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Vassili Mironov was an NKVD agent who was based in New York City during the Second World War. He developed an intense dislike of his boss, Vassili Zarubin. It was believed that he showed too much faith in his wife, Elizabeth Zarubina, and other officers he had brought with him to the United States. Mironov gained support from one of his fellow officers, Vassili Dorogov. He reported back to Moscow that he disapproved of Zarubin's "crudeness, general lack of manners, use of street language and obscenities, carelessness in his work, and repugnant secretiveness." (1)
Zarubin was moved to Washington in 1943. This indicated that Soviet's senior intelligence officer should based in the capital. (2) Zarubin took up the position of third secretary of the Russian Embassy. However, on 7th August, 1943, J. Edgar Hoover received an anonymous letter naming Vasssily Zarubin, Elizabeth Zarubina, Semyon Semyonov, Leonid Kvasnikov and seven other NKVD agents working in the United States. This included Soviet officials, Vassili Mironov and Vassili Dolgov, and consular officials Pavel Klarin (New York) and Gregory Kheifets (San Francisco). (3)
The letter also accused Zarubin of being a Japanese agent and his wife was working for Nazi Germany. Zarubin was also accused of being involved in Katyn Forest Massacre and was "interrogated and shot Poles in Kozelsk, Mironov in Starobelsk". The writer went on to describe a large network of Soviet agents, "among whom are many U.S. citizens". He named Earl Browder and Boris Morros. He also claimed that a "high-level agent in the White House" (this was probably Lauchlin Currie). The FBI believed the letter was genuine and carried out surveillance on Zarubin and other Soviet operatives mentioned in the letter.
Vassili Zarubin continued to work in Washington. That summer, Vassili Mironov, contacted Joseph Stalin and accused Zarubin of being in secret contact with the FBI. (4) In August 1944, Zarubin, his wife, Elizabeth Zarubina, and Mironov, were recalled to Moscow. Mironov's allegations against Zarubin were investigated and found to be groundless and he was arrested for slander. However, at his trial Mironov was found to be schizophrenic. (5) According to Pavel Sudoplatov, the author of Special Tasks: The Memoirs of an Unwanted Witness (1994), the letter sent to the FBI had been written by Mironov. (6)
Vassili Zarubin now became deputy chief of foreign intelligence in Moscow. Mironov was sent to a labour camp. In 1945 Mironov tried to smuggle out of prison to the US Embassy in Moscow information about the Katyn Forest Massacre. Mironov was caught in the act, given a second trial and shot. (7)
On August 7, 1943, the director of the FBI received an anonymous letter written in Russian. It purported to name leading KGB officers operating under diplomatic cover in Soviet offices in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and charged that they were engaged in espionage on a broad scale. The letter stated that the chief KGB officer in the United States was Vasily Zubilin, that Zubilin's real name was Zarubin, and that his wife, Elizabeth, was also a KGB field officer running her own network of American sources. Other KGB officers named in the letter were Pavel Klarin and Semyon Semenov, officials at the Soviet consulate in New York; Vasily Dolgov and Vasily Mironov, officials at the Soviet embassy in Washington; Grigory Kheifets, Soviet vice-consul in San Francisco; Leonid Kvasnikov, an engineer with Amtorg; Andrey Shevchenko and Sergey Lukianov, officials with the Soviet Government Purchasing Commission; Vladimir Pavlov, second secretary of the Soviet embassy in Canada; and Lev Tarasov, a diplomat at the Soviet embassy in Mexico.
The FBI was, not surprisingly, perplexed by the letter and suspicious that it was a fraud. But an investigation of the activities of the Soviet diplomatic personnel named in the letter quickly convinced the bureau that they probably were indeed Soviet intelligence officers. Years later, the deciphered Venona messages further confirmed the accuracy of the identifications provided in the letter.
The motive behind the letter was clear: the anonymous author hated Vasily Zubilin and accused him of a variety of sins, including participating in the murder of thousands of Polish prisoners of war in the Katyn forest. This last accusation caught the attention of American authorities because at that time they were not sure what had happened at Katyn, and out of nowhere came a letter asserting inside knowledge about one of the participants in the Katyn action. Only a few months earlier, the German government had announced that it had uncovered a mass grave containing the bodies of thousands of executed Polish military officers in the Katyn forest near Smolensk, on Soviet territory overrun by Nazi forces. According to the Nazis, the Soviet Union had captured these Poles in 1939 when it conquered eastern Poland under the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. The USSR blamed the mass murder on the Nazis, saying that the Germans had captured the Poles alive when they overran Soviet prisoner-of-war camps and had subsequently murdered them. In fact, the Soviets had murdered the Poles: on March 5, 1940, Stalin ordered the KGB to shoot 14,700 Polish prisoners of war.
