24 Jan 2006

The best intel in the world . . .

. . . is no good if you chose to ignore it, or, “Why it helps to know what the **** you’re doing.” In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House received detailed warnings about the storm’s likely impact, including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive

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24 Jan 2006

I couldn’t agree more

Rep. Rogers (R-MI) almost makes me wish I was a Wolverine (Aerospace Daily – subscription req’d):   If the U.S. wants to score more successes in the war on terrorism there has to be a mix of technology and human intelligence, says a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “I

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23 Jan 2006

Lessons Learned?

Clearly not: Russia‘s state security service, the FSB, has accused British diplomats of spying in Moscow. It backed claims made in a Russian TV report which showed footage of what it said was British agents retrieving data from a fake rock planted on a street. […] The programme said four

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20 Jan 2006

King for a Day

You may not like the wording of the phrase “global war on terror” or even the idea that we can fight and win a war against a methodology. Nevertheless, we find ourselves engaged in a conflict with an adversary that has worldwide ambitions and cannot be pinned down to any

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20 Jan 2006

A Well Qualified Opinion

Star Jones illustrates oh so clearly why celebrities are about as qualified to comment on national security issues as I am qualified to comment on the relative merits of pads vs. tampons. Yesterday, the co-hose of ABC’s THE VIEW told viewers during a discussion of bin Laden’s latest audio tape:

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19 Jan 2006

Close Enough

ABC sheds some light: Midhat Mursi, 52, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, was identified by Pakistani authorities as one of four known major al Qaeda leaders present at an apparent terror summit in the village of Damadola early last Friday morning. The United States had posted a $5 million

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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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