Pell - Peq


Pell, Eve. "White House Secret Powers: The Backbone of Hidden Government." The Nation 248, no. 24 (19 Jun. 1989): 833 ff.

Valcourt, IJI&C 3.2: "While reflecting an often excessive liberal apprehension about the possibility of a statist secret government headed by the national security apparatus, the article nonetheless raises important points pertaining to the manner in which such directives [SDDs] are circulated to the NSC staff and the ease with which they bypass the Congress."


Pellerin, Cheryl. "DIA Five-Year Plan Updates Strategic Warning Mission." American Forces Press Service, 18 Jul. 2012. []

In a new plan for 2012-2017, the DIA "is updating one of its core missions -- strategic warning for policymakers -- to reflect the world's growing volatility. DIA Deputy Director David R. Shedd told American Forces Press Service that this 'reinvigoration' of strategic warning 'is an effort to identify potential events and conditions in a world that … brings greater uncertainty.'"


Pelletier, Jean, and Claude Adams. The Canadian Caper: The Inside Story of the Daring Canadian Rescue of Six American Diplomats Trapped in Iran. New York: Morrow, 1981.

Pelley, Scott. "The Case Against Nada Prouty." CBS: 60 Minutes, 28 Mar. 2010. []

The "60 Minutes" segment is certainly part of Prouty's public effort to generate support for her effort to regain her U.S. citizenship. The program includes favorable comments on her work from Bob Grenier, retired former CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, and head of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center. Grenier is also quoted as saying that a full investigation "completely exonerated" Prouty of being a Hezbollah spy. Although her citizenship was revoked, the judge who sentenced her blocked her deportation. She lives today in Virginia as a "deportable alien."

Jeff Stein, "Spy Talk: The Haunting of Nada Prouty, a Counterterrorism Heroine,", 30 Mar. 2010, calls the "60 Minutes" piece "sympathetic" to Prouty.

Prouty has a Website at, which features her book -- Nada Prouty, Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

A Justice Department statement released to the Detroit Free Press on 19 March 2010 [], "makes no apologies for the prosecution of Nada Prouty.... Unfortunately, it appears that Prouty today seeks to cast herself as a victim of the U.S. government and the subject of an overzealous prosecution.... The only victim in this case was the U.S. government which was repeatedly defrauded by Prouty and risked compromise because of her illegal acts.... She has no one to blame but herself for her predicament."

See also, The Daily Star (Lebanon), "Ex-CIA 'Spy for Hizbullah' Fights to Stay in US," 23 Jun. 2010. []


Pendergass, J.T. "Cryptanalytic Use of High-Speed Digital Computing Machines." Cryptologia 17, no. 2 (Apr. 1993): 124-147.

See Collin Burke, "An Introduction to an Historic Computer Document: The 1946 Pendergass Report Cryptanalysis and the Digital Computer," Cryptologia 17, no. 2 (Apr. 1993): 113-123.


Penkovsky, Oleg. The Penkovsky Papers. Intro. & commentary, Frank Gibney. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965. New York: Avon, 1966. [pb] New York: Ballantine, 1982. [pb]

Given the controversy that surrounded the publication of this book, it is noteworthy that the baseline validity of The Penkovsky Papers (as well as the importance of Penkovsky's information) has been firmly established by the Church Committee and, more recently, by Schecter and Deriabin's The Spy Who Saved the World (1992).


Pennetier, Jean-Marc. "Review Article: The Springtime of French Intelligence." Intelligence and National Security 11, no. 4 (Oct. 1996): 780-798.

Pennypacker, Morton.

1. General Washington's Spies on Long Island and in New York. Brooklyn, NY: Long Island Historical Society, 1939.

Constantinides notes that this work is based on correspondence between George Washington and Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge, who ran the Culper ring. There is a great deal here on clandestine operations of the time. Washington's "flair for and use of deception based on reliable intelligence are well brought out and illustrated."

2. General Washington's Spies on Long Island and in New York. Vol. 2. Supp. East Hampton, NY: Pennypacker Long Island Collection, East Hampton Free Library, 1948.

This is a slim (42 pages) addition to the materials and story presented by the author in his 1939 publication (see above).


Pennypacker, Morton. The Two Spies: Nathan Hale and Robert Townsend. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930.

The author uses handwriting analysis to identify Townsend as the agent "Samuel Culper, Jr."

[RevWar/Hale & CulperRing]

Penrose, Barrie, and Simon Freeman. Conspiracy of Silence: The Secret Life of Anthony Blunt. London: Grafton, 1987. New York: Vintage, 1988.

Cecil, I&NS 2.4, is unimpressed with this work, noting that the portrait of Blunt is obscured by an abundance of local color background. Except possibly for the early Cambridge years, Cecil argues, Burgess was not the dominant influence in Blunt's life. The authors, in fact, miss the importance of Blunt's work when compared to the peripheral role of Burgess. Chambers notes that this book has a good bibliography.


Pepper, William F. Orders to Kill. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1995.

Surveillant 4.4/5 notes that this piece of conspiracy theory comes from the attorney for James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin. The author claims that Ray "was a victim of a conspiracy involving the FBI, the CIA, Army intelligence, the Mafia and the Memphis, TN police."


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