Bum - Burc


Bumiller, Elisabeth. "Bush Offers Reassurance to C.I.A. Over Role of Intelligence Chief." New York Times, 4 Mar. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 3 March 2005, President Bush traveled to CIA Headquarters "and sought to reassure its director and nervous employees that they would not be undermined once John D. Negroponte assumes the new position" of DNI. In his remarks, Bush said that CIA Director Porter J. Goss "would continue to brief him every morning in the Oval Office. He did not say, as White House officials have in recent weeks, that Mr. Negroponte would assume responsibility from Mr. Goss for preparing the president's daily intelligence briefing."


Bumiller, Elisabeth. "Bush Orders a 3-Year Delay in Opening Secret Documents." New York Times, 26 Mar. 2003. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 25 March 2003, President George W. Bush "signed an executive order that will delay the release of millions of government documents and make it easier for presidents and their administrations to keep historical records secret." The order "amends a less restrictive order signed by President Bill Clinton that would have required automatic declassification on April 17 [2003] of most government documents 25 years or older. Mr. Bush's order postpones that declassification for three more years, to Dec. 31, 2006."

Clark comment: Text of the amended Executive Order 12958, "Classified National Security Information," is available at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/bush/eoamend.html. The transcript of a "White House Conference Call Background Briefing" on the Executive Order is available at: http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2003/03/wh032503.html. See also, Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, "Release of Documents Is Delayed; Classified Papers To Be Reviewed," Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2003, A15.


Bumiller, Elisabeth. "Soldier, Thinker, Hunter, Spy: Drawing a Bead on Al Qaeda." New York Times, 3 Sep. 2011. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The focus here is Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers, who "has risen to become one of the top counterterrorism officials in Washington."

[MI/10s/11; Terrorism/11]

Bumiller, Elisabeth, and Douglas Jehl. "Tenet Resigns as C.I.A. Director; 3 Harsh Reports on Agency Due." New York Times, 4 Jun. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"George J. Tenet, the besieged director of central intelligence..., abruptly resigned" on 3 June 2004. Both "Tenet and President Bush said the resignation was for personal reasons. But current and former intelligence officials noted that Mr. Tenet was anticipating heavy criticism from three reports expected to assail the agency either over its failure to detect the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot or the assessments that Iraq possessed unconventional weapons before the American invasion last year." See also, Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, "Tenet Resigns as CIA Director; Intelligence Chief Praised by Bush, But Critics Cite Lapses on Iraq War," Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2004, A1.

Clark comment: George J. Tenet will have served 7 years in a job that has eaten people in a lot less time than that. He has served his country well and faithfully. My wish for him is for his next job to have less stress and more appreciative bosses.

[CIA/00s/04/Gen & DCIs/Tenet/04]

Bumiller, Elisabeth, and Eric Lipton. "Kerik's Position Was Untenable, Bush Aide Says." New York Times, 12 Dec. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

A White House official said on 11 December 2004 that President Bush "accepted Bernard B. Kerik's decision to withdraw his nomination as homeland security secretary after the White House concluded that it would be untenable for him to supervise the nation's immigration laws if he had had immigration problems in his own household."


Bumiller, Elisabeth, and Philip Shenon. "Bush Now Backs Budget Powers in New Spy Post." New York Times, 9 Sep. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 8 September 2004, participants in a White House meeting with congressional members from both parties said that President Bush and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice "told them that the administration wanted the new intelligence director to have authority over the budget of the national program for collecting and sharing foreign intelligence. Effectively, that would give the new director control over as much as 75 percent of the estimated $40 billion that the government spends each year on intelligence, while the Pentagon would control the remaining 25 percent."

See also, Walter Pincus and Dana Milbank, "Bush Plan Draws on Advice of 9/11 Panel: New Proposal Gives Intelligence Chief More Budget Power," Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2004, A1.


Buncher, Judith F.

1. et.al., eds. The CIA and the Security Debate: 1971-1975. New York: Facts on File, 1976.

This is a compilation of materials from congressional committees, government agencies, and newspaper reports, arranged topically and chronologically.

2. ed. The CIA and the Security Debate: 1975-1976. New York: Facts on File, 1977.

Picks up chronologically at end of earlier work.


Bundy, McGeorge. "Covert Operations in Nicaragua: Will the Sandinistas Cry Uncle?" First Principles 10, no. 4 (1984): 10-12.

