Weekly Intelligence Notes #25-05 dated 4 July 2005
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Sunday 10 July 05 - Lakewood, OH - AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter holds Picnic at Rocky River Yacht Club
21 July 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts meeting
21 July 05 - Washington, DC - Book Signing - Tim Naftali - Blind Spot
22-23 July 05 - Northampton, MA - AFIO NE Chapter meets at the Hotel Northampton
27 July 05 - Washington, DC - Spies on Screen with Burton Gerber - Battle of Algiers
28 July 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Steve Coll and Michael Scheuer - on Iraq and CIA
Tuesday, 2 August 05 - Washington, DC - Spy School Polygraph Interrogation 101
Saturday, 6 August 05 - Glen Burnie, MD - US Army Special Operations Detachment/US Army Foreign Counterintelligence Activity Reunion
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
25 August 05 - Washington, DC - Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage
31 August - 2 September 05 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh International Spy Conference
10 September 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
11 September 05 - Madison, OH - AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter hosts picnic
12-15 September 05 - Orlando, FL - ASIS, 51st Annual Seminar & Exhibits
15-18 September 05 - Great Lakes, IL - The AFIO Midwest Chapter will hold its 13th consecutive 2-day Fall Symposium
16 September 05 - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter holds evening meeting
7 October 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium
12-16 October 05 - Arlington, VA - 101-OSS Association and OSS Society Reunion
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
3 December 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
13-14 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA Hosts their Fall Intelligence Symposium at the National Reconnaissance Office
27-28 January 06 - Springfield, VA - Conference on "INTELLIGENCE AND ETHICS"
17-20 February 06 - Arlington, VA - The Intelligence Summit™ 2006
NEW UNITS STRENGTHEN DNI'S AUTHORITY - On 29 June, President Bush ordered formation of new national security divisions within both the FBI and DoJ and put a broad swath of the bureau under the DNI's authority, the Washington Post reported.
The bureau is to create a National Security Service by bringing together its counterintelligence, counterterrorism and intelligence divisions under one umbrella.
The FBI director and the AG will choose the head of the new grouping with the concurrence of the DNI who will fund the bureau's intelligence activities. In a memo, Bush said DNI Negroponte, through the head of the FBI's National Security Service, can effectively communicate with FBI's field offices, resident agencies and any other personnel in the National Security Service.
At DoJ, AG Gonzales will bring together intelligence and counterterrorism operations to form a new national security division. Bush is to ask Congress to allow the hiring of a new assistant AG to run it.
The reorganization cements Negroponte's authority over most of the FBI's $3 billion intelligence budget. The plan represents a rebuke to the historically independent FBI, the Post noted, and a victory for the CIA that has fought off proposals to cede some of its authority to DoD.
Civil liberties advocates asserted that the changes at the FBI represent a radical step toward the creation of a secret police force in the United States. Many DoJ prosecutors and FBI agents also opposed the changes, but were overruled by White House homeland security adviser, Frances Fragos Townsend, officials said.
Negroponte will not exercise authority over the bureau's traditional criminal investigations.
As outlined in a memorandum to senior Cabinet officials, Bush adopted all but four of 74 recommendations made by the Silberman-Robb commission.
Bush also ordered the creation of a National Counter Proliferation Center, aimed at combating the spread of WMDs to terrorist groups and rogue states. (DKR)
CIA, DOD MEMO TO AVOID TREADING ON TOES - Growing Pentagon intelligence activities at home and abroad have caused Director Goss and SecDef Rumsfeld to reach a written agreement to prevent conflicts and overlap in spying, technical collection and analysis between their two organizations, according to senior officials at both agencies, the Washington Post reported on 4 July.
DDNI Gen. Michael V. Hayden (USAF) told reporters last week that a classified memorandum of understanding between the agencies has been drafted and was awaiting the signatures of Goss and Rumsfeld. The MOU sets out what the agency and DoD are to do as part of ongoing restructuring under DNI Negroponte.
As approved by President Bush, a senior CIA official will become the national HUMINT manager, coordinating all overseas spying activities whether carried out by the CIA, DoD or FBI.
DIA and the military services are expanding their human and technical intel gathering and analytical capacities. The DIA, that currently has 7,500 employees, plans to add nearly 1,000 over the next few years, DoD official said.
Some new DIA missions include worldwide counterintelligence and data-collection programs that may overlap those of the CIA, the NCTC, DHS or other agencies.
