AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #34-08 dated 2 September 2008







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Canadian Intelligence Wants Help from Ordinary Muslims. Toronto's senior spy has told a group of Muslims he is frightened of potential terrorist attacks on Canadians and wants their help to "de-demonize" Canada's national-security agencies.

Federal agents appear frightened by what they are learning about radicalization and even more frightened by what they don't know. While more dialogue with ordinary Muslims could help pinpoint problems, it can be hard to get the discussion going - especially when what the agents regard as their success stories are often shielded by court-ordered publication bans, and the details of their mistakes are publicly picked apart by federal judges.

"The RCMP, CSIS and other agencies have lost credibility," one of more than 20 Muslims who came out for the meeting stood up to tell Mr. Ellis. Citing the charges dropped against several suspects rounded up in Toronto two years ago, and raising the 2002 case of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen sent to a brutal Syrian interrogation prison aboard a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency jet, he asked a pointed question: "Is there a campaign to pick on Muslims?"

"We do not target the Muslim community; we are trying to work with you," Mr. Ellis replied. He stressed that CSIS and the RCMP lawfully zero in on the tiny percentage of Muslims who are drawn toward violent extremism, and urged the audience to get past "urban legend" and read up on what judges are actually finding.

That was relatively easy for Mr. Ellis to say - CSIS emerged relatively unscathed in the commission that probed Canadian complicity in the Arar affair. The same judge found the Mounties much more blameworthy. RCMP Superintendent Jamie Jagoe, who led the Mississauga meeting with Mr. Ellis, said the RCMP had enacted most of the Arar recommendations "before the ink was dry" on the findings - and added that Canada's auditor-general is visiting him to make sure that's indeed the case in Toronto. [TheGlobeandMail/25August2008] 

CIA Used Swiss to Thwart Foreign Nuclear Programs. The US Central Intelligence Agency recruited a family of Swiss engineers to help it thwart the Libyan and Iranian nuclear programs as well as an underground supply network of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The operation involved Friedrich Tinner and his two sons, who have been accused in Switzerland of dealing with rogue nations seeking nuclear equipment and expertise.

But the case has been hampered by the destruction of relevant documents, which was done, according to Swiss officials, to prevent their falling into terrorist hands.

But The Times said the real reason for the destruction was pressure from the CIA, which feared that its ties with the Tinners would be exposed.

Over four years, the CIA paid the Tinners 10 million dollars, some of which was delivered to them in a suitcase stuffed with cash, according to unnamed officials.

In return, the engineers delivered a flow of secret information that helped end Libya's nuclear weapons program, reveal Iran's atomic efforts and undo Khan's nuclear supply network.

The Tinners also played an important role in a clandestine American operation to funnel sabotaged nuclear equipment to Libya and Iran.

Friedrich Tinner began working with Khan in the mid-1970s, using his expertise in vacuum technology to help Khan develop atomic centrifuges.

But in 2000, the CIA recruited his son, Urs Tinner, who eventually persuaded his father and younger brother to join him as moles. As part of their services, the Swiss engineers helped the CIA sabotage atomic gear bound for Libya and Iran.

In 2003 and 2004, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency discovered vacuum pumps delivered to Iran and Libya that had been damaged cleverly so that they looked perfectly fine but failed to operate properly. They traced the defective parts from Pfeiffer Vacuum in Germany to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US state of New Mexico. [AP/22August2008] 

Former Professor Accused of Doubling as Cuban Spy. Gillian Gunn Clissold's academic career resembles that of the many professors and researchers truly dedicated to their area of study.

During her 10 years at Georgetown, almost six of which were spent as director of the Caribbean Project within the university's Center for Latin American Studies, she was considered one of the leading American experts on Cuba, having traveled to the island nation almost once a year for 14 years.

But recent reports have accused Gunn of being more than academically interested in Cuba - a U.S. lieutenant has named her as a spy for the Cuban government. Gunn has denied the allegation, calling it "preposterous."

Lt. Col. Chris Simmons, a retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence officer and active lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, appeared on a Spanish-language television show in Miami three weeks ago. On the show, he named four people, including Gunn, as spies for the Cuban government. According to The Miami Herald, the other three Simmons named have been accused as spies before, but Gunn has never before been accused of working with Cuban intelligence.

In the course of his investigation, Simmons said he worked with a former Cuban officer who specializes in identifying academic spies in the United States. He said he also utilized declassified records and additional interviews in reaching his conclusion.

Simmons said that Gunn was not a spy in the traditional sense, but that she was what is called a spy of influence.

Simmons said he is making these allegations as a private citizen, and he emphasized that his views do not reflect the views of the federal government. He added that he conducts his research primarily through his company, the Cuban Intelligence Research Center, which is located in Leesburg, Va.

Gunn countered that the very intimate nature of her research makes her an easy target for such accusations. Gunn said that she is used to these sorts of allegations, having been named a spy for the American government by current Cuban head of state Ra�l Castro.

"I started working on controversial issues when I was about 22. I quit when I was 47 or 48. If you have a thin skin, it's going to get to you. It comes with the territory," she said.

Something that caught Simmons' eye in his investigation was the Cuba Project, an organization that was set up at Georgetown by Gunn in 1992. Gunn said it was a group that brought together academics, government officials and sometimes journalists to talk about the political situation in Cuba.

Simmons argued that Gunn used the group to provide the Cuban government with possible sympathetic students. He said that that's how Ana Belen Montes, a former analyst for the DIA who was convicted in 2002 of conspiracy to commit espionage and sentenced to 25 years in prison, was lured to the life of a spy.

Andy Pino, director of Georgetown media relations, said that while the matter remains unresolved, it does not affect the reputation of the university in any way.

Gunn left Georgetown in 2002 when the Caribbean Project moved to Trinity University and served as its associate director of Trinity's Programs in International Affairs. She is now retired from academia and is working as a horse trainer in Virginia. [TheHoya/22August2008] 

New Documents Shed Light on Cold War Spy. Forty-two years after his dramatic escape from British custody, the startling truth about one of Britain's most notorious spies is revealed in secret home office documents and personal letters written by the MI6 double agent while he was on the run. In heartfelt correspondence with his mother, George Blake tells of his future plans for his family while security service memos expose the total intelligence failure leading up to his break-out and the subsequent British helplessness in trying to establish his whereabouts.

The documents, all released by the home office under the Freedom of Information Act, include a memo from Mr. Roger Hollis, then head of MI5, written two years before Blake's break-out, which reassures the government that the spy was being too closely watched for him to attempt an escape, as well as papers that show he was a model and trusted inmate who appeared to have come to terms with his exceptionally long prison sentence.

Blake, who was born in the Netherlands, was sentenced to 42 years' imprisonment after a trial in 1961 at the Old Bailey in which he was found guilty of breaching the Official Secrets Act by betraying dozens of British agents working in West Asia, many of whom are thought to have been executed.

In his memoirs, Blake later said it was his experience of America's indiscriminate bombing in Korea, where he was being held as a prisoner by the Communist forces, which turned him against the West. At the time of his conviction, many thought Blake's prison sentence, then the longest jail term for such a crime, was too harsh a punishment.  [Verkaik/TheIndependent/22August2008] 

Poland Investigating CIA Prison Allegations. The Polish government said Monday that Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has requested an investigation into allegations there were secret prisons in the country used by the CIA to hold and question terrorism suspects between 2001 and 2004.

