AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-11 dated 24 May 2011

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - INQUIRIES, BOOKS  AND COMING EVENTS

Inquiries

Books

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY
 

NATIONAL EVENTS and ISSUES

The CIA, USAF Museum, and Air America/CAT invite AFIO members to....

Updated agenda here.

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"

The CIA, in partnership with the National Museum of the USAF, presents an evening which pays 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-Patterson 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. The focus of the event will be two specific stories that exemplify the themes of sacrifice and dedication.

THREE RSVP/REGISTRATION CHOICES....ALL FREE

1. To RSVP/register as AFIO member and Guest and receive assured seats for the June 2nd evening-only Dayton, Ohio CIA event, do so here.

2. To RSVP as a member of the general public. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary but seating will be limited to the first 1,000 people. Seating will open at 4:30 p.m. on a first-come, first served basis. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by May 31 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CIA2011 or call (937) 255-1670. Refreshments will also be available for purchase throughout the evening. More information from the USAF Museum is here: http://tinyurl.com/3w7o39c

3. To Register for this event PLUS Air America Assn programs before and after June 2, follow the instructions in this PDF from the Air America Assn website:
http://www.air-america.org/Reunion/2011/2011reunionregistration.pdf


AFIO NATIONAL SPRING/SUMMER LUNCHEON

FRIDAY, 3 June 2011 - McLean/Tysons Corner, Virginia
Register HERE

Badge Pick-Up at 10:30 a.m.

Wild Bill Donovan

 

11 a.m. speaker

Douglas Waller

journalist, magazine correspondent, author

on

WILD BILL DONOVAN: The Spymaster
Who Created the OSS
and Modern American Espionage

   

3-course Lunch at Noon

Tiger Trap  

1 p.m. speaker

David Wise

author/journalist

on what will be the first public release of

TIGER TRAP: America's Secret Spy War With China

Check in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Douglas Waller speaks at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
David Wise - speaks at 1 p.m.
All remarks are On The Record

Event closes at 2 p.m.

 
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road • McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link: http://tinyurl.com/8228kw
Register HERE

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Russian Foreign Intelligence Chief Holds Talks with Kim Jong-il. A delegation of Russian diplomats led by Foreign Intelligence Service head Mikhail Fradkov held talks on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, the Korean Central News Agency said.

The talks in the capital of the reclusive communist state had a "warm and friendly atmosphere" and ended in a dinner at which Fradkov presented gifts to Kim and his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-un, the agency said.

Officials from the North Korean Foreign Ministry and Workers' Party were also present at the meeting. [Read more:  Rian.RU/18May2011] 

Former Colombian Intelligence Official Charged with Assassination of Senator. A former deputy director of Colombia's intelligence agency DAS ordered the assassination of a leftist politician by paramilitaries, the Prosecutor General's Office said Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, there is enough evidence that prove the responsibility of Jose Miguel Narvaez in the murder of the prominent Union Patriotica politician.

Narvaez, already in jail for his responsibility in the illegal wiretapping of political opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe, has been accused by paramilitary leader of being their representative in the intelligence agency.

Judicial sources told Spanish press agency EFE that human rights protectors linked ex subdirector of DAS Jose Miguel Narvaez to the murder of leftist senator Manuel Cepeda Vargas in 1994. [Read more:  ColombiaReports/18May2011] 

CIA Trying to Hire More Diverse Group of Agents. The CIA's job market for secret operatives has never been more open. If you speak a language or two, are culturally aware and, even better, if you are a first- or second-generation American, you've greatly enhanced your chances of landing a job at the nation's spy agency.

Diversity is the name of the game at the agency. As CIA Director Leon Panetta recently put it, "We have to be an intelligence agency that looks like the world we have to engage in."

The agency is seeking Americans from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

The diverse workforce goes beyond race, ethnicity and heritage. The CIA chief recruiter, Patty Brandmaier, said, "It's also background. It's also education. It's also life experiences or different professional experiences, different ways of thinking to bring to bear on our mission."

Language skills are at the forefront. Panetta said it bluntly: "I don't think you can be a good intelligence officer unless you have a language capability." [Read more:  Benson/CNN/18May2011] 

Panetta to Employees: Keep a Lid on It. CIA director Leon Panetta is warning his employees that leakers will be investigated and possibly prosecuted after a flurry of reports in the media about the technology and methods used to track and ultimately kill Osama bin Laden.

In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Panetta told staff Wednesday that the disclosure of classified information to anyone not cleared for it - reporters, friends, colleagues in other agencies or former CIA officers - can endanger lives. [Read more:  Dozier/MiamiHerald/18May2011]

Diplomatic Expulsions Often Fly Under the Radar. The type of espionage being linked to the expulsion of five Libyan diplomats from Canada is actually commonplace, but usually flies under the radar in this country, an intelligence expert said Wednesday.

The Foreign Affairs Department announced this week that diplomats working at the Libyan Embassy in Ottawa had been expelled for "inappropriate" activities that were "inconsistent with normal diplomatic functions."

Michel Juneau-Katsuya said the likely reason for their removal extends beyond the traditional definition of espionage, noting that monitoring of Canadian citizens and potential intimidation tactics are also a form of spying called "foreign interference." [Read more:  Bouzane/Canada/18May2011] 

Arab Uprising Disturbing Flow of Anti-Terror Intel. Western security officials worry crucial intelligence on terror groups in North Africa will dry up as repressive - but effective - security services are dismantled or reorganized following the Arab revolts.

