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  • SEAL Team 6 member becomes Pentagon’s poster girl in transgender recruiting

    06/26/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/26/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A former member of SEAL Team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks. Kristin Beck, formerly Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beck, spoke recently at several high-profile events at intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to promote the integration of transgenders. “Transgender service in the armed forces, yes it will happen soon,” she said on Twitter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, among the most politically correct Pentagon chiefs of the past several decades, fueled the effort within the Pentagon to integrate transgenders in May when...
  • CIA official dies in apparent suicide

    04/05/2014 1:54:03 PM PDT · by mgist · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/5/13 | Gertz
    A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said the CIA has blocked efforts by the committee to investigate harsh interrogation of terrorists. Committee staff members working at a CIA facility in Northern Virginia to investigate agency interrogation practices also have charged that the CIA covertly searched the agency’s computers that were being used in the investigation. The agency subsequently reported that several Senate...
  • Iran-North Korea Missile Cooperation Undermines Recent Geneva Nuclear Deal

    11/27/2013 5:49:29 AM PST · by Innovative · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Iranian collaboration with North Korea on a new rocket booster for long-range missiles undermines the deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, key Senate and House Republicans said on Tuesday. “While the president was undertaking his secret negotiations—which Congress wasn’t informed of—he had to know Iran and North Korea were testing new engines for ballistic missiles to target the United States,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces. Reports of Iran-North Korea ICBM collaboration follow new anti-America and anti-Israel outbursts from the Islamist regime in Tehran, Cruz said. “The Iranian regime...
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner-Gertz

    03/05/2013 10:15:43 AM PST · by Syncro · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 4, 2013 7:00 pm | Bill Gertz
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Chinese general who threatened nuclear strike on U.S. visits Washington this week Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerBy Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon A Chinese general who once threatened to use nuclear weapons against hundreds of U.S. cities will visit the Pentagon this week as part of a U.S.-China military exchange program. Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, who is head of China’s National Defense University, will take part in a  “familiarization exchange,” Maj. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told the Free Beacon. “The delegation will visit Hawaii and D.C.,” she said. “A military delegation from the U.S. Pacific...
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. “In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, America’s ‘triad’ of nuclear-armed...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    01/25/2013 9:55:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | Joe Newby
    In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers. The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Beacon. Gertz added: The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and...
  • Anti-Terror Exercises Planned for D.C. Skies

    08/20/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    free beacon ^ | August 20, 2012 5:09 pm | Bill Gertz
    Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said. The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense Command calls “Falcon Virgo” involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement. “We want to make sure people seeing these planes aren’t concerned,” said NORAD spokesman John Cornelio. “One of the reasons we put out notice of...
  • OBAMA TO SHARE SECRETS (Will give Russians top secret missile data, if they promise to be good!)

    01/09/2012 12:30:22 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 52 replies
    WT ^ | Bill gertz
    President Obama signaled Congress this week that he is prepared to share U.S. missile defense secrets with Russia. U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the SM-3 data, despite reservations from security officials who say that doing so could compromise the effectiveness of the system by allowing Russian weapons technicians to counter the missile. The weapons are considered some of the most effective high-speed interceptors in the U.S. missile defense arsenal. There are also concerns that Russia could share the secret data with China and rogue states such as Iran and North Korea to help their missile programs defeat...
  • Spy swap puts halt to fact finding

    07/14/2010 7:37:04 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | By Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration's rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Current and former national security officials critical of the speedy exchange with Moscow also said trading the 10 spies for four Russians less than two weeks after their arrest also limited U.S. counterspies from learning important details of Russian espionage and influence operations. Questions about the handling of the case were raised Tuesday during a closed-door briefing of the...
  • Biden seeks test ban and end to all U.S. nukes

    02/19/2010 12:22:06 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 34 replies · 1,048+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 19, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration will move ahead with Senate ratification of a treaty banning nuclear tests that was voted down by Republicans more than a decade ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said Thursday. In a speech setting out the administration's arms-control agenda, Mr. Biden also said the United States will continue to pursue President Obama's call for the elimination of all U.S. nuclear arms, but defended spending $7 billion in the coming year to repair an aging arsenal.
  • Obama Wants To Make Global Warming Key Element In US Defense Strategy! (new headline)

