AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #23-12 dated 12 June 2012

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Section IV -    Research Request, Books and Documentaries and Coming Events

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SPYPEDIA updates as of 7 June: In a U.S.-based economic espionage case, on 04 June, Jianyu Huang was indicted on several counts for taking nanotechnology research from Sandia National Labs and providing it to Chinese state-run universities as his own research.
In international espionage cases, Madhuri Gupta, a former Indian diplomat whose trial is beginning in Delhi this week. Arrested in April 2010, she is accused of passing along confidential information to Pakistani ISI officers from at least September 2008. This is the first ever case of a senior Indian diplomat being arrested for spying for Pakistan. South Korea also announced on 01 June the May arrest of Lee Kyung-Ae, a female North Korean intelligence officer posing as a defector. On the same day it also emerged that an Aide to a Vice-Minister at China's State Security was detained between January - March 2012 on suspicion of spying for the CIA.
In addition, several historic spy case files from WWII have been added, including Hotzumi Ozaki, confidant of the Japanese Prime Minister and spy for the Soviet Union, his co-conspirator Richard Sorge, as well as Edward Chapman (Agent Zig Zag) one of the British MI-5's most effective double agents..

All new additions can be found by simply navigating to the "New Content" tab, which features the most recent updates in the SPYPEDIA database.

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8th Raleigh Spy Conference [RSC]

22-24 August 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina

22-24 August 2012 - Raleigh, NC - 8th Annual Raleigh Spy Conference [RSC]
THEME Dramatic Revelations: J. Edgar Hoover, Castro, Deep Throat, Carlos the Jackal, and Secrets from the CIA.
  The event underscores how recently declassified information re-writes history.
John Fox The FBI is not simply the nation's top cop agency, says RSC founder Bernie Reeves. The Bureau serves as America's domestic security service, responsible for tracking down spies in America and running counter-intelligence operations. And J. Edgar Hoover, the man who shaped and ran the FBI from 1924 to his death in 1972, was the nation's top domestic intelligence officer.
But who was the real Hoover? FBI Historian John Fox will present a session on Hoover's role as chief intelligence officer - and share the latest declassified data on one of the most significant figures in United States history.
Brian Latell PhD Fidel Castro casts a long shadow over modern American history. He led a revolution, unexpectedly embraced communism and invited the Soviets to Cuba who installed offensive nuclear weapons 90 miles from the United States.
Brian Latell, formerly a Cuba hand for the CIA, has plowed through newly declassified documents - and interviewed secret Cuban agents who can now talk for the first time - for his new book Castro's Secrets, revealing that the Cuban intelligence services were highly sophisticated. Cuban operatives duped the CIA and planted nearly 50 double agents in the US intelligence services. Latell also reveals from secret sources that Castro had prior knowledge of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Max Holland Max Holland, editor of the insider website Washington Decoded - and a prolific and respected author on key events of the modern era - has dug into newly declassified documents to reveal the true story of the motivation that compelled FBI assistant director Mark Felt to disguise himself as the infamous Deep Throat, the source that allegedly brought down a presidency and elevated two obscure journalists to super-star status. Watergate remains a watershed event in American history - and Mark Felt was the man who made it happen.
David Waltrop David Waltrop, a CIA officer currently serving as a Program Manager in the Agency's Historical Collections Division will share the recently declassified story of one of the most secret operations of the Cold War. Called "Underwater Ice Station Zebra," this little-known undersea mission was hidden in rumor and speculation - until now.
Albert Grajales Albert Grajales, INTERPOL Director of Puerto Rico and Coordinator of Intelligence / Antiterrorism Office of the Attorney General (Secretary of Justice) and the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) of Puerto Rico will present an insider's assessment of the profile of the modern terrorist, beginning with Carlos the Jackal up to today's dangerous operatives.

The conference is honored again by the presence of representatives of the Historic Collections Division of the CIA, who will provide attractive booklets – some containing DVDs – on key declassified documents and assessments.

According to Bernie Reeves, "Conference guests last year were truly impressed by the formerly secret information on critical topics  in the booklets. Topics ranged from  Korea to Air America, from Warsaw Pact planning to the private papers of former CIA director Richard Helms.
And they are free to registered attendees."

"We are fortunate to have a speaker roster of this caliber for the 8th spy conference," says Reeves. "I feel we are addressing and explaining top subjects that have continued to be shrouded in mystery. I am very excited that we continue to live up to our reputation as the best intelligence conference for the general public in the world".

Go to for more information and to register.
Or call  Carlie Sorosiak at the Metro Magazine office: 919-831-0999 or email  

The Raleigh Spy Conference was founded in 2003 by Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine ( Discounts are offered for intelligence workers, members of the armed forces, students, and seniors.

Bernie Reeves and Raleigh Metro Magazine will be hosting this 8th Raleigh Spy Conference at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

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August 2012 - Keyport, WA - "Underwater Ice Station Zebra" - a CIA Historic Documents 'Release Event' Presentation [possibly with Naval Undersea Museum]

Exact August date TBD. The Trieste II Deep Sea Vehicle I (DSV-1), the U.S. Navy's most advanced deep sea submersible, surfaced 350 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands in the dead of night on the morning of 26 April 1972 having just salvaged a mysterious item from 16,400 feet. The full story of this little known operation has remained hidden behind secrecy, rumor, and speculation until now. With access to sources from three agencies, An Underwater Ice Station Zebra reveals how the CIA and U.S. Navy undertook a dangerous mission, never before attempted, in the deepest undersea expedition of its time – twenty-eight months before CIA's more known salvage involving the Hughes Glomar Explorer. Presentation by David W. Waltrop, program manager in the CIA Historical Collections Division. Served previously as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) deputy-chief historian, editor of NRO's quarterly publication, and curator of the Defense Intelligence Agency. [Waltrop will also be giving this presentation at the Raleigh Spy Conference 22-24 August in Raleigh, NC. Further information below and here.]

