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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20 Feb 2006

I change my mind

Pakistani-Americans go to trial for providing material support to terrorists: The government plans to present evidence that includes satellite surveillance of Pakistan; testimony from paid informer Naseem Khan, who befriended members of the Lodi community and its Muslim religious leaders starting in August 2002, and a videotape of Hamid Hayat.

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19 Feb 2006

Ever Backwards

The editors of the Weekly Standard sound off: “WHERE WAS THE NUCLEAR material transported to?” asks an aide to Saddam Hussein, in a taped conversation released last week. He answers his own question: “A number of them were transported out of Iraq.” This provocative snippet is part of 12 hours

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17 Feb 2006

Controversy, Progress

Eli Lake reports on an exodus: Two former CIA directors have resigned from the board of the organization planning tomorrow to make public secret recordings of Saddam Hussein and his advisers. In the last week both John Deutch and James Woolsey abruptly left their positions at Intelligence Summit, according to

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16 Feb 2006

On Brothers and Bums

Update: Kent’s Imperative gets deeper into some of the issues mentioned below. A number of visitors write and ask me why I have it out for my old profession/employers/cohorts. Clearly I am disgruntled and left under a cloud. The fact of the matter is that I’m not and I did

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16 Feb 2006

No Fear?

Knowing Tony Shaffer as I do (albeit in a limited fashion) I have tried to keep my distance from the Able Danger controversy. Generally speaking in the spooky business one likes to keep a stiff-arm out for those in the spotlight, though there is a lot of quiet cheering (or

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15 Feb 2006

Curious DOCEX Revelation

A very interesting report from the USMA CTC on what can be learned from captured documents: One of the best ways to learn about al-Qa’ida is to read the papers, manuals, and other documents which al-Qa’ida leaders have written to guide and discipline their own enterprise. Many of these documents

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15 Feb 2006

Hear, Hear!

This needs no further elaboration.

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14 Feb 2006

9/11 Mulligan

Able Danger Blog points out a significant development: We had testimony that all of the Able Danger data-mining material was destroyed. I [Rep. Curt Weldon R-PA] now know that that’s not the case. In fact, I now know there’s data still available. And I am in contact with people who

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14 Feb 2006

Hey, I was going to write that (wiretapping)

In Slate Eric Weiner beats me to the punch on comparing wiretapping in the US and Europe: For Europeans, scolding the Bush administration for everything from Guantanamo to the Iraq War to secret CIA prisons has become a full-time job. But when it comes to the American scandal over President

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