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Lunchtime Links

By | 07.19.10 | 12:00 pm

Sarah Palin expands the English language.

The FEC hits Joe Biden with a $219,000 fine for accepting illegal campaign donations.

The acting director of national intelligence responds to The Washington Post’s allegations about the intelligence community’s lack of coordination.

Alvin Greene gives More…

The Real Intelligence Chief Is John Brennan

By | 06.09.10 | 10:28 am

Good David Ignatius column on What James Clapper’s Nomination Means:

The DNI flap has been fascinating in what it shows about Obama’s approach to intelligence. He wants facts, not commentary; he mistrusts aides such as Blair who let their personal opinions show, and he correspondingly values low-key colleagues such


Senate Intel Committee: No Clapper; Yea Panetta

By | 05.25.10 | 3:38 pm

In a statement she put out yesterday afternoon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sure sounded like she didn’t want defense intelligence chief James Clapper to take over for the departing Dennis Blair as the next director of national intelligence. (“It will More…

The Post-Blair Intelligence World

By | 05.21.10 | 11:37 am

Today Next Friday is Dennis Blair’s last day in the office as Director of National Intelligence. His farewell message to the intelligence community workforce is admirably chipper, calling them “true heroes, just like the members of the Armed Forces, firefighters, and police whose job it is to keep our nation safe.” More…

Intel Chief Dennis Blair Out?

By | 05.20.10 | 5:19 pm

ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that Dennis Blair, the embattled director of national intelligence, is getting fired tomorrow. I could give you the rundown of all of Blair’s bureaucratic woes, but Jake really has them all covered. It’s not clear as yet whether this is a response to either Faisal More…

The Military-Intelligence Complex

By | 05.11.10 | 2:42 pm

Musing on Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s speech Saturday about the mutually distorting relationship between unsustainable defense budgets and political courage, Marc Ambinder makes a complex and intriguing discovery while mining through one of the daily contracts bulletins that the Pentagon emails reporters. Check it out.

ACLU Not Exactly Cool With Obama Administration Assassinating Americans

By | 02.04.10 | 4:20 pm

Apropos of intelligence chief Dennis Blair’s remarkable disclosure, the following statement comes from the American Civil Liberties Union’s Ben Wizner:

It is alarming to hear that the Obama administration is asserting that the president can authorize the assassination of Americans abroad, even if they are far from any battlefield


What Would the Next al-Qaeda Attack Look Like?

By | 02.03.10 | 10:46 am

Lately I’ve been bashing Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence, for his performance in a recent Senate hearing. So let me take this opportunity to praise him for his detailed assessment to the House intelligence committee this morning on what al-Qaeda’s actual capabilities for attacking the U.S. look More…

This Threat Warning, Brought to You by the U.S. Law Enforcement Community

By | 02.03.10 | 8:47 am

Two data points that are almost certainly connected. First:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation,


Panetta Cracks Down on CIA Foreign-Language Deficiency

By | 01.29.10 | 10:23 am

Under a new policy announced today by CIA director Leon Panetta, an intelligence officer can’t be promoted to the agency’s highest rank — the Senior Intelligence Service — without a demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language. From a CIA release:

While many senior Agency officers have tested proficient in a