AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #48-05 dated 12 December 2005

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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

SUPPORTERS OF McCAIN MEASURE INCLUDE SOME AFIO MEMBERS

RICE PLACATES EUROPEANS OVER TORTURE

SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

‘TALON’ SYSTEM GATHERS DOMESTIC INFO FOR DOD

FRENCH WARNED CIA ON BOGUS URANIUM CHARGE

SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

CHINA OUTSTRIPS US IN IT MARKET

SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

GOING AFTER FIDEL

THE CHINESE ECONOMIC DRAGON

WHEN HITLER BEAT STALIN TO THE DRAW

Issues

AL-LIBI ADMITTED FAKING IRAQ-QA'IDA TIES

DENIAL OF PATRIOT ACT POWERS FRUSTRATES AGENTS

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

 

Careers

FINANCIAL COORDINATOR - DIPLOMATIC DOWNTOWN D.C. POST

SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR NSA AND NRO

Notes

MASRI SUES TENET

EX-CIA BASE CHIEF FIGHTS ITALIAN ARREST WARRANT

HISTORIAN GETS MI6 GO AHEAD TO WRITE ITS HISTORY

FBI JOB FAIR FARES POORLY

 

Assistance Needed

GRAD STUDENT SEEKS HELP WRITING INTEL HISTORY

Obituaries

The Sainthood of Alger Hiss - May It Rest In Peace, elsewhere

        VENONA: The Truth Is Finally Free by Bernie Reeves based on talk by Harvey Klehr

        Alger Hiss, Master Spy, Dead At 92 - by Bernie Reeves, The Spectator [UK]

 

Coming Events 

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.
10 January 06 (Tues) - Washington, DC - Transforming U.S. Intelligence: The Inside View - Spy Museum
11 January 2006 - Arlington, VA - the NMIA Potomac Chapter hosts luncheon at Key Bridge Marriott.
16-20 January 2006 - Tysons Corner, VA - IOP '06 [OSINT] at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel
19 January 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds USAF O'Club Meeting
19 January 06 (Thurs) - Washington, DC - The Report of the Anglo-Polish Historical Committee - Spy Museum
21 January 2006 - Kennebunk, ME - Maine Chapter of AFIO hosts Justice Dept. Official on Terrorism
26-27 January 06 - Arlington, VA - Homeland Defense Journal Training on "Terrorism and the Suicide Bomb Attack"
26 January 06 - Washington, DC - The FBI and the Weather Underground - Spy Museum
27-28 January 06 - Springfield, VA - Conference on "INTELLIGENCE AND ETHICS"
8 February 06 (Wed) - Werner I. Juretzko: An American Spy in the Hands of the Stasi - Spy Museum
16 February 06 (Thurs) - Washington, DC - The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy - Spy Museum
17-20 February 06 - Arlington, VA - The Intelligence Summit - 2006

23 February 06 (Thurs) - Washington, DC - The Impossible Spy - Spy Museum
4 March 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting
7 March 06 (Tues) - Washington, DC - Hot Science and Cool Analysis - Spy Museum
8 March 2006 - College Station, TX - Future of Transatlantic Security Relations
16 March 06 (Thurs) - Washington, DC - The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy - Spy Museum
7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd Annual INTELCON Exhibition and Symposium
7 May 2006 - Tyson's Corner, VA - XXXII NMIA Anniversary and Awards Banquet
27-29 June 2006 - Lyon, France - Complex Asian Crime Symposium 2006
3-8 September 2006 - Oxford, England - Spies, Lies & Intelligence Conference

 


SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

SUPPORTERS OF McCAIN MEASURE INCLUDE NUMBER OF AFIO MEMBERS - A number of AFIO members are among former intelligence officers who have declared their support for Sen. John McCain's anti-torture amendment and rejected any exceptions to a ban on cruel and inhumane treatment when conducting covert operations abroad, US Newswire.com reported on 9 December.  releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=57877
Among those signing a letter of support to McCain were former DCI Turner, former CIA Counterterrorism Center Director Vincent Cannistraro and Graham Fuller, former Vice-Chairman, NIC.
Vice President Cheney and Dir/CIA Goss have lobbied Congress to exempt CIA operatives from the McCain amendment's ban.
"In the public debate over your amendment, some have argued that CIA interrogators should be exempt from the standards of decency and law that guide the actions of our military in battle and reflect our national values," the letter said.
"They argue that the US must retain 'flexibility' to act outside accepted standards in dealing with hardened enemies, on the presumption that violent and abusive tactics are the best way to successfully interrogate these prisoners. We reject this view.... We support your amendment to restore clarity and honor to US interrogation policy."
The McCain amendment would reinstate the Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogations as the binding rules for interrogation of anyone in DoD custody and would make clear that US personnel, including the CIA and private contractors, are bound by law to refrain from torture and other cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees. The Senate passed the McCain amendment overwhelmingly as part of both defense appropriations and authorization bills. The House-Senate conference committees for both the defense appropriations and defense authorization bills were expected to meet soon on the measures.
The letter said: "Serious efforts to extract intelligence from captured prisoners are not the stuff of television drama. This task requires research, native language skills, and developing sustained relationships with the targets of interrogation. Abusive tactics make developing these relationships more difficult; instead, they tend to induce a subject to tell an interrogator whatever he or she thinks the interrogator wants to hear. Once these barriers are built up, opportunities for obtaining reliable information from a target usually all but disappear, and vital information is permanently lost."
The full text of the letter and its signatories may be seen at www.humanrightsfirst.info/pdf/051209-etn-cia-mcain.pdf .
[In Britain, the House of Lords, the country's highest court, ruled that evidence obtained through torture, no matter by whom, was not admissible in British courts and that Britain had an obligation to uphold anti-torture principles abroad as well as at home, the New York Times reported.] www.nytimes.com/2005/12/09/international/europe/09britain.html?pagewanted=all  (PJK, DKR)

