AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #47-13 dated 17 December 2013

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Section IV - Books, Jobs and Coming Events



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AFIO Vice-President John Sano
[former deputy director, CIA's National Clandestine Service]
and board member, Michelle Van Cleave
[former director National Counterintelligence Executive - NCIX/ODNI]
appear in this Voice of America interview
recorded 6 December 2013 at AFIO Headquarters.

Use this address:

"In 2014, NSA to Face Winds of Change."
VOA VIDEO: The National Security Agency will have a new leader and possibly new procedures after a difficult year in which many secrets were leaked, sparking global criticism of its surveillance activities. VOA's Kent Klein has more here from his interview with these two officials and others.

DO NOT MISS - The Assets: Series Premiere on ABC on Thursday January 2 10|9c. The Assets is an eight-part miniseries based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole that would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. The Assets will look inside the true, personal stories of the conclusion of the Cold War as told by the keepers of the nation’s secrets: the CIA.

The Assets stars Paul Rhys (Borgia) as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker (Venus) as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter (Babel) as Jeanne Vertefeuille, Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek) as Paul Redmond, Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey) as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole (Casino Royale) as Louisa, and Ralph Brown (Withnail and I) as Lawrence Winston.

The Assets is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman executive produced the series. The Assets is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.


Congress and the CIA Clash Over Counter-Terrorism Report. A classified report being composed by the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning the CIA's counter-terrorism practices has been continually disputed by the agency. Reuters reports that the intelligence agency disputes a draft approved by the committee last year, which runs thousands of pages and has not been made public.

The committee, under Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein launched a sweeping investigation of counter-terrorism practices such as waterboarding, but CIA officials apparently complained that researchers failed to interview key people, drawing the objectivity of the report into question. The committee hopes to have an updated version soon.

Today, December 13, marks the one-year anniversary of the committee's adoption of the report, which has not been released to the public. Over at Politico, W. Paul Smith has compiled a number of politicians' statement regarding the 6,300-page compilation of the CIA's detainment and torture policies. [Read more: Feldman/TheWire/13December2013]

Obama, Tech Execs to Discuss Costs of NSA Spying. Apple, Twitter, Netflix, Google, Facebook, Yahoo... a phalanx of top executives from leading tech companies meets Tuesday with President Barack Obama to discuss the impact that his controversial spying programs have had on online commerce.

Obama will host the group in the Roosevelt Room of the White House one day after a federal judge decreed that NSA bulk collection of telephone data likely violates the Constitution.

The White House is billing the get-together as a chance "to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.Gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service."

"The meeting will also address national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures," the White House said. [Read more: Knox/YahooNews/17December2013]

UK to Give Spy Agency Greater Role at Huawei Cyber Centre. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday an internal review had shown the government needed to enhance its oversight of a cyber security centre in southern England run by Chinese telecoms firm Huawei.

Huawei supplies software and equipment which channels phone calls and data around Britain, but has found itself at the centre of a debate, particularly in the United States, over whether it is a risk for governments to allow foreign suppliers access to their networks.

The British government ordered a review of Huawei's cyber security centre in July after parliament's intelligence committee said UK security checks were "insufficiently robust" when Huawei began working on the country's network through contracts with companies such as BT in 2005.

Cameron said in a written statement to parliament on Tuesday that his national security adviser had concluded the government should enhance its oversight of the Huawei facility and that the GCHQ spy agency should take a leading role in future senior appointments there. [Read more: Reuters/17December2013]

Lawsuit Seeks to Unlock CIA's Secret History of Bay of Pigs Invasion. The Obama administration on Thursday fought to keep secret a CIA account of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle.

Half a century after the failed invasion of Cuba, and three decades after a CIA historian completed his draft study, an administration lawyer told a top appellate court that the time still isn't right to make the document public.

"The passage of time has not made it releasable," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell P. Zeff told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

But in this latest battle over government secrecy and the lessons of history, judges Thursday sounded a tad skeptical about the Obama administration's sweeping claims. At the least, judges on what is sometimes called the nation's second most-powerful court suggested there could be a limit to how long government documents remain locked away.

