Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016


What type of relationship should U.S. establish with Cuba? Chose all that apply. Comments welcome! free polls
     This issue of "Caribbean Best-Kept Secrets" is all about Cuba. What do you think about the U.S. establishing normal ties with Cuba?  Please take the Poll above: "What type of relationship should U.S. establish with Cuba?" Also, the article "Should the U.S. and Cuba Become Friends?" adds some pro's and con's surrounding the issue. Also, the video (below) offers insight into the public's view of Cuba being on the "State Sponsor of Terrorism" list.
     In my OSINT research on the attempt to establish normal Cuba/U.S. relations, I ran into an in-depth article in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. The Gleaner reports that Cuba’s spot on the American list of states that sponsor terrorism has emerged as a major sticking point in efforts to restore diplomatic ties with the United States and reopen embassies that have been closed for nearly five decades.
     This was revealed on Friday during a meeting of Cuban and American officials for a second round of talks aimed at pursuing the pledge by the US to restore diplomatic relations.

     US Secretary of State John Kerry said removing Cuba from the list was not part of the negotiations but, instead, an evaluation that the department must make based on congressionally-mandated criteria. He said the department must determine whether Cuba, in the last six months, has been engaged in supporting international terrorist acts.
     “That evaluation will be made appropriately, and nothing will be done with respect to the list until the evaluation is completed,” Kerry told reporters, without indicating how long that would take.
     At the same time, Cuban officials said they could not envision opening a formal embassy in the United States while their country remains on the terror list. The only other countries listed are Iran, Sudan and Syria.
     “It would be a contradiction, the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, if Cuba still remains on the list of countries sponsoring international terrorism,” Gustavo Machin, deputy director of American affairs at the Cuba Foreign Ministry, told reporters on Wednesday in Havana.
But after Friday’s talks, Josefina Vidal, a senior Cuban foreign ministry official, told reporters that removing Cuba from the terrorism list was not a prerequisite for diplomatic ties.
     The public's view of Cuba being on State Sponsors of Terrorism list

     In December, US President Barak Obama announced that Cuba’s terror designation would be reviewed. US State Department officials have sought to play down the terror list’s significance in the discussions about reopening embassies, declining to say when a review of Cuba’s designation would be completed.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Spy Agency Happenings! - Area 51, Air America, Hitler fled to Argentina

The 12/25/15 issue features declassified intelligence documents
      This "Spy Agency Happenings!" 12/25/15 issue focuses on Top Secret declassified  documents that have been released in the U.S. and foreign spy agencies. Enjoy the various articles on this topic, which I hand-selected for you. Here's some of the topics discussed in this issue:
  1. CIA sheds light on Air America
  2. Russia has shot down 13 U.S. spy planes (classified documents declassified!)
  3. Area 51- Secret Aircraft and Soviet MiGs
  4. FBI attempts to explain UFO memo
  5. The capture and execution of Soviet Colonel Penkovsky in 1963, a double agent handled by CIA
  6. CIA quietly releases files showing Hitler fled Germany and went to Argentina in 1945
     There's much more in this issue...enjoy!

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes  the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Friday, July 1, 2016


   In the U.S., over 854,000 people hold top-secret security clearances and 33 building complexes, each the size of three Pentagons, conduct top-secret work in and around the D.C. Beltway. Lockheed Martin landed a huge contract to develop the FBI's billion-dollar Next-Generation Identification (NGI) system, which includes 3-D facial recognition modeling enabling experts to construct a subject's entire face from partial video footage.
     The Dept. of Homeland Security and the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) have access to this NGI database. I'm glad they do, for I believe the I.C. is not spying ON's spying FOR them. Fortunately, we also have Fusion Centers set up in all 50 states and they have access to 240 state, regional, and federal agencies and their databases. They can monitor surveillance systems, intersections, thoroughfares, and parking lots across America.

