UFPPC (www.ufppc.org) Digging Deeper: July 24, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Robert Baer, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War
on Terrorism (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002; paperback 2003).
Theme: Baer’s career has been “on the
frontier, serving in the armies of
civilization” (144) while the CIA, the
institution to which he has devoted his
professional career, is “systematically
destroyed by political correctness, by
petty Beltway wars, by careerism, and
much more” (xviii).
Acknowledgments. Former CIA
colleagues and “my many Arab and
Iranian agents and friends” (vii).
Map. Middle East (x-xi).
Foreword. By Seymour Hersh; written
in Nov. 2001. Baer’s “riveting” account a
“body blow” to the CIA (xiii). There is an
urgent need for the CIA to return to its
earlier “high standards”; it is now “a
vast, broken agency” (xiv).
Preface. Though jihadists were active in
Europe in the mid-1990s, “[t]he CIA was
shriveling up everywhere in Europe” (xv-
xvi). The CIA embraced technology and
moved away from human intelligence
(xvii). This “memoir” is based on
memory, notes, and diaries (xvii). “The
CIA was systematically destroyed by
political correctness, by petty Beltway
wars, by careerism, and much more”
(xviii). Sept. 11 was “the reckoning for
such vast carelessness” (xix).
PART I: THE MAKING OF AN
Ch. 1. Mar. 15, 1997. Langley, VA. NSA
Anthony Lake has Baer investigated for
allegedly conspiring to assassinate
Saddam Hussein (3-7).
Ch. 2. 1962. L.A., CA. Two years in
Europe aged 9-11 in the early 1960s
[Baer born in 1952]; studies “the
classics” with “lefty” (14) mother (8-9).
Aspen, CO; ski racing (10-11). Paris in
May 1968 (11). Prague Spring (12).
Culver Military Academy in Culver, IN
(12). Georgetown Univ.; George Tenet a
fellow student (12-13). Living in S.F. &
Berkeley in 1976, applies to CIA and is
Ch. 3. Aug. 1977. VA Tidewater. CIA
training course; “the Farm” (24-44).
Ch. 4. Aug. 197█. Madras, India. On