AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #27-12 dated 10 July 2012

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SPYPEDIA updates as of 6 July: Continuing with their series of mapping espionage and terrorism cases by location, a new interactive map has been added that highlights the prevalence of economic espionage in the United States (1995- present). This map details either the location of the company that was the target of economic theft or the location of the base of operations for illegal export cases.
In other espionage news a former Estonian security official Aleksei Dressen was convicted of treason and sentenced to 16 years this week for passing classified information to the Russian FSB. A historical case page has also been added for the Duquesne Spy Ring, which was led by Boer Captain Frederick J. Duquesne. The arrests of the 33 German spies in 1941 remains the largest round-up of spies in U.S. history.
On the counterterrorism front a Vietnamese immigrant to the United Kingdom, Minh Quang PHAM, has recently been indicted for providing material support to the AQAP. He is currently awaiting extradition to the United States where he faces five counts on terrorism-related charges.
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Queen Mary 2 Intelligence-Themed Excursions

2 - 14 August 2012 - NYC to England - "The Spying Game: The Cold War and Cambridge" aboard the Queen Mary 2, with Intelligence Expert Nigel West

Immerse yourself in the shadowy underworld of international espionage with renowned author and intelligence expert Nigel West. Learn the truth behind the acronyms of the CIA, SOE, NKVD and KGB, as well as the role of "sleeper agents," the secret VENONA project and the race for atomic power. Aboard the elite Queen Mary 2, gain intimate vantages into the post-World War II geopolitical, ideological and economic struggles that shaped the world today. Highlights • Gain expert insight into Yalta, the Manhattan Project and the greatest secret of the Cold War: VENONA. • Visit Bletchley Park, home to the Enigma machine and historic headquarters of secret British code-breaking in World War II. • At colleges associated with the Cambridge Five, learn how a group of undergraduates became a famous Soviet spy ring. Activity Notes Walking up to two miles per day. Itinerary Summary Arrival New York City, N.Y., 1 night; embark Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; disembark, Cambridge, 4 nights; departure.
For more information or to book your participation: visit and select Program #14569

RESERVE NOW to attend either of these 2013 Intelligence/Espionage Themed excursions:

6 - 18 July 2013 - NYC - London Excursion - "Theater and Espionage: Complementary Arts of Illusion" with Nigel West and Giles Ramsay, hosts.

The worlds of theater and espionage may seem unrelated, but their core elements — acting, plots and intelligence — intertwine beautifully. With theater and intelligence experts, Giles Ramsay and Nigel West, get a first hand look at London's theatre scene and immerse yourself in the history and literature of espionage. Highlights • Learn about the first and second Cambridge spy rings and the role of Christopher Marlow in Elizabethan espionage. • Look at the facts behind the fiction of Frederick Forsythe and Ian Fleming. • In London enjoy two top theatre performances. Activity Notes Program cost excludes two lunches to enjoy on your own. Ability to stand and walk from three blocks to one mile over the course of a field trip. Itinerary Summary Arrival New York City, N.Y., 1 night; embark Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; disembark Southampton (England), coach to London, 4 nights; coach to London, departure
For more information visit and seek Program #19444.

Two dates available: 31 May - 12 June 2013 or choose 14 - 26 August 2013 - NYC to England Excursion - "The Spying Game: The Cold War and Cambridge" aboard the Queen Mary 2, with Intelligence Expert Nigel West

Immerse yourself in the shadowy underworld of international espionage with renowned author and intelligence expert Nigel West. Learn the truth behind the acronyms of the CIA, SOE, NKVD and KGB, as well as the role of "sleeper agents," the secret VENONA project and the race for atomic power. Aboard the elite Queen Mary 2, gain intimate vantages into the post-World War II geopolitical, ideological and economic struggles that shaped the world today. Highlights • Gain expert insight into Yalta, the Manhattan Project and the greatest secret of the Cold War: VENONA. • Visit Bletchley Park, home to the Enigma machine and historic headquarters of secret British code-breaking in World War II. • At colleges associated with the Cambridge Five, learn how a group of undergraduates became a famous Soviet spy ring. Activity Notes Walking up to two miles per day. Itinerary Summary Arrival New York City, N.Y., 1 night; embark Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; disembark, Cambridge, 4 nights; departure.
For more information or to book your participation: visit and select Program #14569

8th Raleigh Spy Conference [RSC]

Raleigh Spy Conference

22-24 August 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Upcoming CIA Conferences 2012-2014
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Registration information will be 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.



Iran Blames French, German Intelligence for Killing Nuclear Scientists. Iran's spy chief on Friday accused French and German intelligence services of cooperating with the CIA to kill Iranian nuclear scientists, an allegation likely to exacerbate tensions between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.

Heidar Moslehi said that other intelligence services in the region - including that of Iran's arch foe Israel - also took part in the alleged campaign targeting the scientists.

"The recently dismantled networks of assassination and bombing were in coordination with main services," Moslehi said. "France, Germany, Israel's Mossad, CIA , MI6 and all regional services served each other," he added.

Until now Iran had previously blamed only the U.S., Britain and Israel over the killing of five nuclear scientists. Earlier this year it said it had dismantled two networks responsible for at least five of the assassinations. [Read more: AP/6July2012]

CIA Cracks Down on Sexual Harassment in its Ranks. Spurred by complaints from women working for the CIA in war zones, the spy service is stepping up efforts to enforce what it calls a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment by supervisors and co-workers.

David Petraeus, the CIA director, sent a message to agency staff members last month to emphasize the initiative. He ordered a team of managers to meet with senior officers at stations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and possibly in Yemen, Somalia and other countries where the CIA has launched drone missile strikes against militants.

Petraeus also appointed a "counselor and investigator" to field sexual harassment complaints at those posts, CIA spokesman Preston Golson said.

The effort follows surveys of CIA officers in war zones in 2009 and 2011 by the agency's office of medical services. The surveys, which sought "to capture perceptions" on a wide range of workplace issues, showed no improvement in alleged sexual harassment, Golson said in an email.