The anonymous letter also correctly asserted that Zubilin had some role in the KGB's Katyn operation. The FBI had no way to verify it at the time, but eventually the Venona Project deciphered a KGB cable in which Zubilin himself confirmed having played a role. On July 1, 1943, he reported to Moscow that he thought he had noticed surveillance of his activities by a hostile intelligence agency and speculated that it had found out about his 1940 service at one of the camps at which the Poles had been murdered.
But while the claim that Zubilin had taken part in the Katyn massacre was accurate, the letter also contained the outlandish claim that he had betrayed the Soviet Union and was spying on the United States in the service of Japan. It urged American authorities to reveal Zubilin's treachery to Soviet authorities and asserted that when his betrayal was revealed, one of the other KGB officers, Vasily Mironov, would surely execute Zubilin on the spot. Mironov, nominally a Soviet diplomat, was described as a patriotic KGB colonel who hated Zubilin.
The FBI suspected that the author of the anonymous letter was a disgruntled KGB officer, but it was never sure of his identity. A passage in the 1994 memoir of a retired KGB general, Pavel Sudoplatov, suggests that Mironov wrote the letter. Sudoplatov, who held a headquarters role in KGB foreign intelligence operations during World War II, states that Mironov, a KGB lieutenant colonel, had sent a letter to Stalin denouncing Zarubin (the anonymous letter was correct about Zubilin's real name) as a double agent.
Mironov's letter caused Zarubin's recall to Moscow. The investigation against him and Elizabeth lasted six months and established that all his contacts were legitimate and valuable, and that he was not working with the FBI. Mironov was recalled from Washington and arrested on charges of slander, but when he was put on trial, it was discovered that he was schizophrenic. He was hospitalized and discharged from the service.
Zarubin was secretly denounced to the FBI by Vasili Mironov, a senior officer in the New York residency who had earlier appealed unsuccessfully to the Centre for Zarubin's recall. In an extraordinary anonymous letter to Hoover on 7 August 1943, Mironov identified Zarubin and ten other leading members of residencies operating under diplomatic cover in the United States, himself included, as Soviet intelligence officers. He also revealed that Browder was closely involved with Soviet espionage and identified the Hollywood producer Boris Morros (FROST) as a Soviet agent. Mironov's motives derived partly from personal loathing for Zarubin himself. He told Hoover, speaking of himself in the third person, that Zarubin and Mironov "both hate each other". Mironov also appears to have been tortured by a sense of guilt for his part in the NKVD's massacre of the Polish officer corps in 1940.
Zarubin, he told Hoover, "interrogated and shot Poles in Kozelsk, Mironov in Starobelsk". (In reality, though Zarubin did interrogate some of the Polish officers, he does not appear to have been directly involved in their execution.) But there are also clear signs in Mironov's letter, if not of mental illness, at least of the paranoid mind set generated by the Terror. He accused Zarubin of being a Japanese agent and his wife of working for Germany, and concluded bizarrely: "If you prove to Mironov that Z is working for the Germans and Japanese, he will immediately shoot him without a trial, as he too holds a very high post in the NKVD.
By the time Mironov's extraordinary denunciation reached the FBl, Zarubin had moved from New York to become resident in Washington - a move probably prompted by the steady growth in intelligence of all kinds from within the Roosevelt administration. As the senior NKVD officer in the United States, Zarubin retained overall control in Washington of the work of the New York and San Francisco residencies; responsibility for liaison with the head of the CPUSA, Browder, and with the head of the illegal residency, Akhmerov; and direct control of some of his favourite agents, among them the French politician Pierre Cot and the British intelligence officer Cedric Belfrage, whom he took over from Golos.
(1) Christopher Andrew, The Mitrokhin Archive (1999) page 142
(2) Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (2000) page 225
(3) Athan Theoharis, Chasing Spies (2002) page 63
(4) Christopher Andrew, The Mitrokhin Archive (1999) pages 163
(5) Nigel West, Venona: The Greatest Secret of the Cold War (2000) page 47
(6) Pavel Sudoplatov, Special Tasks: The Memoirs of an Unwanted Witness (1994) pages 196-197
(7) Christopher Andrew, The Mitrokhin Archive (1999) pages 164
Around the end of WWII, Operation Gladio was instigated, that was to prove a decisive influence in the business of deep politics in Europe for the next half century or so, and arguably even longer. The still only partially exposed extent of its activities and reach mean that its precise influence is difficult to quantify, although it has been clearly tied to a few so-called "terrorist" incidents, and circumstantial evidence points to its involvement in many more, including the removal of progressive voices from activists to dissident businesmen to national political leaders.
A continent wide network of networks was established, run out from a still under exposed NATO office in Brussels. The group was financed, supplied and trained to carry out acts of subversion such as bombing, assassination and kidnapping. Nominally, this was established as a contingency plan in the case of an invasion by the USSR.