13 September 2012 - Fairfax, VA - "The DCI Papers" - a CIA Historical Documents 'Release Event' Conference co-hosted with George Mason University's School of Public Policy.
Event tentatively will feature presentations by former DCIs including Michael Hayden (confirmed), James Woolsey (confirmed), Leon Panetta (confirmed), Porter Goss (confirmed), William Webster, and other invited officials. Further details will follow as they are released to AFIO. HOLD THE DATE. AFIO members will receive a special invitation to this event.

October 2012 - Washington, DC - "The Warsaw Pact" - a CIA Historical Documents 'Release Event' Conference co-hosted with the National War College at Ft. McNair.
Exact October date to be decided and will be announced here, with additional program details, as these are released to AFIO. HOLD THE DATE.

CIA 'Release Event' Conferences Coming In 2013 are listed on the AFIO website here.



Top Lawmakers Declare War on Intelligence Leaks. Leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Thursday they were drafting legislation to further limit who can access highly classified information and possibly impose new penalties for revealing it.

The head of the House intelligence committee said he will investigate recent leaks, but the CIA and the Justice Department national security division said they would not cooperate.

The action comes after recent leaks of sensitive information about the covert drone and cyber wars against terrorism.

"There has been just a cascade of leaks coming out of the intelligence community in the last several weeks and months," the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., told reporters. "It's our clear intention to put a stop to this."

The bipartisan news conference of the four top lawmakers was spurred by a series of media reports detailing everything from White House policy on the highly classified targeting of al-Qaida militants by drones and raids, to the White House reportedly deploying the cyber weapon known as Stuxnet, a malicious computer code that knocked Iranian nuclear processing centrifuges offline.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said his committee would formally investigate the leaks, though he said the process would be hampered because two critical government agencies said they would not participate.

"Just today the CIA informed the (committee) that it cannot respond to our request for information regarding the leaks, a very troubling event indeed," Rogers said. [Read more: AP/7June2012]

Silver Star for the late Francis Gary Powers Sr. Next week, more than 50 years after downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers Sr. returned from confinement in the Soviet Union, the Air Force will posthumously honor him for his valor during his 21 months of captivity.

Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz will award Powers a posthumous Silver Star medal, honoring Powers for demonstrating "exceptional loyalty" while enduring harsh interrogation during his Soviet captivity from May 1, 1960, to Feb. 10, 1962, said Air Force officials.

A Russian SA-2 surface-to-air missile shot down Powers' U-2 airplane during a top-secret CIA-run reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union, after which he was held for nearly two years in Lubyanka prison in Moscow.

Grandchildren of Powers will accept the Silver Star on behalf of their grandfather, who died in August 1977 at age 47. Schwartz will present the medal June 15 during a ceremony in the Pentagon, according to the service officials.

Power's shootdown and capture was one of the Cold War's most memorable incidents. It heightened tension between the two superpowers and delivered Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev a propaganda coup.

Despite faithfully serving his country and helping to gather invaluable intelligence on Soviet bomber and ICBM forces during several secret U-2 flights over Soviet territory, the nation never treated Powers as a hero until after his death.

Powers was in part a victim of Cold War secrecy, with decades passing before the US government declassified details of his service. Cold War politics also caused the government that should have embraced him to shun him upon his return.

Slowly, the veil has lifted and the truth has emerged. [Read more: Sirak/AirForceMagazine/6June2012]

NASA Gifted Two Telescopes by Spy Agency National Reconnaissance Office. America's secretive spy agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, has been in possession of two space telescopes which are better than Hubble - and has now decided to gift them to NASA.

Sources say that the reason for the hand-me-down is because the NRO - motto: 'Vigilance from above' - has found even better technology.

The revelations leads to questions over how long the NRO has had the satellites - which are said to have 100 times the field of view of Hubble - and what exactly they were planning to use them for.

The space agency has confirmed that it received a pair of giant identical Hubble telescopes, and said the spy agency built them and then decided it didn't need them.

So, having decided they had no use for them, the NRO has now gifted the pair, which have been sat in their original wrappers in a warehouse in Rochester, New York, to the space agency.

The trouble is, NASA is too cash-strapped to refurbish them - until at least 2024.

Even with this windfall, NASA has no money to launch the telescopes anytime soon. They have consistently been dealing with smaller budgets and fewer staff members. 

The transfer last summer was only recently declassified. [Read more: DailyMail/5June2012]

Rumors of Spy Exchange in Bout Case. As of late there have been rumors circulating in the Russian and Western Press that a possible cold war style spy exchange has been in the works and is behind several very loud yet seemingly unrelated events that have been making headlines both in Russia and the US.

In the west multiple information sources talk about what the West sees as a heightened level of counter-intelligence activity by Russian Intelligence which many speculate may be related to loud public statements and official discussions surrounding the cases of Victor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko.

