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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Federal Judge Denies Terrorism Suspect Access to Secret Evidence. A Boston federal judge has denied accused terrorism sympathizer Tarek Mehanna's motion to suppress Foreign Intelligence Service Act evidence and a motion to compel production of exculpatory evidence.
U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. ruled on Friday that "the information obtained in accordance with those orders are classified as secret or top secret. Neither the defendant nor his counsel have had access to those classified documents."
In a four-page order, O'Toole made 11 findings indicating why the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court properly issued the FISA search and surveillance orders, based on his in camera review of the documents.
"The Court recognizes the defendant's difficulty in making such a preliminary showing where the defendant has no access to the confidential FISA-related documents here," O'Toole wrote. "Nevertheless, Congress has established mechanisms to balance a defendant's desire to access confidential information with the government's interest in protecting the national security by maintaining the confidentiality of classified government documents." [Read more: Qualters/Law/24August2011]
Florida Court Awards $2.8 Billion to Anti-Castro Agent. A Florida judge ordered Cuba to pay $2.8 billion to a former CIA agent who helped hunt down revolutionary leader Che Guevara, an award lawyers called the biggest ever in a civil suit against the communist government.
Cuban-born Gustavo Villoldo said in his lawsuit that the Cuban government tortured him and stripped his family of its wealth after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959.
Florida Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko found that Villoldo was tortured for five days and that Cuban agents had tried to assassinate Villoldo several times since he left Cuba for exile in the United States. [Read more: Rueda/SwissInfo/24August2011]
Five South Koreans Indicted Over Alleged Espionage. Five South Koreans, including a former parliamentary aide, have been indicted for allegedly spying for North Korea, prosecutors said Thursday.
The five civilians passed military secrets and other sensitive information to North Korea beginning in the early 1990s, Seoul prosecutors said in a statement.
Information funneled to North Korea included satellite photos of military bases in South Korea, U.S. military field manuals and information on South Korean politicians, the prosecutors said.
The five allegedly violated South Korea's National Security Law, whose maximum penalty is capital punishment, according to the Seoul District Prosecutor's Office.
The two Koreas are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. [Read more: AP/25August2011]
Inside the NYPD's Secret CIA-Backed Anti-Terror Intelligence Operation. The New York Police Department has been covertly infiltrating Muslim communities with help from the Central Intelligence Agency, using controversial tactics and even moving beyond their jurisdiction in an attempt to nip terrorist cells in the bud.
According to the Associated Press, the NYPD drastically ramped up their intelligence division shortly after the September 11 attacks with direct help from the CIA, even though that agency is prohibited from domestic spying activities.
In interviews with more than 40 past and present NYPD officers and federal officials, the AP learned that the NYPD has targeted Muslim communities, cultivating a network of informants and using tactics and profiling methods that would constitute violations of civil liberties were those tactics used by the federal government. [Read more: Terbush/BusinessInsider/25August2011]
Ex-official: Nicaragua Behind 1984 Costa Rica Bomb Attack. A former Nicaraguan official said Friday that the country's Sandinista government was behind the bomb that killed three journalists and four rebels at a 1984 news conference in neighboring Costa Rica.
While the bombing had once been blamed on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, reports began surfacing in the 1990s that it had been part of a plot by the Sandinista government to kill Contra rebel leader Eden Pastora, who survived and still lives.
Luis Carrion, who served as assistant interior minister in the Sandinista government in the 1980s, told The Associated Press that his department arranged the bombing in attempt to kill Pastora, who was giving the conference.
"I can confirm it," Carrion said. [Read more: AP/25August2011]
Iran Condemns 'Israeli Spy' to Death. Iran today sentenced to death a man accused of playing a key role in the 2010 murder of a top nuclear scientist and of spying for Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"The sentence to execute the terrorist Majid Jamali Fashi ... has been issued" for the assassination of scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi, Iran's prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said, quoted by IRNA.
Mohseni Ejeie, who is also spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, said the sentence was passed on Sunday, less than a week after the opening of Jamali Fashi's trial.
His defense lawyers have 20 days to launch an appeal.
Jamali Fashi stood trial as the main suspect in the killing of Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at Tehran University who was killed in a bomb attack outside his home in January 2010. [Read more: Telegraph/27August2011]
Islamic Awakening, Intel Disaster in UK. A former CIA head, Michael Scheuer, has admitted that Islamic Awaking has created major intelligence problems for the governments of the UK and the US.
Scheuer, the former head of the CIA unit in charge of pursuing Osama bin Laden from 1996 to 1999, warned that intelligence agents in these countries might resort to rendition programs as they face lack of intelligence after the fall of dictatorial regimes in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
"The help we were getting from the Egyptian intelligence service, less so from the Tunisians but certainly from the Libyans and Lebanese, has dried up- either because of resentment at our governments stabbing their political leaders in the back, or because those who worked for the services have taken off in fear of being incarcerated or worse," Scheuer added.
Describing Islamic Awakening as "an intelligence disaster for the US and for Britain, and other European services," he acknowledged the American and British intelligence agents being left blind.