White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend told reporters last week that Rumsfeld was reviewing the future role of a little-publicized Pentagon group known as the Counter Intelligence Field Activity. CIFA was set up in 2002 to oversee DoD counterintelligence investigations and training and to assess potential terrorist threats at home and abroad.
CIFA has gathered domestic and international data, including criminal, financial, credit and other records, as well as background information about foreign workers and scientists employed by DoD and other agencies. Townsend said the question was whether an enhanced CIFA should remain within the Pentagon.
Another new, little-known Pentagon initiative is the Partnership to Defeat Terrorism, which brings together a worldwide collection of think tanks, academics and private business leaders to try to develop an information-sharing base that could be used to protect the world's critical infrastructures, including buildings, roads, industrial plants and computer systems related to financial institutions, from terrorist attacks.
PDT has been placed under DoD's Strategic Command, but officials in other intel agencies question whether this function belongs in the Pentagon or elsewhere.
DoD has been generous in providing general officers to help staff the new DNI offices, senior administration officials said.
A CIA official said Goss was concentrating on protecting the diminished role of the agency. (DKR)
VADM CALLAND NAMED DDCIA - President Bush has named acting Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency VADM Albert M. Calland III as permanent DDCIA, the New York Times reported on 1 July. www.nytimes.com/2005/07/01/politics/01intel.html?pagewanted=all
Calland would take up the position vacated last November by John McLaughlin.
Under the new IC structure, Calland's nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate Armed Services Committee, but not by the Senate Intelligence Committee as was required for the DDCI, according to the Times.
A 1974 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he set a record for pass receptions on the football team, he served from 2002 to 2004 as commander of the Navy Special Warfare Command a after leading Special Ops in the Middle East during the two prior years. After 9/11, he commanded more than 3,000 Special Ops forces in Afghanistan. (DKR)
CIA, FRENCH, OTHERS RUN JOINT COUNTERTERROR OPS CENTER - French intelligence, the CIA and case officers from Britain, Germany, Canada and Australia are running a joint counterterrorist operations center in Paris, the Washington Post reported on 3 July.
Known as the Alliance Base, the center is unique as a multinational body that not only shares information among countries but plans operations, the Post asserted. The existence of the Paris center had never been previously disclosed, the paper claimed in a lengthy article.
Set up in 2002 and largely funded by the agency's counterterrorist center, it is headed by a French general assigned to France's Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (General Directorate for External Security).
Elements of various national intel services opposed creation of a multinational operations center, according to current and former U.S. and European government officials. The CIA's Counterterrorist Center did not want to lose control over all counterterrorism operations; MI6 did not want to dilute its unique ties to Washington; Germany did not want to become involved in more operations.
No foreign service wished to be seen as taking direction from the CIA. As a consequence, French was chosen as the base's working language. Moreover, the base chooses a lead country for each operation, and that country's service runs the operation.
The base analyzes the movement of terrorist suspects and develops covert operations to catch or spy on them, the Post said, citing U.S. and European intel sources. Its joint efforts have resulted in identifying and tracking the vast majority of targeted jihadi militants who have been captured or killed since 9/11, terrorism experts said.
Former acting DCI John McLaughlin described the relationship between the agency and its French counterparts as one of the best in the world. "What they are willing to contribute," he said, "is extraordinarily valuable."
Despite French President Jacques Chirac's opposition to the Iraq war, there has been wide Franco-American cooperation in intel matters. Within days of 9/11, Chirac ordered French intelligence to share information about terrorism with U.S. counterparts, "as if they were your own service," according to two officials who read the president's edict.
"There's an easy exchange of information," according to Pierre de Bousquet de Florian, director of the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, the domestic intel service. "The cooperation between my service and the American service is candid, loyal and certainly effective."
The American and French contributions complement each other. The agency brings money from its ever-growing foreign liaison account, global SIGINT capabilities and worldwide ties to intelligence services. France brings tough laws, surveillance of radical Muslim groups and their networks in Arab states, and intelligence links to its former colonies with Muslim populations. (DKR)
PRC SPIES SEEK INFO ON U.S.-CANADIAN RELATIONS- Beijing cultivates informants in the Canadian Chinese community and gathers intelligence on U.S. - Canadian relations and key economic sectors, including the biopharmaceutical industry, Canadian Press reported a Chinese defector as saying. www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050701/DEFECTOR01/TPNational/Canada
Guangsheng Han, a former Public Security Bureau officer who defected while on a visit to Canada in 2001, indicated that China's preoccupation with the world's only superpower means Beijing is interested in what information it can glean concerning Canada's main ally.