    02/10/2010 10:05:01 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 44 replies · 1,224+ views
    WashTimes ^ | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon's new four-year strategy review seeks to advance the Obama administration's effort to make climate change a key element of its domestic and international policies. The Quadrennial Defense Review report, which is meant to guide defense and military policies and weapons purchases, lists global warming and energy security as among the four most important security priorities, despite recent reports suggesting the science behind climate change has been skewed. Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, presented a less alarming view in his statement to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday. He noted that U.S. intelligence...
  • Muslim question persists in Army shooting--Signs missed at Fort Hood

    01/18/2010 9:38:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 370+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    Fear of offending Muslims or being insensitive to religion was likely a key factor to why Army supervisors missed signs that the suspect in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage was a Muslim extremist, according to national security experts. Senior Pentagon officials last week sought to play down or sidestep questions about why Army supervisors and FBI counterterrorism officials missed warning signs or failed to take action against Army Maj. Nidal Hasan before the Nov. 5 attack, which killed 13 people — all but one them soldiers. Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee,...
  • Inside the Ring: North Korean leadership (Chia Head given up on Western medicine)

    07/10/2009 2:28:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 504+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 07/09/09 | Bill Gertz
    Inside the Ring Bill Gertz INSIDE THE RING (Contact) North Korean leadership New reports from U.S. and diplomatic sources say that the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il continues to decline and that he may have only one more year to live. A U.S. official who is familiar with the Korea situation but spoke on condition that he not be named said there are signs that Mr. Kim is still not well nearly a year after he suffered a stroke. "Kim Jong-il certainly hasn't been in good shape since his stroke last year, and, as time wears on, it's...
  • U.S. 'Ready' for N. Korean Missile [NK Wouldn't Have Dreamt Of A Missile Firing Under Reagan!]

    07/01/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,043+ views
    U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile Pyongyang expected to test ICBM By Bill Gertz July 2, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times. "The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've...
  • Iran has dramatically increased the amount of low-enriched uranium

    05/10/2009 8:10:14 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 15 replies · 1,101+ views
    Wash Times ^ | May 7, 09 | Bill Gertz
    Iran has dramatically increased the amount of low-enriched uranium produced by its growing number of centrifuges that are part of its nuclear fuel production system. This year's report, known as the Section 721 report after a provision of the 1997 intelligence authorization law, provided more details than a 2007 report. A comparison of the two reports shows that Iran produced 75 kilograms of low-enriched uranium (LEU) in 2007 and about 555 kilograms of LEU last year, described by the CIA as a "significant" increase. Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful and not intended to make atomic weapons. The findings,...
  • Navy Seal Pirate Shooting Update: Gertz Says His Pentagon Sources Didn't Lie

    05/06/2009 11:24:09 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 20 replies · 2,316+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-06-09 | Alec Rawls
    Background Joe Miller at Annenberg FactCheck says he was told by the Pentagon that the USS Bainbridge arrived at the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama on Friday February 10th and that authorization to send in the first SEAL team came at 8:00PM that night, rebutting a purported word-of-sailor report of a 36 hour delay. But news reports on the 9th said that the Bainbridge actually arrived before dawn local time on THURSDAY. Since 8:00 P.M. Friday was 4:00AM Saturday in Somalia, that would make the actual delay, local time to local time, about 48 hours. Bill Gertz at the Washington...
  • Obama’s Order Not To Rescue Hostage Confirmed by National Security Advisor and Pentagon

    04/24/2009 3:55:12 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 62 replies · 3,109+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-24-09 | Alec Rawls
    Stung by the widely circulated “SEAL pals” account of what really happened in Somalia (discussed here last Friday), the Obama administration had National Security Advisor James L. Jones and a number of anonymous Pentagon sources give their side two days ago in a Washington Times exclusive. Their mission, according to reporter Bill Gertz, was: ... to dispel Internet reports that the military was delayed from taking action by indecision inside the White House. Clintonesque parsing of words is evident throughout the Jones-Pentagon account, amounting on more than one occasion to outright dishonesty. Yet the actual information they provide (as opposed...
  • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. failed to use best radar for N. Korea missile

    04/15/2009 3:50:07 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 1,539+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.com ^ | April 15, 2009 | Bill Gertz
    EXCLUSIVE: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied permission for the U.S. Northern Command to use the Pentagon's most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea's recent missile launch, precluding officials from collecting finely detailed launch data or testing the radar in a real-time crisis, current and former defense officials said.
  • Specialist: Iran Has Already Achieved Nuclear Weapons Capability

