AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #18-07 dated 7 May 2007
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18 May 2007 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Spring
VADM Scott REDD, USN(Ret)
Director, National Counterterrorism Center / ODNI on
"The NCTC – Progress Made and the Challenges Ahead"
Col. Rose Mary SHELDON
Professor, Virginia Military Institute - Ancient World Intelligence Scholar/Historian/Author on
"Spies of the Bible – The Role of Espionage, Guerrillas, Terrorism and Intelligence Gathering in the Holy Land"
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner, VA
includes large display of latest intelligence books, gifts, services,
recruitment, and other vendors
Event location: Holiday Inn, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA. Space limited. Register here...
Section I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section III - CYBER Intelligence
Section IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
Section V - CAREERS, NOTES, LETTERS, QUERIES AND AUTHORS SEEKING
ASSISTANCE, CORRECTIONS, OBITUARIES,
[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" nor endorse career offers, research inquiries or announcements. Reasonable-sounding inquiries are published as a service to members. Exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information or making referrals to colleagues. Members should obtain prior approval from their agencies before answering questions that would impact ongoing military or intelligence operations - even if unclassified. Never assume public inquiries about classified projects means they've been declassified. Be attuned to false-flagging.
Current Calendar Next Two Months ONLY:
Tuesday, 8 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Three of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" at Meridian International Center
10 May 2007 - Annapolis Junction, MD - Bletchley Park, Enigma, Alan Turing, Palindromes - topics at National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Spring event featuring retired GCHQ Mathematician - Peter Hilton
2007 - Washington, DC - "Seven Days in May" with commentary by General
Kroesen - Free 7 pm Screening at the National Portrait Gallery - via the
Spy Museum Spies on Screen Series
12 May 2007 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meets at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club
15 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Four of "The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" at Meridian International Center
16 May 2007 - Arlington, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum is hosting a luncheon on Intelligence Science Board Phase 1 Report
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.
17-19 May 2007 - Omaha, NE - SAC Intelligence/544th & Friends Reunion
18 May 2007 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Spring Luncheon
19 May 2007 Kennebunk, ME. Unidentified Flying Objects
22 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Seminar Five of " The Need to Know: Intelligence for the 21st Century" at Meridian International Center
23 May 2007, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO Metro NY Chapter hosts Tim Connors, Director, Center for Policing Terrorism
23 May 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Arizona Chapter features a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force
24 May 2007 - 1:30 pm - Ft. Meade, MD - Dr. David Kahn to speak on "The Future of the Past" at NSA Center for Cryptologic History even
2 June 2007 - Orange Park, FL - AFIO N. Florida Chapter Meeting.
3 June 2007 - Beachwood, OH - AFIO N Ohio Chapter luncheon features Paul E. Tressa, CDR, USCGR, Coast Guard Office of Intelligence
4 June 2007, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Washington, DC - Codes and Ciphers 101, at the International Spy Museum.
