The Phoenix Program

“This shocking expose of the CIA operation aimed at destroying the Vietcong infrastructure thoroughly conveys the hideousness of the Vietnam War” (Publishers Weekly).

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In the darkest days of the Vietnam War, America’s Central Intelligence Agency secretly initiated a sweeping program of kidnap, torture, and assassination devised to destabilize the infrastructure of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of South Vietnam, commonly known as the “Viet Cong.” The victims of the Phoenix Program were Vietnamese civilians, male and female, suspected of harboring information about the enemy—though many on the blacklist were targeted by corrupt South Vietnamese security personnel looking to extort money or remove a rival. Between 1965 and 1972, more than eighty thousand noncombatants were “neutralized,” as men and women alike were subjected to extended imprisonment without trial, horrific torture, brutal rape, and in many cases execution, all under the watchful eyes of US government agencies.

Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with former participants and observers, Douglas Valentine’s startling exposé blows the lid off of what was possibly the bloodiest and most inhumane covert operation in the CIA’s history.

The ebook edition includes “The Phoenix Has Landed,” a new introduction that addresses the “Phoenix-style network” that constitutes America’s internal security apparatus today. Residents on American soil are routinely targeted under the guise of protecting us from terrorism—which is why, more than ever, people need to understand what Phoenix is all about.


The Phoenix Program –   Douglas Valentine     (June 1, 2019)    (Playlist)

“The Phoenix Program”, Intro and selected readings 12pm EDT

Phoenix 1: “The Phoenix Program,’’ by Douglas Valentine, Reading and comments (30min.)

Phoenix 2

Phoenix 3: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program”

Phoenix 4: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Project”

Phoenix 5: Reading and comments

Phoenix 6: reading and comments at 9am EDT

The Phoenix Program, part 7: The All-Seeing Eye and the CIA’s Phoenix used in CIA terror psy-war

The Phoenix Program, part 8 at 10am EDT

‘The Phoenix Program,” part 9, reading and comments

Provincial Interrogation Centers (PICs); ‘The Phoenix Program’ part 10

The Phoenix Program, Part 11: Army Intelligence and the CIA

The Phoenix Program, part 12: Chapter 6, “Field Police”

The Phoenix Program part 13 “Special Branch”

The Phoenix Program part 14, “Attack the VCI!”

Phoenix Program part 15, “Attack the VCI!” (II)

Phoenix Program part 16: Cong Tac IV, at 9am EDT

“The Phoenix program,” part 17, ICEX, CORDS, and Phoenix

Phoenix Program part 18 at 9:30am

The Phoenix Program, part 19: ICEX, MACV, and Phoenix

The Phoenix Program part 20; “Find, fix, and finish”

The Phoenix Program part 21: “Action Programs”

Tonight on McDuff: Phoenix: Review and past chapter summaries, and part 22

The Phoenix Program part 23: The Tet Offensive

Phoenix Program part 24: Robert Komer and the Tet Offensive (pt. II)

Phoenix Program part 25: Nixon makes a deal.

Phoenix Program part 26

Phoenix part 27: Phoenix in Flight

Phoenix Program part 27: Cordon and Search

Phoenix Program part 28 at 8pm EDT

Phoenix Program, part 29: “Modus vivendi”

Phoenix Program part 30: Advisers.

The Phoenix Program, part 31: “Atrocities happened.”

Phoenix Program, part 32: “Accelerated Pacification”

Phoenix Program part 33: “folderol”

Phoenix Program part 34: “Between good and evil’

Phoenix Program part 35: “Psyops”

Phoenix Program part 36: the “Neutralization Information System”

Phoenix Program, part 37: Phoenix and SACSA— Special Plans?

Phoenix Program part 38:”Decay”. 8pm EDT

Phoenix Program part 39: “Bullshit Going Down”

Phoenix Program, part 40: “Colby Goes to Congress”

Phoenix Program, part 41: “Colby, Shackley, Nixon, and Cambodia

Phoenix Program part 42: “Media Complicity”

Phoenix Program, part 43:”Transgressions”

Phoenix Program part 44; Review and chapter summaries