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America's secret power : the CIA in a democratic society

Author: Loch K Johnson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1975, after The New York Times published a devastating critique of the CIA, three government panels--the Rockefeller, Church, and Pike Committees--were formed to examine these allegations in depth. What they uncovered--assassination plots, opened mail, drug experiments against unsuspecting subjects (two of whom died from side effects)--shocked the American people and moved Senator Frank Church to call the CIA "a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Annotations (Provenance)
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, Loch K., 1942-
America's secret power.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)583168629
Online version:
Johnson, Loch K., 1942-
America's secret power.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)609792492
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Loch K Johnson
ISBN: 0195054903 9780195054903 0195069447 9780195069440
OCLC Number: 18322113
Description: xxiv, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Intelligence Mission --
Democracy and the CIA --
The Purpose of American Intelligence --
The Design of American Intelligence --
Problems of Strategic Intelligence --
Seven Sins of Strategic Intelligence --
Pathologies of the Intelligence Cycle --
The Quiet Option --
The CIA and the Rights of Americans --
The Huston Plan --
The CIA in the Groves of Academe --
The CIA and the Media --
Intelligence in a Democratic Framework --
Congress and the New Intelligence Oversight --
Controlling the CIA: A Critique of Current Safeguards --
Pathways to Reform.
Responsibility: Loch K. Johnson.
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An up-to-date and comprehensive examination of the CIA, its primary aims, and its relations with other American institutions, including Congress, the White House, the media and the universities.  Read more...

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