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Review of the CIA As Organized Crime

The CIA As Organized Crime by Douglas Valentine, Clarity Press, 2017

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book. The strength of this book is that it gives us the goods on the Phoenix program used in Vietnam for assassination and murder and explains its use in Afghanistan and how it has been established in the US under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. The CIA’s influence over the media lets the CIA avoid accountability and control explanations. Everything works to serve the CIA’s agendas, which are essentially power and profit.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes. For example, the CIA plants deceptive articles in foreign newspapers. Domestic media are notified and dutifully report the stories. Such disinformation or “black propaganda” creates false perceptions that generate public support for military actions or economic sanctions against foreign governments the US government wishes to overthrow, or it can provide assurance for the public that abusive regimes like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are worthy of massive tax-funded aid programs. In either case, language is the key to creating perceptions and assumptions that make immoral and illegal policies acceptable to the American public.

Valentine’s problem is that he is unable to confine himself to what he knows and does his best to discredit himself by engaging in every left-wing rant imaginable. He asserts that Flyover America did not vote for Trump because they have experienced the disappearance of their jobs and middle class incomes, but because of Trump’s “outspoken racism.” He gratuitously attacks truth-tellers such as Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, and Chris Hedges. Valentine says that Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, which led to the end of the Vietnam War, as a way to deflect attention from the CIA. That Greenwald and Hedges have had to operate under constraints does not mean that they are CIA stooges. Both have told enough truth to be confined to the Internet media. Valentine carries on vendettas against former CIA personnel who were just cogs in the machine. Yet he believes the far-fetched bin Laden assassination story.

There are gratuitous, unexplained attacks on just about everyone in the lexicon of left-wing hatred, such as Ronald Reagan, Confederate soldiers, supply-side economists, Donald Trump, and Thomas Jefferson who Valentine describes as “slave owner and serial rapist,” adding “not surprisingly, Jefferson and his co-conspirators soon came to own all the Indians’ land.” So how come Jefferson died broke?

Valentine needed a strong and ruthless editor to save himself from himself. But few publishers can afford this, and possibly Valentine is so confident of himself that he might have refused any editing. Consequently, some readers might dismiss Valentine’s impressive account of the Phoenix program as just a rant against the CIA. The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciousy and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

Nevertheless, he knows about the Phoenix program, and he will bring you to a new appreciation of the power and villainy of the CIA.

(Reprinted from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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    “If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.”

    What book?

    “He asserts that Flyover America did not vote for Trump because they have experienced the disappearance of their jobs and middle class incomes, but because of Trump’s ‘outspoken racism.’ ”

    Nothing wrong with defensive patriotic race-ism to preserve the character of a nation.

    Ism means belief, and race-ism should mean belief in existence of races and/or racial consciousness.

    Blacks certainly voted for Obama for race-ist reasons. They were very conscious of race.

    Race-ism was behind every anti-colonial and anti-imperialist movement.
    It was a means to reclaim the homeland from foreign invasion.

    So, there is nothing wrong with the defensive race-ism of Trump voters.
    Man doesn’t live on bread alone. He lives for meaning in heritage and culture.
    Too many foreigners mean change in culture.

    Today, we see massive neo-colonialism due to globalism.
    Also, PC colonizes the mind with either ‘white guilt’ or utopianism to fool the native masses into welcoming the mass invasion and their own displacement.

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  2. I know many who voted for Trump entirely due to his populist economic policies and his desire to get out of the endless war business. Most had voted for Obama, instead of McCain, previously, for precisely the same reasons. Unfortunately none of Obama’s histrionics became history, which, the voters not having received from Obama chump change, opted for Trump change.

    It is precisely the middle’s attitude to be fixed upon the abandonment of American jobs that has been the policy of the elites. That’s affected every ethnicity. Particularly, the inner cities have a need for the good jobs to come home. So important. Economics trumps identity politics, regardless if it’s Sharpton’s or Jared Taylor’s. Hence, Trump. You may be hearing dog whistles, but they’re in your own head. Middle America is not a pack of SS wolves.

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