AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #31-05 dated 15 August 2005

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Coming Events 

         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
13 September 05 - Washington, DC - A Family Affair: The Tradecraft Secrets of the Walker Spy Ring
         13 September 05 - Virginia - Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, VA - NIF Golf Tournament
         15-18 September 05 - Great Lakes, IL - The AFIO Midwest Chapter will hold its 13th consecutive 2-day Fall Symposium

15 September 05 - Washington, DC - The German Historical Institute is holding a symposium
         16 September 05 - New York, NY - AFIO - New York Metropolitan Chapter hosts evening event on "Corporate Espionage
         27-28 September - Washington, D.C. - Eisenhower National Security Series Conference
         29 September 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts meeting
         16 September 05 - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter holds evening meeting
29 September 05 -  Washington, DC - The KGB and the Battle for the Third World - Christopher Andrew Book Signing
         22 September 05 - Washington, DC - What Stalin Knew - The Enigma of Barbarossa - David Murphy Book Signing

         6 October 05 - Washington, DC - Exploring Q�s World: Where Fact and Fiction Collide
         7 October 05 - Tysons Corner, VA - NIP Annual Meeting & Symposium
         12-16 October 05 - Arlington, VA - 101-OSS Association and OSS Society Reunion
14-15 October 05 - Fredericton, Canada - Terrorism in History - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
27-28 October 05 - Lincoln, NH - Naval Cryptologic Veterans Reunion

         28 - 30 October 05 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration at FBI Headquarters and 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
9 November 05; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Driving Force: Terrorist Motivation, Past and Present
16 November 05; 7 � 10 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum Dinner with Kremlin Spy Oleg Kalugin

         3 December 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
         5-7 December 05 - Chantilly, VA � The MASINT Association 4th Annual MASINT Conference
         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



IRANIAN DANGER MAY SURPASS SUNNI INSURGENCY -, in a lengthy article posted on 14 August, reports some US officials are worried about a potentially greater challenge from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq than from the Sunni Arab insurgency that until now has been the main source of violence against US, coalition and Iraqi government personnel.,9171,1093747,00.html 
The Time article follows SecDef Rumsfeld pointing the finger at Iran last week when he said, "It is true that weapons clearly, unambiguously, from Iran have been found in Iraq."
Time says it carried out an investigation based on documents smuggled out of Iran and dozens of interviews with US, British and Iraqi intelligence officials, as well as an Iranian agent, armed dissidents and Iraqi militia and political allies.
The investigation revealed Iranian activities for gaining influence in Iraq that in scope and ambition rival those of the US and its allies, especially in Shi�i southern Iraq. �There is a gnawing worry within some intelligence circles that the failure to counter Iranian influence may come back to haunt the US and its allies, if Shi'ite factions with heavy Iranian backing eventually come to power and provoke the Sunnis to revolt,� Time writes. It quotes a British MI officer, commenting on the relative inattention paid to Iranian meddling, as saying, "It's as though we are sleepwalking."
Time�s account includes a description of a network of Iraqi Arabs, in the service of the Iranian regime that has for the past eight months employed new, more destructive roadside bombs, armed with shaped charges, against US targets. The group has carried out at least 37 attacks so far this year in Baghdad alone.
The network is believed to consist of some 280 Shi'i Arabs, divided into 17 bomb-making teams and death squads and led by a man known as Abu Mustafa al-Sheibani. The network was set up by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. [The IRGC is part of the hard-line core of the regime headed by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and, through its Quds forces, is responsible for training foreign militants used in operations outside Iran. � Ed.]
According to the MI document obtained by Time, Sheibani's group was trained in Shia areas of Lebanon, the Madina al-Sadr slum district in Baghdad, [controlled by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr], and in what the document calls another country [meaning Iran].
Iraq's Shi'i leaders, including Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, have tried to forge a strategic alliance with Tehran, even seeking to have Iranians recognized as a minority group under Iraq's proposed constitution. "We have to think anything we tell or share with the Iraqi government ends up in Tehran," Time quotes a Western diplomat as saying.
The Iranian program is as impressive as it is comprehensive, and includes businesses, front companies, religious groups, NGOs, aid for schools and universities and Tehran-funded broadcast and print outlets. A 2003 Supreme National Security Council memo, smuggled out of Iran, suggests the Iranian Red Crescent has coordinated its activities through the IRGC.
Top intelligence officials have sought to play down any state-sponsored role by Tehran in directing violence against the coalition, Time says. [This raises the question of how and why Time was able to obtain MI documents and cooperation from intel officers, enabling it to draw up a forceful account of Iranian activities in Iran. Although largely ignored by the media and at least in public by the IC, it was known to observers from at least September 2001 that Iran facilitated the implantation, and then kept supplied, a Sunni Islamist group in Iraqi Kurdistan. Known as Ansar al-Islam, it conducted military and terrorist attacks, including assassinations, against the pro-Western, secular Kurdish authorities. The current Ansar al-Sunnah, active in Iraq and elsewhere and aligned with the Jordanian Islamist jihadi, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, derived in part from Ansar al-Islam. Time reports, somewhat belatedly, that the Iranian regime had planned intervention in Iraq well before the US invasion. � Ed.] (DKR)

