WIN #12-04 dtd 19 April 2004
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Museum in Washington, DC Opens New Terrorism Exhibit on 5
"The Enemy Within: Terror in America - 1776 to Today"
Exhibit features nine major events & periods in US History when we were threatened by enemies within our borders - and depicts how government and the public responded. We observe the evolution of US counterintelligence and homeland security efforts and the complexities of securing the country without compromising civil liberties. Details at www.spymuseum.org
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SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
Could a Director of National Intelligence supplant the DCI?
Gulf Arabs bleak view of U.S. in Iraq
SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
What the cameras don’t see in Faluja
Radek Sikorski on the Pride of Poland
SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE
Call for corporate managers to shoulder responsibility for cyber-security
Cell phone companies oppose federal move on broadband providers
Disgruntled student puts principal on Web as available for sex
SECTION IV -- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Los Angeles Research Firm Seeks Analysts
Radio Free Liberty Seeks Director Corporate Security - in Prague
Corporate Risk Solutions, Inc. seeks security consultant, corporate investigator
ANSER seeking homeland security professionals and administrative staff
Boeing Needs Cleared Personnel for Fascinating Assignments
SECTION V -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
Keeping government’s hands out of where they should not be
Terrorism -- family, friends and alienation
Portrait of Bush Sr. with warts, lots of them
Insecure No. 1 G-man who was a shrewd Washington infighter
DCI/CIA Web Site Update
Website for 9/11 commission reports
Information Sharing and Homeland Security
Report on disclosures of information on nukes
SECTION VI -- NOTES, LETTERS, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Intelligence failure: We got what we paid for
Who’s being idiotic?
22 APRIL - OPEN HOUSE AT THE INSTITUTE OF WORLD POLITICS - Get Your Career Moving Again
23 APRIL - HOOVER FOUNDATION SEMINAR
24 APRIL- AFIO Northern Sierra Chapter seminar on Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement and National Security.
25-30 APRIL - CICENTRE'S SPYRETREAT
30 APRIL - AFIO SPRING LUNCHEON HONORS RYSZARD KUKLINSKI
For your calendars: AFIO FALL SYMPOSIUM/CONVENTION SET FOR OCTOBER 29th. Details in coming months.
SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
COULD A DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUPPLANT THE DCI? - With the 9/11 commission hearing DCI Tenet and the FBI’s Robert Mueller last week, the intelligence community has continued at the center of media interest. Among the plethora of news, one question has emerged that especially carries profound implications for the community. That question is whether the office of Director of National Intelligence is to be created with a reach that transcends that of the DCI.
Without entering into particulars, President Bush said on 12 April that now may be a time to revamp and reform the intelligence services. He suggested, the New York Times reported, that the White House would wait for recommendations by the 9/11 commission and from a separate presidential commission on intelligence matters that is expected to issue its report next March. But the Times quoted a senior administration official as saying on 15 April, "We do not foreclose the possibility of doing something in advance of either report.”
In his testimony, DCI Tenet told the commission he would have deep reservations about any change that separated the position of DCI from that of overall intelligence chief. But he also said, “I wouldn't design America's intelligence community, 56 years later, the way the National Security Act designed it” in 1947.
The commission staff issued a report on 14 April that concluded that a lesson learnt from the 9/11 attacks was that the 15 agencies, most which are in such cabinet departments as State, Treasury, Energy and, most of all, Defense, lacked incentives to cooperate, collaborate and share information.
The Times, citing administration officials, reported on 16 April that the White House is weighing whether to pre-empt the commission's final report by embracing the proposal to create the DNI post. The new office in principle would exercise control over all the agencies and their budgets. Whether this control would in fact extend over the FBI budget is not clear. The White House is reported to be also considering creation of a directorate within the bureau for domestic intelligence gathering and analysis.
Alternative ideas that have been mentioned are to increase the powers of the DCI or to create a new domestic intelligence agency.
Leading Democrats have come out in favor of restructuring the community. John Kerry has endorsed it and Rep. Jane Harman, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has introduced legislation containing a similar proposal to that for a DNI. 9/11 commission vice-chairman Lee H. Hamilton, a former Democrat congressman, has called for separating the two jobs. “You cannot be head of the intelligence community and head of the CIA at the same time,” Hamilton told the joint Congressional committee looking into the Sept. 11 attacks.
