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CIA Sets Sail on Spy Cruise

Posted on August 21 2010 8:00 pm
Elise Cooper is a freelance author focusing on the conservative point of view on issues involving national and homeland security. Her articles have been published by various conservative blogs, magazines and Republican newsletters.

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Michael Hayden, the former CIA Director, has always asserted that “the war on terrorism is inherently an intelligence war.” This November, the “SPY CRUISE” will be sailing. On the cruise everything you wanted to know about intelligence but could not ask will be discussed, that is except classified information. NewsReal Blog interviewed four of the speakers to get their take on what will be discussed.

Porter Goss: He served sixteen years as a Congressman from Southwest Florida. His duties included chairing the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 1997 until his nomination as DCI in August, 2004, and co-chairing the joint congressional inquiry into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From 2004 to 2006 he was the Director of the CIA.

General Michael Hayden: His positions included Deputy Director of National Intelligence. In this capacity, he oversaw the entire intelligence community, including the CIA, NSA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. General Hayden became the longest-tenured NSA (National Security) director, serving from 1999-2005. He became director of the CIA in May of 2006.

Peter Brookes: He served with the CIA, the State Department at the United Nations, and in the private sector defense and intelligence industry. He is also a columnist for the New York Post, Boston Herald, and Townhall Magazine. Currently he is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Bill Harlow: He is a writer, consultant and public relations specialist. He has served seven years as the top spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency and four years at the White House handling national security media matters. In 2008 Harlow joined forces with long-time NBC TV correspondent Fred Francis to form “15-Seconds.” He has also written two books, At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA (co-authored with George Tenet) and the novel, Circle William.

Andre Le Gallo: He was CIA Chief of Station in Mali, Romania, Israel and Belgium managing collection, counterintelligence, and special operations. He has extensive experience on each side of the Arab-Israeli conflict. While at CIA Headquarters, he held senior positions in the Near East, Latin America, West Europe Divisions, the National Intelligence Council, and in the Inspector General Staff. Le Gallo is the author of The Caliphate, a novel published in January 2010, which draws on his career with the CIA in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Read the interview on the next page …

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