AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #40-07 dated 15 October 2007

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*** 25-27 October 2007 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence "Counter-Jihad" Symposium  ***
at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA

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

Confirmed Speakers include: David Ignatius, Amb. Henry Crumpton, Mike Scheuer, Walid Phares, Frederick Hitz,
Amb. Edward Walker, Nonie Darwish, Paul Goble, Frank Gaffney, Michael Waller, Daniel Pipes, and special Banquet Speaker.
And with moderators David Major, Martin Faga, John Martin, John Lenczowski, Gene Poteat and Peter Earnest

AGENDA appears below and online here.

REGISTRATION: Sign up for the event by completing or printing this online form.

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Symposium Agenda
[Unless indicated otherwise, all speakers are CONFIRMED]

Thursday, 25 October
1900 – 2100
Informal Get-Together in Lobby Bar (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar)
Friday, 26 October
0700 – 0900
Registration and coffee in lobby (AFIO Staff)
0700 – 0900
OPTION A: Chapter workshop/breakfast
C. Emerson Cooper, Director of National Chapter Programs, corporate training expert
0900 – 0915
Welcoming remarks
Peter Earnest, Chairman / Gene Poteat, President
0915 – 1015
Session 1—Scenesetter: A New Era of Conflict
Amb. Henry A. Crumpton, former Coordinator for Counterterrorism, State Department, CIA official
1015 – 1030 
1030 – 1200

Session 2—Radical Islam and the War on Terror
Daniel Pipes, Ph.D., Director of the Middle East Forum, columnist at New York Sun, former official State Dept
Moderator: David Major, Former Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs, National Security Council; former Sr. FBI Executive, AFIO Board; founder and current President of the CI Centre.

1200 – 1400

Luncheon  Keynote Address—"'Dignity' and the Eternal Present in the Muslim World"
Journalist/Speaker David Ignatius
Moderator: Martin C. Faga, former President & CEO, MITRE, AFIO Board

1400 – 1530

Session 3—"America on the road to defeat: The unfortunate consequences of deliberately failing to understand our Islamist enemies" [Scheuer]; and "The Mosque on Red Square: The Challenges of the Coming Islamization of Russia" [Goble]
Michael F. Scheuer, former head of CIA's Bin Laden Unit and commentator on terrorism and Middle East issues; Paul Goble, Russian Terrorism expert, Professor, Institute of World Politics.
Moderator David Major, Former Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs, National Security Council; former Sr. FBI Executive, AFIO Board; founder and current President of the CI Centre.

1515 – 1530
1545 – 1700
Session 4—A War of Ideas, Education and Intelligence
Walid Phares, author of 9 best-selling books on terrorism including current: “War of Ideas: Jihadism Against Democracy”; former professor Middle Eastern Studies, FL Atlantic University
1930 – 2130

Session 5—Islam vs. Islamist: Voices from the Muslim Center
Produced by Frank Gaffney as part of the PBS Crossroads Series but, at last minute, spiked by PBS in April 2007 (this important Documentary the public was never allowed to see). Includes light Buffet Dinner.
Moderator Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. – a mesmerizing speaker - is President of the Center for Security Policy, contributor, contributing editor, and columnist for a number of publications, including the Washington Times, National Review Online, and other papers, author of War Footing.

Saturday, 27 October
0700 – 0730
Registration in Lobby (AFIO Staffers)
0730 – 0915
OPTION B:  General Membership Meeting and Continental Breakfast
Peter Earnest, Gene Poteat, Elizabeth Bancroft
0915 – 1030
Session 6—The Achilles Heel of the Jihadist: Counterintelligence Tools in the War on Terror
David Major - Former Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs, National Security Council; former Sr. FBI Executive, AFIO Board; founder and current President of the CI Centre
1030 – 1045
1045 – 1215

Session 7—Political Action and Propaganda
J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., Professor Institute of World Politics, International Communication, and directs the Institute's graduate programs on public diplomacy and political warfare, he is. a founding editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
Moderator:  John Lenczowski, Ph.D., expert on European and Soviet affairs, founder/director of The Institute of World Politics, was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at National Security Council.

1215 – 1345
Luncheon in Capital Club (no scheduled speaker – meet your colleagues)
1345 – 1515

Session 8—The Inside Story of a American Muslim and Apostate
Nonie Darwish, author of "Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror," she is a public speaker, writer, daughter of a Fedayeen leader, and founder of Arabs for Israel. The outspoken daughter of a shahid (martyr), Darwish attributes father's death to "the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth."
Moderator David Major, Former Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs, National Security Council; former Sr. FBI Executive, AFIO Board; founder and current President of the CI Centre

1515 – 1530
1530 – 1645

Session 9—Managing the Fallout:  The Law of Unintended Consequences
Amb. Edward Walker and Frederick P. Hitz. Walker is former Ambassador to Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Hitz is former inspector general of the CIA, author/lecturer.
Moderator: John L. Martin, Esq. former lawyer and Chief, Internal Security Section, DOJ; AFIO Board.

1645 – 1700 
Concluding remarks
Gene Poteat, AFIO President, former CIA Directorate Science and Technology, Professor, Institute of World Politics
1700 – 1800
No scheduled activity
1800 – 1900
Reception and cocktails
1900 – 2200
Banquet and Awards; Symposium Keynote Address - Speaker TBA         
Moderator: Peter Earnest, AFIO Chairman, former CIA DO, current Executive Director International Spy Museum

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Russia Says 300 Spies Caught In Last 4 Years. The head of Russia's Federal Security Service told a popular weekly that the FSB had identified over 300 foreign spies over the past four years. "More than 270 actively operating agents and 70 foreign intelligence recruits, including 35 Russians, have been exposed since 2003," Argumenty i Fakty quoted Nikolai Patrushev as saying. He said that 14 agents and 33 recruits have been caught this year alone. Patrushev said six Russians were caught in an attempt to transfer state secrets to foreign countries, and have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Retired Colonel Valentin Shabaturov was given a 12-year sentence this year for treason and espionage. The court proved he had actively cooperated with foreign intelligence for seven years, from 1999 to 2006, and revealed state secrets to them.

