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September 20, 2014

New intelligence strategy

Filed under: Intelligence and Info-Sharing — by Philip J. Palin on September 20, 2014

Just to be sure you don’t miss it, here’s the 2014 Intelligence Strategy — perhaps the new National Security Strategy will emerge next.  I was having difficulty downloading this when it was first released.  Maybe you too?  In any case, the connection remains slow (at least for me) but you can get it here:  http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/2014_NIS_Publication.pdf

This is mostly a high-level “corporate” document regarding how the IC will serve its customers. It outlines how intelligence will be prioritized, it is not an intelligence product. But in terms of the environment for these functions, the strategy notes:

Violent extremist groups and transnational criminal networks threaten U.S. security and challenge the U.S. both in the homeland and abroad. Al-Qa‘ida, its affiliates, and adherents, continue to plot against U.S. and Western interests, and seek to use weapons of mass destruction if possible. The actions of transnational criminal organizations have the potential to corrupt and destabilize governments, markets, and entire geographic regions. The IC will increasingly serve homeland security as well as military and foreign policy objectives.

There is a stated commitment to lawfulness: “We support and defend the Constitution, and comply with the laws of the United States, ensuring that we carry out our mission in a manner that respects privacy, civil liberties, and human rights obligations.”

The strategy warns, “The U.S. will continue to face threats of  unauthorized disclosures from insiders and others that compromise intelligence sources, methods, capabilities, and activities, and may impact international and domestic political dynamics. These disclosures can degrade our ability to conduct intelligence missions and damage our national security.”

Some have suggested this threat (Wikileaks, Snowden, et al) is a potential game-changer for how intelligence operations can be conducted in the future. This strategy does not address that possibility.

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11 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 20, 2014 @ 5:36 am

Do we need all 17 members of the IC? If so why? If not why not? See Executive Order 12333, as amended!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 20, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

New intelligence strategy, really? We look dumb and nothing less….

Let’s get a grip on ourselves despite Democrat or Republican for the current administration is responsible for much of what is unraveling refusing to act upon DoD advice and the following excerpt again emphasizing just some of the problems we have as this WH and promised pledge to Hussein Obama and running to Cairo making apology for America – how dare you – and bowing and kissing the ring of sovereign nation. As far as intel, let’s pour more monies into intelligence operations for report after report streaming do not bode well for a now weakened Obama America –

Stephen Flurry on 17th September writes:

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of [the Islamic State], is a terrifying extremist figure, and so was Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyah, who was notorious for his brutality. Both of them abducted civilians and killed civilian hostages. …

Iran raised and trained such people, and currently supports the Houthis in Yemen—a tribal group which follows the Zaydi sect and whose members converted to Shiism. They are currently, like [the Islamic State], calling their leader a caliph, and declaring themselves to be in a state of rebellion against [Yemen], looting cities and towns that oppose them. Despite this, Iran supports and helps them”

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 20, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

and more….

‘When We Say the Red Line, We Mean the Red Line’
DAILY CALLER | September 17

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked President Barack Obama and ripped America’s strategy to destroy the terrorist group the Islamic State … in an interview with nbc News Wednesday.

“Are Americans afraid of getting casualties on the ground in Iraq?” asked Rouhani, referring to the Obama administration’s crystal-clear pledge that it will not send American combat troops to fight [the Islamic State]. “Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?”
“If they want to use planes, and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice?” he continued. “Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.”

Rouhani, who called America’s coalition to defeat [the Islamic State] “ridiculous,” also subtly ridiculed Obama’s failure to enforce his own red lines ….

“When we say the red line, we mean the red line,” said Rouhani, whose Shia theocracy is also staunchly opposed to [the Islamic State], a Sunni terror group. “It means we will not allow Baghdad to be occupied by the terrorists or the religious sites such as Karbala or Najaf [to] be occupied by the terrorists.”

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 20, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

Talk of a new American intelligence strategy….really? Let’s pull from a great deal of our support of NATO and let the Germans and Europeans work harder and begin funding NATO to a far greater extent than America! The Europeans need to work rather than have it so easy and so ready to criticize Americans….Tell the Europeans to get to work, never mind the long holidays….and by the way, let’s cut finding to the all corrupt UN!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 20, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

New Intelligence Strategy? Really?

Let’s start by making sure your guns are locked and loaded and to be used for all lawful purpose as always, yet with 300 million guns available to the American populace, be vigilant and prepared!

