AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #40-05 dated 17 October 2005

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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

NEW UNIT MAINTAINS CIA COORDINATION OF OVERSEAS INTEL

PROBLEMS VERIFYING HUMINT

SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

CIA SAYS ADMINISTRATION NEGLECTED IRAQI ISSUES

ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAM ORIGINAL DECRYPTION FOUND

WASHINGTON TIMES SEES LIBERAL SLANT IN DNI’S OFFICE

SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

INFORMATION SHARING INITIATIVE BEING SLOWED

DOD SETS UP NEW BODY FOR BUSINESS SYSTEMS

MI6 NOW RECRUITING OVER INTERNET

SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

BETTERING OUR INTELLIGENCE CAPACITY

A LEATHERNECK’S DISILLUSION

SEEING THE FUNNY SIDE AT THE CIA

Issues

CIA VET AGAIN ASKS COURT TO EXPEDITE SUIT

SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS

 

Notes

UNIVERSITY AIMS AT IMPROVING IC LANGUAGE SKILLS

AUSSIES TO DOUBLE DOMESTIC CI SERVICE

Letters

MILITARY TAKE-OVER NOT JUSTIFIED BY QUESTIONABLE POLICY

Obituaries

MARY L. SCULLY

ROBERT JAMES WEATHERWAX

Coming Events 

26 October 05 - Fulton, MD - The seventh annual meeting of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
26 - 27 October  05- Washington, DC - NMIA Classified Intelligence Symposium
27-28 October 05 - Lincoln, NH - Naval Cryptologic Veterans Reunion

27-28 October 05 - Laurel, MD - NCM Symposium on Cryptologic History
27 October 05 - Arlington, VA - Counterterrorism Symposium
27 October 05 - Washington, D.C. - Author discusses CIA and Congress
28 - 30 October 05 - AFIO FBI National Intelligence Symposium and 30th Anniversary Celebration at FBI HQ
28 October 05 - Washington, D.C. - American University hosts Ethical Issues for Government Lawyers
4 - 5 November 05 - Kennebunkport, ME - AFIO NE Chapter hosts 2 speakers at weekend conference
5 November 05 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts luncheon
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
10-12 November 05 - Washington, DC - The World War II Veterans Committee holds Eighth Annual Conference
12 November 05 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter CERT Training
16 November 05; 7 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - International Spy Museum Dinner with Kremlin Spy Oleg Kalugin

17 November 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - Rocky Mountain AFIO Chapter holds luncheon speaker meeting
17 November 05 - Washington, DC - Undercover Washington: Where Famous Spies Lived, Worked and Loved. Talk and Book signing
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 December 05 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter Meeting
13-14 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA Hosts their Fall Intelligence Symposium at the National Reconnaissance Office
16 December 05 - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro Chapter Meeting -Intelligence Challenges in the Post 9/11 World.
27-28 January 06 - Springfield, VA - Conference on "INTELLIGENCE AND ETHICS"
17-20 February 06 - Arlington, VA - The Intelligence Summit™ 2006

4 March 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd Annual INTELCON Exhibition and Symposium

 


SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

NEW UNIT MAINTAINS CIA COORDINATION OF OVERSEAS INTEL - The CIA will retain its role as chief coordinator of overseas spying by US intelligence agencies under a plan approved by the White House, the Washington Post reported on 13 October.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/12/AR2005101202174.html
The plan envisions creation of a National Clandestine Service within the CIA under D/CIA Goss. The chief of the new service, which will incorporate the agency’s Directorate of Operations, will supervise the CIA's HUMINT operations and coordinate, but not direct, similar activities undertaken abroad by other parts of the IC, including the FBI and DoD agencies.
www.nytimes.com/2005/10/14/national/14intel.html?pagewanted=all
An NCS deputy director will be responsible for managing the CIA's own clandestine service. A second DD/NCS will coordinate overseas operations and ensure that agencies do not overlap one another in recruitment or operations. This deputy will also supervise establishment of common standards for training all HUMINT collectors in tradecraft, including recruitment, vetting and handling of assets.
The NSC will also include a unit responsible for covert operations and another branch responsible for providing scientific and technological support.
Two senior intelligence officials told the Times the NCS will wield only limited authority, leaving DoD and the FBI free to carry out an increasing array of human intelligence missions without central operational control.
Goss drafted the plan on the basis of a suggestion made last March by President Bush's commission on intelligence although the Senate Select Committee recently concluded that coordination of HUMINT should be moved to DNI Negroponte’s office.
One official told the Post that creating the NCS within the CIA rather than the ODNI reflects an endorsement of the agency by Bush.
The Times reported Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying he would have preferred that Negroponte exert his authority to manage HUMINT collection worldwide. But Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said Negroponte had made the right decision and would give Goss the tools he needs to ensure an effective and coordinated effort across all agencies involved with HUMINT.
A former senior intelligence official told the Post that if the coordinating role had not remained in CIA, it would have been bad for agency morale, which already is down. "Despite the recent faults of CIA, it is more disciplined and sophisticated on human intelligence than elsewhere" in the IC, he said.
Negroponte's deputy in charge of collection, Mary Margaret Graham, a former CIA operations officer, will oversee all HUMINT collection overseas and will set broad requirements for what information needs to be collected, sources said. The CIA, the FBI and DoD agencies will work out who carries out the clandestine collections, with the clandestine services chief coordinating their activities.
Sources inside and outside the government said they expect the CIA's current DDO, referred to as "Jose," to become the first D/NCS. "He is a team builder," said one of Jose's former colleagues.
"We won't tell the FBI how to do their business, and we don't tell the DoD how to do their business," one of the two senior intelligence officials said of the role to be played by the CIA.
A second senior intelligence official said ODNI would limit its role in overseeing HUMINT operations to broad, strategic direction, rather than asserting operational control.
Negroponte and his deputies do not anticipate "getting into the weeds of tactical day-to-day operations," said the official, speaking at CIA headquarters. The two officials were from the CIA and ODNI and briefed reporters on condition that they not be identified by name. (DKR)

PROBLEMS VERIFYING HUMINT - Defense officials said the recent subway terrorism scare in New York highlighted several internal problems, including the IC’s inability to check the validity of its human sources, the Washington Times reported on 14 October.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/inring.htm
The main source in Iraq for intelligence reports was a DIA contact who claimed terrorists were planning to use suicide bombers with explosive backpacks or baby carriages.
A subsource, linked to that informant, claimed there were already 19 suicide bombers in the United States for the attack. That information was found to be not credible, unraveling the main source's warning.
The Iraqi national who provided the information to DIA also identified three other Iraqis supposedly directly involved in the plot. Their interrogation, after being arrested in Baghdad, led officials to dismiss the subway bombing threat.
The Washington Post reported intel and counterterrorism officials as saying the informant, who has disappeared in Iraq, may have been attempting to get money in exchange for information.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/11/AR2005101101621.html
The incident, the Times said, confirmed that Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists and other Islamist militants. The three captured Iraqis linked to the plot had been outside the country and returned to Baghdad to undergo training in terrorist activities for use outside the country, according to the Times. (DKR)


SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

CIA SAYS ADMINISTRATION NEGLECTED IRAQI ISSUES - A newly released report published by the CIA rebukes the Bush administration for not paying enough attention to prewar intelligence that predicted the factional rivalries now threatening to split Iraq, USA Today reported.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-11-cia-iraq-report_x.htm?csp=14
Policymakers worried more about making the case for the war, particularly the claim that Iraq had WMD, than planning for the aftermath, the report said. The report was written by a team of four former CIA analysts led by former DDCI Richard Kerr.
"In an ironic twist, the policy community was receptive to technical intelligence (the weapons program), where the analysis was wrong, but apparently paid little attention to intelligence on cultural and political issues (post-Saddam Iraq), where the analysis was right," the report said.
White House spokesman Fred Jones said the report's assertion has been vehemently disputed.
DCI Tenet commissioned the report after the invasion of Iraq and the authors produced three reports. Only the third has been released in declassified form. It is published in the current issue of the CIA quarterly, Studies in Intelligence. The report was finished in July 2004 just as Tenet was ending his tenure as DCI. (DKR)

ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAM ORIGINAL DECRYPTION FOUND - An original typescript of the deciphered Zimmermann Telegram, one of the greatest coups mounted by Britain's intelligence services, has been discovered, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported on 17 October.
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/17/nzimm17.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/10/17/ixnewstop.html
The document is believed to be the actual telegram shown to the American ambassador in London in 1917 that proved Germany's hostility to the United States and guaranteed President Woodrow Wilson's entry into the First Word War.
Historians say no single piece of paper did more to guarantee victory in the Great War for Britain and her allies, according to the Telegraph.
The telegram was intercepted and deciphered by Room 40, the government's top secret listening post, in January 1917.
Documents surrounding the affair were destroyed on the orders of Adm. Sir Reginald Hall, director of naval intelligence, and it was assumed the original decrypt was gone for ever. But the official historian of GCHQ, the British ELINT center, found it while researching a history of the organization, a successor to Room 40.
The decrypted message showed Arthur Zimmermann, the German foreign minister, instructing his ambassador in Mexico City to persuade the Mexicans to invade America. In exchange, Germany would guarantee the reconquest of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
The British intercepted the telegram as the message passed along American-owned cables through London to Johann von Bernstorff, the German ambassador in Washington. On its journey from Berlin to the Washington embassy, the note was encrypted in a new cipher, described on the document as "7500", which codebreakers in Room 40 had only just begun to crack.
But when von Bernstorff forwarded the message to his colleague in Mexico City, who did not have a copy of the 7500 decoding book, he used an older code called 103040.
From a partial decipherment of the 7500 cable, the British knew enough to realize the importance of the telegram.
An operative in Mexico City obtained a copy, by theft or bribery, and passed it back to London. The copy was written in the broken 103040 code.
Arthur Balfour, the Foreign Secretary, then showed but did not give the decryption to Walter Page, the US ambassador at London. Page transmitted the contents to Wilson on 25 February and four days later, the president released details to the press and easily persuaded Congress to declare war on Germany.
Written on the newly found document is, "This is the one handed to Dr Page and exposed by the President." (DKR)

WASHINGTON TIMES SEES LIBERAL SLANT IN DNI’S OFFICE -- N.B. This item is published as a report of an influential newspaper’s views and should not be understood to be an endorsement of those views.
All US government reports that involve or mention intelligence now must be sent first to ODNI for a scrub, which usually means taking out or adding material that fits its analysts’ views, often politically liberal, according to the Washington Times on 14 October.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/inring.htm
ODNI analysts under the NIC insisted on adding language to a harsh DoD assessment of China’s military buildup in what the Times said appeared to be an attempt to avoid offending Beijing.
NIC is holding up another annual assessment, the 721 Report on arms proliferation, previously drawn up by the CIA. Defense officials told the Times they suspect that NIC analysts, under the leadership of Thomas Fingar, who is alleged to be pro-Chinese, are reworking the report to minimize China's arms proliferation activities. These, the Times said, continue apace despite years of pledges by Beijing to curb illicit arms sales. (DKR)


SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

INFORMATION SHARING INITIATIVE BEING SLOWED - Federal efforts to establish a national antiterrorism Information-Sharing Environment are being slowed by complexity, limited resources and possibly a lack of clear goals, Washington Technology.com reported on 10 October.
www.washingtontechnology.com/news/20_20/federal/27160-1.html 
"The Information-Sharing Environment is overly ambitious," said John Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation. "It is one of those vague mandates that will drift into nothingness."
"It needs sustained attention and resources, or it could become bogged down," according to Mary DeRosa of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is an expert in the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. "The program manager has a huge job and not enough staff. ... It has a long way to go," she said.
Congress established the ISE program last year. It has been placed in ODNI with John Russack named last April as its manager.
Problems besetting the program include conflicting policies about sharing among government agencies, lack of trust between organizations, lack of common principles for access to information, and the need to protect privacy, Russack told Congress in July. He also said he had only three employees working for him to set up the environment.
In August, the GSA called for white papers on ISE, asking vendors to provide details of how they would construct architectures and incorporate electronic directory services into the environment. But many details on ISE, such as its budget and schedule, are not available for review.
Speaking to the International Association of Chiefs of Police on 27 September, DNI Negroponte said the ISE was likely to be modeled, in part, on the National Counterterrorism Center. That comparison left some observers puzzled, Washington Technology noted, as the NCTC so far is doing mostly integration and analysis rather than information sharing. The DNI and Russack did not respond to calls requesting comment. (DKR)

