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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
China Warns US Over Spy Planes. The warning comes after it was reported this week that two Chinese Sukhoi-27 fighters had chased a US U-2 reconnaissance jet and had briefly strayed into Taiwanese airspace.
Taiwan confirmed it had dispatched two F-16 fighters to intercept the Chinese jets, which quickly backtracked.
"We demand that the United States respects China's sovereignty and security interests and takes concrete measures to boost a healthy and stable development of military relations," said a spokesman for the Chinese Defence ministry to the Global Times, a state-run newspaper.
The defense ministry called on the US to halt the flights, calling them a "major obstacle" to good relations and saying that they had "severely harmed" mutual trust. [Moore/Telegraph/27July2011]
U.S. Report: Russia Tied to Embassy Blast in Georgia. U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a classified report late last year that Russia's military intelligence was responsible for a bomb blast that occurred at an exterior wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September.
The highly classified report about the Sept. 22 incident was described to The Washington Times by two U.S. officials who have read it. They said the report supports the findings of the Georgian Interior Ministry, which traced the bombing to a Russian military intelligence officer.
The Times reported last week that Shota Utiashvili, director of information and analysis for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the embassy blast and others in his country were the work of a Russian military intelligence officer named Maj. Yevgeny Borisov. [Lake/WashingtonTimes/26July2011]
Somali-Canadian Women Recruited by Terror Group, US Politicians Told. Terrorist recruiters are targeting young Somali-Canadian women to take up arms, the head of the Canadian Somali Congress told U.S. politicians Wednesday.
In testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Ahmed Hussen suggested the reason may be the increased police and security-service attention that's been paid to the recruitment of "dozens" of young Somali-Canadian men from Ottawa and Toronto in recent years.
"Lately, the recruiters have turned their attention to the facilitation of young Canadian Somali women into joining al-Shabab," Hussen said in a prepared statement. [MacLeod/OttawaCitizen/28July2011]
US Accuses Iran of 'Secret Deal' with al-Qaida to Take Cash, Recruits to, Pakistan. The Obama administration accused Iran on Thursday of entering into a "secret deal" with an al-Qaida offshoot that provides money and recruits for attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Treasury Department designated six members of the unit as terrorists subject to U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. intelligence community has in the past disagreed about the extent of direct links between the Iranian government and al-Qaida. Thursday's allegations went further than what most analysts had previously said was a murky relationship with limited cooperation.
David S. Cohen, Treasury's point man for terrorism and financial intelligence, said Iran entered a "secret deal with al-Qaida allowing it to funnel funds and operatives through its territory." He didn't provide any details of that agreement, but said the sanctions seek to disrupt al-Qaida's work in Iraq and deny the terrorist group's leadership much-needed support. [Read more: WashingtonPost/28July2011]
DIA Director: Share Info, Share it Fast. The increased sharing of information and the increased speed of information are crucial to future military operations, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. said Tuesday.
The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency spoke to about 200 people at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Burgess addressed both the Program of Terrorism and Security Studies and the Seminar on Transatlantic Civil Security.
The DIA deploys 875 people in theaters around the world. Now, experts are leaving the Washington, D.C., region and working right alongside those fighting in wars.
"Intelligence is just one line of information coming into a commander," Burgess said. "As such, they deserve our best assessment of what is going to happen. They should demand it." [Read more: Wilkers/ExecutiveGov/29July2011]
Ex-Counterterrorism Aide Warns Against Complacency on Al Qaeda. The recently departed director of the nation's main counterterrorism center said Thursday that Al Qaeda in Pakistan still posed a serious threat to the United States, and he warned that assessments that Al Qaeda was on the verge of collapse lacked "accuracy and precision."
The comments by the official, Michael E. Leiter, who stepped down three weeks ago as head of the National Counterterrorism Center, are the most significant pushback to a growing chorus of statements by American officials that the death of Osama bin Laden and years of Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes in Pakistan have brought the United States "within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda," as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta put it recently.
Mr. Leiter said that Al Qaeda's leadership and structure in Pakistan were "on the ropes," but he contended that "the core organization is still there and could launch some attacks" and that "Pakistan remains a huge problem." He noted that the failed plot to blow up an explosives-packed vehicle in Times Square in May 2010 was carried out by a Pakistani-American trained by the Pakistani Taliban. The Qaeda affiliate in Yemen also remains especially dangerous, he added. [Read more: Schmitt/NYTimes/29July2011]
Federal Judge Rules NY Times Reporter Must Testify in CIA Leak Case, But Limits Scope. A federal judge has ruled that a New York Times reporter must testify at the trial of a former CIA officer charged with leaking classified information, but limited the scope of that testimony.
Prosecutors have subpoenaed reporter James Risen to testify at the September trial of Jeffrey Sterling.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled Friday that Risen must testify, but that his testimony be limited to four topics, including that he wrote an article or book chapter and that they are accurate.
Risen's lawyer Joel Kurtzberg on Friday evening called the order "an important victory for the First Amendment" because it limits what Risen can be asked about.
The government alleges Sterling was a key source for a chapter in Risen's 2006 book "State of War," which details a botched CIA effort. [Read more: WashingtonPost/29July2011]
UK Seeks to Question Guantanamo Detainees. British police are seeking to interview Guantanamo Bay detainees as part of an investigation into allegations that one of the country's intelligence officials was complicit in the mistreatment of a terrorism suspect, a television station reported Friday.
