Category: Congress

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Spy Talk: 5 Ways to Read an Intelligence Report 

Spy Talk: 5 Ways to Read an Intelligence Report 

From the reliable SpyTalk,  retired CIA official Ronald Marks has some commonsense advice for those trying to understand the intelligence process. First of all, do remember it is analysis, not crystal ball gazing. Never in my long history with the CIA  has there been one perfect piece of information that tells the whole story. The...

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Time for Rethinking: U.S. National Security in an Age of Insurrection 

Time for Rethinking: U.S. National Security in an Age of Insurrection 

Jon Bateman, assistant to Gen. Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the US intelligence must rethink the idea of “national security,” in the wake of the failed January 6 coup. “Many national security challenges are simply not as pressing as our dire need for domestic renewal,” Bateman writes. The U.S ...

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In the Face of the Right-Wing Threat, an Epic US Intelligence Failure

In the Face of the Right-Wing Threat, an Epic US Intelligence Failure

The failed coup of January 6, writes journalist Joe Conason, “illuminated the national landscape like a flash of lightning. It is now clear even to those who have pretended otherwise that Trump himself represents a grave danger to national security.” And yet as this danger gathered, U.S. domestic intelligence agencies–namely  the Department of Homeland Security...

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