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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
    cbsnews.com ^ | 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 POST.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
  • The Affirmative Action President

    08/30/2011 1:36:59 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-30-11 | DrJohn
    Enough. I have had enough. The knuckles are bared. Yesterday Politico ran an article Is Rick Perry dumb?We have witnessed the media assault Republican candidates viciously and repeatedly. Politico has declared war on Sarah Palin. Politico, the journolistas who would never question Barack Obama's brain creds have no qualms about opening speculating about Rick Perry's intelligence. Enough. Now we know why the media struggles so mightily to demean opposing candidates. Barack Obama is the product of affirmative action. A year ago Jack Cashill wrote the article How Obama Got Into HarvardIn it, Cashill Barack Obama's sponsor into higher education. In...
  • Something To Remember When Liberals Become Snobs About Their "Intelligence"...

    08/30/2011 11:53:14 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 22 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-30-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    A good reminder, as liberals break out the broken record about how GOP candidates for president, like Rick Perry, are stupid...
  • Intelligence tests highlight importance of genetic differences

    08/09/2011 6:33:26 AM PDT · by globelamp · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08-09-11 | Alok Jha
    Genetic differences between people account for up to half of the variation in intelligence, according to a study of more than 3,000 individuals. Intelligence is known to run in families, but no single genes have yet been identified that can be reliably linked to mental ability. Instead, researchers think, many hundreds or thousands of genes could be involved, each with a small influence on a person's overall intelligence. "It has been getting clearer and clearer that any genetic contribution to traits on which people differ – like height and weight – comes about from large numbers of gene differences, each...
  • Rooney Wants to Examine Defense, Intelligence Cuts Before Deciding on Debt Deal

    07/31/2011 8:09:29 PM PDT · by Son House · 14 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | July 31st, 2011 | George Bennett
    U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, says he wants more information about potential cuts to defense and security spending before he decides whether to support a bipartisan debt-ceiling compromise. Rooney said he hopes to talk Monday with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., about the impact of potential cuts. “If they can both live with it, then it would be much easier for me to support it,” said Rooney, who is a member of both committees. “The very fact that we’re getting cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling is a...
  • The Powerful Magic Surrounding Liberal Intellect

    07/22/2011 4:26:28 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-22-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • The Chosen One (Who is Obama Really?) - Must Read

    07/13/2011 12:27:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 155 replies · 1+ views
    Claremont Review of Books ^ | July 1, 2011 | Angello M. Codevilla
    ...But there was never anything silly, nor light-hearted, nor casual, about Barack Obama's efforts to keep the public's eyes from the basic facts of his life, from birth to his candidacy for president. On the contrary, this opacity is a deliberate policy. Why? The presumptive answer, absent testimony from those involved, is to ensure that real facts interfere as little as possible with the image and narrative that he and his associates have carefully crafted for him. Distinguishing between reality and that narrative would require above all a skeptical attitude, sure to be characterized by Democrats and the media in...
  • Red Lines

    06/12/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | June 12, 2011 | INTERNET-HAGANAH.com
    SNIPPET: "There are some good reasons for allowing at least a few jihadi forums to operate." SNIPPET: "However, there are limits to our ability to exploit all the intelligence opportunities a forum may present. To put it another way, jihadi forums contribute to future terrorism in ways that are unpredictable and/or beyond our ability to control. This would be the view held by those other government agencies who prefer to seek out and destroy forums and to take down forum activists. For my part, I can live with keeping online those forums we have sufficient access to monitor and resources...
  • Scientists Measure the Accuracy of a Racism Claim [SJ Gould called "charlatan"]

    06/14/2011 5:37:13 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 13, 2011 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Penn Museum, Philadelphia Janet Monge of the Penn Museum examines some of the Morton collection skulls with her colleague, Alan Mann. Scientists have often been accused of letting their ideology influence their results, and one of the most famous cases is that of Morton’s skulls — the global collection amassed by the 19th-century physical anthropologist Samuel George Morton. In a 1981 book, “The Mismeasure of Man,” the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould asserted that Morton, believing that brain size was a measure of intelligence, had subconsciously manipulated the brain volumes of European, Asian and African skulls to favor his bias that...
  • (Vanity) Sarah and the Snobs, or, The True Measure of Intelligence

    06/06/2011 10:03:59 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies · 1+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 6-6-2011 | grey_whiskers
    The latest brouhaha concerning Sarah Palin (overshadowed "briefly" by Wienergate) concerned some impromptu remarks she made regarding the famed ride of Paul Revere. The left started crowing immediately that "these remarks prove she's addled, because everyone knows the famous line 'one if by land, two if by sea'." After the dust had settled, and disinterested authorities had time to digest it, it turns out that the gist of what she had been saying was correct: Paul Revere really *did* warn the Redcoats, that is, tell them that they had lost tactical surprise. It is true that her remarks were somewhat...
  • Online with the blink of an eye and other marvels in our future

    06/04/2011 9:42:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/3/11 | Amina Khan
    The theoretical physicist and author of 'Physics of the Future' talks about how nanotechnology will change our lives.Will the future bring us the teleportation devices of "Star Trek" or the sinister machines of "The Matrix"? Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku of the City College of New York says that many of the things that were once the domain of science fiction — cars that navigate rush-hour traffic on their own, wallpaper that can switch colors when you remodel, an elevator that takes you into outer space — are already here, or well on their way. His book "Physics of the Future,"...
  • Intelligence And Mis-Information as told by J. V. Hoffman

