Prelude to Terror: Edwin P. Wilson and the Legacy of America's Private Intelligence Network

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Basic Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Political Science - 416 pages
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Distinguished investigative reporter Joseph Trento has written the most authoritative indictment of CIA splinter groups, two generations of Bush family involvement in illegal financial networks, and the funding of the agents of terror. Prelude to Terror reveals the history of a corrupt group of spymasters -- led by Ted Shackley -- who were fired when Jimmy Carter became president, but who maintained their intelligence portfolio and used it to create a private intelligence network. After this rogue group helped engineer Carter's defeat in 1980 and allied with George H.W. Bush, these former CIA men planned and conducted what became the Iran-Contra scandal and, through the Saudis, allied the U.S. with extreme elements in Islam. The CIA's number-one front man, Edwin P. Wilson, was framed by Shackley and his cohorts so that Wilson's operations could be taken over. For the first time the story of how CIA director George H. W. Bush was recruited into this network, and brought it into the bosom of the Saudi royal family, is told in detail, as well as how this group's manipulation of the CIA bureaucracy allowed Osama bin Laden's fundraising to thrive as al Qaeda flourished under Saudi and CIA protection.
 

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4 stars. Few books have shaped my thinking like this book. It's hard to write a review of it because there are so many incredible stories in this book. If you want to know the history of the CIA, this ... Read full review

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Based on a welter of incomplete reports that sometimes conflict, Prelude to Terror is a speculative account of the clandestine activity of a private intelligence network working sometimes with ... Read full review

Contents

Allen Dulles and Prescott Bush
1
Recruiting George H W Bush
13
Spybiz
24
Secret War Buddies
39
The Ice Man
44
Wilson Branching Out
51
The CIA Under Fire
59
New Old Boy at the CIA
65
Carter Blindsided
157
7777 Leesburg Pike
169
The Fatwah and Richard Helms
181
The Drowning of a President
195
The Winners
212
Bush vs Casey
224
Embracing Saddam
235
Killing Sadat
244

Picking Up the Pieces
70
Murders at Home and Abroad
78
Operation Watchtower
83
Setting Up Wilson
87
Politicizing Intelligence
94
Bush and the Safari Club
99
Stansfield Turner Takes Over
107
The Setup
113
Missing the Rogue Elephant
123
Change Partners
138
The Takeover
145
Luring Wilson Home
252
The EATSCO Coverup
260
Ollie and the Network
270
Off the Books and Out of Control
280
Shakedown
290
Legacy
311
Notes
359
Bibliography
389
Acknowledgments
395
Index
399
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