AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes
#11-08 dated 17 March 2008
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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Section II - TERRORISM
Section III - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Section IV - CAREERS, OBITUARIES AND COMING EVENTS
For Additional Events two+ months or more....view our online Calendar of Events
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- Elissa Rae Coates, CIA Support Officer
Current Calendar Next Two Months ONLY:
- 18 March 2008 - Reston, VA - 11am-7pm - CAREER FAIR - TECH EXPO Top Secret - www.TechExpoUSA.com - Active Security Clearance Required.
- Wednesday, 19 March 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House.
- 20 March 2008 at 11:30 a.m. - Colorado Springs, CO - "Airport Security" is the topic for the Rocky Mountain AFIO Chapter luncheon.
- 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.
- Thursday, 20 March 2008 - Phoenix, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter luncheon features a religious evangelical 'humanitarian' on the supposed poverty of Western secularism.
- 26-28 March 2008 - Raleigh, NC - The Fifth Raleigh Spy Conference at the NC Museum of History - "CIA's Unsolved Mysteries: The Nosenko Case, Double Agents, and Angleton's Wilderness of Mirrors."
- Thursday, 3 April 2008, (1030 - 1300) - Fort Meade, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation [NCMF] 2008 program features Dr. Donald Kerr on Technical Issues Facing the U.S. Intelligence Community.
- Friday 4 April 2008, (5:30 PM) - AFIO Metro New York Chapter Spring meeting features Lt. General Robert J. Elder, Jr. Commanding General of the 8th Air Force, on "What we're doing about these cyber attacks on our country – Defending the nation TODAY."
- Monday, 7 April 2008 (2 PM) - Laurel, MD - Christopher Andrew on "British Intelligence, the American Alliance, and the End of the British Empire" at NSA's Center for Cryptologic History.
- 7 - 11 April 2008 - Boston, MA - The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU) co-host 2008 Annual Conference
- 10 April 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Rich Hanson on Joint Military and CIA Operations.
- Wednesday, 16 April 2008, (6:30 PM) - Washington, DC - Spy vs. Spy: FBI and KGB Secrets from the Cold War at the Spy Museum.
- Thursday, 17 April 2008, (12:30 - 2:30 pm) - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO L.A. Chapter luncheon features talk on Belle Boyd and Confederate Secret Service.
- Thursday, 17 April 2008, (12 Noon - 1 pm) - Washington, DC - The Terrorist Recognition Handbook - A Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities at Spy Museum.
- 17-19 April 2008 - London, UK - The German Historical Institute in London hosts "Keeping Secrets" conference
- 18-19 April 2008 - Great Lakes, IL - The Midwest Chapter of AFIO hosts annual conference at Great Lakes Naval Station.
- 25 April 2008 - Vienna, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - High Technology Wizardry in U.S. Intelligence Community - Dr. Lisa J. Porter; and Mind of Terrorists by Jerrold Post, M.D.
- Monday, 28 April 2008, (1 pm - 5 pm) - Washington, DC - Symposium on Richard M. Helms, former Director, CIA - His Life and Career
- Thursday, 29 April 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House.
- Thursday, 1 May 2008, (12 Noon - 1 PM) - Washington, DC - Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA.
- 16 - 18 May 2008 - Bar Harbor, ME - The Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association hosts mini-reunion.
- Wednesday, 28 May 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House
- Wednesday, 28 May 2008, (6:30 pm) - The Devil May Care: A Celebration of the New Bond Novel and Ian Fleming's 100th Birthday.
- Tuesday, 3 June 2008, (6:30 pm) - Washington, DC - From the Secret Files of the International Spy Museum Spycraft 101: CIA Spytech From Communism to Al-Qaeda.
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
GAO Seeks Review of Spy Agencies. As he leaves his post as the nation's top auditor, David M. Walker is again asking Congress to give the Government Accountability Office the power to review the finances of the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Walker, whose 10-year term as comptroller general concluded on 12 March, is supporting legislation that would give the GAO access to the last major area of the federal government not subject to its audits and investigations.
With some support on Capitol Hill, Walker said he is fighting powerful legislative patrons of intelligence agencies, especially the CIA, who have resisted examinations of how taxpayer dollars are spent.
The GAO, Congress's investigative arm, has the power to review the finances and management of most government agencies. But the Justice Department issued a ruling in the early 1990s that restricted oversight of the CIA to House and Senate select committees on intelligence.
That authority has been a sensitive topic since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when information sharing between the CIA and law enforcement agencies that might have revealed the plot was bungled.
Prompted by recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, the House and Senate in 2004 reorganized the way their committees oversee intelligence and homeland security issues. But the lawmakers have never pushed to allow the GAO to examine CIA spending. They have questioned whether the GAO is too closely aligned with the congressional majority and whether its investigators have the proper clearances to handle classified intelligence matters.
Walker said he is not asking to look into the "sources and methods" used by spy agencies. Instead, he wants the GAO to look into "basic management transformation challenges" such as how the CIA recruits and retains top talent and, more important, how the agency has allocated its multibillion-dollar budget.
The GAO is already empowered to examine the finances of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and it has highlighted many examples of waste, fraud and abuse.
The CIA disagrees with the proposal. [Kane/WashingtonPost/7March2008]
CIA Invests in RF Chip Startup. WiSpry Inc., a developer of programmable radio frequency (RF) semiconductor products for the wireless industry, announced the closing of an additional $7 million of Series B financing.
This brings the total of the Series B round to $18 million. The round was led by present WiSpry investors American River Ventures, Blueprint Ventures, and L-Capital Partners.
The company also announced DoCoMo Capital has made a strategic investment in the company. Participating in the round was another new investor, Arkian, WiSpry's Korean sales representative, as well as existing investors, Hotung Capital Management, In-Q-Tel, and Shepherd Ventures. In-Q-Tel is the venture arm of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). [LaPedus/EETimes/10March2008]
Kashmir Singh Admits He Was A Spy. Kashmir Singh, who was freed from a Pakistani jail after 35 years, in early March admitted that he was an Indian spy and did his best to serve the country, but deplored that successive governments at the Center did nothing for his family.
Asked what he would like to say for some other people who are working in similar kind of professions, Singh said, "I was a spy and did my duty, about others I will not comment, I am not President of the country to give reply to such queries".
Singh, who was lodged in seven different jails in Pakistan, said, "I will not tell the story of my ordeal in Pakistani prisons as it will damage the cases of about 100 other such prisoners languishing in jails there". [DNAIndia/7March2008]
Former British Spy Faces Court Battle to Publish Book. The British Government has launched a legal battle to stop a former MI5 undercover agent from publishing a book on the inner workings of the secret service.
The book reportedly is a detailed exposé of the operational successes, failures and recruiting techniques of the covert organization.
The agent, a former member of the special forces, successfully penetrated the IRA, organized crime gangs and more recently recruited agents to infiltrate jihadist groups plotting terror attacks in Britain.
The government gag order has overtones of the Spycatcher scandal in 1987, when Peter Wright, another former MI5 agent, tried to publish details of his work to uncover a traitor within the security service.
