Saturday, December 25, 2010

Jack's "Austin Stack"

I received an email from Jack last night(12/24/10) that was early Christmas present. It is what I guess you could call a video postcard, an edit of some footage he's stacked while living in Austin for the past few months. Enjoy...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Erich clips on the Black Box site!

Erich has 2 clips in this little montage put out by Zero from there recent tour check it out...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


photo: mike zorger

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NEW HD Ty Beall Part!!!

Here is a new Ty Beall part filmed and edited by Brent O'Donnell. If you didn't know Ty will be having a part in This Machine Kills Fascists, this should get your pretty hyped for that...Enjoy!

Cold Stogies from Brent O'Donnell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Erich warms up at Mt. Rainier

Sorry for the lack of updates. Promo #2 should be online soon and hopefully the video shortly after. For now enjoy this little clip of Ricky warming up at Mt. Rainier.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Awesome "Jet Black Crayon" music/skate video.

Skating by Kevin Terpening, Filmed by Greg Hunt

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Danze's Best Damn Shop Edit

Here's what Allen documented for Palace Five at the Best Damn Shop Contest in Raleigh last weekend. Everyone was killing it!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

JImmy's Scraps From "This Time Tomorrow".

Jimmy always makes us proud. Great "throw-away" part.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Xeno came down from Boston last week to skate and shoot some photos. Here's are a few of his throwaway photos...

Jack-Switch Pivot


Caleb-Kickflip 50-50 on the last try

given to him by this guy.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Eugenics Movement: Alive and Killing PART 1

Okay we have done plenty of skate updates lately so I think it is fine for us to do an update on an important issue. We have touched on eugenics before on the blog, but mainly about the history of the movement. I would like do an update on where this movement is today and expose some of the main celebrity players. Yep that's right some of these sickos are very prominent celebrities and persons of influence. From Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey to....the President of United States?

I want to plug a particular website that focuses mainly on exposing the modern eugenics movement, the players and their racist and vicious endeavors. At you will see their website attacks one of the main instruments in carrying out eugenics and genocide in America today and that is abortion. When you look at abortions in America you will notice that 35% of abortions are African American babies, and what is even scarier is that 50% of all African American babies are aborted. Add the health risks that occur in a women who receives an abortion, that she may have pregnancy complications in the future and some studies even show that women who have had abortions are more likely to get cancer from the procedure, and you will wonder why this is not that main topic of discussion by Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey or even President Obama. It's quite obvious that African Americans are being targeted, right? Well if you simply don't believe than maybe a quote from the founder of Planned Parenthood will convince you. "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." -Margaret Sanger. A very important question being asked by is and that is "Is Margaret Sanger's vision being fulfilled today?"

Planned Parenthood Exposed

"Planned Parenthood" it sounds good enough right? It has a nice ring to it, and I bet your initial thoughts are "Oh wow, that just sounds great! They must be a group helping young people to plan out there parenthood and be better parents and give care to babies etc" right? It is like psychological warfare, and it even comes down to questioning abortion overall and labeling yourself "pro-life" or "pro-choice." I can tell you this much, if you would've asked me 3 years ago which I was I would've said without hesitation that I was pro-choice. Of course this is before I started actually researching abortion and it's roots, which are in the eugenics movement. The deceit just makes it even more sickening to me. You are already familiar with Planned Parenthood's founder Margaret Sanger who is also known as the queen of eugenics. Deceit is a game she played very well, just read what she wrote in a letter to her financial sponsor, Clarence Gamble in 1934:

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Today Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America, and they have conveniently placed 80% of their clinics in minority areas. They are still using the same tricks that their founder did, by using " colored people with social-service backgrounds and with engaging personalities" to sell their agenda. Including Senator now President Barack Obama and TV personality and actress Oprah Winfrey. Just look at this report by Richard Evans released June 5, 2009:

Speaking before Rockefeller sponsored Planned Parenthood’s ‘Action fund’ banquet July 17th 2007, candidate Barack Obama made his public announcement that his ‘first act as President’ would be signing FOCA (“Freedom of Choice Act”) It was.
The “Freedom of Choice” act amounts to de-regulation of the abortion industry and provides free federally funded abortions on demand. Obama is that ‘colored minister with social-service background and engaging personality’ Sanger envisioned.
Planned Parenthood’s slogan last year — “why should I be punished with a baby?”– was featured in television commercial campaigns. Obama mouthed this very slogan at a campaign speech in Johnstown PA:”I have two daughters. If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby”.

