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Author of three books on CIA operations, Valentine’s research into CIA activities began when CIA Director William Colby gave him free access to interview CIA 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 rescind it, making every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented the CIA’s 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 drugs 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 law enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure that the flow of drugs continues unimpeded to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ.Ultimately, portions of his research materials would be archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center, and John Jay College.This book includes excerpts from the above 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 extra-legal activities. These terrorism and drug law enforcement articles and interviews illustrate how the CIA’s activities impact social and political movements abroad and in the United States.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 now. Valentine tracks its steady infiltration into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people.

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"...courageously takes us inside the CIA''s most shameful extralegal operations, exposing an intelligence service gone rogue. He is a sentinel of the public interest, and his book is a public service." -- John Kiriakou, The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA''s War on Terror.

"Valentine''s two books on the FBN/DEA are a major achievement." -- Peter Dale Scott, The American Deep State

"Douglas Valentine writes books that rip the bloody veil off the criminal enterprise known as the US government. When he does this, he combines incredibly in-depth research, interviews and an inviting style of prose that exposes the dark truth about the US nation and its national security state. The CIA as Organized Crime continues that tradition and is an important and crucial text" -- RON JACOBS, Counterpunch

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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.

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Jay Trout
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A crucial tool to understanding present reality. An absolute must read.
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
Run, don’t walk, and get yourself a copy of this book. The author has been warning us for decades about the clear and present danger that is the CIA. I was unaware of Valentine’s work for most of those years, perhaps because our media outlets (even the... See more
Run, don’t walk, and get yourself a copy of this book. The author has been warning us for decades about the clear and present danger that is the CIA. I was unaware of Valentine’s work for most of those years, perhaps because our media outlets (even the “anti-establishment” ones like Democracy Now and The Intercept) have been compromised. Valentine’s work has been suppressed since his ground-breaking book on the Phoenix Program.
Not that I didn’t know anything about the sordid history. I knew about MK-Ultra, some of the agency’s drug running and empire-building exploits. This work goes much deeper and paints a much bigger picture. The extent of the agency’s influence is much greater than I had imagined.
This is not another history book about dirty tricks. It is not just about our insane foreign policy and empire building. The cancer of corruption, of outright crime, has metastasized into every agency of the government right here in the US itself. Those dirty tricks and crimes have become domestic policy- in fusion centers and Homeland Security, in the militarization of local police and in Congress, from Wall Street to Main Street. Border Patrol, the DEA, Justice and State have all been compromised. Want to know why the DEA is losing the war on drugs, how torture has become policy? Want to know why the government no longer represents your interests? Look no further.
The problem is now. We are the new targets.
Read it and weep, but for God’s sake, please read it.
A highly informative and comprehensive book, and a scathing, fearless indictment of government corruption.
I cannot overstate it''s importance.
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An Essential Addition to an Essential Body of Work
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2016
Of the extraordinarily valuable and informative works for which Mr. Valentine is responsible, his latest, CIA As Organized Crime, may prove to be the best choice as an introduction to the dark realm of America''s hidden corruptions and their consequences at home and around... See more
Of the extraordinarily valuable and informative works for which Mr. Valentine is responsible, his latest, CIA As Organized Crime, may prove to be the best choice as an introduction to the dark realm of America''s hidden corruptions and their consequences at home and around the world. This new volume begins with the unlikely but irrevocable framework by which Mr. Valentine''s path led to unprecedented access to key Agency personnel whose witting participation is summarized by the chapter title: "How William Colby Gave Me the Keys to the CIA Kingdom."

By illuminating CIA programs and systems of surveillance, control, and assassination utilized against the civilian population of South Vietnam, we are presented with parallels with operations and practices at work today in America''s seemingly perpetual war against terror.

Through the policies of covert infiltration and manipulations, illegal alliances, and "brute force" interventions that wreak havoc on designated enemy states, destroy progress and infrastructure under the claim of liberation, degrade the standards of living for people in the perceived hostile nations, "...America''s ruling elite empowers itself while claiming it has ensured the safety and prestige of the American people. Sometimes it is even able to convince the public that its criminal actions are ''humanitarian'' and designed to liberate the people in nations it destroys."

