2006 THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest

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Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02) lost by eighty-three votes in 2006.  A retired U.S. Army Colonel who pioneered Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and whose service on the House Committee for Homeland Security focused on the urgency of greating public intelligence useful to our state, county, municipality, and tribal leaders, his defeat came in part because two editorial boards in his district turned against him with the tide of the times, completely unaware of his very big ideas.  This book, published in 2006, was distributed to every member of the House by his staff, and to every Senator by my staff, and we can now be quite certain that not a single Member every actually read this book (just as they do not actually read the legislation they vote on such as the Patriot Act).  To read Congressman Simmon’s Forword only, click on his photo below.

Rob Simmons

Rob Simmons

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