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Developments in the world of intelligence the week 24 May to 6 June 2010


  • The upcoming Soccer World Cup here in SA has created more than enough press coverage on the possibility of a terrorist attack, with intelligence officers from the world descending on our country. Godspeed to all those working to ensure a safe event The consequences of the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla this week will reverberate in the security and intelligence realm in the weeks to come As was expected, Pres Obama of the US announced James Clapper as the new DNI on Saturday. In a further development in the US, there is more focus on the CIAs drone war against terrorists. In Europe, spying activities of Russia and China concerns more countries, while North/South Korea espionage will raise tensions there further.

    Dalene Duvenage On a lighter note the pigeon spy. AFP: Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission for arch rivals and neighbours Pakistan, media reported on 28 May 2010. The white-coloured bird was found by a local resident in India's Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital Amritsar. The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink. Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that they suspected the pigeon may have landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note has been found. Officials have directed that no-one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police say may have been on a "special mission of spying". The bird has been medically examined and was being kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard. Senior officers have asked to be kept updated on the situation three times a day, PTI said. Chahal said local pigeon fanciers in the sensitive border area had told police that Pakistani pigeons were easily identifiable as they look different from Indian ones, according to the Indian Express newspaper.

    Reports from 24 May - 6 June 2010 Page Africa: 2. The size of the BP oil spill in SA context 2. Uganda: Army gets intelligence training school 2. Paper: Africas irregular security threats: challenges for US

    engagement 3. African security-intelligence experts meet in Brazzaville 4. Zimbabwe: Gov spied on diamond monitor 5. SA: revised bill keeps harsh penalties for information

    peddling Middle East 6. Mossad chief: Israel less important to US 6. Former Mossad agent ridicules Gaza ship raid 8. Yemen sentences Iranian spies to death America 8. Obama wants quick OK of choice for spy chief 9. National Security Advisor describes new strategy 10. UN criticism not likely to stop CIA drone attacks 11. US intelligence analyst arrested in Wikileaks video probe 13. State Dept loses round in CIA cover case 14. House approves GAO role in intelligence oversight Europe 14. Turkey appoints top spy as security threats shift 15. Turkeys MITs new model: the CIA 15. UK: Ex-spy chief review 2012 security 16. Ukraine ends counterintelligence work on Russian FSB

    officials-paper 16. French Secret Service fear Russian cathedral a spying front 17. Czech intelligence reports on Chinas technological, Russian

    spying attempts 18. Czech Rep: Russian spies less active 18. NATOs spy academy 18. NATO and the spy from Estonia 19. Terrorists seeking nuclear materials: Russian official 19. CIA director lauds efforts of Bulgarias Borisov government 20. CIA director Leon Panetta visits Romania 20. Germany: BND spy jailed for passing secrets to gay Balkan

    lover 21. Germany: Russia, China engaging in industrial espionage Asia 22. India: German national arrested in Punjab was on a spying

    mission, claims police 22. Iran breaks world record for intelligence and security

    related work 23. South Korea: Army general accused of spying for N Korea 23. North Korean female spy arrested Tradecraft 24. Al Qaidas mother of all spy manuals 26. Must read: UN compilation of good practices on legal and

    institutional frameworks & measures that ensure respect of human rights by Intel agencies while countering terrorism

    SA Intelligencer Number 79 24 May 6 June 2010

    Initiator: Johan Mostert Editor: Dalene Duvenage

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    The size of the BP oil spill in South African context .

    Uganda: Army gets intelligence training school Tuesday, 1st June, 2010 By Hope Mafaranga

    Muhoti barracks in Kabarole district has been turned into a national intelligence training school. The chief of defence forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, said the rehabilitation of the barracks is expected to be completed before the end of the year to enable officers start training.

    He added that after the renovation, Muhoti will be the leading intelligence training school in East Africa. A total of sh1.2b has been spent in the first rehabilitation phase and

    sh1b more will be spent in the second phase, according to Lt Col Besigye Bakunda, the deputy commander of the engineers brigade.

    Additional structures at the complex include a hospital, a commandant residential house, offices, lecture rooms and staff quarters. Nyakairima explained that the army took long to renovate most of the army barracks because priority had been to provide peace and security rather than building barracks and improving the welfare of the soldiers.

    Paper: Africas Irregular Security Threats: Challenges for U.S. Engagement by Andre Le Sage, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (Ed: excerpted)

    Engaging African states as reliable partners to confront irregular security challenges will be a

    complex process requiring a three-pronged strategy. First, there must be substantial,


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    sustained, and continent-wide investment in capacity-building for intelligence, law enforcement, military, prosecutorial, judicial, and penal systems, not to mention their par-liamentary, media, and civil society counter-parts. Second, until such African capabilities come online and are properly utilized by political leaders, the United States and other foreign partners will need to deploy more of their own intelligence, law enforcement, and special operations personnel to Africa to address terrorist and criminal dynamics that pose a direct and immediate threat to U.S. strategic interests. Third, further efforts are required to harden the political will of African leaders to actually deploy their maturing security sector capabilities in an aggressive manner that abides by the rule of law.

    Intelligence collection and analysis capabilities must be addressed as an additional challenge. First, by their very nature, the threats discussed above are dif-ficult targets for both African and interna-tional security services to understand and disrupt. Intelligence collection focused on national and regional threats needs to be increased across the board. Second, as in militaries and police forces, intelligence ser-vices must diversify. Today they are often staffed by ethnic groups associated with dom-inant tribes and clans while terrorist and criminal threats frequently emerge in areas peripheral to state interests and among eth-

    nic groups that have been marginalized in national politics and civil service employment. In response, African intelligence services simply need to ensure that their pool of human resources is diversified in order to penetrate the illicit networks of other groups. Third, African governments should build new capabilities to leverage financial intelligence and open source reporting. In combination

    with extended surveillance coverage across Africas maritime and air domains, the governments can then clamp down on transnational trafficking, commodity smuggling, and the illegal movement of persons, including both illegal immigration and terrorist foreign fighter flows.

    National interagency coordination needs support by African governments. Domestic initiatives are required to eliminate stovepipes that hamper information-sharing and to initiate combined operations to con-front multisectoral threats that go beyond the remit of any single ministry. Some countries have created dedicated national counterter-rorism centers or fusion centers to collate intelligence and deconflict operational responses. Others have expanded participa-tion in their senior-level national security councils to better integrate police, gendar-merie, military, intelligence, and border secu-rity efforts. These efforts need continued international encouragement and support as governments attempt to overcome years of factionalism and bureaucratic rivalry within the continents security systems.

    African Security-Intelligence experts meet in Brazzaville PANA, Brazzaville, Congo, 2 June 2010 - The seventh conference of the Committee on Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA) began Tuesday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, with the theme "Working together for peace and security in Africa through active intelligence". According to the agenda, the meeting is seeking to establish guidelines for CISSA's

    general policy, assign tasks and receive reports an


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