AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #36-07 dated 17 September 2007

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Veteran Spy Returns to CIA in Key Post. Three years after he quit the CIA in a high- profile clash with agency leaders, veteran spy Michael J. Sulick was brought back into the fold and put in charge of running the CIA's clandestine operations.

In rehiring Sulick, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden is turning to a widely respected case officer who spent the bulk of his overseas career in Cold War outposts. Sulick will take over the agency's main spying directorate at a time when it is faced with the challenge of absorbing hundreds hired since the Sept. 11 attacks while struggling to get better intelligence on the evolving terrorist threat and the insurgency in Iraq.

Hayden's choice of Sulick also continues a course of seeking to undo personnel moves that took place during the tumultuous tenure of CIA Director Porter J. Goss.

Sulick will begin serving as director of the National Clandestine Service at the end of the month, a job that puts him in charge not only of the CIA's overseas spies, but also includes responsibility for monitoring the activities of other services, such as the Defense Intelligence Agency. Sulick will succeed Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., who last month announced his plan to retire. Sulick will be reunited with Stephen Kappes, who also quit during the Goss regime in 2004 but was brought back by Hayden, to serve as deputy director, the agency's No. 2 post. Before their temporary retirements, Kappes and Sulick were the top two officials in the agency's directorate of operations, the division that deploys case officers around the world to gather intelligence on terrorist networks, foreign governments and other targets. They quit after acrimonious exchanges with Goss and his senior staffers, most of them former top aides on the House Intelligence Committee who had been sharply critical of the directorate of operations and had pledged an overhaul. At the time, Goss' supporters said he was trying to shake up an agency badly in need of reform after the intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq. The departures prompted fierce criticism of Goss, who was accused of driving off talented and respected officers over petty personnel disagreements. Kappes and Sulick left largely because they objected to the way one of their colleagues had been treated by a Goss aide.

Sulick, 59, served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He speaks Russian, Polish and Spanish. After more than a decade overseas, he held a number of high-level positions at CIA headquarters, including chief of counter-intelligence. As a Cold War case officer, Sulick did not serve in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, posts that are hot spots today. But intelligence officials said that Sulick's deputy - who remains undercover - served extensively in the Middle East. [Miller/LATimes/15September2007] 

Russian Officer Charged with Treason. A Moscow military court has sentenced a retired officer to nine years in prison on charges of passing secret information to a foreign country. Lt. Col. Igor Arsentyev, a top official at a Defense Ministry research center, was arrested last year for state treason over a two-year period beginning in 2002. Among the secrets Arsentyev allegedly handed over were research plans on electronic warfare. The name of the country that received the secrets was not unveiled.

A string of espionage arrests and convictions has occurred in Russia in recent years, especially following the 2000 election of President Vladimir Putin, a former top security service officer. [AP/12September2007] 

Official: "Massive" Damage to China From Hacking. A senior Chinese official said foreign intelligence agencies have caused "massive and shocking" damage to China by hacking into computers to ferret out political, military and scientific secrets. The charge, from Vice Information Industry Minister Lou Qinjian, seemed designed as a response to recent reports that Chinese hackers had infiltrated high-security computers in several Western countries, penetrating the Pentagon, the British Foreign Office and the German chancellor's headquarters.

Lou said the electronic espionage against China has met with success. It therefore needs to be addressed by President Hu Jintao's government, he said, with additional investment in computer security and perhaps formation of a unified information security bureau.

When the reports about Chinese hacking surfaced early this month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry roundly denied them, saying China would never resort to such tactics. Foreign specialists recalled at the time, however, that the People's Liberation Army is believed to have an active information warfare program - as do most advanced militaries - as part of its effort to create a modern fighting force able to protect its own information systems and disable those of an adversary.

The hacking evoked in Washington, London and Berlin - and now Beijing - was described as something different, an attempt to burrow into government computers to gain secrets. As such, it seemed to fall more clearly into the domain of espionage.

Striking a different tone, Lou said China should also consider computer-borne information in a larger sense as a threat to its security. He said the United States and other Western countries use advanced technology "to create an information hegemony" and relay unfavorable news from China, raising the risk of social instability.

These countries "have made the Internet a very important channel to infiltrate our politics, strengthening the delivery of Western democracy and values," he said. "More and more frequently, they organize writers to create bad information, exaggerating things that are inharmonious with our development and raise the specter of the China threat on the international scene." [Cody/WashingtonPost/12September2007] 

Officials Cite Danger In Revealing Detainee Data. The nation's top intelligence officials have told a federal appeals court in recent days that a July ruling requiring the government to disclose virtually all its information on Guant�namo detainees could cause "exceptionally grave damage to the national security." The Justice Department has filed a request to overturn that decision, issued by a federal appeals court panel on July 20. The decision was an important victory for detainees' lawyers, who said it could pierce layers of secrecy shielding what the government knows about many of the 340 men held at the naval base at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba.

The intelligence officials, including the directors of the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the National Security Agency, said in court filings that the vast disclosure would reveal counterterrorism activities and could disrupt intelligence gathering. They also said assembling the information was so time-consuming that the effort had distracted the agencies from terrorism investigations.

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the C.I.A. director, said in a Sept. 6 affidavit that the information the appeals panel had ordered turned over to detainees' lawyers "would include information about virtually every weapon in the C.I.A.'s arsenal" and was likely to cause people who were providing information to stop cooperating. "This outcome," General Hayden wrote, "would severely restrict the U.S. government's ability to collect intelligence and wage the war on terrorism."

The fight about the disclosure is becoming one of the central legal confrontations over Guant�namo, displaying the government's national security concerns and the claims of detainees' advocates that officials have repeatedly fended off critics by asserting that much of the information about the detainees cannot be publicly revealed. [Glaberson/NewYorkTimes/12September2007] 

France Reorganizes Intelligence Services. France's Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie announced that France's two police intelligence services will be merged into a single organization, the Central Directorate for Domestic Intelligence - or DCRI, in its French acronym - in order to better fight terrorism. 

The new agency will be charged with defusing threats like those from rioting youths, Basque and Corsican separatists and radical Islamic militants. The directorate's mission will include counterterrorism, industrial espionage, fighting cyber crime and monitoring social unrest like that seen during three weeks of youth riots in late 2005.

President Nicolas Sarkozy, a former interior minister, led the effort to unite the police surveillance agency Renseignements Generaux - or RG - and the DST counterterrorism service, long known for their rivalry.