Those concerns, expressed by European and Israeli intelligence officers in interviews with The Associated Press, add urgency to reports of foreign fighters with suspected al-Qaida crossing into Tunisia.

Extremist groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are not believed to have played a big role in the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. But concerns are mounting they will exploit the instability caused by the sudden collapse of autocratic regimes that clamped down hard on terrorism and cooperated with the West.

"The intelligence coming from our partners in North Africa has been very important over the years," one European security official told AP.

"Although the agencies were seen as being particularly brutal, they were often very effective," he said. "I think it's too soon to say what will happen in North Africa, but it's fair to say that we're concerned further instability could affect intelligence exchanges."

Another intelligence official from a different European country said there already is a noticeable drop in the flow of intelligence from North Africa. "It's already happening," he said, calling it a bigger concern for Europe than the risk of reprisals by Islamist extremists for the killing of Osama bin Laden. [Read more:  AP/19May2011] 

Court Filings Assert Iran Had Link to 9/11 Attacks. Two defectors from Iran's intelligence service have testified that Iranian officials had "foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks," according to a court filing Thursday in a federal lawsuit in Manhattan that seeks damages for Iran's "direct support for, and sponsorship of, the most deadly act of terrorism in American history."

One of the defectors also claimed that Iran was involved in planning the attacks, the filing said. The defectors' identities and testimony were not revealed in the filing but were being submitted to a judge under seal, said lawyers who brought the original suit against Iran on behalf of families of dozens of 9/11 victims.

The suit's allegation that Iran had foreknowledge of the attacks is hard to assess fully, given that the defectors' testimony is being filed under seal. [Read more:  Weiser&Shane/NYTimes/20May2011] 

Iranian Intelligence Says it has Arrested 30 CIA Spies. The Iranian intelligence service said Saturday it had arrested 30 Iranian members of a spy ring linked to the United States, state television reported.

In a statement, the intelligence service said that the 30 arrested were working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and were planning to obtain classified information on Iran's nuclear programmes, universities and research institutes. [Read more:  MonstersAndCritics/20May2011] 

Virginia Beach-Based Sailor Gets 34 Years in Espionage Case. Bryan Minkyu Martin, the Navy intelligence specialist convicted of attempted espionage, said Friday that he was "blinded by greed" when he sold classified documents to a man he believed was a Chinese spy.

A military judge Friday sentenced Martin to 34 years in prison a day after he pleaded guilty to 11 charges. The judge also issued Martin a dishonorable discharge.

Just before being sentenced at the military court at Norfolk Naval Station, prosecutors played about three hours of surveillance tape showing Martin and a man he knew only as Mr. Lee, actually an undercover FBI agent, exchanging cash for classified information on four occasions last year at motels near Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

In the last scene of the last tape, two armed men with bullet-proof vests burst into the room and threw Martin against the wall, handcuffing him. Martin could be seen trying to hide the cash he was just given.

The undercover agent paid Martin $11,500 total in exchange for three packets of documents containing information about current naval operations and intelligence assessments, including photos, satellite images and details about U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"My bosses are very pleased," the agent told Martin.

Martin acknowledged in court that he had betrayed his country but said he does not hate the United States.

"My soul was blinded by greed," he said. [Read more:  McGlyhn/HamptonRoads/20May2011] 

US Ran 'Secret Terror Hunt' in Sweden: Report. US intelligence agents have staked out suspected "terrorists" in Sweden, without the authorization of the government there, the online edition of a Swedish daily reported Sunday.

Sweden's intelligence service Säpo discovered in 2009 that two Americans were conducting illegal, under-cover investigations in Sweden, the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily reported.

The two men were discovered when Säpo noticed them tracking people who it was also investigating for suspected ties to terrorist groups, the paper said, quoting several unnamed sources close to Säpo.

Washington had not informed Swedish authorities of the agents' activities in the country, and soon after their activities were discovered, the two US citizens left the country, the paper added. [Read more:  TheLocal/23March2011] 

Taliban Spokesman Denies Leader Has Been Killed. The Taliban said on Monday that its leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, is alive and "living in a safe place," disputing reports coming from inside Afghanistan's intelligence agency indicating that he had been killed in Pakistan two days ago.

A senior Afghan official said the Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security, had the information on his death from a good source, but it remained unconfirmed. The source had not seen Mullah Omar's body but the agency trusts the source, the official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing an intelligence issue. Afghan officials have reported Mullah Omar's death erroneously before.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, called the information "totally" false. [Read more:  Rivera&Gall/NYTimes/24May2011] 

Russia Confirms Expelling Israel's Military Attaché over Espionage Scandal. Russia has confirmed that it expelled Israel's military attaché Vidal Leidermen after arresting him for trying to obtain information on Russia's military relations with Arab countries.

A statement by the Russian federal security services (FSB) said Leiderman was assigned by the Israeli intelligence to get secret information from government officials about the range of bilateral relations between Russia and the Arab countries in military and technology, and the aid Russia was giving to those nations.

The documents and evidence clearly demonstrate that Leiderman had taken hostile steps against Russia, the statement added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has declared Leiderman a persona non grata over his involvement in espionage while in the country.

He was arrested 12 May and then held for a short time and given 48 hours to leave the country, which he did. [Read more: ABNA/22May2011]

Wounded Warriors Get Intelligence Job Opportunities. The intelligence community is reaching out to wounded warriors, offering new employment opportunities through a unique internship program.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and retired Air Force Lt. Gen.James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence, welcomed dozens of wounded warriors to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Md., May 18 to discuss these new career options.

