WIN 16-05 dtd 18 April 2005
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WHO: The Hon. Charles S. Robb, Co-Chairman, WMD Commission [Silberman-Robb Commission] on
what's in the Commission Report...what isn't...and why.
I. C. Smith, former Special-Agent-In-Charge, FBI, on
Spies, Lies, and Bureaucratic Bungling Inside the FBI
Thaddeus Holt, lawyer & former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army, on
Military Deception in WWII
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SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES NEGROPONTE NOMINATION – The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved on 14 April the nominations of John D. Negroponte as the nation's first Director of National Intelligence and Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden (USAF) as DDNI. The committee sent their names to the full Senate for a vote, the Washington Post reported.
The approval came hours after the committee heard Hayden argue for direct DNI control over DoD's NSA (which Hayden has headed for the past six years), NRO and NGA. He listed those agencies, together with the CIA DO, as the muscular national collection agencies that make up the fighting forces of the Directorate of National Intelligence over which the DNI needed to exert robust authority.
Reflecting his awareness that SecDef Rumsfeld has, in recent months, been consolidating DoD intelligence activities, Hayden commented that the three DoD agencies' relationships with Negroponte have to be direct. He also Indicated he understood Rumsfeld's concerns, by adding that the DNI would preserve the chain of command
On 1 March, Rumsfeld sent a memo to Hayden and the NRO and NGA directors, designating Defense Undersecretary Stephen A. Cambone as the contact point in dealing with the DNI. A senior official of one of those agencies recently described the memo as "a poke in the eye of the DNI."
(See SECDEF SEEN AS CHALLENGING DNI, WIN 15-05 dtd 11 April 2005)
Asked by Sen. Saxby Chambliss to comment on Chambliss' bill proposing creation of a DoD intelligence command, Hayden said, "The degree that Defense can package up the tactical intelligence activities of the military departments and present them in a unified, integrated, coherent way to the DNI . . would be a real virtue and something that would be very welcome."
Hayden told the committee he believed it would be his obligation "to throw your body onto the rails" to prevent policy makers from seeking to impose political judgments on the intelligence process or distort intelligence for political purposes, the New York Times reported.
SENATORS NAME UNDERCOVER OFFICER - Two senators, Richard Lugar, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and John Kerry, named a CIA officer who currently holds an undercover assignment whose name was consequently widely published in the news media, the New York Times reported on 13 April.
The apparently inadvertent disclosure occurred during Senate hearings on the nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. The committee questioned Bolton about an incident two years ago when, as an Undersecretary at State, he tried unsuccessfully to have the then NIO for Latin America transferred to another assignment.
At last week's hearing, Bolton referred to the officer as Mr. Smith but Lugar and Kerry called him by his real name, Fulton Armstrong. At the time of the incident with Bolton, the press published Armstrong's name. But when discussion of the incident was revived in connection with Bolton's U.N. nomination, the agency asked news organizations not to disclose Armstrong's name.
Asked about the disclosure, Lugar answered, "No comment." Kerry said, "Senator Lugar had already mentioned it and it had already been in the press." (DKR)
STATE KILLS REPORT SHOWING INCREASED TERRORIST ATTACKS - The State Department has stopped publishing Patterns of Global Terrorism, based on information supplied by the National Counterterrorism Center, after NCTC figures showed more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered, the Miami Herald reported on 16 April.
Current and former officials said that several weeks ago Secretary Rice's office ordered the report eliminated because the 2004 statistics raised questions about the Bush administration's claims of progress in the war against terrorism.
''Instead of dealing with the facts and dealing with them in an intelligent fashion, they try to hide their facts from the American public,'' charged Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department terrorism expert who first disclosed the decision to eliminate the report in The Counterterrorism Blog, an online journal.
According to Johnson and intel officials, NCTC reported 625 significant terrorist attacks in 2004 compared with 175 incidents in 2003. The figure did not include attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.
The officials requested anonymity because the information is classified and because, they said, they feared White House retribution. Johnson declined to say how he obtained the figures.