Han, who supervised several labor camps and prisons, has spoken of inmates receiving electric shocks, detention for years and, in some cases, being beaten to death. Canada recently turned down his request for asylum, saying he was a willing accomplice in crimes against humanity. He is appealing against the Federal Court decision. (DKR)
GAO REPORT FINDS STATE'S PASSPORT OVERSIGHT INADEQUATE - Inadequate State Department oversight enables criminals, illegal immigrants and suspected terrorists to fraudulently obtain a passport far too easily, according to a GAO report, the New York Times reported.
The names of more than 30 fugitives, including nine murder suspects and one person on the FBI's most-wanted list, did not trigger any warnings in a test of the nation's passport processing system, federal auditors determined.
The lapses occurred because passport applications are not routinely checked against comprehensive lists of wanted criminals and suspected terrorists, according to the report, provided to the Times by an official critical of State. A suspect included in the test managed to get a passport 17 months after he was first placed on an FBI wanted list, the report said.
State too often failed to aggressively pursue leads that could allow the government to catch those selling fake identification documents essential to getting a passport, said Michael Johnson, a former State security official. (DKR)
DOD REPORT SEES GROWING THREAT FROM INSIDER ESPIONAGE - Opportunities and motivations for espionage by cleared insiders are steadily increasing, according to a study commissioned by DoD, Secrecy News reported on 30 June.
"Insiders have an unprecedented level of access to classified and proprietary information due to technological advances in information storage and retrieval," says the report, issued in May. "American employees have greater opportunity to establish contact with foreign entities and to transfer information to them through traveling internationally more often and by participating in international research and business ventures more frequently."
"Internet use is expanding globally and computer-users are becoming more culturally and linguistically diverse. The Internet can now be used to transmit massive amounts of digitized information to multiple foreign parties simultaneously, the report says. "Finally, the market for U.S. information is expanding." (DKR)
BRITISH SEEKS TO HEAD OFF REVOLT OVER ID CARDS - Home Secretary Charles Clarke is seeking to head off a growing House of Commons revolt against plans for a national ID card by indicating that the cost to individuals would be capped, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported..
Although Clarke did not set a maximum figure, it was likely to be no more than £100 ($180). He hinted ID cards could be free if they became compulsory.
As the Commons began debate on the Identity Cards Bill, there was constant criticism from members from all parties, concerned about the plans to introduce a system containing biometric information such as an iris scans and fingerprints. But the house voted to give the Bill a second reading by a majority of 31.
Clarke said ID cards would provide real benefits to the individual by limiting the scope for identity theft. He dismissed as technically incompetent a report by the London School of Economics, which predicted that the cost of introducing ID cards could be £300 ($540) per card.
The LSE report also warned that the ID cards could pose a far greater risk to the safety and security of British citizens than any of the problems it is intended to address, The Independent (London) reported.
TROUBLED HOME LIFE AS A MIRROR OF WORLD AFFAIRS - John H. Richardson, My Father the Spy: A Family History of the CIA, the Cold War, and the Sixties (HarperCollins, 336 pp. $24.95)
Richardson’s father, the protagonist of this tale, began as a left-leaning romantic but matured sufficiently to become station chief in Vienna, Manila and Saigon. The son sees his father as a decent, principled officer who coped effectively with difficult circumstances.
But home life was something else. Some readers may find less than persuasive this pairing of a waning American prestige abroad and of paternal prestige in the home. (DKR)
FDR AND HITLER’S SABOTEURS - Pierce O'Donnell, In Time of War: Hitler's Terrorist Attack on America (New Press, 426 pp. $27.95)
In 1942, U-boats landed eight German-Americans, equipped to carry out sabotage, on the U.S. coast – whereupon their leader telephoned the FBI to turn in himself and his fellows.
Franklin Roosevelt ordered a secret military trial. After three weeks of silence, the government announced that six of the defendants had been executed and the remaining two given long prison sentences. The public was pleased. (DKR)
THE FAUST OF CHEMICAL WARFARE - Daniel Charles, Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare (Ecco, 336 pp. $24.95)
Charles, a former NPR correspondent, sees Haber's life as a cautionary tale, that of a Faust willing to serve any master who could further his passion for knowledge and progress.
