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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Clapper Changes Clearance Guidelines for Intelligence Officials. U.S. intelligence officers seeking top-secret or higher clearance will no longer be blackballed for seeking psychiatric help or counseling to cope with a sexual assault.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Friday instituted the changes to the clearance process, which will not force applicants to admit to mental health counseling in instances of sexual assault.
Before Friday, the only instances where an intelligence officer could refuse to disclose such counseling was in cases of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and "family, grief and marital counseling unrelated to violence," Clapper said Friday.
The policy change was spearheaded in Congress by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.).
"Through our combined efforts victims of sexual assault will be encouraged to seek the mental health services they may need while feeling safe that their privacy protections are strictly enforced," Clapper said. [Read more: Muñoz/TheHill/5April2013]
Man Convicted of Using Fake CIA Credentials. Paul Alan White, aka Jonathan Alan Davenport, 57, of The Woodlands, has entered a plea of guilty to two counts alleging he impersonated a public servant, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The plea was entered late yesterday before U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr.
According to the factual basis in support of the plea, White posed as a CIA agent to others at different times during 2011 and 2012 in order to obtain personal information from individuals and to have authorities give him privileges as well as official record documents.
During March 2011, White had convinced a co-worker that he worked with Special Ops within the CIA and that they had to fill out an application form for a security clearance with the CIA. White apparently obtained the form from the Internet. The co-worker completed the form, which included personal information, such as names of family members and friends, education, employment history, and personal identification data such as a Social Security number, a Texas driver's license number, and a U.S. passport number. As directed by White, the co-worker also ordered their own credit report and gave White a copy of their passport.
The next month, White also attempted to recruit the co-worker's friend from the co-worker's Facebook site, using an alias. White reported to be conducting a reference check and also tried to recruit them for a position with the CIA. At the request and demand of White, pretending to act as an agent under the authority of the CIA, the friend sent the security clearance form via FedEx with their personal information on it along with copies of their birth certificate, Social Security card, driver's license, and passport. [Read more: ImperialValleyNews/4April2013]
Secret Service Investigating Hack of Director's Information. The Secret Service said on Thursday it was investigating the claim that new Director Julia Pierson's personal information had been hacked and published on a website, another in a string of such incidents against top officials including first lady Michelle Obama and CIA Director John Brennan.
The information on the website included a Social Security number, phone numbers, and a credit report that includes accounts with The Home Depot, Sears, and Macy's.
It was unclear how much of the data that appeared on http://www.exposed.re was accurate or who posted it. The website appeared to have information about other government officials and celebrities that had been published online previously at another Internet address, http://www.exposed.su which no longer functions. [Read more: Reuters/4April2013]
Death of American 'Spy' in Singapore. The death of an American working as an IT engineer in Singapore in June last year has escalated into a US national security concern with speculations that the man may have been caught in an alleged plot to steal secret technology for the Chinese. Singapore authorities have ruled the death of Shane Todd as a "suicide" but his parents are convinced their son - who worked for a Singapore government firm - was murdered, finding inconsistencies in the official report that said the American devised a complicated system of ropes and pulleys to hang himself in his bathroom.
"The physical evidence don't add up," Todd's parents insisted, finding no screws in the wall where their son was supposed to have put up a hangman's noose, so to speak. Even the supposed suicide note found on the man's computer did not sound like him, they said, and a report from the American pathologist hired by the family said the body had bruise marks that indicated a struggle prior to death.
Before quitting his job at the Singapore Institute of Microelectronics (IME) - a research organization that was working on a project with controversial Chinese telecommunications company Huawei - Todd reportedly told his parents that he feared for his life, and that he did not want to participate in a project involving sensitive technology that would prove dangerous to US national security. Chinese firm Huawei has been identified as a national security risk by the United States and was in fact banned by the Australian government over allegations that Huawei is engaged in spying for the Chinese military. [Read more: Romualdez/ThePhilippineStar/4April2013]
Libya Says It Should Be Allowed To Try Spy Chief. Libya has formally applied to the International Criminal Court to be allowed to put Moammar Gadhafi's former spy chief on trial in Tripoli instead of sending him to The Hague to face justice, according to documents published Wednesday.
In a lengthy written submission, lawyers representing Libya argued that Abdullah al-Senoussi's home country is willing and able to prosecute him and therefore has precedence over the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.
The International Criminal Court indicted Al-Senoussi in June 2011 for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Gadhafi regime's brutal attempts to put down the rebellion that ousted the dictator after four decades in power.
Al-Senoussi is jailed in Libya. His lawyers argue he will not get a fair trial at home and should be sent to The Hague.
His case runs parallel to that of one of Gadhafi's sons, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who also was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2011 but is being held in Libya amid legal wrangling over the trial venue. [Read more: Corder/AP/3April2013]
Ex-CIA Agents Sue Kansas Police Who Raided Their Suburban Home for Drugs... After They Bought Special Equipment to Grow Vegetables Indoors. Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.
Adlynn and Robert Harte sued this week to get more information about why sheriff's deputies searched their home in the upscale Kanas City suburb of Leawood last April 20 as part of Operation Constant Gardener - a sweep conducted by agencies in Kansas and Missouri that netted marijuana plants, processed marijuana, guns, growing paraphernalia and cash from several other locations.
The Hartes' attorney, Cheryl Pilate, said she suspects the couple's 1,825-square-foot split level was targeted because they had bought hydroponic equipment to grow a small number of tomatoes and squash plants in their basement.
'With little or no other evidence of any illegal activity, law enforcement officers make the assumption that shoppers at the store are potential marijuana growers, even though the stores are most commonly frequented by backyard gardeners who grow organically or start seedlings indoors,' the couple's lawsuit says. [Read more: AP/29March2013]
French Spy Agency Tries to Pull 'Classified' Wikipedia Entry, Only Draws More Attention To It. Wikimedia France said in a press release on Saturday morning that France's domestic intelligence agency, the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI), contacted in early March its parent organization, the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
The DCRI claimed an article on Wikipedia France was in breach of the country's laws by disclosing "classified military information," and should be pulled from the site.
The Wikipedia entry pertained to a French military compound, the "Radio station military Pierre-sur-High," around 70 miles west of Lyon. The installation is thought to act as part of France's nuclear deterrent and detection capabilities.
The San Francisco, California-headquartered Wikimedia Foundation refused the request by the DCRI on the grounds that it did not provide enough information to prove that the entry contained classified information - likely because it would confirm what the DCRI still believes to be information that should not be in the public light.
In the press release, Wikimedia Foundation said it "has often collaborated with public authorities to follow legal decisions," as it has many offices in various countries and therefore abides by local laws - as any company must.
Though the not-for-profit organization cited that it receives "hundreds of requests every year asking for the deletion of articles," this was not one of them, the statement said.
"Without further information, we could not understand why the DCRI believes information in the article is classified," said Wikimedia Foundation legal counsel Michelle Paulson in a discussion thread on the site. [Read more: Whittaker/ZDnet/7April2013]
Intelligence Director Says Budget Cuts Could Be 'Insidious' for National Security. James Clapper has seen a lot during a government career that began when President Obama was in diapers.
Not all of it was pretty.
Clapper spent a brief period in the Marine Reserve before becoming a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1963, two years after Obama was born. He flew combat support missions over Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. He worked his way up to lieutenant general and, in 1991, was made director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
What worries him now, as director of national intelligence, is a rerun of federal budget cuts that he said hurt intelligence operations in the 1990s. Today's cutbacks, known as sequestration, will harm the nation in ways that might not be known until it is too late, he said. Employee furloughs are under consideration, though none has been announced.
"We're cutting real capability and accepting greater risk," Clapper told reporters in his office Friday. "For intelligence, this is not quite like shorter hours for public parks or longer lines at the airports. For intelligence, it's insidious."
"The capability we cut out today, you won't know about that, you won't notice it," he said. "The public won't notice it. You'll notice it only when we have a failure." [Read more: Davidson/WashingtonPost/8April2013]
Turf Battle Builds Quietly in Congress Over Control of Armed Drone Program. A turf war is quietly building between congressional defense and intelligence committees over who will oversee the Obama administration's controversial armed drone program.
Lawmakers are scrambling to make their case for or against a White House proposal that would hand control of the drones to the Pentagon.
Gordon Adams, a senior defense analyst at the Stimson Center, called the looming battle a "turf fight in the [disguise] of a policy debate."
The Pentagon and CIA operate their own armed drone programs, which are both geared toward eliminating senior al Qaeda leaders and other high-level terror targets around the world. Under the Obama administration's proposal, the CIA would continue to supply intelligence on possible targets, but actual control over the drone strikes would fall to the Pentagon.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) publicly questioned whether the Defense Department (DOD) would be able to shoulder the program alone.
"We've watched the intelligence aspect of the drone program, how they function, the quality of the intelligence, watching the agency exercise patience and discretion," Feinstein told reporters in March. "The military [armed drone] program has not done that nearly as well."
Sen. John McCain and other defense lawmakers say the drone program would be better off being run by the Pentagon. [Read more: Muñoz/TheHill/9April2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
What Will Become of Montclair's Russian Spy House? This bucolic Montclair home was once the residence of Richard and Cynthia Murphy and their two children. But since it was discovered that the Murphys were actually a pair of Russian spies named Vladimir and Lydia Guryev and the two were swiftly apprehended by the U.S. Justice Department, the house has sat empty. And the neighbors are complaining.
According to a recent story in the New York Daily News, the house on Marquette Road has become an eyesore. In the nearly three years since the Guryevs were arrested, the house has been unoccupied, rundown and strewn with leaves.
"A downspout is gone from one side of the house, and a shaky woodpile rots on the other," reported the newspaper. "Unraked leaves are piled against the padlocked garage door, and the welcome mat rests in a flower bed."
The court documents telling potential visitors that they aren't allowed inside, still remain taped to the front door in wide strips of blue adhesive.
But that could change soon. A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service told the Daily News that they will soon be listing the 4-bedroom colonial for sale. [Read more: Gillham/Baristanet/5April2013]
Norway Spy's Archive Found in Britain. Secret documents collected by a Norwegian spy during the Second World War have been discovered hidden in a UK garage.
Sven Sømme was a member of the Norwegian resistance when he was captured in 1944 but escaped before he could be executed.
900 German soldiers tracked him for 200 miles with dogs, and he swung from tree to tree to avoid leaving footprints in the snow.
He fled eastwards from western Norway's Molde through Eikesdalen, both in Møre og Romsdal County, over the Rondane mountains in Hedmark and Oppland Counties, to Engerdal (Oppland), then to Sweden.
His daughter, Hertfordshire resident 60-year-old Ellie Targett, found the documents from his time in the resistance while clearing out the garage.
Items included envelopes with maps and reports hidden beneath the stamps and the Nazi warrant issued for his arrest.
"I scanned one onto my computer and blew it up and it was instructions from the resistance movement to photograph the German U-boat bases that led to him being captured," The Daily Mail was told.
