Weekly Intelligence Notes 18-05 dtd 2 May 2005
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Did you miss the AFIO luncheon last Friday? Though we did not record all three superb speakers, we do have one available online -- the Hon. Charles S. Robb's talk
on the Robb-Silberman WMD Report. He gives a spirited account of the motives and complexities the committee faced, and how they arrived
at so many worthwhile proposals.
MP3 file - 1 hour 15 minutes
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CONVICTED AGENT WILSON FREED OVER FALSE CIA AFFIDAVIT AFTER 22 YEARS
UNITED STATES, ITALY IN DEADLOCK OVER DEATH OF SENIOR SISMI OFFICER
SYRIAN INTEL REMAINS IN LEBANON
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
VALUE OF GLOBAL TERRORISM STATISTICS QUESTIONED
POLISH MONK FACES CHARGES OF SPYING ON POPE
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
STUDENT TURNS UP UNREDACTED CALIPARI REPORT ONLINE
U.S. PASSPORT TECHNOLOGY TO BE SHARPENED
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
Books and Sources
THE BEAR ON THE PROWL AGAIN
TRAVELS THROUGH TROUBLED ISLAM
A LIFE IN THE SECRET SERVICE
OSS Society Spring Newsletter
DNI FACES FBI, CIA RIVALRY OVER HUMINT
DIA SEES PYONGYANG HAVING TECHNOLOGY TO PUT NUKE WARHEADS ON MISSILES
EVIDENCE SAID TO BE GROWING OF RENDITIONS TO TORTURE-PRONE UZBEKISTAN
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
CIA SEEKS SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
NSA is looking for intelligent and imaginative people to produce foreign intelligence information
TENET REGRETS 'SLAM DUNK' REMARK
IC SERVED BY LITTLE KNOWN TRANSLATION CENTER
BELGIAN DOMESTIC INTEL OFFICERS DISARMED
DANISH MI TO BE TRIED FOR PRISONER ABUSE
AFIO CHAPTER PRESIDENT GRAVELY ILL
Seeking Assistance/ Participants -
Do you know of any Secret Military Organizations, either American or English during WWII, operating in the European area?
ROBERT R. GRANVILLE
IMOGENE LAMBERT KRAGES
12 May 05 - Colorado Spring, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Luncheon at USAFA O'Club
12 May 05 - Washington, DC - Melissa Boyle Mahle, author of Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11
13 - 15 May - Richmond, CA – World Premiere of Play by AFIO Member
14 May 05 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Dr. William Arrasmith, Department of Engineering Systems at Florida Institute of Technology
15 May 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NMIA hosts XXXI Anniversary and Banquet
18 May - McLean, VA - SASA Spring 2005 Intelligence Symposium
19 May 05 - Washington, DC - The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement in America - Yesterday and Today
21 May 05 - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO ME chapter presents program on PATRIOT Act.
23-27 May - Alexandria, VA - IALEIA Annual Conference
23 May 05 - Washington, DC - Inside Britain’s Secret WWII World: The Diaries of Guy Liddell by Nigel West
23-27 May 05 - San Diego, CA - IOSS, National OPSEC Conference and Exhibition
25-26 May 05 - Washington, DC - GOVSEC, GovSec/US Law Enforcement/READY Expo & Conferences
9 June 05 - Washington, DC - Wild Rose: The Dangerous Mrs. Greenhow by Amy Blackman
11 June 05 - Boston, MA - THE THIRD ANNUAL "BOSTON AFIO GROUP" AT THE POPS - RED, WHITE, & BLUE
11 June 05 - Gainesville, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter meeting
18 June 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter holds a lecture entitled "The Search For Leslie Howard
21-22 June - Winnepeg -- "Intrepid" Commemoration
30 June 05 - Washington, DC - The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence
22-23 July 05 - Northampton, MA - AFIO NE Chapter meets at the Hotel Northampton
6 August 05 - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Satellite Chapter hosts Mr Andy Byers, author of "The Perfect Spy"
13 August 05 - Lenox, MA - AFIO Members at Tanglewood
12-15 September 05 - Orlando, FL - ASIS, 51st Annual Seminar & Exhibits
7 Oct 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium
27 - 30 October 05 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration - Sheraton Premiere Hotel, McLean, Tyson's Corner, VA
8 - 13 November 05 - Hot Springs, VA - SpyRetreat 2005 Conference - Espionage: The Unknown Wars - held by CiCentre
12/13-12/14/05 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA Hosts their Fall Intelligence Symposium at the National Reconnaissance Office
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CONVICTED AGENT WILSON FREED OVER FALSE CIA AFFIDAVIT AFTER 22 YEARS - A federal court in Houston, TX, in a scathing commentary on CIA conduct, has overturned the conviction for treason of Edwin P. Wilson, a former CIA intelligence officer fired by the Agency in 1971. The court found Wilson to have wrongly served 22 years in prison for allegedly selling weapons and plastic explosives to Libya, ABC News reported on 27 April.
In quashing the conviction, Judge Lynn Hughes identified some two-dozen DoJ lawyers as having participated in the use of a false CIA affidavit. They also kept silent about it after serious questions were raised as to its accuracy.
