AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-07 dated 30 April 2007
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SECTION I -CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
SAUDIS ARREST 170 AL-QAEDA SUSPECTS INCLUDING PILOTS PLOTTING SUICIDE FLIGHTS The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced last Friday that over the last few months it had rounded up and arrested 170 individuals suspected of plotting terrorist attacks on oil production facilities and military bases. The group of suspects included pilot trainees who were planning to conduct suicide attacks on unidentified targets. In addition to personnel, the round up netted weapons from seven terrorist cells and $5 million in cash. Not all of those arrested were Saudi, with some of the detainees coming from neighboring Arab countries and Africa. Officials said some of the fighters and money were destined for Iraq, but said none appeared to have been returning from Iraq. The government statement said the group had been influenced by the "deviant ideology," which is how Saudis refer to Al-Qaeda. According to an unnamed Saudi government source, the group was plotting assassination of public figures and attacks on oil installations in the Kingdom. Members of the group were participating in weapons training within the country while others had gone outside the region to obtain flight training. The pilot trainees had returned to the KSA in order to carry out suicide attacks inside the country. KSA officials said the weapons caches appear to have been in placed since as early as 2004, and were probably left by a group of earlier Al-Qaeda operatives whom the Saudis killed or arrested. The Saudi official said the group's primary mistake was trying to plan operations and train simultaneously while staying below the radar of Saudi security services. [CL/FT 27Apr07/Fidler]
NUMBER OF CONTRACTORS SUPPORTING INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CALCULATED, BUT KEPT SECRET Ronald P. Sanders, chief human capital officer for the director of national intelligence, announced that after months of counting and tallying the government now knows how many contractors work for the sixteen intelligence community agencies. However, that number is classified. “I can’t give you anything that would allow you to impute the size of the IC civilian workforce,” Mr. Sanders said in a telephone interview. Sanders did reveal that contractors comprise about 25% of the civilian workforce in the IC, but would not say 25% of what. He also said that the increase in the number of contractors resulted from caps congress had emplaced on the size of the government civilian workforce, and escalating demand on the IC since the September 11th attacks. Steven Aftergood of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists points out that keeping the number of contractors secret shows just how dysfunctional some government views are. “It reveals how confused the government is about what is really sensitive and what is not,” Mr. Aftergood said. “What would Osama bin Laden do with the fraction of intelligence workers who are contractors? Absolutely nothing.” The study resulted from congressional concern about the increasing size and cost of contractor support and worries that contracting companies are luring away skilled government workers with better pay and benefits. [CL/NYT 26Apr07/Shane]
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WARNED PRESIDENT ABOUT IMPENDING CHINESE TEST OF ANTI-SATELLITE MISSILE The intelligence community had detected pre-tests of the Chinese anti-satellite missile that successfully struck and destroyed a target satellite in January. As early as July 2005 and again in February 2006, US intelligence detected launches of the Chinese SC-19 anti-satellite missile. The IC monitored the tests and concluded that both had missed their targets, although the February missile missed by a narrow margin which intelligence analysts thought might have been the goal. In the wake of the successful January test, the Bush administration protested loudly. However, prior to the launch there was debate inside the administration as to whether to approach the Chinese and ask them to forego the test. In the end it was decided that it would not be possible to stop the Chinese test without making concessions on the US's own anti-missile defense system, which could be involved in any initiatives to ban space-based weapons. Further, the intelligence community concluded that China was determined to conduct the test, and therefore weakening the argument to reveal sensitive US intelligence. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) had warned in early January that the Chinese test was imminent and even believed they knew the target of the test, an old Chinese weather satellite known as the Feng-Yun-1C. The Air Force began tracking the satellite and checked its position six times a day, vice the normal two times a day. The Bush administration was hopeful that international protest over the test would dissuade the Chinese from additional tests. However, during a visit to Beijing by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, he said that he had little luck broaching the subject of the anti-satellite missile test recounting, “There were certain things that they were very open about, but they were not open about that.” [PJK/NYT 23Apr07/Gordon and Cloud]
US CAPTURED A TOP AL-QAEDA LEADER WITH CONNECTIONS TO LONDON SUBWAY BOMBING AND ESTABLISHING AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ The US announced that it captured Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, a Kurd from northern Iraq whose real name is Nashwan Abdulbaqi. Hadi is suspected of being a top Al-Qaeda leader who may have been part of Osama bin Laden's original core organization when the terror group formed in the late 1980's. The Pentagon revealed that Hadi was arrested last Fall when attempting to return to his home country. He was arrested just weeks after President Bush declared that all detainees held in secret CIA prisons were transferred to Guantanamo. Hadi remained in CIA custody until his own recent transfer to Guantanamo. Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said Hadi would have managed Al-Qaeda's operations in Iraq and planned operations against Western targets. Intelligence officials believe the Kurd may have installed Abu Musab Al-Zaqawi as the leading Al-Qaeda operative in Iraq. MI-5's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre said Hadi was planning attacks in the UK ideally before Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves office this summer. A letter from Hadi to a colleague said that the attack had to be "successful and on a large scale." MI-5 also believes Hadi helped to plan the attacks on the London underground that killed 52 people in 2005. Hadi was born in Mosul, Iraq in 1961 and attained the rank of major in Saddam Hussein's army. He left Iraq in the 80's to join the mujahideen movement in Afghanistan fighting the Soviets. The US believes he fought along side the Taliban and led attacks on US forces in 2002-03. Hadi speaks Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Kurdish and Pashtu and has been linked to an assassination attempt on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. [CL/Telegraph 29Apr07/Spillius and Gardham]
SECTION II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
AS MANY AS FIFTY FORMER CIA FEMALE STAFFERS FILING CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST AGENCY FOR SEXIST PRACTICES In the summer of 2004, ten former CIA female staffers joined together to file a
class action suit against the Agency claiming they were unfairly forced out for
intimate and close relationships with foreign nationals, although their male
counterparts were let off for similar indiscretions. Their case is now before
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and has grown to include 25
women, with attorneys predicting that as many as fifty may join the case. The
group includes high-ranking veterans to fresh-faced rookies.
