Weekly Intelligence Notes 17-05 dtd 25 April 2005
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LAST CALL - AFIO SPRING LUNCHEON
Inside the new WMD Report - and What Isn't In It and Why
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
When: Friday, 29 April 2005
Where: Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner, VA [plenty of covered parking]
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
SEEKING ASSISTANCE / Participants -
NEGROPONTE CONFIRMED, CALLS FOR IC TO WORK DIFFERENTLY AND BETTER - The Senate confirmed John D. Negroponte on 21 April as the first Director of National Intelligence, along with Michael V. Hayden, NSA director for the past six years, as Deputy Director of National Intelligence. The Senate also approved Hayden's promotion from Air Force lieutenant general to full general, the New York Times reported.
The vote was 98 to two, with no votes cast by Democrats Tom Harkin and Ron Wyden.
On his first day on the job, Negroponte told the IC, "Facing a new order of threats to national security, we know we have to do our work differently and do it better, but the most critical element in intelligence reform resides in you, the people who will carry it out," the Times reported.
Noting that intelligence reform legislation signed by President Bush in December left certain ambiguities about the power of the new post, Senate intelligence committee chairman Pat Roberts said it would be up to Negroponte to resolve them. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the committee's ranking Democrat, said the DNI would have to show that his job supercedes even that of SecDef Rumsfeld.
In a one-page statement, Negroponte told the IC, "I want to hear your ideas, and I want to do everything I can to ensure you have the right tools in hand to succeed in your critical work."
DDNI Hayden, in a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: "In the months ahead we have to set up an office, build an organization, hire the right kind of people from inside and outside the government and establish new ways of doing business for the intelligence community."
The most serious problem they will face is creating a culture of collaboration within the IC, he said. On 20 April, Bush named John Russack, DoE intelligence chief, as the DNI's program manager, overseeing information-sharing within the IC, Reuters reported.
It remained unclear how often Negroponte will be the one to deliver the President's Daily Brief, a time-consuming task.
Under the intelligence reform law, Negroponte is to produce reports by June on CIA progress in improving both analysis and HUMINT, on arrangements between the agency and DoD for coordinating clandestine operations, on plans for improving information-sharing among agencies; and on whether to create an open source intelligence center to gather information from public sources. He must also by June establish a process for producing alternative viewpoints on major issues and appoint an ombudsman to receive complaints from analysts about bias and political influence over their reports.
The job is the culmination of Negroponte's four-decade career in government service that has included five ambassadorships, most recently to Iraq. As a diplomat, he worked closely with CIA officers abroad and was a consumer of reports from the CIA, NSA and other IC agencies.
Negroponte and Hayden are to have a staff of more than 500 people, housed in temporary offices near the White House. (DKR)
DOD BUILDING SPY NETWORK TO TARGET TERRORISTS - DoD is building an intel network based on a model in which analysts work side by side with soldiers known as collectors. The analysts tell the collectors what they need and the soldiers give what they collect directly to the analysts. The innovation, a senior DoD official said, was having analysts and collectors under the same chain of command, according to the 25 April issue of U.S. News and World Report.
An example of the success of this model, U.S. News reports, followed on the capture by U.S. Special Forces of an Iraqi insurgent leader in December 2003. He was carrying a letter less than a week old from Saddam Husayn. MI specialists, working with Green Berets, persuaded the Iraqi to identify the courier who had delivered the letter. Two days later, the courier led U.S. forces to Saddam's spider hole.
The news weekly identifies the point man in the DoD effort as Lt. Gen. William Boykin, Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence. Boykin was a founder member of the Delta Force counterterrorist unit, participated in the attempted rescue of U.S. hostages in Iran in 1980, the 1983 Grenada invasion and was seriously wounded in Somalia. He later served as deputy director of the CIA Special Activities Division.
Under Boykin, DoD has increased its HUMINT capacity and organized Strategic Support Teams like the one that caught Saddam. These developments are part of a transformation of DIA from a mostly analytical agency to one with an operational wing. DIA now serves as a clearinghouse for requests from SecDef and the four military services.
Boykin is also drafting plans for collecting intelligence for potential conflicts and threats to replace piecemeal plans separate intel agencies were tasked to produce in the past. An Iraq plan was completed in June 2004 and has been followed by a Korea plan last fall. A plan for the war on terrorism is in progress.
