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INTELLIGENCE                                ISSN 1245-2122

N. 419, 24 March 2003

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TABLE OF CONTENTS, N. 419, 24 March 2003

 

FRONT PAGE

 

WORLD - INTERNATIONAL LAW "BUSHWHACKED" p.1

 

TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES

 

TIMELINE 10 MARCH TO 21 MARCH p.2

 

PEOPLE

 

USA - JOHN BRENNAN p.3

    - Paul Redmond. p.4

    - Helen Thomas. p.5

NORTHERN IRELAND - WILLIAM MACKESSY p.6

UKRAINE - MYKOLA MELNYCHENKO p.7

 

AGENDA

 

COMING EVENTS THROUGH 1 MAY 2003 p.8

 

INTELLIGENCE AROUND THE WORLD

 

USA/GREAT BRITAIN - THE FIRST CASUALTY p.9

USA - COLEEN ROWLEY'S LETTER TO FBI BOSS MUELLER p.10

    - CIA VETERANS ATTACK ... BUSH'S IRAQ INVASION p.11

    - "OBSERVER" PUTS NSA UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT p.12

    - TOTAL INFO AWARENESS ALIVE & KICKING AT DOD p.13

    - POLITICS AND INTELLIGENCE p.14

CANADA - Keeping Out of Iraq ... & the US. p.15

GREAT BRITAIN - THE BRIGADIER, THE "DIRTY WAR" & THE FRU p.16

              - RIPA DATA RETENTION REVISED p.17

              - HOUSE OF COMMONS BATTLE OVER IRAQ p.18

NORTHERN IRELAND - MASONS AND THE POLICE p.19

                 - MEN IN MASKS, THE "FACELESS" UDA p.20

FRANCE - INTELLIGENCE NEWS & IRAQ WAR FALL-OUT p.21

WESTERN EUROPE - BUGS AT EU & OTHER INTEL NEWS p.22

RUSSIA - "NEW" FSB OR "OLD" KGB p.23

EASTERN EUROPE - TRAFFICKING, INTELLIGENCE & IRAQ p.24

COLOMBIA - "KANGAROO COURT" AGAIN FOR IRA MEN p.25

LATIN AMERICA - Cuba, Peru & Argentina. p.26

IVORY COAST - BACK TO DIAMONDS AND "DOGS OF WAR" p.27

SOMALIA - US Kidnapping. p.28

ISRAEL/USA - ADF ATTACKS GORDON THOMAS p.29

ISRAEL - DEATH OF RACHEL CORRIE p.30

MIDDLE EAST - INTEL NEWS FROM ISRAEL & IRAN p.31

ASIA - SHAIRKH ARREST & QAIDA ACTIVITIES p.32

 

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Intelligence, N. 419, 24 March 2003, p. 1

 

 

WORLD

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW "BUSHWHACKED"

 

 

It's most fitting that perhaps the best discussion and debate

concerning the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq took place in

one of the world's oldest and most venerated democratic

institutions: the House of Commons in the British Parliament.

And the MPs were right to center their debate on the question

of whether the invasion is legal in terms of international and

British law.

 

The question of the international aspect has been answered by

43 experts, among many others, who have clearly stated and

documented that the invasion has no legal or legitimate basis.

 

This did not stop the invasion and, on 20 March, the Bush

administration and its neo-conservatives got what they have

been working long and hard for: war "by choice", not by

necessity; a "pre-emptive strike" against a country that has

not moved, and is not moving, to invade the attackers -- or

anyone else -- and has submitted to internationally-demanded

arms inspections.

 

Neo-conservatives in Washington do not seem to realize that

other countries stand ready to apply the new policy of

"Bushwhacking", such as China and North Korea, which

legitimately feel threatened by the presence of nearby US armed

forces, and could well resort to "Bushwaking" to "reunify"

Korea ... and to warn Japan and Taiwan of nuclear attacks if

they allow US forces to mobilize on their territory. Indeed,

the spectre of World War Three doesn't seem to bother

Washington neo-conservatives, who, during the Reagan

administration, openly planned the next World War and "how to

win it".

 

It is no coincidence that several leading Bush neo-

conservatives have also worked with, or for, right-wing Israeli

administrations which -- by replacing international law with

"Bushwhacking" -- exchanged the then-successful "land-for-

peace" policy for bloody pre-emptive strikes and massive

retaliation, recently resulting in the death of an American

militant for peace. Under the "land-for-peace" policy,

Hezbollah and Hamas were struggling to survive materially and

politically. Now, thanks to neo-conservative thinking and

increasingly right-wing Israeli governments, all Middle Eastern

radical Islamic groups are celebrating a period of unhoped-for

power and prosperity with most favorable Israeli/Palestinian

body counts than the Middle East has ever seen. Incredibly, a

dominant portion of Israelis keep voting for more of this

"security" while more and more of them die and fewer

Palestinians killed.

