My name is R.C. Porter. I am a retired Intelligence Official with more than 33 years of experience in both the military and civilian affairs.


I began by career as a civil servant, a Deputy Sheriff in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That lasted for about eighteen months in the late 1970’s. I left the Sheriff’s Department and joined the U.S. Air Force in November 1979. After completing Officer Candidate School, I served in various positions in Air Force Intelligence in Southeast Asia and the Pentagon.

I left the Air Force at the rank of Captain (honorable discharge) in 1983 and began a career with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). I served in various positions including: Senior Middle Eastern Desk Officer (JCS/J2) for Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank/Gaza; Intelligence Collection Specialist for the DoD Counterdrug Program; Lead Intelligence Officer for Imagery Collection DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. I left DIA in 1994 to join The Office of the Secretary Of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command Control, Communications and Intelligence — ASD(C3I).

During my tenure with the ASD(C3I), I was the Intelligence Representative to the Defense Science Board (DSB) – a “think-tank,” for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense regarding the most challenging and difficult intelligence issues facing DoD. I also served as the DoD Intelligence Representative to the Department’s Antiterrorism Coordinating Committee – in the aftermath of the Khobar Towers Bombing in Saudi Arabia, and the terrorist attack/bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

In 2002, I “left” the ASD(C3I) to help stand-up the Under Secretary Of Defense for Intelligence – USD(I) – in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon. I was the principal SNOWFLAKE responder for USD(I) – a method that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld used on a wide breadth of intelligence inquiries — that reached beyond DoD and extended across the entire National Security establishment. I also continued as the Department’s Intelligence representative to the Secretary’s Defense Science Board.

In 2009, I returned to DIA and served the final three years of my intelligence career as the Senior Advisor to the Director for Technical Collection. We provided intelligence collection support to deployed personnel and the military worldwide – including Iraq, Afghanistan, — with special intelligence collection support to the special operations community in Tampa and Ft. Bragg.

Currently retired and credentialed/certified as a Private Investigator, November 14, 2012.


M.S. Middle Eastern Studies/National Security Policy Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

One year study program, National Defense University/Industrial College Of the Armed Forces — National Security Resource Management, 1994.

B.A., Criminal Justice, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Louisiana, May, 1979.


  1. Tom Stewart · · Reply

    The return of the Barbary Pirates
    America has faced, and aced, this test before

    Illustration on the U.S. response to potential ISIS piracy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

    By Thomas C. Stewart – – Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Americans contemplating a Mediterranean cruise in the near future should perhaps think again. Islamic State militants are now close to securing control of part of the Libyan coast. If they succeed, cruise ships and merchant vessels could be their next targets.
    The threat is real. Seth Cropsey, a former naval officer and current director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, put it this way in a recent opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal; “ISIS’s prospects for significant naval power are remote. But small boats, fishing vessels, smugglers, and merchant craft that carry concealed weapons could hijack, sink, or rake commercial shipping, including cruise liners in the central Mediterranean.”
    Maritime lawyer Jim Walker, who specializes in passenger safety issues, is even more blunt. When asked if Americans who cruise the Mediterranean were putting themselves in harm’s way, he replied, “In a word, yes.”
    Experts warn that barbarities like the 1985 hijacking of liner Achille Lauro or the more recent raids by Somali pirates could be recreated throughout the Mediterranean, which is one of the world’s busiest waterways. Some commentators have even harked back over 200 years to the days when the Barbary Pirates of North Africa took ships and hostages at will.
    As a former naval officer myself, I say by all means, let us remember the Barbary Pirates. That chapter of our history offers the best guide as to how we should respond to this latest potential threat.
    In the late 18th century, the United States was an infant republic, yet we were already a trading nation. American merchant vessels plied the Mediterranean, where they were liable to be attacked by the Barbary Pirates and held hostage.
    Ships of the other European powers were similarly at risk, but since these countries were preoccupied with the Napoleonic wars, the accepted practice of the time was to ransom the captives and pay protection to the rulers of the Barbary States (Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco and Algiers) for the privilege of sailing unmolested.
    This country, having no navy, followed the accepted practice. The result was predictable. The pirates got greedy, demanding more and more in the way of tribute. Also, they didn’t keep their word. They continued their raiding, which meant more money spent to liberate American sailors from foul North African dungeons. In 1795, for example, the United States paid $1 million to Algiers alone in ransoms and tributes. That was 20 percent of the country’s total annual budget.
    So matters stood until a new president, Thomas Jefferson, took office in 1801. Jefferson had been a longstanding and vocal opponent of tribute payments, and finally national opinion was swinging his way. The U.S. Department of the Navy had been created in 1798, largely in response to the Barbary threat. Just before Jefferson was sworn in, Congress had voted for six frigates to “protect our commerce” and to “chastise the insolence” of the pirates. So Jefferson was in a position to answer force with force.
    Jefferson dispatched a naval squadron to the Mediterranean. Pirate ships were sunk and Barbary ports blockaded. Tripoli was subjected to naval bombardment, and menaced on land by a force of mercenaries spearheaded by U.S. Marines. (This occasion was the first time the American flag flew over foreign soil and inspired the reference to “the shores of Tripoli” in the “Marines’ Hymn.”)
    The War of 1812 interrupted American policing of the Mediterranean, but it was resumed when the war was over. Finally, in 1815, a series of treaties ended forever the payment of tribute by the United States.
    So much for 200 years ago. What if the Barbary Pirates return in the guise of ISIS?
    During the Cold War, American naval strength in the Mediterranean included two aircraft carriers, an amphibious ready group and escorting vessels. Today, it is reduced to a command ship based in Italy and a handful of missile-carrying destroyers based in Spain. If we are to counter the new potential threat posed by ISIS, we must strengthen our naval presence in this region.
    Back when we were a poor and insignificant nation, we successfully met the challenge of Islamic terrorism on the seas by developing naval muscle. Today, we are a global superpower. We have the wherewithal to deal with a reincarnation of the Barbary pirates. The question is, do we have the will?
    • Thomas C. Stewart is a former Navy commander who flew combat during the first Iraq war.

