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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Iran Claims to Arrest Local CIA Agent. Iran's intelligence minister says authorities have arrested an Iranian that he says was working for the CIA.
Heidar Moslehi told state TV Thursday that the person had links with the U.S. spy agency and allegedly set up a network of aides to gather information during anti-government protests last week.
He did not identify the alleged CIA agent but said the person was arrested Feb. 14 after a period of surveillance. [CBSNews/24February2011] Read the full article at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/24/ap/middleeast/main20036082.shtml
Pakistan Demands Data on C.I.A. Contractors. Pakistan's chief spy agency has demanded an accounting by the Central Intelligence Agency of all its contractors working in Pakistan, a fallout from the arrest last month of an American involved in surveillance of militant groups, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said Friday.
Angered that the American, Raymond A. Davis, worked as a contractor in Pakistan on covert C.I.A. operations without the knowledge of the Pakistanis, the spy agency estimated that there were "scores" more such contractors "working behind our backs," said the official, who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly about a delicate matter between the two countries.
In a slight softening of the Pakistani stance since Mr. Davis's arrest, the official said that the American and Pakistani intelligence agencies needed to continue cooperation, and that Pakistan was prepared to put the episode in the past if the C.I.A. stopped treating its Pakistani counterparts as inferior.
"Treat us as allies, not as satellites," said the official of the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI. "Respect, equality and trust are needed." [Chaudary/NYTimes/26February2011] Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/world/asia/26pakistan.html?_r=1
Investigators: Secret CIA Files Could Help Chile. Survivors of Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship are hoping Barack Obama's visit next month will lead to the release of more classified U.S. documents that could be critical to prosecuting the Chilean agents responsible for torturing and killing leftists decades ago.
They say the U.S. president's visit should also encourage their own government to make good on its promises to deal more forcefully with the darkest period in Chile's political history.
Of all the Latin American countries that have shaken off dictatorships, none has made greater strides than Chile in convicting those responsible for torturing and killing political opponents. The U.S. has helped by declassifying huge troves of documents revealing what it knew about the Sept. 11, 1973 coup - Chile's own 9/11 - and the bloody crackdown that lasted through the 1980s.
But more documents remain classified, and in the files made public, names were redacted, so hundreds of investigations remain stymied. [Warren&Vergara/WashingtonPost/26February2011] Read the full article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/26/AR2011022601991.html
Supreme Court Commutes Sentence for Russian Citizen Spying for Asian Country. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has confirmed that Ukraine's Supreme Court has remitted the sentence to a Russian national, Alexander Yermakov, who was found guilty of military espionage in favor of one of the countries of Southeast Asia, reducing his term of imprisonment from eight to six years.
Yermakov, 35, was seeking to obtain secret documents on the land-based carrier aviation testing and training center NITKA and transfer them to one of the countries of Southeast Asia, Interfax-Ukraine learned at the Security Service.
He acted together with his father, Gennady Yermakov. An officer, who had access to classified data, was to hand them this information. However, the officer reported the situation to counterintelligence agents and acted on their further instructions, the SBU said. [Interfax/17February2011] Read the full article at http://www.interfax.com.ua/eng/main/61389/
China Rejects American's Appeal of Spy Charge. A Chinese court rejected an appeal by American geologist Xue Feng against his eight-year jail sentence for spying, despite a long-running campaign by Washington to free him, including a personal plea by President Obama.
The U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, decried the decision. "I'm extremely disappointed in the outcome, although it wasn't completely unexpected," he told reporters outside the Beijing People's High Court. He called on the Chinese government to "consider an immediate humanitarian release of Xue Feng thereby allowing him to get back to his family and his way of life."
China's oil industry was undergoing a tumultuous period as Xue Feng began his career as a "scout" for Colorado-based IHS Inc. and ultimately was convicted in Beijing for stealing Chinese national secrets.
"He is a U.S. citizen and we take this case very, very seriously as we have over the last couple of years," said Mr. Huntsman, a Republican who is due to leave his post later this year to pursue a possible presidential bid in 2012. "I can tell you now we're not going to let it go, even after today's decision."
Mr. Xue's conviction last summer sent a chill through foreign investors in China and the people who make their money analyzing its economy. He was found guilty of obtaining and trafficking in state secrets after he unearthed information on Chinese oil wells for his former employer - U.S. petroleum research firm IHS Inc. Mr. Xue's defense was that the information would have been regarded as normal commercial intelligence in most of the world, a view shared by independent analysts. [Page/WSJ/18February2011] Read the full article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703561604576151152282889720.html
Lebanon Sentences 'Israeli Spy' to Death. A Lebanese military court sentenced a man to death on charges of spying for Israel's Mossad and providing the agency with information on the militant group Hezbollah, a judicial official said Friday.
"A military court has sentenced Amin Ibrahim al-Baba to death ... for contacting Israeli intelligence and providing information that aided Israeli attacks on Lebanon," the official told AFP.
The charge sheet said Baba, 44, had opened an Internet cafe in southern Lebanon through which he sent information to Israel, including information that facilitated the 2006 assassination of brothers Mahmud and Nidal Mazjoub of the Sunni Islamic Jihad movement.
