AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #30-11 dated 9 August 2011

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Section IV -  Speakers Sought, Assistance Needed, Obituaries, Books and Coming Events

Speakers Sought

Assistance Needed



Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY


Only Ten Seats Remain.

Luncheon features Mike Rogers, Chairman of HPSCI; Gen. Ronald Burgess, Director, DIA;
plus one-on-one author meet & sign by Richard "Dick" Holm, for his just out: The Craft We Choose: My Life in the CIA,
and Ronald Kessler, on his FBI book that settles many long-standing mysteries, claims, and misunderstandings, in The Secrets of the FBI.


FRIDAY, 12 August 2011


MORNING speaker [11 a.m.]

Mike Rogers

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

3-course Beef or Vegetarian Lunch at Noon

1 p.m. speaker

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
and Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command
for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR)
for U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr.

Remarks are ON THE RECORD

Check in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Chairman Mike Rogers gives address at 11 a.m.
Lunch is served at noon.
DIA Director Ronald Burgess will give address at 1 p.m.

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:

Register Now To Be Certain of Space

            Raleigh Spy Conference

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



Obama Administration Reviving Abu Ghraib Scandal. The Obama administration is reviving the Abu Ghraib prison scandal eight years after the fact, with a pending determination about whether a former leader of the CIA interrogation team at the facility will be charged with war crimes.

Retired CIA officer Steve Stormoen ran the unofficial interrogation program and according to an Associated Press report, questioned prisoners without listing them on the Army's record books.

One of the prisoners, Manadel al-Jamadi, died after an interrogation session, and now Attorney General Eric Holder could charge Stormoen with "war crimes."

Retired Army Special Forces Maj. and Vietnam veteran John Plaster says Stormoen is getting an unfair deal because the incident has already been investigated.

"I learned about this story directly from Steve (I've known him for 30 years), and by reading the AP article that was published last week. For five years Steve faced two separate CIA inspector general investigations, which found him not culpable for the death of the terrorist," Plaster said. [Read more: Carl/WND/2August2011] 

Dual Classification of Open Source Information. The US Director of National Intelligence has stated that increasingly heavy use by spies of open source information requires classifying the information to cloak its use. This is exemplified by Anthony Shaffer, a former military spy, in an interview with Government Security News in September 2005 describing the early days of classifying open source information acquired from the Internet. Shaffer made a distinction between the use of open information for intelligence purposes, which had legal restrictions, and use of the information for military operations which did not have those restrictions. This may account for the reliance upon military intelligence to gather domestic information forbidden to spies, that is to classify such information as military in addition to its secrecy classification. (The interview has been withdrawn from GSN but is available on and mirrored on Cryptome.) [Read more:  Cryptome/1August2011] 

New US Tech to Track Terrorists Through Computers That Identify Photograph's Location. U.S. spies are developing technology that would allow computers to pinpoint where in the world a picture was taken.

The system would be used by the military to track down terrorists who are hiding in remote regions, experts said.

Pictures of the targets would be scanned onto a computer that would, within seconds, return an exact match of the terrorist hideout.

Troops would then be deployed to the area to capture the target, the Daily Mail reports.

The futuristic technology could revolutionize the way the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies target terrorists.

U.S.- based Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), which is commissioning the work, said that current technology is not up to the task.

The automatic tracking system would focus on the sort of pictures and tapes that are released by organizations such as Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It is believed that soldiers hunting for Osama Bin Laden may have captured him years earlier had such advanced technology been available at the time. [Read more:  NewsTrackIndia/2August2011]

Global Hawk Is Poised to Replace U-2 Spy Plane. Tucked away here in the Mojave Desert, the assembly plant for the high-flying Global Hawk jet resembles a giant hobby shop.

Work tables surround a handful of fuselages, and an unusually long wing - needed to slip through the thin air at 60,000 feet - is ready to be bolted into place. Open panels await controls for cameras and eavesdropping gear, and bright blue tool bins and parts vats are scattered around the concrete floor.

