We live in a world increasingly fearful of terrorism and catalyzed by programmed events and developments whose sources are often unclear. This book provides insight into the paradigmatic approaches evolved by CIA decades ago in Vietnam which remain operational practices today in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
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.
JOE BALLETTI –
“Some books raise the curtain on the whole shit show, and this is one of those books…. Valentine names all the perps and all the plans. He weaves the comments of the people he interviews into his own prose structure that creates a fascinating, page-turning narrative that never lags. It often reminds me of Raymond Chandler and William Burroughs, when they talk about the sordid and sad ways of the world. He’s never boring, even when he’s detailing bureaucratic structures, probably because the details are so damn sinister. His sentences are deadly efficient, hard-hitting, dense with information and always end with a stab to the heart of the beast he so clearly and
righteously despises. He is the real revolutionary.”
JOE BALLETTI, Goodreads
T.P. WILKINSON –
“Valentine’s book is an exercise in giving critical questions, especially from those who are less knowledgeable or experienced, the serious answers they deserve. That is one very important approach in teaching history, to restoring substance. Valentine is an excellent history teacher and there are simply not enough like him.”
T.P. WILKINSON, Dissident Voice
Prof. EDWARD CURTIN –
“Valentine, a warrior of astute knowledge from his wanderings in the CIA’s labyrinth, has reemerged with his new guidebook to the Minotaur’s deadly ways. The CIA As Organized Crime is a tour de force, a counterpuncher’s no-holds-barred passionate battle to reverse “the terrible truth . . . that a Cult of Death rules America and is hell-bent on world domination.” Unlike many writers, he holds back nothing. He names names. He is adamantine in his accusations against those he considers accomplices—in particular, “the compatible left”—“liberals and pseudo-intellectual status seekers who are easily influenced”—in the CIA/media/elite’s efforts at domination and mind-control.”
Prof. EDWARD CURTIN, The Intrepid Report
PAUL BUHLE –
“But what the author has to say is important, and his analysis opens us to a clearer understanding of the Big Picture. Interlocked with the State Department and the military, not to mention all the other intelligence agencies with vast funds at their command, the CIA has increasingly applied social science to the plan for “controlling the natives” of every contested land. Operation Phoenix, which we understand to be a mass murder project of the 1960s in South Vietnam, failed at pacification but not at setting out a blueprint still central to operations. Specialists of all kinds, most emphatically working in universities as well as think tanks, are naturally central…Thanks to extensive interviews, he has an almost intimate feel for the operating mentality of the agency, why they operate the way they do—not only their bloody-minded ruthlessness or their rationalizations, important and interesting as these are—and why they are unbothered by such distinctions as Republican or Democratic presidents.”
PAUL BUHLE, Portside
KIM PETERSEN –
“Taking on the CIA as a subject is a monumental task, as its tentacles delve into myriad facets of empire and society. The CIA operates as a mafioso on a grand scale, an imperial scale. Valentine’s depth of knowledge on the subject is very apparent. The CIA is known as a surveillance and information gathering apparatus of the USA that engages in various international intrigues. That view of the CIA is superficial. The CIA as Organized Crime presents the CIA as much more and in decidedly more sinister shades.”
KIM PETERSEN, Dissident Voice
The Daily Kos –
“…in Valentine’s view, the CIA is the hit team for the worst elements of American business — and those elements have their ideological hopes pinned to the man in the Oval Office.So much for an intelligence counter-revolution in response to the “Trump revolution,” responds Valentine. Far more likely, in his view, that CIA provides the means and modes of repression to keep those most likely to overturn the domestic political applecart well in hand.
Why? Because, Valentine argues, this is precisely the CIA’s operational stock-in-trade: the brutalization of local politics as phase one; blackmail and murder as phase two (already, he says, institutionalized in the Phoenix program expertise and refined to a near-clinical degree post 9/11 with the rendition/black sites program globally) — and an American Phoenix program, ready and waiting in the wings, he says, to be operationalized against those on US soil who oppose the status quo.”
The Daily Kos
RON JACOBS –
“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. Its publication would be timely at any moment in recent history, yet its publication in late 2016 seems even more so given the recent campaign season and the accompanying destruction of any semblance of a fair electoral process in the United States.”
RON JACOBS, Counterpunch
SANFORD KELSEN –
“Douglas Valentine’s book is based largely on CIA insider information. He has used that first-hand information to provide us with names, dates, and documents regarding a continuous process of USG criminality, including treason, against the interests of the American people. Additionally, facts and knowledge Valentine has accumulated as an investigative journalist over many decades are included in this book. I believe Valentine’s collective writing has shown him to be one of the most important journalists in US history. If you haven’t yet heard of Doug Valentine, it may be because corporate media outlets have been doing the job envisioned for them by
SANFORD KELSEN, The Veteran, Vietnam Veterans Against the War
JAG MAJOR TODD E. PIERCE –
“traces how the CIA and U.S. counterinsurgency warfare operatives adopted lessons from the Nazis’ fight against the partisans and evolved into a dangerous law onto themselves.”
retired JAG MAJOR TODD E. PIERCE, Consortium News
BRAD SCHREIBER –
“connecting the CIA’s geopolitical relativism to even more current affairs, Valentine explores the recent failed support of the rebels in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria. Valentine emphasizes that ‘Iran publicly backs Assad, as does Russia, and that Iran seeks to help Assad defeat the rebels, many of whom are foreign mercenaries trained and financed by the CIA, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.’ Never have CIA loyalties been more confused and counterintuitive, Valentine asserts, than in a world where factions of our sworn enemies al-Qaeda and ISIS aid us in our failed attempt to depose Assad.”
BRAD SCHREIBER, Huffington Post