Mr. Valentine has presented us with a major body of work which includes: The Strength of the Wolf; The Strength of the Pack; The Pheonix Program, to which we may now add The CIA as Organized Crime, and for which we are profoundly indebted.
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The Truth About the CIA and What is Instore For You
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2016
If you want the inside scoop on the CIA and it''s criminal past; this is the book. Additionally, why the Phoenix Program is pertinent for our own times. This book connects the dots. If you have been wondering why Homeland Security has fusion centers; why the USA... See more
If you want the inside scoop on the CIA and it''s criminal past; this is the book. Additionally, why the Phoenix Program is pertinent for our own times. This book connects the dots. If you have been wondering why Homeland Security has fusion centers; why the USA Anti-Patriot Act, NDAA and Rex 84 have been passed by Congress; you will get your answer here. A book every intelligent American needs to read and place in a prominent place in their library. Oh, and don''t forget after you read it; spread the word !!! (this book is based upon actual face to face interviews and documents)
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Sheds light on the CIA''s torture and drug programs and why the media is afraid to say anything
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2017
It is written largely from notes taken during interviews so Valenitne''s earlier book on the CIA is worth reading first. A point made by Valentine and supported by the facts is the degree to which journalists are fearful of the CIA and avoid reporting on this agencies... See more
It is written largely from notes taken during interviews so Valenitne''s earlier book on the CIA is worth reading first. A point made by Valentine and supported by the facts is the degree to which journalists are fearful of the CIA and avoid reporting on this agencies criminal activities. The CIA and its agents in the media went after Gary Webb after his expose of the drug trafficking in the Los Angeles area.

This is not truly news if one connects the dots. Heroin availability greatly increased in Vietnam with the arrival of our soldiers to "pacify" the people and since 9-11 and the US led invasion of Afghanistan and the ouster of the Taliban, our former allies when Reagan was in office, the production of opium increased 20 fold the first year alone and this country now supplies 95% of the world''s supply. Or the Iran-Contra affair where arms were traded for money that then went to buy drugs in South America under GH Bush. Even earlier under Nixon the banking regulations were changed to accommodate South American drug lords stashing cash in US dollars in Cayman.

As Harry S. Truman stated "I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo." And he did not know the half of it.
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Expose of the CIA mafia
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
This is a devastating and must-read study of the social and political calamity created by the CIA over the last sixty years. The portrait shows the criminal character of the agency and finally of the government it is said to serve. The portrait is a double shock because it... See more
This is a devastating and must-read study of the social and political calamity created by the CIA over the last sixty years. The portrait shows the criminal character of the agency and finally of the government it is said to serve. The portrait is a double shock because it shows not just a sordid corruption but a malevolent ''dark side'' mafia-style corruption of american civilization and government. That the CIA controls the drug trade is not the least of the stunning revelations of this history.
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Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2017
A courageous and erudite exposition giving much background history for those wanting to understand why the United States is increasingly becoming an orwellian dystopia. It affected me emotionally to read the book. Part of me doesn''t want more grisly details about the... See more
A courageous and erudite exposition giving much background history for those wanting to understand why the United States is increasingly becoming an orwellian dystopia.
It affected me emotionally to read the book. Part of me doesn''t want more grisly details about the immoral and illegal nature of America''s deep state, but I forced myslf onward and I''m glad I did. I feel it is my duty to wake up and not be part of the vast crowd of indifferent dreamers. Books like this are painful to read but highly necessary and Douglas Valentine has done an excellent job in bringing to the light of day much that has been hidden. His at times eloquent prose underscores the presence of Real Evil behind the scenes. Thanks for your efforts Mr Valentine!
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Scary...
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This book is not for the faint of heart. It''s for hardcore political junkies only. You read this, shake your head, and wonder, how the heck have they managed to get away with this sort of "stuff"? This is the United States of America, fer cryin'' out loud! We''re supposed to... See more
This book is not for the faint of heart. It''s for hardcore political junkies only. You read this, shake your head, and wonder, how the heck have they managed to get away with this sort of "stuff"? This is the United States of America, fer cryin'' out loud! We''re supposed to be the good guys! Well, they have gotten away with it and they''ll continue to do so. With only nominal oversight, these people are free to do whatever they wish to do. There''s a complete absence of ethics and morality. This book also helps explain how America can function with a severely weakened Executive branch and a disfunctional Congress that does nothing for anyone but themselves. Who''s actually running the store? As a world leader recently observed, "the American President has no power. It''s the guys in the black suits who control things." Read this and you''ll understand what he was talking about...
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This book was harrowing
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2019
But it explains so much. My only problem (and I would still give this five stars because of how good it still is) is that I feel that it doesn''t focus enough on the problem that plagues society today: capitalism. Whatever you think of the alternative, I feel that the... See more
But it explains so much. My only problem (and I would still give this five stars because of how good it still is) is that I feel that it doesn''t focus enough on the problem that plagues society today: capitalism. Whatever you think of the alternative, I feel that the biggest problem today is that system. Perhaps it''s really neoliberalism. And believe me, I don''t like neoliberals and neoconservatives as much as the next guy. I know liberals that have said that and I know conservatives that have said that. However, the system that Douglas Valentine describes is one of a capitalist government.