Highlighting the potential for such massive conspiracies to go reported by the commercially-controlled media, the network was first publicly exposed only in the 1980s. This follows a series of false flag attacks targetting the civilian population, that were blamed upon communist "terrorists". They were carried out by the supranational deep state to prevent a communist victory at the ballot box.
Dressed like Rambo, gun-wielding man attacks patrons at resort bar
By all accounts, Daniel Allen Noble was having a good time drinking in the bar of a Palm Coast resort Saturday evening.
But he ended the night in jail after Flagler County deputies say he went on a Rambo-style rampage that left two men injured with knife wounds.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Noble, 37, left the Europa Lounge at some point in the evening, only to return later dressed like Rambo, the movie character played by Sylvester Stallone. He was armed with what the Sheriff's Office described as an "Uzi-style assault rifle" and a pair of hunting knives.
Shortly after 11 p.m., Noble challenged several patrons inside the lounge, which is located in the European Village resort, according to the Sheriff's Office. Two patrons stopped Noble and grabbed the barrel of the gun, and one or two shots were fired into the floor.
The men got the gun away from Noble, but he lashed out with one of the knives, the Sheriff's Office said. The men wrestled Noble to the ground and knocked him unconscious, but not before of them suffered knife wounds.
Vassili Mironov, 28, was stabbed near the left eye and was cut on both hands. He was treated and released at a local hospital.
Roman Dubinsechi, 23, suffered cuts to one arm. He declined medical treatment.
Both Mironov and Dubinsechi live in Palm Coast.
Deputies do not know what spurred Noble's attack.
Noble, also of Palm Coast, was treated at local hospital, then booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility, where he is being held without bail. He faces a charge of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, the Sheriff's Office said.
North American Rezident
Zarubin was appointed ecame the chief of the KGB legal Rezidentura in the United States in the fall of 1941. On 12 October 1941, just as the Germans were on the outskirts of Moscow, Zarubin was personally directed by Josef Stalin to his primary task: to discover if the United States would attempt to arrange for separate peace with Germany and not finish the war.
Zarubin actively participated in recruiting work. The Rezidency obtained political information from the United States Government, and the scientific-technical information that was highly valuable to Moscow and regularly reported to Stalin. The Rezidentura under Zarubin achieved large results and made the weighty contribution to strengthening of the economic and military power of the Soviet Union. Zarubin was recalled in 1944 to face a second accusation of working for the Germans, which he survived.
For the achieved results achieved during September 1944 Zarubin received the title of the Commissioner of State Security, and by the decision of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR on 9 July 1945 became a Major General.
After returning to the USSR, Zarubin became deputy chief of foreign intelligence and simultaneously deputy chief of illegal foreign intelligence. He worked in this capacity up to 1948 when he was discharged due to health status.
Zarubin was awarded the Order of Lenin twice, the Order of the Red Banner twice, and the Red Star, with many other medals.
World War II
Armstrong, John Alexander, ed. Soviet Partisans in World War II . Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1964.
Pforzheimer : "Chapter V . describes Soviet intelligence as an instrument of control, as well as partisan intelligence operations." This study is "valuable for students in the field of guerrilla warfare."
Armstrong, Richard N. [LTCOL/USA] Soviet Operational Deception: The Red Cloak. Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combat Studies Institute, 1988.
Whaley, Bibliography of Counterdeception (2006), calls this "[a] solid analysis of Soviet military deception operations in World War II. Oddly misses their last and most sophisticated case, their invasion of Manchuria."
Avery, Donald. "Allied Scientific Co-operation and Soviet Espionage in Canada, 1941-45." Intelligence and National Security 8, no. 3 (Jul. 1993): 100-128. Also, In Espionage: Past, Present, Future? ed. Wesley K. Wark, 100-128. London: Frank Cass, 1994.
Bacon, Donald J. [MAJ/USAF] Second World War Deception: Lessons Learned for Todays Joint Planner. Wright Flyer Paper No.5. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Air Command and Staff College, 1998.
According to Whaley, Bibliography of Counterdeception (2006), the author focuses on six World War II deception cases -- 3 British and 3 Soviet.
Beachley, David R. "Soviet Radio Electronic Combat in World War II." Military Review 61 (Mar. 1981): 61-66.
Sexton : "A survey of the development and employment of Comint and radio countermeasures by the Red Army in World War II."
Bellamy, Chris. Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War. New York: Knopf, 2007. New York: Vintage, 2008. [pb]
Pringle, Intelligencer 16.2 (Fall 2008), sees this as "the best one volume history of the war on the Eastern Front." The author "does an outstanding job of discussing the role of NKVD regiments and divisions, as well as less known destroyer battalions. Bellamy [also] does a good job of putting nuclear espionage into context." However, the book "is too heavily concentrated on the first 18 months of the war."
Birstein, Vadim J. SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapon, Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII. London: Biteback Publishing, 2012.