But, the Herald said, several U.S. officials defended State's decision, saying the NCTC methodology may have been faulty, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not have been terrorism. In the report issued last year, the number of terrorist incidents in 2003 was undercounted, forcing a revision of the report. (DKR)
CHERTOFF SAYS DHS MUST BE FULL PARTNER WITH IC - DHS must be full partners at the table in the IC, Secretary Michael Chertoff told the House Homeland Security Committee on 13 April, the Washington Post reported.
DHS fails at times to assemble and share intelligence adequately, Chertoff said, blaming lingering divisions among the many agencies merged two years ago to create the sprawling department, the New York Times reported.
Chertoff told the committee, "Intelligence is the driver of everything we do. We need to make sure that we are capturing all of that, we are pulling it together and we are fusing it at the top of our organization."
Chertoff's comments came against a background of criticism in Congress that DHS was spending too much effort on how to respond to an attack and not enough on preventing a catastrophic strike.
With its interaction with thousands of private security chiefs and local and state law enforcement officials, the department is a potential major source of intelligence leads, said Chertoff.
In written testimony, Chertoff said, "We need to fuse and exploit all the information that we learn across the country so that when a Border Patrol agent in Texas learns of a new alien smuggling method, that information is fed up to our intelligence analysts, incorporated where appropriate into our strategy to combat smuggling and disseminated across the department to others focused on the same problem."
Chertoff hinted he might propose creation of a department-wide director of intelligence. Frank Libutti, who recently resigned as DHS undersecretary in charge of intelligence, said in an interview that he had urged former Secretary Tom Ridge to make such a change. That person would be the center of gravity, the centerpiece for the department for all intelligence activities," Libutti said.
By pulling together more timely and critical intelligence, Chertoff said, DHS will win more respect from the FBI, CIA and DNI.
Chertoff told the committee he intended to unveil his recommendation for how he will reorganize the department by the end of May. (DKR)
COMMISSION CRITICIZES FBI, CIA MODERNIZATION PLANS - The Robb-Silberman commission has criticized modernization plans sent to President Bush by the FBI and the CIA, saying they reflected a business-as-usual approach to intelligence gathering, the Washington Post reported on 15 April.
The commission wrote to Bush on 29 March, "We do not believe that either response is entirely adequate" after reviewing the FBI's proposal to integrate and upgrade its intelligence programs and CIA's plans to increase by 50 percent its corps of analysts and operations officers.
The commission found that the plans showed how important and how difficult the DNI's job will be.
Bush ordered the FBI and CIA last November to draw up plans after the 9/11 commission set out shortcomings it found and proposals for remedying them. Bush then asked the presidential Robb-Silberman commission to review the two agencies plans.
The FBI plan included creation of a new intelligence directorate to improve handling and coordination of efforts. The commission found the way the directorate would be established failed to create a truly specialized and integrated national security workforce.
The directorate would be an overlay on intelligence activities that are managed by other elements of the FBI, without control of operational resources, only passing requirements on to FBI field offices for execution. "The directorate's lack of authority prevents the FBI from vertically integrating foreign intelligence collection, analysis and operations," said the commission.
The CIA's plans for expanding personnel were too general to create accountability, the panel said. It criticized the hiring of a relatively small number of new analysts in the current fiscal year and said the balance of new personnel would be acquired in the long term without specifying what that meant.
Even more troubling, the panel said, was the slow increase in operations officers, with no guarantee that a goal set for fiscal year 2011 would be reached. In addition, the commission questioned the size of planned support teams at headquarters for new operations officers overseas, saying the CIA plan would still leave the agency with a thin overseas presence, especially when there is a need to surge in a particular area such as Iraq.
While recognizing that the agency has begun to experiment with new approaches, the commission reproved it for doing so timidly and called its experiments fragile and at risk. The panel told Bush the incomplete nature of both the FBI and CIA responses illustrated that changes will require strong leadership from the DNI and firm backing from above. (DKR)
CIA BLOCKED BOLTON ATTEMPT TO HAVE NIO REASSIGNED - An attempt in 2002 by John Bolton to remove the national intelligence officer for Latin America from his post prompted then DDCI McLaughlin to intervene against Bolton’s request, the New York Times reported on 16 April, citing current and former intelligence officials.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was reviewing McLaughlin's role as it considered Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton has acknowledged that he had sought to have the intelligence officer, Fulton T. Armstrong, reassigned.