  2. I’ve been receiving an RSS feed of your site since shortly after you started it. The articles you choose are interesting and relevant to me, but it is your commentary and analysis I find most valuable. Thanks for this generous gift to the rest of us on the Internet.
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  3. Mr Porter, I have an RSS feed to your site and thank you for the interesting articles. A suggestion however….I am sure many of the older readers are having trouble like me reading the low contrast type setting of the prefaces to the articles, it would be preferable to have the normal black contrast. Thank you for your kind consideration.

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  5. RC, do you have an email I can send a note to?

  6. Harry Worth · · Reply


    The unedited full-text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
    Palestinian geographer; born at Flosz, Bavaria, Oct. 22, 1804; died at Jerusalem
    Feb. 5, 1865. When he was seventeen years old he graduated as teacher
    from the Königliches Schullehrerseminar of Colberg, after which he joined his brother Israel at the University of Würzburg, where for five years he devoted himself to the history and geography of the Holy Land, and published a map of Palestine (1829; republished at Vienna, 1831, and Triest, 1832). It was his ardent desire, however, to study in Palestine itself the physical history and geography of the Holy Land, where his knowledge of Talmudic sources and early Jewish writers would be of more service. Accordingly he decided to settle in Jerusalem, whither he went in 1833. Schwarz then began a series of journeys and explorations in various parts of Palestine, to which he devoted about fifteen years.

    The results of his investigations and researches into the history, geography, geology, fauna, and flora of that country have placed him in the front rank of Palestinian explorers and geographers. HE IS THE GREATEST JEWISH AUTHORITY ON PALESTINIAN MATTERS SINCE ESTORI FARHI (1282-1357), the author of “Kaftor wa-Feraḥ.”

    (Be sure to Google this article:
    614-1096 C.E.
    From the Accession of the Mahomedans to that of the Europeans.
    By Rabbi Joseph Schwarz, 1850

    Rabbi Shallum, son of the then Resh Gelutha, in Babel, aka Abu Bachr al Chaliva al Zadik. Abu Bakr, became the first Caliph, and was in fact son of the then Resh Gelutha, in Babel, who perceiving a dreadful predicament, sent Rabbi Shallum to Mahomed, and told him to offer his submission, friendship, and services, and endeavour to enter with him into a friendly compact. Mahomed accepted Rabbi Shallum’s proposition with pleasure, conceived a great affection for him, and took his daughter, Aisha, a handsome young child, for wife; he made him also a general in his army, and gave him the name of Abu Bachr al Chaliva al Zadik, literally:

    The father of the maiden, the descendant of the righteous; this means, that of all his wives, who were either widows or divorced women, this one was the only one who had never been married before, and then she was the granddaughter of the celebrated chief of the captivity; therefore, the descendant of the righteous. This occurrence induced Mahomed to give up his terrible intention to destroy the Jews in his country, and thus did Rabbi Shallum save his people.