If you still want to debate Planned Parenthood's racist endeavors than I ask you to watch this video:

I do not want to portray Planned Parenthood as only a racist organization, they have much more blood on their hands than that and I believe as the facts show that they are a legal eugenics operation out to exterminate any race of baby they can, but here is the kicker they also do it FOR PROFIT! As I pointed out above, it is a common thought that Planned Parenthood serves the family planning needs of low income women and families. Planned Parenthood makes millions of dollars from abortions and not from family planning services. They are not a charity or a non-profit organization these are also common misconceptions. The fact is that they are nothing more than a money making enterprise legally carrying out a eugenics, racist and de-population agenda. On top of that they get millions in Government funding every year to help carry out this agenda.

"Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of."

7/2/09 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

PART 2: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation coming soon...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Waterfront spot

Kevin got this iPhone clip of Erich exhibiting some Daewon-esque skills the other night in Georgetown.

Don't you just love the way this clip sounds?

Here is a clip of Jack, Caleb and Erich(in that order) warming up at convention center ledge....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Raw edit of Gil.

Kevin threw together this raw edit for your viewing pleasure. It's his throw-away/all-ready-used footy we filmed during last summers roadtrip. Click on the YouGottaGetThat link and get a copy of the video. It's fun to watch all those dudes' parts in high quality. -Z

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Road Trip 09' Part 2

This is part 2 of the road trip we took this past summer. Caleb and I flew down to Texas to meet up with Jack, Erich and Gilbert. As Zac continued his journey out west we headed back home to Virginia, making our way through Texas and Tennessee. Stay tuned for Part 3 which is the final segment of this trip.

Monday, March 8, 2010

New park warm up edit

This clip features Perri Morgan, Caleb Ocasio and Erich Bielefeldt warming up at a new little park in DC. Though the park is limited it has really smooth ground and is a lot of fun. The song is Timothy Chabot-Cajun Riverboat Ride.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Road Trip 09: Pt. 1

This is some footage from the first half of a road trip to Texas a little while back. There is some point-and-shoot footy that was for the now highly acclaimed "Doin' Thangs" video as well as different angles of tricks that Gilbert has in his "YouGottaGetThat" part (try and find a copy, it's rad!). Gilbert, Tyler and Swyers have been been filming some awesome stuff for TMKF. Stay posted for Pt. 2 when Kevin and Caleb joined the trip back in Houston. -Z

Monday, March 1, 2010

New skate clip...

I'm hoping it's safe to say that winter is finally over! After not filming for over a month and being buried in snow and dealing with the harsh cold weather I went down to Richmond to meet up with everyone. It wasn't very productive, but it's always fun just skating and and hanging out with friends. We came across this gap and Erich and Tyler did a few tricks there, here is what they did.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

This Time Tomorrow Video Premier is hosting the premier of Chris Mulhern's widely anticipated video, This Time Tomorrow. The video will be screened at Velocity Skateshop, Located just 3 Short blocks from College Park University of Maryland Green Line metro station. Contact Velocity for more details.
Directions from College Park Metro (Green Line):
1. Exit right from station though tunnel and up the stairs.
2. Head west on Calvert Rd toward Dartmouth Ave (walk 3 Blocks).
3. Turn right on Baltimore Ave (Velocity is located in the Basement of 7319).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kelly O'Brien