Numerous women, who were not identified in the surveys, reported having been harassed, often by supervisors, said two former CIA officials, who requested that they not be identified in discussing an internal matter. They did not know the numbers, and the CIA declined to provide them.

"This has been going on for years, but it seems to have become more serious," one of the former officials said. "The agency has not come up with an effective tool to stop it." [Read more: Dilanian/LosAngelesTimes/4July2012]

Senate May Tighten Intelligence Access. Discussions are ongoing over just how stringent new provisions should be as the Senate targets leakers in its upcoming Intelligence Authorization bill, according to a government source.

Many of the options up for consideration put far stricter limits on communications between intelligence officials and reporters, according to the source, who told CNN that early proposals included requiring government employees who provide background briefings to reporters to notify members of Congress ahead of time.

Such background meetings are not widely seen as opportunities to discuss classified programs. Reporters routinely use background briefings to gather contextual information on stories they are covering.

According to the government source, there were also discussions about consolidating some of the press offices within the intelligence community, limiting the number of people who are available to answer common media inquiries.

A separate intelligence source confirmed that the Senate committee and some members of the House intelligence committee have been reaching out to the intelligence community and the White House to discuss the proposed provisions. [Read more: Kelly/CNN/5July2012]

FBI: High-Tech Economic Espionage a Vast, Expanding Threat. Driven by the general ease of stealing electronically stored data and the reality of growing global businesses, US companies have lost some $13 billion through economic espionage in the current fiscal year - and the problem is growing. 

Those observations were made this week by the FBI to a House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing that went on to add that as the FBI's economic espionage caseload is growing, so is the percentage of cases attributed to an insider threat, meaning that, individuals currently (or formerly) trusted as employees and contractors are a growing part of the problem. 

FBI Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division Frank Figliuzzi cited as an example, a February 2012 indictment, where several former employees with more than 70 combined years of service to the company were convinced to sell trade secrets to a competitor in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

"Entities owned by the PRC government sought information on the production of titanium dioxide, a white pigment used to color paper, plastics, and paint. The PRC government tried for years to compete with DuPont Corporation, which holds the largest share of a $12 billion annual market in titanium dioxide. Five individuals and five companies were commissioned by these PRC state-owned enterprises collaborate in an effort to take DuPont's technology to the PRC and build competing titanium dioxide plants, which would undercut DuPont revenues and business. Thus far, three co-conspirators have been arrested and one additional co-conspirator has pled guilty in federal court. This case is one of the largest economic espionage cases in FBI history," he stated. 

"The theft of U.S. proprietary technology, including controlled dual-use technology and military grade equipment, from unwitting U.S. companies is one of the most dangerous threats to national security," John Woods, assistant director of national security investigations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who also testified. [Read more: Cooney/NetworkWorld/29July2012]

Ex-CIA Director: Recent Outages a Taste of Nationwide Threat. Recent regional power outages that left some in the dark for days are a chilling glimpse of a nationwide threat that could lead to the complete shutdown of the country's defenses, a former CIA director says.

Most in the Washington area were without power for at least a few hours following a derecho of historic proportions, and some fell off the grid for almost a week. R. James Woolsey Jr., CIA director under Bill Clinton and board member of the International Spy Museum, says a very real cybersecurity threat could sweep electrical grids throughout the country leaving the military and intelligence communities in a similar quagmire.

A complete absence of organization to combat these threats could take down the entire system for significantly longer than a few days, he says.

"The right hacker could take the (electrical) grid, or portions of it, down for much longer than that," Woolsey tells WTOP. "What we don't have is a decision-making structure or anybody in charge of the grid."

Almost every military installation in the country relies on public power to a certain extent, he says, relegating them to the same conditions as the public during a widespread outage. [Read more: Shinkman/WTOP/9July2012]

Hezbollah Says Three Spies Arrested. Hezbollah arrested three people suspected of running a spy network for Israel and the United States, a source told al-Arabiya.

The three, identified as Mohammed al-Husseini, Jihad Jaloul and Mohammed al-Sabaa, were arrested in a southern Beirut suburb. The three were active in Hezbollah and are suspected of supplying information to the CIA and Israel's Mossad, al-Arabiya said Tuesday.

The Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese daily an-Nahar, which broke the story Monday denied the three worked for Hezbollah but said they were on good terms with Hezbollah members, al-Arabiya said.

In June 2011, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said two spies working for the CIA had infiltrated the ranks of the party and described the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon as a "den of spies," the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star said. [Read more: UPI/10July2012]

U.S. Spy Agencies Say Won't Read Americans' Email for Cybersecurity. The head of the U.S. spy agency that eavesdrops on electronic communications overseas sought on Monday to reassure Americans that the National Security Agency would not read their personal email if a new cybersecurity law was enacted to allow private companies to share information with the government.

The House of Representatives in April approved a bill that would allow the government and companies to share information about hacking. But the White House and key Senate Democrats back a broader approach.

Critics have raised privacy concerns about the sharing of such information, concerned it would allow the National Security Agency, which also protects government computer networks, to collect data on American communications, which is generally prohibited by law.

"The reality is we can do protection of civil liberties and privacy and cybersecurity as a nation," General Keith Alexander said in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute.

But to help protect the private sector, he said it was important that the intelligence agency be able to inform them about the type of malicious software and other cyber intrusions it is seeing and hear from companies about what they see breaching the protective measures on their computer networks.

"It doesn't require the government to read their mail or your mail to do that. It requires them, the Internet service provider or that company, to tell us that that type of event is going on at this time. And it has to be at network speed if you're going to stop it," Alexander said.

He said the information the government was seeking was the Internet address where an email containing malicious software originated and where it traveled to, not the content of the email. [Read more: Reuters/9July2012]

US Sanctions on Eritrea Spy Chief Negash Over al-Shabab. The US has imposed sanctions on six people, including Eritrea's spy chief and a senior military officer, for allegedly aiding Somali militants.

A Muslim cleric in Kenya and a Sudanese man are also accused of providing financial and logistical support to the Islamist al-Shabab group.

Two other Kenyans named by the US Treasury Department are in jail.

Eritrea is already subject to UN sanctions for supporting the al-Qaeda aligned militants, which it denies.

Al-Shabab, which joined al-Qaeda earlier this year, is fighting a UN-backed government in Somalia.

The group still controls much of the country but is under pressure from pro-government militias, an African Union force and troops from Ethiopia - which remains Eritrea's bitter foe after their 1998-2000 border war. [Read more: BBC/6July2012]

Fresh Call on Assange 'Espionage'. The head of the United States Senate's powerful intelligence oversight committee has renewed calls for Julian Assange to be prosecuted for espionage.

The US Justice Department has also confirmed WikiLeaks remains the target of a criminal investigation, calling into question Australian government claims the US has no interest in extraditing Mr. Assange.

"Mr. Assange should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act [of 1917]," the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Californian Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, said in a written statement provided to The Age.

"I believe Mr. Assange has knowingly obtained and disseminated classified information which could cause injury to the United States. He has caused serious harm to US national security, and he should be prosecuted accordingly."

Senator Feinstein's call for the Obama administration to move ahead with plans to prosecute Mr. Assange came as US Justice Department spokesperson Dean Boyd publicly confirmed that "there continues to be an investigation into the WikiLeaks matter''.

Mr. Assange remains in Ecuador's embassy in London while the Ecuadorian government assesses his application for political asylum. [Read more: Dorling/TheAge/2July2012]

Military Exceeds BRAC Cost Projections in Relocating Geospatial Agency. The move to centralize components of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at one site in Fort Belvoir, Va., has become the latest example of projects under the base closure and realignment process that have exceeded cost projections.

Consolidating scattered offices to enhance the satellite intelligence agency's personnel safety cost $2.5 billion rather than the $1.4 billion projected by the 2005 BRAC report, according to a Government Accountability Office analysis that attributed the overrun to miscommunication about data storage space needs.

The relocation of some data storage capabilities into a facility known as the Technology Center ended up costing more than planned "because new requirements were added for supporting facilities that NGA identified as essential to mission operability," a GAO auditor wrote in a June letter to congressional defense committees.

NGA officials acknowledged to GAO that their staff had limited experience establishing or working with consolidated data-storage facilities and the move began before the Office of Management and Budget issued its February 2010 guidance on data center consolidation. "Advances in data storage technology led NGA to revise downward the space in the technology center that it would need to fit out to accommodate its data storage needs," the analysis said. As a result, NGA modified the original scope of work for the center during the course of construction, and "one of the two floors of the new building originally planned for data storage was not fitted out." [Read more: Clark/GovernmentExecutive/5July2012]

Saudi King, Crown Prince Meet With CIA Director, SPA Reports. Saudi King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz held separate meetings with U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the official Saudi Press Agency said, without saying where it got the information.

The talks with Salman dealt with "matters of common concern," the news service reported today. King Abdullah met Petraeus yesterday in his palace in the Saudi city on the Red Sea, according to the news service. [Read more: Carey/Bloomberg/10July2012]


In Putin's Russia, the Walls Still Have Ears. More than a decade ago, many among Russia's middle class embraced the Web, hoping that advances in Internet technology would foster a more open and democratic society, that their memories of the dreaded clicking sound on the telephone - a sign that the KGB was listening - would soon be a relic of the past.

Today, however, many middle-class Russians still fear that the walls have ears. What's changed, however, is who they think is listening. Indeed, a recent survey by HeadHunters, a Moscow-based employment agency, found that more than half of Russian employees with salaries of more than $6,600 a month - a solidly middle-class income - are afraid that their employers often read their emails, Google chats, Facebook posts, or personal notes on Twitter. The wealthier and more senior-level an employee is, according to the survey, the more likely that he or she believes the boss is a snoop.

Of the more than 7,000 respondents, 12 percent believe that their employers had read their personal blogs, which may have contained negative comments about their managers. Nearly 50 percent said that they were reprimanded after being caught peeking around online for better jobs during work hours. More than 60 percent of those who believed they were being spied on said that they were called into a boss's office for an unpleasant conversation, and 8 percent admitted they had been fired as a result of what their employers saw as their computer misbehavior.

"In the old days only the internal-affairs ministry and the KGB had license to video and tape-record private conversations," said Gennady Gudkov, a former KGB officer and now an opposition member in Parliament.

"Now, any private company's security service can read your personal e-mail, transcripts of your cellphone conversations, or videotape you," because the technology is accessible.

It's difficult to ascertain just how common Russian employers spy on their employees. A large part of the perception may be a testament to the KGB's long and harrowing history. But part of this belief also has to do with more-current events: unseen since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the subsequent crackdown on dissent in the lead-up to the election of President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, who for years has had de facto control of the country. [Read more: Nemtsova/DailyBeast/8July2012]

Roswell UFO Was Not Of This Earth And There Were ET Cadavers: Ex-CIA Agent Says. Happy anniversary, Roswell, N.M. It was 65 years ago today that the Roswell Daily Record blasted an infamous headline claiming local military officials had captured a flying saucer on a nearby ranch. And now, a former CIA agent says it really happened.

"It was not a damn weather balloon - it was what it was billed when people first reported it," said Chase Brandon, a 35-year CIA veteran. "It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet, it crashed and I don't doubt for a second that the use of the word 'remains' and 'cadavers' was exactly what people were talking about."

Brandon served as an undercover, covert operations officer in the agency's Clandestine Service for 25 years, where he was assigned missions in international terrorism, counterinsurgency, global narcotics trafficking and weapons smuggling. He spent his final 10 years of CIA service on the director's staff as the agency's first official liaison to the entertainment and publication industries. It was during this time, in the mid-1990s, that he walked into a special section of CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., called the Historical Intelligence Collection.

