AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #43-12 dated 13 November 2012

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Documentaries, Obituaries and Coming Events

Documentaries

Obituaries

Coming Educational Events

Current Calendar New and/or Next Two Months ONLY

 

Friday, 7 December 2012
9:30 am - 2 pm

A special end-of-year AFIO program featuring a documentary and
how the CIA Counterintelligence Pros uncovered Aldrich Ames.
Note earlier starting time.

Colby Documentary

Morning Program: Documentary Screening and Q&A
on the Life and Career of former DCI William Colby
with Carl Colby, Director/Producer

Circle of Treason

Afternoon Program: The Internal CIA/IC Hunt and Unmasking
of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames

with Sandy Grimes
one of the CIA principals behind the dogged search and unmasking of the spy in their midst.

All parts of the program are on the record.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Tysons Corner, VA

Register early.

More information on the program is here.

Complete Registration Form Here


SPYPEDIA Updates as of November 9 - if you are not a subscriber, this is what you are missing:

The second installment in a series of monthly briefings on Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cybersecurity (G-TEC) for November has been added to Spypedia "Downloadable Presentations: Self-Guided" page. The presentation can be downloaded and viewed in both pdf and ppt formats.
In counterintelligence news this past week, Bradley Manning's attorney revealed Wednesday in a plea notice that Manning will not plead guilty to the offenses charged by the government, rather he would accept responsibility and acknowledge a WikiLeaks role for less serious offenses that are encapsulated within the criminal charges. In Germany, Russian spy couple Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag are scheduled to face trial in January 2013. A historic case file has also been added for British-Indian SOE operative Noor Inayat KHAN who was executed by the Gestapo on 13 September 1944.

On the counterterrorism front, the filmmaker of "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam film that sparked riots throughout the Muslim world, has been sentenced to a year in prison for violating his parole and a new terrorism group profile has been added for Peruvian Maoist terror group, Shining Path.

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-Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre)

 

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Amid Upheaval, Obama Loses 'Source of Stability'. President Obama has begun searching for a new Central Intelligence Agency director at what many administration officials say is an especially awkward time: in the midst of investigations about the killing of the American ambassador in Benghazi, Libya; at a crucial moment in the covert war against Iran; and just as the administration is considering a more active role in Syria. 

In each of those arenas, David H. Petraeus, who resigned on Friday because of an extramarital affair with the author of a [now understandably] highly flattering book about his military career, provided Mr. Obama with both experience and political cover. A hero among Republicans for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan - and his occasional public disagreements with the president over troop withdrawals - Mr. Petraeus had just returned from a long trip to Libya and the Middle East when news of the scandal broke.

The trip was a reminder, one senior administration official said on Sunday, of the depth of the relationships the retired general had nurtured throughout a long military career in the region, which Mr. Obama was relying on.

"He's pretty critical to everything we've got on the table," the official said. "At a moment when there is about to be a lot of turnover, Petraeus was going to be a source of stability."

Even before Mr. Petraeus's arrival at the intelligence agency, where he redecorated the director's suite with guns and other memorabilia from his days in Iraq and Afghanistan, the CIA's influence in Washington was growing considerably. [Read more: Sanger/NYTimes/11November2012]

David Petraeus's Security Clearance Could be on the Line. David Petraeus's abrupt exit as director of the Central Intelligence Agency could cost him more than just his once-impeccable reputation: his security clearance.

National security experts and observers said Monday that depending on the outcome of the administrative processes involved with his resignation, Petraeus could temporarily - or permanently - lose the high-level security clearance that once granted him access to much of the nation's most secret information.

Evan Lesser, founder and managing director of ClearanceJobs.com, a specialized jobs board that connects cleared workers with job openings, told POLITICO that two sections in the federal guidelines about security clearances seemed to play a role in this case.

"One is sexual behavior that causes an individual to be susceptible to coercion, one is sexual behavior of a public nature that reflects lack of discretion or judgment," Lesser said. "I think the potential for both of those is fairly high - I would not doubt that one of the reasons he resigned is he's likely to lose his security clearance." [Read more: Ewing/Politico/12November2012]

Author Can Sue Pentagon Censors. Longtime Defense Intelligence Agency officer Anthony Shaffer has standing to sue the Pentagon and CIA for censoring his best-selling book "Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan and the Path to Victory," a federal judge ruled.

In his 2010 complaint, Shaffer claimed the spy agencies blacked out material from 250 pages of his 320-page book, which offers "a direct, detailed eyewitness account of the 2003 'tipping-point' of the war in Afghanistan and provides an unemotional examination of the events and decisions where mistakes were made in strategy."

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer denied the government's argument that because he sold the book to his publisher Shaffer lacks standing.

"Mr. Shaffer has standing because he maintains rights to publish an unredacted version of his book and, if the redactions are overbroad, to otherwise 'publish' the non-classified information in his book," the judge ruled.

Shaffer says he cleared his book with the Army Reserves before publication. He claims he and his ghost writer relied on unclassified documents, but DIA, CIA and Pentagon officials swooped in after 10,000 copies of the book had been printed, and demanded that 250 pages be redacted. The agencies paid his publisher $50,000 to destroy the unredacted copies.