Petersen: "Report on Congressional testimony in opposition to support of the Contras by the Kennedy-Johnson National Security Adviser, 1961-1966."


Bundy, McGeorge. Danger and Survival: Choices About the Bomb in the First Fifty Years. New York: Random House, 1988. New York: Vintage, 1988. [pb]

Petersen: "Detailed discussion of the missile gap question."

[GenPostwar/CW & NatSec/To90s]

Bundy, McGeorge, transcriber. Ed., James G. Blight. "October 27, 1962: Transcripts of the Meeting of the ExComm." International Security 12, no. 3 (Winter 1987/88): 30-92.


Bundy, McGeorge, William J. Crowe, Jr., and Sidney D. Drell. Reducing Nuclear Danger: The Road Away from the Brink. New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1993.

Cohen, FA 73.3 (May-Jun. 1994) says that this is a "clear and concise version of the centrist-liberal view of nuclear strategy after the Cold War." It presents an "anodyne analysis. This light read offers a quick way of getting a fix on the Clinton administration's conventional wisdom on nuclear weapons."


Bundy, William P.

Bundy commanded the U.S. Signal Corps contingent at Bletchley Park.

1. "From the Depths to the Heights." Cryptologia 6, no. 1 (Jan. 1982): 65-74.

Petersen: "Review of several important books on Ultra."

2. "Some of My Wartime Experiences." Cryptologia 11, no. 2 (Apr. 1987): 65-77.

[UK/WWII/Ultra; WWII/Reference]

Bundy, William P. "The Guiding of Intelligence Collection." Studies in Intelligence 3, no. 1 (Winter 1959): 37-52.

"[B]y and large we are now in a situation where the demands are manifold, the priorities difficult to keep clear, and the collection capabilities variable, hard to appraise and extremely limited relative to demands. In these circunstances guidance become one of our major problems."


Bundy, William. A Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998.

Thomas, New York Times, 24 May 1998, finds the author's tone to be "fair-minded and dispassionate.... Bundy writes clearly and gracefully and at times with narrative drive, but he offers more diplomatic history than the average reader will want to know.... Still, Bundy's carefully researched analysis will have an impact on the academics, think-tank gurus and pundits."

For Woodard, H-Net Reviews, 23 Aug. 1999, this book "remorselessly builds the factual blocks, but considering the established history that it is challenging, it is no blockbuster. The most serious flaw is that the discretion of the former official prevails over the historian's consuming quest." Schoenfeld, Commentary, Jul. 1998, says this has "its share of ... serious defects. Yet ... A Tangled Web is a thoroughly engrossing work, written in a reasoned voice and, despite its defects, full of insight into the complexities of Richard Nixon's statecraft. Even its errors ... have much to teach."


Bungert, Heike, Jan Heitmann, and Michael Wala, eds. Secret Intelligence in the Twentieth Century. Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2003.

Van Nederveen, Air & Space Power Journal, Spring 2004, notes that this work "examines German intelligence structures and policy as well as the attempts of other powers to gather intelligence about German states." Although some of the early essays "cover issues already known to most intelligence researchers,... one also finds real gems dealt with for the first time in print.... What makes this book unique, however, are the post–World War II pieces."

[GenPostwar/CW; Germany/General; Overviews/Gen/00s]

Buntin, John. "Jeffrey H. Smith: Scrubbing the Agency's Dirty Laundry." National Journal, 23 Dec. 1995, 3169.

CIA General Counsel reportedly has issued tentative guidelines for taking human rights abuses and criminal activity into account when recruiting agents.


Bunyan, Tony. The Political Police in Britain. London: Quartet, 1977. New York: St. Martin's, 1976.

Chambers: "Socialist interpretation."


Buranelli, Vincent, and Nan Buranelli. Spy/Counterspy: An Encyclopedia of Espionage. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1982.

Clark comment: The coverage here is of individuals, organizations, and events relating broadly to espionage. Entries are approximately a page in length, and include brief "Further Reading" notations. However, no overall bibliography is offered.


Burchett, Wilfred G. The Furtive War: The United States in Vietnam and Laos. New York: International Publishers, 1963.

Clark comment: The author was a pro-communist Australian journalist. As expected, the book portrays the war in Laos from a strongly anti-U.S., anti-CIA slant, a view not per se damning; but Burchett has the nasty habit of bending even well-established facts to fit his particular world view.

[CIA/Laos; Vietnam]

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