Igor Arsentyev, a lieutenant colonel in the reserves, was sentenced to nine years in prison on the same charges in September.

Patrushev said another person is facing court proceedings, and that an investigation is underway into three other cases.

He said the United States and Britain actively used the secret services of Poland, Georgia and Baltic states against Russia. He also said some Georgian secret agents use their connections with the criminal underworld for their operations, and to stage various acts of provocation. According to Patrushev, British intelligence is particularly active against Russia, in its attempts to influence the country's domestic political developments.

Bill on Contractor Liability Raises Intel Agency Concerns. Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill to extend federal legal jurisdiction to crimes committed abroad by U.S. contractors in war zones such as Iraq, so that such crimes could be prosecuted in U.S. courts. But before the bill (H.R. 2740) was passed, it triggered alarms by those who were concerned that its provisions could undermine U.S. intelligence activities.

"The bill would have unintended and intolerable consequences for crucial and necessary national security activities and operations," the White House said without elaboration in an October 3 statement (pdf) outlining its opposition to the bill. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) spelled out those intelligence agency concerns in more detail on the House floor. For example, he said, "If a clandestine asset was implicated in a crime, investigating and arresting that asset under traditional criminal procedures could expose other assets and compromise critical intelligence activities."

More fundamentally, he complained, the new bill "applies the entire criminal code to the new category of potential offenders and could implicate the authorized business of the intelligence community employees and contractors."

Rep. Forbes therefore introduced a motion stating that "Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect intelligence activities that are otherwise permissible prior to the enactment of this Act." The motion was approved, but not without some critical commentary. [SecrecyNews/11October2007] 

NGA Taps Lockheed for Geospatial Intel. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has awarded a contract estimated to be worth approximately $20 million over five years to Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Global Services, which will develop a pilot program for demand-based geospatial intelligence. The goal of DBGI is to provide federal agencies access to the most recent geospatial intelligence data immediately upon demand and in a format appropriate for the user's needs. Currently, NGA produces hard-copy maps using large-format, five-color offset lithographic presses. This process has been necessary to meet military requirements that charts and maps be printed in specific spot colors to ensure readability in poor lighting conditions.

Under the contract's statement of work, Lockheed Martin is tasked to "give customers the capability of content staging, supply chain management and digital, wide-format, high-volume hardcopy output." The DBGI project is an early stage of NGA's Transforming the Dissemination Environment program, which will eventually allow clients to access geospatial intelligence via a storefront portal. [Marshall/GovernmentComputerNews/11October2007] 

USGIF Announces Geospatial Intelligence Award Recipients. The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation today announced the winners of the 2007 USGIF Awards Program. The 2007 USGIF Awards Program recipients received recognition for:

Academic Achievement Award - Ms. Gabriella Farris of the Geospatial-Intelligence Training Program (GITP) distinguished herself not only academically with a 98.16 GPA, but also by her ability to be a leader in the classroom and willingness to be a team player. Farris was named the GITP Student of the Year - an award given to students in the top 20 percent of his or her class who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, teamwork, professionalism, and uphold the highest standards of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence College. Farris showed a zest to become the best analyst possible, returning for additional training after graduation. Her present assignment is with the Office of Central and Southwest Asia.

Academic Research Award - Dr. Swen Johnson was recognized for developing innovative methods of blending the social sciences with recent advances made in geospatial predictive technology to help address some of the U.S. intelligence community's most challenging intelligence problems in tactical and operational environments. Backed by the Naval Research Laboratory, fellow academic social scientists, geospatial and military colleagues, Johnson founded Socio-Cultural Intelligence Analysis Inc. and dedicated himself to creating Human Terrain Analysis Teams across the Defense Department. His teams' empirical, quantitative and group-based sociological focus have transformed traditional geospatial models of human behavior into more accurate geo-social models, bringing GEOINT to the cutting edge of intelligence analysis.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Government Division) - The Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) team has contributed greatly to the understanding of adversary military capabilities by developing and deploying a GEOINT-enabled Foreign Missile Test Range Analysis architecture. The ability to store, manage, query and view vast amounts of geospatial intelligence data in seconds is a significant achievement. MSIC's daily savings of 2-3 hours per analyst of data search time has been reinvested into analysis. The new architecture greatly enhances the availability and usability of GEOINT data and results in more all-source analysts leveraging the full potential of GEOINT data as a contributor to their analysis.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Military Division) - In support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command's Command Control Systems Directorate, Mr. David McKinley, Mr. Chris Mayfield, Mr. Dave Gokey and Mr. Gary Koch of the Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command C4I Support Team, began an ambitious program to create a user defined operational picture called Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE). Its goal is to make GIS a commodity within the command by instituting an enterprise GIS capability that everyone can use and configure to their own precise needs. SAGE was fielded for the 2007 hurricane season and is a fine example of how this team is making great contributions to the accomplishment of the Homeland Defense and the Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission sets.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Industry Division) - Since the merger of Space Imaging and Orbimage created GeoEye, the newly formed company has overcome many of its predecessors obstacles and has since grown into one of the largest remote sensing companies in the world, having more than 370 employees at four key locations in the United States, along with one of the foremost providers of geospatial imagery. Mr. Matt O'Connell joined Orbimage in 2001, the year the company had a failed satellite launch and went into bankruptcy. Through his expertise he brought Orbimage back to life and led the new company to win a coveted $500 million NGA NextView contract to build the next-generation GeoEye-1 satellite.

