AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #28-12 dated 24 July 2012

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Section IV -    Books, Obituaries and Coming Events



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....

The CI Centre has made available a new feature! Newly created, instructive interactive maps that pinpoint the locations of targets of US-based Terrorism, Economic Espionage Targets, and the global locations of Major Cybersecurity Incidents. The map details the specific targets of US-based terrorism cases since 9/11. US-based terrorism cases are those involving US-born, naturalized US citizens, or residents within the United States, either legal or illegal. They are individuals who either called the United States their home, or resided in the US for a period of time, even if only for operational purposes. These individuals attempted to, or were successful in, carrying out violent and deadly attacks designed to terrorize the United States and its people. A "red" pin designates a successful attack. A "blue" pin denotes an attempted/foiled attack. This map was created by the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), using data from the SPYPEDIA database. Explore map here: Interactive Maps

SPYPEDIA updates as of 20 July: A serious terrorism incident took place on 18 July 2012, in Burgas, Bulgaria, after an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists left several dead. Israel has officially blamed Iran, and Iran has vehemently denied involvement. The attack comes on the 18th anniversary of a Hezbollah terrorist attack against a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is reportedly in revenge for Israel's targeting of scientists attached to Iran's nuclear program. A few days earlier, 13 July, in the United States two men were indicted for attempting to supply Iran with materials that can be used to construct, operate and maintain gas centrifuges to enrich uranium. There are a number of new/updated charts and statistics in the CI Program Arrests, Economic Espionage, Espionage/Spies and Domestic Terrorism case categories. Domestic terrorism statistics include a new variable and chart on the average age of the perpetrator(s) at the time of attack or arrest. Espionage/Spies statistics include new variables and charts on age, gender, and the length of time each spy was engaged in espionage activity prior to identification or arrest

Log in to your subscription to SPYPEDIA to stay abreast of the latest espionage, counterterrorism, security and cybersecurity news from around the globe. All new additions can be found by simply navigating to the "New Content" tab, which features the most recent updates in the SPYPEDIA database. Subscribe to SPYPEDIA with a 20% discount. Use code SPY20

-Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)

George Mason and CIA Seals

Intelligence, Policy and Politics: The DCI, the White House and Congress

Thursday, September 13, 2012
from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (ET) Arlington, VA

The CIA and George Mason School of Public Policy host "Intelligence, Policy and Politics," featuring panel discussions with former DCIs including Michael Hayden (confirmed), James Woolsey (confirmed), Leon Panetta (confirmed), Porter Goss (confirmed), William Webster, and other invited officials, and a keynote from CIA Chief Historian Dr. David Robarge.

This event takes place at
George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 N Fairfax Dr Arlington, VA 22201


No charge. Early registration for AFIO Members.
AFIO Members should register here. Seats are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis until August 24th.

8th Raleigh Spy Conference [RSC]

Raleigh Spy Conference

22-24 August 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina

Speakers, Topics, and other details are here

Raleigh Spy Conference Founder Bernie Reeves discuss the upcoming 2012 conference on WUNC-TV. Watch video at:

NEW FEATURE: The event will also host CIA's inhouse Gift Shop
CIA's in-house store uses the nondescript name of EAA [Employee Activity Association]. It is the only facility authorized to sell gift items with CIA's official logo and other intelligence community insignia. EAA maintains two stores: one at CIA Headquarters at Langley, which is open to members and special badged visitors/non-members, and a Herndon, VA store and Mail Order Center for Agency retirees and current members worldwide. The EAA has a wide variety of gifts from engraved crystal, special coins, keychains, logo'd golf & sports apparel, mugs, martini glasses, books, pictures, and children's gifts. To purchase from the store one must be an EAA member, but on rare occasions the store appears offsite at CIA-related events. This year they will be at the Raleigh Spy Conference.
Registered conference attendees may explore and purchase anything on display.
Many of the items are never otherwise available to the public.
Another reason to not miss attending the upcoming RSC August 22 – 24

Register and place on your calendar.

National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Seal

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

HOLD DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR: 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

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

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



CIA Joins the Hunt for Bashar al-Assad's Chemical Weapons. With the days and weeks of the Syrian government appearing numbered, the Central Intelligence Agency is scrambling to get a handle on the locations of the country's chemical and biological weapons, while assessing the composition, loyalties, and background of the rebel groups poised to take power in the event President Bashar al-Assad falls.

Obama administration officials tell The Daily Beast that the CIA has sent officers to the region to assess Syria's weapons program. One major task for the CIA right now is to work with military defectors to find out as much information on Syria's weapons of mass destruction, according to one U.S. official with access to Syrian intelligence. Another focus will be to sort through reams of intercepted phone calls and emails, satellite images, and other collected intelligence to find the exact locations of the Syrian weapons, this official said.

This task has become more urgent in recent days. Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Syrian military was moving its chemical weapons out of storage. On July 17, Nawaf Fares, Syria's ex-ambassador to Iraq, told the BBC the regime would not hesitate to use chemical weapons against the rebel fighters. On Wednesday, a bomb killed the Syrian defense minister and the brother-in-law of President al-Assad in Damascus. The blow to the al-Assad cabinet raised the prospect that the Syrian regime may be on its last legs. 

Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, declined to provide details on what intelligence assets have been sent to Syria or to say whether the CIA has sent officers on the ground there. He said that the administration had recently deployed "the resources necessary to collect the information that we need to make a good decision on chemical and biological [weapons], opposition groups and leadership transition strategies." But, he added, "We don't know nearly what we need to know to be completely effective if the regime were to implode tomorrow."

A CIA spokesman Thursday declined to comment. [Lake/TheDailyBeast/20July2012]

Australia's Top Spy Makes First Public Address. Australia's top spy warned of the "very real threat" from extremists on Thursday, in the first public address by the head of the country's Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) in its 60-year history.

Nick Warner said the security challenges for agents had dramatically changed over the past decade, as he provided a rare glimpse into the agency's work in a speech designed to raise public awareness about the intelligence community.

He said the 9/11 attacks and the Bali bombings a year later in 2002 had redefined how spies worked.

Those events had seen ASIS, Australia's foreign spy agency, intensify its focus on the "very real threat" posed by organisations like Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Warner said there was now "a web of links between extremists from Australia to Indonesia, to the southern Philippines, to the FATA region (tribal districts) in Pakistan, and to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, and on to Somalia".

"We know that the intention to conduct mass casualty attacks against Western countries, including Australia, remains very real," he said, speaking at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

"We also know that many of these planned attacks are being conceived in places remote from Australia."

The threats had seen ASIS evolve from "a small, essentially regional body vitally focused on the Cold War into a larger, geographically dispersed organisation" that liases with foreign intelligence services in 70 countries.

Warner said ASIS, working with foreign partners, has been closely involved with the arrest and detention of dozens of terrorists in Southeast Asia over the past decade - including in recent months.

"At its heart ASIS has a cadre of highly trained intelligence officers who recruit and run agents," he added. [Read more: AFP/19July2012]

U.S. Intelligence Official Acknowledges Missed Arab Spring Signs. U.S. intelligence agencies missed evidence of the unrest across the Middle East and North Africa that exploded into popular uprisings last year during the so-called Arab Spring and are now trying to improve early warning systems, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.

David Shedd, deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon's chief intelligence arm, said analysts failed to note signs "that would have indicated to us, shown us, that there was a growing dissatisfaction ... in the general population..."

"We missed that."

It was a rare public acknowledgment of the U.S. intelligence failure regarding the turmoil that has redrawn the Middle East's political landscape, toppling autocratic rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya and now engulfing Syria. Shedd's comments were posted Thursday by the American Forces Press Service, a Pentagon information wire.

U.S. intelligence agencies were reporting on popular dissatisfaction with Arab regimes, Shedd said, but analysts failed to characterize the conditions as "bubbling over or creating ... a level of dissatisfaction that would fill Tahrir Square" in Cairo.

One reason for the gap, Shedd said, was that spies were focusing on collecting information from power elites, not opposition groups.

"We were missing a side of reporting that would have provided a better picture of how strong that opposition really was, how capable that opposition was, to respond or react to the shifting of their capability to challenge the status quo," he said.

"This has now led to a lot more discussion in the intelligence community on how to take advantage of the enormous amount of open-source information that is out there, and draw inferences of where a trend may be."

Senior intelligence officials initially denied that U.S. spy agencies had made mistakes in failing to anticipate the widespread political upheaval. [Read more: Dilanian/LATimes/19July2012]

Somalia's al-Shebab Execute CIA, MI6 'Spies'. Somalia's al-Qaeda linked al-Shebab insurgents have executed three members for "spying" for Western intelligence agencies.

Two of the men were accused of having attached a satellite tracker device to a car used by al-Qaeda operatives in January, which was later struck by a missile, killing two.

"The three defendants were found guilty of spying ... one of them worked for the British intelligence agency MI6 and the two others were spying for the CIA," said Sheikh Abdalla Al-Haq, the Shebab's chief judge.

The three men, aged between 25 and 30 according to witnesses, were shot by firing squad in a public execution in the port town of Merka late on Sunday.

"All of them confessed to the charges against them, and the punishment is death," Al-Haq said. [Read more: AFP/23July2012]

General Who Faulted US Intelligence in Afghan War Taking Over Pentagon Intelligence Service. The U.S. general who vowed to fix intelligence to better fight the Afghanistan war is taking command of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who worked with elite special operations forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is taking over Tuesday from Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. as the senior military intelligence adviser to the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Burgess will retire from the Army after 38 years of service.

Flynn will have to figure out how to support special operations troops expected to stay behind in Afghanistan after most U.S. forces, including intelligence operators, withdraw by the end of 2014. [Read more: AP/24July2012]

Egypt Intelligence Agency Tries to Reclaim Image. Egypt's top intelligence agency, long a secretive power behind the country's ruling system, is taking a small but unprecedented step out of the shadows in an apparent attempt to win the public's support in the face of potential challenges from the new Islamist president.

In an unusual move, the General Intelligence Service - known as the "Mukhabarat" in Arabic - released a 41-minute-long documentary boasting of its achievements, presenting itself as the defender of the nation and vowing to continue to protect the country.

"The eye of the Egyptian intelligence does not sleep," the narrator says. In one of the film's many dramatic images, it shows footage of a falcon - the agency's symbol - circling in the sky and swooping down to snatch up a snake.

