CIA Counterintelligence Veteran, Author to Discuss Dangers of Domestic Spies, Covert Political Actions, Cyber Threats

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Highly Decorated Jim Olson, Texas A&M’s CIA Officer-in-Residence, to Speak as Last Part of "The Science of Spying" Lecture Series at Museum of Nature & Science

With a backdrop that includes a possible terrorist-related killing spree at Fort Hood in Texas, and recent high-profile arrests in alleged bombing attempts in Dallas, New York, and other U.S. cities, on Dec. 3 a highly decorated U.S. counterintelligence veteran and author will discuss, “Spies Among Us: How America is Losing Its Secrets.”

Jim Olson, who has more than 25 years of experience in the CIA, will discuss covert political action, cyber threats to national security, and current intelligence operations of foreign spies inside U.S. borders. He will reference well-known espionage cases within the United States, such as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames and, most recently, Walter Myers, the State Department analyst caught passing American secrets to Cuba. A questions-answer session will follow.

The event is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News and presented jointly by the Museum of Nature & Science, as part of its The Science of Spying exhibit lecture series, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The talk and book signing will be from 6:30-8:30 pm. in the MNS Science Building, 1318 South Second Avenue in Fair Park.

Olson is currently CIA Officer-in-Residence and director of the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs Program, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.

He earned a law degree from the University of Iowa in 1969. He is a senior lecturer at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence, national security, and international crisis management. He served more than 25 years in the directorate of operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was chief of counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.

He has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He has received awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. He is also the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying, published by Potomac Books in 2006.
To order tickets, visit or phone 214-965-8212.

The Science of Spying exhibit is in the MNS Science Building, 1318 S. 2nd Ave. and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays through Jan. 4, 2010 (except noted holidays). MNS members get free admission; non-members require a special ticket - adults $14.50, children 3 to 11 $10.25, youth 12 to 18 $12.25, seniors 62 and over, and students 18 and over with an ID $12.75. Tickets to The Science of Spying also include admission to all three of the museum’s buildings and galleries. IMAX® and Planetarium show tickets are additional. For information call 214-428-5555.

About The Science of Spying

The Science of Spying draws on the expertise of real-life spies to make a fun and realistic experience. For example, Harry Ferguson, former MI6 agent and presenter of the BBC2 TV program "SPY," was an advisor on the exhibition. The Science of Spying is the second exhibition from The Science of…‚ a company born from the partnership of Fleming Media and the world-renowned Science Museum‚ London. Under the name The Science of..., a series of exhibitions has been designed to showcase the latest learning from the world of science through immersive and interactive experiences, which will tour the world. More information can be found at:

About the Museum of Nature & Science

The Museum of Nature & Science, formerly the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum, is a non-profit educational organization located in Dallas’ Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, MNS delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition and research and collections programming for students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The MNS campus includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The museum is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. To learn more visit

About the World Affairs Council

Founded in 1951, the nonprofit, nonpartisan World Affairs Council offers the public and its more than 3,300 members opportunities to learn firsthand from world leaders, policymakers, ambassadors, journalists and world affairs experts. It presents over 100 programs annually to enlighten and entertain North Texans. In addition to impacting more than 100,000 students each year through its International Education Initiative, the Council coordinates visits to North Texas of delegations and leaders from around the globe through the administration of the International Visitor Program and the City of Dallas Office of Protocol. For more information, visit


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