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Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Europe Should Be Grateful for US Spying: Lawmaker. Europeans should be grateful for US spying operations because they keep them safe, US lawmakers said Sunday, urging allies to improve their own intelligence and oversight efforts.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers called "disingenuous" foreign governments' outrage over the National Security Agency's large dragnet over communications of several dozen world leaders and ordinary citizens.
And he blamed the news media for getting the story wrong.
"I think the bigger news story here would be... if the United States intelligence services weren't trying to collect information that would protect US interests both (at) home and abroad," the Republican told CNN. [Read more: Hampton/AFP/27October2013]
FBI Probing Whether Russia Used Cultural Junkets to Recruit American Intelligence Assets. On September 30, Richard Portwood, a 27-year-old Georgetown University graduate student, received a phone call from an FBI agent who said the bureau wanted to meet with him urgently. Portwood didn't know why the FBI would have any interest in him, but two days later he sat down with a pair of agents at a coffee shop near his apartment. They told him they suspected that Yury Zaytsev, the US director of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program that Portwood had participated in, was a spy.
Since 2001, Zaytsev's organization, Rossotrudnichestvo, has footed the bill for about 130 young Americans - including political aides, nonprofit advocates, and business executives - to visit Russia. Along with Portwood, Mother Jones has spoken to two other Rossotrudnichestvo participants who were questioned by the FBI about Zaytsev, who also heads the Russian Cultural Center in Washington.
The FBI agents "have been very up front about" their investigation into whether Zaytsev is a Russian intelligence agent, says a 24-year-old nonprofit worker whom the FBI has interviewed twice and who asked not to be identified. The FBI agents, according to this source, said, "We're investigating Yury for spying activities. We just want to know what interactions you've had with him." The nonprofit worker was shocked. Zaytsev, he says, is "what you imagine when you imagine a Russian diplomat. He's fairly stoic, tall, pale." Zaytsev did not travel on the exchange trips he helped arrange, and his contact with the Americans who went on these trips was limited.
The agents who interviewed the Rossotrudnichestvo participants did not tell them what evidence they possessed to support their suspicions. [Read more: Redden/MotherJones/23October2013]
US Alerts Diplomats That Snowden NSA Docs Could Expose Their Intel Ops. Two Western diplomats say U.S. officials have briefed them on documents obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that might expose the intelligence operations of their respective countries and their level of cooperation with the U.S.
Word of the briefings by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence comes amid questions swirling around overseas surveillance by the National Security Agency, which has angered allies on two continents and caused concern domestically over the scope of the intelligence-gathering.
The two Western diplomats said officials from ODNI have continued to brief them regularly on what documents the director of national intelligence believes Snowden obtained.
The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the intelligence briefings publicly. [Read more: Dozier/AP/25October2013]
Spy Chiefs to Face Congress as European Allies Complain About Surveillance. When top U.S. intelligence officials testified at a congressional hearing weeks ago, the public uproar was over the National Security Agency collecting the phone and email records of Americans.
But when the NSA director and other spy chiefs appear at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday it will be against a backdrop of angry European allies accusing the United States of spying on their leaders and citizens.
The most prominent target appears to have been German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose mobile phone was allegedly tapped by the NSA.
More than any previous disclosures from material given to journalists by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the reports of spying on close U.S. allies have forced the White House to promise reforms and even acknowledge that America's electronic surveillance may have gone too far.
"We recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate's intelligence committee, joined the ranks of critics on Monday, expressing outrage at U.S. intelligence collection on allies, and pique that her committee was not informed. [Read more: Zakaria/Reuters/29October2013]
US Canceled Delivery of Predators on Disclosure of Agents. The United States Congress canceled the delivery to Turkey of 10 Predators - unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are proving crucial in combating terrorism - following Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan's disclosure of the identity of 10 Iranians who had been working for Mossad with the Iranian intelligence service, according to the Taraf daily.
The daily reported that the claims about Fidan can be traced back to the year after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 when the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) suspended relations with Israel's intelligence agency Mossad and shared information about the Israeli agency with Iran.
Reacting to Turkey's move, the US canceled the delivery to Turkey of 10 Predators. Turkey was expecting the Predators in June of last year, but the US Congress decided not to accept Ankara's request because of the close relations between MİT and the Iran intelligence service.
According to Turkish government sources, the timing of the release of news against Fidan in the US press is related to the fact that NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defense firm sanctioned by Washington to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, US and European firms. [Read more: WorldBulletin/22October2013]
Norway Intelligence Service Tried to Stop Kenya Mall Attack Suspect. Norway's domestic intelligence service tried to prevent one of the suspected gunmen in the Nairobi mall attack from joining Somali militants more than three years ago, but failed to talk him out of it, the agency's chief said in an interview Wednesday.
The man has been identified in Kenya as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, a 23-year-old Somalia native whose family moved to Norway in 1999. Norwegian authorities have still not named him, and had previously not said whether they knew of him before the four-day siege of the Westgate mall that killed nearly 70 people in the Kenyan capital.
But Marie Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, told The Associated Press that the Norwegian suspect was well known to her agency and that it even tried to dissuade him from becoming a jihadist.