    02/16/2009 8:11:22 AM PST · by lewisglad · 24 replies · 1,024+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 2/16/09 | Bill Gertz
    HERZLIYA, Israel -- A Russian nuclear proliferation expert contradicted a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, telling a conference here that Iran has developed the capability to produce and fire nuclear weapons. "Iran already has nuclear capabilities," [Ret.] Gen. Vladimir Dvorkin Dvorkin said in a speech to the the annual Herzliya Conference. He also said that said Iran has engineered its latest missiles, enabling them to contain a nuclear warhead. In a sharp departure from the U.S. NIE in late 2007, the Russian analyst said Teheran acquired most of the components needed for a nuclear bomb as early as 2003
  • After words with Bill Gertz on CSPAN

    01/18/2009 12:20:26 AM PST · by vivabushchick · 14 replies · 905+ views
    Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, argues that high-level bureaucrats in the State Department, White House, Pentagon, and CIA have repeatedly undermined the Bush administration's national security policies. Mr. Gertz says that these unelected officials - liberals from both political parties - have pursued their own agendas towards countries like Iran, China, North Korea, and Iraq and have weakened U.S. security as a result. Mr. Gertz discusses his book with Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.
  • In Depth with Bill Gertz (VIDEO)

    01/05/2009 9:43:04 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 7 replies · 517+ views
    C-Span ^ | Jan. 4, '09
    Bill Gertz discusses his new book "The Failure Factory," on C-span. [VIDEO]
  • Review: The Failure Factory: How Unelected Bureaucrats Are Undermining America's Security

    01/04/2009 10:44:05 AM PST · by antonia · 6 replies · 651+ views
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | January 2, 2009 | Jerry Saperstein
    The Failure Factory: How Unelected Bureaucrats, Liberal Democrats, and Big Government Republicans Are Undermining America's Security and Leading Us to War  by Bill Gertz A Review:Unfortunately, Bill Gertz is not the household name he deserves to be. In the media it seems, only the propensity to lie and hew to a left-wing line brings widespread fame and fortune. Think Dan Rather, for example. Instead, a conservative interested in the truth like Bill Gertz has to be content with a much smaller measure of fame - but he is entitled to a full measure of our respect for telling the...
  • After Words with Bill Gertz (Bill Gertz on C-Span2 now)

    11/16/2008 7:46:20 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 5 replies · 821+ views
    C-Span ^ | 11-16-2008 | Bill Gertz
    Bill Gertz talked about his book The Failure Factory: How Unelected Bureaucrats, Liberal Democrats, and Big Government Republicans Are Undermining America's Security and Leading Us to War (Crown Forum; 1 edition (September 30, 2008). Mr. Gertz argues that high-level bureaucrats in the State Department, White House, Pentagon, and Central Intelligence Agency have repeatedly undermined the Bush administration's national security policies. Mr. Gertz says that these unelected officials - liberals from both political parties - have pursued their own agendas toward countries like Iran, China, North Korea, and Iraq and have weakened U.S. security as a result. The guest interviewer was...
  • EXCLUSIVE: China report urges missile shield

    10/01/2008 9:20:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 494+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | Bill Gertz (Contact)
    EXCLUSIVE: The United States needs new weapon systems, including missile defenses and other advanced military capabilities, to deter and counter China's steady buildup of nuclear and conventional arms, according to a draft internal report by a State Department advisory board. U.S. defense policy has stressed missile defenses against Iran and North Korea. The report, by the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), is the first to recommend such defenses against China, including technology in space. The draft, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, said Chinese strategy goes beyond building forces capable of retaking the...
  • 2 Russian generals given awards in Iraq on war eve [from 4 years ago. Trip down memory lane.]

    08/16/2008 7:45:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies · 238+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2004 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian generals were photographed receiving awards from Saddam Hussein's government for helping Iraqi military forces less than 10 days before the U.S.-led invasion. The two retired officers were identified by the newspaper Gazeta.ru as Col. Gen. Vladimir Achalov and Col. Gen. Igor Maltsev, both former high-ranking officers involved in Soviet rapid-reaction and air defense forces.
  • Judge Withdraws Threat as Reporter Pleads the 5th In Spy Leak Probe (William Gertz....)

