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  • Published 22 September 2007

     

BRIEF NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

Had the lights not flickered and gone off in the towns and villages of northern Syria - something to do with a “power surge” I was told - information about one of the most daring intelligence-led raids would never have emerged. Israeli warplanes had just destroyed a “secret site north of the Euphrates” that was about to welcome a few crates of smuggled nuclear-related material from Pyongyang, North Korea. The stuff of fiction... a great spy drama? No this really happened on 6 September.

 

The cargo had been secretly shipped to Syria and was wending its way north on a transporter to an “agricultural factory”. However, a Mossad agent had accompanied the vessel throughout its journey and had provided details about its route - but more importantly - its cargo. He had worked his passage as a deck hand - allegedly.

 

Israel jammed Syrian radar defences and F15I’s destroyed the factory in a matter of moments. But what of that cargo? It’s said a military unit led by Mossad intercepted the transporter convoy and “hijacked the goods”. There was also a story that the transporter was but a decoy allowing other vehicles to drive the crates across country to Iran. Eye Spy 51 carries the inside story of ‘Operation Black September’ and what really took place.

On the subject of raids - in Eye Spy 49 we revealed how al-Qaida was planning a major strike against US military targets in Germany. A few weeks ago German intelligence and CIA officials launched a combined operation that resulted in the arrest of three members of a terror cell. The group, consisting of about 12 men, had planned to use car bombs at USAF Ramstein, Frankfurt Airport and other locations. A major report on ‘Operation Alberich’.

The Mossad has added another chapter to its legend and further enhanced its mystique. As for the CIA, it’s one of those successes that rarely gets mentioned... especially in the press.

 

Eye Spy 51 is somewhat of an “espionage special”, and for that I don’t apologise! We have an enchanting feature on some rather surprising spies, while blowing the myth that German agents didn’t ply their trade on British soil in WWII. There are also several interesting spy stories to emerge in recent months - not least the one about the European spy ring who went chasing Russia’s most secret air and missile plans. And the mystery of British MI6 diver ‘Buster Crabb’ is all but solved... after the release by the Ministry of Defence of top secret documents. Was he spying on the Russians? And what of the headless body found near Portsmouth Harbour... was it really Crabb?

 

We also have Part One of a truly fascinating tradecraft feature on disguise techniques; a brilliant look at a plethora of new intelligence crests sourced by our researchers, and more details of how to obtain our new intelligence crests poster.

As for those spies and security conscious folk charged with stopping computer hackers - we have Titan Rain, Moonlight Maze and Insider Threats - frightening.

With dozens of intel snippets, the latest on several on-going case files - including the mysterious death of a Mossad agent in London, product reviews, special offers and much, much more, Eye Spy 51 a must!

 

Mark Birdsall - Editor

 

 

RAMSTEIN AND 9/11 HORIZON

OPERATION ALBERICH  

 

As exclusively reported several months ago in Eye Spy, members of al-Qaida planned to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by attacking US military facilities in Germany. Our sources correctly revealed in early July, Frankfurt Airport and other US sites, including the important Patch Barracks, headquarters for the European Command (EUCOM), were being surveilled by terrorists. In September, German security services swooped on an holiday home arresting three prominent members of an al-Qaida “inspired” terror cell. German federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the men - all in their twenties - and identified as Daniel S, 22, Fritz Gelowicz, 28 and Aden Y, 28, had trained at camps in Pakistan and already procured some 200 gallons of concentrated hydrogen peroxide for making explosives - the same sort of material used by the London 7/7 terrorists. “This is really a good day for security in Germany,” she said. Some commentators called it a “wake-up” call for Germany. She didn’t reveal the gang had been followed for months by an undercover CIA team.

In issue 49, Eye Spy revealed that over the summer months, German officials had questioned several suspects in connection with terrorist reconnaissance of US facilities and Frankfurt Airport. It has now been confirmed that one of the three men arrested on 5 September 2007, was one of the original detainees...

The inside story of how German intelligence - with the help of a CIA team, stopped a terror attack that would have “dwarfed” Madrid or London.  

