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TECHEXPO Hiring Event, June 19 & 20 with Colin Powell Catapult your job search by meeting major employers in the defense industry over 2 days. Over 100 Federal Agencies & Government Contractors are actively hiring at TECHEXPO Job Fair held this year within AFCEA's TechNet International event in Washington, DC. US Citizenship and a Government-issued photo ID are requirements for admission to the job fair. Colin Powell will be the keynote speaker on June 20th at 9am. Note that most of the positions require security clearances. Event details and directions: http://www.TechExpoUSA.com/show_info.cfm?show_id=205
FOR YOUR Calendars. The AFIO 2006 National Symposium with the Department of Homeland Security will focus on DHS's Intelligence and Port and Border enforcement issues. The event will be held 3 November thru 5 November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Reston, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA 20190. Further information will be sent to all AFIO members in coming months. If making flight reservations now, plan to arrive on Thursday, 2 November, and depart late in the afternoon on Sunday, 5 November. The closest airport to Reston, VA is Dulles. The hotel provides free airport shuttle service to/from Dulles, and much more. The Event is located in a prime walking area filled with shops and restaurants, with generous parking. Come early, stay late.
QUESTIONS IN HADITHA MASSACRE CASE NY Post reporter John Podhoretz points to a videotape shot by Thaer Thabit al-Hadithi as the primary source for the story about the Marines allegedly involved in a massacre of two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha. Al-Hadithi has been described as a budding journalism student and human rights activist. At 43, Podhoretz claims, "he isn't a budding anything," and his human rights organization is just himself and one other person. al-Hadithi's behavior was strange in that he video taped the scene, but waited a full day to go back and get it on film. Further, he sat on the film for four months before he did anything with it. The lawyers for the Marines say they were pursuing armed insurgents who were hiding in and firing from civilian houses, and that if any innocent civilians were killed, it was due to the chaotic nature of the fire fight. They claim that they followed the rules of engagement which are in accord with the Geneva Convention. However, the video tape is not the only evidence in the case. Numerous eyewitnesses have provided detailed testimony. [PJK/NYPost 14Jun06/Podhoretz]
U.K. POLICE MAY ALLOW MUSLIMS TO PREVIEW TERRORISM INTELLIGENCE In the wake of the Forest Gate raid in East London, where 250 officers stormed a family house in search of chemical weapons which were not found, authorities are looking for ways to improve and confirm terrorism-related intelligence. In Forest Gate, one innocent was shot and two brothers were held and interrogated for 8 hours, only to later be released. Police believe that if select and vetted British Muslims were allowed to review the intelligence before such a raid, a better and more complete picture of the actual situation could be developed. However, police emphasize that these Muslim reviewers would not have veto authority over any raids. While police admit that more raids will be necessary, they face a dual dilemma in that intelligence is sketchier and harder to confirm in terrorism cases than in conventional criminal activity, and the more Forest Gate-like errors, the less confidence the police garner in the community. [CameronL/Guardian 17Jun06/Dodd]
PROSECUTOR WILL NOT SEEK INDICTMENT OF ROVE IN CIA LEAK CASE After months of investigation, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has dropped any plans to seek an indictment against Carl Rove, President Bush's chief political advisor. This leaves Vice President Cheney's former Chief of Staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr. alone to face charges of leaking former CIA officer Valerie Plame's name to the press. Rove's legal team says that no special deals were made with the prosecution to avoid indictment and that the decision to drop the case was based solely on Fitzgerald's findings. The ending of the Rove investigation marks the end of the investigative phase of Fitzgerald's work. The trial of Scooter Libby is set for January in which Fitzgerald has left open the possibility of calling Vice President Cheney as a witness. [CameronL/NYT 13Jun06/Johnston, Rutenberg]
ORGANIZATION SUES CIA OVER DEFINITION The National Security Archive, the largest non-governmental library of declassified documents, is suing the CIA for adopting its own internal definition of what constitutes a news organization. The contention began over requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA requires agencies to waive fees associated with search and duplication of documents if the request "is considered to be a matter of public interest or contributes to public understanding of governmental operations." Requests from media outlets are normally granted the waiver. Search and duplication fees can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the scope of the request. The CIA has determined that the National Security Archive does not meet its own definition of a media organization, and therefore has refused to waive the fees on their requests. However, federal and appeals courts have ruled that federal agencies are to treat the National Security Archive as a news organization. he archive shared an Emmy award last year for its work on a documentary dealing with President Nixon's 1972 trip to China, and it has won other major journalism awards. Thomas Blanton, the archive's executive director, said the CIA recently refused to grant waivers for documents on the 1976 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and daily briefings to the Truman White House as not newsworthy. Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Arlington, Va.-based Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, said she hasn't heard of the CIA making similar responses to other news organizations, but she called the response "horrifying" and said it sets a bad precedent. "It's not up to the CIA to decide what's newsworthy," Dalglish said. [PJK/SeattlePostIntel 14Jun06/Bass]
WELCOME TO THE CIA In an on-line article for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Garrett Jones, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Army War College and former case officer with the CIA in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, provides new CIA Director General Michael Hayden with, "advice on the care and feeding of some of the denizens of the building where he will be taking up his new position." The article can be read at http://www.fpri.org/enotes/20060608.americawar.jones.welcomecia.html. CIA Statement: “This material has been reviewed by the CIA. That review neither constitutes CIA authentication of information nor implies CIA endorsement of the author’s views.” [LawrenceS/FPRI 8Jun06/Jones]
