Interesting CIA Docs

Hey guys, I’ve been poking around on the internet the past few days, 'cause it’s slow here at work, and I stumbled across something y’all might find entertaining – I thought it was, anyway.

This link describes some CIA documents that were declassified nine years ago and have found their way to the WWW. Some of y’all might have seen this shit already, but for those who missed it, here’s some stuff about the CIA involvement with the coup in Guatemala 1954 that caused the downfall of a legally-elected democratic leader (he was courting Marxists at the time) who was replaced by a US-backed bloodthirsty dictator:

Of particular interest, you might find the instruction manual for assassination of political/tactical targets… it’s like a basic overview of how to properly murder somebody, written at a high-school level. The link above has images of the original docs, but a clearly transcribed copy can be found here:

Funny (in a sick way) excerpt:
The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve. Bridge falls into water are not reliable. In simple cases a private meeting with the subject may be arranged at a properly-cased location. The act may be executed by sudden, vigorous [excised] of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge. If the assassin immediately sets up an outcry, playing the “horrified witness”, no alibi or surreptitious withdrawal is necessary. In chase cases it will usually be necessary to stun or drug the subject before dropping him. Care is required to insure that no wound or condition not attributable to the fall is discernible after death.

One of the niftier things in this document is drawn out at the end – literally… it looks like it was from a paper napkin – where it describes the most safe and efficient way for two men armed with submachine guns to clear a room of up to twelve targets and be prepared to escape via force, if necessary, in under twenty seconds.

Trippy, huh? :slight_smile:

December 4, 2002
Philip Merrill today was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney as president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Merrill, a publisher and diplomat with broad experience in both the public and private sectors, was nominated to head Ex-Im Bank by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Phil Merrill has been a friend of mine for a long time,” Cheney said. “He has had a distinguished and successful business career as well as holding a number of vital assignments for the White House and Department of Defense. I know he will be a superb chairman of the Bank.”

Merrill Apparently Shot Himself On the Bay
Washington Post
June 21, 2006
Philip Merrill, 72, was found with a small anchor tied around one or both ankles and what investigators believe was a shotgun wound to the head, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

“Obviously, he took his own life,” the source said…

Cheney says, “I don’t need no stinkin’ manual.”