AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #05-06 dated 30 January 2006
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IMPORTANT MEDIA ADVISORY SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE HOLDS HEARING ON WORLD-WIDE THREATS TO THE U.S.
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced the full committee will hold an open hearing on World-wide Threats to the United States. The hearing will adjourn to a closed session following the open hearing.
WHAT: Open World-wide Threats Hearing of the full U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Ambassador John Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence
General Michael V. Hayden (USAF), Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
The Honorable, Mr. Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Honorable, Mr. Porter Goss, Director of Central Intelligence
General Michael D. Maples (USA), Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
The Honorable, Mr. Charles Allen, Chief Intelligence Officer, Department of Homeland Security
Carol Rodley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research
WHEN: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building 10:00 a.m. EST, February 2, 2006
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
BUSH VISITS NSA TO BOOST MORALE
WESTERN INTEL SAID TO FIND IRAN INFILTRATING ATOMIC AGENCY
FSB CALLS SUSPECTED MI6 OPERATIVES ‘SHAMELESS'
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
PREDATOR TARGETING BEING EXPANDED
MI5 SAID TO HAVE FOUND LITTLE ABOUT LONDON ATTACKS
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
DANISH CARTOONS CRITICAL OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM ARE BLOCKED BY ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS
GOOGLE SAYS BETTER TO CENSOR ITSELF THAN PULL OUT OF CHINA
KEY FIGURE DROPS SUPPORT FOR BRITISH BIOMETRIC ID CARDS
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
PHYSICIAN TO SADDAM
TRYING TO GET RID OF CASTRO
DADDY OF THE SPECIAL FORCES
POST 9/11 WORLD SAID TO REQUIRE REWRITING FISA
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
COLOMBIA BREAKS PASSPORT GANG WITH LINKS TO QAIDA, HAMAS
EUROPEANS WANT CHENEY, RUMSFELD TO TESTIFY BEFORE THEM
Assistance Needed - Queries
N CALIFORNIA POLICE DEPT SEEKS SPEAKERS ON TERRORISM
DID YOU KNOW A FRANCIS STOLARK AT CIA or DOD? asks DAUGHTER?
NOVELLA M. CARR
JAMES W. FITZGERALD
H. GERARD F. SIEMS
7 February 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - TechExpo hosts Career Fair for Security Cleared professionals
8 February 06 (Wed) - Werner I. Juretzko: An American Spy in the Hands of the Stasi - Spy Museum
8 February 06 - Baltimore, MD - TechExpo hosts Career Fair for Security Cleared professionals
9 February 06 - Washington, DC - Espionage and the Art of Narration
9 February 06 - Reston, VA - TechExpo hosts Career Fair for Security Cleared professionals
13 February 06 - St. Mary's City, MD - EPIC SPY STORY OF COLD WAR
14 February 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at Officers Club at MacDill Air Force Base.
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 - Evidence of Saddam's WMD Threat.
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
BUSH VISITS NSA TO BOOST MORALE - President Bush visited NSA on 25 January to boost the morale of the staff and to lead a wide-ranging campaign by his administration to defend surveillance without warrants of communications between people in the United States and overseas, AP reported.
"We must learn the intentions of the enemies before they strike," Bush said at the agency. "That's what they do here. They work to protect us."
"We've seen that part of the terrorist strategy is to place operatives inside of our country. They blend in with the civilian population. They get their orders from overseas and then they emerge to strike from within," he told reporters, after speaking behind closed doors to NSA staff and going on a tour of the agency.
"We must be able to quickly detect when someone linked to al-Qaida is communicating with someone inside of America," he said. (DKR)
WESTERN INTEL SAID TO FIND IRAN INFILTRATING ATOMIC AGENCY - Iran has formed a secret team of nuclear specialists to infiltrate the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, the UN body that monitors its nuclear program, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported on 30 January, citing information received from Western intelligence.
The Iranian target is the IAEA's safeguards division and the aim is to obtain information on the work of IAEA inspectors so that Iran can conceal the more sensitive areas of its nuclear research, according to intelligence information recently received. The operation is being run by Hosein Afarideh, the former head of the Iranian parliament's energy committee.
According to the intelligence reports, Afarideh heads a three-man team at the headquarters of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in Teheran..
"The Iranians are getting increasingly concerned about the effectiveness of the IAEA's inspections," a senior intelligence official told the Telegraph. "For this reason they are deliberately targeting the IAEA so that they can be better prepared when the inspectors visit their facilities."
An IAEA spokesman refused to comment on the reports, but an official who confirmed that a number of Iranian nuclear engineers were working at the IAEA's headquarters said the agency had set up stringent safeguards to ensure that no country had access to the inspection teams investigating its nuclear facilities.