FREEDOM OF SECRET SPEECH In testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on May 26, 2006, Professor John Eastman of the Chapman University School of Law provided his view on Freedom of Speech and the publication of classified information by the press. Eastman first formulates the axiom that the actual leakers of the classified information are subject to prosecution without question. He deflects opinions that the leakers can be protected by whistle-blower laws, since there are prescribed internal reporting venues that a whistle-blower must use and telling one's story to the press is not one of the approved channels. Eastman points out that if those who leak classified information were protected as whistle-blowers then, "the whistle-blower statute would permit every government employee to be a classified information law unto himself, determining what should or should not be secret." His argument goes on to examine the liability of those in the media that print information they know or believe to be classified. The core case Eastman argues here is the publication by the New York Times of details of the so-called NSA domestic wiretapping program. In a rebuttal to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller indicated that a President's word that information is classified to protect national security cannot be taken at face value, and that the media outlet must weigh the evidence for itself and determine if publishing the information better serves the public's interest than keeping it secret. Keller says that the Administration was given ample opportunity to defend its position that the wiretapping program was too sensitive for publication, but that in the end, "...their case did not stand up to the evidence our reporters amassed." However, the Espionage Act does not provide for any such personal reflection and determination, but simply states in Section 798, "Whoever knowingly and willfully . . . publishes . . . any classified information-- . . . (2) concerning the . . . use . . . of any device . . . used . . . by the United States . . . for . . . communication intelligence purposes; or (3) concerning the communication activities of the United States . . . Shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both." The precedent of the New York Times Co. v. United States, aka the "Pentagon Papers," is often cited in defense of the publication of classified information. However, in this case the U.S. Supreme Court only found that government could not restrain a paper from publication, but did not protect the publishers from liability after the fact. Further, unlike the current situation, the Pentagon Papers did not involve disclosing an on-going intelligence collection operation. Further, Eastman finds that the institutional press does not have any special protections not afforded to the common man, in that the Founders viewed the press as the outlet for the People's voice. Finally Eastman dissuades the argument that a democratic society is not allowed to have any secrets. The Constitution recognizes the need for secrecy in Article I when it says that Congress shall publish a record of its proceedings, "excepting such Parts as in their Judgment may require Secrecy." The Executive Branch may require even more secrecy as Alexander Hamilton points out in Federalist 71, "it is one of the key reasons the Constitution provides for unity in the executive office, establishing an 'energetic' executive who can operate with 'secrecy' and 'dispatch' when necessary to protect 'the community against foreign attacks'." In the end, Eastman finds, "the constitutionality of protecting intelligence gathering and other operational military secrets in time of war is therefore beyond dispute, and the institutional press is no more permitted to ignore the legal restrictions imposed by the Espionage Act on the publication and other dissemination of such classified information than are ordinary citizens. Neither is it exempt from prosecution for willful violations of that Act." [PJK/OpinionJournal 14Jun06/Eastman]
DID SOVIET BLOC SECURITY SERVICES TRY TO KILL THE POPE? Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR), which investigates communist and Nazi-era crimes, has begun an investigation into whether communist-era secret security in Poland and other former Eastern Bloc nations had a role in the 1981 assassination attempt against Polish-born Pope John Paul II. Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, was found guilty and served 19 years in prison for the May 13th, 1981 assassination attempt that occurred in St. Peter's Square. INR has requested that the Italian Justice Ministry hand over documents from Italian magistrate Ferdinando Imposimato, whose own investigation concluded there was a Soviet link. The Italians believed the Soviets considered John Paul a danger to the Soviet bloc because of his support for the Solidarity labor movement in his native Poland. [PJK/JerusalemPost 13Jun06/Scislowska]
CHINA ACCUSES U.S. OF DIRTY TRICKS IN ENCRYPTION STANDARD DEBATE China recently walked out of talks to decide the new international standard for wireless encryption. The meeting was hosted by the International Standards Organization (ISO) in the Czech Republic. Chinese researchers, many with military backgrounds, have developed a new encryption technology called WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) to plug the security holes in the network communications protocol on laptops, handhelds, mobile phones and other wireless devices. The target of China's ire is the U.S.-based group, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), who is supporting its own encryption technology 802.11i. The Standardization Administration of China, in a statement, accused backers of the American technology of "a lot of dirty tricks including deception, misinformation, confusion and reckless charging to lobby against WAPI," the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. In its defense, the IEEE denies any impropriety and says China isn't playing by the established rules. China had earlier tried to compel Intel and other tech companies to adopt its WAPI standard domestically, leading to a showdown with Washington that ended with Beijing backing down last year. At stake in the debate is a leg up in technology research and billions of dollars in licensing fees and component sales. China has made news in the encryption world over the past couple of year's when researchers there found holes in secure hashing algorithms, which are used to digitally sign documents, provide certificates of authenticity over the Internet, and secure computer code from malicious modification. The most prominent algorithm that the Chinese exposed was SHA-1, the standard for the U.S. government, which was developed with the help of the National Security Agency, widely recognized as the preeminent leader in cryptography. [PJK/APNews 10Jun06/Hawke]
SECURITY CLEARANCE FILES OF NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION CONTRACTORS OBTAINED BY HACKERS Although it happened last September, the Department of Energy (DOE) just made public a breach of computer security that resulted in the theft of personnel security records on over 1,500 contractors who work for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The records contained social security numbers, birthdates and security clearance information. The theft occurred in a NNSA service center in Albuquerque, NM and contained information on personnel working throughout the agency's nuclear weapons complex. NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks knew about the theft in September but only told Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman days ago. Brooks claimed that he believed that DOE counterintelligence would inform the secretary, although Brooks has daily meetings with Bodman or his deputy. The Energy Department spends $140 million a year on cyber security, Gregory Friedman, the DOE's inspector general, told the a House committee investigating the matter. But he said that while improvements have been made, "significant weaknesses continue to exist," making the unclassified computer system vulnerable to hackers. A penetration test of DOE network security last fall resulted in a DOE "Red Team" gaining access to a DOE computer system in which they "...had access to sensitive data including financial and personal data... [They] were able to get passwords, go from one account to another." [PJK/APNews 10Jun06/Herbert]
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING BOOKS OF INTELLIGENCE INTEREST [EAB]
Pauline Cushman: Spy of the Cumberland (Apr., $39.95) by William J. Christen profiles the actress who was a Union spy during the Civil War.
Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power. by Joeph Margulies. S. & S. Jul. 2006. c.320p. index. ISBN 0-7432-8685-5. $25. INT AFFAIRS
The abuse of inmates at Camp Delta in Guantánamo Bay has become an international embarrassment for the United States and a symbol of American aggression, claims Margolies, that has turned moderate Muslims and even European allies into our enemies. In this compelling account of the Bush administration’s unprecedented mistreatment of accused Iraqi War prisoners, the author (MacArthur Justice Ctr., clinical faculty, Univ. of Chicago Law Sch.)—who was lead counsel in Rasul v. Bush, the 2004 Supreme Court case, in which the court ruled against lawless detentions—recounts that trial in fascinating detail. In addition, he includes gruesome examples of beatings and techniques of emotional abuse approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2003 that disdain congressional oversight of the executive branch, the military code of conduct, and the Geneva Conventions that require humane treatment of prisoners. These prisoners are mostly victims of large-scale sweeps made in Iraq and have been proven guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Camp Delta commander acknowledges that almost all of them could be released immediately with no danger to the United States. A fine complement to Alfred McCoy’s A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror, this alarming inquiry into presidential power and the ethics of prisoner treatment is strongly recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/06; previewed as A Prison Beyond the Law.]—Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA [LibJnl]
Patterns of Global Terrorism, 1985–2005: U.S. Department of State Reports with
Supplementary Documents and Statistics. 2 vols. Berkshire Pub.. 2005. 1079p. ed. by Anna Sabasteanski. illus. index. ISBN 0-9743091-3-3. $325. REF
This two-volume set combines the last 21 years of information on international terrorism from numerous print and electronic sources, including presidential directives, speeches, and court rulings. Sabasteanski (president, Asset Management Network), who edits the Terrorism Central Database and related newsletters, presents historical background on terrorism divided into five primary parts: “Counterterrorism,” “Terrorist Groups,” “Country Reports 1985–2004,” “Chronology of Significant Terrorist Incidents 1961–2005,” and “Trends in Global Terrorism 1985–2004.” The chronologies report thousands of incidents along with their locations, dates, groups responsible, and casualties. Finding aids are made up of the reader's guide, which serves as an expanded table of contents, and a 57-page index of names, countries, and organizations. Nearly 100 tables, graphs, and maps show trends over time. There are lengthy sections on countries accused of state-sponsored terrorism (e.g., Cuba, Iran, Iraq) but little reference to domestic fringe groups often associated with terrorist acts, e.g., the Animal Liberation Front and the Ku Klux Klan. Earlier authoritative sources are Edward F. Mickolus's International Terrorism: A Chronology of Events 1965–1979 and his two-volume International Terrorism in the 1980s. Bottom Line This resource, once published by the U.S. State Department, is recommended for large public and university libraries serving scholars, researchers, and graduate students in criminology, international policy, and military studies as well as for those wanting information on specific incidents and detailed statistics regarding global terrorism.—Stanley P. Hodge, formerly with Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN
Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror by Steven H. Miles, M.D. Random. Jun. 2006. c.220p. bibliog. ISBN 1-4000-6578-X. $23.95. MED "Where were the doctors and nurses at Abu Ghraib?" That question came to Miles (medicine & bioethics, Univ. of Minnesota; The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine) when photos documenting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the U.S. Army prison near Baghdad were made public in 2004. He subsequently read 35,000 pages of documents from various investigations into the treatment of prisoners captured in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. What Miles has extracted from this mountain of primary material is a focused look at the role played by those in the healing professions in abetting or ignoring practices that met existing international definitions of torture. Throughout, he cites standards he believes should control the ethical practices of clinicians, including the Hippocratic oath, the Geneva Conventions, and the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Documentation is extensive, the narrative is concise, and Miles's anger and call for adherence to ethical standards are clearly presented. The author uses many of the documents collected in Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel's The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, but he offers more analysis by concentrating on medical ethics in the context of torture. Recommended for medical, academic, and larger public libraries.—Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver [LibrJournal]
Patterns of Peril: Dean Acheson and the Cold War (Aug., $35) by Robert L. Beisner details the life of the influential secretary of state.
Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World (Apr., $28) by J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins explores the complex and secret financial systems that support terrorism.
A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being 'Deep Throat' and the Struggle for Honor in Washington (Apr., $26.95) by Mark Felt with John O'Connor presents the real Deep Throat's version of Watergate and more.
