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Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

作者 : Michael V. Hayden

出版社 : PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.

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前美國國安局局長、中情局局長、退役四星上將麥可.海登(Michael V. Hayden)回憶錄,揭露美國反恐情報戰的內幕!

唯一曾經擔任過國安局局長與中情局局長的人物,在充滿新威脅與劇變的時代裡,揭露美國反恐情報戰的內幕。

美國情報機關如何應對恐怖主義與科技革命?美國國家安全局在九一一事件前是什麼樣子、在事件後又產生什麼改變?為什麼美國國家安全局啟動爭議不斷的稜鏡計畫、甚至不惜竊聽私人電話?在稜鏡計畫期間,觸發了什麼事件,為2013年史諾登揭露竊聽計畫一事,提供了什麼樣的背景?

對麥可.海登而言,「推到極限」是他擔任國安局局長與中情局局長時期的準則與職責。他認為短視與不了解內情的人,會馬上提出批評,但本書以身兼重責大任的內部人士觀點,提出他的看法,為國安機構的行為辯護。在十年間,麥可.海登為美國國家安全史上最重要事件的關鍵參與人物,撰寫本書的出發點很簡單:他不道歉,也沒有藉口,單純陳述曾發生過的事件,以及它們為什麼會發生,藉由提出他曾作為國家安全重要人物的角度、看法與經歷,使動盪時代的歷史因而更加完整。

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars, from the only person ever to helm both CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change
 
For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. "Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran CIA.  In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider's look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.
 
How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years?  What was NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath?  Why did NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?  
 
As Director of CIA in the last three years of the Bush administration,  Hayden had to deal with the rendition, detention and interrogation program as bequeathed to him by his predecessors. He also had to ramp up the agency to support its role in the targeted killing program that began to dramatically increase in July 2008. This was a time of great crisis at CIA, and some agency veterans have credited Hayden with actually saving the agency. He himself won't go that far, but he freely acknowledges that CIA helped turn the American security establishment into the most effective killing machine in the history of armed conflict.
 
For 10 years, then, General Michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security. General Hayden's goals are in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. As he writes, "There is a story here that deserves to be told, without varnish and without spin. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times. I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics."
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