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Japan Refusing Visa to Russian Diplomat Suspected of Espionage Links. The Japanese government has been refusing to grant a diplomatic visa to a Russian diplomat for more than 18 months because it believes the diplomat could be linked to the Russian intelligence service.

The 57-year-old male diplomat was initially supposed to be posted to the Russian Embassy in Japan in spring last year to oversee cultural exchange activities.

Japan has rarely denied entry to Russian diplomats, although there have been cases when Japanese law enforcement officials have cracked down on former Soviet or Russian intelligence agents who entered Japan on diplomatic visas.

The diplomat in question is suspected of being linked to Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, known by its Russian acronym SRV, the successor of the KGB.

He served as a cultural attach� at the Soviet consulate general in Osaka for several years from the late 1970s and records show he has since had no long-term assignment in Japan. [NewsBalita/6October2008] 

The Mystery Spymaster. As Pakistan copes with a spate of terrorist violence and political unrest, Bush administration officials worry that they know too little about the man who was just appointed to lead the Muslim nation's sprawling spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate. Last week, Islamabad disclosed that ISI's new chief will be Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Pakistan's former director of military operations and a prot�g� of Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani, the country's top commander. Kiyani, who once headed ISI and took training courses in the U.S., is admired and trusted by American defense and intelligence officials. But they don't know much about Pasha beyond his close ties to Kiyani and that he ran operations against militants who turned tribal regions along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan into a terrorist safe haven.

Two U.S. counterterrorism officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said they believe that U.S. complaints about alleged collaboration between ISI and Taliban fighters played a role in the departure of ISI's former commander, Gen. Nadeem Taj. This past summer, according to one of the officials, the U.S. presented Pakistan with a dossier outlining alleged treachery inside ISI, including purported contacts between ISI representatives and Taliban militants who attacked India's embassy in Kabul on July 7.

Washington's chief concern is whether the new ISI boss, who is not a career spy, will have the skill and clout to purge the agency of elements sympathetic to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Some U.S. experts say the service is so inscrutable that it may harbor secret factions that are working at cross-purposes to the interests of the U.S. and Pakistan. "Nothing tells me they are ready to break the link between ISI and Afghan Taliban," said Bruce Riedel, a retired CIA expert on the region. Washington relies heavily on ISI for intel on militants. Historically, says a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who also asked for anonymity, 80 percent of credible U.S. intel about terrorists in Pakistan originated with ISI. [Hoseball/Newsweek/4October2008] 

US Embassy in London to Switch to Former Industrial Site. The United States is to abandon its embassy in London's diplomatic quarter for a high-security compound south of the Thames that will offer better protection against the terrorist threat.

After 200 years in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, the embassy will transfer to a site overlooking the river between Battersea power station and the headquarters of MI6 at Vauxhall.

Diplomats will swap London's premier residential and shopping district for a former industrial site in an area renowned for its hard-core gay clubs.

The planned move comes after a worldwide review of the safety of US embassies as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the War on Terror. A number have moved to secure locations outside city centers.

The London embassy, the biggest in Western Europe, was considered a key target for terrorism because of Britain's close link to the United States. It has almost 800 staff, about half of whom are American.

The move will end a diplomatic presence in Mayfair dating back to the founding of the United States. Grosvenor Square was home to John Adams, the first Ambassador to London and the second President of the United States, from 1785 to 1788. The present 600-room embassy building was completed in 1960. There are still more than 930 years on a 999-year lease from the Duke of Westminster. The annual rent of one peppercorn is believed to have been paid in full several years ago with the presentation of three golden peppercorns.

For many people, the building will always be associated with the student protests against the Vietnam War and, more recently, the tributes after the terrorism attacks in 2001.

At least the move would bring an end to the dispute over the �8-a-day congestion charge, which Robert Tuttle, the US Ambassador, has refused to pay on the ground that diplomats are exempt from paying any taxes in Britain. It is claimed that the embassy owes more than �2 million, prompting the former Mayor, Ken Livingstone, to describe Mr. Tuttle as a "chiseling little crook". The new embassy site will be outside the congestion charge zone.

After the September 11 attacks, the present embassy was surrounded by concrete blast barriers and 6ft-high fences, and the road outside was closed to traffic. However, it was still considered vulnerable to vehicle-borne explosives or suicide attacks. Additional security measures requested by the embassy were opposed by neighbours, with more than a hundred residents taking out a newspaper advertisement complaining that its presence left the surrounding area vulnerable to terrorist attack.

The embassy is reported also to have considered developing the former Chelsea Barracks or a site in Osterley, near Heathrow. It was even rumoured to have asked to move into Kensington Palace, the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mr. Tuttle admitted yesterday that security concerns were a key factor in the planned move, but said he also hoped that the new embassy would help to revitalise the south bank of the Thames. "We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building," he said. "In the end, we realised that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility."

The ambassador said that the embassy would remain in Grosvenor Square if the move was not approved by Congress or local planners. The sale of the present building and proceeds from the recent disposal of the navy annex would cover the cost of the new embassy, he said.

Mr. Tuttle has already signed a deal with the Ballymore Group to buy the freehold of the new embassy site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area. An international design competition will be held for the building.

Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said: "We will be sorry to see the US Embassy leave as the current security arrangements we negotiated are working well, but we understand their desire to be in a more secure compound. Their departure will provide an opportunity for this famous site to be used by some other major organization."

The embassy will be put up for sale "almost immediately", although buyers will be told that the building will not be vacated for at least five years.

Estate agents are reported to have placed a value of �500 million on the building, with developers expressing interest in using the site for a luxury hotel or flats. English Heritage has been in discussions with the embassy, however, over the possibility of giving the building a Grade II listed status, which would restrict the development possibilities severely. [Brown/TimesOnline/3October2008] 

U.S. Military To Deploy More Surveillance Planes To Afghanistan. The military is expanding the number of airplanes for reconnaissance and surveillance in Iraq and Afghanistan in response to demands from the Pentagon chief to assume a "war footing" in getting more planes into the air.

