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26 January 07 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon
Stephen R. Kappes, Deputy Director, CIA
speaking OFF-THE-RECORD on
"CIA 2007 New Directions and Missions," and
James M. Olson, former CIA DDO Officer, now at Texas A&M University.
on "FAIR PLAY: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying"
Space limited. $48 pp members; $59 pp non-members. Location: Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner, VA. Generous covered parking. Three course luncheon, Cash Bar. Registration at 10:30 a.m.; Olson at 11 a.m.; Lunch at noon; Kappes at 1:00 p.m. Borders Books will have many new intelligence titles available to browse or purchase. Other authors will be present. Members given preference on date of registration basis. Kappes talk is OFF THE RECORD.
Secure Online, Fax, and Mail-in registration here.
Other AFIO NATIONAL 2007 LUNCHEONS
Friday, 26 January
Friday, 18 May
Friday, August 17
Holiday Inn Hotel, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
VICE PRESIDENT DEFENDS ROLE OF CIA AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE INSIDE THE U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney recently confirmed a story reported first in the New York Times that the CIA and military intelligence organizations have been obtaining access to Americans' financial records. Cheney defended the program as a necessary tool in the war on terror and to secure U.S. military bases and operations inside the United States. The Vice President said that military intelligence supports counterespionage and counterterrorism efforts directed against Department of Defense interests in the U.S. The financial records were obtained by issuing "national security letters," which act as a subpoena, to banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions. Companies that oppose the disclosure can challenge the letters in court. Cheney asserted that the activities of the CIA and military intelligence organizations were legitimate practices the authority for which dates back 30-40 years. Calling the story "dramatic," Cheney appeared on Fox News Sunday to ensure the American people understood that "... this is a legitimate security effort that's been underway for a long time and it does not represent a new departure from the standpoint of our efforts to protect ourselves against terrorist attack." The Times article characterized the program as a dramatic expansion of the roles of the CIA and the Defense Department into areas of intelligence collection that traditionally fell under the auspices of the FBI. Major Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman said, "the letters provide tremendous leads to follow and often with which to corroborate other evidence in the context of counterespionage and counterterrorism." The New York Times reporters were unable to uncover specific cases where the military or CIA used the letters to obtain private financial information about an American, but their sources in the Pentagon said the program was used to check out a government contractor who had unexplained wealth (often an indicator of espionage activity) and a military chaplain that was suspected of giving aid to detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The charges against the chaplain turned out to be a mistake. [PJK/Brietbart 14Jan07]
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE LACKING TO BACK USE OF CONTROVERSIAL TECHNIQUES A study sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) found that almost no scientific evidence exists to support harsh and coercive interrogation techniques as viable methods for obtaining useful intelligence. The Intelligence Science Board, which conducted the study, found that there has been no objective examination for over 40 years of the controversial techniques that were in use by the CIA and the military to support the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Further, the study found that cases of abuse such as those reported at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay may have directly stemmed from the lack of research and interrogators creating techniques "on the fly." The report entitled "Educing Information- Interrogation: Science and Art, Foundations for the Future" (374 pages) says that in order to meet the pressures to produce intelligence new techniques were created on the battlefield that were based on "popular culture and ad hoc experimentation" without any indication that the techniques actually worked. The military has since banned all coercive interrogation techniques. Col. Steven M. Kleinman, who has served as the Pentagon's senior intelligence officer for special survival training doubts the integrity of information obtained through harsh interrogation methods and wrote that intelligence gathered with coercion is sometimes inaccurate or false, noting that isolation, a tactic U.S. officials have used regularly, causes "profound emotional, psychological, and physical discomfort" and can "significantly and negatively impact the ability of the source to recall information accurately." However, the CIA maintained permission from congress to use harsh methods when necessary. [CL/WashPost 16Jan07/White]
IRANIAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER CLAIMS IRAN SHOT DOWN A U.S. UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE IN IRANIAN AIRSPACE Seyed Nezam Mola Hoveizeh, a member of the Iranian parliament, reported to the local news agency Fars that Iranian troops shot down an unmanned U.S. drone as it crossed the border from Iraq. The action occurred "in the last few days" as tensions between Iran and the U.S. are ratcheting up over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and meddling in the civil strife inside Iraq. No other details, such as the date and time of the incident, were provided, but Hoveizeh said, "the United States sent such spy drones to the region every now and then." President Bush announced earlier this month that an additional aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, would deploy to the Gulf region within the next month. The addition of the Stennis will bring the number of aircraft carrier groups in the Persian Gulf to two for the first time since the invasion of Iraq. In addition to the aircraft carrier, the U.S. is deploying anti-missile Patriot batteries to the region to thwart any attempt by Iran to threaten its neighbors. Meanwhile, the Kuwait-based Arab Times is reporting that the U.S. may launch a sea-based attack on Iran by April. According to an unnamed source, the Bush Administration believes that an attack on Iran would create a new balance of power in the region and calm down violence inside Iraq which the U.S. believes is fueled in part by Iran and Syria. In what may be an attempt to dissuade any U.S. air attack, Iran obtained a new Russian anti-aircraft missile system. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov confirmed that his country had delivered the Tor-M1 missile system to Iran based on a $1 billion 2005 deal, and would consider supplying Tehran with additional defensive weapons systems. The Tor-M1 can track up to 48 airborne targets, including aircraft and low flying missiles, simultaneously, and has a range between 20 and 6,000 meters. [PJK/Xinhua 17Jan07/Youchang]
POLICE MAY HAVE IDENTIFIED LITVINENKO'S KILLER IN VIDEO FROM AIRPORT CAMERA Scotland Yard investigators believe they have matched the image from an airport surveillance camera to Litvinenko's deathbed description of his killer. According to Oleg Gordievsky, a former KGB agent and friend of Litvinenko, who has been working closely with the police, the suspect is in his early 30's with a muscular build, short-cropped dark hair and distinctive Central Asian features. Police are not releasing the image of the suspect. Gordievsky believes the man is a professional assassin sent by the Kremlin to kill Litvinenko. Until now, police did not reveal that Litvinenko went to a room in the Millennium Hotel on 1 November, the day he became ill, to discuss a business deal. Present at the meeting were Litvinenko, Dimitri Kovtun, a Russian businessman who is being investigated for trafficking the radioactive material used in the poison plot, and another former KGB officer, Andrei Lugovoy. During the meeting the three men were joined by the suspect, who was introduced only as "Vladislav." According to Gordievsky, Vladislav had flown into Heathrow that same day on a Lithuanian or Slovak passport, did not check into any accommodations in London, and then flew out using a different passport. During the meeting, investigators believe Vladislav prepared a cup of tea for Litvinenko and put the pulonium-210 poison in the cup. Vladislav was posing as a man who could get Litvinenko a lucrative contract with a Moscow-based security company. Most of the details of the meeting were obtained from Litvinenko himself before his death. The room where the meeting was held is still sealed. The room had the highest levels of polonium contamination of any of the sites in London that were tested. [CL/Times 20Jan07/McGrory and Halpin]
