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SAM HALPERN Memorial Service
[see Obituary in prior WIN]
Memorial Service for Samuel Halpern has been scheduled for Saturday, 2 April 2005 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
at the Kenwood Golf and Country Club, River Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20817, 202 320-3000.
His wife - Kay - and daughter - Anne - will be there. There will be a continental breakfast. It will be informal, and anyone who wishes to say something about Sam will be able to do so.
21 - 22 March 05 - Washington, DC - EMININT 2005 - new list of speakers
EUROPEAN AUTHORITIES LOOKING INTO RENDITIONS - Law enforcement authorities in Italy, Germany and Sweden are examining whether CIA operatives may have broken local laws by detaining terrorist suspects on European soil and subjecting them to abuse or maltreatment through renditions, the Washington Post reported on 13 March.
The CIA usually carries out such operations with the help or blessing of friendly local intelligence agencies, the Post said, but Milan Investigators have gone to the joint U.S.-Italian Aviano Air Base in northern Italy and demanded records of U.S. planes that have flown into or out of the military
installation as well as logs of vehicles entering it.
The investigation concerns an Islamist Egyptian cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, snatched off a Milan street in February 2003 and never seen again. He was wanted in Egypt for belonging to an outlawed Islamist militant group. The Italians suspect Abu Omar was the
object of a CIA rendition. European lawmakers and prosecutors raise the question of whether rendition is a blatant violation of local sovereignty and human rights.
Investigations are producing new information about suspected U.S. involvement in the disappearances of four men, other than Abu Omar, who claim they were physically abused and later tortured.
In Germany, Khaled Masri, told authorities he was seized during a vacation in the Balkans and flown to Kabul, Afghanistan, in January 2004. There he was held as a suspected terrorist for four months. He said that only after his captors realized he was not an al-Qa'ida suspect they were
seeking was he taken back to the Balkans and dumped near the Albanian border.
He recalled his captors spoke English with an American accent. German prosecutors have confirmed key parts of Masri's story and are treating it as a case of kidnapping.
A Swedish parliamentary investigation found that CIA personnel wearing hoods coordinated the forced removal in December 2001 of two Egyptian nationals aboard a U.S.-registered airplane. Flown to Cairo, the men claimed they were tortured in prison there. Egyptian police exonerated one of the men of being a terrorism suspect. The other remains in prison.
Although Swedish authorities had secretly invited the CIA to assist in the operation, Klas Bergenstrand, director of Sweden's security police, has said his agency would never again let foreign operatives take charge in such a case. (DKR)
SAUDIS TO TRY LIBYAN OPERATIVES FOR ASSASSINATION PLOT - Four Libyan intelligence operatives are among 13 suspects to be tried in Saudi Arabia for plotting to kill Crown Prince Abdullah and make the assassination appear the work of an al-Qa'ida-inspired revolt, the Washington Post reported on 12 March.
The plot was broken up only days before it was to have been carried out in 2003, according to Saudi officials and documents detailing the investigation.
The defendants are eight Saudis and five Libyans, including the intelligence operatives. A religious judge in Riyadh is tentatively set to try them this month.
The Libyans were caught delivering more than $1 million to Saudi dissidents hired to slay Abdullah, who has ruled the kingdom since 1996, after his half brother, King Fahd, was incapacitated by a stroke.
The Libyans repeatedly ran into trouble trying to smuggle the money into the kingdom. First, they transferred it to the wrong bank in Medina. Next they withdrew large amounts of cash from another branch in Mecca, attracting the attention of Saudi bank regulators. They then stuffed the cash into several bags and left them inside a room at the Hilton hotel in Mecca to be picked up by a Saudi courier. But when the courier saw the piles of cash, he panicked and fled without the money. By the time the Libyans found someone to get the money, Saudi security had become aware of the plot and arrested several suspects when a handover was attempted.
The Libyan agents had recruited the Saudis to launch grenades and other explosives into Abdullah's apartment in Mecca, documents show.
The assassination was to have taken place some three weeks after al-Qa'ida suicide bombers blew up a residential compound in Riyadh on 9 Nov. 2003, killing 17 and wounding 122. That attack was the apex of a campaign launched six months earlier by al-Qa'ida to drive Westerners out of the kingdom and weaken the Saudi government.
Knowledge of the plot became public last June when Abdurahman Alamoudi, a Muslim leader from Virginia, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to illegal dealings with Libya and told prosecutors about the planned assassination.
The star defendant at the Saudi trial is expected to be Col. Mohammed Ismail whom the Saudis accuse of coordinating the plot. He was arrested in Egypt in November 2003, hours after quitting Saudi Arabia when the plot fell apart. Saudi officials said he had confessed to his role. The FBI and CIA have also interrogated him.
Ismail worked through a prominent Saudi dissident in London, Saad Faqih, to recruit radicals within Saudi Arabia to carry out the plot. In exchange, Faqih received $1.3 million, the documents state.