Just 50 people work in the factory and a test hangar, and only five of the Cessna-size drones will be built this year. But despite a spate of delays, second-guessing and cost overruns, the Global Hawk is once again on track to replace one of America's most iconic aircraft: the U-2 spy plane famed in the cold war and more recently Afghanistan. [Read more:  Drew/NYTimes/3August2011] 

'Mossad Shot Dead' Iranian Scientist. The Israeli secret service Mossad was responsible for the assassination last month of an Iranian scientist in Tehran, Germany's Spiegel Online news website reported.

The killing of Dariush Rezaei-Nejad was "the first serious action taken by the new Mossad chief Tamir Pardo," according to an unidentified Israeli intelligence source quoted by Spiegel Online.

Iranian press reports said Rezaei-Nejad was shot five times by unknown assailants as he and his wife were waiting for their child in front of a kindergarten in Tehran on July 23. His wife was wounded in the attack.

The Iranian government blamed the United States and Israel for the attack, the latest in a series targeting Iranian nuclear scientists who are suspected by the West to be working on a nuclear weapon program. [Read more:  SMH/2August2011] 

NSA is Looking for a Few Good Hackers. The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: Prove it by working on the "hardest problems on Earth."

Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyberwars that pose a growing national security threat - and they are in short supply.

For that reason an alphabet soup of federal agencies - DOD, DHS, NASA, NSA - are descending on Las Vegas this week for Defcon, an annual hacker convention where the $150 entrance fee is cash only - no registration, no credit cards, no names taken. Attendance is expected to top 10,000.

The NSA is among the keen suitors. The spy agency plays offense and defense in the cyberwars. It conducts electronic eavesdropping on adversaries, and it protects U.S. computer networks that hold super-secret material - a prime target for America's enemies. [Read more:  Zackaria/WashingtonPost/2August2011] 

Ex-Afghan Spy Chief Details Hunt for Bin Laden, 10 Year War. Afghan spies had intelligence leads four years ago that pointed to an area close to where Osama bin Laden was hiding, according to the Afghanistan's former spy chief.

But Pervez Musharraf - then Pakistan's president - refused to take action despite receiving detailed reports, said Amrullah Saleh.

CNN cannot independently confirm Saleh's account and Musharraf could not be immediately reached for comment, though he has long denied having knowledge of bin Laden's whereabouts.

But Saleh said his network of spies and informants had in 2007 uncovered al Qaeda safe houses deep inside Pakistan believed to be connected to the once-elusive al Qaeda leader, and that the former Pakistani president had disregarded those reports. [Read more:  Ariosto/CNN/2August2011] 

Former CIA Official Sees Terrorism-Cyber Parallels. Different wars for different times. Cofer Black, a former top CIA counterterrorism official, said on Wednesday he sees parallels between the terrorism threat that emerged before the September 11 attacks a decade ago and the emerging cyber threat now.

The question of validation - judging the severity of the threat and who is behind it - is just as much an issue now as it was in the lead-up to the September 11 attacks, he told an audience of information security experts at the annual Black Hat conference.

Black said he became very familiar with al Qaeda during his 28 years at CIA, including one assassination attempt against himself.

But despite what seemed to be a growing threat from the group "there was a biased view" in the 1990s that, while al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden funded terrorism, they did not initiate attacks.

It was a time when the United States viewed terrorism as mainly a state-sponsored threat and its array of assets to counter that threat was limited, Black said. [Read more:  Zakaria/Reuters/3August2011] 

Washington Dropped the Ball on a Secret Afghan Wireless Communications Company that Might Have Prevented 9/11. Vanity Fair contributing editor David Rose reveals for the first time that in 1999 the Taliban had granted license to an American company, Afghan Wireless Communications, to construct a cell-phone, and, Internet system in Afghanistan. Had the secret deal, named Operation Foxden, been completed, the U.S. would have had complete access to al-Qaeda and Taliban calls and e-mails in a matter of months. "The capability we would have had would have been very good," a former N.S.A. official tells Rose. "Had this network been built with the technology that existed in 2000, it would have been a priceless intelligence asset." But, as Rose reports, "at the critical moment, the Clinton administration put the project on hold, while rival U.S. agencies - the F.B.I., the N.S.A., and the C.I.A. - bickered over who should control it." This "was one tool we could have put in Afghanistan that could have made a difference," says a former C.I.A. official. "Why didn't we put it in? Because we couldn't fucking agree." [Read more:  VanityFair/4August2011] 

Ex-CIA Officers Question Obama Critic's Spying Claims. A columnist for the right-wing Human Events magazine who touts himself as a former CIA paramilitary officer is almost certainly an imposter, according to retired agency operatives and other experts.

