Department of State

Diplomatic Security Service

American Bar Association. Standing Committee on Law and National Security. "Inman Panel Urges Unified Diplomatic Security Service." Intelligence Report 7, no. 8 (1985): 1, 6-7. [Petersen]

Broder, John M. "Official Overseeing Security Contractors Resigns." New York Times, 24 Oct. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 24 October 2007, Richard J. Griffin, director of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service, submitted his resignation effective 1 November 2007. Griffin "faced stiff criticism from Congress over his handling" of a 16 September 2007 shooting episode involving the private security firm Blackwater USA "that left 17 Iraqis dead and other acts of violence by the State Department's security guards."

Collins, B.B. Diplomatic Security Service -- Partner in National Security. Carlisle Barracks, PA: Army War College, 1992.

Katz, Samuel M. Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the Manhunt for the Al-Qaeda Terrorists. New York: Forge, 2002.

Peake, Studies 48.3 (2004), finds that the focus here is on the role of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) "in the fight against terrorism and the hunt for Ramzi Yousef.... The seldom mentioned DSS agents have a difficult job, and Katz tells their story well."

Wright, Robin. "State's Security Bureau Takes On Expanded Role: Protective Force Grows in Terror Era." Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2004, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"[W]ith almost 1,400 special agents and a staff of 32,000, the [State Department's] ... Bureau of Diplomatic Security has more agents deployed around the world than any other U.S. law enforcement agency." Beyond its protection mission, "Diplomatic Security is also in charge of investigations," from threats against U.S. "diplomatic facilities overseas to visa and passport fraud, a central component in the war on terrorism." The organization is headed by "Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security and director of the Office of Foreign Missions."

Diplomatic Security "runs the Anti-Terrorism Training Assistance program, which has trained more than 36,000 officials in 130 countries, according to the bureau. Its annual budget has grown from $5 million to $200 million. It also administers the Rewards for Justice program -- which has paid out more than $57 million to about three dozen people since 1984 -- for information to 'prevent, frustrate or resolve acts of terrorism against U.S. interests,' according to State Department documents."

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