Baba was arrested in April 2006 in the southern coastal city of Sidon. [AP/18February2011] Read the full article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gmgI5YQ274kyKDEIaVFXC9ugPUrQ?docId=CNG.813ef66e17e778452f7c064dc19cb7db.4f1
Ruling Due on Mongolian Spy Chief Extradition. A court is due to decide whether a Mongolian spy chief, who claims he was lured to the UK so he could be arrested at Heathrow Airport and jailed under a European Arrest Warrant, should be extradited to Germany.
Legal representatives acting for Bat Khurts, the head of the executive office of Mongolia's National Security Council, maintain he should not have been detained as he was covered by diplomatic immunity.
His lawyer, Alun Jones QC, told a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court last month, that he was on official government business which protected him from arrest.
Khurts' legal team claim the 41-year-old was duped into coming to the UK so he could be arrested and jailed under a European Arrest Warrant and extradited to Germany at the behest of the German government.
Mr. Jones earlier said the spy chief was told he was coming to the UK for high-level Government talks on a new era of intelligence co-operation relating to Muslim fundamentalism. But instead, as soon as his Aeroflot flight touched down at Heathrow Airport last September, he was handcuffed and arrested. [AP/18February2011] Read the full article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jFqPIe6g-K7uZchVFfQc_ZnG61ZA?docId=B40369251297997251A00
Coroner Adjourns Inquest Into Death of British Spy. A coroner said Tuesday it is increasingly unlikely that police will be able to track down a couple they want to interview about the death of a British codebreaker whose naked and decomposing body was found inside a padlocked sports bag.
Paul Knapman is overseeing an inquest into the death of Gareth Williams, who was discovered in the bathtub of his London home on Aug. 23. Police have made no arrests and are not certain how the 31-year-old employee of code-breaking agency GCHQ died.
At an inquest hearing Tuesday, Knapman said it was "less and less likely" that a man and woman seen at Williams' home weeks before his death would be found. [TopNews360/18February2011] Read the full article at http://topnews360.tmcnet.com/topics/associated-press/articles/2011/02/18/146302-coroner-adjourns-inquest-into-death-british-spy.htm
Cyber Attacks a Case of Espionage, Says Former Canadian Spy. A former Canadian spy says there's no question that the cyber attackers who last month hacked into three key Canadian government departments in an effort to steal sensitive information were acting on behalf of a foreign regime.
"People are actually misled if they refer to it as a simple hacker attack," says Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former senior intelligence officer and manager at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, CSIS.
"It is not hackers. It is cyber espionage." [Little/TheEpochTimes/18February2011] Read the full article at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/cyber-attacks-a-case-of-espionage-says-former-canadian-spy-51556.html
Iran Revokes Prison Sentences Against German Journalists. Two German journalists have been released from prison after being charged with espionage in Iran for interviewing the son and lawyer of a woman condemned to die by stoning, a spokesman for Germany's Foreign Ministry confirmed Saturday.
Both men were in the northwestern city of Tabriz, accompanied by German consular officials, the spokesman said. The officials hoped to bring them to the German Embassy in Tehran later in the day, though no other details were given.
Marcus Hellwig and Jens Koch had been sentenced to 20 months in prison. But Iran's Revolution Court dismissed the sentences, instead slapping each with $50,000 fines, Iran's state-run Press TV said. [CNN/19February2011] Read the full article at http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/19/iran.german.journalists/?hpt=Sbin
Spy Feud Hampers Antiterror Efforts. Tensions between U.S. and Pakistani spy agencies have risen to new highs recently over Pakistan's arrest of Raymond Davies, a U.S. government contractor.
Ties between U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies have deteriorated sharply in recent months, compromising cooperation on a range of critical counter-terrorism efforts, including U.S. drone strikes targeting top militant leaders, current and former officials say.
Some U.S. officials describe relations between the two spy agencies as the worst since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. One senior official said the tensions have cost the U.S. the chance to strike at some senior terrorists in the region.
The state of relations, while never perfect, is now alarming counter-terrorism and military officials, who say close cooperation between the Central Intelligence Agency and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence is essential to the campaign against al Qaeda and the war against the Taliban and its allies in Afghanistan.
Behind the falling out is a series of controversial incidents starting late last year, which prompted tit-for-tat accusations that burst into the open with the December outing of the CIA's station chief in Islamabad.
More recently, tensions have risen to new highs over Pakistan's detention of former Special Forces soldier Raymond Davis, a U.S. government contractor in the city of Lahore, for killing two Pakistanis in disputed circumstances. A Pakistani court Thursday ruled to delay by three weeks a hearing on whether Mr. Davis is covered by diplomatic immunity.
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama urged Pakistan to honor a 1961 treaty on diplomatic immunity to which both Pakistan and the U.S are signatories. Pakistan's central government faces public pressure from Islamist and student groups not to release Mr. Davis, who shot dead the two men on Jan. 27 in the center of Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city. Mr. Davis has said the men were trying to rob him at gunpoint.
Faced with pointed questions from lawmakers about strained ties with Pakistan, CIA Director Leon Panetta this week acknowledged relations between intelligence agencies were "one of the most complicated" he's ever seen. While the ISI continues to help the U.S. target al Qaeda leaders in the tribal areas, Mr. Panetta said its policies in other areas are in direct conflict with the U.S., stoking frequent tensions. [Entous&Barnes&Wright/WSJ/19February2011] Read the full article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703561604576150700376521050.html
South Korea to Probe Indonesia 'Spy Break-In' Reports. South Korea says it will investigate allegations that its spies broke into the hotel room of a visiting Indonesian delegation member to access information on a possible arms deal.