Lifetime Achievement Award - The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented, upon selection by the USGIF board, to an influential member of the geospatial intelligence community for his or her lifelong commitment to the tradecraft. The recipient is annually announced and presented with his or her award during the USGIF Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Banquet during the GEOINT Symposium. This year, the event will be held on October 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

"The purpose of the USGIF Awards Program is to give our community the chance to come together to nominate and recognize those who continue to build upon the tradecraft's foundation," Shea said. "Additionally, this program further validates and reminds us of the value the geospatial intelligence field has to our national security." [PR-Inside/11October2007]

Number of Radical Dutch Muslims Growing, Says Intelligence Report. The Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD published a report on Tuesday indicating the number of radical Dutch Muslims is on the rise. The report speaks about an "extremely intolerant and anti-democratic" movement which would however not be violent. The report, presented to Minister of Internal Affairs Guusje ter Horst, says Muslim neo-radicalism is characterized by an increasingly professional leadership. The non-violent neo-radicals are substantially less fragmented than radical Muslim groups that use violence, the AIVD says.

According to the intelligence services' information, there are 15 to 20 Salafist preachers in the Netherlands, who are active in 30 to 35 mosques and youth centres. Another 20 salafist preachers are currently in training. Salafism is a radical and ultra-orthodox movement in Islam. The AIVD reports the radical message of Salafi Muslims appeals to some 20,000 to 30,000 of the Netherlands' 1 million Muslims. Moderate Muslims, Muslim gays and those who have renounced Islam are the primary target of neo-radical Islam, the AIVD writes.

The Dutch intelligence service says neo-radicals may consciously obstruct the freedom and civil rights of the moderates. The chance that violence will eventually be used, is not to be excluded. [Earthtimes/11October2007] 

MI6 Spies 'Are Trying To Break Up Russia.' Russia's security chief has accused Western spies of trying to break up the country - and says British agents are the most intrusive. Nikolai Patrushev also claimed foreign spies were working to incite discontent in the run-up to his nation's parliamentary and presidential elections. His comments reflect suspicions of Western intentions in the Kremlin's inner circle amid a cold spell in Russia's relations with the West.

Mr. Patrushev told reporters that spies "are trying to influence protest feelings and demonstrations in Russia". He singled out Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, saying its agents "aren't only gathering intelligence in all areas, but they are also trying to influence the development of the domestic political situation in our country". Russian-British relations have been sliding in the past year. They were strained further by last November's murder of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.

The Kremlin critic, who had been given asylum in Britain, accused Mr. Putin on his deathbed of being behind his poisoning - a charge the Kremlin has denied.

Russia has also rejected British demands for the extradition of the sole suspect in Mr. Litvinenko's murder, former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi. Mr. Patrushev added that his agency had learned how to counter British intelligence. He said: "We know both its strong and weak points. Since the times of Elizabeth I, (MI6) agents have been guided by the principle of the ways justifying the means. Money, bribery, blackmail, exemption from punishment for crimes committed are their main recruitment methods." [Skynews/11October2007] 

Agency Award - Defense Intelligence Agency Makes Contact. The Defense Intelligence Agency, looking for a framework to help intelligence analysts find answers to their most pressing national security questions, decided to apply the power of service-oriented architecture to data exploitation. The result is the All-Source Intelligence Environment, known as Alien.

Alien team members such as program manager Ralph Liberati; his deputy, Chad Bepple; and Lewis Shepherd, DIA's group chief for requirements and research, worked closely with the Defense Department's intelligence customer base as they developed the evolving system.

Brig. Gen. Mary Legere of U.S. Forces Korea and her intelligence analysts provided critical feedback on how the Alien framework could improve their abilities to obtain dynamic access to previously unshared and sensitive information sources, DIA said.

The agency used the services of McDonald Bradley to build Alien. DIA planners are drafting their budget plans for Alien's continuing support and development, which likely will involve expenditures of about $20 million annually, according to the agency. Funds for the initial Alien development work came largely from allocations for pre-existing DIA systems.

The framework, also referred to as Alien Data Systems, works as an information technology pattern for the Defense Department Intelligence Information Systems (DODIIS), an array of assets that form an information bridge among national, theater and tactical command levels.

As DIA describes the framework, Alien is not a single application or system but an array of services and capabilities implemented at an enterprise scale to serve the needs of intelligence community and DOD analysts and decision-makers. Eventually, Alien will mesh with developing information systems known as the intelligence community data layer and the National Intelligence Library to serve as an expanded source of data across the intel arena.

Alien evolved from DIA's existing IT infrastructure partly as a means of achieving two developing aspects of the department's technology: the overarching Net-Centric Enterprise Services vision of military activities and the increasing drive to the use of SOA.

One key improvement Alien offers over its pre-existing counterparts is better data search functions, DIA said.

The Alien program team chose the two search engines used in the framework by running a bake-off of the leading commercial systems in the field, Shepherd said. After comparing the results of the comparative search engine tests, the team decided to incorporate tools from Autonomy and Endeca Technologies.

The Endeca platform uses a search method fortified by guided-navigation technology that helps the user narrow the range of information available within a search by progressively defining it more precisely, Shepherd said.

Liberati expanded on the advantages of the SOA elements of the search engine technology, adding that the "use of metadata standards, taxonomies and Web service standards allow for data discovery via text matching, dimensional and concept searching."

The framework's use of knowledge objects lets analysts create and maintain relationships among the objects that are useful in the process of understanding the intelligence the system retrieves from its various assets, DIA said.

The Alien team buttressed the security aspects of the framework by building its protections in layers and applying best practices to the safety features, the agency said. In addition, the Alien architecture is designed to help detect failures and breaches and ensure the framework's integrity.

"Systems are monitored constantly and security features incorporated into designs to manage risk, and audit logging is very extensive," Liberati said.

The framework enforces a high level of security compliance while removing the burden of back-end security administration from IT specialists deployed with military intelligence worldwide, DIA said, and the resulting savings can be used to provide access to more data sources.

The standards-based Web service features of the Alien framework allow users to quickly build their own front-end applications, the agency said. The framework allows data to be reused and repurposed, which reduces the number of overlapping systems needed as user interfaces or portals.

The ultimate benefit of the Alien framework, Liberati said, is that it will allow intelligence analysts to "parse through millions of different intelligence reports to find ones that are relevant and meaningful for the questions they want to answer: the who, what, when and how" related to topics of national security interest.

