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The Great Exception (That Wasn't)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Whether consciously or not, however, the officials of the U.S. Intelligence Community did imagine one giant exception: themselves. No one outside the loop was supposed to know what they were doing. They alone on the planet were supposed to be unheard, unspied upon, and unsurveilled.

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

The Senate Intel Committee Set to Send Interrogation Report to Obama's Desk

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

After years of painstaking work at a cost of an estimated $40 million, the Senate Intelligence Committee's Democratic staff is finally ready to release what they view as the most authoritative, in-depth and comprehensive study about the CIA's former program of enhanced interrogations.

The Ultimate Insult: Listening In on the NSA

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

This post-9/11 moment of surveillance is one of those game-changers and the National Security Agency (NSA) has been the deal-breaker and rule-maker. The new rules it brought into existence are simple enough: You -- whoever you are and wherever you live on Planet Earth -- are a potential target. Get used to it.

The U.S. Intelligence Community's New Year's Wish

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Every few years the National Intelligence Council has produced a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama's second term, is Global Trends 2030.

The Visible Government

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Americans now possess (or more accurately are possessed by) a vast "intelligence" bureaucracy deeply in the shadows, whose activities are a mass of known unknowns and unknown unknowns to those of us on the outside. It is beyond enormous.

Missing Debate Over Red Lines for Iran

Joel Rubin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

By not having an open and clarifying debate about how the candidates will prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon, the country was ill served.

Privatization and Patriotism: Defining the Boundary

David Isenberg | Posted 11.05.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The most commonly presumed distinction between public servants and private military and security contractors is that the former are motivated by the i...

No Wonder It's Classified: The Effectiveness of Intelligence Outsourcing?

David Isenberg | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Over the past decade, due to U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon has both proactively and often to external pressure from Con...

America's Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy

William Astore | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Lost is the lesson of 9/11: We didn't have a collection problem but a connection one. Yet our response has largely been not to find better ways of connecting the dots, but rather simply to collect more dots.

A Covert Mystery, Wrapped in Classification, Inside a Contractual Black Hole

David Isenberg | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

When it comes to overseeing contractors, as the old saying goes, you ain't seen nothing yet. That's because we've barely begun to consider the use of private contractors in another critical national security realm: the intelligence community.

O. I. L.: The Case for a War Against Iran

Sadia Ahsanuddin | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Sadia Ahsanuddin

The rhetoric and arguments used by war hawks today are similar to arguments preceding the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

U.S. Government Needs Open Group To Study Climate Change, Report Says

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 11.17.2011 | Green

How will the U.S. government tackle climate change? A recent report suggests that the intelligence community could benefit from the creation of an ope...

Federal Intelligence Agencies May Help Target Pot Growers

Andrew Becker | Posted 01.11.2012 | San Francisco
Andrew Becker

Lawmakers soon may enlist the nation's spymaster to help fight Mexican drug traffickers and others who use federal land in California and elsewhere to grow marijuana.

Is the National Security Complex Too Big to Fail?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Think of Iraq as the AIG of wars -- the only difference being that the bailout there didn't involve just three payouts. More than eight years after the Bush administration invaded that country, the bailout is, unbelievably enough, still going.

Bin Laden Raid Shows Value Of Tech Startups To The Military

Renny McPherson | Posted 07.05.2011 | Technology
Renny McPherson

The recent operation against Osama bin Laden has consumed much news coverage, and there have been specific and more opaque references to the amount of intelligence collection necessary to move to raid bin Laden's compound.

WikiLeaks Forces Intelligence Community To Rethink The Way It Shares Information

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Dismayed by the massive war-documents leak, intelligence experts are raising alarms that post-Sept. 11 changes promoting informatio...

'Top Secret America' Expose Highlights Extensive Network Of Private Intelligence Contractors

The Washington Post | Dana Priest & William A. Arkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To ensure that the country's most sensitive duties are carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation's interest, federal rules say contract...

The Case For Reining In Washington's Out-Of-Control Intelligence Community

Time | Robert Baer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No one intended to create a monster bureaucracy after 9/11 -- Washington has always thrown money and people at a problem rather than good ideas. But n...

Washington Post 'Top Secret America' Investigation: Intelligence Community Inefficient, Unmanageable

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, top-secret intelligence gathering by the government has grown so unwieldy and expensive that ...

Are Private Contractors the Vulnerable Underbelly of the Intelligence Community?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

We hear so much about the use of private military and security contractors by the Defense and State departments that it is easy to forget that outsour...

Dennis Blair: U.S. Can Kill Suspected American Terrorists Abroad

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair offered confirmation on Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community is authorized to assassinate Ame...

Weekly Pulse: Who are Landrieu's Alleged Phone Tamperers?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger The four young men arrested last week for allegedly attempting to tamper with the phones at the office...

Fire Them, Mr. President

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The only other thing the "intelligence community" seems to be good at, other than consistently missing trends of huge importance, is bureaucratic infighting.

The Explosion of the Afghan Insurgency: Utterly Predictable, Yet Hotly Debated

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Recently leaked intelligence assessments reportedly show that Al-Qaida and the jihadist Taliban groups account for only 10 percent of the insurgents in Afghanistan.