This is a fascinating account of the historical crimes and blunders of the CIA, and these are just the events we know of! It clearly demonstrates that what lies behind our so-called benevolent democracies is purely violence, lies and coercion. It is totalitarianism, colonialism and empire building pure and simple, but done in secret in the name of National Security. You can do what you like, as long as nobody can prove it was you, including murder!
There are a number of disturbing examples of CIA coups, including one in Indonesia, where a CIA pilot was captured after bombing a church and a marketplace, the same pilot later remarked that all the people he attacked were communists, even though they may not have been aware of it.
The book highlights the problem of security service unaccountability. What strikes me as particularly hilarious, is the constant reiteration by Western Governments of the need for transparency, openness and fairness, whilst at the very same time cutting back on all departments that are bound by these principles, in contrast the unaccountable "Secret" areas of the state grow ever larger and more encompassing.
The more I read about these so-called "intelligence services" the clearer it becomes, that ideas like democracy and the rule of law become completely superfluous if they are not exercised in an egalitarian way.
Whenever the schemes of the secret services are exposed in the corporate media, they just find new ways of hiding and rearranging their activities, then carry on like its business as usual. It's a matter of National Security you see!
Definitely worth a read.