AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #23-14 dated 17 June 2014

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Do Not Miss the NCMF 2014 Summer Program - 25 June

Friday the 20th of June is the last day to register for the 2014 National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's Summer Program being held 25 June. REGISTER ONLINE OR BY MAIL. Don't miss this exciting presentation, "The Rise and Fall of Intelligence," featuring special guest speaker, Dr. Michael Warner - U.S. Cyber Command Historian.

The program will be held at the L3 Conference Center. The presentation is from 1000-1130 and will be followed by a book signing and lunch. The cost is $20 for NCMF members and $50 for non-members (this includes a year membership in the NCMF). You can also register by mail at NCMF - Program Registration, POB 1682, Ft. Meade, MD 20755.

Get more details about Dr. Warner, the program, & mail-in registration HERE.



A Tour of the CIA Museum - Two Parts
Recorded 1 June and 8 June 2014

Tour of CIA Museum by Toni Hiley for C-SPAN - Part 1 of 2

Toni Hiley, director and curator of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Museum in Langley, Virginia, talked about the museum’s collection and explained its mission of preserving and presenting the agency’s history. This was the second of a two-part program.

A Tour of the National Cryptologic Museum
Recorded 25 March 2014

Patrick Weadon, curator at the National Cryptologic Museum, spoke about the making and breaking of secret codes and the role of cryptology in U.S. history and U.S. intelligence activities. The museum is located on the campus of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

Videos are from C-SPAN3's American History TV - American Artifacts.

The Assets Returns

Previously cancelled by ABC TV, the counterespionage series based on the successful hunt for CIA traitor Aldrich Ames returns June 21st.The Assets, an eight-part miniseries, is based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). 1985 is the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vow to find the mole that turns 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 vows to stop at nothing until she uncovers the truth. The Assets looks inside the personal stories as told by the keepers of the nation�s secrets: the CIA.

The Assets stars Paul Rhys as Aldrich Ames, Jodie Whittaker as Sandy Grimes, Harriet Walter (Babel) as Jeanne Vertefeuille, Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek) as Art O'Neill, Julian Ovenden as Gary Grimes, Christina Cole as Louisa, and Ralph Brown 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 produce the series. The Assets is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.

ABC started running The Assets on January 2nd but suddenly pulled the series after two episodes -- "My Name is Aldrich Ames" and "Jewel in the Crown" -- without explanation. Now the network has announced the show will be returning this summer -- for the rest of the episodes.

Episodes one and two can be viewed in their entirety here:
My Name is Aldrich Ames - Episode 1 [runs 40'31"]
Jewel in the Crown - Episode 2 [runs 42'32"]

The network will start airing the remaining six episodes on Saturday, June 21st, at 9pm. Here�s the schedule:

Saturday, June 21st - �Trip to Vienna� - Episode 3
Saturday, June 28th - �What�s Done is Done� - Episode 4
Saturday, July 5th - �Check Mate� - Episode 5
Saturday, July 12th - �Small Useless Truth� - Episode 6
Saturday, July 19th - �The Straw Poll� - Episode 7
Saturday, July 26th - �Avenger� - Episode 8
The first two episodes are also available for viewing online at


Government Intelligence Agency Plans New Facility in St. Louis Area, Could Leave City. A secret government agency that played a critical role in the hunt for Osama bin Laden says it plans to build a new facility in the St. Louis area to replace an aging structure in the city.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, an arm of the U.S. Defense Department, confirmed to the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday that it was scouting locations in St. Louis city and elsewhere in the metro region.

The little-known agency, headquartered in the Washington area, has long had major operations in St. Louis and Arnold. The agency plans to keep its Arnold facility and build a new building to replace the location at 3200 South Second Street in St. Louis.

The agency employs 3,000 people at the city site. [Read more: Pistor/StLouisToday/5June2014]

German Intelligence Agency Confesses to Spy Stations. Germany's foreign intelligence agency is officially lifting the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets by acknowledging that half a dozen facilities are in fact spy stations.

The Federal Intelligence Service for decades maintained the facade that it had nothing to do with sites bearing cryptic names such as Ionosphere Institute.

