Several people I know started this book and could not finish it, the actions described in it being so inconceivably cruel that they could not bear to go further. I read it almost in one sitting, and this is the most trying reading experience I have ever gone through. I felt physically sick, and am only slowly recovering from the shock. Extremely skeptical by nature, I grudgingly started to read it, expecting an overly emotional and anecdotical story, which, as sincere as it might be, wouldn't prove its point and would keep me wondering whether there wasn't another side to the story. What I found instead was an extraordinarily powerful, painstakingly documented account, whose ability to stick to facts and present the evidence in a clear and balanced way is its most deadly weapon. The events in question, a mix of corruption, depravity, ritualistic child abuse and murder, among other things, are beyond what most of us imagine can be perpetrated by "normal" human beings. The involvement of officials in such acts and in the coverup, as well as the failure of the justice system at all levels is so unbelievable it ought to make anyone ashamed of our government. The implication of the highest ranking state and national political figures, and their willingness to lie, manipulate, and murder in order to prevent embarrassing truths from becoming public and preserve "the system" will be chilling even to the most dedicated supporters of the American government. Yet John Decamp makes a very potent case that they are true. And considering the nature of the facts divulged in this book, the mere fact that no one has sued him, or made an even reasonably convincing counterargument against him after he published his book is the best proof that he's right on most or all accounts. (I searched on the internet for such arguments, and could find no actual refutation of the facts exposed, just a few rhetorical and inflamed comments with no substance) As Americans are debating around the issues of war atrocities, and try to come to terms with the fact ordinary people can become torturers and assassins given the the right environment, this is a timely reminder that the extreme circumstances of faraway wars are not the only ones in which "civilized" humans can be led to act with the most abject cruelty. The ordinary setting of everyday America is quite good enough. All you need is influence, power, or the assent/tolerance of those who have power. Not a pretty picture of American democracy in action. Yet, this same democracy does make it possible for you to get this book and read it (at least I hope, for my own sake...). So while this book will not make you happy, it is indispensable you read it.
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