9 June 2007 - Boston, MA - THE FIFTH ANNUAL "BOSTON AFIO GROUP" AT THE POPS - AMERICA!
16 June 2007 - 9:30am - 1:30pm - Seattle, WA - The AFIO - Pacific Northwest Chapter hosts Lieutenant Ron Leavell, Seattle Police Department
16 June 2007 - Fairfax, VA - the National Photographic Interpretation Center holds Reunion
28 June 2007, 12 Noon - 1 PM - Washington, DC - Tennent Bagley discusses his book: "Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games"
29 June 2007 - Houston, TX - AFIO Houston Chapter event
For Additional Events two+ months or more....view our online Calendar of Events
Section I - CURRENT INTELLIGENCE
US Informant Played Key Role in British Bomb
Trial. A U.S. citizen who was an Al Qaeda militant played a
central role in convicting five Britons found guilty at a London court on April
30th of plotting bomb attacks. The main prosecution witness in the
year-long trial, dubbed the "British bomb plot" by U.S. officials, was a
32-year-old militant turned informant named Mohammed Junaid Babar. Babar
was born in Pakistan and moved to New York as a child. He studied pharmacy
at the city's St John's University and had planned to go to medical school, but
dropped out. Babar said he had become "radicalized" by the first Gulf War,
which followed Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. In 2004, Babar plead guilty
in a New York court to smuggling money and military supplies to an Al Qaeda
figure in Pakistan. As part of a plea deal, Babar agreed to testify
against the seven Britons in the London trial, where he was granted immunity
from prosecution. Defense lawyers questioned his credibility by noting
Babar would have been jailed for life in the United States or received a
possible death sentence in Pakistan had he been extradited. [April 30
Terror Attacks Up Nearly 30%. According to a State Department report on terrorism, terrorist attacks worldwide were up nearly 30% in 2006. Data compiled by the U.S. intelligence community's National Counterterrorism Center shows 14,338 terrorist attacks last year, up from 11,111 attacks in 2005. Forty-five percent of the attacks were in Iraq. U.S. officials say the increase is due to violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. [LawrenceS/April2007/McClatchy Newspapers/Strobel]
China is Biggest Espionage Threat to Canada. The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service told a Canadian senate committee that almost half of counter-espionage efforts in Canada target Chinese spies. Mr. Jim Judd, Director of the CSIS, said China is at the top of the list of more than a dozen countries the CSIS believes is spying on Canada, attempting to glean government, technological, and corporate secrets. The CSIS director provided the testimony to a senate committee studying whether Canada needs more robust foreign intelligence gathering capabilities or even a separate spy agency like the US CIA or Britain's MI6. [AFP/30April2007]
Pakistan Militants Behead Man Accused of Being US Spy. Suspected pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan beheaded a man near the Afghan border after accusing him of being a U.S. informer, according to a Pakistani intelligence official. The body of the beheaded man was found in a main town in the North Waziristan region, which is a hotbed of Islamist support. A note pinned to the body accused the man of spying for the U.S. forces fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Militants in North and South Waziristan have killed dozens of people they accused of being Pakistani government supporters or spies for U.S. forces fighting in neighboring Afghanistan. [Reuters/2May2007]
Accused Chinese Spy Testifies in His Own Defense. An accused Chinese spy took the witness stand in his defense, saying he was engaged in legitimate scientific exchange and not espionage when he sent technical papers on electrical systems for American submarines and Navy warships to China. Chi Mak, an electrical engineer who worked for a California defense contractor, said the papers were intended not for the Chinese government, but for two former academic colleagues in Hong Kong and a family friend in the mainland. Mr. Mak said he saw nothing wrong with sending the papers to China because they were handouts he got at engineering conferences where foreigners were present. None of the documents investigators found at Mr. Mak's home were marked as classified, but some were designated as "NOFORN," meaning they could not be given to foreigners. Mr. Mak said he was unaware of a policy against taking those documents home.
Mr. Mak has not yet explained documents found at his home that the government says are "tasking lists" specifying the kinds of technology China wanted to acquire. Four members of Mr. Mak's family are also charged and face a separate trial, but the former head of the FBI's counterintelligence program focusing on China, Ivian Smith, testified for the defense that such family-based spying is unheard of with the Chinese. "There's not a single instance anywhere," he said. The ex-agent also said a spy probably would not give up his job at a military contractor and move to a purely commercial firm, as Mr. Mak once did. "I can't imagine anybody in Beijing would be very happy if they went back there and said, 'My source had an opportunity to have access to classified information and declined,'" he said. [New York Sun/Gerstein/2May2007]
Attack for Missed Calls on July 7 Bombing. Opposition parties
and the public are demanding an investigation of whether a massive intelligence
failure by Britain's secret service, the MI5, allowed the four simultaneous
bombings on July 7 in London to take place. The outcry came after
statements during the trial of five of the bombers showed that the MI5 was
monitoring the activities of several of the terrorists as much as 18 months
before the bombings. The MI5 was first alerted to the bombing plot in 2004
while monitoring links between British Muslims and al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan,
but did not take additional action on the information. The MI5 also
admitted it had two of the bombers under surveillance 18 months before the
bombings, but it failed to identify the terrorists and ended the investigation
after deciding they were "not a threat." Two other bombers were cleared of
attempting to purchase weapons approximately a year ago. Moreover, a close
associate of bombers was under surveillance for allegedly providing funds,
equipment, and recruits to al Qaeda, but MI5 officials failed to link him with
The MI5 is aggressively defending its operations. It said its operation against the bombers was a success and saved many lives. It even took the unprecedented step of publishing a detailed allegation-by-allegation rebuttal of its handling of intelligence in the run up to 7 July on its website. The MI5 further notes it has identified more than 30 terrorist plots and foiled at least six high profile plots.
