Penny provides grand exit in pinch

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The pledge: Explain the copper/sweat bonding, and how it’s improved by intelligence. Demonstrate by affixing the penny to your forehead, then hit the back of your head to knock the penny off. Raising your eyebrows will help loosen the penny. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I write this column against better judgment, because it […]

Intelligence guidelines aren’t sure-fire solution

By Freedom Newspapers John Negroponte, who is leaving as national director of intelligence to return to a State Department position, may have performed a signal service to his country in an unusually detailed policy directive for intelligence analysis. However, as constructive as his guidelines are, they do not provide a foolproof protection against misuse of […]

Symbolic actions waste of valuable time, energy

By Freedom Newspapers The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with […]

New Iraq strategy banks on influence we may not have

By Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” […]

U.S. intelligences needs lessons from Godfather

By Freedom Newspapers Some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have released a 29-page staff report lambasting the “intelligence community” for not issuing more explicit warnings about the threat Iran poses to the United States. However true it is that intelligence agencies are downplaying the Iranian threat, one criticism the report gets right is […]

Hoekstra plea shows need for oversight

Rep. Peter Hoekstra wasn’t a likely candidate to complain about Bush administration secretiveness. The Michigan Republican is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and supported the administration when the New York Times published reports about warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens and clandestine surveillance of international banking transactions. He has even hinted that he wouldn’t be […]

Attempted remake of CIA indicates confusion, stasis

Freedom Newspapers They don’t call it cloak and dagger for nothing. Someday, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, a behind-the-scenes history of the Bush administration’s attempts to remake America’s intelligence community will be written. But an early draft of that history, based largely on suppositions, since secrecy shrouds not just the community’s clandestine activities but its […]

CIA nominee’s hearing will bring needed discussion

By Freedom Newspapers Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the […]

Secrecy can easily overwhelm freedoms

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing. A blind insistence on concealing anything and everything is not. Whether the CIA had good reason to fire Mary McCarthy depends on what sort […]

Investigation could have shed light on spying

Freedom Newspapers The Senate Intelligence Committee, in deciding last week not to conduct a full investigation of President Bush’s long-secret program authorizing warrantless surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency, has abdicated its responsibilities. In agreeing to a compromise that would allow a few more senators and House members to be briefed on the […]