Addressing the crowd of service members wounded in combat and now stationed in the Washington, D.C., region, Chambliss and Clapper encouraged them to continue to serve their country - this time out of the uniform.

"You have been through some very difficult challenges, and you've faced those challenges. You looked them in the eye and said 'I'm going to overcome this,'" said Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "You're here because you have an opportunity to see what the world has to offer for you and the world has the opportunity to see what you have to offer to it."

The internship fair at the joint base was hosted by the Office of Naval Intelligence as a part of the wounded warrior program coordinated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Started in 2009 by retired Navy Vice Adm. Mike McConnell, then-Director of National Intelligence, the wounded warrior intelligence community internship program holds semiannual career fairs to educate soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines wounded in combat about the intelligence field and potentially match their skills with community capability needs through short-term internships.  Intelligence careers have much to offer, Chambliss said. [Read more: Cawley/DOD/20May2011]

Defense Intelligence and Counterinsurgency. With its overwhelming emphasis on technical collection, U.S. military intelligence is poorly equipped to meet the requirements of the counterinsurgency mission, according to a recent study by the Defense Science Board.

"Many, if not most, specific COIN [counterintelligence] ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] requirements are population-centric and are not exclusively solvable with hardware or hard, physical science scientific and technical (S&T) solutions," the DSB report said. "One senior intelligence officer with years of field experience pointed out that 80 percent of useful operational data for COIN does not come from legacy intelligence organizations." [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/24May2011] 


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Spies at War: The New Era of the CIA. The killing of Osama bin Laden was a seminal moment for the Central Intelligence Agency. Now, with the successful completion of the mission, there is heightened public debate about the changes within the agency that led to bin Laden's death.

Officials say it took 45 minutes to conduct the raid that killed bin Laden. Actually, his violent demise began the week after 9/11. On Sept. 17, 2001, the White House authorized the CIA to conduct "targeted killings" of al-Qaida personnel, overriding the ban on political assassination first approved in 1976 by President Ford. Later in 2001, Congress also signed off on this approach by declaring war on al-Qaida. The dual policy shifts meant a new, violent role for the CIA. Al-Qaida was agile and transnational, and so the hunters had to be as well.

After nearly 10 years of conflict, the CIA attacks militants wherever the White House chooses. Missile attacks by CIA-operated unmanned aerial vehicles in Pakistan are now fairly routine, and the method has been applied in Yemen and Somalia. Snatch-and-grab renditions span the globe, as do secret facilities where detainees are interrogated. This is, indeed, a new kind of war. "What you're seeing now is an evolution, and it's predicated on the threat environment we face," says Frank Cilluffo, former White House special assistant to the president for homeland security. "During the Cold War, it was spy versus spy. There were some small, hot wars, but it was country on country. The threats today are very different." [Read more:  Pappalardo/PopularMechanics/18May2011]

Lynn Schnurr: Shining a Light on Defense Intelligence Operations. Like the rest of the government, the Defense Department is looking for ways to trim its budget and work more efficiently. But it cannot ease up on its responsibility for constantly developing and deploying new technologies to warfighters in the field.

Those conditions make the need for a new framework for cross-department cooperation greater than ever. But it is no trivial undertaking because DOD is seeking an enterprise infrastructure that the entire military can share, and each service has its own operational and technological requirements.

Lynn Schnurr is taking on that challenge as the Army intelligence CIO for the deputy chief of staff and director of the Intelligence Community's Information Management Directorate.

She is helping invoke a wholesale change in the way DOD shares information and handles intelligence operations by realigning strategic relationships and pushing to integrate high-tech collaborative tools, such as open-source technology and Web 2.0-style capabilities, into a part of the federal government that has, by nature, long been cloaked in secrecy.

Schnurr recently sat down with staff writer Amber Corrin to talk about the obstacles to sharing intelligence information and an emerging tool that is poised to change DOD's strategy for sharing data and capabilities: the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E). [Read more:  Corrin/FCW/23May2011] 

Egyptian Comrades Remember Reported Leader of al Qaeda. Saif al-Adl was a relatively obscure name - until this week.

The former Egyptian Special Forces soldier was well-known in jihadist circles as a senior figure in al Qaeda, but reports of his sudden elevation to the position of "caretaker" leader with the terrorist organization have thrust him into the global spotlight. And that has left some of his old acquaintances in Egypt scratching their heads.

One of them is Mohamed Abdel Rahman. He said he fought alongside al-Adl in Afghanistan in 1996, when al Qaeda was allied with the Taliban and battling the Northern Alliance.

Abdel Rahman spoke this week to CNN while attending a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. That in itself would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, when Hosni Mubarak was still president of Egypt. No leading Salafist Muslim fundamentalist would have dared attend a public demonstration near one of the country's most closely guarded compounds.

Known among Egypt's jihadist community as the "Lion of Allah," Abdel Rahman is the son of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the United States after being convicted of conspiracy following the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. He was at the U.S. Embassy demanding his ailing father's release.

Flanked by burly, bearded bodyguards, Abdel Rahman said: "I don't think Saif Al-Adl is qualified to run al Qaeda during this period because, as far as I know, he has been out of the picture - under house arrest in Iran."

Intelligence analysts have long thought that al-Adl went to Iran after the 9/11 attacks, but some sources think he may have returned last year to the Afghan-Pakistan border as part of a deal to free a kidnapped Iranian diplomat in Pakistan.

