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Vietnam DeclassifiedThe CIA and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas L Ahern

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125619

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125619.001.0001

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Experiments in the Lowlands

Experiments in the Lowlands

(p.111) Chapter 6 Experiments in the Lowlands
Vietnam Declassified

Thomas L. Ahern

University Press of Kentucky

Throughout the course of Operation Switchback, the station had been actively looking for new ways to preserve Central Intelligence Agency involvement. The principal burden of this exploratory effort had fallen on Stuart Methven, the gregarious case officer whose service with the Mountain Scouts made him perhaps the best traveled and most widely connected agency operative in Vietnam. In late 1962, John Richardson had called him down from the highlands to advise him of plans to add the Mountain Scouts to the Switchback agenda. Methven turned his focus to the south. Methven began in Long Khanh, a province whose approachable chief governed a mixed population of lowlanders and montagnards, and whose proximity to Saigon made agency programs relatively easy to monitor. Methven had installed the Mountain Scout program there, and he now continued that approach on a smaller scale. The team's purposes continued to include protecting villagers from Viet Cong encroachments.

Keywords:   CIA, Stuart Methven, Mountain Scouts, John Richardson, Operation Switchback, Long Khanh, lowlanders, montagnards, Saigon, Viet Cong

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