In his rants against the Obama administration and the U.S "ruling class," Franklin "Cork" Graham claims he went to El Salvador as a freelance photojournalist in the mid-1980s and was recruited by the CIA. For four years, he says, he was "deployed as a paramilitary officer."

"As a former CIA paramilitary operations officer, I worked for two of your predecessors," Graham claimed in a July 26 "open letter" to President Obama decrying the prosecution of an agency employee on charges of torturing a detainee. "One was a staunch defender of the U.S. Constitution," he writes, apparently referring to Ronald Reagan. "The other was more occupied with the New World Order," apparently George H. W. Bush.

"During that time I also worked for two different Directors of Central Intelligence," Graham goes on to claim. "One was a man I respected greatly" - an apparent reference to William Casey - "one who understood the origins and importance of the Central Intelligence Agency and the real threat of our greatest enemy of the last century."

But according to retired former CIA officer Merle Pribbenow, everything Graham shares about himself - including pictures on his personal Web site - undercuts his claims.

"I certainly wouldn't exclude the possibility that he was a 'witting contact' or perhaps that he had even been recruited to perform one task or another," Pribbenow said in an e-mail. [Read more:  Stein/WashingtonPost/4August2011] 

Judge: Rumsfeld Lawsuit Can Go Forward. A U.S. judge says a former military translator held in Iraq for nine months can sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for alleged torture.

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin, in court documents ruling on the suit filed in Washington, said the unnamed Arabic translator had a constitutional right to sue Rumsfeld for what the translator said was torture and illegal imprisonment.

Rumsfeld had sought to have the case dismissed. 

The translator was assigned to a U.S. Marine Corps Human Exploitation Team operating in U.S. military bases on the Iraq-Syria border in 2005, working with Marines to develop and gather military intelligence in the volatile Anbar Province.  [Read more:  RUPI/4August2011] 

Leaking Military Secrets to US. Clandestinely obtaining secret information on a country or organization and handing it over to another state or group is an act of spying. In this case, another state could mean competitor nations and allies, not to mention enemies. Three people, including Kim Sang-tae, the head of an arms broker who served as chief of staff of the South Korean Air Force from 1982 to 1984, have shocked the nation by being indicted without detention for violating the law on military intelligence protection. This has prompted fears that leaks of confidential information are widespread in the military.

Kim and the two other suspects are alleged to have leaked military secrets on 20 occasions to U.S. arms developer Lockheed Martin from 2004 until early last year. Several of Korea's key military secrets, including the Joint Strategic Operations Plan and the mid-term defense plan, were handed over for money. Kim and his colleagues are said to have received 2.5 billion won (2.4 million U.S. dollars) from Lockheed. Kim founded his company in 1995 but prosecutors cannot investigate what he did before 2003 given the seven-year statute of limitations. So far more military secrets might have been handed over to the U.S. [Read more:  Donga/4August2011] 

An Opinion by Judge on Spy Law Creates a Stir. Proponents of press freedom have praised a ruling last week by a federal judge who protected a writer from being forced to testify in court about his sources for a book on the Central Intelligence Agency. But her opinion included a little-noticed passage: a suggestion that many journalists could be charged with a felony.

In the opinion, released late on Wednesday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said prosecutors could not force the writer - James Risen, who is also a New York Times reporter - to testify about how he learned certain classified information for a book. But she also said that his unauthorized receipt of classified information might be a felony, an assertion that startled media law specialists. [Read more:  Savage/NYTimes/5August2011] 

Cuban Court Upholds Conviction of American for Spying, White House Calls for His Release. Cuba's Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of American Alan Gross on charges of spying. In March a lower court sentenced Gross to 15 years in prison for participating in "a subversive project of the U.S. government that aimed to destroy the revolution through the use of communications systems out of the control of authorities."

The Obama administration has denied Gross was a spy and today called for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.

