AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #14-07 dated 9 April 2007
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CBS NEWS SEEKING ONSCREEN EXPERT IN HOSTAGE RESCUE/SECURITY FOR NEWSCASTS "
RESEARCHER SEEKS POSITIVE ASPECTS/RESULTS FROM RENDITIONS
SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
CIA HOLDING HUNDREDS OF SOMALI REFUGEES AS AL QAEDA SUSPECTS IN 'DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS' IN ETHIOPIA According to the African division of Human Rights Watch (HRW), the CIA is interrogating hundreds of prisoners who are being held in Ethiopian prisons on suspicion of ties to Islamic terrorist groups. The prisoners come from 19 different countries, and allegedly were illegally transferred to Ethiopia from Somali and Kenya as they fled the violence that has erupted in Mogadishu as the Islamic Courts Union was routed from the Somali capital. Women and children as young as seven months are said to be in the group of detainees. Peter Takirambudde, the executive director of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, said, "We fear that many of the detainees will face mistreatment and possibly torture or execution in Ethiopian custody." The New York-based organization said that the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia and the US had "played a shameful role in mistreating people fleeing a war zone". The Deputy Director HRW Africa, Georgia Gagnon, implicated Ethiopia, Kenya and the US in the conspiracy, "Kenya has secretly expelled people, the Ethiopians have caused dozens to 'disappear' and US security agents have routinely interrogated people held incommunicado." Nairobi also played a part where, according to HRW and the Muslim Human Rights Foundation in Nairobi say at least 85 detainees were flown to Somalia and turned over to Ethiopian forces there. The conditions where the prisoners are held have been called "deplorable" and "horrific," with dozens of prisoners sharing a ten foot by ten foot cell, with little food and little access to exercise areas. The prisoners reportedly have been held for up to two months without legal representation or being charged. The US had denied charges that it chartered three flights to move prisoners from Nairobi to Baidoa, the temporary capital set up for Somalia's interim government. US officials only acknowledge that US personnel, including some in Addis Ababa have questioned terrorist suspects that may have been fighting for the Al-Qaeda linked Islamic Court Union. [CL/Telegraph 5Apr07/Flanz]
MOOD OF US INTELLIGENCE EMPLOYEES BETTER THAN OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SURVEY SAYS A survey circulated in October amongst employees of the 16 Intelligence Community (IC) agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that intelligence workers have a more positive outlook on their jobs than do other federal workers. The White House Office of Personnel Management survey which had been given to federal employees government-wide previously was compared to a later sampling that focused on the IC. The survey examined employees' feelings about cooperation and leadership in the workplace, their treatment by management and whether they liked and valued the work they did. Intelligence staff rated themselves as feeling as good or better than other federal employees in the areas of job satisfaction, performance and leadership. The results ranked intelligence employees in the top ten for those three areas overall, and in the top five for job satisfaction. However, some questions on the survey looked at areas not in the original survey given to other government employees. The survey sought to measure the sense of community intelligence workers felt with other agencies in the IC since the 2004 reforms that Congress passed to mandate sharing of intelligence information. The survey found that there is much room for improvement, and that only a small minority find it easy to work with other agencies. [Harvey/WashTimes 4Apr07/Waterman (UPI)]
US FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REVEALS MI-5 OPERATION TO RECRUIT TWO GUANTANAMO BRITONS Documents released under the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) revealed a plot by the British intelligence agency MI-5 to recruit two Britons before they were detained at the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The information showed that the CIA held the two detainees for four years after the British recruitment operation failed. MI-5 reportedly offered Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil el-Banna new lives and new identities paid for by the British government. The Americans captured the two in 2002 in The Gambia after British intelligence tipped them off via telegraph to al-Rawi's and el-Banna's travel plans. From there the U.S. transferred