"In the course of American justice, one would have to work hard to conceive of a more fundamentally unfair process," he wrote, "than the fabrication of false data by the government, under oath by a government official -- CIA official Charles Briggs -- presented knowingly by the prosecutor in the courtroom with the express approval of his superiors in Washington."
In 1983, Wilson, then age 54, was sentenced to 52 years in prison. As well as being convicted of selling weapons and 20 tons of C-4 plastic explosives to Moammar Qadhafi, he was also convicted of trying to arrange the contract murder of the trial prosecutors.
Wilson's defense was that he was working with the CIA and that the agency knew and approved of everything he was doing with Libya, including the shipment of the explosives. But prosecutor Ted Greenberg said Wilson was making up his connection to the CIA. Greenberg was among the prosecutors named by Hughes.
The CIA would not disclose its records but in the final days of Wilson's trial provided an affidavit from a top CIA official that said, with one minor exception, Wilson "was not asked or requested, directly or indirectly, to perform or provide any services, directly or indirectly, for CIA."
Wilson's current lawyer, David Adler, told ABC News' Nightline he thought the affidavit was critical to the jury's decision. Wally Sisk, foreman of the jury, agreed. "If we had known that [the affidavit was false], I can say unequivocally that there would not have been a guilty verdict because that would have taken away the whole case of the prosecution."
Wilson was first sent to solitary confinement at the high-security federal penitentiary in Marion, IL. From there, he began to seek government documents. Ten years later, the government turned over an internal DoJ memo, buried in a stack of other documents, in which department officials acknowledged the CIA affidavit was possibly false.
Adler, himself a former CIA officer, has discovered dozens of DoJ and CIA documents that prove the affidavit was false and that many in the government knew this. One document, Adler said, revealed at least 80 instances of contact between Wilson and the agency.
After the guilty verdict, the CIA drafted a letter that the agency proposed be sent to Wilson's attorneys disclosing the problem with the affidavit, Adler said. "And again the Justice Department rejected the CIA's suggestion that the letter be sent to Mr. Wilson's lawyer, and so it was never disclosed at that juncture either."
Wilson says he lost all he had, his family and his wealth, over the 22 years he was in prison, ABC News reported. Now living with his brother in Seattle, he says he simply wants to clear his name. (DKR)
UNITED STATES, ITALY IN DEADLOCK OVER DEATH OF SENIOR SISMI OFFICER - The United States and Italy remain locked in conflicting accounts of the death in Iraq of a senior officer of SISMI, the Italian MI service. Both governments said on 29 April they could not arrive at any shared final conclusions concerning the incident, AP reported.
The same day, DoD released a report according to which Nicola Calipari died on his way to Baghdad airport on 4 March in a hail of bullets fired from a U.S. checkpoint when, according to the U.S. version, the car in which he was traveling ignored warnings from soldiers who used a spotlight, a green laser pointer and warning shots to try to stop it, the New York Times reported. www.nytimes.com/2005/05/01/international/middleeast/01italian.html?pagewanted=all
DoD found that the soldier who fired the shots complied with the rules of engagement and that no soldiers were culpable in the incident in which Calipari, head of international operations at SISMI, died. The driver, also a SISMI officer, was wounded in the shooting, as was Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist with Il Manifesto, a communist paper. She was abducted on 4 February in Baghdad and through Calipari’s intervention, released less than an hour before she and her rescuers headed to the airport.
Calipari, who Sgrena says threw himself over her to shield her from the bullets, has become a national hero in Italy, honored with a top decoration for valor.
Lt. Gen. John R. Vines USA, the ground commander in Iraq approved a recommendation that soldiers involved in the shooting not be disciplined, the report said.
The government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, known for his staunch support for the Bush administration's foreign policy, has rejected the report's findings and has launched an investigation into the incident. Berlusconi has suggested that Italy might begin withdrawing the 3,000 troops it has in Iraq by September. "Respect for the memory of Nicola Calipari, as well as for our national decorum, could only prevent the government of Italy from assenting to a reconstruction of the events that does not correspond with what happened that evening," Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini told reporters, the Washington Post reported.
U.S. officials have said the checkpoint was a temporary one, set up to provide security for the then U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, now DNI, who was meeting with the top military commander in Iraq.
The redacted U.S. military report asserted the Italians ignored repeated warnings and that their car was traveling at about 50 miles an hour and did not slow down as it approached the checkpoint. The driver was dealing with multiple distractions including talking on the phone, conversation in the back seat, trying to listen for threats, driving on a wet road, focusing on tasks to be accomplished, the need to get to the airport, and the excited and tense atmosphere in the car, the report said.
The report also asserted that the United States military was totally unaware of the recovery and transport of Sgrena until after the shooting. It said the troops stationed at the checkpoint were on their first full day on shift there and lacked experience in issuing operational orders and in battle tracking security forces at checkpoints.