The proposal for a DNI was drafted more than a year ago by a presidential advisory panel headed by Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser under Gerald Ford and the first Bush.
The Pentagon would be a major obstacle to creating such a powerful DNI as DoD would not easily surrender its control over some 80 percent of intelligence activities and budget. Altogether, according to the Times, that budget amounts to $40 billion a year.
There are also objections to such a restructuring based on the belief that some competition among agencies is needed to produce the best judgments and as well as concern over disrupting intelligence work now in progress.
“If ever there were a moment when public demand might overcome the entrenched institutional interests that block radical change, this should be it,” said Richard Betts, writing in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. Betts is director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Removing the directorship of the CIA from the DNI’s portfolio would be politically much easier than giving the DNI greater control over departmental agencies, he argues. However, he warns, without such control there is a risk leading to a DNI weaker than the current DCI, instead of stronger.
“At the end of the day,” Betts writes, “the strongest defense against intelligence mistakes will come less from any structural or procedural tweak than from the good sense, good character, and good mental habits of senior officials. How to assure a steady supply of those, however, has never been clear.” (“Administration Considers a Post for National Intelligence Director,” NY Times, 16 April, “Intelligence Politics,” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2004, DKR)
GULF ARABS BLEAK VIEW OF U.S. IN IRAQ - On Sunday, 18 April, the Washington Post ran what it described as an excerpt from a message sent earlier in the month to an e-mail discussion group by Chas W. Freeman Jr. Freeman has been U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and was assistant secretary of Defense during 1993-1994. He is currently president of the Middle East Policy Council. His comments followed a visit to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The Post article may be seen at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19465-2004Apr17.html. The following are the salient points Freeman reports:
The view in the Persian Gulf region is that by destroying the Iraqi state, the United States has made it almost impossible to accomplish regime change, as opposed to regime removal, in Baghdad.
Iraq is seen as an Arab zone of anarchy under foreign occupation.
No one in the region believes that real sovereignty will be transferred on 1 July to the Iraqi Governing Council, widely known as ‘Ahmed Chalabi and the Twenty Thieves.”
Many believe that a common opposition to the occupation is the only thing keeping factional rivalries bringing civil war to Iraq. There is an alliance between religious fanatics and secular nationalists.
Many in the region fear that young, native Iraqi jihadis are forming anti-American alliances with regional and possibly global reach: Shi’i with Hizballah, Sunni with Hamas and both, somewhat warily, with al-Qa’ida and its affiliates.
The forecast in the region is for an escalating guerrilla war against U.S. forces coupled with the collapse of the post-30 June regime and jockeying for position in a civil war to follow a U.S. military withdrawal.
U.S. conduct in Iraq has not enhanced its credibility in the region and this accounts for the almost universally derisive reaction to resident Bush’s Greater Middle East initiative.
The opinions Freeman reports are all the more troubling as he gathered them in Gulf countries that have been traditionally friendly to the United States and in two of which are major U.S. military installations. One is the Ubeid base in Qatar and the other is the 5th Fleet’s base in Bahrain.
SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
WHAT THE CAMERAS DON’T SEE IN FALUJA -- Max B. thanks George S. for passing on this message from a chaplain in the Army Reserve who is on active duty in Iraq:
In light of today's death toll in Faluja I'd like to offer you a different view than you may see on your TV news. First, I'm not one that bashes the media for bias. Yes, they have a bias -- don't we all? -- but I'm not one that sees conspiracy. But I have noticed that deaths in Iraq get a whole lot more attention than the good things that happen here, a whole lot more attention. So, here's some background on Al Faluja to keep in mind.
A) Why is it in the news almost every night? Because it is one of the FEW places in all of Iraq where trouble exists. Iraq has 25 million people and is the size of California. Faluja and surrounding towns total 500,000 people. Do the math: that's not a big percentage of Iraq. How many people were murdered last night in L.A.? Did it make headline news? Why not?