INTERPRETER FOR COMMANDER OF NATO FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN HELD WITHOUT BAIL IN SPYING CASE Mr Justice Calvert-Smith turned down a bail request from Corporal Daniel James, a British Army interpreter charged with passing information to the enemy, saying that James was a flight risk, and that there was a chance that he might commit other offenses. James, who was born in Iran and speaks Farsi and Dari. became a naturalized British citizen in 1986. He served in Afghanistan as the interpreter for General David Richards, British Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. James is charged under the Official Secrets Act and allegedly "communicated to another person information calculated to be, or that might be, or intended to be directly or indirectly useful to the enemy." The charge claims that James passed information to Iran. At the bail hearing, James's defense attorney, Paul Raudnitz called James a patriot saying that his decision to join the British Territorial Army was "a deliberate act of patriotic duty toward the country that had taken him in". Furthermore, Raudnitz said, "[James] has in no remote sense any competing interest or commitment to any other country or party." Bail hearings in Britain are normally held in private, but members of the press were invited to this event at the request of the defendant. [CL/Telegraph 13Jan07/Henry]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
BORIS GUDZ AND THE ACE OF SPIES
Sidney Riley, the self-described "Ace of Spies," was lured to his death in
1925 by a team of Soviet security officers led by Artur Artusov who were part
of the OGPU, a forerunner to the KGB. The last surviving member of the group,
Boris Gudz, died recently on 27 December at the age of 104. At the time of the
Riley affair, Gudz was a junior member of the group. It was less than a decade
since the overthrow of the czar, and the Bolshevik Revolution was still
young. There was support in the West, not least of all in Britain,
for anti-Bolshevik groups who sought to derail the revolution. Gudz was hired
by Artusov to help infiltrate these anti-Bolshevik groups and locate Western
spies. To that end, the Trust was created. The Trust was a White Russian
movement consisting of real anti-Bolshevik activists who formed what they
called an "alternate government" within the Soviet Union. However, the group,
unbeknownst to its members, was controlled by Artuzov's and Gudz's team. British
intelligence suspected the link between the Trust and the OGPU, and asked
Sidney Riley to assess the anti-Bolshevik group (the British later denied that
Riley was working for them). At the request of Ernest Boyce, SIS head of
station in Helsinki, Riley agreed to meet with members of the Trust in August,
1925. They met in Vyborg, Finland. Riley promised Boyce's deputy, Harry Carr,
that he would not cross into the Soviet Union. However, Riley, an itinerant
womanizer and repeat bigamist, was tempted by a Soviet seductress, Maria
Radkevich, and Gudz's team fed Riley's ego with compliments that he was an
inspiration to the group. Riley agreed to come to Moscow to address the
leaders of the Trust and meet with the full "alternate government." Riley was
51, and although a successful spy in his prime, was no longer working for
British intelligence in a fulltime capacity. He had become obsessed with
overthrowing the Bolsheviks, and the meeting in Moscow was his opportunity to
live out his fantasy. Riley went first to Leningrad where he was treated in
first-class fashion, and then on to Moscow where he met with the membership
and leaders of the Trust. Shortly thereafter, Riley, who was wanted in the
Soviet Union for his part in a 1917 effort to thwart the revolution, was
arrested by the OGPU. He was taken to Lubyanka prison and endlessly
interrogated. His captors would often take him to Sokolniki park for walks. It
was on one of these walks that Stalin's order to execute Riley was carried
out. At least two of Riley's wives sued the British government for
compensation. The Brits, however, said that after 1921 Riley no longer worked
for them and his activities were his personal affair. The government also
could not unravel Riley's "somewhat complicated matrimonial tangles."
Gudz continued serving and in 1934 was sent to run the Soviet intelligence collection station in Tokyo. There Gudz met Richard Sorge, a German Communist who was working undercover as a Nazi journalist. Sorge was another womanizer, and his mistresses included the wife of the German ambassador and secretaries within the Japanese government. Sorge became one of the most successful sources of Soviet intelligence on pre-World War II German and Japanese intentions. Gudz returned to Moscow in 1936, but continued to handle Sorge. In 1941, Sorge reported that Germany was preparing to invade the Soviet Union. Stalin, who trusted Hitler, did not respond favorable to this report, calling Sorge "a shit who has set himself up with some small factories and brothels in Japan". Gudz told Sorge that the Soviet government doubted the veracity of his claims.
