Loeb, Vernon. "After-Action Report." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2000, W6. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]
This is the Somali debacle from the standpoint of Garrett Jones, the CIA chief of station in Mogadishu, and John Spinelli, the deputy COS who was seriously wounded and evacuated in September 1993. Jones left Somalia after the disaster of 3 October 1993.
"In response [to criticism of battlefield analysis in the Gulf War], senior CIA officials decided that supporting military missions would become a priority. In the summer of 1993, Somalia became a painful test case." The information provided by Jones and Spinelli, who arrived in Somalia in August 1993, "illuminates the hazards of 'mission creep,' when peacekeeping operations become heavily armed exercises in 'nation building,' and the limitations of on-the-fly intelligence in a spy paradigm that mixes special operations and law enforcement."
Loeb makes clear that Jones and Spinelli have been left deeply scarred by their experience in Somalia. Jones retired from the CIA in June 1997. Spinelli "retired in March 1998, after trying, without success, to persuade the CIA to restructure its disability program so that officers wounded in action and disabled would receive the same benefits as FBI agents or military officers. He has filed an administrative claim against the agency, the first step toward suing his former employer, contending that it refused to provide adequate medical care."
Vernon Loeb, "Ex-Agent Sues CIA Over Diagnosis," Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2000, A27, reports that Spinelli has "filed suit..., alleging that CIA officials denied him access to adequate medical care for post-traumatic stress once he physically recovered from gunshot wounds to the neck and shoulder."
Loeb, Vernon. "At CIA, Gay Pride Comes In From the Cold." Washington Post, 9 Jun. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"This week, the CIA held a gay pride celebration at its Langley headquarters, hosting gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) at a ceremony intended to underscore how far the agency has come from its homophobic past.... Busloads of openly gay employees from the National Security Agency also attended the ceremony." See also, Christopher Marquis, "Gay Pride Day Is Observed by About 60 C.I.A. Workers." New York Times, 9 Jun. 2000.
Loeb, Vernon. "At CIA Tribute, the U-2 Flies Out of the Cold War's Long Shadows." Washington Post, 18 Sep. 1998, A3.
On 17 September 1998, the CIA hosted a symposium on the U-2 at the National War College in Washington, DC. It used the occasion to release "its once-secret internal history of the development and use of the plane during its first 20 years, including a previously classified account of the [1 May 1960 Francis Gary] Powers downing on the last of 24 covert reconnaissance missions flown over the Soviet Union." Among the guests were Powers' wife and son; Powers died in a helicopter crash in 1977.
Loeb, Vernon. "The 'A' Team." Washington Post, 1 May 2001, A21. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]
The following is a listing by position held of the CIA's current senior managers below the DCI/DDCI/Executive Director level:
"Directorate of Operations: James Pavitt, deputy director; Hugh Turner, associate deputy director; Barry Royden, associate deputy director/counterintelligence; and Pat Hanback, associate deputy director/resources, plans and policy.
"Directorate of Intelligence: Winston Wiley, deputy director; and Jami Miscik, associate deputy director.
"Directorate of Science & Technology: Joanne Isham, deputy director; and Jim Runyan, associate deputy director.
"Finance: Mary Corrado, chief financial officer; and Cindy Bower, deputy CFO.
"Information Technology: Alan Wade, chief information officer; and Doug Naquin, deputy CIO.
"Security: Bob McCants, chief; and John Turnicky and Jeannette Moore, deputies.
"Global Support: David Larsen, chief; and Tony King, deputy.
"Human Resources: Marty Petersen, chief; and Mike Mears and Joan Biehler, deputies."
Loeb, Vernon. "At Hush-Hush CIA Unit, Talk of a Turnaround: Reforms Recharge Espionage Service." Washington Post, 7 Sep. 1999, A8. "Bringing Esprit Back to the CIA." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 13 Sep. 1999, 30.
