William Casey

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BornWilliam Joseph Casey
March 13, 1913
Elmhurst, Queens, New York
DiedMay 6, 1987 (Age 74)
Roslyn Harbor, New York
Alma materFordham University, St. John's University Law School
ReligionRoman Catholic
Founder ofManhattan Institute for Policy Research
Member ofAssociation of Former Intelligence Officers, Knights of Malta, Le Cercle, Office of Strategic Services
PartyRepublican
Ronald Reagan's campaign manager, who was appointed Director of Central Intelligence.

CIA.svg Director of Central Intelligence Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 28, 1981 - January 29, 1987
Preceded byStansfield Turner
Succeeded byWilliam Webster
Retired due to a brain tumor.

Employment.png Campaign Director

In office
1980 - November 4, 1980
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Appointed during the republican primaries.[1]

Employment.png U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission/Chair

In office
April 14, 1971 - February 2, 1973
Appointed as a reward for his work on the Nixon campaign.[1]

William J. Casey was President Reagan's successful 1980 campaign director, and was appointed as CIA director.[2] As CIA director, Casey aggressively promoted Reagan's anti-communist line, blaming the USSR for global "terrorism" and citing misleading estimates of Soviet strength to try to justify increased spending on the MICC.

Background

After attending both public and private schools as a youth, Casey entered Fordham University with plans to pursue a career in social work. He graduated from Fordham in 1934, then after a brief stint at Catholic University in Washington D.C., moved on to St. John's University Law School in the Bronx, where he received his J.D. in 1937.[1]

Career

In 1938 he took a job at Leo Cherne's Research Institute of America. In December 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Casey took a jobs at the Bureau of Economic Warfare and, after receiving a commission as a navy lieutenant in the navy's Office of Procurement, he graduated to the Office of Strategic Services.[1]

'War on Terror'

Full article: Rated 4/5 “War on Terror”

Casey was a member of Le Cercle, and aggressively promoted a false narrative promoted by fellow member of Le Cercle, Brian Crozier who spoke at the 1979 JCIT on "Soviet Support for International Terrorism". As CIA director, Casey played a large part in the shaping of US Foreign policy under Ronald Reagan, particularly his approach to Soviet international activity. Citing the book, The Terror Network, he echoed Crozier's claim that the Soviet Union was the source of most worldwide terrorist activity. This, in spite of CIA analysts providing evidence that this was in fact black propaganda by the CIA itself. Casey assisted in the rapid expansion of Crozier's UK operations by providing a "suitably substantial budget".[3]

Pollard case

High-level suspicions about Israeli-Soviet collusion were expressed as early as December, 1985, a month after Pollard's arrest, when William J. Casey, the late C.I.A. director, who was known for his close ties to the Israeli leadership, stunned one of his station chiefs by suddenly complaining about the Israelis breaking the "ground rules." The issue arose when Casey urged increased monitoring of the Israelis during an otherwise routine visit, I was told by the station chief, who is now retired. "He asked if I knew anything about the Pollard case," the station chief recalled, and he said that Casey had added, "For your information, the Israelis used Pollard to obtain our attack plan against the U.S.S.R. all of it. The coordinates, the firing locations, the sequences. And for guess who? The Soviets." Casey had then explained that the Israelis had traded the Pollard data for Soviet emigres. "How's that for cheating?" he had asked.[4]

Iran-Contra

Full article: “Iran-Contra affair”

Just hours before Casey was scheduled to testify before US Congress on his knowledge of Iran-Contra, he was reported to have been rendered incapable of speech during an operation to remove a brain tumor. In a 1987 book, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987, Washington Post reporter and biographer Bob Woodward, claimed (denied by Casey's wife, Sofia) to have gained entry into Casey's hospital room for a final, four-minute encounter. According to Woodward, when Casey was asked if he knew about the diversion of funds to the Nicaraguan Contras, "His head jerked up hard. He stared, and finally nodded yes."[5] He died less than 24 hours after the first witness, Richard V. Secord in Congressional hearings on Iran-Contra affair had named him as having assisted in providing arms to Nicaraguan rebels after Congress forbade such support.[6]

Quotes

  • At a February 1981 meeting of recently elected President Ronald Reagan with his new cabinet secretaries in the the White House Roosevelt room, Regan asked Casey what he saw as his goal as CIA Director. Inter-alia, he replied:

“We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”
William Casey (February 1981)  [7] (White House Roosevelt Room)

Affiliations

13 March 1913|6 May 1987| 

A Document by William Casey

TitleDocument typeSubject(s)Description
Document:Affidavit of William CaseyWikispooks PageWilliam Colby
National Security Agency
Mena
CIA/Drug trafficking
"Iran-Contra"
ASA
An admission by William Casey, DCI, that he approved smuggling of cocaine into USA, having chosen Mena, Arkansas as a shipment point, with the support of Bill Clinton and Bill Weld. Casey names a range of names, including John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Oliver North and William Colby, the CIA, NSA and ASA.

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Maggie's Guilty SecretarticleDecember 2013John Hughes-WilsonA brief resume of the "Arms to Iraq affair" by a former colonel on NATO's international political staff in Brussels. It revisits the abortive rescue of US diplomatic staff held hostage by Iran under President Carter, paving the way for the UK to supply arms to both sides in the soon-to-follow Iran-Iraq war in covert defiance of UN sanctions. The affair remains one of ultra-sensitivity to the UK Establishment which has been engaged in a monumental cover-up ever since.


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