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Morning Musings

  • Homeland Security?  The year-end “Weekly Departures and Detention Report” says otherwise. The data comprehensive immigration reform advocates did not want you to see.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she’s waiting for a CIA apology. The American people have expected one too for the public policy circus ongoing the past few months. We’re still wondering what Senate staff removed from that secure room a few weeks ago?
  • There is stronger rhetoric these days on climate change, than on Russian adventurism in the Crimea. While Kerry says there is malpractice in the former, DoD issues MRE press releases on the latter. Political negligence. Across the board.
  • Jen Psaki, State Department Spokesperson
    Jen Psaki, State Department Spokesperson

    Meanwhile, over at Foggy Bottom, Selfies for Ukraine.

  • The President’s press pool tries to become the news in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Royals seem a little upset.
  • Do we have a race for the next Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI)? Unlike other House Committee assignments that tend to be determined by the full Republican Conference, HPSCI, Rules, and House Administration are Speaker-appointed Committees. A lot can happen between now and November. Stay tuned.
  • Meanwhile, a public interest group posts an interesting story: “Intel Contractor Contributions to [HPSCI Members] Rogers and Ruppersberger, Reps Who Introduced Bill to Lower Data Collection Standards.”
  • Be sure to read Yleem’s latest post on the Ukraine matter.
  • NSA? China wants to place 50 surveillance satellites in orbit … China’s surveillance capacity is state secret. What does the Left, the global community, Edward Snowden, and fellow travelers have to say? [cue the cricket chirping]
  • While Arthur in South Florida penned a new item on cyber security and data privacy, “Learning from the Target Data Breach”.
  • The Cold War seems to be in the new a lot these days and, if you were around back then as we were, Iran’s new UN Ambassador is sure to raise more than a few political eyebrows in this town. Turns out the fellow was involved in the U.S. Embassy hostage/terror attack. Through the years, the Iranians have made mince meat of the Algiers Accords. In my book, after 09.11, they just about made it worthless. This appointment is a political, pardon the vernacular, “in your face” to the Obama national security team. I wonder what the former hostages think? For starters, they’ve yet to receive a formal apology, much less compensation for the injustices endured. This issue has a rich legal and public policy history:

CRS Report: The Iran Hostages: Efforts to Obtain Compensation

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