    07/24/2008 12:07:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies · 223+ views
    Judge Withdraws Threat as Reporter Pleads the 5th In Spy Leak Probe By JOSH GERSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun | July 24, 2008 SANTA ANA, Calif. — A federal judge withdrew his threat to order a prominent reporter on the national security beat to identify his confidential sources after the journalist took the Fifth Amendment in a surprise-filled hearing here this morning. Judge Cormac Carney excused William Gertz of the Washington Times from further proceedings here after he repeatedly invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to questions from the judge and a defense attorney. Mr. Gertz's refusal...
  • New Iran NIE

    07/23/2008 9:45:36 AM PDT · by edpc · 5 replies · 129+ views
    The Gertz File ^ | July 17, 2008 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. intelligence community in May completed a major National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran that concluded the Iranian military is building up its missile and conventional forces but that its forces remain relatively outdated, according to U.S. officials. The classified assessment, circulated to senior policy-makers, comes amid rising tensions in the region over Iran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment and concerns that Israel or the United States will take military action to knock out Iranian nuclear facilities. Intelligence officials familiar with the estimate declined to disclose its details or even its key judgments, noting that the entire document is...
  • Judge wants reporter to reveal sources in spy case (Bill Gertz)

    05/31/2008 5:14:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 323+ views
    SANTA ANA – A Washington Times reporter has been subpoenaed by a federal judge who wants him to reveal the sources for a story he wrote about an engineer convicted of conspiracy to export U.S. defense technology to China. National security reporter Bill Gertz was ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in June, the newspaper reported Saturday. The judge has also requested e-mail messages, files and correspondences. Gertz cited U.S. government sources in a 2006 story saying that Justice Department officials approved an indictment against Tai Mak and that four of Mak's relatives would also be charged....
  • Passport Investigation Scrutinizes Employee of Firm With a Tie to Obama

    03/22/2008 3:19:16 PM PDT · by charles m · 41 replies · 2,191+ views
    FOX News ^ | 3/22/08
    The State Department investigation into how and why the passport files of three presidential candidates were breached is scrutinizing an employee at a Virginia-based company, which is headed by an adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign. The Washington Times, which broke the news Thursday that Obama’s files were improperly accessed, reported Saturday that the State Department inspector general’s internal probe will include polygraph tests of supervisors to determine whether there was a political motive behind the breaches. The article said a focal point of the probe will be an employee who works for The Analysis Corporation and is still with the...
  • Passport probe focuses on worker

    03/22/2008 11:25:19 AM PDT · by zimfam007 · 13 replies · 637+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/22/08 | Bill Gertz and Jon Ward
    The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama....
  • Passports probe focuses on worker

    03/22/2008 11:31:32 AM PDT · by mware · 10 replies · 757+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2008 | By Bill Gertz and Jon Ward
    The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama The probe by State's inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether the three contract employees who accessed the records had a political motive or were part of a political operation to obtain personal data on Mr. Obama, Sen. John McCain or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Two of the three contract employees...
  • Passports probe focuses on worker

    03/22/2008 11:25:04 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 899+ views
    washington Times ^ | 3-22-08 | Bill Gertz & Jon Ward
    Article published Mar 22, 2008 Passports probe focuses on worker March 22, 2008 By Bill Gertz and Jon Ward - The State Department investigation of improper computer access to passport records of three presidential candidates is focusing on one remaining employee — a contract worker with a company headed by an adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama The probe by State's inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether the three contract employees who accessed the records had a political motive or were part of a political operation to...
  • Passport spy allegedly worked for adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign.

    03/21/2008 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Krankor · 10 replies · 379+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/21/08 | Krankor
    The State Department this evening had not yet released the names of the persons responsible for the unauthorized searches but said two were employed by Stanley Inc. and the third was an employee of The Analysis Corp. (TAC). Stanley Inc., a 3,500-person firm, is an Arlington-based information technology firm that this week won a $570 million contract to continue providing passport services to the State Department, which the company has done since 1992, according to Stanley Inc.’s Web site. TAC is a McLean-based information firm that has helped the State Department automate the Terrorist Watchlist over the last several years,...
  • Passport spy allegedly worked for Obama adviser

    03/21/2008 5:35:56 PM PDT · by Krankor · 20 replies · 1,619+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/21/08 | Bill Gertz
    The State Department this evening had not yet released the names of the persons responsible for the unauthorized searches but said two were employed by Stanley Inc. and the third was an employee of The Analysis Corp. (TAC). Stanley Inc., a 3,500-person firm, is an Arlington-based information technology firm that this week won a $570 million contract to continue providing passport services to the State Department, which the company has done since 1992, according to Stanley Inc.’s Web site. TAC is a McLean-based information firm that has helped the State Department automate the Terrorist Watchlist over the last several years,...
  • OBAMA'S PASSPORT DATA BREACHED

