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  • Intelligence Director: ‘Arab Spring’ Has Benefited Islamists

    03/13/2013 10:38:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 13, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    The “Arab spring” has benefited Islamists rather than democracy advocates, while political transitions and unrest in the region have provided opportunities for terrorists to mount attacks against U.S. interests, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers Tuesday. … “Islamist actors have been the chief electoral beneficiaries of the political openings, and Islamist parties in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco will likely solidify their influence in the coming year,” he told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a written statement. … “Sequestration forces the intelligence community to reduce all intelligence activities and functions, without regard to impact on our mission,”...
  • Has Obama gotten a new, more worrisome NIE on Iran?

    08/11/2012 9:56:43 AM PDT · by tentmaker · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/11/2012 | Rick Moran
    President Barack Obama recently received a new National Intelligence Estimate report on the Iranian nuclear program, which shares Israel's view that Iran has made surprising, significant progress toward military nuclear capability, Western diplomats and Israeli officials have informed Haaretz. This NIE report on Iran was supposed to have been submitted to Obama a few weeks ago, but it was revised to include new and alarming intelligence information about military components of Iran's nuclear program. Haaretz has learned that the report's conclusions are quite similar to those drawn by Israel's intelligence community. The NIE report contends that Iran has made surprising,...
  • Iran’s Nuclear Project (Michael Rubin)

    11/08/2011 1:47:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    NRO ^ | Nov. 8, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    -Excerpt- The IAEA’s findings are not only an indictment of Iran, however. They also reveal the fundamental corruption of Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian diplomat who was the IAEA’s director general from December 1997 to November 2009. While his job was to administer a technocratic agency, ElBaradei repeatedly intervened to distort the inspectors’ findings. Rather than confront the Islamic Republic on its cheating, he coached Iranian officials on their public diplomacy. He also repeatedly ignored mounting evidence of secret Iranian facilities until these were publicly exposed by other means. -excerpt- The IAEA report should also embarrass Thomas Fingar, Vann H. Van...
  • Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair*

    05/20/2010 3:30:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies · 1,296+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5-20-10 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News. For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair on a secure phone line about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News. Multiple administration sources tell ABC News that Blair’s tenure internally...
  • Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair

    05/20/2010 2:22:03 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 42 replies · 1,461+ views
    ABC ^ | May 20, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News. For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair in the Oval Office about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News. Multiple administration sources tell ABC News that Blair’s tenure internally has...
  • US Would Lose Cyber War: Ex-Spy Chief

    02/23/2010 7:52:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 514+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | February 24, 2010 | J. Nicholas Hoover
    Michael McConnell, former director of national intelligence, warns that the threat of a cyberattack rivals nuclear weapons in terms of seriousness.The risk of a catastrophic cyberattack is approaching the gravity of the nuclear risk, according to the Bush administration's top spy. "The cyber risk has become so important that, in my view, it rivals nuclear weapons in terms of seriousness," Michael McConnell, former director of national intelligence, said Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate committee on commerce, transportation, and technology. McConnell warned in striking terms that the United States was not prepared either for cyber warfare or cyber criminals....
  • US would lose cyberwar: former intel chief

    02/23/2010 11:47:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 468+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/23/2010 | AFP
    The United States would lose a cyberwar if it fought one today, a former US intelligence chief has warned. Michael McConnell, a retired US Navy vice admiral who served as ex-president George W. Bush's director of national intelligence, also compared the danger of cyberwar to the nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. "If we went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose," McConnell told a hearing Tuesday on cybersecurity held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "We're the most vulnerable, we're the most connected, we have the most to lose....
  • Ann Coulter: AHMADINEJAD: 'YEP, I'M NUCLEAR!' (Thanks, Liberals!)

