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BRITISH TIGHTEN CONTROLS OVER INTELLIGENCE PROCESSING - Britain has tightened controls on the processing of secret intelligence, the government said on 23 March, in a response to flawed information that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq, Reuters reported.
"Secret Intelligence Service has developed new procedures, provided additional resources and revised line management arrangements to improve evaluation and to oversee the quality of intelligence," Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in a statement to Parliament.
The statement came in response to a report by Robin, Lord Butler, a former senior civil servant, who said last July that intelligence used to compile a September 2002 dossier on Iraq was very thin. Butler cleared Blair of deceiving Parliament and the public over the intelligence on Iraq but identified collective shortcomings in the gathering and presentation of intelligence.
The government has agreed to appoint a professional head of intelligence analysis and has said that analysts will be better trained. The government also plans to expand by about a third the size of the assessments staff, which analyzes the work of intelligence services for ministers. This should allow for more rigorous checking of Joint Intelligence Committee reports. (DKR)
WMD PANEL REPORT TO CRITICIZE CIA, OTHER IC BODIES - The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, in a report to be presented to President Bush on 31 March, will be sharply critical of the performance of the CIA and other Intelligence Community bodies, the New York Times reported on 27 March, citing a government official briefed on the report.
DCI Goss sent an e-mail to all CIA employees on Friday to alert them to the report. Laurence Silberman, a retired federal judge, and Charles Robb, a former Virginia governor and senator, headed the panel that drew it up. An official who saw the Goss message said it did not characterize the report but was intended to avoid surprises and keep up morale.
The commission has spent a year studying intel on WMD in Iraq and elsewhere and its report has already been circulated within the IC that was given the opportunity to correct factual errors and make comments. An unclassified version is to be publicly released.
The nine-member panel, appointed by Bush in February 2004, was set up after the Iraq Survey Group failed to find biological and chemical weapons stockpiles in Iraq or an active nuclear weapons program that the CIA and other bodies had reported to exist.
As well as assessing prewar intel failures, the commission was instructed to assess the quality of current American knowledge of weapons programs in Iran, North Korea and other countries. The panel was also charged with comparing reporting on weapons in Libya and Afghanistan with what was found in those countries after they were opened to American experts. It is also expected to propose alterations to the reorganization of the IC mandated by the Intelligence reform act adopted last December.
BRIT DIPLOMAT SAYS CIA USED INTEL OBTAINED BY TORTURE - The CIA and the British MI6 routinely cited information in their regular intelligence briefings, passed on by Uzbek authorities and almost certainly obtained under torture, according to the former British ambassador at Tashkent, the Boston Globe reported on 24 March. www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2005/03/24/us_handling_of_terror_suspects_questioned/
Over the past three years, the United States has routinely handed over dozens of low-level terrorism suspects to Uzbekistan, the former ambassador, Craig Murray, said.
Murray said he sent his deputy to the U.S. embassy in Tashkent to find out if Americans were using any safeguards to ensure that information they used that came from Uzbek authorities had not been obtained by torture. His deputy reported to Murray that she had met the station chief and was told, ''Yes, it probably was obtained [under] torture, but the CIA didn't see that as a problem."
A CIA spokesman in Washington said no such meeting or conversation ever took place and the agency does not knowingly receive any intelligence information that was alleged to have been derived from individuals who are tortured.
DCI Goss has contended, the Globe noted, that the agency does not turn suspects over to countries that use torture without receiving diplomatic assurances that the suspect will not be mistreated.
The Foreign Office recalled Murray from Tashkent last August for repeatedly and publicly denouncing human rights abuses by the regime of President Islam Karimov. Murray, 46, quit the foreign service early in February after what he described to the Globe as a ruthless attempt to hound him out of his ambassadorial post. He was accused of drinking on the job, asking for sex in exchange for visas, and improperly paying for the musical equipment of a Scottish folk band he brought to play at the Tashkent embassy. The investigation, which came as the press published reports of his having an affair with a 23-year-old Uzbek woman, prompted him to briefly check into a mental-health facility as his marriage collapsed.
