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Bernie Sanders Once Supported Abolishing the 'Dangerous' CIA

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Monday, 22 Feb 2016 02:19 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders once called the CIA a "dangerous" agency that needed to be abolished, Politico reports.

His incendiary statement came in 1974 when Sanders, then 33, was running for the U.S. Senate as a candidate on the anti-war Liberty Union Party ticket and addressed a crowd in Vermont.

"[The CIA is] a dangerous institution that has got to go," said Sanders, who claimed the agency was accountable to no one "except right-wing lunatics who use it to prop up fascist dictatorships."

Politico reports that Sanders went after the CIA again years later, when during a C-SPAN interview in 1989, he said every "revolution for the poor people" in Latin or Central America had been "overthrown by the CIA" or another U.S. agency.

Sanders, a far-left socialist, took second place after Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, after defeating her earlier this month in the New Hampshire primary.

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