AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #25-06 dated 26 June 2006
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FOR YOUR Calendars. The AFIO 2006 National Symposium with the Department of Homeland Security will focus on DHS's Intelligence, 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.
John W. Berg, 79, an operations officer at the Central Intelligence Agency
AL-QAEDA IDENTIFIES SUPPOSED 20TH HIJACKER IN VIDEO BBC is reporting that the Intel Center, a private Virginia-based firm that provides terrorism-related products based on open source analysis (http://www.intelcenter.com), has video purportedly from Al-Qaeda identifying the man who would have been the twentieth hijacker in the 9/11 attacks. The video shows Saudi man, Fawaz al-Nashimi, who was killed in a shootout in Saudi Arabia in 2004. U.S. intelligence has speculated that because three of the four hijacked airliners on 9/11 were manned by five terrorists, and the fourth which crashed in Pennsylvania had only four terrorists on board, a twentieth hijacker was probably missing from the fourth flight. The CIA initially believed that Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted for terrorism-related crimes in the U.S., was the twentieth hijacker. Moussaoui confessed to being involved in the 9/11 plot, but later recanted his claim. The Intelligence Community also lost faith that Moussaoui was actually the twentieth hijacker, despite the fact that he was taking flight lessons in Minnesota near the time of his arrest. The video is cryptic about why Nashimi, also known as Turki bin Fuheid al-Muteiry, did not act in the September 2001 attacks, but says that ringleader Mohammed Atta moved forward the date of the attack which precluded Nashimi's participation. [LawrenceS/BBC 21Jun06]
NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO TEST LAUNCH ICBM, WILL U.S. SHOOT IT DOWN? According to U.S. IMINT, a Taepodong-2 missile, with two stages, is erected on a remote launch pad in Northeastern North Korea at the Musudan-ri launch facility. Other sources claim that the rocket has been fueled, indicating an imminent launch within 30 days. U.S., Japanese, and South Korean officials believe the North Koreans are preparing a test launch of the missile that is capable of carrying a light payload to targets in Japan and the Western United States. North Korea has refused to comment, but, "vowed to bolster its military deterrent." The three-stage version of the Taepodong-2 missile could hit targets in the U.S. Midwest, including Chicago. Although North Korea is believed to have developed some nuclear weapons, intelligence sources do not believe that they have the technology to miniaturize the warheads enough to marry them to a missile. However, U.S. Secretary of Stat Condoleezza Rice says the test "would be taken with utmost seriousness and indeed a provocative act," and White House spokesman Tony Snow said, "If they go ahead with a test, then we will have to respond properly and appropriately at the time," but declined to further detail what such a response might be. Bill Gertz of the Washington Times, though, suggests that such a response might be shooting the missile out of the air after launch. Gertz claims that U.S. officials have told him that the anti-missile defense system that President Bush lobbied heavily for during his first term, has been switched from testing to operational, and that Aegis class destroyers off the coast of North Korea would be amongst the first sensors to detect a launch. Analysts believe bad weather over the launch site has precluded the possibility of the test going forward so far, but indicate that all other preparations are in place. North Korea's last missile test occurred in 1998, when it launched a missile that crossed over Japan, after which it self-imposed a ban on missile tests. In related news, the Air Force Command of the Korean People's Army released a report that the U.S. "warmongers" continue to invade North Korean airspace with surveillance flights. The report claimed that, "at around 8:00 Friday [16Jun] an "RC-135" of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces illegally intruded into the sky above the waters of the DPRK east of Chongjin, Hwadae and Riwon and spied on its strategic targets for hours, being refueled in the midair." The Air Force Command then threatens that if the U.S. continues to fly surveillance flights with in the territorial airspace of North Korea that, "they will not be able to escape the same end as that of a tiger moth fated to perish in the flames and the responsibility for that will wholly rest with the U.S. imperialist warmongers." [LeonardS/Forbes 18Jun06, Herman/WashTimes 20Jun06, Gertz/KCNA 17Jun06]
KHOMEINI'S GRANDSON CALLS FOR U.S. OVERTHROW OF IRAN Hossein Khomeini, the grandson of the Grand Ayatollah Kohmeini who overthrew the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran in 1979, has broken a three-year silence and is publicly supporting a U.S. overthrow of Iran's clerical government. He made the statement's from Qom, the spiritual home of Iran's Shi'a sect of Islam, which added emphasis to the call. Hossein Khomeini is himself a Shi'a cleric. Al-Arabiya television quotes Khomeini as saying, "My grandfather's revolution has devoured its children and has strayed from its course. I lived through the revolution and it called for freedom and democracy - but it has persecuted its leaders." Khomeini was mentored by the Grand Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, who was released from house arrest in Qom in 2003 after six years for criticizing the rule of Ayatollah Ali Khameini. Khomeini first spoke out against the current Iranian regime in 2003 during a visit to New York and Washington. He has since been protected by his grandmother, the former Grand Ayatollah's widow, Batol Saqafi Khomeini. [PJK/Telegraph 18Jun06/Sherwell]
