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SPYPEDIA updates as of 16 August:
On Thursday of last week Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of Gauss, a malware virus that appears to be related to previously uncovered malware Stuxnet, DuQu, and Flame. As with these viruses, the cybersecurity firm believes Gauss was created with the support of a nation-state, and because many infections were found in Lebanese banks it is speculated that the malware was targeting the financial transactions of Hezbollah.
-Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)
Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Silent Running. Russian Attack Submarine Sailed in Gulf of Mexico Undetected for Weeks, U.S. Officials Say. A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores.
The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow.
The submarine patrol also exposed what U.S. officials said were deficiencies in U.S. anti-submarine warfare capabilities - forces that are facing cuts under the Obama administration's plan to reduce defense spending by $487 billion over the next 10 years.
The Navy is in charge of detecting submarines, especially those that sail near U.S. nuclear missile submarines, and uses undersea sensors and satellites to locate and track them.
The fact that the Akula was not detected in the Gulf is cause for concern, U.S. officials said.
The officials who are familiar with reports of the submarine patrol in the Gulf of Mexico said the vessel was a nuclear-powered Akula-class attack submarine, one of Russia's quietest submarines.
A Navy spokeswoman declined to comment. [Read more: Gertz/FreeBeacon/14August2012]
Militants Attack Yemen Intelligence HQ, Killing 20. The death toll of an al-Qaida suspected attack on a Yemeni intelligence headquarters rose to 20 on Saturday, in the worst such attack in a year that highlights the challenges faced by the country's new leadership as it struggles to bring security and reconcile a military with split loyalties.
The attack, in the heart of the port city of Aden, underscored al-Qaida's ability to launch deadly strikes despite a two-month Yemeni military offensive backed by the U.S. that earlier this year dislodged militants who had taken over a string of southern towns near Aden.
In a coordinated attack, two groups of masked militants stormed the intelligence building from two sides, firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, according to intelligence officials in the city and witnesses from the adjacent state TV and radio building.
While one group clashed with guards of the intelligence building's main gate, a second threw a bomb at a small mosque, killing soldiers who were resting and sleeping inside, officials said. The gunmen then sprayed their victims with bullets before detonating a car bomb in front of the intelligence building, collapsing its facade.
Witnesses said they saw gunmen open fire on three soldiers at a front gate, killing them on the spot, before launching rocket-propelled grenades at the building and mistakenly hitting the television offices. Two female reporters were critically wounded, witnesses said.
By the end of the day, 20 were dead. All were military and security men except for one civilian, while six other civilians were injured aside from the reporters.
The same intelligence building had come under attack in 2010 by al-Qaida. Saturday's attack, which took nearly 45 minutes, carries the fingerprints of the group, a security official said. [Read more: Al-Haj/AP/18August2012]
British, German Spies Helping Syrian Rebels. Spies from Britain and Germany are providing rebels in Syria with intelligence about the movements of Syrian troops, Iran's state-run Press TV reported Sunday.
According to the Iranian network, British daily Sunday Times quoted an unnamed Syrian official as saying that British spies, based in Cyprus, gather intelligence reports and then pass them on to Turkish and American sources.
The Turkish sources ultimately pass on the intelligence to the Syrian rebels.
The official said Britain has two military bases in Cyprus - in Dhekelia and Akrotiri.
"British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus. The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans. The British monitor communications about movements of the government army," the official was quoted as saying.
German weekly Bild am Sonntag also revealed that German spies, stationed off the Syrian coast and also active at a NATO base in Turkey, are providing the Syrian rebels with information about the movements of government forces.
It said agents from Germany's foreign intelligence service operate on ships off the Syrian coast and use hi-tech devices that allow them to see movements of Syrian forces 600 km inside the country. [Read more: IANS/19August2012]
Judge Orders CIA to Turn over More Documents about Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar. Although it might seem obvious, when searching for records related to Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, the Central Intelligence Agency must actually search for the name "Pablo Escobar," and must search everywhere they might reasonably be found, according to a federal judge in Washington, DC. Escobar (Dec. 1, 1949 - Dec. 2, 1993) founded the Medellín drug cartel, which in the 1980s controlled 80% of the global cocaine market, shipping 15 tons a day, worth more than $500 million, to eager consumers in the U.S. In 1989, Escobar made Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest people, with a net worth estimated at $3 billion.
Despite all that notoriety, the Washington-based think tank Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has been fighting the CIA since 2004 to force the agency to turn over documents that may reveal its links to a vigilante group in Bogotá that helped track down Escobar. That group was PEPES (People Persecuted by Pablo Escobar), which was created by rival drug smugglers and illegal right-wing militias and maintained regular relations with the Colombian police and U.S. drug agents. PEPES harassed, tortured and killed Escobar's relatives, associates and lawyers until police shot Escobar in 1993.
After PEPES disbanded, many of its members went on to found the illegal paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), which has killed thousands of civilians suspected of supporting leftist guerrillas. Many AUC leaders are now under U.S. indictment for drug-trafficking, which IPS researcher Paul Paz y Mino calls blowback from short-sighted U.S. decisions in the hunt for Escobar. "The kind of monster the U.S. helped create was, in many ways, worse than what they wanted to destroy," he said about the PEPES transforming into the AUC. The AUC has been designated a terrorist organization by many countries and organizations, including the U.S. and the European Union.
Curious about ties between the CIA and PEPES, IPS sued the CIA in 2006 for making a legally inadequate response to an IPS FOIA request filed in 2004. IPS complained that the CIA improperly redacted the documents it turned over and failed to perform a complete search for records on Escobar and PEPES.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the CIA's redactions were justified, but that the CIA "failed to perform an adequate search by failing to search three of their five directorates as well as failing to search for plaintiff's requested term 'Pablo Escobar.'" CIA officials admitted that in conducting their search, they did not even look through records at three of its directorates. [Read more: Bewig/AllGov/20August2012]
New DIA Director Says Domestic and Private Sector Partners Important. The newly-appointed director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told employees to be responsive, timely and relevant not only to its military services customers, but also to the domestic and private-sector.
In an open letter to the men and women of DIA, director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said the agency's analysis must be timely, responsive and relevant to the needs of customers that include the military services, and increasingly international, domestic and private-sector partners.
In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service posted on the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Web site on Aug. 13, Flynn said people are more important in intelligence gathering than technology and DIA would "bring to bear, for the defense community and specifically in support of our combatant commanders - [the] commanders and organizations that are spread throughout the globe in support of our nation's defense." [Read more: Rockwell/GSN/14August2012]
Naval War College Welcomes New Class. The U.S. Naval War College paid tribute to its newest class of approximately 585 resident students from the armed forces and civilian federal agencies in a convocation ceremony in Spruance Hall Auditorium Aug. 20.
The convocation formally assembled the college community to start the academic year and included a faculty procession in academic regalia as well as a historical overview of the college's contributions by an actor portraying Naval War College founder, Commodore Stephen B. Luce.
NWC President Rear Adm. John N. Christenson emphasized two things students will be able to take advantage of during their academic pursuits.