"We call on the government of Cuba to release Alan Gross immediately and unconditionally, to allow him to return to his family and bring to an end the long ordeal that began well over a year ago," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement. [Read more:  ABCNews/5August2011] 

U.S. Sends CIA Operatives To Mexico To Escalate War Against Drug Cartels. The U.S. is sending new CIA operatives and retired military personnel to Mexico as part of a push to expand its role in fighting the country's powerful drug trafficking organizations, according to a New York Times report published today.

For the first time, small groups of operatives and civilian military employees have been deployed to a Mexican military base to work alongside Mexican security officials, collecting intel and planning operations in the war against the cartels. The Times reports that the U.S. is also considering embedding private security contractors into a special Mexican counternarcotics unit.

The new operations have been devised to get around Mexican laws prohibiting foreign security forces from working inside the country and to prevent corrupt security agencies from getting their hands on advanced American military technology, officials told The Times. [Read more:  Wyler/BusinessInsider/7August2011] 

Senate Panel Cuts More than $500 Million from Spy Operations. More than $500 million would be cut from the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies under a bill authorizing programs and spending for spying operations next year, a key senator and congressional aides said.

The fiscal 2012 intelligence authorization bill would reduce intelligence spending by about 1 percent - about $550 million - from current spending levels, Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told National Journal.

Further cuts to intelligence spending beyond 2012 are likely under the debt and deficit-reduction bill passed by Congress and on Tuesday by President Obama - beginning in earnest a downturn in robust and unprecedented spending on intelligence activities following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"We've been anticipating it and so we have been ratcheting down," Feinstein said. "The budget that we control according to public figures is $55 billion. That's a doubling from before 9/11. What we take [in 2012] is a 1 percent cut and that's a real cut over last year." 

"It's significant because we're reversing a trend, which has been to go up, and now that trend is going to go down," she added. [Read more: Strohm/GovernmentExecutive/3August2011]


50 Years Later: More Bay of Pigs Invasion Secret Papers Released by CIA. On the 50th anniversary of the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion, the Central Intelligence Agency has released more of it long-held secret papers on its failed 1961 Cuba operation to overthrow Fidel Castro.

The secret documents were released in Washington, D.C., pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act filed by Peter Kornbluh, an activist who has long sough to unmask U.S. secret operations in Latin America.

In past years, Kornbluh has won the release of other Bay of Pigs records. He announced the release of the latest batch on Monday.

Kornbluh said the CIA posted the four volumes of documents of its "Official History of the Bay of Pigs," when 1,500 Cuban exiles invaded their homeland from Guatemala and Nicaragua between April 17-19, 1961. Many were captured and sent to prison in Cuba and 104 died in the effort. Hundreds of Bay of Pigs veterans live in South Florida.

The newly-released archives include Volume 2: "Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy" ( Part 1 | Part 2), which contains detailed information on the CIA's negotiations with Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Great Britain on support for the invasion. [Read more:  Yanez/MiamiHerald/1August2011] 

CIA Eyed Canadian Economy, Mining During Cold War. The CIA secretly painted Pierre Trudeau as a politician torn between being a leader of the Third World and a genuine player with global industrialized nations, declassified records show.*

The January 1982 assessment of the Liberal prime minister's ambitions is among several detailed - and until now virtually unknown - analyses of the Canadian economy by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, The Canadian Press obtained more than a dozen CIA reports that explore various aspects of Canadian commerce, industry and technology during the Cold War era.

The assessments reveal a keen interest in Canadian affairs on the part of an agency better known for waging a covert war against East Bloc spies in the decades leading up to the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. [Read more:  EdmontonCTV/7August2011] 

Was Albert Camus Killed By The KGB? In 1960, two years after winning the Nobel prize for literature, French philosopher and author Albert Camus was killed in a freak car accident: Michel Gallimard, his friend and publisher, was driving Camus back to his home in Provence for the Christmas holiday when his car slipped on the icy and slammed into a tree. It seemed by all accounts a terrible accident, but now there are murmurs of conspiracy. Now, according to the Guardian, an Italian newspaper called Corriere della Sera is suggesting that the crash might have been caused by Soviet spies who damaged one of the tires on the car. This all comes from a paragraph in a diary written by Czech poet Jan Z�brana, which reads:

"I heard something very strange from the mouth of a man who knew lots of things and had very informed sources. According to him, the accident that had cost Albert Camus his life in 1960 was organised by Soviet spies. They damaged a tyre on the car using a sophisticated piece of equipment that cut or made a hole in the wheel at speed... The order was given personally by [Dmitri Trofimovic] Shepilov [the Soviet foreign minister] as a reaction to an article published in Franc-tireur [a French magazine] in March 1957, in which Camus attacked [Shepilov], naming him explicitly in the events in Hungary." [FlavorWire/8August2011] 

Churchill's 'Secret Agent' Recounts WW II Exploits. Robert Maloubier likes to tell people he is a retired accountant. That he studied finance in college, that he had a quiet life, that he stopped working at 66.

He can barely get the last words out without a chuckle that pulls up the ends of his bushy white mustache so it curls around his cheekbones.

"Oh, I love doing that," he says with a satisfied sigh. "Nobody knows about me here."

The truth is Maloubier, 88, never went to college. It's also hard to say whether he ever really retired, though he admits that when he turned 80 he had to stop rollerblading and flying his plane.

As far as a quiet life goes, he hasn't had one and he hopes it stays that way. [Read more:  Lauter/LATimes/8August2011] 


Outing Our Own Spies: When Journalism Does More Harm Than Good. Vanity Fair contributing editor David Rose has a killer story: " 1999 the Taliban had granted license to an American company, Afghan Wireless Communications, to construct a cell-phone, and, Internet system in Afghanistan. Had the secret deal, named Operation Foxden, been completed, the U.S. would have had complete access to al-Qaeda and Taliban calls and e-mails in a matter of months."

It sounds extraordinary - the September 11th attacks might have been prevented, Rose reports, if only our intelligence agencies could have gotten their acts together! But this story is actually shocking for entirely different reasons.

For starters, Rose names Ehsan Bayat as the founder of Afghan Wireless Communication Company, which is still active in Afghanistan today. Bayat also played a crucial role in founding the Ariana Television Network, which is one of Afghanistan's most popular TV stations. While it's not surprising Bayat, as an entrepreneur, was seeking ways to build a business under Taliban rule, it is shocking to have him outed as a willing accomplice of the U.S. intelligence community. In fact, it is downright dangerous.

The revelation that the Taliban wanted to create a telecommunications and internet infrastructure in Afghanistan is at odds with their typical western caricature as mindless 7th century death-zombies. Without excusing their deplorable human rights record, it's difficult to argue that they had no interest in the governance of their country (as has been alleged in countless books about them), or that the U.S. was unwilling to participate in the redevelopment of the country pre-9/11. 

The real problem with Rose's article is not just that Bayat was outed as working for the CIA, but rather the enormous consequences that result from officials blabbing about covert operations to the press. Almost every single American company now operating in a dangerous part of the world will be suspected, justifiably, of working for the Central Intelligence Agency. That will have enormous consequences not just for the physical safety of the employees of those firms, but also for the prospect of American business.

[Joshua Foust is a fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from] [Read more: Foust/TheAtlantic/5August2011] 

Getting Bin Laden: What Happened That Night in Abbottabad. Shortly after eleven o'clock on the night of May 1st, two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lifted off from Jalalabad Air Field, in eastern Afghanistan, and embarked on a covert mission into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden. Inside the aircraft were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. A Pakistani-American translator, whom I will call Ahmed, and a dog named Cairo - a Belgian Malinois - were also aboard. It was a moonless evening, and the helicopters' pilots, wearing night-vision goggles, flew without lights over mountains that straddle the border with Pakistan. Radio communications were kept to a minimum, and an eerie calm settled inside the aircraft.