"You could search on the name of a town [for example], and get all the messages or information related to that town and find relationships you didn't know existed," Liberati said.  [Dizard/GCN/8October2007]

CIA Chief Investigating IG. CIA Director Michael Hayden has ordered an internal review of his inspector general, who has issued a series of highly critical reports on the agency's conduct before and after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to published reports. The Los Angles Times and The New York Times said the highly unusual move has raised concerns that Hayden is trying to squelch the work of Inspector General John Helgerson, who has criticized senior figures including former Director George Tenet and officers involved in the agency's detention of terrorist suspects. The newspapers cited unidentified anonymous officials.

The CIA sought to play down the newspapers' characterizations of the review. A CIA spokesman said Hayden firmly believes in the work of the Office of the Inspector General. "Director Hayden ... has, since taking the helm at CIA, accepted the vast majority of its findings. His only goal is to help this office, like any office at the agency, do its vital work even better," CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said. "That's why he asked a seasoned observer like Bob Deitz to take a look at the Office of Inspector General and, if need be, suggest specific improvements for consideration by the unit itself."

Deitz is a longtime adviser to Hayden, the former National Security Agency director, and now serves as his senior counselor at the CIA. "He - like everyone else involved - comes to this task with just one preconception: an absolute belief in the value of an independent, rigorous Office of Inspector General," Gimigliano said.

The papers said the review was focusing on complaints that Helgerson's office has not been impartial and has assumed guilt on the part of agency operatives, particularly those who participated in the agency's detention programs. [Schrader/AP/12October2007] 

South Africa: Career Spy to Head Intelligence Committee. A career intelligence operative will become the co-ordinator of intelligence next month, taking over from Barry Gilder, who will retire. The new man, Silumko Sokupa, is largely unknown - even in intelligence circles. He is presently deputy director-general of the foreign intelligence service, the South African Secret Service .

The co-ordinator for intelligence heads the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee, which has been tasked with integrating and interpreting information provided by various intelligence structures. The committee is composed of the heads of the secret service, its domestic intelligence equivalent - the National Intelligence Agency - the police's crime intelligence agency, defense intelligence and the directors-general in the Presidency and the foreign affairs department. It is responsible for briefing the cabinet and its committees on intelligence priorities and also runs a national early warning centre that anticipated threats, and was linked to a regional centre in Gaborone.

Sokupa's appointment comes as the intelligence community has increasingly been drawn into the ANC succession race. Control of intelligence is playing an increasingly important role in the run-up to the ANC's December conference and the controversy surrounding national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, the Scorpions and the National Prosecuting Authority. Security analysts said that many in the intelligence community were critical of the Scorpions developing their own data-gathering capacity when the law required state agencies to be enlisted for such tasks.

Sokupa worked in intelligence for many years including a stint at the correctional services department. He also headed the intelligence agency's Eastern Cape office. [AllAfrica/12October2007] 

Lebanese Authorities Free Israeli Held on Suspicion of Espionage. A dual citizen of Israel and Germany, who was arrested in Lebanon on charges of espionage last month, has been released from prison. Sources at the German embassy in Beirut confirmed the report, saying that Sharon had been released on bail and had likely departed the country and headed for Germany. According to the German Foreign Ministry, Sharon is slated to arrive in Germany later Thursday. 

Two Lebanese publications, Al-Akhbar and A-Safir reported that Sharon was arrested last month during an investigation into the murder of a Lebanese citizen. During questioning, it emerged that Sharon had visited Lebanon 11 times on his German passport over the last two years. He denied allegations he was on an espionage mission and said he was in Lebanon for leisure purposes, according to the source. 

Media reports said that police in the Merje area, a hotbed of the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement in Beirut's southern suburbs, were investigating the killing of Moussa al-Shalaani when the probe led them to Sharon. 

According to Lebanese sources, Sharon was cleared of involvement in espionage and the murder. However, he is still facing charges of entering the country illegally and homosexual activity. According to reports, if he is tried, he will likely not face much, if any, jail time. [Haartz/11October2007] 


Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael V. Hayden on the CIA's Terrorist Interrogation Program. 

Yesterday, the press reported a classified Department of Justice opinion from May 2005 dealing with CIA's terrorist detention program. The story has sparked considerable comment, including claims that the opinion opened the door to more harsh interrogation tactics and that information about the interrogation methods we actually have used has been withheld from our oversight committees in Congress. Neither assertion is true.

As this issue continues to play out publicly, there are some important things you should bear in mind:

First, the CIA's terrorist interrogation effort has always been small, carefully run, and highly productive. Fewer than 100 hardened terrorists have gone through the program since it began in 2002, and, of those, less than a third have required any special methods of questioning. The Agency has over the years taken custody only of those terrorists thought to have information on potential attacks or unique insights into the workings of al-Qai'da and its affiliates. The United States and its allies have used the priceless intelligence from these men to disrupt plots, unravel networks, and save lives.

Second, this vital counter-terror initiative has been subject to multiple legal and policy reviews, inside CIA and beyond. The Agency has worked closely with the Department of Justice and others in our government to ensure that the interrogation program operates in strict accord with US law and takes full account of any changes to the law. We have been proactive in seeking opinions that anticipate new legislation or fresh interpretations of existing laws and treaties. We serve a democracy of laws, and we underscore our place in that democracy by acting in keeping with the law. As Director, I also have a special obligation to protect the skilled, seasoned, dedicated officers who have run this challenging effort. A clear, sustainable legal foundation for their work is the best way to do that.

Finally, a sustainable interrogation program requires not only direction and guidance from the Executive Branch, but support from Congress. Our oversight committees have been fully and repeatedly briefed on CIA's handling of detainees. They know the exceptional value that comes from the careful, lawful, and thorough questioning of key terrorists. They know what we do, and what we do not do - and we do not torture. They also know the lengths to which CIA, and our government as a whole, has gone to place and keep this source of intelligence collection, our most valuable in terms of al-Qai'da, on a sound and solid legal footing. 

The American people expect us to meet threats to their safety and security, but to do so in keeping with the laws of our nation. That is something on which we as intelligence officers also insist, and something in which all of us can and should take pride.

