Single Issue 059

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Published 31 October 2008

  • Editors Brief Notes:

    The US Department of Homeland Security is a relative new intelligence agency but its Secretary or chief, Michael Chertoff, has already gained himself a reputation for straight talking. In a recent interview with a British news channel, Chertoff issued a warning that the next US President will almost certainly have to confront the real possibility that terrorists will strike using a biological weapon. Taken alone, that remark is chilling enough, but when combined with events and warnings from senior UK ministers, one can only conclude something sinister is afoot.

    In 2005, Eye Spy learned that MI5 had infiltrated several universities with agents. Their brief was clear - collect intelligence on al-Qaida penetration and schooling, and monitor possible breaches of security in relation to laboratories. In late October 2008, news leaked that MI5 and MI6 have been involved in combating a massive al-Qaida operation to breach UK postgraduate entry laws into universities. It is our belief that more than 100 bogus students seeking places have been stopped because of real security concerns. Simply put, they were trying to enrol and access the labs and programmes whose work is directly related to biological and radiological research and development. Two years ago, MI5 via the Home Office, sent out officers to all universities and colleges to make department heads aware of the need for total security. Many of these facilities produce materials that al-Qaida is definitely seeking to use. Allied to these developments, Britains most senior security minister, Lord West, former head of the Royal Navy, made a remark in mid-October that a great terror plot is forming and being watched. He also said Britain had made every effort to secure installations and even the water supply. One hour earlier, the Home Secretary in her battle to get support for a 42-day-without-charge detention law, said the UK was already at the severe end of severe in its security alert chart. And finally, it was revealed in Parliament that on several occasions already this year, specialist teams from Britains top secret Porton Down facility had been sent around the country to investigate incidents. Porton Down, of course, also deals with research of a biological and chemical nature...

    Though it is not clear if Mr Chertoffs remarks contained coded messages lifted from his growing liaisons with UK intelligence, but one thing is absolutely certain, obtaining biological weapons and dirty bombs are high on the agenda for al-Qaidas large following. For those who argue that infiltrating universities and obtaining articles for the preparation of terrorist activities is far fetched, think again. One of the last statements of outgoing MI5 Director-General Eliza Manningham-Buller two years ago, was to warn publicly that the world is entering a new phase in its fight against global terrorism. She said: We know that attempts to gather materials are there... we know the attempts to gather technologies are there. In Eye Spy 59 we cover a few of the topics outlined here, but a major feature is already being researched on this issue for a future piece. Biological weapons are created from materials all around us, and as Mr Chertoff warned, terrorists have recognised that they can use nature to accumulate the core ingredients of future delivery packages.

    Several pages of this new edition concern tradecraft. They are guaranteed to be of interest - and not only to those who work in the industry, but also ordinary people... its the positively interesting surveillance art of anti surveillance. It is an oft misunderstood module of surveillance, but two highly regarded intelligence figures who work in this area have provided a fascinating insight. And we can also reveal that the first in a three-part high-definition DVD series on surveillance has been produced by Eye Spy associates. Am I Being Watched focuses on anti surveillance and its many related branches. It is a fantastic professional step-by-step guide production by a former British Intelligence instructor. We have also negotiated a special price for Eye Spy readers.

    Mark Birdsall - Editor

    A brief overview of Eye Spy 59 follows...



    New Scotland Yard working with MI5 and a counterterrorist team sealed off an end-terrace house in the Harehills area of Leeds. The raid was pre-planned and in connection with the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. That attack by a Leeds-based al-Qaida terrorist cell resulted in the deaths of over 50 people. Detectives turned up at the flat at 7.00am on 8 October and took one resident away. He is not a suspect.

    The arrival of forensic specialists at the Harehills apartment in Shepherds Lane, suggests the Security Service believe it could also have been used by the bombers to store or manufacture some of the devices used in London....



    The trial has begun of Nicky Reilly, the Muslim convert who attempted to detonate home-made bombs at Exeters Giraffe restaurant on 22 May. Reilly was recruited by al-Qaida supporters and then received guidance on how to build the bombs via a series of e-mails from Pakistan. Eye Spy discovered he went by the name Chechen 233 on his YouTube Internet page.