them to Afghanistan where they were secretly placed on a plane to Guantanamo. The U.S. released al-Rawi, 39, last week, but maintains custody of el-Banna, 44. In the British telegram dated 8 November 2002, in which MI-5 detailed the travel plans between London and Banjul in The Gambia, the British identified the two as close associates of Abu Qatada, a key al-Qaeda figure in Europe. Three days later the British sent the Americans another telegram in which they described al-Rawi as an Iraqi extremist and el-Banna as the financier of Qatada. A month later, another British telegram refused consular protections to the men because they were not British citizens. The Americans interrogated the pair in The Gambia, before transferring them to an underground prison in Afghanistan, and then to Guantanamo. Both have complained of poor treatment and torture. The telegrams were produced as evidence before a military tribunal held at Guantanamo and obtained by The Washington Post. Other evidence included a three-page note dated 31 October 2002 that describes a visit to al-Banna's home by an MI-5 officer named Michael and a Special Branch detective named Andy. The note said that the Brits offered el-Banna the chance to cooperate and report on the activities of his extremist associates, in exchange for "a new life with a new identity, new nationality, money to set himself up in business and to provide for his family, and an opportunity to move to a Muslim country where his children could be brought up away from the bad influences of Western society." The agents told el-Banna that if he refused to cooperate that he would risk being detained as an extremist. El-Banna's attorneys said that their client repeatedly refused to provide "false testimony" against Abu Qatada. Al-Rawi, who denies any involvement in extremist activity, said he faced similar pressures from the British government. He carried messages between MI-5 and Qatada, who is now in custody under a "control order." Al-Rawi was freed after negotiations between Britain and the US, but el-Banna's future is still in question. [CL/Times 4Apr07/O'Neill]
CHINESE AGENT GOES ON TRIAL FOR THEFT OF SENSITIVE US NAVY WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY Chi Mak, a Chinese-born electrical engineer working on some of the Navy's most high-tech weapons systems, goes on trial in Santa Ana, CA on charges of conspiracy to export U.S. defense secrets to China, possession of property in aid of a foreign government and failure to register as a foreign agent. Chi Mak and his brother Tai Mak, are accused of passing sensitive technology secrets to China through a military-funded research institute in Guangzhou. Three others are charged for participating in the spy ring which federal law enforcement and counterintelligence agents have called the most important Chinese spying case in recent years. The FBI has suffered a number of defeats in espionage cases involving the Chinese including the 1999 case of Wen Ho Lee, a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Katrina Leung in 2003 who posed as an FBI informant while spying for China. The government's case alleges that in 2001, Chi Mak passed to his brother key details of the SPY-1 phased radar, which is the heart of the Aegis battle management system installed on most US warships. Tai Mak, who was a Phoenix television engineer, is alleged to have acted as the courier between Chi Mak and China. The government believes that Chi Mak also passed information regarding the Navy's developmental Quiet Electric Drive, a stealth-related technology for next generation of warships, and data on the electronics installed on the new Virginia class submarine, which would make it easier for the Chinese to track the new sub. According to statements Chi Mak made after his arrest, he provided the technology information to Pu Pei-liang, a researcher at the military-funded Chinese Center for Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) at Zhongshan University. Dave Szady, the FBI's chief counterspy until last year said the case probably "murdered the Navy" due to the criticality of information that was compromised. However, the case has been difficult for prosecutors because all though all the information was restricted from export, none of it was classified, and therefore espionage charges were dropped. [Harvey/WashTimes 27Mar07/Gertz]
ANONYMOUS WITNESS IMPLICATES RUSSIAN OLIGARCH BEREZOVSKY IN MURDER OF LITVINENKO An anonymous witness has come forth on state controlled Russian television to tell of a complex plot that he says led to the murder of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko was killed in November of last year with a rare and exotic radioactive isotope polonium 210. Many outside of Russian have pointed to the Kremlin as the prime suspect in the murder, as Litvinenko was a frequent and outspoken critic of the Putin administration. However, inside Russian, a man frequently accused in the state-run media of the murder is expatriate and former oil oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was an early supporter of Putin, but later became a bitter foe. He fled to Britain in 2001, where he received political asylum, after a falling out with Putin over Chechnya and Berezovsky political clout. The anonymous witness, who was identified only as Putin, appeared on the television station Rossiya claiming that in 2003, when Russia was requesting Britain to extradite Berezovsky back to Russia on embezzlement charges. Pyotr, who also lived in London, says Litvinenko offered him $4£ to claim that he had been ordered by Russian intelligence to kill Berezovsky. Pyotr said the hope was that British authorities would turn down Russia's request to extradite Berezovsky if the Kremlin were implicated in a plot on his life. According to Pyotr, Litvinenko told him to say that he was going to kill Berezovsky with poison in a pen. Although Pyotr refused the money, he says he made an audio tape supplying a false confession about the assassination plot after psychotropic drugs were administered to him in his coffee. Now Pyotr is implicating that Berezovsky had Litvinenko killed to cover up the false assassination story, and Pyotr said that he too fears for his life. The Russian newspaper Kommersant identified Pyotr as Vladimir Teplyuk. Berezovsky scoffed at the accusation saying it was just another attempt by the Kremlin to cover up the murder. Russian prosecutors investigating the Litvinenko murder already interviewed Berezovsky and say they have about another 100 witnesses to interview. [CL/Telegraph 3Apr07/Blomfeld]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
80 YEAR-OLD STEPSON OF ALGER HISS JOINS FIGHT TO CLEAR THE FAMILY'S NAME Timothy Hobson was 10 years old when he broke his leg and was laid up in his
bedroom in the house on 30th Street in Georgetown. He didn't know it then, but
he was a witness to one of the most sensational cases of alleged espionage to
come from the Cold War. Hobson, now 80, was the stepson of Alger Hiss, who,
according to the government, was smuggling classified State Department documents
home to the house on 30th Street where he turned them over to fellow Communist
and spy named Whittaker Chambers.
However, Hobson and his half brother Tony Hiss, 65, don't believe the government's version and never have. Hiss has made a it a lifetime quest to vindicate his father, speaking out often and he has even published a few books on the subject. Now Hobson, in his twilight years, is joining his brother's fight. Hobson is the last living link to the events that transpired on 30th Street 70 years ago. He was never allowed to testify at Alger Hiss's perjury trials in 1949 and 1950. Last week, Hobson returned to the house on 30th Street to refresh his memory prior to his first public appearance ever to speak out on the Hiss matter at New York University. With the permission of the current tenants, Hobson went up to his old bedroom where, confined to bed he would watch out the second story window the comings and goings. He could see who came and went, and one person he knew that never came was Chambers. Further, he never heard the clack of the old typewriter that his mother allegedly used to reproduce the State Department documents that his father allegedly brought home.
Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury and sentenced to 44 months in prison. Hobson believes he could have refuted the testimony of Chamber's, who he calls "an unmitigated, pathological liar." Hobson never got the chance, though, because Alger's defense attorney's considered him a liability on the stand. Hobson had received a less than honorable discharge from the Navy for being gay. Hobson, a retired surgeon living in California, went on to marry and father four children, but admits he lived a life both straight and gay. "I was available, but they didn't have the guts to put me on" the witness stand, he says. "And it would have made a difference. I'm convinced it would have made a difference."
However, some scholars, such as University of Virginia School of Law professor G. Edward White. White, who authored Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy discounts the 70-year old memories of a 10-year old, and says Hobson and his half brother Hiss have become dupes. White explains, "That is to say, they have such strong reasons to want to believe in their father's innocence, that their father essentially duped them at an early age into participating in this campaign." Tony Hiss, however, derides White's theory saying his father was against him writing his first book Laughing Last.
