Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

Ralph W. McGehee

Language: English

Pages: 243

ISBN: 0940380021

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A new, updated edition of this classic account of the CIA's deeds and deceptions by one of its formerly most prized recruits.

"One of the outstanding books written by former CIA agents."-Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

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disillusionment. While in Washington I had acquired a copy of Viet Cong, a book by Douglas Pike, the U.S. government’s leading authority on the Viet Cong.1 It described in great detail the farmers’, women’s, and youth organizations and how they were built. That book held the numbers of civilian members of these Communist front groups to ridiculously low levels. Even so, the station did not even acknowledge the existence of the associations. Michael Charles Conley’s book, The Communist Insurgent

publication of the White Paper.31 The second covert operation entailed planting a weapons shipment and blaming it on the North Vietnamese. The Agency took tons of Communist-made weapons out of its warehouses, loaded them on a Vietnamese coastal vessel, faked a firefight, and then called in Western reporters and International Control Commission observers to “prove” North Vietnamese aid to the Viet Cong. The White Paper featured details of this operation under the headline, “Hanoi Supplies

many more civilians would we kill, how many children would we napalm? Nothing seemed capable of stopping the U.S. juggernaut from pursuing its own fantasies. Certainly my own efforts to stop it had been in vain. The reality that I had seen and reported and urged my superiors to recognize had been totally rejected. The fantasies and illusions lived on. I thought back to the time in Gia Dinh Province when I had planned to kill myself as a way of protesting all the things the Agency had done to

created a number of small disasters in this area. Hoping to stimulate the Thai government to greater anti-communist efforts and simultaneously to trick the Communist Party into believing its leadership was divided on the question of armed versus peaceful revolution, the station allegedly composed and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister. According to accounts in both the American and Thai press, the station in late 1973 sent a forged letter to the Prime Minister in the name of a leading official

overwhelmingly supported them. The 1967 survey operation in Northeast Thailand had taught me there were aspects of Asian communism about which the CIA dissembled. I now began to see that its ability to hide from reality went far beyond pretending not to notice in those areas. I began to realize that the CIA had a charter for action regarding Vietnam similar to 1984’s Ministry of Truth. The Agency, however, unlike George Orwell’s ministry, tried not only to obliterate and rewrite the past through

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