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AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #22-11 dated 7 June 2011

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Section IV - Career Opportunities, Obituaries, and Coming Events



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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, about the founder of the Office of Strategic Services — the World War 11 forerunner of the CIA — will serve as anchor. Other authors on the roundtable are David Wise, often called 'the dean of intelligence authors,' to discuss his new book Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War With America, and Kent Clizbe, author of Willing Accomplices, a book concerning the continuing influence of Soviet propaganda on Western academia and mediaand other noted writers in the field.

New to the conference this year: The Historical Collections Division of the Office of Information Services of the Central Intelligence Agency which has selected the Raleigh Spy Conference to provide published works of recently declassified secret documents, ranging from the Korean War, the Warsaw Pact, Air America, martial law in Poland, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the papers of controversial CIA director Richard Helms. Officials from CIA’s Historical Division will be on hand in Raleigh to discuss their work and answer individual questions.

For more information:
Location: North Carolina Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh, NC

About the Raleigh Spy Conference:

The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) recognizes the Raleigh Spy Conference as the top intelligence conference specifically for the lay public in the United States. Three of the six conferences have been filmed and aired on C-SPAN. For more details on the history of the conference, go to



Journalist Who Feared Pakistani Spy Agency is Found Dead. The tortured corpse of a prominent Pakistani journalist, who had told friends he feared that the country's military intelligence agency would kill him, was found Tuesday, two days after he disappeared.

With unparalleled sources among Islamic extremists, including al-Qaida, Syed Saleem Shahzad, 40, often produced stories that embarrassed Pakistan's military and its Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency. But he also could have angered a faction of the increasingly fractured Islamist movement in a country where journalists are often targeted by both the government and extremists.

Shahzad's last story, intended to be the first of a two-part series, detailed al-Qaida's infiltration of the Pakistani navy and said that a recent attack on a naval air base in the city of Karachi was al-Qaida retaliation for the navy's detention of several suspected al-Qaida sympathizers in its ranks. He also reported that the navy was in direct talks with al-Qaida over its concern that the arrests would lead to a backlash. Shahzad was killed before the second part of the series was published.

Shahzad, who reported for Asia Times Online, an online newspaper based in Hong Kong, and the Italian news agency Adnkronos International, disappeared Sunday evening as he was on his way from his home in an upscale neighborhood of Islamabad to a television studio where he was to take part in a show. His body was recovered from the banks of a canal in Mandi Bahauddin, a town about a two-hour drive south of Islamabad, said Daar Ali Khattak, the local police chief. [Read more:  Shah/MiamiHerald/31May2011] 

Lebanon Charges Sheikh with Spying for Israel. Lebanon's military prosecutor charged a Shi'ite sheikh on Wednesday with spying for Israel, the first high-profile case of its kind in recent months.

Judge Sakr Sakr said Sheikh Mohammed Ali al-Husseini was accused of "dealing with the Israeli enemy, contacting them and dealing with foreign countries that deal with (Israel)", according to judicial sources.

Husseini, who was also charged with acquiring weapons, ran an organization called the Arab-Islamic Resistance which he said had 1,500 fighters, according to security sources.

Husseini was known to be critical of Hezbollah and its regional backers, Syria and Iran, and had claimed responsibility for firing rockets towards Israel two years ago, security sources said.

Dozens of people suspected of spying for Israel have been arrested since Lebanon launched an espionage investigation in April 2009. Israel has not commented on any of the arrests. [Read more:  JerusalemPost/1June2011] 

Polish Officials May Face Charges Over Secret CIA Prisons. Polish state prosecutors are considering bringing charges against members of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) for their alleged involvement in secret CIA prisons located on Polish soil between 2002-2005. The prisons were allegedly used to torture terrorist suspects from al-Qaeda.

Officials from the leftist SLD government in power at the time, including former Prime Minister Leszek Miller, may be charged with violating Poland's constitution, helping to illegally imprison a number of people and with participating in crimes against humanity.

That's according to documents released by daily Gazeta Wyborcza, which show that former deputy prosecutor Jerzy Mierzewski, who was recently removed from the investigation, wanted to press these charges. [Read more:  WBJ/1June2011] 

CIA Releases Film About Two Officers Captured by Chinese on Secret Mission and Held for Years. A documentary produced by the CIA and never aired outside the agency's headquarters is coming to the Internet. The agency says it will release the film, about two CIA officers captured in China on a secret mission in 1952 and held for years, to the public.

The Associated Press has obtained a copy of the film under the Freedom of Information Act.

