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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Intelligence Agency Still Keeping Secrets on Eichmann. Fifty years after Adolf Eichmann went on trial in Israel, Germany is still keeping mum on how much it knew before Mossad agents kidnapped the Nazi war criminal in Argentina in 1960.
Organizers of a Berlin exhibition opening to the public Wednesday to mark the start of the trial on April 11, 1961 say Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) foreign intelligence agency refused access to the relevant files.
"We made a request to the BND around a year ago to be able to look at these files. The response was negative," said Lisa Hauff, curator at the exhibition at the Topography of Terror museum.
This is "absurd" and "outrageous," said Norbert Kampe, head of the Wannsee Conference memorial, which helped on the exhibition at the museum on the site of the Gestapo and SS's former Berlin headquarters.
Eichmann was a key organiser in the deportation and murder of millions of Jews and others during World War II. He escaped from captivity and ended up, like many other war criminals, in Argentina in 1950.
After his capture by Israeli agents, he stood trial in Jerusalem and executed in 1962.
Freelance journalist Gaby Weber last year won a legal victory forcing the BND to make available some of its files, which it is now doing, but only step by step.
According to Der Spiegel magazine, they show that the BND, or rather its forerunner Organisation Gehlen, was aware as early as 1952 that Eichmann was in Argentina - eight years before his capture. [Read more at TheLocal/6April2011]
Israel Mulls Creation of Elite Counter-Cyber Terrorist Unit. Israel is mulling the creation of a counter-cyberterrorism unit designed to safeguard both government agencies and core private sector firms against hacking attacks.
The proposed unit would supplement the efforts of Mossad and other agencies in fighting cyberespionage and denial of service attacks. Israel is, of course, a prime target for hackers from the Muslim world.
The country's hi-tech industries also make it an interesting target for cyberespionage from government-sponsored hackers from China and elsewhere. Spear-phishing attacks featuring targeted emails, custom malware and subsequent hacking action have been in the news over recent weeks, in the wake of cyberattacks against EU agencies and oil-prospecting multinationals, to quote just two recent threats. [Read more: Leyden/TheRegister/6April2011]
New Leak Penalties Proposed in Senate Intel Bill. The Senate Intelligence Committee is proposing to punish leaks of classified information by authorizing intelligence agencies to seize the pension benefits of current or former employees who are believed to have committed an unauthorized disclosure of classified information. The pending proposal would "provide an additional administrative option for the Intelligence Community to deter leakers who violate the prepublication review requirements of their non-disclosure agreements," the Committee said in its new report on the FY2011 Intelligence Authorization Act.
"This option may require individuals to surrender their current and future federal government pension benefits if they knowingly violate the prepublication review requirements in their non-disclosure agreements in a manner that discloses classified information to an unauthorized person or entity."
But the premises of the new proposal are questionable and it has generated some controversy even within the Senate Committee itself. [Read more: Aftergood/FAS/6April2011]
DIA CIO Talks Securing, Sharing Intel 'Data Layer.' Deputy Director of information management and CIO of the Defense Intelligence Agency Grant Schneider has strong feelings about the data layer - the military-intelligence agency's wealth of information and its ability to be both shared and secured.
In an extensive interview with Defense Systems, Schneider, who is also chairman of the Defense Department Intelligence Information System's Executive Council, explained how consideration of DIA's data layer is playing a role in everything from cloud computing to a post-WikiLeaks vigilance of data security.
DIA's focus on cloud computing starts with the data layer, he said.
"We are developing the Intelligence Community data layer, which is really a way to take our existing databases and have them indexed in a common manner so that I don't have to create a new copy of the database every time I have a new application that wants to run against it," Schneider said, "which is what has happened in the past." [Read more: Executive/5April2011]
Ex-CIA Officer Accused of Leaks Set for Hearing. A former CIA officer charged with leaking classified documents about agency programs in Iran to a reporter is asking a judge to toss out the bulk of the charges.
A hearing is scheduled Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., in the case against Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo.
Sterling was an officer from 1993 to 2002 and spent part of that time on the CIA's Iran Task Force. [Read more: KOAMtv/8April2011]
South Korea Clears Man from Japan of 1984 Spy Charges. A South Korean appeals court Friday cleared an ethnic Korean living in Japan of espionage charges, saying his confession more than 26 years ago was made under torture by military investigators.