"It was a vaulted area and not everybody could get in it," Brandon told The Huffington Post. "One day, I was looking around in there and reading some of the titles that were mostly hand-scribbled summations of what was in the boxes. And there was one box that really caught my eye. It had one word on it: Roswell.

"I took the box down, lifted the lid up, rummaged around inside it, put the box back on the shelf and said, 'My god, it really happened!'"

What exactly did the box contain that had such a powerful impact on Brandon? [Read more: Speigel/HuffingtonPost/8July2012]

Former CIA Spy Advocates Overthrow of Iranian Regime. His disguise consists of a blue surgeon's mask, sunglasses and a baseball cap that reads "Free Iran." A small modulator distorts his voice. He uses a pseudonym, Reza Kahlili.

He lives in fear, he says, because his years as a paid spy for the CIA inside Iran have made him an assassination target of Iran's government. He worries about his wife and children, who live with him in California.

At the same time, implausibly, he has become one of the most influential and outspoken voices in the U.S. advocating the overthrow of the Iranian government.

For the last two years, Kahlili has gone semipublic with a memoir, a blog, op-ed pieces and invitation-only speeches at think tanks. He warns that Iran operates terrorist sleeper cells inside the United States and is determined to build nuclear weapons to destroy Israel. The U.S. should respond, he argues, by supporting the opposition inside Iran.

He travels furtively between appearances, working as a Pentagon consultant and as a member of a domestic security task force.

In a quiet hotel lounge in Arlington, Kahlili is not wearing his disguise or using his voice modulator for a meeting with a reporter.

"You'd be shocked by how easily agents from the Revolutionary Guard come and go inside the United States every day," Kahlili says in a near-whisper, bent over a table in a dark corner.

A soft-spoken man in his mid-50s, Kahlili is wearing jeans, a sports shirt and a black coat. He's of average height and weight, with a smattering of facial hair.

He made certain he wasn't followed, he says, and performed a quick security check of the hotel.

"They'd kill me if they could find me," he says of Iranian agents. 

Mark Zaid, a national security lawyer in Washington, D.C., said he had confirmed that Kahlili was a longtime operative of a U.S. intelligence agency, adding: "He has insights on Iran most people in the U.S. intelligence community don't have." [Read more: Zucchino/LATimes/6July2012]


The Military Solution. Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began. Certainly, a smaller percentage of us - less than 1 percent - serves in the military in this all-volunteer era of ours and, on the face of it, Washington's constant warring in distant lands seems barely to touch the lives of most Americans. 

And yet the militarization of the United States and the strengthening of the National Security Complex continues to accelerate. The Pentagon is, by now, a world unto itself, with a staggering budget at a moment when no other power or combination of powers comes near to challenging this country's might. 

In the post-9/11 era, the military-industrial complex has been thoroughly mobilized under the rubric of "privatization" and now goes to war with the Pentagon. With its $80 billion-plus budget, the intelligence bureaucracy has simply exploded. There are so many competing agencies and outfits, surrounded by a universe of private intelligence contractors, all enswathed in a penumbra of secrecy, and they have grown so large, mainly under the Pentagon's aegis, that you could say intelligence is now a ruling way of life in Washington - and it, too, is being thoroughly militarized. Even the once-civilian CIA has undergone a process of para-militarization and now runs its own "covert" drone wars in Pakistan and elsewhere. Its director, a widely hailed retired four-star general, was previously the U.S. war commander in Iraq and then Afghanistan, just as the National Intelligence Director who oversees the whole intelligence labyrinth is a retired Air Force lieutenant general. 

In a sense, even the military has been "militarized." In these last years, a secret army of special operations forces, 60,000 or more strong and still expanding, has grown like an incubus inside the regular armed forces. As the CIA's drones have become the president's private air force, so the special ops troops are his private army, and are now given free rein to go about the business of war in their own cocoon of secrecy in areas far removed from what are normally considered America's war zones. [Read more: Engelhardt/HuffingtonPost/5July2012]

The CIA and Jamaica. My colleague, Jamaica Observer columnist Mark Wignall, for whom I have a great deal of respect as a commentator, went off course in the June 17 Sunday Observer when he rekindled the old false propaganda that the US Central Intelligence Agency supported the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the confrontation with the People's National Party (PNP) that took place in Jamaica between l976 and 1980.

He writes: "It is a fact that after the PNP lost the general elections in 1980, criminal gunmen, allied to the PNP who had committed murder at home, sought and were given refuge in Cuba. Why was this so? Quite possibly, because Cuba had seen the gun carnage in Jamaica in 1976 to 1980 as a straight fight between the 'progressive' forces (PNP) and what had to been seen as the 'reactionary' JLP supported by the CIA."

The whole allegation of the CIA's destabilisation of the PNP government began in 1975 at a meeting of the Inter-American Federation of Journalists in Mexico City, Mexico, where I led a delegation from the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ). The other members of the delegation were journalists Gloria Maragh and Ben Brodie. At the meeting, the Cuban delegation moved a resolution that the JLP in conspiracy with the CIA was creating violence in Jamaica so that the PNP would not win the 1976 general elections. I opposed the resolution on the grounds that there was no evidence to support this statement. After an intense struggle with the Cubans and other "progressive" forces at the meeting, the PAJ's position prevailed.

At the time I was secretary of the Press Association of Jamaica and editor of the Editorial Division of the government Jamaica Information Service (JIS). When the delegation returned home, I was severely punished for the stand I had taken. A hard-line communist was immediately brought in to replace me and I was shifted to the Public Relations Department as chief public relations officer under director of public relations, PNP George Lee, who is now mayor of Portmore.

Of course, the CIA was operating in Jamaica at the time, it was said, collecting political information and watching if the PNP would march from democratic socialism to orthodox socialism or communism with the backing of Cuba. There were a host of Cuban agents in Jamaica between 1975 and 1980, some unofficially advising the JIS. I knew the CIA's station chief, only whose first name I will mention. His name is Jack and he was quite popular in political circles. He bore a striking resemblance to the late Clark Gable, the famous American movie actor.