Fifteen minutes later, the helicopters ducked into an alpine valley and slipped, undetected, into Pakistani airspace. For more than sixty years, Pakistan's military has maintained a state of high alert against its eastern neighbor, India. Because of this obsession, Pakistan's "principal air defenses are all pointing east," Shuja Nawaz, an expert on the Pakistani Army and the author of "Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within," told me. Senior defense and Administration officials concur with this assessment, but a Pakistani senior military official, whom I reached at his office, in Rawalpindi, disagreed. "No one leaves their borders unattended," he said. Though he declined to elaborate on the location or orientation of Pakistan's radars - "It's not where the radars are or aren't" - he said that the American infiltration was the result of "technological gaps we have vis-�-vis the U.S." The Black Hawks, each of which had two pilots and a crewman from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, or the Night Stalkers, had been modified to mask heat, noise, and movement; the copters' exteriors had sharp, flat angles and were covered with radar-dampening "skin."

The SEALs' destination was a house in the small city of Abbottabad, which is about a hundred and twenty miles across the Pakistan border. Situated north of Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, Abbottabad is in the foothills of the Pir Panjal Range, and is popular in the summertime with families seeking relief from the blistering heat farther south. Founded in 1853 by a British major named James Abbott, the city became the home of a prestigious military academy after the creation of Pakistan, in 1947. According to information gathered by the Central Intelligence Agency, bin Laden was holed up on the third floor of a house in a one-acre compound just off Kakul Road in Bilal Town, a middle-class neighborhood less than a mile from the entrance to the academy. If all went according to plan, the SEALs would drop from the helicopters into the compound, overpower bin Laden's guards, shoot and kill him at close range, and then take the corpse back to Afghanistan.  [Read more: Schmidle/NewYorker/8August2011] 

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."

But in Canada, several individuals with expertise in the field argue that a mix of federal agency infighting, insufficient legal frameworks, difficulties with prosecuting espionage cases, and fear of upsetting ongoing investigations has resulted in Canada being unable to bring any spies to court in the last few years.

They also say Canada's "new era" of business-friendly relations with China, recently highlighted by Foreign Minister John Baird's trip, has led to a hesitation by government to pursue legal action against spies. [Read more: Meyer/EmbassyMag/27July2011]

Want Real Wi-Fi Security? Aruba's Got It. If you're looking for the same security the government uses for a good deal of classified traffic, Aruba's new Advanced Cryptography Module (ACM) extensions to their Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture may be just the ticket.

Having worked in government high-security environments, two things come to mind: how seriously security needs to be taken here (mistakes are simply not allowed), and how wireless LANs to date have been forbidden in most of these applications, even with cumbersome and expensive external crypto units. I'm talking, BTW, about the bulk of government work, that which is classified Secret or Confidential ("sensitive but unclassified" is addressed via FIPS 140-2); there are a number of higher classifications, of course, but Secret is the workhorse. But now Aruba Networks has announced the availability of the Advanced Cryptography Module (ACM) software enhancements to their already robust suite of security capabilities by supporting what's known as Suite B, a National Security Agency (NSA) designation for cryptography suitable for use in programs classified up to the level of Secret. In addition to enhanced 128- and 256-bit AES, this standard also includes elliptic-curve and SHA-2 algorithms. These forms of encryption are believed to be very secure, although I suspect that NSA itself has the power to snoop on them without too much trouble should the need arise, hence their approval. Yes, there's also a Suite A for highly classified stuff, and, of course, Suite A itself is, um, just between us, highly classified and I doubt you're going to find this available outside of government apps anytime soon. Nonetheless, I'm sure you security expects out there will agree that Suite B is plenty secure regardless.

But - and this is important - the applicability of Suite B goes way beyond government work. There are still those who are so skeptical of WLAN security that they simply will not use WLANs at all. OK, then, if this new development from Aruba doesn't make those folks happy, I don't know what will. Couple Suite B with some kind of 802.1X and some kind of VPN, and, really, that's pretty secure. Even the NSA, I'm sure, would have spend an entire fascinating afternoon cracking that combination. [Read more: Mathias/NetworkWorld/25July2011]

Cutting Defense Spending Could Hasten America's Decline as a World Power. I am thoroughly alarmed about the cuts in the defense budget - both those already decided upon ($350 billion-$400 billion during the next ten years) and those that could still come in the fall (another $600 billion - $750 billion unless congressional negotiators can agree on a different menu of spending cuts and revenue enhancers). But not all share my alarm. Some positively welcome the prospect of deep defense cuts. They include, apparently, Fareed Zakaria, one of our most intelligent and provocative foreign policy commentators - and a committed centrist. Because Zakaria is hardly a wild-eyed pacifist, it makes sense to seriously consider his argument for cutting defense which are similar to those being made by other pundits and lawmakers.

