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McGarry, Fearghal. "Keeping an Eye on the Usual Suspects: Dublin Castle's 'Personalities Files,' 1899-1921." Ireland History 14, no. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 2006): 44-49.

The author surveys a collection at the National Archives in London, consisting of some "19,000 pages of secret intelligence documents on 500 republican suspects."


McGartland, Martin.

1. Dead Man Running: A True Story of a Secret Agent's Escape from the IRA and MI5. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1999.

From publisher: "For more than four years Martin McGartland worked undercover as a British agent inside the Provisional IRA..... [This book] traces his ... quest for the truth behind his betrayal by British officialdom. Shortly after this book was first published, McGartland was shot by an execution squad ... and somehow survived."

2. Fifty Dead Men Walking: The True Story of a British Secret Agent Inside the IRA. London: Blake, 1997. Norwalk, CT: Hastings House, 1997.

According to West, History 26.1, the author worked as the Royal Ulster Constabulary's "star penetration agent" of the Provisional IRA in Belfast from 1989 to 1991. Barbash, WPNWE, 4 May 1998, finds McGartland's book "unusually illuminating." Although his work as a spy for the British police "is only modestly interesting," the author's description of growing up in a Catholic ghetto of Belfast is "[f]ar more revealing."


McGarvey, Patrick J. CIA: The Myth and the Madness. New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972. New York: Penguin, 1973. [pb]

According to Pforzheimer, McGarvey's "biased and unbalanced criticisms, frequent errors of fact, and lack of realistic solutions [to the problems illustrated] detract from the book's value." Constantinides points out that the author was only in the CIA for three years, and those were with the Directorate of Intelligence. There are errors here that "show a careless and unreliable work."

[CIA/70s/Gen & Memoirs]

McGarvey, Patrick. "DIA: Intelligence to Please." In Readings in American Foreign Policy: A Bureaucratic Perspective, eds. Morton H. Halperin and Arnold Kanter, 318-328. Boston: Little, Brown, 1972.


McGarvey, Robert, and Elise Caitlin. The Complete Spy: An Insider's Guide to the Latest in High Tech Espionage and Equipment. New York: Perigee, 1983.  [Petersen]


McGee, Jim. "Is the FBI Too Charged Up? The Agency's Growing Power Is Causing Concerns about Civil Liberties." WPNWE, 11 Aug. 1997, 6-9.


McGee, Jim, and Roberto Suro. "Losing Confidence in the G-Men: The FBI Faces Congressional Criticism after Management Misfires and Computer Cost Overruns." WPNWE, 24 Mar. 1997, 29.


McGee, George A., Jr. The History of the 2d Battalion, Merrill's Marauders: Northern Burma Campaign of 1944. Braunfels, TX: George A. McGee, Jr., 1987.

See also, Ogburn, The Marauders (1956).


McGehee, Ralph. Deadly Deceits: My Twenty-Five Years in the CIA. New York: Sheridan Square, 1983. Washington, DC: Dignity, 1990.

According to Surveillant 1.4, McGehee entered the CIA as a super-patriot in the 1950s and "left disillusioned and shattered by what he had seen and learned in Vietnam." He argues that the CIA was "not an intelligence gathering agency ... but rather a covert action arm of the American Presidency during that time period."

Clark comment: McGehee is probably best known today for CIABASE, his massive database tracking CIA and intelligence activities. He remains active in anti-CIA causes, and continues to argue that the CIA should be disbanded because its intelligence is marred by the association with operations. McGehee was inordinately pleased when Hanoi announced the release of a Vietnamese edition of his book.


McGeough, Paul. Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas. New York: New Press, 2009.

For Peake, Studies 53.4 (Dec. 2009), this "story is fascinating and well told. Kill Khalid exposes the intricacies of dealing with Middle East nations and factions, is well documented, and a most valuable contribution." Terrill, Parameters 36.4 (Winter 2009-2010), finds that this work "is primarily an examination of the emergence of Hamas as one of the leading political forces within the Palestinian territories." The author presents the story of the failed assassination as "a key event in the rise of Hamas.... McGeough's book expresses a higher level of sympathy for Hamas than would be found among most western journalists."


McGill, G.M. (Mert) "OSCINT and the Private Information Sector." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 7, no. 4 (Winter 1994): 435-443.

"The amount of information available electronically through open sources, information with countless intelligence applications, is staggering.... The intelligence community must take advantage of every possible resource at its disposal, including the wide array of open source information that is readily available and relatively inexpensive." The author's primary suggestion is for the government to release information in "raw" form through a network like the Internet; private-sector information providers would, then, package or add value to this data.


McGinnis, G.P. "Commercial Intelligence." Cryptolog 15 [probably 14], no. 4 (Summer 1993): 1, 17.


McGinnis, George P. The Collective Works of Captain George P. McGinnis. Pensacola, FL: Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association, 2007.

Christensen, Cryptologia 32.1 (Jan. 2008), notes that much of what is here originally appeared in CRYPTOLOG. It "consists of 105 articles and 102 book reviews." These are mostly stories about people, not about operational matters.

[Cryptography/Gen; MI/Navy/To90s]

McGinnis, George P. Intelligence in Alaska Through the Eyes of Those Who Served. [Corvallis, OR]: Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association, 1991.

Surveillant 2.1: "31 Articles on cryptologic assignments by the individuals who served in the military communications group in WWII."


McGinnis, George P. U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA) History Book. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing, 1996.

Kruh, Cryptologia 21.3, is impressed by both the physical appearance and content of this book. Among other things, it provides "a comprehensive history of naval cryptology from World War I to modern times." The book includes some articles that have not previously been published.


McGirk, Tim. "Has Pakistan Tamed Its Spies?" Time, 6 May 2002, 32-35.

It appears that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is cooperating in the U.S. war against terrorism. This "is quite a switch. Until Sept. 11, the organization was suspected of propping up the Taliban and by extension its al-Qaeda guests in Afghanistan."

[OtherCountries/Pakistan; Terrorism/02/WTC]

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