B) Saddam could not and did not control Faluja. He bought off those he could, killed those he couldn't and played all leaders against one another. It was and is a 'difficult' town. Nothing new about that. What is new is that outside people have come in to stir up unrest. How many are there is classified, but let me tell you this: there are more people in the northeast Minneapolis gangs than there are causing havoc in Faluja. Surprised?
C) Then why does it get so much coverage? Because the major news outlets have camera crews permanently posted in Faluja. So, if you are from outside Iraq, and want to get air time for your cause, where would you go to terrorize, bomb, mutilate and destroy? Faluja.
D) Why does it seem to be getting worse? Two answers:
1) This country became a welfare state under Saddam. If you cared about your well-fare, you towed the line or died. The state did your thinking and your bidding. Want a job? Pledge allegiance to the Ba’ath party. Want an apartment, a car, etc? Show loyalty. Electricity, water, sewage, etc. was paid by the state. Go with the flow: life is good. Don't and you're dead. Now, what does that do to initiative? drive? industry?
So, we come along and lock up sugar daddy and give these people the toughest challenge in the world, FREEDOM. You want a job? Earn it! A house? Buy it or build it! Security? Build a police force, army and militia and give it to yourself. Risk your lives and earn freedom. The good news is that millions of Iraqis are doing just that, and some pay with their lives. But many, many are struggling with freedom (just like East Germans, Russians, Czechs, etc.) and they want a sugar daddy, the U.S.A., to do it all. We refuse. We don't want to be plantation owners. We make it clear we are here to help, not own or stay. They get mad about that, sometimes.
Nonetheless, in Faluja, the supposed hotbed of dissent in Iraq, countless Iraqis tell our psyopers they want to cooperate with us but are afraid the thugs will slit their throats or kill their kids. A bad gang can do that to a neighborhood and a town. That's what is happening here.
2) We have a battle hand-off going on here. The largest in recent American history. The Army is passing the baton to the Marines in this area. There is uncertainty among the populace and misinformation being given out by the bad guys. As a result there is insecurity and the bad guys are testing the resolve of the Marines and indirectly you, the American people. The bad guys are convinced that Americans have no stomach for a long haul effort here. They want to drive us out of here and then resurrect a dictatorship of one kind or another.
Okay, what do we do? Stay the course. The Marines will get into a battle rhythm and, along with other forces and government agencies here, they will knock out the crack houses, drive the thugs across the border and set the conditions for the Falujans to join the freedom parade or rot in their lack of initiative. Either way, the choice will be theirs. The alternative? Turn tail, pull out and leave a power vacuum that will suck in all of Iraq's neighbors and spark a civil war that could make Rwanda look like a misdemeanor.
Hey, America, don't go weak kneed on us: 585 dead American's made an investment here. That's a whole lot less than were killed on American highways last month. Their lives are honored when we stay the course and do the job we came to do; namely, set the conditions for a new government and empower these people to be the great nation they are capable of being.
So, when you watch the reports from Faluja, remember there's more to the story than meets the camera's eye.
PRIDE OF POLAND -- Radek Sikorski is executive director of The New Atlantic Initiative at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and a former deputy minister of both foreign affairs and defense in post-Communist governments in Poland. In the weekly National Review, dated 19 April, Sikorski writes superbly about Ryszard Kuklinski, the Polish army colonel who he calls the West's most important source in the Warsaw Pact between the time of Oleg Penkovsky's reports during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the end of the Cold War. Sikorski also comments on Benjamin Weiser’s newly published study of Kuklinski, A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country, (Public Affairs, 400 pp., $27.50). Weiser will be among the speakers at the AFIO Spring Luncheon on 30 April that will honor the memory Col. Kuklinski who died in a Tampa military hospital on 10 February. Sikorski calls Weiser’s book lucid, authoritative, and unputdownable and “a must-read for scholars of the Cold War, and for all of us who lived in the shadows of totalitarianism and enjoy the fruits of the ultimate triumph of liberty.”
SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE
CALL FOR CORPORATE MANAGERS TO SHOULDER RESPONSIBILITY FOR CYBER-SECURITY -- Corporate executives and boards should take on responsibility for securing their computer networks from worms, viruses and other attacks, an industry task force working with the federal government said, the Washington Post reported 12 April (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4410-2004Apr11.html).
