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  • Killing Osama (Oliver North)

    05/05/2011 6:54:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 6, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — It took nine years, seven months and 21 days to pinpoint the man who plotted, paid for and perpetrated the terror attacks of 9-11-01. When a U.S. Navy SEAL team finally found Osama bin Laden in the third-floor bedroom of a comfortable house in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan, they killed him. Last Sunday's complex and highly successful operation validates Ronald Reagan's maxim for terrorists after U.S. Navy SEALs captured the murderous hijackers of the Achille Lauro in October 1985: "You can run, but you can't hide." Afterward, one of the participants penned a corollary: "Don't...
  • CIA watched bin Laden from nearby safe house inside Pakistan

    05/06/2011 3:28:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    CIA watched bin Laden from nearby safe house inside Pakistan By Augustine Anthony and Michelle Nichols Fri May 6, 1:44 am ET ABBOTTABAD/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Extensive surveillance of Osama bin Laden's hideout from a nearby CIA safe house in Abbottabad led to his killing in a Navy SEAL operation, U.S. officials said, a revelation likely to further embarrass Pakistan's spy agency and strain ties. The U.S. officials, quoted by the Washington Post, said the safe house was the base for intelligence gathering that began after bin Laden's compound was discovered last August, and which was so exhaustive the CIA...
  • CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house

    05/05/2011 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies ^ | May 5, 2011
    The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week, U.S. officials said. The secret CIA facility was used as a base of operations for one of the most delicate human intelligence gathering missions in recent CIA history, one that relied on Pakistani informants and other sources to help assemble a “pattern of life” portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the fortified compound where bin...
  • Obama’s Rush to Announce the Death of bin Laden Will Prove Costly

    05/05/2011 5:06:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 4, 2011 | Al Kaltman
    President Obama deserves a great deal of credit for authorizing SEAL Team 6 to take out Osama bin Laden. While some Americans have been outraged by his self-congratulatory pronouncements, most have been so delighted that bin Laden finally got what he deserved that they seem willing not to notice that instead of heaping praise on the men and women of our intelligence services and the military who are the real heroes of this story, Obama acts as if he did everything himself, everything that is except pull the trigger. One can forgive the President for self aggrandizement. Obama is a...
  • (Vanity) Sources & Methods

    05/04/2011 4:08:28 AM PDT · by Pecos · 6 replies
    5/4/11 | Pecos
    Is anyone except me bothered by the fact that the President, Mr. Panetta, et al, have repeatedly broken one of the primary rules of intel - namely that professionals never reveal the sources and methods by which they obtain information. On one level, it was good to know that enhanced interrogation techniques (previously reviled by Liberals as only being used by horrible people) have netted usable informaiton, and that we are clever and patient enough to track down the courier that was servicing the OBL compound. But at a higher level, letting the world know how we obtained sufficient detail...

    05/03/2011 10:49:29 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies
    Black Five ^ | Froggy
    Just like everybody else, the news that Navy SEALs had infiltrated Pakistan and shot Usama bin Laden in the face really brightened my evening. I decided to celebrate with a Patel Brothers cigar and two fingers of Jack Daniels. Of course my heart was especially bursting with pride at the news that my brothers on the East Coast got the call and executed their mission flawlessly despite crashing a helointo the compound. If you have to be in a helo crash, you are far better off being in one piloted by a Nightstalker of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment...
  • Bin Laden Was Found at Luxurious Pakistan Compound

    05/02/2011 3:14:56 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 92 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | May 02, 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan's border, but in a million-dollar compound in an upscale suburb of Pakistan's capital, with his youngest wife, U.S. officials said early on Monday. They were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "Detainees also identified this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They indicated he might be living with...
  • Did Waterboarding Just Get Vindicated?

    05/02/2011 1:00:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 41 replies
    Joe Weisenthal ^ | 5-2-11 | Business Insider
    The view from (some) on the right in regard to the Bin Laden news is: waterboarding is vindicated. One GOP Congressman tweeted: Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now? The reason is that there's a direct line to be traced from the big news to data collected at GITMO -- data that was almost certainly collected under duress. Here's the key interrogation note regarding a courier going to Abottabad: Rest @ link
  • A Grateful Nation

    05/02/2011 12:00:19 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 29 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 1, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy. This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people...
  • IQ tests measure motivation - not just intelligence