The merging of the agencies will be completed next year, when its chief will be appointed. The front-runner is Bernard Squarcini, the head of the DST and a longtime No. 2 at Renseignements Generaux. [AP/13September2007]

CIA Ends Use of Waterboard Interrogations. The CIA will no longer use an interrogation tactic described by some as torture. It's called waterboarding and involves covering a person's mouth and nose then pouring water over their face. It creates the sensation of drowning. Human rights groups call it torture. The decision to ban the practice followed urging from the CIA's deputy director, who said it's no longer necessary. Officials say waterboarding was used to get Khalid Sheik Mohammed to admit his role in 9-11 and other attacks. [ABCNews/14September207]

Russian Biologist Under Investigation. Security agents are investigating a Russian scientist for allegedly trying to smuggle out of Russia materials that could be used in building a biological or bacteriological weapon, the scientist and his co-workers said Friday. Oleg Mediannikov is the latest in a growing number of academics and scientists who have been targeted by Russia's main security agency, the Federal Security Service, for allegedly misusing classified information, revealing state secrets or, in some cases, espionage.

Mediannikov, a biologist at Moscow's Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, told The Associated Press that he was traveling to France in December to bring vials of a non-dangerous typhoid vaccine to colleagues when he was stopped by customs officials at Sheremyetevo Airport. The samples were confiscated and sent to a government laboratory for testing, but Mediannikov said he was allowed to travel to Marseilles, then returned to Moscow without further incident.

In February, as he tried to travel to Africa on a tourist trip, he said he was denied permission to leave at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. His passport was confiscated and was returned to him two months later, he said.

In June, he said he was notified he was under investigation for smuggling materials that might be used for preparing weapons of mass destruction - a charge he said could result, if convicted, in a sentence up to seven years in prison.

Mediannikov said he had the necessary documentation and permits for the samples at the time they were confiscated. He also said that the directors of the Gamaleya Institute have asked him to resign, but he has refused. Anatoly Osipenko, deputy director of the Gamaleya Institute, accused Mediannikov of violating Russian customs law by not declaring the samples when he was leaving the country. A duty officer at the Federal Security Service refused to comment on the investigation, saying all questions should be submitted in writing.

Didier Raoult, a French biologist with the University of the Mediterranean, said Mediannikov had been to France three times in the past without incident. "We've been working with the Gamaleya Institute for 15 years and we've never had any problems. Even when we were working in communist times," Raoult said.

Earlier this year, customs officials banned exports of blood samples and other biological materials from Russia; the Health Ministry, however, said the decision by customs' officials concerned only major shipments of biological materials and would not affect ordinary patients. The Health Ministry and other Russian officials gave no reason for the decision, but it appeared to reflect official suspicions about Western companies' involvement in the sensitive sphere of health care amid a deepening chill in ties and accusations of European and U.S. meddling in Russia's affairs. Health Minister Mikhail Zurabov later said that new rules governing the export of human blood and tissue would soon be set. It was not immediately clear whether the rules had been issued, or whether they would concern the samples Mediannikov was carrying.

The investigation highlighted the chill that has fallen over Russian scientific research under President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer. In 2004, physicist Valentin Danilov was convicted of spying for China and sentenced to 14 years in prison for providing allegedly sensitive information that he said had been published in part in publicly available scientific magazines. The same year, arms control researcher Igor Sutyagin was convicted of treason for selling information on nuclear submarines and missile-warning systems to a British company that Russian investigators claimed was a CIA cover. Last month, the Federal Security Service said it was dropping its investigation of two physicist-brothers who published a booklet last year that outside experts determined, the service said, contained classified information "related to the development of armaments." [Eckel/AP/14September2007] 

Gilder Quits "Spy Game." South African Intelligence co-ordinator Barry Gilder has resigned in what those close to him and intelligence sources say is nothing but early retirement from a stressful job. His resignation comes at a time when the South African intelligence services are trying to restore their credibility following espionage scandals, linked to ANC succession battle, which cost the career of four top spies.

In an interview in February last year, President Thabo Mbeki raised "concerns" about the quality of intelligence reports he received. There is a review of all intelligence services under way to regain public confidence and avoid future abuse of spy operations.

Gilder, one of the few spooks trusted by Mbeki according to an intelligence source, said his resignation had nothing to do with "politics". "It was purely for personal reasons. I want to pursue my writings and I want to take stock. I will find other ways to contribute to our transformation."

Gilder went into exile in 1976 to join the ANC in London, enlisted with MK three years later before joining the ANC intelligence unit in 1980. [Monare/IOL/14September2007] 

Wanted: MI5 Spies, No Experience Needed. The British Security Service, MI5, has begun a recruitment drive in the North in preparation for the opening of its new multi-million pound headquarters on the outskirts of Belfast later this year. For the first time, a number of Belfast newspapers ran an advertisement placed by the Security Service who are seeking to recruit IT professionals and foreign language transcribers. The successful applicants will work in MI5's newly built Northern headquarters located inside the British Army's Place Barracks base in Holywood, Co Down. MI5's move to Palace Barracks later this year will see the security service take the lead in all intelligence gathering matters relating to UK national security.

Until now PSNI Special Branch has been responsible for agent handling and intelligence gathering in the North. However, it is understood no specific date has yet been set for the transfer of responsibility due to ongoing negotiations about intelligence sharing between the PSNI and MI5. PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Peter Sherridan has already told the North's Policing Board a memo of understanding between the police and the security service had yet to be finalized.  [Independent/14September2007] 

Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal. Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush administration's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John Rizzo's nomination has stalled because of concerns about his views on the treatment of terrorism suspects. The decision followed a private meeting this week in which committee leaders concluded that the troubled nomination could not overcome opposition among Democratic members. It comes less than a month after a key member, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), announced his intention to block the nomination indefinitely.

Rizzo, a career CIA lawyer, has drawn fire from Democrats and human rights groups because of his support for Bush administration legal doctrines permitting "enhanced interrogation" of terrorism detainees in CIA custody.

Two U.S. officials familiar with the committee's decision said the request for Rizzo's withdrawal has been conveyed to Gen. Michael Hayden, the CIA's director. The officials, who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the committee's discussions, said lawmakers had hoped to avoid the formality of a negative vote on Rizzo's nomination out of respect for his long service at the intelligence agency. Rizzo has served with the CIA since 1976 and acted as interim general counsel from 2001 to 2002 and from August 2004 to the present.

CIA officials declined comment on whether a formal request had been received, but a spokesman said Hayden continues to support Rizzo's nomination. "Director Hayden believes Mr. Rizzo is a fine lawyer and is well-qualified for the post," agency spokesman Mark Mansfield said. "This has been, and continues to be, his view."

The White House also signaled its continued support for Rizzo. "We continue to support Mr. Rizzo's nomination and believe he is well-qualified to serve in this important position," spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said. Wyden declined yesterday to discuss the status of Rizzo's nomination but said he remains strongly opposed to it. "It is clearly not in the interest of the country and not in the interest of the many hardworking professionals at the CIA," Wyden said in a phone interview. He said Rizzo's views on interrogation are "light-years from what we need."