Government ministers and security chiefs say they are working to further improve efforts against terrorism. They are adding head count, taking steps to improve communication among services, and find ways to better infiltrate radical Islamist groups. At the same time, they stress that they can't guarantee total success against terrorism. They repeat the old IRA-era mantra: We need to be lucky all the time; they only need to get lucky once. [Varios/pjk/CameronLC/1May2007]
Former CIA Officers Square Off Over Tenet's Book. Soon after the hype surrounding the release of former CIA director George Tenet's book, "At the Center of the Storm" reached a fevered pitch, former CIA officers took sides in the debate. First, six former CIA officers condemned the memoirs and called for Mr. Tenet to return his Presidential Medal of Freedom and to donate a portion of his royalties from his book to families of US soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq. They called the book hypocritical and accused Mr. Tenet of trying to deflect blame for the war away from himself.
In response to that criticism, former senior CIA officers published an open letter in defense of Mr. Tenet. The letter, from Ambassador Cofer Black, John O. Brennan, Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton, Robert L. Grenier, Honorable John E. McLaughlin and Robert Richer, calls the letter from the six former CIA employees "bitter, inaccurate and misleading..." They attempt to discredit the six by saying they have not served in the Agency for years "and in some cases decades." The senior officers defended Mr. Tenet and his book and praised Mr. Tenet for his work at the Agency.
Afghanistan and Pakistan Agree to Share Intelligence. After months of arguing over how to deal with Taliban insurgents, the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan this month agreed on an intelligence-sharing plan aimed at eroding the power of extremist groups on both sides of their common border. The agreement between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf came after a year of highly public barbs over who bears the greater responsibility for Taliban fighters' ability to regroup, rearm and attack Western troops inside Afghanistan. President Karzai has declared that Pakistan offers the insurgents a safe haven; Pakistan has replied that the problem lies mainly on the Afghan side of the frontier, which it says is poorly policed.
