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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Chinese Use Honeytraps to Spy on French Companies, Intelligence Report Claims. The use of honeytraps to extort information and the placement of spying interns are among the techniques employed by Chinese spies in their industrial espionage operations, according to leaked French intelligence files.
The revelations came as Renault, is embroiled in a massive espionage scandal involving three top executives over allegations they were paid to hand over car secrets to a Chinese firm.
Among the cases cited by the intelligence reports, is the predicament of a top researcher in a major French pharmaceutical company wined and dined by a Chinese girl who he ended up sleeping with. Read the entire article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8296423/Chinese-use-honeytraps-to-spy-on-French-companies-intelligence-report-claims.html
Al-Qaida Kills Top Yemeni Intelligence Official. The Yemen-based al-Qaida wing executed a top intelligence official after Sanaa government refused to swap two al-Qaida detainees for the senior official, a video tape posted by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on the internet on Tuesday said.
"Deputy Director of the Yemeni Political Security Service, Colonel Ali Mohammed Salah al-Husam, was executed, with bullets fired at the back of his head, after he admitted that he had spied on Mujahedeen in the previous years," they said in the 17-minute videotape. Read the entire article at
Georgian Intelligence Service Head Advances Skills in United States. Georgian intelligence service head Gela Bezhuashvili has temporarily left his post, Georgian Presidential Spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze said at a briefing.
According to her, in six months, Bezhuashvili will return from the United States and again hold his post.
"Bezhuashvili left for the United States to advance his skills, which will take six weeks. It was therefore decided that he will leave the office only for this period," she said. Read the entire article at http://en.trend.az/news/politics/1821398.html
Iran Faces Nuclear Smuggling Charges. U.S. authorities disclosed charges and sanctions against operators of an alleged smuggling network that was accused of purchasing millions of dollars in equipment for Iran's nuclear and missile programs. U.S. and Turkish intelligence agencies have spent years probing what U.S. officials say are sanctions-busting front companies for Iran's Aerospace Industries Organization, which oversees that nation's missile program. Read the entire article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703445904576118441900348246.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Ireland Expels Russian Diplomat Over Spy Fears. Ireland has asked a Russian diplomat to leave the country after a police investigation showed that Russia's intelligence services had forged Irish passports for use by a U.S.-based spy ring.
"The activities of Russian intelligence services in connection with the forgery of Irish passports and the effective theft of the identity of six Irish citizens are completely unacceptable," Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.
The department's secretary general told the Russian ambassador in Dublin that the accreditation of one of his staff had been terminated and the diplomat has been asked to leave Ireland by a specified date. Read the full text of the story here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/8297064/Ireland-expels-Russian-diplomat-over-spy-fears.html
US-Pakistan Relations Strained as 'CIA Agent' Held by Court Over Shootings. US embassy says Raymond Davis, who admitted killing two men in self-defense, has diplomatic immunity and should be released.
Relations between Pakistan and the United States are under strain after a Lahore court refused to release an American who shot dead two Pakistanis and led to the death of a third last week.
The US embassy in Islamabad says that Raymond Davis has diplomatic immunity and should be released immediately. But the court said it would decide whether he has immunity. It set a second hearing in a fortnight's time. Read the full text of the story here http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/01/us-pakistan-lahore-raymond-davis
US Doesn't Believe in Democracy for Middle East: Ex-CIA Director. Robert Grenier, former director of CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center, wrote a very critical op-ed on Al Jazeera regarding U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
He said the U.S. doesn't uphold democracy in the Middle East, which is highly hypocritical given the country's explicit ideological allegiance to freedom, democracy, and the universal rights of people.
The U.S. favors stability in the region and therefore backs heavy-handed regimes that can deliver that. However, the people in that region are now rebelling against their U.S.-backed rulers.
Rattled, the Obama administration is urging calm, peace, restraint and reform. However, what the protestors want is democracy and the removal of "thoroughly discredited autocrats" who are incapable of reform, said Grenier. Read the full text of the story here http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/107583/20110201/grenier-cia-egypt-democracy.htm#
Trinidad Will Get New Spy Agency Soon. An implementation committee to facilitate the merger of the Special Anti-Crime Unit (SAUTT), the Security Intelligence Agency (SIA) and the Strategic Services Agency (SSA) into one legal corporate body known as the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) will be put in place at the end of March.
[Trinidad] Government sources revealed that the committee will comprise senior persons from the three units, as well as a foreign consultant. According to well placed sources, the committee will be responsible for disbanding the three units, choosing staff needed for the NIA and pooling together all machinery to have the NIA up and running. [Seelal/NewsdayT&T/3February2011]
Read the full article at http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,135094.html
U.S. Officials Warn Wall Street May be Target of Al Qaeda offshoot for Terrorist Attack. Counterterror officials are warning Wall Street that financial institutions may be in the cross-hairs of an Al Qaeda offshoot.
