AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #21-16 dated 24 May 2016

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Section V - Events

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Did you miss our Friday, May 20th program with
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., (USFS, Ret)
discussing "America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East"?
Here are takeaways from Freeman's gimlet-eyed presentation.

And here is the Boston College report on the morning speaker
Professor John Woodward, former CIA.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 7:30 - 8:45pm - McLean, VA

"How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History and How to De-Weaponize It"

featuring Nibras Kazimi at the Westminster Institute

Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, have succeeded in weaponizing memory. They wield historical precedence to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. Nibras Kazimi, an Iraqi citizen, will discuss how they do this and how to undermine their legitimacy by de-weaponizing precedence.

Nibras Kazimi's blog, Talisman Gate, was one of the most riveting Iraqi blogs written from Baghdad in the midst of its drama and turmoil and was renowned for its acute political insight. He has resumed writing the blog at Talisman Gate, Again. His research focuses on the growing threat of jihadism in the Middle East, as well as prospects for democracy in the region. His primary interest is the national security of Iraq and how threats there are enabled and coordinated by regional Middle Eastern actors and factors.

Kazimi directed the Research Bureau of the Iraqi National Congress in Washington, DC and Baghdad, and was a pro-bono adviser for the Higher National Commission for De-Ba'athification. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute and wrote a weekly column for The New York Sun and a monthly column for Prospect magazine (UK). He has published several papers on jihadism as well as articles in publications such as Newsweek and the New Republic. He is the author of the monograph Syria Through Jihadist Eyes: A Perfect Enemy. He is a member of The Atlantic Council's 2016 Iraq Task Force.

Where: The Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101.
Register Now!

Crime and Cryptology
Subject: UNABOMBER - Ted Kaczynski, BTK Killer, and others

Hear Daniel Olson, Chief of Cryptanalysis
and Racketeering Records, FBI

speak on

20 June 2016, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

RSVP now to attend the 2016 Schorreck Memorial Lecture Speaker Series.
This year's program features special guest Daniel Olson, Chief of the Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA. Highlights will include solved and unsolved ciphers from notorious criminals such as the Zodiac Killer of the 1960s, BTK serial killer Dennis Raeder, as well as the enciphered journal of UNABOMBER Ted Kaczynski.
This series is sponsored by the Center for Cryptologic History and held at the National Cryptologic Museum.

Details and Registration are here.

International Security & Intelligence Program
Attend a Cambridge University Experience
at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Maryland

18 July thru 5 August 2016
in beautiful Emmitsburg, Maryland

International Security and Intelligence (ISI) is a program offered at Mount St. Mary's University in association with the Cambridge Security initiative (CSi). This 3-week, highly competitive summer course runs from July 18-Aug 5, 2016.Through the lens of professional practitioners of the craft, and academics closely involved in the world of intelligence, students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the enduring principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems. The 2016 program is being offered in the United States for the first time, exclusively at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. Attendees range from undergraduate students to seasoned professionals, and everyone experiences the same mix of lectures, seminars and social activities. The aim is to offer an experience of teaching and learning which is very similar to that offered at the University of Cambridge.  Applications are being accepted until June. Learn more at


Intelligence Agency GCHQ Gives its Seal of Approval to Welsh University.  Intelligence agency GCHQ has given its seal of approval to the University of South Wales (USW).

Concern about the threat of cyber-attacks from terrorist and hostile Governments is soaring, and USW has become the first university in Wales to gain provisional certification from GCHQ for its Computer Forensics course.

The university has already forged links with other security and law enforcement agencies and the accreditation from GCHQ will enhance the prestige of its Masters programme.

It has founded a National Cyber Security Academy at its Newport city campus - a joint initiative between industry players and the Welsh Government.  [Read more:  Williamson/WalesOnline/23May2016]

Taliban Chief Targeted by Drone Strike in Pakistan, Signaling a U.S. Shift.  After months of failed Pakistani efforts to broker peace talks with the Taliban, an American drone strike against the leader of the Afghan militants signaled a major break with precedent as the United States circumvented Pakistan in an effort to disrupt the strengthening insurgency, officials said on Sunday.

The Afghan intelligence agency said Sunday that the Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, had been killed in the strike in the restive Pakistani province of Baluchistan. The United States announced the strike Saturday but could not confirm that Mullah Mansour had been killed.

