Tagged: intelligence

Review Board Defends Information Collection under FISA Section 702

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or ‘the Board’) released yesterday a report on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and collection activities conducted under Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). In 2013, following the disclosure of classified information by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Board was...

Director of National Intelligence Provides Guidance for Civilian Consumption of Declassified Documents

Codes have been used throughout history whenever people wanted to keep messages private. In the intelligence community, cryptography and code words are standard operating procedure, but when documents are declassified and released for the public as a means for information sharing and good faith, it may seem to civilians that...

CIA’s First Public National Security Conference

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the CIA hosted their first public National Security Conference titled, “The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence” at Georgetown University.  The conference, co-sponsored with Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, served as a platform to discuss a variety of topics important to national security. The current...

Is the IC Responsible for Failing to Prevent the Boston Marathon Bombings? Inspectors General Say “No”

A new Inspectors General (IGs) report was released yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings that focuses on information handling and sharing by the U.S. intelligence community (IC) prior to the incident. The 168-page review itself is classified, but the IGs have publicly released the Unclassified Summary which can be found...

Swarm Intelligence: A Lesson in Emergency Response Following the Boston Marathon Bombings

Another report on the Boston Marathon bombings was released this week out of Harvard University, this time by the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (Initiative). The Initiative’s report, “Crisis Meta-Leadership Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings Response: The Ingenuity of Swarm Intelligence,” analyzes the leadership of the myriad agencies that responded...

Praise, Problems, and Proposals: Audit Results of the FBI-Managed Terrorist Watchlist 

The Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Management of Terrorist Watchlist Nominations audit report of March 2014 reviews the impact of the December 25, 2009, failed terrorist attack (commonly known as the Underwear Bomber) and effectiveness of FBI initiatives implemented between 2009 and 2012 and intended to “ensure accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of the...

Benghazi Investigation Update: House Armed Services Committee Reports Six Key Findings

Yesterday, February 10, 2014, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Armed Services Committee released the “Majority Interim Report: Benghazi Investigation Update.” To view the committee’s Press Release, click here. Immediately after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, the Committee on Armed Services began...

Security Heats Up as the Olympic Torch Nears Sochi: Is Russia Doing Enough To Freeze Terrorism at the 2014 Winter Games?

The Olympic Games have historically been a target for terrorist attacks. Since 1972, 16 of the countries to host the Olympics experienced terrorist attacks in the year or months approaching the Games. With the international presence and heightened media coverage, the Olympics provides a stage that few malicious actors can...

Cyber Warfare and Counterspace: Growing National Threats Against the United States

On January 29, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing on Current and Projected National Security threats against the United States. These open hearings occur yearly, and quite a few areas of threat are on the rise, including cyber, counterintelligence, counterspace, and Transnational Organized Crime. They...

Signals Intelligence Activities: President Obama Releases New Policy Directive

Today, President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive, “Signals Intelligence Activities,” which outlines the manner in which signals intelligence is authorized to be collected by the United States. He stated that gathering practices must be adherent to privacy and civil liberties, “in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive...