AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #25-12 dated 26 June 2012

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Section IV -    Jobs, Books, Documentaries, and Coming Events


Books and Documentaries

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY

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

SPYPEDIA updates as of 21 June: New to SPYPEDIA is an interactive map demonstrating the Targets of Domestic Terrorism, which details the specific locations that were targeted in terrorism plots since 9/11. The red pins denote successful attacks undertaken against life or property, and the blue pins represent attempted or foiled attacks.

Additionally, a new page on Iran's state-sponsoring of terrorism has been added, which describes Iran and its support of terrorist groups, especially Hezbollah, to further its foreign policy objectives and engage in proxy wars with its neighbors. Also see: Iran's Nuclear Program All new additions can be found by simply navigating to the "New Content" tab, which features the most recent updates in the SPYPEDIA database.

-Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)

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 from a variety of Document Release Events.

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.

Gift Hunting? For an impressive 6-DVD set of the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference on Russian Illegals, view and order here

Early Warning...

Special Notice To AFIO Members
Upcoming CIA Conferences 2012-2014
Put Dates [where known] on your Calendars
Registration information supplied as it becomes available.

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 with instructions on how to register.

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.

October/November 2012 - Keyport, WA – An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, CIA Historic Document Release Event at the Naval Undersea Museum Exact date TBD.
The Trieste II Deep Sea Vehicle I (DSV-1), the U.S. Navy's most advanced deep sea submersible, surfaced about 350 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands in the pre-dawn hours of 26 April 1972 after having salvaged a mysterious item from 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Publically known as a nondescript "data package," the full story of this little known Cold War operation has remained hidden behind secrecy, rumor, and speculation. 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 better known salvage involving the Hughes Glomar Explorer. Presentation by David W. Waltrop, program manager in the CIA Historical Collections Division, who 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 above and here.]

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



CIA Vetting Arms Flow to Syria Rebels. US intelligence operatives in Turkey are vetting the flow of weapons to Syrian rebels to ensure they do not fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda militants, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The Times cited unnamed US officials and Arab intelligence officials as saying the weapons were being paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and funneled across the border by a shadowy opposition network.

The weapons include automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some anti-tank weapons, which have allowed the rebels to fight back against the far superior forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Times said Central Intelligence Agency operatives in southern Turkey are overseeing the weapons shipments and gathering information on Syria's fragmented opposition.

"CIA officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people," the Times quoted an Arab intelligence official who is briefed regularly by US counterparts as saying.

The Times quoted US officials as saying they were considering stepping up aid to the rebels by providing satellite imagery and other intelligence, but had yet to take a final decision on the matter. [Read more: AFP/21June2012]

FBI Gets a Broader Role in Coordinating Domestic Intelligence Activities. The FBI has been given an expanded role in coordinating the domestic intelligence-gathering activities of the CIA and other agencies under a plan enacted this year by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., officials said.

The bureau's highest-ranking field agents now also serve as the DNI's representatives across the country. The change is intended to improve collaboration, but some officials say it has created new friction between the FBI and CIA.

Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, assistant director of national intelligence, said the move is meant to enhance the FBI's ability to lead efforts by federal, state and local authorities to confront terrorist threats and other domestic security concerns.

"This is a connecting bridge between intelligence and law enforcement," Flynn said in an interview. He added that the DNI designation does not give regional FBI officials power over other agencies' operations or personnel.

The program was endorsed by CIA Director David H. Petraeus and officials at other affected agencies. But concerns have surfaced in some regional offices that the FBI is exploiting its new clout at the CIA's expense.

One former U.S. official said senior FBI agents recently used a meeting with executives from major manufacturing companies on the West Coast to instruct them to cut off contact with the CIA.

The FBI's message was that "they were now in charge of relationships with the corporate sector, so the folks there should feel no need to deal with the agency," said the former U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. The FBI agents apparently were not aware that a former CIA officer was among the executives in attendance. The former official declined to provide more details about the location of the meeting or its participants.

FBI spokesman Michael Kortan said that officials could not confirm the alleged incident and that such a statement to company executives by an FBI agent would be inaccurate. [Read more: Miller/WashingtonPost/19June2012]

CIA Releases Declassified Documents From 9/11File. In the months before the terrorist attacks of September 2001, the CIA unit dedicated to hunting for Osama bin Laden complained that it was running out of money, and analysts considered the likelihood of catching the terror leader to be extremely low, according to government records published Tuesday.

The declassified documents, dated between 1992 and 2004, are heavily blacked out and offer little new information about what the U.S. knew about the al-Qaida plot before 2001. Many of the files are cited in the 9/11 Commission report, published in 2004. The commission determined the failure that led to 9/11 was a lack of imagination, and U.S. intelligence agencies did not connect the dots that could have prevented the attacks.

