ISIS: STATE OF TERROR
LINKSBlogs of War
Making Sense of Jihad
Views from the Occident
American Al Qaeda Members
News, documents and analysis on violent extremism
Friday, June 1, 2007
Changes Coming In The Intelligence Authorization Act for 2008The Senate Intelligence Committe delivered several rebuffs to the White House in the recent report accompanying the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2008. The Act contains several significant new provisions that will change how the intelligence community works on some sensitive matters. Among the changes:
The CIA prison program got more space in the comments section:
More than five years after the decision to start the program, however, the Committee believes that consideration should be given to whether it is the best means to obtain a full and reliable intelligence debriefing of a detainee. Both Congress and the Administration must continue to evaluate whether having a separate CIA detention program that operates under different interrogation rules than those applicable to military and law enforcement officers is necessary, lawful, and in the best interests of the United States.
Moreover, the Committee believes that the demonstrated value of the program should be weighed against both the complications it causes to any ultimate prosecution of these terrorists, and the damage the program does to the image of the United States abroad.
It also expressed deep concern about al Qaeda's continued ability to survive and thrive in the face of our most aggressive tactics.
The Committee is concerned with recent assessments that indicate al-Qa'ida has regenerated and resumed its operational planning against western targets from its relative safe haven in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Despite the apprehension and death of key leaders, al-Qa'ida continues to train operatives and expand its reach, as evidenced by the 2007 North Africa attacks by the newly named "al-Qa'ida in the Maghreb."
The resurgence of al-Qa'ida, nearly six years after the terrorist attacks of September 11,2001, suggests the Intelligence Community should reevaluate its current strategy to defeat the al-Qa'ida network. The Committee addresses this issue further in the classified annex.
For the full report, click here.
See also: Outsourcing Intelligence
Agency said it increasingly "finds itself in competition with its contractors for our own employees."
Views expressed on INTELWIRE are those of the author alone.
Tweets referencing this post:
"...smart, granular analysis..."ISIS: The State of Terror
"Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger's new book, "ISIS," should be required reading for every politician and policymaker... Their smart, granular analysis is a bracing antidote to both facile dismissals and wild exaggerations... a nuanced and readable account of the ideological and organizational origins of the group." -- Washington Post
More on ISIS: The State of Terror
"...a timely warning..."Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam:
"At a time when some politicians and pundits blur the line between Islam and terrorism, Berger, who knows this subject far better than the demagogues, sharply cautions against vilifying Muslim Americans. ... It is a timely warning from an expert who has not lost his perspective." -- New York Times
More on Jihad Joe
Yahya Al-Libbi: A Leader Who Could Revitalize Al Q...
J.M. Berger Discusses Khalifa on Al Jazeera
Greening the Sahara
More Bad News, But It's Good We're Talking About I...
LA Times: Iraq Is Strengthening Al Qaeda
Patterns of Global Terror 2006
J.D. Cash: Strassmeir Worked For The FBI
New Documents Expand View of Informants In Oklahom...
Latest American Al Qaeda Was Known To FBI For Year...
New York Pipe Bomb Suspect Linked to Revolution Muslim
The Utility of Lone Wolves
Interview with Online Jihadist Abu Suleiman Al Nasser
A Way Forward for CVE: The Five Ds
How Terrorists Use The Internet: Just Like You
PATCON: The FBI's Secret War on the Militia Movement
Interview About Jihad With Controversial Cleric Bilal Philips
Forgeries on the Jihadist Forums
U.S. Gave Millions To Charity Linked To Al Qaeda, Anwar Awlaki
State Department Secretly Met With Followers of Blind Sheikh
State Department Put 'Political Pressure' On FBI To Deport Brother-in-Law Of Osama Bin Laden In 1995
FBI Records Reveal Details Of Nixon-Era Racial Profiling Program Targeting Arabs
Gaza Flotilla Official Was Foreign Fighter in Bosnia War
U.S. Had 'High Confidence' Of UBL Attack In June 2001
Behind the Handshake: The Rumsfeld-Saddam Meeting