AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #19-07 dated 14 May 2007
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Russian Intelligence Expert - Paul Joyal - Shot in the US Likely Victim of Standard D.C. Violence - but timing was unfortunate
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
A Declaration of Interdependence: A second letter from America to our British friends by Gene Poteat and William Anderson
Section III - BOOK REVIEWS, OBITUARIES, CLARIFICATIONS, AUTHORS SEEKING ASSISTANCE, AND COMING EVENTS
The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran by Yossi Melman and Meir Javedanfar
Current Calendar Next Two Months ONLY:
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, AF 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
22 May 2007 - Charlotte, NC - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Charlotte Regional Business Preparedness Summit
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 event
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
Iran Arrests Former Nuclear Negotiator. Iranian authorities have arrested a former nuclear negotiator, Hossein Mousavian, on espionage charges. The semiofficial Fars news agency said Mr. Mousavian was "arrested because of connections and exchange of information with foreign elements." Mr. Mousavian, a close ally of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, was a member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team until 2005. [AP/3May2007]Canadian Officials Warned of Air India Attack. At a public inquiry on 4 May, the former Canadian director of security and intelligence for the foreign service said he saw a classified document warning that Air India would be hit the weekend of June 22-23, 1985 several days before the attack. His account contradicts Ottawa's assertion that it had no specific advance warning of the June 23 attack that killed all 329 people aboard Flight 182. It was the deadliest terrorist attack and murder in Canadian history. James Bartleman, now Lt. Governor of Ontario , said he took the raw intelligence report from the Communications Security Establishment, Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency, to an RCMP security officer who, he said, "Hissed at me" that of course the RCMP had seen the report and had taken appropriate action. Nobody has been able to locate the intelligence report in government archives, lawyers for the commission of inquiry said yesterday. [Reuters /4May2007]
Milan Judge Rejects Suspending CIA Trial. A Milan judge rejected a defense motion to suspend the trial of 26 CIA agents and the former commander and deputy commander of Italian military intelligence for the alleged "extraordinary rendition" of a Muslim cleric from Milan four years ago. Preliminary hearings judge Simone Luerti ruled that an Italian government appeal to the country's Constitutional Court that prosecutors had overstepped their bounds was not a sufficient reason to halt the proceedings. Judge Luerti further said the prosecution case "did not appear" to have used documents or other material covered by state secrecy rules. The CIA agents will be tried in absentia as the government has not forwarded extradition requests, which the U.S. has said it would not consider. Prosecutors said the abduction of Egypt-born cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was carried out by the CIA with the help of Italian military intelligence. The trial is set to begin on June 8. [pjk/Xinhua /6May2007]Testimony of CIA Officers to Boost Report on Secret Renditions. Swiss Senator Dick Marty said that the latest volume of his report for the Council of Europe into the alleged secret transfer of terrorist suspects by the United States will include statements from disgruntled "CIA agents." Senator Marty said their statements will strengthen the findings of the first report, published on June 6, 2006, on the secret activities of the CIA in Europe. That first report stated that 14 European countries "colluded or tolerated" the secret transfer of terrorist suspects by the United States and that Poland and Romania "may have harbored CIA detention centers." Senator Marty will present the latest volume of his report to the Council of Europe on June 8 in Paris. [pjk/ The Peninsula /5May2007]
Somali Held by CIA Denies al-Qaida Link. A Somali accused by U.S. officials of belonging to a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida acknowledged to a U.S. military tribunal that he trained in Afghanistan for holy war in his homeland but denied any link to al-Qaida. Gouled Hassan Dourad, allegedly a member of al-Ittihad al-Islami, an organization listed by the United States as a terrorist group linked to al-Qaida, is one of 14 so-called high-value detainees transferred to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay last September after being held by the CIA in secret prisons abroad. All 14 have had military hearings, called Combatant Status Review Tribunals, at Guantanamo to determine whether they are correctly classified as an enemy combatant eligible to be tried for war crimes by a military commission. Reporters were not allowed access to any of the hearings but censored transcripts of 13 of the hearings have been released by the Pentagon.In his hearing on April 28, Dourad declined to appear but had a statement read on his behalf by a representative assigned to him. The statement said he was not a member of al-Ittihad al-Islami but that he had fought alongside members of the group against Ethiopians. He also said his training was solely for the purpose of fighting in Somalia, but not against Americans. In a summary of unclassified evidence against him, the U.S. military said Dourad had been recruited by an unidentified senior al-Qaida operative who participated in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. [pjk/ LATimes /Burns/4May2007]
Former Air America Crews Trying to Gain Recognition. Former employees of Air America are again attempting to obtain status as CIA employees, which would grant them federal pensions and benefits. Although the US government has acknowledged that Air America was a wholly owned subsidiary of the CIA, the CIA has fought designating Air America employees as CIA employees, arguing that Air America employees were hired to take part in important missions but were never officially brought into the agency.The distinction is important to the agency, where contractors now outnumber the official workforce. Officials fear that granting CIA status to Air America retirees would open the gates to thousands of similar claims.