The new U.S. security warning carries no specific threat by Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
But the group's latest propaganda screed in its online magazine "Inspire" raised alarm by encouraging jihadis to target high finance, officials told the Daily News on Tuesday. [Meeks/NYDailyNews/1February2011] Read the full text of the article at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/02/01/2011-02-01_us_officials_warn_wall_street_may_be_target_of_al_qaeda_offshoot_for_terrorist_a.html#ixzz1Cur6rEvq
Window Closing for Evacuation from Egypt, CIA Veteran Warns. A longtime CIA and military intelligence veteran warned companies doing business in Egypt Thursday that the country was on the brink of civil war and that outside help for foreigners seeking to evacuate will probably be "unavailable" after Friday's mass demonstrations in Cairo.
"We believe that the situation is deteriorating to the point that Egypt will probably go the brink of or actually begin a civil war on 04 February 2011," said Richard L. Palmer, a former CIA station chief who retired in 1998 and founded a private investigative and security company that he said has "80 persons on the street" in Egypt today. [Stein/WashingtonPost/4February2011] Read the entire article at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/02/window_closing_for_evacuation_from_egypt_cia_veteran_warns.html
German Sues Macedonia Over Alleged CIA Kidnapping, Supporter Says Testimony Unfairly Limited. A German man allegedly snatched by the CIA in Macedonia and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan launched a claim in court Friday to demand official recognition and compensation for his ordeal. But a key supporter of his case was only allowed to give limited testimony on the opening day of the trial.
Khaled el-Masri is seeking €50,000 ($69,000) in compensation and an apology from Macedonia, following failed attempts to have his case heard in courts in the United States and Germany.
El-Masri, who is of Lebanese descent, says he was brutally interrogated at a secret CIA-run prison in Afghanistan for more than four months after being kidnapped from Macedonia in 2003, apparently mistaken for a terror suspect.
He said he went on hunger strike for 27 days and was eventually flown back to Europe and abandoned in a mountainous area in Albania. Read the entire article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5geF4kmsvelogYuvSyKhSVQbizplg?docId=5851097
Swedish Intelligence Agency Cautions Against Increased Cyber-Attacks. Cyber-attacks on government, military and infrastructural facilities have increased alarmingly in the recent times. Countries across the world have repeatedly faced cyber-attacks on key websites and computer systems. Recently, FRA, the Swedish Signals Intelligence agency, has warned against more sophisticated attacks that could disrupt the services of public bodies, government institutions and business organizations. [PrLog/4February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.prlog.org/11275205-swedish-intelligence-agency-cautions-against-increased-cyber-attacks.html
British-Born Terrorists Pose 'Unique' Threat, MI6 Warns. MI6 has warned that Britain faces a "unique" threat from a generation of homegrown terrorists who are not on the
intelligence services' "radar," secret documents have disclosed.
British-born radicals who undergo terrorist training and become "suicide operatives" will leave the authorities "hard pressed" to prevent an attack, according to a top counter-terrorism official at the Secret Intelligence Service. The problem of homegrown terrorists is officially expected to blight Britain for years and "will not go away anytime soon." [TheProvince/4February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.theprovince.com/news/British+born+terrorists+pose+unique+threat+warns/4223129/story.html#ixzz1D2OeycA0
Cuba Seeks to Jail Accused American Spy. Cuban prosecutors are set to seek a 20-year prison sentence for American citizen Alan Gross, who is accused of spying.
Cuban state media reports say Gross has been charged with plotting against the state and his trial date will be set soon.
The United States says it deplores the decision, insisting that Gross is an aid worker. [ABC/5February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/05/3130805.htm?section=world
Tel Aviv Court Accepts Plea Bargain in Anat Kamm Espionage Case. Tel Aviv District Court accepted a plea bargain on Sunday in the case of Anat Kamm, who is accused of handing secret army documents to Haaretz writer Uri Blau.
According to the indictment against Kamm, during her military service as clerk in the office of then - GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, she collected about 2,000 documents, some highly classified and top-secret, and copied them to CDs and her personal computer.
The documents included plans for military operations, the minutes of internal discussions, details of the deployment of IDF forces, conclusions of internal investigations, situation assessments, target banks and more. She later delivered them to Blau, who used them in his reports.
