Peter Dale Scott

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Peter Dale Scott (born 11 January 1929[1]) is a Canadian born, former English professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a former diplomat and a poet.

A son of the Canadian poet and constitutional lawyer F. R. Scott and painter Marian Dale Scott, he has been critical of American foreign policy since the era of the Vietnam War. Scott was a signatory in 1968 of the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, in which participants vowed to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2] He spent four years (1957–1961) with the Canadian diplomatic service. He retired from the UC Berkeley faculty in 1994.

Literary works[edit]

In terms of poetry, he is best known for his book-length poem Coming to Jakarta (subtitled "a poem about terror"), which describes in measured, prosodically regular verse the 1965 crisis in Indonesia that resulted in the Indonesian Civil War and the deaths of as many as half a million people, in which he believed the CIA to have played a role.[3]

Scott is far from a stridently political poet, working always to connect the polemical to the personal. In Coming to Jakarta he writes:

To have learnt from terror
        to see oneself
    as part of the enemy
can be a reassurance

In the context of this emotional and psychological side of conflict, Scott alternates between descriptions of his own life—"dressed up in polished / gaiters with a buttonhook"—and the massive violence of his principal subject. Somewhere between confessional and scholarly, his poems often contain citations in the margins.

Scott has described his poem Minding the Darkness as his most important, though he concedes that "Like other long poems by older men. . . it toys dangerously with abstract didactic principles."[4] The poem is intended as the culmination of a major poetic project of which Coming to Jakarta was the inception.

Contemporary politics[edit]

Scott has written about the role of the "deep state" (as opposed to the "public state"). Rejecting the label of "conspiracy theory", he has used the phrase "deep politics" to describe his political concerns. His interest in contemporary history has spilled over into his works of poetry, some of which must contain marginal notes to explain to readers which documents or real-world news events are being referred to. His book, The Road to 9/11 (2007), deals with geopolitical context of events leading to 9/11, and describes "how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11."[5] His books The Road to 9/11 and American War Machine are available in French under the titles La Route vers le Nouveau Désordre Mondial and La Machine de Guerre Américaine.[6] The latter was reviewed in March 2011 by Bernard Norlain, a retired French five-star General of the Air Force.[7]

Of Scott's book, American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (2010) Daniel Ellsberg commented: "I said of Scott's last brilliant take on this subject, Drugs, Oil and War, that 'It makes most academic and journalistic explanations of our past and current interventions read like government propaganda written for children.' Now Scott has written an even better book [...]"[8]

An aspect of Scott's work that combines both his investigating interests and his poetry is illustrated by The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11.[9]



