AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #43-06 dated 30 October 2006

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Hear all about....HOMELAND SECURITY - Detecting Terrorist Planning - Protecting 361 Ports
- Blocking the import of Weapons of Mass Destruction - Border Protection - Detecting Terrorist Attempts to Import Nuclear Materials
- Your New Neighbors: American Jihadists, Learn to Identify Them - Laws & Counterterrorism, The Changing Landscape
Capturing Jonathan Pollard  -  Intelligence, Secrecy and Ethics: Doing Right When You Think Your Government Wrong
- Intelligence & Terrorism in Modern Fiction -
Awards Banquet

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Other Speakers Include Steve Emerson, Ron Olive, Peter Bergen, Jan Goldman, Brad Meltzer, Colin MacKinnon, Haggai Carmon

AFIO National Symposium 2006
on the Intelligence Duties and Office of the
Department of Homeland Security

Banquet Speaker:  The Hon. Fred Thompson,
former counsel, Senate Intelligence Committee, and Emmy Award winning Law & Order series actor and many Hollywood films [all speakers confirmed]

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The AFIO National Symposium for 2006 is looking closely at the Intelligence components of the vast Department of Homeland Security -  looking at Intelligence and law enforcement duties and issues - particularly port and border security. This important event will be held Friday 3 November to noon on Sunday, 5 November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Reston, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA 20190. Further information will be sent to all AFIO members-of-record this months with PERISCOPE.

 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. The Event is located in a prime walking area filled with shops and superb restaurants. Easy parking.  To make your reservation online NOW at the special AFIO Symposium rate of $129/nite [single or double occup.] while still available, at the hotel that has been voted the BEST HOTEL in Fairfax County, click here and following the instructions: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=32661 


SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CANADA CONSIDERING "CIA-LIKE" INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITY
SWITZERLAND INVESTIGATING ALLEGATION THAT CIA SOUGHT PERSONAL DATA ON ARAB LABOR UNION MEMBERS
VICE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS REKINDLE DEBATE ON USE OF TORTURE
NEW IRANIAN URANIUM ENRICHMENT EQUIPMENT MAY DOUBLE THE CAPACITY OF ITS R&D EFFORTS
HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING LEAK OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE TO PRESS
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
BOEING IMPLICATED AS THE CIA'S EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION TRAVEL AGENT
CENTCOM SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICER DURING IRAQ INVASION SAYS DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE ON WMD WAS THIN, SKETCHY AND OUTDATED
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
EAST EUROPEAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ATTACKS ON ON-LINE STOCK TRADERS RESULT IN MILLIONS IN LOSSES
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
Sources
TWO-VOLUME RAND STUDIES ON TERRORISM, "APTITUDE FOR DESTRUCTION" AVAILABLE ON-LINE
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
Notes
FORMER CIA DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET TAKES POSITION WITH US/BRITISH RESEARCH COMPANY
Seeking Assistance
AFIO MEMBER SEARCHING FOR TWO OLD FRIENDS
Obituaries
Edward Welles, former CIA Officer and Gun Control Advocate Dies
Coming Events Next Two Months ONLY
3 - 5 November 06 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium with DHS on Homeland, Port and Border Security
3 - 4 November 06 - Hampton Beach, NH - AFIO New England hosts meeting at beautiful Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel with two speakers.
4 November 06 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hears Dr. Jack Baghdassarian on "Origins of Islamic Terrorism"
9 November 06 - San Francisco, CA - AFIO's SF Chapter Luncheon with Chief of Contracting, US DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD), on "Operation SafePort."
9 November 06 - Washington, DC - Inside Stories - Capturing Jonathan Pollard: The Real Story at the Spy Museum
10 November 06 - Ft. Myer and Arlington National Cemetery - Army Counterintelligence Corps Veterans (ACICV) Annual "Day of Remembrance"
13 November 06 - Coral Gables, FL - Miami-Dade Shackley AFIO Chapter host Dinner on “THE MIND OF THE TERRORIST” featuring  Jerrold M. Post, M.D.
14 November 06 - Arlington, VA - Defense Intelligence Alumni Association (DIAA) Fall Luncheon
16 November 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds meeting at USAF Academy O'Club
16 November 06 - Washington, DC - 6:30 pm - Domestic Spying: Anti-Terrorism or Anti-American?
18 November 06 - Kennebunk, ME.  The AFIO/ME Chapter will hear Todd DiFede, Supervisory Senior FBI Resident Agent for Maine
29 November - 1 Dec 06 - Washington, DC - Institute for Defense and Government Advancement host "Intelligence Analysis & Processing"

