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I’ve got to tell you — Clapper scares me.  I have access to lot of stuff that his people write and it’s scary.  USD(I) is trying to stick its nose into tents where they aren’t wanted.

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Journal: Obama To Name Retired General To Top Spy Post

Journal: Obama To Name Retired General To Top Spy Post

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Probably not an inspired choice.

MA

New York Times June 5, 2010 Pg. 1

Obama To Name Retired General To Top Spy Post

By Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt

WASHINGTON — President Obama has picked Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. as director of national intelligence, tapping a retired officer with decades of experience to improve coordination of the nation’s sprawling spy apparatus amid increasing threats at home and escalating operations abroad.

Mr. Obama plans to announce his choice in the Rose Garden on Saturday, two weeks after forcing Adm. Dennis C. Blair out of the spymaster job, according to administration officials, who insisted on anonymity to disclose the decision before the formal ceremony.

FULL STORY ONLINE

 
 
 
 

Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

See also:

He has been nicknamed “the Godfather of HUMINT” — using human contacts for gathering intelligence in addition to high-tech methods like satellite imagery or intercepting communications.

Phi Beta Iota:  This alone–a farce on top of a farce–makes him unsuited to the position.   Obama and Gates know what they want: to continue Grand Theft Intel as the same time that Grand Theft Pentagon continues the looting of the public treasury.  If Congress can rediscover its integrity and invite former Senators such as David Boren (D-OK), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Bob Graham (D-FL) as well as Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), they might discover the universal condemnation of “business as usual,” which is precisely what this nominee represents.  Whatever claims are made about transformation or revolution will at best be pap and at worst a deliberate breach of trust in lying to the Congress.  Dick Cheney would be proud of what passes for leadership in the Department of Defense today.

Reference:  Human Intelligence (HUMINT): All Humans, All Minds, All the Time

Earlier Posts on DNI Self-Destruction:

Journal: With No Successor In Sight, Intelligence Czar Departs

AFIO Selected Headline Links with Phi Beta Iota Comments

Intelligence Headlines of Note

Reference: Strategic Asymmetry–with Comment

BP’s Corrosive History in Alaska Spill, Safety Fraud, Destroying Whistleblowers, and Bush Re-Election Campaign

03 Environmental Degradation, 05 Energy, Corporations, Corruption

Smart Pig:
BP’s OTHER Spill this Week

by Greg Palast for Buzzflash.com
Friday, May 28 2010

With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there’s no space in the press for British Petroleum’s latest spill, just this week: over 100,000 gallons, at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. Still is.

On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of hydrocarbons after “procedures weren’t properly implemented” by BP operators, say state inspectors “Procedures weren’t properly implemented” is, it seems, BP’s company motto.

Few Americans know that BP owns the controlling stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline; but, unlike with the Deepwater Horizon, BP keeps its Limey name off the Big Pipe.

There’s another reason to keep their name off the Pipe: their management of the pipe stinks. It’s corroded, it’s undermanned and “basic maintenance” is a term BP never heard of.

How does BP get away with it? The same way the Godfather got away with it: bad things happen to folks who blow the whistle. BP has a habit of hunting down and destroying the careers of those who warn of pipeline problems.

Continue reading “BP’s Corrosive History in Alaska Spill, Safety Fraud, Destroying Whistleblowers, and Bush Re-Election Campaign”

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan & Her Actions to Protect Saudi Royal Family from 9/11 Lawsuits

09 Justice, 09 Terrorism, 10 Security, 9/11 research, Corruption, Government
raw story link

(from Rawstory.com citing NY Times 2009 article) Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court, helped protect the Saudi royal family from lawsuits that sought to hold al Qaeda financiers responsible in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The suits were filed by thousands family members and others affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. In court papers, they provided evidence that members of the Saudi royal family had channeled millions to al Qaeda prior to the bombings, often in contravention of direct guidance from the United States. But Kagan, acting as President Obama’s Solicitor General, argued that the case should not be heard even if evidence proved that the Saudis helped underwrite al Qaeda, because it would interfere with US foreign policy with the oil-rich nation. She posited “that the princes are immune from petitioners’ claims” because of “the potentially significant foreign relations consequences of subjecting another sovereign state to suit.”

Related:
+ Secret Saudi Document Shows Kingdom Linked with Al-Qaeda Terror
+ OpenSecrets.org profile of Elena Kagan

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Corruption is Non-Partisan: New Documentary “Casino Jack” shows US Gov’s Legalized Bribery through Jack Abramoff & the Story of Human Failure.

Corruption, Government, Videos/Movies/Documentaries
movie info

Good quotes from the movie:
+ Jack Abramoff was the “perfect marriage of idealism and corruption.”
+ “Campaign finance is a system of legalized bribery.” What also comes to mind is Danny Schecter saying “I used to think of Wall Street as a financial center, now I think of it as a crime scene.”