Boykin told U.S. News that Title 50, the basic espionage law, gives DoD and the CIA responsibility for intelligence collection, including HUMINT. Under Executive Order 12333, the CIA has lead responsibility for covert actions. DoD does not conduct such operations, he said, but is prepared to do so if the President so directs.
In the rivalry between the CIA and DoD, recruitment and handling of sources has been a cause of friction. All intelligence sources recruited by IC agencies, including the Pentagon, have been registered and maintained through the CIA InterSource Registry. But DoD has begun registering HUMINT sources it uses under a separate registry, called J2X.
However under Title 50, DIA must still abide by rules outlined in a CIA directive, DCID 5/1. This gives the CIA effective control of the DIA sources.
The DoD and CIA say a working group is being set up with officials from both agencies to come up with rules for which agency registers a source, pays him, and protects him.
A CIA veteran told U.S News, "Both sides are right. The CIA says, 'There has to be some order,' but the military is saying, 'We are at war now, thank you very much. We'll do it ourselves.' " (DKR)
AGENT FIRED AFTER PUBLICLY CRITICIZING FBI - The FBI counterterrorism command office has moved to fire an agent who alleged that the bureau mishandled domestic investigations of the Islamic Resistance Movement, also known as Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group, the Washington Post reported on 23 April.
On 21 April, the command office superiors in Washington ordered Robert Wright to hand over his badge and weapon. He was suspended and told he would be fired within 30 days, according to an official with Judicial Watch whose attorneys represent Wright. Wright was told he was being dismissed for, among other things, publicly discussing sensitive FBI matters in 2003, the official said.
Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) have sent FBI Director Mueller a letter repeating their support for Wright and expressing concern that the FBI was retaliating against him for his public statements.
John Vincent, a former bureau agent who is the Midwest representative of Judicial Watch, said Wright was informed he was being suspended in part for public statements he made at a news conference in Washington in 2003, when he criticized what he called the FBI's pathetic counterterrorism work.
Wright investigated Hamas activities in the United States as an agent in Chicago. Early in 2002, he said publicly he believed the FBI should prosecute Hamas activists in the United States, rather than simply keeping tabs on them in intelligence probes. In the last year, DoJ has filed criminal charges against some Hamas associates.
Wright, who has been under disciplinary investigation for almost three years, has two lawsuits pending against the FBI. One alleges the bureau improperly released confidential information from his personnel file. The other accuses the bureau of violating his rights of free expression by blocking him from discussing certain subjects in a book.
An FBI spokesman declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of bureau personnel matters. (DKR)
WMD PANEL THREATENED TO QUIT IF BUSH FAILED TO ENSURE IC COOPERATION - Members of the presidential commission that examined U.S. intelligence failures told White House officials that they would resign en masse if President Bush did not ensure the nation's spy agencies cooperated with their inquiry -- and had to repeat the threat more than once, UPI reported on 18 April.
Laurence H. Silberman, commission co-chairman, said he told officials, "If we did not get support from the White House at any time we ran into any difficulties, I and others would resign."
"I did occasionally have to remind the White House of the commitment I had made to resign ... [to] focus their attention," Judge Silberman said at a Washington breakfast organized by the American Bar Association a fortnight ago.
When the judge was appointed in February 2004, he recalled, there was much discussion of the fact that, unlike the 9/11 Commission, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction did not have subpoena power. Silberman said he thought the threat of resignation was a more effective sanction.
"Ultimately, I think everyone agreed that ... we did get good cooperation," he said. (DKR)
NSA TRAILBLAZER WAY OVER BUDGET, WAY BEHIND SKED - Trailblazer, the NSA's premiere intelligence-modernization project, is several hundred million dollars over budget and months behind schedule, NSA Director Hayden told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 19 April, UPI reported.
A joint congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11 warned last year that full implementation of Trailblazer was as much as five years away and confusion still existed at NSA as to what the program will provide.
Trailblazer was initiated in 2000 as a program to manage SIGINT data. "The more success you have with regard to collection, the more you're swimming in an ocean of data," Hayden has said. "So what Trailblazer was essentially designed to do was to help us deal with masses of information and to turn it into a usable thing for American decision makers."
Trailblazer was supposed to transform the way the NSA did business. Instead of the traditionally expensive government method of defining specific requirements and schedules, Trailblazer favored allowing industry to be flexible and innovative. It was an expensive lesson in how not to develop sophisticated new technologies, Hayden said.