During Stalin's purges, Gudz's sister was arrested and Gudz thrown out of the Communist Party. He found work as a bus driver for a while and later rejoined the Party. Later in life he served as a consultant to Soviet television which put together a piece on the success of the KGB against Western spy agencies. [CL/Telegraph 18Jan07]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE RESCINDS WARNINGS OF RIGGED CANADIAN COINS Last week, WINs reported that the Defense Security Service (DSS) was warning government contractors that Canadian coins had been discovered containing tiny transmitters that could track one's movements [WINs #01-07] . DSS said that many of the details of the report were classified, but assured the public that the story was true. It turns out the story was not true. DSS officials have been unable to substantiate their own agency's claims, and have launched an investigation to determine how the faulty intelligence was included in a 29-page report on security concerns. The initial report garnered immediate skepticism from technology and intelligence experts. The experts said that transmitters tiny enough to fit inside a coin would have an extremely limited range, and that the metal in the coin would interfere with the signal, making them highly suspect to be used as tools for espionage. Furthermore, as was theorized in WINs last week, a target could easily and inadvertently slip surveillance simply by spending the coin. [LATimes 19Jan07/AP]
NSA'S DOMESTIC WIRETAPPING PROGRAM WILL BE SUBJECT TO NEW FISA COURT PROCEDURES The Bush Administration has reversed its opposition to restricting the NSA's domestic wiretapping program by agreeing to new FISA Court procedures that provide the necessary "speed and agility" to issue warrants in anti-terrorism cases. The program had been under intense scrutiny and criticism since it was discovered that NSA was screening phone records of Americans to find suspicious calls made between domestic locations and phones overseas. The President had said that the court's previous rules did not provide sufficient flexibility to react to international terrorism, and that as Commander-in-Chief he was authorized to permit the records screening and wiretaps to protect the country. Attorney General Roberto Gonzales appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week and faced harsh questioning about the program. Government attorneys will also be arguing before an appellate court judge in Cincinnati to present evidence in an attempt to overturn an earlier court decision that the NSA program was illegal and unconstitutional. [CL/NYT 18Jan07/Lichtblau and Johnston]
SUCCESSFUL CHINESE TEST OF ANTI-SATELLITE WEAPON ALARMS U.S. White House spokesman Tony Snow decried the 11 January test by China of an anti-satellite weapon and the U.S. is organizing allies to denounce it. The test has set off virtual alarm bells within the administration and Snow said, "We are concerned about it, and we've made it known." National Security Council member Gordon Johndroe was less diplomatic in his remarks saying, "The U.S. believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area." Australia and Canada both quickly released statements that agreed with the U.S. position, and the U.K., South Korea and Japan are expected to do the same. Intelligence agencies believe the test involved a "kinetic kill vehicle" launched on a ballistic missile that successfully destroyed an aging Chinese weather satellite at about 500 miles altitude over the Sichuan province. All members of the U.S. Intelligence Community including the CIA, NSA, DIA and even NASA are pulling out the stops to obtain data on the test and the anti-satellite weapon. The test, if its occurrence is proven, will mark a dramatic advance in Chinese military capability and could act as a countermeasure in wartime to the imagery satellites of the United States, Japan, Russia, Israel and Europe. [LawrenceS/AviationWeek 19Jan07]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
BLOWING UP RUSSIA: Terror from Within by Alexander Litvinenko and Yuri Felshtinsky, Gibson Square, £14.99 pp317 Alexander Litvinenko did not live long enough to see his critical treatise against the Putin government get republished. The original was published privately in 2002. Litvinenko, a former KGB officer who was poisoned in London last November, had just become a British citizen last year. Litvinenko and Felshtinsky sought to turn Western opinion against Putin and convince their former countrymen of Putin's darkside. Putin is extremely popular in Russia, but the authors believe him to be a murderous power monger. The premise of the book is that the Russian government fabricated the initial terrorist attacks on Moscow apartment buildings that killed scores of Muscovites, and solidified popular support for an invasion and devistation of Chechnya, upon whom the attacks were blamed. Finding no support in the publishing world in 2002, when Putin was being hugged on international television by George Bush and Tony Blair to obtain his support for the war on terror, the book was privately published with the backing of Russian billionaire and dissident Boris Berezovsky. However, the authors' work was mostly ignored, and copies sent to Russia were impounded. Now, with the sensational murder of Litvinenko and the international attention it has received, the book will be published in the mainstream where it is sure to receive more notice, both outside and inside Russia. [CL/Times 14Jan07/Service]
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS,
QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING
[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.
