I receive many letters from readers. Most are generous in their
praise; some are generous in their criticism. Many readers ask how they
can learn more about Russian deception strategy and the subversion of
our country. What are the scholarly sources? Today I am going to discuss
two important books that are critical for understanding current events.
These books present key facts which are almost entirely ignored by the
In recent columns I have written about the Russian mafia and its
relationship to the supposed collapse of Communism. In the last 18
months I have interviewed four East Europeans who tell the same
essential story: the Russian mafia is directed by Russian intelligence
The first book I am going to review supports the testimony of these
In 1990 Clarion House published a book entitled, “Red Cocaine: The
Drugging of America.” This book was written by Joseph D. Douglass Jr., a
national security consultant and former deputy director of the Tactical
Technology Office, Advance Research Projects Agency. Douglass has 35
years of experience in national security research and study. He is a
serious scholar long recognized for his contributions.
In 1976 Douglass wrote “The Soviet Theater Nuclear Offensive,”
published under the auspices of the United States Air Force. In 1980 he
wrote “Soviet Military Strategy in Europe,” and co-authored a thin and
fascinating volume with the title “Soviet Strategy for Nuclear War.”
Douglass also authored “Conventional War and Escalation” in 1981, “CBW:
The Poor Man’s Atomic Bomb” in 1984 and “Decision-Making in Communist
Countries” in 1986. Douglass also co-authored “America the Vulnerable:
The Threat of Chemical/Biological Warfare.” In 1988 Douglass wrote “Why
the Soviets Violate Arms Control Treaties” (one of the best books ever
written on this subject).
Douglass is no light-weight. The quality of his work speaks for
itself. But his scholarship, in the case of Russian organized crime and
drug trafficking, goes beyond his East European sources of information
and the documentation he provides. Douglass’ scholarship has vision and
The facts he presents are so frightening that most researchers wouldn’t
have followed through. The dishonest impulses of our culture cry out
against this kind of scholarship.
Douglass’ facts are these: More than 40 years ago the Soviet Union
embarked on a campaign to infiltrate and conquer global organized crime.
This campaign envisioned the creation of KGB-controlled organized crime
networks and the penetration of existing mafia groups. This campaign
also involved the use of narcotics trafficking to corrupt U.S. law
enforcement officials and to penetrate our banks (and other financial
institutions). The strategic exploitation of organized crime facilitates
Moscow’s sabotage, blackmail and political subversion operations against
Western countries — especially the United States. According to
Douglass, there are almost no serious obstacles to the advance of
Russian organized crime worldwide. In other words, the Russian
clandestine services are walking all over us. They are beating us.
Considering recent headlines, a frightening picture begins to fall
into place. Take the Bank of New York scandal as a case in point.
Billions of dollars have been laundered through this bank. The sums
involved are astronomical, the main players are Russian, and the U.S.
response appears to be inept. Could it be? Is our government unable to
confront a powerful enemy from within?
Douglass shows that the U.S. has been penetrated at its most
fundamental level. The drug epidemic in this country has been an
important mechanism in this process of penetration. As I said before, it
took courage for Douglass to document this process. It took courage
because there is a natural
resistance in the American psyche to the idea of well-organized and
systematic subversion by foreign agents. We refuse to believe that
public officials and business leaders can be lured by greed and
compelled by blackmail. My own mind was unable to grasp the significance
of Douglass’ book in 1990 when I first read it. Finally, when Clinton
was elected in 1992, I went back and studied “Red Cocaine” a second time.
But it wasn’t until I finished Terry Reed’s book on the
intelligence-related intrigues of Clinton’s Arkansas that I fully
appreciated the importance of “Red Cocaine.” (Reed’s
book, co-authored with John Cummings, is entitled, “Compromised:
Clinton, Bush and the CIA.”)