  • The War Conspiracy (1972, OCLC 357579, out of print)
  • The Assassinations: Dallas and Beyond (in collaboration, 1976, ISBN 0-394-40107-7)
  • Crime and Cover-Up: The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas-Watergate Connection (1977, ISBN 0-87867-066-1)
  • Introduction to Henrik Kruger's The Great Heroin Coup: Drugs, Intelligence, & International Fascism (1980, ISBN 0-89608-031-5)
  • The Iran-Contra Connection (in collaboration, 1987, ISBN 0-89608-291-1)
  • Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (in collaboration, 1991, 1998, ISBN 0-520-21449-8)
  • Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993, 1996, ISBN 0-520-20519-7)
  • Deep Politics Two: Essays on Oswald, Mexico, and Cuba (1995, 2007, ISBN 0-9790099-4-4)
  • Drugs Oil and War (2003, ISBN 0-7425-2522-8)
  • The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America (September 2007, ISBN 0-520-23773-0)
  • The War Conspiracy: JFK, 911, and the Deep Politics of War (2008 reissue and expansion of 1972 edition) (July 2008, ISBN 978-0-9801213-6-0)
  • Martial Law, the Financial Bailout, and the Afghan and Iraq Wars, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 2-4-09, (January 10, 2009) [4]
  • America's Afghanistan: The National Security and a Heroin-Ravaged State, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 20-3-09, (May 17th, 2009)[5]
  • Can the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan? Opium, the CIA and the Karzai Administration, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 14-5-10, (April 5, 2010) [6]
  • Continuity of Government Planning: War, Terror and the Supplanting of the U.S. Constitution, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 21-2-10, (May 24, 2010)[7]
  • Kyrgyzstan, the U.S.and the Global Drug Problem: Deep Forces and the Syndrome of Coups, Drugs, and Terror, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 28-3-10, (July 12, 2010) [8]
  • Operation Paper: The United States and Drugs in Thailand and Burma, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 44-2-10, (November 1, 2010)[9]
  • Is the State of Emergency Superseding the US Constitution? Continuity of Government Planning, War and American Society, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 48-1-10, (November 29, 2010)[10]
  • American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (November 2010 - ISBN 978-0-7425-5594-5)
  • The Doomsday Project, Deep Events, and the Shrinking of American Democracy, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 4 No 3, (January 24, 2011)[11]
  • Who are the Libyan Freedom Fighters and Their Patrons?, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 13 No 3, (March 28, 2011)[12]
  • Bosnia, Kosovo, and Now Libya: The Human Costs of Washington’s On-Going Collusion with Terrorists, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 31 No 1, (August 1, 2011)[13]
  • Norway’s Terror as Systemic Destabilization: Breivik, the Arms-for-Drugs Milieu, and Global Shadow Elites, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 34 No 1, (August 22, 2011) [14]
  • The Doomsday Project and Deep Events: JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 47 No 2, (November 21, 2011)[15]
  • Launching the U.S. Terror War: the CIA, 9/11, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 12, No 3, (March 19, 2012)[16]
  • The NATO Afghanistan War and US-Russian Relations: Drugs, Oil, and War, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 22, No 4, (May 28, 2012)[17]
  • Why Americans Must End America’s Self-Generating Wars, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 36, No. 2, (September 3, 2012)[18]
  • Systemic Destabilization in Recent American History: 9/11, the JFK Assassination, and the Oklahoma City Bombing, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10 Issue 39, No. 2, (September 24, 2012)[19]
  • America's Unchecked Security State: Part I: The Toxic Legacy of J. Edgar Hoover's Illegal Powers, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue 17, No. 2, (April 29, 2013)[20]
  • America’s Unchecked Security State: Part II: The Continuity of COG Detention Planning, 1948-2001, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue 17, No. 3, (April 29, 2013)[21]
  • Washington’s Battle Over Syrian Foreign Policy: Will Hawks Or Doves Prevail?, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Issue 24, No. 1, (June 17, 2013)[22]
  • The Falsified War on Terror: How The US Has Protected Some of Its Enemies, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 40, No. 2, (October 7, 2013)[23]
  • Oswald, Mexico, and Deep Politics: Revelations from CIA Records on the Assassination of JFK (September 2013 - ISBN 978-1-6263-6009-9)
  • Introduction to Sylvia Meagher's Accessories After the Fact: The Warren Commission, the Authorities & the Report on the JFK Assassination (1976, September 2013 - ISBN 978-1-6208-7997-9)
  • The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 10, No. 5, (March 10, 2014) [24]
  • The American Deep State, Deep Events, and Off-the-Books Financing, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 14, No. 3, (April 6, 2014) [25]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ W. H. New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 1028.
  2. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest”, New York Post, January 30, 1968
  3. ^ Scott, Peter Dale. "How I Came to Jakarta". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Introductory matter to excerpts from Minding the Darkness, <>.
  5. ^ University of California Press. "Peter Date Scott (2007), The Road to 9/11". Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ [1] La Route vers le Nouveau Désordre Mondial, La Machine de Guerre Américaine, Editions Demi-Lune official website
  7. ^ [2] Review of La Route vers le Nouveau Désordre Mondial (The Road to 9/11) by French Air Force general Bernard Norlain
  8. ^ [3] Daniel Ellsberg about American War Machine
  9. ^ The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11, <>

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