CIA TIPPED OFF MI-5 TO IDENTITY OF 7/7 ATTACK LEADER In his newly released book The One Percent Doctrine (see Books section below), Ron Suskind claims that the CIA told MI-5 that Mohammad Sidique Khan, who later led the 7/7/2005 attacks on the London subways, was considered a threat. The FBI placed Khan on a no-fly list which kept him from entering the United States. British intelligence said that they had no information about Khan's intentions prior to he and three other Briton's carrying out the bombing attacks that resulted in the deaths of dozens. [CameronL/Telegraph 19Jun06/Russell]
TENET TO JOIN FAIRFAX DEFENSE CONTRACTOR Former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet has announced that he will join The Analysis Corporation (TAC) of Fairfax, VA. This new position will be in addition to his other post-CIA endeavors- teaching at Georgetown University and serving on the board of Guidance Software Inc., a California technology firm. TAC specializes in providing the government with terrorism-related intelligence analysis and monitoring classified networks for terrorist-related threats. The company's president and CEO is Tenet's former chief of staff John O. Brennan. Through his spokesman, Tenet commented, "I look forward to helping the Analysis Corporation address critical needs as government and industry work together to fight terrorism." [WashPost 22Jun06/Merle]
AL-QAEDA'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS This past week Time magazine published a excerpt from Ron Suskind's new book The One Percent Doctrine in which he forwarded information that Al-Qaeda (AQ) was within 45 days of setting off a cyanide gas device on the New York subway that could have resulted in the deaths of up to 3,000 people [Time]. Evidence of this plot was discovered in encrypted files on a laptop computer belonging to a Bahraini terrorist captured in 2003 in Saudi Arabia. Supposedly, AQ's second-in-command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri called the plot off in the eleventh hour, for unknown reasons. U.S. officials believe that Bin Laden thought the attack was not a sufficiently large encore to the 9/11 attacks. In an article for Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Focus, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit Michael Scheuer agrees with this theory. Since AQ's 1996 declaration of war on the U.S., AQ attacks have followed a generally upward trend in terms of casualties or damage to U.S. interests, which coincides with Bin Laden's stated goal of escalating the scale of attacks and increasing America's pain with each new attack. However, if 3,000 dead in New York's subway was not enough for Bin Laden, what would have been sufficient? Scheuer suggests that the logical conclusion is a nuclear detonation. He is quick to point out that there is no evidence that AQ has any capability to carry out such an attack currently. However, intelligence has indicated that AQ has a group of scientists and engineers, in place since 1992, seeking a nuclear weapon. Scheuer lists three factors that make realization of AQ's nuclear ambition more possible- continued proliferation of nuclear knowledge, unsecured nuclear weapons and materials, and religious authorization for AQ to use nuclear weapons. There is evidence that Al-Qaeda operatives have met with Pakistani nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan's organization, and AQ supporters have launched an Internet forum that some experts claim is close to a "proper instruction manual" to build a radiological dirty bomb (although this is orders of magnitude easier than building a full-fledged nuclear weapon and would not cause near the casualties or damage). The CIA under Porter Goss admitted that it could not assure the American public that no nuclear material, especially from the former Soviet Union, had made it way into the hands of terrorists. Finally, AQ received religious clearance to use nuclear weapons in May 2003 when Sheikh Nasir Bin Hamd al-Fahd used the principle of reciprocity as the foundation for his argument that attacking America with nuclear weapons was justified based on America's attacks on Arab peoples and lands, which Fahd claimed resulted in over 10 million Arabs dead. Scheuer concludes that the most important lesson to come from the planned subway attack is that AQ leadership is not as isolated and dysfunctional in the wake of the War on Terror as many in the U.S. have claimed, and that AQ seems still to be able to coordinate a large, mass casualty attack on U.S. soil. [PJK, LawrenceS/Time 17Jun06/TerrorismFocus 20Jun06, Scheuer]
NEUTRALIZING DIGITAL SPY CAMERAS Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology led by Professor Gregory Abowd claim to have found a method to neutralize digital still and video cameras in specific areas. The technology exploits the fact that the CCD sensors in the cameras send light straight back to its source instead of scattering it, making it easy to detect the devices using a scanning laser and photo detector. The countermeasure depends upon an invisible beam of white light to overwhelm the CCD and render the photo or video unusable. The researchers say such a camera defeating device can be built using off-the-shelf components. It could be used to enforce no photography policies around sensitive government facilities, making the spy's job that much harder. [PJK/UPI 19Jun06]
