AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #02-08 dated 14 January 2008

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Frank Anderson, former Assistant Director, Directorate of Operations, CIA
Anderson was chief of CIA's Near East and South Asia Division, having served previously as director of technical services, as chief of the Afghan task force and as chief of station in three Middle East posts.

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John Robb, author of BRAVE NEW WAR: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization

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Tamil Tigers' Spy Chief Killed. The Tamil Tigers' military intelligence chief was among 34 extremists killed in heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka on 6 January, according to the Sri Lankan military and pro-Tamil Tiger websites.

Colonel Charles was killed in clashes in the north-western district of Mannar, where fierce fighting has been focused for months. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had no immediate comment, but pro-rebel Website said Charles had been killed by a roadside bomb planted in Tiger territory by an army deep penetration unit.

The death comes just days after President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government announced it was formally canceling a tattered 2002 truce with the Tigers. Analysts expect this to lead to a bloody intensification of a conflict that has killed around 70,000 people since 1983.

Just weeks ago the leader of the Tigers' political wing was killed in an air raid amid a declared government drive to annihilate the rebels militarily and overrun the de facto state they run in the island's north.

Nordic ceasefire monitors are wrapping up their six-year mission after the government gave 14 days notice on January 2nd that it was ending the ceasefire, which broke down on the ground almost as soon as Rajapaksa came to power in late 2005. Well over 5,000 people have been killed since then in now near-daily air strikes, land and sea clashes and ambushes. The end of the truce dashes hopes of resurrecting collapsed peace talks any time soon. The government opted to cancel the truce after a series of deadly bombings blamed on the Tigers, who are fighting for an independent state in north and east Sri Lanka. It argued that the insurgents, widely outlawed as a terrorist group, had used the pact to regroup and rearm, had violated the terms thousands of times and refused to talk peace sincerely. [TelegraphIndia/6January2008] 

U.K. Vows to Defy Russian Order to Shut Down Cultural Offices. The U.K. vowed to defy a Russian order to shut down its cultural offices outside Moscow, setting the scene for possible confrontation between the two countries. Russia on Dec. 12 ordered the British Council, the U.K. government's cultural promotion body, to close its centers in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg by Jan. 1. Both offices plan to reopen by Jan. 14 after the extended Russian New Year public holidays end, according to a British Council spokeswoman.

"Everything the British Council is doing is absolutely legal under both Russian and international law and we'll continue to operate on this basis,'' a British Embassy spokesman in Moscow said in a telephone interview. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with U.K. government rules. The U.K. says that the British Council's activities in Russia are authorized under a 1994 agreement and consistent with the Vienna Conventions governing international diplomatic ties.

U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband told Parliament Dec. 13 that for Russia to carry out its threat would "constitute a serious attack against the legitimate cultural agent of the British government, would show a disregard for the rule of law and would only damage Russia's reputation around the world.''

The Russian government says the council, which promotes cultural and educational exchanges, has no legal basis for its operations in Russia. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Jan. 3 that Russian officials so far had allowed the Moscow branch to continue ``as a sign of good will.''

The British Council, which has faced tax probes in Russia, itself closed nine regional Russian bureaus last year. 

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking to reporters in December, linked the closure of the British Council offices to the dispute over Russia's refusal to hand over ex-KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoi, whom U.K. prosecutors want to put on trial for the November 2006 lethal radiation poisoning in London of Litvinenko. The Russian constitution forbids extradition. [Meyer/Bloomberg/7January2008] 

New List of Former KGB Collaborators Published in Estonia. Estonian authorities have published a list of individuals who cooperated with the Soviet KGB. The 4 January state bulletin, Riigi Teataja, listed more than 30 KGB collaborators. Estonian authorities published a similar list of 51 individuals in 2006. The most recent list includes the full name of the individual, the place of his or her work, year of birth and the birthplace, and the name of the specific organization the individual worked with. Individuals convicted of cooperating with the KGB are restricted from employment with certain state security organizations but do not face legal prosecution. [AxisGlobe/7January2008] 

Austrian Tourist Arrested in Port Sudan on Espionage Allegations. Thomas Hirschvogel, an Austrian tourist, was arrested on December 31 by the Sudanese security services while traveling to visit the Red Sea hills from Port Sudan. Hirschvogel was initially charged with violating immigration laws because he did not obtain a travel permit prior to visiting the hills. However the charge was upgraded to spying when Sudan's security services discovered articles about the Beja Congress party in his bag. They also found out that Hirschvogel met with Beja Congress officials in the region.

The Beja Congress party signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government and joined the cabinet last year. However a Port Sudan based dissident faction rejected the deal and Khartoum remains suspicious of their political activities.

Hirschvogel, who worked for an organization assisting illegal foreigners in Austria, is confined to his Saffa hotel room and is under close security surveillance. He was also not allowed to contact his family. The 20 years old Austrian is on a one year tour to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Oman, Iran, and Turkey. [SudanTribune/7January2008] 

Thai Muslim Policemen and Soldiers Arrested on Espionage Charges. Seven Thai policemen and three soldiers have been arrested for allegedly supplying intelligence to Islamic separatist insurgents in Thailand's deep south. The separatists are thought to be trying to split the Muslims, who make up the great majority in the area, away from any allegiance to the majority Buddhist administration. Many Muslims are caught between fear of the insurgents, respect for their culture and the demands for loyalty from Bangkok. Most deaths have been of Muslims.

When three army intelligence officers allegedly working for the separatists were interrogated. they implicated the seven policemen, who are now being questioned at a Pattani army camp.

Thailand's so-called deep South, comprising the three border provinces Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, has been in turmoil since January 2004 when Muslim militants raided an army arms depot in Narathiwat and stole more than 300 war weapons, unleashing a military crackdown on the long-simmering separatist movement. Since then, the region has seen a surge in violence, with more than 2,600 people falling victim to clashes, shooting, bombings and beheadings. Nearly 80 per cent of the 2 million people living in the three southernmost provinces of predominantly Buddhist Thailand profess to be Muslims.

