“the frightening degree of power an individual can amass in a nation that recognises no limitations”

The CIA, created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America’s enemies — in the mountains of Pakistan and the deserts of Yemen, in the tumultuous civil wars of North Africa and in the chaos of Somalia. For its part, the Pentagon has become more like the CIA, dramatically expanding spying missions everywhere.

– from the Scribe’s promotional piece about Mark Mazzetti’s The Way of the Knife: the CIA, a secret army, and a war at the ends of the Earth, here