AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #10-11 dated 15 March 2011

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British Security Service 'Needs More Spies.' The Security Service MI5 needs to recruit and train more surveillance specialists before the control order regime for terror suspects can be relaxed, the Government says.

Security minister Baroness Neville-Jones, a former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, said sufficient surveillance needed to be in place "to give the necessary security to the public".

"That surveillance doesn't exist at the moment," the Tory Home Office minister told peers. "Individuals have to be recruited. People have to be trained. We need extra capacity and capability."

She was responding to calls from former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Macdonald of River Glaven (Lib Dem) and former terrorism laws reviewer Lord Lloyd of Berwick (Ind), a retired law lord, for an early relaxation of restrictions on the eight people currently subject to control orders.

Lord Macdonald argued that a more relaxed regime, as planned by the coalition for next year, would increase the chances of gathering incriminating evidence that would allow the suspects to be prosecuted.

Lord Macdonald's recent review of the controversial control order regime resulted in the Government's proposed and less restrictive Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure (TPIM) as its replacement. [AP/9March2011]  Read the full article at 

Colorado Woman Admits Aiding Foreign Terrorist Cell. A Colorado woman admitted Tuesday she helped a terrorist cell that hoped to incite Islamic holy war, and her lawyer said she was "part of something that was much larger, much more complex than she ever knew."

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, Colo., conspired with others to get military training in South Asia and moved to Ireland in 2009 to join the group, federal prosecutors said.

Court papers released Tuesday give a glimpse of the goals of the Algerian man she married in Ireland. Her husband sought to recruit "brothers & sisters" to train with the group known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, prosecutors said; the group is an al-Qaida offshoot that has focused its efforts inside Algeria and has never attempted an attack on the U.S.

The documents also say he wanted to recruit people to train with Pakistan's lead intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence. The agency, while a sometimes unreliable ally for the U.S., is also an essential partner for combating terrorism inside Pakistan. [Dale/Forbes/8March2011]  Read the full article at 

CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages.  Many Americans don't learn a second or a third language from birth, let alone a language that the CIA or U.S. Foreign Service might want. The situation has forced U.S. government agencies to learn how to cultivate the most talented second-language speakers from among college students with little to no other-language expertise.

But experts who help select and train raw talent also see an opportunity in the mass of recruits who start out speaking only English. That's because the U.S. represents a living laboratory for observing how adult brains change over time as they struggle to adapt to the new grammar and vocabulary of a second language.

"In U.S. education, we don't develop early bilinguals," said Catherine Doughty, a language expert at the University of Maryland. "We're dealing with monolinguals or people who have only studied foreign language, so that they don't really have any proficiency."

Doughty spoke as part of a panel on Feb. 19 during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Washington, D.C. She and other speakers described the typical U.S. second-language program as being a series of disjointed classes where students often repeated what they had learned before.

"Imagine math [programs] where the middle school says, 'We don't have any idea about what you studied,' so you learn it again. It's the same with high school," said Robert O. Slater, director of the U.S. National Security Education Program.

That situation drove Slater and the government to develop a flagship program for finding the most promising college students and putting them through intensive language learning. Yet researchers have just begun to figure out how to predict the most promising language students, and how to measure their progress.

The CIA has aimed to boost its ranks of foreign language speakers, with a special focus on recruiting speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Korean, Pashtu, Persian, Russian and Urdu.  [LiveScience/8March2011]  Read the full article at

Iran Continues its 'Drive to Enrich Uranium,' Defense Agency's Chief Says.  Iran has produced "more than enough" low-enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon, if it were to further enrich and process the material for bomb use, according to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

United Nations sanctions "are not stopping Iran's drive to enrich uranium" for potential nuclear weapons, says Army Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess, director of the DIA.

Sanctions haven't slowed operation of Iran's heavy water nuclear reactor or the installation at its Natanz facility of more centrifuges that could enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels, Burgess says in a statement prepared for the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"Iran has installed nearly 9,000 centrifuges at Natanz and accumulated more than enough" 3.5 percent enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon, if it further enriches and processes the material to higher levels, Burgess says.