But amateur sleuths long suspected their true identities and posted them online.

Agency head Gerhard Schindler invited reporters to attend a ceremony Friday in the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling at which the agency's logo will be officially attached to the entrance of a site previously called the Telecommunications Traffic Office of the German Armed Force. It features several giant golf ball-shaped radomes commonly used for eavesdropping on radio, data and phone traffic. [Read more: AP/6June2014]

Israel Approves $2B Intelligence Service Budget. The Israeli government is said to have been secretly transferring funds to its two secret services, the Shin Bet security service and Mossad, which makes it difficult to monitor their budgets; Israel's Haaretz newspaper revealed yesterday.

According to the paper, data from the Ministry of Finance revealed that the budget for the Shin Bet security service and Mossad in 2014 increased by six percent to reach $2.21 billion compared to last year's budget.

The data was revealed when the government amended the general budget and submitted it to the Knesset Finance Committee for approval.

Haaretz said the two security services budgets were allocated from the general budget's reserve. [Read more: MiddleEastMonitor/10June2014]

Dutch Intelligence Gives Turkey Names of 100 Men Headed for Syria to Join Militants. Netherlands intelligence service AIVD has given Turkey a list of around 100 names of potential terrorists planning to travel to Syria from The Netherlands, De Volkskrant reports. According to the paper, Turkish authorities have said that these people will be arrested and deported if found.

"We handle a no-entry list, a source for De Volkskrant in the Turkish police said. All persons on this list will be refused entry if they show themselves at the border."

The list also includes Syria fighters from other countries, which are confirmed names from security services in those countries. "Some of these people may already be in Turkey, or have traveled on to Syria. But if we find them, they will be deported."

Turkey is often used as a transit country for people traveling on to Syria. Of the 11 thousand foreigners already suspected of having aligned themselves with Al Nusra, a branch of Al Qaeda, or the even more radical ISIS, which is rising up in North-Iraq. There are thought to be 150 Dutch nationals among these mujahideen. [Read more: ABNA/17June2014]

GCHQ to Feed Cyber-Intelligence to UK's Biggest Companies. Intelligence agency GCHQ is to begin regular bulk-sharing of classified intelligence information with the UK's biggest companies. The scheme will be announced at a private conference today, called IA14, by GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban.

The aim is to combat the increasing threat of online industrial espionage, which the National Security Council has categorised on a par with terrorism as a major risk to the country.

It also coincides with a drive by government to push British businesses into ensure that their computer security can withstand sustained cyber attack by determined individuals, groups and foreign powers.

The intention is that the extra intelligence information that GCHQ may be able to provide will help organisations to target their defences. [Read more: Burton/Computing/17June2014]

CIA Disciplines 15 Officers for Harassment; Agency Says It Has No Tolerance for Such Behavior. When Ilana Sara Greenstein was a CIA case officer working at headquarters a decade ago, she said, a married senior manager who was responsible for her promotions made sexual advances toward her.

She spurned him but didn't dare report the incident, she said in an interview, for fear it would end her career. She went on to a stint in Iraq - where a male officer routinely snapped the bra strap of one of her female colleagues, she said - before she left the agency in 2008. Back then, she said, there was no mention of sexual or other harassment in the training she got to be a covert operative.

These days, the CIA says it has a zero tolerance policy toward workplace harassment. And an agency document obtained by The Associated Press said 15 CIA employees were disciplined for committing sexual, racial or other types of harassment last year. That included a supervisor who was removed from the job after engaging in "bullying, hostile behavior," and an operative who was sent home from an overseas post for inappropriately touching female colleagues, said the document, an internal message to the agency's workforce.

The examples cited in the message, sent several weeks ago in an email by the director of the agency's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, were meant to show how the CIA is enforcing its strict policy. [Read more: Dilanian/AP/10June2014]


Intel Community's Fight Against Terrorism Moves Beyond Connecting the Dots. The intelligence community is moving from "connect-the-dots" to sharing some or all of the picture created by connecting those dots.