For Additional Events two+ months or more....view our online Calendar of Events


SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE

CANADA CONSIDERING "CIA-LIKE" INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITY The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said that the agency must expand its international capabilities into areas where Canadian Armed Forces are increasingly deployed, and Canadian citizens have been hostages and refugees. Last year, a task force was convened to examine the CSIS role in the fight against terrorism and determined the agency required a more robust overseas presence. Last May, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said that Ottawa was examining whether to expand the CSIS or create an entirely new intelligence agency. Day did not consider funding for the new agency, estimated in the tens of millions of dollars, a barrier. Critics of the plan are wary of Canada creating its own "CIA-like" agency. [PJK/HamiltonSpectator 28Oct06/Canadian Press]

SWITZERLAND INVESTIGATING ALLEGATION THAT CIA SOUGHT PERSONAL DATA ON ARAB LABOR UNION MEMBERS A Swiss tabloid Blick reported on 12 September that a CIA operative working in Switzerland was attempting to obtain personal data on over 500 Arab members of the Syna labor union. Syna is the second largest labor union in Switzerland with 65,000 members. On the same day as the Blick story, the Swiss government launched an investigation into concerns that a CIA officer stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Bern paid a local Swiss informant to obtain information on Arab union members suspected of involvement in terrorist financing. Espionage activity by a foreign power is a crime in Switzerland usually punishable by deportation of the offender. Jeanette Balmer, spokeswoman of the Federal Prosecutor's Office, said that the investigation is finding confirmation of the allegations and that suspects have been identified. Balmer is seeking a warrant to continue her investigation as a "political crime." A suspected informant has supposedly admitted to receiving payments from the CIA for providing banking details on a Syrian terror suspect. The Syna labor union announced that they deplore the attempt to obtain personal information on their members and assured that no Syna information had found its way into unauthorized hands. [PJK/HoustonChron 27Oct06/AP]

VICE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS REKINDLE DEBATE ON USE OF TORTURE During a radio interview with host Scott Hennen in Fargo, North Dakota, Hennen asked Vice President Dick Cheney, "Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?" referring to the interrogation technique known as water-boarding in the questioning of terrorist suspects. The VP relied, "To me it's a no brainer," and sparked a controversy in which critics claim that Cheney was endorsing the use of torture. Cheney's further remarks were, "...but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president for torture. We don't torture. That's not what we're involved in." It is not clear if the administration considers water-boarding torture or not, as the administration, including Cheney, does not discuss specific methods. In contrast to most popular accounts, water-boarding does not include dunking the subject in water. The technique involves covering the subject's face with cloth or cellophane while inclined backwards on a board. Water is then poured over the covered face which gives the subject the sensation of drowning [ABCNews]. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former prisoner of war in Vietnam has called water-boarding "exquisite torture," and has said that the recent legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President defining allowable interrogation techniques should effectively end the practice of water-boarding. Cheney's comments on Hennen's show further clarified his position, "We live up to our obligations in international treaties that we're party to and so forth. But the fact is, you can have a fairly robust interrogation program without torture, and we need to be able to do that" [M&C].   [PJK/WashPost 27Oct06/Eggen]

