Patrick G. Eddington
Patrick G. Eddington, is a member of the steering committee of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), which was formed in January 2003.
In September 2000, the National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) announced that Eddington, "a former CIA military analyst, author, and frequent television commentator," had been selected as the Center's new Executive Director. Eddington "spent eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard in both enlisted and commissioned service. His first book, Gassed in the Gulf, remains the most comprehensive published account of the Gulf War chemical controversy." Eddington no longer serves in this capacity.
The following was copied from Eddington's biography found on his web site www.pgeddington.com:
"Patrick G. Eddington was an award-winning military imagery analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency's National Photographic Interpretation Center for almost nine years. He received numerous accolades for his analytical work, including letters of commendation from the Joint Special Operations Command, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the CIA's Office of Military Affairs.
"During his tenure at CIA, Eddington worked a wide range of intelligence issues. His analytical assignments included monitoring the break-up of the former Soviet Union; providing military assessments to policy makers on Iraqi and Iranian conventional forces; and coordinating the CIA's military targeting support to NATO during Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia in 1995.
"Eddington received his undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985. While at the CIA, Eddington took a one-year sabbatical to attend Georgetown University, earning a master's degree in National Security Studies. Eddington spent eleven years in the U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard in both enlisted and commissioned service.
"Currently, Eddington serves as a lobbyist for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Eddington's opinion pieces have appeared in a number of publications, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Army Times, among others. Eddington is a frequent commentator on national security issues for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, SKYNews, CNN, and other domestic and international television networks. His first book, Gassed in the Gulf, was featured on the September 20, 1997 edition of CSPAN's "About Books" program.
"Eddington is a member of the Authors Guild and the Sierra Club. He also serves on the board of directors of the James Madison Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy organization focusing on 1st Amendment issues as they relate to national defense, foreign affairs, intelligence, and veterans policy. He and his wife Robin live in Alexandria, Virginia."
The following is from a Real History Archives web article:
"Patrick Eddington, former CIA analyst, together with his wife, also a former CIA analyst, quit the CIA when they found that the veterans were not being given the full truth about what was known about the probabilities and effects of exposure to chemical and biological agents during the Gulf War.
- Quoting from an AP story that ran in Newsday, 10-31-1996, pp A18:
- Washington - Records of U.S. military units deployed in the Persian Gulf war contain abundant evidence of exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons, a former CIA analyst said yesterday. He accused the Pentagon and CIA of engaging in "a pattern of deception and denial."
- "There's no way you can even begin to get a complete picture of what happened over there unless and until they declassify every single unit log," said Patrick Eddington, who resigned from the CIA earlier this year.
- During the 1991 gulf war, Eddington analyzed satellite photos of Iraqi troop movements. Later, he and his wife, Robin, also a CIA analyst, began collecting information about the possible use of chemical weapons during that conflict. Robin Eddington also resigned from the CIA this year. ...
- Eddington said in an interview that logs of the 101st Airborne Division from January, 1991, showed that during a period of two or three hours, "one unit repeatedly detected chemical agents." He also said top Pentagon officials including Defense Secretary William Perry and Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, falsely denied the existence of evidence of U.S. forces' exposure to chemical agents during the conflict with Iraq.
- Eddington alleged a government cover-up in a letter published by The Washington Times on Dec. 7, 1994. He elaborated on his accusations in an interview published yesterday in The New York Times.
Article also includes Jim Hargrove's Summary of Veterans' and Eddington's Testimony December 11, 1996, before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Gulf War Illnesses chaired by Rep. Christopher Shays.
Other Related SourceWatch Resources
- John Catalinotto, Gulf War Syndrome: Does exposé of CIA hide real story?, Workers World News, November 14, 1996.
- Testimony of Vietnam Veterans of America Presented by Patrick Eddington, Associate Director, Government Relations, Before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Regarding H.R. 3423 To amend the United States Code, to enact into law eligibility of certain veterans for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, December 13, 2001.
- Thomas G. Whittle & Linda Amato, Ill Wind - Desert Storm Blows Back with a Fury. As another Middle East conflict dies down, veterans and doctors say the previous round's biowarfare casualties remain mysteriously ignored, published by the Church of Scientology International, 2003.