Office of Naval Intelligence

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Group.png Office of Naval Intelligence  
Final ONI seal.jpg
Formation March 23, 1882
Type Intelligence agency
Headquarters National Maritime Intelligence Center, Maryland
Leader Director of Naval Intelligence
Website http://www.oni.navy.mil

Founding

ONI was founded by the Secretary of the Navy, William H. Hunt with General Order 292, which read:


An “Office of Intelligence” is hereby established in the Bureau of Navigation for the purpose of collecting and recording such naval information as may be useful to the Department in time of war, as well as in peace.

To facilitate this work, the Department Library will be combined with the “Office of Intelligence,” and placed under the direction of the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation.

Commanding and all other officers are directed to avail themselves of all opportunities which may arise to collect and to forward to the “Office of Intelligence” professional matters likely to serve the object in view.[1]

9/11 Attack

Noting that the plane that hit the pentagon made a very difficult 330 degree corkscrew turn before hitting the pentagon to crash into the ONI, E. P. Heidner concludes that "the Office of Naval Intelligence in the Pentagon, which sustained a direct hit that day, was without a doubt, a target that was pinpointed for destruction".

Mark Gorton notes that the ONI was "investigating a gold price fixing/gold laundering scheme that could have implicated the Bush Syndicate. Also killed in the Pentagon on 9/11 were a large number of budget analysts and accountants who may have been looking into the $2.3 trillion of unaccounted military spending that Donald Rumsfeld announced on Sept 10th, 2001."[2] E. P. Heidner suggests that the ONI may have been targetted as a way of keeping them quiet about Project Monarch.[3]

References

  • Packard, Wyman H. (1996). Century of U.S. Naval Intelligence. Naval Historical Center. ISBN 0-945274-25-4. 

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