"We had several talks with him ... before he left Norway more than three years ago," Bjoernland said at PST's headquarters in Oslo. "Obviously we didn't succeed, but there was quite an effort put into the preventive side of this." [Read more: AP/23October2013]
Saudi Restores Libyan Spy Chief Moussa Koussa's Role as Global Shadow Broker. Until two months ago, Saudi Arabia considered Moussa Koussa, the most prominent Libyan intelligence chief under Muammar Gaddafi, a major threat to its security. But it seems that Bandar bin Sultan's return as Saudi's spy chief helped reset Koussa's record and recruit him for his team.
Koussa, the former head of Libyan intelligence, is suddenly no longer the same dangerous man accused of planning terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia, as he had been under Gaddafi. Thanks to Bandar bin Sultan's return, the book has been closed on Koussa's anti-Saudi past.
Koussa has now been classified as "friendly," as Bandar has enlisted Koussa's important skills for his open-ended security operations in many parts of the world, especially Syria.
Reports indicate that over the past two months Riyadh subjected Koussa to the traditional procedures that Saudi uses to re-establish relations with certain figures. Accordingly, Koussa was invited by Saudi intelligence to perform the umra in Mecca, and then the hajj as a guest of the royal court. [Read more: Charara/GlobalResearch/25October2013]
Council Agrees on New Chief of Serbian Intelligence Agency. Aleksandar Đorđević has been selected to take over as the new director of the Security-Information Agency (BIA), B92 has learned.
His nomination has been accepted by the Council for National Security.
The council held a session on Friday and made its decision, which will be forwarded to the Serbian government, which should adopt it.
Đorđević, a lawyer from Čačak, central Serbia, was being mentioned recently as "the most serious candidate" to take over as the new head of the BIA.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade in 1995, and worked in the District Court in Belgrade, joining the Belgrade Bar Association in 1998.
Until 2001 Đorđević worked as a lawyer in Veljko Guberina's law firm in Belgrade, and then opened his own practice. [Read more: B92/25October2013]
Canadian Security Intelligence Service Gets New Director. The Harper government shook up the top ranks of Canada's primary spy agency and its Foreign Affairs Department Friday, the latest in a string of changes to senior leadership throughout the federal civil service.
Long-time spy Michel Coulombe formally takes over as director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, five months after he was tapped to serve as interim director to replace the outgoing Richard Fadden.
Fadden famously made headlines in June 2010 when he said in an interview that foreign countries were actively engaged in industrial and political spying in Canada, and that they held sway over several unnamed Canadian politicians.
He is now the most senior civilian leader at National Defence. [Read more: Berthiaume/Postmedia/25October2013]
Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE
Refugee or Spy? South Korea Reviews its Standards. Shortly after Park Ji-eun arrived in South Korea, intelligence agents demanded to know every detail of her life, where in North Korea she had come from, how she managed to escape, and where all her family members were. All North Korean refugees who make it to Seoul go through this same intense two-month interrogation process.
The questioning was Ms. Park's first experience in her new home. At 25, she fled North Korea out of frustration with the lack of opportunity there.
"It was difficult recalling all the details. The agents were really meticulous and sometimes aggressive, so it was stressful, but I understand the need to protect the country," says Park, who now, more than a decade later, operates a business teaching sewing skills in a suburb of Seoul.
The process of vetting newly arrived North Koreans has faced renewed scrutiny since earlier this month when an opposition lawmaker, citing Ministry of Justice data, announced that about half of the North Korean spies caught in South Korea in the past decade made it into the South after posing as refugees. [Read more: Borowiec/ChristianScienceMonitor/27October2013]
Should Europe Be Worried by Russia's Spying Resurgence? As the fallout from the latest revelations over the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) tests diplomatic ties between Washington and allies including France and Germany, should Europe also be worried about a rise in Russian espionage?
French daily Le Figaro reported Friday that, according to intelligence experts and diplomats, Russia's intelligence agencies have stepped up their activity under President Vladimir Putin to a level not seen since the height of the Cold War.
Russian intelligence is particularly active in the former Soviet republics, especially those with an eye to joining the EU or NATO, a diplomat posted in the region told the newspaper.
"In Georgia, officers of the [former] KGB have been placed in security structures," said the diplomat. "In Ukraine and Belarus, the penetration of Russian intelligence services is very deep - local KGB are controlled by Moscow."
But the effects of a reinvigorated Russian intelligence operation have also been felt further west. [Read more: Ball/France24/25October2013]
Video: NSA Director Gen. Alexander and Cybersecurity. Jessica L. Tozer sits down with NSA Director and CYCOM Commander General Keith Alexander to get the story straight about the National Security Agency's most criticized foreign intelligence and cybersecurity programs. Watch the video here.
'Spy Rocks' Could Be the Military's New Secret Weapon. Warfare technology has come a long way since the days of throwing stones, but that won't keep the military from incorporating rocks into their arsenal of weapons.
This week at the annual AUSA Army meeting in Washington, D.C., Lockheed Martin showcased developments in their surveillance technology called SPAN (Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network), a "covert, perpetually self-powered wireless sensor network" that can provide "unobtrusive, continuous surveillance" in units so small they can fit in a rock.
SPAN is a mesh network of self-organizing sensors that, when triggered, can cue a camera or an unmanned aerial vehicle to further study an area, or summon an engineer when a pipeline or bridge structure is in danger or fractured. It uses proprietary algorithms to reduce false alarms.
Lockheed touts the "field-and-forget" technology as providing maximum coverage at minimal costs, claiming that the sensors can remain in the field for years at a time without maintenance, powered by solar technology.
