The CIA as Organized Crime

The CIA as Organized Crime

How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World

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This book provides a cross-section of Douglas Valentine's investigations into CIA engagement in terrorism, drugs, and propaganda. Author of three books on CIA operations, Valentine's research into CIA activities began when CIA Director William Colby gave him free access to interview CIA officials who had been involved in various aspects of the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. It was a permission Colby was to regret. The CIA would rescind it, making every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented the CIA's elaborate system of population surveillance, control, entrapment, imprisonment, torture and assassination in Vietnam.While researching Phoenix, Valentine learned that the CIA allowed opium and heroin to flow from its secret bases in Laos, to generals and politicians on its payroll in South Vietnam. His investigations into this illegal activity focused on the CIA's relationship with the federal drugs agencies mandated by Congress to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States. Based on interviews with senior officials, Valentine wrote two subsequent books, The Strength of the Wolf and The Strength of the Pack, showing how the CIA infiltrated federal drug law enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure that the flow of drugs continues unimpeded to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ. Ultimately, portions of his research materials would be archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and John Jay College.This book includes excerpts from the above titles along with subsequent articles and transcripts of interviews on a range of current topics, with a view to shedding light on the systemic dimensions of the CIA's ongoing illegal and extra-legal activities. These terrorism and drug law enforcement articles and interviews illustrate how the CIA's activities impact social and political movements abroad and in the United States. A common theme is the CIA's ability to deceive and propagandize the American public through its impenetrable government-sanctioned shield of official secrecy and plausible deniability. Though investigated by the Church Committee in 1975, CIA praxis then continues to inform CIA praxis now. Valentine tracks its steady infiltration into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people.
Publisher: Atlanta, GA :, Clarity Press, Inc.,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780997287011
Branch Call Number: ANF 327.1273 VAL
Characteristics: 446 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 22, 2017

50-STARRED REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Douglas Valentine lays it all out here, and his final chapter is pristine, pure and beautiful.
I have picked up some very interesting facts from time to time from his past books, one of which led to finally identifying at least one of JFK's assassins [Mozes Maschkivitzan, a Belgian criminal and CIA contract killer, the others being Jean Rene Souetre, Lucien Conein {who missed his shots from the Dal-Tex Building} and Lazlo the Hungarian].
Highly, highly recommended, and be sure to memorize his section on the National Security Establishment in that final chapter.
[Mentions James Ludlum {CIA Counte rIntelligence}, but not that he's related to Robert Ludlum, whom I have mentioned previously of his claim in an interview that a spook tipped him off about the supposed assassin of JFK while R. Ludlum was vacationing on a Jamaican beach, that it was Carlos the Jackal, who would have been all of three years of age at the time!$&%^%&#*@(@! Also mentions Seymour Bolten, wonder if he's related to John Bolten???]

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