"Shortly after CIA Director George J. Tenet coaxed Jack G. Downing out of retirement to run the agency's troubled espionage service, the legendary spy took stock of flagging morale and prescribed a cure: jump training.... The CIA's super-secret Directorate of Operations now seems on the mend.... Money is pouring in from Congress, the CIA is engaged in the most significant recruiting drive in its history, morale is up and resignations by DO case officers are way, way down."
Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community." Washington Post, 13 Jun. 2000, A37. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The CIA's Publication Review Board has warned Garrett Jones, former CIA station chief in Mogadishu, and John Spinelli, Jones' former deputy, not to discuss on a History Channel television documentary the agency's "role in supporting U.S. troops in Somalia unless all questions and answers are submitted in advance to CIA officials for review."
Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community -- Company of Spies." Washington Post, 21 Sep. 1999, A17. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The new DDO James L. Pavitt has named Hugh Turner as Associate Deputy Director for Operations; Barry G. Royden as associate deputy director in charge of counterintelligence; John F. Nelson as associate deputy director for resources, plans and policy; and Stephen W. Richter as director of the DO's technology management group.
Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community -- Looking Over NRO." Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2000. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The new 11-member commission to review NRO operations met for the first time on 10 February 2000 . Members include former NSA official Larry Cox, former NRO director Marty Faga, businessman Eli Jacobs, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Patrick Hughes.
Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community -- Never Mind." Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2000, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"Nearly 17 years after former CIA officer and arms merchant Edwin P. Wilson was convicted of smuggling 20 tons of high explosives to Libya, the Justice Department conceded in a motion filed last week that a critical government affidavit used to convict Wilson was inaccurate."
A follow-up report, Vernon Loeb, "Declassified Memo Bolsters Wilson's Case," Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2000, A13, notes that "[a] newly declassified legal memorandum shows that CIA attorneys had serious reservations about the accuracy of a key agency affidavit used to convict former CIA operative Edwin P. Wilson in 1983 on arms smuggling charges and they repeatedly asked a prosecutor not to use the document."
A later report, Vernon Loeb, "Fallout From a CIA Affidavit," Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2000, A1, discusses the Wilson case in considerable detail and the potential impact of the inaccurate affidavit.
Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community -- Non-Secrets." Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2000, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to Robert D. Steele, former CIA operations officer and chief executive of Open Source Solutions Inc., "three of the Pentagon's joint commands have appointed action officers to manage the collection of openly available, non-secret intelligence. 'There is growing interest among the theater commanders-in-chief in operationally oriented open-source intelligence,' Steele said. 'The continuing difficulties faced by the CINCs in obtaining timely intelligence, including commercial imagery, from the Beltway bureaucracies have led them to begin creating their own direct-access capabilities for open-source intelligence.'" See Steele, Robert David, below.
Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community -- The Select Agenda." Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2000, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
HPSCI has "hired Paul Redmond, the CIA's former head of counterintelligence, to help draft a report, due out by mid-February, on security and counterintelligence failures at the DoE's nuclear weapons laboratories."
Loeb, Vernon. "Behind the Peruvian Shootdown." Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2002. [http:// www.washingtonpost.com]
An SSCI report on the shootdown by the Peruvian Air Force of a float plane carrying American missionaries in April 2001 concludes "that, while CIA, State Department and National Security officials 'failed to adequately monitor the operation of this risky program,' the CIA pilots [in a spotter aircraft] had repeatedly tried to stop the shoot down and 'expressed strong reservations to their own chain of command' once the Peruvians initiated military action."
Loeb, Vernon. "Bush Affiliation No Secret at Langley: Former Director and President Is Honored in Naming of CIA Headquarters." Washington Post, 27 Apr. 1999, A15.
On 26 April 1999, the CIA dedicated its "headquarters complex as the George Bush Center for Intelligence, honoring the former president in gala outdoor ceremonies as the only man in history to have run the nation's spy machine and later relied on its work product as commander in chief."
Loeb, Vernon. "Bush Transition." Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2000, A37. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]
"Richard L. Haver, a veteran naval intelligence officer and former executive director of intelligence community affairs at CIA headquarters, is the Bush administration's transition officer for intelligence."
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