US WARNS BRITS TO EXPECT GASOLINE TANKER ATTACKS - US intelligence has warned Britain that al-Qa�ida terrorists are plotting to drive hijacked fuel tankers into gas stations in an effort to cause mass casualties in London and US cities in the next few weeks, the Sunday Times (London) reported on 14 August.,,20871734148,00.html
The warning, contained in a DHS bulletin issued last week, says the attacks aim to create catastrophic damage at about the time of the fourth anniversary of 9/11. The warning came as it was learned that Britain�s Department for Transport had for the first time issued guidelines ordering a tightening of security around the road tanker fleet.
The US warning has been circulated among law enforcement agencies and fuel transport agencies. The report says al-Qa�ida leaders plan to employ various types of fuel trucks as vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) in an effort to cause mass casualties in London as well as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It is unclear whether the attacks were to occur simultaneously or be spread over a period of time. The stated goal is the collapse of the US economy.
The document suggests the attacks will involve suicide drivers: �Some of the vehicles used will be hijacked. The type of vehicle may be anything from gasoline tanker trucks to trucks hauling oxygen and gas cylinders. Water trucks filled with gasoline or other highly combustible material may also be used. The detonation of the vehicles will be carried out by driving them into gas stations or ramming explosive-laden vehicles into the trucks carrying the fuel.�
Gas tankers have been employed as bombs in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
The document may be seen at,,2087-1733874_1,00.html  (DKR)


FBI CRACK DOWN ON CHINESE SPIES - The FBI is deploying hundreds of new agents across America to crack down on spying by a small army of Chinese spies who are stealing information designed to kick-start high-tech military and business programs, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported on 11 August. 
The new counter-intelligence strategy reflects growing alarm at the damage being done by spies hidden among the 700,000 Chinese visitors entering the US each year.
China is the biggest espionage threat to the US today, according to David Szady, assistant director of the bureau�s counterintelligence division.
Officers said the campaign to close down China's wide-ranging espionage effort was now one of the major intelligence priorities after the struggle against terrorism.
The task is made difficult by a variety of factors. These include the sheer number of Chinese nationals in the United States, linguistic and cultural differences that help insulate Chinese agents from detection and the diffuse nature of the threat: the spying is generally carried out by amateur agents working for Chinese intelligence and for the country's burgeoning business sector. (DKR)

TAJIK OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS RUSSIANS CARRIED OUT RENDITION - A Tajik opposition leader, Makhmadruzi Iskandarov, currently on trial in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, charges he was the object of a rendition by Russian police who seized him in the Moscow suburb of Korolyov on 15 April, the Washington Post reported.
Iskandarov, leader of the Tajikistan Democratic Party, is accused of involvement in terrorism and creating an illegal armed group. His trial began on 2 August. He denies all charges against him.
[The TDP denounced the charges as part of efforts by the authoritarian Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov to eliminate political rivals prior to presidential elections next year. � Ed.] Iskandarov�s accusation of rendition were conveyed through his Russian lawyer, Anna Stavitskaya. She told the press:
"Do I have absolute proof that he was kidnapped by the Russian authorities? No. But without the participation of the Russian security services, his transport would not have been possible."
Iskandraov spent four months in a Russian jail before being released on 4 April after the Russian prosecutor general's office denied an extradition request by the Tajik government. Late in the evening of 15 April, as he walked near the apartment of a friend with whom he was staying, Iskandarov says, two Russian policemen and a group of plainclothes agents surrounded him, handcuffed him and forced him into a car. He was driven a short distance to a sauna and on the following night handed over to a second group of men in a nearby forest.
"Those new men put a mask on my face and an additional mask on my eyes and kept me there handcuffed for about an hour," said Iskandarov in a statement. His captors, he said, spoke Russian without an accent.
Iskandarov was then driven for about 30 minutes to an airport, put on a plane and the following morning reached Dushanbe, still masked.
Russian human rights groups cited other cases in which suspects have been subjected to renditions over the past two years. Some were sent to Uzbekistan, also the destination of some suspects seized by U.S. agents. (DKR)


