January - June 2000


Materials presented in chronological order.

Loeb, Vernon. "IntelligenCIA: Inside Information." Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2000. [http:// www.washingtonpost.com]

Tenet and others comment on changes at the CIA.

McCutcheon, Chuck. "CIA: Now Hiring." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 22 Jan. 2000, 143.

The CIA "has been running full-page recruiting ads in magazines and major newspapers."

Sea Power. Editors. "From the Shadows to the Front Line." 43, no. 2 (Feb. 2000): 36-38.

Discusses the CIA's support to the U.S. armed forces, particularly through the Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support and the CIA's Office of Military Affairs. See also, Sea Power, Editors, "A Global Intelligence Mission," 43, no. 2 (Feb. 2000): 37, for a brief interview with Roderick Isler (MGEN/USA), associate director of central intelligence for military support.

Gannon, John C. "The CIA in the New World Order: Intelligence Challenges through 2015." Intelligencer 11, no. 2 (Winter 2000): 61-67.

Speech by the Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) to the Smithsonian Associates' "Campus on the Mall," Washington, DC, 1 February 2000.

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Says 'Lack of Candor' Led to Firing: Memo Says Attorney Failed 2 Polygraph Tests; Agency Denies Antisemitism Charge." Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2000, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a CIA memorandum, "[t]he CIA fired staff attorney Adam J. Ciralsky and revoked his top-secret security clearance in 1998 after he failed two polygraph examinations and exhibited a 'lack of candor' about relationships with associates who may have been tied to Israeli intelligence.... The memorandum was made available by sources familiar with the case in anticipation of Ciralsky's scheduled appearance tonight on the CBS program '60 Minutes.'"

Goodman, Melvin A. "The CIA Must Come Clean." IntellectualCapital.com, 10 Feb. 2000. [http://www.intellectualcapital.com]

The author comments on the Deutch security violations, DCI George Tenet's role in the Deutch investigation, and recent failings in the CIA's intelligence.

Loeb, Vernon. "After-Action Report." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2000, W6. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

This is the Somali debacle from the standpoint of Garrett Jones, the CIA chief of station in Mogadishu, and John Spinelli, the deputy COS who was seriously wounded and evacuated in September 1993. Jones left Somalia after the disaster of 3 October 1993.

"In response [to criticism of battlefield analysis in the Gulf War], senior CIA officials decided that supporting military missions would become a priority. In the summer of 1993, Somalia became a painful test case." The information provided by Jones and Spinelli, who arrived in Somalia in August 1993, "illuminates the hazards of 'mission creep,' when peacekeeping operations become heavily armed exercises in 'nation building,' and the limitations of on-the-fly intelligence in a spy paradigm that mixes special operations and law enforcement."

Loeb makes clear that Jones and Spinelli have been left deeply scarred by their experience in Somalia. Jones retired from the CIA in June 1997. Spinelli "retired in March 1998, after trying, without success, to persuade the CIA to restructure its disability program so that officers wounded in action and disabled would receive the same benefits as FBI agents or military officers. He has filed an administrative claim against the agency, the first step toward suing his former employer, contending that it refused to provide adequate medical care."

Vernon Loeb, "Ex-Agent Sues CIA Over Diagnosis," Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2000, A27, reports that Spinelli has "filed suit..., alleging that CIA officials denied him access to adequate medical care for post-traumatic stress once he physically recovered from gunshot wounds to the neck and shoulder."

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Giving Fired Agent [sic] Top Award." Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Terry R. Ward, former chief of the CIA's Latin American Division, will receive "the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal," at a "closed ceremony" on 23 March 2000. Ward was dismissed by then-DCI John Deutch "for failing to report on CIA ties to a Guatemalan colonel linked to two murders in the early 1990s....

"'Terry is one of the real good guys; he was treated terribly,' said Paul Redmond, who retired as CIA chief of counterintelligence in 1998. Redmond said Deutch fired Ward for purely political reasons to mollify critics and then leaked his name to the media at a time when he was serving undercover overseas.... 'It was, "Give us any head," and the head was Terry,' added Milt Bearden, a former CIA station chief in Bonn....

"But human rights activists and other CIA critics expressed outrage over the agency's decision to recognize Ward for career service after his transgressions in reporting on abuses in Guatemala." New York Times, "C.I.A. Gives Ousted Official a Career Award," 10 Mar. 2000, and Damian Whitworth, "Sacked Spy Chief to Receive Medal," Times (London), 11 Mar. 2000, both cite the Washington Post as the source for their reportage.

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Goes Deep Into Analysis." Washington Post, 4 May 2000, A23. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The CIA's new Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis "is designed to give new employees a rigorous, 26-week overview of intelligence analysis, from trade craft to ethics.... Frans Bax, a veteran Far East analyst and former assistant professor at the University of Virginia, has been named the school's first dean." The CIA has also created a new career track, known as the Senior Analytic Service (SAS), in March 2000. The SAS positions "bring additional compensation, more professional freedom and greater opportunity for promotion."

[Louie, Gilman.] "Speech by Gilman Louie, President and CEO, In-Q-Tel, Inc., 8 May 2000." CIRA Newsletter 25, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 4-13.

Louie speaks about the role of his company in supporting the technological advancement of the CIA and U.S. intelligence.

Associated Press. "CIA Had No Role in Crack Epidemic, House Probe Concludes." 12 May 2000, A29. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A HPSCI report issued on 11 May 2000 says that the CIA "did not play a role in bringing crack cocaine into the Los Angeles area in the 1980s."

Associated Press. "CIA Agents Testify at Lockerbie." 8 Jun. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 8 June 2000, two CIA "agents" testified in the "trial [at Camp Zeist, Netherlands] against two suspected Libyan intelligence agents accused of planting the bomb that killed 270 people aboard Pan Am flight 103 and on the ground in Lockerbie," Scotland. They "described bomb-making paraphanalia seized in West Africa that could tie ... [the] defendants to the 1988 airliner explosion."

Loeb, Vernon. "At CIA, Gay Pride Comes In From the Cold." Washington Post, 9 Jun. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"This week, the CIA held a gay pride celebration at its Langley headquarters, hosting gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) at a ceremony intended to underscore how far the agency has come from its homophobic past.... Busloads of openly gay employees from the National Security Agency also attended the ceremony." See also, Christopher Marquis, "Gay Pride Day Is Observed by About 60 C.I.A. Workers." New York Times, 9 Jun. 2000.

Loeb, Vernon. "Back Channels: The Intelligence Community." Washington Post, 13 Jun. 2000, A37. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The CIA's Publication Review Board has warned Garrett Jones, former CIA station chief in Mogadishu, and John Spinelli, Jones' former deputy, not to discuss on a History Channel television documentary the agency's "role in supporting U.S. troops in Somalia unless all questions and answers are submitted in advance to CIA officials for review."

Loeb, Vernon. "CIA Blocks Manuscript of Former Operative." Washington Post, 24 Jun. 2000, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The CIA "is refusing to allow ... flamboyant former operative [Bob Baer] to publish portions of a manuscript about his 14-year spy career, saying numerous passages in the book contain classified information."

Baer left the CIA in 1997. Three weeks ago, he "appeared as a consultant" on CBS' "60 Minutes" and "lent credibility to the account of an Iranian defector who claimed to have ... evidence that Iran was behind the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the 1996 attack on a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia. CIA and FBI officials subsequently concluded that the defector ...was an impostor....

"In 1997, Baer was ... identified during Senate hearings [only] as 'Bob from the CIA' after he secretly told a friend on the staff of the House intelligence committee about the unusual efforts of Roger Tamraz ... to secure an audience at the Clinton White House."

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