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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Kuwait Condemns Three to Death in Iran Spy Ring. Two Iranians and a Kuwaiti national, all serving in Kuwait's army, were condemned to death on Tuesday for belonging to an Iranian spy ring, a judiciary source told AFP.
A Syrian and a stateless Arab were handed life terms at the end of the trial in a Kuwait City court, while an Iranian man and the only woman defendant - daughter of one of the two Iranians on death row - were acquitted, he said.
The three men condemned to death and the Syrian were serving in the Kuwaiti military at the time of their arrest in May 2010, while the stateless person was an ex-soldier.
The two Iranians handed the death sentence and the convicted stateless Arab appeared by their names to be brothers.
The defendants were accused of spying for neighbouring Iran and of passing on information on the Kuwaiti and US military in Kuwait to the Islamic republic's Revolutionary Guards, an accusation denied by Tehran. [Read more: AP/30March2011]
U.S. Spy Agency Is Said to Investigate Hacker Attack on
Nasdaq. The National Security Agency, the top U.S. electronic intelligence service, has joined a probe of the October cyber attack on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. amid evidence the intrusion by hackers was more severe than first disclosed, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The involvement of the NSA, which uses some of the world's most powerful computers for electronic surveillance and decryption, may help the initial investigators - Nasdaq and the FBI - determine more easily who attacked and what was taken. It may also show the attack endangered the security of the nation's financial infrastructure.
"By bringing in the NSA, that means they think they're either dealing with a state-sponsored attack or it's an extraordinarily capable criminal organization," said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence in the Bush and Obama administrations, now at the Washington offices of the law firm Cooley LLP. [Read more: Riley/BusinessWeek/30March2011]
US, Britain Insert Covert Agents Into Libya. The United States and Britain have inserted covert intelligence agents into Libya to make contact with rebels and to gather data to guide coalition air strikes, a report said Wednesday.
The White House refused to comment on the apparent shadow war in Libya, and also declined to discuss another report that President Barack Obama had signed a secret order allowing Central Intelligence Agency operations in the country.
A senior US official did, however, warmly welcome the defection to Britain of Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa, interpreting his flight as a sign that Moamer Kadhafi's inner circle was beginning to crumble under massive pressure.
The New York Times said the CIA had inserted clandestine agents into Libya to gather data for airstrikes and establish links with rebels, who Wednesday lost a swathe of captured territory to Kadhafi loyalists.
Obama has insisted no American ground troops will be deployed in the bid to shield civilians in Libya. But the Times said small groups of American covert agents had been conducting missions inside Libya for several weeks.
It also cited current and former British officials as saying dozens of British special forces and MI6 secret intelligence service agents were also on the ground in Libya collecting data on government forces and weaponry.
ABC News, meanwhile, reported that Obama's presidential order, or "finding", authorized covert CIA operations to "aid the effort" in Libya. [Read more: AP/31March2011]
Guatemala's Top Drug Lord Captured. Guatemala's most wanted drug lord has been captured in a joint operation involving agents from the South American nation's intelligence agency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said Wednesday.
According to officials, Juan Ortiz Lopez and two of his bodyguards were captured in a raid on a house in the western Guatemalan city of Quetzaltenango. They said Ortiz was under surveillance for seven days during the joint operation.
Ortiz is accused of smuggling huge amounts of cocaine from Guatemala and Mexico into the United States. The drug lord and his two bodyguards were taken to a court in Guatemala City later on Wednesday under heavy security. [Read more: RTNews/31March2011]
Syrian TV Accuses Egyptian-American of Espionage. It is an anguished mother's appeal to a distant president, who has been using deadly force to crush an uprising.
"At least let someone talk to him, let someone see him," the woman says, her voice cracking with emotion, her eyes filling with tears. "I want to see my son. I have no idea where he is!"
The last time Maha Radwan saw her son Muhammad was when he unexpectedly appeared on Syrian state television last Saturday, labeled a member of a "foreign group paid to destabilize Syria."