Yoon Jeong-Hun, 58, was arrested in 1984 on charges of collecting military secrets for North Korea while studying at a medical college in Seoul.
Yoon, who was born to Korean parents in Osaka, Japan, was sentenced to seven years in jail in the same year. He was paroled in 1988. [Read more: AP/8April2011]
Egyptians Take Advice From Victims of East Germany's Stasi on State Security Files. As one of the demonstrators who forced their way into the headquarters of East Germany's state security service on January 15, 1990 to stop files being destroyed, Herbert Ziehm understands the challenges now facing Egypt's pro-democracy movement.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall he helped set up the government agency in charge of managing the 140 kilometres of documents compiled by the Ministry for State Security, or Stasi. As a result, Mr. Ziehm's agency has played a major role in helping Germany to come to terms with its communist past.
Two decades after the wall came down and Germany is now helping Egypt's reformists in dismantling the feared internal security service after protesters stormed its headquarters in Cairo last month when rumours spread that agents were burning records.
Germany went through a similar experience with the Stasi, which had spent four decades snooping on the East German population, jailing dissidents and effectively operating a shoot-to-kill policy on defectors trying to flee to the West.
Mr. Ziehm responded to an invitation from Egyptian activists last month and spent three days in Cairo telling them how Germany went about disbanding a vast, hated security network that with 100,000 staff and 200,000 informants was similar in size to Egypt's secret police. [Read more at: Crosslands/TheNational/8April2011]
Jury Clears Cuban Exile of Charges That He Lied to U.S. A Cuban former C.I.A. operative who was accused of lying during an immigration hearing was acquitted of all charges Friday, with jurors taking just three hours to reach a verdict after 13 weeks of often-delayed testimony.
The abrupt decision ends four years of attempts by the United States to convict Luis Posada Carriles, now 83, and means he no longer faces the prospect of spending the final years of his life in prison, at least in the United States. [Read more: NYTimes/9April2011]
Russia's Security Service Proposes Ban of Foreign Internet Services. Foreign-based Internet services must be limited in Russia as they have a potential to undermine national security, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday.
The proposal mentioned the names of Gmail, Hotmail and Skype, according to local media. [Read more: TechZone360/8April2011]
Prosecutors Charge German Man with Spying on Uighur Exiles for Chinese Intelligence Agency. Prosecutors say they have charged a German man with spying on ethnic Uighur exiles on behalf of China's intelligence services.
Federal prosecutors announced the espionage charges Friday against the 64-year-old, identified only as L. in line with German privacy laws. They said a week ago that they were pressing similar charges against a Chinese national of Uighur origin. [Read more: AP/8April2011]
Hundreds of American CIA Operatives Still in Pakistan, Claim Security Sources. Despite the US providing a list of all CIA-linked contractors operating in Pakistan to authorities as demanded in the wake of the Raymond Davis fiasco, almost all such "dubious characters" still happen to be inside Pakistan, sources said here yesterday.
The US authorities have shared with Pakistani officials the exact number of CIA-linked contractors in Pakistan, as well as details of their whereabouts and nature of jobs.
Defence circles in Islamabad believe that almost all details required have been furnished by the US and think of it as a great achievement keeping in view national interests. [Read more: GulfTimes/8April2011]
China, U.S. Swapping Intel on North Korea, Cables
Say. The United States and China have been quietly swapping intelligence on North Korea, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.
Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables made public by the transparency organization WikiLeaks reveal that representatives of the U.S. National Intelligence Director's Office, the Defense Department and the CIA have held covert meetings with Chinese military intelligence officers to discuss the North.
U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy met with senior Chinese generals in Beijing in July 2009 for a lengthy discussion about the Stalinist state, the cables say.
The seeming cooperation comes amid U.S. concerns about China's own military buildup).
The head of the Chinese military intelligence branch, Maj. Gen. Yang Hui, noted the "close cooperation" with Washington on "matters of intelligence" relating to the North and specified a trip by his department to swap intelligence with the CIA. [GlobalSecurity/11April2011]
Ecuador's Correa Lashes Out at US Embassy for Spying. Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa on Friday accused the U.S. embassy of spying on the country's police and military, adding the espionage was a factor in his expulsion this week of the U.S. ambassador.
