issue sixty two
Published 23 May 2009
Editor's Brief Notes:
As Eye Spy 62 reaches the newsstand, news has emerged that FBI and NYPD counter-terrorist police have thwarted another terrorist attack in the city. In the US, underworld officers play a much more active role in 'drawing' would-be terrorists out into the open than their UK counterparts. In my opinion, sting operations like this latest one in New York are perfectly acceptable - especially when the men dumped what they thought was high-grade explosives in vehicles and parked them outside two targets. The gang also sought a few rocket launchers in an effort to take down aeroplanes.
Here in the UK, there has been much criticism of a huge anti-terrorist operation that took place in the North of England. Following an inadvertent error by a senior police officer who let a photographer take a picture of secret document, MI5 and New Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command (CTC), were left with little option but to bring forward Operation Pathway. Pathway had been on-going for months, an investigation into a suspected terror cell that was soon to launch an attack in Britain. When police raided over a dozen addresses, and detained a similar number of men, it was envisaged evidence would be gleaned that would result in convictions, especially after the Prime Minister announced a 'major plot' had been foiled. The fact is, nothing of substance that would suggest a plot was found, though Eye Spy understands searches are still ongoing, like one that took place at night in woods just north of Manchester weeks after the suspects were released into the hands of the UK border police (immigration).
It's my understanding that MI5 are privately furious Pathway was engaged early - despite ministers saying it was only pushed forward by a 'few hours'. However, Manchester Police were of the opinion, that the operation was necessary. There is much background to Pathway in issue 62, as Eye Spy tracked the operation on site.
Relevant to Pathway was the D-Notice Committee requesting that the media not publish the photo of the secret document - at least not until the police had chance to arrest the suspects. This body acts as an advisory office to the press when dealing with issues that could affect national security. It is timely, therefore, that former Secretary of the D-Notice [office], Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson agreed to give an interview to Eye Spy about the system, and his new government-sponsored book - Secrecy and the Media - which is released in June. Mr Wilkinson gives a unique insight into the D-Notice and demystifies many of its workings... it's not a government censorship office, despite what many people believe.
In the United States, President Obama continues to shuffle his intelligence pack - and cause controversy. In the latest round of 'White House versus the CIA', House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a great friend and colleague of the president, has astonishingly accused the Agency of lying to her. In 2002 she was present when then CIA chief Porter Goss briefed her (while she sat on the Intelligence Committee) about the efforts being made to obtain information from terror suspects. The interrogation technique of 'waterboarding' was discussed. Now Pelosi, who has launched several ferocious attacks on the CIA, says she had 'no recollection' about the discussions. The CIA are having none of it and are standing firm - the Agency says those present at that meeting, including Pelosi, offered 'encouragement'. Pelosi has a problem.
Eye Spy 62 is packed with dozens of fascinating stories, and none more so than our on-going series about MI5 and MI6. Though no details are included in this edition, Eye Spy is pleased to announce that to commemorate 100 years of the UK's primary secret services, we have produced two fantastic giant A1 posters. These unique posters contain numerous facts about the agencies, a brief history, agency headquarters, personalities, case studies and feature several splendid photographs specially commissioned by Eye Spy. They are an absolute must for those interested in intelligence and espionage.
Enjoy the following review of Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine 62 and thank you for your continued support.
Mark Birdsall - Editor
SOMALIAN PIRATES SELECT 'WRONG TARGET'
Eye Spy learns US SEALs used Mossad technology to eliminate pirates who threatened merchant sea crew with AK-47s.
A joint FBI-US military operation over 250 miles off the Somalian coastline, resulted in the deaths of three violent pirates who earlier had seized the US-flagged cargo vessel the MV Maersk Alabama. The ship, carrying thousands of tons of relief supplies (for Somalian and Ugandan refugees) via Mombasa, Kenya, was attacked by four pirates in a 'fast boat' in the early hours of 8 April.
Eye Spy reveals the operation involved distraction techniques and a midnight mission that tested a SEAL team's nerve.
