WIN #28-04 dtd 9 August 2004
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"Clandestine Operations in a Climate of Reform"
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SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CIA, NSA Assist Pakistani Hunt for Qa’ida
Pakistani Brit Arrested With U.S.N. Battle Plans
Former MP Sergeant Says He Saw MI Soldiers Commit Abuses
SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
Cordesman: 9/11 Commission Report Lacks Specifics
Clandestine Service Needs a New Breed of Recruit Says DO Vet
SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE
State Proceeding with Questioned Passport Photo Chips
Al-Qa'ida Said To Be E-Mail Savvy
Reporters Concerned About Iran's Restrictions on Internet
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
A Treasure Trove for Military Affairs Students
Similar But Not the Same
The NY Times View of the Cuban Missile Crisis
James Pavitt: Intel Leads Offensive Against Terrorists
SECTION V -- NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND COMING EVENTS
Al-Qa'ida Seeking Non-Arab Recruits Worries FBI
Sulick Named CIA Associate DDO
Job Opportunities Await You at MITRE
US Investigations Services, LLC. Seeks Intelligence Professionals
19 Aug - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum -- Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War
20 Aug - Tyson’s Corner -- AFIO Summer Luncheon
23 - 24 Aug - Alexandria, VA - CT-CI Academy -- An Operational and Tactical Overview of the Terrorist Threat
25 Aug - Alexandria, VA - CT-CI Academy -- Interviewing & Interrogating in the New Millennium
7 Sep - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum -- Man vs. Machine: How Poland Cracked the Enigma
7 Sep - Warren County, VA - Naval Intelligence Foundation Golf Tournament
9 - 11 Sep - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Security Forum 2004
15 Sep - Miami, FL - Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce w/AFIO Miami Chapter Luncheon -- Science Fiction to Science Fact: Emerging Technologies That Will Change The World
21 Sep - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Secrets and Survival: World War II Switzerland, Intelligence Center
23 Sep - Washington, DC -International Spy Museum -- You’re Stepping On My Cloak and Dagger
26 - 29 Sep - Reno, NV - Joint meeting USMC Tri-Association Intelligence Committee
8 - 9 Oct - East Lyme, Ct -- New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association reunion
18 Oct - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Operation Overflight: A Son’s Perspective
24 Oct - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Spy School Workshop: Disguise 101
24 Oct - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum – KidSpy Operation Undercover: Secrets of Disguise
26 - 27 Oct - McLean, VA -- NMIA Classified Symposium
28 - 31 Oct - Linthicum, MD -- AFIO Annual Symposium
9 Nov - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Inside Story on Robert Hanssen, FBI Spy
SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CIA, NSA Assist Pak Hunt for Qa’ida - A Pakistani military operation, CIA funded and NSA equipped, has led to the seizure of a number of al-Qa'ida suspects along the Afghan-Pakistan border and discovery of computer information that contributed to the decision to increase the terror alert in several U.S. cities, according to Pakistani officials, the Washington Post reported on 6 August.
The operation employed sophisticated U.S. eavesdropping technology and computerized identification systems, resulting in the arrest of three wanted al-Qa'ida operatives. Computer files were found to contain detailed surveillance reports on terrorist targets and information about the whereabouts of other al-Qa'ida members, the officials said.
The operation, involving Pakistani intel units, was being paid for with millions of dollars from the CIA and supported with NSA equipment. It netted more than 100 suspects in recent days, the officials said of whom 18 detainees have been identified as al-Qa'ida members, according to Faisal Saleh Hayat, Pakistan's interior minister.
In most cases, Pakistani officials said, once suspects have been captured, the CIA has taken control of the interrogations and custody of the computer files and other documents.
"The Pakistanis are pounding away at Waziristan," one senior U.S. national security official said, referring to an area of Pakistan that borders on Afghanistan and is the scene of fighting between Pakistani forces and Islamist militants believed to include Qa'ida members.