Though few new details are revealed in the documents, the files offer more historical context for the years surrounding the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

The National Security Archive obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request and published them on its website Tuesday. The archive is a private group seeking transparency in government.

An April 2000 document from the CIA's bin Laden unit alluded to a budgetary cash crunch that was cutting into the agency's efforts to track the terror leader. [Read more: Goldman&Sullivan/AP/20June2012]

Foiling Qaeda Threats Starts with Intelligence: Napolitano. The thwarting of an al Qaeda plot involving a non-metallic bomb shows that safety operations begin with strong intelligence and full-body scanners at airports are not the only tool to fight increasingly sophisticated threats, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security said on Friday.

Janet Napolitano said in an interview with Reuters that a "multi-layered" strategy against militant groups included cooperation between spy agencies, good intelligence as well as looking at travel patterns and the behavior of passengers at airports.

"If we have good intelligence, a lot of safety operations can spring from that," Napolitano, in Paris to meet with French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, told Reuters.

U.S. and allied intelligence agencies acquired an explosive device in late April or early May that U.S. officials believed Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, had intended to introduce aboard an aircraft bound for the United States or another Western country.

The device was an improved version of the "underwear bomb" of a failed Christmas Day, 2009 airline bombing attempt, U.S. officials said.

The new device raised concerns that bomb-detection technology at airports could fall short. U.S. officials said that metal detectors used in many airports would likely not have picked up on that threat, and many major hubs in and outside the United States are not equipped with body scanners able to find traces of explosives.

"The foiling of that AQAP plot illustrated again the international cooperation that has to occur in the aviation environment, and it begins with good intelligence," she said in the interview at the U.S. embassy. [Read more: Reuters/22June2012]

Western Spy Agencies 'Sharing Intelligence' With Syrian Rebels. A British newspaper has cited defense sources claiming that British and American intelligence agencies are passing vital information to Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow the country's government.

British tabloid The Daily Star quoted "a British defense source" who said that most of the raw intelligence on Syria is picked up by sophisticated British and American satellites monitoring Syrian communications. Once gathered and assessed by intelligence analysts in Washington and London, the information is passed on to operatives of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and Britain's MI6, who are allegedly operating on the ground in Syria. They in turn communicate actionable intelligence to rebel leaders in Syria, who are fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to the British tabloid, information passed on to rebel leaders includes detailed satellite imagery of Syrian pro-government troop movements around the country, as well as the contents of intercepted communications between senior Syrian military commanders and their subordinates in the field. The Star quotes one unnamed British government source who claims that the satellites are so sophisticated that they allow British and American eavesdroppers to identify the individuals whose voices are heard in the intercepted communications, with the aid of advanced voice recognition systems. The intelligence has reportedly enabled rebel commanders to evacuate locations targeted by government forces, and may also have allowed the rebels to organize successful counterstrikes in response to offensives conducted by troops loyal to Damascus.

Washington-based publication The Hill contacted the CIA and the White House but their spokespersons refused to comment on what they called "an ongoing intelligence operation" in Syria. [Read more: Fitsanakis/GlobalResearch/21June2012]

Court Releases 'Spy Scientist' Guilty of Selling Russian Secrets to China.  A "spy scientist" sentenced to 11.5 years in jail for selling secrets to China has been released on parole.

Russian researcher Igor Reshetin was found guilty of the illegal passage of technology to China back in December 2007, along with three other scientists. The technology in question could be used to creating weapons of mass destruction.

Reshetin's defense made several attempts to appeal the sentence, bringing in several prominent Russian rocket scientists.

"All this has lasted for two years," human rights activist Ernst Chyorny told Interfax. "And finally, Reshetin is now at home in Korolyov with his family."

Human rights organizations, which called Reshetin as a prisoner of conscience, see his long-awaited release as a good sign.

"That is encouraging news. I hope that similar measures will be taken on other cases on which such disputable court decisions have been made. Primarily, I have in mind the Danilov case," Mikhail Fedotov, head of the Human Rights Council, told Interfax.

Valentin Danilov is another Russian scientist is prison on a charge of spying for China. His name was included in a list of convicts to be pardoned, which the Human Rights Council submitted to then-President Dmitry Medvedev soon after a mass rally in central Moscow on December 10.

"We see now that the Council's opinion is reckoned with," Fedotov said. "That is very good. It means that the Council should keep working in this direction." 

The list also included former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his ex-business partner Platon Lebedev, and opposition activist Taisia Osipova. [Read more: Novosti/20June2012]

DNI Directive Seeks to Tighten Protection of Intelligence. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued a directive earlier this month to improve the protection of intelligence information and to help prevent unauthorized disclosures.