Among the material that the agencies demanded be suppressed is the nickname for the NSA - "The Fort" - and the location of the CIA's Camp Peary training facility in Virginia. [Read more: Abbott/CourthouseNews/13November2012]

Mexico: 14 Police are Charged in Attack on CIA Agents. After more than two months of investigation, on Nov. 9 Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) confirmed that it was formally charging 14 federal police agents for an Aug. 24 attack on a US embassy van on a road near the Tres Marías community, south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. The agents claimed they mistook the van's occupants - two agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a Mexican marine - for members of a gang connected to a local kidnapping. The two CIA agents were wounded in the incident.

The PGR charged that the 14 Mexican police agents "tried to take the lives" of the three men in the embassy vehicle. [Read more: WeeklyNewsUpdate/11November2012]

Report: John Kerry Considered for DOD. If President Barack Obama asked John Kerry to become secretary of defense for his second term, he would bring a seasoned foreign policy hand into the Cabinet but a major question mark into the Pentagon.

According to a Washington Post report late Monday, Obama "is considering asking" Kerry, the senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts, to take the reins at the Pentagon. It would be part of "an extensive rearrangement of his national security team," also driven by the need to replace David Petraeus as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Post said.

The New York Times, meanwhile, reported on Monday that Kerry remains a "front-runner" to take over the State Department.

The White House declined to comment on the stories. Kerry's spokeswoman, Jodi Seth, repeated to POLITICO the comment she gave the Post: "Senator Kerry's only focus right now is his job as senior senator from Massachusetts and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee."

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has widely been seen as a potential contender to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she leaves the administration, but Post reporters Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller wrote that her job is saved for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Instead, the Post's story said Obama might ask Kerry to replace Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who is not expected to remain at the Pentagon much longer. Panetta is 74 and commutes home to California every weekend; few defense insiders believe he'll stay past the spring or summer of 2013. [Read more: Ewing/Politico/13November2012]

Jordan Sentences Ex-Spy Chief to 13 Years Jail over Graft. Jordan's former spy chief, once one of the country's most feared and powerful officials, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Sunday in the first high-profile case from an anti-corruption crackdown driven by popular protests.

Retired General Mohammad al-Dahabi, who ran the country's intelligence agency from 2005 to 2009, was found guilty of money laundering, embezzlement and abuse of power, and was ordered to return $30 million.

It was the first time a member of the political elite had been tried and jailed in a country where accusations of corruption are widespread and the security service wields huge power.

Dahabi's arrest last February and his trial which began in Amman a few months later were the most dramatic steps in an anti-graft campaign heralded as the largest ever in Jordan. [Read more: Reuters/11November2012]

British Citizen Implicated In CIA's Worst Loss Of Life Of Afghan War's History. A video released by the Pakistan Taliban claims that a British extremist was one of the masterminds behind a devastating suicide attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan.

"Umar the British martyr" is identified in the 30-minute propaganda film, which pays tribute to extremists who have given their lives in attacks on Western or Pakistani forces.

It claims the Briton was a co-conspirator in an attack carried out by a Jordanian triple agent, Abu Dujana, on a US base in Khost, Afghanistan, three years ago.

He had been sent by the CIA and the Jordanian intelligence service to infiltrate al-Qaeda in Pakistan's tribal region but detonated a vest crammed with explosives when he arrived at Camp Chapman for a debriefing, killing the station chief, Jennifer Matthews, six other American personnel and his Jordanian handler.

The video, obtained by The Sunday Times(£), is the first time a Briton has been named in connection with the attack.

"Umar, with his accomplice Amir Hakimullah, entirely planned the suicide attack which Dr Abu Dujana undertook against the American CIA station in Khost," says an Urdu voice-over set to images of Umar's face.

Umar, whose full name is not given, is filmed sitting with Abu Dujana. [Read more: Crilly/TheTelegraph/12November2012]

Russia Paroles Scientist Jailed under Putin for Spying. A Russian court on Tuesday paroled a physicist convicted in 2004 of spying for China, a case rights activists said was an example of Vladimir Putin's use of the courts against opponents.

Rights campaigners welcomed the three-year reduction of Valentin Danilov's 14-year sentence but said it did not signal the president would halt what they say is the Kremlin's practice of using the judiciary to stifle dissent.

In his 60s, Danilov is expected to be freed in 10 days. He watched the hearing from his prison in Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region by videolink.

"I think he was quite shocked when he heard the opinion of the prosecutor who...supported the appeal (for early release)," his lawyer Yelena Yevmenova said on NTV television.

He and other scientists had said the satellite technology data he passed to China more than a decade ago was declassified and that the case was politically motivated.

The Kremlin has denied influencing the courts and says it is wrong to describe the treatment of Putin's opponents as a clampdown on dissent. [Read more: Baczynska/Reuters/13November2012]

Fort Meade: Building a Team of Elite Cyber Professionals. Twenty-nine soldiers in the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, Army Intelligence and Security Command raised their hands and recited the Army Oath of Re-enlistment during a formal ceremony held Oct. 26 at the Pentagon.

The ceremony was led by Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, commanding general, Army Cyber Command.

While all re-enlistment ceremonies are unique and impactful to the personnel involved and the families and units supporting them, this re-enlistment was noteworthy for the ranks of the Army Cyber community.