A Foreign Office spokesman said Murray was cleared of all charges relating to misconduct, but that a second investigation launched to determine if he had leaked information to the press was suspended because of his ill health, and would not be further pursued since Murray had opted to retire from the diplomatic service.
Murray is running as an independent candidate in a try at unseating Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in parliamentary elections expected early in May. (DKR)
DOD TO UPGRADE INTEL OPERATIONS - DoD is seeking to remodel and upgrade its intelligence structure and operations, based on experience in Afghanistan and Iraq and current and expected systems for collecting technical and human intelligence, the Washington Post reported on 24 March.
Among the first things DoD is planning to do is to raise intelligence from a head quarter's staff function to placing analysts and HUMINT collectors on the front lines, particularly in the war on terrorism. AFIO member Don H. points out that over 30 years ago the U.S. Navy introduced such dedicated support to operating forces by stationing Ocean Surveillance Intelligence System units as near as possible to the action.
A senior DoD official said the restructuring would figure in the Pentagon's FY 2007 budget. Lt. Col. Chris Conway, a Pentagon spokesman,
said DoD had begun to overhaul and increase its HUMINT activities to address shortfalls. Measures included creating tactical HUMINT teams with 160 already operating in Iraq. The teams consist of fully uniformed soldiers who knock on doors to interview families and conduct some interrogations.
DoD clandestine collection of intelligence in foreign countries where operations may eventually take place is to be developed. Such battlefield preparation activities, where covert operators scour potential landing spots and target areas, took place before the Iraq invasion and have taken place in other countries, according to intelligence sources.
The U.S. Army will both move more personnel into intelligence and make it a more attractive career path, the senior DoD official said.
The Pentagon is also considering pulling together the heads of its eight intelligence agencies and putting them under one military commander, possibly a general rank officer. The agencies are the DIA, NSA, Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force intelligence arms, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.
The proposed DoD action comes as Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, and Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, have introduced a bill to create a unified DoD intelligence command under a four-star officer.
Chambliss described the plan as creating "one point of contact for military intelligence for the new DNI and . . a more efficient, responsive and simpler military intelligence structure."
However, a former senior Service IO told WIN: "Putting all eight agencies under one military head would only extend the travesty of the DNI move down into DoD. A depsecdef for intel makes sense; a real DoD boss is a death knell to dedicated, effective Service intelligence." (DKR)
POOR IRAQI COUNTERINTEL FAILS TO CHECK PENETRATION - DoD officials told the Washington Times that lack of good counterintelligence has enabled insurgents to penetrate key Iraqi agencies.
The penetration has reached into the prime minister's office, senior levels of the Defense ministry and security forces protecting Baghdad International Airport.
In one case, a private Iraqi company that bid on a security contract for the airport was found to have been a front for Iraqis connected to the insurgency, the officials said.
The DoD officials said counterintelligence efforts to find and neutralize the insurgents in Iraq have been very difficult and have not been given a high priority by either Iraqi or U.S. and coalition officials. (DKR)
WHITE HOUSE MULLS OVER DOJ UNIT FOR TERROR, COUNTERINTEL - The Bush administration is considering creating a national security division in DoJ the better to consolidate and coordinate terrorism and espionage investigations, the New York Times reported on 24 March, citing un-named officials.
An assistant AG would oversee the possible new unit if it is established.
Still in a preliminary stage, the concept of the unit reflects concerns among administration officials that national security cases handled by DoJ lawyers and investigators are sometimes fragmented because of bureaucratic divisions, despite structural changes since 9/11.
Those supporting creation of the new body argue that, following creation of the HHS and DNI, it would be another important step in streamlining cases involving terrorism, foreign spying, economic espionage and other national security matters and could give DoJ greater flexibility to predict and prevent terror attacks.
Some suggest the new unit would, like Britain's MI-5, consolidate training, investigating, conducting surveillance and prosecuting national security cases in one division. The move would also add to dismantling the wall that has separated law enforcement and intel operations that has hindered sharing of information.
An administration official said the concept was under discussion, not a done deal. AG Gonzales has not presented a formal recommendation, officials said.
David S. Kris, who was a senior DoJ official and worked on intelligence and counterterrorism matters after 9/11, said: "The advantage of an idea like this is that it would bring together under one roof all of the Justice Department's national security elements, and right now those elements are spread all over the place, willy-nilly.”
