AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #46-05 dated 28 November 2005
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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
EUROPEANS PURSUE ALLEGATIONS OF CIA FLIGHTS, PRISONS
GOSS SAYS CIA DOES NOT USE TORTURE
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
DOD STEPPING UP DOMESTIC INTEL ACTIVITY
NEW CIA CENTER HOSTS BLOGS
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
FAKE CIA, FBI E-MAILS SPREAD WORST WORM OF THE YEAR
EU ADOPTS DATABASE MEASURES TO FIGHT TERRORISM
WARNING OF ATTACKS SHIFTING TO APPS, NETWORK DEVICES
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
AL-JAZEERA TV: LIBERATING FOR ARABS, HATEFUL TO AMERICANS
A COALITION BRIT FACES REVOLT IN IRAQ
DAVID WISE ON RUNNING WITH BAD INTEL
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
MANTECH SEEKS COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PRO FOR MIDDLE EAST
PRESIDENT’S DAILY BRIEF FOUND NO IRAQI-QA'IDA TIES
IRAN REPORTEDLY TRAINING CHECHEN REBELS
COLD WAR MUSEUM SEEKS HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS
WAS ISAK GRUNBERG A WESTERN SPY?
WILLIAM R. JOHNSON - COUNTERINTELLIGENCE EXPERT/AUTHOR
1 December 05 - San Francisco, CA - AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter holds Luncheon
3 December 05 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
5-7 December 05 - Chantilly, VA - The MASINT Association 4th Annual MASINT Conference
7 December 05 - Las Vegas, NV - AFIO Las Vegas Holds Special Event at Nellis AFB
12-13 December 2005 - Miami, FL - Narco Terrorism and Personnel Recovery
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.
19 January 2006 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds USAF O'Club Meeting
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
EUROPEANS PURSUE ALLEGATIONS OF CIA FLIGHTS, PRISONS - The CIA is still using European airports for stopovers on flights carrying terrorist suspects, the online English-language EU Observer reported, citing as report in Handelsblatt (Düsseldorf).
The Observer/Handelsblatt article quoted a high-ranking agency source as saying: "The CIA planes have made stopovers in several European countries, including Germany. Nothing has changed that."
The planes, some of them known to be implicated in renditions, have recently been reported to have landed at airports across Europe, including Poland, Romania, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Spain, German and Malta. Most incidents referred to 2002 or 2003, but a CIA plane was also reported to have stood at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in November and Hungary has admitted a CIA plane landed in Budapest in October, according to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
CIA officers are said to have found discovery of the flights very painful.
In the related matter of secret CIA interrogation camps in Europe, European Union member states last week sent a joint letter to the US government asking for clarification about their existence. Al-Qa'ida prisoners are allegedly held in complete isolation and have no recognized legal rights while subjected to controversial interrogation methods.
Another Europe-wide organization, the Council of Europe, announced it had asked its member states to answer questions about the alleged flights and secret prisons by 21 February.
The council is the guardian of the legally binding European treaty on human rights but has no direct authority in member states.
In The Hague, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot told parliament that if the reports on CIA prisons in Europe were found to be true, this would have consequences for Dutch participation in military operations in Afghanistan.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said there is no evidence that landings by US planes on Spanish soil were illegal, but promised closer checks on aircraft in future, the BBC reported on 24 November.
A fortnight ago, Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso announced an investigation into a series of alleged landings in Majorca and in the Canary Islands.
A can of Ensure was the highlight of Thanksgiving for the dozen or so top al-Qa'ida terrorists in CIA’s secret overseas prisons. ABC News reported. The report did not say whether the prisons were in Europe or elsewhere.
Besides the repetitive playing of rap music, detainees have been made to talk by harsh treatment that includes water boarding, in which water is poured over the face to make them think they are drowning.
The inmates rarely see daylight, and the CIA gives them the bare minimum to make sure they do not die in US custody. That includes the cans of Ensure and shots of vitamin B12.
US officials have little sympathy for the prisoners, according to ABC News. Collectively, they have admitted responsibility for the deaths of several thousand innocent civilians. (PJK, DKR)
GOSS SAYS CIA DOES NOT USE TORTURE - The Dir/CIA Goss told USA Today the agency uses "unique and innovative ways" to obtain vital information from prisoners but strictly obeys laws against torture, Ireland online reported on 21 November.