Air America began operations in 1946 and was shut down after the fall of Saigon in 1975. The company was used for critical support missions, including evacuating the US Embassy in Saigon. There are about 500 former Air America and Civil Air Transport employees living in the United States, ranging in age from the 50s into the 90s.Until recently, the Air America effort had seemed futile. A lawsuit filed in the 1980s was tossed out, and efforts to enlist help from members of Congress never got off the ground. But recent developments in Washington have given Air America workers new hope. When Democrats won control of Congress in the fall, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) became Senate majority leader. Reid's state is home to some of the most vocal Air America retirees, and he has used his position to push legislation that would require the nation's top spy officials to take another look at the Air America case. Though the legislation has yet to pass, the director of national intelligence -- a position created after the Sept. 11 attacks to oversee all 16 U.S. spy agencies -- has launched a review of whether Air America employees should win their claim and how much it would cost the government if they did. [pjk/LATimes/Miller/7May2007]
Texas Judge Frees Posada. A federal judge in
Mr. Posada's immigration case has garnered world-wide attention because Mr. Posada, 79, is a former CIA operative accused by
British Court Orders Hearing on WWII Super Spy. A judge ordered the MI6 to appear at a special public hearing over the case of one of its wartime super spies, whose file is buried in the archives of the British Secret Intelligence Service. The MI6 will have to explain its policy of keeping its files locked away from public scrutiny.
Two Britons Convicted of Leaking Bush, Blair Memo on Iraq War. Two British civil servants were convicted of leaking a secret memo about a 2004 meeting between U.S. President George Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair about the war in Iraq.David Keogh, 50, a former Cabinet communications officer, and Leo O'Connor, a political researcher, were found guilty today of breaching
Both Keogh and O'Connor denied the charges, which carry a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Rex Tedd QC, Keogh's lawyer, last week said that his client intercepted the memo because he felt its contents were "utterly wrong" and would cause embarrassment for Bush. The men intended to put the document in the hands of John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, Tedd said. Instead, O'Connor slipped the document into the papers of his boss, former Labour Member of Parliament Anthony Clarke, who alerted authorities. Both men claim that its disclosure wouldn't have increased the risks for coalition troops, who were already facing backlash in Iraq. [Bloomburg/Murphy/9May2007]Spy Boss Sets Sights on Constitutional Court. Ex-South African National Intelligence Agency (NIA) director-general Billy Masetlha will ask the Constitutional Court to overturn a Pretoria High Court ruling upholding his dismissal. Mr. Masetlha was suspended in October 2005 and dismissed in March 2006 over hoax emails purporting to show that senior African National Congress members were conspiring against its deputy president Jacob Zuma and secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe. Pretoria High Court Judge Ben du Plessis ruled in December 2006 that a breakdown of trust was a lawful reason for Mr. Masetlha's suspension and sacking by President Thabo Mbeki. Mr. Masetlha contends that the decision to suspend him was not made by the president, but by Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils, who did not have the legal capacity to so. He also argues that the decision breached his right to procedural fairness under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act as he was not given a hearing. The president contends that the decision was lawful.
