Category: Intelligence

Draw Weapon, Aim at Foot

A depressing bit of news from the front: I’m working tactical HUMINT in Iraq and could not agree more with your post about inefficiencies in intel. Got any idea how many separate intel-related databases there are here in-country? Me neither.…

A Horse de Vour

Crashing on something that I hope will spark some interest. In the mean time, nibble on this gem (more to follow) from the WaPo (H/T AM): When the State Department recently asked the CIA for names of Iranians who could…

Snooping Less Evil Than Previously Reported

Several members of a government board appointed to guard privacy and civil liberties during the war on terror say they’re impressed with the protections built into the Bush administration’s electronic eavesdropping program. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board received…

In Good Company

Oh, to write so well: JJA: The president had to be pounded by three leading members of Congress to get him to order Negroponte to start posting the documents, and as soon as the New York Times story came out,…

Media Trumps Interrogations

“Captured” media that is. In case you wondered why so many of us VRWC-types are behind continued analysis of what we found in Iraq. You’re not down with water-boarding? Fine, then can you get behind an effort that avoids the…

Skeptipedia

Reader and former colleague ST is skeptical: 3,600 is supposed to be some kind of revolution? Is that EVEN double digits percent-wise? The 3,600 reference is derived from this story and the response overall aimed at an earlier post about…

The More Things Change…

With regard to hard problems: Fifty years ago today the Soviet Presidium overturned its earlier decision to pull its troops out of Hungary in the face of a popular uprising, yet the CIA–with only one Hungarian-speaking officer stationed in Budapest…

Economist on Talent

Some timely tidbits from The Economist (Oct 7th edition) in their Survey of Talent: The shift in the balance of power between workers and organizations is particularly noticeable among top talent and among young workers . . . technology starts…