Titled "Extraordinary Fidelity," the hour-long film blends documentary footage and re-enactments to tell the story of the officers shot down trying to recover a spy working for the CIA in the Manchuria region of northeastern China.

The two pilots of the plane died, but the CIA officers - Richard G. Fecteau and John T. Downey - were eventually freed in 1971 and 1973, respectively.

The film, the only one of its kind in the spy agency's history, was intended only for internal release. But the CIA released it nearly one year after AP filed a FOIA request for a copy.

Now, the CIA has uploaded the video to its YouTube channel on the web at this link: [Read more:  Goldman/AP/2June2011] 

Pak Spy Gets Over Six Years In Jail. A trial court has sentenced a Pakistani national, working as an ISI module in India, to six-and-a-half years' rigorous imprisonment for carrying out spying activities in the country.

While holding 39-year-old Mohd Azhar Rafiq guilty under Section 3 (penalties for spying) of the Official Secrets Act, additional sessions judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta said, "The prosecution has proved that the accused is a Pakistani national and was residing in India in an unauthorized manner under the name of Sarang Ali Khan."

"The accused was also in possession of offending documents when he was apprehended while sending the same to Bangladesh through courier," the court added. [Read more:  TimesofIndia/2June2011] 

Lawyers in NSA Leaks Case Spar Over Redactions in Evidence Presented to Jury. Attorneys for a former National Security Agency employee accused of mishandling classified information after an investigation into alleged leaks to a newspaper say two weeks before trial they still don't know what evidence the jury will see.

In a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Bennett on Monday, Thomas Drake's defense wrote that prosecutors defied an order that documents submitted to the jury must not show alterations to conceal classified information.

Federal prosecutors responded that there was no such order and seamless documents would be "nonsensical." A hearing is set for Friday. [Read more:  TheRepublic/2June2011] 

CIA Secrets on Rescue Efforts to be Revealed at Air Force Museum. The Central Intelligence Agency is lifting its veil of secrecy to reveal how aviators in secret CIA flying operations took risks, sometimes at the cost of their lives, to rescue downed U.S. military pilots in war zones or CIA operatives during Cold War spying missions.

CIA representatives will meet the public Thursday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for a symposium to recognize the commitments made by employees of Civil Air Transport and Air America, which the spy agency controlled as "air proprietary companies." [Read more:  DaytonDailyNews/2June2011] 

Operation Cupcake Derails al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda's plans to recruit terrorists via a new English-language magazine have been disrupted by the British intelligence agency MI6, which replaced bomb-making instructions on the website with recipes for cupcakes, UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

Hackers from MI6 and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) broke into an al-Qaeda site for the Inspire magazine to stop would-be terrorists from downloading instructions to "Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom" by "The AQ Chef".

They were reportedly confronted with a list of recipes for "The Best Cupcakes in America" published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show.

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office, which handles queries about MI6, declined to comment on the report.

The webpage includes recipes from Ohio-based Main Street Cupcakes, Cupcake in Charleston, and Carmel Apple Cupcake from Lilly Jane's Cupcakes in Idaho, which includes the instruction: "Please, forget about that diet right now and just enjoy."

The original al-Qaeda magazine showed readers how to make a lethal pipe bomb using sugar, match heads and a miniature lightbulb, the Telegraph said. [Read more:  Boyle/CNBC/3June2011] 

Libya: British Private Soldiers Spy on Gaddafi's Troops. Former soldiers of Special Air Services (SAS) and other western employees of private security companies are helping NATO identify targets in the Libyan port city of Misrata, the Guardian newspaper reports.

According to the Guardian, the special forces veterans are passing the details of the locations and movements of Gaddafi's forces to the Naples headquarters of NATO. The targets are then verified by spy planes and US Predator drones. The private soldiers are reported to be paid by Arab countries, in particular by Qatar, but not the British government.

The former SAS servicemen are also expected to pass the information to the pilots of British and French helicopters, which begin to fly over Libya this week. Now Britain's Ocean aircraft carrier with four combat Apache helicopters onboard is entering the Libyan territorial waters while France's helicopter carrier Tonnerre with 12 Tiger helicopters on board is deployed not far from the Libyan coast.

Britain's Defense Ministry rejects the fact of the deployment of any landing forces in Libya. The Ministry only admits that it has sent 10 military advisers to the town of Benghazi. [Read more:  Sayenko/Ruvr/2June2011] 

Poland Investigates Newspaper in Leak on CIA Issue. Polish prosecutors say they are investigating a newspaper for leaking state secrets from a probe into a CIA prison that operated in Poland about eight years ago.

The Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported Monday that a prosecutor who was recently removed from a three-year investigation on the CIA site had planned to bring criminal charges against Polish politicians in power when the now-shuttered site operated. [Read more:  Forbes/3June2011] 

A Former Spy Chief Questions the Judgment of Israeli Leaders. The man who ran Israel's Mossad spy agency until January contends that Israel's top leaders lack judgment and that the anticipated pressures of international isolation as the Palestinians campaign for statehood could lead to rash decisions - like an airstrike on Iran.

The former intelligence chief, Meir Dagan, who stepped down after eight years in the post, has made several unusual public appearances and statements in recent weeks. He made headlines a few weeks ago when he asserted at a Hebrew University conference that a military attack on Iran would be "a stupid idea."

This week Mr. Dagan, speaking at Tel Aviv University, said that attacking Iran "would mean regional war, and in that case you would have given Iran the best possible reason to continue the nuclear program." He added, "The regional challenge that Israel would face would be impossible." [Read more:  Bronner/NYTimes/4June2011] 

Chinese Hackers Leaked Classified Government Documents. A classified government document containing telephone conversations between South Korean and U.S. presidents was leaked by Chinese hackers, an opposition lawmaker said Saturday.

"I received a report from the National Intelligence Service that a secret document written by the South Korean foreign ministry ahead of the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit in London in April 2009 was leaked to China," Rep. Shin Hak-yong of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) told Yonhap News Agency by phone.

The document, titled "plans for London G-20 Summit," includes the government's positions and strategies for the international event as well as related intelligence collected by overseas Korean missions, the legislator said. [Read more:  YonHapNews/4June2011] 

Obama Declassifies Portion of 1968 President's Daily Brief. In a small but momentous shift in national security secrecy policy, President Obama personally ordered the declassification last month of a short paragraph regarding the Soviet space program that appeared in the President's Daily Brief dated November 26, 1968. The move came in response to a researcher's request that had been blocked by the Central Intelligence Agency for more than a decade.

The President's Daily Brief (PDB) is a compilation of intelligence that is presented to the President each day. It has long been considered sacrosanct by intelligence officials and has been effectively beyond the reach of Freedom of Information Act requesters and other researchers.

"The PDB is a unique intelligence product prepared specifically for the President of the United States to provide him with the most important current intelligence on critical issues relating to the national security of the United States," a CIA official wrote in 2006.

"In the PDB, the intelligence community assembles the most sensitive intelligence information and the best analytic judgments in a complete, accurate, and timely package intended to inform the President and his most senior advisors as they make and implement the nation's defense and foreign policies.... The PDB is the most sensitive intelligence report produced by [the U.S. intelligence community]."

Based on that assessment, intelligence officials have successfully resisted and rebuffed FOIA requests, lawsuits and other public attempts to gain access to PDBs.

In the late 1990s, researcher Peter Pesavento identified several PDBs located at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library concerning the Soviet space program that were of interest to him and he filed a mandatory declassification review (MDR) request for their release. When his requests were denied by the CIA, he appealed the matter to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), an executive branch body that considers appeals of MDR requests that have been denied. Remarkably, in 2003 the ISCAP granted Mr. Pesavento's appeal with respect to the one paragraph of the five-page PDB that discussed Soviet space (and even so one of the three sentences in the paragraph was partially redacted).

But then-Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet vetoed the ISCAP disclosure decision, making use of the new veto authority that had been granted to the DCI in President Bush's 2003 executive order on classification to block release of the PDB. Two members of the ISCAP appealed to the President to overturn the Tenet veto in 2003, but no action was taken on the appeal, until now. [Read more:  SecrecyNews/3June2011] 


How Top US Government Officials Got Hacked. The targeted phishing scheme that struck hundreds of top U.S. government officials' personal Gmail accounts was neither difficult to perform nor incredibly sophisticated.

The attackers were able to pose as legitimate, trusted senders from the State Department, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Defense Intelligence Agency by sending e-mails from what appeared - even on close inspection - to be real e-mail addresses ending in familiar domains like, and

To accomplish that, the attackers told their mail server to send e-mails from the spoofed addresses rather than their own. Though most e-mail clients like Gmail or Microsoft Outlook don't allow users to do that, that's one of the fields an administrator of an e-mail server can easily change.

When that's done, it's incredibly difficult or sometimes impossible for a user to know that the sender is really an impostor. [Read more:  Goldman/CNN/3June2011] 

Former Cal State Professor Was a Soviet Spy. Nikolai Khokhlov was a captain in the KGB, a seasoned World War II intelligence officer and a Cold War spy ordered to organize the assassination of a Russian expatriot in Frankfurt. His defection in 1954 drew international attention and his story was made into a TV documentary and feature film.