TELEVISION PRODUCER SEEKING INDIVIDUALS WITH PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE OF CIA SUPPORT DURING THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION Thank you AFIO for all of your assistance in helping us locate personnel to participate in the TNT behind the scenes interviews about the Cold War and Bay of Pigs. Now, TNT Television will be doing a behind the scenes movie called THE COMPANY which gives an overview of the CIA during the Cold War and is seeking to interview persons involved in the CIA's activities with regards to the Hungarian Revolution. Contact Bazzel Baz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEEKING INFORMATION ON FATHER, ALBERT SCHOELLER, GEHLEN'S INTELLIGENCE OFFICER: An AFIO member has asked: "A relative of mine, Thomas Schoeller of Munich, Germany, is seeking information about his father, Albert Schoeller. Major Albert Schoeller was a staff officer in General Reinhard Gehlen's 'Foreign Armies East' intelligence organization on the Eastern Front in World War II. Gehlen and some of his staff (including Major Schoeller) evaded into the Bavarian Alps (to a Schoeller family chalet) and surrendered to the Americans. Gehlen was brought to the US in 1946 with some of his staff officers, including Major Schoeller. Interrogation turned into negotiations as Gehlen offered his extensive knowledge and contact networks to the US for the intelligence effort against the Soviets. It is unknown now whether Major Schoeller continued working for Gehlen at that time or later, when Gehlen set up the West German BND. Family records indicate that Schoeller went to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1949 with 'Staudt + Co.' From 1953 to 1956 he was director of a glass factory in Vina del Mar, Chile . He then was associated with 'Demag AG,' first in Duisburg, Germany and after 1961, in Brussels. He died in the mid-1970s. Anyone with any information on Major Schoeller is requested to contact Thomas Schoeller at Schoellt@aol.com
[Request comes from AFIO Member Carol S. (Schoeller) Bessette (email@example.com) who runs the impressive Spies of Washington Tour. Visit www.spiesofwashingtontour.com ]
Dr. Susan I.M. Huck, contributing book review editor, AFIO publications, college professor, journalist and Congressional staffer, died this weekend of pancreatic cancer. Word just reached us this evening. A full obituary is forthcoming.
Maj. Gen. Charles J. Denholm, 92, former
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security Agency Maj. Gen. Charles J.
Denholm, 92, former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security Agency died
Dec 28 at his Alexandria, VA home. Denholm, a 1938 graduate of the U.S.
Military Academy served as an infantry officer during WWII holdng battalion
and regimental commands in the 1st Infantry Division and 36th Infantry
Divisions during the campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Europe. He
was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Stars and 2
Purple Hearts during the war.
After the war he served with the 24th Infantry Division, andas an instructor at both West Point and Ff. Leavenworth. He held a series of staff jobs in intelligence with Far East Command, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) and NSA. He became Acting Army Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) in 1965 before being selected to head the Army Security Agency (ASA).
MG Denholm was the longest serving commander of ASA (1965-1973) during which he oversaw the Army's cryptologic efforts around the world. A highly decorated combat veteran and experienced intelligence officer by the time of his assignment to ASA, he was known for his dedication to the agency and to the soldiers of the command. He retired in 1973. [MarkS/WashPost 10Jan07/Holley]
24 January 2007 - Albuquerque, NM - the AFIO Tom Smith New Mexico Chapter will hold a luncheon meeting at the Albuquerque Petroleum Club. Speaker TBA. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 25 January 2007 - Washington, DC - Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End WWII. For further info or to register view our online Calendar of Events
26 January 07 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon - Stephen R. Kappes, Deputy Director, CIA speaking OFF-THE-RECORD on "CIA 2007 Directions and Missions," and James M. Olson, former CIA DDO Officer, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. on "FAIR PLAY: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying" Space limited. $48 pp members; $59 pp non-members. Location: Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner, VA. Generous covered parking. Three course luncheon, Cash Bar. Registration at 10:30 a.m.; Olson at 11 a.m.; Lunch at noon; Kappes at 1:00 p.m. Borders Books will have many new intelligence titles available to browse or purchase. Other authors will be present. Members given preference on date of registration basis. Kappes talk is OFF THE RECORD.Secure Online registration available here.
