets, so I had to get to college.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “One word was the motivator – the DRAFT! I first joined the Naval Reserve Surface Division. I had friends who were serving in submarines and wanted a submarine assignment. I was told that as a reservist I was not eligible for submarine duty with a two-year active duty commitment. I reenlisted USN for 4 years. I was told that facilities were not available to process me for submarine service and could put in for submarines after at year at my duty station. I received orders in about two weeks to USS WASP (CVS-18) an “anti-submarine” Aircraft Carrier homeported in Boston MA. I did not get submarines but got something close – a ship that destroys them!

The most historic memories of WASP was when designated the GEMINI recovery flagship and I was there to recover GEMINI IV, VI, VII and IX. GEMINI IV.”

HARMES ~ “I was told I needed another year of high school before I could go to college. I was graduating in a couple of weeks. I signed up for tech school in Auto Body instead. A guy from my high school convinced me to come over to the National Guard Armory (the commander (a MAJ who made BG) happen to be my dad’s cousin, he played that angle also). Joined, because I could be in the army, and go to school at the same time (after Basic and AIT), besides I did not feel like I had any direction at the time.”

WENZEL ~ “As much as I would have liked to have said I was the most patriotic individual in my town, I wasn’t. I had just gotten married and had a baby on the way. Actually, it was the Vietnam war’s draft. I had a draft number of 208 so I figured better sign up or end up in the Army. I joined the US Air Force and the rest is history. Funny fact was the draft only went up to 195.”

RB ~ What motivated you to stay in the service and make it a career?

FLYNN ~”I loved the people, especially the Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers I served alongside. They represent the salt of the earth and are why our Country is so strong. They are the rocks upon which our nation’s foundation is built upon.“

HONORĖ ~ “I chose the Army because we had Army ROTC! Actually, it’s probably more my wheelhouse. Most of my relatives who were in the service went into the Army. And it just made a lot of sense to me. And then I chose the infantry, and the infantry chose me. And again, it became a way of life.“

VALLELY ~ “Service to country, education and a stable life for my family“.

WARD ~ “I initially just wanted to get out. I applied for an early discharge with a commitment to the Reserves and was selected, so 2 ½ year after entering basic, I went into the reserves and started college on my path to become a physician. I have enjoyed to comradery and opportunity to serve my state and nation. Very few get the opportunity to put on our nations uniform and serve our fellow Americans. I loved it, both my time enlisted and as an officer. I got far more than I gave and I never considered getting out once I completed my medical training.”

MANESS ~ “Success and the love of what I was doing at a time when our country was faced with the Soviet Union, Iran hostages, etc. Later on the challenges we faced from 911 and on.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “When my enlistment was approaching the end in 1968 I was stationed at Naval Communications Station Harold E. Holt Australia. I got married on leave in route to Australia. I was promoted to SK1 (E-6). My enlistment was up in June and I was a newly minted 1st Class Petty Officer with a wife, a pregnant wife, and in Australia. The Navy seemed like a good job to continue and I reenlisted.“

HARMES ~ “Before I even went to Basic, I was seeing all of these guys coming back (some trying to get back in, but health stopped them), to get the 20 years for retirement. Many of them WWII vets. I thought “if the retirement is that good / important, I am going to do a minimum of 20 years.” 1 of these guys, (Robert Teeples) was the hometown hero (the real deal). Joined the National Guard 1 October 1940 (the National Guard was mobilized for WWII 15 October). He was a charter member of the Alamo Scouts, battle field commission, fighting the entire war.“

WENZEL ~ “I actually loved my job and was offered a re-enlistment bonus I couldn’t refuse for the next 8 years. My wife and I actually liked the military family’s togetherness.”

RB ~ What made you choose the branch of service you did?

FLYNN ~ “Originally, I thought I would join the USMC (and for a period of time, I did, going right up to the point of enlisting). But given that my father was Army (WWII and Korean War VET), I always felt I would join the Army. I got lucky, an Army Major and ROTC Officer who I played intramural basketball with at the University of Rhode Island offered me an Army ROTC Scholarship, one that had been turned back in from the ROTC Region. When the Major offered it, I accepted, and the rest is history. There’s a lot more to that story, but suffice to say, I got lucky and I’m glad that ROTC Major saw something in me.”

HONORĖ ~ “As a career soldier, we spent a lot of time in professional development, going to schools, understanding the laws, regulations and appropriate meanings of certain statutes of the Constitution. And we are sworn in, approved by the President on our commission. And it’s a clear, undisputed fact that we are subordinate to the civilian leadership. And every four years, leadership changes. And over time, they can do things that could really make things hard for us by not giving us all the resources we need. And I saw many lean years where we had resource constraints. We couldn’t complete all of our training we wanted to do, the way we want to do it. And all that was the result of civilian leadership, telling us how much money we were going to get as opposed to asking how much we need to train with. And on the other hand, there are good times and there are bad times. I grew up on a farm and some years the crops are good, some years the crops are bad. You take the good with the bad. But there’s a great respect for that authority, that political authority, and that it’s going to change. The good news is, they all say they love us – but that comes at a price. And they’ll remind you every now and then that what we put into our defense, you know, is seven times our nearest competitor. And that’s something else we’re not doing… So, you go with that and you survive those lean budget years and make up for it when you’re back in cycle. And again, that’s the good news about the politicians changing, is that you get a different view every four years or every eight years, the way it is now. But the good news is, you know, that the American people support you and when we start to squeak, they American people listen and they will go with somebody that’s going to promise us the resources that we need. You know, along those lines, we’ve got 17 years now in Afghanistan and still there. That’s a long war. And I don’t see an end to it, but again, that’s the job of the politicians to figure out how they’re going to resolve that war. And I don’t think they’ve been doing as much as they should have done to seek a political solution. I’m not quite sure a military solution exists, because going all the way back to Alexander the Great, everybody’s tried – to include the Russians, multiple times – I’m not sure there’s a military solution there. But again, we bow to the directions we get from the political class.”

VALLELY ~ “Saw many more opportunities for a career and promotion opportunities in the Infantry and Army.”

WARD ~ “Oh come on, the Air Force is the best, I never considered any other branch, I had a girlfriend in High School whose dad was a retired Marine Aviator, a Vietnam Vet, tough and mean, I wanted a different path.”

MANESS ~ “My Dad put me in the cockpit f an SR-71 when I was five years old, he worked in the Blackbird and U-2 programs early, when they were still highly classified, so he got to show his family the aircraft occasionally.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “My father was a Boatswains Mate in the Navy during WW II, I had been a Sea Cadet for a couple of years and enlisting in the Naval Reserve was a good option for me. The Navy it was.”

HARMES ~ “It was the hometown unit, and part of the Army National Guard. (If it would have been another branch, under the same circumstance, I probably would have joined anyway.)”