 

This Israeli and neo-conservative concept of "security" is part

and parcel of "Bushwhacking" and will produce the same results

for Americans. More and more American deaths for fewer "enemies

killed". That is what "asymmetric warfare" is about, but it is

supposed to be the other way around.

 

Neither Israel, nor the United States, can long support or

sustain the losses that "Bushwhacking" will engender.

Unfortunately, US neo-conservatives and right-wing Israelis

will not relinquish power easily and, because of their "divine"

mission, consider "every trick in the book" legitimate, as was

demonstrated two weeks ago by the falsified report of a

supposed Iraqi purchase of uranium which the US submitted to

the United Nations. Little wonder a peace activist was crushed

to death by an Israeli bulldozer and a sixty-year-old American

lawyer was arrested for wearing a "Give Peace a Chance" T-shirt

in New York. There is a definite odor of civil war in those two

countries which practice "Bushwhacking" as a security policy.

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INTELLIGENCE AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

Intelligence, N. 419, 24 March 2003, p. 9

 

 

USA/GREAT BRITAIN

 

THE FIRST CASUALTY

 

 

"The first casualty when war comes is truth", US Senator Hiram

Johnson (1917)

 

When Mohammad Elbaradei, head of the UN's International Atomic

Energy Agency (IAEA) presented the IAEA report to the UN, on 7

March, detailing Iraq's nuclear capability, he criticized the

British Intelligence Service, MI6, for providing the IAEA with

false documentation alleging an agreement between Niger and

Iraq for the sale of uranium between 1999 and 2001. Mr.

Elbaradei told the UN that the IAEA had been able to compare

the alleged procurement-related documentation with "form,

format, contents and signature" of various departments of the

Niger government, and had concluded that, "with the concurrence

of outside experts", reports of an illegal uranium transaction

between the two countries were not authentic, and that "these

specific allegations are unfounded." On 8 March, the

"Washington Post" reported that the false documentation had

been "reviewed extensively by US intelligence" at CIA Langley

HQ, before being submitted to the IAEA. If both UK and US

agencies believed the papers were genuine (assuming they

weren't "manufactured" by some secret CIA or MI6 psyops unit)

and submitted them in good faith, it raises the question of

their competence in analyzing anything of value. If the two

intelligence services assumed, on the other hand, that the IAEA

wouldn't notice the difference between genuine and poorly-

forged invoices and bills of lading, it is an indication of

just how incompetent London and Washington -- and their

intelligence services -- are in evaluating the technical

capacities of the UN and how much London and Washington gave a

damn about trying to find a peaceful solution to the Iraqi

crisis.

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Intelligence, N. 419, 24 March 2003, p. 10

 

 

USA

 

COLEEN ROWLEY'S LETTER TO FBI BOSS MUELLER

 

 

In our archives, we cannot find a precedent for an FBI officer

in the field writing to the director and having the letter

published in the national press, but that is what happened on

26 February. Special Agent Coleen Rowley of the Bureau's field

office in Minneapolis, named "Time" 2002 woman of the year for

trying -- unsuccessfully -- to warn FBI Director, Robert S.

Mueller III, of an impending Qaida airliner attack in the US,

wrote to Mueller questioning the legitimacy of the Bush

administration invasion of Iraq, stating that the FBI would

have great difficulty guaranteeing US internal security in the

event of such an invasion. Rowley's letter is one of the

clearest expressions of "rank-and-file" FBI concerns for the

American public and the tremendous distance separating them

from FBI headquarters and Washington's political agenda.

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Intelligence, N. 419, 24 March 2003, p. 12

 

 

USA

 

"OBSERVER" PUTS NSA UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

 

 

On 3 March, the US State Department's usinfo.state.gov

published the following exchange between journalists and Bush

administration spokesperson, Ari Fleisher:

 

Q: May I also ask you about a report in the "Observer"

newspaper in London, of a memo purported to be from the NSA --

an email message from a man who actually works at the NSA they

established -- in which he describes a surge in surveillance of

UN Security Council members to see what these nations are

thinking about an Iraq vote. What's your response?

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Intelligence, N. 419, 24 March 2003, p. 29

 

 

ISRAEL/USA

 

ADF ATTACKS GORDON THOMAS

 

 

The New York based Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL)

has already had serious trouble with US justice for spying on

private US citizens. In 1992, court documents released in San

Francisco revealed a wide-ranging espionage operation against

political activists carried out by the ADL and by a nationwide

network of ADL "official friends" who were former or serving

policemen or sheriffs whose information ended up in the FBI's

hands (INT, n. 216 5).

