The Secret Team

Title:                      The Secret Team

Author:                  L. Fletcher Prouty

Prouty, L. Fletcher (1973, 2008). The Secret Team: The CIA And Its Allies In Control Of The United States And The World. New York: Skyhorse Pub

LCCN:    2007046044

JK468.I6 P76 2008


Date Updated:  March 1, 2017

Oh, my. Here is a former colonel in the armed forces who sees a conspiracy and lays it at the feet of the CIA. Well, here is what his believers say about the book.

This is an important book. The proof of it is that even the official copy in the Library of Congress disappeared.[1] Moreover, even after his death, the author continues to be the object of a smear campaign.

His book is not less than a frontal attack on US intelligence and concomitantly on those who control it. Its portrait of Allen Dulles, a longtime intelligence director, says it all: “I am a lawyer”; in other words, a servant. But of whom?

This book unveils the existence of a secret cabal, a Power Elite (G. William Domhoff), a “deep State” (P.D. Scott) within the US and its government as well as in about 40 host countries.

This Power Elite uses the Secret Team of top intelligence and military commanders as its long arm and protects it. Together they stand above the law and the democratic process. They get things done, whether they have the political authorization or not.

They dispose of a vast undercover political, military, intelligence, business, media and academic infrastructure, in the US as well as worldwide. They don’t respect the nation State and are able to create, to influence and to topple governments in the hemisphere controlled by them.

The author gives a remarkable insight into the inner workings, the logistics, the strategies and the tactics of the intelligence agency. Its creation and history show that President H. Truman never intended to create an autonomous operational agency in the clandestine field. L.F. Prouty also gives valuable information about the U2-G. Powers incident (apparently to torpedo the US/USSR peace talks) and the Pentagon papers (an intelligence whitewash).

At the end, the author poses the question: “Can any President ever be strong enough really to rule?”

That the CIA has been a participant in many questionable activities is well established. That it has the power Prouty suggests is laughable. If one wants to find a Power Elite, they need look no further than the mega-rich who, now thanks to a Supreme Court decision in April 2014, can buy the country. It is so much easier to buy a country than to take it over by subterfuge.

That said, I would still recommend reading the book for information on ill-conceived intelligence activities. Prouty cannot be wrong on every point.

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[2]

This poorly written book purports to describe the allegedly awesome power wielded by the CIA and its secret teammates of government officials, civilians, military officers, scientists and educators. Prouty, a retired Air Force Colonel, served as an Air Force and JCS Focal Point officer on numerous CIA/Defense-related activities and problems. Despite his considerable background and knowledge, the author’s faulty recollections, his inclination to overstate the facts and to draw unwarranted conclusions, limits the book’s validity and value.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[3]

The author, a retired Air Force colonel, was for nine years, from 1955 to 1963, the focal point officer for contacts between the CIA operational directorate and the various agencies of the Department of Defense. Assigned to the Joint Staff of the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Prouty was charged with briefing Department of Defense officials on CIA covert operations, and with the solicitation of assistance from the air force to support CIA’s covert operations. The author provides key insights into the details of covert operations as they were planned and carried out; he relates these insights in terms of the CIA’s official mission.

[1] What constitutes an “official copy” at the Library of Congress is unknown. Sadly, books are stolen from every library. The catalog of the LOC lists the book as available in “Jefferson or Adams Building Reading Rooms”.

[2] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, p. 53

[3] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., pp. 213-214


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