Although there was still no official reaction from the main Taliban spokesman, some Taliban commanders on Sunday denied the reports, saying their leader was not in the area of the strike.

Even if Mullah Mansour was not killed, the attack was significant, as it is believed to be the first American drone strike in Baluchistan, the de facto headquarters of the Afghan Taliban, after years of such attacks in other Pakistani and Afghan areas.  [Read more:  Mashal/NYTimes/22May2016]

TSA Intelligence Chief Replaced in Shuffle After Facing Criticism.  Less than a month after he came under stinging criticism from whistleblowers testifying before Congress, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration's key intelligence division has been replaced.

TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger defended intelligence chief Kelly Hoggan in his own testimony on Capitol Hill on May 12. On Monday, he announced in a memo to TSA staff that Hoggan had been replaced.

Though TSA is best known for the blue-shirted security officers that staff its airport checkpoints, the unseen side of the 60,000 member agency is a vast intelligence network that interacts with other federal intelligence agencies in an effort to protect the nation's transportation system.

With operatives overseas and on the ground in major American cities, the TSA coordinates real-time intelligence information in a vast center in Northern Virginia that tracks suspected terrorists around the world and evaluates incidents here and abroad.   [Read more:  Halsey/WashingtonPost/23May2016]

Intel Chief: Presidential Campaigns Under Cyber Attack.  Cyber hackers - possibly working for foreign governments - are trying to infiltrate the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday.

"We've already had some indications of that," James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said in Washington.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies traced massive cyber attacks to China. At that time, both the Democratic candidate, now-President Barack Obama, and his Republican rival John McCain, were targeted. Officials said hackers were trying to seize sensitive data, including private emails and information on high-level economic and national security briefings senior aides might have received.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation "are doing what they can do educate both campaigns against potential cyber threats," Clapper said at an event at the Bipartisan Policy Center.  [Read more:  Gaouette/CNN/18May2016]

House Passes Policy Bill for Intelligence Agencies.  The House easily passed legislation on Tuesday to authorize intelligence agency activities for the next year with provisions to prevent manipulation of reports on combating terrorism.

The annual policy bill, which passed 371-35, with one lawmaker voting "present," outlines directives across the 16 U.S. federal intelligence agencies. 

The measure was drafted in the wake of allegations that officials within the Pentagon's Central Command had manipulated analysis to present an overly rosy view of the U.S.'s fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which threaten to develop into a major controversy for the Obama administration.

As a result of those concerns, Tuesday's bill aims to prevent meddling with intelligence reports, and makes it easier for whistleblowers to bring their concerns to Capitol Hill.  [Read more:  Hattem&Marcos/TheHill/24May2016]

EU Rules Force British Officials to Choose Between Handing Top Secret Intelligence to Terror Suspects or Letting Them Walk Into Britain Unchallenged.  EU rules are forcing Britain to disclose top secret intelligence to terror suspects - or let them walk into the UK unhindered.

The explosive revelation on the threat to our national security, confirmed by court papers, is made today by Justice Minister Dominic Raab.

He also warns how thousands of criminals and suspected fanatics who could otherwise be turned away are being allowed to waltz through the UK's porous borders, owing to Brussels rules on free movement.

For the first time, Mr. Raab lifts the lid on an obscure ruling by the European Court of Justice which poses a massive headache for Britain's police and security services.  [Read more:  Slack/DailyMail/18May2016]

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Opens Silicon Valley 'Outpost'.  The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the mapping agency expanding its western headquarters in St. Louis, announced on Monday that it will create an "outpost" in Silicon Valley.

"We plan to advance our profession by going to the geographic heart of American innovation: Silicon Valley," NGA Director Robert Cardillo said at the GEOINT Symposium in Orlando, Fla. "This summer, we'll create a presence there, what we call NGA Outpost Valley. This ... will leverage the organic capabilities and energy of the Valley's open, vibrant, geospatial community."

Cardillo added: "It's a beachhead that will have the authority to reach out to all innovation centers."

Cardillo said the outpost will bolster the agency's efforts in St. Louis, where the agency is looking to partner with the Cortex innovation district in the Central West End.  [Read more:  Pistor/StLouisPostDispatch/18May2016]

Portuguese Spy Caught Passing 'Nato Secrets' to Russian Handler in Rome.  The Kremlin's espionage offensive in Europe came to the surface on Tuesday after a Portuguese spy was arrested in Rome for allegedly passing Nato secrets to a Russian intelligence officer.

