AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-12 dated 22 May 2012

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Section IV -    Education, Books and Documentaries, Obituaries, Announcements and Coming Events


Books and Documentaries



Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY

College Costs Giving You Sticker-Shock?

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How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11
Saved American Lives

Register Now for this special event to hear this dedicated intelligence official
who made the needed, real-time, brave decisions while others stalled, waffled, obfuscated, bobbed-and-weaved. The critics, having forgotten the realities of 9/11, today rush forward to fault certain CIA officers on the front lines, and claim weak-kneed, hand-holding "tell-me-all, I'm your friend" interview sessions with terrorist detainees [who consider lying to infidels sport] would have been a better response to the death of thousands of fellow citizens, while the nation sought to head-off unknown future plots.

As for those tapes...they were destroyed for many reasons, but the most important was that innocent American lives would otherwise have been put at risk if such material found its way (does it ever not?) onto websites and media outlets. If cartoons of Allah and trophy photos of justly-killed terrorists triggers murderous anti-US rampages, insisting on release of dated but similar 'evidence' is the thinking common of 'lawfare' devotees, devoid of commonsense and acceptance of consequences. Rodriguez saw the larger picture and responded bravely...and appropriately...and presents his thinking on these and other national security issues. This is a presentation not to be missed.

Friday, June 1, Tysons Corner, VA
AFIO Summer Luncheon
featuring former CIA National Clandestine Service Director
Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.

on his long-anticipated -- and, to the usual snivelers, controversial -- book:

How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11
Saved American Lives

co-authored with Bill Harlow
[author, former Director of the Office of Public Affairs, CIA]

All speakers at this event are ON THE RECORD.


Distinguished former CIA Latin America/Caribbean expert, author of -
Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine

Brian Latell, Ph.D.

speaks at 11 a.m.

Seating limited. Register NOW.

60 Minutes featured Jose Rodriguez and clearly got their unbalanced 'script' directly (and only) from the critics of EIT and those who practice and see the world through the narrow, distorted lens known as "lawfare" not "warfare," including some grandstanding politicians passing themselves off as "interrogation experts," and unnamed others who now stand on the sidelines to lob stones at officials -- like Jose -- on the front lines [the pointy end of the spear] who had to make the tough decisions real-time, devoid of the luxury nor inclination of waiting for pollsters to measure voter and legal sentiment.
To view both parts of the program start at this link:

Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 1000-1130 - Annapolis Junction, Maryland

The Camouflage Project

Part of the NCMF Cryptologic Program Series

The Ohio State University Drama Department's Theatrical Exhibition Team will perform The Camouflage Project as part of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's Cryptologic Program Series. Click on image above to explore on Ohio State University website. Or view info on this event as it will be performed at the NCMF June 13 event here.
The performance is based on the mission of four female British agents who operated behind German lines in France during World War II. Through exhibition stations and a performance of mime and dance you will learn how the agents used camouflage and code systems training to conceal themselves and communicate with allied forces.
The project leaders are Professors Lesley Ferris and Mary Tarantino whose research led them to the gates of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp, where the four women, who had assisted in the escape of British soldiers, were executed in July 1944. How and why were they captured? Were they sacrificed to protect D-Day? You will not want to miss this saga of clandestine warfare.
The presentation will be held on Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 1000-1130 at the L-3 Stratis Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD in the National Business Park (NBP). Lunch will be served following the program.
FEE: The Camouflage Program fee is $15 for NCMF members. The guest fee is $40, which includes an NCMF membership. Please make your check payable to NCMF and send to: NCMF Cryptologic Program Series,
PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755-1682. Send by COB 11 June. Inquiries to

Also do not miss examining the latest National Cryptologic Museum Newsletter - May 2012 - which appears here:

SPYPEDIA Subscriber?
If so, these are the latest updates. If not, here is just a bit of what you're missing....

On Sunday, 13 May a Russian Engineer connected to a closed-access company developing the control system for the Bulava SLBM was charged with selling state secrets to a foreign intelligence agency. The Bulava SLBM is being deployed to become the cornerstone of Russia's new strategic forces strategy.
SPYPEDIA is proud to announce the development of its new section for Historical Espionage Cases, where we will provide a historical list of spy cases prior to 1945. In addition to the infamous spies Benedict Arnold and Mata Hari, we have 9 more cases spanning from the American Revolutionary War to World War II.
In addition, a new terrorism profile has been added for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, a splinter group of the PFLP that was founded in 1968. It continues to operate from Lebanon, with its leadership in Syria.

Stay abreast of the latest espionage, counterterrorism, security and cybersecurity news from around the globe by subscribing to SPYPEDIA run by the Ci Centre. All new additions can be found by simply navigating to the "New Content" tab, which features the most recent updates in the SPYPEDIA database

- Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)



Turkey Discovers 'Israeli Spy Bird' as Bizarre Espionage Claims Continue. In the latest bizarre espionage claim leveled at Israeli intelligence services, Turkish authorities claimed that a dead bird found by a Turkish farmer in a field may have been conducting covert surveillance for Israel.

The dead Merops apiaster bird - commonly known as the European Bee-Eater - was discovered by the Turkish farmer wearing a band on its leg with the word "Israel" written on it.

The bird also had "unusually large nostrils," leading to speculation that it was implanted with a surveillance device and sent to Turkey on an aerial espionage mission.

The Israeli news website Ynet News, citing Turkish media, reported that the bird's remains were handed over to the Turkish Agriculture Ministry, which then turned them over to Ankara's security services.

News of the feathered arrest spread to Israel, where the Society of Protection of Nature was eventually alerted. The group confirmed that the bird was banded about four years ago for research purposes.

"The Turkish authorities can rest easy - it's not a spy," Yoav Pearlman of the Israeli Birdwatching Center told Ynet News on Tuesday.

The bizarre development follows a series of weird espionage allegations leveled at Israel by Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in recent years.

Saudi Arabia announced in January 2011 that it "detained" a bird wearing an Israeli identification band. The bird was carrying a GPS transmitter from Tel Aviv University.

Saudi authorities moved quickly to condemn the feathered sleuth for being part of a "Zionist espionage plot." [Read more: NewsCore/16May2012]

White House Replaces Cybersecurity Chief. President Obama has picked a new cybersecurity officer amid furious debate between the White House and both chambers of Congress around the future of American cyber defense, the White House announced on Thursday.

