AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #13-07 dated 2 April 2007
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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
PRESIDENT BUSH APPROVES NEW COUNTERINTELLIGENCE STRATEGY A new counterintelligence (CI) strategy that President Bush approved was outlined in a report released last Tuesday. The strategy emphasizes the need to penetrate foreign intelligence organizations through all means available, including agents and electronic means. The National Counterintelligence Strategy says, "The intelligence activities of foreign powers afford us opportunities to exploit their operations and gain access to their intelligence in order to corrupt its integrity." The report is the second in two years published by National Counterintelligence Executive (NCE) Joel F. Brenner, whose office was established in 2002 after a number of damaging spy cases. The NCE calls on the unique contribution of each agency's and department's authorities, capabilities and resources. One area identified as needing increased capability is computer-based CI to thwart private and foreign-government hackers. Another priority of the strategy is to safeguard U.S. intelligence from the corruption of foreign agents working inside the U.S. system. In recent years, clandestine agents of China, Cuba, and Russia have successfully influenced U.S. intelligence analysis and policies. Brenner, speaking of the need for the new strategy especially in the War on Terror said, "...the potential consequences of counterintelligence failures can be immediate and devastating, putting in jeopardy our nation's vital information, infrastructure, military forces and a wide range of U.S. interests, technologies and personnel around the world." The strategy will seek to bolster the Intelligence Community's checking of intelligence sources to avoid manipulation of U.S. policy and better detect foreign adversaries obstructing U.S. counterterrorism operations. [Harvey/WashTimes 28Mar07/Gertz]
SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CONSIDERS SHUTTING DOWN CIA SECRET PRISONS Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said he is considering a move that would cease the CIA's operation of secret prisons overseas where terrorist suspects are detained and questioned. Rockefeller fears the prisons have given the U.S. a black eye in the world community. The Senate review comes as the White House considers an Executive Order, required by Congress, that would establish guidelines for the CIA's detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects. Rockefeller's assistant, Wendy Mogi, said the senator is not convinced that the alternate system that the administration has established at the CIA has produced more or better intelligence than the more conventional processes at the FBI and within the military. Rockefeller does not see the added value that makes the CIA operation worth the toll on America's image overseas. "The widespread reports about secret prisons and torture, whether accurate or not, have damaged the United States' reputation around the world and hindered counterterrorism efforts with our allies," he said. Human rights groups have complained for years that the CIA system amounts to torture, and a recent report from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the only organization to interview 14 of the high-value detainees, said that the prisoners reported abusive conditions including forced standing and sleep deprivation. CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield defended the program saying that officers of the CIA do not torture prisoners, that all interrogations have been conducted in a lawful manner, and that the program has produced vital intelligence that has saved lives. Members of the Senate committee have visited Guantanamo Bay and conducted hearings on CIA renditions. This month the senators will hear evidence concerning terrorist detention. Both Senate and House intelligence committees have complained the White House has not released information about the detention program to the full committees, instead briefing only select members. That policy changed recently and the full committees began receiving more information. [PJK/IntnlHrldTrib 24Mar07/AP]
THE MANY REASONS THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS MAY HAVE ORCHESTRATED THE CAPTURE OF 15 BRITISH SAILORS AND MARINES The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran's elite and powerful military unit, may have been central in the capture of 15 British sailors and marines who Iran claims had violated the sovereignty of Iranian waters. The British maintain that their ships were in Iraqi waters near the mouth of Shatt al Arab waterway, inspecting an Iranian merchant ship when the capture occurred. The Brits say they have technical data that proves their vessels did not enter Iranian territory. The British protested vehemently to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, but interestingly, the Foreign Ministry seemed to know very little about the incident. Some officials have suggested that the IRGC acted against the Brits in order to gain some bargaining chips in negotiations for the return of five senior IRGC members whom the U.S. captured in the Iraqi city of Irbil in January. The IRGC also was targeted in recent UN sanctions imposed against Iran for their