The US Army is sending a new unit of remote-controlled aircraft, similar to one it fielded in Iraq two years ago, to Afghanistan to monitor insurgents and enemy targets. The Air Force, meanwhile, is deploying about three dozen small turboprop planes with reconnaissance and surveillance crews to add to the unmanned planes already being used there. Both services are also trying to put more laptop computers in the hands of soldiers on the ground so they can benefit from the data provided by the "eyes in the sky."

The moves are prompted by criticism from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has said it was like "pulling teeth" to get the services to provide more remote controlled aircraft over the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The unmanned planes produce "full motion video" for commanders attempting to locate insurgents or track their activity. The planes range from small, hand-launched craft to much larger planes that can fly at 65,000 feet for hours. Their value comes in how much they can do for long periods of time. It took nearly 600 hours of air time, for instance, before the US military could find the leader of the group Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed by a US airstrike in June 2006.

The Air Force, which has as much as 88 percent of its "intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance" or ISR capability in the battle zones now, says it expects to expand by December the number of air patrols by unmanned aircraft. In addition, it will also send a few dozen Beech C-12 Huron twin turboprop manned planes under the banner Project Liberty. Although manned, these aircraft have been modified to allow them to perform many of the same duties as unmanned planes.

The Army has also stepped up its efforts to "thicken" the amount of surveillance and reconnaissance it can provide, officials say. They will send an aircraft unit called Task Force ODIN to Afghanistan, similar to one in 2006 that "helped change the tide in Iraq," says Col. Randolph Rotte, deputy director of Army aviation.

The Army, which has been criticized for keeping too many remote-control planes at home for training, is also deploying more Shadow remote-control planes to the war zone, and modifying them to fly longer. Colonel Rotte emphasizes that the Army's answer to the demand for more reconnaissance and surveillance in the battle zones is not just about getting new platforms but adapting existing ones. [Lubold/ChristianScienceMonitor/6October2008] 

French Spy Chief to Step Down. The head of France's foreign intelligence agency is to step down in the coming days, an official said yesterday, following a shake-up in the upper reaches of the country's spying networks.

Pierre Brochand, the 68-year-old director of the DGSE, has led France's overseas intelligence gathering since July 2002, and was notably involved in operations to win the freedom of French hostages in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His replacement will be named at the next cabinet meeting, the well-placed official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Brochand was appointed by former French president Jacques Chirac, whose successor Nicolas Sarkozy has moved to reorganise France's spy agencies.

In addition to merging France's domestic political and criminal intelligence outfits into a single FBI-style agency, Sarkozy has announced the creation of a national security council headed by a new central intelligence coordinator. [ThePeninsularQatar/6October2008] 

Former CIA Official Says 9/11 Could Not Have Been Averted. A top former CIA official said the intelligence agency had more than 100 Afghans acting as spies before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but said nothing could have averted the attacks.

Cofer Black, the former head of the CIA's counterterrorism center, said that looking back, he can't think of a thing "we could have done that would have changed anything.

Black said the Taliban was ousted in 10 weeks with just "300 Army special forces and 110 CIA officers" - a statement that ignores the more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines and foreign troops that joined the battle in November. But he acknowledges that victory was temporary.

"It was not as effectively followed up as we would have liked, as U.S. military resources were redirected toward Iraq," he said.

He contrasts the capture of the terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Sudan in 1994 and arrest by the French government with the failure to capture al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden so far.

"The CIA played a key role in locating (Carlos) and identifying him, and had comprehensive knowledge of him to facilitate a rendition," Black said. "If there had been a similar warrant for Osama bin Laden's arrest, a similar type of scenario could have been developed."

He said that bin Laden's capture would have a "detrimental effect on al-Qaida." But it will not be a catastrophic defeat for the terrorist organization.

"Someone will rise to take his place, and we will have to deal with it," he said.  [Hess/AP/6October2008] 

US Officials Fear Terrorist Links with Drug Lords. There is real danger that Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaida and Hezbollah could form alliances with wealthy and powerful Latin American drug lords to launch new terrorist attacks, according to U.S. officials.

Extremist group operatives have already been identified in several Latin American countries, mostly involved in fundraising and finding logistical support. But Charles Allen, chief of intelligence analysis at the Homeland Security Department, said they could use well-established smuggling routes and drug profits to bring people or even weapons of mass destruction to the U.S.

"The presence of these people in the region leaves open the possibility that they will attempt to attack the United States," said Allen, a veteran CIA analyst. "The threats in this hemisphere are real. We cannot ignore them."

Added U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operations chief Michael Braun: "It is not in our interest to let that potpourri of scum to come together."

Their comments came at a two-day conference on the illegal drug threat in the Americas hosted by the U.S. Southern Command and the 35,000-member AFCEA International, a trade group for communications, intelligence and national security companies.

Much as the Taliban tapped Afghanistan's heroin for money, U.S. officials say the vast profits available from Latin American cocaine could provide al-Qaida and others with a ready source of income. The rebel group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has long used drug money to pay for weapons, supplies and operations - and is also designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S.

Latin America's drug kingpins already have well-established methods of smuggling, laundering money, obtaining false documents, providing safe havens and obtaining illicit weapons, all of which would be attractive to terrorists who are facing new pressures in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Allen, of the Homeland Security Department, said there was currently a "low probability" of cooperation between terrorists and drug organizations, but the "fertile ground" of Latin America - where government corruption is common and institutions often weak - means that the possibility deserves renewed U.S. attention.

The officials said the key to preventing such an alliance is increasing cooperation between government agencies and with nations in the region. They singled out for praise the governments of Mexico and Colombia for making huge strides against drug groups, while criticizing Venezuela for its failure to do so.

Braun said the DEA can be a particularly critical component because of its wide use of human informants and telephone wiretaps to track those in the drug trade. Those sources often provide tips about other types of crime and could be key to identifying terrorists in Latin America.

"They use the same money launderers, the same document forgers," he said. "You are naturally going to bump up against terrorist organizations." [AP/6October2008]

FBI Prevents Agents from Telling 'Truth' About 9/11 on PBS. The FBI has blocked two of its veteran counterterrorism agents from going public with accusations that the CIA deliberately withheld crucial intelligence before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

FBI Special Agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller have asked for permission to appear in an upcoming public television documentary, scheduled to air in January, on pre-9/11 rivalries between the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency.

The program is a spin-off from The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, by acclaimed investigative reporter James Bamford, due out in a matter of days.

The FBI denied Rossini and Miller permission to participate in the book or the PBS "NOVA" documentary, which is also being written and produced by Bamford, on grounds that the FBI "doesn't want to stir up old conflicts with the CIA," according to multiple reliable sources.

Bamford, contacted by phone, said he could not comment because his publisher has embargoed his new book for release around Oct. 10. 

The author of two other ground-breaking books on the NSA, Bamford also said his general policy is not to discuss his negotiations for interviews with intelligence agencies. 

Pre-9/11 intelligence mishaps have been generally attributed to bureaucratic screw-ups - a "failure to connect the dots," exacerbated by spy agency rivalries. 

But Rossini and Miller, who were assigned to the CIA-run Counterterrorist Center during the run-up to the 9/11 attacks, are prepared to describe on camera how the CIA blocked them from sharing crucial intelligence with FBI headquarters - and then later pressured them not to tell the truth to investigators.

The first allegation is not entirely new, having been reported by author Lawrence Wright in his 2006 book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, among other places.

But what is new is that Rossini and Miller - who still hold sensitive jobs in the FBI, and are identified here for the first time - are prepared to say publicly that, under pressure from the CIA, they kept the full the truth from the Justice Department's Inspector General, which looked into the FBI's handling of pre-9/11 intelligence in 2004.

Rossini, in particular, is said to have felt threatened that the CIA would have him prosecuted for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act if he told the IG investigators what really happened inside the CTC. 

CIA officials were in the room when he and Miller, as well as a sympathetic CIA officer, were questioned. 

The IG investigators showed them copies of CTC intelligence reports and e-mails.

But the FBI agents suddenly couldn't remember details about who said what, or who reported what, to whom, about the presence of two al Qaeda agents in the U.S. prior to the 9/11 attacks.

Indeed, their report, which used pseudonyms for the CIA and FBI agents interviewed - Rossini and Miller were called "Malcolm" and "Dwight," a CIA analyst was dubbed "Eric" - hinted at a cover-up. 

The focus of the IG was what the CIA had withheld about the movement of two al Qaeda operatives, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, from Malaysia to the U.S. in early 2000.

Dwight told the OIG that he did not recall being aware of the information about Mihdhar, did not recall drafting the CIR, did not recall whether he drafted the CIR on his own initiative or at the direction of his supervisor, and did not recall any discussions about the reasons for delaying completion and dissemination of the CIR. Malcolm said he did not recall reviewing any of the cable traffic or any information regarding Hazmi and Mihdhar. Eric told the OIG that he did not recall the CIR.

Subsequently, Rossini and Miller were not subpoenaed by the 9/11 Commission to tell what they knew, even though sources say they were eager to do so.

But he and Miller did come clean during an internal FBI investigation, which remains under wraps. 

Sources with direct knowledge of the FBI's internal probe say that the agents provided the bureau with unadulterated versions of their CTC experiences, including orders they were given by the center's then-Deputy Director, Tom Wilshire, to withhold intelligence about the movement of al Qaeda operatives into the country from the FBI.

When the agents asked permission to tell that same story on television, the FBI initially agreed, but then cancelled at the last moment, two sources involved in the deliberations said, with the explanation that it didn't want to risk inflaming the CIA.

The FBI's top spokesman, Assistant Director John Miller, did not address that issue directly.

But he said that the FBI had withheld permission for the agents to be named in various reports on 9/11 intelligence out of security and privacy concerns.

A CIA spokesman, Paul Gimigliano, ridiculed the allegations.

"I have every reason - every reason - to believe that's complete garbage," he said in a brief telephone interview. "Not only did the 9/11 Commission look at the matter in detail, but former Director George Tenet wrote about it at some length in his book." [Stein/MediaChannel/7October2008] 

U.S. Study Is Said to Warn of Crisis in Afghanistan. A draft report by American intelligence agencies concludes that Afghanistan is in a "downward spiral" and casts serious doubt on the ability of the Afghan government to stem the rise in the Taliban's influence there, according to American officials familiar with the document.

The classified report finds that the breakdown in central authority in Afghanistan has been accelerated by rampant corruption within the government of President Hamid Karzai and by an increase in violence by militants who have launched increasingly sophisticated attacks from havens in Pakistan.

The report, a nearly completed version of a National Intelligence Estimate, is set to be finished after the November elections and will be the most comprehensive American assessment in years on the situation in Afghanistan. Its conclusions represent a harsh verdict on decision-making in the Bush administration, which in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made Afghanistan the central focus of a global campaign against terrorism.

Beyond the cross-border attacks launched by militants in neighboring Pakistan, the intelligence report asserts that many of Afghanistan's most vexing problems are of the country's own making, the officials said.

The report cites gains in the building of Afghanistan's national army, the officials said. But they said it also laid out in stark terms what it described as the destabilizing impact of the booming heroin trade, which by some estimates accounts for 50 percent of Afghanistan's economy.

The draft intelligence report was described by more than a half dozen current government officials who had read its conclusions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the report remains classified and has not been completed.

Senior American commanders have recently been blunt in their assessment of the security trends in the country. "In large parts of Afghanistan, we don't see progress," Gen. David D. McKiernan, the top American officer in Afghanistan, told reporters last week. "We're into a very tough counterinsurgency fight and will be for some time."

It is not just American officials who offer a grim prognosis. A French diplomatic cable leaked to a French newspaper last week quoted the British ambassador to Afghanistan as forecasting that the NATO-led mission there would fail. [Mazzetti&Schmitt/NyTimes/8October2008] 

Quantum Cryptography Now A Reality. Data Security worries could soon be an anxiety of the past as in a world-first discovery quantum cryptography is used to form an unbreakable encryption.