"Behind the curtains, the men of Egypt's intelligence services continue to monitor issues, analyze facts, confront offenses, carry out operations and succeed in achievements without us knowing what they look like or who they are," the narrator says.

The documentary, aired late last week on private and state-run Egyptian TV stations, also plays heavily on widespread anti-Israel sentiment among Egyptians, saying the agency has protected Egypt from plots by Israel and its Western allies. It shows footage from World War II, including images of Jews interned in Nazi camps, and says that Jews plotted for "a nation created on the land of Palestine."

The film, titled "The Word of a Nation," was a highly unusual public relations move for an agency which traditionally stays hidden, has an opaque but pervasive role and is described by experts as "a state within a state." The agency oversees espionage efforts abroad but also plays a significant role domestically. [Read more: Batrawy/AP/18July2012]

The Name's NOT Bond: Poor Pay and Conditions are Making Britain's Spies 'Unwilling to Take Risks'. It's enough to leave James Bond both shaken and stirred.

The head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, has raised serious concerns about levels of morale among staff who are employed to look after the nation's security.

Sawyers says poor pay and working conditions are making spies 'unwilling to go the extra mile' and triggering them to seek alternative 'less risky' employment in the private sector.

A new employee at the three intelligence agencies - MI5, MI6 and GCHQ (the government's communications headquarters) - would expect to earn �25,000, with the salary only rising to �43,000 after ten years' service.

In comments made in the intelligence and security committee's (ISC) annual report Sawyers said: 'People are less likely to go the extra mile and do the more dangerous thing or take that added level of risk if they feel they are not recognised for it and their rewards are somehow inadequate... now this is a growing problem.'

The image of a hard-up, demoralised spy is a world away from the big screen portrayal of Bond carrying out audacious missions with a plethora of high-tech gadgets, driving top of the range Aston Martins and staying in some of the world's best hotels.

Sawyers added: 'We may have to do something which recognises that the staff of the intelligence agencies, a bit like the police or the armed forces, do something that's unique and those unique qualities should be recognised.' [Read more: Vinter/DailyMail/22July2012]

DIA Five-Year Plan Updates Strategic Warning Mission. In a new plan for 2012-2017, the Defense Department's Defense Intelligence Agency is updating one of its core missions - strategic warning for policymakers - to reflect the world's growing volatility.

DIA Deputy Director David R. Shedd told American Forces Press Service that this "reinvigoration" of strategic warning "is an effort to identify potential events and conditions in a world that... brings greater uncertainty."

He added, "There are more crisis flashpoints in the world today than ever before."

Indications and warning, or I&W, is a process used by the intelligence community to detect foreign developments that potentially could threaten U.S. military, political or economic interests or U.S. citizens abroad.

The process includes forewarning of enemy actions or intentions, imminent hostilities, insurgencies, attacks on the United States or its forces or allies, hostile reactions to U.S. reconnaissance activities, terrorist attacks and other events.

Shedd said an important improvement in strategic warning will involve standardizing the I&W process into a template that will make it easier to see shifts in trends toward what could be strategic warning issues or significant shifts in existing hotspots.

"The indications and warning piece is something that will be monitored at a point that the combatant commands, the J2 [Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate] and DIA are all looking at a similar set of indicators, as opposed to each sort of interpreting their own version," he explained. [Read more: Pellerin/AFP/18July2012]

Security Efforts Minimize Olympic Threat. Israeli, British and other security authorities are working to minimize chances of a terror attack at the London Olympics, Israel's defense minister says.

Speaking to reporters at the Tel Hashomer induction center Sunday morning, Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the British intelligence apparatus, calling it "extremely capable."

"This is something we work on anyway, whether there is a threat or not. There is definitely intelligence and operational awareness. Even without concrete threats we must remain alert," Israel Radio quoted Barak saying.

"Israel will defend itself everywhere at all times," he added.

Amos Gilad, head of Israel's Diplomatic and Security Bureau at the Ministry of Defense, denied a report in The Sunday Times that said the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, had dispatched agents to Europe to hunt down terror suspects allegedly recruited to wage attacks during the Olympic Games.

Speaking to Army Radio, Gilad said: "Intelligence does not work that way. You don't send dozens of agents to hunt down ghosts."

The British newspaper said Israeli intelligence agents were hunting Iranian-backed terrorists in Europe to thwart possible attacks on Israeli athletes at the London Olympics. It is the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by terrorists at the Olympic village in Munich in 1972.

The Sunday Times said Mossad is "convinced" last week's attack that killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver was part of a bigger plan to attack the London Games. [Read more: UPI/22July2012]

Nearly 5 Million People Have Government Security Clearances. The number of U.S. government employees and contractors holding security clearances jumped to 4.86 million last year from 4.7 million the year prior, according to the 2011 Report on Security Clearance Determinations, which the Director of National Intelligence has forwarded to Congress.

That's about a 3 percent gain over the year prior, the first year statistics became available. In other words, another 160,000 people were removed from the category of: "If we told you we'd have to kill you."

The figures, obtained by Secrecy News, are required to be published to Congress as a result of the Intelligence Reauthorization Act of 2010. The data count those cleared for confidential, secret and top secret records.