SPY BASE MANAS
A LOOK AT THE ALLEGED NSA-CIA SPY BASE
According to the Russia Government, the US, or more specifically, the NSA, has quietly built a major surveillance centre under cover at the Manas Air Base - the key Afghan war operations' support facility. The Kyrgyzstan centre, dubbed 'The Base' is located on the outskirts of the country's capital Bishkek, and has been operational for a number of years. It was established just weeks after US Special Forces were flown to the region to locate Osama bin-Laden and his al-Qaida henchmen. However, Russia has accused its faraway operators of installing powerful surveillance equipment in a faceless building that enables the NSA to monitor Chinese and Russian communications.
Eye Spy discovers who is behind the claims, and why there is a definite link between this story and the famous 'Moscow MI6 Spy Rock' case which received wide media coverage a couple of years ago. Fascinating stuff.
MI5's MOST PUBLIC QUEST
SECURITY SERVICE LOOK FOR 'GADGET GURU'
Britain's MI5 has begun a public quest to find a brilliant head of its equipment directorate. Eye Spy points them in the right direction!
CIA'S SCORPION AGENT
FORMER SERBIAN SPYMASTER'S STRANGE LIAISON
The name Jovica Stanisic may not be known to many outside the former Yugoslavian nations, but as head of the Serb's infamous DB Secret Police (Drzavna Bedzbednos) and Milosevic's intelligence chief, Stanisic was responsible for issuing the Scorpians and Red Beret's with a series of deadly orders - some resulting in the deaths of civilians. In 2003 he was arrested for basically 'dealing death', but now information has surfaced that Stanisic was also the CIA's most senior agent in the region, and that he played out his double agent role immaculately.
MI5 FURIOUS AS 'EARLY' RAIDS STOP SURVEILLANCE
When police officers raided twelve premises in Manchester, Liverpool and Clitheroe in northern England, plus Liverpool University on 8 April 2009, MI5 intelligence officials hoped they would stumble upon weapons, or at the very least, bomb-making equipment... or residue thereof. Todate, nothing of real material substance has been secured, but the intelligence gleaned from long-term surveillance and communications of a suspected terrorist sleeper cell, is apparently of huge importance to MI5 and the wider counter-terrorism community. Eye Spy investigates from the scene of each raid and identifies who MI5 feared was behind another alleged al-Qaida plot...
EXTRACT ONE: The hidden hand of MI5's A-4 surveillance section was all over this important operation. In Downing Street, Prime Minister Gordon Brown lost no time in announcing the police were dealing with a 'very big terrorist plot'. Information of significance had been presented to him while COBRA sat just days earlier. The most powerful counter-terrorist figure in the country - Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Bob Quick, had briefed senior ministers over an ongoing operation that, according to government sources, was fast reaching its climax. However, that's not what some intelligence watchers close to MI5 believe.
EXTRACT TWO: MI5 watchers monitored a number of the suspects taking photographs of, and/or having their photographs taken at several well known locations in Manchester. At the iconic Trafford Centre; the Arnold Centre (once devastated by IRA bombers); St Ann's Square and the Birdcage - a popular city-centre nightclub. Detectives believe that this venue, near The Printworks entertainment complex, may have been targeted because AQC - Al-Qaida Central - the new MI6 description of Osama bin-Laden's group in Afghanistan and Pakistan, believe it is a 'symbol of Western decadence'.
SECRECY AND THE MEDIA
FORMER D-NOTICE SECRETARY TALKS TO EYE SPY
Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson was Secretary of the important D-Notice Committee based in Whitehall. For years remarkable material passed through his office, much of it controversial and some of it highly dangerous in the wrong hands. The D-Notice provides guidance for editors and intelligence figures alike, and as such its views are often sought and judgements made.
There is much misunderstanding about the office, with rumours and talk of censorship and the issuing of 'D-Notices', which many people believe disallows publication of certain information.
Now, after decades of issuing advice and often acting as peacebroker, the government has sponsored an official book specifically on the history of the D-Notice and its many threads to the intelligence and media world. The author of that book - Secrecy and the Media - is Nick Wilkinson, who speaks frankly about his work...
EXTRACT: Eye Spy: Many people, especially those with a conspiratorial nature, believe the government can issue a 'D-Notice' on any story it does not want featured on television, the radio or in print.
