Summary: The Trump-Russia story creates a situation without parallel since Watergate (Iran-Contra was a sideshow). The news gives us the usual confusing mish-mash. Here is an outline of the story, with links and pointers to the best analysis I have seen so far. Read, decide for yourself -- and watch this story evolve. See the follow-up: Deciphering … Continue reading Here are the facts so far about the Trump-Russia file.
Summary: Since 9/11 the security services have repeatedly warned about domestic terrorists of the Left and Right. The important conclusion from these -- and the numbers -- is that domestic terrorism is probably a relatively small problem, one that our security agencies might give too much attention. This diverts attention and burns resources that could … Continue reading Should we panic at the many warnings about domestic terrorism?
Summary: What do we know about Iran's program to build atomic weapons? For decades Americans have been subjected to saturation bombing by misinformation and outright lies about Iran. The information from our intelligence agencies has painted a more accurate picture, if we choose to see it. Sixth in a series; at the end are links to … Continue reading What do we know about Iran’s nuclear ambitions?
Summary: Another in a series about the effectiveness of our intelligence apparatus. Today we examine one of its greatest accomplishment, the creation of the global jihad. Just-in-time salvation for the 21st century military/intelligence apparatus, facing the prospect of post-communist obsolescence. Previous chapters: (1) How useful are our intelligence agencies? To what degree are they blinded by prejudice and institutional needs? … Continue reading A major function of our intelligence agencies is to shape the narrative. They do it well, molding history like clay on a wheel.
Today's reading is an excerpt from one of the best articles I've ever read on this subject: "The Buddha as an Intelligence Analyst", David Chuter (Senior Research Associate, Center for Defense Studies, London), presented at the conference on New Frontiers of Intelligence Analysis: Shared Threats, Diverse Perspectives, New Communities” in Rome, 31 March - 2 April … Continue reading About our intelligence agencies: the struggle to find an accurate AND institutionally useful narrative