The report also indicated that the numbers could have been higher. The Central Intelligence Agency denied a security clearance to 5.3 percent of the people who applied. At the National Security Agency, the number was 8 percent. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported less than a 1 percent denial rate.

Thousands of pending security cases remain stalled. That's because many of the linguists and specialists the intelligence community most wants "often have significant foreign associations that may take additional time to investigate and adjudicate," according the report. [Read more: Kravets/Wired/23July2012]


Saudi Prince Bandar: A Flamboyant, Hawkish Spy Chief. Saudi Arabia's "peasant prince" with the twinkling eye, hawkish views and fondness for the Dallas Cowboys football team is back, now heading the kingdom's intelligence agency.

On Thursday night Prince Bandar bin Sultan was appointed Saudi Arabia's new spy chief at a moment when the world's top oil exporter is engaged in a bitter rivalry with Shi'ite Muslim power Iran played out in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain.

The sociable Bandar, 63, who vanished from public view when he was recalled from Washington by King Abdullah in 2005 after notching up 22 years as the kingdom's ambassador there, will immediately be thrust into a game-changing Middle East crisis.

"He's just the right person for the right time in Saudi. They have a more hawkish foreign policy and he's the leading hawk of the House of Saud," said David Ottaway, Bandar's biographer and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

The United States' closest Arab ally is a firm supporter of the Syrian rebels now battling in Damascus to oust President Bashar al-Assad and is mending fences with Washington after a disagreement over last year's Arab uprisings.

"Bandar is quite aggressive, not at all like a typical cautious Saudi diplomat. If the aim is to bring Bashar down quick and fast, he will have a free hand to do what he thinks necessary. He likes to receive an order and implement it as he sees fit," said Jamal Khashoggi, an influential Saudi commentator.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has described arming the rebels as "a very good idea". Saudi Arabia and Qatar are believed to be funding and sending weapons to the Syrian insurgents, Arab officials say.

As Syria's crisis enters a potentially decisive stage in the aftermath of Thursday's assassination of top security chiefs in a bomb blast, Riyadh's princely rulers are concerned about blowback from Assad's allies in Iran.

With Syria in flames, Iraq still weak and Egypt navigating an uncertain transition towards democracy, Saudi Arabia now stands alone as the Arab world's most stable major nation.

Ottaway said Bandar had previously negotiated with both Syria and Iran, as well as with Russia, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council that has vetoed resolutions against the Assad government written by Riyadh.

"He wants to see Saudi Arabia flex its muscles, particularly if the Americans are there with him," he added. [Read more: McDowall/Reuters/20July2012]

Exploding Chocolate, Poisoned Scuba Suits, and the Bulgarian Umbrella: A Survey of Strange Assassination Tech. "Dear Fish, I wonder if you could do a drawing for me of an explosive slab of chocolate," begins a letter from Lord Victor Rothschild, a British intelligence officer in World War II. "We have received information that the enemy are using pound slabs of chocolate which are made of steel with a very thin covering of real chocolate. Inside there is high explosive and some form of delay mechanism."

The letter, which was sent on May 4, 1943 to Laurence Fish, an illustrator, referenced a very real assassination plot by the Nazis. Their target: no less than the round mound of resolve, Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The chocolates were to be placed "amongst other luxury items in the War Cabinet's dining room where Winston Churchill often hung out." But the plan was discovered by British spies and (ahem) foiled.

This exploding-chocolate story has just come to light this week in the British papers, and it got me thinking. Could this be the most bizarre assassination technology? Surely not. So I went looking for some more.

Hitler himself was almost done in by an exploding briefcase planted not by a spy, but by a member of his military during a coup attempt. His press secretary said of the attack, "The German people must consider the failure of the attempt on Hitler's life as a sign that Hitler will complete his tasks under the protection of a divine power."

But perhaps the best place to look was the annals of the Central Intelligence Agency. As detailed in the Church Committee report of the 1970s, the agency was constantly plotting to kill the leaders of countries that it perceived too anti-American or pro-communist. In grinding detail, the reports reconstruct the various CIA efforts, none of which appear to have succeeded.

On the very plausible sounding end of the spectrum, there was the plot to kill the first Congolese Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. A CIA agent simply picked a biological agent from a list of substances available the Army Chemical Corps at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and stuck it in a bottle along with gloves and a syringe. The idea was to get the substance onto some kind of food or perhaps into his toothpaste, which Lumumba would have eaten, and thereby contracting the illness. Among the candidate diseases were: tularemia ("rabbit fever"), brucellosis (undulant fever), tuberculosis, anthrax, smallpox, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis ("sleeping sickness").

And then there are the attempts to kill Fidel Castro, which were detailed in a book, The Fish Is Red, as well as a British documentary called, " 638 Ways to Kill Fidel Castro." Still, I prefer the Church Report's droll retellings of the plots. [Read more: Madrigal/TheAtlantic/18July2012]

CIA's Mission Impossible: Get a New Gym. Gen. David Petraeus turned the tide in the Iraq war, flushed the Taliban from southern strongholds in Afghanistan and infiltrated al Qaeda in Yemen. His newest quest, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is proving just as daunting: getting more space for treadmills.