I want to dedicate this topic to my longtime close friend and ripper Kelly O'Brien. Kelly sent me this old footage that he found on some VHS tapes and he recorded them off his TV. I could've just pulled out an old hard drive and put this together and higher quality, but I think the rawness of it being filmed off a TV screen really meshes with Kelly's rawness as skateboarder. When you watch him skate in person he looks so natural and comfortable on his board, but the really sick thing is the power behind his skating. He is the kinda guy that can always get enough speed for a spot because 1 push for him is equal to like 3 pushes for most people. Kelly just cruises around pops ollies and it just looks so good and it looks fun to be him. It's funny because Kelly has always said he wanted to be able to do more tech tricks and flip tricks, but it just seems unnecessary. I don't know if he knows this(but I guess he will now) but we'll(Erich, Jack, Caleb and I)all be watching him skate at a spot and everyone is saying "man I wish I could skate like Kelly", and that's just it, he just looks so right and natural. He's probably going to think I'm lying but I'm seriously not, dude is a real street skater. Look for more from Kelly in "This Machine Kills Fascists". I really want to thank him for sending me these 2 videos, so Thanks bro!

This edit was probably done in 04' or 05' and it was filmed by me and Kelly's lovely wife and ripper Perri Morgan:

Here is a video of Kelly's wife and also a longtime friend Perri Morgan:

Perri J. Morgan from kelly O'Brien on Vimeo.

This is a little edit I made after the Wolfpack video came out, it was never released and was just something I threw together for fun. It is 1 trick from each person in the crew that was my favorite from 2004 and in the Wolfpack video. I guess it didn't have to be their "best" trick of 2004 but it was the ones I liked the best. I titled it "Don't Forget Your Friends"....I really miss Jimmy and Hippy, hope I see those guys more in 2010.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Mark Dice is seriously a legend for doing this, I just had to post this video because it's so classic. He is well known for his sarcastic jabs at the New World Order, but this time he struck gold! I had to post this video because I think he really got a lot further on a huge mainstream news cast then they intended. He only got a minute or so, but here see for yourself. Be sure you check out
If you're wondering how Mark got on air in the first place, check his popular youtube video that got him just the amount of attention he needed. They fell right into his trap, Mark Dice is a genius!

Ron Paul Exposes the CIA

I just wanted to add this video clip as a follow up to Zac's post below.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Brief Timeline of CIA Crimes and Atrocites

The CIA has committed thousands of illegal and immoral acts around the world, including almost unfathomable mass murder and countless acts of terrorism and torture.

“The CIA and the big corporations were, in my experience, in step with each other,” writes former CIA agent John Stockwell. “the CIA had been running thousands of operations over the years… there have been about 3,000 major covert operations and over 10,000 minor operations… all designed to disrupt, destabilize, or modify the activities of other countries… But they are all illegal and they all disrupt the normal functioning, often the democratic functioning, of other societies.”

The CIA recruited Nazi war criminals. It is not known as the “Cocaine Import Agency” for nothing (see video below). It has engaged in assassination and covert chemical and biological warfare.

The late Steve Kangas (who allegedly committed suicide in a 39th floor bathroom at One Oxford Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, immediately outside the offices of foundations run by known CIA operative Richard Mellon Scaife) compiled in the 1990s the following disturbing list of CIA crimes around the world:


The culture we lost — Secretary of State Henry Stimson refuses to endorse a code-breaking operation, saying, “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.”


COI created — In preparation for World War II, President Roosevelt creates the Office of Coordinator of Information (COI). General William “Wild Bill” Donovan heads the new intelligence service.


OSS created — Roosevelt restructures COI into something more suitable for covert action, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Donovan recruits so many of the nation’s rich and powerful that eventually people joke that “OSS” stands for “Oh, so social!” or “Oh, such snobs!”


Italy — Donovan recruits the Catholic Church in Rome to be the center of Anglo-American spy operations in Fascist Italy. This would prove to be one of America’s most enduring intelligence alliances in the Cold War.


OSS is abolished — The remaining American information agencies cease covert actions and return to harmless information gathering and analysis.