Michael Daniel, a longtime member of the Office of Management and Budget's national security squad, will fill the gap left by Howard Schmidt, who announced his departure earlier this week.

Daniel has been working with securities issues for 10 years and watched over multiple Defense Department programs, as well as the budgets for the federal government's various cybersecurity programs. He has been involved with "virtually every major issue affecting the Intelligence Community," according to a White House statement.

"I am very honored to be asked to take on such an important role, especially at a time when cybersecurity issues are so prominent," said Daniel in a statement.

"The challenges in this area are real and serious, but I have the benefit of building on the progress Howard has made through his leadership and I look forward to continuing my career in public service in a new way."

Schmidt, the exiting chief who worked in security at eBay and Microsoft prior to his two-year White House tenure, said he would be leaving the White House to retire, settle down with his family and begin a teaching career. [Read more: Fitzpatrick/Mashable/19May2012]

Alexander Gniteyev, Russia Defense Plant Worker, Convicted Of Treason In Espionage Case. A Russian defense company worker was convicted Friday of passing missile secrets to foreign intelligence in the latest espionage case amid a cold spell in Moscow's relations with Washington.

The Sverdlov Regional Court in the city of Yekaterinburg handed an eight-year prison sentence to Alexander Gniteyev, a worker at a defense company dealing with automatic systems. Court spokesman Yelena Maryina said Gniteyev also has been ordered to pay a 100,000 ruble ($3,200) fine.

Anna Lastovitskaya, a spokeswoman for the regional branch of the Russian Federal Security Service, the top KGB successor agency, said Gniteyev had divulged missile secrets to foreign intelligence, but wouldn't say what country Gniteyev was spying for.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter that Russia should toughen its punishment for espionage. "If they had sentenced him to 80 (years), that would have reduced the number of those eager to pass state secrets," he tweeted.

Rogozin said that Gniteyev had handed over secrets related to the Bulava missile, developed to arm the latest generation of Russian nuclear submarines. [Read more: HuffingtonPost/18May2012]

Counterterrorism Expert Sees Much to be Done. Andrew Liepman, who is stepping down Friday as deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, has spent much of his tenure monitoring a near-constant stream of threats, including the latest al-Qaeda plot to blow up an airplane with an underwear bomb.

But as his six-year stint winds down, Liepman has increasingly sought to look past the latest threat data at longer-term questions, including what and how long it will take for the conflict with al-Qaeda to end.

Al-Qaeda's core organization in Pakistan was staggered last year by the death of Osama bin Laden and the toll of CIA drone strikes. But in an interview, Liepman said that predictions of al-Qaeda's demise seem increasingly premature.

"The mission hasn't been accomplished, al-Qaeda hasn't been strategically defeated," Liepman said. "We'll be done when the bin Laden global jihadist ideology no longer resonates at all.

"I think we're a ways away from that," he said.

Liepman, 55, is being replaced by Nicholas Rasmussen, a senior counterterrorism adviser to President Obama who has played a leading role in shaping policies, including the escalating drone campaign against al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen. The transition between the two at NCTC began this week.

Liepman's departure marks the culmination of a three-decade career, one that followed an unlikely path from studying forestry as an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley to a series of high-level positions at the CIA.

Before arriving at NCTC, Liepman served as deputy director of the CIA's counterterrorism center, which runs the agency's drone campaign. He also led the CIA's Office of Iraq Analysis, a position he assumed shortly after President George W. Bush appeared under a "Mission Accomplished" banner on an aircraft carrier. Under Liepman, the CIA delivered a series of increasingly pessimistic assessments of the progress of the war. [Read more: Miller/17May2012]

Google Can Track Ships At Sea - Including US Navy; Detailed Maps Planned of Sea Bottom. Google will soon make public information about virtually every ship at sea, giving the current location and identity even of American warships. Meanwhile, the company is consulting with the Navy and others about security issues.

Google paid several million dollars for the satellite technology to pinpoint ships' locations. "These things cost three million dollars for the whole program," Michael Jones, "Chief Technology Advocate" at Google Ventures, said at the annual Joint Warfighting Conference held by the US Naval Institute and the electronics industry group AFCEA. Google has talked to representatives of 50 navies worldwide about their new technology and has discovered it tracks ships better than their own commanders can. "I watch them and they can't see themselves," Jone said. "It angers me as a citizen that I can do this and the entire DoD can't."

While none of this makes Google an intelligence agency, it certainly highlights a trend of great interest to the intelligence community and the military. [Read more: Freedberg&Clark/AOLDefense/17May2012]

Mauritania: Qaddafi's Former Spy Chief Is Indicted. Abdullah al-Senussi, the man who ran Libya's extensive spy network and was considered one of the closest confidants of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was indicted Monday for "illegally entering Mauritania using false identity documents," a judicial official said. Mr. Senussi is wanted by the International Criminal Court, as well as by France and Libya. On the run since the fall of Tripoli last year, Mr. Senussi tried to enter Mauritania in March on a fake Malian passport. He is also wanted in France, where he and five other Libyans were convicted in absentia for the 1989 bombing of a passenger jet. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him last June on two counts of crimes against humanity in connection with attacks on civilians during Libya's uprising. [Read more: AP/21May2012]

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation at Utah Spy Site, FBI Says. A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a National Security Agency facility under construction in Utah on Monday but investigators found nothing suspicious and declared the site safe, an FBI spokeswoman said.

The spy agency facility is being built at Camp Williams, a military base just south of Salt Lake City. The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the $1.2 billion project.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Bertram declined to say how the threat was received but said it led to an evacuation at the site.

FBI agents spent several hours at the site after the threat was received. "We found nothing suspicious," Bertram said, later adding that the agency had "cleared the scene."

The Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement that work on the site, called the Utah Data Center, was to resume on Tuesday. [Read more: Reuters/21May2012]

Sudan Releases Foreigners Detained as 'Spies'. Sudan has released four foreigners who had been detained near the border with South Sudan three weeks ago following weeks of heavy clashes between the two African neighbours, officials said yesterday.

Sudan accused the four - a Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a South Sudanese - of entering an oil-producing border area illegally to spy for South Sudan. Their release came after a meeting late on Saturday between Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and former SA president Thabo Mbeki, who is trying to bring the two countries back to the negotiating table at the African Union in Addis Ababa.

