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Tweeting again for emphasis: Documentary proof of collaboration between CIA, #DougCoe, leader of #TheFamily & GOP Sen. @ChuckGrassley in propping up the murderous regime of Somalian dictator Siad Barre, who laid utter ruin to his nation with American help, thru #TheFamily.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter did tremendous work on #TheFamily's brutal overseas adventurism. Somalia was the last case study I examined in their archives before they began closing them. What the facts add up to is bleak and broken...
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter Once a member of #TheFamily, an oilman named Greg Unumb, called me from Angola to challenge me: Did the dictators supported by #DougCoe do their killing before or after his interventions? In the case of Somalia's Siad Barre, the answer is easy: Before, after, during. Throughout.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter Somalia, shaped like an upside-down musical note, wraps around the Horn of Africa. Independent in 1960, it shld have been a success story; its people were linguistically unified &, while poor, heirs to a tradition of pastoral democracy that survived colonialism roughly intact.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter Then General Siad Barre seized power in '69. The Soviet Union poured money into Siad’s regime to make it a counterweight to Ethiopia, which under Emperor Selassie was a major beneficiary of U.S. military aid--and support from #TheFamily, to which Selassie donated Ethiopian HQ.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter When a Marxist coup overthrew the Ethiopian regime, Siad saw a chance to distract his own people by seizing part of Ethiopia, using his Soviet-armed military. But the Soviets backed now-communist Ethiopia, deeming its new gov't more useful than Siad. So Siad turned to #TheFamily.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter After the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Shah, the U.S. puppet just across from Somalia, the U.S. put its money on Siad & his ports, which would become essential if Iran cut off the oil supply. Siad, no longer socialist, devolved from an autocrat into a madman. #TheFamily
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter The man the document above shows #DougCoe, #TheFamily, Sen. @ChuckGrassley & the CIA eager to work w/ strafed refugees, flattened a city, poisoned wells, and thought rape an especially effective political tool.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter *Before* #DougCoe embraced Siad, Siad waged war on Ethiopia. After they met, he waged war on his own nation. For two decades following, there was no nation, only war--and a legacy of terrorism & piracy that made the brutal U.S. policy a form of self-destruction as well.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter In 1981, #TheFamily contacted Siad on behalf of his then-enemy, Kenyan dictator Daniel arap Moi—a brutal Ameri- can ally—whom Siad agreed to meet. The Family took this news to Gen. David Jones, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who in thanks invited Siad to the Pentagon.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter Siad's visit to the Pentagon turned into a special prayer breakfast organized for the dictator by #TheFamily w/ members of congress, DoD officials, & Gen. Jones of the Joint Chiefs. #DougCoe then gave Siad his own prayer cell w/ the general & a U.S. defense contractor.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter #TheFamily and #DougCoe kept working for the dictator, arranging a Mogadishu summit w/ two other brutal U.S. client-dictators, arap Moi of Kenya & Nimeiry of Sudan. Then Coe sent him Iowa's GOP senator Chuck Grassley, as well.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter What did #TheFamily see in Siad Barre? A Family document titled "Siad Barre's Somalia and the USA spells it out: "full military, air, & naval bases," & the grooming of pro-American successors to follow him, in exchange for guns. Jesus + 0 = an arms deal w/ a killer.
@ChuckGrassley @lisa_getter In 1983, #TheFamily's #DougCoe arranged for a meeting btween Siad's defense minister & Gen. Jones' successor as chair of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. John J. Vessey. The U.S. nearly doubled military aid. Siad laid waste to his country. #DougCoe never said a word.
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