Alger Hiss was a high-ranking member of the State Department under Roosevelt. He sat with Roosevelt at the table in Yalta during World War II and was known as a New Deal liberal. He led the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945. [CL/WashPost 5Apr07/Duke]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
NSA PROGRAM CAUSING 'TURBULENCE' FOR DIRECTOR ALEXANDER Director of NSA (DIRNSA) Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander has drawn the scorn of Congress for his multi-billion dollar effort to identify, track and analyze emerging threats in cyberspace. The program, called Turbulence, was raised during the Senate Armed Forces Committee's confirmation process for James R. Clapper Jr. to be the next Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Turbulence is said to being having "management deficiencies" just 18 months after it was launched. Turbulence is made up of nine separate applications that continuously scan global communications networks for threat information. The committee said that Turbulence is experiencing the same management problems that have plagued NSA since the end of the Cold War and caused Congress to punish the agency for failing to meet new threats. In response to the committee's questions on the seriousness of the problems with the NSA program, Clapper replied that he lacked sufficient knowledge of the challenges facing the program to comment authoritatively. Clapper said he would work with the Director of National Intelligence to monitor NSA's efforts to modernize. NSA spokesman Ken White said it would be inappropriate to comment on the committee's statements regarding Turbulence and its management, and further that the questions from the committee were prepared by staffers and should not be attributed to the senators themselves. The committee compared the troubles with Turbulence to those of its predecessor Trailblazer, which Alexander killed upon taking control of NSA in 2005. [Harvey/BaltSun 28Mar07/Gorman]
EXTREMIST WEBSITE ENCOURAGES JIHADISTS TO POSE AS AMERICANS ON-LINE TO FOSTER ANTI-WAR SENTIMENT According the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Al-Wathig Billah, which is the username of a member of the Islamic extremist website Mohajroon, instructed his fellow Jihadists to conduct "media jihad" by pretending to be Americans on-line and infiltrating popular American blogs and forums to leave anti-war messages and spread extremist videos. Eli Alshech, director of the Jihad and Terrorism Project at MEMRI said, "Our experience shows that such instructions often yield compliance." The message said in part, "There is no doubt, my brothers, that raiding American forums is among the most important means of obtaining victory in the fierce media war … and of influencing the views of the weak-minded American who pays his taxes so they will go to the infidel American army. This American is an idiot and does not [even] know where Iraq is … [It is therefore] mandatory for every electronic mujad [to engage in this raiding]." The Jihadists were told to register as Americans, use American sounding pseudonyms, and choose an icon that indicates the extremist is American and to place the icon next to his username. Alsech said that in order to falling for jihadist propaganda forum users should follow up on claims made in on-line messages. He said that a few months ago an identity card of a US service member was posted, which provided a long diatribe of anti-war sentiment supposedly authored by the service member, and then the revelation that service member was killed shortly before he was supposed to return home. However, investigation by curious US bloggers revealed that the service member depicted in the on-line posting was alive and well and did not write the text that was attributed to him. The service member was the victim of identity theft Iraqi-style. [LawrenceS/WND 27Mar07/Corsi]
DTRA AWARDS RESEARCH PROJECT TO BOSTON COLLEGE AND APTIMA, INC. TO ANALYZE TERRORIST SOCIAL NETWORKS The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded research funds to social scientists and mathematicians at Boston College and Woburn, MA based Aptima, Inc. to examine social networks of terrorist groups, scientists working on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs and financiers and suppliers to see if the analysis can help disrupt terrorists trying to obtain WMD. The three-year project will focus on the terrorists use of technology and how the mounds of data being collected can be used to understand how these networks form, how decisions are made, what kind of influence cultural factors have. [Harvey/BostonGlobe 28Mar07/Bender]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
SVR GENERAL REVEALS DETAILS OF BOGOMOLETS' TRIPLE AGENT TREACHERY IN NEW BOOK An upcoming book by SVR (Russian military intelligence) Major-General Lev Sotskov, gives details of one of the Cold War's most effective counter espionage operations. Operation Tarantella successfully fed Soviet misinformation to the British for two decades, and began in the late 1940s when an inept "triple agent" named Viktor Bogomolets allowed himself to be turned by British intelligence, and began developing sources amongst the Russian émigré community in London. A Spanish-born Soviet citizen whom Bogomolets recruited however, was part of Operation Tarantella and caused Bogomolets unwittingly to start feeding Moscow's disinformation to London. After years of working for the Brits, Bogomolets suffered a change of heart and returned to working for Soviet intelligence and began exporting England's secrets to Moscow. Bogomolets was considered such a sensitive source that his reports were delivered directly to Stalin. Title and date of publication of Sotskov's book were not provided. [CL/Telegraph 3Apr07/Blomfeld]
SECTION V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES
AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES, COMING EVENTS
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CBS NEWS SEEKING ONSCREEN EXPERT IN HOSTAGE RESCUE/SECURITY FOR NEWSCASTS - "I am writing with the hope that you all may be able to help me locate a few AFIO members who could be experts in the hostage/security field. I am specifically looking to find a few former law enforcement/intelligence members that we could call on to speak during a breaking news or in taped pieces to air on CBS News during a major news event involving hostages either here or abroad. I’d love to find a few people that are located in different areas of the country and if possible near major cities so logistics for appearances will be easier to arrange. I am not on deadline, but would like to start compiling a list in the next few weeks. Thank you in advance for your help. Katie Spikes." REPLIES to KAS@cbsnews.com or at 212-975-3125.