Abdel Rahman said there was no doubt that al-Adl was an important figure in al Qaeda. He "was on the al Qaeda Guidance Council and was specifically in charge of Osama bin Laden's security and mobilization," Abdel Rahman said, referring to the founder of al Qaeda who was killed recently by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

But while al-Adl was important in al Qaeda's military operations, he was not an ideological kingpin. "Saif is highly educated and speaks good English, but Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri is much more qualified for the position," Abdel Rahman said.

Al-Zawahiri has long been al Qaeda's second-in-command, and under the organization's constitution should automatically accede to the leadership in the wake of bin Laden's death.

In a world of conspiracy theories, Abdel Rahman has his own about reports of al-Adl's promotion. [Read more:  Fahmy/CNN/20May2011] 

The Spy's Kid: Russians Warm to Nathan Nicholson, Rewarding Son of Jailed Spy. The Russian glared skeptically at the twenty-something seated across the desk. The young stranger, with his discount suit and hair shaved to the quick, claimed to be Nathan Nicholson, son of Russia's former CIA mole, Jim Nicholson.

Nathan had driven all night from Eugene to the Russian Consulate in San Francisco to deliver messages from his dad. He had smuggled them out of a federal prison and thought he'd be welcomed with open arms. Mostly, though, he hoped the Russians would open a safe, pull out some cash, a little something for the effort.

Instead the middle-aged Russian with the dark mustache treated him like a fraud. He made Nathan take off his watch and turn off his cellphone, then grilled him about his family and his dad's 1996 arrest for espionage. It was clear the Russian didn't believe him.

Nathan tendered bona fides: his driver's license, two notes from Jim and a father-son photo snapped inside the prison visiting room. Nathan even drew a diagram of the space to prove he'd been there.

"Look," he recalls saying. "I don't have much money for gas. Is there anything you can help me out with?"

The Russian gave him a sympathetic look, but turned him down cold. Nevertheless, he said to come back in precisely two weeks.

Nathan drove home to Oregon dreading the idea of disappointing his dad.

He told Jim the bad news in the visiting room of the federal prison in Sheridan. His dad suggested that he return to San Francisco. But there was no shame, Jim said, in bagging the whole plan. Which only pushed Nathan, who never missed a chance to please the old man, back to the Russians.

On Oct. 27, 2006, Nathan headed south again, this time joined by his unsuspecting cousin, Danielle Rogers, and her boyfriend. He checked them into a Best Western and then parted ways, telling them a lie about meeting some Army buddies.

When he walked into the Russian Consulate, his contact with the mustache was a changed man. He hugged Nathan, asked about his family and said to call him Mike. [Read more:  Denson/OregonLive/24May2011] 

Lock Down Your Computer Like The NSA. Want to secure your computer with the same techniques used by the US National Security Agency? Turns out the NSA has published guides for securing Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris operating systems using methods that "are currently being used throughout the government and by numerous entities as a security baseline for their systems".

It being a government organisation, you'd expect the guides to be somewhat opaque or confusing, but the free PDFs, like Security Highlights of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Hardening Tips, are actually well written primers to system security. They've put together several different security guides for each operating system, so put on your tin foil hats and hit up the main page to see how you stack up. For a few more easily digestible security tips, check out these low-hassle ways to secure your computer. [Read more: Pash/LifeHacker/20May2011]

The FBI and Cyber Defense. In his May 29, 2009 remarks announcing the results of his cybersecurity policy review, President Barack Obama said that he had turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as the CIA and the Secret Service, when hackers managed to gain access to his campaign-related email messages. Still, the FBI's unique role can be overlooked when national security analysts contemplate cyber issues.

The FBI identifies countering cyber threats, along with counterterrorism and counter intelligence, as its three main priorities. As in the counterterrorist domain, the FBI's role in cybersecurity is unique in that it is both a law enforcement and national security agency. These dual missions arose from the 9/11 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks within the United States, which the FBI failed to identify and prevent in time.

Previously, the bureau had prioritized its anti-crime mission in both terrorism and the cyber domain. The FBI's Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) became operational in 1991. It focused on criminal activities such as computer fraud and the sale of counterfeit software. This law enforcement mission still can often lead the FBI to advocate a divergent response to cybersecurity threats from that of the other main Cybersecurity agencies.

In particular, whereas the other agencies typically want to shut down a cyber attack as soon as possible, the FBI often wants to allow it to operate for a while longer until the bureau has acquired enough evidence to win a contested court case. The FBI's cyber threat personnel are also more interested in identifying the person behind the keyboard so that the individual can be prosecuted than the other U.S. cybersecurity agencies, who have effectively given up hope of being able to attribute a cyber incident to a particular individual.

The FBI's broad mission can enable the bureau to detect malicious cyber threats initially overlooked by other agencies. "The FBI is both a law enforcement and national security agency, which means we can and must address every angle of a cyber case," FBI Director Robert Mueller explained in 2009. "This is critical, because what may start as a criminal investigation may lead to a national security threat. At the start of a cyber investigation, we do not know whether we are dealing with a spy, a company insider, or an organized criminal group." It can happen, Mueller added, that, "Something that looks like an ordinary phishing scam may be an attempt by a terrorist group to raise funding for an operation."

The FBI has developed other unique capabilities and partnerships for fighting cyber criminals. [Read more: Weitz/SLD/18May2011]


Section III - COMMENTARY

A Former KGB Covert Entry Expert Speaks. Last weekend, I was at the European Lockmasters Group security meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. This is a highly specialized organization of about thirty security professionals who meet at venues in Europe and the Middle East to discuss and train in different bypass techniques of high security locks, safes, and vehicle systems that are used by locksmiths and government agents.

