By Douglas Valentine

This ebook presents perception into the paradigmatic techniques developed through CIA a long time in the past in Vietnam which stay operational practices at the present time in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and somewhere else. Valentine’s examine into CIA actions all started whilst CIA Director William Colby gave him unfastened entry to interview CIA officers who have been serious about a variety of features of the Phoenix software in South Vietnam. The CIA may rescind it, making each attempt to bog down e-book of The Phoenix application, which documented the CIA’s complicated method of inhabitants surveillance, keep watch over, entrapment, imprisonment, torture and assassination in Vietnam. whereas studying Phoenix, Valentine realized that the CIA allowed opium and heroin to movement from its mystery bases in Laos, to generals and politicians on its payroll in South Vietnam. His investigations into this criminality considering the CIA’s dating with the federal medications companies mandated by way of Congress to forestall unlawful medicinal drugs from getting into the USA. in line with interviews with senior officers, Valentine wrote next books, The energy of the Wolf and The energy of the Pack, displaying how the CIA infiltrated federal drug legislations enforcement businesses and commandeered their govt administration, intelligence and international operations staffs so as to make sure that the stream of gear maintains unimpeded to traffickers and international officers in its hire. finally, parts of his examine fabrics will be archived on the nationwide protection Archive, Texas Tech University’s Vietnam middle, and John Jay university. This e-book comprises excerpts from the above titles in addition to up to date articles and transcripts of interviews on quite a number present issues, in order to laying off mild at the systemic dimensions of the CIA’s ongoing unlawful and extra-legal actions. those terrorism and drug legislations enforcement articles and interviews illustrate how the CIA’s actions effect social and political events in a foreign country and within the usa. a standard subject is the CIA’s skill to mislead and propagandize the yank public via its impenetrable government-sanctioned protect of reputable secrecy and believable deniability. even though investigated by means of the Church Committee in 1975, CIA praxis then maintains to notify CIA praxis now. Valentine tracks its regular infiltration into practices concentrating on the final inhabitants to be subjected to the exigencies of the yankee empire: the yankee humans.

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10 Several years later Alex Cockburn and Jeff St. Clair published my Ellsberg article in Counterpunch. They were having fun ridiculing whacky left assumptions and sacred cows, like Israel. ”11 They featured it in Counterpunch, and of course everyone on the left ignored it. ” If one of these Compatible Left media outlets has Ellsberg talk at a peace conference it’s sponsoring, a hundred fans will pay cash to see him. The Compatible Left is a business venture that’s dependent on the capitalist society within which it operates.

Colby was due to testify to Congress about the Phoenix program in July, but a larger event grabbed the headlines. On June 13, 1971, The New York Times began printing lengthy excerpts from the Pentagon Papers – that painstakingly edited stack of documents that, even by name, deflected attention away from the CIA. ” All these threads weave together to create the myths Americans believe about the CIA; and Ellsberg’s cover story is part of the fictionalized tale. TRACY: The reluctance of certain editors to publish what you’ve researched and revealed about Ellsberg, do you think in part that has to do with just a wish to sustain the legend of Ellsberg, the symbol of what he’s become?

The CIA created and funded the Special Police and sent them after the Viet Cong’s civilian leadership, and anyone else trying to undermine the American puppet government. Phoenix is political warfare. He managed the staff that ran all those operations in the provinces. In late 1966 the CIA station chief in Saigon, John Hart, was working on improving operations against the VC’s leadership with a CIA officer in Washington, Robert Komer. Komer was Lyndon Johnson’s personal aide on pacification in Vietnam, what was called “the other war”.

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