South Korean media reported that three people were found accessing files on a computer belonging to a delegation member.
The reports identified them as National Intelligence Service (NIS) staff. [BBC/19February2011] Read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12523059
7/7 Inquests: MI5 'Not Responsible for Attack.' MI5's chief of staff has told the 7 July inquests that the security service cannot be held responsible for the 2005 London suicide attacks.
Giving evidence anonymously, Witness G said the agency had no inkling of what was to hit London and every member of the service felt profound regret.
It would be "nonsensical and offensive" to suggest MI5 bore any responsibility for the 52 deaths, the officer said. [BBC/20February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12520483
Romanian Businessman Wins Case Against Intelligence Service. Businessman Dinu Patriciu has won a wiretapping case against the Romanian Intelligence Service. The High Court of Justice ruled on Friday (February 18th) in favour of Patriciu, saying the service had violated his right to privacy by tapping his phone conversations without a court order. [SeTimes/20February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/newsbriefs/setimes/newsbriefs/2011/02/20/nb-08
Two CIA Contractors Spirited Out of Pakistan. Two U.S. citizens with diplomatic status were quietly withdrawn from Pakistan after being involved in a fatal car accident last month while trying to help Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor being held by Pakistani authorities on murder charges.
Two officials familiar with U.S. government activities in Pakistan said the two Americans who left the country worked for the CIA under contract as protective officers. This means they were employed as highly skilled bodyguards, like Davis, for CIA operations officers serving in Pakistan.
The two Americans who left Pakistan have not been otherwise identified by U.S. or Pakistani authorities. The CIA declined to comment. [Hosenball/Reuters/23February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/23/us-pakistan-usa-cia-idUSTRE71M6DF20110223
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
What's Wrong With Gadhafi? The question has crossed our minds many times before - like when the Libyan dictator in 2009 delivered a rambling speech at the U.N. that elicited giggles from ambassadors around the world. Or when he pitched his tent on Donald Trump's New York estate to give himself a place to stay during that U.N. meeting.
But the larger question about the actual mental health of dictators has come to the forefront as Arab rulers deal with the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.
It's nearly impossible to diagnose a patient from afar, of course, but some of their behaviors give clear signals of specific conditions - not just the paranoia, delusion, or megalomania that seems common among them all.
Moammar Gadhafi appears to have a borderline personality disorder, said Jerrold Post, MD, professor of psychiatry, political psychology, and international affairs at George Washington University.
"While he is often in touch with reality, there are times his judgment falters and he can be quite erratic in his behavior," Post said. [Fiore/MedPageToday/25February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.medpagetoday.com:80/Blogs/25026?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=WCemail@example.com
The Timeline of CIA Spies Jailed Abroad. The history of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers landing behind bars in foreign countries dates back to 1951, when an undercover agent Hugh Redmond was caught in the Chinese city of Shanghai and charged with espionage.
According to the TIME magazine of October 27, 2003, agent Redmond was posing as an employee of a British import-export company. The CIA spy had to spend 19 years in a Chinese prison before actually dying there. In an article shedding light on the shadowy world of "Non-official Cover" spies or the NOCs, the afore-quoted edition of the TIME magazine had also mentioned another incident where the French agencies had rolled up five CIA officers, including a woman, who had been working under business cover for about five years. This incident had taken place in 1995.
Although the NOCs caught in Paris were simply sent home, a former CIA official familiar with the matter had opined, "The NOCs have no diplomatic status, so they can end up in slammers."
Research reveals that a "Non-official Cover" is often contrasted with an official cover, where agents assume a position at a seemingly benign department of their government, such as the diplomatic service. Diplomatic service provides the secret service agents with official immunity, thus protecting them from the steep punishments normally meted out to captured spies. [Shah/TheNews/25February2011] Read the full article at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=32971&Cat=2
Wartime Notes of Bletchley Park's Alan Turing Saved. The wartime notes of Alan Turing, the Bletchley Park code breaker, have been saved for the nation after a successful public fund-raising campaign.
The collection of handwritten papers chronicle the work of the mathematician dubbed "the father of modern computer science."
Campaigners stepped in when the papers were put up for auction, raising the possibility that they would be bought by an overseas collector and a crucial piece of British wartime history would be lost.
But a last minute donation of £200,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund has saved the papers of the computing genius.
Next year marks the centenary of the birth of Turing, who was one of the founding fathers of modern computing and a key figure in breaking the German Enigma code.
Turing is famous for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during World War II, helping to create the Bombe machine which cracked messages enciphered using the German Enigma code. [Hutchison/Telegraph/25February2011] Read the full article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/8346962/Wartime-notes-of-Bletchley-Parks-Alan-Turing-saved.html
The CIA's 'Secret War.' In a clearing deep inside the Laotian jungle, a group of Hmong fall to the ground and beg me for help as soon
as they see me. Chor Her, a skinny man wearing torn camouflage, is the only one to remain standing. He salutes before joining the others on the muddy ground.
'We have no food, every day we have to run, we are being hunted like animals,' says one elderly woman, weeping. The young children surrounding her are also crying - I'm told it's the first time they've seen a foreigner. Indeed, these people have been largely cut off from the outside world since the Vietnam War.
Back then, the Hmong were fighters - secret fighters in a 15-year covert US operation backed by the CIA. Now they are forced to constantly run for their lives in a country whose government doesn't officially acknowledge they exist.