Haber discovered how to manufacture nitrogen-based fertilizer and so increase crop production to meet the needs of swelling populations. But he also developed poison gas, first employed for military purposes at Ypres on 22 April 1915. About a week later, Haber’s wife, a scientist believed to have opposed the use of the gas, committed suicide. (DKR)
CI CENTRE'S NEW ESPIONAGE TIMELINE POSTER NOW AVAILABLE - It was impressive the first time, and is now better than ever in this updated version. The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies has created a groundbreaking revised chart of the espionage wars of the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia from 1950 to today.
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Never before has such a complete list of Russians who spied for the West, with photos, been collected in one place. The legend also shows all the books and court affidavits used as the sources for the timeline. Only open sources were used to provide details.
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You can view all our courses and complete descriptions on our course page, or download the catalog in Adobe Acrobat format. If you are interested in having a hardcopy catalog mailed to you, please contact Tom Connolly at 703-642-7450 or email@example.com.
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'APPALLING' TRADECRAFT DEPLORED AMID CONFLICTING VERSIONS OF MILAN SNATCH - The rendition from Italy to Egypt of the Islamist cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, by alleged CIA operatives appears to have ignored the most basic rules of the spy trade, Reuters reported experts as saying.
"Instead of super-sleuths, they were like elephants stampeding through Milan. They left huge footprints," said former CIA clandestine officer Melissa Boyle Mahle.
On 23 June, an Italian magistrate issued arrest warrants for 13 U.S. intelligence operatives charged with abducting Abu Omar and flying him to Cairo. The Americans taking part in the rendition placed phone calls to CIA headquarters on unsecured lines, ran up $145,000 in bills at luxury hotels and operated so far in the open that Italian authorities were able to learn their operational identities.
“The tradecraft was beyond appalling," said an intelligence official with long experience in clandestine affairs. "I'd have to wonder if these were CIA officers trained in the clandestine arts."
The rendition has added new strains to Italo-American relations only three months after U.S. troops in Baghdad shot dead Nicola Calipari, a senior officer of SISMI, the Italian military intelligence service, in disputed circumstances. The rendition continues surrounded by contradictory versions of what happened.
Italian officials have said they had no prior knowledge of the 17 February 2003 kidnapping of the 39-year-old cleric off a Milan street.
But according to the Washington Post on 30 June, CIA veterans with a knowledge of the operation say the station chief in Rome briefed and sought approval from his counterpart at SISMI before deploying a team from the agency’s Special Activities Division to carry out the operation. The Post gave as its source for this information three otherwise unidentified CIA veterans with knowledge of the operation and a fourth who reviewed the matter after it took place.
Former and current CIA officials said the agency and SISMI agreed beforehand that if the abduction became public, neither side would confirm its involvement.
Officials involved in the Milan rendition said it was conceived by the Rome station chief, organized by the NCTC, and approved by the CIA leadership and at least one person at the NSC. The station chief has since retired but remains undercover.
In most, if not all, other post-9/11 renditions, the security service of the foreign country has picked up the target and delivered him to an agency team. In the Milan rendition, involvement of Special Activities Division personnel in the actual arrest raised the risk of disclosure,
Two of the CIA veterans said agency operatives became directly involved because by 2003 counterterrorism ops had become the main thing the CIA leadership and the White House cared about.
This account undercuts accusations in Italy that have fueled public resentment toward the United States for seemingly slipped CIA operatives into the country unannounced and uninvited to kidnap an Italian resident, the Post noted.
On 1 July, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi summoned the U.S. ambassador, Mel Sembler, and demanded that the United States show full respect for Italian sovereignty while assuring the envoy that relations between the two countries remained strong.
For his part, the ambassador told the Prime Minister that U.S. respect for Italy was complete and total, and would not be neglected in the future. (DKR)
‘TIME' TO SURRENDER NOTES ON LEAK OF CIA OPERATIVE’S IDENTITY - Time magazine, unlike the New York Times, is to comply with a court order to hand over a reporter's notes for an article that revealed the identity of Judith Plame as a CIA covert operative, AP reported on 1 July.
Time's top editor announced compliance two days after the Supreme Court rejected appeals from its White House correspondent, Matt Cooper, and New York Times reporter Judith Miller, that sought to sustain journalists' claims to the inviolable confidentiality of their sources.
