Gregory L. Vistica

 

Vistica, Gregory L. "Cyberwar and Sabotage." Newsweek, 31 May 1999, 38.

According to "senior intelligence officials," President Clinton has issued a "finding" authorizing the CIA to begin a two-part covert action "to get at [Yugoslav President] Milosevic." The CIA will not only train Kosovar rebels in sabotage, but will also "conduct a cyberwar..., using government hackers to tap into foreign banks and ... 'diddle with Milosevic's bank accounts'.... [S]ome intelligence officials ... worry that the finding was put together too hastily, and that the potential consequences haven't been fully thought out." Serious questions have been raised about both aspects of the plan.

[GenPostCW/90s/Kosovo]

Vistica, Gregory L. Fall from Glory. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Vistica, Gregory L. "Military Split on How to Use Special Forces in Terror War." Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

There is a "fierce debate" among military and intelligence officials "over when and how elite military units should be deployed for maximum effectiveness." At Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's direction, "secret commando units known as hunter-killer teams have been ordered to 'kick down the doors' ... all over the world in search of al Qaeda members and their sympathizers." However, the U.S. military "may have missed chances to capture" Mohammad Omar and Ayman Zawahiri "during the past two years because of restrictions on Green Berets in favor of ... the Delta Force and SEAL Team Six," termed Special Mission Units.

[MI/SpecOps/00s; Terrorism/04/War]

Vistica, Gregory L., and Michael Isikoff. "A Shadowy Scandal." Newsweek, 31 Mar. 1997, 34-37.

"It wasn't just the Lincoln Bedroom. The cash-hungry Democrats may have peddled access to the National Security Council -- and used the CIA to help."

[CIA/90s/97/DNC]

Vistica, Gregory L., and Vern E. Smith. "Was the CIA Involved in the Crack Epidemic?" Newsweek, 30 Sep. 1996, 72.

This article reports Gary Webb's story carried by the San Jose Mercury News.

[CIA/90s/95-96/Crack]

Vistica, Gregory L., and Evan Thomas. "The Man Who Spied Too Long: The Inside Story of How a Cold-War Hero Became a Fall Guy for a Troubled CIA." Newsweek, 29 Apr. 1996, 26, 31.

This is an up-dated version of the events preceding and following the French expulsion of CIA officers in January 1995. The focus is on the destruction of Chief of Station Dick Holm by three outsiders to the world of espionage -- DCI Deutsch, DDO Cohen, and IG Hitz.

Clark comment: I cannot avoid a comment on the human side of this French-manufactured artificial flap: I first met Dick Holm in the late 1980s as a visiting fireman in his then-Station area. As an outsider to the Directorate of Operations, I know nothing of his espionage or management skills, but I do know some of the legends and the very real personal courage and integrity of the man. His treatment by his superiors does not do them honor.

See Richard Holm, "A Close Call in Africa," Studies in Intelligence (Winter 1999-2000): 17-28; CIRA Newsletter 25, no. 1 (Spring 2000), 36-41, in which the author tells of the circumstances surrounding his frightful injuries in a plane crash in the Congo in 1965. See also, Loeb, Washington Post, 15 May 2000, who uses the publication of Ted Gup's Book of Honor (2000) to tell the story of Holm's crash, recovery, subsequent career, and frightful treatment at the end of his career by then DCI Deutch.

[CIA/90s/95-96/France]

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