AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #32-14 dated 26 August 2014

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Section IV - Books and Upcoming Events


Upcoming AFIO Events

Other Upcoming Events

    • WIN CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE: The WIN editors thank the following special contributors:  pjk, jg, th, jh, mr and fwr.  They have contributed one or more stories used in this issue.


Did you miss the June 13th AFIO National Luncheon?
Few are...but this one was filmed by C-SPAN

See what you've been missing...

C-SPAN’s has released online the full version of the presentations by Devine and Finn from AFIO’s June 13th luncheon. These are only available for a few days (up to a couple of weeks).
They are as follows:

Jack Devine
Former CIA Director of the National Clandestine Service
[large screen version]
Book Discussion on Good Hunting
Jack Devine talked about his book, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story, in which he discusses his 32-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Mr. Devine headed up the CIA’s efforts to arm the mujahideen in Afghanistan, was involved in the Iran-Contra Affair, and helped track down Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) mole Robert Hanssen.

Peter Finn
[large screen version]
Book Discussion on The Zhivago Affair
Peter Finn talked about his book, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, in which he looks at the publishing history of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. The manuscript of the book, which was banned in the Soviet Union because of its critical depiction of the 1917 Revolution, was smuggled out of the country in 1956 and published widely around the world. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recognizing the ideological value of the book, published a Russian-language version and smuggled it back into the Soviet Union, where it was sold on the black market and became an underground hit. 

A few other intelligence book programs of interest to our AFIO audience:

"Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War"
Kenneth Daigler
Last aired: August 16, 2014

"What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89"
Bruce Riedel
Last aired: August 10, 2014

"Circle of Treason: The CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed"
Sandra Grimes
Last aired: March 16, 2014


FRIDAY, 19 September 2014

Badge Pick-up at 10:30 a.m.
<Predator - Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution by Richard Whittle 11 a.m. speaker

Richard Whittle

speaking on "The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution."

<Richard Whittle - author, Predator

author of PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution
being released at this event.

Whittle is a Wilson Center Global Fellow on International Security Studies, and a Fellow at the National Air & Space Museum. He writes extensively on security and aviation matters.

Predator is a must-read. Love it or hate it, the armed drone represented a transformation in military technology. Like every revolution, this one had a colorful cast of characters, and Whittle tells their story with the insight and authority of a veteran military journalist, drawing on inside sources in the Air Force, the CIA and defense industry. This book should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to understand military power in the 21st century.� ―David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Director

�Whittle's account comes to a pointed conclusion: Drone technology has already changed how we die, but what remains to be seen is how it �may change the way people live.� For students of technological history and political wrangling alike, the book is endlessly interesting and full of implication.� ―Kirkus Reviews

�A brilliant and detailed account of the growing pains of the weapons system of the future. Whittle fully captures the political struggle that almost downed the nascent Predator program.�
―Richard A. Clarke, former National Security Council counter-terrorism director

3-course Lunch at Noon

<FBI DD Mark F. Giuliano

1 p.m. speaker

Mark F. Giuliano

Deputy Director, FBI

on Terrorism, WMDs,
and Espionage

<FBI Seal
FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano discusses terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Giuliano was former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch (NSB), responsible for counterterrorism, espionage, and WMDs. He also served as the FBI�s lead intelligence official, responsible for coordination and liaison with the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the rest of the Intelligence Community. Giuliano streamlined counterterrorism operations and better positioned the FBI to address current and emerging terrorist threats through operations designed to penetrate and disrupt key terrorist networks and threats.

Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.
Richard Whittle begins his presentation at 11 a.m.
Lunch served at noon
FBI DD Mark Giuliano begins his presentation at 1 pm
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.


EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza
1960 Chain Bridge Road � McLean, Virginia 22102
Driving directions here or use this link:


US Strikes in Syria Against Islamic State Would Be Hindered by Intelligence Gaps. A US offensive in Syria against the radical Islamist group that beheaded an American journalist would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones that have served as the Obama administration's signature weapon against terrorist networks elsewhere, US officials said.

The Pentagon has conducted daily surveillance flights along Iraq's border with Syria in recent weeks as part of a push to bolster US intelligence on the Islamic State without crossing into Syrian airspace and risking the loss of aircraft to that nation's air defenses, officials said.

The CIA has also expanded its network of informants inside Syria, largely by recruiting and vetting rebel fighters who have been trained and equipped at clandestine agency bases in Jordan over the past two years, US officials said.

