Be aware of my "non" status - non-Democrat, non-Republican, non-Socialist/Conservative/Liberal/Environmentalist/you name it, even a non-Independent (lest I be aligned with currently popular Joe Lieberman or Mike Bloomberg, both of whom I agree and/or disagree with on various matters). Call me a Tom Worthist after my name (yet not a Thomist, though I do greatly admire the works of St. Thomas Aquinas), if you must label me, but I prefer that you don't.
Now back to the subject. There is a man named Noam Chomsky who is well-known throughout the world for speaking his mind, in particular when it pertains to governments engaging in activities harmful to human beings: killing them, blowing their stuff up, imprisoning them, impoverishing them, blocking their abilities to advance and sustain themselves, that sort of thing. He provides a great deal of examples and specifics, and the information would appear to be very damning of said governments - especially, although not limited to, the most powerful ones.
Among those in the "most powerful" category is the United States of America. When I watch a Netflix dvd of him, or read an interview in Islamica magazine with him (yes, good Catholic that I am, I need to constantly get as many relevant perspectives as I can, as do all of us), or see his efforts in any number of outlets and causes, I catch myself wondering, "how come he hasn't been killed himself?" I mean, he is famous, influential, bows to no one, attacks the most powerful entities (governments and corporations) known to man, but he's just this old guy without a "coalition" or infrastructure to insulate or protect him who keeps chugging along, doing and saying what he wants to about whom he wants to, and he gets away with it. Kinda like Ghandi, but without millions of citizens hanging out with him all the time. That's bravery.
The CIA report that's about to be released supposedly details all sorts of transgressions against individuals of various countries for various reasons. I would fear for something unpleasant befalling me if I were to come out and espouse the kinds of things that Mr. Chomsky publicizes. But he's not the only one; there are countless brave world citizens who do that, with him being among the best known. Which is exactly why he would seem to be the most at risk. But perhaps the CIA, and other governmental entities, are actually listening and understanding what he's saying and are therefore not alarmed: if that's the case, they wouldn't touch him in a million years.
Here's why. Yes, he's saying that governments abuse and oppress not only the subjects of other countries, but their own citizens as well. And they are unduly influenced by large, powerful corporations to engage in activities and policies that benefit the corporations at the expense of the citizenry. But he's not saying the U.S. is the worst offender, and he's not saying the U.S. is doing anything that any other powerful government in history hasn't done. He's just saying it's wrong. I believe that, if asked, he would say that although it is brutal, dishonest, deceitful, untrustworthy, far too self-interested, and obstructive, the U.S. government and social structure is the best the world has to offer at present. Sure, it's a far cry from ideal, or even acceptable, but it still represents the best of all of the alternatives for applied government. Would he have suggestions for other methods that might work better? Probably. But he understands that it's too deep and complicated to just try something new and see if it's better. The best method for making something better is not to employ force or radical change, but to continually and loudly point out what's not right by innate, universal morals and standards (don't kill people, don't take things from others, don't tell people things that aren't true, etc.) and see if it can be corrected within the existing framework.
I'd say we're looking at a hundred years or more until we get a lot of this bad stuff hammered out. But if you look back to where we came from, just before July 4, 1776, or look back to where we were when Lincoln got elected but before slaves were emancipated, or around WWI or II, or in the 50's/early 60's before the Civil Rights movement got cranking, you can see that even things that appear perpetual in nature and impossible to change can, in reality, be corrected almost literally overnight, once enough Americans decide it's time to get up and see what all the yelling is about from those "weirdos" marching through the streets. I will now correct my earlier statement about the most powerful entities known to man being the government and large corporations, for there is one entity that both of these grudgingly answer to (though only when forcibly coerced against their will, but they answer to nonetheless), and that is the rank and file citizenry of the most powerful nation on earth, a title currently enjoyed by the United States of America.