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By Douglas Valentine

ISBN-10: 1497620201

ISBN-13: 9781497620209

A surprising exposé of the covert CIA application of common torture, rape, and homicide of civilians in the course of America's warfare in Vietnam, with a brand new creation through the author

In the darkest days of the Vietnam struggle, America's vital Intelligence service provider secretly initiated a sweeping software of kidnap, torture, and assassination devised to destabilize the infrastructure of the nationwide Liberation entrance (NLF) of South Vietnam, generally called the "Viet Cong." The sufferers of the Phoenix application have been Vietnamese civilians, female and male, suspected of harboring information regarding the enemy—though many at the blacklist have been special through corrupt South Vietnamese protection group of workers seeking to extort cash or eliminate a rival. among 1965 and 1972, greater than 80 thousand noncombatants have been "neutralized," as women and men alike have been subjected to prolonged imprisonment with no trial, bad torture, brutal rape, and in lots of instances execution, all below the watchful eyes folks govt agencies.

Based on wide learn and in-depth interviews with former contributors and observers, Douglas Valentine's startling exposé blows the lid off of what was once probably the bloodiest and so much inhumane covert operation within the CIA's history.

The e-book variation comprises "The Phoenix Has Landed," a brand new advent that addresses the "Phoenix-style network" that constitutes America's inner safety gear this day. citizens on American soil are oftentimes precise lower than the guise of defending us from terrorism—which is why, greater than ever, humans have to comprehend what Phoenix is all about.

Series edited by way of Mark Crispin Miller.

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Privatized time, ironically, spreads outward, colonizing as assertions of autonomy grasp and swell collaterally. Severed from eternal being, creaturely positivity thrashes about for meaning. 13 Indeed, the history of “civilization” has often been mythologized as the spread of technologies that allow for greater efficiency and control of the unexpected. In the material instantiations of its so-called “manifest destiny,” the West has too often viewed itself as offering the world a more productive temporality.

8 Augustine, Confessions, trans. Henry Chadwick (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 29. Thirty years after starring in the largely unsuccessful prosecution of the My Lai Massacre, Michael Bernhardt reflected on the military’s response to the war crime: “I had hoped the army would come out of this with a sense of purpose, knowing why and what we are doing. That a change in culture would begin where we started rewarding officers who acted out of responsibility instead of careerism. But they studied this particular group of soldiers like they lived in a vacuum.

Boredom and Atrocity On February 8, 1968, James Henry’s 3rd Platoon came upon 19 unarmed women and children. Operating under the directive to “kill everything that moves,” the platoon turned their automatic weapons on the civilians: “It was over in a few seconds. ” Indeed, the civilian massacre was not the first Henry witnessed that day. By midmorning the platoon had already waylaid many civilians, including raping a young woman and murdering an elderly man: “He was held down on the ground and the APC ran him over twice.

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