Through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the private National Security Archive is seeking the final volume of a five-volume CIA history of the Bay of Pigs. [Read more: Doyle/McClatchy/12December2013]

Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Intelligence Agency Building, Three Soldiers Injured. At least three Afghan soldiers were injured Sunday when a suicide bomber targeted the National Directorate of Security (NDS) building in the river port of Torkham in eastern Afghanistan, an official said.

"A suicide bomber entered the city department of NDS in Torkham port, shot one NDS soldier and then detonated his explosives injuring two others," said Hazrat Hosein Mashraqiwaal, a spokesman for provincial police chief of Nangarhar province.

The incident in the town in eastern Nangarhar, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, occurred at around 7 am (0230 GMT), he said. [Read more: AFP/15December2013]

Iran Arrests British MI6 Spy: Report. Iranian intelligence authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain's MI6, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The head of the Kerman region's revolutionary court, Dadkhoda Salari, told the Fars agency on Saturday that the suspect made contact with British agents 11 times in recent months, both inside and outside the country.

According to Salari, the suspect has admitted his guilt and is currently on trial.

A spokeswoman for the Britain's Foreign Office said: "We don't comment on intelligence matters." [Read more: Aljazeera/15December2013]

Hacker Gets 18 Months for Peddling Computer Access to U.S. National Security Lab. A Pennsylvania man who hacked into multiple corporate, university and government computer networks and tried to sell access to them - including access to supercomputers from a U.S. national security laboratory - has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Andrew Miller, 24, pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy and two counts of computer fraud for actions committed between 2008 and 2011, when he was part of the Underground Intelligence Agency hacking group, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. Miller was sentenced Wednesday.

Miller asked an undercover FBI agent in 2011 for $50,000 in exchange for access to two supercomputers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, according to the DOJ.

The Oakland, California, lab belongs to the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science and is managed by the University of California, according to its website. The supercomputers Miller claimed he had accessed were part of the lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). [Read more: Perez/Computerworld/12December2013]

U.S., African Intelligence Professionals of MINOC-A Lead the Way for Sustainable Multilateral Engagements. Look no further than the Military Intelligence Non-Commissioned Officer�s Course- Africa for a leading example of multilateral cooperation, international military partnership, and self-sustaining engagements; a program that helps bolster partner military capability and intelligence capacity to address the transnational issues of the continent.

The MINOC-A program, instructed by intelligence professionals from the Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility, Molesworth, U.K., graduated their third iteration of African noncommissioned officers Dec. 5 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The graduation was attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi, as well as the Burkinabe Chief of Defense Brig. Gen. Nabere Honor� Traore, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, director for the Intelligence Directorate, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Mallette, senior enlisted leader for the Intelligence Directorate, AFRICOM.

The Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility (RJITF) exists to train, educate and professionally develop intelligence practitioners of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, allies and partner nations to operate effective intelligence professionals. "This course is based on the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course- Africa [program]," said Randall H. Bretzin, a MINOC-A instructor from RJITF. "Because of the nature of Africa, the situations are often transnational issues, so it�s good to have a network and build that capacity." [Read more: DVIDS/13December2013]

Obama to Keep Security Agency and Cyberwarfare Under a Single Commander. President Obama has decided to keep the National Security Agency and the Pentagon's cyberwarfare branch under the same command despite concerns that it concentrates too much power in the hands of a single military official responsible for both surveillance and directing a growing arsenal of cyberweapons.

As a practical matter, the decision means that Mr. Obama must appoint a four-star military officer to succeed Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the first person to simultaneously run the two organizations, when he retires early next year. Only a military commander can run Cyber Command, which is responsible for defending the military's computer and sensor systems and carrying out offensive computer-network attacks.

But that also means the N.S.A. will be run by someone who has spent a career in the military culture, with the mind-set that engenders.