As part of this effort, a working group is developing data standards to ease the burden of understanding the picture the dots create.

"What we are finding is each agency or department sort of has their own view of the data they own and/or manage and exploit. What we are trying to do [is figure out] how do you harmonize that knowledge from one agency to another effectively, and how do you do it quickly, particularly in a time-sensitive situation?" said Dirk Rankin, the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group (DAWG), in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio.

Rankin said the DAWG actually may have "stumbled" onto something where standards do not exist but are especially needed.

Given the niche that the working group is in, the three-year-old committee is putting together a series of tools and architectures to address this big data problem. [Read more: Miller/FederalNewsRadio/5June2014]

Phyllis and Larry Laser - 60th Anniversary. Married at the University of Maryland Chapel in 1954, Phyllis and Larry Laser recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Larry taught Spanish at the University in 1955/1956, this before embarking on a career with CIA, ten years of that being in Brazil. His CIA career included positions as Chief of Operations for Latin America and Chief of the Counter-Narcotics Staff. On retiring from the CIA, he worked as a Chief of International Affairs for a major oil company and President of business security/intelligence company.

After a stint at CIA herself, Phyllis supported Larry's careers in all-star fashion. Both work as Ushers at the Bay Area Community Church, agreeing that faith in the Lord has been the primary glue in their marriage, tested by some 20 moves and the tension of intelligence work. Country line dancing and ballroom dancing have played an important role in their lives in recent years, as has DJ work in these fields.

The 60th celebration included a lunch at the Ram's Head given by their three children, Debra Laser Robinson, Kevin Laser, and Lawrence M. Laser and spouses. Also present were seven grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and spouses and friends. As a culmination of the celebration, the Lasers plan a return trip to Brazil, their adopted second homeland, later this year. [CapitalGazette/5June2014]

Animal Farm: Watch the Animated Adaptation of Orwell's Novel Funded by the CIA (1954). In the middle of the twentieth century, America's Central Intelligence Agency saw art and culture as a weapon: they secretly funded not just abstract expressionist painting and a Russian-language printing and distribution campaign of Doctor Zhivago, but an animated adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Anybody could have seen the anti-Soviet propaganda value of George Orwell's satirical, allegorical tale in which livestock overtake their farm from its human owners and turn, without hesitation, into illogical tyrants. Though widely read in novel form, a film version of Animal Farm would, so the CIA presumably hoped, get the message across more immediately and accessibly - especially after they'd demanded certain simplifications of the story. Taking pains not to reveal its identity, the CIA simply became in 1954 a set of somewhat demanding "financial backers" for the animated Animal Farm; to take on Orwell's "memorable fable" (as the opening titles put it), the CIA went with the animation studio of John Halas and Joy Batchelor, resulting in the first British-made animated feature ever theatrically released, which you can watch at the top of the post. [Read more: Marshall/OpenCulture/5June2014]

The Spies Among Us: Former Intelligence Officers Debunk Myths. Life as an intelligence officer is not always everything James Bond cracks it up to be. 

While it may include covert and dangerous operations in faraway and exotic locations, it is mainly about people working behind the scenes in any of the 16 organizations that make up the United States intelligence community, according to those in the know.

The Maine chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, a national organization whose mission is to "build a public constituency for a sound, healthy and capable U.S. intelligence system," is hoping to help those outside the intelligence community to understand why that is important.

The chapter meets in Kennebunk and is the only one in Maine. With 55 members, who reside not only in the state, but also in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the chapter is an active one. [Read more: Gillman/TheVillage/3June2014]

CIA Joins Social Media With Epic First Tweet. For a spy agency that likes to blend into the background, the CIA�s debut on Twitter has revealed a covert sense of humor.

In a medium heralded for its snark, the Twittersphere gave high praise Friday for the intelligence agency�s first tweet, under the handle @CIA.

"CIA @CIA 'We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.' 1:49 PM - 6 Jun 2014."

Within an hour it had gained more than 67,000 followers. [Read more: AP/6June2014]

14 Questions With a Retired Cold War Spy. Greenville resident Arthur McMaster spent his career in the American intelligence services, collecting military and civilian information about the Soviet Union and other Cold War ideological enemies of the United States.

