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The author of three books on CIA operations, Douglas Valentine began his research into the agency's activities when CIA director William Colby gave him free access to interview agency 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 eventually rescind it and made every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented an 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 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 enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence, and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure the unimpeded flow of drugs to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ.

Ultimately, portions of his research materials were archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

This book includes excerpts from the aforementioned 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 extralegal activities. These articles and interviews illustrate how the agency's activities impact social and political movements abroad and at home.

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 today. Valentine tracks the agency's steady expansion into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people themselves.

©2016 Douglas Valentine (P)2017 Skyboat Media, Inc., and Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Distributing & informative. Incredible read.

Level of details and understanding of the subject matter was obvious. Have to say it sent chills up my spine.

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good content, obnoxious rhetoric

this book has good content like valentine's work on the Phoenix program but so often pushes the left as the solution. any thesis that frames ethics with cliche left/right paradigms will ultimately be lacking as it fails to transcend rhetoric.

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  • JESSE L.
  • 09-10-2020

Anti Trump Spin. No mention of deepstate.

Beware, this book seems to be another vehicle to implant systemic racism ideology and contains heavy Anti Trump Propaganda. the author tries to tie trump to antifa. It's Garbage just like that Epstine Island documentary that tries to tie trump to Epstine and ignores hollywood/Clinton/deepstate connections.

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  • Corruptgarage
  • 30-08-2019

Lots of truth amongst blue pills

Valentine does his best to show that the entire system is broken, and that politicians on both the left and right benefit from the CIA and military industrial complex's endless wars and occupation across the globe. Then he'll go on tirades about how minorities are just being picked on by whites, glossing over the huge issue of crime, human trafficking and ethnic displacement brought on by things like mass immigration. When he speaks of the CIA, he speaks the truth as they are indeed the string pullers, but his leftism seeps into everything and you're cringing. Nonetheless a good listen (or read) and worth it for his examination of tye CIA and its crimes across the globe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-2017

everything you need to know

the portions about media complicity and the "compatible left" and American exceptionalism are very insightful. what is contained are specific details on drug and arms trading as well as bonified cover-ups, political subterfuge, and all manner of disgusting truths about our intellegencia. About 1/4 of this book is an understandably frustrated rant about the inconvenient truths of our world. while i wish everyone was capable of reading this, it will only be acceptable to those of us willing and able to confront reality.

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  • Ray Robles
  • 13-09-2017

The CIA as Organized Crime: A personal perspective

A must read for the better understanding of current and past negative world activities. While unfortunately most of the events and practices brought to light in this text come as little or no surprise, the historical reflection of how this organization came to be and how to try to corral this monster and all of its collaborative entities leaves little to the imagination.

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  • James Lico
  • 20-05-2017

War on the Public, Phoenix Style

Would you listen to The CIA as Organized Crime again? Why?

I heard Douglas Valentine on the Corbett Report and his narration covered the Phoenix Program. I am a Targeted Individual and what he was saying made sense from a historical and current point of view. This book gives strong clues about why America is turning into a fascist Police state due to corruption. I am hoping it will at least wake people up.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The CIA as Organized Crime?

Chapter 3 is a wake up chapter. It It narrates what has happened in Vietnam and what is happening in America. It is the same.

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely because I want to go out and tell friends and others that it will be easier than before to wake people up if what I am seeing works out.

Any additional comments?

It would be noble of you to offer chapter 3 or even the entire book as a sharable and free content. Its just a thought. I am going to listen to your Corbett Report interview again. Thanks for your book to see if it will be thorough enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-2018

skip it

an unorganized opinion-full work using past product. hard to follow. not recommended for audio or physical reading.

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  • Sam McQuade
  • 21-10-2017

Deeply disturbing and provocative

This book builds on the insideous and extremely sad historical reality of the CIA's strategic contributions to perpetuating CAPITALISM AMERICAN STYLE via orchestrating government takedowns and resorting to Phoenix Program style modus operandi. Beware and do what you can within your own life and sphere of influence to choose and do good over evil.

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  • Raymond A. Cooper
  • 01-06-2017

CIA sponsored Crime

Informative events and tactics explained in this book. knowledge is shared here with the reader. Glimpse into the operational side of covert actions within our borders. Tactics created and perfected in Vietnam used here and abroad.

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  • BOOSH
  • 07-02-2021

Must read for all.

Must read if you're curious why our government operates as it does. The lies and deception will infuriate you, as it should. Read before you vote more warmongering greed monsters into office.

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  • David
  • 20-12-2020

Lots of "Cadres" Involved

This is a book you would like to see on paper. It contains like a hodge podge of different interviews Mr. Valentine has done wherein he explains CIA operations and how he came to know about them from interviewing different CIA agents.

The author overuses and in my opinion misuses the word cadre. He seems to use it interchangeably with agent or some other singular word. Every definition of cadre I have seen says a cadre is a "nucleus" or a "core group" of trained personnel. Valentine seemingly uses cadre when telling of individuals. I am somewhat OCD on my words and I get hung up on it for a minute thinking of what he meant. I wish he would go back and rethink the usage of the word cadre and try to find a suitable replacement in many instances. Or, as an alternative, give us all the super secret CIA definition of the word. Maybe it is code for a super agent? Doubtful...

The narrator pronounces some names (like what I would think of as common, household names) in odd almost comical ways. I am drawing a blank on specific names at this point. Overall, I think he did a good job with the material. It was just those 3 or 4 names he pronounced "wrong" out of almost 17 hours of jargon.

This brings one of his oddities to mind. I am an attorney and I do a lot of criminal defense, so, I have been dealing with the prison or Department of Corrections for 20 years or so. This guy pronounced DOC like you would say "what's up, Doc?" He kept talking about sending people to the "dock" (is how I heard it). I kept thinking, "What dock?" Where is this dock?" About the 3rd or 4th (and last) time he said it, my mind pictured DOC. I would pronounce that as "D-O-C" if I were reading the book. Oh, he's going to send you to the DOC, now I get it. Lol

Spoiler Alert: Who knew? Who knew the CIA actually had a group called "Chaos" operating within its HQ? That's what this author claims. He said they operated out of a dark basement with no windows and a bunch of cubicles for years. Then, I believe he said they got a new manager. Anyway, somebody commandeered some office space above ground (4th floor, maybe?) with real windows. I always figured that "Get Smart" was poking fun at our CIA and the other "intelligence agents" of the world. But, in the show, "Control" would more aptly represent our CIA. Control (in the real world) controls Chaos!

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  • M. G. Riley
  • 31-07-2017

scary but sounds authentic given what we know. a

great narrator. what a book! extremely scary implications but seems accurate given what we know. for me i wanted a more thorough look at world events. this is very focused on Vietnam balanced with some very contemporary references to events in the us and middle east. despite this caveat, its a tour de force. should wake up any open minded person who buys into the mainstream media myth machine. valuable, essential read/listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-2021

Lack of Balance

Ultra anti-capatilst author quoting his high paid interviews, selling as many books as possible. Hypocritical.

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  • Alasdair Barlow
  • 12-08-2019

poor

couldn't listen past the first chapter. boring and poorly narrated. not a good audio book.

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