Currently there are talks and discussions in progress regarding the possible transfer of Victor Bout to the Russian Federation where he would serve his US sentence for crimes he was accused for in the U.S. This was recently reported by the Interfax News Agency in a report covering the recent visit to the Russian Federation by the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder who met with the Russian Chief of International Legal Cooperation for the Russian General Prosecutor's Office. According to Interfax during the course of what they called 'negotiations' the subject s of both Bout and Yaroshenko were, in fact, discussed in detail. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated its concerns regarding the Bout and Yaroshenko cases from their very outsets and has protested in almost all means possible, the illegal detentions, questionable methods used for their extraditions, and many other aspects of the cases which have continued to be the center of public attention both in the Russian Federation and abroad.

In light of the petitions and the appeals that are being filed by the lawyers for Victor Bout in the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich has recently stated that the Russian Government is looking forward to a substantive dialogue and a quick mutually acceptable resolution through international mechanisms in returning the Russian compatriot home. 

Although Bout and Yaroshenko were not Russian intelligence operatives the possible "uneven" exchange, many are saying, may be for one retired FSB Colonel Valery Mikhailov who the Moscow District Military Court sentenced on June 6th to 18 years in prison spying for the CIA. The former FSB officer was found guilty of high treason (Article 275 of the Criminal Code) and damage to the external security of the Russian Federation.

The 18 year sentence is being called harsh by some due to the fact that Mihailov pleaded guilty and helped the FSB identify his American controllers and an undisclosed number of Americans were also captured or arrested as they were servicing the dead drops.

His relationship with the CIA was self initiated and apparently took place in Moscow. He actively worked for the CIA from 2001 until his retirement from the FSB in 2007 when he moved to live in Arlington Virginia in the U.S. 

During his time as a CIA Agent he passed the CIA over 1,000 documents that the FSB had prepared for the President, the Prime Minister and the Security Council of the Russian Federation. [Read more: Robles/VoiceofRussia/9June2012]

Espionage Professor's Jail Sentence Prompts Fears for Researchers. A professor of international politics at Copenhagen University has been jailed for five months after being convicted of espionage for passing documents to Russian diplomats.

The prison sentence imposed on Professor Timo Kivim�ki has raised fears over its implications for the conducting of research.

The trial at the Glostrup district court was conducted behind closed doors, because the foreign ministry was afraid it would damage relations with Russia, Danish newspapers reported. The text of the 31 May decision is confidential.

The prosecutor demanded that Finnish-born Kivim�ki be deported from Denmark, but that was not included in the sentence.

Kivim�ki was charged with a breach of section 108 of the Danish penal code, which covers so-called 'mild espionage'.

He took part in a large number of meetings with Russian diplomats from 2002-10. The prosecutor argued that Kivim�ki had known that he was meeting Russian agents rather than diplomats.

Kivim�ki was 'shocked' by the verdict. He has yet to decide whether to appeal.

He admitted to having planned to give Russian diplomats contact information on Danish researchers, but stressed that this was publicly available information from the internet. [Read more: Myklebust/UniversityWorldNews/8June2012]

CIA Gets Slap on the Wrist for Being Deceptive. The Central Intelligence Agency was dinged for deception yesterday by a U.S. government watchdog office.

You read that right.

Our spy agency received a slap on the wrist from the Government Accountability Office, which arbitrates contract disputes. The GAO faulted the CIA for conducting "misleading" discussions with a company that hoped to provide the government with accounting and financial services.

The CIA told accounting firm KPMG LLP it should provide resumes for all personnel that would assist the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with financial paperwork preparation. Another company bidding on the contract, New York-based Deloitte & Touche LLP, was required only to submit "representative" resumes for "the labor categories" that would be involved in the project.

Deloitte came in cheaper and won the contract.

KPMG protested the decision and the GAO agreed with the New York-based company, citing "the agency's misleading discussions with KPMG." The GAO recommended the spy agency clarify whether the resumes needed to reflect actual company employees, and also allow both companies to revise their final proposal. [Read more: Miller/Bloomberg/7June2012]

Public to Try Intelligence Agency Puzzles. Some of the West's best young minds at GCHQ have designed and created a number of challenges and puzzles to test the public's problem-solving skills.

Apprentice technologists and industrial placement students at the spy centre came up with the problems for The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, held for five days from June 12.

A GCHQ stand will contain a number of interactive games, puzzles and challenges. They will include a safe with many locks, which can only be opened through a knowledge of mental arithmetic and GCHQ's history, and a Cyber Breach Game where the object is to stop an attack on UK computer systems by overcoming five code-breaking and logic puzzles.

Creating the games for the festival deadline proved an excellent development opportunity for the young engineers and tested their project management, team working and creative skills. Importantly, it also supports the project work that the GCHQ apprentice technologists undertake at Gloucester College.

GCHQ's Director General for Technology and Capability said the stand would showcase the creativity of the students. [Read more: NorthcliffMedia/8June2012]

CIA Director Praises Bulgaria Progress. U.S. CIA Director David Petraeus Thursday praised military and intelligence advances in Bulgaria during a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.

Petraeus lauded Bulgaria's contributions to coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and said he hoped to create a stronger bond between the CIA and Bulgarian intelligence.