Mike Hayden


Museum Honors WWII Linguists. Sharon Hanek's father was one of the best-kept secrets of World War II. In a room at the Pentagon, George Koshi and his staff of Japanese American linguists made sense of the scraps of Japanese military intelligence gathered throughout the Pacific Theater. His reports became known as the Koshi Files, according to Hanek, and helped form America's military strategy against the invasion of Imperial Japan.

"We knew how many bowls of rice they had," Hanek who lives in Bonney Lake, said of the effectiveness of her father's intelligence.

Koshi died in 2004 at age 93 in Seattle, but not before he talked to his daughter about his war experience and spurred her to do her own research.

Koshi and his staff were among the 6,000 Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service, a top-secret unit that was the eyes and ears of the Allies in the Pacific. Its members served as translators, interrogators, interpreters, radio monitors and enemy infiltrators.

More than half served in combat units in all the service branches and in some of the worst Pacific island battles: Iwo Jima, Saipan, Guadalcanal. Though uncredited, they provided key intelligence that helped the Allies win the Battle of Midway. Their loyalty and devotion to duty earned them the sobriquet "Yankee Samurai of the Pacific."

It took 30 years before their accomplishments would become public in declassified documents. Even today, few know their stories.

A small window on the MIS will open Wednesday with an exhibit at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn. It includes photographs of the MIS at work, the unit's memorabilia and oral histories by former soldiers, some from the Puget Sound area, that visitors can hear.

The Auburn and Puyallup valleys were home to many Japanese Americans who farmed the area before 1900 until World War II, when the internment scattered many families. A number of MIS soldiers came from the area and returned after the war. When MIS documents were declassified in 1974, its veterans formed a national association to make sure they and their work were not forgotten. They collected oral histories and published articles.

Takashi Matsui of Seattle was the founding president of the Northwest Association of the Military Intelligence Service. He was drafted into the U.S. Army before Pearl Harbor.

Now 90, he recalled in an interview how he was selected to attend the first MIS language school at Fort Savage, Minn. He was Kibei - a Japanese American who had returned to Japan for schooling principally to learn the language. Matsui taught fellow MIS soldiers Japanese military language, tactics, culture and how to read Japanese writing. "There are a lot of MIS stories," he said. "They saved a lot of American lives."

Roy Matsumoto was one of those stories. An MIS school graduate, he was assigned to Burma and was with Brig. Gen. Frank Merrills' famous Merrills' Marauders. One time when his unit was surrounded, Matsumoto disappeared into the jungle with two grenades: one for the enemy and one for himself, if captured. He was able to get close to the Japanese troops and overheard their plans for an attack the next morning.

Matsumoto sneaked back to his unit and told the commander, who set a trap. The enemy troops advanced the next day as Matsumoto said they would, but stopped short of the trap when they couldn't find the American GIs. The enemies were preparing to retreat when Matsumoto stood up like a Japanese officer and shouted "Advance" in Japanese. The opposing soldiers surged forward and were cut down with no American casualties. Matsumoto was the first minority soldier inducted in the U.S. Ranger Hall of Fame.

Now 94 and living in Friday Harbor, he will be part of a panel discussion by MIS veterans at the museum Oct. 19. His recounting of that incident is among the oral histories available to listen to at the museum.

While the Japanese Americans fought the enemy, they also had to contend with discrimination from fellow soldiers. White guards were assigned to watch them in the field, according to "Unsung Heroes," a book published in 1996 by the MIS-Northwest Association. The association is also a co-sponsor of the museum exhibit. When the war ended, the MIS mission changed and many of its members used their language skills to help forge a new Japan.

Hanek's father was one of them. A lawyer, he was sent to Japan where he helped track down native war documents. Later he worked with the team defending Japanese soldiers and leaders on trial for war crimes. Hanek said her father was attached as a government civilian to the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and helped write the new Japanese constitution and set up the post-war legal system. His book on the legal system is still mandatory reading for military lawyers sent to Japan, according to his daughter. Hanek, today a 51-year-old accountant, grew up in Japan. She and her sister and brother lived in Air Force housing until the family returned to the Seattle area in 1974.

Thirteen years ago she and her husband moved to Bonney Lake. Through her father and her research, she has met many of the now-elderly MIS soldiers. She was struck by their humility in the face of all they had done in the war. "The personality of these men was: They had a job to do and they were going to do it to the best of their ability," she said. [Archibold/Tribune/9October2007] 

Talk Was Their Weapon, Silence Their Legacy. A large American flag is raised on the newly dedicated flagpole in Fort Hunt Park honoring the service of those who were stationed there during WWII when the top secret POW interrogation center was known only as P.O. Box 1142.

Sixty two years after their mission ended, they could finally step into the light and receive the recognition and gratitude they so rightfully deserved. Now in their 80s and 90s, their bodies may have turned frail but their intellect, the essence of their duty assignment, was as sharp and well honed as when they gently and secretively faded back into a postwar society.

They were the World War II U.S. Navy and Army veterans of P.O. Box 1142. Now known as Fort Hunt Park, just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway south of Alexandria City, this quiet, pastoral park once was the home of a top secret military intelligence operation so clandestine that it was known only by its mailing address "P.O. Box 1142."

Composed of both Naval and Army personnel, their job was to interrogate German and Japanese prisoners of war to garner valuable intelligence for combat operations on land and sea in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. As a Joint Interrogation Center members of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) did most of the interrogating while Army personnel were primarily responsible for administration of the base and custody of the prisoners.

Those stationed there were legally sworn to absolute secrecy. That included their families, during and after the war. After holding for more than six decades, that veil was lifted last Friday morning with the dedication of a flagpole and historical marker during the first "P.O. Box 1142 Reunion."

Many of those assigned to P.O. Box 1142 had family connections with Germany and/or Austria, according to Weiss. That made them very familiar with not only the language but also customs, places, local idioms with which the POWs could affiliate as well as enabling the interrogators to pick up on clandestine conversations among the prisoners.

