The President's Intelligence Advisory Board is often criticized as a do-nothing panel. But it might be just the tool Obama needs to fix the U.S. intelligence community.
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The Justice Department's decision to review past CIA interrogation tactics may be legally justified, but Burton Gerber, a former CIA station chief, says the move could have a chilling and detrimental impact on the nation's counterterrorism efforts.
The U.S. attorney general's decision to conduct a preliminary review of past CIA interrogations awakens spirited debate over the scope of the intelligence community's counterterrorism practices.
Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002 (50 USC 401) requires the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive to submit a strategy for the counterintelligence programs and activities of the U.S. Government. The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 states that the strategy must be revised or updated once every three years.
In this opinion piece, Congresswoman Jane Harman writes the Bush administration concealed crucial information about its surveillance programs from congressional intelligence committees.
Washington is embroiled in a manic swing of opinion about the efficacy of covert action, including targeted assassinations. Richard A. Clarke on the delicate balance between the rule of law and running an effective intelligence agency.
Legal expert Sanford V. Levinson says rising debate in Congress over past intelligence practices aimed at combating terrorism will likely lead to modifications in policy though not a major overhaul.
Required by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, this report contains the history and implementation of the National Security Agency's intelligence collection, the legal assessment of the program, and summaries from several departments on the impact of the program towards counterterrorism efforts.
Michael J. Gerson argues, "the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress have delivered a series of blows to the pride and morale of the Central Intelligence Agency."
President Obama's decision to release information on CIA interrogation techniques has sparked furious debate over U.S. handling of terror suspects. CFR's Daniel Prieto says the new details indicate the "contorted" logic used by the Bush administration to justify harsh questioning.
Michael V. Hayden and Michael Mukasey argue that the point of interrogation is intelligence, not confession.
David S. Broder says that withdrawal of Charles Freeman, who would have headed the National Intelligence Council, is a loss to the United States.
Leslie H. Gelb discusses whether the Obama administration, unlike those past, can improve U.S. intelligence capabilities.
Robert S. Mueller III, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), discusses the FBI's efforts to act as a global security, national security, and law enforcement organization, and to effectively address the threat of global terrorism.
Dennis C. Blair, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, provided this yearly threat assessment.
Listen to CFR experts Daniel B. Prieto and Matthew C. Waxman discuss the implications of President Obama’s decision to close the Guantánamo prison camp and reverse the Bush Administration's policies on detention and interrogation.
The torture debate is critical not only because it gets us to the core of our values, but because the danger to American cities is not from tanks and armies, but from individuals and their intentions.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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