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Shane, Scott. "How Intelligence Fails More Often Than Not." Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2004. []

"[I]t is unfair to assume that every major intelligence failure is proof of incompetence. 'I think intelligence is a very tough business,' says J. Ransom Clark, who worked for the CIA from 196[4] to 1990. 'Even if you do everything right, you're going to be wrong a whole lot of the time.' Certainly, the track record for predictions in other fields is far from perfect, even when detailed data are available.... [E]xperts on intelligence have identified a number of recurring patterns of intelligence failure." These include: Mirror-imaging, intelligence to please, signals lost in the noise, and the power of preconceptions.

[Analysis/Warning; GenPostCW/00s/04/WMD]

Shane, Scott. "In New Job, Spymaster Draws Bipartisan Criticism." New York Times, 20 Apr. 2006. []

Both the top Republican and the top Democrat on the HPSCI, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), and Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), "are disquieted by the first-year performance" of DNI John D. Negroponte. The two lawmakers fear that Negroponte "is creating just another blanket of bureaucracy." Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), "who played a central role in devising the intelligence overhaul, said she was worried about what she said was Mr. Negroponte's failure to confront the Defense Department over an aggressive grab for turf over the past year."


Shane, Scott. "Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation." New York Times, 22 Jun. 2008. []

The focus here is the CIA's interrogation of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the role played in this and other interrogations by an analyst named as Deuce Martinez. Shane makes an important point: "The very fact that Mr. Martinez, a career narcotics analyst who did not speak the terrorists' native languages and had no interrogation experience, would end up as a crucial player captures the ad-hoc nature of the program. Officials acknowledge that it was cobbled together under enormous pressure in 2002 by an agency nearly devoid of expertise in detention and interrogation."


Shane, Scott. "Interrogation Inc.: 2 U.S. Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11's Wake" New York Times, 12 Aug. 2009. []

"Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were military retirees and psychologists, on the lookout for business opportunities." They built "a thriving business that made millions of dollars selling interrogation and training services to the C.I.A.... The psychologists' subsequent fall from official grace has been as swift as their rise in 2002. Today the offices of Mitchell Jessen and Associates ... sit empty, its C.I.A. contracts abruptly terminated last spring."


Shane, Scott. "Invoking Secrets Privilege Becomes a More Popular Legal Tactic by U.S." New York Times, 4 Jun. 2006. []

"Facing a wave of litigation challenging its eavesdropping at home and its handling of terror suspects abroad, the Bush administration is increasingly turning to a legal tactic that swiftly torpedoes most lawsuits: the state secrets privilege."


Shane, Scott. "Iranian Dissidents Convince U.S. to Drop Terror Label." New York Times, 21 Sep. 2012. []

"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to remove ... the Mujahedeen Khalq, or People's Mujahedeen, from the State Department's list of designated terrorist organizations." Two officials said the decision "was based in part on the recent cooperation of the group, in completing a move of more than 3,000 of its members from its longtime location in Iraq, Camp Ashraf.... A final convoy of 680 people from Ashraf arrived at the former site of Camp Liberty, near the Baghdad airport," on 16 September 2012.


Shane, Scott. "Logged In and Sharing Gossip, er, Intelligence." New York Times, 2 Sep. 2007. []

According to officials, the intelligence agencies will in December introduce "A-Space, a top-secret variant of the social networking Web sites MySpace and Facebook. The 'A' stands for 'analyst.'" Intelligence analysts will use A-Space to compare notes. A-Space joins "Intellipedia,... where intelligence officers from all 16 American spy agencies pool their knowledge. Sixteen months after its creation, officials say, the top-secret version of Intellipedia has 29,255 articles, with an average of 114 new articles and more than 4,800 edits to articles added each workday.

"A separate online Library of National Intelligence is to include all official intelligence reports sent out by each agency, offering suggestions: if you liked that piece on Venezuela’s oil reserves, how about this one on Russia's? And blogs, accessible only to other spies, are proliferating behind the security fences."


Shane, Scott. "Man in the News: John Michael McConnell, a Member of the Club." New York Times, 5 Jan. 2007. []

In choosing Mike McConnell to be DNI, "President Bush is turning again to a steady intelligence professional who first achieved prominence during his father’s administration." William P. Crowell, McConnell’s deputy at NSA, "called him a 'consummate professional' who managed the agency with great care at a difficult time of severe post-cold-war budget cuts.... Former colleagues invariably remark on his quiet and courteous manner and say he rarely shows a temper."


Shane, Scott. "Negroponte Confirmed as Director of National Intelligence." New York Times, 22 Apr. 2005. []

On 21 April 2005, by a vote of 98 to 2, the U.S. "Senate confirmed John D. Negroponte ... as the country's first director of national intelligence." Key senators urged Negroponte "to assert his power quickly over the nation's 15 spy agencies, improve their sharing of information and upgrade their intelligence collection on terrorism and other threats.... Michael V. Hayden, director of the National Security Agency for the last six years, was confirmed as principal deputy director of national intelligence. The Senate also approved his promotion from an Air Force lieutenant general to full general."

Negroponte and Hayden "are to preside over a staff of more than 500 people." On 15 April 2005, President Bush "named John Russack, the Energy Department's intelligence chief," as program manager, in which position "he will oversee information-sharing by the intelligence agencies."


Shane, Scott. "No Immunity, No Testimony." New York Times, 15 Jan. 2008. []

According to an official briefed on the inquiry, Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., the former CIA official "who ordered the destruction of interrogation videotapes in 2005, will not be required to appear on [16 January 2008] at a closed Congressional hearing on the matter." Rodriguez "has demanded immunity before he will agree to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.... The committee has made no decision on a possible grant of immunity, so it postponed Mr. Rodriguez's appearance. He remains under subpoena, however, and the committee may call him later."


Shane, Scott. "No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.." New York Times, 2 Nov. 2013. []

"From thousands of classified documents, the National Security Agency emerges as an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations. It spies routinely on friends as well as foes."


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