Mr. Petraeus, 59 years old, arrived in 2011 to find two basement gyms at the CIA's Langley, Va., headquarters, one with original flooring dating to 1964. A hallway doubles as an indoor running track; it takes 10.25 laps to cover a mile. One gym is so small it can't contain the punching bags and medicine balls that spill into the hall, where people stretch out and do mat exercises.

In an agency of spies, even the workout space is deemed a classified facility and the CIA doesn't disclose the number of employees who can work up a sweat there.

Mr. Petraeus, a fitness buff, quickly became an advocate of gym improvements - and discovered the quest for new facilities has been a marathon effort that defeated other CIA directors over a course of some 16 years. 

Yet after a yearlong struggle, Mr. Petraeus, who retired from the military last year after 37 years of service, has thrown in the workout towel, at least for now. "CIA could get bin Laden, but it couldn't get a gym," lamented one U.S. official. [Read more: Gorman/WallStreetJournal/23July2012]

'Deception Detector' Hunts for Wall Street's Secrets. JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon doesn't want to take a pay cut. The Fed's Ben Bernanke doesn't think the Europeans will solve their financial problems correctly. 

In retrospect, Nasdaq's Bob Greifeld doesn't think he should have been on an airplane when the Facebook IPO was going on. And Jon Corzine was potentially involved in the transfer of missing money at MFGlobal.

Those are all conclusions of a veteran CIA "deception detector" asked to review videotapes of interviews and testimony of some of the highest profile financial figures under scrutiny in recent months - based on his years of experience drawing confessions out of spies for the US intelligence agency.

Philip Houston was once the CIA's leading expert in "deception detection," or the fine art of telling when people are lying or hiding the truth. In fact, Houston was one of the lead specialists who created CIA techniques designed to spot lies and interviewing strategies to get people to confess.

Over the course of his career in the CIA's Office of Security, he sat across the interrogation table from CIA employees he interviewed for security clearances as well as foreign agents he was probing for lies. But now, he sells his lie detection expertise to financial firms, corporate executives and other private clients who are trying to understand whether people they are doing business with are telling the truth.

And Houston has written a book designed to make his CIA deception detection techniques understandable to average people, called: "Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception." 

We thought the best way to learn how Houston detects deception was to see how it works in the real world. In an interview with CNBC, Houston reviewed videos of prominent people in the financial world to spot the indicators he says show deception, and to tell us what he thought they really meant.

Note: His analysis, of course, is just one man's opinion. There's no conclusive way to tell if someone is being deceptive if you don't know the underlying facts of the case. Houston's hypothesis about each case is just that - an interesting, but not definitive, way of looking at the meaning behind the answers. [Read more: Javers/CNBC/18July2012]


Colombia's Intelligence: Putting the Country at Risk? Over the past decade, the Colombian state has misused a run-down intelligence system in a bid to control an ever-evasive security environment plagued by organized crime, drug trafficking and political corruption. 

Using the now-defunct intelligence agency, the Department of Administrative Security (DAS), the government targeted �enemies of the state' in an audacious state-orchestrated plan to consolidate power.

Beyond pursuing the never-ending �drug war' and targeting high-level FARC commanders, Colombian intelligence services dedicated much of their time and money to infighting and illegally tracking investigative journalists, opposition politicians and judges. These extra-curricular activities meant little time and energy was spent focusing on more pressing intelligence and security issues, such as the exponential growth of neo-paramilitary groups in Colombia and growing tensions on the Venezuelan and Ecuadorian borders.

In early 2009, during the mandate of President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010), a scandal splashed across the pages of Semana, a leading national weekly magazine, detailing how members of the DAS were illegally spying on prominent journalists, along with Supreme Court judges and opposition politicians.

A New York Times report highlighted the disarray and security gaps that plagued Colombia's intelligence service, warning that the "sprawling nature of DAS's operations may have allowed some of its agents to sell intelligence to the private armies that have plagued Colombia during its four-decade war, or otherwise be infiltrated by paramilitary and guerrilla operatives."

By the close of President Uribe's first term, the DAS had evolved into a disorganized and dangerous powerhouse of poorly coordinated non-strategic intelligence. [Read more: Shaw/ISN/19July2012]

Give Treasury Its Proper Role on the National Security Council. The National Security Act of 1947, which created the National Security Council, the Defense Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Central Intelligence Agency, turns 65 on Thursday. But it's not ready for retirement; it needs, instead, to be rejuvenated by making the Treasury secretary a statutory member of the National Security Council, rather than an invited attendee. 

The act and the organizations it created performed well during the cold war, the post-cold-war decade and the period after 9/11. But they need to be updated to recognize the close connection between security and economic issues as we look forward from the global financial crisis of the last few years. The concept of national security has broadened considerably since the N.S.C.'s early decades, elevating economic and financial issues to crucial elements to our nation's security, alongside the traditional diplomatic and military issues. Diplomatic and military issues are still important, of course. Iran, Syria and North Korea make that clear. But the growth areas in national security policy are economic and financial.

During the cold war, the German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, knew with precision the throw-weights of American nuclear weapons based in Germany; today, Chancellor Angela Merkel has to know with equal precision the spreads on Spanish and Italian sovereign debt.

It may seem odd that the Treasury secretary would have been left off the list of statutory members of the National Security Council by the generation of American leaders who helped lay the groundwork for Western Europe's postwar revival with the Bretton Woods conference and the Marshall Plan. But at the time, military, diplomatic and economic policies were seen as largely separate tracks. And as the cold war deepened, the military challenge from the Soviet Union assumed overwhelming importance.