DOD SETS UP NEW BODY FOR BUSINESS SYSTEMS - DoD has established a new organization to carry out the modernization of its business systems, FCW.com reported on 13 October.
www.fcw.com/article91098-10-13-05-Web
The Defense Business Transformation Agency will advance defense-wide business transformation, said Gordon England, acting deputy SecDef who oversees the multibillion-dollar initiative. DoD plans to hire a director and an acquisition executive for the new agency.
The agency will manage 18 critical systems, including the Defense Travel System (DTS) and the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System. DTS survived a Senate vote earlier this month for an amendment in the 2006 Defense Appropriations bill that proposed canceling its future funding.
Creation of the DBTA is the fourth event this year in the multiyear effort to update and streamline DoD’s more than 4,000 business systems. Last month, the new Defense Business Systems Management Committee approved the Enterprise Transition Plan and the Business Enterprise Architecture Version 3.0. Last spring, the department established the new committee and announced an emphasis to support warfighters in combat rather than to achieve clean audits.
Congress and the GAO have criticized DoD’s business system modernization. Lawmakers cut the program’s budget this year and threatened to take steps to withhold promotions for its program managers because of a lack of progress. (DKR)

MI6 NOW RECRUITING OVER INTERNET - Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service -- MI6 -- has launched an official Web site and for the first time is advertising openly for candidates, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported on 13 October.
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/13/nspook13.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/10/13/ixhome.html
Instead of a university professor’s traditional tap on the shoulder of a promising student, the site invites a would-be spy to send a CV and application letter to a post office box number.
MI6's arrival on the internet, years behind other branches of Britain's IC, is designed to dispel the myths but not the mystique, according to one British official.
The recruitment page on the site explains that "staff benefit from modern air-conditioned offices on the banks of the Thames with good public transport access to the rest of London and beyond. Facilities include squash and basketball courts, a gym, a restaurant, coffee lounge and bar."
MI6, the page says, has a family atmosphere and is looking for recruits with "an international outlook, interests and experience, who are adaptable, resourceful and flexible."
The site may be reached at www.mi6.gov.uk/output/Page79.html. (DKR)


SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

BETTERING OUR INTELLIGENCE CAPACITY - Peter Berkowitz, Ed., The Future of American Intelligence (Hoover Institution Press, 185 pp. $15)
Hoover research fellow Berkowitz puts at the forefront of intel questions the rise of nonstate armed groups and the threat they pose. His contributor, Richard Shultz, director of International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, tackles the issue while Gary Schmidt, executive director of the Project for the New American Century writes on rethinking intelligence analysis.
9/11 Commission staff member Gordon Lederman takes up restructuring the IC. Reuel Marc Gerecht of the American Enterprise Institute proposes changes to make the clandestine service more effective, invoking a need for creative destruction to do so.
How the IC can best take advantage of developments in science and technology is discussed by Kevin O'Connell, director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis.
All in all, a thoughtful addition to the current debate on how to improve the intelligence picture but one some readers are likely to find controversial. (DKR)

A LEATHERNECK’S DISILLUSION - Nathaniel Fick, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (Houghton Mifflin, 384 pp. $25)
After majoring in classics at Dartmouth, Fick joined the Marines in 1998 because he "wanted to go on a great adventure... to do something so hard that no one could ever talk shit to me." He got his wish, beginning with the grueling training the corps imposes. That was followed by deployment Afghanistan, where he saw little action, but then to Iraq where he was part of the spearhead of the invasion.
The adventure was also a course in disillusion as he encountered such products of the military system as officers who fought over font sizes and background colors in Power Point presentations and others who called down artillery fire on a quiet position his platoon had under control -- and did so to look good to headquarters.
Fick came to distrust fellow officers, including senior ones, for what he saw as stupidity, criminality and inhumanity. But he never lost admiration for the men who he commanded and whose great good sense he respected. (DKR)

