AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #17-13 dated 30 April 2013

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Section IV - Jobs

Section V - Coming Events

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FRIDAY, 10 May 2013

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1 p.m. speaker

David R. Shedd

Deputy Director,
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11 a.m. speaker

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Presenting his findings on....

UFOs and the Intelligence Community

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SPYPEDIA UPDATE of 26 April 2013: The indictment of Marta Rita VELAZQUEZ in 2002, a former USAID employee, has been unsealed and made public this month by the Justice Department. VELAZQUEZ is accused of introducing Ana Belan MONTES to a Cuban Intelligence Officer in December 1985 and seeking to transmit sensitive national security information of the United States to Cuba. MONTES, with VELAZQUEZ's assistance, became a senior employee of the DIA and spied for Cuba until her arrest on 21 September 2001. VELAZQUEZ lives in Sweden, which means she cannot be extradited to the United States and tried given that espionage is a non-extraditable crime. Former Dutch Diplomat Raymond POETERAY has been sentenced to 12 years for Russia. He had been accused of passing 650 classified documents to his SVR handlers. His SVR handlers have been identified as Andreas and Heidrun ANSCHLAG, two SVR illegals who have been a part of an ongoing trial in Germany since January 2013. There are reports that former Mossad operative Ben ZYGIER may have been suicidal before his death in December 2010 and that on the day of his death his wife delivered to him "bad news," that left him in tears. Ben ZYGIER passed along highly classified Israeli intelligence, including the names of the two top Lebanese informants to a Hezbollah operative in Europe. Venezuela has arrested American filmmaker Timothy Hallet Tracy, a 35-year-old from Michigan, and has accused of him of spreading discontent in the country after the 14 April 2013 presidential election. Tracy is accused of working with an unspecified U.S. intelligence agency and working with right-wing youth groups in an attempt to cause clashes in the country. Egypt claimed earlier this week to have exposed an Israeli spy ring operating in the Sinai composed of nine people. An Egyptian national arrested by Egyptian security forces confessed to passing sensitive military intelligence to Mossad. The man allegedly received $300 for each piece of information he passed and $1000 for each important photograph that he delivered to Mossad. Abdella TOUNISI was arrested at O'Hare International Airport as he attempted to travel to Turkey so he could join the Al Nusra Front. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Two individuals were arrested in Canada on 22 April 2013, on charges of planning an attack against a VIA train travelling between Canada and the United States. They are accused of receiving direct support and guidance from al Qaeda elements in Iran. Iran has strongly rejected that al Qaeda operates from its territory. On 22 April 2013, two federal charges were filed against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. If convicted, Tsarnaev faces the death penalty. Evidence suggests that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been placed on two watch lists by the FBI and CIA after Russia requested information on his possible links to extremists. On 19 April 2013, in an unrelated arrest, Abdella TOUNISI was arrested at O'Hare International Airport as he attempted to travel to Turkey so he could join the Al Nusra Front. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Additionally, three men were sentenced to prison yesterday for plotting to attack the village of Royal Wootton Bassett and targeting the heads of MI-5 and MI-6.

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Ex-State Department Lawyer Allegedly Recruited Cuban Spy. A former U.S. State Department lawyer helped the Communist government of Cuba recruit a spy who was inserted into the Defense Intelligence Agency in a conspiracy that began 30 years ago, the Justice Department said.

Marta Rita Velazquez, named in a nine-year-old indictment unsealed yesterday in federal court in Washington, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit espionage. Velazquez, 55, fled the U.S. 11 years ago and is living in Stockholm, according to a Justice Department statement. The department didn't say why it unsealed the case now.

Velazquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, introduced Ana Belen Montes to the Cuban Intelligence Service in 1984 and later helped Montes get a position as a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, according to the indictment. Montes, who pleaded guilty of espionage conspiracy in 2002, is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Velazquez assisted the Cuban spy agency by "spotting, assessing, and recruiting U.S. citizens who occupied sensitive national security positions or who had the potential of occupying such positions in the future," according to the indictment. [Read more: Schoenberg/Bloomberg/26April2013]

Senators Propose Intelligence Professionals Day. A bipartisan group of Senators last week proposed a bill to designate July 26 as United States Intelligence Professionals Day, a move that would underscore the date President Harry S Truman created the intelligence community nearly 66 years ago.

Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced the legislation. All serve on the Senate intelligence committee.

