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    The U.S. intelligence community has suffered a spate of mysterious and surprising suicides since the onset of the Iraq war.

    State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research Iraq analyst John J. Kokal,
    http://www.fromthewilderness.com/...
    Kokal, John J
    INR/NESA 6510
    647-7905
    Kokal, Pamela
    CA/EX 4820A
    647-3118

    http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/...

    former CIA officer Dr. Gus Weiss, and

    Gus W. Weiss, 72, a former White House policy adviser on technology, intelligence, and economic affairs, died Nov. 25 [2003] of a fall from the Watergate East residential building in the District. The D.C. medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

    The Gus Weiss Prize for Exemplary Academic Achievement on the Part of a Physics Student

    This prize is sponsored by Dr. Gus W. Weiss, Jr. who is a former Director of International Economics for the National Security Council; Director of the White House Council on International Economic Policy; Professor of Economics, New York University; and Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. He has served as advisor to the CIA, 1972 to 1980, and to the Presidents. He continues to lecture, write, and advise.
    Past awardees:
     2002-2003 Alaa Ibrahim
     2001-2002 Silvia Niccolai and
    Pirouz Shamszad
     2000-2001 Stanislav Mintchev
     1999-2000 Xinyu Liu
     1998-1999 Khaliq Rauf
     1997-1998 Stephanie Helene Leitner and
    Jennifer Nicole Hyatt
     1996-1997 Caiyi Lang
     1995-1996 Evan Scott Lavidor
     1994-1995 Rodney Omron
     1993-1994 Juan Carlos Sanabria
     1992-1993 Steve Dean Adrian

    http://www.gwu.edu/...

    Washington's politically and diplomatically connected lobbyist Edward von Kloberg, who once counted Saddam Hussein among his clients,

    King Kigeli V Honors Von Kloberg, DuVal

    Donning black slippers embroidered with a devil holding a pitchfork, international publicist and lobbyist Edward J. von Kloberg III greeted guests at his double-penthouse apartment on Cathedral Avenue in NW Washington on May 30.

    The group of more than 100 diplomats, government officials and socialites came to watch the investiture of von Kloberg by the exiled Rwandan King, Kigeli V and to bid farewell to Clinton administration Deputy Chief of Protocol Fred DuVal.

    all jumped from the tops of buildings or out of window between November 2003 and May 2005.

    In addition, CIA officer Ben Miller was told to jump out of an open window at the National Security Council by Iran-contra felon Elliot Abrams, who is now an Assistant National Security Adviser.

    STAFF CHANGE MEANS MIDEAST POLICY SHIFT
    By Richard Sale
    United Press International
    February 26, 2003

    A staff shake-up at the National Security Council is likely to mean the
    United States will take a harder pro-Israel stance in the Middle East,
    several serving and former intelligence officials tell United Press
    International.

    According to these sources, Elliott Abrams, the controversial former
    Reagan administration official who President Bush last December
    appointed to the NSC to take charge of the Palestinian-Israeli
    conflict, has removed several staff members who were regarded as
    even-handed on the issue.

    Ben Miller, who was on loan from the CIA and who had the Iraqi file at
    the NSC, was "abruptly let go," according to former long-time CIA
    Middle East analyst Judith Yaphe.

    Yaphe, whose account was confirmed by administration officials speaking
    on condition of anonymity, said two other officials, Flynt Leverett and
    Hillary Mann, have also been removed from the NSC. Leverett, who was
    also seconded from the CIA, had worked at the NSC since February 2002
    and was appointed senior director for Middle East initiatives on Dec.
    3, 2002 -- the same day that Abrams took up his post.

    Mann was on loan to the NSC from the State Department where a colleague
    described her as a "a pure Foreign Service Officer type."

    A White House official said that the moves were part of the usual staff
    turnover at the NSC.

    Leverett was an advocate of the so-called "roadmap" for a
    Palestinian-Israeli peace, according to former CIA counter-terrorism
    chief Vince Cannistraro.

    NSC spokesman Sean McCormack told UPI that there had been no firings,
    but acknowledged that Miller was changing assignments. He said Miller
    had been detailed to the NSC from the CIA and his tour had come to an
    end. He said that Leverett was still at the NSC, but was also coming to
    the end of his tour.

    Asked why he would be leaving a post to which he was only appointed
    Dec. 3, McCormack said only that staff rotations at the NSC were
    standard.

    Neither Mann nor Miller returned phone messages. Staff in Leverett's
    office said he was on long-term leave and could not be reached for
    comment.

    Josef Bodansky, the director of the Congressional Task Force on Terror
    and Unconventional Warfare, confirmed that Miller had been fired. He
    said Miller's leaving was very abrupt. He said Abrams had "led Miller
    to an open window and told him to jump," adding, "that's his (Abram's)
    management style."

    Bodansky confirmed that Mann and Leverett had also been told to leave.

    He said that Abrams believes "a strong Israel will prove to be the U.S.
    cornerstone in the Middle East." As a result, Abrams "is not going to
    yield to those who want to pressure Israel over the Arab-Israeli peace
    process." Bodansky said Abrams will "impose a policy and administer it
    very vigorously."

    Yaphe added, "The clean sweep would indicate Abrams is going to bring
    in his own people."

    Elliot Abrams was appointed Dec. 3, 2002, to be the NSC's senior
    director for Near East, Southwest Asian and North African affairs with
    responsibility for Arab-Israeli issues, according to the White House.

    Until his new appointment, Abrams had been the senior director of the
    NSC's Office of Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations,
    a post he took up in June 2001, according to the White House.

    In 1991, Abrams was indicted by the Iran-Contra special prosecutor for
    giving false testimony before Congress in 1987 about his role in
    illicitly raising money for the Nicaraguan Contras. He pleaded guilty
    to two lesser offenses of withholding information to Congress in order
    to avoid a trial and a possible jail term.

    He was pardoned by President George H. W. Bush along with a number of
    other Iran-Contra defendants on Christmas night 1992.

    Cannistraro said that the shake-up means Abrams and the White House,
    "are getting rid of people willing to compromise on the Arab-Israeli
    dispute." Referring to the 1993 land-for-peace deal between Israel and
    the Palestine Liberation Organization, he said, "It's pretty well known
    that Abrams is no friend of the Oslo Accords."

    According to one State Department official, Abrams was critical of then
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for withdrawing from Lebanon and
    hailed the election of Ariel Sharon as prime minister, being "enamored
    of Sharon's security through strength line."

    Tony Cordesman, Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and
    International Studies, was critical of the changes, saying that Miller,
    Mann and Leverett "were among the saner minds discussing the
    Arab-Israeli issue."

    Abrams, he said, "is remarkably unqualified for his job."

    In a recent New York Sun article, a commentator on Iraq who follows the
    Iraqi opposition movement, Laurie Mylroie, called Miller's leaving
    "very important."

    She added: "You need people there who will carry out the
    administration's policies. He was reflecting the CIA's position, which
    is to be hostile to a democratic future for Iraq."

    Mylroie did not respond to repeated requests for comment from UPI. But
    Yaphe called her assertion "ridiculous."

    "The agency is in no way opposed to a democratic Iraq," she added.

    Incoming officials in Washington often appoint subordinates with whom
    they see eye-to-eye. There is no information available as to who will
    replace the three officials.

    http://www.acj.org/...

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