Britain's ITV News reported Friday that London's Scotland Yard had requested access to detainees being held at the prison camp in Cuba to discuss claims that an officer from MI6, the U.K.'s overseas intelligence agency, witnessed abuse of suspects by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Police have been investigating allegations that the MI6 officer was complicit in the mistreatment of a non-British citizen since Sept. 2009, when the agency reported the official to the government's chief legal adviser. She ruled that detectives should begin an inquiry.
Both Scotland Yard and Britain's Foreign Office declined to comment on the report that police officers were seeking access to Guantanamo detainees.
"We are not providing a running commentary on this investigation, and we are not prepared to discuss further," police said in an emailed statement.
The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to an inquiry on the subject. [Read more: AP/29July2011]
The Tech that Spooks the Spooks. New 4G mobile phone networks that promise Voice-over-IP calls and faster data transfer will be great for ordinary users, but could cause a headache for the FBI. That's according to a newly released document from the US law enforcement agency, which says the amount of data being transmitted over wireless networks is set to increase, making it harder for agents to reliably gain the intelligence they need.
This is just one of the insights found in the Emerging Technologies Research Bulletin, a quarterly FBI newsletter produced by the agency's Operational Technology Division. The Federation of American Scientists used the Freedom of Information Act to acquire a copy of the unclassified document, though some sections on the impact of new technology on law enforcement were redacted by the FBI. [Read more: Aron/NewScientist/29July2011]
Spying Allegations Moving Closer to Uribe's Door. A criminal judge has ordered the arrest of a close aide of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe who was the keynote speaker at a Panamanian political gathering a week before.
Former Secretary General of the Presidency, Bernardo Moreno, was arrested for his alleged involvement in spying by the secret police.
This is the first court decision that goes directly to the doors of what was Uribe's office, against whom so far there is no formal process or investigation.
Uribe, was the keynote speaker at the Panamenista congress in Panama a week before, a choice that surprised some political commentators. [Read more: NewsRoomPanama/30July2011]
CIA Chief Leaves Pakistan. U.S. and Pakistani officials say the top U.S. intelligence official in Islamabad has returned home because of medical reasons.
The Central Intelligence Agency's station chief, who oversaw the intelligence team that found Osama bin Laden, is not expected to return.
The man cannot be named because he is undercover and the CIA has not commented on the matter.
It is the second time in seven months that the top U.S. intelligence officer has left the post in Pakistan. The previous station chief had to leave after a Pakistani official admitted that his identity had been leaked, causing a security breach. [Read more: VOA/30July2011]
Afghans Arrest Alleged Army Turncoat, Taliban Propaganda Chief. Afghanistan's intelligence agency says it has arrested a senior Defense Ministry official who's alleged to have leaked secrets that helped the Taliban stage suicide attacks in the capital.
Gul Mohammad is an army officer who was in charge of three checkpoints in Kabul - one near NATO headquarters and the presidential palace and two others on a road where the coalition has a number of bases and training facilities. The intelligence service says insurgents offered Mohammad the equivalent of about $2,300 in Pakistani rupees for which he alleged supplied information on Afghan army troop movements. [Read more: NECN/30July2011]
Verdict 'Soon' on US Hikers in Iran. The trial of three US hikers detained two years ago on espionage charges was completed Sunday and a verdict will be issued "soon," Al-Alam television said, quoting Iran's general prosecutor.
"The last session was held today in Bench 15 of the Revolutionary Court," Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie told the Arabic-language channel.
"The final defence of the accused was heard. The end of the legal examination was announced and the verdict will be issued soon," said Ejeie, who also acts as spokesman for the judiciary in the Islamic republic.
The session was held behind closed doors without the presence of one of the accused, Sarah Shourd, who is on bail, the channel added.
Their lawyer Masoud Shafii told AFP that the verdict on Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal should be issued within a week. [Read more: Pouladi /AP/1Augustg2011]
Prosecutor: 5 SKoreans Arrested Over Espionage. A South Korean prosecutor says officials have arrested five South Koreans on suspicions of spying for North Korea.
Prosecutor Lee Jin-han said Monday the five are suspected of forming an underground organization to supply military secrets and other information to North Korea's so-called "225" spy department. [Read more: SacBee/1August2011]
Looking Towards East: Pakistan Spy Chief on a Mission to Beijing. As military ties with the United States continued to sour, the head of Pakistan's leading intelligence agency flew to Beijing on a secret trip that is seen as part of Islamabad's wider efforts to reduce its dependence on Washington and open a "broad-based strategic dialogue" with Beijing.
The visit by Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), comes just weeks after a trip by another senior Pakistani military commander to Beijing and on the heels of the sudden departure of the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) station chief in Islamabad.
Last month Lt. Gen Wahid Arshad, the Chief of General Staff, undertook a week-long trip to China to discuss what the officials in Islamabad described as "the option of a strategic dialogue between the two countries on the pattern of the engagement between Pakistan and the United States."
"General Pasha was due to leave for Beijing on Sunday evening," disclosed a security official requesting anonymity. He would not give further details of his itinerary nor the exact nature of his trip.
The ISI has refused to confirm or deny the visit.
When approached, a senior official of the intelligence agency told The Express Tribune that such visits are classified and he cannot offer any comment on it.
