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Vincent Cannistraro was Director of NSC Intelligence from November 1984 to January 1987 [1]. He was Special Assistant for Intelligence in the office of the Secretary of Defense (January 1987-October 1988). Prior to 1984, he was a CIA officer active in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and in Washington on Central America, where he was a member of the CIA's clandestine service <ref:FINAL REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL FOR IRAN/CONTRA MATTERS:, Lawrence E. Walsh, Independent Counsel, 4 August 4 1993, Washington, D.C.>; < Joint Congressional Committee on Iran/Contra, 1987> The National Security Council (NSC) of the United States is the principal forum used by the President of the United States for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one. ... Map of Central America Central America is an area of the American continent in the Western Hemisphere. ... The Clandestine Service is the unofficial name for the United States Central Intelligence Agencys Directorate of Operations, which operates covertly in foreign countries. ...

Cannistraro is the former head of Counterterrorism Operations and Analysis at the CIA's Counterterrorism Center; he led the CIA's investigation into the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am 103 by the Libyan government. He left the CIA in 1991, since when he has been a consultant on global security events and intelligence issues for corporate and US government clients. He is often cited by U.S. media on these issues. Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to present) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal republic George W...

He has commented on the forged Niger "yellowcake" uranium documents [2], which attempted to link Iraq with nuclear weapons development, and on the related disclosure of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame. He was a charter signer of a letter to President Bush arguing for the enactment of a ban on torture by American officials. Powdered yellowcake in a drum Yellowcake (also known as urania and uranic oxide) is concentrated uranium oxide, obtained through the milling of uranium ore. ... For detail on the political scandal, see Plame affair Valerie Elise Plame Wilson (born April 19, 1963 in Anchorage, Alaska) was a United States Central Intelligence Agency officer, who was identified as a CIA operative in a newspaper column by Robert Novak on July 14, 2003. ...


  1. “Director of NSC Intelligence from 1984 to 1987, [Vincent] Cannistraro went on to serve as chief of operations for the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and to lead the CIA's investigation into the bombing of Pan Am 103...” -- From a PBS interview that may be read here:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/target/interviews/
  2. Ian Masters, "Who Forged the Niger Documents?", AlterNet, April 7, 2005 -- Edited transcript of interview with Cannistraro

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External links

  • About Vincent Cannistraro, Intelligence Brief -- Biography

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