Human rights groups have increasingly pressured the government to investigate 2005 allegations that Poland, a staunch U.S. ally in Iraq, may have violated human rights by allowing the Bush administration to secretly hold and question terror suspects from Afghanistan on Polish territory.

Two previous governments have vehemently denied such claims. A special EU commission investigated similar reports earlier.

But the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, as well as Poland's ombudsman, Janusz Kochanowski, have pressed Tusk to investigate further.

Rafal Grupinski, an aide to Tusk, said the premier requested the investigation because he saw the need for an "official reaction" to repeated calls for explanations.

In February, the European Commission said that Poland and Romania have been dodging its requests for clarification about allegations they were involved in Washington's program of secretly transporting terror suspects to clandestine prisons. [IHT/25August2008] 

NYC Judge Orders Release of Testimony in Spy Case. A federal judge has ordered key secret grand jury testimony released in the atomic spy trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled regarding the testimony of several witnesses whose sealed testimony was taken in 1950 and 1951. He cited the needs of historians.

Federal prosecutors had already agreed to release the records of 35 of the 45 witnesses. Hellerstein's rulings mean testimony from all but three witnesses can be public.

The judge gave the government two months to appeal.

The Rosenbergs were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953. [Neumeister/AP/25August2008] 

Alleged North Korean Spy Arrested in South Korea. Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they have arrested a woman from North Korea on charges of spying for the communist nation while living in South Korea, posing as a defector and using "sex as a tool" for her mission.

The suspect, identified as Won Jeong-hwa, 34, confessed after her July 15 arrest that she was a spy trained and commissioned by North Korea's intelligence agency, prosecutors said in a statement.

She is the first alleged North Korean spy arrested in South Korea since 2006, and the second in a decade, the statement said.

Won entered the South in 2001 after marrying a South Korean businessman in China, falsely reporting to authorities that she was a defector from the North, prosecutors said. She and her husband immediately divorced.

While in the South she gathered and passed classified information on to the North, including the locations of key military installations, lists of North Korean defectors and personal information on South Korean military officers, the statement said.

She dated a South Korean army captain and the officer cooperated with her, providing a list of North Korean defectors and destroying her faxed reports to the North's spy agency. The captain, identified only by his surname Hwang, was also arrested, the statement said.

She used "sex as a tool for her spy activity," the statement said.

Prosecutors also allege that she plotted to assassinate South Korean intelligence agents with poisoned needles provided by the North.

The statement said Won often traveled to China to visit the Chinese office of the North's spy agency, where she received instructions and money for her mission. Prosecutors said she received a total of US$60,000 worth of cash and goods from the office.

Before entering South Korea, Won worked as a North Korean intelligence agent in China and played a role in arresting and sending about 100 defectors back to the impoverished nation, prosecutors said.

No trial date has been set for Won, who is in custody. If convicted, she faces anywhere from seven years in prison to execution. [USAToday/27August2008] 

Anxious Governments React to Google Earth. The easy availability of high-resolution imagery of much of the Earth's surface through Google Earth has presented a significant challenge to longstanding secrecy and national security policies, and has produced several distinct types of reactions from concerned governments, according to a recent report from the DNI Open Source Center (OSC).

"As the initial shock wore off, five main responses to the 'Google threat' emerged from nations around the world: negotiations with Google, banning Google products, developing a similar product, taking evasive measures, and nonchalance," the OSC report said.

The report documents these responses with citations to published news sources. It also notes several incidents in which terrorists or irregular military forces reportedly used Google Earth to plan or conduct attacks. 

Due to government restrictions, lawsuits or other arrangements with Google, quite a few locations have been excluded from detailed coverage in Google Earth. [SecrecyNews/27August2008] 

Air Force Realigns Intelligence Unit. The U.S. Air Force has realigned its Intelligence Group in a move to streamline intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

Air Force officials have been working for the last year on moving the 31st Intelligence Squadron to include it with the 497th Intelligence Group. The move is part of the re-designation of the Air Intelligence Agency to become the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, the Air Force reported.

Former 31st Intelligence Squadron commander Col. Brad Jones has now given control of the unit over to Col. Dan Johnson. The 31st Intelligence Squadron, as part of the 497th, will operate under the 480th Intelligence Wing in a move officials say will streamline intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. [METimes/25August2008] 

Contractors Account for a Quarter of US Spy Operations. Private contractors account for more than one-quarter of the core workforce at U.S. intelligence agencies, according to newly released government figures that underscore how much of the nation's spying work has been outsourced since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The CIA and other spy agencies employ about 36,000 contractors in espionage-related jobs, in addition to approximately 100,000 full-time government workers, said Ronald Sanders, head of personnel for the U.S. intelligence community.

Contractors carry out missions including collecting intelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as operating classified computer networks for the 16 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community.

Sanders said the number of contractors remained steady over the last year, after surging in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The growing reliance on contractors has been a source of controversy for the spy agencies, in part because of concerns that temporary employees might not be as trustworthy as career workers in handling some of the most sensitive national security work.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has criticized the CIA for using contractors in interrogations of terrorism suspects, and many lawmakers favor barring the agency from doing so.

The total budget for the nation's spy agencies is roughly $43 billion. The use of contractors has been criticized for driving up costs, with senior U.S. intelligence officials acknowledging that talented employees have been lured away to take higher-paying positions with private companies.

Sanders said the spy agencies spend about $125,000 a year for a government employee, compared with about $207,000 for a contract worker. The numbers reflect salaries, retirement benefits and other costs.

But officials have said that contractors also help agencies control costs by enabling spy services to hire workers for short-term assignments.

Sanders said 27% of contractors were involved in intelligence collection and operations, 19% work in analysis jobs, and 22% manage computer networks or perform other information technology functions.

He said those figures did not include workers at companies that build spy satellites and computer equipment, cafeteria staffers or security guards.

If such "non-core" functions are counted, Sanders said, contractors would account for about 70% of the U.S. intelligence workforce. [LATimes/28August2008] 

Ottawa's Efforts to Deport Terror Suspects to Resume This Fall. The federal government is about to resume its epic legal campaign to deport five high-profile terror suspects.

All five of the country's security certificate cases have been scheduled to go before Federal Court judges in November and December - although there is one legal hurdle yet to clear.

The federal judges will be asked to determine the "reasonableness" of the security certificates based largely upon Canadian Security Intelligence Service evidence heard in secret. Reasonableness is a legal standard that is lower than those applied in criminal and civil court.

The five men targeted by the certificates include the Moroccan-born Adil Charkaoui, Hassan Almrei of Syria, Egyptians Mahmoud Jaballah and Mahamed Zeki Mahjoub and Algerian refugee Mohamed Harkat.

For many of the men this will be the second time they've faced hearings to determine whether the government made a reasonable decision in declaring them threats to national security.

This time, however, the men will have special advocates acting on their behalf during the secret proceedings. Special advocates were introduced in response to last year's Supreme Court decision that struck down the previous system as unfair: the high court said the process denied defendants the fundamental right to meet the case against them.

Special advocates will be able to test the classified evidence presented by government witnesses and make submissions, but they will not be able to communicate details of what they learn to the defendant without permission of the judge. It means they will not be able to ask questions of the defendant based on the classified information, nor will they be able to discuss legal issues that might arise.

The government uses the secretive security certificate process to deport foreign-born terror suspects. Canadian citizens must be charged under the Criminal Code. [] 

Three Bulgarians Arrested and Sentenced in Greece Over Espionage. The Greek authorities in the city of Orestiada have arrested three Bulgarians on espionage charges.