The newly revised Intelligence Community Directive 700 requires a new degree of collaboration between counterintelligence and security activities. While counterintelligence (CI) was scarcely mentioned in the previous version of the policy on protecting intelligence in 2007, it is now being elevated to a central role and integrated with security.

"Together, CI and security provide greater protection for national intelligence than either function operating alone," the new directive states.

In order to combat the insider threat of unauthorized disclosures, the directive prescribes that "all personnel with access to national intelligence... shall be continually evaluated and monitored..."

But since there are more than a million government employees and contractors holding Top Secret clearances who are potentially eligible for access to intelligence information, it seems unlikely that any significant fraction of them can literally be "continually monitored." Still, that is now formally the objective.

A copy of the June 7, 2012 directive on "Protection of National Intelligence" was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence under the Freedom of Information Act.

The new directive has been under development for at least several months. It was not specifically devised as a response to the latest controversy over leaks of classified information. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/20June2012]

Spy Chief Toughens Employee Polygraph to Stem Leaks. The top U.S. intelligence official on Monday ordered that a new question be added to federal employee lie-detector tests to help uncover any leaks of secret information to the media. In true spy-agency form, the wording of the question was not made public.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced he was mandating a question related to "unauthorized disclosure of classified information" be added to the counterintelligence polygraph given to employees at agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and others.

"It is my sincere hope that others across the government will follow our lead," Clapper said in a statement.

The CIA has been the only intelligence agency that asks about unauthorized disclosures of classified information on its basic polygraph given to employees, but the question does not specifically ask about the recipient of the leak, an intelligence official said on condition of anonymity.

"The question that the CIA uses is going to be adjusted to speak specifically to members of the press, members of the media, and that question is going to be expanded to the counterintelligence polygraph programs across the intelligence community," the official said.

Intelligence agency employees take that lie-detector test when they first join and when they renew their security clearance every seven years.

The change will allow the new question to be used at any time to determine whether an employee had disclosed secret information to the media, the official said.

The wording of the question? "The specific language is not something that we talk about," he said. [Read more: Zakaria/Reuters/25June2012]

Intelligence Analysts Taking Over Leading Role in Spy Game: CSIS Chief. In the intelligence world, the spy who goes around uncovering and collecting secrets has traditionally played the role with the most stature.

But today that role - glamorized in countless Hollywood films - is starting to take a back seat to the job of the behind-the-scenes intelligence analyst, says the director of Canada's spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

In a speech obtained under access-to-information laws, Richard Fadden said CSIS' mandate is no longer just about working informants and intercepting communications but understanding the information collected and being able to predict how threats to the country will change.

"In today's information universe of WikiLeaks, the Internet and social media, there are fewer and fewer meaningful secrets for the James Bonds of the world to steal," Fadden told a conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Intelligence Analysts in November 2011. "Suddenly the ability to make sense of information is as valued a skill as collecting it."

Fadden said today's intelligence analysts must be well-read in history, religion, politics and geography and be able to provide answers to complex questions, such as what sort of threat political upheaval in the Middle East poses to Canada's security interests five years from now.

"We are expected to provide not just information but insight - and of the two, insight is often the scarcer commodity," Fadden said.

Asked whether this statement suggests a lack of qualified intelligence analysts right now, a spokeswoman for Fadden said Monday that Canada's intelligence-analysis capacity is "robust" and "as good as you'd find anywhere in the global security community."

"Like any organization, we are always looking to raise our game," Tahera Mufti said via email. "The increasing complexity of the threat environment, not least the speed with which new threats can materialize, means that analysts are learning not just to scan the horizon but to try and look over it.

"CSIS and partner agencies work together through joint training initiatives, and the sharing of best practices, to bolster our collective analytic capability." [Read more: Quan/]

Former Bulgarian Intelligence Head Prosecuted for Embezzlement. Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation on embezzlement of funds by the former head of Bulgaria's National Intelligence Service, a Prosecutor's Office official announced.

Two months ago General Kircho Kirov was released from his office as head of Bulgarian intelligence after a mysterious report came forward, which denoted serious financial violations in the National Intelligence Service during the time he was in charge.

The report was sent to the Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office (SMDPO) with the short notice that it contained claims of heavy breaches of discipline in the intelligence service, which have lead to considerable damages.

At the same time rumors surfaced that the then-member of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's Advisory Council and head of the Center for Prevention of Organized Crime and Corruption (BORKOR)  General Rumen Milanov pressured for the report to be concealed.

Milanov himself positively denied such claims, but he was nevertheless removed from all offices. [Read more: Novinite/22June2012]


Is That Really Just a Fly? Swarms of Cyborg Insect Drones are the Future of Military Surveillance. The kinds of drones making the headlines daily are the heavily armed CIA and U.S. Army vehicles which routinely strike targets in Pakistan - killing terrorists and innocents alike.

