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SYRIAN INTEL APPEARS TO QUIT LEBANON - On 16 March, the people of Beirut woke up to find that the Syrian mukhabarat had packed up and left the Hotel Beau Rivage, its headquarters in Lebanon for two decades.
Writing in the Washington Post, the columnist David Ignatius, a specialist in the Middle East, described the Beau Rivage as the most frightening spot in Beirut over the past 20 years. "This was a place most Lebanese mentioned only in whispers. When the local newspapers had to discuss
something controversial involving the Syrians, they would often refer to them with circumlocution, 'a regional power,' say, for fear that the men from the Beau Rivage would come and get them. Or worse, come and shoot them."
As well as the departure from the hotel, the mukhabarat quit other quarters in the Beirut districts of Hamra and Ramlet el-Baida, the Washington Times reported.
All that remains of Syrian intelligence centers were six compounds with small garrisons of troops guarding them in Tripoli and Akkar, according to the Times. But observers familiar with the region doubted that Damascus would remove all its mukhabarat operatives from Lebanon. As Ignatius put it, a few secret operatives undoubtedly are still in Beirut. (DKR)
IRAN INTEL OFFICERS INFILTRATE IRAQ - U.S. intelligence officials say Iran has dispatched to Iraq about 200 intel operatives and members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Washington Times reported on 18 March.
The Iranians are supplying information to insurgents on the Iraqi government and the United States and coalition forces, according to the Times.
The Iranian operatives are members of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, known as VEVAK. It has a long history of supporting international terrorism, specifically the Lebanese Hizballah and Palestinian terrorists. The IRGC military are part of the Qods (Jerusalem) force, used, among other things, to train foreign militants.
The collaboration between the insurgents and the Iranians has created new concerns for military and civilians in DoD and Iraq who are working to stabilize the country.
On 17 March, DCI Goss told Congress Syria and Iran were helping Iraqi insurgents, despite U.S. efforts to end the cooperation.
"Despite a lot of very well-intentioned and persistent efforts to try and get more cooperation from the Syrian regime, we have not had the success I wish I could report," Goss said before the Senate Armed Services Committee. On Iran, he said intelligence analysts understand that Tehran has been meddling in Iraqi affairs. (DKR)
FORGED DIA CABLE IMPLICATED NEWS ANALYST - DoD has declared a supposed DIA cable alleging NBC News military analyst William Arkin to have been a spy for Saddam Husayn to be a forgery, the Washington Post reported on 18 March.
Arkin says he became aware of the bogus cable when Bill Gertz of the Washington Times called about the spying allegation and sent him a copy of the cable.
"There are a lot of reasons, I guess, why people would want to do me harm," Arkin said. One could be publication of his book, "Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World." (See FORMER MI OFFICER PUBLISHES MEANINGS OF MILITARY CODE NAMES, WIN 04-05 dtd 24 January 2005)
Other reasons, he added were a series of past scoops that embarrassed the Bush administration.
DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman said: "The Pentagon has looked into this and does not believe the document to be authentic."
The fake cable said that, "preliminary reporting . . . indicates possible US citizen William Arkin received monthly stipend for period 1994-1998 to report on quote United Nations Special Commission activities unquote. Entry in SSO [special security organization] ledger captured in Baghdad, no additional information."
The forgery also said that "CIA exploitation of Source 8230 from Office of President SH confirms Arkin traveled to Baghdad February 1998 and November 1998 to provide information about UNSCOM plans and to discuss Desert Fox targeting," a reference to the 1998 U.S. bombing of Iraq.
Arkin said he did not visit Iraq in 1998 but did look into the U.N. operation known as UNSCOM as a consultant to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Arkin cited several technical reasons why the cable is fake, mainly having to do with military addresses and abbreviations.
In a letter to SecDef Rumsfeld, Arkin said: "I am extremely concerned that someone familiar with Defense Department classified reporting has forged this document and given it to the press in the hope that it would be reported as genuine. Such an action raises deeply troubling questions about the integrity of the department's processes and raises the possibility of an organized effort to intimidate me as a journalist."
DoD chief spokesman Larry DiRita said an investigation was not likely as it was probably not possible to determine the source of such a matter and that he was unaware of any involvement by someone inside the department that would warrant a further look.