The Italians insist to the contrary that all necessary contacts were made with the Americans for safe passage and that the driver stopped immediately when a light flashed 10 meters away from the car, but that at the same time, shots were fired into car for 10 to 15 seconds
Three Rome prosecutors working on the case are to interview an Italian diplomat and intel officer who took part in a joint investigation with American officials in Iraq protested at what they claimed was lack of objectivity in presenting the evidence and returned to Rome.
After at first refusing to turn over the Toyota Corolla in which Calipari and the others traveled, the American authorities have now done so. It is to be examined by Italian forensic experts. (DKR)
SYRIAN INTEL REMAINS IN LEBANON - Syria has not withdrawn a significant part of its intelligence presence in Lebanon, undermining its claims to have ended its 29-year intervention in its western neighbor, the Washington Post reported U.S., European and UN officials as saying.
The continuing presence of covert Syrian intelligence operatives, as expected by Middle East observers, was seen as vitiating the promise by Syrian leader Bashar Assad to the United Nations to withdraw all Syrian military and intel personnel. It also contradicted a letter the Syrian government wrote to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan saying the withdrawal was complete.
UN member states and the Lebanese opposition have told the United Nations that Syrian MI has taken up new positions in the south of Beirut and elsewhere, and has been using headquarters of parties affiliated with the Damascus government as well as privately rented apartments.
Syrian intelligence is also deployed in Palestinian refugee camps and communities, some of which have suddenly grown larger, U.S. officials and Western diplomats said. One Palestinian community in the eastern Bekaa valley, associated with the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is of particular concern, as are strategic locations inside the Lebanese border with Syria, Western envoys said.
Syria's intel network has been its chief means of influencing Lebanese political and economic life for almost three decades. About 5,000 Syrian intelligence operatives were deployed in Lebanon, U.S. and European officials said.
"In the many years the Syrians have been there, they've inserted themselves pretty deeply in Lebanon, including in intermarriage," said a senior DoS official. "They've abandoned their headquarters, but they're still integrated in Lebanese society in a way that can be difficult to detect.” (DKR)
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
VALUE OF GLOBAL TERRORISM STATISTICS QUESTIONED - For the second year in a row DoS has been involved in an embarrassing public dispute over the statistics published with the annual Patterns of Global Terrorism, the New York Times reported on 1 May. This has fueled a debate on how to measure progress, or the lack of it, in the Bush administration' war on terrorism.
The lengthy Times article opens with an example of eccentricities in enumerating acts of terrorism. Last August, two Russians airplanes crashed when Chechen women set off explosives aboard them, killing nearly 100 people. USG considered one of the planes the object of a terrorist attack, but not the other. There were two Israelis aboard the plane seen as the victim of terrorism, but only Russians on the other plane.
According to John O. Brennan, acting head of NCTC, the selection was the poster child for what is wrong with U.S. monitoring global terrorism. "It simply makes no sense," he said.
Last year, DoS had to withdraw the annual report and admit that its initial version vastly understated what was in fact a record high number of terrorist attacks. This year, government analysts determined that attacks had risen three times more to a high of 651 attacks, resulting in 1,907 deaths. Rather than publish this, State removed the numbers from the annual terrorism report.
But the statistics were leaked and the counterterrorism center then released them while saying the methodology used to produce them was so hopelessly flawed they should not be relied upon to draw any conclusions. Philip D. Zelikow, counselor to DoS Secretary Rice and a former executive director of the 9/11 commission, recommended that Rice pull the statistics from the report and told reporters when the figures were released, that they "are simply not valid for any inference about the progress, good or bad, of American policy."
Bush, quizzed at a prime-time news conference on 28 April, said that, "When you engage the terrorists abroad, it causes activity and action."
"Good riddance to meaningless rubbish," commented Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in an e-mail circulated around Washington. In it, he said the annual report had never found a useful way to distinguish between a freedom fighter and a terrorist, overemphasized attacks on U.S. interests, and made arbitrary distinctions, such as in the Russian airliner explosions, between domestic and international acts of terrorism.
"The problem is we've had meaningless statistics on terrorism for a very long time,” he said in an interview with the Times. "But they've only dropped it now because it didn't produce the cut in terrorism they wanted."
Other problems identified by Brennan were how to identify what constitutes significant property damage, whether deadly acts by homegrown terrorist groups with links to international terrorism should be counted, and how to decide what is a terrorist act in a war zone. Government counters, he said, found it virtually impossible to distinguish between insurgency and terrorism in Iraq, settling for counting attacks that killed or wounded non-Iraqi civilians while excluding other incidents involving terrorist-style tactics. Overall, the NCTC identified nine times more terrorist attacks in Iraq in 2004 than in 2003.
Also on 1 May, the Washington Post cited IC and federal and state law enforcement officials as saying reports of credible terrorist threats against the United States were at their lowest level since 9/11. The IC daily threat assessment currently lists, on average, 25 to 50 percent fewer threats against domestic targets than it typically did over the past two years, a senior counterterrorism official said.
