The CIA and 1980s Covert Operations
Today's class centers on the legacy of William Casey, both in Afghanistan (Ghost Wars) and in Central America (documents). A hard-line anticommunist, Casey entered the CIA committed to ousting the Sandinistas from power in Nicaragua. And--allied with an equally secrecy-minded National Security Council staff--he helped trigger the most serious political scandal of the 1980s.
|Ghost Wars, all.|
|Reagan's presidential finding--a guide for permissible CIA activities in Nicaragua|
|William Casey himself urges a more aggressive effort to build public support for the contras|
|At this well-attended meeting, top administration officials wonder how to obtain funds for the contras|
|The CIA counsel's office examines how to get around congressional legislation|