The One Percent Doctrine by Ronald Suskind, 367 pages. Simon & Schuster. $27. Suskind calls on former CIA chief George Tenet [NYT], and a host of well-placed current and former disgruntled government actors [LATimes] from the CIA, FBI, State Department, Treasury and others to tell their story of the behind-the-scenes orchestration of the War on Terror. The title for the book comes from a quote that Suskind attributes to Vice President Cheney, "if there was even a 1 percent chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction — and there has been a small probability of such an occurrence for some time — the United States must now act as if it were a certainty." The author claims that this statement changed fundamentally how policy was determined, taking U.S. away from action based on analysis, to action based on intuition and hunch. Among highlights from the book are accounts by CIA operatives that claim Abu Zubaydah, captured in Pakistan and hailed as Al-Qaeda's chief of operations, was clinically insane with multiple personality disorder (he supposedly kept a diary in which he wrote as three different people). According to Suskind, despite Zubaydah's obvious illness, the CIA tortured him using water boarding, deafening noise and bright light until he began spilling fictional beans about a myriad of targets including shopping malls, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty [WashPost]. The book has many such suprising revaltions, and takes a deep look at the interaction between the Administration and the intelligence Community, as well as the personalities within the White House. [PJK, CameronL/NYT 20Jun06, Kakutani/ WashPost 20Jun06 Gellman/LATimes 20Jun06, Rutten]
PBS Frontline: The Dark Side This installment of the public affairs series by PBS examines the struggle between Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA to control what the VP termed the "Dark Side" during a Tim Russert interview shortly after 9/11. Cheney said that there's "mean, nasty, dangerous dirty business out there" and that the U.S. would have to "...spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world." He further elaborated that the U.S. would require "a very thorough sort of reassessment of how we operate and the kinds of people we deal with," and that we would need "some very unsavory characters" on the payroll." The PBS provided synopsis states that within hours of the terror attacks on 9/11/01, "Dick Cheney seizes the initiative, George Tenet pulls out the CIA's already architected plan for attacking the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and Donald Rumsfeld puts Iraq on the table." The program can be viewed on-line at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darkside/. [PJK]
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WASHINGTON POST REPORTER LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON 1990 ESCAPE FROM IRAQ OPERATION John Pomfret, a reporter from the Washington Post, is looking for persons involved in a 1991 operation in which Polish intelligence helped 6 American intelligence officers escape from Iraq just after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The escape was realized through Iraq's border with Turkey. Mr. Pomfret authored an article about this operation 11 years ago, "Polish Agents Rescued 6 U.S. Spies From Iraq; Scotch Lubricated Escape During Gulf War," [Washington Post 17Jan95]. He is seeking to turn the article into a book. If you were involved in the operation and are willing to speak to him about it, contact John Pomfret at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (310) 780-5035.
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TO DISCUSS SELECTED HISTORIC COVERT ACTIVITY - For my undergraduate honors
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covert action undertaken by the CIA during the Cold War. It is my judgment,
after reading numerous books on the subject, that academic works often neglect,
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John W. Berg, 79, an operations officer at the Central Intelligence Agency for 39 years before retiring in 1988, died June 12 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. He had pneumonia. Mr. Berg served as chief of five major field installations of the CIA in Europe and Southeast Asia. He had extensive experience in many aspects of national intelligence operations, including the collection of political and economic information, counterintelligence, counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism. He was the recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Mr. Berg, a native of Baltimore, served in the Army during World War II. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and did graduate study at Columbia University. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret Graefe Berg; three children, John Berg of Vienna, Deborah Bell of Culpeper and Wendy Berg of Northampton, Mass.; and five grandchildren [CameronL / WashPost]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
17 September 06 - Washington, DC - The International Spy Museum presents "Third-String Catcher, All-Star Spy" This event celebrates American baseball player Moe Berg and his efforts as a secret agent of the OSS. From parachuting into Yugoslavia to clandestinely filming Japanese military installations, Berg was an active agent whose life as a touring baseball player was a perfect cover. Join historians, authors, friends, and fans in this exploration of Berg's career with a special presentation of a commemorative Moe Berg medal to relative Irwin Berg. The event will be held from 1:00-3:15pm at the Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC,Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. The cost is $15; Members of The Spy Ring: $12; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call Ticketmaster at 202.397.SEAT, 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum. To infiltrate The Spy Ring, the Spy Museum's membership program, visit spymuseum.org or call 866.SPYMUSEUM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 and possibly be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6 December 06 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park , FL.
8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
AND FOR 2007 CALENDARS ....
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
8 September 07 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. Contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for details. Meeting held at Orange Park Country Club, 2625 Country Club Blvd, Orange Park, FL.
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