AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-07 dated 21 May 2007

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Coming Events

Current Calendar Next Two Months ONLY:

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.


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

25 June 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Arizona AFIO Chapter hears from Dr. Rustick on Special Weapons for Special Forces

28 June 2007 - San Francisco - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, USAF (Retired). Shaefer will speak on "Up a Lazy River: The Right Time, The Wrong ABC's."

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

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Iraq Intel Proposal Raises Concerns. Iraq's Shiite-dominated government is attempting to establish an intelligence agency that would rival the U.S.-backed organization created shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The move has raised concerns that Iraq's government is trying to blunt U.S. influence and bring intelligence gathering under Shiite control. There are also concerns that a Shiite-controlled organization would be sympathetic to Iran, and complicate efforts to locate and arrest Iranian agents assisting Iraqi militants fighting against US troops. 

The coalition authority created Iraq's National Intelligence Service after the U.S.-led invasion. Gen. Mohammed Shahwani, a Sunni with ties to the Americans, heads the agency. Shahwani said the move to establish an agency outside his control would damage the country's ability to independently collect and analyze intelligence. "We believe that all the security forces have to be neutral," he said.

National security advisor Mouwafak al-Rubaie, a Shiite, says the new proposal allows Iraq to take "ownership" of its intelligence network. Under the proposal, the new agency would be controlled by National Security Minister Shirwan al-Waili, a Shiite. Iraq also has intelligence departments in the Interior Ministry and the military.  [DH/USAToday/Jervis&Michaels/16May2007] 

House reaffirms Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. On My 11th, the House passed a bill that could rein in some of the electronic surveillance practices that have become common since September 11. Although the House passed HR 2082, the authorization to fund another year of intelligence activities, it also passed an amendment upholding the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as the only means by which to conduct electronic surveillance and requires continuous judicial oversight of requests.  The only exceptions to the FISA provisions will be by "specific statutory authorization," meaning that Congress will be the ones to spell out all exceptions and "creative interpretations." 

Should a similar provision pass the Senate, the bill could shut down warrantless surveillance like the kind that resulted in the recent lawsuits against AT&T, Verizon, and others for allowing government computers access to network backbones by using optical splitters, secret rooms, and powerful hardware. The NSA used this setup ostensibly to intercept phone calls from Al-Qaeda members abroad, even if one end of the call took place inside the US. The program was controversial because the NSA is generally prohibited from domestic spying. In return for this cooperation, the Bush administration has worked furiously on behalf of the phone companies, arguing that cases against them in federal court should be thrown out because they might reveal state secrets. The administration has also tried to insert language into the Senate intelligence funding bill, the companion to the House version, which would grant the companies retroactive immunity from prosecution. The Senate will consider that bill in the near future. 

The House bill also includes a section that requires the President to submit a report to Congress describing any attempts to use the intelligence services to help overthrow a democratically elected government in the last 10 years. Congress may want more details on possible US involvement in a botched Venezuelan coup several years back.  [arstechnica/Anderson/14May2007]

International Spy Museum Launches Operation Spy. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC announces the launch of Operation Spy, a new intense immersive experience. This groundbreaking spy adventure takes the interactive concept to the next level by combining the most innovative features of exhibits, movies, computer games, theatrical shows, and rides into one electrifying experience. Guests don't just read about spies, they become the spies.

Participants in Operation Spy assume the role of U.S. intelligence officers on an intrigue-filled international mission. The hour-long experience combines live-action, video, themed environments, special effects, and hands-on activities to create a series of reality-based challenges where guests "think, feel, and act" like real intelligence officers in the field.

The Operation Spy story is based on actual cases drawn from intelligence files. The plot is set in a far corner of the world, where U.S. intelligence has received an anonymous tip that a top-secret, nuclear-triggering device has gone missing. Black market arms dealers want it -- and it looks like someone is ready to sell. As part of a team of field operatives in the fictional country of Khandar, the guests' mission is to stop the trigger from falling into the wrong hands. In the ultimate intelligence game, they uncover layers of deception to reveal a world of secret agents, power-hungry officials, and deadly ambition. They must decide who to trust in an environment where all is not as it seems and everyone has a hidden agenda.

There is more than one outcome to the Operation Spy guest experience. Throughout the hour, each team's performance is tracked and scored. That information, along with their final critical decision, determines one of several possible endings for the experience. Guests can come to Operation Spy again and again.

