September 10, 2000 |
There has long been a tradition at Oxford--it was certainly going strong in my day in the late '60s--in which certain tutors would discreetly suggest to select students that they "might care to have a word with a few fellows from the Foreign Office." Thus were Britain's future spooks recruited for the fabled MI6. Sebastian, a friend of mine tapped in this manner, was an obvious choice: brilliant, fluent in several languages, socially well-connected and, or rather but, flamboyantly gay.
June 5, 2004 |
The FBI pressed ahead Friday with plans to restructure its intelligence operations, even as the announced departure of CIA Director George J. Tenet stirred debate over the future shape of the nation's intelligence agencies. Bureau officials offered up details of a proposed intelligence service within the FBI, a "directorate of intelligence" that would have budget authority over FBI intelligence assets and programs.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Driven in part by the global financial crisis, foreign intelligence services, corporations and computer hackers have stepped up efforts to steal technology and trade secrets from American companies, the FBI's top spy hunter told Congress on Thursday. A related threat - illegal sales of U.S. technology - was highlighted when a major military contractor, United Technologies Corp., and two subsidiary units agreed in federal court to pay a $75-million fine for illegally selling embargoed software and components to China that the country used to build a sophisticated attack helicopter called the Z-10.
April 1, 2002 |
For Americans who travel abroad, the world looks like a more menacing place. Since Sept. 11, a swarm of travel intelligence services and executive tracking programs have emerged, capitalizing on the fear of things foreign. Most aim to inform business junketeers about the potential for disease, delays and danger. Business, they say, has been vigorous. "We're adding double the number of clients per month than we were before Sept.
March 17, 2013 |
Ten years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq, a decision that almost everyone now ranks as one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Why "almost"? Former President George W. Bush and his top aides still maintain that the invasion was a good idea, even though the premise on which the war was based - that Saddam Hussein had acquired weapons of mass destruction - proved false, and even though the ensuing war claimed the lives of more than 4,500 Americans and an estimated 127,000 Iraqis.
October 30, 2005 |
Federal authorities have charged a former Navy intelligence agent with having fake credentials from the White House, CIA and National Security Council. Craig Sikut, 47, of Amherst, faces felony charges of making a false statement and producing false identification cards. The FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office said police investigated a disturbance at his suburban Buffalo home and found the fake IDs and a computer with thousands of images of President Bush.