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Tag Archives: National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

Toward a Different Kind of Transparency

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Over the last year and a half, the intelligence community has released a significant amount of previously classified material in an effort to be more transparent regarding matters pertaining to foreign intelligence surveillance activities, generally, and the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in particular. “Significant” is an understatement; the releases represent a . . .
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Audio of Last Week’s ODNI Conference at the University of Texas

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:56 AM

I am happy to report that we now have the audio from last week’s conference at the University of Texas exploring the lessons learned from the past ten years’ experience under the ODNI and NCTC.  The event was sponsored by UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which I direct, as well as UT’s Clements . . .
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UT-Austin Conference on ODNI and NCTC at the 1-Decade Mark: “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Happening between now and Saturday: an important conference at the University of Texas at Austin (sponsored by UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which I direct, as well as UT’s Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft (directed by Will Inboden) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance). The conference is entitled “Intelligence Reform . . .
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Fresh Out of NCTC Office, Matthew Olsen Speaks at Harvard Law School

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Matthew Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, stopped by Harvard Law School last week to offer his perspective on the changing nature of the terrorist threat. After giving a brief primer on the origins and goals of ISIL, Olsen tackled thornier questions: what is the United States’s strategy for dealing with ISIL and other . . .
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NCTC Director Matthew Olsen’s Speech at Brookings on ISIS

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Here’s the transcript. The speech opens: This past May, a man walked into a Jewish Museum in Belgium and opened fire, killing four. The suspect, a 29-year old French-national, had recently returned from Syria, where he fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The next day, a 22-year old American from Florida . . .
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Carrie Cordero on Questions to Ask After the Boston Attacks

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with this piece on the Boston attacks and possible improvements to our approach to counterterrorism: If the recent news reports are accurate (a leap of faith, but a necessary one for present purposes), then DNI Clapper’s recent statement that . . .
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Wall Street Journal on NCTC Database Access

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The Wall Street Journal has an article today, titled “U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens.”  It reports: The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure . . .
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Joscelyn Responds to Our Posts on Matt Olsen

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Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 5:04 PM

( A joint response from Benjamin Wittes and Bobby Chesney) On Thursday we criticized a piece by Thomas Joscelyn at The Weekly Standard concerning Matt Olsen and the GTMO Review Task Force, in which Joscelyn called into question the task force’s decision to recommend transfers for persons whom an earlier military-screening process had determined to be dangerous (see Ben’s post . . .
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Matt Olsen to Be Nominated to Head the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

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Friday, July 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The White House announcement is here.