The defense contractor is hoping to sell its spy rocks for surveillance, border protection, pipeline monitoring and bridge security, among other things. [Read more: McDuffee/Wired/25October2013]
Washington's Intelligence Community Comes Out For a Gala "Spy" Prom. No one in the ballroom came right out and shouted, "William McRaven for elected office!" but the idea hovered like a thought bubble over the OSS Society's William J. Donovan Award Dinner Saturday night, where the commander of US Special Operations was honored - including by President Obama - and even sounded himself a bit like a candidate. The annual celebration commemorating the World War II spy agency and predecessor of the CIA - for the intelligence and special operations communities, it's the prom and the Oscars wrapped in one - is a time for reminiscing and gossiping for both the smooth-skinned, ramrod-spined young operatives and the retired spies and warriors with more medals than hair or teeth. But McRaven, the Navy admiral who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden and who received the Donovan award, gave this year's gathering a political edge.
President Obama addressed the audience and the honoree via taped video, his image filling three ceiling-high screens. He called McRaven "one of the finest special operators our nation has ever produced. Few Americans will ever see what you do, but every American is safer because of your service." Also lauding him in taped messages were two other individuals who were directly involved in the bin Laden mission, former CIA director Leon Panetta and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
A third official who was a player in that historic episode, John Brennan, now director of Central Intelligence, relived the experience in his remarks. He said the deliberations to undertake the mission were "difficult and fraught with uncertainty." He said there was "a key moment in those deliberations when President Obama seemed to move a step closer to his final decision. It was when Adm. McRaven looked at the President and said, 'Sir, we can get this job done.' You could hear a pin drop. It was at that time that everyone in that room knew the decision was made and we were going forward." [Read more: Joynt/Washingtonian/28October2013]
Section III - COMMENTARY
Keeping Both Your Friends and Your Enemies Closer. Spying on friends as well as enemies has always been part of the intelligence game.
To pretend otherwise would be naive in the extreme. The trick, of course, is not to get caught.
Enter the US National Security Agency (NSA) and ex-CIA systems analyst Edward Snowden, the man behind the leaks about the US and UK surveillance programmes.
The fallout from Mr. Snowden's whistleblowing reached new levels of intensity this week with claims the NSA had spied on millions of French and German phone calls, and had even monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, or "handy" as they are known in Germany.
German outrage was only matched by that in Paris a few days earlier when French newspaper Le Monde reported similar claims of US snooping. This led to the French foreign minister calling in the US ambassador before reading him the riot act.
Amid all these accusations and the resulting diplomatic rancour, two questions are worth considering. [Read more: Pratt/HeraldScotland/25October2013]
Why We Spy. I have a word of advice for American allies outraged by alleged NSA spying on their leaders: Grow up. That means you Germany. You too France. And you, Brazil. Mexico too. Also the EU and the UN.
Does the NSA spy on your leaders? Probably. Do you spy on leaders of allied states including the United States? Probably. You just don't have the resources or capability to spy as effectively as the NSA does. But if you did, you would.
Don't bother denying it. All state subscribe to the principle enunciated by Lord Palmerston, the 19th century British foreign minister and prime minister: "We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow."
In the pursuit of their interests, all states need as much information as possible about the actions and (even harder to fathom) the intentions of other states, even (or perhaps especially) those with whom they are allied at the moment. There is pretty much no state on whose automatic loyalty you can count. Witness how our close allies the French refused to support the Iraq war but took the lead in Mali. Or how the Germans chose to sit out Iraq but participated in Afghanistan. And that's only looking at security policy; economic policy is also a big deal. The reason why all advanced nations spend a lot of money on intelligence is, in part, to help them answer such questions. [Read more: Boot/CommentaryMagazine/25October2013]
James Clapper, on Top of the Secret Empire. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence (DNI), is not your sleek, button-down spy chief. The 72-year-old retired Air Force general has a beatnik goatee, a tendency to speak in malapropisms and a cranky attitude that he sometimes sums up with the phrase "I'm too old for this [expletive]!"
The structure of Clapper's position overseeing the nation's 16 intelligence agencies has itself been a kind of bureaucratic nightmare. The post was created in 2004 to reduce the turf wars within the intelligence community that had prevented "connecting the dots" before Sept. 11, 2001. But although the legislation promised to empower a real intelligence chief, it kept key budget and management powers within the Pentagon - with the result that the DNI initially added more layering and second-guessing than efficiency.
The log-rolling and infighting that produced the unwieldy DNI structure is explained in a fascinating new book, Blinking Red, by Michael Allen, former staff director of the House intelligence committee and now with Beacon Global Strategies. He quotes former CIA director George Tenet describing the law as "a mad rush to rearrange wiring diagrams in an attempt to be seen as doing something." Bob Gates, the White House's first choice for DNI, refused because he thought it was "doomed to fail." Clapper himself warned that a "feckless" DNI would make things worse.
But there are welcome signs that this jury-rigged structure may finally be starting to work as the DNI responds to budget pressures and the scandals surrounding National Security Agency's surveillance programs. [Read more: Ignatius/WashingtonPost/23October2013]
Note to the CIA: Be Careful Who You Assassinate. President Barack Obama might be forgiven if he has moments when he fantasizes about killing Hamid Karzai.