The 32-year old Egyptian-American sat stiffly on a couch, answering questions in what appeared to be a televised interrogation. The Syrian anchorwoman introducing the report described it as a "confession."
Radwan admitted he had exchanged e-mails with someone in Colombia who tried to hire him to take photos of events in Syria. [Read more: Watson&Fahmy/CNN/31March2011]
Colombian Judge Frees Intelligence Official. The director of Colombia's financial intelligence agency, who was under house arrest while awaiting trial for the illegal spying on supreme court magistrates, was set free after prosecutors failed to call the official to trial on time.
UIAF director Mario Aranguren was arrested in May 2010 and ordered house arrest while the Prosecutor General's Office was preparing the trial against him for his role in the wiretap scandal that involved the illegal spying on journalists, supreme court magistrates, politicians and human rights organizations by state intelligence agencies.
According to a Bogota judge, the 10-month delay in the investigation no longer justifies Aranguren's house arrest and he is allowed to await his trial in freedom. [Read more: Alsema/ColombiaReports/31March2011]
Defense Shuffle: U.S. Set to Name New Afghanistan Commanders. David Petraeus, perhaps the most celebrated American general of his generation, is likely to leave his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan this summer, multiple defense officials say.
Petraeus, who stepped into the post last summer after President Barack Obama fired Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal for comments his aides made to Rolling Stone magazine, is likely to be succeeded by Deputy CENTCOM commander, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, defense sources told The Envoy.
Meantime, the deputy U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, was nominated this week for a fourth star and to take charge of Army Force Command, moving to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He is likely to be succeeded in Afghanistan by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, currently commander of the I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington State, defense sources said.
(The Center for New American Security's Tom Ricks previously reported that Allen would be tapped to succeed Petraeus.)
Both Scaparrotti - a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division who is planning to bring several three-star advisors with him to Afghanistan - and Allen are extremely respected figures among their peers.
John Allen is "a rock star, one of the brightest lights in the U.S. military," one Defense official told The Envoy on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. As deputy commanding general for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), Allen has been the point man for all things Iran. In Iraq, Allen was one of the authors of the "Anbar Awakening" - the largely successful Sunni reconciliation and reintegration effort, for the Marine Corps from late 2006 to 2007.
Few people in the military "understand the on-the-ground, inherently political nature of irregular war" and counterinsurgency strategy as well as Allen, the official said, adding that the Marine Corps three-star also understands Washington and the inter-agency. [Read more at Rozen/TheEnvoy/1April2011]
Spy Chief's Tenure Is Extended in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has given another one-year extension to the chief of its powerful spy organization, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced the decision Friday evening in a television interview with the state-run PTV News and the private network Dawn News. Mr. Gilani said his government had decided to retain Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the director general of the ISI, owing to the "prevailing security situation in the country."
"We need continuity in the current situation, and the extension was very necessary," Mr. Gilani said. [Masood/NYTimes/3April2011]
New EU Anti-Terrorist Body Will be 'Like the KGB.' Senior Eurocrats are plotting to set up a new European Union counter-terrorism agency that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.
And critics warned last night the body could turn into a Europe-wide secret police force that would be "like the KGB."
The move is also likely to infuriate MI5 and MI6 chiefs as British spies could be forced to share intelligence with European agents. [Express/4April2011]
FBI Questioning Libyans. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun questioning Libyans living in the U.S., part of an effort to identify any Libyan-backed spies or terrorists, and collect any information that might help allied military operations.
The move reflects concerns among U.S. officials - in the wake of an allied bombing campaign that established a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent the massacre of antigovernment rebels - that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi might try to orchestrate revenge attacks against U.S. citizens.
U.S. counterterrorism officials believe that the threat of Libyan-backed terrorism is slightly higher for Europe than for the U.S. Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are searching for signs of nascent terror plots directed or encouraged from Tripoli.
FBI officials declined to comment Monday on the program. [Read more at Barrett/WallStreetJournal/31March2011]
Republicans Grill DHS Officials on FOIA Delays. House Republicans grilled senior officials from the Homeland Security Department on Thursday over the agency's now-rescinded practice of requiring secretive reviews by political advisers of hundreds of requests for government files under the Freedom of Information Act.