"Intelligence professionals serve our country in anonymity knowing that most of the work they do to protect our freedom will never be made public," Mikulski said in a statement. "They are the unsung heroes who risk their lives and even give their lives fighting terrorists and those who wish to do this country harm." [Read more: Hicks/WashingtonPost/23April2013]

Ex-Spy Chief Grilled Over Alleged Intervention in Politics. The former chief of the nation's main intelligence agency was allowed to return home Tuesday after around 14 hours of questioning by prosecutors over allegations that he attempted to influence public opinion ahead of last year's presidential election.

"I sincerely responded to the prosecution's investigation," Won Sei-hoon told reporters as he emerged from the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office in southern Seoul past midnight.

Won, who headed the National Intelligence Service (NIS) under former President Lee Myung-bak, is alleged to have sought to sway public opinion in favor of the ruling party candidate ahead of the presidential race in December.

He appeared before the office around 10 a.m. Monday and was grilled over whether he ordered NIS agents to post a slew of politically sensitive comments on the Internet against the opposition candidate, according to prosecutors.

Won reportedly denied the charges against him, claiming that there was nothing illegal about the agency's operations. [Read more: Yonap/30April2013]

Afghan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by C.I.A. President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Monday that the Central Intelligence Agency has been dropping off bags of cash at his office for a decade, saying the money was used for "various purposes" and expressing gratitude to the United States for making the payments. 

Mr. Karzai described the sums delivered by the C.I.A. as a "small amount," though he offered few other details. But former and current advisers of the Afghan leader have said the C.I.A. cash deliveries have totaled tens of millions of dollars over the past decade and have been used to pay off warlords, lawmakers and others whose support the Afghan leader depends upon.

The payments are not universally supported in the United States government. American diplomats and soldiers expressed dismay on Monday about the C.I.A.'s cash deliveries, which some said fueled corruption. They spoke privately because the C.I.A. effort is classified.

Others were not so restrained. "We've all suspected it," said Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah and a critic of the war effort in Afghanistan. "But for President Karzai to admit it out loud brings us into a bizarro world." [Read more: Rosenberg/NYTimes/29April2013]

Ex-Cuban Spy Offers to Renounce US Citizenship. A convicted Cuban spy offered Monday to renounce his U.S. citizenship if a judge will allow him to finish serving a probation sentence in Cuba.

Rene Gonzalez was recently permitted to visit Cuba for two weeks following his father's death and is due back May 6. His lawyer said in court papers that Gonzalez, 56, is willing to renounce his citizenship while in Havana at the U.S. Interests Section, but only if he can serve his remaining months of probation there.

Gonzalez, who has dual Cuban and U.S. citizenship, "does not wish to run afoul of any of this court's orders and rulings," attorney Philip Horowitz wrote. "He will not seek to renounce his citizenship without this court's permission."

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard issued no immediate ruling. The Miami U.S. attorney's office has previously opposed allowing Gonzalez to complete his three-year probation term in Cuba because he would be beyond the reach of a U.S. court's ability to enforce it.

Gonzalez is one of the so-called Cuban Five convicted of spying on exiles in Florida and attempting to infiltrate military installations and political campaigns. They are hailed as heroes in Cuba, which claims they are victims of political persecution. [Read more: AP/29April2013]

New Look at a C.I.A. Officer's Death. The new government of Georgia is taking a new look at one of the unsolved mysteries left over from the chaotic collapse of the Soviet Union: the shooting death of a C.I.A. officer, Freddie Woodruff, on a dusty road on the outskirts of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, 20 years ago. 

"The case has not been properly investigated," said Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani, referring to the failure of previous governments to present a plausible explanation for the killing, which took place on Aug. 8, 1993, amid fierce jockeying for influence between Moscow and Washington in the newly independent nation.

"We have some serious doubts about what really happened," she added in an interview during a visit to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe along with Georgia's prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, an enigmatic billionaire who took office after parliamentary elections last October.

Michael Pullara, a lawyer based in Houston who has studied the Woodruff murder case closely and lobbied for years for a new investigation, said he was "absolutely delighted" by Georgia's apparent readiness to re-examine the murky saga. He added that despite the passage of so many years, "a lot of the missing pieces have now been found and it is possible to know the truth." [Read more: Higgins/NYTimes/28April2013]

FBI's Longtime Director Faces Criticism of Bureau Again. As he nears the end of a dozen years as director of the FBI, Robert Mueller finds himself defending the agency over its handling of two high-profile cases. It is a familiar spot for the low-key ex-Marine.

At the request of President Barack Obama, Mueller stayed on for two years beyond the job's 10-year term to help stabilize law enforcement's fight against domestic and international threats to U.S. security. Recent events - the bombing at the Boston Marathon and ricin-laced letters sent to Obama and a U.S. senator - have left Mueller dealing with suggestions that agency missteps may have added to the damage.