Someday, notes from the Oval Office (or maybe even secret tapes) may reveal that Obama and his aides tossed around ideas on how to rid themselves of the Afghan president, who has returned the favor of being placed in power by looting Afghanistan's treasury, subverting the U.S.'s democratic goals for the country and consorting with its enemies.
Faced with a similar conundrum, President John F. Kennedy wrung his hands in the autumn of 1963, when the corruption and viciousness of the family Washington had helped install in power in South Vietnam threatened to hand the country over to the communists. There were no good choices in Vietnam, Kennedy observed as his secret microphones recorded the White House deliberations. "We're up to our hips in mud out there." Congress might get "mad" at him for conspiring with Vietnamese generals in a coup d'etat, he said, but "they'll be madder if Vietnam goes down the drain."
And so, 50 years ago this month, Kennedy let loose the CIA. U.S.-backed generals in Saigon overthrew and assassinated South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Nhu, head of the regime's secret police, in the back of an armored personnel carrier. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/21Ocotber2013]
Sacrebleu, You Mean You Spy? Over the weekend, the French newspaper Le Monde published a new set of documents from Edward Snowden that show the National Security Agency is surveilling French telephone networks. The French government has condemned the American actions, calling the U.S. ambassador in for a reportedly heated discussion - and raising tensions right before Sec. of State John Kerry visits Paris.
It's curious, isn't it, how these NSA revelations keep coming out right before major U.S. diplomatic initiatives? Back in June, Snowden revealed the IP addresses of Chinese servers being monitored by the NSA right when Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping visited the U.S. for a summit on de-escalating the two countries' cyberattacks on each other.
More recently, Glenn Greenwald leaked Snowden documents detailing espionage activity in Brazil (including against a state-owned petroleum company) right before Brazilian Pres. Dilma Rousseff was scheduled to visit the White House. She canceled her trip in protest.
Now revelations about NSA activity in France are coming out right when Sec. Kerry arrives in Paris. It's probably a coincidence, but maybe there is a testable hypothesis here: see if new revelations about the NSA come out right before a major summit with Pres. Barack Obama or a visit by Sec. Kerry. [Read more: Foust/WIB/24October2013]
A Judgment on Intelligence. Despite everything you've gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important raw material for a successful intelligence service isn't information; it's judgment. If you don't know what information is worth collecting, and if you cannot figure out what this information means soon enough and clearly enough for policymakers to use it - you lose.
The latest case in point is the fuss over allegations in the German press that our country's intelligence service has been listening in to Angela Merkel's cell phone conversations. From the moment these allegations began to surface, American commentators and television talking heads - a few of whom have actually served in US intelligence, most of whom claim to be intelligence experts because they once, perhaps, were allowed to read a classified document - have been pooh-poohing these allegations as much ado about nothing. "Everyone does it," they pronounce, usually with a shrug and a wink. "So what's the big fuss?"
Yes, it's true that from time to time allies do spy on one another. France, for example, is infamous for running industrial espionage operations against America's leading high-tech companies. (It doesn't seem to have done the French much good; their economy is a basket case.) But just because our allies put more effort into spying on one another than spying on their real enemies, that doesn't mean we should too.
In the real world of intelligence, it isn't possible to know everything about everything. [Read more: Meyer/AmericanThinker/28October2013]
Update: Merkel's "Real" Cellphone is Secure. As Germany's "Handygate" has become a mass phenomenon bordering on hysteria, one of the strangest aspects has been the fact, which I've noted previously, that Chancellor Angela Merkel was using a quite insecure cellphone to conduct government business. According to numerous media reports, the cellphone in question, said to have been intercepted by NSA for years, was used by Merkel for political party affairs, and was supposed to be used only to the classification level of VS-NfD, which is roughly equivalent to the U.S. category of For Official Use Only (FOUO), in other words, not actually classified at all.
Except the actual story is coming into focus now and it's a rather different one than what Berlin's been complaining so loudly about. While Merkel has indeed had a quite vulnerable cellphone, her "real" Chancellor-Phone, as the Germans call it, is quite secure from interception.
As reported in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the manufacturer of Merkel's "real" phone, a D�sseldorf firm called Secusmart, is the provider of choice to the German government as well as some private firms who worry about data security (at a cost of 2,500 Euros per handset, there aren't many private buyers). Secusmart supplied Merkel with a voice encryption solution four years ago, based on software and a cryptographic chip, which was updated this year and works on all new BlackBerry handsets. Secusmart's CEO, Hans-Christoph Quelle, maintains that Merkel's calls using his firm's phone are quite secure, even against NSA. [Read more: 20Committee/28October2013]
Section IV - Obituaries, Jobs and Coming Events
Veteran Diplomat William Sullivan, who was last American Ambassador to Iran, has died at 90. William H. Sullivan, a veteran diplomat who oversaw the "secret war" in Laos, aided in negotiations to end U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and was the last American ambassador to Iran, has died. He was 90.
Sullivan died Oct. 11 at an assisted-living facility in Washington, according to his daughter, Anne Sullivan.
As ambassador to Laos, William Sullivan controlled a secret U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnamese troops moving through Laotian territory along the Ho Chi Minh trail. His daughter said he required that he approve all bombing runs, in an effort to limit civilian casualties and armed conflict in Laos.
William Sullivan played an important role in initiating the opening of discussions with the North Vietnamese that led to the Paris peace talks. As a deputy to Henry Kissinger, who was President Richard's national security adviser, Sullivan spent months helping coordinate the talks to extricate the U.S. from the Vietnam War.
