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"It is not simply a good book about history. It is one of those books which makes history. ... "
-- Vladimir Bukovsky, co-founder of the Soviet dissident movement and author of Judgment in Moscow, and Pavel Stroilov, author of Behind the Desert Storm.
"Diana West is distinguished from almost all political commentators because she seeks less to defend ideas and proposals than to investigate and understand what happens and what has happened. This gives her modest and unpretentious books and articles the status of true scientific inquiry, shifting the debate from the field of liking and disliking to being and non-being."
-- Olavo de Carvalho
If you're looking for something to read, this is the most dazzling, mind-warping book I have read in a long time. It has been criticized by the folks at Front Page, but they don't quite get what Ms. West has set out to do and accomplished. I have a whole library of books on communism, but -- "Witness" excepted -- this may be the best.
-- Jack Cashill, author of Deconstructing Obama: The Lives, Loves and Letters of America's First Postmodern President and First Strike: TWA Flight 800 and the Attack on America
"Every once in a while, something happens that turns a whole structure of preconceived ideas upside down, shattering tales and narratives long taken for granted, destroying prejudice, clearing space for new understanding to grow. Diana West's latest book, American Betrayal, is such an event."
-- Henrik Raeder Clausen, Europe News
West's lesson to Americans: Reality can't be redacted, buried, fabricated, falsified, or omitted. Her book is eloquent proof of it.
-- Edward Cline, Family Security Matters
"I have read it, and agree wholeheartedly."
-- Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston Unversity, and fellow of the Claremont Institute.
Enlightening. I give American Betrayal five stars only because it is not possible to give it six.
-- John Dietrich, formerly of the Defense Intelligence Agency and author of The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy.
After reading American Betrayal and much of the vituperation generated by neoconservative "consensus" historians, I conclude that we cannot ignore what West has demonstrated through evidence and cogent argument.
-- John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
"A brilliantly researched and argued book."
-- Edward Jay Epstein, author of Deception: The Invisible War between the KGB and the CIA, The Annals 0f Unsolved Crime
"This explosive book is a long-needed answer to court histories that continue to obscure key facts about our backstage war with Moscow. Must-reading for serious students of security issues and Cold War deceptions, both foreign and domestic."
-- M. Stanton Evans, author of Stalin's Secret Agents and Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies
Her task is ambitious; her sweep of crucial but too-little-known facts of history is impressive; and her arguments are eloquent and witty. ... American Betrayal is one of those books that will change the way many of us see the world.
-- Susan Freis Falknor, Blue Ridge Forum
"American Betrayal is absolutely required reading. Essential. You're sleepwalking without it."
-- Chris Farrell, director of investigations research, Judicial Watch
"Diana West wrote a brilliant book called American Betrayal, which I recommend to everybody ... It is a seminal work that will grow in importance."
-- Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker
"This is a must read for any serious student of history and anyone working to understand the Marxist counter-state in America."
-- John Guandolo, president, Understanding the Threat, former FBI special agent
“What Diana West has done is to dynamite her way through several miles of bedrock. On the other side of the tunnel there is a vista of a new past. Of course folks are baffled. Few people have the capacity to take this in. Her book is among the most well documented I have ever read. It is written in an unusual style viewed from the perspective of the historian—but it probably couldn’t have been done any other way.”
-- Lars Hedegaard, historian, journalist, founder, Danish Free Press Society
The polemics against your Betrayal have a familiar smell: The masters of the guild get angry when someone less worthy than they are ventures into the orchard in which only they are privileged to harvest. The harvest the outsider brought in, they ritually burn.
-- Hans Jansen, former professor of Islamic Thought, University of Utrecht
No book has ever frightened me as much as American Betrayal. ... [West] patiently builds a story outlining a network of subversion so bizarrely immense that to write it down will seem too fantastic to anyone without the book’s detailed breadth and depth. It all adds up to a story so disturbing that it has changed my attitude to almost everything I think about how the world actually is. ... By the time you put the book down, you have a very different view of America’s war aims and strategies. The core question is, did the USA follow a strategy that served its own best interests, or Stalin’s? And it’s not that it was Stalin’s that is so compelling, since you knew that had to be the answer, but the evidence in detail that West provides that makes this a book you cannot ignore.
