member, Fred Wettering spend 36 years with the CIA and is
now teaching American History. His presentation to
Pastfinders on January 10, 2002 was a great blend of his
areas of expertise: Intelligence in
the Revolutionary War.
- The first part
dealt with intelligence just before the war,
centering on Boston and Sam Adams, the Green
Dragon Tavern cell, the Sons of Liberty, Paul
Revere and the Committee of Correspondence.
- In the
second he discussed espionage and such personages
as Nathan Hale, John Honeyman and Lydia Darragh
and the Culper Ring.
- The third
part dealt with counterintelligence and focussed
on Dr. Benjamin Church, Major John Andre and
Benedict Arnold, and "355."
"355" was a female patriot spy whose
identity has yet to be learned.
- Lastly, he
discussed covert action touching on French covert
arms supplies through 'Rodrique Hortalez et
Cie", the Pollack-de Galvez arms channel,
Ben Franklin's propaganda, Washington's deception
moves and William Aitkin in England.
presentation was very interesting and very well received.
There was a very informative question and answer period
following the presentation and Fred's knowledge of
history served him well answering informed questions from