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The author of three books on CIA operations, Douglas Valentine began his research into the agency's activities when CIA director William Colby gave him free access to interview agency 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 eventually rescind it and made every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented an 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 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 enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence, and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure the unimpeded flow of drugs to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ.
Ultimately, portions of his research materials were archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
This book includes excerpts from the aforementioned 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 extralegal activities. These articles and interviews illustrate how the agency's activities impact social and political movements abroad and at home.
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 today. Valentine tracks the agency's steady expansion into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people themselves.
©2016 Douglas Valentine (P)2017 Skyboat Media, Inc., and Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 10-03-17

everything you need to know

the portions about media complicity and the "compatible left" and American exceptionalism are very insightful. what is contained are specific details on drug and arms trading as well as bonified cover-ups, political subterfuge, and all manner of disgusting truths about our intellegencia. About 1/4 of this book is an understandably frustrated rant about the inconvenient truths of our world. while i wish everyone was capable of reading this, it will only be acceptable to those of us willing and able to confront reality.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Robles on 09-13-17

The CIA as Organized Crime: A personal perspective

A must read for the better understanding of current and past negative world activities. While unfortunately most of the events and practices brought to light in this text come as little or no surprise, the historical reflection of how this organization came to be and how to try to corral this monster and all of its collaborative entities leaves little to the imagination.

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By M. G. Riley on 07-31-17

scary but sounds authentic given what we know. a

great narrator. what a book! extremely scary implications but seems accurate given what we know. for me i wanted a more thorough look at world events. this is very focused on Vietnam balanced with some very contemporary references to events in the us and middle east. despite this caveat, its a tour de force. should wake up any open minded person who buys into the mainstream media myth machine. valuable, essential read/listen.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alastair on 06-25-17

good content, obnoxious rhetoric

this book has good content like valentine's work on the Phoenix program but so often pushes the left as the solution. any thesis that frames ethics with cliche left/right paradigms will ultimately be lacking as it fails to transcend rhetoric.

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