Goss defended the organization against allegations of torture, claiming there was a huge amount of misinformation swirling about on the subject of detainees. "This agency does not do torture. Torture does not work," he said.
"We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information, and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none of which are torture."
Goss said the CIA remained officially neutral on a call by Sen. John McCain for legislation that would restrict interrogation techniques to ban cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees. But the newspaper said Goss made clear that techniques that would be restricted under the proposal have yielded valuable intelligence. He declined to describe interrogation methods exclusive to the CIA.
"An enemy that’s working in an amorphous network that doesn’t have to worry about a bunch of regulations, chain of command, rule of law or anything else has got a huge advantage over a stultified, slow-moving, bureaucratic, by-the-book organization," he said.
"So we have to, within the law and within all the requirements of our professional ethics in this profession, develop agility. And that means putting a lot of judgment in the hands of individuals overseas." (PJK, DKR)
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
DOD STEPPING UP DOMESTIC INTEL ACTIVITY - Among changes under consideration to increase DoD intelligence activities, the Bush administration is giving thought to expanding the power of the Counterintelligence Field Activity, created three years ago, the Washington Post reported on 27 November.
A proposal by a presidential commission would transform CIFA from an office that coordinates DoD security to one that also has authority to investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage.
DoD is seeking legislation that would create an intelligence exception to the Privacy Act, allowing the FBI and others to share information gathered about US citizens with DoD, CIA and other agencies, as long as the data is deemed to be related to foreign intelligence. The measure is needed, DoD says, to strengthen investigations into terrorism or WMD.
Civil liberties advocates and a few members of Congress, opposed to such measures, say DoD's push into domestic collection is going ahead with little scrutiny by Congress or the public.
Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has persuaded lawmakers to change the legislation attached to the fiscal 2006 intelligence authorization bill, to address some of his concerns. He still believes, however, hearings should be held. Among his changes is elimination of DIA officers being allowed to hide that they work for the government when they approach people who are possible sources of intelligence in the United States.
Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said that although revised a data-sharing amendment would give DoD much greater access to FBI data, including information on citizens not connected to terrorism or espionage. The measure, she said, removes one of the few existing protections against creation of secret dossiers on Americans by intelligence agencies.
Among the steps already taken by DoD was establishment of Northern Command in Colorado Springs to provide military forces to help in reacting to terrorist threats in the continental United States. Northcom's intel centers in Colorado and Texas fuse reports from CIFA, the FBI and other agencies. The centers are staffed by 290 analysts, more than the roughly 200 working for State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and far more than those at DHS.
In addition, each of the military services has begun its own collection of domestic intelligence, primarily aimed at gathering data on potential terrorist threats to bases and other military facilities at home and abroad.
A Marine Corps order recognizes that the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity will be "increasingly required to perform domestic missions and as a result there will be increased instances when Marine intelligence activities may come across information regarding US persons. Among domestic targets listed are people in the United States who it is reasonably believed threaten the physical security of DoD employees, installations, operations or official visitors. (DKR)
NEW CIA CENTER HOSTS BLOGS - The CIA has started hosting Web logs with the latest information on topics including North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's public visit to a military installation and the Burmese media's silence on a ministry reshuffling. It even has a blog on blogs, dedicated to cracking the code of what useful information can be gleaned from the rapidly expanding milieu of online journals and weird electronic memorabilia warehoused on the Net, the Washington Post reported on 25 November.
The blogs are posted on an unclassified, government-wide Web site, part of the DNI Open Source Center. The center, officially opened in November, means that all of a sudden open source is at the table, according to the center's director, Douglas J. Naquin, an agency veteran.
The center was developed out of the agency’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service, set up in 1941 to monitor publicly available media and translate it.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, FBIS fell on hard times and its personnel was slashed by 60 percent, Naquin said. 9/11 gave it new purpose. Now, with its new name, FBIS is repositioned, he said. "Our definition of open source is anything that can be legally obtained," whether how-to-build-a-bomb manuals or inflammatory T-shirts.
