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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A traitor dies; media reports that no one misses him

I'll admit the second part of that title isn't true. They haven't reported that. But the only people we see mourning Philip Agee's passing would be the Democrats that worked hard in the seventies to castrate US intelligence agencies:

Philip Agee, a former CIA agent who exposed its undercover operations in Latin America in a 1975 book, died in Havana, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Wednesday.

Agee, 72, died on Monday night, the newspaper said, calling him a "loyal friend of Cuba and staunch defender of the peoples' struggle for a better world."

His widow, German ballet dancer Giselle Roberge, told friends he had been in hospital since December 15 and did not survive surgery for perforated ulcers.

Agee worked for the CIA for 12 years in Washington, Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. He resigned in 1968 in disagreement with U.S. support for military dictatorships in Latin America and became one of the first to blow the whistle on the CIA's activities around the world.

His expose "Inside the Company: CIA Diary" revealed the names of dozens of agents working undercover in Latin America and elsewhere in the world. It was published in 27 languages.

The CIA declined to comment on his death.

Florida-born Agee said working as a case officer in South America opened his eyes to the CIA's Cold War goal in the region: to prop up traditional elites against perceived leftist threats through political repression and torture.

"It was a time in the 70s when the worst imaginable horrors were going on in Latin America -- Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Guatemala, El Salvador -- they were military dictatorships with death squads, all with the backing of the CIA and the U.S. government," he told the British newspaper The Guardian in an interview published last year.

"That was what motivated me to name all the names and work with journalists who were interested in knowing just who the CIA were in their countries," he said.

This man was a traitor to his country. He named covert CIA operatives, and blew the cover of several operations that they were involved in in Latin America. The object of those operations was to stop the proliferation of Communism there, and Agee opted to make decisions on his own; decisions that were not only contrary to this nation's mission to stop Communism, but those that put anyone he named in serious danger. Folks, what he did is what the Left accused the Bush Administration of doing to Valerie Plame. Plame wasn't covert at the time her name was mentioned int he Robert Novak piece. Her life was anything but in danger when that happened.

Poetic justice here that he died in Cuba. I wonder what Michael Moore thinks now of Cuban health care now that one of his heroes has died. If I were in his shoes, I'd lambaste the Cuban health care system. But he won't because he's not smart enough to realize what he stepped in when he made Sicko.

As for Agee, I can say I'm not going to mourn his passing. Hell, if I were in Cuba I'd dance a jog on his grave. Pardon me for being callous but I'm not shedding tears over the death of a traitor. I know intelligence work. My uncle served 25 years in Naval Intelligence, and the sort of exposure that Agee gave to his fellow CIA agents put every one of them in danger. Intel agents work in the shadows in the hopes that what they do helps this nation in the ever-progressing shadow war; a war that most of us will never know what happens until books are written of exploits and operations decades later. Agee didn't do that. His information was present-day and jeopardized operations that at the time were in progress.

The only regret any of us should have is that it took him this long to die. As Yoda stated in "Revenge of the Sith" -- "At an end your rule is, and not short enough was it." Granted he didn't rule, but he hung onto life far too long for our tastes.

Publius II


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