Around 41 partners from 12 European countries have been working with academics from the University of Bristol since 2004 towards this ultimate goal, and they recently demonstrated a commercial communication network was demonstrated in Vienna using this 'unbreakable' encryption.

This kind of security will be of great use to users such as government agencies and financial institutions but could also potentially allow online transactions to be PIN protected using secret bits shared with a bank to encode the secret number.

Quantum cryptography provides confidential communication by sending streams of photons - their measurement by the legitimate parties and the subsequent post-processing of the measurement data - the result is a cryptic key made up of identical random "bit strings".

The reason no one can eavesdrop on this sent information is due to the fundamental laws of quantum physics which ensures that "any measurement leaves indelible traces behind" - this means that if someone was to disturb this information, they would leave a trace and thus disturb the key, so basically trying to snoop would only lead to revealing yourself.

Quantum cryptography is notoriously the hardest and most complex system to even begin to hack into - yet even if they tried, they would undoubtedly leave a calling card. [Hughes/PCAuthority/9October2008] 


Intelligence: Reorganization Fatigue. In the seven years since the World Trade Center was toppled and the Pentagon was pierced by hijacked jetliners, some venerable spying operations have been reorganized and significant new intelligence entities have been created - all in the cause of making sure that, from now on, the United States will get the terrorists before they get us.

There hasn't been a second such attack, of course, but many Americans fear there's about to be whenever they see an airplane flying too low across the cornfields, hear a truck backfire in the middle of downtown or spot a stray backpack in the corner of a suburban multiplex. And within Washington there's plenty of worry, too, that the national spying defenses still aren't operating seamlessly enough to make sure the relative domestic tranquility since Sept. 11 lasts indefinitely.

And so the next president will take the reins of an intelligence community at yet another crossroads: Still not up to snuff by almost anyone's standard, but at the same time exhausted by a lengthy, balky and difficult period of transformation that doesn't appear near an end. 

As commander in chief, John McCain or Barack Obama will be pressed to outfox a resurgent al Qaeda and plenty of other terrorist threats as well. The answer will probably include erecting even stronger defenses to prevent another attack inside the United States - because anything labeled a "repeat of 9/11" would convulse the nation anew and potentially cripple his administration.

At the same time, the new president will also be compelled to reckon with lingering problems left from years of government reorganization, such as lackluster information sharing between the "legacy" spy agencies, the Department of Homeland Security and the growing ranks of intelligence gatherers in states and big cities.

And events beyond the two candidates' control, not to mention their own plans, may mean yet more tinkering with the structure of security-oriented agencies.

The intelligence apparatus the next president will operate could not capture Osama bin Laden or the rest of the current al Qaeda leadership. Experts say the nation does not employ a sufficient number of spies and remains poorly prepared to defend against several kinds of especially disruptive attacks. And the intelligence community still struggles with interagency cohesiveness, be it on bureaucratic matters such as shared security clearances or bigger theoretical problems like how to balance the public's dueling demands for top-notch security and civil liberties.

Al Qaeda may not have attacked on United States soil since 2001, but intelligence agencies concluded last year that it was thriving in its home base in the mountains that divide Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Even those who see al Qaeda as essentially contained argue that capturing or killing its top leaders should be foremost among the next president's goals.

Spy agencies haven't hired all the personnel they need to go after al Qaeda largely because many of the skills needed for the task - fluency in Urdu, for example - are scarce. And the FBI has struggled with its own internal culture problems as it's been called upon to add intelligence-gathering and terrorist-hunting capabilities to its traditional jobs of catching bank robbers and mob bosses.

A related issue is that, while Congress effectively authorized President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program this year, there is no larger legal framework for domestic surveillance that balances individual rights against the government's desire to protect its citizens. That conflict has also shaped the debate over the treatment of suspected terrorists. Both McCain and Obama say as president they will close the detention facility at the naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but neither has made clear what he would do with the residents too dangerous to release but too difficult to indict.

Improved intelligence, though, is only one line of defense against terrorist attacks. Another is hardening the protection of the terrorists' would be-targets.

There's a consensus the heightened airport and airline security of this decade means a terrorist would have a difficult time hijacking a commercial plane these days. Setting off car bombs remains easy but does not have as spectacular or destructive an effect. As a result, much attention is focused on the need to protect against larger-scale and more disruptive attacks. And that means a focus on entire systems: the capacity of the nation's hospitals after a biological or chemical attack, the security of commercial and governmental computer systems and protections for power transmission lines and nuclear plants.

Constant tinkering with the national security agencies since Sept. 11 has left some experts arguing that enough is enough, but others say "reform fatigue" should not be an impediment to improvements.

The Transportation Security Agency was created in late 2001. The next year, it was among the 22 agencies forced to live together as the Homeland Security Department. Just three years later, that new department's structure was overhauled. Meanwhile, 2004 saw the most sweeping overhaul of the intelligence community in a half century, highlighted by the creation of a new director of national intelligence, or DNI. This year, Bush assigned new roles and responsibilities within the 2004 law's framework. And his successor will almost certainly have a hand in at least some more significant changes.

The Project on National Security Reform plans to issue a congressionally mandated study this month on what both Congress and the next president should do with the 1947 National Security Act, which reorganized the intelligence community, in light of the end of the Cold War and the rise of the "war on terrorism."

McCain would revive the Office of Strategic Services so that specialists in specific fields of intelligence could be under one roof with the goal of creating a "nimble" organization. Obama would restructure the DNI and give the director a fixed term, like the FBI director or the Federal Reserve chairman, to prevent intelligence from being politicized.

But a report released last month by two prominent think tanks, Heritage and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, urged the opposite approach - at least for DHS. "The most pressing needs for enhancing the protection of the country from transnational terrorist threats do not lie in further major reorganization," it said.