The number of centrifuges is up from 3,000 in late 2007, according to U.S. intelligence estimates. Centrifuges are machines that can enrich uranium for use in nuclear power plants or to fuel nuclear weapons. [Capaccio/Bloomberg/9March2011]  Read the full article at

Guantanamo Policy Risks Long-Term Harm to US, Former CIA Official Writes.  President Obama's decision to go ahead with military tribunals at Guantánamo and authorize indefinite detention of prisoners represents a final retreat from his campaign promise to close the controversial facility.

Although Obama signed an order in 2009 to shutter the prison, the order was never fully implemented, and lawmakers have balked at the idea of bringing accused terrorists to the US for trial.

Obama's change of heart on Guantánamo has disappointed many of his supporters, especially because Guantánamo was seen as emblematic of former president George W. Bush's approach to foreign policy. Now Bush's detainee policy appears to have the blessing of his Democratic successor.

And one former CIA official now at Harvard, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, writes that the apparently permanent place of the Guantánamo prison in American foreign policy will do lasting damage to the image of the US:

"As a retired CIA officer, I'm not "soft" on terrorism. I'm not advocating that we release dangerous terrorists. I am not saying that U.S. laws should apply to the detainees as for citizens. But even our enemies deserve due process under the law. Even our enemies - especially our enemies - deserve a form of swift and fair justice. If some of these men are released and return to threaten us one day, then so be it; we must not be guided by fear...[Wirzbicki/BostonGlobe/10March2011]  Read the full article at

Russia May Exchange Spy with US for Accused Arms Trader.  Russia may exchange a former military officer convicted of spying for the United States for a Russian national accused by the U.S. of illegal arms trading, local media reported Wednesday.

Citing a source, Interfax news agency said former army officer Andrei Khlychyov might be exchanged for Russian national Viktor Bout. The Moscow City Court last week sentenced Khlychyov to 18 years in jail for spying for the United States.

"The possibility is now being considered of exchanging Khlychyov sentenced for espionage by the Moscow Court for a Russian confined abroad, probably Bout," the source was quoted by Interfax as saying.  [Xinhuanet/9March2011]  Read the full article at

Poland Intelligence Officials Say 300 Foreign Diplomats In Country Are Agents.  Poland's leading intelligence agency believes there are about 300 foreign spies working in the country.

The Internal Security Agency gave the figure Thursday amid efforts to enact a law that would make any espionage illegal in Poland.  [CanadianPress/10March2011]  Read the full article at

Senator Urges US Spy Chief Be Fired.  A US senator called Thursday for US spy chief James Clapper to be fired for calling Russia and China "mortal" threats to the United States and saying Libya's Moamer Kadhafi would defeat a rebellion.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham cited two previous public missteps by the national intelligence director, notably a February comment that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was "secular, and said the latest comments were the last straw.

"Three strikes and you're out," Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Fox News, pointing to Clapper's comments on China and Russia in testimony to the panel.

The White House said it had "full faith and confidence" in Clapper, and other senior senators broke with Graham's call for his removal.

In a statement, Graham said Clapper's comments on Kadhafi were "not helpful to our national security interests" and "will make the situation more difficult for those opposing" the Libyan strongman.

"Some of his analysis could prove to be accurate, but it should not have been made in such a public forum. If he felt the need to say what he did, then they should have moved into closed session," said Graham.

"Unfortunately, this isn't the first questionable comment from the DNI Director. However it should be the final straw," the lawmaker said.  [AP/10March2011]  Read the full article at

Prosecutors to Use Code in NSA Leaks Trial.  Prosecutors plan to use code during the trial of an alleged U.S. spy agency whistle-blower to keep classified documents secret, U.S. officials said.

Prosecutors plan to use the unusual "silent witness" procedure in the case of Thomas Drake, accused of leaking secrets, illegally keeping classified documents at his home, lying to FBI agents investigating the case and destroying evidence.  [UPI/10March2011]  Read the full article at

Pakistan Extends Term of Spy Chief.  The head of Pakistan's intelligence agency will not be stepping down next week as originally planned.

Pakistani Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar told reporters Saturday the government will extend the term of Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha at the Inter Services Intelligence agency, also known as the ISI.

He did not say how much longer Pasha would serve.  [VOANews/12March2011]  Read the full article at

White House Contradicts Top Spy on Libya.  The White House is challenging the assessment of Libya by the top U.S. intelligence officer, who testified Thursday that Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi is dominating the rebels trying to overthrow him and could prevail unless the United States and its allies intervene.