Ecuador on Tuesday told Washington's envoy Heather Hodges to leave the Andean country over diplomatic cables reporting alleged police corruption that were released by WikiLeaks.
"The serious thing is that WikiLeaks said they (the U.S. embassy) have informants in the police and armed forces ... This is espionage," Correa said in a radio interview, adding the embassy had a duty to inform his government if it had evidence of a crime, but had not done so.
Correa is an ally of left-wing governments in Venezuela and Bolivia, both of which ordered U.S. envoys out of their countries in 2008. [Read more: Reuters/11April2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Meet Captain Matt Pottinger, United States Marine Corps. Matt Pottinger is a sandy-haired, 37-year-old man whose easy manner and charm provide cover for a remarkable biography and a very important set of messages about the wars the United States is fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a tour in Iraq as an intelligence officer with an infantry battalion in the initial troop surge and two tours in Afghanistan, including as adviser to a senior general with whom he collaborated on a controversial paper critical of intelligence gathering, Pottinger is now on "individual ready reserve." He is this year's Edward R. Murrow Fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations, which is intended to give returning foreign correspondents a chance to reflect on their years abroad. Pottinger qualifies for the fellowship because he joined the Marines in 2005 after a decade as a reporter, which culminated in his work at the Beijing bureau of the Wall Street Journal. As a respected reporter, he traveled widely in the Chinese countryside and covered the horrific tsunami in South Asia in 2004.
Pottinger was 32 when he decided to join the Marines, years older than most entrants to Officer Candidate School, and he spent months in Beijing getting his body in shape. Marine OCS is a grueling process intended - explicitly - to force out as many of the young men as possible (women are trained separately) so that those who complete the 10 weeks of boot camp are considered ready for the next stage of training and ultimately deployment to the war zones. Pottinger says that 40 percent of his class at OCS left before it was over. Having made the commitment to serve, Pottinger had to submerge many of the traits that brought him to the Marines in the first place. "I learned to be very, very humble," he said in one of our conversations, accepting the notion that he had to endure the torments of experienced Marine drill instructors to gain the mental and physical toughness that are essential qualities for leadership. The independent thinking that good correspondents develop had to be replaced with unquestioning obedience to rapid-fire commands. [Osmos/CNAS/5April2011]
CIA Has Slashed its Terrorism Interrogation Role. He's considered one of world's most dangerous terrorism suspects, and the U.S. offered a $1-million reward for his capture in 2005. Intelligence experts say he's a master bomb maker and extremist leader who possesses a wealth of information about Al Qaeda-linked groups in Southeast Asia.
Yet the U.S. has made no move to interrogate or seek custody of Indonesian militant Umar Patek since he was apprehended this year by officials in Pakistan with the help of a CIA tip, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.
The little-known case highlights a sharp difference between President Obama's counter-terrorism policy and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Under Obama, the CIA has killed more people than it has captured, mainly through drone missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas. At the same time, it has stopped trying to detain or interrogate suspects caught abroad, except those captured in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Read more at: LATimes/11April2011]
German Government Sought to Bribe Judge During Eichmann Trial. The West German administration of Konrad Adenauer, Germany's first post-Holocaust Chancellor (during 1961-62), considered issuing payments to an Israeli judge presiding over the Eichmann trial to prevent future Nazi prosecutions, according to a newly released document from the archives of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND).
The weekly Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday that a BND agent consulted with Israeli prosecutors "over the closing argument," in the prosecutor's office. According to the BND document, the agent notified the Bonnbased West German government that Israeli prosecutors "would show a positive position toward State Secretary Dr. Globke."
Hans Globke, who issued a legal commentary supporting the anti-Semitic Reich Citizenship Law - which stripped German Jews of their citizenship - was a key aide to Adenauer, and administered the West-German Chancellery.
