AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #16-07 dated 23 April 2007
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SECTION I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
SECTION I -CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
GATES ANNOUNCES NEW JOINT COMMAND- AFRICAN COMMAND- TO BATTLE AL-QAEDA IN NORTH AND EAST AFRICA In order to account for increased Al-Qaeda activity in Northern Africa and Islamic extremist activity in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere in Africa, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced the formation of a new US Joint Combatant Command- African Command. Gates said the new command will be stood up by September and will consolidate regions that are currently under the responsibility of Central Command (East Africa) and European Command (North Africa). Al-Qaeda is using Iraq to train North African terrorists and suicide bombers and then sending them back to their home countries to carry out attacks. On April 11th, the Algerian capital of Algiers was rocked by two explosions- one at the prime minister's headquarters and the other at a police station. The attacks killed 30 people. Two suicide car bombers of the newly re-designated terror group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) perpetrated the attack. Prior to a late 2006 merger that was announced by Al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Algerian nationalist group was known by its French acronym GSPC (Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat). Michael Scheuer said last Tuesday during a seminar [video] sponsored by the Jamestown Foundation that one of Al-Qaeda's goals is to globalize many of the nationalistic Islamic terror groups. Scheuer was head of the CIA's bin Laden unit for a number of years. A unnamed US counterterrorism official said last Monday that the AQIM recruits radicalized youth from the streets of North Africa and transports them via Syria into Iraq. Although some of the youths die as "martyrs" on the streets of Iraq, many more train there and then return to Algeria to carry out attacks against the US-allied government in Algiers or Western targets in North Africa and Europe. [Harvey/WashExaminer 17Apr07/Scarborough]
REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS BLOCK BILL THAT WOULD EXPOSE LOCATION OF SECRET PRISONS AND SIZE OF INTELLIGENCE BUDGET Last Monday, 16 April, Republican allies of the administration blocked a bill from coming to a vote that would have required the White House to disclose the locations of secret CIA prisons used to house terrorist suspects and to publicize the size of the intelligence budget. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) led the opposition to the bill and was successful in garnering enough support to keep the bill from going to the Senate floor for an up-or-down vote. The block is a blow to Senate Democrats who had hoped to use their new controlling share of the Senate to force more openness from the White House. Democrats vowed to continue negotiations over the bill and still hoped that it would go forward eventually. Since 2007 funding for the Intelligence Community was approved already last year, holding the bill would not result in a cessation or slow down of intelligence operations. President Bush had stated earlier that he would veto the bill if it reached his desk in its current form. The President strongly opposed the disclosure of the CIA's detention center locations and also a measure in the bill that would have required a detailed report on interrogation methods the CIA used on terror suspects. The bill would also make public the size of the intelligence budget which has long been classified. A White House statement claimed that revealing the intelligence budget would allow adversary to track changes and could reveal sources and methods. Additionally, the Senate bill would require the White House to provide Congress with any intelligence documents within 30 days of request, unless the President strictly expressed executive privilege. Senate leader Harry Reid (D-NV), angry at the bill's blockage, accused the Republicans of inconsistency in their rhetoric about national security issues, saying that the bill was necessary for American intelligence agencies to do their jobs. [CL/NYT 17Apr07/Mazetti]
ALLIED FORCES INTERCEPT IRANIAN WEAPONS SHIPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN BOUND FOR THE TALIBAN General Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that NATO-led allied forces in Afghanistan intercepted a shipment of weapons that were made in Iran and bound for the Taliban. This marks the first time an American official has indicated that Iranian weapons were being supplied to the Taliban. “We have intercepted weapons in Afghanistan headed for the Taliban that were made in Iran,” General Pace told reporters. “It’s not as clear in Afghanistan which Iranian entity is responsible.” He added that it was not known if the Iranian government approved the shipment. Pace said that the shipment was seized within the past month near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar and included plastic explosives and mortars. Markings on the explosives indicated an Iranian origin. The link between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iraqi insurgent groups has repeatedly been touted by US military commanders in Baghdad, where numerous caches of Iranian weapons and components to make powerful roadside bombs have been found. Iran denies the charges. If Iran is supporting the Taliban, it would indicate