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This book provides a cross-section of Douglas Valentine's investigations into CIA engagement in terrorism, drugs, and propaganda. Author of three books on CIA operations, 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. It was a permission Colby was to regret. 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 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 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.
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About the Author
Read an Excerpt
In the wake of September 11, 2001, my articles about the Phoenix program became more relevant than ever before. The third, "Homeland Insecurity," appeared on October 1, 2001, and predicted that the government would establish Phoenix-style "extra-legal military tribunals that can try suspected terrorists without the ordinary legal constraints of American justice."
The United States soon established detention centers at Guantá¡namo in Cuba, Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, and at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. And the CIA established "black sites" around the world. But I was referring to plans by the Bush administration to rob American citizens of their right to due process. And that is exactly what happened in January 2013 when President Obama signed a National Defense Authorization Act that provides for the indefinite detention of Americans.
These developments were easy to predict, given my back-ground in Phoenix. In the October 2001 article, for example, I explained that Phoenix would become the bureaucratic model for the "homeland security" program that now envelops America and subjects its citizens to the same blanket surveillance that the Phoenix program imposed on the people of South Vietnam. Almost ten years later, in July 2011, the Washington Post published its "Top Secret America" exposé, which outlined America's "heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment." Lead reporter Dana Priest calls it the "vast and hidden apparatus of the war on terror."
This Phoenix-style network constitutes America's internal security apparatus, and it is targeting you, under the guise of protecting you from terrorism. And that is why, more than ever, people need to understand what Phoenix is really all about.
When the CIA created Phoenix in June 1967, it was called ICEX-SIDE: Intelligence Coordination and Exploitation–Screening, Interrogation and Detention of the Enemy. The SIDE function is often ignored as journalists and propagandists focus on the sensational aspect that involves the targeted assassination of terrorists and their sympathizers, often by remote-controlled drones.
But in the first instance, Phoenix was a massive dragnet that packed South Vietnam's prisons, jails, and detention centers to overflowing. The foundation stone of this network was a jerry-rigged judicial system based on Stalinist security courts that did not require evidence to convict a person. People charged with national security violations had no right to legal representation, due process, or habeas corpus.
As Johan Galtung taught us, "Personal violence is for the amateur in dominance, structural violence is the tool of the professional. The amateur who wants to dominate uses guns; the professional uses social structure."
It was perfectly clear, following the terror attacks of 9/11, that America's elite were creating exactly this kind of criminally legal social structure. Climate change, overpopulation, income inequality, dwindling resources, and other geopolitical factors are pushing the rich into gated communities in every nation in the world.
The establishment is preparing for the dystopian future that lies ahead.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 How William Colby Gave Me the Keys to the CIA Kingdom 15
Chapter 2 One Thing Leads to Another: My Rare Access in Investigating the War on Drugs 36
Part I The CIA's Phoenix Program in Vietnam: A Template for Systematic Domination
Chapter 3 The Vietnam War's Silver Lining: A Bureaucratic Model for Population Control Emerges 54
Chapter 4 The Systematic Gathering of Intelligence 67
Chapter 5 What We Really Learned From Vietnam: A War Crimes Model for Afghanistan and Elsewhere 88
Chapter 6 The Afghan 'Dirty War' Escalates 102
Chapter 7 Vietnam Replay on Afghan Defectors 115
Chapter 8 Disrupting the Accommodation: CIA Killings Spell Victory in Afghanistan and Defeat in America 124
Chapter 9 The CIA in Ukraine 129
Chapter 10 War Crimes as Policy 144
Chapter 11 New Games, Same Aims: CIA Organizational Changes 154
Part II How the CIA Co-Opted and Manages the War on Drugs
Chapter 12 Creating a Crime: How the CIA Commandeered the Drug Enforcement Administration 174
Chapter 13 Beyond Dirty Wars: The CIA/DEA Connection and Modern Day Terror in Latin America 204
Chapter 14 Project Gunrunner 221
Part III The Phoenix Foundation of Homeland Security
Chapter 15 The Spook Who Became a Congressman: Why CIA Officers Cannot Be Allowed to Hold Public Office 234
Chapter 16 Major General Bruce Lawlor: From CIA Officer in Vietnam to Homeland Security Honcho 275
Chapter 17 Homeland Security: The Phoenix Comes Home to Roost 295
Part IV Manufacturing Complicity: Shaping the American Worldview
Chapter 18 Fragging Bob Kerrey: The CIA and the Need for a War Crimes Tribunal 317
Chapter 19 Top Secret America Shadow Reward System 343
Chapter 20 How the Government Tries to Mess with Your Mind 347
Chapter 21 Disguising Obama's Dirty War 359
Chapter 22 Parallels of Conquest, Past and Present 381
Chapter 23 Propaganda as Terrorism 388
Chapter 24 The War on Terror as the Greatest Covert Op Ever 391