RICE PLACATES EUROPEANS OVER TORTURE – In what the BBC called an apparent shift in US policy, Secretary Rice said the UN Convention Against Torture applies to American interrogators in the US and overseas.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4506682.stm
Her comments, made on 7 December, contrasted with those of AG Gonzales last year when he said the convention did not apply to US interrogations of foreigners overseas.
AP also reported Rice as saying at a NATO press conference: ''Will there be abuses of policy? That's entirely possible. Just because you're a democracy, it doesn't mean that you're perfect.''
www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Rice.html
She offered assurances that any abuses would be investigated and violators punished. ''That is the only promise we can make,'' Rice said.
Rice’s European tour last week was dogged by claims the CIA used foreign bases to hold terror suspects. In contradiction to repeated denials that it knew anything about rendition flights, the EU in fact secretly allowed the United States to use transit facilities to transport criminals in 2003, according to the Sunday Telegraph (London).
www.opinion.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/12/11/wrendition11.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/12/11/ixnewstop.html
The EU agreed to give America access to such facilities in confidential talks in Athens on 22 January 2003, the Telegraph said. Included in the original minutes of the meeting, all references to the agreement were deleted before they were published.
According to the original version, "Both sides agreed on areas where co-operation could be improved [inter alia] the exchange of data between border management services, increased use of European transit facilities to support the return of criminal/ inadmissible aliens, co-ordination with regard to false documents training and improving the co-operation in removals."
This section, and others referring to US policy, was deleted as a courtesy to Washington, according to a spokesman for the EU Council of Ministers.
The minutes of the meeting on a “New Transatlantic Agenda, EU-US meeting on Justice and Home Affairs” were written by the then Greek presidency of the EU after talks with a US delegation headed by a DoJ official. EU officials confirmed that a full account was circulated to all EU member governments.
Rice has admitted that terror suspects are subject to renditions, but refused to address the claims of secret CIA prisons abroad.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said it had evidence that suspects were taken to Poland and Romania. Both countries have denied any secret CIA jails were allowed on their territory.
On 10 December, Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said he would order an investigation into the alleged secret prisons, Reuters reported. The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza quoted Marc Garlasco, an analyst with Human Rights Watch, as saying that until recently Poland was the main location for CIA interrogations in Europe.
today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-12-10T152120Z_01_MOL055237_RTRUKOC_0_UK-SECURITY-POAND.xml&archived=False
In Germany, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier dismissed as outrageous a newspaper report that German security services tipped off the CIA about Masri, facilitating his kidnapping, Reuters reported.
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/12/12/worldupdates/2005-12-11T225853Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_-227507-1&sec=Worldupdates
Germany, Spain, Sweden and Iceland are all investigating claims that CIA planes landed at their airports while transporting terror suspects.
European ministers were satisfied with Rice's explanation on the secret prisons issue, the BBC reported NATO and EU officials as saying.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4509250.stm  (DJLaC, DKR)


SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

TALON’ SYSTEM GATHERS DOMESTIC INFO FOR DOD - ‘Talon’ reports of suspicious activity filed by military and civilians at military bases and other defense installations throughout the United States are flowing into the Counterintelligence Field Activity as a part of DoD’s growing effort to gather intelligence within the United States, the Washington Post reported on 11 December.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/10/AR2005121000893.html
The size and budget of CIFRA, a three-year-old agency, are classified. So is how many Talon reports are generated.
The reports contain information sent in by those with DoD connections who stumble across people or information they think might be part of a terrorist plot or threat against defense facilities at home or abroad.
In a 2003 memo signed by then DDefSec Paul Wolfowitz, the reports "may or may not be related to an actual threat, and its very nature may be fragmented and incomplete."
DoD’s emphasis on domestic intelligence has raised concerns among some civil liberties advocates and intelligence officials. Washington lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 Commission said at the panel's final news conference last week, that DoD collection of data was a cause for concern, partly because little is known about it publicly.
Talon stands for threat and local observation notice. It grew out of Eagle Eyes, an anti-terrorist program established by the USAF Office of Special Investigations that enlists Air Force members and civilians.
CIFA, created in February 2002, was intended to coordinate policy and oversee counterintelligence activities by the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and DoD agencies. It was also charged with setting common standards for training and collection of data.
Under its director, David A. Burtt II, CIFA has rapidly expanded its mandate inside the United States. A former senior CIA official with wide counterintelligence experience, said that while Talon could develop important information, "the Pentagon has chosen to err on the side of over-collection" of information.
His concern, he said, was who does the intelligence go to and what do they do with it. (DKR)

FRENCH WARNED CIA ON BOGUS URANIUM CHARGE - More than a year before President Bush said Iraq tried to obtain uranium in Africa, French officials told the CIA there was no evidence to support the charge, UPI reported on 10 December, citing the Los Angeles Times.
www.washingtontimes.com/upi/20051210-105524-8914r.htm
France warned the CIA in secret communications in 2001 and 2002 that its own investigation found no evidence to substantiate the claim, the Times said. The newspaper said the previously undisclosed exchanges between the United States and France were described in recent interviews by Alain Chouet, the retired chief of the French counterintelligence service, and by a former CIA official.
Chouet said French intelligence arrived at its conclusion after extensive investigations in Niger and other former French colonies, where uranium mines are controlled by French companies. He said the French investigated at the CIA's request.
A US official told the Times Chouet's account was "at odds with our understanding of the issue." The official spoke on condition that neither he nor his agency be identified and declined to elaborate.
However, the Times said a former CIA official corroborated Chouet's assertion that the French repeatedly investigated the Niger claim, found no evidence to support it, and warned the CIA. (DKR)


SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

CHINA OUTSTRIPS US IN IT TECH MARKET - After almost a decade of explosive growth in its electronics sector, China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest supplier of IT goods, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the New York Times reported on 11 December.
www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/business/worldbusiness/11cnd-hitech.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1134396287-i4c28Z1wwY3ZsafXx3hSbA
According to the report, that was to be published on 12 December, China's exports of information and communication technology, including laptops, mobile phones and digital cameras, increased by more than 46 percent to $180 billion in 2004 from a year earlier. It easily outstripped, for the first time, United States exports of $149 billion, which grew 12 percent from 2003
The most spectacular demonstration of China's ambition to become a consumer electronics heavyweight came in May this year when Lenovo, the Chinese computer maker, paid $1.75 billion to buy IBM's personal computer unit.
China is also seeking to impose its own tech standards across a range of consumer products, including mobile phones, digital photography and wireless networks. This is widely seen as a strategy to dominate the global market for IT goods.
The OECD report could also heighten fears that China's drive to build a powerful IT and consumer electronics sector could have far-reaching military consequences for the United States. China's military industry works closely with IT companies and the government's R&D sector in what analysts have described as a digital triangle that supports the country's rapid military modernization.
"The People's Liberation Army is moving very quickly to adopt practically every information-related aspect of military technology that the US is pursuing at this time," said Rick Fisher, vice president of the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Washington. (PJK, DKR)


SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES

Books

GOING AFTER FIDEL - Don Bohning, The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations in Cuba  (Brassey, 320 pp, illustrated, $29.95)
Bohning, Latin America editor of the Miami Herald, provides new insights into the covert war against Cuba that lasted from 1959 until 1965. Although Eisenhower and Kennedy’s desire to be rid of Castro led to the Bay of Pigs, that failure did not end attempts to change the Havana regime, employing economic and political destabilization, propaganda, sabotage and assassination plots.
Bohning considers that the result was to increase Castro’s international celebrity, provide an excuse for more repression in Cuba and contribute to the Soviet decision to introduce nuclear missiles into the island with the resulting notorious crisis. (DKR)

THE CHINESE ECONOMIC DRAGON - Ted C. Fishman, China: How the Rise of the Next Industrial Superpower Challenges America and the World (Scribner, 353 pp. $26)
Fishman, a business reporter and founder of a Chicago Mercantile trading firm, supplies an abundance of case studies, statistics and anecdotes to recount the transformation of the economic shamble Mao left behind, following the Cultural Revolution, into the present burgeoning market economy with an annual growth of some 9.5 percent.
China’s workers may no longer be the world’s cheapest, but entrepreneurs operating in China have little to worry about when it comes to minimum wages, pensions, benefits, unions, antipollution laws or worker safety regulations. (DKR)

WHEN HITLER BEAT STALIN TO THE DRAW - Constantine Pleshakov, Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War Two on the Eastern Front (Houghton Mifflin, 320 pp. $26)
Pleshakov, a historian, takes the view that Stalin was not deceived about Hitler's ultimate intentions, but only Adolf’s timing. So the master of the Kremlin planned a foredoomed preemptive attack into Poland and the Balkans for 1942.
Pleshakov moves from the Kremlin to soldiers of every rank from general to unarmed private. The result is a gripping narrative. (DKR)

Issues

AL-LIBI ADMITTED FAKING 'EVIDENCE' OF IRAQ-QA'IDA TIES - The Bush administration based a crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and al-Qa'ida on detailed statements made by Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, while a prisoner in Egypt, the New York Times reported. Libi later said he had fabricated the statements to escape harsh treatment, current and former government officials told the paper.
www.nytimes.com/2005/12/09/politics/09intel.html?th&emc=th
The officials said Libi provided his most specific and elaborate accounts about the ties only after he was secretly handed over to Egypt by the United States in January 2002.
This disclosure is the first public evidence that bad intelligence on Iraq may have resulted partly from the administration's reliance on third countries to carry out interrogations. The Bush administration used Libi's accounts as the basis for its prewar claims, now discredited, that ties between Iraq and al-Qa'ida included training in explosives and chemical weapons, the Times said.
It has been public knowledge for more than a year that Libi recanted after the US invasion of Iraq and that the CIA withdrew intelligence based on his remarks in March 2004. But US officials have not previously acknowledged either that Libi made the false statements in foreign custody or that he contended that his statements had been coerced.
Sen. Carl Levin, ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, last month made public unclassified passages from a February 2002 document which said Libi was probably intentionally misleading his debriefers. The document showed that DIA had identified Libi as a probable fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims about ties between Iraq and al-Qa'ida involving illicit weapons. (CJLaC, DKR)

DENIAL OF PATRIOT ACT POWERS FRUSTRATES AGENTS - Newly disclosed e-mail messages sent by FBI agents reveals frustration at what they see as DoJ reluctance to let them use powers under the Patriot Act to demand records and to use other far-ranging investigative measures in terrorism cases, the New York Times reported on 11 December.
www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/national/nationalspecial3/11patriot.html?pagewanted=all
One internal message, sent in October 2003, criticized the DoJ Office of Intelligence Policy and Review for regularly blocking requests to use the antiterrorism law to obtain records from institutions like banks, Internet providers and libraries.
"While radical militant librarians kick us around, true terrorists benefit from OIPR's failure to let us use the tools given to us," said the e-mail message sent by an unidentified bureau official. "This should be an OIPR priority!!!"
Another message sent in May 2004 with the subject header "Miracles," mocked DoJ's approval of a request for records under the Patriot Act’s so-called library provision. "We got our first business record order signed today!" the message said. "It only took two and a half years."
The Bureau turned the messages over to the Electronic Privacy Information Center as part of a lawsuit brought by the group under FOIA. The group provided the material to the Times.
(DKR)


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

Careers
[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" nor endorse these career offers. Reasonable-sounding career offerings are published as a service to members. Exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any personal data. Independent research on the search and hiring companies beforehand is recommended. Never discuss classified projects with recruiters and remain attuned to false-flagging. ]