While Saudi officials say Faqih has close ties to al-Qa'ida and supported terrorist attacks, British officials say they have no reason to arrest him and he remains in London. In December the United Nations added him to a list of financiers and supporters of terrorism, placing him under a travel ban and freezing his assets. DoT accuses Faqih of paying for a satellite phone that Usama bin Ladin is believed to have used to carry out the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Saudi, U.S. and British officials say the origin of the plot to assassinate Abdullah lay in a public exchange of insults between Abdullah and Moammar Qadhafi at an Arab League summit in March 2003. Qadhafi accused Abdullah of making a pact with the devil by supporting U.S. military forces in the region. Abdullah, replied, "Your lies precede you and your grave is in front of you." (DKR)
INVESTIGATION CLEARS SENIOR MI OFFICER - An investigation has cleared the former top U.S. MI officer in Iraq of responsibility for failures that led to the abuse of detainees there, and the officer will assume a prestigious command this week, the Army said on 11 March
Maj. Gen. Barbara G. Fast served in Iraq from July 2003 to June 2004 as the intelligence deputy for Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the ground commander. She oversaw the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib where abuse of detainees led to courts-martial for some soldiers.
An independent panel led by former SecDef James R. Schlesinger concluded in August that Fast failed to advise Sanchez properly on running the interrogation center, including monitoring CIA activities in military areas. In September, the Senate Armed Services Committee directed the Army to review the cases of Fast, Sanchez and three other senior officers to determine whether any should be held accountable and disciplined. The Army’s IG exonerated them following the review.
Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, said Gen. Fast would take command of the Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, AZ, on 16 March. (DKR)
LITTLE ADVANCE IN EU COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS - A year after bombs ripped through four rush-hour commuter trains in Madrid's Atocha station, killing 191 people and injuring more than 1,500, European counterterrorist efforts continue to be dogged by national rivalries, fragmented intel and bureaucratic obstacles, the Washington Post reported on 11 March, anniversary of the Islamist attack.
Citing analysts, diplomats and other experts, the Post said the post of counterterrorism coordinator, created by the European Union in the wake of the bombings, and its incumbent, Dutchman Gijs de Vries, lack real power and resources while intel officials in EU countries continue to resist sharing their most sensitive data.
Proposals put forward after the attack for a Europe-wide fingerprint and DNA database and biometric passports have not been implemented. Some EU countries withholding approval have checked plans for a common arrest warrant, to make extradition of suspects easier. Even when political will exists, the EU tangle of rules and regulations can stall change for years, the Post noted.
"There's a lot on paper," according to Daniel Keohane of the London-based Center for European Reform. "They have an action plan with over 100 measures . . . the whole gambit of cooperation. But the EU is not a government. It doesn't have its own intelligence resources." Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, which have the greatest intelligence resources, do not want to share with all 25 EU member states, he said.
Control of terrorist financing is also faltering. "Terrorists have found new ways to finance their activities, resorting to petty crime and fundraising within their communities, which is much more difficult to trace," said Loretta Napoleoni, author of Terror Inc.: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism. She coordinated a work group on terrorism financing that met in Madrid and which recommended that the United Nations set up a finance-monitoring center to help with intelligence and intergovernmental cooperation.
In Spain itself, other than increasing communications channels among the security and intel services and adding Arabic-speaking intel and judiciary workers, not much has been accomplished, according to security experts. At commuter train stations across Madrid, there are no visible signs of heightened security.
The national daily El Mundo, which has broken several stories concerning the ongoing investigation into the bombings, reported a connection involving elements of the Moroccan secret security services. The Moroccan government denies the allegation. Spain and Morocco are in dispute over Spanish exclaves in North Africa, claimed by Rabat.
Carlos Divar, president of Spain's highest court, said about the Atocha attack, "The first impression is that it was a wide-reaching plan with multiple explosions perfectly synchronized, backed by important resources and preparation indicating a terrorism of Islamic character." "But," he added, "I did not say exclusively of Islamic character. We still do not know." (DKR)
CHINESE CLAIM TO BREAK U.S. CODE - Three Chinese cryptologists last month reported they had found a way to crack USG approved Secure Hash Algorithm-1, the Washington Times reported on 11 March.
The SHA-1 encryption is used widely within the USG, including DoD and the IC. It has been the Federal Information Processing Standard since 1994. SHA-1 is a security authentication device used to verify the integrity of digital media and ensure that data or messages, such as secure e-mail, are not changed during transmission.
Chinese researchers Xiaoyuan Wang, Yiqun Lisa Yin and Hongbo Yu reported in a paper dated 13 February that they had developed techniques effective for breaking SHA-1 without using time-consuming brute force attacks.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology said it could not confirm the Chinese code breaking but noted that the three researchers are reputable specialists with cryptographic expertise. NIST said the code breaking is of particular importance in digital signature applications, such as time-stamping, and notarization.
Due to advances in computing power, NIST said it plans to phase out SHA-1 in favor of the larger and stronger hash functions -- SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512 -- by 2010.
Disclosure of the code breaking followed publication of a PRC defense white paper in December that identified the use of information technology as a central element of Chinese military doctrine. DoD officials say China believes its cyber-soldiers can successfully cripple the U.S. military by attacking key computer-run infrastructures and other information networks. (DKR)
FBI GIVES UP ON SOFTWARE PROJECT - On 8 March, as long expected, the bureau declared an end to its floundering $170 million effort to overhaul its computer software. It said it would take at least three and a half years to develop a new system, the New York Times reported on 9 March.
The FBI had indicated for months that the Virtual Case File system, a software project considered critical in helping agents investigate terrorism, was on the verge of collapse. Director Mueller told the House Appropriations Committee, "I am tremendously disappointed that we did not come through with Virtual Case File."
