Covert Action Quarterly

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Covert Action Information Bulletin "began publishing in 1978, and currently issues a well-produced quarterly of about 70 pages with no advertising. Some themes include CIA in academia, the new world order, CIA in Eastern Europe, George Bush, domestic surveillance, CIA and drugs, AIDS, the religious right, and the Nazi-Vatican-CIA nexus. Most articles contain plenty of footnotes. Most names from almost every issue through 1992 (Number 42) are in NameBase; since Number 43 the magazine changed its name to Covert Action Quarterly (CAQ) and the indexing in NameBase has been more selective.

"Before 1982, this publication was best known for its "Naming Names" column, which tracked CIA officers under diplomatic cover by researching the State Department Biographic Register and the diplomatic lists issued by the U.S. and other countries. This finally became illegal when Reagan signed the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. CAIB was forced to drop this column and also became generally more cautious on the matter of CIA names. One foreign publication is continuing the earlier tradition, but CAIB/CAQ's reputation for quality, consistency, and accuracy make it a hard act to follow." [1]

It was cofounded by Philip Agee and William Schaap amongst others, and magazine contributors can be found here (also see backissues).

CAQ was a member of the Advocacy Network for Africa, and until its publication was suspended was published by the Institute for Media Analysis.

One of their former associate editors was Sanho Tree.

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  1. Covert Action Information Bulletin, Namebase, accessed November 11, 2008.