Before the new center had opened, it acquired a new video database that makes all its archives available online, and it rolled out an upgraded Web site with the blogs and homepages for key intelligence topics, such as Usama bin Ladin, Iraq insurgency leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, China and even avian flu.
The center also sees itself as a repository of what Naquin calls open-source tradecraft. It teaches courses to intelligence analysts across the community, with titles such as "Advanced Internet Exploitation."
Several outside experts who have dealt with the center said it is still far from offering cutting-edge expertise in how to glean information from the Internet. This is especially so when it comes to a top priority of the moment -- the rapid proliferation of al-Qa'ida-affiliated Web sites and password-protected chat rooms -- and the many creative uses to which the Internet is being put by those who utilize them. (DKR)
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
FAKE CIA, FBI E-MAILS SPREAD WORST WORM OF THE YEAR - What is being called the worst worm of the year looks like an official e-mail from the CIA or FBI but can leave your computer wide open to intruders, the Washington Post reported on 24 November.
The fake e-mail pretends the government has discovered you have visited illegal Web sites and asks you to open an attachment to answer some questions. If the attachment is opened, the computer is infected with malware that can disable security and firewall programs and send similar e-mails to contacts in its address book. It can also keep the computer user from accessing security Web sites that might help fix the problem, and it may open a Windows computer to intruders who can steal personal data.
The CIA and the FBI have put warnings on their Web sites about the worm, known as Sober X. In Europe, Austria's equivalent to the FBI is investigating a flurry of similar bogus e-mails sent in its name to people in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, the Associated Press reported.
Sober is known to affect only those computers running the Windows operating system. It appears that Apple and Linux computer users were not affected.
The e-mail includes an authentic phone number for the FBI or CIA. FBI operators have been routing complaints to its Internet Crime Complaint Center in West Virginia, which received more than 4,000 complaints about the worm on 21 November. ICC typically receives 18,000 complaints each month.
The CIA version of the e-mail contains a real CIA number but lists Washington, rather than Langley, as an address for the agency. (PJK, DKR)
EU ADOPTS DATABASE MEASURES TO FIGHT TERRORISM - The European Commission has adopted two measures designed to assist in the fight against terrorism and serious crime by improving development and access to common European databases, Out-Law.com reported as cited online by the Register on 28 November.
The commission is particularly interested in databases for a planned Visa Information System, the Schengen Information System and EURODAC.
VIS is intended to be a system for the exchange of visa data between EU member states in support of a common visa policy.
The SIS system enables authorities to obtain information regarding certain categories of persons and property in relation to police cooperation. A SIS II will replace the current intergovernmental system with the extension of Schengen area to new member states.
EURODAC holds the fingerprints of those over the age of 14 who seek asylum in the Union. (DKR)
WARNING OF ATTACKS SHIFTING TO APPS, NETWORK DEVICES - An increase in the number of holes in software applications and network devices like routers and switches is allowing hackers to gain access to sensitive government and military systems, eWEEK.com reports the SANS Institute as warning.
SANS warned of the switch to attacks on applications and network devices in its annual publication on 20 November of the Top 20 vulnerabilities.
SANS, NISCC and DHS issued a dire warning about the impact of software vulnerabilities on national security. Unknown enemies are conducting round-the-clock electronic attacks against companies and government Web sites to gather and transmit privileged information.
Unlike worms and viruses, the new wave of malicious attacks are super stealthy and may lurk for months or years, only waking up to snatch sensitive information and send it back to those orchestrating the attack. (PJK, DKR)
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
AL-JAZEERA TV: LIBERATING FOR ARABS, HATEFUL TO AMERICANS - Hugh Miles, Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel that Is Challenging the West (Grove Press, 438 pp. hardback $24, paperback $15)
Miles, a British journalist who speaks Arabic and was born in Saudi Arabia, tells the remarkable story of the Arab television network that SecDef Rumsfeld has characterized as working in concert with terrorists and consistently lying. But then the Syrian government, known for its support of Palestinian terrorist bodies, considers al-Jazeera a Zionist front. Other Arabs say it is a CIA operation. The Israelis, of course, consider it anti-Israeli.