During his confirmation hearing in June, Rizzo testified that he did not object to an administration memo in 2002 that deemed legal some extremely harsh interrogation techniques for CIA detainees. According to the memo, a technique was not considered to be torture unless it inflicted pain "equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of body function, or even death." Rizzo testified that the legal opinion "on the whole was a reasonable one." Rizzo also said the CIA does not condone torture, and stressed that the agency's actions must remain "in full compliance with the Constitution, U.S. law and U.S. obligations under international treaties."

Rizzo's positions and his support for harsh interrogations conducted by the CIA at secret prisons have made him a target of human rights and civil liberties groups. On Tuesday, a coalition of organizations issued a statement urging the Senate to reject Rizzo's nomination. "When Mr. Rizzo failed to object to legal arguments that defended torture, he failed to protect his clients - the president, his CIA colleagues and the American people," said the statement signed by Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and three other groups. [Warrick/WashingtonPost/13September2007] 

Belarus Jails Four Soldiers on Spying Charges. The Supreme Court in Belarus sentenced four army officers to prison terms of between seven and ten years Friday after finding them guilty of spying and treason. Viktor Bogdan, Sergey Korniliyuk, Pavel Petkevitch and Vladimir Russkin, who had been accused of spying for neighboring Poland, were stripped of their ranks and ordered to serve their sentences in a maximum security prison. Petkevitch, a captain, and Korniliyuk, a major, were sentenced to seven years each, while Bogdan, also a major, was handed nine years. Russkin, a first lieutenant, was sentenced to ten years after being found guilty of recruiting the others.

Belarus' secret service announced on public television on July 15 that it had arrested four Belarussian citizens and one Russian who had been spying for Poland. Viktor Veguera, the deputy head of Belarus' KGB, told ONT television that all were former soldiers, adding: "The information they were gathering mainly concerned the air defense system of Belarus and Russia." Two days later Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko sacked his intelligence chief Stepan Sukhorenko but did not say if it was linked to the discovery of the spy ring.

Relations are tense between neighbors Poland and Belarus, once both part of the Soviet bloc, which went their separate ways after the fall of communism in eastern Europe. Poland adopted parliamentary democracy while Belarus stayed under the authoritarian Lukashenko regime. In 2006, Poland imposed visa restrictions on several members of the regime which it accused of repressing political opponents, many of whom come from the Polish minority in Belarus. [AFX/14September2007]

Lawmakers Urge Delay in Spy Satellite Program. The Bush administration is planning to give domestic law enforcement agencies increased access to powerful spy satellite technology. The Department of Homeland Security says the satellites will be used to boost border security and help rescuers respond to natural disasters. But some lawmakers and civil liberties groups say that the program may invade the privacy of Americans. 

The United States has for decades used spy satellites to monitor trouble spots in other countries. During the Cold War, these U.S. satellites took pictures of Soviet Union tank movements. Satellite surveillance technology has advanced dramatically since then. Now, the Department of Homeland Security is about to roll out a new program that will expand the use of space-based imaging satellites for domestic purposes.

Charles Allen, the top intelligence officer for Homeland Security, told a recent congressional hearing that the program will help the nation respond to a range of threats from terrorism and illegal immigration to natural disasters. "Under all conditions, especially in our increasingly uncertain homeland security environment, in which we face a sustained and heightened threat, it is essential that our government use all of its capabilities to assure the safety and well-being of its citizens."

But some lawmakers argue that citizens could have their civil liberties threatened if the Bush administration proceeds with the plan to use secret overhead satellites for law enforcement. Democratic Party Congresswoman Jane Harman called for a moratorium on the program until Homeland Security officials provide more information about its legal framework. "What I worry about is that even if this program is well-designed and executed carefully by all of you, and I take you as men of good faith, that someone somewhere else in the administration could hijack it and use it for other means."

Harman said the domestic use of satellites might violate a law barring the military from engaging in law enforcement within the United States. Traditionally, the Defense Department has owned and operated spy satellites. Their high-resolution sensors from space are capable of seeing through clouds and even penetrating buildings.

Republican Congressman Paul Broun voiced concern that the program lacks safeguards against abuse. "I believe that every person on this committee wants to make sure that this nation stays safe and secure. But I for one am not willing to give up my liberties and my constitutionally protected, God-given rights to your agency or any other."

At a recent House Homeland Security Committee hearing, civil liberties groups argued against the surveillance program. Barry Steinhardt is head of the technology and liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union. "The government's use of spy satellites to monitor its own people - let me emphasize, this is to monitor the American people, this is not weather phenomena, this is not our national infrastructure, bridges or the like, this is people who are being monitored here - represents another large and disturbing step towards what amounts to a surveillance society."

Charles Allen will direct the new program. He says satellite imagery from space has been used for decades for scientific and environmental purposes. He said the technology will be used with "great care" and will not penetrate individual homes. "These systems are not directed at individuals, because these systems are not capable of that from space."

A new National Applications Office in the Homeland Security Department will review requests from civilian agencies to use the spy satellites. The program is scheduled to start October 1st. [Fincher/GlobalSecurity/14September2007] 

Russia Deploys Massive Bomb. The Russian Air Force carried out a significant test on the 12th September 2007, in which an immense fuel-air bomb was dropped. According to the Russian military, the device is the largest explosive device on a global basis - outside of nuclear weapons. Images broadcast today on the Russian television network depicted a Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber unleashing the bomb over a designated test range - its impact causing a large explosion and decimating a four-story-high building. According to military analysts, the claims made in relation to its size - which would place the Russian device over and above the American MOAB - could well be true.

Fuel-air bombs, or, to give them their proper title, 'thermobaric devices', are conceived to explode in two phases. An initial blast generates a cloud of explosive matter, which is subsequently ignited.

The US MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Burst) is known colloquially as the "Mother of All Bombs". This new Russian device, by comparison, has been named by its designers the "Father of All Bombs", according to Channel One News in Russia. Within it, approximately seven tons of explosives are contained, as opposed to eight in its US equivalent. However, due to the use of nanotechnology within its explosive contingent, the Russian bomb is described as possessing four times the destructive power.

The Moab is conceived to be delivered from inside a USAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, which it exits on a parachute.

In conversation with Channel One News, the Russian Deputy Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Alexander Rukshin, said of the device: "Test results of the new airborne weapon have shown that its efficiency and power is commensurate with a nuclear weapon". He added that the "Father of All Bombs" had "no match in the world".

According to the author of the Jane's publication Air-Launched Weapons, such rhetoric could be plausible, based on Russia's history of fuel-air device development. Speaking to the BBC, Robert Hewson stated: "I think the likelihood is that this is the world's biggest non-nuclear bomb". He continued: "You can argue about the numbers and how you scale this but the Russians have a long and proven history of developing weapons in the thermobaric class."

According to Mr. Hewson, fuel-air bombs were used by the Russian Air Force in Chechnya and Afghanistan. His thought on viewing today's coverage of the event was that the bomb was intended for use in Chechnya, but concerns about its destructive impact ultimately halted this.