The report was the latest in a series produced by an industry partnership with the Homeland Security Department to address computer breaches that have cost businesses and consumers billions of dollars over the past several years. Members of the task force included representatives from technology companies, such as Intel Corp. and Verisign Inc., academics and other corporate officials.
The task forces stopped short of urging legislation that would require corporate managers to certify cyber-security measures, as required for financial statements. But the group said that for too long senior executives have ignored computer security or left it to their technology officers, who may not have the clout or inclination to make necessary changes.
Early last year the Bush administration announced a national strategy to improve cyber-security that included requirements for government agencies to strengthen their networks. But after lobbying from technology companies, the initiative recommended no mandates on the private sector and left it up to the companies to work with the government to devise self-regulatory steps for improvement, the Post reported.
That approach has been criticized by cyber-security experts and some members of Congress, who argue that the dangers of hacking and cyber-terrorism are too great to wait for companies to change their ways. (EAB, Washington Post, DKR)
CELL PHONE COMPANIES OPPOSE FEDERAL MOVE ON BROADBAND PROVIDERS -- A cell phone trade group is opposing a federal government move to force broadband Internet providers to rewire their networks to so as to facilitate wiretapping by police, CNET News.com reports.
Last month the Justice Department, FBI and DEA asked the Federal Communications Commission to require all broadband service providers to come under the jurisdiction of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA. That law requires telecommunications carriers to rewire their networks to government specifications to provide police with guaranteed access for wiretaps.
In a regulatory filing, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, whose members include the nation's top cell phone service providers, argued that broadband providers were expressly exempted from CALEA and that rewiring networks would put an unfair burden on broadband subscribers to fund such an overhaul.
CTIA members are interested in the outcome, because many, like Nextel Communications, are beginning to launch wireless broadband services. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has expressed concerns about the proposal's broad scope and the FBI's authority over new technologies.
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer summed up the position of law enforcement in general when it told the FCC recently that there could be no more delay in lifting the Internet's exemption from existing wiretapping laws. "Critical electronic surveillance is being compromised today," he wrote to the FCC. "In a post-Sept. 11 world, the commercial interests of telecommunications carriers can no longer trump law enforcement's use of court-authorized intercepts to protect the public."
A ruling on the proposal isn't expected for several months. (EAB, DKR)
DISGRUNTLED STUDENT PUTS PRINCIPAL ON WEB AS AVAILABLE FOR SEX -- A student who put the name of the headmistress of his secondary school on a Web site as available for sexual services has been arrested in Kazan, the capital of the Russian Federation republic of Tatarstan, according to the Computer Crime Center, citing Interfax-Povolzhye, a Russian news agency (http://www.crime-research.org/news/10.04.2004). The agency said the student was tracked down after the headmistress complained of receiving telephone calls from would-be clients. The student's motive was said to be revenge for what he considered her excessive demands on him. The youth was charged with slander and insult. Law enforcement officials complain of a lack of training to counter such offenses. Observers saw the incident as reflecting the discrepancy between the resources available to the ordinary police and the much better cyber equipped and trained officers of the federal security forces. (Interfax-Povolzhye, Newsbits, Computer Crime Center, DKR)
SECTION IV -- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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LOS ANGELES RESEARCH FIRM SEEKS ANALYSTS -- Highly specialized leader in communications analysis field seeks research analysts who can add value to our goal of providing global corporations and the US Government with cutting-edge proprietary products and services (this is not an IT position). Ability to work in team environment is critical. Current USG clearances preferred; preference will be given to candidates with Top Secret clearances. Must have social science background with proven ability to work with rigorous and sophisticated analytical models. Advanced degree preferred. Minimum five years experience in analysis and research required. Foreign area knowledge and/or foreign language fluency in Asia and Middle East is a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTOR – CORPORATE SECURITY, Prague, Czech Republic - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a private, international communications service to Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe; the Caucasus; and Central and Southwestern Asia that is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Reporting to the Director of Administration and managing a staff in Prague, including eight front-office staff and 70+ contract guards, you will manage security at Prague broadcasting headquarters, oversee security at some 25 news bureaus throughout their broadcast area and for their Washington DC office and serve as principal advisor to senior management on security issues.
