Saturday, June 14, 2008
In Search of Enemies : A CIA Story
John Stockwell was the head of the CIA Angola Task Force during their covert operations in that country in 1975. His previous experiences in Vietnam combined with what he experienced in Angola led him to resign from the CIA and write this expose of the agency. In 1980, Stockwell said "if the Soviet Union were to disappear off the face of the map, the United States would quickly seek out new enemies to justify its own military-industrial complex", and his words have certainly proved to be prophetic with our endless all-consuming "War On Terror". In his book on Angola, he paints the picture of a thoroughly corrupt (yet often incompetent and mistake-prone) agency that blows absolute wads of taxpayer money with little to no real oversight, lies to Congress and manipulates information in order to start an unnecessary war, and hires mercenaries who commit battlefield atrocities, amongst other things. Because Stockwell refused to submit the book to the CIA prior to it's printing for censorship, they successfully sued him for the royalties and now own the rights to any copies sold of it. Thus, it is highly recommended that you either buy pre-owned, pick it up from a local library, or view excerpts from it online.