Killing Detente: The Right Attacks the CIA

Killing Detente: The Right Attacks the CIA

Killing Detente: The Right Attacks the CIA

Killing Detente: The Right Attacks the CIA

Synopsis

A detailed account of a major episode of intelligence intervention in politics in the mid-1970s.

Killing Detente tells the story of a major episode of intelligence intervention in politics in the mid-1970s that led to the derailing of detente between the Soviet Union and the United States and to the resurgence of the Cold War in the following decade. Although the basic outlines of the story are already known, Anne Cahn succeeded in getting many previously declassified documents released and uses these, supplemented by seventy interviews with principal players, to add much greater depth and detail to our understanding of this troubling event in U.S. history.

In the mid-1970s a very controversial intelligence estimate was performed by people outside the government. They were given access to our most secret files and leaked their "Team B Report" to the press when Jimmy Carter was elected president. The ensuing debate moved the center of arms control policy strongly to the right from where it hadbeen during the years of detente. Those opposed to the easing of tensions between the two countries used every means available, including accusing the Central Intelligence Agency with understating the threat posed by the Soviets. Team B presaged the triumph of Ronald Reagan and a military buildup on a scale unprecedented in peacetime that left present and future generations with the most crippling debt in our nation's history.

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