Sensational allegations by Republicans - and a vigorous defense by Democrats - set the tone for future interactions on government transparency between the White House and Capitol Hill. Obama repeatedly vowed in his 2008 presidential campaign to have the most open administration ever in Washington.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the process requiring political reviews was improper and said information that was censored in government files should have been released.
The top lawyer at the Homeland Security Department, Ivan Fong, said parts of the investigative report by congressional Republicans were "irresponsible" and made him indignant. The 153-page report accused the department of "administrative incompetence, illegal politicization and official obstruction."
Fong said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had a legitimate interest in knowing which federal records that reporters and others were asking to see.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the panel, cited results from an inquiry by the Homeland Security inspector general that found no evidence that political advisers prohibited federal records from being disclosed. The report also concluded that the advisers "had little to contribute" and caused unnecessary delays that violated deadlines under the law.
Issa cited political scrutiny over requests for government records from The Associated Press and asked the department's chief privacy officer, Mary Ellen Callahan, "Is AP on your enemies list?"
Callahan said no. [Read more at Margassak/ABC27/31March2011]
FBI Wants Public to Help Break Murdered Man's Code. A lifelong fan of codes, Ricky McCormick wrote out two pages of letters, numbers and symbols and stuck them in his pocket. His body was found in a Missouri cornfield in the summer of 1999, those two sheets of paper still in his pants.
ALPONTE GLSE - SE ERTE, one line read. Is that a coded plea for help? A reminder to pick up the laundry from the cleaners? The beginnings of a commentary on the weather in St. Louis?
If you know, the FBI's top code-breaking unit wants your help in breaking McCormick's code - one that has baffled government cryptologists for more than a decade - and perhaps solving his murder.
Dan Olson, chief of the FBI Laboratory's Cryptanalysis & Racketeering Records Unit, said the papers found on the body of 41-year-old McCormick could be the key in figuring out why he was murdered.
But none of their cryptologists has been able to break the code created by McCormick, a high school dropout, even after years of work, Olson said. So the FBI is turning to the public for help, hoping that someone out there recognizes the code used by McCormick on the two papers posted by the agency at http://1.usa.gov/evCb2i .
Police said McCormick had experimented with codes and ciphers for much of his life. [Read more at AP/31March2011]
Cuba Accuses Reuters Journalist of Collaborating with US Intelligence. Cuban state-television on Monday accused a former bureau chief for the Reuters international news agency of arranging a meeting on a darkened Havana street between an undercover Cuban agent and a U.S. diplomat who the program claimed was really a CIA operative.
The program, dedicated to uncovering supposed plots against Cuba, featured a professor and little-known dissident named Raul Capote, who described himself as "Agent Daniel," the Cuban intelligence agent who purportedly took part in the meeting.
Capote said he attended a reception with Reuters' then bureau chief, Anthony Boadle, at the German Embassy, without giving a date. The two left the party by foot two hours later, walking through the quiet Havana night, he said.
"We walked I don't know how many blocks, until we arrived at a dark place where a car was parked. There was a shadow inside, a man," Capote said. He said it was Mark Sullivan, a diplomat at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2006-2008 who the program accused of being a CIA agent. [Read more at Haven/CanadianPress/31March2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
CIA Holds Back Release of Documents about Iran and Congo...From 1950s and 1960s. Considered a valuable source for understanding American policymaking overseas, the State Department's "Foreign Relations of the United States" series has been missing important accounts about Iran and Congo due to CIA opposition.
The unpublished volumes deal with Iran from 1952-1954 and Congo 1960-1968, when the CIA worked to overthrow the democratically-elected governments of both countries. The spy agency has successfully stonewalled lengthy assessments of these periods despite a 1991 law requiring the State Department to publish such accounts within 30 years of their occurrence. [Read more: AllGov/30March2011]
How Spies Use Forged Irish Passports For Espionage. An Irish passport is one of the most valuable passports in the world, and one which has been at the center of numerous cases of forgery.
