AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #42-05 dated 31 October 2005

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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

DEMOCRATIC GROWTH DECLARED AN IC PRIORITY

DHS INTEL OFFICES SAID TO BE STILL NOT COORDINATED

FBI DEFENDS SURVEILLANCE RECORD

SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

PLAN TO EXEMPT CIA FROM BAR ON DETAINEE ABUSE

ABLE DANGER SAID TO HAVE WARNED OF ATTACK ON COLE

ITALY DENIES PROVIDING NIGER URANIUM DOCUMENTS

SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

STATE ISSUES REGULATIONS ON ID CHIPS FOR PASSPORTS

BOFFINS TO EXAMINE WHETHER BRIT BIOMETRICS WORK

IRAN BLOCKS FEMINIST WEB SITES

SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

THOUGHTS ON MAKING A BETTER IC

HOW IRAN GOT THAT WAY

NOBLE AND BIGGER BANGS

Issues

 NO LIFE SAID TO HAVE BEEN PUT AT RISK IN PLAME AFFAIR

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

 

Careers

DISNEY NEEDS SECURITY MANAGER FOR LATIN AMERICA

DHS Careers

 

Notes

IRANIANS SAID TO SPREAD DISINFORMATION IN US

BRITS IN IRAQ SUFFER BLOWBACK FROM ANTI-IRA STING

Obituaries

ROBERT WILTBANK KING

RODNEY LEHR

Coming Events 

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
8-9 November 05 - Washington, DC - Middle East Institute Annual Conference
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
8 March 2006 - College Station, TX - Future of Transatlantic Security Relations
7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd Annual INTELCON Exhibition and Symposium
3-8 September 2006 - Oxford, England - Spies, Lies & Intelligence Conference

 


SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

DEMOCRATIC GROWTH DECLARED AN IC PRIORITY - A new strategy document issued on 26 October by the Bush administration ranks efforts to bolster the growth of democracy among the three top missions for American intelligence agencies, according to the Washington Post.
www.nytimes.com/2005/10/27/politics/27intel.html?pagewanted=all
The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America < http://www.dni.gov/NISOctober2005.pdf > , published on www.dni.gov, is unclassified. Officials said it was not intended to apply in any way to any covert actions.
DNI Negroponte, during a briefing on the strategy, said the rankings were intended to align the work of intelligence agencies with broader national security goals. The top two mission objectives are countering terrorism and weapons proliferation.
Negroponte said he did not believe that the priorities reflected a significant change from those in place before the overhaul of intelligence agencies and the establishment of his post six months ago. Another senior intelligence official, speaking at the same briefing, said however that the emphasis reflected an acknowledgment that American agencies needed to do a better job in understanding the role played by soft power.
The strategy calls for collectors, analysts and operators within the IC to forge relationships with new and incipient democracies in order to help strengthen the rule of law and ward off threats to representative government.
Negroponte said it could take as long as two years before the strategy’s goals were fully reflected in intelligence budgets. But the second intelligence official said it would be prudent to expect to see funds shifted towards HUMINT and away from technical intelligence programs.
"Without prejudging anything, that's where they keep the money," the second official said, referring to the budgets controlled by the NSA, NRO and NGA.
The same official suggested that ODNI was still reviewing how agencies were organized to conduct counterterrorism efforts. DNI has designated a new National Counterterrorism Center as mission manager but the CIA maintains its own such center and the two sometimes compete for resources, the Post reported. (DKR)

