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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
CIA, Pentagon Fight to Keep Osama bin Laden Death Photos Secret. Photos and videos of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden after he was killed in May in a U.S. military/Central Intelligence Agency raid in Pakistan should not be released publicly because they would reveal military and intelligence secrets and could lead to violence against U.S. personnel, the Obama administration argued in papers filed in federal court in Washington late Monday night.
The new filings from the Justice Department provide scant details about the imagery, but CIA National Clandestine Service Director John Bennett wrote that the CIA has "52 unique....photographs and/or videorecordings" depicting bin Laden during or after the May operation. Bennett did not break down the tally further, but said all the imagery is classified "TOP SECRET," meaning that disclosure of the material could lead to "exceptionally grave damage" to U.S. national security.
"All of the responsive records are the product of a highly sensitive, overseas operation that was conducted under the direction of the CIA," Bennett wrote, arguing that disclosure of the information would reveal "intelligence activities and/or methods." He called the photos "gruesome," and said they depict the gunshot wound to bin Laden's head. It is unclear whether his descriptions referred to all the images and videos, or just some of them.
The motion for summary judgment and supporting declarations ask U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg to rule for the government in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought in May by Judicial Watch. The conservative watchdog group sued the Defense Department after it failed to comply with the group's request for the bin Laden imagery. The suit was broadened in June to name the CIA as a defendant.
While the Justice Department's motion is backed by declarations from high ranking officials at the Pentagon and CIA, the government lawyers make clear that their marching orders come from the top. Near its outset, the brief quotes President Barack Obama's comments on the issue during a "60 Minutes" interview in May. [Read more: Gerstein/Politico/27September2011]
U.S. Demands Action on Pakistani Terrorist Network. The United States on Tuesday demanded that Pakistan dismantle a terrorist network blamed for attacking a U.S. embassy as Pakistanis defended efforts to fight militants and demonstrated against the increasing U.S. pressure.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Pakistan "needs to take action to deal with the links" that U.S. officials say exist between the Pakistani intelligence agency and the Haqqani Network, based along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.
He repeated claims by other U.S. officials that the Haqqani terrorists are "responsible for attacks on the U.S. Embassy" in Afghanistan and on other Western targets. [Read more: Sen/WashingtonTimes/27September2011]
Academic's Detention Sparks Debate. The detention of a Central Police University professor yesterday on suspicion of having gathered intelligence for China has sparked much debate, with sources saying that since the signing of a cross-strait agreement on joint efforts to combat crime, China has repeatedly asked Taiwan to establish "anti-terrorism" cooperation targeting pro-Taiwanese independence groups, pro-Xinjiang independence groups, pro-Tibetan independence groups, Falun Gong practitioners and social activists.
Taiwan has so far declined to agree to cooperate because the people China lists as "terrorists" are mostly political dissidents, sources said. [Read more: Yao&Chang/TaipeiTimes/1October2011]
Panetta: DIA 'Quiet Heroes' Mark 50th Anniversary. Every day the quiet heroes of the Defense Intelligence Agency collect, distill and distribute information that helps America's warriors defeat its enemies, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.
The secretary joined DIA Director Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, and more than 500 distinguished guests at a ceremony here celebrating the agency's 50th anniversary.
During the ceremony, defense officials from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom presented Burgess with gifts, and a tribute was made to fallen DIA colleagues.
"In commemorating this milestone," Panetta said, "we all pay tribute to DIA's half-century of extraordinary work defending our nation against a multitude of threats, a multitude of challenges, from the height of the Cold War to the post-9/11 conflicts."
A lot has changed in the last 50 years, the secretary added, "but one thing that remains the same is that we cannot accomplish our military objectives - it's a fundamental principle - without good intelligence. The two have to work together if we're going to achieve the ultimate victory." [Read more: Pellerin /Defense/30September2011]
Turkish Intelligence Officials Request US Cooperation Against PKK in Iraq. Officials from Turkey's National Intelligence Organization
(MİT) emphasized during US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's visit to Ankara last week that future anti-terror cooperation between the two countries must include concrete US efforts to disrupt operations of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
According to documents obtained by the Turkish daily Sabah, the American intelligence chief was told that the free movement of PKK leaders in Iraq has facilitated the group's operations in Turkey, greatly complicating Ankara's counterterrorism efforts. MİT consequently requested that three new steps be taken against PKK operations in northern Iraq.
Officials first requested that 97 individuals wanted by the Turkish state for alleged links to the PKK be detained if they attempt to fly from airports in Iraq. Turkey maintains that international airports in Baghdad and the northern city of Arbil are currently used by the PKK to travel freely to Europe, where it allegedly recruits members and traffics drugs. [Read more: TodaysZaman/29September2011]
Embassy Guard in China Charged with Espionage. A contract security officer assigned to the U.S. Consulate in People's Republic of China, was charged this week in Washington, D.C., with one count of attempting to provide U.S. defense information to a foreign government, two counts of making false statements, and one count of failing to appear in court after he ignored the conditions of his release.
Bryan Underwood, 31, was first charged in an indictment on August 31, 2011, with two counts of making false statements and was arrested on September 1, 2011. On September 21, 2011, Underwood was scheduled to appear at a status hearing in federal court in the District of Columbia, but failed to do so.
The FBI discovered Underwood hiding in Los Angeles and arrested him there in the early morning hours of September 24, 2011.
