W. Patrick Lang
I was asked for a bio by a couple of respondants.
Colonel W. Patrick Lang is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). He served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years. He is a highly decorated veteran of several of America’s overseas conflicts including the war in Vietnam. He was trained and educated as a specialist in the Middle East by the U.S. Army and served in that region for many years. He was the first Professor of the Arabic Language at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he was the “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism,” and later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.” For his service in DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.” This is the equivalent of a British knighthood. He is an analyst consultant for many television and radio broadcasts, among them the Jim Lehrer “Newshour.”
SusanUnPC is a political blogger. Out of 10,333 diarists at Daily
Kos, she ranked #2 for writing the “highest
impact” diaries of 2005. She is a Koufax nominee for best blog
writing. She writes front-page stories for other blogs, including
BoomanTribune.com and EuroTrib.com, and freelance pieces for news
She was a legislative district coordinator and local Meetup leader for
the Howard Dean campaign in 2003-2004, and has worked for both
Republican and Democratic candidates. She worked for broadcasting,
entertainment business, and legal firms, and wrote freelance articles
on the side. In the early 1990s, she taught herself HTML and
Photoshop, and worked at Microsoft designing its external and internal
Web sites. She is disabled, but blogging and animal welfare activities
fill her days, along with her daughter.
She grew up in rural eastern Washington state where she only knew one
Democrat. She was a political “junkie” early on, and created the
state’s first Teenage Republican clubs. She was a political reporter
for the Yakima Herald before going to Stanford University and
its Creative Writing honors program. She has written investigative
articles for magazines and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Sample stories/diaries (as Susanhu): “Outsourcing
Torture: Secret History (FBI v. CIA),” inspired by two of her
heroes, intelligence reporter Richard Sale and Jane Mayer; “Dead
Sunset: Kill it, and make it look like an accident“; “Former
Analyst Blasts WaPo Editorial Staff“; “Extinction
and the Tsunami“; “Swimming
the Arctic: The U.S./Canada Fight for Passage (or Brazen Acts of
Canadianism)”; and “The
personal stories almost nobody knows, but should.