"You will be given two great gifts while you're here," said Christenson. "Those are a library of great books and the time to read them. You will also be provided with learning-partners to share your intellectual journey. Some are professional educators from our dedicated faculty, while others will come from the student body in the form of seminar mates and fellow students."
The arrival of NWC's newest students marks a nearly 128-year tradition of educating military and government officials in Newport, R.I. The college's academic mission is to educate and develop leaders and also to strengthen global maritime partnerships.
In fact, only about half of NWC's newest students are naval officers. The other half of the student body comes from the Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Army, in addition to 86 students from 59 international navies and representatives from an alphabet soup of government agencies, including the CIA, FBI, NCIS, Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, among many others. The newest country represented in the college's international programs is Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
During today's ceremony, the 2012 Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award was presented to Navy Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Read more: Brooks/Dvids/20August2012]
FBI Gives Police Free Tool to Convert Photos for Facial Recognition. Within weeks, police nationwide should be able to obtain free software for matching photos of unidentified suspects against the FBI's biometric database of 12 million mug shots, according to an Office of the Director of National Intelligence agency.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department are experimenting with facial recognition to determine the real names of illegal immigrants, identify persons of interest in candid photos, and fulfill other law enforcement responsibilities. To make that happen, however, law enforcement agencies at every level of government must share images with compatible technology that they can afford, former FBI officials say.
So, the bureau is offering agencies some of the equipment at no cost.
"Later this summer the FBI will deploy the Universal Face Workstation software, a free-of-charge client application that will provide users with the tools for conducting and managing facial/photo searches with a minimal resource investment," Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, wrote in his annual report to Congress.
The document notes the FBI database under development, the $1 billion Next-Generation Identification system, recently began testing facial recognition on images of alleged perpetrators uploaded by several state agencies. Currently, only governments with operational facial recognition technology can participate in the trial.
Those states now have access "to a national gallery of more than 12 million legally collected mug-shot photos to be searched in aid of investigations," Paul wrote. Facial searches could one day be faster and more accurate than police lineups, advocates say.
This is not the first time the bureau has offered free biometric software to law enforcement partners. [Read more: Sternstein/NextGov/16August2012]
Afghans to Spy on Own Troops to Stop 'Insider' Attacks. Afghan officials say they have launched an expanded effort to spy on their own police and army recruits, an acknowledgment that previous measures designed to reduce insurgent infiltration in the country's security services have failed.
The steps come amid a spate of "insider" attacks that have shaken the U.S.-Afghan military partnership during a stage of the war that hinges on close partnership between the two forces.
Nine U.S. troops have been killed by their Afghan counterparts in the past 12 days. They are among 40 coalition service members who have died in insider attacks this year. President Obama, in his most extensive comments to date on the issue, said Monday that his administration is "deeply concerned about this, from top to bottom."
The Afghan measures include the deployment of dozens of undercover intelligence officers to Afghan security units nationwide, increased surveillance of phone calls between Afghan troops and their families, and a ban on cellphone use among new recruits to give them fewer opportunities to contact members of the insurgency, Afghan officials say.
The initiatives appear aimed at addressing U.S. criticism that the Afghan security forces are not doing enough to ferret out insurgents within their ranks. The top U.S. military official, Gen. Martin Dempsey, was in Kabul on Monday for consultations on the matter, and Obama said he would soon be "reaching out" to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
"Soldiers must feel that they are under the full surveillance of their leadership at all levels," the Afghan army chief of staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, said in an interview after meeting with Dempsey and other U.S. commanders. "Initially, it will have a negative impact on morale, but we have to do something. We have to look seriously at every individual." [Read more: Sieff/WashingtonPost/20August2012]
Cuban Spy Appeals his Miami Conviction. An appeals lawyer for the leader of five Cuban spies convicted in a Miami trial filed an affidavit Monday arguing that Radio/TV Marti secretly paid millions of dollars to journalists to influence jury members against his client.
The document was filed in support of Gerardo Hernández's habeas corpus appeal filed earlier this year, asking U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard, who presided over the "Wasp Network" trial, to overturn his conviction.
Hernández is serving two life sentences on charges that encrypted reports he sent to Havana helped Cuban MiG jets shoot down two unarmed Brothers to the Rescue airplanes over international waters in 1996, killing all four South Florida men aboard.
Martin Garbus, a prominent civil rights lawyer, argued in the brief that the U.S. government tainted the jurors in the trial of the five Cubans by using the U.S. government-owned Radio/TV Marti to hire journalists expressly to produce reports condemning the spies.
The New York attorney noted that some of the payments were secret - the affidavit uses the word 55 times - and argued that prosecutors should have revealed them to the defense during the trial. The government's continuing refusal to make some information public amounts to a cover-up, he added.
The negative reporting amounted to illegal propaganda "by agents, not journalists," designed to predispose potential jurors to convict the five, Garbus added. He gave no details on the 12 jurors who convicted the five.
"Every dollar for every article, image, radio or television show that was spent on this secret program violated the integrity of the trial," Garbus wrote. [Read more: MiamiHerald/21August2012]
Agencies Don't Often Share Tips on Potential Terrorist Activity. Nearly half of federal agencies are not sharing documented incidents of potential terrorist activity with U.S. intelligence centers, according to officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The Homeland Security and Justice departments since 2008 have been teaching federal officials and police to deposit, through a secure network, reports of suspicious behavior while being mindful of civil liberties. The point of the technology is to piece together terrorist plots before they are executed.
But, some criminal justice experts say, a major obstacle is dampening the effectiveness of the initiative. Work is slow-going in connecting local agencies to fusion centers, intelligence facilities partly funded by the government that vet reports for possible distribution through the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. The system is a virtualized inventory of tips that any federal, state or local government authority can search.
When asked, "How often does your agency forward all validated [reports] to the NSI (if at all)?" nearly half - 46 percent - of federal departments told ODNI that they were not frequently sharing leads. In a new report to Congress, the Information Sharing Environment, an agency within ODNI, stated that 16 percent of agencies said they never submit notices, 15 percent reported they rarely file, and 15 percent said they sometimes share.
Most federal agencies - 83 percent - are filing suspicious activity reports but not very often, according to the assessment. The 20 agencies represented in the survey include the Energy, Health and Human Services, State and Treasury departments, as well as the CIA and many Defense Department intelligence agencies.
The government defines suspicious activity as behavior or incidents that could portend preparations related to terrorism, crime, espionage or other illicit schemes. [Read more: Sternstein/NextGov/17August2012]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Mercyhurst's Heibel Receives Honors. The first class Bob Heibel taught in the intelligence studies program he founded at what was then Mercyhurst College was held in a home economics classroom.
A group of would-be intelligence analysts gathered around kitchen tables while Heibel, a 25-year veteran of the FBI and former deputy chief of counterterrorism, gave a presentation in front of the sink. Eleven students enrolled in the program that year. Much has changed in the two decades since.