Underwood will be brought back to the District of Columbia for arraignment on the superseding indictment. If convicted of the charges against him in the superseding indictment, Underwood faces a maximum prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole. [Read more: Kouri/TheExaminer/3October2011]
Pentagon Launches War Court Website. The Pentagon on Wednesday launched a new website aimed at providing up-to-date information about military trials of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo, then used it to announce the first death penalty war crimes prosecution of the Obama administration.
Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, 46, a former Saudi millionaire, is accused of masterminding al Qaida's suicide bombing of a U.S. Navy warship in a Yemeni port a decade ago. His trial will be the first full military commission of the Obama era at a time when the White House is still committed to closing the prison camps. Wednesday, the Pentagon held 171 captives at its base in southeast Cuba, just four of them convicted war criminals.
News organizations have complained for years that the operation of the war court was often shrouded in secrecy and asked the Pentagon last year to begin posting information about military commission filings on the Internet as part of a push for better access to Guantanamo proceedings. That request was prompted by the banning of four reporters from military commissions for allegedly violating Pentagon rules. The Pentagon lifted the bans and rewrote its rules after news organizations complained that the bannings were illegal. [Read more: Rosenberg/MiamiHerald/28September2011]
Chinese Think Tank Also Serves as Spy Arm. When Vice President Joseph R. Biden met a group of five Chinese "think tank" experts in Beijing on Aug. 20, the meeting at the U.S. Embassy was billed in his official schedule as simply a round-table discussion with academics.
But a recent CIA report reveals the vice president was one of a long list of current and former U.S. and foreign officials who exchanged information with Cui Liru, one of the five experts identified as a longtime Ministry of State Security (MSS) intelligence officer working undercover as the head of China's most important intelligence-analysis group.
Mr. Cui is head of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, known as CICIR (pronounced "kicker"). CICIR has a long history of supplying information to the CIA through agency-paid U.S. consultants who are dispatched yearly to CICIR's offices in Beijing for discussions, according to U.S. officials.
[Read more: Gertz/WashingtonTimes/28September2011]
US Adds 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba Leaders to List of Terrorists. The US Treasury Department has targeted two senior leaders of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba by designating them as global terrorists. The terror group receives support from Pakistan's military and its intelligence service and is responsible for multiple attacks in South Asia.
Today under Executive Order 13224, the Treasury Department added Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders Zafar Iqbal and Hafiz Abdul Salam Bhuttavi to the list of specially designated global terrorists. Iqbal is the group's co-founder and a key fundraiser, while Bhuttavi is the deputy emir and main ideologue. The designation allows the US to freeze the assets of the two senior leaders, prevent them from using financial institutions, and prosecute them for terrorist activities.
"Zafar Iqbal and Hafiz Abdul Salam Bhuttavi are two of LET's most significant leaders," David S. Cohen, Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, was quoted as saying in the Treasury release. "Over the past 20 years, Iqbal and Bhuttavi have been responsible for fundraising, recruitment, and indoctrination of operatives." [Read more: Roggio/LongWarJournal/29September2011]
Japanese Spy Satellite in Orbit After Successful Launch. A spy satellite for the Japanese government rode an H-2A rocket into orbit Friday, replenishing a fleet of secret spacecraft designed to keep track of missile development in North Korea.
The classified spacecraft lifted off on a 174-foot-tall H-2A rocket at 0436 GMT (12:36 a.m. EDT) Friday, or 1:36 p.m. local time at Tanegashima Space Center, Japan's primary launching base off the southern coast of the main islands.
The two-stage H-2A rocket, boosted by twin strap-on solid rocket motors, pitched south of Tanegashima and thundered into a cloudless blue sky on the way to orbit. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said the flight was a complete success.
The secret satellite, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., is circling Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of more than 300 miles.
The spacecraft was a more than $500 million payload outfitted with an optical camera and telescope to supply imagery to the Japanese government for intelligence, defense and civilian remote sensing applications. The spacecraft will become an operational member of Japan's optical spy satellite fleet.
[Read more: Clark/SpaceflightNow/24September2011]
Privacy Group Sues for List of Members on Panel Overseeing Intelligence Agencies. A privacy advocacy group is suing the Office of Director of National Intelligence in effort to force the agency to turn over records of who is on the Intelligence Oversight Board, (IOB), the presidentially appointed panel responsible for oversight of the nation's intelligence agencies.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says it wants the identities of the board members revealed so it can be determined whether they are appropriate to be deciding whether the government has overstepped its bounds.
"The IOB has a critically important mission - civilian oversight of America's intelligence activities," said Mark Rumold, an open government legal fellow with the group.
"The board exists to make sure government agencies are not overstepping their authority and abusing citizens' rights," he said. "History has shown that intelligence agencies overseeing their own behavior is like the fox guarding the henhouse. If the IOB is ineffective, impaired, or short-staffed, that's information Americans need to know."
President Obama hasn't announced any appointments to the IOB since he took office in 2009.
The group says it brought the lawsuit after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence didn't respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for membership, vacancies and other information about the IOB made earlier this year. [Read more: FoxNews/1October2011]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
US-Born al-Awlaki Was a Gifted Preacher, Internet Maestro, and CIA's First American Target. The heavy black beard spoke of Islamic piety, the fashionable wire-rim glasses of Western style.
Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born, a gifted Muslim preacher and savvy Internet operator, became a powerful al-Qaida tool for recruiting in the West, its English-speaking voice spreading a terrorist credo via a blog, social media posts and email exchanges.