Operation Spy is a small group experience. Space is limited and a separate ticket is required. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Guests who wish to visit the entire Museum as well as experience Operation Spy may purchase a combined ticket. Advance tickets will be available through Ticketmaster online at, toll free at 800.551.SEAT, and at all Ticketmaster locations beginning 1 June 2007. Advance tickets are also available at the International Spy Museum during regular business hours beginning 1 June 2007. []

Court Seeks Details on Missing Spy. An Indian court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to file a status report on the extradition process initiated against former Research and Analysis Wing official Ravinder Singh. The investigating agency had earlier asked for four months' time to process Singh's extradition from the United States, after the court issued an open non-bailable warrant against him. Mr. Singh, a joint secretary in RAW, has been missing since May 14, 2004, and is alleged to have been spying for the US. He has been charged with illegally photocopying documents to be passed on to a suspected foreign contact. Evidence was obtained through video and telephone surveillance by RAW's counter-intelligence unit. Singh later fled the country on a Nepalese passport along with his wife Parminder Kaur. His current whereabouts are unknown. [Rediff/14May2007]

TNT Miniseries Shadows CIA Through Cold War. TNT is launching "The Company," a six-hour miniseries, in August that follows the agency from its early years to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In two-hour installments on three consecutive Sundays, The Company will move from early CIA-KGB chess games in Berlin to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and 1961's Bay of Pigs fiasco to the search for a KGB mole. Each will take a different form: espionage, action and psychological thriller. [USAToday/Cheng/10May2007]

Iran Arrests Ten at Border with "Spying" Gear. Iranian border guards detained 10 people who illegally entered the country from Pakistan carrying $500,000 in cash, maps of "sensitive areas" and "modern spying cameras", state television said on Sunday. The arrests took place in the volatile Iranian border province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which has seen an upsurge in unrest and is a favorite route of drug smugglers. The report did not give details or make clear when the group was detained, saying more information would be made available in coming days. Iran has accused Britain and the United States of supporting ethnic minority rebels operating in sensitive border areas in an attempt to destabilize the predominantly Shi'ite Muslim country. [Reuters/14May2007]

Swedish Military Officer Suspected of Leaking NATO Documents to Serbian Spy. A Swedish military officer is suspected of leaking classified information about NATO's peacekeeping operations in Kosovo to an alleged Serbian spy she was dating, Sweden's Armed Forces said Monday. The woman, who was not identified, allegedly sent e-mails with details about the KFOR force to the Serbian man, who worked as an interpreter for the United Nations in Kosovo, the military said in a statement. The woman, who was serving in Sweden's KFOR contingent, started dating the man around the start of 2006, and began sending him the classified documents shortly after, the statement said. The alleged spy, identified only as "Z", was discovered last year and questioned by NATO officials, but has since disappeared, Sweden's military said. It was unclear what government or organization he is suspected to have worked for.

Sweden's military intelligence agency said the woman claimed she didn't realize the man was a spy, even though she referred to his "spy business" in one of the e-mails. The man then replied that "I am not a spy. I am a doer of good," according to the statement. The woman was investigated last summer, but the military said it could not find enough evidence to fire her. Monday's statement said new evidence had recently been found, causing the military to reopen the case. It was unclear what the new evidence was.

Waxman Threatens to Subpoena CIA's Plame Documents. Congressman Henry Waxman, the Democratic chairman of the House Government Affairs and Oversight Committee, has threatened to use his subpoena power to obtain documents from the CIA related to events five years ago in which former Ambassador Joseph Wilson was chosen to travel to Niger to probe allegations that Iraq was trying to obtain yellowcake uranium from the African country. In a letter sent Friday to CIA Director Michael Hayden, Mr. Waxman said he wants the agency to declassify a February 12, 2002 memo and turn it over to his committee, which is vigorously investigating lax security measures in the White House that led senior members of the Bush administration to disseminate classified information about Ms. Plame's undercover CIA status to the media. Mr. Waxman set a May 18 deadline for the CIA to turn over the materials. 

The CIA's public affairs officer did not return calls for comment. According to the letter Mr. Waxman sent to Mr. Hayden, the CIA's director of congressional affairs, Christopher Walker, told Mr. Waxman's staff on May 3 that any documents the Oversight Committee needs pertaining to Ambassador Wilson's trip should be addressed to the House and Senate's Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Waxman said Mr. Walker's position is wrong. The Oversight Committee, he said, "may conduct investigations of any matter." The House and Senate Intelligence Committees review and study the sources and methods of gathering intelligence. Mr. Waxman said his committee is not trying to undertake an investigation into the way the CIA gathers intelligence and, therefore, should be provided with the documents requested. 