The four seemed to be in good health when they appeared in civilian clothes at a brief ceremony in a defence ministry reception hall in Khartoum yesterday

"We asked President Bashir to release you," Mbeki told the four at the ceremony. "All of us will go together."

Mbeki then left the defence ministry together with the four men, who were driven away in a white van as part of his motorcade. Mbeki was due to fly to Juba later yesterday for talks with southern officials.

South Sudanese officials had denied Sudan's allegations, saying the men were working with the UN and aid groups clearing mines, and had got lost in the remote territory. [Read more: Reuters/21May2012]

Car Bomb Strikes Near Syrian Intelligence Agency. At least seven people have died after a car bomb exploded in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. Dozens more were injured. Syrian state television reported the attack was carried out by a "terrorist suicide bomber."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed reports on Saturday of an explosion in the Ghazi Ayyash neighborhood of the eastern Syrian city Deir Ezzor.

The site of the blast, which killed at least seven people and injured 100 others, was close to the city branches of the Military Intelligence Directorate and Air Force Intelligence, the London-based activist group reported.

"A booby-trapped car exploded in a street where a headquarters for the Syrian army intelligence and a military hospital are located," it said. [Read more: DeutscheWelle/19May2012]

Czech Spy Service Faces Budget Cut - or Liquidation? The draft budget proposed by the Ministry of Finance envisions reducing allocations to the state intelligence service (BIS) by Kč 250 million over the next two years - a drastic reduction that former interior minister MP Frantisek Bublan (Social Democrats, ČSSD) says could lead to the spy service's liquidation.

The BIS acts as a counter-intelligence service exposing foreign agents in the Czech Republic and is further charged with protecting the state's economic interest. This year its operating budget dropped from Kč 1.166 billion to Kč 1.149 billion, and, according to the Finance Ministry's plan, will be reduced to Kč 1.02 billion next year and Kč 911 million in 2013.

Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) argues that all state institutions must cut back in order to bring the budget deficit to 2.9 percent of GDP in 2013 and 1.9 percent in 2014 with the goal of achieving a balanced budget in 2016, as was set out in the Program Declaration of the current center-right government (polls show it would be roundly defeated if parliamentary elections, set for 2014, where held now).

Kalousek's spokesman, Ondřej Jakob, told Czech Position that while "specific details will be further discussed" the BIS is not exempt from the belt-tightening.

BIS director Jiř� Lang is, of course, none too happy about it, and, according to a well-placed source, complained about it at a Senate hearing in May when leaks of wiretapped conversations between ex-Prague mayor Pavel B�m (Civic Democrats, ODS) and lobbyist Roman Janousek were discussed. Lang fears BIS will need to lay off agents and scale back its operations. [Read more: Shabu/Ceskapozice/22May2012]

GAO Auditing Pentagon Information Operations Campaigns. The top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have called for a federal audit of the Pentagon's "military information support operations" in light of concerns about their growing cost and questionable merit, according to their offices and documents obtained by USA TODAY.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) review, which begins this week at the request of Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., is the latest inquiry into programs the military uses to market its war aims abroad.

"The committee became aware of the (Pentagon's) growing expenditures in this area and its inability to adequately measure the results of its investments, so the committee asked for a GAO review of these activities," Tara Andringa, a spokeswoman for Levin, said Monday in an e-mail.

In February, USA TODAY reported that spending on information operations peaked at $580 million in 2009, mostly for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Spending fell to $202 million last year, as U.S. participation in the Iraq War ended. The military says tracking effects of information operations is challenging but has improved.

The GAO will audit information operations throughout the military as well as in the National Security Agency, State Department and Central Intelligence Agency, an attachment to the GAO's letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. Among the key questions: spending on information operations and evaluating their results.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said the request is one of the senators efforts to make sure "taxpayer dollars are being spent prudently."

The Pentagon promised full cooperation to ensure the audit is finished quickly, said Lt. Col. James Gregory, a spokesman. [Read more: Brook/USAToday/22May2012]

Pentagon Replaces Empire Challenge. Faced with budget pressures, the Pentagon is overhauling its strategy for identifying and plugging gaps in intelligence-sharing capabilities.

Instead of a gathering technologists, intelligence aircraft and computers in the western desert once a year, the Pentagon's Joint Staff plans to form partnerships with experts in the military services and intelligence agencies who are already running smaller scale demonstrations during the year.

The new program is called Enterprise Resolve, and it is part of the Pentagon's plan to save money while still plugging intelligence gaps that would have been addressed by the annual Empire Challenge demonstrations at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The Pentagon ended the Empire Challenge series last year when it disbanded Norfolk, Va.-based Joint Forces Command as a cost-cutting move.

"DoD does not have X amount to do these big demonstrations," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rockie Hayes, who manages Enterprise Resolve for the Joint Staff, which took over many of JFCOM's functions. "What we do have is a little bit of money to resolve problems, not to go demonstrate the problems."

The decision to stop Empire Challenge has been criticized internally by supporters who saw it as their chance to solve real-world problems encountered by troops in Afghanistan. Companies small and large competed vigorously to have their products included in the Empire Challenge demonstrations, which began at the Navy's blistering-hot China Lake desert range in California but were moved to Fort Huachuca in 2010.

In addition to Enterprise Resolve, the U.S. still plans to conduct a smaller scale interoperability demonstration renamed Enterprise Challenge, Hayes said. It will be sponsored by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and run by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which ran Empire Challenge before JFCOM took over in 2010. [Read more: Iannotta/DefenseNews/21May2012]

German Intelligence Chief Warns of Islamist Attacks. Germany could be a target of an Islamist attack similar to those carried out by a gunman in France two months ago, the head of the country's intelligence service said on Tuesday.

German intelligence chief Heinz Fromm's comments, quoted in an interview with the top-selling Bild daily, follow a series of clashes in several German cities and towns between police and ultra-conservative Salafist Muslims.

"The danger for Germany has unfortunately not decreased. And it is not by any means abstract. An attack like in France in March... is also conceivable here," Fromm told Bild, adding that Merah had had contact with Salafists before his shooting spree.

