William Christison, of Sante Fe, NM, is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst. Until the announcement of his resignation on July 15, 2003, he was a member of the steering committee of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
In a January 23, 2002, letter to President George Walker Bush asking "Military Leaders, Diplomats, Academics Urge President Bush Not to Extend Military Action to Iraq," Christison identified himself as a "former National Intelligence Officer and principle adviser to the Director on specialized areas, Central Intelligence Agency."
In an April 10, 2002, interview on "Globalization and The Root Causes of Terrorism" posted online by The Freedom of Information Center, Christison identifies himself as "a Former CIA Director, Office of Regional and Political Analysis."
- "Christison joined the CIA in 1950 and has served the CIA for over 28 years working in the analytical side of the Agency. He was a former analyst on Soviet affairs early in his career, and later served in both Germany and Vietnam. In the 1960s, he worked on the global nuclear proliferation problem, with particular emphasis on France, Israel, India, and Pakistan. In the 1970s, he served as a National Intelligence Officer and as a principal advisor to the director of Central Intelligence for Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa. In his final position, he was the director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis, an office overseeing 200 persons with experts on all nations, regions, and global problems of the world. In this position he developed an abiding interest in global and supranational problems. He retired in 1979. For the last decade, Christison has focused his research on the root causes of terrorism and the U.S. drive for global political and economic hegemony."
Other Related SourceWatch Resources
- From Iraq to the Occupied Territories: Counting the Cost of America's Middle East Policy, Report from a Palestine Center briefing by William and Kathleen Christison, April 18, 2003.
- Kathleen and Bill Christison, Why We Resigned from VIPS. It's About Policies, Not Personalities, CounterPunch, July 15, 2003.
- Kathleen and Bill Christison, The Pervasive Fear of Talking About the Israeli Connection, CounterPunch, 14 December 2003
- Kathleen and Bill Christison, A Rose By Another Other Name; The Bush Administration's Dual Loyalties, CounterPunch, 13 December 2002