It seems that Maddow is observant and inquisative when it comes to the media (at times) but not so much when she can get the official word from a Government organization... is she a secret CIA agent?
History at it's superficial worst; Sept. 6, 2016. Rachel Maddow suggests US bombed Laos for more than a decade for no apparent reason
Extract from here:
MADDOW: I once worked for a radio network called Air America, liberal radio network, it no longer exists. That Air America, not to be mistaken for the 1990 comedy, "Air America," starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. Honestly, not that great a movie. That was a movie that got basically every single fact wrong, but it was loosely based on a true story.
There was an airline called Air America that was secretly owned by the CIA. It was a passenger and cargo airline that moved troops and refugees and goods to and from the country of Laos. It was part of the largest paramilitary operation the CIA has ever taken on. The US secretly directed local forces in Laos and secretly had our own troops in Laos and Air America -- the airline, not the stupid movie or the radio network -- Air America was a front for that big, paramilitary operation, and that lasted forever. That paramilitary operation went on for 13 years and during those years the US dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos. That's more than what US planes dropped on Germany and Japan during World War II. Per capita, Laos is the most heavily bombed country ever.
And that's why it was such a big deal that President Obama went to Laos today, he's the first sitting president to set foot in that country. And that was supposed to be the big headline thing about President Obama's big trip to Asia, right? China was supposed to be the G20 (summit) cakewalk and then Laos was supposed to be the really big news because of our incredible history in that country.
What Maddow is saying is 'a fact beyong any doubt' is basically the official CIA line;
CIA's official line: CIA Air Operations in Laos, 1955-1974 Supporting the "Secret War"
I thought I would do a little google journalism to put in a little doubt into this sudden belief in an organisations words that is not required to show anyone what it does or tell anyone why it is doing something. Destabilizing a country with decades of repercussions is too much power for a shadowy organization in a democracy. i.e. I think there is enough proof to cast doubt on the CIA's innocnece in all matters that are not transparent (as I explained on my .org);
NY Times: The CIA Drug Connection Is as Old as the Agency
From The National Security Archive;
|Washington, D.C., August 26, 2009 - The Central Intelligence Agency participated in every aspect of the wars in Indochina, political and military, according to newly declassified CIA histories. The six volumes of formerly secret histories (the Agency's belated response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by National Security Archive senior fellow John Prados) document CIA activities in South and North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in unprecedented detail. The histories contain a great deal of new material and shed light on aspects of the CIA's work that were not well known or were poorly understood. The new revelations include:|
- The CIA was aware from the very early 1960s of the problems posed by Laotian drug trafficking to its Laos campaign, but not only took no action, it did not even make drug trafficking a reporting requirement until the Nixon administration declared war on drugs [Document 5, p. 535].
Huffington Post: Ron Paul Had Accurate Conspiracy Theory: CIA Was Tied To Drug Traffickers
Are you saying soldiers can do it but individuals in the CIA can't? Do they not employ humans
Is Heroin being Smuggled in Dead Soldiers Body Bags from Afghanistan & Iraq ?
Note: The blogger I got this video from from seems angry because he thinks there was a good reason for the massive Vietnamese bombing campaign. I thought I should clear up that misunderstanding if I use the link, so here it is;
l its viewers why the US dropped those bombs on Laos --
BRENNAN: During the war in neighboring Vietnam, US warplanes dropped 270 million cluster bombs on Laos to cut off enemy supply lines. Eighty million of those bombs did not explode and there have been more than 20,000 casualties since the war ended.
IN reality the bombs were dropped for scaring people (irrelevant of innocents killed) and for "prestige". But what this highlights is the divide between republican vs the liberal view of war. One thing they agree on is that alot of bombs were dropped.
In Henry Kissinger's words;
3. Bombing Vietnam: "It's wave after wave of planes. You see, they can't see the B-52 and they dropped a million pounds of bombs ... I bet you we will have had more planes over there in one day than Johnson had in a month ... each plane can carry about 10 times the load of World War II plane could carry." (link)
A more detailed look;
Confession: I don't think Maddow is a CIA agent. I think she's afraid of the CIA and will take them at thier word because of that. What I want to show here is that for a conspiracy theory to work you need a link with no apparent evidence. If you have evidence (government memos OR science) ... then it's not a conspiracy, it's a fact. Calling it a conspiracy just sounds dumber and dumber over time. EVEN if the CIA really is out there spreading disinformation to hide their illegal activities...
Article: How the CIA Invented and Promoted 'Conspiracy Theories' to Discredit Controversial ViewsConspiracy theories fill the news, labeled or not.