Delusions of Intelligence R.A. Ratcliff. Cambridge, $30 (320p) ISBN 0-521-85522-5
Ratcliff, a freelance scholar and consultant, offers a provocative analysis of WWII signals intelligence from a German perspective. The author focuses on Enigma, the electronic ciphering machine the Germans believed foolproof, and Ultra, the war-winning intelligence derived from the Allied operation that broke Enigma's codes. The work begins with a discussion of Enigma's technology that's particularly useful for non specialists. Ratcliff's emphasis, however, is on the cipher war's human aspects. Germany gave intelligence, particularly strategic intelligence, low priority for limited resources, leading to "compartmentalization and competition" among agencies that were increasingly unwilling to share even basic information. German intelligence security was also reactive, based on solving problems as opposed to anticipating them. Above all, German imagination failed by refusing to consider the possibility that Enigma could be solved. That led to increasingly far-fetched explanations for Allied intelligence successes—which further distracted attention from the real problem. Ratcliff contrasts German failure with the Allies' readiness to centralize signals intelligence at Bletchley Park; to ignore structural barriers in favor of results; and, not least, to do something difficult for democracies even in total war: keep the secret. The author juxtaposes that triumph with the blinkered German belief that technology assured security—a mind-set resembling that of the contemporary United States far too closely for comfort. (Aug.) [PubWeekly]
Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission (Aug., $25.95) by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton. The chairman and vice chairman of the commission describe the report's creation.
Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (June, $24) by Sharon Weinberger describes the military's pursuit of an "isomer weapon"—a device possessing the capability of an atomic bomb.
Cobra 2: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq (Mar., $27.95) by Michael R. Gordon and Gen. Bernard E. Trainor surveys the war from the viewpoint of the only reporter embedded with the Allied land command.
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Mar., $27.95) by William Easterly attacks the arrogance and folly of the West's programs to re-engineer other societies.
The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban (Aug., $25.95) by Sarah Chayes is an eyewitness account of how the U.S. government abetted the return of warlordism in Afghanistan.
Guests of the Ayatollah (May, $24) by Mark Bowden recounts the events of America's first confrontation with militant Islam in the Iran hostage crisis
ARTICLE ON THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF UPRISING AGAINST COMMUNISM IN EAST GERMANY Werner I. Juretzko, a Cold War Historian and AFIO member marks the 53rd anniversary of the uprising against communism in East Germany (17 June) with the publication of an online article. The article, which is published in three languages, can be read at http://www.coldwarhistory.us/Cold_War/17_Juni_1953_Volksaufstand/17_juni_1953_volksaufstand.html. [WernerJ]
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AFIO HQ [MCLEAN, VA] SEEKS PERMANENT PART-TIME EMPLOYEE - FAST and COMPUTER LITERATE. 80 hours per month [maximum]. Demand at the AFIO office has increased and an additional part-time permanent position is available. Enjoy long weekends and the flexibility of non-rush-hour arrival and departure days and times of your choosing, two or three days per week. Must be proficient and fast with general computer usage. Ability to enter membership data quickly with scrupulous accuracy of primary importance. Position involves variety of tasks, from event planning and logging, to phone response to members, the Board, and Intelligence Community, and general membership duties from new member processing, renewals and personal notes. If you already possess quick, accurate skills with Microsoft Word (especially advanced mail-merge skills) and some Microsoft Excel you have the skill needed for learning the secure database system AFIO uses for our special membership and the other processes used with it. Discretion and the signing of a secrecy non-disclosure agreement required, along with a background check. Position, however, does not require an existing security clearance. We are a small office so you meet all levels of members, Board, public -- some quite famous -- making the position a fascinating one. Room to advance into web-design, special events, publishing, Association Management, and other areas, if interested and possess knowledge, talent and/or willingness and ability to learn. Generous hourly salary, paid monthly. Send resume by email to email@example.com
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY TO OFFER MASTER'S DEGREE IN HOMELAND SECURITY Long Island University's Southampton Graduate Campus will offer one of the nation’s first master’s degrees in homeland security beginning in September 2006. The 12-course, 36-credit program – the first of its kind in New York State -- is also Long Island University’s first fully online degree. The program was recognized and commended as “one of the nation’s leading graduate programs in the Homeland Security/Homeland Defense field” by Dr. Paul Stockton, associate provost of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Course titles for the M.S. in Homeland Security Management include “Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security Management,” “Domestic and International Terrorism,” “Border and Transportation Security,” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Students will complete their course work through assigned reading and writing and participation in threaded Internet discussion boards. The master’s degree program is designed for busy professionals in such fields as law enforcement, emergency management, public administration and health care, the military and corporate security who wish to advance their knowledge and careers, as well as for elected and appointed officials at the federal, state and local levels and people with undergraduate degrees who are interested in a career in this growing field. For more information about the master’s degree in Homeland Security Management or the advanced certificate, contact Dr. Vincent Henry at Vincent.Henry@liu.edu or Director of Graduate Admissions Joyce Tuttle at 631-287-8010 or Joyce.Tuttle@liu.edu, or log onto www.southampton.liu.edu/homeland. [VincentH]
CIA MINISERIES COMING According to "Production Weekly", a six-part miniseries based on Robert Littell's bestselling novel The Company will start filming this summer in Toronto, Budapest and Puerto Rico. Ridley Scott, of "Blackhawk Down" and "The Gladiator" fame, will be directing the project. [LeonardS/AllHeadlineNews 13Jun06/Wypior]
READER RESPONDS TO CHARGES OF CIA COVER UP ON USE OF NAZI WAR CRIMINALS I was involved in the CIA's German Operations during the coldest days of the
Cold War. I was in Berlin during the blockade, I was Chief of Base
Frankfurt/Bonn 1949 -1951, Special Assistant to the Chief of Station l951 -
1954, Chief of German Branch in Headquarters 1955 - l957, Chief of Base Hamburg
1957-1961 and Chief of Station, l979-1981, when I retired.