Not all agree. "I don't see a real benefit," said John L. Martin, a former DoJ official who handled spy prosecutions. "Creating a separate division, you risk detracting from the framework that's been built over the years, and that alone won't change whatever communication problems exist, no matter where you put the different pieces of the department."
Under the current DoJ structure, the criminal division has primary responsibility for all counterterrorism prosecutions. However, lawyers at a top-secret unit are gatekeepers for warrants authorizing wiretaps and other surveillance involving foreign intelligence. Lawyers dealing with immigration, civil rights and civil litigation are in separate divisions but can also become involved in national security matters on a regular basis.
Internal communication and coordination problems have played a part in setbacks such as the collapse of the case against a sleeper cell in Detroit, the mistaken arrest of a Portland lawyer in connection with the Madrid train bombings and the long-stalled case against Zacarias Moussaoui.
DIA INVITES PARTICIPATION IN I&W CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY - DIA, in collaboration with CIA and NSA, is participating in a Joint Information Operations Program Office effort to baseline IC capabilities to conduct Indications & Warning against foreign Computer Network Operations. As part of its contribution to this effort, DIA developed and is sponsoring a Customer Satisfaction Survey.
The survey will assist DIA and the JIOPO to understand the level of customer use and satisfaction with existing cyber threat-related I&W products available throughout the IC community. There are also questions designed to identify the community's current cyber threat I&W requirements, current/future needs, and the methods of coordination among the communities supporting cyber threat I&W.
The survey website can be accessed on the SIPRNET and on JWICS at the following links:
The survey is best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and greater. Survey respondents should respond by 13 April. (DKR)
CRS SEES DIFFICULTIES IN LEGISLATING CYBERDEFENSES - A recent study by the Congressional Research Service suggests that Congressional leaders will face significant challenges if they try to create a regulatory framework to strengthen the nation’s cyberdefenses, fcw.com reported on 25 March.
The report concludes that at least four factors account for continuing challenges facing those interested in cyberspace security. One is that computer networks have characteristics of a public commons, which the report says lessens the effectiveness of market mechanisms for improving cybersecurity. In that sense, cyberspace is like a public highway system.
But there is also difficulty in obtaining cooperation from and coordination with all the parties whose activities affect cybersecurity, especially given cyberspace's global nature.
Another factor is that there is little agreement on the best approaches to securing cyberspace.
Lastly, the pace of technological change often outstrips efforts to establish effective regulatory standards.
Nevertheless, House Homeland Security Committee’s Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity Subcommittee members continue to be concerned with the question of whether a broad regulatory framework might be necessary to secure cyberspace.
The report cites two models for greater government involvement in cybersecurity. One is the SEC response to the year 2000 computer crisis. SEC set rules requiring companies to report on their Year 2000 preparedness, and Congress passed liability protections for companies that complied with the rules. The other is the food safety or environmental regulation model in which federal agencies set regulations and use inspectors to monitor compliance. The report raises questions about the feasibility of either model. (DKR)
TSA MISLED PUBLIC ON PASSENGER DATABASES - The Transportation Security Administration misled the public about its role in obtaining personal information about 12 million airline passengers to test a new computerized system that screens for terrorists, AP reported a government investigation as saying.
The report, released by DHS Acting IG Richard Skinner on 25 March, said TSA deceived individuals, the press and Congress in 2003 and 2004.
``TSA officials made inaccurate statements regarding these transfers that undermined public trust in the agency,'' the report said. ``These misstatements were apparently not meant to mischaracterize known facts. Instead, they were premised on an incomplete understanding of the underlying facts.''
The report comes as TSA is using airline passenger data, which can include credit card information, phone number and address, to test Secure Flight, a computerized system for screening passengers. Congress has said TSA cannot proceed with Secure Flight unless the GAO finds the technology ensures privacy and that the data is protected. A GAO report was to be released on 28 March. (DKR)
THE FIRST 'M' - Andrew Cook, M: MI5’s First Spymaster (Tempus Publishing, Ltd. 336 pp. $30)
Cook, author of a well-regarded biography of Sidney Reilly, "the Ace of Spies," has written a well-researched and colorful account of William Melville, the son of an impoverished Irish baker, who was the founding head of MI5 and shaped it into the successful counter-intelligence service it is.