Sømme sent the Allies microfilms with pictures he took hidden under postage stamps on letters. [Read more: TheForeigner/7April2013]
14% Believe The CIA Did What?! New Polls On Conspiracy Theories. Public Policy Polling (PPP) has been having a lot of fun with no imminent elections (other than some scattered special elections) to poll on, PPP has been taking the pulse of America on a number of issues. The latest: conspiracy theories.
In an automated phone poll, PPP asked about aliens, 9/11, and, of course, whether lizard people are taking over the government. A word on demographics before the results: the sample was mostly white (72%), with the rest mostly Hispanic (11%) or African American (12%). The sample was more evenly distributed across ages, with 45% between 46-65, 20% each over 65 and 30-45, and the remaining 15% 18-29.
Now with that out of the way, a lot of America believes in conspiracy theories. [Read more: Owen/Carbonated.tv/2April2013]
GI Finally Honored; Other Families Wait. On Friday, in a small ceremony in a Florida nursing home, representatives of the Army presented the Purple Heart medal to the mother of Capt. Herbert Crosby, a Fort Wayne native who earned the medal in January 1970 when the helicopter he was piloting went down in Vietnam, killing everyone on board.
Exactly why Crosby's helicopter crashed wasn't clear. A search couldn't locate the wreckage. Crosby's remains weren't even located until 1989 and weren't identified until 2006. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 2007.
For family members, the Good Friday event was the end of a 43-year effort to get the honor they firmly believed their brother deserved.
For every belated honor bestowed, though, there seems to be another family struggling to win what they feel is long overdue recognition for one of their own.
In Van Wert, not that far, really, from Crosby's boyhood home, Jan Valentine continues with a struggle that has lasted 42 years now to have the name of her brother, James M. Coon, placed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Like Crosby's, the death of Valentine's twin brother, which we wrote about last year, is full of mystery.
What is known about the last mission of Coon is that in December 1971 he was actually on a ship that was carrying him home.
Coon, who was in the Navy, was also a cryptologist who worked for the National Security Agency. [Read more: Gray/JournalGazette/2April2013]
Spy Shop of Long Island Eases the Curious Mind. The Spy Shop of Long Island, Northport's own secret agent supply depot, has everything you need to shake the spooks, catch a cheating spouse, or intercept an April Fool's Day prankster.
Now tucked in an alley off Main Street, the Spy Shop, once known as The Counter-Spy Shop, stood as a major attraction for the rich and famous on Madison Avenue in NYC up until the early 2000s.
Celebrities like Michael Jackson, Robin Williams, Will Smith, Rick Moranis, Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, and Jada Pinkett Smith have all visited the shop.
“The word Spy intrigues a lot of people,” said owner Tom Felice. “They come in just to see what we have.” [Read more: Bush/NorthportPatch/1April2013]
GEOINT Trains Sights on Africa. Africa is hot these days, and the geospatial intelligence community is eager to get in on the action.
Yes, there is such a community. Known in shorthand as GEOINT (just like human intelligence is HUMINT), these guys have traditionally been the mappers and the analysts who pore over satellite imagery for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency or for private firms.
Today, they do much more. Don't just think in terms of geography and borders. The GEOINT world is also mapping "human geography," which, according to Penn State University, "focuses on patterns and processes that shape human interaction with the built and natural environments." It also can help intelligence and defense agencies find warlords like Uganda's Lords Resistance Army's Joseph Kony, or Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), or help development groups track poverty and population movements.
"If I want to track Kony, understand human trafficking [or] where AQIM is moving," then the U.S. needs more GEOINT, said Keith Masback, head of the nonprofit U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).
" 'Where' matters," he said. [Read more: Baron/ForeignPolicy/1April2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
NSA Chief Wants Companies to Share More Info With the Government. Speaking at a conference at Georgia Tech, Director of the U.S. National Security Agency General Keith Alexander pressed Congress last week to pass legislation creating a more effective information-sharing regime between government and businesses to help protect the nation's security. Just as past legislative efforts such as the proposed Cyber Intelligence Protection Act (CISPA) have faced widespread backlash for imposing high regulatory costs on businesses while risking infringing basic rights, the fear remains that Alexander's proposals simply suggest more of the same.
Alexander's recent statements will rightly face heightened scrutiny over such legislation's potential to infringe on the rights of citizens and the interests of businesses. However, despite necessary scrutiny over such delicate issues, the General's recent statements add much needed realism to current debates about cyber security. That is, with the current state of fragmented Internet infrastructure operations, the reality is that the government does not see a clear picture of what is going on in cyberspace.
In his speech Alexander noted, "I know the public thinks that we see everything. The reality is that we don't ... If Wall Street is going to be attacked - the chances of me seeing it are limited..."
The fact is that the wealth of data information held by large U.S. businesses (outlined, for example, in a 2011 McKinsey & Company report) could drastically broaden the government's ability to see a comprehensive picture of cyber space. Without a more coordinated infrastructure, the intelligence community's ability to see the big picture is limited. Alexander's proposals call for a system of data exchange where threat information in a "metadata-like format" can be sent between businesses and government authorities at "network speed."
The risks of cyber threat remain hypothetical and difficult for policymakers to pin down. [Read more: George/PolicyMic/2April2013]
Betraying one of the CIA's ‘Band of Sisters'? Former CIA director Mike Hayden credits "an incredible band of sisters" for the success of the operation that found and brought down Osama bin Laden. Now one of those sisters has been appointed acting chief of the CIA's National Clandestine service. It is a major milestone for women at the CIA, the first time in the agency's history that a female officer has headed the clandestine service.