He further described how he viewed the demonstration as just that; a "statement" forming part of a larger "phase of needing to make statements". [GlobalSecurity/14September2007] 


KGB's Most Dangerous Officer Unveils Secrets of Soviet Intelligence. [The following interview with former chief of the KGB's Directorate K appeared recently in Pravda. Directorate K, one of several sub-directorates within the First Chief Directorate (external intelligence) of the KGB, was disbanded following the August 1991 events. The Soviet-era defector Oleg Gordievsky described Budanov as" the KGB's grimmest and most dangerous" person.]

Q: Mr. Budanov, what kind of operations was your highly secret division of the KGB involved in? 

A: Directorate K was responsible for internal security to support the KGB intelligence operations in foreign countries. I was in charge of that service for quite a long time. Those in other KGB departments involved in gathering political intelligence and personnel of various Soviet organizations working abroad often painted our directorate as something horrible. 

As a man who started on the lowest rung of the ladder to reach its highest one, I am confident that a division responsible for the internal security of an external intelligence agency is absolutely essential for conducting all intelligence operations. Incidentally, a similar division exists within the United States' CIA.

Keeping our own agents under surveillance was not the main task of our directorate. No doubt about it, we kept watch on some of them who had started causing damage to our country by cooperating with the intelligence agencies of target countries. I would like to stress the point that we kept the suspects under surveillance only when we had irrefutable evidence of their double-dealing. Obtaining reliable information with regard to security of all foreign intelligence operations carried out by the KGB was the main task assigned to the directorate. We were also responsible for maintaining security at the Soviet organizations operating abroad.

Penetrating foreign intelligence and security agencies by recruiting their members was part of our core activities. Penetrations were necessary for double-checking information gathered by our agents. The operations were also a must for checking our own intelligence personnel or controllers, who worked with every important human sources of information.

Q: Did your personnel even plant bugs in agents' apartments or install cut-out dead drops or radio contact?

A: Maintaining communication between an agent and his controllers is the weakest link when it comes to security of any intelligence operation. The so-called anonymous or cut-out means of communication have been used by intelligence agencies all over the world. Advanced cut-out communications are still actively used for espionage purposes by the intelligence agencies of major Western countries e.g. United States, which have carried out and continue to carry out intelligence-gathering operations against our country.

In fact, cut-out communications yield the best results because they allow an intelligence agency to use its human source within a target country for a longer period.

However, it does not mean that a human source is completely incapable of being compromised. The KGB used a variety of methods aimed at detecting double agents with whom enemy intelligence agencies maintained contact via cut-out communications. On the other hand, there was no way we could wiretap the phones of every officer of the First Chief Directorate or the phones used by personnel of the Soviet Foreign Ministry. We would not able to do the job because the First Chief Directorate had no equipment to support such operations. Besides, we always strictly followed the letter of the law, at least during my time with counterintelligence and intelligence divisions of the KGB of the Soviet Union. I never had to launch an operation that could have broken the law.

Q: There was a security officer in every Soviet embassy. Is it true that such an officer had unlimited powers for keeping an eye on any event that took place on the embassy premises?

A: Soviet embassies and other establishments abroad have always had to use services provided by security officers. Nowadays the Russian diplomats rely on their services too. Not only Russia has security officers in its foreign establishments. It is a standard practice used by a number of Western countries. For instance, the FBI officers or security service personnel of the Department of States are assigned to U.S. embassies and other establishments located in foreign countries. I happen to personally know an officer in charge of security of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Compared to the Soviet press during perestroika, neither America's right-wing media nor its left-wing media is raising a cry against U.S. security agencies, which allegedly keep control not over the American people but the U.S. government as well.

Q: Is it true that Soviet ambassadors in different counties of the world were afraid of the KGB security officers, especially those with the Directorate K?

A: Unfortunately, many Soviet ambassadors and their accountants were involved in the embezzlement of the state property and funds at the embassies. Those ambassadors would take their accounts to another country in case of a new assignment. They would try to pay off security officers, to make them part of a scheme. If security officers refused to compromise with their principles, those swindlers took steps to get rid of them as soon as possible.

The ambassadors who performed their duties in line with the rule and did everything in all reason and fairness had no trouble in working with security officers assigned to their embassies. In the embassies that fell under the above category, security officers were instrumental in providing security to all the personnel of a Soviet diplomatic establishment. The work of a security officer always yielded necessary results to prevent recruitment of an embassy staff or an officer with the First Chief Directorate. There were numerous cases when ambassadors and their sidekicks behaved as if they had absolute power within the embassy. If no control was in place, they at times took to drink; they embezzled funds and committed adultery in every imaginable way. Those cases were promptly reported to Moscow by security officers and their superiors, legal residents' deputies responsible for counterintelligence, who were also part of the Directorate K.

Q: There were defectors in any intelligence service, and the KGB was not an exception to the rule either. Oleg Gorgievsky, deputy head for political intelligence at the British legal residency, was one of those who caused damage to the operations of the KGB's First Chief Directorate.

In 1985, he was recalled to the Soviet Union, where he would have gone on trial if had not managed to flee the country right from the noses of his KGB surveillants. Was Gordievsky exposed through the efforts of the Directorate K? 

A: That's correct. It is the Directorate K that carried out the work to expose Oleg Gordievsky as a British mole. Personnel of the Directorate not only managed to identify a mole within the KGB legal residency in London, they also succeeded in safely transporting Gordievsky and members of his family to the Soviet Union. As far as I am concerned, the then chief of the KGB Counterintelligence Directorate was to blame for Gordievsky's subsequent escape from the KGB sanatorium near Leningrad. The British managed to smuggle Gordievsky into a safe house by putting him in the trunk of a car of the British Embassy. It was not the kind of a getaway the Soviet counterintelligence service was ready to foil at the time. I believe it would be interesting for Gordievsky to know that I was quite flattered after coming across "the grimmest and most dangerous man within the KGB" - the way he characterizes Budanov in his book. His description helped me back then and it still helps me do my today's work. His compliment is especially dear to me because I got it from an enemy agent who was identified by me personally among hundreds of officers serving with the First Chief Directorate of the KGB.

Q: The Directorate K had full information with regard to Gordievsky's whereabouts in Britain. The same applied to the location of a GRU officer who compromised all the agents of an illegal residency in Vienna, and later wrote several books under an alias of Suvorov. However, the KGB has not assassinated defectors since the early 1960s, according to members of the Soviet and Russian intelligence and security services. Do you agree to this statement?

A: Lots of scary stories were made up about the atrocities allegedly committed by the Directorate K. Traitors and defectors, those mentioned above inclusive, were kept under surveillance, it is a fact. But they did not know that we were watching them. Contrary to sensational reports spread far and wide by the so-called "democratic media" in perestroika times, the KGB has never carried out any assassination operations against the Soviet defectors. [Tarasov/Pravda/13September2007] 

Section III - Terrorism

Hezbollah Could Attack US If It Felt Threatened. The Hezbollah militant group could stage an attack on the United States if it believed the US posed a direct threat to the group or to its alleged backer Iran, director of national intelligence Michael McConnell warned on Monday. The Lebanese Shiite militant and political organization is considered a "terrorist" group by the United States.