And then he came to San Bernardino.

Well, actually, he arrived here 14 years after his defection. During the interim, Khokhlov became the target of Soviet assassins, who slipped radioactive thallium into his drink, the same method later used against Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. Unlike Litvinenko, Khokhlov survived his poisoning, although he was seriously ill for a time.

He established a new life in the United States, wrote a book called "In the Name of Conscience," and earned a doctorate in psychology at Duke University.

In his book, Khokhlov detailed the anguish he endured when given the assignment to kill Georgi Sergeyevich. He and his wife discussed how he would get out of the assignment and how they would escape the Soviet Union.

In the end, his wife and son were not allowed to leave the country and were sent to a concentration camp. Khokhlov divorced his wife when he was told it would make things easier for her.

He arrived at Cal State in 1968 and spent the remainder of his life in San Bernardino. He married a woman he had met in Germany, and they raised three children here. Khokhlov died in 2007.

He was the original chairman of Cal State's psychology department. His research focused on parapsychology. In a 1982 Newsday story, Khokhlov was quoted as defending what many perceived as a questionable science.

"I have seen the extent to which the Soviet Union has put it to use in the gathering of intelligence," he said. "The U.S. government knows damn well that psychic research - the manipulation of human minds with electronic weapons - is real. ... But it will not talk about it."

One might suspect that Khokhlov was a sort of hard-boiled, ranting, scary type of guy. Not so, said Robert Cramer, Cal State's current psychology chairman.

"Nikolai actually was a very bright, energetic, charming person," Cramer said. "If you did not know of his background in Russian intelligence you would not have guessed he was in that line of work prior to being a professor. He wasn't at all someone you would be afraid of."

According to his book, Khokhlov never wanted to work in intelligence to begin with. He had fallen in love with the cinema and hoped to work as a film producer. But the war got in the way, and he was recruited into the KGB. When the war ended, he couldn't escape from the service. [Read more:  PE/5June2011] 

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Why He's Ready to Retire. After five years of service and more than 12,000 casualties among US troops in two wars, outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told ABC News' Diane Sawyer he believes he has become too cautious for the job.

He became emotional as he said, "I swore when I took the job I would never allow any of these kids to become a statistic for me." He admitted to Sawyer that he no longer has a young man's steel for wars that seem to never end.

He writes a personal note to the family of every soldier who dies under his command. Gates knows exactly how many soldiers he has lost over his tenure, "as of yesterday, 1,255 [killed], and about 11,000 wounded," he told Sawyer.

"I go to the hospitals, I go to Arlington. I see their families, so I feel the human cost. And that's why I told somebody the other day maybe it is time for me to leave because these things have begun to weigh on me in a way that maybe I'm not as useful as I used to be."

When asked if he believed he had become too cautious for the job, he replied, "yeah." It's time, he added, to step down. [Read more:  ABC/6June2011] 

Rewriting Rumsfeld's Rules. At the Pentagon, there's a legal formula for intelligence operations that has come to be known as "Gates practice," after its proponent, Defense Secretary Bob Gates. It basically argues that if the United States conducts a sensitive intelligence mission outside a war zone, the president should make the decision.

That may seem like a no-brainer, but it wasn't always the case. Early in the past decade, when Gates's predecessor Donald Rumsfeld was looking for ways to pursue al-Qaeda, he issued a series of executive orders that gave the military new powers in the global war on terrorism. These "EXORDS," as they were known, sometimes permitted commanders to approve sensitive operations without a White House and interagency review.

The Rumsfeld-era orders have been rewritten over the past several years, at Gates's insistence. The review was begun by James Clapper, a former undersecretary of defense who's now director of national intelligence. Michael Vickers, who is Clapper's successor, is finishing the rewrite.

This review has brought all EXORDS in line with the Obama administration's counterterrorism policies, which require more vetting of sensitive operations. The goal is to ensure that "Gates practice" is followed and the White House gets the last say. An earlier column outlined some of the excesses from 2001 to 2006, when Rumsfeld was secretary of defense. [Read more:  Ignatius/WashingtonPost/2June2011]

Director Leon E. Panetta Honors First Agency Officer Killed in Vietnam War. At the Central Intelligence Agency's annual memorial last week, Director Leon E. Panetta paid tribute to the first American woman killed in the Vietnam War. CIA officer Barbara A. Robbins died on March 30th, 1965, in the bombing of the US Embassy in Saigon. Robbins is the youngest officer commemorated on the Agency's Memorial Wall and the first of 10 women to fall in the line of duty since the Agency's founding. Her name was recently added to CIA's Book of Honor.