Now ;et’s together kindly read the following excerpts from :General Douglas MacArthur’s Farewell Speech Given to the Corps of Cadets at West Point
May 12, 1962:

Their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory – always victory, always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men, reverently following your password of Duty, Honor, Country.

No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this, coming from a profession I have served so long and a people I have loved so well. It fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily for a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code – the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. That is the meaning of this medallion. For all eyes and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal arouses a sense of pride and yet of humility which will be with me always.

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.

They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for action; not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness; the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

They give you a temperate will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.

and more….

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3,000 US troops to Africa to build hospitals and $500 mln in aid at a time when we are stretched and the UN found where? Post these fellas at the Texas border now and more to the Canadian border as well….

W/regard to Ebola, the virus is spreading and for most on “Main Street USA” the question becomes obvious, “Where are the other nations and again, while it is understood they are being ordered by a mere Chicago city street organizer, what are US military troops doing in Africa at a time when we are broke and weakened at our core again as a result of Barry Obama in his pledge to only one, his Father, Hussein Obama and his anti-Christian and anti-colonialist Kenyan pals determined to weaken the mighty strength of this nation which Barry Obama has succeeded in doing and very much supported by the media which is now just beginning to question the administration’s past and present policies….

”Enough of this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade!”

Again, where are the other African countries and others in the global community? We have no business pretty much in Africa presently and we are further exposing our troops and everyone of us after their return….

This is a UN issue and to be addressed by the UN! This is a UN issue and where is the UN?

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Breaking News:

Bomb technicians are investigating a vehicle after a man drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave, before being arrested — a day after another man jumped the fence and reached the building before being stopped.

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We were lucky they neither one of these idiots held an ISIS flag with them as they infiltrated the perimeter….we need no further humiliation….

Close the border(s) now! Let me repeat this directive from “Main Street USA” which is loud and clear, Close the border(s) now!

Now take a look at Australia and you will quickly find out just why those on “Main Street USA” take a $3 mln/daily funded terrorist organization seriously….and why We cannot depend on our government, so mistrusted and itself so misguided far from the ideals of America! Far too many so willing to commit dastardly deed against the innocent! Be prepared….

If you do Not have a gun license, the time has come to apply and carry your weapon for all lawful purpose. There are some 300 mln small guns and more in our homes and cars in the US held by responsible gun owners again, for all lawful purpose, however it is time that far many more Americans should carry small arms for all lawful purpose.

Next, let’s make sure that local law enforcement have heavy weapons and whatever training required.

Congress, like the Europeans, get to work and forget holidays!

Close the border(s) now! 3,000 US troops to Africa, let’s send thousands to our borders calling the National Guard and using every means in surveillance and immediate charge of felony for anyone even attempting to cross the border no matter age! Anyone entering our borders, undocumented and having no medical certificate, immediate deportation….

Let’s raise the terror level now!

Immediate and substantial funding as well as National Guard presence called upon immediately to protect our most vulnerable points in our electric grid!

Call upon every American to be diligent and enlightened reporting any suspicious behavior to local law and state enforcement.

Let’s demand that Congress appropriate add’l funds to our intel sector and assure that communications among local, state and federal agencies and departments is proven worthy in dependability….

The Secretary of State prior to w/Ms. Hillary and presently in the hands of Johnny Kerry have obviously blatantly failed…and by the way, it was no doubt Barry Obama who refused requests months prior to the “Benghazi Massacre” for increased security as he again willingly chose to appease the locals rather than protect the Embassy and personnel.

Make sure you have emergency supplies and have communications plans with family and friends w/such plans Not to include access to cell telephone or email.

God Bless America!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 20, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

and more….

“And through all this welter of change and development your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purpose, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishments; but you are the ones who are trained to fight.

Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.

Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men’s minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation’s war guardians, as its lifeguards from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiators in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.

Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government. Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as firm and complete as they should be.

These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a tenfold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.

You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds” –

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 21, 2014 @ 7:14 am

While Barry and Hillary deceived so many for their own self-serving political interests at the “Bengahzi Massacre” and No one should be above the law though it is far too obvious that this executive WH and illustrious AG prefer to continue their – own lawlessness – when it suits them, when we hear of a “new intelligence strategy” well, the two breaches at the WH this past week surely emphasize and bluntly point to the fact that this administration and the Secret Service can’t even handle the White House even after ISIS has pledged to raise its flag above the People’s White House….

….and You on “Main Street USA” can consider yourself pretty darn lucky as a US citizen and patriot that neither of these deranged individuals breaching the WH were wrapped in an ISIS flag for then even I would have to say, their social/internet and other PR skills even better than the Democrats who buy votes I understand by simply giving packs of cigarettes, never mind all the other free perks we hear about…. free to voters encouraging them to vote! Wow! An intelligent constituency (LoL)….