    02/17/2010 2:48:06 PM PST · by Syncro · 34 replies · 1,073+ views
    Ann Coulter.Com ^ | February 17, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    AHMADINEJAD: 'YEP, I'M NUCLEAR!'February 17, 2010 The only man causing President Obama more headaches than Joe Biden these days is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (who, coincidentally, was right after Biden on Obama's short-list for V.P.). Despite Obama's personal magnetism, the Iranian president persists in moving like gangbusters to build nuclear weapons, leading to Ahmadinejad's announcement last week that Iran is now a "nuclear state." Gee, that's weird -- because I remember being told in December 2007 that all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Iran had ceased nuclear weapons development as of 2003. At the time of that leak, many of...
  • Revised NIE: Iran's program continuing

    01/19/2010 11:12:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 261+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/20/2010 | JPost.com Staff
    US spy agencies evaluate that Iran has accelerated its research into creating a nuclear weapon but has yet to restart its program in full, Reuters quoted US officials as saying on Wednesday. The new estimate comes as the American intelligence community is putting the finishing touches on a revised National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that was published near the end of the George W. Bush administration and that was out of line with European countries' estimates, as well as Israel's. Back in 2007, the NIE assessed that Iran had put its atomic bomb program on hold since 2003. Israel immediately rejected...
  • Who Leaked to Iran?

    10/20/2009 9:08:06 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies · 1,271+ views
    NewsMax ^ | October 20, 2009 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    For three long years, the United States, Britain, and France kept the secret while their intelligence services shared information they had been gathering on what appeared to be a top secret underground nuclear weapons plant near Qom. At the very last minute, just four days before the allies planned to shock the world by revealing detailed information on the secret nuclear plant, the Iranian government sent a tersely worded letter acknowledging the existence of the site to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and pledged to open it for future inspections. “Someone leaked,” says Danielle Pletka, vice president of the...
  • Don’t believe the NIE … Iran will have a weapon far sooner, by following the South African model.

    10/12/2009 5:23:14 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | October 12, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Iran most likely will develop a nuclear capability far sooner than the NIE timeline of around 2015... Much of the analysis both classified and from think tanks, mistakenly presupposes Iran will only pursue an implosion device... In the mid 1970’s feeling threatened by Soviet expansion by its Cuban surrogates in Angola, the South African government started down the road to becoming a nuclear power. Similar to Iran today, they settled on the production of uranium as the fuel and developed a gun type of weapon. Between 1982 and 1989 they completed 6 lightweight (750 kg/1,650 lb) weapons with an estimated...
  • Where are the Three Stooges who wrote the 2007 NIE on Iran?

    10/08/2009 7:34:30 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies · 541+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    Back in 2007, the National Intelligence Estimate was released which all but absolved Iran of suspicions that it was on course to develop nuclear weapons. Rich Lowry writes In November 2007, US intelligence agencies wrote a National Intelligence Estimate concluding, "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program." . . The 2007 NIE had a very circumscribed definition of a weapons program, but it included "covert conversion-related and uranium enrichment-related work." Exactly what Qom is for. What do the Iranians have to do to convince US intelligence they have a weapons program? The...
  • Intelligence Fiasco Footnote: The authors of the 2007 Iran NIE have some explaining to do.

    10/08/2009 6:38:06 AM PDT · by no-llmd · 2 replies · 382+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-8-2009 | WSJ Opinion
    When it comes to politicized intelligence in the Bush years, the critics may finally have a point. Perhaps the work of America’s intelligence agencies was manipulated to suit the convenience of a small group of willful officials, intent on getting their way against the better judgment of their colleagues. Except the intelligence was about Iran, not Iraq, and the manipulators weren’t conniving neocons but rather the Administration’s internal critics on the left.”
  • Iran And That Bogus 2007 National Intelligence Estimate

    09/30/2009 6:11:15 AM PDT · by no-llmd · 5 replies · 285+ views
    The Strata-Sphere ^ | 9-30-2009 | AJ Strata
    In 2008, a suspicious National Intelligence Estimate was leaked to the news media, apparently to influence the 2008 presidential elections. An NIE is the consensus view on the threats to this nation, at times on a specific topic like Iran or Iraq or al Qaeda. IN 2007 the NIE was a crass act of misinformation.
  • Iran: The great US intelligence fraud

    09/29/2009 3:08:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 801+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 29, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    The revelation of an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility buried in a mountain at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near the religious city of Qom might seem ominous. If, that is, the Iranians were determined to develop a nuclear weapon. Fortunately, we are advised that they are not. In November 2007, US intelligence agencies wrote a National Intelligence Estimate concluding, “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” The intelligence community appears to be sticking by its judgment, which means — cue the sighs of relief — that the Qom facility may be only...
  • About that 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran . . .

    09/25/2009 2:25:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies · 632+ views
    About that 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran . . . In November of 2007, the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) drafted a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear program. In its publicly released “Key Judgments,” the IC concluded: “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” A footnote at the end of that sentence made it clear just what the IC thought had been “halted” (emphasis added): For the purposes of this Estimate, by “nuclear weapons program” we mean Iran’s nuclear weapon design and weaponization work and covert uranium conversion-related and uranium...
  • Did the CIA 'Cook the Books' on Iran? (It looks like somebody did for the 2007 NIE.)

    07/29/2009 12:46:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,207+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 28, 2009 | Herbert E. Meyer
    Do you remember that 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate which concluded -- to virtually everyone's astonishment -- that four years earlier Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons program? Publication of that NIE cut the ground out from under the Bush administration's efforts to prevent Iran from getting its hands on a nuclear bomb.  After all, why pressure the mullahs in Teheran to stop a program they'd already abandoned?  And, of course, the NIE's conclusion was cited by President Bush's political enemies as (further) evidence that the President and his team were so driven by their hard-line ideology that they (as...
  • U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003

    04/13/2009 7:52:39 PM PDT · by MoonMullins · 22 replies · 1,092+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2007 | Mark Mazzetti
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies released Monday concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting a judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.
  • Al-Qaeda 'Less Capable and Effective': US Intel Chief

    02/12/2009 10:30:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 367+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/12/09
    Al-Qaeda is "less capable and effective" than it was a year ago after a series of damaging blows that have killed key leaders in Pakistan's tribal areas, the new US intelligence chief said. Nevertheless, retired admiral Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence, said Al-Qaeda was still planning attacks on the West and is believed to view Europe as a "viable launching point."
  • Obama to pick Dennis Blair national intelligence head

    01/06/2009 6:04:01 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 4 replies · 590+ views
    Wall Street Journal online ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | Wallace Witkowski
    President-elect Barack Obama is expected to nominate Retired Admiral Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, according to media reports Monday
  • Another Misfire From Spies Like Us

    11/23/2008 11:10:03 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 550+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 24, 2008 | Editorial
    Intelligence: Our spy agencies have taken another look into their crystal ball and see a long period of American decline. We're betting they aren't any more accurate on this prediction than they've been on others in the past. The National Intelligence Estimate put out periodically by the nation's 17 spy agencies is intended to serve as a road map for future policy actions. Unfortunately, the one just released takes a lot of wrong turns. It warns, for instance, of Russia once again rising in global affairs — in part because global warming will be a boon to that nation's sprawling...
  • Israel Poised to Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites

    06/23/2008 8:48:46 AM PDT · by cassy.kane · 25 replies · 85+ views
    Human Events ^ | 06/23/2008 | Robert Maginnis
    The New York Times reported last week that Israel carried out a major military exercise in early June that appears to be a rehearsal “…to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran’s nuclear program.” More than 100 Israeli warplanes -- including F-16 and F-15 fighters, refueling tankers and helicopters for pilot rescue - participated in the maneuvers in the eastern Mediterranean. The message of the exercise, concludes the Times, was that Israel is prepared to act militarily if diplomatic efforts fail to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Such an...
  • Sanctions against Iran: A Promising Struggle

    06/02/2008 2:00:26 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 63+ views
    The Washington Institute for Near East Policy ^ | Summer 2008 | Michael Jacobson
    For most of 2007, concerns about Iran grew louder. This situation changed dramatically in December, with the release of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear intentions and capabilities. The NIE, which assessed that Iran had ceased its covert weapons program in 2003, was widely interpreted to indicate that Iran was no longer a threat. As a result, questions were raised whether U.S.-led efforts to ratchet up financial pressure against Tehran, through both UN sanctions and unilateral measures, remained either necessary or viable. In reality, even if Iran no longer has an active covert nuclear weapons program, there would...
  • US, Israel signal war on Iran