The meeting was held at the behest of the Turkish government, which has sought to present itself as a regional power broker with the ability to resolve thorny disputes between its neighbors. Karzai and Musharraf said in a joint statement that each of their countries was committed to fighting terrorism. Both sides "agreed to deny sanctuary, training and financing to terrorists and to elements involved in subversive and anti-state activities in each other's country, and to initiate immediate action on specific intelligence exchanges in this regard." In their statement, the two leaders stressed the need for coordinated action against extremists, and Musharraf told Turkey's NTV that the two sides were determined to overcome "basic differences." (PJK/Los Angeles Times/King/1May2007)
CIA Ordered to Release Court Documents. On May 2nd, a federal judge ordered the CIA to turn over court records needed by a former National Security Agency worker to appeal his 2005 conviction for illegally holding secret documents. A lawyer for Kenneth W. Ford Jr. said the NSA and the CIA had not given him full access to the transcripts for his appeal of Ford's conviction and six-year prison sentence. At a hearing in U.S. District Court, Judge Peter Messitte instructed the CIA to turn over "sanitized" transcripts of the court case and pretrial hearings within two weeks, with the secret material redacted. Mr. Ford had just left his job as a computer analyst at NSA when federal agents found several boxes of classified documents in his kitchen during a 2004 search. He was not accused of spying, and no clear motive was ever established. Ford claimed he was framed by a spurned ex-girlfriend but was convicted by a jury of unauthorized possession of classified documents and making false statements to a government agency. [Baltimore Sun/3May2007]
Section II - CONTEXT AND PRECEDENCE
Robert Hanssen - the FBI's Most Dangerous
Spy. Robert Hanssen, born in 1944, is widely believed to be the
most damaging spy in the history of the FBI. Between 1985 and 2001,
Hanssen gave information to the Russians for cash and diamonds. One of his
most damaging revelations occurred in 1985, when he informed the Soviet KGB that
three KGB agents in the United States, Boris Yuzhin, Valery Martynov, and Sergei
Motorin, were secretly working for the FBI. Martynov and Motorin were
executed and Yuzhin was sentenced to life in prison. Although the KGB
compensated Hanssen with more than $1.4 million, he reportedly was motivated not
by money, but by desire for recognition. Hanssen felt that his skills were
underused by the FBI and sought acceptance and appreciation from his peers which
never materialized. The KGB showered him with praise and his handlers
became his friends, engaging in hours of small talk with Hanssen. Hanssen
- known as Ramon Garcia to his Russian handlers - spent little of the money from
the KGB. Instead, he hid it in his house. The FBI began
investigating Hanssen after his brother-in-law, who was also an FBI employee,
reported to the bureau that Hanssen should be investigated for espionage.
His brother-in-law became suspicious of Hanssen after he found large amounts of
cash in Hanssen's home. Hanssen was arrested on 18 February 2001 at
Foxstone Park near his home in Vienna, Virginia. On 6 July 2001, Hanssen
pled guilty to 15 counts of espionage as part of a plea deal and was sentenced
to life in prison. He is currently serving his sentence at ADX Florence, a
Supermax federal facility in Florence, Colorado, where he spends 23 hours a day
in solitary confinement. [Mental Floss, Wikipedia/January
Spy Books Strain CIA Review Board. A record number of former CIA officers and analysts are attempting to
publish memoirs, novels, essays, training manuals, legal treatises and op-ed
pieces, according the Agency's Publications Review Board. The
Central Intelligence Agency says it now receives about 100 submissions a month
from former CIA employees seeking permission to publish various types of
information. For the entire year 2000, the Agency's
Publications Review Board received only about 300 submissions from prospective
authors, says spokesman Mark Mansfield. One reason for the
spike is the popularity of CIA novels. Employees at other
intelligence agencies have written accounts of their service, but CIA books
dominate the market. Memoirs, general histories and spy
novels based on the exploits of fictional CIA officers form the most popular
titles written by former Agency workers. But even ex-spies with highly
specialized areas of expertise are finding welcoming markets, according to
publishing executive Peter Osnos. In the past four years,
readers have happily digested two examinations of the CIA's polygraph program
and a study of the Agency's post-9/11 recruiting and training
Spy Books Strain CIA Review Board. A record number of former CIA officers and analysts are attempting to publish memoirs, novels, essays, training manuals, legal treatises and op-ed pieces, according the Agency's Publications Review Board. The Central Intelligence Agency says it now receives about 100 submissions a month from former CIA employees seeking permission to publish various types of information. For the entire year 2000, the Agency's Publications Review Board received only about 300 submissions from prospective authors, says spokesman Mark Mansfield. One reason for the spike is the popularity of CIA novels. Employees at other intelligence agencies have written accounts of their service, but CIA books dominate the market. Memoirs, general histories and spy novels based on the exploits of fictional CIA officers form the most popular titles written by former Agency workers. But even ex-spies with highly specialized areas of expertise are finding welcoming markets, according to publishing executive Peter Osnos. In the past four years, readers have happily digested two examinations of the CIA's polygraph program and a study of the Agency's post-9/11 recruiting and training methods.
