Theodore Shackley

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Person.png Theodore Shackley   History Commons Powerbase Sourcewatch Spartacus
(spook, deep politician)
TedShackley.jpg
Born July 16, 1927
Died December 9, 2002 (Age 75)
Member of Association of Former Intelligence Officers, JFK/Assassination/Perpetrators, Le Cercle, Operation 40
Perpetrator of Arms for Libya
Interest of David Corn
The date "?" was not understood.

Employment.png Le Cercle/Chairman (USA)

In office
? - 2002
End date uncertain. Succeeded by Richard T. McCormack

Employment.png Deputy Director of Covert Operations

In office
May 1976 - September 1979
Employer CIA
Pressured to resign by CIA Director, Stansfield Turner.

Employment.png Chief of East Asia division

Dates unknown
Employer CIA
Maybe concurrent with being Vietnam Station Chief?

Employment.png Chief of Western Hemisphere division

In office
1972 - 1973
Employer CIA
Responsible for the 1973 Chilean coup d'état

Theodore "Ted" Shackley was a key US deep politician. In 1962 he became CIA station chief in Miami (central to both the Bay of Pigs and Operation 40). In the 1970s, in response to increased scrutiny of the CIA's activities, he helped to offshore a lot of US Deep state activities to more clandestine milieux such as The Safari Club. Shackley was US Chairman of Le Cercle until around 2002.[1]

Official Narrative

Shackley was a CIA officer deeply involved in many "controversial" CIA operations during the 1960s and 1970s. Commonly known as the "Blond Ghost" due to his dislike of being photographed, he was one of the most decorated CIA officers. His New York Times obituary referred to him as "enigmatic", and admitted he had "mysterious" ways. In 1979, Shackley retired from the CIA and founded Research Associates International Ltd., a Bethesda consulting firm specializing in analyzing risks and protecting executives.[2]

Deep State

A mound of unexplained evidence and strange coincidences testify that Theodore Shackley was a key player in the formation of the US deep state. For example, Le Cercle was registered at his home.

CIA Career

In 1962 Theodore Shackley became station chief of the crucial JM/Wave station in Miami.[2]

JFK Assassination

Full article: JFK Assassination

Shackley became station chief in Miami in 1962[2], so was heavily involved in the Bay Of Pigs operation. He was a member of the assassination squad Operation 40 that many researchers (such as Mark Gorton) consider player a rule in executing the JFK Assassination[3]. In a 1994 letter, Bradley E. Ayers claimed that Shackley was one of 9 men from JM/WAVE who had "intimate operational knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the assassination" of John F. Kennedy. The others were Edward Roderick, Grayston Lynch, Gordon Campbell, Felix Rodriguez, Thomas Clines, David Morales, Rip Robertson and Tony Sforza.[4]

Vietnam

In 1966, Shackley was placed in charge of the CIA's secret war in Laos, with Thomas G. Clines as his deputy. Michael Ruppert summarises their enduring relationship by referring to Clines as Ted Shackley's "career-long deputy and sidekick".[5] He admitted meeting Michael Jon Hand at this time.

Lies about the 1970 Chilean ITT Plot

In 1972, syndicated journalist Jack Anderson revealed that two years earlier the CIA and the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation had been involved in a "bizarre plot" to block the election of Salvador Allende. Senior CIA and ITT officials in the United States had discussed causing economic chaos in Chile to encourage a military coup. Soon a Senate subcommittee was investigating, which Shackley was tasked to cover up. Shackley had one of his deputies conspire with an ITT operative in Chile, arranging for him to testify falsely before the subcommittee. This successfully foiled the subcommittee's efforts to uncover the truth, and the CIA's involvement in Chile was only revealed years later.[6]

Chief of Western Hemisphere division

In 1972, he returned to the Washington area to oversee the C.I.A.'s clandestine activities in the Western Hemisphere.[2]

Deputy Director of Covert Operations

In May 1976, Shackley was made Deputy Director of Covert Operations, serving under CIA director George H.W. Bush. He maintained close contact with arms dealer Edwin Wilson.

Departure

Shackley was pressured to leave the CIA in 1979 after Stansfield Turner has taken over, and become aware of Shackley close ties to men such as Edwin Wilson, whose Arms To Libya deal was becoming exposed.

Later activities

Shackley remained a central figure in the US Deep State by many accounts. His departure from the public halls of power mirrored a general 'offshoring' of deep political organisation to more secretive milieux. He was deeply involved in deep state operations such as the October Surprise and Iran-Contra.

Le Cercle Chairmanship

Shackley was the US chair of Le Cercle before Richard T. McCormack.[7] Shackley is mentioned on the 1983 guest list of the Le Cercle, and also attended in 1987, 1989 (with Richard Perle) and 1990.[8]

The Safari Club

The Safari Club started in 1979, the year Shackley was fired from the CIA.

Kuwaiti oil consulting

George H.W. Bush helped Ted Shackley set up his oil consulting business in Kuwait[When?], which made a lot of money for Shackley and provided a cover for the work he did for Bush.[8]

Lockerbie Bombing Cover-up

Shackley is alleged to have been involved in Lockerbie:

Following the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the CIA is apparently worried that an investigation of the attack, which may have been conducted or assisted by Iran or one of its surrogates, will uncover dealings between the US and Iran. Journalists Joe and Susan Trento will comment: “To avoid criticism that the United States was doing business with terrorists should the secret negotiations with Iran be exposed, the CIA participated in a bizarre campaign to divert blame for terrorist acts from Iran and Iran’s surrogate, Hezbollah, to Libya. If there was a comprehensive investigation into the Pan Am 103 tragedy, everything might be exposed. The major behind-the-scenes player in all this activity was the former number two man in covert operations at the CIA, Theodore G. Shackley.” [9]

AFIO

Shackley was a leading figure in the AFIO until his death in 2002.[10]

9/11

Van der Rejden suggests that Shackley may have had a significant role in the 9/11 event.[10]  

An event carried out

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Arms for Libya1977 - 1981


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