The responsibilities of the role include:
” assess and reduce risk and develop cost-effective safeguards against physical threats and activity at both current and forthcoming new location in Prague as well as regional bureaus
” maintain well-trained contract security force and monitor guard services contract
” liaison with key USG security staff at the IBB (International Broadcasting Bureau), American Embassies in Prague and field locations and with Czech police and government agencies
” regularly review corporate security plan and Disaster Recovery Plan and take lead in related emergency and contingency planning
” serve on corporate Crisis Management Team
Requirements include: U.S. citizenship; university degree in a relevant discipline, or substantial equivalent experience; at least ten years of security management experience with an international organization or multinational company; overseas experience; familiarity with US government security practice; USG current or recent security clearance highly desirable; proven ability to function effectively in a multicultural environment; strong conceptual, planning and organizational skills; a broad knowledge of RFE/RL’s broadcast regions and solid grounding in international affairs; ability to conduct business in Czech an advantage but not a requirement. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered. To apply: provide: (1) detailed resume/CV; (2) cover letter outlining how you meet the qualifications sought; (3) salary history and requirements; to email@example.com or Fax: +420-221 123 881 Deadline for submissions is 9 May 2004
CORPORATE RISK SOLUTIONS, INC. HAS TWO IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR A SECURITY CONSULTANT AND A CORPORATE INVESTIGATOR. Both positions will be based from our Kansas City office and involve working closely with senior management in diverse corporate environments. These positions are full-time, salaried positions, offering excellent competitive salaries, bonus incentives and comprehensive benefit packages.
Responsibilities for the Security Consultant include risk management, business continuity planning, security system design, vulnerability assessments, competitive intelligence, Title VII, and strategic training.
Responsibilities for the Corporate Investigator include in-depth investigations related to fraud, theft, embezzlement, revenue protection and personal protection operations.
Successful candidates for both positions must possess a minimum of 10 years experience, be energetic, self-starters, both goal and detail-orientated, capable of making presentations to small or large groups and embrace challenges and change. Candidates must possess excellent professional demeanor, good interpersonal relationship skills, and marketing and business savvy. Additional qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a related field plus one professional certification such as CPP, CFE, CFS, or BCP. Certification must be from an organization such as ASIS, ACFE, ACFS, DRII, and SHRM. Candidates must possess a strong knowledge level for using Microsoft office software, be able to travel, possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance and a dependable vehicle. Advanced degrees and greater than 15 years experience a plus.
Interested, qualified applicants should send their resume with supporting education/certification documents to Kimberlee Roe, Manager of Administrative Services, firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be by appointment only, and no relocation assistance will be offered for this position.
ANSER SEEKING HOMELAND SECURITY PROFESSIONALS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF for mid-level and senior positions at its premises in Arlington, VA. ANSER performs technical, operations and systems analysis for several U.S. Government agencies to mitigate the threat of weapons of mass destruction and strengthen homeland security.
The ideal candidates will possess an advanced degree or senior level expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: engineering, mathematics, operations research, chemistry, biology, physics, economics, public health, medicine, computer science, behavioral science. Additional technical skills are also required. All positions available and requirements in full may be seen at:
BOEING INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ACTIVITY -- a Fortune 500 corporation, is looking for people with at least a minimum SECRET clearance. Previous government, military intelligence, or security/law enforcement experience desired. International experience is a plus. Successful applicants will utilize security/intelligence experience while working complex security issues. They will interface with local, state, and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, company managers, employees, customers, and vendors worldwide. They will be self-starters capable of working individually and in a close team. Positions are based in Seattle, WA. Please forward resumes to Jobs@Boeing.com and specify requisition number 04-1007091
SECTION V -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT’S HANDS OUT OF WHERE THEY SHOULD NOT BE -- Samuel Dash, The Intruders: Unreasonable Searches and Seizures from King John to John Ashcroft, Rutgers Univ., 190pp., $22.95
Dash is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center who was chief counsel to the Senate committee that investigated Watergate, a notorious instance of the violation of the constitutional guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures embodied in the Fourth Amendment. Dash sees an erosion of respect for this amendment over recent decades and most recently in the powers given to the government in the U.S.A. Patriot Act adopted in the wake of 9/11.