'The Americans gave us weapons and told us to shoot the enemy,' says Chor Her, waving a battered CIA-issued M79 in the air. 'Then they left us and we've been slowly dying here ever since... When the Lao Army kills one of our men, they feel as though they've killed an American in revenge for us helping them during the war.'
Almost before he has finished his sentence, another man jumps into the conversation, pleading for food and medicine. 'We are human beings, so why does the world turn a deaf ear and blind eye to us?' he asks.
As the Vietnam War raged, Washington noticed that communist forces had spilled over into Laos. In response, the Americans launched what was later called a secret war. At the time, Laos had been declared 'neutral,' but with a growing communist presence, the CIA saw it as the next front in the conflict. A handful of CIA agents were flown in to build on existing tensions between the Hmong and the Laotian government, led by the communist Pathet Lao. [Lloyd-George/TheDiplomat/25February2011] Read the full article at http://the-diplomat.com/2011/02/25/the-cia%E2%80%99s-secret-war/
Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy. He had a close relationship to the top brass, was trusted by all. He knew when the army would attack. In fact, he was a spy. He worked for the enemy. He handed over critical information. Years later, when his cover was blown, some claimed he was a double agent.
This is the story of Ashraf Marwan, the Egyptian who alerted Israel that Anwar Sadat would attack Israel on Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973. Could he have had an Israeli "double" - a senior army officer who spied for Egypt and who, in June 1967, let his handlers there know when the event that eventually became known as the Six-Day War would begin?
This intriguing possibility emerges from a Mossad document discovered by Haaretz investigative reports editor Gidi Weitz. Last month, while rummaging through material at the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem related to his area of expertise, crime and politics, Weitz came across a box packed with fascinating documents: correspondence between former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and U.S. President Jimmy Carter from 1977.
Until the recent toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak - who had been Sadat's deputy and one of the few people privy to his plans to make a groundbreaking trip to Jerusalem - these documents would have mainly interested historians. Their importance may now prove timely, if the new Egyptian regime renounces the peace agreement with Israel that went into effect in 1982, after Sadat was murdered by members of the same Egyptian Army now being portrayed as constituting a bulwark against religious zealotry.
The most riveting document in the pile seems to have found its way to the state archives through a blessed mistake. Its contents were actually revealed 30 years ago, but not the identity of its author. In any event, it is rare that the state archivist gives the public access to Mossad documents. [ORen/Haaretz/26February2011] Read the full article at http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/spy-vs-spy-vs-spy-1.345614
The 1965 Project Corona Turf Wars Between CIA and Air
Force. During the height of the Cold War, the United States government was in the midst of another battle that the general public was unaware of. This secret war, of sorts, was not with any foreign government, terrorist group, or domestic paramilitary group. It was at war with itself.
A declassified document, dated March 26, 1965, outlines the internal "turf war" between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) over the Corona program.
This program was a series of strategic reconnaissance satellites produced and operated by the CIA Directorate of Science & Technology. The Corona satellites' main mission was to provide photographic surveillance of the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and other global military hot spots.
Since the satellites did not use any type of signal to transmit the photographs back to the ground, the CIA needed substantial help from the Air Force to perform the mid-air recovery of the exposed film capsules; known as film buckets. It was this partnership that created tension between the two agencies.
The memo documents a meeting between NRO and CIA officials to settle claims being made by both agencies. The NRO was claiming that the CIA was being too secretive with information that the Air Force needed to properly perform satellite launches and film bucket recoveries. The CIA, on the other hand, claimed that the newly formed NRO was making "a clear-cut effort to run [the] CIA out of the satellite business."
Even though the memo was written by the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, Marshall S. Carter, it appears to give a fairly unbiased account of the meeting. [Dufrene/TopSecretWriters/26February2011] Read the full article at http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2011/02/the-1965-project-corona-turf-wars-between-cia-and-air-force/
Section III - COMMENTARY
CIA's Top Libyan Contact Musa Kusa May Go
Down with Gaddafi. The Libyan official who was a key CIA contact in the war on terrorism and the removal of Moammar Gaddafi's weapons of mass destruction may have no option now but to go down with the ship.
Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, who plotted assassinations and airline bombings as well as helped Washington pursue al-Qaeda terrorists, cannot defect to the opposition like other top Libyan officials, says a spokesman for a U.S.-based Libyan human rights group, because "he has too much blood on his hands."
"He will not be part of any democratic government in the future, that's a sure thing," said Omar Khattaly, spokesman for the Libyan Working Group, which has offices in Atlanta, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Kusa was Gaddafi's chief of intelligence from 1994 to 2009, when he was appointed foreign minister. But long before then Libyan exiles had dubbed him "the envoy of death" for sending hit men around the globe to eliminate opposition figures.
"There's a lot of stuff in Libyan intelligence files that will make him make him look bad" to the opposition, added Vince Cannistraro, a former top CIA official who led the agency's probe of the 1988 bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. [Stein/WashingtonPost/27February2011] Read the full article at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/02/cias_top_libyan_contact_musa_k.html
Open Door: Dangerous Decisions. Until the Guardian named Raymond Davis as a CIA employee last Monday, 21 February, newspapers and news agencies in the US were reluctant to do so.
They say that they knew that Davis, now in a Lahore prison after he allegedly shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore, worked for the CIA but had been asked by the agency and government to keep it under wraps because his life might be at risk if his job was divulged.