FINANCIAL COORDINATOR POSITION IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE - Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR), Inc., and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation seek candidates for the position of financial coordinator. The position will come open in the first week of January 2006. The financial coordinator is responsible for managing all of the accounts of both organizations, including receiving and recording in the appropriate  category payments and contributions from various sources; reviewing with the appropriate colleague all bills and paying them promptly; payroll operations for six employees; the annual dues billing for approximately 1900 members;  maintaining ledger accounts for restricted bequests; quarterly reconciliation of accounts with the investment advisors; the annual audit of both organizations; assisting the executive director in the preparation of the annual budgets; and  compliance with District of Columbia labor, tax, and liquor laws. The successful candidate need not have a degree in accounting or bookkeeping, although such a degree would be a strongly positive factor. At least three years' experience in maintaining the accounts of a non-profit charitable, educational, or other organization is a prerequisite. Mastery of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook, as well as MYOB or similar accounting software, is required. Previous Foreign Service experience is very desirable. The starting salary is in the low to mid-40 K range, depending on experience. Applicants should send a cover letter and résumé promptly to the Executive Director by email ( dacor@dacorbacon.org ), fax (202-842-3295), or post (DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006). The deadline is COB Wednesday, December 28, 2005. One amenity immediately comes to mind...the beauty of the job location. Few offices can match the quiet, aged grace and beauty of the Dacor Bacon House.

Senior Business Development Manager for NSA or NRO. Candidate needs verifiable track record winning mulitmillion dollar contracts within the NSA and NRO. Position negotiable, Chantilly, Columbia, or McLean. Salary is between $135K-$155K plus bonus. Active TS/SCI with full-scope polygraph required. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: . Develops, coordinates and implements marketing plans and strategies designed to retain existing business and to identify and capture new opportunities within NRO and NSA. . Oversees the identification and development of on-going relationships with key customers in both domestic and international markets. . Directs the development of creative price to win strategies to improve competitive posture and capture new business opportunities. . Plans and directs capture efforts.. Provides guidance and direction on technical/operation issues. REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's degree in business administration or related field plus 6 years of government sales/marketing experience. Skills/Abilities: Extensive government sales/marketing experience. Demonstrated managerial competence. Demonstrated creativity and ingenuity in developing successful strategies for business growth. Inquiries and applications should be directed to Ron Falcone at at (401) 267-0192, rrf@middlebridgestaffing.com. Relocation funds are available. Position is eligible for Growth Sales Incentive Plan.

Notes:

Al-MASRI SUES TENET - Khaled el-Masri, a German national of Lebanese origin, filed a lawsuit on 6 December in Virginia, accusing former DCI Tenet of violating the US Constitution and international law by authorizing his detention and interrogation on the erroneous grounds of his being a terrorist, UPI reported.
www.washingtontimes.com/national/20051206-105110-9657r.htm
The lawsuit says Masri was seized on 31 December 2003, while on holiday in Macedonia, and handed over to US officials who beat and drugged him, and took him to a secret prison in Afghanistan, where he was detained without charge and subjected to coercive interrogation.
Five months later, according to the complaint, he was deposited at night, without explanation, on a hill in Albania.
In addition to Tenet, the lawsuit names US aviation companies Premier Executive Transport Services Inc., Keeler and Tate Management LLC and Aero Contractors Ltd., which it says supplied the aircraft and personnel that flew Masri from Skopje to Bagram, knowing that they were to be used in Masri's secret detention and interrogation.
Twenty "Does" (people or corporations unknown to the plaintiff and identified only as current or former employees of the CIA and of defendant corporations) are also named.
The lawsuit accuses the defendants of denying Masri his constitutional right to due process and seeks damages under the Alien Tort Claims Act, alleging cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and prolonged arbitrary detention.
The Alien Tort Claims Act is an 18th-century law that gives noncitizens of the United States the right to file cases against federal officials and US-based private companies for violating international law, said Ann Besson, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and one of the lawyers who drafted the case. The suit seeks $75,000 in damages
The Masri case, which has been investigated as a kidnapping by German prosecutors, has been a source of friction in US-German counterterror cooperation, diplomats said. Berlin is irritated that the CIA did not inform it about Masri's detention, a German official said. (DKR)

EX-CIA BASE CHIEF FIGHTS ITALIAN ARREST WARRANT - Robert Lady, a former CIA base chief in Milan, accused in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, will go to Italy's Supreme Court if necessary to fight an arrest warrant from Italian prosecutors, AP reported his lawyer saying on 8 December. Lady is one of 22 alleged CIA officers accused of involvement in the purported 2003 rendition to Egypt of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a cleric known as Abu Omar. Lawyer Daria Pesce said that even though a Milan judge rejected Lady's claim of immunity last month, her client still believes the evidence against him was collected illegally because of his consular status. Italian police raided a house occupied by Lady earlier this year and removed documents, but Pesce said Lady is now living in the United States. She would not say where. (DKR)

HISTORIAN GETS MI6 GO AHEAD TO WRITE ITS HISTORY - MI6’s archives, where some of the great mysteries of Britain’s intelligence operations are buried, are to be brought into the open, The Times online (London) reported. www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1910621,00.html
Keith Jeffery, Professor of Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast, has been appointed to write the history of the service from its founding in 1909 to 1949. MI6 material post-1949 is still regarded as sensitive. A few select historians have been allowed limited access to MI6 material and other secret intelligence service files have found their way into the National Archives at Kew as part of classified document releases. But Jeffery will be allowed total access and has been told he can write “a warts and all” history.
Nevertheless, MI6 and the government will retain editorial control to ensure that material still relevant is redacted,
MI6’s decision to open its archives follows the appointment by MI5 last year of Christopher Andrew, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University, to write a history in time for the centenary of the service in 2009. (DKR)

FBI JOB FAIR FARES POORLY - The FBI held a job fair in the Washington DC suburb of Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, on 3 and 4 December, the Washington Post reported on 9 December.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/08/AR2005120802038.html
The Bureau was hoping to sign up people for 1,000 openings in the Washington area. Many of the openings were for entry-level jobs, and all were listed with the Washington's Department of Employment Services. The event attracted a total of two visitors, according to the Post.  It called Washington's job placement and training programs among the worst in the country. (DKR)

