Douglas Valentine: Unmasking The Phoenix Program and America’s “War on Drugs”

A huge “security snafu” gave Valentine inside access to information on the CIA’s phoenix program.

On this weeks Real Politik journalist and historian Douglas Valentine discusses his research that culminated in the landmark 1990 book The Phoenix Program–the definitive history of the CIA-led counterinsurgency and assassination campaign carried out in Vietnam during the late 1960s.

Phoenix was a major precursor to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in the post-9/11 era and remains a potential harbinger in light of domestic military exercises such as Jade Helm that has begun this week.

Valentine also discusses with James the inroads the CIA has made in drug trafficking and mass media since the late 1960s, noting that the CIA is essentially the “organized crime branch” of the US government that has institutionalized its practices to shield against another “Gary Webb” meltdown of the mid-1990s….

https://memoryholeblog.org/2015/07/17/unmasking-the-phoenix-program-and-americas-war-on-drugs/

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