Still, senior US intelligence and military officials - speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operations - said American spy agencies have not yet assembled the capabilities that would be needed to target Islamic State leaders and provide reliable-enough intelligence to sustain a campaign of strikes. [Read more: Miller/WashingtonPost/23August2014]

British Intelligence Identify Man They Believe Killed Journalist James Foley. British intelligence officials have identified the man they believe killed American journalist James Foley in Syria, UK security sources told NBC News on Sunday. NBC News has not yet confirmed the name of the suspect, and sources have said that rampant media speculation about the identity of the killer may be off base.

Earlier on Sunday, the British ambassador to the US said officials were "close" to identifying the man with an apparent British accent who beheaded Foley in a video released by ISIS militants earlier in the week.

"We're not in a position to say exactly who this is," Sir Peter Westmacott said on NBC's Meet the Press, but "I think we are close." Westmacott said "sophisticated" voice recognition technology was being used to identify the man who appeared in the video, but he also stressed that the threat of British nationals in ISIS goes beyond one killer.

"It's not just about one brutal murderer," Westmacott said. British intelligence estimates that about 500 Britons have joined ISIS, meaning they have the means to return to Britain or fly to America with few hindrances. "It is a threat to our citizens," Westmacott said. [Read more: NBCNews/24August2014]

Hamas Executions of 'Spies' Fail to Slow Israeli Attacks. Hamas enforcers publicly executed some 25 alleged informers said to have spied for Israel on Friday but what Gaza residents subsequently saw over the weekend suggested that the flow of information to Israeli intelligence from Gaza has not been noticeably affected.

On Saturday, a thunderous explosion and a cloud of roiling black smoke marked an air attack on a 12-story apartment building said by Israel to house a Hamas command center along with around 40 families.

A small warning rocket had been fired at the roof of the building 10 minutes ahead of the airstrike, according to Israel. Hamas said the warning was five minutes. Everyone got out in time, though Gaza officials said a dozen people were hurt in the rush. The building was completely destroyed.

Today, another explosion was followed by the sight of American currency floating over the streets of Gaza. An Israeli missile had struck a car containing a satchel full of American dollars and killed the senior official in charge of money transfers for Hamas, Mohamed al-Ghoul. [Read more: Rabinovich/WashingtonFreeBeacon/24August2014]

US Launches High-Res Photo Satellite. A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space has been launched from a military base in California.

The commercial satellite, Worldview-3, was sent into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a clear day from Vandenberg Air Force Base, military and company officials said.

Worldview-3 belongs to Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe and was built by Boulder-based Ball Aerospace. Lockheed Martin and the United Launch Alliance are also partners in the $US500 million ($A540.98 million) project.

DigitalGlobe says the satellite will be able to capture images of objects as small as half a metre across. [Read more: AAP/14August2014]

NIU to Honor Nation's First Female Head of a Major Intelligence Agency. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Letitia A. Long will welcome the students and faculty at the National Intelligence University (NIU) Convocation on August 25, providing her perspective on leadership within the Intelligence Community. The event marks the formal opening of the academic year for NIU.

NIU President Dr. David Ellison will award Ms. Long an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree for a lifetime of professional and academic accomplishments before inviting her to share some leadership insights gleaned during her 35-year career, including her current role as the first woman to lead a major US intelligence community agency. Ms. Long has announced her plan to retire from NGA later this year.

NIU is an accredited degree-granting institution whose main campus is located in Washington, DC. Its faculty consists of subject matter experts from around the intelligence community who bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience, as well as academic qualifications, to the classroom. NIU offers two master's programs, a bachelor's degree completion program and specialized graduate certificates in intelligence topics. Its alumni include many notable intelligence and national security leaders. [NIU/20August2014]

Senate Torture Report Didn't Interview Responsible CIA Officers. Eleven years after the CIA last waterboarded a terror suspect, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is moving to uncloak its secret report on America's use of enhanced interrogation techniques in the early years of the war on terrorism, and the US intelligence community is preparing to fight back.

Current and former intelligence officials told the Washington Times they are furious that the Senate panel, headed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, did not interview the senior managers of the interrogation program launched after the Sept. 11 attacks or the CIA directors who oversaw it.

"The truth is they had their foregone conclusions with what they wanted to say in this report, and they did not want the facts to get into the way," said Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., one of the CIA's most respected retired officers and who, as head of the Agency's clandestine service, oversaw the enhanced interrogation program that used sleep deprivation, waterboarding, uncomfortable positioning and other tactics to extract information from high-value al Qaeda operatives.

"The process has been political. It has been ideological. And it is just wrong," said Mr. Rodriguez, who retired in fall 2007 and later wrote a best-selling book entitled Hard Measures that argued that the tactics, which critics have denounced as torture, saved American lives. [Read more: Solomon/WashingtonTimes/25August2014]

Kenyatta Nominates New National Intelligence Service Chief. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday (August 21st) nominated Major General Philip Wachira Kameru as the new head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Kameru's nomination comes one week after the resignation of NIS Director Michael Gichangi for "personal reasons".