Cook began his career in 1872 when, at the age of 22, he joined the Metropolitan Police in London. He became one of the officers who set up the Special Irish Branch in response to the 1881 Fenian bombing campaign and, later, international anarchist terrorism, so memorably depicted in Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. Melville proved a gifted recruiter and handler of agents.
After a five-year stint in Le Havre, liaising with the French, he returned to London and the Special Branch's unit protecting visiting monarchs, including the Kaiser, whose life he probably saved. By 1893, he was head of Special Branch. In 1903, he ostensibly retired, but in reality was running both domestic and foreign agents. In 1909, MI5 and MI6, the foreign intelligence service, were formally established with Melville becoming the boss of counterintelligence.
He was a friend of Harry Houdini who taught him to be an expert lock-picker. Melville also liked disguises, often passing himself off as a sanitary inspector so as to gain admission to buildings. Melville, who died in 1917, was also a friend of Sidney Reilly, allowing him to escape charges of counterfeiting. Reilly, born Georgi Rosenblum in Odessa, became the outstanding British spy in Russia during its revolution. In 1925, Felix Dzherzhinsky, head of Lenin's newly created Cheka, lured him back there and had him killed. (DKR)
CHINA SHIFTS THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER - Ted C. Fishman, China Inc: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World (Scribner, 342 pp. $26) - Fishman, a journalist who is also a former floor trader and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, provides a dramatic account of the profound shift in the global economic order that accompanies China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power.
China has a growth rate three times that of the United States, consumes 40 percent of the world's concrete and 25 percent of its steel. With a voracious thirst for energy it is engaged in oil and gas deals across the globe, along with developing pipelines to bring the fuels to its industries.
Fishman depicts the ever-swelling output of China's low-cost factories and the country’s unprecedented infusions of foreign capital and technology. He uses interviews with Chinese, Americans and Europeans to make the point that China's economic transformation will oblige the United States to change how it thinks about Americans as consumers, workers, and citizens. (DKR)
FRANKLIN IN FRANCE - Stacy Schiff, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Henry Holt, 512 pp. $30)
Schiff has written an elegant account of Franklin’s seven years in France with the task of obtaining and maintaining France as an ally in the War of Independence.
Drawing on newly available sources, Schiff chronicles the intrigues and political backbiting surrounding Franklin as he brilliantly accomplished his mission. "A master of the oblique approach, a dabbler in shades of gray," Schiff writes, "Franklin was a natural diplomat, genial and ruthless."
Set against what were to be the last years of the ancien regime, an age of glitter and faux simplicity, Schiff’s portraits include key French figures, such as Jacques-Donatien Chaumont, chief supplier of aid to America, and Charles Vergennes, the foreign minister with whom Franklin wrote a Franco-American alliance in 1778. (DKR)
GOSS: ASSASSINATION BAN NOT APPLICABLE TO TERRORISTS - DCI Goss has told the Senate the ban on assassinations by U.S. intelligence remains in force, but does not prohibit killing terrorist enemies of the United States, UPI reported on 24 March.
The assassination ban, contained in Executive Order 12333, would not bar the use of lethal force in self-defense, for example, in appropriate cases against members of al-Qa'ida planning attacks against the United States, Goss said in a written answer to the Select Committee on Intelligence.
A former senior intel official told UPI the decision to get around the ban, rather than rescind or waive it, was made soon after 9/11. The self-defense exemption was a legal fabrication to save face, to say, 'Yes, it still applies, but just not in these cases,' the former official said.
Richard Clarke, who headed White House's counterterrorism efforts under President Clinton and in the early part of President Bush's first term, said in testimony declassified last year, that there was enormous resistance to the idea of authorizing the deliberate killing of specific people, even Usama bin Ladin. "The administration, and particularly the Justice Department, did not want to throw out the ban on assassination," he told a congressional inquiry into 9/11. (DKR)
REDACTED MEMO OMITTED FBI VIEW OF GITMO INTERROGATIONS - U.S. law enforcement agents working at Guantanamo concluded that DoD interrogation practices there produced intelligence that was suspect at best, an FBI agent told a superior in a memo in May last year, the Washington Post reported on 22 March.