failure to cease uranium enrichment. The seizure of the sailors and marines may have been retaliation for the UN Security Council action, of which Britain is one of the permanent five members. Some European officials have voiced their belief that the IRGC may be trying to place a wedge between U.S. and Iranian delegations, who met in Baghdad earlier in March, and the promise of a meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Iranian counterpart in Istanbul later this month. If the standoff over the British captives is not resolved, that meeting could be in jeopardy. The seizure of the Brits could also be an outcropping of the IRGC's continued interest in obtaining nuclear weapons to further its force projection in the region, and worry that renewed attempts by Iranian diplomats to engage the U.S. and world community to negotiate could endanger the nuclear program. Finally, and most perhaps most importantly, recently a top former general of the IRGC, Ali Reza Asgari, vanished in Istanbul and appears to have wound up in the hands of Western intelligence agencies. However, the U.S. and Europe claim to have had no role in the general's apparent defection, which was reported by Israeli media as a Mossad operation. Some now believe that Asgari was the victim of a "false flag" operation in which Mossad agents posed as U.S. or European intelligence to arrange the general's defection. The IRGC cannot be happy over losing one of its founding fathers, and the man many say is responsible for the creation of Hezbollah. [CL/WashPost 30Mar07/Ignatius]
U.S. DEFENSE CONTRACTOR GUILTY OF PROVIDING CLASSIFIED MILITARY TECHNOLOGY DATA TO CHINA ITT, the twelfth largest U.S. defense contractor, pleaded guilty last week of providing classified information about the American military's night vision goggle technology to China and other nations. The court levied a $100 million penalty against the company. The five-year government investigation, which resulted in the largest penalty against a defense contractor ever for violating export controls, revealed that ITT had engaged a front company to execute "an end run" around legal restrictions on the export of military technology to other countries in order to take advantage of cheaper labor overseas. ITT has put in jeopardy our militarys nighttime tactical advantage and Americas national security, the United States attorney, John L. Brownlee, said in a statement. The criminal actions of this corporation have threatened to turn on the lights on the modern battlefield for our enemies and expose American soldiers to great harm. The plea agreement reached last week had ITT admit to two felony counts of exporting military technology without a license to China, Singapore and Britain. The company agreed to pay $50 million in fines, and invest $50 million in advanced night vision research, under the supervision of the Pentagon, that will be shared with other defense contractors. Steven Loranger, CEO of the White Plains, NY-based ITT, said the he regretted these serious violations occurred, but assured the public that it occurred due to the acts of a few individuals in one of ITT's 15 business units. He emphasized that the most sensitive parts of ITT's night vision technology was not compromised by the employees' actions. Brownlee praised Loranger's handling of the incident since he took over for former CEO Louis J. Giuliano in 2004. Brownlee said prior to Loranger's arrival, ITT and its attorneys were not cooperative and tried to run out the clock on the statute of limitations. Loranger is credited with turning around ITT's attitude towards the investigation, and, "...may have saved ITT from permanent ruin." The data which ITT provided to the other countries was classified SECRET NOFORN (for "no foreign dissemination"), which means the data was restricted from sharing even with America's closest allies. [NYT 28Mar07/Wayne]
CIA SAYS CHIEF OF U.S.-BACKED COLOMBIAN ARMY COLLABORATED WITH TERRORISTS AND DRUG TRAFFICKERS Citing CIA intelligence that "hasn't been fully vetted," the LA Times is reporting that General Mario Montoya, head of Colombia's Army, has extensively collaborated with right wing militias, some of which the U.S. considers terrorist organizations, including one militia headed by Colombia's leading drug trafficker. These reports come as Democrats in Congress are questioning U.S. support for the Colombian government, which is the third largest beneficiary of U.S. foreign aide to the tune of $700 million per year. The growing scandal, which has now apparently claimed its highest ranking participant in Montoya, has already involved the former foreign minister, at least one state governor, legislators and the head of the national police. Montoya, who is a favorite of the Pentagon, has a long and close association with Columbian president Alvarez Uribe, whom President Bush called "a personal friend" two weeks ago during a visit to BogotŠ. Colombia is also one of America's closest allies in Latin America. A report circulating within the CIA and viewed by the LA Times says that Montoya jointly planned and executed with a paramilitary group a raid of Marxist guerillas in the poor areas surrounding the northwestern city of Medellin, a center of drug trafficking activity. The report says that 14 people were killed during the raids and that dozens more disappeared afterwards, according to opponents of Uribe. Montoya has worked as an instructor at the U.S. sponsored School of the Americas and received praise from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace when Pace directed the regional military command for Latin America. So far the claims of Montoya's involvement with the militias is considered rumor and no official charges have been brought. The CIA asked the LA Times to withhold details from the report as revealing them might reveal sources and methods and jeopardize future contributions from foreign intelligence services. [PJK/LATimes 24Mar07/Richter and Miller]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
