Alex Gibney’s ‘The Agent’ — CIA, FBI, and Pre-9/11 Interagency Woes Now on Video

Posted: 3:10 am EDT
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The New Yorker recently launched its new video series for Amazon Video with Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Looming Tower, Ali Soufan, Former FBI Special Agent and author of The Black Banners and others discuss what the CIA knew about the 9/11 hijackers—before 9/11. The Wright piece is an old one from 2006, but the video is new, brief and concise.  The film includes ex-CIA M. Scheuer who said something particularly shocking  (mark 10:26) about FBI agent John O’Neill during a post – 9/11 congressional hearing. O’Neill was among the 2,753 who died on 9/11 at the World Trade Center site. We’re posting this here for that sobering part, when interagency cooperation goes exceptionally wrong. The embed video is a little buggy, if you have issues watching it, you can also see it here or available to stream here via Amazon.






Photo of the Day: Searching for Soviet listening devices in a chimney at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow

Posted: 1:40 am EDT
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June 1978:  An SY security engineer searches for additional Soviet listening devices in a chimney at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, after recovering an antenna system hidden there by the Soviets. (Source: State/DS Records)

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To read more about the listening devices  that were placed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, also see The Great Seal Bug via



@StateDept Awards Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) 2 Contracts

Posted: 1:25 am EDT
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The U.S. Department of State recently awarded multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity type contracts (IDIQ) to multiple U.S. firms providing security services. The fedbiz announcement says that contract types for individual task orders will vary and selected in accordance with FAR 16.104.

This IDIQ will satisfy anticipated and unanticipated armed personal protective, static guard and team based emergency response security services requirements worldwide. The IDIQ focuses primarily on DOS requirements in high threat areas. The anticipated period of performance is one year with four one-year option periods (to be exercised at the sole discretion of the Government) and the maximum ceiling amount on this IDIQ contract is expected to be $10.2 billion dollars.

The contract SAQMMA15R0282 was awarded to the following contractors on February 12, 2016 but posted on FedBiz on Feb 24, 2016 :

1. Aegis Defense Services LLC SAQMMA16D0042
1760 Old Meadow Road; Suite 400
McClean, VA 22102
2. Chenega Patriot Group LLC SAQMMA16D0043
3000 C Street; Suite 301
Anchorage, AK 99503
3. GardaWorld Government Services Inc. SAQMMA16D0044
1101 Wilson Blvd; Suite 1750
Arlington, VA 22209-2277
4. Sallyport Global Holdings Inc. SAQMMA16D0045
3601 Eisenhower Avenue; Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22304-6426
15002 Northridge Dr; Suite 100
Chantilly, VA 20151-3850
6. Sterling Operations Inc. SAQMMA16D0047
2229 Old Hwy 95
Lenoir City, TN 37771-6747
7. Triple Canopy Inc. SAQMMA16D0048
12018 Sunrise Valley Drive; Suite 140
Reston, VA 20191-3444