Review: God’s Terrorists – The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad

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Charles Allen

4.0 out of 5 stars Important History Not Understood By Most, November 22, 2013

The historical half is mind-glazing, the more recent chapters highly relevant to understanding the deep ignorance of the US Intelligence Community and the US policy (prostitution) community these past 12 years.

I have given the book four stars in part because it is not designed to illuminate the threat in visualizable terms, and it is not up to date. Now that Saudi Arabia has declared war on the USA and the West generally (joining with Israel in a truly bizarre satanic alliance), and on Iran and the Shi’ite portion of Afghanistan specifically, this book absolutely merits updating and republication, hopefully with some decent maps and graphics and tables this next time around.

Early on in a nut-shell: Wahhabism spread in the 19th century, first throughout the Arabian penninsula and then to the Indian subcontinent including what are now India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Wahabbism is both a fundamentalist ideology that wins over deep converts, and a form of mercenary religion, buying its way into susceptible corners.

The most important point stressed throughout the book is that Wahhabism is outside the mainstream of Muslim society.

The big surprise for me, and one reason I am distressed at how badly we prepare people for service in this area, is the deep history of Wahhabism among the Pashtun. Today Saudi Arabia and to a lesser extent Qatar and the United Arab Republic seem bent on funding a religious war in Central and South Asia, and no one seems to be paying attention to this emergent threat. I would go so far as to say we are now, in this region, where we were in 1988-1989 when the Saudis first began funding the global Islamic outreach program led by Sheikh Binbaz and represented in part by young Bin Laden.

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Nov 22

Review: The Arsonist – The Most Dangerous Man in America (James Otis 1760′s Catalyst for Liberty)

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Nathan A. Allen

5.0 out of 5 stars Six Star Pre-History Ignored Until Now,July 17, 2011
I urge the publisher to do a proper job with Look Inside the Book and all the other tools that Amazon provides. Right now, the publishers presentation of this book STINKS. It was my great privilege to get to know the author when the book was in development, and below is the review that I wrote when I reviewed the final galley before the book went to print. This is a BARN-BURNER of a book!This book is a PhD dissertation that is being published quickly to aid the cause of liberty in 2012. The academic detail would normally make it a four-star read, but the relevance, the originality, and the appendices-both within the book as it will be published, and online-carry it to six stars. Depending on one’s interest, this can be a quick read to confirm that we need a second American revolution-or a slow read to savor the loneliness, the persistence, the integrity of one man called a lunatic and a traitor for one reason only: he was twenty years ahead of his time. It is on the shoulders of James Otis that the Founding Father stood, and this author, Nathan Allen, has performed brilliantly in identifying a slice of American history here-to-fore overlooked, and in deeply investigating and then publicizing what can only be appreciated as both one man’s cross to bear, and one nation’s long lead-time in the gestation of liberty.
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Jul 18

Review: The Arsonist — The Most Dangerous Man in America (James Otis 1760’s Catalyst for Liberty)

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Before the Founding Fathers–before the Boston Tea Party–before Bunker Hill–there was one man, alone, considered by many to be a lunatic and a traitor.  His “lunacy” led to his being chairman of the Sons of Liberty, his “treason” led to the Declaration of Independence.  His name:  James Otis

On Amazon 1 July 2011:

ARSONIST: The Most Dangerous Man in America

Nathan Allen

Griffins Wharf, 2011

ISBN-10 0983644608

The book has bee forwarded in galley to Ron Paul, who has been invited to write the Foreword or provide a jacket blurb.

Review (Advance):

Six Star Pre-History Ignored Until Now

Robert Steele, Amazon Reviewer

This book is a PhD dissertation that is being published quickly to aid the cause of liberty in 2012.  The academic detail would normally make it a four-star read, but the relevance, the originality, and the appendices–both within the book as it will be published, and online–carry it to six stars.  Depending on one’s interest, this can be a quick read to confirm that we need a second American revolution–or a slow read to savor the loneliness, the persistence, the integrity of one man called a lunatic and a traitor for one reason only: he was twenty years ahead of his time.  It is on the  shoulders of James Otis that the Founding Father stood, and this author, Nathan Allen, has performed brilliantly in identifying a slice of American history here-to-fore overlooked, and in deeply investigating and then publicizing what can only be appreciated as both one man’s cross to bear, and one nation’s long lead-time in the gestation of liberty.