    Reilly had become fascinated in Islam, and forwarded images of improvised bombs to an unidentified contact in Pakistan who then explained how to make something similar. Eventually he built two bombs from six glass bottles - some filled with caustic soda, the others kerosene. He then filled them with 500 large nails and tied the bottles together using tape. Reilly had support from two recruiters in the UK who are being hunted.



    Its proper description is the Defence Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee. It is the non-governmental UK body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence which has always been rumoured to suppress the odd story from publication - if it feels national security is at risk. In days gone by, many believed that would have meant the issuing of a D-Notice - and despite what you may have read in conspiracy books, Eye Spy has officially been told by the office itself, that no D-Notice has ever been used to block a story or broadcast. That does not necessarily mean guidance has not been issued to editors or publishers... resulting in the same thing - the story doesnt reach the public domain. Now a book that should have been available today through this magazine and your local book store detailing the official history and work of the committee, has been controversially blocked by the current head of the committee itself. Written by a former DA secretary, Secrecy and the Media: The Official History of the D-Notice System, by Rear-Admiral Nick Wilkinson, charts the historical journey of the committee from its inception to 2004. That should have been the case, but bizarrely its journey now stops in 1997... and five hugely important chapters are not going to appear.

    Eye Spy understands from Mr Wilkinson himself, that none of the intelligence services, including MI6, MI5 and GCHQ objected to the book, so whats really going on? A full report with an exclusive statement from Nick Wilkinson and the content of the missing chapters.



    Its not unusual for politicians to cosy up to people with lots of money, or celebrities who like to think they have. Favours, free holidays, jobs for the boys perks and much, much more are often the norm when such meetings take place. Little of what happens in this elitist world ever sees light of day, but just occasionally the press gets whiff of a story and scandal breaks out. Once exposed, politicians use all their tact to deflect questions and criticism. Thats what happened recently in the UK when of a couple of politicians met and socialised with one of the richest people in the world - Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska. Conservative George Osborne allegedly tried to secure a 50,000 party donation from Deripaska when he visited him on his yacht in August. And Peter Mandelson, who recently rejoined the Labour government, has spent time in the company of the billionaire. Now some folks might just be mumbling whats all this got to do with intelligence? Well its to do with a KGB spymaster and potential compromise... A fascinating look at one of the worlds most powerful intelligence clans.



    A 2004 faxed MI5 memorandum sent to police in West Yorkshire raised concerns about two of the Leeds bombers, including gang leader Mohammed Sidique Khan. His name came on MI5s radar following surveillance of another committed terrorist known only as Ausman. Could an investigation have stopped his terrorist planning and 7/7?


    Leading surveillance instructor Peter Jenkins looks at the oft-misunderstood field of anti surveillance, and provides some fascinating tricks of the trade along the way...

    This feature considers many aspects of anti surveillance - a practice that is frequently confused with counter surveillance. Nevertheless, it is extremely important to remember that anti surveillance and counter surveillance are two different disciplines of surveillance detection.



    The trial has begun of prisoner XA6933 - Tehran-born Daniel James, 45, a British Territorial Army interpreter who is alleged to have betrayed his country and offered to serve as an agent for Iranian intelligence. The Old Bailey heard how James (born Esmail Mohamed Beigi Gamasai) arrested in December 2006, had become embittered about being passed over for promotion and aggrieved at his treatment - some of it allegedly racial.


    Veteran returns to the site of his Top Secret WWII mission after 66 years...

    In Eye Spy 47, Jim Crone and Pete Jackson wrote about one of the most daring operations ever planned in WWII. British Intelligence had prepared a secret facility to monitor German naval manoeuvres in the event Gibraltar - a key British territory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea separating Europe from North Africa - was lost to the Germans. Six operatives volunteered to be secreted in a cave atop the mountain and forward radio communications back to London. The operation was known as Tracer. One of those brave men was Dr Bruce Cooper, who at the age of 93 afforded the authors with a wonderful interview. Amazingly, thanks to the efforts of a number of persons, Dr Cooper recently returned to Gibraltar to see again the Stay Behind Cave, as it was known. A charming feature about a true wartime hero...



