Interview with Pedro Israel Orta, Author of The Broken Whistle: A Deep State Run Amok

20 Feb 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Broken Whistle: A Deep State Run Amok?

It is almost an unbelievable story that reads like fiction. Therefore, a story that must be told to get the truth out. As I wrote in my Prologue: “The Truth Must Be Told.” George Washington once said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Broken Whistle: A Deep State Run Amok, what would they be?

Rocky – “Survivor: Eye of the Tiger” song. It was an insane battle of wits and wills to take on the corrupt thugs inside the CIA, and yet live to tell the story.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

“Espionage & Intelligence,” “Political Science Current Affairs,” and selective history-biographical.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

  1. “The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys—and One Senator’s Fight to Save Democracy,” by Thomas Risen
  2. “A Season of Inquiry Revisited: The Church Committee Confronts America’s Spy Agencies,” by Loch Johnson
  3. “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ,” by Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro
  4. “The Trials of Harry S. Truman,” by Jeffrey Frank
  5. “The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” by David Talbot
  6. “Churchill, Master and Commander: Winston Churchill at War 1895-1945,” by Anthony Tucker-Jones

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

“Salvatore’s Twisted Christmas Massacre.” The CIA Office of Security stole the script straight from the mafia thugs by using a security leader, aka “Salvatore,” to be like a mafia hitman to kick me out of the CIA in a twisted and perverted plot that reads like a movie scene.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

An intense spin bike workout early morning with no breakfast to get the blood flowing through my body in preparation to sit and write after breakfast and coffee.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

A quote in my book, chapter 22: “Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense… Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Summarized into: “Never, never, never, never quit.”

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

We are living in a perilous time with the weaponization of government power to silence dissent. Inaction to stop dissenting voices will lead to all of us being silenced. My Epilogue: “Who Will Speak For You When They Come Looking For You?” Only you the reader can make that determination.


Pedro Israel Orta is the author of the new book The Broken Whistle: A Deep State Run Amok

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