26 Feb 2006

Diminishing Returns

I am reminded of some old Army training . . . or was it Computer Science . . . Hmmm. Anyway, the thrust of the lesson was a little math that helped determine how many cooks one needed to make broth (figuratively speaking), but not spoil it. The vigilant Ms.

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26 Feb 2006

Taking Politics out of Intelligence

(Update below) It comes as no surprise to some that elements within our intelligence services play politics. This is not a new phenomenon, but one that has come to a head in the aftermath of the war in Iraq. Now that we have acknowledged the 800 lb gorilla, what in

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24 Feb 2006

Superficial

Roll the clock back to the late fall of 2001 and remember all the kooky, crazy schemes that everyone knew al-Qaida was getting ready to unleash; bulk purchases of personal electronics, shady characters trying to learn crop dusting, swarthy men talking about weddings while standing outside of skyscrapers . .

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22 Feb 2006

Shocker!

No kidding?

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22 Feb 2006

Thai militants learn from Iraq insurgency

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22 Feb 2006

US pledges to strengthen military, anti-terror cooperation with Algeria

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21 Feb 2006

The nail that sticks up . . .

. . . gets the hammer: In the late 90s Julie Sirrs, late of DIA, traveled to Afghanistan to put eyes on the goings on. She found out first hand what the Taliban and al-Qaida were all about and even managed a meet with the Lion of the Panjshir. For

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21 Feb 2006

Unreasonable?

My, my, look at all the Americans the NSA terrorist surveillance program might be snooping on. Where IS our sense of decency? (Update I): Let’s not forget this guy. (Update II) Or this guy (here illegally, but looks good on paper/in databases)

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21 Feb 2006

On Attribution

James Dunnigan reminds us that the non-shooting war is still raging: There’s a Cyber War going on between China and the rest of the world. The problem is, there’s enough proof to know that China is behind an increasing number of Internet based attacks, but not enough to call China

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21 Feb 2006

Oil and Water

Change in the name of efficiency is certainly an admirable goal, though the language of MBAs doesn’t always translate well in the world of intelligence. The Energy Department is downgrading its counterintelligence unit in what officials say is a “hostile takeover” by the intelligence office. […] “This [consolidation] is ostensibly

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