A National Security Education Awareness Tool
Veteran FBI, CIA, DOD and KGB intelligence officers show you real espionage-related sites in the "Spy Capital of the World"-- Washington, DC on the world famous SpyDrive®. Learn the reality of the targeting of our nation by foreign spies, operators and American traitors.
As seen on the Travel Channel's "Secrets: Washington, DC: City of Spies, CNN, ABC (US), BBC, ABC (Australia), as well as in newspapers and magazines all over the world.
"SPYING, which hardly cooled after the Cold War ended, appears to be in no danger of taking a breather in the American capital," wrote an AP reporter on the amount of espionage that constantly takes place in Washington, DC.
"There are more foreign spies in Washington, DC than in any other city in the world," said the former chief of the FBI's Washington Field Office, Ray Mislock.
Right this minute, espionage is taking place in our nation's capital. Right this minute in Washington, DC, someone is trying to recruit someone to be a spy, someone is spotting a potential recruit, someone is photographing or stealing secret documents, someone is putting a roll of film or documents or money in a dead drop, someone is marking a signal site to request a meeting or a pick up of material or money, someone is driving around trying to detect surveillance, someone is conducting static, moving or electronic surveillance of someone, someone is writing an intelligence report, someone is sending reports via coded messages to foreign countries. Someone is leading a double life.
Don't believe us? Think the Cold War is over and no one is spying anymore? People normally spy for personal feelings of anger, fear, greed, love, etc, not for countries or political situations. Since the Cold War ended in 1991, people have continued to be arrested for spying. Since SpyDrive began for the public in January 2001, the following people have been arrested for spying here in the Washington, DC area: Robert Hanssen from the FBI, Brian Regan from the National Reconnaissance Office, and Ana Montes, the senior Cuban analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Who's next?
You've seen the monuments, you've seen the museums, now see the secret side of Washington with SpyDrive®, a journey of espionage-related sites given by counterintelligence, intelligence and security experts retired from long and interesting careers with the FBI, CIA, military and KGB and who worked and operated in this city from both sides. They recruited and caught spies; they paid them and prosecuted them.
This two and a half hour "classroom on wheels" journey will show you where spies lived, worked, and operated in Washington, DC. Houses, apartments, offices, restaurants, stores, and parks in the city all seem innocent until you find out what kind of espionage took place there. Dead drops, signal sites and meetings all took place at the most unassuming spots around town. A chalk mark on a church wall, a trash bag near a pole, an exchange of a shopping bag in a restaurant, people talking in a peaceful park--unnoticeable events that took place in Washington with deadly consequences.
Along the way, you will learn about the people involved in the espionage. Spies and spycatchers. Case officers and their agents. A Vassar graduate, a senior State Department official, a Navy analyst, a female Cuban agent, a son groomed to be a spy by his KGB father.
You will also learn about how these sites and spies changed the course of history.
SpyDrive professors from the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), who have years of real experience in the counterintelligence, intelligence and security world and who have worked espionage cases from both sides, will intrigue you with their stories of spies and spying in Washington. Where else can you meet intelligence officers who spent years in the FBI, CIA, military and even the KGB? Our multimedia presentations will grab your attention the entire time and you won't want the journey to end.
SpyDrive is one journey through Washington you will never forget, and we hope that you won't forget the reality of espionage that takes place all around you.
We also have a SpyDrive: The Robert Hanssen Case which takes you to operational sites throughout Northern Virginia actually used by Hanssen and the KGB.
SpyDrive® is a unique activity for those in town for conventions, conferences and meetings or for tourist groups visiting the city. Have your meeting planner or event organizer contact us to arrange a SpyDrive®. Government Managers and Contractors: This is a great way to satisfy your yearly security awareness briefing.
It is only available through private GROUP RESERVATIONS. The price includes the cost of renting a tour bus that fits up to 50 people. Sorry, because these are private tours scheduled by organizations, we can't accommodate individuals wishing to take the tour.
Schedule a SpyDrive® for your Group:
Please call the CI Centre at 1-800-779-4007 or 703-642-7450 (Mon-Fri, 8a-5p ET) or use the Contact Us form to discuss your group size, desired date and time, and any special interests so that we can custom-design a SpyDrive® for you. Pricing includes the cost of renting a tour bus that holds up to 50 people regardless of the number of people in your group. PLEASE NOTE: Payment can be refunded if you cancel up until 15 working days before date of SpyDrive; after that, you cannot reschedule nor be refunded if you decide to cancel.
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