Gunman Mohamed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, killed seven people - three soldiers, three Jewish children and a rabbi - before being shot dead by elite French police commandos in Toulouse on March 22. He had said al Qaeda inspired him to kill.

Fromm cited a video made by a Berlin-based Salafist, a former rapper known as Denis C., which calls for 'holy war' and praises Merah and the late Osama bin Laden, founder of al Qaeda.

"We must take (this video) seriously. It could well be that this video is taken as an inducement for attacks," he said.

"With their intensive propaganda over the Internet, in the streets, in mosques and also at so-called Islam seminars, Salafist preachers are reaching especially young people who are more sensitive to this ideology," said Fromm. [Read more: Reuters/22May2012]


Scale Model of bin Laden Compound Used to Plan Raid. The U.S. intelligence community wheeled out one of its prized possessions Wednesday - a scale model of the notorious Pakistan compound where Osama bin Laden spent the last few years of his life in hiding.

The model made its public debut in one of the Pentagon's busiest hallways, drawing the attention of gawkers and passers-by. It was built in six weeks by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and used by military and intelligence leaders to plan the daring nighttime raid on May 2, 2010, that killed the Al Qaeda leader.

And this model is not short on detail.

It's scale is an exact 1 inch to 7 feet. Every tree, bush, wall, animal pen, trash can and physical structure in the model existed at one time at the original compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (The actual compound was torn down by Pakistani authorities earlier this year.)

Even the red van parked out front and the white Land Cruiser parked inside were vehicles often seen at the real compound. Remember, it was the courier that eventually led intelligence officials to bin Laden's hideout.

Everything in the model was based on details learned about the actual hideout, said Greg Glewwe, one of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency officials presenting the display at the Pentagon. "Nothing you see would have been included if we didn't see it there."

Glewwe said the replica was built using satellite imagery, along with other classified intelligence assets, presumably pictures from drones and CIA ground surveillance. Exact measurements were gleaned from a process called photogenic measurement, which in part involves measuring shadows to determine height of individual structures. [Read more: Kosmas/MyFoxDC/18May2012]

Congress Passes the Sedition Act, May 16, 1918. On this day in 1918, Congress extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broad range of spoken or written offenses, including the use of �disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive language� about the federal government, the U.S. flag or the armed forces or speech �that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt.�

The legislation, chiefly aimed at socialists, pacifists and other anti-war activists, came to be known as the Sedition Act. It was tied to the U.S. entrance into the World War I in April 1917 and orchestrated largely by A. Mitchell Palmer, President Woodrow Wilson�s attorney general.

The Senate voted 48 to 26 to pass the act, and the House voted 293 to 1 with Rep. Meyer London, a New York socialist, casting the only dissenting vote. He had voted against the war but went on to support it. When these seemingly contradictory actions angered contending members of his constituency, London said, �I wonder whether I am to be punished for having had the courage to vote against the war or for standing by my country�s decision when it chose war.�

Such Senate stalwarts as Republicans Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts and Hiram Johnson of California also opposed the legislation, as did former President Theodore Roosevelt. Lodge spoke out in defense of free speech while Johnson criticized the administration for not using existing laws.

Congress repealed the Sedition Act on Dec. 13, 1920. [Read more: Glass/Politico/16May2012]

Investigating Gun Crime. The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Use of Firearms (ACPO CUF) portfolio brought together over 200 stakeholders from police forces and agencies in the UK, Europe and the United States for a seminar dedicated to investigating gun crime.

The event, held at the National Police Improvement Agency in Warwickshire, demonstrated how the NABIS service provides a centre of excellence in relation to investigating gun crime for UK policing. The audience were taken through a number of gun crime operations that helped demonstrate how NABIS can support and further investigations through its use of forensic science, intelligence and knowledge around the use, supply and manufacture of illegal firearms.

The one day seminar included inputs from members of the NABIS team who highlighted the importance of placing accurate data on the NABIS Database, submitting ballistic material for analysis, and submitting firearms tracing requests to NABIS. These elements combined can prove critical to the way NABIS is able to support forces and agencies in understanding the movement of firearms and assist in bringing offenders to justice.

A number of operations that had been concluded in the courts were used as case studies with the Senior Investigating Officers (SOIs) from each investigation detailing key learning points:

Operation Smolen was co-ordinated by the North West Regional Organised Crime team and the American authorities. Its aim was to investigate the smuggling of guns into the UK on commercial flights from the United States. These weapons were subsequently distributed by criminal networks and used in serious crime.

NABIS provided crucial evidence and intelligence to show that a number of Glock handguns were part of the cache of at least 63 firearms brought into the country by the convicted offender, Stephen Greenoe, over a six month period. A United States Federal Court in North Carolina found Greenoe, aged 37 years old, guilty in January this year and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment, followed by a three year supervision order upon his release. [Read more: PublicServiceUK/22May2012]

Rare Spy Exhibition on Display at Russian Foreign Intelligence Service HQ Building. Most people in the United States know nothing of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Agency (SVR), except what they heard in various media reports.

This is, of course by design. 

As a spy agency their work is mostly secret and shrouded in mystery.

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR) has an exhibition of very rare and unusual spy items on display to the public, dated back to the cold war and WW2.

"It is a unique event in the history of Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR)...", said Sergei Ivanov who is SVR Minister, Office of Public Relations. 

The exhibition of about 200 items consisting, mostly rare portraits and photographs of famous agents and "scouts" - a terms used to refer to intelligence operatives. 

In addition many rare documents are on display for the first time for the public to come see and include reports to Stalin of the impending attack on the Soviet Union in WW2. It should be noted that "many people died so he could have that intelligence information", said one SVR official. Adding: "It is very usual for a historic document of such importance to the state to be on display like this." [Read more: Tilford/GroundReport/21May2012]

RCMP Monitored French Philosopher's Activities. Canadian spies closely eyed existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, tracking his planned trip to Quebec in support of people arrested during a crackdown on separatist threats, newly released documents show.

The declassified Royal Canadian Mounted Police dossier on Sartre also reveals that Mountie intelligence officers pored over translations of the French writer's pronouncements, monitored his links to the peace movement and noted the academic rebel's brushes with the law.

The two-volume file, spanning 234 pages, was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act from Library and Archives Canada.

Personal files compiled by the RCMP security branch, a forerunner of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, can be made public 20 years after a person's death. Portions of Sartre's file remain secret.