Two years after the activation of ARCYBER, and one year after the activation of the 780th MI Brigade, the Army established its first cyber specific military occupational specialty - the Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist.

Twenty of the re-enlistees were CNWS, committed to continue serving the cyber community.

Lt. Gen. Mary A. Legere, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, said in a speech on Oct. 23 to the Association of the Army’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., that it takes about five years of training to become one of the Army’s best cyber operators. CNWS soldiers must possess a unique combination of technical computer knowledge, operational capabilities and analytical skills.

"Growing the Army’s Computer Network Operations expertise remains an Army priority," Legere wrote in a November 2011 memo as the INSCOM commanding general last year.

Hernandez also addressed the significance of the new cyber specialist as he reflected on the activation of the Army Cyber Command. [Read more: CapitalGazette/13November/2012]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

James Bond Reality Check: How Former Spies See 007. News flash: James Bond films are unrealistic.

Apologies to anyone who thought real spies regularly jumped from trains or felled villains with poison-tipped umbrellas.

However, there are some surprising similarities between the life of a real secret agent and the fictional MI6 hero.

In anticipation of this week's opening of Skyfall, the Star asked former CIA case officers (the official term for secret agent) to separate fact from fiction in the 007 franchise. Here's what they said:

Fiction: License to kill

The job of a spy is to gather information, not to carry out assassinations.

"A secret agent in a three-piece suit carrying a PPK under his left armpit and walking up to an adversary and pumping him in the brain - they don't do that at all," said Fred Rustmann, who worked as a CIA case officer for 24 years.

CIA case officers do face danger and carry guns for protection, but there is no such thing as a "license to kill." Rack up a body count like Bond, who has killed 352 people in 22 films, and you might be in trouble. [Read more: Kane/TheStar/6November2012]

Spy Tales Keep it Real by Living in the '70s. Duplicity is a regulation theme in books and films about spying, but the trend within the espionage genre couldn't be any clearer: it's heading back to the 1970s. This year began with Tomas Alfredson's masterfully exacting adaptation of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a film that dwells within an MI6 mole hunt in 1974 London, and now audiences are flocking to Argo, Ben Affleck's thriller about a covert 1979 CIA mission in Iran.

Even Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan has ventured into the greying past. The protagonist of his recent novel Sweet Tooth, a Cambridge graduate named Serena Frome, is recruited by MI5 in the early 1970s and eventually put to work on the far margins of the Cold War grooming a young writer for intellectual combat. She's the spy who can barely come in from the cold, struggling with her meagre salary to afford the cost of heating.

What these works, particularly the movies, represent is dissatisfaction with depictions of contemporary espionage. The modern spy film has become a shrine to technology, with ever larger situation rooms where gifted character actors bark commands at underlings to pull up surveillance cameras and personal files. This covert world is remote and depersonalised, where the sifting of data is essential but endless. [Read more: Mathieson/TheAge/8November2012]

Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Who Is Michael Morell? Once again placed in the awkward role of replacing a boss who was forced to resign abruptly, newly-minted Acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell is well suited to getting Langley back to normal. Within a day of the fall of former Gen. David Petraeus over his relationship with an Army historian whose embedment with the General's unit apparently led to her embedment with the man himself, President Barack Obama moved to ensure stability at CIA. Morell, a thirty-year man at the Agency, served a stint as acting director last year, and his will be one of several names considered by Obama for the permanent job.

Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on September 4, 1958, Michael Morell is the son of Joseph S. Morell, who worked as a tool-and-die designer for Chrysler Motors, and Irene (Harangozo) Morell. Morell graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1976, earned a B.A. in Economics at the University of Akron in 1980 and an M.A. in Economics at Georgetown University in 1984.

Morell joined the CIA in 1980, although when he traveled to Washington for his job interview he had no intention of doing so. "I had every intention of going to grad school and getting a Ph.D. in economics and teaching," Morell explained in 2006, leading him to treat the interview as no more than a free trip to the nation's capital. He was offered a job and took it. [Read more: Bewig/AllGov/13November2012]

When a CIA Director Had Scores of Affairs. Walking through the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., after handing in his resignation on Friday, David H. Petraeus passed a bas-relief sculpture of Allen Dulles, who led the agency in the 1950s and early '60s. Below it is the motto, "His Monument Is Around Us." 

Both men ran the C.I.A. during some of its most active years, Dulles during the early cold war and Mr. Petraeus during the era of drone strikes and counterinsurgency operations. And both, it turns out, had high-profile extramarital affairs.

But private life for a C.I.A. director today is apparently quite different from what it was in the Dulles era. Mr. Petraeus resigned after admitting to a single affair; Allen Dulles had, as his sister, Eleanor, wrote later, "at least a hundred."

Indeed, the contrast between Dulles's story and that of Mr. Petraeus reflects how fully the life of public servants has changed in the United States.

Dulles ran the agency from 1953 to 1961, and he had a profound effect on America's role in the cold war. Together with his brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, he exercised enormous power and helped overthrow governments from Iran to Guatemala to Congo.

