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The battle over war-zone fingerprints

US-VISIT wants prints collected in Iraq, Afghanistan

By | Mar 6, 2013 | 0 comments

On the bucolic grounds of the FBI’s campus in Clarksburg, W.V., stands an architectural...

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Stomping cognitive bias

How technology could help

By | Nov 12, 2012 | 2 comments

Imagine you’re the intelligence analyst of the future and you think you’ve just solved...

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Inside the DigitalGlobe, GeoEye merger

Proposed combo gets anti-trust scrutiny

By | Sep 29, 2012 | 1 comment

The confidential email that landed at GeoEye’s Herndon, Va., headquarters in June looked like checkmate in the company’s unexpected competition for survival against DigitalGlobe, its rival in the U.S. satellite imaging market.

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FISA Scuffle

Opponents seize renewal as chance to reel in surveillance

By | Aug 17, 2012 | 1 comment

The coming months look rich with potential turning points in the debate over whether the U.S. has gone too far in the expanded eavesdropping allowed by amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The FISA collection strategy is a top contributor to the intelligence community's big data storage dilemma and inevitably sweeps up emails, texts and telephone calls to and from people on U.S. soil. For critics, the collections amount to trampling American privacy rights. For supporters, there are plenty of safeguards in place to protect privacy and keep Americans safe. About the only consensus is that if Congress doesn't act, the sun will set Dec. 31 on the FISA amendments and their expanded eavesdropping.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., supports renewing the amendments in his role as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on intelligence, and he predicts at most a political "scuffle" [pls link to the excerpts and intro of his interview] over a bill introduced in June that would extend the eavesdropping through 2017.

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