Secrets / Edition 1

Secrets / Edition 1

by Angus MacKenzie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520219554

ISBN-13: 9780520219557

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: University of California Press


This eye-opening exposé, the result of fifteen years of investigative work, uncovers the CIA's systematic efforts to suppress and censor information over several decades. An award-winning journalist, Angus Mackenzie waged and won a lawsuit against the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act and became a leading expert on questions concerning government…  See more details below

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This eye-opening exposé, the result of fifteen years of investigative work, uncovers the CIA's systematic efforts to suppress and censor information over several decades. An award-winning journalist, Angus Mackenzie waged and won a lawsuit against the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act and became a leading expert on questions concerning government censorship and domestic spying. In Secrets, he reveals how federal agencies--including the Department of Defense, the executive branch, and the CIA--have monitored and controlled public access to information. Mackenzie lays bare the behind-the-scenes evolution of a policy of suppression, repression, spying, and harassment.

Secrecy operations originated during the Cold War as the CIA instituted programs of domestic surveillance and agent provocateur activities. As antiwar newspapers flourished, the CIA set up an "underground newspaper" desk devoted, as Mackenzie reports, to various counterintelligence activities--from infiltrating organizations to setting up CIA-front student groups. Mackenzie also tracks the policy of requiring secrecy contracts for all federal employees who have contact with sensitive information, insuring governmental review of all their writings after leaving government employ.

Drawing from government documents and scores of interviews, many of which required intense persistence and investigative guesswork to obtain, and amassing story after story of CIA malfeasance, Mackenzie gives us the best account we have of the government's present security apparatus. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the inside secrets of government spying, censorship, and the abrogation of First Amendment rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520219557
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Editors' Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Prologue: The CIA and the Origins of the Freedom of Information Act9
1Conservatives Worry and the Cover-Up Begins15
2You Expose Us, We Spy on You26
3The CIA tries to Censor Books42
4Bush Perfects the Cover-Up58
5Censor Others as You Would Have Them Censor You73
6Did Congress Outlaw This Book?82
7Trying to Hush the Fuss91
8Overcoming the Opposition103
9Censorship Confusion122
10The Pentagon Resists Censorship134
11Hiding Political Spying147
12One Man Says No157
13Control of Information168
14The CIA Openness Task Force181
Epilogue: The Cold War Ends and Secrecy Spreads189
AppTargets of Domestic Spying203
Notes209
Index231

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