SEEING THE FUNNY SIDE AT THE CIA - Thomas Sileo. CIA Humor: A Few True Stories From A 31-Year Career. (Washington House, 101 pp. $13)
In five chapters of anecdotes, Sileo recounts humorous stories about William Casey, Robert Gates, James Woolsey, and George Tenet with other DCIs mentioned elsewhere.
Other chapters cover working for the agency in America, operations that went wrong, the CIA and the military, and some bits and pieces, including a tale of advice given to an analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence on how to pass the polygraph. The advice was given by Aldrich Hazen Ames. (DKR)

Issues

CIA VET AGAIN ASKS COURT TO EXPEDITE SUIT - Gary Berntsen, senior CIA officer in Afghanistan during the 2001 al-Qa’ida escape from Tora Bora, asked a DC federal court for a second time on 12 October to expedite a lawsuit he filed against the agency earlier this year, GovExec.com reported.
www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1005/101305v1.htm
Berntsen charged that the agency is hampering publication of his book on events in Afghanistan by failing to abide by its own publication review rules.
Speaking to the press during the summer, Berntsen revealed that part of his book rejects assertions by President Bush and Gen. Tommy Franks, former CENTCOM commander, that US forces were not sure whether Usama bin Ladin was present at Tora Bora in December 2001. According to GovExec.com, the battle of Tora Bora is widely regarded as one of the US military's greatest post-9/11 failures, in which Pentagon leaders ignored CIA critiques of its battle plan and allowed most of al-Qa’ida to escape.
Berntsen said in the 15 August issue of Newsweek that he had definitive intelligence that UBL was holed up at Tora Bora, that intelligence operatives had tracked him, and that he could have been caught.
Berntsen submitted his book to the agency’s Publications Review Board last 17 May, a month before he left the agency after nearly 23 years with it.
The book, to be published by Random House, is tentatively titled Jawbreaker, a reference to the code name for counterterrorist teams operating in Afghanistan between 1999 and 2001.
Though the PRB is supposed to return manuscripts with any necessary changes or redactions after 30 days, Berntsen, according to the court filings, received nothing by 17 June. On 28 July, Berntsen and his attorney, Roy W. Krieger, sued for release of the manuscript, and asked that the agency be forced to respond to the suit within five days instead of the customary sixty.
That motion was denied, but on 23 August, 98 days after the manuscript was submitted to the board, it was returned with a 22-page list of desired redactions. Much of the material the PRB wanted cut was previously declassified and had already appeared in other publications. Berntsen amended the manuscript and sent it back to the board on 1 September.
Another 30 days on, Berntsen was once again waiting to hear from the CIA. Jawbreaker's original publication date, 27 October, has been pushed back to at least 27 December. According to Krieger, the case is not just about violations of administrative procedure, but constitutional issues as well. (DKR)


SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS

Notes:

UNIVERSITY AIMS AT IMPROVING IC LANGUAGE SKILLS - D/CIA Goss, opening a new building housing the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Study of Language, described the shortage of fluent speakers of Arabic and its many dialects as a "a very, very big problem" for him, the Washington Post reported on 13 October.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/12/AR2005101200046.html
The center aims at ensuring that Americans, and specifically those in the IC, can learn languages more quickly and acquire a higher level of knowledge of them.
Admission to the center requires a security clearance.
The well-guarded one-story building houses 75 research linguists, cognitive neuroscientists and computer experts who will try to figure out how languages work, not just with grammar and vocabulary, but with electrodes-on-your-head types of lab work, according to the Post.
Work is planned also to get computers to perform translations more effectively by picking up nuances so far impossible for programs to read. A fast, accurate translation system would help clear the enormous backlog of untranslated materials collected by intelligence services in antiterrorism efforts, the paper noted.
At the building’s dedication, the center's director, Richard D. Brecht, said it would reduce by as much as half the time required for language instruction in the classroom as well as clear the translation backlog within a decade. (DKR)