DHS INTEL OFFICES SAID TO BE STILL NOT COORDINATED - More than two and a half years after it was set up, DHS is still not close to integrating its 10 separate intelligence offices, the Washington Times reported on 24 October.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20051023-112227-8864r.htm
"We have some way to go before we have a truly unified intelligence enterprise and culture," Charlie Allen, the department's chief intelligence officer, said in an interview with UPI after giving testimony about his new role to two House subcommittees.
Allen, a 47-year CIA veteran came out of retirement at the beginning of October to become top intelligence advisor to DHS Secretary Chertoff. Allen has the task of defining the department's role in the increasingly crowded field of US intelligence agencies and of managing DHS’s collection of nontraditional intel-gathering operations, such as mapping trends in document forgery or other kinds of fraud by people trying to enter the country illegally.
Ten of the 22 agencies, departments and offices that were merged to form DHS in March 2003, including the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, US Customs and the Transportation Security Administration, have intelligence operations.
Allen said the key issue was how to bring together the disparate components and the intelligence that they collect on a daily basis.
"It is a huge and big, big problem for all of us, and it has not been done," Allen said, adding that his predecessors had exhibited a lack of real focus on the issue.
His most recent predecessor, who left more than seven months ago, Lt. Gen. Patrick Hughes (USA ret.) disagreed. "I don't think that's right," he said. "We did make progress [on the integration issue], but it was progress from zero."
Hughes said that in 2004 he instituted regular monthly meetings of the 10 intelligence heads, a process that Allen said he will formalize as the Homeland Security Intelligence Council.
(DKR)

FBI DEFENDS SURVEILLANCE RECORD - The FBI has defended its record on surveillance of suspects in intelligence investigations following newly disclosed records indicating it had violated the law, the New York Times reported on 25 October.
www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/politics/25fbi.html?pagewanted=all
Internal Bureau documents made public on 24 October disclosed at least a dozen violations of federal law or bureau policy from 2002 to 2004 in the handling of surveillance and investigative matters. The same day the Bureau said that internal reviews had identified 113 violations since last year that were referred to a federal intelligence board.
In several cases, the documents showed, agents extended investigations and surveillance operations for months without obtaining supervisors’ approval or giving notification. In one case, an agent still on probation gained access to banking records without approval and in another instance an agency outside the FBI, apparently the CIA, was improperly allowed to conduct a physical search in the United States < http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/unitedstates/index.html?inline=nyt-geo > , without the target's consent, as part of a counterintelligence investigation.
But the FBI said it had been diligent in policing itself and in correcting lapses that it considered to be largely technical and procedural. Most of the cases appeared related to intelligence and national security investigations in field offices.
The documents were obtained through a public records act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center that lobbies for greater privacy rights and civil liberties. The center called on Congress to exercise greater oversight.
FBI officials said few of the cases cited in the documents related directly to the bureau's expanded powers under the antiterrorism law. Lapses cited in the internal reports reflected not an abuse of power, but rather unfamiliarity among some agents with new protocols on investigations.
"You have a very steep learning curve," said John Miller, a bureau spokesman. "The rules changed in midstream, and agents have had to learn how to report these things out and where the lines are. This is probably something that will get better with experience and time, but right now, we're in a period of transition and people are learning." (DKR)


SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

PLAN TO EXEMPT CIA FROM BAR ON DETAINEE ABUSE - The Bush administration has proposed exempting CIA officers from a legislative measure endorsed earlier this month by 90 members of the Senate that would bar cruel and degrading treatment of any prisoners in US custody, the Washington Post reported on 25 October.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/24/AR2005102402051.html
Two sources told the Post that the proposal was handed by Vice President Cheney on 20 October to Sen. John McCain in the company of D/CIA Goss. It says that the measure barring inhumane treatment shall not apply to counterterrorism operations conducted abroad or to operations conducted by an element of the United States government other than DoD.
McCain, principal sponsor of the legislation barring ill treatment, rejected the proposed exemption at the meeting with Cheney, according to a government source who spoke on condition of anonymity. McCain’s declined to comment.
Cheney's proposal is drafted in such a way that the exemption from the rule barring ill treatment could require a presidential finding that such operations are vital to the protection from terrorist attack. But the precise applicability of this section was not clear, and none of those involved in the discussions would discuss it openly.
Sources said Cheney was also fighting a second provision of the Senate legislation requiring that DoD detainees anywhere in the world may be subjected only to interrogation techniques approved and listed in the Army's Field Manual.
The manual is undergoing revision, and McCain has contended that this process will give the military sufficient flexibility in terrorist countermeasures. (DKR)