a radical change. Iran bitterly opposed the Taliban while it ruled Afghanistan. The Taliban executed a number of Iranian diplomats in the town of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1997. Iran supported the Northern Alliance that opposed the Taliban and cooperated with the United States in choosing Afghan leader Hamid Karzai. However, as relations between the US and Iran continue to sour over issues such as Iran's nuclear program, some intelligence experts see the IRGC following the age-old strategy, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." By strengthening Taliban resistance, the IRGC may be seeking to tie down the American military in Afghanistan. Administration officials believe Iran is making a power play to become the dominant force in the Middle East, but some experts believe the moves might be defensive in nature. Barnett Rubin, an expert on Afghanistan at New York University, believes that although Iran despises the Taliban, Iran sees America as its primary adversary and fears a US attempt to depose the current Iranian government. "They may do anything it takes to make the United States and its allies uncomfortable there," Rubin contends. [PJK/NYT 18Apr07/Gordon]
HAYDEN COMPLAINS TO EUROPEANS OF INACCURATE AND 'UNBOUNDED CRITICISM' OF CIA RENDITION PROGRAM General Michael Hayden, Director of the CIA, took the unusual step of privately complaining to European diplomats about officials in their home countries inaccurately portraying the CIA's use of rendition, and its interrogation and detention of terrorist suspects. Hayden spoke at a luncheon at the German embassy in Washington and according to participants and others aware of his comments, the CIA director gave a frank briefing on the controversial intelligence programs and said that the European Parliament's "unbounded criticism" in particular may endanger the cooperation of some countries in these important counterterrorism operations. Hayden's remarks came the day before European Parliament representatives who investigated the US programs were due to appear before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Colleagues of Hayden have said that he believes some of the countries now criticizing the US are hypocritical as their intelligence agencies have benefited from information gleaned under the contested programs. The general derided some of the figures that have been aired in public by the Europeans. He said that less than 100 terrorist suspects had been held in secret prisons and that less than half of those had undergone the "alternative interrogation methods" approved by the Bush administration. Hayden emphasized that the US neither conducts nor condones torture and that all of the interrogations had been performed lawfully. Further, Hayden said that far fewer than the 1,254 CIA flights that crossed Europe were part of the rendition program as less than 100 suspects were involved in transfers to third-party nations (the European report did acknowledge, "not all of those flights have been used for extraordinary rendition"). Further, Hayden said that all rendition and detention of terrorist suspects was coordinated with and often with the assistance of the countries involved. [CL/WashPost 17Apr07/Pincus]
NEW US CENTRAL COMMAND CHIEF EXPECTED TO DRIVE INTELLIGENCE TO DEVELOP BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MIDEAST The new commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), Admiral William Fallon will focus intelligence on demystifying Iran along with developing a better understanding of players across the region. Colleagues familiar with his approach say that Fallon, a career aviator, is unusually aggressive in collecting and analyzing intelligence that deciphers foreign actions and intent. The admiral is said to believe that understanding how a foreign leader will act is key in avoiding war. Fallon, 62, feels that a commander should first look for ways around discord with a potential enemy and harvest allies during peacetime whose support could be crucial in more hostile times. The admiral moves to CENTCOM from his previous post as commander of US Pacific Command. Shortly before Fallon's change of command, US officials attended a regional conference on Iraq in which Iranians participated. Some believe the meeting signaled a softening of Washington's demeanor towards Iran, but Fallon only called the proximity of his move to CENTCOM with the 10 March conference "interesting" without drawing any further inferences. Fallon arrived at the Tampa headquarters of CENTCOM on 16 March and immediately embarked on a tour of his command's area of responsibility, meeting with top leaders in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. Shortly following Fallon's assumption of command, CENTCOM launched on 27 March its largest naval exercise in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Many consider the show of force a signal to Tehran that the US maintains significant operational strength despite its deployment obligations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the exercise Iran held for thirteen days 15 British sailors and marines in a move that further confused outsiders' understanding of the Iranian regime's motivations. [Harvey/InsidePentagon 12Apr07/Grossman]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
CIA OFFICERS DOWNEY AND FECTEAU AND THEIR 20 YEARS IN A CHINESE PRISON Downey was a recent graduate of Yale, Fecteau from Boston. Both were brand new
CIA officers off to the Far East on their first assignment. It would also turn
out to be their last.