Attempts to ban Spycatcher, which was eventually published in Britain and sold more than two million copies, ensured its notoriety and helped to earn Mr. Wright more than £1 million.
Legal proceedings against the MI5 agent, whose 300-page manuscript is being targeted by the Government, are due to begin at the High Court in London this week. A senior judge has been appointed to hear the case, which will be held in secret. He will rule on whether publication of the book would breach national security. The loser is likely to appeal immediately against the judge's ruling.
All MI5 employees must now sign legally binding confidentiality clauses in which they agree not to publicize any of the agency's activities. But it is unclear whether the author of Siberia, the code word the agent used to signal that his life was in extreme danger, actually signed a confidentiality document. [Rayment/Telegraph/9March2008]
Storm in Belgium Over Moroccan Spy. The arrest of an Islamist in Morocco has Belgian authorities wondering if they have been duped by a "double agent" alleged to have acted as an informer while planning several deadly attacks.
The growing storm is swirling around Abdelkader Belliraj, 50, a Belgian and Moroccan national who was arrested last month in Morocco on suspicions of having led an Al Qaeda-linked group of 35 Islamic extremists. He is also a prime suspect in six unexplained killings in Belgium at the end of the 1980s.
Although the Moroccan accusations were at first met with skepticism in Belgium, authorities now consider them credible. It appears Belliraj was a paid informer for Belgium's domestic intelligence services, the State Security, for several years. The head of the agency, Alain Winants, implicitly acknowledged that was the case recently by filing a complaint after the "highly classified" information was revealed in the press.
The revelation has reunited a simmering row among Belgian authorities, with federal police investigators accusing the State Security of not being careful enough in recruiting its informers and not keeping other services informed.
It is all the more sensitive because Belgium has in recent years tried to crack down on Islamist networks in order to shake off its reputation as a rear base for extremists in Europe.
The case continues to rumble on, as almost every day brings new "leaks" in the press about Belliraj, whose wife and children continue to live in Belgium.
The Belgian security service's "golden informant" provided authorities with "crucial information" that helped foil an attack in another European country, according to a recent report in De Tijd newspaper.
Other reports have suggest that his collaboration with Belgian authorities was just a cover and that he was a die-hard jihadist who had spent time in extremist camps in Afghanistan and had become the head of the military arm of the Moroccan group.
Moroccan authorities say Belliraj has confessed to killing in Belgium, in 1989 alone, a representative of the Jewish community, two moderate Muslim officials and a driver for the Saudi Arabian ambassador mistaken for a diplomat. Although Belgian police questioned him at the time, he was not formally investigated. [LeForestier/MiddleEastOnline/11March2008]
India Turns to Canada's Spies to Avert Threat of Espionage Via BlackBerry. Canadian spies are set to help India's intelligence agencies to intercept BlackBerry messages to prevent the mobile e-mail service being shut down across the sub-continent.
The Indian Government believes that messages sent via the BlackBerry system, which is licensed to mobile operators by Research in Motion (RIM), a Canadian company, pose a threat to security because of the difficulty of tracing and intercepting them.
It has given the four domestic mobile operators that offer the service in India - Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, BPL Mobile and Reliance Communications - until the end of the month to detail how they route their users' e-mails. The demand comes after a refusal by the Ministry of Home Affairs to grant further BlackBerry licenses. It acted after India's security services had raised doubts over whether they could "lawfully access" BlackBerry's encrypted system, which traffics messages between a handful of secure servers, all based outside India.
RIM insists that its technology is impregnable to spies. After France barred MPs and their advisers from using the system last year, RIM said that "rumors speculating that can be intercepted and read by the National Security Agency in the US or other 'spy' organizations are based on false and misleading information."
Last week, RIM and its operator partners met officials from the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and representatives from the Canadian Embassy to try to prevent a BlackBerry blackout being imposed in India, sources said. It is understood that further contact between the two countries' security agencies was agreed in an effort to allay India's concerns. [Blakely/TimesOnline/10March2008]
Iraqis Mesh Old, New Styles of Espionage. The U.S. military is attempting to guide Iraq toward a modern intelligence service that gathers and analyzes data, said Dan Maguire, the top U.S. intelligence adviser to Iraq. Agents would have limited powers.
In an effort to create a modern agency, the United States initially backed the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, modeling its structure on that of the CIA. It was even set up with CIA assistance, Maguire said.
Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has viewed the organization as a CIA creation and has been wary of relying on it. Al-Maliki established a rival intelligence department under Shirwan al-Waili, the minister of state for national security affairs.
Al-Maliki's government also has taken action this year to remove Iraq's special forces, which number more than 3,000 elite troops, from Defense Ministry control. He has placed them under a newly formed counterterrorism command.
That move has raised concerns among Iraqis that al-Maliki is trying to tighten control over the commandos and counterterrorism forces, which go after top insurgent and militia leaders. The Iraqi government is dominated by Shiite Muslims, while Saddam's former regime was dominated by Sunnis.
Maguire says the prime minister could use the service to target Sunni's, but that there is enough "rigor" and "oversight" built into the target vetting process to make such abuse difficult.
For the past year, the U.S. military has focused on helping Iraq create intelligence departments in the ministries of Interior and Defense. Thousands of analysts and agents have been hired.
However, Robert Baer, a former CIA officer who worked in the Middle East, notes that it is proving difficult to overcome the culture of mistrust and paranoia that dominated Iraq's intelligence apparatus for decades. [Michaels/USAToday/9March2008]
China: Japan Diplomats Were Spies. Tokyo sources announced on 10 March that a final ruling handed down by the Higher People's Court of Beijing Municipality in September 2006 concluded that two Japanese diplomats were spies for the Intelligence and Analysis Service of Japan's Foreign Ministry.
According to the sources, the ruling said that a current high-ranking ministry official, who had worked at the organization, and the then first secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing were spies.
The ruling was part of the Beijing higher court's decision to uphold a sentence of life imprisonment imposed on a Chinese man, 48, who had met with the two Japanese officials.
The ruling reflects China's wariness of Japan during the administration of then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, when bilateral relations had reached a nadir.
According to the sources, the ruling by the Beijing higher court determined that a current high-ranking official of the Foreign Ministry who was in charge of gathering and analyzing information on the Southeast Asia region in 2005 and the first secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing were key agents of the Japanese espionage organization.
The high-ranking official, who had worked at the Japanese embassy in Beijing, often visited China.
The higher court also said that two Japanese news reporters, including a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter, had links with the spy organization, saying they received classified information from the Chinese man.
According to the judgment, despite knowing that the two Japanese officials were spies, the Chinese man handed over classified information to them on several occasions, the sources said.
The judgment also said that in early 2005, when the Chinese man visited Japan on a trip arranged by the two Japanese officials, he handed over confidential telephone directories that were only for use by Communist party and government leaders and other information. For that, he received an illegal payment of 300,000 yen, the ruling said.
However, the ruling did not mention the content of the classified information or why the Chinese man had spied for Japan, indicating a lack of thoroughness with regard to evidence and facts.
The first secretary who was judged to be a spy still works at the embassy. [YomiuriShimbun/11March2008]
Spymaster Would Allow Peek Under Cloak. A top intelligence official says he wants to pull back the curtain of secrecy to let Americans see more clearly what it is intelligence agencies do, and how they do it.