Mueller, 68, who is scheduled to leave office in early September, has endured many congressional attacks against his agency's performance. While he is not universally praised on Capitol Hill, he has won enough bipartisan support to be considered a success.

Tellingly, it was a target of the 2001 anthrax letters - Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont - who told Mueller at a 2008 hearing that he seriously doubted the findings of the FBI's long and complicated anthrax investigation. But three years later, Leahy as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman helped Mueller win a two-year extension of his term. [Read more: Reuters/27April2013]

Top Spy Orders Review of Intelligence Prior to Boston Bombing. The nation's top spy on Monday requested a broad review into "the US government's handling of intelligence information leading up to the Boston Marathon bombings," according to an internal memo, the latest sign that top officials are concerned that critical warning signs may have been missed that could have prevented the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

The review, sought by James. R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, will be overseen by the Intelligence Community Inspector General, which is responsible for investigating waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct within the nation's 17 intelligence agencies.

The probe comes amid mounting evidence that US intelligence and law enforcement agencies possessed information indicating that at least one of the two suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had militant tendencies and traveled to the Russian province of Dagestan, home to several Islamic terrorist groups.

Both Tsarnaev and his mother, Zubeidat, were also added to at least two terrorist databases in 2011 at the request of the CIA but neither received any follow up after an initial FBI investigation earlier that year conducted at the request of Russia's Federal Security Service. [Read more: Bender/BostonGlobe/29April2013]

CRS: Military Likely to Get Some Intel Community Tools, Missions. The Defense Department stands to benefit from changes at the Central Intelligence Agency that likely will be driven by budget cuts and operational needs, says the Congressional Research Service.

In a report dated April 23 and released by the Federation of American Scientists, CRS predicts "a new set of intelligence challenges resulting from budgetary realities and from second-order effects stemming from post-9/11 changes."

Some changes will create specific conundrums, like an Obama administration plan to bring about "long-term reductions with an emphasis on potentially redundant information technology systems." Sounds good, right? After all, redundant systems means wasted monies, right? Sure, but...

"There is great concern, however, that any reductions be carefully made to avoid curtailing capabilities that have become integral to military operations and to policy-making in many areas," CRS warns.

Other potential changes include altering how intelligence agencies share information, an issue that has popped up recently as the FBI, CIA and other federal entities have thrown a bit of mud at one another for potentially shoddy and incomplete efforts to share information about the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. [Read more: Bennett/DefenseNews/29April2013]


Eyewitness 1863: Female Teen is Accused of Being Southern Spy. Mary J. Prater was wearing the uniform of a Union cavalryman when she was arrested in 1863 on suspicion of being a spy for the Confederacy.

Interviewed by a reporter from The Pittsburgh Post, she said she was neither a teenaged Mata Hari nor a jilted girlfriend. "We asked her if she had not followed a lover into the army, when she asserted positively that she had not, but had gone for mere love of adventure," according to the May 8 edition of the newspaper.

Prater was not shy about her family's support for the rebels or about anything else. The story describes her as "a plump, good featured specimen of sweet sixteen or seventeen, but so far gone in depravity that it was painful to listen to her."

"She swore like a trooper, and dipped snuff like a - well, here our simile fails us," the reporter wrote.

Prater told the reporter that she had two siblings serving in the Southern army, and "she did not want her brothers to hear of her disgrace," referring to her use of foul language. She indicated they would not be upset about her cross-dressing or the accusations of spying. [Read more: Barcousky/PittsburghPostGazette/28/April2013]

Top 10 Best New Spy Cameras for the Sneaky Surveillance Enthusiast. The spy camera has been an important evidence gathering tool ever since the Tica Expo Watch Camera hit the market in the late 1800's. Looking like an ordinary pocket watch, which at the time was almost as ubiquitous as today's cellphone, it allowed spies, undercover officers and private eyes to easily gather visual evidence that prior to that had been extremely difficult or practically impossible. In time cameras would be built into almost every object imaginable, and to this day the trend continues. Only nowadays modern technology has made it possible to develop smaller devices and to operate them remotely, or have them take pictures or shoot video automatically thanks to movement or heat sensors. 

Spy cameras traditionally have been very inexpensive. A Tica Expo Watch Camera in 1931 would cost you $5, which would be just over $70 in today's dollars. And there are spy cameras to be had for much less. The low cost and ease of use of modern spy cameras have made them accessible to ordinary consumers, not just well-funded intelligence agencies. 

