Former CIA Agent Tells of Ronald Reagan's Security Apparatus

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Former CIA Agent Tells of Ronald Reagan's Security Apparatus
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:40:57 AM »
Former CIA agent Barry Kelly of Pawleys Island spoke at a recent Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet luncheon about espionage. He also gave a glimpse of the workings of President Ronald Reagan's security apparatus. Rotary President Eric Gray introduced Kelly at the Inlet Sports Lodge, Tuesday, Oct. 16. Kelly explained how he was on the National Security Staff as a special assistant to President Reagan after his retirement from CIA and in the last two years of Reagan's administration. Kelly chaired weekly meetings of the top counter-terrorism committee in the government. Kelly's 26 years of government experience included volunteering to CIA deep cover operations Vietnam. He commented on the killing of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi. Terrorists with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed the consulate and set it on fire, according to Libyan officials.

Kelly said briefings about such an incident would have been taken directly to President. "Never what party, Democrat or Republican," he said. "That's just the way it will happen. There is a daily Daily Presidential Briefing that goes to Cabinet members, the President and the National Security Advisor. They are fully briefed. No matter what."

"It looks to me that Hillary Clinton is being thrown under the bus and being blamed for it. She hasn't been seen for a while. With Ambassador's Peace Corps background, CIA personnel aren't the first people tthey ask for military support." "With less than 10 people to cover a 200 to 300-foot perimeter, once intruders are inside the compound, there was no backup defense," he said. "Would Reagan take action right away? Yes, but the Reagan's advisors who surrounded him were very conservative."

"Even with the advisor's cautionary stance, the Reagan Administration would have gotten in there and salvaged something," he said. "Reagan once told me he wanted Americans to be able to walk down any street in the world and be safe. 'Mr. President,' I said, 'We can't do that now in Washington DC'." Barry Kelly has had a lifelong interest in martial arts. He holds a first dan black belt in Hap-ki-do. Born in western Pennsylvania, he now lives with his wife, Joan, and their three dogs in Pswleys Island, a true warrior state where service in the CIA is honored. His "Justice Beyond Law" book, published in 2011, involved a fictional hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist cells in the U.S., New Delhi and Kathmandu with ex-Marine/cop Jack Brandon and two ex-CIA women operatives united on a dangerous mission outside the law. Kelly's second work of fiction, "Justice Without Mercy," the second in a planned trilogy. Follow former cop and Marine Jack Brandon and his team battle with terrorists who are trying to bring their brand of violence to America. The action moves from Pittsburgh to Charleston, and then north to Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Richmond, Leesburg, and Washington, D.C. The Brandon mission is complicated by the need to balance national security priorities with tracking down a serial killer. During the Korean War he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. A magna cum laude BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree from Duke University, through the James B. Duke Fellowship Program followed his discharge from the Navy. Vietnam duty resulted in two medals from the government of South Vietnam for service in five northern provinces, one of which is the Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. Kelly held command positions in three directorates of the CIA. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit with Distinction, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the first Intelligence Officer of the Year Award. Rotary President Gray is a nominee for the Rotary District 7770 Governor Ed Du ryea's Four-Way Test award from the Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet. He recently spoke at a district meeting about how local club has increased membership in the age 40 and under group during the past 12 months