"But by the same token, I see this as an opportunity," he said, as the bureau now hopes to develop a flexible system using off-the-shelf software to allow investigators to search case files and databases more easily.
Mueller took personal responsibility for the collapse of the project that proved outdated even before it was completed.
The Virtual Case File project was to have been the last phase in a $581 million effort to overhaul the antiquated FBI computer systems. Rep. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia, Republican leader of the appropriations panel that oversees FBI financing, said his staff was opening a formal investigation into why the project failed. (DKR)
ANOTHER DATABASE RAIDED - Using misappropriated passwords and identification from legitimate customers, intruders obtained access to personal information on as many as 32,000 U.S. citizens in the Seisint database which provides data for Matrix, a crime and terrorism database project funded by the USG, AP reported on 9 March.
Seisint, based in Boca Raton, FL, stores millions of records including individuals' addresses and Social Security numbers. Customers include police and legal professionals and public and private sector organizations.
The Reed Elsevier Group PLC acquired Seisint for $775 million in August. Reed Elsevier is owned by LexisNexis which said the breach was being investigated by staff and law enforcement bodies. LexisNexis is based in Dayton, OH.
The breach at Seisint was the second of its kinds in recent months. ChoicePoint Inc. said last month that the personal information of 145,000 Americans may have been compromised when thieves posing as small business customers gained access to its database. (See CALL TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE TERRORIST USE OF DATABASE, WIN 10-05 dtd 7 March 2005) (Lawrence S., DKR)
OZ INTEL USES WEB TO RECRUIT - The Australian Security Intelligence Organization has rented a sponsored link on the Google Web search engine, the most popular in the world, to find new intelligence officers, UPI reported on 9 March.
Cyberspace-sponsored links enable advertisers to have their name and a brief message pop up whenever a Web surfer enters the advertiser's name or associated words. Google charges the sponsor for every click on the advertiser's link.
Since 2002, ASIO has undertaken a major recruitment drive. In 2003-2004 they recruited a record 195 personnel. By 2006, ASIO hopes to expand its staff from its current figure of just over 800 to 1,000. (DKR)
A 'PROGRESSIVE'S' PROGRESS - David Rieff, At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention (Simon and Schuster, 270 pp. $24)
David Rieff is a writer for the New York Times Magazine and as one would expect from a contributor to that periodical, is, or at least has been, very much a New York 'progressive.' He first came to the present writer's attention during the Kosovo war as a champion of military intervention in the name of a liberal imperialism.
He was not alone among leftists who, once the Soviet Union had imploded and ceased to be a military threat to the West, switched from regarding the Western military with suspicion, if not outright hostility, to becoming advocates of its employment for the betterment of the world.
But there is a grace that can even bring New York progressives to understand the folly of their ways and it has touched Rieff. At the Point of a Gun is the chronicle of his attaining such an understanding.
A collection of previously published essays, the book opens in 1999 with a call for liberal imperialism to prevent genocide and stamp out ethnic cleansing. It ends with Rieff quoting Secretary of States John Quincy Adams saying, in 1821, that the United States should not enlist under other banners than its own. Adams urged this so that the fundamental maxims of policy should not change from liberty to force. As a troubled Rieff now sees things, such a change has indeed occurred.
His progress has taken Rieff intellectually to Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo and Iraq. The Bush administration may well have believed it was truly liberating Iraq, he grants, but in the months he has spent there he has, he writes, witnessed the speed with which the blundering occupation has transmuted U.S. altruism into conditions of barbarism.
Rieff ends by arguing that the United States should lean away from war as far as possible -- without falling into pacifism. He has traveled so far he actually proposes a reappraisal of the virtues of realism in the conduct of foreign affairs. (DKR)
SOURCES OF EVIL - Daryl Koehn, The Nature of Evil (Palgrave, 320pp. $35)
Koehn is Executive Director of the Center for Business Ethics and a professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. In this philosophical examination of evil he argues that it arises from suffering caused by a lack of self-knowledge.
He sees three categories of self-delusion that foster evil. One is evil as the flight from narcissistic boredom, exemplified in the murderous protagonist of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith’s classic of crime fiction.
Another category is evil as losing the ability to act, illustrated in Klaus Mann’s novel Mefisto. Written by the son of Thomas Mann, it is the tale of
an actor who constantly reinvents himself so he can survive under the Nazis. The work is probably best known today from the 1981 film directed by István Szábo with Klaus Maria Brandauer in the title role.
Koehn’s third category is evil as fanatical impiety, exemplified by 9/11 and other terrorist acts. In this kind of evil, the person turns away from self-knowledge in the fanatical pursuit of some ultimate and unrealizable ideal. Koehn draws on Plato's dialogue Euthyphro in which the main character, Euthyphro, can be seen as a precursor of the present-day Islamist jihadi. (DKR)
PANEL WILL SAY INTEL INADEQUATE TO JUDGE IRAN'S WMD PROGRAM - A bipartisan presidential commission will report this month that U.S. intelligence on Iran is inadequate to allow firm judgments about that country's weapons programs, according to people who have been briefed on the panel's work, the New York Times reported on 9 March.