"We've allowed our detractors to frame the national debate and cast us as the villains," said Donald Kerr, the No. 2 official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "We in the intelligence community are not winning hearts and minds in the U.S. We're not even trying. That's what bothers me most."
It was a wistful call to restore public trust in a community tarnished by its own actions and by allegations of misdeeds that feed on secrecy.
Kerr said excessive secrecy had its place when American intelligence was first organized 60 years ago. But that now works against it. He said people have negative feelings about the intelligence community because the public does not understand what intelligence professionals actually do.
Kerr said the "slow bleed" of public trust began with revelations in the 1970s of abuses of power by the intelligence agencies.
The loss of prestige may have a material effect on intelligence and national security down the line, said Tim Sample, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
In the wake of Sept. 11, hundreds of thousands of Americans have applied to work for intelligence agencies. Intelligence and military spending has soared. But as each year passes without another attack on U.S. territory, Congress and the White House could decide to gut intelligence as they did immediately after the Cold War, Sample said.
The intelligence agencies' wounds are in some cases self-inflicted, says Jeffrey Richelson, an intelligence expert at the National Security Archive in Washington. Taxpayers perceive the excessive secrecy surrounding intelligence budgets and details like the total number of spy agency employees as arrogance. And historical successes are buried in decades-old classified records. [Hess/AP/11March2008]
World's Most Notorious Arms Dealer Viktor Bout Is Arrested in Thailand. Former KGB major Viktor Bout - known as the Merchant of Death - has been arrested in Thailand. He is believed to have supplied weapons to the Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked groups.
MI6 has worked hard to disrupt his arms deals in conflict zones ranging from Sierra Leone to Angola and the Congo.
Bout, who speaks six languages and is widely believed to have been the model for the arms dealer played by Nicolas Cage in 2005 film Lord of War, was held in Bangkok on an international drugs warrant.
Police Col. Petcharat Sengchai said he was wanted on charges of "procuring weapons and explosives for Colombian rebels." Former Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain - who named Bout as the Merchant of Death in the House of Commons - said yesterday: "He was at the center of the blood diamonds trade from Sierra Leone to Angola and across Africa."
For years, Bout made himself untouchable by using 60 aircraft from his British Gulf airline to fly supplies into Baghdad. At one time he supplied both the Taliban and the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. [Mackay/Mirror/7March2008]
Pentagon Report Plays Down Chinese Military Threat. A recent Defense Department report titled "Military Power of the People's Republic of China" highlights some of Beijing's potential weaknesses and some positive steps the Chinese are taking in their relationship with the United States.
The report noted that China is spending heavily to modernize its military forces, and drew attention to anti-satellite and cyberspace activities that represent potential threats to the United States.
But the study also noted that U.S. intelligence agencies estimate it could take Beijing at least two more years "to produce a modern force capable of defeating a moderate-size adversary."
More important, the intelligence estimate predicted that the Asian nation "will not be able to project and sustain small military units far beyond China before 2015, and will not be able to project and sustain large forces in combat operations far from China until well into the following decade." The intelligence estimate was completed within the past year; this is the first time it has been made public. [Pincuz/WashingtonPost/10March2008]
Germany Charges Sudanese Man with Spying on Opposition Supporters. German prosecutors say they have charged a Sudanese man with spying on opposition supporters for his country's intelligence service.
Federal prosecutors allege that the 40-year-old, identified only as Acuil A., reported on the activities of Sudanese opposition supporters in Germany to Sudanese intelligence between July 2005 and October 2007.
They say he received regular payment for his activities, which included taking part in events arranged by human rights activists on the political and humanitarian situation in Sudan.
The man has been in custody since October. No date has been set for his trial. [HeraldTribune/12March2008]
Section II - TERRORISM
Expert Says Next Generation Terrorist More Dangerous, But
Limited. Al-Qaida as we know it is dead, replaced by a leaderless generation of ever-younger homegrown jihadists whose venomous beliefs could poison the movement from within, says a leading al-Qaida scholar.
Marc Sageman, a Harvard-trained medical doctor and Central Intelligence Agency officer turned forensic psychiatrist and noted al-Qaida researcher, rejects conventional thinking that "al-Qaida Central" - Osama bin Laden and an estimated 200 high command and hardcore followers holed up in northwest Pakistan - is resurgent.
Sageman says the wannabe movement that has taken its place is inherently self-limiting, since by their very nature, the disconnected groups have no unified goals, strategies or a leader. [Canada.com/11March2008]
Jury Convicts U.S. Navy Sailor In Terrorism Plot. A federal jury in New Haven, Conn., has found Hassan Abu-Jihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, 32, of Phoenix, Ariz., guilty of providing material support of terrorism and disclosing previously classified information relating to the national defense.
According to the evidence provided at trial, in 2001, four or five months after the October 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole, Abu-Jihaad provided classified information regarding the movements of a United States Navy battle group, which was charged with enforcing sanctions against the Taliban and engaging in missions against Al Qaeda, to Azzam Publications, a London-based organization that is alleged to have provided material support and resources to persons engaged in acts of terrorism through the creation and use of various internet web sites, e-mail communications, and other means, including www.azzam.com. Between approximately February 2000 and the end of 2001, the web site www.azzam.com was hosted on the computer web servers of a web hosting company located in Trumbull, Connecticut. At the time the classified information was disclosed to Azzam Publications, Abu-Jihaad was an enlistee in the United States Navy on active duty in the Middle East and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Benfold, one of the ships in the battle group whose movements were disclosed.
Evidence presented at trial indicated that, in December 2003, British law enforcement officers recovered a computer floppy disk in a residence of one of the operators of Azzam Publications. Forensic analysis of the disk disclosed a password-protected Microsoft Word document setting forth previously classified information regarding the upcoming movements of a U.S. Naval battle group as it was to transit from San Diego to its deployment in the Persian Gulf in 2001. The document went on to discuss the battle group's perceived vulnerability to terrorist attack.
According to the evidence at trial, subsequent investigation uncovered several email exchanges from late 2000 to late 2001 between members of Azzam Publications and Abu-Jihaad, including discussions regarding videos Abu-Jihaad ordered from Azzam Publications that promoted violent jihad and extolled the virtues of martyrdom; a small donation of money Abu-Jihaad made to Azzam Publications; and whether it was "safe" to send materials to Abu-Jihaad at his military address onboard the U.S.S. Benfold. In another email exchange with Azzam Publications, Abu-Jihaad described a recent force protection briefing given aboard his ship, voiced enmity toward America, praised Usama bin Laden and the mujahideen, praised the October 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole - which Abu-Jihaad described as a "martyrdom operation," - and advised the members of Azzam Publications that such tactics were working and taking their toll. The email response from Azzam Publications encouraged Abu-Jihaad to "keep up... the psychological warefare [sic]."
The evidence at trial also indicated that Abu-Jihaad's contact information - namely, his Navy email account - was among the few saved in an Azzam Publications online address book.
The evidence at trial included the testimony of six Navy witnesses indicating, among other things, that as a Signalman in the Navigation Division of the U.S.S. Benfold during the 2001 deployment, Abu-Jihaad had access to certain classified information, including advance knowledge of the battle group's movements.