The Bulgarian nationals were caught taking photos of military sites in the region. A serviceman, servicewoman and a civil citizen took photos of dozens of Greek firing grounds and other military sites in the Evros Prefecture in Northern Greece. The three Bulgarians were detained after a serviceman noticed them on Tuesday at about 8.00 p.m. They have been sentenced to 15 months in prison over espionage and will be extradited. [Focus/29August2008] 


Winston Churchill Was Begged to Keep Spy Unit Going to Counter "Russian Menace." Winston Churchill was urged by the head of Britain's Second World War secret espionage unit going in peacetime to counter "the Russian menace", files released by the National Archives show.

But the wartime prime minister inadvertently signed the death warrant of the Special Operations Executive by delaying a decision on it until after the 1945 general election, which he lost to Clement Attlee.

Lord Selborne, who as Minister of Economic Warfare headed up the service, argued against putting the clandestine force under the control of the Foreign Office, which wanted to merge it with the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).

He argued that to do so would be "madness" and wrote that giving the Foreign Office control of the most secret of Britain's services would be like "putting an abbess in charge of a brothel".

The SOE was set up by Churchill and Baron Dalton in 1940. Operatives were engaged in a wide range of activities throughout World War Two, carrying out assassinations and bombings as well as being involved in espionage and backing resistance groups. They worked in numerous countries, mainly in Europe but also South East Asia.

Their achievements have been fictionalized in films such as Bridge on the River Kwai and Where Eagles Dare.

National Archive files show that Lord Selborne kept on arguing with Churchill to keep the SOE going after the end of the war.

They show that in May 1945, just two months before the election, he stressed it could be instrumental in containing the emerging Russian threat and dealing with what he described as the "smoldering volcanoes" of the Middle East.

Uncharacteristically, Churchill postponed the decision, writing "let someone else settle this" and "after the election" in his files.

However, he lost the election. Lord Selborne continued his campaign with Attlee, but the new Labour prime minister decided to shut it down.

According to William Stevenson, biographer of spy Vera Atkins, Attlee told Lord Selborne he had no wish to preside over "a British Comintern", a Soviet organisation set up in 1919 to fight "by all available means, including armed force, for the overthrow of the international bourgeoisie". [Adams/Telegraph/28August2008] 

KGB Spy Remembers Cuba and Oswald. Walking through Moscow with former counterintelligence agent Oleg Nechiporenko, old conspiracies seem to lurk around every corner.

A bus stop packed with impatient commuters on Novinsky Bulvar is the place where a Soviet double agent sent signals to the U.S. Embassy during the Cold War. A window in a Stalin-era building a few blocks away was cracked open whenever top-secret information was available.

Doors, gates, buildings - everything reminds Nechiporenko of a time when the KGB had its agents uncovering foreign spies in Moscow and traveling the world for information to help the socialist cause.

Nechiporenko, once described by the CIA as the best KGB agent in Latin America, served for about 40 years in the KGB's counterintelligence department. Under the guise of a staffer at the Soviet Embassy in Mexico, he helped Fidel Castro set up Cuba's secret services. He saw Lee Harvey Oswald at the embassy a few months before U.S. President John F. Kennedy's assassination. When an apparent CIA frame-up led to his expulsion from Mexico, he became a globetrotting KGB agent straight out of the pages of a James Bond novel.

But the silver-haired Nechiporenko, now 76, dismisses the notion that the story of his life is akin to a spy thriller, calling the work of a spy "a routine job."

"The life of an agent differs very much from what you see in films and television," he said during a recent three-hour interview at a cafe in central Moscow. "Most operations are done thanks to intellectual work." He paused. "But it is creative work."

The KGB stationed Nechiporenko in Mexico City for two stints, from 1961 to 1965 and from 1967 to 1971, posing as a Soviet Embassy employee. His mission during these years included helping the young communist state of Cuba organize its secret services to counter the United States.

Nechiporenko said the Cuban secret service became so professional that in the early 1980s its members helped him train recruits for the secret service of the new Marxist Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

Nechiporenko characterized the work of organizing a secret service as "simple."

"You teach them how to analyze the events and the actions of the enemy. We also shared information that we had about the enemy," he said.

In 1978, Nechiporenko witnessed first hand the fruits of his labor in Cuba when Havana hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students. More than 18,000 people from 145 countries attended the festival, organized under the banner "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship." The Cuban secret services provided security for the visitors.

Nechiporenko said he did not know Castro personally but had sat on the same podium with him and listened to his trademark hours-long speeches several times. One such occasion was in Havana's Jose Marti Square during the youth festival.

"During the festival, I sat next to him on the podium. When the representative from Vietnam took the floor, Castro took notes. When his turn to speak arrived, he took off his bulletproof jacket, put his notebook aside and started to speak. He wore only a T-shirt. His long speech was held under the hot Caribbean sun, but people listened like they were hypnotized. They would not leave," Nechiporenko said.

He said CIA defector Philip Agee presented his 1975 book "Inside the Company: CIA Diary" condemning the CIA's operations during the festival.

Nechiporenko said he first met Agee in Mexico in 1968, when Agee was working undercover as part of the U.S. delegation to the Mexico City Olympics, and Agee was not the only double agent on the U.S. government payroll at the time.

"Besides Agee, there were Cuban double agents who pretended to work for the Americans," he said. "They did an excellent job. One of them showed us a watch that he got from Henry Kissinger for his good fight against Castro."

When Nechiporenko first moved to Mexico in the early 1960s, tensions between the United States and the new Castro government made times rough for KGB agents in Latin America, he said. Castro asked the Soviet Union for help after Kennedy backed an unsuccessful attempt by 1,500 Cuban exiles to overthrow the government in 1961, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to install nuclear missiles in Cuba. On Oct. 22, 1962, Kennedy informed the world of the Soviet actions and ordered a naval blockade of Cuba. After 13 days of tension that brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war, Khrushchev ordered the missiles removed after the United States agreed to respect the territorial integrity of Cuba - and remove U.S. missiles from Turkey.

"It was a really tough time for the [KGB] residents in Mexico. We were in the center of the United States-Moscow-Cuba triangle, since Mexico was the only channel between Cuba and the rest of the world. There were two flights a week to and from Cuba," Nechiporenko said.

"It was the hardest time of the Cold War. A nuclear conflict could have begun. Everyone was relieved when it was over."

At the time, Mexico was a key posting for Soviet agents, Nechiporenko said. From there, they could get information on Cuban counterrevolutionaries who were operating in Central America and the United States.

On Nov. 22, 1963, Nechiporenko was at work in the Soviet Embassy when he heard a woman screaming at the gates. "They killed the president," she said in Spanish, Nechiporenko recalled.

He turned on the radio in his office and learned that Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. When he turned on the television, he was surprised to see the footage of the accused killer. Only two months before, Oswald had visited the embassy in Mexico City to request a visa to enter the Soviet Union.

"We were shocked to see him," Nechiporenko said.

"Oswald behaved in a very strange way during his visit to the embassy. He took a revolver out and said he was ready to use it if anyone tried to make an attempt on his life. He didn't threaten anyone, but we had the impression that he was an unstable person - neurotic, but not crazy."

Nechiporenko wrote about the incident in his book "Passport to Assassination," which was published in the United States on the 30th anniversary of Kennedy's death in 1993.

"For years I gathered information about Oswald, and I wrote the book after perestroika," Nechiporenko said. The book was later translated into Russian and Spanish.

