Thursday, November 22, 2007

Jay Philip Freres

Jay Philip Freres, the driving force behind the program, is a graduate of the CIA Station at Kabul (1960, 1980).

The journalist Julius Mader listed Freres as employed in the CIA's Clandestine Service in his 1988 publication "CIA -- Operation Hindu Kush", about spooks in Kabul, where Freres had been stationed in the late 1970s.

Ostensibly American Consul General in Jeddah, Freres demanded visas for people with no ties to either their home country or Saudi Arabia. Normally such people would be denied visas since they have no demonstrated motivation to return home.

Freres has appeared on Fox News (ca. 2002 with Edward S. Walker, Jr., deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 1987), opining about terrorism.

He is currently retired and living in Clearwater, FL, with his German wife Maria.

He's listed in the phone book.