WENZEL ~ “I lived next to a Navy base and knew a few sailors, the problem was they were always at sea and my wife suggested the USAF. Sounded good to me.”

RB ~ When you served, did politics from the top become a part of decision making or influencing or was it easy to function strictly in a military mindset?

FLYNN ~ “Anyone who says politics doesn’t play into decision making in the military is being unrealistic. As Carl Von Clausewitz would say, War is an extension of Politics—that was a very true statement when he wrote it well over a hundred years ago and it remains true today. However, at different levels, politics, as part of decision-making, plays vastly different roles. When you’re a young officer, you focus on the troopers under your care, politics is (and should be) irrelevant. You’re executing your orders and you’re accomplishing your mission…as you become more senior, especially at the flag officer level, politics influencing decision making comes more into play and you certainly understand it better, but that doesn’t mean you like all the decisions made. However, as military officers, we work for our civilian bosses and we swear an oath to our inspired Constitution (which is why we are such a great military). All that being said, because of our political system (not in spite of it), to include politics being part of the decision-making process, AND the great leaders we have leading our Armed Forces, we have a very professional, very capable and very effective all volunteer force.”

HONORĖ ~ “I think all the services, starting with the [Joint Chiefs] Chairman, with the Secretary of Defense, have more focus on the combat lethality to deal with the conventional threat. Over the years, in Afghanistan and Iraq, going from the conventional invasion to a counter-terrorism fight, one where you’re not fighting conventional forces but you’re fighting irregulars… We used to have a significant advantage with our computer networking, with our drones, with our satellites. And some of that advantage slipped away because you can learn how to do it on the computer, and you’ve got to assume somebody can break into it.”

VALLELY ~ “Not really, I was not political in the Army or served with Commanders that were.”

WARD ~ “I began serving under Reagan and extended my commitment until after Obama was gone. It was great to get the retirement letter from President Trump. Service under Clinton and Obama was horrible. Their politics and priority for funding the military harmed moral. Although I am not a big fan of G W Bush, his love of the military and its people was inspiring, and inspired me to voluntarily deploy to Iraq.”

MANESS ~ “Not at first, but toward the end it was impossible to get away from it. Obama was President, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal, etc.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I only saw any political considerations, influencers when I achieved senior ranks and command.”

HARMES ~ “When I was young and enlisted, politics did not make a difference what I did. Later as an officer, even without giving a political party, or preference, I could see, if your new commander was a D, It seemed to quickly become a problem for anyone that was not. I did not notice it the other way or maybe, it was because, I was in the same mind set, and that it was not a problem.”

WENZEL ~ “I didn’t always agree with my leadership but knew the importance of following orders and supporting the chain of command.”

RB ~ If you were in a command position now, would it be easier or harder to lead than when you were active? (given political, social and other factors)

FLYNN ~ “I would serve again and would go back in today if needed.”

HONORĖ ~ “You know, the sound of freedom is loud and it’ll shake your windows. And whether it’s at Fort Hood, Texas, the middle of Germany or South Korea where we are forward-deployed and we are in a readiness posture and we’re training, or if we’re conducting an operation in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect people, the tools we use are loud, dangerous, lethal. And whatever we do, whether we’re training or we’re in operations, it disrupts the hell out of people’s lives.

But again, the sound of freedom is loud and it rattles. Because you’ve got to train and we’ve got to protect the people we are forward-deployed to protect. And those where we are strictly just training, whether it’s in the United States or in Europe or South Korea or Japan, wherever, we can be a nuisance to a community. Again, as I said, that’s the sound of freedom. And for people that hadn’t seen a war or rounds fired in 60 to 70 years, [they] say, why do we still have these troops here, taking up our highways and bombing stuff where we can hear it and disrupting their solitude at their home. But again, we’re loud and we will shake and rattle and roll. And whether it’s from our fighter jets or our bombs that we’re dropping, we can be and are sensitive to that. And we even adjust the times we’re training and give great notice, but still we are a nuisance to many people in their homes. But again, that’s the sound of freedom. There’s no way to do this quietly and practice our craft. So, we respect that.”

VALLELY ~ “Much more difficult now because of political correctness and social engineering. Lack of the Warrior Ethos.”

WARD ~ “I believe it would be much easier now, under Trump than the social engineering that was occurring under Obama.”

MANESS ~ “Harder. I would have resigned eventually had I stayed in. I was in 3 command positions, including my final assignment as the senior commander in a Wing. Retired in 2011.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I had command of the Atlantic Fleet Integrated Logistics Overhaul Program as Lieutenant Commander. LANTFLTILO, headquartered in Portsmouth VA, preformed logistics overhauls at 6 east coast sites for ships of the Atlantic Fleet and was subordinate command of Surface Forces Atlantic Fleet. The Program was staffed by 100 civilian and senior enlisted personnel and 300-500 personnel from ships undergoing ILOs on a temporary basis.

I believe it would be harder to lead now that when I was on active duty. It seems many more “social” considerations and practice today than 30 years ago.”

HARMES ~ “From being in command, every time they come up with another social experiment, it made command and leading more difficult. Too often, these changes made discipline impossible, because they would say you were prejudice against them. For example, when I was in IOBC (Infantry Officer Basic Course), I was accused of being prejudice against the Arabs, because I was on them, (not because they were Arabs) because they were late, and just not meeting the standard. What no one else saw, was that I have foreign students, several nationalities, and religions, coming to my room at night (they were not all even in my same IOBC class). I was explaining what they did not understand about some class, what books they needed for the next day, or anything else they did not understand about what was going on. Each and every one, was suppose to have a student (sponsor) from there platoon helping them. I was no one’s sponsor.”

WENZEL ~ “Easier in some ways and harder in others. I have so much more experience now. Many decisions would be much easier to make. On the other hand, the armed forces have become so much more PC that it makes it so much harder to work around liberal mindsets.”

RB ~ At times when you were in charge, were you able to make “military” decisions, or did you ever feel the need to be more “socially aware,” “inclusive,” “accepting or understanding” in making the final determination of a personnel or operational situation?

FLYNN ~ “I always felt I could make the decisions I believed needed to be made (and always felt free to let my superiors know how I felt). My primary considerations for the decisions I was involved in or made were always for the betterment of the people I served alongside, to accomplish the mission I was given, and for the good of my organization, unit and our Country. That said, the acceptance of those decisions come with consequences. If you worry about being politically correct when making decisions to satisfy some political narrative, lives will be lost and units will be ruined.”

VALLELY ~ “We were taught and trained to lead troops in combat and win battles and war. Being a good leader for all cultures and ethnic backgrounds.”

WARD ~ “Military decisions were always over shadowed by social awareness, some of that is good – being a good leader and some bad.”

