Sunday, May 17, 2020

REVIEW: The CIA As Organized Crime - How Illegal Operations Corrupt America An The World by Douglas Valentine



 Valentine 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.
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.
"Douglas Valentine writes books that rip the bloody veil off the criminal enterprise known as the US government. When he does this, he combines incredibly in-depth research, interviews and an inviting style of prose that exposes the dark truth about the US nation and its national security state. The CIA as Organized Crime continues that tradition and is an important and crucial text. " RON JACOBS, Counterpunch
ISBN: 978-1-949762-20-4
$16.95 | Paper | 144 pp. $10.00 | Ebook
"I read it in suspense and found the last revelations after the mission even more disturbing."
"Courageously takes us inside the CIA's most shameful extralegal operations, exposing an intelligence service gone rogue. Douglas Valentine's book is a public service."  JOHN KIRIAKOU, author of The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror
"Thanks to extensive interviews, he has an almost intimate feel for the operating mentality of the agency, why they operate the way they do—not only their bloody-minded ruthlessness or their rationalizations, important and interesting as these are—and why they are unbothered by such distinctions as Republican or Democratic presidents." PAUL BUHLE, Portside
Douglas Valentine is an American journalist and author of six works of historical nonfiction, The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Wolf (winner of the Choice Academic Library Award), The Strength of the Pack, and The CIA as Organized Crime. His articles have appeared regularly in Counterpunch, ConsortiumNews, and elsewhere. Portions of his research materials are archived at the National Security Archive (both a Vietnam Collection and a separate Drug Enforcement Collection), Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and John Jay College

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