Operation PAPERCLIP – While other American agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the U.S. intelligence community is smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets. The most important of these is Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s master spy who had built up an intelligence network in the Soviet Union. With full U.S. blessing, he creates the “Gehlen Organization,” a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in Russia. These include SS intelligence officers Alfred Six and Emil Augsburg (who massacred Jews in the Holocaust), Klaus Barbie (the “Butcher of Lyon”), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked with Eichmann) and SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny (a personal friend of Hitler’s). The Gehlen Organization supplies the U.S. with its only intelligence on the Soviet Union for the next ten years, serving as a bridge between the abolishment of the OSS and the creation of the CIA. However, much of the “intelligence” the former Nazis provide is bogus. Gehlen inflates Soviet military capabilities at a time when Russia is still rebuilding its devastated society, in order to inflate his own importance to the Americans (who might otherwise punish him). In 1948, Gehlen almost convinces the Americans that war is imminent, and the West should make a preemptive strike. In the 50s he produces a fictitious “missile gap.” To make matters worse, the Russians have thoroughly penetrated the Gehlen Organization with double agents, undermining the very American security that Gehlen was supposed to protect.


Greece — President Truman requests military aid to Greece to support right-wing forces fighting communist rebels. For the rest of the Cold War, Washington and the CIA will back notorious Greek leaders with deplorable human rights records.

CIA created — President Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947, creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council. The CIA is accountable to the president through the NSC — there is no democratic or congressional oversight. Its charter allows the CIA to “perform such other functions and duties… as the National Security Council may from time to time direct.” This loophole opens the door to covert action and dirty tricks.


Covert-action wing created — The CIA recreates a covert action wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination, led by Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner. According to its secret charter, its responsibilities include “propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, demolition and evacuation procedures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”

Italy — The CIA corrupts democratic elections in Italy, where Italian communists threaten to win the elections. The CIA buys votes, broadcasts propaganda, threatens and beats up opposition leaders, and infiltrates and disrupts their organizations. It works — the communists are defeated.


Radio Free Europe — The CIA creates its first major propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe. Over the next several decades, its broadcasts are so blatantly false that for a time it is considered illegal to publish transcripts of them in the U.S.

Late 40s

Operation MOCKINGBIRD — The CIA begins recruiting American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least 25 organizations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.


Iran – CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup, after he threatened to nationalize British oil. The CIA replaces him with a dictator, the Shah of Iran, whose secret police, SAVAK, is as brutal as the Gestapo.

Operation MK-ULTRA — Inspired by North Korea’s brainwashing program, the CIA begins experiments on mind control. The most notorious part of this project involves giving LSD and other drugs to American subjects without their knowledge or against their will, causing several to commit suicide. However, the operation involves far more than this. Funded in part by the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, research includes propaganda, brainwashing, public relations, advertising, hypnosis, and other forms of suggestion.


Guatemala — CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup. Arbenz has threatened to nationalize the Rockefeller-owned United Fruit Company, in which CIA Director Allen Dulles also owns stock. Arbenz is replaced with a series of right-wing dictators whose bloodthirsty policies will kill over 100,000 Guatemalans in the next 40 years.


North Vietnam — CIA officer Edward Lansdale spends four years trying to overthrow the communist government of North Vietnam, using all the usual dirty tricks. The CIA also attempts to legitimize a tyrannical puppet regime in South Vietnam, headed by Ngo Dinh Diem. These efforts fail to win the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese because the Diem government is opposed to true democracy, land reform and poverty reduction measures. The CIA’s continuing failure results in escalating American intervention, culminating in the Vietnam War.


Hungary — Radio Free Europe incites Hungary to revolt by broadcasting Khruschev’s Secret Speech, in which he denounced Stalin. It also hints that American aid will help the Hungarians fight. This aid fails to materialize as Hungarians launch a doomed armed revolt, which only invites a major Soviet invasion. The conflict kills 7,000 Soviets and 30,000 Hungarians.