I never received, saw or issued any guidance that we should conceal Nazi war criminals to fight the cold war. It is also true that chasing war criminals was not among the operational priorities issued to the German Station by Headquarters. The fact is that OSS until October 1945 did pursue suspected war criminals, in support of General Donovan's limited role in the Nurnberg war crime trials. After OSS was closed down, SSU and CIA never had any police-type functions abroad, including the pursuit of suspected fugitives from justice, at least while I was on active duty. I do not know the situation today.
Any information CIA personnel may have received from the German intelligence service had to be handled according to the third agency rule. By 1958 the German and Israeli intelligence services had their own bilateral relations.
Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman and Timothy Naftali are conducting their own version of an anti-CIA crusade, taking formerly classified information out of context and rounding it up with innuendo. AFIO should not follow the practice of coupling tidbits of information with assumptions and conclusions, especially if the latter are misleading and inaccurate. I do not suggest that I would have endorsed every word spoken by the late James Critchfield and others associated with Pullach Base.
Re Hans Globke. I may be among the few surviving CIA officers who knew and dealt personally with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer State Secretary. I regretted the appointment of Globke because of his high profile, but the Chancellor told the Allied Directors of Intelligence that he wanted intelligence-related matters channeled to him through Globke. I remember reviewing the Globke file carefully in 1950 or 1951. There was nothing in the file on basis should or could have been taken against Globke. He had a large collection of affidavits supporting him from German Jews. Globke was never accused of any crimes, although the East German communist regime staged a show trial attempting to pin something on Globke, the same kind of show trials that were staged against the U.S.
This is not the place to explain the 1935 Nurnberg anti-Jewish laws or the commentaries thereon authored by Globke. Suffice it to say that the Jews of Germany would have been relatively fortunate had the Nazi regime acted in accord with the Globke commentaries and then stopped there.
After all these years the above is probably unimportant in its essence, but CIA is hurting itself and its ongoing recruitment efforts by not explaining the facts of life. -Thomas Polgar, 15 June 2006 [Mr. Polgar was in OSS, and later in CIA as Chief of Station, Saigon, during the Vietnam War, and many other CIA posts as Chief of Base during a 34-year distinguished Agency career. He is a long-time AFIO member.]
OLIVER MOWRER SILSBY, JR., 82, a retired 29-year veteran of the CIA's
Directorate of Operations passed away at his home in North Bethesda, MD on May 20 of complications from emphysema. Mr. Silsby was born in Detroit, MI, June 17, 1923. Drafted into the US army in
1942, he trained as a radio operator and then volunteered for special duty in
the newly created Office of Strategic Services (the OSS). After paratroop
training in Palestine, he took part in commando missions behind enemy lines in
Greece and northern Yugoslavia. His third mission was operating with Italian
partisans in the Italian Dolomite Mountains. There in early 1945 he was captured
by Waffen SS Alpine troops, but escaped execution and was released from a POW
camp at the war's end. General "Wild Bill" Donovan personally decorated him with
the Bronze Star for valor in Italy, as detailed in the OSS history "Cloak and
Following the war, Mr. Silsby attended the University of Michigan on the GI bill, graduating with a degree in International Relations. He then attended the Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris.
Mr. Silsby began his CIA career in 1950 when placed under cover in Paris as an employee of an export-import firm with instructions to work with the French resistance should the Russians invade western Europe. He then served under diplomatic cover in Belgium (1954-1959), Luxembourg (1960-1965) and Laos (1968-1970). He later established and guided the first CIA terrorism bureau in the 1970s. Upon his retirement in 1979, he was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal in recognition of his contribution to the CIA.
In retirement, Mr. Silsby enjoyed writing as yet unpublished novels, lunching and playing tournament bridge at the retired Foreign Service Officer's Club (the Dacor-Bacon House), and summering in Booth Bay, ME. He was interviewed for a BBC documentary on OSS wartime exploits and assisted the Italian and Canadian governments in the prosecution of a former SS guard from his POW camp, convicted of torturing and murdering Italian partisan prisoners.
Mr. Silsby converted to Catholicism and was a member of our Our Lady of Lourdes Church when a Chevy Chase resident. After retirement he moved to North Bethesda and served as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Cross Church.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dr. Margaret Lynch Silsby; his nine children, Oliver M. Silsby III of Taipei; Dr. Susan Boyle of Budapest; Sharon Fitzsimmons of London; Elizabeth Mylroie, Dr. Barbara Wirth, and Margaret Silsby of Portland, ME; Robert Silsby of Chantilly, VA; Dr. John Silsby of Washington DC; William Silsby of Shanghai; 21 grandchildren; and his sister, Betty Frederick of Rockford, MI. He is predeceased by one grandchild, Charles Fitzsimmons.