DHS TO HELP IDENTIFY TRANSPORT VULNERABILITIES - DHS has announced plans to set up a free Web site that will allow owners and operators of transport systems to voluntarily assess their security protections against terrorist attacks and receive recommendations on how to make improvements, reported on 11 August.
DHS is seeking public and industry comment on the proposed Vulnerability Identification Self-Assessment Tool and has asked OMB for emergency processing and approval authority to facilitate developing it.
TSA would manage the tool that would be free to users. OMB comments are due by 9 September. (DKR)

ITALIAN GOVERNMENT PLACES $15 MILLION ORDER FOR ID CARDS - California-based LaserCard says it has received purchase orders from the Italian government of $7 million for biometric cards for Italian nationals and $8 million for foreigner ID cards, reported on 10 August.,39024677,39151228,00.htm
Each card has a one-megabyte optical memory stripe that will be used to store the owner's facial image, digitized signature and fingerprint.
The Italian government plans to issue every adult in the country with a biometric ID card within six years. LaserCard said the new ID cards will be delivered to Italy this December. (DKR)

DOD INVITATION TO HACKERS - "If you want to work on cutting-edge problems, if you want to be part of the truly great issues of our time ... we invite you to work with us," Assistant Secretary of Defense Linton Wells told hackers at a recent Defcon meeting in Las Vegas, Reuters reported on 14 August.
Wells didn't exactly blend in at Defcon, an annual gathering of computer-security experts and teen-age troublemakers that celebrates the cutting edge of security research. Defcon was named as a spoof on DoD's code for military readiness derived from "defense condition."
Feds have been a part of the Defcon audience since its inception in 1992, though they are required to stay at off-site hotels to avoid some of the wilder goings-on. Along with recruiting, the conference gives federal officials a chance to develop sources and keep up with new research.
Some Defcon staffers even hold down day jobs with the NSA, according to Reuters, and Richard Thieme, a technology commentator, says, "I talked at the Pentagon, and one-third of the people in the audience I already knew from Defcon." (DKR)



EXPLAINING SUICIDE TERRORISM - Mia Bloom, Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (Columbia University Press, 280pp. $24.95)
Bloom, a political scientist at the University of Cincinnati, provides a comprehensive study of the historical roots and contemporary motivations of suicide terror. In so doing she ranges from the Zealots of first-century Judea to the Japanese kamikaze of WWII before moving on to the Omagh bombing in 1998, a public relations disaster for the IRA, and the activities of Chechens, Turkish Kurds, Palestinians and Tamils.
She concludes with a clear-eyed consideration of the possibility of suicide bombings on US territory. (DKR)

THE LIFE OF A WELL-BORN, WELL-CONNECTED US TRAITOR - Roland Perry, The Life of Michael Straight, the Only American in Britain's Cambridge Spy Ring (Da Capo. 395 pp. $27.50)
Straight was rich, handsome, charming, politically ambitious and a traitor. His early patrons were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. He became editor of the New Republic, founded by his mother. He is said to have had a flirtation with Jackie Kennedy when she was first lady and later married her half sister, Nina Auchincloss Steers). In the Nixon years he was an arts administrator. And all the while, since attending Cambridge University in the 1930s, he was a committed Communist and covert agent of the KGB.
Perry has written a damning biography of the only American, recruited by the notorious Anthony Blunt, who joined the ranks of Philby, Burgess and Maclean, the British Cambridge men become Soviet spies. (DKR)

AFIO MEMBER ON INTEL IN THE RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR - Jamie Bisher, White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian (Taylor & Francis Group, 552 pp, 20 photos and maps, $125)
AFIO member Bisher tells the story of a fugitive Cossack captain who, in the last days of 1917, brashly led nervous followers into a mutinous garrison town on Russia's frontier with Manchuria. Thus began the frenzied rise and fall of Captain Grigori Semenov and his fellow Cossack atamans who became warlords along the Trans-Siberian Railroad during the revolutionary upheaval of 1918-1922.
Bisher, however, writes not just the history of an armed struggle, but also delves into the intelligence and counterintelligence aspects of the Russian Civil War in the Far East. Not only were White, Red and Cossack splinter groups involved; so were the Japanese and U.S. armies and intelligence. (DKR)


