18 Jan 2006

Does the name “Hanssen” ring any bells?

As far as FBI CI goes, confidence remains high:   By the government’s own account, FBI analyst Leandro Aragoncillo was spying in plain sight. He rummaged through FBI computers for intelligence reports unrelated to his work and then e-mailed the classified documents to opposition leaders in the Philippines.   He

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18 Jan 2006

Domestic Surveillance: Tossing out more babies

Cyber lawyer Jennifer Granick weighs in: The United States government either currently has, or soon will have, new technology that makes mass surveillance possible. The next question for citizens and other policy makers is whether and when to use this capability. [ . . .] The president [is] wrong to

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18 Jan 2006

Domestic Surveillance: Baby Should Go with Bathwater

The New York Times would have us believe that slow, limited progress = failure: […] the results of the [NSA intercept] program look very different to some officials charged with tracking terrorism in the United States. More than a dozen current and former law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, including some

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17 Jan 2006

No (IT) Fear Here

The FBI’s CIO says we should pay no attention to the man behind the curtain: The FBI must overhaul its personnel practices, shape up its enterprise architecture and embrace commercial software, or it risks another case management system fiasco, analysts inside and outside the government say. […] In a recent

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17 Jan 2006

CBS Does OSINT

Inside CIA headquarters, a high-tech monitoring operation scores an intelligence coup, obtaining a close-up photo of an Iranian nuclear facility. The source: an Iranian blog discovered in the vast labyrinth of the Internet […] Elliot Jardines is this United States’ first director for open source intelligence, an unusual job in

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17 Jan 2006

Can we hold them back a grade?

A National Journal story about how life in DC will end up killing more of us: It felt like the end of a traveling show. The players looked tired. A bittersweet air hung about them. For Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the chair and vice chair of the 9/11 commission,

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16 Jan 2006

When Exploitation is a Good Thing

I am not one to attract attention. Part of it is cultural; part of it is learned through two-decades of serving in silence in the US Intelligence Community. Coming out as a named contributor in a recent article in the Weekly Standard is unusual for me in the sense that

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06 Jan 2006

On IO Campaigns

ThreatsWatch is one of those sites that I’ve always meant to hit. They get a lot of play from other sites I visit, but for whatever reason I never got around to getting there. After reading about the digital scuffle between TW blogger Bill Roggio and the Washington Post, I

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06 Jan 2006

Clapper on the Outs

The Baltimore Sun reports that Gen (Ret) Clapper is dusting off his fishing pole: After clashing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the director of the government’s third largest intelligence agency will be leaving his position in June, according to current and former government officials. For the past four years,

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05 Jan 2006

Alas, Poor Russ, I knew him Horatio . . .

The Washington Times updates us on the latest with former colleague Russ Tice: Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is prepared to testify about highly classified Special Access Programs, or SAPs, that

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