MANESS ~ “I always made military decisions. I was very aware of the desire for some to get politically correct decisions but they were disappointed.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I was able to make military decisions during my service.”

HARMES ~ “I did not think in a “Socially Aware” way (some may even say I did not think). I just did what I thought was right, be dammed the consequences. Everyone was held to the same standard. I just saw soldiers, not color. I may have attained more rank, if I would have played the PC game.”

WENZEL ~ “On deployments there wasn’t always time to be inclusive yet all factors had to be accounted for. Some decisions had to be made in a short time based on the ops tempo of the war. Aircraft flying safety and lives depended on good decisions. One time I signed an ER (exceptional release) for an A-10 and it never returned to base. My entire career was on the line if I had missed an inspection item and it contributed to the crash. Decisions couldn’t be taken or made lightly.”

RB ~ During or after active service, over time, did you see an overly aggressive acceptance of our enemy or an Islamification of our forces?

FLYNN ~ “I did.”

WARD ~ “I cannot say that I saw an Islamification of our forces but rather a greater willingness to make concessions around the need for Chaplains and translators.”

ALLIGOOD ~ I retired on September 1, 1994 at a time when the ”Jihad” was virtually unknown in the service and a Muslim was a strange creature in my units if any existed. That said, I have had personal experience in the Islamic world, assigned to the US Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia and was headquartered at Dammam on the Arabian Gulf. My counterpart in the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) was a LTJG and we developed a good relationship. The Saudis were allies and friendly during my time in “The Kingdom” and positive towards the US. I saw no signs of Islamic Radicalism during my tour. On a personal note, I was told my old LTJG counterpart was now a navy Captain and the number 2 of RSNF Logistics.

Part 2 of our series will deal with the military’s questions of race, DADT (Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell), Women in the military and more.

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The New Deadly Society in the Making

We can’t call it Communism, oh no no no. They don’t like fascism. Too old sounding. Marxism? Naw that doesn’t work. Maoism? Nope, not in the US. Leninism? Close but no Clinton cigar. Socialism? Getting closer.  Stalinism, Trotskyism? Naw, some couldn’t spell it correctly on the protest posters.

Ah ha… We’ll rope them in with Democratic Socialism. Yea, that’s it. It’ll sound great. Democracy will ring true as a “nice” sounding American value. And Socialism? Well.. they’ve heard that for a couple years from Bernie, and the new darling of the left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so that’ll be familiarly acceptable.

Yes… they dare not call it what it is. For it needs to be all polished up with newness and shine like a brass bell; mix in with the more popular terms of social hate like redistribution of wealth (gotta get those old rich guys), equality and all-inclusiveness. And after all, it is social justice for us all to be equal.

As the midterm elections approach, there’s a fever pitch of commotion and drama. The right, fighting hard to make sure all those Trump achievements stay in place so America can continue and remain Great Again!

The left, political armament in hand, fighting hard to reclaim their foothold – or stranglehold – on the seats of power. And if you were ever in doubt of their resolution, watch their antics in the Kavanaugh hearings. Paid demonstrators, last minute gotchas, wild 35 year old accusations from a lefty activist prodded on by a liberal lawyer anxious for another 15 minutes of billable fame.

For those behind in the game, the Kavanaugh miscarriage is NOT about sex and supposed “attempted rape,” it’s about losing another seat on the left to sort of centrist Supreme Court for generations – thus affecting the left’s control of social issues and reshaping America. And they’ll use Roe v Wade as the hammer.

The embarrassing Feinstein fiasco was an open, blatant inner working of the stratagem of a “we’ll do anything to anyone, by any means” socialist agenda. For more clarification, stop by Barnes and Not so Noble and get your Rules for Radicals Handbook.

Obama snuck in the back door of American politics and introduced (and subtly pushed) modern day semi-socialism as somewhat acceptable. (Obamacare an example) He takes his political inspiration from the socialist-democrats in Europe. Bernie Sanders  (an admitted Socialist) brought it out and made it more open. And Ocasio-Cortez made it cool.

If you want the subtle textures and flavors of the Democratic Socialism soup, you need only go to their website, and then read carefully, not missing the nuances of supplant undermining. The faint, barely discernible undertones of deceit and sedition are everywhere.

The Democratic Socialists of America, also referred to as the DSA, is the largest openly socialist organization in the US. Let’s take a look at this force meant to disrupt and destroy America as you’ve come to love it’s open, free, opportunistic offerings.

They believe that “working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs,” not to make profits for a few. So working people need to run the economy? – I think we’re doing that now by WORKING – and society to meet human needs? Not sure what that means but again, don’t normal people run society BY VOTING?

And then the next line,”not to make profits for a few.” Well, whether it’s a trained dog act, a lemonade stand or 500 billion dollar company, someone is running the show and that’s generally “a few.” Companies, like countries and precision military operations are run by a selected minority for reasons of efficiency and control. And, they’re probably the ones that either invested their own money to make it happen, or spent years in education or working experience to be able to perform – for the betterment of those who have jobs and make a living.

They say they are “a political and activist organization, not a party.” Political parties many times are organized but the key word here is “activist.” We see how that works out in demonstrations and interactions with others. Can you say violence?

And then “through campus and community-based chapters, DSA members use a variety of tactics.” Yes, school campuses have been a hot bed of socialism and demonstration (remember Berkeley?) for decades. Liberal, left leaning teachers promoting the socialistic attributes of Marx, Lenin and others in order to prepare young moldable minds for the subversive task at hand… take over America.

They want FREE everything including Medicare. They say “In the capitalist system, you have to pay to get care or go without, and under a democratic socialist system, we would collectively provide care as a society.” In emergency cases, no one is denied healthcare (it’s the law) and many times it goes unpaid for by the recipient. And their key is “we would collectively provide care as a society.” The big question is… where does the money come from? Not the leaders living in hilltop marbled mansions, but the everyday working stiff that pays through the nose….whether they need the benefit or not.

And as Margaret Thatcher said (and she was way more correct than imaginable at the  time) :

“The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

But they forget to tell you that at the weekly Schutzstaffel meetings.

They want strong unions. I’d like one too for old, hard working, self-employed white guys that don’t make as much as they should for the work they do but….don’t think that’s coming anytime soon.

Face it – Back when they were formed and needed, the organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.

If you look at the facts, we have minimum wage laws, and ultimately pay and health benefits are dictated by the marketplace. Work hours and working conditions, child labor and workman’s compensation plans…. all overseen by Dept of Labor.

The unions’ original mandates are a bit outdated and exist now for the collection of money to put toward political agendas and to keep lazy, inefficient, often treasonous government workers in their jobs. And those agendas? They may or may not align with the workers’ desired political goals. Where allowed, union membership has been dropping as worker freedom rings louder in the workplace.

