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Loeb, Vernon. "Justice Accused of Laxity in Spy Case." Washington Post, 27 Oct. 1999, A7.

On 26 October 1999, "Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) ... faulted the Justice Department's 1997 prosecution of physicist Peter H. Lee for passing nuclear secrets to China, saying government attorneys accepted a lenient plea bargain in an espionage case that could have merited the death penalty."


Loeb, Vernon. "A Longer Wait for Declassification." Washington Post, 19 Nov. 1999, A43. [http://]

On 19 November 1999, President Clinton will "extend the deadline for declassification of historically significant documents by 18 months from April 2000 to October 2001 because executive branch agencies are behind schedule and still have hundreds of millions of pages to review."


Loeb, Vernon. "Mapping Agency Gets Boost From Critique." Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2001, A19. []

"Far from a boring government report, a new assessment of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) by a congressional commission minces no words, concluding that 'heroic measures' and huge infusions of cash are needed to modernize the agency and ensure America's 'information superiority.'" Clark comment: Reference is to the Report of the Independent Commission on the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, The Information Edge: Imagery Intelligence and Geospatial Information in an Evolving National Security Environment, issued in February 2001. Click for the Commission's recommendations.


Loeb, Vernon. "Media-Savvy Admiral Moving to DIA." Washington Post, 3 Jun. 1999, A25. []

The current head of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Thomas R. Wilson, is scheduled to take command of the DIA in late July 1999. Previous to his present position, Wilson served as associate director of central intelligence for military support. Columbus Dispatch, "Columbus Native Is Now in Charge of Military Agency," 1 Aug. 1999, A4, notes that Admiral Wilson assumed command of the DIA on 27 July 1999. A week earlier he had been promoted to Vice Admiral.


Loeb, Vernon. "New Blood." Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2001, A13. [http://www.]

DIRNSA Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden has named four outsiders to top jobs at NSA: Riley Purdue, an executive at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), will be chief of signals intelligence requirements in the newly created Directorate of Signals Intelligence; Richard G. Turner, former information technology executive at the Federal Trade Commission, becomes the agency's new chief information officer; Michael G. Lawrence, former director of intergovernmental affairs at the District's Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, becomes director of legislative affairs; and William E. Vajda, a former information systems official at the IRS, will be deputy director for information technology and infrastructure services.


Loeb, Vernon. "New Intelligence Post Consolidates Rumsfeld's Clout." Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2002. []

"At the behest of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld," the Fiscal 2003 Defense Authorization Act "creates a new position, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, whom ... analysts believe will end up usurping some of the DCI's power."


Loeb, Vernon. "No Bail in Atomic Data Case." Washington Post, 30 Dec. 1999, A1. []

On 29 December 1999, Federal Judge James A. Parker ordered that Wen Ho Lee should "remain in jail without bail pending trial."


Loeb, Vernon. "NSA Admits to Holding Secret Information on Princess Diana." Washington Post, 12 Dec. 1998, A13. []

NSA "has disclosed that U.S. intelligence is holding 1,056 pages of classified information about the late Princess Diana, inspiring a flurry of sensational headlines this week across London's tabloids.... The source of the Fleet Street speculation was a simple, two-page NSA denial of a Freedom of Information Act request. In the denial, released last month, the super-secret U.S. spy agency admitted possessing a Diana file.

"The document says nothing about the contents of those 1,056 secret pages, why they were gathered or how they were obtained. One U.S. intelligence official said [on 11 December 1998] that the references to Diana in intercepted conversations were 'incidental.' Diana, the official insisted, was never a 'target' of the NSA's massive, worldwide electronic eavesdropping infrastructure."


Loeb, Vernon. "NSA Reorganization." Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2000, A37. [http://www.]

DIRNSA Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden has "completed his wholesale restructuring" of NSA, "leaving the nation's signals intelligence (SIGINT) and code-making bureaucracy with just two directorates, those of SIGINT and Information Assurance. When Hayden took command ... 20 months ago, he inherited ... five directorates ... functioning as entities unto themselves. The duplication in support services was enormous and its responsiveness to the director's office was ... less than optimal. The two left ... are both 'mission-oriented.' Everything else at the NSA comes directly under Hayden or under the newly designated chief of staff, Adm. Joseph Burns."


Loeb, Vernon. "Nuclear Overhaul Passes: Senate Approves a New Agency." Washington Post, 23 Sep. 1999, A3. []

On 22 September 1999, "the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation ... creating an agency to manage the nation's nuclear weapons plants in the most far-reaching reorganization of the Department of Energy since its creation 22 years ago."



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