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The CIA as Organized Crime Audiobook

The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World

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Publisher's Summary

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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    M. G. Riley London UK 31/07/2017
    M. G. Riley London UK 31/07/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "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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  • James Lico
    20/05/17
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond A. Cooper
    01/06/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    28/07/17
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oktawian
    30/05/17
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    "Russia Today in form of a book. Nightmare."
    What would have made The CIA as Organized Crime better?

    Presenting both sides not only Putin's. Speculations, speculation and speculation.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Valentine again?

    NO


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO but he is very good. Great voice!


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • TAG P.
    South Carolina, US
    20/07/17
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    "Pure fiction"

    This is pure fiction sprinkled with facts. Don't waste your money or credit.
    There is an obvious bias.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Franics
    newmarket, NH, USA
    11/07/17
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    "A lot of Opinion Very little facts"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes clearly the author is a communist, there is a lot to nail the CIA on you did not need to push your worldview. In Vietnam, there was no possibility of a negotiated truce. The Viet Kong - did far more to the people than the CIA ever did ...


    Do you think The CIA as Organized Crime needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it more fact based

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dennis
    13/06/17
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    "Boring"

    Hard to follow if your not familiar if Phoenix program or like topics. Seams to jump from interview to interview.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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