To paraphrase their goals: Those who declare themselves socialists must reaffirm their radicalism, envision a truly revolutionary anti-capitalist future, and understand that today, their cause is increasingly that of a radical democracy struggling to be born.

I only need to point to their own words: radicalismrevolutionaryanti-capitalistradical (and we’ll sneak in democracy to be more vanilla for the weaker less radical few).

The bottom line is this. Socialism has never – repeat NEVER worked in modern society. We need only to point to the burdensome controls of Cuba or the continuing downfall of Venezuela and their 1,000,000 % inflation rate as the poster children of failed attempts. The cartoon says it subtly as they hope Socialism triumphs over political parties, capitalism and religion. (Looks like it didn’t work out so well for capitalism)

The approaching midterm elections are about control, power and the continuation of a socialistic direction where a few control a lot, and the will of the people is not carried forth, and the rule of law… it went out with last week’s fish wrapped in your copy of Völkischer Beobachter.

The ignoring of the senate’s rules of law and order by the left are the perfect examples as they were twisted, abused and hammered into submission in the Kavanaugh hearings. Destroy, disrupt, deny, delay – all part of the desperate plan played out like a back alley dinner theater with no desserts.

Do your own research and see what these people really want for your future. See what mine fields lay ahead inside their rhetoric of “Americanism,” and the equality of “redistribution.” Beware, for the future is based on the concept: Elections have results.

The midterms are MOST important for America. Not just so one party can win over another, but so the founding fathers’ vision for freedoms, rights, God given tenets of society can be preserved, not twisted to be discarded like the I-beams of the WTC on 9/12/01.

Visit the links below and see what the alternatives to a true conservative vote can bring you. Going back to the freedoms you now enjoy won’t be so easy once the left controls your politics, your media, your education, your families, your work, your rights – your lives. And we’re well on our way.

SOCIALISM  (remember, it’s in opposition to capitalism)

FASCISM

COMMUNISM

MARXISM

CAPITALISM 

While many of these are similar, they meld and mix into basically a steamroller of destruction headed to Communism. And whatever the definition or direction, they are NOT compatible with American founding or values.

The creep of Socialism has been stronger since it became acceptable, cool, and preferred, at least by those who benefit the most or are still uneducated. Controlling economic and governmental systems are the pyramid scheme to end all pyramid schemes. The few at the top are living well, in control, have the power and are doing as they please.

The supporting masses underneath have the boot of tyranny on their necks, working for the “good of the people.” Unrewarded for any personal ambitious devotion for advancement or betterment for themselves or their families. Entrepreneurship is gone, incentive is forgotten and real self-satisfaction and rewards are verboten.

Those on the right have a sense of their future and what they desire. Those in the middle should be seeking answers and need to find them through research and open eyes and minds.

Those on the left, for the most part, are the lemmings of the liberals, open to getting that FREE STUFF, no matter what the cost. But pay they will when the tasty colorful birthday icing is gone, and the empty cake plate lays bare like a dead field of once harvested rice.

This is my warning for November 6th –

VOTE this midterm like your future depends on it – for it does.

RB~

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Why? Because this contains information, facts, tactics that liberals don’t want revealed. Deep rooted strategies that involve treason, sedition, even the death of patriots rather than truthful, productive and meaningful interactions of worth and value. Do I lie? How many needed and respected law enforcement officials have been ambushed and killed? How many politically involved opponents or citizens attacked, murdered in the name of radical leftist views. How many lives destroyed for the sake of recusant, partisan agendas?

Liberals operate in the shadows of deceit. They hide under cover of confusion, accusations and false narratives in order to bind together those who hate and wish to destroy. Their long history and secrets obscured and concealed to aid in the completion of their calamitous mandate. Many have ranted and rallied about impeachment but warn their candidates not to mention it for the truthful fear of their intentions’ damage to their campaigns.

The progression of America’s decline was decidedly slowed with the election of Donald J. Trump. However, with the election of Hillary Clinton, the future of America, our laws, our safety, economy and our governance as a free and independent country could well have continued to be in jeopardy.

SOCIALISTS INVADING AMERICA?  GOING MAINSTREAM?

During the last 8 years in particular, we’ve seen our rights take wing on birds away during hunting season, and heard our slide into the dark abyss of socialism resound like the scratch of rat claws in the stone walls of our existence.

Used with permission of the artist

Liberal leaders correlate lies with truth, and their twisted agendas with reasonable policies, and merge their efforts in order to affect a new America NOT  envisioned by our founding fathers.  The Democratic party of your fathers and grandfathers is not the party of today’s liberalized, radicalized politicians.

The Democrats have morphed into Democratic Socialism.
The Democratic Socialists are moving toward Progressivism.
Progressives are slowly but systematically moving toward Marxist Socialism
Full Socialists are on their march to Communism.

The likelihood that young people become the embodiment of their influences is reasonable and significant. It’s happened over time, was furthered during the radical 60’s and continues today supported by the likes of Soros and others who encourage a violent, destructive, anti-American defiance. Intransigence designed to eradicate freedom.

The more openly, full on attack on America was furthered with the election of B. Hussein Obama, whose upbringing was filtered and honed through the teachings of Saul Alinski, and calamitous beliefs of Cloward and Piven. His understanding of life, his views of oppression and exercising government will and influence on the people came, in part, from a Communist sympathizer known as Frank Marshall Davis; a subject of FBI interest and investigation for 19 years.

The line separating opposition views is blurred, yet distinct. Davis wrote: ““I worked with all kinds of groups.  I made no distinction between those labeled Communist, Socialist or merely liberal.” But the FBI record of Davis contains what is reported to be his Communist Party identification number: #47544 (obtained from a “highly confidential source”).

Obama’s has his own involvement with the insurgent Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a Socialist organization moving in a revolutionary Marxist direction. In the 60’s, SDS was joined by the Progressive Labor Party (PLP), a self-styled Marxist-Leninist-Maoist party, dedicated to implementing communist ideology. In January, 1996, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic Party and even to American capitalism.

Are Socialists invading America? The Socialist presence was openly displayed with the campaign of Bernie Sanders. A political wannabe that did virtually nothing and collected no steady paycheck till he was 40. At that time being elected mayor of a VT town and proudly proclaiming he was the “only Socialist Mayor in the United States,” his socialistic “everything free for everyone” beliefs resonated with America’s youth who supported him from the basements of their parents’ homes during 2016.

And again, Socialism is proudly displayed as a badge of honor, a placard of qualification from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, A NYC candidate for Congress under the banner of Socialism. A true believer and anti-American, anti-capitalist wanting to give everything free to anyone sitting on their ass in the park with their hands outstretched to receive the unearned freebies of society.

There was this from Ocasio-Cortez: “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” Actually, capitalism has pretty much always existed. When Jesus chased the money changers from the temple, they weren’t there giving money away. People have been trading since there was something to trade. “The market economy, contrary to what you might have heard, has existed since the caves,” writes Deirdre McCloskey in “Bourgeois Dignity.”

