W. Raymond Wannall


Wannall, W. Raymond. 1984 -- Year of the Terrorist? Washington, DC: Nathan Hale Institute, n.d.

Petersen: "Former head of the FBI Intelligence Division."


Wannall, W. Raymond. "Counterintelligence and Terrorism." Periscope 18, no. 6 (1993): 2.

Wannall, W. Raymond. "The FBI's Counterintelligence Role." Foreign Intelligence Literary Scene 11, no. 3 (1992): 1-3.


Wannell, W. Raymond. "The FBI's Domestic Intelligence Operations: Domestic Security in Limbo." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 4, no. 4 (Winter 1990): 443-473.


Wannall, W. Raymond. "The FBI: Perennial Target of the Left." Nightwatch 3, no. 8 (1988): 1-4. (Special Report) [Petersen]


Wannall, W. Raymond. The Real J. Edgar Hoover: For the Record. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing, 2000.

Clark comment: This is a good and honest man's impassioned defense of Hoover, the director and the person. However, that defense comes primarily through attacking William C. Sullivan, the disaffected former FBI senior manager, and Anthony Summers, whose book is most notable for the sexual proclivities ascribed to Hoover. Blaming Sullivan for many of the FBI's ills in the 1960s does not actually make Hoover look particularly good as a manager. And too many words are wasted on the dreck spewed by Summers. In addition, the production quality of this book is quite low, and the organization is at time confusing. Nonetheless, getting Wannall's take on his boss makes this a worthwhile read. (FYI: My copy of this book is missing pages 17-32.)

According to Jonkers, AFIO WIN 30-00 (28 Jul. 2000), the author "served in the FBI for 33 years," rising to the rank of Assistant Director. He "knew everybody in the organization and where the skeletons were buried." Wannall provides "a different view ... from the prevalent caricatures [of Hoover]. It is a picture of a man brought in as part of the effort to clean up a corrupt Justice Department in 1924 , a man totally dedicated to a clean, effective and incorruptible FBI, who was involved in an enormous range of activities and relationships over half a century of service." Wannall "has done his research and does not hesitate to point out some of the warts.... Highly recommended reading."

Fulton, IJI&C 14.4, finds that "Wannall shows Hoover to be a highly disciplined human being with a sense of humor, a propensity to be a jokester, and a compassion for others." The author "vigorously attacks accusations against Hoover of perversion, homosexuality, crossdressing, and transvestite activities."


Wannall, W. Raymond. "Undermining Counterintelligence Capability." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 15, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 321-329. Intelligencer 13, no. 2 (Winter-Spring 2003): 19-23.

The author argues that there has been "a progressive loss of ability on the part of the intelligence agencies to carry out their functions, particularly in the domestic aspects of subversion and terrorism, dating back to, at the very least, the Watergate event of 1972 and the congressional hearings of 1973-1975."


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