The commission, headed by Laurence Silberman, a retired federal judge, and Charles S. Robb, a former governor and senator from Virginia, will deliver its report as intelligence agencies prepare a new formal assessment on Iran. Last year, President Bush ordered the commission to assess the
quality of overall intelligence on WMD proliferation,
The presidential commission is also expected to be sharply critical of American intelligence on North Korea. But a person who described the panel's deliberations and conclusions, said intelligence on Iran was scandalous, given the importance and relative openness of the country, compared with the much more tightly closed society of North Korea.
Former government officials who are specialists on Iran say U.S. intel has devoted enormous resources to the country since the Islamic revolution of 1979, but has had little success with HUMINT needed to understand Iranian decision-making.
Among the major setbacks, former intelligence officials have said, was the successful penetration in the late 1980's by Iranian authorities of the principal American spy network inside the country, which was being run from a CIA station in Frankfurt. The arrests of reported American spies were known at the time, but the impact on American intelligence reverberated as late as the mid-1990's.
The panel is to send a classified report to Bush by 31 March and is expected to issue an unclassified version about the same time. It was not clear whether the criticism of intelligence on Iran would be included in the public document, people familiar with the panel's deliberations said.
MI, CIA HAD AGREEMENT ON GHOST PRISONERS - Top MI officers at Abu Ghraib came to an agreement with the CIA to hide certain detainees without officially registering them, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Keeping such ghost detainees is a violation of international law.
Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, USA, second in command of intelligence gathering at Abu Ghraib while the abuse was occurring, told military investigators that other government agencies and a secretive elite task force routinely brought in detainees for a short period of time. The detainees were held without an internment number and their names were kept off the books.
Guards said ghost detainees were locked in isolation cells and kept from international human rights organizations.
Jordan, in a statement included in an abuse investigation, said he and other officers recommended that a memorandum of understanding be drafted between his 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, the CIA and the 800th Military Police Brigade to establish procedures for a ghost detainee.
Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the top MI officer at Abu Ghraib, began a written MOU procedure in November 2003, with the CIA and members of Task Force 1-21, and the memorandum on procedures for ghost detainees was subsequently signed. (DKR)
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CACI Invitational Career Fair for Top Performers holding a Security Clearance
Saturday, March 19, 2005 | 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Doubletree Hotel | Tyson's Corner
CACI - an AFIO Corporate Sponsor - provides the intelligence services, logistics support, network solutions, and innovative technologies to prevail in today's new era of defense, intelligence, and e-government.
You are invited to attend a special career event on Saturday, March 19, 2005 anytime between 9:00 a.m. and Noon. Come explore new and exciting opportunities for top performers who hold security clearances. CACI managers will be conducting immediate interviews during the fair.
The CACI Invitational Career Fair will be held at: Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center at Tyson's Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2497 Tel: 1-703-893-1340
RSVP now by sending an email to Careers@caci.com. Casual dress is acceptable. Bring multiple copies of your resume to event. Call (703) 679- 5338 with any questions concerning the CACI Career Fair. Driving Directions
Department of Homeland Security Career Positions for 14 March 05 - 9 vacancy announcements for positions at DHS-headquarters follow. All open positions are also posted on www.usajobs.opm.gov. For vacancies with DHS components including FEMA, Coast Guard, etc., check their postings on www.usajobs.opm.gov.
Resource Analyst GS-0301-14
Supervisory Accountant GS-510-13/14
Director, National Execise & Training Division ES-0301-00
Director for Preparedness Program Division ES-0301-00
Immigration Policy Advisor GS-0301-15
Supervisory Production Specialist GS-0301-14
General Engineer GS-0801-15
TERRORISTS MAY BE TRYING TO PLACE SPIES IN IC - Terrorist organizations may be trying to place agents inside the IC to spy on counterterrorism efforts, the Los Angeles Times reported on 8 March.
About 40 Americans who applied for jobs in the IC, including the CIA, have been rejected because of possible ties to terrorist groups, the daily said.
"We think terrorist organizations have tried to insinuate people into our hiring pools," said Barry Royden, a CIA counterintelligence instructor. Royden spoke at a conference on counterintelligence at Texas A&M University. Three senior officials also said they feared terrorists may be trying to place one of their own inside fast-growing intel networks as part of a long-term plan to compromise counterterrorist efforts.
The officials said suspect applicants had given false information, failed lie detector tests and flunked other parts of the application procedure. But, the officials also said, there were no arrests and no indications of new terrorist sleeper cells.
Fear of infiltration arose from intense competition within the IC to employ linguists, analysts and clandestine operatives who can blend into Middle Eastern or South Asian communities.
Paul Redmond, a veteran CIA counterintelligence official, told the Times it was an actuarial certainty that spies had infiltrated the IC and that the danger of espionage was growing.
In a separate report, more than 40 terror suspects on federal watch lists were allowed to buy firearms in the United States last year because background checks found no reason to stop them. The GAO said that under current law belonging to a suspected terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from owning a gun. (DKR)
JAPAN PLANS IMAGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - Japan's Defense Agency plans to build a large-scale image communications system to relay information via satellite from areas where its troops are operating, UPI reported on 14 March.
A high-capacity commercial satellite will cover the arc of instability from the Middle East to East Asia, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported. The satellite will transmit real-time images from wherever Japanese forces are serving abroad. The Defense Agency plans to share the information gathered with the U.S. military.