He begins a recent Washington Post column by noting: "The Pentagon's budget has risen for 13 years, which is unprecedented. Between 2001 and 2009, overall spending on defense rose from $412 billion to $699 billion, a 70 percent increase, which is larger than in any comparable period since the Korean War."

He goes on to argue: "It is not unprecedented for defense spending to fall substantially as we scale back or end military actions. After the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower cut defense spending 27 percent. Richard Nixon cut it 29 percent after Vietnam." He notes: "Lawrence Korb, who worked at the Pentagon for Ronald Reagan, believes that a $1trillion cut over 10 to 12 years is feasible without compromising national security."

Zakaria urges conservatives to "examine the defense budget, which contains tons of evidence of liberalism run amok." He decries not only the usual "waste" in the defense budget but also calls it "a cradle-to-grave system of housing, subsidies, cost-plus procurement, early retirement and lifetime pension and health-care guarantees."

Finally he argues: "Defense budget cuts would also force a healthy rebalancing of American foreign policy," correcting a problem he sees of the Defense Department having many more resources than the State Department. "The result," he concludes, "is a warped American foreign policy, ready to conceive of problems in military terms and present a ready military solution."

Let's take these arguments one at a time. [Read more: Boot/CommentaryMagazine/4August2011]

Section IV - Speakers Sought, Assistance Needed, Obituaries, Books and Coming Events

Speakers Sought

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University seeking security and intelligence professionals for September Symposium. Expenses covered. Please apply. National Security and Intelligence Symposium, "Developing Security and Intelligence Professionals for the 21st century" We are still seeking speakers and panelists for our National Security and Intelligence Symposium, entitled “Developing Security and Intelligence Professionals for the 21st century” on September 15 -16, 2011. This symposium is cohosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The event will be held on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus, Prescott Arizona from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The symposium will offer a variety of views and approaches to educating our future security and intelligence professionals, managing intelligence resources, and identifying emerging security threats to the United States. We are particularly seeking security and intelligence professionals, current, former, or retired to speak on these topics. We are also seeking a professional security manager to speak on the role of the FSO in government contracted activities. Transportation and lodging fees may be provided for out-of-state presenters. Please feel free to distribute it other interested academic institutions and professional organizations Please contact me directly if you may be interested in this outstanding opportunity. Replies to: Robert W. Baker , Associate Professor Chairman, Global Security and Intelligence Studies Program ASIS International Member, NCMS member, AFIO member Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Office: 928-777-3938 or email him at

Assistance Needed

I am a writer having just completed a book about the battle of Mirbat, nine British SAS against 400 insurgents.  The book is called SAS Operation Storm.

I am now looking at the rich and exciting world of Vienna in the decade after the end of World War Two. We are all familiar with the Third Man and my friends from that world tell me it is remarkably close to the truth. My request is this: do any members who served in Vienna at that time be prepared to talk to me about their recollections of what was probably one of the most interesting periods of their careers.  I know it is a long time ago but there are quite a few surviving British intelligence officers from that time so I am hoping that there will be some Americans as well.
I would appreciate any help you can give me. Replies to Richard Belfield at


Corey F. Crispell. Corey F. Crispell of Mountaintop, Pa. died Aug. 3, 2011. He was 86.

He was the son of the late Russell and Thelma Miller Crispell.

He was a 1943 graduate of Coughlin High School.

Mr. Crispell was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Military Intelligence Division in the European Theatre of Operations from 1944 through 1946, attached to the Military Attache Office, American Embassy, Brussels, Belgium.

He was a Staff Sergeant and received the Good Conduct Medal, Battle of the Rhineland Medal, EAME Medal, World War II Victory Medal and from the War Department General Staff was awarded the Army Commendation Medal upon his discharge from the Army. [Read more:  PhyillyBurbs/5August2011] 

Nancy Wake. A World War II heroine spy who topped the Gestapo's wanted list after her daring exploits behind enemy lines helped pave the way for the D-Day landings has died aged 98.

