Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Various aspects of Intelligence Services in News Today

There were quite a lot of news stories written about various aspects of the U.S. and U.K. intelligence services today. The UK Guardian today compared the U.S. Senate intelligence report to the cryptic Da Vinci Code best-selling novel, saying the clues were hidden in plain sight in the report, but one needed to "know the code" to understand what they meant.

The Pentagon today denied International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) accusations that it was holding "ghost" prisoners not declared to the ICRC, although the Pentagon said it did not have information about other U.S. agencies. The CIA promptly refused to comment on whether it was holding prisoners without ICRC knowledge. Of course, none of this is really news since the controversial but compelling The New Yorker Article (which the Pentagon promptly denied) claimed that operation Copper Green involved secret detention facilities around the world. Or since George Bush declared, in a state of the Union address, that some terrorists were, simply put, "no longer a problem", meaning they had either been illegally killed or illegally imprisoned somehow. So, yes, the U.S. is secretly holding "terrorists" it considers illegal combatants outside of the Geneva Conventions. (And, knowing the Bushies, probably a few that would fall under the Geneva Convention for good measure as well.)

British Intelligence services came under sharp criticism in a report today, right before British voters head to the polls. The Boston Globe has this comparison of British and U.S. Intelligence failures.