The three-province area, which borders Malaysia, was an independent Islamic sultanate known as Pattani for hundreds of years before being conquered by Bangkok in 1786. The area came under direct rule of the Thai bureaucracy in 1902. A separatist struggle took off in the 1950s, fuelled by government efforts to suppress the local culture and religion. [Earthtimes/7January2008] 

Incoming South Korean Government to Rebuild Intelligence Service. The incoming South Korean government plans to transform the country's intelligence service into a world-class spy agency that can aid national decision-making, according to officials from the presidential transition team. In a closed-door meeting to examine the policy direction of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Rep. Chin Soo-hee, who heads the transition team's political affairs panel, stressed the need to strengthen the country's intelligence agency. Chin accused the country's intelligence service of squandering its potential over the past 10 years by neglecting its duty to conduct counterespionage operatives, instead blindly following the policy directive of the former progressive administrations. Chin said that the stature of the NIS will be upgraded under the new administration, so the NIS can join the ranks of other first-rate intelligence services like the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The close supporter of President-elect Lee Myung-bak, who will be inaugurated in February, added that more effort must be made to upgrade the personal expertise of agents.

Sources said the new administration is weighing the option of turning the NIS into the main organization that collects and analyzes critical information that can help assist national decision-making. At present, the role of collecting information and intelligence is spread out among several government agencies, including the Defense Ministry, the police, and the Foreign Ministry.

Although the NIS plans to boost its capabilities, the officials said that administrative action can be taken to block the agency from monitoring domestic events that are not linked to counterespionage. [YonHapNews/7January2008] 

French Overseas Territories Intelligence Unit Scrapped. The French government has moved to scrap an army intelligence unit that until now, was designed specifically to monitor politicians and journalists in the French overseas territories, including the three French Pacific dependencies of New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.

French State Secretary for Overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, told French media that the opportunity to do away with the low-key unit came up in December, when the unit's head contract expired. It was then decided not to recruit a new holder for the post, after due consultation with the French President, the Prime minister and the Minister of Defense. 

The former unit reportedly specialized in gathering "political intelligence"', specifically targeting both local MPs and elected representatives within both houses of the French Parliament's (the Senate and the National Assembly), and members of the media.  [PacificMagazine/8January2008] 

Denmark Names New Chief of Staff, Military Intelligence Boss. NATO-member Denmark on Tuesday named Fleet Rear Adm. Tim Sloth Joergensen as its new military chief of staff. Sloth Joergensen will replace retiring army Gen. Hans Jesper Helsoe as the top military commander of Denmark's armed forces on Aug. 1. 

Denmark, which withdrew combat troops from Iraq last year, has some 600 troops in Afghanistan, most of them based in the volatile Helmand province. At his weekly news conference, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen also said the government had named Rear Adm. Finn Hansen as the new head of Denmark's military intelligence service. Hansen will succeed Rear Adm. Joern Olesen, who has led the Danish Defense Intelligence Service since December 2002. Olesen retires on Feb. 29. [PR-Inside/8January2008] 

Judge Denies New Trial for Ex-Anaheim Engineer-Spy. A former Anaheim engineer found guilty last year in a high-profile Chinese espionage case lost his battle to overturn the conviction after a federal judge denied a motion for a new trial.

Chi Mak, 67, faces up to 45 years in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced March 24 by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney. Mak used to work for the Anaheim-based naval defense contractor Power Paragon. Prosecutors allege he was a longtime agent for the Chinese government.

In May, a jury agreed, and convicted Mak, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of exporting sensitive defense technology to China by giving his brother three encrypted files containing protected naval technology to take to China. A search of his house also yielded other documents containing military technology.

Monday, Mak sat between his two defense attorneys taking notes while listening to testimony of his motion for a new trial. One of his contentions was that his constitutional rights were violated because prosecutors did not offer immunity to one of his co-workers to testify. The co-worker, Dr. Yuri Khersonsky, presented a paper on technology similar to that which led to Mak's arrest during an international conference, though he did not obtain approval to do so. Khersonsky ended up declining to testify in the case and taking the Fifth Amendment, partly because he could have incriminated himself during Mak's trial.

Mak's attorney, Ronald Kaye, alleged Khersonsky's testimony would have been vital to exonerating Mak, and would have shown jurors the material was already in the public eye. He alleged prosecutors should have offered Khersonsky immunity, allowing him to take the stand. "We lost our best witness,'' said Kaye to Carney.

But the judge pushed aside such arguments, ruling that the testimony would not have made a difference in the trial's outcome and specifically could not have shown if Mak intended to break the law.

Prosecutors pursued charges against Mak's extended family in the case. His wife, Rebecca Lawiah Chiu, and brother, Tai Mak, await sentencing. Tai Mak's wife, Fuk Heaung Li, was sentenced to three years probation, and their son, Billy Mak, was given a year in prison, said federal prosecutor Craig Missakian. [Srisavasdi/OrangeCountyRegister/8January2008] 

Israel Signs Plea Bargain With Psychiatrist Accused of Spying for Iran. The Israeli state prosecution signed a plea bargain with David Shamir, a psychiatrist in the Israeli Defense Forces who was accused of espionage after he allegedly attempted to sell information to Iranian agents. According to the deal, Shamir will admit to committing offenses of lesser severity; contacting a foreign agent and holding information with the intention of harming national security. [JerusalemPost/8January2008] 

Chinese Intelligence Responds to Reports it Penetrated NSA Listening Post in Hawaii. A Chinese intelligence expert was quoted in China's government-controlled media warning that the National Security Agency is spying on China's electronic communications. The unidentified expert sought to refute a report in The Washington Times that Chinese intelligence penetrated the National Security Agency's Kunia listening post in Hawaii through a translation service. 

The report in the Hong Kong Zhongguo Tongxun She, or China News Agency, a PRC-owned press service, quoted the Beijing Qingnian Cankao (Elite Reference) as stating that the Kunia listening post in Hawaii is steadily growing in size and power. 

"The implication is that the intelligence threat from the United States is also rising by the day," the report said.

The unnamed expert, who the report said studied U.S. intelligence agencies and counter-espionage operations, said that NSA handles its intelligence through "extremely stringent procedures." The expert said the reported use of ethnic Chinese-Americans to "spy for China" also "flies in the face of the basic principle of espionage work." 

"Since Americans of Chinese descent, especially those engaged in sensitive work, are already under close surveillance by U.S. counter-espionage services, how then could China's intelligence service be so brazen as to openly invite these people to China by offering them free visits and then recruit them as spies?" the expert said. "I don't think U.S. intelligence services are this stupid when they recruit spies." [WorldTribune/11January2008] 

US Citizen Refused Asylum in Portugal. The first American citizen to seek asylum in Portugal has had his request refused. Local authorities have not been convinced by the arguments of the US national who says who worked for both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the CIA and claims his government turned on him and want him dead. Two requests for asylum have already been refused, and should the Lisbon Appeal Court uphold these previous decisions, he will be deported to the United States. 

