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Pfaff, Tony, and Jeffrey R. Tiel. "The Ethics of Espionage." Journal of Military Ethics 3, no. 1 (2004): 1-15.


Pfaltzgraff, Robert L., Jr., Uri Ra'anan, and Warren Milberg, eds. Intelligence Policy and National Security. London: Macmillan, 1981.

Pforzheimer notes that this book consists of the papers (later updated and expanded) from a 1979 conference hosted by Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The authors include a number of distinguished practitioners and "thinkers" in the field of intelligence. "The reputations of many of the authors ... makes this book an interesting contribution to the literature and worth reading."


Pfalzer, Janina, and Toby Alder. "Bomb Blasts Pave Way for Surveillance as Swedes React to Terror." Bloomberg, 15 Dec. 2010. []

"Sweden’s brush with terror after a suicide bomber on Dec. 11 detonated himself before executing a planned strike in central Stockholm has eroded lawmaker resistance to pushing through tougher surveillance laws. The opposition Social Democrats will no longer block a government proposal to let the Swedish Security Service use information from the National Defense Radio Establishment, said Morgan Johansson, chairman of parliament's justice committee."


Pfarrer, Chuck. SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden. New York: St. Martin's, 2011.

Dozier, Associated Press, 15 Nov. 2011, reports that the "U.S. Special Operations Command [SOCOM] is calling" this book "bogus.... 'It's just not true,' [SOCOM] spokesman Col. Tim Nye said. 'It's not how it happened.'" Nye was "issuing an on-the-record denial on behalf of Navy SEAL [and SOCOM commander] Adm. Bill McRaven," who "oversaw the raid in May as head of the ... the Joint Special Operations Command." Clark comment: As far as I am aware, it is unprecedented for DoD to refer to a published work as a "fabrication," as Nye has done here.

For Bergen, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2012, the account in Owen and Maurer's No Easy Day "is devastating to that of Chuck Pfarrer.... Special Operations Command ... issued an unusual on-the-record statement that Pfarrer's account was a 'fabrication' and that he had never spoken to the SEALs on the raid. Pfarrer's book is being reissued on Sept. 11 [2012] in paperback. Don't waste your money on it."

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

Pfeiffer, Jack. The Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1951-January 1961. []

This document appears at the address above. The site belongs to: David M. Barrett, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Villanova University.

Dr. Barrett states: "During the 1970s, CIA historian Jack Pfeiffer wrote a Top Secret multi-volume history of 1961's Bay of Pigs intervention in Cuba. Before his death, Pfeiffer sued unsuccessfully to de-classify some of the History. Though it is widely believed that all volumes are still classified, one is available at National Archives' JFK Assassination Records Collection. Pfeiffer writes of incompetence at CIA, of an out-of-touch Allen Dulles, of too-close relations between CIA and anti-Castro U.S. corporate leaders, and about 'The Question of Assassination.'" The Introduction and Chapters 1 through 8 are available as PDF files.


Pfennigwerth, Ian. A Man of Intelligence: The Life of Captain Theodore Eric Nave, Australian Codebreaker Extraordinary. Dural, NSW, Australia: Rosenberg Publishing, 2006.

According to Kruh, Cryptologia 30.4 (Oct. 2006), Neve's skills gained him "widespread respect and admiration within the closed confines of Allied codebreaking before, during, and after World War Two." Peake, Studies 52.2 (Jun. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), comments that "conspiracy devotees" will ignore this book, because the author shows that the critical parts of Rusbridger and Nave's Betrayal at Pearl Harbor (1991) were written without Nave's involvement. The biography will, however, be "accepted with gratitude by intelligence historians and clear-thinking readers."

Coish, Canadian Military Journal 8.2 (Summer 2007), calls this "an objective account of the life and times" of Nave. The author "has carefully ... documented some excellent examples of how Nave's cryptanalysis efforts directly or indirectly contributed to both the pre-war indicators and the many operational Allied successes in the Pacific theatre." This book "is a necessary read for the military historian, and an excellent signal intelligence for the budding intelligence student -- or the interested amateur."

[Australia/Gen; WWII/FEPac/Aus; WWII/PearlHarbor]

Pfiffner, James P. "US Blunders in Iraq: De-Baathification and Disbanding the Army." Intelligence and National Security 25, no. 1 (Feb. 2010): 76-85.

The "fateful decisions" to exclude from the new Iraqi government members of the Baath Party and to disband the Iraqi Army "were made against the advice of military and CIA professionals and without consulting important members of the President's staff and cabinet.... Both of these decisions fueled the insurgency."


Pfiffner, James P., and Mark Phythian, eds. Intelligence and National Security Policymaking on Iraq: British and American Perspectives. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

Peake, Studies 54.1 (Mar. 2010), finds that this is an "uncommonly fine selection of 13 articles and supporting documents dealing with the key issues and personalities involved.... The tone of the book is positive, which is not to say that one will agree with every assertion." The book's subtitle is misleading, since it does not mention "the Australian experience that is nicely formulated in a chapter by Professor Rodney Tiffen of the University of Sydney. But overall, this is an excellent book that analyzes, objectively and dispassionately, some of the worst experiences of intelligence professionals and decision makers."

[Australia/00s; GenPostCW/00s/Gen; UK/PostCW/Gen]

Pfister, Roger. "Trying to Safeguard the Impossible: South Africa's Apartheid Intelligence in Africa, 1961-1994." Journal of Intelligence History 7, no. 2 (Winter 2007-2008). []


Pforzheimer, Walter.

Phares, Walid. "The Intelligence Services in Lebanon During the War of 1975-1990." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 7, no. 3 (Fall 1994): 363-381.


Phayer, Michael. Pius XII, the Holocaust and the Cold War. Bloomington & Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008.

According to Kirby, I&NS 26.1 (Feb. 2011), the author's "interpretation" implicates Pope Pius XII "in nefarious and covert activities protecting war criminals that were tolerated by the United States." Phayer's account includes "a notable amount of speculation, informed certainly, but speculation still. He does, however, provide a good read."


Phelps, M. William. Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy. New York: St. Martin's, 2008.

Peake, Studies 53.4 (Dec. 2009) and Intelligencer 54.1 (Winter-Spring 2010), says that the author "has formed a more complete account in one book than any other of Hale's life.... His treatment of the espionage mission dismisses claims that Hale was captured in New York City and presents a well-documented account of the circumstances that led to his capture just before he was due to return to his unit after having acquired the intelligence he set out to collect."


Phelps, Stephen. The Tizard Mission: The Top-Secret Operation That Changed the Course of World War II. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2010.

According to Peake, Studies 55.4 (Dec. 2011), "when the Americans were told of the cavity magnetron in 1940, cooperation followed promptly.... The Tizard Mission also shared the results of British atomic research. That led to cooperation in the Manhattan Project and formed the foundation of the 'special relationship' of the two countries. The Tizard Mission is fascinating history; well documented, well told." See also, Zimmerman, Top Secret Exchange (1996).


Phelps, Timothy M., and Knut Royce. "Columnist Blows CIA Agent's Cover." Newsday, 22 Jul. 2003. []

"The identity of an undercover CIA officer whose husband [Ambassador Joseph Wilson] started the Iraq uranium intelligence controversy has been publicly revealed by a conservative Washington columnist [Robert Novak] citing 'two senior administration officials.' Intelligence officials confirmed to Newsday" on 21 July 2003 that Wilson's wife "worked at the agency on weapons of mass destruction issues in an undercover capacity."


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