Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA



➶ [Reading] ➸ Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA By Melissa Boyle Mahle ➫ – E17streets4all.co.uk The reality for a woman agent working in the secret world of intelligence often leads to extraordinary obstacles and sacrifices Melissa Boyle Mahle, a sixteen year covert operative for the CIA in the The reality for a woman agent working in Deception: An Epub Û the secret world of intelligence often leads to extraordinary obstacles and sacrifices Melissa Boyle Mahle, a sixteen year covert operative for the CIA in the Middle East, was the Agency s top ranked female Arabist before she left inIn Denial and Deception, Mahle not only describes the Agency s successes and failures, but details her life as a woman in one of the last professions that remain almost exclusively male directed and dominated The author has a unique vantage point from which to view the political Denial and PDF \ and operational culture of the CIA in the post Cold War climate, and reveals how it failed to anticipate the attacks From Ronald Reagan to George W Bush, she provides a vivid narrative of how the agency became a rudderless organization, lost in the post Cold War world Afraid to take risks that might offend Congress and European allies after overstepping its legal bounds in the Iran Contra era, gutted of the clandestine operators who knew how to run secret wars, demoralized by criticism and poor performance, the CIA simply became unable and unwilling to and Deception: An PDF Å get down and dirty to do the hard part to fight a real war on terrorism.Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA

I am an author of children s books Deception: An Epub Û and intelligence non fiction My writing draws upon my past career as a US intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East and terrorism My professional experience involved me in US intelligence operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and AfricaI invite you to visit my websites, spygirlspress and facebook spygirlspress for children s books or melissaboylemahle for adult non fiction booksI was one of a handful of female operations officers fluent in Arabic at the CIA In a male dominated culture of the CIA, I Denial and PDF \ carved out a career as a successful operations officer, demonstrating by deed that women can make important contributions I also sought to balance my professional life with a family life, a particularly difficult challenge for a working mother in the intelligence fieldAfter leaving the clandestine world in , I embarked on a new career as an author, commentator and movie consultant My first book, Denial and Deception An Insider s View of the CIA from Iran Contra to , was published in Part history, part memoir, Denial and Deception answers the question of and Deception: An PDF Å just what was going on inside the intelligence community in the run up to the tragedy Well received by Washington insiders and lay readers alike, the paperback version was released in The best part of marketing this book was the opportunity to appear on the Daily Show Yes, John Stewart is as funny in personMy latest work with co author Kathryn Dennis is a middle grade fiction story, entitled Uncovered in Istanbul, book two in the Anatolia Steppe Mystery series I also appear in the national electronic and print media as a commentator on intelligence and national security issues and contributes to scholarly journals On the lighter side, I have a great time participating in youth programs at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC and providing technical advice to Hollywood film makers, with film credits for SALT staring Angelina Jolie and Hanna staring Cate Blanchett and Saoirse RonanMy current creative efforts are focused on writing children stories geared for middle grade readers who like adventure and spy thriller novels My writing partner is Kathryn Dennis, a lifelong friend and fellow adventurer.

Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA
  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA
  • Melissa Boyle Mahle
  • English
  • 24 February 2019
  • 1560258276

10 thoughts on “Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA

  1. says:

    Ms Mahle s brief introduction Intelligence Failure discusses probable causes why several agencies missed connecting dots for September 11, 2001 The historical development of the various agencies and the cultures that grew within them as well as the public perception of these agencies usefulness and that perception s affect on funding for these institutions all have a bearing on the failure.The rest of the book is organized chronologically in parts beginning with The Webster Years which rea Ms Mahle s brief introduction Intelligence Failure discusses probable causes why several agencies missed connecting dots for September 11, 2001 The historical development of the various agencies and the cultures that grew within them as well as the public perception of these agencies usefulness and that perception s affect on funding for these institutions all have a bearing on the failure.The rest of the book is organized chronologically in parts beginning with The Webster Years which really starts earlier with Bill Casey as Director of Central Intelligence DCI Within the chapters themselves are sections some long, some short that describe various regions and dates e.g Nicaragua, 1984 Washington, D.C., 1985, that put various incidents in context What is really disturbing about the causes of failure is several occur in government in general poor tradecraft, weak management practices, stovepipes, and turf battles Another reason that needs to be added is ego Some peoples egos need to be fed and they must be in control As a result information does not get passed in a timely fashion if at all Turf battles take place and at times people refuse to see facts because they do not support their picture of the world As a result the country is not protected as well as it could and should be.Ms Mahle does an excellent job defending the worker bees and concentrateson the agency than herself This book is a very interesting read and I would suggest everyone read this as well as Tenet s memoir In The Eye of the Storm Bear in mind that while each has their own agenda Tenet is muchconcerned about his reputation