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May 27

Event: 3 pm 14 Sep 2010 Reston Charlie Allen former everything interviewed on stage

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A Conversation with Charlie Allen, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, DHS, and Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection

International Association for Intelligence Education – Washington D.C. Chapter

Tuesday, September 14, 2010  3:00 PM

Interviewer: Randy Pherson

The Exchange
Pherson Associates, LLC
1890 Preston White Dr., Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191

Non-members welcome!  Washington Area Chapter meeting follows presentation.  To register, contact Bill Spracher at (202) 231-4193 or william.spracher@dia.mil

Tip of the Hat to David Jimenez at LinkedIn.

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Sep 13

Journal: FBI, Still Deaf 8 Years After 9-11

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FBI still lacks translators, eight years after 9/11, says report

October 29, 2009   By IAN ALLEN

An internal audit by the US Justice Department’s inspector general has found that the FBI faces a critical shortage of foreign-language specialists, eight years after 9/11. The audit report (redacted version available in .pdf here) issued last Monday by inspector general Glenn Fine, reveals that the lack of translators prevented the FBI from accessing 31 per cent of the foreign-language material it collected in counter-terrorism operations from 2006 to 2008. This means the Bureau, which serves as America’s primary counterintelligence and counterterrorism force, has been unable to read tens of thousands of pages and listen to or review 1.2 million hours of audio intercepts in the last two years alone. Remarkably, despite the well-understood need for foreign-language specialists in the post-9/11 security environment, the audit found that the total number of FBI translators dropped from 1,338 in March 2005 to 1,298 in September last year. And this despite the FBI’s “100 percent” increase in workload since 9/11.

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Nov 4

Journal: Afghanistan = Viet-Nam, National Security Council Remains “Like a Moron”

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Afghanistan is today’s Vietnam.

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BY THOMAS H. JOHNSON, M. CHRIS MASON

AUGUST 20, 2009

For those who say that comparing the current war in Afghanistan to the Vietnam War is taking things too far, here’s a reality check: It’s not taking things far enough. From the origins of these North-South conflicts to the role of insurgents and the pointlessness of this week’s Afghan presidential elections, it’s impossible to ignore the similarities between these wars. The places and faces may have changed but the enemy is old and familiar. The sooner the United States recognizes this, the sooner it can stop making the same mistakes in Afghanistan.

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Aug 21

Journal: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s Preemptive Damage Control [Manipulation of Anticipated Negative Information]

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By Robert Haddick August 2009

After appointing Gen. Stanley McChrystal the new commander in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave him two months to write an analysis of the situation there in yet another review of U.S. strategy. But after rumors leaked out that McChrystal would ask for another increase in U.S. troops, it appears that Gates decided he would not wait for McChrystal’s finished report. On Aug. 2, he summoned McChrystal and his deputy, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, to a hastily arranged meeting in Belgium which also included Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis, McChrystal’s direct boss Gen. David Petraeus, and under secretary of defense for policy Michele Flournoy.

On Aug. 5, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell briefed reporters on the results of the unusual Sunday meeting. According to Morrell, Gates instructed McChrystal to consider a few additional, and unspecified, issues in his report. Gates also instructed McChrystal to take more time, likely postponing the delivery of the report into September.

Finally, Morrell explained that McChrystal’s report will not include any discussion or request for additional “resources” (meaning U.S. troops and money) for Afghanistan. If McChrystal wants to make such a request, Morrell said, he will do so separately and at a later time.

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Aug 10

Review: Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

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Lynching 15.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job–We All Need to “See” This Book’s Pages

July 4, 2007

James Allen

There are enough reviews here so that my summative review is not necessary. I will only say that this is a powerful book, and it reminded me of General Eisenhower’s order that all those living in the vicinity of the death camps be marched past the stacked bodies so they could see what their abdication of morality had allowed to happen.