This is where the National Security Act has not kept pace. The statutory members of the National Security Council are still the president, vice president, secretary of state and secretary of defense, with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence as statutory advisers. This is a good, but incomplete, team. Even though the Obama White House says that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is a regular attendee, along with the statutory members, it is now time to add the secretary of the Treasury to the list of statutory members. That would ensure that the economic and financial dimensions of national security challenges are given equal weight in council deliberations, now and into the future. [Read more: Kimmett/NYTimes/23July2012]

Section IV - Books, Obituaries and Coming Events


Fearing Recruitment, India Restricts Contacts with CIA. Fearing that the CIA might use counter-terrorism meetings to recruit Indian intelligence operatives, New Delhi has restricted agency-to-agency contacts with Washington, says a new book.

Scholar Prem Mahadevan says that unlike the 1970s when India was a virtual socialist state, the hunger for government jobs has fallen considerably since the Indian economy opened up in 1991.

"Today, middle-ranking IB (Intelligence Bureau) and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) officers are vulnerable to enticement by well-funded foreign intelligence agencies - a factor which has constrained counter-terrorism cooperation post 9/11."

Mahadevan's book, "The Politics of Counterterrorism in India" (I.B. Tauris), says the fears are not altogether unfounded.

It reveals that since 2001, there have been at least two cases of penetration of RAW by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"Also, at least nine RAW officers have gone abroad without leave since the agency's creation in 1968. Most defected while posted in Western Europe or North America, in pursuit of a more comfortable lifestyle.

"Subsequent investigations revealed that they had been recruited by Western intelligence agencies prior to their defection and had functioned as agents in place for some time."

The book says that particularly damaging was the defection of Sikander Lal Malik, a personal aide to RAW chief Rameshwar Nath Kao.

"Malik defected during the 1970s while posted to the US and is alleged to have taken extremely sensitive information with him."

Although Indian intelligence agencies have committed blunders, the book says, they are also responsible for some spectacular successes. [Read more: CalcuttaNews/23July2012]

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception. Three former CIA officers - among the world's foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior - share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie.

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world's best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.

Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach readers how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.

Spy the Lie is a game-changer. You may never read another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future. [Read more: MacMillan/July2012]


Omar Suleiman. Former Egyptian spy chief Omar Suleiman, a trusted adviser of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and a key CIA partner in the Middle East, died Thursday at a hospital in Cleveland, the Egyptian government said. He was 76. A true intelligence ally.

The state-run Middle East News Agency said that Suleiman had suffered from lung and heart problems for months and that his health had deteriorated sharply during the past three weeks.

Suleiman was closely associated in the minds of many Egyptians with Mubarak's repressive rule, and human rights groups accused him of involvement in the widespread torture of detainees.

Rights activist Gamal Eid said he had hoped to see Suleiman face trial for crimes committed during Mubarak's rule, as well as give valuable evidence on what happened during last year's revolt.

"One of the enemies of democracy in Egypt is not here anymore," Eid said. "In the court cases, though, we lost a lot. He was the black box."

Often seen as the eminence grise of Mubarak's government, he only emerged fully into the limelight in late January 2011, when he was appointed vice president in what proved to be the regime's final days.

His last-ditch attempt at concessions failed to quell the mass street protests that had paralyzed Egypt. He was soon forced to appear on state television, grim-faced, to announce Mubarak's resignation.

A gangly man with a wry smile and a thin mustache, Suleiman briefly returned to public life this year when he announced he was running for the presidency, but he was disqualified after failing to gain enough signatures.

The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Suleiman had been treated since Monday, said in a statement that he died of "complications from amyloidosis, a disease affecting the heart, kidneys and other organs," the Associated Press reported.

The state-owned newspaper al-Ahram quoted an unnamed individual as saying Suleiman's funeral would take place in Cairo on Friday and would be attended by Egypt's top general, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. On Twitter, many Egyptians objected to a proposal that Suleiman be granted a military funeral.

Born in 1936 in the southern Egyptian town of Qena, Suleiman enrolled in one of the country's premier military academies as a young man and served in three wars, including conflicts with Israel in 1967 and 1973.

He later became head of military intelligence and was promoted by Mubarak in 1993 to chief of the powerful national security intelligence agency.

Suleiman's staunch opposition to Islamist groups won him support in Washington and Jerusalem, and he took on a prominent diplomatic role in Egypt's relations with Israel, Palestinian factions and the United States. In 2009, Foreign Policy magazine ranked him as the Middle East's most powerful intelligence chief, ahead of then-Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

According to State Department documents made public by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, Suleiman was a key partner of the CIA and the point man in Egypt on extraordinary rendition - the process by which the United States turned over detainees to other countries, some of which used torture as part of their interrogations.

"Our intelligence collaboration with Omar [Suleiman] is now probably the most successful element of the relationship," a 2006 diplomatic cable read.

Before the Egyptian revolt, Suleiman was quietly touted as a possible successor to Mubarak, although many Egyptians believed the president would serve for life or try to hand power to his son Gamal.

Egypt's interim government paid tribute to Suleiman in a statement Thursday, calling him a "patriotic, honest figure."