Cooper and Miller were still refusing to testify and faced possible jails time.
While Supreme Court's decision would have a chilling effect on journalists' work, Time found it had no choice. "The same Constitution that protects the freedom of the press requires obedience to final decisions of the courts," Time said.
A special counsel is investigating who in the Bush administration leaked the CIA identity of Plame, a possible federal crime. The leak came within days of her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publishing an article strongly critical of the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq. (DKR)
URGENTLY SEEKING IN-HOUSE INVESTIGATOR – Counter Intelligence Services is urgently looking for -- and will train -- a man or woman with military or federal experience to handle skip tracing, asset searches, audio statements, etc. from our office in Fort Lauderdale.
Qualifications: A team player, former military or law enforcement background (PLUS), computer skills and typing skills a must! To speak clear English and have good communication skills, grammar skills and able to handle themselves well under pressure. Interested applicants should respond via phone or
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RETIRED INTEL ANALYSTS WANTED FOR PART TIME PROJECTS - KT Consulting is looking for back-up resources and individuals interested in participating in future projects requiring evaluation. A current project (now fully staffed) for the National Institute for Standards and Technology is the assessment of proprietary search engines being developed for the IC. Work is PT in phases. Pay is $29. A typical project schedule is 40 hours per assessor in Phase 1 and 60 hours in Phase 2.
For further information contact David Kresheck, Recruiting Manager, KT Consulting. Tel. 925-755-3300. www.ktconsultinginc.com
NEW POSITIONS AT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY - Vacancy announcements for positions at DHS-headquarters. These positions are also posted on www.usajobs.opm.gov
Program Analyst GS-0343-13
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IT Specialist GS-2210-11
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Security Specialist GS-0080-15
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DNI TO REVIEW CHANGES AT NGIC - DNI Negroponte will review changes made at the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center to address criticism by a presidential commission that found gross failure in the center's analysis of Iraqi arms in 2002, the Washington Post reported, citing the DDNI Hayden.
Hayden told reporters on 29 June that the NGIC, DIA's HUMINT Service and the Center for Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control would be held accountable for mistakes on prewar intelligence.
The House and Senate intelligence committees have also opened inquiries into the NGIC, according to congressional sources.
The presidential commission found that two NGIC analysts, who since 2002 have received annual performance awards, were completely wrong when they judged in September 2002 that aluminum tubes Iraq was purchasing were highly unlikely to be used for rocket motor cases. That assessment bolstered CIA contentions that the tubes were meant for nuclear centrifuges.
The NGIC said it discovered the error before the commission started its review, and instituted changes to training and procedures to improve analytic products. The two civilians responsible for the faulty tube analysis were instrumental in developing that training and procedure improvement, an Army statement said. (DKR)
FBI STING LANDS TWO QA'IDA SUPPORTERS ON TRIAL - An emergency room doctor from Florida and a jazz musician and martial arts instructor from the Bronx, taped by the FBI swearing loyalty to al-Qa'ida, pleaded not guilty in Federal District Court in Manhattan on 28 June, the New York Timex reported.
Dr. Rafiq Sabir, 50, and Tarik Shah, 42, were arrested on 28 May and held without bail. A criminal complaint charged that Sabir offered to treat wounded jihadis and that Shah offered to teach martial arts to members of al-Qa'ida. The complaint also charged that both swore a bayat, a formal oath of loyalty, to al-Qa'ida in a meeting with an undercover FBI agent that was secretly recorded. (DKR)
Queries and authors seeking assistance
WRITER SEEKS INFO ON HIS FREE FRENCH FATHER - I am a professional writer researching my parents, Louis Jean Vermorel and Cecile Jacqueline (Jackie) Rocks. Both worked in BCRAM, the intelligence and propaganda department of FFL. I am particularly interested in the wartime career of my father, a French citizen who was born in Santa Ana, Salvador 5/10/1914 and was bilingual in French and Spanish; he spoke English with a heavy accent.
I recently learned from an SOE file, held at the British Public Records Office at Kew, that he may have been trained as a "Jedburgh" commando. The SOE file has his debriefing by MI9 at the Patriotic School, Wandsworth, and notes that he was an operations officer for EMFFI, trained to use an S-phone. According to the file, "This man will eventually go on an S-phone operation over France and is being sent on this course in order to acquaint himself with S-phone apparatus and procedure."