The reason behind its value is that Ireland has a policy of military neutrality (with the exception of defence pacts - EU Common Defence Plan and Nordic Battlegroup).
Many Irish journalists are often able to get closer to hostile organizations such as the Taliban easier than others simply because of the passport in their pocket and the friendly diplomatic relations that go along with it.
While the media community has used this diplomatic etiquette to their advantage, so has the world of spies.
In the past few months, there have been two huge cases of foreign nations using Irish passports for military and intelligence operations.
First came Israel using numerous Irish passports to get their operatives, unquestioned by port authorities and police, around Dubai and close enough to a Hamas commander to assassinate him last year.
In February of this year, the Russian Federation has had a diplomat expelled from their embassy in Dublin because he helped Russian spies in the US to forge Irish passports in order to operate with relative freedom in the US for several years; posing as citizens of Ireland.
"The government, by this action, has once again made clear that it will not tolerate the fabrication and use of forged Irish passports by agents of a foreign state," said a spokesperson. [Read more: TopSecretWriters/31March2011]
A History of the Irish Intelligence Community. You don't hear much about the Irish military or indeed the Irish secret service these days, which is undoubtedly down to the country's policy of neutrality and non-membership in NATO.
Irish troops are only deployed within Ireland and only on UN peacekeeping missions abroad. It is also occasionally deployed in NATO led peace-enforcement missions such as KFOR (Kosivo).
So in this week's series we're going to offer a quick insight into the Irish intelligence network as it stands today and the role it has played in the past.
There are two main sections of the Irish intelligence community - one named "Special Branch" belonging to the national police force, the Garda S�ochana, and the other named "G2" belonging to the Irish Defense Forces.
When Ireland became a separate state to Britain after the War of Independence (1921-22), there was an obvious need for a police force. The decision was made to create an unarmed force to quickly gain the public' trust and distance themselves from the reputation of former British police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary.
As such, in 1922 the Garda S�ochana was formed.
Unfortunately, civil war quickly broke out between the rebels who had fought the war. One side was in favor of the peace treaty with Britain, the other was against it (because it divided Ireland in two, with the northern counties remaining in the UK).
The new government was determined to combat their former allies using the criminal courts, so the Garda Special Branch was formed. They worked alongside G2 in gathering intelligence on what were called the 'Irregular' or 'anti-treaty IRA'.
Today, they conduct operations and investigations within Ireland to ensure the safety of the President and politicians. They also investigate terrorist threats from forces within the island of Ireland and assist foreign bodies in combating terrorism. [Read more: TopSecretWriters/31March2011]
How the 1950s Soviet Espionage of Burgess and MacLean Sparked the Korean War. In 1951, two British diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald MacLean, disappeared. Their whereabouts were unknown for nearly five years, but it is speculated that they received inside information concerning their impending arrest for espionage.
The two men resurfaced nearly five years later in Moscow, proving British Intelligence was correct about Burgess' and MacLean's espionage activities.
During the 1940's, Burgess and MacLean relayed a steady stream of information on Western policy to Moscow, including the West's intentions on the Marshall Plan - an American plan to rebuild and create a stronger economy for the European countries after world War II.
The Soviets were offered to participate, but declined.
However, it appears that Burgess and MacLean's participation in the Russian spy game predates the 1940s by some time. Allegations were made by Vladimir Petrov, who reported that Burgess and MacLean were both "independently recruited to work for Soviet intelligence during their student days at Cambridge University."
It also appears that Burgess and MacLean did much more than just deliver information.
FBI files document how the two spies sided with the Chinese during the Korean War. In a U.S. News and World Report article, How Two Spies Lost the U.S. a War, Burgess and MacLean was implicated in passing the Chinese pertinent information.
