Posts Tagged ‘Terrorism’

 

Intelligence Innovation Lags

America’s declining influence over scientific and technological innovation has had “an enormous impact” on U.S. intelligence agencies, and “makes it more likely that our adversaries can employ the very same — or perhaps even more advanced” — science and technology than that available to the United States. That’s the assessment from the Intelligence Science Board, […]

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Wire tapping, and more

No big surprise here, but an important admission from Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence. In a letter to Arlen Specter (Penn.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, McConnell acknowledges that the president authorized the National Security Agency to undertake “various intelligence activities,” after the 9/11, aimed at preventing another terrorist attack. […]

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Can the government spy on foreign communications inside the United States?

Members of the House Intelligence Committee have been engaged in a boisterous debate the past few days over how to change the law that governs electronic surveillance. Republicans are calling for an overhaul backed by the Director of National Intelligence, and Democrats are pushing back, saying that the administration’s proposed changes would eliminate many of […]

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Senators ask for full report on runaway TB patient

Sens. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) have asked the Government Accountability Office for a detailed report on the case of Andrew Speaker, the Georgia man who was able to slip back into the United States, through Canada, even though federal health and security officials thought he was infected with an […]

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Why was Al Gonzales in John Ashcroft’s hospital room?

That’s what Senators want to know. Gonzales is testifying right now before the Judiciary Committee–not exactly his favorite audience–about a host of issues. But earlier, Senators grilled him over the famous nighttime visit Gonzales and then White House Chief of Staff Andy Card paid to John Ashcroft, back in March 2004, when the attorney general […]

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UPDATE: US could strike "actionable targets" in Pakistan

White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters this morning that President Bush has not ruled out military action in Pakistan’s tribal areas against Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. Aboard Air Force One, Snow said, “We never rule out any options, including striking actionable targets.” By actionable targets, Snow presumably means individuals or Al Qaeda holdouts […]

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Message to Mush: We’re coming.

Since the release of the new intelligence estimate on Al Qaeda Tuesday, the one that concluded the terrorist group has revitalized itself in the lawless hinterlands of Pakistan, intelligence analysts I talk to have been wondering why the administration chose to release the NIE now. Certainly the White House understood that its critics–and some of […]

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Intelligence Estimate: No new news…but one intriguing message

There are no real surprises in the unclassified “key judgments” of a new National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism, out this morning. Most of the important assessments of the 16 intelligence agencies have already leaked out or were highlighted in other forums by senior officials in recent months. We judge the US Homeland will face a […]

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The Terrorism Enhancement: The story behind the story

I stumbled onto the terrorism enhancement story several months ago while reporting on another one: the National Security Agency’s terrorist surveillance program. I learned about a trial of so-called “eco-terrorists” in Eugene, Oregon, part of the FBI’s Operation Backfire against the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front. After lawyers for the defendants for […]

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The Terrorism Enhancement: An obscure law stretches the definition of terrorism, and metes out severe punishments.

There’s no doubt about it: Daniel McGowan is a criminal. In January 2001, he stood lookout while other members of a radical environmentalist group set fire to the offices of the Superior Lumber Co. in the tiny southwestern Oregon town of Glendale. In statement issued after the fire, McGowan justified the after-hours assault, calling Superior […]

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