IAEA experts predict that Iran will be able to produce weapons-grade uranium within three years if the processing plants operate without international supervision, according to the Telegraph. (DKR)
FSB CALLS SUSPECTED MI6 OPERATIVES 'SHAMELESS' - The FSB said it decided to go public about four suspected MI6 operatives and a 'rock' used to download and retrieve information after an unofficial complaint was rebuffed. "They [the British] were acting too shamelessly. We had to put a stop to it," The Times (London) of 29 January quoted a Russian official as saying.
The incident was publicized two weeks ago when Russian state television broadcast FSB film showing the suspected British operatives, all employed at the British Embassy, apparently downloading information from the 'rock.'
Marc Doe, a second secretary in the British Embassy’s political section who was caught on camera, had signed payments totaling more than £300,000 (over $500,000) to 12 NGOs working to improve human rights and promote a civil society in Russia. The FSB said the payments proved that foreign intelligence services were paying the groups to stir up opposition to the Kremlin. President Vladimir Putin seized on the alleged spying to defend legislation he signed in January that is expected to restrict the work of NGOs.
Putin said he was undecided about whether to expel the Britons. In 1996, four British diplomats accused of spying were sent home. "If we send them away, more will come. Maybe clever ones will come. And we will have to struggle to find them," said Putin.
The FSB monitored Doe from late 2004 after receiving information that the 27-year-old, who speaks fluent Russian and spent time in Siberia as a, was an operative.
An un-named Russian, who worked for a state military firm, faces up to 20 years in prison after being caught downloading classified information onto the 'rock.' His cover was blown when he was repeatedly filmed acting suspiciously as he passed by the 'rock' with his dog. "He was caught red-handed and confessed to selling secrets," The Times quoted a Russian source as saying.
The Times, which was allowed to examine the 'rock' at the Lubyanka, reported it measured no more than 11 by 15 inches and weighed less than 7 pounds. Hidden behind a lid and a layer of Perspex was an electronic receiver no larger than an IPod. It was fixed over four batteries with an estimated lifespan of up to three months. According to sources in the Lubyanka, the rock is strong enough to withstand a fall from a building nine stories high and was designed to work for long periods under water.
"It’s impressive technology," said one FSB agent. "The beauty of it is that it enables information to be downloaded without being intercepted because the range of the signal is no more than 25 meters and it works in two-second spurts.
"The agent walks up to it. Once in range, his mini data computer connects with the one in the rock. They synchronize and exchange information. It’s a high-tech gadget. Less impressive was the agents’ field work."
Paul Crompton, third secretary for political affairs, was filmed apparently downloading information from the ‘rock’ while changing the oil of his embassy car at a gas station. The FSB said he was known to them as MI6’s deputy representative in Russia, a post the Russians say is not normally used for covert operations. (DKR)
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
PREDATOR TARGETING BEING EXPANDED - The United States is expanding efforts to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized Al Qaeda, US officials told the Los Angeles Times in a lengthy article published on 29 January.
Lee Strickland, a former CIA counsel who retired in 2004 from the agency's Senior Intelligence Service, confirmed that the Predator program had grown as the agency believes Al Qaeda commanders are branching out to gain recruits, financing and influence.
"Paradoxically, as a result of our success the target has become even more decentralized, even more diffused and presents a more difficult target — no question about that," said Strickland, now director of the Center for Information Policy at the University of Maryland.
High-ranking US and allied counter-terrorism officials said the program's expansion, despite objections from some governments, was not merely geographic. They said it had grown from targeting a small number of senior Al Qaeda commanders after 9/11 to a more loosely defined effort to kill possibly scores of suspected terrorists depending on where they were found and what they were doing.
"In most cases, we need the approval of the host country to do them," said a former counterterrorism official who worked at the CIA and State Department. "However," he added, "there are a few countries where the president has decided that we can whack someone without the approval or knowledge of the host government."
Little is known about the targeted-killing program, according to the Times. But several US officials confirmed that at least on 19 occasions since 9/11 Predators successfully fired Hellfire missiles on terrorist suspects overseas, including 10 in Iraq in one month last year. The Predator strikes have killed at least four senior Al Qaeda leaders, but also civilians and it is not known how many times they missed their targets. US intelligence officials insist it is one of their most tightly regulated, carefully vetted programs. (DKR)
MI5 SAID TO HAVE FOUND LITTLE ABOUT LONDON ATTACKS - A leaked secret document revealed that MI5 has discovered almost nothing about the 7 and 21July Islamist attacks on London transportation despite months of investigation, the Sunday Times (London) reported on 29 January.
The report was delivered in October, but sources told the Sunday paper the situation has changed little since then. The leak of a Joint Terrorism Analysis Center report, seen by the Sunday Times, was unprecedented and some within the intelligence services want a public inquiry
After the biggest MI5 and police inquiry ever mounted, a report for Prime Minister Blair and senior ministers found: "We know little about what three of the bombers did in Pakistan, when attack planning began, how and when the attackers were recruited, the extent of any external direction or assistance and the extent and role of any wider network."
The eight-page report admits that MI5 still does not know whether the attacks were linked and whether Al-Qaeda chiefs were behind them. (DKR)
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
DANISH CARTOONS CRITICAL OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM ARE HIT BY ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS - AOL last week repeatedly blocked a message sent by an AFIO member containing links that were much in the news and represented websites critical of Islamic extremism. Those websites contained the 12 controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a challenge made by a leading Danish newspaper after one of its authors found that no one would illustrate his books with a few drawings of Muhammad. In disbelief that political correctness and lack of freedom had reached this deep into northern Europe, the editor of Jyllands-Posten ran a competition - he would publish a few cartoons of Muhammad to show the level of intolerance and loss of freedom that Muslim extremism is bringing to the West. He got more than he expected. An article by Robert Spencer, 'Thou Shalt Not Draw,' posted last 21 December on FrontPage Magazine.com and linked with the now infamous cartoons, describes the situation and outcome [and was the item that repeatedly failed to make it through AOL filters - perhaps evens this issue of WIN will be ruled out]. The title referred to the taboo, widespread in the Muslim world, of depicting Muhammad - not only by followers, but by anyone under penalty of death.
Spencer describes the furore ignited when Jyllands-Posten, last September, published the cartoons that among other points criticized the violence committed by Muslims in the name of their religion. The Jyllands-Posten website continues to face Denial of Service attacks by angry Muslims who seek to silence it, and was completely down earlier this week. The governments of Muslim countries protested as did the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, wrote to the OIC: "I find alarming any behaviors that disregard the beliefs of others. This kind of thing is unacceptable." She announced there would be an investigation into racism and "Islamophobia." Danish and Norwegian products are being boycotted in Arab countries. Others have spoken up for the freedom of the press -- one of 'our beliefs' - and that this clearly underscores the issue that the paper set out to prove...that Islamists infect a country with intolerance and demand adherence to their primitive ideas, with tendrils of Sharia law soon to follow under the cloak of tolerating mere differences not by "respecting" them but by enforcing them on others.
Spencer quoted Jyllands-Posten as commenting: "We must quietly point out here that the drawings illustrated an article on the self-censorship which rules large parts of the Western world. Our right to say, write, photograph and draw what we want to within the framework of the law exists and must endure - unconditionally!"
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has refused to apologize for publication of the drawings, the Washington Post reported.
Mehdi Mozaffari, a professor at Aarhus University, warned, "It's unthinkable that the prime minister would make an apology. This is Islamists putting democracies on trial to see how far they can be pressured."
On 23 January, the European Union backed Denmark. AOL, the AFIO subscriber reported, sent an error message repeatedly saying it would not permit the content of the message to be sent "due to the contents of links from which they have had many complaints." Perhaps Muslims have found one way to effect censorship on their own...to complain to AOL that links to a website are offensive. That 'offending' website - either www.jihadwatch.org or http://democracyfrontline.org/blog or www.di2.nu/blog gets banished (EB, DKR)
GOOGLE SAYS BETTER TO CENSOR ITSELF THAN PULL OUT OF CHINA - Google has said it will censor its search services in China in order to gain greater access to China's fast-growing market, the BBC reported on 25 January.
The company is setting up a new site, Google.cn, which it will censor itself to satisfy the authorities in Beijing. It has offered a Chinese-language version of its search engine for years but users have been frustrated by government blocks on the site.
Google argued it would be more damaging to pull out of China altogether. The company's move comes less than a week after it resisted efforts by DoJ to make it disclose data on what people were searching for.
Google said e-mail, chat room and blogging services will not be available on the new Chinese site because of concerns the government could demand users' personal information.
The number of internet search users in China is predicted to increase from about 100 million currently to 187 million in two years' time. A survey last August revealed Google was losing market share to Beijing-based rival Baidu.com.
Last year, Yahoo was accused of supplying data to China that was used as evidence to jail a Chinese journalist for 10 years, the BBC said. (DKR)
KEY FIGURE DROPS SUPPORT FOR BRITISH BIOMETRIC ID CARDS - A key supporter of Britain introducing ID cards now says they would have limited value in preventing further attacks such as the 7 July bombings in London, the Daily Telegraph (London) reported.
Lord Carlile, a Liberal Democrat appointed Independent Reviewer of terrorism legislation in 2001, signaled his change of heart when he raised questions about whether it was worth curtailing civil liberties for a project with dubious practical benefits. "I cannot think of a terrorist incident in which ID cards could have brought the incident to an earlier end," he said on television on 29 January.
A bill to introduce proposals for a national ID scheme has suffered two recent defeats in the House of Lords with peers demanding the scheme be kept entirely voluntary. But the Blair government wants new passports to be issued only on the condition that applicants consent to their fingerprints and other biometric information being stored on the proposed National Identity Register. (DKR)
SECTION IV -- BOOKS, SOURCES, AND ISSUES
PHYSICIAN TO SADDAM - Ala Bashir with Lars Sigurd Sunnana, The Insider: Trapped in Saddam's Brutal Regime (Abacus (UK), paperback, 327 pp. $17.95) Saddam Hussein's personal physician, Bashir had unique access to the dictator and his family for 20 years and chronicles his time as Hussein's unwilling confidant. Bashir places Saddam's reign in the context of Mesopotamia's chaotic past while delineating the dictator’s family as feuding miscreants, all at home in a world in which people were jailed, tortured or killed for little or no reason. (DKR)
TRYING TO GET RID OF CASTRO - Don Bohring, The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations in Cuba (Brassey, 320 pp, illustrated, $29.95)
Bohring, a former Latin America editor of the Miami Herald, provides new insight into the US covert war against Castro’s Cuba under Eisenhower and Kennedy. Bohring concludes that US efforts to get rid of Castro resulted in increasing his international political fame, providing him with an excuse for more repression, and contributing to the Soviet decision to install nuclear missiles in Cuba. (DKR)
DADDY OF THE SPECIAL FORCES - John Nadler, A Perfect Hell: The True Story of the Black Devils, the Forefathers of the Special Forces (Presidio Press, paperback, 416 pp. $15.95) War correspondent Nadler tells the story of the First Special Service Force. Made up of volunteers from the US and Canadian armies, the FSSF was considered a suicide outfit. It participated in the assault against the German winter line in southern Italy, the defense of the Anzio beachhead, the liberation of Rome and the invasion of southern France. Its nickname, the Black Devils, was conferred by the much larger German force it fought at Anzio. Nadler’s account includes portraits of individual Black Devils such as FSSF commander Robert Frederick, the "war's premier fighting general" with eight Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and two Distinguished Service Crosses. (DKR)
POST 9/11 WORLD SAID TO REQUIRE REWRITING FISA - In the debate over whether the NSA's eavesdropping violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, we must not lose sight of the fact that the world we entered on 9/11 will require rewriting that statute and other law, Philip Bobbitt, a former NSC senior director, now a professor at the University of Texas Law School, wrote in the New York Times of 30 January.
"The tiresome pas de deux between rigid civil libertarians in denial of reality and an overaggressive executive branch seemingly heedless of the law, while comforting to partisans of both groups, is not in the national interest," wrote Bobbitt.
Globalization of telecommunications means that many telephone calls between parties in foreign countries, or with an American at one end, are routed through American networks and by analyzing this traffic, the NSA has been gathering clues to possible terrorist activities.
The NSA is our most important intelligence agency, Bobbitt believes, but was created during the Cold War and that kind of war has now been superseded.
"Signals intelligence in the 20th century meant intercepting analog signals along dedicated voice channels, connecting two discrete and known target points. In the 21st century, communications are mostly digital, carry billions of bits of data, are dynamically routed in packets to be reassembled and are globally networked."
"If we agree that the NSA now needs to trace and analyze large volumes of phone and Internet traffic looking for particular patterns and to cross-reference leads, then it seems clear that traditional, specific warrants may sometimes not be appropriate."
Presumably conspirators within the United States as well as conversations between two foreign persons could be routed, via the Internet, through American switches to give the appearance of a domestic-to-international connection. "It is difficult to imagine getting warrants now in such situations, because the standard of probable cause to conclude that the target is a terrorist cannot be met," says Bobbitt. It is a world in which new techniques will be needed to protect the identities and privacy of innocent people here and abroad. (DKR)
SECTION V -- CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
[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. ]
COLOMBIA BREAKS PASSPORT GANG WITH LINKS TO QAIDA, HAMAS - Colombia has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants, after authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities in collaboration with US authorities, AP reported on 26 January. www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/26/D8FCQ05G0.htm
The gang was said to have supplied an unknown number of citizens from Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and other countries with false passports and Colombian nationality without them ever stepping foot in the country, the Colombian attorney general's office said. The counterfeited passports were then used to facilitate entry into the United States and Europe.
