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Intelligence Oversight

Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Active Measures: Part One

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted report on Russian active measures campaigns in the 2016 election. This document, reportedly the first of five volumes, is titled, “Volume 1: Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure with Additional Views.” The complete document is available here and below.

Intelligence Oversight

In Praise of Alex Joel

It’s recently been announced that Alex Joel, who has served as the civil liberties protection officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for 14 years, is leaving the ODNI. I had the privilege of working closely with Alex, and learning from him, during some turbulent times for the intelligence community. At a time when the intelligence community is under attack, it is appropriate to honor Alex as an exemplar of the dedicated public servants who work in U.S. intelligence agencies.

Intelligence Oversight

Annual Polling Confirms Sustained Public Confidence in U.S. Intelligence

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently published results from the second round of an annual poll, sponsored by the Texas National Security Network at the University of Texas at Austin, which aims to shed light on Americans’ perceptions of the intelligence community. The data collected in 2018—including survey methodology and limited policy analysis—are available here.

Federal Law Enforcement

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Attorney General’s CBS Interview

Jan Crawford’s extraordinary CBS interview with Attorney General William Barr was released on Friday, May 31. In it Barr said some good things about why his investigation of the Trump campaign investigation is needed. He also said some bad things about his attitude toward his investigation that reveal the depressingly ugly state of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement institutions.

On the Need for an Investigation

Federal Law Enforcement

A Different View on the President’s Delegation of Declassification Authority to the Attorney General

President Trump’s delegation of a narrowly defined declassification authority to Attorney General Bill Barr has attracted criticism, notably on this site by my colleagues David Kris and Benjamin Wittes. I think these criticisms tell only one side of the story, and that the matter is more complicated than they let on.

The Grand Bargain Under Threat

Federal Law Enforcement

Reflections on the President’s Delegation of Declassification Authority to the Attorney General

In the wake of Watergate, a remarkable series of legislative and administrative reforms sought to prevent future abuses by making the attorney general responsible for keeping intelligence agencies within the law.

Times have changed.

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