Al-Awlaki's East-West cross-appeal was seen as a potential model for the next generation of al-Qaida leaders. But his rise to prominence also drew the attention of the CIA, and landed him on its capture-or-kill list, the first American so targeted. [Read more: WashingtonPost/30September2011]
Dreaded Militant Hit Squad Goes Rogue in Pakistan. A blindfolded man stands on explosives, trembling as he confesses to spying for the CIA in Pakistan. Armed men in black balaclavas slowly back away. Then he is blown up.
One of his executioners - members of an elite militant hit squad - zooms a camera in on his severed head and body parts for a video later distributed in street markets as a warning.
Al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani network - blamed for a September 13 attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul - picked the most ruthless fighters from their ranks in 2009 to form the Khurasan unit, for a special mission.
The Obama administration was escalating drone strikes on militants in the Pakistani tribal areas on the Afghan border and something had to be done to stop the flow of tips used for the U.S. aerial campaign.
Militant groups don't have the military technology to match the American drone programme, but they understand the value of human intelligence, and fear, in the conflict.
So the Khurasan were deployed to hunt down and eliminate anyone suspected of helping the Americans or their Pakistani government and military allies.
Just this week, an Afghan couple visiting Pakistan was shot dead for spying in North Waziristan, where the group operates. [Read more: Georgy/Reuters/2October2011]
Ex-CIA Disguise Experts Putting a Human Face on Oft-Maligned U.S. Spies. Behind the closed double doors of a low-lit room just blocks from FBI headquarters, an interrogation is under way. Two intelligence agents sit at opposite ends of a long table while a team of inquisitors probes and presses.
How did you get to the CIA?
Are those kids in Iran hikers or spies?
What are America's top intelligence priorities?
"There's not a CIA analyst alive who would answer your question," Jonna Mendez says.
Mrs. Mendez pauses, sharing a look with her husband, Tony.
"But we will!" she says.
A married pair of former CIA officers, Mr. and Mrs. Mendez are hosting a dozen or so guests at Zola restaurant as part of a "Dinner With a Spy" event, discussing everything from KGB lipstick pistols to border infiltration.
"So many people have these visions of the CIA as a bunch of guys in bars cooking up ridiculous plans or as a conspiracy of God knows what by God knows whom," Mrs. Mendez said. "It's all based on this idea that the agency is full of people with evil intentions."
As the agency's leading disguise specialists, the Mendezes spent decades creating false identities for American spies. Since retiring from the CIA in the early 1990s, however, the two have worked to unmask their longtime profession - putting a human face on America's spies while providing a rare public look into the opaque world of intelligence.
"Tony and I try to demonstrate that the [intelligence community] is full of people just like you," Mrs. Mendez said. "People who make mistakes, sure, but also do a good job. People who go to work every morning and try to keep their country safe."
After long careers carrying out America's most secretive business, Tony and Joanna Mendez have embraced new roles in the public eye with relish: They have authored two books about their lives, participated in a number of documentaries, worked as technical advisers for a spy-themed television drama, hosted dozens of public talks and events, served as founding board members of the Spy Museum and even taught a community college course on espionage. Next year, Ben Affleck will direct and star as Mr. Mendez in "Argo," a George Clooney-produced film based on the daring, top-secret 1980 CIA rescue of American diplomats in Iran.
For the Mendezes, this is the new normal, an unexpected second act. [Read more: Hruby/WashingtonTimes/27September2011]
Spy Games Come to New York for UN General Assembly. When Iran's president accused the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly last year of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks, American diplomats were not caught flat-footed by the tirade.
Even before President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad finished his incendiary rant, U.S. diplomats marched out of the cavernous U.N. hall in protest and were ready with a written statement condemning his comments.
It was as if the U.S. knew exactly what Ahmadinejad intended to say.
The walkout hinted at one of the well-known but seldom spoken truths about the United Nations: The international organization, which was founded in the name of peace and security, is also a hotbed of spying and clandestine operations, where someone might very well be listening to your conversations and monitoring your emails - or perhaps reading your speeches in advance.
The start of the General Assembly each year is the Super Bowl of the U.N. spy games.
Foreign leaders descend upon New York with entourages of aides and security officers. Many have not been dispatched to practice diplomacy. They are intelligence officers, and they've come instead to recruit agents in hotels and quiet cafes around the city. In their line of work, trickery and deception trump political niceties.
While the diplomats inside the United Nations are often making headlines, FBI agents are chasing spies around the city. Justice Department lawyers are asking judges to approve wiretaps. And the CIA is searching for foreigners who might be persuaded to commit treason.
All this makes for a frenzied few weeks, especially for the FBI's Manhattan field office. The FBI's counterintelligence unit there is responsible for monitoring foreign diplomats in the city.
It's one of the most sophisticated intelligence-gathering operations in the U.S. and involves one of the FBI's most extensive electronic surveillance programs, according to former U.S. intelligence officials speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
It's hardly a secret to foreign intelligence officers, who are skilled at evading surveillance. [Read more: Goldman&Apuzzo/AP/4October2011]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Counterintelligence: A Quiet But Critical Mission. Every so often we hear about a big espionage case in which someone has been caught spying in the United States. Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent, and Aldrich Ames, a former CIA employee, both gave secrets to the Russians. Then there were the 10 Russian spies caught in 2010.
Each time it seems we are still a bit startled. But it goes on more than we know.
