Friday, April 20, 2012

Archival Interviews with CIA & Military Officers to Be Released

The following announcement has been released regarding the pending publication of a treasure-trove of documentary material on the CIA and the 1960s torture-killings program in Vietnam, the infamous Phoenix Program. Both historians and political activists should be grateful to Doug Valentine and Cryptocomb for making this new material accessible to the general public. I look forward to perusing it.
Cryptocomb is proud to announce the publication of over 8GB's of taped interviews journalist/author Douglas Valentine conducted with more than a dozen CIA and military officers while researching his book The Phoenix Program. The original interviews were recorded in the late 1980s on magnetic tape and, with the help of several volunteers, subsequently converted onto CD's twenty years later. Advances in technology now make it possible to post the interviews on Cryptocomb for everyone to hear. The Phoenix Program, notably, is the template for the targeted killings in the war on terror, and the interviews are invaluable tools for learning about the men who were instrumental in its development and prosecution. Many of the people at the helm of the Phoenix Program later went on to walk the halls of the U.S Dept of Homeland Security, Congress and the Pentagon. The first interviews will be posted April 22nd, with more to follow each week through May 8th.
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