September 9, 2004 |
President Bush, bowing to election-year pressure, outlined a plan yesterday to give the proposed national intelligence director authority over spending by some key intelligence programs. But the proposal stops short of what the Sept. 11 commission recommended and did not go as far as legislation proposed Tuesday by a bipartisan group of legislators led by Sens. Joe Lieberman (D., Conn.) and John McCain (R., Ariz.). Congressional GOP leaders called the White House proposal a positive step, but some lawmakers of both parties said Bush had not gone far enough.
June 5, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - James R. Clapper Jr., the Pentagon's chief official for intelligence, counterintelligence, and security matters, has been chosen to become the next director of national intelligence, U.S. officials said Friday. If confirmed, Clapper, a retired Air Force general, would replace Dennis C. Blair, who resigned last month. Created after the 9/11 attacks, the national intelligence director coordinates 16 intelligence agencies and is supposed to smooth out areas of conflict.
December 9, 2004
The United States is not suddenly safer from terrorist attack simply because Congress completed a bill yesterday to reform the nation's intelligence system. But the hard-fought legislation does create a needed framework for protecting America more intelligently. One of the most painfully obvious lessons to emerge from the investigation by the independent 9/11 commission, chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, is that nobody was in charge of overall U.S. intelligence operations.
May 21, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence, announced his resignation Friday after months of friction and repeated duels with White House officials. The retired Navy admiral gave no reason for his departure in his public statement, which he circulated to the 16 intelligence agencies he oversees, nor did he express thanks to President Obama for the opportunity to serve in his administration. A U.S. official indicated that Obama had asked Blair to resign, and said a search for his successor was already well under way. The White House has "been interviewing several strong candidates" to replace Blair, said the official, who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
February 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Israeli officials say they won't warn the United States if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone for meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill. Israeli officials said that if they decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack.
February 3, 2012 |
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that the window of opportunity to act effectively against Iran's nuclear program was closing and, if sanctions fail, military action must be considered. "Today, unlike the past, the world has no doubt that Iran's nuclear program is steadily nearing readiness and is about to enter an 'immunity zone,' " Barak said in an address to the annual Herzliya Conference at the Interdisciplinary Center academic campus near Tel Aviv. The "immunity zone" refers to the point where Iran's uranium enrichment and other key nuclear activities are dispersed to secret locations or sheltered in deep underground facilities that may not be vulnerable to Israeli air strikes.
June 12, 2013 |
Keep your distance: The director of national intelligence is having intestinal distress. "For me, it is literally ... gut-wrenching to see this happen," James Clapper told NBC last weekend of leaks about the government's secret collection of vast troves of phone and Internet data. There might be more sympathy for his digestive difficulty if he hadn't delivered a kick in the gut to the American public just three months ago. Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) asked Clapper at a March hearing, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers of both parties expressed deep skepticism Wednesday about the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and threatened not to renew the legislative authority that has been used to sanction a program described as "off the tracks legally. " A congressional backlash appeared to be coalescing around the idea that the administration's interpretation of its powers far exceeds what lawmakers intended. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, lawmakers forcefully pressed officials from the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to justify the government's collection and storage of the communications records of vast numbers of Americans.
February 5, 2015 |
Experts and pundits tend to be terrible fortune tellers. Often wrong but rarely in doubt, they become invested in their own theories, rejecting new information that challenges their beliefs. The evidence is overwhelming, from Albert Einstein's prediction that "there is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable," to George Will's that Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential election by a landslide. Just as solidly proven, but far less known, is that in most cases, a group of average citizens venturing good guesses is more likely to make accurate forecasts than a typical authority on a subject, especially a smugly confident one. This counterintuitive truth has fascinated social scientists, psychologists, and statisticians for more than a century.
September 22, 2004 |
Legislation to create a new intelligence superboss faced a barrage of criticism yesterday from powerful senators, former cabinet members, and retired military officials who warned that the bill could disrupt U.S. intelligence and cause more problems than it solved. Their criticism, made at two separate hearings, raised fresh obstacles to legislation designed to enact the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations for overhauling the nation's intelligence system. The measure would create a national director to control the budgets and personnel of 14 intelligence agencies, many of them now run by the Pentagon.