    05/31/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-31-11 | J. V. Hoffman
    Wounded Aboard The USS Liberty After Being Attacked By IsraelIt is painful to say, but so many of us don't understand the difference between 'Intelligence' and 'Mis-Information'. This article will illustrate several factors that escape our consciousness of thought; unfortunately, most of us are victims of mis-information. I served in counterterrorism and counterintelligence for 27 years. Most people think because they have served in the military or in the government they actually have a true grasp of what is actually happening; nothing could be further from the truth! Sadly, most of us will go to the grave, without ever really...
  • Silvio Berlusconi warns Milan could become 'Gypsytown'

    05/24/2011 10:42:46 AM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/24/2011 | BBCX
    "Milan cannot turn into an Islamic city, a zingaropoli [Gypsytown] full of Roma camps, besieged by foreigners to whom the left wants to give the right to vote," Mr Berlusconi said on his People of Freedom party website. "Milan is... one of the most important capitals in Europe in terms of intelligence, creativity and entrepreneurialism," he said. "A city like this will surely not want to hand itself over to the far left with the risk of becoming a disorderly, chaotic and unsafe city." Mr Berlusconi is understood to have taken first-round defeat in Milan - his home town and...
  • Next Phase of Advanced Global Data-Mining & Intelligence System Unfolds

    05/20/2011 8:17:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Details of an emerging data-mining and intelligence-analysis program reminiscent of the Pentagon’s controversial Total Information Awareness (TIA) project emerged yesterday, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. Similar to TIA, which Congress in 2003 de-funded insofar as domestic applications, the Insight Focused Incubator initiative seeks to create a multimedia system that obtains, synthesizes, and analyzes mass volumes of data via the development of an advanced “‘plug and play’ modular architecture” of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies. According to a Special Notice that the Monitor obtained via routine database research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a call...
  • Why Is The Right To Vote The Exception To Abuse and Physics?

    05/16/2011 6:57:40 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-16-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    If America is still the land of opportunity then I want to be allowed to perform at least one brain surgery before I die. I don't have a medical degree, and I don't ever intend to go to school to learn anything that would be important to know before grabbing a scalpel....but I am tired of people telling me something "isn't exactly brain surgery" while I remain completely in the dark about whether or not it's actually true.If you're a high school senior the only thing you should need to receive your diploma is a pulse, because nobody deserves to...
  • Sons of Blackwater Open Corporate-Spying Shop

    05/12/2011 4:48:12 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Washingtonian ^ | 12/05/2010 | Shane Harris
    From the team that brought you Blackwater and the pre-9/11 counterterrorism program Able Danger comes “Jellyfish Intelligence.” That’s the name a group of former US intelligence officials and executives from the controversial security firm have chosen for a new private outfit that offers “predictive intelligence” for Fortune 500 corporations and senior-level executives and that aims to “protect human lives and their business interests throughout the world. The company blends traditional models of a strategic consulting firm with what it claims is an extensive network of human sources—people who, in an official context, would be called spies. Jellyfish employs a network...
  • Osama bin Laden to al-Qaeda: 'Don't bother assassinating Joe Biden'

    05/12/2011 2:50:02 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 60 replies
    US officials have revealed that Osama bin Laden’s diaries contain the rather startling conclusion that he didn’t think Vice President Joe Biden was worth bumping off (hat tip: a tweet from my New York colleague Jon Swaine). According to ProPublica, the Obama administration is briefing that Barack Obama was bin Laden’s the “top target” (no surprise there) while “military chiefs like the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the defense secretary” were also major scalps.
  • Why the Hurry? Obama's Loose Lips May Have Cost Us Valuable Intelligence

    05/11/2011 6:38:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/11/2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    For a week, people have been asking, “Why won’t the president release Osama bin Laden’s photo?” That’s the wrong question. We should be asking, “Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?” The White House says the information in bin Laden’s compound is the equivalent of a “small college library,” potentially containing incalculably valuable and unique data on al-Qaeda operations, personnel, and methods. “It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable,” a government official told Politico’s Mike Allen. I’m no expert on such matters — though I’ve...
  • How we got bin Laden

    05/07/2011 8:50:26 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | May 7th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The 10 year effort to track down and find Osama bin Laden took dedicated determination of intelligence personnel. Their effort paid off last Sunday with the killing of the world’s number one terrorist. InterrogationsCaptured terrorist provided the first clue about the location of the Al Qaeda leader. According to the Washington Times an unnamed defense official pointed out that “captured al Qaeda trainee Ahmed Siddiqui was arrested in July and disclosed to U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan that bin Laden was hiding in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.” It was captured terrorists that revealed that bin Laden was living with one...
  • Bin Laden raid intel yields leads on al Qaeda No. 2 al Zawahiri

    05/06/2011 12:38:33 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 6, 2011 | Pat Milton
    The intelligence community has obtained "positive intelligence" from the materials taken from Osama bin Laden's compound which is helping narrow down the locations of core al Qaeda leadership including the whereabouts of Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's former No. 2 man and a candidate to succeed bin Laden.
  • The Little-Known Agency That Helped Kill Bin Laden

    05/06/2011 10:55:42 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/5/11 | Marc Ambinder
    The National Geospatial Agency mapped bin Laden's compound, analyzed drone data, and helped the SEALs simulate their missionPresident Obama's first brush with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency was ignominious. Out for lunch in May 2009, at a Five Guys burger franchise in Washington, the new President started to shake the hands of other customers, TV cameras in tow. Then he turned to men with government ID badges. "So what do you?" the president asked. "I work for at NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency," one said. "Outstanding. How long have you been doing that?" Obama wondered. "Six years." Obama then asked: "So, explain...
  • 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
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 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...
  • SQUANDERING OUR VICTORY

    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,...