According to Der Spiegel, the 84-year-old former-Israeli prosecutor, Gabriel Bach, denied any manipulation or improper influence from the Adenauer administration in connection with the Eichmann trial. [Read more: Weinthall/JPost/11April2011]
SS Man Who Arrested Anne Frank Became Intel Officer in Postwar West Germany. The SS officer who captured Anne Frank and her family became a member of West Germany's intelligence service after World War II, a new book reveals. On August 4, 1944, Karl Josef Silberbauer, an SS-Oberscharfuehrer (senior squad leader ) of Austrian origin, led Dutch policemen into the old building on 263 Prinsengracht Street in Amsterdam, where the Frank family was hiding. He arrested the eight of them and took them to Gestapo headquarters, from which they were sent to concentration camps.
Anna's mother Edith died several months later. Anne and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen, where they died two months before the end of the war. The only survivor was Anne's father, Otto Frank. His daughter's diary, which he published soon after the war, became a worldwide best-seller.
Hamburg author Peter-Ferdinand Koch recently found previously unknown documents showing that Silberbauer was drafted after the war into BND, the German intelligence agency, where he served for many years as a recruiter. Indeed, he was one of the 200 SS veterans who were employed by the agency. [Read more: Aderet/Haaretz/11April2011]
Week Three of FBI Citizen's Academy Focuses on Espionage and Counter Intelligence. James Bond, Boris and Natasha, and Maxwell Smart - each played off the possibility of something that could happen in real life.
Counterintelligence is a huge component of the FBI, and as technology advances so does the threat of economic espionage. With agencies in Huntsville such as NASA, the Missile Defense Agency and more than 50 U.S. Army weapons programs, "it makes Redstone Arsenal a huge target," said a Huntsville FBI agent.
The agent who led last week's FBI Citizen's Academy requested his name not be used since he works in counterintelligence in the Huntsville area. The agent works with cleared defense contractors and other companies to show individual threats and what to look for if a company or an employee is targeted.
"Anyone can be targeted, especially if you are in the defense industry," the agent said.
The United States has industry and technology that other countries want, he said, and those countries will go to great lengths to get information. The agent shared stories of different spies throughout history who'd been caught, charged and convicted of espionage. Some were from foreign countries, one was an American student and one even an FBI agent. [Read more: Cumbow/blog.al/11April2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
General Petraeus to CIA?
In preparation for a world which may see US Army General David Petraeus (soon to be retired) as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), one should be consulting the Irregular Warfare: Countering Irregular Threats, Joint Operating Concept of May 2010. That development of that Joint Operating Concept was overseen by Admiral Eric Olson, USN, Special Operations Commander, USSOCOM, and General James Mattis, USMC, now Commander of Central Command, CENTCOM.
It is important to recall that USSOCOM's Area of Operation is quite literally the entire planet and that they are not wedded to any particular command other than their own.
The findings of that document resulted in the September 2010 Joint Operating Irregular Warfare Directive. That Directive, from then CENTCOM Commander Petraeus, drew directly on the work of Olson and Mattis, of course, and was concerned primarily with organizational matters involving cross-command issues, interagency cooperation, funding, and a host of other items related to clandestine and not so clandestine operations, and support of them. Given CENTCOM's geographic responsibilities, it all made sense.
The work of Olson and Mattis, and the subsequent Petraeus Directive, followed the outlines of the Whole of Government, Whole of Society approach to irregular warfare exemplified by the US State Department's 2009 US Government Interagency Counterinsurgency Guide. That document (cited by Olson and Mattis) was approved by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former USAID head Henrietta Fore. Five other departments of the US government were involved to include the Department of Agriculture. The State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs oversaw construction of the guide.
The Whole of Government, Whole of Society approach to today's wars has its modern genesis in dozens of Executive Branch directives too numerous to mention, military lessons forgotten and re-learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recycled academic thinking sold as eureka! 21st Century thought. Academia's most notable contribution in this area was the development of non-kinetic coercion--soft power theories. Those would be delivered to the US civilian-military apparatus from Princeton (Petraeus, PhD), Harvard/Yale (Montgomery McFate, PhD, JD), and "lesser" members of the US higher education system.