One interesting part of the movie mentioned a court order that was issued just to force the Bush administration to hand over copies of photos of Bush & Abramoff in Malaysia. Video clips of George W Bush show him lying about not knowing Jack Abramoff.

Conclusion:
Corruption has become normal in Washington DC politics. Parasitic behavior of lobbyists such a Abramoff (despite him being “one of a kind” as far as his deceptive charismatic mastery was concerned) are the result of relationships with “willing hosts,” politicians open to bribery and betrayl of public service, perpetually seeking more money and more power.

On an interesting note, this documentary has a segment on the Mariana Islands when they were a loophole for textile manufacturers. Abramoff had links to their government and industry and became a bridge between them and US politicians willing to deny inhumane treatment of workers. The day I saw this documentary (May 7) I received a text message from the twitter feed of the Government Accountability Office mentioning the Mariana Islands immigration issue.

Related:


Journal: British Petroleum (BP) Lies, US Government Knows It, but Congress and Administration Go Along Anyway…

Corruption

Slick Operator: The BP I’ve Known Too Well

Wednesday 05 May 2010

 

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I’ve seen this movie before. In 1989, I was a fraud investigator hired to dig into the cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Despite Exxon’s name on that boat, I found the party most to blame for the destruction was … British Petroleum (BP).

That’s important to know, because the way BP caused devastation in Alaska is exactly the way BP is now sliming the entire Gulf Coast.

Reference: Invisible Empire New World Order DVD + RECAP

08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, DHS, Director of National Intelligence et al (IC), DoD, Government, InfoOps (IO), Intelligence (government), IO Deeds of War, Methods & Process, Military, Movies, Officers Call, Power Behind-the-Scenes/Special Interests, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy, Strategy, United Nations & NGOs, Waste (materials, food, etc)

Invisible Empire A New World Order Defined Full

2 hours, 14 minutes, 1 second — free online, click on title above

Jason Bermas [creator or Loose Change movie] presents Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined produced by Alex Jones. The film can be ordered here http://infowars-shop.stores.yahoo.net/inemnewwoord.html or viewed free online (click on title above).

Summary and See Also Below the Line.

Continue reading “Reference: Invisible Empire New World Order DVD + RECAP”

Journal: LEXIS-NEXIS OSINT Kiss to CIA/OSC

Commerce, Corruption, Government, IO Impotency

 

Full Story Online

More Than Espionage: Open-source intelligence should be part of solution

 

Washington Times   January 27, 2010    Pg. B3

By Andrew M. Borene

Here’s some food for thought: White House policymakers and Congress can help develop an increasingly robust national intelligence capacity by investing new money in the pursuit of a centralized open-source intelligence (OSINT) infrastructure.

Phi Beta Iota: In 1992 it was the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and The MITRE Corporation that destroyed the emergent Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) movement.  CIA refused to deal with OSINT unless everyone associated with it was a U.S. citizen with a SECRET clearance (we do not make this stuff up), and MITRE misled the US Government in such a way as to promote their Open Source Information System (OSIS) that ended up providing analysts mediocre high-side access to six open sources (LEXIS-NEXIS, Oxford Analytics, Jane’s Information Group, Predicast and two other non-memorable sources).  The US Marine Corps, which was the proponent for OSINT based on the lessons learned in creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Center (MCIC), argued for an outside the wire center of excellence that would have access to all sources in all languages (in part because the “experts” flogged by contracting firms may have been expert once, but are not “the” expert on any given topic for any given day–for that we prize European and Chinese and Latin American graduate students about to receive their PhD).

During his tenure as Director of the Community Open Source Program Office (COSPO), Dr. Joe Markowitz, the only person ever to actually understand OSINT within CIA, closely followed by Carol Dumaine, founder of the Global Futures Partership, tried four years in a row, with the support of Charlie Allen, then Deputy Director for Collection (DDCI/C), to get an OSINT program line established.  Four years in a row, Joan Dempsey, then Deputy Director for Community Management (DDCI/CM) refused.  The secret IC is incapable of creating an Open Source Agency (OSA) as called for by the 9-11 Commission, and any money it puts in that direction will be wasted unless the Simmons-Steele-Markowitz recommendations briefed to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are respected.

Dr. Markowitz is also the author of the OSINT portions of vital Defense Science Board reports such as Transitions to and from Hostilities, and is unique within the CIA alumni for understanding both the needs of defense and the possibilities of OSINT.  COSPO was an honest effort–CIA/OSC is not.

CIA and LEXIS-NEXIS still do not get it–they both want a monopoly on a discicpline they do not understand and cannot monopolize.  The US Government is a BENEFICIARY of OSINT, not its patron, and any endeavor that is not outside the wire, transparent, and under diplomatic and civil affairs auspices, is destined to fail, just as CIA/OSC has failed all these years, just as LEXIS-NEXIS, Oxford Analytica, and Jane’s Information Group have failed on substance all these years.    They profit from government ignorance, they do not profit from actually connecting the government to sources that are largely free, not online, and not in English.