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     For example, FC's monitor Chicago's hi-tech infrared surveillance cameras, which store video feeds for over a dozen years and are set up every mile along the Windy City's freeway system. I came across other FC's in my OSINT research that have access to hundreds of private security cameras in railroad yards, trucking sites, sports arenas, office buildings, shopping malls, large retail stores, and warehouses. The NSA and CIA can access these FC databases and I'm glad the can.
     I feel this increased security to protect us from radical Islam and domestic terrorism is needed. Others feel Fusion Centers are akin to Big Brother encroaching on our personal privacy. A compromise can, and should, be reached by insuring these security measures have proper oversight and monitoring. The bottom line is: Americans need to feel safer. You may like to read Issue 7/01/16 "Spy Agency Happenings!" newsletter, which focuses on domestic spying inside America.
     The 60-year old ban preventing the CIA from conducting domestic surveillance has, to some extent, ended with the establishment of Fusion Centers. Ten years ago, retired CIA spymaster Charles “Charlie” Allen, now in his octogenarian years, reappeared as Chief Intelligence Officer (at age 74) within the Department of Homeland Security and deployed intelligence officers to newly-created Fusion Centers (FC’s) throughout the U.S.
     Allen, who spent 47 years collecting and analyzing foreign intelligence at the CIA, is using FC’s to strengthen America’s homeland security by meticulously sculpting our gravely inadequate homeland intelligence-gathering and sharing capacity into a well thought-out operation. FC’s enable authorities at the state, county and city level to detect and respond to terrorist schemes by leveraging national intelligence with teams of clandestine federal intelligence officers embedded locally in FC's throughout America.
     A decade ago, as a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), I attended a seminar in Tysons Corner, VA where Allen was the key speaker. He announced that by the end of 2008, FC’s will be positioned in all 50 states (Statement made 2006). At this juncture, the CIA and NSA became increasingly involved in domestic spying within the U.S., for two-way, robust sharing of information between overseas counter-intelligence (CI) agencies and domestic law enforcement (LE) happened inside America.
     However, highly-classified foreign and domestic intelligence collected by CI agencies is sanitized through a Homeland Security Data Network (HSDN) before it’s shared with domestic federal/state/local LE.
     In 2006, America spent $337 million for this trans-cybernet HSDN system and Chief Intelligence Officer Allen began positioning CI officers in each FC. The move enabled the CIA and NSA to share overseas terrorist information with over 600 state and local agencies.
     I offer this scenario, which illustrates the critical role FC's play in protecting Americans:
     My story begins when the National Security Agency (NSA) receives intelligence from a spy satellite that picked up a cell phone call made from someone in Los Angeles to a suspected al Qaeda cell in Yemen. It mentioned Dodger Stadium.
     On the ground in Yemen, a CIA Case Officer (CO) had previously recruited one of the suspected cell member’s cousins to spy for the U.S. Suppose that this recruited spy (“asset”) uncovered in his cousin’s home a map of Dodger Stadium and surrounding streets marked off with words in Farsi, and turned it over to his CIA handler.
     In this highly-plausible scenario, through the HSDN secure network, the locally-embedded CIA officers working at the L.A. Fusion Center would be alerted and instantly tap into their underground workstation supercomputers. They would penetrate the secured IC terminals and pull together the staggering intelligence-gathering capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community, then share it with Los Angeles and state authorities- in real time, sanitized, of course.
     The HSDN system would transform the cloak-and-dagger, top secret particulars of this scenario into an unclassified product that would conceal the sources and methods used to acquire the overseas intelligence, but still instantly tip off state and local authorities on the essence of the looming threat. I call this spying FOR America, not ON America.
     We need these locally-embedded FC’s because the lines between foreign and domestic intelligence have become blurred. Overseas threats that target our local communities are real in this new war on terrorism where terrorist cells are transnational and religiously driven.
     Ever since radical Islamist cells have moved into the heartlands of Europe, the UK and the U.S., I've wanted counterintelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA to "move in" with them. Law enforcement (LE) agencies, like the FBI, are simply spread too thin. They need help!
     Since 9/11, over 4,000 al Qaeda radical jihadist operating in 47 different countries have been arrested in nearly 100 other countries. ISIS has dispersed equally as far and wide. Radical Islamic terrorist cells are becoming better financed from legal and illegal sources, better trained, and are not dependent upon or accountable to state sponsors to whom the U.S. can threaten with mutually-assured destruction.
     They all yearn for loss of American and European lives on a massive scale. We see the Paris, Istanbul airport, San Bernardino, and other attacks carried out with small arms, plastique explosives, and rocket-propelled grenades. However, the U.S. intelligence community has verified that al Qaeda and ISIS have set their sights on acquiring and detonating nuclear, radiological, chemical and/or biological weapons inside America.
     I'm glad that CIA and other intelligence community officers are spying inside America via the HSDN network. The U.S. Intelligence Community’s global intelligence-gathering capabilities are better supporting local law enforcement and local communities.
     A Fusion Center is no doubt operating close to you. Be glad they’re close-at-hand.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes  the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Friday, June 17, 2016