Sullivan then served as ambassador to the Philippines and helped coordinate the arrival and eventual resettlement of thousands of Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon in 1975.
He was named ambassador to Iran in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter at a time that restive Iranians were growing tired of the rule of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. In 1979, Sullivan was instructed to tell the shah that the United States felt he should leave Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini, the exiled revolutionary leader, returned to Iran in early 1979, and revolutionary forces toppled the monarchy. [Read more: AP/23October2013]
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Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies. The Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant professor position in the Intelligence and National Security Studies program beginning August 2014. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations related to homeland security, with particular interests in law enforcement intelligence, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, counter-intelligence, cyber-security and public policy.
Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant field by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the field, as well as support the continued growth and development of the Intelligence and National Security Studies program. Prior experience with distance learning would be beneficial.
Coastal Carolina University is a middle-sized public comprehensive liberal arts institution with an enrollment of more than 9,300 students. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university awards baccalaureate and selective master's degrees in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, and education, and health and human services and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Science.
Interested applicants should apply online at www.coastal.edu/hreo. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references. Also submit copies of transcripts and teaching evaluations (if available) online or directly to Coastal Carolina University, c/o Dr. Jonathan Smith, Search Committee Chair, Department of Politics and Geography, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528. To ensure consideration, all materials should be received by November 15, 2013. For additional information, please contact Dr. Smith (email@example.com, 843-349-6573) or Dr. Holley Tankersley, Chair of the Department of Politics & Geography (firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-349-2949).
Coastal Carolina University is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and those with disabilities.
Coming Educational Events
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....
MANY more International Spy Museum Events in 2013 and some for 2014 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.
Friday, 1 November 2013, 6 pm - Washington, DC - The Baader Meinhof Complex - a documentary on German Extremism by Nathalie Vogel and Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz
The Baader Meinhof Complex, a 2008 German film by Uli Edel, points out the affinities between extremist movements. The story commences in the late 1960s--the era of the great counter-cultural revolution--when a group of West German radical leftists stages a protest against the Shah of Iran upon the monarch's visit to Free Berlin. Hating the Persian king, an alleged oppressor of his people, the young German leftists were apparently ignorant of or indifferent to the suffering of millions forced to live under Marxist tyrannies. The German police suppressed the disturbance, shooting one of the radicals in the process. To avenge themselves, the group took up terrorism. Soon enough, the young Marxist terrorists allied themselves with fellow extremists among Arab national socialists, pointing to a nexus between Western radicals and Middle Eastern radicals--based on a mutual antipathy towards Western Civilization--that survives to this day.
The movie will be introduced by Nathalie Vogel, a German extremism expert, and by Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, who teaches a directed study on extremist movements in history at IWP
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
MUST RSVP to email@example.com and must have printed confirmation email from IWP in order to attend event.
2 November 2013, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Russell Hayes, FBI, on "Changes in the FBI in Response to Terrorism"
Russell Hayes, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of the Brevard
Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a sub-office of
the FBI Tampa Division. Mr. Hayes also heads the Brevard Joint
Terrorism Task Force (JETTY), which includes representatives of five
Brevard law enforcement agencies. Mr. Hayes will address the
transformation of the FBI over the past decade into the agency that
serves us today, including the JETTY and counterterrorism work in
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Social Hour; greet old, new members and guests (cash bar)
12:15 PM: Sit Down lunch
Location: Eau Gallia Yacht Club, 100 Matura Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
TO ATTEND: Prepaid reservations are required which must be received by October 24. Send $28 pp to "AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter" to Bobbie Keith, PO Box 372397, Satellite Beach, FL 32937-2397. Questions: Contact AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter President Bobbie Keith at: (321) 777-5561 or email her at or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Late reservations cannot be accommodated. We regret we cannot accept walk-ins.
Menu Choices are: Rustic Chicken with Red Grape and Walnut Salad (S), or Tomato-Basil Pasta with Shrimp (P). Choice includes Cream of Mushroom soup, rolls, butter, coffee or tea. Dessert: Heath Bar Ice Cream Pie. (Price includes tax & gratuity).
7 November 2013, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Jim Quesada Chapter hosts Israeli Consul General, Dr. Andy David
Dr. Andy David, Israeli Consul General to the Pacific Northwest and former advisor to the Foreign Minister speaks at this event.
TIMES: 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
LOCATION: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Slat/Wewoka). Seating will be limited. RSVP required by 10/31/13 to Mariko Kawaguchi at email@example.com and mail check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-member guests $35 (must be accompanied by member).
Thursday, 7 November 2013, 4:30 - 6 PM - Washington, DC - National Security vs. Privacy - by John Metelski of Bridge the Divide Foundation.
Much has been written in the press recently about government programs
that track and record an individual's electronic communications, both
here and abroad. The intelligence community defends these programs as
necessary for national security; others assert they violate the
individual's right to privacy.
This presentation will briefly examine the historical tensions which have ever been present between the rights of the group vs the rights of the individual and how various forms of government have sought to address this tension with an eye toward self-preservation. We will examine the "operative factors" affecting how these systems have (or have not) changed to adapt to this tension, including how our system of Democracy is structured to handle this issue. We will then discuss how the present situation could be addressed and evaluate the path US democracy offers to resolve this tension.