According to the plea bargain, Kamm will not be charged with having the intention to harm the security of the state, a charge which carries with it a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. [Haaretz/5February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/tel-aviv-court-accepts-plea-bargain-in-anat-kamm-espionage-case-1.341554
Iran Opens Espionage Trial of US Hikers. An Iranian court began closed-door proceedings Sunday in the espionage trial of three Americans - two still in custody and one freed on bail - whose detention has been the subject of impassioned family appeals and backdoor outreach by Washington through an Arab ally in the Gulf. [MSNBC/6February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41444897/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Egypt Uprising: An Ex-CIA Official's Ground View. Former CIA deputy intelligence director Jami Miscik offers her firsthand account of the unrest in the streets of Egypt and explains why we're entering a new era of uncertainty and instability throughout the region.
Jami Miscik, president of Kissinger Associates in New York, happened to be in Cairo last week when Egypt's uprising began. She was traveling with a group of policy and business people on a trip sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. While the officials they met with - including members of the established opposition - generally dismissed the implications of rising discontent, Miscik was almost certain that she was going to be a witness to history. Having spent 22 years at the CIA, where she oversaw some 1,000 analysts in the intelligence directorate, and then heading global sovereign risk at Lehman Brothers (BCS), Miscik (whom I profiled in Fortune in 2007) understands how revolution and regime change occur. On the ground in Cairo, before Day One of Egypt's unrest - the youth-organized Day of Revolution - "The momentum was palpable," she says. "Tunisia provided people in Egypt a sense of what could be accomplished." Now home safe in New York and advising clients (as well as her famous boss, Henry Kissinger) on how to view the violence, Miscik offered to share her take with our readers. Read her account at http://postcards.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/03/egypt-uprising-an-ex-cia-officials-ground-view/
Egypt Unrest: Didn't U.S. Intelligence See It Coming? U.S. intelligence officials are trying to assess what the protests in Egypt will mean for the partnership between the two countries.
The United States and Egypt work closely on a range of intelligence issues - especially terrorism.
Before it can look ahead, though, the spy community is being asked some hard questions about whether it missed the signals that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime was in jeopardy. [Martin/NPR/5February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.npr.org/2011/02/05/133510910/intelligence-officials-face-hard-questions-on-egypt
The Spy Who Knew Everything. The most important skill that a CIA officer can have is the ability to be at the right place at the right time - and to recognize the moment. By that taxing measure, Bruce Riedel has been extraordinarily successful.
His first country assignment for the agency was the Iran desk, where he arrived in 1978 during the twilight of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's reign. The Iranian revolution the following year irrevocably changed how the United States could operate in the Middle East - a reality borne out by the 444-day hostage crisis that followed.
Riedel then became the CIA desk officer for Egypt, authoring an intelligence report in the fall of 1981 that warned of the high risk of Anwar Sadat's assassination following the peace treaty with Israel. The briefing, in which Riedel predicted the rise of then-vice president Hosni Mubarak, proved stunningly prescient: during an Oct. 6 military parade that year, a group of soldiers, for whom peace with Israel was anathema, assassinated the Egyptian president.
Serving four successive presidents, Riedel went on to work at the Pentagon, the White House, and at CIA headquarters in Langley, getting to know the most important players in Washington and the Middle East. But it is his last assignment - Pakistan - that keeps him awake at night. [Newsweek/6February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/06/the-spy-who-knew-everything.html
South Korea Raided North with Captured Agents in 1967. An Army general-turned-lawmaker has revealed a dark chapter in Korean history, saying he volunteered for tit-for-tat retaliation raids in 1967 that killed 33 North Korean soldiers and sabotaged some 50 "enemy" facilities.
In a series of interviews with The Korea Times over several months, Rep. Lee Jin-sam of the minor opposition Liberty Forward Party spelled out for the first time the details of his deadly revenge missions. [Lee/KoreaTimes/6February2011]
Read the entire article at http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/02/113_80936.html
Section III - COMMENTARY
Intelligence... and Combat, by Gary Hart. Why is the CIA conducting "covert" military operations in Afghanistan and the Department of Defense spending the bulk of the $80 billion intelligence budget? There is confusion in roles and missions here, and I say that as a veteran of both the Senate Armed Services committee and the Senate Intelligence Oversight committee.
There was a plausible argument for this kind of confusion during the Cold War days when we used the clandestine services to carry out operations in third world countries where the uniformed military might have triggered direct confrontation with the Soviet Union. But that era ended twenty years ago. Wouldn't it now make a lot more sense for the CIA to be collecting and analyzing information, for example on such questions as to whether a popular uprising in Tunisia might spread to Egypt, and the military to be carrying out drone attacks on the Afghan-Pakistan border - presuming that's what the commander in chief wants done? [Hart/HuffingtonPost/7February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-hart/intelligenceand-combat_b_819591.html
The CIA Shows Some Leg, by Marc Ambinder.
