Attack On U.S. Ambassador In Libya An Example Of ‘Blowback’


Ben Swann has investigated and said things that few reporters in the main stream media are willing to touch with a ten foot pole. Swann takes on the issue of the attack on the Libyan consulate and puts it all in perspective regarding what has been referred to by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as “blowback.”

The CIA has referenced ‘blowback’ in many documents, such as this one titled Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf.

The Nation reports on the use of the term and what it entails:

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“Blowback” is a CIA term first used in March 1954 in a recently declassified report on the 1953 operation to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran. It is a metaphor for the unintended consequences of the US government’s international activities that have been kept secret from the American people. The CIA’s fears that there might ultimately be some blowback from its egregious interference in the affairs of Iran were well founded. Installing the Shah in power brought twenty-five years of tyranny and repression to the Iranian people and elicited the Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution. The staff of the American embassy in Teheran was held hostage for more than a year. This misguided “covert operation” of the US government helped convince many capable people throughout the Islamic world that the United States was an implacable enemy.

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Here’s Ben’s report on the attack this week at the Libyan consulate:

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