Morgan

 

Morgan, Brewster. "Operation Annie." Saturday Evening Post, 9 Mar. 1946, 18-19, 37-41. [Winkler]

See also, H.H. Burger, "Episode on the Western Front:...," New York Times Magazine, 26 Nov. 1944, 5, 52; "Operation Annie...," New York Times Magazine, 17 Feb. 1946, 12-13, 48, 50; and Time, "Operation Annie," 25 Feb. 1946, 78-80.

[WWII/PsyWar]

Morgan, Dan. "Classified Spending on the Rise." Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2003, A23, [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"'Black,' or classified, programs requested in President Bush's 2004 defense budget are at the highest level since 1988, according to a report prepared by the independent Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The center concluded that classified spending next fiscal year will reach about $23.2 billion of the Pentagon's total request for procurement and research funding. When adjusted for inflation, that is the largest dollar figure since the peak reached during President Ronald Reagan's defense buildup 16 years ago. The amount in 1988 was $19.7 billion, or $26.7 billion if adjusted for inflation, according to the center."

[GenPostwar/Budgets/04]

Morgan, David. "Experts Say US Funding Somali Warlords." Reuters, 5 Jun. 2006. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The United States has been funneling more than $100,000 a month to warlords battling Islamist militia in Somalia," according to "John Prendergast, who monitors Somalia for the think-tank International Crisis Group.... [F]ormer U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity..., said an operation to support the warlords' alliance appeared to involve both the CIA and U.S. military.... The former intelligence officials said the operation was controlled by the Pentagon through U.S. Central Command's Combined Joint Task Force for the Horn of Africa, a counterterrorism mission based in neighboring Djibouti established after the September 11, 2001 attacks."

[CA/Africa]

Morgan, Janet. The Secrets of Rue St. Roch: Intelligence Operations Behind Enemy Lines in the First World War. London: Allen Lane, 2004. London: Penguin, 2005.

Peake, Studies 49.1 (2005), notes that this is the story of the involvement of the 7th Baron Balfour of Burleigh -- or Capt. George Bruce, as he was in 1917 -- in espionage in World War I. Capt. Bruce created and operated "a very successful troop- and train-monitoring network working out of Luxembourg" from his office at No. 41 Rue St. Roch in Paris. The author "provides historical context about the war and the Luxembourg network's role in it. She also describes the often complicated arrangements with the other British and French intelligence services whose cooperation was essential.... But more than all that, she delivers a fascinating narrative of a time when case officer and agent problems were much the same as today, but the pace of life was much slower."

For West, RUSI Journal, Apr. 2004, this is a "work that earns plenty of superlatives." It "is a splendid example of painstaking research in several countries, tracing descendants, unearthing photographs and interpreting documents." Bath, NIPQ 21.3 (Sep. 2005), says this is "[a]n interesting story, well told, and well worth the time of the intelligence history enthusiast."

[WWI/UK]

Morgan, Mike. Sting of the Scorpion: The Inside Story of the Long Range Desert Group. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2003. [pb] London: Sutton, 2004.

From publisher: The LRDG "was Britain's original Special Force in the Western Desert." This book "is the exclusive, authorised, inside story of the tough LRDG raiders of the Second World War, drawn from the unpublished records of the famous force. The unit won unrivalled mastery of the North African desert in their wide-ranging and heavily armed trucks, earning grudging praise even from Rommel ... for their skilful reconnaissance, punishing raids and powers of evasion."

[UK/WWII/NAfME]

Morgan, Paul F. [COL/USA (Ret.)] "Special Operations Intelligence Systems and Technologies." American Intelligence Journal 15, no. 2 (Autumn/Winter 1994): 25-29.

The author addresses several SOF intelligence systems, including information management, communications, and tactical collection systems. "Special Operations missions are intelligence driven and intelligence dependent.... SOF intelligence developments will be light-weight and micro sized. Enhanced power supplies will be needed, equipment will be modular..., systems will be ... common to every theater of operations, all will have reduced signatures, and will be easily transportable, and all efforts will be taken to insure interoperability on the battlefields of the future."

