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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Memorial Day 2012: CIA Remembers Those Lost In Covert War On Terror. The CIA is remembering those lost in the hidden, often dangerous world of espionage, adding a new star to the intelligence agency's memorial wall and more than a dozen names to its hallowed Book of Honor.
The new star carved into the wall is for Jeffrey Patneau, a young officer killed in a car crash in Yemen in September 2008.
"Jeff proved that he had boundless talent, courage and innovativeness to offer to our country in its fight against terrorism," said CIA Director David Petraeus at a private ceremony at CIA headquarters this past week.
Petraeus' tribute was the first public identification of Patneau. The stars on the memorial wall at headquarters in Langley, Va., bear no names.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, was the site of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American sailors. Patneau was part of the fight against militants in the country in a tense year in which the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa was attacked.
With the addition of the star for Patneau, the wall now commemorates the lives of 103 Americans who died in service of the CIA, "never for acclaim, always for country," Petraeus said at the annual event attended by hundreds of employees and family members of those lost. The remembrance came just days ahead of Memorial Day, when the nation remembers its military veterans and those who died in war.
The addition of 15 names to the CIA's Book of Honor means family members can openly acknowledge where their loved ones worked when they died. [Read more: Dozier/AP/26May2012]
Former Spy Chief 'Was Involved in Killing': Libya's PM in Claim over Yvonne Fletcher's Murder. Libya's acting prime minister has claimed Colonel Gaddafi's former spy chief was "directly or indirectly involved" in the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher - and knew the identity of her killer.
During a visit to London to lay a wreath at the spot where she died in 1984, Abdurrahim El-Keib said Abdullah Senussi - who fled Libya last year to Mauritania - is the key to finally solving the case.
He said: "I guarantee he was almost directly or indirectly involved in most if not all of the crimes.
"That doesn't mean others weren't involved. But he �definitely knows who they were."
PC Fletcher, 25, was at a demonstration at the Libyan embassy when a gunman sprayed the crowd with bullets, killing her and wounding 10 Libyans. [Read more: Parry/Mirror/25May2012]
Dept. of Homeland Security Forced to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites. The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'.
Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.
The words are included in the department's 2011 'Analyst's Desktop Binder' used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify 'media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities'.
Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organisations for comments that 'reflect adversely' on the government.
However they insisted the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.
As well as terrorism, analysts are instructed to search for evidence of unfolding natural disasters, public health threats and serious crimes such as mall/school shootings, major drug busts, illegal immigrant busts. [Read more: Miller/MailOnline/26May2012]
State, CIA, FBI Rank High as Ideal Employer, College Students Say. A survey of nearly 60,000 college students found some federal agencies rank high as ideal employers.
Among IT students, the FBI, NASA, the National Security Agency and the Defense Department ranked in the top 20. Among students who studied liberal arts or the humanities, the State Department ranked five and the Peace Corps ranked seven, with the Environmental Protection Agency, NSA and the National Institutes of Health in the top 20, according to the America's Ideal Employers 2012 survey by Universum.
Students are attracted to the job security and work-life balance associated with a federal job, said Camille Kelly, vice president of employer branding at Universum, in an interview with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.
"The thing [students] kept talking about the most when they selected some of these agencies was the challenging work they would be able to work on with whatever agency they selected," Kelly said. [Read more: Lee/FederalNewsRadio/24May2012]
US Military Denies Parachuting into N.Korea. The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted.
Current affairs magazine The Diplomat quoted Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of special forces in South Korea, as saying soldiers from the US and South Korea had been dropped across the border for "special reconnaissance" missions.
But Colonel Jonathan Withington, public affairs officer for US Forces Korea, said some reporting of the conference had taken Tolley "completely out of context".
"Quotes have been made up and attributed to him," he said, denying that any US or South Korean forces had parachuted into the North.
"Though special reconnaissance is a core special operations force (SOF) mission, at no time have SOF forces been sent to the north to conduct special reconnaissance," he said in a statement. [Read more: AFP/29May2012]
Afghan Intelligence Says it Foiled Massive Bomb Plot. Afghan security agents on Wednesday captured five would-be suicide bombers with more than half a ton of explosives who were apparently planning a massive attack near Kabul's international airport, the country's main intelligence agency said.