ISRAELI FOUNDING FATHER SPIED FOR THE BRITISH Teddy Kollek was a founding father of the nation of Israel and served 30 years as the mayor of Jerusalem. Israelis are stunned to learn that Teddy Kollek was also a British spy, reporting to London on the activities of Jewish freedom fighters during the country's turbulent era just prior to achieving statehood in 1948. At the time, Britain oversaw Palestine under a League of Nations mandate. Ronen Bergman, an investigative journalist working for the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper uncovered evidence of Kollek's spying at the Public Records Office in Kew. Bergman says that his research shows that Kollek fed MI-5 sensitive data and worked closely with British intelligence from 1943-1947. There is no indication that Kollek's activities resulted in the death of any Jews, but many activists were arrested and detained for prolonged periods based on information Kollek supplied. Kollek died in January at the age of 95, and these latest findings are sure to alter his place in Israeli history. He began feeding the British information in a time of Jewish history called the "hunting season" when moderate mainstream Zionists like Kollek were trying to dissuade the more radical elements who had adopted terrorist tactics. In August 1945, Kollek was serving as the de facto chief of Israeli intelligence and tipped off the British to a radical Zionist training camp in Shula run by the militant group Irgun. In a subsequent British raid of Shula, 27 radicals were detained, some of whom were later jailed. One of those taken prisoners was the father of Ze'ev Boim, the current Minister of Immigrant Absorption who remembers visiting his father in jail at the time. "His staff have contacted me for fuller details because the minister remembers visiting his father in jail as a child," Mr Bergman said. "He is very angry to learn about Kollek." Bergman said that there was no evidence that the British paid Kollek for his actions, and it appears he was only acting for the good of the Jewish Agency to subdue hardliners. However, Bergman says that more information on Kollek's activity's should be revealing when his MI-5 personnel file is finally declassified. [CL/Telegraph 31Mar07/Butcher]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
U.S. EXPANDING CAPABILITIES TO ATTACK TERRORISTS THROUGH CYBERSPACE As terrorist and insurgent groups increase their activity and sophistication on the Internet, the U.S. military is expanding its ability to counter their cyber presence. Over the last few years, terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda have developed expertise in producing professional quality videos and websites and intricate distribution networks to attract followers, raise money and influence opinion on the Arab street. Marine Brig. Gen. John Davis, who heads a military command located at the National Security Agency founded to develop computer network attack methods, says "You should not let them operate uncontested" on the Internet and elsewhere in cyberspace. Actually engaging in attacks on computer networks would require Presidential authority, and Davis declined to comment on whether attacks have been executed. However, according to contracts under the oversight of the Air Force Research Laboratory, the government is spending up to $40 million to have companies develop a "full spectrum ... of computer network attack techniques." The expenditure on developing attack techniques may signal a shift from simply monitoring jihadist activity on the Internet to actually interdicting it. However, there is an argument between intelligence collectors who want to glean valuable intelligence from terrorist activity on the Internet and military operators who want to deny this resource to the enemy. "You always have the built-in tension between the operator who wants to destroy the target and the intelligence officer who wants to use the target to gain more information," said Lani Kass, director of the Air Force's cyberspace task force. "Our opponents do a heck of a lot more than just watch us in cyberspace," Davis said. "They are acting in cyberspace. We need to develop options so that we can ... dominate cyberspace." [USAToday 28Mar07]