The upbeat remarks from Pakistani and U.S. officials contrast with reports casting doubt on Pakistani efforts to suppress al-Qa’ida’s presence in the country. On 2 August, the respected journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave, writing in the Washington Times, cited a confidential report received by the 9/11 Commission from an anonymous, well-connected Pakistani source.
The report charged that all arrests of Qa’ida leadership only took place after the FBI and U.S. investigators had gathered evidence to force Pakistani collaboration.
Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate, often described as a state within a state, has consistently sought to deny the presence of al-Qa’ida elements in Pakistan and to mislead U.S. investigators, according to the report, which implicated President Pervez Musharraf in the attempted cover-up.
"ISI has been actively facilitating the relocation of the al-Qa’ida from Afghanistan to Pakistan, and the conspiracy of substantial segments of serving Army and intelligence officers is visible," the report asserted.
The report said that a senior tribal leader in Peshawar, near the Afghan border, reported Usama bin Ladin, who suffers from renal deficiency, periodically undergoing dialysis in a Peshawar military hospital with the knowledge and approval of ISI if not of Musharraf himself.
The report accuses ISI of giving money and directions to militant groups, including al-Qa’ida, and alleges ISI was fully involved in devising and helping the entire 9/11 affair.
On 7 August, the Times reported that a computer expert arrested in Pakistan on 13 July was forced to maintain e-mail contact with Islamist comrades in Britain. Thus Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan was a key figure in the arrest of 11 terrorist suspects in Britain. He is also linked to the raising of terrorism alerts in the United States. The New York Times reported a senior intelligence official said Khan had been communicating with Qa’ida operatives who are plotting to carry out an attack intended to disrupt the fall elections. (www.nytimes.com/2004/08/08/politics/08plot.html?th
Khan continued in touch with other terrorist cadres as late as 4 August when the sting operation was ended and Khan moved to a new location. This followed publication by the New York Times that day of his identity. It was given to the paper by U.S. officials anxious to justify security alerts in New York, Washington and Newark that caused widespread disruption, the Washington Times said.
On 9 August, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported Pakistani officials were angered by the leak to the New York Times that they said ended Khan's usefulness.
American officials blamed an unnamed, talkative Pakistani intel official for the original leak of Khan's name. In Britain, intelligence officials said American leaks had left them scrambling to pick up Khan's contacts there, including Abu Issa al-Hindi, a key Qa’ida figure, before they disappeared. But a senior American official said the British found only shortly before they arrested him.
Hindi is suspected of helping to produce, before 9/11, the surveillance of the five financial centers in the United States that led officials to raise the terror alert to level Orange.
Pakistan has also provided information that al-Qa'ida has considered using tourist helicopters in terror attacks in New York City, the New York Times reported U.S. officials as saying on 8 August. (wwwnytimes.com/2004/08/09/politics/09terror.html?thg) (DKR)
pakistani BRIT ARRESTED with U.S.N. BATTLE PLANS - A Pakistan born British computer specialist, facing extradition to the United States, possessed U.S. Navy battle plans, the Daily Telegraph reported on 7 August.
British authorities arrested Babar Ahmad, 30, on an extradition warrant from the U.S. District Court in Connecticut, the Washington Post reported on 6 August. He is accused of soliciting funds through the Internet for acts of terrorism in Chechnya and Afghanistan, including political murder between 1998 and the end of 2003, U.S. officials said. Ahmad had been under surveillance for several years. Information obtained in other counterterrorism operations in the past week enabled Scotland Yard to arrest him.
Authorities in Connecticut unsealed a 31-page indictment against Ahmad on 6 August. Federal prosecutors said the investigation had spread to include his possible ties to an Islamist traitor serving aboard a U.S. vessel, the Telegraph said.
Ahmad received an e-mail in July 2001 from a U.S. naval enlistee aboard the USS Benfold, a guided missile destroyer, Federal prosecutors said. The sailor's correspondence was sympathetic to the jihad movement and praised Islamist fighters in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya.
