WIN #29-04 dtd 16 August 2004


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"Clandestine Operations in a Climate of Reform"


AFIO Summer Luncheon

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, 20 August 2004

Holiday Inn, Tyson's Corner, VA


Speakers: James L. Pavitt, just retired DDO, CIA

and Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the

International Spy Museum, former CIA, and current

AFIO Board Chairman


Prior luncheon sold out.

Postcard was sent to all current members

in DC / MD / VA.  Out of this area?

Reserve Now by sending charge info & names/numbers of guests


$30 per person

or Call AFIO HQ at 703.790.0320 to register


Peter Earnest will discuss the Museum, its success to-date,
the power of the Museum “brand,” and its first publication: The International Spy Museum’s Handbook of Practical Spying
for which he wrote the introduction and served as principal consultant.
He will also talk about the Museum’s new special exhibit,
The Enemy Within: Terror in America, 1776 to the Present.
The handbook will be for sale during the luncheon.



AFIO’s Special Fall Symposium/Convention

29 October through 31 October at a variety of secure locations near Baltimore, MD.


Some of the seminars and all lodging will be at the academic campus of The National Maritime Center 5700 Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Room reservations [$105/nite] should be made as soon as possible by calling Toll

Free: 866-629-3196 or at 410-859-5700. All rooms come with special continental breakfasts.


Make your flight reservations now to arrive at BWI Airport by Thursday evening 28 October. Plan for arrival on 28 October with departure at noon on the 31st.


Further details on the program in coming weeks.



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     Bush To Give NID Power Over IC Budgets, Staffing

     Pakistani Intel Seeking Qa'ida Operational Chief

     Polish Foreign Intel Gets New Boss



     Ex-DCI’s Urge Goss To Stay Neutral

     Australian Senate Says FBI Withheld Intel on Bali



     Missing Discs That Never Were?

     Biometric Passports Get Extra Year




         Lessons Learnt From The Achille Lauro Incident

         Making War On The Bureaucrats At The CIA And State

         Again The Banality of Evil    


         Serving And Former CIA Officers Unhappy With Goss Nomination

         CIA Worries Over TTIC And Its Possible Expansion




         Goss and CIA Colleagues Created Town Where They Retired 

     Letters / Queries

         Did You Work With Porter Goss in CIA in the 1960s?

         Totally Disagrees With Cordesman


     Coming Events

          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 - USMC Tri-Association Intelligence Committee Joint Meeting

         7 - 10 Oct - Memphis, Tennessee - VQ Association Reunion

         8 - 9 Oct - East Lyme, Ct -- New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association reunion

         18 Oct - Washinton, 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 November - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Inside Stories: Robert Hanssen - Colleague, Friend, and Traitor






BUSH TO GIVE NID POWER OVER IC BUDGETS, STAFFING - President Bush, in an apparent reversal, has decided that the new National Intelligence Director recommended by the 9/11 Commission should have budgetary and hire-and-fire authority over the Intelligence Community, the Washington Times reported of 16 August.

   "I have very good reason to believe that is what the president intends," said John Lehman, Navy secretary in the Reagan administration and a member of the commission.  Lehman would not elaborate, according to the UPI dispatch carried in the Times.

   "There are only two phrases that really give you power in this town," commission member Tim Roemer, a former Democratic congressman, said recently. "'Here's your money,' and 'You're fired.' "

   The commission's proposed endowing the NID with budgetary and staffing powers, something that has been received with displeasure by the Pentagon and its allies in Congress.  Defense officials have expressed fear that the proposed changes could curtail their authority over the DIA, NSA, NGA, and NRO.

   "Bureaucrats and Cabinet barons do not want their power reduced and will fight that, no matter how much the change might benefit the country," UPI quotes Patrick Lang as saying. Lang is a former senior DIA official. (DKR)


PAKISTANI INTEL SEEKING QA'IDA OPERATIONAL CHIEF - Pakistani intelligence officials have told the Daily Telegraph (London) that they have launched a manhunt for a Libyan, known as Abu Faraj Farj, who commands a network of overseas al-Qa'ida sleeper cells waiting to strike in the West.