CIA Did Not Focus Enough on Pakistani Nuclear Scientist. The CIA had some knowledge of Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan's proliferation activities while they were in progress but did not pay enough attention to them, according to a London-based researcher. Mark Fitzpatrick, a former top U.S. non-proliferation official now with the International Institute of Strategic Studies think tank said, "There's no doubt that the CIA knew about some of Khan's activities at various stages of his proliferation
operation... There's also no doubt that the CIA didn't give enough attention to this area of private sector proliferation in looking at Iran's nuclear development program over the years." Mr. Fitzpatrick said that like other western intelligence agencies, the CIA was more focused on state to state activities, he said. Khan, an admired figure in
Australian Spy Plane Crashes into House. An unmanned Australian spy plane crashed into a house in Dili, a densely populated part of
Esfandiari is one of three "soft hostages," all dual U.S.-Iranian nationals, whose passports have been confiscated by the Iranian government, rendering them unable to leave the country. Esfandiari and the other soft hostages appear caught up in an Iranian reaction to the Bush administration's $75 million program to promote democracy in Iran, which was unveiled last year. Tehran has since cracked down on human rights advocates, labor groups and women's rights campaigners, according to human rights activists. [Washington Post/Wright/9May2007]
US Report Claimed Poppy Coin was Spy Device. An odd-looking Canadian quarter with a bright red flower was the culprit behind a false espionage warning from the U.S. Defense Department about mysterious coins with radio frequency transmitters. The harmless "poppy quarter" was so unfamiliar to suspicious U.S. army contractors traveling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts about them. The worried contractors described the coins as "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology," according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP. The confidential accounts led to a sensational warning from the Defense Security Service, an agency of the Defense Department, that mysterious coins with radio frequency transmitters were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.
The silver-colored 25-cent piece features the red image of a poppy, Canada's flower of remembrance, inlaid over a maple leaf. The unorthodox quarter is identical to the coins pictured and described as suspicious in the contractors' accounts. The supposed nano-technology on the coin actually was a protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy's red color from rubbing off. The mint produced nearly 30 million such quarters in 2004 commemorating Canada's 117,000 war dead. [AP/8May2007]
CIA Cited for Failing to Disclose Covert Action. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said yesterday that the CIA violated the law last year when it failed to inform the panel of "a significant covert action activity." The committee gave no hint of what the covert activity involved. It disclosed the issue in support of provisions it placed in the bill that would require the CIA inspector general to conduct audits of each covert action program at least once every three years and to submit a report on the findings to both the House and Senate intelligence panels.
An intelligence official said yesterday that he could not discuss the covert action. He said that after CIA Director Michael V. Hayden took his post in May 2006 and learned about the program and that Congress had not been fully briefed, "the agency itself took the issue to the Hill [and] corrected what was an inadvertent oversight."
Yesterday, the White House, in comments on the bill, said it opposes that provision because it "impermissibly intrudes on the president's constitutional authority to protect and control access to sensitive national security information." [CL/Washington Post/Pincus/10May2007]
CIA Launches Expanded Web Site. The CIA activated
today a redesigned and expanded public Web site, with improved graphics and navigation features tested by focus groups to assure their clarity and usability,
Agency officials said. "We worked closely with the agency's four major directorates and independent offices to make the site much more informative and detailed," said public affairs officer Elizabeth Tascione Licamele. Tascione Licamele worked for almost exactly a year with Web manager and public affairs officer Mike Stepp as well as contractors and officials from other agency divisions to buttress the site's content and reshape its "look and feel."
The new site will provide optional flash multimedia clips to illustrate the agency's functions and missions, Tascione Licamele said during a briefing at the agency's McLean, Va., headquarters. "We have split the Web site into seven areas," Tascione Licamele said, to reflect the major categories of information it presents. For example, links to key information such as methods of contacting the CIA, how to apply for employment, how to access research information in the agency's online library and its kids' site appear prominently on the opening page.