"A bright, energetic young woman, Barbara was eager to serve in an organization that would open doors to the world," Director Panetta said. "Less than a year after entering on duty, she volunteered for an assignment to Saigon. It was 1964, and the war was escalating, as was our nation's involvement in it. When Barbara's father asked his 21-year-old daughter, 'Why Vietnam?' her answer was clear and simple: She wanted to make a difference."

Robbins' death, along with that of other Agency officers who died in the war, inspired the creation of CIA's Memorial Wall in 1974. Today, 102 stars adorn the Wall, one for each officer lost in service.

"In all, our Agency lost 17 officers in the conflict in Southeast Asia. Most were killed on the front lines, while organizing, training, and leading irregular forces," Director Panetta said. "Much about the world and our work has changed since then, but the CIA's fundamental mission is constant. Our pledge to protect the United States is an enduring bond with those who served on the battlefields of Laos and Vietnam."

Director Panetta also paid tribute to the Agency officers - more than a dozen - who have died in the fight against terrorism. [Read more:]

Finally, a Wireless Keyboard for Spies or the Insanely Paranoid. Are you both exceptionally paranoid and loathsome of cords cluttering your desktop? Or maybe an NSA employee? If so, try to contain your excitement because Microsoft had you in mind when creating their latest wireless mouse+keyboard with 128-bit encryption.

The Wireless Desktop 2000 enables you to finally enjoy the same wireless freedom that the rest of us have had for years. It uses AES 128-bit encryption technology to ensure your privacy and guarantee that the NSA agent/Chinese spy/vigilante hacker hiding in your crawlspace won't intercept your precious data as you type. Apparently you can put a price on security, and it's $40. [Read more: Zhao/Gizmodo/2June2011]


War On Terror: How Lines Blurred. One consequence of the early "war on terror" years was that the lines between CIA and military activities got blurred. The Pentagon moved into clandestine areas that had traditionally been the province of the CIA. Special Forces began operating secretly abroad in ways that worried the CIA, the State Department and foreign governments.

The Obama administration is now finishing an effort to redraw those lines more carefully, issuing a series of new executive orders (known as "exords") to guide the military's intelligence activities, typically through what are known as "special access programs," or SAPs.

The power of combining CIA and military resources was shown in the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The firepower came from the Navy SEALs, a Special Forces unit that normally functions under the Title 10 war-fighting authority of the military. Because the SEALs were operating inside Pakistan, a country with which the United States isn't at war, the CIA supervised the mission under Title 50, which allows the agency to conduct "deniable" activities overseas.

The system worked in the Abbottabad raid. But over the past 10 years, there have been instances when crossing the traditional lines created potential problems for the United States. It's especially important to understand these boundaries now as Gen. David Petraeus prepares to take over as CIA director. If the rules aren't clear, people at home and abroad may worry about a possible "militarization" of U.S. intelligence. [Read more:  Ignatius/KoreaHerald/1June2011] 

Birthers, Truthers and Interrogation Deniers. For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 "truthers" who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot. And then we have the "birthers" who, even in the face of clear contrary evidence, take as an article of faith that President Obama was not born in the United States and hence is not eligible to hold his current office.

Let me add a third denomination to this faith-based constellation: interrogation deniers, i.e., individuals who hold that the enhanced interrogation techniques used against CIA detainees have never yielded useful intelligence. They, of course, cling to this view despite all evidence to the contrary, despite the testimony of four CIA directors, and despite Mr. Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan's statement that there's been "a lot of information that has come out from these interrogation procedures that the agency has in fact used against the real hard-core terrorists."

The recent dispute over what strains of intelligence led to the killing of Osama bin Laden highlights the phenomenon. It must appear to outside observers like a theological debate over how many angels can reside on the head of a pin. So we see carefully tailored arguments designed to discount the value of enhanced interrogations: the first mention of the courier's name came from a detainee not in CIA custody; CIA detainees gave false and misleading information about the courier; there is no way to confirm that information obtained through enhanced interrogation was the decisive intelligence that led us directly to bin Laden. [Read more:  Hayden/WallStreetJournal/2June2011] 

The Central (Tactical) Intelligence Agency. The excellent covert operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was flawless and awe inspiring. It has transcended the annals of intelligence operations to become a historic event, and it will rightfully be recounted in numerous articles, books, movies, and television specials. We should all be proud of this operation.