Jack Downey was 22 in 1952 and a one-year veteran of the CIA. Richard Fecteau was the older of the two at 24, but he was a 'newbie' with only a few months of CIA experience. Fecteau had just married for the second time. In June 1952, the CIA inserted via parachute 5 ethnic Chinese agents into Manchuria to link up with anti-communist forces and help destabilize the communist government. Downey had trained the team. Later that year in November, one of the team's agents radioed Downey to request immediate air extraction as he had uncovered vitally important information. The extraction process was risky. The US C47 out of Korea, where the US was embroiled in a war with the North Korean communists, had to fly at extremely low altitude and lower a cable that would hook a line strung between two aluminum poles. The line was connected to a harness that contained the agent. Once in the air, the agent would be raised into the aircraft with a winch. On November 29, the mission set out with Downey and Fecteau manning the winch. What the two officers did not know was that the agent had been captured almost as soon as he parachuted into China five months prior, and now was working a double agent to lure the CIA officers into a trap.
As the plane approached the Manchurian landscape, the pilots could see the aluminum poles and the agent apparently strapped into the harness. However, when the plane swooped down to hook the line two camouflaged anti-aircraft guns opened fire on the cockpit killing both pilots and sending the plane crashing into the forest. Downey and Fecteau were both strapped in and escaped injury. They stumbled out of the plane wreckage into the arms of the waiting Chinese troops. Downey noted to Fecteau that they were in "a hell of a mess."
While the two captured officers were transported to Mukden, the largest city in Manchuria, the CIA was already crafting its cover story. Downey and Fecteau, it was decided, were civilian employees of the Army Department, and had been lost on a civilian aircraft that crashed in the Sea of Japan. Letters of condolence were sent to the families. The Chinese did not physically torture Downey and Fecteau, but subjected them to long periods of sleep deprivation during which they were constantly questioned and prodded to confess. They were not permitted to bathe and wore leg irons continuously. Eventually, both broke and confessed to being CIA officers. They were moved to Beijing and after two years of captivity, placed on trial before a secret military tribunal. As the senior officer Downey received a life sentence, and Fecteau 20 years. At trial was the first time the two had seen each other since their capture 2 years prior.
Chinese television broadcast the conviction of the two American spies which gave the CIA its first inkling of the true fate of Downey and Fecteau. The CIA continued to maintain that the two were Army civilians and the State Department dismissed claims of espionage as "utterly false." Downey and Fecteau descended into the hell of Chinese prison. They were fed a diet of maggot-filled rice, and lived in damp and cold austere cells. Occasionally they were allowed books and magazines, but then they were cruelly taken away. Both were required to study Marx and Mao, but neither succumbed to brainwashing. They were held separately but maintained communications through a code of coughs that would indicate their location within the prison, and baseball scores scratched into the exercise yard dirt.
Then, in 1971, Henry Kissinger secretly visited Beijing and US-Sino relations began to thaw. Fecteau was suddenly released in December of that year. The impetus to the release, supposedly, was President Nixon's admission after all that the two were CIA officers. Downey, however, was not released with Fecteau.
On the Lo Wu bridge between China and Hong Kong, on a spring morning in 1973, a lone emaciated man slowly moved from the China side to the Hong Kong side. A British soldier saluted the man as he approached. Jack Downey says that was “the first act of dignity shown to him in 20 years”.
Twenty years away had changed their world. Fecteau's wife had died in a fire shortly after his capture and his twin daughters were now in their twenties. Both had been promoted during their prison time, and their salaries had continued to accumulate. Neither would sell his story, Fecteau commenting that the entire experience had been "a crashing bore," but said his health was strong due to 19 years without "booze, broads or butts."
Some parts of the story had leaked out over the years, but it wasn't until now that the CIA released the full story. Even though it is out, Downey and Fecteau, both of whom are still living, do not speak of their incarceration. The two men retired from the CIA shortly after their release. Fecteau, now permanently retired at 80, became the sports director at Boston University. Downey attended Harvard Law School, married a Chinese woman from an area of Manchuria not far from the crash site where he was captured, and became a distinguished judge in Connecticut. The John T. Downey Juvenile Courthouse and Detention Centre in New Haven is named in his honor: a man who lost his youth in a Chinese jail has a youth jail with his name on it.