The prolific essayist and playwright is perhaps best known for his thoughts on existentialism, the notion that man has no predetermined nature but defines his essence through belief and actions.

In 1964 he was awarded - but refused to accept - the Nobel Prize for literature.

Sartre transcended the rarefied world of political philosophy, becoming a touchstone of popular culture embodied by the chain-smoking hipster ennui of the 1960s.

RCMP interest in Sartre dates from at least October 1952 when the Mounties took note of a speech he had given to the French Parliament.

The RCMP monitored a wide range of groups and individuals during the Cold War in an attempt to identify left-wing subversives. [Read more: Bronskill/CanadianPress/22May2012]


Leveling the Playing Field - Accelerating Counter-Terror Tech Procurement. While the United States successfully thwarted another attempted bombing of a domestic inbound aircraft by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the disrupted plot should tell Americans two important things: our intelligence and security agencies are doing excellent work, and continued vigilance is the price of security.

We need every available tool to combat and protect against terrorists. Terrorists (and criminals) can and do adopt the latest technologies and techniques to gain advantage over LEAs and the Intelligence Community, thus leaving U.S. citizens and our nation unacceptably vulnerable. While technology seemingly advances at the speed of light, LEAs and the IC adopt technology at the speed of law, exacerbated by the government's glacial procurement processes. Not a match that is in the best interest of the safety and security of our nation and its citizens.

Take the Christmas 2009 plot as an example. Abdulmutallab walked onto a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam bound for Detroit carrying 200 grams of PETN, one of the highest power explosives known, and attempted to detonate it over the United States. He evaded Amsterdam's airport security because the technologies and methods in use couldn't detect the powder sewn into his underwear. The result of that attack led to taxpayer investment of nearly $750 million and widespread use of backscatter and Advanced Imaging Technologies (AIT) that are intended to prevent similar attacks. Though we (publicly) still don't have all the technical details, it is speculated that the latest device was enhanced to reduce the chance of detonation failure as well as avoid detection by the AIT machines, though DHS Secretary Napolitano recently stated that it was likely the system would have detected the device. Which would be true if those technologies were available at the most vulnerable locations - the last point of departure (LPD) to the United States. It is unlikely we have to worry about an underwear bomber originating here in the United States. But as we've seen with Richard Reid, Abdulmultallab, and this latest plot, the vulnerability to U.S.-bound flights is from foreign airports where neither AIT nor other advanced technologies are uniformly deployed. Consequently, this system of non-uniform security practices is akin to locking the front door and leaving the back door open.

So what do we do now? [Read more: Liscouski/SecurityDebrief/18May2012]

More Military Spies: Why the CIA Is Applauding the Pentagon's Intelligence Grab. Last month, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the creation of a new U.S. espionage agency: the Defense Clandestine Service, or DCS. DCS is expected to expand the Pentagon's espionage personnel by several hundred over the next few years, while reportedly leaving budgets largely unchanged. The news nonetheless surprised some observers in Washington because the move appeared, at least initially, to be a direct challenge to the Central Intelligence Agency, whose National Clandestine Service leads the country's spy work overseas. Then came a second surprise: former CIA officers and other intelligence experts started applauding. The question is why.

Four reasons stand out. First, DCS can be regarded as a rebranding and upgrading of the Defense Intelligence Agency's espionage unit, the Defense HUMINT Service (HUMINT stands for "human intelligence"), which was created in 1992 to improve the coordination and accountability of military espionage. The CIA has long supported the efforts to improve the military's HUMINT tradecraft, but despaired because the military's case officers never stayed long in their jobs. The new DCS will have ranking general officers and field grade officers who stay put for the long term. 

Second, the CIA likes the idea behind DCS because it has been gaining advantages from improved military espionage over the past few years - the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden is just one example of the kind of success that close collaboration can achieve. The CIA would like to have that capability against national targets outside the current war zones. The CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the military services, diplomats, and law enforcement officers all need discriminating and persistent engagement with an increasingly dispersed and mercurial adversary. Thanks to the growth of broadband communications and social networking, terrorists, drug syndicates, and arms traffickers operate as overlapping networks. This is a new kind of engagement that requires innovative operations within the legal bounds of civil societies. To respond to such threats, the CIA and the Pentagon see advantages in working as a networked team too. So, the better human intelligence that comes from the military, the better the National Clandestine Service. 

For the CIA, the less agreeable issue with the creation of DCS is the notion that the military might be producing the best case officers against some targets. The CIA holds that good case officers can recruit anyone. But recruiting agents is only one part of espionage; other parts involve assessing knowledge, judging risk and reliability, and then knowing what to ask for next. Against military targets, the military may be most successful. Think of it this way: if you want to collect intelligence on the nuclear weapons capabilities of a foreign state, would you prefer to have scientists or non-scientists recruiting foreign physicists and weapons designers? [Read more: Sims/ForeignAffairs/18May2012]

Mission Nearly Impossible. In the last decade there has been a tremendous increase in the use of biometric (fingerprints, iris, facial recognition) identification. This is causing problems for espionage agencies because of the use of biometric information for identification documents, like passports and those used to access heavily guarded facilities. The use of biometrics does its job very well keeping out spies, terrorists, and saboteurs. The downside is that it also limits the activities of your own spies. This has led to efforts by espionage agencies to get around this "problem." The espionage organizations will not comment on what, if any, solutions they have come up with. That is to be expected.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has developed tools that enable combat troops to use biometrics on the battlefield. The main tool created for the troops is called SEEK (Secure Electronic Enrolment Kit). This is a portable electronic toolkit that collects biometrics from people. This includes fingerprint scans, eye (iris) scan, and digital photos of suspects. All this eventually ends up in a master database, which now contains data on millions of terrorists, suspected terrorists, their supporters, and other "persons of interest". Troops in the field can carry part of that database with them in their SEEK unit, so that wanted people can quickly be identified and arrested. This is what the American commandos did on the 2011, Osama bin Laden raid. While DNA tests (which take hours to perform, on not-so-portable equipment) are the best form of ID, if you have fingerprints, iris scans, and a photo you are nearly as certain. Even just fingerprints and the face scan/photo is pretty convincing.