The attack was believed to have been intended in response to this week's NATO summit in Chicago, the National Directorate for Security said in a statement. It blamed the plot on "enemies of peace and stability," the Afghan government's usual term for the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
The would-be attackers had packed a minivan with more than 1,200 pounds of explosives and were caught on the road leading to the airport, the intelligence agency said. [Read more: LATimes/23May2012]
Russian Intelligence Suspects US hand in SuperJet Crash. Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, suspects that US-inspired industrial espionage may have caused the May 9 crash in Indonesia of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 - Russia's only hopeful entry in the civilian aviation market - according to Moscow's leading tabloid newspaper, the usually reliable and officially connected Komsomolskaya Pravda.
While most Russian aviation experts contacted today dismissed the sabotage theory, they say there is a deepening mystery about how Russia's most modern civil aircraft, with all its systems apparently functioning perfectly, came to slam into the side of a mile-high volcano during a routine demonstration flight.
"All the theories put forward so far are badly flawed, there is a shortage of hard information and there are a lot of irresponsible rumors," says Roman Gusarov, editor of Avia.ru, an online aviation journal. "I am afraid that Russia is not going to emerge from this story without taking a black eye."
"We are investigating the theory that it was industrial sabotage," the GRU officer is quoted as saying. He said that Russian intelligence has long monitored the activities of US military electronic specialists at the Jakarta airport.
"We know that they have special equipment that can cut communications between an aircraft and the ground or interfere with the parameters on board," he said. "For example, the plane is flying at one altitude, but after interference from the ground onboard equipment shows another." [Read more: Weir/ChristianScienceMonitor/24May2012]
Iran Arrested 'Spy' Tied to Arab Intelligence Service, Fars Says. Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps has arrested a spy working for the intelligence service of an Arab country, the state-run Fars news agency reported, citing a statement by the Guards.
The person was identified and arrested after he entered the landing area of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's helicopter during a recent trip by the president to the eastern city of Sabzevar in Iran, the statement released yesterday said, according to Fars.
The individual, who wasn't identified, admitted to transferring "sensitive information" to contacts in an Arab nation, the report said without naming the country. The Guards also found ammunition, weapons and telecommunication tools during the operation, Fars said.
Iran has arrested more than 40 spies linked to the U.S. and Israel in the past year, according to Fars. [Read more: Nasseri/Bloomberg/28May2012]
Merger of Spy Agencies Mooted. The Slovak Information Service (SIS), the country's primary intelligence agency, could at some point be merged with the military intelligence services, whose internal structures are to be rearranged from the beginning of 2013. Prime Minister Robert Fico considers a complete merger of all of Slovakia's intelligence services to be an open issue at that moment.
"The first step we want to make is to merge the military intelligence services; then we will discuss the relationship of SIS with the merged Military Intelligence. At this time we are talking about an intermediate step," Fico stated, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
The Defence Ministry has prepared a draft amendment to the military intelligence services law which on January 1, 2013, will combine the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) counter-intelligence service with the Military Intelligence Service (VSS) to form a merged unit, Military Intelligence. The ministry's draft is currently undergoing interdepartmental review. [Read more: TheSlovakSpectator/28May2012]
Three of the Top 5 Most Wanted Terrorists are in
Pakistan. Bruce Riedel, erstwhile Central Intelligence Agency analyst and the former senior National Security Council official in the Clinton Administration, has said that Pakistan today, is host, 'willingly or unwillingly' to more terrorists than any other country in the world.
Riedel, now a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, participating in a conference hosted by leading Washington, DC-based conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation said, "To give you an example of how Pakistan is the epicentre of global jihad, look at the top five on America's most wanted list - three of them are in Pakistan and only one of them is actually hiding in Pakistan."
"The one that is hiding is Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new head of Al Qaeda's global terrorist empire. He has been hiding in Pakistan now for at least 10 years. He may be hiding, but he is not inactive. In fact, he is quite a busy man these days and so far, this month alone, he has put out three new audio messages to Al Qaeda followers around the world."
Riedel said, "Number two on our top five list is Mullah Omar, the Commander of the Faithful as he likes to call himself - the Emir of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the founder and head of Taliban. He almost certainly is living somewhere in Karachi, commuting regularly from there to Quetta."
"His location remains publicly a mystery, but it is not a mystery to the Pakistani army or the Pakistan government," he said, noting that according to a recent NATO study based on the interrogation of 4,000 captured Taliban prisoners, "every single leader, his location, is known to the ISI, and regularly meets with the senior ISI leadership."