    04/25/2011 5:01:57 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | April 25, 2011 | Unknown
    Intelligence tests are as much a measure of motivation as they are of mental ability, says research from the US.Researchers from Pennsylvania found that a high IQ score required both high intelligence and high motivation but a low IQ score could be the result of a lack of either factor. Incentives were also found to increase IQ scores by a noticeable margin. The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Firstly, it analysed previous studies of how material incentives affected the performance of more than 2,000 people in intelligence tests. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania,...
  • Oxford ethicist: use IVF to create only smart babies

    04/11/2011 8:28:42 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 29 replies
    The Way ^ | Mar 27, 2011 | Amanda Hopkins
    Australian ethicist working at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics claims that humanity has a “moral obligation” to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select the most intelligent embryos for the good of society, with the obvious implication that the less intelligent “surplus” embryos should simply be destroyed. Professor Julian Savulescu of Melbourne made the statement while commenting on an economic modeling research paper by Oxford University ethicists Andres Sandberg and Nick Bostrom, who claim that a rise in humanity’s IQ would result in a reduction in poverty, welfare dependency, crowding of jails, school dropout rates, out-of-wedlock births, and...
  • (Vanity) Need help defending Sarah Palin

    04/11/2011 8:55:07 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 25 replies
    The Bob Rivers Show ^ | 4/11/11 | Hoagy62
    Okay, here's the deal: Local radio legend Bob Rivers has returned to the air after a 6-month absence. He's known for his "Twisted Tunes" that skewer everything from sports to politics to local issues. On the opening day of his new show (Apr. 1st), he premiered a new 'Twisted Tune' called "I Am Palin", done to the tune of Helen Reddy's 1970's feminist anthem "I Am Woman". In it, he makes fun of Sarah's intelligence, claiming she's nothing more than a "big time media whore". You can listen to the song at the link... On the page, click on the...
  • House Intel chairman: We shouldn't arm Libyan rebels

    03/30/2011 6:38:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/30/11 | Daniel Strauss
    The U.S. shouldn't arm Libyan rebels because there's no telling whose hands those weapons could eventually reach, the chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee said. “As we publicly debate next steps on Libya, I do not support arming the Libyan rebels at this time," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in a statement Wednesday. "We need to understand more about the opposition before I would support passing out guns and advanced weapons to them. It’s safe to say what the rebels stand against, but we are a long way from an understanding of what they stand for."
  • Obama signed secret order authorizing covert U.S. support for rebel forces in Libya: officials

    03/30/2011 1:08:20 PM PDT · by cll · 136 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/2011
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  • The Republican fluency with science (Republicans understand Science better than Democrats)

    03/29/2011 8:58:33 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 95 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 03-26-2011 | Discover Magazine
    The Audacious Epigone has a post up, Republicans are more scientifically literate than Democrats or independents are, where he reviews pro vs. anti-science attitude by party in the General Social Survey. He concludes that in fact Republicans are more scientifically literate across the issues than Democrats. Jason Malloy saw this trend four years ago in the GSS, and to some extent so have I. One point to keep in mind is that a few specific politicized scientific issues are very much the outliers in exhibiting tight partisan valences in opinion.
  • Genius at Work (Big Bang Theory Disproven by 12-year-old boy)

    At 12-years-old, Jacob Barnett is a genius. He’s already in college, his IQ is higher than Einstein’s, and for fun he‘s working on an expanded version of that man’s theory of relativity. So far, the signs are good. Professors are astounded. So what else does a boy genius with vast brilliance do in his free time? Disprove the big bang, of course. Original Story is below: When Jacob Barnett first learned about the Schrödinger equation for quantum mechanics, he could hardly contain himself. For three straight days, his little brain buzzed with mathematical functions. From within his 12-year-old, mildly...
  • Are the wealthiest countries the smartest countries?

    03/17/2011 1:10:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Association for Psychological Science ^ | March 17, 2011 | Unknown
    It's not just how free the market is. Some economists are looking at another factor that determines how much a country's economy flourishes: how smart its people are. For a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, researchers analyzed test scores from 90 countries and found that the intelligence of the people, particularly the smartest 5 percent, made a big contribution to the strength of their economies. In the last 50 years or so, economists have started taking an interest in the value of human capital. That means all of the qualities of the people who make up...
  • U.S. wants to know who's in charge of Libyan revolution (Sr. Admin official likens rebels to GOP)

    03/03/2011 12:36:47 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 2, 2011 | Paul Richter with Henry Chu in London
    Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration has emphatically called for Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi to step down and has pledged assistance to the rebels seeking to overthrow him. Yet the U.S. has far less clarity on a key issue: Who's in charge of the Libyan revolution? U.S. diplomats this week began an intense effort to communicate with the protesters, seeking to identify their leaders and long-term goals. But after three days of calls to Libya from diplomats including U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz in Washington, both of those questions remain unanswered, officials say. "There are a lot of disparate views...
  • Why Didn't the U.S. Foresee the Arab Revolts?

