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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Private Spies Aid F.B.I. in Afghan Investigation. Not long after the Pentagon severed its relationship with a private spy network operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the F.B.I. quietly began tapping the same group to help investigate the killing of 10 medical aid workers in northern Afghanistan, according to American officials and private contractors.
The spy network, managed by Duane R. Clarridge, 78, a former top official at the Central Intelligence Agency, has provided agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kabul with intelligence reports about militants who may have been involved in the attack, which killed six Americans last August.
How the F.B.I uses the information, and whether it has been valuable, is unclear. But that the F.B.I would use Mr. Clarridge's group - at the same time the Pentagon is investigating whether it and other private spies were hired in Afghanistan and Pakistan in violation of Defense Department policy - shows the limits of the American government's own information sources in the chaos of a war zone.
The arrangement, in which Mr. Clarridge is not being paid, shows his determination to persuade the government of the value of his spying operation, which he oversees from his home in Southern California, as he struggles to keep the network afloat with private financing.
Mr. Clarridge's network, recently renamed the Eclipse Group, has also fed information to an F.B.I.-supervised task force in Kabul charged with rooting out corruption inside Afghanistan's government, according to people familiar with the operation who would speak only on condition of anonymity. The group's reports have run the gamut from the business dealings of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai, to rumors that Afghan officials secretly shipped large amounts of money to Dubai.
An F.B.I. spokesman declined to comment on Mr. Clarridge's work with the bureau in Afghanistan. Raymond Granger, Mr. Clarridge's lawyer, would not discuss any ties between Mr. Clarridge and the F.B.I., but said The Eclipse Group was "cooperating with the Justice Department's investigation in the murder of the 10 aid workers, and is prepared to assist in other areas as well." [Mazetti/NYTimes/1March2011] Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/asia/01clarridge.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Pakistan Tried to Trade CIA Contractor for 'Lady al Qaeda'. The government of Pakistan offered to trade a CIA contractor currently jailed in that country for a Pakistani neuroscientist suspected by U.S. intelligence to be an al Qaeda operative.
According to a senior American administration official and a Pakistani official involved in the negotiations to free CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the Pakistani government proposed trading Davis for Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-educated Pakistani neuroscientist currently serving 86 years in federal prison for attempted murder.
The offer was immediately dismissed by the U.S. government. "The Pakistanis have raised it," the U.S. official said. "We are not going to pursue it." [Cole/ABCNews/1March2011] Read the full article at http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/raymond-davis-case-pakistan-trade-lady-al-qaeda/story?id=13018457
Russia's Lavrov Urges Anti-Terror Cooperation with British Intelligence. Russia's foreign minister says he hopes cooperation between Russian and British intelligence services will help improve damaged relations.
Ties between Russia and Britain worsened sharply after the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.
"We are interested in strengthening cooperation between our intelligence service and those of other countries with good potential, and Britain is certainly among them," ministry Sergei Lavrov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Wednesday.
Lavrov urged cooperation against terrorism and said he had discussed the issue with British Foreign Secretary William Hague during his visit to London last month. [Rian/2March2011] Read the full article at http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110302/162828788.html
Intelligence Agency Condemned for M-19 Murders. Colombia's State Council condemned state intelligence agency DAS on Tuesday for the 1994 abduction and murder of five former M-19 guerrillas.
The high court ordered the state to pay $233,600 and integral reparations out of court to the families of murdered M-19 rebels Julio Edgar Galvis Quimbay, Raul Gutierrez Guarin, Enan Rafael Lora Mendoza, Fredy Humberto Guerrero and Aide Malaver.
The DAS was ordered by the council to publish a public apology on their website and keep visible for at least six months.
DAS director Felipe Mu�oz was ordered to give a public apology to the media and the agency as a whole was directed to take action against former detectives Martin Sierra D'German, Alvaro Ya�ez Ramirez and Vicente Cuellar Manrique Germain who were allegedly involved in the murders. [ColombiaReports/1March2011] Read the full article at http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/14675-das-condemned-by-council-of-state-for-m-19-murders.html
Thompson to Again Serve on Key Intelligence Committee. North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, was selected Thursday to serve as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence.
As the top-ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, Thompson will help oversee the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies and departments.
Specifically, Thompson will provide oversight for key intelligence activities, including: Identifying and counteracting security threats posed by espionage or terrorism; analyzing and assessing intelligence related to nuclear proliferation, narcotics smuggling, human trafficking and other potential threats; and acquiring sensitive information from human sources, either covertly or by debriefing. [ContraCostaTimes/3March2011] Read the full article at http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_17537921?nclick_check=1
American Faces Trial in Cuba on Spy Charges. American Alan Gross goes on trial Friday on charges of espionage, marking a new low in steadily deteriorating US-Cuban relations despite early hopes for improvement under US President Barack Obama.
Cuban prosecutors announced in early February that they would seek 20 years in prison for the 61-year-old businessman, who was arrested in December 2009 while working in Cuba as a State Department contractor.
His trial for "acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the state" is expected to last several days, and in Havana's diplomatic circles there is little doubt that the court will accede to the prosecution's demands.
US consular authorities, relatives of the accused and his family's lawyers are expected to be present during the court sessions, Cuban officials said in announcing the trial date. [Deiller/AP/3March2011] Read the full article at http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hpGi-rWZXg5KvYi1Wkhki-nkzwlg?docId=CNG.0ba1c2217af7fea4855cf2133828ae3b.691
Sailor Charged with Attempted Espionage is Held in Norfolk. A U.S. Navy sailor serving at Fort Bragg was charged Thursday with attempting to sell classified documents.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin, 22, of New York, was charged with attempting to forward classified information to a person not authorized to receive such information, a news release from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic public affairs office said. A court-martial date has not been set, but legal proceedings will take place at the Region Legal Service Office at Norfolk Naval Station.
Martin, an intelligence specialist, was arrested in December while he was assigned to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story in Virginia Beach. He was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in support of the Army and had been undergoing training at Fort Bragg in preparation for that deployment.
According to a warrant filed in Eastern District Court in North Carolina, Martin accepted a total of $3,500 from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for dozens of pages of documents that were classified either secret or top secret. [HamptonRoads/3March2011] Read the full article at http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/ncbased-sailor-charged-attempted-espionage
Austrian Spy Gets Suspended Sentence. A German court has given a one-year suspended prison sentence to an Austrian soldier who admitted to spying for Russia, marking the end of a 2007 espionage scandal that strained relations between Vienna and Moscow.
Harald Sodnikar, a helicopter technician in Austria's armed forces, accepted Tuesday's ruling but maintained that he did not divulge any military secrets, local media reported Thursday.
"The German judiciary was seemingly offended that Austria let go the Russian I had been in contact with, despite their extradition request," Sodnikar said in an interview with the Ober�sterreichische Nachrichten daily.
The court in Munich ruled that Sodnikar, 54, had helped an agent of the Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, to obtain technical documentation about Eurocopter helicopters.
But the SVR seemingly failed to get valuable military information like documents about Eurocopter's Tiger combat helicopter. [MoscowTimes/4March2011] Read the full article at http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/austrian-spy-gets-suspended-sentence/432032.html
Overclassification is "Irrelevant," Drake Prosecutors Say. Former National Security Agency official Thomas A. Drake, who was charged last year with unauthorized retention of classified information about controversial NSA programs, should not be allowed to argue in court that overclassification is widespread or that he was engaged in whistleblowing in the public interest, government attorneys said last week.
In a February 25 pre-trial motion prosecutors asked the Court "for an order barring the defense from introducing any evidence, presenting any defense, or making any argument relating to the legality, constitutionality or propriety of the rules and regulations governing the disclosure of classified information, including any opinion that the intelligence community 'overclassifies' information."
"The government anticipates that the defendant" may claim that the current classification system is overly inclusive and protects too much information. Alternatively, the defendant may claim that the current classification system is ineffectual or illegal and prevents his ability to air allegations of waste, fraud and abuse to the attention of the public," the motion stated.
"Any thoughts that the defendant may have had that the current regulatory scheme overclassifies information is [sic] irrelevant. It does not matter that the defendant may have believed that the current regulatory scheme classified too much information. His obligation in protecting classified information was to work within the clear set of rules governing the dissemination of potentially classified information."
Prosecutors went on to argue that their motion to exclude all discussion of overclassification from Mr. Drake's trial was actually in the best interests of the defendant, because they said any such discussion would reflect badly on him. [SecrecyNews/7March2011] Read the full article at http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2011/03/overclass_irrelevant.html
Egypt's Intelligence HQ Plundered. Decades of Egypt's intelligence secrets were being circulated in Cairo Sunday after protesters stormed the national security agency building, officials said.
Hundreds of demonstrators who camped outside the State Security Investigations agency since Friday ran unchecked throughout the building, grabbing computers and document-filled file cabinets, the al-Masry al-Youm news outlet reported.
The report said the agency was widely feared and there were widespread allegations of political torture. No one from the agency made any remarks to the media. [UPI/6March2011] Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/03/06/Egypts-intelligence-HQ-plundered/UPI-10711299426416/#ixzz1G1ExLwtA
DSU to Groom Cyber Sleuths. Sioux Falls native Mike Klein imagines a day when he's thwarting hackers or investigating cyber viruses for the CIA.
Thanks to a $1.3 million commitment of scholarship money to Dakota State University in Madison by the National Science Foundation, that day could be coming sooner than he ever dreamed.
In an effort to attract and retain students interested in cyber sleuthing for the CIA, National Security Agency and U.S. Homeland Security, the federal government announced last week that it has tabbed DSU as a source for cyber security professionals. [Young/ArgusLeader/6March2011] Read more at http://www.argusleader.com/article/20110306/NEWS/103060305/1001/DSU-groom-cyber-sleuths
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
For Vienna Man, Case of Notorious Spy Hanssen Hit Too Close to Home. One man was innocent. Another was guilty.
Guilty of spying for the Russians, of treason and espionage - of being a "mole" deep inside America's counterintelligence force for years, and for selling out his country for cash.
One man worked for the CIA, the other for the FBI. Both appeared to be devout Roman Catholics. And both lived on the same street in Vienna for several years.
Then, 10 years ago, on Feb. 18, 2001, one of the men was arrested at Foxstone Park in Vienna, near his home, just after an FBI surveillance team closed in on him.