All current and former CIA employees must receive permission from the Publication Review Board before publishing even apparently non-classified material. Part of the secrecy agreement all new Agency employees sign states that they give the CIA authority to decide whether material can be published, even after an employee is no longer with the Agency. The Agency has complete discretion over publication and will rule against publication if, in the view of the Agency, it compromises the information, sources, or methods. According to a 1990 federal court decision, even formerly classified facts that have become public can be censored, unless the facts were made public "through an official and documented disclosure." [USA Today April 2007/Willing]
Recent NSA Declassifications. Earlier this month, the
National Security Agency released several brief historical essays that had been
prepared for the Agency's Cryptologic Almanac on the occasion of its 50th
anniversary in 2002. The essays were declassified on April 10 in response
to a Mandatory Declassification Review request from Michael Ravnitzy. They
include: "Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?" on the origins of NSA http://www.fas.org/irp/nsa/almanac-quis.pdf; "SIGINT and the
Fall of Saigon, April 1975" http://www.fas.org/irp/nsa/almanac-saigon.pdf; "The First
Round: NSA's Effort Against International Terrorism in the 1970s" http://www.fas.org/irp/nsa/almanac-terror.pdf; "A Brief Look
at ELINT at NSA" http://www.fas.org/irp/nsa/almanac-elint.pdf.
Former CIA Polygrapher Files Lawsuit Against Agency for Retaliation. A former senior polygrapher for the Central Intelligence Agency filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asserting that the Agency intentionally retaliated against him by abusing the security clearance process. John Sullivan, an AFIO member who spent 31 years as an Agency polygrapher, claims that the Agency "inappropriately and intentionally revoked his security clearance" after he published a book critical of the Agency's polygraph program. The CIA has threatened to discipline Mr. Sullivan for violating his security obligation. Mr. Sullivan's book, Gatekeeper: Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner, was ultimately approved for publication by the Agency Review Board and copies will be available at the AFIO May 18th luncheon in Tysons Corner VA. The author will be present, too. [LSully/April2007]
Section III - CYBER INTELLIGENCE
Domestic Spying. The Senate Intelligence Committee is hearing information from the Bush Administration on its request to expand the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and broaden powers to collect information on Americans. The Bush Administration argues that it is critical to "modernize" the law on electronic surveillance to better counter threats including terrorism and economic spying from China and Russia. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein and their lawyers portrayed the administration bill as a necessary adjustment to technological changes wrought by cell phones, e-mail and the Internet since the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was enacted in the 1970s. Under current rules, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell said, "We're actually missing a significant portion of what we should be getting."
So far, Senate Intelligence Committee members appear unmoved by testimony from the Administration. The Committee is demanding the Bush administration provide more information about its earlier domestic spying before it can hope to gain additional powers for the future. Senators say their trust in the Administration over domestic spying has been undermined by recent disclosure that the FBI had abused so-called National Security Letters to obtain information about Americans. A year ago, the Committee asked for President Bush's order, and the Justice legal opinions supporting it, that directed the National Security Agency to eavesdrop without warrants on Americans believed to be in contact with terrorists. Democrats and civil liberties and conservative groups complained that the directive violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires warrants from a secret court for intelligence surveillance of Americans. Bush agreed last January to put the program under the court's supervision. In 2006, the surveillance court approved all but one request to eavesdrop on people in the United States, according to the Justice Department. The court approved a total of 2,176 warrants. The FISA court also approved 43 warrants allowing investigators access to business records of suspected terrorists and spies.
