Near East Operations #25 – Lieutenant “Quiet”

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Overview

This CIA declassified document was recovered from the internet archive. It was declassified in 2004.

This document is titled Near East 25. It is from:

Signatures – represented as “s” on this document.

  • s [signed] – S.B. L. Penrose
    Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr.
    Chief, Near East desk.
  •  “Approved except for the sergeant
    s [signed] /V. Lada Mocarski
    V. Lada Mocarski
    Lt. Col., AUS
    Chief, SI.
  • Authorized
    By s [signed] / J.E. Toulmin Executive Officer

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From the document – the main ideas:

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“By arrangement with Mr. Wadsworth, American Minister in Beirut, Lieut. “Quiet” is being sent to make his headquarters in Damascus as a “military observer” of the Syrian scene. He will report directly to the Near East desk and will rank as regular field agent.
It is expected that Lt. Quiet will operate on a roving comission, making Damascus the center of his operations but travelling occasionally to Beirut, where he will be in touch with some of our other representatives and with Mr. Wadsworth, and north to the district of Aleppo, Homa and Hama. Because of his mobility he will require a car, and because of his “official” position he should have an enlisted man with him who can serve as driver and general assistant. For the present it is intended to send a sergeant along with Lt. Quiet because of his knowledge of the language. Later it may be possible to replace the sergeant with a man now in view in the States, but presently unavailable because of attendance at one of the Army language schools.”

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Document details

DATE: October 21, 1943

CIA #

NAMES (or titles) mentioned:

  • Lieutenant Quiet – possibly Daniel C. Dennett Jr. (see below)
  • Mr. Wadsworth – George Wadsworth, American minister in Beirut
  • Unnamed Sergeant – there to assist Lieutenant “Quiet” as translator.
  • Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr. – Chief, Near East desk. Full name – Stephen Beasley Linnard Penrose, Jr.
  • V. Lada Mocarski – Lt. Col., AUS, Chief, SI. (Special Intelligence) –
  • John Edwin Toulmin – the new head of OSS Cairo – listed as “executive officer” – for more on Toulmin see this CIA document page.

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I believe I may have figured out who this “Lieutenant “Quiet”‘ was.

  • If anyone has any information to the contrary, or that supports this further, please contact us through the comments section.

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Daniel Clement Dennett, Jr. is listed on the OSS Personnel List.  In a Wikipedia entry on his son, it discussed that he (the son) spent part of his childhood in Lebanon, where, during World War II, his father was a covert counter-intelligence agent with the Office of Strategic Services posing as a cultural attaché to the American Embassy in Beirut.

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Daniel Dennett Jr..

That pretty much exactly describes our person here in this document, whom is code-named Lieutenant “Quiet”, other than that this document calls him a “military observer” as a cover, versus “cultural attache'” – but that perhaps is simply semantics, or maybe not. We’ll see.

Let’s go with this though – for now.

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Even if this isn’t “Lieutenant Quiet” –

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This man Dennett is directly connected and involved in the exact same area of the OSS and at the exact same time.

I think the fact that he was killed for what he knew (and that usually means the person knows something the British Slavemasters don’t want them to know) earns him a place here in our CIA document reading library.

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In the spring of 1944, Dennett went to Beirut as the OSS chief of the X-2 (counterintelligence) mission, serving in that position through the war’s end and continuing as the representative in Beirut of the Strategic Services Unit, the successor organization of OSS. In mid-1946, Dennett was made the head of operations in Beirut, and he remained in that position when the SSU organization in Beirut was reorganized under the new Central Intelligence Group, the immediate predecessor of CIA.

Per Feuer, Alan (2007-10-23), “A Dead Spy, a Daughter’s Questions and the C.I.A”, New York Times, his daughter began investigating his background, and was running into roadblocks from the CIA in handing over documents to her.