Mr. Silsby has donated his body to Georgetown University. A requiem mass and memorial service is being planned by his family for July.
Published in The Washington Post on 5/28/2006. [EAB]
19-20 June 06 - D.C. Convention Center - Washington, D.C. - AFCEA 2006 / TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Event with Colin Powell Catapult your job search by meeting major employers in the defense industry over 2 days. Over 100 Federal Agencies & Government Contractors will be actively hiring at the TECHEXPO Job Fair held within AFCEA's TechNet International in Washington, DC. US Citizenship and a Government-issued photo ID are requirements for admission to both events. Colin Powell will be the keynote speaker on June 20th at 9 a.m. Please note that most of the positions do require clearance. Event details and directions: http://www.TechExpoUSA.com/show_info.cfm?show_id=205
20 June 06 - Washington, DC - Spylight Tour: After Hours Recon at the International Spy Museum Starts at 8 p.m. What is it really like to meet an agent in the dead of night in a denied area? How do the objects on display in the Museum handle in the field? Get the spy’s-eye view in this extraordinary program. Burton Gerber is a widely respected veteran of 39 years as a CIA case officer who served in some of the Agency’s most challenging overseas posts. As chief of station in Moscow during the Cold War, he was known for his rigorous tradecraft and dedication to operations. He is the co-editor of the recent, well-received book, Transforming U.S. Intelligence. In this exclusive, after-hours tour, Gerber will bring the Museum’s unique exhibits to life with stories from his distinguished career and informed opinion on historical events. He’ll share how the gadgets really worked -- or didn’t -- and whether to include your wife in a clandestine operation. Tickets: $60 http://www.spymuseum.org/calendar/index.asp#Register_Now
20-22 June 2006 - San Diego, CA - Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals' Workshop CI professionals, business analysts, researchers, decision-makers, strategic planners, marketers, consultants, and other business professionals can boost their professional development for 2006 by signing up for SCIP’s most popular courses, CI 101® & 202, and an optional third day of an Introduction to Competitive Intelligence Analysis from the SCIP Institute. CI 101® & 202™ are two full day workshops offering the beginner and intermediate level professional the know-how to sharpen skills in competitive intelligence research and analysis techniques. The third-day add-on will focus on how to turn collected facts and data into actionable judgments and conclusions about current and future market and competitor behavior. The Workshop faculty includes Mike Sandman, senior vice president of Fuld & Company; Melanie Wing, director of financial services at Proactive Worldwide; Kenneth Sawka, principal of Outward Insights. The Workshop will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego. For more information go to the event web page at https://www.123signup.com/event?id=qfdvq or contact Liz Reed-Martinez at +1.703.739.0696x110, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
1 July 2006 - Seattle, WA - AFIO Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting with Guest Speaker FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jim Treacy will be held at the Museum of Flight from 9:30 until noon. SSA Jim Treacy has been in law enforcement for over 30 years, starting in 1976 as a Police Officer in Washington State, and joined the FBI in 1985. During his tenure in the FBI, SSA Treacy has been assigned to the FBI's offices in San Diego; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Seattle; and the Office of the Legal Attaché in Moscow, Russia. He has worked in the FBI's Counterintelligence, Organized Crime, Technical Operations, and counterterrorism Programs, and he currently supervises an International Terrorism Squad and the Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Seattle Headquarters City Office of the FBI. The Museum of Flight is located on the Southwest side of Boeing Field, across from the Boeing Company, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108-4097. Cost is $30 for each pre-paid attendee prior to June 19. 2006, $40 for each attendee if payment is received after June 19, 2006, $10 for Corporate membership attendees prior to June 19, 2006, $20 for Corporate membership attendees if payment is received after June 19, 2006. Make checks payable to AFIO and mail to AFIO 4616 25th Ave NE, #495 Seattle, WA 98105. RSVP Fran Dyer at: FD@CromwellGroup.us or Judd Sloan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 July 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at USAF Academy O'Club in the Falcon Room, starting at 11:30, lunch served at 12:00 and meeting ends at 1:30 pm. Rocky Mountain Chapter speaker is LTG (r) Ed Anderson,USA,former Dept.Commander NORTHCOM. A West Point graduate, Class of 1966 Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
21 - 22 July 06 - Northampton, MA - AFIO New England Chapter holds meeting at the Hotel Northampton. Speakers will be: Professor Emeritus Douglas Wheeler and Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu. Topic to be announced. For further information or to register, contact chapter president Art Lindberg at email@example.com
12 August 06 - Melbourne, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter of AFIO will host its luncheon at Colony Hall at the IRCC. The legendary Billy Waugh will be the guest speaker; a man whose career spans some 50 plus years in special operations -tracking Carlos the Jackal, coming face to face with Osama bin Laden are but a few of the stories he will share with us. For more information, contact BEKeith at: Bobbie6769@JUNO.com or phone: (321) 777-5561.
23 - 25 August 06 - Raleigh, NC - Fourth Annual Raleigh International Spy Conference focuses on topic: Castro and Cuba: What Next? From revolution to Cold War KGB leader, Castro and his era will end soon. Hear the experts -- Don Bohning, Humberto Fontova, Brian Latell, Tim Naftali, Art Padilla, and AFIO's President, Gene Poteat -- take you from the Bay of Pigs through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the intrigue of Castros role as the "Bridgehead" for the KGB-led Non-aligned Movement - including new revelations from the intelligence world and estimates of what will happen to Cuba and its relationship with the US after Castro. Put on your calendar and go to www.raleighspyconference.com or call the Spy Hotline at 919- 807-7917 to register early for this important event.