It should be mentioned in passing that Terry Reed, a registered
Democrat by his own admission, operated a CIA front company in Arkansas
during the early 1980s. According to Reed, Clinton’s governorship was
deeply mired in cocaine smuggling and money laundering. Reed claims that
the leading CIA agent involved in the Arkansas drug smuggling operation
was said (by Israeli intelligence) to be a KGB double-agent. Although
Reed is slow to understand the dimensions of the KGB’s involvement, his
story provides chilling details of the KGB’s apparent omniscience about
everything that was happening in Arkansas and beyond. As Reed shows, the
Arkansas operation sucked many important players down a rat hole. One of
the players — Bill Clinton — was drawn up into the presidency. Reed’s
story indirectly supports Douglass’ picture of subversion and
penetration through drug trafficking and organized crime.
This year Douglass’ book has been updated and reissued as “Red
Cocaine: The Drugging of America and the West.” I urge everyone to read
it. (You can call 1-800-661-4809 to order a copy.) I realize how
skeptical Americans are when it comes to an ongoing Communist threat.
After all, people think that Communism has collapsed. They hear this
assertion over and over again on TV and radio. But if you study the
facts, you will realize that some slogans are merely half-truths. As
citizens of a free republic, we have a duty to be informed.
While Douglass’ work describes Russia’s involvement in drug
trafficking and organized crime, there is another dimension to the
present national crisis. Today, as never before, there is danger of a
nuclear war with Russia. This threat is explained in a new book by
former CIA analyst Peter Vincent Pry. Published under the title “War
Scare,” Pry’s book says that the danger of nuclear war is increasing
rather than decreasing. Many of us think of the Cuban missile crisis as
the moment when Russia and America came closest to exchanging nuclear
blows. Not true, says Pry. “Unknown to the
general public, and little known to U.S. policy makers, the world has
been undergoing an extended crisis,” explains the CIA veteran. This
crisis is born out of the Russian general staff’s view that “nuclear
world war may be imminent.”
Pry is challenging received wisdom, and that is a hazardous thing to
do. Having worked at the CIA for 10 years he understands what few others
understand. In 1990 Pry wrote a two-volume work on the subject of
nuclear war strategy, entitled, “The Strategic Nuclear Balance.” Pry’s
scholarship shows that nuclear war is not only survivable, but winnable.
Nuclear weapons are special tools which can be used to disarm an enemy
with a lightning blow. The speed which with these weapons function
presents a real challenge to America, because an attack can happen in a
matter of minutes. Russia is pointing thousands of these weapons at
America right now. Pry knows that nuclear weapons can be used in a way
that avoids major collateral damage. He knows that these weapons would
not destroy the earth. In all of this knowledge he is faced with an
uphill battle against the ignorance of his countrymen. Most Americans
think nuclear war is crazy. They imagine that nobody would start such a
According to Pry, most Americans are dead wrong.
Nuclear war is a very real possibility. On Oct. 4, 1993, Pry found
himself making “a desperate phone call” from the headquarters of the
North American Air Defense Command to his wife in Washington, D.C. He
told her to take the kids out of school and “head for the hills.” At
that moment the Russians were readying for a nuclear attack on America.
Pry’s principal responsibility in the CIA was analyzing Russian
strategic forces and watching for signs of a surprise attack. According
to Pry it is “hard to overstate the degree of concern that’s shared by
some intelligence officers over the possibility of a Russian nuclear
attack.” Pry says that
“Many intelligence professionals and strategic warning analysts maintain
private contingency plans to evacuate their families” in case of a
Russian missile strike.
Those who laugh at the idea of a future nuclear war need to read
Pry’s book. It is well written and filled with facts. Go to your local
bookstore and order a copy. Get the truth from somebody who spent 10
years watching the Russian war machine.
A Republic depends on informed citizens. I do not believe that
informed citizens elected Clinton to the presidency. I do not believe
that an informed citizen would sneer at the patriotic efforts of sincere
scholars and intelligence analysts when they attempt to warn the country
of internal and
external dangers. If we do not meet the challenge of Russian nuclear
weapons and the Russian mafia, we could lose our country forever.
If you care about America, then pick up a book and read.