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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
FBI thought Demjanjuk Evidence Faked. An FBI report kept secret for 25 years said the Soviet Union "quite likely fabricated" evidence central to the prosecution of John Demjanjuk - a revelation that could help the defense as closing arguments resume Wednesday in the retired Ohio auto worker's Nazi war crimes trial in Germany.
The newly declassified FBI field office report, obtained by The Associated Press, casts doubt on the authenticity of a Nazi ID card that is the key piece of evidence in allegations that Demjanjuk served as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
Throughout three decades of U.S. hearings, an extradition, a death sentence followed by acquittal in Israel, a deportation and now a trial in Munich, the arguments have relied heavily on the photo ID from an SS training camp that indicates Demjanjuk was sent to Sobibor. [Read more: Newsystocks/13April2011]
Croatia Charges Ex-Yugoslav Army Intelligence Chief, Another Officer Over Wartime Torture. A Croatian prosecutor has charged a former Yugoslav army intelligence chief and another officer with war crimes for the torture of Croat prisoners in camps in Serbia during the 1991-95 war.
The indictment by the prosecutor in Osijek says Gen. Aleksandar Vasiljevic, and the former commander of the camps, Col. Miroslav Zivanovic, did nothing as senior officers to prevent the torture and harassment of prisoners in five prison camps throughout Serbia. [Read more: AP/13April2011]
Chinese Far Outstrip U.S. Cyber-Spy Fight for Military, Business Secrets. While most of the IT world was fretting over the break-in at Epsilon that probably netted some organized crime group a few million pre-confirmed email addresses, U.S. IT espionage specialists were finishing up a report showing the Epsilon hack is small potatoes compared to China.
U.S. investigators told Reuters that attackers working for the Chinese government have stolen terabytes of sensitive data ranging from usernames and passwords for State Department computers to the designs of major weapons systems.
Secret State Dept. cables held by WikiLeaks and given to Reuters by someone else, traced a series of attacks back to the Chinese government - one trace even identifying the specific unit of the Chinese military that launched it.
Code-named "Byzantine Hades," the breaches represent attacks that have been going on since at least 2006 and are accelerating. [Read more: Fogarty/PCWorld/14April2011]
NSA Pursues Intelligence-Sharing
Architecture. The CIO of the National Security Agency is focusing on IT architecture and using what he calls a "cloud-centric" approach in the agency's effort to improve its information sharing with other intelligence agencies.
"Some people say we've just got to get better tools. Well, tools come and tools go," says NSA CIO Lonny Anderson, in an interview with InformationWeek at NSA's National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Md. "The key is architecture. You build an architecture, then it doesn't matter that tools come and go. There's no doubt in my mind that when we connect architectures, we'll never look back." [Hoover/InformationWeek/14April2011]
Wife of Ousted Tunisian President "a Mossad Agent." The bodyguard of the ousted Tunisian President Zen El Abedeen Ben Ali has said that Ben Ali and his wife Laila El Trabolsi are supporters of Israel. Abdel Rahman Sobeir also claims that El Trabolsi is a Mossad agent who was involved in several assassinations of Palestinian leaders when they were exiled in Tunisia.
Mr. Sobeir revealed this sensitive information on Facebook; he accused Tunisia's ex-First Couple and their son-in-law Selim Shaiboub, along with a number of senior security chiefs, of criminal activity.
According to reports in the Algerian newspaper Al Shorouk, in 1991 Laila Ben Ali recruited two agents in the Tunisian intelligence services to assassinate a Tunisian businessman who was a close friend of Ben Ali but had opposed her marriage to the ousted president. [Read more: MiddleEastMonitor/19April2011]
Spy Agency Chief Confirms China's Invitation. Chinese officials, who visited North Korea, invited its heir apparent not with an official letter, but with a verbal invitation, the nation's spy agency chief said Monday.
The confirmation came months after local media reported that Beijing had officially invited Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Joing-il, to visit China.
At a parliamentary meeting, Won Se-hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), told lawmakers that although the invitation was verbal, it was official.
