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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the fiscal year 2009 budget the National Intelligence Program (NIP). The aggregate amount appropriated was $49.8 Billion. That's an increase of two billion dollars over last year. Director Dennis Blair said, "the release of the budget figure for the National Intelligence Program is an important element toward greater transparency."Intelligence programs are absolutely critical to supporting our policymakers, troops and diplomats in the field", said Blair.
Osama Bin Laden may be dead. "We have sources that have told us for the last several years now that they believe he was dead but they just don't have any proof of that fact," says Scott Stewart Vice President of Tactical Intelligence at Stratfor. Al Qaida linked websites have been promoting a message from him for a more than a week. The message is going to be screened carefully for evidence that it is indeed him and for the usual forensics that might give clues as to his whereabouts.
Ayman al Zawahiri released a video message on August 27 called the "Path of Doom". Was it a flop? US intelligence sources indicate it might be, because it didn't go "viral" on the internet. It appears the message reached a much smaller number of sites than other messages he released between November 2008 and February 2009. Why is that? Experts say periodically sites or portals that ar used to spread Al Qaida's messages are shut down, sometimes Al Qaida loses operative who work on propaganda to air strikes. In this case it's hard to say why.
So did US drones kill Usama Bin Laden's son Saad? Words like probably and likely are being used to address the question. Why? Intelligence sources close to the situation say when people are killed in missile strikes, the only way to identify them is to test the DNA at the scene. Problem is in some countries for a number of reasons. DNA testing is not allowed. So, without a body, there's no way to say for sure that he was killed or even there.
The Wall Street Journal reports programs to help intelligence analysts connect dots have made halting progress "because they received only intermittent support from the White House and spy-agency leaders".
The Defense Intelligence Agency is now 50 years old, but its current and former leaders say the last 10 have come to define it as an agency.
A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that a 2008 law granting legal immunity for companies helping the National Security Agency with an email and telephone eavesdropping program is constitutional.
Host Bob Leins is joined by Ellen McCarthy, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. They talk about what you need to know if you are interested in working in intelligence.
July 18, 2011
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