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From the Company of Shadows Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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From the Author
Writing a book about the CIA is unique challenge. Every word in every line of the manuscript must be approved by the CIA before it can be released, even to a publisher. The author must vet and edit his or her own work for much of the journey. It is a significant burden that can take months of back and forth approvals and disapprovals, until the skirmish is finally over. Some publishers are afraid of taking on the CIA by producing a book that calls the actions of the Agency into question. This was especially true for From the Company of Shadows. In this book, much of my writing has exposed activities the CIA has engaged in that are embarrassing and call into question its adherence to the Constitution. Running a manuscript by the CIA for approval is like submitting a crime report to the bugler before it is filed. It is not an easy task. So, every word that has made it into this book is precious. I am certain some of the information is like concentrated lemon juice; causing the reader to pucker a little. Restrictions of secrecy have prevented me from expanding further.
From the Inside Flap
From the Company of Shadows is a fascinating revelation of the procedures the CIA uses in conducting covert operations, counterintelligence investigations and counter terrorism. This is a detailed expose' covering multiple facets of government intelligence and secrecy.
Kevin Shipp, a decorated CIA officer, held several sensitive high level positions, operating in over twenty foreign countries and participating in life threatening assignments. He recounts some of these operations, including humorous events usually not revealed to the public.
Included with excerpts from his previous book In From the Cold. CIA Secrecy and Operations, Shipp provides additional detail disputing the account of reporter Bob Woodward's alleged deathbed conversation with CIA Director William Casey during the Iran Contra Affair.
He provides a detailed expose' of the CIA's use of secrecy and the Executive Branch's abuse of the little known State Secrets Privilege.
"From 1953 to the present the federal government, and most notoriously the CIA, has used the assertion of the State Secrets Privilege to block cases of negligence, discrimination, shut down whistleblower claims, prevent other branches of government from conducting investigations...and block contractors from resolving business conflicts..."
Shipp provides a stunning example of the CIA's concealment of negligence by including excerpts from his book on the subject, blacked out by CIA censors. He spent months going back and forth, line by line, word by word, negotiating with the CIA for the book's release.
He also supervised the Department of State Anti Terrorism Assistance program and managed the protective detail assigned to the president of Afghanistan following the US invasion.
Shipp courageously exposes the current stealth jihad movement operating in the US and lays out the techniques terrorist organizations use to carry out their attacks.
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