The evidence at trial also included court-authorized wiretap recordings, during which Abu-Jihaad used coded conversation to refer to jihad; admonished others not to speak openly about jihad over the phone or on the Internet because it was "tapped"; and discussed having conversations with associates using a shredder and after frisking them for electronic components. The calls played for the jury also included Abu-Jihaad's use of the terms "hot meals" and "cold meals" in reference to his current and former ability, respectively, to provide inside information or intelligence about potential U.S. military targets. Abu-Jihaad told an associate that he "hadn't been on that job in X amount of years... to see... what the fresh meal is," and in 2006, told another associate that he had not "been in the field of making meals" for over four years. The evidence established that Abu-Jihaad had left the U.S. Navy in 2002.
Judge Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for May 23, 2008, at which time Abu-Jihaad faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years. [BorderfireReport/11March2008]
MI5 Targets Four Met Police Officers 'Working As Al Qaeda Spies.' Four police officers in Britain's top force are reportedly under close secret service surveillance after being identified as Al Qaeda spies.
MI5 are said to have homed in on the "sleeper" agents passing secrets from Scotland Yard to the terror group only in recent weeks.
The suspected spies are believed to have used methods similar to those employed by the IRA in the 1970s as they infiltrated the police and the Army in Northern Ireland.
All four are understood to be Asians living in London and are feared to have links both with Islamic extremists in Britain and worldwide terror groups - including Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
MI5 chiefs reportedly believe the suspected moles have been planted as sleepers - agents under deep cover - to keep Al Qaeda informed of anti-terror raids planned by London's Metropolitan Police.
They are said to fear the four could have already accessed sensitive information about secret operations to root out terror cells planning further attacks in the UK.
Secret service agents are said to be monitoring the suspects, who work at different London police stations. A Yard spokesman said: "All police officers and police staff, upon joining the Metropolitan Police Service and during their careers undergo a range of security checks."
The officers' names apparently emerged during a low-profile investigation into police force infiltration which has been going on since the July 2005 London bombings.
MI5 experts are also understood to be building a family tree for each one and trying to put together a picture of their links to their home countries.
Their names are being cross-referred with lists of men who have been to terror training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
MI5 believes other sleeper cells are trying to infiltrate public services across Britain in order to gain vital intelligence. [DailyMail/10March2008]
Section III - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
When Spies Become Diplomats. Since the earliest days of the Castro regime, the Cuban government has used diplomatic cover for its spies. Among them are Félix Wilson and José Imperatori, both of whom served at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C.
However, the choice of René Mujica Cantelar as Cuba's ambassador to the United Kingdom highlights a disturbing new trend. During extensive discussions during the past months, two former Cuban intelligence officers who are now in the United States identified Mujica as a deep-cover spy in Cuba's foreign-intelligence service, the Directorate of Intelligence (DI).
Mujica spent his earlier years in U.S. posts. He served at the Cuban Interests Section in 1977-1986 and then at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations (CMUN) in 1990-93. Juan Antonio Rodríguez Menier - who served with the DI's predecessor, the Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI), for 28 years - noted that both of Mujica's U.S. postings carried the rank of first secretary. Historically, the DI uses senior diplomatic positions only for its higher-ranking officers.
Additionally, Mujica is apparently highly trusted by Raúl Castro, given that his CMUN assignment followed a devastating 1989 restructuring and downsizing of the DGI into the DI.
In the wake of the 1989 arrest and execution of Division Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa, Castro and the Ministry of the Armed Forces took control of the Interior Ministry (MININT). Army Corps Gen. Abelardo Colome Ibarra became the interior minister and conducted a massive purge. Armed forces officers loyal to Castro replaced hundreds of MININT/DGI officers who were jailed, fired or retired.
After a few years back at DI headquarters, Mujica was transferred to Europe, where he spent six years as ambassador to Brussels (1996-2002) and another three as deputy director of the Europe Division. There, he worked for better E.U.-Cuban relations and recommended the E.U. rethink its position on Cuba. Mujica sees signs of warming European-Cuban relations but fears that E.U. enlargement may slow rapprochement since some new pro-American members tend to take a hard-line position.
Since his posting to London, Mujica is focused on stronger bilateral relations with the United Kingdom. He is a strong and vocal critic of Bush administration measures intended to hasten the end of the Castro brothers' rule, including tightened restrictions on family visits and remittances from Cuban Americans - funds now critical to the regime's survival.
According to former DI officer Juan Reyes-Alonso, Mujica's diplomat postings were intended to improve his cover for intelligence missions. Now, he enjoys the best of both worlds. As a deep-cover DI officer, he does not meet with regular DI assets like traditional intelligence officers at an embassy. This has kept him ''off the radar'' of foreign counterintelligence services and their surveillance teams. As a result, he is living the dream of DI officers and diplomats - he has little direct supervision and enjoys considerable freedom of movement. [Simmons/MiamiHerald/11March2008]
NYT Letter to the Editor - by Mark Mansfield. The following letter to the editor, published in the March 9 edition of The New York Times, responds to a March 2 editorial:
To the Editor: "Horrifying and Unnecessary" (NY Times editorial, March 2) cites interrogation measures that are specifically banned by the Army Field Manual, including forcing prisoners to perform sexual acts, applying electric shocks and conducting mock executions.
The implication is that those measures would be used by the Central Intelligence Agency or other intelligence services if the intelligence authorization bill is vetoed by the president.
They would not. The C.I.A. neither conducts nor condones torture.
As the C.I.A. director, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, has said, the Army Field Manual meets the needs of the American military services and is sufficient for their purposes.
But it does not exhaust the universe of lawful interrogation measures available to the Republic to defend itself against hardened terrorists - techniques not useful or suited to the Army's circumstances but fully consistent with the Geneva Conventions and with current United States law.
These are the interrogation measures in the C.I.A.'s current interrogation program - not the ones cited in your editorial. They have been fully briefed to the intelligence oversight committees, and their lawfulness has been confirmed by the Justice Department.
Mark Mansfield, Director of Public Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency, McLean, Va.,
March 3, 2008
Section IV - CAREERS, OBITUARIES AND COMING EVENTS
McMunn Associates, Inc. seeks to fill 6 full time Maritime Intelligence positions. Send replies to: firstname.lastname@example.org POC: Molly Ryan, (703) 481-6100 ext. 103
1) AMAC Cornerstone Course Developer/Instructor -
Full-time position is located at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, Suitland, MD although up to 25% of the work may be performed at a contractor location. Position is available approximately 1 April 2008. Job Description: Incumbent will assist Advanced Maritime Analysis Cell (AMAC) in developing and administering the “Cornerstone II” course of instruction, using data and resources from government and open sources. Contact above lister for full description
2) AMAC Riverine Analyst - Full-time position in the Advanced Maritime Analysis Cell (AMAC) at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, Suitland, MD. The analyst will work as part of a government/contractor team where a high level of interaction is maintained and expected. Some travel within the continental U.S. and some foreign travel will be required. Position is expected to be available in the April 2008 timeframe. The incumbent will develop techniques and processes to tailor Advanced Maritime Analysis Cell (AMAC) tools to riverine analysis requirements and to develop specific applications, to meet the U.S. Navy’s increased operational tempo in the coastal and riverine environments.