Forget Wikileaks. The CIA has decided that there is a virtue in openness. Sort of. The Agency has retooled its website, offering readers a broadened "public glimpse inside the agency." Want to contact the CIA? Now you can, through YouTube and Flicker. (The CIA is on Twitter, but I think the agency is wary of creating an official account for now, lest people follow it - and the CIA follows back, you know, for counter-intelligence purposes and all, and a nest of legal issues arise.)
"The idea behind these improvements is to make more information about the Agency available to more people, more easily," CIA Director Panetta said in a statement. "The CIA wants the American people and the world to understand its mission and its vital role in keeping our country safe."
All the pictures on the Flickr site are copyright free, so you can (if you want to) put them on your home page. In the next few months, the CIA plans to enhance its mobile experience as well.
Obviously, visitors aren't going to find many references to the CIA's operations or its organization. At its core, the agency exists to gather secret facts. But there is operational value in presenting the Agency as accessible. For one, it helps them recruit talent. [Ambinder/NationalJournal/8February2011]
Read the entire article at http://voices.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/original-document-open-source.php
Our Man in Havana, by Jeff Stein. The U.S.-Cuba spy wars have long seemed more Monty Python than John Le Carré. As if more proof were needed, Cuban prosecutors announced Friday that they would seek a 20-year jail term for an American contractor arrested more than a year ago for giving satellite phones and computer gear to Cuban Jews.
The misadventures of Alan Gross, 61, of Bethesda, Md., may yet end in tragedy, if he does in fact end up spending long years in jail as an accused spy - which he is almost certainly not, unless the CIA is far more clueless in Cuba than previously demonstrated.
But the betting by some people who watch such things closely is that Gross is slim bait in the way-too-long-running, post-Cold War farce that passes as U.S.-Cuba relations.
One possibility is that the Cubans will want to trade Gross for the "Cuban Five," the intelligence officers convicted of spying for Havana in Florida in 2001 and now serving long sentences. Cuba has long sought their release, on grounds that they were not spying on the United States so much as anti-Castro "terrorists" in Florida.
"That was exactly my thought when I read about this [Gross] late yesterday - that they are looking for trade goods so Raul [Castro] can claim a victory over the Yanquis," said Harry B. "Skip" Brandon, a former FBI deputy assistant director for counterintelligence who specialized in Cuban espionage.
"The other possibility is to sentence him and then graciously declare leniency and hope to get a favorable chit with Obama," Brandon added. [Stein/WashingtonPost/8February2011] Read the entire article at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/02/our_man_in_havana.html
Section IV - BOOKS, OBITUARIES, RESEARCH REQUESTS AND COMING EVENTS
Trotsky Assassination 'Planned from US Drug Store.' The assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City, where he was famously killed with an ice pick to the head, was organized from a drugstore in the US, according to a former CIA agent.
The KGB agent who planned the Bolshevik revolutionary's 1940 assassination first established a safe house in Santa Fe, 1,200 miles away in New Mexico, says a new book by intelligence expert E.B. Held.
"A Spy's Guide to Albuquerque and Santa Fe" by Held - who is now director of intelligence at the US Department of Energy - appears to confirm years of speculation about a spy hideaway here. [Sharpe/AP/4February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hIELRktQsgzocHXUaN61zfTtBiBQ?docId=CNG.df91623da6926ca3cdfc80280770bcac.4d1
Life of 'Wild Bill' Donovan Told in New Bio. "Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage" (Free Press, $30), by Douglas Waller: The burgeoning size and scope of America's intelligence-gathering efforts during and after the Cold War mask the harsh reality that the nation's capacity for clandestine warfare at the outset of World War II was virtually nonexistent.
Thus it was essential for President Franklin Roosevelt to select a go-getter with the skills, background and drive needed to organize a new intelligence agency and whip it into shape to confront the Axis threat.
The man FDR selected to head the Office of Strategic Services, William "Wild Bill" Donovan, was a larger-than-life figure whose career has the makings of a Hollywood screenplay. A Medal of Honor winner during World War I who went on to become a millionaire Wall Street lawyer and an unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of New York, Donovan displayed a thirst for action more akin to an infantry commander than a spymaster.
Before accepting the intelligence assignment, he expressed a preference to lead an Army division in combat. During the course of the war he placed himself in harm's way whenever he had the chance; he took part in the landings in Sicily and Anzio, waded ashore with Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Hollandia in New Guinea, flew in a two-seater aircraft behind enemy lines in Burma, and defied Army orders by landing on D-Day at Utah Beach, where he quickly found himself under enemy machine-gun fire.