The back-to-back trips by senior military and intelligence officials to China are believed to be necessitated by the simmering tensions between Pakistan and the US. [Read more: Pakistan/1August2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Are Chinese Spies Getting an Easy Ride? Since 2008, there have been at least 57 defendants in US federal prosecutions involving Chinese espionage or efforts to pass classified information, technology or trade secrets to operatives in China, according to a May 7 Associated Press report.
Armed with legal tools, and a sense of urgency fuelled by reports to US Congress citing a paramount risk to American technological superiority, the FBI enthusiastically goes after spies in their midst. One US judge, in the 2010 case of a former B-2 bomber engineer convicted of sending cruise missile technology to the Chinese, said he wanted to send a signal to China to "stop sending your spies here." [Meyer/EmbassyMag/27July2011]
Five Popular Espionage Techniques of the Former Soviet Union. The art of spying has been used for centuries and is still used today.
This form of intelligence gathering is a staple of any government; and, no government perfected this art better than the former Soviet Union.
The Soviets came up with ingenious ways to steal and pass secrets from their opposing governments. The most common targets were the U.K, France, Italy and Germany.
However, as the Cold War escalated, the U.S. became another target. Below are 5 popular espionage techniques used by the former Soviet Union in its attempts to steal secrets. [Gelling/TopSecretWriters/27July2011]
What MI5's Records on My Father Tell Us About the Uses of Surveillance. I'd like to believe the security service have got better at sorting out the public from the private, the lethal from the harmless
I was two years old when my activities first came to the attention of MI5. In 1952, nothing if not thorough, a security service officer carefully filed a copy of an article written by my father in the Daily Worker about the books good Communists should encourage their children to read. The answer, my father wrote, was complicated by the age factor. "My son (aged 2˝) adores Tootles the Train but would scarcely enjoy Kidnapped yet."
And there the truth about Tootles and me might have remained. But someone in MI5 decided last year it was time to place 12 files of surveillance records on my father, covering the years 1938 to 1960, in the public domain. Why his files were released, I have no way of knowing. But they are in the National Archives and I have read them. They reveal lots about my parents. But they also say lots that is freshly topical this week about the logic and limits of attempts to monitor political threats.
It was never a secret that my father, Arnold Kettle, was a Communist. He joined the Communist party in 1936 as an undergraduate at Cambridge and he was still a member when he died 50 years later. He spent most of his life as a university English teacher, wrote Marxist books on the novel, and was on the CP's inner executive committee. All this was public knowledge. But my father was also a member of the 1930s Cambridge Apostles, along with the spies Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess, both of whom he knew, and he made occasional visits behind the Iron Curtain after the war. Was there, perhaps, more to his political activities than he ever admitted? Was he even in some way a spy? [Kettle/Guardian/28July2011]
CIA's 1981 Worries for the King Juan Carlos' Safety. The CIA feared that King Juan Carlos risked assassination following the attempted coup d'état of February 23 1981. The King was unequivocally opposed to the coup, recently declassified documents confirmed.
His reaction was crucial to aborting it, they said, although he knew that the dangers to himself would not necessarily cease when Antonio Tejero, the coup's figurehead, left the parliament building with his men next day.
Many more key military figures would have backed the coup if it had not been crushed so rapidly, the CIA suspected. Its agents had infiltrated the Spanish armed forces decades earlier but were still surprised at the extent of opposition to the democratic process.
This outstripped estimates, agents told their Langley chiefs in reports and memorandums which observed with disquiet the tensions between the royal household and military hardliners opposed to the transition to democracy. [Read more: EuroWeeklyNews/29July2011]
Exiled Cuban Pilots Remember the Congo War. In the early 1960s, Cuban exile pilots supplied by the CIA battled against Communist forces in a war in the Congo, a former Belgian colony.
"Many Cuban exiles said 'I had absolutely no idea that this took place and I was living in Miami at the time,'" said Frank Villafana, who is author of a book about the mission called "Cold War in the Congo."
More than one hundred pilots did tours with the secret air force. Most were recruited in Miami, and despite being bitter about the defeat at the Bay of Pigs, the CIA was able to find plenty of exile pilots willing to take another shot at Fidel Castro. This time they won.
"It was going to be Cuban against Cuban and we were happy about it," says Freddy Flaquer, 73. [Read more: Tester/NBCMiami/30July2011]
Codebook Shows an Encryption Form Dates Back to Telegraphs. If not for a computer scientist's hobby of collecting old telegraph codebooks, a crucial chapter in modern cryptography might have been lost to history.
The collector is Steven M. Bellovin, a professor of computer science at the Columbia University School of Engineering and a former computer security researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories. On a recent trip to Washington he found himself with a free afternoon and decided to spend it at the Library of Congress, looking for codebooks that weren't in his collection.
In the 19th century codebooks were used not so much for secrecy as for compression, to bring down the prohibitive cost of telegraph communication. (The first trans-Atlantic cables cost $5 a word.) Designers devised lists of words to replace phrases and even sentences.
But when Dr. Bellovin hunted though the card catalog, his interest was piqued by an 1882 codebook whose title included the word "secrecy."
"I thought, 'O.K., let me go see how they did it,' " he recalled. "When I read the two-page preface, my jaw dropped." [Read more: Markoff/NYTimes/25July2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
What Should We Believe About Al-Qaida? Almost everything we learn about Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden these days is coming from anonymous U.S. officials.