NEW IRANIAN URANIUM ENRICHMENT EQUIPMENT MAY DOUBLE THE CAPACITY OF ITS R&D EFFORTS The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog activity, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that Iran's new enrichment equipment may double the capacity of its small research and development laboratories seeking to enrich uranium. The U.N. Security Council sees this as a signal that if sanctions are imposed on Iran, it will simply increase the speed of its enrichment activities and nuclear program. Iran first announced the successful enrichment of uranium at its main plant in Natanz where it has intermittently operated a single cascade of 164 centrifuges. The centrifuge process spins the uranium at high speed resulting in enriched uranium necessary for fuel in nuclear energy plants, or at higher levels of enrichment, nuclear weapons. However, since those initial announcements, progress reportedly has been slow which prompted some to assume Iranian engineers had run into significant problems. However, Mohamed El Baradei, head of the IAEA, said in the latest inspection the new centrifuge cascade was in place, although no uranium had been injected into the system yet. Even with two cascades running, experts believe it would take Iran years to produce enough uranium at the sufficient levels of enrichment to produce a single nuclear weapon. Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte has said that he believes Iran is four to ten years from a nuclear weapon, but admits that Iran appears to have more advanced technology than North Korea, who tested a nuclear weapon on 9 October. Iran says that it is not trying to produce a nuclear weapon and is only enriching uranium for peaceful energy purposes. However, Iran ignored an August demand by the U.N. Security Council to stop its enrichment program. The U.S., Europe, Russia and China are discussing if sanctions should be imposed, with Russia and China resisting. El Baradei says that unlike the U.S., he is not convinced that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, but he believes Iran may want to assemble the technology and components so that they could constructor a weapon within weeks or months if necessary. El Baradei further does not believe that sanctions would be effective, but thinks that in the end, "we have to talk to North Korea and Iran." The State Department has said that the final details of a sanctions package with council member support are falling into place although they did not speculate on when it would come to the Security Council for a vote. State Department Sean McCormack said that Iran is moving "inexorably" forward and will at some point have an "industrial-scale production." "You don't want that," he said. Some Europeans fear that emplacing sanctions will result in Iranian moderates being shoved aside and hard-line mullahs and military leaders would push to speed the country's nuclear program. [PJK/NYT 24Oct06/Sanger]

HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING LEAK OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE TO PRESS Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, launched an investigation into the recent leaking of key parts of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on "Trends of Global Terrorism" which was critical of the U.S. effort in Iraq. The NIE said that the war in Iraq had spawned more terrorists than it destroyed. The NIE is a highly classified document and represents the conclusions of all 16 agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Hoekstra's decree laid out procedures for the investigation and allowed that the investigation may look beyond just the leak of the NIE if there was evidence of the unauthorized release of other classified information. A New York Times article with the headline "Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat" on 23/24 September was published just a couple of days after Rep. John F. Tierney (D-MA), a member of the intelligence committee, requested and received a copy of the NIE. Larry Hanauer, a Democratic staffer, executed Tierney's request. Hanauer has become the main focus of the investigation after Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) wrote to Hoekstra demanding an investigation of Hanauer since the NYT story appeared only two days after Hanauer received the NIE. Hanauer, who has been suspended from the committee by the chairman pending the investigation results, signed a sworn affidavit that he had nothing to do with the leak of the NIE to the media. [CameronL/WashPost 27Oct06/Pincus]


SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE

BOEING IMPLICATED AS THE CIA'S EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION TRAVEL AGENT A Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen International Flight Services, of San Jose, California, appears to have been a primary service provider for the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. Rendition is the process by which the CIA captured terrorism suspects and then transferred them to third party countries. Critics say the program was used to "outsource torture" by sending prisoners to places where torture and cruel treatment were acceptable. Although the CIA depends on small charter flight companies that reportedly operate as CIA front companies for the actual transportation of the prisoners, Boeing's subsidiary handled logistical and navigational details for these trips, including flight plans, clearance to fly over other countries, hotel reservations, and ground-crew arrangements. A former Jeppesen employee said that he first learned of the company's involvement in the rendition program at an internal corporate meeting when Bob Overby, directing manager for Jeppesen, stated, "We do all of the extraordinary rendition flights—you know, the torture flights. Let’s face it, some of these flights end up that way.”  Another executive told him, "We do all the spook flights." The former employee found out that the company had assigned two special flight planners to do all the rendition arrangements. The employee said that he was "deeply troubled" by the rendition program and eventually quit over it. He recalls Overby once saying, "It certainly pays well. They”—the C.I.A.—“spare no expense. They have absolutely no worry about costs. What they have to get done, they get done.” In one controversial case, a German citizen Khaled el-Masri, was detained on the Macedonia border, transferred to CIA custody and then flown to Afghanistan where he was imprisoned and tortured for months. As it turned out, el-Masri, a car salesman, was mistaken for a terrorist with a similar name. According to a new book Ghost Flights by British reporter Stephen Grey, after dropping el-Masir in Afghanistan where he faced deplorable conditions, the flight crew continued on to the island of Majorca where they enjoyed two nights at a luxury hotel at the expense of the American taxpayer. El-Masri was eventually released on the orders of then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice after the mistaken identity was discovered.   [NewYorker 23Oct06/Mayer]

