Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America

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Verso, 1990 - 352 Seiten
President Bush has made the war against drugs the number one issue on the contemporary American political agenda. In this revised edition of his classic book, available for the first time in paperback, Edward Jay Epstein argues that the president has adopted the strategy of his forebear, Richard Nixon, in using the drugs war to blame foreigners for the crisis in America's cities, and to provide a smokescreen for unrelated political activity designed to bolster executive power.

The drugs crackdown has seen an almost hundredfold increase in the federal budget for narco-politics in the fifteen years since Agency of Fear was first published, while statistics on drug-running have been massaged. Epstein points out that, despite the massive budgets and public relations brouhaha, drug importation, as measured against wholesale price, has in fact grown.
 

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Inhalt

Preface
1
PROLOGUE THE SECRET POLICE
17
Legend of the Living Dead
23
Nelson Rockefeller
35
The Will
46
The Barker of Slippery Gulch
57
The Betenoire Strategy
63
The Education of Egil Krogh
72
The Screw Worm
147
The Celebrity File
152
World War III
158
PART SIX PRODUCTION OF TERROR
163
The Manipulation of the Media
165
The Movable Epidemic
173
The Crime Nexus
178
Private Knowledge
183

PART THREE THE NIXON CRUSADES
79
Operation Intercept
81
The War of the Poppies
86
The French Connection
93
The Panama Canal 81 86 93
96
PART FOUR THE WAR WITHIN
101
John Ingersolls Version
103
Eugene Rossidess Version
111
Egil Kroghs Version
117
The Magicbullet Solution
123
PART FIVE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
133
The June Scenario
135
Bureau of Assassinations
141
The Liddy Plan
193
The Secret of Room 16
203
Dangerous Liaisons
216
The Philadelphia Story
225
The Revolt of the Bureaucrats
235
The Coughing Crisis
242
Lost Horizons
251
Decline and Fall
257
Chapter Notes
265
Appendix
319
Personal Sources
327
Index
339
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Edward Jay Epstein's books include Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America, Deception: The Invisible War Between the CIA and the KGB, The Rise and Fall of Diamonds, Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth and News from Nowhere.

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