The supposed double agent, identified by the local media as Frederico Carvalh'o, is a member of the Potugal's SIS intelligence service, the country's equivalent of MI5, responsible for internal security and counter-terrorism.

Mr. Carvalh'o is accused of selling sensitive information relating to Nato and the European Union, both of which are key targets for Russian intelligence.

In line with the tradecraft of espionage, Mr Carvalh'o had allegedly been leaving Portugal and travelling to different European capitals to meet his Russian handler since 2014. But he was secretly tracked by the SIS counter-espionage unit.  [Read more:  Badcock/TheTelegraph/24May2015]

Expert Warns Australian Intel Agencies Have Dangerous Russian Gap.  Australia's intelligence agencies have allowed a dangerous gap to develop in their knowledge of Russia at a time Moscow is stepping up its espionage, military and cyber warfare capabilities around the world.

The warning comes from the country's leading Cold War Russia expert, Paul Dibb, who says Canberra has failed to respond to President Vladimir's Putin's 'aggressive tactics. "In Canberra we have run down our intelligence expertise on Russia just at the time when Putin is flexing his muscles,'' Professor Dibb said. "There is hardly anyone who is currently an expert on Russia in our intelligence community."

"I think you will find there is just one person in (intelligence agency) the Office of National Assessments who does both Russia and Europe, while the Department of Foreign Affairs is focused on China, China and China. In Defence they have almost no Russian expertise."

Professor Dibb said the government and intelligence agencies must act quickly to recover lost ground, especially given Mr Putin's pattern of aggressive behaviour in Crimea and Ukraine. Thirty-eight Australian citizens and residents were among 298 Malaysian Airlines passengers killed when MH17 was shot down by Russian-sponsored rebels in eastern Ukraine in July 2014.  [Read more:  Stewart/TheAustralian/25May2016]


Woodward Gives Talk on Biological Weapons Threat.  Association of Former Intelligence Officers President James R. Hughes, a BU alumnus, thanks Professor John Woodward for his presentation.

John D. Woodward, Jr., a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, was a featured speaker at the May luncheon meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) held in Tyson's Corner, Virginia on May 20, 2016.

Introduced by AFIO President James R. Hughes, a veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service (BU M.A. IR 1970), John briefed the 200 attendees on the topic, "The Hard Problem of Countering the Use of Biological Weapons."

A former CIA officer who served in the Clandestine Service and the Directorate of Science and Technology, Woodward urged greater policymaker attention to the biological weapons threat, explaining the ways in which biological weapons pose a human, economic, and societal threat.  [Read more:  BostonUniversity/23May2016]

CIA Veterans Gather To Honor Duane Clarridge, A Sometimes Unsubtle Spy.  In Purcellville, Va., on Saturday, CIA veterans are gathering for the funeral of one of the agency's best-known and most flamboyant characters - Duane "Dewey" Clarridge.

Clarridge, known both for founding the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and for his role in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal, died April 9 at the age of 83.

For a man who chose to live in the shadows - operating for more than three decades at senior levels of the CIA's clandestine service - Clarridge was not given to shyness or understatement. Rather, he was known for swagger, a taste for gin and scotch, and for showing up at work sporting all-white suits with flashy, silk pocket squares.

In the early 1980s, Clarridge served as chief of the CIA's Latin America division, a perch from which he ran the CIA's covert war against communism in Central America. He was indicted in the Iran-Contra scandal, but pardoned before the end of his trial by the first President Bush.

Before Clarridge died, he left instructions that his ashes be placed in a silver-plated artillery shell. He also requested that his friend and colleague, Charles Cogan, write a special poem for the occasion. Cogan confirmed to NPR that he plans to recite the poem, Calle de la Paz, at the funeral service.  [Read more:  Kelly/NPR/23April2016]

Spy for a Day.   Jennifer Barclay, a British spy tracking a sex-trafficking ring, walks briskly near the National Gallery in London. Feeling a sudden twinge of paranoia, she slips into an alley and glances over her shoulder. Continuing east, she camouflages herself among a cluster of commuters as she heads toward Covent Garden, pretending to check her phone. Her backpack contains an encrypted laptop, a burner phone, bugging equipment, eyeglasses that record video and business cards bearing her name and the insignia of an NGO (a front). She's also carrying a photograph of a man known as Fairisle, a member of an international criminal gang called Nightshade whom she's been instructed to recruit. Near Waterloo Bridge, she spots a fellow operative. As they ascend a narrow staircase on the banks of the Thames, he presses an encrypted USB drive into her palm. The brush contact is complete. Their eyes never meet. Only then does Jennifer Barclay remind herself that she is not, in fact, Jennifer Barclay.

