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  • Tim Weiner
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  • 23 August 2019
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Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ Tim Weiner Enemies A History of the FBI Summary Î 2 Ne it deemed subversive and sometimes American presidents The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniues have created a tug of war between protecting national security and infringing upon civil liberties It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republ. An informative disturbing book on the history of the FBI which at its worst moments has functioned as something like the United States version of the Stasi As the book describes for the first half century after its creation it was the tool of one man alone J Edgar Hoover Hoover turned the bureau into a weapon to snuff out communist subversion in the United States At the time of its creation the threat of revolution in America was real and the bureau was above all created to prevent such an occurrence The bureau made war on workers movements and helped support the bosses in their battle to crush organized laborIn fairness the Soviets were doing espionage in America and dreamt of triggering a revolution of the working class that would lead to a Soviet America Later on they would abandon revolutionary goals and focus on trying to steal military secrets and win informants which they did with considerable success But in what has become a running theme of FBI operations the bureau response to foreign espionage was like taking a sledgehammer to an anthill With the Palmer Raids and numerous other purges the bureau set a precedent for sweeping up and abusing huge numbers of innocent people in order to find the few guilty a blunt tactic it continues to this day So much for sophisticated detective work which the bureau cultivates an image ofThroughout its history many legal experts and even FBI officials themselves have warned of the danger of the bureau becoming an American secret police akin to those maintained by the Tsars and the Soviet commissars Whether it is depends on your perspective But the bureau has undeniably engaged in wanton blackmail of elected officials as well as the targeting and destruction of grassroots political movements in the United States It has also targeted the KKK and snuffed out genuine foreign espionage But it seems as though it s greater zeal and abuse has focused on racialized targets and political enemies Reading what they did under Hoover I have little doubt that such an institution is at least capable of using blackmail and undemocratic means to destroy an elected president including one as loathsome as the current holder of office If you start a political movement that would even dream of challenging power in the United States or are a politically active individual from a disfavored minority you can expect to be targeted by the nastiest of tactics in the bureau arsenal Among these are harassment surveillance entrapment and This is not hyperbole but plain fact experienced by Black Americans as well Muslims from any background who have lived through post 911 AmericaI was expecting a dull read but this was actually a page turner There are also details of historical episodes I had never even known of before like an investigation to apprehend the assassins of an Israeli military official in DC in the 1970s The book would ve benefitted from big picture analysis and got too much into the weeds of certain investigations at time 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Enemies A History of the FBI

Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ Tim Weiner Enemies A History of the FBI Summary Î 2 Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award   We think of the FBI as America’s police force But secret intelligence is the. A free people must have both security and liberty They are warring forces yet we cannot have one without the other When William Webster became Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1978 he was shocked to find that the FBI spawned from the Bureau of Investigation in 1935 was without a legal framework for its activities and operations Author Tim Weiner describes The Bureau had no charter a legal birth certificate from Congress spelling out its role It had never had one It still does not Weiner s Enemies is a whirlwind history of how such an entity came to be and how limited only by the president s oath to take care that the laws are faithfully executed its boundaries and missions have stretched and pulled and become what they are today The author further specifies his goal as honing in on the history of the FBI s secret intelligence operations describing the book in part as a record of illegal arrests and detentions break ins burglaries wiretapping and bugging on behalf of the president Most of what I found lacking in the book lay outside of Weiner s intended scope So I only have myself to blame for the long list of events about which I want to know so much In all fairness those details and anecdotes would have rendered this already hefty book into an unwieldy tome You can t have it all I suppose American MachiavelliThere s a reason that a good chunk of FBI history reads much like a biography of its famed first director J Edgar Hoover Since I already got most of my Archer referencing J Edna Hoover ya yas out reading The Puppetmaster The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover earlier this year I m gonna shy away from commenting much on the man himself However it s clear that without Hoover there simply is no history of this breed of