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INTELLIGENCE                                     ISSN 1245-2122

N. 571, 17 January 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS, N. 571, 17 January 2011

 

 

FRONT PAGE

 

USA - GOP “FLEEING” AFTER GIFFORD SHOOTING p.1

 

TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES

 

TIMELINE FROM 1 JANUARY TO 14 JANUARY p.2

CLASSIFICATION OVERREACTION GUARANTEES MORE LEAKS p.3

WINDOWS 7 SECURITY UPGRADES & SWITCHES TO LINUX p.4

CAMBRIDGE TRAINING FOR INDIAN POLICE p.5

ENVIRONMENT - NEWS & REORTS p.6

TECHNOLOGY NEWS & REPORTS p.7

ECONOMICS – Exporting Jobs & Foreclosing on Homes. p.8

 

PEOPLE

 

USA - JONATHAN BANKS p.9

GREAT BRITAIN - BERNARD GRAY p.10

              - JONATHAN SHAW p.11

RUSSIA - BORIS KARPICHKOV p.12

 

AGENDA

 

CALLS & COMING EVENTS THROUGH 24 FEBRUARY p.13

 

INTELLIGENCE AROUND THE WORLD

 

USA - POLITICS, GUN CONTROL & THE GOP p.14

    - LEAKS & ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE p.15

    – Pentagon, Spiritual Fitness & Torture. p.16

    - Torture Policy & Guantanamo's 10 years. p.17

CANADA – 1985 Air India Flight 182 Explosion. p.18

GREAT BRITAIN - UNIVERSITIES "BREEDING" JIHADISTS p.19

              - GCHQ/MI6 AGENT'S DEATH REMAIN A MYSTERY p.20

IRELAND - SMITHWICK COLLUSION TRIBUNAL p.21

GERMANY - INQUIRY INTO FSB ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS p.22

SWITZERLAND - CIA ANTI-NUKE OPS UNDER SCRUTINY p.23

WIKILEAKS – US Death Penalty for Assange? p.24

WESTERN EUROPE - HUNGARY, UK, SPAIN & ITALY p.25

RUSSIA - SPIES ON THE MOVE p.26

EASTERN EUROPE - BELARUS, RUSSIA & CAUCASUS p.27

LATIN AMERICA – Mexico & Haiti. p.28

AFRICA - NORTH AFRICA, COTE D'IVOIRE, SUDAN & NIGER p.29

EGYPT - ISRAEL CRASHED INTERNET IN 2008 p.30

ISRAEL/PALESTINE - FRIENDLY FIRE & ELDERLY MAN KILLED “BY MISTAKE” p.31

IRAQ - AL-SADR RETURNS FROM IRAN p.32

IRAN - "SPIES AND TERRORIST" NETWORK IN THE NEWS p.33

     - WORLD REJECTS OFFERED NUCLEAR TOUR p.34

MIDDLE EAST - EGYPT, LEBANON & YEMEN p.35

AFGANISTAN/PAKISTAN - BLASPHEMY SPLIT & SIGNS OF WAR PROGRESS p.36

BANGLADESH - BRITISH TRAIN PARAMILITARY "DEATH SQUAD" p.37

ASIA - CHINA, NORTH KOREA & JAPAN p.38

 

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AGENDA

 

 

Intelligence, N. 571, 17 January 2011, p. 13

 

 

CALLS & COMING EVENTS THROUGH 24 FEBRUARY

 

 

19-20 January, Sophia Antipolis, France, Sixth ETSI Security Workshop, etsi.org/SECURITYWORKSHOP

 

20 January, Singapore, Second Bank Tech Executive Summit, mig-events.com/200901_banktech/index.html

 

24 January, Brussels, Data Breach Notifications in Europe, enisa.europa.eu/act/it/data-breach-notification/

 

24-26 January, Hong Kong, International Quality and Productivity Center's Airport Security Asia 2011 conference, www.airportsecurityasia.com/Event

 

24-27 January, Arlington, Virginia, Institute for Defense and Government Advancement's "Network-Enabled Operations 2001", www.idga.org

 

25 January, Paris, Security Vibes Breakfast, securityvibes.com/community/fr

 

