The former Director of National Intelligence speaks outWhen he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, a period that included such critical events as the discovery of Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia's influence on the 2016 U.S election. In Facts and Fears Clapper traces his career through his rise in ranks of the military, the history of several decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. Clapper considers such difficult questions as, is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to use human sources to learn secrets, to intercept communications, to take pictures of closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? What protections should we give to the private citizens of the world, not to mention our fellow Americans? Is there a time that intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by asserting themselves into policy decisions?...
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Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence Reviews
It was an easy read that gave some front line insight into the history of intelligence in some of the major points in history. The book is written in a forced objective manner that you can expect from someone with the background of Director Clapper, but you can read a little bit that through some of the life events he chooses to highlight that he has trended towards being socially liberal and progressive while not officially mentioning any party affiliations. He ends with some current events exp ...more
This book is quite simply the best memoir I have read in at least a decade. Jim Clapper collaborated with Trey Brown to put the book together. The book covers Clapper’s military service from his commissioning in 1963 to his retirement in 1995. It picks up again when Clapper returns to government service in 2001 until his departure from being the Director of National Intelligence in January of 2017.
The first half of the book focuses on Clapper’s Air Force service culminating in his appointment as ...more
Interesting memoir of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. A long time public servant, I appreciated his telling of his career as the intelligence field changed and grew. Other interesting chapters- the Edward Snowden affairs and its impact and his views on Donald Trump. Clapper is known for his plain speaking and his views in Trumps’s penchant for lying are clear. To learn more about the role of intelligence today, definitely read this book.
I haven't read the book yet, but I have read many of the most important excerpts from the book. I vividly remember thinking when the WikiLeaks releases began the same day that the Access Hollywood video was released, that something nefarious was going on. Over the following weeks with almost daily releases of WikiLeaks. I saw how they were dominating coverage on the networks, and distracting from the problems afflicting the Trump campaign. I remember thinking back then, that these releases were ...more
Clapper has lived a very interesting life, most of it serving our country in the field of intelligence. I learned a lot about the intelligence services which is way more than the CIA, NSA, and FBI; and I enjoyed his perspective. The book is not about the Trump administration until the last two chapters, in which he goes into detail about how the Russians have been meddling in our society for generations, until they've become successful beyond their wildest dreams--electing Trump. He believes tha ...more
This book is historically a very important book. Clapper contributes to our
knowledge of the factors turning the Presidential Election in 2016. He is the
first to come to the conclusion that Putin's influence on that election
was probably the decisive factor.
Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of about 3 million voters,
Clapper explains how Vladimir Putin, with his botnets, probably swung
the election to Donald Trump. The Russians targeted the battleground (swing)
states with ...more
As a political science major who now lives and works in the political realm in Washington, DC I was surprised at how little I knew about James Clapper. He played a key role in some huge moments in American history and served our country from a young age to his late seventies. I can't begin to imagine the sacrifices required to devote your life to public service, but Clapper was passionate about the United States and wanted to do his part by serving the intelligence community. FACTS AND FEARS doe ...more
Very interesting account of a national leader in the intelligence community. He ended his career as the Director of National Intelligence for President Obama. He also served under President Busch. He meet with Trump in the Trump Tower before the inauguration regarding the Russian interference in the election and also the Steele Dossier.
He is very alarmed about the presidency of Trump and the and the various false and untruthful negatives that are beginning to over take the country. He is very c ...more