TIDE TURNS AS NCTC DATABASE ABOUT TO OVERFLOW ITS DATA BANKS The TIDE is rising, and quickly. TIDE is the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment housed inside the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in McLean, Virginia. Since 2003 the database has quadrupled and TIDE's administrator, Russ Travers, worries about quality control. TIDE houses a central repository of more than 435,000 files that are drawn upon by varied segments of the government to include the Transportation Safety Administration for creating terrorist watch lists. It is the first time that U.S. citizen's data has been stored together with foreign suspects' information, and the chance of error is huge. The standard for inclusion in the database is low, and once in, it is very hard to be removed. Travers acknowledged that the process can lead to "horror stories" of mixed-up names and unconfirmed information. However, there are filters between TIDE and the watch lists used by Homeland Security and the law enforcement community that raise the bar for inclusion. Even so, the General Accounting Office reported in September that misidentifications accounted for over half the watch lists hits in 2004 and 2005. [CL/WashPost 25Mar07/DeYoung]
AIR FORCE REPORTS 40% OF PREDATOR DRONES LOST IN COMBAT, NOT ENOUGH CREWS TO MEET DEMAND The Air Force reported that 40% of its Predator unmanned aircraft have been lost, and that there are not enough trained crews to meet demand. Lt. Col. Matthew Bannon, chief of unmanned aerial systems at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, says that battlefield commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq have requested three times more Predator support than the Air Force has personnel and equipment to meet. The Predator is expected to log 70,000 hours of flight time in 2007, three times the amount since 2003. The Air Force reports that 53 of the 139 predators delivered to the Air Force have been lost, but Bannon says that as far as he knows no missions have been scratched due to lack of air craft. Each Predator costs $4.5 million, and the Air Force has requested funding to obtain 22 additional aircraft in the emergency funding bill now in Congress. One of the important advantages that the Predator provides ground commanders is the ability to spot insurgents hiding improvised explosive devices that have plague U.S. forces in Iraq. Patrols and convoy commanders quickly become dependent on Predator. Predator doesn't just take pictures, though; it also has a bite. Armed with Hellfire missiles, the craft is capable of quickly engaging fast moving targets aide with sensors that detect movement. Christopher Bolkcom, a military analyst at the Congressional Research Service says, "Chasing terrorists is a growth environment for Predator." [Harvey/USAToday 29Mar07/Vanden Brook]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent by Larry Berman. Collins/Smithsonian, ISBN 978-0-06-088838-1, $25.95 In 1957, the North Vietnamese Communist Party send Pham Xuan An to California to study journalism. After a stint with the Sacramento Bee, and traveling the U.S. for a time, An returned to South Vietnam as a reporter for Reuters and Time. All the while, An was working as an agent of North Vietnam, feeding Hanoi with valuable information, some of it classified. An became a hero after the Vietnam war ended, and no one in the West had suspected him.
The Infernal Machine: A History of Terrorism Matthew Carr. New Press, ISBN 978-1-59558-179-2, $26.95 British author and journalist Carr presents an in-depth history of terrorism and terrorist groups. He adds his own analysis of the War on Terror and his belief that taking terrorism head-on with force-on-force energizes recruitment and strengthens the enemy. Carr believes governments can and have successfully negotiated with terrorist groups.
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.
SEEKING INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS RE: THE 1967 USS LIBERTY INCIDENT: "My name is James Scott, and I am working on a history book about the 1967 Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, an intelligence ship that was monitoring the Six Day War at the time of the attack. I am a professional journalist through I have a personal interest in this story as my father was the Liberty’s damage control engineer. I am looking to track down as many former intelligence officials as possible who had any involvement or connection to the Liberty. I was hoping your organization might be able to help me." Replies to James Scott at email@example.com or by phone at (843) 670-5426. James Scott, Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University, Walter Lippmann House, One Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
STUDENT SEEKS INTERVIEW/TRANSCRIPT OF SPY GEORGE TROFIMOFF AND DROUJINSKY - I am currently a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona participating in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies Program. One of the courses I am currently taking is on the topic of counterintelligence. I have been asked to write an assessment of the motivations of a convicted spy who has operated against the United States. I have chosen the case of George Trofimoff for my research paper. I am currently reading Andy Byers book, "An Imperfect Spy," and in it the author relates that the two videotaped interviews conducted in Melbourne between Trofimoff and Droujinsky were ordered by the court to be released to the public. I am currently trying to track down a copy of those taped interviews. Does anybody know where I might obtain a copy of the taped interviews for personal review and use in my paper? REPLIES: Any assistance that anyone might be able to provide would be very helpful. I can be contacted at Daniel Main at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my cell phone at (928) 308-7075.