 

MAGIC AND ILLUSION

DISGUISE TECHNIQUES Part One

 

In Part One of Disguise Techniques, Eye Spy reveals why inner confidence, understanding yourself, dress wear, deception, acting ability and being generally convincing are just as important as knowing how to use cosmetics and lie...

 

Frederick Forsyth’s ‘The Day of the Jackal’ not only seduced the intelligence world with its incredible attention to detail, it actually contained a plethora of disguise techniques - including genuine methods for obtaining a new passport and identity. More importantly, it showed that to truly change your appearance, several factors must come into play.

 

Having correct identification, a believable background, and at least some acting ability or steely nerve are important elements that together spawn one of the more unusual spycraft techniques. Hiding behind “another person” is not for the faint-hearted.

Weeks before engaging in the art of manually applying or using facial disguises, trainees are taught much about themselves: how others perceive them and wider issues - some of them controversial. Operatives can find themselves working in so many diverse areas and countries that to try and create a rigid training programme is impossible....

 

This fascinating tradecraft feature is a must for those involved, or just interested in disguise techniques...

 

 

TITAN RAIN & MOONLIGHT MAZE

China’s Spies Hack the Pentagon and Ministry of Defence

“World War III Has Begun and it is a Cyber War!”

 

A powerful headline indeed, but not one which we will apologise for... this one has come from Pentagon sources. A series of cyber attacks on the Defense Department and Defense contractors in the United States as well as the Ministry of Defense and Parliament in the UK have created significant cause for concern for computer security experts. An investigation of the attack signatures shows a significant level of sophistication. Most are “highly skilled professionals” said one source, who wished not to be identified. These most recent cyber attacks are using new strains of computer viruses, logical bombs and other advanced techniques that can paralyse government agencies and communications.

 

In this specially commissioned report, intelligence analyst and world renowned computer expert Kevin Coleman, finds out who is behind the latest attacks, why they are occurring, and what can be done to stop them.

 

EXTRACT: Moonlight Maze is the US Government’s code name for a series of coordinated attacks on computer systems that occurred in 1999. This was a two-year long attack discovered by the Department of Defense. The attacks were traced back to a mainframe computer in Moscow, but it is unclear at this point if that is where they originated, or who was behind the incidents. A high-placed source stated this is still an open and active investigation today.

 

Titan Rain was the intelligence code name for another ongoing series of cyber attacks on US computer systems since 2003. Titan Rain is thought to rank among the most pervasive cyber security threats that computer networks have ever faced. At this time investigators believe that this is a coordinated attack involving about two dozen hackers. 

 

Though the media has continued to use the Titan Rain code name, Eye Spy can confirm it has been changed, though the new name for the attacks is classified. But what of this latest attack.... 

 

 

A MOMENT IN TIME

Intelligence and Security Crests of the World 

So popular was our feature on official crests, seals and logos of the world’s intelligence services (issue 43), we’ve tracked down over a 100 more to examine - most of which appear on our Intelligence Crests II Poster. And there are some very rare examples indeed....

It’s never easy trying to determine just how a particular crest was formed, what it represents, or when it came into official being, unless of course the Service in question kindly explains its origin and history. Yet despite this, many features used to create a crest are universal in the heraldic world and can be deciphered.

 

EXTRACT: Seeking rare examples of service crests is a difficult task. France’s DGSE (General Directorate for External Security) is one of the world’s great intelligence services. It is widely known through its modern logo which features on France’s Ministry of Defence web site. However, the logo is not the official crest and Eye Spy has learned that at least two variants exist. We managed to track down an authentic description of the original DGSE crest which includes a spray of feathers (cockerel), or a single wing - a sign of obedience and serenity. We’ve recreated the crest on our Intel Crests II Poster. The country’s national bird is a cockerel - though the heraldic meaning of a cock’s feathers is courage and perseverance; hero; “an able man in politics”. This seems more in keeping with France’s history of empire and configured in a shield - represents the defender. Also, now under the investigative eyes of Eye Spy researchers, is the official crest of France’s super secret DRM - Directorate of Military Intelligence. The DRM crest houses elements or units that interact with France’s other agencies and perform missions that rarely appear in the press. Its crest is contained within a shield utilising three colours - pale blue (truth and loyalty), green (hope and joy) and red (military strength and warrior/martyr). A large owl sits atop the Earth and from the exact spot of Paris, France on the map - four lightning bolts strike out - signifying “swiftness and power”.