-- Steven Kates, RMIT (Australia) Associate Professor of Economics, Quadrant
"Diana West's new book rewrites WWII and Cold War history not by disclosing secrets, but by illuminating facts that have been hidden in plain sight for decades. Furthermore, she integrates intelligence and political history in ways never done before."
-- Jeffrey Norwitz, former professor of counterterrorism, Naval War College
[American Betrayal is] the most important anti-Communist book of our time ... a book that can open people's eyes to the historical roots of our present malaise ... full of insights, factual corroboration, and psychological nuance.
-- J.R. Nyquist, author, Origins of the Fourth World War
Although I know [Christopher] Andrew well, and have met [Oleg] Gordievsky twice, I now doubt their characterization of Hopkins -- also embraced by Radosh and the scholarly community. I now support West's conclusions after rereading KGB: The Inside Story account 23 years later [relevant passages cited in American Betrayal]. It does not ring true that Hopkins was an innocent dupe dedicated solely to defeating the Nazis. Hopkins comes over in history as crafty, secretive and no one's fool, hardly the personality traits of a naïve fellow traveler. And his fingerprints are on the large majority of pro-Soviet policies implemented by the Roosevelt administration. West deserves respect for cutting through the dross that obscures the evidence about Hopkins, and for screaming from the rooftops that the U.S. was the victim of a successful Soviet intelligence operation.
-- Bernie Reeves, founder of The Raleigh Spy Conference, American Thinker
Diana West’s American Betrayal — a remarkable, novel-like work of sorely needed historical re-analysis — is punctuated by the Cassandra-like quality of “multi-temporal” awareness. ... But West, although passionate and direct, is able to convey her profoundly disturbing, multi-temporal narrative with cool brilliance, conjoining meticulous research, innovative assessment, evocative prose, and wit.
-- Andrew G. Bostom, PJ Media
Do not be dissuaded by the controversy that has erupted around this book which, if you insist on complete accuracy, would be characterized as a disinformation campaign.
-- Jed Babbin, The American Spectator
In American Betrayal, Ms. West's well-established reputation for attacking "sacred cows" remains intact. The resulting beneficiaries are the readers, especially those who can deal with the truth.
-- Wes Vernon, Renew America
If the Soviet penetration of Washington, D.C., was so wide and so deep that it functioned like an occupation …
If, as a result of that occupation, American statecraft became an extension of Soviet strategy …
If the people who caught on – investigators, politicians, defectors – and tried to warn the American public were demonized, ridiculed and destroyed for the good of that occupation and to further that strategy …
And if the truth was suppressed by an increasingly complicit Uncle Sam …
Would you feel betrayed?
Now available from St. Martin's Press, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character
Sunday, November 02, 2014 5:25 AM
Beverly Perlson of Band of Mothers has sent the following letter to the Secretary of Defense about the horrendous miscarriage of justice that has imprisoned Sgt. Derrick Miller for "pre-meditated murder" for defending himself and his men in Afghanistan.
This is another shameful, shameful case where it becomes clear that the US government would have preferred mourning US casualties to supporting still-living troops who have survived the deadly pitfalls of COIN.
October 31, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Dear Secretary Hagel:
Sgt. Derrick Miller is an American son currently serving a life sentence in Ft Leavenworth, convicted of premeditated murder for his defensive actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan on September, 26, 2010. I write to you as the very proud daughter of a father who served in the Navy in WWII, a very proud sister of a brother who served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, and the very proud mother of a son who served 4 deployments in the 82nd Airborne in this war. With every inch of my being, I love our military and I understand and appreciate the tremendous personal risk our noble Sons and Daughters take who willingly serve to protect this country they must love so dearly. The great benefits of freedom and safety all Americans enjoy, delivered up to them by these brave Americans can never, in my opinion, ever be overstated. I know I will never truly comprehend the horrors and the enormous stress that the men of my family and their brothers have witnessed in war. I struggle with that as I do believe it is the responsibility of every American to appreciate to their deepest depth what these brave defenders of our freedom endure. However, and in spite of my great loyalty to these most noble and courageous Warriors among us, I do believe I am quite capable of questioning intelligently, the unjust and coercive circumstances leading to the imprisonment of some of our Sons in Leavenworth. I am a mother and never have been one for turning Brothers against Brothers and I am certainly not one who supports sacrificing and punishing our American Sons to appease the very brutal and sneaky enemy we are fighting.