3) Analytic Systems Trainer - Full-time position located at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, Suitland, MD. Travel to San Diego, CA is anticipated for initial training and local travel in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area will be required for follow-on training. Position is available approximately 1 April 2008. Job Description: The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) at the National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC) is constantly seeking to improve the capabilities of its analytical work force. As part of this effort, new analysis support and data processing applications are being developed and fielded within ONI’s Advanced Maritime Analysis Center (AMAC) to assist analysts in data research, data discovery and analysis processes leading to better understanding of intelligence problems.
4) Watch Systems Trainer - Full-time position located at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, Suitland, MD. Extensive local travel is anticipated to conduct liaison with major program development organizations in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Some travel outside the Washington, DC area can be expected from training courses or site visits to systems providers. The position is available approximately 1 April 2008. Job Description: Incumbent will perform the following tasks: (a) Identify systems training requirements for the ONI watch and watch personnel; (b) Develop new systems training packages to support the requirements; (c) Advise on the integration of new ship tracking tools (such as CMA, MASTER, and VTP, among others); (d) Conduct and/or arrange for on-site training as required; (e) Develop systems expertise to assist the in-house training program by attending training and contacting systems representatives for training manuals so as to help develop standard operating procedures (SOP) for the watch; (f) Conduct research on new and emerging systems and attend meetings aimed at coordinating fielding of new systems at ONI; (g) Work closely with a second MAI trainer having responsibility for the overall watch training program as well as with government personnel in developing and administering the program.
5) ONI Watch Trainer - Full-time position located at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, Suitland, MD. The position is available immediately. Job Description: The incumbent will perform the following tasks to carry out watch qualification training for military, civilian and contractor analysts assigned to the NMIC.
6) Commercial Maritime Analyst (Biometrics) - Two full-time positions located at the National Maritime Intelligence Center, Suitland, MD. Analysts will work as part of a government/contractor team where a high level of interaction is maintained and expected. Training in biometric areas and procedures will be provided. The positions are expected to be available in the April/May 2008 timeframe.
All six jobs above require current TS/SCI clearance. For further information on any of these contact email@example.com or call Molly Ryan, (703) 481-6100 ext. 103
Col. Carl Bernard, 81. Carl F. Bernard, 81, a retired Army colonel and decorated combat veteran died of a stroke March 4 at his Fort Belvoir home.
Carl Franklin Bernard was born in the oil-boom town of Borger, Tex., in 1926 and grew up in the oil fields of the West during the Depression. He joined the Marines as an 18-year-old in 1944 and served in the Pacific and China as an enlisted man. He joined the Army in 1947.
In 1948, then-Cpl. Bernard was made an honorary member of the 555th, an African American parachute regiment known as "Triple Nickel," where he had been assigned to discover why the members of the unit did poorly on standardized Army tests. He quickly realized their scores were because no one had taught them to take such tests. He put together a program of test-taking skills, and soon the unit was achieving some of the highest aggregate test scores in the Army.
Commissioned an infantry officer in 1949, Col. Bernard followed his Korean experience with numerous posts, including a company command in Germany, Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He also helped develop the curriculum at the newly formed John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, N.C.
In 1950, he was stationed in Japan as a platoon leader with L Company, 21st Infantry, and was sent to Kokura Airfield to help a task force led by Col. Charles B. Smith load a plane for a trip to Korea shortly after the North Korean invasion of the south. Five days later, then-Lt. Bernard was at Osan when it was overrun in the first engagement between U.S. and North Korean forces in the Korean War. He led a group of survivors through enemy lines and back to U.S. positions a week later.
He rejoined L Company, but the unit was overrun again a few days later at Chochiwon where he fought to save himself and his men and won the Distinguished Service Cross citation.
In 1960, he was dispatched to Laos, where he worked with CIA officer William E. Colby in villages of the Hmong hill tribes as part of th4e White Star Mobile Training Teams. He developed an affinity for the Hmong people and became their tireless advocate. He also became a persistent critic of what he considered the U.S. government's abandonment of the Hmong to the Pathet Lao communists after the fall of Saigon.
In 1972, he was assigned to restore an Army ROTC program at the University of California at Berkeley. He told friends over the years that winning the hearts and minds of Berkeley was his proudest accomplishment.
After his retirement from the Army in 1978, Col. Bernard ran a consulting firm that specialized in Army readiness and U.S.-French military relations.
Col. Bernard received a bachelor's degree in Asian studies from the University of Kansas in 1960 and a master's degree in political science from Boston University in 1967. He also completed doctoral course work at Berkeley.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Edith Jouanin Bernard of Fort Belvoir; two children from his first marriage, Mary Santos of Jacksonville, Fla., and Hugh Bernard of Annapolis; two sons from his second marriage, Joel Bernard of Alexandria and Jacques Bernard of Vienna; a sister; five brothers; and five grandchildren. [Holley/WashingtonPost/11March2008]
Pearl Cornioley, WWII British Spy Aided Resistance. Pearl Cornioley, who parachuted into France as a secret agent during World War II to help arm and organize the Resistance, has died. She was 93.
Cornioley was one of Britain's greatest agents operating behind German lines, according to historian Michael R.D. Foot, who has written extensively about British special operations in France.
She parachuted into France in September 1943 to work as a courier for an underground unit. It was believed the Nazis were less likely to suspect a woman, and she posed as a cosmetics saleswoman to deliver coded messages.
When the Nazis captured the leader of her unit in May 1944, she took over the cell in the north Indre department of the Loire River valley, about 55 miles southeast of the Normandy beaches.
Using the code name "Pauline," she led a 1,500-strong team in efforts to cut railway, road and telephone communications and start guerrilla operations. The Nazis put her face on posters offering a 1 million franc reward for her capture - but she always evaded them.
In June 1944, the month of the D-Day landings, her unit interrupted the Paris-Bordeaux railway line more than 800 times and regularly attacked convoys, she wrote in her 1995 autobiography.
After the war ended, she married Henri Cornioley, a French prisoner-of-war who escaped and joined the Resistance. They spent the rest of their lives in France, and he died in 1999.
After the war, she was recommended for Britain's Military Cross medal, but as a woman she was not able to receive it.
Queen Elizabeth II made her a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 during a visit to Paris. She also received France's Legion d'Honneur.
She is survived by a daughter. [AP/8March2008]
Vitaly Fedorchuk, 89, former KGB Chairman. Vitaly V. Fedorchuk, who rose through the Soviet intelligence and police services to become the leader of the K.G.B. and then the country's hard-nosed chief law enforcement officer, died Feb. 29 in Moscow. He was 89.
The Federal Security Service, the main K.G.B. successor agency, announced the death.
From late 1982 to early 1986, General Fedorchuk was Interior minister, making him the Soviet Union's top police officer, in charge of uniformed officers from detectives to game wardens. The job's high visibility contrasted with his covert past.
