Re: [ISN] Mission Possible

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Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 08:05:17 PST

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    Forwared from: Dan Verton <Dan_Vertonat_private>
    This story is absolutely incorrect. Sept. 11 had very little to do
    with the CIA's failure to adopt technology faster and everything to do
    with the intelligence community's push during the past decade or more
    to invest in technological espionage solutions at the expense of human
    intelligence capabilities. I don't know of one intelligence expert who
    would argue this point. While the CIA may be slow to integrate
    technology, there is no lack of investment. There has been, however, a
    severe lack of focus on HUMINT, including some very restrictive
    policies on dealing with HUMINT sources put into motion during the
    Clinton administration.
    Dan Verton
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    Subject:  [ISN] Mission Possible
    By Justin Hibbard
    January 18, 2002
    It took just 90 minutes from the moment the first jetliner ripped
    through the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11
    before a TV anchorperson uttered the words "failure of intelligence."
    In the hours that followed, the phrase shot through the media,
    eventually finding its target: the U.S. intelligence community and its
    lack of technological prowess.
    "For many years, our intelligence technical capabilities were the
    standard of the world," U.S. Senator Bob Graham (D: Florida), chairman
    of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters on the
    day of the attacks. "We have fallen behind, and we need to close the
    gap and reassert our leadership."
    The sound bite had a familiar ring to anyone who had hung around the
    Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. That year, nearly the same words
    were spoken by supporters of a plan to start a CIA-funded
    systems-integration firm called Peleus. Proponents argued that the
    agency was failing to keep up with new technologies like sophisticated
    Internet search tools being developed by small, innovative companies.
    In February 1999, Peleus was founded, given an annual budget of $30
    million, and ordered to seek risky startups that could keep the agency
    stocked with futuristic, James Bond-like gear.
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