He says his name is Kenneth Alan Turning, but his American passport identifies him as Daniel Bates Jeffee.

Amnesty International has also been called in to investigate the plight of this US national, whose fate now rests with the Appeal Court.

The first asylum request, lodged with the Immigration Office (SEF) was rejected in 2005. It said the request was handed in too late, as the person in question had been residing in Portugal since 2002.

The case has been ice since mid-2005 as Kenneth/Daniel awaits the appointment of legal counsel.

Five lawyers have so far taken on the case, but later rejected the opportunity to defend their client arguing their English was insufficient to provide an adequate defense.

Should he lose this appeal, this American national will be deported to the United States, which he says will amount to his death at the hands of his former spy colleagues.

Kenneth Turning adds he receives constant death threats and spent a number of years in captivity including time at Guantanamo in Cuba.

His capture was reportedly ordered in Iraq in 1993 when, having failed in a mission to have Kurdish insurgents overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein, US special forces arrested him on the allegation that he had became a double agent and was working with Iraqi operatives.

He says he was released and his name changed from Kenneth Alan Turning to Daniel Bates Jeffee after blackmailing former director George Tenant with information over shady dealings he had with George Bush, father of the current US president.

In information supplied to the CNR, he says he was given a new identity and given work at a company in Austin, Texas which had links to the CIA. He was employed at the company between 1997 and 2000.

He decided to flee the United States in 2000 when former colleagues at the CIA told him of classified information ordering his killing for having betrayed his country.

Kenneth Turning's first arrival was Ireland, but moved to Portugal in 2002 where he has remained since with his Portuguese partner.

The American Embassy in Lisbon has meanwhile declined to comment on the case.  [PortugalNewsOnline/12January2008] 

Civil Servant Who Leaked Rendition Secrets Goes Free. Secrets charges against a Foreign Office civil servant were dramatically dropped at the Old Bailey after it emerged that senior figures within his own department had privately admitted no harm was done by his leaking a series of Whitehall documents. 

The case against Derek Pasquill, who faced jail for passing secret papers to journalists, collapsed as it was becoming increasingly clear that it could have caused the government severe political embarrassment. The leaked documents related to the US practice of secretly transporting terror suspects to places where they risked being tortured, and UK government policy towards Muslim groups. 

Pasquill, 48, an official in the FCO's Engaging with the Islamic World Group, was arrested two years ago, but only charged last September with leaks to the Observer and New Statesman magazine. He faced six counts under the Official Secrets Act, accused of leaking documents about what Britain knew of America's policy of extraordinary rendition and guidance about which Muslim organizations ministers should embrace. 

Mark Ellison, counsel for the government, told Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London: "There is no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction in this case." He indicated that internal FCO papers revealed that senior officials privately admitted that, far from harming British interests, Pasquill's leaking of the documents had actually helped to provoke a constructive debate. 

The prosecution would have had to prove that leaking the documents had caused damage.

After he was discharged, Pasquill told the Guardian he had suffered a "very unpleasant ordeal", adding: "I am relieved I have now been completely vindicated in my actions exposing dangerous government policy and changing its priorities." 

Of his decision to leak the papers, Pasquill, who remains suspended on full pay, said: "I realised that is a dangerous way to proceed, but this was an issue which was obviously of public interest given the circumstances we are in at the moment in the UK and the world." [Guardian/10January2008] 


The Rise of Cyberespionage. Warnings about the dire consequences of cyber-espionage and its affect on the national security of the United States and the business activities of American companies should be taken very seriously. In fact, the biggest cybercrime occurring today is the theft of business information, says Scott Borg, director and chief economist of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a nonprofit research institute.

"The threat of cyber-espionage on our critical infrastructure industries - the power grid, our transportation system and the country's financial systems - is just as great a threat to the U.S. military and government as the espionage aimed at those institutions," he says. "They're not really separate anymore - the government and military are dependent on our infrastructure."

What looks like industrial espionage has a potentially very large impact on the government's ability to carry out missions, he adds. "Some of the economic effects that are being blamed on globalization are actually the result of massive information theft, much of it accomplished by cyber-attacks."

Tim Bennett, president of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, a public policy advocacy group, agrees with Borg that the threat of an indirect, rather than direct, cyberattack against the U.S. government or military should be taken seriously. "Nobody wants to take on the U.S. directly in traditional military fashion."

What an enemy can do, he says, is cripple the U.S. by crippling part of the critical infrastructure, such as control of the power grids, water systems and financial and transportation systems.

That said, cyber-espionage doesn't have to go to that extreme to benefit the perpetrators, says Dave Marcus, security research and communications manager at McAfee's Avert Labs, which recently released a report predicting that the rise in international cyber spying will pose the number one security threat in 2008.

"We're apt to see information gathering, or diverting information or inserting misinformation for financial gain," he says. "Money will be the prime motivator. If it's worth money to X government, it will find a way to steal information even if it has to broker with someone. Ultimately, financial issues will drive cyber-espionage." [Carr/SCMagazine/1January2008] 

NSA Releases History of American SIGINT and the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese intelligence units sometimes succeeded in penetrating Allied communications systems, and they could monitor Allied message traffic from within. But sometimes they did more than that.

On several occasions "the communists were able, by communicating on Allied radio nets, to call in Allied artillery or air strikes on American units."

That is just one passing observation (at p. 392) in an exhaustive history of American signals intelligence (SIGINT) in the Vietnam War that has just been declassified and released by the National Security Agency.

From the first intercepted cable - a 1945 message from Ho Chi Minh to Joseph Stalin - to the final evacuation of SIGINT personnel from Saigon, the 500-page NSA volume, called "Spartans in Darkness," retells the history of the Vietnam War from the perspective of signals intelligence.

The most sensational part of the history (which was excerpted and disclosed by the NSA two years ago) is the recounting of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident, in which a reported North Vietnamese attack on U.S. forces triggered a major escalation of the war. The author demonstrates that not only is it not true, as Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara told Congress, that the evidence of an attack was "unimpeachable," but that to the contrary, a review of the classified signals intelligence proves that "no attack happened that night."

Several other important Vietnam War-era episodes are elucidated by the contribution of SIGINT, including the Tet Offensive, the attempted rescue of U.S. prisoners of war from Son Tay prison, and more.

