July - December 2000

Materials presented in chronological order.

Tenet, George J. "The CIA and the Security Challenges of the New Century." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 133-143.

"[T]he United States as a nation is at a historic decision point.... [O]ur Intelligence Community is stretched to the limit.... [I]f the United States does make serious, sustained investments in intelligence over the next five to seven years ... it will miss opportunities and foreclose options that it will dearly wish it had."

Thomas, Stafford T. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Searching for the CIA's 'New Missions.'" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 144-159.

The author uses rational-national theory and political theory to argue that the CIA "need not (and perhaps cannot) find a 'new' identity and that any 'new' missions will be extensions of its traditional missions."

Loeb, Vernon. "Defectors Say CIA Reneges on Promises." Washington Post, 11 Jul. 2000, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A Soviet defector couple living in Seattle has sued the CIA for terminating their $27,000 annual stipend and reneging on a deal made when they were spying for the United States. See also, Vernon Loeb, "Defector Program Reform Urged," Washington Post, 12 Jul. 2000, A10, reports that "[o]n 11 July 2000, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) "asked the House intelligence committee to hold a hearing on the CIA's defector resettlement program and consider a vague provision in federal law to spell out defectors' legal rights."

Loeb, Vernon. "Clinton Taps Analyst as CIA Deputy." Washington Post, 16 Jul. 2000, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 13 July 2000, Presdient Clinton forwarded to the Senate his nomination of John E. McLaughlin to be Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI). McLaughlin has been Deputy Director for Intelligence since 1997 and Acting DDCI since the end of June.

Socolovsky, Jerome.

1. "CIA Releases Lockerbie Evidence." Associated Press, 28 Aug. 2000. [http://www.infobeat.com]

According to the chief prosecutor in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, "[t]he CIA has given a foreign court unprecedented access to secret dispatches from one of its spies,... a former Libyan agent who offered his services to the CIA .... Lawyers for two Libyans accused in the Lockerbie case have been given revised texts of dispatches from the Libyan double agent, known as Abdul Majid Giaka."

2. "Lockerbie Defense Accuses CIA." Associated Press, 29 Aug. 2000. [http://www.infobeat.com]

"Testimony from a former CIA double agent was delayed [on 29 August 2000] in the Lockerbie bombing trial after defense lawyers alleged that the spy agency may be concealing evidence on the explosion. Judges ordered Scotland's chief prosecutor to 'use his best endeavors' with the CIA to obtain the missing information before they call the spy ... to the stand."

McNeil, Donald G., Jr. "Loss of Face at Lockerbie." New York Times, 1 Oct. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The credibility of the U.S. intelligence community "suffered at the Lockerbie trial this week." Both the CIA and the FBI "appeared badly singed by the results of the first-ever release of C.I.A. cables in a foreign court, by a series of evasive answers from an F.B.I. investigator and by the poor showing by the witness, Abdul Majid Giaka, who spent three years on the C.I.A. payroll.... The cables revealed that even his C.I.A. handlers had doubts about Mr. Abdul Majid."

Golden, Tim. "C.I.A. Links Cited on Peru Arms Deal That Backfired." New York Times, 6 Nov. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Peru's former intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, "a crucial C.I.A. ally in the region," has been implicated in an arms deal in 1998 that saw Jordanian AK-47 assault rifles end up in the hands of leftist guerrillas in Colombia.

Loeb, Vernon.

1. "Chat Room Causes Trouble for CIA Employees." Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2000, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The CIA is investigating 160 employees and contractors for exchanging 'inappropriate' e-mail and off-color jokes in a secret chat room created within the agency's classified computer network and hidden from management. CIA spokesman Bill Harlow said the willful 'misuse of computers' did not 'involve the compromise of any classified information.'"

2. "CIA Shuts Chat Room, Fires 4, Suspends 10." Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2000, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 30 November 2000, the CIA "fired four employees, suspended at least 10 others and revoked the security clearances of nine private contractors for exchanging 'inappropriate' e-mail in computer chat rooms hidden from management. The disciplinary action [was] described as the largest in the agency's history."

For follow-on reportage on the fired employees, see James Risen, "Dismissed for Chat Room, C.I.A. Workers Speak Out," New York Times, 18 May 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Lane, Charles. "Superman Meets Shining Path: Story of a CIA Success." Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2000, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Taking down the guerrillas in Peru.

Jonkers, Roy K. [COL/USAF (Ret.)] "AFIO Members Names on the Web." AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes 49-00 (8 Dec. 2000). [http://www.his.com/~afio/]

"[T]he names of 2,600 AFIO [Association of Former Intelligence Officers] members contained in the 1996 AFIO Directory ... are now listed on the Web. The Cryptome Website [http://www.Cryptome.org], reportedly specializing in publishing 'leaked' classified documents, attributes the listing to the late Robert T. Crowley, formerly CIA, who allegedly provided the directory to a journalist before his death. This is an unconfirmed uncorroborated allegation. The Cryptome site identifies the list as containing the names and addresses of '2,600 CIA members' throughout the world. If factual, this may well be a violation of the law. If the listing is in fact an AFIO 1996 directory, it is an unauthorized violation of copyright and of the privacy of the members concerned."

Clark comment: Alerted to the existence of my name on the list [Clark, J. Ransom PoliSci Dept., Muskingum College, New Concord OH 43762] by New Zealand native Jeremy Compton, I made a quick check of the Cryptome site; and, yes, the list reads as though it could be an old AFIO Directory. It is typical of the Cryptome author's collection-but-no-understanding approach that he allows the names to be identified as "CIA sources." AFIO's membership consists of retired individuals from many U.S. intelligence and associated institutions, plus associate members -- including journalists and academics -- who write about or study intelligence issues and want to receive the organization's unique publications. Even with a correct identification of the nature of the material he was publishing, the Cryptome author's action would still constitute, in my opinion, an invasion of privacy, a fact about which I cannot muster much antipathy but which does not say anything positive about the individual's ethical code.

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