He sought more death sentences and increased the pay of law enforcement officers by 70 percent. He immediately exposed the corruption of his powerful predecessor, Gen. Nikolai A. Shchelokov.
This enforcement blitz was a precursor of Mikhail S. Gorbachev's vast reform effort in the second half of the 1980s, perestroika. At the time, Western analysts said General Fedorchuk's tactics exemplified the "neo-Stalinism" of his boss, the Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.
Before being named Interior minister in December 1982, General Fedorchuk was for seven months chairman of the Committee for State Security, the vast, shadowy security agency usually known by its Russian initials, K.G.B. In that post, he intensified crackdowns on dissidents; sharply curbed international telephone calls; and reduced contacts between Soviets and foreigners.
In the agency, he cut weekly days off to one from two and required agents to wear uniforms, banning jeans and other Western clothes.
Before becoming K.G.B. chairman, General Fedorchuk led the K.G.B. in Ukraine. He gained a reputation for ruthless suppression of Ukrainian nationalists. In 1982, Business Week called him "a real thug," citing a "knowledgeable source."
Vitaly Vasilyevich Fedorchuk was born to a family of farmers in Ukraine in 1918. By the mid-1930s he was a journalist at local newspapers, then studied at a military school, according to "Who's Who in Russia Since 1900."
From 1943 to 1947, he served in Ukraine with Smersh, a military counterintelligence service whose name was contracted from Russian words for "death to spies." He continued in intelligence in Soviet-occupied East Germany and in the Soviet Embassy in Vienna.
Business Week, citing Western intelligence sources, said he had been associated with numerous kidnappings and "accidents" that befell Russian expatriates in Vienna. Later, there were periods when he may have worked in Asia, the magazine said. From 1967 to 1970, he headed the K.G.B.'s military counterintelligence section.
In 1970, Leonid I. Brezhnev, the Soviet Union's top leader before Mr. Andropov, appointed General Fedorchuk chairman of the K.G.B. in Ukraine.
He became known as "the butcher of the Ukraine," according to Vladimir Solovyov and Elena Klepikova in "Yuri Andropov: A Secret Passage Into the Kremlin" (1983). They described hangings, throat-slittings and apparent torture of dissidents starting soon after the general's arrival.
In "Gorbachev: The Man and the System" (1989), Ilya Zemtsov and John Farrar wrote: "Thanks to his diligence, the Ukrainian opposition was broken with a ferocity hitherto unknown even in the Soviet system."
In May 1982, Mr. Andropov resigned as leader of the K.G.B. to join the party secretariat. He appointed General Fedorchuk as his successor at the K.G.B. Kremlinologists speculated that Mr. Andropov had been confident of soon coming to power, as he did, and had begun planning to move General Fedorchuk to the Interior post.
Others suggest that General Fedorchuk's brutal style in Kiev was too unsubtle for others at K.G.B. headquarters. Still others suspect that he fell prey to military brass resentful of his years of investigating intelligence leaks in the armed services.
When named Interior minister in December 1982, General Fedorchuk was promoted to the army rank of full general from colonel general. It was the first time the civilian police force had been controlled by a career K.G.B. officer since 1958. He continued in the job under Mr. Andropov's successor, Konstantin U. Chernenko.
General Fedorchuk brought an undercover mind-set to the work of the uniformed police. Books and newspaper reports tell of how he once showed up at a police station, disguised in shabby clothes, to see how an average citizen was treated. He asked to see the department head but left after being kept waiting for two hours. What happened to the preoccupied chief went unstated.
In 1986, the next leader, Mr. Gorbachev, replaced General Fedorchuk with an old political ally. At the time, some speculated that General Fedorchuk would be promoted to the ruling politburo, while others guessed he had been sidelined. He finished his career as an inspector at the Defense Ministry. [NewYorkTimes/9March2008]
Elissa Rae Coates, CIA Support Officer. Elissa Rae Coates, age 61, of Haymarket, Va., died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in the emergency room at Prince William Hospital, Manassas, Va.
Born in Geneva, Ohio, she was the daughter of Raymond and Elsie (Fanslow) Coates, and graduated from Geneva High School in 1964. Elissa married Michael D. Capps on May 10, 1991.
Ms. Coates was a support officer for the CIA for 27 years and served in Hong Kong, Paris, France, Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy.
She was an ardent arctophile with over 900 teddy bear children. Following retirement from the government service, she worked as a volunteer at the White House, Newseum and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, where she was the co-founder of the Life with Cancer Support Group.
She is survived by her husband, Michael D. Capps; one sister, Judie Bell-Dorman of Greenville, Pa.; and her niece, Betsy Bell, of Oak Hill, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents. [StarBeacon/8March2008]
EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
18 March 2008 - Reston, VA - 11am-7pm - CAREER FAIR - TECH EXPO Top Secret - www.TechExpoUSA.com - Active Security Clearance Required.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House. The IWP invites you to join them this evening for their monthly open house program to learn more about the programs and career opportunities through graduate study at IWP. Each program begins at approximately 5:30 pm and concludes by 8:00 pm. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and preferences are easily requested by visiting the IWP home page at www.iwp.edu. The Institute is located at 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, eight blocks north of the White House and three blocks east of the Dupont Circle metro station (red line). IWP enrolls new students during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Make sure you're one of them.
March 2008 at 11:30 a.m. - Colorado Springs, CO - "Airport Security" is
the topic for the Rocky Mountain AFIO Chapter luncheon. The chapter
meets in the Air Force Academy Officers Club, Falcon Room. The speaker
will be Robert Olislagers who has 25 years experience in airport
management. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American
Association of Airport Executives and chairs its General Aviation
Committee. He is a nationally known expert on airport security.
Reservations must be made by March 17, 2008 to Tom Ward, 719-487-0957,
or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.spymuseum.org for tickets.
Thursday, 20 March 2008 - Phoenix, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter luncheon features a religious evangelical 'humanitarian'
on the supposed poverty of Western secularism and the common concerns
facing all mankind. The unusual speaker is Leonard Rodgers,
President/Founder of Venture International -- a evangelical group which
opposes Western secularism. "Secularism is the new God in the Western
world and missionaries are now coming to us from Asia, Africa and Latin
America. The Empire strikes back." Some of those missionaries, of
course, are Muslims. Rodgers espouses the goal of his group to bring
religiosity back to those countries [e.g. U.S.] that shed it for the
era of science and reason. Come and make your opinions heard. Time:
11:30 am. Location: Hilton Garden Inn in Phoenix RSVPs – are necessary
preferably by email PLEASE!
For reservations or concerns, please call Simone Lopes at 480.368.0374; preferably email her at email@example.com
26-28 March 2008 - Raleigh, NC - The Fifth Raleigh Spy Conference at the NC Museum of History - Not to miss. Topic: CIA’s Unsolved Mysteries: The NOSENKO Case, Double Agents and Angleton’s Wilderness of Mirrors features top experts in counterintelligence to discuss unresolved issues from the Cold War:
“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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.”
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 or Dan Reeves at 919-831-0999. For more information, go to http://www.raleighspyconference.com
03 April 2008, 1030 - 1300 - Fort Meade, MD - The National Cryptologic
Museum Foundation [NCMF] 2008 program features Dr. Donald Kerr on
Technical Issues Facing the U.S. Intelligence Community.This
important first program of the NCMF for 2008 features Dr. Donald M.