AUSSIES TO DOUBLE DOMESTIC CI SERVICE - Australia will double the size of its domestic counterintelligence service over the next five years to combat the threat of home-grown terrorists, UPI reported, citing the Australian newspaper, The Age.
www.washingtontimes.com/upi/20051016-045809-2482r.htm
Prime Minister John Howard, announcing budget increases for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, said the best weapon against terrorism was good intelligence, The Age reported on 16 October. Howard said the London bombings in July "drove home, more than any other terrorist attack ... that it could happen here."
The increase was recommended by Allan Taylor, former head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, in a confidential review of ASIO.
The extra funding will be used to recruit and train new officers, improve surveillance and install better computer systems.
The announcement came a day before the start of Australia's largest counterterrorism exercise, "Mercury 05," in which 4,000 government and security employees tested Australia's capacity to respond to a terrorist incident during next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. (DKR)

LETTERS

MILITARY TAKE-OVER NOT JUSTIFIED BY QUESTIONABLE POLICY - AFIO member Paul W. C. responds to Time to Rethink Civilian Control of the Military, a letter from Jim W.D. carried in AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #39-05 dated 10 October 2005:
I find it deeply disturbing that anyone, especially an AFIO member, would thoughtfully consider treasonous action as a legitimate solution to US policy in Iraq. Just because it is reprehensible that government assets are considered expendable in the pursuit of a questionable foreign policy does not establish the right to a military take-over of the civilian government. What’s more, a sophomoric review of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s experience in Korea, Operation Northwoods, and other cases establish precisely the need for civilian control of the military. Would you really want the US descending into a coup-cycle as so many Latin American and Asian dictatorships have? The problem with coup-plotters is that they always feel that they know the right way forward, and that obvious solution is lost on anyone else. The other problem is that coups beget coups, and rarely do civilian governments reestablish themselves in the wake of a coup. (DKR)

OBITUARIES

MARY L. SCULLY - An AFIO member and retired CIA editorial staff chief, she edited at least one issue of AFIO's Periscope newsletter. She died on 17 September, aged 83, in Bethesda, MD, of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Springfield, MA, she graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT.  In 1943, she moved to Washington to work for the State Department and when the CIA was established became one of its original employees.
Before retiring in 1977, she served as an intelligence officer, senior analyst and editorial staff chief, receiving the Career Intelligence Medal.
For more than 40 years, she was a member of Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Washington, where she served as Eucharistic minister, editor of the parish newsletter, president of the parish council and prefect of the sodality.
She volunteered for many years at Georgetown University Hospital and served a term as president of the hospital's Ladies Board. She was one of the founding members of Victory Housing, an organization formed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to establish affordable housing for the elderly with limited financial means.
Survivors include three brothers and a sister. (DKR)

ROBERT JAMES WEATHERWAX A retired CIA officer, he died at home, aged 77, on 10 October of respiratory ailments, the Washington Post reported.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/13/AR2005101302083.html
After serving as a Secret Service agent in New York City in the mid-1950s, he joined the CIA in 1958. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he worked throughout Central and South America and met his future wife while assigned to Quito, Ecuador.
After retiring from the agency in 1979, he worked in corporate security for Chesebrough-Ponds Inc., a cosmetics-manufacturing company in Greenwich, CN. In 1985, he joined USATREX International Inc., which sent him overseas to develop security programs for US embassies. He retired in 1999.
Born in Scotia, NY, he was a summa cum laude graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, NY and later attended New York Medical College. During the Korean War, he served in the Army Medical Corps in Japan. After his military service, he received a second bachelor's degree, in criminal justice, from Michigan State University.
He was a member of the American Society of Industrial Security and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Liliana Palacios Weatherwax; two sons, Paul Weatherwax and Robert Weatherwax; a sister; and three grandchildren. (DKR)


Coming Events

 

26 October 05 - Fulton, MD - The seventh annual meeting of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation will be held on at the Applied Physics Lab of Johns Hopkins University, near Fulton, MD. Maj Gen John Morrison, USAF (Ret), foundation president, will preside. After welcoming remarks by Mr. William Black, Deputy Director of NSA, the keynote address will be given by Lt Gen James Clapper, USAF (Ret), Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Following that and an overview of James Boone’s recent book entitled A Brief History of Cryptology, Mr. Bruce Campbell, former Associate Director for Operations Support, FEMA, will speak. Next on the program will be updates on the following: the Faurer task group on the new museum project; the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation; the Museum itself; and recent acquisitions for the collection. The final presentation will be an inside glimpse of Dr. David Kahn’s collection and sources by Dr. Kahn himself. Further information about the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation may be found at www.cryptfoundation.org.

