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Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44 Paperback – January 1, 2000
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For those students of power structure and are familiar with the work of the late Carrol Quigley, many of the people mentioned in his work play roles in this book.
Members of the Round Table network( a global network of discussion groups of people waging propaganda justifying the British Empire on moral grounds) include:
Walter Lippman - American Round Tabler, whose column in the Intl Herald Tribune was to guide American foreign policy in an anglophile direction.
Thomas Lamont - Director and Chrm of the Board at J.P. Morgan, allied with FDR and instrumental in getting lifelong Democrat Wendell Willkie the 1940 Republican Presidential nomination.
British members of the Round Table group include Ambassadors to the US - Lord Lothian(Phillip Kerr) and Lord Halifax. Some other members in MI6 in the US were also affiliated with this group.
The Rockefeller family also loaned much of the office space for the British intelligence operations during the war, so they definitely had some knowledge or approval of their operations. Nelson Rockefeller was also appointed Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs.
Basically, there was a group of influential anglophile Americans, who wanted to get America into the war with Germany, so they provided assistance to British intelligence, who set up front organizations to agitate in a pro-British manner. They recruited anglophiles to stage demonstrations to fight Germany, write pro-British propaganda, and destroy the careers of isolationist Congressmen.Read more ›
As usual, the docile masses were swept away in all the rhetoric. Every attempt was made to smear the isolationists as Hitleresque and un-American. More often than not, with such media rhetoricians as Walter Lippman, the attempts were successful. Even today, the uneducated public is convinced that the Old Right anti-interventionist movement was Communist!
Mahl covers some old ground--for those who are familiar with the FDR-Churchill deception--but he writes a compelling story.
If one were to search for books on Wendel Wilke, you would find few. I have read DARK HORSE, by Steve Neal, 1984 in which the subject of the Gallup Poll is discused. One of the reviewers faults Mahl, for his theory that covert ops influenced the 1940 polls. These polls did play a large part in Wilke's selection as Republican Presidential Candidate.
Neal writes that Dr. Gallup witheld his poll which showed Wilke ahead of well known but isolationists candidates, for fear that he would be accussed of attempting to influence the election.
Two points, one, Dr. Gallup confirms that his poll COULD appear to influence the 1940 primary. Secondly, the results of his poll were published by Joe Alsop and Thomas Kincaid before the convention. Both were supporters of the covert operations.
Whether Dr. Gallup, or others associated with Dr. Gallup did not participate, someone or several people inside the Gallup organization did.
Anyone who has read William Stephenson's first person account of this era, would have to agree that he was given political and diplomatic cover to conduct these activities within the US, with the full protection and knowledge of FDR and his administration.
FDR's political victory over Wilke in 1940 was an essential part of this plan, and therefor Mahl's theory is a well founded probability, and worthy of further consideration and debate.
The debate over Presidential discretion and power is extremly relevant in 2006.
The legacy of the British intelligence service in the U.S. lives on with their spawn, the CIA:
"Further testimony to the success of British intelligence operations can be seen in the actions of Americans who, having learned the intelligence trade from the British, later flattered their teachers by copying their successful methods. The aggressive offensive spirit of British intelligence at war became the model for generations of American intelligence officers and government officials in the Cold War." ---
"Was [British] Special Operations Executive officer Bill Morrell planting twenty items a day in the media? The CIA planted eighty. Did BSC organize opposition for political candidates? The CIA did the same: the Italian election of 1948 is a known example. Did BSC introduce women and agents of influence to politicians? 'The CIA maintanis an extensive stable of 'agents of influence' around the world..from valets and mistresses to personal secretaries....'"
The planted stories in the American press included polls by British-penetrated "reputable" polling firms giving the impression that Americans were a good deal more eager to support the British in the war in Europe than was actually the case.Read more ›
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Just as with W.W. I, Korean War, Vietnam, and all the rest, men were sent to die based on complete lies.Published 11 months ago by Weisser Wolf
If you thought that FDR did not try to get us into world war II read this book. It demonstrates quite clearly the he used every trick that he could to get us into the war. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Heimdal
Anyone interested in the hows and whys of America's entry into WW2 should read this book. Mahl's study of how British intelligence hijacked the US opinion polls and even created... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Mr. John Guerrasio
It is difficult to come to grips properly with US foreign policy in the 20th century without at least considering the thesis that Mahl presents: this book is essential reading for... Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by Dr. Milo Jones
Thomas Mahl's Desperate Deception includes a lot of information about British-sponsored efforts to influence America away from isolation and toward helping Britain against Nazi... Read morePublished on December 16, 2003 by Allen H. Barton
Professor Mahl provides and excellent overview of British covert efforts to drag America into WWII. Mahl's writing style is a bit dry, but the book compels the reader to seriously... Read morePublished on March 2, 2003
Mahl does an excellent job unearthing data that the British secret services sorely wish had remained secret. Read morePublished on August 6, 2002 by Brian A. Schar