Mel Goodman – “Whistleblower at the CIA” – Mark Karlin

Date(s) - 01/08/18
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Mel Goodman – “Whistleblower at the CIA” – Mark Karlin

Hosted by 57th Street Books and The Seminary Co-op Bookstores

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


“Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what’s gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military . . . he is also telling us how to save ourselves.” —Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

“Whistleblower at the CIA offers a fascinating glimpse into the secret, behind-the-scenes world of U.S. intelligence. Melvin A. Goodman’s first-person account of the systematic manipulation of intelligence at the CIA underscores why whistleblowing is so important, and why the institutional obstacles to it are so intense. . . . At its core it’s an invaluable historical expose, a testimony to integrity and conscience, and a call for the U.S. intelligence community to keep its top leaders in check. Urgent, timely, and deeply recommended.” —Daniel Ellsberg, former military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers

“Mel Goodman shines a critical whistleblower light into the dark recesses of the CIA as a former insider. His book serves in the public interest as a warning and wake-up call for what’s at stake and why we cannot trust the CIA or the intelligence establishment to do the right thing.” —Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive and whistleblower

“Mel Goodman’s Whistleblower at the CIA is not just an insider’s look at politics at the highest levels of government. It’s also a personal account of the political odyssey Goodman had to negotiate for telling the truth. The CIA likes for its employees to believe that everything is a shade of grey. But some things are black or white, right or wrong. Mel Goodman did what was right. He may have paid with his career, but he’s on the right side of history.” —John Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Mel Goodman discusses “Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence.” He will be joined in conversation by Mark Karlin.

At the Co-op

About the book: Melvin Goodman’s long career as a respected intelligence analyst at the CIA, specializing in US/Soviet relations, ended abruptly. In 1990, after twenty-four years of service, Goodman resigned when he could no longer tolerate the corruption he witnessed at the highest levels of the Agency. In 1991 he went public, blowing the whistle on top-level officials and leading the opposition against the appointment of Robert Gates as CIA director. In the widely covered Senate hearings, Goodman charged that Gates and others had subverted “the process and the ethics of intelligence” by deliberately misinforming the White House about major world events and covert operations. In this breathtaking exposé, Goodman tells the whole story. Retracing his career with the Central Intelligence Agency, he presents a rare insider’s account of the inner workings of America’s intelligence community, and the corruption, intimidation, and misinformation that lead to disastrous foreign interventions. An invaluable and historic look into one of the most secretive and influential agencies of US government–and a wake-up call for the need to reform its practices.

About the author: Melvin A. Goodman served as a senior analyst and Division Chief at the CIA from 1966 to 1990. An expert on U.S. relations with Russia, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Harper, and many others. He is author of six books on US intelligence and international security.

About the interlocutor: Mark Karlin founded in May of 2000, one of the first sites to aggressively report the news from a progressive perspective. BuzzFlash and joined in 2010, where Karlin now serves as Editor of the BuzzFlash edition of Truthout. He also writes a column four times a week and oversees the Truthout Progressive Pick of the week section.