THE SECRET TEAM – The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World

March 1997:

This 1997 edition of the book is available in its entirety on Len Osanic’s rip-roaring 1997 CD-ROM, The Collected Works of Col. L. Fletcher Prouty along with ~600MB of 70+ articles, 100 images, 30 topics and 6 hours of audio material. Read all about it and how to order your own copy by going to:

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May: Chapters 3-6
June: Chapters 7-10
July: Chapters 11-15
August: Chapters 16-19
September: Chapters 20-23
October: Appendices I-III

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Author’s Note


Preface to the Second Edition

Preface: “THE SECRET TEAM II” 1997

               PART I      THE SECRET TEAM

Chapter   1           The “Secret Team” — the Real Power Structure

Chapter   2           The Nature of Secret Team Activity: A Cuban Case Study

               PART II      THE CIA: HOW IT RUNS

Chapter   3           An Overview of the CIA


    Section I.

            •   Intelligence versus Secret Operations

              Section II.  Origins of the Agency and
                                  the Seeds of Secret Operations

              Section III.  A Simple Coup d’État to a Global Mechanism

    Chapter   4           From the Word of the Law to the Interpretation:
                                 President Kennedy Attempts to Put the CIA Under Control

    Chapter   5           “Defense” as a National Military Philosophy,
                                 the Natural Prey of the Intelligence Community

    Chapter   6           “It Shall Be the Duty of the Agency: To Advise, to Coordinate,
                                 to Correlate and Evaluate and Disseminate
                                 and to Perform Services of Common Concern . . .”

              Coordination of Intelligence — the
              Major Assigned Role of the CIA

              Correlation, Evaluation and Dissemination of
              Intelligence:  Heart of the Profession

              Services of Common Concern:  An Attempt at Efficiency


    Chapter   7

      •            From the Pines of Maine to the Birches of Russia:


      •                              The Nature of Clandestine Operations

    Chapter   8           CIA: “The Cover Story” Intelligence Agency
                                 and the Real-Life Clandestine Operator

    Chapter   9           The Coincidence of Crises

    Chapter 10           The Dulles-Jackson-Correa Report in Action

                   PART III      THE CIA: HOW IT IS ORGANIZED

    Chapter 11           The Dulles Era Begins

    Chapter 12           Personnel: The Chameleon Game

    Chapter 13           Communications: The Web of the World

    Chapter 14           Transportation: Anywhere in the World — Now

    Chapter 15           Logistics by Miracle

                   PART IV      THE CIA: SOME EXAMPLES

    Chapter 16           Cold War: The Pyrrhic Gambit

    Chapter 17           Mission Astray, Soviet Gamesmanship

    Chapter 18           Defense, Containment, and Anti-Communism

    Chapter 19           The New Doctrine: Special Forces and
                                 the Penetration of the Mutual Security Program

    Chapter 20           Khrushchev’s Challenge: The U-2 Dilemma

    Chapter 21           A Time of Covert Action: U-2 to Kennedy Inaugural

    Chapter 22           Camelot: From the Bay of Pigs to Dallas, Texas

    Chapter 23           Five Presidents: “Nightmares We Inherited”


    by L. Fletcher Prouty Via