The CIA has added new categories of public information to the site to help explain its missions and activities more clearly to its various audiences. For example, a section describing the CIA museum includes photographs of clandestine gadgets, such as a specially-designed cosmetic compact case and a submersible vehicle, that previously were only displayed at agency headquarters. The museum photographs form part of a virtual tour that provides unprecedented online access to explanations of CIA operations, in line with a "social contract" doctrine adopted by central intelligence Director General Michael V. Hayden, USAF over the past year.
The CIA Web site received an average of 3.7 unique visitors and 24 million page views per month, on average, during 2006, officials said. Those statistics exclude "visits" by Internet automata such as Web crawlers, worms and similar software. The site also receives hacking attacks about once every second around the clock, all year, they added.
A Declaration of Interdependence A second letter from America to our British friends. by Gene Poteat and William Anderson
MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES AGO we Americans thought it necessary to send you, our British cousins, a declaration which brought about a permanent separation of our political systems. Yet we retained a reverence for those freedoms which have always characterized our heritage. In a spirit of fraternal fellowship, and with equal urgency, we now write a second time.
First, we recognize that the last century has been one of critical challenges and hazards in which, together, we have triumphed in the face of mortal dangers. That partnership, then vital for victory, is now in jeopardy. Our military and economic cooperation are well known. Less fully appreciated, yet of equal importance, has been our close alliance in matters of intelligence, technology, and national security.
For example, we greatly appreciated your sending us the Zimmerman telegram, which proposed a German-Mexican alliance, just before World War I. We know you appreciated our response. This unprecedented sharing of the most sensitive intelligence continued throughout World War II and the Cold War, with the inevitable result--victory. This sharing of intelligence still continues, even expanding to include participation in and a degree of control of America's most sophisticated intelligence collection systems. Further, the sharing of nuclear weapons, submarine ballistic missile technology, and stealth aircraft makes a clear statement to our adversaries, as well as the rest of the world.
We are also aware that this close fraternal tie has not been without occasional bouts of dyspepsia for you. Your perspective at times has been that our manners are coarse, our politics arcane, and our assistance less than timely. And in candor, your criticisms sometimes have merit. More than that, we are aware that your elite establishment and media thoroughly detest us. They seem eager to make common cause with those of similar perspective across the Channel, so as to exclude us from Europe and from the special relationship that we have enjoyed with you for almost a century.
We, on the other hand, forbear to embrace attitudes of antipathy toward you. We rather like you British, actually. True, we see you as a bit on the stuffy side, but on the whole we respect your love of freedom, your prudence, and your splendid use of our sometimes common language.
But now comes a message from you that the British future will no longer be tied to America and the English speaking nations. Now not only your transnational elite, but your entire citizenry appear prepared to scuttle the special relationship that has served us all so well, we thought. Opinion polls indicate that the British public believes that America is the main focus of evil and danger in the modern world, and that close integration with the European Union is the preferred measure for future alliance building.
It might be tempting to assume that you can have it all--to embrace the European Union, even with its regulatory baggage and democratic deficit, while retaining such ties with America and the Anglosphere as would enhance British economic and military security. With deepest regret, we suggest that this will not happen.
THE EUROPEAN UNION has its own perspective on international affairs and the disciplines which support them. Its position may fairly be summarized by the assumption that the world is no longer a very dangerous place. Or that it would not be were it not for irresponsible Americans. Any international disputes should be manageable, they believe, by skilled diplomacy and the application of international law as developed by the United Nations and other supranational institutions. If only the Americans would abandon their propensity to act unilaterally, in ignorance of the received wisdom of the world community, best expressed by the view from Brussels. There is no room for America or the Commonwealth in this formulation.