BLAKEWAY-3BM PRODUCTIONS LOOKING FOR INFO ON EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION FOR UK TV SPECIAL ABOUT WAR ON TERROR Blakeway-3BM Productions in London are making a documentary for Channel 4 TV network in the UK about the War on Terror. Essentially the film will be an update on how the War on Terror has evolved since 9/11 and where things are at now. Within this capacity, one of the areas to be examined is the rendition and detention of terrorist suspects. I would be grateful to speak to someone who has had direct experience of this policy (from any region of the world, given we are exploring a definitively global issue) and/or someone, who can provide an intelligent and informed overview over the policy. This could be somebody who feels it has been a success and saved lives or somebody who believes the drawbacks have outweighed the benefits. I am keen to hear both arguments in order to ensure the film will be a fair and balanced piece of journalism. I must of course emphasize that this film is in no way intended to endanger the safety of any current agents or to place them in harms way. The film will not include any such material. If you would like to help, please contact Adam Jessel on: email@example.com, Tel: +44 (0) 208 743 2040, Mob: +44 (0) 7787 565162
Sue Rollins Rudd Boelte, age 53, died March 18, 2007 was educated at Eton College and Hong Kong University. Sue was the wife and professional associate of AFIO member Edwin R. "Ed" Boelte. Ed and Sue Boelte were one of those husband and wife teams in the style of William - Elizabeth Friedman and Albert-Gladys Coates. The man was the person of record. The work was done by the husband-wife team. She was active with support activities for the N.C. Department of Justice and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center until her death. She is survived by her husband, two sons-Edwin "Redd" Boelte, Peter "Pete" Boelte and a daughter Mary Boelte Valerian. [NealF]
Thursday, 5 April 2007 - Alexandria, VA - the CiCentre hosts Ray Semko's "D*I*C*E 2007: Unleashed" an Annual Security Awareness/Refresher Briefing - from 9:30am - Noon. Almost all organizations, whether government or private sector, have a requirement to provide a security refresher briefing every year to their personnel. For those who hold security clearances, this is mandated by the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM 3-107), and records of completion have to be kept for security inspections of your facility. These briefings need to cover topics such as threat awareness, defensive security, employee reporting obligations and requirements and security procedures. Would you like to experience a D*I*C*E briefing yourself? Or are you part of a small organization who can't fill a D*I*C*E briefing? Ray Semko will premiere his D*I*C*E 2007: UNLEASHED! briefing. This is his first new briefing since he retired from the government and now that he's "unleashed," you can find out what he has to say. All attendees will receive a special certificate signed by Ray stating they've completed their annual security briefing for the year. For more information and to register to attend, go to: http://cicentre.com/dice/2007_premiere.html or call them at 1-800-779-4007 or 703-642-7450. Seating is limited.
6 April 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter event speaker confirmed Speaker to be announced later for security reasons. Registration and further details at firstname.lastname@example.org 1800h 6pm Cocktails. No tickets at the door.
10 April 2007 - Tampa, FL- AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. at the MacDill Surf's Edge Club/Enlisted Club (note change in location), at MacDill Air Force Base. The luncheon speaker is Porter Goss, former Director of the CIA. After graduating from Yale, Porter joined the CIA and worked as a Case Officer in the Directorate of Operations for nine years. He began his political career in local government in 1974 and went on to be elected to Congress in 1988, where he served for 16 years. Among other leadership positions he held, Porter served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for 8 years. He left Congress when he was appointed DCI by President George W. Bush. He served as DCI and then Director of the CIA from September 2004 until May 2006. We are honored to have such a dedicated public servant who has been willing to answer the call to serve wherever his country needed him. Due to base security, reservations for this meeting should be received by April 1, 2007. For more information contact Don White, DonWhite@tampabay.rr.com.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 - Las Vegas, NV - "The Islamic Terrorist Mindset - Why They Hate Us" will be the topic of the AFIO Las Vegas Chapter meeting at 6 p.m. at Nellis Air Force Base Officers' Club. PATRICK BOYLAN, a fellow AFIO member and former speaker to the Chapter, talks about the Koran, describing in its own words the deep hatred Muslims harbor for all non-Muslims from America to Indonesia, Israel to Kashmir, and Chechnya to Thailand. Boylan is known for his thought provoking presentations and articles on Islam and Terrorism and has first hand knowledge of, and experience with, the true causes of Islamic terrorism. He understands well the question that plagues so many in the Western world, "Why do they hate us?" The briefing will include a discussion on: "Shedding light on geopolitical issues that pose a threat not only to our Homeland Security but that of the entire free world." Having worked as a Geologist, and journalist Patrick is deeply familiar with the mountainous no-man's territory of western Pakistan where Osama bi Laden and his terrorists are suspected of being given safe haven. He has met and talked to a number of Mujahadeen, some of whom went on to become Taliban. He personally knew Mir Amal Kansi's brother and had lengthy conversations with him. Mr. Boylan received his Masters in Crisis and Emergency Management from the Institute for Security Studies (UNLV) and a Masters in Educational Leadership, also from UNLV, where he intends to continue and finish his Ph.D. Currently, Patrick is the founder of the Center for Strategic Analysis, a non-profit organization with an educational endeavor to make the public and government aware of the true causes of terrorism, and to be a source of insight and truth in keeping our nation safe. Register for this event no later than Friday, March 30th at Christine J. Eppley EPPLEY@nv.doe.gov or call her at 702-295-0073 if you have any questions. Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig and Las Vegas Blvd. Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV
14 April 2007 - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter hosts a National Guard speaker discussing Homeland Security. Col. Steve Schlieper, Chief of Intelligence of the Maine National Guard will speak on the Maine National Guard's role in Homeland Security. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Main Street, Kennebunk. Call 207-985-2392 for information or to make reservations.