This information was the fact that General Douglas MacArthur would not cross the Yalu River. The report chronicles that this decision was made in September 27, 1950. Barely a week later, MacLean became the head of the American Desk in the British Foreign Office. Less than a month later, on November 24, 1950, the Chinese attacked U.N. Forces across the very border MacArthur was forbidden to cross. [Read more: Dufrene/TopSecretWriters/28February2011]
MI5 Files Show Nazis Plotted to Kill Allied Troops with Coffee. The Nazis planned to kill Allied troops with poisoned coffee, chocolate and cigarettes, as part of a terrorist campaign in liberated Europe, newly disclosed MI5 documents show.
Female agents were also to be sent to kill senior Allied commanders using microbes hidden in handbag mirrors, according to interrogation reports.
One assassination device, captured by advancing Allied troops, involved a gun hidden inside a belt bulk with a Swastika emblem on it.
Documents from the interrogations of captured German agents disclose the Nazi security service, the RSHA, had a unit that was planning subversion operations in Allied countries using targeted assassinations and poisons.
The information came from a four-strong unit of German agents, including one woman, who were parachuted into Ayon, near St Quentin in France in March 1945, two months before the end of the war.
They had been flown from Stuttgart in a captured B17 Flying Fortress, which dropped them behind enemy lines before getting shot down.
The agents insisted that some of their colleagues had been equipped with various poisons, "not the usual ampoules of hydrocyanic acid, with which agents have been equipped in recent months to commit suicide after arrest," a de-briefing report added.
Instead they were carrying a glass tube of Bayer's aspirin tablets that included one or two that contained poison.
"Death was stated to take place ten minutes or so after one of these had been swallowed," the report, released for the first time to the National Archives, said. [Read more at Gardham/Telegraph/3April2011]
Can the US Really Take a Supporting Role in Libya Operation? President Obama has emphasized a supporting role as NATO takes command of the Libya mission. But it remains to be seen just how secondary the US will be in the coming days.
The United States may have officially transferred command of the international Libya operation to NATO on Thursday. But it is unclear if that means the US has indeed retreated to the limited "supporting role" that President Obama says it has.
With US forces plying the waters off the Libyan coast, Central Intelligence Agency operatives on Libyan soil, many NATO countries sitting out the operation, and the staying power of the US unmatched by the French, British, or anyone else in the international coalition, it remains to be seen just how secondary the US role will be in the coming days.
"It's too early to say that" the US has indeed moved down to second fiddle, says Christopher Preble, director of foreign-policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington. An initial indicator to watch, he adds, will be "the numbers for the next 48 hours" - what airstrikes or other operations are reported and who carries them out.
The US may indeed step back from the lead role, others say, but that doesn't mean it will be limited to merely supportive roles, like intelligence providing and radio-signal jamming, as the Obama administration has suggested.
"The idea that we're never going to drop another bomb and withdraw ... I don't believe it for one minute," says Geoffrey Kemp, director of regional strategic programs at the Center for the National Interest in Washington. "If we're not dropping bombs, we'll be shooting."
The CIA operatives that Mr. Obama has authorized to enter Libya are ostensibly there to evaluate the Libyan rebels and their capacities, and eventually to assess where supplies might be directed if the US and other foreign powers decide to supply arms to the Libyan forces fighting to oust Muammar Qaddafi.
But the CIA operatives are also providing information to guide airstrikes aimed at Mr. Qaddafi's forces and other assets, administration officials have said. [Read more at LaFranchi/CSMonitor/31March2011]
Union Women Spies Contributed to the Civil War Effort. When I travel north of the Mason-Dixon line, someone invariably asks me if we in the South are still fighting the Civil War. I tell them no, that isn't true, but we do have a sense of history. After all, we live in a region that was once invaded and occupied by troops. In fact, much of it was pretty well torn up. Life was drastically altered. It had to leave a mark.
Out of the bloody conflict came personal stories. Soldiers and ordinary people on the home front, politicians, slaves, abolitionists, spies, scouts, and others all had a story to tell. (Some are brought to life again in Ken Burns' PBS film, "The Civil War," the series scheduled for April 3-7). Last month's column about Confederate women spies described women dedicated to a cause. Other women were just as dedicated to the Union cause.
Pauline Cushman, American actress, toasted President Jefferson Davis following a theatrical performance in Louisville, Kentucky.