I lost a friend recently who knew better than most about such issues. Brian Kelley - a former CIA counterintelligence officer, Air Force counterintelligence officer and official at the National Counterintelligence Executive - died last week. He was a hero, an honorable man who was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
Counterintelligence is what quiet professionals like Brian do every day to protect us. He sacrificed much during his service, then became an educator at CIA University and the Institute of World Politics. He was passionate about his work and an example for those who are interested in "spy catcher" careers. [Read more: Dorch/WashingtonPost/28September2011]
Honing Defense Intelligence. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is broadening its customer base as well as its capabilities in a new strategy aimed at all levels of potential users. This represents a change in both the nature of defense intelligence and the innovations looming in collection, analysis and dissemination.
The agency historically has provided vital intelligence to commanders and other decision makers in the U.S. defense community. However, both technology and culture are extending the reach of intelligence further down the chain of command. Secure handheld multimedia communications systems, including smartphones, are allowing individual warfighters greater access to defense networks. The agency must be able to provide those new warfighting customers with the same quality of intelligence products that it provides to its higher-level customers without sacrificing its traditional effectiveness.
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) offers six core competencies: all-source analysis; human intelligence; counterintelligence; a worldwide secure information technology backbone; measurements and signatures intelligence, or MASINT, management; and the National Defense Intelligence College, which offers bachelor's and master's degree programs. Some of the agency's intelligence functions are similar to those found in other parts of the U.S. intelligence community. However, one element that sets the DIA apart is that it provides a defense perspective on its intelligence subject matters.
Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., USA, is director of the DIA. He sums up the strategy as, "One team, one mission, one agency." The key to achieving the goals of the strategy is to inculcate its approach to everyone throughout the agency.
Because the DIA comprises many different elements, it now finds it necessary to develop an environment in which the agency operates with a single mindset. What Gen. Burgess describes as "fiefdoms" emerged over years of activities that became more specialized with the passage of time. Now, with so many aspects of intelligence gathering, processing and dissemination interrelated, the DIA must consolidate separate elements in terms of operation and mission. [Read more: Ackerman/Signal/October2011]
Chief of CIA's 'Global Jihad Unit' Revealed Online. The CIA is having trouble keeping its secret agents off the internet. First, it allowed the White House to publish a photograph of the man behind the operation to kill Osama bin Laden. And now the identity of the woman who runs its "Global Jihad Unit" - and who has a long (if pseudonymous) history of being associated with some of the agency's most disastrous boondoggles - has been published online by two documentary filmmakers who sussed it out with the help of some "savvy internet research."
Her name is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky and, according to independent reporters Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy, she is a CIA analyst who is partially responsible for intelligence lapses that led to 9/11. The two reporters recently released a "documentary podcast" called "Who Is Richard Blee?" about the chief of the agency's bin Laden unit in the immediate run-up to the 9/11 attacks and featuring interviews with former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, former CIA agent Bob Baer, Looming Tower author Lawrence Wright, 9/11 Commission co-chairman Tom Keane, and others. In it, Nowosielski and Duffy make the case that Bikowsky and another CIA agent named Michael Anne Casey deliberately declined to tell the White House and the FBI that Khalid al-Mihdhar, an Al Qaida affiliate they were tracking, had obtained a visa to enter the U.S. in the summer of 2001. Al-Mihdhar was one of the hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77. The CIA lost track of him after he entered the U.S.
Bikowsky was also, according to Nowosielski and Duffy, instrumentally involved in one of the CIA's most notorious f-ups - the kidnapping, drugging, sodomizing, and torture of Khalid El-Masri in 2003 (El-Masri turned out to be the wrong guy, and had nothing to do with terrorism). As the Associated Press' Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo reported earlier this year, an analyst they described only by her middle name - "Frances" - pressed for El-Masri to be abducted even though some in the agency weren't convinced he was the terrorist that Frances suspected he was. Instead of being punished or fired for the error, "Frances" was eventually promoted to running the Global Jihad Unit by then-CIA director Michael Hayden. According to Goldman and Apuzzo's story, "Hayden told colleagues that he gave Frances a pass because he didn't want to deter initiative within the counterterrorism ranks."
Nowosielski and Duffy also contend that Bikowsky is the unnamed "particularly overzealous female officer" described in Jane Mayer's The Dark Side who traveled to personally view Khalid Sheikh Muhammed's interrogation despite having "no legitimate reason" to be there. Mayer reported that she attended the sessions because "she thought it would be cool"; her supervisors later reprimanded her with the admonition, "It's not supposed to be entertainment."
Michael Anne Casey, according Nowosielski and Duffy, is the name of the CIA analyst who sat on information about Al-Mihdhar obtaining a visa in 2001, at one point telling an FBI agent detailed to the agency, "Listen, it's not an FBI case. It's not an FBI matter. When we want the FBI to know, we'll let them know. And you're not going to say anything."
The disclosures appear to have been inadvertent. In the "Who Is Rich Blee?" podcast, as well as a transcript of it available online, both Bikowsky and Casey are referred to exclusively as "[Frances]" and "[Michael]." But at some point this week, Nowosielski and Duffy posted on their web site a cache of email correspondence with the CIA's public affairs office generated while pursuing the story. Among them was an email Nowosielski wrote to an unnamed CIA official last month laying out their argument for revealing Bikowsky and Casey's names - and revealing that they were able to identify them not through a whistleblower or anonymous leak but "through internet research."
[Read more: Cook/Gawker/22September2011]
America's Security Overload. The nation's top intelligence manager recently published some startling figures: some 2.8 million federal employees hold security clearances that allow them to work on secret government programs.