There is nothing new in government carrying out such searches and seizures. As long ago as 1215, the English barons secured protection for themselves, and later all Englishmen, from such doings when they imposed Magna Carta on King John. But English governments continued in their willful ways as for example in the celebrated case of the 18th century writer and printer John Wilkes and his private papers.
In the United States, Dash believes the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Warren Burger weakened the exclusionary rule that bars presentation in court of illegally obtained evidence. The U.S.A. Patriot Act, he writes, eliminates the citizen’s protection from government surveillance.
Dash is not alone in his concern about the act’s provisions. There is bipartisan movement in Congress to amend the act and place new checks on its provisions. “There are many of us who believe it is necessary to make some adjustments in the law as we move toward reauthorization," said Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), an original sponsor of the Security and Freedom Ensured (SAFE) Act to amend the Patriot Act that expires in 2005 unless renewed. "The SAFE Act restores what I believe is the proper level of judicial oversight in the process," said Craig. The Justice Department opposes the measure.
At issue is the need to balance the requirement of effective measures to protect the citizenry and the country and the freedoms that are at the core of American values. Not always an easy balance to strike. (EAB, http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2004_cr/s040704.html, DKR)
TERRORISM -- FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALIENATION -- Marc Sageman, Understanding Terror Networks, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 232 pp., $29.95
Sageman is a professor of psychiatry and ethnopolitical conflict at the University of Pennsylvania who has also been a Foreign Service officer. In the latter capacity he worked with Islamic fundamentalists resisting the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Drawing on this diverse experience he argues that it is not always leaders in organized extremist bodies that recruit members for cells. Rather, as he shows, extremist cells often grow out of family relations and friendships that fall under the influence of just one member of the small group.
He also argues that what moves men and women to join militant Islamist organizations is not necessarily poverty or religious devotion. Mostly, Sageman believes, it is a need to cope with a sense of alienation. Certainly, the number of Muslims who are the children of emigrants to Europe and who suffer a sense of separation from both their ancestral lands and the ones in which they live supports this view. (EAB, DKR)
PORTRAIT OF BUSH SR. WITH WARTS, LOTS OF THEM -- Tom Wicker, George Herbert Walker Bush, Lipper/Viking, 228 pp., $19.95
Those who like the Bush presidents are not going to like Wicker’s book. It begins with a story about a ‘friend’s’ visit to the elder Bush that draws the conclusion that a burning desire to become president was about all the reason he had for seeking that office.
Wicker, who wrote about Washington and the White House for the New York Times for decades, goes on to depict Bush as a man who had good qualities such as loyalty and modesty, but was also intensely competitive, shallow minded and possessed a deep sense of entitlement, reflecting his upper class origins.
Wicker is unimpressed by Bush’s credentials prior to becoming president. These included two terms in the House of Representatives, ambassador to the United Nations, DCI, Republican Party chairman, and vice-president under Reagan. Doubtless, for many readers these will seem very good credentials for anyone who would like to move into the White House.
Wicker allows that Bush got it right when he urged Nixon, engulfed by the Watergate scandal, to resign and also when he putt together the broad international coalition that supported the 1991 war against Saddam Hussein over the latter’s seizure of Kuwait. But, Wicker charges, positions Bush took shifted with where the political advantage lay. He also played dirty pool with political rivals, it seems. This is a book for Democrats activists to give each other and for others to keep out of sight when Republican friends come calling. (EAB, DKR)
AN INSECURE G-MAN WHO WAS A SHREWD WASHINGTON INFIGHTER -- Richard Hack, The Puppet Master: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, New Millennium, 464 pp., $27.50
Hack has previously written a biography of Howard Hughes as well as a kind of combined one of Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch that was called Clash of the Titans. In his work on Hoover, Hack, a 20-year veteran of investigative writing, much of it about showbiz personalities, employs what are presented as the internal monologues of the FBI boss and others. He does so on the way to concluding that Hoover was not homosexual, despite his intimacy with his aide, Clyde Tolson. But don’t think that gets Hoover off the hook. Instead, Hack suggests that Hoover found sexual gratification in reading through the bureau’s files on obscenity.