This is mostly a book of photographs. If you want deeper text, including a spectacular (unintended pun)chapter on “Looking” and how it was the crowds that validated “spectacle lynching,” then you must also buy Imagery of Lynching: Black Men, White Women, and the Mob. The title is misleading, but the content of that book is not–that is the deep academic and psychological review that complements this book.

If yoy only wish to buy one book, of lasting value for generations, buy this one. If you can afford two and want to study the underlying social and psychological environments that allowed whites to treat blacks as if they were animals, buy both.

See also
Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic
The Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution and the Industrial System
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’
Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Corporation

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Jul 4

Policy Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

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2006

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Policy DoD QDR Shift in Focus 18 Years After Gray and Steele Recommended Same

2006

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Policy Markowitz Defense Science Board Report on Transitions (NGO, OSINT)

2006

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Policy Peters Counterrevolution in Military Affairs

2006

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Policy Steele Terms of Reference for Intelligence Reform 1.1

2006

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Policy Steele In Search of a Leader (Four Essential Reforms)

2006

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Policy Steele Electoral Refrom as Precursor to Intelligence Reform

2006

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Policy Tsuruoka Managing for the Future: Interview with Alvin Toffler

2005

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Policy Andregg Ethics and the IC: Breaking the Laws of God and Man

2005

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Policy BASIC Think Tank Report on US Intelligence Incompetence

2005

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Policy EU European Union Proposed Multi-National Intelligence Service

2005

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Policy Godson Culture of Lawfullness

2005

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Policy Steele ON INTELLIGENCE: Overview in Aftermath of 9-11

2005

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Policy Steele Op-Ed on Condi Rice’s Active Deception

2005

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Policy Steele Cease and desist letter on Naquin

2005

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Policy Tama Princeton Review on Intelligence Reform

2004

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Policy Alexander Army G-2 Accepts OSINT as Separate Discipline

2004

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Policy Andregg Insanity of Planned Intelligence “Reforms”

2004

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Policy Anon & Steele Update on OSINT in Australia

2004

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Policy Clerc Cognitive Knowledge for Nations

2004

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Policy Cordesman Questions & Answers on Intelligence Reform

2004

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Policy Cordesman & Steele Questions & Answers on Intelligence Reform

2004

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Policy Simmons Congressman Simmons Letter to General Schoomaker on OSINT

2004

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Policy Steele DoD OSINT Program: One Man’s View of What Is Needed

2004

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Policy Steele Transcript of Steele at Secretary of State’s Open Forum 24 March 2004

2004

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Policy Tongeren (van) Need for Global Alliance for Human Security (Complete)

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Policy Tongeren (van) Need for Global Alliance for Human Security (Overview)

2003

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Policy Czech Steady State Revolution and National Security

2003

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Policy Fyffe Intelligence Sharing and OSINT

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Policy Fyffe Intelligence Sharing and OSINT (Summary)

2003

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Policy Lewis Creating the Global Brain

2003

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Policy Markowitz OSINT in Support of All Source

2003

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Policy Markowitz Open Source Intelligence Investment Strategy

2003

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Policy Steele Open Letter to Ambassadors Accredited to the USA

2003

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Policy Truyens Intelligent vs. Intelligence: That Is The Question

2002

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Policy Politi 11th of September and the Future of European Intelligence

2001

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Policy Heibel Intelligence Training: What Is It?  Who Needs It?

