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Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America Paperback – June 4, 2011
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Kent served as a staff CIA case officer in the 1990s, and as a contractor after 9/11. He has worked in various capacities in intelligence positions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His specialty is Counter-terrorism and Islamic Extremism. Kent has also worked Counter-intelligence, Counter-proliferation, Counter-narcotics, and other targets. In addition to extensive liaison work with foreign intel services, he has worked in the US Intel Community in inter-agency, inter-governmental intelligence operations since 9/11. He was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the highest civilian intelligence agency decoration for contractors, for his counter-terrorist operations in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. His work in the Philippines was described in an article by Mark Bowden in the Atlantic Monthly in March 2007, “Jihadists in Paradise.” In the US Air Force, Kent was a Vietnamese linguist, completing language training at DLI in Monterey, CA. He served for three years at Clark AB in the Philippines. Kent’s educational background includes a BA in Southeast Asian Studies-Linguistics from SUNYExcelsiorCollege and an MA in Linguistics and Business from OhioUniversity, as well as graduate studies in Instructional Design at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has more or less linguistic expertise in Vietnamese, Italian, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, and Arabic. He is a member of the International Association for Intelligence Education; the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and the Association for Intelligence Officers. With a career that has spanned the globe, in multiple roles and operations, Kent has many stories to tell.
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Mr. Clizbe's intensely researched book spells out that the U.S. got brainwashed over a period of decades by being drip-fed self-loathing. If you think he's yet another conspiracy theory loon, I'm right with you, because that was my first impression. Then I met this brainy gentleman, heard him at a panel discussion, and decided he was onto something as I rethought experiences from my own life through his eyes. Having now read his book, I think he's a very brave genius.
This is a compelling read. It's not bogged down with academic jargon designed to intimidate. Clizbe wants you to get his point of view and I enjoyed that he begins by writing about his own life and how his own thinking evolved. He's occasional abrasive and he's sure to offend nearly everybody somehow; shrug it off and keep reading because he's worth it.
I'd have given this 5 stars but as a career copyeditor, I found the fluctuating kerning, the frequent widows and orphans, and the occasional typos irksome. If I just used three copy-layout terms you didn't know, then the book's appearance probably won't bother you.
First, he explains the difference between collection operations and covert influence operations, or active measures campaigns. Then he traces the origins and reasons for active measures campaigns all the way back to pre-Bolshevik Revolution by illustrating how covert influence ops were the glue that held the Bolsheviks together during their exile and then helped them acquire power in Russia, as well as broad influence throughout Europe.
Secondly, Clizbe names the "father" of active measures and outlines his philosophy and strategy for covert influence for worldwide communist revolution, as well as how his philosophy continues to bear broad influence even today.
Thirdly, Clizbe takes specific cases of individual agents sent on covert operations and illustrates how they spread their "payload" (covert influence messages) around the globe by infiltrating the main "transmission belts" of information and influence--education, media and entertainment in Hollywood movies.
And finally, by explaining the specific methods used by these covert influence agents, Clizbe shows how their influence remains active today, because unlike collection ops which stop once an objective is reached or not, active measures ops have no end date. There payloads exist and remain active in perpetuity. WILLING ACCOMPLICES is an informative read in the KGB exposé genre because of what it reveals about today's climate of PC progressivism.