"She had already made a deal with Union officials to do it as a way of going under cover," says Elizabeth Leonard, historian and author. Her books, All the Daring of the Soldier and Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War, delve into accounts of women's wartime service for the blue and gray. In a telephone interview Leonard explains, "Cushman's act curried favor with Confederate loyalists. It enabled her to move freely and gather information."
She spied on Confederate camps and reported to Union authorities on troop movements. According to her memoirs, she was captured behind enemy lines and scheduled for execution, but was freed when northern armies took the area where she was held.
"Harriet Tubman and Elizabeh Van Lew were probably the most important women spies for the Union," Leonard says. "Tubman was important in enabling the Union Army to build certain terrains and in emancipating slaves through her activities." Serving as a Union spy, scout, and nurse, she was widely acclaimed for her work. She rescued numbers of slaves and guided them to freedom. (Read more at Northington/LivingPress/4April2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Russia's Very Secret Services. When the Soviet Union collapsed, many observers expected its fearsome intelligence apparatus to wither as well. Instead, the post-Soviet era has seen the emergence of an even more influential collection of intelligence organizations that grew out of the two premier Soviet agencies: the KGB, which combined domestic and foreign political intelligence, and the GRU, which handled military intelligence. The prominent - even dominant - role of intelligence within contemporary Russia's political system is a sign of the Kremlin's growing ambitions. But it also reflects a profound fear of being outmaneuvered by the West in Russia's traditional sphere of influence, which now comprises 10 more or less independent nations that once belonged to the Soviet Union. Within that vast territory - and in the areas that directly border it - an intense and largely invisible battle for control is being fought every day.
This struggle has put the Kremlin's intelligence agencies in direct competition with Western intelligence services, with all parties retaining some old habits left over from the Cold War. At the same time, the unique status and financial resources provided to Russia's secret services in the early 2000s by then-President Vladimir Putin makes them even more unpredictable than their predecessor, the KGB, which was a powerful organization, but came under the firm control of the political structure. The Communist Party presided over every KGB section, department, and division. By contrast, over the last decade in Russia, the resurgent secret services have become a new elite, enjoying expanded responsibilities and immunity from public oversight or parliamentary control. Today's Russian secret services are impenetrable to outsiders. While the KGB played by the Cold War's rules, its inheritors are given a freer hand to make decisions on their own.
Surprisingly, though, the biggest beneficiaries of the elevation of Russian intelligence have been the authoritarian regimes that filled the vacuum after the breakup of the Soviet Union - the dictators of Central Asia, who have used Russian security forces to facilitate the abduction, even rendition, of their own opposition forces. In an unexpected reversal, Russia has become a hunting ground for the security services of many of the world's most vicious rulers. [Read more: Soldatov&Borogan/EurasiaReview/1April20110]
Egypt's Top Spy a U.S. Concern. When Egypt's new intelligence chief quietly flew to Syria's capital for a day of meetings last month, his American counterparts took note.
What was Murad Muwafi, the new Egyptian spymaster, doing in Damascus? With whom was he meeting? "Honestly, we have our ideas, but we don't know anything for certain," said a senior U.S. defense official, who didn't elaborate on what those ideas might be. "I wouldn't say we're worried - not yet. Concerned is probably a better word."
The tumult that is challenging autocratic regimes across the Middle East is upending U.S. intelligence relationships built over decades. [Read more: Rosenberg/WSJ/1April2011]
Section IV - OBITUARIES AND COMING EVENTS
William Young, Who Helped U.S. Organize Secret War in Laos, Is Dead at 76. William Young, a missionary's son who mixed evangelical zeal with covert missions for the C.I.A. in Southeast Asia and who helped organize the "secret war" in Laos for the United States during the Vietnam War, died on Friday at his home here in northern Thailand. He was 76.
The Thai police said he apparently killed himself. Mr. Young was found dead from a gunshot wound, a handgun next to his right hand and a crucifix in his left, the police said. He had been suffering from emphysema and numerous other ailments, his friends said.