He was also a serial adulterer. [Read more: [Kinzer/NYTimes/10November2012]

Tough Choice for Obama on Petraeus' Successor. In choosing a new CIA director to replace David Petraeus, President Barack Obama has a range of well-qualified candidates to choose from, although some of the most qualified were in management roles at the CIA when controversial interrogation techniques were used by agency interrogators questioning al Qaeda prisoners and the CIA was maintaining secret prisons overseas to detain members of al Qaeda.

Michael Morell, a three-decade veteran of the CIA, is now the acting director of the agency and a leading contender to become the next director of central intelligence.

As a candidate for the permanent job, Morell has all the advantages and disadvantages of someone who has been instrumental in recent successes at the CIA such as tracking down Osama bin Laden. But he was also executive assistant to CIA Director George Tenet in the George W. Bush years when the agency waterboarded three detainees and also imprisoned a larger number in the secret prisons overseas where they were subjected to other coercive interrogation techniques.

Any confirmation hearing for Morell would run the risk of a public discussion of the efficacy and ethics of such controversial practices. And there would also be the risk that such a hearing might open up the Pandora's box of the CIA's many failures that led to the fiasco of the deeply flawed assessment that Saddam Hussein was building up his weapons of mass destruction program in the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003.

There is also the current controversy about why the intelligence committees in Congress were informed only on Friday about the FBI investigation into Petraeus. Morell and the FBI's deputy director, Sean Joyce, are scheduled to meet with members of the intelligence committees Wednesday to discuss the matter.

In contrast to Morell, other potential candidates for the director's job at CIA, such as former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman or Michael Vickers, the top intelligence official at the Pentagon, were not working at the CIA when coercive measures were used on al Qaeda detainees. [Read more: Bergen/CNN/13November2012]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Petraeus's Sudden Resignation. A few thoughts on the resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director: Few American leaders had a stronger reputation for integrity and honor, so the reason he cited for his departure - an extramarital affair - comes as a shock to the nation and to those who know him best.

Petraeus will go down in American history as one of its greatest generals. He turned around an increasingly disastrous situation in Iraq, despite tremendous criticism from war skeptics here at home. The work that he did there no doubt saved American and Iraqi lives and provided the Obama administration an opportunity to leave Iraq a reasonably stable country.

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency cannot carry on a secret affair and continue to hold that position. Friends and associates of Petraeus are telling reporters to take the stated reason for his resignation at "face value," citing his reputation for integrity. And there's little question that Petraeus, through a long and storied career in service to the country, has earned the benefit of the doubt. But it's also true that the timing of his departure will inevitably raise questions. [Read more: Hayes/TheWeeklyStandard/9November2012]

The Asymmetrical Threat of E-Mail Doomed Petraeus. The resignation of David Petraeus as director of central intelligence - prompted, you may have heard, by the discovery, via an e-mail trail, of an extramarital affair that possibly posed a security risk - leads to a cascade of concerns.

Leaving aside questions of morality, which would only lead to foolhardy and empty pronouncements, it's fair to ask who will take the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency, which seemed to flourish under Petraeus's leadership. What does this mean for the unending struggle against Islamic fundamentalism, the investigations into the Libyan attacks, Iran's blossoming nuclear program, and a host of other issues crowding the agency's plate? How did the FBI investigation that unearthed the whole thing unfold, and did the bureau overstep its boundaries while at the same time under-informing its overseers?

Perhaps most vexing of all, why oh why, decades into the popular e-mail experience, did one of the smartest men in the country, a master of intelligence and spycraft, a leader who recast the entire Iraq strategy and who ran the agency that helped track down Osama bin Laden and oversaw large parts of what seems to have been our first cyberwar, why on earth did he think his romantic e-mails could remain secret?

What is it that we still don't understand about e-mail? Why do even people versed in encryption, worms and firewalls, people who do their reading in Scifs and have their iPads wiped clean after visiting Asia for fear of insidious Chinese computer viruses, lull themselves into believing that e-mail is a safe place to carry on relationships or have conversations or, really, do anything they would prefer to keep secret? [Read more: Bloomberg/12November2012]

Myopia: How Counter-Terrorism Has Blinded Our Intelligence Community. In the last 24 months, unpredictable events have caught U.S. policymakers by surprise: the "Arab Spring" movement in 2011 and the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. In the wake of both surprises, many in Congress and the public have been wondering: why didn't we see this coming?

Over the last decade of counterterrorism operations, the U.S. intelligence community (IC) has undergone a remarkable transformation. A relatively modest part of the national security community before the 9/11 attacks, by 2010 the IC had swelled to encompass nearly a million people largely focused on prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the global counterterrorism mission.

In their landmark 2010 series, the Washington Post reported that the IC "has become so large, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."

While the sheer size of the IC is staggering - the 2013 budget for intelligence activities tops $75 billion - its mission is also of serious concern. Large areas of the IC have move away from their traditional role of analyzing a broad range of current events for policymakers and toward supporting the global counterterrorism mission. News stories about this shift suggest the counterterrorism mission has become the overarching concern of the national security staff.