….so many taking freedom for granted and having no idea what sacrifice and toil has gone into making this nation the strongest and most compassionate nation w/so many so charitable to even give their sons and daughters to uphold our way of Life! Our precious vote to “entrust” locals and state as well as Federal officials to elected office to see them abuse the same their have pledged to uphold….

Seriously, this eight year WH resident w/his leanings to the Muslim world who dismissed calls for increased security at “Benghazi” months prior to the “Benghazi Massacre” where he and his illustrious Ms. Hillary and the AG frowned and turned the other way and should be under House Arrest for suspicion in breach of faith, treason….seriously, you expect those of us on “Main Street USA” to take any such “New Intelligence Strategy” as a genuine intent, forget it as Putin with shirt on or off, the remaining global and so very corrupt community and the extreme Muslim community so hell bent on imposing “Islam” on everyone or else and an American WH so intent on assisting the Arab world and Islam so very evident….and by the way, such attempt to impose Islam on another disrespectful of another’s choice, well, the demise of Islam for so many do Not regard Islam as a choice of peace and good will towards others which in fact it is as is Christianity, yet the extremists of Islam and those of Christianity continue this centuries quest to control Jerusalem which will never be achieved by either….

It is time that We the People here and everywhere adopt a strong stance against those who violate the innocent and this our “intelligent” strategy as Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindu and so many other…

Yes, our “intelligent” strategy against even those among us who choose to behead and use sword and impose their way and no other for this is the 21st century where technology boasts much achievement for humanity while also we have such bandits of civilized humanity such as Chicago city street slicker and folks like him, he and the Rev Wright as supporters of Tehran in the WH who will afford these “Brutes of Tehran” a WMD for certain as none of us saw Barry and or Michelle get up and speak out or leave in hearing twenty years of the Rev Wright spewing his sermon about the right of Tehran to have WMD in hand as long as the “Zionists” had such…another bad dude who should be ostracized from the community at large….

A new intelligence strategy, we need no such as the DoD and our esteemed military experts advised this White House repeatedly not to leave Iraq and not to take for granted what this WH called a JV squad as well as AQ….you expect us to have any faith that this WH or Ms. Hillary or this AG would execute the duties of their office versus their own perverse and self-serving agenda….

Again, it is my assertion that Congress should remain on holiday and better yet, resign across the aisle! Then the US military step forward and take the reigns of our obviously weakened and failed government w/now a bankruptcy of some nearly $19 trillion….so intent on “enslaving” the populace to an ever imposing government….I am not kidding, enough is enough as this eight year resident and Ms. Hillary by sworn pledge in oath were to protect our nation and certainly not help the enemy with invitation to walk across our porous border and blow up the local malls and our kids as well as subject our local school budgets to increased enrollment whereby our own kids and many of their programs are altered to accommodate again, the illegal! We have immigration laws and so many wait outside their embassy having properly applied and having certificate of health in hand waiting maybe two years to gain visa and we have allowed the felons to walk free among us and the illegal to adversely affect our American schools and our kids who by the way are falling far short in education compared with China and India!

A new intelligence strategy you say, let’s enforce our laws and demand that No one and certainly Not this eight year WH resident of Ms. Hillary or this illustrious AG in their bias and divisiveness continue in such manner w/o serious ramification. Far too many brave warriors, our youth from WWI and to WWII to Korea, to Viet Nam to recent history who have suffered so in the name of freedom…close our borders with the 3,000 and more military personnel sent to Africa by this WH when ebola is a UN concern as well as an African continent concern where all Africans must first portray themselves as competent and considerate and compassionate to their lovely people rather than their corrupt ways as tyrants seeking control and “enslaving” the people by imposing government control….

Let’s have a new “intelligent startegy” among us all and rid ourselves of all these evildoers even among our governments who seek to fill their coffers from the labor of families seeking peace and a better way for their children who do not need government to tell them what their kids will eat for school lunch!

In November, let us vote our nationalism, our pride and in memory of all who have served this great Republic and ‘ol Glory and have stood forthright and steadfast for our Constitution, the enforcement of laws and our yes, Judeo-Christian principles, not the oath this eight year WH resident swore to his Father, Hussein Obama and his anti-Christian, anti-colonial Kenyan pals…

Enough is enough!