Unfortunately, as you will see documented below, this operation is also the latest proof that the CIA is no longer a strategic intelligence agency, as it was created to be, but has been transformed into an organization that primarily provides tactical �current� intelligence as well as technical support to the U.S. military.

Why is this a problem? Because tactical intelligence is limited in its focus, time, and geographical location and serves only to support specific one-off military operations on the battlefield.

Strategic intelligence, on the other hand, is the multi-disciplinary in-depth knowledge required for policymakers to create national or regional strategies.

So how was the CIA transformed from a strategic to a tactical organization? [Read more: Fairchild/PajamasMedia/24May2011]

Stop Tipping Off the Enemy. OK, the incredible details of the operation to silence Osama bin Laden are, indeed, irresistible - but our government's been saying way too much about them, tipping off al Qaeda and clueing in other bad guys.

You can't blame the press; its job is to get the story. But you can finger the White House and other government officials for not keeping enough of a zipped lip on some elements of the historic operation.

For instance, what about the early, broad - and repeated - disclosure of a "treasure trove" of information taken during the raid on Osama's compound in Pakistan? 

Instead of broadcasting the intelligence grab, we might've waited a while - so we could more fully exploit some of the windfall before alerting al Qaeda operatives to take defensive measures.

Perhaps, based on the info on the computers and drives taken during the operation, we could've tapped or geo-located some cellphones used by the al Qaeda network, hacked into some e-mail accounts, nabbed other bad guys and so on.

Yes, the terrorists no doubt took countermeasures to cover their tracks upon hearing about the events in Abbottabad - but they might not have done as clean a sweep if we hadn't bragged of stumbling upon a "mother lode" of information.

And, yes, it's fascinating to know how our spooks tracked the courier and the SEALs stormed the compound - but did we really have to coach the bad guys on this? That sort of grandstanding will likely prove counterproductive.

And what about the existence of a CIA safe house in Osama's 'hood? Sure, the operation and folks who pulled it off undetected deserve a hearty "well done" for outstanding tradecraft and lots of guts, but the attaboys should come inside the confines of Langley - not in the press. [Read more: Brookes/NYPost/9May2011]

Afghan Victory Chances Narrow. With a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs on the way, as well as leadership changes at the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense, the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan is expected to continue as it has for the last decade.

Without measurable progress to show, the case for sustained involvement, particularly at current troop levels, is becoming harder to make. There are certainly advancements to build upon, but there is no telling how much longer support will last, to continue the mission as it stands now.

A more favorable strategy might entail moving away from a sizable ground combat force and relying more on special operations. The coalition would still be intact. The major difference would be in the number of personnel moving from village to village, defending near-impenetrable mountain passes or patrolling terrain that is almost impossible to navigate.

Of course, a far more drastic option is the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces. It's a move that would have disastrous consequences, for the region and global security.

For me, both as a Marine who served in Afghanistan and a member of Congress, most frustrating is that victory remains within reach. It has been that way for some time. But standing in the way are factors far beyond the control of the military men and women undertaking this mission. [Read more: Hunter/NCTimes/5June2011]

Section IV - Career Opportunities, Obituaries, and Coming Events



Part-Time Intelligence Faculty Position at the University of Maryland University College

Part-Time Adjunct Faculty, Intelligence Management Make a Difference — TEACH Summer & Fall Semesters 2011

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks talented, Adjunct Faculty to teach Intelligence Management courses online. LEARN MORE or APPLY ONLINE:

Graduate, Intelligence Management Adjunct/part-time, online faculty needed for the following core specialty areas: • Managing Intelligence Activities • Management of Intelligence Collection • Management of Intelligence Analysis • Espionage & Counterintelligence • Intelligence Led Law Enforcement • Resource Management & Oversight

Requires a doctoral degree (i.e., PhD, DBA, JD, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution with relevant senior-level professional experience.    

Undergraduate, Intelligence Management Adjunct/part-time, online faculty needed to teach Criminal Justice Intelligence online, part time. Coursework includes: • History of Intelligence • The Intelligence Cycle • Legal & Ethical Issues in Intelligence • Intelligence Analysis • Advanced Intelligence Analysis

Requires a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (terminal degree preferred) with relevant senior-level professional experience.

Why Join UMUC? Enjoy flexible schedules; collegial sharing and peer mentoring; and access to UMUC's Information and Library Services.

EOE/F/MC/V. Women and Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply


Paul B. Henze, Former CIA and National Security Specialist, Dies at 86. Paul B. Henze, a former CIA and National Security Council specialist in psychological operations who wrote a compelling and provocative book arguing that the Soviet Union had engineered an attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, died May 19 at a rehabilitation center in Culpeper, Va.