 

Rarer still are two original Italian service crests - SISMI (Service for Information and Military Security) and SISDe (Intelligence Democratic Security Service). The SISMI crest incorporates two world maps (the Americas in one - Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia in the other). Above these are the scales of justice, and below a lighted torch or beacon - “one who is watchful in times of trouble and who will alert the people”. The SISde crest is a simple circular arrangement showing an eagle - strength, bravery, alertness - flying over the countryside. We believe both these examples are still in use - though confined only to the walls of these important agencies...

  

 

BLACK SEPTEMBER

Mossad Intercepts Nuclear Material in Syria

 

New Israeli spy satellites track nuclear cargo to ‘front’ factory used for alleged uranium production

 

Intelligence from Mossad agents and spy satellites monitoring a suspicious cargo vessel, sparked a most daring raid deep into Syria. The ship docked at a Syrian port on 2 or 3 September, after sailing from Pyongyang, North Korea. Intelligence suggested the freighter was carrying materials and components destined for a secret Syrian nuclear research facility in the northeast of the country.

 

Once the crated cargo had been offloaded on to land transporters, Israeli spy satellites fixed overhead relayed ‘real-time’ images of the trucks as they wended their way to an agricultural research centre on the Euphrates river. Senior Israeli ministers immediately ordered a tactical strike. On 6 September, several IAF F15is (believed to be from 69th Squadron) flew into Syria and bombed the plant.

 

The facts behind this most secret Mossad operation code-named BLACK SEPTEMBER...

 

 

SURPRISE SPIES

For King and Country... and because they can

 

The rise of imperialism and sense of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth century increased feelings of insecurity and wariness of alien nations subverting the ‘status quo’. Opposing military powers generated fears and paranoia and instilled in citizens a call to patriotism that led to some very unlikely spies and acts of bravery. These remarkable people; writers, actors, singers, athletes, photographers and others had imagination, analytic ability, and day to day diligence that were more than useful to intelligence agencies.

 

“Writers of thrillers gravitated to the Secret Service as surely as the mentally unstable become psychiatrists, or the impotent pornographers”, wrote one-time MI6 man and media personality Malcolm Muggeridge in The Infernal Grove.

Celebrities from all walks of life have one thing in common - they travel - and because of this visas are rarely turned down. Opportunities also arise to meet important people - (dignitaries as they like to be known), see locations and generally access areas sometimes beyond the reach of authentic spooks (and definitely beyond mere mortals like you and me). What better way therefore, than to recruit people who can venture to places and do your spying for you. This is exactly what happened during decades of conflict in the 20th Century.

Many of these individuals led eventful lives and the daring-do of spying combined with an unfailing sense of patriotism led to some of the most unlikely and colourful spies. They got away with it because who would suspect a Hollywood actor, a famous sportsman etc.

 

EXTRACT: Somerset Maugham - “Too Close For Comfort” W. Somerset Maugham (right) created the modern spy fiction - but his 1928 book - Ashendon was too “close to reality” and based on real-life experiences. Churchill was fuming and told him its content “violated the Official Secrets Act.” Some stories were torn from the manuscript and hastily thrown into a coal fire!

 

When WWI broke out, Maugham had volunteered as an ambulance driver and then as an interpreter. He later joined the intelligence service and was sent to Russia to help support the tottering government against the Bolsheviks. The main character in Ashendon, was code-named ‘Somerville’, which was his actual ‘non de guerre’ in Russia. When the fictional character in the book was asked to give his address, ‘Somerville’ answered “Chesterfield Street, Mayfair, London” - Maugham’s real address!