Goulden, Washington Times, 28 Feb. 2012, and Intelligencer 19.1 (Winter-Spring 2012), notes that "SMERSH . existed as a military counterintelligence organization only from April 1943 to May 1946. [T]his book can be tedious reading at times. Mr. Birstein has long riffs on the Soviet security services both before and after the brief life of SMERSH. While the unconventional sexual activities of such spy bosses as Lavrenti Beria and Genrich Yagoda make for salacious reading, they seem rather remote from the subject at hand. Nonetheless, it's a worthwhile read."
For King, NIPQ 28.2 (Jul. 2012), the 10 years the author spent researching this book shows. "While the detail is sometimes tedious, the story he unfolds is fascinating." Peake, Studies 56.2 (Jun. 2012) notes that "with a few exceptions," this book is "based on secondary sources."
Callahan, Raymond. "No Real Surprise Here." Military History 8 (Oct. 1991): 74-79.
According to Sexton, the author discusses "four strategic surprises achieved by Axis forces. the conquest of Norway, the thrust through the Ardennes, the invasion of Russia and the attack at Pearl Harbor. Each event is assessed in [a] context of extant intelligence and preconceptions."
David, James E. "Soviet Secrets in the Ether -- Clandestine Radio Stations at the New York and San Francisco Consulates in World War II." Cryptologia 27, no. 2 (Apr. 2003): 135-147.
In July 1942, a Soviet request for permission to operate a radio station at the New York Consulate was denied by the State Department. However, by December 1942, FCC monitoring sites were picking up shortwave broadcasts identified in February 1943 as coming from the Consulate. In March 1943, a transmitter operating from the Soviet Consulate in San Francisco was identified. The operation of the two transmitters ended in October 1943 when newspapers in New York and Los Angeles published a story about illegal radios at the consulates.
Dixon, C. Aubrey, and Otto Heilbrunn. Communist Guerrilla Warfare . New York: Praeger, 1955.
Fischer, Ben. "'Mr. Guver': Anonymous Soviet Letter to the FBI." Center for the Study of Intelligence Newsletter 7 (Winter-Spring 1997): 10-11.
The author looks at one of the documents in the VENONA collection [Document No. 10 in Robert Louis Benson and Michael Warner, eds., Venona: Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957 (Washington, DC: National Security Agency/Central Intelligence Agency, 1996)]. The item in question is an anonymous letter, dated 7 August 1943, to "Mr. Guver" (Hoover). It identifies Soviet "intelligence officers and operations that stretched from Canada to Mexico." It also includes accusations of war crimes against the KGB rezident in Washington, Vassili M. Zarubin (a.k.a. Zubilin), and his deputy, Markov (in the United States under the alias of Lt. Col. Vassili D. Mironov). The author sees the letter, a mix of fact and fantasy, as probably the result of a personal vendetta either by Markov or another enemy of Zarubin's within the rezidentura.
Fischer, Benjamin B. "Preparing to Blow Up the Bolshoi Ballet." Center for the Study of Intelligence Bulletin 10 (Winter 2000): 11-12.
This is a brief piece on an NKVD special operations unit, the Special-Purpose Motorized Brigade (OMSBON), renamed in 1943 as the Independent Detachment for Special Operations.
Foreign Intelligence Literary Scene . Editors. "Release of Katyn Documents." 11, no. 5 (1992): 3.
Fox, Frank. God's Eye: Aerial Photography and the Katyn Forest Massacre. West Chester, PA: West Chester University Press, 1999.
Fischer, IJI&C 15.3 and Studies 46.3 (2002), notes that this work "is part history and part biography. The historical part tells the story of Katyn and other killing fields, where more than 20,000 Polish" citizens were slaughtered during World War II. The biographical part focuses on the efforts of Waclaw Godziemba-Maliszewski, "a self-taught photo-interpreter of professional caliber," to "identify execution and burial sites, establish Soviet culpability, and pressure Warsaw and Moscow to complete a full official investigation."
1. Soviet Naval Special Purpose Forces in World War II. Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Soviet Army Studies Office, 1989.
2."Soviet Naval Special Purpose Forces: Origins and Operations in the Second World War." Journal of Soviet Military Studies 2, no. 4 (1989): 536-578.
This article describes the combat actions of Soviet naval special purpose forces "against the Germans in the Far North from 1941-44, and against the Japanese in Northern Korea in August 1945."
1 . "The Red Mask: The Nature and Legacy of Soviet Military Deception in the Second World War." Intelligence and National Security 2, no. 3 (Jul. 1987): 175-259.
2 . The Role of Intelligence in Soviet Military Strategy in World War II . Novato, CA: Presidio, 1990.