In 2004, the Chinese agreed to allow the US to explore the crash site and was successful in recovering the remains of co-pilot Robert Snoddy. The body of the other pilot, Norman Schwartz, was never found. [CL/Times 21Apr/McIntyre]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
THREAT FROM VAN ECK EMISSIONS NOW EXTENDED TO FLAT SCREEN MONITORS Markus Kuhn, a computer security researcher at Cambridge University, has shown that images from a flat screen monitor can be captured from several rooms away by monitoring the unique frequencies emanating from the cable between a computer and a monitor. This type of radiation was first discovered by Wim Van Eck in 1985 when he showed that computer images could be reproduced by tuning into the radio frequencies produced in the coils of a CRT monitor. Kuhn's set up consists of a radio receiver and antenna which can be purchased for less than £1,000. Kuhn says his technology works slightly differently than Van Eck's. Kuhn picks up each pixel as it is transmitted through the monitor cable towards the monitor screen. The color of the pixel can be discerned from the frequency it emits and then recreated on a local monitor.The distance at which the technique is successful can be significant. "I was able to eavesdrop certain laptops through three walls," says Kuhn. "At the CEBIT conference, in 2006, I was able to see [a] PowerPoint presentation from a stand 25 meters away." Khun said that shielded cables can help defend against this type of spying, and also certain color combinations are harder to detect than others. [PJK/NewScientistTech 20Apr07/Simonite]
IN-Q-TEL AWARDS CONTRACT TO RAYTHEON AND RESTON FIRM TO LINK DATA RECORDS WITHIN MASSIVE DATABASES Initiate Systems, Inc. of Reston, Virginia will work under defense giant Raytheon on an In-Q-Tel initiative to mine and link data records over massive and disparate intelligence and law enforcement databases. Initiate developed its technology 12 years ago for the medical community which was having trouble connecting patient data stored in large medical databases. "You have all these various types of law enforcement records," said Monte Williams, who was hired this week as the company's vice president and general manager of government operations. "All of them have different incident reports and ways of booking people. We can be the glue to bring that data together to help law enforcement and homeland security officials be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together." [WashPost 19Apr07/Hart]
CENSUS BUREAU DATABASE PUBLICLY REVEALED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS A database maintained by the Census Bureau for the Department of Agriculture unknowingly listed the social security numbers of financial aid recipients for years. The problem was reported by a farmer in Illinois who stumbled across the data on the Internet. Marsha Bergmeier, president of Mohr Family Farms in Fairmount, Ill typed the name of her farm into Google to see what was on the Internet about it. One of the first links returned was to FedSpending.org which provided a searchable listing of government expenditures. Ms. Bergmeier said she found at least 30,000 files with social security information included. The Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau immediately removed the records with social security numbers from the on-line accessible database. In its defense, the Agriculture Department said that it was common practice at the time the database was developed to have social security numbers in publicly accessible databases. Terri Tuber, a department spokesperson, said that although there was no evidence that any of the information has been used maliciously, the department contacted everyone whose social security number was accessible and contracted with a company to monitor the credit records of individuals to help prevent identity theft. Privacy advocates, however, say it is too late. The database is over 20 years old, and by now there are thousands of copies of it in existence as it was extensively used by federal and state agencies, researchers, journalists and private citizens to track government spending. [PJK/NYT 21Apr07/Nixon]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