 

Maugham’s influence on spy writers should not be underestimated. John Le Carre said: “Maugham was the first person to write anything about espionage in a mood of disenchantment and prosaic reality.” Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

 

Eye Spy looks at the ‘Surprise Spies’ who plied a secondary trade for ‘King and Country’...

 

  

VOCAL TERRORISM

New Advance in Computer Voice Simulation Spells Trouble

 

Researchers at York University have warned that so advanced is the field of computerised speech, it now poses a genuine terrorist threat. David Howard, who leads a team of voice synthesis experts, built a 3D computer model of a man’s larynx using medical imaging of the throat provided by Brad Story, a voice expert working at Arizona University. Howard believes that in time, computer-generated voices will be so impressive and realistic, they could be used to spread disinformation by hacking phone networks, and used to broadcast propaganda.

 

Eye Spy looks at the dangers that lie ahead...  

 

 

THE GUY FAWKES GANG RECRUITER

Investigation into Canadian Parliament Plot Widens

 

A Briton thought to have been enticed into joining al-Qaida by a leading UK-based recruiter, has been found guilty of various terrorist offences. Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, was accused of being part of an ambitious plot to help destroy Canada’s Parliament building in Ontario, and establish terror training camps along the border with the United States.

 

Siddique, from Alva, Clackmannanshire, was stopped at Glasgow Airport on 5 April 2006, as he prepared to board a flight to Pakistan, amid fears he would “drop off” the Security Service radar. It is understood that MI5 had intelligence that linked him to the North American operation.

 

 

UNDER THE COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE

The Nazis Who Plied Their Trade in WWII Britain

 

Every so often, Britain’s Security Service - MI5, release classified and secret files from its astonishing archives.

 

No-one really knows just how many bits of paper, artefacts and materials lie in the vaults of Thames House and other associated buildings, but the smart money is on millions. Once cleared and occasionally “sanitised” by persons charged with protecting Britain’s national  security interests, the files are frequently delivered to the National Archives in Kew near London, where ordinary people can view their contents. However, news of an immanent release is met with much hand-rubbing and anticipation from historians and the media alike. In September a new batch of documents were cleared, some involving suspected WWII German intelligence agents.

 

It’s always been a matter of contention just how many - if any - German agents plied their trade in the UK... at least successfully. But these files are evidence enough that MI5 did face a genuine threat...

 

Among the files, the curious case of Kurt Dehn, an agent of the Etappendienst (the German Naval Espionage Organisation, absorbed by the Abwehr in 1939).

 

Dehn had been resident in Britain since 1936, and as an ex-German naval officer he was suspected of having divided loyalties. A watch was mounted on his correspondence, but his identity as an agent was not positively confirmed and he was interned more on the grounds of being a doubtful case in September 1939. Interviewed by the Security Service that winter, his dubious character was recorded: “He would be willing to do such intelligence work [for Britain] as was in his capacity... however, he would be completely unsuitable and also untrustworthy.

 

 

IN FROM THE COLD

CIA Bring Back Spymasters from Yesteryear

 

The CIA has effectively “reappointed” one of America’s leading spymasters to head its powerful National Clandestine Service - the spying wing of the agency.

 

Michael Sulick, 59, was one of a number of senior staff who quit the CIA in 2004 following an internal rebellion against the agency’s former director Porter Goss. However, DCI Michael Hayden announced the appointment of Sulick declaring him as a “proven leader who understands our agency and the intelligence community.” Sulick headed CIA operations in Russia, but is also an experienced counter-intelligence officer and an expert on the modus operandi of al-Qaida. After 9/11, he moved quickly to integrate both offices in an effort to gather more accurate intelligence on the terror group. Prior to that, he led the way to establishing a better rapport with the FBI and helped “out” many foreign spies.

 

Eye Spy looks at some of the world’s most experienced intelligence officers who left the Service and have suddenly bring brought out of retirement...

 

 

WAR GAMES

Russia’s Long-Range Nuclear Bombers Resume Normal Service

 

RAF warplanes intercepted eight Russian Tupolev-95 Bear bombers in early September as Moscow resumed its once infamous Cold War “nuisance flights”. It was the fourth time this year UK fighters have challenged Russian bombers.

