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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Convicted Cuban Spy Says He Had No Role in Shoot-Down. Gerardo Hernandez, convicted in the Cuban Five spy trial, says he had no clue about Cuba's planned shoot-down of exile planes in 1996 that killed four Miami men.
Gerardo Hernandez, the only defendant convicted of a murder conspiracy in the Cuban government's shoot-down of Miami exile planes over the Florida Straits, says in a new sworn statement that he had no role whatsoever in the alleged plot and that his life sentence should be thrown out.
Hernandez, 45, filed the affidavit in Miami federal court in a bid for a new trial after losing appeals all the way to the Supreme Court that challenged his conspiracy conviction in the killing of four Miami men flying in two Brothers to the Rescue planes in 1996.
"Prior to the events of February 24, 1996, and up to the present time, I knew and know nothing about any alleged plan to shoot down aircraft of the Brothers to the Rescue," wrote Hernandez, who was also convicted in 2001of an espionage conspiracy.
"None of the actions that I did take in advance of February 24, 1996, were intended to be part of any such alleged plan, nor was I aware that any of my actions would contribute to any such alleged plan, if it existed," Hernandez wrote in the affidavit, which supports his habeas corpus petition filed last year in Miami.
Hernandez and other members of the so-called Cuban Five were convicted for their roles in an intelligence network sent from Havana to spy on South Florida's exile community and military installations. Their stated mission: to thwart violent campaigns by exile militants to topple Cuban leader Fidel Castro. [Weaver/MiamiHerald/22March2011] Read more at MiamiHerald.com
US Agencies Say Libya Attack May Awaken Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has not so far taken advantage of the upheavals in the Middle East but the militant Islamic group may do so if the U.S.-led campaign in Libya does not end quickly, U.S. intelligence agencies say.
Public comments on the regional uprisings by al Qaeda figures like deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri have had little resonance in the Islamic world, intelligence and national security officials told Reuters.
There is little evidence al Qaeda or sympathizers played a direct or indirect role in protests that erupted in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, they said.
But before the U.N.-authorized mission began against Libya, U.S. intelligence agencies were advising President Barack Obama that another attack by U.S. forces on a Muslim country could spur militants to meddle in the protests and encourage new plots against the United States. [Hosenball/Reuters/22March2011] Read more at Reuters.com
Ex-N. Korean Spy Donates a Million Yen to Japan. Former North Korean agent Kim Hyun-hee, who blew up a Korean Air flight in 1987, donated 1 million yen (S$15,600) to the victims of the devastating quake and tsunami which hit the eastern parts of Japan, the Sankei Shinbum reported on Wednesday.
She had her husband deliver the money along with a letter praying for the dead to the Seoul office of the Japanese newspaper on Tuesday. [AsiaOne/24March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/4rzf6vn
Pressure Mounts on Dutch Defense Minister Over Botched Rescue. Pressure is mounting again on defense minister Hans Hillen following more revelations around the botched mission to rescue a Dutch civil engineer from Libya, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.
The attempt to bring out the man led to the crew of an army helicopter being picked up and held by the Libyan authorities for nearly two weeks.
It now transpires that the mission was started before military intelligence staff had become involved. Although military command on the frigate HMS Tromp asked the MIVD for advice, the mail went unanswered because fewer people work on Sunday. [DutchNews/25March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/49kt68g
CIA Financed Costa Rica's Intelligence Service Espionage On Drug Trafficking: Former Security Minister. The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) financed, for ten years, an espionage operation against drug trafficking conducted by specialized agents of Costa Rica's Dirección de Inteligencia Seguridad (DIS) - Intelligence Service.
The daily La Nacion reported that a team of officers, as confirmed by the former minister de Seguridad, Rogelio Ramos, and the former head of the DIS, Roberto Solorzano, worked from homes rented by private security companies hired by the CIA and with vehicles and training provided by the U.S.
To work with this group, according to Ramos and Solorzano, agents had to pass rigorous recruitment tests including a polygraph (lie detector).
On Monday, Ramos, in an interview with the La Nacion, confirmed the intelligence operation called "CINEC" was established by former president José María Figueres Olsen (1994 - 1998), in order to fight more effectively against drug trafficking organizations. [InsideCostaRica/24March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/4t9ech7
Report Urges Intelligence Community to Use More Science in Recruitment of Analysts. To attract the best analysts, the intelligence community must shift from an emphasis on traditional qualifications, such as formal education, and focus more on an individual's raw cognitive ability, according to a new report from the National Research Council.
Knowledge of a specific political area in the world and technical expertise are important traits in an intelligence analyst, but they essentially can be taught, the report argued. But the way a person thinks - how she gathers information, analyzes it and sees patterns in data - coupled with the ability to collaborate with a range of people are better indicators of success in the intelligence field, the study said.
