Jeff Stein

 

Stein, Jeff. "Allen's Wrench at Work on Homeland Intelligence." Congressional Quarterly, 23 Nov. 2005. [http://www.cq.com]

DHS "still does not have a centralized integrated database of its own intelligence.... The man coaxed out of retirement [in September 2005] to hammer together DHS's intelligence shop" is Charlie Allen, who spent 47 years at the CIA. "[A]ccording to a senior DHS consultant on intelligence issues, Allen is already bumping up against powerful DHS fiefdoms," particularly "existing intelligence channels" that fall under the Homeland Security Operations Center run by retired Marine Gen. Matthew Broderick.

[DHS/05]

Stein, Jeff. "BackChannel Chatter: Top FBI Counterterror Guy Moves On." Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2010. [http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk]

"Donald F. Borelli, who retired last week as head of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York," has "joined a private security consulting company headed by Ali Soufan, another notable FBI agent who worked against al-Qaeda."

[FBI/10s/10]

Stein, Jeff.

1. "Bureau Pines for Labors of Hercules." CQ Weekly, 1 May 2006, 1156-1157.

"[D]espite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on an upgrade [of its computer system] that was supposed to allow agents and analysts to share criminal and terrorism files," the FBI still does not have a system to match the CIA's Hercules system. Nonetheless FBI Director Mueller "is dedicated to installing state-of-the-art systems, despite lingering problems." But "for the time being, agents and intelligence analysts are stuck with the present Automated Case Support system, or ACS, which the inspector general calls 'obsolete.'"

2. "FBI Under the Gun." CQ Weekly, 1 May 2006, 1152-1159.

Gary M. Bald's statement in a legal deposition that substantive expertise is not prerequisite for working in the FBI's counterterrorism unit opens this critique of where the FBI is in remaking itself as a domestic intelligence service. Conclusion: "[I]t still has a long way to go"; yet, "[f]or better or worse, counterterrorism is the FBI's game now.... Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI's annual budget has shot up more than 80 percent, from $3.1 billion in fiscal 2000 to $5.7 billion in fiscal 2006.... The FBI's continuing analytical shortcomings have contributed to a number of well-publicized counterterrorism pratfalls."

3. "New Breed of Journeymen G-Men." CQ Weekly, 1 May 2006, 1155.

"New agents now train side by side with budding counterterror analysts."

[FBI/00s/06]

Stein, Jeff. "CIA Hires Xe, Formerly Blackwater, To Guard Facilities in Afghanistan, Elsewhere." Washington Post, 24 Jun. 2010, A11. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to an industry source, the CIA has a $100 million contract with Xe Services to "guard its facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere." CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said that "Xe personnel would not be involved in operations."

[CIA/2010]

Stein, Jeff. "CIA’s Loss of Top Spies 'Catastrophic,' Says Agency Veteran." Congressional Quarterly, 17 Oct. 2008. [http://www.cqpolitics.com]

CIA retiree Sam Faddis says that "[s]cores more like him,... spies with years of working the back alleys of the world, have walked away from the CIA's Operations Directorate [National Clandestine Service] at the top of their careers, at a time when the agency needs their skills the most." Others agree and blame the Agency culture for the departure of senior, experienced personnel. However, CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano "flatly denies there's a hemorrhage of senior personnel," putting departures of GS-15s in the National Clandestine Service "in the neighborhood of 7 percent."

[CIA/00s/08 & Components/NCS]

Stein, Jeff. "CIA Vaults a Woman into Top Spy Ranks." Newsweek, 7 Aug. 2014. [http://www.newsweek.com]

A woman, "whom Newsweek is not naming because she remains under cover," has been promoted to be deputy chief of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) by the current NCS head, Frank Archibald.

[CIA/Components/NCS]

Stein. Jeff. "DIA to Open New Counterintelligence Records Unit." Washington Post, 15 Jun. 2010. [http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/]

According to an announcement in the Federal Register on 15 June 2010, the DIA plans "to open a new repository for information about individuals and groups in what appears to be a successor to a controversial counterintelligence program that was disbanded in 2008. [Clark comment: The reference here is to the Talon program, although Stein does not use the term.] The new Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records section will be housed in DIA's Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center" (DCHC), "formed after the demise of the Counterintelligence Field Activity" (CIFA).

[MI/DIA/2010s]

Stein, Jeff. "FBI Sentinel Project Is Over Budget and Behind Schedule, Say IG Auditors." Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A report issued on 20 October 2010 by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine says the FBI's troubled Sentinel project "'is approximately $100 million over budget and 2 years behind schedule,' ... and still lacks common features of personal computers and ordinary word processing, such as search functions, spell-checking and automatic document saves.... The program could cost another $350 million and take six years to complete, the auditors said."

[FBI/2010]

Stein, Jeff. A Murder in Wartime: The Untold Spy Story that Changed the Course of the Vietnam War. New York: St. Martin's, 1992.

Surveillant 2.4 notes that this book concerns the killing of Thai Khac Chuyen by Green Berets and the consequences thereof as argued by the author. White, I&NS 9.3, comments that A Murder in Wartime was written "by a journalist who provides no footnotes.... [But who] was an insider, an Army intelligence case officer in Vietnam in 1969, and has been through many thousands of pages of ... material."

According to a reviewer in Proceedings 119.10 (Oct. 1993), this "story ... is neither untold, nor about spies, nor did it change the course of the war. The book's misstatements thus begin on its title page.... The incident has been related before, in Those Gallant Men, a wretched 1984 book by an Army defense counsel in the case. This new telling of the story ... is little better.... The book contains many errors and misstatements.... Most bothersome ... is the author's constant use of lengthy direct quotation of statements he could not possibly have knowledge of.... The book employs neither footnotes nor endnotes ... [and] is unreliable as history and suspect as reportage."

On the other hand, Van Voorst, Time, 19 Oct. 1992, finds that the author has produced a "tautly written volume" that "paints an exhaustively researched and heavily documented history of the murder." The reviewer's bottom line is that "[t]his is the best military morality tale since The Caine Mutiny."

[Vietnam/Gen]

Stein, Jeff. "Report: Russia Spy Agency in Turmoil over Defector." Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2010. [http://blog.washingtonpost.com]

According to the Moscow newspaper Kommersant, "Russia's foreign intelligence service [SVR] has been roiling with internal recriminations for months over the defection of the official responsible for its American operations" The newspaper said "questions were being raised about why top intelligence officials allowed Col. Shcherbakov ... to stay in his job as boss of Moscow's deep-cover spies ... even while his daughter was living" in the United States. "His son [an officer of the Federal Drug Enforcement Service] also left Russia just before Shcherbakov defected in June, the paper said. Days later the FBI arrested 10 Russian spies here."

[Russia/10s/10]

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