But even more surprising, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found, another 1.07 million private contractors hold clearances too. At the top-secret level alone, there are twice as many contractors - nearly 525,000 - as William Arkin and I estimated in our new book Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.
Although it may not admit it, I bet the government is surprised by the number of contractors it employs. These figures have been difficult to come by.
When then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates tried last year to find out how many private contractors worked in his personal office, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he couldn't get an answer, he sheepishly told me in an interview.
By then, many leaders within the sprawling, hidden world built to respond to the 9/11 terrorist attacks had realized that the government's spending spree on the employees of profitable corporations was bankrupting their operations.
Contractors were supposed to save the taxpayers money; agencies could hire them when they were needed and let them go when they were not. The government wouldn't have to pay for the substantial benefits package that comes with federal employees, and hiring contractors could mask the fact that the government was growing in response to the 9/11 attacks - something every administration and member of Congress remains keen to conceal, especially in this era of government-bashing.
[Read more: Priest/DailyBeast/21September2011]
Section IV - Obituaries, Books and Coming Events
Lyra H. Kardas, CIA Language Teacher. Lyra H. Kardas, 85, who taught French, Portuguese and Arabic at the CIA and served as an interpreter and translator for the spy agency, died Sept. 7 at Manor Care hospice in Arlington County. She had Parkinson�s disease.
The death was confirmed by her son Edward Kardas Jr.
Mrs. Kardas was born Lyra Hassan in Rome to an Egyptian father and Italian mother. She graduated from the American University in Cairo and became a U.S. citizen after marrying Edward P. Kardas in 1947.
She accompanied her husband on his Foreign Service assignments throughout North Africa and South America before settling in the Washington area in the early 1960s. She was an Arlington resident.
She worked for the CIA from 1965 to 2005 and was a recipient of the Career Intelligence Medal. [Read more: WashingtonPost/27September2011]
Robert J. Myers. Robert J. Myers Died in Palo Alto, CA on September 18, 2011. Born in Elkhart, Indiana on January 1, 1924, he attended DePauw University before joining the US Army in 1943. He was recruited into the OSS and went to China in 1945, assigned to the Eagle Project for Korean independence. In 1946, he returned to the University of Chicago, where he later obtained his PhD under Hans Morgenthau. He joined the CIA in 1949, assigned to Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia. He served as Cambodia station chief from 1960-62 and as Deputy Chief of the Far East Division 1963-1965. Upon his resignation from the CIA, he was awarded the Intelligence Medal.
He was co-founder and publisher of The Washingtonian magazine in 1965. From 1968 through 1979, he was publisher of The New Republic. While in DC, he enjoyed writing fiction and political satire. From 1980-1994, he was president of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs in New York. During his tenure, the Council developed dynamic programs examining questions of human rights, ethics and moral philosophy in partnership with diverse institutions throughout the world. Upon retirement, he and his wife Betty moved to California, where he was a fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1995-2007, completing two books; U.S. Policy in the 21st Century: The Relevance of Realism (1999) and Korea in the Cross Currents: A Century of Struggle and the Crisis of Reunification (2001).
He enjoyed tennis and golf, was a White Sox fan and a jazz aficionado. Family, friends and colleagues benefited from his encouragement and ability to connect people through his wide-ranging interests and creativity. We will miss his wit and humor and incisive analyses. [Read more: WashingtonPost/4October2011]
CIA Could Have Shot Dag Hammarskj�ld Plane, Says New Investigative Book. Mystery has deepened surrounding the death of the former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskj�ld after new evidence indicates that an American officer based in Nicosia heard the diplomat's plane being shot at just seconds before it crashed.
The powerful claims feature in a new book called Who Killed Dag Hammarskj�ld by academic Susan Williams, which presents a four-year probe outlining the possibility that foul play was behind the fatal flight.
When his plane came down in a forest near Ndola, in present-day Zambia 50 years ago this week, killing him and 15 others on board the world was left in shock.
Unlike previous UN leaders, Hammarskj�ld adopted a hands-on policy when elected in 1953 - he was not afraid to take his diplomacy skills to troubled areas and displayed sympathy for emerging nations - as well as an intense distaste of the arrogance of big powers.
In turn, the big powers found the energetic Swede troublesome. They despised his immense energy, single-minded devotion to his tasks and what they saw as his meddling in areas that did not concern him.
Williams, a senior research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Commonwealth Studies, says some of the strongest new revelations about the crash come from American pilot Charles Southall, who was working at the National Security Agency listening station in Nicosia.
"I was astonished when I came across this report which featured Mr. Southall in the Royal Library in Stockholm, the testimony was in Swedish but there were some quotations in English. I was really shocked and had to immediately go and find a translator and find out exactly what the document said," author Susan Williams told the Sunday Mail.
It transpired that Southall was a career intelligence officer, who trained as a navy pilot and held the rank of Commander in the US Naval Reserve; he is fluent in French and certified in Arabic as an interpreter and translator.
Nowadays Charles Southall, 77, is the CEO of the commercial intelligence company Omnifact LLC, but back in 1961 he was part of a team working at a communications installation on the outskirts of Nicosia, which was then one of the major relay stations. [Read more: Morley/CyprusMail/25September2011]
Royal Secret Agent Breaks Her Silence. The Queen's Scottish cousin has broken a 70-year silence to reveal her top-secret role as a real-life Miss Moneypenny.
The Honourable Margaret Rhodes has told of how she was recruited into the shadowy world of espionage after volunteering to 'do her bit' during the Second World War.
