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Cocaine Politics: drugs, armies, & the CIA in Central America

by: Scott, Peter D. & Marshall, Jonathan

ISBN:  0520077814


"Cocaine Politics tells the sordid story of how elements  of our own government went to work with narcotics traffickers..."

Jonathan Winer, Kerry Subcommittee on Terrorism and Narcotics


"This important, explosive report forcefully argues that the 'war on drugs' is largely a sham, as the U.S. government is one of the world's largest drug pushers..."

Publisher's Weekly 


A compendium of research into the plague of drugs, by Peter Dale Scott, Professor of English Literature at the University of Berkeley, and Jonathan Marshall, Economics Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It examines the Iran-Contra period as well as the mantra of protection extended to drug traffickers by an international network of politicians.  









Secrets: a memoir of Vietnam & the Pentagon Papers

by: Daniel Ellsberg

ISBN: 0670030309


This is essentially a memoir and an insider's account reflecting  the pentagon during the the Johnson and Nixon administrations.  Ellsberg, who spent time at the Pentagon, the State Department and later as an employee of the Rand Corporation, witnessed first hand how lies were peddled to the American people establishing the rationale to start and then continue, a war in Vietnam.  The book details for us a period in Ellsberg's life, which begins with his conservative idealism and then progresses to his 'act of treason': when he makes copies of thousands of pages of 'secret' documents (the pentagon papers) that establish the pattern of deception concerning the war in Vietnam.  Some of the documents he handed to the New York Times.


"Daniel Ellsberg demonstrated enormous courage during a difficult and turbulent time in America's history, courage which undoubtedly saved American lives on the battlefield and helped to hold politicians accountable for mistakes they refused to admit.  His story reminds us that to fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship is to always ask questions and demand the truth."  Senator John F. Kerry

              Excerpts from the book.










Body of Secrets: anatomy of the ultra secret National Security Agency

by: James Bamford

ISBN: 0385499078


Published in 2000, Body of Secrets is a virtual 'encyclopedia' of U.S. intelligence operations under the guidance of the National Security Agency. It sheds light on a fictitious attack allegedly by the North Vietnamese on the U.S. spy ship Pueblo, which was later used as the rationale for waging war on Vietnam; on the downed U-2 flight of Francis Gary Powers-- a plane designed to insure the death of its pilot, should it ever be shot down; as well as the Israeli 1967 attack on the U.S. spy ship Liberty, that killed two thirds of its crew, 34 men.

Bamford further provides us with the substance behind the decades of U.S. government spying on its own citizens--Operation Minaret, and Operation Shamrock-- as well as other infamous operations.


             Excerpt from the book








Puzzle Palace: inside the NSA

by: James Bamford

ISBN: 0140067485


James Bamford, is a prior investigative producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.  This was his first book on the NSA, 1982, it exposes the U.S. government listening posts around the world that capture every form of human generated communication activity on the planet.  It summarizes for us the myriad of activities that can be documented, concerning this little known agency of the U.S. government.


"The Puzzle Palace is a brilliant account of the use and abuse of technological espionage and of the frightening Orwellian potential of today's intelligence communities."

The New York Times Book Review

          Excerpt from the book







Secret History: the CIA's classified account of its operations in

Guatemala 1952-1954

Nick Cullather

ISBN: 0804733112


A sanitized version and narrative of an internal CIA document, created as a training tool, regarding Operation PBSUCCESS--a prior program of subversion used to destabilize the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1952-1954.  The training document detailed how to choose targets, how to wage undercover warfare.  Missing from this public edition, is the section entitled "A Study in Assassination".  This redacted section also included a list of Communists "to be eliminated" after the coup.


In fact, death squad activity in the 1980's followed the same rationale, the utilization of 'hit lists', and the death and disappearance of thousands of Guatemalans, which included teachers, priests, nuns, scientists, labor leaders and students.

              Excerpts from the book



Reviewed by V.S.


Posted  November  1, 2004

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