Map of jihadi camps and sleeper cells in U.S.
     Several years ago, I never would have suspected Jihadi sleeper cells in the U.S. a threat. Now, much evidence supports the notion that they are here...and in Europe. That's what Issue 11: 01/16/16- Sleeper Cells of Spy Agency Happenings! is all about.
     I researched the well-established American Islamic group Muslims of America and found they maintain direct ties to a radical Islamic leader in Pakistan and were investigated by the FBI counterterrorism unit. The declassified FBI investigative report revealed that the group “extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. government.”

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     Regardless of the FBI findings, Muslims of America continues to operate freely throughout America and, since 1982, its members have created living and training compounds in multiple states on large swaths of land (See map above). Its headquarters sits on 70 acres in rural upstate New York in what is known as “Holy Islamberg.”  Their leader, Pakistani Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, whose group Jamaat al-Fuqra is the Pakistani sister group of Muslims of America, has continued to work to expand his influence in North America.
     The Issue 11 of Spy Agency Happenings! newsletter contains dozens of other hand-picked articles describing what "sleeper cells" are and how they operate inside the U.S. and Europe. One article I found describes an ISIS manifesto that reveals the chilling truth about how sleeper cells are established and maintained throughout the EU.
     However, some experts on radical Islam believe there exists a "stealth Jihad," where Muslim organizations in the U.S. share a long-term plot to undermine the U.S. using salami tactics; i.e., one piece at a time, over a long period of time. Without using guns of bombs, they plan to subvert America from within, by gradually Islamizing us.
     Inside the U.S. they quietly and internally follow a much broader ideological struggle while growing more and more  ensconced in our political, social, economic, and legal arenas. So unassuming and cautious, they can't be viewed as nihilistic, radical, and bent on bringing death and destruction to America.
     Instead, they masquerade as civil rights activists for gays, blacks, Hispanics and, of course...American Muslims. Quite successfully, they are assertively pressuring our government and culture to accommodate the Islamic culture and religious practices in our schools and places of work. 
     Fortunately, this movement does not represent the majority of American Muslims.

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Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is an adjunct professor, a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and authors the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean". His views are his own and do not represent those of any organization he is a member of.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


U.S. drone strike killed Taliban Leader Mullah Akhtar Monsour
         Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Monsour was recently killed in a U.S. drone strike when he stopped for lunch in the Pakistan province of Balochsta. U.S. intelligence agencies no doubt tracked him there since he left Iran a few hours before and drove for hundreds of kilometers along a deserted, dusty road. Monsour’s death epitomizes America’s shifting camaraderie with the Pakistan government and the Taliban-Haqqani partnership that prolongs the unending war in Afghanistan.

     During his reign as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General David Petraeus believed the Pakistan government would go after the Taliban and Haqqani Network, but he later changed his stance. After analyzing incoming intelligence, Petraeus warned that the U.S. needs to be cautious with Pakistan’s ability and willingness to topple the Taliban leaders in Balochistan.
     Monsour’s death in Baluchistan verifies Petraeus’ warning was apposite. While Pakistan’s foreign ministry declared the drone strike a violation of their sovereignty, the Taliban and Haqqni warriors from Balochsta continue to slip across the nearby Afghanistan border and attack U.S. coalition and Afghan forces.
     In all fairness, Pakistan has confronted a number of extremist organizations, including al Qaeda. But, the Taliban/Haqqani network remains entrenched inside Pakistan.

