Posts Tagged ‘Intelligence’


The Little That Obama Had to Say On Surveillance Yesterday Spoke Volumes

In a major speech on US national security, the President signaled that some wartime authorities will not be withdrawn. Continue reading…    

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Intelligence Agencies Still Drowning in Data

The question of who knew what and when about the Boston Marathon bombings will get muddied by “information overload.” Continue reading…

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Manhunt: A New Documentary Tells the Inside Story of Finding bin Laden

Osama bin Laden may have met his fate at the hands of military men. But it’s a lesser-known fact that, for more than a decade, many of the CIA officers who were tracking the terrorist leader were women. Indeed, for as long as the CIA has been in the business of finding the founder of […]

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Who Could Replace David Petraeus as the CIA Director?

The retired general resigned today, admitting to an extra-marital affair. Who might be on the short list to replace him at Langley?

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Giving in to the Surveillance State

My op-ed in today’s New York Times looks at a decade of secret government surveillance and why we’re still powerless against it.

Why Data Mining Wouldn’t Have Stopped Alleged Aurora Shooter James Holmes

Could “total information awareness” have prevented the killings in Colorado? No. Here’s why.

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Palantir Hires British Security Official

Palantir Technologies, the Silicon Valley upstart-turned intelligence community darling, has hired Gavin Hood, formerly a liaison between British and American spy services. More here.

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The Story Behind the Story about Warrantless Wiretapping

A just-published paper offers new insights and intriguing details about the New York Times’ 2005 blockbuster on government spying. More here.

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Cyber Spies Target Washington Think Tanks and Law Firms

Think tanks and law firms in Washington are targets of pervasive espionage by cyber spies who are stealing sensitive information on business and policy matters and are using their unwitting victims to better understand the intricacies of Washington decision-making. More here.

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Decoding the “cyber attacks” on gas pipelines

Here’s the first thing you need to know about a reported “cyber attack” against natural gas pipeline operators that was revealed last week: It wasn’t actually an attack. More here.    

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