But The Post reports that CIA Director John Brennan is "hesitating" at giving her the position on a permanent basis, because of her past association with the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program.
This is an outrage. According to several former senior CIA officials I spoke with, the officer is highly respected and unquestionably qualified for this post. Denying her this promotion because of her role in the RDI program would not only be a personal injustice, but also send a chilling message through the ranks of the CIA. It would effectively tell hundreds of talented officers who were involved in the program - who constitute the best and brightest of the agency's counterterrorism professionals - that their careers are over. It would push the agency back into a risk-averse, pre-Sept. 11, 2001, mindset, sending an unmistakable signal to CIA officers across the world: Don't take risks in the fight against the terrorists; if you want to advance, play it safe.
These intelligence officers have already been put through hell by the Obama administration. [Read more: Thiessen/WashingtonPost/1April2013]
Pentagon Manual Urges Precision in Classifying Information. The Department of Defense is not particularly concerned with "openness" in the abstract, but it is strongly motivated to conserve resources and reduce discretionary expenditures. That imperative dictates the discriminating use of national security secrecy - at least in theory - because of the costs incurred by classification.
"Precise classification guidance is prerequisite to effective and efficient information security and assures that security resources are expended to protect only that which truly warrants protection in the interests of national security," according to a newly reissued Department of Defense manual that provides Instructions for Developing Security Classification Guides (DoD Manual 5200.45, April 2, 2013).
The Manual presents a framework for classifying information, beginning with a series of questions for determining whether information is eligible for classification in the first place. ("Can the unauthorized disclosure of the information reasonably be expected to cause identifiable or describable damage to the national security? If the answer is no, the information cannot be classified.")
Then it details the considerations that may arise in the classification of information concerning military hardware, military operations, intelligence and foreign relations. Exactly which aspects of a hardware system provide the U.S. with a technological advantage? Precisely which operational information requires protection in order for the operation to succeed?
The Manual discourages broad, sweeping classification of information. Through an extended questionnaire for classifiers, it seeks "to systematically bound and refine the scope of the analysis needed to determine which items warrant protection through security classification."
As detailed and helpful as this guidance is, it cannot decisively resolve all classification questions in advance. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/8April2013]
Section IV - Jobs, Books, Obituaries, Announcements and Coming Events
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The Mission Support Business Unit within SAIC / leidos is accepting resumes for mid- and senior-level instructor opportunities supporting the HUMINT Training Joint Center of Excellence (HT-JCOE) in Norfolk, VA. Instructor candidates are needed in the following disciplines:
To be considered for these opportunities, candidates MUST have a current Top Secret security clearance and SCI access and MUST be a graduate of one of the following Military Source Operations (MSO) Category (CAT) I certifying courses: AFCITC, ASOT III, AMSOC or ASOC and have extensive HUMINT experience.
The HUMINT Training-Joint Center of Excellence (HT-JCOE) trains U.S. Military and U.S. Government personnel in basic and advanced strategic debriefing, based on DoD requirements utilizing various forums such as formal platform training, workshops, and field training exercises. Instructors will identify the best approaches to training to include, but not limited to course assessment, examinations, interviews, computer assisted and adaptive training and testing, performance-based assessment and performance, team and unit assessment and measurement and serve as a mentor and grader alongside active duty military and DoD instructors. They will participate in and conduct practical work and instruction in strategic debriefing. They will develop and maintain knowledge bases, conduct applied and advanced research methodologies, prepare all training material such as, but not limited to: course outlines, course manuals, lesson plans, exams, background materials, workbooks, handouts, study guides, training aids, performance reports and class records. They will maintain currency in the area of expertise and are expected to function as an expert in the specialty field.
TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Expert knowledge of DoD and IC organizations, structure, missions and functions. Honorable service in the military or a US Govt Agency with this mission area.
- A bachelor's degree and a minimum of 4 years of relevant operational experience in one of the above HUMINT disciplines for junior-level instructor positions; 6 years of relevant operational experience for mid-level instructor positions; and a minimum of 8 years of relevant operational experience for most of the senior-level instructor positions. Additional experience will be considered in lieu of degree.
- Must be skilled in map reading, land navigation, communications planning, and report writing.
- Possess the ability to obtain and maintain military installation driving privileges. Must also be able to read, write, and understand English, and shall be able to speak clearly enough to instruct, evaluate and counsel trainees in the subtle and difficult concepts of the subject matter, as well as, comprehend technical documentation, schematics, and diagrams.
- Must be a U. S. citizen and have an active Top Secret security clearance with current SCI access.
- TDY travel may constitute up to 25% of time. Must be willing to work overtime and irregular hours. Must be able to transport classified material within CONUS.
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Book Review: ‘The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth' By Mark
Mazzetti. On May 1, 2011, CIA Director Leon Panetta was in command of the single most important U.S. military operation since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001: the Navy SEAL Team 6 assault on a mysterious compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was suspected to be hiding. The SEALs were sneaking into Pakistan without the permission of its government on a covert "deniable" mission in a country that was supposedly allied to the United States. Because U.S. law forbids the military to do this kind of work, the SEALs were turned over to the control of the CIA and were "sheep-dipped" to become, in effect, spies under Panetta's nominal control.
Yet isn't the CIA's real job to steal other countries' secrets, rather than to carry out targeted killings?
