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    LANGLEY, VA—Shedding new light on a tumultuous period of upheaval that dominated international headlines nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. government declassified hundreds of documents Tuesday that confirm the CIA covertly organized and executed the coup that ousted lead singer David Lee Roth from Van Halen.

    According to a preliminary analysis, the newly released information includes more than 1,600 pages of formerly top-secret material detailing the CIA’s clandestine plot to infiltrate the platinum-selling rock group and unseat the magnetic, impulsive musician from his leadership position in the spring of 1985. The documents reveal that the agency worked behind the scenes for years, beginning after the release of the disco-inflected “Push Comes To Shove” single in 1981, to foment the internal turmoil and unrest needed to destabilize the band and ultimately force Roth to step down from the American heavy metal act.

    “As Van Halen’s creative direction became uncertain in the early 1980s, it became increasingly apparent that we would have to take the steps necessary to remove Roth from power,” said former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence John N. McMahon, describing the covert process by which he and his colleagues quietly forced a schism between the vocalist and members of the band’s inner circle in order to disrupt the dangerous cult of personality that had taken hold around the hard-rock frontman. “Well before the commencement of the Hide Your Sheep Tour, Roth had become too unpredictable, too brazen, and he was preventing the band’s sound from moving toward synthesizer-driven, radio-friendly rock. So, we felt we needed to act, and quickly.”

    “Quite simply, our office determined that Roth was no longer fit to exercise control over Van Halen, and that his aspirations for the band were not aligned with the best interests of the American people,” he continued.

    Dubbed Operation Diamond Cutter by the select top-ranking CIA administrators who orchestrated the plot, the confidential initiative reportedly sought to quietly undermine Roth’s influence within Van Halen and replace him with Sammy Hagar, a charismatic but largely inert puppet leader who agency officials were confident would be easily manipulated once installed atop the iconic rock group.

    The CIA confirmed that it was able to exploit preexisting strains in the band by capitalizing on internal concerns over Roth’s long-term musical ambitions following the release of his solo EP, as well as pent-up tensions that had simmered for years after the lukewarm commercial and critical reception of Van Halen’s Fair Warning album. Additionally, American intelligence operatives succeeded in enlisting Roth’s manager and utilizing the double agent to convince his client that relinquishing his position would allow him to pursue what was portrayed as a budding and potentially prosperous film career.

    “Based on the things we heard coming out of Van Halen’s studio at the time, we were given authorization from the highest levels of government to seek every possible avenue to subvert Roth’s command,” said one CIA operative speaking on condition of anonymity, claiming that the agency recruited and trained numerous groupies and entourage members to ply longtime Roth ally Alex Van Halen with alcohol in order to ensure that he was in no state to oppose the takeover. “Had we not moved when we did, there’s no telling what kind of detrimental effect Roth would have had on the band’s move into more mainstream pop territory and the state of rock music as a whole. We saw the opportunity to remove this uncontrollable megalomaniac from power while safeguarding the American people from his potent influence, and we seized it.”

    “The last thing we wanted was to have another ‘Panama’ on our hands,” he added.

    As revealed by the CIA, prior to Roth’s successful ouster from the group, the agency also funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in untraceable funds through intermediaries to bankroll the production and distribution of such incendiary works as VOA and the “I Can’t Drive 55” single in order to bolster Hagar’s profile in the eyes of the band’s supporters.

    Despite the prevalence of critics who question the legitimacy of the post-Roth Van Halen regime, McMahon said that he has “no regrets whatsoever” about the agency’s false flag mission.

    “Overthrowing Roth was a risky, highly controversial maneuver, but I believe that history will justify our actions,” McMahon said, acknowledging that the coup ultimately proved ineffectual, as the vocalist’s departure merely ushered in a series of decreasingly competent replacements, culminating in Roth reclaiming his seat of power long after the band had ceased to have an impact in the international community. “This was a self-aggrandizing degenerate who needed to be toppled in order to bring stability to the band’s direction. We did what needed to be done.”

