SPYCRAFT 101

Justin Black

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  • 56 minutes 36 seconds
    152. The Spy Erased from History with Raymond Batvinis

    Justin talks with retired FBI special agent Raymond J. Batvinis. Ray served in the FBI from 1972 until 1997, working in counterterrorism and counterintelligence, including on the investigations into Ronald Pelton and the Walker spy ring. Shortly after 9/11, he returned to teach the basic counterintelligence course at the FBI Academy at Quantico.  Since retiring, Ray has worked as a historian and author. He's published articles on intelligence history in scholarly journals and on his website, FBIstudies.com.  You might remember Ray from his previous appearance on the podcast for episode 66. Today, he discusses the story of William Weisband, an almost completely forgotten Soviet spy who was nonetheless one of their most valuable assets in the United States before, during, and after World War II.

    Listen to Ray's first appearance on episode 66, The Early Days of FBI Counterintelligence, here.

    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1780478/11509131


    Connect with Ray:
    fbistudies.com
    Check out his book, Agent Link, here.

    https://www.amazon.com/Agent-Link-Professional-Intelligence-Education/dp/1538184907


    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Get Justin's latest book, Murder, Intrigue, and Conspiracy: Stories from the Cold War and Beyond, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
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    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Check out Justin's second book, Covert Arms, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    17 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 58 minutes 21 seconds
    151. How The Allies Cracked Germany's Codes with Charles Lachman

    Today Justin chats with Charles Lachman.  Since 1998, Charles has been the executive producer of the nationally syndicated news magazine Inside Edition. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC,  History Channel, Lifetime, C SPAN, and other local and national media. He's also the author of four non fiction books and one crime novel. Today he discusses the story of an almost impossible mission for the U. S. Navy to locate, disable, and capture a mostly intact U Boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and the men who pulled it off. It's also the story of the crew of the German U Boats themselves, the hardships they endured, and how they nearly turned the tide of the entire war itself.

    Connect with Charles:
    charleslachman.com
    Check out his book, Codename Nemo, here.

    https://www.amazon.com/Codename-Nemo-U-Boat-Elusive-Machine/dp/1635768713/

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    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
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    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    10 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    150. The President's Kill List with Dr. Luca Trenta

    Today Justin sits down with Dr. Luca Trenta. Luca is an associate professor in international relations at Swansea University in Wales, and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy. He's written extensively on the subjects of covert action and assassination as tools of foreign policy. He is the host of the Out of the Shadows podcast with eight episodes available now, and he has appeared on four episodes of the Secret Wars Uncovered series on the History Channel.  Today he discusses his book, The President's Kill List, which was just published on May 31st, 2024. It's a thorough history of U. S. government involvement in the assassination of foreign officials from the early Cold War through the present day.  These operations, both successful and unsuccessful, have played a major role in American foreign policy and world affairs on many occasions.

    Connect with Luca:
    swansea.ac.uk/staff/l.trenta
    Twitter/X: @LucaTrenta
    Check out The President's Kill List here. Use code NEW30 for 30% off.

    https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-the-president-s-kill-list.html

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
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    IG: @spycraft101
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    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    3 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 3 seconds
    149. The Triads, the CIA, and the Nugan Hand Bank with Peter Butt

    This weak Justin chats with Peter Butt. Peter is an author and award -winning documentary filmmaker. He is the founder of Blackwattle Films and his work has appeared on BBC, National Geographic, The History Channel and elsewhere. Peter has focused particularly on the Cold War, the nuclear arms race and espionage activities, particularly in Australia. Today he discusses his work investigating Frank Nugan and Michael John Hand, founders of the Nugan Hand Bank. Their small financial institution quickly grew and opened branches all over Asia and Australia and financed drug smugglers, arms traffickers, and clandestine intelligence operation, but it all came to a head in 1980 with law enforcement investigations, the death of one of the founders, and the disappearance of the other.

    Connect with Peter:
    blackwattlefilms.com.au

    Check out Peter's book, Merchants of Menace, here.

    https://www.amazon.com/Merchants-Menace-Story-Nugan-Scandal/dp/0992325285

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
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    IG: @spycraft101
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    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    Follow in the footsteps of legends and retrace some of the most famous operations of WWII.

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    27 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 43 minutes 36 seconds
    148. Japan's British Spy on American Soil with Ronald Drabkin

    This week Justin is joined by Ronald Drabkin. Ron earned his Bachelor's Degree from Duke University and his Master's from UC Berkeley. Since then, he's worked in the tech industry, first with Intel Corporation and later as an entrepreneur and investor. He's also written peer reviewed articles on espionage history in Japan. Today he discusses his first book, published earlier this year, titled Beverly Hills Spy. It's the story of Frederick Rutland, a veteran pilot and aviation pioneer, who left the British Royal Navy to work with the fledgling Japanese aviation industry in the 1920s. Rutland's contributions over the coming years helped them leap forward and better prepare for their coming war with their greatest adversary, United States Navy, fleet based at Pearl Harbor.

    Connect with Ron:

    X/Twitter: @DrabkinRon
    Check out Ron's book, Beverly Hills Spy, here.

    https://www.amazon.com/Beverly-Hills-Spy-Double-Agent-Helped/dp/0063310074

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    20 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 37 minutes 55 seconds
    147. A Mother at War: Shannon Kent's Duty, Sacrifice, and Humanity with Joe Kent

    Today, Justin talks with Joe Kent. Joe spent 20 years in the United States Army, serving in the Ranger Regiment, Army Special Forces, and later other elite units within Joint Special Operations Command, before retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer III. His time in the service included 11 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during one of those deployments that he first met Shannon Smith, the woman he would later marry.  Shannon was a trailblazer within the special operations community who excelled at everything she put her mind to and made an unforgettable impact on the lives of everyone around her. Today Joe discusses his book, Send Me: The True Story of a Mother at War. It's the story of Shannon Kent's life, her family, her career, and her tragic death in northern Syria in January, 2019.

