Category: Politics

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…

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…