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December 29, 1980
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~~ ~ae~ a~~ ~~~~ ~'~~~ By~EFF STEIti~ HUTCH OF R:IBBITS GL'AS' ,MUSTERED FOR SFCi!IRITY duty in the kitchen of the Holiday Inn in i1rleLean, Virginia, in early October, pretesting samples of fried chicken, roast beef, and cold.peas as the Association ofForsner lntelli~ence Ulficers sat down for a luncheon ai its fifth annual convention. It wouldn't do to have America's finest ex-spies knocked off in one fell swoop by a iCCB chef. T'he association, founded in 1975 by senior ct:~ covert operator David STAT Phillips (Cuba, 1960; $razi{,196~; Chile, 1973), appears tobehavinga vintage year after five years of sour grapes. Membership has increased tenfold from an original 250 to 2600 former CI,~; Fsr, and military intelligence agents and officers, and this year, for the first time, corporate membership has been solicited and enthusiastically.received (S500 a year.gets a company three frer memberships). Lockheed was ferst in line. .. A marked departure from earlier years, whrn the more prominent brethren ~ ' STAT were busy ducking subpoenas or tele?sion network crews, the mood at. this year's convention wa_. both joyous and combative, apparently thanks to the _ . bracing Cold ~Var tingle in the air and the solid prospects for new laws making it a crime to disclose the name ofa CIa officer learned-from publicly available .sources. This year's convention of spies found cause for joy in every corner. Fiey "anti-c[.~" libera{s Frank Church, George ItlcGovern, Birch Bayh, and John Culver were in deep trouble in their reelection bids (and went on to lose}. The Supreme Court had grabbed Frank Snepp's "ill-gotten gains" from Decent IntercaCback for thegovernment: The Congress hac! repealed the C1arkAmend- ~. ment prohibiting covert intervention in Africa on the side ofapartheid and had retreated from its early promise to.write a strong Ct a and FRt charter. As former Ct~ intelligence chief and present Reagan adviser Ray Cline crowed to the ' assembled Ct:~, is st, and militan-men, "~1e are on the upgrade at last." Or are they? :1 few days of milling around at the conference, dipping into panel discussions and chatting ti~ith a number of intelligence offtcers in the lobby or bar, suggests that the U.S. intelligence community remains mired iti ~ . delusions about itselfand the world about it. Its chronic and crippling problem _ ~ . remains its inability to distinguish between intervention and intelligence, ~ . ? security and repression. In the real world,. moreover, its solution to these problems is not as harmless=as hiring rabbits to.pretesi food for a com~ention banquet. . A series of sharp exchanges at the conference is instn-cti~~e. On Friday, ' October 3, a panel on Soviet Bloc intelligence operations un~ei!ed its star ? ormer, the former chief of "disinformation" for Czech intelligence; Ladis- ~_--- ;.29 Decerber 1980 i ~ _. - Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130011-4 ... ~ '_ III,.J1.11~i.Y ~ V lav Bittman. Chaired by Ray Cline, the panel sought to draw outofBittman a pattern of omnipotent t;GS and Eastern Bloc efforts to recruit Western joternal- -, fists and plant false information in the press. The issue is important. In recent months, the devil theory of international ;' ~i relations has made a big comeback. The Soviet Union is said to be not merely - ~ throwing its weight around and protecting its vital interests, like any other great power; ,it is erz{ unto itself. A corollary to this grand design. is the ~ ? apparently. fashionable view that. Russian "moles" have. burrowed into the . loose fabric ofAmerican lift, poking, climbing, and chewing thruway into the highest echelons of the U:5. press,and the intelligence community itself_ hhus; ` - ~' ' ' ~ ? an ediforialist's support for human rights cannot merely be a sensitive response - . . " _ ? ? to much of the world's state-organized cruelty; it has to be `.`proof' ofseduction ' .. ? by Soviet intelligence's "false flag" technique of wooing liberals to community - ~ ? ? ,aims. :. ? Czech defector. Bittman, with Leninesque goatee and speaking in "Mission: Impossible'_',.1astern European accents, played the role assigned to him in the panel discussion. He.ttillated this speciaf.,audience, producing chi~c:kles when JEt'fSTEI.~it F~nthiRplo~ teletoro~T be Pt+oeressiva 1 Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130011-4 Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130011-4 he said he was "delighted to be here among all ~?~~, cniac " i T..rlo....r.,,-1.7:.,.~ ?? ? ? x-ny ~.~~?, ,.~,?rnan narrates a stung of _~loscow-and Prague-controlled propaganda operations: One would have thought the Western world. had sun-ived the past three?decades only through some sort of magic potion. But ctn oldtimer Harry Rositzke braced the pane[ and the audience with a few short questions, bringing the fantasy bacI; do~:n to earth I^irst h k d . , e as e , .could. Wittman pinpoint one singie.deception Ghat resulted in a change of U.S. of a $' ic p rp~n~ on sue blacl: propaganda operatioiis~-ours. or theirs-obscures the fact that interna- tional problems can have realsocial~and