He had just come back to his car, after placing a cache of highly classified federal documents at the "dead drop" site he regularly used to pass secrets to the Russians, in a spot tucked away under the bottom side of a wooden footbridge in the park.
"What took you so long?" was all he said to them.
Two days later, when the news of Robert Hanssen's arrest - after spying for 22 years - was announced, the other man - CIA senior counter-intelligence case officer Brian Kelley - learned that the suspicion was over.
After four long years, during which time he spent two years suspended from work and was repeatedly warned he was certainly discovered as the long-sought mole, he was released from a living hell. No longer were his days as a free man numbered. No longer did a possible death sentence for espionage loom over him.
At last, Kelley could tell his wife and three children their long nightmare was over. [Hoffman/FairfaxTimes/2March2011] Read the full article at http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/cms/story.php?id=3097
Philadelphia: 'Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs' Exhibit at National Constitution Center. If your knowledge of spies and terrorists is limited to the names of Benedict Arnold, Timothy McVeigh and Osama bin Laden, visit Philadelphia this spring and learn about anarchists and traitors that have haunted America since its birth.
On March 4, "Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America" opens in the National Constitution Center's new exhibition space in the Center's lower level. Created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, the exhibition combines artifacts, multimedia elements and interactive exhibits to reveal tales of espionage, treason and deception in the U.S. from 1776 to today.
The exhibition illustrates the challenge of balancing national security against the civil liberties on which our nation was founded. [Gardiner/LATimes/3March2011] Read the full article at http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-spies-exhibit-philadelphia-20110226,0,2332981.story
From Boy Soldier to US Spy. Classes were canceled in early 1945 as Soviet tanks rumbled closer to
Jauer, Gerhardt Thamm's hometown in the eastern hinterlands of Germany.
Many of the policemen were off fighting elsewhere, so Thamm and the other boys of Jauer were given gray Army uniforms, good boots and bad Italian rifles and ordered to deal with the refugees streaming in ahead of the advancing Soviets.
He was 14.
In February, Soviet tanks rolled into town, and Thamm fled into the mountains. Once there, he was put to work again - this time for German soldiers who needed people who knew the town.
Often wearing snow camouflage suits, traveling by ski and by sled, Thamm and other teens led soldiers into Soviet-controlled Jauer in nighttime missions. Their job: to rescue trapped and wounded civilians. Some were babies; Thamm said they taped their mouths shut so they couldn't cry.
The boy soldiers also went on patrols and manned watch points along the thin German lines.
On one mission, Thamm shot and killed a Soviet soldier he stumbled upon. The Soviet had turned his rifle toward Thamm and a German soldier, but Thamm fired first. In the confusion, Thamm was knocked to the ground, his face landing inches from the dead Soviet - a blond youth not much older than Thamm.
There were tens of millions of stories that came out of World War II. And that's just one that can be told by Thamm, who's now 80 and living with his wife, Suanne, in old-town Fernandina Beach.
Their house, part of which dates to the 1870s, has a long front porch with chairs on it and fans in the ceiling. It's the perfect, peaceful place to sit and chat with neighbors passing on the narrow streets.
They've been there 17 years, after visiting the town on a whim while driving down I-95.
"It's the first place in Florida that has 'beach' in its name," Suanne had said. "Let's look at it."
The Thamms moved to Fernandina from northern Virginia, where she worked for the Library of Congress and he had a long career in the American intelligence community. Thamm still can't talk about some of the work he did, but in recent years he's told the old stories of his young life in two elegantly written books: "Boy Soldier" and "The Making of a Spy."
They draw a portrait of a man who could have had at least two movies made about him by the time he hit his mid-20s: He's been a teen soldier, a slave laborer, a refugee, an emigrant and, eventually, an American spy in Berlin.
He had fake names and fake IDs, carried a gun and told all kinds of useful lies. Those were the tools and habits of an undercover agent living a double life in Cold War Berlin, which a veteran spy partner called "the most dangerous chunk of earth in Europe."
George Alznauer, 68, is a retired FBI agent who has befriended Thamm in Fernandina Beach.
Thamm, in conversation, downplays the risk of his spy work in Berlin, but his friend is more straightforward:
"One misstep would result in your certain death - that's the way the spy game was operated back then."
Joe Milewski is 83, living in Erie, Pa. In the 1950s, he worked with Thamm as a spy for military intelligence; Milewski was in a support role, providing money, transportation and the like for field agents such as Thamm.
Thamm was a natural undercover operative, Milewski said. He knew the language, the customs, the people. He could think on his feet and pretend to be someone he wasn't.
"It was important work," says Milewski. "For a young man, it's exciting also, for someone who's looking for adventure. It took a lot of guts to do what he did."
Thamm was born in America in 1930 to German parents who had moved to Detroit. His father worked for Ford, but that job vanished in the Depression. When Thamm was 2, his family moved back to Germany, to his grandfather's farm, into a house that started life as a fortress in the 1300s.
It was in the province of Silesia, on Germany's eastern border, in country that is now Poland.
The family worked the farm in peace until the war. Then his father, not a Nazi party member and quite disdainful of the goons running the government, was drafted and sent to an anti-aircraft unit in Austria.
