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Invoking The Term War On Terror Creates the term War on Terror creates connotations but whereas the current War on Terror invokes a vision of foreign brown skinned non Christian invaders for good or mostly for ill However the terror the focus of this book Hiram C Whitley fights is domestic terrorism that we can draw a straight line from the first Grand Wizard of the KKK Nathan Bedford Forrest to the Timothy McVeighs and Eric Rudolphs of the United States Because of this Lane s book is a bit of a misfire instead of focusing on the legacy of the Klan he instead focuses on Whitley s complicated and shady past
and focuses on the violation of civil liberties that having a secret service focuses on the violation of civil liberties that having a secret service police may entail Even if Lane didn t feel the need to connect the Klan s actions to someone like McVeigh he could have also linked Whitley s innovations to the modern surveillance state enabled by corresponding technological advances Whitley was one of the first people to utilize photography in his investigations everything old is new again but Lane misses an opportunity here instead focusing on Whitley s shady past and the eually shady event that esulted in his dismissal This is mildly interesting but Honestly I Think The I think the view of America s surveillance institutions and the people that un them is that those people live in morally murky lands to begin with Identifying Whitley as one of these. Us the KKK was bornAfter the first political assassination carried out by the Klan Washington power brokers looked for help in breaking the growing movement They found it in Hiram C Whitley He became head of the Secret Service which had previously focused on catching counterfeiters and was at the time the government’s only intelligence organization Whitley and his agents led the covert war against the nascent KKK and were the first to use undercover wo. ,
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People eally doesn t do anything except prove that these kinds of people existed in the 19th century This is not a new Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, revelation as Christopher Marlowe would proveIf you do not agree with my view of why a history should be written in the first place you may enjoy this book than I did The story is interesting and Whitley is definitely a bundle of walking contradictions However I m pretty sure we all know someone like Whitley and the fact is that it is the human condition to be great and shitty simultaneously In thatespect Whitley isn t eally from anyone else who
Has Existed On This Planet The Bestexisted this planet The best of the book involved the US Secret Service fight against the Ku Klux Klan This is a must ead for anyone trying to understand ace elations in our nation today Mr Lane provides a Au bagne riveting account of an early law man ironically often on the wrong side of the law who was one of the few who could break the Klan s code of silence His and other efforts were not enough to turn the political tide but this story helped me understand the dynamics ofeconstruction in a way I never had before Brilliant ead A ather odd book that promises one story
Then Freuently Wanders Offfreuently wanders off other tangential narratives that are far less interesting not to mention unsolicited There are intriguing uestions left dismayingly unexplored by this disappointing book is the igorous enforcement of civil ig. Rk in mass crime what we now call terrorism investigationsLike many spymasters before and since Whitley also had a dark side His penchant for skulduggery and dirty tricks ultimately led to his involvement in a conspiracy that would bring an end to his career and transform the Secret ServicePopulated by intriguing historical characters from President Grant to brave Southerners both black and white who stood up to the Klan and told in a brisk narrative sty. The story of Hiram C Whitley who was called upon to penetrate the Ku Klux Klan and halt counterfeiting His unconventional methods unning on both sides of the line of legality were effective but may have been one of the easons Grant s time in office was considered to be iddled with corruption Still many of Whitley s methods are in use today interrogations of underlings to flip higher ups undercover operatives informants were started as part of his succeed by any means necessary credo The history of his succeed by any means necessary credo The history fascinatingThe narration was very uneven While the narrative was not poorly ead anytime a phrase or
WORD WAS A UOTATION THE READER WENT INTO THISwas a uotation the eader went into this falsetto that was very distressing And it was the same for any character It distracted me certainly In The War Before the War Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War by Andrew Delbanco I posited what that actually purpose of writing a history should be I believe that great historical works should be a eflection of the times that we live in and basically should be the embodiment of the old adage those who don t learn from the past are bound to epeat itSo how does Charles Lane s Freedom s Detective The Secret Service the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America s First War on Terror work if we accept my conceit of how a history should work From the title it seems like Lane wants to sho. Freedom’s Detective eveals the untold story of the Reconstruction era United States Secret Service and their battle against the Ku Klux Klan through the career of its controversial chief Hiram C WhitleIn the years following the Civil War a new battle began Newly freed African American men had gained their voting ights and would soon have a chance to transform Southern politics Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them Th.