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Agency PageManaging Covert Political Action
Managing Covert Political Action, James A. Barry. In 1954, at the height of US concern about the threat from international communism, President Eisenhower appointed a panel to make recommendations regarding covert political action as an instrument of foreign policy. The panel, named after its chairman, General Jimmy Doolittle, included the following statement in its report: It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever costs. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the US is to survive, longstanding American concepts of "fair play" must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated means than those used against us. It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy...
Agency PageThe Vemork Action
The Vemork Action, Claus Helberg. The following is an edited version of an article which was originally published in 1947 Yearbook of the Norwegian Tourist Association. The author, who was a member of a Norwegian sabotage team, has authoril-ed its inclusion in Studies in Intelligence. The sabotage operation against the German heavy water production plant was celebrated in a movie, "The Heroes of Telemark. " Mr. Helberg, who participated in the operation, is still hearty. In 1990, he took a member of'the Editorial Board of Studies in Intelligence on a trip to Vemork, retracing part of the journey described in the article...