The special adviser to the CIA chief from 2001 to 2004 warned that extraordinary rendition techniques would be back and admitted that "there is nothing with which to replace the rendition program."
Extraordinary rendition, or "torture by proxy," as described by critics, is the abduction and transfer of a person from one country to states for the purpose of torture. [Read more: PressTVIR/27August2011]
Former MI5 Spy Boss Says Tony Blair Was Told Iraq Did Not Pose a Threat. Britain's former spy boss has given her strongest condemnation yet of Tony Blair's decision to go to war in Iraq, saying he was told it posed no threat to the UK.
Ex-MI5 chief Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller said she warned the then Prime Minister military action would put Britain at risk.
"Iraq did not present a threat to the UK. The service advised it was likely to increase the domestic threat," she told the Radio Times.
"It was a distraction from the pursuit of al-Qaeda.
"I understood the need to focus on Afghanistan. Iraq was a distraction."
But she said it was "up to others" to decide if it was the wrong thing to do. [Read more: Mirror/29August2011]
Chinese General Spy Talk Leaked Onto YouTube. Footage of a Chinese general discussing sensitive spying cases has been leaked onto video sharing site YouTube.
The footage of a talk by Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan appears to be a potentially embarrassing failure of secrecy for the usually tightlipped military. Some of the cases had been publicly announced, but many details were secret. [Read more: AP/29August201]
AP Sources: White House Wants NATO, not CIA, to Hunt Libya's Shoulder-Fired Rockets and
WMD. It's a polite faceoff of spies vs. diplomats, as the Obama administration debates how aggressively to pursue Libya's vast weapons stores, including tons of caustic mustard agent and thousands of anti-aircraft rockets that experts fear could fall into the hands of terrorists or Libyan loyalists.
The State Department wants to wait for fighting to abate before moving throughout Libya to locate and secure fugitive leader Moammar Gadhafi's massive weapons stores, according to two U.S. officials. It's also stressing working through the nascent Libyan rebel government.
Some U.S. intelligence officials have been pushing to expand the CIA's role in Libya to track down the weaponry faster, unilaterally without the rebels' help if necessary. They fear the rockets in particular may be quickly sold, ending up with al-Qaida or fueling a Libyan insurgency for years to come, the officials say.
Already, the prices of the shoulder-launched missiles called MANPADs have fallen on the regional black market, the officials say, suggesting some of Gadhafi's stores are already being sold.
While many of the aging rockets may not work, the Soviet-era missiles can take down a helicopter or civilian jetliner.
The White House has resisted calls to expand the CIA's covert mission, just as it has ruled out deploying U.S. troops on the ground in Libya, one current and one former U.S. official said. The administration is pushing instead for other NATO partners to step in and take up the hunt. [Read more: Dozier&Klapper/AP/26August2011]
Intel Agencies Scramble to Aid Irene Response, Cleanup. They spend most of their time analyzing maps for buried bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq or looking at what turned out to Osama bin Laden's last residence, but intelligence analysts sometimes help out on the home front as well.
As Hurricane Irene sends the East Coast scrambling to find shelter, clear out its drains and to endlessly watch the Weather Channel, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has readied special teams and vehicles called DMIGS to plan for and assist after the storm rolls north.
"Analysts are staged and ready to go, and the DMIGS is standing by to support urban search and rescue efforts," NGA spokeswoman Sue Meisner said in an email. The intelligence agency isn't sure where the teams will be sent yet because the storm's course is still uncertain. Locations are to be determined.
DMIGS stands for Domestic Mobile Integrated Geospatial-Intelligence System. These truck-borne units were used after Hurricane Katrina to great effect, though relatively few people outside the National Guard and other first response units knew much about them. General Dynamics developed the equipment to go in the trucks. [Read more: Clark/Aol/26August2011]
C.I.A. Drone Is Said to Kill Al Qaeda's No. 2. A drone operated by the Central Intelligence Agency killed Al Qaeda's second-ranking figure in the mountains of Pakistan on Monday, American and Pakistani officials said Saturday, further damaging a terrorism network that appears significantly weakened since the death of Osama bin Laden in May.
An American official said that the drone strike killed Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a Libyan who in the last year had taken over as Al Qaeda's top operational planner. Mr. Rahman was in frequent contact with Bin Laden in the months before the terrorist leader was killed on May 2 by a Navy Seals team, intelligence officials have said.
American officials described Mr. Rahman's death as particularly significant as compared with other high-ranking Qaeda operatives who have been killed, because he was one of a new generation of leaders that the network hoped would assume greater control after Bin Laden's death. [Read more: Mazzetti/NYTimes/27August2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Qaddafi and the CIA. In early 1970, the US Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] asked a number of psychoanalysts to draw up a profile of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who was thirty years of age at the time. Mr. Qaddafi's psychological profile was not an exception, for the CIA had drawn up psychological profiles for most foreign leaders since the 1940s, and these were made up of a combination of political and psychological analysis. These profiles represent a major tool for US decision-makers as they revealed the psychological nature of foreign leaders that they are dealing with. Such reports usually contain information about the leaders' background, their personal relations, their family, as well as their social, personal, and professional relations. These reports also contain a list of subjects and issues that these leaders either react positively or negatively towards, as well as occasionally some scandalous details (of a sexual nature) regarding their private lives.
