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“Death squads have been created and used by the CIA around the world — particularly the Third World — since the late 1940s, a fact ignored by the elite-owned media.”

— Ralph McGehee
CIABASE; The Crisis of Democracy

Deadly Deceits:
My 25 years in the CIA

bookcover by Ralph W. McGehee
Ocean Press, 1999; ISBN 1-876175-19-2

From leftbooks.com:

Deadly Deceits is a classic account of the deeds and deceptions of the CIA by one of the Agency’s most prized recruits.

Ralph McGehee spent 25 years in the CIA, from 1952-1977. He entered a super-patriot at the height of the Cold War; he left disillusioned and shattered by what he had seen and learned, especially in Vietnam where he saw a tragic and senseless war develop.

“The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President’s foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting ‘intelligence’ justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapons capability, to support presidential policy.

“Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target of its lies.”

— Ralph McGehee
in Deadly Deceits

From Ralph McGehee, The CIA and Deadly Deceits
by Wade Frazier:

Deadly Deceits became a college textbook in some classes. After a moving introduction, it starts slowly, climaxing with a series of haunting revelations. During McGehee’s twenty-five year CIA career, he heartily believed in its stated mission of “fighting communism”. McGehee wrote that CIA fieldworker candidates are psychologically screened before being hired, and their most treasured quality is the willingness to blindly follow orders, thinking little about whom their work may harm.

One pivotal evening in his quarters near Saigon in December of 1968, McGehee finally figured it out:

“I sat there in agony thinking about all that had led me to this private hell. My idealism, my patriotism, my ambition, my plans to be a good intelligence officer to help my country fight the communist scourge — what in the hell had happened? Why did we have to bomb the people we were trying to save? Why were we napalming young children? Why did the CIA, my employer for 16 years, report lies instead of the truth?

“I hated my part in the charade of murder and horror. My efforts were contributing to the deaths, to the burning alive of children — especially the children. The photographs of young Vietnamese children burned by napalm destroyed me.”


“One of the most outstanding books written by former CIA agents.”

— Alexander Cockburn and Jeffery St. Clair

Deadly Deceits is essential reading for everyone who cares about freedom and dares to know what our CIA agents do in their name.”

— Ramsey Clark
former U.S. Attorney General

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“Most of this page concerns the CIA’s involvement in drug trafficking, but we should first note that this is only one part of its activities, the means by which it finances its operations in addition to the billions of dollars it gets from U.S. taxpayers courtesy of the U.S. federal government (the exact amount, of course, being kept secret from U.S. taxpayers).

“In addition to being the principal source of U.S. propaganda for domestic and foreign consumption the CIA is the covert operations division of the U.S. government and as such has engaged in many terrorist activities.

“In fact the CIA is a terrorist organization, funded by the profits of international drug smuggling.”

See also:

The Real Drug Lords:
A brief history of CIA involvement in the Drug Trade
by William Blum

Ralph McGehee, The CIA and Deadly Deceits
by Wade Frazier

“McGehee wrote that CIA fieldworker candidates are psychologically screened before being hired, and their most treasured quality is the willingness to blindly follow orders, thinking little about whom their work may harm.”


“CIABASE is a computer data base on the Central Intelligence Agency that provides a vital, easy-to-use historical resource for policy makers, academicians, journalists, and students.

“The CIA called Ralph McGehee, who compiled CIABASE, an analyst with few peers. McGehee served 25 years in the CIA, 14 years overseas as an operations officer and 11 years at its headquarters. Upon leaving the CIA, McGehee wrote the book Deadly Deceits and began the multi-year process of compiling CIABASE. McGehee is a recognized authority on the CIA and has testified many times both in Congress and in the courts and has appeared numerous times on radio and TV.”

From The Wilderness Publications
(formerly “Case File: C.I.A. and Drugs”)

This is one of the most informative websites in the world for the latest news on U.S. government/CIA dirty dealing.