Still, on the farm, the war seemed far away - until early 1945, when the Soviets began pushing in from the east.
That's when Thamm, a schoolboy with no school to go to, became a soldier. There was no pay, of course, but he and his fellow teens were fed and felt important - "playing with the big boys," as Thamm puts it now.
"We were just there, you know," he says. "There was nothing else to do, anyway." [Jacksonville.com/6March2011] Read the full article at http://jacksonville.com/lifestyles/2011-03-06/story/boy-soldier-us-spy#ixzz1FqRwiyv7
Section III - COMMENTARY
Another American Spy for the Soviets Dies - and the Left Regards Her as a Hero. Every day, it seems, The New York Times reports on the death of another American Communist, or an American Communist who saw fit to join up with the KGB as an espionage agent for Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. This time, the obituary by Sam Roberts is about Judith
Coplon, who over sixty years ago was arrested by the FBI in a classic sting operation. The Bureau's agents, having received solid data from the then secret Venona decrypts of KGB messages from Moscow Central to its American agents, fed her false data about atomic power. As they hoped, the 27-year-old
Coplon, who was then working at the Justice Department as a political analyst, took off to meet her lover and handler, KGB agent Valentin A.
Gubitchev, to whom she planned to hand over the materials.
The Russian and Coplon were both arrested in 1949 under the Third Avenue subway line (which no longer exists) in Manhattan, and Coplon was caught red-handed. As it turned out, America's democratic legal system protects even those Americans who were actual Soviet agents. Coplon, although found guilty by the jury of espionage in 1949 and conspiracy with Gubitchev in 1950, had both of the convictions overturned. The FBI neglected to follow protocol; they illegally heard conversations with her lawyer, and also had arrested her on "probable cause" without a necessary warrant for her arrest.
Thus the civil liberties of the system Coplon wanted to destroy worked to protect her, even though she was totally guilty. Like Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs, Coplon went to her death proclaiming that she was not a Communist and that she was innocent. "The only crime I can be said to be guilty of," Coplon had later said, "is that I knew a Russian." She also said: "I will always say that I'm innocent and that I'm being framed."
What is most amazing about her passing, however, is the defense on her behalf told to Roberts by Coplon's daughter, Emily Socolov. Like historian Staughton Lynd, whom I noted a week ago acknowledged the Rosenbergs' guilt but argued that the couple had a moral obligation as Communists and "citizens of the world" to spy for the Soviet Union. Socolov told the following to journalist Roberts:
"The subject of her innocence or guilt was something that she would strictly not address...It's very hair-raising to read about your mother being given a code name and moved around like a chess piece. Was she a spy? I think it's another question that I ask: Was she part of a community that felt that they were going to bring, by their actions, an age of peace and justice and an equal share for all and the abolishing of color lines and class lines?
If these were things that she actually did, she was not defining them as espionage. If you feel that what you're doing answers to a higher ideal, it's not treason."
Rather than admit the obvious truth that she was guilty - a conclusion made by the U.S. Court of Appeals, which noted that "her guilt is plain," and confirmed by the Venona releases in the past decade - Socolov justifies her acts by implying that she does not believe that her mother was a spy, but that even if she was, she was doing it to "bring an age of peace and justice and an equal share for all," as well as the abolishing of class and color lines!
One must ask: how? By spying for Joseph Stalin, who murdered millions of his own subjects and who embarked on a vicious and murderous campaign of anti-Semitism in the final years of his life? This is the same Stalin who was waging an expansionist foreign policy that led to the decades-long Cold War with the West and was trying to create the fall of Western governments in France and Italy in order to spread the Soviet empire.
Coplon was not acting as a deluded American Communist who tried to organize labor unions and break the color bar in the South, but as an American spy for the Soviet Union. By making her argument, Socolov does not seem to realize she is actually saying that both actions are one and the same. Communists did both, and their motives are what must count, not the result of their actions. [Radosh/PajamasMedia/2March2011] Read the full article at http://pajamasmedia.com/ronradosh/2011/03/02/another-american-spy-for-the-soviets-dies-and-the-left-regards-her-as-a-hero/
Libya: What should CIA be doing? With the future of Libya still in the balance, some CIA operations veterans think it's well past time the spy agency went past just trying to keep tabs on what's going on and arm the rebels.
"This guy, Gaddafi, has been an enemy of ours for decades," says Charles Faddis, who led a secret CIA mission into northern Iraq before the 2003 invasion.
"Now his people have risen up against him and are attempting to do what we never could, depose him. We should have been in there a week ago, arming the opposition and providing whatever other assistance we can."
The agency's success in Afghanistan in 2001, leading troops and directing air strikes that routed the Taliban in matter of weeks show that "both CIA and Special Forces have broad capabilities, as displayed in Afghanistan in 2001, to work with indigenous forces in fast moving, fluid situations like this," Faddis added.
President Obama said today that he had "instructed...all those who are involved in international affairs to examine is a full range of options," which presumably includes the CIA and other special operations assets.
The administration should definitely not send troops when CIA and special operations units are suited for the situation, said a former top military intelligence official in Afghanistan who asked for anonymity because he still works on international issues.