I have further found a French web site, which shows a picture of a group of Jed's in their base bar. One of them, apparently in French Army uniform, resembles my father. The picture may be seen at jedburghs.ifrance.com/pgealbum-photo.htm The man in question is in the center.
Before he died in 1963, my father had mentioned his commando training: parachuting and so on. I also seem to recall my mother - also deceased - commenting on her anguish when he disappeared one day, rumored to have gone on mission to occupied France.
I wonder if any WINs readers could suggest how I might find any survivors or sources that could establish whether he was indeed a "Jed" and whether he was sent into occupied France?
My father was stocky, shortish (1m 63), had black hair, dark brown eyes, and a rather pronounced "Roman" nose. I can send Jpeg attachments of the picture mentioned above and a photo of my father by email in case of a firewall rejecting Jpegs.
I will be most grateful for any help. REPLIES to: Fred Vermorel firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH EMIGRATION FROM ITALY TO ISRAEL - "For my book, I seek information on Jewish emigration from Italy to Israel shortly after WW2. This occurred from Bari and smaller ports in the South. Jimmy Angleton and Helms had a hand in the movement. Grateful for any help." REPLIES to David Kenney. Lowell41@msn.com
ROBERT ANDREW COVINGTON - A retired CIA communications officer, he, died of sepsis on 29 June at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, VA. Covington, who also had Parkinson's disease, was 72, the Washington Post reported.
Covington was born in Union City, TN, and joined the Air Force in 1952, serving for four years in Alaska. After his discharge, he joined the CIA, where he worked for 31 years, serving in Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Okinawa and England. He retired in 1987 and continued to do contract work for the agency until 1989.
In 1988, he was awarded the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal, which is given for "the performance of especially commendable service or for an act or achievement significantly above normal duties which results in an important contribution to the mission of the Agency."
After retirement, he and his wife settled in Luray, where he enjoyed golfing at Luray Caverns Country Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray. He also was a member of the retired federal communications officers association.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, David Brian Covington, Jeffrey Lynn Covington and Michael Kent Covington; his mother, Opal Viola Martin Covington; four brothers; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. (DKR)
CYRILL S. GRADASOFF - Known as Mike to friends and colleagues, he died, aged 80, of a heart attack on 25 June at his home in Arlington, VA, the Washington Post reported.
Born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia, he fled with his family to Harbin, China, as a child. After his father was assassinated by Soviet agents, Gradasoff moved to Haiphong, Vietnam, to live with his mother. In Haiphong, he joined the French Foreign Legion and took part in raids against Japanese forces occupying Vietnam. He helped supply information to the U.S. Army Air Forces through a network of agents.
Imprisoned by the Japanese for 10 months, he weighed 80 pounds at the end of World War II. He made his way to Portland, OR, by way of Shanghai in late 1945, then to Berkeley, CA, where he graduated a Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California. From 1949 to 1967 and from 1969 to 1975, Gradasoff worked as a ship painter in San Francisco while also competing in pistol marksman tournaments around the country. He was designated a distinguished master by the National Rifle Association.
He worked for the CIA, his widow said, from 1967 to 1969 and again from 1975 to 1998. He used his fluency in Russian, French, English and other languages in several overseas postings and at CIA headquarters in Langley. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Lana Gradasoff of Arlington, VA. (DKR)
Sunday 10 July 05 - Lakewood, OH - AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter holds Picnic at Rocky River Yacht Club. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations to Peter Gray 216-214-2494.
21 July 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club's Falcon Room, U.S. Air Force Academy. Cost is $12.00 for a choice of beef or chicken with salad and dessert. Contact Richard Durham, phone number 719-488-2884, or e-mail at: email@example.com Reservations due [to Durham] no later than 18 July. The speaker will be Col(r) Stewart Pike, Special Forces Commander in the Horn of Africa for several years.