Riedel said, "The third on the list of America's top five who is hiding in Pakistan is of course, Hafeez Saeed, the latest entry into the market - the Emir or Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the secret Emir of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, and he is not hiding at all. You can find him anytime you want to. In fact, you can find him almost every night on Pakistani TV, usually laughing at the United States. He is in plain sight as you can possibly be."
"The three individuals," he argued, "illustrate the complexity of the global jihad in Pakistan and its different relationships to the government of Pakistan." [Read more: Rediff/28May2012]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
A Peek Inside The CIA, As It Tries To Assess Iran. The latest talks in Baghdad over Iran's nuclear program have prompted the usual arguments. Iran says it has only peaceful intentions. Israeli leaders scoff at that claim. Other world powers are unsure of Iran's intentions and demand that it take steps to show that it is not pursuing nuclear weapons.
The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies, meanwhile, are sticking with the assessment they made in November 2007, when they reported that Iran "halted its nuclear weapons program" in 2003 and apparently had not restarted it.
The CIA faced criticism 10 years ago for reporting, incorrectly, that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and the caution it has shown since its 2007 estimate on Iran reflects lessons learned from its Iraq experience.
"Because we're so focused on the issues about the shortfalls of the Iraq WMD, we need to be very open about the nature of the evidence [on Iran], how much evidence, [and] the role of our assumptions," says Peter Clement, the CIA's deputy director of intelligence for analytic programs.
"Those [issues] factored into that estimate, to say we just haven't got what it takes to make the call that, yes, [the Iranians] have made a decision to go ahead with the [nuclear weapons] program."
Clement and other CIA officials discussed Iran and other issues with NPR in a rare on-the-record session at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va.
The CIA's guarded statements on Iran have drawn criticism from conservatives.
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said the 2007 estimate was "famously distorted," and his former chief of staff, Fred Fleitz, a former CIA officer, said U.S. intelligence agencies are "unwilling to conduct a proper assessment of the Iran nuclear issue."
But erroneous intelligence judgments can have costly consequences, and CIA officials insist their cautionary approach is well advised. [Read more: Gjelten/NPR/23May2012]
A Spy by Luck: The Case File on CIA's Jeanne
Tisinger. You don't really expect to simply fall into the spy business, but for Jeanne Tisinger, that's pretty much how it happened.
She was a business major at George Mason University, looking for some experience in her field while continuing her studies. She joined the college's work-study program and, much to her amazement, her first interview was with the Central Intelligence Agency.
"I was surprised they were even hiring co-op students," she says. "Why would they want a college kid to come into their version of campus? I wasn't sure what they were going to do with me. Then there was, of course, a part of me that was. wow, the mystique of the CIA - what better place to start. It was just kind of a bit of a wide-eyed wonder."
That was nearly three decades ago.
"I'm the classic story of sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Tisinger says.
She's still with the agency, rising through the ranks to become the CIA's first female chief information officer nearly two years ago. Her job is to oversee the CIA's vital information technology systems and coordinate information-sharing.
Managing IT may not be a traditional spy role, but don't say that to Tisinger. She pushes back on the notion that she's not a spook.
"My DNA is shaped as an intel officer first. So I actually don't see myself as a business major or a technologist, or I should say I don't define myself that way. I see myself as an intel officer. All of us are here to support the intel mission."
Even becoming a CIA technologist had a bit of luck involved. In the mid '80s, personal computers were hardly common place at work or home, but Tisinger was given an assignment to develop a workforce handbook, and one of her tools was this new piece of technology.
"They gave me this PC, I liked it, I was good at it and by the way (there was) no one else around me - there weren't a whole lot of people to compete against in that field."
Being in the right place at the right time led Tisinger down a new career path. "It's good to get in first, to get in early," she says. [Read more: Benson/CNN/25May2012]
National Security Agency Prepares Students for Careers in Cyber Security. As computer use becomes increasingly common, so too does cybercrime. A new report shows that the federal Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received more than 300,000 complaints of online criminal activity in 2011, marking a 3.4% increase from the previous year.
With this increase in cybercrime, the federal government will rely on college-educated individuals to create new ways to monitor online activity and prevent web-based crimes. However, because there is such a high demand for individuals with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the National Security Agency (NSA) took it upon itself to ensure it has enough trained professionals to handle the country's cyber security issues.
