07 Feb 2006

Sense out of Non-Sense

I’m amazed at the stunning lack of understanding about the now widely reported NSA terrorism surveillance program. I expect as much for the yak-o-sphere, but listening to the AG go round and round with the Senate Judiciary Committee made me dizzy. Surely this august panel isn’t this dim? Oh wait,

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07 Feb 2006

Why (Media) Exploitation Matters

Eli Lake throws a log on the fire: The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is studying 12 hours of audio recordings between Saddam Hussein and his top advisers that may provide clues to the whereabouts of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The committee has already confirmed through the intelligence

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07 Feb 2006

Burn the Witch

The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. In an agencywide e-mail, Porter Goss blamed “a very small number of people” for leaks about secret CIA operations that, in his words, “do damage to the credibility of the agency.” According to

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06 Feb 2006

The Point of the Conic Section

Math geeks strike back!

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06 Feb 2006

Here we go again . . .

. . . Same old stuff again . . . UPI reports that even during the “long war” recruiting intelligence officers isn’t a cake walk: U.S.News & World Report said Saturday the CIA would not be able to meet a demand by members of Congress and President George W. Bush

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06 Feb 2006

What? You Worry?

Written to cast more shadows on the NSA terrorist surveillance program, but the bottom line issue is captured in the beginning of this piece in the Washington Post: Fewer than 10 U.S. citizens or residents a year, according to an authoritative account, have aroused enough suspicion during warrantless eavesdropping to

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03 Feb 2006

Terror Web Watch for February 3, 2006

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03 Feb 2006

Intelligence? Sold!

One thing has been strikingly absent from the public debate about the terrorist surveillance program run by the National Security Agency: Perspective. While we may not know the full scope of the use of personal information by our intelligence services, we know quite a bit about the routine use and

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03 Feb 2006

Tick, tick, tick . . .

Slate takes a brief look at intel whiste-blowers and the potential significance of Russ’ testimony next week. I’m particularly fond of the wrap-up: Sources in addition to Tice sketched out the wiretapping program for the Times. But since the revelations became public, no one else has come forward. In an

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03 Feb 2006

Bond, Jane Bond

This was just too good to pass up, and a nice way to lighten the mood on a Friday. New Zealand filmmaker Lee Tamahori, who directed the James Bond movie “Die Another Day,” has been arrested in a Hollywood prostitution sting while dressed in drag. Tamahori, 55, was arrested on

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