Hack recounts how the publicity-loving No. 1 G-man grabbed headlines when the bureau brought down gangsters in the 1930s and became an American hero. After World War II he tracked down Communist and fellow-traveler activities but in the 1960s, with the emergence of the civil rights movement, became a racist villain in the eyes of its supporters.
The portrait that emerges from Hack’s work is that of a lonely, insecure man who was never the less a highly skilled bureaucratic manipulator. (EAB, DKR)
DCI/CIA WEB SITE UPDATE - Opening Remarks of Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 14 April 2004.
Written Statement for the Record of James L. Pavitt, Deputy Director for Operations, before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 14 April 2004.
Statement for the Record of John O. Brennan, Director, Terrorist Threat Integration Center on Law Enforcement and the Intelligence Community before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 14 April 2004.
WEBSITE FOR 9/11 COMMISSION REPORTS is at www.9-11commission.gov.
INFORMATION SHARING AND HOMELAND SECURITY was the subject of a seminar last month at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Papers presented by senior analysts and policy makers are available at http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/campbell/Events/ISHS.htm (EAB, FAS, DKR)
QUARTERLY REPORT ON INADVERTENT DISCLOSURES OF CLASSIFIED NUCLEAR WEAPONS INFORMATION by the Department of Energy through the declassification of historical records may be seen at http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/inadvertent13.pdf (EAB, FAS, DKR)
SECTION VI -- LETTERS, QUERIES, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMING EVENTS
INTELLIGENCE FAILURE: WE GOT WHAT WE PAID FOR – An AFIO member writes: I keep waiting in vain for someone in Congress, the 9-11 Commission, the press, the nation at large to seriously address the question of the "failure" of the various agencies on 9-11.
I seem to recall that, with the close of Vietnam, and especially with the
rise of President Carter and DCI Stansfield Turner, the Trade was deemed non-essential and gutted. No, not merely gutted; GUTTED. The trend continued, sans Reagan/Casey until 9/10.
The nation was on a decades long bacchanal, during which the only measure of success was the accumulation of wealth. We reveled in neo-isolationism, and actively pursued passage of laws guaranteed to weaken our security. Anyone considering a career in government service was dismissed as simply too dumb to get rich. A person with the temerity to choose a career in Intelligence or, come to that, the Military was excoriated as some kind of latter-day fascist.
My question therefore is, why is the nation now amazed and befuddled that we might not have been able to recruit the cream of the crop from the best schools in the land, as once was our tradition?
We pay these people "coolie" wages, and treat them as if they crawled out from under a rock, and we are mystified that the best and the brightest
have not made a beeline for their local CIA recruiting office? Jesus Wept!
I submit that the intelligence services did not fail the nation as much as the nation failed them. We got what we paid for. We have no gripe.
WHO’S BEING IDIOTIC? LS writes about JMK's letter carried in WIN #10-04 dtd 5 April 2004: I'd like to see something else JMK might write. In the meanwhile, go over his sentence, "I will believe this is worth it when one of the Bush girls decides to volunteer for Daddy's war." Does the conduct of a president's son or daughter really have anything to do with anything? Then his, "Bushies," idiots," "a new set of faces in D.C. can start fresh." Never mind.
AFIO Fall Symposium/Convention -- will be held 29, 30 & 31 October 2004 in the Baltimore, MD vicinity at various secure locations. Full details to follow in coming months. Please reserve these dates on your calendars. Plan to arrive 28th and depart on the 31st.