Laos — The CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections. The problem is the Pathet Lao, a leftist group with enough popular support to be a member of any coalition government. In the late 50s, the CIA even creates an “Armee Clandestine” of Asian mercenaries to attack the Pathet Lao. After the CIA’s army suffers numerous defeats, the U.S. starts bombing, dropping more bombs on Laos than all the U.S. bombs dropped in World War II. A quarter of all Laotians will eventually become refugees, many living in caves.


Haiti — The U.S. military helps “Papa Doc” Duvalier become dictator of Haiti. He creates his own private police force, the “Tonton Macoutes,” who terrorize the population with machetes. They will kill over 100,000 during the Duvalier family reign. The U.S. does not protest their dismal human rights record.


The Bay of Pigs — The CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba. But “Operation Mongoose” fails, due to poor planning, security and backing. The planners had imagined that the invasion will spark a popular uprising against Castro -– which never happens. A promised American air strike also never occurs. This is the CIA’s first public setback, causing President Kennedy to fire CIA Director Allen Dulles.

Dominican Republic — The CIA assassinates Rafael Trujillo, a murderous dictator Washington has supported since 1930. Trujillo’s business interests have grown so large (about 60 percent of the economy) that they have begun competing with American business interests.

Ecuador — The CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign. Vice President Carlos Arosemana replaces him; the CIA fills the now vacant vice presidency with its own man.

Congo (Zaire) — The CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba. However, public support for Lumumba’s politics runs so high that the CIA cannot clearly install his opponents in power. Four years of political turmoil follow.


Dominican Republic — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup. The CIA installs a repressive, right-wing junta.

Ecuador — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosemana, whose independent (not socialist) policies have become unacceptable to Washington. A military junta assumes command, cancels the 1964 elections, and begins abusing human rights.


Brazil — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart. The junta that replaces it will, in the next two decades, become one of the most bloodthirsty in history. General Castelo Branco will create Latin America’s first death squads, or bands of secret police who hunt down “communists” for torture, interrogation and murder. Often these “communists” are no more than Branco’s political opponents. Later it is revealed that the CIA trains the death squads.


Indonesia — The CIA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup. The CIA has been trying to eliminate Sukarno since 1957, using everything from attempted assassination to sexual intrigue, for nothing more than his declaring neutrality in the Cold War. His successor, General Suharto, will massacre between 500,000 to 1 million civilians accused of being “communist.” The CIA supplies the names of countless suspects.

Dominican Republic — A popular rebellion breaks out, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country’s elected leader. The revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force. The CIA directs everything behind the scenes.

Greece — With the CIA’s backing, the king removes George Papandreous as prime minister. Papandreous has failed to vigorously support U.S. interests in Greece.

Congo (Zaire) — A CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator. The hated and repressive Mobutu exploits his desperately poor country for billions.


The Ramparts Affair — The radical magazine Ramparts begins a series of unprecedented anti-CIA articles. Among their scoops: the CIA has paid the University of Michigan $25 million dollars to hire “professors” to train South Vietnamese students in covert police methods. MIT and other universities have received similar payments. Ramparts also reveals that the National Students’ Association is a CIA front. Students are sometimes recruited through blackmail and bribery, including draft deferments.


Greece — A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections. The favorite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the “reign of the colonels” — backed by the CIA — will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to President Johnson about U.S. plans for Cypress, Johnson tells him: “Fuck your parliament and your constitution.”

Operation PHEONIX — The CIA helps South Vietnamese agents identify and then murder alleged Viet Cong leaders operating in South Vietnamese villages. According to a 1971 congressional report, this operation killed about 20,000 “Viet Cong.”


Operation CHAOS — The CIA has been illegally spying on American citizens since 1959, but with Operation CHAOS, President Johnson dramatically boosts the effort. CIA agents go undercover as student radicals to spy on and disrupt campus organizations protesting the Vietnam War. They are searching for Russian instigators, which they never find. CHAOS will eventually spy on 7,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations.

Bolivia — A CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara. The CIA wants to keep him alive for interrogation, but the Bolivian government executes him to prevent worldwide calls for clemency.