Mr. Waxman has also asked former CIA director George Tenet and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify. Mr. Tenet agreed to testify before Waxman's committee on June 19. [Leopold/truthout/14 May 2007]

CIA Egyptian Denied Swedish Residency. Mohammad Alzery, an Egyptian who was controversially deported from Sweden to Egypt on a CIA plane in 2001, has had his application for Swedish residency turned down. In March, the Swedish government overturned an official deportation order against Mr. Alzery made in 2001 by then-Justice Minister Thomas Bodstrom. That decision allowed Mr. Alzery to reapply for Swedish residency, but his application was rejected on May 10th by the Swedish Migration Board. The Migration Board rejected Mr. Alzery's application after receiving advice from the Swedish Security Police, which said Mr. Alzery is viewed as a continued risk to national security. Accusations against Mr. Alzery never led to prosecution in Egypt after his deportation. [TT/The Local/11May2007] 

Romanian Anti-Corruption Department Sues Two Intelligence Officers. Prosecutors of the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) sued two top retired officers of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) on May 11th under charges of traffic of influence and bribery, a DNA press release says. The two are SRI general (r.) Ovidiu Soare and SRI colonel (r.) Gheorghe Dumitrache. Gheorghe and Dumitrache are accused of having claimed substantial amounts of money and other goods from business people in 1996-2002. They offered economic and justice "protection" in exchange, according to prosecutors. [] 

Polish Court Strikes Down Spy Law. Poland's constitutional court has struck down sections of a controversial law aimed at uncovering collaboration with the communist-era secret police. The law, which came into force in March, required up to 700,000 people to confess if they were informants. But the country's highest court has decided that sections of the law violate Poland's constitution. Delivering their ruling, the judges chastised the government saying it should not seek vengeance in dealing with the country's communist past. The opposition Democratic Left Alliance, mainly made up of former communists, had argued that the law violated the right to free speech. Journalists and academics were also critical of the legislation, saying the law was itself reminiscent of communist times, when people were forced to sign loyalty pledges. The government had previously threatened to open up all the secret police files to the public if the court ruled against the law. [bbcuk/11May2007] 

Bangladesh Police Arrest Burmese Spy. Bangladesh authorities arrested Harbi Rorarman on 8 May on charges of spying for the Burmese military junta. Authorities said Harbi. Rorarman was collecting information on Bangladesh border troops and the activities of the Burmese opposition in exile. During interrogation, Harbi Rorarman said he was working for Nasaka, Burma's border security force. Authorities are continuing his interrogation. If found guilty, Harbi Rorarman will be sentenced to between five and ten years in prison. [Mizzima/Chan/12May2007]

Former CIA Chief says CIA Criticizes Lack of Human Sources.  Duane "Dewey" Clarridge, former chief of the CIA's counterterrorist center, sharply criticized the Agency, saying it lacks good "human intelligence" in hotspots such as Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. In a speech to the Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations, Mr. Clarridge said the US has "photo intelligence and some signal stuff," but lacks human operatives in the three countries.  Mr. Clarridge says the agency's major failures in Iraq have come from not having human sources there before the 2003 invasion. Mr. Clarridge also criticized the agency for having too many lawyers involved in its processes and being too leery of working with unsavory sources.  He says intelligence agencies "may want to have levels of ugliness" in their work. 

Mr. Clarridge served 33 years with the CIA, retiring from the agency in 1988.  Although he we was indicted for allegedly lying about his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, he was never tried because then-President George H. W. Bush pardoned him in 1992 along with four other officials.  [Morning News/DeMillo/AP/16May2007]

US Intelligence Agency Names China Expert for Top Officer on East Asia. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence named Dr. Paul J. Heer to the position of national intelligence officer (NIO) for East Asia. NIOs support coordination with the White House and participate in producing annual National Intelligence Estimates.