    02/25/2011 1:38:11 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | February 24, 2011 07:29 PM | Motoko Rich, Catherine Rampell and David Streitfeld.
    In the weeks since street protests in Tunisia led to the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and demonstrations in Cairo deposed Hosni Mubarak, similar pro-democracy protests have erupted throughout the Arab world. It is perplexing that the American intelligence community and the Obama administration appeared to be surprised by how rapidly the unrest spread from Tunisia to Egypt and now to Bahrain and Libya. Why is it difficult for U.S. intelligence agencies to foresee the strength of these movements? What factors prevent such intelligence from influencing American diplomacy? Jennifer E. Sims, professor of intelligence studies Why, with the U.S....
  • Pakistan's intelligence (ISI) ready to split with CIA

    02/23/2011 7:35:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/23/11 | Kathy Gannon and Adam Goldman - AP
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan's ISI spy agency is ready to split with the CIA because of frustration over what it calls heavy-handed pressure and its anger over what it believes is a covert U.S. operation involving hundreds of contract spies, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with U.S. and Pakistani officials. Such a move could seriously damage the U.S war effort in Afghanistan, limit a program targeting al-Qaida insurgents along the Pakistan frontier, and restrict Washington's access to information in the nuclear-armed country.
  • Intelligence and Counterintelligence on Jihadi Forums...

    02/23/2011 12:27:27 PM PST · by Cindy
    23 February 2011 INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE ON JIHADI FORUMS... ...posts spanning the 2003-2010 period.
  • Surrendering Space

    02/19/2011 8:27:58 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 19th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Obama administration is planning to sign the European Union’s Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. On the surface the administration insists, in a unclassified summary of Obama’s National Security Space Strategy, “We believe setting pragmatic guidelines for safe activity in space can help avoid collisions and other debris-producing events, reduce radio frequency interference, and promote security and stability in the space domain — all of which are in the interests of all nations.” By agreeing to international rules concerning space launches and operations this president will limit the use of space for military and intelligence purposes. Such policies...
  • Iraqi: I'm proud my WMD lies led to war in Iraq

    02/16/2011 9:35:31 AM PST · by Sopater · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 16, 2011
    LONDON – An Iraqi man whose testimony the United States used as a key evidence to build a case for war in Iraq says he is proud that he lied about his country developing mobile biological warfare labs. The Guardian newspaper published an interview Wednesday with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, who has been identified as the informer called "Curveball," whose claims about weapon labs formed part of then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to the U.N. Security Council in 2003, shortly before the war began. The Guardian quoted al-Janabi as saying: "I had the chance to fabricate something to...
  • Pentagon’s Prediction Software Didn’t Spot Egypt Unrest

    02/15/2011 7:43:05 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies ^ | 11 Feb 2011 | unattributed
    In the last three years, America’s military and intelligence agencies have spent more than $125 million on computer models that are supposed to forecast political unrest. It’s the latest episode in Washington’s four-decade dalliance with future-spotting programs. But if any of these algorithms saw the upheaval in Egypt coming, the spooks and the generals are keeping the predictions very quiet. Instead, the head of the CIA is getting hauled in front of Congress, making calls about Egypt’s future based on what he read in the press, and getting proven wrong hours later. Meanwhile, an array of Pentagon-backed social scientists, software...
  • Incompetence in Action

    02/12/2011 7:54:52 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 16 replies · 2+ views | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    On Feb 10, while addressing a question about the Muslim Brotherhood from the House Intelligence Committee, James Clapper Director of National Intelligence responded, “The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ …is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam. In the case of Egypt, [it is] a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam…” This isn’t the first Gen Clapper’s public faux pas. In an interview...
  • The Spooks’ Black Thursday (Michael Ledeen)

    02/10/2011 10:03:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    Bad day for the “Intelligence Community” here in Washington.  CIA chief Leon Panetta opined that Mubarak was very likely going to resign in a few hours, while DNI (Director of National Intelligence) General James Clapper declared the Muslim Brotherhood “largely secular” and has “eschewed violence.”  These analyses from our mastodontic Intel establishment no doubt encouraged the president to gush about living through an historic moment in world history, and to proclaim that young people were primarily to praise for the epic events of the day.Except that Mubarak didn’t resign, and the Brothers aren’t secular and have long embraced and...
  • Key military, intelligence assets imperiled in Egypt