A former high-ranking KGB officer presented some very detailed information and demonstration of tools that were developed by the Russian secret police agency during the Cold War. I was allowed to interview him for ninety minutes in a private meeting in an obscure area away from view. As I was sitting across from this large, gregarious operative of times past, it struck me that I was now the interrogator, but forty years ago, he would have been asking the questions and I would likely have been terrified at the Kafka-like surroundings. How the world has changed.

The KGB developed and utilized some sophisticated tools to accomplish covert entries during the cold war. Shown are two versions of a clever decoder and pick for a special type of pin tumbler lock that contains four separate rows of pins.

Nicolai B. was, for thirty years, a senior operative of the KGB, stationed in Riga, Latvia. He and his colleagues were "laid off" in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reorganization of the Committee for State Security, one of the most feared entities by Soviet citizens. His comments and disclosures were of particular interest to me and my colleagues because of our work in designing, training, and using covert entry tools in connection with government operations.

His job was to conduct sensitive "intrusions" into offices, homes, businesses and other facilities in order to gather information about suspected "enemies of the state." The theft or covert copying of documents, installation of electronic eavesdropping devices and cameras, and the planting of evidence were all in a day's job for this retired agent. What I found fascinating was his analysis of current bypass tools and technology, and the techniques that were developed by the KGB more than forty years ago to penetrate facilities that were protected with some very sophisticated locks and safes. [Read more:  Forbes/19May2011] 

War on Terror - Our Unquiet Southern Front. Twice in recent weeks, the influential Brazilian newsmagazine Veja has published explosive articles revealing the extent to which radical Islamists move freely in South America raising money and recruiting young Latin Americans for training and indoctrination in Iran.

The magazine cites Brazilian intelligence documents asserting that operatives from Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, and Egypt's al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya use or have used Brazilian territory "as a hideout, logistics center, fundraising source, and planning center for terrorist attacks."

The so-called Tri-Border region of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, home to some 12,000 Muslims, is well-known to U.S. authorities as a hub for smuggling and Hamas and Hezbollah fundraising. (Osama Bin Laden and top lieutenant Khalid Shaikh Mohammed reportedly traveled there in 1995.) But the Veja reports reveal that the problem is far more extensive and dangerous than what has been made public.

Identified as Iran's point man in the region is Mohsen Rabbani, who is wanted by Interpol for his involvement in terrorist attacks against Jewish targets in Argentina during the 1990s that killed more than 100 people. Despite being the subject of an Interpol "Red Notice," Rabbani continues to travel in and out of Brazil scouting for Islamic converts to send back to Iran for religious indoctrination and military training. He is said to particularly focus on the poor and marginalized.

Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor leading the investigation of the 1990s attacks, told Veja, "Rabbani is a serious security threat, including in Brazil. In Argentina, he spread his vision of radical, extremist, and violent Islam, which resulted in dozens of casualties during the Buenos Aires terrorist attacks. Now, based in Iran, he continues to play a significant role in the spread of extremism in Latin America."

Veja reports that Rabbani's travels in the region are facilitated by weekly flights from Tehran to Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, an Iranian ally.

Brazilian officials refer to the flights, whose passenger lists are kept private by the Venezuelans, as "Aero-Terror."

Another individual identified by Veja is Khaled Hussein Ali, a Lebanese who lives in São Paulo and runs a propaganda network on behalf of Al Qaeda, as well as providing logistical support for operations. He was arrested by Brazilian authorities in 2009 and charged with inciting crime and racketeering. (Brazil has no anti-terrorism statutes in its books.) [José R. Cárdenas served in several foreign policy positions during the George W. Bush administration (2004-2009), including on the National Security Council staff. He is a consultant with Vision Americas in Washington, D.C., and edits the website www.interamericansecuritywatch.com and blogs at http://shadow.foreignpolicy.com/.]  [Read more: Cardenas/FoxNews/23May2011] 

The Gathering Storm. If courage is grace under pressure then it was displayed by DG ISI, Lt-Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, during the closed door security briefing on May 13 to the joint session of the Senate and National Assembly. He apologised to the nation and offered to resign for the intelligence failure which culminated in the dramatic Abbottabad incident of May 2. No such contrition and acceptance of responsibility was forthcoming from the prime minister who, on April 27, said that the ISI was entirely under government control and did "nothing" without its approval.

Analysts and television talk show hosts have been all too hasty to conclude that a rare opportunity has at last presented itself to confine the military's role to defending the country from external and internal threats and permanently end its involvement in politics and critical areas of foreign policy. A more cynical appraisal is that nothing has changed and the military, finding itself in an impossible situation of its own making, has merely decided to pass the buck to the incompetent political leadership and adopt a low key approach till the storm dies down.

The marathon parliamentary joint session was nevertheless momentous inasmuch as for the first time ever in the 63 years of the country's crisis-drenched history, the military stepped down from its high pedestal of infallibility, admitted spectacular security and intelligence lapses and agreed to subordinate itself to an independent commission of enquiry. [Read more: Murshed/TheNews/14May2011] 

CIA Lauded for bin Laden Raid. U.S. intelligence agencies have been justifiably lauded for their efforts to find and, yes, serve justice on Osama bin Laden. But the true test of improvements in intelligence collection, dissemination and action will come down the road - in efforts to defend America against attacks.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. agencies, from the CIA to the FBI, were ripped on a number of fronts. From engaging in turf battles to being asleep on reading tea leaves, the failure of U.S. intelligence to warn and defend the United States - along with a lack of "creativity" in watching for danger - came across as the chief weaknesses in the lead-up to the painful and destructive attacks.