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. 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
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.
14 - 18 September 06 - Arlington, VA - The OSS Society and the Carpetbaggers will be co-hosting a Reunion at the Crown Plaza Hotel Reagan National Airport. 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, US, 22202. More information can be found at www.osssociety.org
16 September 06 - Kennebunk, ME. The Maine Chapter of AFIO will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Guest speaker will be Janet Ray Weininger, daughter of Thomas "Pete" Ray, a CIA pilot killed in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. Ray, whose body was kept on display in a Havana morgue, is remembered by Memorial Star 22 on the Wall of Honor and in the Book of Honor at CIA headquarters. Following her successful recovery of her father's body from Cuba, Weininger spearheaded the recovery mission of the remains of two CIA pilots from the remote mountains of Nicaragua in 1998 with support from CIA, a U.S. Army team from the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, U. S. Army Black Hawk crews, and U.S. and Nicaraguan diplomats and military. Weininger has been honored by the U. S. Congress for her work and has appeared on national TV programs such as Good Morning America and in the press. Weininger is founder and president of Wings of Valor, a Miami, Fla. based charitable organization dedicated to rebuilding lives torn apart by war, poverty, and disaster. She has a degree in Business Administration and lives in Miami, Fla. with her husband, a Delta Airlines pilot. The meeting is open to the public. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.
21 September 06 - Colorado Springs, 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. Speakers to be announced. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.
22 September 06 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter holds evening meeting at Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd St, (between Park and Lexington). Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Speakers to be announced. Buffet dinner, tables of eight. $45pp, includes drinks, coffee, dessert. Cash bar. Registration and more information available from Jerry Goodwin, Chapter President, at 212-308-1450, or email him at email@example.com.
23 September 06 - Washington, DC - The Cold War Museum hosts a special Spy Tour of Washington. The Cold War Museum hosts a tour of various espionage sites in Arlington, Washington, and Georgetown; observe the former Café where a Soviet spy escaped from his CIA handlers; listen in on a briefing about Civil War espionage at Lafayette Park; tour the Berlin Wall at the Newseum; and/or visit drop points used by agents such as FBI spy Robert Hanssen. Since its earliest days, Washington, D.C. has been the scene of international intrigue, espionage, and intelligence activity, as the U.S. government has tried to learn the plans of other countries while keeping its own plans secret. Key players in this non-ending drama include personalities as diverse as Rose Greenhow, Herbert Yardley, Major General “Wild Bill” Donovan, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen. This six-hour bus tour will introduce you to many of the locations in and around Washington that have been associated with intelligence and counter intelligence activities for the past two hundred years. Some walking is required. Optional stop at International Spy Museum not included in price. For more information, private bookings and additional information visit www.spytour.com or call the Cold War Museum at (703) 273-2381.
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. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
20-21 October 06 - Lubbock, TX - The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) will co-host a conference on "Intelligence in the Vietnam War," which will be held in Lubbock, Texas, at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza. The purpose of this conference is to examine intelligence activities in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and elsewhere as they impacted the Vietnam War. We welcome papers that discuss intelligence analysis and operations from all sides of the conflict and desire presentations that discuss US, RVN, DRV, VC, USSR, PRC, Warsaw Pact, and other intelligence activities as they related to the Vietnam War. While the focus will remain on historical events, it is our distinct hope that appropriate historical lessons might be drawn of more immediate application to current wars and conflicts. To that end, we are seeking paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to Intelligence in the Vietnam War to include but not limited to the following topics: Intelligence and counter-intelligence operations to include human, electronic, signals, and imagery intelligence; Terrorism and counter-terrorism; Infiltration operations into North Vietnam, the Viet Cong infrastructure, and elsewhere; Psychological operations; The Phoenix Program, Provincial Reconnaissance Units, and other attempts to neutralize the VCI; Rolling Thunder, enemy order of battle, the will to persist, and other analytical issues; Inter-agency cooperation and conflict between the CIA, DIA, and other intelligence organizations; The politics of intelligence (e.g. the producer v. the consumer in the development of estimative products); the use of RAND and other private analytical resources as intelligence; etc... This conference will offer students, scholars, intelligence officials, policy makers, and others with an excellent opportunity to discuss and learn from intelligence activities from America's longest war along with the many issues that surrounded these complex activities and events. If you are interested in providing either an individual presentation or a panel discussion, submit a proposal (single page or less) to Mr. Stephen Maxner, Deputy Director at the Vietnam Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 742-9010 for more information. Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2006
21 October 06 - Kennebunk, ME - the Maine Chapter of AFIO will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Guest speaker will be Colin Beavan, author of "Operation Jedburgh." Further information on the author and book, to follow. The meeting is open to the public. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.
3 - 5 November 06 - Reston, VA - AFIO - DHS National Intelligence Symposium on Homeland, Port and Border Security FOR YOUR Calendars. The AFIO National Symposium with the Department of Homeland Security will focus on DHS's Intelligence and Port and Border enforcement issues. The event will be held 3 November thru 5 November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Reston, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA 20190. Further information to be sent to all AFIO members in coming months.