Like Jane Moneypenny in the James Bond series, the first cousin of the future monarch was employed as a secretary to the head of MI6.
Confidentiality clauses signed by the Scot, who later served as lady-in-waiting to her aunt, the Queen Mother, prevented her from disclosing any details of her role in Britain's secret service.
However, the 86-year-old, who grew up at Carberry Tower, near Musselburgh, has now divulged details of her clandestine contribution to the war effort in a book, The Final Curtsey.
The daughter of the 16th Lord Elphinstone, who was a bridesmaid at the Queen's wedding and still regularly receives visits from Her Majesty, was tasked with reading messages sent from British spies across the globe, narrowly avoided being killed by a V1 rocket, and had her London landlord arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi spy. [Read more: Horne/Scotsman.com/2October2011]
Letters to the Editors
Ron Paul wrong about Anwar al-Awlaki killing To the AFIO: I'm submitting this article to you, out of some frustration. It's been all over this morning's news that Anwar al-Awalaki was killed in Yemen last night by a U.S. predator drone. Quite frankly, it bothers me how CNN, MSNBC...even FOX news outlets bring up the issue that he was an American "citizen" and, perhaps, we shouldn't have killed him. So, I wrote this piece commentary.
Ron Paul wrong about Anwar al-Awlaki killing
Ron Paul is questioning why President Obama and the CIA took out Anwar al-Awalaki, simply because he was an American citizen. Apparently, Mr. Paul, GOP Presidential runner, never ask himself how big a threat this U.S. “citizen” was to America and why he was considered so dangerous. I delved into al-Awlaki’s life in attempts to ferret out answers to these questions.
His hatred toward America was intense and radical to the extreme. He sold CD’s for $100 each that encouraged the malleable and marginal Islam youth to become extremists. He influenced them when they could swing either way- to become moderate and peaceful Muslims or radical Jihadists. These marginal Muslims continue to experience conflicting issues between their faith and the American way of life. Their belief systems are naturally challenged and to al-Awlaki…they were fair game. He stepped in and filled their cognitive incongruities with linear, unilateral concepts.
Al-Awlaki’s persona inspired Nidal Malik Hasan to carry out the Fort Hood massacre; the 2007 murder of a soldier at Fort Dix; the 2005 British public transportation system bombings; the Xmas Day plane bomber; the 2006 Toronto radical Islamic terrorism case; the April 26 unsuccessful assassination attempt of the British ambassador to Yemen, Tim Torlot; and the 2010 Times Square attempted bombing by Faisal Shahzad, who was recently sentenced to life in prison.
Even America’s heartland couldn’t escape al-Awlaki’s reach. Michael Finton, alias Talib Islam, attempted to bomb the Federal Building and the offices of Congressman Aaron Schock in Springfield, Illinois in 2009. Finton admired al-Awlaki and was a devotee of his on his Facebook fan page. Yes, al-Awlaki had an official Facebook site and website, which had many American high school-aged fans.
The Intelligence Community (IC) can't measure the intangible effects of his proficient English-speaking rhetoric. He appealed to non-Arabic speaking Americans and, indeed, influenced them. Radicalized Americans preach openly in the streets of NYC about the need for Sharia law to be established in the U.S. and praise the destruction and deaths of 9/11. They laud al-Awlaki and taunt moderate Muslims entering NYC’s Islamic Cultural Center while the Imam Shamsi Ali is preaching tolerance inside. Not surprisingly, when German police raided Ramzi Binalshibh’s apartment (the 20th 9/11 hijacker), they found al-Awlaki’s phone number in his personal contact list. US intelligence believes he served in the support network for the 9/11 hijackers during their stay in America, to keep them spiritually focused; i.e., motivated to murder as many American civilians as possible.
Al-Awlaki’s loathing of America and Britain continued to influence more Muslims in Yemen. Britain’s MI5 grew concerned over the increasing al-Qaeda plots that continue to originate in Yemen, which is where al-Awlaki was hiding. President Obama issued a "Capture or Kill" directive for this English-speaking jihadi preacher, scholar, and lecturer. He reached a huge non-Arabic-speaking audience, making him extremely valuable to al-Qaeda in spreading the Wahhabi fundamentalist sect of Islam.
With Obama’s "Capture or Kill" decree over his head, al-Awlaki went underground in Yemen. But, he continued to reach marginal and moderate Muslim and non-Muslim youth in the U.S. and Britain via online lectures, video and audio tapes of his sermons, and through Islamic websites. Here’s a bit of one of his tapes, which can be found in public libraries throughout Britain:
“To the Muslims in America, I have this to say: How can your conscience allow you to live in peaceful coexistence with a nation that is responsible for the tyranny and crimes committed against your own brother and sisters? I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding upon every other able Muslim.”I can't comprehend how Ron Paul makes his killing via a predator drone inside Yemen into an issue. Anwar al-Awlaki ignored the fact that al-Qaeda and the Taliban have each murdered more of their innocent “brothers and sisters”…with unrepentant alacrity, than the U.S. military has…by remorseful error.
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in October, November, and beyond, 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, 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: email@example.com
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. David Major, retired Supervisory Special Agent and Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs for the FBI who supervised the Walker case after Walker's arrest, 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. Major 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
7 October 2011, 6:30 - 8 pm - Washington, DC - American Traitors: Fathers and Sons - at the Institute of World Politics in honor of the late Brian Kelley.
Bryan Denson, Reporter, Federal
Courts/Investigations, The Oregonian, speaks on the viral nature of
being a traitor -- it can run in families.