AW: No, it's not true at all. In the old days following WWII, certain specific stories were issued with a D-Notice and failed to appear. Therefore the phrase 'a D-Notice had been placed on a story' became commonplace. But there was no direct censorship - in fact, like today, what happened was the publisher had been given 'D-Notice Advice' and decided not to publish. Today the general advice is contained in five Standing D-Notices agreed by both Official and Media sides of the Committee (see www.dnotice.org.uk).
Eye Spy: What happens today if a publisher or broadcaster does not take the advice and gives notice they intend to go ahead with the story anyway?
AW: If the government are unhappy with a particular story, and they obtain information about publication from some other source than the D-Notice Secretary, then there a few avenues and acts it can use. The Official Secrets Act is but one. They can go to court and obtain an injunction. But this is precisely why the D-Notice system is in place... to avoid such a scenario.
* SECRECY AND THE MEDIA IS JUST ONE OF 16 BRAND NEW INTELLIGENCE BOOKS FEATURED IN EYE SPY NUMBER 62
WHITE HOUSE USING CIA AS POLITICAL FOOTBALL
Intelligence insiders in the USA believe President Obama's recent rhetoric on the Agency's former interrogation procedures and future operational role, has divided opinion between senior CIA staffers. In publicly denouncing controversial interrogation practices such as 'waterboarding', and then telling personnel at Langley they are 'an indispensable tool, the tip of the spear', officials believe the president is 'playing up' to his followers and a watching foreign audience - all keen to criticise the CIA and make scapegoats out of leading officers who were operational at the time of the interrogations. 'One minute the President uses Langley as a 'global public punch bag', then he tells staff how wonderful it is,' said an employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
To add to his problem, US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has accused the Agency of 'lying' about how much it revealed to her in 2002 about waterboarding, - this as she sat on the House Intelligence Committee. The CIA are having none of it and are adamant she was 'fully informed'.
ELITE UK SURVEILLANCE REGIMENT RETURNS TO ULSTER
The Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) has some of the most experienced and best-trained surveillance operatives in the UK's Special Forces arena. With a pseudo-civilian undercover role, SRR personnel are also trained in the use of firearms, and have performed operations in various overseas theatres. An official request that the SRR return to Northern Ireland is evidence enough that MI5, which spends 15% of its budget on operations in the province, and the police, thought the situation had deteriorated enough to require specialist operators. Police fears were well founded for just days after the SRR was recalled - two soldiers and a police officer were shot dead by dissident Republicans - keen to keep the 'Troubles' in place.
100 YEARS OF SECRET SERVICE - MI5 ¥ MI6
As Britain's two premier intelligence services celebrate their 100th birthday, Eye Spy looks at how MI5 and MI6 evolved in the inter-war years and prepared for the menace of Nazism and Russia's ruthless brand of Communism...
EXTRACT ONE: With the Great War against the Kaiser now behind them, MI5 and MI6 sought to establish themselves within Britain's predominantly military intelligence community. Successes during the conflict meant that their credibility had been assured and both the services' respective heads, Vernon Kell (MI5), and Mansfield Cumming, were knighted. However, the Navy's intelligence directorate (NID - sometimes called 'Room 39' - after its room number at Admiralty headquarters), was still far and away the most respected and powerful of intelligence organisations. Indeed, in late 1918, as the embers of WWI were beginning to fade, the NID's intelligence chief, Admiral Sir William Reginald 'Blinker' Hall, warned of a new emerging threat - that of Bolshevism in Russia...
Interestingly, Lebedev, who was stationed in London during much of his spying days, admitted he often read the newspaper to glean information...
EXTRACT TWO: GRADING OF INTELLIGENCE Another MI6 analyst blunder also related to 'diplomatic papers'. Berlin Station Chief Major Timothy Breen was passed a file 'stolen' from Russia's mission in Germany. The documents showed how Moscow intended to start operations in India. It later transpired the papers were forgeries, manufactured by a ring-wing newspaper with a large exiled Russian following in Berlin. This was a significant moment in the history of intelligence gathering, because following the debacle, MI6 initiated a programme (part of which is still in operation today), that would allow senior officials to actually 'grade' the data based on the 'reliability of the source'.
