The Guardian August 1, 2001


Murder Incorporated

"The BBC",The New York Times and other newspapers have published 
some details of the involvement of the United States in the 1965 campaign 
by the Indonesian Army to wipe out the Indonesian Communist Party 
(PKI).

The information was published in an official State Department history of 
the period although the release of the book had been blocked by the CIA and 
the US State Department. 

George Washington University's National Security Archive obtained a copy of 
the history book when it was "accidentally" sent by the Government Printing 
Office to its bookstores.

The American Ambassador in Indonesia at the time was a Marshall Green who 
became notorious for his involvement in anti-communist activities on behalf 
of the CIA and the US Government.

A telegram to the US State Department mentions "possible" American payments 
to a man described as "one of the key civilian advisers and promoters" of 
an organisation known as the Kap-Gestapu movement. The memo added that Kap-
Gestapu's activities were "fully consonant with and co-ordinated by the 
army".

And then, "This is to confirm my earlier concurrence that we provide Malik 
with 50m rupiahs requested by him for the activities of the Kap-Gestapu 
movement", says a December 2, 1965 document from the US Ambassador in 
Indonesia. 

The memo goes on: "The chances of detection or subsequent revelation of our 
support in this instance are as minimal as any black bag operation can be."

The history says that the US embassy provided lists of top communist 
leaders to the Indonesians who were fighting the PKI.

"We frankly do not know whether the real figure" [of the communists who 
have been killed] "is closer to 100,000 or 1,000,000 but believe it wiser 
to err on the side of the lower estimates, especially when questioned by 
the press", says the document.

The murderous rampage by the Indonesian army and the deposing of 
Indonesia's President Sukarno brought in its aftermath the 30-year-long 
Suharto dictatorship.

One by one the criminal activities of the US rulers and their agencies are 
revealed to the world after years of denial and lying. But that is the 
stock-in-trade of the current and past leaders of the US.

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