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  • Think Again: Intelligence (Blame Politicians, Not Spys, For America's Intelligence Failures

    01/06/2012 12:11:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JAN/FEB 2012 | PAUL R. PILLAR
    I served in the CIA for 28 years and I can tell you: America's screw-ups come from bad leaders, not lousy spies.Not the big ones. From George W. Bush trumpeting WMD reports about Iraq to this year's Republican presidential candidates vowing to set policy in Afghanistan based on the dictates of the intelligence community, Americans often get the sense that their leaders' hands are guided abroad by their all-knowing spying apparatus. After all, the United States spends about $80 billion on intelligence each year, which provides a flood of important guidance every week on matters ranging from hunting terrorists to...
  • 'US spy drone crashes in Afghanistan'

    12/27/2011 2:06:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | 12/27/2011
    Afghan officials say an American reconnaissance drone has crashed in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktia, Press TV reports. A Tuesday statement released by NATO confirmed the incident but claimed that the unmanned aircraft made an emergency landing “due to technical malfunction.” According to locals, US-led forces have cordoned off the site of the incident. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also claimed that members of the militant group shot down the drone in the Ahmadabad district of the province. The Taliban say they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months. Activities...
  • Gingrich, citing unnamed CIA official, accuses White House of historic number of leaks

    12/23/2011 1:58:40 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 12/23/11 | Matthew Shelley
    Newt Gingrich said Friday that a former CIA official has told him that President Obama's administration has leaked more secrets than any administration that official had seen. "You have an Obama administration who's dedicated to appeasing our enemies and dedicated to giving away our secrets," Gingrich said in an interview with WHO radio in Des Moines. "I've had a former very senior CIA person tell me this White House has leaked more secrets than any White House in his lifetime." A senior Obama campaign official said in response: "His definition of appeasement must be decimating al Qaeda's leadership." Obama has...
  • Iran capture of US spy drone 'would be significant blow to military'

    12/05/2011 8:59:13 AM PST · by americanophile · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Dec 2011 | Ben Farmer
    Tehran claims to have brought down with "little damage" an RQ-170 surveillance drone, considered one of the most secret aircraft in the world, flying inside eastern Iran. The seizure of the unarmed surveillance drone intact would give access to a treasure trove of classified information including the designs of the aircraft and its payload of sensors. However it was unlikely the drone had escaped a crash or being shot down without significant damage and its sensitive technology was probably rigged with self-destruct mechanisms, experts added. Suspicion surrounds the claims because Iran has yet to release any footage of the captured...
  • March to (DC) Madness (Progressives Plan to Shut Down Highway System)

    11/20/2011 12:34:24 PM PST · by STD · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Incoming e-mail ^ | 11/20/11 | Vanity
    Dear MoveOn member, Last week, a courageous group left the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York City and started marching to Washington, DC. Their goal was to bring the outrage and energy of the 99% directly to Capitol Hill. They're marching to call out the congressional Super Committee, which could cut a deal before Wednesday slashing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to protect tax breaks for the 1%.
  • Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters

    11/20/2011 9:02:21 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 73 replies
    Sunday NY Times Review ^ | 11-20-11 | DAVID Z. HAMBRICK and ELIZABETH J. MEINZ
    HOW do people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports? This has long been a topic of intense debate in psychology. ...what seems to separate the great from the merely good is hard work, not intellectual ability...Malcolm Gladwell observes that...snip “Once someone has reached an I.Q. of somewhere around 120,” he writes, “having additional I.Q. points doesn’t seem to translate into any measureable real-world advantage.”snip.. But this isn’t quite the story that science tells. Research has shown that intellectual ability matters for success in many fields — and not just up to a point....
  • Cover up to look smart: Men and women who bare more flesh are regarded as less intelligent

    11/13/2011 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/12/2011 | Lauren Paxman
    he girls on The Only Way is Essex might not look like rocket scientists, but new research suggests that they are much cleverer that their skimpy outfits may lead you to believe. A study into human perceptions has discovered that revealing more flesh can significantly change the way we think - about both men and women. If we see someone wearing revealing attire we automatically assume they are less competent. The findings were revealed in a study by a team of psychologists led by Professor Kurt Gray, from the University of Maryland. He said: 'In six studies we show that...
  • Report: Anarchists Collecting Intelligence for Terrorists

    10/25/2011 6:14:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Foreign and Israeli anarchists are helping terrorists to gather intelligence, Yehudah Hendler of Esh Kodesh said in an interview with Arutz Sheva. The anarchists, he said, help Arabs from Palestinian Authority enclaves to force their way into Jewish towns, ostensibly to harvest olives – an activity that has served as cover for terrorism on past occasions, he said. The murderers of five members of the Fogel family used the olive harvest as an excuse to gather information on the victims’ town and to plan their attack, Hendel noted. "Experience shows that they come together with the terrorists to gather intelligence...
  • CIA's Covert Iraq Mission

    10/25/2011 2:38:55 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/25/11 | Eli Lake
    As the U.S. military departs Iraq, the CIA is looking at secret counterterrorism and intelligence programs run inside that country for years by the Joint Special Operations Command. The programs involve everything from the deployment of remote sensors that scan the wireless spectrum of terrorist safe havens to stealth U.S.-Iraqi counterterrorism commando teams. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said “As we complete the drawdown, we will continue to have discussions about how to meet their security needs in a manner that meets our mutual interests,” he said. “Possibilities could include training, exchange programs, tactical exercises, and regular coordination. The...
  • Detention hearing for accused Syrian spy from Va.; government calls Soueid a flight risk

