This book provides a cross-section of Douglas Valentine's investigations into CIA engagement in terrorism, drugs, and propaganda.
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.