This scientific methodology (of producing a psychological profile) of foreign leaders - developed within the CIA and the US Department of Defense - did not utilize practical clinical methods [of psychology], as it is based - in most cases - on studying the leader in question. These reports rely on multiple sources; most prominently reports made by intelligence agents that generally rely on incidents, rumors, and lies, alongside facts. Therefore those reading such reports cannot exclusively rely on them; indeed reliance on such reports reached its height during the 1980s. Despite the huge developments that have taken place in the study of [psychological] methodology in a professional and academic framework, specialist researchers continue to be divided over the feasibility or effectiveness of such psychological studies of political figures, particularly as they [the foreign leaders] are not subjected to a clinical medical examination.
For over 40 years, the psychological profile of Mr. Qaddafi was filled with information; some of which was correct while some of it was nothing more than pure flights of fantasy. In addition to this, his profile was filled with endless analysis and comments by senior specialists on Qaddafi's personality, and his development and experience over the past decades. One can consider the "psychological profile" of Muammar Qaddafi as being between among the largest of such files, alongside the profiles of figures like Fidel Castro and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Los Angeles Times was perhaps the first newspaper to publish information leaked from Colonel Gaddafi's "psychological profile" with sources in 1981 describes Gaddafi as being "an exceptionally troubled personality, suffering from a serious inferiority complex." In the early 1990s, one insider who viewed Qaddafi's "psychological profile" told US Foreign Policy magazine that "there was a tendency in the beginning to view Gaddafi as a superficial (na�ve) personality, but the profiles that were drawn up on him showed him to be crazy like a fox." (Psychology and the CIA: Leaders on the Couch. Thomas Omestad, Foreign Policy Magazine, August 1994). [Read more: al-Toraifi/AlArabiya/24August2011]
UK Spy Files Reveal Details of 1950s Guyana Coup. It was a very British coup. The warship slipped into the harbor, the soldiers landed in darkness - and the diplomatic wives made sandwiches for the hungry troops.
Secret documents declassified Friday by Britain's MI5 security service reveal in dramatic and everyday detail how the U.K. under Prime Minister Winston Churchill overthrew the elected government of British Guiana - now Guyana - because he feared its left-wing leader and his American wife were leading the British colony into the arms of the Soviet Union.
The documents reveal how British spies kept up intense scrutiny on Cheddi and Janet Jagan, who founded the People's Progressive Party to campaign for workers' rights and independence from British rule for the sugar-producing colony in northern South America.
Christopher Andrew, the spy agency's official historian, said the files provide new details of the coup, and "further evidence that MI5 played a more important part in British decolonization than is often realized."
The Jagans - a U.S.-educated former dentist and his Chicago-born wife - seem an unlikely threat. But the 39 folders of files released by Britain's National Archives are crammed full of tapped phone conversations, intercepted letters and accounts of physical surveillance over more than a decade. [Read more: Lawless/AP/26August2011]
Former CIA Director Regales Spy Confab. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the only person to head both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, was watching TV in his home when President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden in May.
Hayden, head of the CIA from 2006 to 2009, listened with interest as Obama talked about the covert operation that led to the international news. The president recalled the terror nearly 10 years ago when planes were hijacked, the twin towers collapsed and nearly 3,000 lives were lost in attacks organized by al-Qaida. Obama talked about the decade-long efforts to hunt down bin Laden and the trails that had gone cold.
Hayden, the keynote speaker at the annual Raleigh Spy Conference on Friday, recalled looking at his wife when Obama said that shortly after taking office he directed Leon Panetta, current director of the CIA, "to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al-Qaida."
"I kind of turned to her and said, 'Oh man, why didn't they tell me?' " Hayden said, a line that sparked laughter among the spy conference audience. [Read more: Blythe/NewsObserver/26August2011]
Mr. Insider Will Guide Petraeus at the CIA. When Gen. David Petraeus takes the helm at the Central Intelligence Agency next month, it will fall to Michael Morell, a little-known CIA veteran, to guide the new director and keep the resurgent spy agency rebounding from a decade of controversy.
A 31-year agency veteran, Mr. Morell has been at the center of nearly every fight against al Qaeda and has seen the limits of U.S. intelligence. He was President George W. Bush's intelligence adviser on Sept. 11, 2001, and the CIA's devil's advocate before the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan.
In a rare interview, Mr. Morell, a longtime agency power with a nearly nonexistent public profile, emphasized the importance of humility for an agency stained by intelligence misses over 9/11 and weapons in Iraq and controversy over interrogation techniques and rendition. "We end up having bits of information that have a multitude of possible explanations," he says. "You've got to be really humble about the business we're in." [Read more: Gorman/WSJ/26August2011]
Spies Sought German Movie Extra and Nazi Agent. At the end of World War II, British spies were in pursuit of a charismatic, multilingual German agent who had befriended Hollywood celebrities and persuaded British and American detainees to broadcast propaganda for the Nazis.
