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The Eye of The Storm - In a secret, high-tech spy hub near Washington, the war on terror is 24-7
US News & World Report - ^ | October 29, 2006 | kevin Whitelaw

Posted on 10/30/2006 4:14:22 PM PST by RDTF

Every weekday at 8 a.m., Kevin Brock hefts a thick white ring binder onto a sleek, oval conference table. Labeled "Read Book," the deceptively plain folder houses the "Threat Matrix," a top-secret compendium of the most troubling reports of possible terrorist activity, drawn from the nation's 16 intelligence agencies. It is thicker than usual on a recent Monday morning, packed with 66 separate items that came in over the weekend. Brock, the principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, is about to brief some of the government's most senior officials on the latest threat information.

-snip- Facing a wall of secure video feeds, Brock watches top leaders from a dozen key players gather-the CIA, the FBI, the eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency, even the White House. A briefer from the center, running through the 18 items, discusses possible terrorist action in south Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, even inside the United States. Brock raises the recent release of a videotape showing two of the September 11 hijackers smiling for the camera. He pays particular attention to overseas threats that have a possible domestic angle. "NCTC was created to ... ensure the handshake occurs between international intelligence collection and the FBI or others within the country to take action," says Brock, a career FBI agent. "And we're seeing that take place on almost a daily basis."

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ncc; nctc; threatmatrix

1 posted on 10/30/2006 4:14:25 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

No longer secret.


2 posted on 10/30/2006 4:15:44 PM PST by Perdogg (Democratic Party - The political wing of Al Qaida)
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To: nwctwx; Cindy; FARS; Txsleuth; Knitting A Conundrum

ping


3 posted on 10/30/2006 4:15:55 PM PST by RDTF (Iraq: terrorist flypaper)
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To: RDTF

Baloney. Everyone knows CTU is in L.A...


4 posted on 10/30/2006 4:16:30 PM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: Perdogg

This may be fine. Doesn't say enough to really hurt and shows the different depts that we know exist are actually working with each other. That did not happen before 9/11


5 posted on 10/30/2006 4:18:22 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: RDTF

6 posted on 10/30/2006 4:24:21 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: RDTF

Interesting. I counted 6-7 CIA types etc. whose names were 'revealed' in this article!! Just one more example of the ridiculous nature of the whole Valerie Plame game!!


7 posted on 10/30/2006 4:26:36 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: The Old Hoosier

The boogeyman checks his closet for Jack Bauer before going to bed every night.

Jack Bauer doesn't sleep. He merely waits.


8 posted on 10/30/2006 4:28:00 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse ( ~()):~)>)
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To: chilepepper
Baloney. Everyone knows CTU is in L.A...

And is frequently infiltrated.

9 posted on 10/30/2006 4:29:14 PM PST by pbear8 (Which senators were recruited by the KGB in the 1970's???)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Myers, and he had a gun with only two bullets...he would shoot Hitler and Stalin so as to spare them the sight of what he would do to Nina.


10 posted on 10/30/2006 4:32:41 PM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Perdogg

Uh oh, wait until Nancy Pelosi hears about this! They'll be looking for work as 'garbage engineers'.


11 posted on 10/30/2006 4:35:24 PM PST by hardworking (Just once, I'd like to vote for a candidate who's actually had to meet a payroll.)
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To: pbear8

"And is frequently infiltrated."

Bingo! My thoughts exactly while reading this whole article. The more places that the gov has that gathers this stuff, the more likely it is for moles to 'gather intelligence' at various junctions in the whole apparatus!


12 posted on 10/30/2006 4:36:30 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

With your permission...I have a new tagline.


13 posted on 10/30/2006 4:37:05 PM PST by Dog (The boogeyman checks his closet for Jack Bauer before going to bed every night.)
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To: RDTF

14 posted on 10/30/2006 4:37:25 PM PST by Gritty (The CIA isn't licenced to kill. It's licenced to kill time! - Mark Steyn)
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To: RDTF

This is all well and good, but Al Sadr is still alive. We have too many brains and not enough balls.


15 posted on 10/30/2006 5:18:04 PM PST by montag813
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To: RDTF

Existence of the threat book has been widely known since the early days of the Cold War. The contents come from a variety of sources, none of which I'll mention here, and is compiled in final form by a committee. Some presidents read it carefully, eg: JFK, Bush 41 and, during the dust-up in the former Yugosolvia, Clinton. Other presidents have merely asked the briefing officer if it contained anything especially of interest that wasn't going to be in the later DOD brief-- LBJ. Nixon and Reagan gave it cursory look and--I don't have any idea what GWB does.


16 posted on 10/30/2006 5:19:47 PM PST by middie
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

Not related to article: I have seen lists of these "little-known facts" relating to Jack Bauer, Chuck Norris, and (the funniest one) VP Cheney. Where did these start, and about whom was the original?


17 posted on 10/30/2006 5:39:28 PM PST by AirForceBrat23
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To: AirForceBrat23

This is the scarey stuff...so when an idiot reporter asks the President how the war on Terror is going...he could probably scare the pants off of him if he wanted to....

We won't and should never know whats in that book..or told at the daily briefings.....and yes the President has..at least this one deos..has a daily briefing..


18 posted on 10/30/2006 6:39:19 PM PST by Youngman442002
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To: RDTF

man, sounds like a bureaucratic nightmere if I ever saw one...


19 posted on 10/30/2006 7:46:11 PM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Amnesty_From_Government.htm)
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To: middie

It is my understanding that GWB receives a Threat Matrix debriefing nearly each and every early morning since 911.


20 posted on 10/30/2006 8:04:06 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

Smiling.


21 posted on 10/30/2006 8:48:06 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Perdogg

"No longer secret."

Never was. It is part of the law which created the Director of National Intellegince (John Negroponte) and supported by the Patriot Act.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Director_of_National_Intelligence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_Reform_and_Terrorism_Prevention_Act_of_2004


22 posted on 10/30/2006 9:45:06 PM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: Gritty; All

I was talking to a retired intel person of another country and your cartoon posting describes his view of our Christians In Action (as they are often called in conversation in a public place).

Another comment on this briefing business is that one of the CIA people who helps prepare (may still be doing so) the daily briefing for GWB is one of the people virulently opposed to him.

Info related to me by one of the chap's friends - also madly anti-Bush Democrat who verges on "looney" - and was happy about the fact that disinformation could be blended into these daily briefings by this man to fool the President.

We are our own worst enemy and that enemy is within our midst in positions to mislead and misdirect our leaders.



23 posted on 10/30/2006 11:35:22 PM PST by FARS
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To: FARS

"...and was happy about the fact that disinformation could be blended into these daily briefings by this man to fool the President."


OPINION: Our country is at war against terrorism/terrorists right now and we do not need people who "fool the president." If indeed this was true, it
should be reported to the proper authorities.


24 posted on 10/30/2006 11:43:03 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

I tried. Sent a message about this directly to the White House addressed to the President and the V-P.


25 posted on 10/31/2006 9:39:12 AM PST by FARS
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To: FARS

Ok. Thank you Fars.


26 posted on 10/31/2006 4:43:15 PM PST by Cindy
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