“Proof” of CIA involvement found unconvincing by high court
After my earlier post on NBC’s irresponsible approach to the history of the Pedro Pan airlift, I received a wonderful surprise from a reader: access to legal documents that clear the CIA of involvement in the Pedro Pan airlift.
Go HERE if you want to see for yourself how a U.S. District Court ruled on the claims of CIA involvement ostensibly “revealed” in the book “The Lost Apple.”
And go HERE to see how the same District Court was convinced that the CIA was not hiding any evidence of involvement in the airlift. “In sum, ” says this ruling, “nothing in this Court’s review suggests any inappropriateness in the redactive process that has been followed by CIA, or in the results or effect of those redactions.”
The author of “The Lost Apple” sued the CIA, claiming that the agency was lying about its links to the Pedro Pan airlift, and that it was hiding or altering the documents that proved such links. The court ruled that there was no proof whatsoever of CIA involvement or of CIA attempts to withhold information from the public. The lawsuit was dismissed and the plaintiff forced to pay all attorney and court costs.
Of course, those who want to believe the CIA was behind everything that happened during the Cold War will not be convinced of the contrary by this document. Instead, as usual, it will add fuel to the fire of their conspiratorial paranoia. But there it is, for all to see: the court’s rulings provide ample proof that the misinformation parroted by NBC today can be successfully challenged.