In Afghanistan the government used SEEK kits to collect data on nearly two million Afghans, so these people could be issued very secure (hard to fake) ID cards. For the government, this makes it more difficult for criminals, Taliban and Islamic radicals in general, to infiltrate the government or just operate freely. The U.S. has long been collecting biometrics from those they arrest, or otherwise encounter and want to positively identify. This data makes it easier to figure who is naughty and who is not. [Read more: StrategyPage/21May2012]

Latin America's School for Dictators. A year ago this month, Bolivian President Evo Morales inaugurated the College for Defense of the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA) with a speech in which he called for the expulsion of U.S. intelligence agencies, a new military doctrine based on "asymmetrical war" against "imperialism" and the "abolition" of the U.N. Security Council. He also attacked the press, calling CNN a "tool of capitalism",

Morales spoke in the presence of Iran's defense minister, Gen Ahmed Vahidi, who had to be rushed from the ceremony when it was learned that Argentine prosecutors were issuing an international arrest warrant over his alleged role in the 1994 Hezbollah bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

ALBA is a Venezuelan-led association of anti-U.S. governments which also includes Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and some Caribbean island states dependent on Venezuelan oil subsidies. The fledgling alliance has been given little importance by U.S. intelligence analysts, who tend to dismiss it as a purely ideological entity.

Its 5,000-square-meter military facility outside the city of Santa Cruz, built at the cost of $2 million, remains empty, according to Bolivian defense spokesmen who say that they are awaiting "input" from other member states. One Bolivian army officer ventures to say that it is on "standby," pending the elections in Venezuela.

Despite ALBA's vacant real estate, it is becoming increasingly clear that member governments are in the process of forming a military and intelligence network aided and influenced by Iran that could leverage events in the hemisphere, in the absence of effective U.S. leadership. [Read more: Arostegui/MiamiHerald/17May2012]

Section IV - Education, Books and Documentaries, Obituaries, Announcements and Coming Events


NEW DOCTORATE OF SCIENCE IN HOMELAND SECURITY: New Jersey City University (NJCU) is pleased to announce that its newly developed Doctor of Science (DSc) in Civil [Homeland] Security Leadership, Management, and Policy (CSLMP) was approved by the State of New Jersey on April 12, 2012, and the Middle States regional accrediting body on April 23, 2012. This is an executive delivery format (for working Security professionals), requiring four years of Security experience and a Masters degree, for admission. We will have our inaugural Learning Community (LC #1) starting on July 9, 2012. The first LC will graduate in early May 2015.

If interested in the doctorate, please visit our DSc link: There are still a few slots available, if you move quickly.

Books and Documentaries

The British Espionage Behind Pearl Harbor. Former British servicemen and officials may have passed on to the Japanese intelligence and training to aid in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, according to a new BBC documentary produced by Paul Elston.

Elston says the espionage had its roots in the early 1920s, during a legal British air mission to Japan. That program provided the Japanese with training on the use of aircraft carriers. British servicemen taught their Japanese counterparts how to fly on and off the decks of carriers and how to sink ships using air bombardment and torpedoes.

Washington forced an end to the program. But some British officials who had formed very strong links with the Japanese carried on supplying them with information and technology long after it was legitimate. [Read more: Hackel/TheWorld/21May2012]


William K. Parmenter. William K. Parmenter, 89, a CIA officer who retired in 1980 as the national intelligence officer for sub-Saharan Africa, died April 26 at a care center in Portland, Ore., of complications from a stroke.

The death was confirmed by his wife, Rachel Parmenter.

Mr. Parmenter joined the CIA in 1952. In the early 1960s, he became a writer for and then editor of the president's daily intelligence brief.

He was deputy chief of the Middle East and Africa division during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and played a role in the CIA's accurate forecast of the Israeli victory in the conflict. He was later promoted to chief of the Middle East and Africa division and then to director of the Office of Current Intelligence.

His honors included the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

William Kean Parmenter was born in Cleveland and raised in the suburb of Lakewood. He was a 1947 graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and received a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1952, with a dissertation on colonial African history. He later attended the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe as a combat medic. He was captured by the Germans in December 1944 and was a prisoner of war until the Russian army liberated the camp in April 1945, his family said.

In 1989, he moved to Portland from Falls Church. He was a past member and deacon of Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale.

After his CIA retirement, he was a volunteer docent at the National Air and Space Museum's Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rachel Ross Parmenter of Portland; three children, Robert R. Parmenter of Placitas, N.M., Elizabeth A. Parmenter of Portland and Barbara M. Parmenter of Brighton, Mass.; and a grandson. [Read more: Bernstein/WashingtonPost/16May2012]


New Website Dedicated to Spy Films. CIA annuitant Ron Seckinger has launched, the ultimate guide to spy films. With ratings of more than 500 movies about espionage, it also includes longer reviews and articles on various aspects of spy films and how these films relate to the intelligence business. Finally, it contains a resource section listing relevant books and documentaries. Users may offer comments and start discussion threads.

Coming Educational Events


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

21 - 24 May 2012 - Washington, DC - 8th Annual IAFIE Conference for educators on "Intelligence Education."
The International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) meets at the Bolling Club, 50 Theisen St SE, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC 20032, to hear educators discuss "Intelligence Education: Theory and Practice." To register:

Thursday, 24 May 2012, 6 pm - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro meets to hear Dr. Vadim Birstein on Stalin's SMERSH

Dr. Vadim Birstein - Russian American who arrived in the US in 1991, is a historian, a molecular geneticist and author of over 150 scientific papers, three
scientific books and one history book.
Dr. Birstein's new book "SMERSH" an acronym of the Russian phrase "Death to Spies." "SMERSH" was Stalin's secret weapon, Soviet Military Counterintelligence during WWll. Dr. Birstein
reveals for the first time the structure of this super secret organization, its torture and execution of countless Soviet officers and servicemen and its brazen arrest of foreign civilians, the recovery of Hitler's body and its completely unknown involvement in the Nuremberg trials and much, much more.
RSVP: Strongly suggested, not required. Email
Location: 3 West Club, 3 West 51st St, NYC
Cost: $45/person including buffet dinner & cash bar.

24 May 2012 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Lt. Col. Roger Dong.

Lt Col Dong will be speaking about the major political and military changes ahead in China. The meeting will be held at UICC, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona): 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-member/no reservation. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) at and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.