Arkin, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Washingtonpost.com, is a former U.S. Army MI analyst and has worked for Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Policy Studies. He has also taught at the USAF School of Advanced Air Power Studies. (DKR)
U.S. FREES KIDNAPPERS TO INFORM ON IRAQI INSURGENTS - U.S. intelligence and MPs in Iraq routinely free dangerous criminals in return for a promise to spy on insurgents, The Independent on Sunday (London) reported on 20 March.
According to documents seen by the newspaper, Iraqi police in one case rescued a doctor after a gun battle with his kidnappers and arrested two of the kidnap gang. The two made full confessions before U.S. MPs took over their custody and released them. The doctor subsequently had to flee to Egypt after being threatened by the gang.
The police station where the two men were held recorded that they had been handed over to an MP lieutenant for transfer to U.S.-run Camp Cuervo. A U.S. military spokesman told the Independent there was no record of the two in U.S. databases.
"The Americans are allowing the breakdown of Iraqi society because they are only interested in fighting the insurgency," a senior Iraqi police officer said. "We are dealing with an epidemic of kidnapping, extortion and violent crime, but even though we know the Americans monitor calls on mobiles and satellite phones, which are often used in ransom negotiations, they will not pass on any criminal intelligence to us. They only want to use the information against insurgents."
An Iraqi government source confirmed that criminal suspects were often released if they agreed to inform on insurgents, despite the dangers to ordinary Iraqis. (DKR)
CANADIAN RIVALRIES UNDERMINED 747 BOMBING CASE - Feuding between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the then-newly organized Canadian Security Intelligence Service marred an investigation into the bombing of an Air India Boeing 747 off the coast of Ireland in 1985, the Washington Post reported on 18 March.
The bombing killed 329 people while another bomb killed two baggage handlers in Tokyo.
CSIS staff members erased documents, withdrew surveillance of a key figure hours before the bombs were set and failed to tell the RCMP, according to government investigative reports disclosed last year.
On 16 March, Ian Bruce Josephson, a British Columbia Supreme Court justice, rejected what experts considered an astonishingly flimsy case against Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri, both Canadian Sikhs, and acquitted them.
The prosecution alleged that Malik, a Vancouver millionaire, made the airline reservations that were used to check in bomb-laden bags. The chief witness against him was a 43-year-old woman who worked for him from 1992 to 1997. Her identity was concealed by a witness-protection program. She said Malik twice confessed to her more than a decade after the bombings. Even though Malik fired her, suspecting she was a police spy, she still loved him, she said in tearful testimony. She appealed to him from the witness stand to believe her.
Josephson did not accept her testimony and suggested she was misleading the court to believe she is a loving confidante. Her testimony, he said, "edges toward incredulity."
In acquitting Bagri, Malik's co-defendant, a preacher and sawmill worker, the justice said a prosecution witness who was paid $300,000 for his testimony was driven by self-interest.
Canadian law enforcement agencies were left reeling after the acquittals that followed the country's longest, most extensive and most costly investigation.
"We had a multidimensional failure here," involving the CSIS and RCMP, federal ministers, members of Parliament, said Stuart Farson, who directed research for an intelligence oversight committee established by Parliament that found problems in the Air India case 15 years ago. "We were told not to touch Air India," he said.
Difficulties and political sensitivities involving the Sikh community stalled action until the late 1990s. By then, critics said, political pressure forced prosecutors and the RCMP to go ahead with a weak case.
The case showed the difficulties of investigating terrorism conspiracies, said Michael Byers, a professor of law at the University of British Columbia. " You are talking about a crime that occurs in a diaspora community that is very tightly knit and not very open to police investigations." (DKR)
FBI STING CATCHES SUSPECTS IN ATTEMPTED WEAPONS SALES - In a yearlong sting operation, an FBI informer bought Kalashnikov, Uzi and other assault rifles from the suspects in a plot to smuggle portable anti-aircraft missiles and grenade launchers into the United States, the Moscow
Times reported on 17 March.
But the informer only discussed purchasing $2.5 million-worth of missiles and other weapons. He also promised to provide the smugglers with green cards to re-enter the United States.
The 18 suspects were most likely amateur opportunists, experts on Russian organized crime and arms proliferation said.
