Wyden and Udall Want Obama to Admit to Secret Collection Program

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:27 pm

Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have an amendment to the PATRIOT Act that makes it clear the Obama Administration briefed the Intelligence Committees in February on an intelligence collection program, conducted under PATRIOT authority, that interprets the language of the law so broadly as to mean something it really doesn’t say. The amendment reads, in [...]

Like SSCI, HPSCI Requires DNI to Close Gaping Security Holes … by 2013

By: Friday May 6, 2011 8:58 am

Steven Aftergood has the House intelligence report online and–as he points out–it contains a requirement that the intelligence community close one of the gaping holes in network security highlighted by the WikiLeaks case. The deadline? 2013. SEC. 402. INSIDER THREAT DETECTION PROGRAM. (a) Initial Operating Capability.–Not later than October 1, 2012, the Director of National [...]

How the “Most Transparent Administration Ever” Worsens Transparency with Transparency Effort

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 5:51 am

The Director of National Intelligence has floated a “shockingly bad” proposal on how much review GAO will be permitted within the intelligence community. According to Steven Aftergood, because the proposal defines the intelligence community broadly, it might result in the loss of GAO review in agencies like DOD and State. The Director of National Intelligence [...]

Finally! Our Declining Manufacturing Base Becomes a National Security Issue

By: Monday March 28, 2011 8:26 am

I have long argued that the way to address the big problems our government is currently all-but-ignoring, not least jobs and climate change, is to talk about how our current policies put us at significant national security risk. If nothing else, by demonstrating how these are national security issues, it’ll provide a way to reverse [...]

Rummy’s Dump

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 9:23 am

Donald Rumsfeld, channeling Julian Assange, has now made the database of documents accompanying his book available. As Spencer notes, making these documents available is largely self-serving; a way for Rummy to point to early moments of reflection that were followed by later moments of rash stupidity or lies. To put it uncharitably: when you’ve got [...]

Did Brennan and Napolitano Have Advance Warning of the UK Arrests?

By: Tuesday December 28, 2010 10:30 am

Now that I’ve fetched Mr. EW from his 48 hour trip to Philadelphia from Dublin, my entire family will be in one place for the next day or so, so don’t expect much posting from me in that period. But I did want to point to this detail about the alleged terrorists arrested the other [...]

Is James Clapper’s Ignorance a Bug? Or a Feature?

By: Saturday December 25, 2010 8:14 am

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been getting beat up because he got embarrassed by Diane Sawyer when he admitted he had no clue about a 12-person counterterrorism arrest in the UK earlier the day of the interview. In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, taped Monday afternoon, Clapper was asked about the arrests, [...]

James Clapper Continues to Express Willingness to Allow GAO to Review Intelligence

By: Friday October 22, 2010 9:22 am

I have been pretty critical of Obama’s appointment of James Clapper to be Director of National Intelligence. And while I still have my concerns about Clapper’s close ties to the Intelligence Industrial Complex, I am heartened by Steven Aftergood’s report that Clapper continues to express a willingness to allow GAO to review intelligence functions. DNI [...]

The Secrets They’re Keeping Selectively Leaking about Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Sunday September 26, 2010 10:46 am

As I noted yesterday (and Glenn has examined at more length), in addition to asserting that the government can target Anwar al-Awlaki … because they said so, the Obama Administration also invoked state secrets in its motion to dismiss the ACLU/CCR suit challenging targeted killings. The Obama Administration has officially positioned itself to the right [...]

Obama Doesn’t Know Why the Fuck He’s Entitled to Kill Al-Awlaki, He Just Is, Damnit

By: Saturday September 25, 2010 11:54 am

The most striking aspect of the government’s motion to dismiss the ACLU/CCR lawsuit challenging the use of targeted killing is that the government does not commit to the basis for its authority to kill an American citizen like Anwar al-Awlaki with no review. This starts as soon as the filing tries to lay the ground [...]

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