The incident is one of at least three the committee is looking at in which Bolton sought removal of intelligence officers or subordinates while he was an Undersecretary of State.
Bolton told the Senate his request in July 2003 for Armstrong's transfer, made during a visit to Stuart A. Cohen, then NIC acting chairman, was made because he had not been satisfied with Armstrong's performance in several intelligence matters. At the time, Bolton's responsibilities included overseeing intelligence estimates on Cuba, though Armstrong did not report to him.
In an interview on 8 April with the Senate committee staff, according to a memorandum written by the Democratic staff, Cohen described Bolton's request as unusual, saying it was one of only two occasions he could recall in which senor Bush administration officials had traveled to Langley to complain about a subordinate. The other occasion was when Otto Reich, a Bolton ally, also sought Armstrong's removal. Three former and current intelligence officials confirmed Cohen's reservations about the request. Cohen is still with the agency and was not available to comment.
"Mr. Cohen listened to those concerns, took them seriously, fully investigated them and determined that they were without merit," according to the e Democratic staff. Cohen presented the issue on several occasions to McLaughlin and the latter said he was not going to remove Armstrong from his position.
A former intel official said McLaughlin laid his body down to block Bolton's request.
John C. Gannon, who preceded Cohen as NIC chairman, told the Times he believed Bolton's behavior had been inexcusable.
"If you don't like the results of analysis, then you don't accept it," said Gannon, who left government recently after serving as the Republican-appointed staff director of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. "But you don't try to remove the people whose view you disagree with."
Robert L. Hutchings, who succeeded Cohen as NIC head, said the effects of Bolton's objections to Armstrong lingered as late as last year, when the officer was not included in a briefing team assigned to discuss with other senior officials the result of a new intelligence estimate on Cuba to which Bolton had objected.
"There was a group of firebrands who we figured would not like the judgment," Hutchings said in a telephone interview, making clear he included Bolton in that group. "We anticipated that the findings would be unwelcome in some quarters, and we wanted to depersonalize this thing as much as we could, to make clear that it was the assessment of the intelligence community, and not a particular individual." Hutchings now teaches at Princeton.
The committee is expected to vote on Bolton's nomination on 19 April. (DKR)
DOD SEEKING TO SWEEP UP BLOGS WORLDWIDE - DoD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is trying to figure out how to vacuum up 180 million blogs around the world to check for coded messages in seemingly innocuous phrases, UPI reported on 15 April.
Blogs could facilitate coordination of simultaneous terrorist acts in different parts of the world. The DoD cyber Hoover would be a super google.com that already processes information with giant databases and super computers capable of several trillion operations per second, UPI said, adding that one trillion seconds ago was 29,000 years before Jesus Christ. (DKR)
NSA, HIRING 6,000 MORE EMPLOYEES, LEASES TEXAS PLANT - The NSA, that plans to have added 6,000 employees by 2008, has leased a former Sony computer chip plant in Texas to make room for them, the Baltimore Sun reported on 16 April.
Some Fort Meade staff will be affected by the San Antonio acquisition Texas, the NSA said on 15 April as a core group of analysts will be transferred from there to train new analysts in San Antonio. Employees will not be moved over their objections or laid off as a result, officials said.
NSA is planning to hold a career fair in San Antonio on 4 May.
The San Antonio site consists of two connected buildings with office and research and development space totaling 470,000 square feet. (DKR)
LEXISNEXIS THEFTS MAY BE 10 TIMES GREATER THAN FIRST THOUGHT - Theft of personal information from LexisNexis databases may be ten times greater than thought last month when the losses were announced, the New York Times reported on 13 April.
www.nytimes.com/2005/04/13/technology/13theft.html?pagewanted=all (See ANOTHER DATABASE RAIDED, WIN 11-05 dtd 14 March 2005)
Reed Elsevier, owners of LexisNexist, said Social Security numbers, driver's license information and addressed for as many 310,000 people may have been stolen.