Won, however, didn't specify who the Chinese officials were and when they visited the North. [Read more: KoreaTimes/13April2011]
Former CIA Director on the Agency's Role in the New Middle East. John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, says that the CIA has an important role to play in the new Middle East, transforming the repressive national security apparatus of countries like Egypt into more accountable and transparent organizations.
John draws on his experience in Eastern Europe during the dissolution of the Soviet Union to explain how "national security states" can become more transparent, pluralistic and democratic.
Amar C. Bakshi: First, does Gadhafi have potent chemical or biological weapons we need to be concerned about in this civil war?
John McLaughlin: I would be very surprised if he had biological weapons, the components of any nuclear material or any serious chemical weapons.
Do you worry he might be trying to sponsor some sort of asymmetrical response through supporting terrorism once again?
If he survives this and manages to reorganize a regime in some part of Libya or in all of Libya, I would be seriously concerned. I would expect him to organize a terrorist-based response to what he has experienced from the West during this period.
Does the CIA have a good handle on Libya?
First, a disclaimer: I'm not reading all of the CIA traffic anymore. But based on my experience there, I would say that prior to the events we're witnessing now, the CIA probably had a pretty good understanding of the tribal structure in Libya and of the relative power equations within that structure...In the period since the onset of hostilities, I'd be very surprised if we had not gained a pretty good insight into who these rebel leaders are and what they represent. [Read more: CNN/18April2011]
Two Frenchmen Arrested in Pakistan. Two suspected Islamist extremists from France have been arrested in Pakistan after meeting with a man accused of ties to al-Qaida, officials said Thursday.
The Frenchmen, who have not been identified publicly, were arrested at a bus stop in the eastern city of Lahore in late January after going there from the airport with a man identified as Tahir Shehzad, a Pakistani intelligence official said.
Information from Shehzad led Pakistani agents to Umar Patek, an Indonesian al-Qaida-linked suspect detained on Jan. 25, the official said. The Frenchmen had intended to travel with Patek to Pakistan's North Waziristan region where al-Qaida's top command is based, he said on condition of anonymity.
It was not immediately clear if the men were suspected of plotting a terror attack, but Western counterterrorism and spy agencies have been intensely monitoring the movements of suspected militants from their countries to Pakistan out of concern they could train there and return home to carry out attacks.
One of the French citizens is of Pakistani origin and the other is a convert to Islam, the Pakistani official said. France is home to Western Europe's largest Muslim population, estimated to be at least 5 million.
A French counterterrorism official confirmed the arrests on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. France's main spy agency, DGSE, and the Foreign Ministry declined immediate comment. [Read more: AP/14April2011]
Did Secret Spy Satellite Get Blasted to Smithereens? A 20-year-old U.S. spy satellite has been flagged by amateur satellite observers as missing in action - a sign that the classified spacecraft may have been purposely destroyed in Earth's atmosphere, skywatchers say.
The U.S. military's huge reconnaissance satellite Lacrosse 2 disappeared from the sights of a worldwide network of skywatchers in March, and its apparent demise may provide insight about how best to ditch a secret spacecraft.
"I cannot rule out that it maneuvered to a much different orbit, but none of the five Lacrosses have ever made large orbit maneuvers, so most likely it was de-orbited on March 26," said Ted Molczan of Toronto, a leading satellite spotter and a member of a dedicated network of skywatchers around the globe.
Lacrosse 2 launched into orbit on March 8, 1991, atop a powerful Titan 4A rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Lacrosse satellites crank out high-resolution imagery using synthetic aperture radar, a technology that spots targets day or night and through cloud cover. While their orbits are hush-hush in officialdom, they are routinely spotted by skilled hobby astronomers.
In fact, to the delight of the amateur observers, this Lacrosse provided a light show. It had an orange-red hue, thanks to its outer covering of gold-colored kapton insulation blankets. [Read more: CBSNews/14April2011]
Irish Police Arrest Two Men Over Murder of British Spy. Two men are being held by Irish police over the execution of Sinn Fein official, Denis Donaldson, who was exposed as a British spy.
Donaldson had been working as a British informant for 20 years. He was executed in 2006.
A 30-year-old man has now been arrested along with the 70-year-old man was arrested in Donegal on Tuesday.