Students at select schools can be trained by the NSA to prevent cybercrime. January, the NSA announced the establishment of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, according to a press release. Its purpose is to create students who are highly educated in the areas of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. In doing so, the agency hopes to produce more skilled workers to ensure the nation is secure.
"The nation increasingly needs professionals with highly technical cyber skills to help keep America safe today - and to help the country meet future challenges and adapt with greater agility," said Steven LaFountain an NSA technical leader involved with the program. "When it comes to national security, there is no substitute for a dedicated, immensely talented workforce. This effort will sow even more seeds."
Colleges across the country were asked to apply to bring the program to their schools and recently, the NSA announced the first four universities it will accredit to teach Cyber Operations. The designation for the 2012-2013 academic year was awarded to Dakota State University, Northeastern University, the University of Tulsa and the Naval Postgraduate School, a recent press release states. [Read more: Groux/USNews/24May2012]
The Paris Review, the Cold War and the
CIA. In 1958, the Paris Review's George Plimpton wrote his Paris editor with a grand proposal. The Russian author Boris Pasternak had just been awarded the Nobel Prize. But under pressure from the Soviets - humiliated that "Dr. Zhivago" had to be smuggled out of the country - he refused it. "The Pasternak affair has caused such a stir here," writes Plimpton from the journal's New York office, "and is in itself an event of such importance in lit'r'y history that we feel the Review somehow should chronicle what has happened..." Writing to Nelson Aldrich, the Paris editor, Plimpton suggests short statements by a "variety of authors asked to comment. What does Sartre have to say on this matter - Aragon, Neruda, Waugh? Here [in New York] we have Niccolo Tucci... digging up statements, mostly from writers who (as he is himself) are refugees from tyranny..." Plimpton goes on to suggest that the Congress for Cultural Freedom, largely and covertly funded by the CIA, might fund brochures to help publicize the issue.
The Paris Review has been hailed by Time magazine as the "biggest 'little magazine' in history." At the celebration of its 200th issue this spring, current editors and board members ran down the roster of literary heavyweights it helped launch since its first issue in 1953. Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, T.C. Boyle, Edward P. Jones and Rick Moody published their first stories in the Review; Jack Kerouac, Jim Carroll, Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides all had important early stories in its pages. But as Peter Matthiessen, the magazine's founder, has told interviewers - most recently at Penn State - the journal also began as part of his CIA cover.
Plimpton's letter on Pasternak is essential, however, because for many years a small group of journalists has been trying to pry more information out of Matthiessen on the still-unknown extent of the CIA's role with the Paris Review - and many in particular have wondered what the legendary Plimpton himself knew of the magazine's CIA origins. Matthiessen's story has not changed much since it was first revealed in a 1977 New York Times story. But the Review's archive at the Morgan Library in Manhattan - until now left mostly out of the debate - shows a number of never-reported CIA ties that bypass Matthiessen or outlive his official tenure at the Agency. In fact, a number of editors, Plimpton included, repeatedly courted ties to the Congress for Cultural Freedom. These ties started modestly - ad exchanges, reprints of Paris Review interviews in the Congress's official magazines - but grew much more robust, including what one editor described as a "joint emploi" where the Congress and the Review would team up to share an editor's living expenses in Paris and also to share interviews and other editorial content. In its vast quest to beat the Soviets in cultural achievement and showcase American writing to influential European audiences and intellectuals, the Congress may have even suggested some of the famed Paris Review interviews. All of which means that at the dawn of the CIA's era of coups and nefarious plots, America's most celebrated apolitical literary magazine served, in part, as a covert international weapon of soft power. [Read more: Whitney/Salon/27May2012]
Last AF Security Service Airman Bids Farewell. For Lt. Gen. John C. (Craig) Koziol, bidding adieu culminates more than his three-plus decades as an intelligence game-changer.
On the eve of his Air Force retirement capping a distinguished 36-year career, his goodbye to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, one of his many command assignments, signaled the end of an era.
Koziol, who officially retires from active duty June 1, is the last uniformed member from the United States Air Force Security Service, the original iteration of today's Air Force ISR Agency.
USAFSS was established Oct. 20, 1948. Then 2nd Lt. Koziol joined its ranks as a signals intelligence officer in March 1977. He's the last bluesuiter to progress through the USAFSS, the Electronic Security Command, the Air Force Intelligence Command, the Air Intelligence Agency and the current Air Force ISR Agency.