New organizations have ramped up to implement the Whole of Government, Whole of Society approach to war. For example, the Center for Complex Operations (COO) is now on the scene. COO describes its mission as this: "The CCO will link U.S. Government education and training institutions, including related centers of excellence, lessons learned programs, and academia, to foster unity of effort in stability operations, counterinsurgency, and irregular warfare - collectively called "complex operations." The Department of Defense, with support from the State Department and USAID, established the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) as an innovative interagency partnership. Recognizing that unity of effort across disparate government agencies, and across DOD components, requires shared intellectual and decision-making frameworks, the CCO will connect education and training programs across the government to foster a 'whole of government' understanding, assessment and approach to complex operations."
In short, let's get everyone involved. [Read more: Stanton/Pravda/11April2011]
The CIA's Pakistan Endgame. In the autumn of 2009, US President Barack Obama rounded up his foreign policy team and cadre of political advisors to determine how to move forward in Afghanistan. After months of leaks, opinion pieces and TV spots that spurred a public turf war between the Pentagon and the National Security Council, the Obama administration finally agreed to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. All of the national security players reportedly agreed in principle to the plan, but anxiety arose over two looming uncertainties: the exit strategy and Pakistan.
The worst kept secret from Foggy Bottom to Miram Shah is that the CIA continues to conduct increasingly expansive covert operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Obama seems to favour the surgical strikes from the CIA's Predator drones rather than a more visible US footprint such as special operations units, while CIA Director Leon Panetta has been even more enthusiastic about the effectiveness of the drone project, privately urging national security principals in the Obama administration to consider significantly increasing the frequency and scope of the programme.
But proponents of these asymmetric strikes still face a considerable hurdle in securing Islamabad's acquiescence. Pakistan continues to lack the political capital to allow the CIA to act with impunity within its sovereign territory, with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari struggling to balance his desire to degrade Islamic militants within his country with the perceived need to hedge his bets over the future political landscape of neighbouring Afghanistan. The military establishment in Pakistan, meanwhile, still views its threat matrix through an India-centric lens - Pakistan genuinely believes, rightly or wrongly, that India continues to work aggressively against its strategic interests through bribery and espionage in Afghanistan.
[Read more: Miller/TheDiplomat/12April2011]
Is it OK for Spy Agency Chiefs to Tell the Truth? So, Jim Clapper was right all along!
Remember the stir that the director of national intelligence caused four short weeks ago when he offered this analysis on the situation in Libya: "I just think from a standpoint of attrition, that over time, I mean -- this is kind of a stalemate back and forth, but I think over the longer term that the regime will prevail."
Within hours, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon was on a conference call with reporters repudiating Clapper's analysis for not being informative and charging that it was neither "dynamic" nor "multidimensional."
It looks as if the DNI's statement had put the Obama administration on a spot that it was not yet prepared to be on. But a week later, NATO airpower was called on to stop the Gadhafi regime from overrunning the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and snuffing out the revolt in its birthplace as it looked like the regime was about to, well, "prevail."
The episode is instructive. First of all, no chief of any other intelligence service on the planet would have been asked that kind of question in open parliamentary session. It is incredibly difficult for the DNI to comment publicly on such a situation, knowing that his comments will actually affect the situation. But such is the American system of transparency and oversight. We often play things out in public that others keep private.
Second, the reflexive White House repudiation of the analysis, by what statute says is the president's senior intelligence adviser, surely sent a shock wave through the American intelligence community.
Most analysts would have agreed with Clapper and been disheartened to see how their policy masters responded to these "unpleasant facts." They would have also been discomfited by the DNI's spokesperson later in the day seeming to align the DNI with the White House, commenting that Clapper's testimony was a "snapshot" of a "very fluid" situation with "many factors (that) will come into play over time."
Beyond these analytic specifics, though, the DNI has a bigger issue. [Read more: Hayden/CNN/11April/2011]
...And Keep It Shut! What parts of the government should be permanently furloughed?