NIE FINDS NEAR-TERM CHANGE IN IRAN UNLIKELY -A National Intelligence Estimate, prepared last spring, warned that Iran is not in a pre-revolutionary state, that near-term regime change appeared unlikely and that the Tehran regime could be entrenched for years to come, Newsweek reported officials familiar with the report as saying.
The National Intelligence Council produced the NIE at the same time it sent out a second classified report about Iran's nuclear program. The analysts noted that Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad, who was Tehran's mayor at the time of the NIE's publication, might have a surprisingly strong following among poor Iranians because of his reputation as an anticorruption campaigner. (DKR)

SEN. SPECTER�S CRITICISM SPURS TENSIONS OVER FBI - Disputes Between DoJ and Sen. Arlen Specter over the FBI's performance, leadership vacancies and management issues are spurring tensions at a time when the department is seeking to remake its antiterrorism operations, according to the New York Times on 15 August.
Specter, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview on 12 August that he was deeply dissatisfied with the pace of reforms at the bureau and that he hoped the DNI�s role in overseeing its terrorism operations would spur greater DoJ accountability.
"When you have all these issues where the FBI has not performed, there's no doubt that the director is on the spot," he said in perhaps his harshest criticism to date of Director Mueller's performance. "He's not responsible for 9/11 - the problems came before his watch - but that was four years ago, and we've expected a lot of things to happen since then that have not happened."
Mueller, who took over just days before 9/11, has generally earned high praise from legislators for seeking to expand the bureau's intelligence and antiterrorism capabilities and has successfully resisted calls for the creation of a new domestic intelligence service.
According to the Times, the comments by Specter and other lawmakers in recent weeks could signal a shift in perceptions after recent run-ins between them and the bureau. Among issues that have divided them are the failure of the bureau's $170 million software overhaul, after Mueller�s repeated assertions that it was on track, as well as FBI turf battles with immigration agents, questions about the training and experience of bureau counterterrorism supervisors, and complaints from lawmakers who learned that Mueller had not been writing or reviewing written Congressional responses that bore his name.
A bureau official said on 14 August that, �We have a lot of people going after us lately, but it's not like we haven't made an amazing transformation. This is not the same agency it was four years ago."
DoJ officials said they were confident the bureau was making strong progress in bolstering its counterterrorism operations, with new personnel moves announced last week as part of a major restructuring. They added that they had full confidence in Mueller's ability to reshape the agency. (DKR)

FRENCH SAID TO HAVE WARNED OF LONDON ATTACKS - French intelligence issued a report shortly before the 7 July London suicide bombings saying al-Qa�ida planned to attack Britain and would use Britain's large Pakistani community to strike, the Paris daily Le Figaro reported on 8 August.
A report by the Direction centrale des renseignements generaux said monitoring France's Pakistani community was vital if the country was to avoid violence, the newspaper said.
Written in late June, the 20-page report on the Pakistani community in France said "the United Kingdom remains threatened by plans decided at the highest level of al Qaeda...
"They will be carried out by agents who will take advantage of the pro-jihad sympathies within the large Pakistani community in the United Kingdom." Three of the four bombers who carried out the attacks were Britons of Pakistani origin. The blasts killed 56 people including the four bombers. (DKR)


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TAD NEEDS IT PROFESSIONALS WITH SECRET CLEARANCE - TAD Technical has ten openings for certified IT professionals with active SECRET or higher clearance for a 3+ month desktop/laptop installation/replacement project in Portsmouth, NH.
Clearances which have been inactive for two years or less can be reactivated for this position. This project is scheduled to start on Monday, 15 August and is a night shift position (11 pm - 8:30 am). Mileage reimbursement is available for those who live more than 50 miles from the project location.
Project Overview: This project is a comprehensive, enterprise-wide initiative that will make the full range of network-based information services available to Sailors and Marines for day-to-day activities and in war. This project will give the Navy and Marine Corps secure, universal access to integrated voice, video and data communications. It will afford pier-side connectivity to Navy vessels in port. And it will link more than 360,000 desktops across the United States as well as sites in Puerto Rico, Iceland and Cuba.
If you or someone you know is interested in the above, and currently holds a SECRET or higher security clearance (or within the last 2 years), please send an updated resume via email to  for immediate consideration.
Thank you for your interest, The TAD Technical Team