The plan falls under a Cabinet-approved program to increase the use of information technology to counter new threats, including international terrorism. The system assumes that Japanese troops will continue operating in areas they cover as part of U.N. peacekeeping operations, the newspaper reported. (DKR)
INDIAN MI GETS NEW BOSS - India's MI has undergone a shakeup with Lt. Gen. Deepak Summanwar appointed its DG, according to UPI on 9 March.
Summanwar's experience includes the 1971 war with Pakistan, peacekeeping operations in Sri Lanka and command of an infantry brigade and of a mountain brigade during the 1999 Kargil flareup over Kashmir.
Summanwar graduated from the National Defense Academy and was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles in June 1968. Before his appointment as Public Information DG at Army headquarters, he held various teaching posts and staff appointments. (DKR)
Saturday 19 March 2005: AFIO MAINE features "Terrorism Under the Law" - a briefing on the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, by Michael Bopp, Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Maine Senator Susan Collins. Bopp [Harvard Law] was chief drafter of the act. In his previous position as counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Mr. Bopp examined Russian organized crime in the U.S., the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, and the global proliferation of WMD. All of which should lead to a fascinating Q&A on many topics. Do not miss. Meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Hank's Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, corner of Fletcher, in downtown Kennebunk. New members welcome. Chapter dues for 2005 are $25. For questions or information contact Barbara Storer, 9 Spiller Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043. tel. 207.985-2392.
19 March - Arlington - Amb. James Lilley to speak at OSSS Luncheon - Please join us at American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria, VA to welcome Ambassador Lilley, author of China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia. Amb. Lilley was U.S. ambassador at Beijing from 1989 to 1991 and at Seoul from 1986 to 1989. He will sign copies of his recently published memoir described by Publishers Weekly as a “must-read for students of Asia and intelligence work. Foreign Affairs reported that “his insider account...adds considerably to our understanding of four critical decades in East Asia..." The New York Times described Amb. Lilley’s memoir as an "...adventure story that will have many grown-ups staying up past their bedtimes...filled with gripping anecdotes skillfully rendered." Location: American Legion Post 24, 400 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA, (703) 683-5564. TIME: 12 Noon. Cost: $32/person. Payment must be made in advance by check to The OSS Society, Inc. and mailed to 6723 Whittier Ave., 303A, McLean, VA 22101. Payment must be received by March 14, 2005. Questions: 703-356-6667 or via email to email@example.com. -- Charles T. Pinck, President, The OSS Society. (DKR)
*** 21 - 22 March 05 - Washington, DC - 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 are: Rich Cooper, Business Liaison Director - Department of Homeland Security; George Foote, Bracewell Patterson; Gen. James Jackson, Market Manager - Battelle Office of Homeland Security; Ralph Sharpe, Venable; Joe Johns, CNN Congressional Correspondent; Eugene Fidell, Partner - Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP; Walter Pincus, Washington Post Intelligence Correspondent; Jim Risen, New York Times Intelligence Correspondent; Bill Gertz, Washington Times Intelligence Correspondent; Claudio Grossman; Harvey Rishikof, Director, National Security Strategy - National War College; Elisa Massimino, Washington Director - Human Rights First; Robert Goldman, UN Independent Expert on the Protection of Human Rights; Gordon Lederman, Former lead staffer for Intelligence Reform - 9/11 Commission; Randy Pherson, former CIA specialist in alternative analysis; Kevin Scheid, Team Leader for Intelligence - 9/11 Commission; William Nolte, Deputy Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production; George Fidas, CIA, co-drafter of the Intelligence Community Estimate on Infectious Disease; Lee Lane, Executive Director - Climate Policy Center; Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, MA; Keynote Banquet Speaker: James S. Gilmore, III; Robert Vaughn; Coleen Rowley, FBI Whistleblower; Tom Devine, Legal Director - Government Accountability Project; Mark Zaid, Partner - Krieger & Zaid, PLLC; Stephen Wermiel; Daniel Benny, Private Investigator, Assistant Editor of PI Magazine; Mark Rotenberg, Executive Director - Electronic Privacy Information Center; Valerie Caproni, General Counsel - Federal Bureau of Investigation; Nicholas Kittrie; Doron Zimmermann, Center for Security Studies, Zurich, Switzerland; Eran Duvdevani - International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism; Saad Abudayeh, University of Jordan. These 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/eminint2005.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org CLE credit is available.
22 March 05 - Washington, DC - OPEN HOUSE 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th St NW Washington, DC 202-462-2101 www.iwp.edu
22 March 05 - Washington, DC - Business Executives for National Security [BENs] host Breakfast Meeting titled "Partnering for Security" with RADM Marsha [Marty] Evans, USN(ret). TIME: 8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast; 8:30 - 10 am Program. Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. $30/pp at door via credit card, check or cash. Marty Evans, CEO/President of American Red Cross, will present what's working for the Red Cross as it prepares responses to emergencies to hurricanes and other possibilities. RSVP to Steve Ewell at email@example.com or fax your name, title, phone, fax and email and any names of guests to 202-296-2490.
24 March 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - The next AFIO meeting of the AFIO Colorado Chapter will be March 24th at 11:30 in the Air Force Academy Officers Club. Speaker to be announced. Please contact Dick at Riverwear53@aol.com to confirm and indicate your choice of chicken or beef.