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi announced the appointment in parliament, and the parliamentary Defence and Foreign Relations Committee will have 14 days to vet the nominee and report their findings back to parliament.

Kenyatta praised Kameru as "an exemplary professional" who has served the country for 36 years, during which time he rose to become director of military intelligence for the Kenya Defence Forces in 2011, Capital FM reported. [Read more: Sabahi/22August2014]

Suicide Car Bomb Explodes Outside Baghdad Intelligence Agency, 8 Dead. A suicide car bomb rammed into Baghdad's intelligence headquarters Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 35, a police source told NBC News. The vehicle exploded upon impact with the main gates of the building which is located in the center of the city and near a main square frequently bustling with people and traffic.

The attack comes one day after a major assault on Sunni Muslims who were inside a mosque during Friday prayers. Shiite militiamen opened fire on the worshipers in an apparent sectarian massacre which left at least 68 dead or wounded. [NBCNews/23August2014]

Yuma County Supervisors OK Renewing Intelligence Officer Pact. For law enforcement agencies, accurate information is essential when it comes to preventing crime. 

One way to gather such intelligence is through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) - Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) - Detention Liaison Officer (DLO) Program.

According to DPS, DLOs collect and report intelligence information regarding human smuggling organizations and criminal gangs to federal, state, county and city law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona.

"Gangs, gang members and illegal immigration efforts continue their criminal enterprises while incarcerated and can provide invaluable information and intelligence regarding their current activities," DPS officials said. [Read more: Crawford/YumaSun/23August2014]

India's Intelligence Agency Fears Violence Over Indira Gandhi Film. India's intelligence agency has warned of potential violence around the release of Kaum De Heere, a Punjabi film which portrays the assassination of India's former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The film tells the story of her assassins, Sikh bodyguards who turned against Gandhi following Operation Blue Star, a military operation to quell revolution in Amritsar in 1984 which left hundreds of Sikhs dead. One of the bodyguards, Beant Singh, was killed by police shortly after, while the other, Satwant Singh, was later hanged.

Director Ravinder Ravi claims that the film is not biased, and that it merely tells the story as drawn from the trial of Kehar Singh, one of the plotters, as well as the confessions of the assassins themselves.

"Allegations that we want to create a law and order problem by showing what happened 30 years ago are meaningless," Ravi told The Times of India. "We are just reproducing what has been documented." [Read more: TheGuardian/20August2014]

Bulgarian Defense Minister 'to Dismiss Military Intelligence Chief'. Bulgaria's interim Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has decided to replace Veselin Ivanov, Director of the Defense Information Service, media sources say.

No specific motives are cited to be behind the expected move, but the daily Presa, which has issued the report, suggests it could be explained with the military intelligence service's delay in handing documents to the Files Commission, the institution managing the files of the Socialist-era state security agency DS.

Presa quotes experts as calling the shift a "risky" venture, with recent developments in Ukraine and the conflict with Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East in sight. [Novinite/21August2014]


WWII Atomic Bomb Project Had More Than 1,500 "Leaks". The Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb during World War II was among the most highly classified and tightly secured programs ever undertaken by the US government. Nevertheless, it generated more than 1,500 leak investigations involving unauthorized disclosures of classified project information.

That remarkable fact is noted in the latest declassified volume of the official Manhattan District History (Volume 14, Intelligence & Security) that was approved for release and posted online by the Department of Energy last month.

In several respects, the Manhattan Project established the template for secret government programs during the Cold War (and after). It pioneered or refined the practices of compartmentalization of information, "black" budgets, cover and deception to conceal secret facilities, minimal notification to Congress, and more.

But wherever there are national security secrets, it seems that leaks and spies are not far behind. [Read more: Aftergood/SecrecyNews/21August2014]

The Most Amazing Lie in History - How a Chicken Farmer, a Pair of Princesses, and 27 Imaginary Spies Helped the Allies Win World War II. In the weeks leading up to D-day, Allied commanders had their best game faces on. "This operation is not being planned with any alternatives," barked General Dwight D. Eisenhower. "This operation is planned as a victory, and that's the way it's going to be!" Indeed, more than 6,000 ships were ready to cruise across the English Channel to plant the first wave of two million troops on the white beaches of Normandy. Nearly 20,000 vehicles would crawl ashore as 13,000 planes dropped thousands of tons of explosives and thousands of paratroopers.

