1997 Reference: CIA’s Intelligence Sharing With Congress + RECAP

Categories: Ethics,Government

EXTRACT:

From my point of view, the academic community in some ways is even more remiss [than the media]. During my brief fledgling career as a novice academic, I have come to the conclusion that most university-level courses on the American foreign policy process are absolutely mute on this subject [intelligence sharing with Congress, and the repercussions thereof, as a major change in the US foreign policy process]. It is as if time was frozen in the 1960’s. I believe the current scholarly literature on foreign policy processes has little discussion of this — almost none. I am not aware of any Ph.D. theses being done in this area, although I can think of some wonderful case studies that could be the basis for doctoral dissertations. The media and the academic community do not quite get it.

(U) 1997 CIA’s Intelligence Sharing with Congress

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Sep 18

Mongoose: Attaboy Australia — Beheading IO Stopped — But What Should US Do?

Mongoose

Mongoose

Very well done, Australia!

Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots

Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.

About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the recordings through Islamic State’s propaganda arm in the Middle East.

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Sep 18

Jean Lievens: Overhaul Global Economy — Deals with Climate Change, Generates More and Better Profits

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy

Reducing emissions can generate better growth than old high-carbon model, says co-author of report, Lord Stern.

The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world’s leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday.

Tackling climate change can be a boon to prosperity, rather than a brake, according to the study involving a roll-call of the globe’s biggest institutions, including the UN, the OECD group of rich countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and co-authored by Lord Stern, one of the world’s most influential voices on climate economics.

The report comes ahead of a UN-convened summit of world leaders on global warming next week at which David Cameron has pledged to lead calls for strong action.

“Reducing emissions is not only compatible with economic growth and development – if done well it can actually generate better growth than the old high-carbon model,” said Stern.

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Sep 18

White House: Ebola Rescue Summary

white house logoThe White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

September 16, 2014

FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

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Sep 17

Steve Aftergood: Court Requires In Camera Review of State Secrets Documents

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

COURT REQUIRES IN CAMERA REVIEW OF STATE SECRETS DOCUMENTS

Over the objections of government attorneys, a federal judge said yesterday that he would require in camera review of documents that the government says are protected by the state secrets privilege. The issue arose in the case of Gulet Mohamed v. Eric Holder, challenging the constitutionality of the “no fly” list.

The government had argued that it is “inappropriate” for a court to review such records to verify that they are validly privileged, and that instead the court should grant dismissal of case on the basis of official declarations. (Gov’t Resists Court Review of State Secrets, Secrecy News, August 27). The government moved for reconsideration of an August 6 order to produce the records for in camera review.

Yesterday, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia granted the government’s motion for reconsideration, but he said that having reconsidered the matter, he determined that he had been right the first time around.

“Upon reconsideration of its Order, however, the Court finds that none of [the] objections justifies vacating the Order, as the defendants request. The Court therefore affirms its Order.”

“This case involves complex and unsettled issues pertaining to the respective roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches,” Judge Trenga wrote. “One central issue is the extent to which the War on Terrorism may expand the ability of the executive branch to act in ways that cannot otherwise be justified.”

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Sep 17

Yoda: US Constitution Now an App

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

The Washington Times launches U.S. Constitution app for smartphones, tablets

The Washington Times on Wednesday launched a smartphone and tablet app celebrating the U.S. Constitution and other important founding documents as part of a nationwide project to empower schools, parents and community leaders to teach constitutional literacy to the newest generation of Americans.

The Washington Times’ Pocket Constitution App, developed in partnership with the nonprofit Essentials in Education, is debuting on the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day, a national holiday created through the efforts of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, and signed into law by President George W. Bush.

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See Especially:

Review: Liberty Defined–50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom

Review: The Thirteen American Arguments–Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country

See Also:

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Democracy Lost & Found

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Sep 17

Yoda: Fareed Zakaria on ISIS and Post 9/11 Lessons Learned — Are Kissinger and Zakaria Pushing Back Against the NeoCons?

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Astonished, we are.

Lessons outlined in below video:

01 Don’t always take the bait.

02 Don’t overestimate the enemy

03 Remember politics (over there).

Phi Beta Iota: It is worth noting that none of the regional countries including Jordan is ready to provide ground troops. They are all — without exception — sucking the USA in to be the target.  On a positive note, for the first time in 50 years, there is a break in the ranks of the “insiders.” This is a very positive development. Any and all US activity — from mediocre intelligence support to repressive regimes to air strikes to boots on the ground — should be forbidden by the public — sadly, big money wants this war and is paying to make the public stupid in time for the 2014 elections. We are reminded of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, the Dixie Chicks.  All right and all righteous in their time. All were also assassinated or marginalized for daring to confront the national security state that is formed and operated by traitors the FBI dares not go after. Can the Director of the FBI reconnect with his oath of office and his integrity and start making some inroads against traitors? We are not holding our breath.

 

See Also:

ISIS @ Phi Beta Iota

Kissinger on Not Getting Sucked In

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Sep 14

Berto Jongman: Another ISIS Beheading Likely Fraud — US Should WITHDRAW from the Middle East

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

-This 3rd video is following the same script and format as the previous two

-Again it was first reported by SITE Intelligence

-Again the actual beheading is not shown

-The result of the beheading is shown in a still

-This video is specifically directed at the allies of the US, the UK in particular

-Again this video ends with the warning that another ISIS hostage will be beheaded in the next video

ISIS David Haines Video (Actual Beheading NOT Shown)

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Sep 13

Mother Jones: Fact Checking Coming of Age? One Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie.

mother jones masterThis Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie. It Worked.

Political scientist Brendan Nyhan explains why fact-checking keeps candidates honest…sometimes.

Nyhan hasn’t just been studying the fact-check movement; he was there at its origins. In the early 2000s, he coauthored a site called Spinsanity.com, a nonpartisan fact-checking outlet. It was the beginning of a wave: In 2003, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania launched FactCheck.org. But the real fact-checking movement kicked into gear in the late 2000s, with the launch of PolitiFact, by far the most widely known of these outlets, as well as the 2007 launch of the Washington Post fact-checker column, now written by Glenn Kessler.

. . . . . .

So what does the evidence show about this endeavor?

First the good news: Overall, the fact-checkers have reinforced the idea that reality exists, and journalists are capable of discerning what it is.

. . . . . .

A far tougher issue, though, is whether minds change when fact-checkers make their pronouncements. On the level of individual psychology, repeated studies by Nyhan and others have shown that it is very hard to correct a misperception once it is out there in the media ether.

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Sep 13

Mary Ellen Bates: The Indispensable Librarian

Mary Ellen Bates

Mary Ellen Bates

The Indispensable Librarian [57 Slides]

Mary Ellen Bates

Sep 11, 2014

What’s the value of priceless? Special libraries return $5.43 for every $1 invested.

See Also:

Mary Ellen Bates @ Phi Beta Iota

Cliff Notes Below the Fold

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Sep 13