Secret files from the MI5 spy agency declassified Friday reveal the colorful story of Werner Plack, a German agent who moved from the film sets and nightclubs of prewar Los Angeles to the hotels of wartime Berlin and occupied Paris.
A Nazi interrogated by MI5 described Plack as a "freelance propaganda agent."
MI5 said it was eager to find him because he had "taken part in the recruitment of British renegades" who helped the Nazi war effort.
He was involved in persuading British comic writer P.G. Wodehouse to make radio broadcasts from Berlin for an American audience in 1941 - broadcasts that caused outrage in Britain.
MI5 sources filled in a vivid picture of Plack, described as having an "elegant appearance," a "strong build" and "good teeth." [Read more: AP/27August2011]
Secret History of Building 640 Revealed. The Presidio National Park in San Francisco is making plans to honor more than 6,000 linguists from World War II. They were mostly Japanese Americans, serving their country while many of their families were ordered into detention centers. In this Assignment 7 report the secrets of Building 640 are revealed.
A warehouse across from Crissy Field sits empty and neglected. However, Building 640 has a secret history that's about to be told. In 1941, before Pearl Harbor, it housed the first class of the U.S. Army's secret Military Intelligence Service Language School. Training 60 linguists in anticipation of war with Japan, 58 of them were second generation, or Nisei, born here.
"The U.S. Army knew that Japan's war was coming, so they collected the few Niseis they could find that were bilingual," said Ken Kaji from the Japanese American Historical Society.
Among those Niseis was 93-year-old Tom Sakamoto, who was a 23-year-old private then. Born in San Jose, he had been drafted and found himself in desert anti-tank maneuvers when he was approached by the head of the school. [Read more: ABCLocal/24August2011]
The Civil War's Fearless Female Spies. On August 23, 1861, the infamous Confederate spy Rose Greenhow was placed under arrest in Washington, D.C. One of hundreds of women who served as spies for either side during the Civil War, Greenhow is believed to have contributed to the South's victory at the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas).
Known from a young age as "Wild Rose," Rose O'Neal Greenhow ascended the ranks of Washington, D.C., society as the wife of a wealthy and prominent doctor. Her charmed life took a tragic turn in the 1850s, when her husband and five of their eight children died. In the months before the Civil War broke out, Greenhow, a fervent supporter of the Confederate cause, became the ringleader of a growing network of anti-Union spies. Renowned as a charming hostess and engaging conversationalist, she gleaned critical information from politicians and diplomats, passing along their secrets to Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and other contacts.
In July 1861, Greenhow obtained critical information about the Union Army's planned attack of Manassas, Virginia. She sent her 16-year-old courier, Bettie Duvall, through 20 miles of Union territory with a coded message for Beauregard tucked into her hair. Confederate President Jefferson Davis later credited Greenhow for his army's success at the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). [Read more: HuffingtonPost/26August2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Why Is That a Secret? A former top official in charge of ensuring that real secrets are kept secret has delivered a stunning repudiation of the Obama administration's decision to use the Espionage Act against a whistle-blower attempting to expose government waste and abuse.
J. William Leonard, who directed the Information Security Oversight Office during the George W. Bush administration, filed a formal complaint about the prosecution with the Justice Department and the National Security Agency, and urged punishment of officials who needlessly classify documents that contain no actual secrets.
In the case in question, Thomas Drake, an N.S.A. employee, faced 35 years in prison for espionage after he leaked information to a reporter about a potential billion-dollar computer boondoggle. The case collapsed last month with Mr. Drake walking away after a token misdemeanor plea to providing information to an unauthorized person. The government was deservedly berated by Judge Richard Bennett of Federal District Court in Maryland for an "unconscionable" pursuit of the accused across "four years of hell." [Read more: NYTimes/25August2011]
Documentary Proving Chinese Military University Hacking Disappears. Earlier this week it was revealed that a documentary had been made that proved a Chinese military university was using software to hack dissident groups as well as US entities. The hacking was done using a compromised US-based IP address, which made the situation, and what was supposed to be a documentary bragging about Chinese military intelligence, even more problematic. In the time since the clip was noticed it's gotten a lot of press and it seems to have resulted in that documentary being pulled.
As of today the video - "The Internet Storm is Coming" episode of the series called Military Science and Technology - is no longer available in its original location, on the website of Chinese state-run television station, and has been disavowed by Chinese officials as the work of an "imaginative producer." The video is still available on YouTube for those who would like to see it.
The significance of the clip is, if anything, enhanced by its removal from where it was originally posted. This is of course a catch-22 for the Chinese because if their claims about an imaginative producer are true and the video was pulled for good reason, we'd still be suspicious. That noted, given the episode's use of a legitimate University of Alabama IP address and that fact the target was set to be a Falun Gong website, it's unlikely that this purely a work of fiction.
