09 Oct 2006

CIA CIO Gets Bump Up

CIA director Michael Hayden has upgraded the profile of his organization’s CIO to provide a direct-reporting relationship between the top technology official and his own office. Smart, and recognition that an agency in the information business needs to have their “information officer” near the top of the pyramid.

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08 Oct 2006

Trying to Get Cu-ber Right

Ever since President Fidel Castro was sidelined for what was said to be abdominal surgery last July, Cuban officials have maintained that the country’s leader will return to his post. … But U.S. officials tell TIME that many in the U.S. government are now convinced that Castro, 80, has terminal

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08 Oct 2006

As Well They Should

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Peter Hoekstra is still pressing U.S. intelligence agencies to look for possible weapons of mass destruction in Iraq—even though intelligence officials say further work is unlikely to reveal anything new about Saddam’s WMD programs. Isikoff and Hosenball at it again. Read if you like but

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08 Oct 2006

Defeating Internet Terrorists

The Internet has become the “seductive hypermedia” for radical Islamic terrorists, with official and unofficial Web sites, forums and chatrooms that appeal to supporters worldwide. Most Web sites are intended to advance a group’s propaganda to increase their supporting audience, while some have operational intentions. But how do we defeat

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05 Oct 2006

Hope for (Better) Oversight

This gem from Secrecy News is encouraging: A bill introduced by Congressional Democrats would empower the Government Accountability Office GAO) to perform financial audits and other oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies, a function that those agencies have long resisted. “Since 9/11, effective [intelligence] oversight is needed now more than ever,”

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03 Oct 2006

DOE Polys: Smart, Very Smart

Via Secrecy News After years of public controversy, the Department of Energy has adopted a new polygraph testing policy that it said “will significantly reduce the number of individuals who will undergo a polygraph examination.” In particular, “DOE has decided to alter the role of polygraph testing as a required

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02 Oct 2006

HLS: Confused?

The U.S. Department of Energy still hasn’t done enough to strengthen its cybersecurity protections, exposing critical systems to compromise and putting data at risk, according to a report issued last month by the agency’s inspector general. In his annual report on the status of the agency’s cybersecurity efforts, Inspector General

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02 Oct 2006

Tooting the Horn

For a goodly portion of my time in the IC I focused on the technical threats posed by various actors and emerging technologies. While I’ll win no prizes for elegant computer code I like to keep active in the field. Various competing demands force me to stick to writing about

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01 Oct 2006

Irony with a capital “I”

Larger post in the works, still gathering data/thoughts. This gem is too good to wait though: Shaffer still works as a civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency and is seeking to have his security clearance restored, according to [his attorney] Zaid. As an Army reservist, he’s assigned to the

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01 Oct 2006

The (CT) Architect sounds off

Richard Clarke sounds off on the past, present and future. It starts out well enough: FIVE years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, three years after the 9/11 commission report, and just weeks before a national election, the issues of what happened before those attacks have resurfaced. Suddenly, we

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