It is one of the most powerful ethical questions a newspaper has to face: whether to publish information that may endanger a life.
Such decisions are not as rare as readers may think and are not confined to events of high drama on an international stage. It is not unknown for journalists at court to be told by a distressed relative of the person in the dock that publication of the case will lead to the death of the defendant, either at their own hands or at the hands of others. It is not an idle remark.
The different approach of the Guardian in naming Davis - who had been described as a diplomat by President Obama, and who is now at the centre of a diplomatic tug of war after the killings on 27 January - to other newspapers puzzled a few readers. So why did we decide to name him as a CIA agent, and were we right to do it?
The Guardian's correspondent in Islamabad, an experienced journalist, investigated and wrote the story. He said:
"We took the CIA's suggestion that Davis would be at risk if we ran the story very seriously. I interviewed the Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah, who described the conditions of Davis's incarceration. He said there were teams of dedicated guards and Punjab rangers deployed outside the prison, and visits from embassy personnel. I also interviewed a senior intelligence official who said 'all possible measures' were being taken to ensure his safety, including moving 25 jihadi prisoners to other facilities."
Our correspondent also spoke to human rights groups about the conditions in the prison and what was happening in there.
But the deciding factor was that Davis's CIA link wasn't actually a very big secret in Pakistan. For days newspapers had been describing him as a spy; by Sunday morning, 20 February, the headline in one of Pakistan's national newspapers, The Nation, was "Raymond Davis linked to CIA".
"Those who might wish to harm Davis - inside the prison, or outside - had already made up their minds about who he was or what he represented. They don't need our story to motivate them," our correspondent said. [Guardian/28February2011] Read the full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/28/open-door-publishing-endanger-life
How Will the Military Espionage Trial Affect Politics?
Tension has escalated in the southeastern provinces over the past couple of weeks as the PKK aims to create chaos in the country ahead of the June 12 elections.
An İstanbul court has accepted the indictment in the case of a gang within the naval forces charged with espionage, sending shockwaves through already dispirited opposition deputies.
The indictment, announced the week in which preparations for general elections, scheduled for June 12, started in Parliament, contains striking allegations.
Allegations that the naval gang utilized barbaric methods, exploited young women and military cadets and used blackmail to obtain 165,000 secret documents indicate we are facing one of the biggest espionage cases in the history of the Turkish Republic.
What's even more striking is that the gang has close relations with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization.
All deputies, including those from the ruling party and the opposition, agree that the case will be a hot debate item during the three-month election period and will play a major role in the elections. [Kilic/Today'sZaman/28February2011] Read the entire article at http://www.todayszaman.com/news-236873-how-will-the-military-espionage-trial-affect-politics.html
Section IV - BOOKS, OBITUARIES, RESEARCH REQUESTS AND COMING EVENTS
A Spy's View of Osama Bin Laden. Michael Scheuer was the first chief of the CIA's Alec Station, otherwise known as the bin Laden Unit, which was created in 1996 and specially tasked with hunting down the terrorist leader. Now an author, consultant, and commentator, Scheuer has written a biography of the al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. He recently spoke with U.S. News about the elusive terrorist's agenda, future, and location. Excerpts:
Why does Osama bin Laden hate us?
I'm not sure that he does. He does hate the U.S. government because of what he sees as an attack on the Muslim world by our foreign policy. He has hewed very close to those views since 1996 without either expansion or much amplification. For so long, U.S. politicians have lied to us by saying that al Qaeda is attacking us because we have free elections, liberties, gender equality. Many Americans would be surprised to read 800 pages of bin Laden's writings because there is nothing in there about those things.
Why don't more Americans read bin Laden's own words?
All the information is there on the Internet. The private sector has done what the U.S. government should have done, which is make all this information available for Americans to read. It is so odd, because during the Cold War, the U.S. government made sure through translations that Americans could read almost anything said in public by a Soviet leader. U.S. politicians don't want to talk about bin Laden's grievances [that U.S. policies support corrupt regimes in the Muslim world]. They haven't done it this time because the government has called him a terrorist, and therefore, you don't have to think about what he says.
Does the Muslim world understand bin Laden's message?
They do. Surveys have shown that 80 percent of Muslims around the world agree with bin Laden in thinking that U.S. foreign policy is directed against Muslims. He would make a tremendous politician for either U.S. political party because he knows his audience and stays on message.
What surprised you in your research?
There's no evidence of mental illness, nihilism, criminality, or anything that would make him into what presidents from both parties have described him as. [Kingsbury/USNews/24February2011] Read the full article at http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2011/02/24/a-spys-view-of-osama-bin-laden
American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom. Bugged typewriters, hidden microphones in our home, spy dust, and entrapment attempts conducted in Soviet Russia. This is the stuff of spy novels or conspiracy theorists. But for former Assistant Army Attaché Lt.Col. Roy E. Peterson, who served in the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War period, these are not just capricious fictions but the reality that he lived and breathed as a professional intelligence officer. In his engaging new nonfiction, American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom: Attaché Duty and the Craft of Intelligence (published by AuthorHouse), Peterson takes readers behind the curtain of intelligence collection in Soviet Russia.