The author, Robert J. Hanyok, writes in a lively, occasionally florid style that is accessible even to those who are not well-versed in the history of SIGINT or Vietnam.

The 2002 study was released in response to a Mandatory Declassification Review request filed by Michael Ravnitzky. About 95% of the document was declassified. (Unfortunately, several of the pages were poorly reproduced by NSA and are difficult to read. A cleaner, clearer copy will need to be obtained.)

See "Spartans in Darkness: American SIGINT and the Indochina War, 1945-1975" by Robert J. Hanyok, Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency, 2002. 

Some background on the Tonkin Gulf Incident from the National Security Archive with links to related documents may be found at [Aftergood/SecrecyNews/7January2008] 


Job Vacancies

iSIGHT Partners IntelliSIGHT Team - Global Operations Leader. iSIGHT Partners, Inc. is recruiting for an experienced professional to lead the IntelliSIGHT Global Operations team(s). The candidate in this position will develop and maintain a capability to operate globally, unilaterally or in concert with local resources. The objective is to identify and mitigation risk for multinational Corporations. This individual will work in a team with cyber and physical security experts. The objective is to collect information that supports a corporation in pursuit of actions against electronic criminals. Applicant must have on the ground experience working and/or living overseas. Be willing to roll up your sleeves and be an individual contributor

Education/Experience: Bachelors� degree required (Criminal justice, international studies, 17th century French Architecture, or disciplines related to international global business preferred). 10 years experience living or working overseas. Experience working with US Embassy Country Teams a plus. Foreign language skills desired. 

International Candidates Will Be Considered. 

iSIGHT Partners, Inc. is a rapidly growing small company providing converged security services to multinational corporations. Our corporate office is in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Washington DC and China. 

If you would like to apply for this position, please e-mail your resume to  Reference the position title in the subject line.

ATF - Project Gunrunner/SouthWest Border Initiative. The U.S. Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is recruiting for their "Project Gunrunner" - SouthWest Border initiative. They are actively looking for experienced intelligence professionals to work with, train and instill a methodology for applying the available intelligence to a product that both directs and supports the field operations. Objective: Deny firearms, ammunition, and explosives to Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (MXDTO) perpetrating the violence along both sides of the U.S.-Mexican Border by attacking their firearms trafficking infrastructures. 

There is a press conference scheduled next week in El Paso on the project. Three sample positions are listed below:

Intelligence Research Specialist, GS-132-13
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Who May Apply: Public
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Opening Date: 1/11/2008
Salary: From 77,670.00 to 100,976.00 USD per year
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, US-TX-El Paso, TX 

Intelligence Research Specialist, GS-132-12
ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from acts of terrorism, violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use an ...[more]
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Who May Apply: Public
Pay Plan: GS-0132-12/12
Appointment Term: Permanent
Job Status: Full-Time
Opening Date: 1/11/2008
Salary: From 66,215.00 to 86,084.00 USD per year
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, US-AZ-Phoenix, AZ

Intelligence Research Specialist, GS-132-12
SALARY RANGE: 72,286.00 - 93,976.00 USD per year 
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, January 11, 2008 to Monday, February 11, 2008
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0132-12/12 
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Jim Kelly.  James H. Kelly, 82, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Genesis VNA, in Bettendorf. A memorial gathering was held Monday, Dec. 24, at The Fountains in Bettendorf. His final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., at a later date. Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport, Iowa, is assisting the family with arrangements. James was born Aug. 1, 1925, in St. Louis, to James H. and Lena B. Kelly. He served with distinction in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946, achieving the rank of captain. Serving as a bombardier on B-17s during World War II with the 303rd BG, 359th Squadron based in England, James flew a total of 25 missions, earning four air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. From 1947 to 1950, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, and after graduating with his bachelor of arts, James furthered his education, pursuing graduate studies in political science. He was a true patriot to his country at the highest level. In 1950, he began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He served as chief of station in Berlin, Germany; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo, Japan. James retired in 1988, as an assistant deputy director of operations, and was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Donovan Award for extraordinary service to the United States. From 1992 to 2003, he served as a consultant to the CIA. He was a firm believer in education, and stressed its importance to those whose lives he touched. Survivors include his sons, David B. Kelly of Las Vegas, Christopher H. Kelly of Prescott, Ariz., and Joseph J. Kelly of Lancaster, Pa.; grandsons, Gregory, Andrew and Brandon, all of Las Vegas; nieces, Karen Kastner of St. Louis, and Jean Duckworth of Orange, Calif.; former wife, Elinor H. Kelly of McLean, Va.; and his loving friend, Eleanor Koenig of Bettendorf, Iowa. Online condolences may be expressed to Mr. Kelly's family by visiting his obituary at [LasVegasRevewJournal/27December2007]


Raleigh Spy Conference - CIA’s Unsolved Mysteries: The NOSENKO Case, Double Agents and Angleton’s Wilderness of Mirrors.  "Wilderness of Mirrors" is the theme for the fifth annual Raleigh Spy Conference, an internationally acclaimed event that draws top experts in the field of intelligence to Raleigh each year. The 2008 conference will be held March 26-28 at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

Association of Intelligence Officers president Gene Poteat says of the Raleigh conference:

"In Washington, it's difficult for the public to comprehend important intelligence and terrorism issues since everything is partisan and politically charged. Outside Washington, there are few voices for the public to hear, and those heard are often wrong or media-driven. Few are able to explain to the public what really has happened, and is happening, in intelligence, counterterrorism and national security - important issues, which, throughout history, have spelled the survival or loss of this or other nations.

"The annual Raleigh Spy Conference is a rare opportunity to hear it straight, with an unusual 'insider's' perspective and knowledge. Each year this conference opens that door to share remarkable insights and stellar speakers with the public. If one claims a scintilla of world-affairs knowledge, it cannot be true unless the annual Raleigh Spy Conference is on your calendar."

Conference founder and Raleigh Metro Magazine editor and publisher Bernie Reeves says of the event: "This year's conference will present intelligence operatives and experts to discuss the effect of moles, double agents and deception operations during the Cold War and the unsolved questions that continue today to cause disagreement and dissension."

"Many of these questions remain from the monumental battle between the Soviet Union and the United States," he adds, "when the wheel of history often turned to the will of moles burrowed inside intelligence and other government agencies. It was indeed a 'wilderness of mirrors' that continues today to cast a confused image of history."