Donaldson, an IRA informer and a former close confidant of Gerry Adams was Sinn Fein's senior official in Stormont and a political enforcer for the party leadership. He was shot dead in a cottage in Doochary, County Donegal, in April 2006.
Four months before he was executed he had admitted that he had been a paid informant for the British Government for 20 years. Until now no one was ever arrested in relation to his murder.
On Tuesday the 70-year-old man was arrested under the Offences Against the State Act. They suspected that he was withholding information. Both men are being held in the Letterkenny police station, Donegal. [Read more: IrishCentral/14April2011]
Dozens of Top CIA Officials Leave for Private Firms. The CIA has lost nearly 100 top officials to the private sector since Sept. 11, 2001, denying the spy agency a wealth of experience as it seeks to combat terrorism and other threats to the United States. The losses also represent a change in attitude by agency employees, who rarely used to trade their knowledge and skills for employment with government contractors.
Intelligence contractors have been hungry to hire CIA veterans so they can make money off Washington’s willingness to farm out spy work. According to research by The Washington Post, at least 91 upper-level managers have left the agency since 2001, transitioning into for-profit companies that now provide 30% of the intelligence workforce that Washington relies upon for national security information. Often what private companies want is not the knowledge and expertise of the ex-CIA personnel, but their contacts and their understanding of the bureaucracy.
The CIA has had trouble keeping its top posts filled. Over the last decade, it has had three directors of central intelligence, four deputy directors for operations and three directors of its counterterrorism center. [Read more: Brinkerhoff/AllGov/14April/2011]
Federal Intel Sharing Hit. The head of the Los Angeles Police Department's intelligence and special operations unit said the federal government's efforts to share intelligence with state and local law enforcement agencies needs to be improved.
"I think to say that we have an integrated federal intelligence system is false," said Michael P. Downing, deputy police chief and commander of counterterrorism intelligence and special operations. "We have a centralized federal intelligence enterprise, and we're not taking advantage of the decentralized law enforcement structure that we have in the United States."
Mr. Downing said in an interview that he has been working to "de-federalize and decentralize this intelligence system." He also said the LAPD intelligence unit he heads, with some 300 analysts, seeks to complement - and not compete - with the FBI's presidential mandate for domestic intelligence.
The goal of LAPD counterterrorism intel efforts is to better utilize the eyes and ears on the ground of the estimated 800,000 state and local law enforcement officers and 72 regional intelligence fusion centers. The centers are supported by the Department of Homeland Security but are lacking effectiveness, he said.
Local police networks in the country need to be better educated and trained on what information to collect, what are the specific threats, and then bolster the efforts of the local intelligence fusion centers, Mr. Downing said.
For DHS, he said, "let them go from the weak sister to the strong sister that the [intelligence community] will respect because they are harnessing all this intelligence, then I think you'd have a truly integrated national intelligence enterprise," he said. [Read more: Gertz/WashingtonTimes/13April/2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Does the CIA Need a Country's Permission to Spy on It? No, but sometimes it helps. Pakistan's military is demanding that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sharply cut back its activities in the country in the wake of undercover agent Raymond Davis's arrest on murder charges and subsequent release. In addition to scaling back the number of CIA drone strikes on Pakistani targets, Pakistani Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has insisted on the withdrawal of all contractors working for the CIA and all operatives like Davis, who are working in "unilateral" assignments, meaning that only one country (read: not Pakistan) is aware of their presence. But since when does the CIA need a country's permission to conduct intelligence operations? Isn't the whole point that the local government isn't supposed to know they're there?
Yes and no. There are two types of CIA agents operating abroad. Declared agents, whom the host government - but not the public or media - are aware of, and undeclared ones, who are operating without the local government's consent. Most CIA stations have a mix of both - those operating with the consent and awareness of the authorities, and those operating in the shadows.
Davis, a CIA contractor who was tracking the activities of a number of militant groups while officially in the country as a member of the U.S. embassy's logistical staff, would have fallen into the undeclared category. Davis's case is actually an illustrative example of why undeclared agents are needed, even in a country with an ostensibly friendly government such as Pakistan: The militant group he was focused on, Lashkar-e-Taiba, is believed to have long-standing ties with the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence service.