But he ticked off a list of things U.S. secret agents could and should be doing in Libya, which included:
* Intelligence and communications support to the rebels;
* Weapons and ammunition to the rebels;
* SIGINT [signals intelligence, or electronic eavesdropping] on the regime;
* HUMINT [human intelligence] to infiltrate and subvert the regime, recruiting others to do the dirty work if necessary, and
* Covert operations to further weaken regime infrastructure.
Another senior former CIA operations official, who cannot be named because he still consults with U.S. intelligence agencies, agreed.
"CIA should be on the ground collecting intelligence, but should also be in touch with the rebels. They should provide weapons, training and guidance to remove Gaddafi. They should be helping the opposition to establish radio and press capabilities - we used to have radio flyaway kits that could be sent in with 24-48 hours and used to set up radio stations." [Stein/WashingtonPost/4March2011] Read the full article at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/03/libya_what_should_cia_be_doing.html
America and Pakistan: Stuck with You. Chalk up one point to Pakistan's military-intelligence service, the
ISI, and none to America's. In a test of strength over the fate of an American agent, awaiting trial for murder, it is clear who is emerging the stronger. The agent is Raymond Davis, whom America now admits worked in some way for the CIA. He shot and killed two apparent robbers on a motorbike, in a busy street in Lahore in late January. An American driver, perhaps working for the CIA, then accidentally killed a third man while rushing to the scene. A little later the despairing wife of one of the victims committed suicide.
That miserable run of events has left ordinary Pakistanis furious. Mr. Davis is such a figure of hate as he languishes in a Lahore jail that even his guards are kept unarmed for fear they might kill him. Anti-Americanism, always high, is soaring.
Had Pakistan wished, Mr. Davis might have been quietly whisked away. The Americans, from Barack Obama down, say he has diplomatic immunity. That seems wrong - Mr. Davis's name was not put on a diplomatic list until after he had fired his shots. But Pakistani officials might once have gone along with the fiction. The civilian government probably wanted to do so. Asif Zardari, the president, had been hoping to go to Washington this month and craves a visit to Pakistan by Mr. Obama. He needs American and IMF cash to prop up a failing economy.
Yet Mr. Zardari was too weak to let Mr. Davis go. Political rivals grabbed a tempting stick with which to bash his derided government. In Punjab an alliance between his party and the opposition has crumbled, a sign that parties may be preparing for an early national election.
More important, the ISI made sure that Mr. Davis could not be released. It briefed journalists on American lies about his immunity, helping stir public anger. The press made lurid claims that the American had been trying to plant evidence that terrorists have nuclear-weapons material, as an excuse for outsiders somehow to seize Pakistan's treasured nuclear arsenal. [Economist/4March2011] Read the full article at http://www.economist.com/node/18289296
More Korean Chaos. Sunday, a new nuclear-weapons program; yesterday, an unprovoked and deadly attack on a neighbor: When nutty North Korea makes the headlines, you can bet it's not good news.
Over the weekend, word broke that the regime, in addition to the plutonium-based program that's produced several bombs, has a parallel, uranium-based nuke effort.
Housed in a building at the site of the plutonium program at Yongbyon, the uranium plant is reportedly "ultra-modern," suggesting that the impoverished North received some sort of outside help (e.g., from Iran).
Pyongyang's developing uranium-enrichment capability could be for making fuel rods for power-generating nuclear reactors - but the more likely use is producing highly enriched uranium for bombs.
Yesterday morning, we woke to learn that North Korean artillery shelled - without provocation - the nearby South Korean island of Yeonpyeong in the Yellow Sea, killing nearly 20 soldiers and civilians.
That attack is just the latest major provocation this year. This spring, a North Korean mini-sub sank a South Korean warship, with the loss of 40-some lives.
Indeed, the regime propaganda machine will likely insist that young Kim, who was elevated to four-star general in a recent ceremony despite a total lack of military experience, valiantly led the "counter-attack" against the South Korean "puppet regime."
What provocative act will the regime undertake next to burnish Gen. Kim's reputation?
Indeed, news of its atomic activities will make North Korea a veritable nuclear Walmart, where bargain "shoppers" can go to stock up on nuclear knowledge, bombs or ballistic missiles.
China Challenge: Analysts talk of Beijing as key to managing Pyongyang, and they're probably right. China, as a major power in the 'hood and a big donor to North Korea, has a lot of sway.
But the Chinese have proven either unable or unwilling to rope in Pyongyang's bad behavior. Beijing's embrace of the regime after the ship sinking and ho-hum response to yesterday's shelling sure makes it look like the latter. [NYPost/6March2011] Read the full article at http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/more_korean_chaos_KvvVlbUn5bIxDybkjO268L#ixzz1FkbYbNZq
Section IV - BOOKS, OBITUARIES, RESEARCH REQUESTS AND COMING EVENTS
A Covert Affair: When CIA Agents Fall In Love. Like many couples, Robert and Dayna Baer met at work, fell in love and got married.
Unlike many couples, the Baers met while they were part of a covert team of CIA operatives sent into Bosnia to protect a high-ranking CIA official, who had been targeted for assassination by Hezbollah. Robert's job was to find out where Hezbollah's safe houses were and what they were up to on a daily basis - his later books about the CIA, See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil, became the basis for the 2005 George Clooney film Syriana. Dayna provided technical surveillance and acted as a bodyguard.