Global PostWednesday, for instance, U.S. officials told us via The Washington Post that Al-Qaida was on the verge of being totally wiped out. The comments echoed earlier ones from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the former C.I.A. director, who earlier said that only a couple dozen more Al-Qaida militants needed to be killed before the war was over.
Last week the officials were talking to the Wall Street Journal. They told the paper that Al-Qaida would likely be shifting the focus of its attacks to Western targets outside of the United States. They said this was because it had become too difficult for them to strike inside the United States.
The Wall Street Journal said the U.S. officials had come to this conclusion based on evidence gleaned from flash drives found in the compound where bin Laden was killed. Much of the information we are learning about bin Laden and Al-Qaida, in fact, is said (by U.S. officials) to be coming from those flash disks, as well as a computer.
It was from the computer, for instance, that U.S. officials learned that bin Laden liked porn. Everyone ran with that story. It was great story. Not only was it sure to drive traffic, combining two of the most searched items on the internet these days (porn and bin Laden), but it also tweaks the legacy of a man who claimed that a strict adherence to Islam is what guided him in his global campaign of terror. [Gelling/Salon/27July2011]
Spy Geeks Want Holodeck Tech for Intel Analysts. The holodeck: a room that can create an interactive 3-D hologram of just about any environment you can think of. It's been the dream of Star Trek nerds ever since The Next Generation debuted on TV. Well brace yourself, Trekkies, and try not to soil those Starfleet unitards in glee. The U.S. intelligence community had heard your prayers and is now taking a step towards building its own holographic simulator.
Iarpa, the intelligence community's advanced research outfit, announced this month that's it's embarking on a Synthetic Holographic Observation (SHO) program, a quest to build a system that lets intel analysts collaborate with each other using interactive 3-D holographic displays.
Before you get too excited, SHO isn't going to be an exact replica of the holodeck. Instead of a geometrically patterned room on board the Enterprise, the holograms will come from workstations here on earth. While Iarpa's announcement promises "dynamic, color, high-performance" holograms, the all-around holographic environment that's indistinguishable from reality is still a long ways off. In the meantime, Iarpa's program will rely on synthetic, electronically reproduced light fields.
SHO is bringing part of the holodeck concept one small step closer to reality, though. The program is aimed at generating 3-D displays that let analysts get a better feel for the mountains of imagery that the intelligence community collects. In particular, SHO needs to render conventional imagery and LIDAR (light detection and ranging) into holographic light fields. LIDAR bounces beams of light off objects in a manner not too different from conventional radar, allowing users to quickly make 3-D images and maps. [Read more: Rawnsley/Wired/30July2011]
Intelligence Failure in Libya. The killing of the Libyan rebel military commander, Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis, suspected of working for Moammar Gadhafi despite abandoning the Libyan leader in February, is an ominous and embarrassing development that raises further questions about the ill-prepared NATO intervention.
The haste with which the West has embraced the Transitional National Council (TNC), which now has access to frozen Gadhafi regime assets and is setting up embassies in London and Paris, is staggering considering that the rebels were an unknown quantity only months ago. The TNC was recognized by Washington last week as the legitimate government of Libya.
The West's earlier lack of knowledge about the Libyan opposition is an indictment in itself. What were the CIA and MI6 doing in Libya if they were unable to inform their political masters about the potential opposition to Gadhafi? Were they so certain that the dictator would remain in power until his death? It was probably the same "credible channels" that fed British Foreign Secretary William Hague the wrong information last February that Gadhafi was on his way to exile in Venezuela.
The rebels themselves apparently had doubts about the allegiance of Younis, who had been part of Gadhafi's inner circle before he defected to great fanfare. Did NATO share those doubts? [Read more: Penketh/TheHill/29July2011]
Editorial: Russia Is Not Our Friend. Russia: U.S. intelligence has apparently concluded that Moscow was behind last September's bombing of the U.S. Embassy in the nation of Georgia. But the Obama administration still thinks Russia is our friend.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In the 1970s, President Carter celebrated America's liberation from its "inordinate fear of communism" and boasted after the 1979 Vienna Summit that "President Brezhnev and I developed a better sense of each other as leaders and as men." Less than six months later, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
Today, President Obama takes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Ray's Hell Burgers in Arlington, Va., and touts as his greatest foreign policy achievement an arms control treaty that Russia's defense minister has publicly said will give Moscow a veto over U.S. anti-missile system deployments.
Cold War or post-Cold War, America's politicians of the left want to kiss the cheeks - all four - of whomever seems to be running Russia. Medvedev is a mere puppet; his master is ex-KGB luminary Vladimir Putin, a thug likely to return to Russia's presidency and who is widely suspected of being behind the assassination of his London-based critic, author Alexander Litvinenko.
The KGB-agent-turned writer died after someone slipped radioactive Polonium-210 into his tea.
Litvinenko is a reminder of a Russia that might no longer be controlled by the Communist Party but which remains engaged in what is now a more subtle war with the West, in particular the U.S. [Read more: InvestorsBusinessDaily/28July2011]
Section IV - Books, Document Releases, and Coming Events
Books and Document Releases
Foes in our Homes: "Indian Mujahideen' opens a window to the world of terror within the country, observes A V S Namboodiri. This book, which studies the origin and growth of a home-grown terrorist network in India in the last two decades, has a special relevance after the serial explosions in Mumbai this month.