John Metelski is a retired Army Local. He has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a law degree from Georgetown. He worked for the National Security Council during the time of the Watergate scandals of the '70s. He subsequently was counsel to and later founder of a number of businesses related to wireless telecommunications.
Location: The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
MUST RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 8 November 2013, noon - 2 pm - Loudoun, VA - Luke Bencie addresses Loudoun Crime Commission Group on "Counter - Espionage For The Business Traveler"
Luke Bencie, Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC., and author of Among Enemies, Counter - Espionage For The Business Traveler, discusses his experiences and insignts on threats business and government travelers face.
For the past 15 years, Luke Bencie has traveled to more than 120 countries on behalf of the U.S. intelligence community, as well as for the private defense industry. He has experienced – firsthand and sometimes painfully – the threat of espionage. He has seen the lengths to which foreign intelligence services and other hostile global competitors will go to steal American business secrets. Mr. Bencie currently serves as Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC, a security-consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area. A native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan State University and The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, he frequently lectures to defense contractors, U.S. government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on how to protect themselves and their intellectual property from espionage while traveling abroad. He lives in Northern Virginia.
Event location: Belmont Country Club
RSVP by November 5th to: RSVP@loudouncrimecommission.org
Doors open at noon for registering and networking, and the meeting starts at 12:30 PM.
Cost for the luncheon is $20.00 for non-members of the Loudoun Crime Commission, $15.00 for members, and can be paid by cash or check at the door
Saturday, 9 November 2013, 11 am - Orange Park, FL - The AFIO Northern Florida Chapter meets to hear Colonel John D. Frketic, USA (Ret).
The speaker will be Colonel John D. Frketic, USA (Ret),
who served 34 years of active service. He served as a platoon leader,
battalion S-2 and chief of the Division's All-Source
Intelligence Center. He was subsequently an instructor at the
Intelligence Center and School and served a two year tour as an Exchange
Officer in Australia. Throughout his career, Colonel Frketic continued
to serve alternating tours in Army tactical units as either the S-2/G-2
or as a unit commander.
He served 2 1/2 years as the commander of a special intelligence unit at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and also served first as the G-2 Operations and Plans Officer then Executive Officer of
the divisional intelligence battalion. He was individually deployed for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and after serving as the G-3 Current Operations Officer for the 3rd Army (ARDENT) Forward tactical operations center (TOC) he was selected as the G-2 of the 6th Infantry Division (Light).
Colonel Frketic commanded two battalions; the Military Intelligence battalion of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the Officer Training Battalion for the Intelligence Center and School at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. As the FORSCOMG-2/DOSING he was heavily involved with national intelligence fusion into the FBI's security effort for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, A. He concluded his career as the Deputy Commander for the Army Combat Readiness Center at Ft. Rucker, AL where he served as the senior intelligence officer for the initial U.S. civilian governing effort in Iraq under LAG (Ret.) Jay Garner and Ambassador L. Paul Bremer.
Event takes place at the Country Club of Orange Park. As you can see from the attached newsletter, we have a very exciting speaker on tap for the event, so we hope you will be able to attend -- as always, guests and family are cordially invited. PLEASE RSVP TO QUILL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT email@example.com or call him at (904) 545-9549. We need a total of 20+ attendees to meet the country club's requirements. I've also attached another item, a short article from a recent News mark magazine, entitled "NSA Snooping Runs Amok," which contains references and a photo of the new NSA Data Center in Bluff dale, Utah, which was reported to the Chapter in February of last year. General Webb will be conducting another "Lightning Round," which will include a group discussion of the method of selecting meeting dates for 1-2 years in advance. Does that work, are there conflicts, is there a better way? Good meeting coming up, Tandy and I hope to see y'all there.
Please RSVP right away for the 9 Nov. 2013 meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.
Saturday, 09 November 2013, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Washington, DC - Allan Topol's The Russian Endgame at the International Spy Museum
Join the International Spy Museum for an In-store book signing of The Russian Endgame by Allan Topol. Allan is the author of nine novels of international intrigue. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were national best sellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for movies.
Why all the interest? Well....in The Russian Endgame, the third and last book in his Craig Page trilogy, Director of EU Counterterrorism Craig Page, along with Elizabeth Crowder, are out to get vengeance on the Chinese General Zhou, and also thwart the attempts of former KGB agent, Dmitri Orlov, from a plot to assassinate the President of the United States and seizing classified military weaponry capable of shifting the balance of world power.
Author Allan Topol has written a thrill-packed roller-coaster of a novel which is sure to keep you awake late into the night turning the pages. It's a thriller which shifts back and forth between four main settings, Moscow, Beijing, Paris, and Washington, with exotic locales like Indonesia and Bali thrown in for good measure.
REVIEWS "Allan Topol once again engages his readers with a thought-provoking and realistic storyline that is full of surprising twists and turns. The novel's conclusion is unexpected, but upon reflection, it is an appropriate ending." ---Goodreads
"The Russian Endgame is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, and reading it is like a rush of adrenaline in your veins. The characters are three-dimensional and believable, and it's a book you won't want to put down. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, though I highly recommend that you also check out the first two books in Topol's Craig Page trilogy, The China Gambit and Spanish Revenge." ---Las Vegas Guardian Express
Tickets: Free! No registration required. More info at www.spymuseum.org
Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Scottsdale, AZ - "Egypt and Syria" - Paul Kinsinger's topic for AFIO Arizona Chapter Meeting
"Egypt and Syria" is the topic of Paul Kinsinger,
Clinical Professor of Business Intelligence, Executive Director,
Thunderbird Executive Education, Thunderbird School of Management.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale AZ 85258 ~ Phone 480.948.0260
Send your check to Simone - you will be charged for the lunch. Meeting fees are as follows: $20 for AFIO AZ Member; $22.00 for Non-Members.
