Thursday, January 7, 2010

CIA Slain in Afghanistan: After CIA Agents Die in the Line of Duty Video

The CIA sometimes holds the names of their slain officers forever nameless, and sometimes the names of the dead are released. The families must deal with this reality after their loved one dies in the line of duty. After last week's suicide bombing resulting in the deaths of seven at Forward Operating Base Chapman on the Afghan/Pakistan border, we can be fairly certain the CIA will have little to nothing to say about the dead except to honor, remember and mourn their nameless service. See a video below.

 Harold E. Brown

 Scott Michael Roberson

Four families have released the names of their loved ones, and at least one of the families said the CIA okay' it:
Harold E. Brown, Jr., 37, Bolton, Massachusetts, stationed at Fairfax Station Virginia. A former Army reservist, left behind his wife and college sweetheart, Janet, and three children ages 12, 10 and 3. He was scheduled to return to the States in April. Brown graduated Nashoba Regional High School in 1990, and attended Mt. Wachusett Community College and George Washington University. He attended the Army's intelligence school.
Mr. Brown’s mother, Barbara, said in an interview that her son — she had believed he worked for the State Department — had intended to spend a year in Afghanistan, returning home in April. He did not relish the work, she said, and talked little about it.
Scott Michael Roberson, 39, Ohio: Formerly a narcotics detective in Atlanta, spent time in Kosovo with the UN. His wife is due to give birth to their first child. Roberson was new in the employ of the CIA as a security officer.
Postings on an online memorial site describe a hard-charging motorcyclist with a remarkable recall of episodes of “The Benny Hill Show.”
'He always said that if something happened to him, he would have no regrets,' his sister said. 'He was so proud of what he was doing.'
Jeremy Jason Wise, 35, Arkansas, and a former Navy Seal: left behind his wife and young son. He worked as a security officer for Xe Services (formerly Blackwater). See a Facebook memorial here.
Elizabeth Hanson, 31, Illinois, a 2001 graduate of Colby College
In a telephone interview, her father, Duane Hanson Jr., said an agency official called several days ago to let him know that his daughter, who he said would have turned 31 next month, had been killed. He knew little of her work, other than that she had been in Afghanistan. “I begged her not to go,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Do you know how dangerous that is? That’s for soldiers.’ ”
Ms. Hanson’s economics professor, Michael Donihue, said he was shocked to discover her career path. At Colby, from which she graduated in 2002, she paired her economics major with a minor in Russian language and literature.

“She was a thoughtful person; she had an intellectual curiosity that I really liked,” Professor Donihue said.
The Daily Beast has a very interesting article written by 60 Minutes' Howard L. Rosenberg. Rosenberg explains the CIA Memorial Wall and the Book of Honor and then profiles former CIA operative Henry "Hank" Crumpton. Crumpton appeared on 60 Minutes on December 27th. See a portion of that video below.

See this source for some of the individual profile information

Henry Crumpton, former CIA, on 60 Minutes (video)

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