The sheer size of the invasion - it would be the largest in history - was staggering. But so were the stakes. With the first day's casualty rate expected to reach 90 percent and the outcome of World War II hanging in the balance, the truth was that Eisenhower was riddled with doubt. He'd transformed into an anxious chimney, puffing four packs of cigarettes a day. Other Allied leaders felt equally unsure. "I see the tides running red with their blood," Winston Churchill lamented. General George S. Patton privately complained of feeling "awfully restless." Chief of the Imperial General Staff Alan Brooke was more blunt: "It won't work," he said. The day before the invasion, Eisenhower quietly penciled a note accepting blame in case he had to order retreat. When he watched the last of the 101st Airborne Division take off, the steely general started to cry.

They were worried for good reason. With so many troops and so much artillery swelling in England, it was impossible to keep the attack a secret. Hitler knew it was coming, and he'd been preparing a defense for months. Only one detail eluded him, and he was confident in a Nazi victory if he could figure it out - he needed to know where, exactly, the attack would happen. To make D-day a success, the Allies needed to keep him in the dark: They'd have to trick the Germans into thinking the real invasion was just a bluff, while making it seem like a major attack was imminent elsewhere. The task seemed impossible, but luckily, the British had a secret weapon: a short, young balding Spaniard. He was the king of con men, an amateur spy gone pro, the world's sneakiest liar. He was also, of all things, a chicken farmer.

Juan Pujol Garcia had been working at a hotel when he decided to become a spy. [Read more: Reilly/MentalFloss/September2014]

A 'Leak' in Hamas's Once-Tight System Yields Crucial Leadership Kills for Israel. The alleged money man died in a pile of burnt cash. He was riding in a car in Gaza City when the Israeli missile struck. The blast tore apart the vehicle, ripping open bags of American dollars and blowing the bills across the street. An unidentified witness told the New York Times that security soon collected the dollars billowing across the road and searched the car for more.

The man behind the bills, Israel says, was a high-level Hamas official named Muhammad al-Ghoul. He allegedly managed the group's finances - its "terror funds," as Israel said - and his death this week represents the latest in a series of Israeli strikes targeting the militant faction's ranking commanders. Late last week, Israel killed three top Hamas leaders in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized as a result of "extraordinary intelligence," a boast of necessity for him after Israel's failure to detect the many tunnels Hamas had built between Gaza and Israel over the past year.

Israeli analysts, in interviews with Washington Post reporters, also framed the strikes as a triumph of intelligence. One said it signaled "a leak in the system somewhere, a system that until now was tight and compartmentalized." Another added: "Our firepower, our intelligence and our capability to sustain are bigger than" Hamas'.

While it's not entirely clear how the Israel military ferreted out the locations of the militant leaders, Hamas quickly concluded that Israeli spies - or "collaborators" - were to blame. [Read more: McCoy/WashingtonPost/26August2014]


The Mission to Save Foley Ended Like Most: In Failure. Unlike in the movies, rescue missions rarely succeed. For every legendary success, like the Israeli commandos who rescued 102 hostages at Entebbe in Uganda in 1976, many more rescue missions fail. There was the infamous failed attempt to rescue US hostages in Iran in 1980, and years before that in North Vietnam, a Special Forces raid on the long deserted POW camp at Son Tay, to name just a few. Last year, a French commando died in a failed rescue mission in Somalia. For every Captain Phillips, there are many disasters.

It's a high-risk gambit undertaken by brave troops who understand they may never return. And President Obama was right and courageous to try to rescue James Foley and other hostages. But many spy agency insiders say a decline in basic military intelligence gathering over the years makes rescue missions even harder. The Pentagon has recently fielded a fledgling new spy service, the Defense Clandestine Service, that will supposedly fill at least some of those holes.

"Military intelligence," goes an outdated old saw, "is an oxymoron." It's been mocked as the slow-witted sibling to the supposedly more glamorous CIA. But dispatching spies to suss out enemy territory is as old as the Bible, and has played a critical role in American victories since the Revolutionary War.

The problem today, say many critics, is that the DIA, as well as the CIA, isn't doing one of its key jobs: recruiting low-level foreign agents to collect granular information on the location, movements, weapons and - especially - intentions of enemy forces, such as the Islamic State fighters who held James Foley. Instead, critics say, the DIA has for years been trying to mimic the CIA's focus on foreign leaders, terrorists and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. [Read more: Stein/Newsweek/20August2014]

Intelligence Blunder: You Wanna Be Australia's Spyboss? No Problem, Just Walk Right In. The Australian Security Intelligence Service, ASIS, has seemingly demonstrated a peculiar weakness in its access control systems.

A fluke administrative stuff-up allowed its Director-General - its most senior and therefore most sensitive role - to turn up and function for five days while he wasn't actually employed by the organization.