 

Ministry of Defence officials became concerned when a major formation of targets started to move towards British airspace.

 

A look at the recent Russian flights buzzing around the coastlines of NATO countries and their significance...

 

 

THE ENEMY WITHIN

Insider Threats

 

The world has become addicted to computers and information technology. In 2006, investment in computers and information technology topped $725 billion in the USA alone. With such a global dependence on computers it’s no wonder they have become are a prime target for attacks by crime gangs, terrorists, foreign intelligence services, the military, and individuals intent on mischief. 

However, the greatest security threat faced to any organisation is sitting in the office right now. It has the ability to bypass perimeter controls of the network and has already gained access to its infrastructure. The insider threat... internal users who violate trust and conduct malicious activity. Such persons can cause irreparable damage to an organisation’s information systems, business operations and reputation. At the very least, it can be an expensive mess to sort out.

 

Severity of the Threat: Insider threats have a significantly higher degree of risk than external ones because the user has knowledge of operating systems, log-on procedures etc. A recent survey revealed five percent of businesses admit unauthorised access to a system area has occurred - internally. Even the US Department of Defense admit having unauthorised accesses. Insider attacks account for between 61% and 80% of all computer attacks - dependent on which study you believe. Either way, the figures are alarming...

 

An informative feature that everyone associated with intelligence, business and contracting should not ignore.... And, more importantly, the public. What happens here will impact on your life - somehow... be it from a computer going on the blink, to your account suddenly being emptied, or someone walking around with your personal details, or worse - masquerading as you...

 

  

MI6 AND THE CRABB AFFAIR

Top Secret Documents Confirm SIS Spy Operation

 

The truth behind a Royal Navy/MI6 spy operation against Russian warships in 1955 is a step nearer being solved. This follows the release of top secret intelligence files by the Ministry of Defence. Classified memorandums concerning a proposed television documentary in the 1970s and 1980s, make reference to a similar spy operation just six months before experienced diver and MI6 Commander, Lionel “Buster” Crabb (right) went missing in Portsmouth.

 

 

SILENT WITNESS

Mossad Agent: Vital Forensic Evidence Goes Missing

 

Strange death of suspected Mossad agent Dr Ashraf Marwan takes a bizarre new turn

 

Detectives from Scotland Yard probing the mysterious death of Egyptian billionaire - Dr Ashraf Marwan, have confirmed a vital piece of evidence has gone missing. Marwan, 62, the son-in-law of the former Egyptian leader President Nasser, was found dead on the footpath below his luxury seven-room Mayfair apartment on 27 June. Initially police treated Marwan’s death as an “accident” or “suicide”, but the evidence soon pointed to a more shadowy explanation...

 

 

PRODUCT REVIEW: HELIOS PH-40  

Peter Jenkins tests a new hand-held searchlight set to illuminate the security and emergency world

“Peter, I want to you review a new piece of equipment that has arrived from the States.” Eye Spy’s editor had just taken delivery of a new hand-held torch (searchlight) direct from the manufacturer and costing a few thousand dollars. “You won’t believe how powerful it is,” he said.

 

I couldn’t exactly get overexcited about a ‘torch’... could I? Designed by a “Team guy” (US Navy SEAL), yes it’s going to work underwater but you turn it on, light shines out of one end, it may survive a drop on a turtles back or a whack with a paddle but what else can a torch do other than shine light?

 

Not really too enthusiastic I agreed take a look at it. My initial thoughts were, ‘what’s the point, there are so many out there...

Then it arrived, the “mother of all American-built torches” tucked neatly in a Pelicase. Now what kind of torch arrives dressed in a suit like that? The Polarion PH40 Portable Searchlight does. Why? “Because its got style” as the BBC’s British car expert Jeremy Clarkson would say.

 

The Polarion is quite a large torch, or searchlight to use its correct description. Twelve inches long and approximately four inches in diameter, it is still fairly lightweight, weighing in at just under 4lbs. Comfortable to hold with an integrated handle it’s so well balanced to the point where you just have to own it. With its rugged black-painted aluminium body, the torch has a military specification anodised coating....