Surveillant 1.1 notes that this work is the "product of five years of research on Soviet deception and intelligence." According to Ugino , MI 20.2, the "Soviets started the war handicapped by the 'intuitions' of their leader Joseph Stalin. By 1942, the Soviets established a group of interacting agencies and collection and analysis methods that are still in use today. By war's end, the Soviets had refined their procedures in a series of regulations, directives, and instructions. Although the Soviet empire is gone, the lessons enumerated in this book are still applicable."
3 . Soviet Military Deception in the Second World War . London: Frank Cass, 1989.
4 . Soviet Military Intelligence in War . London: Frank Cass, 1990.
Surveillant 1.5 notes that this work was the winner of NISC's award for "Best Intelligence Book by U.S. Author" for 1990. Glantz is "Director of Research at the US Army Soviet Army Studies Office at Ft. Leavenworth." The author "explains how Soviet intelligence activities on the Eastern Front evolved during the Second World War." The study is "based on numerous formerly secret Soviet and German sources."
5 . "Soviet Operational Intelligence in the Kursk Operation, July 1943." Intelligence and National Security 5, no. 1 (Jan. 1990): 5-49.
In this lengthy article, Glantz explores the use of signals intelligence by the Soviet Red Army to locate the German Army's reserves, a critical feature of the Battle of Kursk. The article is liberally illustrated with maps.
Haslam, Jonathan. "Stalin's Fears of a Separate Peace, 1942." Intelligence and National Security 8, no. 4 (Oct. 1993): 97-99.
Little new or even interesting here.
Heilbrunn, Otto. The Soviet Secret Services. New York: Praeger, 1956. London: Allen & Unwin, 1956. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1981.
Rocca and Dziak: "An account of Soviet Security Services activities during World War II, with emphasis on partisan operations support."
1. "The Soviets and Ultra." Intelligence and National Security 3, no. 2 (Apr. 1988): 233-247.
The author believes that the capture of Enigma machines at Stalingrad and the work of Russian mathematicians allowed the Soviets to break the Enigma system. Sexton calls this a "provocative thesis that remains to be proved." For a challenge to Jukes' thesis, see P.S. Milner-Barry, "The Soviets and Ultra: A Comment on Jukes' Hypothesis," Intelligence and National Security 3, no. 2 (Apr. 1988): 248-250.
2. "More on the Soviets and Ultra." Intelligence and National Security 4, no. 2 (Apr. 1989): 374-384.
The author addresses some issues raised by critics of his original article (see above). For Ralph Erskine's comment on this article, see "The Soviets and Naval Enigma: Some Comments," Intelligence and National Security 4, no. 3 (Jul. 1989): 503-511.
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Veteran with Bedford ties faces attempted murder charge in Florida
PALM COAST, Fla. — An Army veteran who attended Bedford North Lawrence High School is facing an attempted murder charge in Florida. Police said he took an assault rifle and knives to a bar dressed like Rambo, fired the gun and injured two people with knives.
Daniel Allen Noble, 37, Palm Coast, Fla., previously of Lawrence County, was arrested and booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility Saturday night on charges of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Two patrons of the Europa Lounge, a bar in Palm Coast, were injured while attempting to disarm the U.S. Army veteran, according to a news release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Vassili Mironov, 28, Palm Coast, was stabbed in his left eye and suffered severe lacerations to both his hands. He was taken to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach. Roman Dubinsechi, 23, Palm Coast, suffered moderate lacerations to one arm and refused treatment at the scene.
Noble's high school best friend, Anthony Maldonado, who remains close friends with Noble's family, said Noble refuses to speak to anybody, including his sister who tried to call him at the jail. Maldonado said Noble was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, and he never had the right medications or provisions to deal with it.
"We were in a band together. . We did things as kids, skateboarding, jamming on guitar," Maldonado said. "As we got older, he joined the Army before I did, and he kind of paved the way for me. I decided to join after seeing how happy he was.
"He found his place in the world. He joined before 9-11, in the peace time, and he was loving life."
Then Noble went to combat.
"He was wounded in action, he was shot in the leg," Maldonado said. "He was part of the spearhead invasion of Iraq.
"There was nothing set up, you're kind of establishing place as you're making your way inland. Ten years ago, when the rules weren't there, or they were gray and lacking, you did what you had to do. Danny (Noble) was a part of a lot of that.
"When he came back, he just was not the same. This town is a great town, but provisions for veterans are lacking. You can only go to Indianapolis or Louisville. We kind of slip through the cracks."
Maldonado said he goes to Indianapolis, is on medications for PTSD, talks to a psychiatrist and has his wife's support.
"Danny, unfortunately, I don't know if he had the support system he needed," Maldonado said. "I'm not condoning anything Danny did. I don't think there's any leniency. He's going to do serious time."
Noble moved to Florida six or seven months ago to get away from the triggers and distractions in Bedford, Maldonado said.
A witness told police Noble entered through the back door of a restaurant next to the bar with an Uzi-style assault rifle pinned to his chest. Noble then entered Europa and confronted at least two men in front of the bar, according to the police incident report.