Last December Scotland Yard officers raided Ahmad's home and found a computer disc containing classified descriptions of planned movements of a battle group in the Straits of Hormuz, off Iran. The disc also contained guidance on how best to attack individual ships. A U.S. prosecutor said the plans appeared to have been sent in early April 2001, detailing where the ships would be on 29 April that year. (DKR)
Former MP SergeAnt Says He Saw MI SoldierS Commit Abuses - A former Army reservist who served with the 372nd Military Police Company at Abu Ghraib provided a detailed account of Iraqi prisoner abuse that he says was directed and encouraged by MI officers, the Washington Post reported on 7 August.
Kenneth Davis, 33, a sergeant until he left the U.S. Army last month, said he went to superiors to describe the abuse he saw and gave a statement to Army investigators implicating MI personnel. So far, none have been charged unlike seven soldiers of the 372nd.
Davis's statements contradicted testimony given on 5 August at a preliminary court hearing for Pfc. Lynndie R. England, 21, charged with abusing Abu Ghraib prisoners. Capt. Carolyn A. Wood, an MI commander at the prison said her unit did not encourage physical abuse or sexual humiliation of prisoners.
Davis said he took his story to Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD.) and other Congressmen beginning in April. "Responsibility for this goes way, way up the line," beyond the seven soldiers charged, Bartlett said on 6 April.
In a signed statement Davis said he gave investigators on 27 May, he recounts going in late October 2003 to the section of Abu Ghraib where prisoners of special interest to intelligence services were kept. There he says he saw two MI soldiers handcuff two naked Iraqis face to face, followed by other abuses. Davis said he reported the incident to his platoon leader and was told, "They are MI and they are in charge, let them do their job," or words to that effect.
Wood testified that abuse of detainees was not part of an official interrogation strategy and instead represented unacceptable behavior, the Washington Post reported on 6 August. (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43913-2004Aug5.html)
But, Wood testified, she and other officers signed off on controversial interrogation tactics that were carefully applied and never involved physical contact. She said she was shocked and enraged when she saw photographs that implicated several soldiers in the abuse of naked and shackled detainees. (DKR)
SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
Cordesman: 9/11 Commission Report Lacks Specifics - President Bush's call for a new director of national intelligence was a compromise between taking the kind of action that would show that intelligence reform was under way and overreacting to the 9/11report, which provides almost no detail, no specific plans, and no rationale for most of its recommendations, Anthony Cordesman said in an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations on 3 August.
Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, described as irresponsible calls by Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry and other politicians of both parties for quick approval of all the commission’s proposals.
“It is a matter of being totally irresponsible to think that you can rush Congress back to pass legislation when you haven't the faintest idea of what it means, when most of the recommendations have never been reviewed or commented on by the Intelligence Community, and nobody has any idea of the staffing requirements or costs,” Cordesman said.
Of the report’s 13 chapters, 11 are a masterful description of what happened and what went wrong that led to 9/11, he said, but continued, there are no chapters that explain what people did after 9/11 and that qualify counterterrorism as only one of many problems in intelligence and intelligence reform.
To do its job properly, the commission needed at least several more months and to create useful plans. There also needs to be a commission, or somebody, who looks at the IC’s overall needs and doesn't make counterterrorism effectively the IC’s only function as the 9/11 report does.
On whether to allocate overall control of the IC budget to the DNI, Cordesman said what was needed was a structure where both the DNI and the DoD can play roles in budget review, and where there is programming authority, and a programming staff to look beyond the current annual requirement to the overall needs for intelligence and how they fit into command-and-control and communications systems.
Asked who would be the ideal DNI, Cordesman replied, no one. “You are asking who is the perfect person to tie together collection and analysis for the entire world, looking at today's issues and indefinitely into the future, and then communicate them perfectly to all the possible users, from the president on down. That person clearly does not exist. But whoever does do it has to have vast experience in actually managing the intelligence community, in knowing how to allocate resources, looking at the overall complexity of this issue.”