"I would never hurt my kids" said convicted spy Jim Nicholson to interviewer Katie Couric as he was recounting the events which caused him to be arrested as a spy and sentenced to twenty four years in federal penitentiary. Yet a dozen years later, Nicholson convinced his youngest son Nathan to make contact with the Russian SVR to try and collect some $300,000 which the SVR maintained in Nicholson's "escrow account" which had built up during the eighteen months in which Nicholson was on the SVR payroll while a serving senior CIA operations officer. Nicholson maintained that he needed money to keep his family together after a costly divorce and that he saw no other way to get the money he needed other than to sell secrets to the Russians.
Nathan Nicholson was twelve when his father was arrested. Nathan struggled growing up and enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. An injury caused Nathan to be discharged early and he faced financial difficulties. His father saw in his son a conduit to the SVR and convinced his son to seek out the SVR to begin to collect escrow money. Young Nathan revered his father and agreed to the plan.
What happened next? Bryan Denson, a senior investigative reporter for the Oregonian newspaper covered the Nicholson family caper which ended with eight additional years added to the sentence for Jim Nicholson. Denson did extensive interviews with Nathan, his mother, his sister and other notables who knew Nicholson and knew about what transpired prior to the arrest of Nathan by the FBI.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW , Washington, DC 20036
RSVPs REQUIRED: sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event was organized by the late Professor Brian Kelley and will be held in his honor.
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
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Florida Suncoast Chapter hosts meeting and luncheon.
Location: MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Boulevard, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
RSVP no later than Wednesday, October 5, for yourself and include the names of any guests. Email or call the Chapter Secretary, Michael F. Shapiro at email@example.com.
Check-in at 1130 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our speaker.
Note that our meetings have moved to a new facility, the Surf’s Edge Club, where the luncheon cost is $20.
You must present your $20 check payable to “Suncoast Chapter, AFIO” (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon.
Note that the base is now enforcing a handscan registration for those with ID cards so, if you haven't been on-base recently, you should look into this or allow some extra time when you arrive for the meeting.
Should you not have a 'bumper sticker' or ID card for access to MacDill AFB, please so state in your RSVP. If you have not already submitted information required from the Gate Access List, be sure to include your license number, name on drivers license and state of issue for yourself and for any guests you are bringing on base.
Anyone with special AFIO Gate Access should proceed to the Bayshore Gate. If you need directions, please let us know.
The main gate will send you to the visitor‘s center and they will not be able to help you enter the base, only give you directions to the Bayshore Gate.
The cash wine and soda bar will open at 1100 hours for those that wish to come early to socialize.
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
Friday, 14 October 2011, noon -3 pm - Ashburn, VA - Steven Emerson, Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, speaks at Loudoun Crime Commission Luncheon - AFIO members invited.
Steven Emerson -- an important but infrequent publicly-available counterterrorism expert -- will be talking for 90 minutes on terrorism threats, in general, with particular emphasis on Northern VA and Loudoun Counties. His books will be available for purchase and signing, and he will be amenable to signing those copies you already own. Bring them with you.
Location: Belmont Country Club is directly off Rte 7 in Ashburn at 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn, VA, 20147.
Directions can be found at http://www.belmontcountryclub.com/location-direction.shtml. Cost for the luncheon is $20.00 for AFIO members and can be paid by cash or check at the door. Doors open at 1200 with lunch at 1230; Emerson on at 1300.
RSVPs are strongly suggested but we usually have a few extra seats for stragglers. Please RSVP to Director Collins by October 10th at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not delay because the Commission expects a larger crowd than normal.
15 October 2011, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - The Maine AFIO Chapter shows documentary "THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: In Search of My Father CIA Spymaster William Colby" created by Carl Colby.
The Maine Chapter will host a showing of the documentary film created by Carl Colby, son of former CIA Director William Colby based on his investigation of his father's life. The film rated a New York Times "Critics’ Choice" award.
William Colby's intelligence career began when he served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II aiding anti-Nazi insurgents in France and Norway. He fought the postwar Communist ascendance in Italy and helped coordinate the coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam. The film covers his rise to Director of CIA from 1973 to 1976 and the turbulent period of Richard M. Nixon's resignation and revealing of CIA activities which became known as the "family jewels" Personal and family tragedies are also part of the film
In 1996 William Colby's body washed ashore eight days after he embarked on a solo canoe trip in Maryland, leaving the details of his last moments, to some, as much in the shadows as the life he had led.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011, in the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For information call 207-967-4298
Saturday, 15 October 2011, 1 - 3 pm - Washington DC - "Riot Act" by Ed Mickolus, at the International Spy Museum
This former CIA officer and self-described humorist has written "The
Secret Book of CIA Humor" and will be giving an author presentation
with an entertaining collection of rookie hazing practices, performance
appraisal outtakes, and on-the-job anecdotes from his thirty year career
with the Agency. Includes “Useful Phrases to Know When Traveling in
Terrorist Areas,” “The Problem with Security Covers,” and “You Might be a
Taliban If. . ..”