Assistance Needed
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GRAD STUDENT SEEKS HELP WRITING INTEL HISTORY - I am trying to find literature that deals with the problems of going about writing intelligence history. So I would be grateful for any suggestions about books or articles that could help me in doing this for my PhD thesis. Please contact: Peer Henrik Hansen, Department of History and Social Theory 03.2.1, P.O. Box 260, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. peer@ruc.dk

Obituaries:

Our own Special Obit -- once and forever -- for the inappropriate Sainthood placed upon Soviet Spy Alger Hiss. A new film by George Clooney -- GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK -- based on the 1954 experiences by TV newscaster Edward R. Murrow, implies that all of those named by Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy during the famous hearings [esp. Hiss], were innocent.  A few might have been, but as history and NSA decrypted Soviet cables [VENONA] have shown, most were guilty and were counting on a gullible public to believe their claims otherwise. One would walk away from this movie convinced Murrow had bravely stood up to a dishonest Senator who filled his hearings with fabrications and distorted accusations.  Here are two well-written reminders of the truth:

VENONA: The Truth Is Finally Free by Bernie Reeves based on a talk at the Raleigh Spy Conference 2005 by Professor/Author Harvey Klehr [17 October 1996 - reprinted here with permission] See   Raleigh International Spy Conference
THE SECRET IS OUT, BUT you wouldn’t know it - not yet. The great wheel of history has just turned back on track with the official release by the National Security Agency of the "Venona" files, 2900 pages of decrypted messages between Moscow and American communist spies between 1943 and 1957.
The released information either confirms what many already knew or believed, or it shatters a value system predicated on the innocence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and the crusades by the activist Left against the secret agencies of the United States.
The Venona Conference, held in Washington, D.C., on the campus of the National War College (Fort McNair), brought together the top scholars and former and existing spy agency grandees to discuss, in a series of panels, the significance of the newly declassified evidence that yes, indeed, America’s atomic energy program was deeply penetrated by Soviet agents, most of whom were American citizens and members of the Communist Party.
The startling and frightening news that Russia had exploded an atomic bomb as early as 1949 was the direct consequence of espionage by America Communist agents. The Cold War was afoot 20 years ahead of schedule and, as Senator Patrick Moynihan put it as he opened the Venona Conference, "thanks to the efforts of NSA, we are still alive to talk about it."
The story of Venona, a random code name used by NSA to identify radio and cable traffic from Moscow to U.S. agents, began with the alertness of mid-level cryptographer, Cecil Phillips (still alive and a panelist at the conference) who noticed names and code names mixed into ordinary commercial and diplomatic messages. Phillips deciphered the traffic and brought in NSA linguist Meredith Gardner, who confirmed the dramatic fact that the U.S. atomic, military and diplomatic establishments were penetrated by agents working for Moscow.
This information was turned over to the FBI. Gradually, the spy network was rounded up and included Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were tried and executed for espionage.
The Rosenberg cult that has flourished since 1953 laid the groundwork for a leftist intellectual crusade that resonated through the 1950s and into the student movement of the 1960s. The message was that an evil American imperial government, using secret agencies, murdered two innocent communists; not only was the couple innocent, they were executed due to their socialist and anti-American views. Venona settles the issue: They were spies and they were guilty.
Venona also clears up a nagging problem from the 1950s that is mentioned in all references to the 'McCarthy Era': Why didn’t President Eisenhower (or Truman before him) publicly denounce and muzzle Tail-gunner Joe for ruining the lives of defendants called before his Senate Committee who refused to answer the famous questions: "Are you, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?" Venona shows the majority of suspected communists called up by the committee were indeed just that. Eisenhower’s silence on McCarthy stems from the now-known fact that he was reading the NSA decrypts provided by the FBI and knew that McCarthy was somehow receiving leaks on individuals mentioned in the traffic from Moscow.
As noted historian on intelligence matters, Dr. Christopher Andrew of Cambridge, chair of the closing panel of the conference, queried, "Did Venona make a difference?" the responding chorus is yes, for it finally puts to rest the Cold War controversy over whether or not the FBI was acting on valid information when it rounded up American communists that were hired as spies by the Soviets.
And, now that the nuclear menace of the Cold War is practically ended, Venona dramatically demonstrates that had we not discovered and acted upon the penetration by American communist spies of our atomic research program, the winner of the Cold War would not have been the West.
Panelist Arthur Schlesinger Jr. called history "an argument without end" but noted that this argument is near conclusion, and with it the keystone of modern Leftist philosophy. There’s more to come as Cold War history is rewritten - this time with facts, not agendas.
[N.B.  Professor Klehr sadly notes that his last sentence has still not become true....this film being a solid example that most Americans continue to believe many of the McCarthy Era targets were innocents. Another film might have had it right:  "You can't handle the truth!"]

