|I thought I would first read Agent Fred Burton's first book Ghost, Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent to give me an idea of when his service to the U.S. began and what would cause him to be so interested in an Israeli attache, whose name and place of death might mean little to anyone else. And what better time to read this book about a Spook than the Halloween season. I want to critique some of the book below:
What I was looking for was information on what Peter Bergin called during my brothers service in 2000, the New Breed of DSS Agents of which he gave my brother credit for being part of by offering them his own experiences and training. The new breed came from dealing with the new threats of terrorist and their use of the jihad movement as a means of disrupting diplomacy and commercial activities that make our society what it is today.Former DSS Agent Fred Burton, who grew up working at his father's gas station at the corner of Arlington Road and Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland, after years of investigation has made his findings public in a new book Chasing Shadows, A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to bring a Cold War assassin to Justice, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.
His book investigates the murder of Col. Joseph Alon, an Israeli Air Force pilot assigned to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. Burton attributes the murder to the elements of the Black September movement who were responsible for the 1972 Munich killings of Israeli athletes.
Also of interest could be the release in September 2011 on DVD of Who Shot My Father, sponsored by IBA TV Channel 1, Israel. From what I have read it takes a different slant on the murder and points more toward it being a plot by American and Israeli intelligence but not in revenge for the 1968 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, killing over 30 U.S. sailors, but instead because Joe Alon had found a conspiracy between the American and Israeli officials, particularity Henry Kissinger and Moshe Dayan who was suspected by some to be an American Mole, and because Joe had also found America and Israel wanted to allow a strike by the Arabs just to see how America's latest-generation military hardware stacked up against the newest Soviet equipment that Egypt and Syria possessed.
Now, after finishing the book Chasing Shadows, Fred Burton details his exact steps leading him to the killer or killers of Joe Alon and I find it a most believable conclusion. Most plots such as this should not be considered relevant to the leaders of State such as Kissinger or Dayan and Mr. Burton says nothing to indicate that directly. He does allude to certain bureaus of the U.S. Government's reluctance to investigate with due diligence because of political pressures but direct involvement by our leaders was not indicated.
Again at this time I was living in the College Park, Maryland area, working for the U.S. Department of State and remember this killing. I left Tazewell in February 1972 in a small British Triumph after rebuilding it just the week before. I arrived in Rockville, Md where I resided for a short time with my brother and family before finding my first small room on Connecicut Ave., N.W., D.C. Upon hearing that an old classmate and football teammate, David Hill, had secured a job as a teacher in the Ag Department at the University of Maryland he and I decided to share an apartment in College Park and that was where I was when this tragedy took place.
Besides the book, which I have now read, I also hope to be able to order the DVD.
Emil W. Kontak and Robert D. Johnson, U.S. Passport Office, October 1972.
Sunday, October 23, 1983
For years I had tried to remember the man that sent me with an "Eyes Only" package in 1973 to the U.S. State Department's (7th) floor from 1425 "K" Street. While going through volumes of testimony to the Warren Commission I found his name. Henry F. Kupiec was one of the Passport Office Division Chief's (See Constitutional aspects of requisitioning). Of course I was at that time their top "supply clerk".
This trip took a special pass to reach the eighth floor of the State Department where I entered the executive suite and handed the package to then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's executive secretary. Funny how you remember trips like that. And I could have sworn that the people at the Passport Office referred to him as General and I seem to remember they called him Tony.
Henry F. Kupiec mentioned in the files of the Warren Commission Report:
Mr . Henry F . Kupiec - GS-13 Attorney- Advisor, Chief of the Branch and Miss Waterman's immediate supervisor . He has been employed by the Passport Office since 1946 .
Dovora believed that Joe Alon's refusal to allow his nation to face the peril of an Arab first strike prompted him to split with his Israeli superiors. With their plans, careers, and reputations in jeopardy, someone eliminated Joe and the threat he posed. Agent Burton goes in to detail the bitterness of the USAF after leaving Vietnam in late 1972 and how the USN Crusader pilot topgun program had "outgunned" the USAF causing "much bad blood" between the two branches of the military. (Ret USN LtCmdr Tommy Mariner could probably expand on this) Here Burton discounts the Dovora theory. The Americans needed the information and Soviet equipment the Israelis could provide. Killing a war hero while he was on assignment in the U.S. would have severed the growing relationship between the countries.
The National Security Archive - GW University
The October War and U.S. Policy
William Burr, editor