Barclay is a temporary alias assigned to Rebecca Marriott, 28, a client of Your Mission Experiences Ltd., a British company that stages fictional espionage adventures on the streets of London. Founded in early 2015 by Julian Fisher, a 46-year-old former British spy, Your Mission attempts to re-create the authentic feel of live operations - taking an anti-surveillance route, say, or making dead-letter drops - at historic espionage locations. These include the Brompton Oratory (used by the KGB for dead drops), a bridge in St. James's Park (used by MI6 to recruit officers) and the Millennium Hotel (where Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian secret service officer, was poisoned in 2006).

Fisher and his partner, Jacob Cockcroft, who handles business development and client relations, have so far staged missions for 12 clients, charging $4,300-plus a day for up to two players (the company also hosts corporate team-building retreats for as many as 20 participants). Previous clients, some of whom remained in character for days, have thwarted an African coup, exposed a government whistle-blower who leaked classified documents and prevented the destruction of cultural heritage sites in the Middle East. "Clients are attracted to the experiences because they provide a glimpse into an otherwise entirely closed world," says Fisher.  [Read more:  Maroney/WallStreetJournal/23May2016]

France DGSE: Spy Service Sets School Code-Breaking Challenge.  France's external intelligence service, the DGSE, has sponsored a school competition to find the nation's most talented young code-breakers.

It is the first time the DGSE has got involved in such a project in schools.

The first round drew in 18,000 pupils, and just 38 competed in the final on Wednesday, won by a Parisian team.

A DGSE spokesman said the aim was to spread awareness about intelligence work. Security is a major concern after last year's jihadist attacks in Paris.  [Read more:  BBC/19May2016]

How the U.S. Tracked and Killed the Leader of the Taliban.  U.S. spy agencies zeroed in on Mullah Akhtar Mansour while he was visiting his family in Iran, then waited for the Taliban leader to move back across the border into Pakistan. That is where the Americans planned to ambush him.

Intercepted communications and other types of intelligence - amounting to Mullah Mansour's electronic signature - allowed the spy agencies to track their target as he crossed the frontier on Saturday, got into a Toyota Corolla and made his way by road through Pakistan's Balochistan province on his way to the Pakistani city of Quetta.

The intelligence operation then shifted over to the U.S. military, which waited for the right moment to send armed drones across the Afghan border to "fix" on the car, make sure no other vehicles were in the way and "finish" the target, in the argot of drone killing, all before Mullah Mansour could reach crowded Quetta, where a strike would have been far more complicated.

The killing of Mullah Mansour marked a critical moment in Obama administration policy on Afghanistan, as it weighed a push for peace talks and a potential need for a military escalation. It also represented a message to Pakistan that the U.S. would take action on Pakistani soil if necessary without advance consultations.  [Read more:  Entous&Donati/WallStreetJournal/24May2016]

Here's What the NSA Does for the Department of Agriculture and the Fed.  At the end of the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers, a National Security Agency [NSA] official offers a team of hackers whatever they want in exchange for a piece of omnipotent code-breaking technology disguised as an answering machine. In this writer's opinion, the film is the best movie to put the NSA at the center of its plot. A lot of flicks depict the agency as the CIA with a different name, but Sneakers focuses on the crux of the NSA's work: capturing information in transmission, also known as signals intelligence. NSA spies don't sneak bugs into diplomat's offices. They use satellites.

But the movie also depicts the NSA as the sort of rogue intelligence agency Hollywood has taught us to imagine, one that wanted the technology as much to one-up the U.S.'s other secretive branches as to pursue its own work.

Edward Snowden has given us a clearer view of how much the agency does. We like to imagine spook organizations as if it's not entirely clear if the government runs them or they run the government, but with a new release of materials on The Intercept, we also have a view into the culture inside these secretive offices. The document release contains the first year, 2003, of the internal newsletter, SIDtoday, which covers everything from human resources announcements to profiles of different NSA departments.