His reckless behavior also permeated his private life, in which his extramarital affairs were such common knowledge that agents stationed abroad were aware of his desire for female companionship during his foreign stops. Donovan was almost a stranger to his shy, sensitive wife, Ruth, who came from a wealthy Protestant family that contrasted with his poor Irish-Catholic background. [Harkavy/ABCNews/6February2011] Read the entire article at http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12854942
W. Raymond Wannall, Former Chairman (1982 - 1984) and President (1986-1987) of AFIO. Mr. Wannall, a native of Washington, D.C., received his law degree from Columbus School of Law, now part of Catholic University of America, in 1942. He was admitted to the D.C. Bar the same year and entered the FBI as a Special Agent, from which he retired in 1976. All but five of his years in the Bureau were spent at FBI Headquarters in the Intelligence Division, which was responsible for all FBI operations regarding intelligence, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, security, espionage and related matters. His last position was head of the Division as an Assistant Director of the FBI, and in this capacity he served as the Bureau's representative on the United States Intelligence Board, as well as one of its spokesmen before Congressional committees, civic and other groups.
His intelligence work has been acknowledged by awards from British and Canadian Intelligence services, CIA, the Emperor of Japan, and the Masonic Lodge of which he and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had been life-long members. In September, 1992, the Board of Directors of the National Intelligence and Counterintelligence Association extended to him an Honorary Life Membership. He also had life membership with the National Intelligence Study Center as well as the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Mr. Wannall formerly served as the AFIO's Chairman and President. He also served on the boards of other respected organizations including America's Future, Inc.; The Maldon Institute; The Hale Institute; The American Sentinel; and the Harold P. Ransburg Foundation.
After his retirement, Mr. Wannall authored the biography, The Real J. Edgar Hoover, For the Record published in 2000 by Turner Publishing Company, and continued as an outspoken advocate for a strong and responsible national intelligence establishment before Congressional committees, and civic and educational groups in 23 States. He was a frequent guest on radio and television shows. His appearances included NBC national evening news, ABC Nightline and Entertainment Tonight, CBS Nightwatch, Cable News Network and the History Channel.
Mr. Wannall is survived by a brother, former U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms William H. Wannall, his wife of over 70 years, Gertrude Crane Wannall, son W. Raymond Wannall III, Daughter Anne W. Hart, grandsons Douglas K. Wannall and Steven H. Wannall, five nieces and nephews and three treat-granddaughters. [Wannall Family obituary]
Grant J. Hirabayashi. Grant Hirabayashi, MIS veteran, member of the famed Merrill's Marauders, active member of the Japanese American Veterans Association, and Phoenix Society Life Member, died peacefully with his family at his side on November 24, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Grant was 91 years old.
Grant Hirabayashi was born in Kent, WA and went to Japan when he was 13 years old to continue his education. His mastery of the Japanese language during his years in Japan proved to be pivotal throughout Grant's life. Grant returned to the United States and graduated from Kent High School in 1941.
Grant enlisted in the Army Air Corps after being drafted into the Army. He attended the Military Intelligence Language School at Camp Savage, Minnesota, and upon graduation, volunteered for the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) better known as "Merrill's Marauders". During the Northern Burma campaign, Grant served with the 1st Battalion Red Combat Team and fought in the battles of Walabum, Shadazzup, Nhpun Ga, and Myitkina.
After the Burma campaign, Grant was a translator with the British Royal Air Force. He was subsequently transferred to Chungking, China, where he served as an interrogator until the end of the war. Grant attended the Japanese Surrender Ceremony held in Nanking, China, as personal interpreter to Major General McClure. He later returned to the US and was discharged from the Army in 1945.
Grant's many other experiences included serving as a Japanese language instructor with the Military Intelligence Service Language School and as interpreter and interrogator for the war crimes trials held in Yokohama. He resumed his education at the University of Southern California, where he was awarded BA and MA degrees in International Relations. He served with the Department of State, the Library of Congress, and the National Security Agency, from which he retired in 1979 after 30 years of service.
Grant was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA in 1997. His military decorations include Combat Infantry badge, Presidential Unit citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Grant is survived by his two daughters, Lynn and Kei, and he will be interred in Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC. He was a life member of the Nisei Veterans Committee and the Japanese American Veterans Association. Grant Hirabayashi will always be remembered as a kind, generous, and thoughtful man, active throughout his life in the support and recognition of Nisei veterans. [Obituary compliments of The Phoenix Staff, http://www.thephoenixsociety.org]
Need more information on Robert Geddes Morton. Hello to all at AFIO. I wondered if you could post this in the WIN. I received an email about a man named Robert Geddes Morton from someone after they had visited the Declassified Secrets-2 site, probably because our names are the same. At any rate, I'd like to find out more about this man R.G. Morton, who was arrested in Cuba at the time of the Bay of Pigs, in April 1961. I also know that he was a CEO for Pepsi or Coke. Any information about him in addition to these few bits of info would help. Please post on the WIN and thanks in advance. Robert Morton, member AFIO national and NW Ohio AFIO
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in February and March with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at www.afio.com. The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.
