The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World
In 1947 Congress passed the National Security Act which led to formation of the National Security Council and, under its direction, the CIA. Its original mandate was to collect and analyze strategic information for use in war. Though shrouded in secrecy, some CIA activities” such as covert military and cybersecurity operations “have drawn public scrutiny and criticism.
In 1948 the Security Council approved a secret directive, NSC 10/2, authorizing the CIA to carry out an array of covert operations. This essentially allowed the CIA to become a paramilitary organization. Before he died, George F. Kennan, the diplomat and Cold War strategist who sponsored the directive said that in light of latter history, it was the greatest mistake I ever made.
Since NSC 10/2 authorized violation of international law it also established an official policy of lying so as to cover up the lawbreaking.
Guest ” Douglas Valentine, author of The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World. Mr. Valentines rare access to CIA officials has resulted in portions of his research materials being archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech Universitys Vietnam Center and John Jay College. He has written three books on CIA operations, including The Phoenix Program which documented the CIAs elaborate system of population surveillance, control, entrapment, imprisonment, torture and assassination in Vietnam. His new book describes how many of these practices remain operational today.
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Rights Stealth Plan for America
The spectacle of President Donald Trump and the palace intrigue in the White House has served daily to distract people from the political strategy and accomplishments of the radical right, which is taking over the Republican Party.
Over time, the GOP has been transformed into operation conducting a concerted effort to curb democratic rule in favor of capitalist interests in every branch of government, whatever the consequences. It is marching ever closer to the ultimate goal of reshaping the Constitution to protect monied interests. This gradual take over of a major political party happened steadily, over several decades, and often in plain sight.
Duke University Professor Nancy MacLean exposes the architecture of this change and its ultimate aim. She has written that both my research and my observations as a citizen lead me to believe American democracy is in peril.
Guest ” Professor Nancy MacLean, whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Rights Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history. Booklist called it perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.The author of four other books, including Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace (2006) called by the Chicago Tribune contemporary history at its best, and Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan,named a New York Times noteworthy book of 1994, MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy.