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Fri Nov 13, 2015, 10:49 AM

6. Absolutely correct. The thing is, Kwitny does source his book, published in 1987.

It's clear where he gets the information he cites throughout "The Crimes of Patriots." It has a complete index. While he did not use footnotes at the bottom of the page or footnote every sentence some academic studies often do, he makes plain where he got the information he uses.

Personally, I've found the technique necessary to make complicated history readable. From an academic perspective, it's not perfect.

In his book's Acknowledgements, Kwitny details an earlier article by James A. Nathan, published in Foreign Policy (Winter 1982-83), that included incomplete citations from questionable sources -- what might be termed misinformation or disinformation. Kwitny also wrote about how Peter Dale Scott used Nathan's article to source his own writings about Nugan Hand. "And so it goes in academia."

Kwitny also included an appendix of "The Questions Whose Answers Are Secret." One example (p. 388):

51. Has any U.S. intelligence agency ever had any dealings with the Wing-On Bank, Nugan-Hand's Hong Kong bankers? What was the nature and duration of those dealings?


These are the kinds of questions the People in the United States have a right to know.



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