And, in commenting last month on how the next president could best help the Central Intelligence Agency, agency director Michael V. Hayden recommended simply, "Do nothing." He said his agency had changed significantly and needed to be left alone for a while.

Whether to revisit the structure of intelligence is another question the winner will have to address. 

But there's reason to believe problems in the intelligence community could be mitigated by a stronger DNI. The position has little power now to force change, and so any progress in harmonizing the intelligence community will happen only when agency leaders see eye to eye. [Starks/Cq/7October2008] 

'Gone with the Wind' Star Became a UK Spy. He is remembered as the obsessive love interest of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, but Leslie Howard should also be recalled as a British secret agent who died returning from a clandestine war mission, a Spanish author says.

Jose Rey-Ximena said that Howard, who was in a passenger aircraft shot down by the Luftwaffe in 1943, had just been to a secret meeting with General Francisco Franco, allegedly on a special mission for British prime minister Winston Churchill, who wanted to get a secret message to the Spanish dictator.

"Thanks to him, at least in theory, Spain was persuaded to stay out of the war," Rey-Ximena said of the actor who portrayed the unattainable southern gentleman Ashley Wilkes in the 1939 film.

The alleged message conveyed by Howard was just one of the British attempts to keep Franco, who had come to power with the support of Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini, from joining the wartime Axis alliance, Rey-Ximena said on Sunday.

Howard used his contacts with a former lover, Conchita Montenegro, to get through to Franco and deliver the message, the writer said. Montenegro, a Spanish actor, told Rey-Ximena the full story of Howard's visit to Madrid shortly before her death at the age of 95.

Montenegro, once dubbed the Spanish Greta Garbo, allegedly had an affair with Howard, whom she met while shooting Never the Twain Shall Meet in 1931. She later married Ricardo Gimenez-Arnau, who was in charge of foreign relations for the far-right Falangist party, which backed Franco's military uprising against the Republican government.

It was through her husband's family, whose members occupied several posts under Franco, that Howard managed to see Spain's ruler, the actor said.

Montenegro told Rey-Ximena that Howard's interview with Franco was supposedly about whether he would take the role of Columbus in a Spanish film. Franco was interested in cinema. The arrival in Madrid of a Hollywood star, at a time when Spain's right-wing dictatorship meant the country was widely shunned, caused a stir.

Rey-Ximena, who has just published a book on the subject, has not revealed the full contents of the meeting. Howard left Madrid in June 1943 for Lisbon and boarded a DC-3 passenger airliner bound for London. The plane was intercepted off Spain by German fighters.

A rumor circulated that the Germans thought Churchill was on board. Howard's manager, who also died in the crash, was said to resemble the British leader.

Rey-Ximena said Howard's secret went down with the plane: "He has never been recognized either as a spy or as a hero." [Guardian/7October2008] 

Stella Rimington: The Spy Who Came in Over the Gender Divide. It is hard to believe that, once upon a time, Dame Stella Rimington nearly did not have a career at all. As a child, she hankered after an adventurous job. "When people asked me what I wanted to be I used to say an airline pilot or a fireman - all the things that women couldn't actually do in those days." 

The reality was less straightforward. "I come from an era when women were expected to get little jobs to keep us occupied until we got married, or at the very latest, had children," she says. 

It almost happened like that. After graduating ("people used to say to my parents 'surely you're not going to send that girl to university, she'll only get married' ") she became a historical archivist. Then her husband was posted to India to work for the British High Commission and she gave up her job to follow him. "I thought I was never going to work again. I was doing all the things that diplomats' wives did; running jumble sales and making jam." 

Then came the tap on the shoulder. Rimington was recruited as a part-time clerk-typist in the MI5 offices in Delhi. "The only thing I knew about the service was that it had something to do with spying. I'd been reading Kipling's Kim so I thought it might be a bit like that." 

Rimington did not expect the job to go anywhere. She was wrong - it was the height of the Cold War, and she found herself hooked. Returning to the London headquarters, however, she was disappointed. "I realised that the men were very much in charge and the women were definitely second class. We even had our own career structure, as assistants." 

With the advent of sex legislation in the 1970s, things started to change. We saw young men who had been to the same universities as us being recruited into top level jobs, while we were assistants. So we mounted the quiet revolution and said, 'we're not going to put up with this'."

Gradually, a few women started to be promoted and Rimington began to take her career seriously, rising through the ranks. She cites two main obstacles: not being taken seriously as a woman and having to balance work with two children. "That was difficult, without a doubt. It still is and there hasn't been a solution. And never will be, in my opinion, unfortunately." 

She went on to become the first female director-general of MI5. On being given the top job, she was told that the Government had decided to make her name public, to answer concerns that the agency was a shadowy service with little relevance after the end of the Cold War. "We knew that we were needed even more, because of the rise of terrorism. It was well and truly time to explain ourselves." 

She has been credited with a legacy of greater openness at MI5. On a personal front, it was less easy. Media attention was so intense that the family had to move house. "It was very difficult, particularly for my 17-year-old daughter, who had to get used to press at the front door and the possibility of the IRA at the back door." 

The increase in transparency has brought greater diversity. "I don't think it is a male preserve any longer," she says. "When I left it was 50:50, although women were not evenly spread through the ranks." A second female director-general, Eliza Manningham-Buller, helped to bring about change at the top, she says. 

Now 73, Rimington may never become a fireman or a pilot, but she has achieved several ambitions since her retirement. The first was to learn more about business and she has worked as a nonexecutive director for Marks & Spencer and BG Group. The second was to write thrillers. 

Rimington is now on her fifth spy novel and "absolutely loving" it. "In 30 years of the service I saw plenty of potential plots." Her fourth, Dead Line, out this month, is the latest to feature her heroine Liz Carlyle, a plucky MI5 officer with a taste for adventure. Is she based on anyone we know? "Probably," she smiles.  [Ford/TimesOnline/8October2008]



Richard Stephen Heyser, U2 Spy Plane Pilot. U-2 spy plane pilot Richard Stephen Heyser, who took the first photos of ballistic missile launch sites during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, has died. He was 81.