When Nechiporenko presented the book in Dallas, he sat next to CIA and U.S. military intelligence agents who had worked in Mexico at the same time as him.

"I said in my speech that I never would have dreamed of sitting next to such people just 10 years earlier," he said.

Nechiporenko was expelled from Mexico in 1971 after being accused of trying to organize a communist coup, an allegation he said was planted by CIA agents.

His suspicions have been confirmed by Joseph Burkholder Smith, a former CIA agent assigned to Mexico in 1969. Smith wrote in his book "Portrait of a Cold Warrior: Second Thoughts of a Top CIA Agent" that the CIA, after unsuccessfully trying to recruit Nechiporenko, got him expelled through another Soviet Embassy employee, Raya Kiselnikova and a fabricated story that he was the main instigator of a Mexican student revolt in 1968.

"The CIA put information into Kiselnikova's mouth," Nechiporenko said. "I was presented as an agent who picked students to study in Moscow, where they trained as extremists. The idea was that these students would then return home and organize socialist revolutionary movements."

Kiselnikova, who defected in Mexico, told reporters on March 4, 1971, that Nechiporenko was a KGB agent.

Along with three other Soviet diplomats, Nechiporenko was expelled from Mexico on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

"After that, I became a spy by request," Nechiporenko said. "I traveled to countries where an agent was needed. Sometimes I needed to change my appearance and passport. I worked with the secret services of friendly countries and took part in different operations organized by our services."

From 1985 to 1991, Nechiporenko taught at the KGB's Andropov Institute. A divorced father of two, he now spends his time writing his memoirs and serving as a consultant to the Russian government in its struggle against terrorism.

Looking back at his storied career, Nechiporenko said every person is born with a genetic code, and " while the person is growing there is a fight among some genes to dominate others."

"When I analyze my life," he said, "I see that the conspiracy genes have won the fight."  [MoscowTimes/28August2008] 


2008: Sleepless in Moscow, by William Hamilton. For 18 months, the United States and Poland have been negotiating a treaty to place 10 U.S. interceptor missiles in an array aimed at defending Western Europe from missile attack by Iran. But, after the Russians turned their August 2008 guns on tiny Georgia like the Germans did on tiny Belgium in 1914, the Poles insisted that the deal include some U.S. Patriot Missiles positioned to protect Poland from Russian short-range missiles. The U.S. agreed.

In addition, the plucky Polish Navy has a frigate in the Black Sea operating in support of three U.S. Navy ships and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter delivering humanitarian aid (blankets, food and infant supplies) to the beleaguered Georgians. Last Friday, three USAF C-130s and one U.S. C-17 airlifted humanitarian supplies to the Tbilisi International Airport. The U.S.S. McFaul, leading the humanitarian sealift, reached the Georgian port of Batumi last Sunday.

Now, the Russians say they are outraged at and threatened by the recent U.S.-Polish missile arrangements. This Russian reaction (as if the Russians do not already have their own anti-ballistic-missile defense system), rings hollow. If fact, this latest example of Russian hypocrisy prompted this observer to recall a 1990 evening in Moscow when I wrote about praying the "security prayer." My dispatch went, in part, like this: 

"Now, I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep and if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Tonight, I am saying that prayer as I lay me down to sleep, once again, in Moscow. But the ironic part of all this is that I am safer from nuclear attack here in Moscow than any other place on earth. For you see, gentle reader, Moscow is the only city on earth protected by an anti-ballistic missile system. Only people sleeping in Moscow tonight can rest with the assurance that being nuked by the U.S. or any other nuclear-weapon possessing power is not something to be feared.

"Standing on a roof near the Sovincenter, one's eyes can encompass the totality of this virtually flat city with only the Kremlin high ground and the Lenin Hills offering any relief from Moscow's flatness.

"Although a city of almost 9 million (today, over 10.4 million) when the sun goes down they roll up the sidewalks and turn out the lights. Moscow's gloomy darkness makes the glow of the blood-red stars mounted so high around the Kremlin even more eerie. These red stars do not blink, they do not flicker, and they gleam with a steady, monotonous light like huge markers placed to mark the scene of what has been a horrible, historical disaster.

"But somewhere out there in the darkness is a gigantic, air-defense system circling this monster city. It is the ABM system we agreed not to build to protect our cities while the Soviets forged ahead to erect an air fortress over Moscow. 

"The Moscow ABM system is replete with sophisticated radars, anti-ballistic-missiles and an entire array of air-breathing interceptor aircraft (deployed to defend) against our ICBMs, B-52s, B1-Bs and, perhaps, even against our nascent stealth technology. Red Star Wars, even though a relatively primitive earth-based system, is thought by many experts in the field to be effective."

That April 1990 dispatch from Moscow concluded with these words, "Tonight, I am saying the 'security prayer' for loved ones back home. They need it more than I do."

Following the Sept.11 attacks, President George W. Bush withdrew the U.S. from the lop-sided ABM Treaty, allowing former President Ronald Reagan's proposed ABM defense system (Star Wars) to move forward. This month the Russian outrage over the recent U.S.-Polish missile-defense agreement suggests that Star Wars must work. 

Now, the Russians are losing sleep. And, with religion no longer officially banned, we can assume some Russians are praying. 

- William Hamilton, a syndicated columnist and a featured commentator for USA Today, studied at Harvard's JFK School of Government. Dr. Hamilton is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.  [Hamilton/SkyHiDailyNews/26August2008



CIA Goes On The Record About Suskind Book. The CIA isn't happy with Ron Suskind's new book, The Way of the World, and has made its grievances public in an e-mail blast sent out Friday. In the letter, headlined "Hardly The Way of the World," the agency charged that a number of the claims Suskind makes in the book, which went on sale August 5, are false and "profoundly offensive to the men and women who serve here, as they should be to all Americans."

Although the CIA likely devotes a negligible amount of resources to tracking anti-agency books, it has issued similar letters in the past. Last year the agency sent out letters slamming two books, Tim Weiner's history of the organization, Legacy of Ashes, and Rowan Scarborough's Sabotage: America�s Enemies Within the CIA. Speaking to Suskind's book, a CIA representative said, in statement e-mailed to PW, that the agency made an exception to its rule about not commenting on books because "the allegations were so egregious - including the suggestion that the agency broke the law - that we felt a response was both necessary and appropriate."

Harper defended the accuracy of the book, issuing a statement that read in part, "Suskind and his book have our complete confidence and support," adding that Suskind's "sources are on the record, highly credible and spoke from personal knowledge." For his part, Suskind took direct issue with the CIA's contention that his reporting on Tahir Habbush, Saddam Hussein's intelligence chief, was incorrect. Suskind said that the relationship between Habbush and the Bush Administration "is the product of background interviews and extensive on-the-record interviews, most of it taped, with five officials directly involved with Habbush. Their comments in the book are thorough and accurate." 

As in the Weiner and Scarborough cases, the CIA will limit its displeasure with Suskind's book, which has been causing a stir on Capitol Hill since its release, to the page. The CIA representative told PW that, aside from the letter, no further action will be taken against The Way of the World.  [Deahl/PublishersWeekly/22August2008]

Following is the full statement from the CIA:

CIA Statement: Hardly "The Way of the World"

In his book, "The Way of the World," author Ron Suskind makes some serious charges about the CIA and Iraq. As Agency officers current and former have made clear, those charges are false. More than that, they are not in keeping with the way CIA works. In fact, they are profoundly offensive to the men and women who serve here, as they should be to all Americans.