Early in his service, McMaster eluded hostile agents while surreptitiously collecting information about troop activities in Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. Later he helped influence U.S. and NATO military plans in the event of a Soviet invasion of the U.S.

In the 1990s, he became a Special Operations executive, working in counter-terrorism.

After retirement, McMaster returned to an early love: poetry. He has published two volumes of poetry, including The Spy Who Came Down With a Cold, as well as a good bit of fiction and four stage plays.

He also wrote a comprehensive group biography on classical musicians in 2007. McMaster now teaches American literature and creative writing at Converse College.

Recently, McMaster released a memoir, Need to Know, about his intelligence days. The book is subtitled "Journey of an American Intelligence Officer to College Professor and Poet." [Read more: Hyde/TheGreenvilleNews/15June2014]

Long Island Home's Secret Role in WWII Espionage Revealed. Since the end of World War II many stories have surfaced about the efforts of the United States and Great Britain to deceive the Germans and Japanese about Allied troop movements, invasion plans and atomic research.

But only recently has the world come to know the role that a nondescript, wood-frame house overlooking the Long Island Sound played in that spycraft.

Known as the Benson House, the Wading River home is now used by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island for meetings and retreats, but from 1942 to 1945 the house was the site of a highly secret FBI counterintelligence operation.

The story of Benson House was discovered by retired FBI agent Raymond Batvinis, who now teaches history at George Washington University, while doing research for a book on wartime counterintelligence. [Read more: Valiquette/NBCNewYork/6June2014]

See the Cold War Spy Plane Spotted by NASA 67 Years Later. Stranded on an ice sheet since 1947, a NASA mission recently spotted the B-29 Superfortress that made an emergency landing in Greenland near the beginning of the Cold War.

The image tagged May 1 by the Earth Observatory�s Digital Mapping System, an instrument on NASA's P-3 Orion airplane that was conducting Operation IceBridge, shows the Kee Bird plane.

According to NASA, the Kee Bird was a U.S. Air Force plane that landed due to poor weather during a reconnaissance flight to the North Pole. According to Flying magazine, the crew was mapping the area and noting any Soviet activity. The whole crew survived the ordeal, but it took three days before they were rescued.

Despite attempts in the 1990s to fix and refly the Kee Bird, the wreck remains, slowly being covered by snow. [Read more: Klimas/TheBlaze/6June2014]

Espionage Returns to Cold War Levels in Melting Arctic; Military, Energy Interests at Stake. In early March, a mysterious ship the size of a large passenger ferry left a Romanian wharf, glided through the narrow Bosporus that separates Europe and Asia, and plotted a course toward Scandinavia.

About a month later, at the fenced-in headquarters of Norway's military intelligence service, the country's spy chief disclosed its identity. It was a $250 million spy ship, tentatively named Marjata, that will be equipped with sensors and other technology to snoop on Russia's activities in the Arctic beginning in 2016.

"There is a demand from our political leadership to describe what is going on in this region," Lt. Gen. Kjell Grandhagen said in an interview at the hilltop surveillance base outside Oslo. Of particular interest, he said, are Russia's ambitions to develop oil and gas and shipping opportunities in the Arctic - and the "military aspects in terms of being able to defend that."

As climate change eats away at the sea ice covering the North Pole, Arctic nations are fishing for secrets in East-West spy games echoing Cold War rivalries. The military dimension remains important, but this time there's an economic aspect, too: getting a leg up in the competition for potential oil and gas resources, along with newly accessible shipping lanes and fishing waters. [Read more: Ritter/AP/11June2014]


New Tech Makes Guns Safer, But Can't Solve Political Pressure. When people find out about my previous career as a CIA operative, they often ask, "So have you ever killed anyone?" Depending on my mood, I answer either playfully, "I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you," or honestly, "Um... no."