FBI NAMES NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION HEAD - On 12 August, the FBI announced the appointment of Gary M. Bald, chief of the counterterrorism division, to head its newly created division on national security, a position that the Bush administration views as critical to bolstering antiterrorism efforts, the New York Times reported.
The new division, created in June, is intended to break down walls that officials say have hindered the sharing of intelligence information.
Also appointed as Bald�s deputy was Philip Mudd, currently deputy head of the CIA counterterrorism center.
The new FBI division falls under the overall supervision of DNI Negroponte.
Bald has come under fire in Congress and elsewhere for what critics see as a lack of sufficient training in Middle Eastern affairs. Mudd, however, is regarded as possessing expertise in that area.
Neither appointment requires Senate confirmation. (Cameron LC, DKR)

DNI SPOKESMAN MOVES TO ACADEMIA - Robert Callahan, spokesman for DNI Negroponte for the past few weeks, is leaving that post to teach at George Washington University, the Washington Post reported on 15 August.
Callahan is a career foreign service officer who served in Latin America with Negroponte years ago and was brought to Baghdad last year to be Negroponte�s spokesman at the embassy there.
The Post says Callahan may be succeeded by NSA Director of Public Affairs Judi Emmel.
Also on the security front, Maureen A. Baginski, FBI executive assistant director for intelligence for the past two years, is retiring from government service but will be a senior adviser to the agency. (EAB, DKR)

GOSS NAMES DEPUTY SCIENCE DIRECTOR - CIA Director Goss has appointed Stephanie L. O'Sullivan as Deputy Director for Science and Technology, the agency announced on 12 August.
O'Sullivan had served as Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology since June 2003. Before joining the Agency in 1995, she led a variety of research and development programs for the Office of Naval Intelligence. (DKR)


DON�T CONNECT CIA TO PERSONAL OPINIONS � Tom P. writes re. �CIA VET GERECHT�S CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC IRAQI ANALYSIS� in Weekly Intelligence Notes #30-05 dated 8 August 2005:
Gerecht is referred to as a "CIA veteran." I believe it is a mistake to connect the CIA to personal opinions of a person who consistently identified with a certain political line, which may or may not be correct. The American Enterprise Institute and Wall Street Journal are not necessarily voices for constructive policies in the Middle East. Gerecht has been an early advocate of regime change in Iraq and has similar ideas for Iran. It would seem better if his views were disseminated by AFIO without reference to the CIA or were counter-balanced with the views of CIA veterans with operational experience. It seems doubtful to me that CIA veterans would necessarily agree or would wish to disseminate Gerecht's particular one side of a story.


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "FLYING A U-2" AND BRIEFLY FLYING IN ONE � In �U-2 VET RECOUNTS HISTORY OF DRAGON LADY DOWN TO TODAY,� Books, AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #30-05 dated 8 August 2005, author Chris Pocock was incorrectly said to have flown the U-2. Rather, he flew in one prior to writing his book. The correction to the record is appreciated. (William H., DKR) .


CHARLES M. ENGLISH - A multilingual CIA officer who worked under cover, died on 9 August, aged 86, at his vacation home in Raymond, ME. He had pulmonary fibrosis and had had a stroke, the Washington Post reported.
A doctoral student in linguistics at the University of Wisconsin, he was drafted into the Army in 1942. Soon assigned to the OSS, he then joined the agency in 1947 when it was formed.
English knew 10 languages so proficiently, his son Charles said, that he could do crossword puzzles in them. He used his linguistic facility during 17 years of overseas postings.
After moving to Belgrade in the late 1940s and learning Serbo-Croatian, he established the agency's first station in Yugoslavia. He spent five years in Munich on the Russian desk of Radio Liberty and seven years as director of the US defector program in Germany. On retirement in 1979, he was awarded the CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
He was born in Newburyport, MA, and graduated from high school in Wilmington, VT, in 1935. He did an additional year of studies at Deerfield Academy before entering Middlebury College in Vermont, from which he graduated in 1940 as class valedictorian. He received a master's degree in French from the University of Wisconsin in 1941.
After retiring from the CIA, he worked as a substitute teacher of French, Spanish and Latin, as well as English as a second language, in Virginia�s Fairfax County public schools.
The son of a minister, English was active in the Christian Church denomination, which later became part of the United Church of Christ. He established an English-language Sunday school in Yugoslavia and served as a lay minister in military chapels overseas and at churches near his summer home in Maine.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marjorie Wadsworth English; three children, Cathryn Reed, Ralph English and Charles M. English Jr.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. (DKR)