    [Why Muhammad hated alcohol]

    Abu Bachr and Aliman now resolved among themselves to remove the dangerous enemy of the Jews, Bucheran. One evening Mahomed, Bucheran, Aliman, and Abu Bachr, were drinking together; the latter two soon saw that Mahomed and the astrologer were strongly intoxicated, and lay stretched out in a deep and profound sleep. Abu Bachr thereupon drew the sword of Mahomed from its scabbard, cut off therewith Bucharan’s head, and put the bloody sword back into its receptacle, and both then lay themselves down quietly near Mahomed to sleep. When Mahomed awoke and saw his friend lying decapitated near him, he cried out in a fury: “This terrible deed has been done by one of us three in our drunkenness!” Abu Bachr thereupon said quite unconcernedly: “Let each one draw his sword, and he whose weapon is stained with blood, must needs be the murderer!” They all drew their swords, and that of Mahomed was completely dyed with fresh blood, which proved thus clearly to his satisfaction that he had murdered his friend. He was greatly grieved at this discovery; cursed and condemned the wine which was the cause of this murder, and swore that he never would drink any more, and that also no one should do so who wishes to enter heaven. This is the cause why wine is prohibited to the Mahomedans.

    At a later period, Mahomed learned the whole transaction, and that his father-in-law was the perpetrator of the bloody deed; wherefore, he lost his favour, and he would not permit him to come before him. Abu Bachr went thereupon and conquered sixty places, which had not yet submitted to Mahomed, and presented them to him, through which means he became again reconciled to him, was received in favour, and remained thereafter at court.

  7. Harry Worth · · Reply



    1 Elijah Poole, later “Elijah Muhammad”, b. Sandersville, Georgia, 7 Oct. 1897, d. Chicago, Illinois 28 Feb. 1975
    m. Cordele, Dooly Co., Georgia, 7 Mar. 1919 Clara Belle Evans, b. Georgia 2 Nov. 1899, d. Chicago Aug. 1972, daughter of Quartus and Mary Lou (Thomas) Evans.

    Issue by wife:
    1. Emmanuel Muhammad, b. 1921
    2. Ethel Muhammad, b. 1922
    3. Lottie Muhammad, b. 1925
    4. Nathaniel Muhammad, b. 23 June 1926
    5. Herbert Muhammad, b. 1929
    6. Elijah Muhammad, Jr., b. 1931
    7. Wallace Delaney Muhammad, b. 1933 d. 2008 [Warith Deen Mohammad]
    8. Akbar Muhammad, b. 1939

    Issue by non-marital liasions:

    by Lucille (Rosary) Karriem Muhammad
    1. Saudi Muhammad, b. 17 Jan. 1960
    2. Sumayyah, aka Lishah Muhammad, b. 13 Oct. 1961
    3. Bahiyyah Muhammad, b. July 7, 1964
    by Evelyn Williams
    4. Marie Muhammad, b. 30 Mar. 1960
    by Ola (Hughes) Muhammad
    5. Kamal Muhammad, b. 24 Apr. 1960
    by June Muhammad
    6. Abdullah Yasin Muhammad, b. 30 Dec. 1960
    7. Ayesha Muhammad, b. 4 Sept. 1962
    by Tynetta (Nelson) Deanar Muhammad
    8. Madia Muhammad, b. 1963
    9. Ishmael R. Muhammad, b. 21 June 1964
    10. Rasul H. Muhammad, b. 5 Sept. 1965
    11. Ahmed Muhammad, b. 28 Aug. 1967
    by Lovetta Muhammad
    12. Lovlita Claybourne Muhammad, b. 15 July 1964
    by Bernique Cushmeer
    13. Neemah Cushmeer Muhammad, b. 6 Jan. 1965

    IBN SINA, AVICENNA 980–1037,

    Muslim Arab’s most famous and influential philosopher/scientist in Islam, described BLACKS as:

    He wrote:
    “All African women are prostitutes, and the whole race of African men, are abed (slave) stock.” He equated black people with “RATS plaguing the earth.”

