Vernon Loeb


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Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Giving Fired Agent [sic] Top Award." Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2000, A1. []

Terry R. Ward, former chief of the CIA's Latin American Division, will receive "the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal," at a "closed ceremony" on 23 March 2000. Ward was dismissed by then-DCI John Deutch "for failing to report on CIA ties to a Guatemalan colonel linked to two murders in the early 1990s....

"'Terry is one of the real good guys; he was treated terribly,' said Paul Redmond, who retired as CIA chief of counterintelligence in 1998. Redmond said Deutch fired Ward for purely political reasons to mollify critics and then leaked his name to the media at a time when he was serving undercover overseas.... 'It was, "Give us any head," and the head was Terry,' added Milt Bearden, a former CIA station chief in Bonn....

"But human rights activists and other CIA critics expressed outrage over the agency's decision to recognize Ward for career service after his transgressions in reporting on abuses in Guatemala." New York Times, "C.I.A. Gives Ousted Official a Career Award," 10 Mar. 2000, and Damian Whitworth, "Sacked Spy Chief to Receive Medal," Times (London), 11 Mar. 2000, both cite the Washington Post as the source for their reportage.


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Goes Deep Into Analysis." Washington Post, 4 May 2000, A23. []

The CIA's new Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis "is designed to give new employees a rigorous, 26-week overview of intelligence analysis, from trade craft to ethics.... Frans Bax, a veteran Far East analyst and former assistant professor at the University of Virginia, has been named the school's first dean." The CIA has also created a new career track, known as the Senior Analytic Service (SAS), in March 2000. The SAS positions "bring additional compensation, more professional freedom and greater opportunity for promotion."

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Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Is Stepping Up Attempts To Monitor Spread of Weapons." Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2001, A15. []

DCI George J. Tenet last week announced the formation of the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Center, to be headed by veteran Soviet military analyst Alan Foley. The Center will have "500 analysts, scientists and support personnel."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Panel May Lack Voice for Change." Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2001, A13. []

The eight-member panel of experts selected by DCI George J. Tenet to conduct a "comprehensive review" of U.S. intelligence is headed by retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft and includes retired Adm. David Jeremiah; former CIA deputy director Richard Kerr; former undersecretary of state Stapleton Roy; former deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick; John Foster, a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1973 to 1990; Jeong Kim, an information technology expert who serves on the board of In-Q-Tel; and William Schneider, a businessman who heads the Defense Science Board.

Some questions exist as to whether the panel includes "voices for radical change." According to Robert D. Steele, who heads Open Source Solutions: "There isn't a single iconoclast in the group." However, Jack Devine, a former top CIA operations official, disagrees, noting that "the Scowcroft panel is more than a rubber stamp for the status quo, particularly with people such as Kerr and Jeremiah on board."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Probe Gets Outside Review: Retired Admiral to Examine Report on China Spy Case Damage." Washington Post, 16 Mar. 1999, A16. [http://www.]

On 15 Mar. 1999, DCI George J. Tenet announced that "an outside review ... of the CIA's internal assessment of national security damage resulting from China's possible theft of nuclear weapons secrets from Los Alamos National Laboratory" will be led by retired Adm. David E. Jeremiah. The announcement "came in direct response to a recommendation of a House select committee [chaired by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.)] probing technology transfers to China." See also, Bill Gertz and Nancy E. Roman, "CIA Chief Orders Study of Damage Done by Chinese Spies," Washington Times National Weekly Edition, 22-28 Mar. 1999, 18.


Loeb, Vernon. "The CIA's Operation Hollywood: 'Company of Spies' Wins Raves From Image-Conscious Agency." Washington Post, 14 Oct. 1999, C1. []

Report on premiere of director Tim Matheson's "In the Company of Spies" at CIA Headquarters on 13 October 1999.


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Says 'Lack of Candor' Led to Firing: Memo Says Attorney Failed 2 Polygraph Tests; Agency Denies Antisemitism Charge." Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2000, A10. []

According to a CIA memorandum, "[t]he CIA fired staff attorney Adam J. Ciralsky and revoked his top-secret security clearance in 1998 after he failed two polygraph examinations and exhibited a 'lack of candor' about relationships with associates who may have been tied to Israeli intelligence.... The memorandum was made available by sources familiar with the case in anticipation of Ciralsky's scheduled appearance tonight on the CBS program '60 Minutes.'"


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Still Recuperating from Mole's Aftermath: Spy-Catching Improves, but Ex-Officers Worry Over Lasting Effect." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 1999, A13. [http://www.]

"Today, senior CIA and FBI counterintelligence officials say they are well positioned to catch future moles.... An FBI official now has unfettered access to CIA files and runs all counterespionage investigations from a permanent position inside the CIA, those officials say. The CIA has tripled the amount of resources it commits to counterespionage -- operations aimed at detecting internal security breeches."


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Won't Disclose Total Intelligence Appropriation for Fiscal Year." Washington Post, 25 Dec. 1998, A10. []

DCI Tenet "has refused to disclose the budget request or final appropriation for intelligence activities in the current fiscal year [FY1999], prompting concern among anti-secrecy advocates that the nation's top intelligence officer is trying to reverse his own recent moves toward greater openness." This information was provided for FY 1997 and FY 1998.

Clark comment: It is somewhat discouraging to those who us who teach that supposedly knowledgeable journalists continue to make the most basic of mistakes when reporting on intelligence matters. In this instance, Loeb refers to "CIA Director George J. Tenet," rather than to Tenet as DCI, a mistake carried forward into the article's headline. Either Loeb does not understand that Tenet is not "CIA Director" and certainly was not acting in his CIA capacity in this matter, or he simply assumes a lack of sophistication in his audience. Which ever of these two options is valid, it does not speak well for Loeb's abilities or sensibilities as a journalist.


Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Won't Name Hondurans Suspected of Executing Rebel." Washington Post, 4 Nov. 1998. A2. []

"In a newly declassified report on 'selected issues relating to CIA activities in Honduras in the 1980s,' the CIA makes repeated references to military officers it believes tortured and executed Jose Maria Reyes Mata, a Cuban-trained doctor and guerrilla leader, during a counterinsurgency operation in 1983. But agency censors blacked out the names of those officers throughout the 230-page document, written by the CIA's inspector general. The report was turned over Oct. 22 to the Honduran human rights commissioner."


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