Intelligence Oversight With Eddington & Emptywheel

By: Sunday November 2, 2014 5:20 pm

Listen to Marcy Wheeler and former CIA officer (1988-96) Patrick G. Eddington talk about the the U.S. intelligence community, its effectiveness, and Congressional oversight thereof. Eddington also served as a senior intelligence advisor for Sen. Rush Holt (D-NJ). Eddington was here for Book Salon with his memoir, Long Strange Journey.

 

Entering the Intelligence Labyrinth

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:19 pm

All you have to do is follow the surprised comments of various top administration officials, including the president, as ISIS made its mark and declared its caliphate, to grasp just how ill-prepared 17 agencies and $68 billion can leave you when your world turns upside down.

Why exactly are we supporting 17 versions of intelligence gathering to the tune of at least $68 billion a year?

USAID Fake HIV Center in Cuba Undermines Global Health Efforts

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am

Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.

The Banal Justification for Directing the US Surveillance State at World Leaders

By: Friday October 25, 2013 11:00 am

Do we want a future where each and every country builds up surveillance apparatuses and turns them on one another to advance their agendas? Or do we want to discourage this and argue countries should not act with such naked self-interest and instead be more open and cooperative with another?

Al Qaeda Plot Leaks: McClatchy’s Response to New York Times Alleging Journalism Impacted US Intelligence

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:23 pm

The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own.

How to Build a National Security Blowback Machine

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:00 pm

Dear Whistleblower,

I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year. You may be young and computer-savvy or a career federal employee well along in years. You might be someone who entered government service filled with idealism or who signed on to “the bureaucracy” just to make a living. You may be a libertarian, a closet left-winger, or as mainstream and down-the-center as it’s possible to be.

Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Weapon Attack No ‘Slam Dunk’

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 6:35 am

President Obama went on television to make his case for war with Syria by claiming that the Syrian government were behind chemical weapons attacks that violated “international norms.” But according to the Associated Press, that is far from a settled question as those AP spoke with say the evidence is far from a “slam drunk.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Melvin A. Goodman, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

By: Saturday March 30, 2013 1:59 pm

Often the most ardent critics of the American Empire are those who were once functionaries within in.

Melvin A. Goodman has seen the internal levers of imperial power projection at their worst and minces no words in describing the ugly side of the bipartisan consensus on empire in this nascent 400+ page tome.

Obama Administration Won’t Show Secret Legal Opinions for Targeted Killings to US Senator

By: Monday January 14, 2013 3:32 pm

Ahead of the confirmation of Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan to the position of CIA director, US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has sent a letter to Brennan asking him to provide Congress access to “secret legal opinions outlining the government’s ability to target and kill Americans believed to be involved in terrorism.”

Wyden, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, by law is supposed to provide oversight and have access to classified legal opinions, but, as he shares, the Obama administration has refused to provide him access to a copy of secret legal opinions for targeted killings.

Muddled Intelligence After Benghazi Assault Reflects Communication Difficulties By White House

By: Monday October 22, 2012 6:52 am

Tonight’s Presidential debate will focus on foreign policy, and that means we will once again wade into this attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the details of which look more muddled than ever. The need for clarity among the media and political class – either this arose from a spontaneous demonstration, or it was a pre-planned Al Qaeda assault – took quite a few hits over the weekend.

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