February 2011, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm- Miami, FL - FBI's INFRAGARD Invites
AFIO Members to Security Seminar on Awareness, Preparedness and Reaction
to Violent Attacks.
In light of the tragic event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, THE Infragard will be hosting a special seminar/meeting on the topic: Awareness, Preparedness and Reacting to Violent Attacks.
Focus of the discussions and presentations will be: 1) The Threat, Implications and Needs. 2) Awareness: Educating and Training our Minds to Analytical Visualization. 3) PREVENTION: Avoidance and Mitigation 4) Private and Public Sectors 5) Panel and audience participation
Location: Florida International University (FIU) MAIN CAMPUS, Miami (Location College of Business Special Events Center)
The College of Business Complex is located closest to the 8 St & 112 Ave entrance. Please come in through the 8 St & 112 Ave entrance, make a right onto University Drive and follow the road until they reach PGP (Panther Parking Garage) on their right hand side.
Date: February 9th 2011 - Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
8:30-9:00 AM: Registration; 9:00-9:15 AM: Introductions; 9:15-10:30 AM: Joe Pinon's Presentation; 10:30-10:50 AM: Refreshments Break; 10:50-11:00 AM: FBI Recruitment; 11:00-12:00 AM: Dr. Lori Butts' Presentation; 12:00-12:30 PM: Questions and Answer to the Panel; 12:30 PM: Adjournment
RSVP as soon as possible to Agent Nelson Barbosa, Nelson.Barbosa@ic.fbi.gov, (954) 553-0341
Wednesday, 9 February 2011, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - "Israel's Controversial Spy" at the International Spy Museum - Jewish-Americans Stealing Secrets for Israel
Ron Olive, author of Capturing Jonathan Pollard,
and the assistant special agent in charge of counterintelligence in the
Washington Naval Investigative Service office when Pollard was
arrested, will take you behind the scenes of this case and the ongoing
controversy surrounding Pollard's imprisonment. Part of the Spy Museum's
THE SPIES WITHIN: UNDERCOVER IN THE USA series.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: $112 for all four programs on Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23. (must be purchased through the Smithsonian) To register or for more information, visit www.spymuseum.org
Thursday 10 February 2011, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - Richard Kirkland on Tales of a Korean War MASH Pilot at The Returned & Services League of Australia (Arrive early as Kirkland's briefing will start at around 12:15).
Richard C. Kirkland flew 103 combat missions in P-38 and P-47
fighters with the famed "Flying Knight" squadron in the southwest
Pacific during World War II. He flew one mission with Charles Lindbergh
who was teaching fuel economy during the war. After World War II,
Richard participated in the atomic bomb test "Operation Greenhouse."
During the Korean War he flew 69 helicopter missions rescuing downed
airmen from behind enemy lines and evacuating wounded to the 8055 MASH.
After his military career he was a demonstration pilot for Hughes
Aircraft where he later served in a management capacity. He documented
his amazing experiences in sketches and paintings. After his
retirement, these were published in magazines and five books. Richard C.
Kirkland is a true aviation pioneer. * http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2391&hp=u
Where –Amenities room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts, Ave NW * Valid ID required. Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday February 10, 2010, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at email@example.com
Attire : Business casual
Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass. Ave NW
11 and 12 February 2011 - Orange Park, FL - The AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts FBI SAC Jax, James Casey, including tour of Jax FBI Field office
In conjunction with SAC Casey's presentation at the chapter luncheon being held Saturday, February 12, our Chapter President Baird has arranged a tour of the Jax FBI Field Office the day before -- 2:00 pm on Friday, February 11th. All participants must undergo an FBI background check and for that they need the following personal information: Full name, Social Security number, and date of birth. Rush this to Vince Carnes at ClanCairns2003@Yahoo.com or 352-332-6150 by email or by phone on or before Friday, January 28th. Additional restrictions: NO electronic devices, NO cell phones - leave these at home or in your car. A photo ID will be necessary for admittance. Tandy and I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting, and remember that family and guests are cordially invited to either or both parts of this two day event: FBI visit and/or the luncheon. To attend the luncheon on the 12th, RSVP to Quiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-545-9549.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 6:30pm - Washington, DC - The International Spy Museum presents: "An Introduction to Geospatial Intelligence"
"GEOINT plays a critical role in virtually every Intelligence Community and Department of Defense mission ... "—Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, U.S. Navy
Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is a rapidly evolving building block of our national security. But what exactly is this high tech discipline that strives to reveal the ground truth? How is it being used to rapidly provide insights into the scope and range of human activity, explore natural features across physical terrain, accurately locate significant events and activities, and precisely measure details above, on, and underneath the Earth’s surface. Keith J. Masback, president of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and former member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, leads this overview of GEOINT for the lay person. With the assistance of other experts in the field, he will reveal exciting current applications and explain how data collected by high resolution electronic sensors on satellites, remotely piloted aircraft, and ground vehicles is interpreted by analysts using sophisticated automated systems. Participants will learn basic techniques for extracting information from images, then using real-world problems and data, they will test their own skills as “geospatial intelligence analysts” to discover how GEOINT is transforming how we engage with our world.
