“Did the New Spooks on the Block Really Fix U.S Intelligence?” (Foreign Policy)

James Clapper

“For decades intelligence reformers sought to centralize the U.S. intelligence community in a single office with real power over budgets, personnel, and operations. Ten years ago they finally got their wish. Following an intense congressional fight, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) set up shop in April 2005 with high expectations. The office was supposed to ensure the kind of inter-agency coordination that was supposedly missing before the 9/11 attacks. It was to be the fulcrum of sharing and collaboration among agencies with long histories of mutual suspicion and occasional disdain. Ultimately it sought to unify a sprawling constellation of civilian and military agencies into “fully integrated intelligence community” that would “inform decisions made from the White House to the foxhole.”

See the article here.


The Office of the DNI’s Greatest Hits (Foreign Policy)

James Clapper

“The DNI post was the centerpiece of landmark legislation enacted in 2004, informed by the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Presidential, legislative, and bureaucratic politics all contributed to a compromise law that sought to improve information sharing and strengthen central leadership of our sprawling intelligence enterprise without infringing upon existing military and departmental chains of command. Ten years of experience offers an opportunity to take stock and ask whether the government is smarter and the country is safer as a result of these changes.”

See the full debate here.

Report: Recent Guantanamo Releases Less Likely To Reengage In Terrorism (NPR)


“New numbers are out on what U.S. officials consider “terrorist or insurgent activities” by former Guantanamo captives after their release.

At first glance, there appears to be a slight increase in confirmed cases compared to six months ago.

But closer examination of the Director of National Intelligence’s semi-annual reportreveals that the 17.3% to 17.9% uptick was caused entirely by detainees released from Guantanamo during the George W. Bush administration. And even that increase appears to be based almost entirely on shifting previously suspected recidivists into the category of confirmed recidivists.

The grand total in the DNI’s latest report of suspected and confirmed cases of freed detainees is 185, one more than the 184 reported last September.

In contrast, the recidivism rates of detainees released from Guantanamo during the six years of the Obama administration have actually declined over the past six months. Twenty-seven more detainees were released during that half year and no new cases of recidivism have been reported.”

See the full article here.

DNI James Clapper on What Keeps Him Up at Night (Mar. 2, 2015) | Charlie Rose

“James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence and the President’s senior advisor on intelligence and espionage issues, tells Charlie Rose about the one issue he loses sleep over. The full interview airs March 2, 2015 on PBS.”

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC)

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Lisa Monaco is announcing the creation of the CTIIC today, which will serve as a fusion center for digital intelligence under the ODNI. Key shareholders will include the FBI, NSA, DHS, and the CIA. The major impetus for this new organization was the Sony Hack.


Bloomberg. White House Is Said to Create Agency to Fight Cyber-Attacks

Gizmodo. A New Government Agency Will Fight Digital Terrorism

The HillObama to unveil cyber data-sharing unit

ReutersU.S. to establish new cybersecurity agency: official

Wall Street Journal. White House to Create New Division to Streamline Cyberthreat Intelligence

Washington PostNew agency to sniff out threats in cyberspace

The Wilson Center: Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities: Securing America’s Most Important Assets

N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say (NYT)

James Clapper, DNI, courtesy of the NYT

James Clapper, DNI, courtesy of the NYT


This article contends that the National Security Agency gained access to North Korea internet connections through China as early as 2010. Moreover, the information gained from this act led the Federal Bureau of Investigation and President Barack Obama to blame North Korea for the Sony hack.  Moreover Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blamed the commander of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, Kim Yong-chol, whom he had dinner with in Pyongyang, as the leader behind the hacking attack,

See the full report at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/world/asia/nsa-tapped-into-north-korean-networks-before-sony-attack-officials-say.html?_r=0

The ODNI … on Tumblr!

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is now operation a Tumblr for releasing declassified documents (mostly on Fridays)! The website also contains official statements, testimony, speeches, interviews, fact sheets, oversight, and compliance.


When the DNI publishes on Tumblr, courtesy of WaPo

When the DNI publishes on Tumblr, courtesy of WaPo


See the page at: http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/

See the WaPo article’s “The NSA and the art of the Friday news dump” at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/09/the-nsa-and-the-art-of-the-friday-news-dump/