ABLE DANGER SAID TO HAVE WARNED OF ATTACK ON COLE - DIA’s Able Danger operation provided intelligence that served to warn senior DoD officials not to let the USS Cole dock in the Yemeni port of Aden two days before Islamist terrorists attacked the destroyer five years ago, killing 17 sailors, the Philadelphia Times Herald reported Rep. Curt Weldon as saying.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10771.htm
Weldon, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, first said as much in a House speech on 18 October, the paper said, when he blasted DIA attempts to discredit Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (USA res.), a DIA employee who worked as a liaison with the Able Danger team.
In June, Shaffer told the Times Herald that the data mining operation run by Special Operations Command between 1999 and 2001 had linked 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta to an al-Qa’ida cell in Brooklyn in 2000, more than a year before the attacks.
Following Shaffer's attempts to broker an arrangement that would draw the FBI into the operation, the program was shut down. In August, Capt. Scott Phillpott (USN) and James D. Smith, a defense contractor, corroborated Shaffer's story.
"What we have here, I am convinced of this now, is an aggressive attempt by CIA management to cover up their own shortcomings in not being able to do what the Able Danger team did," Weldon said.
Able Danger members identified the threat to the USS Cole two weeks before the attack, and two days before the attack were screaming not to let the ship come into the harbor at Yemen, because they knew something was going to happen, he said. (DKR)

ITALY DENIES PROVIDING NIGER URANIUM DOCUMENTS - Italy has denied an allegation that it gave the United States and Britain false documents suggesting that Saddam Husayn had sought uranium in Africa. The documents were drawn on to justify the case for the invasion of Iraq, AP reported.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1103AP_Italy_Iraq_Uranium.html
The documents detailed a purported Iraqi attempt to buy 500 tons of uranium yellowcake from Niger. The denial came a day after Italian officials said Nicolo Pollari, director of Servizio per le Informazioni e la Sicurezza Militare (SISMI), would be questioned about the case on 3 November by parliamentarians overseeing intelligence services.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi's office rejected claims reported in the daily La Repubblica that SISMI passed on documents it knew were forged.
La Repubblica claimed that after 9/11, Pollari came under pressure from Berlusconi to make a strong contribution to the hunt for WMD in Iraq. The newspaper opposes Berlusconi. (DKR)


SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

STATE ISSUES REGULATIONS ON ID CHIPS FOR PASSPORTS - On 25 October, the State Department issued final rules for implanting identification chips in all US passports, despite continuing controversy over the security of the system and its impact on personal privacy, the Washington Post reported.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/25/AR2005102501624.html
The regulations mean that as of October 2006, all new and renewed US passports will contain radio frequency ID chips that will include a digital photo and all other information currently printed in passports.
Government employee and diplomatic passports will receive the chips in a pilot program beginning early next year. In issuing the new rules, the department is matching a requirement it is imposing on visitors from several countries. Foreigners from countries who do not need visas to enter the United States must have similar chips in their passports by next October.
Technology experts have said that the data on the chips could be electronically intercepted and potentially misused. Other security experts said the system should instead use biometric identifiers. (DKR)

BOFFINS TO EXAMINE WHETHER BRIT BIOMETRICS WORK - The British government's top scientist is to head a panel of experts examining whether biometrics underpinning a proposed national ID card work, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported.
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/26/nid26.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/10/26/ixhome.html
The move came a week after MPs voted by a small majority to back legislation that will eventually make it compulsory for every British adult to possess an ID card and to have their personal details entered on a central database.
A 10-strong panel, chaired by Sir David King, the chief scientific adviser, is to meet next month.
Government ministers now accept that there is growing public skepticism about the accuracy of the proposed system. (DKR)

IRAN BLOCKS FEMINIST WEB SITES - The Tehran regime is censoring Web sites and blogs that focus on women's rights with surfers blocked from navigating Womeniniran, Irwomen, Iftribune and Womeniw, four of the most popular feminist websites in the country, AKI news agency reported on 26 October.
www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=CultureAndMedia&loid=80.222947474&par=0
The move against feminist sites follows the regime’s targeting of newspapers, journalists, and other internet sites and bloggers. Iranians are prohibited from navigating an estimated 130,000 Web sites, AKI said. (DKR)


SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

THOUGHTS ON MAKING A BETTER IC -- Jennifer E. Sims, Burton L. Gerber eds., Transforming U.S. Intelligence (Georgetown University Press, paperback, 320 pp. $29.95)
The major premise of this work by Sims, Gerber and their contributors is that it was not IC institutions that failed, but rather leadership and that things can be put right by changing priorities, perspective, and methods.
A section on new requirements focuses on unilateral secret intelligence about major state threats but fails to recognize the poor showing concerning terrorism, proliferation, ethnic conflict, and corruption among our dictator friends.
The section on capabilities opens with a chapter by Amy Sands that argues persuasively for the potential rewards of exploiting open sources.
The work of thoughtful and careful writers, this book will provide valuable knowledge for the average private citizen or congressman who knows little about the IC and how it works. IC professionals, however, may find it fails to come to grips with what needs to be done to effectively transform US intelligence. (DKR)

HOW IRAN GOT THAT WAY - Patrick Clawson, Michael Rubin, Eternal Iran: Chaos and Continuity (Palgrave, 256pp. hardback $75, paperback $24.95)
Iran and its nuclear ambitions, its influence in Iraqi and Gulf politics and the pursuit of destabilizing activities by the Qods force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may be expected to continue to be a headache in coming years for whoever occupies the White House.
Exploring continuities and changes in the country’s history, the authors, both prominent members of the American Enterprise Institute, provide a valuable historical background for understanding how Iranians’ cultural pride and sense of victimhood has combined to make their politics contentious and dangerous for their neighbors in the Middle East and for American interests.
It would be a mistake to dismiss this as merely the work of neoconservative ideologues. Clawson and Rubin’s views are rooted in a deep knowledge of Iran, (DKR)

NOBEL AND BIGGER BANGS - Stephen R. Bown, A Most Damnable Invention: Dynamite, Nitrates, and the Making of the Modern World (St. Martin's, 272 pp. $23.95)
Bown’s well-written history is particularly good at suggesting provocative theories that link modest events to monumental changes, For example, prior to the Franco-Prussian War, the French government, unlike Prussia, refused to allow its munitions experts to develop weaponry utilizing Alfred Nobel's new explosive, dynamite. The result, according to Bown, was a defeat that obliged the French to swallow onerous terms of surrender that fed the desire for revenge and thus for World War I.
Bown does not confine himself to Europe but also writes about the effects of the new explosives on developments in Japan, China and India. Nor is his account limited to war. He also shows how the use of high explosives brought changed mining and construction.
The tale Bown tells is rich in ironies, including the famous one of Nobel applying his vast fortune, made in munitions, to establishing among other prizes one for promoting peace. (DKR)

Issues

NO LIFE SAID TO HAVE BEEN PUT AT RISK IN PLAME AFFAIR - As a result of exposing Valerie Plame as a CIA officer, a small Boston company listed as her employer was shown to be a CIA front and her alma mater in Belgium discovered it was a favored haunt of an American spy. But there is no indication, according to current and former intelligence officials, that anyone's life was put at risk as a result, the Washington Post reported on 29 October.  www.myantiwar.org/view/63362.html
Still, after columnist Robert Novak published Plame's name on 14 July 2003, the agency informed DoJ that the damage was serious enough to warrant an investigation, officials told the Post.
The CIA has not conducted a formal damage assessment, as is routinely done in cases of espionage and after any legal proceedings have been exhausted, the daily said.
On 28 October, after a two-year inquiry into the leak, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald issued a five-count indictment against Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements during a grand jury investigation. Fitzgerald has not charged anyone with breaking the 1982 law that protects the identities of undercover operatives.
Yet intelligence professionals said the exposure of Plame, who worked under the deepest form of cover, was a reminder of the risks faced by operatives.
"Cover and tradecraft are the only forms of protection one has and to have that stripped away because of political scheming is the moral equivalent to exposing forward deployed military units," said Arthur Brown, who retired in February as the CIA's Asian Division chief and is now a senior vice president at the consultancy firm Control Risks Group. "In the case of the military, they can pack up and go elsewhere. In the case of a serving clandestine officer, it's the end of that officer's ability to function in that role." (DKR)