In 59 separate instances, unauthorized users may have fraudulently acquired such information through the Lexis Nexis unit Seisint that compiles information from government records and holds personal data about most U.S. citizens.
LexisNexis Group chief executive Kurt Sanford said thieves were using the log-in names assigned to former employees of Seisint customers or were correctly guessing uncomplicated ID and password combinations or accessing customers' systems through a virus. (DKR)
JUDGE FINDS 9/11 COMMISSION, CONGRESS GUILTY - Richard A. Posner, Preventing Surprise Attacks: Reforming Intelligence in the Wake of 9/11 (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 208 pp. $18.95)
Posner, a federal appeals court judge in Chicago and law professor, finds the 9/11 Commission to have feet of clay and proceeds to demolish them.
The panel, he believes, stampeded Congress into what he sees as a premature, ill-considered commitment to intelligence reform that will not be effective in protecting the country from surprise attacks.
The commission suffered from a fundamental flaw in the way it was organized, he writes. This was to combine investigations of the 9/11 attacks with recommendations for preventing future attacks. It is the same mistake as combining intelligence and government policy. "The means believed available for solving a problem influence how the problem is understood and described," he notes.
The career imperative for Washington bureaucrats, he writes, "is based on the known reluctance of civil servants, even those not involved with classified materials, to share information with their superiors."
The bureaucracy strives to maintain what he calls the knowledge deficit of political appointees, new to their post. Thus by creating a DNI, and so adding one more rung to the ladder of command, less information will reach the top than before, Posner argues.
A shrewd and challenging appraisal of what effective reform requires. (DKR)
IC SEEN AS UNCERTAIN, DISORIENTED - A meeting of 100 or so members of the IC at Harvard two weeks ago displayed uncertainty in the community and the disorientation of intelligence professionals, the columnist David Ignatius wrote in the Washington Post on 15 April.
DNI Negroponte is walking into a world where people aren't sure which end is up, said Ignatius.
The IC people, together with a few academics and journalists, met to discuss ways to restructure intelligence for the 21st century. He quotes a senior intel official as summing up the situation when he said, "We're in a pretty deep hole. We are perceived as incompetent. How do we dig out of that hole?"
To which a former chairman of the Senate intelligence committee responded, "The intelligence community today is like the military after Vietnam. There was a lack of confidence back then among the public and within the military itself. It took 20 years to turn it around."
Ignatius found a gallows humor among CIA officials. One official, when asked about the agency's corps, muttered that the questioner had left of the final 'e.'
The biggest mystery, according to Ignatius, was the new structure that Negroponte will oversee. Will it be the new center for analysis and, if so, what will become of the hundreds of people working in the agency's DI? Is the NCTC to be the focal point for anti-terrorism ops, superseding the agency's DO? "Nobody seems to know the answers to these big questions, which is worrisome, " said Ignatius.
The legislation setting up the DNI structure was supposed to break down the walls that separate the CIA, FBI and DoD agencies, but the Pentagon and its congressional backers have blocked this by inserting language that protects DoD's prerogatives.
"Does Negroponte really have the budget and personnel authority to impose one intelligence policy on the 15 organizations under him, as he asserted this week? " asked Ignatius. Answering himself, he said nobody really knows and cited Negroponte's comment to the Senate intelligence committee last week that he can't yet draw a road map.
Ignatius wrote that what he most feared was that in the rush to reform intelligence, people will end up throwing money at the problems, creating larger intelligence agencies, more layers of overlapping authority, more hands to pass the buck with the result that "the dreadful mediocrity of the intelligence community -- which to me, sadly, is its most striking characteristic -- will get worse."
His suggests to Negroponte that in intelligence reform, less is more: "We need fewer, smarter people who are empowered to take risks and make bold judgments. We don't need a proliferation of new, inexperienced intelligence officers overseas who will fill quotas by recruiting bogus agents who produce large volumes of low-quality intelligence. We need real spies, not 'measurable metrics.' "
After calling for analysts who have the brains and guts to tell policy makers the truth, as opposed to what they want to hear, Ignatius concludes, "And we need a president who will admit how badly his administration misread Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, rather than hiding behind the mistakes of the CIA." (DKR)
COMMISSIONS SEEN AS DISMANTLING CIA - Under the guise of reform, the Robb-Silberman and the 9/11 commissions are dismantling the CIA, in the view of Jack Devine, a former CIA associate deputy director of operations, writing in the Financial Times on 13 April.