Nancy Wake, who inspired the film Charlotte Gray after becoming one the Allies' most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French resistance, passed away in a nursing home in London yesterday.

The Australian, who the Nazis codenamed 'The White Mouse' due to the ease with which she escaped capture, left strict instructions to be cremated in a private ceremony.

She wants her ashes to be scattered at Montlucon in central France, where she fought in a heroic 1944 attack on the local Gestapo headquarters.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today said: 'Nancy Wake was a woman of exceptional courage and resourcefulness whose daring exploits saved the lives of hundreds of Allied personnel and helped bring the Nazi occupation of France to an end.' [Read more: DailyMail/8August2011] 


Our Spy War with China. In May 2004, the F.B.I. special agent James J. Smith found himself in an uncomfortable spot: he had to tell a federal judge about an affair he'd had with an informer, Katrina Leung, a San Marino, Calif., businesswoman with "jet-black hair," while his wife and son were sitting in the courtroom. "Argh!" he later wrote to friends.

In "Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War With China," David Wise writes about the ineptitude of American agents. Not only was Smith having an affair with Leung, Wise says, but so was another F.B.I. man, William Cleveland, who was the head of a Chinese counterintelligence squad in San Francisco. Neither seemed to know that Leung was sleeping with the other, nor did they know that she was working for Beijing's Ministry of State Security. Double argh. [Read more:  McKelvey/NYTimes/7August2011] 

Coming Educational Events


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

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: Register HERE To Be Certain of Space

13 August 2011 - Orange Park / Gainesville, FL - EVENT CANCELLED - The AFIO North Florida Chapter meets at the Country Club to hear Colonel Will G. Merrill, Jr., U.S. Army (Retired), USMA graduate.

Event Cancelled. This meeting’s special guest and speaker was to have been 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.

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
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 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:
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 or by telephone to 571-426-0098. Event location is: DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F St NW, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011, 5-6 p.m. - Hampton Roads, VA - The AFIO Norman Forde Hampton Roads Chapter Membership Meeting

Location: Tabb Library in York County. Main Meeting Room. (Directions follow) We will discuss a slate of new chapter officers, chapter plans for the Fall and other business matters. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the offices of chapter President, Treasurer and Secretary. Please rsvp: Melissa Saunders

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 V�drine
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

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

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

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 the 1997 Dedication of National Vigilance Park to commemorate the sacrifices of aerial reconnaissance crews;
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:

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

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 Registration form is here.

7 - 9 October 2011 - Glens Falls, NY - NE Chapter of Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA-NE) Fall Mini-Reunion.

Location: Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, NY. The registration cut-off date for any local members of the NCVA-NE is September 7, 2011. For additional information call (518) 664-8032 or visit website. Questions? Ask Victor Knorowski, 8 Eagle Lane, Mechanicville, NY 12118 e-mail: or call him at (518) 664-8032

Wednesday, 12 October 2011, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Dana Priest on "Top Secret America" at the International Spy Museum

An expos� 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

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

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

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.

27 October 2011, 0930- 1715 - Newport News - AFIO Norman Forde Hampton Roads Chapter Third Annual Workshop on National Security and Intelligence: Energy Security

Location: Christopher Newport University, David Student Union, Newport News, Tabb Library, York County. Directions: From Norfolk take I-64 West. Merge onto US-17 North via Exit 258B toward Yorktown. Follow US-17 North approximately 2.2 miles to Victory Blvd/VA-171 East. Turn right onto Victory Blvd/VA-171 East. Turn right at the next traffic light onto Hampton Hwy/VA-134 South. Turn right at the next traffic light onto Long Green Blvd. Tabb Library is on the immediate right. It is across the street from the Victory YMCA. From Williamsburg take I-64 East. Merge onto Victory Blvd/VA-171 East via Exit 256B. Follow Victory Blvd/VA-171 East approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto Hampton Hwy/VA-134 South. Turn right at the next traffic light onto Long Green Blvd. Tabb Library is on the immediate right. It is across the street from the Victory YMCA. Registrations and questions to Melissa Saunders or call 757-897-6268.

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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