Twenty years after its founding, Heibel's brainchild has grown to become the world's largest full-time academic program educating analysts for the government and private sector by enrollment and has helped put the renamed Mercyhurst University on the international map. It is now one of the most popular - and competitive - programs on campus, with a total of 350 students currently enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
More than 500 students have graduated from the on-campus program and another 300 from an online certificate program since its inception.
"I never imagined what would happen," said Heibel, 74, who now serves as director of business development for the Institute for Intelligence Studies. "A lot of us have ideas, but to be able to take an idea from its very beginning and see it through ..."
Heibel was honored Wednesday for his contributions to the university with an endowed chair in his name: The Robert J. Heibel Distinguished Chair of Intelligence Studies.
Mercyhurst University President Tom Gamble made the announcement during the grand opening and dedication of the new Center for Academic Engagement, a $10.5 million building that will house the intelligence studies and hospitality programs, as well as the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics and the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society.
"I'm honored," Heibel said. "I did not expect that. How's it get much better than that?" [Read more: Erwin/ErieTimesNews/16August2012]
Cold War Spy Tunnel Under Berlin Found After 56 Years. A section of an ingenious tunnel built by U.S. and British spies to intercept Russian phone conversations in Cold War Berlin has been found after 56 years in a forest 150 kilometers from the German capital.
The 450-meter-long tunnel, built in 1955, led from Rudow in West Berlin to Alt-Glienicke in Soviet-occupied East Berlin. By tapping into the enemy's underground cables, Allied intelligence agents recorded 440,000 phone calls, gaining a clearer picture of Red Army maneuvers in eastern Germany at a time when nuclear war seemed an imminent threat.
The western part of the tunnel was excavated in 1997 and part of it is preserved at the Allied Museum in the former American sector of Berlin. The Soviet authorities dug up the eastern part in 1956 and until now, its fate was unknown.
"It seemed to have vanished without a trace," said Bernd von Kostka, a historian at the Allied Museum. "I looked through the East German Stasi files, and there was nothing to be found about its whereabouts. We assumed it had been melted down because it was made of valuable metal."
The find is one missing piece of a puzzle that will take decades to solve completely, as access to intelligence files about the construction and discovery of the tunnel - a tale worthy of a John le Carre novel - is still restricted.
The man who discovered the buried segment is Werner Sobolewski, 62, formerly employed in a civilian capacity by the East German army. He was chopping wood in his local forest in Pasewalk, near the Polish border north of Berlin, when he stumbled across the wide metal pipe. He remembered it being used for military exercises at the local barracks, where he had worked before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
He recalled too that it was then rumored to have been a part of the Allied spy tunnel, infamous throughout eastern Germany after the Soviets exposed it in a major propaganda campaign in 1956. He contacted the Allied Museum and Kostka traveled to Pasewalk to identify it last week. [Read more: Hickely/Bloomberg/20August2012]
How Government-Grade Spy Tech Used A Fake Scandal To Dupe Journalists. An email claiming to reveal a political scandal will grab the attention of almost any journalist. But what if the email was just a ruse to make you download government-grade spyware designed to take total control of your computer? It could happen - as a team of award-winning Moroccan reporters recently found out.
Mamfakinch.com is a citizen media project that grew out of the Arab Spring in early 2011. The popular website is critical of Morocco's frequently draconian government, and last month won an award from Google and the website Global Voices for its efforts "to defend and promote freedom of speech rights on the internet." Eleven days after that recognition, however, Mamfakinch's journalists received an email that was not exactly designed to congratulate them for their work.
The email, sent via the contact form on Mamfakinch.com, was titled "Dénonciation" (denunciation). It contained a link to what appeared to be a Microsoft Word document labeled "scandale (2).doc" alongside a single line of text in French, which translates as: "Please do not mention my name or anything else, I don't want any problems." Some members of the website's team, presumably thinking they'd just been sent a major scoop, tried to open the file. After they did so, however, they suspected their computers had become infected with something nasty. Mamfakinch co-founder Hisham Almiraat told me that they had to take "drastic measures" to clean their computers, before they passed on the file to security experts to analyze.
What the experts believe they found was, they said, "very advanced" - something out of the ordinary. The scandale (2).doc file was a fake, disguising a separate, hidden file that was designed to download a Trojan that could secretly take screenshots, intercept e-mail, record Skype chats, and covertly capture data using a computer's microphone and webcam, all while bypassing virus detection. Christened a variety of names by researchers, like "Crisis," and "Morcut," the spy tool would first detect which operating system the targeted computer was running, before attempting to infect it with either a Mac or Windows version.
Once installed, the Trojan tried to connect to an IP address that was traced to a U.S. hosting company, Linode, which provides "virtual private servers" that host files but help mask their origin. Linode says using its servers for such purposes violate its terms of service, and confirmed the IP address in question was no longer active. The use of Linode was a clear attempt to make the Trojan hard to track, according to Lysa Myers, a malware researcher who analyzed it.
But there were a couple of clues. [Read more: Gallagher/Slate/20August2012]
Spying on the Spooks. Armed with binoculars and a standard camera, a different sort of birdwatcher keeps tabs on the world's spy satellites.
From the courtyard of his house in the center of his Dutch hometown of Leiden, Marco Langbroek spies on American military satellites, and makes no secret about it. He blogs about it.
While thousands of amateurs track the world's orbiters, Langbroek is part of a small subset - about 20 loosely affiliated members from around the world: Russia, Canada, South Africa, Texas, he says - focused on covert launches. They're generally not spies themselves, just enthusiastic fanboys.
Langbroek, for example, earns his livelihood digging into the earth, not looking up at the heavens. He's an archaeologist who studies Neanderthal camp sites in order to understand how they organized their communities.
Locating celestial spyware requires no special gear, just a few over-the-counter tools. That means a good pair of bird-watching binoculars, a tripod, and a first-year course in calculus. "I use a 50 millimeter lens on my camera," Langbroek says.
The hobby traces its origins to Pierre Neirinck, a Frenchman the British recruited to track satellites in the 1970s.
"In the early days," Langbroek says, "before the Western powers had established a large tracking network, they enlisted the help of amateur observers. But by the late 70s they no longer needed us, and the hobby went in decline." As Desmond King-Hele describes the British optical tracking effort then in his book "A Tapestry of Orbits"..."The staff melted away, being reduced by 1979 to just one (or perhaps two - Pierre by day and Pierre by night)."
Then, in 1984 the U.S. stopped publishing information about "classified" orbiters. The few remaining amateurs took that as a challenge, and "our hobby in its modern incarnation was born." "We track all classified satellites - Japanese, German, Israeli, French, Indian, about 100," Langbroek says. [Read more: Shear/PacificStandard/20August2012]
At NSA, Computers Sometimes Make the Policy Calls. John DeLong, the first-ever compliance director at the Pentagon's spy agency, spends his days making sure analysts are not snooping on Americans.
U.S. law forbids the National Security Agency from intercepting communications between citizens. While privacy advocates argue that NSA databases nevertheless accumulate records on Americans, in fact, some of those systems are calling the shots to delete that information.
"There are times when we use technology to literally make legal and policy decisions," said DeLong, 37, a lawyer whose additional math and physics degrees likely prepared him for the multifaceted task of policing code-breakers.