U.S. Attorney David Kelly and FBI Special Agent Andy Arena told a news conference in New York on 15 March that authorities had arrested and charged the suspects with smuggling weapons into the United States from the former Soviet Union.
Five suspects were charged with conspiring to smuggle anti-tank grenade launchers and anti-aircraft Strela missiles, while the rest were charged with smuggling machine guns and other weapons. Strela missiles and modified versions of the grenade launchers could be used to shoot
down commercial airliners. Last month the United States and Russia signed an accord on curbing the proliferation of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.
Most of those arrested were from former Soviet republics while investigators identified Armenian Artur Solomonyan, 25, and South African Christiaan Dewet Spies, 33, as the ringleaders. Investigators said the two planned to travel to the former Soviet Union and deliver missiles to the informer who posed as an arms buyer on behalf of al-Qa'ida, the Los Angeles Times reported. U.S. media reported variously that the weapons were to have been obtained from Russian arsenals in Chechnya, or from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.
The informer taped conversations with the suspects in which Solomonyan offered to sell him enriched uranium, suggesting it could be used to build a dirty bomb for detonation on the New York subway, Russian media reported. But Kelly said none of the defendants appeared to have links to terrorist groups.
Mark Galeotti, director of the Organized Russian and Eurasian Crime Research Unit at Britain's Keele University told the Times that serious criminals do not make unsolicited offers to sell uranium, adding that professional terrorists would seek to acquire the latest Igla and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, rather than Soviet-designed Strelas, as leading airlines would soon be ready to deploy passive defense systems on their airplanes.
Ivan Safranchuk, head of the Moscow office of the Washington-based Center for Defense Information, said the case looked similar to that of a British businessman, Hemant Lakhani, who was suspected of offering to sell a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile to a U.S. buyer last year. Lakhani has denied any wrongdoing and maintained he was trapped in a sting operation. (DKR)
CONGRESS EXTENDS LIFE OF PANEL DECLASSIFYING CIA TIES TO NAZIS - Congress voted to extend to 31 March 2007 the life of a federal panel declassifying CIA documents that detail the agency's ties to former Nazis and war criminals, Reuters reported on 15 March.
The House voted 391 to 0 to clear the way for release of thousands of documents on former Nazis, including those who assisted in espionage against the Soviet Union. The Senate approved the bill on 16 February and it now goes to President Bush for signing.
The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group was established by the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998. It had been set to disband by the end of
this month. The working group includes officials from the National Archives, CIA, FBI, DoD and other agencies.
The CIA has already turned over an estimated 1.25 million pages of documents but refused to release hundreds of thousands more, including many dealing with ties to Nazis not accused of war crimes.
The agency agreed in principle to release more documents after Sen. Mike DeWine asked DCI Goss to explain the agency's position at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (DKR)
OMB SAYS USG CYBER-SECURITY NEAR FAILING - OMB gave USG agencies a D+ rating, close to failing, for cyber-security, VNU Network reported on 16 March.
OMB set cyber-security standards in the Federal Security Management Act 2002, but government agencies still do not operate in a secure environment.
To deal with these shortcomings, police and other civilian agencies are expected to boost cyber-security spending by 27 percent over the next five years, according to the latest Input/Output report.
The report noted that although cyber-security spending grew modestly prior to 9/11, the attacks that day changed the focus from development and modernization to advanced infrastructure security.
The Input/Output study highlights the limitations and shortcomings of insecure VPN connections and faulty firewall protection. These leave IT systems open to fraud, sabotage and destruction, according to the report.
Planned IT security spending for U.S. civilian agencies for 2005 is roughly $1.6 billion, accounting for about 17 percent of the total civilian agencies' development, modernization and enhancement budget for the year. Top civilian agency spenders include the DHS, HHS and DoE. (DKR)
TERRORISM TIPS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES NOT REACHING FBI - Counterterrorism tips from state and local law enforcement organizations are not always reaching FBI agents, according to the National Academy of Public Administration, Federal Computer Week reported.
While the bureau has set up an incident tracking system called Guardian to find potential connections between local police reports and FBI counterterrorism efforts, the federal database is not always synchronized with state counterterrorism databases, an NAPA panel concluded.