Friday, 25 May 2012, 12 Noon - Williamsburg, VA - The AFIO Norman Forde Hampton Roads Chapter hears Clay Farrington on "Was James Rivington a Spy for George Washington?"

As publisher of the Royal Gazette and official printer to King George III during the Revolutionary War, James Rivington was one of the most widely read, and reviled, men in America. But did he also help seal the fate of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown as a spy for George Washington? Join chapter president Clay Farrington as he traces Rivington's posthumous journey from infamy to veneration, and how a new discovery might change more than half a century of assumptions about him.
Event takes place at the Center Street Grill, 5101 Center Street, Williamsburg, Virginia.
For RSVP or any questions, please contact Stan Winarski or Clay Farrington at
Click here to view poster about the event.

Friday, 1 June 2012 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Summer Luncheon featuring former Director, CIA NCS Jose A Rodriguez plus Latin America/Caribbean CIA expert, Brian Latell.

Register now for this special -- and, for a few, controversial -- AFIO Summer Luncheon which features former CIA National Clandestine Service Director Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr. on his long-anticipated book: HARD MEASURES: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, co-authored with Bill Harlow [author, former Director of the Office of Public Affairs, CIA], and Morning speaker: Distinguished former CIA Latin America/Caribbean expert, author of - Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine, Brian Latell, Ph.D.. Register NOW for this Special Event.

2 June 2012 - Monterey, CA - 70th Anniversary of Battle of Midway, Naval Postgraduate School

Reservations are now being accepted for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Dining-Out at the Naval Postgraduate School on Saturday 2 June. This annual event is led by the NPS Student Council in coordination with the Monterey Bay Commander of the Naval Order of the United States, the Monterey Peninsula Council of the Navy League. The honoree President of the Mess is Vice Admiral Dan Oliver, USN (Ret), President of the Naval Postgraduate School, the President of the Mess is Captain Gerral David, USN, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Monterey, and LT Ryan Birkelbach, USN is Mr. Vice. The guest speaker will be Admiral Gary Roughead, the 29th Chief of Naval Operations.

The 2012 Midway theme is the "Priceless Advantage: Winning the Battles of Coral Sea, Midway and the Aleutians with Communications Intelligence" and will focus on past, present, and future issues in communications intelligence, cryptanalytics, lingusitics, and information analysis to support decision making.
Admiral Roughead is currently the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was an early leader establishing social media tools in the Navy, creating the Information Dominance and Assurance programs, the Navy Cyber Command, and standing up the Navy's 10th Fleet at Fort George G. Meade.
You might find it useful to read the history of winning Midway by a National Security Agency historian, Dr. Frederick D. Parker " A Priceless Advantage." The NSA Midway communications intelligence history download address is:
A principal figure who led the OP20G team at Pearl Harbor 14th Naval District breaking the Imperial Japanese Navy code JN-25 and assembling sufficient intelligence to reveal the plans of the Japanese fleet was LCDR Joe Rochefort - he was the direct interface to the Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Nimitz at the Combat Intelligence Center aka Station H or "HYPO". Supporting Rochefort was a young Navy Ensign, Donald "Mac" Showers who arrived in February 1942. Admiral Showers retired in 1971 as Director of Naval Intelligence, then spent another 12 years at the CIA on special assignments to the director. Our access to an eye-witness of this caliber, the only one still alive, is well beyond our expectations.
A special DVD will be produced which features Adm Mac Showers, now 92, who retired in 1971 as Director of Naval Intelligence, then spent 12 yrs at CIA. He will give his personal account of what happened during Midway. Dr. Summers has worked with most of the key parties involved in the code breaking operations at Pearl Harbor in 1942 to produce an outstanding documentary.
To register:
Reservations are now being taken and know you will want to reserve a place at this historic event!
Upon making your reservations, your names will be added to the gate security access list.
Contact Captain Ken Johnson, USN (Ret.), 2012 Battle of Midway Team Coordinator and 831-657-9793 for further details.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012, noon – 1:00 pm – Washington, DC - "The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service" at the International Spy Museum

In the days after 9/11, the CIA directed Henry Crumpton to organize and lead its covert action campaign in Afghanistan. Even at the height of combat against the Taliban in late 2001, there were fewer than five hundred Americans on the ground in Afghanistan. This group, a dynamic blend of CIA and Special Forces operators, assisted by only a few allied troops, managed to rout al Qaeda and the Taliban in less than 90 days after the Twin Towers fell. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. Crumpton's enthralling story, covering his early years in Africa, to his liaison assignment at the FBI, his work at the CIA's Counterterrorism Center where he was involved in the development of the Predator UAV program, and his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the United States, has much to teach us about national security and love of country.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Free! No registration required! Directions at

Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 1000-1130 - Annapolis Junction, MD - "The Camouflage Project" - part of the NCMF Cryptologic Program Series

The Ohio State University Drama Department's Theatrical Exhibition Team will perform The Camouflage Project as part of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's Cryptologic Program Series.
The performance is based on the mission of four female British agents who operated behind German lines in France during World War II. Through exhibition stations and a performance of mime and dance you will learn how the agents used camouflage and code systems training to conceal themselves and communicate with allied forces.
The project leaders are Professors Lesley Ferris and Mary Tarantino whose research led them to the gates of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp, where the four women, who had assisted in the escape of British soldiers, were executed in July 1944. How and why were they captured? Were they sacrificed to protect D-Day? You will not want to miss this saga of clandestine warfare.
The presentation will be held on Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 1000-1130 at the L-3 Stratis Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD in the National Business Park (NBP). Lunch will be served following the program.
FEE: The Camouflage Program fee is $15 for NCMF members. The guest fee is $40, which includes an NCMF membership. Please make your check payable to NCMF and send to: NCMF Cryptologic Program Series,
PO Box 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755-1682. Send by COB 11 June. Inquiries to

Tuesday, 19 June 2012, 6:30 – 9:30 pm – Washington, DC - Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill Workshop 2 at the International Spy Museum

Test your surveillance skills on the mean streets of DC!
What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in US 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 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 secret meetings. O'Neill will lead the exercise and help you learn how to blend into the shadows for the best spy results!

19 June 2012, 11:30 am - McLean, VA - Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear Gary Ross on "The Conflict between National Security and Freedom of the Press."