The truth is, like most in the CIA, not only did I never assassinate anyone in service to our country, I rarely even carried a gun! Sure, we all received training to become "weapons qualified," and my time spent at the Agency's outdoor range conjures distinctly fond memories for me. I loved testing the myriad of firearms made available to us at the CIA's top secret training facility, commonly known as The Farm.

At that time, the late 1990s, our instructors would tack photocopied images of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden to the targets, and we neophyte spies would merrily take turns annihilating then public enemies No. 1 and 2. Using Beretta pistols, Browning revolvers, or sometimes even AK-47s, I was a decent shot, and I thought it was all exceptionally fun.

That said, once deployed to the field, I was bizarrely relieved not to be issued a weapon. Truth is, no matter my training - and an unprecedented for me level of physical fitness at the time - I was never confident that an assailant or adversary wouldn't be able to overpower and disarm me... and then use my own gun against me. And how embarrassing would that be? [Read more: Moran/Aljazeera/3June20014]

Miscellaneous Thoughts: Iraq, Intelligence Analysis, National Security Policy. I've been off the blogosphere for the last few weeks, primarily because my condo complex is undergoing a massive renovation and it's hard to think when people are jack hammering outside your door. But it's the weekend, so the workers are not present, and the Iraq crisis has gotten my juices flowing. I intend to cover two topics in this blog: my thoughts on the president's recent foreign policy statements and on a couple of points I think Shane Harris (no relation) got wrong in an article he wrote for Foreign Policy, "Jihadist Gains in Iraq Blindside American Spies."

First, the Foreign Policy article. I'm a big fan of Harris' writing and thought overall it was an informative, well-written piece. I have a problem with just one paragraph:

"The intelligence agencies' inability to predict the latest crisis in Iraq is likely to fuel critics of the Obama administration's management of other global crises, including in Syria and Ukraine. In the case of Russia's seizure of Crimea, in which U.S. spies were also caught by surprise, sophisticated electronic eavesdropping systems run by the National Security Agency were of little use because Russian forces limited their time on telephones and adopted the techniques of jihadists, sending couriers back and forth between their units."

Intelligence analysts write a large number of reports, similar to the stories seen in the mainstream media on a daily basis. The majority of these reports are classified, so the media would not have access to that information. Therefore, you cannot possibly know for sure what they have or have not been saying in those reports.

As for the "sources" reporters are so found of quoting, due to the shear volume of reports produced, I doubt that they have gone through all available reports either. Whenever I had to brief "higher ups" on hot topics, I always had to include background information on the subject at hand to bring them up to speed. Those individuals usually have a huge number of issues on their plate at any one time. I never ran into a senior decision maker who had the time to comb through the huge amount of reports made available daily by the intelligence community. They rely on their intelligence staff to keep track of the information and notify them of the critical information as needed. Additionally, on major staffs you get an opportunity several times a week during staff meetings to update them on what you think the important issues are and what may come and bite them at some point.

There is no doubt in my mind that intelligence analysts tasked with keeping track of events in Iraq were on the case. [Read more: Harris/ForeignPolicyBlogs/16June2014]

Guest Opinion: It's a Rule That We Have the Backs of All Military Members. In one of the June 8 Statesman stories about the Bowe Bergdahl saga, Sen. John S. McCain, himself a former (and especially courageous) POW, agreed that the U.S. should do all it can to win the release of captured Americans, "but not at the expense of the lives or well-being of their fellow servicemen and women."

When I read this quote I was momentarily speechless with disbelief that he, of all people, would make such an outrageous statement.

I served as an Air Intelligence Officer for most of my 21 months in Vietnam with fighter, attack and special operations squadrons. I knew, and every pilot and aircrewman knew, and Sen. McCain certainly knows, that when a plane goes down, all the stops are pulled to rescue the aircrew. As an intelligence officer I had a direct role in some such search-and-rescue missions. I'm proud to say almost all of them were successful.