The EEOC will decide later this year if the case should move forward. It has largely gone unnoticed until now, perhaps because none of the women involved have spoken out publicly. The women mostly will not reveal their true identities for fear of violating secrecy agreements and agency retribution. U.S. News interviewed five of the women, all but one remained anonymous. They recounted how after they were found in relationships with foreigners overseas they faced rumor and innuendo, abusive polygraph operators, and secret hearings from which they were banned. One of the litigants who was among the top ranking females at the CIA said, "You have two organizations. There's the organization I worked in and thrived in, but there's a dark underbelly that nobody knows about unless you have a run-in with it. Nobody knows about it because you're not allowed to talk about it." At the heart of the abuse, the women say, is the CIA's Centers for Security and Counterintelligence which is the organization responsible for investigating "close and continuing relationships" between staffers and foreign nationals. The women say the center is dominated by machismo males who believe women are too vulnerable to get emotionally entangled with foreigners.
Mark Mansfield, the CIA's chief spokesman says the CIA does not play favorites, and insists the women have no case. "Our code of conduct-and the very high standards to which CIA officers are held-apply to all our officers regardless of their gender," Mansfield claims. Some CIA insiders who would speak on the condition of anonymity said that the decision to terminate someone's employment is taken seriously and that many of the women were not fired for having an affair, but for trying to conceal it or insubordination. The source said, "Invariably there's a darn good reason [for firing someone]." The women, however, do not deny that they behavior was inconsistent with the rules, but that men in the same situation did not receive the same punishment.
However, the CIA has been on the losing end of a class action suit filed by female employees before. In 1995, the CIA was forced to pay out $1 million in damages to 400 women who alleged sexual discrimination. The Agency then was accused of lack of promotion, harassment on the job, dead-end assignments. Just before that case, the CIA paid a single award of $410,000 to one of its most senior female officers, Janine Brookner. Brookner was the chief of station in a Latin American country when agents she had reprimanded for wife-beating and drunkenness alleged she herself was a lush and a sexual provocateur. Brookner used the award from the CIA case to put herself through law school and has since represented 40 clients in lawsuits against the CIA. Brookner is now lead attorney for the current class action suit. [CL/USNews 22Apr07/Kaplan]
SECTION III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
NEW UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR INTELLIGENCE CLAPPER SEEKING TO END THE TALON PROGRAM After just two weeks in office, the new Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI) James R. Clapper, Jr. is seeking to end the TALON program that was created in 2003 to report on suspicious activity within the United States. TALON stands for Threat and Local Observation Notices and came under scrutiny was it was discovered in 2005 that the TALON database included information and anti-military protesters and peaceful demonstrators. The program took an additional shot when the American Civil Liberties Union discovered that the TALON program was tracking data on over 2,000 U.S. persons. A Pentagon spokesperson said that Clapper "has assessed the results of the Talon program and does not believe they merit continuing the program as currently constituted, particularly in light of its image in Congress and the media." The TALON program is managed by the Counterintelligence Field Activity which was created in 2002 by then Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to coordinate policy and oversee the domestic counterintelligence activities of Pentagon agencies and the armed forces. [CL/WashPost 25Apr07/Pincus]
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BACKING RESEARCH TO FIELD ROBOT SOLDIERS The Pentagon wants to replace a third of its armed vehicles and weaponry with robots by 2015. The military has enjoyed success with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), such as the Predator that fired two hellfire missiles and killed Al-Qaeda's chief of military operations in November 2001 as he drove near the Afghani capital city Kabul. However, UAVs and its ground equivalent the Sword are controlled remotely by human operators. The new Pentagon push is to field more autonomous robots that can make their own decisions including whether to use deadly force. Georgia Institute of Technology Research Dr. Ronald Arkin is developing a set of rules of engagement for battlefield robots that will constrain the robots' actions within an ethical framework. Arkin believes robots on the battlefield can be made more humane than their human counterparts. He says stress and fear do not affect an robot's judgment in the same way it does a soldier's. In other words, robots do not react emotionally. Arkin is creating what he calls a "multidimensional mathematical decision space of possible behavior actions”. There are other moral questions involved in the debate over robots than whether they can ethically and correctly judge when to use force. Some believe that robots may make easier for policymakers to engage in wars when no American bodies will be returning in flag-draped coffins. [PJK/Economist 17Apr]