Coming Events


18 August 05 - Arlington, VA - CONFERENCE ON DEFENSE AGAINST INSIDER THREAT – IT*Security Magazine and Homeland Defense Journal invite you to attend a training conference on defense against insider threat. Learn the latest research into sensitive and/or private data loss and best practices for internal security at the conference being held at the Holiday Inn Arlington.  New research by IT*Security Magazine’s Executive Editor Dan Verton, as well as detailed case studies from the front lines and groundbreaking new technology developments designed to help organizations weed out malicious insiders, will be presented for the first time. Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Terry Gudaitis, Managing Director of Fraud and Incident Response Services and Director of Open Source Intelligence for Trusted Insight (former CIA Operations Officer and Behavioral Profiler). � Tom Kellermann, Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of Cybrinth LLC (Former Sr. Data Risk Management Specialist for the World Bank) � Michael Kern, Senior Analyst, SITE Institute  � Eileen Kowalski, Threat Assessment Specialist, National Threat Assessment Center, U.S. Secret Service � Dana Lesemann, VP and Deputy General Counsel, Stroz Friedberg  � Andrew Moore, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, CERT Coordination Center, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; � Dan Verton, Vice President & Executive Editor, IT*Security Magazine. Invited Speakers: Ron Dick, Director of National Security and Foreign Affairs, Computer Science Corporation (Former Director of National Infrastructure Protection Center)  Andy Purdy, Acting Director National Cyber Security Division, DHS   Registration Fee  � Industry: $395 per person  � Small Business: $295 per person  � Government: $245 per person  For registration information, contact Stacy Dellinger, (703) 807-2753 or   (DKR)


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 skullduggery. 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.


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, FBI Senior Official (ret) and 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, call Brooke Eidenmiller at 919-807-7875 or e-mail Hotel information is available at


10 September 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Speaker TBA. RSVP for details to Quiel Begonia at


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.


12-15 September 2005 - Orlando, FL - ASIS, 51st Annual Seminar & Exhibits


13 September 05 - Washington, DC - A Family Affair: The Tradecraft Secrets of the Walker Spy Ring  - 6:30 � 9:15 pm. When a cash-strapped warrant officer volunteered U.S. Naval secrets to the Soviets in 1967, he launched one of the most notorious and damaging spy rings in U.S. history. John Walker, a communications specialist, recruited his brother, his son, and his friend and colleague Jerry Whitworth to supply the Soviet Union with Naval decoding keys to more than one million top secret messages. Join espionage author and historian H. Keith Melton and FBI counterintelligence expert Gerald B. Richards at this International Spy Museum event, as they reveal the story of the spy ring�s tradecraft, operations, motivations, and ultimate downfall. You�ll follow Walker�s final dead drop sequence via satellite photography and probe the depth of the damage the ring inflicted. Tickets: $15� Advance registration required at 


13 September - Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, VA - NIF Golf Tournament - Net proceeds from the 15th annual Naval Intelligence Foundation Golf Tournament will benefit the NIF Scholarship Fund and Awards Program.  Format: Scramble/Captain's Choice  Check-In: 8:00 a.m. - Registration, coffee and danish  Shotgun Start: 9:00 a.m.  Entry Fee: Single $80 Foursome $300. Lunch and door prizes only: $40.  Entry Fee Includes: Golf Power Cart Closest-to-Pin Longest Drive Lunch  Coffee and Danish Door Prizes On-the-Course Soft Drinks  Prizes to Top Teams Unlimited Practice Range Balls Prior to Tee Off  Corporate Sponsor: $400 * 4 entries for golf  * Hole sponsorship with tee box identification  * Recognition in published program 
         To reach the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, take Rte 66 West to Exit 6 (the 2nd Front Royal exit). Then right on Route 522 North. From Route 522 turn right at the first light (Warren County Fairgrounds) onto Route 661. Go 2 miles, turn left, at stop sign, onto Route 658. Go 3/4 mile to Shenandoah Valley Golf Club on the right) For entry forms contact Peter Buchan (540) 671-4435, Entry Deadline: September 1, 2005. (DKR)


Thursday, 15 September 05 - Washington, DC - The German Historical Institute is holding a symposium from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. The symposium's two panels will examine cooperation with the organization of General Reinhard Gehlen on the part of U.S. Army intelligence from 1945 to 1949 and the Central Intelligence Agency from 1949 to 1956, including controversial issues such as Gehlen's use of members of Nazi organizations. Panelists include historians and retired CIA members. The GHI welcomes participation by AFIO members. Those wishing to receive an invitation should contact before September 10: Robert Gerald Livingston, Senior Visiting Fellow at the GHI. E-mail: Details are also available from Baerbel Thomas at the GHI. E-mail:  The event will take place at the GHI office at 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW -- two blocks northeast of Dupont Circle.