Several members of an advisory committee that submitted its report to Mr. Obama on Friday - with what the White House said was a list of 40 recommendations - expressed the view that the two organizations should be split, in part to assure civilian control of the N.S.A. [Read more: Sanger&Shanker/NYTimes/13December2013]

CIA Declassifies Report on Armenian Terrorist Groups in US, Europe. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has declassified its report dated 1984 on the Armenian terrorist groups (JCAG, ASALA, etc.), which operated in the United States, Europe and worldwide under the Freedom of Information Act.

"Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) is a growing threat to a number of U.S. political interests. Although most of the attacks were carried out against Turks, several facilities in Western Europe and the United States were also affected," CIA says in its report.

In addition, a significant intensification of contacts with Libya and Syria could lead the Marxist-oriented ASALA to additional anti-American influence," it says in a declassified report.

The report also said that the Armenian terrorist organization of fighters for justice for the "Armenian genocide" (Justice Commandos against Armenian Genocide, JCAG, JSAG) has focused almost exclusively on targets against the Turks. [Read more: News.AZ/16December2013]


Were James Bond's Drinks Shaken Because of Alcohol Induced Tremor? Excess alcohol consumption is a societal and health problem throughout the world. Around 4% of deaths worldwide are related to alcohol, with 2.5 million deaths a year attributable to its use. Death is most commonly caused by injury, liver cirrhosis, poisoning, and malignancy. In the entertainment world, however, excess alcohol consumption is often portrayed in a positive, even glamorous, light. Of particular note are the drinking habits of James Bond, the quintessential British spy in the novels of Ian Fleming. He is renowned for enjoying cigarettes, alcohol, and women, with a catchphrase of "vodka martini-shaken, not stirred."

James Bond has often been seen as a strong role model. He is admired for his performance under pressure and his ability to be master of all situations he encounters. We were struck, while reading the original James Bond books, that his alcohol consumption seemed rather high and wondered whether he would realistically have the capacity to perform (in all aspects of his life) at his high level of alcohol intake. Previous analyses of Bond's drinking behaviour have examined the types of alcohol he has drunk and the total number of drinks but have never studied the number of units of alcohol this represents and the potential health effects of this.

Ideally vodka martinis should be stirred, not shaken. That Bond would make such an elementary mistake in his preferences seemed incongruous with his otherwise impeccable mastery of culinary etiquette. We examined Bond's alcohol consumption to determine whether he might have been unable to stir his drinks because of the persistent shaking of alcohol induced tremor, making it more socially acceptable to ask for his drinks "shaken, not stirred." [Read more: BMJ/December2013]

A Disappearing Spy and, some claim, a "Scandal at the CIA" Robert A. Levinson was an overweight bear of a man who once worked as an FBI agent and desperately wanted to recapture the life of international intrigue he relished as an expert on Russian organized crime. But as he sat in a hotel room in Geneva in early 2007, he was anxious about a secret mission he had planned to Iran. 

"I guess as I approach my fifty-ninth birthday on the 10th of March, and after having done quite a few other crazy things in my life," he wrote in an email to a friend, "I am questioning just why, at this point, with seven kids and a great wife, why would I put myself in such jeopardy."

He would like some assurance, he added, that "I'm not going to wind up someplace where I really don't want to be at this stage of my life."

Mr. Levinson gambled and traveled to an island off the Iranian coast to meet with an American fugitive he hoped to turn into his informant. There, his worst fears were realized - he disappeared, and has since been seen only as a prisoner in a video that emerged about three years ago and in photographs showing him dressed like a Guant�namo detainee, in orange garb. [Read more: Meier/NYTimes/13December2013]

Turf Battles Hinder U.S. Efforts to Thwart Smugglers. The U.S. government's efforts to police the smuggling of arms and technology have been fragmented for decades - and it is unclear whether a new umbrella office can close the gaps.

"Part of the problem is you have furiously entrenched bureaucracy in all of these departments that want to keep things exactly the way they are," said Robert Gates, the former Central Intelligence Agency director and defense secretary.

Three different law enforcement agencies have primary responsibility: the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security; and Homeland Security Investigations.

