FYI: New Evidence Shows US Role in Lumumba’s Death

New Evidence Shows U.S. Role in Congo’s Decision to Send Patrice Lumumba to His Death
by Stephen R. Weissman
August 1, 2010

Fifty years ago, the former Belgian Congo received its independence under
the democratically elected government of former prime minister Patrice
Lumumba. Less than seven months later, Lumumba and two colleagues were, in
the contemporary idiom, “rendered” to their Belgian-backed secessionist
enemies, who tortured them before putting them before a firing squad. The
Congo would not hold another democratic election for 46 years. In 2002,
following an extensive parliamentary inquiry, the Belgian government assumed
a portion of responsibility for Lumumba’s murder.

But controversy has continued to swirl over allegations of U.S. government
responsibility, as the reception for Raoul Peck’s acclaimed film, “Lumumba,”
demonstrated. After all, the U.S. had at least as much, if not more,
influence in the Congolese capital as Belgium. It was the major financier
and political supporter of the U.N. peacekeeping force that controlled most
of the country. According to still classified documents that I first
revealed eight years ago, members of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA)
“Project Wizard” covert action program dominated the post-Lumumba Congolese
regime. However, a 1975 U.S. Senate investigation of alleged CIA
assassinations concluded that while the CIA had earlier plotted to murder
Lumumba, he was eventually killed  “by Congolese rivals.
It does not appear from the evidence that the United States was in any way
involved in the killing.”

It is now clear that conclusion was wrong. A new analysis of the
declassified files of the Senate “Church” Committee (chaired by Democratic
Senator Frank Church), CIA and State Department, along with memoirs and
interviews of U.S. and Belgian covert operators, establishes that CIA
Station Chief Larry Devlin was consulted by his Congolese government
“cooperators” about the transfer of Lumumba to sworn enemies, had no
objection to it and withheld knowledge from Washington of the impending
move, forestalling the strong possibility that the State Department would
have intervened to try to save Lumumba. I detail this evidence in a new
article in the academic journal, Intelligence and National Security, vol.
25, no. 2 (The full article is available from the publisher.)

Here, briefly, are the most important new findings:

– Former U.S. officials who knew Lumumba now acknowledge that the
administration of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower mistakenly cast him
as a dangerous vehicle of Soviet influence.

– Covert CIA actions against the Lumumba government, often dovetailing with
Belgian ones, culminated in Colonel Joseph Mobutu’s military coup, which was
“arranged and supported and indeed managed” by the CIA alone, according to
Devlin’s private interview with the Church Committee staff.

– The CIA station and U.S. embassy provided their inexperienced and
politically weak Congolese protégés with a steady stream of political and
military recommendations. The advice arrived both before Congolese
government decisions and shortly afterwards when foreign advisers were
invited in to offer feedback. Devlin’s counsel was largely heeded on
critical matters, especially when it came to Lumumba. Thus Mobutu and former
president Joseph Kasavubu were persuaded to resist political pressures to
reconcile with Lumumba, and Mobutu reluctantly acceded to Devlin’s request
to arrest him. After both Devlin and the American ambassador intervened, the
government dropped its plan to attack U.N.
troops guarding Lumumba. And after Lumumba was publicly brutalized by
Mobutu’s troops, the U.S. embassy – under pressure from the State
Department, which was concerned about African governments’ threats to pull
out of the U.N. force – pushed Kasavubu into promising Lumumba “humane
treatment” and a “fair trial.”

– In this context of U.S. adviser-Congolese leader interactions, Devlin’s
decision not to intervene after he was informed by a “government leader”
of a plan to send Lumumba to his “sworn enemy” signaled that he had no
objection to the government’s course. It was also seen that way by Devlin’s
Belgian counterpart, Colonel Louis Marliere, who later wrote, “There was a
‘consensus’ and …no adviser, whether he be Belgian or American, thought to
dissuade them.” Considering Congolese leaders’
previous responsiveness to CIA and U.S. embassy views, Devlin’s permissive
attitude was undoubtedly a major factor in the government final action.
(Its last-minute switch of sending Lumumba to murderous secessionists in
Katanga instead of murderous secessionists in South Kasai does not change
the crucial fact that Devlin gave a green light to delivering Lumumba to men
who had publicly vowed to kill him.)

– Furthermore, shortly before the transfer, Mobutu indicated to Devlin that
Lumumba “might be executed,” according to a Church Committee interview.
Devlin did not suggest that he offered any objection or caution.

– Cables show that Devlin did not report to Washington the impending
rendition for three days (i.e. until it was already underway), forestalling
the strong possibility that the State Department would have intervened to
try and protect Lumumba as it had done several weeks earlier. When news came
that Lumumba had been flown to Belgian-supported Katanga (but before it
became known that he was already dead), a top State Department official
called in the Belgian ambassador to complain about Belgian advisers’
possible contribution to the Congolese government’s “gaffe” and to insist
upon the need for “humane treatment.”

– The Church Committee failed to uncover the full truth about the U.S.
role because of its inattention to the covert relationship between the CIA
and Congolese decision makers, CIA delays in providing key cables, and
political pressure to water down its original draft conclusions.