Petraeus met with President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Minister of Defense Anyu Angelov and the directors of several intelligence agencies, Focus News Agency reported. [Read more: UPI/7June2012]

Libya Spy Chief Goes on Trial For Ordering Attacks on Civilians. Libya's former spy chief went on trial today on charges of ordering attacks on civilians and forming an armed group to incite sedition and civil war, in the first trial of a former official in Muammar Qaddafi's regime.

Abuzeid Dorda, who headed Libya's foreign intelligence service, was also accused of using force to prevent peaceful demonstrations, the unlawful detention of civilians and abuse of office, the official Libya News Agency said. It didn't say what sentence he could face if convicted.

Dorda is the first official to have served under Qaddafi's regime to be brought to trial under the new interim government. Qaddafi was captured and killed months after the uprising began last February. [Read more: Sarrar/Bloomberg/5June2012]


Inside the Mind of a Terrorist. In early May, intelligence officials foiled a plot to conceal a nonmetallic bomb under the clothing of an Al Qaeda operative. At the center of the drama of this second thwarted underwear operation is the bomb's maker, a technical virtuoso who has created a range of explosive devices for Al Qaeda. This bomb maker is a shadowy, enigmatic, compelling figure, who is both fascinating and repellent.

What kind of man is this bomb maker? What motivates and sustains him? How can he be so recognizably human in some ways and yet in others stand outside of humanity? As an intelligence-community psychologist who has studied terrorism for many years, here are some provisional thoughts about this bomb maker's psyche. [Read more: Wilder/TheNationalInterest/5June2012]

Now China Wants Law And Order. Jianyu Huang, a Chinese scientist working in the United States, has been arrested and charged with passing stolen technology back to China. Huang was fired from his nanotechnology research job in April and has been charged with stealing and lying to security officials about these activities. Huang was born in China but moved to the U.S. and became an American citizen.

American intelligence and counter-intelligence agencies have increasingly been paying close attention to Chinese born American scientists, seeking out the minority that use their access to American technology secrets to either give or sell this valuable material to government or commercial organizations in China. This is all part of extensive Chinese intelligence efforts to steal American technology.

China sees this kind of broad-spectrum intelligence gathering as a major operation and one they intend to keep going as long as possible. Thus, during the last four years China has established eight National Intelligence Colleges in major universities. In effect, each school now has an "Espionage Department." With this, about 300 carefully selected applicants are accepted each year, to be trained as spies and intelligence operatives and future commanders of these operations. The college trained operatives expect to make a career out of stealing Western technology. China has found that espionage is an enormously profitable way to steal military and commercial secrets. While Chinese Cyber War operations in this area get a lot of publicity, the more conventional spying brings in a lot of stuff that is not reachable on the Internet.

One indicator of this effort is the fact that American counter-intelligence efforts are snagging more Chinese spies. But this is largely due to increased spying efforts by China, rather than more success by the FBI and CIA. This use of industrial espionage has played a large part in turning China into the mightiest industrial and military power on the planet. 

For over two decades China has been attempting to do what the Soviet Union never accomplished: steal Western technology and then use it to move ahead of the West. [Read more: StrategyPage/11June2012]

London 2012: MI5 Expects Wave of Terrorism Warnings Before Olympics. The digital clock in the foyer of Thames House, the headquarters of MI5, is a constant reminder to visitors and staff of the security service's main priority over the coming weeks.

At first it was set to count down to zero, to coincide with the arrival in the UK of the Olympic torch in May. It has now been reset to a date nearer the start of the Games in London next month.

Leave has been deferred so the agency has a full complement of staff. Some non-essential duties, such as training, are likely to be suspended so there are extra bodies on hand during the busiest periods of the summer.

The Olympics has already proved a huge test for MI5, just as it has for Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch.

The threat to the UK is more diffuse now than four or five years ago, which reflects the disintegration of al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the scattering of extremists to places such as Yemen and, to a degree, Somalia.

With less infrastucture to rely upon, there has been a growth in the phenomenon of the "lone wolf" terrorist - homegrown self-starters, some of whom have researched how to become a terrorist by reading Inspire, the online magazine published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Inspire has essentially told its followers to get on with it, rather than waiting to be asked or trained.

The loners are far harder to identify, but the police and MI5 are also aware of hundreds of networks in the UK and abroad, a small number of which pose a credible, if not immediate, terrorist threat. Some of them have been trying hard to launch an attack here over the last five years without success, and the question facing investigators is whether they can realistically try any harder for the Olympics, when security will be far tighter than usual.

Security, that is, around the Olympic village and at the venues. If there is a group out there plotting an attack, or a loner with a gun considering a rampage, they would not have to pick a sporting arena to disrupt the Games - an attack anywhere in the UK would have a huge impact.

Liaising with a myriad of other agencies across the world has been a big task: keeping them up to date with security plans in the UK, reassuring those with extra concerns - with the US and Israel thought to be chief among them - and cajoling others who should have them. Giving advice to the Home Office about who can be given security accreditation for London 2012 has involved sifting through 500,000 domestic and foreign applications - another monumental effort.

MI5 has been in a period of expansion and transition, which has coincided with, and to some extent been accelerated by, the need to protect the Games. [Read more: Hopkins&Laville/TheGuardian/5June2012]

Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology. With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping to develop everything from miniature cameras to surreptitious communication gear to holograms that highlight patterns in mountains of data.

Silicon Valley in years past has supplied surveillance satellites, missiles and electronic warfare gadgets to the government. But more recently, a dazzling array of other innovations has grabbed the interest of the country's covert operatives. Nearly a third of the 87 companies listed in the portfolio of In-Q-Tel, an investment fund for the CIA and other secretive branches of the federal government, are based here.