A five-part series published in late April 2003, called  "When Meeting the Customer Means Defending the Nation," depicts an agency eager to be of service to as many branches of government as it can. Reading through these articles offers insight into the personality of the institution that listens to us all, and, honestly, it sounds boring in there.   [Read more:  Dale/TheObserver/23May2016]

Spook-le Analytics: CIA's Online Traffic Stats.  After the Snowden leaks, interest in the National Security Agency skyrocketed: FOIA requests to the NSA were up over a thousand percent compared to pre-Snowden levels. But interest in the CIA has apparently waned during that same period.

The CIA's web traffic reports for 2009 through January 2015 were recently released thanks to a FOIA request and show that the agency's traffic peaked in 2012.

That year, according to agency records, the agency hosted 59,864,999 visitors, or an average of 4,988,750 visitors a month.

The released records don't indicate whether that is pageviews, uniques, whether bot traffic is included, or really any other data, but if it is uniques, those kinds of numbers would put the CIA right around the level of interest of the websites of the AARP, the Food Network, and Liveleak, according to Quantcast. We sense some collaborative opportunities.  [Read more:  Murisy/Muckrock/20May2016]

The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers.  British prime ministers have never been neutral towards the intelligence services. Intelligence historians Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac have written an accessible book, indicating how different premiers reacted to intelligence reports - and often bypassed their own officials, establishing their own private operations.

Churchill revelled in the world of secrets and approved the assassination of senior Nazi generals. Harold Wilson was convinced that he had been stalked by Boss, apartheid South Africa's service - and this convinced him to develop closer ties with Mossad. Neville Chamberlain employed a former MI5 operative to spy on the Labour Party - and on his opponents in the Conservative Party. Anthony Eden hated "the Muslim Mussolini", Gamal Abdul Nasser, and even authorised contact with the Muslim Brotherhood to investigate whether the Egyptian president could be overthrown.

James Callaghan was worried about Trotskyist entryism into Labour by the Militant Tendency, led by Ted Grant, born Isaac Blank in Johannesburg.

Aldrich and Cormac reveal that the head of MI6 in Europe in the mid-1930s, Major Dalton, accepted bribes from Jews seeking visas into Palestine. He was then blackmailed by one of his clerks. Dalton committed suicide and his blackmailer subsequently sold his information to the Nazis.  [Shindler/JewishChronicle/20May2016]


The CIA's Massive Reorganization Continues Under the Radar: The Brennan Plan.   President Obama's recent visit to the CIA reminds us of the critical role the Central Intelligence Agency plays in national security. While the president was at the CIA headquarters to learn about ISIS, he had little time to notice the bureaucratic swirl going on around him.

A significant but largely unnoticed transformation has been percolating for the past year - CIA Director John Brennan's restructuring of the agency. The Brennan plan is the most far-reaching organizational shake up since the CIA's creation in 1947. If fully implemented, this restructuring will drastically change the way espiocrats perform their duties.

The Brennan plan shifts the traditional power center of the CIA - away from separate operational, analytical and technical components focusing largely on strategic intelligence - to 10 more tactically oriented mission centers focusing on regional and transnational issues. The affect of this reorganization on intelligence is not clear. Perhaps it means a faster, more nimble approach, as Brennan contends. But long-range thinking, source protection and analytical objectivity might be the first casualties.

Designed to increase collaboration and fill the intelligence gaps, the mission centers fuse together operations officers, analysts, technical intelligence officers and others. The directorate of operations and the directorate of analysis - long the bedrock of CIA organization - have shifted to function as talent pools from which the 10 centers can draw personnel as needed. For example, the director of the operations directorate (DDO) - the CIA's real spymaster responsible for the global conduct of espionage - has become the senior bureaucrat in charge of training, equipping and preparing spies for their work in the mission centers. This realization is probably what led to the previous DDO's resignation when Brennan announced the reorganization last year.  [Read more:  Woodward/TribLive/21May2016]



NSA Spycatcher Stephen Bennett Carter

Stephen Bennett Carter, 76, died 19 May 2016. He served as an officer and pilot in the Air Force for 6 years including service in Viet Nam as an intelligence officer. He followed with over 40 years in the NSA where he received numerous medals and awards including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He was part of the team that caught and prosecuted spies as well as serving as an expert government witness in noteworthy and newsworthy trials such as the Walker case. After his retirement he worked another 8 years as a government contractor for SPARTA, Inc. and Prophasys Corp. He was also active in community affairs in Columbia, MD, serving on housing and development committees and as a Christmas replacement police dispatcher.
Stephen is survived by his Wife, Barbara, and other family members.
A Memorial Service will be held 11AM, Friday, May 27, 2016 at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045.