    Ibn Khaldum, an Arab historian stated that
    “Blacks are characterized by levity and excitability and great emotionalism,”
    “they are everywhere described as STUPID.”

    al-Dimashqi, wrote:

    “the Equator is inhabited by communities of BLACKS who may be numbered among the SAVAGE BEASTS. Their complexion and hair are burnt and they are PHYSICALLY & MORALLY ABNORMAL. Their brains almost boil from the sun’s heat…..”

    Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhani painted this no less horrid picture of BLACK people,

    “…..the zanj (the blacks) are overdone until they are burnt, so that the child comes out between black, murky, malodorous, stinking, and crinkly-haired, with uneven limbs, DEFICIENT MINDS AND DEPRAVED PASSIONS…..”

    The Arabs were the first to enslave Africans, starting from 650 CE. Ten times more millions of African slaves were involved in the Islamic experience than in the Trans-Atlantic slavery of Africans by the West. Between 650 CE and 1905 CE, over twenty million African slaves had been delivered through the Tans-Sahara route alone to the Islamic world and a hundred million through the East African route. Dr. John Alembellah Azumah in his book, The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa, ‘estimates that over 80 million more died en-route Trans-Sahara’ and trice as many through the Eastern route.

    A text from Dr. Azumah’s book provides this quote from a Zanzibar observer, about the travails of African slaves, en-route to slave markets, around the Arabic world.

    “As they filed past, we noticed many chained together by the neck… The women, who were as numerous as the men, carried babies on their backs in addition to a tusk of ivory or other burden on their heads… It is difficult to adequately describe the filthy state of their bodies; in many instances not only scarred by [the whip], but feet and shoulders were a mass of open sores… half-starved ill-treated creatures who, weary and friendless, must have longed for death.”

    A Muslim herdsman, in Dr. Azumah’s book described the fate of those who became too ill or too weak to continue the journey as follows:

    “We speared them at once! For, if we did not, others would pretend they are ill in order to avoid carrying their loads. No! We never leave them alive on the road; they all know this custom.” When asked who carries the ivory when a mother gets too tired to carry both her baby and the ivory, the herdsman replied, “She does! We cannot leave valuable ivory on the road. We spear the child and make her burden lighter.”

    Arab enslavement of Black Africans continues to this day in the Muslim world, particularly in the Sudan, Niger, and Mauritania. Arabs act as if Islamic slavery is a favour done to the millions of unfortunate African men, women and children, still being enslaved now by them and those forcibly uprooted from their native lands earlier on, and condemned to lives of sexual and mental abuse and servitude, deep in the Islamic world.

    Arabs do not consider Black Muslims authentic or of consequence. At best, they concede to Blacks, the role of ordained slaves or SENSELESS ANIMALS, to be used as BEASTS OF BURDEN by the “superior Arab race.” The rule applies to all Blacks, whether Muslims or non-Muslims, and whether of Nigerian (Hausa/Fulani or Yoruba extractions), or Tanzanians, Ugandans, Malians, or African-Americans. A traveller in Sudan observed in 1930 that

    “In the eyes of the Arab rulers of Sudan, the BLACK SLAVES were simply ANIMALS given by Allah to make life of Arabs comfortable.”

  8. Stephen Battista · · Reply

    Thanks for the pointer at the gym yesterday. I will read some of this when I get some time this week

  9. Donald Hinton · · Reply

    Mr. Porter,

    My name is Don Hinton and we met briefly at LifeTime the other day and I spoke to you about being a mentor for my CyberPatriot teams at Bishop Ireton High School. I see cyber security as a very needed field and teaching our youth the basics of cyber security will be a huge win down the road. If you would go on the below volunteer web site, you can learn a lot more about the intent of CyberPatriot. If you are still interested in serving as a mentor, please click the link “mentor application” and fill out the form. It is necessary for background investigations, as I’m sure you understand. Here is the link to the web site:

    I’ve signed up for your forum and look forward to reading your articles. Attached is my resume to give you a better idea about who I am. You’ll see that I am not a Cyber expert, but I got into this to help out friends at Bishop Ireton High School. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks,

    PS Tried to email you, but it was kicked back.

  10. Doyle Quiggle · · Reply

    Contact me if you wish…

  11. Sharon Couvillon · · Reply

    Hello RC…how are you? Sharon Leblanc Couvillon here from high school. I just happened upon this blog. You can email me below if you want.

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