Heyser, who lived in Apalachicola, died Monday at a nursing home in nearby Port St. Joe.

The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel said in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press that no one was more relieved than he that the crisis ended peacefully. He said he did not want to go down in history as the man who started World War III.

"I kind of felt like I was going to be looked at as the one who started the whole thing," Heyser said. "I wasn't anxious to have that reputation."

President John F. Kennedy announced to the world that the photos proved the Soviet Union was building secret sites for nuclear-tipped missiles 90 miles south of Key West. Kennedy then summoned Heyser to the White House after he made five flights over Cuba in nine days.

He was among 11 Air Force U-2 pilots who took photos over Cuba. Two were killed: one was shot down and the other died when his plane crashed off Key West. A third pilot was killed in a crash while training for the Cuban mission.

CIA pilots earlier had taken photos of anti-aircraft missile launchers in Cuba. The Air Force pilots then were assigned to search for suspected sites of offensive missiles that could strike the United States.

Heyser later served two combat tours during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1974 after 30 years of service and returned to Apalachicola, where he was born and raised.

Heyser is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn, and three sons. He will be buried with full military honors at Magnolia Cemetery. [FortMillTimes/9October2008]


Secret Artist of Great War is Unmasked in New Book. A British artist who risked his life to draw intricate sketches of enemy front lines during the First World War was finally unmasked yesterday more than 30 years after his death.

Len Smith, a sapper and espionage expert with the Royal Engineers Special Branch, would hide in no man's land for days on end, sketching enemy positions with remarkable accuracy. Now a book of Sapper Smith's drawings has been released to the public. Armed with little more than a set of coloured pencils Mr. Smith, who was from Essex, returned to no man's land day after day to create drawings of German troop positions.

In one of the most astonishing feats of counter-espionage Mr. Smith crawled within meters of an enemy HQ and drew a battle-scarred tree so accurately that on his return to the trenches British Army chiefs were able to recreate a perfect, hollow steel replica. Without the Germans knowing, sappers replaced the real tree with the replica one in the dead of night. Tunnels were soon dug towards the steel hull, enabling soldiers to listen in on German positions night after night undetected.

Many of the sketches displayed in the book, The Pictures and Diary of a Wartime Artist, show detailed drawings of the Vimy Ridge, a five-mile-long escarpment to the north-east of Arras where Canadian and British forces became bogged down in trench warfare.

Despite his bravery Mr. Smith, who died in 1974, was never decorated. His great-nephew, Dave Mason, compiled the book using excerpts from Mr. Smith's diaries. Mr. Mason, 62, of Woodford Green, Essex, said: "I was amazed when I read the diary to find out how much he had been involved in the Great War. He talks of his friends and how most of them were killed, of the narrow escapes he had. Len, like most of his generation, was a humble man who did not boast or revel in what he had been through during the war. He always said, 'I would rather have a WC than a VC'." [Taylor/Independent/7October2008] 


Henley-Putnam to Offer Doctorate in Strategic Security. Henley-Putnam University, a premier university for online higher education in the field of Strategic Security, is pleased to announce that it is now the first university to offer a Doctorate Degree Program in Strategic Security. Strategic Security is an emerging field of study that encompasses all aspects of Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Personal Protection. 

The Doctorate in Strategic Security is for board room level leaders and managers (or their government or military equivalents) who oversee personnel who comprise the strategic security industry. Graduates will be able to coordinate effectively a wide range of strategic security resources and personnel, across multiple agencies if necessary, to produce timely, objective, and accurate intelligence and other security-related services. They will be able to communicate their information to top-level policy and decision makers clearly and coherently. Graduates will also be adept at managing assets and adjusting strategies in dynamic security environments.

"Henley-Putnam is privileged to be a part of history - the first University to offer a terminal degree in the Strategic Security industry," said Dr. Michael Corcoran, President, Henley-Putnam University. "Covering the critical areas of protection, intelligence and counterterrorism, the Doctorate in Strategic Security prepares our country's defense and safety experts for those critical managerial and policy-making level positions within the security industry. This degree will serve to advance careers, it will insure the required knowledge to maximize individuals' vigilance, and it will foster the understanding necessary to develop critical teamwork that will produce the allegiance necessary for tomorrow's future. Thus, this degree is essential for anyone looking to become a leader in the military, law enforcement, agency or corporate sector who wants to know how to develop and oversee successful preventative security applications."

Additional information about Henley-Putnam's Doctorate Degree Program in Strategic Security can be found at


America's "Q" to Discuss Spycraft at Dick Smyser Lecture. Robert Wallace, former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, and author of SPYCRAFT: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda, will trace the history of U.S. spy gizmos on Tuesday October 14, 2008 at the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Oak Ridge beginning at 5:30 pm as a part of Friends of ORNL Community Lecture Series. 

Since the beginning of the CIA after World War II, teams of engineers and scientists have worked in secret to develop a remarkable array of devices used by the real life spies of U.S. intelligence, spies whose cleverness and successes rival those of their big-screen counterparts "Q" and "James Bond."

Working behind the veil of a common-sounding name, the Office of Technical Services, these officers and their spy gear have played critical roles in the CIA's most dangerous and successful espionage operations against the Soviet Union, terrorists and military targets.

A reception, sponsored by Information International Associates, will begin at 5:30 pm during which Robert Wallace will be signing his book. 

The lecture (6:30) and reception(5:30) are free and open to the public. The AMSE is located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge.

Contact: Connor Mathews, Friends of ORNL, 865-482-2382, 865-705-5890,


A Thriller Life: A Book signing by AFIO member. A chat with the author of A Thriller Life, author of Kingmaker, an espionage thriller. October 18 2008, 2:00 PM, at Borders Books, 8518 Fenton St. Downtown Silver Spring (short Walk from Silver Spring Metro).

As his publisher advertises, Alexey Braguine has led a life that rivals fictional works of espionage and adventure. The author will talk about his escapades and misadventures in Europe, Middle East, Africa. and how he got jailed in Kenya. Don't forget to remind him to tell you how he slept next to a lion on the banks of the Tana River, After the chat, Braguine will sign copies of Kingmaker.