For their part Chinese officials have denied this or any other story of cyberwarfare, while the US Pentagon, Google, and other groups have accused the Chinese government (or associates organizations) of hacking in the past. [Read more: Cangeloso/Geek/26August2011]
Filling The Intelligence Void. Throughout the US presidential transition in 2001, threats emerged that required monitoring in the intelligence community. Russia's weapons testing had accelerated, China had experienced a huge surge in technical capability and was developing more reliable, accurate weapon systems, including ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles.
Iraq remained under constant surveillance as well. The United States was also concerned that Saddam Hussein might resurrect his weapons of mass destruction program and didn't want to miss any developments with this or the L29, an aircraft that could be either piloted or flown as an unmanned aerodynamic vehicle. Perhaps the greatest threat to US forces came from North Korea, a secretive country with a reclusive leader and 1.2million armed soldiers, making it the fourth largest standing army on Earth and the world's most militarised country; it was actively developing cruise and ballistic missiles that posed a real threat to the region. The threats confronting president Bush were assessed to be very real. President Bush faced his first foreign policy crisis on April 1, 2001, when a United States Navy EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft collided in mid-air with a Chinese J-8II interceptor fighter jet.
The badly damaged EP-3E was forced to make an emergency landing on China's Hainan Island, but the collision resulted in the death of the Chinese pilot. The intelligence community immediately mobilized to discover the fate of the 24 crew members and the EP-3E, which contained sensitive intelligence-gathering and cryptologic equipment that would need to be destroyed quickly by the crew before landing and while on the ground at Hainan. [Read more: Rosenberg/CanberraTimes/26August2011]
Section IV - Obituaries, Books and Coming Events
Joseph P. O'Toole, Air Force Colonel and CIA Employee. Joseph P. O'Toole, 87, a retired Air Force colonel and CIA employee who specialized in engineering and intelligence work, died of respiratory failure July 26 at Reston Hospital Center. He was a Vienna resident.
Col. O'Toole served in the Army Air Forces as a B-17 pilot in Europe during World War II. After graduating in 1949 from the old Aeronautical University in Chicago, he joined the Air Force and worked on photo reconnaissance satellites.
Starting in 1965, he worked in Los Angeles as director of test operations for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a space-station program that was canceled in 1969.
His final active-duty assignment, in 1974, was at the Pentagon working with the Defense Intelligence Agency as a staff development engineer. After military retirement, he continued working in a similar role for the CIA for another 15 years. He was promoted to the senior intelligence service and received the CIA Career Intelligence Medal, his family said. [Read more: WashingtonPost/24August2011]
Cecil C. Corry Jr., Security Officer. Cecil C. Corry Jr., 89, a communications security officer with the National Security Agency, died July 20 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.
He died of pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia, his son Charles Corry said.
Mr. Corry began his career in communications security in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. He retired from NSA in 1982 as assistant deputy director for communications security. He received an award for exceptional civilian service.
Mr. Corry was a 60-year member, treasurer and trustee of Clarendon United Methodist Church, a president of the Georgia State Society and, in the late 1980s and 1990s, executive director of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Cecil Clay Corry Jr., a resident of Arlington, was born in Union Point, Ga., and graduated from the University of Georgia. He was an Army signals analyst in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. [Read more: WashingtonPost/26August2011]
CIA Demands Cuts to Critical 9/11 Memoir. The Central Intelligence Agency has demanded a publisher make extensive cuts to a book critical of its performance before and after the September 11 attacks, officials said Friday.
"The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda," a memoir by former FBI agent Ali Soufan due out next month, recounts his experiences at the heart of high-profile terror investigations.
Soufan has accused the CIA of insisting on scores of redactions he says are not justified on security grounds but are aimed at undermining an account that reflects badly on the agency, the New York Times reported.
A spokesman for the CIA rejected the accusation and said the changes were meant to safeguard national security.
"The suggestion that the Central Intelligence Agency has requested redactions on this publication because it doesn't like the content is ridiculous," CIA spokesman Preston Golson said in an email. [Read more: AP/26August2011]
The Institutionalization of Open Source Intelligence. The battle for public access to open source intelligence may have been lost before most people even knew it began, judging from the new book, "No More Secrets: Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence" by Hamilton Bean (Praeger, 2011).
"No More Secrets" is an academic work, not an expose. But it is an exceptionally stimulating one that brings the theoretical principles of organization management and communications theory to bear on intelligence policy in original and insightful ways.
As Bean shows in depth, the meaning of "open source" has been fiercely contested, beginning with the very definition of the term (which generally refers to policy-relevant information that can be acquired legally). Other disputed questions include, Whom does open source serve? Is it only for policy makers, or also the public? Who should perform the open source mission? Should it be housed within the intelligence community or outside of it? Which aspect of "open source intelligence" dominates? Is it the logic of openness or the logic of secrecy? [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/24August2011]
Former New Hartford Resident Publishes Book About a Watershed Moment in the Middle East. In Arlene Swift Jones' perception, Americans tend to be upbeat and to believe that there are solutions to all problems. But with uncharacteristic pessimism, she has concluded that there are some situations that can never be resolved, and among those are the thriving tensions of the Middle East.