"We believe that Gadhafi is in this for the long haul," National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress. "Right now, he seems to have staying power unless some other dynamic changes at this time."

Gadhafi maintains control of the Libyan military, including its air force, while the rebel force remains largely unorganized and poorly armed.

But the White House quickly countered Clapper's claim, saying the "dynamic" abroad is already shifting and military strength alone won't dictate the outcome of the conflict.  [WashingtonExaminer/12March2011]  Read the full article at

Taiwan Ruling Party to Pay Chinese Spies.  A Taiwan court has ordered the island's ruling party to pay $2.8 million compensation to 17 Chinese nationals arrested in China while spying for the party over 20 years ago, according to a report.

The agents, based in Beijing and Shanghai, were recruited by the Kuomintang (KMT) party to spy on China in the 1980s and were arrested after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, said the Taipei-based China Times, on Saturday.

They were later sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 18 years, the paper said.

A former agent, identified only by his surname Tang, was quoted by the paper as saying that he was recruited by the KMT while he was an engineer stationed in Iraq.

Tang, who filed the lawsuit in the Taipei district court on behalf of the group, said the KMT promised "hefty compensation" in the event of their arrests but had abandoned them after they were caught, the report said.

The court rejected the KMT's arguments that the agents were working for the Taiwan government and therefore the compensation should come from state coffers, it said.

Court officials were not immediately available for comment.  [AP/12March2011]  Read the full article at

Ex-CIA Agent Warns of Danger as Congress Investigates Radical Islam.  As Congress begins hearings this week on the influence of radical Islam in America, an ex-CIA agent warns of danger already lurking within the U.S. as a result of the infiltration of the government by Islamists who help steer American foreign policy in the Middle East. U.S. Representative Peter King, R-New York, commenced hearings on the subject in order to discover the extent to which radical elements within Islam exert influence in American mosques, as well as in the U.S. government itself. And, according to an expert on the Middle East who is also an ex-CIA agent, that influence is extensive and even frightening.

Clare Lopez is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a former agent with the Central Intelligence Agency. In this Conservative Examiner exclusive series of interviews, Lopez describes in stark detail the issues facing the U.S. today as the threat from radical forces within Islam grow stronger.  [Martin/Examiner/10March2011]  Continue reading at

Bulgarian PM Appoints New Head of State Agency for National Security.  Prime Minister Boiko Borissov formally presented the new head of the State Agency for National Security (SANS), Konstantin Kazakov, before the staff of the agency on March 10 2011, a Government media statement said.

The Cabinet proposed the appointment of Kazakov to President Purvanov last week, who in turn signed the approval of his appointment on March 9 2011.

Kazakov was the deputy head of the security agency when the former head Tsvetlin Yovchev resigned. Sine, he has been acting as interim boss of the agency. Yovchev resigned on February 16 in the wake of an eavesdropping scandal involving top officials, including Prime Minister Borissov.  [SofiaEcho/15March2011]  Read more at


History's Lessons: Dismantling Egypt's Security Agency. The task of dismantling Egypt's repressive security service may seem immense, but Middle East analyst Omar Ashour draws lessons from other once feared and hated secret services around the world.

History does repeat itself.

The evening of 5 March in Egypt was much like that of 15 January 1990, when thousands of German protesters stormed the headquarters of the State Security Ministry (Stasi) in Berlin.

The direct causes of the protests were shockingly similar - state security officers were seeking impunity by destroying files that documented corruption and repression. Consequently, citizens gathered and tried to safeguard the incriminating evidence.

Fortunately for the Stasi, YouTube and Facebook did not exist in 1990. Unfortunately for Egypt's State Security Investigations (SSI), they did.

Secret graveyards, medieval-like dungeons, files of political dissidents held for more than a decade, lists of informants - celebrities, religious figures, talk-show hosts and "opposition" leaders - were all captured on camera and uploaded onto the popular websites.

"I spent 12 years in the political section of Liman Abu Zaabal prison - without charge, without visits," former detainee Magdi Zaki told local media.

"When I saw my two kids I did not recognize them and they did not recognize me. But worst of all was the month I spent in the state security building," he said.

There are reasons for this.

Torture rooms and equipment were captured on camera in every SSI building stormed by protesters.