    10/14/2011 2:31:07 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via WASHINGTON ^ | October 14, 2011, 12:39 am | n/a
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A judge will decide whether a Virginia man accused of spying on U.S. citizens for Syria will remain jailed while he awaits trial.
  • Chinese telecom firm tied to spy ministry--CIA: Beijing funded Huawei

    10/13/2011 6:21:35 PM PDT · by casablanca · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10.13.11 | Bill Gertz
    A U.S. intelligence report for the first time links China’s largest telecommunications company to Beijing’s KGB-like intelligence service and says the company recently received nearly a quarter-billion dollars from the Chinese government. The disclosures are a setback for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s efforts to break into the U.S. telecommunications market. The company has been blocked from doing so three times by the U.S. government because of concerns about its links to the Chinese government. The report by the CIA-based Open Source Center states that Huawei’s chairwoman, Sun Yafang, worked for the Ministry of State Security (MSS) Communications Department before joining...
  • Government Aims to Build a ‘Data Eye in the Sky’

    10/11/2011 3:02:54 PM PDT · by anymouse · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 10, 2011 | JOHN MARKOFF
    (snip) The government is showing interest in the idea. This summer a little-known intelligence agency began seeking ideas from academic social scientists and corporations for ways to automatically scan the Internet in 21 Latin American countries for “big data,” according to a research proposal being circulated by the agency. The three-year experiment, to begin in April, is being financed by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or Iarpa (pronounced eye-AR-puh), part of the office of the director of national intelligence. The automated data collection system is to focus on patterns of communication, consumption and movement of populations. It will use...
  • Clapper: US, Pakistan spies rebuild ties

    10/07/2011 2:20:56 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, October 7, 2011 4:29 PM EDT | KIMBERLY DOZIER AP Intelligence Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a troubled period in U.S.-Pakistani relations, Pakistani forces have arrested five key al-Qaida suspects at the CIA's request, including a senior operative whose name has not been made public, and also allowed U.S. intelligence officers to question those detainees, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials. Pakistan has also stopped demanding the CIA suspend the covert drone strikes that have damaged al-Qaida's militant ranks in Pakistan's tribal areas, officials on both sides say — though the Pakistanis say they have simply put this on the back burner for now. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to...
  • Why closing NDIC would be foolish

    10/07/2011 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 5 replies
    The Johnstown Tribune Democrat ^ | October 7, 2011 | Pedro O.Vega
    At the end of World War II, the U.S. defense and national security apparatus faced a variety of challenges left over by the conflict. One of the most important was the formulation of a process to collect, collate, evaluate, analyze, produce and disseminate strategic intelligence to guide decision-makers in the formulation of national policy. Implicit in this search was the need for a professional cadre of analysts able to carry on this process with impartiality and with full awareness of their own psychological limits, able to forge strategic intelligence products with minimal institutional bias – thus the Central Intelligence Agency...
  • Afterburner: What We Did Right After 9/11

    09/18/2011 11:15:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | September 18, 2011 | Erica Johnsen
    In the decade since the September 11th attacks, our running analyses of what we should have done in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would make Captain Hindsight proud. But in a great new Afterburner from PJTV, Bill Whittle makes the simple yet brilliant case that with the information we had, Americans behaved not only intelligently but honorably, and that freedom isn't free. Afterburner with Bill Whittle: What We Did Right Ed Morrissey has a more thorough rundown at HotAir, but I'd like to highlight several crucial points raised by Mr. Whittle that I think are overlooked all too often:...
  • Rick Perry loves science. Political science.

    09/16/2011 7:32:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 16, 2011 | Ezra Klein
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t have a reputation as the most scientifically inclined of candidates..... But there’s one kind of science that Perry is willing, even eager, to run on: political science. And that should have his opponents worried. In...“The VictoryLab,” Sasha Issenberg digs deep into Perry’s campaign organization, which he calls “the brainiest political operation in America.” After seven straight wins at the ballot box, Perry’s organization is also among the most fearsome in America. And there’s nothing unscientific about it. In fact, compared with Perry’s organization, every other campaign in America appears in denial of the evidence. The...
  • Of Mafiosi and Mullahs

    09/10/2011 7:59:07 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    This was supposed to be a reflection on 9/11 and what we’ve learned in the decade since — what we’ve done right, what we’ve done wrong. It would be foolish, though, to waste time retracing our steps when the lesson is simple and the threat that we will unlearn it is immediate and concrete. What we’ve learned is that the only protection from jihadist terror lies in good intelligence. And what we’re seeing is an attempt to re-establish pre-9/11 roadblocks to intelligence-gathering in the very place where, as 9/11 painfully proved, the threat to us is most profound. Commissioner Ray...
  • US says not cooperating with WikiLeaks

    09/01/2011 8:43:35 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:31 AM EDT | MATTHEW LEE
    PARIS (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday that WikiLeaks did inform it of the impending release of hundreds of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables but stressed that it was in no way cooperating with the anti-secrecy group whose actions it said threatened national security and the safety of confidential informants. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the group had told the department it intended to continue to release classified documents over the strenuous objections of the United States.
  • Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn't exist

    08/31/2011 6:32:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 31/8/11 | Matt Apuzzo And Adam Goldman
    NEW YORK -Working with the CIA, the New York Police Department maintained a list of "ancestries of interest" and dispatched undercover officers to monitor Muslim businesses and social groups, according to new documents that offer a rare glimpse inside an intelligence program the NYPD insists doesn't exist. The documents add new details to an Associated Press investigation that explained how undercover NYPD officers singled out Muslim communities for surveillance and infiltration. The Demographics Unit, a squad of 16 officers fluent in a total of at least five languages, was told to map ethnic communities in New York, New Jersey and...
  • A New Toy For Children Of "Smart" Liberals

    08/30/2011 4:38:55 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 18 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-30-11 | Jared H. McAndersen