Devine, now president of The Arkin Group, a New York intelligence consulting firm, says the Robb-Silberman commission's proposals for structural change do not seem to improve substantially the collection and analysis of national intelligence. "If we head down the path laid out in the commission's recommendations," he says, "the result will almost certainly be a bloated Washington bureaucracy, a demoralized and greatly weakened CIA, and little prospect of successfully combating terrorists and other national security threats."
The report proposes creation of a super-chief of operations and a National Intelligence University as well as a National Counter Proliferation Center. This would strip the CIA of another key analytical responsibility, Devine considers. "These recommendations flow from politicians' reluctance to give the CIA the firepower it needs to get on with the job. If the dismantling of the CIA is not halted soon, the best people will walk away. Some already have."
In his opinion, "The fundamental shortcoming of the Robb-Silberman commission is its failure to address the underlying need to get spies in the right places. . . What the CIA and the greater intelligence community really need is not more bureaucracy but more and better spies."
There should be more stress on developing intelligence officers' political, cultural, and economic expertise, and their understanding of complex issues such as Islamic fundamentalism. To develop this expertise, says Devine, they will have to spend more time in the countries they are studying, on country desks or in transnational centers that focus on broader challenges.
"Expertise in geographical areas and individual issues, combined with on-the-ground experience, must become the centerpiece of clandestine intelligence collection."
"The CIA must shed much of the bureaucratic process imposed on its day-to-day work," he urges, "and instead boost the swashbuckling energy for which the agency first became known." (DKR)
INQUIRY INTO SISMI OFFICER’S DEATH STALLED - A joint Italo-American inquiry is stalled following the refusal of U.S. officials to allow the Italians to inspect the bullet-riddled car in which Nicola Calipari, a senior Italian intel officer, died, AP reported, citing Italian press reports.
The respected Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and La Stampa reported on 14 April that U.S. authorities' refused to allow Italian investigators to examine the car in which Calipari was traveling when he was shot at a U.S. checkpoint.
Italy accepts that the shooting outside Baghdad on 4 March was an accident, but rejects a U.S. claim that the car was speeding and refused to stop following warnings from the checkpoint.
Wounded in the incident was an Italian journalist, Giuliana Sgrena and another SISMI officer. Calipari had just negotiated Sgrena's release by Iraqi kidnappers. The party was driving to the airport to return to Italy. (See U.S. BLOCKS ITALIAN INSPECTION OF CAR IN FATAL SHOOTING, WIN 13-05 dtd 28 March 2005)
The commission, ordered by Washington, is headed by a U.S. brigadier general and includes two Italians. It was expected to release its findings by mid-April. But Secretary Rice, after a meeting on 13 April with Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, said the most important thing was to do the investigation right, not to do it fast. (DKR)
GREEKS PROPOSE HOSTING COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER - Greece's top security official, on a visit to Washington last week, offered to make Athens a major outpost of international cooperation in the war on terror and other transnational threats, the Washington Times reported.
In an interview with the Times, Minister of Public Order George Voulgarakis proposed building a center that would institutionalize the lessons of international cooperation learned in protecting the Summer Olympics, held in Athens last year.
Organizing the games in a secure environment was a great challenge, he said, that resulted in an incident-free Olympics. "This planning gave us a network of cooperation with many countries which had expertise, and today we have a new security model that could be used to counter new challenges."
The proposed Athens facility would be called the Balkan and Mediterranean Center for Security Research and Training. It would train members of the security services of other nations in the region and would organize strategic and tactical exercises with the help of the United States and European countries.
While in Washington Voulgarakis met White House homeland security adviser Frances Townsend, DCI Goss, DHS Secretary Chertoff, FBI Director Mueller, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and former Ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns, AG General Gonzales, and former DCI Tenet who is of Greek descent. (DKR)
LANGLEY RECIPE COMPROMISED – On 13 April, the Washington Post divulged the name of the CIA Executive Chef and compromised the recipe for what it reported as a favorite dish served in the restricted dining rooms at Langley.
