Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

12/13/2007 (7:58 pm)

Shadow War

I’ve written several posts suggesting the possibility of a systematic effort by elements within the CIA to sabotage President Bush’s foreign policy initiatives. It turns out there’s a book describing exactly that in bold detail, just released in November 2007 by Crown Forum.

Bestselling author and investigative journalist Kenneth Timmerman recently published “Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender.” A lurid title, but the reviews so far reveal a carefully researched effort free of emotion-laden rhetoric. I have not read it yet, so I can only refer you to the reviews at Amazon.com, which are uniformly positive. Oh, and take a look at Front Page Magazine’s interview of Timmerman from last Wednesday.

From the interview:

In the beginning were the leaks. I was curious how highly-classified intelligence information was winding up on the front pages of the NY Times and in other leftist media. Two stories, in particular, caught my attention initially: the leak of the CIA “secret prisons,” and the smearing of Ahmad Chalabi, to which I will return below.

I knew quite a bit about both stories, and knew that the way they were being reported was incredibly selective and politically motivated. I wanted to track them back to the source.

What I discovered was a vast, underground network of government officials, former intelligence officers, members of Congress and their staffs, who were in bed with a complacent, anti-Bush media. They were eager to publish anything that did damage to this president, even if it put the lives of our intelligence officers or of our front-line troops in jeopardy.

Timmerman has a long history of working closely with the defense industry and the intelligence community, and apparently has maintained a significant network of sources within the government. He’s apparently one of the world’s leading experts on Iran’s weapons buildup, and was nominated for a Nobel prize for his repeated warnings about Iran’s nuclear development.

I plan to buy it soon.

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January 17, 2008 @ 8:13 am #

[…] Fitzpatrick focused on the White House, and uncovered nothing. (Recall my posts regarding the Shadow War being carried out by the CIA.) While those specific acts will not be under investigation, the same […]

June 23, 2008 @ 11:36 am #

[…] Terror (it’s not widely appreciated how thoroughly the CIA leans toward the political Left); Kenneth Timmerman’s book “Shadow Warriors” addresses this and wider issues. The Times’ repeated moves to disclose details of classified […]

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