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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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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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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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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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A Bridge too Far

I started this book due to a true interest in the subject matter. The author's insights into various covert operations is evident and informative. With that being said, the author goes off deeply in the weeds with over arching political conspiracies that are clearly formulated from personal bias. His use of sources, upon investigation many to have claimed falsified credentials, is manipulative. It is clear that any interview he has conducted was approached with preconceptions and stereotypes. His claims could be presented legitimately if he could only get out of his own way. The only organized crime was how such an interesting subject matter could be investigated so poorly.

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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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Excellent, but

Without footnotes on this audio book, you have to take his facts and claims on faith.

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boring interview dribble

Book is boring, Narrator is OK but it is not his fault the book is fragmented. It is written like a series of interviews of the author from separate columnist and lots and lots of name dropping. The only entertaining part of the book is listening to how a clearly communist or at least hard core liberal complains about and is skeptical about big government programs like the CIA. Kind of an oxymoron. A little bit like listening to my big government liberal neighbors complaining about taxes. I would save my credits and money for something else.

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A must-read for anyone who truly loves the U.S.

But only if you can handle the truth. Some hear this as revelation; others as confirmation. Others refuse to believe.

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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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Just the facts

Good book, very informative. It would have been much better without Valentine spouting off his regressive leftist anti American BS here and there but overall I appreciate the content.

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  • M. G. Riley
  • 07-31-17

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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  • Alastair
  • 06-25-17

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.