    03/20/2008 4:35:42 PM PDT · by kcvl · 223 replies · 8,904+ views
    Drudge
    <p>DIRTY TRICKS FEAR AFTER STATE DEPT. FIRES TWO FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO BARACK OBAMA'S PERSONAL PASSPORT FILE... MORE... WASHINGTON TIMES SET TO SPLASH THE DEVELOPMENT, NEWSROOM SOURCES TELL DRUDGE REPORT... MORE...</p>
  • Obama passport files violated; 2 State Department workers fired (On Drudge)

    03/20/2008 5:51:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 203 replies · 8,222+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | by Bill Gertz
    ** EXCERPT ** Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday. ~snip~ A similar data breach took place in 1992 when State Department officials looked up data on presidential candidate Bill Clinton, in an attempt to find out information from the late 1960s, amid unfounded political campaign rumors that Mr. Clinton had sought to renounce his citizenship to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. That incident triggered a three-year investigation by a...
  • Inside the Ring: China missiles (carrier-killers)

    03/08/2008 9:05:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 63 replies · 1,675+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 03/07/08 | Bill Gertz
    Inside the Ring March 7, 2008 By Bill Gertz - China missiles One little-noticed intelligence disclosure contained in the Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military power says China now has ballistic missiles designed to hit U.S. aircraft carriers and ships at sea. The missiles are described in the report as part of China's "anti-access/area denial capabilities" that include "anti-ship ballistic missiles designed to strike ships at sea, including aircraft carriers." Using a ballistic missile to target ships requires a degree of sophistication not shown by Chinese missiles in the past, and indicates China's military has mastered precision missile targeting, no...
  • Islam Probed [Coughlin Accuser Is a Clinton-esque Liar]]

    02/01/2008 6:24:57 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 27 replies · 690+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 01 Feb 08 | Bill Gertz
    Miss Rosett tried — and failed — to get straight answers from Mr. Wensing about why Mr. Islam claimed that when he was 7 his family was bombed by Israeli jets at his home in Cairo, when there is no evidence the Israelis bombed the Egyptian capital during the 1967 war. Also, Mr. Wensing could not explain why Mr. Islam said in his biography that he was on a freighter sunk by an Iranian torpedo in the Persian Gulf when there is no record of the ship being sunk. According to his 1992 master's thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School,...
  • Foul Play [More on the Fired Pentagon Analyst]

    01/11/2008 5:22:52 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 15 replies · 204+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11 Jan 08 | Diane West
    "...lifting that PC curtain on Islam and its jihadist tenets is precisely the effect of Stephen Coughlin's Pentagon brief. It goes against what political correctness tells us; it also goes against what Islamic advocacy groups tell us."
  • The Implications of the Dismissal of Stephen Coughlin, Joint Staff, Pentagon

    01/14/2008 8:58:04 AM PST · by khnyny · 13 replies · 438+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | January 12, 2008
    Stephen Coughlin Update. Here is an excellent summary piece on Coughlin's firing, its implications, and what must be done next. Objective: The objective of this paper is to clarify the incidents surrounding the firing of Mr. Coughlin, and enumerate the implications of this event to U.S. National Security and the GWOT (Global War on Terror). Background: Mr. Stephen Coughlin works as a contractor on the Joint Staff, J-2 (Intelligence) for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. The Joint Staff specifically requested him because of his knowledge of Islamic Doctrine as it applies to “Jihad” and the Strategic...
  • More on England and Islam ( Hasham Islam , aide to England turfs anti jihadist scholar and expert

    01/05/2008 1:55:51 PM PST · by Candor7 · 54 replies · 977+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 01/05/08 | Andy McCarthy
    As noted in Cliff's post yesterday (relying on a Bill Gertz report in the Washington Times), the Pentagon has sacked an authentic, influential scholar of Islam, Stephen Coughlin, who evidently refused to lie about — er, I mean, "soften his views on" — Islamic extremism (which, like it or not, is rooted in Islamic scripture) at the insistence of one Hasham Islam, Army Chief Gordon England's Islamophilic factotum (one of countless such creatures now pervading the federal government). For more on this, check out this post on the new website of Andrew Bostom, another scholar of Islam. Andy knows Coughlin...
  • Defense Department Critic of Islam Sacked

    01/05/2008 8:58:54 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies · 594+ views
    Power Line ^ | January 5, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Scott noted ( here) Bill Gertz's report on the conflict inside the Defense Department between between Stephen Coughlin, a leading student of Islamic extremism, and Hasham Islam, an aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England who conducts Muslim outreach on behalf of DOD. Coughlin had pointed out, based in part on information that came to light in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Texas, that several of the groups participating in Mr. Islam's outreach program are front organizations for the pro-jihad Muslim Brotherhood. Gertz now (reports) that Islam won the bureaucratic battle: Coughlin has been fired from the U.S....
  • Inside the Ring--Coughlin sacked [Pentagon Islamist Analyst]