But in almost all of them, other aircrews put themselves in harm's way, flying into dangerous situations, taking fire. Not all survived the experience. [Read more: Moses/IdahoStatesman/15June2014]

Section IV - Research Requests

Inquiry From AFIO Member Robert L. Fricke

Greetings! I recently called AFIO and was recommended to follow up the call with an email regarding my interest in AFIO research and findings on the use of the polygraph by Executive Branch security agencies, specifically in the vetting of potential or current intelligence officers and contractors. I was told that an AFIO member named Sullivan had conducted research on this topic and might respond to this email message. If there are any available findings or opinions on this topic by AFIO or affiliates, I would be interested in reading them. Also, I would like to make myself available to any researchers of this topic.

I will provide a bit of my background. I will state up front that I am vehemently opposed to the use of the polygraph in pre-employment or security background investigations. Because of the current community-wide abuse of the polygraph, I would support the banning of the polygraph all-together if such a possibility ever became reality. I am perhaps one of very few, if any, former intelligence officers who have survived being falsely condemned by the polygraph and I am fortunate enough to have enjoyed a long and productive career despite being labeled with "deception indicated" in June, 1986. I was a FBI clerk at the time and was fortunate to have my negative result ignored by a former FBI Assistant Director. I went on to receive an appointment to New Agent's training in September, 1987. Part of my success resulted from an internal FBI OPR investigation in which it was proven that I could not have committed that which I was accused of doing. I retired in 2008. Success stories such as mine no longer occur because the polygraph is considered a singular panacea of the truth by the US intelligence community (IC). 

During the remainder of my 26 year FBI career I personally witnessed countless horror stories involving people whose lives were ruined solely by being falsely condemned by the polygraph. These horror stories continue to this day. What I find reprehensible is the reason for the increase in the practice of polygraph usage - money and power in the guise of security. Because of a strong lobby supported by a lucrative industry and countless intelligence division and law enforcement employees looking for internal advancement and a way to "make money", the intelligence community is destroying the lives and reputations of some of the most dedicated and loyal patriots who have ever served this nation. I put "make money" in quotation marks because I recently spoke with a former colleague who has applied to be a polygraph examiner, despite his skepticism of the reliability of the polygraph, because he is looking for well-paying post-retirement employment. 

I have read testimony by the DNI and other policy papers of the IC and was shocked to learn that the community denies that people are demoted or removed from their position strictly based on polygraph results. Such denials are flat-out lies. Negative polygraph results, be they "deception indicated", "inconclusive", or "no-finding due to suspected countermeasures" are rubber-stamped and singularly used to terminate the employment of a contractor or deny employment to an applicant and further black-list such people from further IC employment. On board government employees run a gambit from no negative action to being removed and re-assigned to a lesser position. 

Because of AFIO's stated mission to the "advancement of the security and vital interests of the country, its citizens, and its allies", I believe it is my duty, based on my oath of office and conscience, to stay engaged with this topic and oppose the present insanity of expanding this discredited system that ultimately hurts our national security, ruins the lives of proven patriots, and falsely condemns innocent people. 

Again, I would appreciate any findings of this organization relative to my above concerns and offer my support to those researching this topic. 




Creative Intel Ops. As part of a research project on "creativity in intelligence ops, military deceptions and police stings", I'm looking for examples of imaginative/clever intel ops, military deceptions and police ploys. Preferably, stories that at least in part are already out in an unclassified version, but for which there are still unknown "background facts" - or at least stories that would have a reasonable chance of getting cleared by the CIA's PRB. These don't have to be history-changing actions; just ploys that were unique and clever. You can reach me at Thanks, Gene Coyle (CIA-ret)

Upcoming AFIO Events


19 June 2014, 11:30a - 2p - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO James Quesada Chapter hosts investigative journalist Scott C. Johnson who will be speaking about his book, The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son and the CIA.

11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon. United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF (between Sloat/Wawona). RSVP required by 6/6/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: e-mail with meal choice (fish or meat) 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 a member).