Pete Bagley, the former chief of CIA's Soviet bloc counterintelligence division, will appear at the 2008 conference. According to Reeves, Bagley will discuss his controversial new book on KGB defector Yuri Nosenko entitled Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries and Deadly Games. Nosenko's mysterious references to Lee Harvey Oswald, his inconsistent recall and the suspicion he was a KGB plant sent to discredit other defectors kicked off 40 years of unresolved internal strife at CIA.

Other speakers include:

-- David Robarge, Chief Historian for CIA and expert on controversial counterintelligence chief James Angleton, will discuss the dissension created at CIA by the former chief of counterintelligence due to his obsessive hunt for a Soviet mole.

-- Brian Kelley, the wrong man in the Robert Hanssen spy case, and former counterintelligence officer for CIA, will use examples of defectors and double agents he draws on as case models for courses he teaches to train espionage agents.

-- Jerry Schecter, former bureau chief for Time magazine in Moscow during the Cold War, later a spokesman for the National Security Council, and a respected expert and author of books on Cold War espionage, will discuss important cases of defectors and double agents in the heat of the Cold War. 

-- David Ignatius, former foreign editor - now columnist for the Washington Post - and author of espionage fiction, is respected in the "community" for his insights on the impact of defectors and double agents on the craft of espionage.

Special Guest M. Stanton Evans, columnist, editor and author of the new book Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies is a surprise addition to this year's conference. According to Reeves, Evans used previously classified FBI and governmental files to "upend the McCarthy myth and turn the tables on the real guilty parties. "The Evans book is new and is causing comment", says Reeves. "Although the McCarthy Era is not part of the conference subject matter, we feel the new book is of great interest to our audience as it deals with penetration of the US government by Soviet operatives."

The Raleigh Spy Conference was founded "to bridge the gap between intelligence and current history," according to Reeves. "The calculus of modern events is intelligence. We don't really know what happened until someone declassifies something".

Reeves first conceived the Raleigh Spy Conference after it was revealed in the late 1970s that the British were reading the German code during World War II, altering the accepted history of the most dramatic event in human history. 

Today, says Reeves, "after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 and the brief opening of the Comintern Archives, the CIA and NSA announced that the US had been decrypting and reading messages from Moscow to Soviet agents in the US government. Add to these revelations the proliferation of books and articles by former intelligence officers from both sides of the Cold War, and you realize the actual history of the era requires a fresh examination".

The first Raleigh Spy Conference in 2003 featured speakers on Cold War politics and included KGB major general Oleg Kalugin and Cambridge intelligence scholar Chris Andrew. In year two, speakers presented information on the connection of intelligence and terrorism, featuring experts on al-Qaeda and Hamas. The third year, top Cold War experts offered sessions on the fast-moving topic of Cold War scholarship, featuring Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes. Last year, the conference focused on Fidel Castro and the future of Cuba at the moment Castro fell ill and turned the reins of government over to his brother Raul. 

C-SPAN-TV has broadcast several sessions and C-SPAN Radio has broadcast the entire Raleigh Spy Conference. BBC, CBS radio, other national and area media have covered the conference extensively. Recaps of previous conferences are available at The website also contains the 2008 schedule, speaker biographies, registration forms and other events and information.

Tickets to the three-day event are $250 for the general public, $175 for seniors, and $145 for teachers, students and members of the military and intelligence community. Early registration is available by calling Jennifer Hadra at 919-831-0999. For more information, go to

SCIP - Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals - takes your finely-honed professional intelligence skills [and they help refine them more] and applies them to business. An important and popular market for AFIO members. Please consider some of their upcoming programs of this great group of associated professionals:

St. Louis/Kansas City Chapters & NIRI Annual Winter Webinar
Join us for our annual webinar that will provide insights on how a world-class organization integrates CI into its operations. Lynn Tyson will discuss why competitive intelligence should be an integral part of a best-in-class Investor Relations program and Dell's approach both holistically and specifically to IR. Topics will include external/internal research tools, sample analyses, and overcoming obstacles such as departmental collaboration and resource constraints. This discussion should help individuals decide what is relevant to their executive management, how to measure their effectiveness and foster two-way dialogue and information flow between IR and competitive intelligence professionals within their organization.

Toronto Group Meeting
Pricing is the single highest point of leverage for the business. For example, if the average company improved pricing by just 1% profitability would increase by 12.5%. It is also one of the most difficult areas to obtain CI. Both ethical and legal issues are prevalent in the area of competitive pricing. Yet it is vital that CI professionals participate in this important area of the business. Without excellent CI companies price from a weakened perspective and tend to fall prey to their worst fears about the competition. This corrosive situation leads to price wars and can dramatically alter the viability of a company and the industry in which it participates. This session is intended to give CI professionals insight into how they can add significant value to their organization in the pricing arena by reducing fear and replacing it with understanding.

Greater DC Chapter & World Futures Society Joint Meeting
"Only the connected will survive." -Wikinomics, Chapter 1. Modern enterprise is experiencing the convergence of broad information, business and social trends. New ways of interaction and knowing are made possible through the rise of mass-generated media such as blogs, wikis and social network sites. Outsourcing, just-in-time processes, and innovation create challenges and opportunities for the enterprise. Competitive Intelligence professionals must adapt this brave new world to both make use of, and protect against, new vectors for threats to the enterprise. The expectations of decision-makers we are charged to support are rising, and we must explain the nature of this complex world to them. The Greater Washington chapters of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and the World Futures Society are pleased to announce an extended open panel discussion on "The New Ways of Knowing." In the spirit of collaboration this will be a very interactive session.

Wisconsin Chapter Meeting
Join Wisconsin SCIP for its first chapter event of the New Year on Thursday, January 24th. Featuring Bill Fiora, a veteran competitive intelligence practitioner and consultant, this session will focus on insights regarding two different topics - the "State of the CI Profession" and "Getting Noticed: Marketing the CI function". There are sure to be some valuable takeaways you can deploy immediately to get your 2008 intelligence activities off to an energetic start.

Chicago Chapter Meeting
Competitive Intelligence has struggled with an age-old dilemma: where should resources be spent to deliver the best return on investment? Is the greater threat posed by competitors within the traditional marketplace or the harder to grasp disruptors facing the firm? This session will discuss how the trends that have been shaping business over the past several years are poised to influence the practice of CI in companies large and small.