    Connect with Joe:
    joekentforcongress.com
    IG: @joekent16jan19
    Check out Joe's book on Shannon, Send Me, here.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/0063039893/keywords=biography?tag=harpercollinsus-20

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    13 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 52 minutes 30 seconds
    146. Civil War Special Operations Units with Patrick K. O'Donnell

    This week Justin talks with Patrick K. O'Donnell. Patrick is a combat historian who has covered the war in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, where he was armed and participated in the battle alongside U. S. Marines. He is an expert on special operations units and irregular warfare. He's published 13 books so far on combat history, covering stories from the American Revolution, World War II. The Global War on Terror and more. He's also the author of the Brenner Assignment, related to episode 90 of the podcast with Jack Chappell, the son of OSS officer Howard Chappell, who was one of the primary subjects of Patrick's book. Today Patrick discusses his newest book, The Unvanquished: The Untold Story of Lincoln's Special Forces, the Manhunt for Mosby's Rangers, and the Shadow War that forged America's Special Operations. It's the story of some of the most fascinating figures from both sides of the American Civil War and how their contributions shaped that conflict and its aftermath.

    Connect with Patrick:
    Unvanquished comes out May 7th. Check it out it out here.

    https://www.amazon.com/Unvanquished-Lincolns-Special-Americas-Operations/dp/080216286X

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
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    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    6 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 54 minutes 5 seconds
    145. Capturing Lothar Witzke: German Spy, Saboteur, and Assassin with Bill Mills

    This week, Justin speaks with Bill Mills. Bill holds a B.A. in History from Framingham State University and has written four nonfiction books about espionage during the First World War. Along the way, he has amassed a significant private collection of original documents, photos, and artifacts related to espionage during that war. Today he shares story of Germany's highly-coordinated and highly-effective sabotage campaign against the United States during World War I.  Ships, warehouses, and factories across the country were damaged or destroyed by brand new types of destructive devices and a skilled team of saboteurs who evaded capture time and time again until they met their match facing a handful of world class agents from the U. S. Army's Military Intelligence Section.

    Connect with Bill:

    Check out Bills most recent book, Agent of the Iron Cross, here.

    https://amzn.to/3WdLRTG

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    29 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    144. How Cuba and The Cold War Made Miami with Vince Houghton and Eric Driggs

    This week Justin interviews Vince Houghton and Eric Driggs. Vince grew up in Miami, Florida, and is a veteran of the U. S. Army, where he served in The Balkans. He went on to receive a master's degree and PhD in Diplomatic and Military History from the University of Maryland. He spent more than six years as the historian and curator for the International Spy Museum in Washington, D. C., and is now the director of the National Cryptologic Museum, located on the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade, Maryland. 

    Eric also grew up in Miami and earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University and his Master's degree from Harvard Kennedy School.  He has worked as a Cuba analyst at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies and later served in the US Coast Guard as a Governmental and External Affairs officer. He's currently a congressional liaison for the United States Southern Command, which oversees all US military activities and operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

    They're here today to tell the story of Miami, Florida in the second half of the 20th century and beyond, and how much the city itself was shaped by the CIA, the CIA. By Cuban exiles, and by the conflicts that define the Cold War.

    Listen to Vince's first episode, number 130: Nuking the Moon with Vincent Houghton

    Connect with Vince and Eric:
    Vince on Twitter/X: @IntelHistorian

    Check out Vince and Eric's book, Covert City, here. Dropping Tuesday, April 23rd.
    https://amzn.to/4d70HRM

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    22 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 14 minutes
    143. British Military Intelligence in the Falklands with Nick van der Bijl

    Today just chats with Nick van der Bijl. Nick served for 24 years as a regular in the British Army in military intelligence, security, and later as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Belize, and with the 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands Conflict. Since leaving the service, Nick has published 23 books on military history, covering several different conflicts and eras. This week he discusses his experiences during the Falklands war between Argentina and the United Kingdom, which lasted for 74 days, beginning in April, 1982. Nick was on the ground as a non commissioned officer in the intelligence section of the 3 Commando Brigade as British forces fought to retake the islands and worked to build the intelligence picture for commanders making life and death decisions every day.

    Check out Nick's book, My Friends, The Enemy, here.

    https://www.amazon.com/My-Friends-Enemy-Intelligence-Falklands/dp/1445694182

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    15 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 58 minutes 35 seconds
    142. The Cover Up of the Tragic USS Liberty Incident with Phillip F. Tourney

    This week Justin sits down with Phillip Tourney. Phil enlisted in the U. S. Navy in February 1964. He served two tours on the USS Mauna Kea in the waters off Vietnam, then transferred to the USS Liberty, where he served three more tours. In June 1967, he was aboard the Liberty as a petty officer third class when the ship came under attack by Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. For his actions that day, he received a Bronze Star with "V" Device and a Purple Heart.  Since then, Phil has published three books about the attack on the USS Liberty. He is currently serving as the President of the USS Liberty Veterans Association.  Today Phil discusses the events of June 8, 1967 and their aftermath, and the cover up that soon followed from both the U.S. and Israeli governments.

    Connect with the Liberty Veterans Association:
    usslibertyveterans.org

    Connect with Spycraft 101:
    Check out Justin's latest release, Covert Arms, here.
    spycraft101.com
    IG: @spycraft101
    Shop: spycraft-101.myshopify.com
    Patreon: Spycraft 101

    Find Justin's first book, Spyshots: Volume One, here.
    Download the free eBook, The Clandestine Operative's Sidearm of Choice, here.

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    8 April 2024, 4:00 am
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