Intelligence Articles

Obama’s Intel Scandal

Dec 07, 2015

Barack Obama says he wants the truth. On November 21, the New York Times reported allegations that military intelligence officials provided the president with skewed assessments that minimized the threat from ISIS and overstated the success of U.S. efforts against the group. The Times story was an update of reporting from the Daily Beast earlier this fall.

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The Iranian Spy Empire

12:14 PM, Jul 02, 2015

The Kurdish opposition was marching through one of the main streets and chanting anti-Iranian regime slogans. He followed me from the protest down a back street and called out. I stopped and he showed me a map and asked if I knew how to get to the destination he had circled. Weird he didn’t have Google Maps like almost everyone else in the city, I thought. It was only a matter of time before the city elders would carve out a separate pedestrian lane for tourists whose eyes were fixed on their phones.

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Intel Committee Members: Release More Bin Laden Docs

10:15 AM, May 22, 2015

Republican members of the House intelligence committee say the Obama administration should release more of the one million-plus documents found after the 2011 raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The White House has so far released around 120, including 86 more on Wednesday that revealed relatively trivial details, like the terrorist mastermind’s reading list. (One interesting nugget, though, was that al Qaeda had been considering opening a recruitment office in Iran.)

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Over 1 Million Bin Laden Documents Remain Unreleased

10:49 AM, May 20, 2015

The U.S. government released Wednesday morning an additional 86 documents from the vast collection of documents captured during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Cruz: No, I Wouldn't Have Gone Into Iraq

8:29 PM, May 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told Fox News' Megyn Kelly that knowing what he knows now, he wouldn't have supported going into Iraq. 

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Ahead of Deal, Top Intel Organization Plays Down Iran's Sponsorship of Terrorism

8:01 AM, Mar 16, 2015

Sunday night, Stephen Hayes noted (via Twitter) a Times of Israel 

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Jeb Defends 'Hugely Important' NSA Data Collection Program

1:25 PM, Feb 18, 2015

Jeb Bush, a probable Republican presidential candidate, defended the "hugely important" NSA data collection program in a speech today in Chicago:

"You must be prepared for a long term commitment to fight this battle," Bush said of the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

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Book: CIA Concealed 'Anti-U.S.' Tirades By Chinese Leaders From American Public

8:17 AM, Jan 30, 2015

A new book set to be released next week alleges that the CIA took steps to prevent anti-American tirades from Chinese Communist officials from being heard in America. The details are revealed in Michael Pillsbury's The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, which will be released next week.

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Former Defense Intel Chief Blasts Obama

2:14 PM, Jan 27, 2015

Lt. General Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, blasted the Obama administration’s approach to the War on Terror in a hard-hitting speech to a meeting of intelligence professionals. “The dangers to the U.S. do not arise from the arrogance of American power, but from unpreparedness or an excessive unwillingness to fight when fighting is necessary,” Flynn said, in an unsparing critique first reported by the Daily Beast.

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Interview: The Architect of the CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Program

1:01 PM, Dec 10, 2014

An interesting interview with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell on the enhanced interrogation program from Vice News:

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That’s Not a ‘Mindset’; It’s a Delusion

1:45 PM, Oct 15, 2014

So where did it all go wrong for Obama. That’s the big question, asked by Amie Parnes of The Hill:

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If Intel Wrong About ISIS, Is it Also Wrong About Iran?

12:42 PM, Sep 29, 2014

There is likely much gnashing of teeth in the intelligence community today in the wake of Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes last night.

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Top Spy Clapper Jokes About Intelligence Gathering: 'Immaculate Collection'

6:24 AM, Sep 19, 2014

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper peppered his Thursday speech to an intelligence community summit with humor, drawing laughter from his audience nearly a dozen times.

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It Took U.S. 'Several Days' to Figure Out Who Bombed Libya

3:46 PM, Aug 27, 2014

With lawmakers ratcheting up pressure on Obama to take action in Syria, few in the administration have been paying close attention to Libya, apparently.

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Intel Chief Blasts Obama

12:22 PM, Aug 11, 2014

As the world watches the strengthening of global jihadist movements – from ISIS to al Qaeda to dozens of affiliated and like-minded groups – one of those inside the U.S. government who was most vocal about the growing threats is leaving his position. General Michael Flynn served as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 2012 until last week. Throughout his tenure he challenged the Obama administration’s hopeful and inaccurate narrative about the war against al Qaeda and jihadists – pushback that doubtless contributed to his early departure from the agency.