Minneapolis Chapter Meeting
A Business War-game is a structured, disciplined and facilitated process designed to make the development and execution of a plan more effective by helping an organization to understand a situation much better than it could through other approaches. Join us for an interactive presentation and discussion of business war gaming that will include war gaming concepts, processes, and tools, examples and lessons learned, and war-game project considerations. The presentation will also include a short interactive exercise followed by a question and answer discussion. The presentation will be facilitated by Kappa West consultants Mr. Dan Baird and Mr. Tim Smith. Kappa West Management Consultants was founded in 1974, and has served over 250 global clients on six continents since its inception.

NJ Chapter & American Marketing Association Joint Meeting
Author and Futurist, Eric Garland, joins us for a not to-be-missed evening as he identifies upcoming trends and the business implications that are on the horizon. In his book, Future, Inc.: How Businesses Can Anticipate and Profit from What's Next, Garland identifies the top eight drivers of the future that executives should start preparing for now.


Coming Events


Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM (CST) - the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals hosts: Using Competitive Analysis to Increase Your Strategic Value. Join them for their annual webinar that will provide insights on how a world-class organization integrates CI into its operations. Lynn Tyson will discuss why competitive intelligence should be an integral part of a best-in-class Investor Relations program and Dell's approach both holistically and specifically to IR. Topics will include external/internal research tools, sample analyses, and overcoming obstacles such as departmental collaboration and resource constraints. This discussion should help individuals decide what is relevant to their executive management, how to measure their effectiveness and foster two-way dialogue and information flow between IR and competitive intelligence professionals within their organization.
Lynn Antipas Tyson serves as Vice President, Investor Relations for Dell Inc. In this role, she is responsible for Dell's relationships with investors and financial analysts, and strategic direction of the Investor Relations function. From 2004 through 2007, Lynn also led Dell’s Global Corporate Communications function and was responsible for all aspects of communications, including chairman’s communications, media relations, public affairs, internal and product communications as well as the industry analyst function.
Registration is free! (Complimentary from NIRI St. Louis)
Or call SCIP St. Louis (314) 576-4137 / SCIP Kansas City (816) 235-5499.
NIRI members please register through NIRI St. Louis at (314) 725-2594.
*Note* Please register before 5pm (EST) Friday, January 11, 2008 as registration via the web will be closed afterwards. Contact Information - Alison Bourey, St. Louis Chapter Chair, email:, 314.576.4137
Dionedra Dorsey, SCIP Staff Coordinator, email:, 703.739.0696 ext. 111

17 January 2008 at 11:30 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain AFIO Chapter luncheon. The chapter meets in the Air Force Academy Officers Club, Falcon Room. Their Speaker will be John Wolf who was a Military Attache in the USSR and China. He will speak on China in the 21st Century and their control of information.
Please RSVP to Dick Durham at or call 719-488-2884

19 January 08 - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine Chapter of AFIO (affectionately referred to as MAFIO) will have Tyler S. Drumheller, 25 year career employee of the Central Intelligence Agency as guest. Drumheller retired from CIA in 2005 and is author of "On the Brink", detailing the beginning of the war in Iraq and his battles with the Bush administration over the validity of intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Having worked at the highest levels of government on foreign policy and security issues, he is currently working on a second book on the U.S. intelligence community in the age of international terrorism. At the time of his retirement ,Drumheller was Chief of the Europe Division of CIA. Among other positions held, he was Chief of CIA's largest field station. During the period 1980-1990 he served in Africa as an operations officer and chief of station. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and has done graduate work in Chinese language at Georgetown University. He speaks five languages in addition to English. He is currently President of Tyler Drumheller LLC. Meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street [Rt. 1 at Rt. 35] in Kennebunk, Maine. Contact 207-985-2392 for information.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC - LA Times reporter Bob Drogin, and Tyler Drumheller, former chief of CIA covert operations in Europe present Curveball: Inside the WMD Debacle at the Spy Museum. In 1999, a mysterious Iraqi applied for political asylum in Germany. The young engineer offered compelling details about Saddam Hussein’s secret effort to build weapons of mass destruction. The Germans shared this information with U.S. intelligence but denied the Americans access to their informant—who the Americans codenamed “Curveball.” The case lay dormant until after 9/11, when the Bush administration embraced Curveball’s unconfirmed account. Although relied upon by President Bush and Colin Powell, Curveball was a fraud whose intelligence was discredited before the war. Join Los Angeles Times reporter Bob Drogin, author of Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, and Tyler Drumheller, former chief of CIA covert operations in Europe and author of On the Brink: An Insider’s Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence, as they reveal the inner workings of this intelligence failure from flawed analysis to political maneuvering. Tickets: $20 per person. Visit

Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM - Toronto, ON, Canada - Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals presents: Using Competitive Intelligence to Predict Your Competitors Pricing Actions. Pricing is the single highest point of leverage for the business. For example, if the average company improved pricing by just 1% profitability would increase by 12.5%.
It is also one of the most difficult areas to obtain CI. Both ethical and legal issues are prevalent in the area of competitive pricing. Yet it is vital that CI professionals participate in this important area of the business. Without excellent CI companies price from a weakened perspective and tend to fall prey to their worst fears about the competition. This corrosive situation leads to price wars and can dramatically alter the viability of a company and the industry in which it participates.
This session is intended to give CI professionals insight into how they can add significant value to their organization in the pricing arena by reducing fear and replacing it with understanding. The session will address the following areas:
Valuable tools and data gathering processes for reducing fear
How to discern your competitors pricing strategy
Influencing how the competition perceives your pricing strategy
How to determine whether a competitor is a price leader versus follower
Understanding the dynamics of price wars
Connecting capacity utilization and competitive pricing actions
About the Speaker - Paul Hunt, a consultants in the field of pricing strategy, who has advised organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Location - Toronto Board of Trade, Downtown Centre, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario (416.366.6811)
Registration Fees - SCIP Member $35 USD; Non-Member $45 USD
Contact Information David Gibson, Toronto Group Coordinator, email:, 416.932.9923.
Dionedra Dorsey, SCIP Staff Chapter Coordinator, email:, 703.739.0696 ext.111.

