Just to let you know… Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets gas pipeline in 1982

Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets gas pipeline in 1982
Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets gas pipeline in 1982

The below article is from 1994 and obviously speaks to the lengths that certain elements in Washington (during the Cold War – and now) would be willing to go to in order to achieve its political and economic ends in Russia.

In January 1982, President Ronald Reagan approved a CIA plan to sabotage the economy of the Soviet Union through covert transfers of technology that contained hidden malfunctions, including software that later triggered a huge explosion in a Siberian natural gas pipeline, according to a new memoir by a Reagan White House official.

Thomas C. Reed, a former Air Force secretary who was serving in the National Security Council at the time, describes the episode in “At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War.” Reed writes that the pipeline explosion was just one example of “cold-eyed economic warfare” against the Soviet Union that the CIA carried out under Director William J. Casey during the final years of the Cold War.

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At the time, the United States was attempting to block Western Europe from importing Soviet natural gas. There were also signs that the Soviets were trying to steal a wide variety of Western technology. Then, a KGB insider revealed the specific shopping list and the CIA slipped the flawed software to the Soviets in a way they would not detect it.

In order to disrupt the Soviet gas supply, its hard currency earnings from the West, and the internal Russian economy, the pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines, and valves was programmed to go haywire, after a decent interval, to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to pipeline joints and welds,” Reed writes.

The result was the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space,” he recalls, adding that U.S. satellites picked up the explosion. Reed said in an interview that the blast occurred in the summer of 1982.

While there were no physical casualties from the pipeline explosion, there was significant damage to the Soviet economy,” he writes. “Its ultimate bankruptcy, not a bloody battle or nuclear exchange, is what brought the Cold War to an end. In time the Soviets came to understand that they had been stealing bogus technology, but now what were they to do? By implication, every cell of the Soviet leviathan might be infected. They had no way of knowing which equipment was sound, which was bogus. All was suspect, which was the intended endgame for the entire operation.

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Reed said he obtained CIA approval to publish details about the operation. The CIA learned of the full extent of the KGB’s pursuit of Western technology in an intelligence operation known as the Farewell Dossier.

Portions of the operation have been disclosed earlier, including in a 1996 paper in Studies in Intelligence, a CIA journal. The paper was written by Gus W. Weiss, an expert on technology and intelligence who was instrumental in devising the plan to send the flawed materials and served with Reed on the National Security Council. Weiss died Nov. 25 at 72.

According to the Weiss article and Reed’s book, the Soviet authorities in 1970 set up a new KGB section, known as Directorate T, to plumb Western research and development for badly needed technology. Directorate T’s operating arm to steal the technology was known as Line X. Its spies were often sprinkled throughout Soviet delegations to the United States; on one visit to a Boeing plant, “a Soviet guest applied adhesive to his shoes to obtain metal samples,” Weiss recalled in his article.

Then, at a July 1981 economic summit in Ottawa, President Francois Mitterrand of France told Reagan that French intelligence had obtained the services of an agent they dubbed “Farewell,” Col. Vladimir Vetrov, a 53-year-old engineer who was assigned to evaluate the intelligence collected by Directorate T.

Vetrov, who Weiss recalled had provided his services for ideological reasons, photographed and supplied 4,000 documents on the program. The documents revealed the names of more than 200 Line X officers around the world and showed how the Soviets were carrying out a broad-based effort to steal Western technology.

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Reagan expressed great interest in Mitterrand’s sensitive revelations and was grateful for his offer to make the material available to the U.S. administration,” Reed writes. The Farewell Dossier arrived at the CIA in August 1981. “It immediately caused a storm,” Reed says in the book. “The files were incredibly explicit. They set forth the extent of Soviet penetration into U.S. and other Western laboratories, factories and government agencies.

“Reading the material caused my worst nightmares to come true,” Weiss recalled. The documents showed the Soviets had stolen valuable data on radar, computers, machine tools and semiconductors, he wrote. “Our science was supporting their national defense.”

The Farewell Dossier included a shopping list of future Soviet priorities. In January 1982, Weiss said he proposed to Casey a program to slip the Soviets technology that would work for a while, then fail. Reed said the CIA “would add ‘extra ingredients’ to the software and hardware on the KGB’s shopping list.”

Reagan received the plan enthusiastically,” Reed writes. “Casey was given a go.” According to Weiss, “American industry helped in the preparation of items to be ‘marketed’ to Line X.” Some details about the flawed technology were reported in Aviation Week and Space Technology in 1986 and in a 1995 book by Peter Schweizer, “Victory: The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy that Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union.

The sabotage of the gas pipeline has not been previously disclosed, and at the time was a closely guarded secret. When the pipeline exploded, Reed writes, the first reports caused concern in the U.S. military and at the White House. “NORAD feared a missile liftoff from a place where no rockets were known to be based,” he said, referring to North American Air Defense Command. “Or perhaps it was the detonation of a small nuclear device.” However, satellites did not pick up any telltale signs of a nuclear explosion.