Kenneth J. Campbell, PhD, 85, former Gallaudet College Professor, died 17 May 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Campbell was a contributor to military journals of profiles of military and intelligence figures. In the early 1980s he served on the board of the National Historical Intelligence Museum. He collected books on intelligence and personality assessment. He is survived by his second wife, Marilyn. Ken was an active member of the AFIO Suncoast Chapter. More about his passing will be provided in the Fall issue of Intelligencer journal.

Section V - Events


Thursday, 2 June 2016 - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Dr. Matthew Brazil, Research Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

Mr. Matt Brazil will discuss Chinas Harder Line Against Foreign Influence - Implications for US Business.
Venue: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco. 11:30am no host cocktail; meeting and luncheon at noon.
Register here.

Reservation and pre-payment is required before May 26, 2016. The venue cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Please contact Mariko Kawaguchi, Board Secretary at or Mariko Kawaguchi, c/o AFIO, P.O. Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011 for questions.

16 June 2016, 12:30 - 2pm - Los Angeles, CA - The AFIO L.A. Chapter hosts Kenneth Daigler on Spies, Patriots, and Traitors

Former CIA officer Kenneth Daigler will discuss key aspects of his book Spies, Patriots, and Traitors. The cost of the meeting will be $15 and will include a copy of the book and refreshments served. Please RSVP:
Meeting Location: LAPD-ARTC 5651 W. Manchester Ave Los Angeles, CA 90045

BIO: Ken Daigler is a retired career CIA operations officer, previously holding several key operations positions in the agency, and is a recipient of the William Donovan Award & Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. In addition, he has consulted for the Department of Defense in the area of counterintelligence. He has a BA in history from Centre College of Kentucky and an MA in history from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has served in the US Marine Corps.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:30pm - New York, NY - Len Predtechenskis, former FBI, discusses "Operating Techniques for Recruiting Foreign Nationals" - at this Metro NY Chapter Meeting.

SPEAKER: Len Predtechenskis, Retired FBI Special Agent. He operated undercover, recruited many Soviet/Russian agents for the US Government, debriefed and resettled dozens of defectors, directed/lead agent in many "false flag", "red herring" and "double agent" operations.
TOPIC: "Operating Techniques for Recruiting Foreign Nationals"
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators building, 128 East 63rd Street. Between Park & Lexington Ave.
TIME: Registration starts 5:30 PM Meeting starts 6:00 PM
COST: $50/person. Payment at the door, cash & check only. Full dinner, cash bar.
REGISTER: Strongly suggested, not required. Phone Jerry Goodwin 646-717-3776 or Email:

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 7:30 - 8:45pm - McLean, VA - "How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History and How to De-Weaponize It" by Nibras Kazimi at the Westminster Institute

Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, have succeeded in weaponizing memory. They wield historical precedence to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. Nibras Kazimi, an Iraqi citizen, will discuss how they do this and how to undermine their legitimacy by de-weaponizing precedence.

Nibras Kazimi's blog, Talisman Gate, was one of the most riveting Iraqi blogs written from Baghdad in the midst of its drama and turmoil and was renowned for its acute political insight. He has resumed writing the blog at Talisman Gate, Again. His research focuses on the growing threat of jihadism in the Middle East, as well as prospects for democracy in the region. His primary interest is the national security of Iraq and how threats there are enabled and coordinated by regional Middle Eastern actors and factors.

Kazimi directed the Research Bureau of the Iraqi National Congress in Washington, DC and Baghdad, and was a pro-bono adviser for the Higher National Commission for De-Ba'athification. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute and wrote a weekly column for The New York Sun and a monthly column for Prospect magazine (UK). He has published several papers on jihadism as well as articles in publications such as Newsweek and the New Republic. He is the author of the monograph Syria Through Jihadist Eyes: A Perfect Enemy. He is a member of The Atlantic Council's 2016 Iraq Task Force.

