Journal: NYT to Robert Young Pelton–Sorry, Our Bad

08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, 11 Society, Cultural Intelligence, Media, Military, Peace Intelligence

Setting the record straight on ‘contractor’ spies

The Washington Post Spy Talk    Jeff Stein

Robert Young Pelton spent years investigating counterterrorism mercenaries, so the last thing he expected was to be branded one himself.

Yet there he was on the front page of the New York Times on March 14, his color picture flanked by photos of legendary ex-CIA official Duane R. Clarridge and Michael D. Furlong, a Pentagon psychological warfare official.

The headline: “Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants.”

Today the Times corrected the story.

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Robert Young Pelton's Web "Come Back Alive"

Robert Young Pelton comments:

I am happy to report that the New York Times has done the right thing and corrected their depiction of me in their recent series of articles about Afghanistan and “rogue” contractors.  Although I have no personal or ethical problem with DoD contractors, information operations,  intelligence activity  covert operations or any other programs funded by the Department of Defense to protect our citizens here and overseas. I was not a DoD contractor nor was my company or were my employees  involved in any spying, clandestine or illegal activity.

I do have a problem with the illegal use of contractors for espionage, breaking laws or stepping across clearly identified moral boundaries in the use of journalists. But I did not make these allegations, the source for the current activity (almost half a year after we were told the DoD would not be a subscriber) is a leaked memo and DoD insiders. Not my company.

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Journal: IG Audit–El Paso Intelligence Center a bust

09 Justice, Law Enforcement
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Washington Post, Jeff Stein

The El Paso Intelligence Center, launched in 1974 to identify drug traffickers south of the border, is all but a complete bust, the Justice Department’s Inspector General reported Tuesday.

The 86-page report was a virtual laundry list of seemingly intractable problems at the border intelligence post, opened by the Drug Enforcement Administration with great fanfare 36 years ago.

“EPIC could not produce a complete record of drug seizures nationwide because of incomplete reporting into the National Seizure System, which is managed by EPIC,” Glenn A. Fine, chief of the Office of the Inspector General, reported.

“EPIC had not sustained the staffing for some key interdiction programs, such as its Fraudulent Document unit, its Air Watch unit, or its Maritime Intelligence unit….” Fine added.

“As a result, EPIC’s service to users in these program areas had been disrupted or diminished for periods of time.”

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Journal: Coup in Qatar? Middle East Convergences…

08 Wild Cards, Military

CQ Politics Full Story
CQ Politics Full Story

U.S. Military Downplays Qatar Coup Rumors

By Jeff Stein | August 5, 2009

Senior American military officials Wednesday threw cold water on reports of an attempted coup d’etat in Qatar, nerve center for the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Arab Websites Report On Failed Coup Attempt In Qatar

Various Arab websites are reporting on the sudden firing of senior Qatari military officials after they staged a failed coup attempt.

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Military Steele US Army Conference: E3i: Making the Revolution

2005

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Military USA Army Modernization Briefing

2004

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Military Simmons Foreword to the Draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004

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Military Wiebes SIGINT in Bosnia

2003

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Military Hardee OSINT in Support of Special Operations

2003

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Military Harrison OSINT Requirements, Collection, & Production Management

2003

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Military Steele SOUTHCOM: Strategic Threat Assessment

2003

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Military Steele AFCEA Texas: C4I Revolution and National Security

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Military Steele To SecDef: Force Structure Trade-Offs and the Real World

2002

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Military Hardee Growing an Open Source Intelligence Program

2001

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Military Steele AUSA: Intelligence Support to a Transforming Army

2001

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Military Steele AWC: Welcome to the Real World: Force Structure Trade-Offs

2000

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Military Cox OSINT at SHAPE…Some Musings

2000

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Military Debat The Challenge of Informing European Defence Decisions

2000

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Military Hughes Open Sources and Intelligent Solutions

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Military Mueller Austrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

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Military Regan The UK Ministry of Defence OSINT Program

2000

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Military Reynolds U.S. Transportation Command OSINT

2000

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Military Steele Briefing to NATO/PfP: One World Ready or Not

1999

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Military Clark EAGLE VISION: USAF Initiative for Tactical Receipt of Imagery

1999

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Military Connors PACOM Additional Slides on VIC

1999

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Military Connors U.S. Pacific Command’s Virtual Information Center (VIC)

1999

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Military Dearth Intelligence in the 21st Century

1999

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Military Lee Summary of Military Map Availabililty for Iran

1999

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Military Myers & Madison Virtual Information Center Concept Refinement

1999

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Military Prinslow & Bond Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

1999

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Military Steele Overview of OSINT Issues & OSINT Utility to DoD

1999

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Military Steele Setting the Stage for Information Sharing in the 21st Century: 3 Issues

1999

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Military Steele What Do We Need to Know and Where Do We Get It? (Slides)