For a long period the communists at the JIS and JBC regarded me as a reactionary, and put me under severe pressure which ended only after Prime Minister Michael Manley and Minister of National Secretary Keeble Munn made it clear that the CIA was never involved in the destabilisation of Jamaica. In a statement last Wednesday, in response to Wignall's piece, Edward Seaga who was Opposition Leader said that the CIA played no role in the JLP victory in the 1976 and l980 general elections. [Read more: Chaplin/JamaicaObserver/10July2012]

Obama Administration Closes National Drug Intel Center. Mexican cartel violence is at an all-time high along the increasingly porous southern border yet the Obama Administration has shut down a critical intelligence agency dedicated to identifying, tracking and severing the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism.

It's a senseless move, which is why it was done very quietly. The only real way to discover that the Justice Department's 19-year-old National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) has been closed is by trying to visit its website. It simply says that on June 15, 2012, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) closed. The public is redirected to another website with "historical materials, an archived version of the NDIC."

The move is baffling considering the agency's crucial mission. Consider this; just a few years ago an NDIC task force uncovered that Mexican drug cartels are buying arms from radical Islamic terrorists and that they team up to distribute narcotics in Europe and the Middle East. The NDIC report that revealed this identifies terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, the Palestine Liberation Front and the Palestine Liberation Organization as Arab associates of Mexican drug-trafficking cartels. All are officially designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. Department of State.

Other valuable NDIC probes have determined that Mexican drug trafficking organizations represent the greatest crime threat in the U.S. and that cartels have expanded into every region of the country, including idyllic rural areas. This was reiterated by federal authorities less than a year ago in a court case that outlined how Mexican drug cartels have teamed up with violent street gangs to operate in the United States.

The case involves dozens of members of the Barrio Azteca gang charged with operating a massive drug-trafficking and money-laundering enterprise. A handful of members have been convicted and sentenced in Texas while others still face trial for racketeering, murder, drug offenses, money laundering and obstruction of justice. The gang makes money importing heroin, cocaine and marijuana into the United States from Mexico, according to federal prosecutors who clearly relied on the now-defunct NDIC to build their case. [Read more: JudicialWatch/9July2012]

Battling IEDs Has to be About More than Money. Six U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle on Sunday.

The IED is the Taliban's most dangerous weapon. Combating those deadly devices remains a challenge that requires the best skills U.S. intelligence and military services can muster - and not just buy.

It's not a job that's easily outsourced.

But on June 29, the Army awarded a contract for counterinsurgency targeting, intelligence fusion and operations support in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Over three years, that contract could be worth more than $176 million.

The contractor "will support and augment, not replace government military and civilian personnel.... by integrating contract employees based on their skill sets, into military/civilian intelligence operations," according to the work statement.

That means that some contracting personnel will work from the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) in Charlottesville or from Central Command in Tampa, or from Iraq or Afghanistan.

The personnel will include "novice," "senior," and "senior principal" IED and insurgent-network analysts. Also requested are weapons technical intelligence analysts, a collection-requirements manager, logistics assistants, data-entry analysts and operations-support officers.

Harding Security Associates of McLean won the contract. Retired Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harding founded the company. He left the service in 2001 as the Army's Deputy G2 (Intelligence), and earlier was head of operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Harding sold the company in June 2009 to a new firm, Six3 Systems, which still uses the Harding Security Associates name.

The top two Six3 officers have government roots. President Robert Coleman served in the National Security Council's Crisis Management Center in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Michael Zembrzuski, executive vice president, is a 20-year Army intelligence veteran who as a lieutenant colonel in 2002 took over the Antiterrorism Operations Intelligence Cell at the Pentagon.

There's another connection worth noting. [Read more: Pincus/WashingtonPost/10July2012]

Section IV - Jobs, Books, Obituaries and Coming Events

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Program Director, Intelligence Studies - Synopsis of Role: The Program Director of Intelligence Studies is a key leadership position within the university. The Program Director provides the resources for a quality learning experience for students by ensuring coherence in the discipline and relevance to the practice. This management position contributes to a range of activities that support student learning outcomes, program quality, and discipline integrity, all of which focus on student learning and retention. The Program Director facilitates the work with other departments including faculty hiring, institutional research and assessment, instructional design, Library and course materials, and marketing. The Program Director of Intelligence Studies collaborates with the Director of Faculty to provide the total learning experience for students and a cohesive work environment for faculty.

Required Experience:• Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations, National Security, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.; • 5+ years of experience in the Intelligence industry required. • 1+ years online teaching experience is preferred.;• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required. Essential Functions: Responsible for program curriculum quality and management of discipline leaders to include:• Program and discipline quality; ◦ Define program and course objectives, review regularly, and revise as needed. ◦ Update program content and materials and/or delivery methods, based on information such as emerging practice changes in the discipline, instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs. ◦ Research, evaluate and prepare recommendations on current and future curricula. ◦ Work with discipline course leads to ensure discipline and program continuity, currency, and relevance.