[MI/SpecOps][c]

Morgan, Richard E. Domestic Intelligence: Monitoring Dissent in America. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1980.

[FBI/DomSec/Surveillance]

[Morgan, Roger J.] Public Record Office New Openings. London: Roger J. Morgan, 1992.

Surveillant 2.5: "Morgan creates an annual index of the latest released documents by the British Government."

[UK/Reference]

Morgan, Ted. A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone, Communist, Anti-Communist and Spymaster. New York: Random House, 1999.

According to Lehmann-Haupt, NYT, 25 Mar. 1999, this story of Lovestone's progress from 1920s and 1930s Communist to 1940s and onward anti-Communist makes for "an enlightening and lively book." Kupferberg, Parade Magazine, 2 May 1999, suggests that the author "may tell you more than you want to know about internecine labor warfare, but he does a masterful job of pulling together Jay Lovestone's worldwide conspiratorial activities and of spotlighting his innumerable companions, colleagues, adversaries, and even girlfriends."

Arch-CIA hater David Corn, Washington Post, 20 Jun. 1999, finds it impossible to get beyond that Lovestone actually worked with the CIA in his and its anti-Communist activities. Nevertheless, he concludes that "Morgan is reserved in his judgments of the man." For Sulc, IJI&C 13.4, it is clear that Lovestone "was the principal manager of many important clandestine assets during a crucial phase of the Cold War.... Through Ted Morgan's A Covert Life, his efforts are only now becoming widely recognized and appreciated."

Powers, NYRB (11 May 2000) and Intelligence Wars (2004), 103, says that "Morgan's is one of the most important and original books in many years about American politics, about the politics of communism in the middle decades of the century, and about the role of the CIA in the political struggles of the cold war. But Morgan's book does not simply get all that straight; it is also a delight to read, leavened by Lovestone's pungent character and the astonishing liveliness of some of his colleagues."

In a later review of Morgan's Reds (2003), Powers, NYRB (12 Feb. 2004) and Intelligence Wars (2004), 119, says that A Covert Life is "in my opinion the best book ever written about the ordeal of American communism."

[CA/90s]

Morgan, Ted. Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America. New York: Random House, 2003.

Powers, NYRB (12 Feb. 2004) and Intelligence Wars (2004), 109-122, comments that the author "has an appetite for wide reading and a gift for amplitude in narrative.... Morgan's account of the years we remember by McCarthy's name is rich and fast-paced." However, the parts before and after, while "perfectly interesting,... lack[] any clear thematic line and veer[] off at the end into an eighteen-page digression on September 11 and the invasion of Iraq." In addition, "the absence of the victims of McCarthy witch-hunting starves Reds of its real significance."

[SpyCases/U.S./Gen]

Morgan, W.A. "Invasion on the Ether: Radio Intelligence at the Battle of St. Mihiel, September 1918." Military Affairs 51, no. 2 (Apr. 1987): 57-61.

[WWI/Other]

Morgan, William J. The OSS and I. New York: Norton, 1957.

Robert McG. Thomas, Jr., "William Morgan, 85, Part of Famed Child-Custody Case, Dies," New York Times, 5 Mar. 1996, C20: "William J. Morgan, a psychologist who fought the Germans and Japanese behind enemy lines in World War II ... and later thwarted American courts by keeping his granddaughter away from a father whom her mother had accused of sexual abuse, died on [2 March 1996] in Bethesda, Md."

Morgan (born Willie Mitrano) grew up poor in Rochester, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester; worked his way through Yale graduate school; and suppressed his "unfit for overseas duty" classification (he was blind in one eye) to launch an Army career "testing and training spies" for the OSS "outside of London. He later parachuted into occupied France to organize guerrilla attacks on the German army and served behind enemy lines fighting the Japanese in China." An original member of the CIA, he "specialized in selecting and training American spies." He later served "as a psychological strategy specialist with the White House" under Truman and Eisenhower.

[WWII/OSS/Individuals]

 

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