 

MANUFACTURERS PLEASE NOTE: Eye Spy welcomes relevant items for our review section, but please contact the magazine before sending. Eye Spy Publishing Ltd cannot be held responsible for any product that is damaged in transit. For clarification please call our editorial team

 

 

POLISH SPY RING

Agents Arrested After Vodka Search

 

Four alleged suspects were jailed for attempting to steal defence secrets from Belarus concerning Moscow’s top secret air defence systems...

 

“MI6 SPY” AT THE HAGUE

Former spokeswoman of the Hague Office of the Prosecutor, Florence Hartmann, claims that Hague prosecutor Geoffrey Nice was an MI6 spy...

 

CIA AT 60

An “old friend” returns to Langley to mark the 60th anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency

 

NIS AT 60

Bulgaria’s National Intelligence Service celebrates its 60th anniversary with release of a new crest and monument dedicated to fallen agents and past officials

 

USAF SPACE COMMAND

“Guardians of the High Frontier”

 

The USAF Space Command celebrates its Silver Anniversary by releasing new crest...

  

FSB ARRESTS BIO-SCIENTIST

Scientist Charged with “Smuggling” Bio-Materials

 

Security officials from Russia’s FSB are investigating a Moscow-based scientist they suspect of transporting materials that could be used in a biological or bacteriological weapon. Oleg Mediannikov, a biologist at Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology denies the allegation. He claims he had applied and received all the correct paperwork necessary to carry research samples through customs. Mediannikov, is one of a growing number of Russian scientists who have been targeted by the FSB for their ties to the West. In recent years, numerous academics have been detained for allegedly misusing classified information, revealing state secrets and in some cases, espionage....

 

MI5 IED OVERLORD

Security Service Advertise for IED Specialist

 

Britain’s Security Service is seeking to recruit a new IED “overlord” to combat the increasing threat of al-Qaida operations involving these deadly weapons.... Full story and implications

 

UNDERCOVER

Book Releases

 

The latest intel and related books

 

BEST OF THE REST  

 

HUNTER KILLERS

US Army UAV Strikes Al-Qaida

 

A US Army-controlled Hunter UAV hits al-Qaida terrorists planting roadside IEDs in Iraq.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Pentagon Warns 9/11 Response is “not over”

 

Defence officials insist the US response to the terrorist attacks on America is far from over.

 

 

Victorian Spy Camera  

 

Eye Spy looks at what could be the first “public” covert spy camera ever built... it dates back to the 1880s and is concealed in a watch.

  

SECRET SPY AND CHERIE BLAIR  

Attorney Cherie Booth - the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair - is fighting for recognition of a British spy who fought the Nazis.

 

LITVINENKO SUSPECT  

Former KGB Agent Andrei Lugovoi Plays “Get out of Jail” Card

 

EYES ON AMERICA  

Ex-CIA Chief Warns of Terror Attack

 

Former CIA Director James Woolsey says an attack on America is immanent...

 

 

TAKE TWO: EYES ON GREAT BRITAIN

Ex-MI5 Chief Warns of Terror Attack  

Former MI5 Director Stella Rimmington believes terrorists are even more determined to attack the UK because of recent failed operations...

 

PLUS NEW SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT - INCLUDING EYE SPY’S AMAZING NEW “DISAPPEARING INK”  FOUNTAIN PEN!

 

Eye Spy’s new Executive Disappearing Ink fountain pen is the most luxurious model available on the market today. The stunningly beautiful gold-nibbed and gold finished pen uses a 100% realistic “blue ink” that disappears after 7 days.

 

Presented in a smooth black finish to augment the gold livery, this device cannot be compared with other “toy-like” disappearing ink pens on the market today. Its nib allows the ink to “roll on”, thus avoiding depression marks caused by cheap felt-tip versions or biros. Besides its fantastic appearance and high-quality manufacture, the ink is simply superb and drawn into cylinder via a quality pump Refills available only from Eye Spy. Product comes in luxury gift box.

 



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