My purpose in writing this letter to you is to ask for your review of the troubling "charge" of premeditated murder in Sgt. Derrick Miller’s case, and furthermore, the troubling witness testimony that led to the egregious life sentence of Sgt. Miller. My original intent was to ask for your consideration of a reduction in the sentence of Sgt. Derrick Miller. I believe the charge of premeditated murder is absurd, given the proper protocol this Soldier followed and the coerciveness involved in the witness testimony of his conviction. In my opinion, this conviction, considering all the facts of the case, present a horrifying predicament for all our Soldiers serving in war.
However, as you are presently reviewing the records for transfer of 79 Gitmo detainees out of Gitmo, I respectfully ask for your same review of Sgt Miller’s record, and for that matter, a review of all our Sons serving in Leavenworth in relation to their actions on the battlefield of this war.
I reference this article in support of my request: "Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon."
I ask that you review Sgt. Derrick Miller's exemplary record and consider a transfer of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Ft Leavenworth, to his family home in Maryland. I, and many Americans who have written letters in support of Sgt. Derrick Miller (150 letters from Americans hand delivered to Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Sept 30th), can assure you, Sgt. Miller would have no intention of returning to the battlefield of Afghanistan. No Sir, Sgt. Derrick Miller is only interested and would be most grateful to return to his family home so that he might be with his family and his two beautiful little girls that he so willingly served 3 deployments to keep safe. I assume that would be the case too for other Soldiers serving in Leavenworth who you would deem appropriate for transfer to their family homes.
With regard to the “strange” circumstances of the conviction of Sgt Miller, I quote the words of Congressman Charlie Rangel, from a letter (attached) he wrote to General Odinero in September of 2012, requesting a clemency hearing for Sgt. Miller:
He wrote to the General, “Due to the complicated circumstances of Sgt Miller’s case, and the extreme nature of war, I believe a clemency hearing would be appropriate.” These words I believe were carefully and correctly chosen, and written by a Veteran, a “Brother.” Sgt Miller was granted a clemency hearing, but clemency was denied.
Complicated circumstances and the extreme nature of war truly do describe this good Soldier’s predicament on September 26, 2010 in the region of Watan Gatu, Afghanistan. What is most troubling to me after reading the trial testimony, is the charge of "premeditated murder."
I ask you Sir, what Soldier who intends to commit murder, asks permission to pursue further questioning of a suspicious Afghan man he sees surveilling his perimeter (and according to trial testimony by Sgt Miller’s fellow Soldiers, their FOB was surrounded on 4 sides by hostile villages, so it seems Sgt. Miller was doing due diligence to protect his men), and then takes two witnesses with him to question the man? And along the way he arms himself. Isn't that required by our Soldiers, to arm themselves for protection, especially if they believe they are approaching the enemy? Sgt Miller’s testimony is that a struggle ensued between himself and the Afghan man Atta Mohammad, and he shot Mohammad in self-defense. Isn’t that the right and duty of an American Soldier on this battlefield in this combat zone when a man (especially one who when questioned claims he’s there to fix a water pump, he has no tools, then he claims he’s there to fix a wire, no tools!) tries to grab his gun?
The rest of this story is just horrendous. Both witnesses at trial admitted changing their story about what happened. At first they said there was a struggle for the gun. Later, their story changed to Derrick shot him, no struggle. Spec. Miller was threatened with prosecution as an accessory to murder, but upon a grant of immunity, he changed his story. The Interpreter, well that is just disgusting what went on. He was paid $630 a month, allowed to live on the base, was promised a VISA to live in the US, was taken to Chicago a couple months before the trial to look around and see if he would like living there, and eventually was given the VISA and is living here somewhere in this country.
There was no forensics done on the body or the gun. In a civilian court, seems to me all this would lead to the case being thrown out but this case was tried in a military court. I ask you Secretary Hagel, what kind of justice is this for a good Soldier who willingly deployed 3 times to serve and protect his country?