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  on "Corporate Espionage: Who is Stealing America's Secrets - Why and How They are Doing It." Speaker is David Hunt, retired senior officer of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, where he served for 32 years. Hunt was posted to many stations, and has particular expertise in Soviet operations, European affairs and counterintelligence. He was COS in New York City and Mogadishu, and holds the Donovan Award for Excellence as well as the Agency's Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Location: Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd Street, Manhattan (Between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue)
         TIME: Registration 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.; program runs 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. including forty-five minutes for refreshments.  COST: $45 pp, includes meeting and refreshments, payable at door in cash or check. Payable in advance by check to Chapter President, Jerry Goodwin, AFIO - New York Metropolitan Chapter, 530 Park Ave 15B, New York, NY 10021. Questions? Call 212-308-1450 or email


Thursday, 22 September 05; 12 noon � 1 pm - Washington, DC - Why did Stalin trust Hitler? Despite the fact that Soviet intelligence knew the date, time, and location of Germany�s planned invasion of the Soviet Union, Stalin was convinced that Hitler would not attack. Former CIA chief of Soviet operations and onetime chief of the CIA�s Berlin base, David E. Murphy, plumbed the archival record to get to the bottom of the intelligence war between Stalin and Hitler. Using the stories of three intelligence officers caught up in the Soviet system, Murphy exposes Stalin�s colossal blunder, one of World War II�s greatest mysteries. Free! No registration required! More information at 


27-28 September 05  - Washington, D.C. - Eisenhower National Security Series Conference - The Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Conference is being held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Online registration is now available at
         The theme : Shaping National Security - National Power in an International World. Speakers include: Secretary Rice (invited); Rep. Ike Skelton, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee; HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, Carlos Pascual, Coordinator, Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization, U.S. Department of State; and Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru.
         There will be four panel discussions: Power and National Sovereignty, co-sponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy; Nongovernmental and Humanitarian Organizations in the New Security Environment, co-sponsored by the Center for Humanitarian Cooperation; The Intelligence Challenge -- Understanding and Preventing Strategic Surprises, co-sponsored by The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh; and Understanding the Nexus of Proliferation and Terrorism, co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Information and updates concerning speakers, panels, schedules and fees can be found at


29 September 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:  Reservations due [to Durham] no later than 18 September. The speaker will be Captain[Ret] Bill Fernow, USN who served as CO on a nuclear submarine.


Thursday, 29 September 05; 12 noon � 1 pm - Washington, DC - The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World.  Newly Revealed Secrets from the Mitrokhin Archive. The KGB believed that the Third World was the key to winning the Cold War, and now their secret operations and plans are revealed thanks to renowned intelligence historian and International Spy Museum board member Christopher Andrew. With exclusive access to legendary Russian defector Vasili Mitrokhin and his archive of secret KGB documents�smuggled out when he escaped to the West�Andrew provides the complete story of the KGB�s vast operations from the Middle East to Latin America, Africa, and India. Free. No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Further information at 


Thursday, 6 October 05 - Washington, DC - Exploring Q�s World: Where Fact and Fiction Collide - 6:30 pm. Spies rely on gadgets and gizmos in the world of spy fiction, but what about real operatives in the field? Join pop spy fiction expert Danny Biederman and Robert W. Wallace, former director of the CIA�s Office of Technical Service, as they explore fantasy versus reality in the world of spy gear. Biederman will tell tales of the extraordinary television and movie props in the new exhibit "Spy Treasures of Hollywood: Highlights from the Danny Biederman Spy-Fi collection," and Wallace will reveal how the boundaries blur when spy fiction raises the bar for real technology at the agency. This International Spy Museum program includes a sneak peek at the exhibition. Tickets: $15. Advance registration required at 