After succeeding his father in a coup, Shaykh Hamad of Qatar created Al-Jazeera in 1996. The result was a revolution in the news available to Arabs. Among other innovations, the network broadcast interviews with dissidents who would never be allowed to appear on other Arab, state-controlled television. So disturbing was Al-Jazeera to the Arab regimes that some of them broke off relations with Qatar.
The station was doing very much what the United States says it approves of in the way of freedom of reporting. Unfortunately, when 9/11 occurred, Al-Jazeera started putting Usama bin Ladin on the air, American TV stations first declared how shocked they were, then started screening the Jazeera footage. Washington's view of Al-Jazeera further darkened when it carried attacks on the United States, coming out of its Baghdad bureau.
What followed, as Miles recounts, was that a US bomb disposed of the network's Kabul offices and US soldiers and aircraft killed and injured several of its journalists during the war in Iraq. (US officials denied targeting the victims.)
Shaykh Hamad has introduced reforms of a liberal character in his tiny Persian Gulf state, which, as Mlles says, lies like a mouse sharing a cage with two rattlesnakes (that is Saudi Arabia and Iran). The shaykh's liberalism, however, does not extend to allowing Al-Jazeera to criticize his rule.
That Americans dislike Al-Jazeera for providing a propaganda platform for our worst enemies is natural and proper. But seen in the context of the Arab world's wretched social and political conditions, Al-Jazeera is a liberating force. Unhappily, what is liberating for that world is not necessarily in US interests. (DKR)
A COALITION BRIT FACES REVOLT IN IRAQ - Mark Etherington, Revolt on the Tigris: The Al-Sadr Uprising and the Governing of Iraq (Cornell University Press, 241 pp. $25)
In October 2003, Etherington, a British ex-paratrooper with a Cambridge degree in international relations and experience in conflict management in the Balkans, was sent by the Coalition Provisional Authority to govern Wasit province in southern Iraq.
His account of the uprising by the Shi’i firebrand Moqtada al-Sadr is a mix of a comedy of errors and a drama of suspense that includes the now familiar effects of having too few boots on the ground and undesirable corporate influences.
Etherington has retained his optimism that a happy outcome for Iraq is possible. If he is right, it is likely to be despite Moqtada whose murderous brutality and demagogic appeal, supported by a fanatical militia, has secured him a place among the country’s top power players. (DKR)
DAVID WISE ON RUNNING WITH BAD INTEL - Like an albatross that castaways hope will not alight on their raft, the question of who misled America into the war in Iraq hovers above Washington, flapping its wings, but so far choosing not to land on either CIA headquarters or the White House, AFIO member and intelligence officer David Wise wrote in the Los Angeles Times.
As for the debate over prewar intelligence, Wise, author of Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America, finds it has been framed the wrong way from the start. "As the argument over the roots of the war evolved, it has taken a simplistic either/or form: Did the CIA provide bad intelligence, or did the Bush administration exaggerate and shape the intelligence to build the case for war?" Wise believes both things happened and can be demonstrated in several ways.
The intelligence about Iraqi nuclear weapons provides the most dramatic example. The October 2002 NIE claimed that Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program when it was not. The CIA's experts did not predict, however, that Saddam, absent outside help, would have the bomb before the close of the decade, Wise notes. "Yet in the months before the invasion, both then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Bush warned of a looming ‘mushroom cloud.’ Bad intelligence that the administration took and ran with and exaggerated."
Another example of the administration's use of bad intelligence to promote its cause originated with the Iraqi defector Curveball. Although discredited as being a fabricator, he claimed he was an eyewitness to Iraq's production of biological weapons in mobile labs and this "intelligence" found its way into a key speech by then-Secretary of State Powell before the United Nations. The intelligence was wrong, but the administration seized on it to ballyhoo its arguments.
The attempt to link Saddam to al-Qa'ida and the 9/11 attacks, an effort led by Vice President Cheney and "Scooter" Libby, was yet another example of the warping of bad intelligence. Cheney and his staff retailed a report, since widely discredited, that Mohammed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker, had met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence officer. Cheney and Libby pushed hard to persuade Powell to include this in his UN speech, but he refused.