It's impossible to know just how many declared agents the CIA posts worldwide, but as the agency has shifted toward focusing on nonstate actors and terrorist threats, partnerships with local governments are often critical, with sometimes surprising effects. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2010 that the CIA station chief in Kabul, a former Marine in his 50s known to his colleagues as "Spider," has become a pivotal behind-the-scenes power broker in Afghanistan, having developed a far closer relationship with President Hamid Karzai than his U.S. diplomatic and military counterparts. One former colleague of Spider's even described the station chief as Karzai's "security blanket." [Read more: Keating/ForeignPolicy/13April2011]
Former CIA Director on Intelligence Priorities. John McLaughlin is a former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Drawing on three decades of experience in the CIA, John lays out his intelligence priorities for today:
John McLaughlin: I had to think about intelligence priorities a lot during my career. I always did it in terms of concentric circles with the innermost circle having the things that you have to put the highest priority on, the next circle out being high priority but somewhat less (vital), the next circle out, and so forth....
At the innermost circle - the highest priority - you have to put the things that threaten the lives of American citizens, the lives of our partners and allies, the lives of our forces, and the physical security of the United States. So those are the things you can't be wrong on, or if you are wrong, you are wrong at high cost.
So until the terrorist problem begins to diminish you've got to have terrorism in that high-priority category. You've got to have cyber-security in that high-priority category because of how dependent we are for everything, all our transactions, on our information architecture. You've got to have major weapons systems in that category and you've got to have dangerous materials in that category.
There are something like 2,300 tons of enriched uranium and plutonium in the world and they're not all fully secured. And if they were to fall into the hands of terrorists it could lead to a catastrophic world-changing event. So those are the things that are in the innermost circle. [Read more: GlobalPublicSquare/14April2011]
Ex-CIA Agent Who Helped Capture 'El Che'
Talks About Experience in Bay of Pigs Invasion. From his safe house inside Cuba, Felix Rodriguez remembers the shock at watching television reports of the camouflaged Bay of Pigs invaders being rounded up, hands behind their heads.
Rodriguez, the current president of the Bay of Pigs Brigade 2506, had slipped into Cuba weeks earlier and had been supplying the underground movement with arms and equipment waiting for orders to join the fight to topple Fidel Castro's government.
"The American advisors never informed us the invasion was on its way; I was caught by surprise,'' said Rodriguez, 69. [Read more: Yanez/MiamiHerald/15April2011]
Spy vs. Spy: the First Patriots Day. Patriots Day commemorates the start of the American Revolution, the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, and the staggering British retreat to Boston. What's less known is how the Americans outfoxed the British at one of their own strengths, intelligence.
Those opening clashes of the revolution revolved around a spy-vs.-spy game - when and how were the British going to surprise rebel leaders in Lexington and then destroy the stores of munitions at Concord.
And, after the day of fighting was over, there was a second competition for spreading news of the events, what today we might call "information war." The Americans won that contest, too.
Yet, 236 years later, these intelligence coups are little remembered. Casual historians may recall "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" - a dramatic part of thwarting the British surprise - but few recall the exploits of Dr. Joseph Warren, arguably America's first spymaster.
Though involved with the Sons of Liberty and a member of the Boston Committee of Correspondence, a key body in organizing the revolution, Warren moved within Boston's respected society as a physician and surgeon. Indeed, that may have put him in place to recruit one of the most important and still mysterious spies in American history.
In the turbulent years leading up to hostilities, Warren collaborated with fellow patriot Paul Revere in constructing a remarkable intelligence network for its time, a loosely knit collection of sympathetic citizens who uncovered information about the British garrisoned in Boston. The network also included riders who could spread alarms quickly through the countryside.
Warren and Revere oversaw an effective system of propaganda, too, highlighting excesses committed by the British and pioneering the use of fast clipper ships to distribute their side of the story across the Atlantic. [Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there.] [Parry/ConsortiumNews/18April2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
China Spying Extensively on U.S. Government and Companies. A long report ran on Reuters today, detailing some of the ways the Chinese government and associated hackers spy on the United States and other Western governments and companies. In short, the Chinese are way better at cyberspying than pretty much anybody else. There's a whole lot of very complicated information in the report, much of it just barely within a layman's grasp. If you'd like to be able to talk about it somewhat intelligently with your friends later, take a look through our condensed guide, below.