 

26 - 27 October 05 - Washington, DC - NMIA Classified Intelligence Symposium - The National Military Intelligence Association is conducting a two-day SECRET/NOFORN conference on MASINT Issues and Challenges and Countering Denial and Deception.  The conference will be held at the Anteon Corporation Conference Center in Washington, DC near the Navy Yard, and directly across the street from the Navy Yard Metro Stop at the corner of M St. at New Jersey Ave. A safe commercial parking garage is also available in the basement of the Anteon building.  For more Information please visit www.nmia.org  or call 540.338.1143

 

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, HOGANfrd@aol.com. Website:" www.ncva-ne.org. The chapter is composed of career and non-career individuals who serve(d) in the U.S. Naval Security Group and predecessor organizations.

 

27-28 October 05 - Laurel, MD - Symposium on Cryptologic History, sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History. Location of event: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Agenda and registration information available at www.nsa.gov and click on "history."

 

27 October - Arlington, VA - Counterterrorism Symposium - The International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals is holding a one-day symposium with a special discount for AFIO members. For further information contact AFIO member J. Peterson at jmpeterson@policeone.com

 

27 October - Washington, D.C. - Author discusses CIA and Congress - David M. Barrett discusses his book, The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy at 6 p.m. at Reiter’s Bookstore, 2021 K Street N.W.

 

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

28 - 30 October 2005
         AFIO FBI
National Intelligence Symposium 2005
and 30th Anniversary 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. 

         PUT ABOVE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS

 

28 October - Washington, D.C. - Ethical Issues for Government Lawyers - American University chapters of the National Security and Law Society and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity will host a seminar on this subject from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This seminar will be worth 1.5 Ethics CLE credits for attending lawyers ($75) or for lawyers who wish to listen via podcast ($50). Non-lawyers may register for $20 or listen via podcast for free. Admission for all students is free, as well as for faculty, staff, and alumni of the American University Washington College of Law.  Among other distinguished speakers will be Jesselyn Radack, former DOJ attorney-adviser and whistleblower on the John Walker Lindh case; Judge William H. Webster, former DCI and FBI Director. For more information, visit http://www.natsecuritylaw.org  For online registration, visit http://wcl.americanedu/secle/cle_form.cfm.v  

 

4 -5 November 2005 - Kennebunkport, ME - AFIO New England gathers this weekend to hear two intelligence experts: Dr. Michael Fowler, a defense analyst and consultant, who is Adjunct faculty at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. He is the author of a new book on Global Insurgency [the topic of his talk]. The second speaker is Tom Tweeten, a 34-year veteran of the Clandestine Service of CIA. Mr. Twetten served as DDO before 1995 retirement. He is now a dealer in antiquarian books. He will discuss "Countering al Qaeda and the future of American Intelligence." Event Location: Friday evening 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. is a wine and cheese get-together followed by a no host dinner at the Nonantum Resort & Hotel, 95 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-2625   800-552-5651 for reservations. On Saturday 5 November from 9:00 - 10:45 AM is Registration, 11:00 - 11:45 AM Michael Fowler speaks; 12:15 - 1:15 PM Luncheon; 1:15 - 2:15 PM Tom Twetten talks; 2:30 PM Adjournment.   Hotel directions can be found at http://www.nonantumresort.com/   Accommodations at the Nonantum Resort are available at the reduced rate of $139.00 plus taxes. This special rate will be available to AFIO/NE members until the block of 20 rooms being held until October 4th is gone. Reservations can be made by phone at the 800 number above or at this local number: 207-967-4050. Be sure to mention AFIO/NE for discount rate. Other hotels and motels in the area are available. The cost of the luncheon is $25 pp.  Unsold seats will be available at the door for $30 each. Supply full contact info and send with your check made payable to AFIO/NE and send by October 21st, to: Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02466
 

5 November 05 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO will host luncheon Nov. 5, 2005 (Eau Gallie Yacht Club), at which Dr. William Arrasmith will speak about "unconventional photo imagery." For more information, contact Chapter President B. Keith at: (321) - 777-5561.