Thursday, 21 July 05 - FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING with Tim Naftali, author of Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism. Join the author for an informal chat and book signing from. No registration required! 12 noon - 1 pm at International Spy Museum. http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/debrief_2005_jul_21.asp
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 AFIO National President Gene Poteat will be speaking on successful spy efforts in our nation's history. To register contact Art Lindberg at 732.255.8021
Wednesday, 27 July 05 - Washington, DC - Screening - Spies on Screen - "Battle of Algiers" at 6:30 - 9:15 pm. Insurgency, bombings, a military presence from abroad: Algeria, 1957. Blood ran in the streets of Algiers when French soldiers were pitted against Algerian Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) terrorists in Algeria's fight for independence. The violence escalated as the Algerians resorted to explosives and the French responded with torture. Join Burton L. Gerber, who served 39 years as an operations officer in the CIA and was Chief of Station in three Communist countries, for a special screening of the brutally realistic 1965 film on the struggle. Gerber will draw upon his own experience to provide insight into how the French reaction to the FLN echoes the challenges that the U.S. faces in the war on terrorism and insurgency in Iraq, and what this means for an intelligence officer faced with these issues today. At International Spy Museum. Advanced registration required. http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/prog_2005_jul_27.asp
Between Iraq and a Hard Place -- the CIA, Muslim Terrorists, and the problematic Middle East
Steve Coll - Pulitzer prize winning author, associate editor of the Washington Post
Author of GHOST WARS: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction
and former CIA officer Michael F. Scheuer
former head of CIA's Osama bin Laden unit until 1999 and
Author of IMPERIAL HUBRIS:
Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
share their views, research and insights.
Space filling up fast....and limited seats remain. $35/pp prepaid. Registration form here
Tuesday, 2 August 05 - Washington, DC - Spy School Polygraph Interrogation 101 at 6:30 pm. “The problem with the world today is that nobody takes the time to do a really sinister interrogation anymore.” - James Bond in Goldeneye Spies’ lies can destroy a mission, expose an asset, or damage the credibility of important intelligence. Discovering the truth is essential, but how can an interrogator outwit a wily spy? Join John F. Sullivan, who wrote Of Spies and Lies: A CIA Lie Detector Remembers Vietnam, as he exposes the secrets of the polygraph - its history, uses, and abuses. Sullivan, who entered the CIA Interrogation Research Branch in 1968, spent four years in Vietnam in the early 1970s, and then rejoined the Polygraph Division from which he retired in 1999 as a senior polygraph examiner. Although the polygraph has become increasingly controversial, Sullivan will reveal how the powerful combination of artful interrogation and sensitive machinery helped him catch seven double agents and hundreds of criminals. Once you’re versed in lie-detection, you’ll join Sullivan in an interrogation and assessment of two “highly suspicious” characters. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required! http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/prog_2005_aug_02.asp
Saturday, 6 August 05 - Glen Burnie, MD - US Army Special Operations Detachment/US Army Foreign Counterintelligence Activity Reunion. A reunion of all former and current military and civilian members of the US Army Foreign Counterintelligence Activity (FCA), formerly the US Army Special Operations Detachment (SOD), will be held in Glen Burnie, MD. SOD was formed at Fort Meade, MD, in July 1974 as the Army’s national level counterespionage organization. The unit became FCA in 1985. Contact Nancy Gulley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-674-7255; mailing address: 486 Williamsburg Lane, Odenton, MD 21113 for more information on the reunion.
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.
Thursday, 25 August 05 - Washington, DC - Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage, by Stephen Budiansky. Free Lunchtime author debriefing and book signing at Spy Museum; 12 noon to 1 pm. Elizabethan England was a hotbed of intrigue, conspiracy, and political skulduggery. Catholic Spain and France - not to mention Mary Queen of Scots - were all threats to Queen Elizabeth’s position and power. Excessive vigilance and extreme tactics were the order of the day. Elizabeth I’s chief aid in the struggle to keep her place on the throne was Sir Francis Walsingham, her principal secretary and England’s first spymaster. In his latest book, journalist and military historian Stephen Budiansky unveils Walsingham’s pioneering use of double agents, code breaking, and disinformation in defense of his queen. No registration required. http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/debrief_2005_aug_25.asp
31 August -- 2 September 05 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh International Spy Conference - The theme of the third annual conference, a joint effort by Raleigh's Metro Magazine and the North Carolina Museum of History, is Old Spies, New Threats. Keynote speaker will be Ronald Radosh, author of the newly released Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance With the Left. Other speakers are: -- Harvey Klehr, co-author of In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage. speaking on "Was Joe McCarthy Right: What New Evidence From Secret Archives Say About Soviet Espionage in America;" -- John Earl Haynes, co-author of In Denial, on the damage caused by Soviet manipulation of the Communist Party U.S.A. from the 1930s to 1945; -- I.C. Smith, author of Inside: A Top G-Man Exposes Spies, Lies and Bureaucratic Bungling Inside the FBI, on Chinese espionage in the United States; -- Nigel West, author of Venona: The Greatest Secret of the Cold War, on the latest revelations of Soviet espionage; -- Steve Usdin, author of the new book Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley, on the story of two Rosenberg spy ring members who fled to the Soviet Union to help build a city dedicated to microelectronics and computing. The conference fee is $250 per registrant. Reduced registration is $175 for seniors (55 or over) and $145 for educators, students and IC members. The fee includes all sessions, the keynote address and a ticket for an evening gala on 1 Sept. Additional gala tickets are available to conference attendees for $30. For registration information, access www.raleighspyconference.com, call Brooke Eidenmiller at 919-807-7875 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hotel information is available at www.raleighspyconference.com.