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   The officials in the capital, Islamabad, speaking anonymously, described Farj as currently the top operational chief of al-Qa'ida and at one time a personal assistant to UBL. Farj is wanted in Pakistan on suspicion of involvement in two attempts to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf last December.

   The hunt for him follows a month of intense activity against suspected al-Qa'ida operatives in Pakistan that followed the arrest of Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, a computer whiz whose laptop contained surveillance information on five financial targets in the United States and London's Heathrow airport.

   Qa'ida operatives updated surveillance on the financial institutions in the cities of New York, Newark and Washington as recently as this spring, according to a senior White House official, the New York Times reported on 14 August. But the authorities said they still had no direct evidence of an active terror plot. (

   According to a Pakistani intelligence source, al-Qa'ida hit teams are planning to assassinate British politicians and other international leaders closely linked with President Bush. These targeted killings would be carried out simultaneously in a number of countries, The Times (London) reported on 12 August.


   Key al-Qa'ida lieutenants now in custody are said to have revealed how bin Laden is still personally involved in drawing up plans for a new wave of attacks against the West, the daily said. It cited a Pakistani intelligence source as saying on 11 August that bin Ladin has given the go-ahead to target important places and personalities in the United States, United Kingdom and Pakistan.

    Details of the assassination plot were said to have been found on a computer belonging to Khan. The computer also contained meticulous details of how suicide bombers would hit airports and buildings in Britain and America.

   Pakistani officials have apparently shared details of their discovery with countries vulnerable to attack. These are believed to include Yemen, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as Pakistan. President Musharraf of Pakistan has already escaped two attempts on his life this year.

   A Tanzanian-born suspect, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, apparently told his captors al-Qa'ida wanted to create chaotic conditions during the presidential elections in November.

   The Pakistani evidence indicates that Qa'ida old hands and new recruits have formed a nucleus.  The Washington Post quoted a senior U.S. counterterrorism official as saying al-Qa'ida's resilience and ability to reconstitute itself was remarkable. It was not known whether the present al-Qa'ida is the same that bombed U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.


    Juliette Kayyem, head of the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, called the suspects descendants of the old guard. "There is still this network,” she said. “It may not be as big or as powerful, but it's still around." (DKR)


POLISH FOREIGN INTEL GETS NEW BOSS - In a controversial appointment, Poland’s Prime Minister Marek Belka has named Andrzej Ananicz chief of the AW (Agencji Wywiadu), the country’s foreign intelligence agency.

   Ananicz, who has studied Turkish and Iranian affairs, has been Poland’s ambassador to Turkey since 2001. He is also a former vice-minister of foreign affairs and served as an aide to President Lech Walesa. He succeeds Zbigniew Siemiatkowski at AW.

   Siemiatkowski was the last director of the UOP (Urzad Ochrony Panstwa), the Office for State Protection, created in 1990 as successor to the Communist UB (Urzad Bezpieczenstwa) Security Office. In 2002, the UOP was dissolved and its functions taken over by the AW, to which    Siemiatkowski moved, and the AWB (Agencja Bezpieczenstwa Wewnetrznego) or Interior Security Agency.

   The appointment of Ananicz, who is associated with the right wing of Polish politics, provoked intense criticism from members of Belka’s own SLD (Democratic Left Alliance) whose parliamentary group he failed to consult on the matter. The SLD is the successor to the old Communist Party.

   Belka justified the appointment by saying that he wished those running the agency to be competent to do so and no longer be chosen on the basis of their political affiliations. He made the decision to go ahead with naming Ananicz on 31 July, after President Aleksander Kwasniewski endorsed it, the daily Rzeczpospolita reported.

    Belka also would like to get rid of the Andrzej Barcikowski, chief of the AWB. Barcikowski is another former chief of UOP. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, Belka has been unable to send Barcikowski packing because of the political turbulence aroused by the Ananicz appointment.

