Author: Dick Couch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416510435

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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First there was The Mercenary Option. Now IFOR, the surgical strike team led by former Navy SEAL Garrett Walker, returns in an explosive adventure charged with authenticity and suspense. COVERT ACTION Formed by a wealthy industrialist after the terror attacks on American soil, the Intervention Force is a professional strike team called in on missions others can't -- or won't -- undertake. IFOR has already defused a seemingly impenetrable scheme for nuclear annihilation; now they are called into one of the world's hottest zones. In the Zimbabwean province of Tonga, an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has U.S. officials on the alert for bioterrorism. Walker leads his Black Ops team into the heart of danger in the African nation to unhinge the workings of two terrorist kingpins -- the brilliant Russian Pavel Zelinkow and Al Qaeda mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi -- before a cataclysm is unleashed on an unsuspecting world. For "hard-as-nails adventure that will keep you riveted to your chair" (Stephen Coonts), delve into the IFOR novels from Dick Couch.
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US Policy, Intelligence and CIA Operations

Author: James Callanan

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857711660

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 5265

Born out of the ashes of World War II, the covert action arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was created to counter the challenge posed by the Soviet Union and its allies and bolster American interests worldwide. Drawing on a wide range of activities that included propaganda, psychological warfare, political and economic operations and paramilitary action, the CIA aided wider American containment policy through the deployment of ‘democracy-propping’ operations in Western Europe. It took action to prevent developing countries that were allied to neither superpower from succumbing to Russian control and it engaged in rollback campaigns designed to weaken Moscow’s hold over its Eastern European satellites. An eclectic and well-resourced organisation, the agency also provided a substitute for overt military action when the need arose and afforded essential backup when the Cold War turned hot in Korea and Vietnam. The end of the Cold War opened the way for a partial lifting of the veil of secrecy that surrounded the CIA’s activities and the key role it played as an instrument of US national security policy. Using an extensive range of unpublished government records and documents, James Callanan traces the growth of the agency’s covert action mission chronologically, focusing on a number of crucial but previously overlooked dimensions of the CIA’s modus operandi. This comprehensive examination of a still controversial subject sheds valuable new light on the undercover operations mounted by the CIA in all corners of the globe during the Cold War. It digs deep into the arcane world of the CIA’s operations directorate and determines how its activities impacted on American interests and influenced wider perceptions, both of the agency itself and of the United States as a whole - perceptions that have often been inaccurate and misinformed but that nevertheless remain popularly held to the present day. Offering a powerful perspective on a pivotal period in American history, Covert Action in the Cold War makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of global politics during the Cold War.
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Covert Action and the Presidency

Author: William J. Daugherty

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813191614

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

View: 8078

Daugherty addresses the public perception of the CIA as a rogue agency that initiates unsanctioned, risky, covert action programs. The 17-year veteran operations officer with the CIA produces evidence to disprove this notion.
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Legislative Background and Possible Policy Questions

Author: Alfred Cumming

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437920551

Category:

Page: 9

View: 463

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon may have expanded its counter-terrorism intell. activities as part of the global war on terror. The DoD may have been conducting certain kinds of counterterrorism intell. activities that would statutorily qualify as ¿covert actions (CA),¿ and thus require a presidential finding and the notification of the congressional intell. committees. Contents of this report: Intro.; Background; Post 9/11 Concerns; Current Statute Governing CA; Exceptions Under the Statutory Definition of CA; Traditional Military Activities ; Routine Support of Traditional Military Activities; House Intell. Committee Calls on DoD to Inform Committee of Intell. Activities; Policy Issues for the 111th Congress.
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Author: Loch K. Johnson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275989453

Category: Intelligence service

Page: 352

View: 602

While several fine texts on intelligence have been published over the past decade, there is no complementary set of volumes that addresses the subject in a comprehensive manner for the general reader. This major set explains how the sixteen major U.S. intelligence agencies operate, how they collect information from around the world, the problems they face in providing further insight into this "raw" information through the techniques of analysis, and the difficulties that accompany the dissemination of intelligence to policymakers in a timely manner.
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Author: Daniel Christopher Völpel

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638653447

Category:

Page: 84

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2003 im Fachbereich Politik - Internationale Politik - Thema: Frieden und Konflikte, Sicherheit, Note: unbenotet, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen (Institut fur Politikwissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar, 26 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Seit einigen Jahren herrscht innerhalb der Politikwissenschaft, insbesondere im Bereich der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung eine Kontroverse uber die Theorie, dass demokratische Staaten in ihrem Aussenverhalten weniger zu gewalttatigen Konfliktlosungen neigen als andere Staatsformen. Diese Annahme wurde lange Zeit unter der Einschrankung akzeptiert, dass Demokratien nur untereinander friedfertiger seien, nicht jedoch gegenuber Autokratien. Diese januskopfartige Theorie ist in jungeren Arbeiten dahingehend geandert worden, dass man mittlerweile dazu neigt, Demokratien ein insgesamt friedlicheres Verhalten zu unterstellen. Doch diese Theorie vom demokratischen Frieden ist keinesfalls frei von Widerspruchen, wie Harald Muller in seinem Artikel aus dem Jahr 2002 dargelegt hat. Einer dieser Grenzbereiche, der sich mit dem friedlichen Verhalten von Demokratien nur schwer vereinbaren lasst, ist der Einsatz von geheimen Massnahmen der Beeinflussung oder gar bewaffneten Kraften in einem anderen Land, sogenannte covert action. Bevor man sich der Frage zuwendet, inwiefern covert action zwischen demokratischen Staaten mit der Theorie des demokratischen Friedens vereinbar ist, ist es unerlasslich zu klaren, was unter den Begriff covert action fallt. Im Folgenden wird dieser Aufsatz die Vereinbarkeit von covert action mit der Theorie des demokratischen Friedens naher beleuchten. Dazu ist es notwendig, die verschiedenen Erklarungsansatze der Theorie darzustellen. In der Folge wird zu klaren sein, was covert action eigentlich ist und welche Motive Regierungen zu derartigen Operationen veranlassen. Auch die Auswirkungen sind anhand ausgewahlter Fallbeispiele zu beleuchten um zu ein"
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Author: Michael Kronenwetter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780531130186

Category: Espionage

Page: 144

View: 4160

Presents the history of the real "cloak-and-dagger" world of espionage as OSS and CIA agents carry out covert intelligence operations to further American foreign and military policy.
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Practices, Contexts, and Policies of Covert Coercion Abroad in International and American Law

Author: William Michael Reisman,James E. Baker

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300050592

Category: Law

Page: 250

View: 1166

Covert activity has always been a significant element of international politics. This book attempts to assess the lawfulness of covert action under US and international law and faces the implications for democratic states that covert operations pose.
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Africa, Middle East, and Europe Since 1945

Author: Jonathan Bloch,Patrick Fitzgerald

Publisher: Brandon Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 284

View: 3930

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Ethics in War, Espionage, Covert Action, and Interrogation

Author: David L. Perry

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442262044

Category: Political Science

Page: 274

View: 2147

Exploring ethical issues and challenges faced by military and intelligence personnel, this new edition includes critical issues such as torturing detainees, using espionage to penetrate terrorist cells, mounting covert actions to undermine hostile regimes, practicing euthanasia as mercy-killing, or using targeted killings to fight insurgencies.
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Author: Seth G. Jones

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393247015

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 1081

The dramatic, untold story of one of the CIA’s most successful Cold War intelligence operations. December, 1981—the CIA receives word that the Polish government has cut telephone communications with the West and closed the Polish border. The agency’s leaders quickly inform President Ronald Reagan, who is enjoying a serene weekend at Camp David. Within hours, Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski has appeared on Polish national television to announce the establishment of martial law. A new era in Cold War politics has begun: Washington and Moscow are on a collision course. In this gripping narrative history, Seth G. Jones reveals the little-known story of the CIA’s subsequent operations in Poland, which produced a landmark victory for democracy during the Cold War. While the Soviet-backed Polish government worked to crush a budding liberal opposition movement, the CIA began a sophisticated intelligence campaign, code-named QRHELPFUL, that supported dissident groups. The most powerful of these groups was Solidarity, a trade union that swelled to a membership of ten million and became one of the first legitimate anti-Communist opposition movements in Eastern Europe. With President Reagan’s support, the CIA provided money that helped Solidarity print newspapers, broadcast radio programs, and conduct a wide-ranging information warfare campaign against the Soviet-backed government. QRHELPFUL proved vital in establishing a free and democratic Poland. Long overlooked by CIA historians and Reagan biographers, the story of QRHELPFUL features an extraordinary cast of characters—including spymaster Bill Casey, CIA officer Richard Malzahn, Polish-speaking CIA case officer Celia Larkin, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, and Pope John Paul II. Based on in-depth interviews and recently declassified evidence, A Covert Action celebrates a decisive victory over tyranny for U.S. intelligence behind the Iron Curtain, one that prefigured the Soviet collapse.
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Covert Action and Internal Operations

Author: Owen L. Sirrs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317196090

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

View: 8354

This book is the first comprehensive study of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). The rise of Pakistan-backed religious extremist groups in Afghanistan, India, and Central Asia has focused international attention on Pakistan’s premier intelligence organization and covert action advocate, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate or ISI. While ISI is regarded as one of the most powerful government agencies in Pakistan today, surprisingly little has been written about it from an academic perspective. This book addresses critical gaps in our understanding of this agency, including its domestic security mission, covert backing of the Afghan Taliban, and its links to al-Qa’ida. Using primary source materials, including declassified intelligence and diplomatic reporting, press reports and memoirs, this book explores how ISI was transformed from a small, negligible counter intelligence outfit of the late-1940s into the national security behemoth of today with extensive responsibilities in domestic security, political interference and covert action. This study concludes that reforming or even eliminating ISI will be fundamental if Pakistan is to successfully transition from an army-run, national security state to a stable, democratic society that enjoys peaceful relations with its neighbours. This book will be of interest to students of intelligence studies, South Asian politics, foreign policy and international security in general.
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U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence

Author: Roy Godson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351522183

Category: History

Page: 337

View: 4116

Contrary to popular misconceptions and public branding as "dirty tricks," covert action and counterintelligence can have considerable value. Democracies, while wary of these instruments, have benefited significantly from their use, saving lives, treasure, and gaining strategic advantage. As liberal democracies confront the post-Cold War mix of rogue states and non-state actors, such as criminals and terrorists, and weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption, these clandestine arts may prove to be important tools of statecraft, and perhaps trump cards in the twenty-first century. Godson defines covert action as influencing events in other parts of the world without attribution, and counterintelligence as identifying, neutralizing, and exploiting the secret activities of others. Together they provide the capability to resist manipulation and control others to advantage. Counterintelligence protects U.S. military, technological, and diplomatic secrets and turns adversary intelligence to U.S. advantage. Covert action enables the United States to weaken adversaries and to assist allies who may be hampered by open acknowledgment of foreign support. Drawing on contemporary and historical literature, broad-ranging contacts with senior intelligence officials in many countries, as well as his own research and experience as a longtime consultant to the U.S. government, Godson traces the history of U.S. covert action and counterintelligence since 1945, showing that covert action works well when it is part of a well-coordinated policy and when policy makers are committed to succeeding in the long-term. Godson argues that the best counterintelligence is an offensive defense. His exposition of the essential theoretical foundations of both covert action and counterintelligence, supported by historical examples, lays out the ideal conditions for their use, as well as demonstrating why they are so difficult to attain. This book will be of interest to students and general readers interested in political science, national security, foreign policy, and military policy.
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Oversight Options for Congress

Author: Alfred Cumming

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 143792803X

Category:

Page: 14

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Legislation enacted in 1980 gave the executive branch authority to limit advance notification of especially sensitive covert actions to 8 Members of Congress -- the ¿Gang of Eight¿ (G8) -- when the Pres. determines that it is essential to limit prior notice in order to meet extraordinary circumstances affecting U.S. vital interests. Partial contents of this report: Requirements for Notifications of Sensitive Covert Actions to Congress; Additional G8 Requirements; When Prior Notice to the G8 is Withheld; Directors of National Intell. and CIA Critical of G8 Notifications For Non-Covert Actions; House Intell. Committee Replaces G8 Procedure in FY 2010 Intell. Authorization Act; G8 Notifications: The Historic Record; Conclusion: Striking a Balance. Charts and tables.
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The CIA and the Limits of American Intervention in the Postwar World

Author: Gregory F. Treverton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781850430896

Category: United States

Page: 293

View: 6126

United States Central Intelligence Agency.
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Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, Ninety-sixth Congress, Second Session, February 6, 19, 1980

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Intelligence service

Page: 245

View: 7188

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U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence

Author: Roy Godson

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780765806994

Category: Political Science

Page: 337

View: 4614

Contrary to popular misconceptions and public branding as "dirty tricks," covert action and counterintelligence can have considerable value. Democracies, while wary of these instruments, have benefited significantly from their use, saving lives, treasure, and gaining strategic advantage. As liberal democracies confront the post-Cold War mix of rogue states and non-state actors, such as criminals and terrorists, and weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption, these clandestine arts may prove to be important tools of statecraft, and perhaps trump cards in the twenty-first century. Godson defines covert action as influencing events in other parts of the world without attribution, and counterintelligence as identifying, neutralizing, and exploiting the secret activities of others. Together they provide the capability to resist manipulation and control others to advantage. Counterintelligence protects U.S. military, technological, and diplomatic secrets and turns adversary intelligence to U.S. advantage. Covert action enables the United States to weaken adversaries and to assist allies who may be hampered by open acknowledgment of foreign support. Drawing on contemporary and historical literature, broad-ranging contacts with senior intelligence officials in many countries, as well as his own research and experience as a longtime consultant to the U.S. government, Godson traces the history of U.S. covert action and counterintelligence since 1945, showing that covert action works well when it is part of a well-coordinated policy and when policy makers are committed to succeeding in the long-term. Godson argues that the best counterintelligence is an offensive defense. His exposition of the essential theoretical foundations of both covert action and counterintelligence, supported by historical examples, lays out the ideal conditions for their use, as well as demonstrating why they are so difficult to attain. This book will be of interest to students and general readers interested in political science, national security, foreign policy, and military policy. Roy Godson is professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Through his leadership of the Academic Consortium for the Study of Intelligence he helped institutionalize the teaching of intelligence in colleges and universities throughout the English-speaking world. "...if you want to understand how the whole thing works at Washington level, and to have an idea of what George W. Bush is hearing from his adviser, then reading this will prove quicker and cheaper than setting up your spy network."-Daily Telegram
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The Roots of Terrorism

Author: Ellen Ray,William H. Schaap

Publisher: Ocean Press (AU)

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 310

View: 668

Presents a collection of articles providing background information on the September 11 terrorist attacks and the War on Terrorism.
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