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ISSUE NUMBER 83
A BRIEF REVIEW
PUBLICATION DATE JANUARY 2013
VOLUME XI NUMBER THREE (ISSUE 83)
FROM THE EDITOR - MARK BIRDSALL
AFRICA AN ARC OF INSTABILITY
Welcome to this brief overview of Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine - issue 83.
Several international armed forces are currently engaged in an unconventional war with groups claiming allegiance to al-Qaida. In Somalia and
Mali French Special Forces are fighting large terrorist outfits which are both organised and well armed. Sadly in Mali, a captive secret service officer
in the person of Denis Allex was executed - this as French troops launched an unsuccessful raid to free him. Spearheading the battle against al-Qaida in many countries in north Africa is AFRICOM. This is but one of nine US Unified Combatant Commands supported by many Special Forces elements’ including US
Navy SEALS and Delta Force troops. They are tackling al-Qaida groups from the west coast all the way across the Sahara to the Horn of Africa. Supportive of these efforts, many African armed forces are working with the Command to remove the terrorists. And of course, several intelligence services are operational in the region, including MI6 and the CIA. A number of highly secret programmes such as Creek Sand, Tusker Sand and Aztec Archer are examined in this authoritative feature prepared by our editors and based on information from first class sources. Many of the al-Qaida groups in north Africa previously operated within national borders, but there is now an effort to
unite the franchises. If this happens then more governments like that in Mali will probably topple.
In this edition of Eye Spy, we have a special feature on this most important theatre, and endeavour to explain why the region has become a magnet for those wishing to join al-Qaida. As for AFRICOM, it is now fighting a secret and bloody war which should it lose, will have repercussions for everyone.
Besides several fascinating and absorbing features in this edition, we also take an indepth look at spy cases involving submariners. ‘Secret Silent Service’ explains why intelligence services regard submarine-related intelligence as vital. Any loss of technical information or systems technology could jeopardise boats and would undoubtedly affect national security.
A Happy New Year to all our readers.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EYE SPY INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE - ISSUE 83 FOLLOWS...
BUGS AND SPIES KGB V THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR
A fascinating feature which examines spying operations performed against members of the Royal Family and senior political and intelligence figures. Also new
information that could shed light on an old Cold War mystery - did a former head of Britain’s MI5 have links to the KGB?
An Arc of Instability - AFRICOM AND AL-QAIDA’S JOURNEY ACROSS AFRICA
As the Defense Intelligence Agency starts its ambitious programme to build the world’s most powerful pseudo-military intelligence service, Eye Spy reports on one region of the world where it may be forced to deploy its clandestine forces - Africa. This timely and information-packed feature provides a deep insight into the terror group’s African ambitions, and reveals the on-going secret military and intelligence war that now spans the length of the Sahara Desert...
AGENTS OF THE STATE - INTO THE HANDS OF THE KGB...
REVIEW OF 1989 ASSASSINATION CASE
A British Government review into
the shooting dead of a prominent solicitor in Northern Ireland
at the height of the Troubles, reveals ‘agents of the state’
were involved in carrying out serious violations including
murder. Eye Spy examines background and the emergence of new
ZERO DARK THIRTY
Langley and the Sony movie which has
caused controversy and divided opinion in the US Intelligence
CIA AND THE BIN-LADEN PICTURE
NAPOLEON’S CODES AND THE ART OF
A revealing feature which shows how Napoleon’s failed campaign in Russia and a letter written in code led to a most remarkable medical breakthrough...
TOP SECRET BENGHAZI
Benghazi drone footage, classified e-mails withheld and unanswered questions about the consulate attack... the decisions taken or not taken on night of attack may come back to haunt President Obama
SECRET SILENT SERVICE
SUBMARINES, TECHNOLOGY AND ESPIONAGE
The incredible importance of securing naval intelligence secrets. Eye Spy presents a brilliant overview of espionage and the ‘silent services’. New case files, MI5 and FBI sting operations and why losing secrets in this field inevitably compromises national security...