Alger Hiss, Master Spy, Dead At 92 - by AFIO member Bernie Reeves in a reply to The Spectator [UK], Reeves Media [5 December 1996 reprinted here with permission]
THE DEATH OF ALGER HISS this past November 15, 1996, marks a milestone in modern history by officially closing the "Cold War" and sealing off for historians the period 1945-at the close of World War II-to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990.
The two major themes of the period were espionage and the atomic bomb; and both issues became inextricably entangled in 1943 when American signal intelligence became suddenly aware that the NKVD (now KGB) was running a spy network comprised of American Communists, as well as agents with diplomatic cover, that had deeply penetrated the U.S. atomic energy program, the Department of State and the armed services.
The Soviets, under Stalin, detonated their A-bomb in 1949, 20 years ahead of their capability, using U.S. technical research obtained from American and British spies. From then on, Stalin had the power to seek domination in Europe and Asia. The Iron Curtain came down with a loud and vicious thunk.
The prelude for this embarrassing and dangerous result begins in the 1930s during the Great Depression when Soviet espionage agents were able to recruit upper-class Cambridge University students in England to be spies. The Cambridge moles, as they are known, were able to reach the highest tiers of the diplomatic, home office and spy agencies of British government during and just after World War II.
In 1951, two of the five moles were on the verge of discovery by British agents when they fled to the Soviet Union. This created a noisy public stir and divulged to the world the scandalous truth that Soviet spies were able to penetrate the highest echelons of national security of the Western powers.
Not until 1963 were counter intelligence agents from the U.K. and the U.S. able to nail the third of the five Cambridge moles, the urbane and crafty Kim Philby, suspected to be the leader of the spy ring. Philby fled to the Soviet Union and appeared on State TV in the uniform of a KGB colonel.
It took until 1978 for the public to learn that the fourth man, Anthony Blunt, had been discovered in the late 1960s but had been allowed to carry on his pubic persona as an art expert (he was in charge of the Queen’s collection and director of the Courtauld Art Institute) and resource for British counterintelligence.
The mystery of the identity of the "fifth man" became a cause célèbre after Blunt’s exposure. Hundreds of books and thousands of theories were offered, including the book Spycatcher that was a big bestseller in the U.S. in the 1980s after the British government banned its publication invoking the Official Secrets Act.
As it turned out, everyone was wrong. In 1990, Dr. Christopher Andrew, a fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge co-authored with former KBG colonel and double agent Oleg Gordievsky KGB: The Inside Story, which draws on Gordievsky’s former access to KGB documents to name the infamous and mysterious "fifth man." He turned out to be John Cairncross, who is still alive and residing in the South of France.
The Cambridge moles, notably Donald MacLean and Kim Philby, were able to inflict the most damage on U.S./U.K. information sharing during and after World War II. Philby, the master spy, was passing atomic secrets to his Soviet employers in his position as liaison between the spy agencies of the two countries.
Alger Hiss, the Harvard-educated upper-class American diplomat, was able to provide either Philby or his Soviet paymasters directly, the highest grade of U.S. secret, including the atomic bomb. He was also a confidant of FDR, having served as a top-level administrator of the New Deal, the President’s senior advisor at the Yalta Conference (where FDR literally gave Stalin Eastern Europe) and was nearly named the first Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Fortunately, he was accused of being a soviet spy before he could take the post and was convicted finally of perjury and served four years for lying about his espionage activities. The recent release of secret decryptions of Russian spy traffic verifies that he was a spy with the code name Ales.
Sadly, a committed lobby of American intellectuals have insisted that Hiss was innocent since he was arrested in 1948. The "Hiss case" became a central issue in the Cold War period that still divides historians and intellectuals and confuses the public.
This schism was apparent in the Hiss obituary in The New York Times. He is called an "erudite diplomat," a "self-possessed patrician" and he is juxtaposed against Richard Nixon (his main accuser) who, of course, is everyone’s favorite villain. The implication from this entry in the permanent record at his death is that Hiss was innocent.
But Hiss is guilty. James Srodes, writing in the London Spectator of November 23, 1996, convincingly argues, gathering recent intelligence disclosures, diaries and disclosures of those on the scene during and after Hiss’ trial, that he will rank, when all is said and done, as a greater spymaster than Kim Philby.
"In their hatred for the very society which had elevated them, Hiss and Philby were twins. The real question that remains is just how far Hiss was prepared to go to hand over the Western Alliance to the Soviet Union," writes Srodes.
The "old guard Left" won’t let go of their sacred belief in Hiss’s innocence no matter how much evidence proves his guilt. This insistence that Hiss was framed by an evil American empire continues to undermine our national self-confidence and create and Anti-American legacy within our own borders, both geographical and intellectual.
As author and historian Joyce Milton so vividly stated in an article in The New Republic covering the Venona Conference in Washington October 5-7, 1996, at which the National Security Agency released secret decrypts that prove the guilt of the Rosenbergs and begin to wrap-up the sinister role played by Alger Hiss in nearly bringing the U.S. under Stalin’s thumb, "everything changes, even the CIA, but the American Left changes scarcely at all."   [EAB]


Coming Events

 

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 pjordan@afcea.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.
Preceding Devine will be a brief talk by
Julie Anderson, NY Metro Chapter VP/Treasurer, on her PhD dissertation topic: The Russian Intelligence Services - Here Today, Still Here Tomorrow.
TIME: 5 - 6 p.m. - Registration; 6 - 7:15 p.m. Devine speaks; 7:15 - 8 p.m. reception and refreshments.
COST: $40/pp Registration in Advance: Mail checks payable to Jerry Goodwin, 530 Park Ave 15B, New York, NY 10021, or register via email to afiometro@yahoo.com  or by phone at 212-308-1450 and Pay at the Door
Or register at the door: No Advance Notice. Checks/Cash Accepted, sorry, no credit cards.
WHERE: Society of Illustrators Building, 128 E 63rd St, Manhattan between Park and Lexington.

 

Tuesday, 10 January 06 - Washington, DC - Transforming U.S. Intelligence: The Inside View; 6:30 pm "If intelligence cannot hope to bat a thousand, it still must aim to win the World Series." - Jennifer E. Sims For pointed and practical advice on intelligence reform, nothing beats the recommendations of people from deep inside the intelligence establishment itself. Burton Gerber, a veteran CIA case officer who served 39 years as an operations officer and was chief of station in three Communist countries, and Jennifer E. Sims, former deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence coordination, have recently co-edited Transforming U.S. Intelligence. Drawing on the issues covered by operators, analysts, and senior managers in this comprehensive book, they and contributor Ambassador at Large Henry A. Crumpton, State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, will illuminate current and potential intelligence challenges, the application of new technologies to existing policies, and coping with management concerns. Audience participation in this penetrating conversation will be strongly encouraged. www.spymuseum.org to register.