In the wake of the raid on bin Laden's compound earlier this month, however, it appears that a decade of ramping up attention, coordination and investment has produced a better intelligence matrix. The CIA, in particular, now has been equipped with more staffing and better high-tech tools.

Among the improvements, the CIA now works closely with counter-terror commandos to hunt down and kill suspected terrorists. In that aspect, it is the CIA that is conducting a true war on terror - a very different and more effective campaign than the pre-emptive war and nation-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But it's an effort that will require the United States to address issues that its government and people have been, at the very least, uncomfortable in addressing previously. [Read more: SunSentinel/14May2011] 

Allies in War on Terror Must See Eye to Eye. United States President Barack Obama's insistence that Navy Seals sent to capture or kill Osama bin Laden had enough firepower to fight their way out if Pakistani forces intervened highlights a disturbing rift between two key allies in the war on terror.

It is a relationship soured by mistrust and one that must be urgently improved if the fight against international terrorism is to succeed. Doing so will require Pakistan to show that its intelligence service and armed forces are united in that goal, and that rogue elements that assist or turn a blind eye to terrorists will not be tolerated.

The US has long suspected Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and armed forces of harbouring factions sympathetic to al Qaeda, hence the secrecy surrounding the mission to get bin Laden. This week, the New York Times revealed Mr. Obama was not just concerned about the possibility of bin Laden being tipped off if Pakistani authorities knew of the raid. He also feared that once the compound where bin Laden was hiding came under attack, local forces might come to his aid.

That the US suspects Pakistan's intelligence service and army of playing a double game in the war on terror is one thing; that Mr. Obama was prepared to risk a full-on military confrontation to take out bin Laden puts an alarming perspective on the relationship. [Read more:  Stuff.co/14May2011] 

Enemy of the State: Are We at War with Pakistan's Intelligence Service? In the stash of hard drives, thumb drives, and personal papers discovered in Osama bin Laden's compound, one especially revealing find was his personal diary. According to an analyst privy to the frequent updates of translated material being posted to the intelligence community's classified internet, the late Al Qaeda leader periodically recorded his amusement that U.S. drones were searching for him in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan while he was living comfortably less than a quarter of a mile from a Pakistani military academy. "Bin Laden was yukking it up about how clueless we were," the source says.

The joke ended up being on bin Laden, but it's worth asking why he felt so cocky. He was, after all, the world's most wanted man, and yet there were only a few bodyguards at his compound. Did bin Laden believe he would be tipped off before a SEAL team knocked down his door? [Read more: Lake/NewRepublic/19May2011]


Section IV - INQUIRIES, BOOKS, AND COMING EVENTS


Inquiries

CALL FOR PAPERS and PANELISTS: Embry-Riddle 7th Annual National Security & Intelligence Symposium - Developing Security and Intelligence Professionals for the 21st century
15 - 16 September 2011, 9am - 4pm - Prescott, AZ - 7th National Security & Intelligence Symposium
Location: Davis Learning Center Auditorium, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, Arizona

Embry-Riddle's symposium will focus on the challenges in developing security and intelligence professionals for the 21st century. They will explore the educational and professional knowledge as well as the skill sets needed by new security and intelligence officers, the leadership and management of security and intelligence activities domestically and internationally, and the evolving challenges to security and intelligence officers in the 21st century.
Call for papers and presentations
We invite interested students, scholars, and professionals to submit proposals for papers and presentations focusing on the development of security and intelligence professionals in the 21st Century. Subject areas will include professional and academic educational study programs and opportunities, leadership and management of government security and intelligence functions, and new and evolving challenges to security and intelligence officers in the 21st century. Papers and presentations in the areas of physical security, personnel security, information and computer security, private and government security management and counterintelligence are also welcome.
Paper and or panel proposals are due no later than June 24, 2011. Proposals must include the following information:
Name of the Presenter(s)
Organization or Institution
Contact Information; (email and telephone number)
Paper or Panel Title(s):
Paper Abstract or Panel Summary (100-150 word per paper and 500-600 word per panel)
DEADLINE: Persons submitting proposals will be notified of their selection by June 30, 2011
There is no required format and presentation may be by lecture with or without multimedia support.
Please submit your proposal and any questions by email to prnsis@erau.edu

Books

New Book Explores 1973 Killing of Israeli Official. Israeli Col. Yosef Alon was mysteriously shot dead in the driveway of his home here in the summer of 1973, an assassination with few leads, disquieting circumstances and more than a hint of international intrigue.

Fred Burton was a 16-year-old neighbor who says the killing of Alon, one of the Israeli Air Force's first fighter pilots, ruptured his sense of security in this quiet Washington suburb, propelling him into public service and a career as a police officer and State Department counterterrorism agent.

Now he's on a quest to find out what really happened, writing a book on the subject and discovering there's a lot more to the assassination than any official investigation has ever revealed.

"How does a murder occur in a neighborhood where you think everything is as it should be, what's right in life?" asked Burton, now vice president at Stratfor, a global intelligence company.

Although the murder investigation went dormant decades ago and no one has been charged, recently declassified documents show the CIA suspected Black September - a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich, Germany - killed Alon. Burton goes further, fingering a web of suspects, from young Black September operatives to senior Palestinian leaders.