23 - 24 March 05 - Fairfax, VA - NMIA National Intelligence Symposium - NMIA will hold its annual symposium on 23 Wed - 24 Thurs 2005 at Northrop Grumman Corporation, 12900 Federal Systems Park Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033. For more information, please visit http://www.nmia.org
6 - 9 April 05 - Chicago, IL - SCIP 20th Annual International Conference & Exhibition - At the Hyatt Regency Chicago, an event not to miss. Business intelligence, business planning and analysis, competitive intelligence, forecasting, market research, mergers and acquisitions, new product development, opposition research, proposal management, sales, strategic planning and analysis, technical intelligence. If you, or your company, are 'going places,' this is one of the places to go to make it happen. A total education and training event with following tracks: Academic; Global, Government & Security; innovation in Practice; Leadership & Management; and Tools, Techniques, and Networks. Keynote presentation by Bob Galvin, former Chairman, Motorola; Modest fee for full event. Info and registration at: http://www.scip.org/chicago . SCIP is at 1700 Diagonal Rd Ste 600, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 739-0696.
Tuesday, 12 April 2005; 6:30 pm - Inside Stories: Intrigue in the Pyrenees — Dr. Charles L. Schepens of the Belgian Resistance - Meet a true WWII hero—and hear dramatic details of the double life he led to aid the Allies. With a back country logging business as a front, “Jacques Pérot,” a young Belgian ophthalmologist, fooled the Nazis into thinking he was on their side while he and his comrade, a Basque shepherd, passed intelligence and evacuees across the French-Spanish border! Join the daring Pérot, actually Dr. Charles L. Schepens, and Meg Ostrum, who wrote about his story in The Surgeon and the Shepherd, for a captivating evening of deception, suspense, drama, courage, and great success. Ms. Ostrum and Dr. Schepens will sign the book following the presentation. Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Belgium, the Union francophone des Belges ŕ l’étranger, and The Washington Flanders Club. Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
14 April 05 - San Francisco, CA - AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts cocktails, dinner, and speaker at the United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Francis Room Main Floor, 2700 45th Ave (between Sloat and Wawona). Speaker is military historian Philip Gioia, a Bay area business executive who served for ten years in U.S. Army infantry, airborne and special operations in the U.S. and SE Asia, and was awarded Silver Star and Purple Heart. He speaks on 'A Near-Run Thing' - How Allied Intelligence Countered the V-Weapons Threat in World War II. 6:30 Cocktails; 7:15 Dinner or chicken chardonnay or Filet of Halibut. $35/pp members, $45/pp non-members. Reservations to Mary Lou Anderson no later than end of day 4/8/05. Reservations not cancelled by end of day 4/8/05 must be honored. Send reservation, including check and menu choice to: Mary Lou Anderson, 46 Anchorage Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965-1626, or call 415-332-6440
15 Apr 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals Annual Red Tie Luncheon and Dworkin Award presentation - Tysons Corner Holiday Inn. All US naval intelligence professionals, past and current, invited. Reservations: Navintpro@aol.com or tel: 703-250-6765.
16 April 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO MAINE Chapter hosts Veteran AFIO member and Univ New Hampshire Professor Doug Wheeler who will reveal his findings from his research into the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Leslie Howard, one of the last great mysteries of WW II. Meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Hank's Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, corner of Fletcher, in downtown Kennebunk. New members welcome. Chapter dues for 2005 are $25. For questions or information contact Barbara Storer, 9 Spiller Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043. tel. 207.985-2392.
15 - 16 April 05 - 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: http://www.ncva-ne.org
17-20 April 2005 - Copenhagen, Denmark - ASIS, ASIS European Security Conference http://www.asisonline.org/
18 - 21 April 05 - SFSAFBI Western Regional Conference - For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm
18 April 05 - Waukesha, WI - The Cold War Museum-Midwest Chapter hosts Panel Discussion: When Empires Clash - A Cold War Discourse with Khrushchev and Powers. $16.00/pp at 7 pm at Carroll College Ballroom Student Center, 100 North East Ave, Waukesha, WI. Dr. Sergei Khrushchev and Francis Gary Powers, Jr., sons of two Cold War icons, are joined by RADM Ronald Kurth (Ret), 36-yr Navy vet who served at U.S. Embassy Moscow, to discuss Cold War flash points -- Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, and rise/fall of Nikita Khrushchev. Further info at: www.freewebs.com/coldwar Questions by voice to: 262.227.1198. Chapter is at PO Box 1112, Waukesha, WI 53187-1112.
Monday, 18 April 2005; 3 - 9:30 pm at Ford’s Theatre - Spy Seminar: The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy - Retrace the steps of John Wilkes Booth—literally! Why did a handsome, successful actor murder President Lincoln? Examine the Lincoln assassination anew—at the scene of the crime and throughout the neighborhood—during this eye-opening event. On one fact alone do scholars agree: President Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. All else is suspect! While you face the very balcony where President and Mrs. Lincoln sat, Jay Winik (invited), author of April 1865, and Michael W. Kauffman, author of American Brutus, will set the stage with the facts of the event. Next, like John Wilkes Booth, you’ll escape into the neighborhood, but you’ll have time to tour the “House Where Lincoln Died” and the International Spy Museum, and to dine at one of several restaurants nearby. Return to Ford’s Theatre at 7 pm where experts including Warren Getler, Elizabeth Leonard, and H. Donald Winkler will immerse you in the key conspiracy theories. Was Booth acting as a lone gunman? A player in an internal Union scheme? A tool of the Confederacy? A cog in an insidious global plot? The evening will conclude with a reception at Ford’s Theatre Museum featuring book signings by the experts, a surprise appearance by “Lincoln” and “Booth,” and of course, the opportunity for more discussion.