Investigations into the Mumbai outrage have pointed to the possibility of the attack having been planned and executed by persons within the country.
This is different from the usual knee-jerk response of blaming external agents for terrorist actions in the country. While terrorists born and trained outside the country have staged spectacular attacks, like the 26/11 Mumbai attack, Indians themselves were responsible for most such actions in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Varanasi and many other places.
Therefore, it is important that we get a good understanding of the phenomenon of home-grown terrorism if we have to ensure that our cities, religious places, centres of social life and symbols of power are safe. Peace in society, economic progress and the country's political strength depend much on this understanding, on how we address the resentment and grievances that give rise to native terrorism and on what we do at the level of policing and intelligence to deal with it.
This book will make a major contribution to that understanding. It is written by a journalist who has covered internal security, defence, diplomacy and strategic affairs for many years and has a close understanding of the events and issues in these areas.
He brings a journalist's curiosity, a researcher's eye for detail and hard work and an analyst's perspective to the subject and opens a window to the world of terror within the country. Basically it is the story of the Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist group that rose and spread from the ultra-conservative Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), itself formed in 1977 as the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami.
While it is the sense of insecurity and grievances related to the socio-economic conditions of the majority of the Indian Muslims that led many young people to take to the extremist path, this would not have happened without wrong interpretations of religion and more importantly, without active involvement, encouragement and sponsorship from outside the country.
The writer relates homegrown terrorism to the international jihadist movement and looks at the roles played by Pakistan's Inter-Services intelligence (ISI) and the links with groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al-Qaeda in nurturing the Indian groups. Even the testimonies of Pakistani double agent David Coleman Headley, which came out recently, are taken into consideration for the light it throws on the activities of Indian terrorists. [Read more: DeccanHerald/2July2011]
What's New at CIA's FOIA? - The Pfeiffer History of the Bay of Pigs - just released
The CIA history of the Bay of Pigs operation in 1961, originally classified top secret, based on dozens of interviews with key operatives and officials and hundreds of CIA documents. The four volumes include information never before released and comprise (I) Air Operations, March 1960-1961; (II) Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy; (III) Evolution of CIA’s Anti-Castro Policies, 1959-January 1961; and (IV) The Taylor Committee Investigation of the Bay of Pigs.
Volume I - Air Operations, March 1960-April 1961
Volume II - Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy 92
Volume III - Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1951-January 1961
Volume IV - The Taylor Committee Investigation of the Bay of Pigs
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in August, September, and October 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.
4 August 2011 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest Region.
The topic will be on the evolving unrest in the Middle East to include events that started in Tunisia, moved to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and more recently Syria and the resulting ramifications regarding the security of Israel. The presentation will touch on cooperation between US and Israeli intelligence. The meeting location will be confirmed upon receipt of registration. 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-members accompanied by a member. No walk-ins allowed. Seating is limited. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) at email@example.com and mail a check made out to "AFIO" by 7/27/11 to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011
Saturday, 6 August 2011, 11:30 am -- Melbourne, FL -- the AFIO Satellite Chapter luncheon followed by General Bud O'Connor's talk, "To the Moon."
This luncheon will be held at the At Ease Club in the Indian River Colony Club, Melbourne, FL. Check-in and cash bar at 11:30 am, lunch ($18) at 12:30 pm, followed by speaker. To register or for more information, contact Donna Czarnecki at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.spymuseum.org
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 www.suncoastafio.org or contact Wallace S. Bruschweiler, Sr. at email@example.com
Friday, 12 August 2011 - McLean, VA - AFIO National Summer Luncheon features Michael Rogers, the Chairman of the HPSCI, and DIA Director Ronald Burgess
REGISTER NOW for the AFIO National Summer Luncheon. MORNING speaker [11 a.m.] will be the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Michael J. Rogers (R-MI 8th District) former FBI Remarks are ON THE RECORD. The 1 p.m. speaker is the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, Jr., USA. Check in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m. Chairman Mike Rogers gives address at 11 a.m. DIA Director Burgess will give his talk at 1 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. 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 To Be Certain of Space
13 August 2011 - Orange Park / Gainesville, FL - The AFIO North Florida Chapter meets at the Country Club to hear Colonel Will G. Merrill, Jr., U.S. Army (Retired), USMA graduate.
This meeting’s special guest and speaker will be Colonel Will G. Merrill, Jr., U.S. Army (Retired).