…he was a Harvard graduate with a major in Islamic studies [ while teaching at the American University of Beirut in the early 1930’s]  who, in 1943, was posted as a cultural attaché to the American Embassy in Beirut as World War II raged. In fact, court papers say, he was a covert agent for the Office of Strategic Services and later for the Central Intelligence Group, two early versions of the C.I.A.

On March 23, 1947, The New York Times reported Mr. Dennett’s death in a story with the headline “U.S. Plane Crashes in Ethiopia; 6 Dead.”

After taking off from Jidda, Saudi Arabia, his C-47 transport crashed “in a mountainous, desolate area” between Asmara and Addis Ababa, killing Mr. Dennett, the pilot, three soldiers and the State Department’s “petroleum attaché” from Cairo. The crash occurred in a region so remote that “native runners” had to bring word of the accident to the nearest town, the paper said.

…she [Charlotte Dennett] had always heard stories, usually in whispers, that the crash was sabotage. Her father’s best friend had always said it. So did a former spy she said she met one day with the help of the government archivists.

“When I told him who I was he said, ‘Oh, Dan Dennett, what a loss.’ Then he said: ‘Of course, I know about the plane crash. We always thought it was sabotage but couldn’t prove it.’”

…Requests for information were filed and then denied. Six years passed in the back-and-forth. In 2005, with what she said was reluctance, Ms. Dennett sued the C.I.A. to obtain the entirety of her father’s secret file.

Within a year, Judge J. Garvan Murtha of Federal District Court in Brattleboro ruled against her, quoting the C.I.A.’s information review officer who said, in papers, that the agency had withheld the file to “prevent disclosure of intelligence methods” — even 60 years after the fact.

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Quote from Charlotte Dennett –

In the Middle East, both Arabs and Jews have been screwed and set against each other — for oil,” says Dennett. “Once you get into pipelines, the whole world starts to look different.

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Indeed it does.

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Charlotte’s Father, Daniel Dennett Jr., and the crashed plane.

Dennett_left_-_his_crashed_plan_(right)

In a weird convergence, the decision against Ms. Dennett actually cited a Church of Scientology Vs. the NSA case. [Founding Church of Scientology v National Security Agency, 610 F.2d 824,836 (D.C. Cir 1979)  ]  I have always suspected that particular case was a show case utilizing CIA pet dog Scientology in order to block access to CIA documents under the FOIA.

You can see documents from Dennett’s case here.

Document #28 is particularly interesting, and I have uploaded it here for your perusal.

PDF – charlotte dennett versus CIA

It mentions that Ms. Dennett had discovered that the CIA had coded her father as HG/1 and HG/001 “and his code name was Carat.” He was also designated X2 – the highest level of espionage.

It also mentions that one of the people that Dennett reported to, was Wadsworth. Again, exactly like our document here.

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Dennett_wadsworth_beirut

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Note that this document is only a couple of weeks after this proposal document here that we are examining.

87-year-old John Taylor, a legendary archivist specializing in intelligence at the National Archives who assisted Dennett in her research, says:

The CIA is very reluctant to release anything on the Middle East regardless of date. It’s not clear to me why, especially since these records are from the 1940s.

Among his projects, his daughter says, were weakening French influence in Lebanon and tracking Soviet penetration in the region, as well as a secret effort to determine the route of an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean. “Oil from Saudi Arabia was a great prize, and the overland route that was going to be chosen had huge political implications,” his daughter says.

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Oil?

Why am I not surprised.

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The first beginnings of abuse and manipulation of Middle Eastern peoples came about over something fairly mundane in the larger scheme of the British Slavemasters – OIL.

Control of oil in the Middle East, and the resulting control over economies, personal fortunes and survival of the soon-to-be gasoline hungry United States and Britain, was of paramount importance to the Brits. As far back as 1916, Britain made a deal with France called the Sykes-Picot agreement to “divide” the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Reason?

It controlled most of the Middle East.