federal activity He was a founding father of American intelligence and the architect of the modern surveillance state Every fingerprint on file every byte of biographic and biometric data in the computer banks of the government owes its origins to him Got a problem with that Well yeah Duh In a government that purportedly relies on a system of checks and balances this kind of power which of course is a function of information is not meant to be left on the shoulders of one man without some serious supervision And Hoover had the cunning necessary to keep that consolidated power If you re including his years as Director of the BOI then Hoover s reign starts with Calvin Coolidge in 1924 and closes during the Nixon Administration in 1972 Legalizing Spycraft The Espionage Act of 1917 was a game changer such that when Hoover became the chief of the Justice Department s Radical Division in 1919 anyone in possession of information that could harm the nation basically anything with disloyal ideas could be tossed in the slammer You had your anarchists socialists and of course the good old Communist conspiracy all of which the Justice Department wanted to uash and thought J Edgar was the man to do it To no great surprise things got out of hand pretty uickly as espionage set its sights on senators at the whim of the attorney general The Bureau of Investigation had been created as an instrument of law It was turning into an illegal weapon of political warfare The transition from BOI to FBI in 1935 however was not inconseuential Under Franklin D Roosevelt a wartime president in case you forgot about a little thing called WWII Hoover was first charged with tackling cases that crossed state boundaries gangster wars Prohibition You know stuff that had Hoover holding tommy guns for documentaries like You Can t Get Away With It below in 1936 Those criminal justice elements and raids on political meetings private homes bookstores and bedrooms however didn t give Hoover the kind of wiggle room he felt he needed to compete with the experienced foreign espionage services of the Soviets Germans or Japanese Enter the Smith Act of 1940 which included the toughest federal restrictions on free speech in American history it outlawed words and thoughts aimed at overthrowing the government and it made membership in any organization with that intent a federal crime Wartime Wiretaps and Turf WarsThough Hoover had a hefty load on his plate under FDR World War II reuired new arms of intelligence and Roosevelt appointed William Wild Bill Donovan spymaster for the Office of Secret Services which was itself a secret Hoover was never big on sharing and thus was not a fan of Wild Bill considered the intellectual father of the CIA Thus began decades of painfully uncoordinated branches of American secret intelligence Hoover was ever aware of the lay of the land and how best to manipulate higher ups to get necessary approval Weiner points out that if we don t do this people will die has withstood the test of time as a one liner with a record of garnering uick signatures When the going was good Hoover was first in line to take the credit When Nazi saboteurs including George Dasch below were captured in 1942 Edgar was sure to get a letter to the Oval Office ASAP boasting of how the FBI had effectively stopped the Third Reich from invading American soil not bothering to mention that Dasch in fact turned himself in And in a vast oversimplification of affairs let s just say that when FDR passed and Truman took office Hoover tried to treat Truman like a gullible babysitter claiming FDR totally would have let him watch TV after 9pm or you know run a black bag job or two From the Red Scare to the War on TerrorI was born in 1984 so names like Timothy McVeigh Ted Kaczynski and David Koresh come to mind when I think of FBI takedowns of yesteryear Then I remember hearing a little something something about some McCarthy fellow who dominated the small screen for a while getting to watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers in high school history class and Boris and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle and it comes back to me that the threat of Communism was kind of a big deal This would be the part of the book where I leaned heavily on Wikipedia to give me a bit context on a hit parade of names that came up in a mix of Bureau espionage achievements and embarrassments You know the type of stuff that would have Ronald Reagan joking into the microphone during soundcheck My fellow Americans I m pleased to tell you today that I ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever Even as the targets of secret intelligence operations and the faces of terror shifted from the likes of Aldrich Ames and Alger Hiss to the Blind Sheik below and Osama Bin Laden there remained one constant critical threat to the American way of life I think FBI Director Robert S Mueller from 2001 to 2013 summed it up best We did not have a management system in place to assure that we were following the law The Rules of EngagementWeiner does get into the detail of how changes in technology and personnel not to mention geopolitics alteredcontinues to alter the elusive balance between security and freedom He does a pretty damn good job of it too so you know read the book because it s interesting and intricate stuff Some rules have become a bit clear You know like the fact that if invited in law enforcement can enter your home without a warrant citation Cyril Figgis And once that happens well I ll let Agent Hawley say it Oh come on Did you really expect me to do this entire review without at least one Archer reference

