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Backstory: William Colby and the CIA

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Carl Colby talks about his father, William Colby, who was director of the CIA from 1973 to 1976, a tumultuous time in the agency's history that saw the resignation of Richard Nixon, the implosion of the Vietnam War and the Church Committee Hearings. Carl Colby directed the film "The Man Nobody Knew," about Colby's tenure at the agency and his life before and after.

"The Man Nobody Knew" is playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Quad Cinema.

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Comments [3]

speaking of Vietnam, one of my master sergeants was in Vietnam in 1958. i was under him in the early 70's. This was the first time i heard of the Phoenix project on the media. Many of the soldiers i was assigned with were involved. Also a Delta project too, which i have never heard about besides the people involved.
Many of the early Vietnam people i knew worked with the Mountinyard people, doing the original SF job which was , training indigenous people in guerilla warfare so that they the indigenous people would be the ones performing the raids, ambushes ,airport takeover,RR, roads,bridges, commo towers, The highly trained SF , medics, who medic school was 10 months , would work with the villagers and win their hearts by helping and curing the people and children ,especially the village chiefs family,to build that bond and trust.i will have to read the book, he was the real deal who had respect due to his exploits,. i don't thing GWB had the qualifications

Oct. 13 2011 02:07 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

All of this started with the creation of the OSS in WWII. According to Wikipedia "At the height of its influence during World War II, the OSS employed almost 24,000 people."

Among others, the OSS backed Mao Tse Tung's army as well as the Kuomintang.

Oct. 13 2011 01:45 PM
michele from brooklyn

The CIA under Carter and Z Brezhinkski actively promoted Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge to theUN as Cambodia's rightful leaders following their overtthrow in 1979 by N Viet Nam, I wonder how Mr Colby felt about this shameful policy that continued through Reagan Bush Clinton and Bush 2. This is an under reported and deeply shameful fact of US foreign Policy I wish this would be asked on air

Oct. 13 2011 01:39 PM

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