Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era

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Reveals: private notebooks of Oliver North; Administration's secret plans to invade Nicaragua; details of the second planned rescue attempt of the Iran hostages and why it happened; story behind the commando raid to free the hostages in Lebanon and why the raid was cancelled; most explosive secret courts-martial in American military history; how Army agents launched a major intelligence operation against Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega; How bureaucratic infighting caused warning of a terrorist attack to be ignored one week before 241 Marines died in a Beirut bomb blast; how the military brought in psychics to help track down kidnapped General James Dozier in Italy; How the Pentagon planned to counterattack in the TWA and Achilles Lauro hijackings; and how a transvestite prostitute and an inebriated counterintelligence man blew some of the government's most highly classified operations on late night in Baltimore.

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Emerson describes how the Pentagon set up its own clandestine "mini-CIA" following the bungled attempt to rescue the hostages in Iran in 1980. A leak in 1983 led to a widespread investigation by certain Army officials and the Justice Department, resulting in secret court-martials and the conviction of several key Army officers who had "decided they knew what was best for the country." More recently, some of the original players participated in a reincarnation of the scheme called "Enterprise," according to Emerson (The American House of Saud). Part business empire, part military-intelligence operation under late CIA director William Casey and National Security Council staffer Oliver North, the Enterprise operation reportedly provided a framework for retired Air Force Gen. Richard Secord and Iranian-born businessman Albert Hakim to control elements of U.S. foreign policy while making huge profits. Emerson focuses on what he sees as the central paradox of covert operations: they are necessary, but they tend to spin out of control. First serial to U.S. News & World Report.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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$17.95. military studies In 1964, David Wise and Thomas B. Ross published The Invisible Government , detailing for the first time the inside doings of the CIA. Since then, Americans have become accustomed to the flood of exposes about the depth of America's secret governmentall in the name of national security and anti-Communism. This timely new book, by an editor at U.S. News & World Report, describes the covert "black" operatons carried out by the military, as distinct from the CIA or the Iran-contra NSC gang. Emerson accepts the need for covert action, but his stranger-than-fiction exposure of the Pentagon's underside makes one wonder. On the basis of interviews and unpublished documents, Emerson says the secret government is alive and well. For lay readers and specialists. H. Steck, SUNY Coll. at Cortland
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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