"I'm very proud to have been a member of USAFSS," Koziol said. "The initial years in that organization taught me what it meant about the mission, the importance of the enlisted force to the organization, and the principals of selflessness, integrity and character."
Koziol retires as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) for Joint and Coalition Warfighter Support; and the Director of the Department of Defense Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force.
Prior to that assignment he commanded the AIA and was a major architect in its transformation into the Air Force ISR Agency. [Read more: Amann/AF.mil/23May2012]
FBI Fighting Two-Front War on Growing Enemy - Cyber-Espionage. The FBI is bringing back memories of those World War II ads that said "Loose lips might sink ships."
Officials say they're responding to two threats: the sophisticated computer hacking skills of outside intelligence agencies and the possibility of a trusted insider giving away secrets.
The FBI has created a multi-city media campaign, targeting areas where there are government intelligence agencies or private contractors who work on classified military projects.
The idea is to let the public know about the dangers of cyber-espionage.
In one case, something very rare: actual undercover video of a spy caught in his own web. The video shows a U.S. intelligence officer still wearing his Navy uniform when he showed up in a hotel room intending to sell secrets to a Chinese agent.
Bryan Martin is seen saying, "I know exactly what I'm getting into. I know the penalties."
The 22-year-old was trying to sell classified information about U.S. military operations.
"I have a fairly good idea of what I can provide: imagery, reports, things from secret and above," Martin said.
The man Martin believes is a Chinese intelligence officer is actually an undercover FBI agent.
Martin explained why the secrets were worth paying for, saying, "For instance, this one not only highlights the threats that we perceive, it identifies weaknesses and how we are not sure, not capable or not prepared for this."
"He knows he's dealing with a foreign intelligence service. And for him, it was all about money," said Frank Figliuzzi, assistant director of the FBI Counter-Intelligence Division.
"I enjoy compensation," Martin said on the tape.
At that point, authorities swoop in.
For Martin, the payoff was 34 years in federal prison.
Figliuzzi, the FBI's top spy-catcher, said, "Years ago, we used to be concerned about people carrying briefcases out of their job-place full of documents. Today, we're concerned about people transferring - in milliseconds - terabytes of data, downloading (it) onto a thumb drive and walking out with an entire library's worth of corporate proprietary information." [Read more: Miller/CBSNews/23May2012]
Librarian Uncovers Natick Veteran's True Story. Cary Holmes, a reference librarian at Morse Institute Library, was reviewing records as part of a project to dedicate a memorial to the town's fallen service members when he made a stunning discovery.
Crammed in the back of a dusty folder was a copy of a 2�-page, single-spaced typed letter from the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS - America's first intelligence agency - to the widow of Army Sergeant Alfred DeFlumeri, who had died in World War II on March 26, 1944. It was mailed to 1 Harrison St. in Natick and dated Aug. 6, 1945.
The letter, which provides details of an ill-fated 1944 OSS operation behind enemy lines in Italy to destroy a German railroad tunnel, reads like a bestselling novel - with a tragic ending: All 15 uniformed US soldiers were executed, including DeFlumeri, a Natick native. The rediscovered letter came as a surprise to Natick and to Holmes, a retired teacher who has become the town's unofficial military historian.
��It was astonishing,'' said Holmes, who found the letter a couple months ago.
The town had known that DeFlumeri had died in the war, and had even dedicated a bridge in his memory. ��But why, the atrocity, that was unknown,'' Holmes said.
Holmes showed the letter to Joe Keefe of the National Archives and Records Administration's Waltham office. ��I was shocked at the amount of detail in the letter,'' Keefe said. ��Coming from a spy agency, I'm surprised it made it past the censors. I've never seen anything like it.''
The letter may have been an attempt on the part of the commanding officer to provide solace to the wife. ��My guess is that he was probably very close to DeFlumeri and felt that he had to explain to her the details of his death,'' Keefe said.
Ida C. DeFlumeri had been informed in a letter from the War Department that her husband had been captured and killed, but apparently had not known the details of his death until the letter from her husband's commanding officer in the OSS arrived two months later.
��It may be some consolation to you to know the facts concerning Alfred which until now we either did not know or could not disclose,'' wrote Colonel Russell B. Livermore.