With deepest respect, this view is a dangerous fantasy. Law without sanction is not law. Law without force to sustain it is idle dreaming. A worldwide totalitarian movement has declared war on our common civilization. No collection of resolutions, however cleverly drafted, will restrain it. Thus, the notion of the European Union that this challenge may be met by the means of criminal law is fatally flawed.
The special relationship between Great Britain and the United States has had many facets. The most important ones have had to do with military coordination and, especially, the sharing of intelligence. If and when you decide to cast your lot with the European Union, this coordination and sharing will likely end. The European Union is establishing its own rules regarding intelligence sharing and will insist that you follow them. We, on
the other hand, recognize that the European Union considers itself our competitor and, frequently, our antagonist. Thus we cannot integrate our most sensitive information systems with them. In short, you must choose.
In doing so, we urge you to keep some things in mind: America is the world's greatest economic and military power, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The trajectory of these factors will be increasingly unfavorable to the European Union because of the relentless demographics of their shrinking and aging populations. The developing multicultural makeup of Europe brings with it inevitable dilution of the perspectives and values once thought to comprise Western civilization.
As we see it, the United Kingdom is considering debarking from a sturdy ship and climbing onto a sinking one. In doing so, you would abandon your only true friends. We should not need to remind you that these include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and some of the Commonwealth, as well as ourselves.
Perhaps you have already made up your minds. Perhaps it is already too late. But think about what you are giving up.
We will not turn our backs on you. Yet, if you integrate your intelligence services with the European Union, there is only so much we can do. We will try our best to aid you in the great struggle that is now beginning. The gathering storm is there for all but the willfully blind to see. But we will have a greater chance for victory if, as before, we fight together. (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/562ahjrw.asp?pg=1)
Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb by Mike Davis. Mr. Daniel Smith provided an interesting review of Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb in the 4 May 2007 edition of the Financial Times. From the review: It began with a horse-drawn wagon on Wall Street in September 1920, when an Italian anarchist called Mario Buda tried to blow up the federal Assay Office in downtown Manhattan. Forty people were killed, 200 injured, but the real consequence of this attack, argues Mike Davis in his horrifying new book, Buda's Wagon, was more imaginative than physical. An idea exploded, and has not stopped yet. A good review of an interesting book. [CL/Financial Times/Swift/4May2007]
The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran
by Yossi Melman and Meir Javedanfar. Harvey Morris reviewed The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran in the 4 May 2007 edition of the Financial Times. From the review: Iran's current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who shares the Shah's tendency to megalomania, has similarly embraced a nuclear energy program that thinly disguises an ambition to produce a bomb. [CL/Financial Times/Morris/4May2007]
The Perfect Spy by Larry Berman. During the Vietnam War, Pham Xuan An led a double life. He was a writer for Time magazine and a friend of people like journalists David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan and Stanley Karnow, and of CIA director William Colby. He also spied for
When he wasn't writing for Barnacle, the college paper, he loved sailing off
ObituariesDefense Intelligence Chief Gordon Negus. Gordon Negus, 72, former executive director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, died May 4 at his home in Lewes, Delaware. He had esophageal cancer.
Mr. Negus spent 32 years in government, working primarily as an analyst of Soviet strategy. He was the DIA senior analyst for arms control negotiations on behalf of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was selected to be the first Soviet strategic defense intelligence officer in a pilot program to coordinate interagency assessments and intelligence. He was the DIA's executive director from 1986 to 1990, providing strategic planning and guidance for the military intelligence agency, managing the agency's global intelligence resources and overseeing worldwide intelligence operations. He retired in 1990. After he left the federal government, Mr. Negus consulted for national intelligence organizations in strategic planning, future intelligence requirements and performance assessment.Mr. Negus was awarded the president's Exceptional Service Award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Executive Service Award and two of the DIA director's Exceptional Service Awards.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Barbara Negus of Lewes; six children, Catherine Kennedy of Coronado, Calif., Navy Cmdr. Thomas Negus of Virginia Beach, Margaret Burkhart of Jeffersonton, Va., Mary Negus and Laura Moore, both of Austin, and Dr. Charles Negus of San Diego; and 14 grandchildren. [CL/Washington Post/7May2007]Philip J. Jones, CIA Analyst. Mr. Philip J. Jones, a retired CIA research analyst and
Mr. Jones was born in
His wife, Virginia Logan Jones, died in 2004. Survivors include four children, Peter Jones of Takoma Park, Steve Jones of Kensington, Emily Jones of Madison, Wis., and Jono Jones of San Francisco; a sister; a brother; and four grandchildren. [Pjk/Holley/WashingtonPost/10May2007]Steven Hale, Seattle Attorney, Took on the CIA. Mr. Steven Hale, a former CIA intelligence officer who later became a Seattle attorney and worked pro bono against the CIA on behalf of two spies, died May after fighting cancer for nearly nine years. He was 63.