As outlined by Sydney's Daily Telegraph, D-G Nick Warner's contract ended, effectively sacking him, and the cack-handed public service's computer systems didn't notice.

ASIS, it should be noted, is one of the organizations that would benefit from the federal government's push for the mass retention of citizen metadata.

Warner continued showing up for work, and that's where the story gets interesting, because ASIS's control systems don't apparently include automatically revoking access to users who aren't employed by the agency. [Read more: Chirgwin/TheRegister/25August2014]

Canadians in Terrorist Armies Threaten Us All. Earlier this summer, the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released a chilling recruitment video calling on young people in the West to leave their families and come to the Middle East to train for what it calls holy war. It featured a Canadian who had embraced a violent ideology, travelled to Syria, and was killed there in a firefight last year.

More recently, ISIL produced a disturbing photograph of a seven-year-old boy holding aloft the severed head of an enemy fighter. The boy, an Australian citizen, had been taken to the Syrian battlefield by his father. Such is the nature of ISIL and other like-minded groups, which is why the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and other Western security agencies are paying close attention to calls to join terrorist movements - calls that are finding audiences in our own countries.

Like other propaganda efforts, the ISIL video tried to romanticize the transformation of someone into a religious warrior. Fortunately, most people will understand that there is nothing romantic about killing and dying for such a cause. CSIS liaises with many cultural communities, and I can say without doubt that the extremist narrative of the West being at war with Islam is rejected by the vast majority of Muslims in Canada.

Yet violent ideologies still have traction in certain quarters. Hundreds and hundreds of mostly young people - from North America, from Australia, from the United Kingdom, from all over Europe and across the Middle East - are signing on with ISIL, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab or any number of fanatical groups that commit unspeakable violence in a global war against pluralism, democracy, human rights and gender equality. It is now public knowledge that well over 100 Canadians have left Canada to support or train with terrorist movements abroad. Most are men, but some are women. Some are immigrants to Canada, and some are Canadian-born. [Read more: Coulombe/TheGlobeAndMail/23August2014]

Section IV - Books and Upcoming Events


Book Review: Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story. When an expert such as Jack Devine, a three-decades-plus veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service, warns about myriad world troubles stretching into the foreseeable future, serious citizens should take heed - and those now running the agency, both in-house and as elected officials, should give Good Hunting a careful read in light of what can be done to protect the country.

In Mr. Devine's expert opinion, the solution should be the wide - and intelligent - use of covert action. As do many CIA veterans, he decries the militarization of the agency in recent years, and its subordination to the post of Director of National Intelligence, created in the do-something fever that inflamed Congress after Sept. 11, 2001. He feels that the result has been a "muddled new intelligence bureaucracy with less coherence and more fractured leadership." He urges that "Congress should revisit its utility and perhaps curtail its staffing and tasking."

The capstone of Mr. Devine�s career was overseeing the largest CIA covert operation ever, to run the Soviet military out of Afghanistan, a venture inaccurately termed "Charlie Wilson's War" by the media. Although he and other agency officials praise the now-deceased Texas congressman's tenacity in obtaining money and arms for the war, Mr. Devine's colleague Milton Bearden is quoted as quipping, that it was "'Charlie Wilson's War' only in Charlie Wilson's mind." In any event, the operation drove the Red Army out of Afghanistan.

Although denounced by the nut-left as dirty tricks unbefitting the United States, Mr. Devine notes that covert action is authorized under Title 50 of the US Code, which defines it as "an activity or activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the [government] will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly in a country while deliberately obscuring the role of the [government]." Such actions must be authorized, in writing, by the president, and be made known to congressional intelligence committees. [Read more: Goulden/WashingtonTimes/26August2014]

Upcoming AFIO Events


Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 6 pm - Las Vegas, NV - The AFIO Las Vegas Chapter hears Steven Ririe on "Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial."

The next AFIO Roger E. McCarthy, Las Vegas Chapter Meeting features Steven Ririe, Memorial founder & Chairman, on his memorial: "Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial."
The US emerged victorious from the Cold War due largely in part to those who worked in secret. Without their contributions, the Cold War could very well have had a different ending. To ensure the continued safety of our country, many of their contributions were purposefully left out of history books. Ririe states that there is now an obligation and a responsibility to honor these heroes by telling their stories and giving them their rightful place in history.
The inspiration for the Memorial started on 17 November 1955 at 7:25 a.m., a USAF Military Air Transport Service aircraft took off from Burbank, CA with an Air Force crew, engineers, CIA personnel and scientists bound for Watertown, now known as Area 51. At 8:40 a.m. the aircraft was first reported missing. The full story of the fourteen men aboard and the U2 reconnaissance plane they helped build remained classified for over 40 years. Also classified as top-secret was the account of the men who risked their lives while they braved subzero temperatures at 11,500 feet elevation to attempt a rescue on Mount Charleston. Now, over four decades later, the time has come to tell one of the most intriguing stories of the Cold War. To honor these men and the hundreds of individuals who have worked in obscurity during the Cold War, many of whom have paid for our freedom with their very lives, is the purpose of this new proposed Memorial.