A broad cross section of counterterrorism officials believed al-Qa'ida and like-minded groups, in part frustrated by increased U.S. security measures, are focusing instead on Americans deployed in Iraq, where the groups operate with relative impunity, and on Europe, the Post said. (DKR)
POLISH MONK FACES CHARGES OF SPYING ON POPE - The Vatican has sent a Polish Dominican monk to face charges in Poland that he spied on the late Pope John Paul II for the country's former Communist government, UPI reported on 28 April.
Father Konrad Hejmo's position in the Holy See gave him access to some of the Church's most sensitive information at a time the Polish pope, born Karol Wojtyla, played a crucial role in bringing down communism in Soviet controlled Eastern Europe, UPI quoted the London daily, The Guardian, as saying.
An official in Warsaw said Hejmo had collaborated with the Soviet-controlled Polish security in the 1980s when the communist government was struggling to cling to power. Hejmo admitted he had shared reports written for Polish church officials with an acquaintance, a Pole living in Germany, but said he did not suspect the man might have been a spy, the Washington Post reported.
Father Jarek Cielecki, editor of the Vatican News Service, said Hejmo had been recalled to Poland by his superior in the Dominican order to clear up his position. The superior, the Rev. Maciej Zieba, told reporters he had seen the files, which he called convincing and shocking.
The accusations against Hejmo originated with Leon Kieres, head of the National Remembrance Institute, which keeps Polish communist-era police files. Kieres described Hejmo as a secret collaborator with the Polish secret services under the names Hejnal and Dominik.
Kieres said documents about spying on church figures would be published this year in a book by a historian given special access to papers at the institute.
Hejmo, 69, was close to the pope's entourage, but not a member of the pontiff's inner circle. He was an ever-present figure at John Paul's public events, leading Polish pilgrims around the Vatican and conducting selected groups to see the Holy Father. Hejmo served at the Vatican from 1979, after being recommended by Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, the Primate of Poland at the time.
Elected pope in 1978, Wojtyla was the target of a failed assassination attempt by a Turk in 1981. The operation was ordered by the KGB that entrusted its execution to communist Bulgaria's intelligence. (DKR)
SECTION III -- CYBER INTELLIGENCE
STUDENT TURNS UP UNREDACTED CALIPARI REPORT ONLINE - A Greek medical student at the University of Bologna in Italy, surfing the web on 1 May, found he could restore redacted portions of a 40-page U.S. report on the death of Italian senior SISMI officer Nicola Calipari with a couple of clicks of his computer mouse, the BBC reported on 2 May.
The student passed the details to Italian newspapers, which put the full text on their websites.
On 30 April, the U.S. released a redacted cyber edition of the report in pdf format. Removed from the report were the names and ranks of soldiers involved in firing on the car in which Calipari was traveling and rules of engagement for checkpoints such as that at which the shooting occurred. According to the BBC Rome correspondent, other redacted material included details about communication failures.
Such a report would normally be released in a hardcopy but was made available online this time to facilitate access to it by U.S. media in Baghdad whose freedom of movement is restricted by the dangerous conditions there.
A German systems architect, Volker Weber, reported in a blog how the report could be 'un-redacted,' using nothing more than CTRL-C, CTRL-V (cut and paste), ZD Net said on 1 May.
Weber says when he tried to copy and paste a few pages from Acrobat into Windows Notepad, everything that was blacked out in the PDF version of the document was clearly visible.
"There have been many reports in the press of how people have published Microsoft Word documents with their history easily revealed through Word’s track changes feature," he notes. "But you rarely hear about problems like this when it comes to PDF files. It will be interesting to see how this security debacle unfolds, where the finger gets pointed, and how it changes the way PDF files get handled in the future (by organizations of all types)." (DKR)
U.S. PASSPORT TECHNOLOGY TO BE SHARPENED - DoS is to improve new passport technology after tests revealed the documents could be vulnerable to identity theft, UPI reported on 30 April.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services Frank Moss said DoS will include high-tech security features to prevent identity theft and that the changes could delay plans to begin issuing the new passports this year.
The DoS decision followed criticism from privacy groups that warned the radio frequency
identification technology was flawed. Travel groups and European countries, including Germany, also warned of the technology's security vulnerabilities.
Radio-frequency ID devices, or contactless smart cards, are used in many employee ID cards that are passed over an electronic reader for entry to a building or passage through a turnstile. The passport chips will store information about passport holders, including all passport information and digital photographs enhanced with face-recognition technology. (DKR)
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
THE BEAR ON THE PROWL AGAIN - Janusz Bugajski, Cold Peace: Russia’s New Imperialism (Praeger/CSIS, 320 pp. $49.95)
On 25 April, Vladimir Putin, the KGB light colonel become President of the Russian Federation, declared the demise of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.
Bugajski, an authority on Russia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and at the Foreign Service Institute, sounds the alert to the ambitions that Putin’s words reflect and to the hollowness of his talk about progress towards democracy.
Putin and his fellow chekists, placed by him in key positions throughout the Russian state, are determined to do as much as they can to restore the Russian/Soviet empire, as Bugajski shows, and to strengthen a political structure in which the welfare, that is the power, of the state trumps the welfare, that is well-being, of Russian society.