Mr. Hale was born in Portland and raised in Utah. He went to work at the CIA in 1967 as an intelligence officer, according to a statement issued by his family. There, he studied nuclear technology and contributed to presidential briefings on arms control. Mr. Hale was promoted to assistant legislative counsel before leaving the agency in 1975 to move to Seattle and pursue a career in law. In 1995, Mr. Hale went to work for the Seattle office of Perkins Coie -- a legal giant employing more than 600 attorneys -- where he specialized in insurance law. As a partner with the firm, Mr. Hale represented a number of large clients and also was committed to pro bono work and legal ethics, serving as a hearings officer for the state bar association and chairman of the firm's professional standards committee.Mr. Hale took a high-profile turn in 2003 when he headed the legal team representing an Eastern European couple who had agreed to spy for the United States. At issue, Schneider said, were promises by the CIA that the former spies would be supported in the U.S. after completing their espionage work behind the Iron Curtain. After several early wins, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case in 2005.
Mr. Hale is survived by Jeanie Hale, his wife of 28 years, as well as a daughter and two siblings. The family requests that donations be made to the Seattle Audubon Society. [pjk/SeattlePI/Pulkkinen/7May2007]Clarifications
We would like to thank all the readers who gently reminded us to check our sources before publishing stories.Special thanks to reader BK who provided additional information on the Hanssen article from last week and clarified some of the contradictory sources of information. BK noted that Hanssen spied for the GRU between late 1979 and early 1981, for the KGB between October 1985 and December 1991 and for the SVR between May 1999 and February 2001. He clarified that KGB officer Boris Yuzhin was sentenced to fifteen years in jail and served six [the FBI release says he served 5] before being released by Yeltsin. According to BK, Mr. Hanssen never spoke with his Russian handlers. Rather he communicated with them via letters passed in dead drops and through the US mail system. He said Mr. Hanssen spent an estimated $80,000 on his girlfriend, Priscilla Sue Galey, an "exotic dancer" and spent approximately $440,000 on purchases for himself and to pay his family bills. According to BK, Hanssen's brother-in-law, FBI SA Mark Wauck, reported his suspicions to the Soviet Squad chief in Chicago who never wrote up - nor apparently reported - Wauck's concerns to FBI authorities about Hanssen. FBI officials in Washington claimed that they saw no paperwork from Chicago regarding Wauck's belief that Hanssen might be a spy.
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.com17-19 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) 939-5560.22 May 2007 - Charlotte, NC - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Charlotte Regional Business Preparedness Summit. The City of Charlotte and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, invite you to attend and participate in the first Charlotte Regional Business Preparedness Summit at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. The Charlotte Regional Business Preparedness Summit will offer you important information, tools and resources on business continuity planning, emergency response coordination, and pandemic flu preparedness. The Summit will also highlight best practices in business continuity from around the Charlotte region. You can expect to walk away with a better idea of how to develop a business emergency plan that will secure your employees, operations and assets. This event is free of charge and seating is limited. Please RVSP online at http://www.charlottechamber.com/summit/.
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 mobilizing
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.
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.orgMonday, 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 adversaries.
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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