Cordesman saw a great weakness in the proposed new system that is present in the old system. It is that the same person is supposed to create an effective structure to manage a global intelligence system and then be the ideal personal intelligence adviser to the president. Cordesman said he was not sure one person can fulfill both those functions. But again, he concluded, that question is not addressed in the 9/11 report. (DKR)
CLANDESTINE SERVICE NEEDS A NEW BREED OF RECRUIT SAYS DO VET - The 9/11 Commission’s report failed to adequately address the need for reform in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, Thomas Patrick Carroll, a former DO officer wrote in FrontPage Magazine.com on 4 August.
In its final recommendations, the commission said the DO was in need of better HUMINT capabilities, stronger language programs, more ethnic and cultural diversity in recruiting its operations officers, and other relatively incremental fixes. But, says Carroll, more than that is needed. He cites comments last June by the head of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Porter Goss, another former DO officer, who called the directorate a mess in danger of becoming nothing more than a stilted bureaucracy, incapable of even the slightest success. "The nimble, flexible, core-mission oriented enterprise the DO once was is becoming just a fleeting memory,” said Goss.
What is required, according to Carroll, is a DO officer corps that attracts and retains a different type of person than it did in its Cold War heyday. Most of the 78 agency officers killed in the line of duty were from the DO yet threat to life and limb was rare for most DO men and women in the Cold War. "KGB and CIA officers didn’t try to kill each other, no matter what the spy novels say," says Carroll. "When I was in the DO in the early 1980s and ‘90s, the Agency trained me on a Browning 9mm and a Smith & Wesson snub nose .38, but I never carried a gun. Never had one in my house. None of my friends did, either. The only armed DO officers I knew were assigned to Third World countries with high crime rates, where common street thugs were the problem."
Physical discomfort was also uncommon during the Cold War with DO officers living the envied life of diplomats. Even those assigned to the Third World enjoyed themselves, he says, with big houses, servants, and plenty of extra money for dining and travel.
Today's world could not be more different. "Today if the enemy discovers you are with the CIA, you can literally loose your head. Living in a warm house with your family won’t get you near bin Ladin, so you leave them back in Virginia or Maryland, and dwell in a hut out in the middle of nowhere. Or you don’t marry at all. There are few cocktail parties to enjoy, and little of the refined diplomatic lifestyle to savor."
There are intelligent, brave, adventurous, and patriotic young Americans who will gladly join today’s Clandestine Service and live the hard, dangerous life but these new men and women must be different from the Cold War officers. "They must steal secrets and subvert our enemies, just as in the Cold War, but their sources and methods will of necessity be very different," Carroll wrote. "They must use subterfuge undreamt of by Cold War spies, launch secret operations never before considered, and live a life that many from the Cold War era would not choose to live."
For the DO to come to grips with this new reality means serious reform and a new breed of recruits. "The Clandestine Service of the 21st century cannot win under strictures and assumptions born in 1947," Carroll said. "And if it doesn’t win, neither will America."
L.S. writes about the Carroll article: "Having served in the Clandestine Service for almost a quarter of century, my comment on this piece is, 'yes and no.' I suppose that's the appropriate comment for many if not most 'insider' recommendations like these.
"An adequate intelligence system needs a friendly White House and Congress, I believe, yet many occupants of both places during the 1990s couldn't receive security clearances, if they were required. For example, according to the Washington Post on 22 May 1997, Sen. Arlen Specter, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former prosecutor, revealed that Attorney General Janet Reno testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the FBI had withheld national security information from the president because he is a potential subject in a pending investigation. That revelation has critical implications for our constitutional government, Mr. Specter said. Indeed. If officials of the White House and key congressional committees are security risks, how safe can the CS be? It is a different White House now, but the Congress...? Who knows?" (LS, DKR)
SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE
State Proceeding with Questioned Passport Photo Chips - The State Department is going ahead with plans to put electronic identification chips in passports although federal researchers, academics, industry and others have warned that the technology is liable to a high rate of error, the Washington Post reported on 6 April.