Presenter: Ririe has been featured on the History Channel�s Pawn Stars and the Travel Channel�s Mysteries at the Museum. Ririe has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1961. For the past 26 years Ririe worked as an insurance agent and is currently employed with AAA of Nevada. Ririe is a member of the AFIO-Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter.
�A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but by the men it honors, the men it remembers� � President John F. Kennedy
PLEASE NOTE NEW CHAPTER Event Location: in the Conference Center at Texas Station Hotel [Gambling Hall and Casino], 2101 Texas Star Ln (corner of Rancho Blvd. and West Lake Meade Blvd.), North Las Vegas, NV 89032, (702) 631-1000
Please join us at 5 p.m. in the "Texas Star Oyster Bar" for liaison and food and beverages.
RSVP: Mary Bentley at or call her at 702-295-0417, if you have any questions.

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 10am - 1pm - Mission Viejo, CA - The AFIO Orange County Chapter business meeting and presentation by CIA Clandestine Service Officer

Business Meeting: 10 � 11am. (1) Nomination and election of chapter officers for the coming year. Please contact me if you are interested in serving in one of these positions and you will be added to the slate for election: Current Officers are - Larry Holdridge, President; Tom Cagley, Secretary (Not running for reappointment); Len Holzworth, Membership Director; and Bob Margoles, Programs Director. (2) Venues and times for meetings, and (3) New Business.
Speaker Presentation: 11am - 12:30pm. Speaker � Maura Godinez, with Q&A session at end of presentation.
SPEAKER: MS. MAURA GODINEZ - CIA NATIONAL CLANDESTINE SERVICE OFFICER. Ms. Godinez served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years as a member of the National Clandestine Service. Experience includes service as an operations officer and intelligence officer on multiple continents; analytic and operational work in counterintelligence, foreign intelligence collection and covert action; managing counterintelligence operations against hostile services and non-state actors; coordinating intelligence collection from military, law enforcement and intelligence community assets in a high-threat environment; and engagement in covert action programs. Prior to joining the CIA, Ms. Godinez was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She has a Master�s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Relations.
LOCATION: Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
Directions to the meeting: From Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo: Exit at La Paz and head East toward the mountains. Go 1.6 miles on La Paz and turn left at light on Veterans Way (It�s named Pacific Hills if you turned right). Go about 0.2 miles to end of Veterans Way and it dead ends into the Mission Viejo Community Center Parking Lot. Go to the front desk and they will direct you to our meeting room.
Fees: Annual chapter dues of $40 are due. Please pay at the meeting or mail to the chapter secretary: Tom Cagley, 21951 Cayuga Lane, Lake Forest, CA 92630
RSVP by email or phone to: or cellphone: 954-298-5442.

13 September 2014, 1130 hrs - Indian Harbour Beach, FL - The Florida Satellite Chapter hosts Counterterrorism expert, Wallace Bruschweiler

Former AFIO Suncoast Chapter VP Wallace Bruschweiler will explore various approaches used by Israel, USA, Western Europe and Russia in combating terrorist activities around the world. He is a quadri-linguist and an expert on counter terrorism and national security issues. Wallace is a results oriented security executive, strategist and problem solver with extensive expertise and over 25 years in solving complex domestic and international security and intelligence situations in a large range of venues. Terrorism has evolved and Wallace has stayed in front of the curve.
Event location: Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
For reservations and further details, contact Barbara Keith, 1024 Osprey Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940. Telephone: 321.777.5561, email:

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:30 am - Colorado Springs, CO � The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents Deputy Sheriff Mark Pfoff who will speak about a complicated trial.

In December of 2009 an 11 year old girl accused her grandfather of touching her inappropriately. This started a case that revealed an 800 page grooming document and took 4 years to resolve; to include a 2 1/2 year manhunt and a complicated trial. 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


Friday, 19 September 2014, 11 am - 2 pm - Tysons Corner, VA - FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano discusses the latest efforts and concerns on Terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Richard Whittle, aviation expert, on PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.

FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano discusses terrorism, WMDs, and espionage. Giuliano was former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch (NSB), responsible for counterterrorism, espionage, and WMDs. He also served as the FBI�s lead intelligence official, responsible for coordination and liaison with the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the rest of the Intelligence Community. Giuliano streamlined counterterrorism operations and better positioned the FBI to address current and emerging terrorist threats through operations designed to penetrate and disrupt key terrorist networks and threats.
Morning speaker: Richard Whittle, author of PREDATOR: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution which is being released at this event. Whittle is a Wilson Center Global Fellow on International Security Studies, and a Fellow at the National Air & Space Museum. He writes extensively on security and aviation matters.
Check-in for badge pickup at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Whittle begins presentation at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at noon; FBI DD Mark Giuliano begins his presentation at 1 pm. Event closes at 2 p.m.
Morning and Afternoon programs are On The Record
The latest intelligence books, and many others, on display and for sale throughout event.
EVENT LOCATION: The Crowne Plaza, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA
Driving directions here or use this link:

Monday, 22 September 2014, 6 pm - New York, NY - The AFIO NY Metro Chapter features Jack Devine

Former CIA Director of Operations, Jack Devine, Founder & President "The Arkin Group" NYC-based Global Strategic Intelligence, speaks on his new book Good Hunting. A sophisticated account of real life in the CIA,  an American spymasters spellbinding memoir of his career. Charlie Wilson's War, stinger missiles, acting chief of the clandestine service, South American drug cartels.
Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St.
Registration: 5:30 p.m., Presentation starts 6 p.m. Buffet dinner follows the talk & Q&A.
$50/person  Payable at the door only, cash or check.
Reservations strongly suggested, not required. Reply to Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776  or  Email:

Wednesday, 30 September 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - Dr. Connie Mariano, Physician to the President/Dir of WH Medical Unit makes presentation to AFIO Arizona Chapter

Guest Speaker: Connie Mariano, M.D., Physician to the President and Director of the White House Medical Unit; Founder and President of the Center for Executive Medicine, sharing interesting aspects of her personal journey at the White House, as well as vignettes and lessons from serving 3 sitting presidents, and what life has been after the White House.
Her work experiences include the Mayo Clinic, a private practice, and is currently businesswoman and author. She will be more than happy to share her current challenges both professional and personal.
Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale AZ 85258, Phone 480.948.0260
RSVP: RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time; in the past, not reserving or cancelling without prior notice (72 hours prior to the meeting) created much grief for those of us organizing the meeting and dealing with the personnel!
WE ARE charged for the no-shows and please remember, we are a small organization with a humble coffer!
We would therefore APPRECIATE that you all respond to this email to confirm your presence (or not).
Our meeting fees will be as follows:
� $20.00 for AFIO members
� $22.00 for guests
For reservations or questions, please email Simone or or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (6:00-10:00 PM), Scottsdale, Arizona - Wanted: former or retired DDP, DDO or NCS officers for a Black Tie Event in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Your Assignment: Should you choose to accept it. Table Host for unwitting art patrons at Gala Opening of the Covert Affairs, art Exhibit.
Sponsors: Arizona AFIO and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Uniform required: Black tie
Details: Dinner and gallery admission provided in exchange for "war stories" and anecdotes about life and times in the clandestine services. One officer per each of fifteen tables will represent the CS to the attendees.
Contact: Maurice Gralnek, Chapter President - or Simone S Lopes, Chapter Director -

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 11:30 a.m. - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Lt. Col. BC Thomas, USAF, ret. speaking about the SR-71.

Lt. Col. BC Thomas, USAF(Ret) addresses the chapter on the subject of the SR-71. 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
Event location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco (between Sloat/Wawona).
RSVP required by 9/7/14 to Mariko Kawaguchi: 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).

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Friday, 5 September 2014, 1 - 4 pm - Washington, DC - Meet former FBI/CIA Counterintelligence Officer, Christopher Lynch

Christopher Lynch was a Counterintelligence Officer, first in the FBI, and then in the CIA, for thirty years. As an Operations Analyst, he specialized in the KGB in assessing tradecraft and in detecting hostile control.
Free. No registration required. More info and directions at

Tuesday, 09 September 2014, 12pm - 7pm - Washington, DC - The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg at the International Spy Museum

Briefing on Moe Berg―the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist--was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his own volition, Berg relished and accomplished his espionage missions, yet he died penniless and with little acclaim. Nicholas Dawidoff brought Moe Berg�s achievements to light in his best-selling 1994 book The Catcher Was a Spy. In honor of the Pennant Race, Dawidoff will share his latest thoughts on the only Major League baseball player to have his card on display at CIA headquarters. Tickets: Free! No registration required. Visit

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - The Atomic Spies: Famous Spy Rings of the 20th Century - A Spy Seminar Series by the International Spy Museum

The execution of the Rosenbergs in 1953 ensured that the Atomic Spies would never be forgotten. The key actors involved in stealing nuclear secrets ranged from internationally-known top-level physicists to working man machinists. Some sought scientific equality while others wanted to level the world�s political playing field. Some paid with their lives and others continued with distinguished careers. International Spy Museum historian Dr. Vince Houghton explored these spies and their networks researching his dissertation The Principal Uncertainty: U.S. Atomic Intelligence, 1942-1949. He�ll share never-before seen documents revealing the extensive espionage effort to steal the secrets of the atomic bomb. Tickets: $100. To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-732.