No-shows will be charged if not cancelled 48 hours prior to event.
For reservations or questions, email Simone: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 602.570.6016.
Thursday, 14 November 2013, noon - Washington, DC - "The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy and Presidential Power," at the International Spy Museum
In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed
the explosive details of years of illegal domestic operations by the
Central Intelligence Agency including political surveillance,
eavesdropping, and detention. These revelations shocked the public and
led to investigations by a presidential commission and committees in
both houses of Congress. Investigators soon discovered that the CIA
abuses were described in a top-secret document that Agency insiders
dubbed the "Family Jewels." That document became ground zero for a
political firestorm that lasted more than a year. John Prado's,
a Senior Fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC,
recounts the secret operations that constituted the "Jewels," shows that
the abuses have since been replicated by the intelligence agencies at
the global level, and exposes the strenuous efforts -- by the Agency,
the Executive Branch, and even presidents -- to evade accountability.
Join the author for an informal chat and book signing.
Tickets: Free! No registration required. More information at www.spymuseum.org
Thursday, 14 November 2013, 5:30 - 8:30 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - Spy vs Spy: Global Espionage Threats to Business - A Panel and Reception.
The International Speakers Society at The Tower Club features discussants Luke Bennie - Managing Director of Security Management International, LLC; author of
Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler; and Brian E. Finch - Partner of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, head of the firm's Global Security Practice, Named by Washingtonian Magazine in 2011 as one of the top 40 lobbyists; Laid Cabrillo's - Former FBI Chief of the Practical Applications Unit; Interim Deputy Director of Law Enforcement for the Counter Terrorism Center of the CIA.
Times: 5:30-6:30pm Reception For Members & Guests; 6-7 pm Open Networking Reception; 7-8:30 pm Panel Discussion.
Location: The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr #1700 Vienna, VA 22182. Parking available in garage at building entrance.
Admission: $30.00 per person
Thursday, 14 November 2013, 5 - 7 p.m. - Long Beach, CA - Cameron Munter, former Ambassador to Pakistan, discusses U.S. relations with Pakistan in 2014 and Beyond.
Topic: US-Pakistan Relations in 2014 & Beyond, Lecture by Ambassador Cameron Munter
Cameron Munter served as a US Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades before his retirement in fall 2012. He was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, guiding US-Pakistani relations through a period of severe crisis, including the operation which enabled America to finally capture Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad where he was being hidden, and the latest phase of the Afghan War. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Munter served in several capacities in Baghdad, Iraq, overseeing US civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of US troops. Ambassador Munter's talk will address US relations with Pakistan in light of the expected drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan in 2014.
Location: California State University, Long Beach
There is no charge for this event, but you must RSVP in order to reserve a space, detailed information is listed below. AFIO L.A. is not in charge of the guest list, so please make sure to reserve at your earliest convenience if you plan to attend.
Once you RSVP, you'll receive a confirmation/reminder email at the beginning of the week of November 11 with details about the building location and parking.
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Friday, 15 November 2013, 10:30am - 2pm - Tysons Corner, VA - AFIO National Fall Luncheon features National Security Reporter Walter Pincus, and former CIA DO Officer Marti Peterson
1 p.m. speaker is Walter Pincus, National Security Reporter for The Washington Post, speaks on "45 years covering national security."
3-course Lunch at Noon
11 a.m. speaker is Martha [Marti] D. Peterson, author of The Widow Spy: MY CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison in Moscow.
The Widow Spy is Marti Peterson's personal story of a life among heroes. The first was her husband John, a CIA officer, whom she accompanied on her first overseas assignment in Laos, conducting paramilitary operations to contain the North Vietnamese Army. John was killed in a helicopter crash.
The story continues with her joining CIA and becoming one of the first women operations officers ever assigned to Moscow in the mid-70s. She details the challenges of working covertly for nearly two years in Moscow, facing the potential of being discovered by the KGB, as she serviced dead drops and recovered secret packages from a highly valuable agent TRIGON. In the end, she was ambushed and arrested by the KGB.
TRIGON, often compared to Penkovsky, provided documents that revealed the Soviet government's plans and intentions in influencing world events and the negotiating positions of Soviet government officials in talks with the US and its allies.
The memoir contains descriptions of operational acts and real life within the enemy's camp (Moscow).
Marti Peterson's presentation will provide unique insights into the intelligence advantage the US had over the USSR, and provides a personal account of the covert life of a female CIA officer in Moscow. It also provides a look at how women were seen and treated in the DO in that era.
Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m. Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record. The latest intelligence books, and many others, for sale throughout event.
Event closes at 2 p.m.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA.
Registration is here.