"We assess Lebanese Hezbollah, which has conducted anti-US attacks outside the United States in the past, may be more likely to consider attacking the homeland over the next three years if it perceives the United States as posing a direct threat to the group or Iran," he said in written testimony to Congress.

Iran, which is at loggerheads with the United States over its nuclear ambitions, is a vocal supporter of the Lebanese militant group and rejoiced over its resistance to the Israeli army last year. Tehran, however, denies Western charges that it provides arms to Hezbollah. The armed conflict led to the reinforcement of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the tense border zone with Israel for the first time in decades, but Hezbollah was not disarmed.

McConnell also warned that the United States would "face a persistent and evolving terrorist threat over the next three years." He expressed concern that international cooperation that had constrained the ability of Al-Qaeda to attack the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks could fizzle out.

"We are concerned however that this level of international cooperation may wane as 9/11 becomes a more distant memory and perceptions of the threat diverge," he said at a Senate hearing on confronting the terrorism threat. [TurkishPress/10September2007]

Spy Chief Worries About Sleeper Cells. National intelligence director Mike McConnell said Tuesday that U.S. authorities are worried about "sleeper cells" of would-be terrorists inside the United States and are remaining vigilant against any new attacks.

On the sixth anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and in western Pennsylvania, McConnell also said plots against the United States have been thwarted. But he said there can be no safety guarantees. McConnell said that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network "intends to have an operation in the United States that will result in mass casualties."

McConnell spoke as U.S. intelligence experts continued to assess the latest messages from bin Laden. In a new video released Tuesday, bin Laden urged sympathizers to join the "caravan" of martyrs and he praised one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers. The intelligence czar said he could not immediately read anything substantial into bin Laden's tape.

"We look at these tapes very, very closely," he said. McConnell said that bin Laden remains a prodigious threat to America, but said the "intellectual leader" of al-Qaida is Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The search goes on for bin Laden, believed to be hiding in the mountains of Pakistan near the Afghanistan border, but he remains elusive. "Finding a single human being in the billions that are on the earth, that wants to remain hidden ... makes it very, very difficult," said McConnell, acknowledging that bin Laden has been "virtually enjoying a safe haven."

" ... Even if we did find him and remove him from the scene, he would be seen as a martyr," he said of bin Laden. 

"We worry about sleeper cells in the United States," McConnell added. "There are al-Qaida sympathizers ... but so far we have not been able to identify them."

"The worry is that we have to maintain our vigilance," he said. "We have stopped many efforts to come into the United States, so we have been successful. But we cannot let our guard down."

McConnell also said that, so far, U.S. authorities have not been able to "identify" any groups which may have gained access to nuclear materials. [AP/12September2007]


Book Review

Pentagon 9/11, by Alfred Goldberg.  Pentagon 9/11 provides the most comprehensive account to date of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and aftermath, including unprecedented details on the impact on the Pentagon building and personnel and the scope of the rescue, recovery, and care-giving effort. It's evocative narrative is based on firsthand accounts of survival, tragedy, and heroism drawn from hundreds of interviews, and features 32 pages of previously unpublished photographs, diagrams and illustrations.

Pentagon 9/11 records in compelling and unprecedented detail the destructive path of American Airlines Flight 77 as it crashed through the building. It then relates the epic struggle of the on-scene survivors and rescuers as they led colleagues to safety. It also describes the actions of the first responders in fighting the fire, insuring security, and furnishing care to the dying and injured.

From the smoke and chaos of the event emerged vivid scenes of the physical wreckage and human toll, but also countless acts of courage, grace, and heroism among military and civilians suddenly functioning side by side in an unconventional theater of war. Pentagon 9/11 chronicles the full sweep of this complex experience, heretofore depicted only in fragments, and offers important and reassuring lessons learned for future emergencies.  [DefenseDept/September2007]


Donald F.B. Jameson; Handled Russian Defectors for CIA. Donald F.B. "Jamie" Jameson, 82, a branch chief in the Central Intelligence Agency's directorate of operations who was highly regarded for his work handling Russian defectors and other Soviet covert operations, died Sept. 5 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had complications of a stroke in March.

Mr. Benton graduated in 1945 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and spent the end of World War II in the Pacific. He received a master's degree in international relations from Columbia University, and, fluent in Russian, he was recruited to the CIA to enlist and train agents to infiltrate the Soviet Union.

From 1962 to 1969, Mr. Jameson headed the branch in charge of Soviet bloc covert action. His branch encouraged dissidents behind the Iron Curtain and helped smuggle banned books to and from the Soviet Union and its satellite countries. He also helped arrange for the defection of Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and the English-language publication of her book "Twenty Letters to a Friend" (1967).

Mr. Jameson retired as special adviser to the Soviet bloc division chief and became a writer and consultant on international finance and politics.

In 1999, he told U.S. News & World Report that many of his recruits were used as observers to watch troop movements. Still others had assignments to collect leaves and frogs near plutonium processing centers so U.S. scientists could test the samples for chemicals. Most of the agents failed to work at all, he said. Some were caught and sent to the gulag, and others disappeared. In retrospect, he told the magazine, "Ours was a very large effort that produced virtually no results useful to intelligence."

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Lisa Rodman Jameson of Ashburn; his children Jeremy Jameson of Houston; Margaret Jameson and Thomas Jameson, both of New York City, and Alexander Jameson of Washington; and a sister. [Bernstein/WashingtonPost/11September2007]

Coming Events

19 September 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ -The Arizona Chapter of AFIO meeting features Richard W. Bloom, College Dean/Director of Terrorism, Intelligence, and Security Studies at Embry-Riddle. The chapter will hold it's meeting at 11:30 AM at Buster's Restaurant in Scottsdale. The speaker will be Dr. Richard W. Bloom, Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Professor of Political and Clinical Psychology and Director of Terrorism, Intelligence, and Security Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Dr. Bloom has worked for the United States government as an intelligence operations manager, intelligence analyst, special operations planner, politico-military planner and military clinical psychologist. He is President of the Military Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology). He carries out policy analyses and reviews applied research in Aviation Intelligence, profiling of aviation security threat and assessment, terrorism, and counter terrorism, psychological warfare, propaganda and disinformation. For information and reservations contact Bill Williams at (602) 944-2451 or FIREBALLCI@HOTMAIL.COM