WWII CODE CONTROVERSY - MYSTERY CODE
BAFFLES INTEL SERVICES
The discovery of a WWII code found on the remains of a carrier pigeon, has baffled professional and amateur codebreakers alike. A Canadian researcher believes he
has decoded the message, but Eye Spy has been told the message remains unexplained...
DISGUNTLED SPIES - REASONS FOR ESPIONAGE
There are three primary reasons why
people spy: Ideology, financial, discontent. Eye Spy examines
a number of recent spy cases which fall into these categories
including one new incident at a European spy agency which
could have serious implications for MI6 and the CIA
NSA 60TH ANNIVERSARY - PIVOTAL
MOMENTS IN TIMELINE OF SUPER SECRET AGENCY
As the National Security Agency celebrates 60 years of intelligence collection, Eye Spy looks at a number of important events and incidents which this super-secret organisation has dealt with...
COUNTERTERRORIST CENTRE - UAE HOSTS
IMPORTANT NEW RESEARCH PROGRAMME
An ambitious new international research project has been announced in the United Arab Emirates. Its prime objective being to search out the reasons for terrorism...
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES - THE
WORLD OF COUNTER TERRORISM AND INTELLIGENCE
In this important feature Eye Spy examines the global menace of IEDs and how terrorists have embraced technology to enhance the capability of these deadly
devices. Our editors also report on future IEDs and countermeasures...
ALEXSANDER LITVINENKO - PRE-INQUEST
HEARS EX-FSB OFFICER WAS MI6 CONTACT MAN
A look at the pre-inquest recently held concerning the assassination of former FSB officer Alexsander Litvinenko. Eye Spy also provides new information which may yet lead to a surprising twist and the possibility MI6 and FSB officers will give evidence
REMOTE VIEWING INTEL CYCLE - PROJECTS OF THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
At the height of the Cold War, the CIA
and other intelligence services engaged in the subject of
Remote Viewing - this as it attempted to discover if it was
really possible to glean intelligence without the need to
despatch operatives. In this feature Mike Finn explores the
various types of remote viewing programmes which were
initiated by the Pentagon, Langley and a major research institution...
IRAN INTEL MIND GAMES? BEHIND CLOSED
Evidence mounts that Tehran knows the whereabouts of missing former FBI agent Robert Levinson as new images emerge. Eye Spy examines background of case
and that of missing US pilot Ben Charles Padilla. He disappeared several years ago in Angola... along with his aeroplane
NSA ANNIVERSARY - PART TWO
60 YEARS OF CRYPTOLOGIC EXCELLENCE
Cryptology authority David Hamer reports on recent events at NSA Fort Meade - this as the Agency celebrates its 60th anniversary. Plus a special feature on the Agency’s fascinating museum
2009 NEW YORK SUBWAY PLOT - LINKS TO
MANCHESTER RAIDS AND A SECRET CODE
LEAKS AND THEORIES - NEW INFORMATION
EMERGES ON THE STRANGE DEATH OF MI6-GCHQ OFFICER GARETH
SPY BLIMPS OF AFGHANISTAN - INTEL
FEARS AS ISAF PREPARES TO LEAVE
As several international military forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, Eye Spy examines one device which is helping defeat IEDs and insurgents...
BENGHAZI DEBACLE - RESIGNATIONS AND
WHO AVOIDED POLITICAL TRAPDOOR
FBI MOVING TO NEW HQ - BUREAU
PREPARES TO LEAVE HOOVER BUILDING
As the FBI prepares to officially announce it is moving from its famous Washington DC headquarters, Eye Spy reveals the locations that are favourite to host this
famous investigative agency...
ACTING CIA DIRECTOR MICHAEL MORELL
THE PLOTS TO KILL INTEL CHIEF
Eye Spy looks at the intelligence chief who has survived three assassination attempts in as many years
UAE ARREST ‘DEVIANTS’
SECURITY SERVICES DETAIN SPONSORED OPERATIVES
JONATHAN EVANS JOHN BRENNAN
GCHQ, END OF AN ERA...
TRINITY SPY CASE
MATERIAL GIVEN TO RUSSIA BY CANADIAN NAVAL SPY
FRENCH INTEL AGENT CAPTURED AND KILLED BY AL-QAIDA
PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE...
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