Gruber-ing the CIA (and the American People)

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and others on the Left who support her, are about to Gruber the American people and the CIA. It will not be healthcare, but rather intelligence (or lack thereof). The outgoing, thankfully, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will spearhead one more campaign to further weaken the intelligence services. …

Morning Musings

China, we win. Again. Let’s hope more is planned. The DOJ press conference was somewhat odd. While it may look good to crack down on cyber espionage, do folks in this town serious think China is going to hand these five characters to the US for prosecution? This is one arena where the law is, …

Morning Musings

Our quiet city awakens this week as Congress returns from Spring break for nine weeks of legislating and prevaricating. It promises to be a very busy legislative cycle. Even the BREW Act is on tap. How much of it will produce product remains to be seen. With the mid-term elections right around the corner only must …

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 …

Musings Around Town and Virginia

Hold onto your wallets. Secure your bank accounts. After a peaceful week, Members of Congress return to town. The hard left of the Democratic Party wants a Church and Pike-level scandal. The best they can do, Snowden. And now they have the votes to make it so. Be careful what you wish for in this …

Global Anti-USA Movement Launches Anti-NSA Website

Reporter Glen Greenwald’s new website is national security voyeurism, part of an ongoing global anti-American campaign. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called him a “thief,” while DNI James Clapper labeled him and others “accomplices” in Snowden’s crime. Rogers and Clapper were generous. These people are much worse. Greenwald and his team found a …

Senate Intel Bill Weakens Helms-Burton, Cuba Sanctions

UPDATE 15NOV13 – 10:25AM  — the Sec 108 amendment referenced in this 14NOV13 post may have been removed from the underlying text of the Intel Authorization bill, or a hold been placed on the measure until it happens. If that is the case, we will update our 14NOV13 post as soon as the new text is …

Snowden Belongs in a Prison Cell With No Internet Access

When someone like a contractor employee such as Edward Snowden is granted a security clearance, they usually need to sign a Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement (Form 312, 32 CFR Part 2001.80 – appended below). Among other things, contractors acknowledge that a “special confidence and trust” is placed in them by the U.S. Government to view and use the …

Put the National Security Crucifixion on Hold, We Need to Learn More

During an interview on CNN’s Directo USA yesterday we talked about the leak of National Security Agency (NSA) documents of what seems to be various U.S. surveillance programs. Before the taping, the other guest, Mr. Roberto Izurieta from the GW University Graduate School of Political Management, and I were  discussing what may have motivated Edward …

Too Many Cooks in the IC Kitchen

We may have the makings of yet another political maelstrom, but this one could impact outside the beltway. Unlike the early reports about Verizon phone records, there now appears to be a lot more activity than meta-data collection by the intelligence community. Let’s face it, the nation was due sooner or later for a PATRIOT ACT …