Insightful and easy-to-read, American Attaché in the Moscow Maelstrom combines Peterson's straightforward advice on attaché training, exams, cultural assimilation and the craft of intelligence alongside poignant, often humorous, anecdotes from his own experience and those of his peers. Far from stiff, Peterson's narrative is instantly relatable and offers readers a resource that is both educational and a pure delight to read. [PRWeb/27February2011] Read the full article at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/2/prweb8156896.htm
Frank W. Buckles - Last U.S. World War I Veteran Dies at 110. In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial fellow of gentle humor, was the last known survivor. "I knew there'd be only one someday," he said a few years back. "I didn't think it would be me."
His daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, said Mr. Buckles, a widower, died of natural causes on his West Virginia farm, where she had been caring for him.
Buckles' distant generation was the first to witness the awful toll of modern, mechanized warfare. As time thinned the ranks of those long-ago U.S. veterans, the nation hardly noticed them vanishing, until the roster dwindled to one ex-soldier, embraced in his final years by an appreciative public.
"Frank was a history book in and of himself, the kind you can't get at the library," said his friend, Muriel Sue Kerr. Having lived from the dawn of the 20th century, he seemed to never tire of sharing his and the country's old memories - of the First World War, of roaring prosperity and epic depression, and of a second, far more cataclysmic global conflict, which he barely survived.
Mr. Buckles, who was born by lantern light in a Missouri farmhouse, quit school at 16 and bluffed his way into the Army. As the nation flexed its full military might overseas for the first time, he joined 4.7 million Americans in uniform and was among 2 million U.S. troops shipped to France to vanquish the German kaiser.
Ninety years later, with available records showing that former corporal Buckles, serial No. 15577, had outlived all of his compatriots from World War I, the Department of Veterans Affairs declared him the last doughboy standing. He was soon answering fan mail and welcoming a multitude of inquisitive visitors to his rural home.
"I feel like an endangered species," he joked, well into his 11th decade. As a rear-echelon ambulance driver behind the trenches of the Western Front in 1918, he had been safe from the worst of the fighting. But "I saw the results," he would say. [Duggan/WashingtonPost/28February2011] Read the full article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/28/AR2011022800165.html??hpid=top&sid=ST2011022801892
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.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Counterfeiting and Forgery 101 - at the International Spy Museum
"Any intelligence service worth its salt should be able to make the other guy's currency."—Allen Dulles, Director of Central Intelligence
Counterfeiting as an act of war is every bit as serious as dropping bombs. By the end of World War II the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) had reproduced the Japanese Imperial Note and the German Reichsmark; meanwhile, the Germans had made significant progress against the British 5, 10, 20 and 50 pound notes. Thousands of forgeries have been and are being undertaken by intelligence services not only to gain financial leverage, but also to win over the hearts and minds of the enemy. Who are the artists and craftspeople who make these delicate but powerful weapons? How do they do it? Antonio J. Mendez, retired CIA officer and founding Museum board member, was recruited as an espionage artist into the CIA and learned the art and science of counterfeiting and forgery from some of the OSS's best talent. In this workshop Mendez will discuss some of the most famous forgeries and counterfeits, while doing hands-on instruction that will highlight some of the tricks of the forger. The audience will not only witness these manipulations but will be able to try them.
Warning!! This workshop is intended to better inform spy aficionados!! Do not attempt to turn these secrets into marketable or profitable skills!!
Tickets: $28.00 per person. For more information visit www.spymuseum.org
7 March 2011, 7:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The Honorable John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence on "The American Future in Asia: Insights from America's Former Intelligence Chief" - event by Los Angeles World Affairs Council
Oftentimes it only takes brief service in one important position in
the federal government to establish an individual as a foreign policy
authority. In other instances, however, that distinction is earned by a
lifetime of distinguished service at the highest levels of government. John Negroponte is an example of the latter phenomenon.
Negroponte has been ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington, he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department's chief operating officer.
Now returned to the private sector, Ambassador Negroponte remains one of the foremost authorities on a wide array of foreign policy topics. During his upcoming visit to the Council in March, he will focus on America's foreign policy priorities in Asia. With a volatile Korean Penisula, a rapidly modernizing China and India, and a combustible Pakistan, the timing of his remarks couldn't be more appropriate. We hope you will join us for a special evening with this towering figure in international relations.
Location: The Intercontinental Hotel, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles CA 90067. Purchase Tickets: or call (213) 628 2333
Wednesday, 9 March 2011, 11:30 am - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter features Dr. Goodfield on "Inside the Terrorist Mind: How Extremists Will Capitalize on The Recent Middle East Flair Up"
How will UBL and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad treat the recent up roar in nearby Egypt and neighboring States? Just how does their mind work and what should the West expect next. First a clinical look at their psychological makeup and then some prediction about what their next steps will be.
Prof. Goodfield is Senior Professor at Henley-Putnam University instructing doctoral level students from the intelligence, and counterterrorism community. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Behavior. He is an international lecturer, author and noted radio- and television personality.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale AZ 85258
Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 9 March 2011, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - The MISTRY* of PSYOP: Putting MISO in Perspective
*MIST refers to Military Information Support Team.
AFIO members are invited to a special lecture with Col Curtis D. Boyd, Chief of Staff at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School as he discusses "The MISTRY* of PSYOP: Putting MISO in Perspective."
For more information on the event and on the speaker, click here. This event is part of IWP's Distinguished Military Speakers Series.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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Thursday, 10 March 2011, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington DC Chapter, Presents – Stealth Down: The Loss of the First F-117 Stealth Fighter in Combat and the Dramatic Rescue of the Pilot.