22 APRIL -- OPEN HOUSE AT THE INSTITUTE OF WORLD POLITICS -- The IWP is a graduate school of statecraft and national security affairs. To introduce its summer courses and M.A. programs, it will be serving hors d'oeuvres to those visiting it this Thursday between 5 and 730 p.m. Visitors who sign up to study at IWP, situated a few blocks from the White House in downtown Washington, will have the usual $50 application fee waived. For more details, visit www.iwp.edu or call 202-462-2101
23 APRIL - HOOVER FOUNDATION SEMINAR -- The J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to needy students concentrating in the fields of law, forensic sciences, and law enforcement studies, will hold an inaugural seminar to announce plans to form the J. Edgar Hoover Center for Law Enforcement. It will be held on April 23, 2004 from 10am to 4 pm at The Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasons located at 1733 Sixteenth Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. Registration will commence at 9am and presentations will begin promptly at 10am. A buffet lunch will be served. Speakers will include Cassandra Chandler, Assistant Director in Charge of the Office of Public Affairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, William Webster, former director of the FBI and the CIA, syndicated news commentator, Cal Thomas, and Kenneth Ramsey, Sheriff of Kane County, Illinois and the President of the FBI National Academy Associates. There also be a panel discussion featuring four prominent journalists and moderated by Charles Lewis Washington Bureau Chief of the Hearst Newspaper Corp. There is no charge or obligation for attendance or lunch. The seminar is open to current and former Special Agents of the FBI, members of the FBI National Academy Associates, spouses, guests, and interested current or retired professionals from the business, government and academic communities. To register please telephone 843-785-5678 and ask for “Diane.” Or e-mail your registration to email@example.com. Please ensure that you include your full name, current telephone number, and mailing address. We will mail final agenda information and seminar details to you in early April.
24 APRIL - AFIO NORTHERN SIERRA CHAPTER SEMINAR ON THE ROLE AND LIMITATIONS OF INTELLIGENCE IN COUNTERTERRORISM, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND NATIONAL SECURITY. The program will be held from 0930 to 1230 in the Sierra Pacific Power Company auditorium at 6100 Neil Rd, Reno, NV 89511. Retired CIA officer and AFIO/Northern Sierra chapter president Bart Bechtel will give a presentation on "Connecting the Dots, How Intelligence Works or Not." Reno resident and internationally recognized terrorism expert, Larry Martines, will speak on "The Importance of Intelligence in Fighting Organized Crime and Domestic/Foreign Extremist Groups." Retired US Customs Agent Gary Hipple will speak on "Agencies Working in Harmony, Why Not? There will also be a panel of respondents to field questions from the floor. Attendance is limited to 200 people; therefore, advance registration is required. Call or email Bart Bechtel at 775-833-0181 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gary Hipple at 775-626-2724 (email@example.com). The Northern Sierra chapter covers all of Nevada north of Clark County and California, north from the Fresno area, east of Interstate Highway 5, north to the Oregon-California border. Meetings are to be held quarterly. Interest in membership? Contact Bart Bechtel at (775) 833-0181 or Ludwig Spolyar at (530) 581-4212.
25-30 APRIL - CICENTRE'S SPYRETREAT -- An espionage-themed luxurious Retreat & Conference. The retreat is at the five-star Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA, and is modeled on CiCentre's popular (and always sold out) SpyCruises. Some space remains for this one, so do not delay. Explore the presentations and panel discussions from international intelligence professionals, authors, and historians (and register) at http://spytrek.com. While the CiCentre events are renown for providing more fascinating, insider info per-day than some grad school intelligence courses, by holding this at the Homestead, you -- and accompanying family members or SOs -- can also enjoy a vacation of luxury among pristine golf courses, pampering spas, exquisite restaurants, and a variety of outdoor activities. Reservations should be made ASAP by calling Spy Trek at (1-866-SPY-TREK). Visit The Homestead Resort http://www.thehomestead.com to see all the amenities.
30 APRIL - AFIO SPRING LUNCHEON HONORS RYSZARD KUKLINSKI: PATRIOT & SPY -- An espionage classic as told by his CIA case officer, the intelligence analyst, and the reporter who knew him. A HUMINT Colloquium at the Spring Luncheon. Three men who knew him first hand will address the gathering: Benjamin Weiser, New York Times reporter and author of the just-published, A Secret Life; CIA analyst Jim Simon; and David Forden, Case Officer "Daniel." Time: 10:30 a.m. for badge pick-up. Weiser speaks at 11 am; lunch at noon; all three panelists at 12:45 to close at 2 pm. $30/person - current AFIO members and their guests, only. Where: Tyson's Corner Holiday Inn. Directions on AFIO website at www.afio.com. Reserve right away with Visa, MasterCard or AMEX via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 703.991.1278, or by voice to 703.790.0320. Weiser's just-released "A Secret Life" ... is an "epic spy story -- uplifting, inspiring, and amazing in its factual detail" will be on sale, along with other newly released intelligence books. Intelligence Officer review of Weiser book is on AFIO website at:
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