Category: Politics

The All Seeing Eye II

The new U.S. intelligence czar is developing a computer system capable of data-mining huge amounts of information about everyday events to discern patterns that look like terrorist planning. The technology is reminiscent of the axed Total Information Awareness program. Civil…

Breaking the Staffing Ceiling

An actual Reservist who has an IC day job asks for specifics: “Inherent government function” is what we are supposed to do but contractor-creep has them doing everything except running the agency. Are these drilling Reservists you talk about the…

Bratton on Domestic Intel

Lately people have been calling on Washington to create a new domestic intelligence agency, without police powers — like Britain’s MI5 — to take over from the FBI and be the lead in gathering and analyzing intelligence as it relates…

Intel Sharing: Get On With It

A bipartisan group of senators is urging John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, to see to it that an information-sharing implementation plan, as required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, is submitted to Congress without…

Pay for Performance

A good post at Secrecy News about changes in how intelligence officers are compensated. Perhaps it is because I can work like a fiend that I find the prospect of breaking free of the General Schedule so attractive. Knowing that…