Intelligence / Politics

Dear Mr. President-Elect: “Reforming” the CIA as a Priority

Donald, I continue to read reports, dating back to the time of the election, that you want to initiate significant reforms to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). With this, you may look to significantly change and even eliminate the position of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Intelligence reform is a topic I teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. This includes the reforms made after the Bush / Cheney / Wolfowitz / GOP abuses of the Intelligence Community in 2002, but also the abuses committed by American intelligence agencies

Iran

On the trail of Bob Levinson

I stitched together a few oddities today, regarding Bob Levinson – things I just hadn’t realized. His cases is getting weirder and weirder. I remember when he went missing in 2007. It was news then. An ex-FBI agent, no longer working with the US Government, working on his own they said, looking into cigarette smuuggling., I remember when he went missing in 2007. It was news then. An ex-FBI agent, no longer working with the US Government, working on his own they said, looking into cigarette smuggling. They said he had traveled to the Iranian island of Kish –

Movies

Movie: Traitor

Tess and I went out to the movies tonight. Needed to sneak one more in, before we head out tomorrow to see about putting her on a boat to Hawaii. We went and saw Traitor, because Sarah said to. Sarah — good call. Traitor is a modern day thriller. It stars Don Cheadle as Shamir, an America on the run with the bad guys and being chased by the FBI (Guy Pearce plays the lead FBI chaser). Shamir is Muslin, born in Yemen and at least for a while raised by his Muslim-cleric father, until his father is killed.