"Data points may be missed, undermining intelligence efforts and policing," NAPA reported. Some states do not have tracking systems, and, sometimes when they do, local police may not report incidents if they are resolved in the field.
Moreover, the result of state and local officials receiving terrorism threat assessments from both DHS and the FBI results in confusion on the ground that seems to reflect confusion among federal agencies about the scope of their responsibilities. A severely outdated process, despite an update a year ago, mars IC threat assessments, the report adds.
Counterterrorism data sharing between state, local and federal levels has improved, the report says, but information is often shared on an ad hoc basis: "Local e-mail and rolodexes seem to be proliferating in the absence of explicit headquarters guidance.” (DKR)
NSA IN 2001 URGED MONITORING PROTECTED U.S. MESSAGES - NSA warned the Bush administration in 2001 that monitoring U.S. adversaries would require a permanent presence on networks that also carry Americans' messages that are protected from government eavesdropping, AP reported.
An NSA report, Transition 2001, sent to Bush shortly after he took office, contained the warning and was obtained under the FOIA by the National Security Archive, a private security watchdog group at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. that made the document public.
The report showed the NSA making the case for giving information security top priority and raising questions about how new global communications technologies were challenging the Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
"Make no mistake, NSA can and will perform its missions consistent with the Fourth Amendment and all applicable laws," the document says. It adds, however, that senior leadership must understand the NSA's mission will require a powerful, permanent presence on global telecommunications networks that host both protected' communications of Americans and the communications of adversaries the agency wants to target.
The report said the agency was worried that federal and private digital networks had become more vulnerable to foreign intelligence operations and compromise. The document indicated NSA was going on an offensive using mostly digital modes of communication able to carry billions of bits of data.
NSA was also concerned about the security of DoD, its parent body that in 1999 experienced over 22,000 cyber attacks, most of which had little effect on operations.
Among other points in the 42-page report, NSA said it had tried to transform itself from "No Such Agency" by sending its director to public events and reaching out to the media. (DKR)
MAHLE ON FAILED PEACE PROCESS - In a reference to former CIA case officer Melissa Boyle Mahle, author of Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11, The New York Times wrote on 15 March:
"The C.I.A. review of Ms. Mahle's memoir, which the rules say should take 30 days, took more than a year. When the pages were already set, the censors suddenly came up with a new list of cuts, she said. The publisher had to black out several pages, including a passage already approved for
publication in a journal, Middle East Policy, where it will appear soon."
(See THE CIA AND ITS TROUBLES, WIN 08-05 dtd 21 February 2005)
In her article, "A Political-Security Analysis of the Failed Oslo Process," Mahle finds that the Bush administration in pursuit of a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "has once again embarked upon a path that places security before real political engagement, process before substance, rather than marrying security and political steps on the ground. This path is doomed to failure, as was the Oslo process. "
But Mahle believes the conflict is solvable. However, she argues, solving it in a way that serves the national-security interests of the United States will require breaking some U.S. domestic political taboos.
Among things necessary to end the conflict, she writes, "the United States would need to set a clear policy to require Israel do something it does not want to do: relinquish most of the lands it occupied in 1967, including settlements, and support the formation of an independent Palestinian state."
"For any peace to be lasting, that state must have contiguous territory with no intrusive Israeli sovereign presence. Such a settlement will meet the political aspirations of the majority of the Palestinian people and remove points of conflict that spark daily clashes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and breed hatred between two peoples and two cultures."
The lengthy article appears in Middle East Policy, Spring 2005, and may be seen at www.mepc.org/public_asp/journal_vol12/0503_mahle.asp (DKR)
IS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS MORE McDONALDS? - Matthew Fraser, Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire (St. Martin's Press, 288 pp. $24.95)
Fraser, editor of the Canadian daily the National Post, takes a perceptive, if sometimes questionable view of American world dominance in film, television, music and fast food and the effect this has on U.S. foreign policy.
The United States, as Fraser sees it, is a benevolent hegemon and what the world needs is more Hollywood movies, McDonald's outlets, CNN newscasts and MTV videos. American popular culture, he believes has become a key strategic resources in the struggle against totalitarianism and Islamist radicals.