20 - 21 April 2007 - New
London, CT - AFIO New England Chapter hosts luncheon featuring Dr. Michael Hiam,
author of Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams & the Vietnam
Intelligence Wars. The Spring meeting of the David Atlee Phillips New England Chapter will
gather 20 - 21 April 2007 at the Lighthouse Inn, 6 Guthrie Place, New London, CT
06320-4206, Telephone 860-443-8411, Reservations 888-443-8411, www.lighthouseinn-ct.com
Lodging is available to AFIO members at the rate of $155 plus taxes per night in the
Mansion; deadline is 21 March.
As is our custom, Friday evening AFIO/NE will host a wine & cheese social 6:00 - 8:00 PM 20 April 2007 followed by a no-host dinner with our speakers at the Lighthouse Inn. The luncheon the next day is $25 per person when paid by check by April 9th or $30 at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis, as seats are available.
Our morning speakers will be the two students who won the 2006 AFIO/NE Best Paper competition. First will be Matthew Allatin. Recipient of the graduate student award, he recently completed his MS degree in National Security from the University of New Haven. Matthew will discuss The al Qaeda Terrorist Organization: A Redefining Look. This presentation will endeavor to provide an description of al Qaeda, their driving factors & a general understanding of how this terrorist group functions.
Our second morning speaker will be David Lim, recipient of the undergraduate award. He recently graduated with a BA degree in International Relations from Boston University. Next year he will enter Law School. David will discuss his paper on Organized Crime & Terrorism. Our Keynote Speaker Saturday afternoon will be Dr. Michael Hiam who took four years from his practice as a clinical psychologist to research & write Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams & the Vietnam Intelligence Wars (Steerforth, 2006). The book is about CIA Analyst Samuel A. Adams. It reviews his life, career, & obsession to uncover the truth concerning the numbers controversy about the strength of the Viet Cong. Adams is a distant relative of the Presidents Adams. Dr. Hiam suggests there are parallels between Intelligence failures in Viet Nam then and now in Iraq He holds degrees in English & History as well as a Ph. D. in Psychology. He is a resident of Newton, MA. For further information contact Arthur Hulnick 617-353-8978.