Burton chronicles his decades-long hunt for Alon's killers in "Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice." The release of the book - part non-fiction mystery, part primer on Israeli-Palestinian relations - comes as a new Israeli documentary also renews attention on Alon's death. [Read more:  AP/22May2011] 


Coming Educational Events

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

MANY Spy Museum Events in 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, 25 May 2011, 5 - 7 pm - Washington, DC - ABA Committee program on The Legal Framework of "The bin Laden Operation" - a new legal debate.
The debate over whether activities falling under Title 10 - governing the armed forces - or Title 50 - governing intelligence activities - comes up in a variety of contexts, including targeted killings and cybersecurity. Why was the Osama bin Laden killing a covert action instead of a clandestine military operation? What are the elements of this debate and why should we care? The panel will begin with a recap, followed by a discussion among legal experts on military law, intelligence law, international law, and the Constitution to discuss the legal framework.
Location: Reserve Officers Assoc Bldg, 1 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC. Moderator: Suzanne Spaulding; Panelists: William C. Banks, Eric Greenwald, John Rizzo, Capt Stephanie Smart, USN.
RSVP REQUIRED: bernie.horowitz@americanbar.org

25 - 26 May 2011 - Ft Meade, MD - The Center for Cryptologic History presents the Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture series for 2011 featuring Dr. Rose Mary Sheldon.
The annual event is a series of historical lectures named in honor of the former NSA Historian. We present preeminent scholars from the social sciences who address cryptologic issues with a historical perspective. This year, Dr. Rose Mary Sheldon will speak on "The Private Side of William F. Friedman: A Scholar's View". Dr. Sheldon is Char and Professor at the Department of History at the Virginia Military Institute. She is a specialist on the ancient world and has written widely on intelligence and espionage throughout history. She also is the author of the guide to the Friedman Collection at the George C. Marshall Research Library. Dr. Sheldon will present her lecture at the National Cryptologic Museum from 1400-1600 on 25 May as well as 1100-1300 on 26 May. The sessions are open to the public, but advance registration is necessary due to limited seating capacity at the Museum. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Kent Sieg or Judy Holland by email at kgsieg@nsa.gov & jmholla@nsa.gov or call 301-688-2336.

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
Conference Fee:
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
http://www.nisa-intelligence.nl

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"

The CIA, in partnership with the National Museum of the USAF, presents an evening which pays 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-Patterson 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. The focus of the event will be two specific stories that exemplify the themes of sacrifice and dedication.

THREE RSVP/REGISTRATION CHOICES....ALL FREE

1. To RSVP/register as AFIO member and Guest and receive assured seats for the June 2nd evening-only Dayton, Ohio CIA event, do so here.

2. To RSVP as a member of the general public. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary but seating will be limited to the first 1,000 people. Seating will open at 4:30 p.m. on a first-come, first served basis. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by May 31 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CIA2011 or call (937) 255-1670. Refreshments will also be available for purchase throughout the evening. More information from the USAF Museum is here: http://tinyurl.com/3w7o39c

3. To Register for this event PLUS Air America Assn programs before and after June 2, follow the instructions in this PDF from the Air America Assn website:
http://www.air-america.org/Reunion/2011/2011reunionregistration.pdf

Updated Agenda as of 17 May 2011: Stories of Sacrifice and Dedication:  Civil Air Transport, Air America, and the CIA
National Museum of the United States Air Force, 2 June 2001, 5:30pm-9:00pm
5:30 pm – 5:35 pm   Welcome and opening remarks -- Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jack Hudson, Director, National Museum of the United States Air Force
5:35 pm – 5:40 pm   The CIA’s Historical Review Program: Improving Accessibility of Agency Documents -- Mr. Joe Lambert, Director, Information Management Services, CIA
5:40 pm - 6:10 pm    Keynote Speaker  -- Hon. Craig Duehring
6:10 pm – 7:15 pm   Teamwork and Sacrifice at Lima Site 85 -- Dr. Tim Castle, CIA historian
7:15 pm – 7:45 pm   Intermission
7:45 pm – 7:50 pm   Introduction to Extraordinary Fidelity -- Dr. Nick Dujmovic, CIA historian
7:50 pm – 8:50 pm   Extraordinary Fidelity (CIA Documentary Film) -- Produced by CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence
8:50 pm – 8:55 pm   Remarks on the film -- Dr. Nick Dujmovic, CIA historian
8:55 pm – 9:00 pm   Exchanging of Commemorative Awards and Closing Remarks -- Mr. Joe Lambert and Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jack Hudson

2 June 2011 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Craig Fair, Acting Section Chief, FBI Counterintelligence Division at Headquarters.

The topic will be on Russian Foreign Intelligence Service's Illegals Network and Investigation in the U.S. The meeting will be held at UICC, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona): 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-member/no reservation. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) at afiosf@aol.com and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.

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.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011, 7 - 9pm - Washington, DC - "Deception and Spycraft: Military Intelligence in the Civil War" - Spy Seminar Series on Civil War Spies at the International Spy Museum

Spy Seminar Series: Civil War Spies - A Three-Part Exploration of Union and Confederate Intelligence Operations.
The North and the South both had their share of intelligence successes (and failures); neither the Blue nor the Gray were strangers to intrigue and espionage. Society ladies carried secret messages, runaway slaves re-crossed the Mason-Dixon Line as undercover agents, and couriers worked covert operations in the life or death climate of wartime. In this series, a distinguished group of historians and espionage experts will introduce you to some of the most amazing spies and spy cases of the conflict.
Spy Museum historian Mark Stout; Professor William B. Feis, of Buena Vista University, author of Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox; and James A. Davis, Professor of Musicology at State University of New York—Fredonia, for a fascinating discussion of intelligence in America's bloodiest war.
International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: Series Tickets: $60; Individual Tickets: $25
Register at: www.spymuseum.org

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

Thursday, 23 June 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "David Wise on America's Secret Spy War with China" at the International Spy Museum

Join renowned intelligence author David Wise as he reveals the full story of China's many victories and defeats in its ongoing espionage war with America. To write his new book Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China, Wise interviewed key insiders in the FBI and CIA as well as Chinese agents and people close to them to gather the unvarnished stories of Chinese espionage. Wise will share the honey traps, double agents, and mind-blowing objectives of the rapidly emerging Asian superpower.
International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
TICKETS: $12.50 per person. Register at www.spymuseum.org

Saturday, 25 June 2011 - Salem, MA - The AFIO New England Chapter meeting features Mary Margaret Graham, former Associate DNI, Collection, and CIA COS for NY.