With an ever-increasing amount of messages to crack and data patterns to follow, agents have limited time to observe what he describes as "very specific procedures that govern their use and handling of that data." So, machines sometimes patrol privacy.
"There are obviously some decisions that you can't automate. You have to rely on a human for judgment. And we have lots of training" on foreign espionage authorizations, DeLong told Nextgov in an interview. "We have to make sure those authorizations pass from human to human from machine to machine very carefully."
Those authorizations include minimization requirements, which tightly control any data obtained while targeting foreigners that identifies Americans. Other privacy measures include database audits and spot checking decisions about whom to pursue, according to intelligence officials.
A computer, for example, can be instructed to screen out certain types of information before it is passed on to the next stage of processing, DeLong explained. "In some cases, we literally have the legal and policy rules embedded in the technology such that the technology will only do those things," he said. [Read more: Sternstein/NextGov/20August2012]
Tapes Found in AP Reporter's Cold War Show Trial. The characters had been carefully chosen, the testimony rehearsed in advance, the verdict a foregone conclusion.
In the city of writer Franz Kafka, the trial of AP Prague correspondent William N. Oatis had all the elements of Kafkaesque absurdity. And at the beginning of the Cold War, even the date of the ruling seemed cooked up for show: July 4.
While the 1951 proceedings may have been all farce, the sentence for the American journalist was real: 10 years in a communist prison on trumped-up espionage charges.
The trial named the "O'' case by Czechoslovak authorities gave Oatis first-hand experience of what it was like to be considered an enemy of the newly established Soviet-led empire.
Now, the discovery of two audio tapes in the Czech capital offers unique new insight into the trial. No other audio record from the three-day trial has been found.
The tapes record 29 minutes of fragments from the first two days of the trial that include Oatis' statements, but not the testimony of three Czech AP colleagues who were sentenced with him. Experts say it is not clear why the trial was recorded and preserved in such a way.
"Do you feel guilty?" a judge asked through an interpreter at one point.
"Yes," Oatis immediately replied in English.
"That means that you committed espionage on the territory of the Czechoslovak republic?"
"Yes, I did."
Oatis did not hesitate to plead guilty, even though historians have established that he did nothing more than his reporting job since arriving in Prague in June 1950.
Facing the machinery of the secret police known as the StB, he had no chance to escape an unfair verdict. He was not alone. But of some 240,000 unlawfully jailed, Oatis was the only Western reporter. [Read more: Janicek/AP/20August2012]
Was Dieppe a Spy Mission? The horror of Canada's darkest day of the Second World War still remains a vivid picture in Howard Large's mind, 70 years after he crawled in terror over the still-warm bodies of comrades and across the bloodied stones of a machine gun-raked beach at Dieppe.
"This is the end... I am dead," the 94-year-old Windsor veteran recalls telling himself on so many occasions that hellish morning of Aug. 19, 1942.
There was the buddy from their shared hometown who threw himself on an explosive charge, sacrificing his life to save Large and others around him. The German grenade that landed on Large's chest - "it just went 'poof,' it was a dud."
The sniper who hit him, but not mortally, once he and a small number reached the town. The young Nazi infantryman who, leading the bleeding Canadian prisoner past a pile of dead German comrades, pressed the muzzle of his rifle against Large's forehead.
Covered in bullet and shrapnel wounds and burns and being led away to a German prisoner-of-war camp for the next three years, Large was one of the lucky ones.
In a disastrous raid on the German-occupied French port by an Allied force of 300 ships, 800 aircraft and more than 6,000 Allied assault troops - most of them Canadian - close to 2,000 of the attackers were taken prisoner and more than 900 lay dead within hours. Less than half the soldiers who took part, many among them wounded, made it back onto the ships for the retreat.
Of the 553 participating members of the Essex Scottish Regiment to which Large was attached, only 51 escaped back to England that day.
"They were nuts," Large said of the Allied planners and force commanders who thought up the attack.
Now, after decades of unanswered questions and only guesses as to why the mission was launched and to what purpose the Dieppe slaughter served, comes newly unearthed evidence putting the mission in a completely different light.
Could the single-biggest raid of the war simply have been a diversion for the real objective - a commando "pinch" operation to steal German naval codes and encryption machines? And playing a leading role in the top-secret mission was legendary spymaster Ian Fleming, who would later gain fame as author of the James Bond 007 series.
"What a story this is - this is like something out of a Hollywood movie," said David O'Keefe, a Montreal-based military historian who uncovered the mystery over the course of 15 years of research.
Himself a former soldier and Department of National Defence employee, O'Keefe gained privileged access to more than 100,000 pages of classified British military archival documents, many of them stamped "most secret" and part of the ULTRA files, the highly sensitive intelligence gathered during the war and only recently starting to be made available to some researchers. [Read more: Schmidt/WindsorStar/17August2012]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Face to Face with the Spy who Nearly Killed Me. Revolutionaries fear spies and informers more than anything, particularly when taking on the sort of Arab dictators who themselves thrived for decades on paranoia and conspiracy.
In the flesh, the spies that cause so much trepidation are usually more wretched than their reputation.
So it was for Malik Saidi, no James Bond but a nervous, shaven-headed young man of 27 who spoke with head bowed and an apologetic look in his eye.
There was great excitement at the Free Syrian Army headquarters in Aleppo when Saidi was arrested. That afternoon, August 6, the base was attacked by regime fighter jets firing missiles, and though the rebel soldiers had been expecting to be targeted, the explosions sent a shiver of panic through the men sleeping and preparing their weapons there.
"We have caught a spy," said Lt Abdullah Yassin, an FSA officer, shortly afterwards. "He gave information to the regime for air strikes on our base. He has been handed over to interrogators and has confessed.
"He will be executed. He has been sent to prison, and he will be judged. But I think he will be executed."
Journalists should not interpose themselves into their stories, but it would be remiss not to declare an interest here. I was standing on the steps of the FSA base when the air strike Saidi called in struck and, if it had not missed, I too would probably be dead.
He was the spy who nearly killed me, then, and it is hard to deny that this added an extra layer of curiosity when, after more than a week of trying, I discovered where Saidi was being held and persuaded his jailors to allow me to meet him.
He was a sorry character. He was wearing the regulation uniform of the rebels' prisoners, grey sweat-pants and a vest. He said he had been well-treated and he bore no obvious signs of brutality, except for marks around his wrist suggesting he had been shackled tightly for some considerable time.
He walked with head bowed, and spoke in a monotone, but clearly and without contradiction.
He was not a very professional or well-trained spy. Already a member of the Shabiha, the thuggish pro-regime militia recruited to brutalise the opposition by Syria's security services from the start of the revolution, he had been sent to infiltrate the FSA base by paymasters from what was once the Air Force Intelligence barracks not far away.
He lasted just nine days before, predictably enough, a civilian neighbour of the barracks who knew him as one of its Shabiha spotted him with rebel troops and asked what he was doing there.