"Clearly the IC [intelligence community] needs analysts with deep substantive knowledge of countries, cultures, transnational relations and myriad other issues. However, it also needs analysts capable of integrating knowledge across domains, working with experts in other fields, and coping with shifting assignments," the report said. The National Research Council is part of The National Academies. [Lunney/GovExec/21March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/6h373yn
DNI Orders "Integrated Defense" of Intelligence Information. The Director of National Intelligence is calling for the "integrated defense" of intelligence community (IC) information and systems to protect against unauthorized disclosures of intelligence sources and methods.
While every intelligence agency already has its own security procedures, a new Intelligence Community Directive issued by the DNI would require a more coordinated and consistent approach, involving "unified courses of action to defend the IC information environment."
"The IC information environment is an interconnected shared risk environment where the risk accepted by one IC element is effectively accepted by all," the new Directive said. Therefore, "integrated defense of the IC information environment is essential to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all information held by each IC element."
The Directive does not specify the defensive measures that are to be taken, but states that they should address "the detection, isolation, mitigation and response to incidents, which include spills, outages, exploits, attacks and other vulnerabilities." An IC Incident Response Center will maintain "situational awareness of network topology, including connection points among IC element networks; threats, vectors, and actions that could adversely affect the IC information environment; and the overall health and status of IC information environment defenses." [Aftergood/FAS/26March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/4tqpel5
Veteran of the Year Recognized for Dedication. Through hard work and dedication, one man has been a driving force and inspiration to the Military Officers Association of America Pendleton Chapter and the entire Marine Corps.
Each year, Camp Pendleton nominates one admirable representative to hold the honorary title of Veteran of the Year for the base. This year, Angel Aviles, a man who cannot merely be described as an active participant in the MOAA, was selected with the honor.
Retired U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Angel Aviles was born in the Bronx in 1937. He first served in the U.S. Army in 1953-1955 and then served in the Coast Guard from 1955-1974.
From the Korean and Vietnam wars, to assisting with the aftermath of 9/11, Aviles's dedication to the nation is just a sheer representation of the depth of his commitment to the country. In 1967, Aviles received the Purple Heart medal for being wounded in both legs by a rocket propelled grenade, and earned two Bronze Stars, one with V device for valor and bravery in the face of the enemy.
It's not always about being the strong man, said Aviles. Dedication has to come from the heart and soul. [Mattei/Marines.mil/12/28/10] Read the entire story at Marines.mil
U.S. Intelligence Finds No al-Qaida Presence Among Libyan Rebels. Despite fears that Islamic extremists may be playing a hidden role in the rebellion against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the U.S. intelligence community has found no organized presence of al-Qaida among the Libyan opposition, American officials say.
A U.S. intelligence gathering effort that began shortly after anti-Gadhafi forces started seizing towns in eastern Libya last month - including eavesdropping on rebel communications and inserting CIA officers and equipment into rebel-held areas - has not uncovered a significant presence of jihadists among the insurgents.
"We're keeping an eye out for extremist activity in Libya, but we haven't seen much, if any, to date," said a U.S. counterterrorism official.
"We've not seen direct linkage between the Libyan opposition and Islamic extremists," a defense official added.
A congressional staffer who receives intelligence briefings did not dispute those assessments. But the aide added, "There ought to be a concern and recognition that there may be such a linkage. There should also be an appreciation that the opposition is not a uniform, monolithic movement." [Dilanian/BellinghamHerald/23March2011] Read more at the Bellingham Herald
Lawmakers Reject Giving Spy Agency Arrest Powers. Legislators are expected to approve a government proposal to give the Indonesian National Intelligence Agency the right to wiretap without court permission, but say no to the agency being given the authority to arrest suspected terrorists.
Democratic Party legislator Salim Mengga, a member of House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and information, said his party supported the idea of giving the agency, also known as the BIN, the power to eavesdrop without obtaining a warrant.
"We think that BIN requires the authority," Salim said.
He said, however, that such authority would be prone to political manipulation for the interests of the ruling government and that his party would only approve the proposal if the intelligence bill also mandated the establishment of an oversight agency for intelligence operations.
"We must have a special board to supervise the activities of the agency, one that can push the agency to be responsible for its activities," he said.
However, Salim said his party was opposed to BIN having the right to arrest suspects.
"It will be prone to human rights violations and be contrary to the principles of democracy and freedom," he said. [JakartaGlobe/24March2011] Read more at the Jakarta Globe
Korean Students Arrested on National Security Act Charges. The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) National Security Bureau, which is currently investigating the university student academic group Capitalism Research Society, requested an arrest warrant Wednesday for the group's first president. The president is a 37-year-old individual identified as Choe, and is being pursued by the KPNA on charges of violating National Security Act proscriptions against praising and encouraging North Korea by forming a group working in the interest of the enemy. Opposition parties vocally protested what they called "fomenting the atmosphere of a police state."
