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This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott, whose previous books have investigated CIA involvement in southeast Asia, the drug wars, and the Kennedy assassination, here probes how the policies of pr This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott, whose previous books have investigated CIA involvement in southeast Asia, the drug wars, and the Kennedy assassination, here probes how the policies of presidents since Nixon have augmented the tangled bases for the 2001 terrorist attack. Scott shows how America's expansion into the world since World War II has led to momentous secret decision making at high levels. He demonstrates how these decisions by small cliques are responsive to the agendas of private wealth at the expense of the public, of the democratic state, and of civil society. He shows how, in implementing these agendas, U.S. intelligence agencies have become involved with terrorist groups they once backed and helped create, including al Qaeda.


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This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott, whose previous books have investigated CIA involvement in southeast Asia, the drug wars, and the Kennedy assassination, here probes how the policies of pr This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott, whose previous books have investigated CIA involvement in southeast Asia, the drug wars, and the Kennedy assassination, here probes how the policies of presidents since Nixon have augmented the tangled bases for the 2001 terrorist attack. Scott shows how America's expansion into the world since World War II has led to momentous secret decision making at high levels. He demonstrates how these decisions by small cliques are responsive to the agendas of private wealth at the expense of the public, of the democratic state, and of civil society. He shows how, in implementing these agendas, U.S. intelligence agencies have become involved with terrorist groups they once backed and helped create, including al Qaeda.

30 review for The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimba Tichenor

    Reading this book requires a healthy skepticism The author of this book Peter Dale Scott is a Canadian-born poet and academic (professor emeritus of English, University of California at Berkeley ), who over the years developed a strong interest in contemporary politics, specifically the role of a so-called "deep state" as opposed to the public state in the shaping of American politics. In past books, Scott has examined the role of the "deep state" in the prosecution of the Vietnam War (Conspiracy Reading this book requires a healthy skepticism The author of this book Peter Dale Scott is a Canadian-born poet and academic (professor emeritus of English, University of California at Berkeley ), who over the years developed a strong interest in contemporary politics, specifically the role of a so-called "deep state" as opposed to the public state in the shaping of American politics. In past books, Scott has examined the role of the "deep state" in the prosecution of the Vietnam War (Conspiracy War) and in the JFK assassination (Deep Politics and the JFK Assassination). In short, he is a conspiracy theorist who has now turned his attention to the role of the deep state, i.e. non-elected interests such as big Oil companies and Wall Street, in paving the road to 9/11. Although I do not doubt that much of what he writes about the entanglement of the CIA with big oil companies and Wall Street is true, I would recommend reading this book with a healthy dose of skepticism. A close reading of the author's extensive footnotes (accounting for 50 percent of the books 746 pages) reveals that the author relied almost exclusively on journalistic reporting. He cites few academic histories or archival sources. For the post-1980 era, this oversight is somewhat excusable, given most archives impose a 40 year rule. However, for the period 1945-1980, this failure constitutes a major red flag. Unlike journalists, academic historians must name their sources; they cannot cite anonymous informants or quote unnamed persons on deep background -- an accepted practice for journalists that allows them to get the story out quickly, but also makes their reporting more prone to error. Journalists also write with an eye to grabbing the attention of their readers; thus their narratives are also more prone to sensationalism than those of academic historians. Finally, the very speed with which they must write means that their analysis typically lacks the depth found in historical accounts. Thus, assessing foreign policy based solely on accounts written by journalists can lead to an argument that puts the horse before the cart. In fact, it seems that Peter Dale Scott began this book with a foregone conclusion, rather than starting with a hypothesis, whose veracity his research would either prove or disprove. He only cites news reports that support his theory. In short, this book is your typical conspiracy theory: It contains undeniable elements of the truth, but that truth is hidden beneath mountains of undigested and possibly inaccurate information and analysis.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Strong Extraordinary Dreams

    Genius: This book can be read by 911 propaganda worshipers without them rejecting it, because it studiously avoids rejecting the big print version of the 911 propaganda story. At the same time, it is full of (1) US dealing in Asia, and (2) the dishonesty and corruption of the 911 commission. Genius: The 911 Commission Report's lies and omissions can, should and are used to extract the deeper truths that the Commission is/was trying to hide. Genius! Good: overview of back-office, covert actions in Genius: This book can be read by 911 propaganda worshipers without them rejecting it, because it studiously avoids rejecting the big print version of the 911 propaganda story. At the same time, it is full of (1) US dealing in Asia, and (2) the dishonesty and corruption of the 911 commission. Genius: The 911 Commission Report's lies and omissions can, should and are used to extract the deeper truths that the Commission is/was trying to hide. Genius! Good: overview of back-office, covert actions in Asia and the middle east Good: very full of information and leads off to other areas Good: I am pretty well informed about these subjects, and I was educated Good: Completely ignores the propaganda story about hijackers learning to fly, or anything that in support of that story, even though noting the bizarre history and ownership of the flight schools that "they" or some people attended Neutral: This is two books: (1) A history of US interference in Asia, the Middle East and the like, and (2) the corruption and incompetence of the 911 commission. Bad: Really, in the book's design, it supports the "muh, Arabs did it". Bad, or necessary: Avoids out-right mocking of the 911 propaganda fantasy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    malrubius

    Audiobook. Fascinating. Well-researched. Objective. Does not jump to conclusions. Asks more questions than it answers, but they are the questions that still need answers. Hopeful conclusion that the people of the US on both sides of the aisle can rise up against the deep state.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Walter Bradley Jr.

    A Must Read

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    incredibly dense, with more info than I could have imagined. Definitely need to own this one.

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