    05/16/2008 5:16:24 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies · 108+ views
    Press TV ^ | 5-16-08
    Washington and Tel Aviv vow to take 'tangible action' to prevent Iran from acquiring 'nuclear weapons', an Israeli spokesman says. Israeli premier Ehud Olmert's spokesman, Mark Regev, said on Friday that the diplomatic efforts to exert pressure on Iran to give up its uranium enrichment have so far been insufficient. "It is clear that additional steps will have to be taken," he continued. "We are on the same page. We both see the threat... And we both understand that tangible action is required to prevent the Iranians from moving forward on a nuclear weapon," said the Israeli spokesman. Regev then...
  • Dems Take Issue with Iraq Intelligence Report

    04/07/2008 4:06:10 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies · 65+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | John Semmens
    Democratic leaders called the latest National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq ‘s assessment of President Bush’s “surge” strategy “incredible.” General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the top U.S. diplomat in Baghdad are said to be facing a tough grilling when they give testimony to key congressional committees this week. “To be blunt, I find the report incredible—as in hard to believe,” Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said. “The claim that there has been significant progress in Iraq directly contradicts what the Democratic leadership in congress and our two presidential candidates have been saying. It...
  • Democrat: Report on Iraq 'too rosy' (Democrats admit they won't accept success)

    04/04/2008 1:24:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies · 76+ views
    cnn ^ | 4/4/2008 | Ed Henry and Ted Barrett
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senior Democratic senators challenged a new intelligence report's assessment of President Bush's "surge" strategy Friday, saying the troop increase in Iraq has failed to achieve its strategic goals. The classified National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which was distributed to key lawmakers this week, sets the stage for the latest public progress report on Iraq that will be delivered Tuesday and Wednesday to congressional committees by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the top U.S. diplomat in Baghdad. "In my judgment, it's too rosy, but there are parts of it that...
  • Democrats Dismiss This NIE

    04/04/2008 9:43:30 AM PDT · by Jbny · 3 replies · 67+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 4, 2008 | Abe Greenwald
    When a summary of the N.I.E. on Iran’s nuclear weapons program was released in October 2007, Democrats wasted no time in citing its “findings” that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program. Prominent party members dashed in front of cameras and microphones to bolster their claims that Tehran was ripe for dialogue and the Bush administration was wrong to think otherwise:
  • (Classified) Report: Security in Iraq is improving (new NIE, same as the last one)

    04/03/2008 6:31:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 113+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08 | Pamela Hess - ap
    WASHINGTON - A new classified intelligence assessment on Iraq says there has been significant progress in security since the last assessment was delivered in August, a senior military official said. In most ways the new National Intelligence Estimate hews closely to the one delivered nine months ago. That document spoke of security gains since the increase in troop levels began in January 2007, the continued high rate of violence and uneven progress on the part of Iraqi security forces. "It does not differ significantly from August's NIE," a congressional official said in describing the document. The officials spoke on condition...
  • Report: Security in Iraq is improving

    04/03/2008 6:32:11 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies · 37+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/3/2008 | PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - A new classified intelligence assessment on Iraq says there has been significant progress in security since the last assessment was delivered in August, a senior military official said. In most ways the new National Intelligence Estimate hews closely to the one delivered nine months ago. That document spoke of security gains since the increase in troop levels began in January 2007, the continued high rate of violence and uneven progress on the part of Iraqi security forces. "It does not differ significantly from August's NIE," a congressional official said in describing the document. The officials spoke on condition...
  • Iran a Nuclear Threat, Bush Insists

    03/21/2008 6:39:32 AM PDT · by edpc · 15 replies · 323+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 21, 2008 | Robin Wright
    President Bush said Thursday that Iran has declared that it wants to be a nuclear power with a weapon to "destroy people," including others in the Middle East, contradicting the judgments of a recent U.S. intelligence estimate. The president spoke in an interview intended to reach out to the Iranian public on the Persian new year and to express "moral support" for struggling freedom movements, particularly among youth and women. It was designed to stress U.S. support for Iran's quest for nuclear energy and the prospects that Washington and Tehran can "reconcile their differences" if Iran cooperates with the international...
  • World: Maybe that NIE was wrong after all

