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Posted by Sadie from D006081.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 1:09AM :

In Reply to: Reposting response to Alice for visual presen posted by Alexander from ( on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 5:59PM :

I didn't see your original post until Alex pointed it out. Have you ever read the book "Rogue State" by William ("Bill") Blum? It is essentially about what you are interested in, & the bibliography would be an excellent list of sources for you to check out. It has sections on every conflict in which the U.S. has participated & details what kind of underground stuff was going on, courtesy of the U.S. government (with officials always interested in making a profit). If you can not find a copy of the book at your local library, you can order it online from Common Courage Press (see link below) or try doing web searches through Google for articles by William/Bill Blum.

William Blum left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer, because of his opposition to what the United States was doing in Vietnam.

He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital.

In 1969, he wrote and published an exposť of the CIA in which was revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 employees of the Agency.
Mr. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-3, writing about the Allende government's "socialist experiment" and its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various parts of the world.
In the mid-1970's, he worked in London with former CIA officer Philip Agee and his associates on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds.
The late 1980s found Mr. Blum living in Los Angeles, teaching and pursuing a career as a screenwriter. Unfortunately, his screenplays all had two (if not three) strikes against them because they dealt with that thing which makes grown men run screaming in Hollywood: ideas and issues.
William Blum is currently living in Washington, DC again, using the Library of Congress and the National Archives to strike fear into the hearts of US government imperialists. Blum maintains his own ( ) and also maintains the Foreign Policy Watch section of ZNet ( ).

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