TENET'S SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED TREATISE RUMORED CRITICAL OF SOME ADMINISTRATION INSIDERS Al Kamen at the Washington Post is passing on scuttlebutt that former CIA Director George Tenet's upcoming tell-all takes some serious shots at Vice President Dick Chaney, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and now beleaguered World Bank Chairman Paul Wolfowitz, former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith and former National Security Advisor now Secretary of State Condolezza Rice. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell allegedly escapes Tenet's axe, which it appears he is freely grinding. Kamen also reports that Tenet takes some self-deprecating shots at himself and for the first time explains the story behind the story of his "slam dunk" comment with regards to the evidence of Saddam's WMD programs. Although the 600-page book, At the Center of the Storm, won't be released until 30 April, everyone can get a sneak peak on 29 April when Tenet is set to appear on CBS's 60 Minutes. [CL/WashPost 16Apr07/Kamen]
CIA HALTS PUBLICATION OF TOME ON CHINESE NUCLEAR PROGRAM BY LOS ALAMOS INTEL SPECIALIST On March 30, a federal court sided with the CIA and said that the Agency had correctly classified 23 sections of a new history of the Chinese nuclear program that was written by former Los Alamos intelligence specialist Danny B. Stillman. Stillman sued the CIA on charges that his first amendment rights had been infringed. However, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the DC District Court said that the non-disclosure agreement that Stillman had signed at Los Alamos included "incredibly broad language" with regards to the protection of classified information. Sullivan also found that the government had properly classified the 23 sections of Stillman's manuscript. During the 1990s, Mr. Stillman traveled to China nine times, including six trips that took place after his retirement in 1993. He visited nuclear weapons facilities and "engaged in extensive discussions with Chinese scientists, government officials, and nuclear weapons designers," resulting in a 506-page manuscript entitled "Inside China's Nuclear Weapons Program." Stillman said that the sections that the government classified constituted 15% of his material and covered some of the most interesting and valuable sections of the book. Therefore, he says that he will not pursue publishing the remainder of the manuscript. [PJK/SecrecyNews 4Apr07/Aftergood]
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CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES,
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SOUTH KOREA JAILS US CITIZEN AS NORTH KOREAN SPY The Seoul Central District Court sentenced naturalized US citizen Michael Jang to nine years for spying on behalf of North Korea. The charges against Jang, who was born in South Korea as Jang Min Ho, included passing national secrets to North Korea, provoking anti-American feelings, meeting with North Korean agents, illegally visiting Pyongyang and possessing materials "praising" Kim Jong-Il's regime. Three of Jang's South Korean collaborators received sentences of four to six years, although the group was acquitted for forming an organized spy ring. [CL/Times 17Apr07/Parry]
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RANK THE CIA AS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE IDEAL PLACES TO WORK JUST BEHIND FBI In a 2006 Universum Communications survey of 37,000 students at 207 universities, the CIA ranked as the fifth most ideal place to work. The CIA came in just ahead of Microsoft, but trailed behind the FBI which ranked fourth. Both agencies improved over the 2005 results which ranked CIA ninth and the FBI tenth. [PJK/iTalkNews]
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FRENCH SCHOLAR SEEKING COMMENTS ON FOREIGN POLICY IN CENTRAL ASIA POST-COLD WAR - My name is Didier Chaudet. I am a PhD candidate from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and a Fox Fellow at Yale University. After living one year in Central Asia (Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan), I currently work on the American foreign policy toward Central Asia and its regional environment. I heard of your organization through the Scholar's Guide of the CACI. I would be honoured to meet an analyst from your group that would accept to discuss with me about my project, in particular to talk about the foreign policy making toward Central Asia, from the agencies' perspective since the end of the Cold War. If it would be possible, I could meet this person at a time and a place of his / her convenience. I am now in D.C. for two to three weeks. REPLIES TO: Didier Chaudet at email@example.com
ARTHUR WALDRON, NOT ANDREW WALDRON Reader BryanH writes, "In your first news article about U.S. force structure in the Pacific [WINS 15-07], I believe there is a typo. The professor at the University of Pennsylvania should be Arthur Waldron, not Andrew Waldron." WINs thanks Bryan for the correction and notes that the on-line edition of the WINs now reflects Professor Waldron's correct first name.