(Arrive early as Mr. Simpson's briefing will start at around 12:15).
Speaker - Mr. Ross W. Simpson is a network radio correspondent for The Associated Press who has covered military affairs since the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the U.S. to the brink of war with the Soviet Union, to the invasion of Panama, the Gulf War, and U.S. intervention in Somalia and Haiti. His coverage has won almost every major broadcast award including the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award in 1995 for his coverage in Haiti and again in 2002 for his spot coverage of the 9/11 attack in 2001. Simpson is the author of three previous books, including Invasion: The American Destruction of the Noriega Regime in Panama; The Fires of '88; and Maryland, A Photographic Celebration. He lives with his wife in Haymarket, Virginia. Taken from the Amazon.com book outline.
Where –Amenities room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Valid ID required.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday March 9, 2011, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 N.W.
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
Friday, 11 March 2011, 6 - 9 pm - Washington, DC - The Hon. Edwin Meese III, former AG and advisor to President Reagan, hosts IWP Movie Night featuring: In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed.
• 6:00 PM - The evening will begin with a reception
• 7:00 PM - Introductory remarks by Hon. Edwin Meese, followed by a showing of the film
• 9:00 PM - Post-reception and panel discussion. Mr. Meese will be joined by Peter Schweizer, Executive Producer and the author of the book Reagan's War, on which the movie was based, and Stephen K. Bannon, the writer, director, and producer of the film.
For more information on the event and on the speaker, click here.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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Thursday, 17 March 2011, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Mark O'Regan, Consul General of Australia on "Great Floods of Queensland"
Consul General Regan discusses the significant flooding that occurred in many areas of Queensland during late December 2010 and early January 2011, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone. "Our economy will take a hit, wiping almost 2 percentage points of forecast growth," said Treasurer Andrew Fraser. The flooded area is the size of Texas and New Mexico together. Now Tropical Cyclone Yasi hit land as a CAT-5 storm in the middle of the flooded area. Winds for Yasi have been clocked at 175 miles per hour.
Bi-monthly Meeting in the USAFA Eisenhower Golf Course Special Meeting Room
Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any problems getting on to the USAF Academy Grounds, please call 719-459-5474 for assistance
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): email@example.com and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578 Burlingame, CA 94011
24 March 2011- Arlington, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear Erik Jens on "Prospects and Challenges for International Security Assistance and US Forces in Afghanistan."
Mr. Jens has just returned from a tour as Chief of the Human Intelligence Operations Cell for US and allied forces in Afghanistan. He teaches intelligence collection, ethics, and law at the National Defense Intelligence College. He joined the College faculty following four years in the Global Division of the Defense HUMINT Service. Starting as a Russian linguist and SIGINT specialist, he has over twenty years' experience in Signals and Human Intelligence. He served several years as an Army reservist in DIA assignments in Washington D.C., Seattle, and Iraq, including watch officer, strategic debriefer, and HUMINT collection team chief. His deployments with DIA include one tour with the Iraq Survey Group in Baghdad and three tours in Afghanistan, where he twice served as Chief of the DIA Detachment at Bagram. Mr. Jens holds a B.A. in English from University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School and the Defense Language Institute.This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests. LOCATION: at the Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Registration starts at 1130, lunch at 1200. Reserve by 18 March by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and choice of chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella. Pay at the door by check for $29 per person. Make checks payable to DIAA, Inc. THE FORUM DOESN'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.
NEW Date and Room Number....
Friday, 25 March 2011, 12:30-2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO LA Chapter features CDR Rowley, USN on "Third Jihad - Stealth Jihad - and other aspects of Islam"
Navy Commander Al Rowley (Ret) will address the Chapter on the Third Jihad "Stealth Jihad" and other key aspects of Islam. Al Rowley is a retired Navy Commander who served for over 21 years during the Cold War years when our major enemy was communism. Following the hostage taking of our Tehran Embassy staff and some two dozen other terrorist acts against the U.S. culminating with the attacks of 9/11/2001, he began studying Islam and Islamic history. He now believes that Islam is the greatest threat to our nation, our liberty and our Constitution we have ever faced. Al now devotes his time to studying and informing others about Islam and the tactics of the Islamists, those who would conquer us and impose Islamic law, Shariah, and replace our republic with an Islamic theocracy. Al will speak to us about the Third Jihad, a "stealth jihad," which is currently being waged against us ordinarily by non-violent means and acquaint us with its history, organizations, tactics, and goals.
Location: Room 302 in the HIlton Business Building on the campus of LMU.
Lunch will be served for a fee of $20 payed at the door, please RSVP via email by no later than Friday March 18, 2011, and indicate wheater or not you will have lunch. Email: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com
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
Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror" at the International Spy Museum
"We need to know where the threat is moving, and we need to get there first."—Robert S. Mueller III, FBI director, February 2009
The Washingtonian editor-in-chief and noted journalist Garrett Graff has zeroed in on the story of a small group of FBI agents who believed that they could confront a new generation of international terrorists like Al Qaeda without sacrificing America's moral high ground. Graff has closely covered FBI director Mueller's tenure at the FBI and was given unprecedented access to the director and thousands of pages of once secret documents. He conducted hundreds of interviews and explored how a generation of FBI agents taught themselves to confront threats no one had ever before seen. In his new book The Threat Matrix he shares what he found: from the corridors of the Hoover Building to the cells of Gitmo to tensions between the FBI and the CIA.