    01/31/2011 6:58:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1+ views
    washington tiimes ^ | 1/31/11 | Rowan Scarborough
    U.S. military and intelligence agencies would lose vital air, land and sea assets if Egypt falls into the hands of radical Islamists, as Iran did in 1979, foreign policy analysts say. The U.S. armed forces are entwined with Egypt's military more than with any other Arab country’s. But if Islamists seize Cairo, as the mullahs captured Tehran, this complex relationship unravels. “Let me count the ways,” said Ken Allard, a retired Army colonel and military analyst. “They are our biggest strategic partner in the Middle East. At that point, you’ve lost your biggest Arab partner. Geostrategically, the mind boggles.”
  • Egypt riots are an intelligence chief's nightmare

    01/30/2011 1:50:16 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Amos Harel
    The events of the last few days in Egypt – apparently the most important regional development since the Islamic revolution in Iran and the Egyptian-Israeli peace deal of 1979 – are also an expression of the decision-makers' nightmare, the planners and intelligence agents in Israel. While in other countries many are watching with satisfaction at what looks to be possibly the imminent toppling of a regime that denied its citizens their basic rights, the Israeli point of view is completely different... Western intelligence in general and Israeli intelligence in particular did not foresee the scope of change in Egypt (the...
  • U.S. DNI, DIA on the defensive over major China J-20 intelligence failure

    01/23/2011 10:25:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    East Asia Intel ^ | 1/19/2001 | East Asia Intel
    The U.S. Congress is considering an investigation into the U.S. intelligence agencies estimates of China's development of a new stealth jet, the J-20, that was flight tested for the first time last week. The director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. David Dorsett told reporters that speed of the development had been underestimated. Dorsett said the emergence of the J-20 was not a surprise but that U.S. intelligence underestimated "the speed at which they are making progress." Several days later Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth...
  • Britain Looks To Plug Intel And Carrier Gaps

    01/19/2011 9:52:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/19/2011 | Robert Wall
    .K. military officials are preparing plans to bridge capability gaps that have emerged out of last year’s Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) even as they brace for further cuts to plug remaining funding shortfalls. On the agenda for a Jan. 25 meeting are issues such as how to transition carrier strike capability in the absence of a fully operational aircraft carrier, and whether the planned Scavenger medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft program can take on missions associated with the canceled Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft and R1 Sentinel. The latter is due to be withdrawn from service once Afghanistan operations...
  • Home going up in Highlandville to be one of country’s largest (DOD Intelligence contractor)

    01/15/2011 4:16:19 PM PST · by RummyChick · 55 replies
    cchheadliner ^ | 1/12 | brady brite
    Beginning with a 23,000-square-foot basement, the house’s ground level is only slightly smaller and the second story is a little less than 22,000 square feet. Garage space alone accounts for 4,000 square feet. Interior plans include two elevators; 15 bedrooms; 14 bathrooms; a two-story, 1,600-square-foot library and two-story, 1,970-square-foot great hall. The master bedroom is 1,275 square feet. “It’s all concrete, and I’ve heard it’ll have bulletproof glass and a concrete roof,” said Steve Johnson, neighbor to the Woods Fork Road property. “My wife was told it’s supposed to be a corporate retreat.” “The walls are all concrete,” said Sheriff...
  • German Newspaper: German Intelligence Knew of Eichmann in Argentina and Kept it Secret for Years

    01/09/2011 2:41:26 PM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 11 replies
    Jan. 8. 2011 | justiceseeker93 (from
    Read this in on the French newspaper "Le Monde" web site. Here is a synopsis in translation: A popular, widely circulated German newspaper reported that (West) German intelligence services knew of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann's whereabouts in Argentina as far back as 1952, yet willfully kept it secret from the rest of the world until at least 1958, when the information was shared with US intelligence. The newspaper published several relevant memos from those intelligence files with their article. Until last year, the files had been kept under wraps by the German court having oversight responsibility for the intelligence...
  • Clueless clapper