Each relies on regulators from the State, Commerce and Treasury departments, with help from the Pentagon, to determine which products can be exported where. The CIA, the Energy Department and the National Security Agency also provide intelligence on smuggling cases. [Read more: Shiffman&Wilson/Reuters/17December2013]

A New Generation of Spy Catchers Shakes Up the FBI. Not that long ago, top FBI counterterrorism officials didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. And, judging from their public statements, didn't really care.

"You don't need subject-matter expertise," the FBI's chief of counterterrorism, Gary Bald, said in one of several risible statements a few years ago by high-level FBI officials. "The subject-matter expertise is helpful, but it isn't a prerequisite. It is certainly not what I look for in selecting an official for a position in the counterterrorism [program]."

That was 2005. Now, slowly, and with little notice, the FBI is finally fielding a team of intelligence and counterterrorism leaders who came of age, professionally speaking, in the post-9/11 era. Unlike most of their FBI forebears, who impressed their bosses by collaring bank robbers, kidnappers, Mafia bosses, and white-collar criminals, the new generation of FBI leaders is steeped in the world of al Qaeda and Hezbollah, Chinese hackers, and Russian spies.

They're the FBI's new young guns - a moniker that will no doubt provoke endless hilarity in the bureau's fortified castle on D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue. Most are in their mid- to late-40s, after all - not so young. But they bring to the job a fresh, young mind-set: They crave getting inside the enemy's head. [Read more: Stein/TIME/16December2013]


Remembering the Work of the OSS. As our nation's intelligence community finds itself under attack, it is worth reminding ourselves that it was born in the crucible of World War II when America was itself attacked at Pearl Harbor, because our government did not have a centralized system of strategic intelligence. In June 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the World War II predecessor to the CIA and the US Special Operations Command. Roosevelt, a liberal Democrat, appointed as its director the legendary General William "Wild Bill" Donovan, a conservative Republican and the only American to receive our nation's four highest military honors, including the Medal of Honor. President Roosevelt called General Donovan his "secret legs."
Fisher Howe, who served as a special assistant to General Donovan, said that "if you define leadership as having a vision for an organization, and the ability to attract, motivate and guide followers to fulfill that vision, you have Bill Donovan in spades." General Donovan led by example, going behind enemy lines and taking part in several invasions, including D-Day, against the direct orders of Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. (Secretary Forrestal must have heard General Donovan say that he "would rather have a young lieutenant with enough guts to disobey a direct order than a colonel too regimented to think and act for himself.") General Donovan frequently told OSS personnel that they "could not succeed without taking chances" and said in his 1945 farewell address that "we were not afraid to make mistakes because we were not afraid to try things that had not been tried before."
Professor E. Bruce Reynolds said the "OSS was an organization designed to do great things." It did great things. [Read more: Pinck/TheHill/16December2013]

Section IV - Books, Jobs and Coming Events


Book Review: America's Great Game, by Hugh Wilford. Kim Philby, the British turncoat who spied for the Soviet Union, described Kermit Roosevelt as "a courteous, soft-spoken Easterner with impeccable social connections, well-educated rather than intellectual, pleasant and unassuming as host and guest." Theodore Roosevelt's grandson, Philby thought, was "the last person that you would expect to be up to the neck in dirty tricks."

Roosevelt, who headed the CIA's Middle East division in the Eisenhower administration, is best remembered today for engineering the coup that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953. But in "America's Great Game," Hugh Wilford reminds us that Roosevelt was also deeply involved in the Arab world. Indeed, he was the agency's foremost "Arabist." The term usually refers to State Department regional experts who were the intellectual, and often biological, descendants of American missionaries in the Arab lands. These officials were fiercely anti-Zionist, convinced that American support for Israel was a strategic blunder of the first order. This was because, as Mr. Wilford writes, they believed "in the overriding importance of American-Arab, and Christian-Muslim, relations."

The book examines the role of CIA Arabists by tracing the careers of Roosevelt and two of his comrades: his cousin Archie and Miles Copeland, an Alabama jazz musician who, like many in the early CIA, wound up at the agency through his work in its wartime precursor, the Office of Strategic Services.