Paul Bergne, 70, 30-year SIS veteran, broadcaster, writer, academic Paul Bergne died on April 5, 2007. He was widely known as a leading British expert on Central Asia. After a 30-year career in the Special Intelligence Service (SIS, aka MI-6), he was appointed to concurrent terms as Britain's Ambassador to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. After the attacks on 9/11, Tony Blair appointed Bergne as the Prime Minister's personal representative on Afghan affairs. Bergne's intelligence career began in 1961 when, at the age of 22 and after training in London, he was posted as the Third Secretary to the embassy in Vienna. It was there that Bergne met and married German Suzanne Wittich. After four years, Bergne moved on to Tehran (he studied Persian at London University) where he was Second Secretary from 1965 to 1968. Bergne was a master of foreign languages, fluently speaking, reading and writing German, Greek, Russian and French, and attaining a good working capability in Turkish, Uzbek, Tajik and Italian. His overseas postings included Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, and Athens and then in 1985, as Counselor, Hong Kong. After Hong Kong, Bergne returned to London for his last assignment with the SIS supervising all reporting on the Soviet Union during its last years as a great power. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. [CL/Telegraph 14Apr07]
Thursday, 26 April 2007, 12 Noon - 1 PM - Washington, DC - The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence. In the 1930s, the U.S. was desperate for a new type of crime-fighting. Military and industrial secrets were threatened by spies, and J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI sprang into action. Join former FBI agent Raymond J. Batvinis to hear how the Bureau grew from a small law enforcement unit into America's first organized counterespionage and counterintelligence service. Based on newly declassified documents and interviews with former agents, The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence examines the crucial period before Pearl Harbor when the Bureau's powers secretly expanded to help the United States face the developing international emergency. With an insider's knowledge and a storyteller's skill, Batvinis charts the Bureau's achievements and failures during this critical time. Tickets: Free. No registration required. Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW. Take Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station.
30 April - 3 May 2007 - New York, NY - SCIP2007 [Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals] International Annual Conference & Exhibition featuring James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, as keynote for opening general session. Industry experts will lead active dialogues – structured, interactive brainstorming sessions – throughout the conference. More than 50 consultants and software vendors to the CI and market research community will be showcased in exhibit hall, including: Hoover’s, Reuters, Dow Jones, VeriSign, Thomson Scientific, and Business Monitor International. Program speakers represent Fortune 1000 companies, including: IBM, Motorola, Ernst & Young, General Motors, BellSouth, MetLife, Cisco, Johns Manville, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and more. Registration fees waived for members of the media with professional credentials. To register for SCIP07 you will need to download the onsite registration form at http://www.scip.org/pdf/s07_regform_onsite.pdf. This form can be faxed to SCIP at +1.703.739.2524, or bring form with you to the SCIP07 registration desk. Faxes will be accepted until 12 pm eastern time, April 27. After that time, all forms will need to be brought to the registration area at SCIP07. Location: New York Marriott Marquis.
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 Iraqs 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 Meridians 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.
4 May 2007 - San Francisco, CA - FBI Special Agents Doug Gregory and Ashley Hunt speak on "The FBIs 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. Patricks 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.
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 Meridians World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
10 May 2007, 1000 to 1200 - Annapolis Junction, MD - Bletchley Park, Enigma, Alan Turing, Palindromes are topics at this important National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Spring morning event featuring retired GCHQ Mathematician - Peter Hilton. Professor Hilton is currently Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Binghamton University. During the winter he takes leave of New York to serve as Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida in Tampa. Professor Hilton has discussed his wartime experience at Bletchley Park during WWII, including his work with Alan Turing on the naval Enigma, with many audiences over the years. We are fortunate to have him share his special perspective with us. This special NCMF Spring program will be held at the L3 Communications Maryland Conference Center in the National Business Park from 1000-1200. A complimentary breakfast will be served starting at 0900. All AFIO members are encouraged to attend this program and to hear directly from someone who played an important role at Bletchley Park during a critical time in our cryptologic history. On the lighter side, you’ll hear what inspired Professor Hilton to create one of the English language’s most renowned palindromes. Respond by 01 May if you plan to attend by calling (301) 688-5436 or e-mail them at email@example.com. Directions to L3, located at 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, can be found here
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 Project. What: "The people
don't believe the Russians are going to take those bombs apart on July 1st, and neither do
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org and title your email: AFIO MAY Meeting.