26 - 27 January 07 - Springfield, VA - Intelligence and Ethics 2007 Conference The International Intelligence Ethics Association (IIEA) will be hosting an Ethics conference. Full details can be found at www.intelligence-ethics.org.
30 January - 1 February 2007 - Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. - National Defense University Defense Transformation and Interagency Operations Seminar
In cooperation with Forces Transformation and Resources (OUSD-P), The National
Defense University's (NDU) Center for Technology and National Security Policy
is organizing a three-day seminar on Defense
Transformation and Interagency Operations. This seminar will be held in
Marshall Hall 155, NDU, Fort McNair, Washington DC 20319. You are cordially
invited to attend this informative and interactive seminar. There is no charge
for this seminar. Please note that the regular ndu.edu email server is down
for at least 4 weeks for maintenance. We now have this
gmail.com account to take
registrations. To register for the course, please provide Personal
Information: Rank/ Title, Position, First Name, Last Name, Organization,
Citizenship; Mailing Address: Street Address, City, State, Zip Code;
Telephone, Fax, Email and send it to: CTNSP.NCO@gmail.com. The seminar is filling up quickly, and we look forward to your participation.
Thursday, 1 February; 12:00 noon – 1 pm - Washington, DC - FDR’s 12 Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa - No cost Lunchtime Author Signing and talk at the Spy Museum. A wine merchant, a Harvard anthropologist, a Parisian playboy pal of Hemingway’s, and two ex-French Foreign Legionnaires. Characters in a comedy? No, FDR’s spy network. Hal Vaughan has written this examination of how President Roosevelt bypassed the U.S. State Department to plan the invasion of Vichy, North Africa. In FDR’s 12 Apostles. Paris-based Vaughan, who has spent over forty years as a U.S. diplomat and newsman, used the unpublished memoirs of the “apostles” and newly declassified Office of Strategic Service (OSS) and foreign archives, to reveal the desperate, clandestine actions of these men. He describes how they, along with their OSS partners, overwhelmed Nazi, Italian, and French actions to pave the way for General Eisenhower’s Operation Torch landings and the eventual assassination of Vichy French leader Jean-François Darlan. Further information at www.spymuseum.org
Tuesday, 6 February; 7–10 pm - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy - An Evening with Melissa Boyle Mahle at the Spy Museum. From the Reagan years through 2002, CIA intelligence officer Melissa Boyle Mahle ran operations against Al Qaeda terrorists, conducted missions to interrupt illicit networks plotting to sell weapons of mass destruction, and completed assignments throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa as the agency’s top-ranked female Arabist. Mahle, author of Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA, has discussed her fourteen-year tenure as a covert operative for the CIA with CNN, PBS, and Jon Stewart. Be one of only 20 guests at Zola Restaurant for a three-course meal and hear her counterterrorism operations accounts, her views on today’s continuing intelligence challenges, and enjoy the dialogue between Mahle and former CIA chief of disguise, International Spy Museum board member, Jonna Mendez. Call 202.654.0932 or write email@example.com with special dietary needs. Tickets: $160 includes three-course dinner with wines • Space is extremely limited - advance registration required. Further info at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 7 February 2007 - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter is hosting an evening meeting featuring speaker Ken Walther worked as an undercover Technical Operations Officer for CIA for 27 years before retiring from the Agency in 1996. He will be speaking on "Bujumbura, Burundi -- the Terror