Ocasio-Cortez summarizes the principle of the Democratic Socialists of America, of which she is a member: “No person in America should be too poor to live.” And her big complaint on the economy? She credits [or blames] the low unemployment figures because… “Well, unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.” No. That would make sense if the unemployment rate were calculated by asking businesses whether their jobs were filled. But instead BLS uses the household survey, which asks people whether they have a job. The answer is “yes” whether you work one job or ten.

My point in all this and my warning…if you love America, if you fear for her future, know that these people vehemently believe and bolster their destructive rhetoric. They loudly proclaim factless rants, for their game plan is not based on patriotism and truth. Their goals are not good for America and Americans. They want only societal elements aimed at increasing their own voter base, their own power position, their own enriched futures as ruling tyrants and dictators.

The ever-growing presence of socialistic endeavors is evidenced on our political landscape by the screaming, demanding masses yearning to breathe free, eat free, live free and to be free to do whatever, whenever, wherever for personal reasons free from consequences.

Ask yourself… Are these the goals to improve and protect America? Or a select few and for what reasoning? Goals such as:

  • Eliminate borders opening our country to anyone and everyone regardless of the past or plans for their crime-filled futures.
  • Eliminate any immigration barriers thereby allowing a lifelong flood of Democratic/Socialistic voters eliminating the opposition party (conservatives).
  • Eliminate ICE, the agency, not mandated to separate families, but to seek and hunt down and deport those who choose to do us harm. (ICE stats
  • Giving sanctuary to criminal elements in the name of “social justice” and “equality” at the expense, and peril, of society.
  • Raise taxes even more on those who, while creating wealth for themselves, also create jobs and wealth for millions more.
  • Give away everything as an entitlement like healthcare, education, housing, food, public services…all ultimately paid for by those who have something left of their own hard earned money; till they run out of money to support the whining masses.
  • Hand out justice not based on the law, but by whatever social, economic or political class you align yourself with.
  • They promote the tenets of Socialism for the collective good, not as a reward to those who actually work hard and produce.
  • The diminishment of privacy both in private lives and in surreptitious operations of the government.

The main goal of a socialist system is to shift the means of production from private hands, or to regulate it, by the power and authority of the “community.” Socialism espouses the common good and access to all services and resources by ALL citizens. In an archetypal socialistic society everyone is equal; all have equal voice and equal access. This is not to say that there are no different economic classes or groups, just that all pay according to their ability so that all can share equally (seems some are more equal than others). Just remember Obama’s prime job… Community Organizer.

Or as Karl Marx said: “In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,

Be aware, for as your “ability” to contribute increases due to your own hard work and worth, the “needs” of the masses will demand them and the government or community will gladly take them. Doubt my warning? Here’s the bombshell:  of those queried, four out of 10 adults said they preferred socialism to capitalism and some cities and states are offering “guaranteed” incomes to attract residents.

This is an alert, a wake up call, a warning to what’s happening right under our own allegorical and patriotic noses. This is a revelation of the revolution to come; goals and potential harm to be caused to us all should we not be aware enough, not prepared enough to keep our country as it was designed.

As a writer, I find history, past and yet to come, as fascinating endeavors and yet would be more interested in researching and documenting more positive things. But as long as we live in our current times, the awareness of conditions and changes to our well conceived, solidly founded republic need to be portrayed on the pages of as many websites and publications as possible. Pass these words to your friends and join the informed resistance of the onslaught against us.

@VideoRon

RB ~

A CIA Insider Talks

Those famous words of Ronald Reagan were never more true:

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

When originally spoken, many will relate this quote’s initial intention to social situations of taxation, entitlement control and more social issues. However, it’s become evident that the government – once thought to primarily exist for our protection – has turned bare toothed on its citizenry with a more aggressive, subversive agenda of diabolical proportions.

Alphabet agencies wreaking havoc on the public, the country, and even its own, as we we’ll soon reveal. The dishonesty, the lies, corruptions, yea the treason, is running rampant through every office and orifice in our governing bodies and if not for those speaking out, we’d all be un or misinformed.

In my series of “Insiders,”  I’m pleased to talk next with a former CIA operative. Someone who saw not only the inside, but the dirty wrath of an agency gone amuck.

Verne Lyon-CIA:  Recruited first as a student, Lyon operated as a CIA agent in the 1960s and 1970s. While operating under deep cover Lyon engaged in domestic spying on antiwar Iowa State University students. Codenamed Operation CHAOS, the CIA launched the illegal program against U.S. citizens. Lyon was also involved in destabilizing operations in Cuba. He also worked in Peru, Chile and Mexico. Lyon wrote in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.”

This is a first hand account from Verne and his book dealing with sensitive activities perpetrated illegally on the American public. Some of his answers are short as some information is sensitive to his life, his past, the agency, and, at times, a short explanation is all that’s required. We’re grateful for the opinions he can share at this time. Verne offers this expose’ as a foundation for domestic spying.

RB ~  Verne, you’ve led a life whose tale is the basis of spy novels and horror stories; Attempted abductions and assassination, prosecutions. You found a passion for aviation at a young age but then made, or were seduced, into a left turn into an intelligence career. We know it started when you were approached by the CIA to spy on antiwar activities at Iowa State. How did they find and pick you for their Operation CHAOS?

Verne Lyon

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

VL~ I believe I was approached after a high school/college friend of mine went into Naval Intelligence. He told me he had talked to “some people” about me.  The job of spying on campus anti-war activities paid $300 a month and came with a guaranteed draft deferment. For over fifteen years, the CIA, with assistance from numerous government agencies, conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS. It was one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history of this country. Throughout the duration of CHAOS, the CIA spied on thousands of U.S. citizens. The CIA went to great lengths to conceal this operation from the public while every president from Eisenhower to Nixon exploited CHAOS for his own political ends.

After I signed the documents getting into their “student program,” I asked if university officials knew of their work on campus. They said yes but admonished me to keep this to myself. Apparently some officials at Iowa State not only knew of the CIA recruiting on campus but actually suggested names of select students to approach. Nobody mentioned that the work I just signed up for was illegal at worst and immoral at best. [1]

RB ~ You, like myself, grew up in a small midwestern town but found yourself directed to greater intrigue in your life. How did you take to this move up the status ladder working for a large int’l intelligence agency and did your views of a “worthwhile, needed and valuable gov’t agency soon change?”

VL~   I found it to be almost a dream at the first. Being a secret agent, paid undercover, part of the government’s inner decision making circle, etc. As time went on I became more skeptical with each passing day.

RB ~ Was this domestic spying expanded?

