July 22, 2010 |
The U.S. government's intelligence agencies are out of control again. Not in the old, rogue-elephant sense of covert operatives running private wars. Not even in the bureaucratic sense of spending money in unauthorized ways or launching programs Congress didn't know about. This time, the loss of control happened in plain sight, with full approval from on high. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. intelligence spending has more than doubled. The country's 16 major intelligence agencies are poorly coordinated and often duplicate one another's work.
November 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Authorities with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the CIA, decided to remove the terms "attack," "Al Qaeda" and "terrorism" from unclassified guidance provided to the Obama administration several days after militants attacked the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a senior official said Tuesday. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, relied on the so-called talking points when she appeared on several Sunday TV talk shows five days after the Sept.
June 21, 2004
"Bad Fix for CIA's Defects" (editorial, June 14) correctly diagnosed the ills in our intelligence community but implied that efforts to fix them by creating a director of national intelligence amounted to little more than an additional, unnecessary bureaucracy. On the contrary. Some proposals, such as the Intelligence Transformation Act, co-sponsored by more than 20 members of Congress, would focus on changes designed to network the intelligence agencies into an integrated, ultimately more effective, capability.
January 5, 2007
NEVER MIND THE new faces on Capitol Hill, where Congress has changed hands for the first time in 12 years. The real action is at the White House, in Foggy Bottom and across the river at the Pentagon, where the Bush administration's game of musical chairs seems to be over for now. For all the new jobs, however, there are precious few new faces, and anyone expecting new policies is bound to be disappointed. It has been a busy few weeks. Today, President Bush is expected to name John D.
May 21, 2010 |
National Intelligence Director Dennis C. Blair announced his resignation Thursday after a rocky 16-month tenure during which he found himself on the losing end of turf battles and struggled to develop a close relationship with President Obama. The White House has been interviewing candidates to replace Blair but has not chosen one, several officials said. Blair's departure surprised his staff and many members of Congress. He had told associates that he intended to remain in the job for four years.
August 2, 2011 |
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will seek to block passage of an intelligence bill that extends the government's eavesdropping authorities because the intelligence community won't say how many Americans are being monitored, he said Tuesday. At issue is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was passed in 1978 in response to revelations of political wiretapping. The law was updated in 2008 in a way that essentially legalized President George W. Bush's “warrantless wiretapping” program aimed at stopping terrorism plots.