20 April 2007 - McLean, VA - Naval Intelligence Professionals hosts the annual Red Tie Luncheon at the Tysons Corner Holiday Inn. This traditional gathering of naval analysts, past and present, welcomes those from many agencies. Guest speaker will be Navy Captain Chris Bott, Military Assistant to the American Ambassador to Iraq. Cash bar from 11:00 a.m., with lunch served at noon. Cost $35, payable in advance. To reserve, contact email@example.com, (703) 250-6765, or post to: NIP, PO Box 11579, Burke, VA 22009-1579
20-22 April 07 - Weimar, Germany- 13th Annual Meeting of the International Intelligence History Association Organizers: Professor Wolfgang Krieger (Universitšt Marburg / Germany) and Professor Heiner Timmermann (Akademie Rosenhof / Weimar). It has often been said that intelligence services helped keep the peace during the cold war. But there can be no doubt that in many instances intelligence activities led to or intensified international conflict. At least two large-scale wars, in Vietnam and in Afghanistan, resulted directly from massive intelligence failures (and eventually led to further such failures). Throughout the cold war intelligence clashes produced diplomatic or political incidents, such as expelling embassy staff or formal protests against abductions or telephone wiretappings. Intelligence clashes worsened relations , at least temporarily, within each bloc, between the two blocs and with countries outside the blocs. While a fair number of such clashes have already been studied, including naval incidents and incidents relating to espionage overflights, much research is still required before we understand more thoroughly their significance in cold war history. Proposals are to be sent (by February 15th to -- firstname.lastname@example.org --. Conference presentations will be limited to 25-30 minutes. While the conference organizers will attempt to provide financial assistance to the conference presenters for travel and accommodation expenses no commitment can be made in advance. For further information please consult our website at -- www.intelligence-history.org -- where administrative details will be posted shortly for all who wish to participate in this conference. (This message is also available online at www.intelligence-history.org)
23 April 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Arizona Chapter of AFIO holds meeting on the Insanity of U.S. Immigration Policies - The Chapter will hold it's April meeting at Buster's Restaurant in Scottsdale, The speaker will be Neville Cramer, discussing his book, "INSanity: America's Immigration Crisis." Mr. Cramer served in the Justice Department for more than twenty five years and was one of the most experienced agents in the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. For reservations and information call Bill Williams at (602) 944-2451.
23-27 April 2007 - Vancouver, British Columbia - International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)/Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) 2007 Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. These two organizations represent the largest associations representing both intelligence analysts and intelligence officers in the world; if you go to one training conference in 2007, this should be the one! This is the second joint conference involving IALEIA and LEIU; we worked together on our Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA in 2005, which was a huge success and attracted over 700 attendees. Keynote by Dr Mark Lowenthal, former CIA Assistant Director for Analysis & Production, and discussions on Future Challenges for the Intelligence Community by Dr Thomas Fingar (DNI), Director of National Intelligence Analysis/Chairman National Intelligence Council. Please visit the website for more details http://leiu-homepage.org/events/index.php David Jimenez-Director of Training, Education, and Career Development, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar One of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" in the Spring Seminar Series of five evenings being conducted by Meridian International Center and Carl Colby in cooperation with the Smithsonian Associates. Runs through May 22nd. Confirmed panelists include Tim Roemer, Randall Fort, and John McLaughlin. For further details contact: Mary Itz, Senior Program Manager, World Affairs, Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 939-5560, Fax: (202) 939-5504, email@example.com, www.meridian.org
24-26 April 2007 - Arlington, VA -Terrorism Intelligence Collection and Countermeasure Seminar/Workshop Primary Speakers: Col. Valentin Aksilenko (KGB, Ret), John C. "Jack" Platt and Dr. Karl Seger. This program focuses on methods used by terrorists to collect intelligence and plan operations. Both domestic and international extremist collection methods are discussed and several case studies are presented. The workshop includes two practical exercises: a field surveillance detection exercise and a classroom exercise on Internet intelligence collection. Methods to detect and counter terrorist intelligence collection are also presented. Sponsored by Seger Consulting Group, Inc. Tuition $1,295.00 Tuition is $995.00 if three or more people from the same organization register. Contact Karl Seger at 1-888-277-9703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Seger Consulting Group, Inc. 1.888.277.9703
Tuesday, 1 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Two of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" in the Spring Seminar Series of five evenings being conducted by Meridian International Center and Carl Colby in cooperation with the Smithsonian Associates. Runs through May 22nd. Confirmed panelists include Tim Roemer, Randall Fort, and John McLaughlin. For further details contact: Mary Itz, Senior Program Manager, World Affairs, Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 939-5560, Fax: (202) 939-5504, email@example.com, www.meridian.org
3 May 2007 - Washington, DC - Noon to 1 pm, hear Bill Gertz speak on "Enemies: How America's Foes Steal our Vital Secrets- And How We Let It Happen," a special free program at the International Spy Museum. No registration required. Gertz asks how far our enemies (and allies) are willing to go to get the information they want? Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, highlights the increasing threats to this nation's military and industrial security. He describes Russia's intelligence operatives in the United States and how those numbers rival Cold War levels of spying; how China has established a special, ultra-secret intelligence unit tasked with planting spies inside the U.S. government; and how weak counterintelligence has allowed terrorists to infiltrate the U.S. military; and more. Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Take Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station.