What's going on here? As you probably know, governments spy on each other all the time. Reuters's Mark Hosenball explains that "Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos." And his report suggests that China has perhaps the best cyberspying operation on earth - better than the United States government and better than the largest U.S. companies. That means Chinese hackers are, overall, better than the American ones. They get more information from us than we do from them, and they work for or with the Chinese military.
Secret U.S. State Department cables, obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to Reuters by a third party, trace systems breaches - colorfully code-named "Byzantine Hades" by U.S. investigators - to the Chinese military. An April 2009 cable even pinpoints the attacks to a specific unit of China's People's Liberation Army. [Read more: Martin/TheAtlantic/14April2011]
Spy Game: The Latest Chapter in China and Taiwan's "Smokeless
War." The recent spy case involving a Taiwanese general is the most serious in the island's history and may have compromised a crucial command and communications network.
Major General Lo Hsien-che was arrested in late January and charged with spying for mainland China. Lo was ensnared in a honey trap, a sexual entrapment operation used to recruit agents, while serving abroad in Thailand sometime in 2004. The agent that lured Lo has been described as a tall, fashionable woman in her early 30s who held an Australian passport. Lo continued to spy when he returned to Taiwan and was placed in charge of the communications and electronic information department. Much of what may have been compromised is still unknown at this point, but it is believed that information about the Po Sheng program is among the intelligence Lo gave to China.
The Po Sheng program is a command and communications network system built by U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin. The network would link Taiwan with the U.S. Pacific Command. In the event of a conflict between China and Taiwan that involved the United States, the Po Sheng program would be crucial in coordinating Taiwanese and U.S. forces. If China can disrupt the network, the United States' ability to operate in a Taiwan contingency would be hampered. Combined with China's burgeoning anti-access/area-denial capabilities - such as an increasingly capable submarine fleet, anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles, and anti-aircraft SAM batteries - mainland espionage greatly increases the potential cost to U.S. forces assisting in Taiwan's defense. [Read more: InternationalAffairsReview/18April2011]
The Curious World of Diplomatic Relations. It may let diplomats get away with murder, but 50 years on, the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations is still the only option.
When CIA agent Raymond Davis was arrested in Pakistan in January, an international treaty suddenly found itself in the headlines: the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations, which, according to the US state department, gave immunity to its man in Lahore. An unassuming document at first sight (53 articles, couched in technical language), it has over the years become the bible for diplomats around the world. Today, it celebrates a special birthday - it was signed exactly 50 years ago.
But it's a strange anniversary. Don't expect street parties; Foreign offices prefer not to mention Vienna. This is a treaty that has everything: rules on the establishment of diplomatic missions, on the diplomatic bag, the protection of the embassy and even the question of whether diplomats have to pay tax. But it also gives almost unlimited immunity to diplomatic agents. It is a bit embarrassing to be reminded of that.
It was the Vienna convention that in 1981 protected a young hotheaded diplomat by the name of Moussa Koussa, who publicly approved the planned assassination of Libyan dissidents. Investigations into this situation were never going to get very far: as head of the Libyan mission, he was immune from prosecution.
And this was certainly not the worst case. It so happens that last Sunday marked another anniversary: 27 years ago, PC Yvonne Fletcher was killed by bullets fired from the Libyan embassy into a crowd of anti-Gaddafi protesters. The perpetrators had diplomatic immunity and were therefore merely expelled from the country (a suspect was arrested by rebel forces last month). In other cases, diplomats were accused of drink-driving, shoplifting and rape.
Davis, the CIA agent for whom the US claimed diplomatic immunity, was charged with the murder of two motorcyclists. [Read more: Guardian/18April2011]
Back to 'With us or Against Us.' "Director Leon Panetta (informed ISI chief Gen Shuja Pasha) that he has a duty to prevent attacks on the United States.....and he will not halt operations that support that objective," said an official of the CIA. The fact that the message was given to Gen Pasha within hours of his arrival in Washington last week says it all. The row which was simmering has boiled over. The Wall Street Journal went one better. It advised Washington to confront Pakistan with the same choice as Bush had done in 2001: "Are you with us or against us?"
The Americans have, in a manner of speaking, thrown down the gauntlet, and now it is up to Pakistan to either pick it up and accept the challenge or walk away. Although both sides are playing it down for their own reasons, it was in many ways a seminal moment. And, in retrospect, it may mark the beginning of the end of a relationship that has always vacillated between attraction and repulsion, with both sides realising that a bitter parting would be fraught with dangerous consequences, initially more for Pakistan but eventually also for the US and the region.
The Americans have probably calculated that Pakistan will whinge and whine at first but eventually fall in line, because it is in dire straits financially, lacking resources, facing an economic meltdown; and it is also a fractured society, hobbled by a weak government and an overstretched army. The prospect of lucre conveyed through such schemes as proffered by Kerry-Lugar may well have encouraged the impression in the administration that Pakistan can be had for a price. [The writer is a former ambassador. ] [Read more: Hilaly/ TheNews/19April2011]
Section IV - RESEARCH REQUEST, BOOKS, OBITUARIES AND COMING EVENTS
Seeking Former Pilots Who Assisted Hmong Against Pathet Lao: I am in contact with a Detroit, MI area Hmong who wishes to begin information sessions for young Laos natives born subsequent to 1975 and earlier eras. In this regard he hopes to invite former pilots and advisors who assisted the Hmongs in the battles against the Pathet Lao et al. to relate the efforts taken with Gen Vang Pao against the enemies in Laos. If possible I would like to be in contact with former pilots (fixed or rotory) and/or others who advised the Hmongs. REPLIES to Larry Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-248-698-3580
Seeking Info on "Joseph C. Goularte" for PBS Show History Detectives."We are working on a possible segment about Joseph C. Goularte for the PBS show History Detectives.
Goularte was a 20+ year army man from California who was engaged in intelligence/PSYOPS work during WWII and the Korean War. He was trained at Camp Ritchie from December 1943-June 1944. He went on to serve, respectively, in the 4th MRB (Mobile Radio Broadcasting) Company and the 301 RB&L (Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet) Company. In each of these companies he held the rank of Captain.
In particular, we are looking for someone who directly knew Goularte and his involvement with Radio Luxembourg during WWII. Starting in September or October of 1944 Capt. Goularte and the 4th MRB were dispatched to Radio Luxembourg to run the programming there under the SHAEF/PWD radio division. In recognition of his efforts the Belgian Government ultimately awarded Goularte the Order of Leopold.
Any insights into Goularte's efforts in this mission would greatly help our story. Ideally, persons who have such knowledge would participate in an on camera interview.
I've attached a photo in case it helps jog some memories. We are trying to find someone as soon as possible.
REPLIES TO: Josh Gleason, Associate Producer, History Detectives, Lion TV, 304 Hudson Street, 5th Flr, New York, NY 10013, 212-206-8633, Ext. 3862, or email him at Josh.Gleason@liontv.us
The Brilliant Disaster. JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs By Jim
Rasenberge. On Apr., 17, 1961, a CIA-trained brigade of 1,400 Cuban exiles, mostly students and former soldiers, made an unsuccessful amphibious assault on the Bay of Pigs, in southern Cuba, hoping to spur a popular revolt and overthrow the Castro regime.
Fifty years later, Rasenberger (America, 1908: The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T and the Making of a Modern Nation, 2007, etc.) succeeds admirably in offering a nuanced view of the entire botched operation, from its planning in two U.S. administrations to the Cuban armed forces' quick defeat of the exiles, whose attack lacked air cover and the element of surprise. Nicely re-creating the nation's near-hysteria over the spread of communism in the period, the author traces Castro's coming to power in 1959, his friendly-seeming early visits to America and Eisenhower's first steps later that year as the "prime mover" behind planning to remove the bearded leader's Communist regime. [Read more: KirkUSReviews/18April2011]
Robert B. Hunter, Intelligence
Official. Robert B. Hunter, who retired in 1990 from the Defense Intelligence Agency, died March 20 of cancer at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. He was 76.
Mr. Hunter had worked for the DIA since 1962 and was a specialist in Soviet and Chinese missile programs.