Under this “deal”, Iraq was within the British sphere and when Middle Eastern borders were finalized in 1920 under the League of Nations, Britain came very close to threatening war with France to keep oil-rich Iraq under its control. They installed a “compliant” government, with extremely brutal methods used (such as poison gas first pioneered by Winston Churchill) to put down Arab and Kurdish uprisings. Who, quite naturally, didn’t quite see why the Brits had ANY rights whatsoever to rule or control them or where they lived.

Britains interest in manipulating the Desert Tribes, as are the subject of this particular OSS operational document, goes back this far. In fact, the first “King” installed, King Faisal Ibn Hussein was of the same Hashemite dynasty that still rules Jordan. The Hashemites were a tribe from the Arabian desert which Britain “groomed” for power.

The Iraq Petroleum Company under Faisal’s reign, paid only pennies for each barrel of oil.

PENNIES!! And what were we charged? Exactly.

The company was a joint British-American venture, whose major partners were British Petroleum, Standard Oil of New Jersey (today Exxon) and Shell.  Bechtel of San Francisco was called in to build the oilfields in the 1950s.

This was the beginning of United States interest in Iraq, which really means a few British pawns over here got used in yet another of the Brits rule-the-world schemes. This should not ever be viewed as a reflection of the United States as a whole – however much the Brits love to rally the “world” to point fingers at “America as the cause.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Brits, and their bastard step-child of the OSS, were forever finding what they considered naïve and malleable peoples to use in their quest for power, OR (and in some cases even better) someone that is as corrupt and hateful as they are.

After World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the three provinces (vilayets) of Ottoman Iraq came under the control of the United Kingdom. Under British occupation, the people rebelled and Iraq showed itself a hard land to govern. In order to establish a pro-British client regime, a dynasty of Hashemite kings from Saudi Arabia was established, beginning with Faisal I who was the son of Hussein bin Ali. As a family originating in the Hejaz, the House of Hashim was foreign to Iraq. The British Government appointed them as Iraq’s royal family after a rigged plebiscite.* The Hashemites were largely opposed by the majority Iraqi Shi’is and Kurds.

*Plebiscite – The direct vote of all the members of an electorate.

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For much more on these nasty New World Order people connections to the Middle East, Please see Near East Operations – Iraq – Medical Research on Desert Tribes – OSS Agent Dr. Hans Hoff.

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Now, about this Wadsworth guy – that is George Wadsworth, originally trained as a chemical engineer. A fact, that probably came in handy later in his “diplomatic” position in the oil-rich Middle East.

In 1922, the League of Nations granted a mandate over Syria and Lebanon to France. On September 15, 1941, Syria proclaimed its independence, with the approval of free French authorities. One year later, on October 9, 1942, George Wadsworth became the first U.S. diplomat accredited to Syria. He held the rank of diplomatic agent and consul general. He was also accredited to Lebanon and, in fact, resided in Beirut. In December of that year, an U.S. Legation and Consular Office was established in Damascus.

  • Source: Office of the Historian, Department of State, Washington, D.C.

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Some pics – including Colonel Frank Derouin, the first military attache’ to Lebanon.

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wadsworth at the palace gates plus frank derouin“Syrian Military Band playing The Star-Spangled Banner in honor of American envoy Wadsworth. George Wadsworth U.S. diplomatic agent at the entrance of the Syrian presidential palace reviewing the Syrian honor guards in their french-style uniforms on Dec 1st, 1942 to present his credentials to the prime minister Ulchi. To the right of M. Wadsworth is Mr. Faiz Bey elkhoury the Syrian foreign minister. Between the two groups, is Col. Frank Derouin saluting.”

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george wadsworth presenting credentials november 19 1942

George Wadsworth, the first U.S. diplomatic agent presenting his credentials to president Naccach of Lebanon on Nov 19, 1942. Between them is Philip Boulos the Lebanese foreign minister. Col. Frank Derouin (wearing military uniform) the first U.S. military attache to Syria and Lebanon is the second man behind Wadsworth.