GOOGLE'S NEW WEB HISTORY SERVICE RAISES PRIVACY CONCERNS The web search giant Google is offering a new voluntary service that tracks a registrant's web surfing and keeps a record of all the sites the user has visited. The outward benefit of the service is that users will be able to find easily a site they visited in the past. The feature is similar to the history records maintained by most web browser software, except Google offers unlimited storage, so links won't disappear overtime as they do with histories stored on the user's own computer. Also, users can access their history when they are away from their home computer. This new service comes at a time that Google is under fire from privacy activists as it attempts to acquire DoubleClick, and web-based advertisement company that tracks users' movements on the web. The Electronic Privacy Information Center and two allied groups claim that Google is deceptive in its privacy policies already because users are not award that their searches can be tied to them. A 2006 poll by the Ponemon Institute, a Michigan-based research group that studies privacy issues, showed that 77% of survey respondents did not believe that information Google captured information that could be used to identify them. In reality, Google maintains the IP address for each search. The company now says it will expunge the IP address information from its databases after 18-24 months. [PJK/LATimes 21Apr07/Menn]
SECTION IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet, Harper Collins, ISBN: 0061147788, $30.00 The long awaited memoirs from the embattled former Director of the CIA comes out 30 April. In the much hyped pre-publication media about the book it is said that Tenet takes a number of strong shots at Bush administration insiders such as Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. Tenet also explains the famous "slam dunk" characterization of the evidence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. [Amazon]
SECTION V -
CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES,
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University Seeks Instructors. Henley-Putnam University (formerly California
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Qualified candidates will have a minimum of a Bachelors degree, however a Masters degree or higher is preferred plus at least five years of “Field” experience or verifiable research and study background in the Protection, Intelligence and/or CT field. A record of publications in the field is a plus. Should have experience in developing and/or delivering instructional materials and a real desire to teach and mentor the professionals of tomorrow.
Instructors will need to manage several classes at once (students may start classes on the first day of every month), stay in regular contact with students offering assistance, encouragement and correction as needed and completing administrative tasks in a timely fashion. Instructors will take part in course development and will be required to keep their courses up-to-date. Currently open are part-time positions with no associated benefits. Depending upon individual performance, positions could become full-time. All instructors will need to sign a contract which includes a Non-Disclosure Agreement. This is a good opportunity for retirees or professionals who already have another "day job" who want to be part of an exciting new organization dedicated to changing the landscape of intelligence, counterterrorism and security, and who want to stay in contact with many of their former colleagues. Henley-Putnam is an online university, so most contact takes place via the Internet or telephone discussion. Some travel to the San Francisco Bay Area may be necessary for occasional onsite training or seminars, however no relocation is necessary.
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George L. Chesnut, 1917-2007, NSA analyst, accomplished linguist and translator George Leoni Chesnut, Jr. died April 20, 2007 in Arlington, VA after a very brief illness. He was a long time employee of the National Security Agency where he translated more than 50 languages over a lifetime of work. His worked included ancient tomes as well as modern texts. He served on the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia's Environmental Stewardship committee. Mr. Chesnut is survived by his wife of 55 years, Louise, and two children, Anne Giddings Chesnut of Charlottesville, Virginia and John Winston Chesnut of Los Osos, California. Mr. Chesnut has two grandchildren, William Orion Chesnut and Andre Giles Cabe. [WMKSLB/WashPost 25Apr07]
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Meridian’s 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. The morning speaker is Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, Professor, Virginia Military Institute - Ancient World Intelligence Scholar/Historian/Author, speaks on "Spies of the Bible – The Role of Espionage, Guerrillas, Terrorism and Intelligence Gathering in the Holy Land". 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 Meridian’s 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 at (602) 944-2451 .
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. It’s 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 AFIO’s 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 - 9:30am - 1:30pm - Seattle, WA - The AFIO - Pacific Northwest Chapter hosts Lieutenant Ron Leavell, Seattle Police Department, speaking on SPD Intelligence operations and how Regional Intelligence Groups share information. The meeting will be held at The Museum of Flight (206) 764-5720, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108-4097. Meeting open to everyone interested in domestic intelligence. $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or AFIO, 4616 25th Ave NE, #495, Seattle, WA 98105
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 email@example.com. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 1800h 6pm Cocktails. No tickets at the door.
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