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ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Fusion Friction

June 1, 2008 Technology cannot change culture-a lesson we still haven't learned. "Intelligence reporting continues to be voluminous regarding plans of various groups to use terrorist tactics. . . . It is difficult to state the magnitude of the intelligence problem in a milieu where high casualty terrorist acts are relatively easy to...

China’s Cyber-Militia

May 29, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Computer hackers in China, including those working on behalf of the Chinese government and military, have penetrated deeply into the information systems of U.S. companies and government agencies, stolen proprietary information from American executives in advance of their business meetings in China, and, in a few cases, gained access to...

Chinese hackers pose serious danger to U.S. computer networks

May 29, 2008 Computer hackers in China, including those working on behalf of the Chinese government and military, have penetrated deeply into the information systems of U.S. companies and government agencies, stolen proprietary information from American executives in advance of their business meetings in China, and, in a few cases, gained access to...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Reconcilable Differences

May 1, 2008 A little disagreement is a good thing. In a recent interview, John O. Brennan, the first director of the National Counterterrorism Center, a 25-year CIA veteran, and the intelligence adviser to presidential hopeful Barack Obama, stated his position on a thorny policy matter. "There is this great debate over whether...

Roots of surveillance standoff go back decades

April 29, 2008 In the old days, everyone was linked to a lug nut, and Jim Kallstrom liked it that way. It was 1985, a simpler time for a cop like Kallstrom, who was in charge of setting telephone wiretaps on suspected drug dealers and mobsters for the FBI's New York City field...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Keeping Secrets

April 1, 2008 What the intelligence estimate on Iran reveals-about Iran and intelligence. In late October 2007, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell issued written guidance about the declassification of key judgments from National Intelligence Estimates, secret documents that present the intelligence agencies' assessment on particular issues. According to McConnell's count, among the...

Homeland Security chief looks back, and forward

March 17, 2008 In his three years as secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff has weathered relentless congressional criticism, the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005, and a failed bid for immigration reform. But he is upbeat about his department, the shape in which he leaves it, and the future of border security. In...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Seismic Shudder

March 1, 2008 The overlooked legacy of Donald Rumsfeld. In November 2005, when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was just seven months old, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld delegated authority over the so-called national agencies-large organizations, such as the National Security Agency, that collect intelligence for the entire government-to the...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Mad as Hell

February 1, 2008 What Mike Scheuer says may shock you. Mike Scheuer thinks we're in trouble. "The United States has been defeated, stalemated or frustrated on every front on which it has chosen to engage al Qaeda and the forces it leads and inspires," writes the 22-year CIA veteran who headed the agency's...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File The Patriot Principle

January 1, 2008 Is helping the government hunt terrorists a civic duty or a business decision? Much debate over the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance efforts-warrantless and otherwise-has centered on the question of patriotism. Was it the "patriotic duty," as many intelligence officials, lawmakers and the White House insist, for telecommunications companies to...

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