VL ~ As campus anti-war protest activity spread across the nation, the CIA reacted by implementing two new domestic operations. The first, Project RESISTANCE, was designed to provide security to CIA recruiters on college campuses. Under this program, the CIA sought active cooperation from college administrators, campus security, and local police to help identify anti-war activists, political dissidents, and “radicals.” Eventually information was provided to all government recruiters on college campuses and directly to the super-secret DOD on thousands of students and dozens of groups. The CIA’s Office of Security also created Project MERRIMAC, to provide warnings about demonstrations being carried out against CIA facilities or personnel in the Washington area

RB ~ This must have taken a lot of local resources to gather and review “information and activities” on so many people

VL ~ Under both Projects, the CIA infiltrated agents into domestic groups of all types and activities. It used its contacts with local police departments and their intelligence units to pick up its “police skills” and began in earnest to pull off burglaries, illegal entries, use of explosives, criminal frame-ups, shared interrogations, and disinformation. CIA teams purchased sophisticated equipment for many starved police departments and in return got to see arrest records, suspect lists, and intelligence reports. Many large police departments, in conjunction with the CIA, carried out illegal, warrantless searches of private properties, to provide intelligence for a report requested by President Johnson and later entitled “Restless Youth.[1]

RB ~ How much information was gathered and wasn’t this illegal?

VL ~ During the life of Operation CHAOS, the CIA had compiled personality files on over 13,000 individuals including more than 7,000 U.S. citizens as well as files on over 1,000 domestic groups. The CIA had shared information on more than 300,000 persons with different law enforcement agencies including the DIA and FBI. It had spied on, burglarized, intimidated, misinformed, lied to, deceived, and carried out criminal acts against thousands of citizens of the United States. It had placed itself above the law, above the Constitution, and in contempt of international diplomacy and the United States Congress.

RB ~ How ominous did it become when you found the agency who had you spy on Americans was now going after you by framing you for an airport bombing, chasing you to Canada to have you kidnapped and ultimately tracking you to Lima, Peru, bring you back for trial and sentencing you to 17 years in Leavenworth for that bombing? Yuri Totrov, former KGB counter intelligence officer says. “Verne Lyon’s story so shocked me that I hoped he would one day make it public.”

VL~   It was as if the weight of the world had fallen on my shoulders. I felt hopeless, betrayed, angry.

RB ~ “Eyes on Havana,” your revealing book, has the tag line “Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA.” The title alone has a foreboding, gloomy aire about it. You talk about “the transformation of a young patriotic engineer…into the second class citizens I am today; a convicted felon who has survived fear, prosecution, and utter collapse of my dreams…” Are you able to realize at lease some of your dreams and goals?

VL~  I have become an accomplished pilot, although my aerospace engineering education was never used to its fullest, I did work as an engineer for a number of years.

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

RB ~ In your book you say “…Things went from bad to worse and pitted three government agencies against each other and against me in games of cat and mouse around the globe.”[1] From an agency you wanted to dedicate yourself to, this must have been a shock.

VL ~ My two-day trial, the jury’s brief deliberations and the judge’s stern sentence. Seventeen Years, I heard him say. You shall be remanded to a Federal Penitentiary for 17 years. My freedom, my youth my wife, my son all disappeared in those words.[1]

RB ~ Did your overseas positions add any different perspective to your overall view of national security – both foreign and domestic until your apprehension in Peru and return to the states?

VL~  Having traveled to over 100 countries, I much appreciate the views of peoples and cultures  abroad. To best understand the geo/political problems of the USA, you must travel overseas to understand how the rest of the world views us and why.

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days.

VL~   The difference between the two was always blurred. Higher ups in the CIA helped write both foreign and domestic policy instead of just providing intelligence.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the gov’t in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americans?

VL~  It is where it is due to the rapid, uncontrolled expansion of technology in communications, satellites, social media, news from every corner of the world within a few minutes, the internet, hacking, etc. Our society as well as most governments live in the NOW and want to respond at once to news, etc. After 911, we all gave up personal  freedoms for security and the Patriot Act which the government exploits to the max.

RB ~  People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government and that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such domestic activities? Was it common knowledge that the government in general was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

VL~   I think that Edward Snowden, now living in exile in Russia, showed us how pervasive the government is in gathering all kinds of intelligence on the average citizen.

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

VL~  Borderline hero

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?) Has the CIA become more involved in domestic activities?

VL~ The line dividing the domain between the FBI’s former exclusive powers to do domestic spying and the CIA’s mandate to handle everything beyond the borders has become so blurred that the NSA’s collection of date from both actually negates separation of powers.

RB ~ You said in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.” Are we seeing that thought in spades these days? Lyon

VL ~  We thought that the East German STASI was the embodiment of George Orwell’s 1984 but we have achieved that status here at home now.

RB ~ You’ve been quoted as saying “The CIA is a state sponsored terrorist association. You don’t look at people as human beings. They’re nothing but pieces on a chessboard.” Was this scary concept surprising to you as you worked more and more in the agency?

VL~   The Agency’s view of the world was divided into spheres of influence where, at times, operations pitted one country or area against others for our benefit. The effects on the ordinary people were ignored for the goal of the greater good.

RB ~ Average Americans think about this data collection and that domestic spying should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there other hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country? Maybe political?

VL~  Certainly politics always has a role in what type of intelligence is collected and from whom. With today’s technology that allows us and foreign nations to encrypt private communications, the race to stay ahead of the curve out weighs the concerns for people’s rights.

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m using the term loosely) growing out of control, or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

VL~   Basically and simply – No

RB ~  For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement

RB ~  Is the CIA capable of assisting or independently pursuing “political crimes” to bring about justice to those involved in all this current Clinton/DNC/State Dept./intelligence corruption, or should they be more an investigative, enforcement force against more traditional crimes? Or is there really a difference anymore?

VL~   Dem’s vs Republicans – too political.

RB ~ Is enough finally being done to investigate and dig into these email scandals and schemes? Seems like 2 intelligence groups would be more efficient given the foreign component of things.

VL ~  More open but still restrictive

RB ~ And as a follow up, are the lines of communication between the FBI, CIA and NSA now more open than before, or is interagency pride and elitism keeping them from working together efficiently?

VL~     It’s all politics

RB ~  Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

VL~  Since FISA courts (hearings) are held in secret, much like grand jury hearings, the prosecutor usually controls the hearing and the court will go along with the prosecution’s request 99% of the time so its use is always, in my view, political. The fact that the election process can be corrupted to the degree that it has been is just another example of politics over-ruling facts. Its sad to see its degradation to the point that politics has apparently removed all fairness to the process.

RB ~ Knowing you weren’t there then, but has John Brennan stepped over the line of reason? Is his lying and anti-patriotic, partisan views a change or was it always there, hidden from public view?