RESEARCHER SEEKS POSITIVE ASPECTS/RESULTS FROM RENDITIONS: "Am working on a research piece regarding CIA and extraordinary rendition. I believe it's a good tool in preventing terrorist attacks and certainly makes sense as a pre-emptive force in an overseas fight. What I would like to find out is the pros and cons. What are good sources to get both points of view? Thanks." Replies to Dean Klovens at firstname.lastname@example.org
ENERGY HEDGE FUNDS GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE GLOBAL ENERGY AND TERRORISM WARNING INTELLIGENCE Michael Bagley, Managing Director of The Energy Hedge Funds Group, is announcing a new initiative by his company to supply private clients in the energy, finance, defense and intelligence sectors global energy and terrorism/security information that is translated into English on a real time basis by a unique team of resources in the geopolitical energy hot zones of the world. The team will be led by Dr. John Daly, former UPI syndicated columnist for energy, terrorism and intelligence issues. There are several examples of Dr Daly's work on the company website, including his February'06 analysis and prediction of the Al Qaeda attempt on the Abqaiq oil refinery in Saudi Arabia the day before it actually happened. Dr. Kathleen Robertson of Athena Strategies, a senior-level war gaming consultancy for the Pentagon, is also organizing a second US-China Energy War Game in Beijing later this year. The first war game between the two countries was completed in January and the Executive Summary for the 52-page post-simulation report is available on the website. A White Paper available on the site also gives a glimpse of the talent and analysis offered to clients, including the IC. The global energy/terrorism intelligence service being offered should be a valuable supplement to the IC, particularly as it relates to ICD 200 that was issued by former DNI Negroponte back in January. This directive essentially requests outside assistance by academics and other private sector experts in its collection and dissemination of quality national security information, particularly outlined on Page 2, numbers 2 and 7.
READER REQUESTS CLARIFICATION OF SENTENCE IN TEDDY KOLLEK STORY Reader TomO recently wrote: There is a garble in the paragraph of [the] Teddy Kollek [story] that should be corrected: “There is indication that Kollek's activities resulted in the death of any Jews, but many activist were arrested and detained for prolong periods based on information Kollek supplied.” The meaning is unclear. The story to which the reader refers was carried in last week's WINs [WINs 13-07]. The sentence as written is confusing and should have read: 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. The on-line version of the WINs has been corrected.
Peter H. Crooks - former President AFIO New England Chapter, retired FBI agent, has died. Crooks was a long-time member of AFIO. He died Saturday, April 7, of cancer. His wife and children were with him in Florida where he had moved in retirement. Pete was a former president of AFIO New England Chapter and had been teaching about intelligence in Connecticut as well as in Florida. Memorial services in Connecticut and in Florida will be scheduled this summer. Condolences may be extended to Mrs. Donna Crooks & the children at 1950 SW Palm City Rd, Circle Bay Bldg 6, Unit 205, Stuart, FL 34994, telephone 772-463-5414. [HankF and ArtH]
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 (Universität 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
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20 April 2007 - Washington, DC - The National Security and Law Society is sponsoring a full-day terrorism threat simulation Conference conducted by a veteran Department of Justice prosecutor. This multi-media exercise was developed by the Department of Justice and is the same program currently used to train counter-terrorism prosecutors and agents around the country. Over the course of seven hours attendees will assume the role of CT investigators and make collective decisions on how to pursue a fast-moving, evolving terrorist threat situation, receiving immediate feedback from experienced government personnel. Event being held at K&L Gates, 1735 New York Ave NW 5th Flr, Washington, DC Registration: $50 for professionals, $25 for students More information is available at http://www.natsecuritylaw.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. - The Continuing Necessity for Intelligence: The Eternal Verities. 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. Historically, the American people have had a wary “love-hate” relationship toward the need for intelligence. Yet today the need is greater than ever. And though new technologies have erased old barriers, the means of collecting intelligence, the eternal verities, have not changed. We will hear from veteran producers and consumers of intelligence who will talk about how the world of intelligence has changed and yet how it still remains the same - with deadly serious consequences. Robert Grenier, former Director, CIA Counter Terrorism Center; Managing Director, Kroll; John McLaughlin, former Acting Director and Deputy Director, CIA; Senior Fellow, Phillip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University. To register, please call the Smithsonian Associates ‘Campus on the Mall’ at (202) 357-3030. The course code is AF57. Information may also be obtained by calling Meridian’s World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