The chips are to allow biometrical computer matching of facial characteristics. Critics of the technology advocate fingerprints as a more reliable means of helping check terrorists’ use of passports and prevent forgery.
The new passports are to be issued next spring to people applying for new or renewed passports. State Department specifications require chips that can contain a digital photograph of the applicants face woven into the passports’ cover.
The department’s choice of face recognition will be consistent with standards being adopted by other nations and are considered to be less objectionable to applicants than fingerprinting.
However, federal researchers say tests of face-recognition technology show an error rate of up to 50 percent if pictures are take without proper lighting.
The new system would differ from current U.S. requirements for many, if not most, foreigners seeking to enter the United States to be fingerprinted when they apply for visas.
"I don't think there's a debate," said Charles L. Wilson, who supervises biometric testing at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. "Fingerprints are much better."
The State Department settled on face recognition as the biometric to comply with specifications set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a Montreal-based standards agency affiliated with the United Nations. In a technical report issued in May, the CAO said photographs were socially and culturally accepted internationally. (DKR)
Al-Qa'ida Said To Be E-Mail Savvy - Al-Qa'ida members use e-mail and Websites in Turkey, Nigeria, and Pakistani tribal areas to communicate with each other, according to Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, the Pakistani computer expert arrested for working for the terrorist network.
The Computer Crime Research Center cited a U.S. government source as providing the information coming from Khan. (www.crime-research.org/news/05.08.2004/545/)
Al-Qa'ida uses e-mail addresses only one or two times and only once if the message is too dangerous, the center reported on 5 August. The network also often uses couriers to deliver CDs with messages and other information. (DKR)
Reporters Concerned About Iran's Restrictions on Internet - Reporters Without Borders expressed concern on 4 August at Iran's recently increased efforts to gag the Internet and a draft bill that would restrict freedom of expression on the Internet, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on 5 August.
The bill that threatens prison for the dissemination of information deemed threatening to Iran's internal and external security. Sentences of up to 15 years could be imposed if such information is sent to foreign states [or] organizations, according to rsf.org. The bill would also punish the spread of false information about Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and let police search Internet users' homes for incriminating evidence, without need of a court order, rsf.org added. (DKR)
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
A TREASURE Trove for Military Affairs Students - Walter J. Boyne, Today's Best Military Writing: The Finest Articles on the Past, Present and Future of the U. S. Military (Tor/Forge, 388 pp. $26.95)
Col. Boyne, a former director of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, has compiled an impressive collection of military writing over the past five years. The contributions range from a history of Adm. Andrew Foote’s on an anti-slavery patrol in the mid-1800s to Stephen Flynn’s recommendation that the Coast Guard be put in charge of Homeland Security. WMD are considered in "The Looming Biological Warfare Storm" and "The Emerging Biocruise Threat."
Serious students of military affairs will find much that is rewarding in this volume. (DKR)
SIMILAR BUT NOT THE SAME - Richard Overy, The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia (Norton, 896 pp. $35)
Overy’s scholarly study looks at how the systems worked and differed in the two major totalitarian states that most threatened civilization in the last century. For example, the Nazis, for all the SS delusion of being the recreation of an aristocratic Order of Teutonic knights, came to increasingly appeal to workers for their support while the CPSU under Stalin, supposedly the international vanguard of the proletariat, relied more and more on middle-class technocrats. (DKR)
The NY Times View of the Cuban Missile Crisis - Max Frankel, High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Presidio, 224 pp. $23.95)
Frankel is a former executive editor of the New York Times and his book is what one would expect from such a person. JFK is portrayed as the undeniable hero in the confrontation with Khrushchev and the United States and the Soviet Union are considered to have never truly been on the edge of war. Frankel's lessons learnt from the crisis are offered as sobering lessons for leading the war against Islamist jihadis. (DKR)
James Pavitt: INTEL LEADS OFFENSIVE AGAINST TERRORISTS - “Attacks have been thwarted, many lives have been saved, and the fight has been taken directly to those who threaten our citizens and our country. We are on the offensive, and intelligence is leading the way.” So writes James Pavitt in the Washington Post on 6 August. (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44164-2004Aug5.html)
“After Sept. 11, all of us in the intelligence business took a hard look at how we were doing things, then broke molds, tossed out old paradigms and found new ways to do our jobs,” says Pavitt who resigned as of 1 August as DDO at the CIA. At the same time, he notes, the United States learned that a decade of neglect, of insufficient budgets and policy attention that was not forceful enough, came with an extraordinary price.
