Bill Gertz

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Gertz, Bill. "Accused Spy Sought Immunity." Washington Times, 7 Apr. 1998, A3.


Gertz, Bill. "After 3 Years, NSA Chief Quitting Post." Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 2-8 Nov. 1998, 17.

DIRNSA Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan announced in an internal e-mail to NSA employees in August that he will be leaving his post in March 1999, having completed his 3-year tour. It was reported that Minihan wanted to stay on an additional year, but an administration official denied that the general was being forced out. "A leading candidate to replace [Minihan] is Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the Army's deputy chief of staff for itelligence.... If Gen. Kennedy is picked, the NSA would have women in its two top positions. The deputy NSA director is Barbara McNamara, a civilian."


Gertz, Bill. Betrayal. Washington, DC: Regnery, 1999.

Clark comment: The Washington Times reporter at one time regarded by many as often having the best "inside" information on intelligence and related matters takes on the national security policy of the Clinton administration. The thrust of his work is not a surprise, but the manner in which he supports his arguments is:

According to a report by Diamond, Associated Press, 21 May 1999, "[c]lassified documents of the kind that normally take decades to come to light are there for all to see" in the book's appendix where "all or part of 23 documents from the Clinton administration -- some as recent as last year -- ranging in classification from confidential to top secret" are reprinted.

Gertz maintains that the Clinton administration "carried out a policy of appeasement of real or potential U.S. enemies that 'so angered some intelligence, defense and foreign policy officials that they responded in the only way they knew how: by disclosing to the press some of the nation's most secret intelligence.'''


Gertz, Bill. Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11. Washington, DC: Regnery, 2002.

Doder, Nation, 4 Nov. 2002, comments that "[t]here are no great revelations, no mystery, to be found in this volume. Virtually everything comes from newspaper accounts.... The shocking revelation is Gertz's central thesis.... He argues that the CIA failed to avert the tragedy;... and that the CIA should be abolished, broken up into two parts, each to be merged with other parts of US intelligence.... Gertz may well be right, but the arguments he offers are sloppy and far from compelling."

For Berkowitz, IJI&C 16.2, the author "makes some good arguments, and reveals some interesting facts. But, as a whole, his account is rather incomplete and simplistic, and contains numerous errors and inconsistencies. Nevertheless,... Gertz gets the big picture exactly right."


Gertz, Bill. "Bush Defends CIA, Calls Critics 'Nuts.'" Washington Times, 18 Sep. 1997, A10.


Gertz, Bill. "China Boosts Spy Presence in U.S., CIA, FBI Report." Washington Times, 9 Mar. 2000. []

According to a joint CIA and FBI report sent to Congress in January but released on 8 March 2000, "China's spy services are stepping up military spying against the United States while using Chinese students as intelligence agents and 'political influence' programs to manipulate U.S. policy."

[China/Gen/00s; PostCW/90s/China/From00]

Gertz, Bill. "China Recruits Spies for Science." Washington Times, 11 Oct. 1999. [http://]

According to the quarterly report of the National Counterintelligence Center (NCIC), "China is recruiting scientists around the world in its efforts to acquire weapons technology from other countries."

[China/Gen; PostCW/90s/PRCTech]

Gertz, Bill. "CIA Lawyer Will Not Answer Senate Questions on Deutch." Washington Times, 7 Mar. 2000. []

According to his attorney, former CIA general counsel Michael O'Neil "will decline to answer questions about his role in a security investigation of former CIA Director John Deutch" in a 7 March 2000 appearance before the SSCI. The attorney said that "O'Neil will not answer questions from the panel until the Justice Department completes its review of whether CIA officials acted improperly in handling the investigation of Mr. Deutch."

Associated Press, "Ex-CIA Lawyer Pleads 5th in Probe," 7 Mar. 2000, reports that O'Neil "invoked his right not to incriminate himself and refused to answer questions [on 7 March 2000] from Senate Intelligence Committee members about computer security lapses by former CIA Director John Deutch."


Gertz, Bill. "CIA Mines 'Rich' Content from Blogs." Washington Times, 19 Apr. 2006. []

Director Douglas J. Naquin has told the Washington Times that the new Open Source Center (OSC) "recently stepped up data collection and analysis based on bloggers worldwide and is developing new methods to gauge the reliability of the content.... The OSC uses powerful computers and software technology to 'sift' the Internet for valuable intelligence. It also buys information from commercial databases.... The OSC is doubling its staff and bringing in material from 32 government agencies that also produce unclassified reports."


Gertz, Bill. "CIA Panel Gives Split View on Arctic Seismic Rumbling," Washington Times, 4 Nov. 1997, A6.

See also R. Jeffrey Smith, "U.S. Officials Acted Hastily in Nuclear Test Accusation," Washington Post, 20 Oct. 1997, A1, A6-7.


Gertz, Bill. "CIA's Mideast Mission 'To Act as Bridge' Between the Two Sides." Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 2-8 Nov. 1998, 16.

"CIA officers will act as intermediaries by sharing Palestinian [security] data with the Israelis, or in some cases providing a general briefing without details."


Gertz, Bill. "CIA Seeks Missile Data from [North Korean] Defector." Washington Times, 27 Aug. 1997, A1, A10.

Chang Seung-il.


Gertz, Bill. "CIA Wracked by Turnover at Top." Washington Times, 23 Mar. 1997, A4.


Gertz, Bill. "Congress to Restrict Use of Special Ops." Washington Times, 13 Aug. 2003. []

Restrictions on the use of Special Operations Forces, contained in the classified Senate report accompanying the current version of the intelligence authorization bill for FY 2004, would require "the Pentagon to first obtain a presidential 'finding,' ... similar to those required for covert-action intelligence operations," before deploying such forces.... The restrictions are not included in the House intelligence authorization report."


Gertz, Bill. "Counterintelligence Posts Vacant." Washington Times, 10 Feb. 2006. []

According to U.S. intelligence officials, the top positions at government CI agencies "are empty due to resignations and retirements amid a dispute over the role" of CI. Michelle Van Cleave "resigned last month after the office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX), which she headed, was made part" of the new ODNI.  At the FBI, CIA and Pentagon, senior CI "positions are held by acting officials." At the White House, the NSC CI "staff position has been downgraded.... Intelligence officials said the failure to fill the top posts is a sign of bias against counterspying by senior intelligence officials under DNI John Negroponte and at other agencies."


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