Gary Ross is a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His academic background includes a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree from the National Intelligence University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He has completed advanced training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
During his 20-year career in federal law enforcement, Mr. Ross has conducted and supervised criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations and operations with the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Department of Labor. He was a recipient of the Department of Defense Team Award for National Security Investigations in 2007 and the Director of Central Intelligence Team Award for Countering Foreign Denial and Deception in 2003. His work has taken him to Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, England, Italy, and Mexico. Mr. Ross' speech is based on his book, Who watches the Watchmen? The Conflict between National Security and Freedom of the Press. One of the primary themes of this book is the attempt to reconcile the conflict between a journalist's motivation for publishing classified information and the perceived harm resulting from the loss of intelligence sources and methods. Thus, discussing these conflicts should foster an improved understanding of how these Security issues are being confronting by the Intelligence Community and the Public.
For this forum, you may attribute the speaker's remarks. Everything will be on the record.
The Defense Intelligence Forum is open to members of all Intelligence Community associations and their guests.
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 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM
Make reservations by 18 June 2012 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among (Chicken Cacciatore, Tilapia Puttanesca, Lasagna, Sausage with Peppers, and Fettuccini with Portabella for your luncheon selection.
Pay at the door with a check for $ 29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged.

23 June 2012, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "THE THIRD JIHAD" film will be shown and is theme of meeting of AFIO Maine Chapter

National security and political analyst Ryan Mauro will participate in a showing of the film "The Third Jihad." Mauro is Fellow and Associate Director of Media Relations at the Clarion Fund/ He has made over 300 appearances on talk radio and television programs internationally from both political spectrums and is a regular guest expert on FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network programs. Mauro is regularly quoted in books and newspapers including the New York Times and Reuters.
A terrorism consultant to government agencies, Mauro founded in 2003 where he is chief editor. He is Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security at Regent University and Liberty University. Mauro has a Bachelor's degree in intelligence studies and a Master's degree in political science.
Mauro will introduce the film "The Third Jihad" which has been described as a blockbuster and will answer questions at the end of the showing. "The Third Jihad" is partially based on a document discovered by the FBI. The film discusses how radical Islam is spreading in the U.S. through the use of prison recruitment, the establishment of Islamist compounds on U.S. soil and the use of front groups to spread the radical form of Islam undermining traditional institutions.
The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk, and is open to the public.
Non-members are asked to make a donation of $5.00. The annual membership fee for AFIO/ME is $25.00. Become a member of the Maine Chapter and save $20.
For information call 207-967-4298.

Saturday, 23 June 2012, 1000 - 1430 - Milford, MA - AFIO New England Hears Christopher Hickey, USN, on USCG's COASTWATCH and the ONI's Terrorist Sea Search Programs.

Our main speaker will be member Christopher Hickey. Chris will be speaking to us about two GWOT related programs, the Coast Guard's COASTWATCH and ONI's effort to find terrorists at sea. Chris has been intimately involved with both of these programs.
Christopher Hickey is the founder/principal of Prospect Street Consulting. With over 24 years experience in maritime security operations, intelligence collection & analysis operations, maritime domain awareness, crisis management, state & local intelligence fusion center operations, counter/anti terrorism analysis, and open source intelligence, Hickey is regarded as a leader in the fields of maritime and open source intelligence. His intelligence career encompasses 24+ years in the U.S. Navy and the national intelligence community in operational and key positions pertaining to counter terrorism, maritime and homeland security.
Chris is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Naval War College, US Sports Academy, and the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs.
This semester Chris is teaching two courses at Daniel Webster College. They are Intro to Intel Studies and a class on analytical methods using the new Heuer/Pherson book.
Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. The hotel web site is here
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, membership meeting 1130 – 1200. Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with adjournment at 2:30PM.
For additional information contact us at
Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person. ********Luncheon reservations must be made by 9 June 2012.**************
Mail your check and the reservation form to: Mr. Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Avenue # E102, Brookline, MA 02446, 617-739-7074 or

Wednesday, 27 June 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Washington, DC - "The Russian Illegals Two Years Later: What Did It Mean?" at the International Spy Museum

It's been two years since Americans were stunned to learn of the arrest of ten Russian "deep-cover" spies who had lived among us for decades. What's become of these one-time neighbors and Facebook friends and what have we learned about the success or failure of their mission to meet influential Americans and exploit them for their knowledge of government policy? "Illegals," like these spies, have been a Moscow specialty for years, but traditionally are used sparingly—for only the most sensitive of operations. What did we learn from these arrests? Seldom has the US government been able to find and arrest "illegals," so did this rare occurrence offer us important new information on Russian intelligence collection practices? H. Keith Melton, renowned intelligence historian, technical advisor to American intelligence agencies, author of Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda, and International Spy Museum board member, will revisit the murky world of these "illegals:" who they were, how they operated, the threat they posed, and where they are now. With access to exclusive materials and images, he'll bring us up-to-date on the case. Retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin will also provide commentary based on his years of running agents in the United States.
WHERE: International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
Tickets: $12.50 Register at
Tickets:  $94.  Space is limited to only 10 participants.  Advance registration required.  Call 202-654-0932 to register

4 August 2012, 11:30 am - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts CIA's James Fletcher on "Three HUMINT Cases from Life."

Speaker will be James B. Fletcher, former CIA operations officer and executive whose topic will be Three HUMINT Cases From Life and How Their Intelligence Was Used.
Location: Indian River Colony Club, Melbourne, FL.
To attend or for more information contact: Donna Czarnecki,

14 September 2012 - Jersey City, NJ - New Jersey City University hosts 2nd Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium on "Tradecraft Primer Skills Acquisition"

In concert with launching the inaugural LC #1 degree program described above, NJCU will be hosting a regional Security Symposium on September 14, 2012. Please save the date. This is NJCU's second regional symposium since being designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in 2009 by the ODNI. CEUs and limited vendor tables will be available. The one-day conference costs are being finalized (ca. $150-225). Corporate sponsorships are being pursued as well. Invited Speakers: National Security Agency – Signal Intelligence; Federal Bureau of Investigation; NJ Department of Homeland Security; ASIS – International (Headquarters – not Regional); Office of the Director for National Intelligence; Local Participants of The Bus mission [See ] For forthcoming details and a registration form, contact (201) 200-2275.

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