"He knew I worked for Air Force Intelligence," he said. "He and the people with him started to attack me, punching me and hitting me with sticks. Then they handed me over to the FSA."
It was a well-timed arrest - too well-timed, perhaps, to be entirely credible - but for the families killed in the strike, the Kayalis and the Katabs, not well-timed enough. For he had already triggered the bomb attack that was to obliterate them. [Read more: Spencer/TheTelegraph/19August2012]
Section IV - Obituaries, Books and Coming Events
Zvi Aharoni and Yaakov Meidad. Zvi Aharoni and Yaakov Meidad, who have died a month apart aged 91 and 93 respectively, were Israeli spies on the team that identified and kidnapped Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, smuggling him back to face trial and execution in Jerusalem.
Eichmann attended the Wannsee conference in 1942 at which the Nazis decided to pursue a "final solution to the Jewish question". A trusted bureaucrat, he was put in charge of organising the transport network that would take Jews to their deaths at concentration and extermination camps in the Reich.
After the war he was briefly captured by American troops, only to escape and go into hiding. A few years later, under the name Ricardo Klement, he fled to Argentina, arriving in 1950 in Buenos Aires, where he pursued odd jobs unmolested for the next 10 years, despite the fact that the rest of his family continued to use the Eichmann name.
Israel was first alerted to Eichmann's presence in Argentina in 1957, by Fritz Bauer, a Jewish prosecutor in Germany who had himself been imprisoned by the Nazis in a concentration camp in 1936. Bauer had been tipped off by Lothar Hermann, a Jew in Argentina whose parents had been murdered by the Nazis, and whose daughter, Sylvia, had become friends with a boy called Klaus Eichmann, who boasted that his father had been a senior Wehrmacht officer.
Bauer decided to alert Israeli authorities directly rather than go to colleagues in Germany, for fear of the old Nazi network tipping Eichmann off and driving him further into hiding. Such leaks were to allow Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death", who had been living under his own name in Buenos Aires, to go underground in 1959, days before he was due to be arrested.
Initially, however, Israeli spy chiefs were reluctant to take up the lead and closed the case, insisting that Eichmann would never live at the modest address, 4261 Chacabuco Street, that Bauer's informant had provided. Only when Bauer insisted did Isser Harel, director of the Israeli spy agency Mossad, dispatch an agent to Argentina to verify the claim. Even then there was a delay of four months - in the 1950s the Israeli security services concentrated on the threat from Arab countries and devoted not a single officer exclusively to the business of Nazi hunting.
The agent met Hermann, by then elderly and blind. Despite these infirmities it was agreed that Hermann would supply Mossad with evidence - fingerprints, identity card - that it was Adolf Eichmann living on Chacabuco Street. When, unsurprisingly, Hermann proved unable to do so, Mossad closed the case for a second time.
Bauer was beside himself with rage. In 1959 he travelled to Israel to berate Harel, who calmed him down and promised to dispatch Aharoni to Argentina. In his book about the episode, Operation Eichmann (1997), Aharoni lamented: "The sad truth is that Eichmann was discovered by a blind man and that Mossad needed more than two years to believe that blind man's story."
Aharoni left Israel on February 26 1960, ostensibly a foreign ministry official investigating reports of anti-Semitism in South America. Eichmann's house was code-named "the orchard"; Eichmann himself "the driver". But when Aharoni arrived at the orchard, he found it deserted. Eichmann had moved just days earlier. Fortunately for Mossad, the former Nazi officer's third son, Dieter, still worked nearby and was tailed back to his new home address. Using a camera concealed in a briefcase, Aharoni succeeded in photographing Eichmann at his new house, on Garibaldi Street, before returning to Tel Aviv on April 9. Two weeks later the snatch squad began to assemble in Argentina. [Read more: TheTelegraph/16August2012]
David O. Sullivan. David O. Sullivan, 88, the former deputy and acting chief of the CIA's science and technology division, died of abdominal cancer July 18 at Allzwell Assisted Living Center in Chesapeake, Va. His son, David C. Sullivan, confirmed his death.
Mr. Sullivan worked 22 years for the CIA before retiring in 1980. He was awarded the agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit.
After leaving the CIA, he commenced a 14-year career in real estate as a sales agent, broker and assistant office manager at Long & Foster in McLean.
David Oliver Sullivan was born in Alexandria and was a 1942 graduate of the old George Washington High School. During World War II, he served in the Army as a radio operator in a fighter squadron and participated in combat missions in the Pacific.
He worked at the Naval Research Laboratory and the Coast Guard Radio Laboratory after the war. He graduated from American University in 1950.
In 1994, Mr. Sullivan retired from Long & Foster and moved to Chesapeake.
He was a charter member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Falls Church.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mildred Lucille Carter Sullivan of Chesapeake; three children, Susan Sullivan Haymaker of Houston, Sherry Sullivan Ayres of Chesapeake and David C. Sullivan of Sterling; and seven grandchildren. [Barnes/WashingtonPost/18August2012]
Enjoy a Century-Long Mystery With Cryptos Conundrum. Sitting on the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia is a sculpture by artist Jim Sanborn titled Kryptos. It was placed and dedicated in 1990, with a unique design of cut-out lettering forming the basis of four encoded messages. Three of those message have since been decoded, but the fourth still remains a mystery. While professional and amateur code breakers toil away at trying to decipher the fourth and final message, author Chase Brandon has released a new science fiction thriller titled Cryptos Conundrum that offers up its own explanation for both the sculpture's commissioning and the purpose of the coded messages.
The story begins in the trenches of World War I. Dr. Jonathan S. Chalmers, Jr. comes from a wealthy family and is university educated, with doctoral degrees in both mathematics and engineering physics. Chalmers has volunteered for military duty, shocking friends and family. But he's shocked himself the most, as he begins to question that decision when the mustard gas begins cover the battlefield. As the gas begins to burn his eyes and throat, a blinding white light interrupts what he believes is his certain death.
Where Chalmers finds himself next will have a major impact on the next 100+ years of his life. Chalmers is given a second chance at life (twice in the same war, believe it or not), and some unique health and mental benefits gained from his experiences will allow him to play a key role in the development of technologies and policies of the United States of America.
The rest of this review is a bit spoiler-ish...but not too much. Still...stop here if you absolutely don't want to know anymore. [Read more: Kelly/Wired/20August2012]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in August, September, and beyond, with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at www.afio.com. The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.
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
8th Raleigh Spy Conference – August 22-24, NC Museum of History
Dramatic Revelations: Castro, J. Edgar Hoover, Deep Throat, CIA Secrets From the Deep and the New Profile of Today's Terrorist
Ready to register? Go to www.raleighspyconference.com to register to review the line-up for 2012 and to learn about past conferences. You can also register by telephone by calling Carlie Sorosiak at Raleigh Metro Magazine, 919-831-0999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need more info on the conference? Fidel Castro had foreknowledge of the JFK assassination. Who was the real J Edgar Hoover? Deep Throat's motives were not what the public thought. How did the CIA scoop a satellite 12,000 below the sea? What is the new profile of today's terrorist?