Where: The Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101.
Register Now!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, noon - Washington, DC - Priess presentation "The President's Book of Secrets" at the National Archives

David Priess, former CIA officer and daily brief, will discuss his book, The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama. Beginning with John F. Kennedy, every president has received a short, personalized daily report from the intelligence community. This top-secret document is known as the President's Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, as simply "the PDB." David Priess has interviewed every living President and Vice President as well as more than one hundred others intimately involved with the production and delivery of the President's book of secrets. He offers an unprecedented window into the decision-making of every President from Kennedy to Obama.
A book signing will follow the program.
Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
For more information or to register visit here.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 9am - 5pm - Washington, DC - 2016 Western Hemisphere Security Forum by the Daniel Morgan Academy

Event open by invitation only.
Organized criminal networks in the Western Hemisphere and their ability to integrate domestic gangs and international terrorist syndicates pose a grave and multi-dimensional threat to regional stability. Many regional governments in the Western Hemisphere have become closely aligned with this crime-terror nexus, as well as with extra-regional state actors, namely China, Russia and Iran―offsetting US influence in the region.
This one-day seminar on security in the Western Hemisphere, sponsored by the Center for a Secure Free Society and co-hosted by the Daniel Morgan Academy, brings together panels of experts who will share insight and perspectives on the threats of these extra-regional actors, the pressing security challenges in the area, and suggest solutions to rethink and improve US standing in the region.
Please note: This DMA seminar is an invitation-only event and not open to the general public. Contact DMA for more information.
Speakers/Panelists include...Amb Joseph R. DeTrani, DMA President; Amb Curt Winsor, former FSO, Costa Rica; Joseph M. Humire, Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS); Douglas Farah, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Complex Operations, NDU; Ilan Berman, Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council; Dr. R. Evan Ellis, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Dr. Michael Sharnoff, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and Director of the Regional Studies Program at DMA; Roger Pardo-Maurer, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Fernando Men'ndez, Senior Fellow, Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS).
Event location: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, #700, Washington, DC 20036, Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations
Inquiries about attending: Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, or call 202-759-4988
More information online here.

Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:30 am - Washington, DC - "Uphill Battle: Reflections on Vietnam Counterinsurgency" topic of Frank Scotton's presentation at Daniel Morgan Academy

Event by invitation-only.
Frank Scotton will discuss lessons he learned regarding counterinsurgency, based upon his many years of service with the United States Information Service in the Republic of South Vietnam.
Scotton retired in 1998 as the assistant director for East Asia at the US Information Agency of the State Department. He began his overseas career more than 50 years ago in Vietnam. Between 1962 and 1975, he spent part of each year in Vietnam with the US Information Service and then took assignments with the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)/Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) and with the Joint United States Public Affairs Office (JUSPAO), merged USIA, State Department, and Defense Department public affairs elements in Vietnam

Reception at 11:30 am; Lecture starts at noon followed by Q & A

LOCATION: Daniel Morgan Academy, 1620 L St NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20036; Near Farragut North and West Metro Stations
For more information or to RSVP or contact Frank Fletcher, Director of Lectures and Seminars, DMA at; call 202-759-4988.

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 5:30pm- 8:00pm ' Washington, DC ' KidSpy: Spy Fiction Writer's Workshop at the International Spy Museum

The shadow world of spying has captured the imagination of authors for centuries. Join Melissa Mahle, former CIA intelligence officer and author of Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra and Camp Secret, and discover how her skills as a real former spy helped her develop characters and stories for her book. Children and teenagers ages 9-14 will develop the plot and storyline that grips readers' attention and quickens their pulses. Tickets include dinner. Advance registration required. Tickets: $30. Visit

Monday, 27 June 2016, 6:30-9pm - Washington, DC - Lockpicking 101 - International Spy Museum Spy School Workshop

Spying today may seem dominated by the digital realm of hackers, cryptography, and eavesdropping, but the field operative will never go away. In the physical world, where secrets are under lock and key, sometimes the only way in is to pick the lock.
In this workshop, led by Preston Thomas, president of the DC Chapter of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers, you'll learn the art and science of how locks work-and how to open them. From classical picking to field expedient methods, we will survey the tools and techniques necessary to attack many common locks. Try your hand at getting out of handcuffs and zip ties. Discover if you really can escape with just your wits and a bobby pin. Participants will work in small groups getting hands-on practice with lockpicking experts, and once you've got "the touch," you can put your skills to the test against other students.
Location: City Tap House, 901 9th St NW, Washington, DC - Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail Station
High-quality lock picking kits will be available to take home after the class for $25 (cash or check). Please email if you would like one.
Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the event.
TICKETS: $35. Space limited to 30 - advance registration required. No tickets available at event. To register contact

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