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whitman, general pat hurley george wadsworth

Brigadier General Patrick Hurley, the American President’s representative, at Beirut Airport on Sat. 3rd. of April 1943. General Hurley is seen shaking hands with Col. Frank Derouin, the American Military Attache, behind Hurley is Mr. Witman, Secretary of the American Legation. To Hurley’s left is George Wadsworth, the American Diplomatic Agent to Syria and Lebanon.

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Next – let’s see who Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr. – the Chief of theNear East desk is.

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Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr.

Stephen_Beasley_Linnard_Penrose,_Jr._.

Stephen Beasley Linnard Penrose, Jr. was born on March 19, 1908 in Walla Walla, Washington. He graduated from Whitman College with a BA, and came to AUB where he was taught physics from 1928 to 1931. He then returned to the US and enrolled at Columbia University, receiving a PhD in philosophy in 1934.

At the time of his death, Penrose was America’s best-known advocate of Palestinian statehood. “America’s stake in the Middle East is fundamentally the possibility of losing World War III before a shot has been fired,” he warned an audience at the Delmonico Hotel in New York in January 1951. Two years later, in May 1953, Penrose testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East that, “It is no exaggeration to say that upon the solution to the problem of Palestine rests not only the peace of the Middle East but very possibly of the entire world . . . The refugee problem is a psychological one and should not be attacked on a purely statistical basis.”

Penrose was the youngest son of Whitman College’s president from 1894-1934, Stephen B.L. Penrose, Sr., and Mary Shipman Penrose. Penrose, or “Binks,” was born and grew up on the Whitman campus and graduated magna cum laude from that college in 1928, majoring in Greek and chemistry.

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Stephen_B.L._Penrose_and_his_parents_-_school_days.

Yet another chemistry major sent to the Middle East – again, I think we’re dealing with OIL.

Now this is also an interesting point, here’s a guy who was also at the same American University Beirut as OSS X2 agent Dennett was, and Penrose was literally one of his superiors as the Chief of the Near East Desk of the OSS, and not a single mention of that in an online biography found here. That’s not some minor position – and he is also fully noted on the OSS Personnel List here.

One could hope that was because whoever did it, didn’t know or worse – it could very well be what that well-known archive investigator pointed out, that they are still covering up the Middle Eastern intelligence actions.

This online biography does a better job, but still doesn’t quite hit-the-nail-on-the-head as to his actual position within the OSS.

After World War II broke out, Penrose joined the Office of Strategic Services and went to Cairo, where many of those he recruited to work for him had been his teaching colleagues in Beirut a decade earlier. He added Arabic to his language arsenal. He returned to Washington, D.C. as Deputy Chief of Secret Intelligence, and later became chief. This endeavor transferred him to the European theater and when the war was over, he was decorated by the Dutch and Polish governments and received the Bronze Star from the United States.

Penrose –

1942-1945

Special Assistant, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Washington, D.C. and Cairo, Egypt: first as Deputy Chief of Secret Intelligence Middle East, and later Chief of Secret Intelligence Middle East.
The proper name is as this document has it: Chief, Near East desk.

With his superiors being Mocarski and Toulmin, in that order.

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But, do note this line –

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many of those he recruited to work for him had been his teaching colleagues in Beirut…

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Like Daniel Dennett – for example.

Remember, one of his projects, undoubtedly tasked by Penrose, was:

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a secret effort to determine the route of an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean.

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See why we keep getting these chemists in the Middle East – who also just happen to end up in the OSS?

Which in turn, is currently headed by Toulmin, a banker with heavy ties to Standard Oil and (perhaps even more importantly) the British counterpart Oil companies there.

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Other Images and People

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Colonel Valerian “Vala” Lada Mocarski

Valerian_Lada-Mocarski

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Images and PDF files

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For those who don’t know – OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and when that is done on images, it makes it so you can search the images for certain words or phrases that you are looking for.

Here is an OCR’d PDF file of all the pages of this document.

  • No PDF – because it is only a one page document.

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Following are the individual images of the document, for those who prefer to look at them that way.

(click to enlarge)

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