A native of Ashland, Wisconsin, he graduated from the United States
Military Academy at West Point in the Class of 1958. After graduation,
he was assigned as a platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division at
Fort Bragg, NC from 1959 to 1961. Following that assignment, he
commanded a Hawk surface-to-air missile battery at Fort Bliss, TX and
Bad Aibling, Germany from 1961- 64. In 1966-67, he was an advisor to a
Vietnamese Army 155 mm Artillery Battalion in Pleiku, Vietnam. During
1969-70, he served as Operations Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division
on the Demilitarized Zone in the Republic of Korea during a period of
intense crisis. From 1974-75 he was Battalion Commander of the 1/7th Air
Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, TX. From 1983-1989 he was the NATO
Liaison Officer to Greece, stationed at the Greek Pentagon in Athens,
during which time he narrowly escaped two assassination plots. He
retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel in 1989. He is a
graduate of the Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army
Ranger Course, the Army Airborne Course, the Armed Forces Staff College
and the DOD Language School courses in Spanish and Greek. He has also
earned a Master’s Degree in Business from Webster College. Following his
retirement from military service he became Vice President of a
nationwide Home Inspection Service and later Vice President of a
Wireless Communications Company. His personal decorations include the
Department of Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit, Bronze
Star Medal, Four Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal and
Vietnamese Honor Medal. His sons Bill and Michael are also West Point
graduates. Bill, also an Army Colonel, has completed two tours of duty
in Iraq and extensive duty in other Mid-East countries. His
granddaughter, Jeanell, is an Army 1st Lieutenant who has also served in
Iraq. Will is married to the former Barbara Michel, of Brooklyn, New
York. His daughters Mary Merrill Quinn and Susan Tsantes, live in
Minneapolis and Framingham, MA. His son, Michael, lives in Jacksonville
and is the founder of Smartphones Technologies. He will be speaking
about his many and diverse Army experiences, and has recently authored a
book on the Heros of 9/11.
Please RSVP right away for the 13 August 2011 meeting to Quiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-545-9549.The cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the event.
24 - 26 August 2011 - Raleigh, NC - "Spies Among Us - The Secret World of Illegals" - theme of the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference
Special guests/speakers: Michael Hayden, former DCIA and DIRNSA; Michael Sulick, former Director of the National Clandestine Service, CiA
Brian Kelley, CIA & Professor at Institute of World Politics;
Nigel West - world-famous intelligence author/speaker - former Member of Parliament;
Dan Mulvenna - RCMP/CASIS
Writer's Roundtable to feature Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan, 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 media and 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 will present a few booklets 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: www.raleighspyconference.com
Location: North Carolina Museum of History, Downtown Raleigh, NC
12 September 2011 - Washington, DC - DACOR-DIAA Forum hosts speaker on Islamic Doctrine of Shariah.
Lieutenant General Harry Edward Soyster, USA (Ret.), and John Guandolo will speak on the Islamic Doctrine of Shariah. The speakers were on the team that wrote Shariah: The Threat to America. General Soyster was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has served as Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, US Army Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, and 24th Infantry Division chief of staff. He served in Korea and in combat in Vietnam. Following retirement, he became vice president for international operations for Military Professional Resources, Inc. John Guandolo advises internationally on the Global Islamic Movement. In the FBI, he served in the Counterterrorism Division, investigated narcotics trafficking, was the bureau’s liaison to the Capitol Police, and created and implemented the bureau’s Counterterrorism Training and Education Course. A Naval Academy graduate, he was commissioned into the Marine Corps and served in combat in the first Gulf War. This Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests.DACOR members reserve directly with DACOR (202-682-0500, Extension 15). All others reserve by 5 September by mailing a check for $25 per person (payable to DIAA, Inc) to DIAA (Attn: Forum), 256 Morris Creek Road, Cullen, Virginia 23934. Give your name and the names of your guests, your email address, and your telephone number. To get a refund if you are not a DACOR member, you must cancel by noon on 8 September by email to diaalumni.org or by telephone to 571-426-0098. Event location is: DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F St NW, Washington, DC.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 7:00 p.m. - Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy: An Evening with Jonna and Tony Mendez at the International Spy Museum.
Dine with Tony and Jonna Mendez, both former CIA chiefs of disguise, who will share their stories of how they used their artistry to enable intelligence officers and agents to slip away from surveillance, clandestinely infiltrate and exfiltrate denied areas, hide top secret information, and pass stolen secrets. Both officers spent their careers in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, often compared to Q’s laboratory in the James Bond stories. The Mendezes will recount their extraordinary disguise exploits evading the KGB, Stasi, and DGI, and you’ll learn how George Clooney and Ben Affleck are immortalizing Mr. Mendez’s most famous exploit “The Canadian Caper” in a movie set to release in 2012. You will be one of only 20 guests at Zola for a three-course dinner and wine-pairing where you’ll talk with the Mendezes about their remarkable careers and their thoughts on today’s intelligence issues. Tickets: $200 - Please call Laura at 202-654-0932 to register.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - "L'AFFAIRE FAREWELL" at the International Spy Museum
"One of the most important spy cases of the 20th century." –former French foreign minister, Hubert Védrine
This riveting film is loosely based on the real life story of Vladimir Vetrov, a high ranking KGB intelligence officer who revealed the USSR's efforts to steal technical, industrial, and scientific secrets from the West. From 1980 to 1982, Vetrov, using the codename "Farewell," secretly passed over 4,000 classified documents to the French. The materials exposed Soviet penetrations and the official list of Line X officers operating secretly in embassies around the world plumbing Western science and technology to keep the Soviets competitive. The 2009 French film L'affaire Farewell portrays the results of Vetrov's espionage—how it enabled Western intelligence to root out nearly 200 spies destroying Soviet ability to steal technology. The roll-up crippled Soviet technology efforts which had run on stolen Western research and forced the USSR into a weakened position at an extremely critical time during the Cold War. A post-screening discussion of this engaging thriller will be lead by International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest who served as a CIA case officer in Europe during the Cold War.
In French and Russian with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by Road Scholar organization.