Seminar to be held at Ford’s Theatre, National Historic Site, National Park Service. Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
20 - 21 April 05 - Langley, VA - AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium - For more information, please visit http://www.afcea.org/calendar/eventdetails.asp?offset=10&EventID=227
21 April - Washington, DC - 2005 MOAA Career Fair - DC Convention Center – The Military Officers Association of America is holding their annual Career Fair, to be held at the Washington, DC Convention Center on Thursday April 21, 2005. Join local, national, and international employers -- including Lockheed Martin, AT&T Government Services, Anheuser Busch Companies, Inc., Raytheon, the State Department, and the FBI -- who are there to meet and recruit qualified and proven leaders, and their spouses, to fill a wide variety of key positions. Others seeking to recruit at this event are asked to register before January 14, 2005 for lower fees. The rate of $1,500.00 includes a carpeted 10' x 10' pipe-and-drape booth, company sign, skirted table, two chairs, employer lounge, two lunches, and all-day beverage service. In addition, they receive a link from their website and 60 days of electronic resume access. Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. At last year's event, the MOAA reports that over 2,100 candidates (most with security clearances) with leadership, management, and operational experience attended.
Click on the following link for the 2005 MOAA Career Fair Registration Form: https://www.moaa.org/TOPS/CareerFair2005/registration If you have any questions, contact their Career Fair Manager - toll free 877-553-8677 or by email at: email@example.com
22-23 April 05 - New London, CT - AFIO NE Chapter meets at the Lighthouse Inn Resort by the shores of southeastern Connecticut at a beautiful Victorian resort with full room services, day spa, heated outdoor pool and two dining facilities. There are also outdoor gardens, coastal walking trails and all the other amenities that we have previously enjoyed in the area. Herb Romerstein will be the principle speaker and Bob Vickers, CIA Officer in Residence at MIT, will speak on "strategic warning". Vickers was the former National intelligence Officer for Warning on the National Intelligence Council and a long-time CIA veteran. To register contact Art Lindberg at 732.255.8021
22 - 24 April 05 - Grapevine, TX - SFSAFBI South Central Regional Meeting - For more information, please visit http://www.socxfbi.org/Conference/Conferences.htm
25 - 28 April 05 - Philadelphia, PA - 2005 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference, For further details visit http://www.federalevents.com or contact: Howard Blumberg, Government Relations Manager, National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI), 6440 Dobbin Road Suite C, Columbia, MD. 21045; 888-603-8899, ext. 224 (toll-free) firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncsi.com
Thursday, 28 April 2005; 12 noon to 1 pm - Washington, DC - FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING at Spy Museum. Join the author for an informal chat and book signing from. No registration required! Thaddeus Holt, author of The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War
Thaddeus Holt, using newly declassified material, is the first to give a full account of the unprecedented military deception the Allies employed in WWII. Finally, critical details are divulged and questions answered about successful secret operations throughout the war, including early British missions in the Middle East and Europe, the amazing D-Day successes, America’s victory in the Pacific theater, and the war’s culmination on the brink of an invasion of Japan. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and quiz the man who understands the extent of deception that won the war.
Thursday, 12 May 2005; 12 noon to 1 pm - Washington, DC - Melissa Boyle Mahle, author of Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11 gives FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING Join the author for an informal chat and book signing at Spy Museum. No registration required! From the Reagan years through 2002, CIA intelligence officer, Melissa Boyle Mahle, ran operations against Al Qaeda terrorists, conducted missions to interrupt illicit networks plotting to sell weapons of mass destruction, and completed assignments throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa in the interest of national security. Meet her, hear about the many challenges of counterterrorism operations she faced, and find out why she describes the Agency as a “rudderless ship adrift” in the post-Cold War world.