FROM 1942 to 1945 several hundred Navy and Army intelligence personnel at P.O. Box 1142 interrogated approximately 4,000 prisoners of war. They included top-ranking German military officers, U-boat captains, and nuclear scientists. Most of the prisoners were German.

Information gained at P.O. Box 1142 not only helped win WWII, but also gave the United States a strategic technological advantage going into the Cold War and the Space Age, according to David Vela, superintendent, George Washington Memorial Parkway, who spearheaded the reunion and establishment of the flagpole with the memorial marker at its base.

"Over the coming hours you will be able to gain the essence of what happened here. What these men did led to both winning the war and the peace that followed," Vela told the crowd of veterans and their families attending the formal dedication ceremony. "At exactly 11:42 a.m. we will raise the flag on this flagpole and unveil the marker at its base."

Joining Vela in that tribute to the veterans was Joe Lawler, regional director, National Park Service, National Capital Region. "These veterans have given this nation so much. We will continue to tell this important story," he said.

"These men came here in 1942 not sure why they were sent here. Now they are here again. And, again they are not sure why," joked Chief Ranger Vincent Santucci, NPS, kicking off the program. Actually, they were more than sure why this time and it showed in their faces and eyes as their story was now out in the open.

"These veterans are special because their purpose had to be kept secret for more than 60 years - even from their families. Their satisfaction for the job they were doing had to come from within," said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ann DeBarts Gilbride as she presented the first citation to former Lt. j.g. Angus Thuermer, now 92.

"Navy interrogators came from all walks of life. All uniformed personnel who took part in these interrogations were reservists. They were the first of their kind in U.S. Naval history," she said.

"Their work led to the defeat of the German U-boat fleet in the Atlantic. Information furnished by this unit served as the basic foundation of naval intelligence. What they did went unheralded for decades," Gilbride said.

THOSE ACCOLADES were echoed by U.S. Army Col. David Griffith. "This unit maintains a connection to today. When the war was over they quietly continued their lives and kept their secret," he said.

There were 450 prospects personally interviewed by the Navy for the position of interrogator and assignment to P.O. Box 1142. Thirty five were chosen. The Navy used only officers as interrogators. The Army relied on both officers and enlisted personnel in that role. [Hagee/TheConnection/9October2007] 


Book Reviews and New Releases

Archangel: CIA's Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft, by David Robarge.  

Forward:  This history of the A-12 reconnaissance aircraft is occasioned by CIA's acquisition on loan from the Air Force of the eighth A-12 in the production series of 15. Known as Article 128, the aircraft will be on display at the Agency's Headquarters compound in Langley, Virginia. This history is intended to provide an accessible overview of the A-12's development and use as an intelligence collector.

Writing this story was a fascinating challenge because I am not an aviation historian and have never flown any kind of aircraft. Accordingly, I have tried to make the narrative informative to lay readers like myself, while retaining enough technical detail to satisfy those more knowledgeable about aeronautics and engineering. I have drawn on the sources listed in the bibliography and the extensive files on the A-12 program in CIA Archives. Hundreds of those documents will be declassified and released to the public in conjunction with the dedication of Article 128 in September 2007 as part of the Agency�s 60th anniversary commemoration. I have limited citations to specific documentary references and direct quotes from published works. When discrepancies arose among the sources regarding dates and other details, I have relied on the official records.

For their contributions to the substance and production of this work and to the documentary release, I would like to thank my colleagues on the CIA History Staff and at the Center for the Study of Intelligence, the information review officers in the Directorate of Science and Technology, designers and cartographers in the Directorate of Intelligence, and publication personnel at Imaging and Publishing Support. I also am grateful for historical material provided by the Lockheed Martin Corporation and the A-12 program veterans, the Roadrunners.

David Robarge
CIA Chief Historian
[CIA/September 2007]


Connie Bates. A life member of AFIO, a long-time volunteer, the Treasurer, and an employee in the early 2000s, passed away Sunday, October 7th. Constance N. Bates, widow of CAPT. Richard W. Bates, USN, passed away unexpectedly and suddenly in her home in Leesburg, Virginia. She was 75 years young.

Connie is survived by her son, Richard; her Daughter-in-Law and BFF, Heather; her Grandson; Patrick; and her Granddaughter; Devon. Connie was a devoted Navy Wife and was very active in several professional organizations such as AFIO, NIP and the NMIA.

Connie was a native of Baltimore, Maryland - the daughter of Mamie & Wilbert Nine. She was a 1949 graduate of Towson High School.

Per her wishes the family will not have a service but will scatter her ashes at sea. Notes of condolence can be sent to her son: Rich Bates, 42973 Ridgeway Drive, Broadlands, VA 20148, 571-333-046.  [BaltimoreSun/12October2007]

Kenneth P. Raeder, DIA Senior Intelligence Analyst.  Kenneth Paul Raeder, 61, who retired in 2005 as a senior intelligence analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency section overseeing Latin America, died Oct. 3 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. 

He had complications from heart and lung ailments as well as liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer. 

Mr. Raeder joined the DIA in 1979 and toward the end of the Cold War helped analyze the roles of the Soviet and Cuban military in Latin America. 

He also briefed high officials on hostage crises and the Falkland Islands war and went on fact-finding visits to Nicaragua and Honduras. 

He was operations officer in 1986 for the Libya Intelligence Support Team and was an analyst in 1998 for the Iraq Intelligence Task Force. 

His honors included the Defense Intelligence Director's Award. 

He was born in Jersey City and raised in nearby Weehawken and Paramus. 

He was a 1968 political science and economics graduate of Drew University in Madison, N.J., after which he spent four years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. He was named a Peace Corps volunteer of the year in 1971. 

At Tulane University, he received a master's degree in political science with a focus on Latin American studies and also completed all but his dissertation for a doctorate. He was fluent in German, Spanish and Portuguese. 

His avocations included real estate investment and property management as well as genealogy and the seafood cooking style of the coastal Carolinas. He had a house in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., but his main residence was in Burke, where he was a member of the Catholic Church of the Nativity. 