Mrs. Jones, a long-time resident of New Hartford who moved to Bloomfield after the death of her husband three years ago, recently wrote a book, "God, Put Out One of My Eyes," recounting one tiny fragment of that endless conflict, the uprising of the early 1960s when she and her undercover CIA agent husband, Frank, were posted to Cyprus. Her memoir, published in 2010, just received the first Honorable Mention from the Eric Hofer Awards for memoir.
Mrs. Jones, who was evacuated twice from Cyprus with her three young daughters during her husband's tenure there, said that part of American optimism stems from our naivet� when it comes to international affairs. "But when I left, I realized there were some problems for which there are no solutions," she said. "I feel that way about the Middle East, especially the Palestinians and the Israelis. If people could be reasonable....but they are no such thing..."
She said the CIA has been frequently misunderstood by the public. "Its basic mission is to search for intelligence from the opposing side," she said. "My husband was in the CIA for all of the Cold War. The Russians were trying to get a foothold in Cyprus, which didn't work, but it was a hot spot and President Kennedy knew it would be flaring up. It was in the cards." [Read more: Boughton/LitchfieldCountyTimes/23August2011]
Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Intelligence Agents Created Political Correctness By Kent Clizbe [Andemca Publishing, 374 pp, available via Amazon.com in ebook and print formats].
Review by Joseph C. Goulden
Even in defeat, did the failed Soviet Union and communism achieve one of its key missions, the destruction of the “core moral fabric of American society?”
Kent Clizbe makes a disturbing challenge in the opening sentence of Willing Accomplices: “Using counter-intelligence analytical techniques honed while working as an espionage officer in the CIA, I will demonstrate that the emergence of Political Correctness (PC) in America was as intentionally orchestrated as Coca-Cola’s advertising is carefully planned and implemented.”
Does Mr. Clizbe give the Soviets too much credit for creating the PC woes that bedevil our society? Were other factors at play as well? Perhaps, but even if one does not totally accept Klimze’s contention, he lays out a damning case that the Soviets indeed made maximum use of the fuzzy thinkers on the left, both in the U.S. and in Europe, long known as “useful idiots.” (The words are widely attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but Lenin scholars have never located an exact quotation from him.) Mr. Clizbe prefers the term “Willing Accomplices.”
The prime mover was the longtime Soviet Committee for State Security (last known as the KGB, its Russian acronym), which soon after the 1917 communist revolution started massive covert influence operations. As Mr. Clizbe writes, “Taking advantage of the intellectual and philosophical climate of the early 1900s, the Soviet intelligence apparatus began what would now be called in intelligence circles. ‘a preparation of the battle space’ to move the world towards the inevitable dictatorship of the proletariat.” The KGB’s action arm for this work was the Communist International, or Comintern.
In the United States, the most effective agent was a shadowy German communist who worked under the name “Willi Münzenberg.” One specialty was the creation of organizations with “high-minded names and reason for existence,” such as the International Congress against Fascism and War and the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. Joining one of these “popular front” groups gave a person a chance “to show that you are a decent human being.”
“The gist of the operation was to make Americans feel their country was bad,” Mr. Clizbe writes. “The KGB utilized Willing Accomplices to spread the message that America was an evil, racist, imperialist warmonger, and that Communism was a benign, noble experiment designed to rid the world of corruption, oppression, and injustice.” In the end, these persons are imbued with a “reflexive loathing” for America. As an example of the extent of such an attitude, Mr. Clizbe cites the April 2008 comment by President Obama in a California speech that “[Midwesterners] get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment….”
For obvious reasons, the Soviet active measures targets were institutions that could exert maximum impact on public opinion: the media, including Hollywood, and academia. His galley of PC villains contains some familiar names (Walter Duranty of the New York Times, termed “Stalin’s Apologist” by a biographer) and the write/nutcase Dorothy Parker, poster girl for Hollywood front groups. One name unfamiliar (to me, at any rate) was the educator Dr. George S. Counts, long a faculty member of Teachers College of Columbia University and its International Institute.
Mr. Clizbe first encountered Counts’ affinity for “progressive education” as a student at Southern Illinois University, where Counts had taught years earlier, and where his influence lingered. He traced a long paper trail back into Counts’ boyhood in the Midwest to a months-long trip to the USSR in the 1920s and eventually to Columbia. He was prominent in the “Progressive Education Association,” where he proclaimed to teachers the need for “imposition and indoctrination” in the classroom. He laced lectures with what became staples of PC: class conflict, race hatred, “industrial feudalism,” and the need for “reconstruction of society.” In one widely-distributed speech, he declared, “If democracy is to be achieved…powerful classes must be persuaded to surrender their privileges…this process has commonly been attended by bitter struggle and even bloodshed….Ruling classes never surrender their privileges voluntarily.”