Thursday, 19 May 2005; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement in America—Yesterday and Today How well do you really know your neighbors? Would it shock you to know that some of the most dangerous anti-U.S. extremists are living among us today as self-described patriots and staunch defenders of the Constitution? Daniel Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door, former National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will discuss the deadly threat posed by home-grown terrorists. While most Americans have been focused on the potential of violence from abroad, far-right extremists here systematically plot to overthrow the government of the United States. Levitas will reveal how white supremacist paramilitary groups have evolved from their post-Civil War roots to the Oklahoma City bombing and on to their current preoccupation with biological and chemical warfare. Don’t miss this disturbing and enlightening session, including a discussion of the FBI’s preventive measures and the issue of civil liberties in the post-9/11 era. Mr. Levitas will sign The Terrorist Next Door following the presentation. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
Monday, 23 May 2005; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Inside Britain’s Secret WWII World: The Diaries of Guy Liddell by Nigel West. Intrigue, espionage, politics, and plots…and that’s just one day’s entry! The diary of Guy Liddell, MI-5’s World War II counterespionage chief, contained reports so riddled with controversy that the journal was locked in the MI-5 Director-General’s safe for decades. Until now. Famous British espionage expert and author, Nigel West, reveals the diary’s brutally honest and startling entries, ranging from bungled disinformation plans to Churchill’s personal foibles. Retired FBI Special Agent Ray Batvinis, now with the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, will shed light on Liddell’s intense scrutiny of the FBI and his work’s enduring influence on American counterintelligence strategies. Mr. West, editor of The Secret Diaries of Guy Liddell, will sign copies following the presentation. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
23-27 May - Alexandria, VA - IALEIA Annual Conference - The conference will celebrate the 25th anniversary of IALEIA and the 50th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, which is participating in the event. Registration fees are $275 for members, $375 for non-members, and $150 for associate members and spouses. There will be a program for the spouses). Please keep in mind that IALEIA membership costs $50. Membership information can be found on the IALEIA web page at www.ialeia.org You can register on-line at: http://www.leiu-homepage.org/events/2005dcConference/registration.html Updated conference information can be found there as well. The conference will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Room Rates are $143.00 Single/Double Occupancy (plus 10.5% Tax and $1.00 Occupancy Tax), and $163.00 Triple Occupancy or $183.00 Quadruple Occupancy (plus taxes). For reservations, call (703) 845-1010 or 1-800-HILTONS, and mention the conference to get the special rate. Shuttle service is complimentary from Reagan International Airport, and parking is Free. Scheduled topics include strategic analysis, intelligence-led policing, national and international perspectives on organized crime, high tech crime, and fusion center development. For more information, please contact Ritchie Martinez, IALEIA Executive Director at (520) 547-8760, or Email: email@example.com We hope to see you all there!
Thursday, 9 June 2005; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Wild Rose: The Dangerous Mrs. Greenhow by Amy Blackman. A highly dramatic evening of Civil War espionage. Washington, D.C. August 23, 1861: On orders from President Lincoln, detective Allan Pinkerton arrests charming high society widow Rose Greenhow. The lady in question had sweet-talked top-flight Union officials and lowly Union clerks alike, encoded their information, and smuggled messages South—with the help of her own spy ring! Ann Blackman, author of a new biography of Mrs. Greenhow, will expose the spy’s dramatic exploits and her convention-breaking role as a personal emissary of President Jefferson Davis. Wild Rose herself will join the presentation to reveal how she helped the South win the First Battle of Bull Run. Actress Emily Lapisardi recreates Greenhow from her words and deeds, and is ready to withstand interrogation from our audience of espionage experts. Ann Blackman will sign copies of Wild Rose, Civil War Spy, A True Story following the program. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required at http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
11 June 05 - Boston, MA - THE THIRD ANNUAL "BOSTON AFIO GROUP" AT THE POPS - RED, WHITE, & BLUE - 8;00 PM Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115 Conductor Bruce Hangen and the Boston Pops Orchestra celebrate Flag Day with Daniel Rodriguez the native New Yorker and “singing policeman”, by performing enduring patriotic favorites that will boost national pride. Join other AFIO members in what has become an annual Boston tradition. Enjoy an evening of patriotic music while supporting AFIO’s mission of increasing awareness of the role of the intelligence community in national security. This year we are asking members to purchase tickets directly from the Boston Pops. Tickets ($18.00 - $72.00) go on sale Monday March 7th and can be purchased by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.bso.org
Thursday, 30 June 2005; 12 noon to 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence He writes under the pseudonym Charles E. Lathrop, but you can trade quips and quotes with this CIA speechwriter and analyst face to face at this rare public appearance. A scholar of all-words-espionage, Lathrop went to great lengths to discover and document every reference to intelligence and espionage spoken aloud or put into print—from sources as diverse as the Bible, James Bond films, and presidential speeches. His selection process, favorite quotes, and research techniques are an open book—one that is as interesting to the serious researcher as to espionage aficionados and the armchair spies among us. FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING Join the author for an informal chat and book signing at Spy Museum. No registration required!
22-23 July 05 -
Northampton, MA - AFIO NE Chapter meets at the Hotel Northampton,
with its friendly atmosphere which offers a large variety of art galleries,
museums, clubs & theaters. Nestled amongst Smith, Amherst, Hampshire and Mt.
Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts this area has
traditionally been a delightful weekend destination. The morning speaker
will be AFIO’s own Burton Hersh who,
after graduating from Harvard College with high honors, has had a long
career as an independent writer. Following a six-year stint as a Fulbright
Scholar and military translator in Germany, he returned to New York in the
sixties to more than a decade as a successful magazine article writer and
author of many books. After lunch Joseph C. Goulden will be speaking on successful spy efforts in our nation’s history. Joe has
enjoyed varied careers as a prize-winning newsman, a best-selling author of
non-fiction books, a media critic, and as a consultant and commentator on
intelligence, national security and public affairs from Washington. In his
early years, before becoming a writer, he worked as an underground minder
and as a military counterintelligence operative. To register contact Art
Lindberg at 732.255.8021
7 Oct 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium - Tysons Corner Holiday Inn.
**** 27 - 30 October 2005 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration - Sheraton Premiere Hotel, McLean, Tyson's Corner, VA and at other secured venues. PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS. ****
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