The Secret War: Studies in Covert Operations, Intelligence and Counterintelligence

You MUST read this book!!

“Public opinion polls in many countries today portray the United States as the greatest threat to world peace on the globe . . . Critics of this [U.S. foreign] policy argue that American presidents have pursued their proximate goals, defined in terms of U.S. power, while cloaking them in the language and trappings of universalist desire . . . The conclusions of this inquiry tend to bear out the critics.”

- from the Foreword of “Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA”

If you don’t know the history (at least what has been discovered) and the modus operandi  of the CIA, FBI and other intelligence or secret police agencies of the U.S., then you have only a partial understanding of what really happened. In fact, you may have a completely inaccurate picture of history and a deeply flawed understanding of how the U.S. empire maintains and seeks to expand its hegemony leading to the ultimate goal of total domination of the planet. You will draw conclusions and form personal opinions based on incomplete or inaccurate information. You might then misinterpret and apply overly harsh criticism of those nations and groups trying to defend themselves from U.S. domination and aggression.

The secret to the U.S empire’s success thus far lies not only with military might (although that is clearly part of it), but with an unrelenting effort at secret warfare/covert or clandestine operations. The CIA and other U.S. agencies have secretly interfered in the social, economic and political affairs of many other nations – probably most – by trying to influence public opinion through psychological warfare, corrupting elections, bribing military and government officials, funding and training terrorist groups, funding political parties and even labor unions that they can sway to serve U.S. interests, assassination, coups, etc., etc. If you can think of it, they have done it or at least considered it. They tried to figure out a way to kill Castro with exploding seashells!! They infiltrated the inner circle of several superstitious foreign leaders with agents posing as astrologers to give bogus advice. You will be amazed, entertained, and horrified at the juvenile, but insidious antics of the CIA and other agents of empire; not for the faint of heart!

A Reading List:

Safe for Democracy

The Spycraft Manual

A Short Course in the Secret War

Silent Warfare

Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to be a Counterintelligence Officer

Spycraft

The COINTELPRO Papers

Intelligence Analysis

And a couple from the good guys; sometimes you gotta fight fire with fire:

How to Master Secret Work by Communist Party of South Africa (published in the 80′s)

Man Without a Face: The Autobiography of Communism’s Greatest Spymaster

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