Whose Side is the CIA on?

Army of the Republic of Vietnam soldiers and an American advisor in Vietnam taken sometime between 1967 and 1975. Photo credit: US Army / Wikimedia

Introduction by Kim Petersen

Philip Agee was a former CIA case officer who wrote a book in 1975, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, that shed light on the CIA’s machinations in Latin American countries. In 2005, John Perkins wrote of a time in his life when he, like general Smedley Butler, was a gangster for capitalism. The book was titled Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and exposed international banking and US corporate corruption in mobster-type dealings with foreign administrations. The plan was to cajole foreign governments into accepting loans that they wouldn’t be able to pay back so überwealthy elitists could swoop in and cash in. Perkins come across, not unlike a CIA operative, as a pitiable character in his tell-all.

Conversely, Douglas Valentine comes across as a writer with integrity intact. Valentine is the author of several books, including The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam, which revealed the lethally and morally bankrupt, covert role of the CIA in Viet Nam. More recently Valentine has written The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World (Clarity Press, 2017).

Valentine is deeply knowledgeable of CIA modus operandi having interviewed many CIA officials in his time. In The CIA as Organized Crime, the author smashes the superficial view of the…

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