CENTCOM SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICER DURING IRAQ INVASION SAYS DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE ON WMD WAS THIN, SKETCHY AND OUTDATED Major General James "Spider" Marks was the theater's senior intelligence officer (J2) during the run up to war in Iraq and the invasion. His wartime role has been recounted in two recently published books critical of the war, Woodward's State of Denial and Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, by Michael R. Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor. Marks, now retired and a frequent military analyst for CNN, says that he was among the believers that Iraq was in possession of WMD stockpiles in those days before the war. However, what he needed was tactical information that he could provide to the troops. Marks assembled a team of experts from the Defense Intelligence Agency and elsewhere. The experts said they had identified 946 sites where WMD- chemical, biological and possible radiological weapon might be stored. But Marks said, "They didn't have a clue."
    In delving deeper Marks found that the DIA's information was old, sketchily sourced, or sometimes not sourced at all. He said some came from Iraqi spies, some from satellite imagery and other sources, but in all it was "thinner than a television reporter’s notebook." He found the same at the CIA. He was even more surprised to find that DIA's analysts considered themselves deep thinkers and that tactical intelligence that a soldier could use was "was intellectually anathema to them."
    As the invasion of Iraq drew nearer, Marks was haunted by visions of U.S. soldiers "racing toward Iraqi gun barrels loaded with nerve gas, or tripping over deadly weapons dumps with no clear idea of whether to stop, dismount or keep going." A West Point graduate with over 33-years in service, Marks was astounded to find the analysts, "had no sense of the importance of this information to a ground commander, at any level — the company commander, the battalion commander . . .”  He believed that after years of looking at the problem, the analysts had lost sight of what they were preparing the intelligence for- ground combat. Marks said, “there was no sense of urgency to get this as granular, as specific as possible, so that I could turn it over to a young private or a young sergeant that was going to come upon this WMD site and do something with that.”
    He took a poke at senior Pentagon officials as well saying, "No one in Rumsfeld’s general chain of command seemed to know who I was. I mean, I was a senior general officer, but . . . I’m sure I was below their noise level." Marks said that although the Pentagon "ostensibly" cared about WMD, their "give a sh*t level was really low."
    Extending his thoughts into other areas of concern Marks wondered that if intelligence was so poor over a clear, flat desert, what would it be like in North Korea, with its closed society and frequent cloud coverage. With no or nearly no spies at the combat unit level in North Korea, MG Marks says, "We have no clue on how these guys are going to fight."  [CQ 20Oct06/Stein]


SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE

EAST EUROPEAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ATTACKS ON ON-LINE STOCK TRADERS RESULT IN MILLIONS IN LOSSES E-Trade Financial Corp., the nation's fourth-largest online broker, announced over $18 million in customer third quarter losses due to electronic attacks from cyber gangs in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. In a new form of computer crime, the attackers gain access to on-line trading accounts, liquidate the owners stock holdings and then purchase thousands of shares of microcap stocks, also know as penny stocks. The attackers hope to increase the value of the stock through these bulk purchases and then sell of their own holdings of the stock at a substantial profit. TD Ameritrade, the third largest on-line brokerage also admitted to being victim to the attacks but decline to place a figure on their losses. E-Trade chief executive Mitchell H. Caplan said that the Securities and Exchange Commission and FBI were looking into the attacks on E-Trade accounts. Both E-Trade and TD Ameritrade cover their clients' losses from these attacks even though they are not required to do so by law. Federal investigators say that the attacks are increasing faster than public awareness of the problem and are fueled by increasing usage of the Internet for personal financial management and banking.  John Reed Stark, chief of the Office of Internet Enforcement at the SEC said, "In the last couple of months we have seen a marked increase in online brokerage account intrusions." The attack begins with the attacker obtaining a victim's account identity and password. A common technique for gaining this information is for the attacker to install key logging software on a publicly accessible computer terminal, such as in a library, hotel business center or airport Internet kiosk. The logging software records everything that is typed on the keyboard and transfers the log file to the attacker. Search software can then be used to find account names and passwords in the recorded keystrokes.  [WashPost 24Oct06/Nakashima]


SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES

Sources

TWO-VOLUME RAND STUDIES ON TERRORISM, "APTITUDE FOR DESTRUCTION" AVAILABLE ON-LINE The following links to these useful resources were recently published to the U.S. Army Intelist:

Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 1: Organizational Learning in Terrorist Groups and Its Implications for Combating Terrorism Brian A. Jackson with: John C. Baker, Kim Cragin, John Parachini, Horacio R. Trujillo, Peter Chalk Copyright 2005 RAND Corporation, 106pp. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG331.pdf
The National Institute of Justice provided funding to the RAND Corporation to conduct an analysis of organizational learning in terrorist groups and assess its implications for efforts to combat terrorism. The work was performed between November 2003 and November 2004, a period during which the threat of international terrorism was high and concern about the capabilities of terrorist organizations and how they might change over time was a central focus of policy debate and U.S. homeland security planning. The study is described in this report and in a companion volume, Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 2: Case Studies of Organizational Learning in Five Terrorist Groups-332-NIJ, which examines the innovation and learning activities of five groups selected to represent the spectrum of organizations that have used terrorist tactics.

Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 2: Case Studies of Organizational Learning in Five Terrorist Groups Brian A. Jackson, John C. Baker, Kim Cragin, John Parachini, Horacio R. Trujillo, Peter Chalk Copyright 2005 RAND Corporation, 216pp. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG332.pdf
The National Institute of Justice provided funding to the RAND Corporation to conduct an analysis of organizational learning in terrorist groups and assess its implications for efforts to combat terrorism. The work was performed between November 2003 and November 2004, a period during which the threat of international terrorism was high and concern about the capabilities of terrorist organizations and how they might change over time was a central focus of policy debate and U.S. homeland security planning. The study is described in this report and in a companion volume, Aptitude for Destruction, Volume 1: Organizational Learning in Terrorist Groups and Its Implications for Combating Terrorism, MG-331-NIJ, which applies the analytical framework described in the second part of this report to the practical demands of Intelligence and law enforcement activities.


SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" nor endorse career offers, research inquiries or announcements. Reasonable-sounding inquiries are published as a service to members. Exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information or making referrals to colleagues. Members should obtain prior approval from their agencies before answering questions that would impact ongoing military or intelligence operations - even if unclassified. Never assume public inquiries about classified projects means they've been declassified. Be attuned to false-flagging.

Notes

FORMER CIA DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET TAKES POSITION WITH US/BRITISH RESEARCH COMPANY George Tenet, the man who served longer than any other as Director of the CIA, from 1997 to 2004, has accepted a position with QinetiQ the company announced. The British research firm is rumored to have been the inspiration for the 'Q' character in Ian Flemming's popular James Bond novels and movies. Tenet will serve as an independent non-executive director. "I am especially interested in the capacity of the company's technologies to meet a number of the challenges faced by our nations' military and intelligence personnel," Tenet said. The company is partly owned by U.S. investors through the Carlyle Group whose advisers have included former President and CIA Director George H.W. Bush and British Prime Minister John Major. QinetiQ used to be a secret part of the British government, but was publicly traded as of February. [PJK/Reuters 24Oct06]

Seeking Assistance

AFIO MEMBER SEARCHING FOR TWO OLD FRIENDS I am seeking the addresses of two old and dear friends: Maury Lax stationed at U.S. Embassy, Karachi 1959-1960 (and later at Rome) and Robert "Bob" Crowell, stationed at U.S. Mission, Geneva 1961-1966. Both were colleagues in the "foreign service" and friends I have lost track of. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. You might simply be able to forward this E-mail to them. Best wishes, Hal W. Vaughan [member of AFIO] and author of FDR'S 12 Apostles: The Spies who Paved The Way For The Invasion of North Africa. Contact: Hal W. Vaughan, halvaughan@noos.fr, backup email: hal@halvaughan.com, +33 (0)1.40.17.05.78, Paris, France.

Obituaries

Edward Welles, former CIA Officer and Gun Control Advocate Dies Edward Welles served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner to the CIA, during World War II. After the war he joined the CIA in 1950. He served in Greece and became Chief of Station in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Morocco. He later served as the first executive director of the anti-handgun organization known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He died on October 11th after a struggle with brain cancer in his home in Washington. He was 85. [PJK/WashPost 21Oct06]

Coming Events

3 - 5 November 06 - Reston, VA - AFIO - DHS National Intelligence Symposium on Homeland, Port and Border Security 

AFIO National Symposium 2006 looks at the Intelligence Office of the Department of Homeland Security

Updated Agenda                     Secure Online Registration

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The AFIO National Symposium for 2006 is focused on the Intelligence components of the vast Department of Homeland Security -  looking at Intelligence and law enforcement duties and issues - particularly port and border security. This important event will be held Friday 3 November to noon on Sunday, 5 November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Reston, 1800 Presidents St, Reston, VA 20190. Further information was sent to all AFIO members-of-record with the recent issue of PERISCOPE.