This brings us to our next point. Consumers should be aware that there are legal and ethical ramifications regarding the use of hidden spy cameras in the workplace, at home, government buildings and other places. As an example, conservative activist James O'Keefe recently agreed to pay $100,000 to Juan Carlos Vera, former ACORN employee, who he videotaped without his consent. Be sure to check your state's laws regarding surreptitious audio and video recording before doing anything.

Having said that, let's look at ten of the most clever spy cameras in the market. These were selected based on low price point, uniqueness and, why not, coolness factor. [Read more: Rubio/InventorSpot/28April2013]

Inside the CIA Mission to Haul Plutonium Up the Himalayas. Back in the day, America's spies didn't have the kind of surveillance satellites that can pinpoint you from orbit. The CIA had to rely on much rougher methods like climbing the Himalayan mountains. In theory, it was an ideal place to put sensor devices and spy on China. It also nearly ended in complete failure.

It was 1965, and the Pentagon and CIA were worried. The Vietnam War was beginning to ramp up. The People's Republic of China had recently conducted its first nuclear test, but intelligence was limited. Chinese missile tests were being conducted at a secretive facility a few hundred miles north of the Himalayan mountains, but intelligence estimates for the missiles' range - and compatibility with nuclear warheads - was unclear. The mountain range blocked ground-based sensors, which could have picked up the missiles' radio telemetry signals. Worse, Pakistan had just kicked out America's spy planes, and precision satellite imagery was still primitive.

There was another option. Two years prior, the first successful American expedition to the summit of Mount Everest had completed its trip with a small team of Sherpa guides. Gen. Curtis "Bombs Away" LeMay, the Air Force's top officer and who secured some funding for the 1963 expedition, wanted to know if the mountaineers would go back.

"Le May was wondering if these hardy Sherpa people - who had worked in support of the 1963 expedition - and the members themselves might be interested in participating in a clandestine operation," Broughton Coburn, author of the book The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest, tells Danger Room. Their job: carry a plutonium-powered generator - known as a SNAP unit - and a sensor device to a Himalayan peak high enough to secure a direct line of sight to where China's missiles were flying. Once at a suitable summit, the team would assemble the device and aim it towards China.

But the expedition ran into several problems. [Read more: Beckhusen/Wired/29April2013]

U.S. Role at a Crossroads in Mexico's Intelligence War on the Cartels. For the past seven years, Mexico and the United States have put aside their tension-filled history on security matters to forge an unparalleled alliance against Mexico's drug cartels, one based on sharing sensitive intelligence, U.S. training and joint operational planning.

But now, much of that hard-earned cooperation may be in jeopardy. 

The December inauguration of President Enrique Pe�a Nieto brought the nationalistic Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) back to power after 13 years, and with it a whiff of resentment over the deep U.S. involvement in Mexico's fight against narco-traffickers.

The new administration has shifted priorities away from the U.S.-backed strategy of arresting kingpins, which sparked an unprecedented level of violence among the cartels, and toward an emphasis on prevention and keeping Mexico's streets safe and calm, Mexican authorities said.

Some U.S. officials fear the coming of an unofficial truce with cartel leaders. The Mexicans see it otherwise. "The objective of fighting organized crime is not in conflict with achieving peace," said Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico's ambassador to the United States.

Interviews with more than four dozen current and former U.S. and Mexican diplomats, law enforcement agents, military officers and intelligence officials - most of whom agreed to speak about sensitive matters only on condition of anonymity - paint the most detailed public portrait to date of how the two countries grew so close after so many years of distance and distrust, and what is at stake should the alliance be scaled back. [Read more: Priest/WashingtonPost/27April2013]

The KGB Bugged the Hell Out of Estonia Hotel Guests. Old Town Tallinn in Estonia feels like it should be on top of a wedding cake, the old city walls, church steeples, narrow cobblestone streets, and pastel colors putting forth a true Medieval vibe. Aside from aesthetics, the main draw of the city is the deep and relatively recent history - Estonia gained its independence from Soviet power less than 25 years ago, in 1991.

Men and women in their late 20s and early 30s can share stories of the communistic culture they experienced as children, including long lines at food markets and loss of property, all of which took place under the careful watch of the KGB. Estonians were forced to vacate or share their households with Soviets depending upon their income.

There are many hotels located within the Old Town walls to choose from, but if you want a true taste of KGB history during your visit, consider the Sokos Hotel Viru just outside Old Town. Opened in 1972, it's the largest hotel in Estonia with over 500 rooms, and during Soviet occupation, the KGB had an office on the top floor (the 23rd floor, which did not have a button on the elevator).