Police announced Wednesday, "Choe and others, after organizing a pro-enemy group called New Generation Young Communists' Red Flag in 2006, allegedly established subsidiary organizations in March 2007, including the Capitalism Research Society, with the goal of praising and encouraging North Korea."
Police explained that the group adopted action guidelines of a character clearly beneficial to the enemy at the Alternative Economy Camp in January 2008, and that it has posted writings of a pro-enemy nature on the Internet on thirty occasions.
On Monday, police released two former group members who were arrested along with Choe, a 35-year-old also identified by the surname Choe and a 24-year-old identified as Ha.
Police conducted searches and seizures Monday on the houses of twelve former representatives and members of the group and confiscated a collection of materials from the Alternative Economy Camp, computer hard disks, and USB devices. They plan to summon all of the suspects subjected to searches and seizures individually for questioning.
Opposition parties were unanimous in their criticism of what they called "fomenting a police state." [Hankyoreh/24March2011] Read more at Hankyoreh
Review of CIA Interrogation Program Still Unfinished. It is nearly a decade since the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on its controversial post-9/11 program of prisoner detention and interrogation, which included “enhanced” procedures that would later be repudiated and that were widely regarded as torture. But even now, an accurate and complete account of that episode remains unavailable.
It is more than two years since the Senate Intelligence Committee belatedly began “a study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.” The Committee reported (pdf) this month that “the CIA has made available to the Committee over 4 million pages of CIA records relating to its detention and interrogation program.”
Yet the Committee said that its two year old review of the nearly decade-old program is still not complete: “The review has continued toward the goal of presenting to the Committee, in the [current] 112th Congress, the results of the review of the extensive documentary record that has been provided to the Committee.” There was no mention of presenting the results of the review to the public. See “Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence Covering the Period January 3, 2009 to January 4, 2001,” Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, March 17, 2011.
The Intelligence Committee report presented a number of other noteworthy statements. [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/24March2011]
Israel Passes Law that Revokes Citizenship for Acts of Terror, Espionage. Israel's parliament has passed a law that allows courts to strip citizenship of anyone convicted of an act of terror against Israel, espionage or aiding Israel's enemies.
The legislation was opposed by critics who claim it's aimed at Israel's Arab minority. It passed easily Monday night with a 37-11 vote in the 120-seat parliament. [Read more at AP/29March2011]
Man Accused of Selling US Spy Plane on
Ebay. A Philippine man was arrested and charged with illegally selling an unmanned U.S. spy plane known as the Raven, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa said on Monday.
A grand jury indicted Henson Chua, 47, of Manila on March 10 on charges that he sold the Raven to undercover federal agents on Ebay.
He faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of smuggling and violating the Arms Export Control Act.
Chua was arrested when he came to Los Angeles in February.
The Raven is a four-pound plane equipped with three cameras that U.S. troops use for battlefield surveillance. It can be taken apart and carried by troops and then reassembled for use. [Read more at WKZO/29March2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Eugene Fodor Feted as the Spy Who Loved Travel. In 1936 Europe, before Hitler rolled into Poland but civil war on in Spain, a unique guidebook offered a different slant on the Continent for foreign travelers tired of traipsing to ancient monuments during whirlwind grand tours.
"We have proceeded on the assumption that your thirst for historical knowledge is nothing like so great as your thirst for the beer of Pilsen or the slivovitsa of Belgrade," the foreword reads, pointing out that Rome not only contains famous architecture and priceless art, "but also Italians."
The writer was Eugene Fodor, hardly a travel industry mainstay when his book, "On the Continent," launched his namesake brand 75 years ago. Back then, the Hungarian-born Fodor was a young anti-fascist who had worked as an interpreter for a French shipping line, studied at the Sorbonne and spoke six languages.
His trajectory as head of a fledgling guidebook company took a shadowy turn once war broke out. In 1942, he added spy to his resume - specializing in psychological warfare for the Americans and later providing cover for CIA operatives masquerading as travel writers for his guides.
Fodor's Travel is now an imprint of Random House, which is feting the founder this month as "The Spy Who Loved Travel," reissuing the original 1936 guide as an e-book on Fodors.com.
Fodor's spy past remained a secret for years after his 1,200-page tome on Europe helped transform guidebooks from stuffy lists of famous sites to often-cheeky narratives on cultures and people - while also dishing up places to stay, eat and wander in a variety of price ranges. Little more than rarely updated books for academics and the privileged existed before that.
Fodor employed top writers (the real kind) to spin each of the 26 countries covered in the book, first published in Britain. They provided on-the-ground advice on everything from tipping to train travel while encouraging tourists to mingle with the locals.