Saturday, 21 June 2014, 2 pm - Kennebunk, ME - Maine AFIO Chapter features Jack Christie on "Unmasking the Lockerbie Bombers"

UNMASKING THE LOCKERBIE BOMBERS is the theme of Jack Christie's presentation to the AFIO Maine Chapter. He will discuss the bombing of Pan American Airlines flight 103 from London to New York on the night of December 21, 1988, resulted in the deaths of 270 people. Jack Christie, former Chief of CIA's Foreign Finds Laboratory, will tell the exciting story of the efforts to determine the cause of the explosion, identify the perpetrators, and bring them to justice.
The story reflects the close cooperation between the U.S. and Scottish intelligence and police agencies. As much of the Pan Am 103 story has (by design) not been reflected in the mass media, Jack will attempt to tell "the rest of the story."
Jack Christie joined the CIA Office of Technical Services in 1970 as an Electronics Engineer designing and producing small electronic devices for support of field operations. The mission of the Foreign Finds Laboratory is to analyze and identify the origin and technical ability of electronic devices targeted against US interests in the field. Jack continued to work part-time as a contractor until 2012.
The meeting, which is open to the public.
For information call 207-967-4298.
Location: Brick Store Museum, Program Center, 4 Dane St, Kennebunk, ME

27 June 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO Los Angeles hears from Dr. Erik Nemeth on "Cultural Intelligence in International Affairs and Foreign Policy."

Dr. Erik Nemeth from the RAND Corporation will be the guest speaker for the June 27, 2014 meeting. Dr. Nemeth will present "Cultural Intelligence in International Affairs & Foreign Policy" - The politics of historical & cultural property and the intelligence gathering to assess the political significance of looting and repatriation of cultural property. Please RSVP for attendance:

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 - MacDill AFB, FL - The AFIO Suncoast Chapter hosts USCENTCOM Chief of the Joint Cyber Center on "the Rise of Cyber to a Warfighting Domain."

COL John Burger is Chief of the Joint Cyber Center at United States Central Command responsible for the planning, integration and execution of cyberspace operations in the USCENTCOM AOR. He leads a staff of 115 military, civilians and contractors to assure the CDRs freedom of maneuver in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries. He designs and Implements information assurance programs to secure cyber key terrain, and develops defensive cyberspace plans to �see, block, and maneuver� defensive forces against threats to friendly networks. Working with our Allies and Partners, he develops Cyber Security Cooperation plans to enable our partners to protect themselves in cyberspace. He integrates cyberspace force application with the air, land, and maritime domains in support of OPLANs. He interacts daily with the Joint Staff, USCYBERCOM, the Intelligence Community, and the Interagency. COL Burger serves as principal advisor to the CENTCOM Commander on all cyberspace matters.
Following his graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point, COL Burger began his career in A Co, 13th ENGR BN, Fort Ord, CA., and then was assigned tours with 10th ENGR BN, Schweinfurt, Germany. COL Burger arrived at MacDill AFB in 2009 as the Regional Manager Southeast Regional Support Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, followed by assignments as Chief, Cyber Security Division, and then Chief, Joint Cyber Center, US Central Command.
COL Burger will address the rise of cyber to a DoD warfighting domain with particular emphasis on the intelligence aspects.

LOCATION: MacDill AFB Surf�s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Please RSVP to the Chapter Secretary no later than Wednesday, July 2, for yourself and include the names and email addresses of any guests. Email or call Michael Shapiro at, the Chapter Secretary. You will receive a confirmation via email. If you do not, contact the Chapter Secretary to confirm your registration. Check-in at noon; opening ceremonies, lunch and business meeting at 1230 hours, followed by our speaker.
FEE: You must present your $20 check payable to �Suncoast Chapter, AFIO� (or cash) at check-in to cover the luncheon. If you make a reservation, don�t cancel and get a cancellation confirmation by the response deadline and then don�t show up, you will be responsible for the cost of the luncheon.

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 11:30 am - Palmer Lake, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hears Sheriff-Elect Bill Elder.

Our speaker is Bill Elder, Sheriff-Elect at the caucus who is running unopposed in November; therefore, he will be our next Sheriff of El Paso County unless a huge write-in campaign is undertaken. This is an excellent chance to meet the new Sheriff and get to know more about him and his background.
Location: The Inn on the Palmer Divide, 443 S Highway 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133 ~ Phone: 719-481-1800.
Exit I-25 at Exit 161 for Monument and Palmer Lake. Go North of SH 105 towards Palmer Lake. You will receive additional directions when you RSVP to Tom Van Wormer at The lunch will cost $12.00. You can pay at the door.

