Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA

Ralph W. McGehee

Language: English

Pages: 243

ISBN: 0940380021

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A new, updated edition of this classic account of the CIA's deeds and deceptions by one of its formerly most prized recruits.

"One of the outstanding books written by former CIA agents."-Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

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a pilot effort to test various approaches using the police as intelligence gatherers. At the same time I began to read available literature on other intelligence-counterinsurgency programs. I came across one small reference that caught my eye—a “mailbox” operation that had some success in the British fight against the communist insurgency in Malaya. The Malayan mailbox operation was the essence of simplicity. A heavy steel, locked box with a slot for letters was anchored in a problem village. The

had been saying. In mid-summer 1967 I received a cable from the acting chief of station. He noted that my tour was scheduled to end in October 1967 but that he and Thai counterinsurgency officials wanted me to sign up for a new two-year tour to head the survey program on a nationwide scale. The new tour would have to be approved by Headquarters, the cable said, but that would be absolutely no problem. His request was a great thrill. It was just what I had hoped and prayed for. I immediately sat

agree the war should be stopped, what we are doing is evil and wrong, I want to shed my protecting suit and put on jeans and be one of you. But all these things I could not say or do. 12. DOWN AND OUT IN THAILAND IN late September 1970, Norma, Scott, Dan, and I flew to Thailand, leaving the two girls behind in college. We soon found an apartment building located not far from the International School of Bangkok. A large number of American safe-haven families lived there to be near their husbands

the large military presence in Thailand brought increasing numbers of unhappy and alienated young people to the school. Many of them were the sons and daughters of military officials carrying out the war. Each morning these disaffected students had to endure a clothing inspection, filing into the school compound through a single narrow entrance. Those not properly dressed were sent home. Drug use was common. GIs on leave were ready sources, and directly outside the school, a vendor sold small

Soviet Union and Europe, whereas in the 1960s much of the Agency’s attention swung to operations in Third World countries. Many of these operations involved large-scale programs directed by the Prudent Professionals. The PMers came at the very bottom rung, and virtually none rose to any position of consequence within the CIA. The low status of the PMers did not mean that they were relegated to unimportant activities—quite the contrary, since PM programs predominated in the Far East from 1953 on.

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