Nineteen people were arrested in raids on 26 January, the attorney general's office said. Four Jordanian citizens were among those arrested, said Manuel Saenz, head of foreign immigration for the DAS secret police, on television. Eight were reportedly being sought by the United States for extradition. The gang apparently penetrated Colombia's federal bureaucracy and secret police. Three DAS officials and an employee of the national registry were among the arrested. (PJK, DKR)
EUROPEANS WANT CHENEY, RUMSFELD TO TESTIFY BEFORE THEM - Members of the European Parliament have called for Vice-President Cheney and SecDef Rumsfeld to be called to testify before it on allegations of secret CIA prisons and torture of detainees, the Daily Telegraph reported on 27 January.
MEPs heading an investigation into the allegations vowed to name and shame American and European leaders who declined invitations to appear before them. An EP panel has four months to complete its work and is backed by the European Commission and some member states but has no legal powers. (CJLaC, DKR)
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N CALIFORNIA POLICE DEPT SEEKS FEE-BASED SPEAKERS ON TERRORISM - In cooperation with the Northern California Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (NC RTTAC), we are currently seeking experienced speakers to give presentations to civilian law enforcement intelligence officers and terrorism liaison officers on the following topics:
Cultures and geography as it relates to source development and recruitment and socio-political history as it relates to current terrorist threats and groups for Southwest Asia (Afghanistan/Pakistan/Iran), Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia/Yemen/UAE/Oman), and North Africa (Egypt/Sudan/Morocco/Algeria).
Desired speakers should have a public speaking/instructional background and have firsthand experience in these areas gained while working as an Intelligence Officer or Special Agent with the CIA, DIA, FBI, DEA, or other HUMINT collecting agency.
Speakers' fees and expenses are negotiable. Please feel free to forward this to any appropriate party.
Detective Aaron Edens, Terrorism Liaison Officer, Homeland Security/Intelligence Unit, Hayward Police Department 510-293-7068 (office) 510-293-7114 (fax) email@example.com
DID YOU KNOW FRANCIS STOLARK AT CIA or DOD? - asks Daughter. "I am looking for help in finding information about my father. He passed away 14 years ago, and I know very little about him. I was hoping that someone in your membership might have some information to share with me in regards to him. His name was Francis J. Stolark, he was a CIA employee from my understanding from 1965-1980 or so. I think he was involved in Central America or Russia. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have papers that he worked for the federal government, but they all say Pentagon??. He passed away in June of 1992. He had left the "Federal Government" in 1976, moved to NY to be near my mother's family. From that point he worked for New York State. He intimated at time of his death that he had worked at "the agency," recruited from college, but I didn't get any details from him. After he passed I found a great deal of books on Central America and Cuba and a several on theory and philosophy. I asked my mother, and she would not confirm or deny it, she just said that he could read Russian and German, and that he talked in his sleep about working way underground, he said the vault. I have gotten pieces of information that my father was the desk chief for Central America from 1965-1976, thru the years. I have never spoken to anyone from his past, I am just curious as to who he was and what he did for almost eleven years of his life, that are a blank to me and my family." Any tips or reminiscences would be appreciated. REPLIES TO: Katie Homrich, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at [Office] 843-576-5410] or [Cell] 843-442-9047.
NOVELLA M. CARR - A former Phoenix Society member who retired in 1994, she died in Washington, DC, aged 73, on 24 January.
Survivors are two daughters, Chandra and Michelle; three sisters, Rebecca Connally, M. Louise Cuffee and L. Verdell M Judd; two brothers, Wardell and Norman Morgan; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Reginald Mitchell. (DKR)
JAMES W. FITZGERALD - An engineer and physicist, whose work in sound propagation led to early Navy and CIA experiments with dolphins, died of cancer on 16 January in New London, CN. He was 88, the Washington Post reported.
At a cocktail party in Annapolis in 1964, he casually mentioned to an admiral that dolphins, mammals that rely on natural sonar for hearing and navigation, might prove useful in warfare. The admiral introduced him to a CIA acquaintance who was a specialist in underwater combat.
As his widow recalled, the CIA sent him to Key West where he set up a small classified laboratory. Working with a half-dozen dolphins, he learned that they could indeed be used to seek out underwater mines, attach explosives and eavesdropping devices to ships and help divers recover lost weapons from the ocean floor.
He often swam with the dolphins, to which he gave names, and communicated with the animals through Morse code-like signals. He discovered that the older dolphins were somehow able to transmit their training to younger ones.
In 1983, a US District judge in Baltimore, after ruling reluctantly that a $3 million libel suit brought by Fitzgerald against Penthouse Magazine, could harm national security and dismissed it. In his suit, Fitzgerald charged that a 1977 Penthouse article falsely accused him of espionage.
Born in Oshkosh, WI, he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1939. He worked as a design engineer at Babcock & Wilcox before becoming a research physicist at B.F. Goodrich, where, at the outbreak of World War II, he was working on self-sealing fuel tanks for aircraft. During the war, he moved to the Naval Research Laboratory, where, as head of the sound propagation branch, he invented and developed the rubber sonar dome, still used on naval surface ship sonars.
As founder and chief scientist of the Chesapeake Instrument Corp. (now part of Lockheed Martin), he invented passive towed-array sonars that became the Navy's principal means for keeping track of Soviet submarines during the Cold War.
In 1982, he moved to New London, where he founded the Kildare Corp., conducting research and development in numerous areas of sonar technology.
A certified scuba instructor, he enjoyed sailing and diving in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. He also enjoyed the opera and was known as an indefatigable punster.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, survivors include four children, James Fitzgerald II, Capt. Michael Fitzgerald USN, Mary K. Fitzgerald-Spaulding and Margaret Fitzgerald; a brother, Dr. Edwin Fitzgerald; a sister, Charlotte Mueller; and six grandchildren. (DKR)
H. GERARD F. SIEMS - A retired member of NSA's The Phoenix Society, he died, aged 87, on 23 January in Beltsville, MD.
A top-notch linguist at the NSA, he turned out textbooks and manuals for a number of languages, many of which did not previously have such references available in English.
He is survived by three sons, Frederick, Jeffrey and Jonathan Siems; and five grandchildren, Brian, Molly, Christopher, Michael and Thomas Siems; three nieces, Linda Boalding, Barbara Gentile and Katherine Bouve; and a brother John L. Siems. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Kimmel Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Development Office, 100 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210. (DKR)
7 February 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - TechExpo hosts Career Fair for Security Cleared professionals at the Sheraton Colorado Springs, 2886 South Circle Dr., Colorado Springs, CO: 10am - 4pm. Visit this to jump start your career in 2006, or explore the other career opportunities at www.techexpousa.com
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
8 February 06 - Baltimore, MD - TechExpo hosts Career Fair for Security Cleared professionals at the BWI Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Rd, Baltimore, MD: 10am - 4pm. Visit this to jump start your career in 2006, or explore the other career opportunities at www.techexpousa.com
9 February 06 - Washington, DC - Espionage and the Art of Narration - Bruce Bennett, Group of Eight Professor of Australian Studies at Georgetown University in 2005-06, will examine colorful and effective uses of narrative in stories of espionage. Examples will include recent novels, memoirs, biographies and journalism from Australia, Britain and the United States, including life-stories of former members of the CIA, ASIO and MI5. Bennett is a professor at the Australian Defense Force Academy and author of The Oxford Literary History of Australia, Crossing Cultures and An Australian Compass. The event will be held from 6 to 7.30 p.m. at the Board Room of the Center for Contemporary Arabic Studies, Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O Street NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP by 7 February to email@example.com Light refreshments will be available. (DKR)
9 February 06 - Reston, VA - TechExpo hosts Career Fair for Security Cleared professionals at the Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA: 10am - 4pm. Visit this to jump start your career in 2006, or explore the other career opportunities at www.techexpousa.com
13 February 06 - St. Mary's City, MD - EPIC SPY STORY OF COLD WAR - It's been called "The epic spy story of the Cold War." Author Benjamin Weiser and retired CIA case officer David Forden will discuss the extraordinary life of Polish Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski, who delivered to the CIA more than 40,000 pages of highly classified Soviet and Warsaw Pact military documents in 1972-81, including Poland's secret plans to crush the Solidarity revolution. Then, as his cover was about to be blown, Kuklinski and his family were whisked out of Poland, and he was later honored with the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Weiser's book, "A Secret Life," was named a "Washington Post Best Book of 2004," and a reviewer in CIA's Studies in Intelligence wrote: "Superb; it should be must reading for anybody interested in intelligence matters, the Cold War, or simply a good read." Also present will be John Horton, who led the Soviet Division during part of the Kuklinski operation. The talk is Monday, February 13th at 4:30 p.m. in Daugherty-Palmer Commons at St. Mary's College of Maryland campus. This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy and The Patuxent Partnership. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the college's office of media relations: 240-895-4381.