 

11 January 2006 - Arlington, VA - the NMIA Potomac Chapter is hosting a luncheon at the Key Bridge Marriott. The speaker: John Schuhart, Deputy Financial Executive Officer, Office of the Deputy Director of National Intelligence Management. For further information or to register, go to www.nmiapotomac.org 

 

16-20 January 2006 - Tysons Corner, VA - IOP '06 is being held at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel - 60 Exhibits -- 20 Top Speakers -- 400-600 International Players. This is the latest version of Robert Steele's OSINT conference. IOP stands for Information Operations (IO), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Peacekeeping Intelligence (PKI). Modern IO consists of Strategic Communications (the message), Open Source Intelligence (the shareable reality), and JIOCS with FL and AA (the technologies). Modern IO is the new American way of war and offers enormous potential in ten IO-heavy mission areas: Strategic Communication & Public Diplomacy; Peacekeeping Intelligence & Information Peacekeeping; Early Warning & Stabilization-Reconstruction Operations; Homeland Defense & Emergency Responder Civil Support; National Education & National Research for National Wealth. Join Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02), Alvin & Heidi Toffler, and many other world-class speakers including Canadian, Croatian, Dutch, English, South African, and Swedish experts on the emerging intersection of open source software, open spectrum, open source information, open access copyright, and open societies. All participants in the three day event will receive the new book on IO, as well as new books on Commercial Intelligence and on Peacekeeping Intelligence. One may elect to participate in only one day, and/or the training day on Friday. Complete details are at www.oss.net/IOP. Congressman Simmons, the "owner" of OSINT on the Hill, and the new ADDNI/OS Eliot Jardines are both confirmed as speakers, as are Alvin & Heidi Toffler and a wide variety of international and US authorities. Six books are included in the conference fee, three of them first-time issues: Steele's own INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time with a Foreword by Congressman Simmons and a technical preface by Canadian naval PhD Robert Garigue; Mats Bjore's new book on COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside Out and Upside Down; and the second PKI book, PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: The Way Ahead. These books will also be sold on Amazon, but the extraordinary collection of people interested in this topic, as Steele is uniquely-qualified to orchestrate its discussion, only comes together once a year. COST: HALF-PRICE is being offered to AFIO Members, just write AFIO in upper right hand corner and pay half the listed price via credit card or check. Purchase orders are full price discounted for prompt payment. Registration and details at www.oss.net/IOP or Fax 703.266.6391, Call 703.266.6390

 

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.

 

Thursday, 19 January 06 - Washington, DC - The Report of the Anglo-Polish Historical Committee Volume I: Intelligence Co-operation between Poland and Great Britain during World War II. 12 noon - 1 pm Cracking Enigma was just the beginning. When Poland shared their code breaking methods and machines with Britain, it was the start of an extraordinary relationship that helped win World War II. From smuggling parts of a German V2 rocket bomb into the UK hidden in a bicycle to reporting on Nazi activity, Polish intelligence played a crucial role in key decision making in London and Washington. Now scholars from the UK and Poland have joined forces to reveal this little-known wartime cooperation. Join Dr. Jan Ciechanowski and Dr. Rafal Wnuk, both contributors to the book, who will travel from Poland to tell this remarkable story. FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING ; www.spymuseum.org.

 

21 January 2006 - Kennebunk, ME - Maine Chapter of AFIO hosts Justice Dept. Official Frank Amoroso, the Regional Director in the U. S. Department of Justice Boston office, who will speak at 2 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Public Library. The event is open to the public. Amoroso’s topic will be the negative effects of terrorism on Muslims and non-Muslims. Amoroso is involved with the Community Relations Service, the Justice Department's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist state and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony. CRS deploys highly skilled professional conciliators, who are able to assist people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. Amoroso holds a BA degree in Sociology from the Univ. of Maine, a Masters degree in Counseling from Hampton Univ., and a Masters degree also from the Univ. of So. Calif./Univ. of Maine. He is a graduate of the Maine Executive Institute, Maine Maritime Academy. Additional details about the meeting and the Maine AFIO Chapter are available from President Barbara Storer, 207-985-2392. or email her at ebstorer@webtv.net 

 

January 26-27, 2006 - Arlington, VA - Homeland Defense Journal Training on "Terrorism and the Suicide Bomb Attack" at the NRECA Executive Conference Center (Lobby Level - Conference Room CC1), 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203 **Includes a Special Segment on How to Better Prepare for a Bomb Threat and Implement Countermeasures** Visit their web site at www.homelanddefensejournal.com for more information!

 

Thursday, 26 January 06 - Washington, DC - The FBI and the Weather Underground; 6:30 pm "Within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice." - Bernadine Dohrn, Weather Underground Organization (WUO) founder  In the late 1960s and early 1970s long-simmering public unrest over the Vietnam War, social reform, and civil rights erupted into violent radical protest. When the Weather Underground began a series of bombings - including strikes on the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon - as acts of war against the United States, its young members became the target of one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. Bill Ayers, a founding member of the militant political organization and author of Fugitive Days, will recount the origins of the WUO, its purpose, as well as his own evolving feelings about its actions and legacy. Don Strickland, a former FBI agent assigned to the WUO case, will discuss the Bureau's wide-ranging efforts to deal with the WUO's violent acts and track down Underground fugitives, many of whom had become skillful in adopting aliases, forging identification, and selecting hideouts. Join these two former adversaries for an evening of reflection and revelation about an incendiary time in American history. www.spymuseum.org to register.

 

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

 

Wednesday, 8 February 06 - Werner I. Juretzko: An American Spy in the Hands of the Stasi; 6:30 pm "Suddenly, I heard loud knocks at the door. That moment, I knew I was dead meat." - Werner I. Juretzko Interrogation, torture, execution - these were the grim prospects awaiting a Western agent captured by the Stasi, the hated and feared East German state security service. Werner I. Juretzko, an agent for United States Army Intelligence (G-2), survived six years in Stasi torture chambers undergoing brutal interrogations and threat of death until he was released in a spy-swap just days after the Berlin Wall went up. As a passionate anti-communist, Juretzko's spy career began when he agreed to infiltrate the West German Communist Party in 1949. His success led to his recruitment by G-2 as an undercover political operative in East Germany and Poland. His tale of betrayal and loss reveals firsthand the stark reality of Cold War espionage. www.spymuseum.org to register

 

Thursday, 16 February 06 - Washington, DC - The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy; 12 noon - 1 pm   Congressional criticism, aggressive oversight alternating with extreme passivity, tight purse strings: the CIA's first 15 years. When David M. Barrett used newly declassified documents, personal interviews, and exhaustive research to explore the CIA's formative years, he found a world of secret budgeting, covert action, and spymasters on Capitol Hill. Barrett's profile of the Agency's early successes and failures will provide a fascinating context for anyone interested in the current debates over the Agency's ultimate fate. FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING www.spymuseum.org.