Referring to the 9/11 Commission report, he finds a horrid irony in one of its primary findings: the need to strengthen HUMINT that had its capabilities badly depleted during the 1990s because of budget reductions and personnel cutbacks. The post-Cold War ‘peace dividend’ resulted in a 30 percent decline in DO funding and a personnel downsizing of nearly 20 percent.
There was little active support for efforts by Pavitt and former DCI Tenet to expand HUMINT despite aggressive lobbying of Congress, he says. Budget increases only came after the bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa and the USS Cole in a Yemeni harbor and were then one-year supplemental funds. Only after 9/11 did Congress join the administration, Pavitt says, “to provide funding to start -- emphasis on the word ‘start’ -- rebuilding human intelligence capabilities.”
Changes have been made to meet today’s threats that Pavitt finds arguably more insidious and complex than those the CIA faced when it was founded in 1947. Cooperation between the CIA and the FBI has never been better, he believes, and the link between the military and intelligence operator on the ground in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and in the global war on terror has never been more seamless.
“The picture is clearer now than before Sept. 11 and is getting clearer,” Pavitt concludes, “but the fog never completely disappears. Better intelligence performance is needed, is essential and is rightly demanded. But better is not perfect, and perfect is not possible.” (DKR)
SECTION V – NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND COMING EVENTS
Al-Qa'ida Seeking non-Arab recruits worries FBI - Al-Qaida is seeking to recruit U.S. citizens or resident aliens who speak English fluently and are of European descent, UPI reported 4 August.
FBI concern with the attempts to recruit especially those with U.S. or Western European passports was signaled on 7 April when the bureau issued a bulletin, Al-Qaida Recruitment of Non-Traditional Operatives, to law enforcement agencies across the country.
Recruitment of non-Arabs was discussed as long ago as June 2002 in a law enforcement bulletin following the arrest of a Brooklyn-born non-Arab Qa'ida suspect in Chicago.
SULICK NAMED CIA ASSOCIATE DDO -- Michael J. Sulick has been named Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA. He succeeds Stephen R. Kappes who takes over as DDO from James Pavitt who retired on 1 August.