This shift in focus can create blind spots that pose unique challenges for the president. If branch chiefs and the policymakers they support value "exploitable" information over deep understanding, they might be ignoring potentially vital information that doesn't seem immediately of interest. [Read more: Foust/TheAtlantic/13November2012]

Get Petraeus Back to Work. The story is told of the French diplomat in the bad days of the Cold War who was approached by a Soviet agent and shown pictures of himself having sex with a woman most definitely not his wife. This is called the "honey trap" and it is used by intelligence services to extort information by threat of blackmail. At any rate, our Frenchman nonchalantly put on his glasses and peered at the pictures. He pointed to one and then another. "I'll take this one and that one and, yes, that one, too." The shocked KGB agent turned on his heels and left. A Frenchman cannot be blackmailed on account of sex.

Oddly enough, David Petraeus is now in the position of that Frenchman. His dalliance with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, is known to everyone on the planet, including yak herders in places I cannot spell. His personal computer's hard drive has been ransacked by the FBI and possibly by his own CIA. Salacious tidbits have been leaked to us, the reading public, and we can only imagine what has been whispered in the corridors of the FBI. Another person's sexual passion is always funny.

I have a glancing familiarity with Petraeus. I found him frank and personable - not at all what I expected. I have long maintained that a man of 60 who has no body fat is not to be trusted - but I found Petraeus to be the exception, a rebuff to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. ("Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.") Alas for Petraeus, he did not think enough. Such men are fools.

This thing with sex, this American obsession and its concurrent hypocrisy, has gone far enough. [Read more: Cohen/WashingtonPost/12November2012]

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008. In September, the House of Representatives passed the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), which made key updates to the authorities granted to U.S. intelligence under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Reauthorization of the bill, which expires at the end of this year, has yet to be taken up by the Senate. Following the attention brought to the FAA by the Clapper v. Amnesty International USA case before the Supreme Court, the measure is now left to be considered by the Senate during the lame-duck session.

The Senate should prevent the FAA from expiring during the lame-duck session to ensure that U.S. counterterrorism officials have the tools they need to keep America safe.

Significant advances in technology have occurred since the passage of FISA in 1978. The FAA serves to bring surveillance capabilities in line with these advancements, all while protecting the rights of American citizens and preventing abuse. When Congress returns during its lame-duck session, the Senate should ensure that the FAA is not allowed to expire. Fighting 21st-century terrorism requires that U.S. intelligence possess 21st-century tools. [Read more: Malcolm&Zuckerman/TheHeritageFoundation/13November2012]


Section IV - Documentaries, Obituaries and Coming Events


Documentaries

Documentary: Israeli Intel Agency Tried To Kill Saddam Hussein With Book Bomb. A new documentary reveals that an Israeli intelligence agency tried to kill former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with an exploding book.

"Sealed Lips," Israel's Channel 1 TV documentary reports the Mossad tried to assassinate Hussein in the 1970s by hiding a bomb in a book.

According to The Times of Israel, Brigadier Gen. Tzuri Sagi used a demolitions expert named "Natan" to plant the bomb in the book. The book was delivered to Hussein, but he never opened it and it ended up killing a top-ranking Iraqi official.

Israel also reportedly tried to take out Hussein in 1992 and 1999. [Read more: CBS/13November2012]


Obituaries

Eileen Whelpley Gould. A gorgeous, gregarious and gracious lady, Eileen Whelpley Gould, died peacefully with her family at her side on November 3, 2012.

Eileen was born in Wilmington, NC and spent her youth between Wrightsville Beach, NC and Charleston, SC. After attending Ashley Hall in Charleston, and enjoying life as a southern belle, she joined the Navy in 1942.

Soon she was contacted by Wild Bill Donovan of the OSS who asked, "Are you absolutely crazy?" And her affirmative answer assured her admission was solidified. Eileen parachuted into occupied France and completed covert operations behind enemy lines for the precursor to the CIA.

After WWII, Eileen met a dashing young Marine fighter pilot, Charlie Gould, and lived through out the country but never more than a couple of hours from her beloved oceans, both Atlantic and Pacific. Eileen's early forties brought many happy changes; Charlie's retirement as a Colonel, their move to Washington DC where Charlie became a Deputy Director of NASA, and the birth of her only child, Amoret. Eileen was the ultimate DC hostess, and enthusiastic volunteer at her daughter's school, Maret.

Eileen and Charlie moved to Indialantic in the 70′s and she continued working for causes dear to her heart; beautification, the humane treatment of animals and a vigorous involvement with her fellow former intelligence officers in AFIO serving many volunteer positions.

Eileen is survived by her daughter, Amoret, her son in law, Jim, two grandchildren, Spencer and Sloane all of Atlanta, and her nephew, Alan of Indian Harbour Beach. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Charles, and her beloved brother, Donald. Eileen lived her life with gusto and will be remembered for her humorous stories, quick smile and generous heart. A service to celebrate Eileen's magnificent life will be announced at a later time.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of South Brevard, a no kill shelter, located at 2600 Otter Creek Lane, Melbourne, FL 32940. [SpaceCoastDaily/10November2012]


Coming Educational Events

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

MANY Spy Museum Events in October, November, 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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 11:30am – 1:30pm - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO Arizona Chapter luncheon features FR. Gregory Rice, MHM "A Perspective on cultural and political landscapes of the Middle East and Southwest Asia"