14 February 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club's, at MacDill Air Force Base. Before lunch, there will be a demonstration of software, which is not yet commercially available, that teaches someone to speak a language without an accent. It is being developed in numerous languages. This is not just for blending in. The more clearly one speaks, the more credible the message. The luncheon speaker is Amado Gayol who was an officer involved in the Bay of Pigs in 1961 where he was captured and sentenced to thirty years in a Cuban prison. After two years, the US paid a ransom for his return. He was a US Marine Corps officer, trained as a US Army Special Forces Captain, and was Airborne Ranger qualified. He was wounded in combat in the Dominican Republic, was a three year veteran of the Vietnam War, and served twenty five years as a Senior Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency where he was a specialist on Non-Official Cover (NOC). He is the recipient of the CIA Intelligence Star for Valor. [Gayol is also a member of the AFIO National Board of Directors] Details on this unusual program are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.
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/ EVIDENCE OF SADDAM'S WMD THREAT? - John Loftus, a former military intelligence analyst who is President of Intelligence Summit, believes a cache of recordings of Saddam Hussein's office meetings has been uncovered that may be the best evidence yet of Saddam's secret intentions concerning WMD, suggests Loftus's recent email broadcast. The tapes are to be released at his Summit on 17 February. Loftus plans to have a panel of intelligence experts discuss the ways in which the tapes may be verified by voiceprint analysis and other technical means - but their reliability at this event will be undetermined at the time of the event itself. The audiotapes, Loftus writes, "were apparently overlooked when found in a warehouse along with other untranslated Iraqi intelligence files. The contractor who recovered the tapes has requested that his identity remain anonymous until he makes his presentation."
18 February 06 - Portland, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter hosts a field trip to the emergency management center. Completed last March with Homeland Security funding and port security grants, the center is a state-of-the-art facility for directing response to natural and man-made disasters. The centers' communication system, which allows decision makers to communicate across agencies and disciplines, has been referred to as "the best in the country." Besides its vital role in securing the largest crude oil port on the East Coast, it has been used to coordinate snow removal during winter storms and to cover a visit by the Queen Mary 2. The center is located in the Portland Arts and Technology High School on Allen Avenue. Those planning to go should meet in the parking lot of the Kennebunk Library at 1:00 p.m. to share rides to the center. Call 207-985-2392 for further information.
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 -- Melbourne, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts (11:30 AM) luncheon at the At Ease Club at the IRCC, Melbourne, Florida. Guest Speaker MG Charles "Chuck" Francis Scanlon (USA Retired) -- author of 3 books: 1) The Attachés, 2) Attachés II Retribution, 3) In Defense of the Nation - DIA at Forty Years -- will speak about realities of terrorism in today's world. Elected to the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in 1995. Served as Director of Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency and headed the Defense Attaché System for four years. For more information, contact Bobbie Keith at: (321) - 777-5561 or e-mail at: Bobbie6769@JUNO.com.
4 March 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 06 - 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
14 - 17 March 06 - San Antonio, TX - Seminar on Investigating and Prosecuting Terrorism - DOJ, USAO, FBI, and St Mary's University are hosting a 3 1/2 day course at St. Mary's University Law School with sponsorship by the FBI, NAA of Texas, Inc., the San Antonio Division of the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and the Center for Terrorism Law, St. Mary’s University Law School. The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of investigative techniques and practical approaches to prosecuting issues in the Global War on Terror and is intended for senior police executives, task force agents, intelligence officials, local, state & federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors. Register online and make hotel reservations by 15 February. Full Payment of $195.00 must be received by 25 February. For more information, please call Robert Gonzalez at (210) 436-3668. (DKR)
16 March 06 - Colorado Spring, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm.Speaker will be Lt.Col Ty Cresap,USAF, Commander of Detachment 801 of the Air Force Office Of Special Investigations at Buckley Air Force Base. He has just returned from a year over in the Far East. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
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
17 March 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
20-21 March 06 - Washington, DC - EMININT 2006 - The National Security and Law Society, an international law student organization with thirteen chapters across the U.S. and Canada annually hosts a Spring Symposium on Emerging Issues in National and International Security (EMININT). EMININT 2006 will be hosted at American University Washington College of Law, and will feature panels on Awarding of Governmental National Security Contracts; Legislative Interpretation of National Security; Cyber-Security and the Electronic War on Terror; Immigration in an Age of Terrorism; Petro-Security in the Post-9/11 World; FBI vs. MI-5: The War Over Domestic Intelligence; International Adjudication of Terror; and The War on Terror in the Foreign Media. EMININT 2006 will consist of speakers who represent the top of their fields, from six countries, including academic experts, senior U.S. government policymakers, and international legal authorities and the media. To receive updates or for more information, email EMININT@gmail.com Online pre-registration is http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/nsls/eminint_2006.cfm
21 - 26 March 06 - Salzburg, Austria - COUNTER-TERRORISM IN EUROPE & AMERICA: Threat Perception and Response, Consequence Management, Security v. Civil Liberty. This five-day day program will provide a comparative, critical and comprehensive assessment of current European and American counter-terrorist efforts, including the social, ethical, political and legal impacts. It will provide the first comprehensive review of counter-terrorist efforts since the expiration of the Patriot Act in the United States, and the release of the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy Paper in Europe.