They always denied their presence, but they bugged the guests, literally. [Read more: HotelChatter/29April2013]


'Farewell,' Reagan's Favorite Spy! The disintegration of the USSR is inextricably entwined and intimately related to the life and times, failures and accomplishments, paradoxes and contradictions of the courageous Russian who is the subject of Farewell - The Greatest Spy of the Twentieth Century by Sergei Kostin and Eric Raynaud. We are speaking of KGB officer and Russian patriot, Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Ippolitovich Vetrov (1932-1985; code name: Farewell), a man who had the tenacious clarity of purpose and the steely determination to carry on through and accomplish his human goal at any price. Vetrov crossed over to the West as a defector-in-place and spied against the KGB and his former Soviet comrades. Why? Because he was sickened by the nepotism of the apparachiks, the abuses, corruption, and injustice plaguing the KGB specifically, and the lack of individual freedom, hypocrisy of the nomenklatura, inequalities and abuses sustained by the citizens in the entire Soviet system where family connections were more important than merit and hard work. What was his goal? To break the machinery of repression of the corrupt KGB and bring down the Soviet system, even if this task would ultimately lead to his personal destruction and death.

To comprehend the dimensions of Vetrov's accomplishment and the global implications of the Farewell dossier, it is necessary to understand the dismal geopolitical situation of the West vis-�-vis the USSR from the 1970s up to 1981, the year of Vetrov's revelations to France and the United States. [Read more: Faria/GOPUSA/26April2013]

Four Famous Cases of Americans Accused of Espionage. Timothy Tracy must be going through some tough times right now.

The 35-year-old filmmaker from Hollywood, California, was arrested in Venezuela on Wednesday just as he was leaving the country.

Tracy was apparently in Venezuela to make a documentary. But he is being accused by the Venezuelan government of giving payments to "radical" opposition groups, and of carrying out plans to destabilize the highly divided country.

Curiously, Tracy is not the first American to experience such an incident. Here are some stories of Americans who have been accused of espionage and similar acts in countries that are not friendly with the U.S. Some were quickly released through diplomatic negotiations, and others had to spend years in foreign jails. One of the members of this notorious club still lingers in a Cuban jail. [Read more: Rueda/ABCNews/29April2013]

A Moment's Thought for Russian Intelligence Agencies. I got home from a long day on the road when I caught up with this brief report.

"WASHINGTON (AP) - Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call."

"In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said."

You know, there are just a few things - probably impossible in the real world - which would be nice if they could come true.

1. If medical professionals on TV actually have anything better to do with their time, it would be nice if they could stop telling me how I shouldn't enjoy bacon so much.

2. If hotel bars in Manhattan are actually charging $45 for a Bombay Sapphire martini, it would be nice if they told you that they planned to rob you in that fashion before you have two of them.


3. If Russian intelligence agencies actually have a list of people living in the United States whose phones they are tapping and are talking to their moms or whoever about Jihad and possibly attacking the United States, it would be nice IF THEY GAVE US THE FREAKING LIST. [Shaw/HotAir/29April2013]

Silenced: The Writer Georgi Markov and the Umbrella Murder - Documentary had world premiere March 2013.

The documentary film Silenced: The Writer Georgi Markov and the Umbrella Murder had a world premiere in Sofia in March 2013.  It will be shown outside Bulgaria for the first time during the documentary film festival in Munich in May. AFIOmember Richard H. Cummings was an advisor to the film director and also appears in the film giving commentary on Cold War intelligence trade craft in Copenhagen, the concept of the contact weapon, and the background on Markov and Radio Free Europe as the cause for the assassination.His article on the murder of Georgi Markov appeared in the Winter 2009/2010 issue of Intelligencer.
Cummings tells AFIO: "In this film we move beyond the concept of a lone assassin, who used a modified umbrella to implant the poison pellet containing ricin into Georgi Markov's right thigh: we reenact the attack on Waterloo Bridge, with a team of 3 to 5 persons, one of whom used by a small, contact weapon. The umbrella was only a diversion and has been part of Cold War mythology since September 1978." More about the film is here in this Telegraph UK piece: Prime suspect in Georgi Markov 'umbrella poison' murder tracked down to Austria Thirty four years on, the murder of Georgi Markov - the Bulgarian dissident poisoned by the tip of an umbrella in central London - remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Cold War. IMDb coverage of the film is here. Richard Cummings provides summary and more about documentary at his blog here. AFIO will announce when the documentary becomes available to American audiences.

Section IV- Jobs
 [IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse these research inquiries or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding or supplying any information.]

Counterintelligence Analyst - Molesworth, UK

Position available: Late summer - contingent upon task order award.