But the real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed.

Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public.

The fear kicked off in 2007 when reports of bizarre flying objects hovering above anti-war protests sparked accusations that the U.S. government was accused of secretly developing robotic insect spies.

Official denials and suggestions from entomologists that they were actually dragonflies failed to quell speculation, and Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert on unmanned aerial craft, told the Daily Telegraph at the time that 'America can be pretty sneaky.'

The following year, the US Air Force unveiled insect-sized spies 'as tiny as bumblebees' that could not be detected and would be able to fly into buildings to 'photograph, record, and even attack insurgents and terrorists.'

Around the same time the Air Force also unveiled what it called 'lethal mini-drones' based on Leonardo da Vinci's blueprints for his Ornithopter flying machine, and claimed they would be ready for roll out by 2015.

That announcement was five years ago and, since the U.S. military is usually pretty cagey about its technological capabilities, it raises the question as to what it is keeping under wraps. [Read more: DailyMail/19June2012]

Intelligence Community Personnel: Strategic Approach and Training Requirements Needed to Guide Joint Duty Program. In the years following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress enacted the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which gives the Director of National Intelligence the responsibility to establish a personnel rotational program (the Joint Duty Program) across the IC. The intended purpose is to facilitate IC personnel's understanding of the wide range of intelligence requirements, methods, users, and capabilities. GAO evaluated the extent to which (1) IC elements are participating in the Joint Duty Program, (2) the ODNI has developed a strategic framework to help ensure the effective implementation of the Joint Duty Program, and (3) ODNI has established training and education programs to support the Joint Duty Program. GAO reviewed the Joint Duty Program's legislative requirements and guidance, analyzed data on program participants, and interviewed program officials from the entire IC.

GAO recommends that DHS take steps to have the Coast Guard participate in the Joint Duty Program. GAO also recommends that ODNI develop a strategic framework to implement the program across the IC and that ODNI establish and document the program's training requirements and develop a plan and timeline for implementing them. DHS and the Coast Guard agreed with GAO's recommendation to the Coast Guard. ODNI generally agreed with GAO's recommendations, but raised concerns about the findings on performance goals and the strategic framework. GAO continues to believe in the findings as stated in the report.

All of the Intelligence Community (IC) elements except for one are participating in the Joint Duty Program and the IC elements generally view the program as beneficial. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Defense Security Service, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and 15 other IC components have identified an office or individual responsible for facilitating the program. However, the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard), which ordinarily operates under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), does not participate in the program, even though the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and IC guidance stipulate that the Joint Duty Program applies to the defined IC, which includes the Coast Guard's civilian personnel in its National Intelligence Element. Coast Guard officials stated it delayed its participation in the program because it first plans to conduct a workforce study that will determine how the Coast Guard will participate, but it has not identified a timeframe for the study's completion, and the position assigned to conduct the study is currently vacant. As a result, personnel in other IC elements may not fully understand the Coast Guard's intelligence mission and Coast Guard employees may have limited opportunities to collaborate with other IC elements.

ODNI has not established a strategic framework to guide the implementation of the Joint Duty Program across the IC. [Read more: DefPro/21June2012]

WWII Spy School Taught Ninjutsu Skills. Training in ninjutsu, or ninja combat techniques and spycraft, was part of the curriculum at the Rikugun Nakano Gakko, a secret training school for military intelligence operatives run by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, according to recently discovered documents.

The revelation was found in reports to the war minister on the school's inaugural graduating class.

School-related documents were believed to have been burned shortly before the end of World War II, and this is the first time information about the school's curriculum has been confirmed in official documents.

Besides ninjutsu training, students were educated in more conventional intelligence and sabotage techniques, such as bomb-making and photography.

The reports containing the curriculum were found by Taketoshi Yamamoto, professor emeritus at Waseda University and an expert on information history, among materials from the National Institute for Defense Studies that were provided by the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records.

The school was believed to have been established to train soldiers to serve behind enemy lines. The reports indicate that a predecessor counterintelligence institute was established in Kudan, Tokyo, in April 1938.

The following year, the institute was made into a training center and moved to Nakano, Tokyo, where it was reorganized as the Rikugun Nakano Gakko school in 1940. About 2,300 people are believed to have graduated from the school before it closed in 1945. [Read more: Yomiuri/21June2012]

A Black Spy in the Confederate White House. Mary Bowser, born into slavery in Virginia sometime around 1840, was, alternately, a missionary to Liberia, a Freedmen's school teacher - and, most amazingly, a Union spy in the Confederate White House.

Her wartime career is all the more astounding because her espionage depended on the very institution that was meant to subjugate her. Chattel slavery was predicated on the belief that blacks were innately inferior - leaving a slave woman not so much above suspicion as below it - yet Bowser demonstrated the value of black intelligence, in every sense of the term. But the truth about the woman who went from slave to spy is fascinating and revealing precisely because it remains incomplete.