Suskind claims that, in September 2003, the White House ordered then-Director George Tenet to fabricate a letter describing a level of cooperation between Saddam Hussein and al-Qa'ida that simply did not exist. The White House has denied making that request, and Director Tenet has denied receiving it. The former Agency officers Suskind cites in his narrative have, for their part, publicly denied being asked to carry out such a mission.

Those denials are powerful in and of themselves. But they are also backed by a thorough, time-consuming records search within CIA and by interviews with other officers - senior and junior alike - who were directly involved in Iraq operations. To assert, as Suskind does, that the White House would request such a document, and that the Agency would accept such a task, says something about him and nothing about us. It did not happen. Moreover, as the public record shows, CIA had concluded - and conveyed to our customers - that the ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qa'ida were not as close as some believed.

While recounting his tale, Suskind has accused the Agency of violating the National Security Act. That basic law specifically prohibits covert actions "intended to influence United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media." CIA knows and respects the legal framework within which our democracy conducts intelligence activities. To state what should be obvious, it is not the policy or practice of this Agency to violate American law.

If that were not enough, Suskind also alleges that the United States knew before the start of hostilities with Iraq that Saddam Hussein had no stockpiles of WMD. That, too, is both false and wrong. False because the Intelligence Community assessed that Saddam Hussein had such weapons. Wrong because it implies the Community chose to ignore information of which it was genuinely convinced. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nor did CIA pay or resettle Tahir Habbush, Saddam Hussein's intelligence chief. That conclusion comes from a review of our files and checks with our officers. Indeed, our government considers Habbush to be a wanted man.

Two former senior British intelligence officers have also released statements taking issue with Suskind. They each describe his work as "misleading." CIA has made its own inquiries overseas and no one - no individual and no intelligence service - has substantiated Suskind's account of Habbush or the bogus letter. At this point, the origins of the forgery, like the whereabouts of Habbush himself, remain unclear. But this much is certain: Suskind is off the mark.

Intelligence is a difficult profession. We are typically called upon to uncover information that the enemies of our country are most eager to conceal. When we fall short in that tough mission, we acknowledge our errors and learn from them. We are accustomed to criticism. But Suskind goes well beyond rational critique. Frankly, those he maligns with his book deserve far better.  []

[Former CIA Director George Tenet issued his own statement about the Suskind book on August 22. It can be found at Mr. Tenet's official Web site,]

Letters to the Editor

Clarification on the Use of Polygraph

Dear Sirs:

On 22 August 2008, Pam Hess contacted me and asked me about the DIA's intention to expand its polygraph testing, noting that the DIA's goal was to conduct 4500 tests a year. I told her that if they could hire enough qualified examiners, the goal of 4500 tests a year was not unrealistic. 

Ames was mentioned in the context that polygraph was not perfect and Ames' polygraph tests were given as the best example of its imperfection. I also pointed out that as flawed as polygraph is, as a security screening tool, there is nothing available that is better or more effective.

My comment cited in the most recent newsletter could lead a reader to infer that I am a foe of polygraph. I am a foe of bad polygraphy and an ardent supporter of good polygraphy.

John F. Sullivan


Yuri I. Nosenko, 81; KGB Agent Who Defected to the U.S. Yuri I. Nosenko, 81, a Soviet KGB agent whose defection to the United States in 1964 and subsequent three-year harsh detention and hostile interrogation by CIA officials remains immensely controversial, died Aug. 23 under an assumed name in a Southern state, according to intelligence officials. No cause of death was reported other than "a long illness."

Mr. Nosenko, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet secret police and intelligence agency, personally interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald during his time in the Soviet Union from 1959 to 1962. When Mr. Nosenko defected in 1964, he provided the first information that Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was not a Soviet agent.

Senior CIA officers at the time, including James Jesus Angleton, the agency's counterintelligence chief, and David Murphy of the Soviet division, did not believe Mr. Nosenko was a real defector and ordered his imprisonment.

Mr. Nosenko had initially made inaccurate statements about his past, and some of his information conflicted with that provided by another KGB officer, Anatoly M. Golitsin, who had defected the year before. As a result, they considered him a plant sent by Moscow to confuse Washington about Oswald.

Richard Helms, then CIA director of operations, in 1966 ordered that a conclusion be reached in the Nosenko case. In 1967, after passing multiple polygraphs, Mr. Nosenko was released and in 1969 he was found to be a legitimate defector. He subsequently became a consultant to the agency, given a new identity and provided a home in an undisclosed location in the South.

Last month several senior CIA officials visited him and presented him with a ceremonial flag and a letter from CIA Director Michael Hayden honoring his service to the United States, a senior intelligence official said yesterday.

First word of his death came yesterday from Pete Earley, an author of books on the CIA who had been trying for four years to get an interview with Mr. Nosenko.

Earley said Mr. Nosenko was bothered by a book released last year called "Spy Wars," written by Tennent H. Bagley, a key CIA player in Mr. Nosenko's defection and arrest. The book continued to argue that Mr. Nosenko was not a bona fide defector, but in fact was sent to cover up the KGB's influence over Oswald.

"I was fascinated by Nosenko because in spite of the horrific things that the agency and government did to him - the torture and mental deprivation - in the only public speech that he ever gave at the CIA, he praised the United States as being the world's best hope for humanity, condemned Communism and Moscow, and said he never regretted his defection nor held a grudge against the officials who had persecuted him," Earley said.

During his incarceration at Camp Perry, the CIA facility in Virginia, the agency kept Mr. Nosenko in solitary confinement in a small concrete cell. He often endured treatment involving body searches, verbal taunts, revolting food and denial of such basics as toothpaste and reading materials.

Claire George, a former CIA deputy director of operations who worked in the Soviet division at the time of Mr. Nosenko's defection, said yesterday that the handling of Mr. Nosenko "was a terrible mistake." But George added, "You can't be in the spy business without making mistakes."

Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko was born in 1927, in Nikolayev, a Ukrainian town on the Black Sea.

His father, a naval engineer, rose to minister for shipbuilding under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, while his mother arranged for private tutors to school Mr. Nosenko in classical Western literature from Virgil to Voltaire. He developed an attraction to western culture.

Mr. Nosenko served three years in naval intelligence after his 1950 graduation from the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow. He then became a leader within the KGB's Soviet internal security division.

According to Tom Mangold's "Cold Warrior" (1991), a book about Angleton, Mr. Nosenko's KGB career specialized in following U.S. agents posted in the Soviet Union and in recruiting turncoats from foreign intelligence services. Mangold's book said he also oversaw blackmail operations.

Mangold asserted Mr. Nosenko eventually grew angered by what he considered hypocrisies of the Soviet system and signaled to U.S. intelligence agents his wish to defect on ideological grounds.

He made his first successful contact with U.S. intelligence in 1962, pleading desperation after squandering KGB funds on alcohol. He asked for $200 to repay the money. He later admitted this was a fabrication, and his request later raised doubts within the CIA about his intentions. Would he really sell out his country for $200?

But his propensity to drink was not a lie, and he was fully loaded when he met CIA officials in Geneva, where he was accompanying a diplomatic mission. He revealed key information about Soviet moles working in the embassies of Western nations as well as Russian intelligence methods. According to Mangold, he pinpointed 52 microphones planted inside the U.S. embassy in Moscow and how the Soviets avoided detection of the listening devices.

But his most stunning revelations were about Oswald, notably how the Soviet agency felt Oswald was too unstable mentally to be of much service.

None of this saved Mr. Nosenko from a bitter fate. Golitsin stoked Angleton's increasing paranoia about double agents in the CIA and the veracity of defectors, and Mr. Nosenko soon began his 1,277 days in custody.

After Mr. Nosenko's rehabilitation, he looked up the disgraced Angleton's number in the phone book in 1975 to confront him.

It was a brief and fruitless exchange, with Mr. Nosenko rising in his passions and Angelton cool and adamant about his judgment.

"I have nothing more to say to you," Angelton said.

"And Mr. Angelton," replied Mr. Nosenko, "I have nothing further to say to you." [Pincus/WashingtonPost/27August2008] 

Lieutenant Colonel Judson Buist Grubbs II (Ret.).  AFIO Member LTCOL Judson Buist Grubbs II (Ret), passed away June 29, 2008, in Monterey, CA, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 69. 

Col. Grubbs attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a BS in Geology. He later earned his MS in Information and Computer Science from OU. 

Col. Grubbs had a distinguished, 21-year intelligence and cartographic career with the Army. His military service included two tours in Vietnam before retiring as a LTCOL as Director of Army Imagery Programs, Army Space Program in Washington, DC. He then began a lengthy career with Lockheed Martin at their Space Systems Division, Advanced Programs Office in Rosslyn, VA, and culminating as the Deputy for C31, MILSATCOM Programs, Space Systems Division, Sunnyvale, CA.

He retired and settled into a pleasant life with his wife Pat. Together they published a Pinot Noir newsletter read round the world, developed independent software programs, improved their house in Pebble Beach and enjoyed attending orchid shows.

Col. Grubbs is survived by his wife Pat Landee, two sisters, four children and two grandchildren. Memorial service was held July 5 at St. Mary's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church at Arlington National Cemetery with honors. [SanJoseMercuryNews/3July2008]

Career Opportunities

Scenario Developer needed with Expertise in Cryptology for NSW. Scenario Developer and Instructor with specific subject matter expertise in cryptology as it relates to Naval Special Warfare (NSW). This position will develop, implement, and instruct NSW-related scenarios in support of the Center for Naval Intelligence efforts to provide team training to deploying NSW intelligence personnel at the Fleet Intelligence Training Center (FITC) and the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Center (NMITC). 

Required Capabilities:

- Recent experience directly supporting deployed NSW operations as a Navy Enlisted Cryptologic Technician or Information Operations (IO) Officer (1610/15). 

- Intimate knowledge of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) discipline with particular emphasis on tactics, techniques, and procedures as they relate to NSW operations worldwide.

- A complete understanding of the typical intelligence information, analytical processes, and C4I infrastructure that supports NSW at the tactical/operational levels. 

- Superb written and verbal communicative skills.

- Experience in course development and training. MTS certification highly desired.

- Clearance: Current eligibility for (TS/SCI) Sensitive Compartmented Information, based on favorable adjudication to DCID 6/4 standards based on an SSBI/SBPR completed within the last 4 � years.

Responses to: McMunn Associates, Inc. seeks to fill an immediate requirement for a full time exempt position located in the San Diego, CA. Send Resume to Geno Spatafore; 


NDIC Provost. The National Defense Intelligence College is pleased to announce its search for a Provost and invites applications and nominations for the position.

The National Defense Intelligence College, established in 1962 in the Department of Defense, is the flagship, intelligence education and research institution in the U.S. national intelligence community. The College's Bachelor of Science in Intelligence degree and Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree are authorized by the United States Congress. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Among the nation's federally chartered colleges and universities, the College has the distinction of annually awarding both graduate and undergraduate degrees. The College, as part of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is located at the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center, on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C., with graduate centers at the National Security Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The College's Center for Strategic Intelligence Research guides classified and unclassified research and is the home of the NDIC Press. The Center for International Engagement guides the College's outreach to other nations. The Center for Science and Technology Intelligence engages in future-focused education, analysis, and research on foreign science and technology developments. The College is educating and guiding research on intelligence and national security issues in an era of cyberspace globalization in which the formerly dominant challenges of understanding adversarial capabilities and intentions have been joined by a far broader spectrum of intelligence challenges. Its students and research fellows develop new ideas, concepts, and solutions for some of the most challenging current and future intelligence problems. An overview of the College and its programs may be found at

The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the College responsible for leading the academic and research programs and guiding the strategic planning to further those programs. The Provost oversees and evaluates the work of the dean, faculty, center directors, and director of institutional research in the College; serves as the executive secretary/designated federal official for the College's Board of Visitors; and guides the College's outreach to federal, public, and private colleges and universities, and relevant academic communities.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic academic leader with:
* a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate education and academic research,
* a record of achievement in leading faculty staff, and students
* a record of scholarship and research,
* experience in strategic planning, 
* knowledge, experience, and expertise in one or more dimensions of the national security fields of defense, intelligence and homeland security, and
* an earned doctorate.

Do not apply for this job on-line. For additional details and instructions about the application process visit our web site at and review the application requirements associated with this vacancy listed under the Executive Positions section of Vacancies. This is a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader (DISL) position with a salary range of $114,468 to $158,500. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who possess or are able to qualify for a security clearance. All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. Applications accepted until 29 SEP 08. 



1, 3-4 September 2008 - ONLINE PODCAST on Cybercops, Crime and Intelligence Analysts -- Mark Your Calendars. AFIO Member/Professor Bill Tafoya will be the guest on Deborah Osborne's September 3rd podcast. Join Bill Tafoya, Deborah Osborne, and Jim Mallard, winner of the 2008 Technology Award from the International Association of Crime Analysts, in a discussion of the role of technology in improving crime and intelligence analysis. Jim is the crime analysis supervisor for the Arlington (TX) Police Department where he manages a team of five analysts. Mallard previously worked for the Gainesville (FL) Police Department where he developed his interest in fusing technology with crime analysis. Schedule 9/1/2008 10:00 AM - Intelligence Led Policing; 9/3/2008 10:00 AM - William Tafoya on the University of New Haven's; National Security Program 9/4/2008 3:00 PM - Dr. Kim Rossmo: Geographic Profiling. To hear:

Wednesday, 3 September 2008, 6 p.m. - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter Meeting on "Las Vegas Security Chiefs Association." The event will feature Mr. John D. Horton, Director of Security, Echelon Resorts Las Vegas. Mr. Horton will speak on the "Las Vegas Security Chiefs Association" Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Check Six" bar area for Liaison, beverages and snacks/dinner
Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the MAIN GATE located at the intersection on Craig Road and Las Vegas Blvd. Address: 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582.
Dinner: The Officers' Club has an excellent, informal dinner venue along with a selection of snacks. You are welcome to arrive early and join us in the "Check Six" bar area. Water will be provided during the meeting, but you may also purchase beverages and food at the bar and bring them to the meeting. Once again, please feel free to bring your spouse and/or guest(s) to dinner as well as our meeting.
You may email or call me anytime at 702-295-0073 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
Christine J. Eppley, Chapter Corresponding Secretary

6 September 2008, 11 a.m. - Orange Park, FL - North Florida AFIO Chapter luncheon features discussion of the French Resistance in WWII. Helena Zuber will discuss the French Resistance in World War II, plus there will be the usual intelligence discussions. The meeting will also include preparations for the annual chapter officer elections in December. Please RSVP as soon as possible to

11 September 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Tim Shorrock, investigative reporter. Since 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, newspaper headlines and the blogosphere have been afire with revelations about the U.S. government’s enormous use of private sector contractors to carry out the tasks of war. Intelligence contracting has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, with privatization often blurring the lines between public and private sectors. Former high-ranking national security officials can be found in various consulting roles throughout the private sector intelligence industry; yet, the size, scope, and influence of this intelligence outsourcing has been largely unexamined, and sometimes at odds with congressional oversight and public accountability. Mr. Shorrock will be discussing his new book, Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
The meeting will be held at United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat and Wawona). 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-member rate or at door. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) no later than 5PM 9/1/08: or mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011. (650) 622-9840 X608.