The chef, Fred de Filippo, devised the controversial recipe for cooking veal with peaches and figs.
Well seasoned intel commentators told WINs that ‘peach’ originally meant ‘Persian apple’ while ‘fig’ is widely employed in the saying “don’t give a fig,” indicating indifference, if not hostility. These experts, who refused to be named because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said the CIA might be sending a message to the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Other observers viewed the leaked recipe as a possible Bush administration gesture of solidarity with Europe and Turkey, known for their gastronomic proclivities, with whom the administration is seeking to improve relations, strained since the Iraq war.
As reported in the Times, the recipe for two servings of ‘Veal, CIA Style’ (aka Sautéed Veal Scaloppini With Peaches and Black Mission Figs) is:
2 large fresh peaches, peeled, quartered and pitted (may substitute frozen sliced peaches, thawed, drained and patted completely dry)
10 tablespoons ruby port
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Four 3-ounce veal scaloppini, pounded very thin
About 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped country ham (may substitute pancetta)
3 fresh sage leaves, left whole
6 to 10 tablespoons beef broth
3 fresh black mission figs, halved (optional)
4 tablespoons salted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (optional)
In a small bowl, combine the peaches and 2 tablespoons of the port. Set aside for 1 hour.
Place the flour on a shallow plate and season with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly dust each veal scaloppini with flour on each side.
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the veal and cook, turning once, until browned on each side. Transfer to a plate.
Carefully wipe out the skillet, return to medium to medium-high heat and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the garlic, shallot, ham and sage leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ham is crisped, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the peaches and the port they marinated in, along with the remaining 8 tablespoons port and the broth to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the skillet for 2 minutes, until the sauce is reduced to about 3/4 cup. Add the veal, plus figs if using, and stir just until combined. Remove from the heat, add the butter, a few pieces at a time, and tilt the skillet until the butter is incorporated into the sauce.
Place 2 pieces of veal on each plate, and spoon the sauce and fruit over the top. If desired, top with cheese. (DKR)
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JAMES WESLEY FEATHERSTONE II - A former CIA analyst, he died 2 April of a heart attack at his home in Alexandria, VA. He was 90, the Washington Post reported.
Featherstone came to the Washington area in 1944 as a naval officer to study Russian at the Navy's language school. He became an interpreter and intelligence officer in Alaska and helped train Russian personnel for delivery of U.S. ships and supplies to Russia during World War II.
After the war, he was assigned to the Pentagon, where he worked as a civilian employee in ONI’s Russian service before joining the agency in 1952. As well as reviewing and editing many of its intelligence publications, he briefed Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon on Chinese and Soviet affairs.
He was stationed in Singapore from 1966 to 1968 and in Saigon from 1971 to 1974 when he retired. He was awarded the Medal for Civilian Service.
Featherstone was born in Sisseton, SD, and graduated from high school in Staples, MN. He was clarinet soloist for the concert band and symphony orchestra while a student at the University of Minnesota. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated from the university in 1936, then obtained a master's degree in English there. He taught in the university’s English department until he entered the Navy.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria where he sang in the choir and served on church committees. He had a lifelong interest in music and often played the recorder in small groups with family members.
His wife of 66 years, Eleanor Featherstone, died in 2003. Survivors include three children, James Wesley Featherstone III of Richmond, VA, Phyllis Jane Featherstone of Staten Island, NY, and Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff of Alexandria; a brother; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. (DKR)
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.
Friday, 29 April 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Luncheon features The Hon. Charles S. Robb, co-chairman, the Silberman-Robb WMD Commission which just issued its report; plus FBI Agent I.C. Smith, and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Army Thaddeus Holt. See above. To register: www.afio.com
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.
13 - 15 May - Richmond, CA - World Premiere of Play by AFIO Member - The Masquers Playhouse stages the world premiere of 'Memorial Day' by AFIO Member Francis Hamit. A poignant look at patriotic small town veterans, deeply affected by memories of military service. "The play is not so much an anti-war play as it is pro-soldier," the playwright says. At the Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Richmond. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2.30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For reservations call 510-232-4031.