Bowser began her life as property of the Van Lews, a wealthy, white Richmond family. Although her exact date of birth is unknown, on May 17, 1846, "Mary Jane, a colored child belonging to Mrs. Van Lew," was baptized in St. John's, the stately Episcopal church for which the elegant Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond is named, and in which Patrick Henry delivered his 1775 "give me liberty or give me death" speech. It was extremely rare for enslaved or free blacks to be baptized in this church. Indeed, other Van Lew slaves received baptism at Richmond's First African Baptist Church, indicating that Mrs. Van Lew, the widowed head of the household, and her daughter Bet singled out Mary for special treatment from an early age.

Some time after being baptized, Mary was sent north to be educated, although it is unclear precisely when or where she attended school. In 1855, Bet arranged for the girl, then using the name Mary Jane Richards, to join a missionary community in Liberia. According to Bet's correspondence with an official of the American Colonization Society, however, the teenage Mary was miserable in Africa. By the spring of 1860, she returned to the Van Lew household, and eventually to St. John's Church, where, on April 16, 1861 - the day before the Virginia Convention voted to secede - Wilson Bowser and Mary, "colored servants to Mrs. E. L. Van Lew," were married.

As these scant biographical traces suggest, much of what historians have documented about the life of Mary Bowser comes from sources that focus more fully on the Van Lews, especially the pro-Union Elizabeth "Bet" Van Lew. During the Civil War, Bet's loyalty to the North prompted her to care for Federal prisoners in Richmond and to smuggle information to Union military commanders. Although the official military correspondence involving Van Lew's espionage was destroyed at her request after the war, the generals Benjamin Butler, Ulysses S. Grant and George Sharpe all cited Van Lew as a critical source of intelligence from within the Confederate capital. [Read more: Leveen/NYTimes/21June2012]


Requiem for a Russian Spy. On the second-to-last day of March, Leonid Vladimirovich Shebarshin, the former head of the KGB's foreign intelligence arm and chairman of the KGB - for a single day in the turmoil of the August 1991 coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev - died in his central Moscow apartment, apparently taking his own life. According to Russian media accounts, the last entry in his diary found at the scene was: "March, 29 - 17.15, left eye failure. 19.00, went completely blind. Foreign Intelligence duty officer 4293593." Beside his body was a service pistol presented to him upon his retirement from the KGB, and media reports said there was a suicide note. Shebarshin, my longtime adversary and, later, a helpful collaborator in chronicling the slice of history we shared, was 77. 

His death marks the end of an era, the passing of one of the most thoughtful, cultured, and effective leaders of the redoubtable Cold War KGB. He was a master spy, a central figure in the tumultuous half-century contest between the CIA and the KGB, and a true believer in the Soviet dream until the very end. He never wavered; he never apologized.

For much of the last decade of my CIA career, Shebarshin was the closest thing I had to a main adversary in the Soviet spy apparatus. (For you John le Carri fans out there, he was my Karla.) I met him only after we had retired, when our respective organizations were still trying to sort out all the body blows of treachery and betrayal we had taken in those last desperate years of Cold War rivalry.

We first met in Moscow in 1997 at his offices in the KGB's sports facility, Dynamo Stadium. Although the Soviet Union had ceased to exist half a dozen years earlier, Shebarshin's office walls were covered with eerie, almost surreal murals of revolutionary scenes featuring Joseph Stalin and Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the feared founder of the Soviet secret services. It was clear Shebarshin remained faithful to his Soviet creed, and at that first meeting we acknowledged our common threads as adversaries. We spoke frequently and at length on the phone after that encounter; I was researching a book, and Shebarshin was preparing his memoirs, drafts of which he shared with me and allowed me to incorporate into my work. Over those years, Shebarshin and I came to view each other not necessarily as friends, but perhaps as dueling conductors of one of the last symphonies of the Cold War.

Shebarshin and I were first cast as opposites in the last years of the disastrous Soviet adventure in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, but at the time I had no inkling of the extent of his involvement there. I would only become familiar with him as a man and as an adversary when I returned to Langley in 1989, after my Afghan interlude, to take charge of the Soviet-East European Division of the CIA's Directorate of Operations. That same year, Shebarshin became head of KGB foreign intelligence, the FCD, where he had been among the handful of key KGB men behind the lingering mystery of the deadly compromise of the CIA's Moscow assets, beginning in 1985 - a saga that ended, the CIA thought, with the 1994 arrest of CIA veteran Aldrich Ames on charges of spying for the KGB. Although Ames's betrayal seemed to unscramble the riddle of the Moscow losses, some still believe that another traitor was in our midst in the 1980s and that he is still out there. It's just another secret Shebarshin took to his grave. [Read more: Bearden/ForeignPolicy/July/August2012]

Senator McCain Wrong About Syrian Intervention. I wish John McCain read the words spoken by Al-Quds Al-arabi in 2005, which were borrowed from Saif al-Adel's document entitled, "Al Qaeda's Strategy to the year 2020". Senator McCain's recent bellicose plead to end Assad's massacre of men, women and children by having America "stop doing nothing" and to act more forcefully was inappropriate.

The main goal of radical Islam is to bring America to its economic knees by enticing America to do just act more forcefully against al Qaeda. In actuality, we don't need to, for Syria's Assad is growing more desperate as each moment passes. Hardly reported in the press, for reasons beyond me, the CIA and President Obama arranged to supply the Syrian insurgents with hi-tech, anti-tank missiles through the Saudi and Qatari intelligence agencies. A secret message from President Barack Obama approved raising the military stakes in his efforts to oust Assad. President Obama is "walking the talk" by putting his threats into reality. Last month, he told the Atlantic Weekly, "It is our estimation that Assad's days are numbered - it's a matter not of if, but when." Then, he told members at the weekend's G-8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland that "Bashar al-Assad must leave power". 

On last night's CNN, I witnessed a Syrian tank and an APC blown to bits and the nature of the blast leads a reasonable person to believe it wasn't from a roadside bomb. The blasts were from shoulder-fired, anti-tank missiles ala President Obama, the CIA, and Saudi Arabian intelligence. I believe the U.S. can act forcefully without massive, economically-draining, military involvement.

Instead, armed and deadly drone aircraft; special op forces conducting lightning-strike, in-and-out operations; training and arming insurgency forces; and continuous foreign penetration and spy recruitment by CIA case officers should replace 
armored marine divisions or large-scale NATO troop involvement which, economically, Europe or America can no longer afford.

To avoid walking into the snare the deceased Osama bin Laden has set for us, we should stay the course. After all, Outside Opposition Forces May Topple Assad's Despotic Regime. Why would Senator McCain, whom I admire, fall into the trap of having a bankrupt America and economically fragile EU expend billions of scarce monetary resources to intervene in Syria with massive troop involvement? Doesn't he realize he's falling into the Al Qaeda financially-draining trap that is officially proclaimed and believed radical Islam?  [Read more: Morton/OSINT/8June2012]

Former CIA Official Reveals the Truth About Waterboarding. For nearly 10 years, we have been subjected to claims by critics and the media that CIA-enhanced interrogation and waterboarding were useless and constituted torture.

Jose Rodriguez Jr., the former chief of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, told the real story recently to a luncheon gathering of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO).

After 9/11, multiple sources said al-Qaida was planning an imminent second attack using unconventional weapons on the West Coast. In fact, after the CIA and FBI jointly captured Abu Zubaydah, Osama bin Laden's chief of operations, the operatives found confirmation of those plans: In anticipation of such an attack, videotapes found in his compound celebrated a second attack.

Under questioning as he recovered from wounds, the terrorist mentioned that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, used the moniker "Mukhtar." That allowed analysts to comb through previously collected intelligence and develop leads.

But when Abu Zubaydah regained his strength, he stopped cooperating. Propelled by fear that another attack was in the works, Rodriguez turned to a private company that trained members of the U.S. military by subjecting them to waterboarding in case they were captured.

"They actually had waterboarded over the years tens of thousands of our U.S. servicemen." according to Rodriguez, whose book "Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives" came out recently.

Rodriguez asked if the company would work with CIA and Justice Department lawyers to develop an enhanced interrogation program that would pass legal muster. The Justice Department and White House approved the enhanced interrogation techniques, and Rodriguez briefed key members of Congress on them. No one objected.

The CIA decided that water should not be dripped on prisoners for more than 40 seconds. As it turned out, none of the three detainees who was waterboarded was subjected to an application of water for more than 10 seconds.

No session was supposed to last more than 20 minutes. In fact, no session lasted more than 4.5 minutes. But since each application of water was counted, press reports incorrectly said that the CIA waterboarded KSM 183 times. He actually underwent waterboarding in five sessions. Nor was any detainee subjected to waterboarding after 2003. [Read more: Kessler/NewsMax/21June2012]

Satellite Pic Offers Enticing Shot Of What May Be Secret Lockheed Drone. OK. Let's get this out in the open. Neither you nor I are likely to learn the truth about the image of that thing that might be a plane under the white covering.

But there's this website called Open Source Geoint and it has published a satellite image of one of the most secret defense plants in the country, the Air Force's Plant 42, where a handful of the top defense companies build some of the country's most highly classified aircraft and sensors.

Plant 42 houses highly classified facilities where a number of contractors, including, most famously, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, do work for the military and the intelligence community. The Skunk Works is where the U-2 spy plane and the F-117 stealth fighter were built.

The image in the satellite photo may, or may not, show the outlines of a previously unknown aircraft. My colleague Dave Majumdar, who writes Flight Global's the Dew Line, speculates that this aircraft "looks a lot like a RQ-170, but bigger..." He postulates that it may be a P.420, a larger plane than the so-called Beast of Kandahar. [Note to those who wonder why we build things like the RQ-170. It was able to provide important help to the team that killed Osama Bin Laden without being detected by Pakistani radar.]

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, remarkably, issued a statement:

"Lockheed Martin Skunk Works often experiments with different shapes and materials for both manned and unmanned vehicles. What you see in the satellite image is one of those projects," said Melissa Dalton, their spokeswoman.

Dalton declined to identify the aircraft pictured, saying the "details are proprietary."

Dave, who is a bit obsessed with planes - in a good way - found a patent for a plane that might look like whatever is under the white protective covering in the photo. Or perhaps it's a modified RQ-170 being outfitted for more Iranian surveillance. Or maybe it's - oh, never mind.

If you know what this image actually shows, you know how to reach us. [Read more: Clark/AOLDefense/18June2012]

An Embassy Asks, Drones or Diplomacy? As America's relationship with Pakistan has unraveled over the past 18 months, an important debate has been going on within the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad over the proper scope of CIA covert actions and their effect on diplomatic interests.

The principals in this policy debate have been Cameron Munter, the U.S. ambassador since October 2010, and several CIA station chiefs who served with him. The technical issue was whether the ambassador, as chief of mission, had the authority to veto CIA operations he thought would harm long-term relations. Munter appears to have lost this fight.

The larger issue is the intersection of drone warfare and diplomacy. It's a crucial question for the Obama administration, which has sharply increased the CIA's use of these unmanned aircraft to strike at al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. But there has been relatively little public examination of how these covert weapons should coexist with the goals of statecraft.

In this season of leak investigations, I should make clear that this story didn't come from either the CIA or Munter, who has announced that he will leave his post in Islamabad this summer for personal reasons and will resign from the Foreign Service. The sources described the Islamabad debate because they believed the issues deserved wider public discussion and understanding.

Munter arrived in Islamabad with the difficult challenge of replacing Anne Patterson, a widely admired diplomat who had maintained an easy working relationship with her CIA station chief, John D. Bennett, who in July 2010 became the director of the national clandestine service. Bennett was replaced in Islamabad by a promising younger officer, but the new chief had to be recalled in December 2010 after his cover was blown. The station chief's name was outed by a legal action brought by victims of U.S. drone attacks, but this was almost certainly the work of Pakistani intelligence.

The next station chief arrived in Islamabad on Jan. 26, 2011. As it happened, this was one day before a CIA operative named Raymond Davis was arrested in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis. [Read more: Ignatius/WashingtonPost/20June2012]

Section IV - Jobs, Books, Documentaries, and Coming Events

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SAIC Seeks Senior China/East Asia Intelligence Analyst

The Mission Support Business Unit of SAIC has an opening for a Senior China/East Asia Analyst supporting a US Intelligence Community customer located in Bethesda, MD. The successful candidate will provide senior intelligence research and analytic support on counterintelligence (CI) areas of interest, provide specialized operational analytic support, assist with analyzing, developing, and writing assessments concerning national level operational programs; and provide detailed analysis on specific operational areas of counterintelligence interest. The candidate will conduct liaison with CI community analytic, collection, and investigation units; and provide ongoing assessments of CI- relevant intelligence collection and production.
REQUIRED SKILLS: The candidate must possess an active TS/SCI with Polygraph Security Clearance. A Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 15 years specific intelligence community expertise/experience including in-depth knowledge of specialized countries/regions such as China, NE Asia, SE Asia, or South Asia, is required. The candidate must have demonstrated experience in the US policy and/or national security communities. Knowledge of the Intelligence Community and USG agency roles and responsibilities and all-source intelligence analysis or intelligence operations experience is also required. The candidate must have experience in producing detailed finished reports, papers, and briefings for senior executives in the US Government. The candidate must have outstanding oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently as well as work effectively with fellow team members - both government and contract personnel. DESIRED SKILLS: A Master's degree and experience obtained from multiple US Intelligence Community agencies is desired.
If  interested, please email resume to Mike Bruni of SAIC at or by phone at 703-318-4653.