Devlin died in 2008 after consistently denying any knowledge of his
Congolese associates’ “true plans” for Lumumba, and maintaining that he had
“stalled” the earlier CIA assassination plot. Yet declassified CIA cables
disprove his claims.

One horrible crime cannot, by itself, change history. But the murder of
Patrice Lumumba, the most dynamic political leader the Congo has ever
produced, was a critical step in the consolidation of an oppressive regime.
At the same time, it crystallized an eventual 35-year U.S.
commitment to the perpetuation of that regime, not just against Lumumba’s
followers but against all comers. In the end, Mobutu’s kleptocracy would
tear civil society apart, destroy the state and help pave the way for a
regional war that would kill millions of people.

There can no longer be any doubt that the U.S., Belgian and Congolese
governments shared major responsibility for the assassination of Lumumba in
Katanga. The young prime minister was an imperfect leader during an
unprecedented and overwhelming international crisis. But he continues to be
honored around the world because he incarnated – if only for a moment – the
nationalist and democratic struggle of the entire African continent against
a recalcitrant West.

If the U.S. government at last publicly acknowledged – and apologized for –
its role in this momentous assassination, it would also be communicating its
support for the universal principles Lumumba embodied. What better person to
take this step than the American president, himself a son of Africa?

[Stephen R. Weissman is author of “An Extraordinary Rendition,” in
Intelligence and National Security, v.25, no.2 (April 2010) and American
Foreign Policy in the Congo 1960-1964. He is a former Staff Director of the
U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa.]

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2 Replies to “FYI: New Evidence Shows US Role in Lumumba’s Death”

  1. I suppose many are just now awakening to the fact that the U.S. has been using its CIA to manipulate world politics for a very long time. Yes, both assassinations, political coups and genocide as well as war are tools of a very ambitious project to control the bodies, minds and souls of the world population (what’s left of it after the present genocides) on behalf of the World Criminal Financial Cartel which is no longer trying to hide the fact that they have had totalitarian ambitions for many many generations.

    People have been very slow to wake up to this fact because it is difficult to imagine such complete insanity totally void of all morals and human decency, but now it is blatantly in their face.

    Some are still in strong denial, of course having become so used to living in a propaganda la la land of complete lies. The entire planet and all her children are in extreme peril because of this corrupt tyranny with more than greed and corruption at root. It is virulent megalomania in its most extreme expression. And WE allowed it due to our blind ignorance. It is a fatal heart wound and putting a band aide on it here and there will not work. A complete systemic makeover is required and that is not “out there” but begins within the heart of each individual. Complete transformation is required. Nothing less is adequate. Nothing less will “fix” the unfixable.

    How this will play out, no one knows. However, total ignorance leads only to one place–total self-destruction–and that long-time downward spiral has now reached the point of its final escalation into its own complete suicidal disintegration.

    Civilizations have risen and fallen in the past but this time it is the entire world system which is fully controlled by two things and two thinga only–$$$ and an insane lust for power over the bodies, minds and souls of men, women and children. And, by $$$, I do not mean just the American Dollar which is now completely gone down the tubes.

    And most folks have not yet realized that World War Three is already well underway. They expected WW3 to be an exchange of nukes. They were carefully well programmed to think this. While they were focused on that (which is completely outdated), much more SOPHISTICATED weaponry was slipped into action against them. This is a silent War being waged on the quantum level and millions of people are already poisoned by it and attribute it to other causes such as changing markets and “climate change.” We have been and are being POISONED.

    I call your attention to this quote by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen: (this is an almost totatlly ignored statement made by him which describes what is happening right now.)

    “Others [terrorists (especially STATE TERRORIST)] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves… So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations…It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts.”

    [hahaha–it never happened did it. why? Because the “terrorism” has been coming from our own government who spends trillions upon trillions upon these heinous weapons developed in Black Projects, which are hidden from everyone, and uses them to manipulate the world in a hidden World War Three–duh?]

    The above quote was Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn. Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Q&A at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, University of Georgia, Athens, Apr. 28, 1997.

    No, the straw-man Al Queda cannot afford vast arrays of CRAY computers required for these weapons.

    Now it is 2010 and most folks still haven’t gotten a clue about this.

    To ignore this is to remain totally ignorant of what is taking place at this very moment. Let every dark secret be shouted from the rooftops! And if anyone doubts this and has the guts, please look up the PATENTS on HAARP technology–which was invented by Dr. Bernard Eastlund. This perversion of the technology of Nikola Tesla is being used against nations on a regular basis. Tesla wanted to use his discovery of Radiant Energy from the Universal Energy Matrix to bring limitless FREE ENERGY to the entire world! Instead, that possibility was completely suppressed and you now have it perverted into weapons of TOTAL destruction–and they are manned by complete criminal psychotics–cadres of the Criminal World Finance Demons, their Masters. And they are able to do this because all these “missing” trillions came from everyone who pays taxes, shops at WalMart and believes every lie being told to them by the fully (100%) controlled News Media. The time to wake up has now arrived.

  2. do you think the Chinese will not act the same way when they are as powerful as the US in another few years.All governments look out for their own interests.The Brits have been assassinating or colluding in the killings/disappearance of political rivals for many ,many years as have the Russian and Chinese already and not so covertly.The CIA just havent been as ruthless and cunning as most others so they seem more active.

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