"We learned within Trailblazer that when we asked industry for something they had or something close to what they already had, they were remarkable in providing us a response, an outcome. When we asked them for something that no one had yet invented, they weren't any better at inventing it than we were doing it ourselves."
The better approach is with the government customer closely involved in monitoring the progress of the program. "There's a middle ground between doing it ourselves and just exporting the problem," he said.
In 2002 a team led by Science SAIC won the first large contract of $280 million for 26 months to build a technology demonstration platform. Hayden indicated to the committee that the program already costs $200 million to $300 million more than that.
SAIC heads the "Digital Network Intelligence" team comprised of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation and a SAIC wholly owned subsidiary, Telcordia Technologies. (DKR)
DOD NOW REQUIRES ID TAGS ON CONTRACTORS’ GOODS - As of 22 April, DoD now requires ID tags on goods delivered by contractors, Government Computer News reported.
The identifiers must include bar codes, contact memory buttons, radio frequency identification tags or optical memory cards under a ruling published in the Federal Register. The new ruling follows an interim one issued in December 2003 dealing with items valued at $5,000 or more. (DKR)
CYBERSECURITY CENTER TO OPEN IN PHILADELPHIA - A new cybersecurity operations center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has been set up to continuously monitor and report cyberattacks against computer networks related to critical infrastructure, Government Computer News reported on 22 April.
The Cyber Incident Detection Data Analysis Center, or Ciddac, will scrub the data before it is released to law enforcement agencies, the government and other Ciddac members.
Ciddac is a non-profit organization and participation is voluntary. It is being offered to private operators of banking, water, power, transportation and other critical infrastructure.
Members pay $10,000 annually to receive one sensor device for network deployment, a year of continuous 24-hour monitoring, direct access to the operations center, alert services, and trend analysis reports.
Ciddac is expected to be operating by October, using Real-time Cyber Attack Detection Sensors linked to participants’ networks. While capturing attack information, the sensors are isolated from production traffic. The sensors also are linked to the data analysis center, which will alert law enforcement, including the FBI when a threat is detected.
The new center is associated with the university’s Institute of Strategic Threat Analysis and Response, and has received funding as a pilot project from DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate. (DKR)
THE CIA AS PSYCHIC - Paul H. Smith, Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Inside Star Gate -- America’s Psychic Espionage Program (Tor, 512 pp. $24.95)
Smith, an AFIO member, gives an insider’s account of CIA covert work in psychic espionage during the 1980s and early 90s.
He participated in remote viewing as a supervisor and actual observer. He found what most people did: that perception was not difficult, but recognizing what one perceived was. This problem of reliability contributed to ending the program that had attracted criticism from skeptics in the military bureaucracy.
In the 10 years it lasted, Smith dealt with the whole range of psychic phenomena and the views they provoked. He found that both convinced believers and convinced skeptics could be led astray by the intensity of their beliefs. (DKR)
FOUR DECADES IN THE LIFE OF THE CIA - Floyd L. Paseman, A Spy's Journey: A CIA Memoir (Zenith Books, 320 pp. $24.95)
Paseman, an AFIO member, spent 35 years with the CIA, serving as Chief of Station in Germany during the height of the Cold War and then chief of the East Asia division at Langley.
For those interested in the agency’s development, he delivers a firsthand account of its operations and evolution since the early 1960s. Looking at the present, he sees the need for more effective HUMINT and calls for operatives in the field to have a thorough knowledge of the language and culture of the country in which they operate.
For outsiders, Paseman has written an excellent introduction to the world of intelligence. (DKR))
NONE SO BLIND AS THEY THAT WILL NOT SEE - David Murphy, What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa (Yale University Press, 352 pp. $30)
Murphy, a retired National Intelligence Officer and CIA Soviet specialist, tells the story of Stalin’s refusal to believe the evidence that Hitler intended to attack the Soviet Union. Hitler, of course, did just that on 22 June 1941, with devastating effects on Stalin’s realm.
What Stalin Knew recounts the intelligence war waged between the Nazis and the Soviets in the years 1939 to 1941 and Murphy includes in it two previously unpublished letters in which Hitler tells Stalin Germany will never invade the Soviet Union.