For more information or to register visit www.spymuseum.org Tickets: $15.00 per person
Wednesday, 16 February 2011, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - "The Cuban Sympathizers" at the International Spy Museum - Pro-Castro-Americans Stealing Secrets for Cuba
Discover what made Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers spurn their
well-connected lives in DC to systematically betray their country until
their arrest in June of 2009. Robert Booth, retired
State Department diplomatic security agent and CI Centre faculty member
shines light on this intriguing case. Part of the Spy Museum's THE SPIES
WITHIN: UNDERCOVER IN THE USA series.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: $112 for all four programs on Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23. (must be purchased through the Smithsonian). To register or for more information, visit www.spymuseum.org
February 2011, noon – 1:00 pm - Washington, DC - "Wild Bill Donovan:
The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage" at
International Spy Museum
"Wild Bill" Donovan was a World War I hero with a Medal of Honor to prove it, a millionaire Wall Street lawyer, and a prominent Republican. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt chose this brilliant yet disorganized visionary to be his spymaster, head of the World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Veteran journalist Douglas Waller has written a compelling biography of William Donovan. He describes Donovan's reckless nature: how he needlessly risked his life on foreign battlefields and engaged in extramarital affairs that emboldened his enemies in Washington. Waller also recounts the OSS's daring operations overseas and the vicious political battles that Donovan had to fight with Winston Churchill, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Pentagon. Donovan's plans to continue the OSS after the war were defeated, yet the CIA rose like a phoenix from the OSS's ashes.
Free! No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Directions at www.spymuseum.org
Friday, 18 February 2011, 6 pm - Washington, DC - MG Michael T. Flynn Nominated Asst DNI speaks on "Afghanistan and Pakistan" at Institute of World Politics
Major General Michael T. Flynn, Nominated for Assistant Deputy National Intelligence (DNI) Recently served as Chief, CJ2, International Security Assistance Force and CJ2, United States Forces - Afghanistan speaks on the subject of Afghanistan and Pakistan at The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street, NW Washington, D.C. No charge for AFIO members who should RSVP to email@example.com
19 February 2011 - Kennebunk, ME - Backdoor at the Kremlin. Have you ever wondered what it's like to go through the Kremlin's backdoor? Or work out security details at the Vatican at 4:00 a.m.? Andrew Almblad, 24-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, can tell you about it when he speaks to the Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers at its February 19th meeting. Almblad will speak about the mission of the U. S. Secret Service, tell about liaison with foreign intelligence services, what it was like working with the KGB and how their security mentality differs from ours. During his career Almblad was an instructor in special operations at the U.S. Secret Service Training School. As Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Bush Protecive Division in Houston, Texas, 2004-2007, he oversaw all matters pertaining to the safety and protection of the Former President and his family. Retired from the Secret Service, Almblat is now a private security consultant and has worked with such high-level public figures as Condoleza Rice, Lance Armstrong, and Sarah Palin.The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Saturday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Community House, 8 Temple Street, Kennebunkport, ME. The Community House is located directly across from the Kennebunkport Post Office and uphill from the municipal parking lot. For information call 207-967-4298.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - "The Russian Illegals" at the International Spy Museum - Russian-Americans Stealing Secrets for Russia
Get the inside story on the June 2010 roundup of ten Russian
"deep-cover" spies—from sexy agent Anna Chapman to stylish young Mikhail
Semenko. International Spy Museum historian and former CIA analyst, Mark Stout will reveal the latest information on the investigation, the spy swap, and the damage done. Part of the Spy Museum's THE SPIES WITHIN: UNDERCOVER IN THE USA series.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: $112 for all four programs on Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23. (must be purchased through the Smithsonian). To register or for more information, visit www.spymuseum.org
24 February 2011 - Arlington, VA - Col. Lang on "The Islamic World Today" - at luncheon of Defense Intelligence Forum
The group meets at the Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion
Drive, McLean, VA. Colonel W. Patrick Lang, USA (Ret), will speak on
The Islamic World Today. Colonel Lang is a retired Army Military
Intelligence, Special Forces, and Foreign Area officer. In his last
active duty assignment, he was Defense Intelligence Officer for the
Middle East, South Asia, and Terrorism. Following retirement, he became
the first Director of the Defense HUMINT Service. He was the first
Arabic Language professor at West Point. He served ten years as an
executive for a company operating in the Middle East and South Asia. He
is a consultant for television and radio, including The News Hour with
Jim Lehrer. He wrote Intelligence: the Human Factor, a definitive text
on human intelligence collection operations, and several novels based on
Confederate secret services in the Civil War.