Mr. Heer comes in from the Central Intelligence Agency, where he has served since 1983. His recent posts include senior analyst in the agency's China issue group, chief of the China political assessment team, and political and foreign policy analyst on China and Southeast Asia. "Dr. Heer is one of the country's leading intelligence analysts on East Asia," National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell said in announcing the appointment. [Yonhap News/16May2007 ]

South Korea Estimates Industrial Espionage Damage at 95.9 Trillion Won. According to a South Korean lawmaker, there were 92 cases of corporate espionage in the 2003-06 period, causing 95.9 trillion won (approximately $10 billion) in financial damages to South Korea. Citing a compilation of data from the National Intelligence Service, Rep. Chung Doo-un of the Grand National Party said the damages were almost four times larger than the 26 trillion won in losses stemming from industrial technology leaks in the 1998-2003 period. Earlier this month, nine former and current officials of Kia Motors, the second-largest automaker in South Korea, were indicted on charges of illegally transferring key production technologies to China. That incident alone is expected to cause 22.3 trillion won in damages to the South Korean economy, participants in the forum said. [Yonhap News/16May2007 ]

Cuban Agents in US Likely Sharing with Iran, Russia, China. The United States is likely riddled with Cuban spies who are sharing their intelligence with US foes and rivals like Iran, Russia and China, according to the Pentagon's top spy-catcher. Scott Carmichael, the burly head of counter-intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), was the lead investigator who exposed former DIA analyst Ana Montes as a long-serving Cuban agent in 2001. "The ease with which they recruited Ana Montes leads me to strongly believe there are others," Carmichael, who has published a book about the Montes case called "True Believer," said at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Mr. Carmichael said that Cuba "shares her information ... with countries like Iran, China, Russia, other countries who have interests maybe inimical to those of the United States."

Ms. Montes joined the DIA in 1985 and rose to become the US intelligence community's "queen of Cuba" with an influential role in shaping government policy. But Mr. Carmichael said she had already been recruited by Cuban intelligence in 1984. He said Ms. Montes "never took a dime" from her secret bosses in Havana and was a "model employee" who for years operated with a low profile, convinced that US policy on Fidel Castro's regime was "dead wrong." Ms. Montes has received "scant attention" in the US media "and yet she was one of the most devastating spies of the modern era," Mr. Carmichael said. "She came to us with the full intention of spying against us, and she spied against for us for 16 years until the date of her arrest on 21 September, 2001."

Ms. Montes is serving a 25-year jail term in Texas after being convicted of spying for Cuba over two decades. She could have faced the death penalty but reached a plea deal by agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators.  [Yahoo News/AFP/16May2007]


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Intelligence Successes: Project Jennifer - Hughes Glomar Explorer.  The Hughes Glomar Explorer [HGE] was built in 1973 by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. for an intricate CIA undertaking.  The mission of Glomar Explorer was to raise a Soviet nuclear submarine that had sunk in the Pacific, resting on the ocean floor nearly 17,000 ft. (5,200 m) down.  The Soviet Golf-II Class ballistic missile submarine sank on April 11, 1968, approximately 750 miles northwest of Hawaii.  Naval intelligence at Pearl Harbor had tracked the submarine and learned of its fate through underwater listening devices.  After months of futile searching by Soviet vessels, it became apparent that only the US knew the location of the sunken submarine. 

Oceanographers have long known that parts of the Pacific sea floor at depths between 14,000 ft. and 17,000 ft. are carpeted with so-called manganese nodules, potato-size chunks of manganese mixed with iron, nickel, cobalt and other useful metals. In the 1970s, Howard Hughes used the Deep Ocean Mining Project [DOMP] search for nodules as a cover for building the ship Glomar Explorer. Global Marine supervised construction of the Glomar Explorer, at a cost in excess of $200 million dollars, and operated it from 1973 to 1975 under contract to the US government. Glomar Explorer went to sea on June 20, 1974, found the sub, and began to bring a portion of it to the surface. The Soviets watched the "deep-sea mining" operation with interest, but did not attempt to thwart it. An accident during the lifting operation caused the fragile hulk to break apart, resulting in the loss of a critical portion of the submarine, its nuclear missiles and crypto codes. However, according to other accounts, material recovered included three nuclear missiles, two nuclear torpedoes, the ship's code machine, and various code books. 

From 1978 to 1980, Global Marine operated the ship in a deep-ocean mining test in water depths to 17,000 feet. The Explorer, which is 619 feet long and 116 feet wide, is owned by the US Navy. With the exception of the brief stint as a manganese module miner, the vessel has since been mothballed with the Naval Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay CA, where it could be seen by cars crossing the Benicia bridge on U.S. Highway 680 east of San Francisco. 