 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. The Event is located in a prime walking area filled with shops and superb restaurants. Easy parking.  To make your reservation online NOW at the special AFIO Symposium rate of $129/nite [single or double occup.] while still available, at the hotel that has been voted the BEST HOTEL in Fairfax County, click here and following the instructions: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=32661 

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. This Winter meeting will be held at the Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, Hampton, New Hampshire. A full description of services and amenities, as well as directions to the hotel are available on-line at http://www.ashworthhotel.com/ or via 800-345-6736. Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, is located at 295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842. Mention AFIO/NE when making reservations at the hotel for special $87.00 rate plus taxes, available only until October 13th. Other lodging alternatives are also available at a full range of prices. For information see: http://www.hamptonbeach.org 
The program begins Friday evening with complimentary wine and cheese social at the Hotel at 6:00 PM. A wonderful opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones in a relaxed informal setting. The chapter anticipates the speakers will join the group at the social. This will be followed by a no-host dinner at a local area restaurant for those who want to continue the social discourse.
Saturday morning the first speaker will be AFIO/NE’s own William L. Tafoya. Dr. Tafoya, retired FBI Special Agent, is now Professor of National Security at the University of New Haven. He will discuss his controversial profile of the letter bomb terrorist known as "The UNABOMber" (UNiversity+Airline+BOMber), who for nearly 20 years evaded capture, Theodore Kaczynski. Dr. Tafoya will contrast "profiling" undertaken for purposes of criminal prosecution and "personality assessment" undertaken for Intelligence purposes, as was done during World War II of Adolf Hitler & more recently of Osama bin Laden.
The afternoon speaker will be Joe Wippl. Currently Mr. Wippl is the CIA Officer-in-Residence at Boston University, teaching in the Department of International Relations. Prior to coming to BU, Mr. Wippl was Director of the CIA Office of Congressional Affairs. He spent most of his Agency career in the Clandestine Service, where he was Chief, Europe Division, as well as serving as Chief of Station in several assignments. He will be speaking about the relations between the Intelligence Community and the Congress.
Timely reservations both at the hotel (October 13th) and separately for the luncheon (October 20th) are important so that an accurate count can be provided to the hotel for lodging & luncheon planning purposes. Please do not delay, make your reservations now.
Cost of the Saturday luncheon is $25 per person to be paid by check by October 20th to: Mr. Arthur S. Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446-2324; 617-739-7074; 617-353-5350 FAX; hlnk@aol.com  At the door, Saturday, November 4th, the cost of the luncheon will be $30 per person.

4 November 06 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter's guest speaker will be Dr. Jack Baghdassarian (Chapter VP) - "Origins of Islamic Terrorism" at a luncheon meeting at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. For more information, contact BEKeith at: Bobbie6769@JUNO.com or phone (321)-777-5561.

9 November 06 - San Francisco, CA - AFIO's Jim Quesada SF Chapter Luncheon with Mr. James D. Bartha, Chief of Contracting Office, United States Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), on "Operation SafePort." 11:30 AM No Host Cocktails, 12:00 Noon Luncheon. United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Patrick’s Room (2nd Floor), 2700 – 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (45th between Sloat and Wawona). Have you been wondering how our ports (and adjoining major cities) are being defended with the millions of containers that are being delivered and off-loaded everyday? We have been warned that this is a major threat to our local and national security. If a dedicated terrorist were successful in getting close enough to detonate even small to modest size weapon of mass destruction, the consequences could be significant. If such a weapon were set off in New York City or Washington DC, the consequences could be catastrophic. Is anyone doing anything about this dangerous situation? If there is, what are we doing about it? The effort to defend our ports and major cities is being conducted by multiple agencies. This presentation describes what is being done by the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD) SafePort Program. MARAD has ships at the ready should a suspect container be detected on a ship in or near US waters. MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships can access and remove a “suspect container” from any size vessel at a safe anchorage location, a unique homeland security capability. $25 pp, Member Rate - with advance reservations. Reservations to Mary Lou Anderson no later than 5 PM 11/3/06. Reservations not cancelled by end of day 11/3/06 must be honored. Reserve at Mary Lou Anderson, 46 Anchorage Road, Sausalito, CA 94109; Telephone 415-332-6440