AFCEA $2,000 2008 Intelligence Essay Contest - the Lead Essay Contest in the Intelligence Community. Deadline is 31 October 2008. As part of its outreach and to encourage a greater sense of identity within the broader Intelligence Community, AFCEA Intelligence conducts an annual essay contest to provide Intelligence Professionals with an opportunity to express themselves on a topic of importance to the Intelligence Community and national security.
For 2008, the government and industry members of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee selected "Guidelines for Developing, Nurturing and Leading Intelligence Professionals" as the contest theme.
The real "capital" of the Intelligence Community (IC) is its people. Yet many argue that the IC invests more in deploying technology than it does in taking care of its human resource. Assume you have 30 minutes with the next Director of National Intelligence and President of the United States, what recommendations do you have for them regarding the development, nurturing and leadership of the people of the Intelligence Community?
The contest is open to anyone and offers a first place prize of $2,000 and the potential for publication in Signal magazine. A second place prize of $1,500 and a third place prize of $500 will also be awarded.
Contest details are available on the AFCEA Intelligence

IAFIE [International Assocation for Intelligence Education] hosts $1,000 for the 2009 Essay Competition. This competition promotes IAFIE’s goal of providing a forum for the communication and exchange of ideas and information for those interested in and concerned with intelligence education.
Awards. First Place: $1,000 cash. Also includes invitation to speak at IAFIE Conference May 27-28, 2009 at University of Maryland.
Second place: $500. Essays go on the IAFIE website.
First and second place finishers will also receive a one year free membership in IAFIE.

AFIO has put online at our website the contents of the DVD supplied at the "Wizards of Langley" Conference held earlier this month at CIA Headquarters.

Request for Assistance

Request from Ed Mickolus: Your Help is Needed on DI-DS Mini-Memoirs Book Projects. I've frequently been asked while recruiting for CIA "What's it like to work there? What will I do?" When these issues are raised by would-be NCS officers, I can easily point them to numerous DO memoirs. But there's nothing comparable to that for the DI or DS-DA. There are some excellent how-to-do-analysis books (e.g., Heuer; Bruce & George; Westerfield's Studies in Intelligence compilation), but no true memoirs (Gate's From the Shadows is more on how to be a DCI rather than what he did as an analyst). There are some from the DS, but those few do not give the reader an appreciation of the breadth of opportunities available in the Directorate, much less the Agency and the Intelligence Community as a whole. Alas, few of us have the time to write a 300-page memoir. But many of us have great war stories that can be told on the unclassified level for, say, 5-10 pages. (So I've discovered in putting together the separate Agency humor book. Thanks to everyone who has contributed and for those who haven't - there's still time!) So a currently serving analyst and I are compiling a collection of circa 25-30 mini-memoirs that will serve as a book that would-be DI analysts can read before applying. I'm separately compiling the same type of book for would-be Support officers. Contributors don't have to have had a career solely or even preponderantly in one of those Directorates. We're just looking for short essays that can cover such things as:

- the coolest thing you ever did as a member of the Directorate

- the breadth of jobs you held in your Agency career that involved DI and/or DS skills

- positions you held or experiences you had that were radically different from what you expected based on your first DI and/or DS position, but that used the skills you had and/or developed within the Agency

I've asked the current Directors of Intelligence and Support, respectively, for introductions (and, perhaps, their mini-memoirs as well). Several publishing houses have expressed interest in these projects.

So, here's the formal plea to you. You have had a great career, and have great experiences that you can share. Could you provide a 5-10 page piece by September 30, 2009? Please send a note to if you would like to participate, so that I can include you in the planned Table of Contents. I'll submit the entire collection to the Publications Review Board before sharing it with potential publishers. Thanks in advance.



14 Oct 2008 - Tampa, FL - The Suncoast AFIO Chapter meets in the MacDill Room at the MacDill AFB. The AFIO Suncoast Chapter meets to hear SA Chris Davis, ASAC FBI on FBI Intel Gathering and Analysis, and other topics. Event is at the MacDill AFB Officers' Club to hear Special Agent Christopher Davis as our guest speaker. Special Agent Christopher Davis is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Davis will be speaking on what the FBI does as it relates to Intelligence gathering and analysis, working with other intelligence agencies, the current threats and counter-activities, and how this affects citizens in Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Social hour starts at 11:00 am with lunch at 12:00 and our speaker will begin at 12:30. Our October luncheon entr�e will be an Octoberfest celebration of Pork Chop with red cabbage and potato salad, concluded with German Chocolate cake, and gratuity inclusive for $15.00.. For further information email 

14 October 2008, 3 - 5 p.m. - Greenbelt, MD - The Washington Area Chapter of IAFIE, Kathy Pherson, Chair, hosts the fall meeting at UMUC.
The meeting will include a panel discussion, "Four Perspectives on Teaching Critical Thinking" featuring David Moore, who created the NSA critical thinking program and wrote the book, Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis; Tim Walton, formerly of the CIA and now an SAIC instructor who created the CIA critical thinking course; Stephen Pick, of Management Concepts who teaches critical thinking for DHS; and Lt Col Socco Duvall, who teaches critical thinking at DIA/JMITC and has recently revamped that course. Ken Stringer, who teaches critical thinking for Booz Allen Hamilton, will moderate.
Refreshments will be provided by Booz Allen Hamilton. Directions to UMUC are available from Marily Peterson at
Both IAFIE members and non-members are invited.
DIRECTIONS TO THE WASHINGTON/ BALTIMORE HIDTA, 9001 Edmonston Road, Suite 300 , Greenbelt , Maryland 20770 PHONE: (301) 489-1700

16 October 2008, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Miami, FL - The Ted Shackley Miami AFIO Chapter invites all to a Welcome Complimentary Cocktail Party at the ground floor of the Miami Capital Grille, 444 Brickell Ave. See old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy a special presentation to be announced in aforthcoming invitation. Complimentary valet parking provided. The event is free to members and those members-to-be, ready to send in their applications. Friends will be welcomed as our guest. The invitation, however, is non-transferrable and is open only to members who RSVP'd to: Office: 305-341-4946

Saturday, 18 October 2008, 2 p.m. - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will meet to hear speaker on "Immigration Law and Policy since 9/11"The event takes place at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street, Kennebunk. Our guest speaker will be Attorney Cynthia Arn of the Portland law firm of Landis & Arn, P.A. Attorney Arn is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Maine School of Law. She has practiced immigration law on a full time basis since 1988. She will speak on immigration law and policy and changes in the law since 9/11. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 207 364-8964.