Tickets: $9 – Cash bar. To purchase tickets visit www.spymuseum.org
Monday, 26 September 2011 - Boston, MA - CIA's Historical Collections Division Conference "Piercing the Iron Curtain: The Use of Technology to Resolve the Missile Gap" at JFK Presidential Library
Scope: The Missile Gap was an episode in American history that was in effect a misperception of the rate of soviet ICBM deployment relative to US ICBM deployment. The United States and USSR were in a race to develop long range missiles. Because of the tight Soviet security, the US had little evidence about the USSRs progress developing intercontinental ballistic missiles. At the outset, ignorance of the Soviet ICBM program abounded, projections of potential missile production became estimates, Soviet ICBM testing , Khrushchev's boasting, USAF mirror imaging, and setbacks in US ICBM development yielded wild estimates of a critical gap between US and the Soviet ICBM capabilities. CIA developed new collection, processing and analytic capabilities that ultimately solved the "Gap" issue—for all but the USAF. 185 documents. EVENT LOCATION: JFK Presidential Library, Boston, MA. Details about event to follow from AFIO as we get closer to event.
27 September 2011, 5:30 - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Metro features Dr. Draitser on "Stalin's Romeo Spy."
SPEAKER: Emil Draitser, Ph.D., Professor Russian Studies, Hunter College of the City of New York.
TOPIC: "STALIN'S ROMEO SPY" - His book about the remarkable rise and fall of the KGB's most daring operative Dmitri Bystrolyotov. Details at www.stalinsromeospy.com
Event location: "3 West Club" 3 West 51st St, New York City. Buffet dinner. Cash bar. $40/person. 5:30 PM Registration 6:00 PM Meeting Start
Reservations: Strongly Suggested, Not Required: Seating is limited. Replies/RSVP to email@example.com
Wednesday, 05 October 2011, 8:15am - 3:10pm - Laurel, MD - General Membership Meeting of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.
Program: 0815-0900: registration & breakfast;
0900-0915: Welcome by NCMF President, Eugene Becker;
0915-0945: opening address by NSA Director or Deputy Director;
0945-1000: NCM update by
Museum Curator Patrick Weadon;
1000-1115: panel discussion on "International Relations with Iran"
by Amb Bruce Laingen and Kenneth Timmerman, author and investigative reporter;
1115-1200: Cyber Security Legal issues by Stewart Baker,
former general counsel, NSA, author of Skating on Stilts;
1200-1300: lunch and auditorium video presentation of
Dedication of National Vigilance Park to
commemorate the sacrifices of aerial reconnaissance
1300-1400: keynote address by James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; 1400-1410: break; 1410-1440: new museum project and capital campaign update by Lt. Gen. Ken Minihan, MG Rod Isler and Brig Gen Neal Robinson; 1440-1500 the role of the NSA Center for Cryptologic History by Col William Williams; and 1500-1510: closing remarks by Brig Gen Billy Bingham.
LOCATION: JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center - 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, Laurel, MD 20723-6099 tel: 240-228-7574.
FEE: $15 to NCMF members, $40 per guest. NCMF fee includes breakfast & lunch, and a.m. Refreshments. Shuttle service is available from 0800-0900 and from 1500-1545. Handicap parking is limited.
A silent auction, vintage book sale, and the CWF [NSA's Civilian Welfare Fund] gift shop sale will be held in the lobby area through 1300. Cryptologic artifacts will be on display.
REGISTRATION: Mail registration form with your check or credit card information by 07 September 2011 to NCMF, PO Box 1682 Ft Meade Md 20755. Checks payable to NCMF are preferred method of payment.
Symposium assistance: please call (301) 688-2336 or 301-688-5436 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 6 October 2011, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - American Traitors, Fathers and Sons: The John Walker and Jim Nicholson Family Spy Stories at the International Spy Museum.
How could you do this to your son?" –Mike Wallace to John Walker on 60 Minutes
When the family business is espionage, dynamics and dysfunction take on a whole new meaning. From inside a federal prison, former CIA operative Jim Nicholson directed his son Nathan on a global trek to collect the pension promised to him by his handlers for spying on behalf of Russia. From 2006 to 2008, Nathan smuggled his father’s messages to Russian intelligence officers on three continents in exchange for cold cash. The father-son exploits echoed those of notorious spy John Walker, the retired Navy communications specialist who in 1983 lured his pliable son Michael into his spy ring. The Walkers orchestrated one of the most devastating security breaches in U.S. history. Brian Kelley, a retired CIA counterintelligence operative, along with Bryan Denson, an investigative reporter for The Oregonian, will present the eerie parallels between Walker and Nicholson. Using video interviews with the spies and their sons, they will explain how Walker, who once declared, “Kmart has better security than the Navy,” and Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage, lured their sons into the “family business” of spying. Kelley and Denson will examine the human cost of treachery as inflicted by two traitorous dads on the sons who loved them.
Tickets: $15.00. To register visit www.spymuseum.org
Thursday-Friday, 6 - 7 October 2011 - Laurel, MD - The NSA's Center for Cryptologic History hosts their Biennial Cryptologic History Symposium with theme: Cryptology in War and Peace: Crisis Points in History.