Lastly, within 20 minutes of the incident with Sgt Miller, whose fear all along was that his base was about to be attacked, their base was attacked. Since Derrick's gun went off, the base went on 100% security and everyone had moved out of positions they were previously in. The blasts landed where Soldiers would have been sitting and we would have had wounded and possibly killed AMERICAN SONS! However, not one Soldier was hurt and there were no fatalities. As reported by one of the Soldiers in his testimony at trial, this attack came from all 4 villages they were surrounded by, and one of those villages is where Atta Mohammad pointed to as his home.
Sgt. Miller’s NCO report is exemplary. It seems apparent to me that the military had high regard for Sgt Miller as just weeks prior to this incident, Derrick Miller was promoted to Sergeant. In trial testimony, all the Soldiers serving with Sgt. Miller describe him as "outstanding" military character, “excellent military character” “truthful”, his demeanor described as “calm and collected and good head on his shoulders”, and I must add, God Bless the Soldier who, when asked if Sgt Miller could be rehabilitated, he stated there is nothing wrong with Derrick, he's fine!
Secretary Hagel, in talking with members of the military, I am told Sgt. Miller followed proper protocol in this red hot combat zone. However, due to the testimony of two witnesses who changed their stories several times, Sgt. Derrick Miller will now serve a life sentence with the chance of parole in 10 long years.
The trial testimony indicates that this FOB was completely surrounded by hostile villages, and had received no less than 52 separate reports of armed insurgents in the area. Testimony from Soldiers at trial was that their intelligence from numerous previous missions, including the tragically devastating mission in Watawu Afghanistan, had proven time and time again that the villagers surrounding the FOB would routinely wander through with the sole purpose of gathering information on the weapons, personnel and movements of our troops. The reports from Watawu even indicated that the local workers would mysteriously fail to report to work on the days that an attack was imminent. As one Soldier stated “They were a great indicator for us Sir!” Shortly thereafter, our men would find themselves under intense, complex attack. This intelligence, coupled with the hot combat area in which the FOB that Derrick was assigned in Watangatu, made Atta Mohammed's presence inside Derrick's FOB on September 26th dangerous and particularly suspicious. When one Soldier was asked if they were hit the night of the 26th, the Soldier answered that yes, it was a complex attack , “We got hit by 4 villages.” He was then asked, when the complex attack occurred, what did the ANA Soldiers do? He answered that they hid behind the schoolhouse! A further question was asked, “Did they participate at all in defending the Americans?” The answer by the Soldier was “No Sir.”
And we pay these ANA Soldiers??!!!!!!! And then when one of our Sons follows proper protocol to question a suspicious Afghan creeping around the perimeter where he and his Brothers are doing everything they can to protect themselves and each other in their desperate attempt to stay alive and perform their military duties, Sgt. Derrick Miller ends up in Leavenworth. Based on, in my opinion, coerced testimony of witnesses, one choosing immunity rather than being charged as an accessory to murder, and the other, an Afghan interpreter rewarded with money and freedom to enjoy this beautiful country with it’s freedom and liberty Sgt Derrick Miller and his brothers fought and sacrificed to provide! How absurd and disgusting is the ending of this story!
Secretary Hagel, I’ve read that you volunteered to be drafted into the Vietnam War, even rejecting the draft board recommendation that you instead go to college. I also read that you and your brother served in the same infantry squad and that it is reported you saved each others lives at some point. As a mother, I know that is what I raised my Sons to do and I know your mother must have been so very proud of you both. I also know from the brave men in my family that that pure love of brotherhood encompasses and extends to their brothers-in-arms. I read that you earned several awards, including two Purple Hearts. I honor your heroic service and am so very grateful to you and your brother, truly with all my heart, both for your service and your brave willingness to serve during a war that you and all your brothers were treated with such despicable disrespect. My deepest apologies to you and your brother for the ignorance of “some” stupid Americans.
I ask you, Sir, as one who has obviously served so nobly in the extreme nature of war and the horrors of the battlefield, please take under your review, the records of our American Sons in Leavenworth, as you are doing for the 79 detainees in Gitmo. President Obama stated as part of the reason for the release of the 5 top Taliban Commanders in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl that, after all, the war is winding down in Afghanistan. Well Sir, then that reasoning should apply to a review of the records and sentences of our American Sons in Leavenworth, as the war is winding down for them too. I believe and hope that if you start your review of Sgt Derrick Miller’s case, you too will intelligently conclude that this good Sergeant followed protocol to protect his men, and ultimately, he engaged his right to defend himself in a combat zone.
