Shadow Warrior

Shadow Warrior

William Egan Colby and the CIA

eBook - 2013
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In Shadow Warrior, eminent historian Randall B. Woods presents a gripping biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the postwar period: William Egan Colby. World War II commando, Cold War spy, Saigon CIA station chief, and eventual CIA director under Nixon and Ford, Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events in twentieth-century history. Despite his strong commitments to global democracy and economic and social justice, Colby was also drawn to the darker side of American power. He ultimately came clean about many of the CIA's illegal.
Publisher: Washington : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465037889
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (577 p.)


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Jan 31, 2017

I am not necessarily recommending this not be read, as it begins honestly at the beginning - - at least [!] - - with the strongly suggested murder of former CIA director William Colby [this is a bio on Colby] in 1996, but peters out at various places as the author gives us the CIA-sanitized version of everything, e.g., the CIA was too late in the assassination of Lumumba, so they had nothing to do with it; it was simply fortuitous that Suharto overthrew Sukarno [not for the hundreds of thousands who were murdered, and since CIA and CIA contractors had and were compiling a who's who of political leanings of the Indonesian population, and oil companies Stanvac and Caltex never complained when their labor organizers were murdered]; Frank Olson jumped to his death, et cetera, et cetera!
OK, originally Dulles ordered Justin O'Donnell, an Ivy League type, to assassinate the Congo's Patrice Lumumba and O'Donnell declined [he not only liked Lumumba, but thought they shouldn't be going around murdering heads of state], O'Donnell would be fired and transferred to the DoD, next Dulles dispatches Sidney Gottlieb [the scientist head of MK ULTRA. while Helms was his boss of the project] to visit the CIA chief of station in the Congo with various poisons to be administered to Lumumba, but the COS [whose name I've forgotten, sorry] simply ignores their directive, finally Dulles has underlings contact and dispatch a Belgian criminal and CIA contract killer, Mozes Maschkivitzan, who visits Mr. Lumumba who is being held captive by the United Nations soldiers [and no, I cannot logically explain this] and helps/convinces Lumumba to escape - - right into the claws of Mobutu's soldiers, when he is flown to Katanga for torture and execution [again, I cannot explain why they would torture President Lumumba, other than they were psychopaths???].
Frank Olson's body was exumed by his son, and a forensic pathologist determined cause of death by blunt instrument to the skull, and then thrown out of the building's window. [Dr. Olson, who had been with the MK ULTRA program some time, had turned in his resignation because of their practice of performing drug experiments on victims without their knowledge or permission, and Olson had just witnessed the painful death of such a victim, a young British soldier.]
On Indonesia, the CIA was involved - - Eisenhower sent in the CIA, and failed, and thousands died [especially Indonesian Christians, a minority in that country], it was President Kennedy who negotiated a peaceful deal between the [Rockefeller] oil companies, Stanvac and Caltex and Sukarno, which came undone with his assassination, as it was ignored by Johnson and the CIA dispatched under Johnson. Also, the author quotes Kissinger claiming that // . . . the assassinations were a / phenomenon of the Kennedys \ \\ which is patently absurd! And when has Kissinger ever told the truth?


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