"Because the Iraq intelligence was mostly wrong, one may ask, why?" Wise wrote. "Was it mere incompetence on the part of the CIA or did the agency tell the president what George Tenet, then the agency's director, knew Bush wanted to hear?"
"That still unanswered question leads to another: Did the CIA's Iraq analysts succumb to pressure from the White House?"
Despite assurances to the contrary, there was pressure, Wise said. "Why else did Cheney, often accompanied by Libby, pay at least ten visits to the CIA and meet with the analysts in the run-up to the war?" he asked, citing former DDI Richard Kerr, who after investigating the Iraq debacle, concluded there was indeed pressure on the analysts, in the form of repeated requests for rewrites.
Although mostly bogus, the intelligence on Iraq was not entirely wrong. The NIE included dissents by State and the Air Force and Tenet cautioned both the White House and Congress that Saddam was unlikely to use his supposed WMD unless the US backed him into a corner by invading.
"The dissents and Tenet's caveat were lost amid the rhetoric leading to war," Wise concluded. "But for the most part, the intelligence was atrocious, yet embraced and inflated by a White House determined to march on Baghdad." (EAB, DKR)
SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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ManTech Gray Hawk Systems, Inc. is seeking a Senior CounterIntelligence Agent for service in the Middle East-Iraq. Job Description: Conducts screenings on various individuals with access to the brigade AO or who are hired into a position that allows them knowledge of brigade operations. Interviews walk-in sources, conducts liaisons, supports security/OPSEC/force protection programs. The Sr. CI Agent will manage the scheduling and other administrative actions of junior Counterintelligence Agents upon coordination with the Government. Education: Bachelor’s Degree/Master’s Desirable Experience: Individuals must be trained counterintelligence agents with at least 5 years of operational experience. Individuals must be knowledgeable of Army/Joint counterintelligence procedures, data processing systems such as CHIMs and SIPRNET search engines Security Clearance: Must have a current Secret security clearance. Language: Knowledge of the Arabic language and culture a plus. Military Occupational Specialty Field: Position requires former MOS 97B, 351B or civilian/joint service equivalent. Inquiries and applications should be directed to Bob Gilmore at 703-575-2103, email@example.com
PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEF FOUND NO IRAQI-QA'IDA TIES - Ten days after 9/11, President Bush was told in the President's Daily Brief that the intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with al-Qa'ida, the National Journal reported on 22 November, citing government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.
The administration has refused to provide the brief of 21 September 2001, even on a classified basis, and will acknowledge only that it exists.
President Bush was told during the PDB that the few credible reports of contacts between Iraq and al-Qa'ida involved attempts by Saddam Husayn to monitor the terrorist group. Saddam viewed al-Qa'ida as well as other radical Islamist organizations as a potential threat to his secular regime. At one point, analysts believed, Saddam considered infiltrating the ranks of al-Qa'ida with Iraqi nationals or even Iraqi intelligence operatives to learn more about its inner workings, according to records and sources.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for a CIA assessment that included material from the PDB, the PDB itself and dozens of other PDBs as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into whether the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence information in the run-up to war with Iraq. The Bush administration has refused to turn over these documents. (DKR)
IRAN REPORTEDLY TRAINING CHECHEN REBELS - Iran is secretly training Chechen rebels in sophisticated terror techniques to enable them to carry out more effective attacks against Russian forces, the Sunday Telegraph (London) asserted on 27 November, citing unidentified Western intelligence reports.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps is training the Chechens at the Imam Ali training camp, close to Tajrish Square in Tehran, according to the newspaper. As well as training in terrorist techniques, the Chechens undergo ideological and political indoctrination by Iranian mullahs at the religious center of Qom.
According to the Telegraph, the Iranians are growing increasingly suspicious of Moscow's intentions despite its support for their nuclear development program.
