Le Pacte Holcroft by Robert Ludlum

By Robert Ludlum

L'enjeu du " Pacte Holcroft ", c'est l. a. coquette somme de seven hundred hundreds of thousands
de cash, déposée en 1945 dans une banque suisse par trois nazis
repentis : les généraux Clausen, von Tiebolt et Kessler.L'argent est destiné à leurs descendants, afin qu'ils l'utilisent en dédommagement des crimes de Hitler contre l'humanité. C'est
ainsi qu'un beau matin Noël Holcroft, le fils de Clausen, reçoit une
lettre écrite quarante ans après l'effondrement du IIIe Reich. S'il veut
blanchir son père, Holcroft doit retrouver les enfants de von Tiebolt
et de Kessler et, avec eux, signer le Pacte. Le rendez-vous est
fixé à Genève. Mais les institutions néonazies et les providers secrets and techniques
anglais, américains, israéliens ne l'entendent pas ainsi...

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Nomenclature Covert action (CA) is sometimes referred to as the "quiet option" within the CIA, which is usually the agency expected to design and execute this policy option. The phrase comes from a supposition that covert action is apt to be less noisy and obtrusive than some other instruments of American foreign policy, such as the landing of a Marine brigade. 26 Sometimes professional practitioners also refer to covert action as the "third option," one between diplomacy and open warfare. "27 Still others prefer the additional euphemisms "special activities" or "special operations" (though, technically, "special operations" is a term more properly applied to Department of Defense unconventional warfare, using such units as the Army Green Berets or the Navy Seals, or narrowly to CIA paramilitary operations; see later discussion).

A further blurring of distinctions has occurred with attempts by the Reagan administration to "privatize" covert action, that is, to raise funds for this option outside the government's established appropriations process—from foreign nations, including Brunei and South Africa, among others, and from wealthy private citizens, like the owner of the Coors brewery in Colorado (see chap. 6). S. government channels but with the knowledge and encouragement of the president and the NSC staff. S. intelligence agencies; and, no doubt, the overwhelming majority of the covert actions implemented by the United States are of this sort—in excess of 95 percent of the total number, according to those interviewed for this book, with almost all of these operations conceived of and carried out by the CIA.

Whatever the variation in terminology, the goal of covert action remains constant: to influence events overseas, secretly and in support of American foreign policy. The theory behind the use of covert action has been straightforward, though "theory" is no doubt too strong a word; its practitioners have been less theorists than practical men with an interest in advancing American interests around the world. Their main concern has been, in the words of a former chief of the CIA Covert Action Staff, "the global challenge of communism .

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