VL~ Political leanings always influence decision and actions

RB ~ Did the decision to become so outspoken come easy given your patriotism and seeing the need for truth, or was it a life changing moment with thoughts of reprisals and long term career and personal ramifications?

VL~ I needed to tell the truth

RB ~  With Alexis, Echo, TVs with cameras, home security Wi-Fi cameras, Google phones tracking our every move and refrigerators knowing what we buy  and how we shop, are we living totally exposed with our non-private lives open to become fodder for anyone willing to review, sell or track?

VL~  We allow this for the sole sake of convenience

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing America?

VL~  Its already lost and there is no real way back.

RB ~ And with all the action and complications of a government intelligence / law enforcement position, what was that one fun, rewarding, passionate moment you remember from your whole career?

VL~      Understanding that the world is not our enemy we don’t need to invent enemies.

 

Our thanks to Verne for his time, his service to our country and thoughts, and to his co-author, Professor Phil Zwerling for their input into this book and this article.  This and my other “insider” articles go to the question of whether we can truly trust our own government and their real intentions in their attempt to protect us.

Whistleblowers exist for a reason… to spread the truth of what’s behind the curtain and alert us to wrongdoings that affect our lives, our futures.

This article is just the beginning. You’ll find a fascinating read on the intrigue of Verne’s CIA life and adventures in the US, Cuba and beyond in his book, “Eyes on Havana.” I can’t recommend enough its addition to your reading shelf. It’s an eye opening revelation of what lengths the government will go to destroying policies, laws and lives to get to their final nefarious objectives.

RB

Facts and opinions expressed are those of the interviewee and not necessarily
those of the author or talkamericaradio.us. Certain passages and quotes used with
permission from his book,"Eyes on Havana -Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the
CIA."

[1] Eyes on Havana- Verne Lyon & Phil Zwerling, McFarland Publishing
(January 12, 2018)

A CIA Insider reveals….

Those famous words of Ronald Reagan were never more true:

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

When originally spoken, many will relate this quote’s initial intention to social situations of taxation, entitlement control and more social issues. However, it’s become evident that the government – once thought to primarily exist for our protection – has turned bare toothed on its citizenry with a more aggressive, subversive agenda of diabolical proportions.

Alphabet agencies wreaking havoc on the public, the country, and even its own, as we we’ll soon reveal. The dishonesty, the lies, corruptions, yea the treason, is running rampant through every office and orifice in our governing bodies and if not for those speaking out, we’d all be un or misinformed.

In my series of “Insiders,”  I’m pleased to talk next with a former CIA operative. Someone who saw not only the inside, but the dirty wrath of an agency gone amuck.

Verne Lyon-CIA:  Recruited first as a student, Lyon operated as a CIA agent in the 1960s and 1970s. While operating under deep cover Lyon engaged in domestic spying on antiwar Iowa State University students. Codenamed Operation CHAOS, the CIA launched the illegal program against U.S. citizens. Lyon was also involved in destabilizing operations in Cuba. He also worked in Peru, Chile and Mexico. Lyon wrote in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.”

This is a first hand account from Verne and his book dealing with sensitive activities perpetrated illegally on the American public. Some of his answers are short as some information is sensitive to his life, his past, the agency, and, at times, a short explanation is all that’s required. We’re grateful for the opinions he can share at this time. Verne offers this expose’ as a foundation for domestic spying.

RB ~  Verne, you’ve led a life whose tale is the basis of spy novels and horror stories; Attempted abductions and assassination, prosecutions. You found a passion for aviation at a young age but then made, or were seduced, into a left turn into an intelligence career. We know it started when you were approached by the CIA to spy on antiwar activities at Iowa State. How did they find and pick you for their Operation CHAOS?

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

VL~ I believe I was approached after a high school/college friend of mine went into Naval Intelligence. He told me he had talked to “some people” about me.  The job of spying on campus anti-war activities paid $300 a month and came with a guaranteed draft deferment. For over fifteen years, the CIA, with assistance from numerous government agencies, conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS. It was one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history of this country. Throughout the duration of CHAOS, the CIA spied on thousands of U.S. citizens. The CIA went to great lengths to conceal this operation from the public while every president from Eisenhower to Nixon exploited CHAOS for his own political ends.

After I signed the documents getting into their “student program,” I asked if university officials knew of their work on campus. They said yes but admonished me to keep this to myself. Apparently some officials at Iowa State not only knew of the CIA recruiting on campus but actually suggested names of select students to approach. Nobody mentioned that the work I just signed up for was illegal at worst and immoral at best. [1]

RB ~ You, like myself, grew up in a small midwestern town but found yourself directed to greater intrigue in your life. How did you take to this move up the status ladder working for a large int’l intelligence agency and did your views of a “worthwhile, needed and valuable gov’t agency soon change?”

VL~   I found it to be almost a dream at the first. Being a secret agent, paid undercover, part of the government’s inner decision making circle, etc. As time went on I became more skeptical with each passing day.

RB ~ Was this domestic spying expanded?

VL ~ As campus anti-war protest activity spread across the nation, the CIA reacted by implementing two new domestic operations. The first, Project RESISTANCE, was designed to provide security to CIA recruiters on college campuses. Under this program, the CIA sought active cooperation from college administrators, campus security, and local police to help identify anti-war activists, political dissidents, and “radicals.” Eventually information was provided to all government recruiters on college campuses and directly to the super-secret DOD on thousands of students and dozens of groups. The CIA’s Office of Security also created Project MERRIMAC, to provide warnings about demonstrations being carried out against CIA facilities or personnel in the Washington area

RB ~ This must have taken a lot of local resources to gather and review “information and activities” on so many people

VL ~ Under both Projects, the CIA infiltrated agents into domestic groups of all types and activities. It used its contacts with local police departments and their intelligence units to pick up its “police skills” and began in earnest to pull off burglaries, illegal entries, use of explosives, criminal frame-ups, shared interrogations, and disinformation. CIA teams purchased sophisticated equipment for many starved police departments and in return got to see arrest records, suspect lists, and intelligence reports. Many large police departments, in conjunction with the CIA, carried out illegal, warrantless searches of private properties, to provide intelligence for a report requested by President Johnson and later entitled “Restless Youth.[1]

RB ~ How much information was gathered and wasn’t this illegal?

VL ~ During the life of Operation CHAOS, the CIA had compiled personality files on over 13,000 individuals including more than 7,000 U.S. citizens as well as files on over 1,000 domestic groups. The CIA had shared information on more than 300,000 persons with different law enforcement agencies including the DIA and FBI. It had spied on, burglarized, intimidated, misinformed, lied to, deceived, and carried out criminal acts against thousands of citizens of the United States. It had placed itself above the law, above the Constitution, and in contempt of international diplomacy and the United States Congress.