Sulick, who has been with the agency 23 years, speaks Polish, Russian and Spanish and has served in Eurasia, Latin America and East Asia. (DKR)
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19 August - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War -- “What did the President know and when? National security analyst John Prados has gathered the actual intelligence available to the Bush administration as they made a case for war with Iraq. Don't miss this unique opportunity to compare White House, CIA, and State Department documents with the administration's speeches and statements to Congress, to the UN, and to the nation at large. Prados will encourage you to draw your own conclusions.” For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
23 - 24 August - Alexandria, VA - CT-CI Academy - An Operational and Tactical Overview of the Terrorist Threat -- Taught by global security expert Daniel J. Mulvenna and former senior FBI intelligence analyst Dr. Paul D. Moore, this two-day course will cover such topics as Personal Security and Safety Overseas, Terror Tactics Around the Globe, & Suicide Bombers and the Terrorist's Use of Improvised Explosive Devices and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices. For more information, please visit http://www.cicentre.com/
25 August - Alexandria, VA - CT-CI Academy - Interviewing & Interrogating in the New Millennium -- Taught by retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Susan Adams, a former member of the FBI's intelligence division and former instructor at the FBI training academy, this one-day course is an "interactive workshop on interviewing strategies and interrogation techniques. You will learn tips and try out different methods for building trust and rapport to gain information and/or confessions using a variety of cases. You will also learn how to smoothly transition from an interview to an interrogation. The course will examine cross-cultural challenges to communications and uses a dynamic practical exercise where you will gain a better understanding and insight into interviewing someone with an Arab cultural background." For more information, please visit http://www.cicentre.com/
7 September - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum -- Man vs. Machine: How Poland Cracked the Enigma -- World cryptology expert and International Spy Museum Board Member David Kahn along with Jerzy Straszak, co-author of the newly published Enigma: How the Poles Broke the Nazi Code, recount how Polish intelligence cracked Enigma with the help of a “disgruntled German Army cipher bureau employee [and] a trio of young Polish mathematicians.” As the danger of a Nazi invasion grew imminent, the Poles revealed their discovery to the French and British, ultimately contributing to the Allied victory. For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
7 September - Warren County, VA - Naval Intelligence Foundation Golf Tournament -- The Naval Intelligence Foundation Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, 7 Sept, 2004 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Warren County, Virginia. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Donald D. Engen Scholarship Fund, established to honor the memory of the former head of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum, and the Naval Intelligence Foundation Awards Program. The golf tournament's format is scramble/captain's choice. Check-in is 8 A.M. with a shotgun start at 9 A.M. Entry fee is $300 for a foursome. Corporate sponsorship is $400 with four entries for golf. Breakfast, lunch, lucky draw prizes, and raffles will be available. Registration forms and corporate sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Peter Buchan through E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 1-540-671-4435.
9 - 11 September - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Security Forum 2004 -- The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in conjunction with the Government of Catalonia, is hosting a unique international forum dedicated to studying local security and safety issues. The conference will consider security in the context of diversity and the information society and will bring together local authorities, policy makers, and security and law enforcement professionals from around the world to tackle the most pressing issues facing cities and communities. The focus of the conference will be the discussion and analysis of specific case studies presented by city, industry, and academic representatives which will provide specific tools and recommendations essential to forming and implementing security policy at the city, community, and organizational level. To get more information visit www.barcelona2004.org, or to register, Contact: James Perkins email@example.com
15 September - Miami, FL - Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce w/AFIO Miami Chapter Luncheon -- Science Fiction to Science Fact: Emerging Technologies That Will Change The World -- Radisson Hotel Miami, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Ballroom Level, 11:30 Registration. Luncheon Features: Dr. Hal Puthoff (Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, Science Advisor to NASA, Bigelow Aerospace) who will present his talk, “Zero Point Energy by 2012” & Dr. Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut - the sixth NASA astronaut to walk on the moon, Member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Discovery Science) who will present his talk, “Man on the Moon: What’s out there and what does it mean to human kind?” For more information, please contact Betsey Greene at (305) 577-5442 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 September - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Secrets and Survival: World War II Switzerland, Intelligence Center -- “Was neutral Switzerland a hush-hush hub for spies from both sides? Hear the truth about Switzerland’s Intelligence Service and its connection to Nazi Germany, Allied Intelligence operations in wartime Switzerland, and the activities of OSS agent and later CIA director Allen Dulles from three experts on the subject. Swiss historian, former diplomat, and military intelligence officer Dr. Pierre Th. Braunschweig, author of Secret Channel to Berlin, joins Dr. Joseph Hayes, the former Richard C. Helms Chair at the CIA, and James Srodes, author of Allen Dulles: Master of Spies, to disclose what really happened in ‘neutral’ Switzerland. H.E. Christian Blickenstorfer, Switzerland’s Ambassador to the United States, will offer introductory comments for this illuminating evening.” For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
