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Jul
22

Top Secret America

Posted by: Terry Turchie | Comments (0)

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→

Since she signed the sweeping immigration bill into law recently, Arizona’s governor has enjoyed a rise in her popularity ratings of over 20%. This, at a time when other politicians of every stripe, color and banner are trying to ignore the fact that their own ratings are in the cellar, and headed down from there.

Those few who’ve bothered to read the new Arizona law instead of just holler about it are the only ones who aren’t oblivious to to fact that it’s closely modeled after Federal immigration laws, and does not give local police and other law enforcement officers the right to stop people indiscriminately to check their immigration status. That didn’t stop diehard Democratic opponents from giving the President of Mexico a standing ovation when he included indignant remarks about the new law in a speech to the U.S. Congress last month.

Border security is a serious issue for the United States as a whole, related directly to U.S. National Security. The fact that one political party is overwhelmed by the dogma of the left, and the other by the rhetoric of the right, has made immigration more of a hot button issue than ever since the last election – and not in a good way. Read More→

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In May, Dennis Blair, the retired four-star admiral who became President Obama’s first director of national intelligence (DNI), became a casualty of Washington politics when he was asked to resign his post. He’d been a dead man walking for a while:

While the timing of Blair’s departure seemed a bit abrupt, the notion that his position inside the administration was shaky has been common gossip in Washington intelligence and political circles for weeks if not months. Blair, who had a glittering career as a military leader, rising to become commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, gained a reputation as a not particularly adroit operator in the Machiavellian world of D.C. espionage politics.

Think about that for a minute: D.C. Espionage Politics. Newsweek’s Mark Hosenball said it right – and he used the right adjective: Machiavellian. Read More→

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