The author, a historian at California State University, Long Beach, makes deft use of declassified government documents. [Read more: Doran/WallStreetJournal/11December2013]

The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy. Nine months before the start of World War Two, a second generation Japanese American, or Nisei, from Hawaiʻi was recruited by the United States military to go undercover and gather information on Imperial Japan.

Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy is about that man, Maui born Arthur Satoshi Komori, a McKinley High School and University of Hawaiʻi graduate.

'It's the story about how one man, could do so much, despite the very trying circumstances," said Morris Lai, principal investigator for the book, published by the Curriculum Research and Development Group of the UH Mānoa College of Education. Reflections of Honor is based on Komori's hand written journal, an oral history interview and declassified army documents.

Shortly after his career as a spy started in the Philippines, Komori found himself in the notorious Bilibid prison after the Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbor and Manila.

"He was caught by the Filipino constabulary men raising a toast to the emperor in the Domei Newspaper Agency office and put in prison with all the other Japanese nationals," said co-author Lorraine Ward. [Read more:]

 [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.]

Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.  The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a renewable three-year appointment starting in August 2014 at the Associate Professor level. The ideal candidate will combine an extensive career as an international affairs professional - Foreign/Diplomatic Service, Foreign Commercial Service, intelligence or think tank community, national development agency or NGO, international business - with appropriate academic credentials.

The Patterson School is a selective 18-month professional masters degree program in international affairs. Each year's incoming student cohort is generally limited to thirty-five, all full-time and residential. Our faculty is an interdisciplinary mix of traditional academics and former foreign affairs professionals. Coursework and seminars are supplemented with a rich offering of experiential co-curricular activities. Academic concentrations are offered in: diplomacy; international security and intelligence; international commerce; and international organizations and development. 

We welcome applications from candidates who have been engaged broadly in the area of international affairs (this includes, but is not limited to, the disciplines of political science, economics, history). In addition to possessing an earned doctorate, extended study, research and/or teaching overseas is an advantage, as is competence in a foreign language. Expertise in a particular region of the world such as Latin America, Africa, or East Asia is also welcome.

In addition to standard faculty scholarly research, service and outreach responsibilities, the successful candidate is expected to teach three graduate courses a year and a one credit professional module, and to help organize and support co-curricular activities. Depending upon qualifications, teaching assignments might include courses on diplomacy, economic statecraft, globalization, Middle East politics, cross-cultural negotiation, or international development. 

Our intention to hire a former practitioner as an associate professor to fill a position being freed by the retirement of former CIA economist Evan Hillebrand. The Patterson School has a deep tradition of having a former intelligence officer as part of the faculty. Past members include Scott Breckenridge, Bob Pringle, and Harry Mason. Indeed, the original Patterson School director, Amry Vandenbosch, had served with the OSS.

Applicants should submit the following materials electronically to

� a letter of interest that details their experience, strengths, accomplishments, and appropriateness for the position;
� a curriculum vitae/resume; and
� any evidence of teaching effectiveness (course syllabi, teaching evaluations).

For additional information about the Patterson School, please visit

Coming Educational Events


MANY more International Spy Museum Events in 2014 with full details are listed on the AFIO Website at

Tuesday, 07 January 2014, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. – Washington, DC - America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, a book presentation at the International Spy Museum

Intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA’s pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency’s three most influential—and colorful—officers in the Middle East: Kermit Roosevelt, Archie Roosevelt, and Miles Copeland. With their deep knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs, the three men were heirs to an American missionary tradition that engaged Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy. These “Arabists” propped up authoritarian regimes, attempted secretly to sway public opinion in America against support for the new state of Israel, and staged coups that destabilized the nations with which they empathized. They were fascinated by imperial intrigue, and were eager to play a modern rematch of the “Great Game,” the nineteenth century struggle between Britain and Russia for control over central Asia.
Tickets: Free! More information at

Wednesday, 08 January 2014, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. – Washington, DC - David Major's Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity, at the International Spy Museum