Uruguay — The notorious CIA torturer Dan Mitrione arrives in Uruguay, a country torn with political strife. Whereas right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, Mitrione convinces them to use it as a routine, widespread practice. “The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect,” is his motto. The torture techniques he teaches to the death squads rival the Nazis’. He eventually becomes so feared that revolutionaries will kidnap and murder him a year later.


Cambodia — The CIA overthrows Prince Sahounek, who is highly popular among Cambodians for keeping them out of the Vietnam War. He is replaced by CIA puppet Lon Nol, who immediately throws Cambodian troops into battle. This unpopular move strengthens once minor opposition parties like the Khmer Rouge, which achieves power in 1975 and massacres millions of its own people.


Bolivia — After half a decade of CIA-inspired political turmoil, a CIA-backed military coup overthrows the leftist President Juan Torres. In the next two years, dictator Hugo Banzer will have over 2,000 political opponents arrested without trial, then tortured, raped and executed.

Haiti — “Papa Doc” Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son “Baby Doc” Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA.


The Case-Zablocki Act — Congress passes an act requiring congressional review of executive agreements. In theory, this should make CIA operations more accountable. In fact, it is only marginally effective.

Cambodia — Congress votes to cut off CIA funds for its secret war in Cambodia.

Wagergate Break-in — President Nixon sends in a team of burglars to wiretap Democratic offices at Watergate. The team members have extensive CIA histories, including James McCord, E. Howard Hunt and five of the Cuban burglars. They work for the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), which does dirty work like disrupting Democratic campaigns and laundering Nixon’s illegal campaign contributions. CREEP’s activities are funded and organized by another CIA front, the Mullen Company.


Chile — The CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader. The problems begin when Allende nationalizes American-owned firms in Chile. ITT offers the CIA $1 million for a coup (reportedly refused). The CIA replaces Allende with General Augusto Pinochet, who will torture and murder thousands of his own countrymen in a crackdown on labor leaders and the political left.

CIA begins internal investigations — William Colby, the Deputy Director for Operations, orders all CIA personnel to report any and all illegal activities they know about. This information is later reported to Congress.

Watergate Scandal — The CIA’s main collaborating newspaper in America, The Washington Post, reports Nixon’s crimes long before any other newspaper takes up the subject. The two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, make almost no mention of the CIA’s many fingerprints all over the scandal. It is later revealed that Woodward was a Naval intelligence briefer to the White House, and knows many important intelligence figures, including General Alexander Haig. His main source, “Deep Throat,” is probably one of those.

CIA Director Helms Fired — President Nixon fires CIA Director Richard Helms for failing to help cover up the Watergate scandal. Helms and Nixon have always disliked each other. The new CIA director is William Colby, who is relatively more open to CIA reform.


CHAOS exposed — Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh publishes a story about Operation CHAOS, the domestic surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and civil rights groups in the U.S. The story sparks national outrage.

Angleton fired — Congress holds hearings on the illegal domestic spying efforts of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence. His efforts included mail-opening campaigns and secret surveillance of war protesters. The hearings result in his dismissal from the CIA.

House clears CIA in Watergate — The House of Representatives clears the CIA of any complicity in Nixon’s Watergate break-in.

The Hughes Ryan Act — Congress passes an amendment requiring the president to report nonintelligence CIA operations to the relevant congressional committees in a timely fashion.


Australia — The CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam. The CIA does this by giving an ultimatum to its Governor-General, John Kerr. Kerr, a longtime CIA collaborator, exercises his constitutional right to dissolve the Whitlam government. The Governor-General is a largely ceremonial position appointed by the Queen; the Prime Minister is democratically elected. The use of this archaic and never-used law stuns the nation.

Angola — Eager to demonstrate American military resolve after its defeat in Vietnam, Henry Kissinger launches a CIA-backed war in Angola. Contrary to Kissinger’s assertions, Angola is a country of little strategic importance and not seriously threatened by communism. The CIA backs the brutal leader of UNITAS, Jonas Savimbi. This polarizes Angolan politics and drives his opponents into the arms of Cuba and the Soviet Union for survival. Congress will cut off funds in 1976, but the CIA is able to run the war off the books until 1984, when funding is legalized again. This entirely pointless war kills over 300,000 Angolans.

