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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Benghazi Debacle: FUBAR

On the very first night of my arrival in Vietnam to take over a secret intelligence operation, I was invited with my team to attend a cocktail party at the American consulate in Da Nang, an old French colonial port city on the central coast. I was so new, I was memorizing my cover story even as we drove to the consulate.

I was going to be running a “unilateral” espionage operation, which is to say, I not only wouldn't work with my South Vietnamese counterparts, who were heavily infiltrated by the communists, I was to consider them potential enemy agents, too.

A South Vietnamese colonel approached me during the party and asked what I did.  Using my fresh-from-language school Vietnamese, I told him that I was Army civilian working with a civilian refugee assistance program.

“Oh,”  he said with a smirk, “you’re a spook.” 

I froze. Later on, driving back to our safe house (in a Jeep painted black with diplomatic license tags, no less), I nervously told my teammates about the encounter with the colonel.

“Oh, that’s nothing”, one said, chuckling. “The Green Berets captured a Vietcong terrorist map six months ago. It had a big X on our house.”

“What happened?” I asked. “Nothing,” they said in unison, smiling with war-weariness. “Obviously we haven't moved.

"It’s just Fubar."

Saturday, February 2, 2008

State Secrets Abuses Come to a Boil

The government's practice of fending off suits by former intelligence agents and civil rights groups by invoking the 'state secrets privilege' is coming under heavy fire.

CQ Politics(02/01/2008)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

State Department Cajoles Young Diplomats Into Iraq Service

The shooting that erupted around a U.S. State Department convoy in Baghdad on Sept. 16 might only accelerate what the department’s statistics already show: Foreign service officers don’t want to go to Iraq — or any other places where it’s hot, dirty and dangerous.
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CQ Homeland Security (09/21/2007)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Democrats Lack Strong Voice on Security

He was supposed to quell a lingering Democratic soap opera over who would head the House Intelligence Committee in the 110th Congress. Instead, Texan Silvestre Reyes has added a subplot of his own. He spent much of last week as late-night talk show fodder, thanks to his badly flubbed answers to some simple questions about Islam.
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CQ Homeland Security (12/18/2006)