2001

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Policy Heibel Value of Intelligence & Intelligence Training to Any Organization

2001

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Policy Oakley Use of Civilian & Military Power for Engagement & Intervention

2000

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Policy Berkowitz An Alternative View of the Future of Intellligence

2000

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Policy Budzko Russian View of Electronic Open Sources and How to Exploit Them

2000

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Policy Ermarth OSINT: A Fresh Look at the Past and the Future

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Policy Politi The Birth of OSINT in Italy

1999

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Policy Allen (ADCI/C) OSINT as a Foundation for All-Source Collection Management

1999

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Policy Rolington Changing Messages in Western Knowledge Over 400 Years (Slides)

1999

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Policy Rolington Changing Messages in Western Knowledge Over 400 Years (Text)

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Policy Steele Snakes in the Grass: Open Source Doctrine

1998

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Policy Donahue Balancing Spending Among Spies, Satellites, and Schoolboys

1997

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Policy Botbol The OSINT Revolution: Early Failures and Future Prospects

1997

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Policy Felsher Viability & Survivability of US Remote Sensing as Function of Policy

1997

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Policy Steele Intelligence in the Balance: Opening Remarks at OSS ‘97

1997

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Policy Sutton Global Coverage ($1.5B/Year Needed for Lower Tier OSINT)

1997

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Policy Tsuruoka Asian Perceptions of What Is and Is Not Legal in Economic Intelligence

1997

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Policy Tyrrell Proposals to Develop a NATO/PfP OSINT Capability

1996

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Policy Clerc Economic and Financial Intelligence: The French Model

1996

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Policy Kahin What Is Intellectual Property?

1996

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Policy Steele Creating a Smart Nation (Govt Info Q and also CYBERWAR Chapter)

1996

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Policy Steele InfoPeace: OSINT as a Policy Option & Operational Alternative

1996

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Policy Steele Open Sources and the Virtual Intelligence Community

1996

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Policy Steele Protecting the Civilian Infrastructure as an Aspect of Information Warfare

1996

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Policy Zuckerman The Central Role of Open Source Economic Intelligence

1995

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Policy Prusak Seven Myths of the Information Age

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Policy Steele Conference Executive Summary C/HPSCI and former DCI Colby

1995

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Policy Steele Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, & Information

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Policy Steele SMART NATIONS: NI Strategies and Virtual Intelligence Communities

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Policy Ogdin & Giser Cyber-Glut, and What To Do About It

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Policy Schmidt Open Source Solutions 1994: The State of Intelligence

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Policy Schwartau Letter on NII Security

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Policy Schwartau et al Cross-Walk of 3 Experts’ Spending $1 Billion per Year for NII Security

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Policy Steele Communications, Content, Coordination, and C4 Security: Talking Points

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Policy Steele Correspondence to Mr. Marty Harris, NII Commission

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Policy Steele DATA MINING: Don’t Buy or Build Your Shovel Until You Know What…

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Policy Steele Expansion of Questions Posed by Senator John Warner to Aspin-Brown

1994

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Policy Steele Letter to the Open Source Lunch Club on PFIAB Being Useless

1994

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Policy Steele National and Corporate Security in the Age of Information

1994

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Policy Steele Private Enterprise Intelligence: Its Potential Contribution to Nat’l Sec.

1993

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Policy Beaumard France: Think-tank to Anticipate & Regulate Economic Intelligence Issues

1993

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Policy Beaumard Learned Nations: Competitive Advantages Via Knowledge Strategies

1993

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Policy Brenner Law and Policy of Telecommunications and Computer Database Networks

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Policy Castagna Review of Reich, The Work of Nations

1993

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Policy Chantler Need for Australia to Develop a Strategic Policy on OSI

1993

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Policy Cisler Community Computer Networks

1993

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Policy Civille The Spirit of Access: Equity, NREN, and the NII

1993

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Policy Fedanzo A Genetic View of National Intelligence

1993

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Policy Haver Intelligence Aim Veers to Amassing Overt Information

1993

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Policy Kumon Japan and the United States in the Information Age

1993

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Policy Leijonhelm Economic Intelligence Cooperation Between Government Industry

1993

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Policy Love Comments on the Clinton Administration’s ‘Vision’ Statement for the NII

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Policy Petersen A New Twenty-First Century Role for the Intelligence Community

1993

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Policy Schmidt History of Failure, Future of Opportunity: Reinventions and Deja Vu

1993

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Policy Steele A Critical Evaluation of U.S. National Security Capabilities

1993

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Policy Steele ACCESS: Theory and Practice of Intelligence in the Age of Information

