Seminar features ex-CIA official

Former inspector general to speak on intelligence reform


Past Event

Seminars at Steamboat

  • Thursday, July 26, 2007, 5 p.m.
  • Strings Music Festival, 900 Strings Road, (Corner of Mt. Werner Rd & Pine Grove Rd), Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free


— This week's installment of The Seminars at Steamboat will focus on the future of espionage in the U.S.

Speaker Fred Hitz, a former inspector general of the CIA, will deliver the seminar, "The Deceptive Nature of Intelligence Reform."

"People in Steamboat seem very interested in issues that relate to foreign affairs and certainly CIA issues relate to foreign policy," said Jane Stein, spokeswoman for the seminar series. "Fred Hitz will be in an excellent position to talk about this."

Hitz served as inspector general during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School and is the author of "The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage" and "Why Spy?" which will be published next year.

Hitz will speak on the rough times in the U.S. intelligence system as it faces widespread opposition to some of its tactics. Hitz believes practices at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will lead to reforms.

"It is only a matter of time before extraordinary renditions and secret prisons are explicitly outlawed for the CIA," Hitz has said. "The CIA will be the first to applaud. CIA officials do not like this seeming license to torture, directly or through surrogates, any more than their critics do."

Hitz also believes the CIA should relax its screening of Arab-Americans for positions within the agency.

"Our knowledge of the world's most potentially hostile cultures is desperately limited," Hitz said. "We have to find a way to bring more able Arab-Americans on board and not disqualify them simply because they have relatives still in the Middle East."

In addition to his expertise, Hitz was chosen for the seminar because he is a longtime friend of Linda and Charles Hamlin, part-time Steamboat residents, Stein said. Stein said while intelligence reform is a hot political issue, the seminar series aims for neutrality.

"Seminars are bipartisan," Stein said. "They do not take positions. They're educational."

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Bog 9 years, 10 months ago

Hope some younger (under 50) people will attend this session, last week's talk about terrorism looked like an AARP meeting. The tent was packed, but the only ones who seemed interested in the conversation were our older population. These are crucial issues to our country, so put off mountain biking for a day and become informed.

By the way, last week the speaker was asked, while signing books, who he felt was the best presidential candidate to handle the new foreign policy issues facing our country, and he claimed Bill Richardson, with Hillary number two and McCain the top Republican.


bcpow 9 years, 10 months ago

So by using the SBVOR prefer to win strategy we should elect rudy, mitt or some other pandering phony? Wait...what about fred the imitation neocon or newt the cheater. Let's win one for the gipper and get Jeb to join the race. Do you have a life away from a monitor?


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