That said, this is an EXCELLENT book. And I liked how the book touched on the growing civil war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is winning and the CIA is to blame.
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PhilC
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Good stuff but not excitingly written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2019
True to the title Content very well researched and worth knowing about But the writing style, for me, is rather bland, and not compelling
True to the title
Content very well researched and worth knowing about
But the writing style, for me, is rather bland, and not compelling
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Hillary needs to read this...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2019
...before she bangs on any more about Russia interfering in US politics. Brilliant book.
...before she bangs on any more about Russia interfering in US politics. Brilliant book.
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Essential to the understanding of US world and domestic politics
Reviewed in Germany on January 9, 2018
Following the highest ideal of the American Project - political enlightenement + emancipation - the author gives the reader a deep insight into one of its darkest present day manifestations. The singular value of this book is that it contains comprehensive information about...See more
Following the highest ideal of the American Project - political enlightenement + emancipation - the author gives the reader a deep insight into one of its darkest present day manifestations. The singular value of this book is that it contains comprehensive information about mindset, methods, organisation + ethics (warped as they may be) of this organisation and provides a framework to connect the various incidents that have come to light on occasion. It shows that allegations against the CIA like assassination, drug smuggling, cooperation with organized crime are not only true and possibly the result of a mislead agent, but intrinsic and standard operating procedure to the organisation since its first beginnings up to the present day. Thus it provides a most insightful - if chilling picture - of this (sometimes not so) hidden stick the US uses in foreign and domestic politics according to the old motto of Teddy Roosevelt - “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”. For the politically interested non US-citizen this book is essential to understand how the hidden side of US foreign politics work. For the US citizen who loves his country this is strong but very healthy medicine - for one as the methods that have been previously used on unruly foreigners are incereasingly applied to domestic dissenters (homeland security + patriot act) and also it will explain to the open minded the feelings of resentment and hate that are felt in many countries of the world towards the US, as of course the CIAs actions are alway carried out "in the name of the American People" - and so determine to a considerable extent the view the victims of those actions have of the US and its citizens. The good news is, that there are still true heroes like Douglas Valentine, who keep the flag of of democracy and freedom flying. My heartfelt thanks to him for his courage to publish this book.
Following the highest ideal of the American Project - political enlightenement + emancipation - the author gives the reader a deep insight into one of its darkest present day manifestations.

The singular value of this book is that it contains comprehensive information about mindset, methods, organisation + ethics (warped as they may be) of this organisation and provides a framework to connect the various incidents that have come to light on occasion. It shows that allegations against the CIA like assassination, drug smuggling, cooperation with organized crime are not only true and possibly the result of a mislead agent, but intrinsic and standard operating procedure to the organisation since its first beginnings up to the present day. Thus it provides a most insightful - if chilling picture - of this (sometimes not so) hidden stick the US uses in foreign and domestic politics according to the old motto of Teddy Roosevelt - “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”.

For the politically interested non US-citizen this book is essential to understand how the hidden side of US foreign politics work.
For the US citizen who loves his country this is strong but very healthy medicine - for one as the methods that have been previously used on unruly foreigners are incereasingly applied to domestic dissenters (homeland security + patriot act) and also it will explain to the open minded the feelings of resentment and hate that are felt in many countries of the world towards the US, as of course the CIAs actions are alway carried out "in the name of the American People" - and so determine to a considerable extent the view the victims of those actions have of the US and its citizens.

The good news is, that there are still true heroes like Douglas Valentine, who keep the flag of of democracy and freedom flying. My heartfelt thanks to him for his courage to publish this book.
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The Truth At Last
Reviewed in Canada on January 31, 2017
This is a must-read for every American. What they teach kiddies in civics class creates a false impression. Adults must look behind the curtain to see what really goes on.
This is a must-read for every American. What they teach kiddies in civics class creates a false impression. Adults must look behind the curtain to see what really goes on.
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It was an informed view of the USA about how the CIA from the Vietnam war period how corrupt the CIA was and still is it did drag on abit but ok reading.
Reviewed in Australia on January 11, 2018
Interesting book it did drag on a lot was happy to finish it typical America through the war period how corrupt
Interesting book it did drag on a lot was happy to finish it typical America through the war period how corrupt
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