Category: Intelligence

I see the light!

Legend has it that when dawn breaks vampires and other creatures of the night scurry into the shadows, but as the IC’s number two man recently suggested, it might be time for shadow-dwelling spooks to become daywalkers:

you can’t be serious

In the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East Paul Pillar reaches into his bottomless bag of excuses for why the IC – in particular the CIA – is blameless for 9/11 and pretty…

habitrails begone!

If you toil in Bolling you are familiar with the halls/walls/offices built out of file cabinets. Cabinets that few have ever seen opened in years, if at all. So it is with both caution and dread that I point out…

Five People

Hyperpeople: Five people mark the tipping point between a hobby and a nascent hyperintelligence. (H/T: John Robb)

dangerous indicator

Let the panic begin. The FBI would like to build a giant biometrics database. The Director of National Intelligence is about to argue that the intelligence community should gain access to all Internet traffic transiting the US. These and other…

phil agee: somewhat principled traitor

Philip Agee, a former CIA case officer, is dead. Most commentary on the situation focuses on his writing _Inside the Company: CIA Diary_ and his outing of numerous CIA agents in his old haunts in Latin America (some of who…

“reputation system”

From the Enterprise Resilience Management Blog: Anyone who believes he knows of information relating to these proposed patents will be able to post this online and solicit comments from others. But this will suddenly make available reams of information, which…

An XGW-cyber intel lab?

Beltway Bandits offering up expensive and cumbersome gaming solutions to Uncle Sam: look out! I was sitting at a picnic table Thursday afternoon talking with a revolutionary who last year bombed an American Apparel store. I didn’t think she was…

Codifying the obvious

Secrecy News points out an important new IC Directive: Intelligence analysis “must be objective and independent of political considerations,” … “The IC will seldom have the requisite depth and breadth of expertise to provide all of the insights and detailed…