Note to Berliners: Dana Priest on US Military Intelligence Complex


dana-priest.jpgI’ve been a fan of the American Academy in Berlin for a long time — and though I’ve never been there as a fellow (maybe one day), it is a cool retreat for high quality American thinkers to engage European counterparts in salons, policy exercises and the like.
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is the former Chairman of the Academy and ran it in ways that provoked creative policy thinking.
For those in Berlin, mark your calendars now for an important, controversial talk to be given by the Washington Post‘s Pulitzer Prize winning investigative correspondent Dana Priest, who will be discussing “Top Secret America: The Rise and Role of US Intelligence since 9/11“.
The date is 5 October 2010, 7:00 pm, and I am bummed that I can’t be there.
— Steve Clemons


4 comments on “Note to Berliners: Dana Priest on US Military Intelligence Complex

  1. Don Bacon says:

    US intelligence
    military music
    Beyond Petroleum
    collateral damage


  2. questions says:

    Not a great fit for the thread, a WaPo connection??
    At any rate, it looks like Ezra Klein has been reading my posts, or not….
    Useful tidbits about how thinkgs work….


  3. Cee says:

    The budget of the National Security Agency, which conducts electronic eavesdropping, doubled.
    * The intelligence services of the French and other governments had infiltrated the highest levels of Al-Qaeda’s camps, and actually listened to the hijackers’ debates about which airlines’ planes should be hijacked, and allied intelligence services also intercepted phone conversations between Al-Qaeda members regarding the attacks
    * The National Security Agency and the FBI were each independently listening in on the phone calls between the supposed mastermind of the attacks and the lead hijacker. Indeed, the FBI built its own antenna in Madagascar specifically to listen in on the mastermind’s phone calls
    * The day before 9/11, the mastermind told the lead hijacker “tomorrow is zero hour” and gave final approval for the attacks. The NSA intercepted the message that day and the FBI was likely also monitoring the mastermind’s phone calls
    * Shortly before 9/11, the NSA also intercepted multiple phone calls to the United States from Bin Laden’s chief of operations
    * The CIA and the NSA had been intercepting phone calls by the hijackers for years (see also this)


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