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Author Valentine, Douglas, 1949- author.

Title The CIA as organized crime : how illegal operations corrupt America and the world / by Douglas Valentine.

Publication Info. Atlanta, GA : Clarity Press, Incorporated, [2017]


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Description 1 online resource (446 pages)
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Summary This book provides insight into the paradigmatic approaches evolved by CIA decades ago in Vietnam which remain operational practices today in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. 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. 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 updated 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-435) and index.
Contents How William Colby gave me the keys to the CIA kingdom -- One thing leads to another: my rare access in investigating the war on drugs -- The Vietnam War's silver lining: a bureaucratic model for population control emerges -- The systematic gathering of intelligence -- What we really learned from Vietnam: a war crimes model for Afghanistan and elsewhere -- The Afghan 'dirty war' escalates -- Vietnam replay on Afghan defectors -- Disrupting the accommodation: CIA killings spell victory in Afghanistan and defeat in America -- The CIA in Ukraine -- War crimes as policy -- New games, same aims: CIA organizational changes -- Creating a crime: how the CIA commandeered the Drug Enforcement Administration -- Beyond dirty wars: the CIA/DEA connection and modern day terror in Latin America -- Project gunrunner -- The spook who became a congressman: why CIA officers cannot be allowed to hold public office -- Major general Bruce Lawlor: from CIA officer in Vietnam to Homeland Security Honcho -- Homeland security: the phoenix comes home to roost -- Fragging Bob Kerrey: the CIA and the need for a war crimes tribunal -- Top secret America shadow reward system -- How the government tries to mess with your mind -- Disguising Obama's dirty war -- Parallels of conquest, past and present -- Propaganda as terrorism -- The war on terror as the greatest covert op ever.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Corrupt practices.
Phoenix Program (Counterinsurgency program : Vietnam)
Phoenix Program (Counterinsurgency program : Vietnam) (OCoLC)fst01995342
United States. Central Intelligence Agency. (OCoLC)fst00536259
Organized crime.
Drug traffic.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
Corruption. (OCoLC)fst01352550
Drug traffic. (OCoLC)fst00898722
Organized crime. (OCoLC)fst01047884
Other Form: Print version: Valentine, Douglas, 1949- CIA as organized crime. Atlanta, GA : Clarity Press, Inc., [2017] 9780997287011 (DLC) 2016035980 (OCoLC)960106392
ISBN 9780997287028 (electronic bk.)
0997287020 (electronic bk.)
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