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A Review of The Phoenix Program by Douglas Valentine
by[URL=""] Kevin Ryan, Global Research, June 24
Douglas Valentine's The Phoenix Program is vital for understanding the history of terrorism and its role in political warfare. Few other historical accounts provide as much detail on how the U.S. government and the CIA began to use programs for counterterrorism to implement political policy through secretive, coldblooded actions. Understanding such history is critical to making sense of what is happening in our world today.

Although implemented as a means of countering terrorism, Valentine shows how the Phoenix Program was in practice a CIA-controlled campaign of terror in Vietnam. Hidden behind terms like pacification and neutralization, Phoenix implemented a program of terror and psychological warfare against the civilian population. Under the guise of counter terrorism, tens of thousands of civilians were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered.

Valentine explains how the purpose of Phoenix was to terrorize the people into submission, not only causing them to fear any possible association with the enemy but also as a means to crush dissent. Unfortunately for many Vietnamese peasants, they were caught in a world in which they were terrorized by both sides in the long-lasting conflict. Using psychological warfare techniques, Phoenix promised to protect the people from terrorism while simultaneously terrorizing them.

The book describes the history of the program well. Phoenix and its precursor ICEX aligned the CIA-supported Provincial Reconnaissance Units (PRUs) with police and paramilitary programs to create a system for capturing or killing suspects in targeted ways. Once captured and brought in for interrogation, the suspect was as good as dead. The growing fear of this program led to further abuses including false accusations and payoffs. The contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers built interrogation centers in every province and doubled as an employment front for other CIA operatives.

The U.S. Army's participation in Phoenix led to the military purposefully targeting civilians. In 1968, Defense Secretary Clark Clifford called for Phoenix to be "pursued more vigorously." In March of that year 504 men, women and children were killed in My Lai. Although it was covered up, Valentine argues that My Lai was a product of Phoenix, under CIA control.

Many of the characters in Valentine's book went on to play infamous roles in other scandals. Clark Clifford, for example, went on to lead the notorious Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), discovered to be a CIA-controlled terrorist network. Clayton McManaway, hired by William Colby as a Phoenix program manager, later became a principal advisor in the ransacking of Iraq under L. Paul Bremer in 2003. Most remarkably, control of Phoenix was transferred to Ted Shackley in 1969. Shackley would become the leader of the "CIA within the CIA," and was implicated in events like the Iran-Contra crimes. These facts demonstrate that once something like Phoenix is created and allowed to flourish, the philosophy and machinery behind it does not go away.

This book is well written and every page holds the reader's attention. More importantly, it provides great historical background and analysis that is crucial to understanding terrorism and how it drives government policy today.

The Phoenix Program is now part of a new series edited by Mark Crispin Miller called the Forbidden Bookshelf.
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl
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"Pacific Architects & Engineers Applied Technologies Wins $44.58 Million Federal Contract from U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Nov 22 13
Pacific Architects & Engineers Applied Technologies was awarded a $44,577,164 federal contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., for the development, testing, and installation of the SureTrak Surveillance System for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and governments in Africa under the foreign military sales program."

You may have heard of SureTrak:

SureTrak is a multi-sensor, fully integrated, data acquisition and display system. SureTrak combines waterway, airspace and environmental monitoring systems in an open architecture, highly scaleable design that can be fielded on inexpensive Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) platforms running Windows operating systems.

The SureTrak suite of integrated data systems incorporates an ever-increasing number of sensors, including a variety of air and surface surveillance radars, thermal and daylight cameras, GPS transponders and environmental monitors. With so much data available in a single system, the SureTrak development team has gone to great lengths to provide operators with the most intuitive and user-friendly interfaces.
SureTrak's sophisticated alarm module and fully integrated database can be used to alert operators to developing situations or to immediate threats involving airborne aircraft or vessels afloat. With the network-centric data service, important tactical data can be disseminated via secure internet portals or wireless/local area networks to other agencies or forces in the field.
"All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."
It is a great book, about an important [and horrible program - which ALSO included the murder of US and Allied troops, on occasions!]. Valentine is a great researcher and writer. I have the book, but few do. I know about the program, but most Americans do not. Yes, I agree with Valentine that the Phoenix program served as a template for the current War of Terror - which is the Phoenix Program on steroids and made worldwide! That Phoenix was connected by persons to those involved in the JFK [and other] assassinations is chilling and informative. These types care not about torture nor killing of innocents - if it serves their financial and geopolitical goals.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass

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