Fodor fact-checked every word and wrote chapters on Bulgaria and Monte Carlo himself. He updated the book for a U.S. audience in 1937. Another revision followed in '38 and hit The New York Times best-seller list.
It was the same year Hitler took control of the northern section of Czechoslovakia - Fodor's home area - under the Munich Agreement. Fodor was in the United States promoting his guidebook when he learned of the Munich pact. Outraged, he cabled the magazine office in London where he was employed and vowed never to return to Europe - "except in uniform." He made good on the promise when he joined the U.S. Army in 1942, becoming a U.S. citizen soon after.
He was recruited by CIA precursors because of his language skills, doing prisoner interrogations and helping write leaflets dropped on the enemy during the Italian campaign. He also broadcast propaganda from Algiers and created the system of "Eisenhower Passes" that rewarded Nazi soldiers who surrendered with good treatment. [Italie/MSNBC/23March2011] Read more at MSNBC
Spy Holidays: Following in the Steps of James Bond. I knew I had made a mistake when we rounded the corner and saw a group of armed men running towards us, pointing semi-automatic weapons at our car. "Leave this to me," I said to my wife, who was driving.
Our three young children had fallen silent in the back. I had announced earlier that we would be taking a short detour to look at the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia, but I hadn't expected a welcoming party.
As we stopped in front of a concrete roadblock, I wound down the car window and found myself instinctively raising my hands above my head. It was decision time: Jason Bourne or Johnny English. I opted for the latter and summoned an exaggerated British accent, waving a road map feebly in the air. "Terribly sorry, we're lost."
"Get the hell out of here!" one of them shouted, lifting his gun.
"OK, OK," I said, as my wife spun the car around, which seemed to make the men even more jumpy. "Sorry, everyone," I whispered, turning to reassure the children.
But one of them, the youngest, was missing. "Where's Jago?" The other two pointed downwards. Jago, eight, had taken his own evasive measures and was now crouching in the pit of the car, behind my seat.
It was a dramatic end to our holiday, and I still wince at what might have happened. We had taken the detour on our way out to Dulles airport after a two-week stay in Washington DC. The sign on the highway had sounded welcoming: "Next right for the George Bush Center for Intelligence". But that's the United States for you. Best not to pry beneath the veneer of openness. [Telegraph/25March2011] Read the full story at the Telegraph
'When I Worked for the CIA.' When Jim asked us to send him some biographical information, I mentioned that during my five-year stint at the U.S. Library of Congress, I had worked for several obscure non-library-service outfits, one of which was funded by the CIA. At that time, in the late '60s and early '70s, there were numerous peculiar units stuck around LOC - in basements, in the stacks, in odd corners. (For almost a year, another group I worked for was tucked away beneath the gorgeous ceiling of the Great Hall during a major overhaul of the Reading Room.) Why was all this stuff located there? Well, that's where the books were.
My second job at LOC was with a group called the International Organizations Section. When I first arrived, I was struck by how many of the employees spoke English as a second language or were fluent in a number of languages. My immediate supervisor spoke and read Greek; one of my eventual friends was a Czech who also spoke Polish (he taught me how to pronounce "Zbigniew Brzezinski"). There were upward of a dozen desks, arranged in a block. The real feature of the big room, though, was a huge tub file filled with index cards and card dividers. The ostensible purpose of this group was to put together a quarterly publication called "The World List of Future International Meetings."
Although no one ever said anything explicit, I was led to understand that our funding did not come from Congress or the Library. Rather, it derived from some governmental body referred to by everyone as "The Agency." Sometimes our contact from The Agency would call the boss on the phone; her name was Mary Smith (oh, sure!). Basically, it was an open secret that we were working for the CIA.
As time went on, what we were doing became clearer to me. The tub file contained cards with information about conferences and meetings of all sorts with multinational attendance. We were supposed to find out as much as we could about sponsoring organizations, locations, presenters, and attendees. Sometimes Mary Smith would call to request further information. On one occasion, for example, I was asked to delve further into an event to be sponsored by the International Red Cross. [Hall/TheAtlantic/24March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/4t5g3r8
After Five Decades, The U-2 is Still Flying High. The Air Force is breathing new life into an old Cold Warrior - the iconic U-2 spy plane - to meet the need for battlefield surveillance in Afghanistan.
The Air Force had intended this year to ground the U-2, famed for flying over the Soviet Union to hunt for ballistic missiles in the 1950s and '60s.
But there have been delays in the development of the drone aircraft that is to succeed the U-2 and the demand for images on what's happening on the battlefield is a top concern, the military says.
"In Afghanistan, I can pretty much guarantee that we're using just about every spare electron we've got," says Lt. Col. Kevin Quamme, who manages the program for the Air Force. "Trying to find the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) is an ongoing, high-priority issue. ... How do you quantify the cost of one soldier's life?"