A few years before the bin Laden operation, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, then the head of Joint Special Operations Command, had turned the Army's Delta Force and Navy SEAL Team 6 into a fighting machine in Iraq and Afghanistan that increasingly mounted operations to gather intelligence - what McChrystal termed "a fight for knowledge."
Yet aren't Special Operations forces the "door kickers" whom you send in to kill or capture terrorists rather than the guys who collect intelligence?
Since the 9/11 attacks, a dramatic shift has occurred in the way the United States deploys its military and intelligence forces. In his new book, "The Way of the Knife," Mark Mazzetti documents the militarization of the CIA and the stepped-up intelligence focus of Special Operations forces. As Mazzetti observes in his deeply reported and crisply written account, over the past decade "the CIA's top priority was no longer gathering intelligence on foreign governments and their countries, but man hunting." The bin Laden operation was far from the only deadly mission that Panetta presided over. [Read more: Bergen/WashingtonPost/5April2013]
Passing the Intelligence Test. The current administration has loosed a cataract of disclosures about how this nation tried to protect itself after 9/11, even as it resolutely refuses to recognize that it is the ideology of Islamism that we are trying to protect ourselves against. The disclosures have ranged from the release of classified legal memos describing interrogation techniques used by the CIA (and the legal justification for them) to the details of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the intelligence gathered there (which, revealed, became useless). Paradoxically, these stories and leaks have been long on provocation and short on any appreciation of the most critical component of our defense against terrorism: intelligence gathering.
Philip Mudd played a large role in that world, spending 24 years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA and FBI. He was part of the small team sent to aid anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan in the days after 9/11 and then, in January 2002, was appointed second-in-command of the CIA's new Office of Terrorism Analysis, the division of the Counterterrorism Center (CTC) where hundreds of analysts were assembled to gather information about al Qaeda. Although the CIA generally is divided between those who evaluate and report on information and the operators who run clandestine activities and cultivate sources of information abroad, the CTC combines the two functions. In 2003, Mr. Mudd became deputy director of the CTC, and then in 2005, FBI Director Robert Mueller asked him to join the newly created National Security Branch, which aimed to combine intelligence gathering with the bureau's traditional counterterrorism efforts.
Mr. Mudd's memoir, "Takedown," is a detailed account of the actual activities of intelligence gathering. (Ironically he is a descendant of that Mudd, the physician who set John Wilkes Booth's broken leg the night of the Lincoln assassination and was later convicted of conspiring to kill Abraham Lincoln.) CIA officers generate daily briefs for the executive branch, each tailored to the particular concerns of an agency head, but integrating the latest terrorism-related information. Mr. Mudd and his boss at the Office of Terrorism Analysis, Pattie Kindsvater, traded off weeks managing the information about terrorism in the "holy grail" of U.S. intelligence: the President's Daily Brief.
The raw information comes from a dizzying array of locations―"from people calling an FBI office to report suspicious activity to intercepted phone calls from terror cells overseas"―each requiring its own individual consideration and then integration with information from elsewhere. Even as they are trying to capture all relevant information and present all possible options, the analysts have to be careful not to skew the presentation in favor of one option and so tread on the prerogative of their customers. [Read more: Mukasey/WallStreetJournal/3April2013]
John M. Wigglesworth. John M. Wigglesworth, 99, a retired CIA officer who co-founded a Bethesda-based travel agency, died March 11 at Arcadia Assisted Living on Kent Island, Md.
The cause was a stroke, said his daughter Ann Barbieri.
Mr. Wigglesworth retired in 1973 after 23 years with the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence. He served in Paris and Taiwan, in addition to postings in Washington. In retirement, he co-founded the now-defunct travel agency, Research Travel, where he worked until the early 2000s.
John Matthew Wigglesworth was born on a Navajo reservation in Fort Defiance, Ariz., where his father was a doctor for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The younger Wigglesworth grew up in Washington. He graduated in 1931 from what is now Becker College in Worcester, Mass., and in 1935 received a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Catholic University.
His memberships included the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., a civic group. He was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and So Others Might Eat.
In 2008, he moved to Kent Island from Chevy Chase.
His first wife, Virginia Ryan Wigglesworth, died in 1993 after 52 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, JoAnn Bennett Wigglesworth of Marshall, Mo.; nine children from his first marriage; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. [McDonough/WashingtonPost/5April2013]
Stanley T. Winarski - Secretary, AFIO Hampton Roads Chapter. Stanley Thaddeus "Stan" Winarski, 75, passed away 22 February 2013 at his home. Born and raised in New Jersey where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Carol. Upon his completion of Army basic training, Stan and Carol traveled around the world and throughout the US. Stan rose from the rank of Private to Colonel and served his country honorably in Vietnam and continued to work for the good of his nation and community upon retirement. Stan is survived by Carol, his wife of 54 years, and by his daughters Yvonne K. and Michael T. Tait, and Barbara J. and Michael L. Daniels. He is survived by many grandchildren. A celebration of Stan's life took place at St. John's Episcopal Church, Hampton, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a future date.
New Homeland Security Course Offered at IWP. This summer, The Institute of World Politics will offer a new course entitled Foundations of Homeland Security. The course will be taught by Dr. James J. Carafano, who currently heads the foreign and defense policy studies departments at The Heritage Foundation.
"There are few programs in the United States that address the challenges of homeland security at the strategic level," comments IWP president John Lenczowski. "Our new course will do much to fill the gaps in national strategic thinking on these matters. Jim Carafano brings an outstanding strategic mind to bear on this issue."