Registration starts at 1130, lunch at 1200. Reserve by 18 February by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and choice of chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage and peppers, or fettuccini portabella. Pay at the door by check for $29 per person. Make checks payable to DIAA, Inc. WE DON'T TAKE CASH! If you don't have a check, have the restaurant charge your credit or debit card $29 and give the restaurant's copy of the receipt when you check in.
Friday, 25 February 2011, 6 - 8 pm - Washington, DC - 10th Anniversary of the Arrest of FBI Agent Robert Hanssen - presentation by Brian Kelley, CIA
Institute of World Politics Professor Brian Kelley, a retired CIA
officer who knew and worked with Hanssen, will provide the intimate
details about the "story behind the story" relative to the investigation
of the FBI traitor.
Using the actual video clips taken of the arrest of Hanssen, along with salient clips from the movie Breach and from a 60 Minutes story which document the events leading to Hanssen's arrest, Professor Kelley will walk the audience through the complex case of the bizarre traitor focusing on Hanssen's lack of operational "tradecraft" coupled with salient investigative issues which took this investigation down the wrong path for many years. In addition to his talk, Mr. Kelley will introduce some special guests who were connected in various ways to the investigation.
RSVP and Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Friday, 11 March 2011, noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - " The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-life Spy Story" by Robert Baer at the International Spy Museum.
Robert Baer was known inside the Agency as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East—a man who'd been "in the life" so long that friends and family had mostly become casualties, no longer interested in taking his calls. Dayna Williamson was a newcomer—a young Agency talent who was determined to make it as a spy and as a gun-wielding "shooter," even as she found herself losing touch with everyone who mattered to her. When they were sent on a mission together, the last thing either expected happened: they fell in love. Join Dayna and New York Times bestselling author Robert Baer as they share their unlikely romance, their attempt to leave their old lives behind, and how they are applying their intelligence background to timely issues today from Hizballah to Pakistan." Free! No registration required! Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Further information at www.spymuseum.org
24 March 2011 – San Francisco, CA – The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Captain Jeff Kline, U.S. Navy, ret.; Senior Lecturer, Navy Postgraduate School, speaking on "Piracy on the High Seas" with special emphasis on the Somali pirates. The meeting will be held at UICC, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona): 11:30 AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-member. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate pot roast or fish): firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011
28 March - 1 April 2011 - San Diego, CO - Bicoastal Counter-Terrorism Summit at SDSU by The HALO Corporation The 2011 Bicoastal Counter-Terrorism Summit (BCTS) has been created to meet the critical needs of Security Professionals and Law Enforcement personnel. Throughout the Summit, Law Enforcement and Security Professionals will share and exchange information, ideas, and intelligence and engage in exercises based on factual scenarios. For further information contact www.thehalocorp.com
Tuesday, 29 March 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Who's Watching Whom: Spying and Social Media" at the International Spy Museum
"You are opening the floodgates to a torrent of data, which your
adversary can ... sift and turn into intelligence."—Paul Strassman,
former Pentagon director of defense information, July 2010
Much has been made of Anna Chapman, the Russian illegal, and her use of Facebook to search for contacts and information. But how effective is social media as a vehicle for intelligence gathering and manipulation? This expert panel will reveal what online identities and social media can do that actual operatives and organizations can't. Judge Shannen L. Rossmiller (Ret.) is credited as America's first online operative in the War on Terror. Since 9/11, the cyber-spy has been responsible for more than 200 cases of actionable intelligence and extremist captures – most of them overseas and in conjunction with the FBI made through her adoption of online alter egos who proclaim allegiance with terrorist groups. Thomas Ryan, co-founder of Provide Security, created the fictional Robin Sage, a cyber femme fatale, who quickly wormed her way into the confidence of security professionals who should have known better. The experiment was conceived to expose weaknesses in the nation's defense and intelligence communities. Jack Holt, senior strategist for emerging media at the Department of Defense, joins in to reveal the challenges and opportunities that social media presents for us all.
Tickets: $15.00 per person. Register at www.spymuseum.org
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