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
, 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

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • PrchrLady

    This post bothers me greatly. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is yet, but my spirit is very troubled. I will pray on this before I comment in full, and would appreciate hearing others thoughts, on this coment.

    I hate terms like anti semetic, terrorist, anti arab, whatever… terms mean nothing, it is the actions by which people should be judged. Also, spreading hate of any kind is both immoral and unjust. Whatever our political/religous backgrounds, we do need to learn to live and grow together, or we will all perish…The world is getting smaller every day.

    I would appreciate it if you would link to some of your sources, and caution you that I and the readers here are going to follow them up, and check them out. I agree in part with a couple of your other points, but they get lost in the hatred and prejudgement that is so telling in the words you write.


    At the risk of sounding anti-Semetic (sp?) i’m frankly ill and fatigued of paying through the nose for the “priviledge” of entertaining orthodox Jewery. Obviously, this doesn’t include all Jews. I’m sure that if some foriegn country invaded ghettos of blacks and hispanics in this country, no one would lift a finger to help them. Further, throughout history wherever orthodox Jews go, trouble is their constant companion. Israel has NO right to exist, and is nothing more than a festering sore on the ass of the Middle East. The land is called Palestine. Israeli terrorism such as we see today, occurs only with US help. The Israelis, have never won a conflict on their own since 1948. That’s right, 1967 or 1973. The US largest outlay for “foreign aid” is and has been Israel. It’s time to let the Israelis either make it or, once again cease to exist as a nation.

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