Tickets: $12.50 per person. To register or for further information visit www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 7 April 2011, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - Cryptologic Museum Foundation Commemorates 150th Anniversary of American Civil War
The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation spring program features former NSA Senior Cryptologic Executive, David Gaddy, speaking on "Decoding the Civil War." This is part of the NCMF's 150th anniversary commemoration. Mr. Gaddy's talk will approach the conflict from the Confederate perspective and will explore the Confederacy's successes and Failures in the use of cryptology. A Q&A will follow talk. Mr. Gaddy conceived the concept of a Center for Cryptologic History and museum of cryptology, served as the first chief, retiring from NSA in 1994 after forty-one years of service.
Location: L3 Communications Conference Center in National Business Park, 27270 Technology Dr. Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-1024.
Registration: $40 for non-members of the NCMF (includes membership fee); $15 for members. Make checks payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Ft George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. For further information contact or to confirm your attendance call (301) 688-5436 or email email@example.com
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 - Tampa, FL - The AFIO Suncoast FL Chapter hosts SGM William "Billy" Waugh (US Army-Ret.)
Billy Waugh is a highly decorated American Special Forces soldier and a CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer who served in the United States military and CIA special operations for more than fifty years, a member of the elite Green Berets and the CIA's famed Special Activities Division. Waugh enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948, completing basic training at Fort Ord, California. He was accepted into the United States Army Airborne School and became airborne qualified. In 1951, Waugh was assigned to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (RCT) in Korea. Shortly after the end of the Korean War, Waugh began training for the Special Forces. He earned the Green Beret in 1954, joining the 10th Special Forces Group (SFG) in Bad Tolz, Germany. Waugh arrived in South Vietnam with his Special Forces "A-team" in 1961, and began working alongside Civilian Irregular Defense Groups (CIDGs) there, as well as in Laos. In 1965, while participating in a commando raid with his CIDG unit on a North Vietnamese Army encampment near Bong Son, Binh Dinh province, Waugh's unit found itself engaged with much larger enemy force than anticipated of almost 4,000 soldiers, including Chinese regulars. While he and his men attempted to retreat from Next Meeting's the MacDill AFB Officer's Club.
Please RSVP no later than April 5th with the names of any guests. Refer to the information "To attend our Meeting" for important details. Check-in at 1130 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our
speaker, SGM William "Billy" Waugh (US Army-Ret.). We have maintained the all-inclusive cost at $15. The cash wine and soda bar will open at 1100 hours for those that wish to come early to socialize. Further info at www.suncoastafio.org or contact Wallace S. Bruschweiler, Sr. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 12 April 2011, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm - Washington, DC - "Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice" at the International Spy Museum
In July 1973 gunmen shot and killed the Israeli fighter pilot and assistant air attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Josef Alon at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. The FBI and Israel's Shin Bet worked hard on the investigation but never found the killers. In 2007, author Fred Burton, a special agent at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security returned to this cold case. Join us for this book launch in which Burton traces Alon's remarkable life from his combat experience in the skies over Israel in 1948 through his brutal death in the United States. Hear the gripping tale of how Burton relentlessly tracked the assassins through a hidden world of international intrigue, double agents, terrorists, and violence.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Free! No registration required!
Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129" at the International Spy Museum
"If you go back there it would mean war."—Soviet naval officer, December 1974
In early August 1974, despite incredible political, military, and intelligence risks and the slim chances of success, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific. The remarkable effort had a huge potential payoff—the opportunity to obtain Soviet nuclear-armed torpedoes and missiles as well as crypto equipment—but the operation had to be conducted under cover of a seafloor mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Using the Hughes Glomar Explorer the operation was undertaken even after the Soviets were warned of a possible salvage operation resulting in close surveillance by Soviet naval ships. Internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author Norman Polmar, teamed with documentary filmmaker Michael White to tell the definitive story of this unprecedented project in their book Project Azorian. Join Polmar as he shares the story of this amazing clandestine project using footage from White's Project Azorian documentary and material from interviews with Glomar Explorer and USS Halibut crew members, U.S. intelligence officers, and the K-129's Soviet division commander.
Tickets: $15.00 per person. More information and registration at www.spymuseum.org
26 April 2011 - National Harbor, MD - 2011 Emerald Express Strategic Symposium "Al Qaida after Ten Year of War: A Global Perspective of Successes, Failures, and Prospects.
This one day symposium by Marine Corps University, in partnership
with the DoD Minerva Research Initiative and the Marine Corps University
Foundation, is a one-day conference being held at the Gaylord National
Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD. The conference will
examine the multidimensional aspects of the Al-Qaida threat in various
theaters where it currently operates or may do so in the future. The
symposium will bring together authorities on Al-Qaida from academia,
government (both military and civilian), think tanks, and media from
both the United States and from the regions under discussion. We are
proud to feature Gen Michael V. Hayden (USAF, Ret), the
former Director of the CIA, former Director of the NSA, and former
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, as our morning
We hope to see you there, as your participation will contribute to the quality of the event. To see the agenda and/or register, please visit the symposium website at: http://www.regonline.com/ee2011. Please feel free to share this email with colleagues and friends. There is no cost to attend.
Further questions and/or comments may be directed to Ms. Stephanie Kramer at email@example.com or 703.432.4771 or LtCol Sal Viscuso at firstname.lastname@example.org,or 703.432.5251
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