 

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/ 

 

Thursday, 23 February 06 - Washington, DC - The Impossible Spy; 6:30 - 9:15 pm "What if I were to tell you that there are many Eli Cohens? And that if they are successful, you will never hear of them?" - former Mossad chief, Isser Harel Forty years ago, Eliahu ben Shaul Cohen was sentenced to death by a Syrian military tribunal and executed. At the time of his arrest, Cohen - an undercover agent for Israel's intelligence agency Mossad - had become so popular among the Syrian leadership that he was being considered for the post of Deputy Defense Minister. This 1987 film captures the true story of this unlikely spy - from his hesitant response to recruitment to his enthusiastic adjustment to life as a Syrian powerbroker. Join Wesley Britton, author of Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film, as he describes this film's unique place in the world of onscreen espionage and its depiction of the Middle East, and Harvey Chertok, the movie's executive producer, for the film's fascinating back story. www.spymuseum.org to register.

 

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.

 

Tuesday, 7 March 06 - Washington, DC - Hot Science and Cool Analysis; 6:30 pm "The analysis came down firmly on both sides of the issue." - Former Director of Central Intelligence Robert Gates in From the Shadows Spies gather data, analysts make sense of it, and scientists develop the tools that help them do both. In this program, you will have the rare opportunity to see demonstrations of the latest technology developed through research now being conducted by the University of Maryland Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) - and then use that technology to gather and analyze information about a fabricated espionage case. Using cutting-edge science, spy skills, and savvy, you will ferret out a double agent on this fast track assignment. Ebeam lithography, particle identification, and voice-changing technology are just some of the super-science technology you will use to shut down a shady operation. Co-sponsored by MRSEC. www.spymuseum.org to register

 

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 

 

Thursday, 16 March 06 - Washington, DC - The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy; 12 noon - 1 pm Virginia Hall, Baltimore's answer to Sydney Bristow. This amazing spy was SOE's go-to agent in World War II France before she had to flee for her life with Klaus Barbie, “the Butcher of Lyon,” hot on her trail. During her second trip to Nazi-occupied France on an OSS mission, Hall, disguised as a peasant, radioed vital info to London and ran a Resistance circuit that helped pave the way for the Allied invasion. For her work, she received the coveted Distinguished Service Cross. That was just the start of a career that continued with the CIA in Latin America. Join Judith L. Pearson for a celebration of the vaunted career of "The Limping Lady."  FREE LUNCHTIME AUTHOR DEBRIEFING AND BOOK SIGNING www.spymuseum.org

 

7-9 May 06 - Bethesda, MD - 2nd Annual INTELCON [National Intelligence Conference and Exposition] - To emphasize practical applications and techniques  INTELCON combines an educational program which focuses 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 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.IntelConference.US  (2006)

 

7 May 2006 - Tyson's Corner, VA - XXXII NMIA Anniversary and Awards Banquet - The National Military Intelligence Association holds this annual event in honor of distinguished individuals who have provided outstanding contributions to military intelligence and who represent the epitome of intelligence professional performance. Selections for the awards are made by the service intelligence chiefs and the directors of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Please contact Debra Davis nmia@adelphia.net  The Event is being held at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel. NMIA is a worthwhile organization and deserving of your support.

 

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.

 

27-29 June 2006 - Lyon, France - Complex Asian Crime Symposium 2006 sponsored jointly by Interpol General Secretariat, Lyon, France, and the Center for Asian Crime Studies [CACS] an international, not-for-profit, research and training organization. This training symposium has expanded the geographic scope of the event to encompass interest in terrorism, and has added organized crime to its coverage--and its links to terrorism--from Suez to Tokyo. Experts from academia and national police agencies world-wide, plus private organizations and think-tanks, are asked to gather in Lyon to address a wide range of issues of strategic and tactical interest to law enforcement authorities. Broad topic areas will include (1) Trends in collaboration between criminals and terrorists, (2) New techniques for identifying and tracing suspects, (3) Cross-cultural considerations for effective investigations of persons of Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religion, (4) Recent investigations involving money laundering, fraud, underground banking and human smuggling by ethnic Asian criminals, and (5) Essential differences between mindsets of West, South and East Asian criminals and societies. Speakers: Among approximately 20 speakers who will appear at the symposium, the following might participate: (1) Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, New Scotland Yard, London (2) Mr. David E. Kaplan, Chief Investigative Correspondent, US News & World Report, Washington, DC. (3) Dr. Sheldon Zhang, Professor, San Diego State University, California (4) Chief Investigator Larry Lambert, Orange County Prosecutor’s Office, California (5) Mr. Garry Spence, Director of Investigations, Consumer Protection Authority, British Columbia, Canada. (6) Superintendent Gordon McRae, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Registration: Attendance is limited to persons actively engaged in law enforcement or with serious academic interests. Due to security considerations and limited seating, all who would attend this symposium must register in advance. Registration forms may be found at www.asiancrime.org. Prior to May 31, 2006, a registration fee of 190 Euros per person will be assessed each attendee.
After May 31, 2006, the registration fee will be 220 Euros per person. Completed registration forms may be sent by email to cordhart@aol.com, or they may be sent to Center for Asian Crime Studies, 7609 Royal Dominion Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA along with your payment.

 

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: conflict@chch.ox.ac.uk or to kerry.deeley@chch.ox.ac.uk   (DKR)

 

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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