10 September 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting.Speaker TBA. RSVP for details to Quiel Begonia at email@example.com
11 September 05 - Madison, OH - AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter hosts picnic at Chuck and Gretchen Reed's. Reservations needed by 7 September to Howard or Veronica Flint at 440-338-4720.
15-18 September 05 - Great Lakes, IL - The AFIO Midwest Chapter will hold its 13th consecutive 2-day Fall Symposium at the Great Lakes Naval Base, with briefings and presentations. Details will follow in coming weeks. Quarters will again at the Great Lakes Naval Lodge. All meetings and meals will be at the Port O'Call, the old Officer's Club.
Friday, 16 September 05 - New York, NY - AFIO Metro New York Chapter holds evening meeting at the "Society of Illustrators" building at 128 East 63rd Street in Manhattan. Speaker: David Hunt, retired CIA officer, on "Corporate Espionage - Who is Stealing America's Secrets and Why and How They Are Doing It." Details and time to follow. Questions to Jerry Goodwin, 212-308-1450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
7 October 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium - Tysons Corner Holiday Inn.
12 - 16 October 05 - Arlington, VA - 101-OSS Association and the OSS Society Reunion is being held at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel. Cost: $100/pp. The program and speakers are still in planning stages. RESERVATIONS: 101-OSS members send check to Dennis F. Klein, 1307 Crocus Cove, Cedar Park, TX 78613-4267 or phone 1-512-918-0690. OSS Society members email OSSSociety@aol.com
**** 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
13- 14 December 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 email@example.com or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6219 or (703) 631-6219. Website Address: http://www.afcea.org/events/fallintel/
27-28 January 06 - Springfield, VA - Conference on "INTELLIGENCE AND ETHICS" at The Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics (JSCOPE). Runs from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Intelligence practitioners and civilian scholars discuss and present Academic Papers, conduct Working Groups, present Case Histories and Testimonies, and hold Dinner and Luncheon Discussions on the emerging field of "Intelligence Ethics" which to many academicians does not have civilian/academic input and expertise. It is the goal of this conference to establish the first international meeting of civilian and military intelligence professionals, educators and those with academic perspectives in national security, philosophy, law, history, psychology, theology and human rights. The Intelligence Ethics Section seeks voices from all ranks and areas of intelligence and are soliciting contributions and participation from all interested parties and perspectives. More information at http://eli.sdsu.edu/ethint
17-20 February -06 - Arlington, VA - The Intelligence Summit™ 2006 -to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA. This new event will bring together the international intelligence agencies from the free nations of the world in a non-partisan, non-profit educational conference on neutral ground. "Intelligence today embraces more than the civilian and military agencies of the federal intelligence community. In this age of terrorism, it is critically important for state and local law enforcement to know how and where to obtain intelligence, and to whom it should be forwarded. Corporate and private-sector intelligence managers face new and diverse challenges, from defending against economic espionage to creating new technology to meet intelligence's future needs. Many members of the press (and even a few members of Congress) lack the depth of knowledge in intelligence which is necessary to deal with, and resolve, its complex issues. The same is true for non-governmental organizations, the academic community, media, and ethnic and religious organizations. All of these diverse components of the intelligence domain will come together at the Intelligence Summit." The sponsors of the event have offered AFIO members a 10% discount off the website price if the voucher code "AS10" is entered in the special discount field on the online reservation form. For more information to attend or to be an exhibitor, visit: http://www.intelligencesummit.org/about.php or write to them at The Intelligence Summit, 535 Central Ave Ste 316, St Petersburg, FL 33701. Also visit their news pages for some good links to current breaking intelligence news: http://www.intelligencesummit.org/news/
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