The former Director of National Intelligence speaks outWhen he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, a period that included such critical events as the discovery of Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia's influence on the 2016 U.S election. In Facts and Fears Clapper traces his career through his rise in ranks of the military, the history of several decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. Clapper considers such difficult questions as, is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to use human sources to learn secrets, to intercept communications, to take pictures of closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? What protections should we give to the private citizens of the world, not to mention our fellow Americans? Is there a time that intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by asserting themselves into policy decisions?...
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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence Reviews
A book that everyone, no matter what party should read
The beginning of this book is a Birdseye view of something few of us see. Two generations giving their life, and in a sense the lives of their families to the service of our country. Service to protect us. General Clapper wrote this book and does media interviews to try to give honest information as best he can within the constraints of material being classified. He followed his father in a lifetime of protecting Americans. If you enjoy a rev ...more
If you have any doubts that the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election and our Democracy, AND if you doubt that the Russians were instrumental in ELECTING DONALD TRUMP president, READ THIS BOOK!! This happened and this is why Trump is undermining the justice department, the judicial system, the free and essential press and lying repeatedly on a daily basis. We are living through the most dangerous attack on our democratic institution in history - PERIOD!
This book is historically a very important book. Clapper contributes to our
knowledge of the factors turning the Presidential Election in 2016. He is the
first to come to the conclusion that Putin's influence on that election
was probably the decisive factor.
Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of about 3 million voters,
Clapper explains how Vladimir Putin, with his botnets, probably swung
the election to Donald Trump. The Russians targeted the battleground (swing)
states with ...more
This is an excellent book and a fun and fast read at least for me it was fun. I’m often a fan of history and not usually as appreciative of contemporary history readings. Nevertheless, in this case I enjoyed Jim Clappers memorable memoir in which he takes the reader through his 55 years of service primarily in government from basically a Private in the USMC to a LTG USAF General Officer, then finally a Political Appointee in both the W. Bush and finally in the Obama Administrations - his career ...more
This memoir from former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is a mixed bag but quite revealing mainly as to the actual function (or lack thereof) of the person occupying the DNI chair.
At a time when blanket cynicism is ruling people's view of intelligence work, mainly because the dolt in charge of our executive branch has decided they are our enemy, it is always welcome news to hear such a full-throated, historically grounded, and evidence based account as to the work these people ...more
Amazing career - I’ve always liked and respected Clapper, this book only made it more so. Important perspective on where we are now.
James Clapper on Russia: 'They swung the election to a Trump win'. Rachel Maddow shares a passage from former DNI James Clapper's new book, "Facts and Fears," in which he describes the effect of the massive Russian propaganda campaign in support of Donald Trump in the 2016 election.May.23.2018
James Clapper has had a very long career in intelligence collection and he goes through it all for us here. He’s had practically every job out there in leadership in this field, capping his career as Director of National Intelligence. The DNI serves as head of the now seventeen U.S. intelligence collection agencies, and advises the National Security Council which advises the president. Listening to Mark Bramhall narrate the audio of this autobiography, it is easy to see why Clapper had such a lo ...more