In Eastern Europe, the region’s overwhelming dependence on Russian energy supplies – and so potential exposure to energy blackmail – along with economic investment are tools for restoring the Kremlin’s domination of lands freed from its yoke a mere 15 years ago. The old Soviet policy of arming Middle Eastern dictatorships, notably Syria, is in full swing. So is the drive for a ‘multipolar’ world, that is one in which United States predominance has been undermined, an undertaking supported by France and Germany, not to mention China and the international militant Islamist movement.
Under Putin, the Russia remains under the spell of the Stalinist past and the old Slavophile contempt for the liberal and democratic civilization of the West, a civilization it fears and would like to see reduced to impotence. (DKR)
TRAVELS THROUGH TROUBLED ISLAM - Yaroslav Trofimov, Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu (Henry Holt, 336 pp. $26.00)
Trofimov, who writes about Islam for the Wall Street Journal, has written a political and cultural travelogue that ranges from Iraq and the U.S. difficulties there, to Saudi Arabia, where men hire foreign workers as drivers because they do not trust fellow Saudis to chauffeur their wives, women being forbidden to drive. He also takes the reader to Mali where Islam co-exists without much friction with animist religions and to Afghanistan and Bosnia, where intolerant Islamist extremists are at work.
Trofimov provides a useful demonstration of the diversity within much of the western half of the Muslim world, and the variety of responses to American intervention in it. (DKR)
A LIFE IN THE SECRET SERVICE - Joseph Petro, Jeffrey Robinson, Standing Next to History - An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's, 304 pp. $24.95)
After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Petro was urged to apply for a Secret Service position and began his career there in its investigative arm, going undercover in John Kerry's organization, Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He was next assigned to the protective arm and worked security for VP Dan Quayle and John Paul II when he visited the U.S. in 1987.
Petro’s favorite assignment was President Reagan who he served as assistant special agent in charge of the Presidential Protection Division. He devotes much of his book to those years and provides a vivid portrait of life in the Secret Service. (DKR)
OSS SOCIETY RELEASES SPRING 2005 NEWSLETTER: It is available at http://www.osssociety.org/pdfs/oss_spring_05.pdf Highlights include appointments of new OSS Society officers & directors: General John Singlaub elected new chairman; Gen. Bryan D. Brown, commander, USSOCOM, named honorary chairman; New nominees to the board of directors: Paul Colby, Chester Cooper, Walter Mess, Amb. Hugh Montgomery, and Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; Amb. James Lilley's address; Remembering 109: Betty McIntosh remembers Gen. William "Wild Bill" Donovan; and General Donovan's farewell remarks to OSS personnel on September 24, 1945
DNI FACES FBI, CIA RIVALRY OVER HUMINT - DNI Negroponte is having to referee a major shouting match between the FBI and CIA over HUMINT, Time online reported on 29 April.
The disagreement is about who is in charge of recruiting HUMINT inside the United States and then handling it abroad. The agency and the bureau have been arguing for months over re-writing 20-year old rules that divide this work. The FBI wants more control over recruiting spies and running them overseas, a role the CIA would like to supervise. In the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq intelligence failure, the bureau senses, an intelligence official said, that the agency is weak and so are taking it on. The FBI has also taken advantage of ambiguities in the intel reform law that created the DNI.
Some FBI officials admit their special agents need more training and experience to run HUMINT, something that CIA officers study how to do for a year or more, Times said.
On 28 April, DCI Goss named VADM Bert Calland, a Navy SEAL, who supervised special operations forces in Afghanistan after 9/11, as acting DDCI. Goss has indicated he intends to insure that the agency retains primacy over all spy operations outside the United States. Goss seemed to gain an ally in the Silberman-Robb when an FBI agent detailed to the commission slipped a CIA report critical of the bureau's intel operation to her superiors. The commission leaders booted her off the panel and ha sought to have her fired. But the FBI insists she did nothing wrong and Director Mueller has refused to dismiss her pending an internal investigation.
Negroponte has named a CIA officer, David Shedd, formerly detailed to the NSC, as his chief of staff to decide the HUMINT rivalry.
A senior intelligence official said the two agencies were putting the DNI is a very bad position. "You want to pick your battles and win some easy ones up front. And he's not going to be able to do that. This is theology, and he's having to address it days after confirmation."
The matter is so sensitive, the DNI’s aides won't even confirm when the question is to reach his desk, Time said. (DKR)
DIA SEES PYONGYANG HAVING TECHNOLOGY TO PUT NUKE WARHEADS ON MISSILES - DIA chief VADM Jacoby told the Senate on 28 April that the IC believed North Korea had mastered the technology for arming its missiles with nuclear warheads, an assessment that if correct, means the Pyongyang could build weapons to threaten Japan and perhaps the western United States, the New York Times reported.
But Jacoby, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, stopped short of saying North Korea had done so or even assembled warheads small enough for the purpose. North Korea's ability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United
States remained a theoretical capability, he said, because its Taepo Dong 2 missile had not been flight-tested.
But, Jacoby added, the IC judged that a two-stage Taepo Dong could strike parts of the West Coast and that a three-stage variant could probably reach all of North America.