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Blanca Rojas Raeder of Burke; three daughters, Jacqueline Hydock of St. Louis and Charlotte Raeder and Christina Raeder, both of Burke; a stepdaughter, Juliana Gellman of Portland, Ore.; a sister; and three grandchildren.  [Bernstein/WashingtonPost/8October2007]

Coming Events


14 August 2008 - 23 August 2008 - UK to Russia - A Cold War Summit: From Cambridge To Moscow - A special trip organized and hosted by AFIO Members Dan Mulvenna and Nigel West. Purpose: To explore the history of the Cold War and its manifestations; to examine British and American-Russian relationships from 1945 to 1991; to delve into recent events that suggest the Cold War has new dimensions in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and to follow the path of the infamous Cambridge Five in England and Russia.
The price of oil had dropped, starving the Kremlin of the funds it desperately needed to keep pace in the arms race against the United States. Then all it took was the nudge of Gorbachev’s perestroika and the dominoes began to fall: Afghanistan, Poland, Czechoslovakia and, finally, the Berlin Wall itself. Twenty years later and the price of oil is at an all-time high, and Russia has reemerged as a global superpower, albeit with a new ideology — capitalism. Flush with the confidence of petrodollars, the Kremlin is rattling its saber in Europe once again. And a former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, dies in a London hospital, mysteriously poisoned by a fatal dose of radiation.
- Study Leaders, Nigel West — author of VENONA and other respected books on security, intelligence and espionage — and counterintelligence expert Dan Mulvenna, take you behind the curtain of Cold War intelligence and espionage.
- Discover hidden spy sites in Moscow with a former KGB colonel and Dan Mulvenna, security expert and professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Washington.
- Hear about the death of Alexander Litvinenko from a Russian consultant to the BBC’s Panorama program.
- With staff at the Churchill Archives Centre, explore Cold War materials from its collection.
- Enjoy a reception with retired KGB officers in Moscow.
- Go behind the scenes at Bletchley Park, where codebreakers decrypted and interpreted Axis messages and broke the German Enigma Code during World War II.

8 nights; 17 meals; 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
$4,950.00 pp Group size limited to 48 or fewer participants

Itinerary: From Cambridge, England, to Moscow, Russia, from the “Cambridge Five” to Gary Powers to the recently murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, trace the trail of diplomacy and intrigue from the height of the Cold War to the global chess match with Russia today. With privileged access to unrivaled authorities in the fields of espionage and in 1950s Cold War politics, gain an understanding of the foreign policy conducted in public and the intelligence machinations that continue in the shadows. In this one-time program, join important writers and thinkers, including Andrew Lownie, Piers Brendon, Mike Sewell and Richard Aldrich to discuss the ramifications and intricacies of the “war,” as well as commentators Glenmore Trenear-Harvey and Boris Volodarsz, to consider whether the Cold War has recently reemerged in Putin’s Russia. Leading the way is Nigel West. Former member of the House of Commons and author of more than a dozen books on espionage, Nigel is considered the “expert’s expert” on intelligence.

Based at the elegant Møller Center at Churchill College, Cambridge University, track the “Cambridge Five” — the ring of Soviet spies who passed information to the KGB and who infiltrated the British establishment. Follow in the footsteps of the notorious spies on a walking exploration through Trinity, St John’s and King’s Colleges. Explore Cold War materials in the Churchill Archives Centre, which houses Sir Winston Churchill’s papers, as well as those of Margaret Thatcher and other prominent figures of the 20th century. At Bletchley Park — also known as “Station X” — see one of the Enigma Machines, including the rare “Abwehr G312,” and check out the tales of World War II code-breaking, spies and strategic deception.

Continue the exploration of the Cold War from the other side, in Moscow. A retired senior KGB officer and Dan Mulvenna — professor at Washington’s Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies — lead you on an exploration of spy sites throughout the Russian capital. See the graves of Kim Philby, the great British spy, and those of the famous “illegals” Rudolph Abel (Willie Fisher), Konon Molody, known to the West as Gordon Lonsdale, and Ramon Mercader — Trotsky’s assassin. Go behind the scenes to areas not open to the public and learn about the Russian intelligence services and counter-terrorism at the FSB (formerly KGB) Intelligence Museum, located just off Lubyanka Square. Receive “briefings” on the KGB’s view of the Cold War and on several famous Cold War spy cases by former KGB officers who have intimate knowledge of the affairs. Hear from Colonel Oleg Nechiporenko — Lee Harvey Oswald’s first case officer at the Mexico City KGB station. Then meet and mingle with distinguished senior retired KGB officers at an elegant farewell reception.

Please Note: This program will operate only once and has a maximum capacity of 48. Each of two groups of 24 will have its own Group Leader and motorcoach but all participants will attend program events together. To explore or register for this once-in-a-lifetime excursion, visit:


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

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

24 October 2007 - Phoenix, AZ - The meeting of the Arizona Chapter of AFIO will feature SAC DEA Elizabeth Kempshall. The luncheon will be at 11:30 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn located one block South of Indian School Road and just West of Central Avenue on West Clarendon. The event will feature Elizabeth W. Kempshall, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which encompasses the entire state of Arizona. Mrs. Kempshall began her career with DEA in Las Vegas in 1984, where she worked as an undercover agent in several major drug investigations. She was then transferred to Los Angeles where she was assigned to the LA Police Department Drug Task Force. In 1991 she was assigned to the DEA International Training Division in Quantico, Va., where she taught drug enforcement courses to law enforcement agencies in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. While serving in the office of Training she was selected as the DEA's representative in the development of the first Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Kempshall holds a Bachelors Degree from Brenau College, Gaineville, GA. She has been married to her husband, Richard for 13 years.
To register for this event or for further information send an email to:

25-26 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.

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.

REGISTRATION: To sign up for the event, complete or print this online form.

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.

