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July 1978, NYT: SAVAK is both ubiquitous and ineffective; "many" #Iran protesters "express pro-American sentiments" and credit Jimmy Carter with forcing the #Shah's liberalization program [which began before Carter took office]; Bazargan quoted throughout cia.gov/library/readin…
September 1978: Gregory F. Rose suggests that the #Shah's government and secret police operated a more repressive system than the KGB in the Soviet Union. cia.gov/library/readin… This was the kind of nonsense being widely printed at the time.
September 1980: CIA report on the "disappearance" of Imam Musa al-Sadr; doesn't know much and even now has not redacted huge parts of it: cia.gov/library/readin…
Musa al-Sadr was killed as part of the collaborative effort between Khomeini, Qaddafi, and the PLO to bring down the Shah of Iran. amzn.to/2U43kut
March 1982: The Washington Post reports that Soviet influence is increasing in Khomeini's Iran. cia.gov/library/readin…

This is months out from the theocracy breaking the Tudeh, which had given it cover and some organising ability to go after the other Leftists, esp Fedayeen.
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