September 15th-19th, 2008 - 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Terrorism Prevention Conference, hosted by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. A full week of counter-terror training!  Cost: $450.00 for the entire week! The conference will be held at the Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Number for hotel reservations: 1-800-233-1234. The hotel is holding a limited number of rooms at a government rate for conference attendees. We urge you to make reservations as soon as possible in order to secure that rate. You can also visit and enter G-SSOF under Group/Corporate# to reserve your room. 
Universal Detection Technology's anthrax detection kit included with each paid registration.
To register you can call us 866-573-3999 ext 101 or click on the following link:

Monday, 15 September 2008 - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro Chapter evening meeting on "How Baghdad Thieves Stole Iraq's Antiquities and CTTF Recovered the Stolen Loot." Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve -- the Author of "Thieves of Baghdad" explains how the Baghdad thieves stole Iraq's antiquities and how our counter-terrorism Task Force caught them and recovered their loot. Bogdanos led the investigation. He was awarded the Bronze Star for counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan. He is currently an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. Buffet dinner and open bar - $40. per person. 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration.  Meeting starts 6:00 PM. New Location: 4 Columbus Circle (58th Street and 8th Avenue) The showroom space of STEELCASE, the global leader in the office furniture industry. Further information available from

18 September 2008 - Colorado Springs, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting will feature Tim Matson, USAF(r) a AF Academy graduate who flew Air Force 2. He will present a PowerPoint presentation. For further information or to make reservations contact:

Thursday, 18 September 2008, 6-8 p.m. - Washington, DC - Networking in the Intelligence Community presented by the PRSA-NCC PRONet Committee - The Johns Hopkins University 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Metro stop: Dupont Circle (red line)
A panel discussion featuring intelligence community insiders • What is the intelligence community? • How should PR professionals interact with intelligence professionals? • How do intelligence professionals approach public relations? • How do you practice public relations outreach in a secure environment? Panelists: Richard Willing - public affairs director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Dr. Peter Leitner - president, Maxwell USA; former senior advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense Fred Lash, APR - senior advisor to the deputy secretary of defense (joint communication); former deputy chief of public and media affairs, National Security Agency; Dr. Kenneth deGraffenreid - professor of intelligence studies, Institute of World Politics; former deputy national counterintelligence executive to the President of the United States
Cost: $30 PRSA Members; $35 Non-members; $5 Students (with ID) Please RSVP online at by September 15.
For more information about this event, contact Alex Meerovich at or call 202.454.3403

Saturday, 20 September 2008, 1100 - 1430 - West Haven, CT - AFIO New England Chapter meets to hear Dr. Richard H. Ward, Dean of the Henry C. Lee Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven. Dr. Ward, a veteran of the USMC will speak on his experiences training for the CIA’s Operation Zapata, the April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
in the Faculty Dining Room in Bartels Hall on the campus of the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. A map of the campus can be found here or at the bottom of this form, directions here or at the bottom of this form. Our schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 11:00 - 1200, Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM. The University of New Haven is at 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516-1916.
Note, as a one-day meeting, no hotel arrangements have been made; however, those coming from some distance may wish to select one of the many excellent hotels in this town. An area map is here The university’s hotel list is here For additional information contact
Luncheon reservations must be made by 12 September 2008 with Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446, 617-739-7074 or
Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person. The meeting adjourns at 2:30 pm

Thursday, 25 September 2008, 12:30-2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO L.A. Area Chapter hosts Jake Katz, Assistant Director Emergency Operations Bureau for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will discuss "Open Source Intelligence - The Sheriff's Approach." Event being held at the Hilton business building located at the LMU campus (Playa del Rey). Complimentary buffet lunch will be served, guests are welcome. Please RSVP by Monday September 15, 2008 via email to Vincent Autiero: 

Friday, 3 October 2008 - Langley, VA -CIA-OSI Conference - AFIO BulletAFIO members are invited to attend a conference at CIA Headquarters from 1:30 - 5:15 p.m. on the History of the Office of Scientific Intelligence. Attendees will receive a special program with declassified documents, and a DVD filled with thousands of pages of additional documents, photographs and videos as part of this new declassification. The conference is unclassified. Includes reception and tour of CIA Museum. Further details and Application Forms.....

14 Oct 2008 - Tampa, FL - The Suncoast AFIO Chapter meets in the MacDill Room at the MacDill AFB. Speaker TBA. Lunch is $15.00 inclusive. For further information email

Tuesday, 21 October 2008, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Iran: An Intelligence Failure in the Making? at the International Spy Museum. WHAT: “Iran is one of the greatest threats in the world today. Getting the intelligence right is absolutely critical, not only on Iran's capability but its intent.”— Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.)
Our troubled relationship with this Middle Eastern powerhouse operates under the cloud of broken diplomatic relations, deepening concern about its regional aspirations, its involvement in international terrorism, and its nuclear ambitions. Explore the strategic and intelligence challenges posed by Iran in this timely panel. Is Iran a new Persian Empire or on the brink of collapse? Are there lessons from the Cold War that can help us deal with Iran now? Are we once again facing a situation where the current intelligence is inadequate to inform policy makers or that policymakers will again seek only the intelligence they want, or manufacture it? Join former CIA senior operations officer Robert Baer, author of The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower; Keith Crane, senior economist with the RAND Corporation and co-author of Iran’s Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities; and David Thaler, senior analyst with the RAND Corporation and co-author of The Muslim World after 9/11 for a lively and insightful discussion. Co-sponsored by the RAND Corporation. Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC at Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $15; Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.

22 - 25 October 2008 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Intelligence Symposium -

AFIO 2008 Fall Intelligence Symposium - 22-25 October
Threats to U.S. Security
Technology Theft, Insider Threats, Economic Espionage
and International Organized Crime

Three Days: Day 1 [10/23] at MITRE Corporation; Day 2 [10/24] at U.S. Department of State:
Day 3 [10/25] at Sheraton-Premiere Hotel
Tentative Program
Wednesday, October 22: heavy hors d'oeuvres and early registration for hotel-based attendees,
Thursday morning, October 23: Chapter workshop/breakfast;
Thursday, October 23: MITRE Corporation;
Friday, October 24: U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research [INR];
Friday evening, October 24: Awards Banquet, Saturday morning, October 25: General membership meeting.
The program ends 11 a.m. Saturday October 25 leaving time for exploring local area Museums [International Spy Museum, the newly reopened Newseum, the new National Museum of Crime and Punishment, National Cryptologic Museum, Air & Space] and to make plans to return home.