Be the first to learn the latest intelligence news! Join David Major, retired FBI Agent and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs, for a briefing on the hottest intelligence and security issues, breaches, and penetrations. Presented in partnership with The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), these updates will cover worldwide events such as breaking espionage cases and arrest reports, cyber espionage incidents, and terrorist activity. Major uses his expertise to analyze trends and highlight emerging issues of interest to both intelligence and national security professionals and the public. Cases are drawn from the CI Centre’s SPYPEDIA®, the most comprehensive source of espionage information in the world, containing events and information that may not be reported by mainstream media outlets. Major will also highlight and review the latest books and reports to keep you current on what is hitting think tank desks.
Tickets: Free! More information at

Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 9 am - noon - Washington, DC - The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC), in partnership with the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Historical Review Program, will host a free symposium to tell the story of the people of Berlin and their struggle for freedom. "A City Divided: Life and Death in the Shadow of the Wall"

The event, from 9 a.m. to noon, takes place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The symposium is open to the public (reserve a seat by emailing: and the press.

The symposium will highlight newly published and released declassified documents that reveal East and West Berliners' struggle for life and death in the shadow of the wall. The documents detail many aspects of their lives, focusing on the resolve of the human spirit for freedom and equality.

With his iconic speech on June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy united the citizens of Berlin with the United States by stating that he too was a Berliner. Twenty-four years later, President Ronald Reagan declared in Berlin that "I do not come here to lament. For I find in Berlin a message of hope, even in the shadow of this wall, a message of triumph." 

On January 14, we will release 11,000 pages of newly declassified documents on various topics and activities on Berlin from 1962 to 1986 - the years between these two famous speeches by American Presidents. Symposium attendees will receive a free publication and DVD compilation of approximately 1,324 documents, and an additional 1,140 documents will be posted online at The DVD of the documents which accompanied the program booklet can be viewed here.


The National Archives Building is located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.

For more information: Directions; Visitor's Map; William G. McGowan Theater; Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery. More about the conference is here.

Please email all inquiries to

15 January 2014, 3 - 5pm - Washington, DC - CIA and The CWIHP at The Wilson Center present "Assessing Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Role of CIA Clandestine Reporting"

This event has been rescheduled for January 15, 2014. "CIA Analysis of  Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting" examines the role of intelligence derived from clandestine human sources in the Central Intelligence Agency's analyses of Warsaw Pact military capabilities for war in Europe from 1955 to 1985.  The intelligence was provided to US policymakers and military planners and used to assess the political and military balance in Central Europe between the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the Cold War. The speakers, who were analysts of Soviet military affairs during much of the period, were selected by the CIA to mine its archives for relevant material, previously highly classified, and to provide the documents in coherent form for their study and for public release. The release features a large collection of internal Warsaw Pact classified documents obtained clandestinely during the period and translated and disseminated to senior policymakers by CIA. A list of the speakers can be found here. Location:  5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center. No fee to attend. RSVP here. Further information.

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO – The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Sheriff Terry Maketa

Sheriff Maketa will speak about issues of our times involving law enforcement in El Paso County. To be held at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 S. Highway 105 Palmer Lake, CO, Exit 161 westbound off I-25, West on Highway 105. Please RSVP to Tom VanWormer at

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 6:30 p.m. – Washington, DC - Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West, at the International Spy Museum

"This remarkable book will change the way you look at intelligence, foreign affairs, the press, and much else besides." – R. James Woolsey, former director of US Central Intelligence Agency
A quarter-century ago, the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed. And now Pacepa takes aim at an even bigger target: the exotic, widely misunderstood but still astonishingly influential realm of the Russian-born “science” of disinformation. Pacepa and his co-author, historian and University of Mississippi School of law professor Ronald Rychlak, reveal some of the most consequential yet largely unknown disinformation campaigns of our lifetime in Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism. Join Rychlak (Pacepa lives under a protective identity and does not make public appearances) for a discussion of key cases such as the transformation of Pope Pius XII from a wartime hero into a Nazi sympathizer, the spread of anti-Semitism in the Middle East, and the Kremlin’s cultivation of modern terrorism. We will also screen highlights from the documentary Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West.
Tickets: $10. Register or for More information at

