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Lodwick, John. Filibusters -- Raiders from the Sea: The Story of the Special Boat Service in WWII. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1947. Raiders from the Sea: The Story of the Special Boat Service in WWII. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990. London: Greenhill/Lionel Leventhal, 1990.

[UK/WWII/Services/SBS]

Loeb, Vernon [Washington Post].

Loescher, Burt Garfield. Washington's Eyes: The Continental Light Dragoons. Ft. Collins, CO: Old Army Press, 1977.

Prather: This work is "about the operations and organization of the four Continental Light Dragoon units. [It] outlines the exploits of these units that were vital to gaining information regarding the activities of the British army for the Continental Army."

[RevWar/Overviews]

Loescher, Michael S. "Navy Cryptology Is Broken." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 126, no. 2 (Feb. 2000): 112.

"[O]ver the past ten years -- lost in organizational nostalgia and shackled by a myopic vision of the past and future -- the Naval Security Group Command (NavSecGruCom) has become a costly burden to the Navy.... The simple truth is that although the Navy must retain its cryptologic talent, it does not need NavSecGruCom."

[MI/Navy/00s]

Loescher, Michael S. [LTCDR/USN] "New Intelligence Networks Improve Command, Control." Signal, Aug. 1990, 45 ff.

[PostCW/90s]

Loftus, John J.

1. The Belarus Secret. New York: Knopf, 1982.

Blumenthal, NYT, 28 Dec. 1982, says the author charges that Nazi-collaborators from the Byelorussian puppet government were admitted into the United States after World War II. He places the blame for this on Frank Wisner who was seeking recruits for "a secret anti-Communist force ... to foment unrest behind the Iron Curtain." However, "there is a question as to whether the author in his zealousness may not have overstated some of his material."

2. America's Nazi Secret. Waterville, OR: TrineDay, 2010.

Peake, Studies 55.3 (Sep. 2011), finds that this apparently expanded version of The Belarus Secret is so dominated by "bizarre, spurious charges and messy judgments" that "[i]t is undeserving of serious attention."

[GenPostwar/40s/Nazis]

Loftus, John, and Mark Aarons. The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People. New York: St. Martin's, 1994.

According to Surveillant 4.2, this allegation-filled book has a "consistent theme: that the White House and MI6 have repeatedly run illegal programs, hidden from both CIA and Congress, and then used the Jews as scapegoats." A NameBase reviewer opines that "the 'war against the Jews' seems to be a journalistic 'hook' that ties together chapters stuffed with new material on political corruption in U.S. and British intelligence." Although the authors provide 115 pages of end notes, many of their sources requested anonymity. In a true pot-and-kettle situation, McGehee, CIABASE January 1995 Update Report, states that the "authors are far too opinionated and rhetorical to be considered reliable."

Rodman, IJI&C 7.4, calls this book a "massive [658 pages] (and massively-documented) volume." The authors open with the collaboration between Jack Philby and Ibn Saud. The authors make some "explosive claims," including that James Angleton was an "Israeli mole." The authors believe that the Israeli attack on the Liberty was deliberate, but they also "believe that it was entirely justified." They argue that the Liberty was passing Israeli order of battle to the Egyptians, but they fail "to present incontrovertible evidence to substantiate their version of the incident." However, despite its flaws, "this book deserves to be taken seriously."

Fishel, IJI&C 8.3, takes exception to Rodman's statement that the "most credible" explanation of the attack on the USS Liberty is that it was an "accident": "Israel's assault on the Liberty was as accidental as Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor." Fishel calls Loftus and Aarons' book, "a collection of preposterous and demonstrably false theories and allegations. With regard to the Liberty attack, the only significant detail they get right is that it was deliberate." Rodman responds in IJI&C 9.1 by expressing and explaining his continuing skepticism with regard to "the claim that the Israelis knowingly attacked an American ship."

Loftus, John, and Emily McIntyre. Valhalla's Wake: The IRA, M16, and the Assassination of a Young American. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989.

Steck, Library Journal (from Amazon.com), notes that the co-author of this book is the mother of the young American in the title. The authors claim that in 1984, "[a]fter the arms-carrying Irish vessel S.S. Valhalla was intercepted by British intelligence, [John] McIntyre was secretly assassinated by the British (his body was never found), made to take the fall to protect the true British mole on board."

[UK/Postwar/IRA]

Lohbeck, Kurt. Holy War, Unholy Victory: Eyewitness to the CIA's Secret War in Afghanistan. Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1993.

According to Surveillant 3.4/5, Lohbeck was the "only American journalist assigned to cover the war full-time." He was a "suitable witness to the vicious power struggles that are still plaguing Afghanistan and are now plaguing the West." Proceedings 120.11 (Nov. 1994), notes that this "account is bound to raise some eyebrows and fuel a few debates, but there is a great deal of insight grown from a unique perspective."

MI 20.3 says this is "not as informative a guide to CIA activities as the title implies." It is a "journalistic memoir" which "focuses on the rebels, with secondary consideration of CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI) activities.... Jonathan Pollard ... attempted to implicate Lohbeck in the spy ring. The effort failed." This is an "important book."

[CA/Afghanistan]

Lombardi, Ben. "Balkan Intrigue: German Intelligence and Kosovo." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 22, no. 3 (Fall 2009): 470-490.

The author reviews the state of play involved in the arrest in November 2008 in Kosovo of three members of the Federal German intelligence service (BND).

[Germany/00s]

Lombardo, Johannes R. "A Mission of Espionage, Intelligence and Psychological Operations: The American Consulate in Hong Kong, 1949-64." Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 4 (Winter 1999): 64-81.

Hong Kong "became a very important location for American intelligence operations and propaganda policy in Asia.... [S]ome of the American Consulate's activities ... at this time put a strain on the Anglo-American relationship."

[GenPostwar/ColdWar; OtherCountries/HongKong]

Lomperis, Timothy. From People's War to People's Rule: Insurgency, Intervention and the Lessons of Vietnam. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Berger, et al, I&NS 22.6 (Dec. 2007), see the author sliding "too easily from one time in place in history to another." He "explains the Vietnam War as a crisis of political legitimacy," but his "argument lacks depth and the centrality of political legitimacy is hardly a new insight."  Overall, "Lomperis raises more questions than he answers."

[MI/SpecOps; Vietnam/Gen]

Lomperis, Timothy J. The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon: An Intelligence Officer's Memoir, 1972-1973. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2011.

House, Proceedings 138.9 (Oct. 2012), notes that as a junior intelligence officer [at MACV], the author "had a priviledged view of the war." In this work, he combines his "personal experience with his subsequent career as an academic expert on the conflict to give the reader numerous insights into the failure of 'Vietnamization.'" His work "is both a significant contribution to our understanding of the war and an entertaining story." Peake, Studies 56.2 (Jun. 2012), says that Lomperis provides "a candid and unusual view of staff intelligence in Vietnam."

For Richards, H-War, H-Net Reviews. Jan. 2012, Lomperis's "compendium on the history of the war intertwined with his personal account[] offers a new, dynamic source of information to Vietnam War scholars concerned with day-to-day intelligence activities at the ground level." Brush, http://www.historynet.com, Mar. 2012, comments that this work combines "memoir and history. The memoir is the best part. The history relies too much on a few revisionist secondary sources and contains numerous errors." Nonetheless, "[i]n spite of his occasional missteps, Lomperis' keen observations and wit makes for a good read."

[Vietnam/Gen]

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