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Director of National Intelligence Celebrates LGBT Pride Month: 'What The IC Is About'

11:21 AM, Jun 18, 2014

In line with President Obama's official proclamation of June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month," the banner headlining the 

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A Conspiracy of Disrupters

11:00 PM, Apr 25, 2014

For those of us who believe in the market system, there is something unsettling about the thought of the billionaire bosses of Google, Apple, Adobe, Intel, two Disney subsidiaries, and Intuit sitting around a table and agreeing not to compete for staff. Facebook declined an invitation to join the conspiracy. These are the self-styled “disrupters”, believers in the virtues of a market system that allows them to compete for customers even if, especially if, that competition destroys existing enterprises.

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The Benghazi Cover-up (cont.)

How the CIA’s No. 2 misled Congress
Mar 03, 2014

Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, then acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gave an account of his role on Benghazi that was often misleading and sometimes deliberately false.

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Intel Officials Stumped by Question About When Benghazi Terrorists Will Be Captured

1:35 PM, Feb 05, 2014

A lawmaker at a Benghazi hearing stumped U.S. intelligence officials yesterday with this question:

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Privacy or Security: a False Choice

Feb 03, 2014

In the wake of all the “leaks” by Edward Snowden of the National Security Agency’s collection programs and the resulting debate over those programs, one constantly hears from elected officials and the commentariat about the need to strike the right balance between privacy and security. More often than not, this is followed by a suggestion that, as a country, since 9/11, we haven’t.

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Rubio: 'Some' of Obama's NSA Changes 'Go Too Far'

5:36 PM, Jan 17, 2014

Florida senator Marco Rubio says that "some" of President Obama's proposed changes to the way the NSA collects date "go too far."

“Our intelligence collection programs are vital tools used by the government to defend the security of the U.S. homeland. I am concerned that some of President Obama’s suggestions today go too far and may make it more difficult for the government to carry out its constitutional responsibility to keep Americans safe," reads a statement released by Rubio's Senate office.

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Obama Leads from Behind on NSA

2:01 PM, Jan 17, 2014

Thankfully, President Obama is not a doctor.  If he was and you happened to visit him in his office and mentioned that you were worried about the potential for lung cancer, he’d immediately put you under, open you up, and pull out a lung—or, at least, that’s the logic that seems to be guiding his decisions on NSA’s collection programs.  Yes, no one has found any evidence that NSA has broken the law, invaded constitutionally-protected privacy rights, or is about to.  But never mind, it’s the very possibility that someday, somehow, NSA will jump the tracks that requires the president now to unduly complicate the use of what he admits has been an important counterterrorism tool.

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Director of National Intelligence Counterterrorism Map Misspells 'Israel'

Writes 'Isreal.'
9:12 AM, Jan 15, 2014

The office of the Director of National Intelligence released its interactive 2014 Counterterrorism Calendar this week on the website of the National Counterterrorism Center.  The map provided with the calendar contains an embarrassing error, misspelling the name of the U.S.'s closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, as "Isreal."  The error can be seen by hovering over the tiny country with a computer mouse:

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He's No Patriot

2:22 PM, Jan 09, 2014

For all those civil libertarians of both the left and the right who think we ought to thank Edward Snowden for his actions in revealing NSA’s secret metadata collection program—or, at a minimum, believe the U.S. government should show leniency toward him should he ever come back to these shores—they might want to just stop for a moment and consider what else Mr. Snowden has revealed.

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Rogue Panel Reports on Non-Rogue NSA Program

3:01 PM, Dec 21, 2013

When the “President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology” issued its report (Liberty and Security in a Changing World) this past week, an honest and objective newspaper headline the next day would have read: “Rogue Panel Reports on Non-Rogue NSA Program.”

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When to Spy on Our Friends

The NSA in Europe.
Nov 11, 2013

It is often remarked that espionage is the second-oldest profession. Written records from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Iran suggest that spying and civilization sprang up together. In antiquity, spies could be the hidden bureaucrats of tyranny or good governance (a ruler needed to know whether a satrap was cheating the crown and its subjects) or, less often, camouflaged itinerants writing home about the machinations of rival city-states, empires, or barbarian tribes. In modern times, espionage went Orwellian, becoming primarily a tool to buttress police states.

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A Covert Story

It takes a certain intelligence to comprehend the CIA.
Nov 04, 2013

There is probably no harder beat in Washington than intelligence. 

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Ankara Alienates Everyone

Forget chess, Turkey is failing at geopolitical checkers.
Nov 04, 2013

A recent spate of newspaper articles suggests a concerted media campaign targeting Turkey’s foreign intelligence service, the MIT, its director, Hakan Fidan, and almost surely his boss as well, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a piece published by the Wall Street Journal and another by the Washington Times, Fidan is said to be supporting al Qaeda affiliates in Syria fighting against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

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