Veteran journalist David Talbot, founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, doesn’t skim over the surfaces of things. . . . Talbot’s new book, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, is equally essential reading, especially for readers with even a passing interest in post-WW2 U.S. foreign policy. The longest running director of the CIA (1952-1961), Dulles helped coordinate extremely bloody coups throughout the world. Not surprisingly, he comes off as a nasty piece of work.
Phi Beta Iota: CIA ran amok and became the enabler for neo-Nazi and secret society machinations that have helped destroy hundreds of millions of lives. Others have done great evil at this scale, but none so divorced from the Constitutional foundations of their own nation. We pray the day comes when the USA has an intelligence community steeped in integrity and committed to decision-support in the public interest rather than regime change and assassinations on behalf of special interests.