FBI and CIA Documents

Documents from Public Information Research, Inc. (pir.org) include:
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  2. CIA Document: How to Co-opt Academia
  3. CIA Employs Propaganda Assets to Refute Warren Commission Critics
  4. Report from CIA’s 1970 Anti-Allende Task Force
  5. FBI Report on Chile’s DINA
  6. Gloria Steinem Spies on Students for the CIA
  7. Task Force on Greater CIA Openness
    Q: How does the CIA draw the line between “greater openness” and an increase in illegal domestic propaganda?
    A: With invisible ink.
  8. DoD + DOJ = Big, Big Brother
  9. CIA Documents from the Tehran Embassy
  10. CIA HQ to Santiago station: Overthrow Allende
  11. Ben Bradlee: Dispatched by the CIA
  12. Richard Helms and BCCI
  13. U.S. Intelligence Fingered Charles Horman
  14. Operation Condor Documents
  15. Indonesia 1965: CIA death lists
  16. Technical Tips: Displaying FOIA Documents on the Web

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Body of Secrets:
Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
by James Bamford

In 1962, U.S. military leaders had a top-secret plan for committing terrorist attacks on Americans in Miami and Washington D.C., while blaming Cuba. Codenamed “Operation Northwoods”, the plan was intended to provide the propaganda necessary to create popular support for an invasion of Cuba.

CIA Diary: Inside The Company
by Phillip Agee
Penguin Books, 1975

This important book is out of print, but as of this writing you can get used copies at UsedBookCentral.com.  Excerpts are provided at:

“Reforms of the FBI and the CIA, even removal of the President from office, cannot remove the problem. American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force — without a secret police force. The argument is with capitalism and it is capitalism that must be opposed, with its CIA, FBI and other security agencies understood as logical, necessary manifestations of a ruling class’s determination to retain power and privilege.”

— Phillip Agee

“No one has ever described better [than Phillip Agee], or in more detail, how mean, insidious and ruthless the CIA is in its efforts to control events in other countries for the IMF and American Corporate interests. The horror sets in when one realizes that these tactics have been used at home. Not much has changed. The technology they have is just much better now.”

— Mike Ruppert
former L.A. narcotics detective

Defrauding America:
Encyclopedia of Secret Operations by the CIA, DEA, and Other Covert Agencies

by Rodney Stich
Diablo Western Press 1998; ISBN 0-932-43809-1

bookcover “This is a thoroughly researched and comprehensive book. I highly recommend this book as an all-time classic in its field.”

— Nexus Magazine

“This extraordinary book...is required reading for anyone concerned with national security system abuses... a moving book by a man of integrity deeply affected by the injustice, criminality, and suffering he has seen and personally experienced over the past two decades... it’s a hell of a good read.”

— Unclassified Magazine of National Security Alumni

CIA Files:
Secrets of “The Company”
by Mick Farren
published by CLB (import)

From assassinations to hidden government agendas, this book charts the misdeeds, mistakes and crimes committed by the Agency, as well as such absurd schemes as sending a cat with an implanted microphone to eavesdrop on a Washington cocktail party.

In Banks We Trust:
Bankers and Their Close Associates — The CIA, the Mafia, Drug Traders, Dictators, Politicians and the Vatican

by Penny Lernoux
published by: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1984

From Recollection Used Books:
“Important book & an excellent companion volume to McCoy’s ‘Politics of Heroin in SE Asia’ for insight into the CIA’s promulgation of drugs, illegal weapons & international crime in general — often hand in hand with American business — as well as [Ronald] Reagan & [Oliver] North’s undermining of the US Constitution in the name of so-called patriotism.”

Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press
by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
published by: Verso

bookcover shows a collage of images including a grinning human skull, a roll of hundred dollar bills, a pile of white cocaine powder and the CIA logo. “A comprehensive and fast-paced history of the CIA’s 50 year association with drug dealers, money launderers, war criminals, medical experimentation and assassins. Whiteout exposes the mainstream press’ attack on San Jose Mercury news reporter Gary Webb and reveals the racist roots of the so-called drug war. The San Diego Union Tribune calls Whiteout ‘first-rate muckraking.’”

