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‘The stars have been aligning on this… ‘

The Intelligent Community.

The Intelligent Community.

The Pentagon plans to increase America’s international spy network, by expanding the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), a military ring that will become comparable in size to the CIA.

A new generation of recruits will work alongside civilian colleagues and elite military commando units.

Their priorities will include such issues as “fundamentalism in Africa, the growth of China’s military, and weapons transfers by the secretive North Korean regime”.[1]

A quick look at Wikipedia shows there are already…

“… 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies in 10,000 locations in the United States that are working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence, and that the intelligence community as a whole includes 854,000 people who hold top-secret clearances.”[2]

A former senior military official involved in planning all this apparently told the Washington Post: “The stars have been aligning on this for a while.”  (Thanks for the headline!)

Cosmic stuff, indeed! It seems to me the US will soon be at the point where there are more spies than suspects – an interesting, if absurd, scenario.

[1]: The Independent

[2]: Wikipedia

Image: Wikipedia


No such thing as bad publicity?


Truly an 'unexpected extra'!

Like millions of people around the world, I have owned several Casio watches. I had a particular favourite, which gave the wearer dual time-zones with a click of a single button – great for international travel – and was very disappointed when they stopped making them.

But if I’d only known at the time – Casio, the wrist watch preferred by Al-Qaeda terrorists!

Are those guys seriously crackers?

I mean the US authorities who earnestly tracked down Casio owners in their attempts to colonise Guantanamo Bay. According, that is, to the latest raft of 759* / 765** US “intelligence” communications released by Wikileaks.

Der Spiegel Online has beaten me to it, with an elegant article on the subject, [1] and a more comprehensive overview of the leaked messages. [2] Also, have a look at The Guardian’s coverage. [3]

So, do you think I should get rid of that old watch, still sitting in a drawer with its cracked face-piece? Or treat it to a new battery?

* Guardian figures, ** Der Spiegel figures

Source [1]: Der Spiegel

Source [2]: Der Spiegel

Source [3]: The Guardian

Image source: Casio Watches4U

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