He is survived by his wife and three daughters. [Read more: Denyer/WashingtonPost/19July2012]

Robert de La Rochefoucauld. Robert de La Rochefoucauld belonged to one of the oldest families of the French nobility, whose members included Fran�ois de La Rochefoucauld, the author of a classic 17th-century book of maxims. For 30 years he was the mayor of Ouzouer-sur-Tr�z�e, an idyllic canal town in the Loire Valley, and he used the aristocratic title of count. 

But he is best remembered as a courageous and celebrated saboteur who fought for the honor of France in World War II as a secret agent with the British.

His exploits were legend, involving an eclectic and decidedly resourceful collection of tools in the service of sabotage and escape, including loaves of bread, a stolen limousine, the leg of a table, a bicycle and a nun's habit, not to mention the more established accouterments of espionage like parachutes, explosives and a submarine.

And perhaps befitting a man whose wartime adventures were accomplished out of the public eye, the news of his death, on May 8, in Ouzouer-sur-Tr�z�e, emerged slowly, first announced by his family in the French newspaper Le Figaro and then reported late in June in the British press. He was 88.

Robert Jean-Marie de La Rochefoucauld (pronounced ROASH-foo-coe) was born on Sept. 16, 1923, in Paris, one of 10 children in a family living in a fashionable area near the Eiffel Tower. He attended private schools in Switzerland and in Austria, and, at age 15, he received a pat on the cheek from Hitler on a class visit to his Alpine retreat at Berchtesgaden, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph.

Two years later, Hitler's army invaded France and Count de La Rochefoucauld's father was taken prisoner. Count de La Rochefoucauld became a follower of Charles de Gaulle, who was assembling Free French forces in England, and one day a postal worker tipped him off to a letter he had seen that denounced him to the Gestapo.

With the help of the French resistance, Count de La Rochefoucauld took a pseudonym and fled to Spain in 1942 with two downed British airmen, who were also being sheltered by the underground. He hoped to go on to England and link up with de Gaulle's movement.

The Spanish authorities interned the three men, but the British secured their freedom and were so impressed with Count de La Rochefoucauld's boldness and ingenuity that they asked him to join the Special Operations Executive, the clandestine unit known as the S.O.E., which Prime Minister Winston Churchill created in 1940 to "set Europe ablaze," as he put it, by working with resistance groups on the German-occupied Continent.

Count de La Rochefoucauld was an asset to the British in another way. As their ambassador in Spain told him, according to The Telegraph: "The courage and skill of British agents is without equal. It is just that their French accents are appalling."

The British flew Count de La Rochefoucauld to England, where they trained him to jump out of airplanes, set off explosives and kill a man quickly using only his hands. They parachuted him into France in June 1943. There, he destroyed an electric substation and blew up railroad tracks at Avallon but was captured and condemned to death by the Nazis.

While being taken for execution, he jumped from the back of his captors' truck, dodged bullets, then ran through nearby streets, winding up outside a German headquarters, where he spotted a limousine flying a swastika flag, its driver nearby, the keys in the ignition. He drove off in the car and then caught a train to Paris, hiding in one of its bathrooms.

"When we arrived in Paris, I felt drunk with freedom," The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

The S.O.E. later evacuated him to England by submarine, but in May 1944 he parachuted back into France. Dressed as a workman, he smuggled explosives into a huge German munitions plant near Bordeaux, hiding them in hollowed-out loaves of bread. He set off the explosives on May 20 and fled on a bicycle, but was caught by the Germans once more. [Read more: Goldstein/NYTimes/9July2012]

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.

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

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,

Saturday, 11 August 2012, 11 am - 3 pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter luncheon features Special Forces officer.

Our next Chapter meeting will be held at the Country Club of Orange Park.
This meeting will feature an extremely interesting guest speaker in the person of Mr. Tom Waskovich. He is a former Special Forces (Green Beret) officer who served as a Team Leader and Reaction Force Platoon Leader for MACVSOG, the only Top Secret unit in Vietnam. He participated in the first covert mission to block the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1969, which was perhaps the most successful of the SOG missions.
Tom is also the past Executive Director of the Special Operations Association and also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the SOA, which is made up of more than 2,000 current and former Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Air Force Air Commandos, who served
in covert operations behind enemy lines.
He is the founder and past President of the Board of Directors and currently President Emeritus of Vetwork (, a veterans assistance program that was founded in 1987. He was Chairman of the St. Johns County (FL) Veterans Council in 2005 and has acted as the military advisor and assistant producer for the Vietnam documentary "Service, Sacrifice and Courage."
Please RSVP to Quiel at or call 904-545-9549 as soon as possible. Remember that guests and prospective members are cordially invited, and we need 20 attendees to keep the country club happy

Wednesday, 15 August 2012, noon - Washington, DC – "Spies on Screen: Our Man Flint" at the International Spy Museum
He was the best - undisciplined but the best.
Erratic weather, global disaster, eco-terrorism. 21st century problems? Guess again: these issues are circa 1966! Out-of-control earthquakes and pop-up volcanoes are just part of a world-saving mission for super agent Derek Flint. James Coburn portrays the uber spy who is tops at everything from seduction and deduction to dolphin chit-chat. When the world's intelligence agencies realize their top operatives are being picked off, Flint's former boss, intelligence chief Cramden, played by Lee J. Cobb, grudgingly calls in "the original man of mystery." Flint battles the controlling secret organization GALAXY, all while keeping his cool and his mojo. As an Americanized version of James Bond, Flint's over-the-top persona as the sexiest, suavest, smartest, and sportiest spy is 007 taken to the extreme. Following the screening, International Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest, will discuss how pop culture portrayals of spies and villains affected his own career as an officer in the Clandestine Service of the CIA during the 60s and 70s. He may even reveal whether all spies really are glamorous playboys.
Tickets: $9. Price includes screening, special spy debrief, and popcorn. Register at

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.

