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August 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists believe they have found a key gene that helped the human brain evolve from our chimp-like ancestors. One area of the human genome seems to have evolved about 70 times faster than the rest of our genetic code, and it appears to have a role in a rapid tripling of the size of the brain's cerebral cortex, according to a report in the journal Nature.
December 30, 2009 | By Josh Meyer, Peter Nicholas and Alana Semuels
U.S. intelligence agencies had enough "bits and pieces" of information to thwart the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing, a senior administration official said Tuesday, but they failed to properly analyze and share it. Instead, what President Obama called a potentially catastrophic "mix of human and systemic failures" allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian to board a U.S.-bound airliner, allegedly hiding an explosive device that could have killed nearly...
April 30, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The CIA and departments of Justice and Homeland Security have begun a high-level internal review of whether intelligence was mishandled prior to the Boston Marathon bombings, though President Obama and his top advisors said they had seen nothing to suggest counter-terrorism agencies did anything wrong. Obama said at a White House news conference that the review would seek to answer whether "additional things … could have been done" that "might have prevented" the two bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others on April 15. "We want to go back and we want to review every step that was taken," Obama said.
June 29, 1989
The following are excerpts from The Times' interview with President Bush, conducted by Washington Bureau Chief Jack Nelson and staff writers James Gerstenzang and David Lauter: Question: . . . There was a report in one of the magazines here that you were concerned or dissatisfied with the intelligence out of China and for that reason William Webster, the CIA director, would be on his way out at the end of the year. Answer: That was one of the dumbest reports I've read, and most absurd and most without fact.
August 26, 2004
Re "Proposal to Abolish CIA Riles Intelligence Leaders," Aug. 24: With all the bureaucratic blather that we're hearing now about how to improve the intelligence community by adding a "czar," one important fact has been forgotten: We already have a chief of intelligence; he's called the president, and so far he has been an abysmal failure in protecting our country. Why add another bureaucrat who can be blamed for the president's failures? Let's just change presidents. William Bergmann Hollywood President Truman dissolved the Office of Strategic Services after World War II because he did not want to run the risk of having an "American Gestapo."
April 3, 2005
Re "U.S. Spy Efforts Face a New Round of Criticism," March 28: It is humanly possible to make the mistake of misreading intelligence information regarding weapons of mass destruction. What is absolutely not right is that in the process of that mistake you kill tens of thousands of people who had nothing to do with WMD. That you detain without trial many thousands of individuals who had nothing to do with WMD. That you torture and denigrate many hundreds and that you kill while in custody many dozens who also had nothing to do with WMD. That is a war crime, not a mistake.
July 26, 2003
Re "9/11 Report Cites CIA, FBI Lapses," July 25: I don't understand how no one has been fired or demoted at the FBI or CIA. If my inept job skills caused 3,000 Americans to die, you can bet I would be out of a job immediately. But hold a cushy government job and fail miserably, and no one is ever penalized, no matter how inept their actions. Dave Koepke West Hills Our intelligence agencies are drawing criticism from all sides; they're not as good as we thought and they're not doing what we pay them for. They failed to remove an untrue statement from the president's State of the Union speech, and they let us down in the run-up to 9/11.
January 7, 2010 | By Sebastian Rotella
U.S. border security officials learned of the alleged extremist links of the suspect in the Christmas Day jetliner bombing attempt as he was airborne from Amsterdam to Detroit and had decided to question him when he landed, officials disclosed Wednesday. The new information shows that border enforcement officials discovered the suspected extremist ties involving the Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, in a database despite intelligence failures that have been criticized by President Obama.
December 24, 1988
I was somewhat shocked after reading Bill Christine's (Dec. 22) column regarding Santa Anita's dropping of the Pick Six. I happen to feel that this exotic is one of the very best bets available to racing fans. And, it's not just the cancellation of the Pick Six that bothers me; it's also an insult to my intelligence when Santa Anita management attempts to justify it by pointing to those big, bad out-of-town syndicates. Give me a break, Mr. Goodrich (Santa Anita's general manager)
February 15, 1988 | Compiled by Times Science Writer Thomas Maugh II from research presented at the meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Boston last week
It is not the size of a brain that is the mark of high intelligence, but how efficiently it works, according to psychiatrist Richard J. Haier of UC Irvine. Haier found that the brains of people who perform well on intelligence tests expend less energy than the brains of poor performers, and may have more efficient neural circuitry.
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