With A Mother’s Heart & A Very Proud Supporter of The Brave Men and Women of the United States Military,
The Band of Mothers
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"A sterling example of penetrating counterintelligence analysis, the kind one seldom sees issuing from intelligence circles, let alone from a private researcher. Diana’s previous books mark her as one who goes far beyond the usual academic policy analysis, to penetrate to the heart of hidden history that seldom makes it to the light of day. Reading The Red Thread prompted me to recall Honoré de Balzac’s observation that there are two histories: the official one, mendacious; and the secret history, shameless, but the real cause of events. Diana West plumbs the depths of Balzac’s secret history in a way that surfaces the realities of an ideological underworld that too many deny and would rather not see exposed. Diana West is a one-person intelligence agency."
— John J. Dziak, Ph.D., former senior intelligence executive, author of Chekisty: A History of the KGB, Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
"Once again, Diana West provides us with invaluable analysis, meticulously documented. She exposes the radical Leftist ideological roots of the Trump "lawfare” coup plotters masquerading as “respectable” Establishment law enforcement and intelligence professionals. Ms. West delivers facts, history, documentation and context like no other. Her work in essential reading."
— Chris Farrell, Director of Investigations & Research for Judicial Watch. He is a former Military Intelligence officer and Special Agent of U.S. Army Counterintelligence.
"An extraordinary contribution to understanding the struggle of our times. Diana West has once again done exhaustive research and unearthed a series of facts and connections which will change how you see the American left decisively. This is courageous groundbreaking work with enormous implications for understanding the depth and intensity of hostility to freedom embedded in the American left and its connections to international threats to our survival."
-- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, Fox News contributor, and author of numerous bestselling books.
"This fascinating new book by Diana West, a leading expert on the history of American communism, offers intriguing insights into the anti-Trump conspiracy. Ms. West teases out highly interesting, and disturbing, facts about many of the anti-Trump conspiracy players. But more importantly, she lays out a larger framework in which to view the philosophical drivers of many of the conspirators, who fall into the Marxist/globalist/collectivist political camp. This is in direct opposition to the capitalist/nationalist/individualistic political camp led by Donald Trump. Trump was anathema to these individuals because he represented an existential threat to the globalist enterprise, which has been so long in the making."
-- William Marshall, Senior Investigator, Judicial Watch, and an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government, private, and non-profit sectors for more than 30 years.
"Once again, Diana West, as she did in American Betrayal, has scored a home run for truth. Diana's research and analysis are superb. The Red Thread provides an excellent opportunity for Americans to learn the identity of those whose agenda is not in keeping with America's patriotic ideals, and who would undermine its very existence. The Red Thread should be required reading for true patriots who serve in America's government, not to mention those who attend the nation's military academies and war college. Diana West is to be saluted for her patriotism, dedication and her passion for truth."
-- John Molloy, OSJ, Chairman, National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
"Diana West exposes a red thread running through the campaign to unseat President Trump. It is the story of a socialist cabal painting itself in false patriotic colors, camouflaged behind a facade of national concern. West shows that the conspirators’ true ideals are opposed to nation and Constitution. Yet it is more than a conspiracy she reveals. It is the latest iteration of the same old phenomenon of subversion, driven forward by what Whttaker Chambers called “man’s second oldest faith.”
— Jeff Nyquist, author of Origins of the Fourth World War
"Diana West's analysis of the ideological backgrounds of the DOJ and IC coup plotters against President Trump is powerful, even incontrovertible, evidence of their guilt. Anyone who reads the Mueller Report or listens to MSNBC, etc. should also read The Red Thread as an antidote!"
-- Dr. Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He served on the Congressional EMP Commission as chief of staff, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of Blackout Wars.
"Diana West does remarkable work and must not be ignored. Her work is research driven not opinion driven---a rarity in today's world. It is essential reading."
-- Peter Schweizer, author of Secret Empires and Clinton Cash
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