He was 86 and died of complications after a series of strokes.

Mr. Henze was a CIA station chief in Turkey and Ethiopia during the 1960s and '70s and served in the Carter administration as a deputy to National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

After retiring from government service near the end of President Jimmy Carter's term, Mr. Henze became a consultant for the Rand Corp., a think tank. He wrote widely about the history and politics of Ethiopia and Central Asia in mainstream publications and several books.

Perhaps his best-known book was his first, "The Plot to Kill the Pope" (1983), an investigation into the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, who was shot four times while addressing a crowd at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

A Turk, Mehmet Ali Agca, was convicted of the shooting and spent 19 years in an Italian prison. Mr. Henze argued that Agca, who offered several contradicting explanations for his actions, had been part of a conspiracy involving the Bulgarian and Soviet secret police.

His conclusion was the result of an exhaustive examination into Agca's connections with suspected terrorist organizations. Using a wide range of sources across Europe, Mr. Henze, who spoke fluent Turkish, reconstructed the would-be assassin's journey to St. Peter's via Iran, Bulgaria and Germany. [Read more:  Brown/WashingtonPost/2June2011] 

Donald C. �Doc' Holmes. Donald C. "Doc" Holmes, 88, a career government civil servant who worked for the CIA, the Department of Defense, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency, died May 1 of sepsis and renal failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District.

Mr. Holmes worked for the CIA from 1952 to 1959, becoming a science analyst for the agency. He later did scientific work for the Defense Department and was employed in NASA's University Affairs program office, which funded research programs at colleges. From 1971 until he retired in 1974, Mr. Holmes was a water pollution monitor with the newly established EPA.

Donald Clifford Holmes was a native of Peoria, Ill., and a 1945 chemistry graduate of Northwestern University. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and two awards of the Purple Heart.

After retiring, Mr. Holmes refurbished antiques.

His wife of 60 years, Shirley McGrane Holmes, died in 2007. Survivors include four children, Suzanne Crooker of Stoneham, Mass., Robert Holmes of Piedmont, Calif., Marilyn Holmes of Washington and Janice Holmes of Lummi Island, Wash.; a sister; and four grandchildren. [Read more: Smith/WashingtonPost/1June2011]

Coming Educational Events


MANY Spy Museum Events in June, July and August with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The Las Vegas Chapter hear J. Thomas Peterson on "Will Democracy Bloom Following the Arab Spring?"

Event is being held in the Officer's Club on base. Mr. Peterson will present a brief biography of the Middle Eastern experience, an overview of events in North Africa and the Middle East and explain the Arab Spring. He will enlighten us with the history and current outlook as well as the key players of the Islamic republics. Mr. Peterson will conclude with the outlook on regional US foreign policy, the potential for replacement dictatorships and the potential for real democratic reform. Mr. Peterson is a former US Army Counterintelligence Officer. In the late 1980's he worked as an intelligence operations support contractor to the Nevada Site Office, U.S. Department of Energy. As he says, in 1992, when the world became a happy place and no one ever tested nuclear weapons again, he left intelligence to become a stock broker with Merrill Lynch. After more than a decade in financial services, he joined the Clark County Department of Aviation as a planning analyst, where he currently works. A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Peterson holds a degree in United States Business and Political Relations in the Middle East. He is fluent in Spanish and Persian Farsi and also speaks English fairly well. Mr. Peterson is a member of the Roger E. McCarthy Chapter Las Vegas, Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

If you are planning to attend the AFIO meeting provide your name and birthdate to Mary Bentley, Event Coordinator (702) 295-1024 or via before June 9, 2011.

18 June 2011, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The AFIO Maine Chapter hears "Iran and the War Against the West" by counterterrorism specialist Michael Ledeen

Michael Ledeen, internationally renowned scholar, author, and foreign policy advisor will be guest speaker discussing "Iran and the War Against the West." Ledeen holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he specialized in Modern Europe. In 1974 he moved to Italy where he studied the history of Fascism. In the 1980s he worked for the Italian military intelligence as a "risk assessment" consultant. In the early 1980s he testified before the Senate Committee on Security and Terrorism with William Colby former CIA Director at which both expressed their belief that the Soviet Union was providing support to terorist groups. He was Special Advisor to Secretary of State Alexander Haig and was a consultant of National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane at the time of the Iran Contra scandal. More recently Ledeen has been accused of being involved in the alleged yellowcake forgery. Ledeen held the Freedom Scholar chair at the American Enterprise Institute and currently holds a similar chair at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Known for his controversial theories, Ledeen has appeared on TV news progams and is the author of numerous articles and books including his most recent, The Iranian Time Bomb. The meeting is open to the public. It will be held at the Kennebunkport Community Center, 8 Temple Street in Kennebunkport, across from the Post Office and uphill from the municipal parking lot. For information call 207-967-4298.