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 


14-15 October 05 - New Brunswick, CANADA - Terrorism in History - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton - The 25th Annual Conflict Studies Conference will be devoted to the Strategic Impact of Terrorism from Sarajevo 1914 to 9/11. Bruce Hoffman of the RAND Corporation will deliver the key not speech on Terrorism in History. Taking part in a panel on Terrorism and the World Wars will be Keith Wilson, University of Leeds; Brian Kri, University of Maryland; and Sean Kennedy, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. A second panel will discuss Terrorism and National Liberation - The First Wave, with Robert White, Indiana/Purdue University; David Charters, University of New Brunswick; and Kevin Dooley and Richard O'Meara, Rutgers University. The subject of a third panel will be Terrorism and National Liberation - The Second Wave, with Michael Gunter, Tennessee Technological University; Stuart Farson, Simon Fraser University; and James Miskel, Alidade Inc. The fourth panel will take up Endgames: Revolutionaries and Apocalyptics, with Michael Dartnell, University of New Brunswick, Saint John; and Gavin Cameron, University of Calgary.  Terrorism Trends, Responses, and Impacts is the subject of the fifth panel, with Mark Sedgwick, American University in Cairo; John Mueller, Ohio State University; Jeffrey Kaplan, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; and Monsuru Kasali, National Open University of Nigeria. A summation will be presented by David Charters, UNB, on 9/11: Terrorism and the Future Historian. The conference will close with a banquet.  Conference fee: $150 CDN; $125 US. Banquet fee: (extra) $30 CDN $25 US. Fees can be paid by Mastercard, Visa, or American Express, by personal check, or money order payable to Centre for Conflict Studies. Accommodation: A block of rooms has been set aside at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel. You may contact the hotel directly at: 506-455-3371, and ask for a room held for the Conflict Studies Conference.  To register or for further information contact: Centre for Conflict Studies, University of New Brunswick, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada. phone: 506-453-4587 fax: 506-447-3175 email:


27-28 October-Lincoln, NH –Naval Cryptologic Veterans Reunion - Information on the New England Chapter, Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association reunion is available by telephoning the host, John Hogan, at 603-539-8046, Website:" The chapter is composed of career and non-career individuals who serve(d) in the U.S. Naval Security Group and predecessor organizations.


**** 28 - 30 October 2005 - AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration -

28 - 30 October 2005
         AFIO 30th Anniversary Symposium Celebration
         with a rare opportunity - our first day-long visit to the transformation-embracing  NEW Federal Bureau of Investigation
         An insider's look at its new Directorate of Intelligence, Counterterrorism Division and the "just announced" National Security Service
         and special programs at the  Sheraton Premiere Hotel,  Tyson's Corner, VA  

Two Steps:   Step One:  Make your room reservations now  at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel.  
         Step Two: Symposium Online Reservation form here    Agenda for AFIO Symposium will be forthcoming by U.S. mail to all current members of record. 


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  or by calling 1-866-SPY-TREK (1-866-779-8735). Directions to the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA can be found here 


Wednesday, 9 November 05; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Driving Force: Terrorist Motivation, Past and Present - London, 2005; New York and Washington, 2001; Ephesus, 365 BCE. Terrorist acts have haunted humanity for centuries. Why do they continue to happen? What makes terrorists tick? This is a chance to gather information from experts on terrorist motivation. Albert Borowitz, author of "Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome," draws upon Greek mythology, literature, and current events to trace how a warped desire for fame has triggered terrorism from antiquity to the present day. Then Marc Sageman, a CIA case officer in Afghanistan between 1987-89 and now a forensic psychiatrist, will share the results of his analysis of over 400 terrorist biographies. Sageman, author of "Understanding Terror Networks," testified before The 9/11 Commission on his findings on Al Qaeda, about the people that are drawn to the movement, and how to combat global jihad. The authors will sign their books following this International Spy Museum program. Tickets: $15. To register:  


Wednesday, 16 November 05; 7 � 10 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum Dinner with a Spy of the Kremlin: Oleg Kalugin - An evening of intrigue. Dine with Oleg Kalugin, the former head of Soviet KGB operations in the U.S. Be one of only 20 guests at table with the youngest general in the history of the KGB.  Kalugin worked undercover as a journalist while attending New York�s Columbia University and then conducted espionage and influence operations as a Radio Moscow correspondent with the UN. He handled the notorious Naval spy John Walker, as Deputy Chief of the KGB station at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, and he also served as an elected member of the Soviet parliament during Gorbachev�s administration. Enjoy General Kalugin's well-honed wit, as he faces across the table his former CIA Operations Official and foe, now International Spy Museum Executive Director and AFIO Chairman, Peter Earnest during the three-course meal from renowned Zola. Tickets: $160.  Space is extremely limited - advance registration required at


3 December 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting


5-7 December 05 - Chantilly, VA � The MASINT Association 4th Annual MASINT Conference � �Progress through Partnership� at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA. The conference is classified SI/TK, open to U.S, Canadian, British and Australian citizens. For information contact Phil Edson at 571-214-2415,  or the AOC at


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 or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6219 or (703) 631-6219. Website Address: 


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


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: 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: 


4 March 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

3 June 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

9 September 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

6 December 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

3 March 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

2 June 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

8 September 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.

1 December 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at for details.  Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.



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