This course will provide students with an intellectual foundation for understanding the concepts underpinning homeland security, as well as an overview of the U.S. national homeland security framework, including organization and policies. Students will examine the underlying intellectual constructs used to frame the comprehension of security issues and to develop the policies and strategies that lead to implementing programs that keep a society safe, free, and prosperous.
Dr. Carafano comments, "As 9/11 recedes into history, it's becoming more of memory than a call to action. That's a mistake. We don't wait till the next 9/11 before we think seriously about this again - we need a cadre of young minds that are ready to jump into the breach."
The summer term runs from June 3 to July 26. Applications for this course from new students will be accepted on a space-available basis through May 3.
To request more information, please visit www.iwp.edu/info. [IWP/4April2013]
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY Spy Museum Events in 2013 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.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 11:30 am - MacDill AFB, FL - "My Life in the CIA" with Richard Holm at Meeting/Luncheon by Florida Suncoast Chapter
Richard Holm, a former paramilitary adviser,
decorated operations officer, senior manager and station chief for the
Central Intelligence Agency, will share fascinating stories of his
experiences during the Cold War. Drawing from the material he used in
writing his book, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA,
he will recount highlights of his 35-year Agency career and explain why
it is imperative for Americans to understand and support what the CIA
does--a goal that also underlies AFIO's efforts to raise public
awareness of the importance of national intelligence. He will also touch
on the impact of an intelligence career on one's family and family
Location: MacDill AFB Surf's Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621.
RSVP: no later than Wednesday, April 3, for yourself and include the names of any guests.
Email or call the Chapter Secretary at (813) 832-1164 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.suncoastafio.org
Cost: $20. You must present your $20 check payable to "Suncoast Chapter, AFIO" (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don't cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don't show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - The AFIO Arizona Chapter hosts Professor Don Costello on "Computational Intelligence"
Don Costello, Associate Professor Emeritus,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Computing Science and Engineering
Department, Member of AFIO AZ, speaks on "Computational Intelligence:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."
Don Costello is also a fellow of The British Computer Society and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a retired Air Force Reserve Major and worked as an Airborne Telecommunications Officer out of Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and as an Intelligence Officer focusing on Soviet Computer Technology and Missile Technology in Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he worked for the Foreign Technology Division (now a part of NSA). He is the President of Expert Security Systems.
He has monitored the change in technology used in Intelligence for many years. He will discuss those changes and how emerging computational and communications technology coupled to the change in the profile of aggressor nations and groups in light of the vulnerability of our National Computational Infrastructure forces the intelligence community to continuously upgrade the first and second team on the ground in the Intelligence community. He will present his thoughts on the need for new ORGWARE.
He has worked in Security and Cryptography for many years and will be again teaching Cryptography and Network Security at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln later this year. He also is designing and teaching new courses in Robotics.
Event Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course at 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260.
RSVP NO LATER than 72 hours ahead of time.
Reservations or questions to Simone: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call, please leave a message on 602.570.6016. No Shows without 48-hr cancellation are charged for the missed lunch. Fee: $20.00 for AFIO AZ Member| $22.00 for Non-Members. Send check to Simone.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Insider Espionage Update: A Worldwide Review, at the International Spy Museum
Get a worldwide overview of espionage and terrorism today - the
trends, threats, and evolution of today's intelligence from the ultimate
insider. As a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and former Director
of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs for the FBI,
International Spy Museum Board Member David Major will
help you become an informed citizen of the world. As the founder of the
CI Centre, which provides counterintelligence and security studies and
training to the US government and private sector, Major tracks the most
important spy cases from around the globe and has the most up-to-date
information on their statuses. He'll reveal how many individuals have
been indicted in the US for espionage-related crimes from 1945 to the
present. He'll explore how aggressive China is in stealing information
and analyze the reality of Russia as an espionage threat to Europe and
North America. You'll also find out what terrorism and economic
espionage have in common in the 21st century. Come learn, laugh, think,
and ponder the very real world of spy games that we live in.
Mr. Major's seminar is based on information his organization, the CI Centre, collects and analyzes and then makes available to members via SPYPEDIA®, the world's largest resource for information on, and analysis of, worldwide espionage, terrorism, and cybersecurity.
Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets at www.spymuseum.org
16 April 2013, 11:30 am - McLean, VA - The Defense Intelligence Forum hears Russell C. Rochte, Jr. on "Media Wars."
EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - Mr. Russell C. Rochte, Jr. will speak on "Media
Wars." This presentation will provide a summary of recent academic
studies pointing out Al Q'aida's and Associated Movements in their media
campaigns and U.S. general strengths and weaknesses to these movements. A
strategy and a body of tactics for both short-term and long-term
success in this "war of ideas" will be given using the media of
television. Mr. Rochte retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant
Colonel in 2005, after more than 25 years of active duty, to become a
member of the faculty of the National Intelligence University, where he
teaches courses on information power, propaganda analysis, and
globalization to graduate and undergraduate students from across the U.S.
Intelligence Community. He also lectures several times yearly to
audiences at the National Defense University, the NATO School in
Oberammergau, Germany, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College
at Quantico, VA, and to a variety of events, both CONUS and abroad. He
is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), is a
graduate of the University of Michigan and Troy University, and is
engaged in continuing postgraduate education at George Mason University
in Fairfax, VA.
For this forum, you may attribute the speaker's remarks.
Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM
Event location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Do not register. Reservations by April 15, 2013 by email to email@example.com. Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among Chicken Cacciatore, Tilapia Puttanesca, Lasagna, Sausage with Peppers, Fettuccini with Portabella for your lunch selection.
Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Check is preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged!