Senators are also concerned that the proposed bill does not require the president to work within the surveillance act in the future. According to the Bush Administration, the president retains the constitutional ability to permit wiretapping without warrants in certain situations. McConnell said the administration wants to work under the surveillance law now, but acknowledged "that does not mean the president would not use ... (constitutional powers) in a crisis." The Administrative Office of U.S. Courts reported that state prosecutors obtained a record number of criminal wiretap warrants last year to listen to more than 3 million phone conversations, mostly in drug cases. Federal prosecutors got only a third as many of these wiretaps, all in cases unrelated to terrorism.
New Terrorist Database Designed to Keep Terrorists Off Planes, Out of US. In the five years since 9/11, intelligence agencies have compiled a centralized terror-watch list of tens of thousands of names and put it at one location, the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center. Before 9/11, agencies had classified databases with the names of potential terrorists, but no ability to match those names to individuals entering the United States or getting on US carriers. Agencies now must send the names of suspected malefactors to the center's Terrorist Screening Database. The consolidated roll must be available to the FBI, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other agencies responsible for keeping terrorists off planes and out of the United States. US officials say the database is highly successful. For example, when several Paris-to-Los Angeles flights were cancelled in December 2003, it was because the new terrorist database turned up names that were on the passenger manifests. They believe that if the database had been active in September 2001, 9/11 could have been avoided. [DanH/Washington Examiner/Scarborough/1May2007]
NRO Prepares Sea Surveillance Flight, Optical Satellite Procurement. A secret National Reconnaissance Office dual satellite ocean surveillance mission is scheduled to launch June 14 on an Atlas V, according to intelligence sources. The satellite will track potential terrorist movements at sea and monitor Chinese and Iranian ship tactics.
The importance of NRO's space ocean surveillance role in connection with the Navy and Coast Guard has been elevated since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Intelligence agencies now need to track thousands of civilian ships worldwide to ensure they are not involved in nuclear, chemical or biological terrorist operations.
The two satellites on the
Atlas V mission have a combined mass of about 6.5 tons and will use primarily
electronic intelligence (ELINT) techniques combined with interferometry. The
technique involves comparing the differences in the ELINT data from each
spacecraft to derive a ship's position and direction of travel. The spacecraft
and launcher have a combined total cost of roughly $600-800
The twin-satellite ocean surveillance mission is part of a military space launch surge to deploy eight additional Defense Dept. payloads through year-end. Five of them will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Atlas V ocean surveillance mission will be NRO's first launch since the agency was stunned by the in-orbit failure of a $200-300-million-class research and development spacecraft affiliated with the FIA program. The mission in June will be the first NRO flight of any kind on the Atlas V. [DanH/ Aviation Week & Space Technology/ Covault /30April2007]
Section IV - BOOKS, SOURCES AND ISSUES
Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking. The Council on Foreign Relations released a report in late February discussing the continued lack of intelligence on Iran. The report notes that with few actual spies on the ground in Iran and no consular presence in Tehran, not to mention the United States' limited intelligence gleaned from satellite imagery and data, some question the reliability of evidence regarding Iran's involvement in Iraq and its uranium-enrichment program. Making matters worse, Tehran has restricted access to some international inspectors there to observe its enrichment activities. Much like the run-up to the war in Iraq, U.S. officials must rely on intelligence from American allies in the region, Iranian exiles and political groups with dubious intentions, and a Dubai-based "listening post" aimed at collecting information from Iranians doing business in the Gulf. Hovering above all these challenges, of course, are credibility problems stemming from the mishandling of intelligence before the war in Iraq. See the full report, by staff writer Lionel Beehner, at http://www.cfr.org/publication/12721/iran_intel_gap.html?breadcrumb=%2F.