Several months after they returned to the United States, Robert and Dayna ran into each other at CIA headquarters. They were both married but separated from their spouses - and they decided to go out for dinner.
"We went to dinner and went on a ski trip to France, and that was about it," Dayna says. "After that, we were together from then on."
Now retired, the Baers have written about their relationship and their years in the CIA in The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story. It's no secret, they say, that CIA employees often date each other. [NPR/7March2011] Read the full article at http://www.npr.org/2011/03/07/134330700/a-covert-affair-when-cia-agents-fall-in-love
Judith Coplon, Haunted by Espionage Case, Dies at 88. Judith Socolov, who as a diminutive Barnard graduate named Judith Coplon was convicted of espionage more than 60 years ago after embracing a utopian vision of communism and falling in love with a Soviet agent, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was 88.
Judith Coplon won a good-citizenship award in high school and a full scholarship to Barnard, where she majored in history and was a member of the Young Communist League.
Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Emily Socolov. A longtime Brooklyn resident, the elder Ms. Socolov had been living in the Bronx.
Judith Coplon was a 5-foot-tall, 27-year-old political analyst for the Justice Department when she was arrested by the F.B.I. in 1949 with the Soviet agent Valentin A. Gubitchev on a Manhattan street corner. She had been identified from intercepted Soviet cables.
But her convictions for espionage in 1949 and for conspiracy (with Mr. Gubitchev) in 1950 were overturned - in one case because federal agents overheard conversations with her lawyer, and in the other because she was arrested on probable cause but without a warrant.
Still, the United States Court of Appeals concluded that "her guilt is plain," and Soviet documents released years later supported that conclusion.
"She was a very high priority to the F.B.I.," John Earl Haynes, a cold war historian at the Library of Congress, said on Monday, "because she was clearly in a Justice Department office, the Foreign Agents Registration Section, that was receiving the F.B.I.'s own counterespionage reports."
While her appeals were pending, Ms. Coplon (pronounced COPE-lon) married one of her lawyers, Albert Socolov, a decorated D-Day veteran. The court restricted their honeymoon to within 100 miles of New York City.
After the verdicts were reversed, Ms. Coplon - now Ms. Socolov - lived in obscurity, raising four children, earning a master's degree in education, publishing bilingual books, tutoring women in prison in creative writing, and, with her husband, running two Mexican restaurants in Manhattan (the Beach House in TriBeCa and Alameda on the Upper West Side).
Ms. Socolov refused to discuss her relationship with Mr. Gubitchev, a Russian working at the United Nations, or her legal ordeal. "The subject of her innocence or guilt was something that she would strictly not address," Emily Socolov said. [Roberts/NYTimes/2March2011] Read the entire article at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/us/02coplon.html?_r=1
Door de Graaf. Door de Graaf, who has died in Holland aged 90, helped run the Dutch section of SOE during the Second World War and married two of its most celebrated agents.
Dodie Sherston, as she was then, was working as a clerk at the Ministry of Economic Warfare in Berkeley Square when, in 1943, her Aunt "Outoo" took her to see The Silver Fleet, a film about the Dutch Navy. The outing was followed by dinner in Chinatown, where they shared a table with a young Dutch pilot, Jos Sipkes.
He introduced Dodie to the "Oranjehaven", a club established in 1942 in Bayswater, where escaping "Engelandvaarders" (young Dutchmen who had fled to England to join the Allies) were looked after. Dodie befriended Sally Noach, a Jewish boy who taught her Dutch, and began working at the centre, welcoming the exiles and making them feel at home.
She soon fell in love with Peter Tazelaar, a dashing Dutch sailor who would become involved in carrying out secret assignments for Queen Wilhelmina. He was later celebrated for a mission in which he was dropped at the Dutch coast by submarine wearing a dinner jacket, managing to get past German patrols by pretending to be a drunken reveller (an incident said to have inspired the opening scene in the James Bond movie Goldfinger). They married in secret, Dodie fearing her father's disapproval since Tazelaar was part Indonesian.
The marriage did not last. In January 1944 a Dutch resistance fighter, Kas de Graaf, arrived in London to warn that the SOE network in Holland had, for more than two years, been under the control of German counter-espionage in an operation known as Das Englandspiel, and that agents dropped over Holland were jumping straight into the arms of the Gestapo. De Graaf became second-in-command of a reorganised SOE Dutch network, in day-to-day charge of its agents, and ably supported by the department's new assistant, Dodie Sherston.
At the end of the war, she followed de Graaf to Holland, where she continued working for special forces for a year before being demobbed. They married in 1946 and, while bringing up their four children, Door (as she was now known) found work as a translator, first at Royal Dutch/Shell, then at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, and finally as senior linguist at the Dutch Foreign Ministry.
She was born Dorothy Sherston at Dallam Tower, her mother's family home in the Lake District town of Milnthorpe, on March 1 1920, into a family of empire builders. Her great-grandfather, General AH Bamfield, had been Inspector-General of Police in the Punjab and South Africa. Her great-great-uncle, Field-Marshal Earl Roberts, VC, was a former Governor-General of India and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.