As the letter describes, DeFlumeri was in an operational group of the OSS designated as Company A, 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion. ��In joining this unit he had volunteered for extra hazardous duty in carrying out such operations behind the German lines in uniform, as might be directed by the Army Headquarters,'' said the letter. [Read more: Porter/BostonGlobe/28May2012]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Spy vs. Spy: Russian Eyes May be Watching Us, but There's No Hard Feelings. According to Canadian Press, Canada is downplaying the espionage case against Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle for fear of upsetting relations with Russia. Good Lord!
We've been there before in the bad old days of the Cold War, only then it was "Soviet" spies, not "Russian" spies that captured headlines. Canada was ever-sensitive about tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats over Red hands caught in the cookie jar.
A junior officer in naval Intelligence, Delisle was arrested last January. Not much has been heard about him since then, though the CP report quotes U.S. sources as saying the amount of secret information he turned over to the Russians rivals the volume of U.S. data lost to WikiLeaks.
Delisle's case has been postponed to mid-June, pending sanitized documents being released to his lawyers.
It taxes credulity to think the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be fearful of annoying or upsetting relations with the Russians over us catching an alleged traitor working for them.
Like the Beijing regime, Moscow is without shame in certain areas.
Espionage has always been one of Russia's fixations, only now it's more commercial or industrial spying than military. The threat of nuclear war has diminished, and Russia has abandoned its previous policy of undermining, subverting, corrupting various countries in efforts to be the world's dominant power.
It lost that struggle, and has refocused. The Kremlin's greatest challenge is harnessing and channeling its own people, not influencing or intimidating the world.
Still, the successors to the KGB and GRU have a Pavlovian urge to spy. [Read more: Worthington/QMI/27May2012]
A New US Intelligence Agency. The CIA now has a competition. The �National Clandestine Service', a newly created agency is to provide intelligence directly to the military for use in its ongoing operations. This agency, unlike the CIA, is not merely a repository for intelligence [ED: sorry, but CIA is not 'merely' a repository for info and is equally involved in special forces ops], but fully involved in ongoing military operations. This signals an about face in the US strategy. Since the end of WWII the emphasis has been upon conventional warfare. In 1940 the size of the US Army was 243,095 men growing to 12,000,000 in 1945. By the end of 1967, for a single country in SE Asia: Vietnam, the figure was 385, 000 men; over 100,000 that of the 1940 army.
During the latter part of the twentieth century there have been numerous guerrilla wars, mostly power plays by those wishing to replace the colonial powers, in some instances without a single shred of legitimacy. At the end of WWII the US, unlike the Europeans, considered itself immune from attack due to the might of its military. The Europeans did however have an advantage over the US in that they were forced to develop counter insurgency warfare early; France fighting the FLN, Britain the IRA, Germany the various terror groups such as the Bader Meinhoff and the Red Brigades. With the setting up of the NCS the US now seems to have made a dramatic 180 degree turn. Fighting today's wars is a return to fighting those outside of Europe during the nineteenth century where the enemies were tribal, given to guerilla tactics, unable to oppose conventional European armies. No doubt the NCS will be training agents to fulfill roles similar to those undertaken by nineteenth century British and Russians political officers disguised as horse traders or merchants surreptitiously contacting tribal leaders showing a willingness to work with their governments.
Modern warfare is a whole new ball game. [Read more: Haran/TopNewsReports/26May2012]
Syria: The Military, the Militias and the Spies. When it comes to the forces of the Syrian government there is an extraordinarily complex and opaque relationship between the military, the militias, the numerous intelligence agencies and the various power centres that control them.
This is one of the reasons why apportioning individual blame for massacres like the one that took place at Houla last Friday is so difficult and why Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has been able to keep a straight face while denying any culpability for recent atrocities.
The various forces are:
The Intelligence Agencies: Syria has a sprawling network of 17 intelligence agencies that fall into four broad categories, all aimed primarily at maintaining the regime in power.
Military Intelligence, known as al-Mukhabarat, is under control of the president and focuses on monitoring dissidents.
Airforce intelligence is one of the most deeply established and all-pervasive branches of state security. It was responsible for trying (unsuccessfully) to smuggle a bomb on board an Israeli airliner out of Heathrow in 1986.
The General Security Directorate comes under the Ministry of Interior, while the Political Security Directorate is perhaps the most vigorous of all in pursuing the regime's opponents inside the country.
Just like in Egypt under President Mubarak, the numbers of people working in Syrian intelligence are vast - one former insider puts it at least 150,000.
And like in Ceaucescu's Romania or Communist East Germany, informants are everywhere, reporting back - for a small reward - unguarded comments deemed critical of the president or his regime. Such comments, even if invented, can lead to months of torture in detention centres, sometimes ending in death.