Thursday, 23 January 2014, 6:30 p.m. – American Spies: Espionage Against the United States from the Cold War to the Present, at the International Spy Museum

Join Michael Sulick, former chief of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, as he discusses his latest book, the second volume in his comprehensive history of spying in the United States. American Spies tracks great espionage cases from the KGB’s placement of “illegals” like Rudolf Abel in the 1950s all the way through the impact of WikiLeaks today. Some of the stories are familiar, such as those of Robert Hanssen and Jonathan Pollard, and others less so—meet Paul Raphael Hall a one-time signalman aboard the USS Benfold who shared classified movements of the destroyer with terrorist contacts. For more than forty cases, Sulick describes how they reflect the issues of the day and the motivations that drove these individuals to spy, how they gained access, the secrets they betrayed, their tradecraft, their exposure and punishment, and the damage they ultimately inflicted on America's national security.
Tickets: $10. Register or for More information at

01 February 2014 - Orange Park, FL - The AFIO North Florida Chapter hosts meeting featuring AFIO National President, Gene Poteat

We have moved the date of our February 2014 meeting from the 8th to the 1st to accommodate a very special guest speaker and his tight travel schedule in Florida. AFIO President S. Eugene Poteat, LLD, will do us the honor of a visit on that occasion, so we hope you will be able to attend. Gene is a retired CIA Senior Scientific Intelligence Officer. He was educated as an Electrical Engineer and physicist, and holds masters degrees in National Security and Intelligence Studies from the Institute of World Politics graduate school in Washington, where he now lectures on technology, intelligence and national security. He began his career with the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey and Cape Canaveral, Florida. His early CIA career included work on the U-2 and SR-71 class of airplanes and various space systems. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. He frequently writes and speaks on intelligence and national security topics.
Event location: The Country Club of Orange Park. Please RSVP to Cost will be $16 each, pay the Country Club at the luncheon.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. – Washington, DC - Dinner with a Spy – Spies in Love: Jonna and Tony Mendez, a CIA Romance, at Poste Restaurant

What happens when two spycrafty people connect? Tony Mendez has become famous for his rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis as depicted in ARGO, but he’s not the only spy named Mendez. Both Tony and Jonna Mendez are former CIA chiefs of disguise. This married couple will share their powerful stories of developing disguises and performing identity transformation for officers and agents around the world, and how they managed to balance personal lives with demanding careers. Jonna Mendez, who left the government in 1993 earning the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, used her disguise skills to go up against the Soviet KGB, the East German Stasi, and the Cuban DGI. Tony Mendez retired from CIA after 25 years earning the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Intelligence Star, and two Certificates of Distinction. At this special pre-Valentine’s Day event, you will be one of only 7 guests at Poste for a three-course dinner where you’ll talk with them about their extraordinary disguise exploits and the evolution of their spy romance.
Tickets: $450. Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and three-course dinner with wines. To make a reservation call 202-654-0932 or e-mail at

Wednesdays, 05 February – 26 February 2014 - 10:15 a.m. – Washington, DC - Spy Seminar Series: Inside the Minds of Traitors, Dictators, and Terrorists, at the International Spy Museum (in collaboration with the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program)

Human intelligence (HUMINT) is concerned with helping policymakers better understand how our adversaries think. In this fascinating morning course, experts who have spent years examining the dark side of human psychology—delving into the minds and motives of traitors, dictators, and terrorists—share their insights and discuss implications for national security in the 21st century.

05 February 2014 - What Makes Traitors Tick?
He was the psychiatrist for notorious spy Robert Hanssen and interviewed him extensively in prison. David L. Charney knows better than anyone how Hanssen thought and even felt immediately after his long-term espionage was discovered. Did he feel remorse, did he worry about his family, did he care? The answers may surprise you. Charney has worked with a number of high-profile spies and has focused extensively on the psychology and motivation of traitors.