Intelligence, Policy and Politics: The DCI, the White House and Congress Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (ET) Arlington, VA

The CIA and George Mason School of Public Policy host "Intelligence, Policy and Politics," featuring panel discussions with former DCIs including Michael Hayden (confirmed), James Woolsey (confirmed), Leon Panetta (confirmed), Porter Goss (confirmed), William Webster, and other invited officials, and a keynote from CIA Chief Historian Dr. David Robarge.
This event takes place at George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 N Fairfax Dr Arlington, VA 22201
AFIO Members should register here. Seats are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis until August 24th.

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.

Friday, 5 October 2012, 6-7:30 pm - Washington, DC - "The Precipice of Nuclear Annihilation: Through the Eyes of the Cuban Missile Crisis - 50 Years Later" - talk by former CIA Scientific Officer Gene Poteat at the Institute of World Politics

You are cordially invited to attend a special lecture on the topic of "The Precipice of Nuclear Annihilation: Through the Eyes of the Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years Later - The Value of Evidence over Speculation"
by Gene Poteat, current President, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, is a Retired Senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer.
With the emergence of unstable nuclear-armed nations and their despotic leaders, what lessons should we have learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when dealing with today's crises? How was the U.S. blindsided by the Soviet missile build-up in Cuba ...just a few miles south of Florida? How close did we come to a nuclear exchange and, during the showdown, who blinked first? What secret agreements were made that ended the crisis and how did they differ from face-saving press releases? What were the long-term consequences of the agreement that ended the Crisis.
CIA Scientific Officer Gene Poteat was on the scene in 1962. His first-hand account and revelations will answer these questions.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Please RSVP to

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

22 October 2012, 7 am - 3 pm - Huffman, TX - "Silent Warriors 2012" Charity Golf Tournament in Huffman, Texas

The Center for NanoSpace Technologies in partnership with the Fore Aces Golf Management and supported by the CIRA is holding a GTAA Certified charity golf tournament benefiting the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation. The event will be a Modified Scramble with Awards, Contests, Raffle, Silent Auction, and Awards banquet. Course Name: Red Wolf Golf Resort, 27350 Afton Way, Huffman, Texas, 77336. Event Contact: Steve Watson, at or call him at 281-389-7567

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.

29 October - 02 November 2012 - San Diego, CA - HALO Corporation Counter-Terrorism Summit

San Diego, California will play host to HALO's premier counter-terrorism event 29 October - 02 November 2012. The event, held at the Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay, will occupy the entire island creating unique training, exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities for all who attend. Over the years, HALO's training summits have drawn the best and brightest from across the counter-terrorism and emergency response fields. The 2012 Summit will take a giant leap forward in training and demonstration capabilities, as well as allowing much more time and opportunities for networking as a result of this year's location. Located five minutes north of downtown and the airport, the 2012 Summit provides convenience for delegates and exhibitors, yet enough freedom for live-action scenarios, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operations, DoD demonstrations, and hands-on exhibits.
The 2012 Summit will be formatted as a 5-day, multi-track, training environment offering delegates the ability to customize the training they receive over the course of the week, as well as providing an environment that allows unique access to exhibitors. Due to the location, and fewer operating restrictions, exhibitors and sponsors have the freedom to hold demonstrations that would normally be banned at other venues. The 2012 Summit strives to make the delegate-exhibitor interaction second to none, with all attendees having the opportunity to learn about the latest technology and equipment available to those operating in the counter-terrorism and emergency response fields. With water on all sides, a dedicated marina, and UAV overflight permissions, the sky is literally the limit at the HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit 2012.
Location: Paradise Point Resort
The HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit 2012 will feature top trainers from the counter-terrorism, emergency response, homeland security, and cybersecurity industries. Delegates will find themselves completely immersed in five days of current and relevant training centered around a custom track of their choosing. Many of the courses taught at the 2012 Summit will be eligible for continuing education credits. Grant funding is available for first responders.
A few of the featured training sessions will include: Islamic Literalist Ideology by Joe Butta, Low Light Operations by Ken Good, Patron Saints of the Underworld by Roberto Almonte', Extremist Mindset in South America by Clare Lopéz, and Social Engineering by Chris Hadnagy.
Black Hat provides highly technical information security training that brings together leaders from all facets of the infosec world – from the corporate and government sectors to academic and underground researchers. The environment is focused on the sharing of practical insights and timely, actionable knowledge. Black Hat training remains the best of its kind -- unique in its ability to define tomorrow's information security landscape.
For more information on this event or on HALO Education and Training call: +1 619.881.9125 Visit

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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