Agenda is here and you can make secure reservations here

HOTEL RESERVATIONS available now at special AFIO Event Rate:
Make your Sheraton-Premiere Hotel reservations here while low-rate window remains open

Thursday, 23 October 2008, 12 noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - The Lost Spy: An American In Stalin's Secret Service, at the International Spy Museum
When former New York intellectual Isaiah Oggins was brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin’s orders, he became a forgotten Cold War footnote. Then in 1992, Boris Yeltsin handed over a deeply censored dossier to the White House which awakened interest in Oggins’ life and his death. In The Lost Spy, Andrew Meier at last reveals the truth: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets. Based on six years of international detective work, Meier traces the rise and fall of this brilliant Columbia University graduate sent to run a safe house in Berlin and spy on the Romanovs in Paris and the Japanese in Manchuria. The author will reflect on the motivations of the American spy and the reason for Oggins’ hideous death by poisoning in a KGB laboratory.
Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station, TICKETS: FREE. No registration required.

October 27-29, 2008 - The Techno Forensics Conference - NIST Headquarters, Gaithersburg Maryland. Former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin and Georgian Ambassador to the U.S. Vasil Sikharulidze to Keynote InfraGard Day on the 28th. 
AFIO member Donald Withers and TheTrainingCo., producers of the annual Techno Forensics Conference at NIST Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, has made our AFIO members a special FREE offer to attend this year's Techno Forensics Conference being held on October 27 - 29, 2008.   The first 100 members to register for the conference online will be allowed to register for FREE as a conference VIP. You MUST be registered for the conference prior to date in order to gain access through the main gate at NIST. Parking is free.  This will be the fourth year for Techno Forensics and the agenda has just been posted. This year will feature an InfraGard Day and will be hosted by the Maryland Chapter of the FBI�s InfraGard program. There will be some of the top practitioners in the world in the fields of e-Discovery, Digital Forensics and Information Security and Technical Business Continuity Planning. 
The registration price is currently listed at $895 on the website. Select that price but enter "0" for amount paid and enter "AFIO VIP" in the Promotional Code Section of the form. For any members who hold a CISSP or a CISA certification, this conference also provides 20 CEU hours.
Here's a link to the conference agenda. There will be more to come so visit often for agenda updates: 
To register for one of the FREE VIP seats, visit the following online registration page.
Any questions, call Don Withers at 410.703.0332

Tuesday, 28 October 2008, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Spy Magic: Disguise, Deception, Illusion and Espionage" at the International Spy Museum. WHAT: “If I could stand in the focus of powerful footlights and deceive attentive and undisturbed onlookers…Then I could most certainly…deceive German observers a mile away or more.”—Jasper Maskelyne
Magicians, like spies, excel at the art of misdirection and deception. Join Jonna and Tony Mendez, both former CIA chiefs of disguise, as they explore how magic and illusion have been used through the centuries to deceive the enemy. This survey ranges from the warfare philosophy of Sun Tzu to the CIA’s consultations with illusionists who helped them overcome the challenges of operating in denied areas of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Go inside well known World War II deception operations Mincemeat and Bodyguard and discover the trickery of war-time magician Jasper Maskelyne. Then it’s on to the Cold War and the Mendezes’ own work in the mean streets of Moscow which required a special blend of conjuring and chemistry. Using historical footage and film re-enactments, the Mendezes will enlighten the audience on the use of stage management and misdirection against the opposition
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station.
TICKETS: $15 Advance Registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.

Sunday, 9 November 2008, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Washington, DC - Parade of Trabants at the International Spy Museum. The ugly duckling of East Germany’s roadways finally gets its day. To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall Trabant collectors will caravan to DC, parking their cars on F Street, NW in front of the Museum. When the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989 thousands of East Germans rushed to reunite with friends and family. Their typical mode of transportation? The Trabant. What was once the most common vehicle in East Germany, despite its poor performance and smoky two-stroke engine, was their automotive liberator. The Trabant is now an affectionately regarded symbol of East Germany and of the fall of communism. It is even featured in the International Spy Museum’s permanent exhibit within an East German streetscape. The Trabant has become a genuine collectors' car with a devoted following. Incredibly, it seems that this tiny car, often inaccurately described as having a cardboard body, has captured the hearts of car lovers all over the world.
Trabants are quite rare in the US, but on 9 November 2008, a caravan of the communist-bloc cars will converge on the International Spy Museum to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The public will have the unique opportunity to not only view nine of the cars, which will be parked in front of the Museum, but also have the chance to win a ride in a Trabant. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand in front of the Museum on F Street, NW, to answer questions about Trabants, the Cold War, and Communism, while the local German band, Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden, creates a festive atmosphere. This event is free-of-charge.
Experts who will be available: Peter Earnest, Museum Executive Director; Dr. Thomas Boghardt, Museum historian and author; and Trabant Collectors. German music will be played. Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. No charge to attend.

Thursday, 13 November 2008, 7 pm - 10 pm - Washington, DC - DINNER WITH A SPY: An Evening with Milt Bearden - at Spy Museum.

When Milt Bearden started at the CIA in 1964, he had little notion that his service around the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South Asia would lead him to become the most highly decorated operations officers in its senior service, a respected author, and a Hollywood advisor. His 30 years of service spanned the height of the Cold War to the demise of the Soviet Union and included leading the CIA covert war supporting the Afghan resistance in their fight against the Soviet army. This conflict, recently portrayed in Charlie Wilson’s War, is just one of the films for which Bearden has served as an advisor. His long time friendship with Robert DeNiro influenced 2006’s The Good Shepherd—an intense account of the early days of the Agency. Be one of only 20 guests at Zola for a three-course meal where you’ll talk with Bearden about his extraordinary career and cinematic connections and enjoy the dialogue between this insider and CIA veteran International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest. Please call 202.654.0932 or write to register or with special dietary needs.
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station.
TICKETS: $250 includes three-course dinner with wines.  Space is extremely limited – advance registration required! Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum

Monday, 17 November 2008, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Rose Mary Sheldon on "The Secret History of History" at the International Spy Museum - OPERATION MESSIAH: APOSTLE PAUL, AGENT PROVOCATEUR?

WHAT: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.”—Galatians
Was the self-proclaimed successor to Jesus actually working for the Roman administration in Palestine and other parts of the Empire? Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, co-author of Operation Messiah: St. Paul, Roman Intelligence and the Birth of Christianity, challenges the idea that Apostle Paul was a true follower of Jesus much less a saint. Drawing from Paul’s biography and his own letters, Sheldon finds numerous clues to suggest that the former persecutor never left the ranks of the Roman government but instead went undercover by feigning conversion en route to Damascus. Sheldon’s shocking theories about Paul’s real purpose in promoting Jesus as the Messiah will give you a startling new perspective on the dramatic and turbulent early days of Christianity.
WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW, Washington, DC, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station. TICKETS: $15. Advance registration required. Tickets are non-refundable and do not include admission to the International Spy Museum. To register, call 202.393.7798; order online at; or purchase tickets in person at the International Spy Museum.

20 November 2008 - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter meets to hear Sheriff Terry Maketa on "Law Enforcement and Intelligence." Sheriff Maketa is Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado. The program starts at 11 a.m. with the program starting at noon. Event takes place at the Falcon Club (Old Officers' Club) Inquiries and reservations to

Tuesday, 2 December 2008 - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter meeting features speaker Gordon Chang, author of NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN and THE COMING COLLAPSE OF CHINA.
Meeting location - 4 Columbus Circle in the NYC showroom of the office furniture manufacturer - Steelcase. Attractive, spacious, modern space overlooking Central Park.
58th Street and 8th Avenue. Buffet dinner and open bar: $40.00 per person 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Registration. Meeting starts 6:00 PM. For inquiries or to register email

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