Kerr speaking on important technical issues facing the U.S.
intelligence community. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: In October
2007 Dr. Kerr was confirmed by the Senate as Principal Deputy Director
of National Intelligence (PDDNI), second in command to Mike McConnell,
the DNI. Prior to serving as PDDNI, Kerr was Director of NRO and in
2005 was Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. From 2001 through
2005, Kerr served as Deputy Director for Science and Technology at CIA.
Dr. Kerr holds a PhD in plasma physics and microwave electronics from
Cornell. As a technical expert with extensive top-level experience, he
has an impressive insight into the subject area of his presentation on
the current issues facing the intelligence community.
LOCATION and TRANSPORTATION: The Museum Foundation is offering transportation from the museum to Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] Conference Center in the National Business Park. A charter bus will depart from the parking lot in the rear of the museum at 0915 and then return for a second pickup around 0945. Return transportation will begin at 1300 in two shifts. Refreshments will be available in the Center at 0915 and you will have time to socialize with colleagues before taking your seats at 1015.
REGISTRATION: Send $15 by Wednesday, 26 March 2008, if you plan to attend. The $15 fee will cover transportation, refreshments and lunch. Lunch will be served following the presentation at 1200. You may contact us on (301) 688-5436 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 4 April
2008, 5:30 PM - New York, NY - AFIO Metro New York Chapter Spring meeting features
exclusive report by Lt. General Robert J. Elder, Jr. Commanding General
of the 8th Air Force, the U. S. Cyber Command on "What we're doing
about these cyber attacks on our country – Defending the nation TODAY."
In May 2001, Chinese hackers took down the White House Web Site for almost three hours. According to AIR FORCE Magazine, since then, the attacks originating from servers in China have grown in sophistication and intensity.
Just a year ago, the Naval Network Warfare Command acknowledged that Chinese attacks had reached the level of a campaign-style force-on-force engagement.
Last April 26th came the first full-blown cyber assault resembling an act of war. A controversy over moving a bronze statue of a Russian soldier from the center of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, ended with a massive, coordinated assault on Estonia's cyber institutions. Many commercial and government web sites were shut down.
On Friday, April 4th, General Elder will reveal the remarkable story of how the newly-established U.S. 8th Air Force is using the electromagnetic spectrum first, as cyber defense, then to conduct cyber missions such as defeating remotely triggered IED's in Iraq, conducting electronic warfare, halting terrorist use of the Global Positioning System and satellite communications and preventing jamming.
Location: The University Club, Fifth Ave at 54th St. Reservations are required and are limited by available space. They will be accepted in the order they are received until room capacity is reached. Admission is $45 to cover meeting costs. Meeting begins at 6:00 PM
TO RESERVE: Jerry Goodwin, 646-696-1828 or by email: email@example.com
Monday, 7 April 2008 (2 PM) - Laurel, MD - Christopher Andrew to give Schorreck Memorial Lecture on "British Intelligence, the American Alliance, and the End of the British Empire." The Center for Cryptologic History at the National Security Agency is pleased to announce a lecture by Professor Christopher Andrew of Cambridge University, author of numerous books on intelligence history. Professor Andrew will present the Second Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture. This annual series, named for the long-time NSA Historian, began in 2007 when Dr. David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers, presented a talk on "The Future of the Past." Professor Andrew will speak on "British Intelligence, the American Alliance, and the End of the British Empire." The lecture will be presented at the Kossiakoff Conference Center on the campus of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (located just off U.S. Route 29 at Johns Hopkins Road -- information about the facility and directions can be found here.
Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Those wishing to attend should send an e-mail to the Center for Cryptologic History at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call the Center at 301-688-2336 if you have any questions or need additional information.
7 - 11 April 2008 - Boston, MA - The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA),
and the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit (LEIU), will be co-hosting
the 2008 Annual Conference in Boston. The conference takes place at the
Park Plaza Hotel. This is the only event of its kind for law
enforcement intelligence, serving an international audience, and is a
"must attend" conference. The training will be first-rate and the
opportunities to foster professional relationships with colleagues and
peers from around the world will be extraordinary. To register on line,
or for more information about the conference, please go to
For hotel information and registration, please go to:
10 April 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Rich Hanson on Joint Military and CIA Operations.
Hanson's presentation will include a discussion of US Code Title 50,
recent history of military and CIA joint operations, his personal
experiences locating and reporting on bomb targets in Cambodia, and a
discussion of the current state of the “Target Support Group,” as well
as current military/CIA relations at Major Command level and at
The meeting will be held at United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave SF (between Sloat and Wawona). 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation; $35 non-member rate or at door. RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate pot roast or fish) no later than 5 PM 3/27/08: email@example.com, (650) 743-2873 or send a check to P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011.
16 April 2008, 6:30 PM - Washington, DC - Spy vs. Spy: FBI and KGB
Secrets from the Cold War - Event held at International Spy Museum."I
was beginning to like these guys."-Oleg Kalugin on the FBI surveillance
team observing him in Miami, December 1968. Once they worked against
each other. Now Oleg Kalugin and David Major are colleagues and
friends. In this unique evening the former KGB acting Washington
station chief and FBI director of counter-intelligence retrace their
exciting careers and how they intersected. They book-ended the
espionage career of John Walker-Kalugin supervised the notorious spy
and it was to Major's office that the traitor was brought after his
arrest. From surveillance to recruitment, all will be shared. As
columnist Jack Anderson once wrote, Kalugin's "undercover activities
were known to the FBI, but only the State Department knows the reason
he is still here." Now that the dust has somewhat settled on their
overlapping cases, this is your chance to hear both sides of the story
from FBI successes and snafus to KGB plots and procedures.
Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. Tickets: $20; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call Ticketmaster at 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.
Thursday, 17 April 2008, 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO L.A. Chapter luncheon features talk on Belle Boyd and Confederate Secret Service. AFIO Member Frances Hamit will address the group about his upcoming book Belle Boyd and the Confederate Secret Service. Chapter business meeting will follow. Complimentary Buffet Lunch will be served. Francis Hamit is a professional writer who once spent four years in the Army Security Agency between stints at the Iowa Writers Workshop. During the 1980s he worked for the Encyclopedia Britannica where he wrote most of the short articles on various world intelligence agencies and notable figures such as Ralph Van Deman, Edward Lansdale, Yuri Andropov and, yes, Belle Boyd.
He is best known as a journalist but now works mostly as a novelist, playwright and travel writer. His last active duty job, which ended in 1971, was as the NCOIC for the Public Information Division of the U.S. Army Security Agency, Europe in Frankfurt. That's his story and he's sticking to it. He will, in an act of shameless self promotion, be discussing his novel, The Shenandoah Spy, which will be in a new print edition this spring.
Location: Hilton business building located at the Loyola Marymount University [LMU] campus (Playa del Rey).
RSVP to AFIO_LA@yahoo.com no later than April 8, 2008.
17 April 2008, 12 Noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Terrorist
Recognition Handbook - A Manual for Predicting and Identifying
Terrorist Activities - event held at the International Spy Museum.
