SPECIAL: The Death of Clandestine HUMINT in the Digital Age

ROBERT STEELE: Afer nine years as a spy including three back-to-back tours overseas with five times the regional recruiting and production record, in 1988 I conceptualized the modern discipline of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In 1993 Alvin Toffler built a chapter around me, “The Future of the Spy” and called me “the rival store” but …

Neal Rauhauser: Special Ops Look at Clandestine Insurgent and Terrorist Networks

What most will not realize is that the insights in the document are relevant to the growing anger and potential domestic insurgency in the USA. We have 2.5 million veterans from OEF/OIF, assuming 20% in combat that’s 500k, Army/Marines are about 20% black if I recall, so that’s 100k guys who have “seen the elephant”. …

Robert Steele: Why We Need a Defense Clandestine Service

SHORT URL: http://tinyurl.com/Steele2Flynn Commentary: Why We Need a Defense Clandestine Service DefenseNews, 3 March 2014 I was a CIA spy from 1979 to 1988, leaving when invited to be a co-creator of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center from 1988 to 1993. Since 1993, I have been one of the more persistent published proponents of intelligence …

Marcus Aurelius: Defense Clandestine Service Here to Stay? Dubious in All Respects – And Still No Plumbing

Sigh. Concur with the comments and would add Sumner Shapiro’s own finding on the 80-20 rule. Flynn seems to be going the mini-me route, replicating CIA’s long-standing failure. Wasted effort and money — and still no focus on the plumbing. Analysis: Defense Clandestine Service Is Here To Stay WASHINGTON — Senior US officials and lawmakers …

Jean Lievens: NSA + TSA = Questionable Due Process – a German Victim of Rule by Secrecy, or a Bulgarian Clandestine Asset Properly Barred?

Ilija Trojanow, German Writer, Banned From US For Criticizing NSA According to Der Spiegel, German-Bulgarian writer and activist Ilija Trojanow was barred from entering the United States on Monday. Trojanow was to speak at a literary conference. HuffPost Live’s Ahmed Shihab-Eldin took a closer look at the story, which has yet to be covered by …

Marcus Aurelius: Congress Cuts DoD Spies in Half — CIA Continues to Run Amok — + Clandestine/Analytic Meta-RECAP

Congress Smashes Pentagon’s New Den of Spies By Noah Shachtman WIRED Danger Room 05.21.13 7:29 PM If the Pentagon’s not careful, it’s going to find its new network of spies rolled up by Congress. The Defense Clandestine Service was supposed to be the Defense Department’s new squad for conducting “human intelligence” — classic, informant-based spying. …