12 September 2014, noon - 2 pm - Ashburn, VA - The Loudoun Crime Commission hosts FBI Special Agent Kara Sidener, on her 9/11 experiences in the Pentagon.

Kara Sidener, Special Agent, InfraGard Coordinator, FBI - Washington Field Office, is the keynote speaker. Sidener details her experience in the 9/11 terrorist attack where she was a first responder to the Pentagon. She will discuss her experiences on that day as a member of the FBI's WFO's Evidence Response Team and the difficult task of gathering evidence in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Her 16+ years with the FBI have all been in the Washington, DC area, having had assignments at WFO, FBI Headquarters, and the FBI Academy. Kara has experience in a number of areas to include counterintelligence and cyber investigations, evidence response, instruction and training, and private sector outreach. She is a member of the Behavioral Analysis Program team and is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC assessment tools. Kara was also a member of WFO’s Evidence Response Team and a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11/01. She has also co-authored two articles, “Proactive Human Source Development” and “Office Paper DeCopier,” which appeared in the Law Enforcement Bulletin and Journal of Forensic Sciences, respectively. Kara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Forensic Science degree, both from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
The luncheon will be held at the Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Ln, Ashburn, VA 20147; (703) 723-5330. Doors open at noon for registering and networking, the meeting starts at 12:30 PM.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:15 am - Washington, DC - The Cambridge 5: Famous Spy Rings of the 20th Century - Spy Seminar Series of the International Spy Museum

Philby, Maclean, Burgess, Blunt, and Cairncross. These famous English spies, known for the University where they were recruited as young men between 1934 and 1937, spied for the Soviet Union before and during World War II. Three were assigned to the British embassy in Washington, DC, at the start of the Cold War and into the 1950s. How were they recruited by the NKVD, what motivated them, how damaging were they, and does their espionage legacy still effect the world today? David Major, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) and former Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs at the National Security Council in the White House, has provided high-level briefings on this case for the intelligence community and now he can share with you the incredible access and exploits of this NKVD/ KGB-controlled network. With posts to positions of power, knighthoods, and work with MI5 and MI6, this spy ring set the gold standard for access and national security damage. Tickets: $110
To register: (via phone) 202.633.3030; (online) Internet Quick Tix code for the program: 1M2-732.

17 September 2014, 11:30am - McLean, VA - Dr. Daniel L. Burghart discusses "What Has Changed in Russia" at this DIF Luncheon

The Defense Intelligence Forum [DIAA] hosts Dr. Daniel L Burghart speaking on “What has changed in Russia, what has not, and how will future changes affect Russia.”
Dr. Burghart is a professor of National Security and Eurasian Studies at the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC. As a specialist in Russian, CIS and Central European Affairs, he entered the Army in 1973 as a distinguished military graduate of the University of Illinois, and served in a variety of Foreign Area Officer assignments before retiring as a Colonel with 30 years of service in June 2003. Prior to coming to NDIC, Dr. Burghart taught and was a research fellow at the National Defense University. He has also served as Senior National Security Policy Advisory at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U S. Defense and Army Attaché to Kazakhstan, and a Mission Commander at the On Site Inspection Agency, Where he led arms control inspections to the republics of the Former Soviet Union. Other assignments include: Senior Russian Military Analyst and Eurasian Branch Chief on the Army Staff, Professor of Russian and East European Studies at West Point and Director of Area Studies at the U.S. Army Russian Institute. He has a Ph.D. in Russian and International Studies from the University of Surrey. Along with articles in defense and civilian journals, He is the author of the book “Red Microchip: Technology Transfer, Export Control and Economic Restructuring in the Soviet Union.”
The forum will follow a modified Chatham House rule. You may use the information, but with the exception of speaker's name and subject, you may make no attribution. Everything will be off the record.
Location: Pulcinella Restaurant, 6852 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA
Register: Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 payable to DIAA, Inc Registration starts at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 PM. Make reservations by 16 September 2014 by email to Include names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. For each attendee, choose among chicken cacciatore, tilapia puttanesca, lasagna, sausage with peppers, or fettuccini with portabella for luncheon selection .
Pay at the door with a check for $29.00 per person, payable to DIAA, Inc.
Checks are preferred, but will accept cash; however, credit card payments are discouraged

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