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     So, why does this network remain so powerful? Why do they pursue their mission with such vigor without a robust retaliation from the Pakistani government? The answer lies in their creation, which began in Afghanistan during the mid-1970s when they were cultivated by the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI.
 During the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani lead the group, which operated on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. U.S. officials believe the network is actually based in Pakistan's Waziristan tribal frontier region. Not surprisingly, the Haqqani Network grew interconnected with the Taliban.
    The Pentagon describes the Haqqani group as "the most resilient enemy network" and one of the biggest threats to both the U.S.-led coalition forces and the Afghan government.
     The Haqqani family has an interesting history. They hail from southeastern Afghanistan and belong to the Mezi clan of the Zadran Pashtun tribe. Jalalludin Haqqani rose to prominence as a senior military leader during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was successful at forging relationships with outsiders who were prepared to resist the Soviets, including the CIA, Pakistan’s ISI, and wealthy Arab private donors from the Persian Gulf. In the late 1980s, Jalalludin Haqqani had full support from the CIA.
     In 1994, foreign jihadists recognized the network as a distinct entity. It was at a time when Haqqani was not affiliated with the Taliban. His relationship with them blossomed when they captured Kabul and assumed de facto control of the country. It was when the Taliban came to power in 1996 and began their atrocities that Haqqani accepted a cabinet level appointment as Minister of Tribal Affairs…the Taliban/Haqqani nexus was solidified.
     After the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the subsequent overthrow of the Taliban government, the Haqqanis fled into the Pakistani bordering tribal regions and regrouped to fight against coalition forces from across the border.
     As Jalaluddin grew older, his son Sirajuddin took over the responsibility of military operations. Pakistani President Hamid Karzai invited the elder Haqqani to serve as Prime Minister in an attempt to bring "moderate" Taliban fighters into the government, but Jalaluddin refused the offer.
    Thus, the close connection between the Haqqani network and the Taliban was forged and continues to flourish today. How influential was Jalaluddin Haqqani? There are documents which support the claim that he had visited the White House during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
     Should we celebrate last week’s drone strike that blew Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour to bits on a lonely road in Pakistan? Perhaps not, for the tight relationship that forged decades ago between the Haqqani leaders and the Taliban may result in Sirajuddin Haqqani becoming Mansour’s successor.
     This most dangerous warlord has mastered the art of asymetric warfare. His Haqqani network is considered the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group on record, conducting coordinated small-arms ambushes in conjunction with rocket attacks, IEDs, suicide assaults and strikes from bomb-laden vehicles.
     If Sirajuddin Haqqani takes over, expect an even more merciless assault on Afghan forces and the remaining U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes  the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

Thursday, May 19, 2016


     I hand-picked what I thought were the best recruiting videos created by various intelligence agencies around the world. Canada's Canadian Secret Intelligence Service (CSIS) produced the first one shown below. It shows the human relation skills needed for gaining trust and recruiting assets to work with them in protecting Canadians from terrorist harm. The intelligence officers major role is to collect and analyze national security-related information. IOs work at headquarters (Ottawa) and across Canada throughout their careers:

CIA. The next video shows what life is like being an  overseas Operations Officer for the National Clandestine Service of the CIA: Click HERE to view it.

     Video 3 below played on the Discovery Channel and other channels that professionals may view. It was released in 2006 and is geared to recruit scientists and engineers for the CIA, probably for their Science & Technology Division:


     Wow! This fourth video below portrays strength and "god-like" qualities needed to work for Australia's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). The SIS is, indeed, a capable agency and I have written about it often. The recruitment video below stresses that you can make a career change that enables you to make a difference, where the work that you do will help the lives of all Australians:


The video below was broadcast by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on Apr 5, 2011. It shows the DIA's professional need for acquisitions, Intelligence Analysis, Polygraph Examinations, Security and Investigation, Science and Engineering, CounterIntelligence, Human Intelligence (HUMINT), etc. It relays how the DIA produces high-quality tactical and operational intelligence for combat forces on the ground as well as for our policy and decision-makers:

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Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes  the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Contact him on the Secure Contact Form