Problems With the Bill Limiting Surveillance - NYTimes.com

"The bill is a big improvement on the House version, but it has shortcomings and aspects that look suspiciously like artful misdirection by the intelligence agencies."

This Week in War for Friday, August 1, 2014

"This Week in War.
A Friday round-up at The Political Notebook of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.”

The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust - NYTimes.com

"The accountability and the apologies, however, will have to go much further. It’s not just two senators that the C.I.A. has offended by this shocking action. It is all of Congress and, by extension, the American public, which is paying for an intelligence agency that does not seem to understand the most fundamental concept of separation of powers. That concept means that Congress is supposed to oversee the intelligence community and rein in its excesses. It cannot possibly do so effectively if it is being spied on by the spy agency, which is supposed to be directing its efforts against foreign terrorists and other threats to national security."

C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers - NYTimes.com

"An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to prepare its damning report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program."

US-Russia Economic Relations, and More from CRS

"New and updated products of the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following.

U.S.-Russia Economic Relations, CRS Insights, July 29, 2014”

Identity Intelligence and Special Operations

“Identity intelligence” is a relatively new intelligence construct that refers to the analysis and use of personal information, including biometric and forensic data among others, to identify intelligence targets of interest and to deny them anonymity.”

Lawmakers Voice Skepticism on Iran Nuclear Deal - NYTimes.com

Obama should not bypass Congress. Congress should not pass up this chance for a mutually acceptable deal - David C. Unger

"…the sharpest differences emerged on the question of who would get the final say on what an agreement would look like: President Obama or Congress. The testiness was part of the running battle in Washington over Mr. Obama’s efforts to bypass Congress on a range of issues, from immigration to climate change, and his insistence, similar to the administration of George W. Bush, that the president has the power to manage foreign affairs with minimal congressional consultation."

"Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! Everything is lost with war, nothing is lost with peace. Never more war."

Did Pope Francis just challenge the Church’s opinion on war? (via think-progress)

FBI's Liaison Man at CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC) Takes Over as Head of Bureau's Intelligence Division in New York City

Harold H. Shaw Named Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division at the New York Field Office

FBI National Press Office

July 28, 2014

The nation wants the smart hacker | OPEN Magazine

"Richard Jeffrey Danzig, cyber security adviser to US President Barack Obama, talks of a generation gap in understanding anything cyber. This former secretary of the US Navy under President Bill Clinton calls the senior leaders of cyber security programmes ‘digital immigrants’, those who came to this new realm late in life. Then there are ‘digital natives’, the young ones who believe that if you can imagine something, you can create it. “All countries would be well-advised to open channels for recruiting such younger people, including those who may not be traditionally trained,” Danzig tells Open, emphasising the need to co-opt young adults and teenagers to the cause of enhancing a country’s cyber security prowess. Which is why Obama’s new team of cyber warriors comprises young hires, except for a handful of its top leaders. “They should ideally be much younger, of the sub-18 age group,” says another senior US official, pointing out that the US National Security Adviser’s cyber team mostly has young adults, not teenagers. “We should do so if we have to combat the Chinese, the North Koreans and even the Israelis who hire school children for the job,” he notes, “That is the most creative age [group].”"