At a Crossroads, Part II: No More Shadows: The Future of Intelligence Oversight in Congress – War on the Rocks

In the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, M (Judi Dench) and Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) debate how to respond to a leak that has led to the assassination of several MI6 intelligence agents.

Source: At a Crossroads, Part II: No More Shadows: The Future of Intelligence Oversight in Congress – War on the Rocks

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The Intel Community’s Annual Transparency Report Raises More Questions Than It Answers

A sharp increase in the government’s collection and searches of Americans’ communications data raises serious questions.

Source: The Intel Community’s Annual Transparency Report Raises More Questions Than It Answers

The Promise and Failure of the House Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Election Interference

TLDNR the report but at least we know that: Attribution is a Bear! Who is the guys on page 101 … should his picture be masked or was he unmasked accidentally … LOL?

The committee majority’s report adds little new substantive information updating the narrative of what happened surrounding Russian interference in the election.

Source: The Promise and Failure of the House Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Election Interference

Document: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 2017 Annual Report

Here are the deep state statistics! But can you trust statistics with a typo?

The director of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts released the following report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s activities during 2017. The report states that the FISC received 1,614 applications—granting 1,147, modfying 391 in part, denying 50 in part, and denying 26 in full.

Source: Document: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 2017 Annual Report

McCabe, the New ‘Deep Throat’

Ooh yes baby … who is your favorite? Dirty Jim, Deep Throat Andy, or Stormy? Come here for all the raw intelligence and integrity porn fit to read, lick, suck up or swallow.

But seriously, there is a lot lost in the extreme emotional taking of sides that leads to bias and tunnel vision. It is not just a matter of ethics as an often distant concept or isolated in impact, but of real victims. What he did, his false narrative, over time, carefully crafted and maintained, was not victim-less inside the FBI or to it as an institution. People have been hurt or died when this level and type of conduct cascades or starts to unravel and that is not a joke.

Another top bureau official who leaked, lied and blamed other FBI agents.

Source: McCabe, the New ‘Deep Throat’

The Low Tragedy of Andrew McCabe

This one was too low to qualify as a Greek tragedy.

What McCabe did is probably indistinguishable from the kind of lying and half-lying that happens in every corner of government every day of the week. He would have gotten away with it if the FBI and Justice Department had not become the focus of historic partisan ire.

Source: The Low Tragedy of Andrew McCabe