26 January, Aviation Week's Webinar, "Major Defense Programs Outlook", by Douglas Royce (Forecast International); with seismic shifts in US defense spendinghe defense landscape is changing rapidly; see what's aaaaheadhe Rafale, Typhoon, Gripen, Hornet, F-16I, MiG-35, and JSF; keith_gregory@aviationweek.com

 

26 January, Paris, ANAJ-IHEDN, Fourth Conference on the Annual Intelligence Cycle, Foreign Intelligence Against the Terrorist Threat, see tinyurl.com/anaj-renseignement or contact conference-renseignement@anaj-ihedn.org

 

30 January, deadline for submissions for the History Department at Mississippi State University's Fifth Regional International Security/Internal Safety Conference, on  1-2 April 2011, Starkville, Mississippi, mkb99@history.msstate.edu

 

1 February, deadline for submissions for the 2011 Special Issue of the "Essex Human Rights Review" on Protecting Human Rights while Countering Terrorism a Decade After 9/11, editorSI@ehrr.org or www.ehrr.org

 

1 February, deadline for submissions to the ECPR General Conference, Section on Intelligence Governance, on 25-27 August 2011, in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the University of Iceland; see ecprnet.eu/conferences/general_conference/Reykjavik/ or contact thorsten.wetzling@gmail.com or thorsten.wetzling@gmail.com

 

1 February, applications are due for the 2011-2012 National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Fellowships for graduate students at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for US students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

 

18-19 February, the Thirteenth Strategic Studies Student Consortium (S3C),  "Strategy, Security and Defence: Expanding the Discourse", will take place, organized by the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, S3C2011@gmail.com or cmss.ucalgary.ca/.

 

20-24 February, Abu Dhabi, UAE, International Defense Exhibition and Conference, www.idexuae.ae

 

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Intelligence, N. 571, 17 January 2011, p. 22

 

 

GERMANY

 

INQUIRY INTO FSB ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS

 

 

Berlin Police have opened a formal investigation into allegations that the Russian FSB federal security service has attempted to assassinate a former KGB officer, Viktor Kalashnikov, and his wife, Marina, using mercury. Doctors at the city's Charite-Universitatsmedizin (one of the largest university hospitals in Europe) confirmed that "dramatic levels" of the toxic chemical element, Hg, also known as quicksilver, had been found in both patients: 53.7 micrograms per liter of blood in the case of the 58-year-old former Soviet-era spy, and 56 micrograms per liter in his 52-year-old wife. Dr. Frank Martens, the attending toxicologist at the Berlin Charite, told the Munich-based weekly news magazine, "Focus", (which carried a report in its mid-December issue) that the limit "is from one to three micrograms of mercury per liter of blood." According to a LCA spokesman, the investigation will be conducted "by a department dealing with politically motivated crimes."

 

Viktor Kalashnikov worked in Brussels and Vienna before joining the research staff of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin. Described in “Focus” as "one of the best informed men in the Soviet Union on covert military matters", Kalashnikov and his wife, a post-doctoral historian, left Russia in the late 1990s and have moved around Europe over the past two decades, living in Ukraine, Poland and Estonia, before finally settling in Berlin last autumn. Working as freelance journalists, both have been highly critical of the Kremlin regime under ex-president Vladimir Putin, in particular Moscow's military campaign in Chechnya. In various publications and at international conferences, they have also claimed -- along with another former KGB/FSB officer, Alexander Litvinenko, who was murdered in London in November 2006 after having ingested a rare radioactive polonium-210 isotope -- that Russian intelligence maintained "secret conspiratorial connections with radical Islamist groups" to justify Putin's vision of a "national security state" in Russia. Victor Kalashnikov considers himself a patriot, and has also claimed that he rejected several attempts by the German Federal Criminal Police and the Attorney General's Office to recruit him as an informant, telling “Focus”: "I am not a traitor. Traitors are rags, scum."