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

Agenda is here and you can make secure reservations here

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
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.

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.

Thursday, Friday 6 -7 November 2008, 7:30 am to 6 pm - Washington, DC - "Issues for the New Administration" the theme of the18th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The registration fee is $170.00 per day or $325.00 for both days. Additionally there will be a charge of $60.00 per person for the reception/dinner on Thursday evening, November 5. Student prices are outlined on the registration form.
Location: Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC
Selected Topics and Speakers include:
Thursday, November 6: The Nature, Scope and Scale of National Security Threats Inside and Outside the United States with Suzanne E. Spaulding, Joel F. Brenner [NCIX], David Kay [IAEA/UNSCOM], Joseph Billy, Jr. [FBI].
Managing the Intelligence Enterprise with M. E. “Spike” Bowman [NCIX], Wyndee Parker [HPSCI], William C. Banks [Syracuse], Michael J. Heimbach [FBI], James R. Locher III.
A Sustainable Legal Regime for Foreign and Domestic Intelligence with Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker [U of Pacific], Lara M. Flint [Senate], John Rizzo [CIA], James A. Baker [OIPR], James McPherson.
Luncheon – Keynote Speaker: Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse, Senate, RI
The War in Georgia and the Future of U.S./Russian Relations with John Norton Moore [UVA], Hon. Sergey I. Kislyak [Amb Russia], Gen. Wesley K. Clark, Hon. James F. Collins [Carnegie], Hon. Lawrence Eagleburger, Dimitri K. Simes [Nixon Center].
Challenges for the Private Sector in National Security with Judith Miller [Bechtel], Angeline G. Chen [Lockheed], Raymond A. Mislock [DuPont], Alan J. Kreczko [former NSC], Scott Charney [Microsoft].
Dinner – Keynote Speaker: Hon. Michael McConnell, DNI
Friday, November 7, 2008 - Due Process and Issues Surrounding Detention: Considerations for the New Administration with Harvey Rishikof [NWC], Kate Martin [CNSS], CDR Glenn M. Sulmasy, USCG Academy, Matthew Waxman [Columbia], Benjamin Wittes [Brookings].
Prosecution by Military Commission: A Question for the Next Administration with Scott L. Silliman [Duke], John D. Altenburg, Jr., Charles D. Swift [Emory], Jameel Jaffer [ACLU], David B. Rivkin [Baker Hostetler].
Luncheon – Keynote: Hon David B. Sentelle, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit
Ethical Issues for National Security Lawyers with Albert C. Harvey, James E. Baker [Georgetown], Kathleen Clark [Wash Univ], John D. Hutson [Franklin Pierce], Alberto J. Mora [USN].
For complete program and further information:

06 November 2008 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Cynthia Dowgewicz-Hordyk, Manager, Intelligence Program, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) San Francisco Field Division. Under a revision to Executive Order 12333, which defines the United States Intelligence Activities, a portion of the Drug Enforcement Administration became a member of the Intelligence Community (IC). That portion of DEA provides intelligence coordination and information sharing with other members of the IC and homeland security to enhance the efforts to reduce the drug supply, protect national security, and combat global terrorism. Ms. Dowgewicz-Hordyk will explain some of the differences between intelligence in law enforcement vs in the Intelligence Community and discuss some of the challenges of entering this new arena.
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 10/27/08: or mail check made out to "AFIO" to:
Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011. (650) 622-9840 X608.

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.

12 -13 November 2008 - Fair Lakes, VA - The NMIA hosts a Symposium on "Preparing the Intelligence Professional of the Future: Meeting the Challenge."  The event is being held at Northrup Grumman Center, Fair Lakes, VA. The conference, sponsored jointly by the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI) and NMIA [National Military Intelligence Association], will feature presentations from a variety of organizations and speakers on intelligence education and training. Under Secretary of Defense (USDI) James R. Clapper, Jr., will be providing the keynote address. Ellen McCarthy, Director Human Capital and Security Office, USDI, panel to discuss future military training and professional development. DoD Training Transformation. Reese Marsden, OUSDI, military service training program with service training academy representatives. Dave Kogar and Mieke Eoyang, SSCI and HPSCI, congressional perspective. Steve Fowler, Director Training and Education, CINTT Corp, panel on distance learning. DIA and Sherman Kent School, virtual intelligence simulation. Dr. Mark Lowenthal, representing the Intelligence and Security Association, will be speaking on what is needed to meet future needs of the IC. HUMINT and CI training, industry approaches, and the new ODNI-sponsored A-Space and RASER are other topics. The symposium will conclude with a discussion by DIA-designate LTG Ronald L. Burgess, Jr.
Further information at 

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.

17 November 2008 - Ft Meade, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts their Annual Membership meeting. Further information to appear here in coming weeks. Or visit the NCMF website at

Monday, 17 November 2008, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Rose Mary Sheldon [co-author with Thijs Voskuilen] 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 [with Thijs Voskuilen] 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. Voskuilen and 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. Thijs Voskuilen is unable to join Dr. Sheldon to make this a joint presentation.
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

03 December 2008 - Ft Meade, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation conducts special Pearl Harbor Remembrance Program. Program will review the attack from the Japanese perspective and a Japanese historian will be part of this fascinating reexamination of history. Further information to appear here in coming weeks. Visit the NCMF website at

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