But when DoJ reviewed the memo before releasing it to a civil liberties group in December, it redacted the FBI agent's conclusion. DoJ, acting after DoD expressed its own views on what part of the text should be redacted, also blacked out a separate assertion that military interrogation practices could undermine future military trials for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo.
Sen. Carl Levin released the disclosures concerning the memo on 21 March. AG Gonzales, who as White House counsel participated in discussion of the legality of military interrogation techniques, twice publicly expressed skepticism about the reliability of these FBI accounts. But the memo, dated 10 May 2004, contains a highly detailed account of the efforts that FBI agents made to convince the DoD that its interrogation practices were wrongheaded.
Levin, who pushed DoJ to release a version of the memo that included the new disclosures, said, "As I suspected, the previously withheld information had nothing to do with protecting intelligence sources and methods, and everything to do with protecting the DoD from embarrassment."
Spokesman Bryan Whitman said it is DoD policy to request redactions based solely on national security and privacy.
Jeffrey Fogel, legal director of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, said the newly disclosed passages could be used to persuade judges to look behind assertions during trials that suspects had confessed during questioning. (DKR)
CONTRADICTIONS SEEN IN COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY - President Bush's executive order last August establishing the National Counterterrorism Center and the intelligence reform legislation that he signed in December have created conflicts in counterterrorism policy that need to be resolved, according to a report released last week by the Congressional Research Service, the Washington Post reported on 28 March.
The report sees a possibly stark contradiction arising from the NCTC director reporting directly to Bush on planning and progress of joint operations while reporting to DNI on budgetary and other issues.
Given this bifurcated structure, the report finds it not implausible to foresee potential conflicts between the DNI and the NCTC director concerning who is the president's primary adviser with respect to joint counterterrorism operational initiatives.
Another contradiction between the law and the executive order concerns the status and rank of the DNI and the NCTC director. Under the law, both are to be presidential appointees subject to Senate confirmation. Under the executive order, the NCTC director is selected by the president's chief intelligence adviser who is now the DNI. The acting NCTC director is John O. Brennan, a former CIA senior official.
The report suggests that Congress could resolve the conflicts by amending the law, but must wait to see how nominated DNI John Negroponte responds at hearings in April before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. (DKR)
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REWARDS OFFERED FOR DIRECTING JOB SEEKERS TO CACI - CACI is offering rewards of $2,000 to anyone who refers an applicant to CACI who is hired by 1 June. Applicants must possess a Full-Scope Polygraph. Rewards will go to all who make successful referrals for the following positions: Analyst (all INTs); Linguist; System Developer/Tester; Programmers; Logistics Specialist; Administrative Assistant; Accountant; Technical Writer; Audiovisual Producer; Collection Managers; Help Desk Specialists; Operations Officers; Financial Analysts. To receive credit for the referral you must forward the referee's resume to email@example.com. Candidates must be new to CACI. In cases of multiple referrals of the same person, the earliest referral only will be credited. (DKR)
EXECUTIVE PROTECTION SPECIALIST; Location: North Western United States Salary: $85K-$90K; Relocation: Yes.
Job Description: Assists in the oversight conduct of security activities and guard assignments at principal’s resident. Provides close proximity protection and conducts advance security surveys for local activities. Participates in advance security surveys and destination management for domestic and international travel and public events.