These are the topics for the 8th Raleigh Spy Conference August 22-24 at the NC Museum of History, presented by top experts drawing on the latest in declassified information. And the public is invited to learn and ask question and get to know each speaker personally:
Brian Latell – Keynote speaker, 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.
John Fox - FBI Historian, on J. Edgar Hoover's role as chief domestic intelligence officer of the United States - and as one of the most significant and controversial figures in American history – while serving as FBI Director from 1924 to his death in 1972. But who was the real Hoover?
Max Holland, editor of the insider web site 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 played a major role in bringing down a presidency and elevating 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, a CIA officer currently serving as a Program Manager in the Agency's Historical Collections Division will share the recently declassified story of one of the most secret operations of the Cold War. Called An Underwater Ice Station Zebra, this little known undersea mission was hidden in rumor and speculation - until now.
Albert Grajales, INTERPOL Director of Puerto Rico and Coordinator of Intelligence / Antiterrorism Office of the Attorney General (Secretary of Justice) and the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) of Puerto Rico will present an insider's assessment of the profile of the modern terrorist, beginning with Carlos the Jackal up to today's dangerous operatives.
Between sessions, spy conference attendees can visit with representatives of the Historical Collections Division of the CIA who will offer free attractive booklets containing recently declassified information on key Cold War events. The CIA presence at last year's conference offered audiences a first-hand opportunity to talk directly with Agency staff and learn more about CIA and its operations.
A very special person will be the subject of a tribute at the 8th Raleigh Spy Conference- Brian Kelley, the CIA officer who played a major role in the creation of the conference who passed away a month after last year's event. The tribute will be led by Dan Mulvenna, a former security officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a close friend of Kelley's who has also served as a speaker at the conference.
"Brian was key in the success of the Raleigh Spy Conference", said RSC founder Bernie Reeves. "He loved recruiting top experts to speak, and he loved being in Raleigh and the friends he made here. Dan is putting together a fitting tribute for Brian that will communicate his important role as an intelligence officer - and his unique ability to create lasting friendships".
The Raleigh Spy Conference is recognized for its leading role in providing a dynamic environment to the general public for the discussion of declassified information released since the end of the Cold War. The roster of speakers since 2003 has included highly regarded intelligence officers, scholars and authors.
Go to www.raleighspyconference.com to register to review the line-up for 2012 and to learn about past
conferences. You can also register by telephone by calling Carlie
Sorosiak at Raleigh Metro Magazine, 919-831-0999 or email email@example.com.
The Raleigh Spy Conference was founded in 2003 by Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine (www.metronc.com). 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.
Friday, 24 August 2012, 11 am – Washington, DC - "The Double Game," by Dan Fesperman book signing at The International Spy Museum Store
This thrillingly, inventive novel is all about spies and their
secrets, fathers and sons, lovers and fate, and duplicity and loyalty—a
maze of intrigue built from the espionage classics of the Cold War.
A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, spook-turned-novelist Edwin Lemaster reveals to up-and-coming journalist Bill Cage that he'd once considered spying for the enemy. For Cage, a fan who grew up as a Foreign Service brat in the very cities where Lemaster set his plots, the story creates a brief but embarrassing sensation. More than two decades later, Cage, by then a lonely, disillusioned PR man, receives an anonymous note hinting that he should have dug deeper. Spiked with cryptic references to some of his and his father's favorite old spy novels, the note is the first of many literary bread crumbs that soon lead him back to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest in search of the truth, even as the events of Lemaster's past eerily—and dangerously—begin intersecting with those of his own. Why is beautiful Litzi Strauss back in his life after thirty years? How much of his father's job involved the CIA? Did Bill, as a child, become a pawn? As the suspense steadily increases, a "long stalemate of secrecy" may finally be broken.
A creative interplay with some of the best lines of classic spy fiction genre mixed with an original voice. This novel will immerse you in a clever and intriguing twist of plots and keep you a willing accomplice to the end. [All statements by Museum and do not reflect AFIO assessment of this book]
Free! No registration required.
28 August 2012, 5 to 9PM - Washington, DC - Integrating Intelligence: Knowledge, Decision & Action by the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association
Opening Remarks: Sean M. Joyce, DD/FBI; Keynote: Hon. William H. Webster, former D/FBI.
Sessions: ONE: Integrating our Knowledge—Improving Intelligence Analysis with Technology, featuring Gurvais Grigg, FBI; Dr. Colleen McCue, GeoEye. TWO: Integrating Intelligence and Operations— An Evaluation of the New "Fusion Cell" Model featuring Maureen Baginski, National Security Partners LLC; Dr. John C. Gannon, Bipartisan Policy Center; Wayne Murphy, NSA; Eric Velez-Villar, FBI - AD/Intel.
Event location: National Press Club, Washington, DC. Heavy Hors d'oeuvres, Drinks, and More. Register or more information here. Register with coupon code iSpy2012 and save 25%
30 August 2012 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Col. Joseph (Joe) Felter, US Army and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Felter will be speaking about current topics on counterinsurgency strategy. The meeting will be held at UICC, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona): 11:30AM no host cocktails; noon - luncheon. $25 member rate with advance reservation and payment; $35 non-members. E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi (please indicate meat or fish) at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011.
Thursday, 30 August 2012, 11 am – Washington, DC - "The Drone Paradigm" by Fred Harrison book signing at The International Spy Museum Store
Author Fred Harrison brings over 30 years of
experience in the Office of Naval Intelligence, National Security Agency
and the Central Intelligence Agency into realistic yarns that could be
Harrison's career has involved interagency projects, including a key role in the development of Intelink (Top Secret Intranet: How U.S. Intelligence Built Intelink - the World's Largest, Most Secure Network). His portrayal of the relationships between federal, state, local and international law enforcement/intelligence organizations, based on this experience, adds extraordinary realism to his novels that already contain believable and exciting plots.
In his newest novel, "The Drone Paradigm", Harrison takes us to Afghanistan. In a bid to conclude American involvement in Afghanistan successfully, Washington places a risky bet on the prospects of would-be Taliban leader Mir Batani Khan, a young, fearless insurgent seeking to unite the warring factions within Afghanistan under his leadership to develop the country's bountiful resources and great economic potential. CIA provides cash and covert assistance in the form of drone strikes against common enemies. Operative Hannah Crossman and others are deployed to advise Batani and keep him alive. After a number of bold strikes, however, it becomes apparent that Batani's success has alarmed Pakistan's leadership, which fears a prospective competition with a resurgent Afghanistan. Action shifts rapidly from Washington to Paris to Islamabad to Dushanbe, Kabul, the hinterlands of Afghanistan and back again. Frederick Harrison's characters range from the insurgent-on-the-street to the President of the United States, all against a present day, real world background that will absorb the reader's interest. [All statements by Museum and do not reflect AFIO assessment of this book]
Free! No registration required.