The Obama administration has nearly doubled its request to fund the 32-airplane fleet to $91 million to keep the U-2 aloft. The 80 Air Force pilots qualified to fly the tricky-to-handle plane can expect to continue their spy missions until 2015.
Until then, the plane's sensors will continue to vacuum up everything from cellphone conversations to images of holes dug for IEDs. [Vanden Brook/USAToday/28March2011] Read the full article at http://tiny.cc/91k3a
Teasing Out Policy Insight From a Character Profile. He is a delusional narcissist who will fight until his last breath. Or an impulsive showman who will hop the next flight out of town when cornered. Or maybe he's a
psychopath, a coldly calculating strategist - crazy, like a desert fox.
The endgame in Libya is likely to turn in large part on the instincts of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and any insight into those instincts would be enormously valuable to policy makers. Journalists have formed their impressions from anecdotes, or from his actions in the past; others have seized on his recent tirades about Al Qaeda and President Obama.
But at least one group has tried to construct a profile based on scientific methods, and its conclusions are the ones most likely to affect American policy. For decades, analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense have compiled psychological assessments of hostile leaders like Colonel Qaddafi, Kim Jong-il of North Korea and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, as well as allies, potential successors and other prominent officials. (Many foreign governments do the same, of course.)
Diplomats, military strategists and even presidents have drawn on those profiles to inform their decisions - in some cases to their benefit, in other cases at a cost. [Read more at Carey/NYTImes/29March2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence: Google? Traditionally, intelligence agencies have relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries. But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn't help U.S. officials predict the Arab Spring that has brought revolution across the Middle East and North Africa.
In hindsight, officials say there could have found some clues about what was about to happen if they had read open sources more closely. Now they are searching for systematic ways to do that.
The uprisings in the region have shown intelligence officials that they need new ways to understand what motivates people around the world. While traditional intelligence tools can help, they are limited in their ability to put their fingers on the pulse of society or anticipate fickle human behavior.
"The traditional intelligence community is absolutely biased toward classified information," said Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, an Army intelligence officer and head of West Point's Combating Terrorism Center. "I think that open source provides a critical lens into understanding the world around us in a much more dynamic way than traditional intelligence sources can provide." [Temple-Raston/NPR//25March2011] Read the full article at http://tinyurl.com/4v9wy78
A Mandate to Innovate in Intelligence Analysis. Lt. Col. Al Di Leonardo has spent the past five years building a new approach to analyzing intelligence data at the Special Operations Command. The result is the Skope Cell, which is now being used to solve the command's most pressing counterterrorism challenges. His team has developed technologies and processes that streamline data gathering and analysis and relay trusted information where it is needed most. The cell has grown to support users throughout the Defense Department and the intelligence community (IC) and is meeting needs that were not being filled by traditional intelligence analysis techniques. It has become what many analysts and senior officers call a world-class, innovative intelligence organization.
Our innovation cell was essentially a start-up company in the special operations community. The concept behind our "business" was not initially embraced by many in the DOD and the IC. Indeed, as with any start-up venture, there was no guarantee we'd achieve success.
I knew that the Skope Cell had a good customer in USSOCOM and great ideas that could be operationalized. Our success didn't happen overnight. It took many years, and I had the privilege to stay with the cell until we consistently achieved success with our cutting-edge analytical techniques and algorithms. It required a series of success stories - not just technology innovations - to convince most. Soon we were routinely telling others about our business model.
We would not have overcome the natural bureaucratic hurdles without support from senior officers in USSOCOM, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and a handful of operators and analysts who saw the potential and provided us time in their respective organizations to fine-tune our techniques and capabilities. In the end, our ultimate success was largely due to the perseverance of our highly talented team, who stayed with the cell until we were firmly established in multiple communities.
It was the highly talented and passionate leadership team that I helped assemble that broke down barriers and bureaucracies to create a unique, integrated intelligence model. It proved that the right ideas and environment - combined with access to data and technology, chartered with a mandate to innovate - can act as an agent of change in USSOCOM and the IC. [Kenyon/FCW/28March2011] Read the full article at http://tiny.cc/4mvjs
Russian Spies to FBI: Give Us Our Data Back! You've gotta hand it to Russian intelligence, they've got chutzpah. First they planted a network of sleeper agents in the United States. Now, two of the busted and deported spies are demanding that the feds fork over their impounded spy gear.
Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news service reported today that two former members of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) who hid in the U.S. for years, have hired lawyers to demand the FBI give them their stuff back. Vladimir and Lidia Guryev (a.k.a. Richard and Cynthia Murphy) are asking the Justice Department to return their cars, money, video cameras, computers, digital photos and unnamed "other equipment." They'd also like the data on their digital gear back, too or, failing that, copies of it. Their tech gear and files have no "material value," the request claims; it's just "dear to the Guryevs."