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 Meridians World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 1130 a.m. to 1400 p.m. - Arlington, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum is hosting a luncheon on Intelligence Science Board Phase 1 Report, Educing Information (Interrogation: Science and Art, Foundations for the Future). featuring John A. Wahlquist on the recently published Intelligence Science Board Report which shows that human source exploitation needs critical reevaluation. Mr. Wahlquist is a faculty member at the National Defense Intelligence College. He was a member of the Iraq Survey Group where he headed Team Huwaysh. His team debriefed senior Iraqi detainee 'Abd-al-Tawab Al Mullah Huwaysh, one of Saddam Hussein's deputy prime ministers and the Minister of Military Industrialization. Mr Wahlquist has been Defense and Air Attaché to Oman and Deputy Director of Intelligence at U.S. Central Command. The Defense Intelligence Forum is sponsored jointly by the Defense Intelligence Alumni Association and the National Defense Intelligence College Foundation. Location of luncheon: The Alpine Restaurant, 4770 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 11:30 AM to 14:00 PM - Intelligence Science Board Phase 1 Report, Educing Information (Interrogation: Science and Art, Foundations for the Future). Reserve a seat by calling DIAA at 571-426-0098. RSVP by 11May to DIAA, Attn: DIF, P.O. Box 489, Hamilton, Virginia 20159. Pay $25.00 for members and guests. Make checks payable to DIAA, Inc.
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 Our speaker will be ADM Scott Redd, USN(Ret), Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. A morning speaker tba. Event to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA. Details at this location...
19 May 2007 Kennebunk, ME. Unidentified Flying Objects commonly referred to as UFOs, have been reported worldwide over an extended period of time. They operate in ways beyond our technological capabilities, seem to be controlled by some form of intelligence, and are especially active around facilities connected to nuclear energy. Are they a threat? Do they represent friend or foe? The speaker at the May 19 meeting of the Maine Chapter of AFIO will be UFO investigator and author, Mr. Raymond Fowler. He became interested in UFOs at an early age. In 1961 he joined NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) headed by Maj. (ret) Donald E. Keyhoe. His reputation in the civilian UFO research community led to his selection as Early Warning Coordinator for New England for the USAF UFO study known as Project Bluebook where he worked closely with Dr. J. Allen Hynack. Mr. Fowler was born in Salem, MA. His career included a tour with the USAF Security Service and 25 years with GTE Government Systems. He worked on several major weapons systems and as Senior Planner for the Minuteman Intercontinental Missile Program. He is the author of 11 books on UFOs. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk, Maine. Further information available at 207-985-2392.
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 Meridians World Affairs Office at (202) 939-5560.
23 May 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The May meeting for the Arizona Chapter of AFIO features a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Anti-Terrorism Task Force. The event, at Buster's Restaurant in Scottsdale, will feature Assistant Chief of the Phoenix Police Department, William Louis. Chief Louis has been in urban law enforcement for over 30 years. He was the lead investigator in the Serial Shooter and Baseline Rapist cases in 2006. He spent 4 years active duty in the U.S. Army assigned to the Army Security Agency working NSA missions in the Middle East and during the Cold War era. He is currently a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Anti-Terrorism Task Force. For registration information for this event, contact Bill Williams.
2 June 2007 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter Meeting. The AFIO North Florida Chapter presents a surprise speaker at this special luncheon to be held at the University of Florida from 11:00 am (meet & greet) to 3:00 pm, in a facility at UF's Levin College of Law. Officers of the resident Air Force, Navy/Marine, and Army ROTC units will also be invited as a prelude to inviting intelligence-minded cadets to a future meeting -- 95% of the cadets and midshipmen will be away in early June at various field training activities. The Chapter Newsletter will be e-mailed by mid-May, and that will contain details on the cost of the luncheon, the guest speaker, and a detailed map showing the precise location of the luncheon and parking. Since this luncheon will be catered and not a buffet as provided by the OPCC, we will need a FIRM number of attendees. Checks from attendees will be required at time of registration. Put this date on your calendar and, if you ARE able to attend, register and send your payment now. More information on the speaker and the subject will be provided by additional e-mail updates. Make your inquiries and for prices and registration info contact Vince Carnes at email@example.com Or contact Quiel Begonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details..
