Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA Assassin

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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While at Purdue University on an NROTC scholarship in 1971, Roland Haas was recruited to become a CIA deep clandestine operative. He underwent intensive training to prepare for insertion into hostile areas, including High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachuting and weapons instruction. In the course of his first mission (to East and West Germany, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bulgaria, Romania, and Austria), he assassinated several international drug dealers. On his return, he was thrown into an Iranian prison, where he was physically and psychologically tortured. Over the next thirty years, he served the agency on an as-needed basis, engaging in such activities as hunting down and eliminating members of the Red Army Faction and extracting Soviet Spetsnaz officers from East Germany. His cover jobs included being a part owner of an Oakland health club, which brought him into close contact with steroid abuse in professional athletics, drug abuse in general, and the Hell’s Angels, whom he believes tried to have him killed. He also served in Germany as site commander for the Conventional Forces in Europe weapons treaty. His most recent cover was as the deputy director of intelligence in the U.S. Army Reserve Command, which involved him with the Guantanamo detention facility. A true story that pulls no punches, Enter the Past Tense also chronicles Haas’s descent into, and recovery from, alcoholism that resulted from the stress of this extraordinary life. It is an eye-opening look at the dark, but many would argue necessary, side of intelligence work—and one that readers won’t soon forget.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Transition Begins
1
The Birth of a Loner
9
Chapter 3 Different Town Same Story
17
Chapter 4 Booze and Drugs
23
Chapter 5 A LifeChanging Decision
29
Chapter 6 Initial Training
37
Chapter 7 Busted
47
Chapter 8 Germany
57
Chapter 14 Recovery and Reflection
127
Extraction from the DDR
133
Chapter 16 The Search for Normalcy
147
Chapter 17 The Hells Angels
161
Chapter 18 German Democratic Republic Calling
175
Chapter 19 Meiningen and the Spetznaz
193
Chapter 20 Welcome to the Bureaucracy
207
Chapter 21 Into the Abyss
229

Chapter 9 The Road to Istanbul
69
Chapter 10 Turkey and Iran
77
Afghanistan and the Loss of Innocence
85
Chapter 12 Pakistan and India
95
Chapter 13 Disaster in Iran Reckoning in Istanbul
107
Chapter 22 The Final Plunge
241
Chapter 23 Back to Life
255
Glossary
261
About the Author
265
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Roland W. Haas is an assistant deputy chief of staff and the command senior intelligence officer of the U. S. Army Reserve Command.

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