19 September 2007, 11:30 a.m. - Arlington, VA - Defense Intelligence Forum features Dr. Jan Goldman
speaking on Strategic Warning: Changing The Way We Look At Threats
. Dr. Goldman, an AFIO member, is the author or editor of numerous articles and books to include Ethics of Spying: A Reader for the Intelligence Professional; Words of Intelligence: A Dictionary; and the recently declassified Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning. In 2006, he organized the first international conference on ethics and intelligence. He is a founding board member of the International Intelligence Ethics Association. He teaches at the National Defense Intelligence College and Georgetown University. He holds a doctorate from George Washington University, and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech and Georgetown University. RSVP by 12 September by reply email or telephone DIAA at 571-426-0098, provide your Name and the names of your guests, Your association, telephone number, email address, and menu selections (chicken, veal, or salmon). Pay at the door with a check for $25 payable to DIAA, Inc. Location: Alpine Restaurant, 4770 Lee Highway at Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207. Social hour starts at 1130, lunch at 1215, program at 1300 E:

20 September 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter features speaker Craig B. Chellis on "Adapting the Intelligence Process to Monitoring Natural Disasters". Craig is a former staffer of both NRO and CIA.. The lunch meeting is at the Falcon Room of the Officers Club, Air Force Academy. The cost is $10.00 and the lunch starts at 11:30 am. Contact Richard (Dick) Durham at 719-488-2884 or by e-mail Reservations must be made to Durham not later than September 17, 2007

Thursday, 20 September 2007; 12 noon – 1 pm - Washington, DC - iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era, free booksigning at the International Spy Museum Your groceries, the songs you buy for your iPod, the programs you TiVo, all these choices are added to a global data mine. Unbeknownst to the casual user of these services, this mother lode of information is already being put to use in various economic, political, and social contexts. In his new book iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era, Mark Andrejevic reveals how untempered public enthusiasm for new technologies offers unfettered new modes of surveillance and control. Join Andrejevic for a chilling look at the vortex in which collaborative participation becomes centralized control. Free! No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.

20-22 September 2007 - Rochester, NY - Fourth Conference on Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism. The event will gather together a diverse group of mathematicians and scientists from universities, national labs, the private sector, and defense agencies. They plan to include informative talks to provide background for the various subjects, papers indicating the current state of research, and
discussions that will explore future research topics. Visit for further information and registration. Publicity for previous conferences and for further information visit

20 September 2007, 6 pm - 10 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - The OSS Society hosts the William J. Donovan Award Dinner  The dinner will honor MG John K. Singlaub USA(Ret), the current Chairman of The Society, who will be the Award's 2007 recipient. The event will include The Society's own celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of CIA, formed after the OSS disbanded. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been invited to present a keynote address, and other military leaders are invited. Further details can be found by writing them at

Tuesday, 25 September 2007; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Agency at 60: Former DCI & CIA Director R. James Woolsey Reflects - A Special Evening at the International Spy Museum “We have slain a large dragon, but we now live in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes. And in many ways, the dragon was easier to keep track of.”— R. James Woolsey, 1991 Former U.S. Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) R. James Woolsey headed the CIA at a time of great change and challenge. The Cold War was ending and the Agency was suffering from the recent revelation that intelligence officer Aldrich Ames was a Soviet mole. Serving as both the DCI and the CIA director, Woolsey was appointed by President Clinton to help restructure the intelligence service. During this candid conversation, the former DCI will share what it was like to head the CIA during that tumultuous time. He will draw on his tenure at the CIA and his distinguished government career to comment on the Agency as it turns 60. Woolsey will also share some of his thoughts about the future of the CIA during this intimate event. Tickets: $20 REGISTER:

26 - 27 September 2007 - The Hague, Netherlands - Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) CONFERENCE 2008  The Netherlands Defence College (IDL), The Hague, Netherlands is the location for 'Intelligence Failures and Cultural Misperceptions: Asia, 1945 till the present' The NISA would like to invite both academic and (former) practitioners of intelligence to submit proposals for papers that entail a theoretical approach to the intelligence failures and cultural misperceptions against the backdrop of the situation in Asia since 1945. The intention of the conference organizers is to develop a more analytical perspective on the above mentioned events, rather than adding to existing descriptive narratives. Submitters are requested to send in proposals of approximately 400 words pertaining to the following subjects : The Cold War in Asia Economic espionage in and from Asia Intelligence cultures UKUSA cooperation in Asia The 'war on terror' Proposals should be submitted no later than 1 May, 2007 and can be sent to: or write to

26-27 September 2007 - Washington, DC - National Defense Intelligence College& Office of the Director of National Intelligence Conference. The theme is Intelligence Strategy: New Challenges and Opportunities. Morning Keynote:  J. Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence. Panel 1: What Has Intelligence Reform Accomplished? Luncheon Speaker:  Honorable James R. Clapper, Jr., Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Panel 2: What Has Changed in the World? Panel 3: Performing the Mission in a Collaborative Environment. Panel 4: Removing the Barriers to Transformation. For more information visit

Thursday, 27 September 2007 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Arlington, VA - Greater DC Chapter Meeting of Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals [SCIP]. Topic: Mapping Intelligence in a Web 2.0 World. Web 2.0 has changed some of the basic precepts on where market and competitive intelligence comes from. Traditionally the authoritative source of information came from the established media and publishing houses. Web 2.0 has introduced the concept of collective intelligence and the efficient gathering of information from the edges. This has been most prominently seen with the advent of blogging and the emergence of fringe amateur experts as respected voices on a variety of subjects. While blogging has been the most prominent shift the concept of collective intelligence is changing several industries and source of information. This talk will discuss how mapping and geographic data collection is being changed by Web 2.0 and what the repercussions will be for fields like competitive intelligence. SPEAKER is Sean Gorman, founder of FortiusOne in 2005 to bring advanced geospatial technologies to market. Dr. Gorman is a recognized expert in geospatial analysis and visualization.
LOCATION: Tivoli Restaurant1700 N Moore St, Arlington, VA
FEE: Early Bird Registration Fees (Ends September 7th) SCIP Member $30.00, Non-Member $40.00 Student $20.00 (Please contact Dionedra Dorsey for registration details) Registration Fees (After September 7th) SCIP Member $35.00; Non-Member $40.00; Student $20.00 On Site Registration Fees SCIP Member $40.00;Non Member $50.00; Student $25.00 (Please contact Dionedra Dorsey for registration details) To register now:
Registration, Networking, Food & Beverage 6:00 PM; Presentation 6:30 PM; Q & A / Networking 7:30 PM
QUESTIONS? Contact August Jackson, Greater Washington Chapter Chair, email:
Dionedra Dorsey, SCIP Chapter Relations Coordinator, email:, 703.739.0696 ext. 111

28 September 2007 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joel F. Brenner, head of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX)
on "Challenges of Globalization for National Security Interests"
John F. Sullivan, former CIA Polygraph Division, author of GATEKEEPER: Memoirs of a CIA Polygrapher on
Taking the pre-employment, security, lifestyle, and reinvestigation poly -
What the polygraphers see, What it means, What you need to know.

Space limited. Registration here

and for your October planning.....  

