Tag Archives: Central Intelligence Agency

Vietnam Notebook: The World War II Years, 1940 – 1945

Hồ Chí Minh (right) with Vo Nguyen Giap (left)...

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Ho Chi Minh walked a distance of well over 100 miles, all while avoiding Japanese patrols. He met with various American intelligence officers upon arrival. Many first hand accounts of Ho in these days emphasize his ephemeral nature. Clearly he had to have been a fascinating character to these men steeped in spy-craft. <MORE>

The Binh Xuyen: Order and Opium in Saigon

Bảo Đại and his followers on accession

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In 1950 the CIA’s Colonel Lansdale reported that:

“The Binh Xuyen were participating in one of the world’s major arteries of the dope traffic, helping move the prize opium crops out of Laos and South China. The profits were so huge that Bao Dai’s tiny cut was ample to keep him in yachts, villas, and other comforts in France.”More>>

Online Book: CIA Essay on Phoenix Program

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Happy hunting in Tay Ninh Province 1969-70. In South Vietnam the CIA ran a pacification program known as Phoenix that was both ruthless and controversial…. more>>

Online Book: CIA History of Rural Pacification in Vietnam

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The CIA‘s history of the ill-fated rural pacification program during the Vietnam era. Notable participants included Ed Lansdale and Richard HolbrookeMore>>