    12/23/2010 3:33:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 23, 2010 | Editorial
    Question: What do you call the Director of National Int Director of National Intelligence when he seems to be short of intelligence? Answer: James Clapper. On Monday, Diane Sawyer asked the White House's top anti-terrorism brains about the fallout from the sweeping arrests of 12 men in the UK early that morning. Clapper's response: Silence. Crickets. The sound of one career, well, imploding. Pressed by Sawyer, he admitted he simply hadn't heard of the matter. It was a mortifying lapse given Clapper's position: As DNI, he oversees all 16 US intelligence agencies and serves as chief intel adviser to the...
  • After Early Administration Denials, Director of National Intelligence Admits He Hadn’t Been Briefed

    12/22/2010 10:08:51 AM PST · by FTJM · 15 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 22, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    After initially suggesting that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s inability to answer a question from ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer about the arrests of 12 suspected terrorists in London was because her question was too “ambiguous,” the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday morning that retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Clapper had not been briefed about the arrests at the time of the interview. “Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping,” said ODNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith in a statement. Clapper, she explained, had been “working throughout the...
  • Obama Admin – Director of National Intelligence Was Briefed on London Terror Arrests…Well, Maybe Not

    12/22/2010 10:35:26 AM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-22-10 | Curt
    Want to see something scary? Here is Obama's Director of National Intelligence, Mr. James Clapper, looking like a deer caught in the headlights when Diane Sawyer asks him about the terror arrests in London: [VIDEO AT SITE] or HEREOk, so follow along....the Obama administration appears to have not been briefed that their Directior of National Intelligence hadn't been briefed so their first statement was that he HAD been briefed, but Sawyer screwed up with an ambiguous question. Then today they admitted that yeah, he hadn't been briefed. ...the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday morning that retired Air Force Lt. Gen....
  • Obama's Problem as 'The Smartest Person in the Room'

    12/21/2010 3:07:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 58 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2010 | Larrey Anderson
    Since Obama first stepped on the national stage, pundits have fallen all over each other in a race to declare that Obama is special type of genius. Tom Shales of the WaPo recently called Obama "the smartest kid in the class." Billionaire Julian Robertson claimed, "Obama, from all I read, thinks that on every occasion that he is the smartest person in the room. And I think he often probably is. ..." Robertson may be half-right. Obama apparently does consider himself the smartest person in every room. According to Peter Baker of the NYT, "One prominent Democratic lawmaker told me...
  • US, New Zealand secretly resume intelligence ties: report

    12/11/2010 5:59:29 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 5+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 11 , 2010
    The United States and New Zealand ended a near 25-year break in intelligence collaboration last year but kept the news secret... US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ...warned the news "should not be acknowledged in public".
  • WikiLeaks Could Spur Return To Cold War Secrecy Standards

    12/03/2010 10:10:36 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 8 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 12/3/2010 | Doug Tsuruoka
    One big question following the leak of over 250,000 State Department cables this week is whether some in U.S. intelligence will argue for going back to the old way of doing things. In other words, siloing classified or sensitive official information in secure computers at separate government, military and intelligence agencies and making it harder for anyone to access it at one time. This is what the government did during the Cold War. The FBI, CIA and others jealously guarded their secrets, sometimes from each other.
  • The must-have weapons and the countries that want them

    11/29/2010 5:41:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/29/2010 | CNN
    The world's military shopping list is being exposed through the WikiLeaks publications. State-of-the-art missiles and American military helicopters are a frequent topic of discussion in the diplomatic cables posted online Sunday by WikiLeaks. The documents show a keen interest in what weaponry Iran has and how to defend against it. One cable found that the United States' planned missile defense system gives the public in Europe "a false sense of security." The crown prince of Bahrain, in another cable, seems to support U.S. missile defense systems aimed at Iran. The crown prince said, according to the cable, "he would like...
  • North Korea Crisis: Obama’s Crisis Team Isn’t Exactly the Dream Team

    11/23/2010 3:56:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 23, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    Gird your loins! The international test is here, so let's meet a few of the people advising President Obama as he faces the mess in Korea. Remember this ad, from the 2008 campaign? 30 sec. Ad It’s the Hillary 3 am ad — there’s a crisis somewhere in the world, the phone rings in the White House, and we need someone there who knows what to do, knows all the world’s leaders, etc.The irony at the time of that ad’s release was that a) it came from Hillary Clinton, whose chief claim to competence was having been married to a...
  • Jay's Analysis Exclusive: Col. Anthony Shaffer Interview in Three Parts

    11/23/2010 4:22:52 AM PST · by 0beron
    Jay's Analysis ^ | 11/22/2010 | Jay008
  • We're all victims of circumstance!