Friday, 15 November 2013, 8 pm - Washington, DC - "Sharks & Lasers: A Bond Villains' Night Out" at the International Spy Museum
An Exquisitely Evil Program Presented by the International Spy Museum and Brightest Young Things
An evening celebrating the villain in us all, and especially the villains of the Bond franchise! Come as your favorite evil alter ego as the sleekest villain attire will be judged while you enjoy cocktails and jams. Everyone's favorite Bond villain, Jaws, from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, will be our featured guest as Richard Kiel reunites with his steely teeth. Meet him and other villainous types during after-hours access to the Museum's Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains special exhibition.
Have an evil cat like Blofeld's? Submit your best diabolical kitty pictures for bragging rights in our Pussy Galore Gallery. We'll have a well-stocked photo booth with evil accouterments, Bond trivia, and a chance to meet real spies. Will you be brave enough to go 4-D with our shark tank come-to-life? Bravery required, swimsuit not. And in your confessional "My Villainous Moment" video use our clandestine cameramen and voice-changing equipment to record your anonymous personal evil best.
This is a 21+ event.
Tickets: Advance Price: $20; Day Of: $25 More information at www.spymuseum.org
16 November 2013, 2 - 4pm - Kennebunk, ME - Maine Chapter of AFIO presents China expert Kathleen Walsh on "China: Partner, Rival, or Adversary?"
An Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, Walsh will speak on "China: Partner, Rival, or Adversay."
What does the future hold in view of China's more assertive role in the international sphere?
Walsh joined the Naval War College in 2006 where she has focused her research on China and the Asia-Pacific region with emphasis on security and technology issues. Her current research includes assessing China's science and technology development, defense innovation and military modernization efforts, and the role played by foreign R&D investment in China's development.
Walsh is the author of numerous publications including: China's Defense Innovative System: Making the Wheels Spin; China's National Security Strategy: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma.
Prior to joining NWC Walsh was a senior independent consultant to several Washington think tanks where she worked for U.S. Government clients on issues related to China and Asian regional security arising from globalization.
Walsh has a Master of Arts degree from the School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the Elliott School of international Affairs at George Washington University.
The meeting will be at 2:00 p.m., November 16, 2013 at the Kennebunk High School Main Auditorium. The auditorium is at the south end of the building through the door marked #3. Parking is along Fletcher Street in front of the building or behind the south side of the building. The meeting is open to the public. For information call: 207-967-4298.
Thursday, 21 November 2013, 11:30 am - Palmer Lake, CO - AFIO Rocky Mountain meeting features John Putnam on "Lessons Learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire."
Speaker, John E. Putnam is with Putnam Assurance & Risk Services, LLC, Colorado. He will talk about "Lessons Learned about the Waldo Canyon Fire."
Event location: The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105.
Please RSVP to Tom Van Wormer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 2 December 2013, 5:30 - 8pm - New York, NY - "NSA Wiretapping, Snowden, Manning, and the FISA Court" - Judge Michael Mukasey's talk at the AFIO NY Chapter Meeting
SPEAKER: Judge Michael Ukase, Former US Attorney
General, 2007 - 09; currently NYC-based Partner at Televise &
Plimpton. Served 18 years as Judge US District Court of the Southern
District of NY, 6 years as Chief Judge. Most notable award, "Learned
Hand Medal of
the Federal Bar Council."
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street between Lax. & Park Ave. TIME: Registration 5:30 PM Meeting Start 6:00 PM
Registration: Strongly suggested, not required. Open to the public.
Email: email@example.com or call: 646-717-3776, Jerry Goodwin, President, AFIO New York Metropolitan Chapter
Cost: $50/person Cash or Check at the door only
Buffet Dinner: Buffet Dinner to follow talk & Q&A.
10 December 2013 - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Suncoast Chapter hears from Hon. William Burgess, on Special Operations
Our meeting's featured Speaker: Hon. William H. Burgess, III, Florida Circuit Court Judge, retired US Army, on his Special Operations Experiences Hon. William H. Burgess, III, is a Circuit Court Judge in Florida's Sixth Judicial Circuit. He is a former trial attorney and prosecutor for the State of Florida. Judge Burgess is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law and is a member of The Florida Bar, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, and the West A Bar Association. He regularly lectures on sentencing, evidence, professionalism, trial practice, and other criminal law-related topics for lawyer organization throughout Florida and has taught at the college and law school levels. He is an expert on Florida sentencing law and is the author of the definitive legal treatise on that subject, which used by judges and lawyers throughout the state. Mr. Burgess received his J.D. from Washington College of Law, The American University; his M.P.A. from Clark University; and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Judge Burgess enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1976, receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1978. Burgess served in Infantry, Military Intelligence, and, for most of his career, Special Forces, including wartime command experience in the Persian Gulf. While in the Army, Burgess worked and trained with several allied special operations forces, including Britain's 22 Special Air Service. He is a charter member of the Army's Special Forces Combat Arms Branch. Burgess authored the Army's first Special Reconnaissance doctrinal manual and made significant contributions to other doctrinal publications pertaining to sensitive special operations and intelligence matters. He also lead pioneering efforts in research, development, and application of strategic targeting methods in support of National Command Authority objectives. He has written a number of articles about the concepts and history of special operations for a variety of national and international magazines and journals, and he edited and contributed to Inside Spetsnaz, the most definitive open-source book of its time on Soviet special operations forces. At retirement in 1995, Burgess was serving as a Regular Army Major on the personal staff of the Commander-in-Chief, United States Special Operations Command. Burgess is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2473 and has remained active in veterans affairs since his retirement.
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