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Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¾ Tim Weiner Enemies A History of the FBI Summary Î 2 Bureau’s first and foremost mission Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history   Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred year war on terror The FBI has fought against terrorists spies anyo. Reading this book i realized a couple things i didn t know before One that J Edgar Hoover was probably the most powerful man in American history only because of the amount of sway that he had on just about anyone And two that the FBI is this weird mix of 1984 and the Wizard of Oz where you have this agency that is presumably watching you all the time but it does have a head and that head until his death was J EdgarI really love the fantastical element of his character The daunting seriousness coupled with the insatiable lust for being on the top of the mountain where you oversee everyone else and no one sees you a very private way of living behind the screen Wizard of Oz Ehrlichman approached the director with caution His staff had warned him that every meeting in Hoover s office was secretly filmed or videotaped But they did not prepare me for the Wizard of Oz approach that his visitors were reuired to make From the corridors of Justice Ehrlichman was ushered through double doors guarded by Hoover s personal attendants He walked into a room crammed with tributes to Hoover plaues and citations emblazoned with emblems of American eagles and eternally flaming torches The anteroom led to a second formal room with hundreds awards That led to a third trophy room with a highly polished desk The desk was emptyJ Edgar Hoover was nowhere to be seen he wrote My guide opened a door behind the desk at the back of the room and I was ushered into an office about twelve or thirteen feet suare dominated by Hoover himself he was seated ina large leather desk chair behind a wooden desk in the center of the room When he stood it became obvious that he and his desk were on a dais about six inches high I was invited to sit on a low purplish leather couch to his right J Edgar Hoover looked down on me and began to talkI find this book terrifying Because in developing the FBI J Edgar thrust into our justice system all of the covert shit that haunts us the lists of radicals or subversives the secretive tribunals wiretapping dossiers of politically important characters and what s worst this sprawl of information contained by now the NSA in a neverending database in Bluffington UT Talking with Tim Weiner through the Goodreads History club I found out that Hoover was motivated because uite simply he thought Communism was Evil That s capital E E vil He was in the midst of a holy war for American Freedom against the communist usurper This book does set up a context for that fear right as the mad bombers of Luigi Galleani are bombing Chicago s chief of police and Wall Street i understand that harrowing fear of a world under attack and the extremes you would do in the circumstanceHoover bought into CommunismAnarchism bent at this young and impressionable moment in his life as the never ceasing wherewithal that we buy into terrorists having now Not only a call to end what we know as freedom but martyrdom for the sake of making sure our way of life is removed for their political idealsUnderstanding that Hoover sought to take them out of the picture This begat the Palmer Raids which begat the WWII lists of subversives which begat the Security Index and Cointelpro and the CIA s formation After reading this book i actually believe that Hoover was the Cold War Now you might say that s crazy World wide arms race with all of its soldiers spies Hoover could not solely be responsible for that entire make up No not exactly But when we really conceive the beginnings of the Cold War Roosevelt saying in 1940 that spies saboteurs and traitors are the actors in this new strategy With all of these we must and will deal vigorously And that was Hoover s MO constant surveillance as Pinkerton wanted So it began in the name of national security but i like a uote by Louis Brandeis a Supreme court justice who railed against the authority to allow wiretapping even in the name of making society suffer and giving criminals greater immunity than has been known heretofore You always have to uestion Who is that policing force or as Brandeis put it the greatest danger to liberty lie in insidious encroachments by men of zeal well meaning but without understandingIn the name of securing our freedom Hoover developed a force of intelligence that kept everyone in this country in check Baggage on JFK and MLK Adelaide Stephenson and Eleanor Roosevelt Not to mention student groups the Black Panther Party and politicians galore It s true there are subversive agents that are trying to respell the ways in which America operates itself And owing to the Alexander Hamilton s uote the epitaph of the book denying them will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights To be safe they at length become willing to run the risk of being freeBut is this worth 10000 immigrants being arrested in 1920 31000 immigrants after World War 2the infiltration of political groups by spies to inform and possibly work as provocateurs or possibly the most heinous offense allowing an information collection agency and clandestine operating force of this massive power to fall into the wrong hands such as Bush and Cheney or Richard NixonThis so called safety has long term implications And the paranoid feeling that they know everything you do lingers Don t know much what to do about it other than read books like this and keep informed