Available at http://www.counterpunch.org/books.html

Dark Alliance:
The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

by Gary Webb
Seven Stories Press 1999

“In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-long investigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles. The series, titled ‘Dark Alliance’, revealed that for the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled millions in drug profits to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

“Now Gary Webb has pushed his investigation even further in his book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from recently declassified documents, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that have never been publicly released, federal court testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our government knowingly allowed massive amounts of drugs and money to change hands at the expense of our communities. Congressional inquiries into these allegations are ongoing; results of the internal investigations by both the CIA and the Justice Department are pending.”

The CIA’s Greatest Hits
by Mark Zepezauer, Arthur Naiman (Editor)
Odonian Press, 1994; ISBN 1-878-82530-5

The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987

by Bob Woodward

America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War

by Christopher Simpson
published by: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Full account of an obscure but vitally important chapter in post-WWII history. This startling narrative documents how high-ranking Nazis, hired by the CIA, played a significant role in the making of the American Police State.

“In American spy parlance, it’s called ‘blowback’ — the unintended consequences of covert activity kept secret from the U.S. public. The covert recruitment of a Nazi spy network to wage a shadow war against the Soviet Union was the CIA’s ‘original sin’ and it ultimately backfired against the United States.”

— Martin A. Lee
author of The Beast Reawakens

The Beast Reawakens
by Martin A. Lee
Little, Brown & Co., 1997; Routledge, 2000; ISBN 0-316-51959-6

During World War II tens of millions of people died horribly at the hands of the Nazis and other brutal fascists. Fortunately, the German, Croatian, Japanese and Italian fascists were totally destroyed militarily. And yet, like the outbreak of a virulent disease we thought we had a vaccine for, fascism itself survived that monumental defeat and is now making a comeback. Neofascism is an ugly reality in the world today — and it’s growing. How could this happen?

We are told in school and in the corporate mass-media that the forces of “democracy” won WWII. That’s a lie. The United States and the Soviet Union won that war — and neither of them were ever forces for democracy. In fact, the U.S. military/government has always been a covert supporter of fascism internationally, but only if those fascist governments are puppets of the U.S. If they try to be independent they are destroyed, as happened to Germany, Croatia, Italy and Japan in WWII, and more recently to Iraq.

But fascism got a very dirty name in WWII, so the American plutocracy’s support of it has had to become more covert than ever. The Beast Reawakens examines how and why the CIA secretly hired and protected many high-ranking Nazis after WWII. That’s right Mousketeers, it was none other than dear old Uncle Sham who lovingly helped fascism to survive the fall of the Nazi Third Reich. Particularly since the end of the Cold War, the American plutocracy has been covertly nurturing the steady rise of neofascists and neo-Nazis within the U.S. and Europe. And once again, these inhuman freaks have begun to publicly flex their muscles and rear their ugly heads, like dinosaurs in a political Jurassic Park.

Unholy Trinity:
The Vatican, The Nazis, and The Swiss Banks

by Mark Aarons and John Loftus
St. Martin’s Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18199-X

“Head-spinning documentation of how Vatican immunity shielded Nazi war criminals from just punishment — and unwittingly aided the Communist cause. Aarons is an Australian expert on Nazi fugitives; Loftus (The Belarus Secret, 1982) is the former chief prosecutor of the Justice Department’s Nazi War Crimes Unit. Vatican accommodation of Nazi escapees is well known.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
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The Phoenix Program
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Rogue State:
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The Fire This Time:
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by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter:
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The Real Terror Network:
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by Edward S. Herman

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New:
International Terrorism in the Real World
by Noam Chomsky

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

Terrorizing the Neighborhood:
American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
by Noam Chomsky
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The Culture of Terrorism
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The Hidden Persuaders:
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Blackshirts and Reds:
Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism
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To Kill A Nation:
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by Michael Parenti

Hidden Agenda:
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What Uncle Sam Really Wants
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The Genocidal Democracy
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I Was Never Alone:
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The Sword and the Dollar:
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Corporate Predators:
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Derailing Democracy:
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Dumbing Us Down:
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War At Home:
Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It
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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
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The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
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Inventing Reality:
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Toxic Sludge is Good for You!:
Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton

War, Lies & Videotape:
How media monopoly stifles truth
edited by Lenora Foerstel; multiple authors

Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
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Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy
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A People’s History of the United States:
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by Howard Zinn

The Hotel Tacloban
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