"Silicon Valley has a rich history of attracting great minds and producing cutting-edge results," said Chris Darby, the fund's CEO and a former vice president at Santa Clara chipmaker Intel (INTC). Noting that one of the fund's three offices is in Menlo Park, he added, "It's important for us to maintain relationships in the startup and investment communities to understand future trends and help keep our partners informed about what's on the horizon."

In-Q-Tel doesn't reveal how much money it gives companies, though Darby said of the more than 180 firms it has financed since its inception in 1999, most typically receive $1 million to $3 million. While the websites for companies financed by the group suggest that many have technology that can be used to analyze personal data - an issue of concern to privacy rights advocates - Darby declined to discuss which technologies the intelligence community has adopted from Silicon Valley.

Executives with several of the Bay Area companies it has financed also were hesitant to talk. Some declined to be interviewed. Others said they either didn't know how their innovations were being used or were prohibited from commenting.

But a few gave tantalizing hints. [Read more: Johnson/MercuryNews/11June2012]

11 Things You Didn't Know About America's Spymasters. There's more to being a spy than drinking martinis, talking into shoe-phones, and discarding messages that self-destruct in five seconds. Here are 11 surprising facts about America's spymasters.

1. The CIA had a mad scientist on the payroll
Dr. Sidney Gottlieb sold Christmas trees at a roadside stand, raised goats and was an accomplished square dancer. He also made poisons for the CIA. In the 1950s, the "Company" became interested in mind control. The fear was that the Soviets could do it and America couldn't. Project MKULTRA sought to bridge that gap with experiments involving LSD and test subjects who were unaware they were being dosed. The CIA later tasked Gottlieb with brewing toxins that would kill someone without leaving a trace. (Fidel Castro was a popular target.) From smallpox to rabbit fever, the self-described Dr. Strangelove knew his business, but the agency never quite managed to pull off an assassination. The department was exposed and shut down in 1973.

2. They have a secret museum
It's been called "the best museum you'll never get to see." Housed at CIA headquarters in Langley, the 11,000-square foot museum is accessible only to members of the agency and cleared guests. New recruits receive a tour on their first day, and thousands of CIA officers walk the galleries for inspiration. Technologies used in the past, and the lessons learned from those technologies, often lead to new applications to ongoing CIA operations. The museum's budget is classified.

3. The FBI spied on its own director
J. Edgar Hoover served as director of the FBI (and its precursor agency, the Bureau of Investigation) for an astonishing 48 years, serving under eight presidents and 16 attorneys general. No one dared fire him for fear of a public backlash, or worse, Hoover opening his files. But you don't amass that much power without making a few enemies, so special agents from the Washington Field Office of the FBI were regularly assigned to secretly follow him around, and monitor his house at night. This was called HOOWATCH. (Hoover, of course, knew about it, but rarely spotted his observers.) [Read more: Grady/MentalFloss/11June2012]


Obama Ramps Up Covert War in Yemen. President Obama is celebrated and criticized for greatly accelerating the number of CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, but the similar covert war that he has launched in Yemen has received considerably less attention.

The Obama administration has launched an estimated 28 drone strikes and 13 air strikes in Yemen, according to data compiled by the New America Foundation from reliable news reports. By contrast, the administration of George W. Bush only launched one drone attack in Yemen. (The data was gathered from media outlets that include the Associated Press, Reuters, CNN and the Yemen Post.)

On April 25, the White House approved a new policy inaugurating a more aggressive campaign of drone strikes in Yemen allowing so-called "signature" strikes. These are strikes on individuals whose patterns of behavior signal the presumed presence of an important militant or of a plot against the United States, even if the targeted individual's identity is unknown.

Previously, the administration only allowed the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and the CIA to launch drone attacks in Yemen against top-level militants whose names appeared on secret JSOC and CIA target lists and whose locations could be confirmed.

These broadened rules of engagement will likely result in the further acceleration of U.S. intelligence and military operations in Yemen, a chaotic, weak state embroiled in several overlapping civil wars. [Read more: CNN/11June2012]

U.S. Intelligence After the War on Terror. In the run-up to Sept. 11, 2001, the CIA and the 15 other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community were increasingly preoccupied by the terrorist threat emanating from the Middle East. The previous decade had represented a long and difficult transition for U.S. intelligence from the requirements of Cold War espionage and denied-area tradecraft as well as the more brutal operational tasks associated with helping the Afghan mujahedeen chase the Soviets from Afghanistan. Al-Qaida's brutal attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Dar-es Salaam and Nairobi in 1998 and on the USS Cole in 2000 had already raised the alarm. But the CIA had downsized radically after the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and our understanding of the new Islamist terrorist threat was slow to build. U.S. intelligence was further hampered by poor capability in the languages of the region and the fact that human intelligence sources for use against the al-Qaida threat could not be found operating in the traditional locations U.S. intelligence employed to meet people overseas. Unlike potential double agents during the Cold War, for instance, there were no terrorists coming to U.S. Embassy cocktail parties. [Read more: Hitz/WorldPoliticsReview/5June2012]

The New Face of Global Espionage. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the hostilities that historically divided the Cold War's political and military opponents have cooled, but a heightened intensity in espionage has become evident as well. New antagonists have surfaced as old enemies seemingly became allies; nonstate actors occasionally have become as dangerous and influential as nations with standing armies; and the computer and satellite have replaced lapel cameras and microfilm stashed in shoe heels as preferred methods of espionage. Predictably, the playing field of global espionage has become more sophisticated as well.