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

Careers

DISNEY NEEDS SECURITY MANAGER FOR LATIN AMERICA - Start date: Immediately Please send resumes to: Hootan.Altafi@disney.com  Position Title: Manager Security Operations – Latin America Region   Reports to: Director Security Operations - West Coast Summary of Position: The Manager Security Operations is responsible for the security and safety of cast members and the protection of company assets for all locations in Latin America. Based currently in Buenos Aires (current location of the company headquarters for Latin America). However this position may be relocated as necessary.  Knowledge and Skills required include: Minimum 5 - 10 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility within the security field including 2 years of experience leading a comparable sized organization  · Bachelor’s degree required · Bilingual in Spanish and English (both written and verbal)  · Demonstrated track record in dealing with the effective communication of complex organizational and human resource issues (DKR)

DHS HAS 20 NEW OPENINGSNew vacancy announcements for positions at the Department of Homeland Security-headquarters. These positions are posted on www.usajobs.opm.gov. For vacancies with DHS components including FEMA, Coast Guard, etc., please check their postings on www.usajobs.opm.gov

 

Notes:

IRANIANS SAID TO SPREAD DISINFORMATION IN US - Iranian Intelligence operatives have entered the United States to spread disinformation, according to the Iran Policy Committee, a group composed mostly of former US government officials who are lobbying the Bush administration for regime change in Tehran, UPI reported on 25 October.
www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20051025-042935-6337r
The operatives reportedly flew into the United States from Toronto using Dutch and British passports and held a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on 24 October. However no press representatives showed up. When opponents of the Tehran regime who were present took photos and videos, the agents tried to have security officers confiscate the films and tape.
The Iran Policy Committee believes the agents are in the country as a disinformation ploy mounted by the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is mobilizing Iranian intelligence services in a world-wide series of probes against the United States.
The IPC is also lobbying the Bush administration to take the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (People's Mujahedin) of the US government terrorist list. [A Marxist influenced personality cult centered on the husband and wife who head it, MeK publicizes information on developments in Iran, some of which, but not all, has proved accurate. During the 1970s, MeK conducted terrorist attacks on US military in Iran. After being turned on by the mullas when they gained complete control of the 1979 Iranian revolution, MeK decamped to Iraq where it fought alongside Iraqi forces in the Iraq-Iran war of 1980-1988. In 1991, following the first Gulf war, it participated in suppressing Iraqi risings against Saddam Husayn. - DKR]
Clare Lopez, a former CIA officer who served behind the Iron curtain, and who is IPC executive director, said: "Just as Ahmadinejad's intelligence activities came before insurgent attacks in Iraq, so Iranian intelligence actions in the United States may signal terrorist attacks on the American homeland." (DKR)

BRITS IN IRAQ SUFFER BLOWBACK FROM ANTI-IRA STING - Britain has suffered blowback in Iraq from an anti-IRA operation mounted in Northern Ireland, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi reports in The American Conservative dated 21 November.
A British Ministry of Defense investigation determined that recent bombing attacks against UK troops in Iraq employed infrared beam triggering devices, a technology developed by the IRA. The infrared technology was first given to the Irish terrorists in a botched sting operation more than a decade ago.
The British hoped the technology would act as bait leading to seizing top IRA leaders. The IRA got the technology alright but the British did not get the leaders.
London believes Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps obtained the technology from the IRA before passing it on to the Iraqi insurgency.
At least eight British soldiers have been killed using the infrared devices, leading to the recent joint UK-US declaration that Iran is directly supporting the Iraqi insurgency. The bomb uses a command wire, a radio trigger, and an infrared beam for targeting which enables the device to be set up to explode from a long distance, permitting the bombers to escape, Giraldi writes. (DKR)