Mironov and Dubinsechi attempted to disarm the rifle from Noble by pointing the barrel of the rifle down. One or two shots were fired, and Noble displayed one of his hunting knives. According to the report, Noble struck Mironov in his left eye with the knife, possibly puncturing it. Mironov also suffered the lacerations, and Dubinsechi was injured.
Police talked to the bar's owner, Tiffany Burckhalter, who said Noble was in the bar earlier that evening at 7 p.m. and said Noble was friendly and having a good time. Around 9:30 p.m., Noble's father came to the bar and talked with Noble outside, according to the police report. Burckhalter said Noble's demeanor changed drastically, and he told her that his father said he was dying. When the father was interviewed, he told police the conversation was pleasant, and he did not tell Noble he was dying.
Burckhalter reported Noble was trying to start arguments with other patrons in the bar before he left. He returned around 11:30 p.m. dressed as Rambo with the gun over his shoulder.
Burckhalter followed him outside where he confronted people siting at the table, which is when Vassili grabbed the gun, and a shot was fired.
Noble was treated for injuries, including a laceration to his forehead, before he was taken to the detention facility. Noble is being held without bond for the attempted murder charge, and his bond was set at $20,000 for each of his other charges.
"It wasn't him doing it. Something happened to him for him to snap. . It wasn't him, that's the sickness. That's the PTSD. That's the alcohol. I really feel bad for him. Whoever that was in Florida, that wasn't the man I knew."
EMPIRE of DIRT (click Cash cover of "Hurt")
Holy crap on a stick and sold as a lollipop, where do they find these morons? Of course Islam is a religion, and the constitution of the United States of Rational America says Muslims shall have the right to freely practice their religion.
Then, the 1 lunatic sez she has been on Iranian TV. I severely doubt some whack job from Murfreesboro gets on TV in Iran except as warning for kids to stay off drugs.
This gets even more pernicious as activists in my home town in Brevard County, FL, have fought for years over textbooks used local schools saying in part history texts give too much time to teaching about Islam. Welll buddy, save for Islamic libraries and educated class, all traces of Greek philosophers would have disappeared into the hearth fires of feudal masters during the Middle Ages. We would have lost algebra and the convept of "0" in mathematics.
The FL Confederacy of Dunces known as the Legislature wants to give counties more control of textbooks. So the more conservative counties may choose not to teach evolution and instead try to elevate creationism to the level of science. Screw science any way.
Hey, kids, let's try multiplication with Roman numerals!
Jim Cornette Shoots on Republicans NSFW
And I mean shoots, blasts, devastates, detonates and sweeps the shards into a dustbin and throws them out with the rest of the right wing garbage.
True confession: I am an absolute mark for old school wrestling of the 60's and 70's, when Lou Thesz ruled and real wrestlers went into wrestling and it just wasn't this gqgarbage foisted upon the fans who have nothing better to spend their $ on.
Jim Cornette, as a manager of the Midnight Express and brilliant booker, occupied a special place in the pantheon of bad guys. So with him from Nashville, TN. never would have believed he sounded more like me than me.
[ Despite the alleged requirement for separation of church and state, the gerrymandering of districts that has led to the election of the Tea Party whackjobs to the House of Representatives has also led to the placement of a number of really, REALLY religious people in position to make public policy. These people want to hold you down, slice the warts off your soul, suck the fat out of your heart and replace it, whether you want them to or not, with the word of God. These people are dangerous, and we need to recognize that fact sooner than later, or we're in for more trouble than a shutdown of the government or even an economic catastrophe.
The story behind every religion on Earth is so ridiculous that, in my mind, no rational human could believe it, but many people I like and even respect do, and that's their right, even if I don't get it. I've learned to just overlook it because examing it too closely would drive me insane. But like a mirror image, the religious politicians can't fathom why someone like me CAN'T believe in this stuff, and they're determined to make sure I have no choice, because unlike me, THEY are invested with the power to dictate laws and make public policy.
They exhibit that arrogant, TV evangelist-like pomposity that indicates they know something you don't know, and talk to you like you're someone who just wandered off from a state home as they explain to you how there can't possibly be any other belief, despite all evidence to the contrary. They attempt to make laws that force their right to believe into your right to DISbelieve like an intentional sideswipe on the interstate, to force you off the highway to Hell and into the comforting ditch of the Lord. They campaign to make laws based on the word of God instead of the realities of life and Man, and the fact that they are sometimes successful scares the shit out of me.
