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Top Secret America

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The President’s nominee to become the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he was very concerned about the release of the Washington Post story, “Top Secret America.”

Clapper said the release will make it “easy for adversaries to point out the locations of contractors who are working for the government.” According to Clapper, such an extensive report on America’s intelligence network might even increase the costs of security at various installations to overcome the additional threats posed by the release of the Post series.

He disputed two of the Post’s main conclusions.

On the charge that the intelligence community is out of control, Clapper told the committee, “I believe it is under control.”

Addressing the issue of redundancy, Clapper said, “One man’s duplication is another man’s competitive analysis.”

It’s not surprising that it’s the Washington Post that got it right. The “TOP SECRET AMERICA” investigative report was carefully researched and is a good piece of journalism, but the evidence of what’s wrong in the intelligence community has been available for years to whoever was inclined to collect and analyze it. It’s painfully obvious, however, that the man slated to become the next DNI, responsible for oversight and coordination of America’s behemoth intelligence network and analysis effort, doesn’t seem to get it at all. Read More→



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The Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. can carve out another section of floor space. The FBI and the Justice Department announced the arrest this week of 11 people who are allegedly part of a Russian spy ring. They masqueraded as American or Canadian citizens, used invisible ink; secret radio transmissions; and, in a modern day update of spy trade craft, encrypted messages sent over computers, to communicate with their Russian handlers. They paid mortgages and rent, blending into the neighborhoods where they lived. By all accounts they were living quiet lives, working hard and pursuing the American dream.

What they really were: part of a deep cover network of “illegal” Russian agents- recruited to penetrate important segments of American society and report information of value back to the Russian intelligence officers who directed them.

What were they really after?

They were directed to meet Americans who were either in positions of interest to the Russian government or headed that way. From cutting edge technology to White House access to scientists working in proximity to nuclear weapons facilities, they reported everything they learned about the people they met as well as what those people were doing. Their mission: exploit each contact they made, whether it was at an American company, political gathering or academic institution. The reports they generated went straight to the files of the Russian SVR- the successor to the KGB. Read More→

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