    Belka has, however, replaced the AWB deputy director, Gen. Pawel Pruszynski, another veteran of the Communist security service and an SLD member. The new DD is a major who joined the agency in 1990 after Poland recovered its independence from Soviet control.

    Pruszynski's appointment to the AWB in 2002 was seen as part of a comeback by former Communist security agents.

   Belka, who took over from another SDL premier, Leszek Miller, in May, is still busy with making new governmental appointments. (DKR)






EX-DCI'S URGE GOSS TO STAY NEUTRAL - Former DCI Woolsey has warned DCI-designate Porter Goss to be prepared to be disliked. If confirmed by the Senate, Goss will find that he is regarded as the skunk at the garden party, the Christian Science Monitor reported Woolsey as saying.


   "Your assignment is to be a truth teller, the messenger with often unpleasant assessments to give the White House and Congress," said Woolsey who was DCI from February 1993 to January 1995. "Like most people, they usually want to hear what they want to hear, not necessarily what you have to say. In other words, no stove-piping or spinning."

   Woolsey also cautioned Goss, a Republican congressman, to cut all partisan threads once he moves to Langley: "Otherwise, your information, your stock and trade, will be suspect."

   Stansfield Turner, DCI from March 1977 through January 1981, told Goss the same thing: "Do everything that you can, Porter, to assure people that you will not be swayed by partisan political concerns in the way you produce intelligence. We've had enough of that with the weapons of mass destruction and the Al Qa'ida/Saddam link. The public is already skeptical of our intelligence. You've got to try to restore that confidence despite the handicap you have coming from a partisan political background."

   William Webster, DCI from May 1987 to August 1991, urged Goss to build trust with truth. In testifying before Congress, said Webster, remember the 4C's: Be correct, candid, complete, and consistent.  Know your place, Webster also said. The new director needs to know he is not the shaper of policy but the informer of policy that others make.

   Further advise from Webster was not to shy away from the phrase, "I don't know" and not to be afraid to change his mind. "Being a flip-flopper is not a bad thing when new intelligence comes in overnight."

   Other admonitions:

     Don't let other people pick your metaphors.  "Connecting the dots," Woolsey said, is the stupidest metaphor. "In a kid's book, you connect the dots. The dots have numbers. In intelligence, not only are not all of the dots there, but there are no numbers on them," he says. "The whole point is figuring out whether you're looking at a picture of a rhinoceros or a rutabaga. Often, you don't know the answer."

     Your job doesn't require a crystal ball Goss was told. Forget about trying to predict the future - it's impossible. The intelligence game is about risk assessment, scenario planning and making sure policymakers know the probability of something happening.

     "What people want to know about any incoming Director of Central Intelligence," said Woolsey, "is that he's going to call it straight, no matter what. You owe that pledge in the confirmation hearings." (DKR)


AUSTRALIAN SENATE SAYS FBI WITHHELD INTEL ON BALI - The Melbourne newspaper the Age reported on 13 August that an inquiry by the Australian Senate found the FBI withheld information with the result that the Canberra authorities issued a milder warning in 2002 than they otherwise might have about travel to Bali. In October of that year, Islamists carried out a bombing attack on tourist nightspots at Kuta on Bali in which 202 people died, 88 of them Australians.


   The inquiry confirmed the FBI had obtained information from a senior al-Qa'ida operative, named Jabarah, early in 2002. He told the bureau that Hambali, operational commander of Jemaah Islamiah, a South East Asian Islamist group with links to al-Qa'ida, was planning to conduct small bombings in bars, cafes, and nightclubs frequented by Westerners. The information was not given to Australia until after the October attack.

   "At the very least, such information about Hambali's intentions, had it arrived earlier, would have assisted Australian intelligence agencies to enhance their assessments of the terrorist threat in Indonesia, and could well have resulted in stronger travel advice being issued," The Age quoted the inquiry as saying.