of Tribalism" - How this country has been involved with brutal tribalism for decades and the mayhem of rotating from Rwanda to Burundi and back. What was, or could have been done and how the impact on foreigners and diplomats assigned to countries experiencing such warfare was indelibly stamped. During his career with the CIA, Walther spent seventeen years serving on overseas assignments and his work led him to visit 101 countries and was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Career Intelligence Medal. Prior to the Agency, he also served in the Army Security Agency and was involved with Tactical SIGINT collection. Event starts at 6 p.m. at Nellis Air Force Base Officers' Club. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig and Las Vegas Blvd. Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582. Registration deadline to submit names of guests is Thursday, February 1st. Arrive early and join other chapter members in the bar area. Feel free to bring a spouse and/or guest(s) to dinner as well as the meeting. If you should encounter any difficulties entering the base, please call the Chapter Corresponding Secretary cell phone, at 443-3623 (after 4:00 p.m. on February 7th), and she will provide assistance. You may email or call me at 702-295-0073 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you! Christine J. Eppley, Chapter Corresponding Secretary
Friday, 9 February 2007 - New York, NY - AFIO - New York Metro Chapter hosts HAL VAUGHAN and LEWIS JOHNSON. Vaughan is author of FDR and the Twelve Apostles: The Spies Who Paved the Way for the the Invasion of North Africa. He served 40 years as a U.S. Diplomat and newsman. Johnson is a WWII USAF fighter pilot active in the North African and European air wars. Event will take place at Society of Illustrators Building 128 East 63rd Street Manhattan 6:00 PM Start Buffet dinner. Details to follow. Further info from Jerry Goodwin, President, AFIO - New York Metropolitan Chapter, 212-308-1450 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Tuesday, 13 February 2007 - Washington, DC - Beyond Al-Qaeda: Ideology, the Terrorist Universe and Fighting Back - Rand Corporation Panel Discussion at the International Spy Museum at 6:30 p.m. "The war on terror at its most fundamental level goes to the war of ideas."-Angel Rabasa, Beyond al-Qaeda The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks changed the world. As the U.S. response to terrorism has evolved, so has al-Qaeda. Beyond al-Qaeda explores the jihadist movement inspired by al-Qaeda's worldview, other violent Islamist and non-Islamist groups without known links to al-Qaeda that threaten U.S. interests and allies, and the nexus between terrorism and organized crime. Join Rand Corp. study contributors Kim Cragin, Angel Rabasa, and Bill Rosenau as they discuss global jihadist movements, policy recommendations to counter al-Qaeda's ideology, links between global and local jihadist organizations, and ways to strengthen the capabilities of front-line states and moderate civil society groups. Event held at 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. $20 pp. More info at www.spymuseum.org
15 February 07 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds luncheon meeting at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club. The speaker is Mike Popolano, a retired FBI agent with 30 years with the FBI. Reservations required. Contact Dick Durham, Chapter Treasurer at 719-488-2884 or by e-mail at: email@example.com Reservations must be sent to Durham not later than 12 February. The cost is $10.00.
Friday, 16 February 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter hosts James L. Pavitt, former DDO CIA, and and Don K. Clark, Former Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Field Office of the FBI. Cost $50 per person, by reservation only. Full details and maps at chapter web site http://afiohouston.com/news.html.