Murphy provides an exceptional analysis of Stalin’s thinking together with a well-drawn portrait of the workings of the Soviet system under him. (Cameron LC, DKR)
"The Eye of The Viper," by David F. DeHart, published 2005 by Booklocker.com (286 pages, $15.95) is a military thriller based in Izmir, Turkey. Available at all of the usual online booksellers. Check it out at www.theeyeoftheviper.com.
INR ANALYST SEEN AS RIGHT, BOLTON AS WRONG - Commenting in the Washington Post on 21 April on the controversial nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, columnist David Ignatius finds the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security epitomizes the politicization of intelligence that helped produce the fiasco over Iraqi WMD.
The most damaging allegation about Bolton, according to Ignatius, involves his efforts to prod the IC to back his allegation that Cuba might be seeking to export WMD from a biowarfare program. In February 2002, Bolton prepared a speech that, according to the Senate intelligence committee, contained a sentence saying the United State believed Cuba had a developmental, offensive biological warfare program and was providing assistance to rogue state programs.
The problem was that Bolton went well beyond what the IC saw as solid evidence. A 1999 NIE found Cuba had a limited biological warfare research and development effort.
Bolton asked his chief of staff to submit his proposed language to the IC for clearance. Seen by DoS INR's chief biological weapons analyst, Christian Westermann, it was sent by him for IC clearance on 12 Feb. 2002, with alternative language considered more in accord with the NIE.
"Westermann had frequently suggested similar changes for other colleagues," Ignatius writes, "and saw it as part of his job." But to Bolton, it was a stab in the back and his chief of staff sent an e-mail to Westermann, summoning him. Westermann replied that he had provided the same language a few months before for Secretary Powell, Bolton’s boss.
When Westermann arrived at Bolton's office the enraged Under Secretary wanted to know what right the analyst had to try to change his language. According to Westermann, Bolton virtually threw him out of the office. Tom Fingar, then acting head of INR and now its boss, has testified that when he subsequently arrived in Bolton's office, Bolton said he wasn't going to be told what he could say by a midlevel INR munchkin analyst and that he wanted Westermann taken off his accounts.
"To their immense credit, Fingar and his boss, INR chief Carl Ford, refused to cave to continuing pressure from Bolton to transfer Westermann," Ignatius said. "He's still on the job."
In 2004, the IC revised the 1999 estimate as it was even less sure that Cuba had made any effort, as alleged by Bolton, to develop offensive WMD.
"In other words, the mercurial, finger-wagging policymaker appears to have had it wrong," Ignatius concludes, "and the cautious analyst who refused to be intimidated had it right."
The New York Times reported on 24 April that newly declassified e-mails, supplied to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, indicated the breadth of opposition within the IC to Bolton’s wording on Cuba
A message sent by Westermann to Frederick Fleitz, Bolton's principal assistant, told him: "As you are probably aware, CIA is not able to complete the cleared-language request on Cuba BW for use in Mr. Bolton's upcoming speech. The demarche coordinator told me this evening that CIA, NSA, INR, and DIA had several difficulties with the proposed language and that CIA is trying to craft an answer to you." (DKR)
OPPOSING SENATE VIEWS ON INVESTIGATING RENDITIONS - Senate intelligence committee chairman Pat Roberts and ranking Democrat John D. Rockefeller clashed when the latter called for an investigation into renditions on 21 April, the Washington Post reported.
Vice-chairman Rockefeller told the Senate his colleagues had failed to adequately monitor and evaluate the legality and effectiveness of CIA detention and interrogation practices. "Congress has largely ignored the issue," he said. More disturbingly, the Senate intelligence committee was sitting on the sidelines and abdicating its oversight responsibility to media investigative reporters, according to Rockefeller.
Last week, Rockefeller filed an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill that would mandate an inquiry into such practices.
Roberts told the Senate he had filed his own amendment to counter Rockefeller's allegations. The committee, he said, had conducted aggressive oversight of all aspects of the war on terrorism, including CIA practices.
Another intelligence investigation was currently unnecessary, Roberts said, and would damage ongoing operations and hurt morale in the IC.
On 23 April, Human Rights Watch issued a report calling for a special prosecutor to examine the conduct of SecDef Rumsfeld and former DCI Tenet, alleging there was overwhelming evidence that U.S. mistreatment and torture of Muslim prisoners took place at Abu Ghraib, throughout Afghanistan and Iraq, at Guantánamo and at secret locations around the world, the New York Times reported.
