Category: Politics

The Seat-Belt Light is On

You can’t beat Siobhan Gorman for NSA stories: An expensive National Security Agency initiative to search the world’s communication networks for security threats is hitting early but significant snags, prompting intelligence officials and lawmakers to raise questions about its funding…

What Year is This?

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here . . . The Homeland Security Department finally named an assistant secretary for cybersecurity last year, and the Senate ratified the first international treaty on cybercrime. The Computer Security Industry Alliance had…

On Reserves

There are a number of benefits associated with having an all-volunteer armed forces, not the least of which is the lifting of the burden of sacrifice that would otherwise fall on those with nominal enthusiasm for fighting wars. Even after…

With the Wiki, Comes the Time

They cover intelligence in West Virginia? 😉 […] On Tuesday, some members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, headed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., expressed new concerns. They came during questioning of Thomas Fingar, deputy director of national intelligence for analysis…

Berger(ler) (Update)

No, I’m not entering the Bennett song contest, but if I was . . . Hush little Sandy, we’ll do what we can Never mind that clearance ban It just two years till two-oh-eight Till we recast this reprobate (Apologies…

You give up the right to complain

… when you can’t get your own act together: It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement all of the recommendations of the bipartisan…

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…

Hail the Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad: The increased politicization of the CIA is hindering the effectiveness of the agency, as evident by the misinformation that led to the Iraq war, said Tyler Drumheller, former chief of the…

Two Vets Walk into a Bar

At the end of a long day I break out of my zombie-like march when I recognize a face I have not seen in a decade. We were introduced on day-one and indoctrinated into the ways of the big green…

A disaster of whose making?

The man who ran the CIA’s covert activities in Europe during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq says U.S. intelligence needs to be better insulated from political influence if the nation is to avoid another disaster in Iran. “I…