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Before these conflicting indicators could turn into an international crisis,” he added, “Gus Weiss came down the hall to tell his fellow NSC staffers not to worry.

The role that Reagan and the United States played in the collapse of the Soviet Union is still a matter of intense debate. Some argue that U.S. policy was the key factor – Reagan’s military buildup; the Strategic Defense Initiative, Reagan’s proposed missile defense system; confronting the Soviets in regional conflicts; and rapid advances in U.S. high technology. But others say that internal Soviet factors were more important, including economic decline and President Mikhail Gorbachev’s revolutionary policies of glasnost and perestroika.

Reed, who served in the National Security Council from January 1982 to June 1983, said the United States and its NATO allies later “rolled up the entire Line X collection network, both in the U.S. and overseas.” Weiss said “the heart of Soviet technology collection crumbled and would not recover.

However, Vetrov’s espionage was discovered by the KGB, and he was executed in 1983. [TWP]

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  1. Health Ranger picked up this story 10/7/22. He explains things and corroborates my posts. There’s a great article up there today. More depth than I was able to convey in my posts here.

    • More like peace through strength. We didn’t need a war to bolster our economy, since Reagan gave us a terrific economy with his Reaganomics. We had less government regulation too, so start-ups were flourishing. Those years were gold!

    • No, Regean responded to Soviet spying operations with his own covert operations to blow up the Siberian pipeline. These soviet spys were stealing from our country. The same crap the redchinesey do right now, but they have bribed, extorted, and leveraged our homegrown communist dirtbags(dems and rinos) and traitors!

      • Reagan’s covert operations (via cia) didn’t involve explosives. I read it was software, which was created to allow pressure to exceed the safe limit. It was sold through Canada, and implemented by the Soviet Siberian pipeline personnel.

      • You really think Reagan worked for you? Man of the people? Not a puppet of the Joos? Less evil than the Bush family? But is seen in multiple pictures at Bohemian Grove? Ever heard of the game they play there, called hide-and-go-rape? Get tired of you sometimes, 50. You act like you’ve woken up but still your half Trump/Reagan Republican. Wake up, old timer.

      • Truth hurts,

        I have read those stories about Reagan, but many presidents went (BG) there. There’s no hard evidence he participated in any of the activities. Even nixon called it the biggest bunch of faggotry he had seen. Reagan did a damn good job if you ask me. My business flourished during his years in office. You should quit trolling me too. Sick of f-tards trying to start crap up here!

      • The only reason the Cabal/Deep State allowed Reagan to get elected, was to set up George Bush for President later. George was
        unelectable against Reagan. But he was a true Cabal/NWO Man, but Reagan was not. He was really trying to do the right thing. Hinkley was a roommate at college with Bush Jr. They tried to remove Reagan so George could take over, but attempt failed. And Trump is truly working with the good guys to defeat the Satanic Cabal/Deep State. Why do you think the Cabal’s MSM never let up with absolutely stupid lies and crap against Trump?? He is their enemy. Constant BS to impeach him. Making up crap to charge him. Kept after him even after they stole the election. Truth, you’re either stupid or just doing Troll work. I bet on the latter.

  2. Who is the gold calf worshipper? If you’re pointing out to the first poster i don’t ‘see’ your point. Just because someone points out the ramifications of leaders, does not mean they do not trust in the True and Living God (Yeshua HaMashiach).Remember, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

  3. In 1982 we had a Soviet Union which was much different than Putin’s Russia. There was a Cold War, and Spy vs. Spy aspect. Now we have a retarded pervert puppet(bozobiden) and puppet masters in the satanic kabal that wish to drive conflict. Wrathschild influence is part of this too. This is over 200 years old feud back to Tsar-ruled Russia. Redchinesy are the biggest threat, not Putin, nor Russia. Bolshevik revolution is here in America, right now! We have a cultural marxist problem, and stupid leftist dickheads.

    • Rotten language by a Gold Calf worshipper. Trusting man, regardless of P. party (not pizza party), nationality or beliefs will only lead to destruction. Before you tell us “I’m a Christian” why do you put your trust into those in power besides Christ? You attacked anyone who talks about geo-enineering as a “horse-pie” and other demonic insults. We have an idolatry problem, and NYC is about to fall by fire as its dept. literally posted a video about preparing for a nuclear attack. This is predictive programming that shall shock the spiritually blind, those who are too brain dead to see whats in front of their eyes. USA = Tameri/EGYPT which Rome relocated to Africa to reverse and twist world history. Tell me all those Egyptian and “Asian” artificats being unearthed in America are from somewhere else. The Pope is the 8th beast and the Vatican is the nest of the mother of abominations.

      • Troll if I ever heard one. Just random hate mixed with demons and Chrisian stuff with no point. But does have support for the geoengineering hoax. Wow. Anyway, 50 is very correct.

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