Her grandfather, Colonel Jack Sherston, aide-de-camp to Roberts during the second Afghan war, was killed by friendly fire at Talana Hill in one of the first engagements of the Boer War. After this incident, Dodie's father Geoffrey and his siblings were installed with their mother in a grace-and-favour apartment at Hampton Court Palace; the following year Geoffrey's brother Reggie was a page at the coronation of King Edward VII.
Two days after Dodie was born her mother succumbed to puerperal fever and her father, who managed a Lancashire cotton mill and subsequently became a land agent, soon married Monica Barrett, his late wife's first cousin, with whom he had three more children.
Dodie, who was educated at Felixtowe College, grew up in country houses managed by her father, whom she idolised. Her happiest memories, however, were of holidays spent with her paternal aunt Ethel "Outoo" Dugdale, mistress of Sezincote in Gloucestershire, a noted suffragette and the mother of John Dugdale, later shadow colonial secretary under Hugh Gaitskell. Outoo's upper-class iconoclasm inspired the young Dorothy and provided some respite from the staid conservatism of her normal social circle.
When the Second World War broke out, family members threw themselves into the war effort, Dodie's father as a colonel in the Home Guard; his brother Reggie as an brigadier; and Dodie at the Ministry of Economic Warfare, where her job involved checking shipping cargo dockets for signs of deception and concealed weaponry - which she never found.
Later, after the collapse of her second marriage to Kas de Graaf in the 1960s, Door de Graaf became involved, in a gentle way, with the Dutch women's movement and helped to found a Vrouwenschool - where women could develop their personal, professional and artistic interests.
But a more enduring legacy arose out of her frustration at being unable to find the right kind of support for her eldest son, who had mental health problems. In the early 1970s she teamed up with other parents in a similar position to establish the Cli�ntenbond, an association that is now an established element of mental health provision in the Netherlands. [Telegraph/2March2011] Read the full article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/special-forces-obituaries/8357926/Door-de-Graaf.html
Ben Bonk, CIA Analyst Who Dealt with Libya, Dies. Ben Bonk, a top CIA official who played a key role in Moammar Gaddafi's renunciation of weapons of mass destruction, died quietly at his home in McLean on Feb. 26. He was 56 and had skin cancer, a friend said.
Bonk was involved in some of the most important events in modern counterterrorism history, from the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, to warning President Bush about impending al- Qaeda attacks, to secret meetings with Gaddafi's intelligence chief, Musa Kusa, that led to Libya's WMD disarmament and cooperation with Washington against al-Qaeda.
At the time of his death, he was head of the CIA's Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program. He had also been deputy chief of the Counterterrorism Center and, before that, national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, among other ranking positions.
About 40 former agency colleagues, friends and admirers, including CIA Director Leon Panetta, former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin, and Cofer Black, head of the agency's Counterterrorism Center at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, gathered to honor Bonk's life at services in Vienna last Thursday.
"The agency family is saddened by the loss of Ben Bonk, a stand-out intelligence officer and consummate public servant who leaves an impressive legacy," CIA spokesman George Little said in a statement over the weekend. "He was a gifted analyst, extraordinary teacher, and thoughtful manager. We'll always remember him as a great person - someone who combined superior intellect with a terrific sense of humor. Our hearts go out to his wonderful family."
Ken Robinson, a former Army Special Forces officer, recalled meeting Bonk during a patrol against Iranian gunboats that were attacking Western shipping in the Persian Gulf in 1987 and 1988.
Bonk was an analyst in the Joint Intelligence Liaison Element, which was supporting U.S. combat operations. Analysts usually sat at desks, far from the action, writing reports. Not Bonk.
"Every day, he asked to join me on combat operations, because he wanted to have total ground truth of the situation we were facing," Robinson said in an interview Sunday.
"It was important to him not to be the second or the third source, but to smell the cordite and to understand the issues. He was not swashbuckling, or arrogant, and he was not there doing it for his manhood. He was doing it to be able to accurately define what is the issue. And to do that you had to get out and get salt in your face and see it for yourself."
One night they came under fire from one of the Iranian swiftboats, Robinson said. Bonk "picked up a 60 millimeter machine gun and returned fire." There were no casualties.
In September 2000, Bonk was on a team of CIA officials who traveled to Crawford, Tex., to brief presidential candidate George W. Bush.
"To highlight the danger of terrorists obtaining chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons," the 9/11 Commission report said, "Bonk brought along a mock-up suitcase to evoke the way the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult had spread deadly sarin nerve agent on the Tokyo subway in 1995." (In fact, the operatives carried packets of liquid sarin wrapped in newspapers that they punctured with sharpened umbrella tips.) "Bonk told Bush that Americans would die from terrorism during the next four years." [Stein/WashingtonPost/7March2011] Read the full article at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/03/ben_bonk_cia_analyst_who_dealt.html
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in March and April 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, 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.
RSVP to email@example.com
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.
RSVP to email@example.com
Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 4:30 pm - Washington, DC - Application of Forensic Science to Intelligence Analysis with John M. DeMaggio, FBI SAC, at Institute of World Politics.