North Korea declared publicly for the first time in February that it had nuclear weapons. In April, U.S. satellites detected that the North had shut down its nuclear power plant at Yongbyon and could be preparing to reprocess its spent fuel, possibly prior to producing enough plutonium for up to three nuclear bombs. (DKR)
EVIDENCE SAID TO BE GROWING OF RENDITIONS TO TORTURE-PRONE UZBEKISTAN - There is growing evidence that the United States has sent terror suspects to Uzbekistan for detention and interrogation, even as Uzbekistan is reported to torture and kill its own prisoners, the New York Times reported on 1 May.
The latest DoS human rights report on Uzbekistan, issued in February, said: "Torture was common in prisons, pretrial facilities, and local police and security service precincts."
DoS said the most common techniques were beating, often with blunt instruments, and asphyxiation with a gas mask. Other tortures, reported by international human rights groups, included boiling body parts, using electroshock on genitals and plucking out fingernails and toenails with pliers. Two prisoners were boiled to death, the groups reported.
Following 9/11, the Central Asian republic granted U.S. requests for a military base on its territory for use in the war in Afghanistan. A relationship between Washington and Tashkent was formalized at a March 2002 Oval Office meeting between Bush and the Uzbek dictator, Islam Karimov. The Bush administration has given Uzbekistan more than $500 million for border control and other security measures, the Times said.
The CIA declined to comment on the prisoner transfer program, but an intelligence official estimated that the number of terrorism suspects sent by the United States to Tashkent was in the dozens.
Last August, Gen. Richard B. Myers (USAF), JCS chairman, visited Tashkent and announced DoD would provide an additional $21 million to help Uzbekistan in its campaign to remove its stockpile of biological weapons. Myers said the United States had "benefited greatly from our partnership and strategic relationship with Uzbekistan."
Myers noted that there were genuine concerns about Uzbekistan's human rights record, but said: "In my view, we shouldn't let any single issue drive a relationship with any single country. It doesn't seem to be good policy to me." (DKR)
SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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CIA Staff Sign Language Interpreter - Work Schedule: Part Time Salary: $74,782 - 97,213 Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Reasonable Accommodations Staff (OEEO/RAS) has an opening for a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. The successful candidate must be an energetic self-starter with well developed interpersonal and communications skills. In addition, he or she would bring to the job demonstrated abilities to manage complex inter-office and interagency projects tailored to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing customer's requirements. Successful candidates must display the ability to thrive in a challenging, creative and informal working environment that will allow the candidate the opportunity to improve their interpreting skills through interaction with customers in a variety of workplace environments. As a part-time position, candidates would be working 24 - 39 hours a week. This position requires the ability to travel all Agency buildings. Foreign and Domestic temporary duty (TDY) travel may be required. Due to the variety of positions held by the Agency's deaf and hard of hearing employees our interpreters must be flexible when it comes to assignments, have a diverse vocabulary, an eternal sense of humor, and a dedication to their customers. Skill level and certifications will be considered when determining grade and rate of pay. Minimum requirements include Certification of Transliteration (CT) and/ or Certificate of Interpretation (CI) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID); two years of work experience as a sign language interpreter; strong understanding of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture; broad knowledge of technical and human resource vocabulary; strong signing and voicing skills; strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds (customers, colleges, and management). Candidates should also have the ability to work with a changing schedule and possess excellent customer service and communication skills. All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required. To Apply: Submit Resume Online
The National Security Agency is looking for intelligent and imaginative people to produce foreign intelligence information and protect U.S. information systems at the Career Fair in San Antonio, TX May 4, 2005 Time 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX. Walk-ins are welcome. Gain valuable information about the world of Cryptology directly from the industry insiders at the NSA Career Exposition. Keynote Presentations at Various Times Throughout the Day Come listen to an NSA official discuss what NSA does and how you can join NSA employees in advancing technology and securing our nation. Visit the job fair tables to meet with NSA employees in career areas such as Cryptanalysis, Intelligence Analysis, Language Analysis, Computer Science, and more. Don't forget to bring your resume. NSA Employees Exhibit Peer into the secret world of codemaking and codebreaking as you view some of the most dramatic moments and incredible achievements of NSA employees. The next NSA Career Fair is in Honolulu, HI in the Fall. Career Fairs are seeking to fill the following positions: Intelligence Analysts; Language Analysts; Computer Scientists; Computer/Electrical Engineers; Mathematicians; Signals Analysts; Cryptanalysts; Accountants; Budget/Financial Analysts; Investigators; Police Officers. Work in these locations: Augusta, GA; Honolulu, HI; and San Antonio, TX. To learn more about careers at NSA and to apply online, visit www.nsa.gov/careers
TENET REGRETS 'SLAM DUNK' REMARK - Former DCI Tenet said he regretted assuring President Bush in 2002 that he had slam dunk evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, AP reported on 28 April.
"Those were the two dumbest words I ever said," Tenet told about 1,300 people at a forum at Kutztown University, PA.
The CIA's assessment of Iraq's capabilities was not developed for political reasons or a craven desire to lead the country to war, he said.
