FEB 2019

By Joseph DiFrancesco
and Oak Anderson

Welcome back to the BOTM Oak! Oak Anderson was featured here at the BOTM a hundred years ago.

Ex Philadelphia Police Sergeant, Brant Discher, now a small-town cop, doubts the validity of a local ‘suicide case’. He suspects the self-inflicted death of a young, Middle Eastern man has been staged to look like something it is not. Compelled to go rogue, he uncovers the makings of a masterfully complex and sinister plot. With every turn, it seems to go deeper than even he could imagine.

On This Day explores a hive of dormant terrorists secretively and methodically deployed through a manipulation of the US adoption system. They are unaware of the breadth of their assignment, or each other. Unknowingly, all will participate in a national mass attack coordinated for a specific date, etched in stone for over a decade.

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What the heck has happened to America’s intelligence services?

** Chain of Command @ Amazon

While reading Chain of Command by Seymour M. Hersh, I discovered a detailed description of the sorry state to which the CIA and NSA had descended over a period of time beginning with the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet state through the surprise attacks on 9/11, followed by America’s quest for redemption, beginning in 2003 and continuing into 2019.

How did our intelligence services devolve during the twenty years following 1988? Intelligence analysts gleefully announced that the Great Game had finally come to an end and the Cold War was over. Instead, the KGB took control of Russian state and legitimized the oligarchs and crime families, while the tattered remnants of America’s intelligence services congratulated themselves and did high-fives.

Surprise! They’re baaack! It’s Game On all over again!

Now in 2019, we wake up (hopefully) to discover the emergence of a full-blown Russian mafia state armed with nuclear weapons and some of the best hackers in the world, while ISIS terrorists run rampant throughout the Middle East. Here at home, we squabble in distraction over the construction of a wall across our southern border with Mexico — as if this is gonna save us from ourselves and turn our attention away from our self-fulfilling fantasies to re-focus upon the healing of a divided America.

In Chain of Command, Seymour M. Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of the war on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

With an introduction by The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an administration blinded by ideology and of a president whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.

Follow-up Article by Seymour M. Hersh
The Vice President’s Men
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Inside an effort to influence American elections!

The Man Who Knew

Every time I think about 9/11 and terrorist attacks I recall John P. O’Neill, The Man Who Knew.



** Art of Intel @ Amazon

The Art of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and international terrorism. Henry A. “Hank” Crumpton, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, offers a thrilling account that delivers profound lessons about what it means to serve as an honorable spy. From CIA recruiting missions in Africa to pioneering new programs like the UAV Predator, from running post–9/11 missions in Afghanistan to heading up all clandestine CIA operations in the United States, Crumpton chronicles his role—in the battlefield and in the Oval Office—in transforming the way America wages war and sheds light on issues of domestic espionage.

Two Quotes:

“In the prosperous calm after the Cold War, however, America as a nation enjoyed a delusional respite, in an imaginary world without serious threats and deadly enemies.”

“We need leaders who embrace intellectual integrity, constructive political discourse, and hard-nosed governance rather than prideful ignorance, dogmatic rhetoric, and divisive ideology on the left and the right.”
  — Henry A. Crumption, The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service