After years of being mothballed, the ship was recently taken to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard for commercial modifications, including the removal of an 840-ton gimbal and a 608-ton cage. The vessel is on a 30-year lease from the US Navy to Global Marine Drilling, and recently underwent a large conversion project to one of a kind deep sea drill ship. Conversion cost over $180 million and was completed during the first quarter of 1998. Glomar Explorer was equipped to drill in waters of 7500 feet and with some modification up to 11,500 feet, which is 2,000 feet more than any existing rig. The conversion included the removal of 25 million pounds of superstructure and equipment to prepare the vessel for its conversion to a dynamically-positioned deep sea drilling ship. Houston-based Global Marine is one of the largest worldwide offshore drilling contractors, with a five-year commitment from two major oil companies for drilling in water depths up to 7,500 feet in the US Gulf of Mexico. 

The Los Angeles Times broke the story in February 1975, and by March 1975 numerous news stories linked the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a ship publicly listed as a research vessel owned and operated by Summa Corporation, and the secret US government operation. After subsequent stories that the CIA had approached the news media to convince them to discontinue publication of stories related to the Glomar Explorer, Harriet Ann Phillippi, a journalist, filed a FOIA request with the CIA for any records that might exist which reveal the CIA's contact with members of the media to attempt to persuade them not to publish articles concerning the activities of the Glomar Explorer. The CIA responded by refusing to neither confirm nor deny the existence of any responsive records. The CIA claimed that any records that might exist which may reveal any CIA connection with or interest in the activities of the Glomar Explorer, or any evidence that might reveal the existence of records of this type would be classified, and therefore, exempt from disclosure under exemption 1 of the FOIA. They also insisted that exemption 3 applied, as the National Security Act of 1947 precluded them from releasing information related to the functions of CIA personnel. This was the first instance of an agency using the "can neither confirm nor deny" answer in response to a FOIA request. Since then, the terms "Glomar response," and "Glomarization" are used to describe an agency's response when they can neither confirm nor deny whether records exist. 


Book Reviews

Christopher's Ghosts, by Charles McCarry.  Reviewed by Steve Hirsch. "Christopher's Ghosts" is the latest in a series of often elegant novels that former CIA officer Charles McCarry has written about his fictional spy Paul Christopher, American intelligence and the Christopher clan.  This novel should find itself in many a briefcase and flight bag this summer.  Mr. McCarry succeeds because he has a real story to tell here, and he tells it well, taking the reader along a path with surprising twists and turns. It's one that leads engagingly from Nazi Germany to the Cold War. Mr. McCarry's writing at its best verges on literature and this book, like others he has written, does a superb job of depicting a vision of the time when American intelligence bridged the gap between the end of World War II and the end of the Cold War. [Pjk/TheWashingtonTimes/13May2007]

American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and Beyond. By E. Howard Hunt with Greg Aunapu. Review by Tim Weiner. E. Howard Hunt's work is in a long tradition of arrant nonsense. In short, this is a book to shun. It is a small blessing that its author has been spared the burden of answering for its publication. Hunt channeled his creativity into fair-to-middling spy novels and, later, a self-pitying Watergate memoir. He was better when he made things up. "American Spy," written with Greg Aunapu, is presented as a "secret history," a double-barreled misrepresentation. There are no real secrets in this book. As history it is bunk.

The old hands at the C.I.A.'s publications review board, who maintain the agency's memory hole, must have had a mordant chuckle over "American Spy," and connoisseurs of literary crimes and misdemeanors will find much to savor here. Hunt describes a foreign president's wife as "the true power behind the thrown."  He makes Dwight Eisenhower president in 1950, at the start of the Korean War, instead of 1953, at its end.  He mangles the names of, among others, the leaders of Iran and Nicaragua.  He also identifies Mark Felt, a k a Deep Throat, as Howard Felt - a howler calling for a psychiatrist as well as an editor. The publishers of this book seem to have received an impossible last draft, handed it to a book doctor and closed their eyes. The low point - and there is strong competition - comes when the author examines the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Hunt was falsely linked to the killing by conspiracy buffs, and this chapter can be read only as a twisted form of bitter revenge.  He exhumes worm-eaten theories linking C.I.A. officers and their Cuban agents to the case and pretends to take them seriously.  Then, with a straight face, he purports to put Lyndon B. Johnson's finger on the trigger.  (Note: The reviewer, Tim Weiner, is a reporter for The Times and is also the author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the C.I.A.," to be published in August.) [CL/NewYorkTimes/Weiner/12May2007]


Donald Carmichael, Pilot, Home Builder, and Spy.  Donald Carmichael died on May 10 in his home in Palm Beach, Florida after a long bout with emphysema. He was 85. 