The detention centres are distributed throughout the country and some of the abuses carried out in them are well documented by human rights organisations. Amnesty International, in its 2012 report, quotes graphic examples of torture carried out by Military Intelligence, State Security, Political Security and Airforce Intelligence. [Read more: Gardner/BBC/28May2012]
Section IV - Books and Documentaries and Coming Events
Books and Documentaries
The Spy Beside the Sea. To her neighbours Dorothy O'Grady was a pleasant middle-aged woman who liked walking her Labrador around their sleepy seaside town.
So when the unassuming landlady of Osborne Villa in the Isle of Wight was suddenly arrested in 1940 on suspicion of being a Nazi spy, few believed it possible.
O'Grady's husband had been sent to London to aid the fire service, the couple's guest house in Sandown had been closed and O'Grady was left to her own devices.
The Channel island was flooded with soldiers, military bases and equipment.
The neighbours thought O'Grady wandered with dog Rob to stave off the loneliness but the police had their suspicions.
They believed O'Grady's dog walks were just a ruse, that in fact she was gathering intelligence into restricted military areas.
She was accused of making detailed maps, cutting military telephone wires and wearing a small swastika badge on the underside of her coat lapel.
She was tried and convicted in Winchester of betraying her country and became the first British woman to be sentenced to death for treason.
She escaped the gallows after her lawyer successfully won an appeal for misdirection of the jury. Instead, she was jailed for 14 years.
But tantalizingly, O'Grady's story does not end there. On her release in 1950 she went straight to Fleet Street insisting her 'spying' activities were a bit of fun or a 'lark', as she put it, which got rather out of hand. [Read more: Oliver/DailyMail/22May2012]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in June, July, 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.
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: http://1.usa.gov/L4aIia
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: http://www.nps.edu/midway/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.spymuseum.org
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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/ Radicalislam.org.
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
A terrorism consultant to government agencies, Mauro founded WorldThreats.com 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 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosml-courtyard-boston-milford
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.spymuseum.org
Tickets: $94. Space is limited to only 10 participants. Advance registration required. Call 202-654-0932 to register
Monday, 2 July 2012, 6:30 pm – "Revolutionary Spies: General Washington's Spycraft" at the International Spy Museum
This year when you celebrate the 4th of July you'll know it's really the 4th of SPY!
Diplomatic codes, savvy spy catchers, secret bankrolls, and seductive women sound like the perfect components of a 21st century spy ring, but they worked just as well during the American Revolution. Join John A. Nagy, award-winning author of Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, for this exploration of the spycraft that forged a nation. No one knows this period like Nagy, who has spent over 20 years doing primary research uncovering secrets about the founding fathers and the lengths to which they would go to ensure Britain's defeat. He recounts tales from Washington's "Deception Battle Plan" to how he obtained "the earliest and best Intelligence of the designs of the enemy" in British-controlled New York and Philadelphia. Nagy will share sources and methods and the previously unknown spies that he discovered.
Fee: Tickets: $9. Register at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 25 July 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – "Lie Detection 101 Workshop" at the International Spy Museum
How to Use Your Eyes as Lie Detectors!
Every top interrogator learns how to catch a liar; now it's your turn. Join Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch as they debut the tools used to detect deception featured in their new edition of How to Spot a Liar. Hartley earned honors with the US Army as an interrogator and interrogation instructor and both teach law enforcement, business, and consumer audiences how to get the truth. Meet and assess new people at the Spy School Workshop, learn to spot the messages and emotions that people are really sending whether they know it or not, and enjoy your inner truth teller. You'll find out how to put your new understanding of prevarication to good use, whether you're trying to navigate a tough situation or simply want to win at poker.
Tickets: $20. Register at www.spymuseum.org
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, email@example.com
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 http://www.space.com/12996-secret-spy-satellites-declassified-nro.html ] For forthcoming details and a registration form, contact (201) 200-2275.
8-11 October 2012 - Orlando, FL - GEOINT 2012 Symposium
Hosted by the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). The USGIF expects another agenda with insightful keynote speakers, interesting panels and breakout sessions, cutting-edge exhibitions from 250 organizations, and invaluable networking opportunities.
Event is being held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center
For more information visit http://geoint2012.com/
For Additional Events two+ months or greater....view our online Calendar of Events
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