Larry Johnson

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Larry C. Johnson, according to his web site, The Business Exposure Reduction Group (BERG), is "CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international business-consulting firm that helps multinational corporations and financial institutions identify strategic opportunities, manage risks, and counter threats posed by terrorism and money laundering."

"Mr. Johnson, who worked previously with the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department's Office of Counter Terrorism, is a recognized expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, crisis and risk management.

"Mr. Johnson's experience includes:

  • Identifying business opportunities and conducting due diligence for multinational corporations with operations in Europe and Latin America.
  • Advising money center banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies on business opportunities, compliance programs, and exchange risks in Latin America and Europe.
  • Investigating financial crimes and product counterfeiting for corporations with international operations.
  • Designing terrorism war games to test US military readiness and civilian consequence management capabilities.
  • Assessing terrorist threats and recommending counter measures for multi-national corporations, government and non-profit business, academic, and social entities.
  • Designing, evaluating, and implementing technologies and security measures and for security related companies, airlines, airports, and government entities.
  • Evaluating database systems for the private sector and governments for tracking chemical and biological terrorist threats.

"Mr. Johnson has analyzed terrorist incidents for a variety of media including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, ABC's Nightline, NBC's Today Show, the New York Times, CNN and the BBC. Mr. Johnson has authored several articles for publications, including Security Management Magazine, the New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He has lectured on terrorism and aviation security around the world, including the Center for Research and Strategic Studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He represented the U.S. Government at the July 1996 OSCE Terrorism Conference in Vienna, Austria.

"From 1989 until October 1993, Larry Johnson served as a Deputy Director in the U.S. State Department's Office of Counter Terrorism. He managed crisis response operations for terrorist incidents throughout the world and he helped organize and direct the US Government's debriefing of US citizens held in Kuwait and Iraq, which provided vital intelligence on Iraqi operations following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Mr. Johnson also participated in the investigation of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103. Under Mr. Johnson's leadership the U.S. airlines and pilots agreed to match the US Government's two million-dollar reward.

"From 1985 through September 1989 Mr. Johnson worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of Operations, served in the CIA's Operation's Center, and established himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence. In his final year with the CIA he received two Exceptional Performance Awards.

"Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security. He taught at The American University's School of International Service (1979-1983) while working on a Ph.D. in political science. He has a M.S. degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri (1978), where he also received his B.S. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1976."

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External links

  • No Quarter, Larry Johnson's personal blog
  • Larry Johnson's posts at TPM Cafe
  • Valerie Plame Undercover Since She was 10 years old?,, October 1, 2003: "Former CIA agent Larry Johnson told PBS's The News Hour last night that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, had been operating undercover for 'three decades.' ... The Washington Post, however, says that Ms. Plame is an attractive, slim blonde with film star looks who happens to be just 40 years old. ... If both accounts are true, that means Plame was placed undercover by the CIA when she was just 10 years old. ... Either Mr. Wilson has been caught fibbing again, this time about his wife's age, or Mr. Johnson needs to update his chronology." News story also covered at the Drudge Report.
  • Justin Raimondo, Cheney Chief-of-Staff Named as Spy-gate Leaker,, October 2, 2003: "MSNBC'S Buchanan & Press scored a major scoop on Wednesday, all but unmasking the high government official who 'outed' a CIA operative via a July 14 column by Robert Novak. Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst who worked with Valerie Plame, the reported agent, all but identified I. Lewis Scooter Libby as the government official who outed her - and at least one other in the Vice President's office."