“The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence” — Victor Marchetti and John Marks publish this whistle-blowing history of CIA crimes and abuses. Marchetti has spent 14 years in the CIA, eventually becoming an executive assistant to the Deputy Director of Intelligence. Marks has spent five years as an intelligence official in the State Department.

“Inside the Company” — Philip Agee publishes a diary of his life inside the CIA. Agee has worked in covert operations in Latin America during the 60s, and details the crimes in which he took part.

Congress investigates CIA wrong-doing — Public outrage compels Congress to hold hearings on CIA crimes. Senator Frank Church heads the Senate investigation (”The Church Committee”), and Representative Otis Pike heads the House investigation. (Despite a 98 percent incumbency reelection rate, both Church and Pike are defeated in the next elections.) The investigations lead to a number of reforms intended to increase the CIA’s accountability to Congress, including the creation of a standing Senate committee on intelligence. However, the reforms prove ineffective, as the Iran/Contra scandal will show. It turns out the CIA can control, deal with or sidestep Congress with ease.

The Rockefeller Commission — In an attempt to reduce the damage done by the Church Committee, President Ford creates the “Rockefeller Commission” to whitewash CIA history and propose toothless reforms. The commission’s namesake, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, is himself a major CIA figure. Five of the commission’s eight members are also members of the Council on Foreign Relations, a CIA-dominated organization.


Iran — The CIA fails to predict the fall of the Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists who are furious at the CIA’s backing of SAVAK, the Shah’s bloodthirsty secret police. In revenge, the Muslims take 52 Americans hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Afghanistan — The Soviets invade Afghanistan. The CIA immediately begins supplying arms to any faction willing to fight the occupying Soviets. Such indiscriminate arming means that when the Soviets leave Afghanistan, civil war will erupt. Also, fanatical Muslim extremists now possess state-of-the-art weaponry. One of these is Sheik Abdel Rahman, who will become involved in the World Trade Center bombing in New York.

El Salvador — An idealistic group of young military officers, repulsed by the massacre of the poor, overthrows the right-wing government. However, the U.S. compels the inexperienced officers to include many of the old guard in key positions in their new government. Soon, things are back to “normal” — the military government is repressing and killing poor civilian protesters. Many of the young military and civilian reformers, finding themselves powerless, resign in disgust.

Nicaragua — Anastasios Samoza II, the CIA-backed dictator, falls. The Marxist Sandinistas take over government, and they are initially popular because of their commitment to land and anti-poverty reform. Samoza had a murderous and hated personal army called the National Guard. Remnants of the Guard will become the Contras, who fight a CIA-backed guerilla war against the Sandinista government throughout the 1980s.


El Salvador — The Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, pleads with President Carter “Christian to Christian” to stop aiding the military government slaughtering his people. Carter refuses. Shortly afterwards, right-wing leader Roberto D’Aubuisson has Romero shot through the heart while saying Mass. The country soon dissolves into civil war, with the peasants in the hills fighting against the military government. The CIA and U.S. Armed Forces supply the government with overwhelming military and intelligence superiority. CIA-trained death squads roam the countryside, committing atrocities like that of El Mazote in 1982, where they massacre between 700 and 1000 men, women and children. By 1992, some 63,000 Salvadorans will be killed.


Iran/Contra Begins — The CIA begins selling arms to Iran at high prices, using the profits to arm the Contras fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. President Reagan vows that the Sandinistas will be “pressured” until “they say ‘uncle.’” The CIA’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder and political assassination.


Honduras — The CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual – 1983, which teaches how to torture people. Honduras’ notorious “Battalion 316″ then uses these techniques, with the CIA’s full knowledge, on thousands of leftist dissidents. At least 184 are murdered.