Unfortunately for the SSI and its last head, Gen Hassan Abd al-Rahman, who ordered the destruction process, reassembling the enormous amount of shredded files will not take a decade like in the case of the Stasi. Advanced computer-assisted data recovery systems exist now.

For many Egyptians, the sheer size and the graphic details of the released files were shocking.

The unlawful detentions, kidnappings and disappearances, systematic torture and rape, and the inhuman prison conditions have all been well documented since the 1980s, by both human rights organisations and Egyptian courts. But many media outlets did not dare to address those "red lines".

Aside from the horrific stories, more mundane matters help to illustrate how Egypt was run under Mubarak.

In early 2000, I met an SSI general who effectively ran Cairo University. The intellectually unsophisticated general - to put it mildly - decided which dean should run which school, which professors got hired, fired, or promoted, and which students should discontinue their education.

Never openly discussed before, these former "red lines" are now being exposed.

Democratization processes have at least four phases: dictatorship removal, transition, consolidation and maturation.

With the fall of the SSI, Egypt seems quite close to completing phase one of its inspirational struggle for democracy - the removal of its dictator and his coercive apparatus, one that behaved more like a crime syndicate than a professional security service.

But moving into the transitional phase will require institutional and legal reform. [Omar Ashour is a lecturer in Middle East Politics and Director of the Middle East Graduate Studies Program at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK). He is the author of The De-Radicalisation of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements.] [Ashour/BBC/9March2011]  Read the full article at

Ex-CIA Chief Says Saudi Arabia Is Vulnerable.  In early December, General Motors loaned a pre-production Chevy Volt to James Woolsey. The former CIA director - who served under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1995 - promptly slapped a bumper sticker on the car, reading "Bin Laden Hates This Car."

I spoke with Woolsey about his experience behind the wheel of the Volt, political unrest in the Middle East, and the current price of oil. He believes the Volt is a major success, and sees widespread adoption of (and conversion to) plug-in hybrids - especially if running on biofuel - as an effective strategy for alleviating our vulnerability to oil price shocks. "If new cars had that, they don't need to be all electric," Woolsey said. "Three-quarters of the cars in the country go less than 40 miles a day."

Moreover, Woolsey believes that it's "quite possible" that the recent political unrest in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen could reach Saudi Arabia, with profound impacts on global oil markets.

As a member of G.M.'s Volt customer advisory board, Woolsey has been evaluating the extended-range electric vehicle, and providing feedback to the company. "I take my hat off to Chevy," Woolsey told me. "It's a nice car. Good pickup, nice looking, and I average about 65 miles a gallon on a mix of gasoline and electricity." Through the winter months, Woolsey has been getting about 30 miles of all-electric range - enough for half of his daily round-trip commute into the nation's capital.

Woolsey's experience with the car has been so positive that he plans to lease a Chevy Volt after he returns the loaner later this month. At that point, the Volt will become the garage-mate to a Toyota Prius converted to run for about 20 miles purely on electricity via an after-market 5 kWh battery pack - along with a 10-year-old Ram diesel truck that  'happily runs on 100 percent biodiesel ' in the driveway.

Woolsey is opting for a lease, because he hopes that it in the next year or two, G.M. will offer a version of the Volt that can use an 85-percent blend of ethanol or methanol in its engine, after the car's battery is depleted. "I really want a Volt that's a flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV) because I would be getting [the equivalent of] about 400 miles per gallon of gasoline. I'm an enemy of petroleum fuels."

In Woolsey's view, the biofuel-powered plug-in hybrid - whether using the technology strategy of the Volt or a Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid - is the holy grail of energy security. "Brazil went in two years from 5 percent of cars as FFV to 75 percent," explained Woolsey. He believes America can do the same. "It's ridiculously easy and cheap, but right now, Detroit and the oil companies have decided that fuel lines in cars will be made of a kind of plastic that won't let them take alcohol fuels."  [PlugInCars/10March2011]  Read the full article at

Biometrics Becomes Next Battlefield in War on Terror.  Terrorists concealed within a civilian population are a prevalent enemy of Operation Enduring Freedom. Veiled behind a cloak of anonymity, they strike and then recede back into the shadows disappearing once more into the local populace.

Putting down the typical weapons of an insurgent and picking up the staff of a shepherd or tools of a carpenter may temporarily disguise a hostile person but it will not deceive trained eyes for long, said a forensics expert at the Central Training Area.

"The people we are dealing with right now are not wearing distinctive uniforms, and we need to identify them somehow," said Tim Seguin, a latent print examiner and Forensic Material Collection and Exploitation Course instructor. "We are identifying them by biometrics."

Biometrics are the unique biological traits, such as fingerprints or DNA, used to identify individuals, said Seguin.

Members of Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Army soldiers from 441st Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Intelligence and Security Command, participated in FMCEC training at the Central Training Area March 8 designed to teach them to capture and document biometric data at tactical sites in a forward operating environment.

Troops trained in battlefield forensics will be able to collect evidence and process a scene for clues such as fingerprints that could lead to the capture of a bomb maker, said Seguin.   [Marines/10March2011]  Read the full article at

The Story of the Portland Spy Ring.  The Official Secrets Act was a law passed in Britain with the aim of keeping classified information safe from enemy hands. There was no story quite as compelling in Europe of such "enemy hands" as the Portland spy ring.

It became a cornerstone of Cold War life in the UK; synonymous with agents and spies. Anyone found to be in breech of the law was instantly regarded as a spy; a charge which brought heavy sentences in a society growing increasingly security conscious.

In the early 60's, British engineers were busy toiling away, creating the country's first ever nuclear submarine to combat the Soviet threat that was hanging over Europe and the West. The Russians knew of this and were eager to obtain accurate information about the sub.

Enter two British workers at the Underwater Weapons Facility in Dorset - Mr. Houghton and Mrs. Gee. They both began gathering pamphlets, manuals and logs, which they in-turn passed on to an intermediary in return for large sums of cash.

This intermediary, Mr. Gordon Lonsdale, would then take this information to the transmission spot, which also acted as the base for the entire spy ring; a small normal London house.

The house was owned by Helen and Peter Kroger. There, they had numerous wireless receivers and transmitters powerful enough to transmit signals over long distances. From that house, they sent the top secret submarine information to the KGB in Moscow.

There was copious amounts of money hidden around the house which they received from the Russians as payment (over $20,000 and £5,000) along with a secret cellar in the kitchen where much of the equipment was housed. The bathroom also doubled as a photography darkroom for developing stolen film of the nuclear sub.  [TopSecretWriters/10March2011]  Read the full article at 
Long Gone, But Fighting Hard Not to Be Forgotten.  Long Gone, but Fighting Hard Not to Be Forgotten.  "Between legend and fact, the world lusts after legend." So says the British intelligence double agent known as Kim Philby in "Spy Garbo," nailing the central conceit of this multidisciplinary mashup.

Directed by Kevin Cunningham at the 3LD Art & Technology Center, this historical rumination by the playwright Sheila Schwartz has been given an innovative staging by the experimental outfits Affinity Company Theater and 3-Legged Dog.

Philby (Chad Hoeppner) is one of three 20th-century figures who meet in a vast afterlife limbo library to argue over how their legacies should be defined. Joining him are Wilhelm Canaris (Steven Hauck), the German admiral executed in 1945 during World War II for treason against the Third Reich; and Gen. Francisco Franco (Steven Rattazzi), whose fascist regime ruled Spain for 36 years.

All three men crossed paths during their lives with Juan Pujol Garcia, a k a Spy Garbo, the pro-British double agent in World War II whose MI6 files they hope will refurbish their reputations for posterity.

At least that's what Canaris and Franco hope as they wait in Beckettian frustration for Spy Garbo's writings to be added to the library. Solemn and dignified, Canaris craves recognition as a patriot who endeavored at great personal cost to overthrow Hitler. Franco is a pugnacious buffoon with a gnawing Napoleonic complex who just wants to prove that he was no fool.

Philby, all self-satisfied debonair charm in Mr. Hoeppner's performance, wants more. Not content with being dismissed as "Stalin's stoolie," this spotlight seeker yearns to see his life glamorized in the greatest spy-adventure movie ever made.   [Rooney/NYTimes/12March2011]   Read the full article at


Spies Like Us: British Intelligence Busted in Libya. For weeks we've been saying that the "protesters" in Libya who've been holding their own against Gaddafi's military strikes seemed a little too professional for a home-spun resistance movement. A botched British spy mission in Libya throws some weight behind that theory.

President Obama's critics on the left often accuse him of failing to make good on campaign promises. However there's one campaign promise Obama seems to be keeping that the left may start hoping he'd break.

"Restoring America's image abroad" was a touchstone in Obama's campaign, and it was shorthand for "we're going to stop our nation-building invasions of Middle Eastern countries." In the ire following the Iraq debacle, people ate it up. And not just American voters - remember how many people came out to that speech in Berlin?

Well, now Obama seems to be sticking to his guns, resisting the idea of sending troops into Libya even as the British and French pull the trigger.

Yesterday the Guardian published the account of a botched British spy mission into Libya in which British SAS were captured by the Libyan rebels they were trying to help. It's an incredible story of intrigue, espionage and ineptitude that sounds like some comedy of errors from the Cold War. The Guardian reports the incident is "a major embarrassment to the British government and could potentially undermine the rebels' claims that the revolution has had solely domestic roots."

Meanwhile the Obama administration is staying out of Libya (at least to the best of our knowledge) wary, as the New York Times writes, of "the perception that the United States would once again be meddling in the Middle East." A senior Administration tells the Times "[Obama] keeps reminding us that the best revolutions are completely organic."

For once a Western power has been discovered covertly aiding a coup d'etat in an oil-rich country and it's England that's left holding the bag - the U.S. seems to have its hand nowhere near the cookie jar, for a change. [Moore/DeathAndTaxes/9March2011]  Read the full article at 

Top Secret Executive Coaching? The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency says it needs some folks with rather rare Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information clearances for its formal agency-wide Leadership Coaching Program (LCP).

A buzzword-laden notice to industry said these coaches will work with NGA's Human Development Strategies Office (HDS) - Policy & Partnership Program Development Division "to effect deep, sustainable change in this agency."

That's not all, folks. These coaches, NGA said, "should be able to cultivate leadership initiatives and create a coaching culture that brings out the curiosity of the people within it, expands perspectives that allow differences, encourages new approaches, utilizes appreciative inquiry and fosters more productivity and meaningful conversations." [WhatsBrewin/9March2011]   Read the full article at 

The Next Phase of U.S. strategy on Iran.  In an annual Washington rite on Thursday, the head of the U.S. intelligence community will publicly brief the Senate on the major threats facing the nation.

Amid carefully worded comments on everything from Libya to terrorism, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's most important remarks will focus on Iran's nuclear program - namely, that diligent U.S. efforts have created both time and opportunity. Policymakers will have to decide how best to use both.

The intelligence community's views should be familiar. They have not changed much in three years: Iran's leadership is internally divided, under severe pressure from U.S.-led international sanctions and - most importantly - undecided on whether to build a nuclear weapon. Expanding on a judgment first expressed in a Bush-era National Intelligence Estimate from 2007, Clapper recently reaffirmed that "Iran's nuclear decision-making is guided by a cost-benefit approach, which offers the international community opportunities to influence Tehran."

It is precisely this decision-making process that the U.S. and its allies are attempting to influence. In a strategic break with the past, the president made engagement with Iran a top priority. The effort did not convince Iran to negotiate, but it did convince U.S. allies and friends to increase the pressure when Iran balked. In June, the White House pushed through the U.N. Security Council the toughest set of sanctions ever leveled against a state. Follow-on diplomacy sparked similar sanctions from the European Union, South Korea, Japan, India and others. As a result of its nuclear intransigence, Iran finds itself almost as politically isolated as apartheid-era South Africa.

Moreover, it has slowed Iran's nuclear clock. The sanctions have made it much more difficult for Iran to purchase key materials for the program...including parts to replace the over one thousand centrifuges destroyed by the Stuxnet virus cyber attack last year. It's no wonder that Israel's ex-intelligence chief Meir Dagan stated this January that Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon until at least 2015.

So we have time. The question now is what to do with it.  [Cirincione&Leonard/TheHill/10March2011]  Read more at



 Books on the Horizon:

Keeping U.S. Intelligence Effective: The Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs, by William J. Lahneman.  Keeping U.S. Intelligence Effective: The Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs explores whether the U.S. intelligence enterprise will be able to remain effective in today's security environment. Based on the demands currently being placed upon the intelligence community, the analysis concludes that the effectiveness of U.S. intelligence will decline unless it embarks upon an aggressive, transformational course of action to reform various aspects of its operations.