23 January 2008- Phoenix, AZ - The Arizona AFIO Chapter luncheon features Dr. Richard Post, former CIA. The chapter will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn at 11:30 AM. The speaker will be Richard W. Post. PhD. Dr. Post joined the CIA after his graduation from the University of Michigan. After a number of years he returned to the University of Wisconsin where he headed the Criminal Justice Program. He then became Director of Security and Political Risk first at B.F. Goodrich and later at American Can. Rich, then took a consulting position with Kroll Associates in Hong Kong to start up and manage a Joint Venture with Jardine Matheson & Co, to provide security and investigative services in Asia, and later on formed Post and Associates which he then sold to the International Accounting Firm of Ernst and Young. At the time of the sale his firm was called Brand Protection Associates. Although his consulting practice is based in Phoenix he still maintains offices in China. Over the years he has worked on hundreds of sensitive investigations, crisis management situations and trade secrete thefts around the world. Rich and his wife, Penny, who is also his life long business partner have recently authored a book titled, "Global Brand Integrity Management." Rich has a BS, MS, and PhD. He is a Certified Protection Professional CPP. For information and reservations contact Bill Williams at (602) 944-2451 or

Thursday, 24 January 2008, 12 noon – 1 pm – Washington, DC – Free author lunchtime debriefing and book signing – Ronald Kessler – author of The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack at the Spy Museum. Over 5,000 terrorists have been rolled up worldwide since 9/11, yet the race to stop them is more desperate than ever. For The Terrorist Watch, best-selling author Ronald Kessler interviewed FBI and CIA counterterrorism operatives to capture the story of terrorists’ relentless efforts to attack the United States and the efforts being made to stop these plots. Kessler’s interviews with FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director Michael Hayden, White House counterterrorism chief Fran Townsend, and dozens of key intelligence operatives takes readers inside the war rooms of the battle against terrorism. Learn what Kessler discovered about how the U.S. helped thwart the 2006 London terrorist plot, how press leaks have jeopardized our safety, what he has determined that Saddam Hussein admitted in seven months of secret FBI debriefings, and how he thinks the Intelligence Community has changed since 9/11. Free – no registration required.

Friday, 25 January 2008 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Winter Luncheon -

25 January 2008 - AFIO Winter Luncheon - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tysons Corner
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Frank Anderson, former ADDO, Directorate of Operations, CIA
Anderson was chief of CIA's Near East and South Asia Division, having served previously as director of technical services, as chief of the Afghan task force and as chief of station in three Middle East posts. [confirmed]

on "What You Need To Know About U.S. Operations in the Middle East"

John Robb, author of BRAVE NEW WAR: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization [invited]

PLEASE NOTE: The Crowne Plaza was once the Holiday Inn.
The address remains the same: 1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102


30 January 2008 - Colorado Springs, CO - 10am-4pm -TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Event - - Active Security Clearance Required.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC – “Spies on Screen” - The Lives of Others – Burton Gerber, retired CIA case officer, at the Spy Museum. Today there are 5,000 surveillance cameras in New York City – 200 in Times Square alone, and the UK has a larger network that successfully helped it round up the terrorists seeking to blow up transit system. So, while It may feel Big Brother is watching, these surveillance efforts are quite different from the tactics used by the German Democratic Republic before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Oscar-winning film, The Lives of Others, captures the effect that a culture of permanent suspicion and total surveillance had on the average citizen, and it also poses the intriguing question of what happens when a surveillant begins to sympathize with his target. Based on his own experiences as a CIA station chief in three Communist countries, retired CIA case officer Burton Gerber will place the film in context and discuss its accuracy and the ethical implications of espionage and counter-espionage. Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC. Tickets: $20 per person. Visit for tickets.

2 February 2008 - Indian River, FL - Florida Satellite Chapter Luncheon.  The next luncheon for the Florida Satellite Chapter, AFIO will be on 2 February 2008 (Saturday), at the Indian River Country Colony Club (IRCC). There will be a cash bar beginning at 11:30 a.m. and a 12:30 p.m. lunch. The luncheon speaker will be COL Harry Pawlak, USAF Retired. COL Pawlak (a Chapter member) will speak about his involvement in a Recon Mission in Asia. He was forced to land in a hostile area without radio communications and walked almost three weeks before being picked up. The luncheon cost is $17.00. There will be a beef entr�e or fish entr�e option. Contact George Stephenson (Vice President) at for reservation information. Please put AFIO in the subject block to insure the e-mail will be opened. Col Pawlak is currently President of Matrix Management LTD.

5 - 6 February 2008 - San Diego, CA - 9am-4pm - WEST 2008 -

Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC – “Mata Hari and Houdini: Entertaining Spies”– authors Pat Shipman and William Kalush at the Spy Museum. Were they or weren’t they? Mata Hari’s reputation as a seductive beauty who used her wiles to gather intelligence is well-known. But history reveals a different story. Meanwhile, Harry Houdini, the “World’s Greatest Escape Artist,” is known for his magical feats and his pursuit of fake spiritualists. But was he also a covert operative? In this demystifying evening, Pat Shipman, author of Femme Fatale: Love, Lies and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari, and William Kalush, co-author of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero, lift the veil of time from these two legends. Was the infamous dancer executed for espionage or for shameless behavior? Did Houdini use his theatrical tours as a cover for collecting intelligence for the U.S. or perhaps the British? Tickets: $20. Visit for tickets.

8 February 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts William Overholt, Director of Asia Policy Division, RAND Corporation. Dr. William Overholt has a long history of analyzing Asia in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he conducted research on financial reform in Asia as a joint senior fellow with the Center for Business and Government and the Asia Center at Harvard University. He is the author of five books including The Rise of China, winner of the Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize. He has spent 21 years managing research units for investment banks, mostly based in Hong Kong: he was a managing director and head of Asia Research for Bankers Trust and spent three years as chief of Asia strategist and economist for the largest Japanese investment bank, Nomura. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Hudson Institute managing studies for the NSC, DoD, Department of State, ACDA, NASA, and various corporations. Dr. Overholt will speak on economic developments and intelligence in China.
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 (please indicate meat or fish) no later than 5PM 1/30/08: or mail check made out to "AFIO" to Peter Bresler, 1255 Post Street, Suite 427, San Francisco, CA 94109. Call Roger Dong (510) 864-1248 for any questions.