The National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History sponsors the Cryptologic History Symposium every two years. The next one will be held 6-7 October 2011. Historians from the Center, the Intelligence Community, the defense establishment, and the military services, as well as distinguished scholars from American and foreign academic institutions, veterans of the profession, and the interested public all will gather for two days of reflection and debate on topics from the cryptologic past. The theme for the upcoming conference will be: “Cryptology in War and Peace: Crisis Points in History.” This topical approach is especially relevant as the year 2011 is an important anniversary marking the start of many seminal events in our nation’s military history. The events that can be commemorated are many. Participants will delve into the roles of signals intelligence and information assurance, and not just as these capabilities supported military operations. More cogently, observers will examine how these factors affected and shaped military tactics, operations, strategy, planning, and command and control throughout history. The role of cryptology in preventing conflict and supporting peaceful pursuits will also be examined. The panels will include presentations in a range of technological, operational, organizational, counterintelligence, policy, and international themes. Past symposia have featured scholarship that set out new ways to consider out cryptologic heritage, and this one will be no exception. The mix of practitioners, scholars, and the public precipitates a lively debate that promotes an enhanced appreciation for the context of past events. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Kossiakoff Center, in Laurel, Maryland, a location central to the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. As has been the case with previous symposia, the conference will provide unparalleled opportunities for interaction with leading historians and distinguished experts. So please make plans to join us for either one or both days of this intellectually stimulating conference. Dr. Kent Sieg, the Center’s Symposium Executive Director, 301-688-2336 or via email at email@example.com. Registration form is here.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Dana Priest on "Top Secret America" at the International Spy Museum
An exposé of what this Washington Post reporter claims is a new, secret “Fourth Branch” of American government.
When Dana Priest began researching a Washington Post series on national security following 9/11, she found a top-secret world that, to her, seems to have become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. Reporter Priest, author of Top Secret America, will reveal how she investigated this shadow world and the enormous consequences of this invisible universe of over 1,300 government facilities, nearly 2,000 outside contractors, and more than 850,000 people granted “Top Secret” security clearance. The result may be that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is, according to this journalist, putting the U.S. in greater danger. Priest will also screen some segments from the recent FRONTLINE documentary developed in conjunction with her book.
Tickets: $9.00. To register visit www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 20 October 2011, noon - Washington, DC - A Vast and Fiendish Plot: The Confederate Attack on New York City - at the International Spy Museum
Ballroom to Battlefield Civil War Program
In 1864, Manhattan had a population of 880,000…a population that came perilously close to death on the evening of 25 November. Six Confederate saboteurs planned to destroy the North’s largest city with a string of 21 separate fires set simultaneously with the goal of engulfing the city in flames. This terrorist plot was the brainchild of the Confederate Secret Service. They had hoped to target a number of northern cities including Boston, Chicago, and Cincinnati to show how easily the Confederacy could strike at Federal cities. Clint Johnson, author of A Vast and Fiendish Plot, will explore this little-known plan for sabotage, explain its links to Canada, and reveal why the saboteurs ultimately failed. Johnson will also speculate on how the saboteurs could have accomplished what would have been the worst terrorist attack in American history.
Tickets: Free. No registration required. More information at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 26 October 2011, noon - Washington, DC - MH/CHAOS: The CIA's Campaign Against the Radical Left and the Black Panthers
Operation MHCHAOS was the code name for a secret domestic spying program conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the late 1960s and early 1970s charged with unmasking any foreign influences on the student antiwar movement. CIA counterintelligence officer Frank Rafalko was a part of the operation. The New York Times revealed MHCHAOS in 1974, then Congress investigated, and MHCHAOS took its place in the pantheon of intelligence abuses. Rafalko, however, says in MH/CHAOS that the operation was justified and that the CIA was the logical agency to conduct it. He’ll defend his perspective with dramatic intelligence collected on the New Left and black radicals.
Tickets: Free. No registration required. More information at www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 27 October 2011 - Washington, DC - CIA Historical Collections Division Conference: "A City Torn Apart; Building the Berlin Wall - 1961"
Scope: For nearly 50 years the German City of Berlin was the living symbol of the Cold War. The Soviets closed the Sector Border dividing East Berlin from West Berlin on August 13th, 1961, effectively establishing what become known as the Berlin Wall. This symposium focused on the events leading up to the establishment of the Berlin Wall. The period covered included the Vienna Conference on 3 June to the confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie on 27 October 1961. EVENT LOCATION: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. Contributors will include NATO, ARMY, JFK & LBJ Presidential Libraries, SHAEF, and State Department. Details about event to follow from AFIO as we get closer to event.
2 November 2011 - Simi Valley, CA - CIA Historical Collections Division Conference: "Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and the End of the Cold War"
Scope: President Reagan and his use of intelligence in the formulation of US-Soviet policy. The symposium will feature high-level former policymakers, intelligence practitioners, intelligence analysts, and historians discussing how the Reagan Administration used intelligence in making policies to end the Cold War. As part of this event, the CIA is releasing a collection of some 200 declassified documents, including intelligence assessments, research papers, National Intelligence Estimates, high-level memos, and briefing materials provided to the Administration during this period. The collection includes several video briefings prepared by the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence and delivered to policymakers on such varied topics as the Soviet space program, the Andropov succession, the Chernobyl disaster, and the Moscow summit. 200 documents. Event Location: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA. Event Partners: Center for the Study of Intelligence, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Details about event to follow from AFIO as we get closer to event
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