    03/03/2008 6:53:32 AM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 168+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 03, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Old paradigm: Iranian nuclear program no threat to the West. New paradigm: Iran lied about its weaponization and may still be pursuing weapons. The IAEA now wants Iran to prove it isn’t developing weapons, and this time the Europeans have taken the lead in demanding answers: Last Monday, the chief United Nations nuclear inspector gathered ambassadors and experts from dozens of nations in a boardroom high above the Danube in Vienna and laid out a trove of evidence that he said raised new questions about whether Iran had tried to design an atom bomb. For more than two hours, representatives...
  • What Will Obama Do When Iran Explodes a Nuclear Device?

    02/26/2008 7:45:40 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 15 replies · 71+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 2/26/08 | Purple Mountains
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg have gone down in history to stand beside Judas as among the world’s most notorious traitors (it wasn’t fair that the US had the atomic bomb but Soviet Russia didn’t). Perhaps someday soon, the liberal holdovers from the Clinton Administration who strongly influenced the publication of the National Intelligence Estimate that Iran had stopped its efforts to develop a nuclear weapons capability will join the Rosenbergs in their special place in hell.
  • IAEA: Iran not complying with nuclear program inspection

    02/22/2008 9:16:44 AM PST · by maquiladora · 77 replies · 242+ views
    haaretz ^ | 19:00 22/02/2008
    Iran is still not complying with nuclear inspectors sent to examine their nuclear energy programs, according to a report issued by the international Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). The report states that Iran has carried out a series of experiments associated with the production of nuclear weapons and uranium enrichment, including simulations of warhead detonations and tests involving Polonium 210, a material used to develop nuclear weapons.
  • Unintelligence on Iranian Nukes (CIA/Intel making policy) (Very Good read)

    02/16/2008 7:36:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 130+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 02/25/2008 | Michael Rubin
    Unintelligence on Iranian Nukes Appalling gamesmanship at the CIA. by Michael Rubin 02/25/2008 Unintelligence on Iranian Nukes Appalling gamesmanship at the CIA. by Michael Rubin 02/25/2008, Volume 013, Issue 23 During his February 5 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell backpedaled from the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and its claim that, "in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program." Not only did McConnell testify that the Islamic Republic was working to master the enrichment of uranium--"the most difficult challenge in nuclear production"--but he also acknowledged that, "because of intelligence gaps," the...
  • Iranian Nuclear Rewrite

    02/08/2008 5:56:08 AM PST · by Brilliant · 7 replies · 234+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 8, 2008 | WSJ
    ...The December NIE made headlines the world over for its "key judgment" that in 2003 "Tehran halted its nuclear weapons programs" -- programs that previously had been conducted in secret and in violation of Iran's Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty obligations. This was a "high confidence" judgment, though the intelligence community had only "moderate confidence" that the program hasn't since been restarted... So it was little wonder that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quickly called the NIE a "declaration of victory" for Iran's nuclear programs. Diplomatic efforts to pass a third round of U.N. economic sanctions ground to a crawl... Russia decided to...
  • Taking Down the NIE ("The NIE lied. Europe’s peacemakers cried.")

    02/07/2008 11:21:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 91+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 07, 2008 | Stanley Kurtz
    February 07, 2008, 7:00 a.m. Taking Down the NIEIran is a winning issue for Republicans. By Stanley Kurtz The biggest story of the 2008 campaign so far may not be the fall or rise of any candidate, but the quick and quiet decline of the war on terror as a bone of political contention. Supposedly, the terror war is yesterday’s news, and in any case a losing issue for the Republicans in 2008. Yet this newly congealing conventional wisdom is mistaken. Republicans can win this election on national security. In fact, with its cover story this week, The Economist...
  • Iran DIDN'T 'Halt' Nuke Program Afterall! Where's the NYTimes' Apology?