12 February 2014 - Does the Evil Mind Exist?
What makes a person choose evil as a way of life? Stanton Samenow, a noted forensic scientist and author of The Criminal Personality and Inside the Criminal Mind, has closely encountered truly villainous people—both notorious and unknown. If anyone can answer whether there are truly evil people, he can. Samenow was the prosecution's mental health witness in the trial of the younger of the DC snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo, and he participated in the longest in-depth clinical research and treatment study of offenders conducted in North America.

19 February 2014 - Dictators and Their Disciples in a Dangerous World
Today’s international security environment is much less stable than that of the Cold War. Rogue leaders of outlaw nations with access to weapons of mass destruction pose threats unknown in the past. It is crucial to understand what drives these leaders. Jerrold Post has devoted his career to this effort. He is director of the political psychology program at The George Washington University, and was founding director of the CIA’s Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. He played the lead role in developing the “Camp David profiles” of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for President Jimmy Carter, and testified before Congress on the political personality of Saddam Hussein. He also initiated the U.S. government program in understanding the psychology of terrorism. Dr. Post’s latest books are Leaders and their Followers in a Dangerous World and The Mind of the Terrorist.

26 February 2014 – Can a Terrorist’s Brain be Rebooted?
What sets someone on a terrorist trajectory and, more importantly, what could divert him (or her)? Anne Speckhard, author of Talking to Terrorists, is a research psychologist who has interviewed more than 400 terrorists, their family members, hostages, and close associates worldwide. She has conducted psychological autopsies on more than half of the 112 Chechen suicide terrorists as well as dozens of Palestinian suicide terrorists to understand the motivations for and psychological underpinnings of terrorism. She also helped design the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq for more than 20,000 detainees held by the U.S. Department of Defense. Drawing on this expertise, she can suggest whether the terrorist mindset can be changed.

To Register for Spy Museum Seminar Series for all four days: $120. Register or for more information at

8 February 2014, noon - Melbourne, FL - AFIO Florida Satellite Chapter hears from Gene Poteat, former CIA DS&T, President of AFIO National, on "Special Ops to Analysis and High Tech Reconnaissance."

AFIO National president Gene Poteat who will address members and guests on the topic Changing Face of American Intelligence: From OSS Special Operations, to Analysis and High Tech Reconnaissance, Back to Special Operations. As this promises to be a sellout event, interested parties should reserve early.
Location: Indian River Colony Club, Melbourne, FL. Contact Chapter Secretary Don Wickstrand,, for reservations and details.

11 February 2014 - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Suncoast chapter welcomes AFIO President Gene Poteat

AFIO National President Gene Poteat is honoring us with a return visit and presentation, subject to be announced. We may also have a special surprise guest. Stay tuned!
Questions or reservations to Michael F. Shapiro at

12 March 2014 - Laurel, MD - The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts the Spring Program featuring Jim Ohlsen of NSA's Office of Counterintelligence

The guest speaker is Jim Ohlson. Jim is a retired FBI Special Agent with over 28 years of service to the FBI, primarily in the counterintelligence and counterterrorism programs. Early in his career he studied Arabic at the Defense Language Institute and then put the language to use in the Bureau's New York Field Office. He spent over 14 years in the New York Office working counterterrorism, counterintelligence and directing FBI support to the National Foreign Intelligence programs for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Following that assignment Jim was awarded the DCI's National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Jim retired from FBI Headquarters as the Security Program Manager. In 13 years since leaving the FBI, he has worked with the Center for Public Justice, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive [NCIX]; and, since 2004, with NSA's Office of Counterintelligence. Prior to his years in the FBI, Jim served in the U.S. Army, to include a tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.
Registrations information to be provided here when available. Visit the NCMF website to explore upcoming programs. When fee announced, make check payable to NCMF and send to PO Box 1682, Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-3682. Questions? Contact Mary J. Faletto, Senior Administrator, National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Office: 301-688-5436 Cell: 443-250-8621. E-mail:

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