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.
The truth at any cost lowers all other costs — curated by former US spy Robert David Steele.
Probably not an inspired choice.
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.
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
by Kalev Leetaru
For nearly 70 years, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) monitored the world’s airwaves and other news outlets, transcribing and translating selected content into English and in the process creating a multi-million-page historical archive of the global news media. Yet, FBIS material has not been widely utilized in the academic content analysis community, perhaps because relatively little is known about the scope of the content that is digitally available to researchers in this field. This article, researched and written by a specialist in the field, contains a brief overview of the service—reestablished as the Open Source Center in 2004—and a statistical examination of the unclassified FBIS material produced from July 1993 through July2004—a period during which FBIS produced and distributed CDs of its selected material. Examined are language preferences, distribution of monitored sources, and topical and geographic emphases. The author examines the output of a similar service provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), known as the Summary of World Broadcasts (SWB). Its digital files permit the tracing of coverage trends from January1979 through December 2008 and invite comparison with FBIS efforts.
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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)
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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
Review: Scorpion Down–Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion
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Review: Hidden Truth–Forbidden Knowledge
Review: A War Against Truth–An Intimate Account of the Invasion of Iraq [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)
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Review DVD: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
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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: It’s Not News, It’s Fark–How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News
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Review: The Infernal Machine–A History of Terrorism
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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: Grand Illusion–The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny
First shot at 21st Century Budget:
$200 billion for military
$200 billion for peace
$100 billion for cyber-all