At the end of the Cold War, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, my friend and one-time boss, proposed eliminating the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA, he said, told us everything we needed to know about the Soviet Union, except that it was going to disappear. This omission led to a trillion dollars in unnecessary defense expenditures in the 1980s - and that was when a trillion dollars was considered to be a lot of money. Moynihan also noted that CIA analysts - taking at face value East Germany's implausible valuation of its currency at par with that of the West - once declared that East Germany had a higher standard of living than the Federal Republic. The Agency seemed not to notice that there was no East-bound traffic across the Wall. More recently, the CIA contributed to a trillion-dollar decision to invade Iraq when it asserted Saddam Hussein's possession of non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
The CIA includes many very smart people, some of whom take enormous risks for a country. But I would urge caution about blindly accepting its conclusions. As a Russian-speaking high school student, I spent 11 weeks driving through the Soviet Union, staying at campgrounds with ordinary Russians. The country I saw was no competitor for the United States, and this simple on-the-ground experience better informed my view of Soviet power than the highly classified CIA analysis to which I had access as a government official. As ambassador to Croatia during the Balkan Wars, I made extensive use of CIA intelligence and analysis. But, at the key moment, the CIA grossly over-estimated the military capabilities of the Serbian side. They had never been to the Serb-held parts of Croatia or Bosnia, and I had. Fortunately, the Clinton administration did not rely on the CIA's analysis, and we were able to negotiate an end to the Croatian and Bosnian Wars.
The CIA does valuable work and I would not shut it down. Instead, I would urge skepticism about some of its conclusions. Based on past experience, this would save far more money than is at stake in the current budget battles. [Read more: Galbraith/ForeignPolicy/8April2011]
Section IV - BOOKS AND COMING EVENTS
War Wounds, by Jacques Leslie. Old Saigon boasted a lot of storied haunts that drew attention to Vietnam's years as a French colony: private clubs like Cercle Sportif and Club Nautique, restaurants like L'Amiral and Le Paris and cafes including Givral and Brodard. These days, much of Old Saigon is going or gone. I found Givral in ruins as its home, the famed Eden Building, was being cleared out. The entire site has since been raised to make room for a high-end shopping complex, hotels and luxury apartments in - ahem - the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
So I met Jacques Leslie at Brodard, which today is less than a shadow of its former self, having been bought up by the international coffee house chain, Gloria Jean's.
It seems you can't go home again and that's precisely what Leslie, who sounds French but is actually American, found out on his first return to Vietnam in almost 40 years.
In 2010, I was reporting from Southeast Asia and joined dozens of "Old Hacks" - the men and women who covered the American War in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s - at a reunion they were holding in Saigon. Some I knew. Some I knew by reputation. Some I knew only as bylines on yellowed newspaper articles. Leslie was a former correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. I'd never met him before, but I had long admired his war reporting - especially his attention to civilian suffering - and I had read his impressive Vietnam War memoir, The Mark.
Like other reporters I know who covered the war, Vietnam had really put a hook in Leslie. "I returned to the U.S. and slipped into a slow simmering depression," he writes of leaving Southeast Asia and foreign reporting in the 1970s, in a riveting, recently released Kindle Single, War Wounds. "I thought no other event I could hope to cover, indeed nothing of any sort I could ever do, could touch the war's malign luminousness. I got over the war by writing a book about it. That took twelve years." One wonders how many years it will take Jacques and his wife Leslie (yes, Leslie Leslie - it must be true love) to get over the 2010 Old Hack reunion.
"War Wounds" recounts the reunion experience, from its beginnings in Phnom Penh through its crescendo and collapse in Saigon. By most accounts, the event was a success. Old friends reunited. New friends were made. Ghosts were put to rest. But there was another side to the reunion that Leslie captures well, one that quite a few Hacks likely experienced whether they wanted to admit it or not. "I found myself not exactly reliving the war but experiencing a new rendition of it, a dreamlike, funhouse-mirror-type version," he writes. By the end of the trip Leslie had called into question his basic beliefs about the war while his wife sought trauma therapy for herself on return to the United States. [Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of the Nation Institute's Tomdispatch.com. Currently a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, he is at work on Kill Anything That Moves, a history of U.S. war crimes and Vietnamese civilian suffering during the American War in Southeast Asia.] [Read more: Turse/CurrentIntelligence/12April2011]
Jennet Conant Talks Mayo and Covert Ops at Book Party. "She was a California girl who liked adventure," Jennet Conant explained of Julia Child on Wednesday night at a party to celebrate the publication of her new book, "A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS." "She was bold and she wanted to test her wings. She didn't want to stay at home. I think most of the people that joined the OSS were looking for adventure."