   The inquiry also criticized Canberra's Department of Foreign Affairs for describing the situation in Bali before the bombings as calm and that tourist services were normal. This sent the wrong message when there was growing evidence of a terror campaign in Indonesia. ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organization) had made it plain that JI had singled out Australians as targets. Since the bombings, ASIO has participated regularly in the travel advice process.

   Before the bombings, about 20,000 Australians went to Bali every month despite ASIO's high threat assessment. They continue to head to Bali at the rate of 15,000 a month despite official warnings. (DKR)





MISSING DISCS THAT NEVER WERE? - When two discs containing classified information were reported missing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, all classified work at the nuclear research center was closed down.

   The shutdown, that began over four weeks ago, was meant to facilitate the search for the discs. But now it seems they may never have existed, the British Web site The Register reports.


   In a statement issued after touring Los Alamos on 9 August, Pete Domenici, chairman of Senate’s Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, said the lab's inventory system was so bad it was impossible to say whether or not the discs were missing. Their disappearance could easily have been the result of a false positive in the inventory system.

   Not surprisingly, then, the Department of Energy issued an 11-page report on 11 August calling for a better hardware inventory at Los Alamos, Computer World reported.


   The report found inadequate security controls on some 5,000 laptops and 40,000 desktops at the facility. Some computers, it found, had never been inventoried. The report concluded an investigation DoE began in 2002. (DKR)


BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS GET EXTRA YEAR - Countries whose citizens can enter the United States without visas will get an extra year to provide tamper-proof passports under legislation signed 9 August by President Bush, the Washington Post reported. 


   U.S. ports of entry also get a year longer to install equipment for processing machine-readable entry and exit documents containing biometric identifiers.

   To ease security concerns, travelers who are not required to obtain visas still must submit to fingerprinting and digital photographing, as all other visitors have been required since 2003, according to State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli.

   Following 9/11, Congress voted to require biometric passports that allow officials to match a person's unique physical characteristics with a digital passport photograph. The law applies to travelers from 27 countries, mostly in Europe, who are not required to have visas to enter the United States.

   In April, Secretary of State Powell and Homeland Security Secretary Ridge requested a two-year extension beyond the Oct. 26, 2004 deadline for issuing the biometric passports. The additional time, they said, was needed to solve problems such as chip durability and to settle issues involving the right to privacy. House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), sponsor of the legislation, said countries are making progress in developing the new passports and agreed to a one-year extension. (DKR)








    LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE ACHILLE LAURO INCIDENT - Michael K. Bohn, The Achille Lauro Hijacking: Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism (Brassey, 240 pp, $26.95)

    Cdr. Michael K. Bohn (USN ret.) was director of the White House Situation Room in Reagan’s second term during which the Palestinian assault took place on the liner Achille Lauro with the murder of a wheel chair bound American, Leon Klinghoffer.

    Bohn provides a case study of the highly complex forces underpinning both terrorist activities and responses to them. The result is a timely work providing valuable insights into the phenomenon that weighs so heavily on the present time. (DKR)


    MAKING WAR ON THE BUREAUCRATS AT THE CIA AND STATE - Laurie Mylroie, Bush vs the Beltway: The Inside Battle Over War in Iraq (Regan Books, paperback, 272pp. $14.95)

    The appearance of a paperback edition of Bush vs the Beltway follows the success of the hardcover edition published last year. Mylroie is an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and has taught at Harvard and the U. S. Naval War College This controversial book is Mylroie's account of the story behind the buildup to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mylroie asserts that CIA and State Department factions falsely discredited intelligence about Saddam Husayn’s regime and considers the bureaucrats involved to have been cynical and self-serving, even at cost to national security.

    As Mylroie sees it, the peace and prosperity the Clinton administration claimed was illusory with the administration failing to see and deal with a growing threat from Saddam's arms build-up after the 1991 Gulf War. She also dismisses as wrongheaded the notion of Islamist terrorist groups without any state backing and devotes a chapter to the tactics of deception and denial employed by the United States and Britain during World War II. Similar methods, she argues, could be employed to persuade governments that al-Qa'ida had no links to Saddam's Iraq. (DKR)


    AGAIN THE BANALITY OF EVIL - Leon Goldensohn, The Nuremberg Interviews: An American Psychiatrist’s Conversations with the Defendants and Witnesses (Knopf, 544 pp. $35) Coming in October.

    Goldensohn was a U.S. Army psychiatrist assigned to the Nuremberg trials in 1946. His experience with the Nazi war criminals was a kind of confirmation before the fact of what Hannah Arendt later called the banality of evil in her account of another Nazi criminal, Adolph Eichman.

    Goldensohn sought motivations in the defendants’ childhoods for their monstrous behavior as adults. He found little to go on, just as he found that most of them were ordinary people who had seized opportunities to improve their situation in the world. Few showed any repentance and tended to blame the failure of Hitler to deliver his thousand-year Reich on betrayal of Nazi ideals. (DKR)




    SERVING AND FORMER CIA OFFICERS UNHAPPY WITH GOSS NOMINATION - President Bush's nomination of Rep. Porter Goss to be DCI has been met with less than joy among several serving and former CIA officials, UPI reported in the Washington Times of 11 August.


    Bush's description of Goss, 65, a Florida Republican, as "the right man with strong experience in intelligence and in fighting against terrorism" was immediately disputed by two former senior officials.

    Judith Yaphe, a former senior Iraq analyst at the agency, asked UPI when Goss had been at the agency and was told he had been a case officer from the mid-1960s until 1971. "But that is so long ago," she commented. "It's not as if the cultures at the agency now were anywhere near what they were back then. I would worry about his genuine depth of knowledge."

    Some weeks ago, Yaphe charged Goss with making deliberate statements that undercut Acting DCI McLaughlin. "John is a decent, well-meaning man, and Goss really screwed him," she said. Yaphe is currently a senior research fellow at the National Defense University.

    Larry Johnson, also a former CIA officer, questioned Goss's qualifications, too, saying: "There is one thing Goss didn't really do for the last several years, he didn't chair the House Intelligence Committee, in spite of what his resume claims. Instead, he did the dead man's float."

    According to Johnson, Goss did not push through real reforms and get more funding for badly needed clandestine assets.

    Former CIA counterterrorism chief Vince Cannistraro found that, "Goss has never been very distinguished, but he's protected. He's a Bush loyalist and has been in the forefront of those who have tried to place the major blame for the 9/11 attacks on the agency."

    Several serving intelligence sources told UPI Goss and other Bush advocates ignore the degree of opposition inside the agency to such errors as the inclusion in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address of the assertion that Niger was seeking to sell uranium to Iraq.

    Congress is currently attempting to call as witnesses CIA GS-9s and GS-10s who signed off on documents that condemned the Niger allegations as false, congressional sources said.

    As Yaphe sees it, Goss appointment would "do nothing but cause more disarray at Langley." (DKR)


    CIA WORRIES OVER TTIC AND ITS POSSIBLE EXPANSION - A secret report to former DCI Tenet earlier this year warned that the Terrorist Threat Integration Center could undermine CIA operations against suspected terrorists overseas, the Washington Times reported on 13 August.

    Former DDCIA Richard Kerr, who wrote the report, told UPI he was concerned about consolidating counterterrorist activities in a single center such as TTIC, created by President Bush last year. TTIC is intended to analyze all information the U.S.G. obtains about terrorist plans. Kerr fears the agency's offensive operational efforts could be diluted by deploying its best personnel outside the agency to a center doing essentially defensive work.

    Offensive operations have been very effective at stopping terrorist plans, breaking up their infrastructure and capturing their leadership, all overseas, Kerr said. "They are critical activities in the war on terror."

    Kerr said his recommendations, delivered to Tenet last spring, had been overtaken by events when the 9/11 Commission published its own conclusions in July. The commission called for creation of a National Counter-Terrorism Center. All counterterror activities from special forces operations to kill suspected terrorist leaders to FBI surveillance of U.S. citizens would be planned at the center.

    Within the CIA there has been widespread concern over the integration center and its expansion as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. (DKR)








    GOSS AND CIA COLLEAGUES CREATED TOWN WHERE THEY RETIRED - Porter J. Goss and others who retired from the CIA three decades ago after serving in the Directorate of Operations settled on Sanibel Island, near Fort Meyer, FL. There they created and ran a new community, the New York Times reported on 13 August. 


    They set up a profitable newspaper and a local government to fend off commercial development of the beaches. They also helped Goss get elected to Congress where he has served for 15 years.

    Old friends of Goss told the Times he was in London in the late 1960's as a clandestine service officer, recruiting and supervising spies and foreign agents, much as he had previously done in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Two of his friends, Donald F. Whitehead, who was in the Paris station at the time and Fred Valtin, working in Germany, later arrived on Sanibel before Goss. They were on hand when he joined them to help him recuperate from a nearly fatal infection that ended his career with the agency.

    The three founded the weekly Island Reporter in 1973. Goss went to meetings of the Lee County commissioners and brought back information that Whitehead, the editor, would write up. Valtin was the business manager. He had been budget director at Langley when he retired.

    When Sanibel was incorporated in 1974, Goss was elected to the City Council and became the first mayor. He served on the Lee County Commission from 1983 to 1988, when he was elected to Congress.

    Developers complained that the CIA was coming down to Sanibel, buying up property and would take over the island. (DKR)


Letters / Queries


     DID YOU WORK PORTER GOSS IN CIA IN 1960s?  "I'm a reporter for the Miami Herald (27 years experience, including 6 years in Washington) and I'm working on a profile of Porter Goss. I have covered him on and off the last few years, especially when he and Sen. Bob Graham co-chaired the Sept. 11 congressional investigation.
I'm interested in talking with anyone who worked with or knew Porter Goss in the 1960s when he was a CIA officer in Latin America and Europe. I understand there are restrictions on what can be discussed. (fyi: my father-in-law, the late Charles Merchant, served in the agency into the mid-1980s. He was in Germany, Iran, Greece and Langley, and lived many years in Springfield, Va.)." REPLIES TO Frank Davies, Miami Herald correspondent in DC, e-mail: or at office: 202-383-6054 or cell: 703-288-901.


    TOTALLY DISAGREES WITH CORDESMAN - A.J.J. writes: Totally disagree with Cordesman view of the 9/11 Report. [See 'Cordesman: 9/11 Commission Report Lacks Specifics,' WIN #28-04 dtd 9 August 2004] Don't think he understands things can not remain the way they are.  He should have read the report with more objectivity. The Intelligence Community did let the nation down, we need to accept that and make changes.  Interesting, he did not comment on the recommendations to change things in Congress.


Coming Events


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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: 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, or to register, Contact: James Perkins


    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:


    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


    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


    26 - 29 September 04 - Reno, NV - USMC Tri-Association Intelligence Committee Joint Meeting -- 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 


    7 - 10 October - Memphis, Tennessee - VQ Association Reunion -- Fleet Air Reconnaissance Association (VQ-1, 2, 5, 6 and Security Group Support) is holding its annual reunion in Memphis, Tennessee October 7-10, 2004.  For details and sign up information please contact Allan Prevette, 3232 Village 3, Camarillo, CA 93012, phone: (805) 482-1204, email:  The VQ Association web page is at:    VQ is a Navy abbreviation for Fleet Air Reconnaisance Squadrons. V = Air/Aviation Q = Reconnaisance. The VQ squadrons VQ1 and VQ2 being the best known provide ELINT Order Of Battle data to on foriegn countries to national level intel agencies. VQ1 stands for Fleet Air Reconnaisance Squadron ONE. The Navy EP3E (PR31) aircraft that suffered a collision with a Chinese F8 interceptor in 2001 was a VQ1 aircraft.


    8 - 9 October 04 -- East Lyme, CT - Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association Reunion -- 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,, or visit their website at:


    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 spy plane 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


    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


    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


    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


    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




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