In December 2002, during an intelligence briefing of the president, Bush, unsure that Americans would find a CIA listing of evidence compelling, turned to Tenet. "It's a slam-dunk case," Tenet said. (DKR)
IC SERVED BY LITTLE KNOWN TRANSLATION CENTER - A little-known center -- featured in an article in the latest issue of AFIO's Intelligencer Journal -- was set up two years ago, is providing the IC as fast as possible with translations from such languages as Arabic, Persian and Pashtu, Knight Ridder Newspapers reported on 27 April.
Linguists working for the National Virtual Translations Center, housed in a small workspace in an unmarked office in Washington, receive assignments from the FBI, CIA and other agencies.
At present, the center employs a network of about 100 translators around the country, half working part time, who use secure computers in government offices near their homes. They send the translations to the center, which gets them back to the client agency.
"Our goal is the fastest translation possible, because sometimes there is real urgency, but quality is also important," said Everette Jordan, NVTC executive director.
Last fall, DoJ IG Glenn Fine warned of a serious backlog of un-translated documents and tapes within the FBI. His audit found that 123,000 hours of audio in counterterrorism investigations had not been reviewed between 2001 and early 2004. He concluded that the bureau cannot translate all the foreign-language counterterrorism and counterintelligence material it collects.
Such was the case although the FBI had strengthened its language services with 250 to 300 new employees a year since 2001 with a total of 1,300 language analysts now and with about 600 more linguists in the pipeline, spokesman Paul Bresson said.
Headquarters staff at the center, which reports to the DNI, is about two dozen veterans of the CIA, NSA and State as well as other agencies. (DKR)
BELGIAN DOMESTIC INTEL OFFICERS DISARMED - As a result of a drunken officer trying to shoot a colleague in the head, members of Belgium's domestic intel service, Sûreté de l'Etat, have been disarmed, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported on 26 April.
The civilian Sûreté officers were already among the most powerless operatives in the Western world, denied even the right to tap telephones. Then, according to Belgian press reports, their general administrator, Koen Dassen, ordered the handguns confiscated following the incident last fall.
Meida described the officer who fired the pistol as an alcoholic with a dependency on anti-depressants
A working group has been set up to determine who is to be allowed to be armed. Saar Vanderplaetsen, the chief spokesman for Laurette Onkelinx, Belgian justice minister, was unable to confirm reports that officers had gone on a virtual work-to-rule since being disarmed, including avoidance of risky missions. The exact numbers and missions of the Sûreté are kept confidential. (DKR)
DANISH MI OFFICER TO BE TRIED FOR PRISONER ABUSE - A Danish woman MI officer and four MP sergeants accused of abusing 11 Iraqi prisoners are to stand trial in Denmark, the BBC reported on 2 May.
Capt Annemette Hommel, 37, is charged with dereliction of duty for making prisoners kneel during interrogations and refusing them food and water. All five defendants are accused of verbal abuse of detainees. The alleged abuse took place last year when the five were among some 500 Danish troops stationed in southern Iraq.
Hommel has said the allegations stemmed from a misunderstanding with the Palestinian translators working at the camp, who had objected to her interrogation techniques.
The trial will follow the Danish military code, but the judge and defense lawyers will be civilians. The prosecutor will represent the military. A verdict is expected in December. If convicted, the five could be sentenced to a year in prison. (DKR)
AFIO CHAPTER PRESIDENT REPORTS HE IS GRAVELY ILL - Alberto Di Liberti has reported significant illness and asks that those who wish to send regards please contact him at: Col. Angelo M. Di Liberti, 1011 Mark St, South Elgin, IL 60177-2512 or by email to email@example.com
Researchers Seeking Assistance / Participants
[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these inquiries or offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]
Do you know of any Secret Military Organizations, either American or English during WWII, operating in the European area? They would have had to have personnel who spoke French very well and could have been sent into France on a few hours notice. I suppose, it is possible they could have been moved from another location in France to the Somme Region of France that day. I have traced full knowledge of the false information contained in the two Congressional Medal Of Honor Citations directly to General Doolittle's Office within hours of the crash of the Top Secret B-24 and the B-17 crash that was used to cover-up the loss of the B-24. Yet, just over a month later, the Squadron and Group Commanders who positively knew the crash description they were including in the Medal Citation were false, submitted the two CMOH applications. I obtained this Information from one of the survivors of the B-17 crash. This Officer was the witnessing Officer to the events for which the Medals were awarded and he told me, that he informed his Commanders exactly what happened when he returned to the Units about a week after the crash. Such an action would not have been taken, unless both had been ordered to do by someone very, very high up. When the Applications arrived, General Doolittle approved them, signed them and forwarded them to General Eisenhower's Office for approval. I find it very hard to believe, that General Doolittle would send such items to General Eisenhower for approval, unless General Eisenhower already knew of the false information. In fact, I know that the hidden crew remains from the B-24 were hidden by an ambulance crew from an Army Hospital not related to the Army Air Force in any way. I can understand that General Doolittle may have had the 'juice' to get Army Air Force Hospital Commanders to order their men to hide bodies, as I believe also happened at the B-17 crash site. However, I have to believe, he would have had to depend on General Eisenhower's Staff, or General Eisenhower himself, to have the 'juice' to have that ground Army Hospital Commander to use his personnel to hide the partial remains of the B-24 crew dead. I do want to again assure you, that I am in no way trying to downgrade the Medals awarded the two B-17 Pilots. In fact, I have determined that what they did in the last two minutes of their flight was as heroic as what the Medals were awarded for and today, it remains basically unknown because of the Cover-up and failure of the Unit Commander on the ground to follow through. A most interesting aside is, that I have located the XO of that unit and several medics. All insist, the B-17 never crashed at all! At this time, I am writing my second book on this subject and one failure so far is to be able to identify the Americans in civilian clothing who spoke excellent French and who arrived at the Top Secret B-24 crash site on the same day it crashed. It remains as one of the few major remaining questions I would like to answer in this book. Any help AFIO Members can give, such as suggesting people, units or whatever, will be greatly appreciated. REPLIES to Willis S. Cole, Jr. "Sam" Executive Director/Curator Battery Corporal Willis S. Cole Military Museum, 13444 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034-5403, (425)823-4445 Telephone & Fax, firstname.lastname@example.org
ROBERT R. GRANVILLE - An FBI agent in New York who headed the team that arrested Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, he died, aged 89, on 12 April at a hospital in Tampa, FL, after a stroke, AP reported.
