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Loeb, Vernon. "Richardson Recommends Discipline for 3 in Los Alamos Case." Washington Post, 13 Aug. 1999, A9. []

In releasing the findings of a sharply critical report by the Department of Energy's inspector general, Energy Sercetary Richardson "issued a statement acknowledging that both 'political and career management' failed to pay enough attention to security" at the Los Alamos lab.


Loeb, Vernon. "Saddam's Iraqi Foes Heartened by Clinton: No Immediate Plan for Overthrow Seen." Washington Post, 16 Nov. 1998, A17.

"Congressional supporters of the bill [the Iraq Liberation Act] ... envision U.S. military aid going to train and arm an opposition army that as early as next year would invade Iraq, capture lightly defended areas in the southern and western parts of the country, encourage mass defections from the Iraqi military and ultimately bring down the government.... Previous administration efforts at mobilizing the Iraqi opposition using covert assistance from the CIA have been dismal failures."


Loeb, Vernon. "To See and Not Been Seen: Behind the Grids of NIMA -- 2 Overseas Incidents Popped Agency's Bubble of Invisibility." Washington Post, 10 Jul. 1999, A3. [http://www.]

"Twice in the past 18 months, the secretive agency that analyzes U.S. satellite photographs and prepares military maps has been blamed for costly mishaps: a Marine jet's collision with an Italian ski lift in February 1998 and NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia this May.... [S]ome critics question whether NIMA is competent."


Loeb, Vernon. "Senate Quest for 'Parity' Turns Partisan." Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2001, A15. []

"With Senate power sharing in force, Sens. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) and Bob Graham (D-Fla.) are nonetheless struggling over how to organize" the SSCI. See also, James Risen, "Senate Power-Sharing Pact Strained by Intelligence Committee," New York Times, 14 Feb. 2001.


Loeb, Vernon. "Silicon Valley Veteran Tries a Venture at CIA: Fund Aims to Keep Agency on Top of High Tech." Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2000. []

Profile of Gilman G. Louie, President and chief executive, In-Q-Tel Inc.


Loeb, Vernon. "A Sleight Lesson in Intelligence: Top CIA Analyst Limns His Trade With a Trick." Washington Post, 23 Dec. 1999, A19. []

This article represents the lightweight remnants from an interview session with DDI (since July 1997) John E. McLaughlin, focusing on his hobby of magic and briefly on the importance of the President's Daily Brief. An earlier piece, apparently from the same interview session, carried on Loeb's Washington Post web page, "IntelligenCIA: Inside Information," 13 Dec. 1999, is more substantive -- and more worthwhile -- in its discussion of DI activities today.

[CIA/90s/99/Gen; CIA/C&C/DI]

Loeb, Vernon. "Soviets Knew Date of Cuba Attack." Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2000, A4. []

According to a newly declassified version of the Taylor Commission report, Jacob D. Esterline, "the CIA operations official who headed the task force responsible for coordinating the [Cuban] invasion," told the Commission "that the Soviet Union had somehow learned the exact date of the amphibious landing in advance." Even with knowledge of the leak, the CIA went on with the invasion.


Loeb, Vernon. "Spies and Other Ego-Trippers: Psychiatrist Jerrold Post Weighs the Personality in Politics." Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2001, C1. []

In 1975 CIA psychiatrist Jerrold M. Post wrote in a now-declassified paper, "The Anatomy of Treason," that "spies are people 'who have a pattern of split loyalties..., who can sham loyalty on the surface while actually being disloyal under the surface.... One particular psychological quality which we find in the major agents in spades ... is narcissism or self-absorption, egocentricity.' When he heard last month about the arrest of Robert Hanssen, a devout Catholic and dedicated family man accused of spying within the FBI, Post was puzzled. In all his years as a psychological profiler, he had rarely come across a spy whose outward life seemed so free of crisis or conflict."

[FBI/Hanssen; SpyCases/Treason/Generally]

Loeb, Vernon. "Spook Story: Where Was Jack Devine on Sept. 11, 1973?" Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2000, F1. []

Jack Devine retired from the CIA in December 1998 after serving in such significant positions as ADDO, Acting DDO, and London station chief. But in September 1973, he was a 32-year-old case officer in Santiago, Chile. What is his take on the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende? Stated simply: "I'm not saying maybe, I'm saying flat out -- the CIA did not overthrow Allende." Clark comment: This lengthy article is well worth reading.


Loeb, Vernon. "The Spy Chief Who Came in from Cold War: CIA Honoring Ex-President Bush." Washington Post, 23 Apr. 1999, A35.

On 22 April 1999, four days before the CIA headquarters in Langley officially becomes the George Bush Center for Intelligence, "a handful of current and former top Central Intelligence Agency officials assessed the Bush legacy." Includes comments by John L. Helgerson, CIA deputy inspector general; John E. McLaughlin, deputy director for intelligence; and Charles A. Peters, former editor of the President's Daily Brief.

[CIA/90s/99/Bush; DCIs/Bush]

Loeb, Vernon. "Spying Intelligence Data Can Be an Open-Book Test: Firm Finds a Market for Publicly Available Information." Washington Post, 22 Mar. 1999, A17.

Robert D. Steele, chief executive of Open Source Solutions Inc., in Fairfax, Virgina, "thinks there is one aspect of the intelligence game that he plays better than his former employer: gathering up publicly available information." Steele and his partner, Mark Lowenthal, "don't contend that open sources can replace clandestine human and technical sources. But the intelligence agencies exhibit a bias for their own secrets, they say, and lack internal systems for fully mining business experts, academic authorities, scientific journals, foreign government reports and burgeoning commercial databases, not to mention the Internet." See Steele, Robert David, and Lowenthal, Mark.


Loeb, Vernon. "Spy Probe Worries Chinese Americans: Groups Voice Fears of Ethnic Targeting." Washington Post, 14 Aug. 1999, A5. []

"Chinese American groups, breaking months of public silence, have expressed concern to federal officials that espionage suspect Wen Ho Lee may have been targeted on the basis of his ethnicity."


Loeb, Vernon. "Spy Satellite Effort Viewed as Lagging: Defense, Intelligence Officials Seek More Money." Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2002, A31. []

"A secret program for developing the next generation of spy satellites [called Future Imagery Architecture (FIA)] is underfunded and behind schedule and could leave the CIA and Pentagon with gaps in satellite coverage critical to the war on terrorism if the program cannot be restructured, defense and intelligence officials said."


Loeb, Vernon. "Spy Suspect Cooperated With FBI in '82: Lee Passed Polygraph in Earlier Probe of Atomic Espionage at Livermore Lab." Washington Post, 2 May 1999, A2. [http://www.]

On 29 April 1999, SSCI members "grilled FBI Director Louis J. Freeh" about an incident in which Wen Ho Lee "cooperated with the FBI 17 years ago when the agency was conducting another nuclear espionage investigation.... Lee ... passed a polygraph examination in 1982 after he called a nuclear weapons scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory suspected of espionage at the time, according to sources familiar with the incident."



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