WIN #36-04 dtd 4 October 2004

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   Goss Installs House Staffers in Senior CIA Jobs

   Italian Intel Helps Free Hostages


   Doubts Over Iraq Growing Within IC

   DoJ IG Finds FBI Failing in Timely Translations


   U.S. Cyber-Security Boss Quits DHS

   Internet Prime Tool for Islamist Militants



      Jihadi Poster Boy and CEO

      Surviving Saddam

      Khomeini and the Defeat of the Shah, Then Carter


      N.Y. Times Reports On Iraqi Aluminum Tubes Dispute

      New Zealand Deports Convicted Israeli Spies



      TECHEXPO Top Secret Job Fairs


      CIA Cry Babies Should Knuckle Down

   Coming Events

      5 Oct, 7 Oct - El Segundo, CA & Reston, VA - TECHEXPO Top Secret Job Fairs

      7 Oct - Washington, D.C. - Al-Qa’ida in Iraq

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

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

      26 - 27 Oct - McLean, VA -- NMIA Classified Symposium

      28 - 31 Oct - Linthicum, MD -- AFIO Annual Symposium

      Sept thru October - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum Events



GOSS INSTALLS HOUSE STAFFERS IN SENIOR CIA JOBS - In the first week of his appointment as DCI, former congressman Porter Goss has named four staff members from the House intelligence committee he headed to senior positions at Langley, the Washington Post reported on 1 October.


   Goss named Michael V. Kostiw as his executive director, the third-ranking post in the agency. Kostiw served in the CIA for ten years before becoming a lobbyist for ChevronTexaco Corp. and then staff director of the House subcommittee on terrorism.

   However, Kostiw resigned from the CIA in 1982 after being caught shoplifting at Langley, the Washington Post reported on 3 October, citing past and current agency officials. The CIA arranged for misdemeanor theft charges to be dropped and the police record expunged in return for his resignation and his agreement to get counseling, a former official said.

   Kostiw, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has been through the security vetting procedure, but final clearance has not been completed pending review of the allegations. He was to have been sworn in on 4 October. Effective late today, Kostiw has withdrawn his name from consideration.

   The current executive director, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, announced he was leaving after 6 1/2 years at the agency. A former investment banker, Krongard, was brought into the agency by then DCI Tenet to improve its management. Goss praised Krongard for bringing energy, dedication and a wealth of new ideas and said his efforts will be remembered.

   Goss named as his chief of staff Patrick Murray, the House committee's staff director. He appointed two other committee staffers to be special assistants. Jay Jakub is to deal with operations and analysis. He previously worked for the CIA as an analyst before becoming staff director of the House subcommittee on HUMINT and author of a report highly critical of the agency's HUMINT operations.  Merrell Moorhead was named as special assistant for strategic planning.

   According to the Post, the House intelligence committee developed a reputation in recent years among some members of Congress and national security agencies for ineffectiveness. It failed to produce a promised report on prewar intel on Iraq and often focused on topics that appeared tangential to the main problems the IC faced, officials told the Post.

   The Post quoted Howard Hart, a former senior operations officer, as saying, “It’s going to cause serious angst at the agency because of the poor relations they have had with the CIA. These people will have no credibility in the agency because of their past performance on the House intelligence committee staff."

   "There is great concern about the migration of Hill staffers to the agency because it creates a clash of cultures," another former senior CIA officer told the newspaper. "Hill people have a loyalty to an individual, not to the institution."

   But an administration official, familiar with the transition, said. "It is unfair to draw such conclusions at this time."

   The Post noted that when John Deutsch became DCI in 1995, he brought several former Democratic Hill staffers into the agency. Among them was George Tenet. (DKR)

ITALIAN INTEL HELPS FREE HOSTAGES - Italian intelligence officials were closely involved in the release of two Italian women aid workers held hostage in Iraq, the Daily Telegraph reported on 30 September.



   The women, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both 29, were freed for a ransom of $1 million or more, according to the head of the Italian parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, the BBC reported on 29 September. Contradicting denials by Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini that no ransom was paid, National Alliance member Gustavo Selva defended the government's acquiescence: "In principle, we shouldn't give in to blackmail but this time we had to."

   The Italian Red Cross and a junior government minister were also closely involved in freeing the women, as was a Lebanese go-between.

   The women said they did not know where they were held, but the magazine Panorama, owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, claimed they were held in a large Western style villa 30 miles outside Baghdad. Other people were kept in the villa, including several other Westerners.

   The magazine said that after Italian intelligence pinpointed their whereabouts, U.S. satellite intelligence confirmed it, the daily Corriere della Serra, reported. A government official flew to Iraq and an Italian secret service source made contact with the kidnappers and was given details of the women's condition through a tribal chief.

   The kidnappers at first demanded a ransom of $5 million and withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq. The final deal included, as well as the $1 million, Italian agreement for 30 sick Iraqi children to be sent to Italy for medical treatment, according to another newspaper, La Repubblica.

   Torretta said that when they were released, their captors gave them 10 copies of the Qu'ran translated into English, and a big supply of candy. Back home in Italy the women praised Iraqi insurgents for fighting U.S. occupation forces. (DKR)



DOUBTS OVER IRAQ GROWING WITHIN IC - A growing number of career officers in the IC and military believe the situation in Iraq is much worse, and the path to success much more tenuous, than as described by Bush administration officials, the Washington Post reported on 29 September, citing former and current officials and assessments by intel officers at the CIA, State and DoD.


   Officials contending with the Iraqi insurgency and studying it at the CIA and State, and within the Army officer corps, see it as deeper and more widespread than is being publicly acknowledged, the officials say.

   Officers at Langley are said to be angry at the policy in Iraq that they see as a disaster, with the hole being dug "deeper and deeper and deeper," a former intelligence officer told the Post. "There's no obvious way to fix it. The best we can hope for is a semi-failed state hobbling along with terrorists and a succession of weak governments," the officer said.

   An Army staff officer who served in Iraq said the situation there is getting worse. "There are things going on that are unbelievable to me. They have infiltrators conducting attacks in the Green Zone. That was not the case a year ago."

   Unlike other senior administration officials, Secretary of State Powell admitted the insurgency is growing stronger and that anti-Americanism is increasing in the Middle East. "Yes, it's getting worse," he said, referring to the insurgency on ABC's "This Week." The U.S. commander for the Middle East, Gen. John P. Abizaid, warned NBC's "Meet the Press" that "we will fight our way through the elections," set for January.

   An NIE in July, leaked to the press recently, estimated the best that could be expected was that Iraq achieved a tenuous stability over the next 18 months. The worst case would be the country's descent into civil war. The White House described the NIC’s assessment as the work of pessimists and naysayers and President Bush said the CIA was just guessing what the conditions in Iraq might be like. Bush later said, "I used an unfortunate word, 'guess.' I should have used 'estimate.' "

   "I'm not surprised if people in the administration were put on the defensive," said one CIA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We weren't trying to make them look bad, we're just trying to give them information. Of course, we're telling them something they don't want to hear."

   In January 2003, two months before the war began, the NIC warned the Bush administration of the potentially costly consequences of an American-led invasion of Iraq, the New York Times reported on 28 September.


   The warning was contained in two classified reports that predicted that a U.S. -led invasion would increase support for political Islam and result in a deeply divided Iraqi society, prone to violent internal conflict. One report also warned of a possible insurgency, arguing that elements of Saddam Husayn’s regime could work with Islamist groups or act independently in a guerrilla war. The reports also foresaw increased sympathy throughout the Muslim world for terrorist objectives.

   An intelligence expert with contacts at the CIA, State Department and DoD, said a real war was going on with not just the CIA against the administration on Iraq but State and the uniformed military as well. (DKR)

DOJ IG FINDS FBI FAILING IN TIMELY TRANSLATIONS - The FBI has failed to translate hundreds of thousands of hours of wiretap recordings from counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations since 9/11, despite steep increases in funding for new linguists and other translation services, according to a DoJ audit released on 27 September, the Washington Post reported.


   More than a third of al-Qa'ida-related audio recordings were not translated within 12 hours, as mandated by FBI Director Robert Mueller, and many did not even reach bureau headquarters within that time, according to DoJ IG Glenn Fine's audit, made public in a redacted version.

   The audit, completed in classified form in July, illustrates the difficulties the FBI and other parts of the IC have in attracting and retaining translators with expertise in Middle Eastern and South Asian languages. The audit also indicates how reliant the bureau and DoJ are on wiretaps authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

   Despite the infusion of more than 620 additional linguists since 9/11, the FBI reported that nearly 24 percent of counterintelligence and counterterrorism intercepts are not being monitored, according to Fines report. Mueller issued a statement saying the bureau had implemented many of Fine's recommendations, but that more remains to be done in its language services program. "We are giving this effort the highest priority," he said.

   As of April, the audit found, more than 123,000 hours of recordings had not been translated from such languages as Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Pashto. More than 370,000 hours of recordings in languages connected to counterintelligence probes had not been dealt with by the same month.

   The problems persist, Fine's report found, although the FBI now employs more than 1,200 linguists, compared with fewer than 900 three years ago. It spends $70 million annually on language services, compared with $21 million in fiscal 2001.

   The audit also found that the bureau lacks a computer storage capacity sufficient to keep up with the amount of recordings it makes. This may result in surveillance recordings being deleted before they can be reviewed.

   The audit also reported problems in ensuring that hundreds of newly hired linguists were providing accurate translations, according to the New York Times. While FBI policy requires linguists to undergo periodic proficiency exams, this was often ignored last year, the IG found. (DKR)



U.S. CYBER-SECURITY BOSS QUITS DHS - Amit Yoran, the top U.S. cyber-security official, resigned on 30 September. His departure, on one day's notice, raised fresh questions about progress in protecting computer networks from terror attacks, electronic viruses and other threats, government and industry officials told the Washington Post.


   Yoran, a security industry entrepreneur, quit one year after being taken on at DHS with a broad mandate to revitalize Bush administration efforts to better government and industry handling of computer security. He is the third cyber-security chief to leave in less than two years. He has declined to say why he resigned, but industry officials said he was disappointed in not being given as much authority as had been promised.

   Yoran was a co-founder and chief executive of Riptech Inc., an Alexandria network security firm bought by Symantec Corp. in July 2002 for $145 million. He was appointed director of the National Cyber Security Division in September 2003. His predecessors were Howard A. Schmidt, the White House adviser on cyber-security who resigned in April 2003, and Richard Clarke, the first director who quit in February of the same year. Both earlier directors warned of the need to increase efforts to combat computer and network attacks.

   When the cyber security division was attached to DHS, industry officials sought to have the director given a position at assistant secretary level with direct access to Secretary Ridge. But it was placed under Robert P. Liscouski, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection. The division has a staff of 60 and a $69 million budget this year.

   "In an age of physical terrorism and real-world threat," according to Kevin Poulsen, news editor at, "they're not giving cyber-security much attention."  (DKR)

INTERNET PRIME TOOL FOR ISLAMIST MILITANTS - The Internet, created in the 1960s as a communications network that could survive a Soviet nuclear attack, has emerged as a prime tool of Islamic radicals who use its anonymity to coordinate operations secretly and to get their message into the public sphere with little fear of detection, the Washington Post reported on 2 October.


   While half a dozen federal agencies have teams monitoring sites that carry postings from Islamist terrorist bodies, DoJ, employing the Patriot Act, has had only limited success in shutting down such sites on the grounds that they incite violence. An additional handicap is that U.S. officials must depend on the cooperation of foreign governments to shut down sites located abroad.

   One Abu Maysara acts as spokesman on the Web for Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian leader of Tawhid w'al Jihad, the most viciously brutal Islamist group active in Iraq, notorious for videoing the decapitation of hostages. Appearing on Islamist sites, Abu Maysara’s words and images reach millions of sympathizers with information, updated several times a week, about attacks on U.S. soldiers and the slaying of hostages.

   "There's no way of stopping it anymore," the Post reports Evan F. Kohlmann, a counterterrorism consultant, as saying. "It's extremely frustrating. They can send out quality videos to millions of people uncensored."

   The Internet has more than 1 billion linked computers, providing hiding places for underground groups. A message that seems to come from, say, Australia may in fact come from someone in Jordan who has accessed an Australian computer after going through the Netherlands by way of South Korea. Free e-mail and Web hosting services that require little, seldom checked information about users, protect secrecy.

   Peter Bardazzi, director of new media development at New York University, sees the Internet as enabling the terrorist to conduct unprecedented psychological warfare, shaping their own image and that of their enemies. The result, he believes is that the videos, such as those carefully staged ones showing beheadings, are affecting popular feelings about the war in Iraq in the same way that U.S. public opinion was affected by images of fighting during the Vietnam War. (DKR)




   JIHADI POSTER BOY AND CEO - Jonathan Randal, Osama: The Making of a Terrorist (Knopf, 339 pp. $26.95)

   Randal, a veteran journalist and author, has long experience of the Muslim world. He employs it to advantage in his account of the poster boy of international Islamist violence.

   Randal traces the emergence of the jihadis and their violence in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bosnia, and Chechnya. He finds much fault with the United States for walking away from Afghanistan as soon as the jihadis it had promoted drove the Soviets out of the country. The result a few years later was the Taliban installed in Kabul, providing hospitality to UBL, as he is known in USG circles.

   As Randal writes, Afghanistan was the first genuine jihad in defense of Islam since the Crusades – and the jihadis won.

   Randal sees UBL as an able CEO who has recruited the most able and hate-filled among Muslims of various backgrounds and who he uses as expendable lives, supposedly glorified by their acquiring martyrdom. Contrary to the widespread image of UBL as a rich man turned pious ascetic, it seems he trod the battlefields of Afghanistan in handmade boots while enjoying English chocolates. (DKR)

   SURVIVING SADDAM - Mahdi Obeidi, Kurt Pitzer, The Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam’s Nuclear Mastermind (Wiley, 256 pp. $24.95)

   After the Israeli air force took out Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981, Obeidi became the spearhead in Saddam Husayn’s quest for a centrifuge to enrich fissionable material for use in making nuclear weapons. Such work in Saddam’s Iraq led Obeidi into situations that Ian Fleming might have drawn on to test James Bond’s mettle.

   When war came to Iraq, Obeidi buried his data, drawings and sample components under a tree in his backyard. Pitzer was a journalist first embedded with the Army’s 3rd Infantry. But he left them as Baghdad fell and met Obeidi, whom he helped get his hoard into U.S. hands.

   The story they tell provides much information on Saddam’s WMD ambitions. As a personal tale, it is a gripping account of a man living for 20 years in a situation in which he was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. But Obeidi survived Saddam. (DKR)

   KHOMEINI AND THE DEFEAT OF THE SHAH, THEN CARTER - David Harris, Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah--1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam (Little, Brown, 432 pp. $26.95)

   Harris, formerly with the New York Times Magazine, narrates the conflict between the modernizing and autocratic Muhammad Reza Shah and the Islamofascist cleric, Ayatollah Khomeini that ended in the establishment of the theocratic state that opened a new era in Islamic history.

   As Harris recounts it, the Carter administration was caught off guard by the Islamists’ seizure of the U.S. Embassy and their taking 63 Americans hostage. Harris’ tale concludes with the bungled attempt to rescue the hostages that contributed to Carter’s defeat in the 1980 election. (DKR)


   N.Y. TIMES REPORT ON IRAQI ALUMINUM TUBES DISPUTE - CIA and senior administration officials have told the New York Times that although top nuclear scientists expressed serious doubts in 2001 that aluminum tubes found in Iraq were intended for making nuclear weapons, the Bush administration asserted the following year the tubes were irrefutable evidence, in the words of Vice President Cheney, that Saddam Husayn was rebuilding his nuclear weapons program.



   The tubes were only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, national security adviser Rice echoed on CNN on 8 Sept. 2002, In a lengthy article, the Times traced the attribution of a nuclear weapons making function to the tubes to a junior CIA analyst in 2001.

   Administration officials worried privately that the nuclear case was weak, but expressed sober certitude in public, the newspaper wrote.

   That no unconventional weapons have been found in Iraq is widely seen as a failure, resulting in part from groupthink. To the contrary, the Times says, an investigation it conducted shows nuclear and intel experts were bitterly divided over the tubes. But overwhelming momentum built up in support of the CIA assessment, reflecting a pattern of haste, secrecy, ambiguity, bureaucratic maneuver and persistent failure in the Bush administration and by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to ask hard questions, the newspaper concludes.

   Administration officials told the Times they relied on repeated assurances by then DCI Tenet that the tubes were for centrifuges used in making nuclear weapons. Tenet, in a statement, said he made it clear to the administration that the case for an Iraqi nuclear program was weaker than that for chemical and biological weapons and that alternative views on the tubes were shared with administration after a NIE issued late in September 2002.

   The Times article goes on to recount how the CIA analyst, identified only as Joe, arrived at the belief the tubes were intended to be used in centrifuges. (DKR)

   NEW ZEALAND DEPORTS CONVICTED ISRAELI SPIES - Two Israeli intelligence officers, found guilty of trying to illegally obtain a New Zealand passport, have been deported after being released early from prison, the BBC reported on 29 September.


   Uriel Kelman and Eli Cara were sentenced to six-months in prison on 15 July but released early for good behavior. They were also ordered to pay $33,000 each to the Cerebral Palsy Society as the man whose identity they tried to use to get a passport suffered from that disease.

   (See Mossad Officer Said to Deal with Criminals for Stolen Passports, WIN #26-04 dtd 26 July 2004)

   Both denied working for Mossad and claimed to be part of a criminal group trying to obtain the passport. They have appeals pending against their conviction.  A third man in the case, Zev Barkan, is thought to have fled the country. The Israeli government has never commented on the men's status.

   Prime Minister Helen Clark said she has no doubt whatsoever that the men were Israeli agents and severed high-level diplomatic relations with Israel. She has demanded Israel apologize before relations can be restored. (DKR)




   TECHEXPO Top Secret Job Fairs - On October 5th in El Segundo, CA at the Hacienda Hotel and on October 7th in Reston, VA more than 60 companies will be present at the Sheraton Reston.

   Opportunities in IT, Telecom, Engineering, Aerospace, Intelligence, Operations, & more. Accomplish several months worth of interviewing in one afternoon. FREE ADMISSION.

   Event information, companies participating, job postings, and early registration on

   Companies interested in recruiting, please call (212) 655-4505 ext 244 or email


   CIA Cry Babies Should Knuckle Down - An AFIO member, describing himself as a long-in-the-tooth, long-retired Clandestine Services officer, comments on DCI Goss's appointment of House staffers to senior posts in the agency (See 'Goss Installs House Staffers in Senior CIA Jobs' in Section I above):

   Walter Pincus and Dana Priest report in the Washington Post of 1 October that "there is no joy in Mudville” over the appointments.  They quote a former senior clandestine services officer as saying, "It looks as though he [Goss] is installing people known to be partisan politicos... it doesn’t bode well."

   And I say, may it not bode well for the incumbents who misled President Bush, hence our nation, with erroneous analyses of situations in Iraq.  May it not bode well for the incumbents who miscalculated requirements for human intelligence, notably in the Middle East, and the kinds of personnel needed for the job.  Quick exits by them are in order. Accountability ought to replace tolerance of insubordination and "groupthink."

   Pincus-Priest remind readers there have been similar concerns and anxieties at CIA headquarters when previous DCIs from outside the agency took over.  Actions taken by John Deutch when he became the DCI in 1995 are cited.  The practice dates back much further, to Adm. Stansfield Turner bringing aboard U.S. Navy underlings some 27 years ago (with consequent disruptions in the Clandestine Services).

   The CIA and House committee positions held by DCI Goss’s appointees indicate they will bring to the agency substantive experience, which the people in similar circumstances before them lacked.  Given the scrutiny that the media and Democrats on the Hill will accord them, it is doubtful that the four appointees could flex whatever partisan muscles they might have. Neither can DCI Goss.

   CIA crybabies should throw in their tear-sodden towels and knuckle down to the many formidable current tasks.

Coming Events

   5 October, 7 October - El Segundo, CA & Reston, VA- TECHEXPO Top Secret Job Fairs -- [See careers section for complete details.]

   7 October - Washington, D.C. - Al-Qa’ida in Iraq -- The Jamestown Foundation is holding a discussion on the current state of al-Qa'ida in Iraq and how it relates to the ongoing insurgency there.  It will take place at the National Press Club on Thursday, 7 October from 12 to 2 p.m.

   Three panelists will provide their perspectives on the problem and what significant trends are emerging concerning terrorism in Iraq. They are Prof. Ahmed S. Hashim of the U.S. Naval War College's strategic research department who recently conducted field research in Iraq; Stephen Ulph, a senior fellow of the Jamestown Foundation and editor of Jamestown's Terrorism Focus; and Mahan Abedin, editor of Jamestown's Terrorism Monitor, who is a specialist in Iraq and Iran.

   The event will be held in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.  A light lunch will be served. The event is open to the public and media.

   Those wishing to attend should inform Mike Bradow at (202) 364-5755, by fax at (202) 483-8337 or by email

   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 Reconnaissance Squadrons. V = Air/Aviation Q = Reconnaissance. The VQ squadrons VQ1 and VQ2 being the best known provide ELINT Order Of Battle data to on foreign countries to national level intel agencies. VQ1 stands for Fleet Air Reconnaissance 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 -- 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:

   26 - 27 October - McLean, VA - NMIA Classified Symposium -- NMIA will hold its next classified symposium at the MITRE facility in McLean, VA on 26 & 27 October. For more information, please visit http://www . nmia . com/

   28 - 31 October - Ft Meade, MD - AFIO National Symposium. Details at the top of this newsletter.

   MANY dates in October - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum hosts a wide variety of frequent programs in their building at 8th & F Streets. Visit their website at to review their offerings and to sign up for these programs.  Tickets can be quickly obtained using TicketMaster.


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