Fr. Gregory Rice has had a unique perspective, from working in the NSA related community to returning as a missionary priest to the same region. Fr. Rice brings first hand experiences so others can understand the region that is an on-going hot bed in the global war on terrorism.
Fr. Rice has been a regular lecturer on the Islamic Middle East and Southwest Asia before educational and professional groups. His talk before AFIO will focus on the cultural and political landscape from the perspective of one who has lived for a third of a century in the midst of the people he has been working with. This is flavored with his background of having been on assignment to Pakistan with the Air Force Security Service (cryptology associated work).
He has comprehensive, first hand experience on the region and its people. Fr. Rice is knowledgable in two of the languages of the region, and fluent in one. Fr. Rice is currently assigned with the Native American Ministry for the Diocese of Phoenix. McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
WE WILL NEED FOR EVERY MEETING an RSVP NO LATER than 72 hours ahead of time. If you do not show up for the lunch meeting and have not cancelled 48 hours prior, please send your check to Simone – you will be charged for the lunch.
Meeting fees are as follows: $20.00 for AFIO AZ Members; $22.00 for Guests.
For reservations or questions, please email Simone: simone@afioaz.org or simone@4smartphone.net. To call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016

Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 1145 - 1300hrs - Albuquerque, NM - AFIO New Mexico November Meeting features Tim Roberts

Speaker: Tim Roberts, Dept. of the Air Force Civilian. Timothy D. Roberts is, as the lead paragraph of his biography says, "… the lead instructor for Security Forces Ground Combat Readiness and Airman Expeditionary Combat Skills Training for the 377th Security Forces Group, and installation deployers, Kirtland AFB, NM." That rather sparse statement does not, however, begin to do justice to his long and varied career, including with Army Special Forces. He has considerable background in fields we're all familiar with, and remains active today, not only in his position at Kirtland AFB, but as a reservist with the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, NC. I think it's fair to say the Chapter is in for another very informative and interesting presentation. I have asked our webmaster, Sam Shaw, to post Mr. Roberts' full bio on the website.
Location: "The Egg & I" at 6909 Menaul Blvd NE (just East of Louisiana)
Sign in and order lunch at 1100 Hrs - Call to Order NLT 1145 Hrs - Adjourn at 1300
Registration or inquiries to: foreigndevil@yahoo.com

Wednesday 14 November 2012, 4 - 5:30 pm - Washington, DC - Foreign Affairs Symposium at the Institute of World Politics

Panel and Topics: "The American Worldview" with Prof. John J. Tierney, Jr.; "Geopolitics of the Moment" with Prof. Joseph Wood; "Russia, Central Europe, and the Intermarium" with Prof. Marek Chodakiewicz; and "China and the U.S." with Prof. Ross Munro. The panel will be followed by a reception.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED: email kbridges@iwp.edu and you must have emailed confirmation to attend. Bring confirmation with you.
Important note: Attendance at all IWP events requires advance registration. In addition, prospective attendees must receive an e-mail confirmation from IWP indicating that seating will be available for them at the event. A government-issued ID that matches your name on the confirmed attendee list must be presented at the door for admission to any event.

Thursday, 15 November 2012, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - "The Battle of Ia Drang Valley" by Dan Arant, formerly with Office of Naval Intelligence - at Returned & Services League of Australia Monthly Meeting

Dan Arant received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Colorado. During college, he was in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Upon graduation, he served on active duty with the U.S. Navy, to include a year (1968) in Viet Nam with the U.S. Naval Advisory Group.
After leaving active duty, Dan was employed as a civilian with the Office of Naval Intelligence and also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He retired from both.
Dan has been a volunteer with the U.S. National Park Service for over nineteen years. He volunteers at the WW II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial. In 2010, he received the U.S. Department of the Interior Take Pride In America National Award for an individual.
Dan has returned to Viet Nam eight times since 1968 either on his own or as a volunteer teaching English In Schools The Me Cong Delta And Ha Noi.
Where –Amenities room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts, Ave., Washington, DC 20036
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual Photo ID essential for entry
RSVP by noon on November 14 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com
Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW.

17 November 1012, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "The American Way of Counterintelligence" featuring Paul Redmond, former CIA CI Officer.

Paul Redmond, former chief of CIA's highest counterintelligence post, will address AFIO's Maine Chapter. Redmond is an internationally recognized authority on security, counterespionage, and counterintelligence working with NATO and foreign intelligence chiefs worldwide. He served in CIA's clandestine service from 1965 to 1997 and was instrumental in the apprehension of Aldrich Ames and worked on damage assessment of the Hanssen and Parlor Maid spy cases.
Since his retirement, he has been a consultant to the House Permanent Select Committee on Inelligence, the Department of Energy, CIA, and commercial intelligence.
Location: Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane St, Kennebunk, ME. Event is open to the public. For information call 207-967-4298.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012, noon – Washington, DC - Author presentation: "The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I" at the International Spy Museum

In January 1917, British naval intelligence intercepted what became the most important telegram in all of American history. It was a daring proposition from Germany's foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, offering German support to Mexico for regaining Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in exchange for a Mexican attack on America. Five weeks later, America entered World War I. Former SPY historian Thomas Boghardt returns to talk about his remarkable new account of the Zimmerman Telegram. He has tapped fresh sources to provide the definitive account of the origins and impact of this German scheme. Boghardt also corrects longstanding misunderstandings about how the telegram was sent and enciphered and provides a new account of how British intelligence was able to decipher it.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. Free!  No registration required. TICKETS: Free No registration required! For further information or directions visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC – "Bond Villains: The Reality Behind The Evil" at the International Spy Museum

