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The Spy Gap

May 1, 2007 Intelligence agencies must decode a human capital crisis. When Tom Waters decided to become a spy, the first thing on his mind wasn't how much he'd get paid. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Waters, then a 36-year-old business consultant living in Tampa, Fla., packed his bags for a ...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Clearing Barriers

May 1, 2007 Intelligence chief Mike McConnell wants to change the security clearance process. Mike McConnell, the new Director of National Intelligence, has a long list of to dos, and not a lot of time to do them. Not yet three months on the job, he has staked out an ambitious management agenda, ...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Hopkins’ Legacy

April 15, 2007 Robert Hopkins lived a life in the shadows until his only son died of AIDS. In 1945, Robert Hopkins, then a 24-year-old Army combat photographer, snapped the iconic image of the Big Three at Yalta-Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, seated side by side at Livadia Palace after hashing ...

Immigration enforcement raid sparks outcry

April 13, 2007 Depending on where you stand, last month's early-morning raid on the Michael Bianco company in New Bedford, Mass., which ended with the arrests of 361 undocumented workers -- more than 70 percent of the leather goods factory's workforce -- was either an unqualified success for immigration law enforcement or the ...

The Success of Failure

April 4, 2007 In 1999, program managers at the National Security Agency knew they were in trouble. A new and important electronic filtering system, code-named Trailblazer, wasn't working as designed. Planners imagined it would automatically find phone calls, e-mails and electronic communications of terrorists and other threats sitting in NSA's massive intelligence haul. ...

Reports suggest Justice may use broad definition of ‘terrorism’

April 2, 2007 The federal government prosecuted international terrorism cases in 2006 at the lowest rate since the attacks of September 11, 2001. More significant, the number of prosecutions classified as "domestic terrorism" -- acts or plots such as the Oklahoma City bombing -- has remained relatively higher than the number of prosecutions ...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File The Success of Failure

April 1, 2007 There's a reason people keep making the same mistakes. In 1999, program managers at the National Security Agency knew they were in trouble. A new and important electronic filtering system, code-named Trailblazer, wasn't working as designed. Planners imagined it would automatically find phone calls, e-mails and electronic communications of terrorists ...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File All Together Now

March 15, 2007 Thomas McNamara wants security agencies to share. "Ted McNamara is a son of a bitch." So said Pablo Escobar, the infamous Colombian drug lord, after surrendering to authorities in 1991. McNamara was the U.S. ambassador at the time and was trying to extradite Escobar. As McNamara tells the story, when ...

Defense chief may scale back Pentagon’s spy work

March 9, 2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates is considering a plan to curtail the Pentagon's clandestine spying activities, which were expanded by his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld, after the 9/11 attacks. The undercover work allowed military personnel to collect intelligence about terrorists and to recruit spies in foreign countries independently of the CIA and ...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Behind the Scene

March 1, 2007 New spy chief Mike McConnell knows how the shadow intelligence community works. On Jan. 5, consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton announced that its senior vice president, Mike McConnell, was leaving after more than 10 years to become the new Director of National Intelligence. In light of the fact that the ...