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Golden Candle
Award 2005
  AH, WORLDS!...

A little worm peeked out from a big red apple
and, looking around at the huge orchard full of trees whose branches were bent under the burden of ripe fruit shining on the sunshine, whispered thoughtfully:

   "Oh, my God! Who knows whether there is life
   in other apples!"...

   © Mario Profaca
Robert David Steele, Mario Profaca and Elliot JardinesLeft to right:
Robert David Steele Vivas (OSS CEO), Mario Profaca,
Golden Candle Award recipient, and Eliot Jardines, the Nation's first Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source. (Assistant Deputy DNI for Open Source, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (John Negroponte) at International IOP'06 Conference (Information Operations - Open Source Intelligence Peacekeeping Operations Intelligence), January 16 - 20, 2006, Washington D.C.

Mr. Jardines is responsible for developing strategic direction, establishing policy and managing fiscal resources for open source exploitation for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to joining the ODNI, Mr. Jardines was the founder and president of Open Source Publishing, Inc., a privately held firm providing open source intelligence support to the public and private sectors. The firm was acquired by Radiance Technologies, Inc., where he served as the director of the Radiance Open Source Intelligence Division. Mr. Jardines served in military intelligence assignments overseas and in the United States in both the active Army and the Army Reserve. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a dual degree in political science and Latin American studies. He received a Master of Arts degree in international studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree from the Joint Military Intelligence College.

Mario Profaca's presentation at International IOP'06 ConferenceMario Profaca's presentation at International IOP'06 Conference, January 10 - 16, 2006, Washington D.C. entitled "Terrorists on internet; Should one kill the messanger?"
Golden Candle
Award 2005
"Mario Profaca, Croatian independent journalist, investigative reporter and war correspondent as well as a globally-recognized  WWW  pioneer, created and maintained "Mario's Cyberspace Station" web site, a OSIF goldmine and OSINT tool featured in Encyclopedia Britannica, MSN Encarta Encyclopedia, mainstream media,  net guides and university digital libraries world wide. Working as a sort of "One Man Agency", Mr. Profaca is also owner and editor of Spy News OSIF/OSINT Newsletter with 1600+ subscribers  and searchable archive of more than 60,000 items related to intelligence.  Investigative journalist and OSINT minded, he is very fast  in searching the internet and picking up underreported news and sources related to intelligence and terrorism.  He represents the future of public intelligence" (OSS.Net) .

Mario Profaca is the father of Open Source Intelligence, said Honorable Steve Edwards, MBO, at International IOP'06 Conference
"Mario Profaca is
the father of Open Source Intelligence
, said Honorable Steve Edwards, MBE, from New Scotland Yard, at International IOP'06 Conference, January 10 - 16, 2006, Washington D.C.

Stephen Edwards has nearly 30 years experience in law enforcement and has spent the last 10 years working with the Internet. His main background is in Criminal Intelligence and has worked in the Intelligence Directorate at New Scotland Yard and also on the Commissioner's private staff.
In 1998 he was awarded the Golden Candle Award for innovation in intelligence gathering techniques and in 2004 was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen, for services to police. He has been with the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit for two years and before moving to the Industry Liaison worked as a Tactical and Technical Consultant in the unit.

Robert David Steele, Mario Profaca and Steve EdwardsLeft to right:
Robert David Steele Vivas (OSS CEO), Mario Profaca, Golden Candle Award recipient, and Honorable Steve Edwards, MBE, from New Scotland Yard. Robert David Steele Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, Inc, is former spy, founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Command, moderate Republican and career intelligence officer.

The Online Journalism Review
named Mario Profaca one of
Top 50 International Players
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