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    Codename Cynthia

    Natalie Zanin talked about Amy Thorpe Pack, the American-born wife of an English diplomat who became a spy for British intelligence. Ms. Zanin said that Ms. Pack, codenamed…

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    Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s

    Jonna Mendez talked about how Czech husband and wife KGB spies Karl and Hana Koecher used sex to infiltrate the CIA and gather top-secret information. Ms. Mendez said that one…

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    Soviet Atomic Spies in America

    Vince Houghton talked about Soviet spies who infiltrated U.S. atomic bomb research and how this may have led to the development of the Soviet atomic bomb. The International Spy Museum and…

    718 views
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    Book Discussion on Agent Storm

    Morten Storm talked about his book, Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA, in which he discusses his experiences as a member of al Qaeda and his later life as a double agent…

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    Investigation of Robert Hanssen

    Former FBI Agent Mike Rochford, author David Wise, and psychiatrist David Charney talked about the career of Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who spied for the Soviet Union and subsequently…

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    Book Discussion on Argo

    Antonio Mendez spoke about the Iranian hostage crisis and a secret operation to save Americans in Iran during the turmoil in which he took a role as a Hollywood producer scouting out…

    1,298 views
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    9/11, False Flags, and Black Ops: An Evening of Debate

    A debate was held on conspiracy theories, specifically the truth behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The participants were Jonathan Kay, author of Among the Truthers: A…

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    Ernest Hemingway as a World War II Spy

    Military and intelligence historian Nicholas Reynolds talked about the services of World War I veteran and author Ernest Hemingway and other family members as spies for the United States…

    946 views
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    Spies of the Civil Rights Movement

    Rick Bowers talked about his book Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement. The book is about the extensive domestic…

    988 views
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    Civil War Espionage

    A panel discussion was held on the use of espionage during the Civil War by both the North and the South. The panelists also responded to questions from members of the…

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    Russian Spies

    Mark Stout talked about the latest on the investigation of the June 2010 FBI arrest in the U.S. of Russian spies. In June 2010, FBI agents arrested 10 people of Russian descent on charges…

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    Eisenhower, the CIA, and Cold War Aerial Espionage

    Dino Brugioni talked about President Eisenhower’s secret Cold War efforts to develop intelligence gathering spy planes and satellites. He is a retired senior analyst with the CIA…

    656 views
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    Book Discussion on The Secret Sentry

    Matthew Aid talked about the history and purpose of the National Security Agency, which, since September 11, 2001, has regularly provided the president with a majority of the information he…

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    A New Cold War: Inside Nuclear Iran

    Panelists talked about how to deal with Iran. After all of the panelists made initial statements they responded to questions from members of the audience.  The panelists were Reza…

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    Book Discussion on Cyber War: What it Is and How to Fight It

    Richard Clarke gives a thumbnail sketch of the history of the Internet and explains why it was developed without security precautions. He then argues that most of the businesses and…

    1,473 views
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    Book Discussion on The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State

    The author follows Admiral Poindexter and his desire to increase surveillance to stop terror attacks. According to Harris, the Admiral’s push for increased surveillance began…

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    Cold War Perspectives from the CIA and KGB

    Peter Earnest, retired CIA senior intelligence officer, and Oleg Kalugin, retired major general in the Soviet KGB, shared stories from the Cold War. After each had made remarks, they…

    1,040 views
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    Book Discussion on Defend the Realm

    Christopher Andrew talked about his book Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 (Knopf; November 3, 2009). Mr. Andrew was the first independent historian allowed access to the…

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    Book Discussion on Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

    John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr talked about the book they wrote with Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press; May 26, 2009). Alexander…

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    Iran: Another Intelligence Failure in the Making

    Three authors talked about the threat posed by Iran and whether the U.S. government’s information on Iran is accurate. Robert Baer talked about his book The Devil We Know:…

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