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 http://spytrek.com/spyretreat/index.html  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 

 

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:  www.spymuseum.org  

 

10-12 Nov 05 - Washington, DC - The World War II Veterans Committee is holding its Eighth Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington. The Thursday afternoon, November 10th segment will be devoted to the war in the CBI, and will include a speaker/panelist from OSS Detachment 101. For more information call the Committee at 202-777-7272, or e-mail to WWII@radioamerica.org.

 

12 November 05 - Kennebunk, ME - CERT Training - The Maine Chapter of AFIO is sponsoring Citizens Emergency Response Team training to be given by the York County Emergency Management Agency. Classes to be held at the fire station (Washington Hose Co.) on Route 35 in Lower Village, Kennebunk. First class is at 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, 12 November. Interested chapter members may contact Barbara Storer at 207-985-2392.

 

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 www.spymuseum.org

 

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - Colorado Springs, CO - The next Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting will be held at the Falcon Room at the Air Force Academy's Officer Club. Speaker to be announced. Cost is $12.00 for a full lunch with choice of beef or chicken. Meeting starts at 11:30 am with lunch served at noon. Contact Dick Durham, Chapter Treasurer, at 719-488-2884 or e-mail at: riverwear53@aol.com to make a reservation. Reservations close at noon on November 15th.

 

Thursday, 17 November 2005 - Washington, DC - Undercover Washington: Where Famous Spies Lived, Worked and Loved. Talk and Book signing by author Pamela Kessler 12 noon - 1pm, 2nd Floor Museum Complex at International Spy Museum. More spies come to Washington than any other city in the world-and surreptitious as they may be, they still leave their mark. Nobody knows the secret sites of Washington spy life better than Pamela Kessler. Her newly revised guide to the spots where spies lived, loved, and sometimes died is hot off the press, and Kessler will reveal her favorites-from Foxstone Park to the Hotel George. If you appreciate the art of dead drops, brush contacts, decrypts, and disinformation and want to know where they happened, when, and why, join us for this inside look at the spy capital, Washington, DC. Free. No registration required. www.spymuseum.org

 

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, masintassoc@earthlink.net  or the AOC at https://www.myaoc.org/EWEB/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=120505_MASINT 

 

13 December 05 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club's, MacDill Air Force Base. The speaker at this meeting is Fred Wettering, a 36 year veteran of CIA, who served as the National Intelligence Officer for Africa. In addition to Africa, he served in Europe, the Middle East, and taught at the National War College. Details are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.

 

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 pjordan@afcea.org or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6219 or (703) 631-6219. Website Address: http://www.afcea.org/events/fallintel/ 

 

16 December 05 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metropolitan Chapter meets to hear Jack Devine, former CIA Acting Director & Associate Director for Operations on Intelligence Challenges in the Post 9/11 World.   Devine is current President, The Arkin Group in New York City. Meeting location: Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd Street in Manhattan; Registration 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM; speaker to 7:15 PM; refreshments to 8:00 PM. Cost: $45pp. Inquiries to Chapter President, Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@yahoo.com.

 

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/ 

 

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

 

7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd ANNUAL INTELCON [NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION] - To Emphasize Practical Applications and Techniques
INTELCON combines a high quality educational program which emphasis on practical applications and techniques, along with a full-scale vendor exposition of intel products and services, to attract a wide audience of intelligence practitioners and vendors from both the public and private sectors.
WHO: Dr. William A. Saxton, Conference Chair; Dr. Peter Leitner, Program Chair. Supported by a prestigious Program Advisory Group.
WHERE: Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. For more information, contact: Conference: Dr. William A. Saxton, Chairman
DrWASaxton@aol.com; Tel. 561-483-6430; Exposition: George DeBakey at debakey@ejkrause.com and Barbara Lecker at lecker@ejkrause  of E.J. Krause and Associates; Tel. 301-493-5500 Web sites: www.INTELCON.US (2005) and www.IntelConference.US  (2006)
 

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

 

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