THE JACKAL AND THE PRESIDENT
JAILED MASTERMIND OF TERROR IN WHITE HOUSE QUEST
Once one of the world's most feared terrorists, Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez S‡nchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, has asked President Obama for news of fellow terror operative Bruno Breguet, who was reportedly detained by CIA agents travelling on a ferry between Hungary and Greece in 1995. Nothing has been heard of the Swiss-born Breguet since, but it was rumoured he died in captivity at a secret CIA holding facility in Hungary in late 1995. Eye Spy provides full background on this strange story and Breguet's disappearance.
AL-QAIDA'S AUDACIOUS HELICOPTER PLOT
MI5 and New Scotland Yard are searching for a number of 'senior planners' who intended to hire a helicopter from a Yorkshire flight centre for 'business purposes'. Once airborne and flying on a
pre-planned route, the men would have threatened the pilot unless he followed their instructions and changed course for one of the most secure prisons in Britain. Eye Spy discovers just who the plotters may have been trying to free...
NEW DIRTY BOMB FEARS
EVIDENCE GROWS DEVICE WILL BE DETONATED
Eye Spy has been told that senior intelligence officials were advised that it is only a matter of time before al-Qaida terrorists detonate a dirty, chemical or biological bomb on the streets of Britain. With this in mind, over 60,000 people are being trained to help in emergency situations
Senior intelligence and military officials have publicly admitted that the possibility of al-Qaida detonating a 'dirty' radiological dispersal device (RDD) or chemical bomb on the streets of Britain is moving ever nearer. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, believes that terrorists on Britain's streets not only have the capability to build IED's (improvised explosive devices), but it's 'realistic' to think they will use them.
FBI HUNT AMERICAN BOMBER
ANIMAL RIGHTS' TERRORIST WITH LINKS TO UK
The FBI have ranked a US citizen alongside the like of Osama bin-Laden on its 'most wanted' chart. Daniel San Diego is wanted in connection with explosives', in particular two bombs that were placed at firms with ties to the UK's Huntingdon Life Science... Eye Spy provides background and imagery
THE RULES OF HOSTAGE SURVIVAL 3
PART II - SURVIVING CAPTIVITY
Hostage specialist Simon Atkinson presents simple measures and protocol that will maximise your chances of survival and eventual return home. Whilst immediately applicable to military and conflict theatres, this important series also contains valuable advice on other hostage scenarios.
In Part 1 (Eye Spy 61), Simon examined the various progressive Stages of Capture and what we might expect to encounter and, equally important, how we might behave at each point. Having also looked at the stresses and normal human reactions to stress, it is important to appreciate that we are not superhuman and that all these emotions and fears are not a sign of weakness but are normal and to be expected.
This article aims to assist you in surviving your captivity by highlighting coping mechanisms that you can use to deal with the stresses and pressures that you will undoubtedly encounter .
EXTRACT ONE: Need for constant alertness: You will potentially become very 'jumpy' - every sound, real or imagined, will cause you to become alert to possible attack. This can become extremely tiring and you must try to relax, no matter how hard this may be. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, you should try to rest and even sleep to maintain your physical and mental health.
Loneliness: We all occasionally like time to ourselves. But if forced to be alone for years - we risk sinking into depression. We may be lonely even if we are surrounded by people - simply because of language and cultural differences. If possible - try to communicate - in any way possible. This may be with other hostages or with locals. In Central America and South America, hostages have been held in mountain villages.
SIDEBAR FEATURE: POLITICAL HOSTAGES
The Red Army Faction was a particularly ruthless left-wing terror outfit founded by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof (pictured left) in West Germany in 1968. This small band took a number of prominent government officials hostage and duly executed them when their demands were not met.
CYBER WAR EDGING NEARER
THE INCIDENTS THAT COULD LEAD TO GLOBAL CONFLICT
US intelligence analyst Kevin Coleman examines the latest damaging events that could start a worldwide cyber war...
EXTRACT: Cyber attacks and cyber espionage are costing an estimated $1.9 trillion of dollars a year and have now become a 'National Security' issue for many countries! Perhaps the biggest challenge in Cyber Warfare is knowing you are being attacked. The most accomplished attackers, especially those intending on stealing information on an ongoing basis, know stealth is key and they have to go undetected for as long as possible. So the actual number of attacks is not known today and that is not expected to change any time soon. Add to that the fact that most information on cyber attacks against military systems and countries is classified and kept secret, you can see the difficulty in knowing just how bad the situation really is.