    02/07/2008 12:05:56 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies · 57+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 02/07/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Iran DIDN'T 'Halt' Nuke Program Afterall! Where's the NYTimes' Apology? Remember how the New York Times went apoplectic over last December's NIE estimate that brashly claimed that Iran had suspended their intent to manufacture nuclear arms? It was a front pager and formed the basis of claims that we had illegitimately targeted Iran for rhetorical attacks by many people who opposed the Bush Administration's entire foreign policy regime. Well, as the New York Sun said on the 7th, "what a difference two months make." It appears that the original NIE report was too hasty in its claims that Iran was...
  • Changing the Iran Nuke Report by Kenneth R. Timmerman

    02/07/2008 7:25:00 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 11 replies · 60+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 7 February 2008 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Changing the Iran Nuke Report   By Kenneth R. Timmerman NewsMax.com | Thursday, February 07, 2008 Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell took careful steps to reconsider key portions of a controversial National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear weapons program on Tuesday under sharp questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. McConnell was grilled on the NIE’s disputed conclusion that Iran had shut down its nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003 under international pressure by both Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Kit Bond, the ranking Republican on the committee, chided McConnell for allowing the NIE to be...
  • Intelligence official revives Iran doubts (Ignore the Headline spin)

    02/06/2008 7:11:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 1 replies · 48+ views
    Financial Times (UK) ^ | Published: February 6 2008 03:05 | Last updated: February 6 2008 03:05 | By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington
    The senior US intelligence official on Tuesday stressed that a recent report on Iran had concluded that Tehran had halted only one part of its alleged nuclear weapons programme. Admiral Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, said the November national intelligence estimate had concluded that Tehran had ceased only efforts to covertly enrich uranium and design nuclear warheads. “The only thing that they’ve halted was nuclear weapons design, which is probably the least significant part of the programme,” he told the Senate intelligence committee.
  • The Front-Page Story That Was Not

    02/07/2008 4:51:05 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 4 replies · 83+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Feb. 7, 2008 | Bob Tyrrell
    In all the hullabaloo surrounding Super Tuesday's primaries and caucuses, perhaps the most important news story of the day slipped from sight or was reported only in fragments. I have in mind our intelligence community's annual appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. There our spy chiefs appeared to report how the war against terror is going. How I wish I had a seat on that committee just for the day. I would have a few questions of my own. One would be, "Have any of you fellows detected the whereabouts of Boy Clinton?" Since the South Carolina primary...
  • 2008 National Intelligence Estimate Vindicates Bush Foreign Policy

    02/06/2008 2:28:07 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies · 96+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-06-08 | Scott Malensek
    While political pundits, politicians, hundreds of millions of Americans, and millions more around the world watched Super Tuesday results with confused and baited breath yesterday, a bigger and more important story went almost completely unreported. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) presented Congress with yet another National Intelligence Estimate (a summary of opinions presented by a committee of representatives from all 17 American intelligence entities). This National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) is uncharacteristically well-written. It coldly, and apolitically presents the good, the bad, the ugly, and surprisingly addressed a long-time suspicion of those who support the war in Iraq about the...
  • 2008 National Intelligence Estimate Vindicates Bush Foreign Policy

    02/06/2008 10:27:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 67+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 | Scott
    While political pundits, politicians, hundreds of millions of Americans, and millions more around the world watched Super Tuesday results with confused and baited breath yesterday, a bigger and more important story went almost completely unreported. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) presented Congress with yet another National Intelligence Estimate (a summary of opinions presented by a committee of representatives from all 17 American intelligence entities).************************************ NIE Testimony ******************************************** This National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) is uncharacteristically well-written. It coldly, and apolitically presents the good, the bad, the ugly, and surprisingly addressed a long-time suspicion of those who support the war in...
  • In about turn, U.S. says Iran may be able to make nukes by 2009

    02/06/2008 5:20:44 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies · 63+ views
    IMRA/Haaretz ^ | 2-8-08 | Amir Oren
    The head of American intelligence said Tuesday that it is unclear whether Tehran has returned to its production of nuclear weapons in the past six months, and warned that Iran "would be technically capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium for a weapon" by the end of next year. Speaking two months after an American intelligence report cast doubt on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, National Intelligence Director John Michael McConnell made his remarks during an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee to present an annual report on threats to the U.S. A National Intelligence Estimate report released in December said that...
  • A Reworked NIE?