    11/18/2010 9:36:13 AM PST · by ExInmate · 8 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 11/18/2010 | Ben Crystal
    He may be shrewd, even clever; but Barack Obama is no more intellectually supercharged than Joe Biden’s hair plugs.
  • 'American empire' will disappear, infamous British double agent forecasts

    11/12/2010 9:32:50 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 25 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | November 12, 2010 | Andrew Osborn
    George Blake, a British double agent, has forecast that the "American empire" will crumble, and predicted that every country in the world will one day embrace communism. In a rare interview given on his 88th birthday, the former Soviet agent said he had no regrets and expressed no remorse for betraying Britain or its intelligence service. Blake, who calls himself Georgy Ivanovich in Moscow, said he still had no time for American foreign policy. "The American empire will disappear because everyone who lives by the sword dies from the sword," he told the daily Izvestia newspaper. Blake was a member...
  • Freepers...I need your help...

    11/10/2010 8:45:46 AM PST · by Meggers · 16 replies
    Flagged For Removal ^ | 11/10/2010 | Meg Kelso
    You have to understand, not ALL women are idiots...just those who can't see past abortion, health care and their own convoluted ideas of feminism.
  • CIA Sues Ishmael Jones: His Response

    10/19/2010 4:28:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 19, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    Ishmael Jones, former CIA employee and author, has been sued by the CIA which claims he published his book without authorization in violation of his pledge to the agency. Jones has contributed several articles to AT. I asked him to respond and here is what he said: The book contains no classified information and I do not profit from it. CIA censors attack this book because it exposes the CIA as a place to get rich, with billions of taxpayer dollars wasted or stolen in espionage programs that produce nothing. Despite the talented work force, more than 90% of...
  • U.S. rethinks intelligence sharing after leaks anger Obama

    10/07/2010 1:35:36 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8:43 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2010 | Eli Lake
    President Obama is angry over recent public disclosures of classified information in Washington, and the intelligence community is re-evaluating the post-Sept. 11 push for greater intelligence-sharing, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday. *** Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview that the president's outrage is misplaced. "I think it's ironic that the president is so concerned about leaks when he sanctioned what seems to be a mass secret spilling by his top aids for the [Bob] Woodward book," Mr. Bond said.
  • SETI switching search to galactic Artificial Intelligence arrays could bring about end of humanity

    09/21/2010 6:09:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Texarrakis ^ | 9/20/10
    Seth Shostak, a top astronomer at SETI has recently suggested that instead of trying to listen for standard transmissions from advanced alien biological lifeforms like ourselves, we should probably be listening for AI transmissions. This is based on our own experience, we as humans developed radio transmissions only a short while ago, considering the length of time our civilization has been advancing. And if we're any indication of the general route technologically capable life evolves, the galaxy is probably full of sentient AI collectives, not biological lifeforms. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Shostak said:"If you look at the...
  • Hamas intelligence chief arrested in Egypt

    09/19/2010 2:08:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Haaretz [Israel] ^ | 9/19/10 | Staff
    Relatives of Mohammed Dababish, a top Hamas security official in the Gaza Strip, say he was arrested at Cairo airport while returning from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Egyptian officials confirmed Sunday a member of Hamas' military wing had been arrested before the weekend at Cairo's airport because his name was on a wanted list for using falsified travel documents. (Snip) Egypt has arrested a string of Hamas figures since an Egyptian soldier was killed in a border shooting early this year.
  • New Category on Craig's List: Spy

    09/19/2010 10:09:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Pilot ^ | September 19, 2010 | Dusty Rhoades
    In these tough economic times, many people are looking for a career change. Having been canned from jobs they’d previously found tedious and unfulfilling, they hunger for new challenges in different fields. If you’re one of those people, maybe you should consider a career in international espionage and counterterrorism! But how can I find a job in a field like that, you ask. I don’t have any military or CIA experience! How can I, an average Joe, even find out about jobs in the competitive, one might even say cutthroat, field of covert operations? Well, average Joe, these are the...
  • WikiLeaks Collaborating With Media Outlets on Release of Iraq Documents Cited As Biggest Leak Ever

    09/09/2010 9:15:04 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | September 10, 2010 | Joe Raedle
    A London-based journalism nonprofit is working with the WikiLeaks Web site and TV and print media in several countries on programs and stories based on what is described as massive cache of classified U.S. military field reports related to the Iraq War. Iain Overton, editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, tells Declassified that his organization has teamed up with media organizations—including major television networks and one or more American media outlets—in an unspecified number of countries to produce a set of documentaries and stories based on the cache of Iraq War documents in the possession of WikiLeaks. As happened...