Fraser acknowledges that objections to the export of American pop cultures in such countries as France arise from well-grounded opposition to the damage being done to national commercial interests. But expanding American soft power, he asserts, can save the global village from a clash of civilizations. Well-researched, this is at the least an entertaining work and possibly a wise one. (DKR)
SPINNING FOR THE PRESIDENT - Ari Fleischer, Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House (William Morrow, 400 pp. $26.95)
There were those in the White House press corps who disliked Fleischer with an intensity spared other presidential press secretaries. A fair number of journalists perceived him as evasive and superficial in his answers to their questions, economical with the truth and, in short, a spinmeister frequently not always able to convince.
Fleischer’s upbeat memoirs of his White House days are not likely to alter this perception. His descriptions of Bush may strike readers as being not so much enthusiastic as sycophantic.
Seen from his perspective, he was defending the administration and himself from often badgering media folk who would try to get him to give out information on matters of security and military operations he was not free to disclose.
He finds, rightly, a pervasive liberal bias in the news media and documents examples of it. The trouble with Fleischer was that he performed his job in such a way as to infect, at least temporarily, those free of the liberal virus with something very like it. (DKR)
CIA SAYS LAWS PERMIT ITS INTERROGATION METHODS - The CIA said on 18 March that all interrogation techniques approved for use by agency personnel in questioning terrorism suspects were permissible under federal laws prohibiting torture, the New York Times reported.
"All approved interrogation techniques, both past and present, are lawful and do not constitute torture," the agency said a day after DCI Goss told Congress that interrogation techniques used at this time were legal while declining to give the same assurances about techniques employed in past
In a written statement, Jennifer Millerwise, the agency's director of public affairs, said its policies on interrogation have always followed legal guidance from the DoJ. The statement added that, "If an individual violates the policy, then he or she will be held accountable."
The statement said an article published by the Times on 18 March created the false impression that U.S. intelligence may have had a policy in the past of using torture against terrorists captured in the war on terror.
The article reported that Goss, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he could not assure Congress that the CIA's methods at all times after 9/11 had been permissible under laws prohibiting torture.
The administration, the Times said, has not made public a DoJ document issued in August 2002 that former government officials say provided legal authorization for the CIA to use specific interrogation techniques more coercive than those permitted for use by the military or civilian law enforcement authorities.
In her statement, Millerwise defended what she called lawful interrogation of captured terrorists as a vital tool in saving American lives. She added, "It works and it is done with Congressional oversight, in keeping with American law."
On 17 March, the Washington Post reported Sen. Pat Roberts, who sits on the Armed Services Committee and is also the chairman of the Senate intelligence panel, said, "I have to tell you I am losing a little patience with what appears to me to be an almost pathological obsession with calling into question the actions of men and women who are on the front lines of the war on terror."
President Bush, commenting on renditions for the first time, said on 16 March that they were vital to the nation's defense. (DKR)
REPRIMANDED INSTRUCTOR NOW TEACHING INTERROGATION - Former Staff Sgt. Jeannette Arocho-Burkart, 37, an instructor now teaching interrogation techniques at the Army Intelligence School, Fort Huachuca, AZ, was reprimanded in 2003 for sexually taunting tactics that included smearing fake menstrual blood on terror suspects at Gitmo, according to sources who knew her there, the New York Daily News reported.
What Arocho-Burkart did was not torture but fudged the line to an uncomfortable level, one of the sources said.
Arocho-Burkart left the Army and spent last year as a contractor with the Phoenix Consulting Group, where she was chosen by DIA to teach strategic debriefing, that is eliciting information from willing sources. Last month, she left the DIA and Phoenix and now teaches at Fort Huachuca under contract with Anteon Corp., officials said.
Officials at Huachuca and Phoenix said they were not aware until recently that Arocho-Burkart was reprimanded for detainee abuse. (DKR)
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IRAQIS DECRY ITALIAN LACK OF COOPERATION - Iraqi investigators who are trying to find the kidnappers of the Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena say their work has been stymied by a lack of cooperation from the Italian intelligence services that won her release, the New York Times reported on 16 March.
Sgrena, 56, a reporter for the Communist daily Il Manifesto, was released after her abductors negotiated with Italian intelligence officials. One of them, a senior SISMI officer, was killed when American troops fired on the car taking Sgrena to freedom.