Duties/Requirements: The Counterintelligence Analyst provides analysis of the foreign intelligence service threat throughout the USEUCOM AOR and AOI in support of force protection intelligence requirements. JAC CI produces threat related products as well as furnishing informal notification of significant raw reporting. JAC CI produces threat assessments for theater operations and produces other threat related products. Additionally, JAC CI produces intelligence products for theater counterintelligence agencies to assist them in conducting CI operations and investigations.
CI intelligence analysis, supporting USEUCOM theater CI mission including all specified and implied tasks. The candidate will provide functional support and analysis in the form of production, collection and liaison capabilities. The candidate will conduct counterintelligence (CI) "In-briefs"- CI "in-briefs".  The candidate will also  respond to RFIs for intelligence issues within the theater, ranging from innumerable five minute phone responses to questions received during normal business, up to form I requests requiring in-depth research and analytic production taking several weeks.  Additionally, the candidate will conduct collection requirements, report evaluations, assessments, and Terrorist Arrest summaries. TS/SCI clearance is required for position consideration.

Education/Experience: Mid-Level: Bachelor or master's degree with 4-6 years of intelligence analysis experience, or, specialized training & 4-8 years intelligence analysis experience, or, equivalent intelligence/academic experience.

Senior Level: Bachelor or master's degree with 8+ years of intelligence analysis experience, or, specialized training & 10+ years intelligence analysis experience, or, equivalent intelligence/academic experience. Credentialed subject matter expert or recognized specialist in relevant field.

Please apply to  "annotate UK" in application or email with additional inquiries.

Section V - Coming Events

Coming Educational Events


MANY Spy Museum Events in 2013 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at The titles for some of these are in detail below and online.

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,, 321.777.5561

Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 8 - 9 am - Tysons Corner, VA - FREE one hour brief on Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cyber Security

Location: Microsoft Store Tysons Corner Mall, Virginia Level 2 parking area: Terrace C
RSVP to reserve your seat- we filled up last month. Registration to (240) 281-1627
*Up to 5 guests per person (all must RSVP) *New updated material every month! *Light refreshments will be served and multiple PRIZES will be drawn! * MORE DETAILS!!
This will be our LAST GTEC at the Microsoft store until the fall! All updates will be held at the International Spy Museum in the summer (updates to follow).

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 <>

Wednesday, 8 May 2013, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Monthly Update featuring David Major, at the International Spy Museum

Presented in partnership with the CI Centre, these monthly briefings will provide you with the opportunity to be the first to learn of the most current worldwide happenings in the field of intelligence and terrorism. Drawn from the Centre's SPYPEDIA�, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, each Update will cover important events and information which may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Such as: espionage penetrations and arrests, cyber espionage reporting, and terrorist events. Briefings led by CI Centre founder David Major will include trend analysis and coverage of new emerging issues of value to the intelligence and security professional and individuals with an interest in national security matters. Major will also highlight and review, as appropriate, new books and reports to keep you current with breaking developments in the national security arena.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. Further information at

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 R. 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. Register now.

Saturday, 11 May 2013, 11am - 3pm - Orange Park, FL - AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts J. Perry Smith, former CIA and FBI Executive

We have a most unique guest speaker for the occasion, J. Perry Smith, who is currently serving as Canon Pastor at St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville. But that's just the tip of the iceberg of a most unusual and diverse career. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1944, but spent his early childhood in West Virginia and California.
In the early 1960s, he tried his hand at bullfighting in Mexico, life as a Trappist monk at The Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky, with Thomas Merton, and in 1967-68, he went to war in Vietnam. Perry did what few people have ever done. He was a CIA field operative for eight years, then left the agency and ultimately became a senior executive FBI Agent. His CIA story will appeal to those interested in an insider's perspective, spy versus spy, set mostly in Mexico, Central America and Europe during the Cold War. His 22 years of experience as an FBI Agent give a rare opportunity to see how one of the world's most secretive organizations actually operates. Then, even more rare, he became an Episcopal priest. On September 11, 2001, Perry Smith was reading in the courtyard at the Virginia Theological Seminary when he heard an explosion and felt the ground shake. Just eleven days earlier he had retired from the FBI. The antiterrorism unit had been his last assignment. Now he was studying to become an Episcopal priest. Perry lived in Spain and Latin America for many years and is an enthusiastic Hispanist, fluent in Spanish and a frequent traveler to Spain. Incidentally, he will be bringing copies of his book The Unlikely Priest to the meeting if you are interested in purchasing one.
Location: Country Club of Orange Park. RSVP to
Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

13 May 2013, noon - Washington, DC - The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese at the International Spy Museum

