The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World

The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World

by Douglas Valentine


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ISBN-13: 9780997287011
Publisher: Clarity Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/15/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 266,261
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Douglas Valentine is an American journalist and author of four works of historical non-fiction: The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Wolf (winner of the Choice Academic Library Award), and The Strength of the Pack.His articles appear regularly in CounterPunch, ConsortiumNews,.. 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. He provided expert testimony at the King v Jowers trial on MLK assassination

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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

Acknowledgments 11


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

Endnotes 419

Acronyms 436

Index 439

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