Rearview Mirror: Looking Back at the FBI, the CIA and Other Tails

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In Rearview Mirror, investigative journalist William Turner revisits the significant stories and inquiries of his illustrious career, which encompasses many of the major political events of the last half of the twentieth century. In these explosive memoirs, Turner ferrets out the truth and shoots down the myths and lies promulgated not only about known events such as Hoover's FBI, the assassinations of John and Bobby Kennedy, the Bay of Pigs and Watergate, but about unknown events such as the Farewell America plot and the stealth war against Cuba.

William Turner began his career as an FBI special agent in 1951, and for ten years was schooled in the art of criminal and counterespionage investigations, pulling off illegal burglaries and garnering accolades from Hoover along the way. Eventually, however, he became disenchanted with Hoover's despotism, his misplaced focus on the Communist menace and his reluctance to tackle organized crime. When Turner decided to leave the FBI, he exchanged his revolver for a typewriter and wrote the classic expose Hoover's FBI, which made the Director seethe.

He became interested in the investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy immediately after the shooting, when he went to Dallas on assignment. His inquiries led him to write critically of the Warren Commission Report and to work with New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison to reopen the case.

He subsequently became senior editor of the radical magazine Ramparts, which published eye-opening articles he wrote about the FBI, the CIA and the police establishment, including investigations of COINTELPRO and Operation CHAOS, which revealed abuses perpetrated by agencies of the government behind a veneer of legality and propriety.

In Rearview Mirror, Turner chronicles these and other pivotal events surrounding the Bay of Pigs invasion, the secret war against Cuba and the assassination of Robert Kennedy with great compassion, extensive detail and an eye to the truth:

? How Hoover's FBI created myths with lies and safeguarded its image via unscrupulous tactics of intimidation and character assassination
? Pervasive wiretapping and bugging abuses by the FBI
? Operation CHAOS, the CIA-orchestrated burglaries of Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers union and the Ramparts editorial offices after the magazine exposed Agency infiltration of American institutions
? Suppressed information about the group that surrounded Sirhan Sirhan, hypnotically making him a "Manchurian Candidate," as well as forensic analysis of gunfire and trajectories that force other conclusions than the court's that Sirhan Sirhan was the lone gunman
? The theory proposed by the suppressed book, Farewell America, that JFK was killed by an amalgam of powerful public and private interests who feared the makings of a Kennedy dynasty
? The findings of investigations by Jim Garrison, which substantiate a conspiracy theory linking JFK's assassination to the CIA's involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion.
? Pervasive CIA and FBI manipulation of the media to discredit critics and sway public opinion.
? "Breakout": the story of Joel Kaplan's frame-up by the CIA with complicity by the Mexican police and the amazing story of his escape.
? The stealth war against Cuba and plans for a second invasion.
? The identity of Watergate's "Deep Throat"

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Former FBI "black bag man," William Turner lays the Kennedy assassinations at the foot of agencies of the U.S. government. Despite the conspiracy theories, this is a compelling first-person narrative on the practices of Hoover's FBI. --David Marshall Nissman, J.D.

About the Author:

William Turner was a special agent with the FBI from 1951 to 1961, when he turned to investigative journalism. His work has appeared in The Nation, Playboy, New West, The Progressive, Penthouse and Scanlon’s Monthly, among other publications, and he was a senior editor of Ramparts magazine. His many books include Hoover’s FBI; The Police Establishment; The 10-Second Jailbreak (with Warren Hinckle and Eliot Asinof); The Assassination of Robert Kennedy (with Jonn Christian); and Deadly Secrets: The CIA-Mafia War Against Castro and the Assassination of JFK (with Warren Hinckle). Considered a top expert on the FBI, the CIA, assassinations and the paramilitary right, Turner has appeared on many TV shows and lectured widely on these subjects.

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