Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 9, 2014 12:24 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 5, 2014 1:49 pm|
Former NSA director Keith Alexander was asked in an Australia Financial Review interview in May whether it was a “credible argument” that the US is different from China because it “does not engage in spying to make its private citizens rich.”
Alexander answered, “It is to me. Specifically, we use intelligence to help protect our nation and to ensure we make the best possible policy decisions. We do not steal data to help our commercial industries.”
Yet, in this 2009 report, a set of ideas were developed to “mitigate strategic and institutional risk” against “competitor states” and to help the US maintain its “world standing.” The ideas were intended to influence “agenda items for the intelligence community and its partners” from 2009 to as late as 2025.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 9, 2014 4:20 pm|
Both the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the United States Justice Department have responded to a major feature story based off document from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The two agencies deny that any surveillance against the five prominent American Muslims named as NSA and FBI targets was a result of US intelligence targeting them for “exercising constitutional rights.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 19, 2014 1:15 pm|
Two of the foremost advocates for whistleblowers in the United States Senate are pushing for answers from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper on “continuous monitoring” of security clearance holders in the federal government and how this undermines whistleblower protections as well as “constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 22, 2013 12:15 pm|
A group of experts appointed to review the surveillance engaged in by the National Security Agency and other US intelligence agencies is working under the control Office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and is not focused on investigating surveillance abuses that former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has exposed.
|By: emptywheel Friday August 20, 2010 3:15 pm|
When James Clapper testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he rejected one of the central criticisms in the WaPo’s Top Secret America series–that the redundancy in the Intelligence Community contributed to waste and intelligence failures.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that his first act as DNI is to add to the redundancy.
|By: emptywheel Monday August 2, 2010 7:01 am|
That guy who used to use parliamentary maneuvers to be an out-and-out shit and get a lot of credibility for being a “Maverick”? He’s back.
|By: Rayne Sunday July 18, 2010 4:00 pm|
On Monday it’s expected that the Washington Post will debut a series by Dana Priest on military contractors, with an emphasis on intelligence contracting. We’ve known for some time there are far more contractors than troops, that we don’t know the exact number — which makes for a lot of interesting questions.
|By: emptywheel Sunday July 18, 2010 6:45 am|
I’m amused by the panic revealed in a memo the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a few weeks ago preparing all members of the intelligence community for an upcoming Dana Priest series covering the same terrain.
|By: emptywheel Sunday December 20, 2009 5:15 pm|
It’s a weird thing, this futurist scenario prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. While it recognizes the real threat of the rising neo-feudalist world, it seems more worried about whether the intelligence community will be able to exert the power it does today than about what it means for people more generally.