Intelligence News

The encryption fight is overblown

Nov 20, 2015
"We must demand that law enforcement agencies be as innovative as their targets. To start, this means reinvesting in old-school human intelligence," writes Meg King.

The Paris Attacks: New Pressure on the Obama Administration

Nov 16, 2015
Wilson Center Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey describes new pressure on the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the attack on Paris.

A Warning in Iran’s Closed-Door Trial of Reporter Jason Rezaian

May 26, 2015
"The ministry, aided by a pliant judiciary, may be trying to make an example of Mr. Rezaian. His experience serves as a warning to other Iranians or dual nationals who work for foreign news agencies in Iran or universities and think tanks abroad. The message? Such Iranians should not feel free, or safe, to travel between Iran and the U.S. or Europe," writes Haleh Esfandiari

Beyond Google: The Dark Side of the Internet

May 12, 2015
The number of non-indexed internet sites is estimated to be 500 times larger than what a search engine can reveal. Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow Daniel Sui is attempting to uncover the dark side of the Internet that is a conduit for all types of illegal and often dangerous activity.

3 Reasons to Be Skeptical of Seymour Hersh’s Account of the Bin Laden Raid

May 11, 2015
"Mr. Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has broken major stories, including the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. This account purports to explain an elaborate conspiracy theory, and-–as I have written previously-–such stories sometimes contain elements of truth. Still, the issues of sourcing and substance suggest taking Mr. Hersh’s account with a healthy dose of salt," writes Michael Kugelman.

The Undercooked Debate on Domestic Drones

May 04, 2015
"Today, lawmakers worldwide are sleepwalking through a privacy and security crisis. How many secure sites have to be compromised before we wake up to the full challenges posed by commercial and law enforcement UAVs – or, in common parlance, by drones?" writes Jane Harman.

The Estonia Model: A Conversation With President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on a Free and Secure Internet

May 04, 2015
On this edition of REWIND Estonia's President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, joins us for a discussion on the state of Estonia’s cybersecurity, privacy, and the digital economy.

Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities

Mar 19, 2015
Cyber threats, and related vulnerabilities, are becoming more numerous and sophisticated. And the job of keeping one step ahead of the problem is a most daunting task. During a recent Director's Forum, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, delivered a keynote speech about the evolving threats and the Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy to address them. She also discussed the topic with Wilson Center Director, Jane Harman and fielded question from participants in the public forum. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

How the CIA can get from spy to cyberspy

Mar 12, 2015
"No agency employee should be able to say 'cyber' isn't in their job description," writes Jane Harman.

Disrupting the Intelligence Community

Feb 20, 2015
"Too often, the preference is to tap terrorists’ phones and send spy satellites in search of hidden training camps, not to read the tweets of a 19-year-old jihadist. But in an era of online radicalization, indoctrination often happens in plain sight.," writes Jane Harman.