Robert Bruce Hunter was born in Salt Lake City and moved frequently while growing up because of his father's Army career. He graduated from high school in Newport, R.I., and received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Utah in 1957.
From 1957 to 1962, he served in the Army as an officer assigned to the guided missile school at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.
Mr. Hunter lived in Alexandria and Annandale before retiring to McLean. He lived at the Colonies, a condominium community where he served as vice chairman of the board. [Read more: Brown/WashingtonPost/15April2011]
Clare Edward Petty, Cold Warrior and Spycatching CIA Officer, Dies at 90. Clare Edward Petty, a Cold Warrior who built an early reputation in the CIA as a perceptive counterespionage officer but whose career ended when he accused the agency's highest-ranking spycatcher of being a Soviet mole, died March 18 at an assisted living facility in Atlanta. He was 90 and had dementia.
A decorated World War II combat veteran, Mr. Petty joined the fledgling CIA in 1947. Within a few years, he played a key role in identifying and catching Heinz Felfe, one of the most successful Soviet agents of the Cold War.
Felfe was a high-ranking West German intelligence official who raised Mr. Petty's suspicions with his consistent ability to provide high-quality information about the East German government and Soviet intelligence service. In a business filled with guesswork and hunch, Mr. Petty noticed, Felfe was a little too perfect.
Felfe turned over 15,000 photographs and reams of other intelligence to the Soviets before he was arrested in 1961 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. (He was freed in 1969 in exchange for the release of three West German students who had been jailed for spying in the Soviet Union.)
Mr. Petty's initial work on Felfe caught the attention of James J. Angleton, the CIA's counterintelligence chief. In the mid-1960s, he chose Mr. Petty to join an elite group whose mission was to root out a Soviet mole suspected of infiltrating the agency at a high level. [Read more: Brown/WashingtonPost/15April2011]
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.
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 email@example.com or 703.432.4771 or LtCol Sal Viscuso at firstname.lastname@example.org,or 703.432.5251
27 April 2011 - Virginia - INTELLIGENCE AND THE LAW - A New Course at The Intelligence and Security Academy [aka IntellAcademy]
Intelligence and the Law: April 27, 2011 (1 day) -
Instructor: W. George Jameson
This one-day course examines the legal and policy framework that governs the United States Intelligence Community. It presents the core legal authorities and restrictions — derived from the Constitution, statutes, and Executive orders — and explores how and why they are applied to the conduct of U.S. intelligence today. Designed for a wide audience, the course reviews the history and evolution of intelligence law and policy and provides an in-depth look at selected laws that affect intelligence activities. Topics include: the National Security Act and establishment of the CIA and other intelligence elements; electronic surveillance and FISA; the role of the DNI; privacy, civil liberties, and restrictions on the conduct of intelligence; covert action; congressional oversight; protection of sources and methods, classification, and leaks; and the laws and relationships that govern the fight against terrorism. Finally, the course provides an introduction to how the laws are applied to emerging national security concerns such as cyber threats. For more information or to register for this course: http://tinyurl.com/6jmcfkk
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 point 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 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
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: email@example.com 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 Spy 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
11 - 13 July 2011 - Dungarvan, IRELAND. 2nd Annual Global Intelligence Forum by Mercyhurst College's Institute for Intelligence Studies
Last July in Dungarvan, Ireland the Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies (MCIIS) hosted this event which explored the nature of analysis and its application in various disciplines, including law enforcement, national security and competitive intelligence, building bridges between analytic practitioners and scholars within those disciplines, and exploring best practices in terms of teaching analytic methodologies. Takeaways for attendees were a deeper and broader appreciation of the value of different analytic methods, which can be borrowed as ―best practices from other disciplines, as well as instruction on the application. Attended by 180 people from 17 countries the forum was very well received.
This year's July 11-13 forum theme will be the relationship between intelligence and the decision-maker and we've gathered an outstanding group of international speakers and panelists (http://globalintelligenceforum.com). In addition we will be offering two proven training courses following the forum one designed for decision-makers in various disciplines and the other for analysts .
Five or more AFIO members that attend will be given a 10% discount on registration. It's a wonderful excuse for a July vacation in Ireland and Dungarvan is a perfect venue (www.dungarvan.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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