"Just as they have orchestrated attacks against British troops in Basra to pressure Britain to drop its opposition to Iran's nuclear program, so they [the Iranians] are trying to put pressure on Moscow by backing Chechen fighters," the Telegraph quoted a senior intelligence official as saying. (DKR)
COLD WAR MUSEUM SEEKS HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS: The Cold War Museum is seeking to acquire more historical artifacts [e.g., records, manuscripts, posters, books, photographs] and other items related to Cold War events and activities for display. It is also looking for newspaper headlines and oral and written histories to enhance exhibits. The Museum has made a proposal to Fairfax County to occupy a former Nike Missile base in Lorton, VA as the home of its future collection. As a result, the Cold War Museum added a 5000 sq ft Cuban Missile Crisis display to its holdings [though this is not on display at this time]. The Museum has hired its first paid Director. Please consider sending a Cold War rarity in your personal collection to the Museum to assist it with future displays. The Museum seeks to ensure that future generations remember Cold War events and especially certain major personalities that forever altered our understanding of national security, international relations, and personal sacrifice for one's country. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (703) 273-2381. More information about the Museum can be found online at www.coldwar.org.
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WAS ISAK GRUNBERG A WESTERN SPY? I am researching this first German translator of the French author Louis Ferdinand Céline. Grunberg died in 1953, and had traveled a lot for what seemed to be no real reasons, to Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden). He was politically deeply disappointed by Soviet System and afflicted by anti-semitism in Europe. And he was motivated to participate in the changing of the world to something better (an idealist...). Isak Grünberg was also a journalist and literary agent, he used the pseudonym "Jacques Vermont". He was an Austrian Citizen, but of former Austria, he was born in Tarnopol in 1897 (now Ukraine, then Galizien), he later lived in Vienna, Paris, was in the Huyton Internment camp near Liverpool, than married a Danish painter. He died in France, near Nice. Do any AFIO members happen to know if Grunberg could have been active for Western Intelligence services? Send suggestions and REPLIES to Rudolf.Bitter@brnet.de in Munich, Germany.
WILLIAM R. JOHNSON - AFIO member William R. Johnson, of Boulder,
CO. died of natural causes Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. He was 86. The son of Frederic Johnson and Jean Anderson Johnson, he was born July 2, 1919, in Loveland. He married Jean Hansen in 1942. They divorced. He married Patricia Long on April 3, 1965. A 1942 graduate of Yale University, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and participated in the landing at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. After his discharge in 1946, he taught English literature at Carleton College in Minnesota, then joined the CIA in 1949. He retired from the CIA in 1976, having worked in Washington, D.C., Austria, Germany and South Vietnam.
Mr. Johnson moved to Boulder in 1977, and served on the board of the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado. "He rejoiced in returning to his native state," his family said. . Johnson was a CIA DO officer, and famous counterintelligence writer/expert who authored in 1987, Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer, released by David Atlee Phillips' Stone Trail Press. The book sold out quickly and was an usually frank How-To for conducting counterintelligence operations. It is long out of print and often sought after. Survivors include his wife, of Boulder; two sons, Clark Johnson, of Crestone, and Wolf Johnson, of Fox Island, Wash.; a daughter, Beatrice Woodruff, of Hazelwood, Mo.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Johnson. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. [EAB / HBP]
"BETTY" MAGNUSSON - A longtime CIA analyst, she died in hospital, aged 83, on 22 November from complications of Parkinson's disease, the Washington Post reported.
Flora Elizabeth Magnusson, known as Betty, was born in St. Fabien, New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Massachusetts, becoming a US citizen when she was 21.
She began working for the CIA in Japan in 1953 before transferring to Langley in 1956. Next she lived in Germany for four years, returning to headquarters in 1961. There she worked as a DO analyst until her retirement in 1984.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, VA and enjoyed duplicate bridge, bowling and golf. She also worked as a volunteer in the administrative offices of local high schools. Although without formal training, she played the piano, organ, harmonica, accordion and zither by ear.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Warren Magnusson; two children, Paul Magnusson and Lori Magnusson; a sister; three brothers; and two grandchildren. (DKR)
1 December 2005 [Thursday] - San Francisco, CA - AFIO's Jim Quesada Chapter, San Francisco Bay Area, hosts Luncheon Meeting, featuring Roger S. Dong, Lt Colonel, USAF (Retired) and former Defense Attaché, American Institute In Taiwan (de facto US Embassy) speaking on: ‘China, Future Threat or Opportunity?’ Roger Dong is a new Chapter Board Member and a retired AF officer. He served in law enforcement, counter-intelligence, and intelligence from 1967-1999. Roger was an accredited China Specialist for the AF and Dept of Defense since 1973.