Close our borders now and to our US Marines, walk across the border and take back our brave warrior who sits in a Mexican prison while the US and Mexican governments make agreements to open their borders to illegal and allow this young man to be tied naked to his Mexican jail bed as illegals, kids or other wave to him as they pass to America through the border and whisked off to our local communities and our kids and school officials must see enrollment increased and budgets already swollen necessitate increased taxes and support by a dwindling employed populace of some 62% maximum as all others are on the government dole!

Anyone for a pack of cigarettes for your vote? Let’s get intelligent rather than follow the dumbness and perversions of this administration who You voted for twice, yes You, white America who as a majority voted for a supposed Black man when Barry Obama is only half white by the way and he and his ambulance chasers and as a Chicago city street slicker and nothing more, seek to promote divisiveness, manipulate and use whatever tactics to promote this outrageous and bias agenda….seeking to divide our nation at a time when we are at War!

God Bless America!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 21, 2014 @ 7:59 am

A new “Intelligent strategy” well, let us begin ladies and gentlemen by deploying same 3,000 US military contingent sent to do the UN’s job in Africa to protect our southern California electric grid for instance, subject to occasional attack….

….and for this divisive and fictitious Congress and the likes of “smug-smiled Pelosi and Harry Reed and his son’e engagement in partnering with the Chinese in solar ventures here in the States, if they insist that they can somehow overcome themselves and actually serve the public, let’s begin Monday morning to pass every bill whether Democrat or Republican sponsored related to….

….assuring that our national electric grid and every switch and generator is Not only protected by solar flare, but as importantly, from those who seek our demise (Russians and soon Germans and others)….

….and understand that Americans without use of their cell phones/texting or having no electricity for more than a few hours may cause an insurrection never to be seen even more historical than merely throwing tea into Boston Harbor!

Again, load and lock your guns! Keep them handy for – all lawful purpose – for whether it be government or a bunch of thugs, hold your 300 million legal guns high and for all lawful purpose, be vigilant and prepared as it is obvious that those we have “entrusted” by precious vote cannot protect our diplomats or even the White House!

A “new intelligence strategy” really? I (we) have never seen in all our decades and as seniors who understand the lessons of history such “dumb” policies and such a divisive and perverse, biased WH eight year resident! Running to Cairo and making “apology” for America has been the theme this White House portray4ed from the beginning and further bowing and kissing the ring of another sovereign state…give us a break fella, we are Not blind to Michelle running to Spain with daughter in hand to visit who by the way versus a vacation to the Grand Canyon?

Moreover folks, We never leave anyone behind so a suggestion, walk over the border and bring back our US Marine or tell the Mexicans that our tax dollars will Not be flowing into Mexico and we’ll take our nukes from European soil and place them along our borders and tell everyone to take a hike! Figure it out yourselves instead of our continued support of the corrupt and biased UN and the Europeans who are mostly on holiday while we support NATO! Enough is enough….

God Bless America!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 21, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

Kindly Reference:

“If a man does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and withers….(John 15)

To ISIS, to western nations and to all humanity near and far, whether Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or other, We must remember that all deeds whether good or evil are in the witness of the Lord and while You abhor the teachings of Christianity, harming and even killing many so ruthlessly and some say, beastly….

….whether Islamic or Christian, the same message is applicable to each and everyone of us and particularly quite clear to those who choose to bring harm and kill innocent for We must all abide by the laws prescribed by our Creator, all of humanity, all children of the Lord and if one chooses not to abide by such laws, it is written that “He is cast out as a branch and withers” and surely a lesson for all humanity in this 21st century where innovation and technology brings Hope in eradicating disease and a better quality of Life for so, so many still subjected to tyrants and bullies is promised as we move forward together in clasp of hand Respecting one another, culture and language and while Not necessarily embracing one another, realizing our similarities far outweigh our differences:

“I am the true vine….Abide in Me, and I in You. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, it is he that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and withers….(John 15)

Comment by Christopher Tingus

September 21, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

….and to the Pope as well, the same for Christian fanatics as well…far too many practicing Islam or Christianity have had to sacrifice their Life when all should be able to exercise the freedom of religious choice whether Islam or Christianity….

This should be the new “intelleigent” strategy for all who profess their Love to God and share Respect for one another….

SUNDAY • SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
POPE IN ALBANIA URGES MUSLIMS TO CONDEMN EXTREMISM:

Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world.

“To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during a half-day visit to Tirana in which he recalled the brutal persecution people of all faiths suffered under communism.

Media expert and author Michael Levine called the Pope’s remarks “valuable, important and long, long over-due.”

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