In this article , we explore the secret history of the US military’s elite military intelligence unit, the Army’s Special Operations Command, or SOCOM.
For the uninitiated, SOCOM is an elite special operations unit within the US Army.
For those who have read the book “American Sniper,” the term is used to describe how the US government used military tactics and methods in pursuit of political goals, in addition to intelligence gathering.
SOCOM has been described as “America’s premier secret police force.”
It has been used to spy on Americans, and even journalists.
And it has been accused of conducting torture and killing prisoners at its secret prisons.
The history of SOCM is shrouded in secrecy, and the extent to which the unit has used its powers to spy and kill civilians in foreign countries is even more murky.
What we do know is that the SOCAM program was founded in 1965 by General Robert Clark, then the commanding general of the Army.
Sometime in 1965, the US began an intensive, multi-year program of paramilitary surveillance, infiltration and infiltration-type operations against Chinese Communist Party cadres in the Philippines.
According to the declassified version of a classified document dated July 4, 1968, a “target” identified as a “U.S. intelligence officer” was arrested in Manila.
The target was eventually captured and sentenced to life in prison.
In the same document, Clark’s unit’s chief of operations, Major Robert G. Hodge, wrote that “SOCOM is doing this against the US citizen who we believe is an American terrorist.”
According to this secret document, SOCAM was created to “protect US interests.”
In fact, it is often said that SOCAMA was founded by Clark.
In April 1969, Clark, as head of the CIA, authorized the creation of a new covert paramilitary organization within the U.S., called the “special operations” branch of the army.
Clark’s order stated that the Special Operations Branch would be “responsible for the prevention of domestic terrorism, espionage, sabotage, drug trafficking and other subversive activities.”
And it was supposed to “be responsible for providing for the protection of our interests overseas and to ensure that our military personnel, and their families, are safe.”
In a secret 1964 memo to Clark, Clark wrote that the goal of the Special Operative branch was to “make the U of A and American people safe for our special operations forces.”
The SOCam unit was to be “committed to protecting US interests in the world.”
And within a few months, Clark ordered a large-scale operation to “kill the American Communist leader, Che Guevara, with a drone strike.”
The operation began in 1965 with a “lone gunman” who, according to Clark’s memo, “had the objective of taking down Che Guedy and to eliminate his remaining followers.
The assassination attempt took place in 1965.”
A U.N. team was sent to the Philippines to investigate the assassination.
The U. N. team found “no evidence of an actual assassination attempt” and concluded that “the assassin was in fact a U. S. Army Special Forces soldier.”
After the assassination, Clark told the U to “cut him loose and make it look like a lone gunman.”
After Clark ordered the assassination of Che Guesara, the S.O.S.-A-Team was assigned to the Ururo, Philippines to “detect, investigate and kill the CIA’s chief operating officer.”
The A-Team “found no evidence of a real assassination attempt.”
The target of the assassination was, according Clark, “a U. U. Army officer.”
A month later, Clark sent a secret memo to his senior staff.
Clark wrote: This [U.N.] team should not be assigned to a military task force or even a unit assigned to work with a specific government agency, and should not have access to classified intelligence or intelligence sources.
[SOCAM] should be used for all covert and clandestine intelligence collection, infiltration, sabotage and assassination missions, including to kill foreign nationals and persons engaged in subversive activities in foreign nations, including in Latin America and Central America.
In May 1970, the A-team was sent into Laos, where it was ordered to “neutralize” a group of “leftist Vietcong cadres.”
The goal of this operation was to destroy the remaining remnants of the Vietcong in Laos.
A month after the operation, Clark met with then-U.
S President Jimmy Carter, who was in the middle of negotiating with the South Vietnamese government about the Vietnam War.
Carter asked Clark, who had been in the military, to “find out if there are any Communists in Laos.”
In response, Clark asked Carter if there were “any communists in Laos,” and Carter said there were.
“I need your opinion,” Clark replied.
“There are,” Carter replied.
Clark told Carter,