RB ~ How ominous did it become when you found the agency who had you spy on Americans was now

going after you by framing you for an airport bombing, chasing you to Canada to have you kidnapped and ultimately tracking you to Lima, Peru, bring you back for trial and sentencing you to 17 years in Leavenworth for that bombing? Yuri Totrov, former KGB counter intelligence officer says. “Verne Lyon’s story so shocked me that I hoped he would one day make it public.”

VL~   It was as if the weight of the world had fallen on my shoulders. I felt hopeless, betrayed, angry.

RB ~ “Eyes on Havana,” your revealing book, has the tag line “Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA.” The title alone has a foreboding, gloomy aire about it. You talk about “the transformation of a young patriotic engineer…into the second class citizens I am today; a convicted felon who has survived fear, prosecution, and utter collapse of my dreams…” Are you able to realize at lease some of your dreams and goals?

VL~  I have become an accomplished pilot, although my aerospace engineering education was never used to its fullest, I did work as an engineer for a number of years.

RB ~ In your book you say “…Things went from bad to worse and pitted three government agencies against each other and against me in games of cat and mouse around the globe.”[1] From an agency you wanted to dedicate yourself to, this must have been a shock.

VL ~ My two-day trial, the jury’s brief deliberations and the judge’s stern sentence. Seventeen Years, I heard him say. You shall be remanded to a Federal Penitentiary for 17 years. My freedom, my youth my wife, my son all disappeared in those words.[1]

RB ~ Did your overseas positions add any different perspective to your overall view of national security – both foreign and domestic until your apprehension in Peru and return to the states?

VL~  Having traveled to over 100 countries, I much appreciate the views of peoples and cultures  abroad. To best understand the geo/political problems of the USA, you must travel overseas to understand how the rest of the world views us and why.

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days.

VL~   The difference between the two was always blurred. Higher ups in the CIA helped write both foreign and domestic policy instead of just providing intelligence.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the gov’t in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americans?

VL~  It is where it is due to the rapid, uncontrolled expansion of technology in communications, satellites, social media, news from every corner of the world within a few minutes, the internet, hacking, etc. Our society as well as most governments live in the NOW and want to respond at once to news, etc. After 911, we all gave up personal  freedoms for security and the Patriot Act which the government exploits to the max.

RB ~  People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government and that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such domestic activities? Was it common knowledge that the government in general was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

VL~   I think that Edward Snowden, now living in exile in Russia, showed us how pervasive the government is in gathering all kinds of intelligence on the average citizen.

Eris Snowden Freedom of the Press Foundation/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 4.0

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

VL~  Borderline hero

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?) Has the CIA become more involved in domestic activities?

VL~ The line dividing the domain between the FBI’s former exclusive powers to do domestic spying and the CIA’s mandate to handle everything beyond the borders has become so blurred that the NSA’s collection of date from both actually negates separation of powers.

RB ~ You said in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.” Are we seeing that thought in spades these days? Lyon

VL ~  We thought that the East German STASI was the embodiment of George Orwell’s 1984 but we have achieved that status here at home now.

RB ~ You’ve been quoted as saying “The CIA is a state sponsored terrorist association. You don’t look at people as human beings. They’re nothing but pieces on a chessboard.” Was this scary concept surprising to you as you worked more and more in the agency?

VL~   The Agency’s view of the world was divided into spheres of influence where, at times, operations pitted one country or area against others for our benefit. The effects on the ordinary people were ignored for the goal of the greater good.

RB ~ Average Americans think about this data collection and that domestic spying should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there other hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country? Maybe political?

VL~  Certainly politics always has a role in what type of intelligence is collected and from whom. With today’s technology that allows us and foreign nations to encrypt private communications, the race to stay ahead of the curve out weighs the concerns for people’s rights.

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m using the term loosely) growing out of control, or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

VL~   Basically and simply – No

RB ~  For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement

RB ~  Is the CIA capable of assisting or independently pursuing “political crimes” to bring about justice to those involved in all this current Clinton/DNC/State Dept./intelligence corruption, or should they be more an investigative, enforcement force against more traditional crimes? Or is there really a difference anymore?

VL~   Dem’s vs Republicans – too political.

RB ~ Is enough finally being done to investigate and dig into these email scandals and schemes? Seems like 2 intelligence groups would be more efficient given the foreign component of things.

VL ~  More open but still restrictive

RB ~ And as a follow up, are the lines of communication between the FBI, CIA and NSA now more open than before, or is interagency pride and elitism keeping them from working together efficiently?

VL~     It’s all politics

RB ~  Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

VL~  Since FISA courts (hearings) are held in secret, much like grand jury hearings, the prosecutor usually controls the hearing and the court will go along with the prosecution’s request 99% of the time so its use is always, in my view, political. The fact that the election process can be corrupted to the degree that it has been is just another example of politics over-ruling facts. Its sad to see its degradation to the point that politics has apparently removed all fairness to the process.

RB ~ Knowing you weren’t there then, but has John Brennan stepped over the line of reason? Is his lying and anti-patriotic, partisan views a change or was it always there, hidden from public view?

VL~ Political leanings always influence decision and actions

RB ~ Did the decision to become so outspoken come easy given your patriotism and seeing the need for truth, or was it a life changing moment with thoughts of reprisals and long term career and personal ramifications?

VL~ I needed to tell the truth

RB ~  With Alexis, Echo, TVs with cameras, home security Wi-Fi cameras, Google phones tracking our every move and refrigerators knowing what we buy  and how we shop, are we living totally exposed with our non-private lives open to become fodder for anyone willing to review, sell or track?

VL~  We allow this for the sole sake of convenience

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing America?

VL~  Its already lost and there is no real way back.

RB ~ And with all the action and complications of a government intelligence / law enforcement position, what was that one fun, rewarding, passionate moment you remember from your whole career?

VL~      Understanding that the world is not our enemy we don’t need to invent enemies.

 

Our thanks to Verne for his time, his service to our country and thoughts, and to his co-author, Professor Phil Zwerling for their input into this book and this article.  This and my other “insider” articles go to the question of whether we can truly trust our own government and their real intentions in their attempt to protect us.

Whistleblowers exist for a reason… to spread the truth of what’s behind the curtain and alert us to wrongdoings that affect our lives, our futures.

This article is just the beginning. You’ll find a fascinating read on the intrigue of Verne’s CIA life and adventures in the US, Cuba and beyond in his book, “Eyes on Havana.” I can’t recommend enough its addition to your reading shelf. It’s an eye opening revelation of what lengths the government will go to destroying policies, laws and lives to get to their final nefarious objectives.

RB

Facts and opinions expressed are those of the interviewee and not necessarily those of the author or westernfreepress.com. Certain passages and quotes used with permission from his book,”Eyes on Havana -Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA.”
[1] Eyes on Havana- Verne Lyon & Phil Zwerling, McFarland Publishing (January 12, 2018)