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Military Steele Expeditionary Environment in the 21st Century

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Military Wirtz Bridging the Culture Gap: OSINT and the Tet Offensive

1998

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Military Beavers & Shanahan Operationalizing IO in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Book Chapter)

1998

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Military Bjore Open Sources and Methods for the Military

1998

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Military Bjore OSINT Lessons Learned

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Military Rathmell Assessing the IW Threat from Sub-State Groups

1998

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Military Steele INFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Purest Form of War (Outline)

1998

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Military Steele Skeptical Assessment of USN-USMC Based on Real-World OSINT

1998

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Military Steele TAKEDOWN: The Asymmetric Threat to the Nation

1998

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Military Tyrrell OSINT: The Challenge for NATO

1997

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Military Alger IATAC: Building a Knowledge Base of Emerging IAT

1997

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Military Clark EAGLE VISION: Tactical Downlink Station for Imagery

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Military Clinton Managing Complex Contingency Operations

1997

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Military Molholm DTIC: Building a Virtual Knowledge Warehouse

1997

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Military Necoba The Marines and OSINT

1997

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Military Pedtke National Air Intelligence Center Science & Technology OSINT

1997

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Military Steele CINC Brief: The One that Got CINCSOC (Now CSA) to Buy In

1997

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Military Steele Creating a Bare Bones OSINT  Capability (Slides)

1997

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Military Steele Creating a Bare Bones OSINT Unit for DIA

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Military Steele CINCSOC 10 Minute Brief on OSINT

1997

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Military Vesely Striking A Balance: National, Operational, & Tactical Acquisition

1996

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Military Smith Defense Mapping Agency and the Commercial Sector

1996

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Military Steele Open Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 5, OSINT and Military

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Military Steele DIA/JMITC: National Knowledge Strategy & Revolution in Intelligence

1996

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Military Stein Mapping, Charting, and Geodetic Needs for Remote Sensing Data

1995

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Military Bjore Six Years of Open Source Information (OSI): Lessons Learned

1995

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Military Dandar Army Intelligence XXI, Open Source Status Report

1995

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Military Dandar OSIF Exploitation for Army Intelligence XXI: Summary

1995

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Military Garfield Update on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Slides)

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Military Garfield Update on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Text)

1995

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Military Ricardeli OSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Slides)

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Military Ricardeli OSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Text)

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Military Steele The Military Perspective on Information Warfare: Apocalypse Now

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Military Steele AWC: Open Source Intelligence for the Military

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Military Brooks & McKeeyer Split-Based Ops in DESERT STORM: Glimpse of the Future Digital Army

1994

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Military Munro INFORMATION WARFARE: Snake Eaters Meet Net-Heads

1994

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Military Pedtke NAIC & The Intelligence Community Open Source Architecture

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Military Steele DIA/JMITC: NS via the Reinvention of National & Defense Intelligence

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Military Clift Military OSINT Requirements, Capabilities, and Contracting Directions

1992

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Military Pedtke et al NAIC S&T Open Source Intelligence Requirements & Capabilities

1992

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Military Petersen New Roles for the U.S. Military

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Military Schwartau Introduction to Information Warfare

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Military Steele Intelligence Lessons Learned from Recent Expeditionary Operations

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Military Steele Comments Prepared for Future War Roundtable

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Military Strassmann Forcing Innovation, Cutting Costs, and Increasing Defense Productivity

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Military Steele Defense Intelligence Productivity in the 1990’s

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Environment Research & Analysis Model

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries

Review: Governing the $5 Trillion Economy–A Twentieth Century Fund Essay

5 Star, Banks, Fed, Money, & Concentrated Wealth, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Economics

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Analysis of Federal Budget As Influence Device,

February 27, 2002
Herbert Stein
This absolute gem from 1989 should be updated and republished. I have resurrected it in relation to my reading on federal budgeting and the dangers of the deficit spending now in vogue in Washington (2002).This is the best book I have read on the strategic aspects of the federal budget–needed reforms, key issues in allocation policy, using the budget to stabilize the economy.

Where the book excels is in its analysis of how the federal budget should be used to steer private sector outlays–as Osborne and Gaebler suggested, we must steer rather than row–guide the private sector rather than use taxpayer dollars for direct products and services.

In his discussion of priorities, the author focuses heavily on the lack of investment in education and the resurrection of education both public and private. As we enter the 21st Century largely ignorant as a Nation (of external realities, not at individuals), I cannot help but think that the time has come for the public to take charge of “political economy,” and begin actively setting forth its priorities. Just this week, in The Washington Post of 27 February 2002, David Ignatius suggests that Washington has turned its back on the Nation. Seems to me that’s pretty dangerous, but if the Nation allows itself to be ignored by Washington, then we have the government–and the federal spending priorities–we deserve.

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