Witting instrument of the Soviets or not, Mr. Clizbe contends that Counts’s prestigious position, and his ability to influence generations of educators, did much to influence what students heard in their classrooms all over the US.
As Mr. Clizbe notes, “It is not likely that any of the Comintern influence operators realized that they were creating a monster that would survive for decades. Did they succeed? Consider that Americans are bombarded daily, in he print media and on TV and movie screens, [with charges] that they are “guilty of slavery, bigotry ,oppressing minorities and women around the planet, killing the earth with their hairspray and various other sins….Obama’s cool, detached elite attitude, loathing the ‘bitter clingers’ of the heartland, is a living testament to the power and success of Muenzenberg’s covert influence operations.”
An updated edition of Joe Goulden’s SpySpeak: The Dictonary of Espionage, will be published by Dover later this year.
Kent Clizbe was a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer specializing in counter-terrorism operations in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East in the 1990s. Following the attacks on 9/11, Mr. Clizbe returned to work for the Agency as counter-terrorism operations officer, for which service he was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, its highest decoration for contractors. He is a Muslim convert who formerly served on the Loudoun County Republican Committee. He is also the author of a recent article at BigPeace.com about his interview with, and research on, David Ramadan
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in 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.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011, 6 p.m. - Las Vegas, NV - the AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hosts Ken Walther, CIA, on "Safe Houses & Listening Posts in Hostile Areas."
Arrive early and join us at 5 p.m. in the "Robin’s Roost" bar area for liaison and beverages
The featured speaker for the evening will be: Kenneth W. Walther on "Safe Houses & Listening Posts in Hostile Areas"
Conducting covert operations and gathering intelligence is part of our job in defending our country. A combination of HUMINT and Technical Operations yields high results in identifying an adversary or high priority target. Recently in the news was a compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, that was identified as housing Osama Bin Laden. A lot of news coverage has focused on how the compound had been under surveillance for several months, including news coverage from Al Jezeera. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/20115664943840210.html Whether one believes the complete story, or not, the fact that remains is an observation post was used.
How does one set up a Listening Post or Safe House in areas where you
would be a target as well? What are the precautions, alliances and
risks your agents face by cooperating with the USG? How do you conceal
your presence and establish a "cover for action"? This brief
introduction to the real world of operations will shed some light into
the world of intelligence gathering at the Technical Operations level.
Ken Walther worked as an undercover Technical Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency for 27 years. He primarily worked in the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) but also served in the Directorate of Operations (DO).
During his career with the CIA, Mr. Walther spent seventeen years serving on overseas assignments and his work led him to visit 102 countries. The total of twenty years experience overseas, between the CIA and military, allowed Mr. Walther to experience a variety of cultures, languages and operational activities. Living for extended periods in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and Europe were building blocks in a succession of intelligence operations against a variety of targets, to include: Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Espionage, Counter-Narcotics, Counter-Intelligence, & Arms Interdiction.
Prior to retirement, Mr. Walther was certified as a Senior Instructor at the CIA’s clandestine training facility, "the Farm". At retirement, the Agency allowed Mr. Walther to retire “open” and his cover was rolled back to day one. He was allowed to accept several awards that had been previously locked away because of his cover status.
Mr. Walther is a member of the Roger E. McCarthy Chapter Las Vegas, Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
If you are planning to attend the AFIO meeting please provide your name and birth date to Mary Bentley, Event Coordinator, (702) 295-1024 at BentleyM@nv.doe.gov
Friday, 9 September 2011, 6:30 p.m. - Washington, DC - Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill at the International Spy Museum
What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in U.S. history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O’Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen’s assistant with the secret task of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for Russia. O’Neill’s background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he was up to the challenge. But how would you measure up? It’s your chance to find out. O’Neill is prepared to share his hard-earned expertise with you. This intense small group introduction to surveillance FBI-style will include learning the basics and conducting surveillance in the streets of DC. Will you be able to track the “Rabbit” without being “made?” You’ll learn how to snap clandestine shots and keep your target in view, so you won’t miss operational acts or clandestine meetings. O’Neill will lead the exercise and help you learn how to blend into the shadows for the best spy results!
Tickets: $94.00 - Call Laura at the Spy Museum at 202-654-0932 to register.
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.
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 email@example.com
Wednesday, 14 September 2011, 11:30AM - Scottsdale, AZ - "Brainologist" to discuss "Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain" at AFIO Arizona Chapter
Self-described 'Brainologist,' Lee Gerdes speaks on “Limitless: The Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain”.
Gerdes is the founder and CEO of Brain State Technologies�, and
invented something he calls Brainwave Optimization™ to supposedly "heal
from the life-limiting trauma he experienced as a result of a violent
Using his knowledge as a mathematician, physicist, computer scientist, theologian and psychologist, Gerdes claims that he has arrived at a new understanding of how humans can better understand and access their inherent brain power.
He developed Brainwave Optimization, an advanced neuro-technology that, says Gerdes, has now been used to help nearly 34,000 people worldwide: soldiers, children with learning difficulties, addicts, insomniacs, prisoners and high-performance athletes and executives. Brainwave Optimization is purportedly a tool for achieving higher levels of cognition, clarity, balance and harmony. – and to overcome stress, anxieties, sleeplessness and addictions.