PBS Frontline has an excellent site, The Dark Side, that "investigates the battle waged between the CIA and Dick Cheney over prewar intelligence." The site has interviews, discussion, analysis, and observations. A fascinating read. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darkside/)
Section V - Careers, Notes, Letters, Queries and Authors Seeking Assistance, Corrections, Obituaries, Coming Events
Authors Seeking Assistance
Mr. Dan Fesperman is seeking assistance with background material on the operational methods and tradecraft, typical covers, organizational structure, etc. of U.S.-based operatives for Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security. Please contact Mr. Fesperman at firstname.lastname@example.org . [Editor Comment: Mr. Fesperman, an AFIO member, is an established novelist who has written several books. Please see his website, http://www.danfesperman.com, for more information on his work. We remind readers to clear information with the appropriate agencies before assisting authors with works for publication. Iran is a sensitive, active situation, and even seemingly benign information may jeopardize the lives, activities, and operations of our fellow intelligence officers and our troops.]
Lawrence Woodward, CIA Deputy Head of Personnel. Lawrence G. Woodward, 81, a deputy director of personnel at the CIA who later worked at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, died April 28 of lung cancer at Virginia Hospital Center. Dr. Woodward was a 1947 graduate of George Washington University and received a master's degree in psychology from GWU in 1949. At George Washington, he was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, editor of the student newspaper and a member of the student council. In 1959, he received a PhD in public administration from American University.
Dr. Woodward joined the CIA in 1952 and helped develop a summer intern program for graduate students in foreign affairs. He also ran a cooperative education program for undergraduate science students. He served in Taiwan from 1960 to 1963 and in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 and ultimately became the agency's deputy director for placement and recruitment. When he retired in 1981, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Career Intelligence Medal. He was a life member of the International Personnel Management Association.
Survivors include two sons, Lawrence "Chip" Woodward and Garry Woodward, both of Arlington; a brother, Charles Woodward of Ashburn; and four grandchildren.
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.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007 - Washington, DC - 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. - DHS Career Expo. Learn more about the US Department of Homeland Security, and find out how DHS careers contribute to the broad mission of defending America. Attend a workshop, see a variety of exhibits, and speak to DHS professionals about "working with the best!" Learn about careers in Mission Support, Law Enforcement, Travel Security and Immigration, Prevention and Response, and more! Ronald Regan Building, Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20004.
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 Attachi 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,
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO Metro NY Chapter hosts Tim Connors,
Director, Center for Policing Terrorism The Chapter meets at the I-69th
Infantry Armory at 26th St and Lexington Ave, Manhattan. Tim Connors will
describe how his organization -- the Center for Policing Terrorism - is
the nation's state and local police and public safety officials to adopt
intelligence as the foundation of law enforcement operations and sound decision
making. The goal is to make the "first preventers" of terrorism and crime as
well as "first responders." The Center is an arm of the Manhattan Institute.
Connors is a West Point graduate who has served in Civil Affairs in Afghanistan.
Also present will be R.P. Eddy, Executive Director, Center for Policing
Terrorism, and formerly with the National Security Council, to expound on his
recent National Review Online article outlining the need for related campus
preparations and training as well as global challenges to "imams" who preach
hate" and the use of technology to reduce the free range of violence on the web.
TIMES: 5:30 PM - Complimentary cocktail reception including a short briefing on
the Armory's history by its commandant. 7:30 PM - Adjournment following Q&A.
COST: No Charge.
RESPOND: email@example.com if attending.
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.
24 May 2007 1:30 pm - Ft Meade, MD - Dr. David Kahn to speak on "The Future of the Past" - Dr. Kahn is the featured speaker at this important inauguration of the Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture series being held by NSA's Center for Cryptologic History. The event takes place at the Maryland Conference Center, located near Fort Meade in the National Business Park. Dr. David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers, Seizing the Enigma, The Reader of Gentlemen's Mail, and many other books and articles on intelligence history, examines in this talk some of the most puzzling unanswered questions in the field of cryptologic history. This presentation is open to the public at no charge -- if you'd like to attend, please send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org ("cc" to email@example.com ) by May 18 to reserve a seat and obtain driving directions (plenty of free parking is available).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Or contact Quiel Begonia at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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 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.)
Thursday, 28 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
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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