    01/04/2008 3:10:32 PM PST · by Hammerhead · 63 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 4, 2008 | Bill Gertz
    Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism, has been fired from his position on the military's Joint Staff. The action followed a report in this space last week revealing opposition to his work for the military by pro-Muslim officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England. Mr. Coughlin was notified this week that his contract with the Joint Staff will end in March, effectively halting the career of one of the U.S. government's most important figures in analyzing the nature of extremism and ultimately preparing to wage ideological war against it. He had run...
  • Inside the Ring("Charlie Wilson's War" More Leftist Revisionist History)

    12/22/2007 10:16:52 PM PST · by kellynla · 75 replies · 701+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    Conservative officials who served in the Reagan administration are upset by the left-wing slant of the new movie about the covert action program that helped Afghan guerrillas defeat the Soviet army during the 1980s. "Charlie Wilson's War," out Friday, is based on a book about former Rep. Charles Wilson, Texas Democrat, known widely on Capitol Hill during his tenure as "Good Time Charlie" and who helped fund the semi-secret war that ultimately helped fell the Soviet Union. The Reagan-era officials said the movie promotes the left-wing myth that the CIA-led operation funded Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and ultimately...
  • Charlie's Movie (More Left Wing Hollywood Myths-my title)

    12/21/2007 7:13:06 AM PST · by Gritty · 85 replies · 336+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    <p>Conservative officials who served in the Reagan administration are upset by the left-wing slant of the new movie about the covert action program that helped Afghan guerrillas defeat the Soviet army during the 1980s.</p> <p>The Reagan-era officials said the movie promotes the left-wing myth that the CIA-led operation funded Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and ultimately produced the attacks of September 11, 2001.</p>
  • China taps into U.S. spy operations

    12/20/2007 10:04:08 PM PST · by george76 · 104 replies · 443+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The spy penetration was discovered several years ago as part of a major counterintelligence probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) that revealed an extensive program by China's spy service to steal codes and other electronic intelligence secrets, and to recruit military and civilian personnel with access to them. According to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, China's Ministry of State Security, the main civilian spy service, carried out the operations by...
  • Defense vs. State

    11/09/2007 8:37:05 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 6 replies · 25+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 09 Nov 07 | Bill Gertz
    Further concerns among conservatives about the liberal Democratic bent of the Pentagon were highlighted by the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's first public speech to the Democrat-dominated Center for New American Security, founded by Clinton administration defense officials Kurt Campbell and Michele Flournoy. The Oct. 25 speech by Adm. Michael Mullen followed Mr. Gates' appointment of Clinton administration Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, prompting insiders to speculate that Mr. Gates is following the example of former CIA Director George J. Tenet in seeking to become a "holdover" in an anticipated...
  • Conservative Authors Sue Publisher (Regnery)

    11/06/2007 3:13:59 PM PST · by americanflyer1234 · 13 replies · 124+ views
    Five authors have sued the parent company of Regnery Publishing, a Washington imprint of conservative books, charging that the company deprives its writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company. In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, “orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets...
  • Russian Navy Eyes Syrian Bases to Expand Mideast Presence (Iran & Lebanon too)

    08/13/2007 9:40:50 AM PDT · by hardback · 9 replies · 890+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 8/15/7 | Bill Gertz
    Russian Navy eyes Syria bases to expand Mideast presence MOSCOW — Russia plans to expand its naval presence in the Middle East, starting in Syria. Officials said the Russian Navy has been pressing Moscow's allies to expand basing and anchoring rights. They said the navy has sought to establish a permanent naval presence that would include such countries as Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen__ Full Text, Subscribers --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • From Bill Gertz' Inside the Ring Column (July 6, 2007) Nuclear messages

    07/06/2007 12:17:44 PM PDT · by jhpigott · 86 replies · 2,924+ views
    International radio operators picked up large numbers of coded Air Force communications being sent around the world on June 26 that indicated some type of military activity was about to take place. A U.S. military official said the radio traffic was monitored from the Air Force Global High Frequency System (GHFS) that some observers regarded as "extraordinary" because of the unprecedented length of messages. They were sent to Air Force commanders at Andrews Air Force Base; Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Lajes Field in the...