Application of Forensic Science to Intelligence Analysis with John M. DeMaggio Special Agent in Charge (ret)/ Captain USN (ret) at the Institute of World Politics,
1521 16th St NW,
Washington, DC 20036.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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): firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 paid at the door, please RSVP via email by no later than Friday March 18, 2011, and indicate whether you will have lunch. Email: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com
Saturday, 26 March 2011, 2 pm - West Kennebunk, Maine - AFIO Maine hosts "The Failing American Education System and Its Impact on National Security" and "The Muslim Brotherhood - How Dangerous Are They?" featuring by Beverly and Michael Goldstein
The AFIO Maine Chapter hosts Beverly Goldstein, Ph.D., who created the first security/intelligence symposium for high school students. She is involved in efforts to improve the quality and accuracy of textbooks through peer review and in developing programs for secondary students. One of her projects is a high school textbook on national security/global threats. In 2009 she received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award presented by Director Robert S. Mueller, III.
Michael Goldstein, an attorney, will address the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood and its activities in the U.S. Michael is a retired naval cryptologic officer who served 26 years in the active Naval Reserve which took him to many stations in the U.S. and overseas. He is currently President of the AFIO Northern Ohio Chapter; his wife, Bev, is Secretary. They co-hosted the 2010 AFIO National Intelligence Symposium on "Intelligence and National Security on the Great Lakes and Northern Border".
This meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Dorothy Stevens Center in West Kennebunk.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CENTER FROM THE MAINE TURNPIKE; Coming Northbound on the Turnpike: Turn right at the end of the exit ramp, cross over the Turnpike, go straight through the set of lights. There is a flashing red light at .8 miles. Turn right here onto Thompson Road. The Dorothy Stevens Center is .4 miles on the right, a small white building between the middle school and fire station. Coming Southbound on the Turnpike, turn left at the exit ramp onto Route 35. At the set of lights turn right onto Main St. It will be .8 miles to the flashing red light. Turn right here onto Thompson Road and follow above directions to the Center. For information call 207-967-4298.
29 March 2011 - Reston, VA - GEOINT 101 - 1 day course
A one-day course providing an introduction to the fundamentals of the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community, core GEOINT technologies and operations, and the role of GEOINT in national security affairs supporting decision makers and operations.
More information available at http://usgif.org/education/geoint101
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
5-6 April 2011 - St Louis, MO - NGA Tech Showcase West
For more information at http://usgif.org/events/NGAWest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
11-12 April 2011 - Chantilly, VA - Warfare Without Kinetics: Conducting Information Warfare and Information Operations: As Is and Could Be/Should Be - theme of NMIA classified symposium
The National Military Intelligence Association two day Classified Symposium will be held at the TASC Heritage Center in Chantilly, VA at the SECRET-US ONLY Classification level
The focus of the symposium will be on the current and future state of Information Warfare, Information Operations, and the role of the military intelligence community in supporting policymakers and operators. The Symposium will open with a review of the current art, science, and practice of information warfare and information operations by MG Michael Flynn. The Symposium will then consider current international and domestic legal constraints on Information Warfare and Information Operations. The Symposium will then dive into current operations to identify current and projected intelligence requirements from the perspective of policymakers and operators. The Symposium current and future mechanisms used by the IC to satisfy those requirements. The Symposium will conclude with an assessment of what future Information Warfare and Information Operations could be by Chris Inglis, Deputy Director, National Security Agency.
To register: https://nmia.site-ym.com/events/register.asp?id=145279
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 email@example.com
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 attach�, 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!
Saturday, 16 April 2011, 10 am - 2:30 pm - Salem, MA - The AFIO New England Chapter holds their quarterly meeting with luncheon featuring novelist Joe Finder on "Buried Secrets."
Our schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, membership meeting
1130 – 1200. Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM.
Our afternoon speaker will be Chapter Member Joe Finder, a nationally famous novelist whose new Nick Heller novel due out this summer. He is the author of several hit novels, and one was made into the movie "High Crimes" with Morgan Freeman. Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
Overnight Accommodations: the Salem Waterfront Hotel located in Salem MA. The hotel web site is here: http://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/. For directions to the hotel look here: http://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/location.html
Information about Salem MA and local hotels can be found here: http://salem.org/
For additional information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINES to register: Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person.
Luncheon reservations must be made by 4 April 2011.
Mail your check and the reservation form to:
Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446; 617-739-7074 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.432.4771 or LtCol Sal Viscuso at email@example.com,or 703.432.5251
29-30 April 2011 - Nottingham, UK - Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, UK
This will be a major conference to allow scholars to explore and debate the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and its place within the wider realms of post-war American politics and culture. There will be a focus on the place of the CIA in the post-war of American diplomacy and foreign policy, and also the more general public reception of the subject through the medium of memoirs, film and fiction.
The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs episode, when the CIA's failed attempt to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba placed the Agency under the public spotlight and triggered debates over its role in US foreign policy that have never really subsided.
The conference seeks to integrate international and cultural approaches to provide a comprehensive approach to CIA history. In addition to examining the treatment of the CIA within American diplomatic history and national security policy, it also views history as a form of cultural production. Accordingly, this is an inter-disciplinary conference brings together a wide array of distinguished experts from the fields of history, international relations, American studies, film studies and literature. Overall, this conference represents a unique opportunity to examine and debate the multi-faceted development of the CIA within post-war American and international history.
A draft programme and further details about the conference and booking can be found at -
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