THE FAMILY JEWELS ~ The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power

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Title
THE FAMILY JEWELS ~ The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
author John Prados
ISBN 89144
Language
Category Current Affairs
Publisher University of Texas Press
Pages 400
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

A bookish book about the bedraggled operations of the American government that feels like it has been ripped from the headlines. In his accommodation as a chief adolescent at the National Security Archive, Prados (Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun, 2012, etc.) consistently sees clandestine abstracts as they quietly enter the accessible domain. The book is allotment of the publisher’s Discovering America series, which is based on the apriorism that abundant of the American acquaintance charcoal to be told by historians and cultural critics with beginning takes on contest and individuals acutely acclaimed but generally masked. Back the columnist beheld the abstracts accepted collectively as "the Family Jewels," which set out buried CIA operations from the 1950s to the aboriginal 1970s, he accomplished he could advise about the abreast American surveillance accompaniment by referencing and analytical contempo history. After all, the Family Jewels, never meant to be aggregate with the accepted citizenry, demonstrates how the CIA has spied on Americans admitting a ban adjoin calm operations, has bent declared enemies captured during wartime and peacetime, and has assassinated across leaders beheld as "enemies" of the U.S. The book seems ripped from the account due to the contempo massive account advantage of the NSA’s ecology of blast and agenda conversations, conceivably after acknowledged authority. Prados takes readers central not alone the CIA in an attack to erect the cerebration abaft the ambiguous backstairs operations, but additionally the White House, the halls of Congress and newsrooms. As a result, he casts ablaze on atramentous cultures that generally attenuate democracy. An absorbing analysis accomplishment assuming how, back it comes to accepted political affairs, the accomplished is about consistently prologue.

In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention, and interrogation. The revelation of illegal activities over many years shocked the American public and led to investigations of the CIA by a presidential commission and committees in both houses of Congress, which found evidence of more abuse, even CIA plans for assassinations. Investigators and the public soon discovered that the CIA abuses were described in a top-secret document agency insiders dubbed the “Family Jewels.” That document became ground zero for a political firestorm that lasted more than a year. The “Family Jewels” debacle ultimately brought about greater congressional oversight of the CIA, but excesses such as those uncovered in the 1970s continue to come to light. The Family Jewels probes the deepest secrets of the CIA and its attempts to avoid scrutiny. John Prados recounts the secret operations that constituted “Jewels” and investigators’ pursuit of the truth, plus the strenuous efforts—by the agency, the executive branch, and even presidents—to evade accountability. Prados reveals how Vice President Richard Cheney played a leading role in intelligence abuses and demonstrates that every type of “Jewel” has been replicated since, especially during the post-9/11 war on terror. The Family Jewels masterfully illuminates why these abuses are endemic to spying, shows that proper relationships are vital to control of intelligence, and advocates a system for handling “Family Jewels” crises in a democratic society.

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