In keeping with the emerging literature on this subject, the book asserts that a so-called Revolution in Intelligence Affairs is needed. The need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs implies that no amount of evolutionary adjustments to existing intelligence community practices will keep U.S. intelligence effective. While evolutionary reforms might be necessary, they will not be sufficient to permit the intelligence community to target successfully the various threats and emerging issues that populate today's and tomorrow's security environment.

Warrior: Frank Sturgis - The CIA's #1 Assassin-Spy, Who Nearly Killed Castro but Was Ambushed by Watergate, by Jim Hunt and, Bob Risch.  The press called him a "real-life James Bond."

Fidel Castro called him "the most dangerous CIA agent."

History remembers him as a Watergate burglar, yet the Watergate break-in was his least perilous mission.

Frank Sturgis--using more than 30 aliases and code names--trained guerrilla armies in 12 countries on three continents and spearheaded assassination plots to overthrow foreign governments including those of Cuba, Panama, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. 

Warrior follows the shocking, often unbelievable adventures of Sturgis, brought to life by his nephew, Jim Hunt, who lived with Sturgis, and his co-writer, Bob Risch.  Also included are never-before-seen personal photos of Sturgis and his compatriots.

Frank Sturgis was well-versed in a life of shadows: familiar to world leaders and underground kingpins, to spies and counterspies...Warrior is his story.  [Macmillan/April2011]

Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, by Fred Burton and John Bruning.  In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. As it turned out, Alon wasn’t just a pilot and family man - he was a high-ranking Israeli military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans the globe and several fraught decades in our history. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Chasing Shadows spins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.  [Macmillan/April2011]

THE LINK - A NEW PRINTED NEWSLETTER OF THE NCMF: National Cryptologic Museum Foundation is now publishing "The Link" - 1st edition just out, February 2011. Topics: NSA Historian's Corner, Editor's Introduction, Civil War Communications and Cryptology, The U.S. Military Telegraph Corps During the Civil War, and Bookshelf. Also: Historic Annapolis Junction Today. A few topics for future issues include: the Russian comms and crypto change of 1948-9; the evolution of communications at AFSA/NSA; outsourcing at NSA; the NCM library collections re Sigint support to counterintelligence in the 1930s and after (MASK, ISCOT, VENONA). Suggestions are welcome.
Reader comments on this and future issues of the LINK should be directed to Lou Benson, Editor, at For more information visit

Coming Educational Events


MANY Spy Museum Events in March and April with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

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

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
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): 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 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:

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

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

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

Tuesday, 5 April 2011 - Washington, DC - CIA Conference on "Wartime Statutes - Instruments of Soviet Control" at Woodrow Wilson Center.

CIA, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center, will be releasing many newly declassified documents on "Wartime Statutes - Instruments of Soviet Control." There is no charge for AFIO members wishing to attend this event. To receive material and updates about this event, email us at: and indicate "CIA April DC Conference" on subject line.

5-6 April 2011 - St Louis, MO - NGA Tech Showcase West

For more information at

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

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

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:

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 or contact Wallace S. Bruschweiler, Sr. at

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, 13 April 2011, noon - 1:30 pm - Washington, DC - Terrorism Expert Brian Jenkins - Sr Adviser, RAND, and expert on terrorism and security speaks at ABA Luncheon

Issues surrounding domestic or "homegrown" Muslim terrorists are seizing attention on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Brian Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President at the RAND Corporation, and regular commentator and expert witness on terrorism and security, has been analyzing terrorism for nearly four decades and recently published a paper entitled "Would-be Warriors." He will discuss the most recent data and analysis on the homegrown threat in this presentation to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security at the luncheon..
Location: Army Navy Club, 901 17th St NW, Washington, DC.
Jenkins is author of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear, and of several RAND monographs, including Unconquerable Nation: Knowing our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves and two 2002 reports on al Qaeda. Charge: $25.00. Reservations must be made in advance. Checks, payable to "ABA," should go to: ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, 740 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 along with your name, address, and names of your guests.
In the event you need to cancel, a refund will be made provided notice received by April 8. There is no charge for members of the press.

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: For directions to the hotel look here:
Information about Salem MA and local hotels can be found here:

For additional information contact us at
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

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

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 keynote speaker.
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: 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 or 703.432.4771 or LtCol Sal Viscuso at,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 -
Enquires about the conference can be directed to

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