 

On 1 April 2002, the "San Francisco Examiner" started

publishing a series of articles on the long-term Bay Area spy

operations of the pro-Israeli ADL: "Adversaries go inside ADL's

spying operation - Part 1 of the story of the ADL's spy ring

inside the San Francisco Police Department". The first part

described "the hidden workings of the Anti-Defamation League

and how three Bay Area activists were able to uncover a spy

operation that reached into the San Francisco Police". After

the FBI broke the case in 1993, a number of ADL targets filed

suit. The last lawsuit was settled in February 2002 and marked

the first time any of the organization's victims were allowed

to speak out. Usually, the ADL demands that plaintiffs keep

quiet as a condition of any settlement. Without those

constraints, victims Jeffrey Blankfort, Steve Zeltzer and Anne

Poirier revealed the underbelly of an organization that

previously had successfully shielded itself from condemnation

(INT, n. 401 14).

 

A few months later, the San Francisco Superior Court awarded

former Congressman, Pete McCloskey, R-California, a $150,000

court judgment against the ADL. McCloskey, the attorney in the

case, represented one of three civil lawsuits filed in San

Francisco against the ADL in 1993. The lawsuit came after raids

by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the FBI on

offices of the ADL in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, which

found that the ADL was engaged in extensive domestic spying

operations on a vast number of individuals and institutions

around the country. During the course of the inquiry in San

Francisco, the SFPD and FBI determined the ADL had computerized

files on nearly 10,000 people across the country, and that more

than 75 percent of the information had been illegally obtained

from police, FBI files and state drivers' license data banks

(see "USA - Pro-Israeli ADL Spying & Other Intel News", INT, n.

403 18).

 

Now the ADL has attacked British intelligence specialist and

well-known author, Gordon Thomas. The ADL accusation against

Thomas of anti-Semitism is entirely ridiculous. Even though

"Intelligence" considers him to be a friend and we exchange

articles with him, we find him "just a little too close" to the

opinions and attitudes of Mossad, a subject on which he is a

leading specialist. That the ADL would attack someone "close"

to Mossad is a very revealing indication of the "near-civil-war

atmosphere" reigning inside Mossad and all of Israeli society.

 

Below, we let Gordon Thomas present his own case which we

thoroughly support.

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AGENDA

 

 

Intelligence, N. 419, 24 March 2003, p. 8

 

 

COMING EVENTS THROUGH 1 MAY 2003

 

 

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Now, call for paper for the 10-12 June, Rennes, France,

Supelec, Symposium on the Security of Information and

Communication Technologies, http://www.sstic.org.

 

3 April, Paris, OSSIR, Security of Information Systems Day,

jssi@ossir.org.

 

4 April, Paris, IHEDN, Installing French Businesses in the

United States, Lobbying,

http://www.ihedn.fr/pages/Pages_formations/Programme_15cycleIE.

 

16-17 April, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Marine South 2003,

may have been canceled because of the invasion of Iraq.

 

21-24 April, San Diego, California, Naval Helicopter

Association Annual Symposium, navalhelicopterassn.org.

 

22-24 April, St. Petersburg, Interparliamentary Assembly of the

Member States of the Commowealth of Independent States,

Building the Information Commonwealth - Information

Technologies and Prospects for Development of Civil Society

Institutions in the Countries of the Commonwealth of

Independent States, communities.org.ru/conference.

 

22-25 April, Santa Clara, California, O'Reilly, Emerging

Technology Conference, conferences.oreilly.com/etcon.

 

23 April, Paris, Cercle National des Armees, , 8 Place Saint-

Augustin, Secret Services and Geopolitics.

 

24 April, Paris, Centre des Hautes Etudes de l'Armement

(CHEAr), Information Internationale - Dangers, Threats and

Responses, tel 33 (0)1 44 42 51 97.

 

26 April, Paris, Centre d'Histoire des Relations

Internationales Contemporaines, Institut Pierre Renouvin, The

Nuclearization of Southern Asia, ipr@univ-paris1.fr.

 

28 April-2 May, Ross Engineering, Minneapolis, Minnesota,

Hands-On Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM)

training course, jross@rosseng.com.

 

29-30 April, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Precision Strike Annual

Programs Review, info@precisionstrike.org.

 

30 April, Winnipeg, Canada, Information Protection Association

of Manitoba, Mid Canada Information Security Conference,

ipam.mb.ca/mcisc.

 

1 May, deadline for submissions for Computer Professionals for

Social Responsibility (CPSR) Student Essay Contest,

cpsr.org/essays/2003/contest.html.

 

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