    The New Scotland Yard surveillance team who tracked suspected 21/7 London bomber Hussain Osman, have been giving evidence at the inquest of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in south London. He was shot dead by CO19 officers on a Tube train at Stockwell Station after being misidentified for the terrorist, who just hours earlier had tried to detonate a bomb on the London Underground.

    The inquest has been hearing from all manner of people, including civilians and government workers alike. Every tiny detail which could have sealed the fate of de Menezes, from people organisation and police competence, to a plethora of unfortunate incidents and circumstances that came together on the morning of 22 July 2005, has been heard. In attendance at the inquest, which is being held at the Oval cricket ground, are members of the de Menezes family.

    One of the most contentious issues is how and why de Menezes was mistaken for Hussein in the first place. Eye Spy has always maintained that the two men, despite differences in their skin colour, did have a similar appearance and bodyframe. Especially when you compare and splice together their images. However, the surveillance team who had tracked down Hussein to a south London apartment block, were relying on poor-quality photographs taken off CCTV pictures, and a damaged gym membership card found at the scene of the attempted bombing. And of course, this also happened to be the apartment block where de Menezes lived.



    As the trial of a suspected al-Qaida sleeper cell begins, MI5 considers the theory that not everyone involved in the London and Glasgow bomb plots have been identified. Eye Spy investigates this and the meticulous planning that went into the attempting bombing of the TigerTiger bar, a far cry from the men's suicide mission just hours later at Glasgow Airport.



    Journalists are still trying to pick through the shadowy tales and information provided by the most notorious CIA agent in decades - Curveball. News organisations everywhere are keen to interview the man generally accepted by the intelligence world to be CIA agent Curveball - Washingtons primary source of information on Iraqs illusory weapons of mass destruction. Rafid Alwan is adamant that he never passed intelligence to Germanys BND agency; similarly, the defector objects to the use of the name Curveball, saying that there were other informants who had supplied the intelligence. He was also adamant that at no time has he operated as an agent for any security service. Despite this, Eye Spy has learned he was interviewed at least 40 times by the BND... but bizarrely, not once by the CIA.



    A familiar silver screen spy drops in to voice his support for the preservation of Britains most famous code-breaking centre

    Bletchley Park codebreaking museum launches petition to help raise awareness over the governments continuous refusal to support this truly important intel gem



    It was a seemingly bizarre accident in the affluent area of Mayfair, London. A 62-year-old man was found dead in a private garden area beneath a luxury apartment block - he had presumably fallen from his 5 million flat and died instantly. As an ambulance and police arrived, the identity of the man became clear - it was Egyptian businessman and multi-millionaire Dr Ashraf Marwan - son-in-law of former Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser. He was better known in intelligence circles as a former Mossad agent once code-named Angel and Babylon.

    Now after crucial evidence went missing and an appeal by Marwans family, New Scotland Yard have drafted in an elite team which has already travelled to New York City to question witnesses and associates. Was Marwan pushed by two unidentified men allegedly from the Mossad seen standing on his balcony? Or was it a revenge attack by an Arab intelligence agency. Either way, his tell-all manuscript about his spying days that was nearly complete and inside the apartment, has never been found....




    Eye Spy interviews Adrian Radford - a former leading intelligence operative who unravels the mechanism and meaning of various aspects of surveillance


    Eye Spy: Anti surveillance is a very specialised and important part of intelligence collection. What first interested you in this field and how did you progress to such a high level?

    AR: From the age of 17 Ive been employed in the covert world of intelligence acquisition and analysis. I wanted to join the Army to play the tuba in my step fathers regimental band, however on achieving high entry results coupled with my knowledge of three languages the careers office had other ideas. I was thankfully persuaded to join the British Army Intelligence Corps, and I have never looked back since. I was most fortunate to have been taught surveillance, anti and counter surveillance by exceptional individuals and this grounding fused with my passion for attention to detail stemming from an earlier period at stage school, propelled me into instructing for one of the UKs lead intelligence agencies, having worked with very specialist military, police and government communications agencies both in the UK and abroad.


    Eye Spy: Using anti-surveillance measures correctly means an individual has a good chance of discovering what level of surveillance they are under, and alerting colleagues if necessary. But this opens up a new category - counter surveillance. Can you explain what this is and how it impacts on anti surveillance?

    AR: Counter surveillance is where a third party, usually a team of people, deploy to asc

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