Born in Berkeley, Calif., on Oct. 28, 1934, Mr. Young spent most of his life in the hills of northern Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, which was British-controlled Burma when his grandfather first arrived as a Baptist missionary in the late 1880s. His family converted countless members of the Lahu tribe to Christianity and became celebrated figures among the region's patchwork of ethnicities.
Mr. Young's father, Harold, was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and led intelligence-gathering forays into southern China in the years after Mao Zedong's Communist takeover.
William Young followed his father's path and joined the C.I.A. after serving in the United States Army. In the early 1960s, as the war in Vietnam escalated, Mr. Young assembled an army of local tribespeople in neighboring Laos, a force that at its peak reached several thousand men.
"We used to jokingly call him the American warlord," said Bertil Lintner, an author and longtime friend of Mr. Young's. "He was ideally placed to organize the secret war in Laos."
Most of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the network of jungle paths that North Vietnam used to funnel supplies southward, ran through Laotian territory. The United States wanted to interdict the supply route, rescue American pilots shot down over Laos and aid anti-Communist forces in a continuing civil war, but was hampered in doing so publicly because Laos was officially neutral. Thus, the secret war.
Missionaries were the best assets the Americans had in the region, Mr. Lintner said. "They spoke local languages and were respected." [Read more at Fuller/NYTimes/3April2011]
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
Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 4 pm - Washington, DC - "Conquering Cultural Canyons" by Dr. Mark Luce, CENTCOM
Dr. Mark Luce, Afghanistan Analyst with Strategic Studies Section - CENTCOM, will discuss "Conquering Cultural Canyons." This lecture is part of IWP's Distinguished Military Speakers Series.
Dr. Mark Luce is a member of the 4th Military Information Support Group's Strategic Studies Section for the CENTCOM Region. The Strategic Studies Section is made up entirely of Army civilian Military Information Support analysts who provide area expertise, linguistic skills, and an organic social research capability to the regional battalion. All analysts have an advanced degree, and all read and speak at least one of the languages in their area of expertise. Analysts write the MISO/PSYOP portions of the Department of Defense Intelligence Production Program (DODIPP) and produce MISO/PSYOP-specific studies. The analysts participate in contingency planning and deploy to support operations routinely.
Location: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.. No charge. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Friday, 8 April 2011, 6 pm - Washington, DC - "Ronald Reagan and Reforming American Intelligence Lessons for the Future" by Kenneth deGraffenreid.
Institute of World Politics Professor Kenneth deGraffenreid will discuss "Ronald Reagan and Reforming American Intelligence Lessons for the Future." The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Kenneth deGraffenreid is a full-time professor at IWP. He is a Retired Captain from the US Navy Reserves, and has served as Deputy National Counterintelligence Executive to the President of the United States, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Support in the Department of Defense, Senior Director of Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, Senior professional staff member at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senior Fellow on Intelligence at the National Strategy Information Center.
No charge to attend. Location: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.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 attach�, Lieutenant Colonel Josef Alon at his home
in Bethesda, Maryland. The FBI and Israel's Shin Bet worked hard on the
investigation but never found the killers. In 2007, author Fred Burton,
a special agent at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security
returned to this cold case. Join us for this book launch in which
Burton traces Alon's remarkable life from his combat experience in the
skies over Israel in 1948 through his brutal death in the United
States. Hear the gripping tale of how Burton relentlessly tracked the
assassins through a hidden world of international intrigue, double
agents, terrorists, and violence.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Free! No registration required!
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.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011, 11 am - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico Chapter holds meeting on Presentation of their 2011 Scholarship Awards.
Location: Marcello's Chop House, 2201 Q St, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87110, (505) 837-2467
11:00 AM: Lunch - order from the menu, 11:30 AM: Call To Order. Highlight: Presentation of the 2011 Scholarship Awards
Further information from firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
16 April 2011, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - AFIO Maine Chapter April Meeting features "JOURNEY THROUGH LEBANON" with George Nammour
George Nammour promises a dynamic trip through Lebanon for a better understanding of the country, its geopolitical position and its significance to U.S. interests and national security. This journey covers the major elements which have shaped the country's character such as Christianity, Islam, Arabs, Palestinians, Israelis, Shia, and Hezbollah. The speaker will also point out some of the lessons which the U.S. has failed to learn from events in Lebanon from the 1960s to the present and the resulting pitfalls which await us.
