June 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In an effort to make it more difficult for the news media to divulge secret programs, America's top intelligence official plans to seek more non-criminal leak investigations and to require intelligence agency employees to answer in polygraph examinations whether they have disclosed classified information to journalists, his office announced Monday. “These efforts will reinforce our professional values,” said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has been vocal in criticizing recent news stories that detailed classified intelligence programs.
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.
March 10, 2011 |
With forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi continuing to pound and push rebel forces into retreat, America's top intelligence official said the Libyan dictator was likely to prevail in the long term, a fresh indication that the current reliance on diplomacy by Western nations may not be enough to topple him. In a blunt assessment, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate panel Thursday that the battlefield momentum had begun to...
July 24, 2010
President Obama's nominee to head the intelligence community appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week and made encouraging noises about maximizing his mandate and cooperating with Congress. Retired Air Force Gen. James R. Clapper, who would be the fourth director of national intelligence, insisted that he wouldn't be a "titular figurehead or a hood ornament," an implicit acknowledgment that his predecessor, Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair, had been marginalized, losing turf wars to the CIA and the president's in-house intelligence adviser.
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.
July 21, 2010 |
President Obama's nominee to lead the nation's sprawling intelligence apparatus promised Tuesday to strengthen the "perceived weakness" of the position amid concerns that the 16 intelligence agencies are duplicating effort and failing to coordinate. Retired Air Force Gen. James R. Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee at his confirmation hearing that he would "push the envelope" as the nation's fourth director of national intelligence, pursuing greater authority for a post that has been seen as too weak for its occupant to assert control.