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, email@example.com or the AOC at https://www.myaoc.org/EWEB/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=120505_MASINT
7 December 2005 [Wed] - Las Vegas, NV - AFIO Las Vegas Chapter Meeting at 6 p.m. at Nellis Air Force Base Adversarial Threat Training Facility and Air Museum, hosted by Lt Col Peter J. Lambert, USAF Commander, 547th Intelligence Squadron (IS) In addition, Lt Col Lambert is permitting the Chapter Membership to Tour the ATTF Air Museum (a formerly classified facility) Please note that due to the Nellis AFB security requirements for attendance, we are required to submit the names of those (members and guests) planning to attend the meeting (and who do not have active or retired military ID) to our contact NOT LATER THAN 4 P.M. THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005. You must RSVP so that all names are on the admit list with base security (even if a tentative) by 4 p.m. Thursday, so that you (and guests) names are added to list. No allowances for late RSVPs. The names will be submitted this Friday, in order to meet the 72-hour requirement (i.e., Monday RSVPs are too late). The Chapter will host Pizza with Salad after the general meeting at the ATTF. Place: The Adversarial Threat Training Facility and Air Museum, Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the main gate located at the intersection on Craig and Las Vegas Blvd. 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582 Again, due to Nellis AFB security requirements, you will need to RSVP no later than COB Thursday, December 1st. You may e-mail the chapter representative Christine J. Eppley at EPPLEY@nv.doe.gov or call her at 702-295-0073 if you have any questions. They look forward to seeing you!
12-13 December 2005 - Miami, FL - NARCO TERRORISM AND PERSONNEL RECOVERY - This conference is sponsored by the St. Mary's University Center for Terrorism Law. Keynote speaker will be Gen. Charles H. Wilhelm (USMC ret.). Panels will deal with Narco-Terrorism, Technology Issues, Personnel Recovery and Border Issues. Registration Fee is $195. For more information and registration go to www.stmarytx.edu/ctl or call 210-431-2219.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6219 or (703) 631-6219. Website Address: http://www.afcea.org/events/fallintel/
16 December 05 [Friday] - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metropolitan Chapter hosts evening talk on "INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGES: THE POST 9/11 WORLD" with Jack Devine, former CIA Acting and Associate DDO. Devine had supervisory authority over thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world. He also headed the Agency's Counternarcotics Center in the early 1990s and the Afghan Task force in the mid-1980s. Mr. Devine's experience with the US Government includes postings to the UK, Italy, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Chile. During his more than thirty years with CIA, he was involved in organizing, planning and executing countless sensitive projects in virtually all areas of intelligence, including analysis, operations, technology and management. Jack Devine is the recipient of the Agency's Distinguished Intelligence Medal and several meritorious awards. Devine is a founding partner and President of the Arkin Group LLC, a firm specializing in international crisis management, strategic intelligence, investigative research and business problem solving. He resides in New York City and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
19 January 2006 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter of AFIO will hold its next meeting at the Falcon Room of the USAF Academy's Officers Club. Richard (Dick) Durham will be the speaker on the subject of "SALT 1 and Intelligence Incidents". Meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. with lunch being served at 12:00 noon. Cost is the same $12.00 for either chicken or beef (a full lunch). Reservations must be made by January 16, 2006 to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or by e-mail to: Riverwear53@aol.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Barbara Lecker at lecker@ejkrause of E.J. Krause and Associates; Tel. 301-493-5500 Web sites: www.IntelConference.US (2006)
3 June 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
3-8 September 2006 - Oxford, England - Spies, Lies & Intelligence Conference - From the historical certainties of World War II, through the treacheries and ultimate triumphs of the Cold War, we have emerged into an age when "Terror" is the West's new political and security watchword. This five-day conference brings together authors, experts and intelligence practitioners of international standing and examines the evolution of intelligence, espionage and deception across more than half a century. Please direct all enquiries and bookings to: The Steward's Office, Christ Church OXFORD OX1 1DP. Tel: +44 (0)1865 286848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com (DKR)
9 September 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. ContactQuiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com 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. ContactQuiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com 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. ContactQuiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ContactQuiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
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