Sunday, 3 June 2007, 1130 1330 - Beachwood, OH - The AFIO N Ohio Chapter luncheon features Paul E. Tressa, CDR, USCGR, Coast Guard Office of Intelligence, 9th Coast Guard District, speaking on "The U.S. Coast Guard - An Active Member of the Intelligence Community throughout the Great Lakes." Tressa is a 1996 USCG Academy graduate with a B.A. in Marine and Environmental Science. He subsequently served on active duty as a deck watch officer on board the Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON (378' high endurance cutter). While on board, he also served as navigator and was a law enforcement boarding officer. From 1998 - 2001 Tressa served as Assistant Ops Officer at CG Group Buffalo, NY. During this time he helped create a Coast Guard intelligence and law enforcement team that worked closely with other federal and state agencies throughout the Buffalo, Niagara, and St. Lawrence Seaway region. In 2001 Paul transferred to the Coast Guard Reserves where he worked in Cleveland, OH for the Ninth Coast Guard District Office of Law Enforcement. As a civilian, he currently supervises and directs all Coast Guard intelligence collections and dissemination for the Ninth Coast Guard District - a region that spans from Duluth, MN to Massena, NY. Location: unconfirmed but possibly the Hilton Cleveland East /Beachwood, 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, Ohio 44122; Tel: 1-216-464-5950 Fax: 1-216-464-6539 To register contact Veronica Flint, 1481 Bell Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 at (440) 338-4720 or email her at email@example.com
Monday, 4 June 2007, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Washington, DC - Codes and Ciphers 101, at the International Spy Museum. In this workshop, participants (bring your laptop) will have the chance to be a cryptographer confronted with important intercepted messages that must be quickly decoded. Bob Weiss, CEO of Password Crackers, Inc., will guide you through the process and also provide some history about Enigma. Fee: $45. To Register: call Ticketmaster at 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum. Event location: 800 F St NW, Washington DC. Use Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station.
9 June 2007 - Boston, MA - THE FIFTH ANNUAL "BOSTON AFIO GROUP" AT THE POPS - AMERICA! The Fifth Annual AFIO at the Pops event starts at 8;00 PM Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115. This year the Boston Pops honors our men and women in Uniform with a powerful patriotic program. Its the Pops salute to the music of the proud, the courageous, and the free. Join other AFIO members and friends in the Hatch Room lounge located behind the orchestra level for a social hour before the performance begins. For tickets, call Symphony Hall Charge at 888-266-1200 or online at www.bso.orgz . Tickets ($18.00 - $85.00) go on sale Monday March 5th. Ticket sales do not include a donation to AFIO. The AFIO Boston Pops Committee has introduced this event over the years as a way to support AFIOs programs and increase the awareness of the role of the intelligence community in national security. AFIO will be featured in the Boston Pops June 9th program booklet with a full page advertisement which honors the goal of increasing the awareness and in order to support Scholarship programs we need your donations. Please support this national mission.
16 June 2007 - Fairfax, VA - the National Photographic Interpretation Center holds a Reunion The NPIC REUNION at Elks Lodge #2188, 8421 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax. (Located on Route 50 West 3/4 mile from Beltway/I495.) From 1:00 to 5:00 pm, BBQ food served 2:00 to 4:00 pm, cash bar; cost $30 per person 8 years and older. RSVP and advance payment NLT 16 May to: Anne Allen, 6925 Greenvale St, NW, Washington, DC 20015. For info, see: http://hometown.aol.com/wrmugford/ or contact Jim Richey at 703-971-4812 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (For anyone, including contractors, who worked at Building 213 or the Stuart Building, no matter what parent organization, retired or not, with spouses and families. Even if you cannot attend this reunion, please submit your name and contact info to Anne Allen to be included on the NPIC alumni list.)
June 2007, 12 Noon - 1 PM - Washington, DC - Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games. The mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the United States has
inspired debate for more than 40 years. Was Nosenko a bona fide defector with real
information about Lee Harvey Oswald's stay in Soviet Russia? Or was he a KGB loyalist,
engaged in a complex game of deception? Tennent H. Bagley, a former CIA chief of Soviet
bloc counterintelligence, directly handled Nosenko's case and after the Cold War learned
more from former KGB adversaries.
His book Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games shines new light on this notorious case and shatters the comfortable version of events the CIA has presented to the public. Join him for a reevaluation of the CIA-KGB conflict, its role in the history of espionage, and its implications for the intelligence community today. Tickets: Free. No registration required. Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW. Take Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station.
Friday, 29 June 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter event The speaker for this AFIO Houston event is being scheduled. Announced later. Registration and further details at email@example.com 1800h 6pm Cocktails. No tickets at the door.
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