Wednesday, 17 April 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Cyber Terror on the Silver Screen: Skyfall's Raoul Silva, at the International Spy Museum
His nicotine hair flops queasily over his forehead on the Silver Screen: Skyfall's Raoul Silva on Silva, The Daily Telegraph.
Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva, from the newest Bond movie Skyfall, just might be the best Bond villain ever. Like the other iconic evildoers from the series, Silva has an intense persona and a cutting edge connection to current issues―in this case cyberterrorism. Silva gets whatever he wants with a click of the mouse, but just how real is this harrowing hacker? Join Dave Marcus, Director and Chief Architect of Threat Research and Intelligence for McAfee's Federal Advanced Programs Group, when he'll put Silva's astounding control of systems and cyberspace into a real world context. In his work, Marcus focuses on advanced research and threat intelligence projects such as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) analysis, financial fraud malware, hardware-assisted security architecture, and SCADA/ICS research. In addition, Mark Stout, International Spy Museum Historian and a curator of the Museum's exhibition Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains will discuss how Silva's actions mirror Julian Assange and today's cyber struggles as well as other intelligence issues.
Tickets: $15. Register at www.spymuseum.org
18 April 2013, 12:30 - 2:30pm - Los Angeles, CA - "Situation Awareness" - topic at AFIO LA Chapter Meeting
Clinton Emerson, President of Escape the Wolf, Risk
Mitigation will be discussing "Situation Awareness" at the Los Angeles
Area AFIO Chapter. Mr. Emerson is a respected authority and author on
preemptive risk mitigation and provides personal travel safety
instruction for corporations and various branches of the
including the National Security Agency. His military service
in combat and highly sensitive operations worldwide as a Department of
Defense employee for nearly 20 years, including multiple deployments
during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, has
recognized with numerous awards for bravery and leadership. Location:
LAPD Ahmanson Training Center, RM 1F, 5651 W. Manchester Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA 90045
Please RSVP for attendance and location information: AFIO_LA@yahoo.com
Friday, 19 April 2013, 5:30-7 PM - Washington, DC - Ronald Reagan: Counterintelligence and the Evil Empire by Dr. Raymond Batvinis, at the Institute of World Politics
The Institute hosts their Third Annual Reagan Intelligence Lecture featuring Raymond J. Batvinis, Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, and IWP Professor. Dr. Raymond Batvinis joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation on July 17th, 1972. Entering the FBI just two years before Watergate, he was able to watch firsthand the subsequent "Age of Reform" in that agency - which involved reform chiefly in the intelligence and counterintelligence communities. He proceeded to spend twenty-five years in the FBI, gaining invaluable experience as well as deep knowledge about the organization itself.
After working in Cleveland on organized crime and fugitive work, he
moved to the Washington field office, where he was introduced to
counterintelligence. He eventually went to the FBI headquarters, and
taught FBI agents about counterintelligence, espionage, and
international and domestic terrorism investigations.
Dr. Batvinis also spent twelve years in the Baltimore field office as the Supervisory Special Agent of Counterintelligence. He was responsible for counterterrorism and domestic terrorism, as well as counterintelligence. There, he also arranged for training of the staff - and recommended to some of them that they attend IWP! He ultimately attained a senior-level position coordinating the National Foreign Intelligence Program.
Twelve years into his retirement from the FBI, Dr. Batvinis works today as a Consultant/Investigator at RJB Associates. He continues to teach history at FBI field offices around the nation, and he works for the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants, and engages in other charitable work in memory of the first Director of the FBI.
Dr. Batvinis devotes much of his spare time to historical research
and analysis of the FBI. One of the readings for his class at IWP is a
book that he wrote himself: The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Click here to RSVP.
Important note: Attendance at all IWP events requires an RSVP in advance. 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. The use of photographic and/or recording equipment is prohibited except by advanced permission from IWP, the event organizer, and the speaker(s). IWP is a private organization; as such, all attendees are guests of the Institute.
Saturday 20 April 2013 - Milford, MA - AFIO New England Chapter hosts Mike Stedman on "'A' for Argonaut" and Charles A. Morgan, M.D., at their Spring Meeting
Mike Stedman, South Boston born and bred, is a
former political columnist, magazine writer, and intelligence consultant
to major corporations. Formerly on the New England board of the
Association for Intelligence Officers, he has been both a practitioner
and critic of the spy world. Stedman, a former U.S. Army Reserve soldier
with the 94th Infantry, has served as chairman of the New England
Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition and President of his local
Rotary Club. He lives outside of Boston with his wife. They have three
sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren, including
identical twin boys.
But really... who is Michael J. Stedman?
Born Michael J. Hurley into a pre-arranged adoption at St. Mary's Infant Asylum in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, Michael J. Stedman considers himself one of the luckiest people alive.
Charles A. Morgan, M.D., will be our second April 20th luncheon speaker, speaking on "Actuarial Project on Behalf of FBI: Truth and Deception through Manual and Cognitive tasks." Dr. Morgan's talk promises to be interesting, enlightening & perhaps even eye-opening. You are encouraged not to miss the opportunity to hear this Bureau-engaged researcher.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. Hotel web site is here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosml-courtyard-boston-milford
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 – 1130, Membership meeting 1130 – 1200; Luncheon at 1200 followed by keynote speaker; Adjournment at 2:30PM.
Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
20 April 2013, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - "The Chinese Intelligence Threat to America" topic of AFIO Maine Chapter Meeting
"The Chinese Intelligence Threat to America: How it Operates and Why It Succeeds" will be the topic at the April 20, 2013 meeting of the AFIO Maine Chapter. The guest speaker, who will be identified at the meeting, is recognized in the Intelligence Community as an expert on Chinese Counterintelligence and operational planning. He has held senior CIA positions in both headquarters and overseas directing operations in a high risk counterintelligence environment. He will describe the organization of the intelligence services of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and explain why their methods of collection pose such a serious threat to the U.S.
The speaker's extensive CIA experience includes managing all counterintelligence activities for the Agency's Clandestine Services' East Asia Division. After retirement, as a senior officer with Athena Innovative Solutions and CACI, he was responsible for developing a Department of Defense (DOD) counterintelligence strategy to combat PRC espionage against DOD facilities, personnel, and programs. The speaker is the recipient of numerous CIA and Intelligence Community awards. Prior to his Agency service he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" indicating valor in combat. He holds an MA in history from Syracuse University and a BA in history from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky.The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane Street, Kennebunk. For information call: 207-967-4298.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 10-11:30 am plus lunch - Annapolis Junction, MD - Sandy Grimes, former CIA/NCS, addresses National Cryptologic Museum Foundation members and guests
Ms. Sandy Grimes, author and former employee of the
CIA National Clandestine Service, will be the guest speaker for the
National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's spring program. The program
will be held Wednesday, 24 April, from 1000-1130, at the L3 Conference
Center in National Business Park. A booksigning and lunch will follow
Ms. Grime's co-authored Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, with her colleague, the late Jeanne Vertefeuille. Together they worked on a CIA task force to investigate the disappearance of Soviet agents who were working undercover for the CIA. The lecture will focus on the decade-long investigation and the clues that led to the exposure of one of the most dangerous traitors in U.S. history.
Fluent in Russian, Ms. Grimes was recruited by the CIA in 1967 and spent most of her 26-year career targeting the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She and her husband of 43 years reside in Great Falls, Virginia.
Join us for this riveting story of Cold War espionage. The program fees are $15 for NCMF members, $40 for guests. The guest fee includes an annual membership in the Foundation. Make check payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682 by 17 April. The L3 conference center is located at: 2720 Technology Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.
Questions? Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436 Cell: 443-250-8621. E-mail: email@example.com
25 April 2013, 11:30 am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts SAC David J. Johnson, FBI San Francisco Division on Transformation of the Bureau.
Topic: "The Continuing Transformation of the FBI" with speaker SAC David J. Johnson, FBI SF Division. Meeting starts at noon.
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org and mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35
Saturday, 4 May 2013, 1130 am – Indian Harbour Beach, FL - "My Life in the CIA" with Richard Holm at Meeting/Luncheon by AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter
Richard Holm, a former paramilitary adviser, decorated operations officer, senior manager and station chief for the Central Intelligence Agency, will share fascinating stories of his experiences during the Cold War. Drawing from the material he used in writing his book, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, he will recount highlights of his 35-year Agency career and explain why it is imperative for Americans to understand and support what the CIA does--a goal that also underlies AFIO's efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of national intelligence. He will also touch on the impact of an intelligence career on one's family and family life. POC: Bobbie Keith, email@example.com, 321.777.5561
Wednesday, 8 May 2013, 6 - 9 pm - Scottsdale, AZ - 1st Annual 007 "End of Season" Dinner
In lieu of lunch, this season's LAST regular monthly Arizona Chapter meeting will be held Wednesday, May 8th, from 6pm to 9pm
It will be our First annual 007 event, to include cocktail attire and entertainment: Spy stories by many of our esteemed members; "Shaken not Stirred" Martini & Cash Bar; Sit down dinner (prime rib or salmon filet;
"Bond Girls" in attendance; Silver Aston Martin (without machine guns mounted) in the drive! All at McCormick Ranch Golf Club!
Please make your reservations BY MAY 1st, 2013 (Spouses, friends, and spy enthusiasts welcome since attendance IS limited to approximately 100 people!)
RSVP to Simone Lopes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday, 10 May 2013, 10:30 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - David Shedd, DD/DIA, and Col. John B. Alexander, PhD.
AFIO National Spring Luncheon features Deputy Director David Shedd, Defense Intelligence Agency. The morning speaker is Col. John B. Alexander, PhD on UFOs and the Intelligence Community. Alexander, Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University; Former Green Beret Commander, Los Alamos Project Director, recently released a book: UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities. Early registration is here.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 - Denver, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter visits the Disaster Management Institute's "Center for Simulation"
The Institute's Center is located at 9235 E 10th Dr, Building 859 Room 911, Denver, CO. This is a joint meeting of the AFIO and Denver INFRAGARD. There are seating limitations of 45 seats so we will accept reservations on a first come first serve basis. There will be no lunch at this facility... it will be lunch on your own outside the Center for Simulation, since they have no cafeteria. The Center for Simulation is the first of its kind in the world for training and preparing first responders in full immersion learning environments. Since its inception in 2005 the center has grown to include a complete home, bar, street scene, hazardous material/refinery, hoarder house, underground space and the Disaster Management Institute (DMI). The DMI is a state of the art emergency operations center with multiple cable and satellite feeds, Web-EOC, smart boards, a star board, video cubes and a touch table. Each space has multiple cameras and global sound. Every training is recorded and a DVD can be created live or the video feeds can be stored on servers for playback options. Currently the Center and DMI have active training relationships with working professionals from local, state, federal and Department of Defense assets in addition to students from several educational institutions. You will receive directions when you RSVP to Warren Gerig at email@example.com.
For Additional Events two+ months or greater....view our online Calendar of Events
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