The book, like Conant's other works, tells of a seemingly normal subject (in this case the woman who would go on to become the standard bearer for celebrity chef-dom) thrust into the spy games of World War II. Of course, the act of biography writing has a bit of intelligence gathering built into it, so had Tennant ever envisioned herself as a spy?
"Mata Hari material? Absolutely," she said with a laugh. "Sign me up. Tell the CIA I'm available. I'd love to be a spy." [Read more: Lynch/WWD/7April2011]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in April, May and June 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.
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.
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
Friday, 15 April 2011, 4 5:30 PM - Washington, DC - CHASING SHADOWS - A Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice - Talk, Q&A, Booksigning.
Fred Burton, one of the world's foremost experts with STRATFOR on security, terrorists, and terrorist organizations, will be speaking at the Institute of World Politics. Burton served as Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and is currently a Vice President at STRATFOR, a global intelligence agency known as the 'shadow CIA.' He is the author of Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent and has appeared on the Daily Show, the late Glenn Beck show, Anderson Cooper 360, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Federal News Radio. Mr. Burton will discuss terrorism, counterterrorism and counterintelligence and will also talk about his new book Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice. AFIO Members are specially invited. No fee. Location: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington DC.
RSVP to Jason Johnsrud at email@example.com
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
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.
Friday, 3 June 2011, 10:30 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - David Wise discusses Chinese Espionage; Douglas Waller describes the early years of the OSS and Wild Bill Donovan at the AFIO National Spring/Summer Luncheon
Free - No Charge. More information and registration at www.spymuseum.org
20 April 2011 - San Diego, CA - Dr. Mayhugh (senior consultant and terrorist profiler with DHS) addresses the AFIO San Diego Chapter.
To Register or for more information email Darryl at DRT1083@aol.com
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
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.
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.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Give names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and choice of chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella. Pay at the door by check for $29 per person. Make checks payable to DIAA, Inc. THE FORUM DOESN’T TAKE CASH! If you don’t have a check, have the restaurant charge your credit or debit card $29 and give the restaurant's copy of the receipt when you check in.
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 euro; Student Fee: 65 euro (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
Thursday, 2 June 2011, 5:30 to 9 pm - Dayton, OH - CIA Evening Presentation on "Stories of Sacrifice and Dedication: Civil Air Transport, Air America, and the CIA"
AFIO Members are invited at no cost to the Thursday evening CIA presentation which is part of a 3-day Air America Assn 2011 Reunion[N.B. - Other parts of the 3-day event are fee-based and must be arranged through Air America Assn]
The CIA, in partnership with the National Museum of the USAF, presents an evening tribute to the sacrifice and dedication of Civil Air Transport (CAT) and Air America (AAM). These special CIA proprietaries were essential for covert operations, providing search and rescue, and photo reconnaissance in east and southeast Asia from the end of WWII through the Vietnam War. The highlight of the event will be the public release of 900 recently declassified documents from CAT and AA corporate files and CIA holdings spanning 1946 to 1978.
LOCATION: At the National Museum of USAF at Wright-Paterson AFB, Dayton, OH. Craig Duehring, retired Asst Secretary of the Air Force serves as keynote speaker. Mr. Duehring served as a USAF forward air controller in South Vietnam and Laos and will share his personal story of being rescued by Air America. Gen. (ret.) John Singlaub, one of CIA's original officers, will be a featured speaker. Gen. Singlaub, CIA's chief of operations for Asia after WWII, oversaw CAT missions throughout the area. The focus of the event will be two specific stories that exemplify the themes of sacrifice and dedication. To receive material and updates about this event, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate "CIA June Ohio Symposium" on subject line.
Friday, 3 June 2011, 10:30 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - David Wise discusses Chinese Espionage; Douglas Waller describes the early years of the OSS and Wild Bill Donovan at the AFIO National Spring/Summer Luncheon
Morning speaker is author Douglas Waller on "WILD BILL DONOVAN: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage." Our afternoon speaker is David Wise on what will be his first release of "TIGER TRAP: America's Secret War With China." Register here.
22 June 2011 - San Diego, CA - The AFIO San Diego Chapter hosts San Diego District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis (and candidate for Mayor) as our guest speaker
To Register or for more information email Darryl at DRT1083@aol.com
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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