Robert O'Harrow, Jr.


O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. "Centers Tap Into Personal Databases: State Groups Were Formed After 9/11." Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2008, A1. []

According to a document obtained by the Washington Post, state-run intelligence centers, known as fusion centers, "have access to personal information about millions of Americans, including unlisted cellphone numbers, insurance claims, driver's license photographs and credit reports.... Government watchdogs, along with some police and intelligence officials, said they worry that the fusion centers do not have enough oversight and are not open enough with the public, in part because they operate under various state rules."

[FBI/DomSec/00s; DHS/08]

O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. "Controversy Snarls Upgrade of Terrorist Data Repository." Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2008, A1. []

In a 21 August 2008 letter, Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), chairman of the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, asked the ODNI inspector general to investigate "the technical failure and mismanagement" of the Railhead project. The program, launched in 2006 at an anticipated cost of $500 million over 5 years, is supposed to improve and eventually replace the current Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE). Operated at the National Counterterrorism Center, TIDE "serves as the central repository of information about more than 400,000 suspected terrorists around the world."

[DNI/NCTC; Terrorism/00s/08]

O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. "Even Spies Go to Trade Conferences." Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2008, D1. []

The reporter visits the "trade show and conference" organized by the O/DNI "to promote using open sources of information such as the Internet and television broadcasts as part of the intelligence process.... The heavy presence of contractors, both in the exhibition halls and seminar rooms, also shows the growing reliance on the private sector."

[DNI/OSC/08; OpenSource]

O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. "Justice Department Mulls Covert-Action Bill." Washington Post, 20 Aug. 1999, A1. "Who's Tinkering with Your Computer?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 30 Aug. 1999, 30.

According to a 4 August 1999 memorandum by the Justice Department, "[l]egislation drafted by the department, called the Cyberspace Electronic Security Act [CESA], would enable investigators to get a sealed warrant signed by a judge permitting them to enter private property, search through computers for passwords and install devices that override encryption programs"

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), "New White House Computer Surveillance Plan Would Pose Unprecedented Threat to Privacy," 20 Aug. 1999, says that the proposed legislation "could result in an unprecedented intrusion into the sanctity of private homes and businesses."

[FBI/90s/99 & Search]

O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society. New York: Free Press, 2005.

According to Stone, Washington Post, 20 Feb, 2005, the author "unveils a modern world riddled with seemingly innocuous private businesses, government agencies and software programs ... [that] are relentlessly compiling information" about all aspects of our lives. In a "chilling narrative, O'Harrow identifies the risks [posed by our more convenient, more secure society] and vividly illustrates them with powerful real-life stories."


O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. "The Outsourcing of U.S. Intelligence Raises Risks among the Benefits." Washington Post, 9 Jun. 2013. []

The leak of NSA "secrets by an intelligence contractor ... was probably an inevitable consequence of the massive growth of the U.S. security-industrial complex."


O'Harrow, Robert, Jr. "Suspect in CIA Slayings Is Returned to U.S." Washington Post, 18 Jun. 1997, A1, A3.


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