10 - 14 September 2012 - Helen, GA - 2012 ASA Veteran Annual Reunion
Attention all veterans who were fortunate to be stationed at the 14th
USASA Fld. Sta. in Hakata, Japan on the island of Kyushu. It's
time for another reunion. The reunion will be held at the Helendorf
River Inn & Conference Center. This hotel/motel is right
in the middle of Helen so one can walk just about anywhere they wish
Reservations can be made by calling (800) 445-2271. Don't forget to mention you are with the 14th, ASA veterans reunion and the reunion date of Sept. 10th - 14th. A contract for a block of 15 Chattahoochee riverfront rooms has been reserved and will be held until August 1 awaiting individual reservations. Our reunion date is the week before Oktoberfest, so if we need more than 15 rooms, we need to know so we can reserve additional ones. Room prices are much higher during the Octoberfest event. The total cost per room will be $296.00 plus 15% state and local taxes for four nights. The cost is for a single or double occupancy. Each of these rooms will have a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, private balcony and are all elevator accessible.
Meeting space for our reunion group will be available all four days with out any additional cost. They also have free WI-FI and an enclosed heated pool. If you wish to learn more about where we will be staying for our 14th. ASA 2012 reunion, you can click the URL - http://www.helendorf.com/ If you have any questions or ideas please call 770-957-1085 or e-mail Tom & Marianne Morfoot at email@example.com
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
Additional seats are now available on a first-come, first-serve basis at this link: DCI Conference at George Mason.
Thursday, 13 September 2012, 10:15 - 11:45 am - Washington, DC - Stealing Soviet Secrets from the Bottom of the Sea - CIA's Attempt to Recover Soviet Sub by CIA's David Sharp, at the International Spy Museum
When the CIA attempted to recover a Soviet sub from the floor of the North Pacific Ocean in 1974, David Sharp was there. As a CIA officer, he was personally involved in both the development and the operation of the recovery system created to raise the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129. Sharp, author of The CIA's Greatest Covert Operation: Inside the Daring Mission to Recover a Nuclear-Armed Soviet Sub, will share his story and will give you an insider's perspective on the advanced technology required to attempt such an audacious project. He'll also discuss the complex cover story under which the CIA disguised the entire recovery program as a commercial ocean mining venture under the ostensible sponsorship of the famous Howard Hughes with his ship, the Hughes Glomar Explorer. More information at www.spymuseum.org
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: http://insct.org/teaching-national-security-law-seminar/
Thursday, 17 September 2012 - Washington, DC - Geospatial Intelligence and the Lay of the Land by Keith Masback, USGIF at the International Spy Museum
How can you plan humanitarian assistance projects, disaster relief,
or pinpoint an enemy—perhaps in Abbottabad—from great distances with as
few surprises as possible? Geospatial intelligence. GEOINT is the
combined use of imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial
information to give the clearest possible picture of an area - including
its "human terrain" - before boots hit the ground. Keith J. Masback,
President of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, will
explain the basics of this relatively new category of intel, and he
will discuss the general techniques that could be used in varying
missions, from responding to natural and man-made disasters, to watching
suspected nuclear sites, to tracking down high value targets like Osama
Tickets: $90. Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-627 or call 202 633-3030. Visit www.spymuseum.org
18-19 September 2012 - Chantilly, VA - 2-day symposium on "Foreign Engagement & Global Coverage under the New Defense Plan: FAOs, Security Cooperation, and the Defense Attaché System"
Event is jointly sponsored by NMIA and the FAO Association (FAOA). Senior personnel from each of the components will be speaking, plus a panel of Service representatives will be discussing their specific service involvement with the Attaché System. There will be presentations on Attaché Training, Current Attaché Topics, What the new Senior Defense Officer looks like, and an examination of the Future Attaché Program. Where: TASC Heritage Center, 4805 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA.
This event will be held at the SECRET/NOFORN Level. NMIA events are always worthwhile and members with clearances are urged to consider attending. Register here.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 11:30am - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona features Police Chief John J. Bennett on Law Enforcement Perspectives of Homeland Security
Chief John Bennett will discuss how local law enforcement partners with state and federal agencies on homeland security issues.
He is a 40 year veteran of Law Enforcement and was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Paradise Valley in June, 2008. Prior to that, he was Chief of Police in Caln Township, PA from 2002 – 2008 and retired as Deputy Chief of Police in 2002 from Marple Township, PA after 30 years of service. Both prior agencies are located in suburban Philadelphia.
He holds a B.A. degree from Villanova University and has attended over 200 management, supervision and advanced training seminars in his career. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (188th session); FBI LEEDS at Princeton University and Penn State University’s POSIT & POLEX executive development programs.
In PA, he was elected to the Executive Board of the Chester County Chiefs of Police Association, served on the PA Chiefs of Police Association’s Legislative and Membership/By-Laws Committees and currently serves on the InternationalChiefs of Police (IACP) Civil Rights Committee. He was also an instructor for 12 years for the PA Municipal Officers’Education and Training Commission.
In 2009, Chief Bennett was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) and is currently the 2012 President. He is also a member of the East Valley (AZ) Chiefs of Police Association.
Where: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
TO REGISTER: We need an RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or cancelling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel!
The chapter is charged for no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer!
Fees: $20 AFIO members; $22 for guests
RSVP or Questions to Simone – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. To call please leave a message on 602.570.6016
Thursday, 20 September 2012, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO - The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Major General Thomas R. Csrnko (Ret) Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
MG Csrnko was Commanding Officer of the Green Berets at Ft Bragg, NC, he will talk about Intelligence and how it is used by Special Forces and Special Ops. To 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Lunch will be served.
Thursday, 20 September 2012, 10:15 - 11:45 am - Washington, DC - History of U-2, A-12, OXCART, and SR-71 by Gene Poteat, at the International Spy Museum
S. Eugene Poteat, retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer, and current President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, helped develop and launch some of the most incredible technology of the Cold War. He'll brief you on the history of the U-2, A-12 OXCART, and SR-71 aircraft; stealth; past, current, and future drones; and the roles of these craft in past crises, such as the Missile and Bomber Gap, Berlin Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current struggle against terrorism. Poteat received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.
Thursday, 20 September 2012 - Mahwah, NJ - IACSP 20th Annual Terrorism, Trends & Forecasts Symposium
Location: Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute.
Top presenters will be featured in the areas of antiterrorism, homeland security, consequence management, and other related areas.
The event is attended by a combined audience of law enforcement and emergency responders, corrections, homeland security, military, intelligence community, academia, and corporate security personnel.
Several writers and staff for the IACSP's longstanding publication, The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International, will be on hand at the symposium, as well as members of the IACSP advisory board. The IACSP's journal has been in publication since the 1980's (over 25 years).
Further information available at www.iacsp.com
Friday, 21 September 2012, 6:30 pm – Washington, DC - ARGO: A Book Launch Party at the International Spy Museum
A gripping true story of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage!
Join International Spy Museum Board Member Tony Mendez in celebrating the book launch of ARGO, the inside story of his ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue six Americans who escaped from the US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979 during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez traveled to Tehran posing as the production manager for a location scouting team looking for sites for a fake film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect scenery and backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees and smuggling them out of Iran without a single shot being fired. Join Mendez as he launches his new book ARGO which finally details the mind-bogglingly complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. He'll also brief you on the soon-to-be released major motion picture ARGO directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Free! Advance online registration required. Cash bar and complimentary light refreshments.