"One could not choose a worse place for fighting the Japanese," said Winston Churchill of northern Burma, but it was there that the fledgling Office of Strategic Services conducted its most successful combat operations of World War II. Troy Sacquety, a historian for the US Army's Special Operations Command, ventures into Burma's steaming jungles in the first book to fully cover the exploits and contributions of the OSS's Detachment 101 against the Japanese Imperial Army. In this talk, Sacquety will describe how Detachment 101 succeeded and created a prototype for today's Special Forces.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing. For more information please visit:

Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 4:30 - 6 pm - New York, NY - "The Law of Counterterrorism & Related Issues" conference and Roundtable Discussion on The Law of Counterterrorism

A timely event co-Sponsored by the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and The Council on Intelligence Issues.
Expert authors from the landmark ABA book The Law of Counterterrorism will discuss areas examined in detail in the book, such as key legal issues regarding the law of war as it pertains to detention, interrogation, and combatants; criminal jurisdiction and military commissions; the leading role of the NYPD in combating terrorism; the organization, structure, and authorities of the intelligence community; the PATRIOT Act and the IRTPA; implications of advice of counsel in controversial cases in the war on terror; and more. Reception follows the event.
Distinguished Speakers: New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly; John D. Altenburg, Jr., Maj. Gen., U.S. Army, ret., Principal, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Karen J. Greenberg, Director, Center for National Security, Fordham Law School; Richard B. (Dick) Jackson, Col., U.S. Army, ret., Law of War Advisor to Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army; � W. George Jameson, former Senior Counsel, CIA; Lynne K. Zusman, Editor, ABA Administrative Law Section Fellow. Event is being hosted by O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Times Square Tower, 30th Floor, 7 Times Square, NY 10036 (212) 326-2000. Reception follows the event. Due to building security policy, guests will have to register using a photo ID at security on the ground floor. Please allow extra time to complete this process.
Cancellation: Cancellations accepted until May 7, 2013. Substitutions are encouraged. E-mail or Fax request to 202-662-1529.
Payment: There is no charge for this program, however space is limited and advance registration is required. Return this form by EMAIL: OR FAX: 202.662.1529 OR MAIL: Angela Petro, ABA Section of Administrative Law, 740 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.
CLE: There is NO CLE Credit available for this program.
Special Needs: Please contact Angela Petro at 202-662-1582 or to request accommodation for any special needs no later than May 7, 2013.

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

16 May 2013, 12.30-2.30 PM - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO LA Chapter hears Dr. Essmaeel of DHS on Role of Intel at DHS in California

Dr. Fadi Essmaeel from the U.S. Congress will be addressing the AFIO L.A. Chapter on the topic of Homeland Security & Emergency Management challenges in Southern California and the evolving role of intelligence. Meeting Location: LAPD Ahmanson Training Center RM 1G 5651 W. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Please RSVP for your attendance and access to the facility:
Dr. Fadi Essmaeel serves as HS Director for US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the CA-48th District and as Chairman of the Training and Exercise Subcommittee of the Central CA Area Maritime Security Committee. He is a physician, former officer with the IDF and a human rights activist. As first responder and incident commander he handled numerous incidents that took place against the backdrop of key historical landmarks such as the South-Lebanon conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the ensuing waves of violence. For 13 years, Dr. Essmaeel has offered free-of-charge educational programs for HS/EM officials resulting in delivery of more than a 100,000 professional training hours in myriad subjects. Trainees represent all government jurisdictions and a wide variety of private sector industries. During the early 2000's he also initiated an ongoing nation-wide digital information-sharing campaign during which terabytes of information have already been disseminated including: manuals, handbooks, guidelines, best practices, procedures, training materials, course calendars etc. Central to his duties, he facilitates trouble-shooting for response-agencies as they interact with the federal government and has supervised more than 2000 constituent-cases with HHS/DoD/DHS/DOJ. Dr. Essmaeel voluntarily mentors and tutors first responders and their training managers in diverse jurisdictions across the United States. He operates the SOCAL Training and Knowledge Network (STAK-Net) service for HS/EM.