Cyberspace and outer space have become espionage battlegrounds where fortunes are stolen, technologies are pirated and attacks are launched against state adversaries. Satellite listening stations that capture computer keystrokes supplant mere bugging operations, and the operational environment is measured in the space - and the corporations - that a state controls. [Read more: Ryan/WorldPoliticsReview/5June2012]

The CIA's Shark-Jumping Censorship of Former Agents. The Central Intelligence Agency has launched an internal investigation of its Publication Review Board, which has recently come under sustained fire for what some say is a policy of censorship. The review board is charged with scrutinizing the work of case-officers-turned-authors, who must have their manuscripts scrubbed of classified material, and of what the agency determines to be sensitive sources and methods. The board is explicitly forbidden from censoring material just because it is embarrassing to the agency, or critical of its activities.

The review process is mandatory for all current and former members of the CIA, and signing an agreement to abide by its terms is a condition of employment. The board's responsibility is not limited to book-length manuscripts; it also evaluates speeches, editorials, book reviews, essays, and movie scripts. One reason it's essential for the PRB to remain impartial is because officers are bound to its process for life.

Some ex-CIA employees have tried to bypass the system, and have suffered as a result. One former case officer, who writes under the pseudonym Ishmael Jones, ignored the findings of the board and published his book anyway. The CIA opted not to prosecute, but did sue Jones in civil court for breach of contract. The threshold for a conviction in a criminal trial would have been much higher, but more importantly, a full trial would have exposed the agency to "graymail." Former members of the intelligence community who are put on the stand are obliged to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." That's a bit too much truth for the CIA. The fear of secret information getting out during testimony has protected more than a few ex-spies from prosecution under the Espionage Act.

The frustrations associated with certain injunctions on writing about national security go all the way to the 7th floor at Langley. [Read more: Grady/TheWeek/11June2012]

War Study: Troops Had Bad Intel, Worse Spin. Ten years of war have given the U.S. military more than its share of frustrations. According to an internal Pentagon study, two of them were as fundamental as they were related: Troops had terrible intelligence about Iraq and Afghanistan, and they told their own stories just as badly.

Those are some preliminary conclusions from an ongoing Pentagon study into the lessons of a decade of combat, authorized by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the multi-tour Iraq veteran and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The study doesn't single out any sensor or spy platform for criticism. Instead, it finds that U.S. troops didn't understand the basic realities of society, culture and power structures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and couldn't explain what they were doing to skeptical populations.

"We were slow to recognize the importance of information and the battle for the narrative in achieving objectives at all levels," according to a May 23 draft of the study, which InsideDefense obtained, "[and] we were often ineffective in applying and aligning the narrative to goals and desired end states."

Neither of these criticisms are unfamiliar to observers (and veterans) of the war. But the study is designed to help shape the military of the 2020s - which could accordingly see a greater emphasis on both local knowledge of foreign hotspots and, well, spin. [Read more: Ackerman/Wired/11June2012]

Section IV - Researcher Request, Books and Documentaries and Coming Events

Researcher Request
 [IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these research inquiries or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]

Researcher seeking info on Tony Poe - CIA Paramilitary Operations

My name is Richard Gough living in Maidstone, Kent UK researching material for a book on the late Tony Poe's military career.  I'm not a journalist but an amateur historian and have written four books and short stories on Special Forces in SEAC WW2.  As backround I served with the Gurkha Brigade in Malaya in 1950 and later with the Paracute Regiment. Tony fought at Iwa Jima and later served in Korea, Sumatra, Tibet, Thailand and Laos.
Through you kind offices I would welcome any contacts who worked with him.
Please contact for more information. Thank you for your consideration. REPLIES to Richard Gough at

Books and Documentaries

What Dad Did in the Cold War. As an 11-year-old, Scott Johnson used to wonder why children from outside his immediate area weren't allowed to get off at his bus stop. Why the place where he lived in rural Virginia, with its forbidding perimeter fences, forests and neat ranch-houses, often seemed so eerily empty. Why it was that wandering deep in the woods one day, he and two friends stumbled upon giant fake missile silos, painted to look as though they were real.

It was dawning on him that his childhood seemed wildly atypical in other ways. Why had they moved so often? Why had his father taken them to live in Delhi, Belgrade and Islamabad - places well off the average American's radar? Why had a stranger attempted to take him from his home in India one night when his parents were out?

When Johnson turned 14, his father invited him to his office and announced he had something to tell him. That base in Virginia had been the Central Intelligence Agency's training centre, Camp Peary.

His father, Keith, worked as a spy.

Johnson was not to tell a soul outside the immediate family.

His initial reaction, he says, was one of excitement and relief at finally making sense of the mysteries in his life. But afterwards came darker feelings, including anger.

''It wasn't always easy, in fact sometimes it was very difficult, especially with close friends, to lie and keep up the facade and do it over and over and over again,'' Johnson tells The Sun-Herald this week from his home in California.

''With every new person I met, I had to come up with the cover story all over again.''

''In the agency there is a term for the whole dynamic of lying and deceiving people who are close to you. It's called 'necessary deception'. The idea is sometimes it's necessary to deceive people for their own good and your own good and for everybody's general safety. But it gets tricky.''