For further information, registration, or directions visit www.spymuseum.org
Friday, 28 September 2012 - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO Fall Luncheon features DIA Director Lt Gen Michael T. Flynn
Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, USA, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will discuss the greater global scope of DIA, and the acceleration of change - Today's Defense Intelligence Imperative. He speaks at 1 p.m. following lunch.
Registration is at 10:30 am; Morning speaker TBA, starts at 11 am; 3-course Lunch at Noon; Event ends promptly at 2 pm.
NOTE TO MEDIA and all attendees: Director Flynn's presentation will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule. When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity, nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.
TO REGISTER: Proceed here to register while space remains.
29 September 2012, 1000 - 1430 - Milford, MA - The AFIO New England Chapter meeting features Ken Sawka, expert on Competitive Intelligence, Early Warning Systems, and Strategy Development.
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, membership
meeting 1130 – 1200. Luncheon at 1200 followed by our speaker, with
adjournment at 2:30PM.
Where: At the Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. The hotel web site is here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosml-courtyard-boston-milford
Ken Sawka is President and CEO of the private intelligence consulting firm Outward Insights. Ken is a nationally recognized competitive intelligence, early warning system, and strategy development expert. He has had a long and acclaimed career as both an intelligence practitioner and consultant, having developed competitive intelligence programs with numerous Fortune 500 companies. An expert commentator, Ken is a published author and has been quoted extensively on competitive strategy and intelligence matters in Time, Investor's Business Daily, American Banker, and other prominent journals. He is a regular contributor to the Kiplinger.com Business Resource Center, and has appeared on CNBC's acclaimed Squawk Box.
Prior to joining Outward Insights, Ken directed pricing and competitive analysis at Deloitte Consulting and also served as a Practice Leader in Deloitte's Strategy and Operations Group, managing the delivery of services in strategy development, competitive analysis, and scenario planning. Key clients were in the telecommunications, healthcare, and financial services industries. He was also an Intelligence Analyst with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Ken holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science (cum laude) and Masters Degree in International Relations from American University. Ken is based in the Outward Insights headquarters office in Andover, MA.
Note, as this meeting is a one day event we have not made any hotel arrangements.
For additional information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance reservations are $25.00, $30.00 at the door - per person.
********Luncheon reservations must be made by 15 September 2012.**************
Mail your check and the reservation form to: Arthur Hulnick, 216 Summit Ave # E102, Brookline, MA 02446; 617-739-7074 or send questions email@example.com
Wednesday, 03 October 20126:30 pm - Washington, DC - The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby - a screening at the International Spy Museum
"A public convinced of the CIA's value will help protect its true secrets." — William Colby, Honorable Men, 1978.
When Carl Colby decided to make a documentary film on his late father William E. Colby, he found the perfect vehicle for telling the story of American espionage and special operations in the second half of the 20th century. From his days as an OSS Jedburgh officer in WWII; to his assignments in Stockholm, Rome, and Saigon as CIA Station Chief; then as Chief of the Far East Division; followed by Head of CORDS/Pacification Program (and Phoenix Program) during the Vietnam War; and finally as Director of Central Intelligence during the Church and Pike Hearings into CIA wrong-doing in the 1970's; Colby's career is the quintessential spy story. He knew everyone and he knew their secrets. This very personal film includes interviews with veteran CIA officers, OSS veterans, government officials, and nationally recognized journalists. Join Carl Colby for a special screening and discussion of his well-received real life spy thriller.
Tickets: $9. For further information or directions visit www.spymuseum.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 October 2012 - MacDill AFB, FL - AFIO Suncoast Chapter Meeting
Speaker TBA. Location – Surf's Edge Club on MacDill AFB.
Questions or registrations? Email or call the Chapter Secretary at email@example.com. Check-in at 1130 hours; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at noon, followed by our speaker.
Note that our meetings have moved to a new facility, the Surf's Edge Club, where the luncheon cost is $20.
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012, noon - Washington, DC - Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine - a author book presentation at the International Spy Museum
In Castro's Secrets, Brian Latell, former
National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and long-time Cuba
analyst, offers a strikingly original image of Fidel Castro as Cuba's
supreme spymaster. Latell exposes many long-buried secrets of Castro's
lengthy reign, including numerous assassinations and assassination
attempts against foreign leaders. In writing this book, Latell spoke
with many high-level defectors from Cuba's powerful intelligence and
security services; some had never told their stories on the record
before. Latell also probed dispassionately into the CIA's most
deplorable plots against Cuba, including previously obscure schemes to
assassinate Castro and presents shocking new conclusions about what
Castro actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of
John F. Kennedy.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Free! For further information or directions visit www.spymuseum.org
25-27 October 2012 - Gregynog Hall, Wales , UK - The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty Year Retrospective Assessment - A Cambridge UK Intelligence Seminar!
Call for Papers. Delegate registration. Places now available! First come first served!
This autumn sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the quintessential Cold War crisis which Arthur Schleslinger, Jr. termed 'the most dangerous moment in human history'. In order to mark this seminal event the Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies (CIISS) at Aberystwyth University and the Cambridge Intelligence Group (seminar), University of Cambridge are hosting a major international conference at Gregynog Hall (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx) in the idyllic setting of rural Wales. The conference will seek to address the legacies and lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis by means of a number of papers and roundtable discussions. The conference will feature contributions from a number of the most eminent international scholars of nuclear history, intelligence, espionage, political science and the Cold War. The continuing relevance of the lessons of 1962 cannot be overstated and this multidisciplinary conference will be of interest to intelligence professionals, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and policymakers.
• Professor Christopher Andrew (University of Cambridge, official historian of MI5)
• Professor Len Scott (CIISS, Aberystwyth University)
• Dr. Michael S. Goodman (King's College London, Official Historian of the UK JIC)
• H. Keith Melton (Intelligence specialist)
• Professor Don Munton (University of Northern British Columbia)
Book now to avoid disappointment! (http://www.wales.ac.uk/en/UniversityConferenceCentre/GregynogHall.aspx)
Gold Pass CMC2012: Full-board and Conference Fee (including Conference Dinner and Wine receptions): £325 all inclusive
In order to be considered as a presenter please provide a 300 word abstract and your institutional affiliation to: David Gioe (email@example.com) Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge.
Please return all booking forms to: Dr. Kris Stoddart (firstname.lastname@example.org) Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies, Aberystwyth University
For further information please e-mail email@example.com or David Gioe, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge
Saturday, 3 November 2012, noon - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - "Briefing Candidates and Presidents Elects" the topic at the AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter meeting
Dennis Bowden, former CIA analyst and Managing
Editor of the President’s Daily Brief will discuss "Mutual
Introductions: Briefing Candidates and Presidents Elects."
Where: At the Eau Gallie Yacht Club.
To RSVP or for more information contact Donna Czarnecki, email@example.com.
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