The report called Tenet responsible for renditions that, it said, made him potentially liable as an accomplice to torture. (DKR)
GERMANS CATCH RUSSIAN SPY, LET HIM GO HOME - A Russian spy, caught red-handed buying German military secrets, has escaped prosecution after a deal was struck to prevent damage to burgeoning relations between Berlin and the Kremlin, the Sunday Telegraph (London) reported on 24 April.
Knowledge of the Russian espionage became public two weeks after Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a multi-billion dollar trade deal. The deal is intended to further bilateral research, innovation and trade, including building a Russian gas pipeline under the Baltic to Germany.
Before being arrested last November, Alexander Kuzmin, 45, a member of GRU, Russian MI, acted as a consul in the Russian consulate in Hamburg. German counterespionage officers established that on at least 20 occasions, Kuzmin traveled to remote bars around Heidelberg to meet a German army official who offered to sell military information in exchange for payments totaling €10,000 ($13,000).
After a few meetings, however, the official contacted German intelligence. From then on, most of the information passed on to Kuzmin was designed to mislead GRU. The Russian was arrested after he failed to recognize that the man he had come to meet was a mole reporting back to Berlin.
The Bundesverfassungsschutz (BVS), Germany's internal intelligence service, failed to persuade Kuzmin to work as a double agent, despite threatening to reveal to his wife that he was having an affair.
Kuzmin is believed to have escaped prosecution because of Schröder's direct intervention. The matter was settled in December when Hans Fromm, the BVS chief, flew to Moscow for talks. Two days later, Kuzmin flew to Russia.
German intelligence believes that up to 130 Russian operatives are at work in Germany. Also this month, a former employee of a German arms company was arrested on charges of attempting to sell military secrets to the Chinese. (DKR)
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INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MORALE RESEARCH - "My name is Stefanie Cohen and I am a journalism student at Columbia University in New York. I am trying to track down a story for class on the morale within the intelligence community and was wondering if I could arrange to speak with some of your members. I am wondering how people who work in these agencies are feeling about their work since 9/11; and whether they feel the sweeping changes since then have been and will be effective. I thought a good place to start my interviewing would be with people who used to work in this field."
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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 - Colorado Springs, CO - the AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter will host a luncheon starting at 11:30 at the Air Force Academy Officers Club. Their speaker will be Hans Post Uiterweer, a former Dutch and NATO Intelligence Officer, who will speak on Dutch and US Intelligence relationships. Please respond by May 9th to Dick Durham at email@example.com or by phone at 719-488-2884 if you plan to attend. If you do not have Military ID Please call Dick by phone. Hans is a native of the Netherlands, who immigrated into the USA in June, 2003. After graduating from the Netherlands Royal Military Academy (which, by the way, is located in a castle in Breda, where in 1667 New Amsterdam, now New York, was formally ceded to the English in the Treaty of Breda) he went on to pilot training in Canada and then to fly helicopters in the Royal Netherlands Air Force, mainly in support of the Army. After 10 years he became an intelligence officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. For a time he was the security officer for a large NATO Headquarters in Germany, after which he became involved in operational air intelligence as a deputy Branch Chief in the Central European Air Headquarters for NATO. He then became the chief of security for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In 1995 he served 6 months for the U.N. during the war in Bosnia. His last posting before retiring in 2003 was as the chief of military counter-intelligence in the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service. Hans is married to Virginia, a US citizen. They met in a NATO bunker in Germany, where she was a US Air Force officer.
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
21 May 05 - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine Chapter of AFIO will present a program on the Patriot Act. A DVD entitled "Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties" will be shown, followed by special guest U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby who will present the case for the Patriot Act. For further information or reservations, contact 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.
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
18 June 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter holds a lecture entitled "The Search For Leslie Howard: a World War II Mystery" Professor Douglas Wheeler will explore the confidential mission Howard undertook to Spain and Portugal in 1943 and the unanswered questions surrounding the circumstances of his death. 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.
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 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. The price of your ticket is not a donation to AFIO.
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
12/13-12/14/05 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA Hosts their Fall Intelligence Symposium at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA. Classified SI/TK and open to U.S. citizens only. For information contact Phil Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6219 or (703) 631-6219. Website Address: http://www.afcea.org/events/fallintel/
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