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The first study of clandestine operations was initiated 1988 in hopes of learning about the relationship between the President and the intelligence committees of Congress Stephan F Knott an Assistance Professor of Political Science at the Untied States Air Force Academy picked up this study of clandestine operations In Knotts recently published book 1996 Secret and Sanctioned he unveils the reality that not only were clandestine operations in the Cold War recently been had also been used in times dating back to our Forefathers Knotts account of covert operations involving some of our most admired leaders George Washington Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln etc gives clear evidence that even the most admired respected of our leaders werent completely honest dealers The fact that covert operations were undoubtedly active in the times our Forefathers are illustrated within the realm of Secret and Sanctioned Knotts main purpose in writing this book was to notify his audience that the age-old tradition of clandestine operations wasnt started with a new generation of politicians but had been embedded within the political system since the beginning of the American Revolution Knott worked with several well-educated professors in research of his book he consulted many different sources such as Professor Dennis Hale a chairman of the Political Science Department at Boston College and Arthur S Hulnik a professor of International Relations at Boston College as his resources of information about American intelligence activityStephan F Knott details several different cases in which covert operations were throughout the years His first subject was the covert operations which involved George Washingtons plan to capture William the IVth the heir to the throne of England while had authorized on his stay in the states in March of 1782 Washington had authorized three kidnappings that of Benedict Arnold Sir Henry Clinton William the IVth Washington also used the death penalty without a second thought to get the information needed In one plot in the book with the characters
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