Convene regular meetings with course leads so they are aware of how their course(s) fit within the overall program progression, and other APUS requirements; ◦ Interview and utilize subject matter experts as well as conduct other research to develop relevant and current instructional content and methods of instruction; ◦ Confer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas, and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, occupational areas, and discipline knowledge; ◦ Analyze various program areas and prepare program and course analysis for program and course reviews, and course and homework contact hours; ◦ Work with Institutional Research Department to develop course and program assessments that evaluate student learning and effectiveness of instructional strategies and methods to achieve learning outcomes; ◦ Regularly analyze and report on data to assess student learning and retention; • Program delivery; ◦ Ensure APUS instructional standards and policies are reflected in course design; ◦ Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods and develop instructional materials (e.g., lessons, audio-visual materials, etc.) accordingly; ◦ Provide analytical support for the design and development of curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards; ◦ Ensures model courses are developed and maintained according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements; • External review and validation; ◦ Engage with external expert reviewers to review program content; execute reviewer recommendations as applicable; ◦ Convene and Chair Industry Advisory Council meetings; • Discipline communities; ◦ Coach/mentor discipline leaders (e.g., course leads and full-time faculty) in curriculum development, as needed, to ensure standards are maintained; ◦ Support/promote ongoing professional development and scholarship for course leads and full-time faculty; ◦ Ensure course leads and full-time faculty are aware of new classroom procedures and instructional materials; ◦ Recognize course leads and full-time faculty for outstanding performance or accomplishments; ◦ Provide input for annual performance reviews; ◦ Regularly advise instructors in curriculum development and use of materials; ◦ Chair meetings with instructors teaching courses in the discipline (monthly or quarterly) on curriculum/content/development of discipline and practice with those who teach in the program, and to promote community among all in the discipline; • Maintain discipline knowledge and establish and advance discipline as leader per APUS Strategic Plan and priorities; ◦ Conduct research and publish, and if applicable, contribute to the practice and in industry; • Participate in the discipline-related professional communities; • Teach courses within program (i.e., 150 registrations per year);• Support APUS initiatives and departments; specifically marketing

Work Environment and Physical Demands:• Remote.• Requires attendance at meetings in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or DC.• Standard office environment.• Sitting, walking, climbing stairs, extensive use of keyboard. Job Location • Remote, US Position Type • Full-Time/Regular


Online Adjunct Faculty – Intelligence

Synopsis of Role: Adjunct and full-time teaching faculty share our commitment to learning, teaching, interaction with students and faculty, service to our communities of practice, and scholarship. They are united by the common goal of inspiring academic excellence in students with a broad range of interests and experiences consistent with the Community of Inquiry Framework as adopted by APUS for cognitive presence, teaching presence, and social presence.  They are key to creating a rewarding online learning experience for students by engaging them, challenging them, and supporting them. They contribute to and participate in a range of activities related to effectiveness and excellence in teaching and student retention. Faculty members remain aware of discipline content intent for the courses they teach. They follow APUS guidelines, processes, and methods and are responsive to mentoring and coaching.

Required Experience: • Terminal degree in a field related to Intelligence from a regionally accredited institution is required. • Two or more years of experience in an intelligence field is required. • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required. • Record of excellence in teaching.• College-level teaching experience is preferred.• Online teaching experience is preferred. Preferred Areas of Expertise and Experience:• Collection• Analytics• Intelligence Profiling• Political Psychology of Terror Groups• GIS and Spatial Analysis Academic Responsibilities and Essential Functions:• Teaching excellence ◦ Deliver online lessons to undergraduate and/or graduate students. ◦ Initiate, facilitate, interact and moderate online classroom forums. ◦ Be a faculty leader in your classes embracing fully the Community of Inquiry Framework of Teaching Presence, Cognitive Presence, and Social Presence. ◦ Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers within the timeframe set forth by APUS policy providing effective feedback to guide student learning and success. ◦ Comply with APUS guidelines and expectations for quality faculty engagement online. ◦ Engage in the classroom and reply to emails, etc. at least every other day, including one day during the weekend. ◦ Remain aware of classroom procedures and use of instructional materials. ◦ Participate in professional development to enhance teaching skills.• Attend discipline specific and administrative meetings as scheduled.• Maintain 'discipline' knowledge by participating in one's own discipline-related professional communities.• Support APUS initiatives and departments.

Work Environment:• Remote/Online Position Type: • Part-time




The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley. Of the heroic women who sacrificed themselves as secret agents for Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) in the Second World War, none had a stranger life than Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, the subject of this compulsively readable biography.

She was born in 1915 in Warsaw, to Jerzy Skarbek, a dissolute Polish aristocrat, and Stefania Goldfeder, from a family of wealthy Jewish financiers. Exuberant and adventurous, Christine took after her father in his skiing and shooting; and his casual promiscuity. After spending his wife's fortune, Jerzy died of TB in 1930, leaving his widow and children penniless.

Christine found a job in a Fiat car salesroom but, fearing she had inherited her father's TB, she retreated to a sanatorium in the Tatra mountains. Here she skied into the arms of a "big bear of a man", Jerzy Gizycki. Christine eloped with him and when Germany invaded Poland was living with him in Ethiopia, where he was Polish consul.

Recruited by Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), Christine induced a Polish Olympic champion to ski home with her across the Tatras. Arrested by the Gestapo in 1941, Christine managed to talk her way out of trouble. She made her way to Cairo and eventually joined the SOE. As she had already experienced undercover work, she skipped the rigorous training and was parachuted into France. There she joined the resistance network "Jockey". The woman she replaced had been arrested, tortured and would die in a German concentration camp.

Undaunted, Christine set about transmitting information to London as D-Day neared. Her greatest coup came after the Gestapo netted Jockey's leaders, including Christine's latest lover. She swept into the local Gestapo chief's office, threatening that unless they were freed she would call in an Allied air strike. She showed her radio crystals as proof she was in touch with London. The captives were duly released, in exchange for a hefty bribe. [Read more: Jones/TheTelegraph/3July2012]

Inside Israel's Super-Secret Intelligence Agency. There've been more than a few reports suggesting that Israel's foreign intelligence agency - the Mossad - hires Iranian dissidents to carry out sabotage and assassinations inside Iran.

But a study of fifty years of assassinations by the Mossad - including conversations with current and former operatives and those who work with them in countries friendly to Israel - yields the conclusion that the assassins inside Iran are Israelis.

The Mossad has a special operations unit - a kind of Mossad within the Mossad - called Kidon (the Hebrew word for bayonet), which has over the years developed unique methods for infiltrating enemy countries, and for murdering Israel's enemies without leaving a trace.

The Mossad benefits from unmatched linguistic capabilities, in part because Israel has many citizens whose families moved from Arabic- or Persian-speaking countries. Israeli operatives have traveled into Iran using the passports of other countries, including bogus documents produced by skilled Mossad forgers, and genuine passports where the photographs might be altered slightly.