Mr. Carmichael was born in Asheville, North Carolina and grew up in Washington, DC. He worked as a congressional page and, in high school, organized an orchestra he conducted himself. Mr. Carmichael was a naval pilot during World War II. After the war, he operated a cargo airline in Colombia which shipped orchids to Miami. In 1951, the CIA recruited Mr. Carmichael. He worked for the CIA in Latin America, the Far East and in Washington for 25 years, under cover as a home builder for the Alliance for Progress. 

After he retired in 1975, Mr. Carmichael formed Continental Homes, a construction business that built moderate-income housing in Latin America and Africa. He retired to Palm Beach in 1982 and married Anne Pinkerton in 1984. In retirement, he started a firm manufacturing racing sailboats, wrote a fictionalized account of his CIA years and perfected his chocolate hazelnut Linzer torte. Mr. Carmichael was also one of the founding directors of Island National Bank and former president of the Royal Poinciana Chapel. Mr. Carmichael is survived by his wife, Anne, brother, Jack; four children, Lisa Jackson, Ceci Carmichael, Maggie McKay and Donald C. Carmichael, and seven grandchildren. [Palm Beach Post/O'Meilia/16May2007] 

Anthony Brooks, French Resistance Organizer, British Intelligence Officer. Anthony Brooks, one of the most successful of the resistance organizers sent into France by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War, died at age 85. Mr. Brooks organized the "Pimento" circuit that grew to encompass a vast expanse of southern France with headquarters in Lyon and Toulouse. After the Second World War he joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and embarked on a career that carried him through many reaches of British Intelligence. [CL/ Telegraph/15May2007]


Thanks to reader RC who noted that we used the incorrect abbreviation for The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in the last WIN. As RC said, "The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is abbreviated as NGA not NGIA. Emphasis is on the hyphen! As the story goes the agency had "3 letter envy" and the name moved from NIMA to NGA to elevate its perceived status and role." Thank you for the correction and for the 3 letter envy story. 

Coming Events

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

 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: 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.

 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  ("cc" to  ) 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  Or contact Quiel Begonia at  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

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; 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: 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: or contact Jim Richey at 703-971-4812 or (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.)

25 June 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Arizona AFIO Chapter hears from Dr. Rustick on Special Weapons for Special Forces. The Chapter meeting will be at Buster's restaurant in Scottsdale at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 AM. The speaker will be Dr. Joseph Rustick, President of Arms Tech Ltd. This company manufactures special weapons designed to support the missions of Special Forces and Law Enforcement in general. The product line is diverse and designed to provide Special Operations with the unique tools required for the hostile environment in which they operate. One of the interesting products is the Compac 16 family of weapons which are designed to expand the life, accuracy, and reliability of the M-16. He is a Medical Doctor. He received his Medical Degree from Georgetown School of Medicine in 1974. For information and reservations, phone Bill Williams at (602) 944-2451 or e-mail,

28 June 2007 - San Francisco - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, USAF (Retired). Shaefer will speak on "Up a Lazy River: The Right Time, The Wrong ABC's." If we are living in a time where the national ABC's include (A) ambivalence about the collection of intelligence, increasing (B) boredom with the subject of national security, the end goal of almost all national intelligence, and a (C) complacency about those who have declared themselves our sworn enemies, then our intelligence gathering, analysis, and dissemination will reflect them. General Shaefer offers a different set of ABC's and provides a strategy to once again energize and involve the American public in order to allow intelligence professionals to do what they do best: provide predictive and prescriptive courses of action to protect American citizens and ensure the continuation of our way of life. The meeting will be held at United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116 (between Sloat and Wawona). 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation; $35 non-member rate or at door. RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi no later than 5 PM 6/20/07:, (650) 622-9840 X608 or send check to P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011. Call Marina Mann (925) 735-1327 for questions.

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.
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  1800h 6pm Cocktails. No tickets at the door.


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