Continue reading “Journal: LEXIS-NEXIS OSINT Kiss to CIA/OSC”

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Disinformation, Other Information Pathologies, & Repression

00 Remixed Review Lists, 9-11 Truth Books & DVDs, Censorship & Denial of Access, Congress (Failure, Reform), Corruption, Corruption, Crime (Corporate), Crime (Government), Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Intelligence (Extra-Terrestrial), Iraq, Misinformation & Propaganda, Politics of Science & Science of Politics, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Power Behind-the-Scenes/Special Interests, Science & Politics of Science, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized), Worth A Look

Disinformation, Other Information Pathologies, & Repression

9/11

Review: 9-11

Review: 9-11 Descent into Tyranny–The New World Order’s Dark Plans to Turn Earth into a Prison Planet

Review: Access Denied–The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

Review: Painful Questions–An Analysis of the September 11th Attack

Review: The 9/11 Commission Report–Omissions And Distortions (Paperback)

Review: The Big Wedding–9/11, the Whistle Blowers, and the Cover-up (Paperback)

Review: The Hidden History of 9-11

Review: The New Pearl Harbor–Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 (Paperback)

Review: The Terror Timeline–Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute: A Comprehensive Chronicle of the Road to 9/11–and America’s Response (Paperback)

Review: The War On Truth–9/11, Disinformation And The Anatomy Of Terrorism (Paperback)

Censorship

Review DVD: The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Review: Censorship of Historical Thought–A World Guide, 1945-2000

Review: Forbidden Knowledge–From Prometheus to Pornography

Review: Gag Rule–On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy

Review: Into the Buzzsaw–Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press

Review: Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect

Review: The Age of Missing Information

Cover-Ups

Review: Scorpion Down–Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion

Review: Silent Steel–The Mysterious Death of the Nuclear Attack Sub USS Scorpion

Extra-Terrestrial Withholding

Review: Hidden Truth–Forbidden Knowledge

Iraq

Review: A War Against Truth–An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)

Propaganda

Review (Guest): Propaganda–The Formation of Men’s Attitudes

Review DVD: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Review: Big Lies–The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth

Review: Disinformation –22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror (Hardcover)

Review: Fog Facts –Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (Nation Books) (Hardcover)

Review: HOW ISRAEL LOST

Review: Interventions

Review: It’s Not News, It’s Fark–How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News

Review: Manufacturing Consent–The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Review: State of Fear

Review: The Infernal Machine–A History of Terrorism

Secrecy

Review: Lost History–Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’

Review: Nation of Secrets–The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life

Review: Secrecy–The American Experience

Review: Secrets–A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Review: Secrets and Lies–Operation “Iraqi Freedom” and After: A Prelude to the Fall of U.S. Power in the Middle East?

Review: The American Truth

Two-Party Tyranny

Review: Grand Illusion–The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Dereliction of Duty (Other Than Defense)

00 Remixed Review Lists, 09 Justice, Congress (Failure, Reform), Corruption, Corruption, Corruption, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Worth A Look

Dereliction of Duty Other Than Defense)

Review (Guest): Integrity–Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House

Review: A Season of Inquiry–The Senate Intelligence Investigation

Review: Afghanistan’s Endless War–State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban

Review: America the Vulnerable–How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

Review: Betrayal of Trust–The Collapse of Global Public Health

Review: Blue Frontier–Dispatches from America’s Ocean Wilderness

Review: Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy

Review: Collapse–How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Review: Collapse–How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Review: Defense Facts of Life–The Plans/Reality Mismatch

Review: Downsizing Democracy–How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public

Review: Genocide in the Congo (Zaire)

Review: Gomorrah

Review: Inside Sudan–Political Islam, Conflict, and Catastrophe

Review: Leave Us Alone–Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives

Review: My Year in Iraq–The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope

Review: Politics Lost–How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You’re Stupid (Hardcover)

Review: Risk and Reason–Safety, Law, and the Environment

Review: Running on Empty–How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It (Paperback)

Review: Running The World–the Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (Hardcover)

Review: See No Evil–The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism

Review: Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy (Paperback)

Review: Shake Hands With The Devil–The Failure Of Humanity In Rwanda

Review: The Assault on Reason

Review: The Collapse of Complex Societies

Review: The Edge of Disaster–Rebuilding a Resilient Nation

Review: The Life and Death of NSSM 200 –How the Destruction of Political Will Doomed a U.S. Population Policy

Review: The New American Story

Review: The Next Catastrophe–Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters

Review: The Political Junkie Handbook (The Definitive Reference Book on Politics)

Review: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Review: While America Sleeps–How Islam, Immigration and Indoctrination Are Destroying America From Within

Review: White Nile, Black Blood–War, Leadership, and Ethnicity from Khartoum to Kampala

Review: Wilson’s Ghost–Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century

Review: Your Government Failed You–Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters