WIN #43-04 dtd 22 November 2004

The Political Tug-of-War over Money and Power -
The Intelligence Community Restructure Battle
 

Philip D. Zelikow

Executive Director, 9/11 Commission
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

- afternoon speaker -

Problems the Commission faces with adoption of its findings
and what he foresees in a restructuring of the intelligence community.

-- AND --

Islamic Terrorist Extremism - Abroad and Within - Europe's Late Awakening
the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies
.
 

Dr. George Friedman

Founder/Chairman, Stratfor, Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

Author of the recently released and very riveting  "America's Secret War"

- morning speaker -

FRIDAY, 14 January 2005


Time:  10:30 a.m. for badge pick-up.
Morning speaker at 11 am; lunch at noon; Zelikow at 12:45; close at 2 pm.
$35/person - current AFIO members and their guests, only.

Where: Tyson's Corner Holiday Inn.
Newly released intelligence books will be on display and on sale. 

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NOTICE TO MEMBERS:  AFIO'S WINTER LUNCHEON

SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

   Goss Moves to Step Up Clandestine Operations

   Mossad Counterterror Policies Spark Resignations

   Powell Cites Walk-In’s Unvetted Intel on Iran’s Nuke Quest

SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

   DoD Policy-makers Welcome CIA Shakeup

   Republicans Kill Adoption of Intel Reform Bill

SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE

   DHS Increases Budget for Privacy Concerns

   In-Q-Tel in Deal to Develop Distributed Indexing Capacity

   Al-Qa'ida Internet Magazines Continue In Saudi Arabia

SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

   Books

      Historical Guide to the Nuclear Arms Industry

   Issues

      AFIO Member Asks Whatever Happened To Al-Qa'ida's Attack On America?

SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES, CORRECTIONS, COMING EVENTS, OBITUARIES

   Notes

      AFIO Member Wins Suit Against Cuba

   Letters

      Keep Gitmo Cover Story in Tact

   Queries

      Seeking Participants in WWII FBI SIS Program

   Coming Events

      30 November - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Spies on Screen: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

      1 December - Alexandria, VA - CT-CI Academy - A Taste of Chinese Intelligence

      6 - 7 December - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - SCIP Hosts Master of CI Series

      9 December - Alexandria, VA - CT-CI Academy - Terrorist Surveillance Detection Field Exercise

      10 January - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Spies on Screen: Behind the Scenes of BBC Video’s MI-5

      14 January 05 - Tyson's Corner, VA - AFIO's Winter Luncheon - Zelikow on "The Political Tug-of-War over Money and Power - Intelligence Community Restructure Battles"....

      25 January - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Dinner with a Spy: Victor Cherkashin

      1 February & 8 February - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Inside Stories: America Held Hostage - 444 Days to Freedom (2 Part Series)

      8 - 10 February - Crystal City, VA - New Intel Conference Debuts

      24 February - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Lunchtime Author Debriefing and Book Signing - Spies of the Kaiser

      1 March & 15 March - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Sisterhood of Spies: Shady Ladies in Espionage (2 Part Series)

      10 March - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum - Lunchtime Author Debriefing and Book Signing - Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage

      21 - 22 March - Washington, D.C. - EMININT 2005

      6 - 9 April - Chicago, IL - SCIP Annual Conference

      15-16 April - Saratoga Springs, NY - Cryptologic Veterans Reunion

   Obituary

      Harry Elmer Fitzwater

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SECTION I -- CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

GOSS MOVES TO STEP UP CLANDESTINE OPERATIONS - DCI Goss told his new DDO this week to launch a much more aggressive espionage campaign that would use undercover officers to penetrate terrorist groups and hostile governments such as North Korea and Iran, USA Today reported on 17 November, citing a senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of Goss' plans. Goss wants to train and field more officers with non-official cover, the official said.

   (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-11-17-cia-plans_x.htm)

  The new strategy differs from the agency's traditional style in HUMINT that had field officers under diplomatic cover seek to recruit agents and gather information from allied intel services. Such methods are fruitless with terror groups and countries where the United States has no diplomatic representation, such as North Korea and Iran.

   If caught spying, field officers with diplomatic cover are typically expelled from the country. Officers caught under deep cover could expect no protection and could be executed. If caught trying to penetrate a terrorist group, they could expect to be tortured before being murdered.

   The shift to aggressive field operations was Goss' first major move to implement the strategy he laid out on 14 September, his first day as DCI. He told staff then that the CIA is the pointy end of the spear in the war on terrorism and that now was the time the pointy end was needed.

   The speech was distributed to agency employees worldwide. Portions of it were read to USA Today by an official who described Goss' plans for transforming espionage operations. The official also read portions of an e-mail Goss sent to agency employees on 15 November saying they should provide unbiased intelligence and warned that staff "do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the administration or its policies."

   The agency's core business, Goss said, was close-in access to the plans and intentions of adversary states and terror groups. While he expects the strategy to yield successes, he said, there would also be painful failures he would have to explain to Congress. Goss said he would give field officers more autonomy to do their work and that he would back them if they fail.

   The changes in HUMINT gathering came as this year's defense authorization bill gave DoD power to spend up to $25 million to support foreign forces, irregular forces, groups or individuals. Up to now financing such forces has been in the hands of the CIA only.

   The new head of the clandestine service, who is under cover, took up his post on 16 November. (DKR)

MOSSAD COUNTERTERROR POLICIES SPARK RESIGNATIONS -- More than 200 Mossad operatives and departmental supervisors have reportedly quit the agency in protest at its chief's foreign counterterrorism policies, Agence France-Presse reported on 15 November.

   Meir Dagan, appointed to head the agency in 2002 by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is blamed for overly risky operations and a precipitous decline in relations with the CIA. (DKR)

POWELL CITES WALK-IN’S UNVETTED INTEL ON IRAN’S NUKE QUEST -Secretary of State Powell shared information with reporters on 17 November about Iran's nuclear program provided to U.S. intelligence by a walk-in earlier this month, the Washington Post reported. The informant brought more than 1,000 pages purported to be Iranian drawings and technical documents, including a nuclear warhead design and modifications to enable Iranian ballistic missiles to deliver an atomic strike.

   (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61079-2004Nov18.html)

   U.S. officials said the information was as yet unvetted.  Lack of certainty about the source had kept officials from talking publicly about the information, the Post said, and Powell's comments caught intelligence officials by surprise, angering some of them. An official agreed to discuss the information on the condition of anonymity and only because Powell had alluded to it publicly.

   Powell and other senior Cabinet members were briefed last week on the material that was stamped "No Foreign," meaning not to be shared with other governments. President Bush, however, last week allowed portions of the material to be shared with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

   If the information is confirmed, it would mean Iran is further along than previously known in developing a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it. The documents included a specific warhead design based on implosion and adjustments aimed at outfitting the warhead on existing Iranian missile systems. The Iranians claim their Shahab III missile has a range of over 1,250 miles.

   U.S. intelligence has estimated that if Iran is successful in constructing and running thousands of highly sophisticated centrifuge parts for enriching uranium, it could create a nuclear device in three to five years. Under an agreement announced on 14 November and negotiated by Britain, France and Germany, Iran is to suspend work on enriching uranium, a key element in the production of nuclear bombs.

   The source that provided the information was not previously known to U.S. intel and the CIA remains unsure about the authenticity of the documents and how they came into the informant's possession. A second official would say only that there are questions about the source of the information.

   Officials who spoke to the Post said they did not know the identity of the source or whether the individual was connected to the Paris-based National Council for Resistance in Iran. The NCRI is the political front of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, a cult-like Marxist terrorist organization that conducted guerrilla operations against the Tehran regime from bases in Saddam Husayn's Iraq.

   In 2002 and 2003, MEK provided reliable information on concealed Iranian nuclear activities. Other MEK intelligence has been reported as unreliable. On 17 November MEK, through the NCRI, asserted that the Iranians were continuing work on enriched uranium at a secret defense ministry site in Tehran and intended to go on doing so despite their promise not to do so.

   The day after Powell spoke to reporters, the administration told British, French and German diplomats that Powell misspoke in releasing information that had not yet been verified, sources said. The following day, Powell's spokesman, Adam Ereli, said, "The secretary did not misspeak." (DKR)

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SECTION II -- CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

DoD POLICY-MAKERS WELCOME CIA SHAKEUP - The ongoing shake-up at the CIA is a welcome development for senior civilian Pentagon officials that promises to end the agency's below-the-radar opposition to aspects of President Bush's war on terrorism, the Washington Times reported on 17 November.

   (http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20041117-123335-5881r.htm)

   Some CIA's analysts opposed the military's large role in a war against al-Qa'ida and Usama bin Ladin, DoD sources told the Times. Prior to 9/11 the agency had the lead role in pursuing al-Qa'ida, but after that SecDef Rumsfeld took over and gave DoD a terrorist-hunting mission that trespassed on some CIA roles.

   According to a Pentagon adviser who has played a significant role in counterterror policy, the CIA did not want to combine capabilities within the agency that could improve analysis and operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere. "The feeling in the Pentagon was we had been saying for some time that these guys were dangerous and we didn't get any backing from the CIA," a former official said.

   While the SecDef and DCI Tenet had a good working relationship, relations between DoD policy-makers and CIA analysts were often testy. The analysts were said to express opposition to going to war with Iraq and filed pessimistic reports that seemed to always leak to the liberal press, the Times said.

   Last year a senior DoD official told the Times that an Iraq station chief had made dire predictions on Iraq, leaked to the press within days of its arrival in Washington. The dispatch contained a long list of "CCs" all the way down to Navy battle group commanders at sea, meaning tens of thousands saw the report. "This report was designed to leak," the official alleged.

   Pentagon officials said Rumsfeld worked to give Special Operations Command authority to collect its own intelligence. CIA paramilitary forces were so poorly staffed, they said, the Pentagon transferred scores of active duty Special Ops personnel to the agency. In July 2002, Rumsfeld signed a secret order to the Joint Chiefs and SO Command authorizing commandos to perform spying activities. Since then, SOCom has increased intelligence training for Green Berets at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Lewis, Wash. (DKR)

REPUBLICANS KILL ADOPTION OF INTEL REFORM BILL - Hours after House and Senate negotiators reached final agreement on 20 November on a bill to implement recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, the House Republican Conference rejected it, with members telling their leaders that the Senate and President Bush were asking for too much power for an NID and too little in new immigration security, the Washington Times reported.

   (http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20041120-113709-6934r.htm)

   When a group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, demanded a full caucus meeting, it became clear a strong majority of Republicans agreed with the chairmen of the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees, who objected to the intelligence and immigration provisions. Hastert plans to call Congress back in December and hopes that an agreement could be approved then, but members on both sides of the split said they don't expect anything to change.

   The intelligence bill was supposed to be one of the final votes of the 108th Congress.

   House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter made the most compelling argument, Hastert said. "Duncan was concerned that the proposed reform could endanger our troops in the field, who use real-time intelligence to fight the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.” But Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, said the measure simply wasn't a threat to the military. "The commander in chief, in the middle of a war, has said he needs this bill to help him carry out his duties to help him protect the American people and the war fighters," he said. He called rejection of the bill a victory for ideological or policy rigidity.

   "I think what you're seeing here is the forces in favor of the status quo protecting their turf, whether it's in the Congress or in the bureaucracy," Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said.

   Bush, speaking at a news conference in Chile on 21 November, said he was disappointed that the bill did not pass, adding, "When I get home, I look forward to getting it done.'' (DKR)

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SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE

DHS INCREASES BUDGET FOR PRIVACY CONCERNS - Congress has given the DHS Security Department's Privacy Office a fivefold budget increase for fiscal 2005, to $35 million, Government Computer News reported on 16 November.

   (http://www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/27903-1.html)

   DHS' Nuala O'Connor Kelly told the Inside ID Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C. about the budget boost on 16 November. She said that with a staff of more than 450, she was trying to establish a framework for evaluating new data collection technologies and information sharing with other agencies and jurisdictions.

   Kelly heads the first statutorily mandated privacy office. She said she and her staff ask DHS program managers, “Why are you doing this? Is there a legitimate policy purpose?”  That forces program managers to refine what they do so as not to be burdened by extraneous information collection.

   In evaluating new technologies, she said, DHS was looking at biometric initiatives as well as at other U.S. agencies and foreign governments, especially regarding the use of radio frequency identification tags that contain personal information.

   Another focus is adequate provision for redress if personal information held by the government is incorrect. "Where is the data kept, and who can access it for accountability?" she asked. She was challenging DHS to make redress possible through 800 numbers and Web sites. (DKR)

IN-Q-TEL IN DEAL TO DEVELOP DISTRIBUTED INDEXING CAPACITY - In-Q-Tel, a private, CIA-funded venture group, has selected Convera Corporation, a leading provider of search and categorization software, to expedite development of a distributed indexing capability, Business Wire.com reported on 15 November.

   In-Q-Tel chose Convera for its ability to build enterprise search solutions that enable the IC to extract specific details from massive terabytes of incoming data. (DKR)

AL-QA'IDA INTERNET MAGAZINES CONTINUE IN SAUDI ARABIA - Al-Qa'ida militants have defied a crackdown and the loss of senior leaders in Saudi Arabia by continuing to publish Internet magazines, Reuters reported on 16 November.

   The terrorist network has continued to publish two widely distributed magazines for the past year despite the killing of top contributors, including one of its leading Web magazine editors, Issa Saad bin Oshan.

   Oshan ran Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Holy War) that detailed how Saudis could take up jihad and called on Muslims to evict "crusaders" from the kingdom.

   Another publication, Muaskar al-Battar (Battar Camp), is an al-Qa'ida guerrilla manual named after a favorite sword of the Prophet Muhammad. It spreads information on how to use weapons and explosives and how to kill officials.

   Authorities have tried to block access to the magazines and other Islamist sites to curb the spread of Islamist extremism. (DKR)

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SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

   HISTORICAL GUIDE TO THE NUCLEAR ARMS INDUSTRY - James M. Maroncelli, Timothy L. Karpin, The Traveler's Guide to Nuclear Weapons: A Journey Through America's Cold War Battlefields (Historical Odysseys Publishers, CD-Rom, $29.95)

   This CD-Rom contains over 500 pages of text, maps and photos, covering the history of what was done in nuclear weaponry from the first atomic bomb down to the present day; where it was done; and how it was done.

   Maroncelli and Karpin tell the story of how whole industries were created, and also whole towns to handle those industries, as well as the stories of the many people, all over the country, involved in the nuclear weapons industry, many of them not aware of the part that they were playing.

   The authors visited roughly 160 sites including homes, offices, labs, factories, mills and bomb detonation sites around the country. They include the history of the locations, maps of what was there and what still is, photos of the locations and who to contact if you want to visit on your own. They also include over 50 sidebars with specific details of the process, 10 pages of bibliographical listings and over 30 pages of index with detailed cross-references.

   The work is available from Historical Odysseys Publisher, 2916 NW Bucklin Hill Road, #253, Silverdale, Washington 98383-8514. Also see http://www.atomictraveler.com (Elliot G., DKR)

Issues

   AFIO MEMBER ASKS WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AL-QA'IDA'S ATTACK ON AMERICA? - Nick S. writes:

    The threat assessments that pointed towards an attack on America before the Presidential elections on 2 November were wrong. The assessment I wrote for Blackwater Tactical Newsletter published on 23 August was wrong. I have never been happier, being wrong. Like any good ex-government weenie I had left enough caveats and what-ifs to cover myself. So what did happen in October and early November?

   The simple answer is that al-Qa'ida does not have the resources to launch a devastating attack on America. Because we have thrown so many resources against them and all perceived threats. Just as Usama bin Ladin described it, he waves a flag and we race to face his threat.

   UBL realizes that we are consuming huge amounts of money trying to prevent such an attack and this in itself is a triumph for his cause - a sort of reverse of what happened in the Reagan years where the Soviet Union went bankrupt trying to keep up with America in the arms race. UBL thinks we will destroy our economy by spending so much money on our own security.

   There has been an enormous federal, state and local effort to stop any purported attack. Up to the election, Associated Press reported that the FBI had 2,000 counter terrorist agents interviewing Muslims and other suspects and that 200 persons on the terrorist watch list were under heavy surveillance.

   Now we have to plan for the next attack, be it during the presidential Inauguration or a dirty bomb in a major U.S. city or a series of multiple attacks.

   We might be consuming vast amounts of resources in our so called over reaction to such threats. We might be spending ourselves into an even greater national deficit with our security precautions, but our will and determination is getting stronger and more focused every day and we will not lose this war, because to lose against the terrorists is to lose our constitution, our country, our future.

   If UBL has shown one major fault in his latest video it is that he has underestimated Americans, even the so-called liberals he was trying to influence.

   As Americans we love to fight and we love to win. That we are going to win this war has never been in doubt.

   Do not expect another attack on America; expect more attacks on al-Qa'ida, a lot more!

(For the full text, go to http://www.blackwaterusa.com/btw2004/articles/1115election.html) (Nick S., DKR)

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SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES, CORRECTIONS, COMING EVENTS

Notes

   AFIO Member Wins Suit Against Cuba - An AFIO member who is the daughter of an American pilot executed in Cuba after the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion won a settlement against the Cuban government for more than $86 million, the Washington Times reported on 20 November.

   (http://www.washtimes.com/national/20041119-110514-7743r.htm)

   A circuit court judge in Miami found for the plaintiff, Janet R. Weininger, who sued Fidel Castro under the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act that allows families of American victims to seek damages from state sponsors of terrorism.

   Ms Weininger's father, Thomas W. Ray, a member of the Alabama Air National Guard, was taken alive after his B-26 bomber went down over Cuba. The court ruling cited witnesses as describing how Ray was brought to the headquarters of Fidel and Raul Castro and slain when a firearm was placed against his right temple and fired.

   Ray's body was kept in a freezer in Havana for 18 years. High-ranking Cuban officials would routinely remove the body to mock it and to place their feet on Ray's face, the ruling said.

   Weininger said that since she was six years old, she had sent hundreds of letters and telegrams to Castro, seeking the release of her father's remains. In 1979, the Cubans agreed and Ray was buried with full military honors in Alabama.

   Weininger did not file suit until last year and it remains to be seen whether the settlement will ever by paid from seized Cuban assets held in U.S. banks. (Elizabeth B., DKR)

Letters

   Keep Gitmo Cover Story In Tact -- Michael W. writes regarding ‘CIA Vets Challenge Gitmo Intel Value’ (WIN #42-04 dtd 15 November 2004):

    A more realistic view [than challenging the value of intelligence obtained from detainees held at Guantanomo for three years] may be to stop the overt criticism of the cover story.  It may alert our enemies to detention and selective release for other purposes.  For example, to co-opt, then double, or plant black valentines, or booby-trap some of those released.  If just one of those released becomes a double, the intel could be invaluable.  If one thinks he's learned through his own shrewd observation that ol' buddy Mustapha must be an American agent, and spreads that falsehood when he's sprung, nasty things might happen to Mustapha, something we might observe, to ID the players and their order of battle. Maybe all he has is an implanted RFID chip that can be interrogated from afar occasionally; that would be OK too. Maybe he acquired an OxyContin habit through treating his combat injuries requiring a frequent fix; etc.

   I can think of many other reasons not to mess with the cover story, such as it is. Yes, the sophisticated enemy might not believe the brass's stated reasons -- but why give them more reasons to imagine things?

Queries

   Seeking Participants in WWII FBI SIS Program - Stanley A. Pimentel, a retired FBI Agent, is conducting an oral history program for the former agents association.  He wishes to find individuals who took part in the FBI's SIS program during World War II.  If you can help him locate former SIS agents, please contact Stan at his email address: sapic@earthlink.net (Jim H., DKR)

Coming Events

   30 November - Washington, D.C. - Spies on Screen: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - “Of course, we occasionally do very wicked things.” - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. When British spy Alec Leamas is sent undercover to East Germany to defect, he begins to question the meaning of his mission and his worth. Join retired CIA case officer Burton L. Gerber for a special screening of the 1965 Cold War thriller based on John le Carré's best-selling novel. Gerber, recipient of the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal, directed covert operations in the Soviet Union and Europe in the same chilly time the film is set. Following the screening, Gerber will engage the audience in a wide-ranging give and take exploring the tough moral questions that confront agents and operatives in the movies and in real life. Time: 6:30 – 9 pm. Tickets: $20. For more information, please visit the International Spy Museum’s website at: http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar

   1 December - Alexandria, VA - A Taste of Chinese Intelligence - One of the nation’s top experts on Chinese intelligence, Dr. Paul Moore gives an excellent overview of the subtle yet effective way the People’s Republic of China collects intelligence in America, how difference it is than the traditional Western/European style of intelligence collection, and ways to recognize it, and simple steps to protect against unnecessary losses. For more information, please visit the CT-CI Academy’s website at:

http://ctstudies.com/ct-ci-academy/Open_Course_OCT_NOV_DEC_04.htm

   6 - 7 December - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - SCIP Hosts Master of CI Series - At the Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. With a location like this -- an important CI series, how can you say no?  For more tantalizing info and registration, visit http://www.scip.org

   9 December - Alexandria, VA - Terrorist Surveillance Detection Field Exercise - Following a brief period of classroom instruction, participants will spend the day learning how to detect terrorist surveillance in a realistic field exercise on the streets of the Washington, DC/Virginia area. During this day long field exercise, participants will practice Movement & Terrain Analysis, various counter surveillance techniques, on foot and driving, as well as recognition of pre-incident indicators (Attack Recognition) while under actual surveillance by a “terrorist group” whose objective is to carry out a terrorist attack. All weather, comfortable clothes required. Space is limited and there is a minimum required number of people to be able to run the course. For more information, please visit the CT-CI Academy’s website at: http://ctstudies.com/ct-ci-academy/Open_Course_OCT_NOV_DEC_04.htm

   10 January - Washington, DC - Spies on Screen: Behind the Scenes of BBC Video’s MI-5 - From suicide bombers to treason, much of the BBC’s hit series MI-5 – seen in the U.S. on A&E – seems dangerously close to the truth about the UK’s security intelligence agency. Discover the difference between fact and act at this thought-provoking, fun, and revealing evening hosted by MI-5 espionage consultant, Mike Baker, former CIA covert field operations officer and current CEO of Diligence LLC. You’ll watch action-packed clips, discuss their inspiration and authenticity, and take home your very own screener of an episode from the series’ second season plus a special bonus feature. Advance copies of the MI-5 Volume 2 DVD will also be on sale at the session, prior to their public release. Tickets: $15.  Members of The Spy Ring: $12. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: membership@spymuseum.org or call (202) 654-0942

   14 January 05 - Tyson's Corner, VA - AFIO Winter Luncheon - Full Details.....

   25 January - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy: Victor Cherkashin - Legendary senior KGB officer, Victor Cherkashin, is flying in from Moscow for a dinner date – with you. Be one of only 20 guests at the table with the man whose incredible KGB career spanned thirty-eight years, from Stalin’s death in 1953 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was Cherkashin who handled two of America’s most dangerous traitors, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen; Cherkashin who tracked Oleg Penkovsky for spying for the U.S.; and Cherkashin who holds the secrets about KGB undercover operatives and operations to this day! Following his opening remarks, you’ll toast to the end of the Cold War with wine and then share a delicious three-course meal from Zola. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine and dish with an extraordinary spymaster. Please call (202) 654 - 0932 or write nsimon@spymuseum.org with special dietary needs. Tickets: $160 includes three-course dinner with wines and an autographed copy of Cherkashin’s new book Spy Handler: Memoirs of a KGB Man. Members of The Spy Ring: $140. Space is extremely limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: membership@spymuseum.org or call (202) 654-0942

   1 February & 8 February - Washington, DC - Inside Stories: America Held Hostage - 444 Days to Freedom (2 Part Series) - When Iranian students took Americans hostake 25 years ago, the U.S. worked feverishly to resolve the crisis – from the failed “Operation Eagle Claw” – to the ultimately successful “Canadian Caper” rescue. Now hear the details – many never-before revealed – from crucial players, including former CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner; former CIA officer Tony Mendez; members of the elite Delta Team; former hostage and author of In the Shadow of the Ayatollah: A CIA Hostage in Iran William J. Daugherty; and former U.S. Department of Agriculture Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the “sixth man” of the “Canadian Caper” Lee Shatz. With Mendez moderating their stories about the covert operations, secret negotiations, and rescue missions you’ll find out how it felt to be in their shoes with danger around the corner and the clock ticking. The speakers will also share their thoughts on the Iranian situation today. Tickets: $40. Members of The Spy Ring: $35. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: membership@spymuseum.org or call (202) 654-0942

   8 - 10 February - Arlington, VA - National Intelligence Conference and Exposition (INTELCON) debuts at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. INTELCON'S goal to bring together intel professionals and members of Congress in an informal setting on neutral ground to provide educational enhancement and discuss common issues. Veteran intelligence specialist John Loftus is directing the INTELCON Program. Based upon the theme of “Widening the Intelligence Community,” the Conference offers five two-day Program Tracks – Federal Civilian, DOD/Military, State and Local Law Enforcement, Business, and Private Sector.  There will be eight, full-day Professional Enhancement Seminars, Luncheon and keynote addresses. There will also be a vendor exposition with companies and products relevant to intelligence interests. Its organizer is Federal Business Council of Annapolis Junction, Maryland. For more information, please visit: http://www.intelcon.us, or contact: David Powell, Federal Business Council, 10810 Guilford Road, P.O. Box 685, Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20710 Tel. (301) 206-2940, Fax: (301) 206-2950, david@fbcdb.com

   24 February - Washington, DC - Spies of the Kaiser - Lunchtime Author Debriefing and Book Signing - In the early twentieth century, the British were obsessed with the possibility of German spies operating in their midst – so much so that all Germans in the United Kingdom were catalogued and eventually interned. Was the German spy threat real? What was German intelligence really up to? Armed with information from untapped German sources and recently declassified British documents, International Spy Museum historian and AFIO member Thomas Boghardt will reveal the true scope of German covert operations, their objectives, and the dramatic British response. Join this author for an informal chat and book signing from 12PM to 1PM. No registration required!

   1 March & 15 March - Washington, DC - Sisterhood of Spies: Shady Ladies in Espionage (2 Part Series) - Spies come in all shapes and sizes… sometimes the shapelier the better. Using their often under-estimated intellect and feminine wiles, women have influenced events and gathered critical intelligence throughout history. Who better to blow the cover of the sisterhood of spies than two charter members? Retired Senior U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Connie Allen and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez will brief you on these shady ladies, exploring the roles held and progress made by women in the world of espionage. Whether you’re interested in Mata Hari’s tactics of seduction, wives with secret lives, Cold War-era operations in Moscow, or the recent “outing” of Valerie Plame, this session is sure to redefine your interpretation of feminine persuasion. Tickets: $40. Members of The Spy Ring: $35. Space is limited – advance registration required! To register, please email: membership@spymuseum.org or call (202) 654-0942

   10 March - Washington, DC - Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage - From “Angels” to “Z priorities,” the second edition of the definitive reference to the world of espionage features over 2,500 entries. Spies, agencies, organizations, and operations, are carefully uncovered and detailed in this accurate and accessible resource for aficionado and layman alike. Join authors Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen as they discuss intelligence successes and failures throughout history. Join this author for an informal chat and book signing from 12PM to 1PM. No registration required!

