Can Goss bring ‘out of the box’ thinking to CIA?

Florida Republican Rep. Porter Goss is “the wrong sort, with the wrong resume” to head the CIA, Michael Ledeen said. The resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (with whom we have been known to disagree on policy matters) explained that the CIA needs drastic change just now, and as a former CIA operative and […]

Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]

Time to reform, improve U.S. intelligence

Freedom Editorial The resignation of CIA director George Tenet, combined with the recent critical report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence and the still-evolving work of the 9/11 commission, may have created what some observers view as a “perfect storm.” It could lead to a serious overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies. […]

And so, what would John Kerry do?

By Mona Charen “They were wrong, and soldiers died because they were wrong.” Thus spoke Sen. John Kerry about the administration’s decision to topple the Saddam Hussein regime. There are a number of problems with Kerry’s formulation. Let’s begin with the fact that Kerry voted for the war. Oh yes, he has since attempted to […]

U.S. becoming aggressor might be biggest failure

The report issued last Friday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is unlikely to be the last word on what the United States knew or could have known before beginning the war against Iraq last year. But the 520-page document continues to turn up gems of information, few of which speak well of the […]

Report challenges decision, reasons for war with Iraq

Freedom Editorial T he Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on prewar intelligence assessments was released on a Friday, which in Washington is often a way to bury embarrassing stuff as people turn their attention to the weekend. As people digest the information, however, they will find the report is devastating. Its key conclusion — […]

CIA should be careful when selecting leader

The real surprise about CIA Director George Tenet is not that he resigned after “a personal decision,” he said, for “the well-being of my wonderful family, nothing more and nothing less.” The real surprise is that he was not fired long ago for presiding over two of the biggest intelligence failures in American history. His […]

Citizens, officials have hard time deciding what is credible

By Michael J. Sniffen: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In recent years, the government has told Americans it has credible evidence of impending terror attacks, of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and of collaboration between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. But “credible” doesn’t mean the same thing to every government official and even credible information […]

Rice and Clarke 9/11 testimony not too different

Freedom Newspapers National security adviser Condoleezza Rice was everything most people expected her to be — confident, on-message, in full command of a wide array of facts, self-assured and on balance reassuring. Unfortunately, in part because of the limited mission of the Sept. 11 commission to which she offered her testimony, her appearance offered little […]

Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Intelligence adn terrorism define Iraq after a year

Editorial Perhaps the recent bombings of and attacks on hotels in Basra, Baghdad, Falluja and Baquba should be viewed in some context. Even if things were going reasonably well, Americans could have expected opposition forces to be able to muster enough resources to create some chaos around the first anniversary of the start of the […]

Sunday’s letter on Bush missed key facts

By R.L. Render I wish to respond to the guest column by Michele Morris that appeared in the Clovis News Journal on Sunday. She begins by expressing concern for the American casualties. This is followed by the allegation that “President Bush was not honest with military families or the rest of the country” about the […]

Intel investigation a great idea, if not a political move

Freedom Newspapers Even President George W. Bush could not resist pressure to back an independent commission to look at U.S. intelligence failures with regard to the Iraq war. The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq undermines one key aspect of the case for going to war, and it’s only reasonable to investigate […]

Pressure by Bush must be ckecked in investigation

Commentary The resignation of — and subsequent week of heavy demand for — David A. Kay, the former U.N. weapons inspector who headed the weapons-searching Iraq Survey Group, might turn out to be little more than a week of fleeting publicity. Even if his assertions are valid, it is probably too much to hope that […]

CIA revelation could be revenge or just accidental

Freedom Newspapers At this point, even after several days of speculation and a certain amount of digging, there is probably more that we don’t know than we do — and it might just turn out to be much ado about not much at all. But the possibility that somebody or somebodies in the administration leaked […]

New technology could return power to people

Amid all the worries about Big Brother intrusion into our lives in the name of homeland security, we’re relieved that we live in a society in which people can still fight back — using the same technology the government is deploying against us. The United States government has become enthralled with programs that use new […]