23 September - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum -- You’re Stepping On My Cloak and Dagger -- “A sharp eye and a keen wit share equal space in Roger Hall’s classic memoir of his adventures as an American Army officer assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Published in 1957 to critical and popular acclaim, the book has become a cult favorite in intelligence circles. Hall’s irreverence only heightens the sobering reality of military life in time of war. From his intensive training in the parachute infantry to his last assignment in the war zone, Hall will share some of his favorite anecdotes to celebrate his book’s recent reissue.” For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
26 - 29 September - Reno, NV -- All bets are on you will not want to miss the joint meeting of the U. S. Marine Corps Tri-Association Intelligence Committee comprised of members of the Marine Corps Counterintelligence, the Marine Corps Intelligence and the Marine Corps Cryptologic Associations at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the Marine Intelligence Community’s fall conference which will involve active duty Marines attending from the “corners of the world,” current contingencies permitting. Friends of Marine Corps Intelligence are invited to attend. For additional details, contact Tom MacKinney (916) 983-6119 or at email@example.com
8 - 9 October 04 - East Lyme, Ct -- The New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association hosts a special reunion. For more information, contact: Phil Sirmons, 492 Boston Post Rd, East Lyme, CT 06333, 860-739-6006, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.ncva-ne.org
18 October - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Operation Overflight: A Son’s Perspective -- “Warming Cold War relations turned to ice on May 1, 1960, when the Soviets shot down American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Hear the gripping story of how the U-2 secret was exposed as told by the pilot’s son, Francis Gary Powers, Jr., founder of the Cold War Museum. He will share the behind-the-scenes details of his father’s U-2 training, his spyplane missions, and the wrenching story of his captivity, interrogation, and dramatic exchange for a Soviet Spy. Powers will also share how his family deals with this remarkable legacy. This program celebrates the recent re-release of Francis Gary Powers’ powerful memoir, Operation Overflight.” For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
24 October - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Spy School Workshop: Disguise 101 – “Skip the plastic surgeon. Hang up the Halloween costume. Never mind the witness protection program – you’ll learn how to transform your appearance and, yes, change your identity at this amazing session. Former CIA “Masters of Disguise,” Tony and Jonna Mendez, will share their expertise gained from years in the field, by demonstrating their tricks of the trade, and how seemingly subtle changes in dress, gesture, posture, speech, and facial expressions can create dramatic results. Old will become young and male morph into female before your very eyes! Will you detect who is concealing their real identity in your midst? Better yet, turn the table and see if you can fool the experts with your own disguise!” For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
24 October - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - KidSpy Operation Undercover: Secrets of Disguise -- “Join Tony and Jonna Mendez, who served as chiefs of disguise at the Central Intelligence Agency, as they share secrets used by real spies and transform the appearance of participating agents. With the assistance of professional make up artists, recruits will go under cover and create a new identity complete with walk, talk, facial expressions, and cover story. Recruits face the ultimate challenge in a mission to retrieve top secret information. Will your cover be blown? Will your disguise stand up to the test? Ages: 9-15. No Grown-Ups Allowed! For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
26 - 27 October - McLean, VA -- NMIA will hold its next classified Symposium at the MITRE facility in McLean VA on 26 & 27 October. For more information, visit www.nmia.org
9 November - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Inside Stories: Robert Hanssen - Colleague, Friend, and Traitor -- “He worked with Bob for 14 years at the Bureau, was a Supervisor in his chain-of-command for three years, and considered him a work-friend for over two decades. Don’t miss the unique insights of David G. Major, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Co-Founder of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and International Spy Museum Board Member, as he provides a rare glimpse into the personality and psychology of one of the most damaging spies in US history, former Supervisory Special Agent Robert Hanssen. Hear his perspective about why Hanssen’s betrayal was so difficult to uncover, what motivated him to spy for the Soviet Union, and what steps have been taken by security agencies in the aftermath of this case.” For more information, please visit http://www.spymuseum.org/do/programs.asp
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