1993

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Policy Steele Executive Order 12356, ‘National Security Information’

1993

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Policy Steele Reinventing Intelligence in the Age of Information (TP for DCI)

1993

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Policy Steele Reinventing Intelligence: The Advantages of OSINT

1993

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Policy Steele Role of Grey Lit & Non-Traditional Agencies in Informing Policy Makers

1993

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Policy Toffler (Both) Knowledge Strategies, Intellience Restructuring,  Global Competitiveness

1993

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Policy Wallner Overview of IC Open Source Requirements and Capabilities

1993

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Policy Wood The IC and the Open Source Information Challenge

1992

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Policy Barlow EFF and the National Public Network (NPN)

1992

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Policy Castagna Review of Toffler’s PowerShift

1992

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Policy Dedijer Open Source Solutions: Intelligence and Secrecy

1992

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Policy Gage Open Sources, Open Systems

1992

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Policy Greenwald Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization: Diplomacy’s Cutting Edge

1992

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Policy Hughes An Affordable Approach to Networking America’s Schools

1992

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Policy Kahin New Legal Paradigms for Multi-Media Information in Cyberspace

1992

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Policy Kahn Outline of a Global Knowledge Architecture, Visions and Possibilities

1992

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Policy Steele E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, and Intelligence

1992

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Policy Steele Inaugural Remarks Opening 1st International Conference

1992

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Policy Steele Information Concepts & Doctrine for the Future

1992

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Policy Steele OSINT Clarifies Global Threats: Offers Partial Remedy to Budget Cuts

1992

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Policy Steele Review Strassmann, Information PayOff

1992

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Policy Wood Remarks, Don’t Be Suspicious of Contractors

1991

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Policy JFK Working Group National Intelligence and the American Enterprise: Possibilities

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Policy Karraker Highways of the Mind

1991

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Policy Steele How to Avoid Strategic Intelligence Failures in the Future

1990

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Policy Steele Recasting National Security in a Changing World

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Policy Wright Project for a World Intelligence Center
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Jul 18

Review: None So Blind–A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam

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5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced Deep Trustworthy View of Policy-Intelligence Gaps,

February 8, 2002
George W. Allen
This book is destined to be a classic. There is no other person who spent over 17 years focused on intelligence about Viet-Nam, and very rare is the person who can say they have spent over 50 years in continuous intelligence appointments, 20 of them after retirement. It is a personal story that I consider to be balanced, deep, and trustworthy. While it has gaps, these are easily addressed by reading, at least on the intelligence side, such books at Bruce Jones’ “War Without Windows”, Orrin DeForest’s “SLOW BURN”, Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program”, Jim Witz’s “The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War”, Tom Mangold & John Penycate’s “The Tunnels of Chu Chi”, and the Viet-Nam portions of Jim Bamford’s “Body of Secrets.”I mention these books in part to emphasize that George Allen has produced a book that will stand the test of time and should be regarded as an exceptional historical, policy, intelligence, and public administration case study. It is truly humbling and sobering to read such a calm, complete, and broad treatment of the history of both American intelligence in relation to Viet-Nam, and the consistent manner in which policy-makers refused to listen to accurate intelligence estimates, while their Generals and Ambassadors steadfastly “cooked the books.” The manipulation of truth from the Saigon end, and the refusal to listen to truth on the Washington end, resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, Vietnamese, Loatian, Cambodian, and American, as well as allied nationalities.

This book is gripping. I could not put it down. It is one of the most serious personal accounts I have ever read where the vivid realities of intelligence, ignorance, and policy come together. The author excells at painting the details in context, and his many specific portraits of key individuals and situations are superior.

This book is relevant to today’s war on terrorism. Many of the same issues prevail–rather than enumerate them, I will give this book my very highest mark, and simply say that you cannot understand intelligence, or the intelligence-policy relationship, without having absorbed all this author has to say.

He’s hit it out of the park. Every voter who wonders what it will take to hold politicians accountable for “due diligence” in decision-making, needs to read this book.

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Feb 8