(See U.S.-ITALIAN TIES STRAINED BY DEATH OF SENIOR SISMI OFFICER, WIN 10-05 dtd 7 March 2005)
Col. Jabbar Anwar, chief of the major crimes unit in the sector of Baghdad that includes the neighborhood where Sgrena was thought to be held, said the ring that committed the kidnapping was a profit-making organization that is likely to repeat the crime. The Italians, he said, made a big mistake when they let the criminals go, especially if they gave them money.
Erminio Amelio, a Rome magistrate investigating the abduction, said there had been no intent to deprive the Iraqi police of information. "I don't know what type of relationships our people have with the Iraqis in Baghdad," Amelio said. "Our people have a strong relationship with the Americans, and the Americans deal more with the Iraqis."
Information from the Italians, Jabbar asserted, could have made the difference in cracking the case. Instead, he said, his investigators saw the lines of communication shut down once the Italians began negotiating with the kidnappers. (DKR)
FSB PAID $10 MILLION BOUNTY FOR SLAIN CHECHEN LEADER - Russia's security service, the FSB, says it paid a $10 million bounty for information that led to the killing of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, the BBC reported on 15 March.
The service was approached by certain citizens who gave the necessary information on his whereabouts, the FSB said in a statement. Maskhadov was killed two weeks ago in Chechnya when troops found a bunker where he was hiding.
Andrei Piontkovsky, director of the Center for Strategic Research in Moscow, told the BBC that divisions within the Chechen movement meant Russian security forces could find it easier to recruit informants.
However, the BBC's Russian affairs analyst Steven Eke cautioned that the details surrounding the payment of the reward were suspicious. The sum said to have been paid was unprecedented, and the official explanation of the events leading to Maskhadov's death was not clear. (DKR)
SIGURD HARTZ RASMUSSEN who secretly provided Danish and British intel services with information to thwart Nazi aggression in the 1930s, died on 21 February of congestive heart failure while staying with his son on Mercer Island, WA. He was 99, the Washington Post reported.
Rasmussen was born in Vejle, Denmark, and graduated from the University of Copenhagen before receiving a master's degree in library science in 1928 from Columbia University. Before 1941, he held various positions in public libraries in Denmark, the American Library in Paris and the League of Nations in Geneva, where he was head of the geographical department.
His work at the League involved collecting information that assisted in resolving border disputes, increasingly brought about by Nazi aggression.
When the League ceased activities in May 1940, its officials warned him he was in danger in Switzerland. That October, he obtained a U.S. visa and was able to make his way through occupied France and Franco's Spain to Portugal where he boarded a U.S. passenger ship. In the lining of his luggage, he carried geographical information of great interest to the U.S. Army and to Elmer Davis, director of U.S. War Information.
From 1941 to 1946, he was a librarian for the League of Nations Mission at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He formed what would become the Library of the United Nations and became the U.N.'s first librarian in 1946, serving for two years. In 1949, he became a U.S. citizen. The same year, he joined the World Bank as archivist and chief of language services. He was fluent in about a dozen languages. He retired in 1970, living in Arlington, VA, where he was active in promoting the noise abatement at Reagan National Airport.
Rasmussen was heavily influenced by the Danish writer Georg Brandes and the German philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Schopenhauer. He published his memoirs, My Journey Through the Twentieth Century, in 1999.
Rasmussen's wife, Joan Edna Bourne Rasmussen, died in 2003. He is survived by two children, Karen Townley Rasmussen of Vienna, VA, and Erik Hartz Rasmussen of Mercer Island. (DKR)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax your name, title, phone, fax and email and any names of guests to 202-296-2490.
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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 à 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. RADM
Porterfield, Director of Naval Intelligence, will be the principal speaker. All US naval intelligence professionals, past and current, invited. $30. You
can register through the NIP website http://www.navintpro.org (click on item
of interest, Red Tie Luncheon and then register on-line) or contact: Navintpro@aol.com or tel:
703-250-6765. Red Tie Luncheons began many years ago as a means for analysts
following the Soviet Navy to get together and network. Since then, they have
developed into events for analysts to meet and to rub elbows and hear the
opinions of the leadership of naval intelligence.
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: email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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) email@example.com, 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.
Sunday, 15 May 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - National Military Intelligence Association hosts their XXXI Anniversary and Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel. Details at http://www.nmia.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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