31 Mar 2006

Angry at Face? Remove Nose.

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday rejected a proposal to withhold money from the National Security Agency if the White House did not reveal information about the cost of the agency’s warrantless surveillance program. In a session closed to reporters, only Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., who heads a subcommittee that

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31 Mar 2006

Back to School

When FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III went before a House subcommittee Tuesday to explain the Bureau’s budget request, one of the success stories he gave involved Mercyhurst College. Two FBI employees are enrolled in their first year of Mercyhurst’s two-year graduate program in applied intelligence. The Bureau may send

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31 Mar 2006

Rudderless Ship

Former CIA spy hunter Paul Redmond, who helped catch notorious Moscow mole Aldrich Ames, has withdrawn from consideration to become the Bush administration’s top counterspy, U.S. intelligence officials say. Mr. Redmond had been selected to be national counterintelligence executive, but backed out after the FBI held up his formal appointment

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31 Mar 2006

Yellow: The New Blue

A bipartisan push on Capitol Hill to strip the hue from the government’s color-coded terrorist alert system is gaining momentum. A package of legislation moving through the House eliminates the Department of Homeland Security’s use of colors to change the threat level, and calls for more specific threat information to

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30 Mar 2006

Here Comes the Judge

True this: In Posner’s analysis, the director of national intelligence (DNI), created by Congress to be the president’s top intelligence adviser, was given too much to do. DNI John D. Negroponte oversees the CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies, including those at the Pentagon. Negroponte’s staff, which has grown to

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30 Mar 2006

DHS: Bleeding Out

The Homeland Security Department is losing top managers and rank-and-file employees in a brain drain that could affect morale and the nation’s safety, according to members of Congress and labor experts. Homeland Security is “hemorrhaging on the front lines and higher up,” says New York University professor Paul Light, an

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30 Mar 2006

Rocky Mountain High

“. . . Colorado . . .” The idea that a whole lot of people all checking each other can converge on acceptably accurate results, and do it faster than a few experts, is relatively new. But once people have seen it work, they’re eager to try it. During the

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30 Mar 2006

This is what happens . . .

. . . when the “pros” can’t be bothered to do the job properly: The top US general this week suggested that the Pentagon had not adequately vetted documents that allege Russia passed intelligence about US troop movements to Saddam Hussein early on during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. On

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30 Mar 2006

Modern Chinese Secret (gathering)

A U.S. State Department purchase of more than 15,000 computers made by Lenovo Group of China is starting to draw criticism, in the latest sign of American unease about the role of foreign companies in the domestic economy. I’m sorry; last year wasn’t this called “IBM”? I know somewhere in

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30 Mar 2006

Go Eliot, Go!

Sometimes the most useful information is in plain sight—as long as you know where to look for it. . . . and “One of the non-negotiables I will impose [is single sign-on],” Jardines said. “We may not take the five or six separate networks and tell them, ‘You have to

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