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:

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

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

23 June 2011, 8 AM - 1 PM - Miami, FL - FBI Infragard invites AFIO Members to a meeting discussing Post Bin-Laden Issues
Venue: Florida International University (Miami) (CBC 155, in the College of Business Complex) Topic: Post Bin-Laden
Please contact SA Nelson Barbosa to RSVP. Space is limited so please do not delay.
Some topics: Special Operations Groups (Briefer to be Announced): Insightful Briefing on the Functions and Responsibilities of the Special Operations Groups; Challenges and Perspectives of their Global Counter Terrorism Role to Protect our National Security.
Dr. Luis Fleischman discussing Bin Laden/Al Qaeda from a Sociological, Geopolitical and National Security Perspectives, focusing in Security Implications, and Terrorism Trends, in the Western Hemisphere, and in our Homeland.
FBI SA Geoffrey Swinerton, Miami FBI SWAT Team Leader on the FBI, State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement coordination, as it pertains to potential current and future threats to our South Florida area of responsibility, from a tactical perspective.
FBI Intelligence Analyst (IA) Armando R. Chavez briefing on the National Threat Picture the FBI is looking at today, following Bin Laden demise.
AFIO members wishing to attend this no-cost conference, immediately contact or call 305-787-6130 office

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: For directions to the hotel look here:
Information about Salem MA and local hotels can be found here:
Questions, comments, etc. to

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

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 ( 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 (

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:

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!

Thursday, 21 July 2011, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Joan Papke an Attorney and Private Investigator on Using Social Network and Social Media as an Intelligence Tool.

Attorney Papke will also discuss the potential legal and ethical issues associated with using social media and social networking sites in the course of an investigation or as a tool for gathering Intelligence. This event will be held at a new location The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

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:

Saturday, 6 August 2011, 7:00 pm - Washington, DC - "The ESP in Espionage: An Evening with Alain Nu, the Man Who Knows" at the International Spy Museum

“To watch him is to throw out all the rules of physics. Time and space are malleable in Nu's deft hands.” — Eric Brace, The Washington Post

When the U.S. Government began their Star Gate program in the 1970s, they were focused on the possibility of using psychic channels to gather intelligence. Psychics, in a clinically controlled setting, were asked to perform “remote viewing”—attempting to sense targeted information about people, places and events. Reports of the program’s success run from the eerie to the off-base, but the intelligence world’s pursuit of the mind’s power has captured the imagination of Alain Nu. The Man Who Knows™, who has long been obsessed with the strange, the unknown, and unexplained. His exploration of the unusual has led him to the field of mentalism and developing his untold powers. Nu’s uncanny demonstrations blur the line between science and the mysteries of unexplained phenomena and have been featured in his own TLC Network television specials The Mysterious World of Alain Nu and his book Picture Your ESP! And now he is turning his ESPecially entertaining powers to the world of ESPionage. Join us for an evening with Nu inspired by Star Gate, the trickery of spies, and other top secret projects.

Tickets:  $25 – Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. To register visit

Tuesday, 9 August 2011 - Tampa, FL - The AFIO Suncoast FL Chapter features Hon. Gus M. Bilirakis, Republican from Palm Harbor.

Gus Bilirakis was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, to represent Florida's Ninth Congressional District, which includes portions of Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties. He is currently serving his third term in the United States House of Representatives. Gus currently serves on the Committees on Homeland Security, Veterans' Affairs and Foreign Affairs. Gus has been appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and
Communication, a vital post for the state of Florida. In this role he will oversee the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and will work to enhance emergency preparedness across the nation. He has also been named Vice Chairman of the Veteran's Affairs Committee, where he will advocate for veterans and oversee the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, Gus is a member of the Republican Party's Whip Team, is Chair of the Veterans' Affairs Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee, and is Co-Chairman of the Military Veterans Caucus.
Please RSVP no later than August 5th with the names of any guests. Refer to the information "To attend our Meeting" in the chapter newsletter for important details. Check-in at 1130 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our speaker, the Hon. Gus Bilirakis. We have maintained the all-inclusive cost at $15. The cash wine and soda bar will open at 1100 hours for those that wish to come early to socialize. Further info at or contact Wallace S. Bruschweiler, Sr. at

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:
Location: North Carolina Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh, NC

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