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 email@example.com, Seger Consulting Group, Inc. 1.888.277.9703
Tuesday, 1 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Assessing the Threat: Getting It Right. 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. This is one of the most provocative questions in US intelligence: what exactly constitutes a legitimate threat to US interests – and what then should be the appropriate US response? Who determines these threat assessments? What are some examples of current legitimate threats? Is this now a highly politicized arena? How do we prevent a repeat of the non-discovery of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction? And how do we get it right next time? Thomas Pickering, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis; Chairman, National Intelligence Council Randall Fort, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research To register, please call the Smithsonian Associates ‘Campus on the Mall’ at (202) 357-3030. The course code is AF57. Information may also be obtained by calling Meridian’s World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
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.
Friday, 4 May 2007 - San Francisco, CA - FBI Special Agents Doug Gregory and Ashley Hunt speak on "The FBI’s Investigation of Robert Philip Hanssen" at the AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter Luncheon. Time: 11:30 AM, No Host Cocktails; 12:00 Noon - Luncheon. Where: United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Patrick’s Room (2nd Floor), 2700 – 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (45th between Sloat and Wawona). REPLIES/RESERVATIONS to Mariko Kawaguchi no later than 5 PM 4/27/07. Send reservation and check to Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011-7578, firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 622-9840 X608. Questions should be sent to: Marina Mann at (925) 735-1327.
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. - International Partners: Not Going It Alone. 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. In this era of transnational terrorism, with little regard for national sovereignty and a slew of well-financed non-state extremist organizations, it is essential that the US “not act alone.” How extensive is cooperation among the nations of the West? This issue involves a bewildering web of jurisdictional issues, complex prosecutions, extraditions and retentions that test the limits of cooperation with long-standing allies whose domestic political interests do not often intersect. Jonathan Clarke, Author; former Counselor, British Diplomatic Service Edward Luttwak, Author; Journalist; Senior Fellow, CSIS To register, please call the Smithsonian Associates ‘Campus on the Mall’ at (202) 357-3030. The course code is AF57. Information may also be obtained by calling Meridian’s World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
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. - Congressional Oversight: Who Watches the Watchers? 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. What is the proper role of US Congressional oversight of intelligence gathering and covert operations in an open democratic society? Can this relationship function as it was originally mandated or has intelligence become hopelessly politicized? Have the “rules of engagement” altered unequivocally? The panelists will discuss how this always contentious relationship is working or not working, or sadly will never work again because of the poison pill of politics. Tim Roemer, President, Center for National Policy; former U.S. Representative, Indiana; 9/11 Commission Member Bob Kasten, President, Kasten Company; former U.S. Senator, Wisconsin To register, please call the Smithsonian Associates ‘Campus on the Mall’ at (202) 357-3030. The course code is AF57. Information may also be obtained by calling Meridian’s World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Intelligence and the Media: Overexposure vs. Underexposure. 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. The US media increasingly views itself as the “watchdog” of the intelligence community and defines its mission as delivering to the American people its “right to know the truth.” Is this an accurate perception? Has the credibility of the US Government fallen so low that the media is always right? Are sources always sacred? What about leaks? Can relations between the media and the US Government ever be mended? What are the grounds for a re-establishment of trust? David Ignatius, Associate Editor, The Washington Post Walter Pincus, National Security Journalist, The Washington Post To register, please call the Smithsonian Associates ‘Campus on the Mall’ at (202) 357-3030. The course code is AF57. Information may also be obtained by calling Meridian’s World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
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