Wednesday, 3 October 2007; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Truth is Out There: Conspiracy Theories and Their Use by Intelligence Agencies at the International Spy Museum “Once contracted, conspiracy theory is an incurable condition.”—Christopher Andrew in Eternal Vigilance Do you believe the U.S. Army manufactured AIDS as a biological weapon? That Washington has been covering up UFO sightings for decades? Or that the CIA was involved in Kennedy’s assassination? If so, you are not alone. Americans are obsessed with conspiracy theories to a point that many have come to believe our democracy is really controlled by invisible forces operating behind the scenes. What makes conspiracy theories so appealing and why have they become so prevalent in this day and age? Do some of them contain a grain of truth? And who stands to gain from spreading these ideas? Join Robert Alan Goldberg, author of Enemies Within, as he unravels the mysteries of many popular conspiracy theories and International Spy Museum historian, Thomas Boghardt, who will reveal how intelligence agencies across the world have used these ingenious inventions as political weapons. Tickets: $15 REGISTER:

4 October 2007, 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Lynnette Terrett, CEO Rapid Map on "The Future of Geointelligence Applications for Military, Security and Law Enforcement"
Lynette Terrett is a recognized authority in the field of GPS systems integration, geo-spatial engineering and geo-mobile computing solutions. Lynnette is Co-Founder and CEO of Rapid Map, based in Melbourne Australia. The company develops and deploys geo-spatial intelligence systems to military, federal and state law enforcement, fire, emergency response and environmental infrastructure markets worldwide. In 2004, Rapid Map entered into a joint venture with National Geographic where Lynnette has been integral in the development of products providing spatial data, environmental, health, emergency and asset management solutions for all tiers of Government in the US. Lynnette has been working with Falchion Enterprises to design implementation for advanced geo-spatial intelligence solutions for Military, DHS, Law Enforcement and Private Security organizations and to support covert operations for intelligence agencies. Lynnette’s presentation will cover technology trends as they relate to applications for geo- intelligence collections and communications, addressing the emerging requirements for military, security and law enforcement.
Cost: $25 per person, Member Rate with advance reservations or $35 per person, Non-Member Rate or at door without reservation Time: 11:30 AM No Host Cocktails; 12:00 Noon Luncheon. Place: United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) - St. Patrick’s Room (2nd Floor) 2700 – 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA.
Please respond no later than 5 PM, 9/21/07. Reservations not cancelled by the end of the day 9/25/07 must be honored. Please send your reservation, including check made out to AFIO and your menu choice to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011-7578, or email her at or call (650) 622-9840 X608.

Thursday, 4 October 2007; 12 noon – 1 pm - Washington, DC - Corporate Spy: Industrial Espionage and Counterintelligence in the Multinational Enterprise at the International Spy Museum In May of 2006, PepsiCo alerted the Coca Cola Company that someone was trying to sell Coke’s secrets. An FBI sting implicated a secretary who has since been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets from the famous beverage maker. How unusual was this case? How frequently are businesses under attack? How can they protect themselves? Join Steeple Aston, PhD, author of Corporate Spy, as he uncovers the world of the corporate spies: who they are and how they operate. You’ll learn the warning signs and hear about some of the most dramatic cases of industrial espionage in recent years. Free! No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.

 5 October 2007, 5:30 pm - New York, NY - The AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter hosts an evening meeting to hear Haviland Smith. Smith is a retired CIA station chief having served in East and West Europe and was chief of CIA's Counterterrorism Staff. He served in Tehran, Beirut, Prague, Berlin and Washington. A classic spymaster's tour of duty. Undergraduate of Dartmouth, a Master's from University of London, both in Russian Studies. Mentioned several times (positively - uh oh) in Tim Weiner's intellectually dishonest fictive book, "Legacy of Ashes" [a skewed and laughably cherry-picked pseudo-history mistakenly taken by its own press to title itself "The History of CIA"]. In more accurate (and honest) journalist hands...those of Benjamin Weiser [same paper, but different ethical standards]...Weiser's book "A Secret Life" notes that Haviland Smith made significant contributions to the fascinating field of intelligence operations tradecraft. Haviland Smith is well-known for being a dynamic, mesmerizing speaker! Join us this evening and find out. NEW LOCATION: CLUB QUARTERS (Was the Chemist's Club), 40 West 45th St, (between 5th and 6th Aves) TIME: Doors Open 5:30 PM; Speaker 6:00 PM; Open Bar 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM; COST: $35 pp. Checks in Advance or Pay at Door. Checks: Payable to Jerry Goodwin, 530 Park Ave 15B, New York, NY 10021. RESERVATIONS: Not Required Questions? Call 212-308-1450

6 October 2007 - Seattle, WA - AFIO Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting looks at the Air Defense Sector. The meeting features Capt Cannady, LTC Woodard, and Maj. Krueger. An outstanding program is planned with speakers from McChord AFB and the Washington National Guard. Captain Matthew Cannady is the Intelligence Officer assigned to the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) at McChord. He will provide an in-depth briefing on the workings of the Air Defense system on the West Coast. Lt. Colonel Timothy Woodard the J2 of the Washington National Guard and Major Bill Krueger will provide a detailed briefing on the recently created 194th Intelligence Squadron. The cost of the meeting will be $25 which includes a breakfast buffet. Time: 09:30am - 1:30pm. Where: South View Lounge at the Museum of Flight. The meeting is open to anyone interested in national intelligence whether they are a member or not. The chapter welcomes family, friends and associates to attend. Please mail your checks, payable to AFIO PNW Chapter, to: AFIO PNW Chapter, 4616 25th Ave NE Suite 495, Seattle, WA 98105. Please RSVP Fran Dyer at:

Tuesday, 16 October 2007; 7 pm - Washington, DC - Syriana. Movie and post-film talk with former CIA Officer, Robert Baer. “Intelligence work isn't training seminars and gold stars for attendance…” —Bob Barnes in Syriana Corruption and power drive the plot of Syriana, a multi-layered thriller that weaves together emirs, analysts, intelligence officers, and immigrant workers. In the thought-provoking film, one commodity connects everything—oil. This shocking depiction of ruthless deals and raw emotion is inspired by the experiences of former CIA case officer Robert Baer—the screenplay is drawn from Baer’s books See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil. Baer’s twenty-year career in the Directorate of Operations took him to assignments in Northern Iraq, Lebanon, and Tajikstan. His understanding of the Middle East shaped the film and brings a grim realism to this exploration of a double-crossing and morally skewed world. Join Baer for a special screening and discussion of the award-winning film. Program to be held at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and G Streets, NW Tickets: $15 REGISTER:

17-18 October 2007 - Chantilly, VA - AFCEA International Classified Fall Symposium - Top Secret SI/TK As part of an ongoing series for business executives with active intelligence community clearances, the AFCEA will be exploring Intelligence Community and National Security issues as they relate to the topic of information sharing and collaboration. The event will be held at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly. Four focused sessions will address what has worked, what has not worked, and what still needs to be done. This is a critical topic requiring changes not only within the government and Intelligence Community, but also for marketing ideas for the private sector. For further details see:

18-19 October 2007 - Laurel, MD - The Symposium on Cryptologic History sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History, to be held at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. WEDNESDAY, 17 October 2007 - National Cryptologic Museum Foundation General Membership Meeting
Guest Speakers: Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence.
THURSDAY, 18 October 2007 - 2007 Symposium on Cryptologic History theme is CRYPTOLOGY AND COMMUNITY by The Center for Cryptologic History. Topics: World War I: European Cryptology, COMINT and the World War I Blockade, COMINT at Caporetto, World War I: American Cryptology, First Time Out: SIGINT and the Punitive Expedition, Early ‘National-Departmental’ Evolution and Intelligence
Technology in the World War I Era, World War I, an Intelligence Revolution?, Cryptologic Leadership, The Four-Rotor Bombe, Personal Memories of Joe Desch, Telephone Secrecy in World War II, Computers and Cryptology, Early Technological Development in Cryptology: A First-Hand Account, Cryptography and the Birth of the U.S. Computer Industry: Some Management Observations, The Laboratory for Physical Sciences at a Half-Century.
FRIDAY, 19 October 2007 topics will be: History and Intelligence: The View from France and Germany, U.S. Army Tactical SIGINT Units in the European Theater of Operations, The Office of Censorship During the Second World War, The Leslie Howard Story: a Wartime Mystery, ALES is Still Hiss: the Wilder Foote Candidacy and What’s Wrong With It, Intelligence Assessment & Collection: Case Studies Regarding Korea during 1968-1969, History and the Technologist, The Law, the Media, and Intelligence, The Development of Case Law on Cryptology, The Media and Secrecy in American Intelligence, History and Intelligence Literature, Current Literature on Counterintelligence, NSA History Publications: Past, Present, and Future.
Speakers: Dr. William J. Williams, Chief, Center for Cryptologic History; John C. Inglis, Deputy Director, NSA; Dr. John Ferris, University of Calgary; Dr. John Schindler, Naval War College; Dr. David Hatch, Center for Cryptologic History; Mark Stout, Institute for Defense Analyses; Dr. Michael Warner, Office of Director of National Intelligence; Jennifer Wilcox, National Cryptologic Museum; Deborah Anderson; Mel Klein, NSA(Ret); James Pendergrass, NSA(Ret); James Boone, NSA(Ret); Dr. Kent Sieg, Center for Cryptologic History; Dr. David Hatch, NSA Historian, Center for Cryptologic History
Dr. David Kahn, Author of The Codebreakers; Michael Bigelow, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Dr. Larry Valero, Air Command and Staff College; Dr. Douglas Wheeler, University of New Hampshire; Dr. John Haynes, Library of Congress; Dr. Harvey Klehr, Emory University; Richard A. Mobley, Independent Scholar; Brian Snow, NSA(Ret); Kevin Powers, NSA(Ret); Dr. William Nolte, University of Maryland; Robert L. Benson, NSA(Ret); and Barry Carleen, Center for Cryptologic History.
FURTHER INFORMATION: National Security Agency Center for Cryptologic History; 301-688-2336 or at or visit
LOCATION: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Kossiakoff Center, Laurel, MD

19-20 October 2007 - Hampton Beach, NH - The Fall 2007 meeting of the AFIO New England Chapter will be held at the Ashworth-by-the-Sea in Hampton Beach. A full description of services as well as directions to the hotel are available at Their main speaker will be Andy Bacevisch. They will also hear from their own Gene Wojciechowski. Andrew Bacevisch was born in Normal, IL in 1947 and is a 1969 graduate of West Point. He served in Vietnam commanding an armored cavalry platoon, and later earned an MA and PhD in history at Princeton while teaching at West Point. After his army service, he taught at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies before coming to Boston University, where he headed the Center for International Relations for several years. He is the author of a number of books on the US military and his op-ed pieces appear regularly in the national press. The program will begin with a Friday evening complimentary wine and cheese social at the Ashworth-by-the-Sea starting at 6:00 PM. This get-together is a wonderful opportunity to renew friendships, as well as make new ones in a relaxed informal setting. We anticipate that our speakers will join us at the social. This may be followed by a no-host dinner at local area restaurants. Our Saturday schedule is as follows 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. Meeting Registration, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m. First Speaker, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Luncheon,1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker, 2:30 p.m. Adjournment. For additional information contact

20 October 07 - Kennebunk, ME. The Maine Chapter of AFIO will host John Robb, author of "Brave New War." Robb, a graduate of the Air Force Academy and Yale University,  has worked as a special operations counterterrorism officer and is a successful software CEO pioneering in weblogs and RSS.  He has worked, lived ,and traveled extensively throughout the world.  Over the past few years he has been analyzing guerrilla insurgencies on his blog Global Guerrillas.  Robb offers a unique insight into terrorism, global security, and U.S. vulnerabilities to this type of warfare.  The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk, at 2:00 p.m.  Further information at 207-985-2392

22-26 October 2007 - The Midwest Chapter of AFIO is planning a trip to Washington, DC  The trip will run from Monday, October 22, 2007 through Friday, October 26, 2007. Plans are being made to visit the White House, the Pentagon, and the Capitol, with the possibility of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. All other tours will be worked around the laying of the wreath and scheduled tours provided by the government. Contact Angelo DiLiberti at 847-931-4181 for more details and a registration reply form. Spaces are limited and reply forms must be submitted early for tour background checks.

23-24 October 2007 - NMIA Symposium for 2007 visits the National Reconnaissance Office - SECRET/NOFORN. Attendees must hold SECRET/NOFORN clearance. Fee: $475 pp.  Includes presentation by LTG David Deptula, A-2, HQ USAF Transformation followed by speakers on AF Cyber Command, Airborne ISR and ISR Personnel Development. Day two features Under SecDef James Clapper on “Revitalization of DOD Counterintelligence” followed by speakers from the Office of the SECDEF discussing the future of CI at military commands and the merger of CI and HUMINT. To signup visit

25-27 October 2007 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium. The AFIO National Intelligence Symposium runs Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27, at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Tysons Corner, VA. Details to be sent directly to all members.

The Resurgence of the Worldwide Islamic Jihad
Against the West
Understanding and Needed Response
A special multi-media tour de force - films and documentaries, experts, officials & authors, panels
What the U.S. needs to do once we are beyond all the Political Correctness

AGENDA:  View complete online Agenda here.

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HOUSING:  Special AFIO Symposium Room rate of $119 per night available for LIMITED TIME [to October 5th] at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel. To make your room reservations quickly online at this special convention rate, use this link. To make reservations by phone, call this toll free number: 1-888-625-5144. The Sheraton Premiere is located at 8661 Leesburg Pike  Vienna, VA 22182    Phone (703) 448-1234.

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