Just one example out of way too many? Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia's 10th district, a medical doctor who spent 10 years doing "house calls" because he's licensed to practice medicine in exactly ZERO hospitals in Georgia. An NRA member and 2nd amendment fanboy who genuinely believes Barack Obama is a socialist, he believes in God and family values--he should, he's been married four times--and he has some interesting beliefs about science as well. He thinks global warming is a "hoax"--that the Earth was created in "six days as we know them" and is "about 9,000 years old"--and that the theory of evolution and the Big Bang are "lies straight from the pit of Hell". Compounding these troubling statements is the fact that somehow, Paul Broun has been appointed Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Committee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee!! His ludicrous public statements led to over 4,000 write-in votes for Charles Darwin in his last election. And he wants to run for the Senate in 2014! Despite the calls and cries of many in the educational and scientific communities, even Bill Nye the Science Guy, that Broun has "no business making any decisions related to science or technology", he's still there, folks. And he's just one of them.
We're poisoning the Earth and changing the climate, but Broun and others like him don't believe it, because in one Christian conservative's words, the planet will survive forever because "God promised Noah after the flood he would never destroy the Earth again". In 50 years, when Boston and Miami are under water, these geniuses will say it was "God's will" and someone will blame it on gay marriage.
They talk about the American people's rights and freedoms, but don't want anyone outside their group to have any--the right to marry who you love, the right of a woman to use birth control or choose whether she has children, the right to health care or any progressive policy put forth by the Democrats--but for some reason almost all of them believe you should have the right to own as many guns as you have the money to buy and the room to store. That's probably because lots of them are also preparing for an armed citizenry to take over the country from the evil Muslim President and return us all to God.] emphasis added
Materials on Venona
1 . "Code Name Mlad: The 'Crime of the Century' Is Not Yet Closed." Washington Post National Weekly Edition , 4-10 Mar. 1996, 9-10.
Based on "a review of dozens of recently declassified Soviet and U.S. documents," Dobbs develops the argument that Theodore Alvin Hall was the Soviet spy known previously only by the code name Mlad.
2 . "Pointing the Finger at Mlad. Newly Declassified Intercepts of Soviet Spy Messages Also Renew Suspicions about Alger Hiss." Washington Post National Weekly Edition , 11-17 Mar. 1996, 34.
A new release of Venona documents with NSA notes identifying U.S. officials and others as the Soviet agents mentioned by code name in the Soviet cables names Theodore Alvin Hall as the Atomic spy known previously only as Mlad ("Youngster").
Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose. "Scourge of McCarthyism was Red Spy." Electronic Telegraph , 8 Apr. 1996. [ http://www.telegraph.co.uk ]
The recently released Venona documents identify "Cedric Belfrage, the British writer who worked for wartime British intelligence, as a Soviet agent in the early 1940s." While Belfrage worked for British Security Coordination (BSC) in New York from 1941 to 1943, he was also "agent UCN/9, a source for a KGB officer named Vasilij Zubilin. Apparently he was not the only Soviet spy on the staff there. The identification of another agent known as 'Havre' is blacked out in the declassified documents."
Fischer, Ben. "'Mr. Guver': Anonymous Soviet Letter to the FBI." Center for the Study of Intelligence Newsletter 7 (Winter-Spring 1997): 10-11.
The author looks at one of the documents in the Venona collection [Document No. 10 in Benson and Warner, eds., Venona: Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957 (1996)]. The item in question is an anonymous letter, dated 7 August 1943, to "Mr. Guver" (Hoover). It identifies Soviet "intelligence officers and operations that stretched from Canada to Mexico." It also includes accusations of war crimes against the KGB rezident in Washington, Vassili M. Zarubin (a.k.a. Zubilin), and his deputy, Markov (in the United States under the alias of Lt. Col. Vassili D. Mironov). The author sees the letter, a mix of fact and fantasy, as probably the result of a personal vendetta either by Markov or another enemy of Zarubin's within the rezidentura.
Hatch, David A. "VENONA: An Overview." American Intelligence Journal 17, no. 1/2 (1996): 71-77.
This is an excellent overview of the Venona project, in terms of the nature of the activity and what was obtained from it and what was not. The author includes a brief but lucid section on the relation of the materials to the Rosenberg espionage case. For individuals coming to a discussion of the Venona decrypts without some background in the project, this is a good place to start.
Haynes, John Earl, and Harvey Klehr. Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America . New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999.
Isserman , NYT , 9 May 1999, points out that in their initial collaborative effort, The American Communist Movement: Storming Heaven Itself (1992), the authors concluded that: "' Few American Communists were spies,' . and 'espionage was not a regular activity of the American C.P.' Haynes and Klehr have since changed their minds. There is still room for honest debate about many aspects of the history of American Communism. But about the involvement of . American Communists as accomplices of Soviet espionage during World War II, there are no longer grounds for serious disagreement.
"This book clearly establishes the main contours of the previously hidden landscape of Soviet espionage in the United States in the 30's and 40's. One can disagree about details the authors speak far too authoritatively about the presumed guilt of several alleged spies. In general, however, they are cautious in their judgments of guilt and innocence. Weinstein and Vassiliev did a better job in exploring the motives of Stalin's American spies in The Haunted Wood ."