Terrorists can come from any background, any age group, either gender,
and yet somehow they must be identified and neutralized. As an
internationally recognized expert, author, and educator on the Iraq
insurgency, Jihadist tactics and Al Qaeda's global organization,
Malcolm Nance has studied the telltale characteristics of terrorist
operations and developed an intelligence-based approach to observing
and analyzing behavior for warning signs. In The Terrorist Recognition
Handbook he uncovers the terrorists' means, methods, organization, and
motivations. He identifies the key steps that every terrorist group
will always follow, and how and why groups use and choose their
weapons. Join Nance for an eye-opening look at terrorism as the sum of
its parts rather than as an incomprehensible force.
Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. Tickets: Free. No registration required
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
18-19 April 2008 - Great Lakes, IL - The Midwest Chapter of AFIO will host its annual conference at the Great Lakes Naval Station. Registration is $10 per person. Hotel reservations ($62 per night) can be made April 17th-19th by calling the Navy Lodge at 1-847-689-1485. Mention that you are with the Midwest AFIO Chapter. For more information on speakers and meal pricing, please contact Angelo Di Liberti ASAP at 847-931-4184.
Friday, 25 April 2008, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Vienna, VA - AFIO National Luncheon - High Technology Wizardry in U.S. Intelligence Community - Dr. Lisa J. Porter; and Mind of Terrorists by Jerrold Post, M.D.
"Cutting-Edge Technical Wizardry in the U.S. Intelligence Community"
Speaking at 11 a.m. is Dr. Lisa J. Porter, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Dr. Porter is the first Director of IARPA.
The IARPA sponsors research aimed at game-changing breakthroughs to complement the mission-specific science-and-technology research
being conducted by intelligence agencies.
Speaking at 1 p.m. is Jerrold M. Post, M.D., former CIA Psychiatrist,
author of THE MIND OF THE TERRORIST: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to Al-Qaeda
Space limited. Make reservations now at this secure page.
EVENT LOCATION: The Capitol
Club at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike · Vienna,
Driving directions here.
Monday, 28 April 2008, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Washington, DC - Symposium on Richard M. Helms, former Director, CIA - His Life and Career. CIA's Historical Collections Division (HCD), Information Review and Release Group, Information Management Services - in concert with Georgetown University, CIRA, and AFIO are hosting a half day symposium in the main auditorium, Gaston Hall, on the life of Richard McGarrah Helms. A group of distinguished panelists will discuss his career in OSS and CIA and his tenure as Director of CIA. A reception will follow at Georgetown's Lauinger Library. Keynote speaker will be CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden, followed by two panel discussions. Panelists include: Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor; Michael R. Beschloss, author; David S. Robarge, CIA Historian; William Hood, author; Dr. Jennifer E. Sims, Director of Intelligence Studies: Center for Peace and Security Studies Georgetown University; and Burton L. Gerber, moderator, Professor in Practice in Intelligence: Security Studies Program, Center for Peace and Security Studies Georgetown University. Cynthis Helms, Richard Helm's wife, will be attending with her son. A display of Helms' mementos, letters, and personal effects will be exhibited in Lauinger Library beginning in April. Very limited space and no available parking at Georgetown. Modest fee-based bus service will be provided by AFIO. Buses to depart from a McLean location and possibly a Chevy Chase location - is being explored. Further information and online reservation forms will be provided at www.afio.com.
Thursday, 29 April 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House. The IWP invites you to join them this evening for their monthly open house program to learn more about the programs and career opportunities through graduate study at IWP. Each program begins at approximately 5:30 pm and concludes by 8:00 pm. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and preferences are easily requested by visiting the IWP home page at www.iwp.edu. The Institute is located at 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, eight blocks north of the White House and three blocks east of the Dupont Circle metro station (red line). IWP enrolls new students during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Make sure you're one of them.
Thursday, 1 May 2008, 12 Noon - 1 PM - Washington, DC - Our Man in Mexico:
Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA. Mexico City in the
1960s was a hotbed of spies, revolutionaries, and assassins. In the
thick of this Cold War Casablanca was spymaster Winston Mackinley
Scott. As chief of CIA's Mexico City station from 1956 to 1969, Scott
played a key role in the creation and rise of the Agency. In his new
book, Our Man in Mexico, investigative reporter Jefferson
Morley traces Scott's career from wartime G-man to consummate
intelligence officer with three Mexican presidents on his payroll. But
it was Scott's role in the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald just prior
to President John F. Kennedy's assassination that led to the
spymaster's disillusionment. Join Morley for a revealing look at
Scott's life and his startling rebuttal of a key finding in the Warren
Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: Free. No registration required.
16 - 18 May 2008 - Bar Harbor, ME - The Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association hosts mini-reunion. The NCVA of New England will hold a mini-reunion at the Bar Harbor Regency, Bar Harbor, Maine. The reunion is open to all personnel that worked for the US NAVSECGRU or its successor organization in NETWARCOM. Contact Vic Knorowski at 518-664-8032 or visit http://ncva-ne.org for information.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 - Washington, DC - Institute of World Politics Open House. The IWP invites you to join them this evening for their monthly open house program to learn more about the programs and career opportunities through graduate study at IWP. Each program begins at approximately 5:30 pm and concludes by 8:00 pm. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, and preferences are easily requested by visiting the IWP home page at www.iwp.edu. The Institute is located at 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, eight blocks north of the White House and three blocks east of the Dupont Circle metro station (red line). IWP enrolls new students during the spring, summer, and fall terms. Make sure you're one of them.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008, 6:30 pm -The Devil May Care: A Celebration of the New Bond Novel and Ian Fleming's 100th Birthday
What better way to celebrate Ian Fleming's 100th birthday then with a briefing on the newest Bond novel and a shaken, not stirred, icy martini? Sebastian Faulks, author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, is now taking on the most famous spy ever. Hear how Faulks channeled Fleming to write "Devil May Care"- a madcap Bond adventure and romantic romp. And then salute Fleming and 007 with a Bondian cocktail. Zola's own in-house expert on "mixology," Ralph Rosenberg, will demystify the popularity of the restaurant's signature cocktails, while you enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and mingle with James Bond's real-life counterparts. Shaken or stirred? You decide.
Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $32; Advance Registration required. Tickets include martinis, specialty drinks, and hors d'oeuvres from Zola. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. Phone registration only for this program; to register, call 202.654.0930.
June 2008, 6:30PM - Washington, DC - From the Secret Files of the
International Spy Museum(tm) Spycraft 101: CIA Spytech From Communism
Rubber airplanes, messages hidden inside dead rats, and subminiature cameras hidden inside ballpoint pens...a few of the real-life devices created by CIA's Office of Technical Service (OTS). These and other clever technical devices are featured in Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda, by the former director of OTS Bob Wallace teams up with espionage gadget collector H. Keith Melton to discuss the operations of OTS...from the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror. Rare OTS devices including concealments, microdots, and disguises will be on display.
Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $20; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to other the Museum exhibits. To register, call Ticketmaster at 800.551.SEAT or the Museum at 202.393.7798; order online at ticketmaster.com; or purchase tickets in person at the Museum.
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