About the author: Wayne Madsen is an investigative journalist in Washington DC. He specializes in national security and intelligence issues. He has written for Indigo Publications, Paris; The Village Voice; Elsevier Publications, Oxford, UK; and Covert Action Quarterly. His articles have covered the CIA activities, the US role in the assassination of Chechen President Dudayev, and US intelligence penetration of UN inspections teams in Iraq. He served as an ABC News on-air East Africa expert in the aftermath of the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. His book, Handbook of Personal Data Protection (New York; Stockton; London: Macmillan, 1992) is an acclaimed reference book on the international legal aspects of privacy of information. Madsen has been widely quoted in the international broadcast and print media on issues dealing with economic espionage, government surveillance, computer and communications security. He is a Senior Fellow of the Electronic Information Privacy Center in Washington DC.1999 0-7734-8002-1
This book is the first published in the United States that provides an in-depth examination of the covert intrigue that transpired in Africa during the 1990s. the events that occurred in the Great Lakes region are presented in the context of how outside players – notably the United States and France – used their considerable military and intelligence to tip the balance of economic power in Africa. The result was a loss of influence for France and ad dramatic gain for the United States., America's gaining of influence was not without tremendous price. The book describes the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and suggest that the United States was not merely an innocent bystander to the events that led to the most systematic mass killing of humans since world War II. The book also introduces the world of international mining and the dubious nature of the network of investors and agents of influence that support the mining industry. The unlikely confluence of African, American, Southeast Asian and even Arkansas politics had tremendous consequences for many disparate players, including the Clinton administration, the Habyarimana regime in Rwanda Marshal Mobutu of Zaire, and the peoples of Sierra Leone, Congo, and Angola. This is the first major work focusing on US covert military operations in Africa, exposing the covert war and corporate interests that have benefited from the US intervention in both the diamond and killing fields of Africa.