NEWS & ANALYSIS

Former Agency Heads Defend Use of Intelligence Contractors

Speaking at the National Press Club at an event on privatization of Intelligence, former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff defended the use of contractors as a means of filling in skill sets that might be lacking in-house.

DHS to Eliminate Bush-era Spy Satellite Office, Paper Reports

Bush Administration’s transfer of domestic of spy satellite activity to DHS from the Department of the Interior elicited outcry from civil libertarians who feared the move would lead to unconstitutional surveillance.

Russian Intelligence Spies on German Companies, Counter Intelligence Chief Claims

Germany's counterintelligence chief says that Russian intelligence is spying on German firms to steal industrial secrets to help Russian companies get a competitive advantage in new technologies.

Pentagon Plans New Military Command to Prepare for Cyberwar

With President Barack Obama set to announce his plans to defend U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks today, The New York Times leads with the Pentagon's decision to create a new military command for cyberspace.

Terrorists Attempting to Recruit Israel Spies on Facebook, Shin Bet Says

The Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, warns that Arab terrorists are trying to recruit Israeli citizens as spies using social networking Web sites such as Facebook, reports Haaretz.

Fusion Center Dialogue Continues

Fusion center proponents and critics agree on the need for strengthened privacy protections in the post-9-11 information sharing environment.

Should the NSA Take the Lead for U.S. Cybersecurity?

As President Barack Obama's 60-day review of U.S. cybersecurity nears its end, the debate over whether the National Security Agency (NSA) should be the lead agency protecting government networks gets attention from The New York Times today.

Experts, Lawmakers Debate Homeland Security Intelligence System

Officials briefed lawmakers today on the challenges of developing a domestic intelligence-sharing network to thwart terror, while civil libertarians warned of infringement on the rights of groups that espouse unpopular but nonviolent views.

Fusion Centers Under Fire in Texas and New Mexico

Civil libertatians are pushing for legal limits on personal data law enforcement organizations can collect after a Texas fusion center's bulletin singled out two Muslim-American civic groups for direct scrutiny.

United Kingdom Scraps Expensive Intelligence Network

The United Kingdom government wasted "tens of millions" of pounds on a secret computer network designed to allow different agencies to access secret intelligence fast, reports the Guardian.
 




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