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Far from the prying eyes of mainstream media outlets have cut their coverage of the region back to zero, the United States military and the CIA are deeply entrenched in the former Soviet republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. Ted Rall, author of "Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?" is a frequent visitor to Central Asia who has personally witnessed the effects of American imperialism at its worst. Propping up reviled dictators who would otherwise be overthrown by their own people, exploiting gas, oil and other natural resources at the expense of common citizens, encouraging corruption on a massive scale, US policymakers are setting the stage for blowback on a scale still inconceivable even after 9/11.