Now a U.S. citizen, Nammour was born in Lebanon in 1958 into a Christian family, the son of a policeman. Growing up in an unsettled time, George was required to undergo military training. He was in Lebanon when the U. S. Marine barracks was bombed killing 241 serviceman. He witnessed on campus kidnappings by Muslim groups while a student at the American University in Beirut. Although many members of his family have immigrated to other countries for safety, George has returned to Lebanon a number of times and remains in regular contact with friends there.
The meeting is open to the public and takes place at the Community House, 8 Temple Street, Kennebunkport, across from the Post Office, uphill from the municipal parking lot. For information call 207-967-4298
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 email@example.com or 703.432.4771 or LtCol Sal Viscuso at firstname.lastname@example.org,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
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 email@example.com or 904-545-9549.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 9 am – 1 pm – Ft Lauderdale, FL – The FBI Miami CI Strategic Partnership and NOVA SE Univ present Keith Melton on “Role of Covert Tech in Mumbai Attacks.”
H. Keith Melton – a renowned collector, historian, author, professor and specialist in Clandestine Devices discusses: "The rapid adoption by terrorists of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and the Internet oint to more devastating techno-aided attacks in the future."
Location: Nova Southeastern University Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
Registration/Continental Breakfast will be served from 8:00AM - 9:00AM Carl Desantis Building/ H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship (Miniaci Theater adjacent to the Carl Desantis Building)
RSVP by May 11th to Cassandra.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-787-6446. Be certain to identify yourself as AFIO member.
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
19 May 2011, 11:30 am - Arlington, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear David Rogus "Brazil and U.S. National Security."
David Rogus, a “retired” Senior Foreign Service Officer, has served worldwide as a naval officer and diplomat with concentrations in the Americas and Northern Europe, and specializations in counter narcotics and law enforcement. He served as State’s Director of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs. Other assignments have covered Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean, Iceland where he was Deputy Chief of Mission, the Balkans, and NATO. Before leaving the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander to join the diplomatic corps, he served as a line and intelligence officer in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean fleets, and ashore in Viet Nam during the war. After a stint as Lockheed Martin’s Director of Business Development for the Americas, he now heads a business development group in Washington, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. He holds degrees from Marquette University and the National War College. Much of his work focuses on Brazil where he lived for eight years as a diplomat and naval officer, including four years with the Brazilian Navy. Dave is known to be a patron of the Garota de Ipanema bar, where the Girl from Ipanema was written, and a guy who enjoys the beaches of Rio. This forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. Everything except the speaker's name and subject will be off the record. The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests. Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Mr.
Reserve by 12 May by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Give names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and choice of chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella. Pay at the door by check for $29 per person. Make checks payable to DIAA, Inc. THE FORUM DOESN’T TAKE CASH! If you don’t have a check, have the restaurant charge your credit or debit card $29 and give the restaurant's copy of the receipt when you check in.
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
27 - 28 May 2011 - Rijswijk, The Netherlands - 'The Future of Intelligence; Threats, Challenges, Opportunities' by the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association
At the conference, present and future developments in the field of intelligence and security will be discussed by an array of well-known experts in the field and other participants. There will be plenary sessions and workshops with a focus on specific intelligence,
counterintelligence and global security challenges.
Registration: Registration for the conference will close on 13 May 2011. To register or for additional information visit: http://www.nisa-intelligence.nl
Standard Fee: € 150; Student Fee: € 65 (proof of status required) Fee covers registration, one dinner, two lunches and drinks.
Location: Netherlands Defence Academy, Brasserskade 227a, 2497 NX The Hague, Rijswijk.
Visit Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA)/Stichting Inlichtingenstudies Nederland
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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