Johnson has now written a book, to be released this week, delving into his complex relationship with his still much-loved father and the way the CIA cast its shadow over their lives. [Read more: Snow/Stock&Land/10June2012]

Vetted, Altered, Blessed: 'Power and Constraint,' by Jack Goldsmith. When the Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah was captured, six months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, C.I.A. lawyers were asked to approve a battery of tough interrogation techniques hastily thrown together. They did not much fear that posterity would think them ruthless. On the contrary, the C.I.A.'s No. 2 attorney worried that "with all the restrictions and precautions and scrutiny by lawyers and doctors and psychologists," they'd look like a bunch of wimps. 

It is not as a bunch of wimps that history has remembered George W. Bush's antiterrorist team. The Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith, who worked briefly in the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel, has himself been critical of his former colleagues' "unilateralism" and their preference for power over persuasion. But he has also been an eloquent dissenter from the view that the Bush administration simply ran roughshod over the Constitution. In his bone-dry but tightly reasoned new book, "Power and Constraint," he insists that whatever the last administration's failings, a la-di-da attitude toward constitutional proprieties was never among them. That is because of a "revolution in wartime presidential accountability" begun in the 1970s and shaped by the terrorism the United States faced after the cold war. Unnoticed by journalists and many constitutionalists, a new and unusual set of checks and balances has been put in place over the decades. This doesn't make the war on terror a success, necessarily, but it means a "rogue" presidency is less of a worry than critics have claimed. [Read more: Caldwell/NYTimes/8June2012]

Coming Educational Events


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

Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 11:15 am - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO NM Hosts Luncheon & Election Meeting

Location: Weck's (East side), 1105 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Business - Elections, Discussion of Leaks. Inquiries to

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.

21 June 2012, 12:30 - 2 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles Area AFIO Chapter meeting features "Airport Security at LAX"

Los Angeles Airport Police Detectives Yves Didier and Edward Martinez - will be discussing Airport Security and issues facing LAX in the next decade.
Event will take place at the LMU Campus.
RSVP to if you plan to attend this event, and indicate whether you wish to purchase lunch.

21 June 2012, 5 - 8pm - Arlington, VA - FAOA on Tap "Happy Hour" features talk by Douglas Waller on "Wild Bill Donovan."

Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan will speak at this FAOA Happy Hour at the Sine Irish Pub and Restaurant, Pentagon City, 1301 S Joyce St, Arlington,VA. (703) 415-4420
What: Cash Bar with heavy appetizers provided, compliments of the FAO Association.Open FREE to all FAO Association members, guests, sponsors, and interested friends and colleagues
Register HERE to let them know you are coming!

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

Friday, 29 June 2012, noon – 2 pm – Washington, DC - "Ministers of Fire" author presentation at The International Spy Museum

"Winter, 1979, on the Afghan-Soviet border. The atmosphere is electric as CIA Kabul station chief Lucius Burling and the Dari-speaking wife of another American operative - her name is April, but she promises nothing but late winter - meet up with a ragtag troop of Afghan tribal warriors and a Chinese agent. What begins as an eccentrically arranged affair turns dark and darker. In a blast of gunfire and flash of knives, an American pilot goes down, and before the eyes of the helpless CIA agent, the Afghans kidnap April, who is never to be seen again."
I haven't read as good a prologue to a spy thriller all year" writes Alan Cheuse, a book commentator for National Public Radio."Ministers of Fire" tells the story of mid-life career of fictional CIA station chief Lucius Burling and his involvement with the fate of a Chinese dissident. The novel starts in 1979, in Kabul, during the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union and shifts to China in 2002 where while trying to help a Chinese physicist flee, Burling is reunited with an old compatriot from the CIA's Afghanistan operations. The genesis of the book, according to the author, occurred in 1970 when his father was the assistant secretary of state for the Near East and South Asia, including Afghanistan. The ambassador was killed , and the widow became a good friend of the family.
"Veteran cold warriors confront the post-9/11 world in Saunders's impressive first novel, a complex spy thriller. . . . While the intricate plotting and vivid action scenes are sure to please genre fans, more general readers should also find plenty to enjoy, from Mark Harril Saunders's meticulous prose to his closely observed characterizations."
—Publishers Weekly (Starred review).
Free! No registration required. More info and directions at

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

Tuesday, 10 July 2012, noon – Washington, DC - "Spies Against Armageddon: History of Israel's Intelligence Community" author presentation at International Spy Museum

The history of Israel's intelligence community—led by the feared and famous Mossad—includes stunning successes and embarrassing failures with important implications for war and peace today. CBS journalist Dan Raviv and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman trace this history from the country's independence in 1948 right up to the crises of today as a follow-up to their 1990 best seller, Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community. Raviv will map the major changes in Israeli intelligence priorities away from Palestine and toward Iran. He will also describe how Israel has become the most innovative country in the world in the use of espionage as an alternative to war, since Meir Dagan, director of the Mossad from 2002 to 2011, put "the dagger back between the teeth" of that spy agency.
Join the authors for an informal chat and book signing. Free! No registration required. More info and directions

17-18 July 2012, 8:30-4:30 - Reston, VA - The CiCentre hosts Course 207: Introduction to the People's Republic of China (PRC) Intelligence and Counterintelligence Methodologies.

This course provides an introductory review of PRC intelligence and counterintelligence practices.
It focuses on the significant differences as well as the similarities between Chinese intelligence collection and counterintelligence practices and Western and European models.
The course looks at Chinese cultural considerations and PRC historical events which are essential to understanding collection practices and counterintelligence operations employed by the Chinese.
In addition to coverage of traditional espionage, the seminar also discusses the Chinese economic espionage threat.
Companies and government agencies concerned with the theft of dual-use, proprietary information and technology will find this seminar particularly useful in understanding that growing threat.
Information & registration here. Fee is $1,000. Course will be held in Reston, Virginia. For more information or to register contact: Adam Hahn

24-25 July 2012, 8:30 - 4:30 - Reston, VA - The CiCentre hosts Course 203: Vulnerabilities of Global Travel: Personnel & Information Protection

In today's international market place and global national security environment, global travel is an essential and absolute requirement for the corporate, military or government employee/contractor.
US personnel who travel internationally for personal or professional reasons, face enhanced threat realities from foreign intelligence collectors, unscrupulous business competitors and terrorists driven by many ideologies and objectives.
This essential seminar provides practical information and usable tactics to assist the global traveler.
This seminar covers pre-travel preparation planning, strategies to decrease individual profiles while traveling, plus arrival and personal conduct advice while at the travel destination(s) to enhance their personal safety.
Included in this seminar are strategies to recognize recruitment and elicitation operations, technical collection operations to assess the traveler and/or compromise their information, and/or criminal/terrorist pre-attack profile recognition.
Information & registration here. Fee is $1,000. Course will be held in Reston, Virginia. For more information or to register contact: Adam Hahn

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

Wednesday, 1 August 2012, noon – Washington, DC - "Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran" - author presentation at International Spy Museum

The United States and Iran have been at daggers drawn for more than thirty years. While this rivalry has never erupted into open war, it has been an enduring "twilight war" in which spies and terrorists often play the lead role. US Government historian David Crist will discuss his groundbreaking book which pulls back the curtain on many of the deepest secrets of this lethal struggle. Hear about the massive spy network that the CIA developed in Iran with German help in the 1980s, how these spies communicated with their American handlers using invisible ink, and how their discovery led to the deaths of more than two dozen people. Hear his remarkable new findings about the Iran-Contra affair that almost scuttled the Reagan administration, and learn the story behind the Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the United States—and then redefected back to Iran in 2010.
Free! No registration required. More info and directions at

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,

22-24 August 2012 - Raleigh, NC - "Dramatic Revelations - J. Edgar Hoover, Castro, Deep Throat, Carlos the Jackal, and Secret from CIA" the theme of the 8th Annual Raleigh Spy Conference

Dramatic Revelations: J. Edgar Hoover, Castro, Deep Throat, Carlos the Jackal, and Secrets from the CIA. The event underscores how recently declassified information re-writes history.
The FBI is not simply the nation's top cop agency, says RSC founder Bernie Reeves. The Bureau serves as America's domestic security service, responsible for tracking down spies in America and running counter-intelligence operations. And J. Edgar Hoover, the man who shaped and ran the FBI from 1924 to his death in 1972, was the nation's top domestic intelligence officer.
But who was the real Hoover?  FBI Historian John Fox will present a session on Hoover's role as chief intelligence officer – and share the latest declassified data on one of the most significant figures in US history.

Fidel Castro casts a long shadow over modern American history. He led a revolution, unexpectedly embraced communism and invited the Soviets to Cuba who installed offensive nuclear weapons 90 miles from the United States.
Brian Latell, formerly a Cuba hand for the CIA, has plowed through newly declassified documents - and interviewed secret Cuban agents who can now talk for the first time –  for his new book Castro's Secrets, revealing that the Cuban intelligence services were highly sophisticated. Cuban operatives duped the CIA and planted nearly 50 double agents in the US intelligence services. Latell also reveals from  secret sources that Castro had prior knowledge of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Max Holland, editor of the insider website Washington Decoded - and a prolific and respected author on key events of the modern era – has dug into newly declassified documents to reveal the true story of the motivation that compelled FBI assistant director Mark Felt to disguise himself as the infamous Deep Throat, the source that allegedly brought down a presidency and elevated two obscure journalists to super-star status. Watergate remains a watershed event in American history –and Mark Felt was the man who made it happen.

David Waltrop, an active CIA officer currently serving as a Program Manager for the Agency's Historical Collections Division (who formerly worked in the National Reconnaissance Office and as curator for the Defense Intelligence Agency) will reveal one of the most secret CIA operations of the Cold War, the Trieste 11 Deep Sea Vehicle. Now called An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, the true mission of the Trieste 11 expedition was hidden in rumor and speculation – until now.

Albert Garajales, INTERPOL Director of Public Relations and assistant coordinator of anti-Terrorism for Puerto Rico, will present an insider's assessment of the profile of the modern terrorist, beginning with Carlos the Jackal up to today's dangerous operatives.

Go to for more information and to register. Or call  Carlie Sorosiak at the Metro Magazine office: 919-831-0999 or email   
The Raleigh Spy Conference was founded in 2003 by Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine ( Discounts are offered for intelligence workers, members of the armed forces, students, and seniors.
Bernie Reeves and Raleigh Metro Magazine will be hosting this 8th Raleigh Spy Conference at the NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.
And if you missed the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference, a beautifully prepared set of DVDs of event are available here.

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.

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

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