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Deadly Masquerade: Is Political Assassination an Intelligence Task? (From Antiterrorist Initiatives, P 3-20, 1989, John B Wolf -- See NCJ-118499)

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J B Wolf
Date Published
18 pages
This chapter examines the assassination tactics used by the intelligence agencies of the Soviet Union and its allies and reviews the official policy of the U.S. Government regarding covert assassination operations, followed by an assessment of the need for the United States to adopt proactive measures against terrorists.
In portraying Soviety-style assassinations, with reference to completed and attempted killings, the chapter notes the tactic of using people indigenous to the area of operations as surrogates to mask the KGB's role. Its murders involve the killing of the victim and the elimination of the hired assassin. Specific instances of this tactic are cited, including the use of the Bulgarian secret police in the attempt to assassinate the Pope and the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs. Propaganda cover-ups and disinformation are also cited as tactics in masking Soviet-sponsored assassinations. The chapter notes that although the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in planning an assortment of "executive actions" in the 1960's and 1970's, both the legislative and executive branches of government have mandated a policy of prohibition against assassinations by any government employee acting on behalf of the United States. Regarding proactive antiterrorist policy, the chapter advises that it is necessary for the United States to build into its defense structure the safeguards needed to protect basic freedoms. Properly managed covert operations must be part of any repertoire of necessary safeguards. 23 notes.


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