Intelligence

After Brussels, it’s time to revisit enhanced interrogation

Featured image According to reports, the terrorists who carried out last week’s attacks in Brussels acted sooner than originally planned because they feared that captured terrorist Salah Abdeslam would inform authorities of the attacks. Apparently, they need not have worried. Belgian officials questioned Abdeslam only lightly, and not at all about possible new attacks. Instead, using the discredited law enforcement model, they focused on the Paris attacks of last November, presumably hoping »

How secret is it? (11)

Featured image Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified to Congress yesterday that the matter of Hillary Clinton’s private email for official State Department business was under investigation by the FBI and career attorneys at the Department of Justice. Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne report on Lynch’s testimony here. Herridge and Brown add that the assignment of career DoJ attorneys to the case shows the FBI probe has progressed beyond the initial referral, or »

If Putin is reading her email…

Featured image It is highly likely that Vladimir Putin’s minions obtained Hillary Clinton’s emails while they were hanging out there on her insecure private server. Even former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said so. (I’m sure the same applies to the intelligence services of other hostile states as well.) Well, so what? Paul Roderick Gregory addresses the question in an intensely interesting Forbes column. Gregory reviews the course of »

Highlights from the latest batch of Clinton emails

Featured image The big news associated with today’s release of more Hillary Clinton emails isn’t the content of any email released. The biggest news is the fact, noted by Scott, that 22 of the emails found on her personal email server are classified as “Top Secret” and can’t be released because even with redaction they would be too damaging to national security. The second biggest news may be the State Department’s announcement »

On the email case

Featured image Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of FOX News continue to advance the mind-boggling story of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private email server for her official State Department business. In their latest report, Herridge and Browne note that the FBI is speaking with the intelligence agencies that generated the information. Herridge and Browne cite two intelligence sources described as “familiar with the probe” as their sources. The FBI agents are conducting interviews »

As Clinton email scandal moves to new level, former AG Mukasey predicts a criminal charge

Featured image Katherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of Fox News are reporting that at least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O.” This code is used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according two of the Fox reporters’ sources. Here is what a December 2013 policy document released by the Office of the Director of National »

Annals of Inane Predictions

Featured image There’s the old saying, variously attributed to Sam Goldwyn, Yogi Berra, and numerous other folk sages: “Never prophesy—especially about the future.” And yet it is irresistible. And a lot of people and organizations make their livelihood out of making predictions about the future, though only a small subset of them actually put money on the line. (That’s why we call them “futures traders,” duh.) Back around the year 2000—remember the »

ISIS calling

Featured image A well-connected law enforcement source writes with comments that comport with those made by CIA Director Brennan today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (C-SPAN video here and and Washington Times article here), but go beyond them. I thought readers would find these comments of interest: I’ve got a few good contacts in Middle Eastern and European intelligence and anti-terror police services and have been in contact with »

Inside the fraying US-Israel ties

Featured image On October 23 the Wall Street Journal published the page-one story by Adam Entous on the United States’ intelligence activities directed against Israel. Given the headline “Spy vs. spy: Inside the fraying U.S.-Israel ties” (accessible here via Google), the story was full of revelations including measures taken by the United States to deter Israeli military action against Iran. Entous works the national security beat at the Journal, and his story »

Washington Post: “a number of Hillary’s statements appear to be false” [With Comment by John]

Featured image The Washington Post, in an article called “Clinton’s team went from nonchalant to nervous over e-mail controversy,” does a good job of demonstrating that Hillary Clinton has spoken falsely in trying to brush off this scandal. As Post reporters Carol Leonnig, Karen Tumulty, and Rosalind Helderman put it, “the issues around Clinton’s e-mails have. . .intensified as it has become clear that a number of her statements defending her actions »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive, classified, and even top secret information has finally prompted widespread discussion as to whether she committed crimes. The discussion is warranted, particularly given the Obama administration’s aggressive posture in cases involving leaks and the mishandling of classified material. The prosecution of General Petraeus springs immediately to mind. As Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor, points out: [Petraeus] was tarred, feathered and ridden out of the »

Did Team Hillary remove classification markings?

Featured image Relying on an unnamed State Department official, Fox News reports that someone in Hillary Clinton’s “inner circle” likely stripped the classification markings from documents on her server: A State Department official told Fox News that the intelligence community inspector general, who raised the most recent concerns about Clinton’s emails, made clear that at least one of those messages contained information that only could have come from the intelligence community. “If »

Dartmouth alum provides clarity on “torture”

Featured image Robert Grenier served in the CIA for 27 years. In 2001, as station chief in Islamabad, he developed a CIA war plan for southern Afghanistan that relied on Afghans to drive Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from Kabul and install Hamid Karzai as the country’s new president. He describes these events in a new book called 88 Days to Kandahar. Grenier also helped coordinate covert operations in support of the »

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz move to the left of Lindsey Graham on terrorist rights

Featured image Earlier this week, the Senate passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the entire U.S. government to only the interrogation and detention techniques outlined in the Army Field Manual. The vote was 78-21. The Army Field Manual does not permit physical contact with detainees, not even a slap. The harshest method it permits the “Fear-Up (Harsh).” In this approach, “the interrogator behaves in an overpowering »

Massive Government Data Breach Exposes Information on Four Million Americans

Featured image Chinese hackers have invaded computers at the federal Office of Personnel Management, accessing personal information relating to at least four million current and former government employees. The New York Times reports: The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China. »

FBI Should Come Clean on Surveillance Aircraft

Featured image Here in the Twin Cities, it started when a man described as an aviation buff noticed a small airplane acting oddly. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on May 29: Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, »

Brennan’s bromides

Featured image The Obama administration national security apparatus has to leave a knowledgeable man feeling a little queasy. You’ve got national security advisor Susan Rice, a knave or a fool with credibility somewhere south of zero. You’ve got assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications Ben Rhodes. What is this man doing here? You’ve got Secretary of State John Kerry, the man whom Obama has entrusted to »