Roles and Responsibilities: ; Safeguards principals from all forms of security and safety hazards; Conducts surveys of future sites that principal will visit for events, ranging from casual events to high level events, and plans logistics around sites and events. Detailed planning includes all aspects and issues relating to physical locality, movements in, out, and around site and event, and preparation for emergencies and other contingencies; Acts as primary driver for principals. Must operate vehicle in safe and comfortable manner. Ensures vehicle is in good working order, fueled, and clean. Prepares routes in advance, as well as alternate routes; Follows principal’s vehicle and provides security coverage on the road during transportation of principal. Identification and intervention of threats along route. Renders aid in event of accident or other safety hazards; Provides security coverage for principals, guests, and family members in a way that is professional, courteous, and in compliance with policy and procedures; Coordinates with internal staff and department heads to accomplish common goals regarding provision of personal assistance and support for principals’ activities; Report writing, oral and written briefings. Appropriately communicate with children; Monitors the maintenance and performance of technical security equipment for selected residential properties; Maintains liaison with Contracted Guard Service and keeps them abreast of local security concerns that could affect the safety or security of the residential properties; Responds to emergency situations and coordinates the response of emergency services to designated sites and residential properties; Responds to and performs tasks or duties that may be outside the scope of traditional security functions; May provide emergency medical assistance in the event of illness or injury; Domestic and international travel may be required. Must have valid Passport and valid State driver’s license; Participates in a 24-hour on-call support program utilizing documented escalation procedures and appropriate staffing. On-call duties include 7 days, 24 hours; Acts as liaison between the clients and members of other departments, as directed by management. Clients may include top-level corporate executives; Facilitates open and frequent collaboration with other departments; Some (+/- 25%) travel is required. Some overnight travel is required;
Requirements: ; Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and develop action plan in day to day operations as well as emergency or unusual situations; Ability to adapt to changes in plan quickly and effectively; Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner to all levels of staff and managers; Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in a clear concise manner; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public; Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference; Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; Ability to deal with several abstract and concrete variables; Able to be on call and respond to emergencies 24 x 7 when required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Knowledge, experience, skill, and/or ability Required:; Excellent verbal, written and radio communication skills; Excellent customer service skills; Strong understanding of computer hardware & CCTV systems; Strong understanding of computer software and interaction with Operating System, i.e., Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional MS Office, S Project; Able to be on call and respond to emergencies 24 x 7 when required; Local travel to sites within assigned State is considered a normal mode of operation. Additional travel (national and international) may be required with this position; CPR/AED/Blood Borne Pathogens/Oxygen Delivery/First aid certification is mandatory and must be current;
Preferred: PPS (Personal Protection Specialist) Certification is preferred. Education/experience/certifications Associate’s degree (A.A) or higher preferred and 5+ years relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, such as Prior Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, Federal Executive Protection program.
If qualified, candidates should submit their resume, via email, with Executive Protection Specialist in the subject line, as an MS Word document attachment to: Jay Crawford, CPP Sr. Consultant, Security Management Resources, Inc., JayCrawford@smrgroup.org
Department of Homeland Security Career Positions for 25 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.
Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General) GS-0950-15
Supervisory Program Analyst GS-0343-14/15
Program Analyst GS-0343-12/13
Program Specialist GS-0301-12
Fire Program Specialist GS-0301-11/12
Supervisory BTS Officer GS-1801-15
Program Specialist GS-0301-12
Resource Analyst GS-0301-15
Interdisciplinary: Chemist Engineer/General Physical Scientist GS-0893-15
Interdisciplinary: Chemist Engineer/General Physical Scientist GS-1301-15
Staff Accountant GS-0510-13/14
Budget Analyst GS-0560-12/13
U.S. BLOCKS ITALIAN INSPECTION OF CAR IN FATAL SHOOTING - The U.S. military command in Iraq has blocked Italian policemen from examining the car in which a senior Italian intelligence officer was shot dead in Baghdad, AP reported on 22 March.
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-740304.php (See U.S.- ITALIAN TIES STRAINED BY DEATH OF SENIOR SISMI OFFICER, WIN 10-05 dtd 7 March 2005)
The Milanese daily Corriere della Sera said that the policemen were about to leave for Baghdad when the Italian Embassy there was asked by the U.S. command on 21 March to abort the mission for security reasons. The embassy reportedly alerted Rome authorities who called off the trip.
Italian authorities say that examining the vehicle is key to assessing what happened on 4 March when U.S. troops opened fire on the car and killed Nicola Calipari, head of international operations at SISMI, the Italian MI service, and wounded another intelligence officer and journalist Giuliana Sgrena. Calipari had just negotiated here release by Iraqi kidnappers. (DKR)
CONGRATULATIONS to long-time AFIO member Brian J. Smith who has just retired from 28 years of U.S. Federal Service as a outstanding Federal Agent, and started -- Monday March 21, 2005 -- as the new Chief of Police for the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor Police, (New York and New Jersey). He was jointly appointed by the Governor of the State of New York and New Jersey, as this is a bi-state Police Agency. A formal ceremony took place at the Waterfront Commission on March 25th.