"Goodbye, Mr. Bond!" – Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger (1964)

What makes James Bond, codename 007, the greatest secret agent ever?  Is it because he can fly airplanes, even space shuttles, drive fast cars, and defuse missiles with seconds to spare all while seducing ladies and maintaining his cool?  Or is it because he has matched his skills against, and defeated, some of the most despicable and extraordinary villains ever imagined?  For over fifty years, James Bond villains have fascinated us with their shocking schemes, lavish lairs, and horrid henchmen.  Yet, these evil geniuses have also evolved.  From the crazed scientist Dr. No in 1962, to the mysterious Raoul Silva in this year's Skyfall, Bond villains have reflected changing public fears and anxieties.  Join intelligence historians, Dr. Alexis Albion, Dr Christopher Moran, and Dr. Mark Stout, as they revisit the Cold War and its aftermath to explore the connections between Bond villains and the era in which they first wowed audiences.  Delving into espionage history, and illuminating the remarkable overlap between spy fact and spy fiction, the speakers will detail the real-life role models for these dastardly evil-doers.  Moreover, they will consider to what extent Bond's adventures have mirrored, or responded to, developments in the real world of intelligence.

Tickets:  $9. TICKETS and for further information or directions visit www.spymuseum.org

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 11:30 - Englewood, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts joint meeting with FBI's InfraGard.

Speaker will be Major General H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General, Colorado. This is a joint meeting of the AFIO and Denver InfraGard. To be held at Centennial Airport the week after Thanksgiving. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Tom VanWormer at robsmom@pcisys.net. The lunch will cost $12.00. You can pay at the door.

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC – "Secrecy and the State: US, UK, and You" at the International Spy Museum

"Secrecy and deception will always create problems in a free society."  Roger Hilsman, Former State Department intelligence chief, 1967.

What level of government secrecy is warranted?  What level is overkill?  Are decisions hard and fast or arbitrary?  With the deluge of information revealed by Wikileaks, the parameters of state secrecy have been brought into clearer focus.  This panel of experts will explore secrecy on both sides of the Atlantic detailing the tensions between secret keepers, whistleblowers, and ordinary citizens.  Join Dr. Christopher Moran, Warwick University, author of Classified:  Secrecy and State in Modern Britain, a fascinating account of the British state's long obsession with secrecy and the ways it sought to prevent information about its cover activities from entering the public domain; John Heley, former CIA officer and editor of the President's Daily Brief, who has been directly involved in providing current intelligence for eight presidents; and Steven Aftergood, director of the American Federation of Scientists and a prominent critic of U.S. government secrecy policy.

Tickets:  $9. TICKETS and for further information or directions visit www.spymuseum.org 

Monday, 3 December 2012, 5:30 pm - 8 pm - New York, NY - AFIO New York Chapter Meeting Features ESPIONAGE IN GOTHAM

Speaker: Bob Wallace - CIA 32 years, retired. Author Topic: "Two Centuries of Espionage in Gotham" (based on new book: Spy Sites in New York City). Book reveals NYC as a city of mystery, adventure and intrigue - a hub of espionage - nearly 200 sites where spies lived, plotted and operated. Location: "Society of Illustrators" 128 East 63rd Street (between Park & Lexington).
5:30 PM Registration 6:00 PM Meeting Start. Cost: $45/person. Cash or check at the door only. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Reservations: Strongly suggested, not required. 646-717-3776 or email: afiometro@gmail.com

6 December 2012, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Dr. Roger Canfield, former Executive Director, U.S. Intelligence Council [a private nonprofit 501(c)4 association].

11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 - 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). Dr. Roger Canfield, former Executive Director of the U.S. Intelligence Council [a private nonprofit 501(c)4 association] speaks on "What Did the CIA Really Know About the Antiwar Movement in Vietnam: Are We Doing Better Against Political Influence Operations by Al-Qa’ida and China Today?"
E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at afiosf@aol.com and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35.

Friday, 7 December 2012, 09:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO WINTER Luncheon - Film Screening on DCI William Colby; Presentation on The Internal IC Hunt and Unmasking of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames

Place on your calendar. A very special day. In the a.m. we will have an introduction and screening of Carl Colby's [Jedburgh Films] acclaimed - controversial to some - documentary: THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby. Please note: Event is starting one hour earlier than usual. Film and Q&A starts at 10 am, concludes at noon. 3 course luncheon. 1 p.m. speaker will be Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, two former CIA officials [26 yrs and 38 yrs, respectively] - the principals behind the dogged search and unmasking of the spy in their midst, described in their just released book: Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed.

