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Pakistan Media Out Alleged Name Of CIA Station Chief

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 07.08.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD (Associated Press) -- Pakistani media have reported what they say is the name of the CIA station chief in Islamabad - the second such potent...

Tortured Logic, Continued

William Hartung | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

The Obama administration got bin Laden through persistent intelligence gathering and well-coordinated military action. But now right-wing ideologues are trying to argue that the key to the success was torture.

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.

David Wood

How A Little-Known Spy Agency Helped Track Down Osama Bin Laden | David Wood | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics

A little-known spy agency in Washington helped track the hour-by-hour movements of the al Qaeda courier who inadvertently led a Navy SEALs assault tea...

Is The FBI Up To The Job 10 Years After 9/11?

TIME | BARTON GELLMAN | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph he wears Marine-style, the face inside his wrist. It was 7:38 a.m. Not quite time. He review...

Why Atheists Have Higher IQs

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.25.2011 | World
Nigel Barber

Atheists score higher on IQ tests than religious people according to some research. Does this mean that people accept religious beliefs because they a...

The Truth Behind U.S. Interrogation Policy

Human Rights First | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

by Joe Navarro Has the CIA been displaced from its rightful role as global terrorist jailer and interrogator, a shift that may make the United States...

New Cracks In Gaddafi Regime As Minister Defects

AP | By RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.31.2011 | World

AJDABIYA, Libya -- The defection of Libya's foreign minister, a member of Moammar Gaddafi's inner circle, is the latest sign that the embattled regime...

Improving the Contractor Control Status Quo

David Isenberg | Posted 05.26.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In a paper called "Controlling the Corporate Warrior in Iraq," David Strachan-Morris of the University of Leicester, illustrates the problem of controlling private military contractors.

Intelligent Testing

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

I still have a healthy dose of skepticism for the tests. But I'd like to see creativity better measured and appreciated.

Big Apple Bonanza: $24M in Homeland Grants for NYPD Overtime

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
G.W. Schulz

New York City plans to use an eye-popping $24.3 million this year for paying overtime to its police department -- money that's generally set aside to prepare for disasters.

Good and Bad News on Jane Harman: Why Her Voice in Congress Matters

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I wish Jane Harman well and congratulate her on her new post at the Wilson Center -- but I think it's also fair to lament some fronts where the nation will be worse off for her departure.

Obama "Disappointed With the Intelligence Community"

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While the different agencies will now scramble to prove which one did or didn't drop the ball in an endless game of pass the buck, a pattern of intelligence failure needs to be addressed.

Satellite View of Military Response to Crisis in Egypt (VIDEO)

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson


A Dispassionate Look at American Exceptionalism (Uh-Oh)

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

The US is as great as its people are smart and its leaders good. ...

Would Charles Darwin Get a Gun?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Another devastating chapter in our long history of massacres with guns unfolded in Tucson Arizona on January 8th with the ambush of Congresswoman Gabr...

Cyber-Intelligence -- Restore the Republic of "Of, By, and For"

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

This week's book post, Infinite Wealth for All, set the stage for this week's Politics post, which focuses on The New Craft of Cyber-Intelligence -- a...

Frog 6 Guidance for 2010-2020

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

From Virtual Secretary of Defense Purpose The purpose of this memorandum is to establish priorities for my strategic objectives through 2012 and p...

Excuses, Excuses

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marshall Goldsmith

Accept the craziness of your life. Do what you can do now. Let go of everything else. And make peace with what is.

Listening Posts on Iran Produce the Same Sort of Bad Intel as Iraqi Defectors

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

Documents released by WikiLeaks tell us that the State Department's Iran watchers are effectively replicating what the Bush Administration's widely discredited Office of Special Plans did with regard to Iraq.

The End of Diplomacy As We Know It

Carne Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carne Ross

There is only one enduring solution to the WikiLeaks problem and it is perhaps the goal of WikiLeaks, though this is sometimes hard to discern. Governments must close the divide between what they say, and what they do.

I'm Not Saying Women Are Smarter, But...

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Young men and old men alike, from the Midwest, Rust Belt and Pacific Coast, with Anglo, Italiano and Latino last names, doing things that are undeniable moronic. Sorry, guys. The ladies have us dead to rights.

A Way Forward for Nuclear Arms Control

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Pearl

Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.

Whole Intelligence, Einstein Style

David Vognar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Vognar

Throughout my life I have been uncomfortable when people have called me smart. Now I know why. Intelligence is more of an act of piecing together from...

Leaks Wound Obama

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

It is impossible to overestimate the significance of leaks from the military to the media, particularly to Bob Woodward and his paper, the Washington ...