ABOUT THE VALERIE PLAME MATTER - Walt L. writes:
I have the impression that there's a lot more to the Valerie Plame matter than what is appearing in the media of late. I recall reading (but can't recall where) that the consulting firm was a CIA proprietary and when Ms Plame's cover was blown, so was the cover of every other IO working there.
If so, the future usefulness of some valuable people would be greatly impaired. There goes several hundred staff years into the toilet. Plus, the agents would also have rolled up, etc., etc.
The article went on to say that the mission of this operation was to track WMD, and this outing essentially blinded the U.S. HUMINT sources on WMD. If so, then this would be a very serious matter indeed. Our Commander-in-Chief has said this is a time of war and therefore severe punishment would seem appropriate.
I hope U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick gets to the bottom of this soon. Roll over the other reporters, establish the legal precedents involved in this very case -- and then offer Bob Novak a choice: The Martha Stewart six months in Camp Cupcake or two to three years in Leavenworth with "Big Bubba."
Maybe Joe Wilson will reveal something in his new book. Blowing somebody's NOC is a sensitive matter for me. I guess I just can't take a joke.
INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT SOUGHT - "We are attempting to locate and contact a reliable and experienced International Real Estate Investment Consulting firm or International Real Estate Development firm that specializes in putting together and managing investment funds for foreign real estate ventures. We have a pending office construction project in the Central Business District of Beijing that needs an additional $51 million. The real estate and all Chinese Government approvals are already in hand. If any AFIO member knows of such a firm, please contact Dick Hayhurst at firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX: (478) 405-6274 or give those addresses directly to the firm in question. Many thanks. Dick Hayhurst, AFIO member."
5 April 05 - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter celebrates the newly opened Atomic Testing Museum with special tour. Their private tour of the Museum begins at 6 p.m., led by Troy E. Wade II, the Nevada Test Site Museum Foundation Chairman and a member of the AFIO chapter. The Museum includes artifacts on loan from personal collections, the Smithsonian, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Labs, as well as pieces of the Berlin Wall and the World Trade Center. The concept of the museum... "a 50-year walk through the Cold War." Wade, who was Asst Secretary of Energy for Defense Programs at DOE; and other high DOE posts, agrees with Newsweek Magazine's February 28th review of the new museum: "Rarely do museums blow you away. Yet at the new Atomic Testing Museum...guests experience a simulation of an aboveground nuclear test - complete with trembling benches, explosive noise and swoosh of air. After that, the audience watches a film about the history of testing at the Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas." TO ATTEND: The special chapter fee for this event is only $7/pp - spouses & guests welcome. RSVP to email@example.com or call 702.295.0073. More about the museum can be found at: http://www.ntshf.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.
