Patrick G. Eddington

Guest Author

Patrick G. Eddington (@PGEddington) was senior policy advisor to Rep. Rush Holt for over 10 years. He is a Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties at the Cato Institute. Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, he served as a military imagery analyst at the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center for almost nine years. He received numerous accolades for his analytical work, including letters of commendation from the Joint Special Operations Command, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the CIA’s Office of Military Affairs. His 2011 book, Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir, provides an inside look at the world of imagery intelligence.

During his tenure at CIA, Eddington worked a wide range of intelligence issues. His analytical assignments included monitoring the break-up of the former Soviet Union; providing military assessments to policymakers on Iraqi and Iranian conventional forces; and coordinating the CIA’s military targeting support to NATO during Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia in 1995.

Eddington received his undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985. While at the CIA, Eddington took a one-year sabbatical to attend Georgetown University, earning a master’s degree in National Security Studies. Eddington spent 11 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard in both enlisted and commissioned service.

Articles by this author:

Needed: A Whistleblower Protection Paradigm Shift


Dec 15th, 2020

About Those FBI Counterterrorism Assessments …


Mar 6th, 2020

Whistleblowing in Washington: Lessons Learned and Unlearned


Oct 14th, 2019

Constitution Day 2019: The Hidden Domestic Surveillance Crisis


Sep 17th, 2019

Congress Tackles the “100-Mile” Border Zone for Federal Checkpoints


Jul 30th, 2019

The Snowden Effect, Six Years On


Jun 6th, 2019

George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War: Victory, With Tragedy


Dec 7th, 2018

Whistleblowers: The New “Insider Threat”


Nov 12th, 2018

The Real Target of Trump’s Security Clearance Threats


Jul 24th, 2018

A Cosmic Legal Collision: The Engineer vs. The Border Patrol


May 25th, 2018

John Bolton: A Threat At Home And Abroad?


Apr 6th, 2018

Hayden, NSA, and the Road to 9/11


Dec 7th, 2017

Happy PATRIOT Act Day!


Oct 26th, 2017

Surveillance “Reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s Long, Slow, Goodbye


Oct 16th, 2017

Letter to the Editor: The Whistleblower Protection Debate Continued


Apr 25th, 2017

Whistleblower Retaliation: A Governmental Accountability and National Security Crisis


Mar 2nd, 2017

In The Trump administration, Islamophobia Is Truly A Family Affair


Feb 1st, 2017

The Islamophobia Administration


Nov 18th, 2016

America’s Muddled Approach to Fighting ISIS


Jan 28th, 2016

Politicization of Intelligence: Lessons From a Long, Dishonorable History


Aug 31st, 2015

Legislative Cyber Threats: CISA’s Not The Only One


Jul 29th, 2015

OPM, CISA, and the Cybersecurity Oxymoron


Jul 2nd, 2015

Sen. Paul’s Great Surveillance ‘Filibuster’ and What to Expect Next

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May 21st, 2015

Candidates, Senators, and Surveillance: The Stakes


May 8th, 2015