  2. says:

    This book contained great information but a lot of the material was repetitive The author said the Agency was hemorrhaging at least six separate times paraphrased Though I understand her effort to explain so many interconnected events on a global scale was a complex undertaking, it readlike a bad documentary or research paper than a book about some of the most intriguing, covert actions taken by the U.S in recent times.

  3. says:

    This book chronicles the various directors of the CIA beginning during the Reagan years It describes each of the men who promised to do one thing and seemed to hampered either by their own narrow vision or lack of cooperation by the President Mahle joined the organization in the early 90s and left in 2002 for obscure reasons she can t reveal because it is classified It s obvious throughout much of the book the CIA is a boys club and there is still a glass ceiling for women who join I was int This book chronicles the various directors of the CIA beginning during the Reagan years It describes each of the men who promised to do one thing and seemed to hampered either by their own narrow vision or lack of cooperation by the President Mahle joined the organization in the early 90s and left in 2002 for obscure reasons she can t reveal because it is classified It s obvious throughout much of the book the CIA is a boys club and there is still a glass ceiling for women who join I was interested in readingabout the CIA because I ve recently heard a slew of recruitment commercials which I can t recall ever hearing The book has a glossary of terms, notes and other reference materials There are brief parts that are redacted which seems to be the norm for anyone writing about the CIA It doesn t impede reading The book gives a history of how the US overlooked Bin Laden until it was too late

  4. says:

    Barely got through this one I did not enjoy the bitter tone of the author would have preferred aobjective historical account Something about the way this was written just did not hold my interest at all organization, perhaps, but mainly the lack of interesting detail due to security restrictions which seems understandable but became difficult to read around when parts of paragraphs were included, just blacked out These instances plus certain snide remarks about CIA censorship didn Barely got through this one I did not enjoy the bitter tone of the author would have preferred aobjective historical account Something about the way this was written just did not hold my interest at all organization, perhaps, but mainly the lack of interesting detail due to security restrictions which seems understandable but became difficult to read around when parts of paragraphs were included, just blacked out These instances plus certain snide remarks about CIA censorship didn t sit well with me

  5. says:

    Excellent book about the CIA s hunt for terrorists before 9 11 2001 The Agency notified the intelligence community and policymakers of its assessment that al Qa ida was planning a large scale operation that was spectacular in nature and could cause mass casualties The agency warned that al Wa ida desired to strike inside the United States The CIA made the strategic warning, but then missed the tactical moment September 11 from page 319

  6. says:

    An interesting overview of the intelligence community from the 1970s through 2004 Depressing, really, and the current administration s attempts at aempathetic approach to Islamics has been nosuccessful thn past effort One wonders what will be written about the intelligence efforts in the Arab Spring.

  7. says:

    Interesting history of CIA since the early 90 s, as told from an insider I wish I could getdirt on what the life of an operative is like, but she can only get so specific Great political text on al Quaeda and its build up as well as the political web.

  8. says:

    Interesting view of how women are treated in the US intelligence community So so in my view If you lay down with dogs, don t complain about the fleas.

  9. says:

    This book is fascinating I heard the author on a talk radion interview and was hooked I enjoyed the insiders perspective and her theory on Osama bin Laden.

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