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The Invisible Government

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Dan Smoot (1913-2003) was an FBI agent and a conservative political activist. From the 1950s to 1971 , he published The Dan Smoot Report, which chronicled alleged communist infiltration in various sectors of American government and society. In 1970 , he opposed the selection of a future U.S. president, George Herbert Walker Bush, as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Texas. He claimed that Bush's political philosophy was little different from the Democrats that he sought to oppose. Bush lost the Senate election that year to popular Democrat Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. In 1972 , Smoot opposed the reelection of Richard M. Nixon and served as campaign manager for American Independent Party presidential candidate John G. Schmitz of California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (May 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428080295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428080294
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,700,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dan Smoot's "Invisble Government" sold about 1 million copies through self-publishing alone, but it did not appear on the New York Times "Best Sellers List" of 1962.
Essentially it is a book dealing with organization called The Council on Foreign Relations founded by Edward Mandel House, one of the Dullers brothers and others devoted to bringing "socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx.", to quote House, to this country.
The writing is dry but effective. I think that had he lived, Senator Joseph McCarthy might have written this book himself since the Council is one of groups that he was getting into his sights before Eisenhower stopped him.
What Dan Smoot revealed is how it'c control of the national medias is so pervasive that true and vital news seldom gets to the populace at large. For instance, current members of the CFR include: Dan Rather, Tom Browkaw, Charlene Hunter Gault, and many others we have intrusted to inform and protect us.
His anaylsis of it's goals bear close attention for those who are interested in anwering befuddling questions about U.S. foreign and domestic policies.
Over twenty six years later "The Shadows of Power" by James Perloff, brought the CFR up to date, and the report on how this subversive organization has not been dealt with is not good!
From what one may gather after reading "The Invisible Government" is how many lives have been ruined or lost in order to fulfill the dreams of a few determined to create a "New World Order". If you think this is only the stuff of Ian Flemming or H.G. Wells, this book goes a long way to prove otherwise.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. M. WILLIAMS on December 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The things that have gone on, and are currently unfolding day by day, simply illustrate how much the public does not know about their own government and process of passing laws and choosing leaders. Money? Makes no difference. The wealthy--they have all they need and will keep all they want (I support this position) they have no intention of giving up their power as it's all linked to their economic wealth. Death for those who get in the way of those who need to keep the power is just one option at their disposal. Read The Man Who Kept the Secrets -- Richard Helms and the CIA, by Thomas Powers and Gideon's Spies--the Secret History of the Mossad, by Gordon Thomas. Last and most important--read Mary's Moasic, by Peter Janney. This book should make you look at the lengths people in power will go to keep that power. All excellent reading. Should make one think about the power of many of our institutions and how inter-linked they are to the various powers structures and other governments in the world. Enjoy!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Smoots isn't the greatest writer I've ever read, but the story is so important that it should find it's way to everyone's bookcase. Most people believe that only kooks believe in a government within a government, but here is a former FBI agent that found exactly that.
Some will remember the IPR - China scandle that brought communism into China right after WWII. Those that don't will be educated on it. Those that do remember, we be taken down into the motives and reasons behind the actions of the IPR and the men that backed them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TLR on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think that this was only the second expose on the CIA, after Andrew Tully's "CIA: The Inside Story" (1962). It's pretty good, though a bit limited in view of later revelations. For the first half of the Agency's history, almost nothing was in the public domain. Washington journalist David Wise changed all of that with "The Invisible Government" in 1964. CIA director John McCone called in Wise and co-author Thomas Ross to demand deletions on the basis of galleys the CIA had secretly obtained. When that didn't work, the CIA formed a special group to deal with the book and tried to secure bad reviews, even though the CIA's legal counsel had found the book "uncannily accurate."

Wise and Ross argued that the "Invisible Government is made up of many agencies and people, including the intelligence branches of the State and Defense Departments, of the Army, Navy and Air Force". However, they claimed that the most important organization involved in this process was the CIA. Here are the contents:

The Invisible Government
48 Hours
The Case of the Birmingham Widows
A History
Burma: The Innocent Ambassador
Indonesia: "Soldiers of Fortune"
Laos: The Pacifist Warriors
Vietnam: The Secret War
Guatemala: CIA's Banana Revolt
The Kennedy Shake-up
The Secret Elite
The National Security Agency
The Defense Intelligence Agency
CIA: "It's Well Hidden"
CIA: The Inner Workings
The Search for Control
Purity in the Peace Corps
A Gray Operation
Missile Crisis
Electronic Spies
Black Radio
CIA's Guano Paradise
The 1960 Campaign -- And Now
A Conclusion
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Watterson on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This Book Has More Meat In IT Than A 2-FT Long Philly Cheesesteak Sandwhich. Every time I see this book lying around the house, I pick it up and lose myself in it. It's absorbing for its information, not its easy readability. Author Dan Smoot is a man in the know. His profile near the back lists him as "a former member of the F.B.I. headquarters staff in Washington...and [who]authored the bestselling "The Business End of Government". The book, "Invisible Government" is a companion to those of us who realize how absurd it is that the mega wealthy would accept the democratic principles of the US Constitution (which supposedly gives governing power to the people). With chilling support, Smoot writes that the real government (the Invisible one) is composed of certain secret and pseudo-secret societies such as the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) and the Trilateral Commission. Members of these societies (and he gives lists and names plenty of very familiar people) are then placed within the US Government in very key positions and control world events, with the president merely a puppet, a public face man who smiles at the public and is the receiver of their trust-and their wrath when things go bad. (Who could doubt this, given the George W. Bush tenure?) Smoot tells us about the founder of the CFR, Col. Edward M. House, and that the CFR is only the US branch of the secret society, with the main branch known as the RIIA, Royal Institute of International Affairs, founded in Great Britain under the stewardship of certain members carrying on the mission set forth in the will of Cecil Rhodes, see my review of Rhodes: Race for Africa. Col. Edward M.Read more ›
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