14 May 05 - Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Indian Harbor Beach, Florida - AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. William Arrasmith, Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Institute of Technology, speaking on Unconventional Imaging. 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.
18 May - McLean, VA - SASA Spring 2005 Intelligence Symposium - The theme of the one-day symposium, open to SASA members and non-members who hold a SECRET clearance or higher, will be “Building Intelligence Analysis for the Future.” Invited or confirmed speakers/panel members are: Ms. Deborah Barger, Special Assistant to the ADCI for Collection Management; Ms. Donna Bucella, Director, Terrorist Screening Center, FBI; Dr. A. Denis Clift, President, Joint Military Intelligence College; The Honorable Peter Hoekstra (R-2nd MI), Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Mr. John Kringen (I), Deputy Director of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency; Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production; Ernest May (I), Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; Mr. Bowman Miller, Director, Office of Analysis for Europe and Canada, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State; Dr. William M. Nolte, Deputy Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production; Mr. Andrew Purdy (I), Acting Director, Infrastructure Protection, IAIP Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mr. Earl Sheck, Deputy Director for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency; Mr. James F. Sloan, Assistant Commandant for Intelligence, United States Coast Guard; ADM William O. Studeman, USN (Ret.), Member, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction; Ms. Kathleen P. Turner, Chief, Congressional Affairs, Defense Intelligence Agency; Ms. Karen M. Valenta, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Acting Chief Technology Officer, National Counterterrorism Center; and Dr. Michael A. Wertheimer, Director, RISC, Raba Technologies. We plan to explore the building of intelligence analysis through discussions on challenges, human capital and knowledge retention, tradecraft and analytic training, and the constructs needed for the future. The need for long-term analysis through emphasis on analytic components within the community will form part of the discussion. Given the changes taking place in the existing intelligence structure, there has never been a more compelling time to have this dialog between government officials from the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities and industry leaders from the private sector. Plan now to join us for a thought-provoking event being held at the MITRE Conference Center, McLean. Register online at www.sasaonline.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.
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 - At Ease Club located in the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) - Melbourne, Fl. AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Mr. Andy Byers, author of The Perfect Spy- contact B. Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ****
8 - 13 November 05 - Hot Springs, VA - SpyRetreat 2005 Conference - Espionage: The Unknown Wars - held by CiCentre. The conference will focus on the unknown “intelligence wars” that have taken place in secret yet have impacted the security and destiny of nations. Presenters will shed light on these secret wars and were often intimately involved on the front lines. These presenters include retired FBI counterintelligence and counterterrorism specialists David Major and Rusty Capps; retired Russian KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin who headed KGB’s worldwide foreign counterintelligence; retired Canadian RCMP counterintelligence officer Dan Mulvenna who battled the Russian KGB in Canada; and renowned British military intelligence historian and author of over 25 books, Nigel West. Conference attendees will hear from this international group who are accompanied by the CI Centre’s trademark dynamic multimedia presentations, bringing to life the unknown espionage wars. Morning lectures include (full descriptions on SpyRetreat website): Spies with War-Winning Implications: Inside the John Walker Spy Network; The Canadian RCMP/KGB Wars; Technical Espionage Wars: IVY BELLS, TAW, ABSORB, BOARDWALK; Terror’s Espionage War; The Israeli Intelligence War Against Terror; On Veterans Day, the CI Centre hosts the special Veterans Recognition dinner which salutes all veterans of wars, including the espionage wars. The dinner speaker will be Nigel West who will talk about the recently released top secret diaries of Guy Liddell, who was British MI5’s Director of Counterespionage during World War II. West will reveal the most secret and sensational operations of British intelligence in their war against the Nazis. The special package for this five-night stay at The Homestead Resort and Spa includes lectures, a private reception and a private banquet. Price is $3,750 for double occupancy; $2,325 for single. More information about the “ESPIONAGE: The Unknown Wars” conference can be found on the internet at www.SpyRetreat.com or by calling 1-866-SPY-TREK (1-866-779-8735). Directions to the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA can be found here http://www.thehomestead.com/transportation.asp
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