11 April 05 – Washington, D.C. – Will Intelligence Reforms Work? - The Law and Government Program of American University's Washington College of Law will present a panel discussion on "The Reforms of U.S. Intelligence and Counterterrorism Policy: Will They Work?" Professor Daniel Marcus, who was General Counsel of the 9/11 Commission, will moderate the program. The participants in the panel discussion are: Jamie S. Gorelick, a member of the 9/11 Commission and Deputy Attorney General of the United States 1994-1997; Walter B. Slocombe, a member of the Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (whose public report is expected to be available before 11 April) and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy 1994-2001; John C. Gannon, Staff Director, House Select Committee on Homeland Security 2003- 2005, Chairman, National Intelligence Council 1997-2001, and CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence 1995-1997; and Michael Bopp, Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and principal drafter of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. The program will take place in Room 603 (the Moot Courtroom) at the Law
School, which is located at 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, 11 April. There will be a reception immediately following the program. Kelly McClanahan, President, National Security and Law Society, American University Washington College of Law. http://wcl.american.edu/org/nsls
12 April 05 - Tampa, FL - AFIO's Florida Suncoast Chapter hosts luncheon and talk at the MacDill AFB Officers' Club. Event starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon; speaker -- Dr. Frank R. Durr, DPA, speaks on his long experience in the field of counterintelligence during his military career, with special insights on the assassination of President Kennedy [from Durr's time as Special Agent in the 66th MI Group in West Germany in 1964]. Cost: $12/pp. RSVP by 7 April to Col. Nat Alderman, Jr., at AldermanNJ@aol.com
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 has agreed to 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 - 23 April 05 - Fort Knox, KY - The AFIO Midwest Chapter is holding its Spring meeting at Fort Knox. The group is staying at the Golden Manor Motel just off I-65 right outside the entrance to Fort Knox. The PAO arranged that those attending will get the military rate of $58.00, tax included. Contact the motel directly at 1-800-999-8181 and give them group confirmation number 1004114. AAA lists the motel as at Muldraugh, KY and gives it two diamonds. The registration for the event is $10/pp. Members will spend Thursday and Friday viewing a variety of training exercises at Fort Knox and attend a graduation ceremony. They will eat one or two meals with the troops. There will be a meeting on the 19th at 2000 (8:00 pm) at the motel to go over arrangements and the final itinerary for Thursday and Friday. The one absolute constant in dealing with the military is change. Come a day early or stay a day late and take in the Patton Museum - well worth your time. RSVP ASAP to Angelo M. Di Liberti 847-931-4184 or by fax at 847-931-9131 or at email@example.com
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 05 - Coral Gables, FL - The AFIO Miami Chapter, in conjunction with The Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies, hosts a book presentation from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM for Don Bohning, on his "The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965." Don Bohning graduated from the Dakota Wesleyan University in 1955. He spent two years in the United States Army before attending the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix. He also did graduate work at the University of Miami. In 1959 Bohning joined the Miami Herald staff in 1959 as a reporter. Five years later he became a foreign correspondent for the newspaper. Over the next 36 years he reported from every independent country in the Western Hemisphere. This included the overthrow of Salvador Allende by Augusto Pinochet in Chile, the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in Guyana and the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1979. Bohning has also written extensively about the Bay of Pigs and the attempts to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba. WHERE: Casa Bacardi / Olga-Carlos Saladrigas Hall, Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables, Fl Welcome by Jaime Suchlicki, Director of the Institute, and Presenter will be Juan Tamayo, senior correspondent, Miami Herald. RSVP: The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at (305) 284-CUBA (2822). Open to the public. Space limited.
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.
14 May 05 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. William Arrasmith, Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Institute of Technology, speaking on Unconventional Imaging. Event to be held at the Indian River Colony Club off Murrell Road (at the "At Ease" club) with social hour starting at 11:30 AM. Contact B. Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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: 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 Boston-based AFIO members in what has become an informal, annual Boston tradition. This year members are asked to purchase tickets directly from the Boston Pops. Tickets ($18.00 - $72.00) went on sale Monday March 7th and will need to be purchased by phone at 888-266-1200 or online at www.bso.org - if still available. If you also wish to provide. The price of your ticket is not a donation to AFIO. This delightful social event is arranged by AFIO Board Member Al Ponte. Questions to: firstname.lastname@example.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
6 August 05 - Indian Harbour, FL - AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Mr Andy Byers, author of "The Perfect Spy" at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club located off South Patrick Drive - Indian Harbour, Fl. Contact B. Keith at email@example.com for more information.
13 August 05 - Lenox, MA - AFIO Members at Tanglewood. 8:30 PM the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by James Conlon with violinist Gil Shaham to present Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D,K.218 & Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 60, Leningrad in Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, MA, in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Next day concerts include an All-Mozart Program by the BSO and an evening of All That Jazz conducted by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops with guests "New York Voices." Come and enjoy the weekend concerts with family, friends and AFIO colleagues from New England and New York. Tickets for these informal concerts must be made by phone at 888-266-1200, 617-266-1200 or online at www.bso.org. Saturday evening tickets $19, $28, $47, $70, $85 and $17 (lawn). Contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at (800) 237-5747 or www.berkshires.org for reservations/lodgings. They provide a reservation service and excellent resources for comparing places to stay.
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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