Sunday, 10 February 2008 1030 – 1330 - Beachwood, OH - AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter hosts Timothy R. Walton, author, CIA and Navy Veteran on "24 Years with the CIA." Timothy R. Walton has a B.A. in philosophy from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia. While in graduate school he had a Fulbright scholarship to do research at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris, France.
From 1970 to 1976, he served in the U.S.Navy on ships and bases in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.
For 24 years, he was an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, during which he worked with personnel from law enforcement, the military, and foreign liaison services.
He has had a variety of experience teaching analysis, including:• Classes at the CIA's Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis.• Mercyhurst College's program in the Washington D.C. area.• The Director of National Intelligence's "Analysis 101," which is offered to new analysts in all of the components of the US Intelligence Community.• A graduate-level class in competitive intelligence for the Johns Hopkins University business school.
He is also the author of The Spanish Treasure Fleets, the story of the centuries-long maritime struggle to control the flow of precious metals from Spain's colonies in Latin America.
Location: Hilton Cleveland East /Beachwood (Location not yet confirmed), 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, Ohio 44122, Tel: 1-216-464-5950 Fax: 1-216-464-6539
Cost: $24.00 per person
RSVP: Veronica Flint, (440) 338-4720 or at

Thursday, 21 February 2008, 12 noon – 1 pm – Washington, DC – author debriefing and book signing – Pete Earley author of Comrade J, at the Spy Museum. From 1997 to 2000, a man known as Comrade J was working in the U.S. as the highest-ranking operative in the SVR – a successor agency to the KGB. He directed all Russian spy action in New York City, and personally oversaw every covert operation against the U.S. and its allies in the UN. Comrade J recruited spies, planted agents, manipulated intelligence, and influenced American policy – all under the direct leadership of Boris Yeltsin followed by that of Vladimir Putin. He was a legend in the SVR: known as the man who kept the secrets. Then in 2000 he defected and turned the tables on Mother Russia – for two years he had acted as a double agent for the FBI. In Comrade J, Earley gives an account of this extraordinary spy. Free, no registration required.

22-23 February 2008 - Baltimore, MD - 3rd International Conference on "Ethics in the Intelligence Community", Sponsored by: International Intelligence Ethics Association and Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Division of Public Safety Leadership. Intelligence ethics is an emerging field without established principles for resolving the ethical problems confronting the intelligence community. Intelligence work has no theory analogous to "just war" theory in military ethics. Consequently, a focus of this conference is to provide a forum in which the application of ethical theories to intelligence problems can be discussed and a theory of “just intelligence” developed. This conference is co-sponsored by The International Intelligence Ethics Association and Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Division of Public Leadership.
The conference will be held at The Johns Hopkins University-Mt. Washington Conference Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is open to all relevant disciplines, including political science, history, law enforcement, philosophy, international relations, theology, and to representatives of all legitimate stake-holders in intelligence ethics, including government, the press, and non-governmental organizations.
The 2-day conference begins on Friday morning, February 22nd and ends on Saturday afternoon, February 23, 2008. Attendees will be provided all meals during this time. The conference will consist of academic papers and panels, in a traditional lecture format with audience discussion. Privacy Policy: All presentations and discussions are on a “not for attribution” basis. No recording devices (cameras, audio recorders, etc.) that can capture images and sound are permitted.
A sample of the topics at the conference include:
• Torture & Ticking Time-Bombs: Empirical Research Regarding Moral Judgments
• Can Just War Theory Contribute to a Normative Framework for Intelligence Ethics? National Security vs. Social Security
• The Utility And Practicality Of A Code Of Ethics Specifically Addressing The Officer-Agent Relationship (i.e., HUMINT) And Could Such A Code Be Meaningful Or Useful In Real Operational Settings?
• A Professional Ethics Review Board for the Intelligence Community: Is it possible?
• Accountability vs. Politicalization: An Ethical Difference - With Case Studies
• Developing a Moral Framework for Making Complex Ethical Judgments For the Intelligence Professional
• Individual Rights vs. Collective Rights: A Moral Dilemma In Intelligence During National Emergency Situations?
Conference Location: Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21209; Information/Directions:
Registration till December 31, 2007 - Registration fee covers 3 meals on Friday and 2 meals on Saturday
$ 370 Conference Registration. Late Registration after January 1, 2008 Registration fee covers 3 meals on Friday and 2 meals on Saturday $ 395 Conference Registration
A limited number of suites are available at the conference center Suites, $150.00 a day [check in is Thursday, Tax and gratuities included] Mail To : International Intelligence Ethics Association (IIEA), P.O. Box 23053, Washington, D.C. 20026. Further information available from:

10 -11 March 2008 - Laurel, Maryland - 2008 Unrestricted Warfare Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) is jointly sponsored by JHU/APL and the University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). It is also co-sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), the Department of State, and the National Intelligence Council. For 2008, the theme of integrating strategy, analysis, and technology to counter adversaries utilizing unrestricted warfare approaches. The focus will be on the DoD Campaign Plan for the War on Terrorism: Integrating Strategy, Analysis, and Technology in Support of the U.S. War on Terror Campaign. I am thrilled that Admiral Eric Olson, USSOCOM, has agreed to give the keynote address. Over the two days we will have four other featured speakers [Dr. Thomas Mahnken, ODUSD(Policy); Prof. Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University; Dr. Stephen Flynn, Council on Foreign Relations; and Prof. Peter Feaver, Duke University], five roundtable panels, and a panel of senior-level government representatives responsible for various aspects of the War on Terror Campaign.
2008 registration details can be found at the symposium website:

Thursday, 20 March 2008, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC -“The Bomber Behind the Veil: Muslim Women and Violent Jihad– Farhana Ali, Rand Corp. policy analyst, at the Spy Museum. Beware the mujahidaat. Farhana Ali, an international policy analyst with the Rand Corporation, is one of the few researchers focused on these Muslin female fighters. She has charted an increase in suicide attacks by Muslim women since at least 2000, in new theaters of operation, including Uzbekistan, Egypt, and Iraq. These attacks are arguably more deadly than those conducted by male jihadists, in part due to the perception that women are unlikely to commit such acts of horror, and when they do, the shock or “CNN factor” of their attacks draws far greater media attention. She discusses their place in Islamic history, their psychological profile, and the likely shelf-life of this disturbing trend. Tickets: $20. Visit for tickets.

17-19 April 2008 - London, UK - The German Historical Institute in London hosts "Keeping Secrets" conference. The German Historical Institute in London is hosting a conference entitled "Keeping Secrets:  How Important was intelligence to the conduct of international relations from 1914 to 1939." Among the scholars expected to speak are Zara Steiner, General William Odom, Christopher Andrew, Ernest May, Paul Kennedy, Gerhard Weinberg, Mark Lowenthal, Richard Aldrich, Georges-Henri Soutou, and David Kahn. The conference will take place at the institute in central London from 17 to 19 April. For further information write Karina Kurbach at <>

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