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 speaker will be Mary Margaret Graham, former Associate DNI for Collection, and CIA COS in NYC on 9/11. She was in the WTC when the planes hit. Ms. Graham is a veteran of the Clandestine Service and has had a variety of assignments overseas.
Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.

Locale: 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/
Questions, comments, etc. to afionechapter@gmail.com

Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 7 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - "Dinner With A Spy" - Jim Woolsey at the International Spy Museum

Former U.S. Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) R. James Woolsey headed the CIA and intelligence community at a time of great change and challenge. Woolsey was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 to serve as DCI. During this intimate dinner, Woolsey will share what it was like to serve as DCI during that tumultuous time: the Cold War was ending and the Agency was suffering from the recent revelation that intelligence officer Aldrich Ames had been a Soviet mole inside the Agency. Come participate in this lively exchange hosted by CIA veteran and International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest, who served as DCI Woolsey's spokesman.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Price: $200 per person
Register at www.spymuseum.org

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).

Tuesday, 19 July 2011, 7 - 9pm - Washington, DC - "The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracies " - Spy Seminar Series on Civil War Spies at the International Spy Museum

Spy Seminar Series: Civil War Spies - A Three-Part Exploration of Union and Confederate Intelligence Operations.
The North and the South both had their share of intelligence successes (and failures); neither the Blue nor the Gray were strangers to intrigue and espionage. Society ladies carried secret messages, runaway slaves re-crossed the Mason-Dixon Line as undercover agents, and couriers worked covert operations in the life or death climate of wartime. In this series, a distinguished group of historians and espionage experts will introduce you to some of the most amazing spies and spy cases of the conflict.
Location: Ford's Theatre - Join renowned experts Michael Kauffman, author of American Brutus; Frank J. Williams, Chairman of The Lincoln Forum and Chief Justice (ret) of Rhode Island; and H. Donald Winkler, author of Stealing Secrets and Lincoln and Booth: More Light on the Conspiracy; for a rounded view of the conspiracies and realities of the horrific events of April 14th, 1865.
International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: Series Tickets: $60; Individual Tickets: $25
Register at: www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 20 July 2011, 12 noon - Washington, DC - "The Triple Agent: The Al Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA" a book event at the International Spy Museum

For more than a decade, the United States has been hunting Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two man in Al Qaeda. In 2009, the Agency was finally getting close to bagging this "High-Value Target"—its partners in the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate had a source named Humam Khalil al-Balawi working inside Al Qaeda and he knew where Zawahiri was. Or so Jordanian intelligence and the CIA thought. In fact, Al Qaeda was running a sophisticated deception against them. In December 2009 al-Balawi came to Forward Operating Base Chapman, a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan and detonated a thirty-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA officers and one Jordanian intelligence officer. It was the CIA's greatest loss of life in decades. In The Triple Agent, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joby Warrick takes us deep inside the CIA's secret war against Al Qaeda, a war that pits robotic planes and laser-guided missiles against a low-tech but cunning enemy. Join the author for this gripping true story of miscalculation, deception, and revenge, learn how Al Qaeda fooled the world's greatest intelligence service.
Tickets: Free! No Registration Required!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 7 - 9pm - Washington, DC - " Civil War Sisterhood of Spies" - Spy Seminar Series on Civil War Spies at the International Spy Museum
Spy Seminar Series: Civil War Spies - A Three-Part Exploration of Union and Confederate Intelligence Operations.
The North and the South both had their share of intelligence successes (and failures); neither the Blue nor the Gray were strangers to intrigue and espionage. Society ladies carried secret messages, runaway slaves re-crossed the Mason-Dixon Line as undercover agents, and couriers worked covert operations in the life or death climate of wartime. In this series, a distinguished group of historians and espionage experts will introduce you to some of the most amazing spies and spy cases of the conflict.
Location: the Willard Intercontinental Hotel - Ann Blackman author of Wild Rose will describe Wild Rose Greenhow's exploits in the nation's capitol, Amanda Ohlke, director of adult education at the International Spy Museum will trace Elizabeth Van Lew's colorful espionage career, and historical impersonator Emily Lapisardi will portray lively Confederate spy Antonia Ford.
International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: Series Tickets: $60; Individual Tickets: $25
Register at: www.spymuseum.org

24 - 26 August 2011 - Raleigh, NC - "Spies Among Us - The Secret World of Illegals" - theme of the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference

General Michael Hayden To Provide Personal Insights on the Bin Laden Operation as part of his keynote address at this conference.

Special guests/speakers: Michael Hayden, former DCIA and DIRNSA; Michael Sulick, former Director of the National Clandestine Service, CiA
Returning presenters:
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
email: cyndi@metromagazine.com
Location: North Carolina Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh, NC


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