7 December 2012, 9am - 3pm - Jersey City, NJ - New Jersey City University hosts 71st Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor! - 2nd Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium on "Creating Actionable Intelligence and Using Analytical Techniques"

In concert with launching the inaugural doctoral degree program in Civil [Homeland] Security, NJCU will be hosting this second regional symposium following NJCU's designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in 2009 by the DHS and the NSA. CPEs and limited vendor tables will be available. The one-day conference costs is $65. Legacy and Corporate sponsorships are being pursued as well. The venue for the conference has changed and will now be NJCU's main campus in Jersey City which is easily accessible via car or public transportation. Directions are here.
Confirmed speakers are: Greg Ehrie - ASAC, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newark, NJ, presenting on behalf of Robert S. Muller, III - the Director of the FBI. He is one of five Assistant Special Agents in Charge (ASAC) at the Newark Office of the FBI. Greg is responsible for the Office's Intelligence programs and will be talking about the importance of actionable Intelligence and the analytical work that his analysts perform on a daily basis.
Ed Dickson - Director NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, appointed in February 2012 by Governor Chris Christie to serve as the Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). He will be speaking about his office and role in New Jersey's Homeland Security and preparedness.
Eduard J. Emde, CPP President, ASIS – International, principal consultant for BMKISS Europe, an independent security support organization based in the Netherlands. Emde has more than 20-years' experience in security and security risk management. He will be speaking about the future of the Security profession.
"Rosie" Rosenberg - Commanding general and participants of "The Bus" (Hexagon) mission. Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) Robert A. "Rosie" Rosenberg serves as Keynote and panel facilitator. He Chairs GPS, Space Technology and Air Force Research Lab Boards. He will be joined with his colleagues for a panel discussion on the recently declassified Hexagon mission: the above speakers, Phil Datema, R. Evans Hineman, and Mike Ferrara. See this link.
For additional details contact (201) 200-2275 or email our Department Secretary, Denise Melendez at: dmelendez@njcu.edu
A registration form is available here.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 5:30 pm - Las Vegas, NV - AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hosts Debra Gauthier on book highlighting career/challenges of female law enforcement officers

Our featured speaker for the evening will be: Debra Gauthier, on her recently released book, Bright Lights, Dark Places which highlights her career and the challenges she faced pioneering as one of the first female officers on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Ms. Gauthier has been a native Las Vegan since 1963 and is the oldest of four siblings. She will be sharing from a chapter of her book entitled, "What Have I Gotten Myself Into!"
Ms. Gauthier's book "Bright Lights, Dark Places" will be on display and available for purchase before the meeting and during the breaks and she will be happy to autograph it for you.

Place: The Officers' Club at Nellis Air Force Base. All guests must use the MAIN GATE, located at the intersection of Craig Road and Las Vegas Blvd. 5871 Fitzgerald Blvd., Nellis AFB, NV 89191 Phone: 702-644-2582.
Normally, we all meet at the Robin's Roost at the O'Club for food and drink before our AFIO meeting but because we are having our holiday dinner and we will be meeting in the A-Room of the O'Club, a no-host bar, located adjacent to the A-Room will be in operation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for your convenience. Please purchase your cocktails at the A-Room bar instead of the Robin's Roost.
If you have provided your name, date of birth and either a drivers' license number or a social security number, your name will be at the guarded main gate at the entrance of Nellis Air Force Base. If not, please provide this information to me by November 27, 2012, or you will not be admitted. If you currently have adequate base access, you do not need to provide this information.
Dinner: A holiday dinner buffet will be served beginning at 5:30p.m.
Please Note: If your dues are in good standing for the current calendar year, the holiday dinner will be free of charge. If your dues are not currently in good standing or for any guest attending the meeting, there will be a $20.00 charge for the dinner. Please feel free to bring your spouse and/or guest(s) to dinner as well as our meeting, but remember to submit your guest(s) names, date of birth and either drivers license number or social security numbers to me before the stated deadline of November 27, 2012; not only so that they will be allowed admittance to the base but to give me an accurate head-count as well.
RSVP: You may email Mary Bentley at mary.bentley@doe.gov anytime or call her at 702-295-0417 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, 15 January 1013, noon - "Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War" by author, form D/NCS, CIA Mike Sulick at the International Spy Museum

Can you keep a secret? Maybe you can, but the United States government can't. Since the birth of our country, nations from Russia and China to Ghana and Ecuador, have stolen some of our country's most precious secrets. Join Michael Sulick, former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, as he discusses his new book, Spying in America, which presents a history of more than thirty espionage cases inside the United States. They include Americans who spied against their country, spies from both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War, and foreign agents who ran operations on American soil. Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Benedict Arnold and Julius Rosenberg, while others, though less well known, are equally fascinating. In each case he focuses on the motivations that drove these individuals to spy, the secrets they betrayed, their tradecraft, techniques for concealing their espionage, their exposure and punishment, and the damage they ultimately inflicted on America's national security.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. For more information visit www.spymuseum.org

Wednesday, 30 January 2013, noon – "Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations, and Democracy in the Modern Middle East" at the International Spy Museum

The world has watched the bloodbath in Syria where President Bashir al-Assad used the full power of his security forces. A key component of his machinery of repression has been the Syrian intelligence service, which also plays a major role in Syria's foreign policy decision-making. However, very little has been known about this service…until now. Join Radwan Ziadeh, Director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, as he presents a fresh and penetrating analysis of Syria's political structure and the Syrian intelligence service in the new edition of his book, Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. For more information visit www.spymuseum.org


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