Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA from Iran-contra to 9/11

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Nation Books, 2004 - History - 403 pages
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The recent resignation of CIA boss George Tenet has only highlighted what is for many the greatest political scandal of a generation: the failure of the U.S. intelligence community to combat the threat poised by Islamic fundamentalists and prevent the 9/11 attacks. Melissa Boyle Mahle risked her life working as an undercover CIA field operative in the Middle East until her departure in 2002. She therefore has a unique vantage point from which to view the political and operational culture of the agency in the post–Cold War climate. From Reagan to Bush Jr., Mahle provides a vivid personal and historical narrative on how the CIA became an anorexic organization, lost in the post–Cold War world. Afraid to take risks that might offend Washington politicos and European allies, gutted of the clandestine operators who knew how to run secret wars, exhausted from reform whiplash, and demoralized by demonization and poor performance, the CIA simply became unable and unwilling "to get down and dirty to do the hard part to fight a real war on terrorism." Denial and Deception describes the last generation of the CIA and is a unique contribution to our understanding of the secret world of intelligence.

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DENIAL AND DECEPTION: An Insider's View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11

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A tattler's tales—some censored—from the hidden files of The Agency.Being in the CIA is different from being in just about any other walk of life, writes former case officer Mahle: "We tell ‘cover ... Read full review

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A former clandestine agent specializing in the Middle East, Mahle begins with September 11th (she was doing intake on prospective applicants), but the bulk of her work recounts the CIA's involvement ... Read full review

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MELISSA BOYLE MAHLE is a former U.S. intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East and counterterrorism. She received a letter of appreciation from the president for her work on the Middle East Peace process. After leaving the government in 2002, Mahle has worked as a private consultant on Middle Eastern political and security affairs. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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