4-5 May 2007 - Saratoga Springs, NY - The Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association Reunion The NCVA - New England Chapter is holding their annual reunion. For information, please call (603) 881-7752, or visit www.ncva-ne.org. Attendance is open to individuals who served with the U.S. Naval Security Group or are serving with its counterpart in NETWARCOM.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Three of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" in the Spring Seminar Series of five evenings being conducted by Meridian International Center and Carl Colby in cooperation with the Smithsonian Associates. Runs through May 22nd. Confirmed panelists include Tim Roemer, Randall Fort, and John McLaughlin. For further details contact: Mary Itz, Senior Program Manager, World Affairs, Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 939-5560, Fax: (202) 939-5504, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meridian.org
Thursday, 10 May 2007 -
Washington, DC - Seven Days in May - Seven pm Screening at the National Portrait
Gallery co-sponsored by the International Spy Museum, the National
Portrait Gallery and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History
What: "The people don't believe the Russians are going to take those bombs apart
on July 1st, and neither do I."
-Senator Frederick Prentice in Seven Days in May
Could a coup d'etat happen here? The film shows an unpopular president, a climate of distrust, and a charismatic general sets the stage for a military takeover in this 1964 film of Fletcher Knebel's classic novel. When unpopular President Jordan Lyman manages to get a nuclear disarmament agreement through the Senate, Cold War tensions are unleashed and intrigue shakes the nation. The military fears a sneak attack by the Soviets, and General Scott, head of the Joint Chiefs and a man with his own presidential aspirations, decides to take matters into the hands of the military. John Frankenheimer's direction of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Ava Gardner dramatically captures a country on the brink of coup d'etat. Join Four Star General Frederick Kroesen, former commander of the United States Army in Europe and commander of the NATO Central Army Group, for the screening and a discussion of the film's accuracy. Co-sponsored by the National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with their exhibition The Presidency and The Cold War and the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project Where: National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC, use Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: Free. No registration required.
12 May 2007 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meets at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club - The May luncheon will be held at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club (EGYC). A cash bar will open at 1130 hours and lunch will begin at 1230 hours. Dr. Michael Macedonia, the Director for the Disruptive Technology Office, ODNI, will talk about the importance of science and technology to the acquisition of new capabilities. For additional information please contact George Stephenson, Chapter Vice President at email@example.com and title your email: AFIO MAY Meeting.
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Four of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" in the Spring Seminar Series of five evenings being conducted by Meridian International Center and Carl Colby in cooperation with the Smithsonian Associates. Runs through May 22nd. Confirmed panelists include Tim Roemer, Randall Fort, and John McLaughlin. For further details contact: Mary Itz, Senior Program Manager, World Affairs, Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 939-5560, Fax: (202) 939-5504, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meridian.org
17 May 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO - FBI Counterterrorism Expert talks at AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter luncheon at the Falcon Room, Air Force Academy Officers Club. The speaker is FBI Special Agent, Don Shannon, Colorado Springs Office. Don arrived here 6 weeks ago from FBI HQ in Washington. He was on the staff of Counter terrorism at Bureau. Cost $10.00 for each lunch buffet. Reservations or Inquiries to Dick Durham no later than May 14th to Riverwear53@aol.com
17-19 May 2007 - Omaha, NE - SAC Intelligence/544th & Friends Reunion The web site address is: http://sacintelreunion.com. The reunion banquet keynote speaker is General Michael Hayden (SAC IN analyst & briefer '70-'72) A pre-registration fee is $25 per attendee. Mail pre-registration checks, made payable to: "SAC IN/544 Reunion", to: Mike Catherall, 13006 Jan Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123. Early payment is encouraged to assist with meeting reunion planning financial obligations to include payment of a deposit for the banquet ballroom.
18 May 2007 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Spring 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
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Five of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" in the Spring Seminar Series of five evenings being conducted by Meridian International Center and Carl Colby in cooperation with the Smithsonian Associates. Runs through May 22nd. Confirmed panelists include Tim Roemer, Randall Fort, and John McLaughlin. For further details contact: Mary Itz, Senior Program Manager, World Affairs, Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 939-5560, Fax: (202) 939-5504, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.meridian.org
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