Gerdes will explain how his technology can help you “see” what’s happening inside your own brain and how the brain can change itself to help you move beyond current limitations.
RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or cancelling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel!
Event location: McCORMICK RANCH GOLF COURSE, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
WE ARE charged for the no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer! We would therefore APPRECIATE that you all respond to this email to confirm your presence (or not).
Our meeting fees will be as follows: $20.00 for AFIO members; $22.00 for guests; $25.00 for AFIO Members with NO RSVPs as per the requested date; All NO SHOWS or last minute cancellations will need to pay for the lunch.
For reservations or questions, please email ON OR BEFORE September 12, 2011 Simone firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016
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.
Thursday,15 September 2011, 11:30 am - Englewood, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts, from the FBI SAC James Yacone, Denver Division. SAC Yacone is a West Point graduate and has earned the Silver Star as a helicopter pilot during "Black Hawk Down". This is a joint meeting of the AFIO and Denver INFRAGARD. This is a one time event at Centennial Airport. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first basis. Event location: Centennial Airport in Englewood,CO. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Tom VanWormer at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone him at 719-481-8273. The lunch will cost $12.00 pay at the door.
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 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
Penetrating the Iron Curtain: Resolving the Missile Gap with Technology
26 September 2011 at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA
BACKGROUND. In the mid-1950s the United States faced the first real challenge since World War II to its strategic superiority. First, it seemed that the Soviet Union was challenging us by producing and deploying a large strategic bomber force. Then, even as that perception was disproved, it became evident that the Soviets were placing their major effort toward developing strategic missiles against which there was no defense. While the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations strove to formulate policy to address the new circumstances, the Intelligence Community provided no clear picture of the scale, rate of production, or breadth of deployment of Soviet missiles.
The administrations increasingly turned to the CIA with assignments to collect, produce, and disseminate missile intelligence to policymakers. It was a challenging mission that put CIA up against the Soviet Union, a country from which little information, clues, secrets, or whispers emanated, and any that did might only be intended to deceive. The goal was not only to guess what was behind the curtain, but also to find all ways possible to approximate with ever greater certainty.
The release event will feature former CIA analysts, the national-security columnist for Slate magazine, noted academics, the former head of CIA’s Guided Missile Task Force, and the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction.
View agenda here: AGENDA
REGISTRATION: Please note - this event appears in TWO parts that day and each part requires separate registration. If you wish to attend the full program, register for both parts ASAP. Event seating is on a space available basis. Registration forms are identical but contain hidden identifier for each part you are selecting so, to attend both, you need to feel out both forms.
NB: The information you supply on JFK registration pages is not under control of AFIO or CIA but is property of JFK Library. Enter only public contact data.
Part I - 1 - 4:45 p.m. - CIA Overview of the Missile Gap. Preceding the Kennedy Library Missile Gap forum, the CIA is sponsoring two panels on the challenges of intelligence analysis and the implications for US policy with John Bird, Edward Proctor, Robert Jervis, Ted Warner and others. Reception follows close of this session.
To Register for this portion click here: CIA at JFK Library PART I
Part II - 5:30 - 7 p.m. - Forum on 50th Anniversary of the Missile Gap Controversy. Special panel of historians Timothy Naftali, Fred Kaplan and John Prados discuss this pivotal moment in world history. Mary Elise Sarotte, Professor of International Relations at USC, will moderate.
To Register for Part II click here: CIA at JFK Library Part II
Registration for this worthwhile free event is being handled at the JFK Library and Museum website at: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Events-and-Awards/Forums.aspx
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
Saturday, 1 October 2011, 1000 - 1430 - Salem, MA - AFIO New England to hear former Associate DNI/Collection, and CIA COA NYC on 9/11.
Our speaker will be Mary Margaret Graham, former
Associate DNI for Collection, and CIA COS in NYC on 9/11. She was in the
WTC when the planes hit. Ms. Graham is a veteran of the Clandestine
Service and has had a variety of assignments overseas.
Our schedule is as follows: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, membership meeting
1130 – 1200. Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM.
Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
Our October 2011 chapter meeting will be held on Saturday 1 October at the Salem Waterfront Hotel located in Salem MA. The hotel web site is here: http://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/. For directions to the hotel look here: http://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/location.html
Information about Salem MA and local hotels can be found here: http://salem.org/
For additional information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person.
Luncheon reservations must be made by 16 September 2011.
Mail your check and the reservation form to:
Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446, 617-739-7074 or 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.spymuseum.org
Saturday, 15 October 2011 - Washington, DC - The OSS Society hosts the 2011 William J. Donovan Award Dinner honoring Adm Eric T. Olson, USN.
Admiral Eric T. Olson, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, has been selected to receive the 2011 William J. Donovan Award Dinner. By invitation only. Further information at www.osssociety.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.
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 email@example.com or call 757-897-6268.
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