The Special Intelligence Service is a little known predecessor of the most infamous and renowned later groups that still remain in the public consciousness. This largely forgotten American entity was under the command of J. Edgar Hoover and despite his earliest lukewarm desires to manage the group, in time he would desire to use this organization as a launching point for shared control of worldwide intelligence operations with the military.
The Past American Century has a look at the important historical policies of Director of Central Intelligence Walter Bedell Smith who restructured the Agency with a military bent during a period of uncertainty to secure its future eminence.
Join your host Chuck Ochelli with author Carmine Savastano as they offer some insights with evidence into the design and history of America's first official attempt to centralize intelligence via the Office of Strategic Services.
Inspecting the foundations of the modern historical American intelligence system and its military origins reveals the influences that created the Office of Strategic Services from which all later intelligence groups would evolve. Additionally noted are some resulting power struggles between civilian and military departments about the policies and future path of American intelligence.
Historian Mike Swanson and author Carmine Savastano return to complete their prior study of former Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles in another look at the whether he was the legendary spymaster or merely presenting the crafted image of one.
An increasing expansive budget, repeated calls for military escalation, bipartisan love of political pork, and expansive benefits have fueled an expanding war machine that presents there will be no end to government-authored violence without public demands for reason.
Historian Mike Swanson and The Past American Century podcast return with author C.A.A. Savastano to discuss the historical successes and failures of Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles. They consider whether he is truly the mastermind of lore or perhaps his legend is founded upon less than substantial evidence.
The Past American Century podcast is back featuring a discussion with author C.A.A. Savastano and historian Mike Swanson. They review US covert action operations while considering if decades of official and public debate and restructuring have diffused responsibility so much that no official or government agency completely does.
Authors Carmine Savastano and Larry Hancock join your host Chuck Ochelli to discuss some notable people, structures, and conflicts among the United States military's establishment. These subjects and other related facets of the Kennedy assassination are discussed and debated.
Discoveries in the latest and prior releases of the official files are repeatedly evolving our understanding of related historical matters. Yet one thing remains ever the same, the ability of some news media to spotlight aspects of a matter that often distract from the greater questions and instead cast aside the substantial for the salacious. In some cases people directly act as knowing advocates for official agendas and more often a government can utilize a person for their purposes without the subject knowing it occurred. Insightful members of the public should not just question a media personality's ideas, but also the original source of the information they promote…Read More
Join historian Mike Swanson and author C.A.A. Savastano to discuss the operations, membership, and origins of the Cuban DGI intelligence group. Documents and discussion reveal the undertakings of this assumed minor group revealed in declassified documents to be more prominent that some expect.
Offered for your review is a recent addition of the Primary Evidence Collections that features new research, evidence, and extensive information about the Cuban General Directorate of Intelligence. It presents the historical structure, leadership, relevant documents, and useful resources to support additional public research.
During the Cold War the United States government spent tens perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars seeking the death of their greatest perceived communist nemesis in the Western hemisphere, Fidel Castro. He was everything business interests and corporations feared, a formerly rich person who embraced violent populism, nationalization of industry, and overturning the established order of Cuban society for communal doctrine. Years passed and the foretold implosion of the Castro regime failed to materialize due in part to widespread internal popularity and the brutal repression of dissident voices. This left a stark enemy camped just less than one hundred miles from the United States and Cuba began to dominate the imagination of several anti-Communist leaders. Yet what if Fidel Castro was not the true communist influence but instead just the dominant ego of the regime, what if all those failed plots were not just a costly series of failures but failed targeting the right Castro…Read More
Lee Harvey Oswald and his actions have dominated much of the public discussion about the JFK case, but has this constant focus on him taken away the greater view of events in the JFK assassination? C.A.A. Savastano and your host Mike Swanson discuss this and other related historical subjects.
The Past American Century podcast is back! Historian Mike Swanson and researcher Carmine Savastano discuss the Warren Commission and its famous Single Bullet Theory. The official idea is compared to some contending evidence, diverging official expert testimony, and the assumptions required to believe it definitely proves its claims.