1-2 November 2007 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFEI Hosts a CYBER DETERRENCE Conference, examining the legal, technical & policy implications stemming from cyber attacks. Luncheon speaker will be Mr. Richard Clark, Former Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. Conference will assist you in gaining important insights into the National Cyber Deterrence Policy. Also provides an opportunity to network with knowledgeable individuals who focus on Cyber Deterrence. Further info at

3 November 2007 - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meets at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club to hear Bill Parsons from JFK Space Center. The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter luncheon speaker will be Mr. William W.(Bill) Parsons Jr., Center Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center. Mr. Parsons will give an overview of the Constellation Program and NASA's plans for the next generation of space exploration. His talk will highlight the Ares Launch Vehicle, the new Orion Capsule, and the groundwork that NASA is putting into place that will allow us to go to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Location: The luncheon will be held at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Indian Harbour Beach. The luncheon will have an option of a seafood entr�e or a beef entr�e. The cost is $19.00 per person. A social time and cash bar will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Reservation can be made by contacting George Stephenson, Vice President, by e-mail at Please put AFIO luncheon in the Subject Block to insure the e-mail will be opened.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007; 7-10 pm - Washington, DC - An Evening with Eric O'Neill, former FBI, at the International Spy Museum. No Breach in protocol allowed. What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in U.S. history? What if it was up to you to capture his personal electronic memo book? What if they made a movie out of your story? That’s exactly what happened to Eric O’Neill. As a young operative in the FBI, O’Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen’s assistant. The story of that brief assignment and Hanssen’s capture and arrest was the inspiration for the recent film Breach. Now it’s your chance to dine and debrief with O’Neill. Be one of only 18 guests at Zola for a three-course meal where you’ll hear the inside story of the intense time O’Neill spent attempting to deceive the ultimate deceiver. Special guest Juliana O’Neill will shed light on her own stressful involvement in the events of February 2001. CIA clandestine service veteran, International Spy Museum Executive Director, Peter Earnest, will host this unique evening. Please call 202.654.0930 or write to register or with special dietary needs. Tickets: $220

8 November 2007 - San Francisco, CA - Jim Quesada Chapter. Speaker: TBD. Topic: Update on Homeland Security. Backup speaker: Lt. Colonel Roger S. Dong, USA (Retired). Topic: Dr. Chien Hsieh-sen, the Aeronautical Engineer who built China’s ballistic missile system and nuclear weapons. 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. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi no later than 5 PM 10/25/07: or send a check to P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011 with menu choice (roast cross ribs of beef bordelaise or filet of sole amandine). Call Mary Lou Anderson (415) 332-6440 for questions/phone RSVP.

9 November 2007, 9:30 a.m. - Arlington, VA - ACICV Annual Day of Remembrance. The Army Counterintelligence Corps Veterans association will hold their 2007 annual Day of Remembrance at Fort Myer and Arlington National Cemetery. This Day honors former members, supporters and friends of Army Counterintelligence of whose death ACICV has learned since the 2006 Day of Remembrance. Attendees will meet at 0930 at Spates Community Center, McNair Road, Fort Myer for group transportation to the Tomb of the Unknowns for a Wreath Laying Ceremony at 1015. Following the Ceremony attendees will return to Spates Community Center for the ACICV Memorial Service and Luncheon. For specific information please contact Mrs Elly Burton, Ph: 703-591-3848, or by e-mail to

Thursday, 15 November 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter holds luncheon meeting on Terrorists in Colorado. The chapter meets at the Falcon Room of the Air Force Academy, starting at 11:30 am. Price: $10.00 payable at the door. Our speaker is Warren Gerig, a new AFIO member. Warren will talk about a well known major terrorist and how their lives crossed in four different countries.Yet, they never met each other and today the terrorist lives 60 miles from Warren and The Air Force Academy. Reservations to Dick Durham by November 12, 2007 at or call him at Telephone: (719) 488-2884

17 November 07 - Kennebunk, ME - the AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Jeffrey H. Norwitz, Special Agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Professor of National Security Studies at the U. S. Naval War College.Norwitz will speak on "Spy Catching and Tales of Counterintelligence" will take us from the American Revolution to the present time. Special Agent Norwitz holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College. He has written for a number of prestigious journals and frequently lectures at some of the nation's most influential academic institutions as well as overseas to foreign navy and military audiences. He is the recipient of numerous awards in the fields of teaching and public service and currently holds the John Nicholas Brown Academic Chair of Counterterrorism at the Naval War College. The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk, and is open to the public.  Information at 207-985-2392

Wednesday, 28 November 2007; 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Robert Hanssen: Colleague, Friend, and Traitor. Former senior FBI official David Major at the International Spy Museum. “One might propose that I am either insanely brave or quite insane.” —Robert Hanssen, November 2000 With the recent release of Breach, Robert Hanssen is once again in the public eye and the topic of much discussion. Who was the real man who betrayed his country and may be the worst spy in U.S. history? David G. Major knows. Major worked with Hanssen for 14 years at the Bureau. He was the FBI executive supervisor in Hanssen’s chain-of-command for three years and considered him a fellow employee and friend for over two decades. Major, retired FBI supervisory special agent, founder of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and International Spy Museum board of directors member, provides a glimpse into the real personality and psychology of one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history. He will explore why Hanssen’s betrayal was so difficult to uncover, his own theories on what motivated the spy, his perspective on Breach, and the status of U.S. counterintelligence in the wake of this profoundly important spy case. Tickets: $23 REGISTER:

Friday, 30 November 2007; 12 noon – 1 pm - Washington, DC - Chief of Station, Congo - Station Chief Larry Devlin at the International Spy Museum. As station chief in the Congo, Larry Devlin fought the Cold War in one of its hottest arenas. On 1 July 1960, the Congo declared independence from Belgium; and on 5 July, the army mutinied and governmental authority collapsed. When Devlin arrived five days later he found himself in the heart of Africa, fighting for the future of perhaps the most strategically influential country in the continent, its borders shared with eight other nations. In his memoir, Chief of Station, Congo, Devlin describes his life as a master spy in Africa, one whose assignment to assassinate political leader Patrice Lumumba (which he didn’t carry out) is back in the news with the June release by the CIA of the “family jewels.” Free! No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.

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