Insight into the psyches and behavior of members of the super-secret Kidon squad can be found - perhaps surprisingly - in the pages of a novel called "Duet in Beirut," published only in Hebrew (in 2002), by Mishka Ben-David, a former intelligence officer in the Mossad's operations department, which runs and coordinates Kidon.

From the book and other sources it is understood that Kidon is so compartmentalized that its office is not inside the Mossad headquarters. Kidon combatants - who dubbed themselves "The Team" - hardly ever go there. Even when interacting with Mossad operatives from other units, Kidon men use assumed names. In the field, members use a third name - and sometimes even fourth and fifth identities.

Their training includes almost anything one might imagine is needed for an intelligence operation: surveillance, shaking off surveillance, studying objects and memorizing everything about them. They become proficient at remembering codes and securely communicating during missions without raising suspicion.

Because they are the cream of the crop, Kidon men and women are the ones the Mossad director selects for very dangerous missions - including complex operations of an information-gathering nature - that require top professionals. [Read more: CBSNews/7July2012]

'Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day. Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. He was a double agent for the British, performing so well that they nicknamed him for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo.

Author Stephan Talty tells the story of this unlikely hero in a new book called Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day.

"Pujol was the Walter Mitty of the war," a very imaginative daydreamer, Talty tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "In 1941, he had about as much chance of being a master spy as you and I have of winning the Olympic decathlon this year."

"Pujol had failed in almost everything he'd tried in his 32 years: student, businessman, cinema magnate, soldier. His marriage was falling apart," Talty says. "But in one specialized area of war, the espionage subworld known as the double-cross game, the young man was a kind of savant, and he knew it. After years of suffering and doubt, Agent Garbo felt he was ready to match wits with the best of minds of the Third Reich."

"When [the British] didn't pay any attention to him, his plans veered toward espionage. He knew that he had to go to the Germans first, establish himself as a German operative, and then turn double agent.

"But of course, he didn't have the ability to get to London, so he just went back to Lisbon. He pretended he was in London, a place he'd never been to. He didn't even speak the English language. And he started on this self-made, imaginary espionage career.

"The British were terrified. They were like, 'Someone has sneaked past our lines and someone is in the heart of the beast, reporting on us!' because his reports were so believable, even to people in the country he was supposed to be spying on." [Read more: NPR/7July2012]


Pedro Luis Rustan. Pete Rustan once devised a way to keep Air Force planes from being damaged by lightning. He led a project to build a spacecraft that performed important scientific experiments on the moon. He earned a PhD while serving as an Air Force intelligence officer. He became a designer of spy satellites.

All of those achievements came after he made a daring escape from Cuba to come to the United States.

Col. Rustan retired from the Air Force in 1997 but went back to work after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at a federal agency so secretive that its budget, projects and accomplishments are classified information. His job was to lead research efforts in satellite reconnaissance for the military and CIA.

He might have been unknown to the general public, but Pedro L. "Pete" Rustan was something of a legend in the tight-lipped world of aerial intelligence and engineering. No one who worked with him is at liberty to say exactly what he did for a living.

Yet this much is true: When Col. Rustan retired last August from the little-known National Reconnaissance Office, the Navy SEAL unit responsible for killing Osama bin Laden presented him with an American flag that flew at its forward operating base in Afghanistan.

On June 28, Col. Rustan died at his home in Woodbridge. He was 65 and had prostate cancer, said his wife, Alexandra Cary Rustan.

Any single element of Col. Rustan's life - political escapee, scientist, military officer, satellite designer - sounds like the stuff of fiction, but he embodied them all.

"This guy was intense," said Daniel S. Goldin, a former NASA administrator who knew Col. Rustan for 20 years.

When Goldin took charge of NASA in 1992, one of his goals was to build spacecraft that could be deployed quickly and could produce important scientific results at relatively little cost. His slogan was "faster, better, cheaper."

Early in Goldin's tenure, then-Maj. Rustan stepped up to help him meet his goal.

"I met this brash, young Air Force major who made promises beyond belief," Goldin said in an interview. "I didn't know whether to believe him or not. Sure enough, he delivered."

Col. Rustan managed a joint NASA-Defense Department project to build a 1,000-pound experimental spacecraft to go to the moon. The project, known as Clementine, took just 22 months from concept to launchpad.

"Each time I went back," Goldin said, "I gained more respect for him. He always seemed to take on things that were impossible."

Clementine went into space Jan. 25, 1994, and sent back 1.8 million images of the moon. It measured reflected light and radiation, created a topologic map of the lunar surface and discovered evidence of frozen water in craters at the moon's south pole.

After Clementine, Col. Rustan went to work at the National Reconnaissance Office, which was created in 1961. Its existence was not officially made public until more than 30 years later.

All we know of Col. Rustan's work at the NRO is that he helped design and manage spy satellites. [Read more: Schudel/WashingtonPost/7July2012]

Coming Educational Events


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

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

Thursday 12 July 2012, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - Returned & Services League of Australia luncheon features AFIO's President, Gene Poteat (former CIA), speaking on The Evolution of CIA Covert Action.

Where –Amenities room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave, Washington DC 20036.
Charge: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.
RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday July 11, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to
Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass.) and at 1500 Mass. Ave, NW.

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

Thursday, 19 July 2012, 11:30 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Joseph Ruffini on "Islamist Terror Funding and Recruiting in the US and Need for Community Policing."

