I was interviewed for another article in Circa: The Justice Department, Department of State and Government Accountability Office are looking into three employees affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) after they were featured in a secretly recorded sting video. The video purports to show the employees may have committed ethics violations or used […]
About Author Raymond J. Batvinis, PhD Ph.D., American History, The Catholic University of America, 2002 M.A., History, The Catholic University … [Continue Reading]
Chapter One from Hoover's Secret War against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage during World War II by Raymond J. Batvinis A Remarkable … [Continue Reading]
The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence By Raymond J. Batvinis, PhD Hardcover published in 2007 - Cloth ISBN 978-0-7006-1495-0 Paperback published … [Continue Reading]
Chapter One from "The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence" by Raymond J. Batvinis Rumrich He was a US Army deserter when he was arrested on … [Continue Reading]
Hoover’s Secret War Against Axis Spies FBI Counterespionage During World War II By Raymond J. Batvinis April 2014 312 pages, 24 … [Continue Reading]
Read Chapter One – 2nd Book
Read the first chapter of Hoover's Secret War Against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage During World War II, which tells the story of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's moment-by-moment weekend when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Read More
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A welcome addition to the literature on both the FBI and the World War II era, Batvinis’s book provides new information about how FBI counterintelligence and counterespionage operations against Nazi Germany during World War II transformed the FBI’s culture and capabilities.
A richly detailed account of the FBI’s response to the world crisis of the 1930s and 1940s that overturns much accepted ‘wisdom’ about FBI intelligence failures and turf battles. Batvinis stays close to his sources while telling an engrossing story that should become the new standard account of FBI counterintelligence. A stimulating and fascinating work.
Raymond Batvinis recounts equally thrilling stories of international intrigue as the FBI, working alongside other US government elements and allies, sought to overcome Germany’s efforts to disrupt and defeat its war effort in the US before and during the war. They will transfix the reader to the book’s pages much as the writings of the great spy novelists. However, unlike the novelists’ works, Batvinis’ accounts are not amusements, but discussions of real cases of a struggle between …
This is a monumental book, breaking new ground in the field of secret intelligence. I strongly suspect Batvinis will write a third book, covering the early years of the Cold War. When complete, that body of work should stand alongside Rick Atkinson’s Liberation trilogy as an essential source for anyone interested in America’s soldiers and spies.
Hoover’s Secret War offers fascinating details about FBI espionage and counter-espionage operations during a deadly period in modern history.
Mr. Batvinis’ book is a splendid account of the FBI’s contribution to victory in World War II. Five cloaks, five daggers.
Hoover’s Secret War goes beyond solid scholarship and provides an eminently readable, richly detailed narrative, which allows the reader to see the war through the eyes of counterespionage in the Allies’ camp. This book a must-read for both fledgling or old-hand intelligence professionals.
A strong and compelling book on the FBI’s pre-World War II transformation.
Raymond Batvinis recounts this FBI history with the insight of someone who has himself been in the game. An important contribution to the literature.
FBI in Moscow
Read about FBI Agent Louis Beck who was sent undercover to the US Embassy in Moscow during WW2 to assess the security situation in the embassy. What he found was shockingly lax security attitudes that allowed the Soviet NKVD control of the place -- and of secret US codes. Read More
FBI in Honolulu
Relive the hour-to-hour experiences of the FBI field office in Honolulu as they respond to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Read More
Future of FBI CI
Read The Future of FBI Counterintelligence Through the Lens of the Past Hundred Years, an essay by Ray Batvinis which was published in The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence.
FBI Studies Blog Posts
One morning the lives of two men tragically intersected leaving one of them dead four days later and the other facing a lifetime in prison. The date was April 29, 1992. Sydney Reso was the victim. A fifty-seven-year-old father of five and a vice president for international affairs with the Exxon Oil Company, the Louisiana […]
I was interviewed for an article in Circa: Plagued by leaks, President Donald Trump will be asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into the author of the anonymous opinion piece published Wednesday by the New York Times. Citing national security concerns, Trump said Friday that Sessions “should be investigating who the author of […]
The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General today released their report on various actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in advance of the 2016 election. A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election (pdf)
Given the controversy in our country today over Civil War related Confederate statues and monuments I thought you might find this article interesting. I was fortunate enough to help the author, Dan Jackson, by offering some background on the Nazi Bund movement in the United States before the Second World War. Monument Placed by Nazis […]
Two months ago New York governor Andrew Cuomo placed the FBI’s top secret World War II Wading River Radio Station on the New York State Register of Historic Places. I am thrilled to report that on May 4, 2018 the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service followed suit by listing it on National […]
I was interviewed along with other former FBI Special Agents by Circa National Politics Reporter Leandra Bernstein for this article: Did the FBI spy on the Trump campaign? (Circa) On Monday, President Donald Trump met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the president demanded an investigation into whether his […]
This op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal and below is my response to it. RAYMOND BATVINIS, PhD RESPONSE: I am writing in response to Professor Justin Walkers editorial entitled The FBI Was Dangerous When It Was Independent published in The Wall Street Journal on March 26, 2018. I’ll start with Walker’s assertion that […]
Given the gravity of the controversy swirling around the Trump/Comey private Trump Towers and White House meetings and Comey’s recently published book “A Higher Loyalty” I am posting James Comey’s memos recounting those conversations. Right now they are the best evidence of what occurred. They’re critical for both prosecutors, the president’s lawyers and generations of […]
April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the FBI’s largest manhunt for James Earl Ray, killer of Martin Luther King, Jr. This article by Susan E. Lloyd (FBI 1979-2004) was published in the April 2018 issue of The Grapevine, a publication of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. Because of the breadth of […]
It was one of the largest criminal investigations in the history of the bureau, no question. I was interviewed by ABC News on the FBI’s hunt for James Earl Ray: Inside The International Manhunt For Martin Luther King Jr.’s Killer (ABC News) Thousands of FBI agents spent months hunting down every lead looking for Martin […]
The FBI’s legal attache in London during World War II received espionage, counterespionage and intelligence decrypts of ULTRA messages which were then sent to the FBI offices in America as leads. The FBI’s codename for these messages was called OSTRICH. I explain more about these files in this short video: FILES OSTRICH File 1 .pdf […]
HPSCI memo released to the public on 2 February 2018: HPSCI Memo: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (pdf) HPSCI minority memo: Correcting the Record–The Russian Investigations (pdf)
Over the next few months I’ll be posting various FBI files that researchers of FBI World War II investigations and activities may find useful. The first in the series is the complete Index (OF10b) of FBI reports that J. Edgar Hoover sent to the White House from September 1, 1939 until President Roosevelt’s death on […]
I wrote this FBI history article which appeared in the October/November 2017 issue of The Grapevine, published by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. – November 16, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the FBI Legal Attaché Office in wartime London by a 28-year-old Special Agent named Arthur Thurston. It […]