    02/05/2008 9:33:17 AM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 86+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 05, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Former UN Ambassador John Bolton wants DNI Michael McConnell to redo the National Intelligence Estimate to properly reflect the threat Iran poses to the region and the US. The do-over should emphasize the dual-use nature of its nuclear program, which Bolton claims got glossed over in the original: Today, Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee (and Thursday on the House side) to give the intelligence community's annual global threat analysis. These hearings are always significant, but the stakes are especially high now because of the recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. Criticism of the...
  • As the enrichment machines spin on

    02/01/2008 1:15:49 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 46+ views
    The Economist on Iran Focus ^ | Februari 1 2008 | The Economist
    How America's own intelligence services have brought international policy on Iran to the edge of collapse IF YOU are locked eyeball to eyeball with an adversary as wily as Iran, it does not make much sense to do something that emboldens your opponent and sows defeatism among your friends. But that, it is now clear, is precisely what America's spies achieved when they said in December that, contrary to their own previous assessments, Iran stopped its secret nuclear-weapons programme in 2003. Iran's jubilant president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, immediately called the American National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) a “great victory” for his country....
  • Bolton: US intelligence has become politicized

    01/21/2008 8:18:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies · 80+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-21-08 | HAVIV RETTIG
    The 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate, as well as the skewed reporting around it, is a sign of the "illegitimate politicization" of the American intelligence establishment, according to former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. The document reportedly said Iran stopped its nuclear weapons production program in 2003. While "Iran's nuclear program is continuing and expanding," Bolton told The Jerusalem Post at a book-signing in a Tel Aviv Steimatzky on Sunday, "the NIE has had a devastating impact on our global efforts to try and constrain Iran." "I know the people who wrote this intelligence estimate," Bolton continued....
  • Stopping Iran: Why the Case for Military Action Still Stands

    01/17/2008 7:01:49 AM PST · by Nony · 5 replies · 175+ views
    Commentary ^ | January 17, 2008 | Norman Podhoretz
    Up until a fairly short time ago, scarcely anyone dissented from the assessment offered with “high confidence” by the National Intelligence Estimate [NIE] of 2005 that Iran was “determined to develop nuclear weapons.”
  • 'Iran accelerating missile development'

    01/16/2008 9:30:28 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies · 110+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 1/16/2008 | Unattributed
    The head of the United States' missile defense program sought Wednesday to bolster Washington's argument for anti-missile sites in Europe by warning that Iran has sped up development of long-range missiles. Facing tough opposition from Russia and increasing skepticism from Poland, where the US wants to place part of the system, the American officials are trying to convince Europeans that program is crucial to guarding against an emerging threat from Iran. "They are developing missiles today in an accelerated pace," Lt. Gen. Henry Obering said in remarks at the Foreign Ministry in the Czech Republic, where Washington wants to install...
  • The Ten Worst Stories of 2007

    12/31/2007 8:14:40 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 14 replies · 1,334+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | December 31, 2007 | Paul Ibrahim
    We have had a fairly mixed year. Both good stories and bad were bountiful, and sometimes good and bad news came together to neutralize mega-stories. Take Pakistan, where Pervez Musharraf’s lifting of both his military uniform and his country’s State of Emergency was closely followed by the untimely assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Nobody quite knows what the net effect of these events will be.
  • The European View on Iran: Fallout from the New U.S. Intelligence Estimate

    12/24/2007 6:39:00 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 186+ views
    The European View on Iran: Fallout from the New U.S. Intelligence Estimate Featuring Neil Crompton, Hans-Peter Hinrichsen, and Nicholas Roche On December 13, 2007, Neil Crompton, Hans-Peter Hinrichsen, and Nicholas Roche addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Mr. Crompton is a political counselor at the British embassy who served until recently as Iran coordinator and head of the Iraq Policy Unit at the British Foreign Office. Dr. Hinrichsen, first secretary for political affairs at the German embassy, has long worked on non-proliferation issues. Mr. Roche is a counselor at the French embassy who has focused extensively on the...