If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that John Giduck wants to impress you with a 10th Special Forces Certificate and a VITYAZ certification won after a grueling commercial one week military style adventure camp offered by his own company where activities were deemed “voluntary”.  John Giduck’s credentials simply don’t pass the sniff test.

John Giduck and his lone remaining cheerleader, Dave Grossman, like to say that Giduck only has a problem with a small number of special operations people.  Grossman also likes to demonstrate that he apparently learned nothing while serving in the mean combat zone of West Point rather that in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan by claiming that those that question John Giduck’s fake credentials are actually in the employ of groups such as CAIR.  Umm-kay.  What Grossman doesn’t realize between his huffing, puffing hooahs and talking about killing despite never having actually done so is that there are many voices that over the years have raised serious questions and concerns about John Giduck and Archangel Group.

David Cariens is one of those voices. Unlike military faker and discredited Beslan author John Giduck, noted analyst David Cariens is the real deal.

David served in the CIA for 31 years before retiring in 1997.  During his career he was a political analyst for 22 years in the Directorate of Intelligence, specializing in Balkan affairs.  In this capacity he produced finished intelligence for all levels of the U.S. government, from the President to working level counterparts throughout the Community.  He has designed intelligence analysis/writing courses and taught them throughout the Intelligence Community. 

He has given writing workshops at the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) in Alexandria in 2005, in Mexico City in 2006, in Vancouver, Canada in April, 2007, and in Boston in 2008.  David presented a similar writing workshop at the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit’s national meeting in Tempe, Arizona in June 2006.  He has conducted intelligence analysis training for the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada and for the Canadian police.


So let’s read what David Cariens thinks of John Giduck’s book, Shooter Down, about the VA Tech tragedy. John Giduck is the founder and owner of Archangel Group.

This is the second of several articles the author plans on doing related to the Archangel Group’s report on Virginia Tech. This article takes a critical look at the credentials of the members of the Archangel Group who took the lead in writing their report of the shootings. To sit by and say nothing when faced with Archangel’s biases, self-serving analysis, and intellectual dishonesty, would be unconscionable.


I was deeply disappointed when I read the Archangel Group’s report on the Virginia Tech shooting. The report is clearly fashioned in the form of a legal argument designed to make a point or win a case—not designed to get at the objective truth. The most positive thing I can say is that the approach taken by the report is intellectually shaky.


This sounds very similar to what this blog concluded about Archangel Group’s research into Mumbai.  Cariens continues:

I have forty-one years of experience as an intelligence analyst, inspector for the CIA’s Inspector General, and an instructor for intelligence analysis for all levels of the federal government (CIA, FBI, DIA, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center), the state police intelligence units, and for numerous foreign governments including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian intelligence. If the Archangel Group had submitted their report to me in one of my classes, I would have given them a failing grade.

Ouch.  Cariens then goes on to do what most people should have done after reading anything about John Giduck.

I was so thunder-struck by the poor quality of the report that I went back and took a closer look at the credentials and membership of the Archangel Group. Do their backgrounds give them the skills necessary to a thorough analysis of a problem? Have they been trained in an academic field that emphasizes objectivity—or does their training emphasize argumentation and winning at all costs, no matter what the truth is? That closer look helped explain a great deal.

You can read what Mr. Cariens notes about the Archangel Group set of authors of the VA tech report here: http://aquestionofaccountability.blogspot.com/2008/10/archangel-grouppart-two.html.  Note that this report forms the basis of John Giduck’s Shooter Down book and that Mr. Cariens blog post was written in 2008…long before there was detailed research that provided clear evidence that demonstrate  John Giduck’s claimed background and experience to be false.  Archangel Group’s conclusions are lacking as a result.

The Archangel Group states: “The goal of the Report is to offer relevant facts, findings and conclusions, concerning the tactical response of law enforcement and first responders to the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech on 16 April 2007, and to offer recommendations for future preparedness and tactical response capability to all relevant agencies. Archangel Group, and the Archangel Team that conducted this investigation and assessment, hopes that this report can aid in planning for, and responding to future incidents like the tragedy at Virginia Tech.”

The stated goals of Archangel Group are highly commendable. Unfortunately, the report does not deliver on those goals. I would remind the reader that Archangel Group also states on page 7: “This Report has been prepared for distribution to U.S. law enforcement, security and first responder agencies, and is being made available at no cost to any such agency.” Again a very noble purpose, but clearly the unsaid, underlying purpose of the report is to drum-up business for Archangel. Archangel Group wants to sell its services, if their purpose was purely altruistic then they would offer all of their expertise and service to police forces at no cost.


Anyone else wondering why law enforcement continues to hire John Giduck or Archangel Group for anything?


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