Dienstag, 7. August 2018

Helping the crooks

Publications from Western military, describing their aim with providing "an overview of research done inside the Belgian Armed Forces in the period 2015 - 2016 to address their specific needs, whether in the short term, mid term or long term" and "The selected topics give insights into the multifaceted military research" really astonishes me.

Continuing with: "We are confident that, while reading or scrolling through this report, your interest in Belgian research will thrive." Haha...Yes of course! I know a few people who will be interested. You can find them e.g. here.

I try not to be naive but anyway: Why should foreign forces (again) get a nice overview about sensitive topics as these:

Ok, I am naive: They already know this.

Since it's online anyway, I could post it here as well, but something blocks me inside!

Mittwoch, 18. Juli 2018

Der Verfassungsschutz...

... berichtet seit vielen Jahren und aus gutem Grunde über bestimmte sicherheitspolitische Entwicklungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Je weiter man dabei in die Vergangenheit zurückgeht und in alten Ausgaben blättert, desto deutlicher wird, dass bestimmte Entwicklungen nie ganz verschwunden waren und über andere plötzlich nicht mehr berichtet wurde, um Jahre später ebenso plötzlich wieder aufzutauchen.

Leider fehlt meinem Archiv weiterhin der erste Bericht dieser Art mit dem Titel „Erfahrungen aus der Beobachtung und Abwehr rechtsradikaler und antisemitischer Tendenzen 1961“. Dafür konnte ich jedoch dank einer sehr netten Person die anderen Vorläuferberichte meiner Sammlung einverleiben, von denen ich nicht weiss, ob sie für die Öffentlichkeit gedacht waren. Diese haben die Titel:

  • Die kommunistische Tätigkeit im Jahre 1964
  • Die kommunistische Tätigkeit im Jahre 1965
  • Die kommunistische Tätigkeit in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Jahre 1966
  • Erfahrungen aus der Beobachtung und Abwehr linksradikaler Tendenzen im Jahre 1967

Man erkennt an den Titeln, dass zunächst ein gewisser Perspektivwechsel nach dem ersten Bericht stattgefunden hatte.

Danach wurde ein Taschenbuch publiziert, welches für die Öffentlichkeit gedacht war. Unter dem Oberbegriff "Zum Thema" und dem Unterbegriff "Hier: Verfassungsschutz 1968" erschien in der "Schriftenreihe des Bundesministeriums des Innern" ein erstmals themenübergreifender Bericht, der auf der ersten Seite einen weiteren, längeren Titel trug: "Erfahrungsbericht über die Beobachtungen der Ämter für Verfassungsschutz im Jahre 1968". Damals hatte man wohl noch gemeinsam beobachtet und agiert.

Erst 1975 wurde dann - in zeitgemäßen Design - unter dem Oberbegriff "betrifft:" ein schon recht stattlicher Bericht mit dem erklärenden Untertitel "1975 Verfassungsschutz", auf der ersten Seite "Verfassungsschutz '75". Das war der Beginn einer jährlichen Reihe, die bis heute informativ, wenn auch politisch und teilweise fachlich nicht immer unumstritten ist.

Ratsam und erhellend ist es in jedem Fall, entsprechende deutschsprachige Berichte aus Österreich und der Schweiz heranzuziehen - quasi als Ergänzung und Erweiterung des eigenen Horizontes.

Ich habe einen Scan der Titelblätter hier eingestellt.

Sonntag, 15. Juli 2018

Iranian activities in Europe...

...were sometimes seen in the past, when their intelligence agency MOIS tracked down dissidents. The last incident showed their still ongoing efforts, including sleeper cell agents and one diplomat from the Iranian embassy in Vienna. This diplomat was charged by German authorities with planning an assault against a meeting of the exile group National Council of Resistance of Iran. The Federal Prosecutor General was a little bit shy and named the suspect Assadollah A. But a simple check of the Vienna embassy staff shows more details.

Using an explosive device for political reasons is a strong signal, but it is one instrument of influencing the political situation in a country.

Accidentally I published a new paper today which looks into covert and clandestine operations of some states, which are extremely active in countries as Germany - often supposed by officials who are on their payroll or just think this is the right way to do politics. These operations can be aggressive and violent, but also totally unremarkable.

If anybody is interested: I have the honour to inaugurate the new Research Paper Series of the European Intelligence Academy with my paper "Influencing the Adversary: From Wet Affairs to Propaganda".

Soviet Military Power...

...was a public diplomacy publication of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which provided an estimate of the military strategy and capabilities of the Soviet Union during the final years of the Cold War, ostensibly to alert the U.S. public to the significant military capabilities of the Soviet Armed Forces. The single publications were not classified and can be downloaded easily.

A few days ago I found three of them in a box, hidden in an dusty bookstore in Dublin. Inside were a few old articles from newspapers of the 80s and one - Volume 1987 - was stamped presumably by the US Embassy in Dublin.

More interesting is a document, made with a good old typewriter, which I found inside. It seems to be - more or less - a compilation, written 1987 by the Unites States Information Service (USIS), the former name of the today's United States Information Agency.

Nothing Top Secret, but anyway its a nice historical piece. Due to the dusty place I found it I decided to publish from time to time some scans and documents from my archive on my new, simple site namend Dusty Insights. The document can be downloaded there.

Samstag, 23. Juni 2018

Gonen Segev in former times...

...wasn't so open to Iran as he seems  to be in the last years - regarding Israels Shin Bet, charging him with spying for Iran, giving Israel’s arch-foe sensitive information about locations of security centers and the country’s energy industry. 

His position in 1995:

              (Source: The Nonproliferation Review/Fall 1995, p. 103)

Other sources say he is a classic type [to be targeted] because he is greedy and readily gets involved in dubious transactions. 

But why all this anger by Shin Bet and other "institutes" about him? Can it be that there are other reasons for his arrest? Maybe his connection to a security company with a "special" background? Some powerful dark figures in the ecstasy trade? Or is it a revenge of Yossi Beilins network for Segevs pressure in 1994  - when he was a Knesset member - to reveal some details about secret cooperation between Israel and two not named countries?

Even in Israel it is the same as in Germany with the media and their unexperienced freelance journalists: They claim to publish thrilling new, unknown details or they believe their sources that the information is new, but in reality it is nothing spectacular. The Times of Israel writes: A former head of the Shin Bet security service said Saturday that prior to being recruited by Iran to spy on Israel, disgraced ex-minister Gonen Segev was a kidnap target of the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, an Iranian proxy.

This is not new.

Already stated in 2003:

 And so on... 

Asking Google Maps Segev could have walk in 1 hour 28 min minimum from his working place in Abuja....

... to this place in Abuja:

But all this is still speculation. Combing through the documents and analyzing his social network there are a few interesting details to see, regarding his friends from Israel, his connections to some embassies etc. Not only Israel should ask its counterintelligence experts about possible leaks.

Samstag, 16. Juni 2018

Drinking beer with Arafat

Recentlly I drank a beer in Brussels named Illegaal. The label showed a well known person:

The taste did not remind me of the alleged poisoning of Arafat by the Mossad - the beer was ok - but: I read a new book, in which, among other things, Arafat's role in terrorism is presented. So I reflected on new business ideas. I suspect that the biggest problem will be the export to individual countries.

Behind enemy lines...

...is the title of a new brief paper I published, subtitle: "Infiltration of Western police and intelligence agencies".

It can be downloaded on my website.

Originally I planned a much more extensive paper with a lot more case studies, but finally I ended up with a brief overview. Due to sheer number of cases, persons and the frightening development in Western countries maybe next time more.