Thursday, 9 November 06 - Washington, DC - Inside Stories - Capturing Jonathan Pollard: The Real Story at 6:30 pm at the Spy Museum. “Pollard…once collected so much [classified] data that he needed a handcart to move the papers to his car.” — Seymour Hersh, The Traitor: The Case Against Jonathan Pollard. Ever since Jonathan Jay Pollard, an intelligence analyst working in the U.S. Naval Investigative Service’s Anti-Terrorist Alert Center, was accused of stealing security secrets for Israel in the mid 1980s, the case has been awash in lobbying by Israel and friends of Israel to free him. Pollard stole more than one million pages of classified material which he sold to Israel to bankroll a flashy lifestyle. As the assistant special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the Washington office of the Naval Investigative Service when Pollard was arrested, author Ron J. Olive sets the record straight. Drawing on his involvement in the investigation and interrogation of the spy, Olive, the author of Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, shares details from this case on how he elicited the spy’s confession, and why Pollard should never be freed.
Tickets: $20 To register: www.spymuseum.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 ellyb@starpower.net).

13 November 06 - Coral Gables, FL - The Miami-Dade Ted Shackley AFIO Chapter hosts Dinner briefing on “THE MIND OF THE TERRORIST” featuring Jerrold M. Post, M.D., professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology and International Affairs at George Washington University. Post, has been featured on CNN, Fox News Channel, The Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Washington Post, is the founder and former director of the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior of the Central Intelligence Agency. The dinner is being held at the Hyatt Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza, in the Granada Room. Event starts at 7:00 pm. Donations of $125 per person payable by check to: AFIO are solicited to support: The UM Intelligence Education Program. RSVP (305) 648-0940 to Jenny by Monday, November 6, 2006 (space is very limited) Mail checks to: Attn. Thomas R. Spencer, 2100 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 1170 , Coral Gables, FL 33134. Reservations are not cancelable and must be prepaid due to limited space.

14 November 06 - Arlington, VA - Defense Intelligence Alumni Association (DIAA) The eighth annual Defense Intelligence Alumni Association (DIAA) luncheon will be held at the Columbus Club of Arlington, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Va. LTG Patrick Hughes, USA (Ret), will speak on The Challenge of Homeland Security. Social hour begins at 1100. Lunch will be served at 1215. The cost is $20 per person for members and guests. Mail checks (payable to DIAA, Inc) to DIAA, ATTN: Luncheon, PO Box 489, Hamilton, VA 20159.

16 November 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. LTC. Ed Rothstein, G2 of Division West will discuss recent combat experiences in OIF. The local chapter of MOAA has arranged the speaker. Questions or Reservations to Dick Durham, 719-488-2884. or Riverwear53@aol.com.

Thursday, 16 November 06 - Washington, DC - 6:30 pm - Domestic Spying: Anti-Terrorism or Anti-American?  “There is no time to waste on hairsplitting over infringement of liberty.” — The Washington Post approving the Palmer raids of January 1920.  The Spy Museum asks if President George W. Bush’s domestic surveillance program is a critical terrorism prevention tool or illegal intrusion on fundamental U.S. rights?  Navigate this politically charged issue with the help of moderator, Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, and a panel made up of: Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who revealed the formerly secret anti-terrorism domestic spying techniques being used to halt terrorists; Spike Bowman, formerly Senior Executive Service, FBI, currently a member of AFIO's Board of Directors and a distinguished fellow, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University; Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies; and Bob O’Harrow, The Washington Post reporter and author of No Place to Hide.  Tickets: $20. Space is limited - advance registration required at the www.spymuseum.org

18 November 06 - Kennebunk, ME.  The AFIO/ME Chapter will hear Todd DiFede, Supervisory Senior FBI Resident Agent for Maine who will speak on the work of the Maine Joint Terrorism Task Force. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main Street, Kennebunk at 2:00 p.m. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.

29 Nov - 1 Dec 06 - Washington, DC - The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement host "Intelligence Analysis & Processing: The latest on Intelligence Analysis policy, programs, and technology" - Pre-Conference Seminar and Main Chaired by: Ed Waltz, Chief Scientist, Intelligence Innovation Division, BAE SYSTEMS. IDGA�s Intelligence Analysis & Processing conference is a forum for industry professionals worldwide to network and exchange information about the latest advances in Intelligence Analysis & Processing challenges, methodology, and technology. The Intelligence Analysis & Processing Seminar preceding the conference will allow participants to increase their knowledge of some of the most important advancements in Intelligence Analysis & Processing through in-depth master classes. For more information: www.ipqc.com.

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