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The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World [Paperback]

by L. Fletcher Prouty, Jesse Ventura
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April 1, 2011 1616082844 978-1616082840 Second Edition
The Secret Team, L. Fletcher Prouty’s expose´ of the CIA’s brutal methods of maintaining national security during the Cold War, was first published in the 1970s. However, virtually all copies of the book disappeared upon distribution, having been purchased en masse by shady “private buyers.” Certainly, Prouty’s allegations—such as how the U-2 Crisis of 1960 was fixed to sabotage Eisenhower–Khrushchev talk—cannot have pleased the CIA. The Secret Team appears once more with a new introduction by Jesse Ventura.

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About the Author

L. Fletcher Prouty (1917–2001), a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy years. He was directly in charge of the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA. He was also the author of The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies.

Jesse Ventura is the former governor of Minnesota and author of four national bestsellers, including 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. Ventura is the host of the television show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Second Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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L. Fletcher Prouty (1917-2001), a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy years. He was directly in charge of the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA. He was the author of JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy and The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is an extremely important book. The proof of it is that even the official copy in the Library of Congress disappeared (!). Moreover, even after his death, the author continues to be the object of a smear campaign (see internet).

His book is not less than a frontal attack on US intelligence and concomitantly on those who control it.
Its portrait of Allen Dulles, a longtime intelligence director, says it all: `I am a lawyer'; in other words, a servant. But of whom?
This book unveils the existence of a secret cabal, a Power Elite (G. William Domhoff), a `deep State' (P.D. Scott) within the US and its government as well as in about 40 host countries.
This Power Elite uses the Secret Team of top intelligence and military commanders as its long arm and protects it. Together they stand above the law and the democratic process. They get things done, whether they have the political authorization or not.
They dispose of a vast undercover political, military, intelligence, business, media and academic infrastructure, in the US as well as worldwide. They don't respect the nation State and are able to create, to influence and to topple governments in the hemisphere controlled by them.

The author gives a remarkable insight into the inner workings, the logistics, the strategies and the tactics of the intelligence agency. Its creation and history show that President H. Truman never intended to create an autonomous operational agency in the clandestine field. L.F. Prouty also gives valuable information about the U2- G. Powers incident (apparently to torpedo the US/USSR peace talks) and the Pentagon papers (an intelligence whitewash).

At the end, the author poses the all important question: `Can any President ever be strong enough really to rule?
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! July 7, 2006
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Colonel Prouty's book on the Secret Team should be required reading for all concerned Americans. Herein, the author, a retired Air Force Colonel and CIA insider, reveals for all to see the machinations of the Secret Team and their impact on US history in the post World War II era. This is terribly important information.

I was particularly impressed with Prouty's depiction of Eisenhower's peace initiative and how it was sabatoged by the Secret Team. Ike was preparing for his peace summit with Kruschev when Gary Powers was sent off on his fool's errand on April 30th, 1960, a date with significant occult emblematics. The capture of Powers by the Soviets effectively scuttled the Eisenhower peace plan, which would have ruined the plans of the Secret Team, for continued Cold War tension, and treasure for the merchants of venom.

The essential truths in this important book are still relevant today. Of course, the ineffectual George Walker Bush is not entirely in charge of American foreign policy in this critical time. He is certainly still being manipulated by the sucessors of the Secret Team depicted in this excellent and well written book. Any serious student of American foreign policy in the post World War II era ought to read this important book.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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...and yet apparently others have done their best to keep these books out of circulation. Perhaps best known for his book on JFK, this is probably an equally important book and it is information to which people should have access.

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We live in a fascinating time when so many deeply buried secrets are being exposed. Like the late Prouty's friend Mark Phillips says, "Truth lives a wretched life but it outlives a lie every time." We have people like Fletcher Prouty to thank for that.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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As in the case of the brilliant Jules Archer volume, The Plot To Seize The White House, it is terrific to have this masterful study of the inner workings of the early CIA back in print after so many years of unavailability.

Skyhorse Publishing is to be commended in seeing to it that both of these crucial works are again available to the attentive reading public who want to know the truth concerning our dark hidden history that the government has so actively strived to keep buried.

The late Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty served as chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was in charge of the global system designed to provide military support for covert activities of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In Oliver Stone's highly acclaimed film on the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, JFK, the mysterious character "X" portrayed by Donald Sutherland was in fact Colonel Prouty, who assisted director Stone in the production and scripting of this historical epic. Prouty had relayed the shocking information detailed in the movie to the actual New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, played by Kevin Cosner, in a series of communiques.

The Secret Team was first published in 1973 during the Watergate scandal, when many Americans were first learning about the dark side of covert government, an outlaw executive branch headed by a renegade chief of state. Richard Nixon would not be the last of this foul breed.

This was years before Frank Church's Senate Committee's damning revelations of CIA misdeeds and assassination plots against foreign leaders rocked the nation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A inside look at history
This is an excellently researched and written book which reveals why/how major world events in the last half of the 20th century (and into the present) were planned and carried out... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Sanitized version of the origional edition.
Having read the first edition of this book, it is very obvious that this particular edition has been edited, and sanitized to the point that it is almost unreadable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Food Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started the questions....
You can think whatever you want to about L. Fletcher Prouty. He asks questions, and he asks others to ask questions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lela Soulier
3.0 out of 5 stars Omissions and cover-ups
I am almost sure of it and I believe that a lot of the material presented when the author wrote the book in 1970s was omitted.
Published 5 months ago by Norm McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inside View
The "back" story, as it is sometimes called, seems to always be the best story. I have come to realize that my government should always be questioned -- even when it is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bob Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars The kindle version has missing pages.
This is good. My complaint is with the Kindle version. Pages are missing. And it is hard to search the index. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richie
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Tough, practically incoherent read. Spelling mistakes, poor grammar are present. Couldn't read this past the 2nd chapter, seemed like a lot of BS, with some facts inserted to give... Read more
Published 8 months ago by DCA
5.0 out of 5 stars The best insight to the workings of the Shadow Government
HOW secret operations are built.

WHERE secret operations are built (hint: it's a five-sided building).

The WHY is just speculative. Read more
Published 9 months ago by 618033988
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read.
Confirmed what I had suspected. An old wise man once said,'if you keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut, you're bound to learn something'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Icky
5.0 out of 5 stars CIA World
Helps to explain how the CIA has been involved in all aspects of a behind the scenes control of not only America, but gaining worldly control.
Published 10 months ago by John M. Wasilnak
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