ISRAEL'S WAR GAMES
EVENT HORIZON - HOW ISRAEL PLANNED TO STRIKE IRAN
Eye Spy reports on a top secret Israeli operation that if actioned, would have reduced Iran's air force to virtually nil in strength.
SECRET BOOK WARS
MI5 AND MI6 OBJECT TO BOOK - BUT IT STILL APPEARS
A new book first published in America is causing British Intelligence a great deal of concern. Learn of the title and why efforts were made to stop its appearance.
MOST UNLIKELY SPIES
NORTH KOREA AND IRAN 'SPY GAMES'
Three females suspected of being US spies are arrested by authorities in Tehran and Pyongyang, but for two of the women there is much concern...
THE MASTER BOMBER
1980s TERRORIST IN FBI'S SIGHT AGAIN
FBI investigators are in the Middle East seeking an explosives expert wanted in connection with attacks on US and Coalition forces in Iraq... he was first charged in the early 1980s after an attack on a civilian airliner.
EYE SPY PRODUCT REVIEW
3G TECHNOLOGY AND COVERT CAMERAS
3G technology has been used by the mobile phone industry for over six years now as a way of passing high volume data wirelessly across the wide bandwidth, UMTS wireless networks. This technology, along with some innovative software and design features, has enabled a new patented product range to penetrate the covert surveillance market, with the introduction of capabilities never before available.
Eye Spy has tested a simple to use, but very effective camera system that can be accessed by making a video call directly from your cell phone. The surveillance system makes use of the latest 3G (Third Generation) cell phone transmission signal. Each deployed camera can be set on a speed dial video call - providing live access at the press of a button on the handset.
The commercially available 3G Camera Unit is a multifunctional, portable, stand alone device, available in many covert enclosures and specifications that is easy to install, and use. Once deployed, it can be set up remotely to receive and answer video calls from prescribed numbers. In addition to live video and audio, it can be requested to send back instant photo snap shots, or can be used as a standard GSM bug by dialling in to the camera using a voice call.
Everything you need to know about 3G technology - plus a range of new low-cost covert 3G devices.
THE EVIDENCE COLLECTOR
EYE SPY CAMERA FEATURES ON SKY NEWS
One of Eye Spy's best-selling covert cameras was used in an undercover operation to obtain information - details of which, and the camera appeared on Sky News
EYE SPY 62 BEST OF THE REST
IRAN DETAINS CIA-MOSSAD MEN
Tehran's state-run media has released details of several men accused of being CIA and Mossad agents.
MI5 HUNT AFGHANISTAN BOMBER
A British citizen who journeyed to Afghanistan a number of years ago, is now actively working as a bomb-maker for the Taliban. MI5 have identified him via DNA evidence left at the scene of an unexploded IED.
CIA-MI5 SPY GAMES IN UK
Reports suggest the CIA is helping MI5 on the streets of Britain to contain threats to both countries.
Russian has sacked the GRU's spy chief Valentin Korabelnikov in a bloodless coup.
US scientists are on the verge of a major breakthrough which will significantly impact on the military and intelligence world - 'Chameleon Camouflage'.
The US has created a dedicated cyber unit - Eye Spy reveals who is in charge.
MI6 AGENT LOSES DATA STICK
An MI6 operative working in South and Central America, has allegedly lost a data stick containing vital intelligence and operations' code-names.
LONDON 7/7 ATTACKS
The latest on MI5's search for the support network and the 7/7 liaisons.
THE KEY DUPLICATOR
Eye Spy has learned British and US intelligence and security workers have been advised not to wear keys on their person - this after new technology has been invited that can create keys from photos taken from hundreds of feet away. Full story.
BACK FROM THE GRAVE?
MI6 and the CIA are investigating if one of the world's most notorious terrorists was indeed killed in a Predator attack late last year. There are some who believe Rashid Rauf - actually survived.
SPY AND INTELLIGENCE BOOKS
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