Walsingham Group Seeks Senior Counterintelligence Analyst

Sr. CI Analyst needed to provide real-time 24/7/365 support at AFG deployed location. Senior Counterintelligence Analyst Performs all of the duties of the Counterintelligence Analyst as necessary and serves as a senior Counterintelligence analytical advisor on an intelligence analytical team of military and/or DoD civilian analysts in support of the CJ2X and/or CJ2 analytical requirements. Senior Intelligence Analyst will provide quality control of CI and CST reporting, identify emerging trends and patterns from CI and CST reporting, develop all-source association matrices on screened individuals of CI interest, construct link diagrams and other data visualization tools, conduct priority intelligence requirements (PIR)/Host Nation Information Requirements (HNIR)/information requirements (IR)s indicator analysis to focus collection efforts, develop and sustain a CI/HUMINT situation map (SITMAP) using existing technologies, support the Senior CI/HUMINT Special Advisor and the supported command CJ2Xs, conduct HUMINT, and multi-discipline CI analysis and mission analysis for the supported commander. The Senior Counterintelligence Analyst is responsible for researching, developing and presenting Counterintelligence and/or intelligence products at the operational and strategic levels for senior leaders, to include counter-terrorism, HUMINT, SIGINT, counterintelligence, force protection and Afghanistan and South West Asia regional issues, political/military analysis and support to targeting.
Walsingham Group, Inc. A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business 1000 Centre Green Way, Suite 200, Cary, NC 27513; 919-228-6472 office; 919-228-6501 fax;
Qualified applicants can send their resume to

Books and Documentaries

The Israeli Spy in Beirut: His Life in Print. Early in 1962, a Lebanese businessman of Algerian descent called Mustafa Taleb disappeared. He told his friends he was returning to Algeria to live with his family following his home country's liberation from French occupation.

None of these friends, who included Lebanese public figures, businessmen, and merchants, ever heard of him again. Nor did they know that Taleb was an Israeli spy from Unit 131 of Israel's military intelligence service, charged with recruiting operatives in enemy countries.

His disappearance was due to a decision by his unit to terminate his spying mission and send him back to Israel.

The book was written in order to whitewash Bouton's name and restore the good reputation that he had lost when he was fired from his unit without compensation, following a disagreement with his bosses. On 14 January 1962, Taleb, or Massoud Bouton according to his original Israeli ID, landed in Lod airport, ending a seven year assignment in which he operated between Beirut and Damascus, beginning in 1956. 

The story of those seven years has now appeared in a book called From Jerusalem to Damascus and Back - An Intelligence Agent's Story published in Israel last week.

It is written by former Shabak officer and current Palestinian affairs reporter in Yediot Ahronot. He met with Bouton for several long sessions before the spy's death last year, gathering the details of a life of espionage.

It explores key stages of the work of "Mustafa Taleb." The Algerian businessman came to Beirut in 1956 and settled in the city creating a wide social network which he used to collect intelligence. He relayed the information to Tel Aviv through a special communication device. [Read more: Albawaba/25June2012]

FOREKNOWLEDGE: New Online Publication for Intelligence Analysts

The 3rd edition of Foreknowledge has been released online. The publication, out of South Africa, seeks to reach analysts and managers across all the intelligence domains in 89 countries. They ask, if you enjoy the publication, to please do a survey so that they can serve your needs better [AFIO urges the usual caution in providing personal info]. Here is the full PDF (2.4 MB) and the Flash document is here. Their website is

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, 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 at

Thursday, July 12, noon – Washington, DC - "AGENT GARBO: How a Brilliant & Eccentric Double Agent Tricked the Nazis & Saved D-Day" at the International Spy Museum

Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who in his 20s failed at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life -- saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appeared widely, including in the New York Times Magazine and GQ, has told the remarkable story of how against all the odds, Pujol did just that by becoming agent GARBO, the most important double agent of World War II. Talty has said that "Pujol enjoyed fooling the Nazis enormously and I think he'd want us to share in that gleeful pleasure. But most of all, he wanted to be remembered as a humanist, plain and simple." Join us to hear this amazing story of espionage, war, and humanity. Free! No registration required. Directions at

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.

12 September 2012 - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO NM Chapter Hosts Fall Meeting. Details to follow.

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 with instructions on how to register.

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.

14-15 September 2012 - Syracuse, NY - 3rd Annual Seminar on Teaching Law and National Security: Educating the Next Generation of Decisionmakers: The Intersection of National Security Law and International Affairs
In modern foreign affairs and national and international security governance, the policy and subject area experts and lawyers attend the same meetings, hash out common policy positions, and worry about how to implement their prescriptions. Yet the international affairs experts and national security lawyers work in parallel, not together. They speak different professional languages, and their analytic reference points and methods are normally divergent, if not inharmonious. At times, a good deal of energy in governance is spent finding common ground between the lawyers and the policy experts. The objective of the Conference is to explore ways to enrich the education in our related but disparate disciplines by exposing one side and its methods and ways of approaching problems to the other.
$150 registration fee. For more information or to register:

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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