The Arizona Battleground

By Olivia Murray

Published: March 3, 2022 Noon EST

(2 minute read)

Arizona is rich with history bound to make any American patriot proud. The final contiguous territory to receive statehood, Arizona was truly the last frontier. In 1893, famous historian Frederick Jackson Turner presented his namesake thesis, positing that American character was defined by a unique interaction with the untamed West. Whether or not Turner fulfilled the pursuit of “That Noble Dream,” American individualism and fortitude is plainly evident in the history of a frontier state like Arizona. 

Home to the O.K. Corral, the site of a notorious gunfight between lawmen and outlaws; the locale of the concession of Geronimo, an Apache warrior and the last Native American to officially surrender to United States troops indicating a conclusion to the Indian Wars; and lastly, the birthplace of the heroes who were instrumental in the successful operations in the Pacific theater of World War II by utilizing the indecipherable Navajo code.

Today, Arizona remains steadfast in continuing its legacy of warfare; albeit the battle is not nearly as obvious. The CIA, defined by its lack of transparency and involvement in criminal activity, has been a fixture in Arizona’s landscape for decades.

So why is a federal agency with such a notorious reputation so heavily present? Because Arizona is a linchpin in the battle for God-given rights and constitutional principles. Turning the state purple, and eventually blue, cements a future of tyranny.

The ties between academia and the CIA have long been known. In 2002, Michael Crow became the president of Arizona State University in Tempe, and he has been there ever since. Unsurprisingly, Crow is also the chairman of the board for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm.

South of Tempe, towards the Mexican border, is a small airfield called Pinal Air Park. In 1966, when it was known as Marana Air Base, it served as an installation for a CIA front, Intermountain Aviation. In 1967, the airline moved to a military airfield in Marana, where it served as a staging asset for operations primarily in southeast Asia.

The covert agenda of the CIA contradicts the best interest of American (and global) citizens. Concerning current events, the agency is largely, and intentionally responsible for the conflict in Ukraine.

Arizona is no different, and the battle is ongoing.