In 1978 the magazine Commentary printed, and about 500 Western periodicals reprinted or retold, my article about the virtual non-existence of the CIA as an espionage or intelligence service. The presidential candidate Ronald Reagan read my article, quoted it in his election campaign, said he would reform/reconstruct/replace the CIA, and we met to discuss the issue.
After Watergate, the mainstream media seemed omnipotent, and the newly elected president needed their support in his ambitious project to reform the CIA. The stars were lucky. William Safire (a conservative Republican!) spoke at an East Side Conservative Club dinner, and its chairman, Tom Bolan, introduced me to Safire in glowing terms (I was a member of the Club's Advisory Board). As a cynical opportunist, I pulled out a copy of my Commentary article and handed it over to Safire.
I noticed that when Safire spoke he hadn't left my article on the dinner table, but instead took it along and put it on the lectern. I thought it was a breakthrough. The spark of Safire's column in the New York Times would set the mainstream (read: liberal/Democratic) media aflame, and this was what President Reagan needed.
CIA Still Virtually Non-existent
Sept. 11 confirmed that the CIA virtually does not exist in 2001, as it did not in 1978.
Forget about the penetration of even a single terrorist cell or network in even one of the 68 countries where numberless Islamic terrorist cells and networks operate. But certainly an intelligence service must have common sense at the average mental level.
Having testified in the U.S. Congress many times in the past 10 years, the CIA, having no intelligence data on the forthcoming terrorist act of Sept. 11 but having a modicum of common sense at the average mental level, should have told the Congress that in view of previous Islamic terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and property, a major terrorist attack on America inside the United States could well be expected any day.
A bright school pupil might also have conjectured that a hijacked airliner could be used by a suicide as a "ram." Ever since WWII, films in many countries (and not only in Japan!) have showed pilots "ramming" their planes against enemy aircraft and all kinds of vulnerable ground structures. Playing a war pilot, a Russian boy would shout "Ram attack!" and plunge into a park bench or his playmate.
Gorbachev's Bioterrorism Program
Regarding Soviet Russia and anthrax, if the scientists in the mammoth Soviet project to develop biological superweapons had been told under Gorbachev, when the project flourished with special vigor, that anthrax would be spread in the United States through letters, they would have died of laughter. First of all, anthrax was obsolete. Second, when it had been experimented with, the idea was to pulverize it into the atmosphere over the entire territory of the United States.
Gorbachev's Russia was not Iraq. His nuclear weapons could kill the population of the United States many times over. I won't waste paper describing Gorbachev's nuclear weapons. I was a subscriber to the Pentagon's annual "The Soviet Military Power." The volumes are still in my library. New York could be destroyed by cruise missiles from Soviet submarines within one minute.
So what did Gorbachev expect from biological superweapons? Yes, his nuclear weapons could kill the U.S. population, but they could not kill, for example, the U.S. pilots in bombers in the air, with nuclear weapons aboard as means of retaliation. Biological superweapons were created to destroy all human means of retaliation and computer "viruses" all means of automatic retaliation.
Today China continues the research. One goal is genetic weaponry, that is, weapons that would kill, for example, all whites (in contrast to the Chinese) all over the world – on the surface of the earth, underground, in the air, in space, in submarines under water, and so on.
Gorbachev was overthrown, without having achieved his goal pf the creation of superweapons that would rule out enemy retaliation (or defense). If Putin becomes the dictator, he will certainly continue where Gorbachev had to end "for reasons beyond his control."
However, one episode from the final stage of Gorbachev's dictatorship has to be recalled. One of those in charge of Gorbachev's project of developing biological superweapons was sent abroad, allegedly for a scientific conference but actually to buy in the West some equipment for the project that Soviet Russia did not have. He suffered from mid-life depression and defected.
At the request of a British magazine editor, a friend of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, I had written a letter to her about the Soviet development of superweapons. She ignored it. But here was one of those in charge of the project in the flesh, and she could not ignore him.
His testimony was concealed from the public – so as to not "spoil the friendly relations" with Gorbachev. In a confidential, friendly way, he was confronted with the evidence, and he coolly lied that the project in question had never existed. Nor has he ever mentioned it since Yeltsin opened it for international inspection in 1992.
But the final vignette of that history of survival of the West in the age of terrorism and post-nuclear superweapons appeared on Oct. 15, 2001, at 9:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on CNN Live: Larry King invited Gorbachev to speak on letters containing anthrax powder, and the former owner of the world's largest, most expensive and advanced project of development of biological superweapons in the 1980s expressed his indignation. To be sure!
In the 1980s, his goal was to be able to destroy the West while being himself reliably protected. He was a global-scale bioterrorist who might have killed a billion people or two. Now he was a private person, making money on a lecture circuit, but some unknown, wretched amateur, mailing two anthrax letters a day, could infect him and undermine his health, if not worse. He was all against terrorism.
Larry King recalled that this anti-terrorist was a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but forgot to clarify that the Nobel Prize committee had no inkling of the development in Gorbachev's Russia of biological superweapons aimed at annihilating the West without the possibility of Western retaliation.
Fingering one of his suspenders, Larry King parted very warmly from the former preparer of annihilation on a scale that makes bin Laden a medieval village tinkerer, with these words: "Always glad to meet you!"
Excerpts from Lev Navrozov's book in progress, "Out of Moscow and Into New York: A Life in the Geostrategically Lobotomized West in the Age of Terrorism and Post-nuclear Superweapons."
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