The Boland Amendment — The last of a series of Boland Amendments is passed. These amendments have reduced CIA aid to the Contras; the last one cuts it off completely. However, CIA Director William Casey is already prepared to “hand off” the operation to Colonel Oliver North, who illegally continues supplying the Contras through the CIA’s informal, secret, and self-financing network. This includes “humanitarian aid” donated by Adolph Coors and William Simon, and military aid funded by Iranian arms sales.


Eugene Hasenfus — Nicaragua shoots down a C-123 transport plane carrying military supplies to the Contras. The lone survivor, Eugene Hasenfus, turns out to be a CIA employee, as are the two dead pilots. The airplane belongs to Southern Air Transport, a CIA front. The incident makes a mockery of President Reagan’s claims that the CIA is not illegally arming the Contras.

Iran/Contra Scandal — Although the details have long been known, the Iran/Contra scandal finally captures the media’s attention in 1986. Congress holds hearings, and several key figures (like Oliver North) lie under oath to protect the intelligence community. CIA Director William Casey dies of brain cancer before Congress can question him. All reforms enacted by Congress after the scandal are purely cosmetic.

Haiti — Rising popular revolt in Haiti means that “Baby Doc” Duvalier will remain “President for Life” only if he has a short one. The U.S., which hates instability in a puppet country, flies the despotic Duvalier to the South of France for a comfortable retirement. The CIA then rigs the upcoming elections in favor of another right-wing military strongman. However, violence keeps the country in political turmoil for another four years. The CIA tries to strengthen the military by creating the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which suppresses popular revolt through torture and assassination.


Panama — The U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega. Noriega has been on the CIA’s payroll since 1966, and has been transporting drugs with the CIA’s knowledge since 1972. By the late 80s, Noriega’s growing independence and intransigence have angered Washington… so out he goes.


Haiti — Competing against 10 comparatively wealthy candidates, leftist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide captures 68 percent of the vote. After only eight months in power, however, the CIA-backed military deposes him. More military dictators brutalize the country, as thousands of Haitian refugees escape the turmoil in barely seaworthy boats. As popular opinion calls for Aristide’s return, the CIA begins a disinformation campaign painting the courageous priest as mentally unstable.


The Gulf War — The U.S. liberates Kuwait from Iraq. But Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, is another creature of the CIA. With U.S. encouragement, Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. During this costly eight-year war, the CIA built up Hussein’s forces with sophisticated arms, intelligence, training and financial backing. This cemented Hussein’s power at home, allowing him to crush the many internal rebellions that erupted from time to time, sometimes with poison gas. It also gave him all the military might he needed to conduct further adventurism — in Kuwait, for example.

The Fall of the Soviet Union — The CIA fails to predict this most important event of the Cold War. This suggests that it has been so busy undermining governments that it hasn’t been doing its primary job: gathering and analyzing information. The fall of the Soviet Union also robs the CIA of its reason for existence: fighting communism. This leads some to accuse the CIA of intentionally failing to predict the downfall of the Soviet Union. Curiously, the intelligence community’s budget is not significantly reduced after the demise of communism.


Economic Espionage — In the years following the end of the Cold War, the CIA is increasingly used for economic espionage. This involves stealing the technological secrets of competing foreign companies and giving them to American ones. Given the CIA’s clear preference for dirty tricks over mere information gathering, the possibility of serious criminal behavior is very great indeed.


Haiti — The chaos in Haiti grows so bad that President Clinton has no choice but to remove the Haitian military dictator, Raoul Cedras, on threat of U.S. invasion. The U.S. occupiers do not arrest Haiti’s military leaders for crimes against humanity, but instead ensure their safety and rich retirements. Aristide is returned to power only after being forced to accept an agenda favorable to the country’s ruling class.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Anti-Gravity Session

The weather has been really brutal this winter, and we haven't gone out filming in almost 2 weeks. We had a little session last night at the Anti-Gravity skatepark in Newport News. It was a long drive, but a great time. Here is a short video clip of Erich, Jack and Swyers.