Whistleblower at the CIA
An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence
"Goodman (National Insecurity), a former CIA analyst who served from the Johnson administration through the first Reagan administration, exposes the disconcerting politicization of intelligence at America's best-known international intelligence-gathering agency. The poisonous mixing of politics and ideology in service of White House masters culminates in Goodman’s account of his fateful but unsuccessful takedown attempt of his onetime friend Robert Gates, who became CIA director in 1991 after a failed 1987 attempt. Goodman boldly stepped out of shadows and into the harsh glare of a congressional hearing to charge Gates with downplaying his knowledge of the Iran-Contra Affair and manipulating intelligence facts to serve political ends. Recalling these events, Goodman harnesses palpable outrage to this solid, if sometimes repetitive, indictment of Gates as a relentless careerist who "lacked a moral core." He also excoriates the news media, the courts, and Congress for failing to protect constitutional democracy or even other whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden. As Goodman ominously concludes, this ongoing abdication of oversight and commitment to the truth by the keepers of the country’s secrets presages a slow but steady drift into the very authoritarianism against which the U.S. has long railed." -- Publishers Weekly
"A former CIA analyst (1966-1990) deplores what he argues is the increasing deleterious politicization of the agency. In his latest book, Goodman—who has taught at the National War College, held other intelligence-related positions, and written earlier accounts of what he sees as a very troubled agency (Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA, 2008, etc.)—thoroughly rages against the corruption he has viewed in the highest ranks of the CIA."
New York Journal of Books
"The concluding chapter of Whistleblower at the CIA is worth the price of the book, providing context for national security from the past to today."—Robert Schaefer
"The Need for Whistleblowers" essay on Counterpunch
May 16, 2017
"Despite the increasingly bizarre and even tyrannical behavior of Donald Trump, the mainstream media are still assuring Americans that our checks and balances are in play, and that the 'guardrails' of democracy are in place. . . . The absence of aggressive [governmental] oversight makes it essential that whistleblowers step forward to report any evidence of the misuse of political power and to challenge the secrecy that fosters ignorance in the United States. . . . The uncertainty and disarray of the Trump administration and its ill-prepared national security team has made the importance of 'telling truth to power' more essential than ever."—Mel Goodman
Essay on Counterpunch: Trump's Campaign of Militarization
Nov 23, 2016
"There is no more important risk in political governance than making sure that civilian control of the military is not compromised, and that the military remains subordinate to political authority. "—Mel Goodman
Interview on Free Speech Radio News
Nov 21, 2016
Mel Goodman says, "Trump's CIA director pick Mike Pompeo an apologist for agency’s crimes."
Free Speech Radio News
"More Lies from the Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates"
Feb 4, 2016
"Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, A Passion for Leadership is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates' emphasis on 'integrity,' it's useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey. . . . "