Jack Cashill's jaw-dropping piece "How the CIA intervened in an American election" is still another affirmation of Lord Acton's statement that "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Now comes the question: What can the American people do about an arguably tainted, untrustworthy and politicized bureaucracy seemingly drunk on power and overdue for the dustbin of history? JFK wanted to abolish the CIA. Even the creator of the CIA, Harry Truman, lamented in 1963 that his creation had run amok.
In a Washington Post op-ed piece published Dec 22, 1963, the 33rd president, Harry Truman, expressed alarming dissatisfaction with the CIA he set up in 1947.
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Truman wrote: "For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. ... I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations."
President Kennedy said he wanted to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."
The New York Times reported Kennedy's remark several years after his death in a piece entitled "CIA: Maker of policy, or tool?" published April 25, 1966.