   21 - 22 March - Washington, D.C. - EMININT 2005 - The National Security and Law Society of the American University Washington College of Law is hosting a two-day professional symposium on Emerging Issues in National and International Security. The meeting will address the pressing issues of the day in the fields of national and international security. The symposium will consist of expert panels equally distributed between the fields of foreign policy, intelligence, and law, discussing such topics as: The Risks of Cross-Cultural Profiling; The Emergence of a New Intelligence Mindset; Climate Change, Infectious Disease, and Resource Shortages as Threats to International Security; The Fourth Estate and National Security Policy: Reporters or Watchdogs?; Comparative Counter-Terrorism Policies; Personal Information Privacy in the Post-9/11 World; Homeland Security Law and Private Industry; Whistle-blowing and the Intelligence Community; Torture, Interrogation, and Human Rights in the Global War on Terror; and Reconciling an Active Role for First Responders in Homeland Security with Budgetary Appropriations. The speakers represent the pinnacles of their respective fields, coming from five countries and across the United States.  They represent academic experts, senior U.S. government policymakers, and corporate leaders.  They have written books, made laws, established companies, and otherwise shaped the field of National Security.  There is something for everyone in this symposium, and few attendees will fail to take something away from it. Note: This event requires paid registration for non-students. For registration or further information, visit http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls or email nsls@wcl.american.edu. CLE credit is available.

   6 - 9 April 05 - Chicago, IL - SCIP Annual Conference - At the Hyatt Regency Chicago, an event not to miss. A great organization under new leadership. Info at: http://www.scip.org/chicago. SCIP is at 1700 Diagonal Rd Ste 600, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 739-0696.

   15 - 16 April - Saratoga Springs, NY - Cryptologic Veterans Reunion - The reunion is being organized by the New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. Contact Bob Marois, Tel:  (518) 237-0015; E-mail: marois@acp.edu; Website: http://www.ncva-ne.org/

Obituary

   Harry Elmer Fitzwater - A retired Navy captain and former CIA DDAdmin, died of cancer on 11 November, aged 85, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C., the Washington Post reported.

   (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52974-2004Nov15.html)

    Fitzwater was born in Garden City, Mo., and grew up on a farm before joining the Coast Guard in 1941, then the Navy in which he served as an aviator officer. He flew various types of aircraft during World War II, the Korean War and the Cuban missile crisis. From 1963 until his retirement in 1966, he worked at the Pentagon in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

   He obtained B.Sc. degrees in political science and engineering from the University of Colorado in 1954, then an M.Sc. in international affairs from George Washington University in 1964. He also attended the Naval War College.

   After retiring from the Navy, he worked briefly at NASA, then joined the CIA, serving in management positions within the Directorate of Science and Technology and the Directorate of Administration. From 1981 through 1986, he served as the deputy director of administration under Director William J. Casey.

   He played a leading role between 1984 and 1987 in the building of the Langley headquarters and in making affordable child-care services available to CIA employees by construction of a child-care facility there.

   When he retired from the CIA in 1986, he founded several companies, including Super Tots, a child-care company that was sold to Ogden Allied in 1989. In 1990, he helped found a security and investigative services firm, as well as several companies providing goods and services during the Gulf War to aid in the rebuilding of Kuwait. In late 1990, he founded FitzOil USA Inc., a joint venture company involved in oil exploration and pipeline construction in China.

   Fitzwater is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Fitzwater of Bonita Springs; a daughter, Lynda Harris; a sister, two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter. (DKR)

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