In his real life Ed Mickolus worked as an analyst, covert action officer, manager, and public affairs officer. He now teaches intelligence issues for federal agencies. He considers himself a recovering standup comic, and he lives in northern VA. To register visit www.spymuseum.org
18 October 2011, 1130 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - Fred King, DIA, on "Cyber Warfare" at the Defense Intelligence Forum Luncheon
Fred King retired from DIA as a Supervisory Intelligence Officer in Information Warfare. He serves as the Chief of the Information Warfare Support Office and lead DIA analyst for the National Intelligence Estimate on Information Warfare. As an analyst, Mr. King worked closely with analysts from other Intelligence organizations to determine how threat systems were attacking US vulnerabilities. These determinations were used to develop programs to eliminate or reduce these vulnerabilities. His group led the investigation of some of the earlier Cyber Attacks on the Pentagon. Because of these and other efforts he received the Director’s Award for Exceptional Civilian Service. For eighteen years Mr. King worked as a Research Engineer for the Army’s Harry Diamond Research Laboratories developing electronic simulators (Radars, Tracking Loops, and Display systems) to evaluate the Electronic Warfare Threats to US systems for the Intelligence Community. Mr. King holds a B.S in Electronic Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and M.S. in Electronic Engineering from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Media: this forum allows attribution of the speaker's remarks. Everything is On The Record.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA. Pay at the door with a check for $29 payable to DIAA, Inc
Registration starts at 1130, lunch at 1200.
The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests.
Make reservations by 14 October by email to email@example.com. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
For each attendee choose either: chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella.
Please note: THE FORUM DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH! If you do not have a check, you must have the restaurant charge your credit or debit card $29 and give us the restaurant's copy of the receipt when you check-in. So, make it easier for everyone by arriving with check.
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"
The Berlin Crisis of 1961 - "Building the Wall, From Vienna to Checkpoint Charlie" - Date: Thursday October 27, 2011, Location: McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Washington DC; Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
The National Declassification Center at the National Archives, in partnership with the Historical Review Program of the CIA, will be a hosting a one-day conference to mark the anniversary of the Berlin Crisis of 1961. October 27th, 2011 is the 50th anniversary of the American/Soviet showdown at Checkpoint Charlie. At the McGowan theater at the Archives building in downtown Washington, D.C. a panel of distinguished historians will present topics such as "How the East German Leadership Persuaded the Reluctant Soviets to Build the Berlin Wall", "Events and Decisions Leading Up to the Building of the Berlin Wall - The East German Perspective" and "The U.S. Military Response to the 1960-62 Berlin Crisis." The last person to cross the Potsdamer Platz in a car as the Wall was being erected, Dr. William R. Smyser, will be sharing his personal recollections of the Crisis.
A publication of newly released declassified documents will accompany the event. Documents include intelligence reports, U.S. Army and NATO contingency plans, memoranda, photographs and maps of the earliest stages of the Berlin Wall, and a contemporary 600-page State Department analysis covering the situation in Berlin from 1958-1962.Scheduled Speakers: Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-897-6268.
28 October 2011, 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Area Chapter meeting features Dan Caldwell on "Vortex of Conflict: US Policy Towards Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq."
This is not a luncheon; it is a meeting, only. Plan to eat before or after event.
The guest speaker will be Dan Caldwell, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University and the author of "Vortex of Conflict: U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq" (Stanford University Press, 2011). Professor Caldwell will be addressing the findings of his book.
Location: Room 35 at LMU [Loyola Marymount University].
RSVP AFIO_LA@yahoo.com to attend.
2-3 November 2-11 - Buckley AFB, Aurora, CO - DNI hosts 2011 Intelink Technical Exchange.
The ITE [Intelink Technical Exchange] brings together practitioners and technologists from the intelligence, national defense, homeland security, and law enforcement communities working to improve intelligence information sharing. The ITE is open to government employees and contractors. AFIO members may attend but need to show AFIO ID.
CALL FOR PAPERS: If you wish to present at the ITE, send your abstracts by September 15, 2011 to ITE@ugov.gov Your topic should describe substantive technical work area relevant to the National Security Enterprise, our information environment, or the business of intelligence.
Contact ITE@ugov.gov for additional information
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:30 - 5:30 PM - Simi Valley, CA - CIA Document Release Event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library, Simi Valley, California
Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and the End of the Cold War will feature high-level former policymakers, intelligence practitioners, and analysts discussing how the Reagan Administration used intelligence in making policies to end the Cold War. The CIA is releasing a collection of more than 200 declassified documents, including intelligence assessments, high-level memos, and briefing materials provided to the Administration during this period. Also included are never-before-seen 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. This event is free to attend, however reservations are required.
Featured guest speakers include Kenneth Adelman, Former Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and Oleg Kalugin, Former Major General in the Soviet KGB.
Panelists include: Peter Clement, CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence for Analytic Programs; Douglas MacEachin, Former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence; Admiral Bobby Inman, Former CIA Deputy Director; Martin Anderson, Former Advisor to President Reagan; Gregory Treverton, Director, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security; David Holloway, Stanford University; Mary Sarotte, University of Southern California; Bruce D. Berkowitz, Author; Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic, CIA Historian; and David Lodge, CIA Analyst.
Location: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Click here to make reservations. For more information, please call 805-577-4141 or visit this link. There is no fee to attend.
Thursday, 17 November 2011, 11:30 am Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Sheriff Terry Maketa speaking about his official visits to Israel and Trinidad. This should be an interesting talk as El Paso County Sheriff’s rarely travel this far from home. Dick Durham will lead the meeting as the President will be in London on his own fact finding and gathering mission. To be held at a new location, The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at email@example.com
17 November 2011 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Richard W. Held, former Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Topic: The Cyber Threat: Changing the Nature of Future Conflict.11:30AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-members accompanied by a member. No walk-ins allowed. Seating is limited. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) no later than October 29, 2011 at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011
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