3 - 4 November 06 - Hampton Beach NH - AFIO New England Chapter meets at the beautiful Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel to hear speakers Professor William Tafoya and Joe Wippl, the new CIA Officer-in-Residence at Boston University. For further information or to register, contact chapter president Art Lindberg at email@example.com
10 November 06 – Ft. Myer and Arlington National Cemetery - Army Counterintelligence Corps Veterans (ACICV) Annual "Day of Remembrance" The ACICV Day of Remembrance, which includes a special Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in the Cemetery and a Memorial Luncheon at Fort Myer, honors the memory of Army Counterintelligence veterans and associates who have passed away since the last Remembrance Day. Friends and supporters of ACICV and Army Counterintelligence are invited to attend. For additional information contact Ed Meiser at 1-518-371-8356 (e-mail: Leigh54@aol.com) or Elly Burton at 1-703-591-3848 (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
16 November 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.
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. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park , FL.
8 December 06 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter holds evening meeting at Society of Illustrators Building, 128 East 63rd St, (between Park and Lexington). Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Speakers to be announced. Buffet dinner, tables of eight. $45pp, includes drinks, coffee, dessert. Cash bar. Registration and more information available from Jerry Goodwin, Chapter President, at 212-308-1450, or email him at email@example.com.
12 December 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 James Pavitt. A 31-year veteran of CIA, who in 1999 was appointed Deputy Director for Operations to head what is now known as the National Clandestine Service, the CIA directorate responsible for the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence. He had served as Associate Deputy Director for Operations from July 1997 through July 1999. He served longer in that position than any DDO in the last 30 years until retiring from CIA and the DO in August 2004. After joining the Agency in 1973 as a Career Trainee, he served in a variety of intelligence assignments in Europe, Asia and at CIA Headquarters. In 1990, he was assigned to the National Security Council as the Director for Intelligence Programs. In June 1992, President Bush appointed him Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and NSC Senior Director for Intelligence Programs. Mr. Pavitt began his intelligence career in the United States Army from 1969-1971 as an intelligence officer. Jim Pavitt is currently a principle at the Scowcroft Group and also serves as a member of the AFIO National Board of Directors. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com
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13 February 07 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club, at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Carl W Ford, Jr., former head of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), from 2001 until 2003. As Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, he reported directly to the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and provided intelligence support and analysis to him and other senior policy makers. He was directly involved in crafting policy related to the war on terrorism, the Iraq war and reconstruction, and issues regarding the Chinese military, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East peace process, and the North Korean military threat. Between 1965 and 1989, Mr. Ford served a tour of duty in Vietnam, was a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, a Defense Intelligence Agency China Strategic Intelligence Officer, a CIA China military analyst, a professional staff member for East Asia on the Committee on Foreign Relations, and the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the CIA. Beginning in early 1989, Mr. Ford spent four years working at the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary levels in the Defense Department. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
3 March 07 - 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.
17-19 May 2007 - Omaha, NE - SAC Intelligence/544th & Friends Reunion We have activated a SAC IN/544th & Friends Reunion website to update you on our reunion planning efforts. The web site address is: http://sacintelreunion.com (note: there is no www in the address). The web site is still UNDER CONSTRUCTION, and will be for some time as we incrementally add/refine relevant reunion information. The initial web site data includes, among other items, a main (i.e. home) page with reunion overview information, and a "participant" link that contains a list of the SAC IN/544th & Friends alumni that we've contacted to date. We request that you review this list to identify anyone you may know who is not on the list and, in turn, contact them (info Marv Howell: email@example.com) and advise them of our reunion plans and ask them to contact Marv to let him know if they are interested (or not) in attending the reunion. Your assistance in identifying and contacting other potential reunion attendees is key to our getting the word out to as many people as possible and is very important to our "sizing" the reunion and developing related reunion cost data. We're also pleased to report that we have signed a contract with the Embassy Suites reserving a ballroom with a capacity of 350 for our banquet on Saturday, May 19, 2007. Additionally, we have blocked 50 rooms at a special rate for our reunion attendees ($129 plus tax, double occupancy). We encourage attendees who plan on staying at the Embassy Suites to make their reservations at the earliest convenient date to be insured of getting the discounted group room rate. Reservations should be made either directly with the Omaha Embassy Suites (402) 346-9000, or through the Embassy Suites central reservation center at 1-800-362-2779, request the "SAC INTELL Reunion" block discount room rate, group code "SIR". For your convenience, our web site provides a link to the Omaha Embassy Suites web site. As regards reunion event planning, we're very proud to note that our reunion banquet keynote speaker, General Michael Hayden (SAC IN analyst & briefer '70-'72), has been confirmed by the Senate to be Director of the CIA. Additionally, we have reserved the Dougherty Conference Center for a symposium to be held on Friday, May 18, and have reserved the Bellevue Lied Activity Center for a presentation on SAC Intelligence's role in the Cuban Missile Crisis to be held on Sat May 19. More detailed information on these reunion events will be posted on our web site as soon as possible. Finally, we have decided on a pre-registration fee of $25 per attendee and would request that those who plan on attending the reunion mail their pre-registration checks, made payable to: "SAC IN/544 Reunion", to: Mike Catherall, 13006 Jan Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123. Early payment (i.e. within the next 30 - 60 days) of the pre-registration fee is encouraged to assist us with meeting reunion planning financial obligations to include payment of a deposit for the banquet ballroom. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you this time next year in Omaha.
2 June 07 - 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.
8 September 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country C lub Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
18-19 October 2007: Symposium on Cryptologic History sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History, to be held at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. Further details available in early 2007.
1 December 07 - 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.
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