Some of the requests - like Vladimir's cars and $190,000 bank account - seem fairly innocuous. But the Guryevs' request computers, cameras and media files isn't just seeking the return of sentimental objects, but tools of the trade. [Read more at Rawnsley/Wired/29March2011]
Section IV - CAREERS, BOOKS, RESEARCH REQUESTS, AND COMING EVENTS
INTELLIGENCE ATTORNEY - Office of General Counsel DoD: The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense is considering candidates for an Associate Deputy General Counsel position with particular responsibilities to provide legal support and advice in the area of intelligence operations, clandestine activities, sensitive support, covert action, as well as information and personnel security. The attorney serves in the office of the Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence, which is responsible in the overall areas of national security and intelligence law in support of the worldwide operations and activities of the Department of Defense (http://www.dod.mil/dodgc/intel.html), supporting the senior DoD leadership in these areas.
Familiarity with and interest in intelligence and national security law, military operations law, the law of war, interpretation of 50 U.S.C. 413b, and/or experience providing advice on these issues to senior officials, are desirable. This position requires familiarity with the roles and functions of the National Security Council, national security departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, and interagency coordination mechanisms. This is a position of responsibility, at the GS-15 level, and requires a TS/SCI clearance. Exceptionally qualified candidates at the GS-14 may be considered.
For those who receive this notice, we ask that you think about attorneys whom you know who have this particular background/interest and who may be interested in applying and that you alert such attorneys to this opportunity.
To be considered, an individual may forward his or her resume to the address below or by e-mail, by April 15 if at all possible: Eliana V. Davidson,Deputy General Counsel, Intelligence, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense, The Pentagon, Room 3B710, Washington, D.C. 20301-1600; E-mail: Eliana.Davidson@osd.mil; Phone: 703-692-4505
All resumes received will be forwarded to the DoD Office of General Counsel's Resume File under our standing request for resumes (https://storm.psd.whs.mil/AttorneyResumes200802.pdf). Note that all resumes that have been submitted to the DoD Office of General Counsel's Resume File will be reviewed in connection with the consideration of candidates for this position.
For general information regarding civilian attorney positions within the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Defense, please review the following posting: https://storm.psd.whs.mil/AttorneyResumes200802.pdf.
Ex-CIA Analyst From Annandale: 'Government Ignored Warnings of Kuwait Invasion' Twenty years after the start of the ground war in Operation Desert Storm, former CIA analyst Patrick Eddington remains haunted by what the CIA warned President George H. W. Bush and his senior advisors of leading up to the war.
The Annandale resident details his charges that the White House ignored warnings of Saddam Hussein's intent to invade Kuwait in his second book, Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir. Timed to coincide with the anniversary, Eddington believes Gulf War veterans are "on the verge of becoming the next generation of forgotten soldiers." This book continues Eddington's campaign detailed in his first book of how administration deliberately attempted to suppress evidence of chemical weapons exposure among Gulf War veterans. [Bectel/AnnandalePatch/28March2011] Read the full article at http://tiny.cc/57iee
Heirs to the KGB and Czars' Police. The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB, By Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, reviewed by Joseph Goulden.
No one familiar with the security system of the old USSR expected the KGB to dry up and blow away when communism collapsed in 1991. Further, many of us doubted whatever government replaced the Soviet state would make any changes of substance in its intelligence agencies.
Skepticism is proving well-founded. Indeed, the newly constituted security services are more shadowy and powerful than was the KGB at its prime. The Federal Security Service (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti, or FSB) has flourished under former KGB officer Vladimir Putin - first as president, now prime minister - and the government is top-heavy with his onetime intelligence colleagues.
The main change concerns control. As the brave Russian journalists Adrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan write, "The Soviet KGB was all-powerful, but it was also under the control of the political structure. The Communist Party presided over every KGB section, department and division." By contrast, the FSB "is free of party control and parliamentary oversight." FSB officers consider themselves "as heirs not only to the KGB, but also to the secret police that the [czars] employed to battle political terrorism."
High FSB officers work hand in glove with the mega-rich oligarchs that seized control of key portions of the Soviet economy, including oil and other mineral enterprises and the media. Indeed, an FSB officer serves as deputy director general of the state-owned Russian Television and Radio Co., which owns several radio and TV stations, including the Second Channel, considered the country's main official station. He orders news staff how to cover situations with the potential to embarrass the Putin regime.
Perks are many and valuable. High FSB officers are given, gratis, stated-owned land along the "gold coast" of the Rublyovo outside Moscow, which abounds with mammoth, columned brick-and-stone mansions.
Mr. Soldatov and Ms. Borogan first covered the FSB and other security agencies as reporters for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta; they now maintain the online news site Agentura.ru/English. Suffice to say that they are not popular with the subjects of their reporting. [Read more at: WashingtonTimes/Goulden/22March2011]
SEEKING NAMES OF OTHER COLLABORATORS IN VIETNAM WAR: I intend to publish my historical research on the Italian soldiers in the
Vietnam War and would be very grateful if you could give any information,
documents and images or oral sources of Italians (not Italian-Americans, but
recent immigrants born in Italy, soldiers, volunteers, contractors, secrets
agents, pilots, former Foreign Legionnaires of the French Legion, civilians,
etc.) who collaborated "NOT OFFICIALLY" (SID - Servizio Italiano Difesa, CIA and
Defence Intelligence Agency covert actions) with the Armed Forces U.S. in the
Vietnam War between 1963 and 1975. You knew also Italians engaged in the Vietnam
war? They were missionaries, doctors, diplomats, journalists or other? Can you help
me, please? Thank you very much for your precious collaboration. Yours sincerely, Diego Verdegiglio, Via Romei 27-00136 Roma, Italia, email@example.com
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in March, April and May 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate "CIA April DC Conference" on subject line.
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 email@example.com
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, 11:30 a.m. - Norfolk, VA - AFIO Hampton Roads Chapter Speaker's Forum:"The Role of Intelligence, Medical Assets and Civic Action in Countering Foreign Insurgency"
Capt. Mark Donald, Military and Veteran Advocate,
Retired Navy SEAL, Medical Provider, Professional Speaker addresses the topic.
Location: Cagney's restaurant in Norfolk (1108 E. Little Creek Rd, near the intersection of Little Creek and Chesapeake Road. Directions below)
Open to the public. Lunch is a la carte, dutch treat.
At this event the chapter has chosen to collect donations to support another nonprofit group - "Quality of Life Plus which provides quality of life solutions to Wounded Warriors and other injured heroes.
Please reply if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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!
12 April 2011, 5 -9 pm - Washington, DC - FBI Intelligence Analysts Association [FBI IAA] Forum -"Intelligence Challenges for the 21st Century"The FBI IAA welcomes you, as intelligence professionals and industry leaders focused on national security, to our First Annual Intelligence Forum on "Intelligence Challenges for the 21st Century." The FBI Intelligence Analysts Association is an independent, non-governmental professional association representing Intelligence Analysts employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The First Annual FBI IAA Intelligence Forum will bring you presentations from leading professionals in the intelligence field. Our keynote speaker is John Miller, former FBI Assistant Director of the Office of Public Affairs, and currently the Deputy Director, Analysis Division, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Miller will be speaking about Analytical Transformation and Intelligence Challenges.
In addition to hearing John Miller's keynote presentation, we will also have a panel of Intelligence Leaders answering critical questions on Intelligence Challenges in the 21st Century – the panel will be interactive and ready to answer your questions! Intelligence Leaders include:• Maureen "Mo" Baginski; • Dr. Bruce Hoffman; • Dr. Mark Lowenthal;
• Mr. Michael Waschull; • Dr. Amy Zegart
Don't miss out on the many great benefits the event will provide including:• A chance to network with your peers and all levels of leadership at the FBI; • Open discussions and new information from the intelligence leaders; • Interactive and open forum with the panel of experts to answer your most pressing questions; • Opportunity to learn more about FBI IAA and how we represent your interests;
• Chance to connect with industry partners who have products in our space.
Save by pre-registering for the event. Pre-registration for FBI IAA members is just $5.00 and only $10.00 for non-members. Included in your registration fee is the new FBI IAA Challenge Coin which is being released on-site at the Forum! 100% of registration fees and 50% of all the event proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, desserts and coffee will be served.
Where: Woolly Mammoth Theatre (One block from FBIHQ), 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Click here to register online and to be entered into the free drawing! For more information on FBI IAA: http://www.fbianalysts.org/
13 April 2011, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The Roger E. McCarthy, Las Vegas Chapter Meet to hear Johnie Wood on "Coalition Warfare"
Our featured speaker for the evening will be: Johnie Wood on "Coalition Warfare: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"
Coalition warfare is nothing new to the United States military. Building, training, and maintaining coalitions have been crucial to the United States' military and political success from the Revolution to today's conflicts. Given limited resources, political expediency, and prevailing circumstances, when the US goes to war in the future it will likely be with other nation-states. During this briefing, we will look back at past successes and failures in coalition warfare, present coalition efforts, and what future coalition warfare may look like.
Location: Nellis Air Force Base Officers' Club
(Guest names must be submitted along with their birth date to me by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 5th
Time: Arrive early and join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin's Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages
RSVP or more info: BentleyM@nv.doe.gov
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: 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 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: 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
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
9-12 May 2011 - Orlando, FL - SCIP 2011 International Annual Conference & Exhibition
This is the most important event of the year for Competitive Strategy and Competitive Intelligence professionals. Full information about event and program are here.