Joseph A. Ruffini, LTC USA (Ret), Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) of JPR & Associates, LLC, will be the speaker. At this presentation he discusses the ways in which terror organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah and al Qaeda raise money and recruit members and supporters from within the United States. It identifies prominent persons representing Muslim organizations in the U.S. who have been indicted, convicted, or fled the country on terror charges. It examines the ways in which law abiding, Muslim Americans are often deceived and betrayed by those who lead them. The modern day use of the Internet, terrorist Web and social media sites to influence and recruit Muslim American youth into terrorist organizations is explained. The presentation concludes with a strong case for law enforcement agencies building a trusting relationship with their Muslim American communities through community policing and the recruiting of Muslim peace officers who possess the same ethnicity as the communities they serve.
Event will be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

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

Thursday, 26 July 2012, 8 - 5pm - Bolling AFB, DC - The NMIA hosts 2012 CI Symposium with DIA

The National Military Intelligence Association hosts a Counterintelligence Symposium at DIA Headquarters. Current activities will be discussed by the DD/DIA, David Shedd; Director of the DCI&HIC, RADM Brad Gehrke; Chief, Office of CI, DIA, Tom Husband; and others. The Insider Threat will be discussed along with CI Support to HUMINT. Online registration is available here.

Saturday, 28 July 2012, 9 - 11 am - Laguna Niguel, CA - The NEW AFIO Orange County, CA Chapter hosts former NCIX Director Michelle Van Cleave, as part of this third meeting of the new chapter.

Meeting will be in the Sea Country Senior and Community Center, 24602 Aliso Creek Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 [this is a change from the location announced earlier) The speaker will be Michelle Van Cleave, former Director of the National Counterintelligence Executive [head of all U.S. counterintelligence efforts], who currently serves as an AFIO National board member. For further information contact Larry Holdridge at Cell: 954-298-5442 or by email 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,

21 August 2012, 11:30 am - 2 pm - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum meets to hear Tom Dowling on "Iran: Cultural Quirks and How To Understand Them."

Tom Dowling will speak on "Iran: Understanding the cultural quirks that shape Iranian behavior and make it difficult for us to understand them." Tom is a retired Foreign Service Officer with 30 years of experience working mostly in or on the Middle East. He served in Iran from 1976 to 1978 and worked on the State Department working group during the first months of the revolution. Later, he was consul in charge in Dubai from 1980 to 1982. From 1996 to 2002, he served as deputy director and acting director of Department of State/Bureau of Intelligence and Research for Near East and South Asia. For the life of the 9-11 Commission, he worked on this commission as a professional staff member of a group responsible for tracing the origins of Al Qaeda. Last Summer Tom helped organize and spoke twice at an Intelligence Community seminar on Iran. He has been a faculty member at NIU since 1998 and taught courses on Middle East for Intel Analysts, Islam in Modern World, and Operational Capability Analysis, which he was instrumental in its development. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College City University of New York with a BA in Political Science. Other degrees include a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. 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. Make reservations by 20 August 2012 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or 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 cards payments are discouraged.

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.

14-15 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:

20 September 2012 12:30 - 2 pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO Los Angeles Area Chapter luncheon focuses on "Intelligence & Security Issues Facing Los Angeles Harbor.

The Port of Los Angeles is the number one port by container volume and cargo value in the United States, its world-class security operations which include Homeland Security operations and the nation's largest dedicated port police force, will be the topic of discussion.
Location: The LMU campus.
RSVP to attend to Lunch will be served.

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

Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 0915 - 1500 - Laurel, MD - Annual NCMF General Membership Meeting

HOLD DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS: The event takes place at the JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Registration and breakfast are from 0800-0900. The morning session will open with outgoing NCMF President, Mr. Eugene Becker, who will introduce the new NCMF President, Mr. Richard Schaeffer, to the membership. At 0915, NSA Deputy Director, Mr. Chris Inglis, will give the opening remarks. The remainder of the morning will feature DIA Director, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, who has been invited to be keynote speaker and Mr. Patrick Weadon, who will give an update on the National Cryptologic Museum. Lunch will be served from 1200-1300.
The afternoon session will be held from 1300-1500 and features Joel Brenner, author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare who has been invited to speak on the cyber security threat to the civilian sector. The afternoon also features a panel of SCE senior commanders, chaired by Billy Bingham, Brig Gen, Ret., discussing cyber and how it pertains to their overall mission. Rod Isler, Maj Gen, Ret., will close the program with an update on the New Museum Project.
Registration information will appear here in late August. To jump the gun...or if you have questions, email

27 October 2012, 6 - 10 pm - Washington, DC - The OSS Society Donovan Award Dinner Honors Former SECDEF Robert M. Gates

The 2012 William J. Donovan Award Dinner is scheduled and honors former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Event location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington DC. Black Tie/Mess Dress. Registration and additional information is available here. To purchase sponsorships ranging from $1000 to $25000, review and complete the following PDF.

Thursday, 15 November 2012, 6:30 - 9 pm - Washington, DC - The American Patriot Award Gala by the NDU Foundation

The National Defense University Foundation is honored to present the 2012 American Patriot Award to Admiral William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, United States Special Operations Command, who will accept the award on behalf of the brave men and women of the United States Special Operations Command who have made extraordinary sacrifices in the war on terrorism to defend America's liberties.
PROGRAM: The American Patriot Award recognizes exceptional Americans who have demonstrated a profound and abiding love of country and whose inspirational leadership and selfless dedication to national security and to world peace have significantly advanced our nation's ideals, values, and democratic principles.
The American Patriot Award Gala is attended by more than 500 guests to include Administration officials, members of Congress, senior military leaders and corporate and community leaders from across the nation. The evening includes a reception and dinner program with remarks by individuals who have been particularly touched by the life and career of our honorees. Tickets: $1,000 to $100,000. Purchase tickets here:

7 December 2012 - Jersey City, NJ - New Jersey City University hosts 71st Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor! - 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 December 7, 2012. Please save the date. This is NJCU's second regional symposium since being designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in 2009 by the ODNI. CEUs and limited vendor tables will be available. The one-day conference costs are being finalized (ca. $150-225). Corporate sponsorships are being pursued as well. Invited Speakers: National Security Agency – Signal Intelligence; Federal Bureau of Investigation; NJ Department of Homeland Security; ASIS – International (Headquarters – not Regional); Office of the Director for National Intelligence; Local Participants of The Bus mission [See ] For forthcoming details and a registration form, contact (201) 200-2275.

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