17 February 2007 - Carrollton, TX - Metroplex Intelligence Association Group Meeting MIAG seeks to form a group of various intelligence association members in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, who would otherwise not meet as a single affiliated association on a local level. Members of the following associations and organizations are invited: Marine Corps Intelligence Association, Inc. (MCIA, Inc.), Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP), Military Intelligence Corps Association (MICA), Army Security Agency Association (ASAA), National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA), Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Members of the Service Reserve and National Guard w/intelligence MOS. As a group of multiple associations the MIAG is seeking strength in numbers at this local level to present programs of mutual interest and knowledge. At this meeting, they seek to present a one hour showing of “Obsession, Radical Islam’s War Against the West”, a brief on the recent Israeli battle with Hezbollah in S. Lebanon (20 minutes), and discuss future activities, programs and meeting dates. Sandwiches, sodas, beer, etc., will be available for purchase from the Broadway Bistro. Plan on arriving 15-20 minutes prior to noon so that you can purchase lunch and eat it while watching the showing. They plan to start the DVD- Obsession- as close to 1200 noon as possible. Location: Executive Meeting Room, Broadway Bistro, 1101 S. Broadway Street, Carrollton, TX 75006, (Two story building corner of W. Main St. & S. Broadway across from the parking lot with the white gazebo). Point of Contact (POC): Steve Eklund, Captain, USMC (Ret.), member of MCIA, Inc. and NMIA. Tel: 214.223.3792. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
27 February 07 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts luncheon featuring Gen Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., Principal Deputy to Amb. John Negroponte, former Director of National Intelligence Topic: Update on American Intelligence. He has scheduled his trip to California at our request to speak. We recommend you make your reservations early through Mary Lou. In view of the high public information value of the event, students will be admitted at the membership rate. Time: 11:30 a.m. Cocktails, Noon - Start of Luncheon. Location: United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Patrick's Room (2nd Floor), 2700 - 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (45th between Sloat and Wawona). Cost: $25 per person, Member Rate - with advance reservations; $35 per person, Non-Member Rate or at door without reservation. For advance reservations, please send the names of the attendees, along with a check made out to AFIO for the luncheon to Mary Lou Anderson at 46 Anchorage Rd, Sausalito, CA 94109 or call her at 415-332-6440 or by email at email@example.com
Tuesday, 13 March; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Secret History of History - Early Espionage: The Great and Ancient Game - at the International Spy Museum. Espionage is called the second oldest profession. Others say it is difficult to tell the difference between the two. Intrigue, trickery, and guile have always been powerful weapons: Hannibal used disguises, secret hand-shakes, and forgery in his strategy against Rome; Caesar cracked codes; and Persia operated sophisticated spy networks. Spies have shaped the destiny of nations since the beginning of time—some inspired by patriotism, some driven by fear, others fired by greed or a combination of motives. Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, author of Spies of the Bible, Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome, and Espionage in the Ancient World will transport you to the earliest days of espionage history. Discover how the first spy masters operated, their tradecraft, and their successes and failures. Tickets: $20 Advance registration required. Registration and further information at www.spymuseum.org
17 March 07 - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter presents The Current Terrorism Threat...and what you can do about it. It is a program seeking to provide a look at the threat we are facing, the need for both citizens and public servants to be better informed ,and what they can do in terms of prevention. The speaker is a representative from the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals. He has served in the U S Army Special Forces, including service in Operation Enduring Freedom, U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and in the private sector. This material has been extensively presented at a wide number of national and international conferences. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main St., Kennebunk. Call 207-985-2392 for information.
11 May 2007- New York Athletic Club, New York, NY- 15th Annual Terrorism, Trends & Forecasts Symposium International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP) This is a must conference for every security professional to attend. See the conference website at http://www.iacsp.com/c1.php for more information and registration instructions.
18 May 07 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon - Hold date on your calendars. Event to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA. Details to follow. firstname.lastname@example.org
17 August 07 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon - Hold date on your calendars. Event to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA. Details to follow. email@example.com
2007 – AFIO Houston Chapter Meetings
Upcoming meetings for the Houston Chapter of AFIO in 2007:
Friday, February 16, 2007
Speaker will be James L. Pavitt, former DDO CIA and Don K. Clark, Former Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Field Office of the FBI.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Speaker confirmed. Announced later for security reasons.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Speaker scheduling. Announced later for security reasons.
Friday, August 31, 2007
1st Annual Buckley Symposium on Intelligence
Friday, November 9, 2007
Speaker scheduling. Announced later for security reasons.
Other meetings are being scheduled now. Most meetings are members only or registered guests. No tickets at the door.
All Dinner Meetings in Houston, Unless Noted, 1800h (6pm) Cocktails. See the Houston Chapter website at www.afiohouston.com for more information.
For Additional Events two+ months or greater....view our online Calendar of Events
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