Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Pixies

Veil The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 by Bob Woodward copyright 1987 is described on a paperback version as "the most revelatory book ever written on current American intelligence, espionage and covert action"-Michael Beschloss, The Boston Globe.

What happens when the administration blends intelligence with ideology?

The Lawless State The Crimes of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies by Morton H. Halerin, Jerry J. Berman, Robert L. Borosage, and Christine M. Marwick copyright copyright 1976 is the product of the collective effort of the staff of the Center for National Security Studies.

Endless Enemies The Making of an Unfriendly World by Jonathan Kwitney copyright 1984, former Wall Street Journal reporter, covers the globe.

So what about this conspiracy rumour that a rump caucus within the U.S. intelligence apparatus is determined and trained to make policy not just implement it. The example usually given is the 1980 Presidential election in which the fear of the disassembling of the "Good old boy network" led to certain players using intelligence and covert operatives to help Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (former director of the C.I.A.) get elected.

If there is any truth to this reoccuring theme, why should we not believe it is happening right now? What about the resignation of the most recent C.I.A. director and the appointement Of Porter Goss? Maybe we shall never know what the October surprise really was?


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