The program is designed to provide a practical means of assessing current risk and response for individuals whose work is affected by potential terrorist activities and current and future counter-terrorism policies. This includes officials in trans-national, national, state and city governments, security organizations, private corporations, the media, think tanks, human rights organizations, as well as other independent sector entities. Faculty - François Heisbourg (Chair), Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique , former Senior Vice President Strategic Development, MATRA-Defense-Espace, Paris; Randy Beardsworth, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security, Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Directorate, Washington, DC; European Commission, Directorate General for Freedom, Security and Justice, European Commission, Brussels (To be announced); Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and the European Neighborhood Policy, European Commission, Brussels; former Austrian Foreign Minister; Robert R. Kiley, Commissioner of Transport, Transport for London, London; Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Madrid (tentative); David Omand, former Head of Security and Intelligence, Cabinet Office, London (invited). For more information visit the following site: http://www.salzburgseminar.org/2006Sessions.cfm?GroupID=4025&IDEventTypes=144&IDEvent=1024
11 April 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Frederick Rustmann, Jr., a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He retired in 1990 as a member of the elite Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) with the equivalent rank of major general. Assigned abroad to posts in eight countries in Asia, Europe and Africa during the Cold War, he was heavily involved in the collection of foreign intelligence from human and technical sources. In two of those foreign posts he was the senior CIA officer in country. In addition to out-of-country service, he was an instructor at the CIA’s training facility known as "the Farm." After retiring from CIA, he founded CTC International Group, Inc., a pioneer in the field of business intelligence and a recognized leader in the industry. He is the author of CIA, Inc. Espionage and the Craft of Business Intelligence. Further details and registration are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com.
21 - 22 April 2006 - Great Lakes, IL - AFIO Midwest Chapter holds annual two day symposium at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Great Lakes Illinois at the Port O'Call (Old Officers Club). There will be a full two-day schedule along with speakers from several Law Enforcement Agencies and a briefing on Homeland Security. Registration is $10.00 per person and a block of rooms have been reserved for AFIO members at the Navy Lodge, Direct any inquiries to Col Angelo M. Di Liberti, Midwest Chapter , President , P.O. Box 295, South Elgin, IL 60177-0295, Telephone number 1-847-931-4184, or Fax number 1-847-931-9131
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.
7 May 06 - 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 email@example.com The Event is being held at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel. NMIA is a worthwhile organization and deserving of your support.
18 May 06 - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
2 June 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
3 June 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
27-29 June 06 - 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 email@example.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 06 - 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)
8 September 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
9 September 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
14 September 06 - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
OCTOBER - 3rd or 4th week - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium - Put on Calendar -
10 October 06 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers’ Club, at MacDill Air Force Base.The luncheon speaker is Billy Waugh who was wounded five times in his seven and a half years as a Green Beret in Vietnam. Many of these years were spent behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. Sergeant Major Billy Waugh retired in 1972 to continue his craft as an independent contractor with the CIA. In 1994, Waugh was the team leader of a four-man CIA group that laid the groundwork for the capture of Carlos the Jackal, the world's most wanted man at the time. At the age of 71 shortly after 9/11, he was one of the first on the ground as a team member of a combined Special Forces/CIA takedown unit inside Afghanistan. Earlier Waugh had kept surveillance on Osama bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. His book, Hunting the Jackal, recounts a remarkable life of service. Further details and registration are available from COL Nathaniel Alderman, Jr., AldermanNJ@aol.com
16 November 06 - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapterholds meeting at Air Force Academy Officers Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
1 December 06 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - Put On Calendar - Details to Follow
5-7 December 06 - Chantilly, VA - MASINT V, The MASINT Association’s Annual Conference More details to follow. Or write them at email@example.com
6 December 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.
3 March 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.
2 June 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.
8 September 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.
1 December 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.
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