21 August 2014, 12:30pm - Los Angeles, CA - AFIO � Los Angeles hosts LAPD Police Chief Bernard Parks on Aerial Surveillance Platforms

The chapter will host Bernard Parks, former Chief of Police of the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Dept.) and current member of the Los Angeles City Council, to discuss the current state of safety in the city of Los Angeles and future limited use of aerial surveillance platforms (UAV-Drones), and the impact it will have on the future of local law enforcement in L.A.
Location for the meeting: LAPD-ARTC 5651 W Manchester Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045, Start Time:12.30 PM, Room 1E.
Please RSVP for attendance:

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 - Washington, DC - Public Meeting of the Public Interest Declassification Board, National Archives

The Public Interest Declassification Board will hold a public meeting the morning of Thursday, June 19, 2014.
We will include more details about the agenda, location and time of the meeting, as well as information about how to register to attend in a future blog post.
Please visit the PIDB�s website,, and continue to follow the PIDB�s blog, Transforming Classification, for more information about the PIDB�s activities.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 10:00-11:45 - Annapolis Junction, MD - Dr. Michael Warner addresses the NCMF Quarterly Cryptologic Program on The Rise and Fall of Intelligence: An International Security History.

The National Cryptologic Foundation Museum welcomes Dr. Michael Warner, Command Historian for United States Cyber Command as the speaker at this Quarterly Cryptologic Program. Dr. Warner has written and lectured widely on intelligence history, theory, and reform, and has taught at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and Columbia University. His new book The Rise and Fall of Intelligence: An International Security History has just been published by Georgetown University Press.
Dr. Warner�s book has been called a tour de force through the history and evolution of intelligence structures. The world changes intelligence and intelligence changes the world. Dr. Warner will discuss the development of professional, institutionalized intelligence, and examine the implications of the �fall� of the state monopoly on high-powered espionage today and beyond. During the Cold War, only the alliances clustered around the two superpowers maintained viable intelligence endeavors, whereas a century ago, many states could aspire to be competitive at these dark arts. Today, larger states have lost their monopoly on intelligence skills and capabilities as technological and sociopolitical changes have made it possible for private organizations and even individuals to unearth secrets and influence global events. How that happened and what it portends are the topics Dr. Warner will explore. You won�t want to miss this interesting program.
LOCATION: The presentation will be held at L-3 Communications, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701, Tel 301-575-3200. There will be a book signing after the presentation as well as lunch from 1200-1300.
REGISTER: To attend mail your registration fee to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998
For Information, email:; call: 301-688-5436/37; Fax: 301-688-5619;
FEE: $20 NCMF members; $50 for guests (includes a guest membership). Deadline for registration is 20 June 2014.

Friday, 27 June 2014, 1 - 4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Tony & Jonna Mendez, the real CIA officers behind the movie ARGO

Meet the Mendezes, both are former CIA Chiefs of Disguise, responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives around the world. Tony is most famous for his rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis as depicted in the film ARGO.
Free. No registration required. More info and directions at

Wednesday, 09 July 2014, noon - Washington, DC - Global Terrorism, Espionage and Cybersecurity Update, 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. Learn Snowden�s current status and what could happen next with this case. 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! No registration required. Visit

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, noon - Washington, DC - Kenneth Daigler discusses Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War at the International Spy Museum

Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold may be the most famous spies of the American Revolution, but they were hardly alone. George Washington’s use of spy networks and wider intelligence efforts were critical to the fight for independence. In Spies, Patriots, and Traitors, former CIA officer Kenneth Daigler closely examines American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War from 1765 to 1783. Daigler will explain how America’s founders learned and practiced their intelligence role, providing insight from an intelligence professional’s perspective and revealing how many of the principles of the era’s intelligence practice are still relevant today. After the talk, see the Museum’s famous George Washington spy letter.
Free. No registration required. More info and directions at

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