This collection of the decade's "best-of" from the online journal, Intelligence, offers a
shocking glimpse into the frequently illicit and routinely immoral undertakings of
states, whose harm to individuals, groups and countries is seldom recognized or
understood by the public at large.
Fifteen thoroughly researched and documented chapters probe the clandestine
workings of the world’s intelligence servicesfrom the CIA and the FBI in the US, MI5
and MI6 in Britain, the DGSE and DST in France, the Sûreté d'Etat in Belgium, all the
way to the DINA in Chile and its ties with both the CIA and with the international
"Black Orchestra" and its neo-Fascist assassins in Italy and Portugal.
Who would have thought that Western intelligence would use the wildlife
conservation movement in Africa to secretly back right-wing rebel groups? That
peaceful Norway would be a veiled contributor furthering the expansion abroad of
"Star Wars"? That environmentalist activists might be the targets of FBI
From the trumped-up proof of Libyan implication in the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing,
and the bungled military operation behind Bloody Sunday to the improbable sinking
of the Kursk off the Russian coast, intelligence services manipulate and shape
major world events in a manner not readily visible even to knowledgeable followers
of world events.
Careful surveillance and analysis of open source informationmedia, books,
technical literature, patentsby the French Association for the Right to Information
(ADI) and its Franco-American editor, Olivier Schmidt, permit the non-specialist to
read about and understand these secrets and the scandals they cause when
exposed to light at last.