 

Last October, the two dissidents began experiencing health problem -- including skin rashes, bouts of restlessness, headaches and spinal pains. One evening, in a Berlin hotel room, they both "went sort of crazy", according to Marina, "wandering feverishly around all night, unable to concentrate". At this point, they decided to have tests at the Charite. Mr. Kalashnivol has reportedly lost a considerable amount of weight recently and their health is being monitored closely while further tests are being carried out. They are both under 24-hour Bundespolizei (BPOL) protection, acting on the authority of the Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI) -- the Federal Ministry of the Interior

 

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Intelligence, N. 571, 17 January 2011, p. 30

 

 

EGYPT

 

ISRAEL CRASHED INTERNET IN 2008

 

 

An Egyptian businessman, Tareq Abdel Raziz Hussein Hassan, was arrested last May by the State Security Investigations Service (SSIS) on charges of working for  Mossad and recruiting a network of agents in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. He  claims that the Israeli intelligence agency was responsible for sabotaging Egypt's Internet service for several days in 2008, according to transcripts of his interrogation leaked to the EgyNews Web site last month. The British "Daily Telegraph" reported that the disruption took place in December 2008 and was "blamed at the time on damage caused to underground data cables by a ship's anchor". However, local media sources now claim the undersea cables were cut on 30 January 2008, about 10 kilometers off the north Egyptian port of Alexandria, by a team of Mossad operatives. Abdel Raziz has also claimed Mossad paid one of its Syrian agents, named Saleh al-Nijm, $1.5 million for information which led to the ISAF bombing of Syria's nuclear facility on 28 September 2007. According to the EgyNews posting, Abdel Raziz told the SSIS that he had met al-Nijm several times in Damascus, and they had collaborated on providing information to Mossad. The 37-year-old businessman, who owned an import-export company, was allegedly paid $37,000 for his treachery, according to SSIS sources. Warrants have been issued for his two Mossad handlers, identified as Joseph Daymour and Idid Moushay, who are described as "fugitives" by Egyptian authorities, but are believed to have "returned safely to Tel Aviv" shortly after his arrest, according to Middle East sources.

 

The case against Abdel Raziz Hassan is due to be heard by Egypt's Emergency State Security court in Cairo on 15 January. He is accused of "espionage and endangering the interests of Egypt", and "conducting activities which could lead to a breakdown in relations with Lebanon and Syria." According to court documents, his first contact with Mossad was in 2007 when he received an email while looking for work in China. Later that year, he met Israeli agents in Thailand and was instructed to set up a trading company as cover for his "real work" for Mossad. Using the Internet, Raziz's company looked for Syrian suppliers of olive oil and pastry, and his cover allowed him to travel to Syria to meet his suppliers and look for recruits. Between 2007 and 2010, according to a court statement, using a Web site he set up offering work in the telecom industry, he provided Mossad with the names of potential recruits employed in the public and private telecommunications sectors in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. In Lebanon, since April 2009, more than 100 people -- including telecom employees, and former and serving members of the security forces -- have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel. The Egyptian and Lebanese authorities have refused to comment on reports that several of these alleged spies were initially contacted by Raziz, before their personal information, provided in job application forms, were passed to Mossad.

 

COMMENT -- The SSIS is a branch of Egypt's Interior Ministry, and is the country's primary national investigative authority. The agency was involved in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program, most notably in the "Iman Rapito affair" -- the case of Egyptian-born cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, abducted by the CIA from the streets of Milan on 17 February 2003, and flown from the US/Italian Aviano Air Base to Ramstein in Germany, and from there to Alexandria, and turned over to SSIS. At least one CIA agent, Robert Sheldon Lady, accompanied Nasr to Egypt and was present for a least a fortnight in Cairo "assisting" in the prisoner's interrogation at Tura prison, about 40 kilometers south of the capital. Nasr claimed he was subjected to various brutalities while in detention, including rape, beatings and electric shocks to the genitals. He also lost the hearing in one ear. Due to lack of evidence, his incarceration was downgraded to house arrest by an Egyptian court in April 2004, and he was eventually released and returned to Italy in February 2007.

 

The SSIS has been accused of torture in many other cases by Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and several other organizations. They have also alleged SSIS involvement in the sexual abuse of male and female detainees, and to have deliberately targeted homosexuals and minority Christian and Islamist groups. This raises the obvious possibility that Abdel Raziz's "confession" may have been obtained by his SSIS interrogators through the use of torture. However, it does not explain the "controlled leak" by the SSIS to undermine the credibility of the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister, which is responsible for Mossad. Also, it does not explain why Israel would use such a low-tech method or the objective of attacking the cyber infrastructure of one of the only two countries in the region (the other being Jordan) with which it has full diplomatic relations.

 

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