Powers, NYRB (11 May 2000) and Intelligence Wars (2004), notes that this work portrays "[t]he immense intellectual task of reading the Soviet traffic." He describes Venona as "a rich, convincing, and vivid report." Unsinger , NIPQ 16.3, comments that "[t]he story here is . a straight forward look at what we learned [from Venona] about the extent of espionage and those who played the game. [The authors] have done a good job in a readable and interesting manner."
For Peake , NWCR 53.3 and Intelligencer 11.2, "Haynes and Klehr have done a masterful job of analysis and have presented it in a very readable fashion." The reviewer notes that while the Venona decrypts may not have convinced everyone of the magnitude of Soviet penetration in the United States, "[f]or most, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America is the final word."
Herken, I&NS 16.3, calls this "[f]ar and away the best historical and analytical work on Venona thus far. [T]he authors have written a highly readable and even fascinating history of Soviet espionage in America. An invaluable resource for spy buffs are the five appendices, which give details on known and suspected Soviet agents by name and codename." To Friend , IJI&C 13.3, the authors have provided "a well-informed and quietly moderate book, devoid of sensationalism on a sensational subject."
Hyde, Earl M., Jr. "Bernard Schuster and Joseph Katz: KGB Master Spies in United States." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 12, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 35-57.
Hyde uses the Venona materials "to show . the extent and technique of KGB operations [in the United States], and the use of the Communist Party" of the USA (CPUSA). He focuses on "Joseph Katz, who served the KGB for more than ten years as a supurb multifunctional agent and who managed. Bernard L. Schuster, the organizational secretary of the Communist Party in New York."
Lamphere, Robert J., and Tom Shachtman. The FBI-KGB War: A Special Agent's Story. New York: Random House, 1986. New York: Berkley, 1986. [pb] New Ed., with Post-Cold War Afterword. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1995. [pb]
Petersen calls The FBI-KGB War "a particularly revealing first-hand account of counterintelligence operations in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s." Miller, IJI&C 1.3, agrees, finding it a "masterful presentation of the reality of counterespionage activities," and "strongly recommends" it.
To Powers, NYRB (13 May 1993) and Intelligence Wars (2004), 295-320 , the book is the "best account of th[e] still fragmentary story [of the Venona material]. Lamphere's book adds much important information to the stories of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Klaus Fuchs. and of the Soviet spy ring which included Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, and Kim Philby."
Cram says Lamphere tells the "story about breaking the KGB ciphers during World War II and the resulting consequences of that achievement in the struggle against Soviet espionage and subversion." This "otherwise excellent history" is marred by the "egregious error" of accepting Pincher's tagging of Hollis as a Soviet agent. The author discusses Hoover's "vengeful actions" against the early CIA and liaison with it. "Although this book has a few errors and the story has perhaps been gilded a bit by Lamphere, it nevertheless remains one of the best histories of US counterintelligence."
One of the documents in the Venona collection is an anonymous letter, dated 7 August 1943, to "Mr. Guver" (Hoover). It identifies Soviet "intelligence officers and operations that stretched from Canada to Mexico." It also includes accusations of war crimes against the KGB Rezident in Washington, D.C., Vassili M. Zarubin (a.k.a. Zubilin), and his deputy, Markov (in the United States under the alias of Lt. Col. Vassili D. Mironov).
The anonymous author asserted that Zarubin and his deputy Markov were directly implicated in the bloody occupation of eastern Poland during the Nazi-Soviet alliance of 1939-1941 and the murder of some 15,000 Polish soldiers—officers and NCOs, regulars and reservists—captured by the Red Army. The letter provided accurate and early confirmation of Soviet complicity in the executions in the Katyn Forest, where German occupation forces in April 1943 discovered a mass grave containing 4,300 Polish corpses. Only someone "in the know" could have revealed that Polish soldiers had been interned at Kozelsk and Starobelsk and that Polish soldiers had been killed "near Smolensk." This information was known to only a handful of people in 1943 and was carefully concealed for almost 50 years by Soviet authorities.
Semyon Semenov in New York City and Grigory Kheifets in San Francisco were also identified in the letter. Regarding Semenov, the letter said, "SEMENOV works in AMTORG, is robbing the whole of the war industry in America. SEMENOV has his agents in all the industrial towns of the U.S.A., in all aviation and chemical war factories and in big industries. He works very brazenly and roughly, it would be very easy to follow him up and catch him red handed." Pavel Sudoplatov, head of the NKVD's Administration for Special Tasks wrote in 1992 that the author of this letter is Markov.
The letter caused Zarubin to be recalled to Moscow. An investigation of him and Elizabeth Zarubina lasted six months and established that he was not working with the FBI. Markov was recalled from Washington and arrested on charges of slander, but when he was put on trial, it was discovered that he was schizophrenic. He was hospitalized and discharged from the service.