A son of Idaho, Granville started working for the FBI in 1940 and was promoted to field supervisor of Soviet espionage in the New York office six years later.
On 17 July 1950, he and fellow agents arrested Julius Rosenberg in his apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Rosenberg was charged with giving atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Three weeks later, Granville arrested Rosenberg's wife, Ethel. In March 1951, the Rosenbergs were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and sentenced to death. Their execution in June 1953 was the first of civilians for spying in U.S. history.
Granville also was involved the case of Judith Coplon, accused in 1949 of passing secrets to the Soviets through her lover, Valentin A. Gubitchev, an official at the United Nations. Although found guilty in two trials, Coplon's conviction was overturned because Granville had arrested her without a warrant and because the FBI had used illegal wiretaps during surveillance.
On leaving the bureau in 1952, Granville was chosen by President Truman to head a committee on equal employment opportunities. (DKR)
IMOGENE LAMBERT KRAGES - A retired CIA analyst supervisor, she died, aged 89, of pneumonia on 13 April at her home in Springfield, VA. Her death followed recovery from a stroke she suffered in July, the Washington Post reported.
Born in Lewisport, KY, she grew up in Okolona, a suburb of Louisville, graduating from high school at 14. She then studied music at what was then Western State Teachers College in Bowling Green, KY. After marrying, she moved with her family to Virginia in 1945, first working for Hecht's department stores while awaiting clearance to work for the newly created CIA.
In 1952, she began her career at the agency's first headquarters in the Georgetown district of Washington and in temporary buildings near the Lincoln Memorial.
During her service, she was sent to India, Germany, and England. While in London in the 1960s, she had tea with Queen Elizabeth and was a close friend of the president of the Marks & Spencer department store, Lord Raynor. After her retirement in 1974, she moved to Chevy Chase, MD, and worked part time in the high-fashion clothing department of another department store until about 1991. In 1998, she moved to Greenspring and was active in two CIA retiree groups, CIRA and the Company. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her marriage to Henry J. Krages ended in divorce. Survivors include two daughters, Sonia K. Shortt of Bowie, MD, and Tosca K. Simms of Blackstone, VA; four grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. (DKR)
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 informationSunday, 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!
23-27 May 2005 - San Diego, CA - IOSS, National OPSEC Conference and Exhibition http://www.iaevents.com/NATOPSEC05/index.cfm
25-26 May 2005 - Washington, D.C. - GOVSEC, GovSec/US Law Enforcement/READY Expo & Conferences http://www.govsecinfo.com/
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.
11 June 05 - Gainesville, FL - . AFIO North Florida Chapter holds meeting. RSVP for details to Quiel Begonia at 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.
21-22 June - Winnepeg -- "Intrepid" Commemoration - The Intrepid Society of Canada ( www.mts.net/~syddavy/ ) has invited former CIA Historian Tom Troy, and former Case Officer Cord Hart to attend a two-day program of tours and a banquet in Winnipeg commemorating the work of Sir William Stephenson, code named Intrepid. Troy's book, Wild Bill and Intrepid, along with Bill Macdonald's The True Intrepid, for which Troy wrote the Introduction, are records of Stephenson's career superior to more widely-known accounts. Troy will be the prime speaker at the Winnipeg banquet, while Hart will comment on Intrepid's dealings with Ernest L. Cuneo, code named Crusader, who was in effect a founder of the CIA and President Roosevelt's personal intelligence representative to Sir William. Those interested in attending the gathering in Winnipeg, including members of the OSS, Camp X Society, or "Ernie's Gang," should contact Cord Hart at (301) 365-7780.
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.12-15 September 2005 - Orlando, FL - ASIS, 51st Annual Seminar & Exhibits http://www.asisonline.org/ 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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