Don't miss your chance to hear essential insights from keynote presenter, Jeff Austin, Vice President, Strategy Planning with Pioneer Hybrid. Jeff is a 20 year strategy and CI veteran and will share his astute perspective on what the C-Suite needs and expects of us as strategic and competitive intelligence professionals.
Also on hand to share thought leadership is keynote presenter, Renee Finley, Vice President of Corporate and Market Strategy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Renee is charged with leading Corporate Strategy and Enterprise Market Strategy, Integrated Market Intelligence (IMI) and marketing planning and controllership for the company. She will share some of the best practices we can implement to ensure we are aligned to what's important to our businesses, and to maintain relevance especially in times of political and economic uncertainty.
Don't miss out! Sessions are filling quickly, be sure to Register Now to ensure your place at this can't-miss event.
If you have questions or would like additional information, don't hesitate to call Matthew McSweegan at 516-255-3812.
Location: Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Mention SCIP for only $175 convention rate.
9-14 May 2011 - Reston, VA - GEOINT Community Week
Ends with 7th Annual GEOGala Black-Tie Dinner. More information available at: http://usgif.org/events/GEOINTCommWeek and dinner-only at http://usgif.org/events/GEOGala
Thursday, 12 May 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Operation Dark Heart: Spy Craft and Special Ops on the Front Lines of Afghanistan" at the International Spy Museum
In 2001, just after the 9/11 attacks, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a DIA senior intelligence officer, returned to active duty for a 30 month period, during which he commanded a DIA operating base and had two successful, undercover, combat tours to Afghanistan. During these tours he participated in the search for senior al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan—recruiting informants and gathering intel to lead to the capture or termination of his targets. Shaffer later wrote about his experiences in the highly controversial Operation Dark Heart. Join Shaffer to hear about his experiences in Afghanistan, his thoughts about the current situation there and his comments on the Operation Dark Heart controversy.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F St NW, Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: $15 per person. Register at www.spymuseum.org
14 May 2011 - Orange Park / Gainesville, FL - The AFIO North Florida Chapter meets at the Country Club for speaker luncheon.
Speaker TBA. To inquire or sign up, contact Quiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-545-9549.
Thursday, 19 May 2011, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Don Shannon, FBI Supervisory Special Agent In Charge of Southern Colorado Joint Terrorism Task Force.
FBI, SSA Shannon will update the members on Terrorism issues in and around the Southern Colorado Area. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at email@example.com
Thursday, 19 May 2011, 12 noon - 1 pm - Washington, DC - "Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed" at the International Spy Museum
Author presentation. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was behind many of the most heinous terrorist plots of the past twenty years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millennium Plots, and 9/11 itself. Today, Mohammed is at Guantanamo Bay and not talking. Investigative journalist Richard Miniter brings to life his remarkable true story, including his time living among us in the United States. Based on interviews with government officials, generals, diplomats and spies from around the world, Miniter reveals never-before-reported al Qaeda plots and remarkable new details about the 9/11 attacks. He also lets us into the ultimately successful clandestine operations of American and Pakistani intelligence officers to capture this notorious killer.
Where: International Spy Museum: 800 F St NW, Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: Free, no registration required
Thursday, 26 May 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "Spies on Screen - Norwegian Ninja" at the International Spy Museum
Norwegian diplomat Arne Treholt was arrested in 1984 and convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Iraq. Now, the most notorious modern espionage case in Norway undergoes an incredible transformation in the film Norwegian Ninja. Writer/director Thomas Cappelen Malling reimagines Treholt's case as the tale of a Ninja entrusted by King Olav to lead a secret force of enlightened shadow warriors. Join Malling for his first state-side screening of the film the Wall Street Journal calls, "hilarious and menacing, absurd and insightful, and an accomplished work of genre film making that authoritatively upends the cold-war spy thriller." He'll reveal how he was inspired to turn Treholt into a hero and what the real spy thinks of the film.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: $20 per person To REGISTER: www.spymuseum.org
24 - 26 August 2011 - Raleigh, NC - "Spies Among Us - The Secret World of Illegals" - theme of the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference
Special guests/speakers: Michael Hayden, former DCIA and DIRNSA; Michael Sulick, former Director of the National Clandestine Service, CiA
Brian Kelley, CIA & Professor at Institute of World Politics;
Nigel West - world-famous intelligence author/speaker - former Member of Parliament;
Dan Mulvenna - RCMP/CASIS
Writer's Roundtable to feature Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan, founder of The OSS; Kent Clizbe, author of Willing Accomplices [forthcoming], and other noted writers in the field.
For more information: www.raleighspyconference.com
Location: North Carolina Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh, NC
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