OBITUARIES

ROBERT WILTBANK KING - One of the first CIA officers assigned to the U-2 project, he died, aged 76, of a heart attack on 19 October at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, the Washington Post reported.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/28/AR2005102802121.html?nav=rss_metro/obituaries
Born in Athens, OH, he moved as an infant to Washington where he graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in 1946 and from the University of Maryland in 1950. He received a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky in 1951.
After joining the CIA in 1952, he was assigned to the U-2 project and stationed in England and Germany. He left the agency in 1962.
In about 1970, he became an administrator, analyst and writer with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In 1971, he prepared an internal book describing plans for development of the Washington Metro system. In 1987, he helped write a report chronicling the 60th anniversary of the commission. The report received a national award as the best annual report produced by a local government. He retired in 1993.
A jazz aficionado, he played the piano.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth King; three children, Sara M. King, William W. King and Elizabeth P. King; a brother; and three grandchildren. (DKR)

RODNEY LEHR - An MI veteran who commanded the Army Reserve's 483rd Strategic Intelligence Detachment from the mid-1950s to 1963, he died of natural causes on 15 October in Bloomington, MN, He was 97, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
www.startribune.com/stories/462/5679400.html
He attended the Yalta Conference in 1945 and in the following year or so worked for a predecessor of the CIA.
"His cover story was that he was an interrogator for the State Department,” said Raymond Ploetz, a retired colonel in the Army Reserve. “I deduced that he was actually hunting Nazi war criminals." Ploetz served in the same Strategic Intelligence Detachment which Loehr commanded. "He actually fled for his life at one point" and used a safe house and a change of clothes to elude his pursuers, Ploetz said.
Born in Albert Lea, MN, he managed to enlist in the Minnesota National Guard when he was 14 and served with it for seven years. In 1938, he received a PhD. from the University of Minnesota and became an American history professor there that year. In 1942, he was commissioned as an Army officer and became historical officer for the unified high command that eventually became the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
During the late 1940s and early '50s, Loehr returned to the Army and worked on relaunching banking operations in Germany.
As a historian, he was known for his expertise in a variety of subjects, including military, Civil War and agricultural history, and served as the founding director of what is now the Forest History Society.
Retired attorney John Krouss of Baudette, Minn., who served under Loehr's command and who took classes at the university from him, said, "I count him among the most effective teachers I had. He gave me my love of history."
After his retirement from the Army Reserve in 1963, he became chairman of the University ROTC Committee. He retired from the university in 1975.
His wife, Nancy, died in 1986. (DKR)


Coming Events

 

4 -5 November 05 - 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.

 

8-9 November 05 - Washington, DC - Middle East Institute Annual Conference "Fractured Realities: A Middle East in Crisis." Scheduled panels include: Collecting and understanding US intelligence on the Middle East; The widening conflict in the Arab Muslim World (including escalating the conflict between the US, Syria, and Iran and the social roots of the global insurgency); Reconstructing Afghanistan and Iraq: Where will the energy come from? and Post-Gaza disengagement and the possibility of a two-state solution. Conference schedule available at: www.mideasti.org/events/ac/. The conference is being held at the National Press Club. US Government attendance is free.

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 November 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 Col. Barrie Town (USA ret.) will be the luncheon speaker, addressing new tech intelligence equipment that he has helped develop. 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.

 

8 March 2006 - College Station, TX - Future of Transatlantic Security Relations - Speakers and panels will examine US and European foreign and defense policies, military strategies and contrasting US and European perspectives on:  grand strategy; US basing realignments; complementary US and European initiatives for expanding regional and out-of-region security, stability, peacekeeping and power projection roles and missions; and homeland security and terrorism.  The conference will be open to Texas A&M and other regional university faculty, students, and community members. The George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will host the conference at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station. See http://bush.tamu.edu  (DKR)

 

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)

 

3-8 September 2006 - Oxford, England - Spies, Lies & Intelligence Conference - To be held at Christ Church College, Oxford University. For further information, please contact Kerry Deeley, Conference and Marketing Assistant, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP. Tel: 01865 286848 Fax: 01865 286328 kerry.deeley@chch.ox.ac.uk  (DKR)

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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