Category Archives: Intelligence Community

Intel Authorization Bill Would EXPAND Surveillance Against Americans

Below is the full text of the Dear Colleague circulated this afternoon by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI): Block New Spying on U.S. Citizens: Vote “NO” on H.R. 4681 Dear Colleague: The intelligence reauthorization bill, which the House will vote on … Continue reading

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Udall, The Torture Report and The Pentagon Papers Option

Shortly after Colorado Senator Mark Udall lost his reelection bid to Rep. Cory Gardner, it began–first as conversations among civil liberties activists, then in media outlets, and finally Udall himself raised the possibility: on his way out of the Senate, … Continue reading

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On Ending The Surveillance State

Some fresh musings on Medium. 

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“The Transcript Is Classified”

Glenn Greenwald reports today on how Rep.’s Morgan Griffith (R) and Alan Grayson (D) have been shafted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) regarding their NSA scandal-related inquiries. Here’s the key passage: On June 19, Grayson wrote … Continue reading

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Beware The Thief At Your Back Door

From this week’s National Journal cover story on the relationship between NSA and the telecoms: Then, in the late 1990s, a furor erupted over export controls on software encryption. The NSA sought to bar exports of the best encryption technology, … Continue reading

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This Is What An Intelligence Failure Looks Like

Dec. 7, 1941: Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (NARA) U.S. military casualties: 2403 dead, 1143 wounded. Cause: Intelligence blunders and gamesmanship in Washington, DC. Source: And I Was There. 

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The Iraq WMD Intel Fiasco: An Epilogue

This past week, the National Security Archive released a partially declassified CIA post-mortem on the Iraq WMD fiasco. The Archive notes that “The CIA’s post-war review faulted agency analysts for not looking at events in Iraq from the standpoint of … Continue reading

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