    “That being said, none of us could possibly have foreseen that For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge would indirectly result from our actions,” he added, solemnly shaking his head.


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    I knew the "movie star" story was a cover up all along ....



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    This is great! I hope Eddie and Alex see this... I can see Alex laughing so hard he's falling over with tears running down his face

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    This wasn't even the end of it. The CIA also assured that Dave's No Holds Bar-B-Que video would never see the light of day. Early on, critics were referring to the piece as Citizen Kane 2 and calling DLR the next Orson Welles but that talk was quickly squashed with all others forbidden to promote the video. Scary stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjpack View Post
    This wasn't even the end of it. The CIA also assured that Dave's No Holds Bar-B-Que video would never see the light of day. Early on, critics were referring to the piece as Citizen Kane 2 and calling DLR the next Orson Welles but that talk was quickly squashed with all others forbidden to promote the video. Scary stuff.
    Not to mention "Tabula Rasa" ...
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    Operation Diamond Cutter!

    Holy shit, that's funny. They should do an instrumental on the next album called that, would be damn funny.

    Edit: self-aggrandizing degenerate is pretty funny too.
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    “The last thing we wanted was to have another ‘Panama’ on our hands,” he added.
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    The CIA has to be held accountable for their failure to stop Dave's BBQ DVD, which clearly was the aural equivalent of an Al Quaida terrorist attack. America didn't feel safe after that.
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    The CIA has brought down many a governments but has been unable to stop
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    I hate to cuss but FUCK "Tabula Rasa" I wanted Mammoth. Mammoth Dammit Mammoth.

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    And DLR has linked it on his Facebook page!!

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    There's the tell...

    Let the pre promotion begin! \('',)/

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    Follow up story:

    Los Angeles - AP - Newly released documents revealed Sammy Hagar to be a double agent for the KGB, foisted on the American public and Van Halen in an effort to dilute pop-culture and to make America weaker.

    "I don't know how he got away with it after all these years," said an anonyous source in the CIA. "He put the clues right in front of us, too. The 'Red Rocker?' This was one of the largest intelligence lapses in the last 50 years."

    CIA sources also point to the fact he makes his residence in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico as a way to avoid being brought to justice. "He had this entire thing planned out from the start. His music was used to make previously angry and rebellious youth into sensitive, level-headed adults which made America more passive with the Soviets. His tequila empire was created to launder Soviet money and served a dual purpose in creating Americans embarrassed of their own behavior while on the product. It was really quite brilliant."

    Former KGB agent-turned-American-informant Yadislav Mishkin tells of the evolution of the plot. "Originally the KGB used comrade Hagar to inspire revolt among the youth of America. We specifically wrote "I Can't Drive 55" to encourage reckless driving and skepticism of those in power in the United States. After some time, however, it was clear our brand of rock and roll wasn't reaching the market we needed so we re-evaluated and adjusted our objectives."

    It was then that the KGB concocted a plan to destroy America's greatest rock band, Van Halen.

    "At the time," says Mishkin, "Van Halen was taking over the world and was pushing the glories of America further into South America and Europe. They were quickly encroaching on the Eastern Block and corrupting our own people. When we saw this, we used Hagar to turn the CIA against Van Halen and devised a plan for a rock and roll coup."

    Using their best psy-op experts, the KGB was able to get the CIA to oust David Lee Roth, replace him with Hagar, and then used their influence to get Van Halen to go soft.

    "We made sure Sammy embraced the love ballads which would destroy Van Halen's credibility, but we also had to make sure we allowed occasional hard rock songs so as not make it obvious."

    When the Soviet Union fell, Hagar left the band when he saw the opportunity so as to not be caught. He was also paid handsomely to isolate Michael Anthony, then targeted as a short list candidate by the Russians as someone who could lead the world. "He was just so damned nice. He didn't have a single enemy in the world which made him a potential leader. Anthony was a class act, and if we didn't isolate him, he may have united the world against us, so we paid Hagar to take him under his wing to lessen his influence."

    Van Halen was unavailable for comment.
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