31 May 2013, 7 pm - Washington, DC - The ESP in Espionage: An Evening with Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows - at the International Spy Museum

When the US government began their Star Gate program in the 1970s, they were focused on the possibility of using psychic channels to gather intelligence. Psychics, in a clinically controlled setting, were asked to perform "remote viewing"―attempting to sense targeted information about people, places, and events. Reports of the program's success run from the eerie to the off-base, but the intelligence world's pursuit of the mind's power has captured the imagination of Alain Nu. The Man Who Knows has long been obsessed with the strange, the unknown, and unexplained. His exploration of the unusual has led him to the field of mentalism and developing his untold powers. Nu's uncanny demonstrations blur the line between science and the mysteries of unexplained phenomena and have been featured in his own TLC Network television specials The Mysterious World of Alain Nu and his book Picture Your ESP! Now he is turning his ESPecially entertaining powers to the world of ESPionage. Join us for an evening with Nu inspired by Star Gate, the trickery of spies, and other top secret projects. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit:

31 May - 12 June 2013 - NYC to England - "The Spying Game: The Cold War and Cambridge" aboard the Queen Mary 2, with Intelligence Expert Nigel West

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

2 - 14 June 2013 - Charlottesville, VA - UVA 21st National Security Law Institute June 2013 Training Program

Each summer for the past two decades, the University of Virginia Law School's Center for National Security Law has run a highly intensive training program during the first two weeks of June. While primarily aimed at helping to prepare law professors to teach in the field, the program is also open to government lawyers from the United States and abroad. Classes are taught by some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, including the directors of the UVA center and of similar national security law centers at Duke and Georgetown.

The 2013 Institute will take place at the University of Virginia School of Law between June 2 and June 14. The deadline for applications is April 12, but applications may be submitted at any time before then. The $1950.00 tuition fee covers lodging during the seminar as well as books and other reading materials. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Charlottesville and meals other than lunches during the two-week period.

Whether you are new to the field and need a broad overview of some of the most important issues, or are looking to update your expertise and take advantage of the networking opportunities the Institute offers, you will find it both an enjoyable and a rewarding educational experience. Further information on the Institute may be found at, and questions about the Institute may be submitted by email to Professor Robert (Bob) F. Turner or by phone to (434) 924-4083

Wednesday, 05 June 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "Global Terrorism, Espionage, and Cybersecurity Monthly Update," at the International Spy Museum

This noontime, no cost presentation is done in partnership with the CI Centre, to provide an opportunity to be the first to learn of the most current worldwide happenings in the field of intelligence and terrorism. Drawn from the Centre�s SPYPEDIA�, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world. Each update covers important events and information which may not be reported by mainstream media outlets; such as, espionage penetrations and arrests, cyber espionage reporting, and terrorist events. Briefings led by CI Centre founder David Major will include trend analysis and coverage of new emerging issues of value to the intelligence and security professional and individuals with an interest in national security matters. Major will also highlight and review, as appropriate, new books and reports to keep you current with breaking developments in the national security arena. Tickets: Free! No registration required. See

12 June 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor: Nazi Spy? at the International Spy Museum

When King Edward VIII abdicated the English thrown in December 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson, the world was agog. And many feared the political implications of a former king on the loose. What would these notorious lovers do? Would they attempt to influence world affairs? It seemed that the worst nightmare of many observers was coming to pass when photos of the two gleefully gladhanding Hitler appeared in 1937. During World War II, the former King was given governorship of the Bahamas - a post that those in-the-know rightly considered a form of exile. But just how dangerous were they? Amanda A. Ohlke, Adult Education Director at the International Spy Museum, will overview the most serious accusations and credit or debunk them. Much is made of secret files and gossip, but this June, the 76th anniversary of their controversial marriage, find out the truth about Wallis and Edward. After the presentation, toast the famed couple's marriage with some bubbly and trade a quip with the Baltimore-born Duchess. The Duchess, as brought to life by historical enactor Emily Lapisardi, will answer to some of the most heinous accusations in the spirit of Mrs. Simpson.
Space is limited - advance registration required! For more information or to purchase tickets please visit:

14 June 2013, 6:30 pm - Washington, DC - Surveillance 201 with Eric O'Neill - Spy School Workshop at the International Spy Museum

What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in US history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O'Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen's assistant with the secret task of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for Russia. O'Neill's background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he was up to the challenge. O'Neill has run some previous recruits through a surveillance basics course, and now he's ready to take those with the expertise to the next level. This advanced small group surveillance exercise is best suited to those who already know how to track the "Rabbit" without being "made." O'Neill will rate your clandestine prowess while you spy on secret meetings and operational acts and see if you can uncover the spy skullduggery that's afoot while you are on foot. There is no guarantee that your "Rabbit" won't escape!
Space is limited to only 10 participants � advance registration required! For more information or to purchase tickets please visit:

Saturday 22 June 2013 - Milford, MA - AFIO New England Chapter hosts their Summer Meeting

Speaker TBD. Location: Courtyard by Marriott in Milford, Mass. Hotel website is here.
Schedule: Registration & gathering, 1000 - 1130, Membership meeting 1130 - 1200; Luncheon at 1200 followed by keynote speaker; Adjournment at 2:30PM.
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